December 2007 ABDX Journal

Vol 2. Issue 12

 

Editors Corner:

 

ABDX membership is still on the march with several DXers joining. ABDX Nation is now 175 members. We anxiously look forward to see loggings from our newest members.  Your logs are what make ABDX a healthy and active list. We thank all of you who have contributed your logs to this months Journal

 

ABDX is STILL looking for those who would like to edit a section or send in a story for publication in the Journal. If you are interested, email listowner@americanbroadcastdx.com . I can only offer those who contribute by editing, free membership and accolades. Of course membership is free for all but the accolades are what makes the pay worth it all. Join Jay Heyl, Martin Foltz and me in producing the Journal!

 

In this vein of thinking, the illustrious Harry Helms has submitted another great article for this month, I think all of you will enjoy it, I know I did.  This months article deals with the pirate station, Voice of the Voyager. Take a ride with Harry on the pirate ship, VOV!

 

Decembers CME was for tube radio logs. We got a few this month even though tube radios are as hard to find as a green Apatosaurus like the ones you can find on the Sinclair Gas station signs.

 

Christmas came and some of us got some real nice toys under the tree. Santa brought us everything from little mighty mite radios to more substantial Eton E-1s. That will be for you to tell us all about next month in the New Toys section of the Journal. There some new toy reviews for your perusal in this months Journal. Many are on “mighty mite” ultralight radios.

 

We enjoy seeing our members who have made it to the “Hall of Fame” for those of us with faces for radio! If you are a member and want to be in the Rogues Gallery, send your pix to webmaster@americanbroadcastdx.com.

 

Only submissions from ABDX members will be accepted unless the editor decides the information is so important that it should be added. This will probably be very rare, Should you receive this and you are not a member, go to this URL and tell us a little about yourself and we will consider you for membership.

 

This is the site to join ABDX.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ABDX/

 

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The ABDX CME Journal is available to all at no cost. Please pass it around to your DXing friends and also post it on other lists as well. We want as many as possible to see the Journal so we can grow the DX hobby. Please do your part to keep our hobby viable.

 

You can get your copy of the journal at www.abdx.org

 

The December CME Announcement

 

ABDX presents the December "Heat up the house with DX" CME.

Every year in the cold and frigid month of December we always run something that will warm your heart if not your house. Forget stringing up lights outdoors and running up your electric bill and not getting any DX for your money. ABDX wants you to go into the garage or closet and get out that old tube radio and fire that one up. You will get to heat your house, light it up with that beautiful

orange firebottle glow and get DX all at the same time.

 

Find that old 5 tube radio, Hallicrafters, Hammarlund, Zenith

Transoceanic, R390, big old console or even 6 tube job, blow off the

dust and see what you can hear. At the very least, you will get some

nice warm and mellow sounds to listen to while spinning the dials.

 

Christmas music is in the air and if you hear it, log it and send it

along! For the Jewish on the list, if you hear Channukah music, we

will be glad to take those logs as well. Let us know what you are

hearing for holiday music.

 

We at ABDX really LOVE HF [SW] and LF [LW]. This is the time of year

when you hear LF [LW] beacons from Europe and Asia with BROADCASTING

on it and also many beacons from far away.

 

For HF [SW] Glenn Hauser has always given us many HF tips and a great

site on line, the Aoki site from Japan, and its even in English.

Here's the URL http://www.geocities.jp/binewsjp/bib07.txt its a

tremendous help to people like me who are still unfamiliar with the

world of HF. Remember, send HF logs in UTC. You can find UTC time by

tuning WWV on 2.5, 5, 10 or 15 MHz.

 

FM and TV DXers, take heart! This is the time of year for the

December/January mini E skip season that will make stations heard to

you at up to 1500 miles away on a single hop so there is something

for everyone.

 

The January CME Announcement

 

By popular demand we bring you the January CME [Coordinated Monitoring Event]. The January CME will accept any log from any radio on any broadcast frequency but the main thrust is on small mighty-mite receivers.

 

This CME is DX using any small radio that is a mighty mite. A mighty mite is consumer radio and not specifically made for DX and the size of a pack of cigarettes more or less, absolutely unaided in any way such as the SRF-42, SRF 59, a Zenith Royal 20, DT200V,  SRF-M35V, Grundig Mini 300, SRF-A1, DT300VX, SRF-MK10, SRF-M85V, Grundig mini100PE, even an RCA 2.5" pocket TV can be used and other units the likes of those mentioned. The mighty mite can have a speaker or headphones, it doesn't matter. It just should be able to fit in a shirt pocket.

 

These mighty-might logs can be on any band, LW/AM/FM/HF/WX/TV but

there MUST NOT be any external antenna used with these radios for this CME and IT MUST FIT IN A COMMON SHIRT POCKET. These mighty-mites used for this CME MUST BE run on battery power only.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your chance to DX as you did some years ago before we all got the high dollar ultrasensitive radios we all enjoy the other 11 months of the year. There will be a separate set of logs for these radios prominently exposed at the beginning of the January edition of the ABDX Journal.

 

Let us all see what we can do with little firebreathing DX eating mighty mites. I am sure we will all be surprised at what we all can hear. What are you hearing?

 

Kevin Redding, Phil Rafuse, Powell Way, Mike Richard, Jay Heyl and Martin Foltz the ABDX crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Broadcast Band

 

Peter Jernakoff –Wilmington, DE

SDR-IQ and antenna

 

First new one with my new SDR-IQ. I cast a DX drift net (I love the term;

whoever came up with it needs to be commended) from 800 khz. to 980 khz.

across this past midnight and came away with a new one:

19-Dec-07 // 0000 local // 910 khz. // WABI // 5 kw // Bangor, ME // Female

with "This is AM 910, WABI, Bangor." // New. A 496 mile catch.

MP3 clip available here:

 

http://www.21centimeter.com/21centimeter/Recordings/910-khz_0000-Local_12-19-07_WABI_Bangor_ME.mp3

And, for whatever it’s worth, here’s a screen capture of WILM’s (1450 khz.;

Wilmington, DE) IBOC signal from last evening:

http://www.21centimeter.com/21centimeter/images/1450-khz_WILM_Wilmington_DE_IBOC.jpg

The interference to the first adjacent frequencies can be clearly seen.

19-Dec-07 // 1330 khz. // 1700 local // WBHV // 5 kw // Somerset, PA // Male with "For the best in sports news, sports talk, sports coverage and

everything sports, WPRR-Johnstown, WBHV-Somerset, ESPN 1490 and 1330." //New. A 183 mile catch.

MP3 clip available here:

http://www.21centimeter.com/21centimeter/Recordings/1330-khz_1700-Local_12-19-07_WBHV_Somerset_PA.mp3

19-Dec-07 // 1410 khz. // 1700 local // WELM // 5 kw // Elmira, NY // Male

with "1410 WELM, Elmira-Corning." // New. A 175 mile catch.

MP3 clip available here:

http://www.21centimeter.com/21centimeter/Recordings/1410-khz_1700-Local_12-19-07_WELM_Elmira_NY.mp3

19-Dec-07 // 1800 local // 1310 khz. // WTTL // 1.5 kw day // Madisonville,

KY // GY-like jumble then quick, faint ID by male: "...1310, WTTL,

Madisonville." // New. A 662 mile catch. Presumably still on the 'big rig'.

I'm pleased with this one!!

MP3 clip available here:

http://www.21centimeter.com/21centimeter/Recordings/1310-khz_1800-Local_12-19-07_WTTL_Madisonville_KY.mp3

19-Dec-07 // 1958 local // 1610 khz. // CHHA // Presumably 1 kw night pwr

// Toronto, ON // Spanish talk then male with "Esta es C-H-H-A, Radio Voces

Latinas". // New. A 330 mile catch.

MP3 clip available here:

http://21centimeter.com/21centimeter/Recordings/1610-khz_1958-Local_12-19-07_CHHA_Toronto_ON.mp3

19-Dec-07 // 2001 local // 1480 khz. // WPWC // Presumably 0.5 kw night pwr

// Dumfries-Triangle, VA // Spanish talk then male with "WPWC,Dumfries-Washington". // New. A fairly close 121 mile catch.

MP3 clip available here:

http://21centimeter.com/21centimeter/Recordings/1480-khz_2001-Local_12-19-07_WPWC_Dumfries-Triangle_VA.mp3

 

John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE

Receiver, Antenna

 

KRMG, 740, Tulsa OK, 2230 Eastern on Dec 7, with Tulsa ad string and ID, very good in CHWO null, best heard in a while

WLIJ, 1580, Shelbyville TN, 0705 Eastern on Dec 7, a surprise, with brief ID and weather, "It's XX degrees at Radio Park" (I missed the exact temperature!) by man with typical Tennessee-style southern accent, then fade out, had them for about a minute.

12/21

Got one of my "most wanted" this morning- 590 WMBS, Uniontown, PA 0710 Eastern, morning sports report on Pitt Panthers college basketball and Pittsburgh Penguins NHL scores, several mentions of Uniontown and WMBS, local QRM at 0715 wiped them out.  WARM in Scranton usually dominates here but no sign of them this morning.

 

Martin Foltz – Mission Viejo, CA

Receiver, Antenna

 

Today I listened to XESDD-1030 and while looking up information on the Internet I ran across the ACIR website. On it I found information on XEEBC-730 Ensenada that solved a tentative for me. I hear a Spanish station on 730 but I'm having trouble understanding the slogan. This solved the issue. Their slogan in La Co Madre. There's more to it but I can't get the rest. One word sounds like Exitos and one sounds like Amor. Previous slogan was Inolvidable and I remember that from my last trip to Ensenada. 

730    XEEBC    Ensenada, BCA 12/29 7:30 PM PST in fair-poor with KCBS slop, music program, La Co Madre slogan. I think KCBS is running IBOC. 

#350 heard and XE #50, both goals I set to achieve. Good way to end the year.

 

Alan Schreier – Austin, TX 

FT1000MP, 30” Box loop outside voltage probe active antenna

 

12/2

This is a good tip from James Niven.  I also don’t know when they changed this time, but they have come full circle back to an oldies format I like; guess that dates me.  They are running the same oldies format as they did in June 2001 as KQXX, “Goodtime Oldies For The Valley”.  They were essentially on a clear channel in 2001, no competition from KKLF,  and put a good signal into this area.

Their TOH is “We Are Oldies Radio 1700 KVNS Brownsville and The Rio Grande Valley”.  During the hour they have numerous variations of the slogan “Classis R&R from the 60s and 70s” including a little “Classic Christmas Music” mixed in with the R&R.

 

Brent Taylor – Stratford, PEI

Sony 7600GR nekkid

 

12/9

Sunday morning, 7:22 a.m.

KOA Denver in nicely during WEEI fade, with ad for a gourmet chocolate

company and a 303-area code phone number.

This received on my Sony 7600GR, in the kitchen, barefoot, without even the

Radiio Shack loop nearby.

Also checked 660 for any sign of KTNN, but nada.  Also nothing on other good

trans-continental frequencies like 1130, 880, etc.  Going to have a quick

tune of the x-band to see if Tijuana is in there...

 

Jerry Lenamon – Waco, TX

Drake R8B and T2FD

 

12/5

After reading that Alan in Round Rock caught WNAX in South Dakota I've tried for several nights to null KLIF in Dallas and catch them too.

Mostly Cuba but last night I finally got something else, but not South Dakota.

WAAX 570 in Gadsden, Alabama instead, 500w at night with Michael Reagan Show starting at 2106 CST after TOH news.

WCOA, Pensacola, FL, 1370 @ 2100 CST

CKWX, Vancouver, BC, 1130 @ 2015 CST News, traffic and a spot for "BC Lions" season tickets (I thought football season had ended). This has to be the Canadian station heard most often here in Waco. KWKH in Shreveport nulled.

XEWR, Juarez, CH, 1110 @ 2030 CST with Oldies format and some Christmas tunes. ID in English "Classics eleven ten" Listed with 500 watts night, about 600

miles west of Waco.

 

Brian Leyton – Valley Village, CA

DX398

 

1380-KHEY TX El Paso - 12/28/07 0600 - In a tight null of presumed KLPZ, full TOH ID "ESPN Radio, El Paso, 1380 KHEY".  Fair-Good. NEW!

 

 

Paul LaFreniere – Grand Marais, MN

Radiosophy HD100 and 75’ longwire

 

12/6

580    CKUA    AB    Edmonton.  0720 CST.  EZL mx. Folk type music.  Weather for AB & Edmonton. alk about donating to CKUA.  Did not sound like a beg-a-thon.  CFRA took over, but CKUA was still there beneath.  Finally everything was

lost to WTCM.  CKUA is NEW for me.

 

Allen Willie – St. Johns, NL

FRG 100  and 100 foot wire

 

December 6 @ 2.30 UTC -- 1290 khz  - CFRW , Winnipeg, Manitoba w/oldies by Elton John and the Beatles followed by station ID (Heard this a couple weeks ago for the very first time ) Signal stronger and in longer this time

1150 khz    WHBY , Kimberly, Wisconsin @ 5:00 UT December 11 w/ First local news ID plus Newstalk 1150 WHBY ID,  Monday Night Football promo "on Westwood One"  *** New one ***  very strong  but shortlived signal

1440 khz  Marnach, Luxembourg;  Relay of China Radio International @ 23:45 UT December 11, strong  w/news and programming in English 

1575 khz    Radio Farda , United Arab Emirates , @ 00:45 December 12;       good signal w/ Arabic vocals and techno type music; ID in arabic 

1150 khz    WHBY , Kimberly, Wisconsin @ 5:00 UT December 11 w/ First local news ID plus Newstalk 1150 WHBY ID,  Monday Night Football promo "on Westwood One"  *** New one ***  very strong  but shortlived signal 

1440 khz  Marnach, Luxembourg;  Relay of China Radio International 23:45 UT December 11, strong  w/news and programming in English 

1575 khz    Radio Farda , United Arab Emirates , @ 00:45 December 12 ;good signal w/ Arabic vocals and techno type music; ID in arabic 

12/26-27

Did a couple of hours of DXing via car radio while out Christmas and Boxing Day about 102 miles northwest of St. John's "'round the bay" at Old Perlican , Newfoundland  Latitude 48 N  Longitude 53 W

*** planning a on dxpedition excursion from Perlican Island next summer ***

Dec 26; 

21:35 UTC  950 khz CKNB, Campbellton, New Brunswick w/ ID and oldies, good 

21:38 UTC CKEC , New Glasgow, Nova Scotia w/ ID and Pro Sports Ad (this one has moved to FM and closing AM soon. strong 

21:38 UTC WDEA, Ellsworth, Maine w/ Timeless Classics slogan and station ID good

 21:40 UTC CINW, Montreal, Quebec w/ Weather and Sports plus 940 Montreal ID  strong 

21:45 UTC 1053 khz TalkSport Radio, England w/ commentary and ID , (hearing this even with no 9khz split on radio) good 

22:05 UTC 1390 khz WEGP, Presque Isle, Maine w/ Fox News Radio and station ID ,Guitars Center Ad good 

22:12 UTC 1480 khz ,  Unidentified w/ oldies format under WSAR, Falls River, Mass,  good 

22:15 UTC  850 khz , WEEI, Boston, Mass w/ WEEI.com mentioned, ID Sports Radio 850 ; strong 

22:15 UTC  880 khz , WCBS , New York, NY w/ Car Cash promo and ID ; strong 

22:20 UTC - 830 khz,   WCRN, Worcester, Mass w/ Weather PSA, and Dr. Laura show ; good 

22:22 UTC  - 970 khz , WZAN , Portland, Maine , w/ Fishermens Net AD Education Promo and Station ID  ; good 

23:40 UTC - 1010 khz , CFRB, Toronto, Ontario w// traffic report, Casinorama update + station ID (over top of WINS, New York ) ; good 

23:55 UTC 1050 khz , Unidentified w/ mention of a .ca web address before fading (presumed CHUM -Toronto) ; fair 

23:55 UTC 1100 khz , WTAM, Cleveland, Ohio w/ Talk show and station ID ; good 

23:57 UTC 1110 khz , WBT, Charlotte, North Carolina w/ ID "Traffic and Weather together Newstalk 11-10 WBT" ; good 

Dec 27;   

00:00 UTC 1300 khz - WOOD , Grand Rapids, Michigan w/ Newradio 1300 WOOD Id ; good 

00:00 UTC 1350 khz - CKAD , Middleton, Nova Scotia w/ AVR Radio ID and country music ; good 

00:02 UTC 1520 khz -WWKB, Buffalo NY w/KB ID and some talk

00:02 UTC Unidentified Strong Het on 1520 w/Buffalo presumed  Saudi Arabia on 1521 ; good 

00:04 UTC 1580 khz - CKDO, Oshawa, Ontario w/ oldies and ID ; good

00:05 UTC 550 khz - Unidentified w/ French talk ... presumed CHLN Trois Rivieres, Quebec  ; good 

00:06 UTC 1650  khz - WHKT , Norfolk, Virginia w/ Radio Disney ID and programs ; good 

00:06 UTC 1650 khz - KCNZ , Cedar Falls , Iowa w/ ID -  Cedar Valley's 1650 The Fan ; good 

00:06 UTC 560 khz  - WGAN , Portland, Maine w/CBS News, medical PSA ; fair under local station from Carbonear Newfoundland which is also moving to FM Jan 6th 

00:10 UTC 580 khz  - CFRA , Ottawa , Ontario w/ Newstalk Radio 580 CFRA ID, talk show **** new one **** suspected it was there before but had to get away from St. John's local on 590 ; good 

00:16 UTC 600 khz - CBNA , St. Anthony  Newfoundland w/ CBC programming ; strong

 

00:17 UTC 610 khz - CHNC , New Carlisle , Quebec w/ french commentary ; good 

00:19 UTC 660 khz WFAN , New York, NY  w/ Sports talk  and ID ; good

00:50 UTC 770 khz WABC , New York, NY w/ NY Rangers Hockey broadcast ; good 

00:20 UTC 800 khz Unidentified in french with local VOWR off air , presumed Quebec City CHRC ; fair

00:21 UTC 810 khz CJVA , Carraquet, New Brunswick w/ country music and french ; good 

00:21 UTC 920 khz CJCH , Halifax, Nova Scotia w/ oldies , iD ; fair 

00:22 UTC 1030 khz WBZ, Boston, w / ID and News and Weather ; fair 

00:23 UTC 1630 khz KCJJ, Iowa City , Iowa w/ Knievel Windows AD and ID ; good 

00:25 UTC 1690 khz WVON , Berwyn, Illinois w/ Weather and "Talk of Chicago" ID ; good

 

John Callarman – Krum, TX

SRF-59 and internal antenna

 

12/24

Sitting on 1260 kHz at 8:30 p.m. CST where XEL, "La Doce Sesenta" is dominant with its female-led talk, and in its null, I hear an ID for "Radio Ranchito", which is XEOG, Ojinaga, Chih., which I've never heard before here in Krum. XEL used to be non-existent here, but this year, it has dominated 1260 at night, indicating that, like many other Mexican stations, it may be using its daytime facilities. A few years ago, when I drove between here and El Paso, on New Years Day, 2005, XEOG was silent, but last year, the day before New Years, it was heard on the car radio.

 There are two English-speakers also on 1260, and maybe a third Spanish-speaker trying to make it through. News Talk 104.1 and 1260, KSGF, just came up for an ID at 8:47. This little radio may breath some life into my DX. 

Any ideas about a similar-sized, inexpensive MP3 type recorder that's connectible and compatible to the earphone jack.  Take about five of these on the road and collect lots of good airchecks.

 

Harry Helms – Smithville TX

Sony 2010

 

12/16

1200 WOAI San Antonio, TX. Okay, not exactly DX but something interesting. As I spun the dial on the Sony, I was watching the Spurs-Nuggets game with the TV

muted. I noticed what looked like a technical foul, so I punched 1200 into the ICF-2010 to find out what happened. It turns out the WOAI broadcast of the game was approximately 28 seconds behind the telecast! I listened/watched for a few minutes, and the pattern held; the radio broadcast lagged the telecast by the

same amount throughout. WOAI was broadcasting in IBOC last night. I know there has been some delay in other IBOC broadcasts of live sports events, but, geez Louise, this is ridiculous! (Spurs won, BTW.)

 

Phil Rafuse – Stratford, PEI

Drake R8 and LFE M601C or Radiosophy HD100

 

12/1

Today was the first snow of the year for us and a quick flip through the MW band on the Drake R8 revealed a very strong daytime 580 CFRA Ottawa with their charity benefit drive thingy on [was neat to hear music on CFRA].  Also notable was 630 CFCO Chatam ON - quite a catch from PEI by day!  Playing oldies as usual.

Last night CFCO was coming in very well too.  I'm wondering with a couple eastern Canadian 630s now dark if CFCO was able to get the green light from Industry Canada for a pattern modification - perhaps if it didn't greatly affect the 15 and 5 mv/m contours the CRTC didn't have to be involved.

12/17

Heard on a 1955/1963 Collins/Teledyne R-390A with a LF Engineering M-

601C antenna:

820 WBAP Fort Worth TX "The News and Talk of Texas" NEW I have long heard what appears to be a talk station underneath dominant WNYC, and I have long thought that station to be WBAP.  But, anytime I'd get near an ID, it would fade down or WNYC would blast up.  Not tonight - getting a nice clear ID before bubbling down into a soup of stations led by WNYC.

But wait, there's more!

820 CHAM Hamilton ON playing classic C&W NEW - I don't have an ID as

yet, but its the same music as being played on CHAM's internet audio from their website.

Tonight I put the 28 volt power supply for the R-392 in a low cost but appropriate cabinet - a 50 calibre ammo box - military surplus and matches the R-392's olive drab.  I was having a lot of fun with the R-392 pulling in the stations with its thunderous audio [my special computer speaker mod].  Then I powered up the R-390A and caught the above catches.

Of course my wife's comment about the ammo box and some new military type clothing I bought with it - "You're not going to turn all weird on me and be in a secret bunker spying on the neighbours?"

Nope, I couldn't care less about the neighbours - its broadcast DX - especially MW - that I like to DX. 

12/24

Its been a pretty good DX season for me so far.  I haven't been trying very hard, but I logged a few new to me stations.

Saturday December 22, 2007 at noon - yes at noon - the DX was really

good - picking up many MW US daytimers in addition to all the NYC and

Boston giants - also some 5KWers and even 1KWers in the USA NE. 

Picked up 940 CINW, 1610 Toronto, 1050 CHUM, 1010 CFRB, 580 CFRA

Ottawa, 1200 CFGO, 1680 WTTM, 1650 CJRS [Radio Shalom], 1400 CBC

Gander NL etc.  Plus, I can DX every touch lamp or other nasties in the neighbourhood.

My number 1 DX hardware addition has to be the LF Engineering M-601C

active antenna remotely located in our otherwise unwires baby barn. 

At some point I will get another so I can use the Quantum Phaser with them and have a steerable "2 tower" directional array.  Trick is to identify a good location for 2 foor "tower" number 2!  This will likely tie into some pressure treated wooden clothesline pole assembly.

My number 2 DX hardware addition would have to be the Teledyne R-390A

RF deck D.W. Holtman rebuilt for me.  Its a very smooth puppy and its nice not to have to be always subtracting from the frequency display.  Plus, it works well on all 31 or 32 bands.

12/31

1580 CKDO Oshawa ON with Daryl Maclean - Daryl is an old high school buddy of mine - Daryl had emailed me a week or so ago to tell me he is now working swing shift at CKDO.  Reception was weak.  First time I've got CKDO so close to noon!

1580 WLIM Patchogue NY - Spanish language programming - weak and alternating with CKDO. NEW

 

Paul Walker – Abbeville, SC

SRF59 internal antenna

 

12/22

I fired up my SRF-59 just a minute ago and was tunning from the right end of the dial to find a readable signal to listen to. 

And low and behold, my first logging... I heard at about 11:18, coming out of a song, "Praise Radio for Cookeville, WATX".. then into some female talking and now there's an add with a toll free number. (WATX is on 1590khz in Algood, Tennessee just east of Cookeville, east of Nashville)

 

Norbert Ansay – Warwick, RI

Kaito 1103/SRF59 nekkid

 

920 CJCH N.S. Canada 4:20 PM EST gave calls then played Jack (think thats name of song) by rolling stones. 12/29/07

12/30

Last night i was seriouly thinking on the Sangeon DT-200vx and was going to order from CC crane. Today while running my eldery father around on errands we stopped in a circuit city plaza. While he did his faxing and stuff i ran into circuit city. The sales people were extremly busy getting HD radios out of the stock room along with a long line of people checking out with them. I finally got one of them to show me where walkmans were. he took me to the shelf and handed me two radios. The sony SRF-37 (the one with TV band) and the SRF-59. I took the SR-59 no qustons asked. I paid $26.05 for it.that was a $11 instant gratifation tax. I wanted to use it rght away but the sheid around it put a damper on that. Finnally got it home and got it out of the bubble blister pack. put the battery in. took a few minutes to get the feel of it. once i did  found its all whats been claimed it is !!!!

On FM in an IBOC jammed market (most running IBOC between here and boston) it sliced thru it like a hot knife cutting butter.

boston stations 45-60 miles away pounded in like locals. semi locals were easy to hold in !!!

Next i hit the AM side: heres a partal band scan (warwick R.I.):

550-local

580-boston

590- boston-worestor

630-local

650-boston pulled it right in (hard on other radios)

660- NY NY poundng in

680-boston like a local

760- somewhere mass

770- WABC NY hard to get during day it pulled it in even kaito 1103 has trouble

with it days.

790- LOCAL

810- ny

820- ny (i think)

830-worestor

850- boston

880- WCBS NY local like

1010- WINS NY hard to get during day getting some skywave fading up and pounding in at 2:pm EST.

1030- WBZ best i hae heard it in a long time and nulls their IBOC right down to nothing.

As i said the bandscan is just a quick sampling and daytime at that !!! i am pleased with this radio. It also looks classy. And the headphones are DECENT that it comes with !!!!! Thanks go out to those that recommended it. Ill revisit that sangeon down the road but fr now this little mighty mite can handle the CME !!!!  

 

Powell E. Way  III –Silverstreet, SC

CCRadio

 

12/23

It's a midafternoon dial scan on the 60's Fisher Console stereo. From near Silverstreet, SC! 

560 WVOC  SC  Columbia 1338 with the Gary Sullivan home improvement show

580 WGAC  GA  Augusta  1340  Ho hum, a  re-run of Rush. Can't hear a trace of their HD.

620  WGCV  SC Cayce  1342  running Black Gospel music

660  WLFJ  SC  Greenville  1343  religious talk

780  WWOL  NC Forest City  1344  TWANGY southern preacher

840  WCEO   SC  Columbia  1346  Spanish commercial for Unlimited Cuts

860  WLBG  SC Laurens  1347  religious weekend program SCREAMING preacher...

890  WBAJ  SC Blythewood 1348  religious Blythewood is just north of Columbia, SC

910  WOLI  SC  Spartanburg  1350  SS music

950  WORD SC  Spartanburg  1351  NFL game from CBS

1020  WRIX SC Homeland Park 1352 Christmas music....COL is right by Honea Path SC.  I don't think Homeland Park is a real town.

1050  WFAM  GA  Augusta 1354  more preaching

1090 WCZZ  SC  Greenwood  1355 UP tempo Black Gospel music

1170  WQVA  SC Lexington  1356  SS music

1190 WJES  SC  Saluda  1358  Christmas Music

1220 WDYT NC Kings Mountain  1359 pretending to be a Charlotte station

1240 WKDK  SC Newberry 1335  Christmas music

1260  WMUU  SC Greenville 1401  Christmas music

1290  WHKY  NC  Hickory  1402 Sports

1320  WISW  SC   Columbia  talk

1330  WYRD  SC  Greenville 1410  NFL on Westwood ONE

1350  WLMA  SC  Greenwood  1412  SCREAMING preacher

1410  WPCC  SC  Clinton  Sports

1430  WBLR  SC  Batesburg  SS  GNN

1450  WCRS  SC  Greenwood  Christmas music

1470  WQXL  SC  Columbia  1417

1520  WKMG  SC Newberry 1418  Cornell Blakely

1560  WAGL  SC   Lancaster 1419  MOYL.

Note no WBT.  The console must be in the correct position for a null !! 

 

Bert New – Watkinsville, GA

AIWA CSD-FD89 / SRF59 and Select-a-Tenna

 

12/2

I had a station on 1110 this evening (6:00p.m./1800) that had a good signal mixing with WBT in Charlotte, NC from time-to-time. It started off around 5:30 or so with a black male and a black female preaching. I missed the TOH ID, but I then heard Southern Gospel music. I'm sure it was from the same station though.

"????, The Power of Change. 1110 on your AM dial."

1370 WGIV NC Pineville - 12/21/07 1801 - Gospel Music, TOH ID, and he "Girlfriend! Get A Life!" show. Good signal only to fade away as

the show started. "WGIV, Charlotte".

850 WTAR VA Norfolk - 12/22/07 2245 - 1/4-Drop and The Dr. Laura Show. Weak signal in the mix of stations on the frequency. "WTAR".

1030 WQSE TN White Bluff - 12/23/07 0600 - Southern Gospel, TOH ID, and more Southern Gospel. Weak, but steady signal mixed with WBZ in Boston, MA. "This is WQSE, 1030 AM, White Bluff".

850 WPTB GA Statesboro - 12/26/07 0100 ESPN Radio Game Night, TOH ID, and more ESPN Radio. Decent signal with fades. "WPTB, Statesboro".

1220 WDYT NC Kings Mountain - 12/25/07 0806 - FOX Sports Radio program. Good signal. "Think Radio 1220, WDYT"

980 WAZS SC Summerville - 12/27/07 0026 - Oldies and mentions of Charleston. Good signal only to fade to just above the mix. "The New

Rocket 980".

530 Radio Rebelde Cuba Havana - 12/28/07 0100 - Latin music and  Female Announcer with TOH ID. Decent, steady signal mixed with Radio Vision Cristiana Internacional, South Caicos. "...Radio Rebelde...Cuba"\ 1010 WJXL FL Jacksonville - 12/31/07 2341 - Sports news and scores. Good signal trading places with CFRB in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. "Jacksonville's Sports Radio, 1010 XL".

 

Steve Ponder – Houston, TX

Radiosophy HD100 with Whip Antenna

 

HD AM Radio Log

Radiosophy HD100 with Whip Antenna

Saturday, Dec 22, 2007

10:30 - 10:45 AM CST

-----------------------------------

790 kHz   KBME-HD

950 kHz   KPRC-HD

1590 kHz  /KMIC/ HD could't lock on signal

-----------------------------------

12/22

Three X-Band stations heard while waiting in the Camry while my wife was shopping ...

All times are CST (GMT - 6 hrs, EST - 1 hr)

1630 KKGM TX FORT WORTH - 3:39 PM with "Southern Gospel 1630 KKGM" ID and into "Long Black Train" by Josh Turner.  At 3:46 PM, announcer Danny Adams gave long promo spot about the station's Christmas Concert Prize Package worth $50.

1650 KWHN AR FORT SMITH - 3:30 PM with the Dave Ramsey Show, already in progress. Had many problems with their audio feed, namely a period of dead air from 3:31 PM until 3:41 PM.  At 3:51 PM, heard ID as "You're listening to News Talk KWHN."

1680 KRJO LA MONROE - University of New Orleans Football Game, spot for the Louisiana Coca-Cola Enterprise at 3:52 PM, then short "KRJO" ID heard beneath UNO game feed.

All stations heard in the parking lot of the La Marque, TX, Outlet Mall.

 

Kevin Redding – Gilbert, AZ

Zenith H500 Trans-Oceanic/8H034 nekkid

 

12/8

Heard on a Zenith Trans-Oceanic H500 unaided on battery power:

660 KTNN Window Rock, AZ 1123 playing C&W NN announcer

690 KVOI Tucson, AZ 1125 ad for Hometown Buffet in Tucson on Oracle.

1030 KCEE Tucson, AZ 1127 playing Garden Party by Ricky Nelson

1080 KGVY Green Valley, AZ 1129 Christmas music then ID

1130 KQNA Prescott, AZ 1128 Dennis Prager

1210 KQTL Sahuarito, AZ 1128 ranchera

9985 WWCR Nashville, TN 1830 with stopset between Alex Jones Show

12/22

530 UNID [R. Encyclopedia LaHabana ed.] SS woman announcer playing Charmaine by Mantovani and beautiful music pieces at 12/22 0410 MST. No idea who this could be.

690 KGGF Coffeyville, KS 12/22 0430 BoH ID and ad for County Line 

auto sales.

12/22

Heard on a Zenith 8H034 [ http://www.antiqueradiomuseum.org/

woodradiospage2.htm  half way down the page] from 1946 and it was 

nekkid:

640 KFI LA, Cal 2153 talk about fathers in black homes.

660 KTNN Window Rock, AZ 2154 C&W NN.

680 KNBR SF, Cal 2155 sports talk ab[ot athletes putting on 10 lbs in a week.

760 KFMB SD, Cal 2158 talk about Al Gore.

770 KKOB Albuquerque, NM 2158 Art Bell.

800 XEROK Ciudad Juarez, Chih 2159 Ranchera, MX

810 KGO SF, Cal 2159 talk about radical Islam.

1070 KNX LA, Cal 2200 talk about an asteroid that may hit Mars.

1080 KRLD Dallas, TX 2200 ad for Solaris Laser Institute under nasty KNX hash.

1110 KFAB Omaha, NE 2203 Fox News and Fox Business ad.

1130 KWKH Shreveport, LA 2213 Ronnie Millsap with C&W.

1160 KSL SLC, UT 2212 BYU post game.

1200 WOAI San Antonio, TX 2211 Spurs post game.

1380 KHEY El Paso, TX 2210 sports talk.

1520 KOKC OKC, OK 2208 ad for Neil Boortz.

1570 XERF Ciudad Acuna, Chih 2209 SS woman.

 

Bruce Winkelman – Tulsa, OK

Drake R8, mangled antenna wires

 

12/10

Locals KCFO-970, KGTO-1050, KAKC-1300 and KMUS-1380 currently off the

air. KTBZ-1430 has IBOC turned off. Presumably all due to the major ice

storm. My antenna mast has been bent at 90 degrees and the wires are all

tangled up in my mangled willow tree in the back yard. Fortunately we

still have power, unlike many others here in NE Oklahoma. Major tree

damage and power outages in the Tulsa area. Guess I'll try the DX398

this evening since my outdoor wires are toast.

12/12

Locals KCFO-970, KGTO-1050, KRVT-1270 and KMUS-1380 all still off as of

this evening. KAKC-1300 noted back on this AM on drive to work,

KBTZ-1430 never off but their IBOC has been turned off.

I have logged 4 new ones and 2 tentatives so far on the vacated local

frequencies. I'll have details later but new ones include 970: WGTK-KY,

WDAY-ND and WMAY-IL 1380: KHEY-TX. Tentative logs 1050: CKSB-MB and

1380: KLIZ-MN.

The wires that came down with the willow tree in the backyard are still

useable but phasing is difficult and unpredictable. One of the wires is

mostly on the ground, the other is still "kind-of" in the air, draped

over,thru and around broken limbs.

A lot of Tulsa is still without power this evening. We still have power

here at the house but one of my stores is still power-less. We operated

a few hours today using a borrowed generator, enough power to operate

one computer and printer. KRMG-740 was giving away firewood today for

folks without power that have fireplaces. They got a lot of good

publicity on local TV news programs this evening! Tragically, there have

been 36 hospitalizations and 2 deaths here in Tulsa due to carbon

monoxide poisoning from gasoline-powered generators being used *indoors*

12/13

KCFO-970 and KMUS-1380 both back on the air today, KGTO-1050 and

KRVT-1270 still off. KTBZ-1430 has IBOC back on tonite as does KMUS.

Big sections of Tulsa are still without electricity, including one of my

stores. More tragedies as 2 people died in fires, one started by an

unattended candle, the other started by an electrical short from a

generator.

12/16

A summary of what I heard while some of my locals were off due to the

ice storm.

970 WGTK-KY Louisville 11DEC07 2005CST "News Talk 970 WGTK" quite strong into an ad for Citracal (BW-OK)

970 WDAY-ND Fargo 11DEC07 2200CST a couple of CLIDs in the jumble and

mentions of Fargo (BW-OK)

970 WMAY-IL Springfield 12DEC07 "The News Talk of Springfield, 9-70

WMAY" (BW-OK)

1380 KLIZ-MN Brainerd 12DEC07 2300-2305CST presumed the one w/Minnesota Wild NHL hockey broadcast (BW-OK)

1380 KHEY-TX El Paso 12DEC07 2237-2239CST "ElPaso's ESPN", ESPN Radio 1380" slogans, CLIDs (BW-OK)

1050 CKSB-MB Winnipeg 12DEC07 1630CST presumed the one with FF vocal mx and OM in FF talk (BW-OK)

 

Alan Furst – Round Rock, TX

Receiver, Antenna

 

12/20

There is an unusual station on 550 [XEPL ed.] in Central Texas tonight.  It is not a US station, and does not sound like Spanish, but could be. Having difficulty getting a fix on the language. Lots of singing. Sounds like a Christmas program. Some commercials, one clearly mentioned coca cola. I'm battling KTSA to hear it well.

12/25

Anyone looking for a Canadian logging should check 990 tonight.  CBW coming in at with good signal at times.It's a nice 1300 mile catch from here.

 

Neil Kazaross – Barrington, IL

AOR 7030 and BOG

 

About a month ago, about 99% of my previously bad line noise went away for

good, it seems as I can now drive up and down IL Hwy 59 and DX whereas at

times there had been noise under locals !  Therefore I could move the ends

of my western BOGs closer to the highway and the previously noisy

powerlines.

The BOG now is about 425 feet long and runs at about 273 degrees. Starting

at about 277 degrees and making a soft and gradual bend to 270 due to the

lay of the land here. It is terminated via a basic 270 ohm Radio Shack

resistor connected to my typical ground, a 5 foot piece of 1" diameter pipe.

Some listening shows an improvement from the previous 350 footer as F/B is

improved. Once again best termination seems to be midband. But in comparison

to the shorter BOG the effects on channels like 1060 are dramatic. WHFB to

the east is hammered during the day and weakling WRHL mixes with them. Last

night KYW was hammered and at times no trace u/someone (I think KNLV) called the Christmas Channel. On 1130 last night I had no trace of WBBR and it was KBMR's 24 watts atop KFAN and some CKWX. 950 had Denver's KKFN nicely atop my SS Chicago local. Daytimes WNTA is now mixing with WKTA. Not much termination effect is noted  near the band's edges however, but this antenna is certainly better than no termination. Speaking of daytimes, just after

2PM here and I came in from the DX car after listening to CBW's weatherman

bragging about a high of -12C today.

I look forward to lengthening and fixing up my longer one (will be about 600

ft) and hopefully getting a decent termination on that one as well. When I then phase the pair of them, I'll be starting with less eastern signals and hopefully can get a complete kill on pests east of me.

 

Kevin Redding- Gilbert, AZ

as listed

 

12/2

Heard on a tiny mighty mite Sony SRF-37 nekkid:

690 CBU 0705 CBC News story about Cesar Chavez in Venezuela. Weak.

 

Michael J. Richard – Evanston, WY

Car Radio

 

12/2

Had a moment while sitting here in my easy chair having dinner….decided to hit Radio Locator and see what they have to offer as far as oldies stations on 1550 so I could see if I could pick out what I was hearing the other night.  Most likely candidate appears to be KSFT in St Joseph, MO.  There really aren’t many (only 2 or 3) stations listed at all at 1550 with oldies.  KSFT has all the jock pictures on their web site….even the Good Time Oldies logo (which is name of Jones Radio’s oldies network – the one I heard) so I’m guessing this is who I heard.  I checked the Vancouver, WA station’s web site as well as K-Joy (Albuquerque)’s web site and both still very much show Nostalgia so I’m guessing neither of them has changed format although they’d be closer to me.  Meanwhile KSFT shows they are 5000 watts full time……just directional at night.   So I don’t know if they were on their ND pattern or if I just hadn’t sat there long enough to notice that I could get them if I sat there long enough.  In any case I think the UNID mystery is solved.   St Joseph, MO is a pretty good hop to Wyo….especially for a 5kw station at 1550.  

 

Bill Harms – Elkridge, MD

Receiver, Antenna

 

 

12/2

I noticed for the first time today in a long time that WWWT 1500 (and

its predecessors) has IBOC at night. Now 1490 and 1510 are wiped out

even with careful tuning of the antenna.

For anyone who has not heard TWR (Transmundial) on 800 from Bonaire,

they are strong on 800 right now.  12/19 2104 EST

12/25

Santa brought a nice Christmas present to my radio shack. It was the 1800th station heard here in Maryland by me! The station was WLEC 1450 and I heard a female announcer give a station ID as "Sports Radio Sandusky, WLEC" at 1743 12/15. Thanks to Russ Edmunds and Barry McLarnon for helping with the ID.

 

Mika Makelainen - Finland

 

I have posted a bunch of IDs of unidentified US and other AM stations at

http://www.dxing.info/audio/unid/lem239/ and would greatly appreciate

your help in solving these mysteries. The file names indicate frequency,

a rough description of where the station is from, date (year_month_day),

and time in UTC.

Unless otherwise indicated, all North American stations were heard using

an antenna pointing at 300 degrees, normally bringing in stations from

the East Coast to the Midwest, occasionally up to the Rocky Mountains.

All of the above stations were heard on a DXpedition to Finnish Lapland

last winter. You can find a full log at http://www.dxing.info/dxpeditions/lem239log.dx which will also give you

an idea of what the most common stations on each frequency are from a

European perspective.

Some additional details and comments on individual files:

- 960 both clips likely the same station. Do you know if WTCH (the most

likely candidate, already QSLed) uses the slogan "Your hometown station"?

- 1220 Christian talk station (with regular CJRB). The Oregon station,

already QSLed, would be the most likely candidate, but whatever their

calls were at the time (KCCS/KBDY/KPJC?) it doesn't seem to fit, and

even they wouldn't have music from 10 pm through the night (to 3 am?),

as mentioned in the announcement

- 1340: I have a candidate for the calls, but whatever comes after them

(location or slogan?) doesn't fit

- 1410: ESPN station: "1410 AM, W...., Radio ..., your home for the ...

championship games, ESPN Radio" - this is very interesting, as the calls

don't sound like WING which would be the most common ESPN station here

- "Gospel Inspiration" on 1480 AM, which should be from the West Coast

or the Rockies based on antenna direction (336 degrees), but the closest

I can find gospel stations is Texas. At the time (1328 UTC) the sun was

rising in Texas, so it could be possible, and a stunning surprise, but

I'd like to rule out the regular KBMS Vancouver WA - can anyone living

in the state of WA say whether this would be KBMS or something better?

It was early Sunday morning US time, so maybe even a non-gospel station

could be airing gospel music.

- 1540: first the pest KXEL, then a very interesting W ID

- 1560: this ESPN station is probably just WPAD, a relatively common catch?

- finally on 1590 kHz, a country station which I thought gave its

slogan, but I would like to hear your ideas first. This was heard at

1216 UTC. WIXK (already QSLed) would be the most obvious country station

here, but there are rarer C&W stations as well.

 

The Whole Earth

 

Jason Gardner – Meridian, MS

DX-398 and whip

 

ANGUILLA. Dr Gene Scott, from 2346 to audio out at 2348 UTC on 6090

kHz.  Prior to audio going out, adjacent channel interference from 6085 kHz. Checked back at 0006 UTC and audio was back on. Dec. 16-17

CUBA [non]/CLANDESTINE. presumed Radio Republica 6135 kHz 2357 UTC. 

80s Spanish pop song, call-in talk in Spanish. Off air at 2359 UTC.  Good signal. Dec 16

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES- Bonaire. Radio Netherlands. Dutch talk. 6165

kHz, actually had to tune to 6163 kHz to get away from a constant whistling sound on 6165.  2345 UTC. Dec. 16

SAUDI ARABIA- Riyadh.  BSKSA in Arabic with prayer/chants and Arabic

(presumably news) at the top of the hour.  I listened from about 1945-2015 UTC on 9870 kHz. Weak to Fair. Dec. 16

UNIDs 6180 kHz* possibly Radio Havana Cuba* weak signal sounded like

Spanish on channel (RHC) and a political speech in a forceful sounding language on the other channel.  I suppose it could be a political speech in the background with a voice over on the same station. Channel(s) were not coming in good at all. @ 2335-2340 UTC. Dec. 16

UNID 6110 kHz. on 0007 UTC. Presumed Radio Tirana Albania in Albanian perhaps. Dec. 17

December 17 SW Logs

CANADA- CHU. Time Signal. At 1857 UTC on 14670 kHz. Moderate signal

strength.

CANADA- Radio Canada International. Talk of Worker's Rights. English. 1828 UTC on 17790 kHz.

CANADA- Radio Canada International. English Talk of Climate summit. 1803 UTC on 15365 kHz. Fair to Good Signal.

GABON- Africa Numero Un. With afropop at 1722 UTC on 15475 kHz. Weak, but better than usual, quite a bit above noise level. Dec 17.

NETHERLAND ANTILLES- 17605 kHz at 1814 in Dutch?. Fair signal

SPAIN- Radio Exterior de Espana. Station ID. Spanish. 1829 UTC on 17850 kHz.

USA- KTBN… 15590 kHz at 1812 UTC. Religious music. Excellent signal strength.

USA- KVOH… 17775 kHz at 1820 UTC. Sermon in Spanish language. Excellent signal strength. "La Voz de Restauracion" ID.  Website given, but all I could really distinguish was doble v, doble v, doble v", <something> "cinco."

USA/CUBA- R Marti…Spanish talk, lots of mention of "Cuba." 13820 kHz at 1841 UTC.  No notice of Cuban Bubble Jammer until 1843 UTC.

USA- WINB… 13570 kHz at 1835 UTC. Sermon in English. Very Strong signal strength.

USA- WYFR… 13695 kHz at 1838 UTC. Harold Camping preaching. Surprisingly weak signal strength.

USA- WWV… 10000 kHz at 1854 UTC. Good signal strength. 15000 kHz at 1855 UTC. Good signal strength.

December 18 Logs

UNID- ?INDIA? All India Radio (Tent) This station was barely audible.  Listened at 0545 UTC while trying to figure out what it was, then it went off at 0558 UTC.  Something else, or perhaps the same station came on at 0600 UTC. Both stations were barely audible, I was just able to tell something was there, and could not identify the language of broadcast although it sounded possibly

Urdu/Arabic/Hindi in tonality and pace.

RUSSIA. Voice of Russia. Classical music that sounded like Tchiakovsky. 0535 UTC on 7350 kHz. Strong signal.  While looking on their website for frequency info, I noticed that the Voice of Russia has podcasts available.

TUNISIA. Radio Television Tunisienne.  Arabic music (possibly Quran prayers?) 0527-0530 UTC on 7275 kHz. Weak signal.

UNITED KINGDOM.  BBC Service to Africa.  7160 kHz.  Cuban president stepping down, South Africa, Death Star Galaxy, and English talk of cricket. 0510-0519 UTC. Weak signal.

UNITED STATES. KTBN. 7505 kHz. English Religious Talk. 0608 UTC.

Good signal.

UNITED STATES. WHRA. 7465 kHz. Preaching in English. 0605 UTC. Fair

signal.

UNITED STATES. WYFR in German. 0613 UTC on 7780 kHz. Fair signal.

UNITED STATES. Voice of America. 0624 UTC on 9480 kHz in French talk

playing American Pop Music. "This program has come to you from the

Voice of America- Washington" ID in English at the half-hour.

 

Jerry Lenamon – Waco, TX

Drake R-8B and Sloper

 

12/12

Tibet: Tuning through 49mb Tuesday evening I heard classical music on 6130 at 0145z. I checked for parallels and found the same program on 5240 & 7385 (all synchronized). So, must be Peoples Broadcasting Service via Lhasa.

Iran: Iranian international service in English, 6120 @ 0200z. //7160

12/21

I came across English on 12080 this morning at 1445z but it wasn't R Australia Brandon. I quickly decided it was R Netherland to So Asia via Madagascar. I then checked WRTH for parallels and heard the same program, with a slight delay, on 9345 listed as via Uzbekistan with 100 kw @ 131º. (So off the back side of the beam).

HFCC B07 9345 1359 1557 41,49,54 TAC  100 131

 

Kevin Redding- Gilbert, AZ

Eton E1XM and whip

 

12/4

2850 N. Korea Pyongyang 1845 with KK radio drama. Fair and steady.

3320 N. Korea Pyongyang 1851 KK choral music. Fair.

4450 N. Korea Pyongyang 1856 KK radio drama with jammer from hell 

atop. Poor.

5890 WWCR Nashville, TN 1905 with "The Power Hour" and a local signal.

12/7

3250 Pyongyang BS Pyongyang, DPRK 1411 KK man with choir in 

background. Fair.

3280 Voice of Pujiang Shanghai, China 1414 CC woman, poor.

3925 Radio Nikkei Tokyo, Japan 1417 JJ 2 men and woman with ham QRM. 

Fair.

3985 Echo of Hope Seoul, S. Korea 1419 KK with massive jamming. Poor.

5030 CPBS Beijing, China 1423 CC 2 women and man. Local signal.

5050 Guangxi Foreign BS Guangxi, China 1426 VV and Voice of the 

Strait Fuzhou, China CC in collision both poor.

5075 Voice of Pujiang Shanghai, China 1430 CC woman announcer into 

music. Weak.

5815 Radio Racja Sitkunai, Lithuania 1433 RR woman reading news with 

mention of Iraq. Good.

5840 Radio Free Asia Agignan Point 1435 CC man and woman with 

classical music in the background. fair.

5930 Voice of Russia Vladivostok, Russia 1442 CC with RR music, Fair.

5950 Radio New Zealand International Rangitaki, NZ 1445 EE playing 

country music then "Rebel Without a Clue" then ID. Poor.

6105 Voice of America Tinang 1455 EE with a program about songwriter 

Laura Nyro. Fair.

12/23

9760 Voice of America Philippines 12/23 1310 with Jazz America 

playing all the  jazz songs nominated for a Grammy. There was a lot 

of very excellent music in this program. If it is re-aired, do give a 

listen. There was a lot of local QRM but the signal was fair.

 

 

Harry Helms –Smithville, TX

Sony ICF 2010

 

12/9

Stuff heard this morning between 1230-1245 UTC using the ICF-2010 and its telescoping whip:

2310 AUSTRALIA. Australian BC, listed Alice Springs, with English talk with man and woman,mentions of "ABC," fair to poor signals.

2485 AUSTRALIA Austalian BC,similar programming to 2310 but slightly better signals.

2500 WWVH, Kauai, Hawaii, female voice announcements under WWV just prior to WWV's male announcer.

2850 NORTH KOREA Central Broadcasting Station with what seemed to be a revolutionary opera.

12/16

3810 ECUADOR HD2IOA, Guayaquil, with time pips amid the LSB 0316, good signals but QRM was heavy at times. However, the pips really stand out in AM with a narrow filter.

6925 PIRATE WTCR in USB with muy weirdass remixed version of Neil Young's "Cowgirl in the Sand" (very heavy bass line added) at 0302 tune-in, 0307 ID by man and request for reports to Box 1, Belfast, NY, and abruptly off. Very strong signal for a pirate!

12/29

4053 GUATEMALA Radio Verdad, Chiquimula, beautiful signal 12/29 at 1254 UTC tune-in with wonderful guitar and vocal music, ID by woman 1257 and mention of "programa de las amigas," followed by non-stop musical

selections until 1315 tune out. Outstanding signal for listed 800 watts, no fading or interference, a pure delight to listen to!

 

Glenn Hauser – Enid, OK

Yaesu FRG 7

 

** AUSTRALIA. My Nov 25 log on 4910 as VL8A Alice should have been VL8T Tennant Creek --- tho I did hear them ID as Alice, apparently being relayed. I never can remember which is which. The correxion was made subsequently in DXLD, but if you quote this log please be sure to make this correxion, now or at the next opportunity

** COLOMBIA. Just as Julián Santiago Díez de Bonilla suspected, La Voz de tu

Conciencia is still active on 6010 after 0400 UT, despite reports that it was

deferring to Mexico`s Radio Mil at 04-13. Dec 2 at 0620 I started monitoring,

and heard weak nondescript music, fast SAH from a second station. But which was which? Finally at 0706 there was a full ID for La Voz de tu Conciencia, Puerto Lleras, and timecheck for 2:05 am, then into sermon. By this time its signal was stronger and XEOI, if there, was completely overridden.

** CUBA. Radio Havano Kubo, Esperanto confirmed UT Sunday Dec 2 at 0707 on 6000, which extends past 0700 on Sundays only. Also repeated Sunday at 1515 on 11760, report on some conference in Montrealo.

R. Rebelde, 5025, playing multiple versions of the song ``La última noche que

pasé contigo``, Dec 2 at 1332. I only heard three, but there were several more

per the back-announce. I enjoy such daring programming

** MEXICO. Radio Mil, XEOI, 6010, weak but audible Sunday Dec 2 at 1316 with

``Viva la Música Mexicana`` show of YL songs; earlier gave phone number in the

cabina, taking requests? No co-channel QRM at this hour, but COLOMBIA [q.v.]

would have faded out anyway. There was some splatter from 6020 or 6000, not

sure which. By 1350 XEOI was even weaker as the sun ascended. I think it must

be running very low power; now eclipsed by XEXQ on 6045, much stronger at 1324 check with classical music 

** U S A. WYFR is having some strange problem with double audio, like echoes of about the same strength. Not long/short path in this case, I am quite sure. Dec

2 at 0623 the WYFR (not RTI) Cantonese to WNAm transmission on 5985 exhibited this, and also at 1349 on 13695, WYFR Mandarin to NAm.

This anomaly was first reported by Larry Will in Maryland, December 2, at

0409-0416 on new 6915; when I checked 6915 at 0615 I heard no echo, but Ron

Howard in California still did, tho not so bad

** ERITREA [non]. As mentioned in DXLD 7-144, V. of Meselná Delina, clandestine via WHRA, confirmed on new 12015, excellent reception here off the back of the antenna, Dec 3 at 1829 tune-in, just in time to hear a few words in presumed Tigrinya, one minute promo in English for WHR reaching the unreached, 1830 back to language, presumed the same but not certain; could not make out any program name ID. Is this reflected in the online WHRA program schedule, http://www.whr.org/index.cfm?fa=schedule&Search=Angel5 --- ?  of course not! It still shows 17650 and 4 different English-language

gospel-huxter programs at 1830-1900, after half an hour of VOMD, but apparentlythat is now extended to a full hour. Or has a companion.

The VOMD website http://vodm.asmarino.com/ still gives outdated frequency if

not time:

Days: Monday - Friday

Time: 9:00PM - 9:30PM Eritrea time

Frequency 17650 kHz (16.9 meter band)

** ETHIOPIA [non]. I monitored WHRA 11785 again Monday December 3, from tune-in 1920, and the mystery African(?) language clandestine(?) was already underway so may have started as early as 1900. Man was giving an impassioned speech, phone quality. At 1932 some music, and later in that semihour a woman talking with studio quality. Recorded, including the closing about 1956, in a 2:47 rm clip, 433 kb, with typical music before and after. It sounds somewhat familiar,

but the ID at 1:00 into the clip does not. Actually it seems to be an e-mail

address, like wainamradio@mabarak... but I am not at all sure of that. Later

there is a www given too but marred by fade/distortion. I hope someone can

recognize the language or even identify it. . . Have a listen at http://www.w4uvh.net/whra11785unid.rm

Then I make another check of the WHRA online schedule, and the answer seems toappear:

1900 Mo 0200 PM 0300 PM Monday - Friday Demitse-Tewahedo Demitse Tewahedo Demitse Tewahedo 11.785 Mhz

 

Which in WHR`s wacky way of presentation means it is on Mondays only at

1900-2000 UT, with other (English) programming shown during the same time other days.

So it must be the same one still showing on the TDP schedule for A-07

http://www.airtime.be/schedule.html as:

Zena Tewahedo the Ligament Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Churchin Exile 1600-1700 15260 AM m...... Amharic Africa

but which is replaced in the B-07 schedule below it by:

EOTC Holy Synod Radio 1600-1700 9445 AM m...... Amharic Africa

Note that EOTC matches as an abbr. for Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

The EOTC website http://exile.eotcholysynod.org/ still has them on 9445 ``due

to weather conditions``, and mp3 audio files of the last few weeks` broadcasts

are available for download.

However, the last 3 minutes of their audio file do NOT match what I heard and

recorded today on WHRA, in music or announcements, gender of announcer,

including several clear Zena Tewáhedo IDs in the last few minutes. The file

gives a Los Angeles address, and eotc e-mail address as on the website.

A couple times during the SW broadcast I heard Louisiana mentioned. Another

possibility is that they are producing two different programs for TDP and WHR,

but I suspect it is not Zena Tewahedo but some other possibly related

clandestine.

And that which I previously reported during the same hour on Thursday, Nov 22

may also be something different. We need to check other days of the week as

there may be other clandestine programs on this frequency, just as TDP once had a full schedule of several different rotating programs depending on day of

week, on 15260 and now on 9445 --- or have those now been replaced by WHRA transmissions? But this may be in addition rather than in replacement: the

opening announcement in their Dec 3 audio file mentions kHz and meterband

twice. If they do match up, the Thursday broadcast could be EPPF Radio.

I hope someone can evaluate my clip on its own merits, and also check this

transmission other days of the week

José Miguel Romero suggests some possibilities, but I am not sure either is a

complete match:

Saludos Glenn, puede tratarse de Voice of Tewahedo Ethiopian Orthodox,

programa religioso emitido por New World Radio 1120 AM Washington DC.

http://wust1120.com/index2.html

Esta emisora emite una serie de programas religiosos, entre ellos para la

comunidad Ethiope. Al descargar el audio se puede leer Demitse Tewahedo.

Glenn, otra posibilidad mas factible es que se trata de Finote Selam Radio

http://www.radiotewahedo.org/

Si se escucha el final del audio correspondiente al 2 de Diciembre, la música

es la misma. 73

Hmm, that one has separate programs on stations in Denver (Dec 2), Washington, Atlanta. Music may be same, but announcement is different. What does Tewahedo mean? The word seems to be in the name of more than one program/station

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. Dec 3 check of DW Amharic at 1400: poor signal on 15620, no jamming audible, and no signal on 15660; 11645 had noise level slightly higher than local noise level on band. 1455 recheck, 15660 noise jamming also audible

** SOUTH AFRICA. SSIRI, 15675 via Meyerton, Tue Dec 4 from 1400 with usual

condescending English lessons with frequent bell-sounds as cues to ``interact``; ended at 1429:30 and then observed two different tones, hi and lo, alternating every 6 seconds until 1431* This appears to be typical behaviour for SENTECH and a useful clue in other cases

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. Brother Scare, 13810 via ``Jew-lick``, GERMANY, Dec 4 at 1439, running about 1 second behind WWRB 9385. Quite weak on 13810 and I don`t often hear it. Currently HFCC registered as 14-16 at 115 degrees, but http://www.overcomerministry.org/SW-UTC.htm not revised since Sept 13! Shows 13-15

** SPAIN. REE has absolutely no class, especially during its classical music

show: Dec 3 at 1455, Mozart`s beautiful ``Exsultate, Jubilate`` rudely

interrupted on 17595 to NAm for irrelevant African frequency change

announcement as always on weekdays. // 15585 was not interrupted, but too weak to substitute

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. R. Nacional de la RASD, 6300, nice listening with

chanting, music, Dec 3 at 0710-0722+, and this late, no QRM de Cuba leapfrog

** ALASKA [and non]. KNLS presumed on 6890, the weak station in English, Dec 5 at 1323, but then in Chinese at 1325. Current FCC listings show WWRB on at same time, 1200-1500, but no sign of it, as usual over-scheduled; while KNLS is on 6890 during this one hour only, in Chinese. 6890 has WYFR also listed at 09-13 and WWRB also at 22-05

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana, 13640 check Dec 5: 1529, IS and opening theme, S9+10 but local hi noise level; SINPO 35343

** CHINA [and non]. CRI, 9450, collided with Poland [q.v.] via Germany, Dec 5

from *1357 musical prélude mixing with Poland`s rock music. CRI`s préludes

should be dispensable to avoid such conflicts, and instead crash-start at

hourtop, but hey, we know what a ``good neighbor`` CRI is. Ironically, Poland

had just been talking about its severe trade imbalance and hoping for Chinese

aid to railways.

This CRI broadcast is in Russian at 1400, 37 degrees from Shijiazhuang, which

means it`s also aimed at North America. And even more ironically, it then had

QRM from Firedrake --- Chicoms vs Chicoms! This is because Sound of Hope also starts 9450 at 1400; per Aoki it`s 100 kW at 335 degrees from Yunlin, Taiwan, which must have been the third station in the mix.

More Firedrake on 9930, VG and in the clear, Dec 5 at 1424, not a trace of

anything else on frequency even during pauses, but the jamming is also there

because Sound of Hope is scheduled on KWHR 9930, M-F at 14-17. Is it really on or have they pulled a fast one, QSY to somewhere else?

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. Dec 5 check of DW Amharic: at 1430 fair and clear on

Rwanda 15620, but only noise on 15660; even more so at 1456 recheck. Greece

15650 also had some tones on it briefly around 1430 so wondered if some jamming was mistuned. No tone test on 15630 this day

** INDIA [and non]. AIR VBS, 9870, VG except for polar flutter, Dec 5 at 1414,

music splashing over VOA 9865 report on how caste problems detract from

educational opportunities in India. VOA is 108 degrees from Lampertheim, which

means an even bigger clash in the Middle East

** MEXICO. No sign of XEYU, 9599+, Dec 5 around 0635; possibly long-skip

propagation instead as ANO 9580 was better than usual. But at 1338, XEYU was

loud and clear with RFI news relay; in fact, much better than RA on 9580 and

9590 which were barely audible

** POLAND [non]. PRES, 9450 via Germany, Dec 5 at 1343, best yet heard here,

35433, and actually listenable, so I did for a while: report on Polish health

care system, with speakers in Polish, voice-overs in English; 1347 mentioned

10:1 trade imbalance with China, and hopes to get Chinese aid for railway. 1351

ID in old style, which I greatly prefer, as ``Polish Radio, Warsaw``, but later

in passing said ``Polish Radio External Service``. Plugged Multimedia show on

Wednesday (but, this *is* Wednesday), goodbyes but no formal sign-off, and just

played high-intensity rock music until 1359* --- no Chopin or Szymanowski here!

However, CRI musical prélude collided co-channel from *1357 for two-minute

overlap, 1400 opening in Russian, more at CHINA; should be crash-starting or at

least waiting until 1359

** ROMANIA [and non]. RRI, 7180, Dec 5 at 0646 in English with contest info,

then report on real estate market in Romania; undermodulated but enough carrier to make it listenable; no comparison in loudness, however, to neighboring

Tunisia 7190 with its usual great music. At least, no roar on this RRI

transmission

** THAILAND. R. Thailand, 9725 to SEAs/Au, in the clear Dec 5 at 1405 thanks to absence of TIRWR; SINPO 35523 with flutter. In World News mainly about king`s birthday celebration to be in Nakhon Ratchasima at 19 hours tonight (but it`s already after 21 local! --- more stale news?). 1411 into feature about how H.M. is such a sportsman in many different fields

** U S A [and non]. KAIJ, 9480, Dec 5 at 1404 check, inaudible, and not even a

trace of a carrier. Tho in skip zone, it`s usually detectable, so wonder if off

the air. Same results at rechecks 1446 and 1608, when I did confirm their

webcast was running. Yet Harold Camping was audible at 1404 on 9485, which is Irkutsk aimed due south

** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. Dec 6 at 1328 on 4450, two-tone jamming, repeating, weak, may have been originally from vocalized notes. Since a clandestine from N to S Korea is here, we must assume the jamming is coming from S Korea, putting it in the company of China, Cuba, etc., in trying to block Free Speech. Aoki shows:

4450 KOREAN NAT.DEM.FRONT 0757-1400 1234567 Korean 15 ND Pyongyang KRE

4450 KOREAN NAT.DEM.FRONT 2157-0400 1234567 Korean 15 ND Pyongyang KRE

12533E3905 KNDF rel. KCBS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

 

** MEXICO. After being there just about every day for a week or more, XEXQ not

audible on 6045, Dec 6 at 1332 check, altho XEOI was audible on 6010

** SPAIN [non]. REE Costa Rica relay, 15170, Dec 6 at 1340 starting token M-F

Catalan news from Barcelona, after Diario Hablado in castellano; 1345:30

switched to Gallego, but studio source not mentioned, so really Madrid? During

this there was co-channel QRM underneath producing a SAH of about 5 Hz.

According to Aoki, this would be RRI in Romanian, 250 kW, 285 degrees from

Galbeni, and per HFCC targeted at France, but carrying on to us, tnx a lot! At

same time RRI`s roaring English was on 15105

** TURKEY. VOT`s Live from Turkey, starting at 1353 UT Thursday Dec 6, fair on 12035 but not 100% copy, partly thanks to the rapid slurred speech and accents of the announcers, so I switched to webcast. This semi-week`s show featured a conversation via satellite phone with a Turk from Seattle who is *rowing* across the Pacific, and is currently near Xmas Island, on his way to Australia where he will climb Mt. Kosciusko on his way across the continent (portaging his boat?). Seems he is rowing and hiking around the world, in order to inspire children to fulfill their dreams.

OK, but it seems to me he is running a fairly high risk of being swamped if a

storm comes up before he can be rescued. He has been quite isolated recently,

not seeing a single ship for weeks (or months?). Must be well outside shipping

lanes, which aside from rescue possibilities is probably a good idea to avoid

being run over.

VOT has been trying to get in contact with him for some time, and finally

succeeded. Now they hope to do so every week. Seems his adventure, including a Turkish flag aboard, is not getting the worldwide publicity it deserves, and

indeed I had not heard of it until now. The website media coverage page (in

English) shows plenty, but almost all only in Turkey.

As usual, could not understand names but was able to copy his website,

http://around-n-over.org where we find he is Erden Eruç and all the info about

this can be found there. He has quite a team backing him up, already made it

across the Atlantic, and to the summit of Denali. I wonder if he is also on HF

** U S A. WWCR, 5980, mixing product, 5890 leapfrog over 5935, lasts until 1400 UT when both frequencies are still on; Dec 6 at 1318 had Power Hour saying that UBL video featured an imposter. The spur fades in and out, but enough to block DX on the frequency. It`s MUCH weaker than the fundamentals which are extremely strong; 5980 may well be 80 dB down or more, but not enough in this case. Or possibly it`s receiver overload, but I still hear it with max attenuation** U S A. It`s Thursday, Dec 6, and time for another WHRA check to discover what clandestines may be showing up. 12015 at 1845, unlike previous days, gospel huxter in English, so I suppose Meselná Delina is back to half an hour only at 1800 tho did not check in time. What about 11785 during the following hour? At 1905 right past 1930, more English g.h. tho this hour previously contained some African language on a Thursday. Could be they run tests for potential clients, or the automation upscrews; who knows?

** ANGUILLA [and non]. DGS, 11775, Dec 7 at 1750 with considerable QRM in

Luso-Portuguese. That`s VOA São Tomé at 138 degrees, 1700-1800. VOA also

collides with The Valley at 2030-2100 in Hausa/French via ST/Morocco

** CHINA. Seldom heard 5075, Chinese talk and music, Dec 7 at 1354, bothered by ute pulses perpetually around this frequency. Per Aoki this is VOICE OF PUJIANG at 1155-1600, Chinese/Amoy, 15 kW 182 degrees from Shanghai. At 1400 heard 3+1 (or was it 4+1?) timesignal, ID ``...guangbo diantai`` but missed the important syllables.

Other Chinese audible on 60m: 5050 at 1356, M&W talk; as always, 5030 Beijing, which I have yet to formally bother to log, at 1357 with similar-sounding but not // talk on 4900.

Firedrake audible at the late hour of 1748 Dec 7 on 7415, and still at 1802, so

it`s not against Sound of Hope since no 5-minute break at hourtop. Instead,

it`s to block R. Free Asia in Chinese via Tinian, 319 degrees at 1600-1900.

That would also be a problem for WBCQ in North America, but not on that early.

Altho authorized for 24 hours on 7415, current scheduled sign-on is 1900

** CUBA [and non]. R. Rebelde`s excellent music show ``Hecho en Cuba``, Dec 7 at 1751 on 11655, but with SAH of about 7 Hz and weaker audio mixing, no doubt RN Madagascar. But Rebelde has four //s: best here on 15370 and 17735; also weaker on 15570, mixing with WYFR on 17555. 1800 into major daily newscast, Noticiero Nacional de Radio

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. Dec 7 at 1425 check, DW Amharic via Rwanda was poor on 15620, no jamming audible, and none of the other frequencies audible either

** MEXICO. Again Dec 7 at 1336 check, XEXQ missing from 6045, and XEOI audible on 6010 at 1336, talking about Veracruz

** PRIDNESTROVYE. Radio PMR, barely audible on 7370 vs noise level Dec 7 at 1802 in presumed English to Europe. Those further northeast are hearing this

well, but it`s still tough here near high noon.

BTW, in the N Hemisphere we are now at our earliest sunsets of the year, at

Enid 2316 UT, while our latest sunrises will be a month later in early January,

at Enid 1344 UT instead of the current 1330. This anomaly is because of Earth`s

oblateness; only in between these dates on the solstice do we get our shortest

day, 1339-2320

** ROMANIA. RRI, 7180, Dec 7 at 0658 after English broadcast, IS and this time

with the co-transmitted roar

** RUSSIA [and non]. 6075, Dec 7 at 1338, very distorted jazzy piano music,

1343 Russian announcement. Per Aoki this is R. Rossii via Petropavlovsk (Kam.).At 1347 also bothered by a het from unknown source on 6074; 1352 more distorted music

** THAILAND [non]. PMS Costa Rica was back up on 9725, Dec 7 at 1426, blocking Thailand`s English broadcast at 1400, except no trace of it anyway this date

** U S A. WBCQ, 7415, presumed, on much later than usual probably on ad-hoc,

why-not? basis, UT Fri Dec 7 at 0654, with Jumpin` Jack Flash by R. Stones;

weak and fading. Or possibly a real pirate which decided to reactivate the

frequency. Firedrake also on 7415 later: see CHINA

** U S A. 11975, big carrier and intermittent tone tests, 1753 Dec 7. Must be

VOA Greenville warming up for English to Africa at 1800-

** ZIMBABWE [non]. Trying to confirm reported new frequency 21495 Greenville

for VOA Studio 7 service, Dec 7 at 1755 I could barely detect a carrier on

21495; and the only identifiable signal on 13m was WYFR on 21680, very weak

too, so very little propagation on this band

** JAPAN [and non]. Sat Dec 8 at 1411 came upon World Interactive just started

on NHK Warido Radio Japan, 7200. Quite good signal, and no need to listen to

Sackville relay instead, but I checked 11705 anyway, still stronger and running

a few words behind 7200, which is Yamata at 240 degrees to SE Asia, so directly

off the back would be 60 degrees, not too far from their NAm azimuths. The show

had several studio guests, the theme being Japanese people who speak English

well, or are learning to, in order to further their careers. There was a gaijin

in there too, a teacher or something. A prime example of cultural differences,

as the show was full of exaggerated excitement, politeness, oohs and aahs,

everybody talking at once, spurred on by the hostess, Kei (?), excessive from

our point of view, and managing to convey very little useful info except that

participants seemed to be having a wonderful time. She said this edition was

also on video, so she had her makeup on. Maybe they combined it with their Xmas party featuring a little booze. It certainly sounded like they were high on

something

** LIBYA. 17725, Dec 8 at 1624, weak signal in French, must be V. of Africa as

scheduled 1600-1700

** MEXICO. XEXQ, 6045, back on air after missing a couple days, with Badinerie, Dec 8 at 1341; also heard XEOI, 6010, at 1405 with ``viva la música de México``. Is this a total simulcast of XEOY 1000? They used to have some

separate SW programming. I wonder how XEOY does in the ratings in the extremely competitive DF market

** U S A. WHRA, 15665, Sat Dec 8 at 1415 with gospel huxter, awful quality

internet feed full of chirps, etc. Per WHRA online schedule this is ``Speaking

The Truth In Love, with Brother Phil``

** U S A. WBCQ observations Sat Dec 8: had not heard 17495-CLSB for several

days, but audible with usual gospel huxter around 2030, but no sign of it at

2148 check. At 2141, 9330-CLSB was a few hundred Hz off-frequency to low side, did not try to measure, but big het from carrier closer to 9330, presumably

Syria and with very little modulation of its own. This caused WBCQ audio to be

off-pitch, but it was only Rod Hembree who is certain the End Times Are Near,

so off-pitch fits; same situation an hour earlier. Could get usable reception

of WBCQ 9330 on LSB or synch LSB. At 2038 on 7415, Allan Weiner Worldwide

repeat was in progress, discussion with someone on phone about antique radios.

According to WBCQ online program schedule this hour is supposed to be The

Alternative Transportation Show, which I guess disappeared weeks ago, and the

online schedule is much in need of updating.

BTW, radio six international, Scotland, was supposed to be back on WBCQ, Sunday at 23-24, but their website Dec 8 says it was a no-show Sunday, presumably referring to Dec 2, ``due to an administrative problem at our transmitter facility``, but will try again on Dec 9. Once again, not reflected in the WBCQ online schedule, which still claims The Checkerboard Lounge is on at that time --- but also says last update was Sept 22! Well, at least the time difference

between ET and UT was corrected since then

** ALBANIA. 13640, no sign of R. Tirana, scheduled in English to NAm, Dec 10 at 1536 check. Must be down for maintenance? Antenna repairs?

** AUSTRALIA. RA continues to be inaudible on its normally potent 31m

frequencies: Dec 10 at 1347 could not hear on 9580 or 9590, but OK on 6020.

Presumably near Summer Solstice, the 9 MHz signals are getting absorbed rather than refracted where the first hop would normally be in our direxion, the

pre-sunrise MUF being at its lowest, altho one might otherwise conclude that

they are no longer on the air at all

** BULGARIA. R. Bulgaria, 15700, Dec 10 at 1356 with splatter out to 15680 and

15720, peaking most at 15685 and 15715, bothering station on 15690

** CANADA. The Sackville transmitter relaying NHK on 11705, at 1416 Dec 10,

exhibited a lite squeal, a bad sign of impending trouble. Let`s hope they don`t

let it deteriorate as much as WEWN and RHC. Was about immigration in Sweden, so I checked Yamata 7200 to be sure it was really NHK programming instead of a feed mixup at Sackville, and indeed it was // 7200 tho a couple seconds out of synch

** CUBA. Once again, R. Havano Kubo`s weekly Esperanto broadcast heard on 13760 in addition to 11760, Sunday Dec 9 at 1502, as they were giving schedule, not mentioning 13760. But at 1507 recheck, 13760 was gone, so I suppose it was just running over after previous transmission in Spanish, while 11760 continued

** CUBA. Surprised to find the DentroCuban Jamming Command running at full

force on 7405, UT Mon Dec 10 at 0637 during the weekly truce when R. Martí is

off the air; however, 6030 was clear of both

** CUBA. RHC stayed on late Dec 10 to celebrate Human Rights Day. Sí, amigos, you heard me right, Human Rights Day, from the home of repression! Noticed at 1505 on 15370, 13760 (an echo apart), 13680, 12000, 11805, 11760, 9550, YL going on and on in Spanish about how there are more HR in Cuba than elsewhere, where people can get educated and medicated. It`s a north-vs-south issue. The US blockade is ``genocidal`` --- then how come we are providing Cuba with food, despite it? That`s the thanks we get? Another prime twisted example of The Big Lie from our Commie neighbors. Nothing much said about freedom of the press, other traditional human rights. This was apparently run-up to a speech by some OM (not Fidel) which was underway at 1520; all gone at 1601 recheck. Meanwhile, she threw in a frequency announcement at 1517 mentioning all of the above plus 9600, which as usual was incorrect, no RHC there, fortunately for XEYU 9599+

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. DW Amharic jamming check, Dec 10 at 1437: 15660, white noise jamming, some audio detectable; 15640, only jamming; 15620, DW Rwanda good except for flutter, no jamming.

11900, Dec 10 at 1525, could hear talk mixed with white noise jamming, i.e.

Tensae being blocked; not DRM

** GUIANA FRENCH. Strong DRM continues regular here on 15790-15795-15800, Dec 10 at 1355 and still at 1606. HFCC registered as Issoudun, France TDF, but Guiana French has been missing from 17870-17875-17880.

15795 is STILL missing from DRM`s own schedule at http://www.drm.org/livebroadcast/livebroadcast.php

which claims ``Last modified: 2007.12.07,12:24.00#5#+00:00``and is evidently identical to

http://www.vtplc.com/communications/product.asp?itemID=1021&catid=486

attributed to Klaus Schneider and presumably identical to yet another version

http://www.baseportal.com/cgi-bin/baseportal.pl?htx=/drmdx/main&sort=kHz,UTC

and yet2 another version of the same data:

http://www.radionetherlands.nl/features/media/dossiers/drm_schedule.html

So, if Klaus Schneider doesn`t know about it, the info is not on any of these

schedules. Perhaps we need a real alternative? Posts from Dec 3 to Dec 6 on the drmna yg, however, confirm 15795 is Montsinéry, carrying RFO Guyane programming for Martinique and Guadeloupe, so also favoring NAm in azimuth

** POLAND [non]. PRES, 9450 via Wertachtal, GERMANY, Mon Dec 10 at 1324-1337 had a very welcome feature on Polish classical music, CDs recently issued, etc. Good reception as we can expect only around Solstice

** SAUDI ARABIA. 13710, Arabic yelling, distorted, but fortunately,

undermodulated, Dec 10 at 1523. Rather reminded me of Brother Scare 100 kHz

higher via Germany. 13710 listed as Riyadh, 295 degrees.

15205, huge buzz overriding muezzin, --- Allah`ll get `em for that --- 1602 Dec

10, also bothering 15210 WYFR with Open Forum translation into Arabic, as if

any Arab would care what Harold Camping thinks, and extending down past 15200.

15205 is the terribly defective BSKSA transmitter, Riyadh at 320 degrees toward

us, no thanks. Don`t their engineers have any professional standards? Is no one

in the chain of command capable of making a decision to turn it off unless

fixed? Not // BSKSA 15435 Arabic talk, VG modulation there

** SWEDEN [non]. R. Sweden had an excellent report on the Nobel Prize award

ceremonies, on their Dec 10 broadcast, 1530 via Canada 15240. Catch a repeat if you can, or on demand

** U S A. WBCQ, 17495-CUSB, Sunday Dec 9 at 1510 discussing overnight delivery and blown speaker. Not Al Weiner show. Scheduled as The Zeph Report, 14-18 UT Sundays only. A few minutes later it was back to gospel-huxterism. There was another signal underneath causing a slight ripple against WBCQ`s reduced carrier, but not like the 9330 collision where they were a few hundred Hz apart. That of course is Democratic Voice of Burma, via Madagascar, daily 1430-1530 on 17495, as EiBi reminds us

** U S A. KAIJ, missing from 5755, at various nighttime chex Dec 8-9, and also

from 9480 in daytime. Still no sign of KAIJ on 5755 or 9480 UT Dec 10. However,

the webstream is running normally, with scheduled programming checked Dec 10 at 1630. This is not too surprising, since that comes out of the studio/HQ in

Murfreesboro TN. 

George McClintock tells me that he has not been to the transmitter site, but

info from Two If By Sea president Mike Parker is that: on the weekend of Nov 30

there was apparently a lightning strike, which melted wiring in the conduit, so

the remote site near Frisco TX has been without power. Delays in getting it

back are caused by the need to get bids from contractors, actually do the work,

get it inspected, etc., etc., at some distance from The Metroplex. It is

believed the transmitter, with surge protection, was not damaged. Will be back

on ASAP. This problem has nothing to do with rumors that KAIJ is being sold.

George adds that since the datalink company changed hands, there has been

better service and less downtime in getting the program feed from TN to TX

** VENEZUELA [non]. Another no-show for ``Aló, Presidente``, Sunday Dec 9, the first day of UT -4:30, so perhaps HCF was confused and didn`t know what time it was. At 1506 checked all the usual frequencies via Cuba, 17750, 13750, 13680, 11875, 11670 and nothing there. However, an hour earlier I did hear presumed RHC mixing with WEWN on 11875, so A,P probably started at usual 1400 and was cancelled during the following hour

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. Wolfgang Büschel had been reporting R. Solh on new 13830 // 15265, but no sign of it here when checked Dec 12 at 1425, Dec 13 at 1430; still on 15265 as usual

** ALBANIA. Missing the day before, R. Tirana back on 13640, Dec 11 at 1531

check giving usual English transmission schedule; undermodulated and flutter on

signal, so hard to hear. BTW, members of the dxld yahoogroup can now see a

folder of photos from R. Tirana, including the Director Ms Zamira Koleci,

Monitoring Center head Mrs Drita Çiço, the two English announcers Klara and

Artan, and the transmitters

** AUSTRALIA. Reception of R. Australia at 1500 Dec 11: best on 7240, next best on 5995, and a poor third, 9590

** CUBA. This is hard to quantify, but it sounds to me like the DentroCuban

Jamming Command has stepped up its intensity, as heard Dec 11 at 0707 on 5980 and 6030 against R. Martí, a more solid ``wall of noise``. Anyone else notice this?

** GUIANA FRENCH. DRM on 9455-9460-9465 where I had not noticed it before, Dec 12 at 0649; not NZ since that is still on 9865-9870-9875. 9460 was registered as 345 degrees from TDF GUF at 05-07 from 11 to 13 December only, so presumably you will no longer hear it; what programming was it carrying, and why?

After a few weeks on 15790-15795-15800, which replaced 17870-17875-17880, DRM missing Dec 12 and 13 but at 1438 Dec 13, instead on new 13860-13865-13870, which I can only assume is the latest replacement. But is it on the official

DRM schedules? Of course not! Nor in HFCC. More RFO Guyane programming? Nothing about this yet on the DRMNA yg. I am amused when I find a DRM transmission just by tuning around, without even a DRM receiver, before those who are supposedly ``in the loop``.

BTW, Sofia, Bulgaria is registered for DRM at 04-14 on 13865-13870-13875, but

AFAIK is yet to start any DRM

** INDONESIA. VOI back on 9526.0 after many weeks` absence, with hum and het from something on 9525, Dec 13 at 1441 with Qur`an, 1449 to OM talk in Arabic, morphing into Indonesian but still about Islam frequently mentioning that and Allah. 1500 no ID heard but news headlines, 1501 sign-off Suara Indonesia by YL, anthem to 1504* The 14-15 hour of VOI is scheduled in Indonesian, and I

thought it might be back on at 1600 for Arabic, but not heard then. Earlier

language hours include 08 English, 09 Malay, 10 Thai, 11 Mandarin, 12 Japanese, 13 Korean. Tnx to tip from Ron Howard who was hearing 9526 again the day before at an earlier hour.

Since VOI has been on 9526 (when active) instead of 9525 for quite some time,

it can hardly be an accidental slip of the finger, but why? Other stations have

been caught deliberately one or two kHz off-frequency, such as Syria on 782,

and in 7-150, Pakistan on 830. Can these be misguided management decisions to be on a ``different`` frequency than other stations and thus avoid

interference, while really causing more interference?

** MEXICO. XEOI, 6010, weak Dec 13 at 0719 giving website

http://www.radiomil.com.mx with a subaudible heterodyne of about 2.5 Hz,

presumably from Colombia which on this occasion was even weaker. My congrats to both of them for getting their frequencies so close, instead of the formersituation of several hundred Hz apart, always causing an audible heterodyne.

From website we learn that XEOY`s slogan is ``Vive México`` (not Viva), which

means Mexico Lives (not Long Live Mexico). Here`s their program schedule

displaying current day unless you click on another:

http://www.radiomil.com.mx/v2/programacion.php

** TURKEY. Live from Turkey, Thu Dec 13 at 1400 on 12035, but switched to

webcast so I could hear every word; three announcers in studio trashing Pres.

Sarkozy for latest conflict with France over EU admission, and also David

Crystal for his published comments, but they still want him to call in again

** U K. BBCWS, 5875, VG reception with news Dec 13 at 0648-0659:30* after

program promo at 0659 with time only in CET! Do they really think everyone

listening to this frequency will be in the UT+1 zone? More management ignorance of SW. This is Rampisham at 62 degrees, but plenty of signal way over here, scheduled at 05-07

** U S A. WBCQ`s new ``Area 51`` program starts Friday Dec 21, and will be 7

days at 2200-2400 on 5110. Allan Weiner confirms that WORLD OF RADIO will be included, Fridays at 2330 UT

** U S A. AFN, 7811-USB, STILL with audio cutting out every few seconds, Dec 12 at 0700 during AP Radio News; // 5446 from same Saddlebunch Keys site (not ``Key West`` as AFN claims), was weaker but not breaking up

** VENEZUELA. 5000, Dec 11 at 0710, could barely hear some Spanish under WWV and WWVH, and the pips seemed well synchronized. I can only assume it be the sporadic YVTO Cagigal, but I would really like to hear a clear half-hour-offset time announcement from them

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. Wolfgang Büschel`s reports of new 13830 for R. Solh were before 1400 UT only. But Dec 14 I checked at 1346 and still nothing on 13830, as I was reconfirming on 15265 yet yet yet again that at that very hour, R.

Solh is still playing the same sticking music CD as it has for months now. The

new 13830 broadcast is axually only at 1230-1330 via Rampisham

** AUSTRALIA. RA propagating again on its best frequency for North America

[not], 9580, Dec 14 at 1358. Unfortunately, I tuned in only seconds before it

went to a fragment of W. Matilda, interrupting programming, and off, leaving

quite weaker 9590 to continue

** GUIANA FRENCH. Presumed site for unlisted DRM, 13860-13865-13870, still

strong Fri Dec 14 at 1348 check, but missing Sat Dec 15 at 1439. Probably

another M-F only operation, or channel could be gone after a brief test period.

TDF now plans to be running DRM at any hour on 5050-5055-5060 for domestic

coverage

** INDONESIA. VOI, 9526.0, lasts another day, Dec 14 at 1359 wrapping Korean

with e-mail address voi @ rri-online.com pronounced more or less in English,

and into Indonesian

** IRAN. 13790, muezzin fair at 1350 UT Fri Dec 14. HFCC says this is Iran`s

Arabic service, 0530-1430, 500 kW, 178 degrees from Kamalabad

** MALAYSIA. Usually all I hear is a weak het around 6050, but in the absence

of XEXQ 6045, Dec 15 at 1409, a muezzin was doing his thing on approx. 6049.7, 1411 into talk in presumed Malay, then some music.

Aoki, which does not bother with decimal off-frequencies, shows 6050 only as

RTMalaysia Sarawak, at Sibu, 10 kW in Malay. If anybody posted a B-07 RTM

schedule, it escaped us, but it includes several wooden registrations,

including TWO sites on this frequency, both Sibu at 0200-1500 10 kW, and Kajang (Kuala Lumpur) at 0200-1700 with 50 kW. Ron Howard measured the off-frequency one on 6049.63 back on Nov 7 and said it was Suara Islam/Voice of Islam via RTM at 1540-1635 so that would presumably be KL and NOT Sarawak

** MEXICO. 6045, XEXQ is back again, Dec 14 at 1355 check with classical; not

very strong. Gone again, Dec 15 at 1400 check

** SAINT HELENA. R. Saint Helena Day 2007, Dec 15: I`ve heard it several times before, so did not try this year until 2151 when it was supposed to be aimed at ENAm starting at 2145. Immediately on tuning in 11092.5-USB, heard an ID, but it was very weak and nothing further intelligible on the YB-400 with indoor wire wrapped several times around the ceiling of one room. Experimenting with other receiver and antenna combinations, best results not on the FRG-7, but on the DX-398 with primary E-W exterior longwire, so stayed with that. Did not get much better, mostly music, occasional ute QRM such as at 2200, so quit at 2207, and resumed at 2241 in preparation for the WNAm beam to start at 2245.

By 2241 signal was considerably better, music playing seemed to have reverb.

2242 giving edress which I could not copy, music. I had to back off the RF gain

to avoid puffing, but this does not mean the signal was extremely strong,

steady at 8 out of 14 bars on the scale when RF gain at max. 2247 a phone call

on the air with American accent but could not tell who it was; he said

reception was very good. 2248, Carole King`s ``You`re So Far Away``. I had not

noticed any change in strength around 2245, perhaps because in CNAm we are

splitting the difference between their ENAm and WNAm aimings. 2252 mentioned Western North America, and then full ID with MW and SW frequencies, ``annual broadcast``, and all the different targets. 2255 ``God Is Watching Us`` tune; 2300 giving phone number, could not copy, more talk, marred at 2304 and more strongly at 2305 by that ute QRM of a tone and then several seconds of ``running water`` noise. 2307 a country music song by a woman, and I quit. Nice to hear RSH again, but it`s about time to try a different frequency. Quick recheck at 0045 Dec 16: not audible

** THAILAND. Another lucky day for R. Thailand`s English at 1400-1430, as Costa Rica was absent from 9725, Dec 14 at 1416, but even so signal was only poor with flutter

** TURKEY. VOT, 12035 better than // 11735, Friday Dec 14 at 1410 with

``Turkish Capital`` program, not sure of title, but was about different

companies and what they produce, e.g. fruit juice, tiles, bandages. Fascinating

** U S A. Contrary to usual Dec-Feb scheduling, WWCR has remained on 15825

during the 21-22 UT hour instead of 7465, including WORLD OF RADIO Fridays at 2130. We hope they`ll go back to 7465 for better coverage; discussed further in DX Listening Digest 7-152

** ANGUILLA. DGS/PMS, 11775 missing Dec 17 at 1450; I suppose may have stayed on night frequency 6090 but too late to hear that here. Dec 18 at 1425, 11775 was back

** AUSTRALIA. In our summer, RA is very reliable late at night here on 19m, but

it`s been quite a while since the MUF has held that far up. So it was notable

Dec 18 at 0645 that RA was audible, tho not very strong on 15515 and 15160;

however not on 15240 where it should also be from Shepparton. Another T-E was audible on 15255, Channel Africa. Note the high K-index of 4

** ETHIOPIA [non]. Monday Dec 17 at 1900 on WHRA 11785, ID definitely starts

``Dimtse Tewahedo …`` as in the WHRA schedule

** GERMANY [non]. 15620 at 1433 Dec 18, ``Deutsche Welle, Amharic Service`` as they were giving P- and e-mail addresses, pronounced in English! This seems to be a regular ID time in this service. Fair signal via Rwanda, no jamming

audible, but 15660 with usual white noise. I wonder if the Germans and

Ethiopians have reached some kind of accommodation on this issue, or the latter

just ran out of jamming transmitters

** GUIANA FRENCH. TDF DRM missing from last three (nine?) known frequencies, 13860-13865-13870, 15790-15795-15800 and 17870-17875-17880, at 1455 Mon Dec 17, ditto Dec 18, so I suspect the DRM transmitter is again trying much lower frequencies in daytime, as now registered and approved for 5050-5055-5060, 24 hours. Nor heard Sat & Sun Dec 15 & 16, but that`s routine

** JAPAN [non]. NHKWRJ, 11705 via Canada, Tue Dec 18 at 1420 had a talk about some new Japanese technology to detect land mines, by picking up resonant frequencies of certain explosives, including 0.85 and 3.4 MHz; this was a repeat from Sept. Need to search out the details, but I assume doing this

around Denver or Boston would not work too well

** LAOS [non]. Hmong Lao Radio produces some amazing and exotic sounds, via WHRI 11785; Dec 16 until 1427 some tones which I think were originating from a human voice modulated thru a tube or something. Must be heard to be

appreciated; Sat & Sun 1400-1500 plus Hmong World Christian Radio after 1500

** OKLAHOMA. Startled to hear a US talk show on 4800, Dec 16 at 0651, with

numerous commercial, toll-free numbers, from Business Talk Radio Net. Could it

be XERTA reactivated on its new frequency, and converted into a `border`

station for the US audience? No! At 0659 a local Enid ad and ID for KGWA, so

it`s the 5TH harmonic of 960. Tho harmonics 2 and 3 are always there on 1920

and 2880, I have never heard it on 4800 in frequent 60m bandscans. This signal

was also suspect in that it was at absolutely constant strength and did not

seem subject to preselector peaking. Perhaps current snow and ice at

transmitter caused this to get out, or a temporary receiver/antenna problem, as

fortunately not heard since

** U S A. After the Dec 14 airing which publicized the imminent Radio Saint

Helena Day, we notified WWCR that Mundo Radial is to be canceled. What would replace it? Monday Dec 17 at 2215 on 7465, we found Frecuencia Al Día in progress until 2230, so presumably the half-hour show started at 2200. The

other opening is Friday 2215

** U S A. AFN, 12133.5 had audio dropouts exactly // 7811, Dec 18 at 0646,

unlike 5446.5 with same programming but no cuts

** VENEZUELA [non]. Aló, Presidente, via Cuba 11875, once again Sunday Dec 16  was colliding with WEWN in Spanish at 1430. The A,P audio feed on 11875 was an echo apart from // 13750 and 17750. The other usual parallels, 11670 and 13680 were missing this date. Still on 17750, 13750 and 11875 only at 1457 check when a clip of HCF speech with motto ``Patria, socialismo, o muerte, ¡venceremos!``(This exceeds Fidel, who doesn`t mention socialism, strangely enough.) At 1511, HCF was apparently on live, reading something from El Universal. Same three frequencies on at 1539.

By sheer luck, I tuned into RNV CI via Cuba just as they went into a rare and

unpredictable English segment, Monday Dec 17 at 1515 on 11680. It was about

Belarus, Lukashenko`s visit to Anzoátegui and how Venezuela and Belarus are

such good friends (authoritarians must stick together); the translation was too

literal and heavily accented, but we appreciate the effort. If only we knew

when to expect English. 1521 back into Spanish with song about ``madera

preciosa``

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. RA, 6020, still has co-channel QRM from that

motor-boating defective transmitter, believed to be Vietnam, Dec 20 at 1340

check

** CUBA. Bandscan of 13 MHz, Dec 19 at 1430 found Habana`s three frequencies from two transmitters all missing --- no RHC 13760, no CRI English 13740, no leapfrog on 13720; however, 13680 RHC was on as usual. 1442 recheck, all were back on

** MEXICO. Dec 20 check at 1340 found XEXQ still missing from 6045 as it has

been for several days; XEYU not detectable either on 9599+, but at 1911 it was

poorly audible with classical music

** U S A. Surprised to find big collision between two US SW stations on 7465,

Dec 20 at 0642; they were at roughly equal very strong level, taking turns

dominating, roughly 10 Hz apart in a big SAH. Both with preachers, Christians

vs Christians! One changed programs at 0644 from Midnight Cry to Pastor

Shockley (sp?), from the Key West Church of God; the other did not. The other I

couldn`t help but recognize as Pastor Pete Peters. Oh, oh, he`s supposed to be

on 5890 via WWCR. Checked that frequency: vacant. So WWCR had stayed on 7465 long past the scheduled switch to 5890 at 0400, and WHRA was the other one on 7465, scheduled 0500-0700 per WHR site, and then off the air, but registered available until 0900. At 0658 I sure thought it was a WHRI ID instead, then off without the usual `next frequency` announcement, leaving WWCR in the clear. Sometime between then and the next time I checked, 1339, WWCR had switched to 5890 with usual Power Hour. Adam Lock was on the phone until hourtop in his post-WWCR job promoting Berkey water softeners

** VENEZUELA [non]. 15290, RNV via Cuba, Dec 18 at 1916 was just open carrier along with a lite squeal. 1918 came on the audio, closing program ``La Mujer Venezolana``, 1919 into perpetually years-out-of-date transmission schedule always starting with San Francisco 11 am on 13740, i.e. this very transmission which has not really been on 13740 since 2004 or 2005 at latest

** ZAMBIA. CVC news in English, 1900 Dec 18 on 13590, 1905 into DJ; no signals from Europe were making it at this time on this band, further evidence that the site is really Zambia

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana, 7430, VG with instrumental music, Dec 21 at 2124. This

is scheduled English to Europe but there were no announcements at all before

2127:30*, having cut to the RT theme music at 2127. Meanwhile, I again looked

for the // 9915 to NAm, but not a trace of even a carrier there. Not much else

from Europe audible on 31m, either; Greece [q.v.] poor on 9420, but also VG

signals on 40m

** EGYPT. Looking for the latest sensation, Nile Valley Radio on 9250, Dec 21

at 2126 and again 2145: barely a trace of a carrier here. Not much was

propagating from Eu/ME at that hour on that band, Greece poor on 9420

** GREECE. ERT had very strong S9+25 signals on its two 40m frequencies, Dec 21 at 2122, but both were badly undermodulated: 7475 barely modulated at all, but 7450 considerably better

** RUSSIA. 6075, at 1359 Dec 23, in 49m bandscan I noticed a somewhat rumbly signal from Pet-Kam, but something even stranger at 1400-1401: a Morse code message, ending in K. This was tone modulation, not carrier on-and-off,

presumably from the 6075 transmitter just before it did go off a minute later.

It was sent at quite a slow rate, and I might have been able to copy it if I

had not been taken by surprise and my attention split (CBS Sunday Morning was

just starting!). Let us try again for this strange anomaly and decode what they

are saying, probably in Russian involving Cyrillic code characters

** U S A. WWCR-1 was still on 15825 instead of 7465, during the correct WORLD OF RADIO 1387, Friday Dec 21 at 2130. After 2200, again on Friday Dec 21, Frecuencia al Día instead of Mundo Radial

WWCR-2, with DGS, stayed on 5935 well past its scheduled switch to 13845 at

1400, Dec 22: still going at 1419, but not at 1457 recheck, so made the change

sometime between those hours.

Also on 5890 with WWCR-4, PPP, at 1419, but this one lasts until 1600

currently. BTW, remark in previous report about Adam Lock on the Power Hour had him one hour too early; that was up until hourtop 1500

** BELGIUM. 9970 not often heard here, but when it is, has to be RTBF, the

frequency`s only occupant at any time, direct from Wavre, not a relay as in the

case of VRT. Dec 25 at 1444 a familiar novelty song, 1446 announcement in

French

** TUNISIA [and non]. I often listen to RTT 7190 around 0630-0700 for its Arab

music tho it`s hardly soporific. For the first time on Dec 24 at 0643-0650+ I

heard some deliberate QRHam, some guy exactly on frequency as BFO for his SSB counts, ``1, 2, 3, 4, 5; 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, testing…` Never heard him say anything

else or ID. This raises an interesting question. Yes, hams in Americas are

totally free to use this frequency, but are they totally free to use it in a

one-way 5+ minute `test` without ID? Thinly disguised jamming.

BTW, Tunisia is not breaking any rules; this transmission per HFCC at 04-08 is

265 degrees to CIRAF 37, which is Algeria and Morocco; it is just bleeding over

here, even tho its 500 kW often makes it the best signal inside the 41 mb in

OK. Unlike Croatia/Germany, Slovakia, etc., which really do broadcast to

Americas inside our 40m hamband

** U S A. Don`t usually hear WBCQ 17495 on weekday mornings, but there it was Dec 24 at 1445 with GFRN // 9330. Nothing from DVOBurma via Madagascar on 17495 this date

** U S A. Dimitse Tewahedo started as usual Monday Dec 24 at 1900 on WHRA

11785; they play a lot of music, good value for money? But at 1905 the

transmission cut off, abruptly back to WHRA in English, announcing frequency

change to 7520! OCS, then claimed they were ``now on 7520`` but really still on

11785 which had just opened 6 minutes earlier. 1907 into WHR English gospel

music fill programming; still the same at 1944 recheck. Obviously, some glitch

caused the program automation to run the QSY announcement at 1905 instead of 1958. Was there any human oversight to prevent or fix this ASAP? Of course not! Will the Ethiopians get their money back?

** U S A [non]. The only somewhat unusual signal on 25m, Dec 24 at 1850 was

rather muffled talk in unID language, on 11805. Then at 1856 mentions Family

Radio, and Oakland. O no, not again. Did not recognize it as Swahili, but

listed as such via Madagascar. I am also disappointed that even RNW

availablizes its resources to this wacky ministry, seemingly bent on

broadcasting via every conceivable SW relay site. This is the 50 kW transmitter

aimed 320 degrees for EAf, so not too far from our azimuth too. Note: after

1900 RN uses the same frequency in English, but on much different heading, and via South Africa instead! The least RN could get out of this would be some

broadcasts via Okeechobee

** CHAD. I`ve heard it too, no doubt, RNT reactivated on 4905: best 60m signal

by far outside NAm, Dec 26 at 0605-0620, mostly talk in uncertain language,

maybe part Arabic, part French, with bits of music. Nothing resembling an ID

heard. Mauritania might have competed if it were audible on 4845. Furthermore

the `4905` signal was a smidgin below frequency as others have reported minus

30-40 Hz or so; while I couldn`t be precise to two decimal places, I could tell

it was off, using the YB-400 simply by zeroing the BFO on WWV, and then

stepping from 4905 up and down 1 kHz. The het at 4904 was noticeably lower in

pitch than at 4906

** CUBA [non]. Tnx to a tip from Giampiero Bernardini, R. República heard on

reactivated 6185 at 0240 check Dec 28 over DentroCuban Jamming Command. Must be a fairly recent change, and we can say goodbye to any chance of hearing R. Educación, México during this bihour. RR started B-07 on 6100 at 02-04, and was there the last time I checked, having forced Vatican via Canada to move to 6040

** MAURITANIA. R. Mauritanie seems back up to full strength after missing a few

weeks, or on but with low modulation per other reports. Dec 27 at 0625, found

4845 with OM vocal chants predominantly at a single pitch, shifting irregularly

up or down a note. 0631 announcement by YL and the chanter (or someone else?) speaking for a moment, then choral music. Roughly same level as Chad 4905. However, Ndjamena is much further east than Nouakchott, by 31 degrees of longitude, so propagation from 4845 should hold up about two hours longer than 4905. Nouakchott is 16 degrees west long., which should really put it in the UT -1 timezone. It is further west than any part of Ireland, let alone Portugal,

lines up with eastern Iceland

** U S A. KAIJ remains off the air from 9480 and 5755. On Dec 27, GM George

McClintock told me that the owner of Two If By Sea, Mike Parker, has not

informed him of his intentions for KAIJ, but he is currently working on higher

priority projects. He has not revealed to anyone when it will return to the

air.

George adds that it`s sad that KAIJ is off SW, since it was so successful in

Asia, getting a lot of mail for broadcasts in English, including from people in

China well-educated in English, and was just starting to broadcast in Mandarin.

George is not aware of any imminent sale of the station, despite rumors about

this.

For the time being the webcast is still running, altho it may not be updated.

WOR 1386 ran Thu Dec 27 at 1600 instead of the new 1388, or even last week`s

1387, but they have agreed to put the latest WOR on successive webcasts, such

as Fri 1200

** AUSTRIA [and non]. Tuning around for something to monitor at UT +1

yearchange, Dec 31 at 2250, found Ö1 on 5945 with runup, but before 2300 I

switched to better signal on // 6155, where there was a countdown, full strike

of some clock, and then --- what else --- ``On the Beautiful Blue Danube``, no

doubt by the VPO, but it had not finished when transmission cut off abruptly at

2308* which is precisely the time 6155 normally closes, per Aoki. Just this

once, couldn`t they have made an exception? BTW, once it was off, I could hear

lite DentroCuban jamming, a prélude to the fierce full force pending at 0000

when Radio República comes onto the frequency

** BENIN. ORTB, 5025, on late for NYE beyond normal listed 2300* Unfortunately, it was for naught, as all it did was QRM Cuba with a fast SAH and some audio, Dec 31 at 2340 and still Jan 1 at 0023, 0038

** BURKINA FASO. 5030 normally runs until 2400, but NYE Dec 31 it was on later; Jan 1 at 0001 in French with RTB`s resolutions to serve the public, 0003 choral hilife singing group; still on at 0023 and 0038 chex

** CANADA. CBC North Quebec, 9625, Jan 1 at 0104 with local ID and address in Montreal, 0105 part two of Dispatches. Fair signal but no QRM and less than

full modulation was adequate for comprehension

** CHAD. RNT, 4905 was on late NYE, Dec 31 at 2334 with speech in Arabic? Long pause during which I could enjoy CODAR unobstructed; after a minute announcer called ``alo?`` and then talked on phone in French to someone with gunfire(?) in background. No, he said the explosions were ``feux d`artifice``. Next check at 0014 Jan 1, 4905 was off. Brian Alexander says it went off at 0006

** CHINA [and non]. MUF was really down Jan 1 at 0045, not much propagating on 25m, but good signal on 11640 with Blue Danube version, la-la-la singalong,

0046 Chinese announcement. Believe this was CNR-1, as jammer to CBS Taiwan, beaming 310 degrees into Mainland, per Aoki. Neither registered in HFCC, as the ChiCom are ashamed to admit what they are doing, and Taiwan perhaps pretends there is no such service but that doesn`t keep it from being jammed to the point that no sign of CBS was audible here

** CUBA. Wires, or feedlines, were apparently crossed again Sunday morning Dec 30: at 1426, I found that the Aló, Presidente program from Venezuela was on 13760 which normally carries the regular RHC service. 13760 was // 13750, and weak 13680, 11670 which were an echo apart, as well as 11875 under WEWN. 17750 inaudible if on, under WYFR. RHC itself was still going with separate program on 11760, 11805, 12000, 15370

** CUBA [and non]. DentroCuban Jamming Command, 5890 // 5940, Jan 1 at 0031 mixing with subversive music on VOA Spanish service, and still at 0109 recheck. Third frequency 9885 was not audible at first and barely audible at second check. Why doesn`t the USA jam RHC with some of our spare transmitter capacity? It would only be fair. Have a real happy 49th

** CUBA. RHC, 9550 // 9600, the latter with hefty het from XEYU, Jan 1 at 0100

with 8 pm timecheck, programa gigante de fin del año, which would be on until

0400 UT or local midnight, as the announcer was still confused about DST/ST/UT time conversion. Semi-retired announcer Manolo de la Rosa joined in for the occasion. Would this be a nice non-political, musical celebration? Of course not! Into year-in-review news starting with the 5-yearly general elexions in

Cuba. And if I had stayed tuned a few minutes longer, I am certain I would have

heard for the millionth time about Posada Carriles and the Cinco Presos

** GERMANY [non]. If it`s Deutsche Welle, it can`t be Germany. Dec 31 at 2310

on 6075 via Rampisham and/or Sines per Aoki, feature in German about immigrants and how those speaking various native languages are learning German. Heard the same thing exactly two hours later on 9545 Ascension

** IRAN. V. of Justice, 7160, 0144 Jan 1, M&W alternating with news in English,

mostly about Iraq, casualty count, US politics, Pakistan. 0150 segment

tentatively called ``Iran`s Parliamentary Spoxeman Remarx``. Sounds like they

are obsessed with the US occupation of Iraq. Good, clear audio, and impressive

signal, unlike // 6120 barely audible, QRM

** JAPAN. This year, NHK cut back SW coverage of their NY Eve special to only

two SW frequencies, for Asia. But I could hear one of them, 9750 at 1432 Dec 31

with mix of pop music, live audience response and talk, story-telling? in

Japanese only. Unlike the last few years, however, they actually stayed on the

air and acknowledged the arrival of 2008 at midnight local, 1500 UT when there

was a countdown, brief celebration and fireworx sounds. No gongs heard until

almost 1505; reception was only fair but peaked at 1515 during drumming, and

still audible tho weak at 1538. I also heard R. Japan in English on 9875

closing at 1427 giving frequency for next broadcast at 2200, 13640. To find out

the frequencies for the 1400 broadcast you have to listen to the end of the

1310 broadcast

** MALI. Observing UT, 5995 might`ve been a yearchange option at 0000; checked at 2255 Dec 31 and was in call-in thru hourtop, 2317 singing with thumb piano accompaniment, but blocked at 2325 by OC from Sackville, 2328:30 RCI IS & ID, 2329:30 into R. Praga relay in Spanish

** MAURITANIA. Altho R. Mauritanie usually runs to 0100 or even all night, not

so NYE: no sign of 4845 Dec 31 at 2340 or later

** MEXICO. After a period of weakened signals, XEYU, Radio UNAM, was back at fair-good level on 9599.2, Dec 31 at 1434 with classical guitar; 1538 even

better signal with harp music. Usually news/talk during these hours, but not on

NYE

** SERBIA [non]. Finally I could check myself for the strangely inappropriate

Italian service to North America from Belgrade, Jan 1 at 0130 on 7115, theme

and ID as Radio Internazionale di Serbia. Program would be 30 minutes of

Serbian music, but interspersed with announcements by W in Italian. At times

slow CW QRM from novice ham on low side

** SPAIN. REE, 6055, with interesting discussion of NY observations in Spain,

Dec 31 at 2313 in French

** THAILAND. New Dynamic English with good signal Dec 29 at 1507 on 15460. At first I thought this was one of those services to Sudan, but it`s just VOA

Special English, scheduled this hour via Thailand at 166 degrees, presumably

for Indonesia rather than Australia? No, CIRAF targets are SE Asia, Indonesia,

Australia, NZ, but not New Guinea. Why are we teaching English to the Aussies

and Enzedders in the nightmiddle? They are entitled to Border Crossings instead

** UKRAINE. RUI reactivated on 7440 with the hi-power Lviv transmitter, now

that a new fiscal year has begun, Jan 1 at 0010 in Ukrainian talk, theme music.

Includes English to NAm at 0100-0200 and 0400-0500, which has been off SW for two sesquimonths. 0116 recheck in English, music for NY, G signal, better

modulation than neighboring Tirana 7425. 0121 into Close-up program with

several topix including one genius in one hundred is Ukrainian, and new female

premier elected. Glad this is back, since music quality is better here than on

their webcast. Last we heard in Sept, were planning to use 7530 upon  comeback in B-07, but not so. The imminent return was emblazoned in red on their website checked Dec 30

** ZAMBIA. ZNBC, 5915, reported to be running late on holidays, so I checked

Dec 31: before 2300 blocked by Algeria via UK. At 2331 poor in too much

splatter from WBOH 5920 even in LSB and synch-LSB, yelling and hilife. 0001 Jan 1 kid group singing, 0037 check apparently off;  0040 heard some audio again but Brian Alexander says that was Vatican. Somewhat better reception from Voice Africa, 4965 at 0004

 

Mauno Ritola – Finland

Receiver, Antenna

 

12/30

Free Radio Service Holland was heard today via World Music R, Denmark on 5815 kHz at 1330. The transmission will start again at 2000 and last until 2400. I measured the frequency as 5814.875 kHz. A kind of poor man's St. Helena Day?

 

Keith Beesley – Seattle, WA

Wynnford Hall and whip

 

BBC World Service news bulletin at 1630-1635 UTC, 12/2/07, on 5975 kHz

(presumed; unsure of exact frequency due to using an analog radio).

Fair. Mention of Spanish policeman murdered by ETA terror group.

Assume this was the Central America/Caribbean service, although I

couldn't find it in their published schedule. Heard on an old Wynnford

Hall multiband portable with whip.

Good to hear BBC on SW again; first logging since they discontinued

their NA service several years ago.

 

Murray Lycan – Tokyo, Japan

Kenwood TS-690S, dipole antenna

 

12/7

9750kHz @ 1330Z My location: Tokyo

Beam heading indicates in northwest direction as opposed to Voice of

Malaysia to the southwest from here.

Very strong here: 59+30dB on rotatable dipole @ 45 feet

Could this be PBS Nei Menggu in Mongolian as listed in B07 list?

Unusual sounding language different from typical Chinese, etc. sound.

At 1343Z now mixing with probably Radio Japan in Japanese. Does PBS

have a website?

I'm making a reference band scan for myself at this location so I can

know what is normal. I relied heavily on the B07 Shortwave Frequency

list for IDs.

Date: Dec. 8, 2007

Location: near Tokyo, Japan

Radio: Kenwood TS-690S

Antenna: 7MHz rotatable dipole @ 45 feet high

2310  ABC Northern Territory  Roe Creek  Australia  25242  English

Parallel w/2325kHz; 2325kHz better sig; not really understandable this

early due to noise level; man talking in EE  1046 UTC

2325  ABC Northern Territory  Tennant Creek  Australia  35333  English

Parallel w/2310kHz; 2 men in discussion in EE  1053 UTC

2485  ABC Northern Territory  Katherine  Australia  35333  English

Parallel w/2310 and 2325kHz; now into folk-sounding song and talking

to singer in EE  1057 UTC

2850  KCBS Pyongyang  Pyongyang  Korea, North  55444  Korean  Strong &

clear with woman & man in KK; some fading  1102 UTC

3250  Voice of Korea  Pyongyang  Korea, North  55434  Japanese  Man &

woman speaking in JJ; vy strong; fading  1111 UTC

3320  Pyongyang BS  Pyongyang  Korea, North  55544  Korean  Man &

woman speaking in KK; vy strong  1107 UTC

3335  R. East Sepik  Wewak  Papua New Guinea  35322  Pidgin  Complete

guess based on B07 list; vy bassy audio; weak; music with man speaking

between songs  1113 UTC

3480  Korean National Democratic Front  Wonsan  Korea, North  35333

Korean Obviously a guess; Man speaking in KK  1119 UTC

3560  Voice of Korea  Kujang  Korea, North  54444  French  Middle of

Japanese 80-meter SSB ham band; Man talking in FF with gentle music

interspersed 1122 UTC

3912  Voice of the People  Kyonggi-do  Korea, South  55322  Korean  Vy

distorted man speaking in KK; vy strong sig but vy difficult to

understand even if I could understand KK; some patriotic sounding

music with woman singing  1127 UTC

3925  Radio Nikkei 1  Tokyo-Nagara  Japan  55555  Japanese  Booming

sig; multiple high-pitched female voices; the horror of Radio

Disney-like programming in JJ  1130 UTC

3985  Echo of Hope  Gimpo  Korea, South  55323  Korean  Sounds like

jamming on freq; strong sig but distorted due to jamming;

music/speaking in KK 1136 UTC

4220  PBS Qinghai  Xining  China  43323  Tibetan  Lots of digital sig

interfence; low level audio; Man talking with another man presumably

in Tibetan  1139 UTC

4450  Korean National Democratic Front  Pyongyang  Korea, North  45545

Korean  Woman singing slow song; sounded little like Korean equivalent

of Japanese enka; good quality transmission; vy strong with fading

1147 UTC

4460  CNR 1  Beijing  China  55544  Chinese-Mandarin  Music show with

female singing interspersed with man talking in CC; good quality audio

 1150 UTC

4557  Korean National Democratic Front  Haeju  Korea, North  55443

Korean Parallel with 4450kHz; other frequency much better; this

frequency has what sounds like another carrier on top which

drastically mutes audio; probably some kind jamming  1154 UTC

4635  Tajik Radio 1  Dushanbe-Yangiyul  Tajikistan  45333  Tadjiki

Man singing Indian-sounding traditional music; quite good audio;

female announcer 1202 UTC

4678  R. Luang Prabang  Luang Prabang  Laos  34332  Laotian  Vy poor

with fading; man talking in presumed Laotian; transmission ended at

1230Z per advertised schedule which supports that this ID is correct

1208 UTC

4740  R. Son La 1  Son La  Vietnam  34332  Vietnamese  Poor; man

talking in VV; lots fading  1210 UTC

4750  CNR 1  Hailar?  China  43333  Chinese-Mandarin  Parallel

w/4460kHz; female talking in CC; heavy interference from PBS Qinghai

on same  freq.; 1219 UTC

4775  AIR Imphal  Imphal  India  43333  Hindi  Gentle guitar music

with singing; female announcer in presumed Hindi between songs  1237 UTC

4780  R. Cultural Coatan  San Sebastian Coatan  Guatemala  34333

Spanish If this ID is correct, power must be more than 1kW!; man

talking in definite SS; my propagation program says this could be

possible at this time; nothing else shown on this time/freq  1242 UTC

4800  CNR 1  Geermu  China  54545  Chinese-Mandarin  Parallel

w/4460kHz; booming sig; man talking in CC  1251 UTC

4810  AIR Mumbai  Bhopal  India  33333  Hindi  Indian sounding music

with man singing; female announcer  1253 UTC

4820  PBS Xizang  Lhasa  China  54445  Chinese-Mandarin  Man talking

rapidly in CC; time pips at 1300Z and ID in CC; female announcer in CC

at top of hour  1258 UTC

4830  Mongolian Radio 1  Altaj  Mongolia  53333  Mongolian  Parallel

w/4895kHz; 4895kHz sig stronger but this freq less interference;

sounds like jamming on freq; otherwise good sig; man talking in MM

1301 UTC

4880  AIR New Delhi  Lucknow  India  44333  Hindi  Man talking in HH;

sig not too strong  1306 UTC

4895  Mongolian Radio 1  Murun  Mongolia  53333  Mongolian  Parallel

w/4830kHz; this freq stronger but more interference; man talking in

MM; interference from strong Voice of Strait on 4900kHz  1311 UTC

4900  Voice of Strait  Fuzhou  China  54444  Amoy  Music show with

female announcer; vy strong and clear  1313 UTC

4905  PBS Xizang (CNR8)  Lhasa  China  53334  Tibetan  Male announcer;

clear sig  1315 UTC

4910  AIR New Delhi  Jaipur  India  43333  Hindi  Sounded like typical

commercial radio with ads except all in Hindi; gud sig; mostly talking

1318 UTC

4920  PBS Xizang (CNR8)  Lhasa  China  54445  Tibetan  Parallel

w/4905kHz; interference from AIR Chennai on same freq; man talking

1322 UTC

4940  AIR Guwahati  Guwahati  India  44333  Hindi  Man talking; fairly

clear freq and decent sig  1325 UTC

4950  AIR R. Kashmir Srinagar  Srinagar  India  43332  Hindi/Kashmiri

Man singing; heavily interfered with from Voice of Pujiang on same

freq 1332 UTC

4950  Voice of Pujiang  Shanghai  China  33322  Chinese/Amoy  Soft

music heavily interfered with from AIR on same freq  1334 UTC

4975  Voice of Russia  Dushanbe-Yanivul  Tajikistan  44333

Pashto/Dari Man talking rapidly; good sig  1336 UTC

4980  PBS Xinjiang  Urumqui  China  43333  Uighur  Man & woman

talking; lots of digital interference  1340 UTC

4990  PBS Hunan  Xiangtan  China  53444  Chinese-Mandarin  ID at top

of hour; female announcer; good sig  1359 UTC

 

Down in the Basement

(Editor – Jay Heyl)

 

Last month I promised another installment in my series of articles on NDBs, but it turns out December was even more hectic than November. I'm hoping January will be quieter and I'll have time to do some writing. On the plus side, the delay has given me a chance to try a few new NDB programs that look very promising. On to the logs...

 

Darwin Long – Simi Valley, CA

SMV 186.585

 

1 December

Due to severe damage to the tophat in a recent 60 MPH Santa Ana wind event, and today's further damage sustained to the tower during attempting repairs, SMV 186.585 is off until a new antenna can be constructed. I hope this can be completed by the holidays.  It was really nice while the first antenna lasted.

 

8 December

With the help of my wife, brother- and father-in-law (and a case of beer + BBQ), a new 38' tower and improved capacitance hat is up, and beacon SMV 186.585 is now back on the air 24-7 here in Simi Valley, CA as of today.

 

To recap, the format is as follows: 

CW Morse-ident frequency is 186.585 kHz

SSB center frequency for the voice ID is 187.000 kHz USB (Morse ident is heard as 415 Hz tones).

 

ID cycle: 60.00 sec

0 - 46.8 seconds: Morse ID of "SMV" (. . .    - -   . . . -), repeated 12 times

47.0 - 52.0 seconds: 5-sec dash

52.2 - 60 seconds: USB voice ID "This is radiobeacon SMV, Simi Valley, California, USA". Every other minute alternates between a male (my) and female (my wife's) voice ID.

A stronger capacitance hat had to be constructed that could withstand our 60-80mph Santa-Ana winds.

 

 

Allen Willie – St. John's, Newfoundland

Yaesu FRG-100/100' random wire

 

171  khz     Morocco, Medin  @ 23:18 UT December 11  w/ good signal , a bit stronger than usual ; Arabic vocals and chat

 

Chris Black – Cape Cod

WinRadio 313/Icom 756 Pro II

 

ID   kHz   Date      UTC  S/P ITU Station                 Miles

ZXU  201   12/29/07  1027 ON  CAN London/Thames           566

YFY  204   12/05/07  2359 NU  CAN Iqaluit/Frobisher Bay   1525

RN   209   12/24/07  1137 TN  USA McMinnville/Warri       935

CLO  210   12/19/07  1000 --  CLM Cali                    2664

IOB  210   12/29/07  1040 KY  USA Mount Sterling          775

UCF  212   12/23/07  0323 --  CUB Cienfuegos              1475

TE   214   12/15/07  1955 NJ  USA Teterboro/Torby         215

W7   219   12/29/07  1045 QC  CAN Pabok/Du Rocher-Percé   537

DYO  221   12/18/07  2325 VT  USA Rutland/Smuto           198

BJT  221   12/29/07  1048 GA  USA Athens/Bulldog          890

RBW  221   12/29/07  1048 SC  USA Walterboro              835

GVA  224   12/29/07  1052 KY  USA Henderson/Geneva        973

FAF  226   12/01/07  0014 VA  USA Fort Eustis/Felker      467

UZ   227   12/29/07  1056 SC  USA Rock Hill/Rally         756

YAC  227   12/29/07  1057 ON  CAN Cat Lake                1233

BA   230   12/29/07  2353 MA  USA Westfield/Wesie         136

BU   231   12/24/07  1020 NY  USA Buffalo/Klump/Clarence  443

GT   232   12/01/07  0018 --  TCA Grand Turk (AF)         1397

OEO  233   12/29/07  1106 WI  USA Osceola                 1155

ZLB  236   12/15/07  2123 ON  CAN Toronto/Britannia       502

GY   236   12/29/07  1109 IN  USA Gary                    887

VJ   236   12/29/07  1111 VA  USA Abington/Whine          718

EZF  237   12/06/07  0312 VA  USA Fredericksburg/Shannon  453

HKF  239   12/03/07  1006 OH  USA Middletown/Hook         765

CFX  239   12/29/07  1113 OH  USA Cadiz                   576

MMI  242   12/06/07  0315 TN  USA Athens/Mcminn Co        891

OZW  243   12/01/07  0028 MI  USA Howell                  712

LFB  245   12/03/07  1010 TN  USA Lafayette               924

GTP  245   12/24/07  1031 GA  USA Thomasville/Patten      1060

ALP  245   12/30/07  0002 NY  USA Elmira/Alpine           342

KZ   248   12/01/07  0033 ON  CAN Buttonville Muni/

                                  Toronto                 490

WG   248   12/16/07  1122 MB  CAN Winnipeg                1420

IL   248   12/24/07  1034 DE  USA Wilmington/Hadin        321

JZY  251   12/04/07  1053 IL  USA Macomb                  1065

LUG  251   12/04/07  1045 TN  USA Lewisburg/Verona        995

DD   253   12/03/07  1019 OH  USA Columbus/Cobbs          687

GB   253   12/03/07  1022 MN  USA Marshall                1311

FYE  255   12/24/07  1039 TN  USA Somerville              1132

GTB  257   12/24/07  1042 NY  USA Fort Drum (Army)        326

GR   263   12/01/07  0041 MI  USA Grand Rapids/Knobs      783

UYF  263   12/03/07  1036 OH  USA London                  707

CQJ  266   12/01/07  0047 NC  USA City Lake/Asheboro      666

UBY  268   12/19/07  0957 --  CUB Bayamo                  1516

MRH  269   12/24/07  1053 NC  USA Beaufort/Morehead       596

TYC  272   12/25/07  0916 KY  USA Campbellsville/Taylor

                                  Co                      857

FK   273   12/24/07  1106 KY  USA Hopkinsville/Airbe/

                                  Campbell AAF            985

AKQ  274   12/01/07  0052 VA  USA Wakefield               489

YPM  274   12/03/07  1045 ON  CAN Pikangikum              1320

PQ   278   12/23/07  2139 ME  USA Presque Isle/Excal      355

UBA  278   12/24/07  1111 --  CUB Baracoa                 1492

IPA  280   12/25/07  0925 --  PAQ Easter Island/Isla

                                  de Pascua               5361

DEQ  281   12/02/07  0912 AR  USA De Queen                1420

NA   283.5 12/01/07  2053 --  CNR Punta de la Entallada

                                  (Fuerteventura)         3262

PQN  284   12/04/07  1120 MN  USA Pipestone               1331

VIV  284   12/24/07  1121 LA  USA Vivian                  1442

TAB  323   12/05/07  0022 --  TRD Crown Point             2178

SJ   330   12/19/07  1027 --  PTR San Juan                1622

LG   332   12/01/07  2128 NY  USA New York/Peths/Maspeth  207

CUL  332   12/05/07  0036 IL  USA Carmi                   984

DC   332   12/05/07  1004 DC  USA Oxon Hill/Washington

                                  Natl.                   415

YER  334   12/05/07  0042 ON  CAN Fort Severn             1262

LEE  335   12/05/07  1017 FL  USA Leesburg                1103

CNC  335   12/25/07  0959 IA  USA Chariton                1203

LUK  335   12/25/07  0957 OH  USA Cincinnati              767

MET  336   12/05/07  1025 --  XUU ?                       ?

TT   338   12/17/07  1009 AR  USA Stuttgart/Stutt         1264

RFE  344   12/23/07  1044 NC  USA Rutherfordton/

                                  Rutherford              773

DKA  344   12/25/07  1006 NC  USA Kenansville/Kenan       621

TKB  347   12/23/07  1049 TX  USA Kingsville/Kleberg Co   1851

AIK  347   12/25/07  1029 SC  USA Aiken                   839

UHA  348   12/18/07  1127 --  CUB Habana                  1477

BEP  350   12/25/07  1015 GA  USA Perry/Bay Creek         983

PH   351   12/26/07  1126 WI  USA Mosinee/Bayye           1003

BVG  352   12/25/07  1021 AL  USA Enterprise (Army)/

                                  Ft. Rucker              1130

F7   353   12/01/07  0138 ON  CAN Parry Sound/Georgian

                                  Bay                     544

LWT  353   12/02/07  0950 MT  USA Lewistown               1963

LI   353   12/18/07  1141 AR  USA Little Rock/Lasky       1294

BX   353   12/23/07  1102 LA  USA Carma                   1321

TY   353   12/25/07  1031 TN  USA Knoxville/Benfi         855

CS   355   12/23/07  1105 GA  USA Columbus/Fenix          1038

PB   356   12/05/07  1048 FL  USA West Palm Beach/Rubin   1182

PI   356   12/25/07  1034 IL  USA Peoria/Tungg            1014

OG   358   12/01/07  0142 NY  USA Ogdensburg              334

GYG  359   12/23/07  1111 MI  USA Grayling                768

RSY  359   12/25/07  1041 NC  USA Lumberton/Robeson       687

HIT  360   12/05/07  0114 GA  USA Sandersville/Kaolin

                                  Field                   922

MNV  361   12/17/07  1045 TN  USA Madisonville            877

AK   362   12/19/07  1043 OH  USA Akron                   584

1F   363   12/01/07  0149 NB  CAN Bathurst/Manta          464

DYB  365   12/01/07  0153 SC  USA Summerville/Dorchester

                                  Co                      814

TV   365   12/01/07  0152 MI  USA Traverse City/Gwenn     797

JN   365   12/23/07  1121 IN  USA Muncie/Balll            799

FKV  365   12/25/07  2352 GA  USA Gainesville/Flowery

                                  Branch                  909

UCM  370   12/17/07  1052 --  CUB Camaguay                1471

FNA  371   12/01/07  1018 LA  USA Slidell/Florenville     1342

RYV  371   12/05/07  2245 WI  USA Watertown/Rock River    952

YCO  372   12/01/07  1025 NU  CAN Kugluktuk/Coppermine    2448

RCZ  375   12/01/07  1028 NC  USA Rockingham/Roscoe       700

7B   375   12/03/07  2254 ON  CAN Saint Thomas            565

BHC  376   12/03/07  2322 GA  USA Baxley                  965

OW   379   12/25/07  2340 MN  USA Owatonna                1174

UMB  380   12/17/07  1109 GA  USA Milledgeville/Baldwin

                                  County/Culvr            924

TKL  385   12/17/07  1117 --  GTM Santa Elena/Tikal       2070

ZDH  385   12/17/07  1118 ON  CAN Toronto/Rexdale         499

OWC  390   12/17/07  1120 GA  USA Douglas/Coffee County   1002

DTE  394   12/01/07  1048 TN  USA Dayton/Mark Anton       905

CWV  395   12/01/07  1052 GA  USA Claxton                 920

TGQ  398   12/03/07  2350 NC  USA Elizabethtown           671

GGK  401   12/03/07  2326 KY  USA Mayfield                1045

IY   417   12/24/07  0958 IA  USA Charles City/Chukk      1155

PCW  423   12/01/07  1111 OH  USA Port Clinton            657

AU   423   12/24/07  1003 AL  USA Auburn/Opole            1052

OC   423   12/24/07  1001 FL  USA Ocala/Jumpi             1103

GC   428   12/26/07  2225 --  AZR Graciosa                2208

                            

 

 

Jay Heyl – Orlando, FL

AR7030+/Quantum QX v2.0/Ratzlaff audio filter

 

Log showing first reception of each signal from 20071201 onwards.

Daytime: 15:00-19:59, Night: 20:00-14:59

 

Output sorted by date

----------------------------------------------------------------------

YYYYMMDD UTC   kHz   Call  LSB  USB  Miles + Location

----------------------------------------------------------------------

20071201 02:20 518   $04O            2032  Y St John's, NL, CAN

20071201 05:53 518   $04X            2021  Y Labrador, NL, CAN

20071226 05:00 332   QT         403  1443  Y Thunder Bay, ON, CAN

20071226 05:42 216   CLB   1035 1030 445     Carolina Beach, NC, USA

20071230 16:18 198   DIW   1050 1040 487     Dixon, NC, USA

20071230 16:19 204   LCQ        1020 142     LAKE CITY, FL, USA

20071230 16:22 206   GLS   1030 1030 808     Galveston, TX, USA

20071230 16:24 206   VNC   380  380  110     VENICE, FL, USA

20071230 16:27 221   OR    1040 1030 8       HERNY, FL, USA

20071230 16:34 242   PJN   1030 1050 173     Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

20071230 16:36 245   SR    1042 1030 97      RINGY, FL, USA

20071230 16:43 248   MI    1040 1040 195     Miami, FL, USA

20071230 16:44 253   RHZ   1020 980  46      ZEPHYRHILLS, FL, USA

20071230 16:45 257   SQT   1045 1040 49      Melbourne, FL, USA

20071230 16:46 260   MTH   1040 1040 255     MARATHON, FL, USA

20071230 16:51 269   GN    1040 1040 99      WYNDS, FL, USA

20071230 16:52 270   TPF   1040 1032 71      'Knight'  Tampa, FL, USA

20071230 16:53 275   FPR   1035 1037 90      Fort Pierce, FL, USA

20071230 16:57 329   ISM   1020 1030 7       KISSIMMEE, FL, USA

20071230 16:59 332   FIS   1045 1038 266     Key West, FL, USA

20071230 17:10 335   LEE   1030 1020 37      LEESBURG, FL, USA

20071230 17:12 338   FJ    1050 1040 85      Luuce, FL, USA

20071231 02:40 326   FC         400  1455    Fredericton, NB, CAN

20071231 02:54 329   CH    1050 1030 326     Charleston, SC, USA

20071231 17:29 341   FM    1020 1020 133     CALOO, FL, USA

20071231 17:34 344   JA    1070 1010 145     Jacksonville, FL, USA

20071231 17:35 346   PCM   1050 1020 52      Plant City, FL, USA

20071231 17:54 360   PI    1020 1020 82      CAPOK, FL, USA

20071231 17:55 368   TP    1040 1020 70      COSME, FL, USA

20071231 17:59 392   VEP   1040 1020 79      Vero Beach, FL, USA

20071231 17:59 388   AM    1050 1030 77      'Picny'  Tampa, FL, USA

20071231 18:00 408   SFB   1030 990  29      SANFORD, FL, USA

20071231 18:02 417   EVB   1020 1020 55      NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL, USA

20071231 18:04 423   OC    1040 1010 67      JUMPI, FL, USA

20080102 00:49 245   JYL        1020 294     Sylvania, GA, USA

20080102 01:07 326   PKZ   1055 1025 374     Pensacola, FL, USA

20080102 01:13 326   UOT        410  435   Y UNION COUNTY, SC, USA

20080102 01:23 340   IWJ        1020 293     Blakely, GA, USA

20080102 01:25 340   BOG   1025 1025 1692    Bogota  (Cundinamarca), CLM

20080102 01:30 344   ZIY   1026 1040 629     George Town, CYM

20080102 01:38 349   AAF   1030 1020 236     APALACHICOLA, FL, USA

----------------------------------------------------------------------

41 stations shown listed, including 4 stations new to log (shown in + column).

 

The Line of Sight and Beyond

 

Steve Ponder – Houston, TX

Radiosophy HD 100, whip

 

HD FM Radio Log

Radiosophy HD100 with Whip Antenna

Saturday, Dec 22, 2007

12:45 - 1:00 AM CST

-----------------------------------

88.7 MHz   KUHF-HD1

           KUHF-HD2

           KUHF-HD3

89.3 MHz   KSBJ-HD

89.7 MHz   /KACC 89.7/ no HD signal

90.1 MHz   KPFT-HD

92.1 MHz   KROI-HD

92.9 MHz   KKBQ-HD1

           KKBQ-HD2

           KKBQ-HD3

93.3 MHz   /Party 99.3 Houston's Party Station/ no HD signal

93.7 MHz   KKRW-HD1

           KKRW-HD2

94.5 MHz   KTBZ-HD1

           KTBZ-HD2

95.7 MHz   KHJZ-HD

96.5 MHz   KHMX-HD1

           KHMX-HD2

97.9 MHz   KBXX-HD

98.5 MHz   KTJM-HD

99.1 MHz   KODA-HD1

           KODA-HD2

100.3 MHz  KILT-HD

101.1 MHz  KLOL-HD1

           KLOL-HD2

102.1 MHz  KMJQ-HD

102.9 MHz  KLTN-HD

103.7 MHz  /Jack-FM/ no HD signal

104.1 MHz  KRBE-HD1

           KRBE-HD2 (with Jack-FM, 3-second delay from 103.7 above)

104.9 MHz  KAMA-HD1

           KAMA-HD2

105.7 MHz  /KHCB/ no HD signal

106.5 MHz  /Recuerdo FM 106.5/ no HD signal

106.9 MHz  KHPT-HD1

           KHPT-HD2

107.5 MHz  KHTC-HD1

           KHTC-HD2

107.9 MHz  KQQK-HD

-----------------------------------

 

You don’t Need a Weatherman…

 

Paul Armani – Cape Coral, FL

RS Pro96, rubber ducky

 

DECEMBER 21,2007 

* WXK-83 Ft. Myers     162.475 MHz

* KHB-32 Sarasota        162.450 MHz

* WWG-92 Naples         162.525 MHz

* WXJ-95 Key West      162.400 MHz 

9:58 PM EST-10:31 PM EST

 DECEMBER  24,2007 

*WXM-58 Belle Glade   162.400 MHz    (Poor Audio, some static. I Was listioning to this station from South West Florida.)    

10:57 PM EST-11:12 PM EST

 

Jason Gardner – Meridian, MS

As listed below

 

Paul's logs of NOAA stations inspired me to see what I might be able to get.  Unfortunately, my results were about like yours Mike. 

Pro-2039 Results

162.475- Great deal of static on this frequency, I could not ever get a definitive ID as it was inaudible during local forecasts. (I think it may be Hattiesburg, MS or Demopolis, AL?)

162.550- Meridian NOAA WX Station, TX site: Rose Hill, MS and with the BC 245xlt, the result was just the 162.550 local wx station at Rose Hill, MS.

 

The Visible Universe

 

Scott Fybush – Rochester, NY

Receiver, Antenna

 

12/16

Our "big storm" up here in upstate NY wasn't, so much...maybe 10" of new

snow on the ground here, which is no big deal here. (The bigger deal,

for me, anyway, was the hit-and-run driver who sideswiped me on my way

into WXXI this morning, sending me crashing into a line of parked cars.

I'm fine, give or take a sore neck. My car isn't.)

 

But while I was getting spun around up here, there were towers

collapsing in NE Pennsylvania. WNEP-TV (16) lost its tower on Penobscot

Mountain near Scranton this morning, and when that tower fell, the

neighboring tower of WVIA-TV (44)/DT (41) partially collapsed, too.

 

WNEP is still off the air, analog, but its DT signal is on from a

separate site (and is streaming, complete with ABC network programming,

at wnep.com). WVIA-TV's analog service was restored from a shorter aux

tower at the same site. WVIA-FM (89.9), which was fairly low on the TV

tower, survived as well. WVIA-DT is silent and will be for a while.

 

Some of the other towers on Penobscot suffered power failures and heavy

icing, and the signals have been going on and off up there all day.

 

Much more in the morning at fybush.com, including pics...

 

Nothin’ But Net

(Editor – Martin Foltz)

 

This month we have some articles on Internet radio sent in by Kevin and a few listings of bringing in the New Year. Thanks to all for the submissions for this month’s column. Enjoy.

 

Kevin Redding – Gilbert, AZ

 

Papua New Guinea: Internet is the way to go for radio

Internet is the way to go for radio

By MALUM NALU

We have recently been hearing a lot from our politicians about the development of radio and television stations, in an era when the Internet is now king. Our MPs should realise that computers take centre stage in the massive Information Revolution currently sweeping the globe. In the near future, as wireless networking (Wifi) comes into play in Papua New Guinea, as in other countries, radio and television may become obsolete. The newspaper you are reading may also follow the same trend because you don't need to buy a newspaper when you can read it online. Radio has played a pivotal role in our development, however, times are changing. Internet radio is the latest technological innovation in radio broadcasting since the business began in the early 1920s. Internet radio has been around since the late 1990s. Traditional radio broadcasters have used the Internet to simulcast their programming. But, Internet radio is undergoing a revolution that will expand its reach from your desktop computer to access broadcasts anywhere, anytime - and expand its programming from traditional broadcasters to individuals, organisations and government. Radio broadcasting began in the early '20s, but it wasn't until the introduction of the transistor radio in 1954 that radio became available in mobile situations. Internet radio is in much the same place. Until the 21st century, the only way to obtain radio broadcasts over the Internet was through your PC. That will soon change, as wireless connectivity will feed Internet broadcasts to car radios, PDAs and cell phones. The next generation of wireless devices will greatly expand the reach and convenience of Internet radio. Traditional radio station broadcasts are limited by two factors: The power of the station's transmitter (typically 100 miles); and The available broadcast spectrum (you might get a couple of dozen radio stations locally).
Internet radio has no geographic limitations, so a broadcaster in Wabag, Enga Province, can be heard in Japan on the Internet. The potential for Internet radio is as vast as cyberspace itself (for example, Internet radio network Live365 offers more than 30,000 Internet radio broadcasts).
In comparison to traditional radio, Internet radio is not limited to audio. An Internet radio broadcast can be accompanied by photos or graphics, text and links, as well as interactivity, such as message boards and
chat rooms. This advancement allows a listener to do more than listen. The relationship between advertisers and consumers becomes more interactive and intimate on Internet radio broadcasts.
This expanded media capability could also be used in other ways. For example, with Internet radio, you could conduct training or education and provide links to documents and payment options. You could also have interactivity with the trainer or educator and other information on the Internet radio broadcast site.
Internet radio programming offers a wide spectrum of broadcast genres, particularly in music. Broadcast radio is increasingly controlled by smaller numbers of media conglomerates. In some ways, this has led to more mainstreaming of the programming on broadcast radio, as stations often try to reach the largest possible audience in order to charge the highest possible rates to advertisers. Internet radio, on the other hand, offers the opportunity to expand the types of available programming. The cost of getting "on the air" is less for an Internet broadcaster, and Internet radio can appeal to "micro-communities" of listeners
focused on special music or interests. What do you need to set up an Internet radio station?
CD player; Ripper software (copies audio tracks from a CD onto a computer's hard
drive); Assorted recording and editing software;
Microphones;
Audio mixer;
Outboard audio gear (equaliser, compressor, etc.);
Digital audio card;
Dedicated computer with encoder software; and
Streaming media server.

Getting audio over the Internet is pretty simple:
The audio enters the Internet broadcaster's encoding computer through a sound card. The encoder system translates the audio from the sound card into streaming format. The encoder samples the incoming audio and compresses the information so it can be sent over the Internet. The compressed audio is sent to the server, which has a high bandwidth connection to the Internet. The server sends the audio data stream over the Internet to the player software or plug-in on the listener's computer. The plug-in translates the audio data stream from the server and translates it into the sound heard by the listener. There are two ways to deliver audio over the Internet: downloads or streaming media. In downloads, an audio file is stored on the user's computer. Compressed formats like MP3 are the most popular form of audio downloads, but any type of audio file can be delivered through a Web or FTP site. Streaming audio is not stored, but only played. It is a continuous broadcast that works through three software packages: the encoder, the server and the player. The encoder converts audio content into a streaming format, the server makes it available over the Internet and the player retrieves the content.
For a live broadcast, the encoder and streamer work together in real-time. An audio feed runs to the sound card of a computer running the encoder software at the broadcast location and the stream is uploaded to the streaming server. Since that requires a large amount of computing resources, the streaming server must be a dedicated server.
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http://www.thenational.com.pg/121007/WEEKENDER_4.htm

 

 

CBS Radio Eyes Internet for Growth Opportunities
December 10, 2007
By Steve McClellan

NEW YORK Two months ago, when wildfires scorched hundreds of square miles in Southern California, forcing the evacuation of a half-million people, listenership spiked on KNX Radio, the CBS-owned outlet in Los Angeles. But the uptick wasn't for the station's on-air signal; listeners had instead tuned into the station on the Internet.
Not surprisingly, audiences in the L.A. market were desperate for information about the disaster, which destroyed more than a thousand homes and killed nine people. The average daily listenership for the newscasts on the KNX audio stream soared tenfold over the weeklong period that the fire dominated the headlines, according to CBS radio division president Dan Mason. By contrast, the station's over-the-air ratings won't come until January.
For Mason, the online listenership spike experienced by KNX during the fires, and the real-time metrics available to quantify such digital audiences, reinforce the radio industry's need to expand its Web content. All 140 CBS Radio stations (in addition to 10 Internet-only outlets) are now streamed online to tap into today's fast- growing digital ad platform. And plans call for the development of much more Web content.
"Our digital revenue is growing significantly every year," said Mason. Those dollars are also helping radio counter a drain on the broadcast side, where spending has been flat at just over $21 billion, according to the Radio Advertising Bureau, for the last three years as advertisers have sought better measured, more accountable media. Over-the-air radio ratings routinely have a three- month lag time, much to the dismay of clients and ad buyers.
Mason declined to say how much the digital revenues contributed to the division's coffers, but Lee Westerfield, media analyst at BMO Capital Markets, estimates that 3 to 5 percent of the industry's revenue, or roughly $640 million to $1 billion, are generated by online ad sales. Westerfield says the radio industry will continue to develop its online presence. "The growth in media use is clearly growing on the Internet, and growth of advertising dollars is also migrating to the Web, so it makes sense for the radio companies to develop attractive commercial audio entertainment brands on the Internet," he said.
That's critical at a time when the radio industry—like other media— faces a challenging business climate.
Buffeted by new media platforms for listening to music such as iTunes, poor metrics and more efficient online ad platforms like Yahoo and Google, forecasters predict radio is headed for a fourth consecutive flat year, or possibly even a decline in 2008. Universal McCann, for example, predicts zero growth, while Westerfield projects the industry will be down close to 2 percent next year, even with the expected and eagerly anticipated influx of political spending.
CBS CEO Leslie Moonves told attendees at the UBS media conference last week that he was "guardedly optimistic" that the radio division would show at least some revenue growth next year after several years of declines. Moovnes and Mason both refused to provide an estimate of how much growth they envision.
According to Mason, the radio division will continue to develop its digital assets. It will invest in significantly more original online content, possibly including niche sports and music offerings. In addition, Mason said he expects to partner with a music-focused social network site, London-based Last.fm, which CBS purchased earlier this year for $280 million. The ad-supported site has built a community of more than 15 million music lovers in 200 countries. Last.fm, he said, "is a perfect tool that we could use to grow our online entertainment business."

But Mason also said that grabbing a greater share of political advertising, not a major focus for radio in the recent past, would be key to achieving growth next year for CBS Radio. "If we do our job right with political, we should be able to achieve growth that's at least in line with GDP growth," he said. According to the Federal Reserve, GDP growth for 2008 will fall between 1.8 and 2.5 percent.
The division is investing significantly more resources, including the hiring of political consultants, to communicate with candidates and parties in its pursuit of political ads. "I think in the past you could characterize our effort at going after those dollars as a C- minus," Mason said. "This time we're making the effort an A-plus."
How effective the effort will be remains to be seen. So far, the company has not sold a lot of political content because it doesn't have much of a station presence in markets such as Iowa and New Hampshire, where spending to date has been heaviest. "We'll know if we've succeeded or not in the first quarter, when many of the primaries occur," he said.
But Mason and his competitors may have their work cut out for them if they expect to grab significantly more political ads in 2008 compared to two years ago. According to Patrick Quinn, CEO of PQ Media, there won't be a huge increase in the amount of available political dollars for radio in the 2008 election cycle, compared to 2006. In a report released last week, the research company said that political spending on radio would rise just 6 percent to about $270 million. The reason, according to PQ: far fewer gubernatorial candidates—just 11 in 2008 compared to 36 in 2006—that rely heavily on non-television media, such as radio. As a result, radio outlets that plan to make a big push for political dollars in 2008 will be fighting mostly among themselves for a bigger share of the available pool of dollars, which is only slightly bigger than the 2006 pot.
But a more serious issue for radio going forward is the lack of sharp metrics. In fact, it's one of the bigger obstacles to ad-spend growth for the medium's traditional business, buyers and analysts said. Arbitron is working to roll out its electronic ratings, known as the Portable People Meter, but just two weeks ago it announced further delays in its timetable.
Maribeth Papuga, svp, local broadcast at Publicis Groupe's MediaVest in New York, said radio's continued use of diaries, criticized for their after-the-fact reporting timetable as well as their inaccuracies, has stunted the medium's growth. "Radio may not be getting the consideration it deserves because it can't be looked at through the same lens as other platforms with more data attached to them," she said.

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WMT-FM takes holiday radio rivalry cyber

By David DeWitte
The Gazette
CEDAR RAPIDS — Cyberspace could be the new frontier for the all-Christmas music radio rivalry in the Corridor.
To the delight of Christmas music lovers and the groans of those who prefer mainstream programming, two local radio stations have adopted seasonal all-Christmas formats that seemed to begin earlier each year.
Those who can live without almost two months of Christmas music got a break this year when Clear Channel's WMT-FM 96.5 decided not to launch all-Christmas early this year to compete with Cumulus Media's KDAT-FM 104.5, except on its Web site: http://www.mix965.com/main.html
WMT began streaming continuous commercial-free Christmas music from cyberspace on Nov. 1, leaving most of its on-air programming intact with only occasional whiffs of Christmas music rather than the usual bombardment.
Operations Manager J.J. Cook says WMT-FM still plans to go to all-Christmas closer to Dec. 25, but for now, the streaming commercial-free Webcast Christmas music seems to be working out fine.
"For the last few years, we have gone as early as Nov. 1 on the air," Cook said. "People just thought it was too much. There's no reason for both of us to be doing it."
KDAT-FM 104.5 launched its all-Christmas format this year on Nov. 10. The Cumulus station is happy to be continuing the early all Christmas-format, Program Manager Dick Stadler said.
For now, KDAT-FM 104.5 doesn't have a cannon to fire Christmas music back against WMT-FM 96.5 in cyberspace. Stadler says the station expects to add streaming audio on its Web site in January.
"Some love it and some hate it," Stadler said of the all-Christmas format. "Fortunately, more love it than hate it."
Stadler said radio stations started adopting early all-Christmas music formats after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when the country was ready for holiday cheer. He said more than 300 radio stations are now using the all-Christmas formats.
WMT's Cook says the audience for streaming audio Christmas music is, not surprisingly, greatest during the daytime weekday hours when office personal computers are turned on. The number of online listeners slackens off quite a bit on weekends.
http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071210/BUSINESS/712100024/1007/business

 

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How it works: internet radio

Technology
How it works: internet radio

Broadcasts now reach far beyond the airwaves
December 27, 2007
By Ian Harvey

If the pundits were right, radio would be long dead by now.
Television was supposed to be the harbinger of death when it arrived in living rooms back in the late 1940s. But radio survives, and some would argue prospers today despite the obvious impact of television and, more recently, the internet.
And it's on the internet where radio is reinventing itself again, reaching out beyond the limitation of signal strength and geography. It's finding global audiences eager for eclectic and niche programming that is often an antithesis to canned commercial radio with its rigid format and cloned menu.
Some spicy Miami salsa? Roots reggae? Estonian politics? A homesick Newfoundlander working away in the oilsands seeking a sound byte of home from CBC St. John's? It's only a click away.
In fact, there are more than 10,000 internet radio stations streaming today. Most are free and some are completely commercial-free — though you'll be reminded a couple of times an hour to make a donation, as in the case of Radio Paradise, an eclectic mix of music run from northern California by the husband and wife team of Bill and Rebecca Goldsmith.
"A lot of people in internet radio are refugees from commercial radio who see this as an alternative and feel passionate about the music," said Bill Goldsmith. "The commercial radio industry has operated as an arm of the record industry for the last 10 years, inflicting a lowest common denominator style of programming which is fine for 80 to 90 per cent of the audience but poisonous to the other 10 per cent. That's not what I got into radio for and why I left."
And that's the lure of internet radio: programming and personalities that in most cases are unique and the antithesis of commercial, formatted radio. You just never know what you're going to hear.
In many ways, internet radio is a return to the roots of the medium, said David Marsden, a 40-year veteran of the airwaves who was a legend in the 1970s at CHUM-FM in Toronto before founding alternative station CFNY-FM in Brampton, Ont.
"The DJ had the freedom to play music, introduce artists," said Marsden, who was involved in the startup of Iceberg Radio, the premier Canadian web broadcaster with more than 100 channels, in the late 1990s and still programs on it while also hosting his own eclectic show on 94.6 FM The Rock in Oshawa, Ont.
"I still do that and the reaction you get from people is amazing, especially young people who have never really heard radio."
Some broadcasters, like the CBC, simultaneously stream their live-to- air programming over the web. Other stations are entirely internet-based. For listeners, it's a way to circumvent the geographical limitations of a radio signal.
The hardware
Internet radio broadcasting, also called webcasting, was one of the early successes of the net, streaming music in MP3 format over broadband connections to PCs. But as cool as it sounds to listen to unique music or talk shows from around the world, the shine wears off pretty quickly when you're stuck in front of a computer monitor or at least within earshot of the speakers.
And that's where media adaptors come in. Simply described, they're small devices that connect your home stereo system to the internet and your PC and cost between $150 and $300. There are also versions that are self-contained radios in the traditional sense, with built- in speakers and a wireless connection to your home's wireless WiFi network or wired router, tapping directly into your broadband connection (no computer needed).
Popular models include the Roku Lab Soundbridge (rokulabs.com), the HomePad (macsense.com) and other products from computer peripheral makers like Netgear, SMC, Logitech and DLink. Self-contained internet radios vary in size and design by maker, but share some common attributes such as an LCD screen with one or two lines of text so you can set them up using a remote control.
Once installed, it's a matter of taste and preference. The players connect via Windows Media Connect, iTunes, Real Player or Rhapsody.
For internet radio, you have the option of using a preinstalled station list or making up a personal list of stations that intrigue you. Usually this is done on your PC through your web browser. Each manufacturer has different setups, but essentially it involves entering a specific IP address just like you would enter a website URL on your browser in order to access the internet radio hardware over your network. Instead of www.cbc.ca, however, you would enter a series of numbers such as "192.168.0.100" and that would bring you to the device's configuration page on your network.
From there, you enter the web addresses of internet radio stations in a similar way to how you program the presets on a car audio system. There are a number of websites that list the addresses for internet radio stations.
A handy feature of internet radios is that most allow you to access collections of digital music stored on your home computer over your home network.
Slow growth, uncertain future
Still, while the hardware is getting better all the time, not everyone has rushed to internet radio and audiences remain relatively small compared to those of traditional broadcast stations.
As a result, the internet radio industry generally generates little in the way of profit as yet. Although internet radio has been around for more than a decade, the medium is still nascent and fragile and many fear the current battle over royalty fees in Canada and the United States will kill off the concept before it establishes strong roots.
On the one side is the record industry, which fears being caught again in a downloading squeeze that has savaged its profit margins; on the other are the pioneers of the technology who say they want a chance to grow their industry on a level playing field with traditional analogue and the more recent addition of satellite radio.
"They [the record industry] still think of streaming as downloading, which of course it isn't," said Marsden. "But it is the future and hopefully the record industry isn't going to kill it."
http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/tech/how-it-works/internet-radio.html


Roger Crawford in Park City Utah

"Christmas Island Radio" on award winning RNZI Station IDs and Season's Greetings in French, Spanish, Brazilian/Portuguese and Italian
Join us for our special Christmas season documentary during the long running 'Mailbox' program on award winning Radio New Zealand International, on Monday, December 24 2007.
This year, David Ricquish visits Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean and Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean. Two islands with the same name, different radio histories, and a very appropriate choice for this Christmas season.
Hear about VLU-2, 6RCI, the Christmas Island Broadcasting Service and Radio Kiritimati....and enjoy Christmas music from long gone Hawaiian KCCN 1420 AM....reggae and some classic Polynesian melodies designed to bring the warmth of the South Pacific into your home.
Back by popular demand, Radio Heritage Foundation board member Jo Del Monaco sends special greetings to regular and new 'Mailbox' listeners in French, Spanish, Brazilan/Portuguese and Italian.....one of the few times you'll hear RNZI station ID announcements in most of these languages!
We hope you'll enjoy the program. You'll find more about Christmas Island Radio at our global media platform www.radioheritage.net, along with new articles, images and the latest Pacific Asian [PAL] Radio Guides for AM and shortwave stations across the region.
"Christmas Island Radio" on award winning RNZI:
December 24 2007 0830 UTC 9765 AM/9870 DRM, 1130 UTC 13840 AM/9870 DRM, 1330 UTC 5950 AM, 1530 UTC 5950 AM, December 25 2007 0330 UTC 15720 AM/17675 DRM.

At www.rnzi.com:
Streaming live, podcast feed and audio on demand [including download] for several weeks after broadcast date. Click on 'Audio' at www.rnzi.com.
Happy Holidays from the team at the Radio Heritage Foundation, celebrating three years of 'sharing the stories of Pacific radio' from our global media platform www.radioheritage.net 24/7.

David Slate – Hendersonville, TN

NBN New Years Eve logs

#1

Just heard ring in the new year about 5:00 am CST More FM 99.9/100.1 Welllington,NZ www.morefm.co.nz Very lame countdown no auld.
#2

Nova 96.9 in Sydney http://www.nova969.com.au Just rang in the new year with Rianna and 50 Cent counting down I show my young age I like both of these artists.

#3

Nova 91.9 http://www.nova919.com.au countdown and then auld by gitair to start New Year and then into "the way your are" By Timberland who I really like

#4

NOVA 106.9 Brisbine, Aus http://www.nova1069.com.au countdown into techo music

Paul Walker – Abbeville, SC

 

I'll be on the air late morning through mid afternoon here on The Mighty 1590 spinning some Christmas tunes.
http://www.wabv1590.com is the website... the link is just below the ustream.tv window.

Roger Crawford – Park City UT

 

For me Christmas is an all year celebration and not limited to one day a year. If you want to hear music dealing with the real meaning of Christmas, check out my streaming audio at _www.shoutcast.com_ (http://www.shoutcast.com) and search for "Real Christmas"
The best to all!

And that’s it this month.

73’s, Martin

 

 

Extra, Extra!

 

Bob Foxworth

 

Today's NY Times, in an AP wire story, says that John Dingell-D-MI who heads the House Energy and Commerce Committee, says that the FCC has suffered

an "apparent breakdown in an open and transparent regulatory process". He is "losing confidence that the commission has been conducting its affairs in

an appropriate manner", and has ordered an inquiry.

The investigation will be conducted by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-MI, who has received "several complaints about the way that (Kevin) Martin has conducted business" that include claims of an "abuse of power and an attempt to keep fellow commissioners in the dark". The terms "selectively withholding data" and "short-circuiting procedural norms" also appear in the AP story's allegations, among others.

End excerpts from the AP story. The following are from me.

Perhaps someone will advise Rep. Stupak of the academic interest of examining the ways in which the Commission came to its decisions on the BPL issue, and the IBOC issue, both of which seem to me to have striking similarities, among which are deliberately ignoring technical information that would suggest not adopting the positions that were subsequently taken.

Should be interesting.

 

Bargain Barn

 

No bargains this month

 

Show and Tell – New Toys

 

Mike Westfall – Los Alamos, NM

 

Was out doing some last minute Christmas shopping and saw that Wal-Mart had a stack of SRF-M37Vs for $30, so I got one. Would like to have got a SRF-59 too, but nowhere I went today had any.

Anyway, I'm really impressed with the little radio. It's the most sensitive pocket radio I've ever used, and it has fantastic nulling ability. Stations that boom in like locals were easily nulled to reveal other stations underneath. Even KOA's monstrous Hash Digitale sidebands were tamed.

Reports are that selectivity is not so great, but it seemed pretty good to me. The only problem I have experienced so far with selectivity is when I'm within a quarter mile of my local graveyarder, otherwise all is well.

 

Kevin Redding – Gilbert, AZ

 

I got my E1 yesterday and I can tell you that there is nothing wrong with it at the cheap price. In fact is is a very nice, excellent radio. I used it on MW with the whip and its ok but nothing to shout  about but I took a RS loop and connected it and it is an awesome DX eating beast.

On HF just off the whip in a stucco coated house which is stuck to the building with chicken wire, essentially making the house a faraday cage, the reception is superior, even to the 2010 which is pretty dang good.

Batteries, well get ready, it ate 2500 mA NiMH cells like artillery shells during the Battle of Bastogne. It will suck about 250 mA an hour so you can have an idea how much power it takes. I have not used it with the power supply.

As for the external antenna, it has an European PAL connector. I have an adaptor I got a while back from RS that has another adaptor on it to connect to the external antenna connector. Its not the greatest thing for use in America.

It really does need a handle. There is NOTHING. The LCD screen is fine and easily read. Its worth the $400 that you see most places. Its a very fine radio.

I have not put it through all its paces yet and have not played with all functions. I may find some things I dislike but first impression is that its a real nice unit. Might be the best I have. Time will tell about that but its every bit the equal of the 2010 with a loop on MW.

 

Steven Wiseblood – Harlingen, TX

 

Last week I bought the SRF-59 at K-MART for $15.00 It works nice. FM reception is fairly sensitive & selective. AM sensitivity is EXCELENT especially at the bottom of the band where I need it most from 530-900kHz.  am hearing the CUBAN on 530 evenings as well as a STRONG R. Reloj on 570 & 870.   I'll keep you posted

 

David Hochfelder – Albany, NY

 

I ordered mine [SRF-59] through Amazon a few days ago and it arrived today.  I've been playing with it for the past half hour or so, and I'm very impressed.  It easily beats my old Superadio 3.  I wasn't taking down loggings, but it's very selective and on some channels I can separate 3 or 4 stations just by turning it.  It's also small enough to do azimuth tilt by hand, which helps in some cases.  I plan to dig out my Radio Shack loop and see how the SRF-59 likes being velcroed to the inside of the loop.

This will be my travel rig for sure.  Very impressive little radio.

 

Keith McGinnis – Hingham, MA

 

I also purchased one [SRF-59] about a week through Amazon and I've quite amazed at how good this little radio is.  So good that I purchased a second to

try "audio phasing" that has been talked about it other groups.

The other night while in bed I had Radio Reloj on 570 and then by just moving the radio slightly I had WSYR coming in nicely.

 

Harry Helms – Smithville, TX

 

My oncologist's office is near the Fry's Electronics in Austin, and after a visit to him earlier this month I stopped by. I spent time examining an Eton E5

SW/AM/FM portable on display; my only SW portable is the ICF-2010 but it's large and I'm worried about it getting damaged or lost if used in the field. Di

encouraged me to buy the E5, but I told her (honestly) that I need to start getting rid of some of my radio junk instead of adding something new to the pile.

I should've known what was going to be in that box she gave me last night----an Eton E5!

I'll write a full review after I've played with it more, but my initial take is that I am very impressed by it, especially for the street price of about $120. The closest comparison I can make to receivers I have previously owned is to the Sony ICF-2001, the predecessor to the the ICF-2010. Like the ICF-2001, it tunes in 1 kHz increments and has a manually tuned variable BFO for SSB reception. Unlike the ICF-2001, it has two selectable bandwidths.

Sensitivity is impressive, seemingly on par with the ICF-2010. Using just the telescoping whip, GLS-209 in Galveston was thumping in, as was Cuba and RVC on 530 plus "The Het" on 1181. The Radio Reloj outlets on 570, 790, and 1020 were punching through the mess on their channels with "RR" in Morse code and time ticks. I briefly used it with the Quantum Loop and there was no trace of overloading. On SW, Voice of Russia was at a nice level on 6240 kHz and was Mauritania on 4845 kHz.

Selectivity is less impressive. While the narrow filter helps, it's clear the skirt selectivity in both wide and narrow positions is markedly inferior to my

ICF-2010. (To be fair, my ICF-2010 has the Kiwa filters installed.)

Tuning SSB takes me back to the golden days of using my Hallicrafters SX-110 and manually tuning to decode "Donald Duck." I had success in getting readable copy on everything I heard on 75 and 40 meters, but it was a slow, challenging process in some cases. I wouldn't use the E5 if I was shooting for SSB/CW DX.

FM is a pleasant surprise; it seems as good as, and may be better than, the ICF-2010. I tried 101.1 Mhz this morning and was able to differentiate between

KONO-San Antonio and "Mega FM" in Houston by swiveling the whip antenna. Signals of both were more readable than on the ICF-2010.

This is a very compact radio----it's about as big as the speaker area of the ICF-2010.

All in all, I think I'm going to be very happy with my new toy!

I made my initial logging on Radio Verdad-4053 this morning on my Eton E5, and then tuned it in on my ICF-2010, comparing the reception on each set. It was

a revelation----the internal noise of the E5 is significantly less than on the ICF-2010. While the signal strength was essentially the same on both, the E5 audio sounded much "cleaner" than the ICF-2010.

I suppose this shouldn't be a surprise; the ICF-2010 synthesizer circuit is about 24 years old and there have been quantum leaps in frequency synthesizer

design since then. Nonetheless, this is the sort of thing that doesn't show up in receiver specs nor is noted often in tests, but does have a big impact on

how a received signal sounds.

 

Testing, Testing…

 

Barry McLarnon - Ottawa, ON

 

St. Helena - Booming in nicely here at 2025 utc, with english and french

announcements (so far), and an eclectic mix of music, including Roger

Miller's "England Swings".

 

KEVT- 1210 was very rough here last night - not only WPHT to contend with,

but when they were nulled somewhat, the channel was awash in IBOC hiss from 1200 (WOAI and/or WCHB).  And with a local 50 kW on 1200, going to LSB to reduce the hiss was not an option.  However, I did hear some Latino music under WPHT at times during the test period. For instance, here's a clip that starts at about 0404:30 EST: http://topazdesigns.com/ambc/audio/unid-1210-0405-17dec07.mp3

If anyone happens to have a recording of what KEVT was doing at that time, I'd appreciate it if you would take a listen and compare this clip to it.

It's unfortunate that KEVT couldn't send any special signals during the test, as that would've made it a whole lot easier to hear.  Nevertheless, any test is much appreciated!

 

Rick Barton – Phoenix, AZ

 

ST. HELENA Isl. 11095.50 - R. St. Helena - Coming on strong at

2250 with pop vocal by Carole King (So Far Away); solid ,clear ID by

M anncr , but began fading quickly after that. Missed opening thanks

to imaging QRM from nearby 50 kW. tx ( KFNX, 1100 kHz.), but had RSH

at SINPO  44233 after i rid myself of KFNX.

Still audible here, but just above noise at 2307, 2330, 0012 0059.

Faded out after 0100 and gone at this posting (0121).

 

Bill Harms Elkridge, MD

 

I scanned my recordings of 1210 made during the KEVT and I can find no

evidence of the DX test. I heard a Spanish station which is most likely

Cuba in WPHT's semi-null.

 

Kevin Redding – Gilbert, AZ

 

KEVT heard in Gilbert, AZ. Mex music. But its only 130 miles away.

 

Martin Foltz – Mission Viejo, CA

 

830 KLAA Orange CA 12/15 1AM PST, The test is on, CW ID at ToH and back to regular programming. Strong here, they're one of my locals.

1400 KQMS CA, Redding 12/16 12:00AM PST ToH ID for Visalia/Fresno stations, CNN news, some Christmas tunes noted, weak CW IDs heard 12:16 and 12:20. I don't know who the Christmas music is.

1210 KEVT DX Test in good with Spanish music, nice ID at 11:01:50 PM PST. Atop the channel with English station in background (probably KPRZ San Marcos). New.

 

Glenn Hauser – Enid, OK

 

** U S A. No problem hearing the KEVT 1210 Arizona DX test: Dec 17 at 0701 tune in, immediately heard ID mentioning ``La Raza`` and Sahuarita, so into the log and on to sawing logs. Fair signal dominating frequency with 10 kW ND, but

something was causing a slow SAH. Tnx for the DX special

 

Neil Kazaross – Barrington, IL

 

Not a trace here [KEVT test] near Chicago using a loop as WPHT is too strong.

 

KKMO 1360 kHz Seattle, Washington DX Test

Date: Sunday morning (late Saturday night), Jan. 13, 2008.

Time: 12 - 12:15 a.m. Pacific Time, 0800 - 0815 UTC.

Modes of Operation: 5,000 watts using non-directional antenna pattern.

Programming: From 12:00-12:10 a.m. PST, programming will consist of 1,000 Hz tone at 0 db. From 12:11-12:15 a.m. PST, programming will consists of college football marching songs. No Morse code or sweep tones are scheduled at this time, but if this changes we will notify listeners ASAP.

QSL Information: No eQSL service is being offered for this test. Recordings on disk in .mp3 or .wav format will be accepted as proof of reception. E-mail reception reports may also be submitted to montep[at]kgnw.com

Reception reports may be sent to:

KKMO Radio, 

Attn: Mr. Monte Passmore, CE,

2201 6th Ave., 

Suite 1500, 

Seattle, WA 98121

NOTE: All requests for verifications must be accompanied by return postage in order to receive a reply.

Many thanks to KKMO Chief Engineer Monte Passmore for agreeing to conduct this test.

UPDATE from CE Monte Passmore: I will start with sweep tones followed by a quick station identifier then a tone at 1,000 Hz followed by another station identifier. I will repeat this sequence for ten minutes from 12:00-12:10 am and then follow with college football marching music for three minutes from 12:10am to 12:13am followed

by the same station identifier sweep tones and a station identifier to conclude at approx 12:15am. We will then go back to our normal programming.

 

CFFX 960 Kingston, ON DX Test

TIME: Early morning of Tuesday January 15 (Monday night).

MODE OF OPERATION: CFFX will test using its 10,000-watt daytime directional pattern.

PROGRAMMING: Regular adult contemporary programming. Special test material will consists of three hourly voice announcements followed by special test material lasting several minutes. These will air roughly at the top of the hour, at approximately 0000, 0100 and 0200 EST, give or take a few minutes depending on the program log.

CONTEXT: CFFX is completing its move to 104.3 on the FM band this morning, and 960 is scheduled to sign off for goood at 0600 EST. As part of the transition, the AM has simulcast the FM for the past three months. This test marks the final phase of the transition, and the test content will also air on 104.3. This is your last chance to log CFFX on 960, so if it takes two alarm clocks to wake you, well, you've been warned!

We will issue QSLs, but I am not yet 100 percent sure who will handle the reports. Either the station, or me, or both of us. Regardless, we will definitely want audio recordings if at all possible, and we want reports sent via e-mail if at all possible. Snail-mail reports only when accompanied by SASE will be acknowledged. The QSL will be the same, regardless. We'll update the QSL situation soon.

 

Readers Corner

 

 

Remembering the Voice of the Voyager

 

by Harry Helms  W5HLH

 

 

December 25, 2007 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the first broadcast by the shortwave pirate radio station known as the “Voice of the Voyager.” While it wasn’t the first shortwave pirate broadcaster, there is no question it was the most influential—it’s no exaggeration to say most shortwave pirates since then have followed the “template” created by the Voice of the Voyager. If there is ever a Hall of Fame for pirate radio, the Voice of the Voyager will have to be the first station voted in!

 

The Voice of the Voyager first came to the attention of the DXing community in the February, 1978 edition of FRENDX, then the title for the monthly bulletin of the North American Shortwave Association (NASWA). DXers in the Minneapolis area reported hearing it on 5850 kHz with weak signals and some hum in the audio. Those DXers reporting the station didn’t discover it by accident or through patient tuning. Instead, they had been alerted by the operators of the station because those operators were DXers (and NASWA members) themselves. Interestingly, the name of the station was intended to be Voice of the Voyageur, after the Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. However, the first FRENDX reports used “Voyager” and the name stuck.

 

The Voice of the Voyager operation was headed up by a young SWL who called himself “R. F. Wavelength,” and he was assisted by a rotating crew who used similar colorful pseudonyms: A. F. Gain, Disco Dan, Pygmy, Slow Joe, and Ms. Scoop Bop Bee Bop. I interviewed R. F. Wavelength in 1979 for my book How to Tune the Secret Shortwave Spectrum, and he told me their motivation for operating the Voice of the Voyager was not the “free speech” issues which consumed some later pirates. “I began to get a crew of people who liked to broadcast just because it was fun, not because their Constitutional right to free speech had been taken away,” said R. F. Wavelength. “They saw the Voice as way of just having a little fun on the weekend.”

 

By the spring of 1978, the Voice of the Voyager had improved its signal and was regularly broadcasting on Saturday nights. Their transmitter was a vintage Hallicrafters HT-20 that delivered about 100 watts on 5850 kHz into a half-wave dipole. This modest setup was adequate to put a good signal into most of the North America. Each broadcast opened with R. F. Wavelength’s enthusiastic declaration, “From one mile north of nowhere, this is the Voice of the Voyager, champions of bootleg broadcasting!” This was immediately followed by the song “We are the Champions” by the English rock band Queen. R. F. Wavelength described their programming this way: “To us, it was all one big party!” And that was an accurate description; listening to their broadcasts was often like eavesdropping on a frat party. Remarkable things happened on the air, and I think they were in direct proportion to the amount of booze consumed in the Voyager “studio.” Once the station left the air abruptly when the tipsy operators accidentally shut the transmitter off and were too drunk to get it on the air again. On another occasion, one of their tape machines broke, and an angry (and drunk) R. F. Wavelength smashed it to bits while live and on the air. And there was even an on-the-air fistfight between two drunk crew members broadcast live; fortunately, both combatants passed out before any serious blows could be landed. The Voice of the Voyager also pioneered the use of pre-recorded skits, with a favorite being “Bobby Bootlegger,” a satire of the pirate radio scene and DXers. While there’s no way to know the size of the Voyager’s audience, I suspect that it eventually had a larger group of loyal listeners than most government-run shortwave broadcasters of the era!

 

Another Voyager “first” was the airing of telephone calls from their listeners. To do so, the station made use of “dial-around loops.” Dial-around loops were “pairs” of telephone numbers widely used by AT&T in the 1970s and 1980s for testing purposes. For example, one dial-around loop pair could be the numbers 222-0077 and 222-0079. For a telephone connection to be made, one party to the call dialed 222-0077 while the other party rang 222-0079. The Voyager would call one “side” of the loop (such as 222-0077) and ask listeners to call the other side (222-0079 in this case). The Voyager operators would remain connected to their side of the loop, and callers to the other side would be abruptly “picked up” without ringing. The big advantage of dial-around loops was that it made calls difficult to trace (which is why drug dealers and organized crime often used them). For added security, the Voyager crew used dial-around loops in New York City and San Francisco instead of local Minneapolis pairs. Even with cheap after-midnight long distance rates, the Voyager staff quickly ran up long distance bills of over $70 per month. (To give you an idea of how much that would be in today’s dollars, gasoline was about 50¢ per gallon in 1978.)

 

Being DXers themselves, the operators of the Voice of the Voyager knew how important QSLs were. But they couldn’t announce their mailing address without risking a raid by the FCC. The first Voyager QSLs were sent to those reporting reception in various DX club bulletins (I received my first Voyager QSL in that way). In other cases, the Voyager took the addresses of callers and sent them QSLs. To avoid detection, QSLs were mailed from Ann Arbor, MI, by a friend of the operators. Later, a maildrop was established in Michigan where written reports could be sent for verification.

 

While the Voice of the Voyager was a big favorite among SWLs, it was a big headache for the powers-that-be in several DX and SWL clubs. Many club leaders in 1978 were conservative, law-and-order types who found the very notion of a pirate radio station—especially a pirate radio station apparently operated by members of “their” club—deeply repugnant. Heated debate raged in some clubs, such as the American Shortwave Listeners Club (ASWLC), over whether reception of stations like the Voice of the Voyager should even be reported in club bulletins. A few bulletin section editors, such as Glenn Hauser of NASWA and Ken Compton of the Society to Preserve Engrossing Enjoyment of DXing (SPEEDX), defied considerable pressure and printed news about the Voyager and other pirate stations. Columnists in other clubs caved in and ignored pirate operations. Even clubs that printed pirate loggings had debates over whether pirate QSLs should count toward club contests and awards. Eventually, such intra-club tensions resulted in the creation of a loose group of pirate radio supporters known as the Free Radio Campaign and culminated a few years later with the founding of the Association of Clandestine Radio Enthusiasts (ACE).

 

During the summer of 1978, hundreds—if not thousands—of North American SWLs made “Saturday night with the Voyager” a listening habit. But, as R. F Wavelength later remarked, “Everyone knows that every party must end.” At about 1:00 pm on August 28, 1978, R. F. Wavelength and A. F. Gain were in the Voyager “studio” putting together that night’s planned broadcast. A yellow car pulled into the driveway of their house, and two official-looking men got out and walked up to the front door. “What if they’re from the FCC?” wisecracked A. F. Gain.

 

The joke was on the Voyager operators. The two men flashed credentials identifying them as being from the St. Paul, MN office of the FCC. Since R. F. Wavelength held a ham license for the address, he had no choice but to admit the men to the house. At first, he denied all knowledge of the Voyager but it soon became clear the FCC knew all about the station and had definitely traced it to that location. R. F. Wavelength finally admitted to being behind the Voyager, and with that confession the atmosphere immediately changed. The FCC agents became quite friendly, and told the operators how they managed to track down the station. The Voyager operators were surprised to learn the FCC had planned to bust the station during the previous weeks broadcast, but that plan was aborted when the Voyager left the air earlier than usual. A special monitoring van had been brought in from the FCC’s Chicago office to help trace the station’s location.

 

The FCC agents actually seemed a bit thrilled to meet the Voyager operators; they requested, and received, Voice of the Voyager QSL cards for themselves and other FCC employees. But the levity ended when the agents strongly warned against any future Voyager operation; they even raised the possibility of seeking criminal sanctions if the station returned to the air. If the operators agreed to keep the Voyager off the air, the agents said they would let the matter drop with a warning. R. F. Wavelength quickly agreed.

 

R. F. Wavelength tried to keep his word. The station stayed silent, and R. F. Wavelength went even further: he wrote an article under his real name for FRENDX describing the history and purpose of the Voyager. Soon the actual names of the Voyager operators and the station’s location (the Minneapolis suburb of Crystal, MN) were widely known throughout the DX hobby. (I haven’t used the real names of the Voyager operators in this article because they haven’t been active in the DX hobby for decades, and I’m not sure they would want the world to be reminded of their youthful frolics.)

 

But the urge to broadcast again was too much for the Voyager crew. They wanted to give the Voyager a decent burial, so the word was quietly circulated in the SWLing hobby: the Voyager would return one more time for a “final tribute” broadcast on November 4, 1978, but this time on a new frequency of 6220 kHz. The broadcast was a big success and was widely heard; the accompanying illustration shows the QSL card I received for it. And, as you might suspect, the Voyager operators couldn’t stop after starting again. They resumed regular Saturday night broadcasts, but this time made no attempt to hide their true location or names—in fact, R. F. Wavelength even identified the station using his ham license call letters!

 

The killing blow for the Voice of the Voyager came on January 14, 1979. This time, it wasn’t the FCC that put the station off the air, but instead their ancient Hallicrafters HT-20 transmitter. It failed, and the Voyager operators were unable to repair it. Word quickly spread, and soon the Voyager was flooded with mournful letters from their fans and supporters. In a farewell letter circulated in the DXing community, R. F. Wavelength wrote, “But, my friends, do not cry for that spirit of the Voyager still lives—that drive within us all to freely create, to be who we really are. Someday another Voyager will be created; you never can tell what those people who are touched by 100 watts of total insanity will do!”

 

R. F. Wavelength was also a poet, and he wrote the following to express his feelings when the Voyager finally went silent:

 

Hush,

be silent when you enter my world.

Waves slowly beat against rock.

All is dark,

only the moon shows a faint glow.

In the far distance

a loon cries

thunder rumbles

lightning flashes.

On the far shore

tall trees

stretch

to the sky limit.

Rain begins to fall

I must leave now, nut

hush

be silent

your world is just awakening

to find mine.

 

I really thought the Voyager crew had said farewell for good in early 1979. But some members of the original Voyager staff returned to the air in January, 1982, on 6840 kHz. By this time, the pirate radio scene had moved beyond the Voyager’s “party on the air” programming; compared to other pirates then on the air, the reactivated Voyager sounded amateurish and sloppy. Back in 1978, there was something daring and revolutionary about operating a shortwave radio station without a FCC license, but in 1982 they were just another shortwave pirate. Their audience was only a fraction of what it had been back in 1978, and few DXers were upset when the FCC raided and closed the station on May 9, 1982. This time the FCC slapped a $3000 fine on the operators, and the bust, and fine, killed off any remaining enthusiasm they had for pirate radio. And so the Voice of the Voyager fell silent forever.

 

The Voice of the Voyager was the product of a rare confluence of circumstances—such as a relaxation of FCC enforcement efforts, youthful enthusiasm for shortwave radio, a vibrant SWL club scene, etc.—that we are unlikely to ever see again. The average age of participants in the DXing hobby has significantly increased, meaning there are fewer young daredevils today ready to take to the air in defiance of the FCC (pirate radio broadcasting isn’t very compatible with mortgages, families, careers, and other adult concerns). Moreover, today’s young people are infinitely more interested in internet-based media (such as MySpace, chat rooms, etc.) than any type of radio; if they are interested and want to broadcast, they can via internet streaming to a potentially worldwide audience. In 1977, the Voice of the Voyager looked like an idea whose time had come, but in 2007 there are myriad outlets for creative young people. Would the Voyager crew even have been interested in radio if such outlets had been available in 1977?

 

I often wonder what the Voyager crew, especially Michael and Scott—oops, I mean R. F. Wavelength and A. F. Gain—are up to these days. I hope they are still as creative and passionate in their interests as they were three decades ago, and I also hope they are aware of how, without intending to, they managed to define the shortwave pirate radio scene in North America. For a few months in 1978, they captured lightning in a bottle, and that was no small accomplishment.

 

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