16.12.15

       DX LISTENING DIGEST 15-49, December 9, 2015
       Incorporating REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING
       edited by Glenn Hauser, http://www.worldofradio.com

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WORLD OF RADIO 1803 CONTENTS: *DX and station news about:
Anguilla, Armenia, Australia, Bhutan, Canada [CHRF: 980], China, Cuba 
non, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Europe, Germany non, Goa and non, 
India, Indonesia, International Vacuum, Korea, Kurdistan non, 
Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mιxico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oklahoma, Romania, 
Solomon Islands, Taiwan, USA, Yemen

SHORTWAVE AIRINGS OF WORLD OF RADIO 1803, December 10-16, 2015
Thu 1230  WRMI    9955 [confirmed]
Thu 2100  WRMI    7570 [confirmed]
Fri 0200  WBCQ    9330v-CUSB [confirmed]
Fri 2130  WRMI   15770 [confirmed]
Fri 2130  WRMI    7570 [confirmed]
Sat 0730  HLR     7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio 
Sat 1530  HLR     7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio 
Sat 2030v WA0RCR  1860-AM
Sun 0415v WA0RCR  1860-AM [not confirmed after 0442]
Sun 0900  WRMI    5850 
Mon 0400v WBCQ    5110v Area 51 [confirmed]
Mon 0430  WRMI    9955 [confirmed on webcast]
Tue 1200  WRMI    9955
Wed 1415  WRMI    9955
Wed 2200  WBCQ    7490v

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DAY-BY-DAY ARCHIVE OF GLENN HAUSER`S LOG REPORTS:
Unedited, uncondensed, unchanged from original version, many of
them too complex, minutely researched, multi-frequency, opinionated,
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** AFGHANISTAN [non]. U.K.(and non) BaBcoCk music instead of Radio 
Ashna, Dec 7
1430-1500 on 12075 WOF 300 kW / 075 deg to WeAs Pashto
1500-1630 on 12075 KWT 250 kW / 070 deg to WeAs Dari
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/babcock-music-instead-of-radio-ashna.html
73! (Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, Dec 6-7, dxldyg via DXLD)

** ALBANIA. 7470, R. Tirana with s/on, YL schedule and ID and into OM 
English News. 0239 into music, and 0243 "Profile" with English talx re 
violinist, and then more music. IS and ABRUPTLY off with no further 
ID. 44443+, 0230-0258* 28/Nov, SPR-4 +randomwire (Ken Zichi, Port Hope 
MI2 with various pieces of gear, MARE Tipsheet Dec 4 via DXLD)

7465, Dec 6 at 0051, R. Tirana is on at ~S9 but low modulation in 
Albanian. 

7470, Dec 6 at 0255, carrier detectable here in local noise level, so 
presumably R. Tirana is not off the air this Saturday night in English 
to North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALGERIA [and non]. ALGERIA/ROMANIA, 153 kHz. This morning at 0440 
UT, I heard the Algerian 153 kHz frequency transmitter from Bechar,
stronger than RadioCom Brasov Kronstadt Bod signal from Romania co-
channel. Used the SDR remote net unit at Madrid. S=9+25dB.

Thus is clarified that Algeria continues albeit with low transmission 
power in the channel 153 kHz frequency. The derating so to repair 576 
kHz mediumwave installation to a single-mast + new builtup earth net,
to build up the new Transradio medium-wave transmitter to the Bechar 
MW station of 576 kHz in 400 to 600 kW power range, and not to 
endanger the Ampegon & Transradio technicians during work.

Listen to the recording in ogg.format. SDR receiver audio output feed 
via VAC Virtual Audio Cable as 'Line_4' signal into Audacity software, 
transformed OGG audio format output as file. 73 wb (Wolfgang Bόschel, 
Dec 8, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALGERIA. Re: ``891, Chaξne 1, Ouled Fayet, NOV 28, 0205 - Het upon 
890 WLS Chicago, instantly bringing to mind the 600/300 kW Algerian, 
although I seem to recall it's ailing. Incomplete MW scan notices no 
other TA carriers, of course checking secondly 1521 for Saudi (1520 
KOKC has enough problems with the co-channel from Minnesota). (Glenn 
Hauser, Enid OK; NRD-545 with ALA-330S east/west, or north/south not 
very long wire, DX-398 or PL-880 with internal antenna only, sometimes 
FRG-7 with ~100-ft east/west longwire, NRC IDXD 83-06, December 2015 
via DXLD)``

This station is back on the air, noted here most nights but with too 
much interference from 3-miles-east-of-me 900, WGHM to get readable 
audio out of the under-modulated signal (Bruce Conti, WPC1CAT, Nashua 
NH; WiNRADiO Excalibur, MWDX-5 phasing unit, 15 x 23-m variable 
termination SuperLoop antennas at 60  northeast and 180  south, NRC 
IDXD 83-06, December, 2015 via DXLD)

** ANGOLA. 4949.8, Rαdio Nacional, Mulenvos, 1931-1950, 05-12, 
Portuguese comments, songs. 14321 (Manuel Mιndez, Lugo, Spain, Logs in 
Lugo and Friol, Tecsun PL-880 and Sangena ATS-909X, Cable antenna, 8 
meters and Degen 31MS active loop antenna, dxldyg via DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA [non]. Hi Glenn, Dec 5, at 0436, also noted Caribbean 
Beacon off the air (6090). Heard faint open carrier, but impossible to 
tell which station it was (Ron Howard, CA, dxldyg via DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

6090, Dec 5 at 0611, Caribbean Beacon is OFF; unfortunately, nothing 
else audible, such as Nigeria, Ethiopia; Brasil [Bandeirantes extinct] 
or Chile [Temuco, should you believe Aoki that it`s really on the air, 
24 hours]. 

CB day frequency 11775 also off Dec 6 at 1710 check (RHC inbooming on 
11760). That should open up 11775 for Algeria via FRANCE at 19-21, but 
not much else. Hope 6090 is still off early UT Sunday when Ethiopia or 
Nigeria might make it.

Or not: Wolfgang Bόschel recently reported: ``NIGERIA [non!] Once 
again looked out for Radio Kaduna Nigeria on 6089.855v kHz. But 
negative this morning, no signal on lower sideband of 6090 kHz. So, 
seemingly - another shortwave broadcast station HAS GONE FOR EVER.
Nothing heard from Radio Kaduna anymore, at least since mid 13th! / 
end of August 2015 (wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 3)``

R. Amhara, Ethiopia, nominal morning sked is 03-06 UT, but would 
likely fade out before 06.

6090, Dec 6 at 0100, Caribbean Beacon is still AWOL, so shall try 
later for Ethiopia or anything else. R. Amhara is scheduled to start 
at 0300 when I should have tried, but don`t get to it until 0436 when 
there is no signal here, altho there is VP S7 music on 6110, could be 
Fana (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

6090, Dec 8 at 0710, CB is *still* off, since Dec 5. I think the day 
frequency 11775 was back later on Dec 8; 6090 back on by 0112 check 
Dec 9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. 15345.13, RAE-General Pacheco, at 2030, on 5 Dec. Two 
male announcers are talking back and forth to each other. The 
frequency just drifted to 15344.87. There is some background hum from 
the transmitter. Poor (John Cooper, Lebanon, PA, Winradio-G33DDC, 
CommRadio CR-1a, RF Space-SDR-IQ,  Sangean 909X with Clear Mods, 
Tecsun PL-660, GAP-Hear It In Line Module, Timewave ANC-4, Wellbrook 
1530LNP, Wellbrook ALA-1530S+, PARS-EF-SWL HF End Fed Receive Antenna, 
NASWA Flashsheet Dec 6 via DXLD)

So how long did it take for the drift to occur? (gh, DXLD)

15345.17, R. Nacional, 0216, Dec 7 (Monday). Excited live sports 
coverage of fϊtbol game; 0224 yelling "gooooooooooooal"; mostly poor 
(Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA, Etσn E1, antenna: 100' long 
wire, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. «debemos terminar con la continuidad del AFSCA»
Por julio bαrbaro --- Se retiran enojados

[this political screed also deals with the media situation]

En las palabras de Martνn Sabbatella estαn presentes todas las 
deformaciones del kirchnerismo. Es maravilloso ver cσmo se ponen en 
movimiento las dos teorνas del estalinismo: “la culpa la tuvo el otro” 
y “no hacerle el juego a la derecha”. Parecen las palabras del pobre 
Diego Brancatelli, sucesor y digno heredero de Carta Abierta: 

“Nosotros queremos el bien del paνs”, como si a los restantes nos 
impulsara la pasiσn del mal y “Cristina estα muy por encima del resto, 
por eso no la entienden”. Ya lo habνa dicho Josι Pablo Feinmann al que 
llaman filσsofo, “es demasiado inteligente para el resto de la 
sociedad”. De paso Sabbatella mαs que duplicσ el nϊmero de empleados 
en la AFSCA (Autoridad Federal de Servicios de Comunicaciσn 
Audiovisual) de la que es titular; todo sea por el bien de las 
instituciones.Cuando impusieron la absurda y deformada Ley de Medios 
lo hicieron con el objetivo de quedarse con todo; lo habνan dicho, 
“venνan por todo”. . .
http://opinion.infobae.com/julio-barbaro/
(via Rubιn Guillermo Margenet, Argentina, condiglista yg via DXLD)

** ARMENIA. Updated B-15 SW schedule of Voice of Armenia from Dec 1:
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/new-b-15-shortwave-schedule-of-voice-of.html
(Ivo Ivanov, B`lgariya, Dec 3, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST) Viz.:

1530-1545 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Assyrian
1545-1600 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Greek
1600-1630 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Kurdish
1630-1700 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Yezidi
1700-1715 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Turkish
1715-1745 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Azeri
1745-1815 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Farsi
1815-1845 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic

Previous shortwave schedule of Voice of Armenia in the past few years:
1430-1500 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Farsi
1500-1530 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Yezidi
1530-1545 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Assyrian
1545-1615 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Kurdish
1615-1630 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Greek
1900-1930 on  4810 ERV 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/new-b-15-shortwave-schedule-of-voice-of.html
(Ivo Ivanov, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

** AUSTRALIA. 4910, Dec 5 at 1332, very poor signal on R75 with M&W 
talk seemingly English, where nothing is usually heard. Must be VL8T, 
Tennant Creek, NT, having failed to make switch from 2325 at usual 
0830. Then using the FRG-7 for // check, match to 4835 Alice which is 
always on 60m. 

Later, 4910 reports also received from Ron Howard in CA, Art Delibert 
in MD, Walt Salmaniw in BC, on air long before and after I heard it. I 
also checked 120m, and heard a JBA carrier at 1337 on 2485, Katherine, 
but nothing on 2325. Doubt this is a permanent change rather than 
aberration, but time will tell (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, 
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

4910 kHz, ABC Northern Service, Tennant Creek, noted here 1220-1232 
12/5, in parallel to 4835, with music, talk, then ABC news at BOH. 
Good signal, but CODAR QRM. Australia is not supposed to be on this 
frequency at this time. Their usual sked on this frequency is 2130 to 
0830. At same time, there's no detectable het on 2325, which is 
usually on at this hour; there is a het on 2485, so I'm assuming if 
2325 were on, I would hear something. So perhaps 4910 is temporary 
while 2325 is down? (Art Delibert, North Bethesda, MD, NRD-545, 
Pennant antenna with DX Engineering pre-amp, Hard-Core-DX mailing list 
via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

4910, ABC Tennant Creek NT // 4835, ABC Alice Springs NT // 2485, ABC 
Katherine NT, 1243, Dec 5. Tennant Creek did not switch frequencies 
(not *0830, on normal 2325); "Saturday Night Country on ABC local 
radio"; interview with singer Tori Jackson; still on past 1354. 
Believe this has not happened in a long time? (Ron Howard, Asilomar 
State Beach, CA, Etσn E1, antenna: 100' long wire, dxldyg via WORLD OF 
RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

And still on when I just checked at 1532 UT. 73 (Walt Salmaniw, BC, 
Dec 5, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

** BELARUS [non]. GERMANY, Weak signal of Radio Belarus via R 700 on 
Dec 4: 0700-0900 on  6005 KLL 001 kW / non-dir to CeEu German Mon-Sat
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/weak-signal-of-radio-belarus-via-r700.html
73! (Ivo Ivanov, B`lgaria, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BHUTAN. BTW - Seems BBS/Bhutan (6034.95) is signing off rather 
early these days. No longer hearing them after 1230 (Ron Howard, 
California, Dec 8, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

6034.95, BBS. Tuned in at 0052 (Dec 9) and hear what clearly sounded 
like Bhutan's usual indigenous music and singing till 0102, when 
seemed to be a OM talking; faded out and lost about 0115. Never very 
good, but happy to hear them again, as their sign off is too early in 
my mornings to catch them. Jim Young (CA) also reported today - "*0037 
sign-on on 6034.955. Woman announcer at 0041, and possible singing 
followed."

Very nice greyline reception:
Thumphu, Bhutan sunrise: 0040 UT
Monterey, CA    sunset:  0052 UT
(Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach (near Monterey), CA, Etσn E1, 
antenna: 100' long wire, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. NIGERIA, R. Biafra, 15560 at 1900, talk mention 
Nigeria and lots of local music. 1925 YL states ``This is Radio Biafra 
closing down`` and then back to music until fade out 1950. By then 
lots of splash over from the mouth piece on 15555 sideband [WJHR], Nov 
3 (Mike Yohnicki, London, ON, DX394, Antron 99 antenna, Hallicrafters 
SX110, 60 ft longwire or 102" whip, Dec CIDX Messenger via DXLD) And 
very soon after that off, but reported back Dec 14 on another fq (gh)

** BOLIVIA. 5952.44, Pio XII, Siglo Veinte, 2320 to 2325 noted being 
murdered by co channel slop, yl in Spanish 3 December (Robert Wilkner, 
Pσmpano Beach, South Florida, 746Pro, Drake R8, NRD 525, Sony 2010XA, 
60/90/120 meter dipoles, playdx yg via DXLD)

Adjacent channel, I assume, WRMI 5950 to Cuba (gh, DXLD)

5952.43, Radio Pio Doce, 0230*, Dec 3. Off after full sign off format 
of whistling “Colonel Bogey March,” ID and chimes; fair. Often the 
sign off is cut short, before the chimes.

6134.80, R. Santa Cruz, 0205*, Dec 3; Off with usual "Santa Cruz" 
song; almost fair (Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA, Etσn E1, 
antenna: 100' long wire, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BONAIRE. 800, PJB, TransWorld Radio, Kralendijk, OCT 9, 0000 - In 
English with postcard and calendar offers, mailing address "TWR, P.O. 
Box 388, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands." Glory Train program 
followed. OCT 13, 0300 - Woman, "Radio Transmundial ocho cientos AM, 
transmitiendo desde Bonaire, isla del caribe holandes"; loud (Mark 
Connelly, MA, NRC IDXD 83-06, December, 2015 via DXLD)
   
NOV 26, 0255 - Pointing the loop southeast, I got Spanish talk by a 
female and an ID that clearly sounded like "Indonesia Radio 
Transmundial" (Probably "Antillas Holandesas" - Conti). At least the 
"Radio Transmundial" part was a dead giveaway as to which station I 
was getting at the time. After the ID, there was a contemporary 
Christian song sung by a young lady in Spanish to the tune of Seals & 
Crofts' "Summer Breeze". Signal dove under KQCV Oklahoma City at legal 
ID time, but I'm pretty convinced that this was PJB. XEROK was nowhere 
to be found at the time. First time I've heard PJB from anywhere in 
over 3 decades! (Rick Dau, South Omaha NE; Kenwood R-5000 with Quantum 
QX Pro loop antenna, NRC IDXD 83-06, December 2015 via DXLD)

800, PJB very solid in E. Central Florida --- Radio Transmundual is 
burning the paint off my trusty 2008 Ford Focus with stock radio on 
800 kHz right now. Blocking out WPLK Palatka, FL, about 33 miles away. 
10 PM Eastern hour tonight (Ron Gitschier, Palm Coast, FL, 0334 UT Dec 
9, ABDX via DXLD)

They were on my Border Inn beverage recordings too [September], with a 
nice clear signal. Hadn't heard them in many years. 73 (Tim Hall, CA, 
ibid.)

So are they up to 450 kW now, or still only 100? (Glenn Hauser, DXLD)

** BOTSWANA. 17895, 10/24 at 1500, V of America, Mopeng Hill. English. 
Pop music from unscheduled "VOA1-The Hits" instead of scheduled "Music 
Time in Africa". 55544 (Alan Roe, Teddington, Middlesex, UK, Winradio 
G31DDC Excalibur and Elad FDM-SW2 with 17 meter longwire, Dec CIDX 
Messenger via DXLD)

** BRAZIL. In a ceremony at the Planalto Palace, the president of 
Brazil a few days ago signed a decree authorizing radio stations to 
migrate from AM to FM, where signals provide better audio quality and 
competitiveness and offer improved coverage through cell phones.

ASSOCIAΗΓO BRASILEIRA DE EMISSORAS DE RΑDIO E TELEVISΓO (ABERT) 
estimates that 90% of the 1784 AM radio stations will switch to FM.
ABERT has for a long time been calling for this change as it has 
become increasingly difficult to reach listeners with an AM signal due 
to the high level of noise in the big cities (infobae via GRA and Levi 
Peter Iversen [Paraguay], Dec MW News via DXLD) What about SW?

** BRAZIL. 4805, Brasil, Rαdio Difusora do Amazonas, Manaus, 2310 to 
2330 with om long talk in Portuguese first noted back on the air 3 
December, similar same time on 5 December (Robert Wilkner, Pσmpano 
Beach, South Florida, 746Pro, Drake R8, NRD 525, Sony 2010XA, 
60/90/120 meter dipoles, playdx yg via DXLD)

** BRAZIL. /ASCENSION, 6009.933, ZYE521, Rαdio Inconfidencia, from 
Belo Horizonte MG 
compared to livestream at 0520 UT Dec 3

poor signal just on threshold level, S=6 signal here in southern 
Germany. Hit heavily by adjacent 6005 kHz BBC ASC at powerful S=9+30dB 
to compare (Wolfgang Bόschel, Germany, morning logs Dec 3 at 0505 to 
0540 UT, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 3, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. /CUBA  6059.776, very odd frequency signal produced 
annoying 320 Hertz audio HUM QRM interference against RHC Quivicαn San 
Felipe TITΑN 6060 kHz signal of S=8-9 here in southern Germany. At 
0505 UT on Dec 3. Seemingly very poor signal of Super Rαdio Deus ι 
Amor, Curitiba, PR, religious program in BrasPortuguese (Wolfgang 
Bόschel, Germany, morning logs Dec 3 at 0505 to 0540 UT, wwdxc BC-DX 
TopNews Dec 3, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 9724.92, Dec 5 at 0124, JBA carrier, so Radio RB2 is 
sticking here so far, rather than downdrifting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

Measured Dec 5 at 10 UT: 9724.921 kHz (Wolfgang Bόschel, BC-DX 5 Dec 
via DXLD)

9724.85, Radio RB2, Curitiba, 2108-2117, 05-12, Radio Aparecida 
program "Econtro DX de Radio Aparecida", "Radio Clube do Brasil". // 
11855 and 11934.90. 24322. (Mιndez)

11934.90, Radio RB2, Curitiba, 2106-2118, 05-12, DX program "Encontro 
DX". 23322 (Manuel Mιndez, Lugo, Spain, Logs in Lugo and Friol, Tecsun 
PL-880 and Sangena ATS-909X, Cable antenna, 8 meters and Degen 31MS 
active loop antenna, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 860, Dec 5 at 0133 UT, French Canadian talk is mixing with 
English ballgame, presumably KKOW Kansas, and CJBC, CBC Toronto, which 
occasionally makes it here. CJBC is 50/50 kW U1, but there is another 
CBC French on 860, 10/10 kW U4, CBKF-2, Saskatoon. Its night pattern 
goes N/S, day pattern similar but NNE/SSE. I should have got a DF on 
this to be sure. Close to same distance from here: Saskatoon 1884 
km/1170 mi; Toronto 1766 km/1097 mi (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST) 

** CANADA. 980, CHRF, QC, Montrιal – 12/3 – Per several sources, they 
have abandoned French “Radio Fiertι” LGBT programming and are stunting 
with all-Christmas music (“Radio Noλl”) while awaiting a new format 
(Mike Brooker, Toronto – Grundig G5, Grundig YB-400PE, Sony SRF-39FP, 
Panasonic RF-2200 (receiver emeritus), Domestic DX Digest-East, NRC DX 
News Dec 14 via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD) WTFG? I omitted it on WOR 
1803 (gh)

** CANADA. In Montreal, via Steve Faguy of Fagstein Blog, Radio 
Humsafar is ready to launch on AM, but needs to move its antenna 
first. A year and a half after it was approved by the CRTC, Radio 
Humsafar, a South Asian station set to broadcast at 1610 AM, still 
isn’t on the air. But there are signs of life. The group has applied 
to the commission for an amendment after it determined that its 
original plan to share an antenna with CJLO 1690 AM wasn’t feasible 
(the frequencies are too close together). 

Instead, Humsafar will install its own antenna on 46th Ave. near 
Franηois Cusson St. in Lachine’s industrial park, four kilometres west 
of CJLO’s antenna. Otherwise, the technical parameters are the same, 
1000 W day and night, and the coverage pattern is almost identical. 
Humsafar has gotten a permit from Lachine to install the antenna, 
according to a report in the community paper. But the CRTC needs to 
approve the location change, so it has opened the application to 
public comment until Jan. 8. That means it’ll probably be the end of 
February before it gets the okay from the commission. In the meantime, 
you can listen to it online, http://www.radiohumsafar.com (via Nigel 
Pimblett, ed., Dunmore, AB, Dec CIDX Messenger via DXLD)

** CANADA. 2598-USB, Dec 6 at 0442, robotic French YL voice with 
marine weather. The CCG site
http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/Marine-Communications/RAMN-2015/Part-2-Atlantic-Facilities-Information
shows starting at 0437 UT is: 

MCTS Les Escoumins / Les Escoumins, Quebec
MMSI: 003160026 
Call Sign: VCF
HOURS: H24 
Services in English and in French.
For Radio Services call Les Escoumins Coast Guard Radio. For Vessel 
Traffic Services call Escoumins Traffic – refer to Part 3.
Coordinates [blank]

Mailing Address:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Officer-in-Charge – MCTS Operations
Les Escoumins MCTS Centre
35 Otis Street
Les Escoumins  QC  G0T 1K0

VCF - Broadcasts
Natashquan  2598J3E
La Verniθre 2749J3E [but nothing heard there at this time]

Radiotelephony
    Technical marine synopsis and forecast for marine areas 215 to 221 
and 301 to 302.
    Wave height forecasts for marine areas 215, 217, 219, 220, 221, 
301 and 302.
    Notice to Fish Harvesters (when available).``

Les Escoumins is on the north shore of the St Lawrence River, between 
Saguenay and Rimouski, about where it broadens widely into a Gulf 
across from the western Gaspι. Natashquan site is much further east on 
the north shore, at 50 11'N, 61 49'W, even with the eastern tip of 
Anticosti island to the south (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** CANADA. Further to last month’s mention of IBOC (or HD) radio in 
Canada, Corus has also implemented this at Vancouver’s CFMI-FM on 
101.1 MHz. The HD1 channel has CFMI in digital format, while selecting 
HD2 you will hear CKNW AM 980 (Nigel Pimblett, ed., Dunmore, AB, Dec 
CIDX Messenger via DXLD)

** CANADA. Memorial to Bill Westenhaver --- I have received a notice 
from CBC/Radio Canada International that a memorial page in English, 
French, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic has been set up on the RCI 
webpage for Bill Westenhaver. Here is the link
http://www.rcinet.ca/fr/william-bill-westenhaver/
(Sheldon Harvey, PQ, Dec 4, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

Hello Sheldon, Sad to see him go; I met him several times while having 
a beer with friends downtown. He always was a great Guy. Also remember 
several letters from RCI with his signature on it! 73 (Gilles 
Letourneau, PQ, ibid.)

** CHINA [and non]. 9860, Firedrake jamming, 1858, 11/30/15. 
Traditional music jamming loop vs unheard Radio Free Asia in Mandarin 
via Saipan, MRA. Jamming fair.

9410, Firedrake jamming, 2136, 11/30/15. Chinese traditional music 
jamming loop vs unheard Radio Free Asia in Mandarin via Saipan, MRA. 
Jammer Fair – good (Mark Taylor, Madison, Wisconsin, Perseus, SDRPlay, 
Eton e1, Grundig Satellit 800, Sangean 909X w/ clear mod, and various 
other portables; 40 meters dipole, 100’ long wire, Flextenna, NASWA 
Flashsheet Dec 6 via DXLD)

9530, CNR1, Dec 1, 1130. Listed by EIBI as jammer. Probable news in MM 
[Mandarin]. Powerhouse signal s9+10 with 15 kHz badwidth (George Herr, 
CA, NASWA Flashsheet via DXLD)

CNR-1 Jammer vs SOH Xi Wang Zhi Sheng till 0800 on 11530 unknown 
transmitter site:
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/cnr-1-jammer-vs-soh-xi-wang-zhi-sheng.html
(Ivo Ivanov, B`lgaria, circa Dec 4, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

7200, CNR1 jamming, 1338 & 1410, Dec 3. This was an anomaly, as 
normally they end at 1300, when RTI signs off; next day back to
normal 1300* (Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA, Etσn E1, antenna: 
100' long wire, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

USA(non), Strong CNR-1 Jammer vs. Radio Free Asia, December 4
from 1154 on  9940 DB  200 kW / 125 deg to CeAs Tibetan
from 1204 on 11540 KWT 250 kW / 070 deg to CeAs Tibetan
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/strong-cnr-1-jammer-vs-radio-free-asia.html

Strong CNR-1 Jammer vs. Voice of America, December 4
from 1225 on  9530 PHT 250 kW / 349 deg to EaAs Chinese
from 1225 on 11655 UDO 250 kW / 030 deg to EaAs Chinese
from 1303 on  9825 SAI 100 kW / 310 deg to EaAs Chinese
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/strong-cnr-1-jammer-vs-voice-of-america.html
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, B`lgaria, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11960, Dec 6 at 0119, poor S3 in Chinese with hype, 
presumably ads, on CNR1, as scheduled 100 kW, 37 degrees from Beijing 
572 site toward North America at 00-09 (except Tuesday siesta 06-09) -
-- not a jammer; imagine that (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 9790, Dec 7 at 0313, CRI relay via CUBA in English 
achieves S9+20, and there`s some squeal on this transmitter. MUF isn`t 
always this cooperative (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. UNIDENTIFIED station, continuously playing Chinese music, 
but not FireDrake jamming, heard in 02-03 UT slot on 9470 kHz.

Could be parked CNR8 program tx? like Kazakh CNR8 program from PBS 
Xinjiang Urumqi outlet, scheduled later the day, Aoki mentioned 
opening at 0345 UT?

Similar UNID Chinese program heard in past weeks on 9475 kHz at 1500-
1558 UT by Austrian DXer Herbert Meixner. Please help to Identify this 
China mainland program. wb (Wolfgang Bόschel, Dec 7, dxldyg via DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

9470 kHz 2-3 UT - parked Firedrake transmitter from western China? 
Signal only occur strong from Western China location on Doha Qatar and 
Moscow Russia remote SDR server units. Tiny weak signal ONLY - noted  
on remote SDR units in Japan and Brisbane Queensland in 0250-0300 UT
slot. Listen to attached .ogg format recording in 0257 to 0300 UT 
range. Strongest on SDR remote net at Doha Qatar unit, like S=9+5dB at 
0258 UT. At 0258 both programs CO-CHANNEL overlapping each other,
UNID Chinese music station, and scheduled RRI Tsiganeshti Spanish 
service interval signal to South America too. At 0300 UT Chinese music 
station disappeared totally. BTW, the strong peak electrical IGNITION 
like spikes interference occur locally at Doha Qatar suburb. wb 

Glenn, strongly I feel, that these China mainland music stations 
PARKED in 9470 or 9475 kHz channels, warmed up, and wait until sudden 
crash start into 9.3 MHZ Taiwanese SOH or 9455 kHz IBB RFA channels to 
additional jamming power? from Kashgar or Urumqi sites? 73 wolfy 
(Wolfgang Bόschel, 1739 UT Dec 7, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

** CHINA. 5050, Guangxi Beibu Bay Radio, 1320, Dec 6. Usual brief 
segment in English; today about the "ASEAN Community" established at 
the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur.

7400, CRI. Interesting to note that when Shiokaze started broadcasting
here (Nov 1), CRI dropped their 1300-1357 schedule which conflicted
with Shiokaze; now that Shiokaze has moved away (Nov 24), CRI is again 
back here; noted Dec 4 (Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA, Etσn E1, 
antenna: 100' long wire, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

** CHINA. 6035.0, PBS Yunnan, 1356, Dec 8. ID in English - "This is 
the Voice of Shangri-La, brought to you by Yunnan Radio”; poor. In 
past years they always gave this ID at the top-of-the-hour, but no 
longer. My audio of ID  
https://app.box.com/s/i1ufldgzhxd75peqwjnl4lssj15q1xxp 
Best heard  with headphones or earphones, as it is very weak.

BTW - Seems BBS/Bhutan (6034.95) is signing off rather early these 
days. No longer hearing then after 1230 (Ron Howard, California, 
dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. [at present 5910.059 kHz exact frequency]  QSL Alcaravαn 
Radio, bestaetigte mit einer detaillierten eQSL und Fotos vom Sender 
sowie eSticker innerhalb von 24 Std.

"Greetings from Colombia, many thanks for reception report to our 
signal in 5910 kHz, this help us to improvement our signal, I send you 
our e-QSL. From January 2011 to all reports received by e-mail we send
e-QSL, but if you want Full QSL (Card, Sticker and other little gift)
please send you report by Airmail including 2 IRC to:

ALCARAVAN RADIO
c/o Rafael Rodrνguez R.
Apartado No. 67751
(oficina Red 4-72 Unicentro)
Bogota D.C. - COLOMBIA

e-mail    (QSL-Manager)

Immerhin gibt es noch Sender, die mit Empfangsberichten was anfangen
koennen, wie der obige Text dokumentiert (Willi Westrupp-D, A-DX Nov 
27 via BC-DX 5 Dec via DXLD)

[and non]. 5910.077 approx., Monday Dec 7 at 0640, weak Alcaravαn 
Radio, off+plus as usual; 0642 joined by the TWR music-box IS via 
AUSTRIA closer to 5910.00 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 950, Dec 6 at 0137:07, ``RR`` in Morse, which is 
all we need to pin it on Radio Reloj. WRTH has two 10 kW of them on 
950, in Camagόey and closer Arroyo Arenas.

I was more interested in IDing the soft piano music on 950.03 or so, 
maybe a religious station but this time of year not necessarily (Glenn 
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 5021.987 kHz exact high speed ute signal, hit Radio 
Rebelde, Bauta program on 5025 kHz heavily at 0540 UT on Dec 3. RTTY 
peaks some 200 Hertz frequency distance apart each other at S=9+20dB 
level, very annoying (Wolfgang Bόschel, Germany, morning logs Dec 3 at 
0505 to 0540 UT, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 3, dxldyg via DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, Sunday Dec 6 at 0731, tune-in to big open carrier, must 
be RHC, off at 0731.4*. Should have been tail of weekly Esperanto 
broadcast which had been messed up until now, but I didn`t axually 
hear any of it; did anyone? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. UNIDENTIFIED. 6870 AM in Spanish/Portuguese? 0100-0430z+ --- 
Hello Again Glenn, Curious if you have any possible ID for a station 
on 6870 AM at 0100-0430z+ in Spanish/Portuguese???

Very good signal at ~0300z with male/female & of course music but I 
can't seem to find it anywhere. I have heard it before & others are 
hearing it tonight.

I just doubt it's a pirate, sounds very professional & not a pescadore 
station because they don't have the staying power or produce anything 
this good sounding. Still on at 0430z

Thank you [and I see 6250 was resolved LOL] (Rafman K4RAF, 0453 UT Dec 
5, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Unfortunately, I couldn`t check this until 0605 Dec 5, when there was 
nothing on 6870.

Here are his and other HFU latest logs of it:
http://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,24894.0.html

And from latest Free Radio Weekly: ``unidentified--only a carrier 
6870AM 3 Dec 2015 0012-0103. Saw a carrier in the waterfall and 
watched it for an hour. Tried USB, ECSS, and Synchro, but there was 
nothing other than the carrier. It was about 30 dB above the general 
noise (Hunsicker, PA)``

I searched my archives on 6870 and found this:

``6870 27.09.15 1645 I R. Europe, IT: ID, MX radioeurope@iol.it G. RP 
in DX Fanzine, and Conexiσn Digital: RP = Roberto Pavanello in 
Vercelli (Italy). RX: EGZ DX 10, Icom R-71. ANT: EGZ LPF1R ferrite 
loop for reception of MW, 30-metre long wire``

But that is likely a red herring, unless it were on in the middle of 
the Euronight. 

6870 was heard by many, before on Sept 9 as in DXLD 15-37, finally 
IDed as Radio Habana Cuba, but never figured out how a mix could have 
landed on 6870. Did anyone axually // it to known RHC frequencies?? 
May have been mixed up with a Spy Numbers transmission (Glenn Hauser, 
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. Marνa Gonzαlez to Head Office of Cuba Broadcasting     
DECEMBER 8, 2015 Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)
To view this online visit 
http://www.bbg.gov/?p=23029

MIAMI - The Broadcasting Board of Governors today announced that Marνa 
"Malule" Gonzαlez will take over as Director of the Office of Cuba 
Broadcasting, responsible for the strategic planning and direction of 
TV Martν, Radio Martν and Martinoticias.com, which are collectively 
known as the Martνs.

"We are thrilled to have Malule join us at such a critical time for 
Cuba broadcasting," said BBG Chairman Jeff Shell. "She is a seasoned, 
Emmy award-winning journalist, a proven leader and an innovator, and 
she has the skills and experience to lead the Martνs through a new era 
of U.S. broadcasting to Cuba."

"I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve my country," said 
Gonzαlez. "I strongly believe that the people of Cuba must have access 
to free and accurate information, and I am thrilled to work alongside 
the entire Marti team to ensure that they do."

Gonzαlez began her journalism career as a writer, producer and manager 
in Puerto Rico before she moved to Univision in 1989, followed by 
Telemundo where she produced several shows and launched "CBS 
TeleNoticias," the first Spanish 24-hour pan-regional news network.

Since then she has created popular programs for Venevisiσn 
International, served as General Manager for an independent local 
station in Puerto Rico, and most recently has served as Vice-President 
and Station Manager for WLII and WSTE, two local stations owned and 
operated by Univision.

Gonzαlez will be taking over for Carlos A. Garcνa-Pιrez, who has 
served as OCB Director for five years.

"Since 2010, Carlos has passionately worked to provide Cubans with 
unbiased, accurate and reliable information," said BBG CEO and 
Director John Lansing. "He has led the charge to improve programming, 
pursue new strategies to overcome Cuban jamming and enhance editorial 
effectiveness. He is a tireless defender of Article 19, and I know 
there are Cubans whose lives are better for it."

Despite changes in its relationship with the United States, Cuba 
continues to have one of the world's most restrictive media 
environments. The island nation consistently ranks in the bottom ten 
of Freedom House's Freedom of the Press Index, and the Committee to 
Protect Journalists calls it one of the worst countries to be a 
blogger.

The Martνs are a multimedia hub of news, information and analysis that 
provides a one-of-a-kind service that brings unbiased, objective 
information to Cuba. Despite consistent jamming by the Cuban 
government, OCB reaches audiences on the island through a variety of 
high- and low-tech solutions. In addition to satellite television, and 
shortwave, satellite, and AM radio, OCB launched a mobile app for 
Android and iOS devices. The Martνs also use SMS text messaging as a 
means to push unfiltered information out to audiences.

Gonzαlez's appointment is effective December 12, 2015 (BBG PR via 
Hansjoerg Biener, Germany, Dec 8, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

?? So is Malule of Cuban heritage or not?? (Glenn Hauser, DXLD)

** DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. 1670 HI.., “La Voz del Yuna, Bonao, 
http://www.lavozdelyuna.org started on the 1st of August, 2015, but we 
are still only testing. The power of the transmitter is 3 kW and we 
are working to get the best reach of our signal. It is an initiative 
of senator Felix Nova, leader of the Council for the Development of 
Ecotourism of Monseρor Nouel, our province. La Voz del Yuna marked the 
start of radio and TV in my country, in 1942. It moved to the capital 
and the building was demolished. Then the legislator restores that 
work and creates the cultural station and museum which it is today.” 
(from a QSL to our member Jan Edh)

Background info by OA from the web: “The station started operations on 
August 1, 1942, from Villa de las Hortensias (a nickname for Bonao) 
and after not more than four years it was moved to the capital and 
became La Voz Dominicana. The current station is intended to be a 
replica of the original station” (Dec MW News via DXLD)

** EASTER ISLAND. 13199, 0954, Male Voice mentioned “Easter Island 
Air” in English. My list shows it should be 13199.9 (Very seldom used) 
except in emergency (Dallas McKenzie, Buller, New Zealand, HF:- Icom 
IC-R70, with long wire N-S (100ft),and 20ft whip (30ft above ground), 
FRG 7700 with long wire E-W (30ft), and, (Sony SW7600G for Stand by), 
Dec NZ DX Times via DXLD)

** EGYPT. Strong signal of Radio Cairo, low modulation, distorted 
audio: from 0658 9745 ABS 250 kW / 315 deg ENAm Arabic General Service
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/strong-signal-of-radio-cairo-low.html
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, B`lgariya, Dec 3, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

9900, Radio Cairo heard at 2015 on 12/3/15, talks in French by a male 
announcer. Fair, but extremely poorly modulated (Bob Brossell, 
Pewaukee, WI, JRC NRD-545 (Godar DXR-1000 antenna); Eton E1; Sony ICF 
SW77, NASWA Flashsheet Dec 6 via DXLD)

9964.56, Dec 5 at 0120, R. Cairo is a JBA carrier.

15535, Dec 6 at 1446, LAH between two poor signals. Only one listed in 
Aoki is Cairo, Abis in Arabic at 13-16; but EiBi also has a CNR1 
jammer at 12-14, i.e. vs V. of Tibet same hours on 15537.

9745.04, Dec 7 at 0315, suptorted music, Qur`an? from R. Cairo to 
North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 5004.996, RNGE RadioDifusiσn [sic] de Guinea 
Ecuatorial, from Bata, surprisingly strong at S=6 signal level this 
morning Dec 3 at 0530 UT. Spanish language male announcer easily heard 
and could identify, EquGuinea mentioned often, at 0532 UT Hungarian 
Gypsy violine Czardas music played. Interference QRM on upper sideband 
noted again, high speed ute with two RTTY signal peaks visible on SDR 
screen - some exact 200 Hertz distance frequencies apart, on 5006.099 
and 5005.899 kHz measured (Wolfgang Bόschel, Germany, morning logs Dec 
3 at 0505 to 0540 UT, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 3, dxldyg via DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

Hi Wolfy, Was interested to see we were both listening to RNGE at the 
same time! Ron

5005, RNGE Bata. Tuned in at 0504 (Dec 3); had just missed sign on 
(not on the air at 0459); African pop music; as Wolfy has already 
reported - "at 0532 UT Hungarian Gypsy violin Czardas music played," 
which I also heard and at which time they gave a "Radio Nacional" ID; 
started out weak, but slowly improved.

https://app.box.com/s/pyxii9cn3w449cjilejyijlpmd83akpd 
contains my recording of "Hungarian Gypsy violin Czardas music" (Ron 
Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA, Etσn E1, antenna: 100' long wire, 
dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Dec 5, noted RNGE signed on at *0452, on 5005, with signal improving 
the whole time, till tune out at 0537; nothing but non-stop 
African pop songs. Seems to be on regularly now (Ron Howard, 
California, Dec 5, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

5005, Dec 6 at 0437 I start checking for RNGE, and from 0447 keep an 
offset BFO tuned to 5004.7 to hear a carrier come on, but it never 
does by 0507 when I quit. Ron Howard has been hearing it regularly in 
California; last night Dec 5 from *0452 past 0537, nothing but non-
stop African songs. Maybe it`s different on Sundays, or was he or 
anyone hearing it again tonight? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 
1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Hi Glenn, RNGE on 5005, noted starting about 0455 on Dec 7; their 
weakest reception so far; very faint audio with repetitive African 
singing (Ron, California, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

[Re 15-48, my comments questioning a log of RNGE at 0214 UT, reply 
from Daniel Wyllyans. Other than closing up extra spaces, I am not 
going to try to fix up this very rough google translation lest I 
further alter what he is trying to say --- gh]

Re: [HCDX] 5005 kHz Radio Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial (Radio Bata)

Hello, I thank the friend your opinion on my listening as everyone 
here, who has years and years in listening DX, I am ``small fish `` 
and I respect him as a my father, friends Hard core dx mys fathers, 
and whenever you want to give your opinion and welcome. attached your 
opinion to the video, time radio RX really to do within no is correct, 
correct is 02:14 UTC = log, anomaly listening time these radio 
tropical wave band I have children at home I have to take the power
outlet, unconfigures time RX, before film I with earphone claim to 
have heard Spanish, before shoot I with earphone claim to have heard 
Spanish, about jumpcuts on you tube I presumed is progam on site 
yotube from MB to KB, = photo facebook 1,5 MB depois = 45 KB. to go 
fast on the Internet. I recognize that my camcorder is not good, in 
truth and china bought 12 times ends in February, I'm actually very 
poor do not have more money a good buy, I truth work at house com cows  
my wife has mental problems. the radio and won worth more than the 
house .
===
``- Very annoying thing about YT --- if you don`t get out of
it quickly, goes on to play unwanted another audiovideo.``

Ok Glenn, no mys videos YT here got it. Sorry any inconvenience manys
73s for you God bless him. === (Daniel Wyllyans, Dec 3, Hard-Core-DX 
mailing list via DXLD)

Daniel, Thanks for explaining. I would not want you to stop these 
reports with audiovideo clips, just please try to be more careful. We 
appreciate your enthusiasm and efforts to DX under difficult 
circumstances.

I would suggest you not use so much a 3 km of wire antenna, to make it 
less likely that you will find overload signals which are not really 
there.

My complaint about automatically playing more unwanted videos is not 
because of you but just the way YouTube works. 73, (Glenn Hauser, Dec 
9, ibid.)

And it`s still possible he really did hear RNGE, on the air that date 
only at a very unexpected time. When there is such an anomaly, the 
reporter should explain and point it out, rather than leaving us to 
wonder about it, whether it was a mistake, typo or what (Glenn Hauser, 
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

I was in contact with Daniel about a half year ago concerning those
distorted recordings, then I found out that the distortion occurs not
because of very long antenna but because of his camcorder mic which is 
very close to radio. Always when he comes too close to his radio the 
distortion appears. Daniel likes to show us everything around his 
listening post (I appreciate it) and also details of his display, but 
moving too close to the speaker is not good. Otherwise - I am very 
pleased to know such a very active DX observer in Brasil! (Karel 
Honzνk, Czechia, HCDX via DXLD)

** ETHIOPIA. 6090, Dec 7 at 0250, Anguilla is still off, so this time 
I`m standing by for Amhara Radio, scheduled to start at 0300. But 
nothing heard, no carrier by 0300, altho I am getting S6 on 6110 at 
0259 mentioning Fana, and also an S5 on 5950 at 0302 with some music, 
other Ethiopian frequencies. There is however, a trace of a carrier 
closer to 6089 amid hash, suspected from a local device. So is Amhara 
really active, or is that another ex-6090 station? (Glenn Hauser, OK, 
WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Hi Glenn, Also checking Dec 7 at 0258+ on 6090, but heard nothing. 
Also again 0352-0402 with nothing. No hint of any station signing on.
(Ron Howard, California, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

** ETHIOPIA. I also heard Fana Broadcasting Corporate (previously 
known as Radio Fana) on 6110 kHz on Sunday evening (starting around 
0255 UT on 7 December) using the Univ. of Twente WebSDR. I was looking 
for Xizang but heard Fana instead signing on with their interesting 
IS. I recorded (using my Tecsun ICR-100) the IS and the ID and start 
of the news bulletin in Amharic (excerpt attached). I had an Ethiopian 
colleague listen to the recording and answer a few questions I had 
including one on the meaning of the name. He told me that the word 
"fana" in this context has the meaning of a pioneer or a founder and 
was chosen by the station as it claimed to be the first non-
governmental broadcaster. In reality, Fana belongs to the governing 
party (Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front).

The other two words in the station's name ("broadcasting" and 
"corporate") are English loan words in Amharic. My colleague says such 
words are used for convenience and almost everybody in the country 
(radio listeners) knows these words. There are Amharic equivalent 
words but the words are a little awkward for usage and especially for 
broadcasters. In addition, "broadcasting" and "corporate" are western 
(recent) concepts and the words have been adopted by most Ethiopian 
languages. There are several other English and Italian words in the 
Ethiopian languages. For example, aeroplane (airplane), mercato 
(market), autobus (bus), parlama (parliament), and so on.

By the way, in case you are wondering what the initial news item is 
about, my colleague says it is about the dam being built at the source 
of the Nile (-- Richard Langley, Dec 7, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 
1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Hi Richard, Very enjoyable listening to your high quality recording. 
Thanks for posting it and giving us the additional info (Ron Howard, 
California, ibid.)

Thanks, Ron. In this case, I was actually listening to the Twente 
receiver using Safari on my iPhone and recorded the audio using the 
microphone input of the Tecsun ICR-100 for a "quick and dirty" 
recording rather than a line input. By the way, a high-quality 
recording (via the Web stream?) of the FBC IS and sign-on announcement 
can be found on the Interval Signals Online website:  
http://intervalsignals.net/Files/eth-fana_national_240112.m3u
(Richard Langley, NB, ibid.)

** ETHIOPIA. Re my: UNIDENTIFIED. 7235.82 approx., Dec 3 at 1405, JBA 
carrier, which points to always off-frequency EBC by longpath; or does 
it? EiBi has it on 7236.5 at 14-15 as EBC in Arabic; 15-16 switches to 
V. of Democratic Alliance clandestine; 16-17 back to EBC in English. 
Recent report from Wolfgang Bόschel puts it a little lower, but 
supposedly not varying down below 7236:

``7236.372 kHz footprint narrowed - the Ethiopian station always 
wanders up and down 20-30 Hertz. Scheduled Radio Ethiopia in Arabic in 
14-15 UT slot, from Addis Ababa-Gedja site. Noted at 1405 UT on Nov 25 
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Nov 25)``

It seems that Ethiopia does vary below 7236, even below 7235. Wolfgang 
Bόschel now replies: ``re ETH surprisingly 7234.9v, a pity, just 
before I could MEASURE accurate ODD frequency, ETH broadcast left the 
air exact at scheduled 0430 UT on day=6 Fridays! The transmission was 
on the low side close approx. 7234.8 ... x.9 kHz. This Dec 4th 0430 UT 
morning. 73 wb`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

7236.237 kHz footprint narrowed - the Ethiopian station always wanders 
up to 30 Hertz. Scheduled Radio Ethiopia in 16-17 UT slot, from Addis 
Ababa-Gedja site. Noted at 16.05 UT on Dec 6, S=7 -81dBm signal 
strength here in southern Germany. [selected SDR options, span 12.5 
kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz] (Wolfgang Bόschel, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 6, 
dxldyg via DXLD)

Re how much R. Ethiopia varies around 7235, Thorsten Hallmann, 
Germany, replies on the DXLD yg Dec 7: ``Good morning, throughout the 
last few years, I observed this transmission between approx. 7233.x 
and 7237.x --- so this is absolutely not surprising. This transmitter 
is often on low modulation, and we have observed roughly the same 
pattern with the 9560v transmission: always varying slightly on the 
one hand, but sometimes also drifting +/-2 kHz within minutes or 
hours, but likely back to the long term mean sooner or later. 73 
thorsten`` 

And Wolfgang Bόschel replies to that: ``ETHIOPIA/CHINA. Nothing 
observed from ETH in 41 mb this morning Dec 7 around 0330-0400 UT - re 
7234 - 7237 kHz wandered station from Ethiopia.

But now at 1530 UT on Dec 7 noted odd frequency program on 7236.248 
kHz, S=8 or -76dBm in Europe and Moscow Russia remote SDR units,
but weak tiny threshold in Osaka and Tokyo remote units in Japan.

Surprise surprise, noted a lot of downwards channel at 1553 UT on 
rather 7236.066 kHz, still wandered downwards lowerside.

Some 1000 to 1300 Hertz interference whistle tone QRM, against even 
CRI Kashgar 7235 kHz channel broadcast signal in Chinese. wb``
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Wolfy, But in the meantime you had reported this [as above], 
indicating Ethiopia varied a lot more than 30 Hz, like almost 2 kHz 
down. Do you now think this was really Ethiopia; and my 7235.82 
carrier halfway in between? (Glenn Hauser, ibid.)

I remembered the 7236 matter TODAY, to measure the afternoon/night ETH
frequency. But sorry, > The transmission was on the low side close 
approx. 7234.8 ... x.9 kHz. This Dec 4th 0430 UT morning.

0400-0430 UT is SO MUCH UNPLEASANT NIGHT time locally here in Germany,
to check their ETH morning oddity accurate measurement. But in long 
range time, I'll set the focus on these 7234 ... 7237 kHz frequency 
range in future. I've no idea, which small domestic station broadcasts 
also in this 7234 to 7236 kHz fq range. 73 wolfy (Bόschel, Dec 6, 
ibid.)

ETHIOPIA 7236.063 kHz footprint narrowed at 1645 UT Dec 8, wanders 
down and up 20 Hertz. wb (Bόschel, ibid.)

I heard a very weak signal around 7236 kHz this morning around 1430z, 
but I didn't log it because although I could tell the announcer was 
male, I couldn't make out the language as the modulation was too close 
to the noise floor. VOA in Korean (announcer is usually female) from 
Tinian is scheduled (B15) on 7235 kHz as well as CNR1 (usually more 
commercials, etc.) around the same time. The signal fading didn't 
sound like the other Pacific path signals I was receiving this morning 
(and in fact did sound more like the fading I was hearing from 
africa), but I didn't want to be too presumptuous.

Does anyone know if  VOA in Korean from Tinian is actually using that 
channel as scheduled around 1430z? Is CNR1 actually there as well? 
I'll try to get a recording if conditions improve and I hear it again 
(Rodney Johnson, NV, Dec 8, ibid.)

I briefly listened again here this morning ~1445z and found two JBA 
carriers and no modulation. The stronger carrier zero beat right on 
7235 kHz (VOA and/or CRI?) and the weaker one ~7236 kHz (Ethiopia?). I 
didn't have time to listen more than a few minutes. So nobody knows 
what's happening on this frequency around this time? If not could 
somebody send me URLs for remote SDRs in the Pacific region so I can 
check myself? 73s (Rodney Johnson, NV, Dec 9, dxldyg via DXLD)

** EUROPE. CLOSURE OF MW TRANSMITTERS --- By 31 December many stations 
in Europe will close their MW transmitters on the following 
frequencies - 162, 549, 603, 711, 756, 864, 1206, 1242, 1269, 1278, 
1377, 1404, 1422, 1440, 1494, 1557, per Mike Simmonds at 
http://members7.boardhost.com/PirateRadio/msg/1449359578.html
(Mike Terry, Dec 7, mwdx yg via DXLD)

This is not entirely accurate.

1/ The French station on 162 kHz will not close.

2/ The German station on 1179 kHz is not mentioned in this list but it 
will also shut down. Regards, (Rιmy Friess, ibid.)

Has it been confirmed that 1422 will close down too? At one time 
rumours had it that some of the programming on 1440 (was it CRI?) 
would be switched to 1422 as of January 2016. Best 73’s (Stig Hartvig 
Nielsen, Denmark, ibid.)

I think it was just a rumour. I don't think the Chinese are that 
interested in the MW band anyway. They also abandoned their other 
outlet on 702 kHz. 73s, (Rιmy Friess, ibid.)

Yes, and last year they also ceased broadcasting from Pori, Finland, 
963 kHz (Jorma Mantyla, Kangasala, Finland, ibid.)

** EUROPE. Dear Mr Hauser, Please be informed that new Europe based 
pirate station Tipperary Radio is making irregular test broadcasts of 
our facilities and transmitter during the month of December between 
6200-6400 kHz.

Special limited edition, numbered postal QSLs are available free of 
charge for this inaugural broadcast for all correct reports sent via 
email to radiotipperary@hotmail.com containing the sender's name and 
street address. EQSLs are not available.

Our regularly scheduled broadcasts shall commence after the holiday 
season, when sobriety will be less random and our mental faculties and 
physical abilities less compromised. Thank you and be well (Timothy 
Tipperary, Dec 8, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. RFI English teaser --- Glenn:  France 24 TV is running this 
promo for RFI English. Check out this video on YouTube:
http://youtu.be/vd2i8LYA33s
(Charlie Harlich, Sent from my iPhone, Dec 4, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 11580, UT Fri Dec 4 at 0218-0223 check, WRMI with 
fill music instead of RFI English relay, one tune hymnic, ``Coming 
Together`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. Some special programs on DLF and DLR. Final shutdown 
decommissioning of medium wave in Germany.

Abschaltung der Mittelwelle in DLF und DRadio Kultur. Hallo in die 
Runde. Laut DLF Magazin beschaeftigen sich folgende Sendungen
mit dem Thema der Abschaltung der Mittelwelle. [presumably CET?]

Im Deutschlandfunk
 5. Dezember 20:05 im Anschluss an das Hoerspiel des Monats.
17. Dezember 10:10 Marktplatz
17. Dezember 18:40 Hintergrund
18. Dezember 10:10 Lebenszeit
19. Dezember 17:05 Markt und Medien

Im Deutschlandradio Kultur
30. Dezember 19:07 Kultur und Geschichte.
(Hans-Juergen Karius-D, DL4YBP, A-DX Nov 30 via BC-DX 5 Dec via DXLD)

** GERMANY. Again this year on Dec 24 NDR transmits ”Gruί an Bord” to 
seamen on the Indian Ocean and Atlantic as follows:

At 1900-2100 on 6185 to North Atlantic, 9810 to Eastern Indian Ocean, 
9830 to Atlantic and Indian Ocean (South Africa), 9885 to Western 
Indian Ocean and 11650 to South Atlantic.

At 2100-2300 on 6040 to North Atlantic, 9515 to Western Indian Ocean, 
9655 to Southern Atlantic, 9765 to Eastern Indian Ocean and 9830 to 
Atlantic and Indian Ocean (South Africa). (Ghibaudo and Kuhl, DSWCI DX 
Window Dec 9 via DXLD)

** GERMANY. Weak signal of Europa 24 on December 3
0715 & 0800 on  6150 DET 015 kW / non-dir to CeEu German
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/weak-signal-of-europa-24-on-december-3.html
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, B`lgariya, Dec 3, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. Here is what I heard today in Skovlunde on my AOR 
AR7030PLUS with 28 metres of longwire: 6005.00, *1300-1358* 5.12, R 
700, Kall-Krekel (1 kW) RMRC special broadcast from EDXC Conference in 
St. Petersburg with interviews by Harald Gabler of Chrissy Brand 
(BDXC), Jan-Mikael Nurmela and Kari Kivekδs (both EDXC) 35333 AP-DNK 
(Anker Petersen, Denmark, via Dario Monferini, playdx yg via DXLD) 

** GERMANY [non]. 11580 via WRMI broadcast from Rhein Mein Radio Club 
started at 2200. Excellent signals. Program in remembrance of this 
year`s EDXC conference in St.Petersburg, Russia (Stephen C Wood, 
Harwich, Mass., Dec 5, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Yes, very good signal in Wyomissing too! Heard and interview with 
Chrissy Brand promoting next year's proposed venue in Manchester, 
England. 73, (Rich D`Angelo, PA, NASWA yg via DXLD) Viz.:

11580, USA, Rhein-Main Radio Club via WRMI-Okeechobee, Florida, 2205-
2246 Dec 5, tuned in for the special EDXC Conference special enjoying 
Harald Gabler doing interviews with attendees. Very good signal (Rich 
D'Angelo, 2216 Burkey Drive, Wyomissing, PA 19610, U.S.A., Ten-Tec RX-
340, Drake R-8B, Eton E1, Eton E5, Alpha Delta DX Sloper, RF Systems 
Mini-Windom, Datong FL3, JPS ANC-4, NASWA Flashsheet Dec 6 via DXLD)

Repeats:

6.12.2015 on 5850 kHz at 2300-0000 UT (Sunday evening in North 
America) to North America (English)

6.12.2015 on 9955 kHz at 0500-0600 UT December 6 to the Caribbean and 
Latin America

7.12.2015 on 7570 kHz at 2100-2200 UT December 7 (Monday afternoon / 
evening in North America) to North America. This may also be audible 
in Europe. (English)

7.12.2015 on 15770 kHz at 2100-2200 UT (Monday afternoon/evening in 
North America) Harald Gabler, Rhein-Main-Radio-Club, via
https://edxcnews.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/edxc-broadcast-december-2015/
Posted by: ("Alan Pennington", BDXC-UK yg via DXLD)

5850, Dec 6 at 2330-2400, catch second half of the RMRC special about 
EDXC 2015 conference in St. Petersburg: Dr Harald Gabler hosting VG 
signal with mixture of interviews, classic rock tunes, plugs for 
club`s new QSL calendar, etc. One more repeat scheduled on WRMI: 
Monday Dec 7 at 21-22 on 7570 and 15770 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. Frequency changes of Deutsche Welle effective from 
December 15, all 250 kW:
0400-0500 12025 MDC / 300 deg EAf English, ex 11810, re-ex 11800
0500-0600 15405 MDC / 300 deg SAf English, ex 15520, re-ex 15275
1600-1700 15190 DHA / 225 deg EAf Amharic, ex 15560

And upcoming frequency change of DW effective from January 15, 2016
0630-0700 11800 ISS 500 kW / 170 deg WAf Hausa (alt. freq. 13610), ex 
9800
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/frequency-changes-of-deutsche-welle.html
(Ivo Ivanov, Blgariya, Dec 9, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

** GIBRALTAR. 1458, R. Gibraltar, Maida Vale, 2155 09-Nov-15, Ellie 
Goulding " Love Me Like You Do" and Radio Gibraltar ID (Allen Willie, 
Carbonear, NL, ICOM R-75 with 150m wire to NE and 183m wire to SE, Dec 
CIDX Messenger via DXLD) What a catch

** GOA [non]. 9870, Dec 7 at 1425, nothing but CRI English, very poor, 
as AIR VBS from Bengaluru is temporarily off, per Jose Jacob, 
transmitters there needed to substitute for ailing GOA units on other 
frequencies. So if you hear a listed Panaji frequency and it sounds 
OK, it may well be Bengaluru instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 
1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Re: AIR Panaji SW transmitter problem --- The following schedule is 
noted via Bengaluru *ex Panaji
1315-1415 11560 Dari      (Afghanistan, Pakistan) 
1415-1530 11560 Pushtu    (Afghanistan, Pakistan) 
1615-1730  7505 Hindi     (Middle East)
1730-1830  7505 Malayalam (Middle East) 
Yours sincerely, (Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur 
Radio, Hyderabad, India Mobile: +91 94416 96043, 
http://www.qsl.net/vu2jos Dec 3, dx_india yg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, 
DXLD)

** GREECE. Voice of Greece is again on shortwave, December 3-4
2022&2100 on  9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg to WeEu Greek, Dec 3
0600-0710 on  9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg to WeEu Greek, Dec 4
No signal from Voice of Greece on 9420 kHz at 0720UTC, Dec 4
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/voice-of-greece-is-again-on-shortwave_4.html

Voice of Greece is again on shortwave, December 4-5
2001&2100 on  9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg to WeEu Greek, Dec 4
0515&0745 on  9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg to WeEu Greek, Dec 5
No signal from Voice of Greece on 9420 kHz at 0805UTC, Dec 5
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/voice-of-greece-is-again-on-shortwave_5.html
(DX RE MIX NEWS #929 from Georgi Bancov and Ivo Ivanov Dec. 7, 2015 
via DXLD)

V. of Greece back on shortwave, Dec 7 after absence of several days:
from 1758 on  9420*AVL 170 kW / 323 deg to WeEu Greek, co-ch CNR 13 
Uyghur till 1805
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/voice-of-greece-was-back-on-sw-dec7.html
73! (Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, Dec 6-7, dxldyg via DXLD)

Voice of Greece transmissions on shortwave on December 8-9:
1951-2100 9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg WeEu Greek QRM RFA+CNR-1 on 9410
from 0608 9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg WeEu Greek and off air at 0630 UT
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/voice-of-greece-transmissions-on.html
73! (Ivo Ivanov, Dec 8, Blgaria, dxldyg via DXLD)

** GUATEMALA [and non]. Presentamos DISCULPAS por lo sucedido con 
nuestro video de Radio Verdad TV 056.

El video habνa sido bloqueado por tres paνses europeos. YouTube de 
Guatemala, impugnσ dichos bloqueos, en nuestra defensa. En represalia, 
el servidor de Italia nos anulσ el video completo para todo el mundo, 
y nos anulσ la administraciσn de nuestro canal. En consecuencia, ya no 
podrνamos seguir subiendo videos a nuestro canal de Radio Verdad TV.

YouTube de Guatemala y License Source de Guatemala hicieron gestiones 
ante ellos, y lograron que me rehabilitaran la administraciσn del 
canal, pero, nos dejaron sanciones graves para 6 meses. License Source 
de Guatemala continϊa haciendo gestiones para que el servidor de 
Italia nos quite las sanciones, puesto que, nos aplicaron sanciones 
graves, sin habernos amonestado antes.

Radio Verdad TV agradece mucho a YouTube y License Source de 
Guatemala, por sus gestiones en favor de Radio Verdad TV.

Por esas razones, quedσ deshabilitado nuestro video 056 para todo el 
mundo; pero, lo analizaremos y volveremos a subir despuιs, para que 
nuestros mαs de 100,000 televidentes en todo el mundo no queden 
defraudados.

Recuerde que Radio Verdad TV es un canal educativo y cristiano, y 
esperamos que no continϊen las acciones en su contra. Dentro de un 
momento, vamos a publicar otro video de "Volviendo a Jesϊs" TV.

Con todo aprecio de su Canal Educativo Evangιlico Radio Verdad TV (Dr. 
Ιdgar Amνlcar Madrid, Radio Verdad TV, Dec 5, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

I don`t get it; why would they bother to block this in Italy? (gh)

** HAWAII. Official Updates from the FCC. STATIONS GOING DARK:
620, KHNU, Hilo – Station had been silent Nov. 21, 2014; new owners 
applied for a last-minute STA with U3 5000/5000 with an unspecified 
pattern from four towers at a temporary site outside the original KHNU 
service area, so the FCC couldn’t grant it in time for the station to 
get back on the air within one year; FCC deleted the license in a 
December 4 letter to the new owners. No word about what happens with 
the synchro relays at Kalaoa and Naalehu (David Yocis, DC, AM Switch, 
NRC DX News Dec 14 via DXLD)

** INDIA. With effect from 10th Dec, 2015 transmissions from All India 
Radio SPT, Rajkot using 1000 kW MW DRM transmitter has been re-
scheduled as following: [subtract 5:30 for UT]

0545-0630 IST - Simulcast Mode - AM 1071 kHz Urdu + DRM 1080 kHz (Prog 
1: Vividh Bharati, Prog 2: Urdu)

0630-0730 IST - Simulcast Mode - AM 1071 kHz Sindhi + DRM 1080 kHz 
(Prog 1: Vividh Bharati, Prog 2: Urdu)

0730-1000 IST - Simulcast Mode - AM 1071 kHz Urdu + DRM 1080 kHz (Prog 
1: Vividh Bharati, Prog 2: Urdu)

1200-1345 IST - Pure DRM Mode - 1071 kHz (Prog 1: Vividh Bharati, Prog 
2: Urdu)

1400-1800 IST - Simulcast Mode - AM 1071 kHz Urdu + DRM 1080 kHz (Prog 
1: Vividh Bharati, Prog 2: Urdu)

1800-2030 IST - Simulcast Mode - AM 1071 kHz Sindhi + DRM 1080 kHz 
(Prog 1: Vividh Bharati, Prog 2: Urdu)

2030-2130 IST - Simulcast Mode - AM 1071 kHz Baluchi + DRM 1080 kHz 
(Prog 1: Vividh Bharati, Prog 2: Urdu)

2130-0100 IST - Simulcast Mode - AM 1071 kHz Urdu + DRM 1080 kHz (Prog 
1 :
Vividh Bharati, Prog 2 : Urdu)

Transmitter will now carry 3 channels simultaneously, one in AM mode & 
two in DRM mode. --- (Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi, Dec 7, dx_india yg via 
DXLD) SPT = super power transmitter

DRM 1080 or 1081 kHz as earlier? Is DRM also carried with 1000 kW?
Thanks, (Mauno Ritola, Finland, ibid.)

** INDIA. 4970, AIR Shillong, 1401, Dec 6. In English; “This is the 
North Eastern Service of All India Radio broadcasting from Shillong on
shortwave 60.26 meters, corresponding to 4,970 kilohertz and an
additional FM 100.1 megahertz. It's time now for a feature in English
titled 'Hero of Social Justice.' This is a feature of the life and 
works of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar”; one of the principal architects of the 
Indian constitution; fairly readable and informative program. My audio 
at 
https://app.box.com/s/qjlfzpdl12xdxquqo34gc6rpaqlqvs2b 
(Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA, Etσn E1, antenna: 100' long 
wire, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. LAUNCHING OF A WEBSITE BY ALL INDIA RADIO FOR ITS EXTERNAL 
SERVICES --- AIR, 9 December 2015
http://www.indianfrontliners.com/article/22882-launching-of-a-website-by-all-india-radio-for-its-external-services/118-embassy-news

All India Radio has launched a multimedia website for its external 
service. The website airworldservice.org  is presently available in 
English, Hindi and Urdu languages. The content consists of rich 
bouquet of news, current affairs, programmes on culture, heritage, 
music, art, tourism, health-care, issues relating to economy, 
investment, development, education etc. The website which has a blend 
of text, pictures, video and audio components, also features live 
streaming of radio programmes. It also has a segment of “Radio On 
Demand”.

The External Services of All India Radio have been broadcasting their 
programmes in 27 languages (15 foreign and 12 Indian). They are 
reaching out to more than 140 countries through medium and short wave. 
Broadcasts are aimed at Indians living abroad as well as others 
worldwide. The programmes of AIR have wide following as is evident 
from large number of letters, e-mails received by the different 
language services. It is mainly for Indian Diaspora and to give the 
listeners a feel of Home away from home. AIR also broadcast in Bangla, 
Baluchi, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Pashtu, Punjabi, Nepali, Saraiki, 
Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil and Tibetan for the neighbouring countries. 
Their objective is to project the progress and policies of India, 
along with its arts and culture. All Indian nationals living in 
Kuwait, who are interested to see the external service of All India 
Radio may log to its website http://www.airworldservice.org/
Posted by: (Mike Terry, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

** INDIA. Message from N. Thiyagarajan ADGE(SZ) Chennai about safety 
and operations of AIR & DD



Thank you for your concern. All our staff are OK. Yes, situation was 
very grim and continues to. City is witnessing heavy and torrential 
rains after 1918. At present rain has subsided. If it does not relapse 
then there wont be much difficulty. City is thrown out of gear.

All our services on "AIR & DD" are functional, thanks to our officers 
and staff. They have been doing a commendable job indeed. I gather 
some pvt TV channels were forced to close due to rain.

I could not write on this group as internet was in accessible. I was
conserving my mobile battery and in touch with DG, EINC and all though 
SMS. Every disaster teaches us many things. Power and internet are the 
first casualty, followed by Landline. Mobile networks also don't 
function. City was powerless for 48 hours and even now some areas are 
reeling under darkness.

The DDGEs of AIR and DD stayed overnight at office. Hope things will 
look up soon. Everything is being managed well!! Don't worry!!! So 
thanks again! Good luck to all!! *N .Thiyagarajan* *Additional 
Director General (Engineering) South Zone* *AIR & DD MAINTENANCE* --- 
(via Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi, Dec 3, dx_india yg via DXLD)

** INDIA. RADIO CONNECTS FLOOD VICTIMS --- Southgate December 4, 2015
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2015/december/radio_connects_flood_victims.htm

The Indian Mail Today reports "Good old radio emerged as the only 
thing connecting the people of Chennai with the outside world during 
the worst hours of flooding"

The newspaper says:

When all other communication links were down, All India Radio’s 
Chennai station managed to broadcast regular news bulletins about the 
situation in Tamil Nadu.

The broadcast remained uninterrupted despite the fact that the news 
room itself was flooded.

The AIR [All India Radio] even increased the frequency of news 
bulletins to ensure that people get all the information about the 
calamity as it unfolded.

The same news is repeated within this UK Daily Mail story
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-3344990/RAISINA-TATTLE-Lt-Gen-Bipin-Rawat-takes-new-chief-southern-command.html

All India Radio (AIR)
https://twitter.com/airnewsalerts/status/672724347325313024

Indian Mail Today
http://mailtoday.in/
Posted by: (Mike Terry, Dec 5, dxldyg via DXLD)

** INDIA. Unscheduled transmission of All India Radio in English Dec 8
1315-1415 on 11560 PAN 250 kW / 330 deg to WeAs Dari as scheduled B-15
1415-1530 on 11560 PAN 250 kW / 330 deg to WeAs Pashto, scheduled B-15
1530-1537 on 11560 PAN 250 kW / 330 deg to WeAs English unscheduled px
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/unscheduled-transmission-of-all-india.html
73! (Ivo Ivanov, Dec 8, Blgaria, dxldyg via DXLD)

In other words, they just ran 7 minutes over. And it soon came out 
that 11560 has Bengaluru substituting, a drawback of always publishing 
a transmitter site as if it were written in stone (gh, DXLD) See GOA 

** INDIA.  Here is some news on AIR. Effective 1st Dec, 2015 AIR GOS-
II (General Overseas Service in English) at 1000-1100 UT can also be 
heard in addition to SW via Chinsurah 1000 kW transmitter near Kolkata 
on 1134 kHz (MW) directed to SE Asia. Reception reports are welcome at

specially from the listeners in the subcontinent and So.Ea.Asia.

Also 9870 kHz from Bengaluru with Vividh Bharati at 1245-1735 UT is 
off the air for the time being and which is used for other {substitute 
Goa Panaji services, wb.} services during this period (Alok Dasgupta, 
INDIA, Dec 2, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 4 via DXLD)

In der Region ist der Sender gut* zu empfangen. [* only S=7-8 signal 
in Doha Qatar remote SDR unit, similar S=8 signal in southern Greece, 
wb. at 0738 UT on Dec 5] (BC-DX 5 Dec via DXLD

** INDONESIA. New 3325.00 (ex: 3324.88), RRI Palangkaraya, 1330, Dec 
7; audio off at 1333* (only open carrier) till tuned out at 1340 
(still just open carrier). Continuing to adjust the transmitter? For 
about two years had been on 3324.88 (Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, 
CA, Etσn E1, antenna: 100' long wire, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, 
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 3344.85, RRI Ternate on Dec 9 had definite open carrier
onward from 1349, but never strong enough for any audio here, but in
Japan, Hiroyuki Komatsubara heard them on 3344.87 at 0925 till 1458
playing "Palau Ambon" at sign off. https://youtu.be/VLTmcgJdHs0  has
Dec 9 (not 10) reception.

BTW - Dec 9 again found RRI Makassar off the air (4749.94); at 1433 
had decent signal from Bangladesh Betar and very light QRM from CNR1
(Ron Howard, Asilomar State Beach, CA, Etσn E1, antenna: 100' long 
wire, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Dec 3 at 1435, not even a JBA carrier from Voice 
of Indonesia, which is about all I can ever expect any more. What does 
Atsunori Ishida say about recent activity? No signal from 1115 Nov 29, 
missing on Nov 30, Dec 1, Dec 2, but on Dec 3: ``1044c/on-1110- with 
very poor. No signal at 1155. Chinese announcement at 1100`` (Glenn 
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) And then so does Ivo:

No signal from Voice of Indonesia, Dec 1-3:
1000-1100 on  9526#JAK 250 kW / 135 deg to AUS  English
1100-1200 on  9526#JAK 250 kW / 010 deg to EaAs Chinese
1200-1300 on  9526#JAK 250 kW / 010 deg to EaAs Japanese
1300-1400 on  9526#JAK 250 kW / 010 deg to EaAs English
1400-1500 on  9526#JAK 250 kW / 010 deg to EaAs Indonesian
1500-1600 on  9526*JAK 250 kW / 010 deg to EaAs Chinese
1600-1700 on  9526^JAK 250 kW / 290 deg to N/ME Arabic
1700-1800 on  9526 JAK 250 kW / 290 deg to WeEu Spanish
1800-1900 on  9526 JAK 250 kW / 290 deg to WeEu German
1900-2000 on  9526 JAK 250 kW / 290 deg to WeEu English
2000-2100 on  9526 JAK 250 kW / 290 deg to WeEu French
# QRM Voice of America in Mandarin on 9530
* co-ch China Radio Int in English on 9525
^ QRM TRT Voice of Turkey in Farsi on 9530
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/no-signal-from-voice-of-indonesia-dec1-3.html
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, B`lgariya, Dec 3, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM. Possible harmonic --- Hi all, The US Navy 
Fleet Sat Comm is rebroadcasting exotic FM DX. Myself & Jurgen Bartels 
think this is Congo:
http://dx.3sdesign.de/unid/254770-FF-IDx-151205.mp3
Satcom is likely receiving the side of a signal on 295.8, possibly 3x 
98.6? RX: Icom 9500 IF out feeding SDR; ant: CLP 5130 Log Periodic -- 
(Tim Bucknall, Congleton, UK, UK Director #KresySiberia, Dec 9, 
harmonics yg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

Certainly sounds like French intonation; mentions ``congolais`` at 
1:29. Even if it`s not a harmonic, this is a fascinating subset of 
DXing engaged in by very few --- unintentional satellite relays of 
domestic broadcaster studio-transmitter linx or harmonics, on VHF 
(Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Here`s my complete Satcom log from the last week:
Log, Tim Bucknall, G-CW12 4 Congleton, 02w14/53n10, IC-R9500 IF output 
feeding Burkhardt Reuter RDR54D1 SDR CLP 5130, Log Periodic

MHz UTC ITU Program + Location Details Remarks km

2015-11-29
245.20 1306 NCG Radio Maria STL, via Satcom mass (mono) STL for AM 
1400 khz?
249.40 1837 ? UNID WFM Indian? Mx, via Satcom qrm from Satcom trfc
255.78 1827 PAK WFM BC STL, via Satcom qrg: 255.7757 weak stereo
carriers at +/- 19 khz
261.28 1744 ? UNID WFM BC, via Satcom cut up by data bursts
265.55 1334 ? UNID WFM BC, Latin America very poor (via Satcom)
268.45 1352 ? UNID WFM BC, Latin America v poor (via Satcom)

2015-11-30
254.74 2207 IRN IRIB STL, via Satcom (east) acapela yl song low mod
257.10 2001 WFM BC STL, Latin America (via Satcom) v poor, rlg 
service?
257.60 2116 ? WFM BC STL, Latin America (via Satcom) coldplay song: 
trouble
260.63 2219 ? video buzz?, via Satcom (east) xmod or cable tv
leakage? 260.633 MHz
267.10 1634 ? UNID WFM BC STL, via Satcom (east) v poor
269.65 2202 PHL UNID soft pops WFM STL, via Satcom (east) not// DWKC 
stream

2015-12-01
250.10 1746 UNID WFM BC STL, Latin America (via Satcom) obliterated
by legit. traffic
265.45 1909 UNID WFM BC, via Satcom (west) qrm from Brazil freebanders
269.96 1913 NCG UNID SS RLG WFM BC, Nicaragua (via Satcom) qrg:
269.957 Stereo! corkscrew drift pattern

2015-12-02
249.40 1331 UNID WFM BC STL, via Satcom (east) v poor (SS?)

2015-12-04
249.45 1606 UNID WFM BC STL, Latin America (via Satcom) Satcom is
rxing it off-freq
253.75 1622 UNID WFM BC, Latin America (via Satcom) severe qrm from
freebanders
254.07 1623 UNID WFM BC, Latin America (via Satcom) v poor. qrg: 
254.075
261.60 0612 WFM BC STL, Latin America (via Satcom) severe qrm from mil 
comms
265.55 0619 2nd WFM BC on frq, Latin America (via Satcom) distorted
om tlk xf mx
268.35 1738 WFM BC STL, Latin America (via Satcom) ex poor
269.95 1749 2nd WFM BC on frq, Latin America (via Satcom) v poor

2015-12-05
243.63 1400 ? Vatican R WFM BC (Harmonic?), via Satcom S.E church
svc, qrg: 243.625 tnx to Jurgen B for tip
252.63 2047 UNID WFM BC STL, poor qrg: 252.625mhz
254.77 1829 UNID FF WFM BC STL, Congo? African mx, blocked by Brazil
open mic from 1906
254.78 1921 PRG Radio Uno, Asuncion (via Satcom) football
commentary qrg: 254.775 180km
257.15 2037 UNID WFM BC STL, very poor,severe qrm
269.85 1433 ? UNID WFM BC STL, Latin America (via Satcom) terrible
qrm from US Navy

2015-12-08
249.57 1949 SS mono WFM STL, Latin America (via Satcom) long SS 
monologue
249.57 1954 UNID 2nd weaker WFM BC, Latin America (via Satcom)
268.44 2029 PRU Radio La Beta, Cajamarca (via Satcom) Mono WFM STL
(Tim Bucknall, Congleton, UK, harmonics yg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, 
DXLD)

Did I ever tell you guys about the weird mixing products that Jodrell
Bank Radio Telescope re-radiates on FM when it rains? (Tim Bucknall, 
Congleton, UK, UK Director #KresySiberia, harmonix yg via DXLD)

** IRAN. 7 Dec 2015 at 1523 on 7360 VOIRI in Azeri. This program
seems to be produced in Tabriz as they ID "Inja Tabriz Radyosu".
I recall it's been that way for years, but just now happened to hear
them ID'ing that way. Listed 1420-1650. This tx listed as Zahedan.
(Jari Savolainen, Kuusankoski, Finland, dxldyg via DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

Very odd frequency of Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran IRIB on Dec 5: 
from 2011 on  6061.6 ZAH 500 kW / 289 deg to NEAf Arabic, instead of 
nominal 6060.0

Full B-15 schedule of VIRI IRIB via this transmitter in Zahedan is:
0223-0520  9895 500 kW / 289 deg NEAf Arabic Al-Quds TV, not checked
0523-1420 15750 500 kW / 289 deg NEAf Arabic, observed nominal freq.
1423-1650  7360 500 kW / 289 deg WeAs Azeri,  observed nominal freq.
1653-0220  6060 500 kW / 289 deg NEAf Arabic, some days on 6061.6v:
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/very-odd-frequency-of-voice-of-islamic.html
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, Sofia, B`lgariya, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Very odd frequency of Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran IRIB on Dec 8
1423-1650 7361.5 ZAH 500 kW / 289 deg WeAs Azeri, instead of nom. 7360
1652-0020 6061.5 ZAH 500 kW / 289 deg NEAf Arabic instead of nom. 6060
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/very-odd-frequency-of-voice-of-islamic_9.html
73! (Ivo Ivanov, Dec 8, Blgaria, dxldyg via DXLD)

** IRAN [and non]. IRAN Tonight at 0220 to present 0245 UT Dec 6, I 
noted IRIB Tehran signal in Spanish on 7225 kHz to South America, and 
also on 9445 kHz to zones 11 and 12 in Central America on overtime, 
latter extended to 0320 UT slot TOO? Measured 9445.006 kHz from 
Kamalabad site S=9+35dB powerhouse here in Germany, and CeAM signal 
7225.0 kHz too, at same S=9+35dB level. Had a lot of talk on Muslim 
terrorist bomb blowing on Madrid and London metro stations.

Despite this deep UT night, we hear unusually only poor tiny signals 
from N America like in 41, 31 and 25 mb, REAL DEEP WINTER CONDITION.

On the opposite very strong signals from the eastern world: 
powerhouses from IBB Kuwait, various AIR India outlets, and also 
strong SLBC Trinco 11905 kHz at 0230 UT. BRAZIL 11780.101 RNB/RNA on 
tiny poor S=3 threshold level at 0205 UT Dec 6. wb df5sx (Bόschel, 
dxldyg via DXLD)

** IRAN. I got on the World Service of the Islamic Republic of Iran 
Broadcasting "Certificate of Merit". This is in response to my reports 
for admission to the "Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran." View it: 
http://rusdx.blogspot.ru/2015/12/blog-post_89.html
(Anatoly Klepov, Moscow, Russia, RusDX Dec 6 via DXLD)

** ITALY. Schedule of next test broadcasts of Marconi Radio 
International --- Greetings from Italy! Here is the schedule for the 
next test broadcasts of Marconi Radio International:

05th December 2015, from 1300 to 1430 UT
06th December 2015, from 0900 to 1300 UT

Our frequency is 11390 kHz and power in the region of 30 watts. Test 
broadcasts consist of non stop music, station identification 
announcements in Italian, English, Spanish as well as DX shows in 
English and Italian. MRI encourages reception reports from listeners. 
Audio clips (mp3-file) of our broadcasts  are welcome!

Until now reception reports, found to be correct, have been received 
from 13 countries: Austria,  Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, 
Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and 
Ukraine. We are anxious to receive feedbacks from more countries!

We QSL 100%. Our E-mail address is: 
marconiradiointernational@gmail.com
We hope that you will share this information with your members. Thank 
you very much for your cooperation – (Marconi Radio International 
(MRI) Short wave test broadcasts from Italy on 11390 kHz, Dec 4, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST; also via Manuel Mιndez, DXLD yg via DXLD)

** JAPAN. 5006, Dec 5 at 1338, JBA continuous AM carrier here (not 
5005) on 60m bandscan, as often detectable. I assume it must be the 
experimental station in Japan, which does not qualify as a broadcaster 
for WRTH. Aoki shows:

5006 HFD Radio Station 0000-2400 1234567 H3A 0.2 ND Tokyo-Chofu J 
3539N 13932E JG2XA // 8006 

So what kind of ``programming`` is there? IIRC it`s for propagation 
research. Only 200 watts! Here`s a report from late 2013 as in DXLD 
14-02:

``JAPAN. 5006, 1801-, JG2XA, Dec 28. Pretty strong carrier, and very
weak [M]CW audible at the top of each minute. // 8006 as well. Tried
various modes to hear the CW better, but to no avail (Walt Salmaniw,
Masset, Haida Gwaii, BC, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)``
(Glenn Hauser, Dec 5, 2015, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 6055, Thu Dec 3 at 1351, English lesson from RN-1, levels 3 
and 4, American accent, yet with Big-Ben-like chiming tune in 
background, discussion topic: Nobel Prizes; fair (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. I DID IT! The QSL I kinda, sorta got --- I know, you 
must be asking yourself, "The QSL he kinda got?" Well, look who I got 
mail from the other day (click the link below for the picture.
http://www.onairdj.com/qsl.jpg
(Enlarge the picture and look at the return address). Ironically, the 
QSL card was not in there, it's missing. The letter was from June, the 
other dated material was from September and November (Paul Walker, AR, 
Dec 4, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST) Handwritten envelope addresses

Bummer, not even a vintage stamp! Considering the hand written address 
and return address, I wonder if they they are unaccustomed to sending 
mail. Or, is the use of a plain envelope driven by their economy's 
dire straits? Of course, we'll never know. I wonder how far up the 
command chain one must go to get permission to communicate with a 
person in the United States (Ron Hunsicker, Wyomissing, PA 19610-2102, 
ODXA yg via DXLD)

The letter inside did indicate they were writing because they got the
letter, saying I listen, so it's a quasi QSL. Not good enough for my
needs. I`m not picky like some Dx'ers; a card, a letter, something
scrawled on a napkin would work, but I need time/date/frequency to 
qualify as a QSL (Paul Walker, ibid.)

These days a verification via mail is becoming a rarity; just like a
vintage bottle of 100 year rye whiskey! And some stations do not have 
the staff to man the requests for verifications, which in my opinion, 
we fall at the bottom of the pile of correspondences. And your 
pretense that a time/date/frequency qualities for a QSL, yes, but 
unless you send a Prepared Verification Card, with the details filled 
in, you will not get it; what ever station feels like responding to.
There are exceptions (as these are the Latins) so if you really want 
that full data card, then send a Prepared Verification Card, asking 
for them just to sign the card and return it back to you. I have
used this method with great success in the past. Myself, I have 
received a vague 'thank you for listening to our station' e-mail and 
if that's all you get, that's all you will get. It's not like days 
gone by when QSL'ing was a thrill, getting that envelope with unique 
and rare stamps, with the card or letter (or both enclosed). (Edward 
Kusalik, AB, QSL'ing since 1965, ibid.)

When I write a station, and ask for a QSL and tell them what I'd like 
on the QSL card, I usually get it (Paul Walker, ibid.)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Dec 3 at 1347, Sea Breeze from JAPAN, with 
usual YL in urgent Thursday English, but very poor, hard to copy, 
characteristic electronic stingers interspersed. Maybe jamming noise 
and/or Myanmar underneath (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA. Is V28 operated by Army? 3276.876 kHz, 2015 Dec 5, 1330~1340 
UT, Anyang, South Korea, G35DDC + 303WA-2 [9:24 clip:]
https://youtu.be/TMkrbCt9zhU
After closing, some Korean words heard. I translate the Korean words 
in English. "you the sucker, stand up, bow". Is V28 operated by North 
or South Korea army? (Sungchul Cho, Dec 5, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. TAJIKISTAN, Good signal of clandestine Radio 
Free North Korea
1200-1300 on  9470 DB  100 kW / 071 deg to NEAs Korean, December 5:
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/good-signal-of-clandestine-radio-free.html

Good signal of clandestine Voice of Wilderness
1330-1530 on  7615 DB  100 kW / 071 deg to NEAs Korean, Dec.5:
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/good-signal-of-clandestine-voice-of.html

Good signal of clandestine National Unity Broadcasting Station
1300-1500 on  7515 DB  100 kW / 071 deg to NEAs Korean, former Radio 
Free Chosun
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/good-signal-of-clandestine-national.html

Good signal of clandestine North Korea Reform Radio
1430-1530 on  7590 DB  100 kW / 071 deg to NEAs Korean on December 5:
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/good-signal-of-clandestine-north-korea.html
(Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, Sony ICF-2001D, dxldyg via DXLD)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 9400, Dec 3 at 1420, Denge Kurdistan concert of YL 
vocalisations, poor-fair via PRIDNESTROVYE, but then dead air 1424-
1429 before resuming at weaker level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

Final B-15 schedule of Denge Kurdistan
0400-0800 on  9400 KCH 300 kW / 130 deg to WeAs Kurdish
0800-1200 on  9400#ERV 300 kW / 192 deg to WeAs Kurdish
1200-1500 on  9400#KCH 300 kW / 130 deg to WeAs Kurdish
1500-1700 on  9400*SOF 100 kW / 090 deg to WeAs Kurdish
1700-2000 on  9400 ISS 250 kW / 090 deg to WeAs Kurdish
2000-2200 on  9400 KCH 300 kW / 116 deg to WeAs Kurdish
# co-ch FEBC Radio in Chinese 0900-1400
* plus strong second harmonic on 18800.
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/final-b-15-schedule-of-denge-kurdistan.html
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, B`lgariya, Dec 3, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803,
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KYRGYZSTAN. About a year ago, I became interested in receiving 
station Ovozi Tojik (Voice of Tajik) at a frequency of 7245 kHz. Power 
100 kW, the antenna is non-directional. On the Russian broadcast two 
times a day, from 0800 to 1000 and 1600 to 1800 UT. But thanks to the 
Chinese "tusuyuschim" on the same frequency, take Voice Tajiks I could 
not. [Google can`t translate tusuyuschim, but detects it as Uzbek, not 
Russian; is that so?? --- gh]

Recently I learned that Kyrgyzstan also broadcasts in Russian. The 
radio station Radio Birinchi. Timetables on the official website 
there. That will bring the schedule from the site Short-wave.info.

From 0000 to 0020 UT on at a frequency of 4820 kHz, on Monday and 
Tuesday in Russian and Kyrgyz languages ?? (there are alternative 
frequency 4819.8 kHz). In the remaining days in Russian, Kyrgyz and 
English. [****]

From 0200 to 0220 UT on 4820 kHz at a frequency only on Monday and 
Tuesday, in Russian and Kyrgyz languages.

From 1100 to 1110 UT on 4820 kHz frequency on all days except Tuesday, 
in Russian.

From 1600 to 1630 UT on 4820 kHz frequency on all days of the week in 
Russian.

The transmitter in Bishkek, the omni-directional antenna, the power of 
15 kW.

On Tuesdays from 0430 to 0500 at the frequency of 4010 kHz, they 
broadcast in the Ukrainian language. Here the transmitter power of 100 
kW, the omni-directional antenna.

So please all users of the portal, if possible, promonitorit these 
frequencies, there really broadcasting in Russian. Well worth adding 
to our portal. All thanks in advance.
http://dxing.ru/forum.html?func=view&catid=21&id=33119#33124
(via RusDX Dec 6 via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

** LAOS. Hallo A-dxer, ich habe soeben in das englischsprachige 
Programm von LNR Vientiane von 1400-1430 UT hereingehφrt. Ein Groίteil 
der Sendung galt dem Besuch einer chinesischen Delegation in 
Vientiane. Vereinbart wurde eine Fremdsprachenredaktion in Chinesisch, 
die Sendungen werden ab 2. Dezember auf 576 und 6130 ausgestrahlt, 
eine genaue Sendezeit blieb man vorerst schuldig. Im darauf folgenden 
franzφsischsprachigen px nannte man "2100 GMT" als Sendezeit, das wδre 
0500 Uhr Ortszeit im Reich der Mitte.

Das wόrde heiίen, daί LNR den Kampf mit PBS auf 6130 kHz schon zwei 
Stunden frόher beginnt und die Empfangschancen in Europa steigen, wenn 
auch mit Gleichkanalstφrungen. Ich bleibe am Ball. Viele Grόsse, (Uwe 
Volk, QTH: Tha Mai, Provinz Chanthaburi, THAILAND via A-DX via SW 
Bulletin Dec 6 via DXLD)

Herzlichen Dank an unseren Sόdostasien Korrespondenten fόr die 
Exklusivmeldung! Seit die Domain 
http://www.laonationalradio.com 
vor einigen Monaten verfallen ist, war auch der Spaί der tδglichen
Sendung hier vorbei. 73 (Christoph Ratzer via A-DX via SW Bulletin Dec 
6 via DXLD)

Hallo a-dxer, die άberprόfung der Frequenzen 567 und 6130 kHz am 2. 
und 3. Dezember ergab folgenden geδnderten Sendeplan:

bis 1330 UT Inlandsdienst in Lao
1330-1400 UT Khmer
1400-1430 UT Chinesisch - neu-
1430-1500 UT Englisch [ex 1400-1430]
1500-1530 UT Franzφsisch
1530-1600 UT Thai
1600-1630 UT Vietnamesisch
1630 UT kommt eine Programmvorschau in Lao fόr den Folgetag.
1632 UT s/off
LNR begeht in diesen Tagen das 55-jδhrige Stationsjubilδum und das 45-
jδhrige Bestehen der Volksdemokratischen Republik Laos. Viele Grόsse, 
(Uwe Volk, Thailand, via A-DX via SW Bulletin Dec 6 via WORLD OF RADIO 
1803, DXLD)

** LIBERIA. 6050, ELWA Radio, Monrovia, *0526-0700, 06-12, classic 
music, at 0535, religious program in English, comments and songs. 
24322 (Manuel Mιndez, Lugo, Spain, Logs in Lugo and Friol, Tecsun PL-
880 and Sangena ATS-909X, Cable antenna, 8 meters and Degen 31MS 
active loop antenna, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADEIRA. 1530, Posto Emissor de Funchal, Poiso, 1848-1905, 05-12, 
Portuguese songs, interference VOA Sao Tome same frequency. 12321 
(Manuel Mιndez, Lugo, Spain, Logs in Lugo and Friol, Tecsun PL-880 and 
Sangena ATS-909X, Cable antenna, 8 meters and Degen 31MS active loop 
antenna, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALI. 5995, Dec 8 at 0707, S6 open carrier, dead air, no modulation 
audible, presumably ORTM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 700, Dec 3 at 1320-1327+, rustic off-key fiddle & guitar 
tunes, occasional shouts interspersed, roughly from WSW so presumably 
the usual, XEETCH, native 5 kW daytimer in Etchojoa, Sonora; the only 
other possibility XEGD in Parral, Chihuahua. Alone on the frequency, 
with not much else from Mexico on low-band; yet by 1339 UT it`s out 
and WLW is back in. 

Enid sunrise today: 1326 UT; our latest at 1343 UT will not be for 
another month, but our earliest sunset of the year is almost upon us: 
2316 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** MEXICO [and non]. 700, Dec 4 at 1334 UT, some more of that rustic 
local music, this time by drums and flute, presumed XEETCH Etchojoa, 
Sonora; unlike yesterday there is CCI from something in Spanish 
counterclockwise, no doubt KHSE in The Metroplex TX (Glenn Hauser, OK, 
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1060+, Dec 9 at 0711, off-frequency one is ``La Estaciσn de 
Todos``, presumably XERDO in Tamaulipas, last measured in November at 
1060.04 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1300, Dec 6 at 0130 UT, amid nicely sung slow rancheras, 
``1,300-AM, Radio Mexicana`` dominating for now, so presumably usual 
XEP Ciudad Juαrez, likely 38 kW day power. However, R. Mexicana is not 
a listed slogan for XEP or any 1300 in WRTH 2015, Cantϊ as of Feb 
2015, nor IRCA log as of 2014. We`ll see what the 2016 WRTH and the 
2015 IRCA Log on the way have to say (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1350, XELBL, San Luis Rio Colorado, Son. NOV 22, 1329 - ID 
giving call letters, slogan ("Radio Centro"), power (8000 watts), 
address ("en Avenida Kino y Calle Quinta"), and member of OIR. Signal 
was fading but I think they went into a program of U.S. oldies music.  
Semi-regular lately around sunrise with no noise from local 1340 KDCO 
IBOC, which was switched off one month ago (permanently we hope). 
(John Wilkins, Wheat Ridge CO; Drake R8, 4-foot box loop, NRC IDXD 83-
06, December, 2015 via DXLD)

** MEXICO. 1510, XEQI, Monterrey, NL - 0259 UT 11/7/2015 - Heard 
during 10 seconds of dead-air silence from WLAC with legal call letter 
ID, "Sistema Radio y Televisiσn Nuevo Leσn" and "Alternativa" slogan, 
thanks to Neil Kazaross for confirming ID, weak on South D-KAZ, new. 
73, (Tim Tromp, West Michigan, Perseus SDR + North/South 117' D-KAZ, 
ABDX via DXLD)

** MEXICO. 1610, XEUACH, R. Chapingo, Chapingo, NOV 26, 0053 - Strong 
local like signal with discussion between two men. Station is back on 
the air after outage lasting several weeks (Mike Beu, KD5DSQ, Austin 
TX; Drake R8B, terminated Delta antenna (17-ft apex and 28-ft base) 
northeast, Mini-Flag antenna (7 by 15-ft) southeast, NRC IDXD 83-06, 
December, 2015 via DXLD)

** MEXICO. FYI, in case you hadn't seen the official notice yet.
http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015120740916/mexico-delays-analogue-switch-off-by-a-year.html
Best regards (Richard B. Langley, NB, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Viz.:

MEXICO DELAYS ANALOGUE SWITCH-OFF BY A YEAR
Juan Fernαndez Gonzαlez | 07 December 2015 

After listening to broadcasters and analysts across the country, 
Mexico's Senate has faced reality and is postponing the country’s 
analogue switch-off for another year.

Even though the government has lately been rushing
http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015110540544/mexico-hastens-toward-dtt.html#axzz3tYWafKlR
to ensure every Mexican home has the necessary technology to receive 
and watch digital TV, several broadcasters are not close to being 
ready.

Therefore, the Senate has offered an extension for those networks and 
channels that need extra time. Mostly targeting small and local 
operators, the extension has moved the switch-off date to 31 December 
2016.

The Senate's decision doesn’t change the deadline for getting the 
population DTT-ready, however, and homes should still be DTT-ready by 
the end of this month

According to the resolution, “both the analogue switch-off and the IFT 
http://www.ift.org.mx/
regulations are not changed by this decision”. However, it does lead 
to a scenario in which a mainly digital TV sector will have to coexist 
with some smaller analogue channels.

Mexico is the Latin American country in which DTT deployment is most 
advanced, 
http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015073139290/mexico-argentina-lead-latam-into-dtt-era.html
however, it has delayed the analogue switch-off - initially scheduled 
for 2014 - several times. Follow us: @rapidtvnews on Twitter (via 
Langley, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

** MEXICO. APRUEBAN DICTAMEN PARA QUE 29 EMISORAS APLACEN APAGΣN 
ANALΣGICO --- by gruporadioescuchaargentino

Con 17 votos a favor y tres en contra, la Comisiσn de Radio y 
Televisiσn de la Cαmara de Diputados, que preside la legisladora Lνa 
Limσn Garcνa (PVEM), aprobσ en lo general el dictamen de la minuta del 
Senado para prorrogar hasta por un aρo la entrada de alrededor de 29 
emisoras pϊblicas estatales o complementarias, y las sociales, al 
apagσn analσgico, a pesar de que no sean de baja potencia.

El propσsito, explicσ Limσn Garcνa, es evitar que se queden sin seρal 
las localidades remotas o con baja poblaciσn, a las cuales no llega 
otro tipo de frecuencia, y asν no se afecte su derecho a la 
informaciσn ni el derecho de las audiencias.

“Esta excepciσn ya existe para las estaciones de baja potencia, lo que 
se hace es ampliarla para algunas emisoras pϊblicas y complementarias, 
que sν son de alta potencia, pero que tienen un carαcter social”, 
subrayσ.

Enfatizσ que el apagσn analσgico no se estα aplazando, ya que tiene 
una fecha fatal establecida para el 31 de diciembre de este aρo, como 
lo marca la Constituciσn. Esta modificaciσn de la legislaciσn 
secundaria, explicσ, va enfocada particularmente a los medios pϊblicos 
y estaciones de carαcter social.

Abundσ que gracias a estos medios de informaciσn es que ciertas 
poblaciones se enteran de eventos que ponen en riesgo su integridad, 
como en el caso de huracanes, lo que ayuda a una temprana reacciσn. 
“Son poblaciones en las que hoy en dνa no hay internet. Serνa injusto 
y una falta de entendimiento de los legisladores”, sostuvo.

La legisladora asegurσ que en este dictamen “no hay gato encerrado”, 
ya que es un asunto que con anterioridad estaba planteado en la agenda 
de trabajo de esta comisiσn para los prσximos tres aρos.

“La televisiσn y la radio no son un derecho humano, pero el acceso a 
la informaciσn sν lo es, y esas herramientas contribuyen al ejercicio 
de ese derecho”, argumentσ Lνa Limσn.

Precisσ que la transiciσn a la digitalizaciσn harα que algunas 
estaciones principales tengan un alcance que en el espectro analσgico 
no tenνan, por lo que en algunos casos las estaciones complementarias 
ya no serαn necesarias y no tendrαn que renovarse (Crσnica via GRA 
blog via DXLD)

As in too many of the press items picked up by the GRA blog, there is 
NO explicit indication of *what country* the story is from or about! 
Nor are there ever linx to the original source. However, this appears 
to be Mexico. Issued right after it was an item about a Radio 
Ciudadana, Concordia on 89.7, god knows where. At least we have the 
frequency (gh, DXLD)

** MEXICO. Another winter sporadic E opening, while analog TV still 
exists! Dec 6 into UT Dec 7:

2352 on 2, CCI from same offset, one of which is American football so 
could it be Canada? Grafix soon identify it as NFL; seems to be bug in 
upper right with Televisa oval log, and a word below it, presumably 
DEPORTES, so would this be net-2, Canal de las Estrellas?

2353 on 3, Televisa-5 net bug visible in lower right during a drama

2354 on 2, audio now Spanish, CCI from 10-kHz offset

2355 on 2, I make the football video // to KWTV CBS, but considerably 
ahead of it on cable

0002 on 2, NFL game but with Spanish grafix; evidently the NFL and 
other wipes on CBS are cleanly replaced by Televisa`s. At times the 
bug in UR is replaced by something else in alternation; maybe clock?

0007, I try the R75 on 59.75 MHz, and can detect some distorted 
Spanish sounding audio fading in and out, but its FM mode is not the 
FM mode of NTSC TV audio; almost sounds better by slope detexion in AM 
mode, but really unreadable. I do refine the frequency easily to 
59.74, i.e. offset-minus. R75 is still using only the same E-W 
longwire as for HF.

0009, back to the TV set, and now the Spanish audio is OK on it, 
mentioning that there are 5 y medio minutos left in the game.

0014, I notice that CBS is already out of the game and into 60 
Minutes; they must have dispensed with a post-game show. The DX seems 
to have faded out anyway, and I have to do something else for the next 
hour+.

0128 on 2, recheck, there is algo Es video DX again

0130 on 2, it`s a guy in a labcoat being interviewed by a woman, 
apparently about some female medical issue. Crawlers in white at 
bottom show phones in DF, Guadalajara, Monterrey. There`s a big lower-
case script g bug in the upper right, and sometimes in the lower left, 
presumably logo of the infomercial advertiser.

0137, TeleVer full screen ID, so XHFM Veracruz

0139, back to lab coat guy

0145, woman wraps up the show, website or facebook looks like 
ingestudio or something like that

0146, news segment including about Pres. Obama`s address last hour

0151, CCI, comedy in Spanish; all the above on ch 2

0153 on 4, algo very poor in Spanish

0154 on 4, Televisa-5 net bug in LR

0203 on 2, federal anti-child-labor PSA; ad for navidad at B-STORE

0204 on 2, Azteca-7 promo for Simpsons(?) at 7:40

0207 on 2, animation dubbed; crawler at top running right to left --- 
I wonder if it`s a warning about the imminent DTV transition?

0210 on 2, I recognize the anim as Toy Story (or a sequel) with the 
cowboy; shortly fadeout (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. RAYMIE`s MEXICO BEAT, this week --- 

Turns out the social wolves were not so breaking news.

Apparently they were the subject of an article in Proceso last month, 
but it's not online. It also was the subject of two stories from La 
Jornada Zacatecas, which was put in their digital print edition but 
not searchable online. One mentions that in the late 80s the 
university there tried to get a radio station and was denied because 
the government was worried about it.

I've translated the latter and made it available here (for 
academic/critical use only).
http://jmp.sh/kVKLCc7

You can also read, from the NTR site, a reply to the Proceso piece. 
http://ntrzacatecas.com/2015/11/05/la-ip-y-la-tv-de-caracter-social/
Last edited by Raymie; 12-04-2015 at 04:07 AM (Raymie Humbert, Phœnix 
AZ, Dec 4, WTFDA Forum via DXLD) 

Commercial radio newscasts on noncommercial stations? It's happening 
in Jalisco,
http://www.radioformula.com.mx/notas.asp?Idn=553284&idFC=2015
where Radio Fσrmula news will now be heard on the C7 radio network.

Meanwhile, the Hidalgo state network
http://www.milenio.com/firmas/eduardo_gonzalez_intelectoopuesto/Radio-TV-Hidalgo_18_641515886.html
is pushing to get on air by December 17, the Campeche state network 
produced this exciting explainer.

And Televisiσn Azteca has declared itself 100% ready for digital 
television, including all of its shadows! 
https://t.co/jq4t4Wp2nu
(Raymie, Dec 7, ibid.)

Well, SMRTV (Sistema Michoacano de Radio y Televisiσn) broadcasted 
Carmen Aristegui news when she was in MVS (Gargadσn, Campeche, ibid.) 

True, and I think they carry Ultra Noticias with Javier Solσrzano now. 
(Another permit station combo springs to my mind: the Cozumel 107.7 
FM/TV 5 group also carries Ultra.) EDIT: The TV station carries Ultra. 
Radio still has MVS. Last edited by Raymie; 12-08-2015 at 01:30 AM 
(Raymie, ibid.)

A line item on the late shift tonight: I reported on this months ago, 
but get ready to update your logbooks in a couple years.

There won't be a Distrito Federal for much longer.
http://www.animalpolitico.com/2015/12/aprueban-diputados-reforma-politica-del-df-la-ciudad-tendria-su-propia-constitucion/

A committee in the Chamber of Deputies has finally approved the 
political reform of Mexico City. The political reform effectively 
makes Mexico City a full state, with mayorships instead of delegations 
and a full constitution, as well as the same rights and privileges as 
the 31 states. In addition, the capital would now be formally known as 
Ciudad de Mιxico. The measure must still go to the full chamber for 
consideration, and then it will likely be signed by the president.

While I'm not a fan of them for Mexico, might I suggest the two-letter 
abbreviations CD (for Ciudad) or CM? (Raymie, Dec 8, ibid.)

Speaking of Mexico City... An Azteca Site I'd Never Heard Of

I was digging for government authorizations on the http://cft.gob.mx 
domain (which is now down; you need to look at Google cache copies of 
everything) and was pointed to an authorization for an XHTVM emergency 
transmitter with 625 kW ERP.

Said transmitter was located at a site in southern Mexico City, on the 
opposite end from Chiquihuite. Here it is, and you'll see the huge 
Azteca sign on the building: 
https://www.google.com/maps/@19.2691925,-99.2328812,3a,89.7y,332.04h,101.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sMajZKvoGtt9AITKUDli5hQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Now, I have no idea why this exists, but the first clue we can 
ascertain is an ancient-looking sign on the fence. See the IMER? Yeah, 
I do too. It also says "Secretarνa de Gobernaciσn - Instituto Mexicano 
de la Radio". (IMER currently is under the aegis of the SEP.) I've 
never seen this IMER logo before. It might date to the founding of the 
thing. There are several IMER signs on the fence into this complex.

So we know that this was an IMER facility. (In fact, it still is on 
their books.
http://www.imer.mx/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/bienes_inmueb_imer_2014.pdf
They might have it as a transmitter site, I'm not sure.) I also 
suspect it was home to another IME: Imevisiσn.

Now, this was not Imevisiσn's headquarters, which Azteca took on and 
added to. No, I think this was the transmitter site built for XHTRM-22 
(now XEIMT, which moved to Chiquihuite upon its 1993 relaunch). That 
transmitter was also in Ajusco (Raymie, ibid.) 

Another state network with shadows? Yup. XHCGA Aguascalientes has four 
of them, with the highest-powered at Calvillo (14.1 kW).

We also finally have the frequency for that Hermosillo social radio 
station: 106.7 MHz, not 104.3 or 104.1 as had been hinted at. This was 
likely done because Mexico is now reserving 106.x and 107.x MHz for 
stations with social concessions like this new Hermosillo one.

Hermosillo also has allotted full-power frequencies on 105.9, 103.5, 
and 104.3 that are available still (Raymie, Dec 9, ibid.) 

Today is the final day for analog television in the Cinco Manantiales 
and Saltillo regions of Coahuila, in Guanajuato and Querιtaro, as well 
as in two Sonora towns and one location in Baja California. It is the 
first of four slated apagones in two weeks.

    State networks gear up for apagσn

    Digital viewers in Hidalgo, or at least in Pachuca, can now get 
the state network in digital. Authorizations were given earlier this 
year alongside a renewal of permits and change to public concessions. 
"Now on Canal 42 HD" is appearing in some of their advertising.

    In Tlaxcala, the situation is a little different. According to 
Revista Pantalla, TDT will be able to go to TDT on time. There are 
some problems. While they have HD-ready studios, mobile units and soon 
an HD master control, their satellite contract only provides 3.5 MHz 
of bandwidth, not a full 6. This means they cannot send an HD signal 
to their transmitters, which take the satellite feed as terrain makes 
a microwave system too complex. They will begin in SD.

    Engineer Hector Parker also mentioned that they'd ideally like to 
expand to 8 transmitters from the 5 they have, in order to cover the 
10 percent of Tlaxcala that cannot receive the state network.

    A new radio station on the air testing in Yucatαn

    Meanwhile, a potential tropo target in the Yucatαn Peninsula has 
begun testing: XHYRE 107.9 Mιrida with Radio Educaciσn. It's a big 
moment for Radio Educaciσn,
https://twitter.com/RadioEducacion/status/675088140810493952
as this is its first ever FM and its first ever station outside Mexico 
City. In the competition among public broadcasters, this is actually a 
pretty big deal. Last edited by Raymie; 12-10-2015 at 06:41 PM 

    Read my Mexico Beat blog | Calendario de Apagones

    December 11: San Felipe BC; Allende/Saltillo/Parras Coah.; 
Celaya/Leσn Gto.; Qro.; Agua Prieta/Caborca Son.
    December 16: Isla de Cedros BC; Northern Coahuila; Jalisco except 
Puerto Vallarta; most Mich.; San Luis Potosν SLP; Cananea Son.; San 
Fernando Tamps.
    December 17: Central Mexico; Telemax in Agua Prieta/Caborca, Son.
    December 22: Some Chih., Cd. Acuρa Coah., Dgo., FCP/Chetumal Q. 
Roo, Matehuala SLP, NW Son., Zac.
(Raymie, Dec 9, ibid.)

** MOROCCO. This is probably my best logging of the last few weeks, if 
not few months and it's Radio Mediterranιe International on 9575 khz 
from Morocco. They are never very strong here at all, they often 
produce just enough signal to make out that there's speech or music on 
air, just enough for a logging.

Well, the other day they produced such a strong signal that when I 
made a 30 minute video aircheck, it got hit within 6 or more copyright 
violations within seconds of it being posted [you mean, on YouTube?]. 
The signal was so good, you can clearly understand and listen to the 
songs. I had to upload it to soundcloud!

This was recorded at 1:25 am Central/0725 UT on November 29, 2015 
using my JRC NRD535D and 80 foot long wire in southern Arkansas.
https://soundcloud.com/paul-walker-11/radio-mediterranne-international
(Paul Walker, Camden AR, Dec 7, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND. 930, CJYQ switches to country --- On 27th October, 
930 CJYQ switched to country music. The old website  
http://www.thisisnewfoundlandlabrador.ca 
has disappeared and has been replaced by 
http://www.930kixxcountry.ca
It had been playing Newfoundland music since 2000 (according to 
Wikipedia). It will be recalled that the station was damaged by fire 
and was temporarily off the air in early 2014. 590, VOCM dropped 
country in April 2015 after playing it since 2002 (Dec MW News via 
DXLD)

** NEWFOUNDLAND. 2598-USB, Dec 6 at 0122, marine weather from Canadian 
Coast Guard, very poor S5 in noise level. Most recent start of a 
scheduled broadcast is:

``MCTS Labrador VOK Broadcasts, 0107, St. Anthony, 2598J3E 
Radiotelephony
    Technical marine synopsis, forecasts and wave height forecasts for 
marine areas 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 
235, 237 and 238.
    Ice conditions and forecast for the East Coast of Newfoundland, 
and the Labrador Coast, south of 54N.
    Iceberg Bulletin – Newfoundland Coast and Strait of Belle Isle``.

Nothing audible on 2749-USB at the moment, from slightly closer Nova 
Scotia stations; maybe in a break. St. Anthony is back on the Island 
of Newfoundland near the northern tip (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST) See also CANADA

** NEWFOUNDLAND. Glenn, I`m listening to CKZN 6160 from St John`s. 
Heard the news at 0800 and now a program from a German outfit on 
Burkina Faso. Program was called Africa Link. Pretty good copy with 
much QSB running s9 to 10 db over S9 on my CommRadio CR1A and a K9AY 
Loop fixed north from Washington NC. This is the first time I`ve ever 
heard them! The CBC should be kicked in the ass for shutting down 
Sackville. 73 (Glenn Swiderski, Dec 4, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

That would be the local 4-4:30 am segment, half an hour later in 
Nfld., of CBC Overnight, from DW (gh, DXLD)

** NEW ZEALAND. It was over in five seconds. The par four ninth hole 
at the Titahi Golf Club (north of Wellington) became easier in a 
moment when a radio mast that had been in the middle of the fairway
for more than half a century crumpled to the ground last Tuesday. 

Hours of measuring and planning ended when a worker cut a single wire 
attached to the 53-metre mast. That allowed the remaining three wire 
ropes to tug the structure over. The tower took less than five seconds 
to fall with a thud in the grass. The crumpled mess left lying on the 
grass was proof of how rusty it was and why it needed to come down, 
Radio New Zealand transmission manager Gary Fowles said. 

It was, in fact, in such bad shape that when a worker climbed it in 
October, “some of it was so rusty it gave way under his weight”. The 
structure was immediately deemed unsafe and plans were made to bring 
it down. Radio New Zealand also made the decision then to bring down 
the much-higher 220m tower nearby. That mast was New Zealand’s highest 
structure until the Auckland Sky Tower was built. Radio New Zealand
chief executive Paul Thompson said the shorter mast was an obstacle 
golfers “have lived with and played with for years”. 

The transmission building at the bottom of the mast would also be 
demolished, meaning Titahi golfers would have a clear fairway for the 
first time in decades. The tower would be cut up and taken away for 
scrap metal. Thompson said the golf club had been fantastic to deal 
with through the whole process. 

The 53m mast only had one radio station running through it, and that 
would be transferred to the nearby 137m mast. The 220m mast is 
scheduled for removal within the next few weeks. Radio New Zealand
received advice in October that the two masts should come down by 
March, but Thompson made the decision that it had to happen 
immediately (Kapi-Mana News, 17 November 2015 via Brian Webb via Dec  
NZ DX Times via DXLD)

** NICARAGUA. 539.83, R. Corporaciσn, Managua, NOV 26, 0146 - Likely 
sports coverage by male announcers. Station is back in service after 
lengthy outage, het easily detected on 540 kHz. Fair signal peaks 
throughout the evening (Mike Beu, KD5DSQ, Austin TX; Drake R8B, 
terminated Delta antenna (17-ft apex and 28-ft base) northeast, Mini-
Flag antenna (7 by 15-ft) southeast, NRC IDXD 83-06, December, 2015 
via DXLD)

** NICARAGUA. Hi Glenn, Been wanting to hear this station for a while. 
Interesting to hear stuff like this.

8989 usb, "El Pescador Preacher." 12/6/2015z 2258-2355z. Tune-in at 
2258 with poor sigs. Fading up slowly around 2310. Mentions of 
"Estados Unidos," "El Pescador," "Nicaragua." Best signal of 34322; 
ACI from a U.S. military station (presumed), on 8992 usb, reading 
phonetic cyphers. Best signals observed between 2310 and 2335. Musical 
selection at 2328, with female vocalist and musical accompaniment. 
Reverent, religious quality to it. Using DSP with filter down to 2.2 
kHz, so music was very tinny-sounding. Music ended at 2335, and back 
to presumed sermon. Fading to mostly poor after 2340. At 2355, some 
Spanish-language two-way ssb comms., much stronger than EP, began. 
After comms. ceased, the preaching was gone. No sigs. observed at                   
2358z. Thanks to Bob Wilkner, Carlos Gonηalves, Glenn Hauser, et.al., 
for tips on this station via DXLD. Rx: IC-746 Pro, with 40m dipole 
balanced feed into antenna coupler. All of the Best, (Steve Zimmerman, 
Milwaukee WI, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. [non!] Once again looked out for Radio Kaduna Nigeria on
6089.855v kHz. But negative this morning, no signal on lower sideband 
of 6090 kHz. So, seemingly - another shortwave broadcast station HAS 
GONE FOR EVER. Nothing heard from Radio Kaduna anymore, at least since 
mid 13th! / end of August 2015 (Wolfgang Bόschel, Germany, morning 
logs Dec 3 at 0505 to 0540 UT, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Dec 3, dxldyg via 
WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. Dandal Kura --- I've been hearing them pretty 
regularly late nights here [05-07 UT] in Nevada on 7415 since July:
http://swldx.tumblr.com/search/Dandal
(Rodney Johnson, Las Vegas NV, Dec 4, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

U.K.(non) and USA, Strong co-channel between Dandal Kura International 
and WEWN-3
1800-2100 12050 ASC 250 kW / 065 deg WeAf Kanuri R Dandal Kura Int.
1800-2400 12050 EWN 250 kW / 220 deg MEX  Spanish WEWN-3 R Catolica
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/strong-co-ch-between-dandal-kura.html
(Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, Sony ICF-2001D, dxldyg via DXLD)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6950-AM, Dec 5 at 0110, VP signal from algo, 
presumably pirate rather than 5 x 1390 local KCRC. High local noise 
level and very degraded propagation. 

6955.00-AM, Dec 5 at 0150, my next pirate bandscan finds one signal 
here, a little better than 6950 had been, rock music, poor, S6 in 
noise level, 0157 singing ID sounds like WABC, mentions the Seventies. 
Lots of logs here
http://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,24887.0.html
say it was the same station, Rush Night Oldies, but with IDs for WABC 
and old jingles --- difference of opinion whether playing tapes of 770 
in the 70s, or a `tribute` new produxion, or a mixture (Glenn Hauser, 
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Hi Glenn, Dec 5, on 6955-AM, from 0122 to 0219; programming of WABC 
(yes, maybe a mixture with something else?); "from our studios on 
beautiful Neely Henry Lake" (Alabama), with weather by "meteorologists 
James Spann from the ABC 33/40 weather center". My audio - 
https://app.box.com/s/wt5iewwkgad0jufazvorvswlr9majg8r  
(Ron Howard, California, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

RE: "WABC" reception last night. This from Andy Robins:

"WABC 6955 kHz also well heard here in Michigan last night, mostly at 
S9 level with some fading. This was clearly a contemporary production 
by someone who has access to studio production tapes of WABC jingles, 
etc., from the 60's and 70's." What is interesting is that the 
meteorologists James Spann is still at ABC 33/40 
http://abc3340.com/weather 
(Ron Howard, Dec 5, ibid.)

Hi Glenn, Andy Robins has some updated info about the pirate WABC that 
we recently heard. He noted a new WABC QSL posted on Facebook which 
states:

"WABC AM 1610 & FM 100.1 were a pair of pirate stations run from the 
shores of Henry Neely Lake [actually "Neely Henry Lake" - Ron] near 
Ashville, AL by Joe Dentici, a retired DJ and broadcast engineer from 
WSGN and EWTN among others. Joe lost his battle with leukemia in 2006, 
and we lost one of the best there ever was. The show you heard 
originally aired November 26, 2005."

Thanks to Andy for this clarification of just what we heard Dec 5 (Ron 
Howard, California, Dec 8, ibid.)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6955.0-AM, Dec 6 at 0042, JBA carrier, even weaker 
than the unID on 6940, q.v. Ditto at 0104 recheck. Several logs here
http://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,24919.0.html
say it was Radio Ronin Shortwave (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. PIRATE-NA. Voice Of Pearl Harbor, 6950 AM, 1405-
1432*, 12-06-15. SIO: 343. Sign on with air raid sirens, station ID by 
OM announcer, news reports from the radio on the bombing or Pearl 
Harbor, Roosevelt's "Day Of Infamy" speech to congress. Well done 
program. [Lobdell-MA]

PIRATE-NA. CCC/Cold Country Canada, 6925 LSB, 2241-2300+, 12-06-15, 
SIO: 444. Pop and rock oldies, IDing as being on 6969 kHz USB, tunes 
by George Harrison and Steve Miller band.  Unusual for a pirate to be 
in LSB. [Lobdell-MA]

PIRATE-NA. Girl Scout Radio, 6910 AM, 2317-0004*, 12-06/7-15, SIO: 
232. Frequent IDs, rap tunes by Willow, Lil Kim, etc. PSA for Girl 
Scouts Of America. New station. [Lobdell-MA]

PIRATE-NA. Radio Casablanca, 6940 AM, 2322-2345+, 12-07-15, SIO: 343.
Tunes by Betty Grable, Lew Stone, Ethel Merman, etc. Casablanca movie
audio clips which Shazam said came from Movie Themes Vol. 17 (Chris 
Lobdell, Tewksbury, MA, Receivers: E1, NRD-545, Aerials: 40 Meter 
dipole, G5RV dipole, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Earthquake report: shaking for 15-20 seconds starting at 
0102:09 UT during my current DX monitoring session. This is a fairly 
big one, the largest so far today, anyway in the US, per USGS:
4.3 28km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2015-12-06 01:01:42 UTC 2.5 km deep
Oklahoma authorities are finally cracking down on injexion wells, too 
little, too late. Fairview is about 56 km WSW of Enid. State Farm 
assures that its earthquake coverage does not rule out man-made ones. 

Earthquake report: tremor felt for a few seconds at 0458:25 UT Dec 8; 
does not make the USGS minimum setting of 2.5, so must be relatively 
close (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, Dec 4 at 1727 UT on caradio, incredible! Tulsa 
station making announcements in Spanish, YL DJ, CST timechex. Frequent 
non-IDs as ``11-20 La Diferente``, ``los ιxitos estαn aquν``; recheck 
1854 UT ``transmitiendo desde Tulsa con 10 mil watts``, brief news 
headlines, local, national and international, apparently hourly at 
this time, sponsored by Mercado Las Amιricas with locations in Tulsa; 
1856 UT bilingual Xmas song, 1858 UT more slogans but no legal call 
letter ID, ``la mϊsica del pasado y del presente``. 1901 UT still no 
calls in next ID, just ``La Diferente 11-20``. Ditto in 2058-2103 UT 
recheck. 

This is the station known to FCC as KETU, which for the past year or 
more has been on the air with NOTHING but music, never any 
announcements, let alone IDs of any sort, heard until today, but may 
have started a few days ago. It is licensed now to La Zeta 95.7, which 
is the same Arkansas company that runs KSEC in Bentonville AR. There 
may also be some inter-relation with Mercado Las Amιricas in AR and 
Tulsa, which as Radio Las Amιricas LLC is the licensee of KMUS 1380, 
also in Sperry. And of KLTK 1140, Centerton AR, which I also hear.

Apparently they are a bit hazy about ID requirements. What would be a 
fitting fine for broadcasting a year with no IDs? And still no legal 
IDs. The last ID we ever heard from this 1120 was ``KEOR``, which had 
supposedly already been replaced by KETU. It`s 10 kW day, 7 kW 
critical hours in deference to KMOX, should they adhere to that. In 
the past it`s also been on at night.

1120, Dec 5 at 1400 UT, ``La Diferente`` seems to do a call-letter ID 
at hourtop amid music, pronounced in Spanish with a ``ka``, but I just 
can`t copy it; does not, however, sound like KETU! Another try, 
listening closely from 1757 UT, romantic Xmas song about ``noche-
buena``, 1758 UT ads for Super-Mercado Las Amιricas with specific 
specials pricing, then singing ad for Mariscos La Primerνsima (seafood 
restaurant); 1759 ``Llegσ a Tulsa La Diferente, 11-20 AM`` and NO 
legal ID yet again! Into another navidad song, with ``felicidades``. 
Eventually I hope to catch them at random time if not hourtop with 
call-letter ID (Glenn Hauser, Enid, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1230, WBBZ, Ponca City – Format to NWS/TLK (ex-OLD); 
slogan to “NewsTalk 1230,” networks to Ap/Ok/Oa/P/Ru/CM/DG/C2C. (GH)
(Wayne Heinen, NRC AM Log Update, AM Switch, NRC DX News Dec 14 via 
DXLD)

** OKLAHOMA. Applications to extend existing STAs were received from 
KOKC-1520 Oklahoma City OK (U1 50000/10000); and 
(David Yocis, DC, AM Switch, NRC DX News Dec 14 via DXLD) 

Used to be 12500 at nite: this means they remain non-direxional day 
and night with a single tower which remains, and the 10 kW ND will go 
out as well toward Buffalo as away from it, but also not be enough to 
keep KOLM in Minnesota from causing heavy QRM to KOKC as close as Enid 
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1640, 3.11. 0700-, KZLS Enid OK. Dx-pedition och 
solflδcksmaximum δr svεrt att kombinera. Nu hφrde vi stationer tre 
dagar. Den 4. November hoppade K-index till 5 och polarsken fyllde 
himmelen. Efter solstormen hade vi tid att lyssna till AIH41 
inspelningar. Mest av AIH52 inspelningarna finns dδrfφr pε hεrddisk 
och vδntar pε bδttre tider. Hδr finns i alla fall preliminδrloggen 
(AIH52 Dx-pedition preliminδr logg, JHT Jorma Huuhtanen & JM Jorma 
Mδntylδ, Inari, Aihkiniemi 31.10.-7.11.2015, JRC NRD 535, JRC NRD545, 
2xIcom IC-R8500, Perseus, via JM, MV Eko Dec 7 supplement via DXLD)

** OKLAHOMA. 1650, KFSW, AR [sic], Fort Smith – Format to REL:CHR (ex-
TLK); slogan to “Life 98.7,” adds // K254AM-98.7, deletes networks 
(Wayne Heinen, NRC AM Log Update, AM Switch, NRC DX News Dec 14 via 
DXLD)

1650, 26.11 0656, KFSW, Fort Smith AR [sic] med ID Red Eye Radio (Kai 
Mauseth, Smψla, mv-eko 7 dec via DXLD /Nytt call! –tl (Tore Larsson? 
Ibid.) Red Eye Radio was not an ID of the station! but the name of an 
ex-program, also on many other US outlets (gh, DXLD)

[Re 15-48, 1650 KFSW ex-KYHN:] FWIW EMF"s stations use either the 
slogan "K-Love" or "Air 1". Someone may be able to point out an 
exception but I don't recall any == (Doug Smith W9WI, Pleasant View, 
TN  EM66, Dec 3, NRC-AM via DXLD) But it`s not that (gh)

Being somewhat cynical after various false starts on 1650, I've just
listened to their web stream over the TOH. Gone is Arklahoma's talk 
radio (even though the web site still shows this and the KYHN call 
sign). The web site's "news" is not updated since September, and 
Wikipedia states that the station was sold on 2nd October. The 
station's stream was playing "Hold Me" by Jamie Grace before the top 
of the hour (quite a catchy, not overtly-religious song and Grammy-
nominated apparently). The top of the hour ID was: "You're listening 
to Life 98-7, AM 16-50 and K254 [sic] KFSW Fort Smith". This time, the 
news seems to be correct. 73 (Andrew Brade, UK, Dec 5, MWCircle yg via 
DXLD)

BCB DX LOGGINGS FROM SHAWN M. AXELROD VE4DX1SMA, VEPC4SWL
DX’ing from: Winnipeg MB Canada; RECEIVERS: ICOM ICR70 / DRAKE R8
ANTENNAE: 3 Foot un-amplified box loop / Quantum QX LOOP v2.0 / 155 
Foot U shaped outdoor wire / 100 Foot indoor wire run around the 
basement walls / MFJ 1026 Phasing unit. Times are: Eastern Local time 
for Domestic DX, UT for non-Canadian and USA DX

1650, KFSW, AR [sic], Fort Smith, 12/07 1850, Faded up over usual pest 
KBDJ with Christian music and ID as “Life 98.7”. New calls and format, 
(SMA-MB) COMMENTS Been trying for this one for awhile and finally got 
lucky after sun set here. -- Remember on a Clear Day You Can Hear 
Forever (Shawn Axelrod, VE4DX1SMA, Winnipeg MB Canada, NRC-AM via 
DXLD)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 17, K17JN-D, Enid, first found 6 days ago to be on air 
with six also 17- subchannels, has continued ever since with local-
quality signal, but no modulation beyond black, fooling the Zenith STB 
into thinking there is ``NO SIGNAL``. When will it come to life? 
(Glenn Hauser, Enid, Dec 5, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

``When will it come to life?`` TODAY, Dec 6, K17JN-D, Enid finally 
starts some video and audio modulation instead of black silence for 
the past week --- and just as I expected based on same company`s 
Ardmore LP station, it`s multiple channels from 3ABN, Three Angels 
Broadcasting Network, a Seventh-Day Adventist offshoot. Just what Enid 
needs, SIX new local gospel-huxtering channels! First noted at 1634 
UT, but they are all breaking up, with slightly weaker signals than 
the black tests had been. PSIP IDs display as follows; some are 
*letterboxed, some not, and aspect ratio Cannot Be Changed on any of 
them:
17-1, K17JN-D but 3ABN bug in the lower right
17-2, 3ABN-PR
17-3*, 3ABN-DD
17-4*, 3ABN-ES [Espaρol]
17-5, AF-TV [Amazing Facts]
17-6*, HopeTV1

At 1650, it`s back to black with good signals still on the meter; 1710 
resume all six now without breakup; 1841, back to black; 1846 resume 
and apparently OK, on to stay now, tho I am not watching all 
afternoon. I`ll bet this goes unnoticed in the local media, but now 
maybe 3ABN will petition Suddenlink cable for must-carriage? 

I have the impression that the 3ABN Adventists are on the outs with 
the Adventist World Radio faxion, doctrinal disputes? But haven`t 
researched that (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA [and non]. One more post-icestorm bandscan midday Dec 3, 
from 1814 UT:

88.3, K202BA, Enid still off; weak gospel probably Wichita
89.1, K206CA, Enid still off, but discussion of Jesus statue, so not 
KMUW? No, it is public radio in Wichita, KMUW, pledge drive at 1820
92.1, KAMG-LP, Enid, still dead air in Spanish 
94.3, KLGB-LP, Enid, still off, but algo discussion, probably KVCW KS
95.7, KXLS, Lahoma-Enid, STILL DA, one of our main commercial stations
96.1, KXXY, OKC, weak. Until now had stayed strong
98.1, WWLS-FM, The Village/OKC, weak
98.9, KYIS, OKC, strong
99.7, KNAH, Mustang, still off? Only hearing Spanish KHLT KS
100.5, KATT, OKC strong
101.9, KTST, OKC still weak
102.7, KJYO, OKC still weak
104.1, KMGL, OKC, still strong, Xmas music, yuk
105.7, KRDR, Alva, presumed, finally back on with dead air
107.1, KNID, North Enid, finally on and modulating

AM check at 1822 UT Dec 3, one dekaminute before local mean noon:
1140, KRMP OKC, is finally back on, soul music
1460, KZUE El Reno, remains on, Spanish
1640, KZLS Enid-Hennessey-OKC, tho normal earlier, back to dead air

Dec 4 from 1705 UT another FM bandscan on caradio for anomalies still 
existing from last weekend`s ice storm:

88.3, K202BY still off (it`s been off before for months at a time; not 
exactly a high priority for Family Radio)
89.1, K206CA, finally back on
94.3, gospel huxter talk, probably Bott KS not local KLGB-LP which is 
mostly gospel music

95.7, KXLS Lahoma-Enid, has finally resumed modulation after dead air 
for almost a week following the ice storm. I heard that their 
equipment was damaged, but they certainly had power to run the 
transmitter for nothing 

98.1, WWLS-FM is still off
98.9, KYIS is still on
99.7, still hearing Spanish only from KS, so KNAH still off?

A few more checked at 1820 UT:

90.3, KHEV Fairview, not only on but modulating now
101.9, KTST, weak
102.7, KJYO, weak

There are still some anomalies a week after the ice storm, December 5 
checking at 2108 UT:

92.1, KAMG-LP Enid, is STILL on with dead mono air. This has happened 
before without any excuse. No one minding the store since it hooked up 
as a satellator instead of original local Spanish church gospel huxter

94.3, KLGB-LP Enid, still OFF as I am parked quite near it, yet 
allowing thru a non-local signal, presumably the Bott in Kingman KS 
with same-sounding gospel-huxter talk to 95.1 KQCV OKC/Shawnee

98.1, WWLS-FM, Village/OKC, had seemed off, but now I can barely hear 
some silly sports-talk so apparently on at greatly reduced power. All 
other OKC FMs seem back to normal, except maybe 99.7 KNAH.

Reception of KUCO Edmond/OKC, our full-time classical station, has 
continued to be marginal, more subject than usual to QRM from KHCC 
Hutchinson, Radio Kansas, also classical. Dec 5 at 1452 UT, this comes 
from KUCO:

``Hi Glenn, I've been away this week from station studios and have 
just discovered that we still aren't back at full power. Patrick is 
headed to the transmitter this AM to address. Sincerely, Kimberly 
Powell, Director of Programming, Classical KUCO``

I reply at 1517 UT: ``Kimberly, yes, as I suspected. Trying to hear 
PerfOkla this morning and can`t get a noise-free signal at all. As 
usual, Radio Kansas is vying to capture the frequency; often 
conditions are more favorable for that in the mornings. Too bad I`m 
not in McAlester [where KUCO has a local relay, unlike in Enid]. One 
more chance with KWTU tonight but their stream is lo-fi and mono. Or 
is it a repeat? I think you said the concert was from March. Glenn, 
Enid``

And again at 1524 UT: ``Kimberly, Listening at 9:22 am, the signal 
strength suddenly surges, now it`s good! Keep it up. I would be 
interested in knowing what the reduced ERP was in the meantime.
Glenn``

Replying to my initial reply, Kimberly at 1530 UT: ``You should hear 
us now, I heard Patrick turning up the power a few moments ago.
April CMOK [Chamber Music in Oklahoma] superb young Canadian Quartet`` 

Another anomaly check long after the late-November ice storm, Dec 7 
after 1825 UT on the PL-880:
92.1, KAMG-LP Enid is finally remodulating with gospel music in 
Spanish, mono. It seems the carrier never went off, just dead air
94.3, KLGB-LP Enid is *still* off while sibling station on same tower, 
99.9, KVBN-LP, is still on, never interrupted
98.1, WWLS-FM, OKC is still off or very QRP
101.9, KTST, OKC, ditto
102.7, KJYO, OKC, ditto 
(Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140, 11/07 at 1425, R Sultanate Oman, Thumrait. English. 
Non-stop Western pop/club music; at 1442 temporary break in music for 
Call to Prayers for Muscat local time and ID "Radio Sultanate, Oman", 
then straight back to music. 45433 (Alan Roe, Teddington, Middlesex, 
UK, Winradio G31DDC Excalibur and Elad FDM-SW2 with 17 meter longwire, 
Dec CIDX Messenger via DXLD)

** PERU. 4747.1, Perϊ, Radio Huanta 2000, Huanta, Ayacucho 2320 to 
2333 yl and om en espaρol, fair to good signal 3 December (Wilkner)

4985.5, Perϊ, Radio Voz Cristiana, Huancayo 2322 to 2330 om preacher
competing with rtty on 4985 3 December (Wilkner)

5459.3, _Tentative_ Perϊ, Radio Bolνvar, Cd. Bolνvar, 2320 to 2340 per
Pedro Arrunαtegui tip 3 December, 0000 to 0012 on 5 December drifted 
to 5460.23 (Robert Wilkner, Pσmpano Beach, South Florida, 746Pro, 
Drake R8, NRD 525, Sony 2010XA, 60/90/120 meter dipoles, playdx yg via 
DXLD)

** PHILIPPINES. 15640 // 17820, R. Pilipinas, 0226, Dec 5. Weekend
programming; in English and playing pop songs; segment about halo-
halo, a popular local desert; fair-poor (Ron Howard, Asilomar State 
Beach, CA, Etσn E1, antenna: 100' long wire, dxldyg via DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

** PUERTO RICO. 1030, WOSO San Juan – granted STA with U1 1000/1000 
from folded unipole antenna.
1030 WOSO San Juan – has been silent per its STA application but 
expects to be back soon (PR-info from NRC DX News, numbers 83/03-04 
via Dec MW News via DXLD) Was, and will be? English station (gh)

** ROMANIA. 6035-6040-6045, Dec 5 at 0616, DRM noise; strange I had 
not noticed this before, but it`s RRI scheduled 0600-0627 in French, 
90 kW at 285 degrees from Galbeni (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. Here in southern Arkansas, they usually produce a 
listenable signal from their Tiganesti & Galbeni transmitter sites, 
but tonight they are super super super strong with little to no fading 
on my JRC NRD535D and 80 foot long wire.

    5910 is s9+10
    5975 is s9+20
    7340 is s8 to s9+5 [sic]
    7340 is s9+1-0 to s9+20

A 1 kW AM on 1450 about 1 mile from me is s9+40, for comparison sakes, 
of sorts. Here is a video recording of all 4 signals, Heard on 
December 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm central/0220 UT on a JRC NRD535D and 80 
foot long wire in Southern Arkansas:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GpRJ1ZU49Q
(Paul Walker, UT Dec 6, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Paul, RRI refurbished their station with new modern transmitters and 
antenna systems. The results have paid off big time with superb 
reception. Even on the west coast I often receive them at the same 
levels, including in DRM. I really enjoy their programming, too. 73, 
(Walt Salmaniw, BC, ibid.)

Romania can also be heard in Johannesburg, but on their 5920 Galbeni 
frequency from 1700 to 1800. Programming in Romanian, positive ID 
heard on Dec 1. QRM from much closer and stronger Zambia (5915) on 
adjacent channel (Bill Bingham, Johannesburg RSA. Drake R8E, Sony 
ICF2001D. dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

It seems it`s been on 7315 all B-15 season instead of scheduled 7335:

7315, 11/01 at 0020, R Romania Int, Galbeni (presumed). Spanish. 
Operatic music with long talk by woman. Unscheduled on this frequency. 
Also strong on scheduled 7325 whilst 7335 is not heard. 55555 (Alan 
Roe, Teddington, Middlesex, UK, Winradio G31DDC Excalibur and Elad 
FDM-SW2 with 17 meter longwire, Dec CIDX Messenger via WORLD OF RADIO 
1803, DXLD)

[and non]. 7315, Dec 6 at 0045, surprised to hear some Spanish CCI 
under WHRI, totaling S9+25; maybe a language lesson, mentions 
Johannesburgo, Αfrica del Sur. Then find it`s // 7325 RRI in the clear 
but not quite synchronized, i.e. the two different transmitter sites. 

7325 is Tsiganeshti, and Galbeni is supposed to be on 7335, but 
apparently on 7315 by mistake. At the time I didn`t know 7335 was 
where it`s scheduled, but should have noticed that as I bandscanned if 
it were there. The other two Spanish frequencies this hour are 9525-
Galbeni and 9730-Tsiganeshti (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, 
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

6015-6020-6025, Dec 8 at 0708, DRM noise at S6, i.e. RRI in German 
this half hour at 307 degrees, carrying on to North America. The HFCC 
sked for RRO (not to be confused with RRIndonesia)
http://www.hfcc.org/data/schedbybrc.php?seas=B15&broadc=RRO
still has not figured out a way to show which transmissions are DRM; 
the ``all`` frequency sked does, however, with an N for numιrique. 

Both of them claim the power for this Tsiganeshti is 300 kW, altho one 
of the rationales for DRM is getting the same results at reduced 
power. Is it really at full power???

These also still show no entries for RRO on 7315, even tho instead of 
7335, the RRI Spanish hour at 00-01 has been there in B-15, clashing 
with WHRI, heard already in early November by Alan Roe, England (Glenn 
Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. Radio Komintern 6990 kHz (located in the city of Rossosh in 
the region or Voronezh, Russia) confirmed my report with an eQSL 
showing a selection of oldtime radio equipment (Christer Brunstrφm, 
Sweden, SW Bulletin Dec 6 via DXLD)

** RUSSIA. Voronezh region. A letter from the Comintern Radio:

"The radio station named Comintern works Moscow time in summer from 
18-00 to 21-00, and in the winter from 15-00 to 18-00. Basically 
broadcast first two hours of news from "the local radio of Voronezh", 
as Lenin district committee of the Communist Party of Voronezh calls 
his Internet radio station, you can listen to it at this address: 
http://www.kprf.vrn.ru/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=110&Itemid=44
Then another hour sung patriotic songs that I already pick up 
directly. Frankly, at the Lenin district committee of the Communist 
Party of the city of Voronezh, I did not ask permission to rebroadcast 
they are even Internet radio stations, I just never occurred that they 
may be against it, quite the contrary. But if you think this is 
necessary, I will refer to them with this issue.

In general, the radio it. Comintern it because the whole illegal, too, 
Lenin at one time the newspaper "Iskra" issued illegally, this is our 
fate communists, the authorities do not want to be criticized, thus 
raising the masses.

Sincerely, Sergei, Rossosh Department of the Communist Party.
http://rossosh-kprf.narod.ru «
(via Anatoly Klepov, Moscow, Russia, RusDX Dec 6 via DXLD)

** SARAWAK [non]. Radio Free Sarawak with usual Christmas break,
from Dec 7 till Jan 1. The next show will be on the air Jan 4:
1030-1200 on 15420 PUG 250 kW / 280 deg to SEAs Iban
Mon-Fri.http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/radio-free-sarawak-with-usual-christmas.html
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, dxldyg via DXLD)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 1521, SBC, R. Riyadh, Duba, NOV 26, 0159 - Fair peak 
with prayer at top of the hour. Audio frequently detected until 0300.  
First TA audio detected this year! (Mike Beu, KD5DSQ, Austin TX; Drake 
R8B, terminated Delta antenna (17-ft apex and 28-ft base) northeast, 
Mini-Flag antenna (7 by 15-ft) southeast, NRC IDXD 83-06, December, 
2015 via DXLD)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 9870, Dec 5 at 2130-2157, I land on BSKSA, as the 
secular ME music is the best I can find on SW to lullaby my nap; fair 
signal, and very repetitive (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SIKKIM. 4835, Dec 4, 1510, AIR Gangtok, Sikkim, So eine Freude: 
Lδnger nicht aktiv, aber heute konnte ich All India Radio Gangtok aus 
dem ehemaligen Kφnigreich Sikkim im Himalaya endlich wieder im 
Tropenband auf 4835 kHz nach 15 Uhr UT hφren. "Stφrungen" durch ABC 
aus Alice Springs, Australien, die auf gleicher Frequenz senden 
(Christoph Ratzer, Salzburg, Austria, SW Bulletin Dec 6 via DXLD)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 9545, SIBC - Voice of the Nation, 0447-0500*,
Dec 3. In Pijin with pop Pacific Island songs; poor (Ron Howard, 
Asilomar State Beach, CA, Etσn E1, antenna: 100' long wire, dxldyg via 
WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Then QSY to 5020

** SOMALILAND. 7120-AM, Dec 3 at 1355, S5 signal but can`t hear any 
modulation from R. Hargeisa, which I ought to if level were up to par; 
stay with it until cutoff at 1401:39* or so, as Ron Howard reconfirms 
they take a break between 14 and 15; he can hear them after 15 as his 
sun is just rising.

7120, Dec 4 at 1340, AM carrier by 1400 achieving S7 on the R75 with 
preamp-2 engaged, but only a trace of modulation. I`m presuming R. 
Hargeisa, still on at 1401 but cutting out a bit as if they are having 
trouble turning off the transmitter. 1404:27 morphs into CW not hand-
keyed from an ham, W8- something, exactly same frequency. Now I`m 
wondering if he was running the carrier, key stuck down, but maybe 
just tuned up on Hargeisa waiting for it to quit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. The SARL weekly radio programme for radio amateurs, 
shortwave listeners and electronic hobbyists

Updated 6 December 2015 Listen Amateur Radio Today
Sundays: 0800 UT
17760 kHz
 7205 kHz
 7082 kHz

Repeat broadcast: 
Mondays 1630 UT
4685 kHz
http://www.sarl.org.za/
Posted by: (Mike Terry, Dec 6, dxldyg via DXLD)

The Monday broadcast used to be on 4895. Is 4685 a typo or off-band 
new frequency? (Jari Savolainen, Finland, ibid.)

SARL weekly news in English 2015-12-5 states "A rebroadcast can be 
heard on Monday evenings at 18:30 Central African Time on 3230 kHz 
AM". So rather confusing! (Mike Terry, ibid.)

Nothing heard in Jo'burg on 4685, 4895, or 3230! Checked on Monday Dec 
7, from 1825 through to 1850 CAT (1625-1650 UT). Zambia on 5915 is 
coming in nicely (Bill Bingham, Johannesburg RSA. Drake R8E, Sony 
ICF2001D. dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

The confusion continues! (Mike Terry, ibid.)

I came too late, forgot it to check; now at 1702 UT only a strong 
STANAG digital signal on approx. 4685 - 4689.4 kHz. S=9+20dB in 
Germany. wb df5sx (Wolfgang Bόschel, ibid.)

Could be a routine Sentech / Meyerton display of incompetence. At 1716 
UT they put about 4 seconds of BBC on 4895, then straight back to 
nothing (Bill Bingham, Johannesburg RSA. Drake R8E, Sony ICF2001D. 
dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

The B15 schedule, as per the HFCC registrations is:
Sundays 0800-0900 on 7205 and 17760
Mondays 1630-1730 on 4895
all via Meyerton. I confirmed the Monday transmission on 4895 on 16th 
November though its very difficult reception in Europe. 73s (Dave 
Kenny, England, dxldyg via DXLD)

** SPAIN. Test of Radio Exterior de Espaρa with dead air December 3:
from 0930 on  9690 NOB 200 kW / 290 deg to ENAm Spanish, open carrier
from 0930 on 11530 NOB 200 kW / 161 deg to WCAf Spanish, open carrier
from 0930 on 17755 NOB 200 kW / 161 deg to WCAf Spanish, open carrier
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/test-of-radio-exterior-de-espana-with.html
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, B`lgariya, Dec 3, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Radio Exterior de Espaρa relay Radio Nacional with sport coverage, Dec 
5 [Sat]; all NOBlejas 200 kW in Spanish:
1500-1900  9690 / 290 deg NoAm Sa/Su is off, CRI is here
1500-1900 15390 / 230 deg SoAm Sa/Su
1500-1900 15500 / 110 deg N/ME Sa/Su
1500-1900 17755 / 161 deg WCAf Sa/Su open carrier/dead air
1900-2300  9690 / 290 deg NoAm Daily on air at 1906 UT
1900-2300 11530 / 161 deg WCAf Daily no propagation
1900-2300 15390 / 230 deg SoAm Daily no propagation
1900-2300 15500 / 110 deg N/ME Daily no propagation
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/radio-exterior-de-espana-relay-radio.html
(Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, Sony ICF-2001D, dxldyg via DXLD)

** SPAIN [non]. GERMANY. 9560, 11/15 at 0930, R Mi Amigo Int, Kall. 
English. Paul Newman show "Radio Shack" and oldies music. Also 
featurette "Shortwave Interval Signals of the week" - Kol Israel's IS 
this week. 45433 (Alan Roe, Teddington, Middlesex, UK, Winradio G31DDC 
Excalibur and Elad FDM-SW2 with 17 meter longwire, Dec CIDX Messenger 
via DXLD)

** SPAIN [non]. GERMANY, 6005, Radio Mi Amigo, Kall Krekell, 0700*-
0720, 05-12, identification: "Radio Mi Amigo International, 
radiomiamigointernational.com" English comments and pop music. 34433. 

7310, Radio Mi Amigo, Kall Krekell, 1418-1428, 06-12, English 
comments, pop music, identification: "Radio Mi Amigo International". 
34433 (Manuel Mιndez, Lugo, Spain, Logs in Lugo and Friol, Tecsun PL-
880 and Sangena ATS-909X, Cable antenna, 8 meters and Degen 31MS 
active loop antenna, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

RADIO MI AMIGO INTERNATIONAL - XMAS SHOWS Extra X-Mas shows schedule:
Make a date with us over Christmas! We're going to broadcast special 
Festive programmes
- in addition to our normal run of schedule in December -
on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th from 10.00 to 15.00 CET on 6005 and 
7310 kHz.

We'll be happy to include your Christmas greetings and special 
requests; please send them to: info@radiomiamigointernational.com 
(before Dec. 15)

AM and FM: On the same evenings between 20.00-01.00 CET we will be 
repeating these programmes from our 1485 kHz medium wave service based 
in Riga, Latvia, yet another chance for a nice bit of Festive DX! In 
Spain (Costa Blanca) our X-mas shows can be heard on FM 92.3 and 106.0 
from 10 am to 3 pm CET. All programmes will be simultaneously 
broadcast worldwide online in stereo.

Introduction: 'Bringing back the 'Golden Era of Offshore AM Radio...'
From Kall-Krekel in Germany we broadcast on Shortwave, on the 
following frequencies:

in the 49, 41 and 31 meter band on 6005, 7310 and 9560 Kiloherz. And 
from Riga in Latvia on the Medium Wave: 1485 AM, serving parts of 
Scandinavia, North-East Germany and East Europe.

We bring you music and jingles from the Golden Era of offshore 
broadcasting, right across Europe and around the World.

Our daily evening broadcast 'Hello Europe' can now be heard on two 
frequencies: 6005 kHz and 3985 kHz, as part of our new winter 
schedule.

Put that amazing AM sound back into your life with 22 hours of 
fabulous programmes every weekend on shortwave and mediumwave too.

Just click on the SHORTWAVE button at the top of this page for the 
full Programme Schedule, including links to our live stereo internet 
streams (24/7) if you prefer digital sound. All Live programs at 
weekdays and weekends on SW and MW will be available on our web stream 
in stereo.

We welcome your reception reports, reactions in our guestbook and on 
Facebook and by return you'll receive our new colourful QSL-card.

Don't forget to check the latest Prizes to be won on our Competitions 
Page and of course, sign the guestbook before you leave.

This website contains all information about the presenters, program 
schedules, webstreams, competitions and much more. You'll also find us 
on Facebook with day to day news, pictures and listener comments:
http://www.radiomiamigointernational.com/english/index.html
Posted by: (Mike Terry, dxldyg via DXLD)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, SLBC with YL talx in unknown language, then pips 
and English ID at BoH and into YL in English announcing local music 
which sounded like a cross between Indian sub-continental stuff and 
old-west style yodeling. MOST unusual! Fading as I listened, started 
out 34+443, down to 24+3+42 at 0150. 0125-0155 28/Nov, SPR-4 
+randomwire (Ken Zichi, Port Hope MI2 with various pieces of gear, 
MARE Tipsheet Dec 4 via DXLD)

Ahh, I must compare that sometime to the mistimesignal at 0115+. On 
his clip, this one is also 2+1, and there is distortion on the voice 
modulation. This ID is in English only to the extent of pronouncing 
the full name of SLBC in that language (Glenn Hauser, DXLD)

** TAIWAN. new 9522.0 USB (ex: 7502.0 USB), StarStar Broadcasting 
Station (XingXing BS), tuned in at 1307 till 1328*, Dec 7. Chinese 
numbers; almost fair. Should be *1200 & *1300.

https://app.box.com/s/79papm5kui3x010zos0hfhry4dp0hgiw
contains my audio (fair/poor quality) (Ron Howard, Asilomar State 
Beach, CA, Etσn E1, antenna: 100' long wire, dxldyg via DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

7502.0 (strongest in USB) (ex: 9522-USB), StarStar Broadcasting 
Station (XingXing BS), tuned in at 1305, Dec 8. Reading of Chinese 
numbers, plus some brief breaks in between for something other than 
numbers? Fair to almost good; 1328*. My audio at  
https://app.box.com/s/wo9wjpsifu1wv5vojupr7ovy84s3qyui   

What is said during 01:07-01:10? Seems not to be numbers and is a
different person than reading the numbers? Yesterday's broadcast on 
9522.0-USB was a one day anomaly? Perhaps just testing reception on 
that frequency? (Ron Howard, CA, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

I believe it's "Gangcai bobao di sishi zu dianwen" - "[We have] just 
broadcast message number 40". Regards (Alan Davies, Asia, dxldyg via 
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Thanks so much Alan. Appreciate your feedback. Dec 9 found XingXing BS 
again on 7502-USB (*1300-1328*). (Ron WORLD OF RADIO 1803, ibid.)

** TURKEY [and non]. 12035, Sat Dec 5 at 1340, VOT English poor signal 
going from news to press review; 1347:30 theme and opening ``Letterbox 
Program``, reading and replying to reception reports; thus confirming 
this as an on-week for fortnightly program, as in DX/SWL/Media 
Programs just updated at
http://www.worldofradio.com/dxpgms.html
where I had the nominal time as 1352-1404 and correspondingly for the 
repeat broadcasts; I`ve moved that 5 minutes earlier, tho the exact 
span certainly varies. We should hear it better Sat 2317 on 5960, UT 
Sun 0417 on 9655. Too bad there is no longer a `DX Corner` to 
alternate with it. Back to the present:

12035 still on at 1426 with IS and IDs in unknown Turkic language, oh 
oh, Emirler operator running late again as should have brought up next 
frequency by now. 1430 accurate timesignal and opening presumed Kazakh 
supposed to be on 9785, until 12035 cuts off at 1430:25.5*. Then at 
1431 I check 9785 and something is there but doubt it can be VOT yet, 
presumably CNR8 Beijing in Korean as in Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. GERALD MARCUSE, G2NM: PIONEER OF EMPIRE BROADCASTING ON 
SHORTWAVE

The Reading and District Amateur Radio Group has released as a free 
pdf the history of Gerald Marcuse G2NM the founder of Empire 
Broadcasting who was granted a licence in June 1927 for a regular 
shortwave service of speech and music to the British Empire. These 
continued until August 1928. 

A statement from the BBC shortly after the licence had been granted 
"deplored them as an unfortunate publicity stunt." 
http://radarc.org/history.htm
Posted by: (barraclough.mike, Dec 7, dxldyg via DXLD)

** U K. LA BBC RECIBE FONDOS DEL GOBIERNO BRITΑNICO
Es el mayor incremento presupuestario concedido hasta ahora . . .
http://www.radionoticias.com/noticias-2015/la-bbc-recibe-fondos-del-gobierno-britanico-24112015.html 
Posted by: (JOSE MIGUEL ROMERO ROMERO, Dec 4, dxldyg via DXLD)

** U K [and non]. Updated B-15 shortwave schedule of BBC in Farsi
0230-0330 on  5985 WOF 250 kW / 090 deg to WeAs from Jan 1
0230-0330 on  6095 TAC 100 kW / 236 deg to WeAs from Jan 1
0230-0330 on  7230 WOF 250 kW / 086 deg to WeAs from Jan 1
0230-0330 on  7410 KCH 300 kW / 116 deg to WeAs from Jan 1
0330-0430 on  6095 DHA 250 kW / 035 deg to WeAs, whole B-15
0330-0430 on  7445 KCH 300 kW / 116 deg to WeAs, whole B-15
0330-0430 on  9695 SLA 250 kW / 350 deg to WeAs, whole B-15
0430-0530 on  9440 KCH 300 kW / 116 deg to WeAs till Dec 31
0430-0530 on  9670 DHA 250 kW / 045 deg to WeAs till Dec 31
0430-0530 on 13760 TAC 100 kW / 236 deg to WeAs till Dec 31

1500-1600 on 11995 NAK 250 kW / 300 deg to WeAs from Jan 1
1500-1600 on 13660 WOF 250 kW / 092 deg to WeAs from Jan 1
1600-1700 on 11995 NAK 250 kW / 300 deg to WeAs till Dec 31
1600-1700 on 13660 WOF 250 kW / 092 deg to WeAs till Dec 31
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/updated-b-15-shortwave-schedule-of-bbc.html
(Ivo Ivanov, Blgariya, Dec 9, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. A Flare for Success
ARRL Amateur Radio Newsline By Bobby Best, WX4ALA December 4, 2015

An emergency drill, in the form of a huge coronal mass ejection, sent 
radio amateurs scrambling early last month. And though their response 
was real enough, the chaos was simulated - with good results.

Imagine an outage of all conventional communications throughout the 
U.S. Imagine too, massive solar flares known as coronal mass 
ejections, as the source of the stirred-up ionosphere behind the 
blackout. This was the reality for members of the Military Auxiliary 
Radio System and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service for two days 
beginning Nov. 8.

It was only an exercise but, for two days, it was still a challenge. 
And ultimately, said the organizers, it was a success.

MARS operators were given the directive to make direct contact with as 
many radio amateurs in the nation's 3,142 counties as possible, using 
mainly HF NVIS bands, along with VHF and UHF repeaters. Other methods, 
such as store-and-forward messaging systems and Internet-linked 
systems, were necessarily off limits.

Paul English, WD8DBY, the U.S. Army's MARS program manager, praised 
the work of the radio operators at the conclusion of the exercise. He 
told the ARRL that MARS members got messages through to 816 counties 
around the country - or 26 percent of the nation's total. He said 
advance publicity helped boost performance during the two-day drill, 
and inquiries about participation had poured in from 41 states and 
more than 50 ARES groups who wanted to be part of the test.

Best of all, he said, the mission was accomplished. He said: "The 
purpose of these exercises is to reach beyond interoperability and 
focus on our ability to exchange usable and relevant information from 
the local level to the national level following a crisis event. Only 
through the cooperation among MARS and the larger Amateur Radio 
community can we hope to achieve that synergy."
(via rec.radio.info) Posted by: (Mike Terry, Dec 5, dxldyg via DXLD)

** U S A. Re: 26110, UNID: 1538, 2-Dec; Fast code starting with VVV; 
didn't sound long enough for KMK282; no KOVR-TV audio. Nothing same 
time next day 1520-1545 (Harold Frodge, MI, MARE Tipsheet Dec 4 via 
DXLD)

If it started with VVV, it was indeed a ute marker and most likely NOT 
KOVR. This is Maritime Mobile channel 19 per Klingenfuss, but he lists 
nothing active on that channel. Interesting! kvz](Ken Zichi, ed., 
ibid.)

** U S A [and non]. 15600, Dec 4 at 1411, good signal with talk in 
Farsi? And self-echo on talk, but seemingly not music. No, it`s VOA 
Kurdish via Woofferton UK during this hour. I`m still not certain it`s 
not long/short path echo.

6080, Sat Dec 5 at 0612, Cuban pulse jamming spur and weak rock music, 
presumably VOA, so scheduled Sγo Tomι site is now on air? But from 
*0613 strong open carrier from Greenville overcomes it, warming up for 
the 0630-0700 segment only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. VOA Radiogram, 5-6 December 2015 --- Mostly MFSK32, but some 
MFSK64. Includes more QR code examples and Xenokeryx amidalae.
Details and schedule: UTF-8 QR codes and Xenokeryx amidalae
http://voaradiogram.net/post/134525163062/voa-radiogram-5-6-december-2015-utf-8-qr-codes
(Kim Elliott, Dec 5, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Radiogram / QR-codes [1 Attachment]

"...This weekend on VOA Radiogram, we will conduct one more (for now) 
QR code experiments. The VOA Radiogram URL will be transmitted as 
.........................3) as UTF-8 block elements – ........

Interesting experiment, but the character blocks can not represent 
well the QR code with the correct proportions. All characters were 
received correctly, the error protection worked well, only the 
appearance of the QR code does not correspond to the norm.
http://www.rhci-online.net/radiogram/VoA_Radiogram_2015-12-05.htm#VOA
http://www.rhci-online.net/files/2015-12-06_qrcode.png
[682 byte] (roger Thayer, Dec 6, dxldyg via DXLD)

** U S A [and non]. Oddness from VOA on 15580 --- I've been listening 
to 15580 via Botswana from here in Arkansas and something sounds kinda 
odd. It sounds like nothing but instrumentals the last 45 or so 
minutes with long gaps or silence between tracks. And it doesn't sound 
like music instrumentals, you know, like jazz or something; it sounds 
like music beds used in audio production or something.

Their website lists this hour (1900 to 2000) as being English to 
Africa but I've heard no speech content whatsoever. No station idents, 
promos, liners, announcers, nothing (Paul Walker, AR, 1956 UT Dec 7, 
dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

I'm hearing this type of filler music programming also, even at the
top of the hour at 2000 UT on December 7, 2015, on the VOA frequency
of 4930 kHz. I'm listening via Global Tuners on the Grenoble, France
receiver. Very odd programming! BTW, Paul, I appreciate your many 
postings and recordings (Bruce (New York, USA), ibid.)

Even stranger perhaps is that not one of three different "Listen Now"
options on the VOA website is working here on my computer...
http://www.voanews.com/
(Bruce (New York, USA), 2018 UT Dec 7, 2015, ibid.))

Apparently there was a power cut at VOA in Washington, so what you 
heard was standby music at the transmitter site. Apparently the 
satellite feeds were silent (Andy Sennitt, 2001 UT Dec 7, ODXA yg via 
DXLD)

POWER OUTAGE DISRUPTS VOICE OF AMERICA BROADCASTS
BBG Watch December 7, 2015
http://bbgwatch.com/bbgwatch/power-outage-disrupts-voice-of-america-broadcasts/

A power outage today at the Washington, DC headquarters of the 
Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) lasting many hours has seriously 
disrupted numerous Voice of America (VOA) radio and television 
broadcasts to many parts of the world. According to BBG officials, a 
contractor working on a construction project in the building 
inadvertently hit a power line. 

But BBG’s administrative and technical arm, the International 
Broadcasting Bureau (IBB), was unable to quickly restore power, which 
is what most broadcasting outlets in the United States are almost 
always able to do within seconds or minutes by switching to emergency 
power generators. The long-lasting power outage must have been a 
surprise to BBG’s new CEO John Lansing who recently took up his post. 
He had previously worked for private U.S. cable and TV industry where 
such incidents generally do not happen because managers are well-
prepared to deal with them.

The federal agency, which spends most of its $740 million budget on 
administrative and support services (34%), was not prepared to deal 
with the power emergency at the Voice of America, even though its 
bureaucracy has expanded the number of IBB positions and its budget 
grew by leaps and bounds in recent years. Because of staff shortages 
and lack of resources, Voice of America journalists are also unable to 
post timely news reports and update social media pages, especially on 
weekend and after business hours on weekdays. VOA has increasingly 
turned to employing poorly-paid and poorly-supervised contractors.

The power was disrupted early in the morning, but it was still not 
fully restored as of early afternoon. Many Voice of America radio and 
TV broadcasting facilities still could not be used to produce and 
transmit programs several hours after the power was cut.

An email to staff from one of BBG’s top executives sent out at 1:28 PM 
said that “many of our broadcast transmission systems are still being 
hampered by this incident.”

### From: BBG ALERTS
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2015 9:13 AM
Subject: Cohen Power Outage

Pepco/GSA are working on the power outage. Stay safe and in well lit 
areas. Do not use elevators.

### From: IBB Notices Admin
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2015 1:28 PM
To: IBB Notices Administration
Subject: Power Outage Update

Colleagues: Earlier this morning a GSA contractor working on a 
construction project in the Switzer building inadvertently hit a power 
line. Unfortunately, this incident brought down power in both the 
Switzer and Cohen buildings completely disrupting almost all 
infrastructure systems.

At this point, we are working diligently with all of our vendors to 
ensure that we can restore full operations as soon as possible.
Portions of the building are up to full operations but many of our 
broadcast transmission systems are still being hampered by this 
incident.

We will notify you immediately once we have restored full 
functionality. We deeply regret the inconvenience to all of our 
colleagues and programs. Sincerely, Andrι V. Mendes
Posted by: (Mike Terry, Dec 8, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

** U S A. 9955, 0406, Radio Prague Sunday Music Show via WRMI fair-
good 23/11. At 0430 Glenn Hauser’s World of Radio edition 1800. Ident 
for “WRMI Okeechobee Florida” then “Moments in Bible Prophecy” (Bryan 
Clark, Mangawhai, Northland, North Island, New Zealand, AOR7030+, EWEs 
to NAm, CAm & SAm, Drake SPR4 with Alpha Delta Sloper, Dec NZ DX Times 
via DXLD)

[and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1802 monitoring: confirmed second SW 
broadcast, Thursday Dec 3 at 2100 on WRMI 7570, good. Also confirmed 
UT Friday Dec 4 at 0200 on WBCQ 9330-CUSB, sufficient; Friday 2130 on 
WRMI 15770, fair; Friday 2130.6 on WRMI 7570, good. Next:
Sat 0730   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 1530   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 2030v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 0415v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 0900   WRMI 5850 to NW [NEW!]
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5110v-CUSB Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430   WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW

7265, Hamburger Lokal Radio, Gφhren, 0730-0750, 05-12 [Sat], English, 
Glenn Hauser's program "World of Radio". 24322 (Manuel Mιndez, Lugo, 
Spain, Logs in Lugo and Friol, Tecsun PL-880 and Sangena ATS-909X, 
Cable antenna, 8 meters and Degen 31MS active loop antenna, dxldyg via 
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

WORLD OF RADIO 1802 monitoring. Confirmed on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO, UT 
Sunday Dec 6 at 0445 mid-break, so started circa 0430 this week, and 
ends at 0459:24. Thruout, there has been heavy CW QRM on both sides; 
must be some 160m contest, as the band is full of CW up to 1875 where 
LSB phoners take over. Next: I`d appreciate confirmation by anyone 
awake, and some informal reception reports of the new airing:
Sun 0900   WRMI 5850 to NW [NEW!]
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5110v-CUSB Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430   WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW

WORLD OF RADIO 1802 monitoring: Awoke just before 0900 UT Sunday Dec 
6, so checked 5850 VG signal for new WORLD OF RADIO airing on WRMI --- 
and I hear: Wavescan! Well, the WRMI sked says WOR. I`ve asked Jeff if 
he still intends to run WOR then from next week? 

The 0400 UT Monday airing on Area 51 and WBCQ 5109.7-CUSB is pre-
empted by John Lightning running way over; evidently he forgot to turn 
on his mike during a previous hour, and he starts a pre-recorded 
segment around 0420. I don`t yet know whether WOR will appear after 
0500 or not at all this week. Confirmed on 9955 WRMI webcast at 0430 
UT Monday December 7, but it`s very weak on 9955. Next:
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

WORLD OF RADIO 1802 monitoring: confirmed Wed Dec 9 after 1415 on WRMI 
9955; no jamming but some ACI from 9960 after 1428, i.e. T8WH PALAU 
with a Japanese clandestine to Korea. Also confirmed Wed Dec 9 at 2200 
on WBCQ 7489.9, propagating well now into winter.

WORLD OF RADIO 1803 monitoring: confirmed first SW broadcast of 1230 
UT Thursday Dec 10 at 1252 check on WRMI 9955; atop pulse jamming: tnx 
a lot, Arnie! Next:
Thu 2100   WRMI 7570 to NW
Fri 0200   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE
Fri 2130.6 WRMI 7570 to NW
Sat 0730   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 1530   HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 2030v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 0415v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND?
Sun 0900   WRMI 5850 to NW [NEW! But not last week]
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5110v-CUSB Area 51 to WSW [pre-empted last week]
Mon 0430   WRMI 9955 to SSE  
Tue 1200   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. UT Friday Dec 4 checking WBCQ Thursday evening programming 
on PL-880 portable, able to get sufficient signals on all three 
frequencies inside the Garfield County Emergency Management building:

5109.7-CUSB: at 0145 hymns, 0152 mennoniteradio.org mentioned, where 
you can listen to all their episodes. But still shows the latest one 
only as #5 of Oct 21. So this show is airing for a second week at a 
new time and frequency not yet publicized on the WBCQ online schedule; 
nor on own website, still claiming to be on 9330 at 9-10 pm ET, day of 
week omitted, but it had been Wed = UT Thu. Are the ones running on 5 
MHz now just repeats? 

At 0200, 5109.7-CUSB changes to `Just Right` as I logged one week 
earlier, from Canada, starting with clip of OTR drama, not sure the 
point of that, but then at 0201 the two co-hosts introduce. This one 
is on the 5110 schedule. 

9330-CUSB at 0143 check is carrying the usual blasting Blalock; after 
buffer of WBCQ IS and ID, WOR 1802 starts promptly at 0200 UT Friday 
Dec 4.

7490 at 0145 Dec 4 has an anti-Obama, pro-Ted Cruz rant, by a caller? 
But it`s the Rabbi Spivak show. Switches to Overcomer at 0200 as usual 

7490 & 5109.7-CUSB, UT Sat Dec 5 at 0105, I`m trying to hear WBCQ with 
`Allan Weiner Worldwide`, but propagation is awful, weak signals, 
combined with heightened neighborhood/line noise level. 9330 barely 
audible with Blalock the blaster. 9265 WINB is also JBA, but southerly 
9395 and 9955 WRMI are good strength, as well as 7730 and 7570. Too 
bad Allan can`t transmit directly from De Land of Fla.

Immediately preceding the live airing of `AWWW`, UT Saturdays at 00-01 
on 7490 is Fred Flintstone's Music Show, according to the WBCQ 
Annotated Program Guide, and which needs to be in reruns now:

``Program Description --- Music from the late fifties through the 
present, ranging from Rolling Stones to Zebra and late doo-wap to 
eighties hair bands. Highly recommended! Be sure to crank up the 
volume and attach a subwoofer to your receiver.

Program Notes --- Fred surprised his long time listeners on Easter 
weekend this year with the revelation that he is a born again 
Christian. This happened by chance (design?) when we were simulcasting 
WBCQ's webcast on a low power community FM radio station.

Fred's show is consistently good and we reiterate, highly recommended. 
A great test for the old tube type radio for hearing how good WBCQ's 
7415 service sounds when conditions are right.``

I`m told that this letter from ``Fred Flintstone`` was read on the Dec 
6 AWWW I couldn`t hear:

``To my dear faithful listeners of the Fred Flintstone Show.
I want to thank you for your emails and concerns.

I want to thank my dear friend Allan Weiner, whom I never had the
pleasure to meet to allow me the privilege to have a music show on a
great sounding shortwave station, WBCQ. If the station did not have
the best sound on shortwave I would not be broadcasting here. Allan
Weiner, Tom Barna, and the amazing Timmy Smith, WA1HLR, are the ones
who keep WBCQ and the old transmitters on the air and with the sound
of a modern digital 250KW station using ancient tubes.

Timmy Smith is a REAL Radio Frequency Engineer. There is no one like
him on earth. He uses his knowledge and brains to keep WBCQ sounding
good and on the air.

My medical situation was very scary 3 weeks ago. My Faith and trust is
solely in the Our Lord Jesus Christ. I believe ONLY in the God Israel,
Jehovah God, who sent HIS son The Lord Jesus to bring knowledge of
Salvation to the people of the Earth.

I was diagnosed with an ACUTE Lymphoblastic Leukemia cancer B-Cell. A
lot of chemicals a lot of meds and bags of IV's. I am in the best
hospital in the country for blood cancer, UPMS Shadyside, Pittsburgh
Pa. There were some days of despair and hopelessness from all of the
poison in my body. The last three days beginning 11/29 have been very
good and eating better. I am praying for a second chance at life and
to be a better husband and daddy to my son. Serve and love GOD first
and serve my family and then the hobbies and electronics and music
shows when time permits.

The Flintstone shows will ALWAYS be outrageous loud crazy music to
kick off the weekend. It's entertainment and toe tapping music always.
It has nothing to do with being a Christian and finger pointing that I
play the Devil's music. Toe-tapping a great audio sound on WBCQ will
always be my goal. Thanks for being my dear friends. Fred Flintstone``
(Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

7489.9-AM, Dec 6 at 0056, WBCQ with `Shortwave Saturday Night` as J. 
P. Ferraro is rambling about the sad state of AM radio in the US, 
``corporate ownership continues to strangle radio``; old record music 
break after 0100, and more: 0110, FCC thinking about abolishing clear 
channels, but another idea is to clear out lots of little unprofitable 
stations and make a few superpower 750 or 1000 kW clear channels, 
which could also run hifi wideband AM stereo. AM doesn`t *have* to 
sound worse than FM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

9329.9-CUSB, UT Sun Dec 6 at 0108, `Have Goals` is back on WBCQ, same 
thing as heard a week ago but it was one hour later in the 02-03 UT 
hour on 9330. Recognize same content, including reference to gallery 
show ``Culture Jam`` in Milwaukee, and before that ``Guns & Money`` 
about his piece for that being sculpture made of guns and knives found 
in sewage tunnels underneath Milwaukee, etc. So that wasn`t a one-
shot, now a two-shot and ----? Still going at 0155, but off at 0203 
check. See my log report of Nov 29 for more details (Glenn Hauser, OK, 
WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

5109.7-CUSB, UT Sun Dec 6 at 0447, WBCQ is still on with guitar 
strumming, while 7490 and 9330 are off. I guess it`s the `Lost Discs 
Radio Show` which ``broadcasts about once a month`` at 03-05. 
Otherwise it`s 03-04 `Zombo's Mondo Record Party`; 04-05 `The Eric 
Dolphy Mystery Hour` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

5109.7-CUSB, Dec 7 until 0533*, very extended Johnny Lightning show on 
WBCQ Area 51. It seems that the final hour+ was an edited playback of 
an earlier sesquihour during which JL`s mike was off in a conversation 
with someone else, so JL`s voice was only picked up by the other guy`s 
mike 10 feet away, so the playback boosted that pickup. Must say, I 
have never heard a talkhost so self-absorbed as JL. And no, World of 
Radio never appeared tonight, normally scheduled for 0400. Since JL is 
fortnightly, we should be back on schedule next week (Glenn Hauser, 
OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Amateur Radio Roundtable is making some changes.

The show is a ham radio and shortwave show which can be seen on 
W5KUB.COM every Tuesday night at 8:00 PM Central time (0200 UT Wed)

We have changed shortwave frequencies and now our program is simulcast 
on shortwave radio station WBCQ on a freq of 9330 kHz from Monticello, 
ME. Viewers watch the show on w5kub.com

This show has guests from around the world. Guests are brought in 
remotely into the broadcast. We have a chat room and call in telephone 
lines for our listeners to communicate with us during the show.

There are some regular segments on the show.

Riley Hollingsworth, retired FCC Special Counsel for the spectrum 
enforcement will answer all your questions. Send in questions to 
AskRiley@w5kub.com

Joe Eisenberg, gives us segments on all the new kits available. He 
also does reports on the many hamfests that he attends each year.

Emmett Hohensee, Chief Engineer of Radiowavz gives us new discussions 
on antennas.

We are always looking for new topics and guests. If you have a topic 
please contact us at Tom@w5kub.com

Thanks, Tom Medlin W5KUB, Amateur Radio Roundtable  (via Southgate 
December 6, 2015, Posted by: Mike Terry, Dec 6 dxldyg via DXLD)

Tom, How long is the SW broadcast? I see in your video archive the 
length varies widely. Is it open-ended on SW? (Glenn to Tom via DXLD)

They have set the length of the show on short wave for 1.5 hours but 
can override it if necessary. Our show normally lasts about 1.5 hours 
and then at the end, a bunch of viewers join the show using hangout 
(this is where they can click on a link and have their video and audio 
on the show. It’s a very informal part of the show.   

I really like the new relationship I have with WBCQ shortwave now.   I 
am totally in charge and pressure is off. Great working relationship 
and very friendly staff.

I have to now try to modify our show a little to include shortwave 
listeners. Are you a member of our webcast facebook group? If not 
please join for all the details of what we are doing. It is also a 
great ham radio hangout. We have close to 4000 members now.    
https://www.facebook.com/groups/w5kub/

Glenn, I`m always looking for new people and guests for the show.   If 
you have any ideas please let me know. 73, (Tom Medlin, w5kub, Dec 5, 
to gh, via DXLD)

9329.95-CUSB, approx., Dec 9 at 0240, very poor signal detectable, 
presumably WBCQ with `Amateur Radio Roundtable`, now scheduled from 
0200 to 0330 or later on UT Wednesdays. Propagation very poor with low 
MUF. I`ve suggested to W5KUB that he should try to get on 7490 or 
5109.7-CUSB instead during the winter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST) And now changed to 5109.7

** U S A. I noticed that WRMI has a 'frequency change' for the 
programmer that took over after Global 24 'went south' Not sure how 
long ago this happened, but I assume it was to avoid the Utility QRM 
on the old 41 metre channel.

7730 NF, WRMI with "Son-Power Radio" programmer airing the "Jim Bakker
Show" with lots of Jewish focused religious talk and several 
survivalist ads for things like generators and 8 year food supply 
packages. /(Seriously? Food designed to last 8 years? One of my 
'rules' is 'if it doesn't spoil, don't eat it!' And remember, I LIKE 
to cook!)/ ID including mention of WRMI at ToH, and frequencies of 
9395, 7455 amd 5850. I assume this change was made to avoid the ute 
QRM on 7455, but nobody told them! In well, 4+4+4+44 with my local QRM 
there but not bad. 0435-0500 5/Dec using HQ-150 +randomwire (Kenneth V 
Zichi, D<== I'm not with stupid ==> R, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

The 7455 frequency for WRMI has been gone for a little over a week, at 
least around 0500. BBC Ascension on 7445 at that hour is now 
blissfully free of the splatter that the 7455 WRMI unit was putting 
out (Stephen Luce, Houston, Texas, Dec 8, ibid.)

** U S A. 17775, KVOH - Rancho Simi, Dec. 3, 1646. Our local blowtorch 
in Spanish with religious programming [to] CAm, SAm, S9+5, hum on 
audio. They used to have stronger signal here (only 22 miles away). I 
don’t know if this is do to a more directional antenna, reduced power 
or my antenna. Web site looks like they are aimed towards Cuba which 
would put me out of the preferred direction (George Herr, CA, NASWA 
Flashsheet via DXLD)

17775.00, Fri Dec 4 at 1517, Xmas tune, but it`s just a break during 
`Frecuencia al Dνa`, via KVOH. However, there is also a big hum and 
suptorted modulation, altho frequency is accurate. Wiggle that 
patchcord? 

9975, Dec 5 at 0118, KVOH with sermon at S9+25, but very 
undermodulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Dec 5 at 0155, WTWW-3 in Russian is S9! Strange 
propagation, while e.g. 11580 WRMI is JBA. WTWW has usually faded down 
or out by now on 12 MHz. Here`s why: a winter sporadic E opening 
across central USA is in progress, per 6m DX map, with MUF up to 65 
MHz. No sign of anything on TV ch 2 or 3; I also tune across 6m band 
on the R75 but hear nothing but birdies, local devices; I don`t have a 
proper VHF antenna for it.

5830, Dec 5 at 0621, open carrier, dead air from WTWW-1 instead of 
dead PPP.

5830, Dec 5 at 2157 I notice that WTWW-1 is missing from 9475, so 
check 5830 --- yes, the night frequency is already on, re-introducing 
PPPP; for how long? You never know when they will switch between night 
and day in morning or evening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. PETE SUMRALL, SON OF LESTER SUMRALL, DIES OF HEART ATTACK
Charisma News December 7, 2015
http://www.charismanews.com/us/53649-pete-sumrall-son-of-lester-sumrall-dies-of-heart-attack

Pete Sumrall, son of the late Dr. Lester Sumrall, has passed away. He 
died of a heart attack on Saturday. He was 62 years old.

Sumrall was president and CEO of LeSEA Broadcasting, a network that 
exists to reach out to the lost across the world and offer families 
with an alternative to secure television programming. Sumrall was also 
the host of The Harvest Show.

"We all loved my father," said Drew Sumrall. "It goes without saying 
that Pete Sumrall cannot be replaced, just as his father before him, 
Dr. Lester Sumrall, could not be replaced. We will move forward with 
the vision of the company."

Whether corresponding remotely from countries around the globe or 
sharing his insightful perspective with viewers live on the set, Pete 
Sumrall was committed to proclaiming the gospel.

After traveling as a missionary for several years, Sumrall became a 
full-time employee with LeSEA Broadcasting in 1973, according to the 
company's website. From here, he worked his way up the ranks in the 
company in multiple roles, including production, engineering, sales, 
traffic and tours.

In 1982, Sumrall was promoted to general manager of the network, which 
at the time consisted of two television stations and one FM radio 
station. In 1996, he was installed as president of LeSEA when his 
father and the founder of the company passed away. He assumed full 
leadership of LeSEA Ministries and LeSEA Global Feed the Hungry in 
2005.

The Harvest Show is seen in more than 42 million homes in the United 
States and 77 million homes in the Middle East. The company reaches an 
estimated 1 billion shortwave radio receivers worldwide. Leveraging 
its technology with a passion to spread the gospel, LeSEA reaches more 
than 90 percent of the world's population with the existence of TV, 
radio and satellite assets.
Posted by: (Mike Terry, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters Facebook group:
Miami, FL, United States, December 7, 2015
 
Pete Sumrall of former NASB member WHRI Passes Away

We lost a pioneer in shortwave broadcasting this weekend. Pete Sumrall 
was a giant in Christian TV and radio and took his mission even 
further than his father, who passed in 1996.

Doug Garlinger talked Pete into building WHRI and the rest is history.

Heather and I worked for Pete as consultants from 1996-1998. I was 
with him when he purchased the Christian Science Monitor SW radio 
station in Bangor Maine.

You may also know that Pete purchased the Voice of Hope – Asia station 
in Palau. High Adventure had sold it some years before to a Christian 
Chinese group who sold it to World Harvest. He was really excited 
about it and I understand he loved to go to Palau often. Here is the 
most important thing I know about Pete Sumrall --- He loved God, was 
dedicated to using shortwave radio and television to proclaim God’s 
word! He was tightly focused on that and he was faithful!

He will be missed

Rev. John D. Tayloe, President
STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
Voice of Hope – Americas (KVOH Los Angeles)
Voice of Hope – Africa (Lusaka, Africa)
99.1 FM The Ranch – KWSV Simi Valley
543 Country Club Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Tel: 805-338-0075 Fax: 805-669-3213
Jdtayloe@voiceofhope.com  http://www.voiceofhope.com
(via Mike Terry, dxldyg via DXLD)

Marie Lamb wrote on the CUMBRE DX Facebook group:

Our sympathies to the Sumrall family. WHRI, as you may recall, was the 
home for "DXing with Cumbre" from 1996 until the program ended in 2014 
(Via Mike Terry, ibid.)

National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters Facebook group:
Miami, FL, United States December 7, 2015

Thoughts About Pete Sumrall by Doug Garlinger, former President, NASB

I lost a good friend on Saturday. Pete Sumrall, the CEO of LeSEA 
Broadcasting was my employer for 23-1/2 years and friend since 1980. I 
worked for Pete during the most important years of my broadcast 
career. So many blessings that have come to my family during the last 
35 years came as a result of my association with Pete; his brothers 
Steve and Frank and their father Dr. Lester Sumrall. When my father 
died in 1996, Pete drove 3 hours to attend my Dad's funeral. At the 
end of the service Pete whispered in my ear "You take your Mom to 
Israel with LeSEA Tours when she's ready and I'll take care of it." 
And he did. I took her with me the following February and I bought 
tickets for my daughters Angela and Kelly to go along. There is a 
whole long list of other fantastic and meaningful things that Pete 
Sumrall did for me over the years.

I was privileged to help Pete and his Dad build the television 
facilities of LeSEA in Indianapolis, Tulsa, Denver, Kenosha, New 
Orleans, Honolulu, Maui the Big Island and the nation of Cyprus. In 
1985, we put World Harvest Radio International shortwave on the air 
from Noblesville, Indiana. Then we added shortwave stations in Hawaii 
and Maine. We became one of the top 10 shortwave broadcasters in the 
world by 1998.

Pete ran LeSEA Ministries and LeSEA Global Feed the Hungry. I had the 
honor of traveling to many nations to help deliver food. We had our 
own C-130 transport plane and two ships for humanitarian relief 
efforts. Pete was two years younger than me. He operated a nutrition 
company "Making Healthy Choices." He exercised and ate right, he was 
fit and lean. He ran every day. It doesn’t seem possible that he could 
have gone to be with the Lord so soon. Pete carried the mantle of his 
father’s ministry after his death. Now, there remains much work yet 
for the heirs to continue in their Legacy of Faith and to Run with the 
Vision of Dr. Lester Sumrall (via Mike Terry, dxldyg via DXLD)

** U S A. 700, KHSE, TX, Wylie – Format to ETH (ex-SS:REL) (Wayne 
Heinen, NRC AM Log Update, AM Switch, NRC DX News Dec 14 via DXLD)

I.e., generic ETHnic, so what languages? Still any Spanish? I must 
struggle to hear it here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Re: 750, KAMA, TX, El Paso – 11/19 0758 [EST] – “Univisiσn 
Amιrica 750 AM, una estaciσn euforia[?],” i.e. KAMA. Also in middle-
of-night sometimes QRMs WSB when it should not, but situation not as 
bad as it was earlier this year. (GH-OK) 

See AM Switch this issue, has been running 250 watts ND at night on 
STA since March 2013 – David Yocis, NRC DX News Dec 14 via DXLD)

No, it hasn`t. May well be 250 watts ND *now*, but when it was 
fighting with and often overcoming WSB at night, that was no 250 
watts. Later refined to UFORIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DXLD)

** U S A. Applications to extend existing STAs were received from 
KAMA-750 El Paso TX (U5 10000/250); 
WHIM-1080 Coral Gables FL (U4 50000/20000 to overcome Cuban QRM); 
KZNX-1530 Creedmoor TX (U3 220/220 from night site 24 hours).
(David Yocis, DC, AM Switch, NRC DX News Dec 14 via DXLD) excerpts

** U S A [and non]. 880-CUSB, Dec 4 at 1337 UT, sermon in Navajo, soon 
introducing hymn in English, `Go Tell It on the Mountain`, so KHAC Tse 
Bonito NM. No LSB as usual; listening in AM mode, there is quite a hum 
which I think is coming from this station, but it`s not for being off-
frequency; still a tolerable SAH when KRVN is not nulled.

Then by 1341 UT, some Spanish QRM fades in further counterclockwise 
from KHAC and thus getting more QRM from KRVN NE. W&M plugging some 
event on 20 de diciembre; 1344 into Mexican music. Either XEV in 
Chihuahua or XEPNK in Los Mochis.

880-USB, Dec 6 at 0142 UT, Wade Pearson (Wayne Peterson? Something 
like that) of Reach Beyond with a promo in English for walking to 
enhance fitness, but quoting something from Isaiah to go with it. 
Doesn`t say a word about Australia or Ecuador or Colorado Springs, let 
alone shortwave, but this is obviously on LSB-less KHAC Tse Bonito NM, 
as always on 10 kW ND day power, Dineh ignoring the White Man`s rules 
while taking advantage of his technology and subjecting themselves to 
his religion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 930, Dec 9 at 0709 UT with WKY OKC nulled, singing ID for 
``Classic Hits, WTAD``, Quincy IL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

** U S A. 950, Dec 6 at 0146 UT, ad for Galleria, 1960 Kirkendall 
(sp?). I am suspecting KPRC Houston, and figure there`s a Galleria 
there like in Dallas, OKC, etc. Everywhere? I find this business has 
one location in a Houston Galleria, and another at intersexion of FM 
1960 and Kuykendahl:
http://www.theconcertpub.com/contact--us.html
FM are ubiquitous fourth?-level roads all over Texas, originally Farm-
to-Market but surely urban as well. Their pavement is often superior 
to Interstates and turnpikes in Oklahoma (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 980: Re KQUE: ``? -Richardson? That`s a Dallas suburb, not 
Houston (gh, DXLD)``
Should have been -Richmond (Terry L Krueger, FL, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Celebrating KFWB`s 90th Anniversary [980, Los Αngeles CA]
Excellent history of KFWB by DXer, historian and friend Jim Hilliker.
http://jeff560.tripod.com/kfwb.html
Sent from my iPad (Dennis Gibson, ABDX via DXLD)

** U S A. 1000, Dec 4 at 1348 UT, ``ESPN One Thousand`` ID in passing, 
with KTOK OKC easily minimized, no doubt WMVP Chicago IL. Almost zero-
beat; and so is KKIM NM when I hear it against KTOK. Perhaps the even-
MHz stations take a little more pride in frequency accuracy, than the 
preponderance of US AM stations? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

** U S A. 1030, WNVR, IL, Vernon Hills – Slogan to “Polska Radio 
Chicago,” adds // WRDZ-1300. (Tom Jasinski) (Wayne Heinen, NRC AM Log 
Update, AM Switch, NRC DX News Dec 14 via DXLD)

** U S A. 1060, Dec 6 at 0132 UT, as I tune in, ID for ``Fiesta, 
Fiesta, Fiesta, una emisora mαs de Radiorama, El Paso``. So KXPL has 
finally started announcing! Even IDing, after weeks/months of playing 
nonstop Mexican music whenever we heard it, and IDed as such only by 
DF and elimination of everything else. We still need to hear them 
uttering call letters, perhaps just as reluctant to do so as the 1120 
Oklahoman (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A. Official Updates from the FCC. CALL CHANGES:
1060, KRUZ, AR, Van Buren – Call change to KJQS (Nov. 30, station is 
silent).
1230 KJQS UT Murray – Call change to KRUZ (Nov. 30, station is silent) 
(David Yocis, DC, AM Switch, NRC DX News Dec 14 via DXLD)

** U S A. 1100, Dec 4 at 1350 UT, no sign of KNZZ Grand Junxion CO 
from the NW; what`s wrong? Are they really on night pattern for a 
change? Instead some Xmas music which seems to be a little too far CCW  
for Joplin, so I keep at it, maybe NM? 1354 UT funny anti-fruitcake 
song, which I am sure is not appreciated by Corsicanans, but I love 
pecans. Some more unfamiliar Xmas music so it`s more tolerable than 
the ones playing war-horses. 1359 UT ID as ``KKLL, 1100-AM, Joplin, 
Missouri``. Isn`t their legal ID supposed to mention the community of 
license, Webb City? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1260, Dec 5 at 1356 UT, Mexican music loops NE/SW; 1357 UT 
super-hype voice actor (SHVA) ID with slogan but can`t copy details 
other than ``--- del cuadrante y nada mαs``. It`s surely the one for 
Des Moines (De Los Monjes), Iowa, KDLF Boone, whose 5 kW day pattern 
is circular tangent to the southwest, optimum for us. NRC AM Log calls 
it ``La Reina`` with 33 watts ND at night, 112 watts PSRA. Official 
sunrise today was 1330 UT (January: 1345 UT) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST) 

Glenn, Slogan much as you describe hard to decipher:
http://www.lareina1260.com/
is their website. 73 (Wayne Heinen, CO, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1280, Dec 5 at 1339 UT, ``103-3 The Mix`` non-IDs, from KSOK 
Arkansas City KS on groundwave. Per original report in DXLD 15-37, 
it`s got two exxes, ``The Mixx``, but hard to tell by hearing. 103.3 
is a mere translator, allowing the tail to wag the dog (Glenn Hauser, 
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1300, WRDZ, IL, La Grange – Format to Polish (ex-KID); 
slogan to “Polska Radio Chicago,” adds // WNVR-1030, drops networks. 
(Tom Jasinski) (Wayne Heinen, NRC AM Log Update, AM Switch, NRC DX 
News Dec 14 via DXLD)

** U S A. 1310, Dec 6 at 0149 UT, ad for Oak Ridge Living, off 41-A on 
Dotson (?) Lane, back to basketball, Xavier vs Western Kentucky, on 
ESPN 1310 --- that makes it for sure WTTL in Madisonville, western 
Kentucky, on US 41 and alt US 41, and the home of:
http://www.assistedliving.com/kentucky/madisonville/oak-ridge-retirement-center/
which is on Dodson Lane, and not to be confused with the radioactive 
city of Oak Ridge, eastern Tennessee. WTTL is 1500/500 watts U2, but 
with a CP for 1500/40 watts U1, per NRC AM Log 2015-2016. An ESPN 
affiliate but not listed with an ``ESPN 1310`` slogan per se. Night 
pattern supposedly has/had major lobe to SSW, minor lobes to E and W. 
I can`t find anything on their website or FB about carrying this 
particular game (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1330, Dec 5 at 0128 UT, Navajo mixture with English 
including phone area code 505, into ``O Come, All Ye Faithful`` in 
English, so don`t you believe it`s ``All Navajo, All the Time``; 0147 
UT recheck more Navajo talk is atop, so it`s surely KGAK Gallup NM, 
which I don`t recall hearing here before. It`s 5/1 kW U2, with night 
pattern aiming SSE, null toward us, so believe it must be on 5 kW ND 
day pattern. Night hours in December are 0000-1415 UT. Altho 983 km = 
611 miles west of here, there are no 1330s in between; normally heard 
are Wichita and Monahans. Despite the carol, apparently KGAK is full-
service rather than foisting Christianity upon the Dineh as KHAC 880 
does incessantly on USB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1370, WVMR, Frost WV; 1200-1204 28-Nov, local weather, ID 
for this and several FM affiliates. Into "Inside Appalachia" program. 
This is the only radio station broadcasting from within the National 
Radio Quiet Zone: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegheny_Mountain_Radio
It's a community-based non-profit station group with Appalachian 
themed programming. (Will be adding this to my list for online 
listening).
http://www.alleghenymountainradio.org/cpb/ 
(Don Moore, DXing in Zion PA, with Afedri SDR-Net & RF Space SDR-IQ, 
MARE Tipsheet Dec 4 via DXLD)

** U S A. 1370, KGNO, Dodge City, KS, 1300 09-Nov-15, ``Bringing you 
the legends of country music, we're Classic Country, KGNO, Dodge City, 
the first radio station in town``, then back to music (Nigel Pimblett, 
Dunmore, AB, Perseus SDR, Wellbrook phased array, Dec CIDX Messenger 
via DXLD) And I still can`t hear it in OK! (gh, DXLD)

** U S A. 1450, WNBY Newberry MI: Mom and pop AM radio still alive in 
Northern Michigan
http://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/john-carlisle/2015/12/06/upper-peninsula-am-radio-station-still-vital/76614996/
Posted by: (Harry van Vugt, Canada, Dec 7, dxldyg via DXLD)

** U S A. 1510, Dec 6 at 0152 UT, ``Saturday Night`` folk song, 0153 
UT, promo for ``Jimmy Rock Show, afternoons 4-7 on The Rock``. So it`s 
KCKK Littleton CO, 10/25 kW U4, with night pattern supposedly aiming 
at Albuquerque instead of Enid. Better on N-S antenna than on the E-W, 
where WLAC diffuses an anti-Moslem rant (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A. Stations informing the FCC that they are silent: 1550, KBUD, 
CO Golden – Silent Nov. 16 to coordinate addition of an FM translator. 

Also, Bill Hale reports that KVCE-1160 [Metroplex TX] has been off for 
more than two weeks, while Karl Forth and Ken Onyschuk say that WRDZ-
1300 is back on the air with Polish programs (David Yocis, DC, AM 
Switch, NRC DX News Dec 14 via DXLD) See above

** U S A. 1690, Dec 5 at 0142 UT, hearing that Denver is off pending 
sale, I try for something else besides 1690 WVON, the two close to 
right angles. WVON has discussion about Chicago PD, politix. Nothing 
much with it nulled completely, but mixing with it another station in 
blues music, then ad for originalmattress.com and ``AM 1690, Voice of 
the Arts``; 0144 UT back to program with DJ playing one last song, 
mentions Chuck Berry; by 0148 UT I`m hearing WVON only, but surely the 
otherstation would not have signed off at this oddtime. It seemed like 
it was close to the same direxion (or opposite) as WVON, but this 
unique slogan belongs to WMLB, Avondale Estates, Georgia (near 
Atlanta), which is 1273 km = 791 miles east of here. Not heard before 
due to Denver.

Per http://1690wmlb.com/programming/
The slogan is also the (default?) name of programming at various blox 
including evenings, start time changing from one night to the next, 
but there are others. The /about page says:

``AM 1690 strives to bring all the best of the art world to Atlanta 
radio. With an ever-growing library of music, ranging from old-timey 
music of the early twentieth century to the latest independent rock 
releases to folk songs of the 1960s to afrobeat tunes, AM 1690 has 
just about every musical genre, era, and taste covered. The station 
stands behind a belief that music holds an invaluable significance in 
our culture, and by blurring the boundaries set by traditional radio 
station labels, AM 1690 is able to expose the listener to a little bit 
of everything. Between the b-sides, essential classics, and under-the-
radar gems, any given listen to “The Voice of the Arts” may uncover 
your new favorite song or provide engagement in a genre you never knew 
you loved.

Additionally, AM 1690 harmoniously mixes its diverse musical playlists 
with thought-provoking book, movie, and theater reviews and 
reflections, interviews with individuals from every background and 
with every passion, relevant news stories, and clever, creative skits. 
No day of programming is the same, promising a fresh, dynamic 
listening experience with every tune-in. Through its engaging array of 
musical, literary, and cultural programs, AM 1690 provides for its 
listeners a strong and much-needed “Voice of the Arts.”

AM 1690, The Voice of the Arts …a little history…

JW Broadcasting owner Joe Weber began his project of giving Atlanta 
“The Voice of the Arts” in 1997 with 1190 AM, WGKA. Through being 
purchased and converted into a gospel station, and then trying out a 
different location at 1160 AM, “The Voice of the Arts” has found its 
home at AM 1690. The move up the dial allows for greater coverage of 
the Atlanta area, and embracing today’s technology provides even more 
opportunities to keep up with the station’s programming by downloading 
AM 1690’s iTunes app, following the station on Facebook and Twitter, 
and listening live online. Now more than ever, AM 1690 is the “Voice 
of the Arts” that folks in Atlanta and beyond tune in to for all that 
is relevant in arts and culture`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING 
DIGEST)

** U S A. 1690, Arvada/Denver --- 1690 is back on the air today with 
religious music, at least when I heard it this afternoon. It sounded 
like it was relaying programming from an FM station not in the area.  
From what I read earlier, Salem plans to run a business news format on 
1690, so this is probably just temporary fill until they get plugged 
in with the other. Oh, and the signal was just analog. KDDZ was 
digital right up to the end. 73, (Kit, W5KAT, CO, 0121 UT Dec 8, ABDX 
via DXLD)

They were off air last night when I listened in the car on an errand 
about 7 pm and this morning around 7 am [MST = UT -7] when I went to 
work. Maybe they were testing the transmitter? 1690 being off has 
allowed me to grab 1700 KBGG and 1680 KRJO, which I had never been 
able to hear due to their strong IBOC - even while phasing out 1690 
KDDZ (John ];') kugellagers, Lakewood/Golden CO, Dec 8, ibid.)

1690 Denver --- On the way to work this [sic] afternoon they were on 
with religious programming. Coming home after 2 this morning it was 
"Cash Country, All Johnny Cash, All The Time." I didn't hear a legal 
ID, so I don't know if the call has been changed. 73, (Kit W5KAT, CO, 
1017 UT Dec 10, ibid.)

** U S A. 88.9, UT Sat Dec 5 at 0300 I bring up the webcast of KUSP 
Santa Cruz CA, for the local classical music show, `On Site`. Host 
Robin Whitehouse announces that this will be the last classical music 
show on a week night; there had been a strip of different classical 
shows M-F at 7-9:30 pm PST. From Dec 13 this show will migrate to 
Sunday mornings 7-10 am PST [15-18 UT]. It`s exciting, he says. So 
that explains why another classical host, Joe Truskot, announced this 
week that he is leaving the station. On tonight`s finale, a classical 
group new to the area is featured after 0400 UT, Espressivo, ``a 
small, intense orchestra``; see http://espressorch.org/index.html 
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

For the folks in Santa Cruz itself, it looks like they can receive
KXSC (one of the "KDFC San Francisco" stations) over the air
reasonably well, so the community won't be bereft of classical music.

Alas, it likely won't have the community feel of KUSP, but considering
how many cities larger than Santa Cruz don't have access to full-time
over-the-air classical radio, they aren't in terrible shape.

Philadelphia is one of those cities that doesn't have a 24/7 classical
music station, unless you count HD2 offerings (Richard Cuff / 
Allentown PA, internetradio via DXLD)

Latest KUSP program grid update shows only two classical shows left, 
conveniently color-coded in light blue, the Sunday morning block and 
another one Sunday evening. Now it`s talk shows, as on Tuesday evening 
in the ex-20/21 timeslot (Glenn Hauser, DXLD)

** U S A. NPR TALK-SHOW LEGEND DIANE REHM WILL RETIRE FROM 
BROADCASTING NEXT YEAR  By Paul Farhi
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/diane-rehm-an-npr-staple-eyes-retirement-from-broadcasting/2015/12/08/aeb9f50a-9dbd-11e5-a3c5-c77f2cc5a43c_print.html

Diane Rehm, the host of one of public radio's longest-running and most
popular news discussion programs, will retire next year, ending nearly
40 years on the air.

A retirement date has not been firmly established, but Rehm, who is 
79, says she will end her eponymous program, produced by Washington 
public station WAMU-FM (88.5), after the presidential election in 
November.

"My thinking is that I'll stay on the air until the election because I
really want to see how this will go," Rehm said in an interview
Tuesday. "My feeling is, I have a number of ideas and I'm perfectly
happy doing something different . . . where I'm not forced to get up 
at 5 a.m. every morning to prepare for a show. I've been doing that 
for 37 years. Maybe I'll get to sleep until 7 or 7:30 a.m., like other
people do."

"The Diane Rehm Show" has been one of the staples of news-oriented
public-radio stations nationwide for the past two decades. The two-
hour program is carried on 197 stations and attracts an audience of 
about 2.5 million weekly.

The show features discussions with newsmakers in the first hour and
interviews with authors and artists in the second. Rehm has often been
praised for maintaining a civil tone and a nonpartisan orientation in 
a medium that has grown increasingly shrill and polarized over the 
past two decades.

Rehm has been in discussions with WAMU management about her future for
the past several months. The station would like her to continue, but 
it has begun preparing for her departure. During her periodic absences 
-- Rehm receives treatment three times a year for a voice condition 
called spasmodic dysphonia -- the station has used guest hosts who are 
being considered to succeed her.

Among others, these have included Melissa Block, a former co-host of
NPR's "All Things Considered"; and Indira Lakshmanan, a guest host of
"Here and Now," another NPR newsmagazine program. Melissa Ross, the
host of a Jacksonville, Fla., public-radio program, will substitute 
for Rehm later this week.

"I really love what I do, but I know it can't go on forever," Rehm
said. "Fortunately, I'm a young 79, if you can believe it. People say,
`How can you walk so strongly? How can you wear high heels?' Because
I'm one of the lucky ones."

Rehm will be away from the microphone for about a month and a half
early next year. In mid-January, she will travel to Portland, Ore., 
for a scheduled voice treatment that will keep her off the air for 
about two weeks. Immediately afterward, she will begin a month-long 
tour to promote a new memoir, "On My Own," about the year since the 
death of her husband, John, a former State Department official, and 
about the "right to die" or assisted-suicide movement, of which she is 
an advocate.

[NPR host Diane Rehm emerges as a force in right-to-die debate]

A former secretary and stay-at-home mother who never attended college,
Rehm first joined WAMU as a volunteer in 1973, booking guests for a
program called "The Home Show." She became the host of the station's
morning talk show, "Kaleidoscope," in 1979. The show was renamed "The
Diane Rehm Show" in 1984. It went into national syndication via NPR in
1995 after Rehm helped raise the money for distribution.

"I never thought I'd have a career of any kind, much less a career in
radio," she once said.

Over the decades, Rehm has interviewed many of the nation's leading
political figures, including Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama, and
such cultural luminaries as Toni Morrison and Fred Rogers of "Mister
Rogers' Neighborhood."

Rehm has discussed staying with the station in some capacity after
retiring from broadcasting. Among the options discussed are a role in
fundraising and a speaker series, in which she would interview a panel
or an important guest before an audience.

Rehm said the death of her husband of 54 years last year as a result 
of complications from Parkinson's disease made her reconsider her 
future. Among other things, she wants to advocate on behalf of aid in 
dying for the terminally ill, a cause she has been obliged to avoid 
espousing on the air. "John so wanted to die on his own terms," she 
said. "It made me feel like I had to speak out for the right to die."

She called the decision to end her program "a very positive bit of 
news that delights me. . . . I feel so fortunate. I feel as if I'm in
control of my own life not only now, but going forward."
(c) The Washington Post Company (via Mike Cooper, DXLD)

** U S A. Tell all your "buccos" Pirate FM bandscan videos uploaded.  
Had to do it in 4 parts.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-Ni5mk2b-4
Sincerely (Elizabeth & Christopher Dunne, Pembroke Pines FL, Dec 5, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

** VANUATU [and non]. Hi Everyone, I`m back at the shortwave dials 
after quite a long absence. I`ve changed the set up to an Elad fdm s2 
sdr and two short beverages on the ground about 100m long; they were 
too short for medium wave but should act as beverages on the sw bands; 
well, I hope. I would be interested to know if Vanuatu is still on the 
air. Have you heard them, Ron (can`t wait to see what you have been 
getting)?? 73's (Mark, Isle of Anglesey, Dec 6, dxldyg via DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

Hi Mark, Wow, is great to hear from you again! Will be very nice to 
see your postings again in DXLD yg! Certainly missed your past 
interesting logs during these last three years.

Regarding Radio Vanuatu - Have not had any audio recently while
checking after 1400 (during weekdays "RN2" [Japan] goes off the air
at 1400, leaving the frequency clear for any possible RV reception;
on weekends "RN2" goes off early at 0900, giving a better chance 
for RV reception); only been catching a clear open carrier, but Dec 3, 
at 1411 and subsequent monitoring did not hear the usual open carrier. 
So definitely needs more work, on days with good propagation, to find 
out for sure what is up with them. Back on Sept 20, had positive RV ID 
up on 7260, during 0855-0935 reception, but Mongolia is often there 
now (no longer heard on 4830). Welcome back! (Ron Howard, California, 
ibid.)

** VATICAN [and non]. 6070, Dec 8 at 0709, Vatican Radio IS at S9+10, 
*way* over CFRX, poor thing, presumably `Midnight [sic] in the 
Desert`, Art Bell on a weeknight, as the Canadians and the Vaticans 
refuse to protect CFRX. Meanwhile, 6075, which VR used to use, remains 
vacant. VR might as well turn it off as soon as the mass is over 
instead of filling with pointless IS, but HFCC shows the Latin Mass 
transmission at 0630 may last until 0715, with *two* transmitters --- 
is it both at once, or either-or?? 250 kW at 4 degrees, and 100 kW at 
326 degrees toward Canada, beyond western Europe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA. RADIO BARINAS 880 KHZ IS OFF THE AIR --- This station 
which belongs to the "Circuito Radio Venezuela" owned by Tobνas 
Carrero Nacar and with studios in Avenida 23 de Enero in Barinas has 
been off the air for several days. The reason for the station's 
disappearance from the AM band is unknown. The transmitting station is 
located on a property which was expropriated a few years ago by the 
late President Hugo Chαvez. 

The station's technicians and officials frequently experience 
difficulties in getting to the transmitting facility in order to 
repair technical problems. It is believed that Tobνas Carrero Nacar 
was one of the supporters of the Chavez election campaign. It is 
unknown why the government took over the property. Today the the 
buildings of the property are used by a state owned tourist 
organization.

The Radio Barinas 880 audio on the Circuito Radio Venezuela web page 
is that of the network's key station RV-790 kHz in Caracas. Radio 
Barinas 880 kHz, RNV-580 kHz (Radio Nacional de Venezuela) and YVKE 
1340 kHz (also off the the air for unknown reasons) are the only AM 
stations in Barinas (Santiago San Gil G., via Mauno Ritola, WRTH 
Facebook group, translated by Christer Brunstrφm, Sweden, Dec MW News 
via DXLD)

** VIETNAM. The radio station has sent a certificate for 5 years 
reported receiving. View certificate here - 
http://rusdx.blogspot.ru/2015/12/blog-post_27.html
Plus sent a gift - a set of office desktop.
(Anatoly Klepov, Moscow, Russia, QSL World, RusDX Dec 6 via DXLD)

** YEMEN [non]. Weak signal from clandestine station Radio Sana'a on 
December 3:
0705 & 0805 11860 JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic, QRM CRI Chinese 
11855
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/weak-signal-from-clandestine-station.html
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, B`lgariya, Dec 3, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Hello DXers, Extended transmission of Radio Sanaa from Saudi Arabia? 
Checking 11860 kHz around 0930 UT, I noticed that Radio Sanaa is still 
on though they sign[ed] off around 0900 UT. The news started at 1000 
about military action taking place in T'aaz and different parts of 
Yemen. Best 73 (Tarek Zeidan, Cairo, Egypt, Sent from my iPad, Dec 6, 
dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Yes, observed at 1210 UT, Dec 6 -- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, 
Bulgaria, Equipment: Sony ICF-2001D 30 m. long wire, ibid.)

Tarek, thanks for that observation. I'm listening to them (at least 
I'm assuming it is them) from about 1600 tune in and still going 
strong at 1649, with improving signal as the sun rises higher over the 
horizon. Mostly music, but with some fairly strident talk. S5 to S7 
signal into Victoria, BC. 73 (Walt Salmaniw, Dec 6, ibid.)

11860, Dec 7 at 1356, good strong S9+10 signal with ME music, 1358 
Arabic announcement mentions Sudan and Saudi Arabia, but can`t detect 
any ID for Radio Sana`a or Yemen; 1401 back to music which is mostly 
strident/militaristic past 1425; 1427 talk with bits of Qur`an, 
tweeting SFX; 1438 strident talk with a bit of echo; more music etc., 
until 1500 YL voice heard for first time, but still can`t catch an ID, 
mostly talk, interview past 1522. 

Surely it is this new clandestine by the ousted leader of Yemen, 
believed to broadcast from nearby Saudi Arabia. When it first came on 
after 18 UT, I could only hear a JBA carrier here, but schedule has 
been expanded, and now propagation is favorable. At 1434, some weak 
music CCI underneath, i.e. IBB Kuwait in Pashto & Dari at 1430-1630; 
that collision must be much worse in the target areas (Glenn Hauser, 
OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Interesting log, Glenn. Dec 7 (0308-0322) heard 11860 with non-stop 
Middle Eastern music; poor-fair reception. Was wondering if it could 
have been Yemen[non], but no way to confirm? (Ron Howard, California, 
dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

I guess tentatively R Sanaa on 11859.9985 accurate footprint. On Dec 9 
at 1335 UT heard two men talk - emotive discuss about Arabic world
and many times Syria mentioned, in Arabic language. Heard a strong
S=9+15dB signal on remote SDR unit in Brisbane Queensland downunder. 
QRM hit heavily by adjacent 11855 kHz channel of RRI Bucharest Chinese 
service program from Tsiganeshti till 1357 (Wolfgang Bόschel, wwdxc 
BC-DX TopNews Dec 9, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Extended transmissions of Radio Sana'a on December 6
0400-0900 on 11860 JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic, as scheduled
0900-1800 on 11860*JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic, addit. txion
1800-2300 on 11860 JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic, as scheduled
* co-ch R. Ashna 1430-1500 Pashto, 1500-1630 Dari, AWR 1730-1800 
Kabyle. Thanks quick information of Tarek Zeidan from Egypt. Videos
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/extended-transmissions-of-radio-sanaa.html
-- 73! (Ivo Ivanov, Sofia, B`lgariya, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Clandestine station Radio Sana'a is now 24 h on SW
0400-0900 on 11860 JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic
0900-1800 on 11860*JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic, additional
1800-2300 on 11860 JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic
2300-0400 on 11860#JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic, additional
* co-ch Radio Ashna 1430-1500 Pashto, 1500-1630 Dari, AWR 1730-1800 
Kabyle  # co-ch China Radio Inter. 0130-0230 Nepali, PBS Xizang 
Chinese 0300-0900.
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2015/12/clandestine-station-radio-sanaa-is-now.html
(Ivo Ivanov, Dec 8, B`lgariya, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

** ZAMBIA. 5915, ZNBC/Radio One: Dec 3 with *0239 start of African 
Fish Eagle IS. Not only is it their national bird, but is also on 
their money: 
http://www.banknotes.com/zm26.htm 

Dec 5 with *0239 start of African Fish Eagle IS; still with technical 
problems; 0410* suddenly off; *0413 back on; 0415* off again; *0419 
back again; 0421* off again; *0422 back again.

Dec 7 with *0239 start of African Fish Eagle IS; after 0400 struggling 
to stay on the air; technical problems continue (Ron Howard, Asilomar 
State Beach, CA, Etσn E1, antenna: 100' long wire, dxldyg via DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR. Re: [dxld] Radio Transmundial, Santa Maria, Brazil (?)

Didn't get home until just before 2100 UT and nothing noted then on 
11735 kHz. However, while I was standing in line at the supermarket at 
about 2005 or so, I accessed the Twente receiver for a few seconds 
using my iPhone and heard what I believe was ZBC with a fair signal 
with talk in (presumably) Swahili with the odd English word/name such 
as Jimmy Buffet. ;-) Nothing heard from the Twente receiver on 11735 
just after 2100, likely because ZBC signs off on 11735 at 2100 
according to WRTH 2015 (Richard Langley, NB, Dec 2, dxldyg via DX 
LISTENING DIGEST) closedown time varies quite a lot (gh)

11735, TANZANIA (ZANZIBAR), Z.B.C. at 2046 with national music, 2047 
man with news update in Swahili, 2058 announcements and music, 
including some rap in Swahili, 2104 sound effects and several “Spice 
FM” IDs, more rap music. - Good, Dec 5 (Harold Sellers, Vernon, 
British Columbia, listening in my car by the lake, with the Etσn E1 
and Sony AN1 active antenna, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

UNIDENTIFIED. 1480, Dec 6 at 0126 UT, as I tune in, ID as ``1480 
WGRA`` or maybe WGRE --- but there is no such station listed by NRC or 
FCC on 1480, nor any fuzzily similar call. Lots of QRM, maybe a music 
station vs all the talk stations. Also a low rumbling het from 
somebody too far off-frequency. Frustrating. 

The real WGRA is on 790 in Cairo, Georgia, licensed to LOVETT 
BROADCASTING ENTERPRISES, INC. Let`s see if they have any 1480s: NO. 
There is no WGRE on AM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Re: weird pirate on 1610 (San Diego) --- I just got a 
chance to check (had other things going on), and I get no trace of 
anything on 1610 near El Cajσn / Rancho San Diego, using my CC Pocket 
+ Select-A-Tenna. (They could be off the air anyway.) 73, (Stephen, 
1544 UT Dec 8, ABDX via DXLD)

They're on now, very mumbly but sounds like more whiny "activist"
nonsense. Seems to loop toward downtown San Diego or maybe SE San 
Diego. They can be heard along the 5, 805, and the state portion of 
the 15. By the time you get to the 125 they start to get weak (but I 
can hear them at home, just east of the 125 here in Eastlake). Audio 
is very mushy so it's hard to understand what they are saying. 73 (Tim 
Hall, 1913 UT Dec 8, ibid.)

responsible party:
http://www.austindparker.com/pelecanus.html
http://www.pelecanus.org/episodes.html
https://www.facebook.com/austin.parker.56884

The station seems strongest downtown, perhaps near the airport. The 
current program is about restoring the habitat of the Coastal Cactus
Wren, which had been badly threatened by "development" (but much more 
by the massive wildfires in 2003 and 2007).

Besides the poor recording job, and the poor diction of the 
announcers, they also play pre-recorded music all the time while 
they're talking, which makes them even harder to understand.

It seems like a bit more than 10 watts. It gets out just slightly 
better than a typical TIS, and seems to get out better along the 
coast. 73 (Tim Hall, Dec 9, ibid.)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2860-LSB, At 0115, on 4 Dec. An African American male 
preacher is talking with religious music playing in the background. He 
began to sing along with a chorus of female singers accompanying him.  
Poor (John Cooper, Lebanon, PA, Winradio-G33DDC, CommRadio CR-1a, RF 
Space-SDR-IQ,  Sangean 909X with Clear Mods, Tecsun PL-660, GAP-Hear 
It In Line Module, Timewave ANC-4, Wellbrook 1530LNP, Wellbrook ALA-
1530S+, PARS-EF-SWL HF End Fed Receive Antenna, NASWA Flashsheet Dec 6 
via DXLD) 2 X 1430-LSB harmonic? (gh)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6100, Dec 6 at 1403, open carrier with fast SAH, over 
second station. Per Aoki, KCBS Pyongyang is on here before and after 
1400, while CRI Mongolian via Urumqi ends at 1357: nothing else close 
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6870 AM in Spanish/Portuguese? 0100-0430z+

Hello Again Glenn, Curious if you have any possible ID for a station 
on 6870 AM at 0100-0430z+ in Spanish/Portuguese??? Very good signal at 
~0300z with male/female and of course music but I can't seem to find 
it anywhere. I have heard it before and others are hearing it tonight.

I just doubt it's a pirate, sounds very professional & not a pescadore 
station because they don't have the staying power or produce anything 
this good sounding. Still on at 0430z. Thank you [and I see 6250 was 
resolved LOL] Rafman K4RAF

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DIGITAL BROADCASTING --- IBOC See CANADA
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DIGITAL BROADCASTING --- DTV See MEXICO; OKLAHOMA
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DIGITAL BROADCASTING --- DRM See also: INDIA; ROMANIA
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DRM HOLDS LIVE DEMO IN TANZANIA
Radio World By Guest Contributor December 4, 2015
http://www.radioworld.com/article/drm-holds-live-demo-in-tanzania/277642

Digital Radio Mondiale was on hand for the 10th Southern African 
Development Community Digital Broadcasting Migration Forum, which took 
place Dec 2–3 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Radu Obreja, DRM marketing director, and Lucky Mbiko, representing 
Radio Pulpit and the DRM Southern Africa Platform, provided 
information and presented a live DRM broadcast to more than 60 
participants.

The demonstration consisted of a live shortwave DRM BBC transmission 
relayed by Babcock International via transmitters on Ascension Island 
in the South Atlantic Ocean that beamed the digital signal to a DRM 
AV-DR-1401 receiver in Dar es Salaam, some 6,000 kilometers away.

The theme of the SADC forum, which was hosted by the government of 
Tanzania through the Ministry of Communications, Science and 
Technology, was “Digital Broadcasting Dynamics: Building a Sustainable 
Future.” Posted by: (Mike Terry, Dec 5, dxldyg via DXLD)

Could the ``guest contributor`` be straight out of a DRM press 
release? (Glenn Hauser, DXLD)

AM [sic] BROADCAST TO THE RESCUE
Radio World By Jochen Huber Berlin December 7, 2015  
http://www.radioworld.com/article/am-broadcast-to-the-rescue/277651
 
Almost every country in the world operates medium-wave transmitters. 
In fact, many countries use several transmitters with an output power 
above 500 kW.

Medium wave offers large-area propagation, including coverage of 
neighboring countries, and today there is no alternative technology 
available.

Satellite and cable are vulnerable due to government control in 
certain regions, Internet radio needs large bandwidth and is not 
designed as a “one-to-many” medium, while technologies such as DMB, 
DVB and DAB, can only reach relatively small areas due to the limited 
coverage of the frequencies they use. These “modern” options are also 
more costly and are thus mainly utilized in highly populated areas and 
by countries where advanced infrastructure and large propagation 
networks are available.

EXTENDED COVERAGE

Many nations have decided to switch off (either partially or fully) AM 
broadcasts. In doing so, they are giving up a field-proven opportunity 
to inexpensively reach listeners with a relatively “small” 
infrastructure — even if these installations are physically huge, they 
also offer extended coverage.

There is no lack of AM receivers. The technology, established some 100 
years ago, is identical worldwide, where any available AM receiver can 
function.

This is a big advantage, particularly in disaster or emergency 
situations, since a large population can be reached at minimum cost 
and effort.

In situations where inhabitants flee their home countries such as the 
Syrian refugee crisis, for example, it is important to reach these 
people before they leave home and provide them with current 
information. The refugees need to be informed about what awaits them 
at their destination — the political situation, culture, etc.

Once they arrive, the task at hand then becomes to help them 
successfully integrate in the country of adoption. In Germany, some 
public broadcasters have begun producing programs targeted at refugees 
in their native language, airing them locally over the Internet.

While this is certainly a step in the right direction, the 
dissemination of these programs, which are created for those who have 
already made their way to Europe, depends on Internet coverage and the 
availability of Internet radio-capable cellphones or computers.

If broadcasters used AM technology, with its easy-to-use, available 
and cheap receivers, they could increase their audience and reach a 
large number of people in various countries, without the need for 
expensive cellphones and cellphone contracts. Another option is 
Digital Radio Mondiale technology. DRM would allow broadcasters to 
transmit the broadcasts in additional languages and with more 
information. However it would also require the appropriate receivers — 
a small investment really for such a big savings.

USEFUL SERVICE

Using analog (or digital) AM would make it possible to touch the 
listeners in their home countries and also on their way to us. This is 
possible without new installations since everything is mainly in 
place. All that is needed is the determination and some money to 
switch it on — quite efficient!

Broadcast providers and network operators should maintain AM 
broadcasts for such political challenges. The willingness to help the 
refugees integrate into their new world is apparent in many 
governments and it is a question of humanity to use such ways of 
communication in order to educate effectively.

(Dipl. Ing. Jochen Huber is president of JHBC Broadcast Consulting and 
honorary member of the DRM consortium).
Posted by: (Mike Terry, dxldyg via DXLD)

Desperate and offensive attempt by a former board member of Transradio 
to sell high power DRM capable transmitters by using tragic 
circumstances. In the real world even where medium wave transmitters 
are on the vast majority of the population will listen on FM and AM 
transmitters are closing down. There are none in Lebanon for example. 
And apparently according to this article FM does not exist.

I see Ruxendra Obreja who was at one point said to be on secondment 
from the BBC is now apparently writing articles and travelling around 
the world promoting this technology to little effect at licencepayers` 
expense. An apparent relation of hers is now involved in the 
consortium as "managing director"; managing what is not clear. Any 
commercial organisation would have closed down all this years ago.

http://www.drm.org/?page_id=85 Posted by: (barraclough.mike, ibid.)

DIGITAL BROADCASTING --- DTV
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

RANT --- After several weeks of more than usual problems with digital 
converters, I have to rant. I'm tired of digital converters crapping 
out. Tried to purchase a new one and it took two days to get connected 
long enough to do a search on Amazon for converters thanks to my 
stellar internet connection. Found that they have morphed into 
something else and aren't even capable of being attached to my analog 
TV or VCR anymore.

Just want to state here how proud I am and how warm and runny it makes 
me inside that my government cares so much for me that they dictate 
how I shall receive my TV signal and force me kicking and screaming 
into an inferior method of transmission while their other hand, the 
FCC, is working to do away with OTA TV altogether. Luddites, unite
(John Carver, Mid-North Indiana, Dec 6, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

REVERSE DTV AUCTION WINDOW NOW OPEN

Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other internet streaming services are more 
likely to effect the future of US broadcast television than anything 
the FCC might do to it.

But then - there is the DTV reverse auction and forward auction. Yes, 
it has already began. The auction process is in its preliminary 
stages. There are already a couple threads concerning what all of the 
DTV auction/repacking is all about on the WTFDA forums, along with 
member questions.

    One is here...
http://forums.wtfda.org/showthread.php?10429-Auction-Repacking-Channel-Sharing-Questions

    One is here...
http://forums.wtfda.org/showthread.php?10297-Channel-Sharing-rules-for-upcoming-Auction-Multiple-Stations-on-One-Channel

The Reverse Auction process has began! The Reverse Auction DTV Filing 
Window officially opened at 12:00 pm Eastern on December 8th (Tuesday) 
and will close at 6:00 pm on January 12, 2016. A Forward Auction DTV 
Filing Window will then open at 12:00 pm Eastern on January 26, 2016 
and will close at 6:00 pm on February 9, 2016.

To read more about this, you can open this document-
http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2015/db1112/DA-15-1296A1.pdf

The Opening Auction prices were also revised in mid-November and can 
be reviewed in this document-
https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-15-1296A3.pdf

Some things to think about when considering how much the TV networks 
and their affiliates will *jump* at the offer of big cash payouts by 
the FCC...

Television networks - their 2015 value - number of affiliates in 
network
    CBS Television - $30.4 billion - 222 O&O and affiliates
    Fox Television - $11.3 billion - 194 O&O and affiliates
    ABC Network - $4.3 billion - 200 O&O and affiliates
    NBC Network - $3.5 billion - 200 O&O and affiliates
    Public Broadcasting System [sic] (PBS) - unknown - 354 broadcast 
member stations.

    The NAB's approach to the Reverse Auction process:
    http://www.nab.org/advocacy/issue.asp?id=2025

Antennas Direct, a leading antenna manufacturer, is speculating the 
*fall out* from this will be many more VHF stations. They state that 
having an outdoor antenna will become a greater issue to maintain 
reliable reception of local broadcast stations. Their 3rd Qtr 2015 
report continued to show 3.5% cord cutting from pay TV services 
(although that number is slowing some). 
Last edited by Jim Thomas; 12-09-2015 at 03:11 PM. 
(Jim Thomas, Springfield, MO, Dec 9, WTFDA Forum via DXLD)

Is that right that CBS value is 10 times that of NBC? (Mike N9BNN, 
Lebanon, IN, EM69, ibid.)

Technically, because NBC's ratings have been so low the past several 
years, on paper, industry analysts say they are worth -500 million 
dollars. Yes, there is a minus symbol before the 500! BUT: the bigger 
picture - their actual net value (assets) of what they could be sold 
for puts them at $3.5 billion. I did a lot of research to find out the 
REAL VALUE of each network. That is the value of the mother ship, not 
the value of the affiliates, which carries their own value. Last 
edited by Jim Thomas; 12-10-2015 at 09:04 AM. (Jim Thomas, 
Springfield, MO, ibid.)

RADIO EQUIPMENT FORUM
+++++++++++++++++++++

A USEFUL SMARTPHONE APP FOR DX'ERS

Whether you do AM, shortwave, longwave, FM or something else, I think 
this will prove useful. I have a pretty high return rate when 
submitting reception reports and asking for QSL cards/letters. I'd say 
my return rate is probably better then 60 percent, sometimes even 70 
or 80 percent. It just depends.

But what helps me so much? EVERY reception report I email or snail 
mail includes an audio recording. Sometimes it's only 30 seconds if 
the signal is real real rough, weak or hard to pick out anything 
useable. Sometimes I include anywhere between 5 minutes and 30 minutes 
with a detailed report.

Well, how do I record? I use my smartphone! I have an Iphone 6plus 
with 128gb of storage. IPhones record some of the best audio I've ever 
heard from a smartphone. Androids do a pretty decent job, not as good, 
but not bad.

The best app I've found for this is Voice Recorder Pro 7. I think it 
cost something, but if it did, it was only like 99 cents of $1.99.

You can select the format to record in (mp4, mp3 or wav), you can 
select the sample rate, bit rate (32 kbps all the way up to 320 kbps); 
you can select mono or stereo as well.

But where this really comes in handy, you can email the audio file to 
yourself or someone with the click of a button, you can upload it to a 
google drive, dropbox, one drive or box cloud account. You can even 
have it upload to an FTP server or to your Facebook page if you want!!

The one feature I like is being able to turn your audio into a youtube 
video and uploading it directly to youtube! I was recording videos by 
holding it up to the radio's display and while the audio was good, it 
wasn't great because it was a bit further away from the speaker so I 
could show the S meter and frequency on the display.

So what I ended up doing is do is put the phone right near the radio's 
speaker and start recording. This produces better audio then a 
straight up video. Then you click a button after the recording is over 
and it generates the video frames for you, putting a picture there and 
you fill in the particulars of your video and it uploads it to your 
youtube account.

See what I'm talking about here, by viewing my youtube account
https://www.youtube.com/user/OnAirDJPaulWalker

You can easily tell which videos were made by me holding up the phone 
to the radio`s display and which are audio only with the video 
generated by this smartphone app.

Here's an audio only track that I recorded to give you an idea how it 
sounds:
https://soundcloud.com/paul-walker-11/radio-mediterranne-international

I don't recall if they have this app for android phones, but if they 
don't, there's something similar. It's worth investigating. A detailed 
written report is one thing when requesting a QSL, but audio is 
indisputable and absolute confirmation of what was heard (Paul Walker, 
AR, Dec 7, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

There is no substitute for patching audio output of receiver directly 
into a recording device, eliminating any extraneous room noise or 
ambience, and not losing any audio fidelity, inevitable thru speakers 
and microphones. The proliferation of phones with no possibility of 
employing a patch cord, makes this idea seem to be completely foreign 
to a new generation of DXers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

I have experimented with several apps on my iPhone5s to record SW, 
including using the microphone input (with an adapter) to connect with 
the line output of a receiver. Hope to find some time over the 
holidays to report on that (Richard Langley, NB, dxldyg via DX 
LISTENING DIGEST)

I have a half [sic] held standalone digital recorder sitting in a box 
but haven't ever gotten the wire to connect into my computer or a 
reader to put the little storage drive in (Paul Walker, ibid.) 

This opens up a good topic for discussion: production of DX audio 
files. In the past 50 or so years, my techniques have progressed from:

(1: '60s/'70s) Reel-to-reel tape with a patch cord to the receiver 
audio out.  If tapped off the speaker or 8-ohm headphone jack instead 
of 600 ohm "line" audio out, a resistive pad would be used.  OK for 
home (or house DXpedition) use but not for "field" (in car etc.) 
DXpeditioning.  Tapes that stayed in good shape were later dubbed to 
mp3.

This KSL 1160 recording from January 1974 was done this way (reception 
at Menotomy Rocks Park, Arlington, MA: R-390A receiver):
http://chowdanet.com/markc/WEB2005A/dx_ksl-1160_19740107_0525z.mp3

Going back to 1965, a friend of mine provided this reception of WBZ's 
Dick Summer show from a US Navy ship anchored at Midway Island in the 
Pacific. The recording survived transfer from reel-to-reel to cassette 
and then to mp3.  Receiver: R-390A.
http://chowdanet.com/markc/WEB2005A/dx_wbz-1030_heard_from_midway_island_oct1965.mp3

(2: Mid '70s through early 2000's)  Cassette recorder with patch cord 
to the receiver audio out. Initially portable cassette recorders did 
not have adequate fidelity (or audio-input jacks) so stereo decks that 
were part of home entertainment gear were used.

Here's a 1975 recording - 40 years ago this month - done this way.  
Germany 1586 absolutely blasting in at Sudbury, MA, 20 miles west of 
Boston: R-390A, swamp-terminated Beverage pointed at northern Europe:
http://chowdanet.com/markc/WEB2005A/dx_w-germany-1586_19751217_0625z.mp3

By 1977 portable cassette recorders progressed to sufficient quality 
for DX, if not audiophile, recording purposes.  This brought DX audio 
capture out in the field, so to speak, for recording during travelling 
(in car, in hotel room, etc.).  Sometime bias harmonics could 
interfere with DX (like old-school TV birdies) but moving the recorder 
could typically overcome the problem.

Here's 850 WHDH Boston recorded from Ireland in '77 with an unaided 
Realistic TRF connected to a Panasonic battery powered cassette 
recorder.
http://chowdanet.com/markc/dx_audio/WHDH_850_heard_in_Ireland_1977.mp3

(3: Early 2000's to present) Portable digital-format recorder.  One 
drawback is that these had somewhat more interference potential than 
portable analog cassette recorders.  A bit more care needed to be 
exercised in terms of shielding, patch cable length, placement, etc. 
especially when DXing with a portable radio or with an indoor loop.

C. Crane's "Pogo Radio YourWay LX" 
http://www.cnet.com/products/pogo-products-radio-yourway-lx/ 
was one of the first out of the gate. It even had its own built-in AM 
/ FM receiver that was deaf as a post. Recording from a real receiver 
(via line-in) was the objective anyway, so that didn't matter.

Here's a 2006 recording of Saudi Arabia 1521 made from Granite Pier 
(Rockport, MA) with the Pogo recorder fed from a Drake R8A.  The audio 
is a bit "artifacty" sounding by modern standards but certainly 
adequate as a DX audio document.
http://www.qsl.net/wa1ion/audio1/dx_saudi_arabia-1521_20060503_2300z.mp3

I have since used other portable digital recorders including models by 
Zoom, Archos, and Edirol. Tascam also makes several models that could 
be useful.

The following articles (and other ones easily found by Googling) might 
be helpful:
http://www.wirerealm.com/guides/top-10-best-portable-recorders
https://www.musicedmagic.com/music-technology/portable-digital-audio-recorder-buying-guide-with-reviews.html

DXers would generally be less interested in microphone based recording 
since a patch cord is a better way to go. Ability to adjust audio 
level in an uncompressed mode is advisable though it's also good to 
have auto-levelling ability as well. Removable media cards are 
definitely a good thing (as with still and video cameras). Online 
reviews will not look into RFI, an issue of specific interest to us.  
DXers will have to figure that out on their own (and publish their 
findings).

C. Crane's more recent offering, the "C. C. Witness", does a 
reasonable job for on-the-go recording. Like the Pogo, it has a built-
in AM / FM radio of limited value. This is what I used on this 2013 
recording of WBZ made at my brother-in-law's place at Lake Wylie in 
Fort Mill, SC. Receiver used: Kaito KA1003 portable.
http://chowdanet.com/markc/dx_audio/wbz-1030_heard_in_sc_20131226_2315z.mp3

(4: Early 2000's to present) Audio patched from receiver into desktop 
or laptop computer. If your computer has a line-level input, this is a 
simple matter. This is how I digitized all of the analog formats 
listed above (items 1 and 2) as well as many airchecks and music LP's, 
45's, and cassettes. Newer computers seem to have given up the line-in 
audio jack so you'll have to use the microphone jack instead. 
Typically an attenuating resistive pad needs to be inserted in the 
patch cable.  

Total Recorder http://www.totalrecorder.com/ is my preferred software 
for this though Audacity also is widely used in the DX community.

(5: Mid 2000's to present) Audio patched to computer via an added USB-
connected interface board. Sometimes these give better results than a 
computer's resident sound card. Also, some computers and tablets have 
no audio input jack at all. Manhattan Products is one of the companies 
making audio and video capturing interfaces. This is one: 
http://www.manhattan-products.com/hi-speed-usb-audio-video-grabber

(6: Mid 2000's to present) Audio extracted directly within the 
computer from an SDR receiver such as Perseus, Excalibur, SDR-IQ, 
Afedri, Elad, etc.). This is what I have been doing since I used an 
SDR-IQ in 2007 and my current Perseus receiver since 2009. Again, it 
is Total Recorder that I team up with the receiver's audio output and 
that works great.

Most DX audios I've recently posted have been done this way. These 
include links from this year's pages:
http://www.qsl.net/wa1ion/doc1/audio_march2015.htm
http://www.qsl.net/wa1ion/doc1/audio_aug_to_dec2015.htm

For some interesting background information, read John Bryant's 
classic "High Tech DXpeditioning" article from 2003:
http://www.dswci.org/specials/tech/hitechdx/hitechdx.html

Some info is still close to cutting edge and, of course, a good deal 
is dated. Things have certainly come a long way in the past 12 years.

Smartphone audio capture I haven't tried yet. Guess my tendency would 
be to look for an audio input jack versus doing speaker to mike. But 
maybe the portability and ease of use advantages outweigh any audio 
disadvantages. After all, we're recording AM DX, not the Boston 
Symphony Orchestra. If the stations can sort out their programming 
well enough for verification, the solution works. Obviously this is 
the case (Mark Connelly, WA1ION, South Yarmouth, MA, BADX yg via 
Walker, dxldyg via DXLD)

Yeah, sometimes the audio isn`t that great and if your radio is in the 
kitchen like mine is, you could get background noise from people in 
the house. I'm not looking for perfect audio. I'm looking for good 
enough for a report. And the phone placed near the speaker works well
(Paul Walker, ibid.)

Hi, Mark. I also use SDR -> Total Recorder for all of my DX 
recordings. Do you have any particular reason for using MP3 48kb/24 
kHz mono for your recordings? I have been using MP3 32kb/22.050 kHz 
mono and am curious if this isn't optimum. -- 73, (Brandon Jordan, 
KM4PBQ, Fayette County, TN EM55gc, ibid.)

Yes, - used Total Recorder also from late 90ties a decade or so,
but was too much complicated to handle. The much easier way is:
but in past decade used AUDACITY software only,
http://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/

Audacity export output into excellent .OGG audio format, developed at 
Technical University Zurich Switzerland. With AOR7030+ and Eton E1 
used line cable feed to PC soundcard, but using SDR output directly by 
line via VAC as DIRECT input in AUDACITY.

Russian VAC virtual Audio cable option direct LINE4 example from 
Perseus audio into Audacity software. wb df5sx (Wolfgang Bόschel, 
ibid.)

Much easier is RecAllPro; costs a bit but I never regretted paying for 
it (Jurgen Bartels, Suellwarden, N. Germany, mwdx yg via DXLD)

Hi Wolfy, When I'm at the beach, listening in my car, I record onto my 
iPod ("Voice Memos"). When I get home, download recordings onto my 
computer. Then use Audacity software to edit my audio. Yes, I also 
find it's a very good software that I enjoy working with. Website:
http://audacityteam.org/ (Ron Howard, California, ibid.)

POWERLINE COMMUNICATIONS
++++++++++++++++++++++++

COMMUNICATION AND INTERFERENCE.

Just received my copy [of Dec Communication magazine from BDXC-UK] and 
while browsing it over lunch read the Noise Interference problem on 
page 4.

This is certainly the dreaded Homeplugs, those devices that transfer 
ethernet data around the house using the completely unsuitable mains 
wiring. Mains wiring is neither balanced, matched, screened, or 
terminated so when used in this way will radiate interference.
The Homeplug manufacturers are allowed to self certify and claim their 
products are compliant and don’t cause interference, but they fiddle 
the results by testing them in idle mode. (Really, well yes, remember 
the VW emissions scandal).

Cynically they even notch out the amateur bands as they know they 
cause interference and also know amateurs understand the issues and 
will complain.

So, what to do? Well first of all try to trace the source. You could 
then try approaching the owner. Either he/she will be offensive, (“Who 
uses SW in the 21st century when the internet is available? I’m doing 
nothing wrong") Or he/she might be understanding and take them out of 
service in which case you could possibly help him/her wire in CAT 5 
cable.

In the first case, or even without making an approach, you have to 
complain to Ofcom. Sadly Ofcom won’t generally be sympathetic to SW 
listeners but we have one card up our sleeve. They do take notice of 
interference to amateur radio so point out it is causing interference 
to the 5 MHz amateur band the one band they have not notched out.
There is no charge if you have already traced it for them. Good luck.  

Interference report form:
https://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/tell-us/abuse-amateur-radio-system

More info:
http://www.ban-plt.org.uk
http://www.frequencycast.co.uk/powerline.html

Interesting youtube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgf4tFuklaU
Posted by: (Gareth Foster, bdxc_uk yg via DXLD)

PROPAGATION
+++++++++++

NJIT SCIENTISTS SHED LIGHT ON HOW SOLAR FLARES ACCELERATE PARTICLES TO 
NEARLY THE SPEED OF LIGHT --- NJIT News, Newark, December 3 2015

Solar flares erupt when stored magnetic energy is suddenly released 
and converted to other forms, such as high-energy particles, hot 
plasma at millions of degrees, intense electromagnetic radiation and 
plasma eruptions called coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Solar radiation 
from the primary flare and that generated secondarily from CMEs can 
affect Earth in many ways. The high-energy particles can destroy the 
electronic systems in satellites used in telecommunications, weather 
forecasting and navigation systems, among other services. 
The electromagnetic radiation can interfere directly with 
communication and navigation signals, ionize the atmosphere, and cause 
short-wave radio black-outs.  Associated magnetic disturbances can 
also affect devices on the ground such as power transformers. Full 
article here 
http://www.njit.edu/news/2015/2015-312.php
Posted by: (Mike Terry, Dec 7, dxldyg via DXLD) Research at the Very 
Large Array, New Mexico (gh)

:Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2015 Dec 07 0214 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction 
Center
# Product description and SWPC contact on the Web
# http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly.html
#
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
#
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 30 November - 06 December 
2015

Solar activity was at low levels. Regions 2458 (N10, L=356,
class/area Dao/160 on 24 Nov), 2462 (N09, L=216, class/area Hax/40
on 04 Dec), 2463 (S11, L=205, class/area Dao/130 on 05 Dec) and 2464
(S12, L=189, class/area Axx/10 on 05 Dec) each produced C-class
flares. The largest event of the period was a C4/Sf at 1702 UTC on
04 December. No Earth-directed coronal mass ejections were observed
during the period. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was
normal levels on 30 November and reached moderate levels on 01
December. High levels were observed from 02-04 December before
returning to moderate levels for the remainder of the period. 

Geomagnetic field activity was quiet to active with an isolated
minor storm period from 0600-0900 UTC on 30 November due to effects
from a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS).
Quiet to active levels were observed on 01 December as HSS influence
continued. Predominately quiet conditions were observed from 02-04
December with some unsettled periods on 02 and 04 December. Quiet to
active levels returned on 05 December due to effects from a
co-rotating interaction region (CIR) ahead of a second positive
polarity CH HSS. Unsettled to active conditions dominated 06
December with an isolated minor storm period observed from 0900-1200
UTC. 

FORECAST OF SOLAR AND GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY 7 DECEMBER - 2 JANUARY 2016

Solar activity is expected to be at very low to low levels
throughout the forecast period. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is
expected to be at normal to moderate levels for the majority of the
period with high levels likely on 08-09 December, 11-15 December and
29-31 December following anticipated recurrent CH HSS events. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach minor storm levels
on 07 and 08 December due to continued effects from a positive
polarity CH HSS. Predominately unsettled to active conditions are
expected to from 09-13 December with minor storm periods possible as
HSS effects persist. Mostly quiet levels are expected from 14-26
December. Quiet to active conditions are likely on 27 and 28
December due effects from a second recurrent CH HSS followed by
quiet to unsettled conditions on 29 December as influence subsides.
Quiet conditions are expected on 30-31 December. Unsettled to active
conditions are expected on 01 January with minor storm levels likely
on 02 January as a third recurrent CH HSS moves into a geoeffective
position.

:Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2015 Dec 07 0214 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction 
Center
# Product description and SWPC contact on the Web
# http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wwire.html
#
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2015-12-07
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2015 Dec 07     100          25          5
2015 Dec 08     100          20          5
2015 Dec 09     105          15          3
2015 Dec 10     105          15          3
2015 Dec 11     105          15          3
2015 Dec 12     105          15          3
2015 Dec 13     105          15          3
2015 Dec 14     105           8          3
2015 Dec 15     105           5          2
2015 Dec 16     100          10          4
2015 Dec 17      95           8          3
2015 Dec 18      95           5          2
2015 Dec 19     100           5          2
2015 Dec 20     100           5          2
2015 Dec 21     100           5          2
2015 Dec 22     100           5          2
2015 Dec 23     100           5          2
2015 Dec 24     100           5          2
2015 Dec 25     100           5          2
2015 Dec 26     100           5          2
2015 Dec 27      98          18          4
2015 Dec 28      95          15          3
2015 Dec 29      95          10          3
2015 Dec 30      98           5          2
2015 Dec 31     100           5          2
2016 Jan 01     105          15          3
2016 Jan 02     105          20          5
(SWPC via WORLD OF RADIO 1803, DXLD)

GLENN`S PROPAGATION OUTLOOK FOR MEDIA NETWORK PLUS AS OF DEC 9, 2015

Keith, From IPS in Australia, the global HF propagation forecast thru 
December 12: normal at low and middle latitudes, normal to fair at 
high latitudes.

From Spaceweather South Africa, magnetic conditions active to minor 
storm Dec 11, active on December 12; shortwave fadeouts unlikely; MUF 
unstable.

From MetOffice UK, Solar activity expected to remain at very low or 
low levels through December 13, with a 20% risk of moderate-class 
flares. A new sunspot region has recently emerged onto the eastern 
limb of the visible disc, which may result in an increase in flare 
probabilities over the next few days.

F. K. Janda, OK1HH of the Czech Propagation Interested Group
says the Geomagnetic field will be:
mostly quiet on December 11, 16, 24 - 25, 28
quiet to unsettled on December 12 - 14
quiet to active on December 15, 26 - 27,
quiet on December 17 - 23, 30
active to disturbed on December 29

From SWPC in Boulder: Geomagnetic field activity: Predominately 
unsettled to active conditions are expected until December 13 with 
minor storm periods possible. Mostly quiet levels are expected from 
December 14 to 26 with A and K indices mostly 5 and 2. Quiet to active 
conditions are likely on December 27 and 28 with A and K indices 
peaking at 18 and 4. Unsettled to active conditions are expected on 
January 1 with minor storm levels likely January 2, A and K indices of 
20 and 5. Solar flux dipping to 95 on December 17 and 18; up to only 
100 December 19 to 26, and down again to 95 on the 28th and 29th.

William Hepburn`s VHF-UHF-microwave DX maps call for strong 
tropospheric ducting along the US Gulf coast thru December 12; extreme 
ducting between Mozambique and Madagascar thru December 13; all week 
along the northwest coast of Australia. 

The RSGB reminds us: The Geminid meteor shower peaks Sunday the 13th, 
so be prepared for some good meteor scatter QSOs (and I must add, FM 
DX bursts). (via DXLD) ###

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