December 2007 ABDX Journal
Vol 2. Issue 12
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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
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”
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
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The December CME Announcement
ABDX presents the December "Heat up the house with DX"
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
dust and see what you can hear. At the very least, you will get
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
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
when you hear LF [LW] beacons from Europe and Asia with
on it and also many beacons from far away.
For HF [SW] Glenn Hauser has always given us many HF tips and a
site on line, the Aoki site from Japan, and its even in English.
Here's the URL http://www.geocities.jp/binewsjp/bib07.txt
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
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
you at up to 1500 miles away on a single hop so there is something
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
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,
SDR-IQ and antenna
First new one with my new SDR-IQ. I cast a DX drift net (I love the
whoever came up with it needs to be commended) from 800 khz. to 980
across this past midnight and came away with a new one:
19-Dec-07 // 0000 local // 910 khz. // WABI // 5 kw // Bangor, ME
with "This is AM 910, WABI, Bangor." // New. A 496 mile
MP3 clip available here:
And, for whatever it’s worth, here’s a screen capture of
WILM’s (1450 khz.;
Wilmington, DE) IBOC signal from last evening:
The interference to the first adjacent frequencies can be clearly
19-Dec-07 // 1330 khz. // 1700 local // WBHV // 5 kw // Somerset,
PA // Male with "For the best in sports news, sports talk, sports coverage
everything sports, WPRR-Johnstown, WBHV-Somerset, ESPN 1490 and
1330." //New. A 183 mile catch.
MP3 clip available here:
19-Dec-07 // 1410 khz. // 1700 local // WELM // 5 kw // Elmira, NY
with "1410 WELM, Elmira-Corning." // New. A 175 mile
MP3 clip available here:
19-Dec-07 // 1800 local // 1310 khz. // WTTL // 1.5 kw day //
KY // GY-like jumble then quick, faint ID by male: "...1310,
Madisonville." // New. A 662 mile catch. Presumably still on
the 'big rig'.
I'm pleased with this one!!
MP3 clip available here:
19-Dec-07 // 1958 local // 1610 khz. // CHHA // Presumably 1 kw
// 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:
19-Dec-07 // 2001 local // 1480 khz. // WPWC // Presumably 0.5 kw
// Dumfries-Triangle, VA // Spanish talk then male with "WPWC,Dumfries-Washington".
// New. A fairly close 121 mile catch.
MP3 clip available here:
John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Sunday morning, 7:22 a.m.
KOA Denver in nicely during WEEI fade, with ad for a gourmet
company and a 303-area code phone number.
This received on my Sony 7600GR, in the kitchen, barefoot, without
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...
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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
khz Marnach, Luxembourg; Relay of China Radio International @
23:45 UT December 11, strong w/news and programming in English
Radio Farda , United Arab Emirates , @ 00:45 December 12;
good signal w/ Arabic vocals and techno type
music; ID in arabic
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
khz Marnach, Luxembourg; Relay of China Radio International
23:45 UT December 11, strong w/news and programming in English
Radio Farda , United Arab Emirates , @ 00:45 December 12 ;good
signal w/ Arabic vocals and techno type music; ID in arabic
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 ***
UTC 950 khz CKNB, Campbellton, New Brunswick w/ ID and oldies, good
UTC CKEC , New Glasgow, Nova Scotia w/ ID and Pro Sports Ad (this one has moved
to FM and closing AM soon. strong
UTC WDEA, Ellsworth, Maine w/ Timeless Classics slogan and station ID good
UTC CINW, Montreal, Quebec w/ Weather and Sports plus 940 Montreal ID
UTC 1053 khz TalkSport Radio, England w/ commentary and ID , (hearing this even
with no 9khz split on radio) good
UTC 1390 khz WEGP, Presque Isle, Maine w/ Fox News Radio and station ID ,Guitars
Center Ad good
UTC 1480 khz , Unidentified w/ oldies format under WSAR, Falls River,
UTC 850 khz , WEEI, Boston, Mass w/ WEEI.com mentioned, ID Sports Radio
850 ; strong
UTC 880 khz , WCBS , New York, NY w/ Car Cash promo and ID ; strong
UTC - 830 khz, WCRN, Worcester, Mass w/ Weather PSA, and Dr. Laura
show ; good
UTC - 970 khz , WZAN , Portland, Maine , w/ Fishermens Net AD Education
Promo and Station ID ; good
UTC - 1010 khz , CFRB, Toronto, Ontario w// traffic report, Casinorama update +
station ID (over top of WINS, New York ) ; good
UTC 1050 khz , Unidentified w/ mention of a .ca web address before fading
(presumed CHUM -Toronto) ; fair
UTC 1100 khz , WTAM, Cleveland, Ohio w/ Talk show and station ID ; good
UTC 1110 khz , WBT, Charlotte, North Carolina w/ ID "Traffic and Weather
together Newstalk 11-10 WBT" ; good
UTC 1300 khz - WOOD , Grand Rapids, Michigan w/ Newradio 1300 WOOD Id ; good
UTC 1350 khz - CKAD , Middleton, Nova Scotia w/ AVR Radio ID and country music ;
UTC 1520 khz -WWKB, Buffalo NY w/KB ID and some talk
UTC Unidentified Strong Het on 1520 w/Buffalo presumed Saudi Arabia on
1521 ; good
UTC 1580 khz - CKDO, Oshawa, Ontario w/ oldies and ID ; good
UTC 550 khz - Unidentified w/ French talk ... presumed CHLN Trois Rivieres,
Quebec ; good
UTC 1650 khz - WHKT , Norfolk, Virginia w/ Radio Disney ID and programs ;
UTC 1650 khz - KCNZ , Cedar Falls , Iowa w/ ID - Cedar Valley's 1650 The
Fan ; good
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
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
UTC 600 khz - CBNA , St. Anthony Newfoundland w/ CBC programming ; strong
UTC 610 khz - CHNC , New Carlisle , Quebec w/ french commentary ; good
UTC 660 khz WFAN , New York, NY w/ Sports talk and ID ; good
UTC 770 khz WABC , New York, NY w/ NY Rangers Hockey broadcast ; good
UTC 800 khz Unidentified in french with local VOWR off air , presumed Quebec
City CHRC ; fair
UTC 810 khz CJVA , Carraquet, New Brunswick w/ country music and french ; good
UTC 920 khz CJCH , Halifax, Nova Scotia w/ oldies , iD ; fair
UTC 1030 khz WBZ, Boston, w / ID and News and Weather ; fair
UTC 1630 khz KCJJ, Iowa City , Iowa w/ Knievel Windows AD and ID ; good
UTC 1690 khz WVON , Berwyn, Illinois w/ Weather and "Talk of Chicago"
ID ; good
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.
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.
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.)
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.
Heard on a 1955/1963 Collins/Teledyne R-390A with a LF Engineering
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
But wait, there's more!
820 CHAM Hamilton ON playing classic C&W NEW - I don't have an
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.
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
good - picking up many MW US daytimers in addition to all the NYC
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
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
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.
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
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.
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)
CJCH N.S. Canada 4:20 PM EST gave calls then played Jack (think thats name of
song) by rolling stones. 12/29/07
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 !!!!
FM in an IBOC jammed market (most running IBOC between here and boston) it
sliced thru it like a hot knife cutting butter.
stations 45-60 miles away pounded in like locals. semi locals were easy to hold
i hit the AM side: heres a partal band scan (warwick R.I.):
pulled it right in (hard on other radios)
NY NY poundng in
like a local
WABC NY hard to get during day it pulled it in even kaito 1103 has trouble
ny (i think)
WCBS NY local like
WINS NY hard to get during day getting some skywave fading up and pounding in at
WBZ best i hae heard it in a long time and nulls their IBOC right down to
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
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
Ho hum, a re-run of Rush.
Can't hear a trace of their HD.
SC Cayce 1342
running Black Gospel music
1343 religious talk
NC Forest City 1344 TWANGY
1346 Spanish commercial for
SC Laurens 1347
religious weekend program SCREAMING preacher...
SC Blythewood 1348 religious Blythewood is just north of Columbia, SC
1350 SS music
950 WORD SC
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.
GA Augusta 1354
1090 WCZZ SC
Greenwood 1355 UP tempo
Black Gospel music
SC Lexington 1356 SS music
1190 WJES SC
1220 WDYT NC Kings Mountain 1359
pretending to be a Charlotte station
1240 WKDK SC Newberry
1335 Christmas music
SC Greenville 1401 Christmas music
SC Greenville 1410
NFL on Westwood ONE
1412 SCREAMING preacher
SC Batesburg SS
SC Newberry 1418 Cornell Blakely
SC Lancaster 1419
Note no WBT. The
console must be in the correct position for a null !!
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
"????, 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
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".
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
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
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
on a Zenith Trans-Oceanic H500 unaided on battery power:
KTNN Window Rock, AZ 1123 playing C&W NN announcer
KVOI Tucson, AZ 1125 ad for Hometown Buffet in Tucson on Oracle.
KCEE Tucson, AZ 1127 playing Garden Party by Ricky Nelson
KGVY Green Valley, AZ 1129 Christmas music then ID
KQNA Prescott, AZ 1128 Dennis Prager
KQTL Sahuarito, AZ 1128 ranchera
WWCR Nashville, TN 1830 with stopset between Alex Jones Show
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
Heard on a Zenith 8H034 [ http://www.antiqueradiomuseum.org/
way down the page] from 1946 and it was
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.
Locals KCFO-970, KGTO-1050, KAKC-1300 and KMUS-1380 currently off
air. KTBZ-1430 has IBOC turned off. Presumably all due to the major
storm. My antenna mast has been bent at 90 degrees and the wires
tangled up in my mangled willow tree in the back yard. Fortunately
still have power, unlike many others here in NE Oklahoma. Major
damage and power outages in the Tulsa area. Guess I'll try the
this evening since my outdoor wires are toast.
Locals KCFO-970, KGTO-1050, KRVT-1270 and KMUS-1380 all still off
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
frequencies. I'll have details later but new ones include 970:
WDAY-ND and WMAY-IL 1380: KHEY-TX. Tentative logs 1050: CKSB-MB and
The wires that came down with the willow tree in the backyard are
useable but phasing is difficult and unpredictable. One of the
mostly on the ground, the other is still "kind-of" in the
over,thru and around broken limbs.
A lot of Tulsa is still without power this evening. We still have
here at the house but one of my stores is still power-less. We
a few hours today using a borrowed generator, enough power to
one computer and printer. KRMG-740 was giving away firewood today
folks without power that have fireplaces. They got a lot of good
publicity on local TV news programs this evening! Tragically, there
been 36 hospitalizations and 2 deaths here in Tulsa due to carbon
monoxide poisoning from gasoline-powered generators being used
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
Big sections of Tulsa are still without electricity, including one
stores. More tragedies as 2 people died in fires, one started by an
unattended candle, the other started by an electrical short from a
A summary of what I heard while some of my locals were off due to
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
mentions of Fargo (BW-OK)
970 WMAY-IL Springfield 12DEC07 "The News Talk of Springfield,
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)
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.
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.
About a month ago, about 99% of my previously bad line noise went
good, it seems as I can now drive up and down IL Hwy 59 and DX
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
The BOG now is about 425 feet long and runs at about 273 degrees.
at about 277 degrees and making a soft and gradual bend to 270 due
lay of the land here. It is terminated via a basic 270 ohm Radio
resistor connected to my typical ground, a 5 foot piece of 1"
Some listening shows an improvement from the previous 350 footer as
improved. Once again best termination seems to be midband. But in
to the shorter BOG the effects on channels like 1060 are dramatic.
the east is hammered during the day and weakling WRHL mixes with
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
bragging about a high of -12C today.
I look forward to lengthening and fixing up my longer one (will be
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.
Heard on a tiny mighty mite Sony SRF-37 nekkid:
690 CBU 0705 CBC News story about Cesar Chavez in Venezuela. Weak.
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.
I noticed for the first time today in a long time that WWWT 1500
its predecessors) has IBOC at night. Now 1490 and 1510 are wiped
even with careful tuning of the antenna.
For anyone who has not heard TWR (Transmundial) on 800 from
they are strong on 800 right now.
12/19 2104 EST
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.
I have posted a bunch of IDs of unidentified US and other AM
and would greatly appreciate
your help in solving these mysteries. The file names indicate
a rough description of where the station is from, date
and time in UTC.
Unless otherwise indicated, all North American stations were heard
an antenna pointing at 300 degrees, normally bringing in stations
the East Coast to the Midwest, occasionally up to the Rocky
All of the above stations were heard on a DXpedition to Finnish
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
Some additional details and comments on individual files:
- 960 both clips likely the same station. Do you know if WTCH (the
likely candidate, already QSLed) uses the slogan "Your
- 1220 Christian talk station (with regular CJRB). The Oregon
already QSLed, would be the most likely candidate, but whatever
calls were at the time (KCCS/KBDY/KPJC?) it doesn't seem to fit,
even they wouldn't have music from 10 pm through the night (to 3
as mentioned in the announcement
- 1340: I have a candidate for the calls, but whatever comes after
(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
don't sound like WING which would be the most common ESPN station
- "Gospel Inspiration" on 1480 AM, which should be from
the West Coast
or the Rockies based on antenna direction (336 degrees), but the
I can find gospel stations is Texas. At the time (1328 UTC) the sun
rising in Texas, so it could be possible, and a stunning surprise,
I'd like to rule out the regular KBMS Vancouver WA - can anyone
in the state of WA say whether this would be KBMS or something
It was early Sunday morning US time, so maybe even a non-gospel
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
- 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
1216 UTC. WIXK (already QSLed) would be the most obvious country
here, but there are rarer C&W stations as well.
The Whole Earth
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.
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
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.
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
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
USA- KTBN… 15590 kHz at 1812 UTC. Religious music. Excellent
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
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.
UNITED STATES. WHRA. 7465 kHz. Preaching in English. 0605 UTC. Fair
UNITED STATES. WYFR in German. 0613 UTC on 7780 kHz. Fair signal.
UNITED STATES. Voice of America. 0624 UTC on 9480 kHz in French
playing American Pop Music. "This program has come to you from
Voice of America- Washington" ID in English at the half-hour.
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
Iran: Iranian international service in English, 6120 @ 0200z.
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
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
5890 WWCR Nashville, TN 1905 with "The Power Hour" and a
3250 Pyongyang BS Pyongyang, DPRK 1411 KK man with choir in
3280 Voice of Pujiang Shanghai, China 1414 CC woman, poor.
3925 Radio Nikkei Tokyo, Japan 1417 JJ 2 men and woman with ham
3985 Echo of Hope Seoul, S. Korea 1419 KK with massive jamming.
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
5815 Radio Racja Sitkunai, Lithuania 1433 RR woman reading news
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,
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
Laura Nyro. Fair.
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
listen. There was a lot of local QRM but the signal was fair.
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.
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!
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!
** 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
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
pasé contigo``, Dec 2 at 1332. I only heard three, but there were
per the back-announce. I enjoy such daring programming
** MEXICO. Radio Mil, XEOI, 6010, weak but audible Sunday Dec 2 at
``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
would have faded out anyway. There was some splatter from 6020 or
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
0409-0416 on new 6915; when I checked 6915 at 0615 I heard no echo,
** 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
--- ? 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
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
address, like wainamradio@mabarak... but I am not at all sure of
there is a www given too but marred by fade/distortion. I hope
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
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
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
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`
are available for download.
However, the last 3 minutes of their audio file do NOT match what I
recorded today on WHRA, in music or announcements, gender of
including several clear Zena Tewáhedo IDs in the last few minutes.
gives a Los Angeles address, and eotc e-mail address as on the
A couple times during the SW broadcast I heard Louisiana mentioned.
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
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
there may be other clandestine programs on this frequency, just as
TDP once had a full schedule of several different rotating programs depending on
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:
opening announcement in their Dec 3 audio file mentions kHz and
twice. If they do match up, the Thursday broadcast could be EPPF
I hope someone can evaluate my clip on its own merits, and also
transmission other days of the week
José Miguel Romero suggests some possibilities, but I am not sure
either is a
Saludos Glenn, puede tratarse de Voice of Tewahedo Ethiopian
programa religioso emitido por New World Radio 1120 AM Washington
Esta emisora emite una serie de programas religiosos, entre ellos
comunidad Ethiope. Al descargar el audio se puede leer Demitse
Glenn, otra posibilidad mas factible es que se trata de Finote
Si se escucha el final del audio correspondiente al 2 de Diciembre,
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
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
show: Dec 3 at 1455, Mozart`s beautiful ``Exsultate, Jubilate``
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
chanting, music, Dec 3 at 0710-0722+, and this late, no QRM de Cuba
** 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
should be dispensable to avoid such conflicts, and instead
hourtop, but hey, we know what a ``good neighbor`` CRI is.
had just been talking about its severe trade imbalance and hoping
aid to railways.
This CRI broadcast is in Russian at 1400, 37 degrees from
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
anything else on frequency even during pauses, but the jamming is
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
Rwanda 15620, but only noise on 15660; even more so at 1456
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
educational opportunities in India. VOA is 108 degrees from
means an even bigger clash in the Middle East
** MEXICO. No sign of XEYU, 9599+, Dec 5 around 0635; possibly
propagation instead as ANO 9580 was better than usual. But at 1338,
loud and clear with RFI news relay; in fact, much better than RA on
9590 which were barely audible
** POLAND [non]. PRES, 9450 via Germany, Dec 5 at 1343, best yet
35433, and actually listenable, so I did for a while: report on
care system, with speakers in Polish, voice-overs in English; 1347
10:1 trade imbalance with China, and hopes to get Chinese aid for
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
However, CRI musical prélude collided co-channel from *1357 for
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
then report on real estate market in Romania; undermodulated but
enough carrier to make it listenable; no comparison in loudness, however, to
Tunisia 7190 with its usual great music. At least, no roar on this
** 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
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
4450 KOREAN NAT.DEM.FRONT 2157-0400 1234567 Korean 15 ND Pyongyang
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
** SPAIN [non]. REE Costa Rica relay, 15170, Dec 6 at 1340 starting
Catalan news from Barcelona, after Diario Hablado in castellano;
switched to Gallego, but studio source not mentioned, so really
this there was co-channel QRM underneath producing a SAH of about 5
According to Aoki, this would be RRI in Romanian, 250 kW, 285
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
not seeing a single ship for weeks (or months?). Must be well
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
succeeded. Now they hope to do so every week. Seems his adventure,
including a Turkish flag aboard, is not getting the worldwide publicity it
indeed I had not heard of it until now. The website media coverage
English) shows plenty, but almost all only in Turkey.
As usual, could not understand names but was able to copy his
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
Luso-Portuguese. That`s VOA São Tomé at 138 degrees, 1700-1800.
collides with The Valley at 2030-2100 in Hausa/French via
** 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
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.
it`s to block R. Free Asia in Chinese via Tinian, 319 degrees at
That would also be a problem for WBCQ in North America, but not on
Altho authorized for 24 hours on 7415, current scheduled sign-on is
** 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
** 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
well, but it`s still tough here near high noon.
BTW, in the N Hemisphere we are now at our earliest sunsets of the
Enid 2316 UT, while our latest sunrises will be a month later in
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
** 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
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
why-not? basis, UT Fri Dec 7 at 0654, with Jumpin` Jack Flash by R.
weak and fading. Or possibly a real pirate which decided to
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
for VOA Studio 7 service, Dec 7 at 1755 I could barely detect a
21495; and the only identifiable signal on 13m was WYFR on 21680,
too, so very little propagation on this band
** JAPAN [and non]. Sat Dec 8 at 1411 came upon World Interactive
on NHK Warido Radio Japan, 7200. Quite good signal, and no need to
Sackville relay instead, but I checked 11705 anyway, still stronger
a few words behind 7200, which is Yamata at 240 degrees to SE Asia,
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
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
as the show was full of exaggerated excitement, politeness, oohs
everybody talking at once, spurred on by the hostess, Kei (?),
our point of view, and managing to convey very little useful info
participants seemed to be having a wonderful time. She said this
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
** LIBYA. 17725, Dec 8 at 1624, weak signal in French, must be V.
of Africa as
** 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
internet feed full of chirps, etc. Per WHRA online schedule this is
The Truth In Love, with Brother Phil``
** U S A. WBCQ observations Sat Dec 8: had not heard 17495-CLSB for
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,
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
so off-pitch fits; same situation an hour earlier. Could get usable
of WBCQ 9330 on LSB or synch LSB. At 2038 on 7415, Allan Weiner
repeat was in progress, discussion with someone on phone about
According to WBCQ online program schedule this hour is supposed to
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
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
frequencies: Dec 10 at 1347 could not hear on 9580 or 9590, but OK
Presumably near Summer Solstice, the 9 MHz signals are getting
absorbed rather than refracted where the first hop would normally be in our
pre-sunrise MUF being at its lowest, altho one might otherwise
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
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
** CUBA. Surprised to find the DentroCuban Jamming Command running
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
** 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
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
attributed to Klaus Schneider and presumably identical to yet
and yet2 another version of the same data:
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
** 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
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
15205 is the terribly defective BSKSA transmitter, Riyadh at 320
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
fixed? Not // BSKSA 15435 Arabic talk, VG modulation there
** SWEDEN [non]. R. Sweden had an excellent report on the Nobel
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
the webstream is running normally, with scheduled programming
checked Dec 10 at 1630. This is not too surprising, since that comes out of the
George McClintock tells me that he has not been to the transmitter
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
the remote site near Frisco TX has been without power. Delays in
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.
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
George adds that since the datalink company changed hands, there
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
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
Monitoring Center head Mrs Drita Çiço, the two English announcers
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
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
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
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.
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
it can hardly be an accidental slip of the finger, but why? Other
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
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
From website we learn that XEOY`s slogan is ``Vive México`` (not
means Mexico Lives (not Long Live Mexico). Here`s their program
displaying current day unless you click on another:
** TURKEY. Live from Turkey, Thu Dec 13 at 1400 on 12035, but
webcast so I could hear every word; three announcers in studio
Sarkozy for latest conflict with France over EU admission, and also
Crystal for his published comments, but they still want him to call
** U K. BBCWS, 5875, VG reception with news Dec 13 at 0648-0659:30*
program promo at 0659 with time only in CET! Do they really think
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
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
[not], 9580, Dec 14 at 1358. Unfortunately, I tuned in only seconds
went to a fragment of W. Matilda, interrupting programming, and
quite weaker 9590 to continue
** GUIANA FRENCH. Presumed site for unlisted DRM,
strong Fri Dec 14 at 1348 check, but missing Sat Dec 15 at 1439.
another M-F only operation, or channel could be gone after a brief
TDF now plans to be running DRM at any hour on 5050-5055-5060 for
** INDONESIA. VOI, 9526.0, lasts another day, Dec 14 at 1359
with e-mail address voi @ rri-online.com pronounced more or less in
and into Indonesian
** IRAN. 13790, muezzin fair at 1350 UT Fri Dec 14. HFCC says this
Arabic service, 0530-1430, 500 kW, 178 degrees from Kamalabad
** MALAYSIA. Usually all I hear is a weak het around 6050, but in
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
schedule, it escaped us, but it includes several wooden
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
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
By 2241 signal was considerably better, music playing seemed to
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
steady at 8 out of 14 bars on the scale when RF gain at max. 2247 a
on the air with American accent but could not tell who it was; he
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
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
``Turkish Capital`` program, not sure of title, but was about
companies and what they produce, e.g. fruit juice, tiles, bandages.
** U S A. Contrary to usual Dec-Feb scheduling, WWCR has remained
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
Dec 18 at 0645 that RA was audible, tho not very strong on 15515
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
``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
audible, but 15660 with usual white noise. I wonder if the Germans
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
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
numerous commercial, toll-free numbers, from Business Talk Radio
Net. Could it
be XERTA reactivated on its new frequency, and converted into a
station for the US audience? No! At 0659 a local Enid ad and ID for
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.
was also suspect in that it was at absolutely constant strength and
seem subject to preselector peaking. Perhaps current snow and ice
transmitter caused this to get out, or a temporary receiver/antenna
fortunately not heard since
** U S A. After the Dec 14 airing which publicized the imminent
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
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
Belarus, Lukashenko`s visit to Anzoátegui and how Venezuela and
such good friends (authoritarians must stick together); the
translation was too
literal and heavily accented, but we appreciate the effort. If only
when to expect English. 1521 back into Spanish with song about
** AUSTRALIA [and non]. RA, 6020, still has co-channel QRM from
motor-boating defective transmitter, believed to be Vietnam, Dec 20
** 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,
dominating, roughly 10 Hz apart in a big SAH. Both with preachers,
vs Christians! One changed programs at 0644 from Midnight Cry to
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
is scheduled English to Europe but there were no announcements at
2127:30*, having cut to the RT theme music at 2127. Meanwhile, I
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
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
propagating from Eu/ME at that hour on that band, Greece poor on
** 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
presumably from the 6075 transmitter just before it did go off a
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
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
1400, Dec 22: still going at 1419, but not at 1457 recheck, so made
sometime between those hours.
Also on 5890 with WWCR-4, PPP, at 1419, but this one lasts until
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
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
** 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
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
else or ID. This raises an interesting question. Yes, hams in
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
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
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
11785; they play a lot of music, good value for money? But at 1905
transmission cut off, abruptly back to WHRA in English, announcing
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
music fill programming; still the same at 1944 recheck. Obviously,
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
rather muffled talk in unID language, on 11805. Then at 1856
Radio, and Oakland. O no, not again. Did not recognize it as
listed as such via Madagascar. I am also disappointed that even RNW
availablizes its resources to this wacky ministry, seemingly bent
broadcasting via every conceivable SW relay site. This is the 50 kW
aimed 320 degrees for EAf, so not too far from our azimuth too.
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
broadcasts via Okeechobee
** CHAD. I`ve heard it too, no doubt, RNT reactivated on 4905: best
by far outside NAm, Dec 26 at 0605-0620, mostly talk in uncertain
maybe part Arabic, part French, with bits of music. Nothing
resembling an ID
heard. Mauritania might have competed if it were audible on 4845.
the `4905` signal was a smidgin below frequency as others have
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
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
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
4845 with OM vocal chants predominantly at a single pitch, shifting
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
lines up with eastern Iceland
** U S A. KAIJ remains off the air from 9480 and 5755. On Dec 27,
McClintock told me that the owner of Two If By Sea, Mike Parker,
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
George adds that it`s sad that KAIJ is off SW, since it was so
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
George is not aware of any imminent sale of the station, despite
For the time being the webcast is still running, altho it may not
WOR 1386 ran Thu Dec 27 at 1600 instead of the new 1388, or even
1387, but they have agreed to put the latest WOR on successive
** AUSTRIA [and non]. Tuning around for something to monitor at UT
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,
of some clock, and then --- what else --- ``On the Beautiful Blue
doubt by the VPO, but it had not finished when transmission cut off
2308* which is precisely the time 6155 normally closes, per Aoki.
once, couldn`t they have made an exception? BTW, once it was off, I
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
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
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
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
** 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
tentatively called ``Iran`s Parliamentary Spoxeman Remarx``. Sounds
are obsessed with the US occupation of Iraq. Good, clear audio, and
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,
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
was a countdown, brief celebration and fireworx sounds. No gongs
almost 1505; reception was only fair but peaked at 1515 during
still audible tho weak at 1538. I also heard R. Japan in English on
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
** 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
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;
better signal with harp music. Usually news/talk during these
hours, but not on
** SERBIA [non]. Finally I could check myself for the strangely
Italian service to North America from Belgrade, Jan 1 at 0130 on
and ID as Radio Internazionale di Serbia. Program would be 30
Serbian music, but interspersed with announcements by W in Italian.
slow CW QRM from novice ham on low side
** SPAIN. REE, 6055, with interesting discussion of NY observations
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
Special English, scheduled this hour via Thailand at 166 degrees,
for Indonesia rather than Australia? No, CIRAF targets are SE Asia,
Australia, NZ, but not New Guinea. Why are we teaching English to
and Enzedders in the nightmiddle? They are entitled to Border
** UKRAINE. RUI reactivated on 7440 with the hi-power Lviv
that a new fiscal year has begun, Jan 1 at 0010 in Ukrainian talk,
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,
modulation than neighboring Tirana 7425. 0121 into Close-up program
several topix including one genius in one hundred is Ukrainian, and
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
Dec 31: before 2300 blocked by Algeria via UK. At 2331 poor in too
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
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?
BBC World Service news bulletin at 1630-1635 UTC, 12/2/07, on 5975
(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
Hall multiband portable with whip.
Good to hear BBC on SW again; first logging since they discontinued
their NA service several years ago.
9750kHz @ 1330Z My location: Tokyo
Beam heading indicates in northwest direction as opposed to Voice
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.
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
know what is normal. I relied heavily on the B07 Shortwave
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
Parallel w/2325kHz; 2325kHz better sig; not really understandable
early due to noise level; man talking in EE
2325 ABC Northern
Territory Tennant Creek
Parallel w/2310kHz; 2 men in discussion in EE
2485 ABC Northern
Parallel w/2310 and 2325kHz; now into folk-sounding song and
to singer in EE 1057
2850 KCBS Pyongyang
Pyongyang Korea, North
clear with woman & man in KK; some fading
3250 Voice of Korea
Pyongyang Korea, North
woman speaking in JJ; vy strong; fading 1111 UTC
3320 Pyongyang BS
Pyongyang Korea, North
woman speaking in KK; vy strong
3335 R. East Sepik
Wewak Papua New Guinea
guess based on B07 list; vy bassy audio; weak; music with man
between songs 1113 UTC
3480 Korean National
Democratic Front Wonsan
Korea, North 35333
Korean Obviously a guess; Man speaking in KK
3560 Voice of Korea
Kujang Korea, North
Japanese 80-meter SSB ham band; Man talking in FF with gentle music
interspersed 1122 UTC
3912 Voice of the
Korea, South 55322 Korean
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
3925 Radio Nikkei 1
Tokyo-Nagara Japan 55555
sig; multiple high-pitched female voices; the horror of Radio
Disney-like programming in JJ
3985 Echo of Hope
Gimpo Korea, South
jamming on freq; strong sig but distorted due to jamming;
music/speaking in KK 1136 UTC
4220 PBS Qinghai Xining
Tibetan Lots of digital sig
interfence; low level audio; Man talking with another man
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
4460 CNR 1
55544 Chinese-Mandarin Music show with
female singing interspersed with man talking in CC; good quality
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
4635 Tajik Radio 1
Dushanbe-Yangiyul Tajikistan 45333
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
4740 R. Son La 1
Son La Vietnam
talking in VV; lots fading 1210
4750 CNR 1
43333 Chinese-Mandarin Parallel
w/4460kHz; female talking in CC; heavy interference from PBS
on same freq.; 1219
4775 AIR Imphal
Gentle guitar music
with singing; female announcer in presumed Hindi between songs
4780 R. Cultural
Coatan San Sebastian Coatan
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
4800 CNR 1
54545 Chinese-Mandarin Parallel
w/4460kHz; booming sig; man talking in CC
4810 AIR Mumbai
Indian sounding music
with man singing; female announcer 1253 UTC
4820 PBS Xizang
54445 Chinese-Mandarin Man talking
rapidly in CC; time pips at 1300Z and ID in CC; female announcer in
at top of hour 1258
4830 Mongolian Radio 1
Altaj Mongolia 53333
w/4895kHz; 4895kHz sig stronger but this freq less interference;
sounds like jamming on freq; otherwise good sig; man talking in MM
4880 AIR New Delhi
Man talking in HH;
sig not too strong 1306
4895 Mongolian Radio 1
Murun Mongolia 53333
w/4830kHz; this freq stronger but more interference; man talking in
MM; interference from strong Voice of Strait on 4900kHz
4900 Voice of Strait
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
Sounded like typical
commercial radio with ads except all in Hindi; gud sig; mostly
4920 PBS Xizang (CNR8)
Lhasa China 54445
w/4905kHz; interference from AIR Chennai on same freq; man talking
4940 AIR Guwahati
Man talking; fairly
clear freq and decent sig 1325
4950 AIR R. Kashmir
Man singing; heavily interfered with from Voice of Pujiang on same
freq 1332 UTC
4950 Voice of Pujiang
33322 Chinese/Amoy Soft
music heavily interfered with from AIR on same freq
4975 Voice of Russia
Dushanbe-Yanivul Tajikistan 44333
Pashto/Dari Man talking rapidly; good sig
4980 PBS Xinjiang
Man & woman
talking; lots of digital interference 1340 UTC
4990 PBS Hunan
53444 Chinese-Mandarin ID at top
of hour; female announcer; good sig 1359 UTC
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...
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
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.
recap, the format is as follows:
Morse-ident frequency is 186.585 kHz
center frequency for the voice ID is 187.000 kHz USB (Morse ident is heard as
415 Hz tones).
cycle: 60.00 sec
- 46.8 seconds: Morse ID of "SMV" (. . . - -
. . . -), repeated 12 times
- 52.0 seconds: 5-sec dash
- 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.
stronger capacitance hat had to be constructed that could withstand our 60-80mph
Morocco, Medin @ 23:18 UT December 11 w/ good
signal , a bit stronger than usual ; Arabic vocals and chat
UTC S/P ITU Station
1027 ON CAN London/Thames
2359 NU CAN
Iqaluit/Frobisher Bay 1525
1137 TN USA
1000 -- CLM Cali
1040 KY USA Mount Sterling
0323 -- CUB Cienfuegos
1955 NJ USA Teterboro/Torby
1045 QC CAN Pabok/Du
2325 VT USA Rutland/Smuto
1048 GA USA Athens/Bulldog
1048 SC USA Walterboro
1052 KY USA Henderson/Geneva
0014 VA USA Fort
1056 SC USA Rock Hill/Rally
1057 ON CAN Cat Lake
2353 MA USA Westfield/Wesie
1020 NY USA
0018 -- TCA Grand Turk (AF)
1106 WI USA Osceola
2123 ON CAN
1109 IN USA Gary
1111 VA USA Abington/Whine
0312 VA USA
1006 OH USA Middletown/Hook
1113 OH USA Cadiz
0315 TN USA Athens/Mcminn Co
0028 MI USA Howell
1010 TN USA Lafayette
1031 GA USA
0002 NY USA Elmira/Alpine
KZ 248 12/01/07
0033 ON CAN Buttonville
1122 MB CAN Winnipeg
1034 DE USA Wilmington/Hadin
251 12/04/07 1053
IL USA Macomb
1045 TN USA Lewisburg/Verona
1019 OH USA Columbus/Cobbs
1022 MN USA Marshall
1039 TN USA Somerville
1042 NY USA Fort Drum (Army)
0041 MI USA Grand
1036 OH USA London
0047 NC USA City
0957 -- CUB Bayamo
1053 NC USA
0916 KY USA
1106 KY USA
0052 VA USA Wakefield
1045 ON CAN Pikangikum
2139 ME USA Presque
1111 -- CUB Baracoa
0925 -- PAQ Easter
0912 AR USA De Queen
283.5 12/01/07 2053 --
CNR Punta de la Entallada
1120 MN USA Pipestone
1121 LA USA Vivian
0022 -- TRD Crown Point
1027 -- PTR San Juan
2128 NY USA New
0036 IL USA Carmi
1004 DC USA Oxon
0042 ON CAN Fort Severn
1017 FL USA Leesburg
0959 IA USA Chariton
0957 OH USA Cincinnati
1025 -- XUU ?
1009 AR USA Stuttgart/Stutt
1044 NC USA Rutherfordton/
1006 NC USA
1049 TX USA
Kingsville/Kleberg Co 1851
1029 SC USA Aiken
1127 -- CUB Habana
1015 GA USA Perry/Bay Creek
1126 WI USA Mosinee/Bayye
1021 AL USA Enterprise
0138 ON CAN Parry
0950 MT USA Lewistown
1141 AR USA Little
1102 LA USA Carma
1031 TN USA Knoxville/Benfi
1105 GA USA Columbus/Fenix
1048 FL USA West Palm
1034 IL USA Peoria/Tungg
0142 NY USA Ogdensburg
1111 MI USA Grayling 768
1041 NC USA
0114 GA USA
1045 TN USA Madisonville
1043 OH USA Akron
0149 NB CAN Bathurst/Manta
0153 SC USA
0152 MI USA Traverse
1121 IN USA Muncie/Balll
2352 GA USA
1052 -- CUB Camaguay
1018 LA USA
2245 WI USA Watertown/Rock
1025 NU CAN
1028 NC USA
2254 ON CAN Saint Thomas
2322 GA USA Baxley
2340 MN USA Owatonna
1109 GA USA
1117 -- GTM Santa
1118 ON CAN Toronto/Rexdale
1120 GA USA Douglas/Coffee
1048 TN USA Dayton/Mark
1052 GA USA Claxton
2350 NC USA Elizabethtown
2326 KY USA Mayfield
0958 IA USA Charles
1111 OH USA Port Clinton
1003 AL USA Auburn/Opole
1001 FL USA Ocala/Jumpi
2225 -- AZR Graciosa
Log showing first reception of
each signal from 20071201 onwards.
Daytime: 15:00-19:59, Night:
Output sorted by date
YYYYMMDD UTC kHz Call
Miles + Location
20071201 02:20 518
Y St John's, NL, CAN
20071201 05:53 518
Y Labrador, NL, CAN
20071226 05:00 332
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
1020 142 LAKE
CITY, FL, USA
20071230 16:22 206
GLS 1030 1030 808
Galveston, TX, USA
20071230 16:24 206
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
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
1020 37 LEESBURG,
20071230 17:12 338
FJ 1050 1040 85
Luuce, FL, USA
20071231 02:40 326
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
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
1020 294 Sylvania,
20080102 01:07 326
PKZ 1055 1025 374
Pensacola, FL, USA
20080102 01:13 326
Y UNION COUNTY, SC, USA
20080102 01:23 340
1020 293 Blakely,
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).
HD FM Radio Log
Radiosophy HD100 with Whip Antenna
Saturday, Dec 22, 2007
12:45 - 1:00 AM CST
88.7 MHz KUHF-HD1
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
93.3 MHz /Party
99.3 Houston's Party Station/ no HD signal
93.7 MHz KKRW-HD1
94.5 MHz KTBZ-HD1
95.7 MHz KHJZ-HD
96.5 MHz KHMX-HD1
97.9 MHz KBXX-HD
98.5 MHz KTJM-HD
99.1 MHz KODA-HD1
100.3 MHz KILT-HD
101.1 MHz KLOL-HD1
102.1 MHz KMJQ-HD
102.9 MHz KLTN-HD
103.7 MHz /Jack-FM/ no
104.1 MHz KRBE-HD1
KRBE-HD2 (with Jack-FM, 3-second delay from 103.7 above)
104.9 MHz KAMA-HD1
105.7 MHz /KHCB/ no HD
106.5 MHz /Recuerdo FM
106.5/ no HD signal
106.9 MHz KHPT-HD1
107.5 MHz KHTC-HD1
107.9 MHz KQQK-HD
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
PM EST-10:31 PM EST
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
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.
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,
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
for me, anyway, was the hit-and-run driver who sideswiped me on my
into WXXI this morning, sending me crashing into a line of parked
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
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
at wnep.com). WVIA-TV's analog service was restored from a shorter
tower at the same site. WVIA-FM (89.9), which was fairly low on the
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
icing, and the signals have been going on and off up there all day.
Much more in the morning at fybush.com, including pics...
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.
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;
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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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 industryâ€”like other mediaâ€” 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 candidatesâ€”just 11 in 2008 compared to 36 in 2006â€”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
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.
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works: internet radio
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.
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."
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
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.
Streaming live, podcast feed and audio on demand [including download] for several weeks after broadcast date. Click on 'Audio' at www.rnzi.com.
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NBN New Years
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.
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.
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
NOVA 106.9 Brisbine, Aus http://www.nova1069.com.au
countdown into techo music
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.
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.
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
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.
bargains this month
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
St. Helena - Booming in nicely here at 2025 utc, with english and
announcements (so far), and an eclectic mix of music, including
Miller's "England Swings".
KEVT- 1210 was very rough here last night - not only WPHT to
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'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!
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
M anncr , but began fading quickly after that. Missed opening
to imaging QRM from nearby 50 kW. tx ( KFNX, 1100 kHz.), but had
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).
I scanned my recordings of 1210 made during the KEVT and I can find
evidence of the DX test. I heard a Spanish station which is most
Cuba in WPHT's semi-null.
heard in Gilbert, AZ. Mex music. But its only 130 miles away.
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.
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.
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.
** 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
something was causing a slow SAH. Tnx for the DX special
a trace here [KEVT test] near Chicago using a loop as WPHT is too strong.
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.
Operation: 5,000 watts
using non-directional antenna pattern.
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
reports may be sent to:
Mr. Monte Passmore, CE,
NOTE: All requests
for verifications must be accompanied by return postage in order to receive a
thanks to KKMO Chief Engineer Monte Passmore for agreeing to conduct this test.
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
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.
960 Kingston, ON DX Test
TIME: Early morning
of Tuesday January 15 (Monday night).
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!
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
Remembering the Voice of the Voyager
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:
be silent when you
enter my world.
Waves slowly beat
All is dark,
only the moon shows a
In the far distance
a loon cries
On the far shore
to the sky limit.
Rain begins to fall
I must leave now, nut
your world is just
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.
one got the bird this month!
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