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Entire on air staff let go at the MBS stations in Saint John.
Ricky Todd passes on word that everyone was laid off this past Friday at the 3 Maritime Broadcasting System stations in Saint John, New Brunswick. CJYC 98.9 (COOL FM), CIOK 100.5 (K-100), and CFBC 930. Ricky describes the sad situation:
"The MBS office has been emptied of all on air staff Friday last week, Now 100 percent voice track from 7am - 7pm roughly and no local on air staffing presence anymore in the office. Got people from as far away as West Coast voice tracking the stations and some of the staff from their other stations, CFBC is still the guy from Miramichi, CJYC and CIOK are using staff from their other stations at times with no on air n ames and Nathan from Winnipeg, driving by the building and the lights are usually off in the studios and there are no cars in the parking lot."
Canadian Radio News FB group (16/2-2018)

All India Radio Dibrugarh (567 kHz, 300 kW) celebrated its Golden Jubilee on 15 February 2018. Media reports obviously referring to the same press release can be found at these news sites:
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (16/2-2018)



New German station Radio Oberfranken has been testing for about a week on 1584 kHz with estimated power between 1 and 5 kilowatts.
Heard in northern Germany with SINPO 42433. Anybody have an idea of site?
Robert Duebler (14/2-2018)



The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Monday cleared a total of 24 development projects at an estimated cost of around Rs200 billion. Among them was installation of 100kW Medium Wave Digital Transmitter at Mirpur, AJK, for countering cross-border propaganda, at a cost of Rs143.8m, and rehabilitation of medium wave services for Muzaffarabad Radio Station, AJK, at a cost of Rs160.6m.
https://www.dawn.com/news/1389000 (13/2-2018)

On 1 February 2018, TWR West Africa Transmitter Station (WATS) celebrates ten years of reaching across barriers of darkness, fear and hopelessness in the West African region by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, bringing hope and providing spiritual guidance to the people in this region (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Togo). Beside the English broadcasts, the station airs its programmes in languages like Hausa, Igbo, Twi, Yoruba, Fongbe, Jula, Bambara, Kanuri, Lukpa.
At its humble beginnings, the transmitter [rather: building] was built with hand-made cement block bricks by Garth Kennedy and a team of local labourers. Garth, a quantity surveyor by profession initially started working at TWR planning the re-design and expansion of the studio/office building for TWR in Abidjan to replace the studio/office in the home of Abdoulaye and Elizabeth El hadj of Timbuktu. The Kennedy family were the first TWR missionaries to serve at the West Africa Transmitter Station. To see the medium wave transmitter turned on, and hear those first few words being broadcast into an area with more than 190 million people, was something very special to Garth and the team.
Excerpts from https://www.twrafrica.org/index.php/see/news/616-twr-wats-celebrates-10-years-of-radio-ministry via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (13/2-2018)

(CRTC) Extension granted to the NEW 1220 AM IN ST. CATHARINES.
Radio Dhun Incorporated (10070394 Canada) has until April 20, 2019 to get this new 10,000 watt English language Classic Hits station in St. Catharines on the air. Call letters for the facility have still not been selected.
Canadian Radio News fb group (12/2-2018)



Tomorrow February 13th is the annual World Radio Day.
The following from Wikipedia:
World Radio Day is an observance day held annually on 13 February. World Radio Day is about celebrating radio, why we love it and why we need it today more than ever. A day to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe. It was proclaimed on 3 November 2011 by UNESCO's 36th General Conference after originally being proposed by the Kingdom of Spain.
http://www.diamundialradio.org/home (12/2-2018)

Effect Radio Waves New Transmitter TWR Kralendijk.
TWR would like to address concerns the people on Bonaire may have regarding the effect of radio waves of this new 440kW transmitter. What changed this year at TWR (Trans World Radio)-Bonaire?
On January 30, 2018, Trans World Radio put into operation a new 440 kW transmitter. Before that time, TWR used a 100 kW transmitter. A transmitter turns electrical signals into radio waves.
What are Radio Waves?
Radio waves are a type of electromagnetic waves, the same kind of waves as e.g. visible light, but with a longer wavelength and much lower frequency. Radio waves travel at the speed of light and have been used for communicating across long distances for almost 100 years.
Is this the first time TWR Bonaire broadcasts on 440 Kw?
No, Trans World Radio had been broadcasting at higher power (500kW) for 35 years, from the year 1964. In 1999, TWR decided, for financial reasons, to downscale to a much smaller transmitter. This transmitter did not reach countries like Cuba, Venezuela, and Caribbean Islands very well, therefore TWR recently restored the power back to 440kW.
Are there health risks?
In 1997, KEMA *) measured the field strength of the 500 kW transmitter. KEMA reported, “The electric and the magnetic field strength measured outside the TWR fence is very low, much lower than the limits mentioned in the European and American standards”. Measurements by Trans World Radio on February 6th, 2018 confirm that this is still the case.
*) Kema: KEMA (Keuring van Elektrotechnische Materialen Arnhem) NV, established in 1927 was a global energy consulting company headquartered in Arnhem, Netherlands. It offered management consulting, technology consulting and services to the energy value chain that includes business and technical consultancy, operational support, measurements and inspection, and testing and certification services. On 22 December 2011, DNV GL acquired KEMA's shares, creating a global consulting and Certification Company with 2300 experts located in over 20 countries
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (12/2-2018)



The 549 TX used for the am outlet of Spirit Radio returned to the air this evening just after 7 pm GMT. Firstly with a strong carrier and then with modulated bursts of music and speech.
We look forward to their hasty return to am, and with a good signal strength.
Dave Angell (10/2-2018)

TWR Bonaire 800kHz. Acc. to TWR Bonaire there may be slight changes to the schedule, but it should be now like this:
2130 – 2300 Caribbean 50 kW Spanish
2300 – 2400 Caribbean 225 kW English
0000 – 0300 Northwest 440 kW Spanish
0300 – 0500 Caribbean 225 kW Spanish
0500 – 0800 Caribbean 100 kW Spanish
0800 - 1000 Brazil 440 kW Portuguese
1000 - 1100 Caribbean 225 kW Spanish
1100 – 1200 Caribbean 100 kW Spanish
1200 – 1230 Caribbean 50 kW Spanish
73, Mauno Ritola (10/2-2018)

Consultation on reduction of Absolute Radio medium wave coverage.
Ofcom has today published a consultation on a proposed variation to Absolute Radio’s national analogue radio licence. Absolute Radio is seeking to reduce its medium wave (AM) coverage across the UK, from 90% to 85%. The station would continue to be available to listeners in the affected areas via DAB digital radio, via television on the Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media platforms, and via the internet. We are now seeking views from interested or affected parties which must be submitted by 26 February 2018. We will take all responses into account before reaching a final decision.
The consultation can be found at
BDXC via Dave Kenny (9/2-2018)

CBC received approval this week to flip IRCP Natashquan QC from 1100 MW to 99.9 FM.
Andy Reid (9/2-2018)

CBC received approval the other day to decrease the power of CBU [690 kHz] to 25kWs day and night. https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-52.htm
Andy Reid (9/2-2018)

Absolute Radio propose to close 12 MW transmitters and reduce power on 5 sites. Consultation is now open.

James Robinson (9/2-2018)

For some time now, I don’t get Sudan National Broadcasting Corporation Reiba from Sudan on 1296 anymore. Here in west Germany the station was regularly under COPE Valencia from Spain and R. XL. The 600 kw strong station was for some time slots during greyline even dominating the channel.
Does someone have any information about the current situation?
Thanks and 73, Zeljko (8/2-2018)



Spirit Radio has been off air on 549 am for some time now. However, it could be possibly returning to the air next week as a team of engineers are visiting the site at the weekend to get the Harris TX up and running again, so the station could well be loud and clear and back by next week.
Dave Angell (7/2-2018)

Remember, it is World Radio Day February 13th, and the theme this year is 'Radio and Sports'.
Ydun Ritz (7/2-2018)

There is a new low powered medium wave station from Italy on 1485 kHz: Radio Feltre Stereo. It is broadcasting from the area of Belluno, a city in the North East Italian region of Veneto.
A number of Italian MW stations have got their license some months ago. Among them, for example, Free Radio AM from Trieste near the border with Slovenia which in the last days has put into operation a new transmitter with an output up to 2.5 kW. Some others, instead, were not successful in obtaining a license like Challenger Radio on 846 kHz but its owner Maurizio Anselmo has announced an appeal. However it should be also mentioned that despite a large number of licenses was issued, only a few stations have really started broadcasting. This means they risk to loose the license.
Antonello Napolitano, WRTH fb group (5/2-2018)



KQV 1410 Pittsburgh says goodbye.
It's coming back. "The husband-and-wife team who just bought Pittsburgh's oldest news radio station aims to get KQV back on the airwaves this fall."
More: http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13266883- 74/new-owners-of-kqv-radio-station-hope-to-keep-the-all-news-format
Richard Langley, WOR groups.io (6/2-2018)



The CBC received approval today to convert Radio One CBOI 690 AM in Ear Falls, Ontario to 95.5 FM. The power will be 50 watts. Antenna height will be 15.1 metres with a non-directional radiation pattern. Programming will continue to originate from CBQT 88.3 in Thunder Bay.
CRTC DECISION: https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-45.htm
Approval was also granted to convert Radio One CBNA 600 AM in Saint Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador to 100.3 FM. The power will be 4,500 watts. Antenna height will be 173 metres with a non-directional radiation pattern. Programming will continue to originate from CBY 990 in Corner Brook.
CRTC DECISION: https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-46.htm
Canadian Radio News fb group (5/2-2018)



Has Caroline 648 reduced the power? Whilst testing since November last year and thru December, 648 came in pretty loud and clear both daytime and at night here in Scarborough, now there is a background constant whistle, reception is not as strong, that's daytime, as for night, reception is now non existent, somethings happened.
Chris Atkins (4/2-2018)
I have been listening to Radio Caroline several times during this weekend, and I don't think, the station is on reduced power. But maybe other knows more.
Ydun Ritz (4/2-2018)



RTE 1 on 252 Khz LW have a date to close on 30th June 2019. Power using and for sometime as many has said that the power is not as good as it used to be, it is at 150 KW (Max), and 60 KW at night, until 2014 power was 300 / 100 KW, and in the old days of Atlantic 252 power was 500 KW / 100 KW. Anyone remember last year it was set to close on 1st May 2017 but with protests to keep 252 was granted and will continue for another 2 years.
Adam Birchenall, MWC fb group (2/2-2018)



BBC Radio Kent 774 AM Went of the air at about 10:15AM
BBC ESSEX 1530 AM Went of the air at about 11:30AM
Who is next?
Ray Abbott (1/2-2018)

Manx Radio 1368 kHz should now be more dominant as many BBC locals have switched off transmitters in the last few days.
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (31/1-2018)



I copy the text from distribution of the old Yahoo system for BDXC. It concerns the flood of closures taking place re BBC Local Radio on MW. Checks here and on various remote SDR receivers this afternoon confirm that only five of the 13 transmitters are still on the air.
Returning loop still being broadcast as of 1430 UTC 31 January:
774 Kent
1458 Devon
1530 Essex
1557 Lancashire
1602 Kent
1161 Sussex - closed 30/1
1332 Wiltshire - closed 31/1
1368 Surrey - closed 30/1
1368 Lincolnshire - closed 30/1
1368 Wiltshire - closed 31/1
1485 Sussex - closed 30/1
1485 Humberside - closed 29/1
1584 Nottingham - closed 26/1(?)
Thanks to my friends David Kenny, Chrissy Brand, and David Duckworth for their hard work. For at least 2 of the doggedly persisting loop carrying stations, BBC Essex 1530kHz and BBC Radio Kent on 774kHz I can make my own observations. 1602kHz is much more difficult to check. I would expect 774kHz and 1602kHz to work in exact sequence re shutdown anyway.
Dan Goldfarb, mwmasts yg (31/1-2018)

Official inauguration of new RTM Bonaire Transmitter.
The newly installed 450-kW-medium wave transmitter for Radio Transmundial [800 kHz] was officially taken into use on 30 January as planned. 2018 WRTH shows original 800 kHz, 100 kW services were all targeted to SAm, on air only 2130-1200 UT, in English, Spanish, Portuguese and two token native languages. CUBA is to be a major target with the increased power, which means during those hours, a much greater signal should be penetrating North America too: bad news for fellow gospel huxter KQCV in OKC with 1 kW at night, which nevertheless I have managed to hear PJB thru; for CKLW and three other full-power Canadians; XEROK Juárez if it cares, since it`s mostly QRP, hardly a cannon --- AND dozens of lower power US stations with 1 kW or less at night, most of them in eastern half of USA, notwithstanding CKLW Windsor whose major lobe goes NE/NNE.
IIRC, 800 was originally a daytimer-only frequency for most of them, but now only one, in Arkansas, is D-only, per NRC AM Log listings. However, there has been little if any info from TWR about antenna changes to go with the new extra power.
Glenn Hauser, OK, dxld yg (31/1-2018)



DXtreme Software has released a new version of its popular logging program for radio monitoring enthusiasts: DXtreme Monitor Log 11. Monitor Log 11 lets listeners and DXers log the stations they’ve heard using advanced features that can enhance their monitoring experience.
http://www.dxtreme.com/ for more information.
Ydun Ritz (30/1-2018)



Re. PAKISTAN 21/1: The original news said only, that Pakistan office of >Radio Mashaal was closed, but then it spread as also the station had been closed, which is not true; both studios and transmitters are outside Pakistan.
73, Mauno Ritula (29/1-2018)



In January the CBC/IRC turned off the following 40w lower power MW stations:

Williams Lake CBRL 860

Lebel-Sur-Quevillon CBF-3 650
Lebel-Sur-Quevillon CBMK 1230
Senneterre PQ CBMM 540
Senneterre PQ CBF-1 710
Each have been replaced with a FM transmitter.
Andy Reid (26/1-2018)



The newly installed 450-kW-medium wave transmitter for Radio Transmundial [800 kHz] is to be officially taken into use on 30 January as planned: "TWR transmitter dedication event to be on Facebook Live. We're planning to stream on Facebook Live on Tuesday, Jan. 30 beginning at 2:30pm EST. (3:30 Bonaire time) https://www.facebook.com/twr.bonaire/". https://bradtwr.blogspot.de/ 24 January 2018.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (26/1-2018)



I have received from RadioCuba info about this tx. movements:
530 Radio Caribe CMBY is temporarily on 530 kHz (via one of the tx used for Rebelde at the CTOM "Caribe", Isla de la Juventud) because the 1220 tx (CTOM "La Fe-Progreso") burned.
1210 Radio Reloj CTOM "LAS TUNAS-PROGRESO". Reloj has been temporarily moved from 1020 to Rebelde's freq of 1210 kHz due a tx failure.
73, Mauricio Molano, Salamanca SPAIN, mwdx yg (24/1-2018)



Radio Bloemendaal is currently off the air due to damage caused by a storm on 18 January 2018. Radio Bloemendaal had a limited schedule of religious programmes on 1116 kHz. Radio Bloemendaal started broadcasting in 1924.

Marcel Rommerts (23/1-2018)

Spirit Radio 549am off air this few days.
Padraig Gray (23/1-2018)

RTBF 621 kHz will be closed by the end of 2018.
Christian Ghibaudo (23/1-2018)

Vista Radio has decided to close four 50w MW stations in British Columbia stating that "these facilities is in a state of disrepair and it would not be economically viable to replace them".
The stations closing are:
CIFJ 1480 Fort St. James
CIFL 1450 Fraser Lake
CHLD 1480 Granisle
CKBV 1490 New Hazelton
Tnx to Dan Sys's Canadian Radio News FB page
Andy Reid (22/1-2018)



Pakistan closes the offices of a US government-funded radio station  (Radio Mashaal MW on 621 kHz Khost), citing ‘hostile’ agenda.
Broadcasts were 'against the interests of Pakistan' and the move was not a response to Trump, officials say.
gulfnews.com (21/1-2018)

None of the BBC locals have switched off yet - the ones closing are all now playing information loops giving alternative frequencies. According to an FOI response I got from the BBC about BBC Radio Devon on 1458, it will actually switch off week commencing 29th January, so suspect this may apply to all 13 transmitters closing.
(Manx Radio's 20 kW skywave signal (relaying Radio Caroline North this weekend) on 1368 has always been the dominant night time one down here in Reading, UK, despite much nearer but lower powered BBC locals in Surrey and Wiltshire on 1368.)
73s Alan Pennington, mwdx yg (21/1-2018)

The CRTC approved the permanent closure of the broken CKRW AM facility (610 kHz) in Whitehorse. The station had retained the AM station  even when it had developed a broader FM coverage of the region.
So the wording using standard phrases in http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-2.htm
is partly midleading. One might say, it is more like a change from where the network is "officially" fed.

Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-2
Reference: 2017-89
Ottawa, 4 January 2018
Klondike Broadcasting Company Limited, Whitehorse, Yukon, Application 2017-0192-0, received 13 March 2017.
Public hearing in Gatineau, Quebec, 7 September 2017

CKRW Whitehorse 610 kHz – Conversion to the FM band
The Commission approves the application by Klondike Broadcasting Company Limited (Klondike) for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language commercial FM radio programming undertaking in Whitehorse, Yukon, to replace its English-language commercial AM radio programming undertaking CKRW Whitehorse. [...]
In CKRW Whitehorse – Licence amendment, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-89, 5 April 2017, the Commission temporarily authorized Klondike to originate programming from its rebroadcasting transmitter CKRW-FM Whitehorse under its existing technical parameters until 5 April 2018.
Klondike submitted that its existing AM transmission facility is in need of extensive repairs and argued that the cost of restoring the facility and equipment would be unreasonably high.
The new FM station will operate at 96.1 MHz (channel 241B) with an effective radiated power of 4,400 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of the antenna above average terrain of 359 metres). The remaining rebroadcasting transmitters currently associated with CKRW will be reassigned as rebroadcasting transmitters of the new FM station.
The new FM station will maintain the Adult Contemporary music format currently offered on the AM station. It will broadcast 126 hours of programming per broadcast week, including 100 hours of local programming. Of this, 6 hours and 30 minutes will be dedicated to local, national and international news.
Revocation of AM licence
Pursuant to sections 9(1)(e) and 24(1) of the Broadcasting Act and consistent with the licensee’s request, the Commission revokes the licence for CKRW Whitehorse once the licence for the new service has been issued. The new licence will be issued when the Department of Industry confirms that its technical requirements have been met and a broadcasting certificate will be issued, and when the applicant informs the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence operations according to the station’s new technical parameters.
Secretary General.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (21/1-2018)

LLE-4 Radio Northern Star 1611 kHz returned to the air at 1030 CET. LLE-3 5895 kHz, LLE-2 1314 kHz and LKBN 93,8 Mhz Bergen Kringkaster is also on the air.
Reports wanted to report@bergenkringkaster.no and 1000@northernstar.no
Svenn Martinsen, dxing.info fb group (21/1-2018)



Seven BBC local radio stations had their AM transmitters shut down on Jan. 15.
BBC Surrey, Sussex, Humberside, Kent, Lincolnshire, Nottingham and Wiltshire went silent, in addition to partial shutdowns of AM service for BBC Radio Devon, Essex and Humberside, according to radiotoday.co.uk.

“We conducted detailed assessments of the coverage of each BBC local radio station on FM, MW and DAB. Following this process, we trialled the switch-off of a number of medium-wave transmitters and asked for audience feedback. Taken together, the audience feedback and the coverage data have informed which medium wave transmitters are unlikely to represent value for money in the longer term,” BBC Director of Distribution and Business Development Kieran Clifton said in the same article.

In other words, transmitters were turned off and no one said anything. In fact, the BBC has “trialled” the switch-off of a number of medium-wave transmitters over a few years and subsequently made the decision to turn off 13 transmitters, following audience feedback (or lack thereof).

Re.INDIA 16/1: Please note that 273 low power transmitters being shut down are analogue TV transmitters. (Not All India Radio but Doordarshan TV).
"A total of 273 low power transmitters under *Doordarshan* all over the country will soon become obsolete"
Jose Jacob, India dxld yg (19/1-2018)



Radio Caroline has a special subpage dedicated to its mediumwave broadcasts via Manx Radio 1368 kHz. According to http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/manx_info.html, „You can hear Radio Caroline North during 2018 on the following dates either through our dedicated stream or on 1368 kHz MW.
20/21 January
17/18 February
30th March/2nd April (Good Friday – Easter Monday)
12/13 May
23/24 June
21/22 July
18/19 August
22/23 September
20/21 October
24/25 November
15/16 December
Dates subject to change“
Manx Radio also has a subpage on this partnership: http://www.manxradio.com/on-air/radio-caroline/. When checked the station mentioned a broadcast in December, but gives times which might be still valid von the 2018 broadcasts: starting on Saturday at 0830 h local time, ending on Sunday at 2100 h local time.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (17/1-2018)



A total of 273 low power transmitters under Doordarshan all over the country will  soon become obsolete. Kerala will lose 13 transmitters, among them 576 kHz in Alappuzha.
Deccan Chronicle (16/1-2018)



Radio Caroline North returns this weekend for our first broadcast of 2018.
We'll be live onboard our historic radio ship Ross Revenge, and on Manx Radio 1368AM – a frequency that's going to become a lot clearer to listen to very soon. All the details about that, plus the chance to win some goods from our webshop when you join us for more watery wireless live from the River Blackwater this weekend.
Your emails are always welcome. Via Mike Terry, mwdx yg (15/1-2018)

BBC Medium wave local radio switch off loops can be heard as follows:
BBC Surrey 1368 kHz https://youtu.be/CGgXeWsW2dg
BBC Sussex 1485 kHz https://youtu.be/h1v30qu5CDY
BBC Sussex 1485/1161 kHz https://youtu.be/3PWh1uEwfr0
BBC Radio Kent 774 kHz https://youtu.be/qrU-WjRa6Cs
BBC Radio Lincolnshire 1368 kHz https://youtu.be/S2vC6d61ss0
BBC Radio Humberside 1485 kHz https://youtu.be/5d6-sDzZqYY
BBC Radio Essex on 1530 and BBC Radio Lancashire on 1557 kHz will both stop carrying programmes on Monday 15th January 2018.
James Robinson (13/1-2018)

The British broadcasting regulator Ofcom has extended the AM licence of "Lyca Radio" (Lyca Media II Limited) for Greater London until 31 December 2022. In 2013, this station replaced the original Asian format "Sunrise Radio" (Avtar Lit group) on the 125-kW-medium wave channel 1458 kHz. A live stream is available at
https://www.lycaradio.com/. A sister station "Lyca Dilse Radio" is on 1035 kHz.
published on 9 January 2018, with additional information by Dr Hansjoerg Biener (9/1-2018)

Most of North Korean transmitters are suffering with technical malfunctions. I monitored them from japanase SDR's on sdr.hu.

My observations:
Pyongyang BS / VOK on 621 kHz from
Chongjin have low and distorted modulation.

KCBS on 702 kHz from
Chongjin is extemly distorted, or telephone-quality, and it have irregural schedule.

Pyongyang BS on 801 kHz from Hwadae is drifting from 797 to9 804 kHz and have slightly distorted audio.

Pyongyang BS on 810 kHz from Kaesong have terrible distorted and humming audio (Like Radio Cairo), and this TX makes extremly drifts: 805-818 kHz. On air only on irregualr schedule, not full broadcast time of PBS. (It's jamming their own broadcast from Pyongyang on 819 kHz LOL).

KCBS/PBS on 873 kHz from Sinuiju have telephone-quality audio and you can hear the "Swinging carrier jammer" in the background, from 4450 kHz on the same TX site. (It is against a south korean station on 4450).

KCBS on 882 kHz from Wonsan is distorted and drifting from 880 to 885 kHz. 927 kHz from Sariwon, 1053 kHz from Haeju, 729 khz from Sepo and 765 kHz from Hyeasan are unheard. They are off air or working on reduced power, and not reaching Japan.

The only good-sounding transmitters are the following:
Pyongyang BS on <>657 kHz from Pyongyang.
Pyongyang BS on <>855 kHz from Sangwon.
KCBS on <>819 kHz from Pyongyang.
KCBS on <>720 kHz from Kanggye.
Thats all, that I can observate on MW band from the DPRK on japanase SDR's.
Tringer László (8/1-2018)

Unwrapping Special Gift: New Transmitter! This afternoon eight wooden crates with the 450 kW transmitter got unwrapped by the TWR-staff on Bonaire. The crates arrived at the transmitter site at a symbolic moment, right after our Christmas Lunch!Bernard Oosterhoff, TWR-Bonaire's station director says, ‘I am overjoyed that everything is progressing so well. We can feel Gods’ blessing on this special project! A year ago, we planned that we would be finished by the end of this year. Now it will be January, but for a big project like this, one month delay is not much and we trust on Gods timing. Yes, it is very special feeling to have the new transmitter under our roof now. An amazing amount of installation work has been done this year, so most of us take some well-deserved time off during Christmas.
In January we plan to hook up the new transmitter and test it. Please pray with us that the signal will reach into the new areas which we hope to cover and even beyond. Then when the signal is going strong, we will need to promote the 800AM frequency in the new regions, so many people will tune in and become regular listeners’
Via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (7/1-2018)



We are closing a number of BBC Local Radio’s medium wave transmitters in January 2018. This will not affect listeners who use FM, digital radio, digital TV, or the internet to listen.
Why is the BBC switching off these transmitters?
We know how much our listeners value BBC local radio - and have invested significantly in this area through our commitment to funding Local DAB expansion and adding all English Local Radio services to Freeview. The savings from these closures will allow the BBC to continue to modernise its infrastructure in order to meet our listeners' changing needs.
TransmitterBBC Service Full Closures
HULLRadio Humberside
LINCOLN (Swan Pool)Radio Lincolnshire
CLIPSTONE (Fishponds Hill)Radio Nottingham
LACOCKRadio Wiltshire
Partial Closures
TORBAY/(Torquay)Radio Devon
OXCLIFFERadio Lancashire
Why have these particular transmitters been chosen?
We assessed the coverage of each BBC Local Radio station on FM, MW and digital radio which highlighted stations where medium wave transmitters duplicated good FM or digital radio coverage. Following this process, we trialled the switch off of a number of medium wave transmitters and asked for audience feedback.
Taken together, the audience feedback and the coverage data have informed which medium wave transmitters are unlikely to be value for money in the longer term.
More information on why we are doing this can be found on the BBC blog.
Listeners can also use the interactive transmitter tool to see how they can receive their local radio service on other radio and television platforms or use iPlayer Radio to access their local radio service.
BBC - Local Medium Wave Closures http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/news/item181
via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (27/12-2017)



Re.: Solstice bandscan on Iceland (22/12-2017).
MFR 2 on 1107 kHz (it's only AM frequency) broadcasts the same program as Clyde 2 (1152 kHz) and Tay 2 (1161 kHz) and several other Bauer stations in Scotland (and at times England too), except for local jingles, adverts and (during the day at least) news and traffic reports.
Unconnected with Smooth Radio (Global).
Many regards, Andy Preece (23/12-2017)



Solstice bandscan on Iceland.
Went outside with the Panny tranny shortly before 23Z in calm and dry weather. The LW band appeared to be its usual self.
The first thing I noticed on the MW band was the large number of Spanish-sounding stations coming in. Not wall-to-wall nuking, but quite audible. Also a Francophone voice on 621kHz.
I did hear MFR 2 on 1107 kHz and on 1152 and 1161 kHz. Was Smooth Radio simulcasting? Absolute Radio’s relays an 1197 and 1233 kHz came in, the latter with an echo-y sound.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (22/12-2017)



Please note that 1602 kHz "Alt FM" was reactivated a few months ago from Arad, so the signal does not yet come also from Deva at present! Until a few years ago, the transmitter in Arad was used by the same broadcaster under his old name "Radio CNM".
The Arad tx is located here: 46.213806 N 21.375167 E

Here is their renewed licence from 2015, which they are using now:
Arad - 1.602 Mhz (sic!) - S.C. Radio CNM SRL Sânleani - Alt FM
73, Alexander Busneag (21/12-2017)

Here is, how a french radio enthusiast in France has received Radio Caroline on 648 kHz:
" Here in Normandy, on the Channel coast, we have a fair to good reception of Radio Caroline on 648 kHz during day time. My receivers are: a PAN-crusader X and a GRUNDIG Satellit pro 650 with internal antenna. Reception is at 3/5. We are waiting for the official opening of the station announce for tomorrow Friday december 22th. A real christmas gift for radio enthousiasts !"
Here you can see an article from the local newspaper.
Daniel Lefebre, Normandy-France (21/12-2017)

New MW stations in Romania!
ALT FM extends it's coverage with MW stations, and a new network will start soon. Each TX's are 1 kW.
According CNA, these stations are the following:
Deva: ALT FM - 1602 kHz (Today already works, it have good signal in Békés County)
Resita: ALT FM - 1575 kHz
Timisoara: ALT FM - 1584 kHz

Bacau: Radio Jurnal Spiritual - 1485 kHz
Bistrita: Radio Jurnal Spiritual - 1602 kHz
Craiova: Radio Jurnal Spiritual - 1584 kHz
Sfantu Georghe: Radio Jurnal Spiritual - 1584 kHz
Targu Mures: Radio Jurnal Spiritual - 1584 kHz
Viseu De Sus - Radio Jurnal Spiritual - 1485 kHz
Zalau: Radio Jurnal Spiritual - 1584 kHz
Both stations are religous.
Good to see, that MW is still alive in some countries!
Source: http://www.cna.ro/IMG/pdf/REZULTATUL_CONCURSULUI_RADIO_23-11-2017.pdf
Tringer László Hungary (21/12-2017) and Alexander Busneag Germany (21/12-2017) 



10 new MW stations in Romania:
László Tringer HNG in WRTH fb group (20/12-2017)

I have noticed an unidentified signal on 747 KHZ playing pop music including one or two Dutch tracks, one of which was “Send me a postcard” by Shocking Blue. It was a weak signal, heavily interfered with by the 10 KW Spanish station that shares this channel. It wasn’t Seagull as I compared it with 1602 KHZ, and found that the songs playing were completely different. Does anyone know of a new station using this channel as I know that it is designated for low power stations in the Netherlands?
I heard it around 7 pm GMT and again just before midnight. It creates a fairly fast beat frequency which I hadn’t noticed before yesterday 19 December.
Merry Christmas All!
Dave Angell (20/12-2017)

The weak signal on a Dutch 747 is from Seagull at daytime and Radio0511 at nighttime, read the answer on my question about this below.
Nico, Gouda HOL (20/12-2017)

One of the few US broadcast stations east of the Mississippi that sport K-prefix call letters — KQV in Pittsburgh — will go silent as the new year arrives on January 1 after nearly 1 century on the air.
“It’s a sad day for broadcasting and for the news business,” KQV Station Manager Bob Dickey Jr, told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. The family-owned news-talk station operates on 1410 kHz with 5,000 W into a five-tower array that provides separate day and night patterns.
Unofficial accounts indicate that KQV started out as “special amateur station” 8ZAE, to be used by the Doubleday-Hill Electric Company primarily for two-way communication with another station in Washington, DC.. (Doubleday-Hill also sold radios.) In October 1921, the Federal Radio Commission issued the station a “limited commercial license,” randomly assigning the KQV call letters. The practice of issuing K-prefix call letters to western and W-prefix call letters to eastern stations predated commercial radio broadcasting.
Pittsburgh stations KQV and KDKA both have claimed the distinction of being the first to commence regular broadcasting.
Dickey cited declining ad revenues and audience and increasing costs at KQV, which has been on the market.
Mike Terry, dxld yg (20/12-2017)



Radio Caroline AM service to open.
Our aerial mast at the transmitter site.
Weather and technology permitting, our programmes on 648Khz will commence originating from the Ross Revenge at 7.00AM on Friday 22nd December.

The changed schedule for the day will be:
7am Johnny Lewis
9am Top Fifteen
10am Ray Clark – with the official launch at midday.
2pm Kevin Turner
5pm Resume normal programmes
No doubt Bob Lawrence, Martin Fisher and Jerry Wright will personalise their evening shows to mark the day.

Of course we are delighted to have found and secured what must be the best possible AM transmission site for our service. We thank Cobra Mist Ltd for this facility whilst noting that this is a private site which cannot at this time be visited.
So, another date for the Radio Caroline calendar of events and the inevitable question. Where do we go from here?
Radio Caroline
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (18/12-2017)

Radio Caroline to commence programming on 648 at 7am GMT Friday December 22.
Just announced on their Caroline North transmission. [0130 utc]
Cheers Mike Christie (18/12-2017)



"Radio Caroline North returns this weekend for our final broadcast of 2017.
We'll be broadcasting live from our historic radio ship Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater online here, and on 1368AM courtesy of Manx Radio.
Your emails are always welcome at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk"
http://radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html via Mike Terry, mwdx yg (15/12-2017)
According to their website Radio Caroline is still testing on 648 kHz, and reception reports are appreciated. (ed)



On a recent visit to Madeira, all the usual [Canary Islands] stations on 576, 621, 720, 747, 882 and 1179 kHz were heard during local daytime.
COPE Las Palmas was also heard on 837 kHz with a weak signal at the end of November, but from early December they had a strong signal. Maybe the old 10 kW transmitter is back on the air.
Radio Las Palmas on 1008 kHz is still silent as earlier reported.
Reidar Bø NOR (15/12-2017)

SNRT from Agadir on 936 kHz had a very strong daytime signal and was not heard earlier this year. Maybe the new transmitter has been installed.
SNRT, Laâyoune on 711 kHz had a very low level of modulation and was not// with 936. SNRT on longwave 207 kHz was not heard and they probably still have transmitter problems.
Reidar Bø NOR (15/12-2017)

Kossuth Rádió on 540 kHz with 2 MW and transmitter system. Now the most powerful MW transmitter in Europe.

Kai Ludwig via Wolfgang Büschel in dxld yg (15/12-2017)

[Google translation/ed]
WZHF 1390 AM received a notification from the US Department of Justice regarding its possible registration as a foreign agent.
WZHF 1390 AM recibió una notificación del Departamento de Justicia de EEUU sobre su posible inscripción en calidad de agente extranjero...
Arnaldo Slaen, condiglist yg (14/12-2017)

A hospital radio station which has entertained Fife patients through five decades is facing a final broadcast.
Victoria Radio Network, one of the oldest in the UK, will end its medium wave service on Sunday, ahead of a switch-over to digital-only radio
It is staffed by a team of 50 volunteers and broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1287AM and online.
For many years it could only be heard through bedside radios in the Victoria Hospital but in 2002 it was awarded a licence to broadcast on medium wave.
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/563574/long-running-hospital-radio-station-to-vanish-from-the-airwaves/ December 14th, 2017.
Ydun Ritz (15/12-2017)



936 SNRT-Berber channel, Agadir, noted today with a vy. strong signal. It's a sign they reactived this outlet, but I can't say when exactly. Then I checked // 711v El A(a)iún, but all I could find was what I think was Egypt and also Iran. Maybe SNRT El Aiún was there, but they're often at a much reduced modulation level, so it's easy to miss when the channel is offering other stations. Other active SNRT outlets are 612, 595 and 540.
Carlos Gonçalves (14/12-2017)



Hit FM on 828 kHz from Barcelona seems off since a few days. It’s ceased or only a temporary shutdown?
Tringer László (13/12-2017)



CKJS Winnipeg – Conversion to the FM band.
The Commission approves the application by Dufferin Communications Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial specialty FM radio station in Winnipeg to replace its ethnic commercial AM radio station CKJS Winnipeg.

Community radio station in Gatineau
The Commission approves an application for a broadcasting licence to operate a French-language community AM radio station in Gatineau, Quebec.
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (12/12-2017)



Dengê Kurdistanê with strong signal on 1395 kHz via Armenia at 1630.
Mauno Ritola in WRTH fb group (10/12-2017)

If you are having reception problems when receiving Radio Caroline on 648 kHz, with a
general AM antenna, Dean Denton has a link to a Ferrite rod loopstick, that may help improve the reception.
Ydun Ritz (10/12-2017)



Radio Caroline Supporters meeting last night:
A fabulous and well attended evening with special guest speaker Peter Chicago the legendary Caroline engineer who started his career on RNI. Peter gave us a fascinating and comprehensive talk and answered many questions.
Alan Beech the current Caroline engineer was a bit reticent about when 648 broadcasts will officially start but it seems that it will coincide with the link up with Manx Radio on 16/17 December.
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (7/12-2017)

RNZ to exit AM
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (7/12-2017)



Nine community radio licence awards: October 2017
Ninesprings FM
1.9 Ninesprings FM will serve the population of Yeovil and the surrounding area. The applicant group members and volunteers have considerable broadcasting experience, which Ofcom considered would help enable Ninesprings FM to maintain its proposed service. (1a) Ofcom considered that the programming proposals would address the specific interests of the target community (1b). In Ofcom’s view, the group’s already established community links would enable the station to reach underserved members of the community (1c). The applicant group demonstrated considerable support for the service from the target community (1d). Ofcom noted the applicant group’s work with different organisations in the community, and its plans to provide access and training to community members (1g).
1.10 (In May this year Radio Ninesprings was awarded a licence to broadcast on AM. In accordance with ownership rules, it will need to surrender that licence offer should it decide to take up this FM licence offer.)
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-november-2017 published online on 5 December 2017 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (5/12-2017)



[Vivacité] AM 1125 back on service this morning 05/12/17.
Regards, Denis Gillet (5/12-2017)

The new website of AIR Jalandhar does not yet give much information about the station. However, when checking out the different links, I came across https://akashvanisamvaad.blogspot.de/2017/10/digital-radio-mondiale.html.
Although the "list of MW/SW transmitters replaced by DRM transmitters" (18 October 2017) does not mention MW/SW frequencies, it does mention commissioning dates. To me, these seem to me news worthwhile mentioning.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (5/12-2017)



A new low power Italian local station [Media Radio Castellana] from Castel San Pietro Terme (Bologna province). Active on 1098 kHz; 711 kHz authorized but not on the air for the time being.
Fabrizio Magrone, MWC fb group (4/12-2017)

Is that a real authorisation?
Mauno Ritola, MWC fb group (4/12-2017)

Yes Mauno, it's an official authorisation. In these weeks the Ministry for Communications is releasing the first authorisations, so in the coming future the MW spectrum in Italy is going to change. I'll keep you all informed about these new stations.
Fabrizio Magrone, MWC fb group (4/12-2017)

Just to update the information regarding Vivacité on AM 1125. Installation of DAB+ antennas are in process at present time on the tower.
This is why the TX is off.
For the time being, no plan to switch-off AM 1125 nor AM 621... at least until all south part of Belgium is well-covered by DAB+ signals.
Regards, Denis (4/12-2017)



RTBF Radio VivaCité back on 1125 KHz. Heard them again 1 hour with a very strong signal.
On this list they are still marked as switched off:
They might try to find out how many listeners are left on the medium wave by switching the transmitter on and off and take note of the amount of complains they are getting.
73 de Michael Foertig (2/12-2017)

RTBF started with the close-down of the last mediumwave transmitters.
Radio Vivacité on 1125 KHz was switched off on Monday, 27th of November for good. I cannot pick it up anymore since.
This article claims that the close down of RTBF on 621 KHz is going ahead at the end of the year. The ground of the transmitter will be used for a medical centre:

73 de Michael Foertig (1/12-2017)



Approval was granted today to Dufferin Communications (aka: Evanov) to convert CKJS 810 AM in Winnipeg to 92.7 FM. The new station will operate with 19,700 watts (35,000 watts maximum ERP). Antenna height will be 154 metres (EHAAT). The radiation pattern will be directional.
The decision will displace 50 watt CKYZ 92.9 in Winnipeg which is a low power unprotected South Asian station operated by Gill Broadcasting. CKYZ will have to vacate 92.9 and submit an application to use a new frequency or surrender its license.
CRTC DECISION: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-423.htm
Canadian Radio News fb group (30/11-2017)

Message of Radio Caroline Engineering Team on website of www.radiocaroline.co.uk
Link: http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/#reports_round_up.html
Friendly, Thierry Moy (30/11-2017)

Another extension granted to CKNT 960 MISSISSAUGA
Elliot Kerr (8159203 Canada Limited) has received a record breaking 4th extension until July 31, 2018 to get the 2,000 watt News-Talk station CKNT 960 in Mississauga on the air.
The application stated: The reason for this request is due to a long delay in Transport Canada’s decision for the site at 1137 Lorimar Road in Mississauga which left so little time to secure a new site and obtain the required approvals. As such, it is unfortunately beyond the control of the applicant despite its best efforts to meet the Commission’s November 30, 2017 deadline.
Canadian Radio News fb group (29/11-2017)

There have been rumours, that RTBFi 621 kHz would close down at the end this year. I just got confirmation from them, that there are no such plans, at least not before DAB+ is implemented in Vallonia.
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (28/11-2017)

Brazil continues in the migration process of AM stations to FM.
The website tudoradio.com has prepared a exclusive section with update details. The tendency is for this process to evolve more rapidly in the coming weeks.
Samuel Cássio Martins, dxing.info fb group (26/11-2017)



BBC Radio Lincolnshire on 1368kHz will stop programming on 6th January 2018 they will continue to transmit a loop announcement advising listeners to retune to FM or DAB until the 28th January.
Source: Nick Rank BDXC
John Hoad, MWC fb group (29/11-2017)

AM 1350 coming back to life in Ottawa/Gatineau. The CRTC has approved a new French language community station using the same facilities as CIRA-5 (Radio Ville Marie) used during it's far too brief existence. Power will be 1000 watts day, 180 watts night.
Canadian Radio News fb group (29/11-2017)

Nico from Gouda HOL just draw my attention to Radio Caroline's website, where it explain the AM plans http://radiocaroline.co.uk/#am_plans.html
I have been listening until recently today to Radio Caroline 648 kHz on the Sangean with a longwire in the garden with fair to good reception.
Ydun Ritz (29/11-2017)



LKBT Radio Northern Star is doing coverage tests with low power on 630 kHz since 1410 UTC today from the island of Toftøy in Øygarden municipality NW of Bergen. We anticipate the tests will last for a week or so. The transmitter in use is Danish, and is a converted Skanti Marinetta TRP1 ex LHOG. In 2010 it transmitted LA1ASK/B on 508 Khz from a farm house on the other side of the island and was heard in Scandinavia and several other countries. Programming is automated //LLE-4 1611 kHz and internet channels www.northernstar.cc. V. by eQSL for recording and short text.
Svenn Martinsen, dxing.info fb group (28/11-2017)

I created a worldwide map of all MW tx above 100W and 2000W http://dx.3sdesign.de/
It shows i.e. where the populated of the our planets are. Holding the cursor over a circle shows tx site etc., but no station name.
I also created a map with 2012 data, to get an idea what has changed since then.
Jurgen Bartels Suellwarden, N. Germany, mwdx yg (28/11-2017)



All Voice of Hope programming on 1287 kHz is in Arabic, except for two hours on Friday evenings, from 2000-2200 UTC. 20-21 hours is 'Song in the Night' with Scott Martin, and 21-22 hours is 'Swing Shift' with Pat Conrad.
Ray Robinson, Strategic Communications Group, via Marcel Rommerts (27/11-2017)

The new website of World Music Radio (www.wmr.radio) mentions two shortwave frequencies besides the already announced mediumwave frequency:
927 kHz - Copenhagen (coming soon)
5840 kHz - Europe (coming soon)
15805 kHz - Europe (coming soon)
Marcel Rommerts (27/11-2017)

FreeRadio AM from Trieste area is now on 1584 kHz; earlier on 1476 kHz and then 819 kHz. This new frequency is a mess with a lot of other stations; here in southern DNK Egypt is dominating.
Ydun Ritz (27/11-2017)

At the TX site in Solt, Hungary (540 kHz) the new 5x400 kW Nautel system is in operation from today. This replaces the 40 years old soviet transmitter. The maximum ERP from the tower is 3500 kW!
László Tringer HNG, WRTH FB group (27/11-2017)



Radio Caroline began testing on 648 KHZ early on Saturday morning with British comedy tracks, and uninterupted music, making it easlily distinguishable from the Slovenian station that shares this channel. This was replaced in the early hours by rock music interspersed with message that they would be starting their regular service very soon, and also DJ promos were put out.
It is a very strong signal here in Leicestershire, and there is also a great deal of sky-wave coming off that antenna configuration.
Dave Angell (26/11-2017)

PR China CNR1 on approximately 1146,6 khz - Heard on remote receiver at Kongsfjord in Northern Norway at around 1030utc. First reported by Hiro Okamura in Japan on Saturday 25 November.
Tony Magon VK2IC, dxld yg (26/11-2017)
Mauno Ritola reports, that it is drifting wildly. dxld yg (26/11-2017)



The stream of Radio Caroline North is off via website of Radio Caroline!
Stream via Manx Radio work.
Thierry Moy (25/11-2017)

Caroline North now being relayed on 648khz... exciting times!
Mike Terry, mwdx yg 10:50utc (25/11-2017)
[Today via Manx Radio IoM 1368 kHz. /ed]

Radio Caroline 648 kHz. Now testing with a strong signal.
Announcing that the station will commence programming very soon.
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (25/11-2017)

Strong test tone on 648kHz !!
John Hoad, MWC fb group (25/11-2017)



The following information has been sent out via Radio Doctor Tim:
Radio T-pot frequency change on January 01st 2018! Radio T-pot changing from '747' to '1224' mediumwave. In the period before January 01st 2018 - several 'Test Transmissions' will be on air on 1224 Khz.
Reception-Reports are very welcome! Email: radiotpot@kpnmail.nl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6UXPx3h0bg
AndreCoolAM Radio Productions for Jingles- & Promo's!
Karl-Erik Stridh, Sweden (24/11-2017)



Radio Carolines Test Transmitions on 648: I can hear them loud and clear in Sheffield, even in the city center on a little pocket radio all day long on sunday the 14.11.
I cant wait for them to come back on air full time.
Best Regards, Peter Tankard (23/11-2017)



A first for me from central Oregon. KDKA, Pittsburgh, PA, 1020 khz, 22 Nov 17, 0530-0630z, S9 at times.
Receiver: Perseus - Antenna: Wellbrook 1m diameter loop.
Regards, George, NJ3H Redmond, Oregon USA via dxld yg (22/11-2017)

I cross my fingers for a good MW dx season! So far it looks promising. (ed)



BBC Essex 1530 is currently broadcasting a message asking anyone who is unable to listen to BBC Essex to contact them on a standard rate phone number. According to a post on Garry Steven's board as of 1230 yesterday they were broadcasting a message as to how to tune into the station. Posting of mine about this to the Yahoo group 3 hours ago not yet appeared, nor another one I sent nearly 24 hours ago. Video of the announcement now uploaded to YouTube by EastAngliaUK.

Mike Barraclough in British DX Club fb group (21/11-2017)

RE: BBC Essex [South]1530 only 03700 100 700 number loop . The other AM 765 & 729 programmes are as normal
Ray Abbott (21/11-2017)

I am getting a non stop message (if you are unable to listen BBC Essex please call 03700 100 700) BBC ESSEX 1530 KHZ.
Ray Abbott (21/11-2017)

Radio Ninesprings (http://www.radioninesprings.co.uk/) has recently been awarded a FM licence.
(Ofcom awards nine new community radio licences 08 November 2017 https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/community-radio-licence-awards).
Ninesprings FM will serve the population of Yeovil and the surrounding area. Back in June, the community radio group was among five hopefuls that had been awarded an AM licence. (Ofcom awards five new AM community radio licences 01 June 2017 https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/ofcom-awards-five-new-am-community-radio-licences)
So, this is one station less to wait for on AM. According to their website, Ninesprings FM should be on air May/June next year.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (21/11-2017)



Radio Caroline North is back again this weekend, online and on 1368AM courtesy of our friends at Manx Radio.
Our ship #RossRevenge once had the tallest radio mast ever used in offshore radio, but sadly this month is the 30th anniversary of when it collapsed in a huge storm. We'll relive the events of that night with those who were onboard at the time.
Also, there's a fabulous Tiptree Yuletide Hamper to give away, in time for Christmas!
So join us this weekend on Radio Caroline North.
E-mails are always welcome at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk
Radio Caroline FB page (20/11-2017)

More details about the Spirit Radio:
The 549 Harris A transmitter fault was the Modulation Encoder board, no channel 8 output to drive the last 20 RF PA mosfet power modules. I was able to repair (a spare board is kept on-site) the panel down to component level replacing 5 components. Harris A was back on-air 15.40 GMT 18/11/17, at 15 KWs overnight to warm up the room and dry of any remaining damp inside the transmitter. Sunday morning until 14:00 GMT it was operating at
27 KWs.
Sunday the TRAM 50 was installed and the first attempt to start the TX at 14:15 hours GMT resulted in a large blue flash along with a loud bang! Cup of tea and cake was required to calm the nerves. A detailed inspection found a large ceramic component was burnt up in the three phase power section, it had become loose in transit and shorted one power phase to
earth. Temporary repair to the Vitreous Wire-wound Resistor by soldering a section of wire in place of the burn out section and all was well.
Tram 50 operating at 10 KWs was put on line as the main unit 19/11/17 16:30 GMT operating in DAM mode so you should see the RF carrier going up and down in level with the audio content.
Harris A now the standby unit.
Opportunity was also taken to replace some support ropes to the hamper wire section and careful fine tuning, the antenna system is now operating more efficiently.



Spirit Radio is back on 549 KHz since the morning. The newly installed transmitter works very well.
73 de Michael (18/11-2017)



There will be an additional Radio Caroline North/Manx Radio [1368 kHz] live broadcast weekend from the Ross Revenge on 16th and 17th December.
From Facebook via Mike Terry, mwdx yg (17/11-2017)



I was in contact with Spirit Radio, which is off at the moment. They had some technical difficulties but will be back by Sunday on 549 KHz.
Greetings from the West of Ireland.
Regards Michael (15/11-2017)



As many others have already reported, Radio Caroline was testing on 648 KHZ from Orford Ness, Suffolk, and was putting an awesome signal into South Leicestershire. I was pleasantly surprised, knowing that they are allocated a modest 1 KW of power.
I discovered them around two PM when they were playing a mixture of test tones and Ray Charles, after which they played Fats domino and then a series of typical Caroline album tracks.
It is good to know that the tests have now begun, and we look forward to the real thing starting up some time in the not too distant future.
Dave Angell (14/11-2017)



Radio Caroline on 648 kHz Orfordness with nonstop mx and a repeated msg, saying that transmission on 648 kHz AM will cease in due course and thanking for reception reports. More on http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html
Transmitter off at 12:03utc November 13th.
Ydun Ritz (13/11-2017)



Radio Caroline: Just to report the test transmission on 648 is a good signal daytime here in Brighton..
Dave Hunt (12/11-2017)

Also heard yesterday in BEL by Herman Content. (ed)



Today November 11, 2017 Can confirm Radio Caroline at last is testing on 648am, the signal up here in Bridlington between 10am and 3pm is remarkable, pretty loud and clear, Bridlington is on the coast in the East Riding of Yorkshire, also today I'm told by friends the signal is good in Scarborough, Beverley, Hull and Lincoln. Good New, ,Caroline in the car
again, after all these years; will have to see what night reception is like.
Chris Atkins (11/11-2017)

Test tone noted on 648kHz - Radio Caroline at 10.45UTC.
John Hoad, WRTH fb group (11/11-2017)

Hearing a lot of nice music "Unchange my Heart", "Yesterday" and more oldies with Ray Charles on 648 kHz, Sangean ATS909x and a loop in the garden! SINPO 23442 here in southern DNK. Radio Caroline testing!
Ydun Ritz (11/11-2017)



Thanks to a tip from Dan Goldfarb re a posting on Facebook, CJCS 1240 Stratford ON has left the air. It was not heard this morning [Nov. 9th] at 6 AM. The station is now 107.1 The Juice.
Andy Reid (9/11-2017)



The British regulator Ofcom has extended the transmission licence of Gold (http://www.mygoldmusic.co.uk/) on the medium wave frequency Manchester 1458 kHz for five years. Obviously, the owners opted for an article in the broadcasting regulations that allowed them to avoid a competitive 2018 tender and early renewal. Broadcasters actively involved in DAB have the option to have their traditional terrestrial licences extended up to two times. Since 2014, the Gold format has been only on four medium waves: Derby 945 kHz, Nottingham 999 kHz, Manchester 1458 kHz and London 1548 kHz.
By the way, the radio player at http://www.mygoldmusic.co.uk/radio/player/ is geoblocked, something unknown to traditional AM broadcasting .
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-october-2017 (7 November 2017),
comments by Dr Hansjoerg Biener (7/11-2017)

Specialists of the Ministry of Communications of Turkmenistan have completed setting-up and installation of several radio transmitters in suburban areas of Turkmenbashi city on the coast of the Caspian Sea with the aim of establishing conditions for quality reception of programs of national radio channels. The work has been done under the direct order of president of state Saparmurat Niyazov.
As the Ashgabat correspondent was told in the republic’s Ministry of Communications, two USW (ultra-short waves) – FM (euro standard) radio transmitters operating on 103.2 MHz and 104.4 MHz frequencies have made it possible to start the broadcasting of Watan, Miras and Char Tarapdan radio channels. One more SRV-7 radio transmitter with a capacity of 10 kW has started broadcasting programs of Watan radio channel on 1,476 kHz frequency. Besides, Miras and Char Tarapdan radio channels are broadcast on 675 kHz via SRV-5 radio transmitter with a capacity of 9 kW.
Work related to the further expansion of national radio broadcasting and installation of similar radio transmitters is continuing in other regions of Turkmenistan as well.
© TURKMENISTAN.RU, 2017 Source: http://www.turkmenistan.ru/en/node/3141
Laszlo Tringer HNG (7/8-2017)"

As noticed by many on Russian DX list, the original news item dates back to 2004 and has then been published also in Moscow Information DX Bulletin. So looks like 1476 kHz remains off as it has been for some years. I wonder if it is the same situation with 675 kHz and other TKM MW? I have been able to hear only 279 kHz in the last few years.
73, Mauno Ritola (7/11-2017)



KBS Global Korean Network was observed signing-on at 09:50 UT yesterday (3 November 2017) on 1170 kHz, with five or so minutes of gayageum music followed by a choral version of the national anthem then an announcement in Korean with ID: "KBS Hanminjok Bangsong". From 10:00 came four hours of KBS World programming (as detailed in the International section of the current WRTH) then from 14:00 UT it ran its own Korean programming in parallel with the super-powered 972 kHz. Reception was fair to good via a web SDR receiver in Kagawa, Japan.
My interest in this station was first piqued on 2 November when I heard it on 972 kHz via a web SDR in Hungary, with reception ranging from 'good' to complete fade-out then back again within minutes. 6015 kHz was heard in parallel, very poor under heavy jamming. According to the North Korea Tech website (www.northkoreatech.org) the schedule is as follows:
04:00-24:00 UT on 972 & 6015 kHz
10:00-04:00 UT on 1170 kHz
There is also a live stream accessible from the KBS website at www.kbs.co.kr
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (4/11-2017)

BBC local radio stations will broadcast a special one-hour programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of BBC Local Radio - Sunday 5 November at 12:00 noon. Link page to the stations and their streaming: https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/schedules
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online via dxld yg (4/11-2017)

The CBC received approval today to flip Radio One CBAX 600 AM in McAdam, New Brunswick to 95.5 FM. The new station will operate with 50 watts. Antenna height will be 29.4 metres (EHAAT). The radiation pattern will be non-directional. Programming will continue to originate from CBZF 99.5 in Fredericton. Call letters will change to CBZF-1.
Canadian Radio News fb group (3/11-2017)



On facebook of Radio Caroline now you can read:
As the afternoons get darker by the minute Caroline continues ... Join Ray Clark this Friday from 2pm www.radiocaroline.co.uk DAB in Glasgow, Norwich, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Brighton and Farnborough, on Mobile App ......and it's worth searching for that old
AM radio soon
.... Sackfuls of Caroline Classics - the best from the new Playlist .... and a few carefully selected words from Ray - Enjoy.
Good afternoon, Thierry Moy (3/11-2017)

I am hearing Radio Caroline on 819khz in north Essex U.K. Very faint signal. 2 out 10.
With band spread a little better 814khz. Radio is a Tecsun-20.
Ray Abbott (3/11/2017)



FreeRadio AM, currently using 1476 kHz from the Trieste area, will change the primary frequency to 819 kHz. "Maybe we will operate again on 1476 kHz but with loss power".
FreeRadio AM (2/11-2017)



Between October 30 and November 19, 2017, the daily airtime of R. Kossuth on 540 kHz from Solt will be shortened due maintenace.

The broadcast times are the following in this period:
Weekdays: 0400-2030 UTC (Instead of 0330-2130)
Weekend: 0500-2200 UTC (Instead of 0400-2130)

On the night of October 30, the first new closing date will take place, and on the morning of November 19, the last departure.
Note: According the original plans, the whole old soviet TX will be replaced to a new Nautel (5x400 kW) system until this autumn, but the completion has delayed due unknown reasons.
Source: http://www.mtva.hu/2017/10/20/valtozas-a-solti-torony-kossuth-radio-helyi-kozephullamanak-sugarzasaban/
Tringer László HNG (1/11-2017)

Changes from the 1st of November 2017:
1098 kHz Nitra-Jarok power change from 10 to 25kW (daytime SR5 Radio Patria, nighttime SR3 Radio Devin)
1521 kHz new transmitter Rimavská Sobota 10kW (daytime SR5 Radio Patria, nighttime SR3 Radio Devin)
SR = Slovak Radio
Karel Honzík, CZE (01/11-2017)

Here is the list of the active MW stations from the past decades in Slovakia.
Now I hear very _weak_ on 1521. But both tansmitters (1098 and 1521) are under-modulated.
László Tringer HNG (1/11-2017)

According to https://www.trm.md/ro/program-actualitati/, Moldova Actualităţi (Chişinău Codru 873 kHz. Cahul, Edineţ 1494 kHz) carries these special programmes that might be of particular interest for international listeners (times given in UTC, local times are UTC+2). Programmes produced by the Moldowan service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Mo 1915-1945 dialogue programme for Transnistria in Russian and 2030-2100 in Romanian (https://www.trm.md/ro/dialoguri-transnistrene/)
Sa 1825-1855 week in review in Romanian and 2130-2200 in Russian
So 1825-1855 in Romanian;
programmes of Teleradio Moldova in languages other than Moldovan/Romanian:
daily 0700, 0900, 1200, 1600 News (of different length) in Russian
Mo-Fr 1815-1855 minority programmes
Mo Gagauz (https://www.trm.md/ro/unda-bugeacului/)
Tu Romani (https://www.trm.md/ro/vocea-romilor/), 1835 Russian (https://www.trm.md/ro/spatiul-culturii/)
We Belarussian (https://www.trm.md/ro/izvorul-belorus/), 1835 Russian (https://www.trm.md/ro/casa-ruseasca/)
Th Ukrainian (https://www.trm.md/ro/renastere/)
Fr Bulgarian (https://www.trm.md/ro/radiomegdan/)
Mo-Fr 1900-1930 (Mo only until 1915) news magazine in Russian (https://www.trm.md/ro/microfonul-actual-aktualnyiy-mikrofon/)
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (1/11-2017)



RTVS Rádio Patria (The Hungarian language section of RTVS) improves its coverage. From 1 November, the power of the transmitter in Nitra (1098 kHz) will increase dramatically and the transmitter in Rimavská Sobota (1521 kHz) will be re-started.
Full article in Slovakian:
Tringer László HNG (30/10-2017)



All legal AM stations in The Netherlands http://radio-tv-nederland.nl/am/am.html
John Hoad in MWC fb group (22/10-2017)

Radio Caroline:
One of the messages on Caroline fb
"The view this evening from the bridge of Radio Caroline's ship Ross Revenge. 1 of 648 reason's to listen in this weekend!!"
A nother message, earlier this friday afternoon:
"Friday afternoon and another chance to hear a fabulous selection of Caroline Classics and the best from our latest playlist ... and a bit of Ray Clark too www.radiocaroline.co.uk ,
DAB in selected UK cities, Mobile App ....and coming really soon, on AM ...... no, REALLY soon - promise !"
Marc Coevoet (28/10-2017)



Sambalpur AIR [945 kHz] to go off air from Oct 30 for revamp.
The Indian Express (27/10-2017)



Re. info 24/10 (see below) 1431 kHz: Sounds like new BBC Korean relay, not Sea Breeze, which I don`t think would do English language lessons. I can`t make out an ID for either on the clip, but the beat with beeps sounder is like BBC. Supposedly at 1630-1730 UT in deference to North Korean timezone. So the reported time for that is wrong?
Glenn Hauser, mwdx yg (26/10-2017)



The signal on 549 KHZ carrying the programmes of Spirit Radio in Ireland is off air with technical difficulties. It has been silent since Sunday last.
The web stream is still up and running however.
We await their return to this medium wave channel.
Dave Angell (25/10-2017)



Specialists of the Omsk State Technical University with support from the Russian Scientific Fund are working on a technology of transmitting text messages by a radio channel for distance communication in the Arctic, the project's head Pavel Puzyrtsev told TASS on Tuesday.
"We suggest distanced mobile groups could be using short text messages to communicate with their station, and those messages could be transmitted at medium waves at a low speed of about 50 bits a second," he said. "This speed could be sufficient for a text message, and the signal could be transmitted for hundreds of kilometers."
"Now, we are working on signals, which could make this communication more effective," he added.
Medium radio waves are optimal for communication in the Arctic - unlike satellite communication or short waves - it is not reasonable to build a network of cell communication towers due to the low population density, and short waves work badly there since the ionosphere in the Arctic latitudes is unpredictable, he explained.
"The medium waves range does not depend on the ionosphere - the wave "sticks" to the ground and moves along it covering big distances," he continued. "However, since it is impossible to equip vehicles with full-size antennas, the mobile groups can only receive signals, as the "voice" would not return, and thus we suggest using text to solve the problem of replies." Using the option of text messages, the groups would be able to report their location, announce emergencies, or make requests.
The University's scientists have come up with shortened antennas for reverse communication in the Arctic and tested them in Vorkuta. Under the project, they will improve the devices for sending text messages at medium waves along a radio channel.
OMSK, TASS http://tass.com/economy/972209 (24/10-2017)

The new Radio Sea Breeze [1431 kHz] broadcasting from Choibalsan, Mongolia to North Korea was heard in Kangasala, Finland, on October 23 2017 at 1700-1800Z.
Very strong signal over Ukraine on the same frqeuency. Programme heard was English language lesson in Korean, station id at 1730Z.
I have uploaded the id on my web-site:
Jorma Mantyla, Kangasala Finland, mwdx yg (24/10-2017)
Icom IC-R8500 + 650 m Beverage 60o.



This weekend - 28 and 29 October Caroline North will broadcast from the MV Ross Revenge online and via Manx Radio on 1368 khz. These broadcasts are planned to take place monthly throughout the year.
Incidentally, the Foxdale 1368 transmitter was off air earlier this month undergoing essential maintenance.
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (23/10-2017)



Both remaining Libyan mediumwave transmitters can be monitored remotely by web SDRs based in southern Europe, with reception ranging from poor to good during the hours of local darkness.
Libya National Radio (Benghazi) on 675 kHz is the easier catch, typically identifying on-air as "Idha'at Libiya al-Wataniya" and announcing the local 89.3 FM frequency (and occasionally the MW frequency). They have a Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/benghaziradio and a clip can be heard via the Interval Signals Online website at http://tinyurl.com/isobenghazi Libya
National Radio (Tripoli) on 1053 kHz is somewhat harder to hear with adequate reception due to sometimes strong co-channel QRM. No programming has been observed to be in parallel with Benghazi. LNR Tripoli has a Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/tripoliradio
This state-run broadcaster's TV channel has a website at http://ltv.ly
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online via dxld yg (22/10-2017)



Re. UNID on 1395 kHz 20/10: It is Radio Seabreeze we all can hear on 1395 kHz from Holland. https://radioseabreeze.nl/
Quite good reception here in Boraas, Sweden on my 300 meter long beverage directed in 205 degress.
73, Torleif Roos, Boras Sweden (21/10-2017)



At the present time - 19.00 and further (possibly earlier - did not listen) there is a strong signal at a frequency of 1395 kHz. The character of the test is western (the best samples of oldies) music and songs in non-stop mode, without announcements. In the south of Russia the signal is very powerful and clean. There are two options: either it is a former TSR transmitter (Albania), or Armenia. Judging by the absence of a characteristic "buzz" due to the frequency drift of the Albanian transmitter, it is most likely that it is a test broadcast from Armenia. Once again I repeat - without any announcements.
http://a5.t28.net:8073/ (KiwiSDR in UKR)
Off at 2103utc without any notice or ID.
73, Vasily Gulyaev, Aastrakahan, Russia (20/10-2017)

Also audible here in southern DNK via Sangean ATS-909x and loop. Non-stop mx and no announcements.
Ydun Ritz (20/10-2017)

CKNT once again received approval to set up an MW station on 960 in Mississauga Ontario at another transmitter site.
This is the 4th application - I believe. The CRTC stressed that the station must be on the air by Nov. 30th otherwise they would need to apply for a whole new license. Power remains 2/0.28kWs.
Andy Reid (20/10-2017)



The Mighty KBC can be heard on MW 1602 kHz in DAB+.
Ydun Ritz (14/10-2017)

(600 kHz) - „CBC/Radio-Canada is seeking approval to amend the broadcasting licence for CBZF-FM Fredericton, New Brunswick, by adding a new Radio One FM rebroadcasting transmitter in McAdam, NB. The proposed new FM transmitter will replace the existing LPAM transmitter CBAX McAdam, NB [600 kHz, 40 W]. The new FM transmitter will operate [on 95.5 MHz] at 50W ERP . The new transmitter will be installed on the existing AM pole. The new proposed call sign is CBZF-FM-1.“
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (14/10-2017)

(900 kHz) - „CBC/Radio-Canada is seeking approval to amend the broadcasting licence for CBTK-FM Kelowna, British Columbia, by adding a new Radio One FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Nakusp, BC. The proposed FM transmitter will replace the existing LPAM transmitter CBUM Nakusp, BC [900 kHz, 40 W]. The new FM transmitter will operate [on 91.3 MHz] at 50W ERP. The new transmitter will be installed on a new pole at a newly leased site. The new proposed call sign is CBUM-FM.“
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (14/10-2017)

(960 kHz) - CKNT Mississauga (Ontario) has applied for the approval of a new transmitter site located at 6550 Danville Road Mississauga: „Since before CKNT was licensed by the Commission, extensive efforts have been made by the applicant to identify a suitable transmitter site for the station, including in conjunction with the City of Mississauga. Unfortunately, the first transmitter site proved to be unfeasible and after spending considerable time, effort and expense working with the City and Industry Canada (now Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada) on the second transmitter site, the applicant was unexpected advised by ISED that the second site was rejected.“„The Danville Site is well clear of residential areas and it is also almost 5 km from the nearest non-directional AM station and more than 16 km from the nearest directional AM station, so intermodulation, cross-modulation and AM pattern distortion will not be problems.“„Approval of this proposed transmitter site is required in order for the applicant to proceed with the launch of the station before the November 30, 2017 deadline established by the Commission.“The station is to broadcast on 960 kHz (day 2 kW/night 280 W).
https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/DocWebBroker/OpenDocument.aspx?AppNo=201707689 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (14/10-2017)



Radio Damascus external service in Hebrew was observed in progress at 03:30 UT today (13 October 2017) on 783 kHz mediumwave. Latest edition of WRTH with Radio Damascus details [2016] has the winter schedule for this as 04:00-06:30 UT - therefore 03:00-05:30 UT during current summer DST. Reception was good via a web SDR in Zoumperi, Greece.
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online, dxld yg (13/10-2017)



The transmitter from Ireland on 549 KHZ that broadcasts the output of Spirit Radio was off air yesterday morning, Wednesday 11 October, but was returned when I arrived home around 5:45 pm British Summer time. The signal seemed slightly stronger than of late. It can give an output of 20 Kilowatts maximum on a good antenna, and had been formerly used by UC B Europe back in 2000.
There was some QRM from the North African station [ALG/ed] which shares the channel.
Dave Angell (12/10-2017)



A new community radio, Radyo Lumad began broadcasting in the Philippines last week. The community radio station was set up with the support of the European Union (EU) and under WACC’s programme on communication for social change. [...] Programmes will air every day in the province of Bukidnon and nearby areas, featuring stories from the Lumad communities of Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions. “Radyo Lumad 1575 AM is the expression of the struggles of the Lumad who have been marginalized, discriminated, and oppressed. The radio is the voice of the Lumad in Mindanao that seeks to be heard. Through the radio, the Lumads can impart their own culture, said Ailene Villarosa of the EU’s “Healing the Hurt’ Project”. [...] The new station’s programming will be solely dedicated to Lumad stories, news reports, alternative music and advocacy songs produced by Mindanao musicians, and the traditional music of the Lumad communities. [...] Radyo Lumad aims to communicate with listeners from the urban and rural poor communities, who use radio both as entertainment and a source of information. They include those with deep-rooted socio-political prejudices and religious biases against Indigenous Peoples from stories they have heard in the mainstream media. Radyo Lumad will present alternative stories about this grouping of non-Muslim indigenous peoples who have lived in the southern Philippines for centuries. [...]http://www.signis.net/news/media/22-09-2017/filipino-indigenous-peoples-radio-goes-on-air
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (10/10-2017)



[Google translate] Spanish AM stations' schedule of regional programs in 15 minutes (0745-0800 local).
The quarter of an hour separating 7.45 am from 8am (local time in Madrid and Rome) is a magical moment to listen to the local / regional programming of Spain in medium waves , from Monday to Friday.
The various chains have a space dedicated to information and local advertising, while the rising sun is still low to the west, helping to reduce interference from the east. While the northwest (Holland and UK in particular) remain strong, with a little patience I have carried out a monitoring by Bocca di Magra. Below you find the timetables verified and the hearings of October 5, 2017.

Hours from Monday to Friday:
RNE regional programming: 0745-0800 local time
Onda Cero local programming: 0755-0800 local time
SER regional programming: 0750-0800 local time
COPE regional programming: 0756-0800 local time

RNE Regional at 0545 UTC (from Monday to Friday)
558 5/10 RNE Valencia, Spain, RNE Valencian Community , good
567 5/10 RNE Murcia, Spain, Regional RNE Murcia , good
576 5/10 RNE Barcelona, ​​Regional RNE Catalunya, in Catalan, good
585 5/10 RNE Madrid, Spain, RNE Comunidad de Madrid , good
603 5/10 RNE Sevilla, Spain, RNE Andalucia , good
612 5/10 RNE Lleida, RNE Catalunya , fair
621 5/10 RNE Palma, RNE Baleares in Mallorquino, fair
648 5/10 RNE Badajoz, RNE Extremadura , fair
684 5/10 RNE Sevilla, RNE Andalucia , excellent
693 5/10 RNE Tortosa, RNE Catalunya , fair
729 5/10 RNE Cuenca, RNE Castilla y la Mancha , fair
738 5 / 10 RNE Barcelona, ​​RNE Catalunya , excellent
747 5/10 RNE Cadiz, RNE Andalusia , fair / good
774 5/10 RNE Valencia, RNE Comunidad Valenciana , very good
801 5/10 RNE Girona, RNE Catalunya, fair
855 5/10 RNE Murcia, RNE Murcia , very good
864 5/10 RNE Socuellamos, RNE Castilla y la Mancha, weak / fair
936 5/10 RNE Valladolid, RNE Castilla y Leon , QRM RAI Belluno
972 5/10 RNE Melilla, RNE Melilla , fair
1017 5/10 RNE Malaga, RNE Andalucia , fair
1098 5/10 RNE Almeria, RNE Andalucia , fair
1107 5/10 RNE Ponferrada, RNE Castilla y Leon , fair QRM Rome
1125 5/10 RNE Castellon, RNE Comunidad Valenciana , weak QRM RTBF Vivacite '
1152 5/10 RNE Lleida, RNE Catalunya , weak
1305 5/10 RNE Ciudad Real, RNE Castilla y la Mancha , fair / good
1305 5/10 RNE Bilbao, RNE Euzkadiregional, at 0548 dominant for few minutes
1314 5/10 RNE Tarragona, RNE Catalunya , fair with some QRM Romania
1413 5/10 RNE Girona, RNE Catalunya , good

Onda Cero
1341 5/10 0555 Onda Cero Radio Ciudad Real, local id, commercial , fair
1341 5/10 0556 Onda Cero Almeria, local id & commercials , poor QRM Ciudad Real

810 5/10 0550 SER Madrid, Hoy por hoy Madrid , news, commercials, weak QRM Macedonia
873 5/10 0550 SER Zaragoza, Hoy por hoy Aragon , fair
1044 5/10 0550 SER Valladolid, Hoy por hoy Castilla y Leon , fair
1080 5/10 0550 SER Huesca, Hoy de hoy Aragon , fair
1116 5/10 0550 SER Pontevedra, Hoy por hoy Galicia , fair
1260 5/10 0550 SER Murcia, Hoy de hoy Murcia Region , fair / good
1485 5/10 0550 SER Alcoy, hoy por hoy Valencian Community , fair

711 5/10 0558 COPE Murcia, local id with FM & AM frequencies, local commercials, fair / good
882 5/10 0556 COPE Alicante, local id , provincial news & commercials, fair
1143 5/10 0556 COPE Jaen, local id , news, weather, fair
1224 5/10 0557 COPE 2 tx, id COPE Andalucia , news, fair
1296 5/10 0557 COPE Valencia, Spain, local id , news Valencia, fair
73, Giampiero Bernardini, playdx.blogspot via MWC fb group (6/10-2017)



Today (05.10.2017) at 1842 UTC I heard this jammer (?) on 819 kHz under the egyptian station:
Anyone has an idea, what is this and against what?
László Tringer, Székesfehérvár, Hungary (5/10-2017)

Radio Caroline AM: Many people are asking about the 648kHz AM service and where we stand. Thanks for your continued interest and support. Here's an update as of October 5th from Peter Moore...

We know that people are as keen to see our new service commence, as are we. There was a romantic notion that we 'might just' get on air by August 14th and indeed, this was tried but it was not possible.
It is a new situation for Caroline to have to consider matters like Fire Insurance, Health and Safety, Public Liability and all the regulations and certifications needed for handling heavy objects, working at height and the dangers of RF and high voltages.
In simple terms we know exactly what we are doing but just need lots of paperwork to prove it. When this is achieved, the actual installation is a relatively easy task and we are keen to do this at the earliest opportunity.
Radio Caroline fb page via Nico uit Gouda (5/10-2017)



Radio Maiak, Odessa reactivated its transmitter on 765 kHz from Kapitanivka, Odessa region, with 40kW. Heard today after 1900.
Karel Honzík, CZE (28/9-2017)



More to the BBC newKorean language service http://www.38north.org/2017/09/mwilliams092617/
Ydun Ritz (27/9-2017)

The BBC's new Korean-language service is being "aggressively targeted" by North Korean jamming of its broadcasts.
The service was launched on Monday and delivers a mixture of global news, sport and radio features to the whole of the Korean Peninsula for a three-hour window that starts at midnight local time.
Broadcasts are going out on two shortwave frequencies, from Taiwan and Tashkent, while the hour-long segment from 1am is relayed on medium wave from Mongolia [1431 kHz] , according to a report on the 38 North web site, operated by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
Mike Terry, dxld yg (27/9-2017)

BBC News launches Korean language service.
Medium wave service transmission for 1 hour 16.30 - 17.30 GMT (0130-0230 local time Seoul; 01.00 - 02.00 local time, PYT)
All transmissions to be 7 days a week
Medium wave (MW) Frequency: 1431KHz.
bbc.co.uk (25/9-2017)



Only one station is transmitting 24/7 after the hurricane. This is WAPA at 680kHz.
WKAQ at 580kHz and WSKN at 1320kHz are active for shorter periods. WKAQ is transmitting right from their transmitter site in a made up booth and surrounded by flood water.
Guido Santacana KP4FAR, San Juan , Puerto Rico (US), dxld yg (25/9-2017)



918 kHz
Since Slovenia left 918 kHz I hear three stations on this frequency:
- ERTU General Program the strongest, //819 kHz
- Dimtsi Weghata from Ethiopia, but it is very weak.
- And Radio Gotel Yola from Nigeria on 917 kHz.
My recording from the nigerian station: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGqG546gKc4
With typical "local" music.
QTH: Székesfehérvár, Hungary.
László Tringer (24/9-2017)



Equinox bandscan.
I went out around midnight, both for the bandscan and check for northern lights. Despite overcast, there were clearly plenty of the latter.
No news off the LW band – everything was in place. The MW band was definitely much better than it has been for quite a while. There were Spanish and other stations in the majority of channels. Smooth Radio came in clear on 1152 and was easily audible on 1161 and even 1170 kHz. I did not hear Absolute Radio’s relay on 1233 kHz, but 1197 was good and 1242 was audible.
I could take some time listening as the weather was good; little wind and no rain.
Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson (23/9-2017)



Radio Damascus reported with French, Spain and English programming last night on 783 kHz, before going back into Arabic. Looks like it was the first night with foreign languages on 783 kHz.
Mauno Ritola and more, WRTH fb group (22/9-2017)



R. Damascus heard in French on 783 kHz now at 1920.
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (21/9-2017)



Caribbean Beacon [690 & 1610 kHz] status from latest "Wavescan" program. According to the program, hosted this week by Ray Robinson while Jeff was otherwise occupied, the AM tower on Anguilla was knocked down, while the SW towers are still up but the curtain antenna between them was severely damaged. The owners of the stations plan on getting them back up and running in perhaps as little as three weeks.
Richard Langley, dxld yg (18/9-2017)

Clevedon 909 kHz (carrying BBC Radio 5 Live) is to undergo engineering work starting from 18 September 2017 until 5 November 2017.
There will be interruptions to service from this transmitter generally between 0900-1500 UTC, (1000-1600 UTC after 28 October), including at weekends. The work is weather dependent.
A similar issue applied to the Moorside Edge 909 kHz transmitter earlier in the summer, as well as Absolute Radio from Moorside Edge on 1215 kHz.
James Robinson (18/9-2017)



Right now Damascus Radio announces three “working” MW frequencies (567, 783, and 936 kHz).
Rawad Hamwi, WRTH fb group (16/9-2017)

The Dutch authorities have started issuing new MW licences after receiving over fifty applications for low power stations to use five new AM frequencies.
The channels 675 kHz, 1224 kHz, 1332 kHz and 1584 kHz were previously used by commercial stations - 675 was well known as Radio 10 Gold for many years and was heard throughout western Europe with its 120kW transmitter. 1224 kHz was used at the 50 kW level by the radio ship Communicator for 8 years in the late 1990s, when licensed by the Dutch government. The other stations operated at more modest power levels, mainly by Radio Paradijs, a local station in Utrecht. The new licensees of the frequencies will be able to use only 100 watts.
World of Radio FB group via Svenn Martinsen in DX-Listeners' Club FB group (16/9-2017)



Since Slovenia has left 918 kHz I have noted two Arabic stations on 917 and 918 kHz. The one on 918 kHz is much stronger and they are not in parallel.
I suppose 918 kHz is a return of SRTV in Syria?
917 is much weaker and talks more.
Best regards Karl-Erik Stridh, Viken, Sweden (13/9-2017)

Thanks to Mauno Ritola I can tell, that it is not Syria but Egypt on 918 kHz. (Ydun Ritz)



Here is a list of Italian independent stations heard today Sept. 10th in Forli, Italy.

Daytime (0930 UTC):
828 Radio Z-100 Milan (Milano), very weak
846 Challenger Radio (Villa Estense, Padova), excellent
1098 Media Radio Castellana (Castel San Pietro, Bologna), good
1206 Amica Radio Veneta (Vigonza, Padova), non stop folk music, good
1368 Radio One (somewhere in region Tuscany), weak
1476 Free Radio AM (Trieste), good
1584 Radio Studio X (Momigno, Pistoia), weak to good
1602 Baby Radio AM (Trieste), ex 1566 kHz, very weak
On 1350 kHz, I AM Radio is currently transmitting with low power (about 8 W) due to transmitter fault.
Receiver: Perseus. Antenna: 2 Wellbrook ALA-100 active loops (N-S, E-W)
Fabrizio Magrone (Forli, Italy), mwdx yg (10/9-2017)

Today the low power Italian independent station Baby Radio AM (Trieste, Italy) left 1566 kHz and began operating on 1602 kHz, where actually it had already been transmitting in the past. It broadcasts songs and programs for children.
Baby AM is owned by the same person operating Free Radio AM on 1476 kHz, so reception reports can be sent at the same email freeradio.am@gmail.it
Baby AM has a very weak signal and is unlikely to be heard at distance, while Free AM should be a much easier catch.
73, Fabrizio Magrone (Forli, Italy), mwdx yg 10/9-2017)



Radio Merkurs is testing on 1269 kHz with 80'er music. Still low power, maybe using a sky wave antenna.
Karl-Erik Stridh, NORDX yg (7/9-2017)



More syrian MW stations are coming back live!
666 kHz, previously for Sout Al Sha'ab (Voice of People) is active again, relaying Sout Al Shabab FM (Voice of Youth).
Transmitter site: Adra - Damascus - Syria
Received in Northern Saudi Arabia.
Rawad Hamwi, wrth fb group (6/9-2017)



BBC World Service in Hong Kong - how to tune in.
Date: 04.09.2017 Last updated: 04.09.2017 at 19.30
Category: World Service
Following the decision by RTHK to restructure their distribution portfolio in Hong Kong, from Monday 4 September 2017 BBC World Service English (WSE) will no longer be available continuously on 675kHz medium wave or on DAB across Hong Kong.
The BBC World Service is still available 24 hours a day online for listeners in Hong Kong - and on RTHK FM Radio 4 overnight.
World Service English language radio is now available to listeners in Hong Kong on DTH broadcasts via Telstar 18.
Listeners can also access BBC World Service 24 hours a day via the BBC iPlayer radio app and the RTHK Radio 4 website.
To help mitigate this change, the BBC has secured carriage for BBC WSE programming on the Telstar 18 DTH satellite platform, allowing those with a domestic satellite dish to receive BBC World Service continuously.
RTHK has retained BBC WSE overnight (from 2300 to 0700 local time) on RTHK’s FM frequency Radio 4 (FM 97.6). RTHK has also agreed to consider including some BBC World Service English programmes in their daytime schedules.
BBC WSE remains available 24 hours a day online at bbcworldservice.com, via the BBC iPlayer radio app and on the RTHK Radio 4 website.
BBC Press Office
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2017/bbc-world-service-hong-kong 4 September 2017 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (5/9-2017)

Allouis 162 kHz, now only Time Signal are broadcast on this frequency. The power is 1100 kW, and it’s on the air 24 hours a day, except on Tuesday morning when the station is off for maintenance from 08.00 to 12.00 (local time),
Christian Ghibaudo (5/9-2017)

Since yesterday (September 4th) 1000 UTC, Radio Slovenia on 918 kHz, is OFF. If I understand well the Domzale transmitter is off for ever. http://radioprvi.rtvslo.si/2017/09/srednjevalovni-oddajnik-na-oddajnem-centru-domzale/
Christian Ghibaudo (5/9-2017)



RNE: New REG/LOCAL schedule from 04SEP2017.

UTC Summer (+1 in winter)
R1-R5 05'45-06'00 R
R5 06'30-07'00 L/R(*)
R5 10'25-10'30 R
R1-R5 11'10-12'00 R
R5 13'04-13'08 R
R1-R5 17'10-17'30 R
(*) Every region will decide what to do with this time. In Castilla y León will be local 06'30-06'50 and regional 06'50-0'700. In Extremadura all will be regional.

R5 07'05-07'15
R1-R5 11'30-12'00
73! Mauricio Molano, Salamanca ESPAÑA - SPAIN, mwdx yg (4/9-2017)

The 558 KHz Fiji transmitter has been apparently recently upgraded with funding by the Japanese government. Possibly this was partly due to disaster event updates covering large areas of islands and ocean.
Gary DeBock (near Manzanita, Oregon, USA) reports greatly increased signal strength up to S9 from 558 Fiji.
One of my early receptions of 558 KHz Fiji occurred at 1650 LT on Sunday 20th July, 1986. The local Fiji news was at 1700. This afternoon reception may have been in progress as early as roughly 1630 LT before discovering the DX after switching on at 1650. The reception may have been grey-line propagation related. No other signals on 558 were present. An indoor 40" wooden box loop passively coupled to a Sanyo 3-in-1 stereo unit was used.
With the recent 558 Fiji TX upgrade, some of the challenges were evaluated in order to increase the odds of reception. The strongest interfering signal source is 7BU Burnie (2kW) at 208 degrees south. Fiji is 68 degrees. The signal null great-circle bearing for 7BU is nominally 118 degrees. The best compromise to null 7BU, but still have the loop not too far off 64 degrees, is roughly 91 degrees east towards Auckland. 91 degrees is also a reasonable null point for the two QLD 558 KHz tx's. This will work up to around 2200 LT. After that 6WA Wagin is another potential CCI source. I'm not sure if 558 Fiji runs 24-hour operation, but the signal peak might be around 0000 to 0200 LT. This is consistent with previous receptions of 648 KHz WVUV American Samoa back in the 1980s and 1990s.
It is counter-intuitive for some that 88 - 108 MHz FM radio from Fiji is more frequently logged relative to MW into eastern Australia.
Regards, Todd AUS, ICDX-AM Digest # 1013 (4/9-2017)

690 new tx in Newfoundland?
I found this "NEW" entry for St. John's Newfoundland
Is there really a new tx planned, or is the FCC data outdated?
Jurgen Bartels, N. Germany, mwdx yg (3/9-207)

"Via this message we would like to inform you about a possible new initiative for radio transmissions via mediumwave to Venezuela on 800 kHz.
We will perform test transmissions starting on Wednesday August 30th for seven days long at 1600 hours local time (2000 UTC). As you can understand we would like to receive test reports in order to verify the quality of reception.
The transmissions will be 30 minutes long and we will use two different antenna systems.
Therefore we ask you your kind cooperation to monitor as much as possible and report this back to us via this special Email address: test800am@gmail.com
This is our test schedule:
• Dates of transmission: 30 August – 06 September 2017 (7 days)
• Frequency: 800 kHz
• Time of test broadcast: 1600-1630 LT / 2000-2030 UTC
• Antenna 1: 1600-1615 LT / 2000-2015 UTC
• Antenna 2: 1615-1630 LT / 2015-2030 UTC
• Program content: General announcements and Music
We would like to receive your reception reports in the following order:
• Dates of listening
• Time of listening
• Your location or city name
• Reception quality in SIO or SINPO for both Antenna 1 and Antenna 2.
• If possible also an S-meter reading
• Audio quality
• Type of radio used
• Type of antenna used
We would appreciate if you also could inform other DX colleagues and radio enthusiasts you know.
We are also curious how the signal will perform while driving in a car.
On behalf of the initiators of this project I thank you already in advance for your cooperation!
73 from Rocus de Joode"
Mauno Ritola, wrth fb site (1/9-2017)



The new facility at Solt, 540 kHz wich replaces soon the old soviet TX.
Tringer László (31/8-2017)



Radio Merkurs in Riga plans to continue locally on DAB only and via the network. 1485 transmissions will stop at the end of the year. Before that, they consider changin g the MV license for a relay station and on another frequency. Until the christmas season they will test on 1350 kHz with 50 watts and 80s music. Reports are welcome.
Not to be confused with I AM from Milan.
Original text in Swedish: Radio Merkurs i Riga planerar att fortsätta lokalt enbart på DAB och via nätet. 1485 lämnas i så fall vid årsskiftet.
Innan dess vill man överväga byte av MV-licens till en som relästation och på annan frekvens. Fram till helgen testar man på 1350 kHz med 50 Watt och 80-talsmusik. Rapporter är välkomna.
Inte att förväxla med I AM från Milano.
73 Karl-Erik Stridh, NORDX yg (30/8-2017)



90 years ago - August 29th, 1927 - Kalundborg LW transmitter 243 kHz was inaugurated. Then the frequency was 245 kHz.
The birthday will be marked with a tour at 18 oclock local time in and around the transmitter building, where there also is a small museum, and the two antenna masts.
Ydun Ritz (29/8-2017)



That was the translator in Toowoomba [1359 kHz] yes. The main [4WK] 963KHz is still on air.
All the best, Tim G, ICDX-AM yg (28/8-2017)



New AM station in Bigger Buenos Airesares.
AM 1400 RADIO CARANDÁ (1400 KHz), es una nueva emisora de Amplitud Modulada que emite desde sus estudios centrales ubicados sobre la calle Soberanía Nacional 2945, de la ciudad de Gregorio de Laferrere, Partido de La Matanza, Provincia de Buenos Aires. Anuncia los teléfonos de contacto: (11) 4457-8712 y 4880-9323. Vale señalar, que desde ese mismo QTH, emiten otras dos estaciones de AM. Se trata de AM 1280 EL SONIDO DE LA GENTE “La Santiagueñita” (AM 1280 KHz) y RADIO GUABIYÚ (AM 1610 KHz). Todas estas estaciones, son operadas por la familia Scaramuzzino.
Marcelo A. Cornachioni, Argentina via condig list yg and Arnaldo Slaen, (27/8-2017)

Damascus Radio is active again on 567 kHz after being silent on that frequency for more than a year. Received today loud and clear in Northern Saudi Arabia.
Transmitter Location: Adra, Damascus, Syria.
However, the 666 kHz that was dedicated for Sout al Sha'ab and used the same transmission facilities is no longer in use, since that station was closed down for good.
Rawad Hamwi, WRTH fb group (26/8-2017)



Seeing Craig's mention of hearing an announcement on 4WK 1359 [Toowoomba, Queensland] about a move to FM, and finding no information about it on their website, I sent a query email to them.
A prompt response from Kirsty Batchelor from 4WK Accounts/Administration today advises:

"The new FM Frequency is 99.5FM and 4WK has been running on this frequency since the 10th August. 1359AM was shut down last night at 7pm and no longer will be running."
Bryan Clark, Mangawhai - New Zealand, ICDX-AM yg (24/8-2017)



Hörby MW 1179 kHz started up today. The xmitter is placed in O. Sallerup and has 2.5 W ERP via a vertical antenna.
The transmitter will at the beginning be on air abt 14 days. During "VeteranLjuddagen" September 2nd the program will be with music, other times a loop with test sound!
In daytime the xmitter has a limited range, but in the evenings and early mornings it will hopefully could be heard far away.
Reports are more than welcome and will be answered with a QSL-card if wanted.
send your report to 1179@veteranljuddagen.se

Original text in Swedish:
Hörby mellanvåg 1179 kHz kom igång idag. Sändaren är placerad i Ö Sallerup och vi sänder med 2,5 W ERP på en vertikalantenn. Sändaren kommer till att börja med att vara aktiv under ca 14 dagar. Under VeteranLjuddagen den 2 september kommer ett musikprogram att sändas, övrig tid sänds endast en slinga med testljud. Under dagtid har sändaren en begränsad räckvidd men på kvällar och tidiga morgnar kan sändningen förhoppningsvis nå långt.
Vi är mycket intresserade av lyssnarrapporter vilka besvaras med QSL-kort om så önskas. Skicka din lyssnarrapport till 1179@veteranljuddagen.se

Hope to see you at the VeteranLjuddagen!
Bengt Ericsson via Lennart Deimert, NORDX yg (22/8-2017)



The Blackburn Rovers closed down their event station Radio Rovers (1404 kHz) that used broadcast for some seven hours when this football team played at home:
s "Please be advised that Radio Rovers will not be broadcasting on home matchdays this season. The club has notified its blind/partially-sighted supporters, some of whom used Radio Rovers’ commentary to enjoy the game and we are considering options for other ways of enhancing their matchday experience. Fans can continue to listen to the club's in-house commentary at matches both home and away through the new iFollow Rovers service."
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (20/8-2017)



The relay of Caroline North via the Ross revenge, which was coming from the “I am Radio” transmitter in Milan Italy was audible on 1350 KHZ am and was putting a reasonable signal into the UK until 12 Am UTC. Also 1368 was predictably loud after dark here in Leicestershire, relayed via Manx Radio.
There was bound to be a lot or activity on this date.
Dave Angell (Leicestershire UK, (Ham call G0BHS)) (15/8-2017)

Caroline North continues via Manx Radio and online, many listeners have have told the station that they have found Caroline again after a very long time! Great programming.
Mike Terry, mwdx (15/8-2017)

New Fiji transmitters on 558 & 990. Radio Fiji has posted an interesting documentary about its new transmitters on Youtube:
There's also a Youtube video of the Prime Minister inaugurating the new transmitters on August 11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOza_Ov7f48
Bruce Portzer, dxld yg (15/8-2017)

"Changes to some BBC local radio MW services.
In January 2018, a small number of local radio MW transmitters will be turned off.As a result of detailed coverage assessments and a number of medium wave switch-off trials, we have decided to turn off 13 local medium wave transmitters. This will result in BBC Radio Sussex, Surrey, Humberside, Wiltshire, Nottingham, Kent, and Lincolnshire no longer being accessible on medium wave and reduced medium-wave coverage for BBC Devon, Lancashire and Essex.More information on why we are doing this can be found in the BBC blog.
These changes will not take place until January 2018 and we will be giving out more detailed information over the next few months.
Listeners can also use the interactive transmitter tool to see how they can receive their local radio service on other radio and television platforms or use iPlayer Radio to access their local radio service."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/news/item82 11 August 2017 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (15/8-2017)



TWR Bonaire 800 AM, informed me that on January 30st, 2018 power will be increased from 100 to 450 kW.
Best regards, Max van Arnhem, The Netherlands (14/8-2017)



RTHK BBC on 675 to close. Here is a url which gives more info on what exactly and when it is going to happen:
73 Tony Magon VK2IC (13/8-2017)



BBC to start switching off BBC local radio on MW.
The BBC is to switch off 13 BBC local radio transmitters in January 2018. This follows trials of the switch-off in 2014.

Based on previous switch-off, I predict that 12 of the 13 transmitters affected will be:
774 kHz: BBC Radio Kent (Littlebourne 0.7 kW)
1161 kHz: BBC Sussex (Bexhill MF 1 kW)
1332 kHz: BBC Radio Wiltshire (Lacock 0.8 kW)
1368 kHz: BBC Surrey (Duxhurst 0.5 kW)
1368 kHz: BBC Radio Linclolnshire (Lincoln 2 kW)
1368 kHz: BBC Radio Wiltshire (Swindon MF 0.1 kW)
1458 kHz: BBC Radio Devon (Occombe Torbay MF 1.0 kW)
1485 kHz: BBC Sussex (Brighton 1 kW)
1485 kHz: BBC Radio Humberside (Hull MF 2 kW)
1557 kHz: BBC Radio Lancashire (Oxcliffe 0.25 kW)
1584 kHz: BBC Radio Nottingham (Clipstone 1.0 kW)
1602 kHz: BBC Radio Kent (Rusthall 0.25 kW)

However, not sure which transmitter BBC Essex will switch off. BBC Essex currently broadcast from 4 sites:
729 kHz: Maningtree (0.2 kW)
765 kHz: Bakers Wood (1.5 kiW)
765 kHz: Dartford Tunnel (0.003 kW)
1530 kHz: Rayleigh MF (0.15 kW)

Dartford Tunnel is dependent on Bakers Wood but until more info is known, we can't be sure as to which one of these will go. When I hear more I will post here. The BBC has not yet confirmed exactly which the other 12 will be, but given the sites listed above were in the original trial, it is highly likely that these 12 will be correct.

It is fitting to note that the BBC Radio Merseyside transmitter on 1485 kHz at Wallasey (2kW) and those for BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester (Wooferton 1584 kHz - 0.5 kW) and Worcester MF 738 kHz - 0.435 kW) are not affected by this announcement. In the case of Radio Merseyside they had over 500 complaints about the loss of 1485 kHz when it happened a few years ago.

The BBC's announcement about January 2018 is here:

An article from the Guardian about the 2012 switch off is here:
More details will be provided when known.
James Robinson (12/8-2017)

558, Radio Fiji One (presumed), 1245-1315, Aug 12. Mostly non-stop religious singing and music; weak, but fairly clear. My audio at http://goo.gl/oUfrk3 . My local sunrise was
at 1322 UT
Ron Howard, oceanside at Pacific Grove, CA, Etón E1, antenna: 100' long wire, DXLD yg (12/8-2017)

Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) said on Friday that it will be ending its 24-hour relay of BBC radio and will broadcast a state-run channel in its place.
The BBC World Service has been broadcast live on RTHK’s Radio 6 on AM675 since 1978.
Thanks to Mika DX Makelainen for this nx on FB.
Ydun Ritz (12/8-2017)

More to news about the upgrade of the mediumwave coverage of the islands
Ydun Ritz (12/8-2017)



A NEWLY-rehabilitated medium wave AM infrastructure and transmission was launched by Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama this morning.
With the upgrade of the infrastructure, which is managed by national broadcaster Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), indicates 100 per cent coverage for the islands.
"That means every Fijian in every community in Fiji can now tune to clear and dependable AM signals that will broadcast programs on the Radio Fiji One and Gold stations," Mr Bainimarama said.
He said it also meant listeners would now have access to critical flows of information - programming on youth development, women's issues, health, agriculture and many other important topics.
Mr Bainimarama said while the wide range of programming brought information that could be extremely useful in people's day to day lives, added "the right to access information is one of the most important rights my Government is sworn to uphold".
The Fiji Times Online (11/8-2017)

Which frequencies or just the same as mentioned in WRTH 2017 558and 990kHz! (Ydun)



Specialists of the Ministry of Communications of Turkmenistan have completed setting-up and installation of several radio transmitters in suburban areas of Turkmenbashi city on the coast of the Caspian Sea with the aim of establishing conditions for quality reception of programs of national radio channels. The work has been done under the direct order of president of state Saparmurat Niyazov.

As the Ashgabat correspondent was told in the republic’s Ministry of Communications, two USW (ultra-short waves) – FM (euro standard) radio transmitters operating on 103.2 MHz and 104.4 MHz frequencies have made it possible to start the broadcasting of Watan, Miras and Char Tarapdan radio channels. One more SRV-7 radio transmitter with a capacity of 10 kW has started broadcasting programs of Watan radio channel on 1,476 kHz frequency. Besides, Miras and Char Tarapdan radio channels are broadcast on 675 kHz via SRV-5 radio transmitter with a capacity of 9 kW.

Work related to the further expansion of national radio broadcasting and installation of similar radio transmitters is continuing in other regions of Turkmenistan as well.
Source: http://www.turkmenistan.ru/en/node/3141
Laszlo Tringer HNG (7/8-2017)



It's a mega four day broadcast this time as Radio Caroline North returns via Manx Radio 1368AM to mark the 50th anniversary of the law designed to stop offshore radio, the Marine Offences Act 1967.
Starting on Saturday 12th we've more memories from our presenters at the time, then we'll link up with our big party in Clacton on Sunday 13th. On Monday 14th at 3pm we'll link up live with Pirate BBC Essex for a special hour tracing Caroline's history and looking forward to what the future holds. And as ever Caroline continues, when the others didn't, past midnight into August 15th for a full day's broadcast ending at 6pm.
[Who is the man in middle?]
So join us online here and on 1368AM courtesy of Manx Radio for four very special days, and a special guest you'll not have heard for 33 years, on Radio Caroline North.
Your emails are always welcome at memories(at)radiocaroline.co.uk.
http://radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html via Nico from Gouda, HOL (7/8-2017)

Groot Nieuws Radio will continue using 1008 kHz until 28 February 2018 and possibly until 31 December 2018, if no maintenance is needed. Novec, the owner of the transmission facility, wanted to end broadcasting from the site but agreed to an extension. Listeners of the religious broadcaster had argued that the DAB+-coverage is not yet adequate, but the management of Groot Nieuws Radio can now use the additional months to work towards improving the DAB-coverage.
https://www.grootnieuwsradio.nl/k/n663/news/view/103063/86103/groot-nieuws-radio-langer-op-de-middengolf.html 1 August 2017 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (7/8-2017)

All India Radio adds to massive digital radio deployment with four 100 kW and two 200 kW NX transmitters.
Hackett’s Cove, Nova Scotia – Nautel Limited has shipped six additional high-power DRM-enabled MW transmitters for deployment at All India Radio, the largest digital broadcasting system in the world. Four 100 kW NX100 and two 200 kW NX200 transmitters were shipped to India in July 2017 for installation in six cities. The transmitters will be commissioned by Nautel’s in-country partner Comcon in association with India’s Prasar

The July, 2017 shipment of 6 NX transmitters complements the 27 NX transmitters which are already on air with DRM transmission throughout India. The massive project has the goal of bringing digital radio to nearly a billion residents of the country. The new transmitters will be installed at All India Radio (AIR) facilities in Hyderabad, Jagdalpur,
Vishakhapatnam, Bhawanipatna, Jeypore and Sambalpur. All 33 transmitters in
the AIR project are configured for DRM30 operation.

Nautel NX high power transmitters occupy a very small footprint and offer the industry’s highest efficiency (90%) along with AM precorrection, unmatched linearity and Nautel’s exclusive, award-winning Advanced User Interface which provides commercial grade instrumentation, spectrum analyzer, logging, presets, local and remote transmitter control, email notifications and enhanced support services.

“Nautel is excited to partner with Comcon and Prasar Bharati on this extensive project,” said Kevin Rodgers, Nautel President and CEO. “With this system fully deployed in all parts of India, AIR is uniquely positioned to serve the different dialects and regional needs of its
billion listeners. It’s a shining example of the capabilities digital broadcasting can provide throughout the world.”

Nautel MW and FM transmitters will be demonstrated at the upcoming IBC show in Amsterdam on stand 8.C49. For more information on the All India Radio project, visit http://www.nautel.com/AIR.
*(Nautel Press Release)*
Alokesh Gupta, VU3BSE, New Delhi, DX-India via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (7/8-2017)



Hi all, today I received "Dimtsi Hafash" on 840 kHz with relatively good signal here in Hungary from Eritrea parallel with 7175v kHz.
Earlier it appeared on 837, and later on 845 kHz. The second channel on 950 kHz was absent tonight.
Their TX's are so poor and instable OR they just escaping from ethiopian jamming.
My RX: KiwiSDR
Antenna: Mini Whip "RA0SMS"
Tringer László (5/8-2017)



Intriguing announcement on the Radio Caroline website:
"Caroline North
Our friendship with Manx Radio will extend further and longer than we imagined. The 1368 AM transmitter on the island that was scheduled for closure will now be overhauled to stay on air. Maybe we will have more to announce on the day." (The day is August 13th)
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (4/8-2017)


Three new radio stations are due to launch in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Medium Wave within the next couple of months. No on air date has been decided yet. The stations will be broadcasting on 846 kHz (300 W), 927 kHz (300 W) and 1440 kHz (power not yet confirmed but maximum power allowed is 500W). Two of the stations will be music based whereas the third station will be all talk.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen (3/8-2017)



„The Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the English-language commercial radio programming undertakings set out below from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2024. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding these applications.“
CFPL London (Ontario) „news talk sports“ http://globalnews.ca/radio/am980/
CHQT Edmonton (Alberta) http://globalnews.ca/radio/inews880/?gref=inews880
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-212.htm via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2/8-2017)

„The Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the English-language commercial radio programming undertakings set out below from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2024. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding these applications.“
CFAC Calgary (Alberta) „Sportsnet 960 The Fan“ http://www.sportsnet.ca/960/
CKGL Kitchener (Ontario) „570News“ http://www.570news.com/
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-240.htm via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2/8-2017)

The licence of "Radio Shalom" (1650 kHz) was extended until 2024. "The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the religious radio programming undertaking CJRS Montréal, Quebec, from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2024. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application."
In an Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-243 the CRTC states the following "Conditions of licence": "The licensee shall adhere to the conditions set out in Conditions of licence for AM and FM radio stations, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-62, 11 February 2009, as well as to the conditions set out in the broadcasting licence for the undertaking.
The licensee shall devote at least 90% of all musical selections broadcast each broadcast week to selections drawn from content category 3 (Special Interest Music), as set out in Revised content categories and subcategories for radio, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-819, 5 November 2010.
As an exception to the percentage of Canadian musical selections set out in section 2.2(3) of the Radio Regulations, 1986 (the Regulations), the licensee shall devote, in each broadcast week, at least 12% of its musical selections drawn from content category 3 (Special Interest Music) to Canadian selections."
"Where the licensee broadcasts religious programming as defined in Religious Broadcasting Policy, Public Notice CRTC 1993-78, 3 June 1993, the licensee shall adhere to the guidelines set out in sections III.B.2.a) and IV of that public notice with respect to the provision of balance and ethics in religious programming.
In each broadcast week, the licensee shall broadcast at least 18 hours of balanced programming."
Extracts from the Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-243 Ottawa, 10 July 2017
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-243.htm via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2/8-2017)



Voice of the Broad Masses of Eritrea - Programme 1 observed on the off-channel mediumwave frequency of 950 kHz (WRTH indicates this is an 'alternative frequency') at 18:20 UT on 31 July 2017. Typical HoA music followed by vernacular news and sign-off with choral anthem, finishing at 18:32 UT - tx switch-off was at 18:36. This was monitored with fair to poor reception via a remote web SDR in Oman. Signal on (parallel?) 7150 kHz was too weak and noisy to confirm ID in the time available.
Incidentally, this Oman rx gives good round-the-clock reception of the Saudi-based Radio Sanaa surrogate on 11860 kHz - it can be accessed via the portal at http://www.sdr.hu.
Dave Kernick via WRTH fb group (31/7-2017)

New LW transmitter planned for 207 kHz. After interruptions in broadcasting due to breakdowns, the longwave transmitter located between Azilal and Ait in the centre of Moroccowill be replaced. A tender was launched for an AM / DRM radio transmitter with a power of 800 kW configured in two blocks of 400 kW and for the repair of the mast 300.50 m high. The names of the companies that won the offer will be known in a few days.
The station broadcasting on 207 kHz is Al Ida Al Watania [SNRT National Network], a general radio which offers varied programmes ranging from information to culture through to entertainment, with a variety of musical programming.
Radios du Monde via WRTH FB group via BDXC (26/7-2017)



Mediumwave installation DLF / SR Heusweiler Germany. The scrapping of the 1422 / 1179 kHz mediumwave facility is expected soon, between autumn 2017 and 2018 start year.



Also protective metal net over the highway A8 strained, then is also dismantled.


73 Wolfgang Büschel (29/7-2017)



The days of legendary Saarländischer Rundfunk [1179 kHz] antenna tower at Heusweiler are counted. It will disappear during the coming months.
Andre Schokker (28/7-2017)

Radio Caroline North returns this weekend, online here and on 1368 AM courtesy of Manx Radio.
As we build up to our big party in August we'll hear from sixties presenters Colin Berry and Tom Edwards.
And we've a magnificent Homefield hamper to give away thanks to our friends at Tiptree, preserves of distinction.
So join us live onboard our radio-ship the Ross Revenge this weekend.
Your emails are always welcome at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk
Radio Caroline via Mike Terry, mwdx yg (28/7-2017)



I'm on vacation in Reykjavik-Island and RUV is still on the air on 666 kHz from Vatnsendi in Reykjavik. STRONG reception in the area around Hallgrims church..!
Program RUV 2 // 90,1 MHz!
73, Thorleif Roos (18/7-2017)



3YB 882 to move to FM. The change to due to occur in the last quarter of 2018.
3YM[?] 882kHz MW will be doing a frequency swap with Vision Australia (part of old RPH network) for their 94.5MHZ FM freq.
More info here: http://www.3yb.com.au/articles/3yb-to-move-to-fm/
Ian in mwmasts yg (6/7-2017)

I have noticed that KPHX 1480 [Phoenix, AZ] has been off the air for several days now. My friend
Dave (N7RK) I knew is a regular listener, so I contacted him to find that KPHX announced they were shutting down their station July 1.
This is a sad thing, in that the station had a unique format not often heard on the AM broadcast band, and certainly not on any other station here.
73 and Good Listening......!
Rick Barton, Sun Cities/Peoria AZ, dxld yg (5/7-2017)

And what format was that?? As of last year`s NRC AM Log, ``The Valley`s Progressive Talk``. So is it for sale, or turned in the license?
Glenn Hauser, DXLD yg (6/7-2017)



CFQR AM 600 kHz in Montreal is now on the air with English music and an English announcement indicating that the station is testing. They are providing a toll free number (1-833-600-1006) to call with any interference or reception problems. They are announcing that their regular programming will begin soon.
Those in the know will recognize the voice of Montreal radio veteran Jim Connell voicing the announcement.
Sheldon Harvey, MWC fb group (1/7-2017)



Two more MW stations here will be moving to FM:
CKYL Peace River AB will be leaving 610 to 94.9 FM with 100kWs. 94.9 is already on the air but as a 'nested' repeater running 2.5kWs.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, VOAR will move from 1210 to 96.7 FM with 100kWs
Andy Reid (29/6-2017)



RTÉ Radio 1 announced on their longwave 252 kHz frequency at 1700 UTC today (Sunday 25 June) that they will be off air on 252 kHz from "half-past twelve Tuesday 27th June until the same time on Saturday 8th July" (local time = UTC +1)
This is for a replacement of the base-plate of the transmission mast according to the announcement.

I've now uploaded a recording of RTÉ R1 long wave outage announcement on 252 kHz here: https://app.box.com/s/nbfvqdtmtbpfz562hz8obylh9r7z3auj
(with Algeria audible in the background down here in southern England!)

Latest I saw was that 252 will continue until June 2019, by which time RTE hopes to be able to broadcast via some local DAB transmitters in the UK.
73 Alan Pennington (25/6-2017)

CFQR 600 AM has begun testing in Montreal QC. It is the English sister station of CFNV 940 which signed on last year. CFQR is 10kW's day, 5 night.
Andy Reid (25/6-2017)



Summer solstice bandscan. Due to rain, I had to scan the band from indoors. Lucky, then, I was not at the Faraday cage I call home.

I heard mostly British stations on the MW band. Absolute Radio’s relay on 1197 kHz was audible through the QRM from the laptop; also the only relay I could hear. From Smooth Radio I heard nothing. R. Scotland on 810 kHz was nearly inaudible. Not the first time.
Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson (22/6-2017)



Benin in on 1566 MW. From 0353 past 0412 [UTC] June 21 I had a JBA carrier on 1566 looping about 80 degrees, which fits for TWR`s 100 kW transmitter. Tnx to tip from guys in western Canada who were hearing it before and after 0500 last night. WRTH says their morning schedule is 0315-0545. No other splits audible here in the 1500s.
Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, and welcome to Summer! dxld yg (21/6-2017)

Radio Taiwan International on 1359Khz is being heard with English progaming. Noted from 11:05UTC-(9:05pm).Signal sometimes as a good level,mixed with co/channel stations.
Being heard on a Kenwood R 1000, antenna is EWE pointed North East.
Martin Greer, Launceston Tasmania in ICDX-AM yg (21/6-2017)



GrootNews Radio is sending out pettition to keep Flevoland transmitter up: they are talking about it here https://www.grootnieuwsradio.nl/k/n663/news/view/101757/42103/luisteraars-openen-petitie-voor-behoud-zendmast.html
and the pettition is here: https://www.petities24.com/grootnieuwsradio
H opefully a lot of DXers will sign it and maybe Nederlands will stay on air.
Mitja Kocjančič (16/6-2017)

HYUNDAI has recently launched a fourth model with line fit DRM receiver for India. The Hyundai Xcent will include DRM as a standard feature. Four models of Hyundai cars are now be available in the Indian market with line-fit DRM receivers – the Electra, Xcent, Tucson and Grandi10.
DRM Newsletter June 2017
Mike Terry, dxld yg (16/6-2017)

Stuart Mark Forsyth, who has taken on responsibility for updating the 2018 WRTH listings for New Caledonia, has received official confirmation from RNC that 666 and 729 have gone off air. NZ DXers noted the absence of 666 in early June, but it has taken till now to secure official confirmation.
Bryan Clark NZDXLvia Bruce Conti, mwmasts yg (15/6-2017)



Réunion has stopped transmissions on 666 [St. Pierre] and 1215 kHz [St. André] a few months ago due to budgetary reasons. Thanks for the info from René-Paul Grondin.
Mauno Ritola in WRTH fb group (15/6-2017)



Pirate station on 1991 kHz? Some Swedish dxers have heard nonstop mx on 1991 kHz yesterday June 12th. QTH Svealand (Mid Sweden)?
NORDX yg via Ydun Ritz (13/6-2017)



Radio Caroline 648 kHz - and this is the transmitter site.
Poul Foged, DDXLK fb group (9/6-2017)



Are you looking to catch signals from UK local radio stations with local identification? This week you have a special chance to hear local stations with local programming overnight - usually overnight programming is networked. This is because the UK General Election takes place on Thursday 8th June. After the polling stations close at 2200 local time (2100 UTC) look out for local news and election results and analysis throughout the night. The first results are expected around 2200 utc, but if you want to fine tune your listening here is a list when constituency result are likely to be announced
Steve Whitt, MWC fb group (7/6-2017)

Good news with Radio Caroline on it's own MW frequency. The only other European stations on 648 kHz will be Radio Murski Val, Nemcavci SVN with 10 kW (often heard in Southern Denmark during the evening) and RNE, Badajoz E with 50 kW.
I hope, Radio Caroline can make it through to Northern Europe without disturbance.
Ydun Ritz (7/6-2017)



Analogue community radio
Licences awarded in this period, and reasons for the awards.
Ofcom has announced, and published the reasons for, the award of four community radio licences in London and five new community radio licences for medium wave (AM) services:
Ark AM Glasgow
Carillon Wellbeing Radio West Leicestershire
Radio Caroline Suffolk and northern parts of Essex
Radio Ninesprings Yeovil and the South Somerset District area
Radio Seerah Leicester
See our statement for the medium wave (AM) awards PDF, 198.7 KB
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-may-2017 of 6 June 2017 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/6-2017)



Groot Nieuws Radio, AM 1008 KHz. Flevoland - The Netherlands goes off-air.
The last powerfull AM outlet 1008 Khz. in The Netherlands will leave the airways as from Septembre the first this summer. The actual user, the christian broadcaster Groot Nieuws Radio, has lost in a adjudication to keep the Flevoland transmitter in operation. Groot Nieuws Radio asked the Dutch organisation Autoriteit Consument en Markt (ACM) - Authority For Consumer And Marketing, to do a decision. Groot Nieuws Radio has a hiring contract until Septembre 2017. The broadcasting organisation says in a statement to be disappointed in the decision of the ACM. Also AM should be needed to reach the whole of the Netherlands, instead of distributian via DAB+, internet, interactive television and the analoge kabelnetworks, according to the christian broadcaster. NOVEC, the owner and exploration company of the transmittersite near Zeewolde - Flevoland, wants to dismantle the 207 mtr.high broadcastingmasts in favour of a electrical windmill powerproject. Also the company says that maintenance of the masts is needed. After that a exploration will be to expensive or will not have an effectiveness.
The transmitterssite Flevoland is in use since 1980. It was the main transmittersite of The Netherlands, consisting two transmitters whit a maximum output from 600 Kw, to distribute the first two programms of the Dutch public radio. Earlier called Hilversum 1 and 2, later Radio 1 and 2. In 1985 Radio 2 was replaced by Radio 5. Frequencies are 1008 Khz. and 747. The last one was switched off definitely Septembre the first 2015. Commercial users where hiring airtime on the 1008 Khz. since 2004.
Groot Nieuws Radio is allowed to use 1008 until 2020. They will probably have to look for a different possibility. But at last, a nationwide coverage of a AM broadcasting location in The Netherlands will be ending at the end of August this year.
The best of 73's Willem Prins / Haren - The Netherlands (5/6-2017)



Its taken Radio Caroline 53 years to get an AM licence and it was perceived as a threat to the BBC for many years. Ironically 648 kHz was best known for transmitting the BBC World Service in English around the clock on 648 kHz from September 1982 until March 2011 from the Orfordness transmitting station on the Suffolk coast.
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (2/6-2017)

We can now announce that our [Radio Caroline] AM frequency will be 648 kHz with a power of 1000 watts. This is ERP or simply the power radiated by the aerial.
A transmitter was imported from the Continent a few days ago and is now being modified to suit the frequency. There are further hurdles, but as you can see progress is being made.
Mike Terry, dxld yg (2/6-2017)

Radio Caroline has been officially granted 648 kHz with 1kW ERP.
John Hoad, MWC fb group (2/6-2017)



I received the new syrian opposition station on 1350 kHz it was much stronger than the Gavar TX at my QTH, but the transmitter was very unstable and with poor, humming modulation. TX is propbably an old Ex. SRTV/SBO tower in Aleppo area.
Here is my recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Ij4GMgIOQ
QTH: Székesfehérvár/Hungary
Tringer László (1/6-2017)



Hello DXers, Yesterday 29-5-2017 around 19:30 UTC I noticed a new radio station on 1350 KHz. The station gave ID as Radio Al Kul ( kul in Arabic means All).
Checked online and reached their web site http://www.radioalkul.com
According to their web site they are a Syrian news radio with up to the minute news about Syria and Syrians through a network of reports .
They transmit on FM 95.5 MHz in Aleppo and Idleb in Syria and on Nile Sat satellite frequency 12562 Vertical 27500 . Parts of Aleppo is already under the control of ISIL .
They have a live stream on their website as well...I checked the programmes on 1350 and it is matching the online stream .
They are transmitting from 19:30 to 21:00 UTC , of course the transmitting place is unknown but before they went on air TWR from Gavar was on with the usual programmes .
The program content is mainly music and news on top of the hour and :30 of the hour as well.
Here's a recording of part of the transmission of 29-5-2017
I sent them a reception report but didn't get any reply.
73, Tarek Zeidan, Cairo, Egypt, dxld yg (30/5-2017)

"The Bonaire Power Up project will increase TWR's Latin America broadcast signal from 100,000 to 450,000 watts. This will double the potential listening audience in Latin America from 50 million to 100 million people and blanket Cuba with the Spanish programmes. Thanks to many volunteers, much construction was completed in 2016. TWR hopes to purchase the transmitter in 2017.
Contact: tklingbe@twr.org"
Fellowship of European [Christian] Broadcasters, e-mail-newsletter 29 May 2017 via
Dr Hansjoerg Biener

"After many months of upgrades and new construction at our Caribbean station on the island of Bonaire [in 2016], we are preparing to install a 450,000-watt transmitter.
With it, we will reach farther and stronger with programs in Spanish and several other languages across not only the entire nation of Cuba but also large portions of Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, and other countries of the Caribbean and Latin America.
TWR will produce more programs in Cuba to give our Cuban listeners the spiritual food they are hungry for. We will also have a strategic reach into some of the world's remaining unreached people groups of the Amazon region.
God’s provision through our generous donors has allowed us to come very close to meeting our goal of $3.8 million."
https://www.twr.org/project/powerup via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (29/5-2017)



It wasn't immediately obvious to me that the Grupo Radioescucha Argentino Wordpress article related to stations in Ciudad de México. I eventually pieced the clues together!
Today a shake up of stations in that city (owned by Radio Centro) takes place.
690kHz - Previously La 69, now a combination of Radio Centro AM and El Fonógrafo.
790kHz - Previously Formato 21 - as far as I can tell the 50kW tx will be switched off today.
1030kHz - Previously Radio Centro - as far as I can tell now the 50kW tx will be switched off today.
1110kHz - Previously Radio Red - now a combination of a new News service and Formato 21.
1150kHz - Previously El Fonógrafo - as far as I can tell the 50kW tx will be switched off today.
The Mexican source was SDP Noticias. I hope that other DXers - possibly Raymie - could confirm this.
Dan Goldfarb, mwmasts yg (21/5-2017)

From Radio Today - "In its application Radio Caroline had asked for 1kW of power – compared to the usual 50 watts that community services operate at.
It proposed to cover an area bounded by Ipswich in the South, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket in the West, Saxmundham to the East and Diss to the North. The station’s application said it would broadcast most of the programmes from Kent and from the Ross Revenge ship using 4G. The station also said that if awarded a licence it could be on-air in time for the 50th anniversary of the Marine Offences Act on 14th August this year."
Full article here: Radio Caroline to go back on AM fulltime
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (20/5-2017)

Ofcom has awarded five new medium wave community radio licences, including one for Radio Caroline to cover Suffolk and North Essex.
Other new AM services will go live in Glasgow, West Leicestershire, Leicester and Yeovil.
Mike Terry, dxld yg (20/5-2017)



The former ship-based pirate station, Radio Caroline, has been handed its first full-time AM broadcast licence
Mike Terry, WRTH fb group (19/5-2017)

Ofcom awarded five new community radio licences for medium wave (AM) services to:
Radio Caroline
Ark AM
Carillion Wellbeing Radio
Radio Seerah
Radio Ninesprings
More on Ofcom website.
John Hoad, MWC fb group (19/5-2017)



This morning (16 May 2017) at 05:00 UT Israel's new public broadcaster 'Kan' was observed with its Heritage Network back on 531 kHz, identifying on air as 'Kan Moreshet'. Prior to yesterday this frequency was shared with Network A (Reshet Alef), it remains to be seen if this is still the case. The streaming situation has also been sorted out, with the organisation's website at www.kan.org.il now hosting live streams from eight radio and two TV networks.
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online, (16/5-2017)



Radio Atlanta Milano 1485 kHz new one reported on 14 May. New Italian radio on MW Back from old Italian FM
73, Giampiero Bernardini, dxld yg (15/5-2017)

On the first day of operation of new public broadcaster 'Kan' 531 kHz is noted carrying Reshet Bet [Network B] //657 kHz instead of Reshet Alef/Reshet Moreshet [Network A/Heritage Network] as previously.
The broadcaster continues to ID on air as 'Kol Yisrael, Reshet...' [Voice of Israel, Network...]. They don't seem to have got their webstreams up and running yet (the foregoing observations were made via a web SDR in Israel); the new Kan website at www.kan.org.il is only hosting an audio stream of continuous music interspersed with occasional 'Kan' IDs.
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (15/5-2017)



Radio Tou’caen, will return on the air from Hérouville Saint Clair (near Caen in Normandy) from May 15th to July 15th (except on June 4th).
Frequency still 1602 kHz. www.radio-toucaen.fr
Christian Chibaudo (12/5-2017)



Allouis 162 kHz
Apparently summarizing French sources as follows: No broadcaster has filed a serious application for using 162 kHz, so the carrier will remain silent, i.e. without program audio in AM. For the plain time signal application the output has now been adjusted to 1100 kW, with wrist watches for this system being mentioned as primary reason for still running so much power.
Kai Ludwig, dxld yg (10/5-2017)

Radio Beograd 1, transmitter: Sjenica, 1602 kHz - its mast is very well visible here:
Reported by Boris Bielik and David Kriz, two members of the Czechoslovak DX Club (CSDXC) traveling in the Sjenica area.
Karel Honzik (10/5-2017)

The last MW transmitter in Kosovo is Prishtine on 549 kHz. It is still active and it relays Radio Kosova 1. Not listed in WRTH. Reported by Boris Bielik and David Kriz, two members of the Czechoslovak DX Club (CSDXC) traveling in that area.
Karel Honzik (10/5-2017)

1550 Polisario Front, Rabouni, ALG, doesn't seem to carry the Castilian lang. segments anymore, or then they're b/cast at completely different times. The morning b/cast (opening at 0700?) closes at 1300 while the evening one runs 1700-2300.
Carlos Gonçalves, POR (8/5-2017)

207 SNRT-Al Watania channel, Azilal, is silent for a little over a month. My logged obs. of co-ch. RÚV dated 6th April indicates Azilal was off on 06APR, and remained so up till now. Good news for me... perhaps not good news for other DXers trying to receive Morocco.
Carlos Gonçalves, POR (8/5-2017)

The WRTH 2017 brings incorrect information about Antena 1:
Meia-Légua (Faro ) 720 is off the air;
Miramar 720 is no more.
Now, the situation of those two is not new, so it should have been taken into consideration before the material was sent to the WRTH back in 2016.
Carlos Gonçalves, POR (8/5-2017)



Now it was confirmed that the (most probably) last active Serbian MW
transmitter is Sjenica (Syenitsa) on 1602 kHz with Beograd 1. It was
confirmed a couple of days ago by a group of DXers from Czechia and Slovakia
travelling in Sjenica area. They heard this transmitter before also in their
home countries.
Karel Honzik, CZE (8/5-2017)



As everybody has could read on this site Radio Seagull is broadcasting on 747 Khz from the radioship Jenni Beynton, anchored in Harlingen harbour, as from last week.
Last weekend other low-power user in Holland on the 747, like Groeistad Radio, T-Pot, Radio Babylona, Radio 0511, Radio Emmeloord en Different 747 AM, did a complain at the Dutch - Agentschap Telecom.
The complain was a not desired interference on their signal by Radio Seagull. All the stations have a restricted licence of a maximum PEP of 100 Watt. The same licence Seagull should be using. The story is that Seagull was using 2 Kw. Also the station was not on zero-beat.
After the publicity it seems that Seagull has turn down the power of their transmitter. Also the station is now better on zero-beat. Dave Angel wrote that he was receiving Radio Seagull in the UK. That is indeed slightly possible because of the fact that Harlingen is situated at the north-west coast of The Netherlands. So a 100 Watt signal could propagate easily over the North Sea.
Interference from the different low power stations here in Holland starts to be a story. Now more and more licences are given out for the same frequencie the number of places starts to grow that signals are overlapping each other in the outher range of there covering area.
Here at my location I do hear on 1395 and 747 always a mix of more groundwave signals. A directional arial is needed to pick up a certain station without a disturbed signal.
In the mean time every off-shore radiofan here in Holland is looking forward to the RadioDay 2017 in the weekend of the 20 th of May. This year it is in Harlingen and also the radioship Jenni Beynton plays a role that day. Special broadcasts will be done on the 747 Khz. More info of the RadioDay on: http://www.radioday.nl/
Best of 73's, Willem Prins - Haren / The Netherlands (3/5-2017)

Regarding the Radio Caroline AM licence application Peter Moore, station manager, posted this morning "...As for AM and sticking ONLY to facts, there has been no official reaction from the day we delivered our application. So to avoid an interminable thread of ' what ifs ' let us say that Ofcom will make a decision in due course and that in the meantime there are plenty of other things to be doing"
Pirate / Free Radio: Re: Radio Caroline Flashback on RadioPlayer.
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (3/5-2017)



Ofcom Statement published 28 April 2017
There are 250 Ofcom-licensed community radio stations broadcasting in locations across the UK. These stations are small, not-for-profit services which bring a range of benefits to their target communities, and are run with the help of volunteers.
This statement sets out our decision to conduct a fourth licensing round for community radio services, and how we will seek to ensure that our processes for awarding licences are quicker and more focused than in previous rounds.
We have also made revisions to our technical policy in relation to the frequencies and coverage areas for these services to take account of individual station requirements, which may differ.
Finally, this statement sets out our position on the prioritisation of our future community radio work.

Items relating to AM
Our technical policy:
Our policy in relation to the technical aspects of community radio licences available frequencies and coverage area has remained virtually unchanged since we started licensing community radio services in 2005. It says:
? Community radio stations on FM in urban areas will generally be licensed for acoverage radius of up to 5km.
? For urban 'community of interest' services, where the target community occupies an area of more than a 5km radius,
only AM frequencies will normally be allocated.
? In rural areas where there is greater availability of suitable FM frequencies (such as parts of Scotland and Wales) and a coverage radius of more than 5km is proposed, we may license such services on FM.
? In rural areas where the availability of suitable FM frequencies is poor and a coverage radius of more than 5km is proposed, only AM frequencies will be allocated.
Changes to our technical policy
4.1 Our technical policy for community radio has remained largely unchanged since we started licensing stations in 2005. We have had feedback from new and existing licensees about applying a more flexible approach, and therefore considered this was an appropriate time to consider revising our policy
Proposals in our consultation
4.5 On AM, we said that community radio stations would generally be licensed for a coverage radius of around 10km.
Responses to the consultation
5.11 [...] HNBT suggested that “the use of AM/MW by listeners is decreasing and therefore we believe that Ofcom resources
should not be used with planning any new AM/MW services [unless] BBC local radio closes its AM/MW transmissions then these
frequencies and sites could be offered to ‘community of interest’ broadcasters”.
Excerpted by Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2/5-2017)

Radio Seagull continues to make tests on 747 KHZ, which are unannounced and the crystal has altered so that the station is better tuned up with the Spanish station, meaning a slower beat frequency. This is a good thing, however it makes it harder to find than when there was a small buzz on channel.
I heard the station on Monday 01 May around Midnight BST and also on Saturday 29 April around the same time. The signal is generally poor with lots of very heavy QSB.
Dave Angell (G0BHS) (2/5-2017)

CTV Windsor Published Monday, May 1, 2017 1:27PM EDT
AM800 CKLW is currently broadcasting on its sister station AM580 after a transmitter fire. No word on what caused the fire or how much damage was done.
You can also listen to AM800's news and talk-programming online or via the iHeartradio app Via Artie Bigley, OH, DXLD (2/5-2017)
So if 800 is off the air, go for DX. BTW, XEROK was inbooming here last night, rarely overcoming KQCV OKC.
Glenn Hauser, OK, DXLD yg (2/5-2017)



At Midnight on 25 April I heard a station ID from Radio Seagull on 747 KHZ that confirmed my previous suspicions that they were active once again on this channel. It was a very weak signal but audible, and also they transmitted their hourly news bulletin. This low power transmitter is on board the Jenni Beynton, anchored in Harligen harbour.
I am located in the UK, not far from the city of Leicester.
Dave Angell (G0BHS) (25/4-2017)

Arctic Radio Club in Sweden celebrates the 2017 Convention in Jönköping, Sweden May 6 & 7th.
Our radiostation (the radiovan below) will be on the air with many different type of programs, mostly in Swedish. The transmitter will have a power of 250 W (ERP) on 1593 kHz and the antenna is located on a high hill near lake Vättern. In the evening of May 5th we will start tests. There will be station identifications in English, too.
The official start will be May 6th at 1900 UTC and the programs will be running until 1100 UTC on Sunday noon.

On the 7th there will be a program dedicated to the local SR P4 Radio Jönköping that celebrates its 40th year of broadcasting. this year. This program starts at 1000 UTC and will be in Swedish. Until the station signs off at 1100 UTC.
Reception reports are appreciated and a special QSL-card is issued, if you enclose return postage in your letter. Reception reports by e-mail will be answered by an e-QSL.
Address: Ronny Forslund, Arctic Radio 1593, Vita Huset, SE-17995 Svartsjö, SWEDEN.
E-mail: info@rock.x.se
Bengt Ericson (24/4-2017)

Radio Tirana ceased his broadcasts on 1458 kHz at least by April 18th.
Giovanni Battista Ricci (24/4-2017)



On the night of Sunday 23 April I heard what I beleive to be the signal of Radio Seagull, from the light ship Jenni Beynton on 747 kHZ as being slightly off channel it produces a fast beat frequency signal against the Spanish station which shares the channel, making it easy to discern even when there is just a carrier wave present.
Today the normal programmes of Radio Seagull, which normally stream online, have been replaced with continuous non-stop album music.
I think that we could be most likely getting some programming on 747 some time in the near future.
Watch this space!
Dave Angell. (G0BHS) seventy threes all! (24/4-2017)



Radio Baltic Waves International heard with good signal but some fading today 1640 UTC on 1386 kHz from new transmitter (site) in Viesintos.
Sangean ATS 909x + 8 m loop.
Ydun Ritz (21/4-2017)

Sitkūnai 1386 kHz Final Sign-Off.
Occurred this morning at about 05:01 UTC as monitored/recorded using the U. Twente SDR receiver. A bit noisy as propagation is starting to deteriorate as the sun comes up. Is that the Radio Baltic Waves International interval signal that was played a few times just before s/off? Recording attached. Where does that music come from? Name of tune?
According to Rimantas Pleikys, the first broadcast from Viešintos on 1386 kHz, 75 kW, 120 m tower will begin today at16:30 UTC.
Richard Langley, dxld yg (21/4-2017)

LTU Viesintos 1386 kHz, 75 kW, 120 m tower, 2017-Apr-21 16.30hrs
G.C. 55 41 39.80 N 24 58 56.68 E
73 Wolfgang Büschel, dxld yg (21/4-2017)



Radio Caroline North: Pleased to report that it was a very successful holiday weekend's broadcast with reception on medium wave [1368 kHz] reported over a wide area, especially after dark.
Glad that the Southampton Supporters Group raised funds to be sponsor, the group has been going for many years and is becoming even more well attended.
MikeTerry, mwdx yg (18/4-2017)



Radio Caroline North live from the MV Ross Revenge is now being relayed throughout the Easter weekend on the Manx Radio AM frequency [1368 kHz].
Mike Terry, MWC fb group (14/04-2017)



We are on air today, as every Wednesday, on 1584 and 6070 kHz.
After the Italian broadcast between 17 and 18.30 UTC, there will be the English broadcast at 18.30-19 UTC, with DX news for BCL and HAM.
"IBC DIGITAL" will be at the end of the broadcast, 18.55 UTC.
We wait for your comments and reports to ibc@europe.com.
Good listening!
website www.ibcradio.webs.com
- 18.30-19 UTC 6070 / 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE
- 02.30-03 UTC 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE
- 01.30-02 UTC 11580 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA
- 20-20.30 UTC 1584 KHZ TO SOUTH EUROPE
- 00.30-01 UTC 7730 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA
- 10.30-11 UTC 6070 KHZ TO EUROPE
Via Radio BCL News
Saverio Masetti, wrth fb group (12/4-2017)



New 100 Kilowatt transmitter commissioned in Larkana Radio Pakistan.
Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) has up-graded its 12-year old 10 kilowatt medium wave transmitter with a new 100 kilowatt transmitter in Larkana enabling listeners to get stronger and clearer transmission in Larkana Division and beyond.
The project was completed at a cost of 63.150 million rupees. The successful completion of the project is attributed to the relentless efforts of PBC's technical team, guidance of Director Engineering and support of Director General.
Meanwhile, transmission from 100 kilowatt medium wave transmitter at PBC Mirpur has also been ensured at optimum power to counter the Indian propaganda.
Lately, India escalated media warfare against Pakistan through its radio stations operating from the Indian Occupied Kashmir. The old 100 Kilowatt medium wave transmitter of PBC Mirpur [936 kHz?] procured in 1996 was operating on low power due to aging and complex technical defect. A technical team of the PBC engineers rectified the fault and now transmission covers areas across Line of Control.
PBC website (10/4-2017)

Radio Tirana was heard on April 10th on 1458 kHz in Serbian, but from 2030 to 2045 UTC, insead of 2015 to 2030. Anyway, the transmitter seemed to be on from around 2015 UTC, broadcasting the musical part of the English programme, but the hearing conditions were too bad for me to be sure about this. The same thing happened on April 7th.
Giovanni Battista Ricci (10/4-2017)



Radio Tirana, Fllaka, MW 1394.965 kHz 0832 UT April 8, S=5 or -91dBm remotedly in Steiermark Austria, Hungary border.
73 Wolfgang Büschel, a-dx group (8/4-2017)



Even today, April 5th, Radio Tirana was broadcasting on 1458 kHz between 2013 and 2027 UTC, but only with music, no talking, except for the station announcements. It’s curious to see that their oldest transmitter is the only still working, while the SW ones, way more modern, have been shut off in March.
An interesting article (in French) on Radio Tirana transmitters can be found here: http://fremy.be/radiodiffusion/index.php?radiodiffusion=Albanie&id=36&cat_id=15
Giovanni Battista Ricci (5/4-2017)



We are on air today, as every Wednesday, on 1584 and 6070 kHz.
After the Italian broadcast between 17 and 18.30 UTC, there will be the English broadcast at 18.30-19 UTC, with DX news for BCL and "Listener's mailbox".
"IBC DIGITAL" will be at the end of the broadcast, 18.55 UTC.
We wait for your comments and reports to ibc@europe.com.
Good listening!
Website with fully schedule www.ibcradio.webs.com
Saverio Masetti, MWC fb group (5/4-2017)



I can confirm that Radio Tirana is still on the medium waves, as I have been listening to its 2015 UTC Serbian broadcast on 1458 kHz today, April, 4th. The contents were the same as usual: talk, and then music for the last 5 minutes.
Giovanni Battista Ricci (4/4-2017)

Pictures of the 1000 kW medium wave transmitter [594 kHz] at Chinsurah are found here: http://airddfamily.blogspot.de/2017/04/1000-kw-mw-tx-chinsurah-bags-best.html
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (4/4-2017)

Radio Tirana mediumwave transmitter Fllaka (1215, 1395, 1458 kHz 2 x 500 kW of 1967 year, Made in China) is still on air, even from today April 1, - no joke.
When checked at 08.04 UT April 1st, noted a weak tiny morning signal of the Albanian foreign service program-3 in Greece, Italy and Steiermark Austria remote posts, on 1394.958 kHz, but signal looks like a 50 kW station power !?
73 Wolfgang Büschel, mwdx yg (1/4-2017)

Sounds like also the evening transmission is still on the air on 1458 kHz at 1450.
Mauno Ritola, mwdx yg (1/4-2017)

Is the station heard after these observations?
Ydun Ritz



The 891 channel that has been sporadically occupied by Chaine1 in Algeria was filled by a DRM signal last evening 29 April. It was causing slight QRN on the BBC Radio Wales transmitter on 882 KHZ and the Italian station on 900 KHZ. The power was nothing like as strong as the Chaine1 AM signal had been earlier in the year.
Dave Angell (G0BHS) (30/3-2017)



Hi, Glenn. Our Middle East station [Voice of Hope] on 1287 kHz from Northern Israel is now on the air, having been formally inaugurated during an on-air ceremony at 9:30 am local this morning. Power is now running at 30 kW, and we expect to be at 50+ kW in a week or so. The signal is easily listenable on a car radio in Tel Aviv, which would indicate it is also being heard in Beirut and Damascus which are closer to our transmitter site, and in Amman which is about the same distance.
Ray Robinson, CA, dxld yg (29/3-2017)



Voice of Hope - Middle East is currently testing with reduced power (10kW) on 1287 kHz from Northern Israel. We learned today (Wednesday) that a few environmental modifications are needed at the transmitter site before we can run up to full power, and these will take until around the end of the month to be completed. It has been decided in the meantime to continue testing with reduced power, using non-stop Arabic Christian music. Regular operation is expected to commence late this month or in early April.
Ray Robinson, Voice of Hope, Los Angeles - Lusaka - Galilee in dxld yg (22/3-2017)

Just confirmed that Radio Tirana on MW from Shijak and Fllake will be closed down at the end of this month.
Here a link to the history of Radio Tirana transmitters http://www.dxhamradio.com/dritacico/History_of_Radio_Tirana_by_Eng_Drita_Cico

Christian Milling, wrth fb group (22/3-2017)



Voice of Hope tested Sunday March 20th on 1287 kHz with a power of approx. 10 kW. Bengt Ericson, ARC is the first reporter worldwide. They will be testing from the AM site at She´ar Yashuv in Israel and expect to be on the air with regular programs in 2-3 weeks. The answer from Ray Robinson, Vice President, Global Operations, Strategic Communicatio Group - Voice of Hope: " Hi Bengt. Yes, indeed we were (testing)!. The transmitter near the Israel /Lebanon border were completed this afternoon(Sunday March 19th) and at times they ran it with a test tone mostly running at 10 kW, but they did run it up to 50 kW. Yours is the first report we have received! We expect to be testing this week with audio and ID "Saout al Amal" in Arabic pr in English "From the shores of the Sea of Galilee, this is the Voice of Hope".
Ronnie B. Goode, wrth fb group (20/3-2017)

Equinox bandscan.
I brought the Panasonic set (Panny tranny) with me to where I am dog-sitting. At least I needed not venture into frost and snow to listen, so I could follow the Eagles’ advice and take it easy, beginning at 23:55 UTC and dragging it out until 24:40.

There were more Arabic-like and Spanish speakers on the MW band than I expected. The larger Brits dominated, as usual, The Absolute Radio relays on 1197 and 1242 kHz came in string, but 1233 had to compete. Smooth Radio was well audible on 1152 and 1161 kHz, and I could follow Radio XL on 1296.

The LW band was pretty stable with (what’s left of) the usual suspects. Algeria was the stronger presence on 252 kHz. Such a change from when Atlantic rolled in day and night.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (21/3-2017)



37 years ago today 20 March 1980: Radio Caroline's ship the MV Mi Amigo sank.
Per Wikipedia: The anchor chain broke in a Force 10 storm. She drifted for 10 nautical miles (19 km) before running aground on the Longsands Bank. At 23:58, the final broadcast was made by DJs Stevie Gordon and Tom Anderson. The Sheerness Lifeboat attended Mi Amigo and took off the crew. The ship sank on 20 March at
51°35′00″N1°17′20″E / 51.58333°N 1.28889° leaving only the 127 feet (39 m) tall mast above the water. On 22 May, Thanet District Council announced plans to refloat Mi Amigo and turn her into a museum ship at Ramsgate, but the ship remained as a wreck. The mast collapsed at the end of July 1986, a fact which was reported by Trinity House on 2 August. It was announced on 13 September that the position of the wreck of Mi Amigo was to be marked by a buoy. Mi Amigo lies in 8 to 16 feet (2.4 to 4.9 m) of water.
Mike Terry, MWC fb group (20/3-2017)

Caroline North Broadcast.
Radio Caroline North returns to Manx Radio 1368 AM this weekend live from the River Blackwater.
We've unearthed more rare interviews with two of Caroline's early presenters: Graham Webb who set up the news service on both the North and South ships, and the late Mike Ahern who tells of how he was fired for making a bacon sandwich!
It's Mother's Day on Sunday and we've some fabulous prizes to give away, fit for any mum, from our friends at Tiptree.
So join us online here, and on 1368 AM live from our radio ship the Ross Revenge.
Your emails are always welcome at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk.
http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html shared by Mike Terry on MWC fb group (20/3-2017)



The transmitter of Spirit Radio in Ireland on 549 KHZ has been off air for a few hours on a couple of mornings. Maybe they are adjusting the antenna or making modifications to the power that they can put out. It is usually back on air when I return home from work in the evenings, with varying signals strengths, but it could just be propagation conditions and not any major changes to the equipment. They are able to get a maximum of 25 KW from that ex-UCB Europe relay transmitter, and it puts a lovely signal into the UK when conditions are favourable, although the pop music station in North Africa, (Algeria) also using 549 KHZ uses much more power and can swamp the signal on some occasions.
Dave Angell (G0bhs) (15/3-2017)



New transmissions from AIR Kota 1413 kHz.
During the last few days, I was observing some co channel interference on BBC 1413 kHz Medium Wave.
I noted that it was the new transmission from AIR Kota.
AIR Kota used to operate on 1413 kHz with 20 kW only on daytimes and with 1 kW on 1584 kHz in mornings/evenings/night.When I contacted AIR Kota, I was told that from 9 Mar 2017, they are using 1413 kHz for all transmissions as the 1 kW transmitter has become faulty.
The best time to listen to clear signals of AIR Kota on 1413 kHz is at their sign on at 0025 to 0029 UTC (5.55 to 5.59 AM IST) when BBC is off. (BBC starts at 0029 UTC)
1584 kHz in not listed in the recent official schedules of AIR issued from AIR HQ.
The website of AIR Kota is: http://airkota.com/airkota.php
Copy of my AIR Kota QSL: http://qsl.net/vu2jos/qsls/kota_1584.jpg
Yours sincerely, Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad, Indiain dx_india via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (14/3-2017)



666 kHz RUV with non-stop music just now [1845 utc]; not // with some of the other 3 Ruv LW/FM programsr, so obvious still test transmissions - listen kiwi SDR http://utvarp.com:8073/
Niels A. Holst, DDXLK fb group (6/3-2017)



AM 690 - K24 en Radio, Virrey del Pino is transmitting on new frq 540 kHz and in parallel with the traditional 690 kHz frequency.
Arnaldo Slaen, condiglist yg (28/2-2017)



Radio Caroline North on 1368 kHz: They are now [1351 utc] asking for long distance reception reports for the Manx Radio transmitter today, some from Holland already.
Email Chris Pearson memories@radiocaroline.co.uk
Thank you.
Mike Terry in mwdx yg (25/2-2017)
Barely audible here in Southern Denmark; will check later in the evening. (YMR)

Yesterday 23.02.17 at 1545 UTC, 891 kHz were sending a strong noise like DRM (not AM), very width, interfering the 882 and 900 kHz channels; 981 and 1422 kHz were off.
Then, at 1600 UTC, on 891 appears a silent AM-carrier with occassional fast test beeps of different longitudes of frequencies (like a earache test); and 981 and 1422 stations returned and working as they should do.
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia, España (24/2-2017)



Radio Marti is reported on a new frequency of 1690 kHz.
Heard 20th and 21st of February by Fernando José Viloria Briceño VEN with mx; ID as "Somos Marti", with reference to 11080 kHz and http://martinoticias.com
Santiago San Gil, WRTH fb group (23/2-2017)



Hi Ydun, About the test tone heard on kHz 1575. Could be this noise? It's over Radio Rai 1 (Italy).
Nice evening.
Alberto (22/2-2017)

The jamming noise on 1575 KHz comes from Iran. It is directed towards Radio Farda broadcasting from Kuwait on the same frequency, running programmes 24 hours in Persian towards Iran. Radio Farda is a US propaganda broadcaster and part of the Radio Free Europe/Radio liberty group.
The jamming is on and off for many years now. I suppose it depends on the state of the US-Iranian relationship.
Greetings, Michael/ei3gyb (22/2-2017)

Radio Banovici 792 kHz again stopped broadcating on medium wave.
Sanel Tufekcic (22/2-2017)
[After three years of silence Radio Banovici 792 kHz went back on air in November 2016,
Sanel wrote on 24/11-2016.]

About the question relieved by other listeners concerning the noise along the carrier of RAI Radio 1 transmitting on 1575 Khz from Genova Portofino, it should be noted that its programs end everyday at 23.00 UTC but the noise remains there during all the night until
the propagation breaks the listening.
So it's impossible that it is caused by an abnormal working of their transmitter. It is probably caused by a jamming station on the same frequency. It would be desiderable that all the listeners interested to find that cause leave their reception reports from their countries so as to locate the approximate site from which the disturbance is located.
Here, from my site near Roma, the signals sometimes cover the RAI carrier and have some fading. Take in mind that RAI Radio 1's power is 35Kw.
I hope that this can be of help.
I remain available for any info.
Carlo Chiappa (I0WOK) (22/2-2017)
Thank you, Carlo.

Radio Caroline North returns online and on Manx Radio 1368AM this weekend with another live broadcast from the Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater.Carl ConwayOne of Caroline's first announcers was Carl Conway, who recently passed away at the grand old age of 95. We've unearthed a rare interview he gave a few years ago where he covers all aspects from his time with the station, and you'll hear it this weekend. Did you know he appeared in Doctor Who, and a Carry On film!We've more great prizes to give away from Tiptree, and your emails are always welcome at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk
So join us this Saturday and Sunday for Radio Caroline North.
Radio Caroline via Mike Terry, mwdx yg (22/2-217)

The signal from Algeriaon 891 kHz is also very strong here in the northern part of The Netherlands. By far out the strongest signal from northern Africa. Now and then heavy sidesplatter from the 12 kc wide signal from BBC Radio Wales on 882. This tx in Algeria - Oulet Fayed must be a very powerfull one. Perhaps technicians cannot handle this powerfull device, and having problems to keep the station on the air, the last years. Unclear is how much power the station is. Modulation is not optimal at all. On Google earth two high mast are standing in the middle of a populated city area.
The programm that is audible is Chaine 1 from the National Algerian radio in Arabic for example // at http://www.radioalgerie.dz/player/fr/live/cha%C3%AEne-1. Station is also on long-wave from two locations [153 kHz Béchar & 198 kHz Ouargla] running both 2000 Kw tx.power.
Best of 73's, Willem Prins - Haren / The Netherlands (21/2-2017)



The Algerian national station transmitting on 891 KHZ is now broadcasting audio and regular programming. It may be just for a short spell as this happened last year also around this time. Maybe they run a special event from it. I don't speak Arabic so can't really tell what is going on. It does run ads though!
I found it had begun transmitting proper output on Monday 19 February.
Dave Angell (21/2-2017)

I think that the noise on 1575 KHZ is a fault on the transmitter using that channel, it sounds like they have a large smoothing capacitor not functioning.
Dave Angell (21/2-2017)

Hearing the same noise/tone on 1575 kHz tonight around 0020utc in southern Denmark. Absolutely nothing else on this frequency. Anybody with any idea?
Ydun Ritz (21/2-2017)



Last night I received strange sounds on 1575 kHz along with RAI.
Any idea? Iranian jamming against Radio Farda? Or just strong spurious signal?
Reception area: Székesfehérvár, Hungary.
Tringer László (18/2-2017)



The Algerian national radio service is testing again 9n 891 KHZ am with a continuous 1000 hertz tone, very annoying and probably causing a lot of interference as it is a very strong signal. We shall have to wait and see what transpires, as this has tested before for a week or so and then vanished again.
Dave Angell (G0BHS) (14/2-2017)



The Swedish DX Federation celebrates World Radio Day on Monday February 13th, 2017, with special broadcasts as listed below:
- Channel 292, 6070 kHz: 1500-1600 UTC, 1700-1800 UTC
- Radio Northern Star (Webb radio): www.northernstar.cc 1600-1630 UTC
- Bergen Kringkaster, 5895 kHz USB and (possibly) 1314 kHz: 1600-1700 UTC
Reports and comments to the program to : qsl@sdxf.se or SDXF, Box 1097, 405 23 Göteborg, Sweden.
Christer Brunström, SDXF via EDXC News (13/2-2017)



Radio Pakistan is converting its AM and FM transmitters to DRM+ technology. DRM is more spectrally efficient than both AM and FM. It allows more stations in a given bandwidth but it does that at a much higher quality than either AM or FM.
The present AM and FM transmitters of Radio Pakistan can be made compatible to this technology with little amendment and to make its broadcasts clearer and cost-effective.
Director General, Radio Pakistan Mr Khurshid Malik visited the project at Broadcasting House in Islamabad and he was informed that under this technology, three channels can be aired from a single transmitter, which will prove cost-effective.
This technology enables listeners to get access to text services as well. Malik emphasized the need of improving contents of programmes besides introducing modern technology to cater the need of all segments of society.
Mike Terry, dxld yg (10/2-2017)



LLE-4 Radio Northern Star from Bergen, Norway is on the air on 1611 kHz all Thursday evening and all through Friday morning! Starting off now with 2 hours of Emperor Rosko! Also as usual on Pure, Streema, Tunein and Radio Garden as well as our own web place where www.northernstar.cc is the name on the door!
Reports to 1000@northernstar.no
Svenn Martinsen, mwc fb group (9/2-2017)



As previously reported, Radio Tirana heard on kHz 1395 and 1458 may refer to Radio Tirana 3 (Radio Tirana the 3rd National channel - http://rtsh.al/radio-tirana-3/). Here in Pesaro (northern Marche Region, central Italy) for months now Radio Tirana 3 can be heard on kHz 1458, but unfortunately Lyca Radio (UK) and Radio Romania Actualităţi (Romania) are stronger than Radio Tirana 3.
Alberto V., Pesaro (Italy) (07/02–2017)

Nick Rank in Derbyshire reported this afternoon to the British DX Club list: "Possibly Radio Tirana is back on 1395kHz. Strong signal with middle Eastern music at the moment. 1610UTC."
Tuned in 1643 and heard the Radio Tirana interval signal, then signed on in Greek at 1645. This is the 1645-1700 Monday to Saturday broadcast WRTH has listed as on 1458. Presumably Nick heard the Mon-Sat Albanian broadcast 1500-1630 which WRTH also has on 1458.
Mike Barraclough, dxld yg (7/2-2017)
But Turkish at 1930 on normal 1458 kHz, so maybe an error or a test?
Mauno Ritola, dxld yg (7/2-2017)

Funds to repair Tonga AM transmitter
Eike Bierwirth, dxld yg (6/2-2017)

Akraberg 531 kHz. HELP NEEDED! Two masts exist. I am unsure if one is a reserve or if this is an array. I cannot recall seeing mention of Akraberg as being directional. The masts are 340M apart so possibly OK to serve as an array.
Dan Goldfarb (6/2-2017)



New 100 Watt station to start today at 1200 [1100utc] Groeistad Radio 747
from Wassenaar, located between Den Haag/Scheveningen and Leiden.
Official opening tonight at 2100utc by legendary radio host Ferry Maat.
Programming today Feb 4th:
12:00 to 14:00 Soulshow bubbling under - Rob van Delft
14:00 to 16:00 Soulshow Top 100 - Marc Jacobs
16:00 to 18:00 Soulshow Top 100 - Timothy Meurink
18:00 to 20:00 Soulshow Top 100 - Erwin van der Bliek
20:00 to 22:00 Soulshow top 100 - Ferry Maat
Stig Hartivig Nielsen/Ydun Ritz (4/2-2017)



A good actual site for Dutch low powers is:
Best greetings and go on with your most appreciated website !
David Visser, Holland (2/2-2017)



BDXC has just published the 2017 (26th edition) of our booklet Radio Stations in the UK and Ireland. More info on how to order can be found on the club web site at
Dave Kenny (1/2-2017)



The British DX Club has published/updated a number of interesting guides to AM broadcasting in different regions of the world:

Africa on Mediumwave & Shortwave: A comprehensive country-by-country guide to domestic and external broadcasts from Africa, including selected opposition and target broadcasts to the African continent. The document is in pdf format. January 2017.

Broadcasting in Afghanistan: A comprehensive guide to shortwave and mediumwave broadcasts to and within Afghanistan. The document is in pdf format. Updated January 2017.

External Services on Medium Wave: A frequency-order guide to external services on medium wave from stations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Also includes some foreign and minority-language programming carried on domestic MW services. Updated January 2017.

Middle East & Caucasus on Mediumwave and Shortwave: A comprehensive guide to short and mediumwave radio stations in the Middle East and Caucasus. In country order, pdf format. Updated January 2017.

South Asia on Mediumwave and Shortwave: A handy guide to shortwave radio stations in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. In frequency order, pdf format. Updated January 2017.
These and other publications can be downloaded at http://bdxc.org.uk/articles.html.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (31/1-2017)



New on mediumwave here in the UK is Radio Panj, transmitting on 1521 kHz from Coventry in the West Midlands. It's a community station broadcasting almost exclusively in Punjabi though with occasional English ads and announcements, such as the station slogan "Sound of Five Rivers" ['Punjab' literally means 'land of five rivers']. They have a website with live streaming (but no information) at RadioPanj.com.
Radio Panj is co-channel with another UK community station, Flame Christian & Community Radio, based in the Wirral in the English northwest.
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online, dxld yg (29/1-2017)
First logged in DNK on December 13th by SHN. (See .../loggings.html ed)



The TX from Ireland which periodically relays the Tenerife stations, Coast FM and Coast Two, was back on the air yesterday evening, Friday 27 January from around 1700 Hours GMT until just before 23 hours, relaying Coast FM. It was a stronger signal than earlier in the month with some sky-wave distortion.
It may well reappear again this evening, as it is only audible during the night-time hours, being out of ground-wave propagation range here in Leicesttershire.
Once more it was to be found on 1494 KHZ am.
Dave Angell (28/1-2017)



693 Antena 1, St.ª Bárbara, is inactive due to tower collapse, but will be reactivated as soon as the new antenna is built and installed which is expected to happen before mid year.
Carlos Gonçalves (27/1-2017)

630 Antena 1, Chaves, is not to be reactivated.
720 Antena 1, Meia-Légua (Faro), ditto.
Like all other sites, those two on mainland are unmanned, and were vandalised which caused the operation to halt, and I learned today, that the RTP administration does not intend to invest any money on them. This policy does not apply to any MF tx in the Açores.
720 Antena 1, Miramar; the site has been inactive since the antenna collapsed, and it was not repaired or replaced. In fact, the property has been put on sale (I saw the adv. on the gate last August, but my anger refrained me from taking any photos), and learned today from the RTP, that it has already been sold.
Carlos Gonçalves (27/1-2017)

756 silent carrier, DF=N/NEast of me, fair signal being noted during the day: testing? Spain? It is *not* Portugal, Antena 1, Lamego, 2 kW. Since it's not POR, it may be E testing some new tx on a new channel for E... but if it's not E either, then what?
I first caught it on 21Jan at 1147 UT on the SW coast, and the signal was stronger compared to what I get up here in the capital, but this is only due to using different aerials, i.e. a 300 m Bev. vs an elaveted K9AY.
73, Carlos Gonçalves (27/1-2017)

Just a quick note to advise you that in Pesaro (Marche Region, central Italy) on kHz 837 at 16.30 UTC, I heard for the first time and using a simple car radio, the news in Russian language transmitted by Radio Krim Realnii/Радио Крым Pеалии. The Radio is related to RFE/RL network. In the same frequency I usually listen UR-1 Persha Programa (Ukraine) and COPE (Spain).
Alberto V., Pesaro (Italy) (1/26–2017)



Today, I caught for a few hours since 1155 UTC, Alger Chaîne I on 337 mts. 891 kHz, with a level of a local station (QTH: Valencia, Spain), and SINPO 55555. Few hours later, level weakened a bit to a SINPO 45554. Around 1530 UTC or so, signal has dissappeared.
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia, España (25/1-2017)

I noted a powerful test tone on 521 mts. 576 kHz, in my QTH near Valencia, Spain, since around 1900 UTC. As powerful as blocks me RNE 5 Barcelona which is 100 kW station. At 2200 UTC, still on air. Maybe Bechar station?
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia, España (25/1-2017)

Update: at 2245, the 576 kHz tx noted with Chaîne 1, for short moments only carrier. SINPO 55555
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia, España (25/1-2017)



Here in the UK there is a new Asian station appeared on 1521 KHZ broadcasting Indian music with very little chat. I have never heard any station ID on it either. It started around 01 December 2016. It has a very wide band-width and an Opti-Mod type am signal. I think it could be located in either Rugby or Kettering Northants, as I am in Leicestershire and we get a good ground-wave signal here. Do you know what it is, or for that matter, does anyone of the other medium wave DXers?
I don't think that it is "BFPS", as there is one of those in Rugby on 1134 KHZ.
Dave Angell (25/1-2017)

Could it be Flame Christian & Community Radio from Wirral? This station uses 1521 kHz. But with Indian music? Hmm!
Ydun Ritz (25/1-2017)

I don't think so as it is louder in Market Harborough, South Leicestershire than it is in the city of Leicester, so seems to be located to the South-West of my location. These community stations have very low power signals and I don't think that a station up in the North-West would even reach South Leicestershire.
Let's hope, that other dxers know more. (Ydun)

It is Radio Panj [1521 kHz] from Coventry, well heard in the morning.
Logged first time December 13th, 2016 [see http://mediumwave.info/loggings.html]
According to http://bdxc.org.uk/lpam.pdf test transmissions started December 7th 2016.
40 Watt power.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen (25/1-2017)



Israel Army Radio is undergoing changes according to the Jerusalem Post today.
"Army Radio will no longer be under the IDF's control, moving instead to the control of the Defense Ministry, the ministry announced Tuesday. The transfer of the power was set to be completed by May of 2017. "
Whether this has any impact on operations or broadcasts only time will tell. Are they still on 1287khz?
Steve Whitt, MWC fb group (24/1-2017)

Caroline North is back this weekend live from the MV Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater Estuary near Bradwell, Essex. Relayed on 1368 kHz with a transmitter power of 20kw from the Isle of Man.
According to Manx Radio's website as well as being heard in the Isle of Man, the AM service is also audible in Southern Scotland, in the North West, in North Wales and in the West of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Also online worldwide.
Mike Terry, dxld yg (24/1-2017)



is now LIVE!
EDXC mailing list (23/1-2017)



In response to a note from Hansjörg Biener (18/1-2017) regarding the power of Caribbean Radio Lighthouse (1160 kHz) , I can inform that this stations has always been broadcasting with 10 kW – right from the very beginning in 1975 when they were on 1165 kHz. The only change regarding 1160 kHz over the past couple of years, is that the station has commenced operating here 24/7.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen, World Radio TV Handbook (20/1-2017)



1000kw station 612 Radio Taiwan Int'l has officially been off the air since September when Typhoon Megi destroyed the Lukang transmitting site. No plans to return to the air, I believe...
Chris Kadlec, WRTH fb group (19/1-2017)



In an unsuccessful attempt to find out since when Caribbean Radio Lighthouse 1160 kHz (http://www.radiolighthouse.org/) has been broadcasting with 10 kW, I found a video of the station at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9c2Zgjrhog. This video is a presentation of the Caribbean Radio Lighthouse for supporters and potential donors of the station. According to youtube the video was uploaded on 1. December 2015. The interesting point for me was that already in this video they say that they are broadcasting with 10 kW.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (18/1-2017)

From my results using Tecsun PL 606 and Tecsun PL 880 and the Tecsun AN 200 loop MW/AM Antenna i was able to get this memory list:

Location : North-East New-Brunswick, Canada time 8:00 pm. Below is a memory list that contains Sports , or News channel gathered in my area

AM - MW frenquencies
1140 , 810 , 1120 , 730 , 710 , 1010 , 990 , 880 , 690 , 910 , 830 , 580 , 680 , 620 , 1520 , 1200 ,970 , 1080 , 1440 , 1390 , 1370, 1360,1320, 1290, 1310 , 850 , 860.
Jean-Denis Losier (17/1-2017)

Some station names and where?
Ydun Ritz (18/1-2017)



Spectrum Radio (4 Ingate Place, London SW8 3NS, UK, http://www.spectrumradio.net/schedules) has the following broadcast schedule on its medium wave 558 kHz (there are DAB-streams too):

0000-0100: Sout al Khaleej "London's Arabic Radio Station", Mo Irish Spectrum
0100-1100: Sout al Khaleej
1100-1200: World Music Show, Sa Irish Spectrum
1200-1300: World Music Show, Sa Irish Spectrum, So The Jewish Views
1300-1800: Sout al Khaleej
1800-1900: World Music Show, Sa Let the Bible Speak
1900-2300: World Music Show
2300-2400: World Music Show, every alternative Fr Negat Radio

Spectrum Radio started on June 25, 1990 as a multilingual station for the immigrant population in the Greater London area and has also had various foreign services on offer since then.

Although Sout at Khaleej (audi streams at
http://www.spectrumradio.net/static/spectrum/radioplayer/, http://www.soutalkhaleej.fm/) is subtitled as "London's Arabic Radio Station", it is actually a station from Qatar, which has taken over more and more broadcasting time on the medium wave since 2009. Sout al Khaleej has FM frequencies in its country of origin, as well as capital stations in Bahrain (Manama 94.4 MHz), Iraq (Baghdad 95.0 MHz, Basra 98.7 MHz), Kuwait (Kuwait 102.4 MHz), Oman (Muscat 107.7 MHz) and in the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi 105.2 MHz).
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (17/1-2017)

1310 kHz RNV El Informativo, Barcelona and 1590 kHz Radio Deporte, Caracas are reactivated.
Me complace informar que RNV 1310 en Barcelona Edo Anzoategui, Radio Centro 610 en Cantaura Edo Anzoátegui y Radio Deporte 1590 en Caracas, Venezuela han reactivado sus señales.
Pero hasta ahora Union Radio 640 lleva casi dos semanas fuera del aire y Radio Barcelona para tres meses fuera.
Espero que las mismas sean reactivadas muy pronto.
Jose Elias Diaz Gomez, WRTH fb group (17/1-2017)



Medium wave Ukrainian Radio [873 kHz] to cover all occupied territories
Steve Whitt, MWC fb group (13/1-2017)



Radio Caroline is hoping to refloat on medium wave across East Anglia from its ship Ross Revenge. Read more at: http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/move-to-refloat-radio

Steve Whitt, MWC fb group (12/1-2017)

Radio City via:
Challenger Radio to Northern Italy on 1368 KHz every Saturdays from 20.00 UTC onwards
Radio Merkurs on 1485 KHz every Saturday between 20.00 onwards
Contact email: citymorecars@yahoo.ca
Tom Taylor (12/1-2017)

The stations Atlantis FM and Coast Two, based in Tenerife have been relayed via an Irish transmitter on 1494 KHZ periodically in the past few weeks, on a hobby basis. I heard them on the night of 17 and 18 December, relaying Coast Two, and then on 05 and 06 January relaying Atlantis FM, the sister station.
On Saturday 07 January they were relaying Laser Hot hits. It was a QRP setup I think, as although a sky wave signal with phase distortion, it never got above an S5 here in Leicestershire.
I have also heard a strange signal on 1350 which announces itself as “I am Radio” in English and plays Sol and disco music continually. That has been on and off for several months and is audible here in the UK on some evenings. I think that it could be in Italy, but I can’t be sure. Hope this helps. You probably know about these stations anyway.
Dave Angell (11/1-2017)
Hmm! Laser Hot Hits is normally to be heard on 1494 kHz. (Ydun)



Earlier in 2016, All India Radio published its intention to replace the 1 kW-medium wave facility at Almora by FM
(Government of India. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting: Annual Report 2015-2016, New Delhi: Publications Division, 2016, page 158 http://mib.nic.in/writereaddata/documents/Annual_Report_2015-16.pdf).
According to a recent report, „a 5 kW and a 1 kW FM transmitter are being installed in Almorah which shall be made functional shortly to give the listeners in Almorah and surrounding areas option of listening to All India Radio programmes on the FM mode also.” (http://indianexpress.com/article/india/all-india-radio-to-set-up-new-transmitters-in-
forwarded by Alokesh Gupta)
This seems to imply that the days of the mediumwave station of AIR Almora (http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/static.panoramio.com/photos/original/
) are now numbered.
Unfortunately, the website http://allindiaradio.gov.in/station/Almora/Pages/default.aspx is not too informative, but from my own files I see that the station was commissioned in 1986. It was the second medium wave facility in a region of Uttar Pradesh that has been the Indian state of Uttarakhand since the year 2000.

All in all, there are five medium wave stations in Uttarakhand:
999 kHz Almora
1485 kHz Chamoli
1602 kHz Pauri
, Pithoragarh, Uttarkashi

It is also worth noting that All India Radio broadcast special Uttarakhand programmes on short wave from Delhi (until about 2014). To my knowledge there are (were?) special programmes broadcast on medium wave from neighbouring Najibabad in Uttar Pradesh (954 kW, 200 kW) for state wide coverage.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (8/1-2017)



Chris Kadlec, Michigan while in USA, mainly an FM DXer, has asked me to make sure MW DXers know about this. He has done amazing work researching the radio situation in Koreas! I am sure he would appreciate further publicity (Glenn Hauser)

After a long 14 months of work, I'm happy to present the completed Seoul AM Radio Listening Guide, a three-hour documentary broadcast exploring the Seoul AM band one frequency at a time, plus a look at the radio war on the Korean peninsula accompanied by a 115-page guide.


In addition to radio broadcasts from across East Asia, the broadcast includes Korean noise jammers and AM, FM, shortwave, and television propaganda broadcasts from both the north and the south, additionally outlined in a 25-page broadcast transcript and 115-page informational guide.
Chris Kadlec, via Glenn Hauser (7/1-2017)



Today at ~ 19:15 UTC I heard a weak "bubble" jammer for 1-2 minutes under the weak IRIB station on 1467 kHz. Any idea, what is this? The broadcast was Irib, not any clandestine.
Location: Székesfehérvár, Hungary. The antenna was ~ 10m longwire on the roof, it was a very short "DXpedition" because of the -10 Celsius and ~80 km/h wind.
Tringer László (6/1-2017)
I fully understand, why it was a short DXpedition :-) This morning -13C here, but not much wind. (Ydun)

Schedule of Radio Neumarkt in German: „Radio Neumarkt - die Stimme Siebenbürgens“ (B-dul 1 Decembrie 1918, No. 109, RO 540445 Târgu-Mureş) has a new frequency line up for its broadcast from 19:00 to 20:00 hours UTC.
According to its own announcement, it broadcasts on the medium waves (Brașov) 1197 kHz, (Târgu-Mureş) 1323 kHz and (Sibiu) 1593 kHz as well as the „new“ FM frequency (Harghita) 106.8 MHz. „Your German program for Transylvania“ can also be heard via http://www.radiomures.ro/listenhu.php.
Http://www.radioneumarkt.ro/ offers text information and some older audio files in German. Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/1-2017)

Greek radio still recovering from the 2013 lockout: Mediumwave radio from Megara to operate again http://www.thegreekradio.com/node/28583
Mike Terry, MWC fb group (6/1-2017)

French Polynesia's public radio broadcaster says people in remote locations have complained about the end of transmissions on its AM frequency [738 kHz 20 kW].
Radio Polynesie Premiere switched to an all FM service at the beginning of December, leaving pockets of inhabitants in valleys and on remote atolls without any local radio service.
The broadcaster added five FM transmitters to its network of 48 to improve its reach but in an area the size of Europe, the signal fails to reach all communities.
Concern has been expressed that vital weather warnings are no longer heard.
The mayor of Makatea in the Tuamotus Julien Mai said there is a risk to public safety because people have always been advised to have an emergency kit that includes a radio when severe weather strikes.
Mariners can still receive weather updates via radio.
Mike Terry, dxld yg (6/1-2017)

Radio Romania used some pathetic words to remind its audience of the 25 year anniversary of Antena Satelor (* Christmas 1991). The programme is currently broadcast on medium wave (531, 603, 630, 1314 kHz) and long wave (153 kHz) as well as only three FM stations (Comăneşti 89 MHz, Sulina 103,2 MHz and Zalău 106,9 MHz).
According to the news item Antena Satelor (www.antenasatelor.ro) has an audience of more than 700,000 listeners.
http://www.radiomures.ro/stiri/radio-romania-antena-satelor-povestea-unei-relatii-de-25-de-ani.html via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (6/1-2017)

Clandestine 1550 POLISARIO Front, Rabouni, has resumed operation today, possibly even so for the morning b/cast, after a few days' absence. During these days, I kept checking 700 & 702 to see whether they were active on these two other fqs. like they did in the past, but no, from that part of N.Africa, just R.Algérienne/R.Al-Aghwat, Al-Aghwat on 702 is heard.
Carlos Gonçalves (5/1-2017)



The 21th edition of the "Broadcasting in Russian" Handbook (winter 2016-spring 2017), published by St. Petersburg DX Club, has been recently released.
The handbook is the most comprehensive guide to broadcasts in Russian in AM bands (LW, MW, SW). It features ALL radio stations transmitting Russian language broadcasts at present, both from Russia and abroad, that could be received in Russia, CIS, Europe and Far East (totally 56 stations from 32 countries and territories of the world).
Station listings include frequency and programme schedules, transmitter location and power, target areas, postal addresses, phone/fax numbers, Web sites, social network pages, e-mail addresses as well as QSL policy info. The schedules are generally valid until 25 March 2017 (i.e. during B16 broadcasting season).
The Handbook is in Russian and distributed as a hard copy only. Volume is 64 pages of A5 size. Please address your purchase requests and questions to St. Petersburg DX Club:
Alexander Beryozkin, P.O.Box 463, St. Petersburg, 190000, Russia
or by e-mail: dxspb[at]nrec.spb.ru.
The price is 6 EUR or 7 USD (including delivery by registered mail) by cash/PayPal/Skrill.
Alexander Beryozkin, St. Petersburg DX Club (5/1-2017



TWR Europe has stopped using 1395 kHz Albania relay and the following replacing transmissions have been added via other sites:
Polish 2045-2115 mtwtf.s 1467 kHz Roumoules, France 25 degrees
Hungarian 2000-2045 Mon-Fri & 2000-2025 Sat/Sun 1548 kHz Grigoriopol, Moldova
Romanian 2030-2100 daily 999 kHz Grigoriopol, Moldova.
Mauno Ritola, wrth fb group (2/1-2017)

TWR Europe is also to be heard via 1233 kHz Cape Greco, CYP and 1035 kHz Tartu, EST.
Ydun Ritz (3/1-2017)



I have been informed by Dxer Simon Peter Liehr a new religious medium wave station will be operating by April / May. From Israel on freq 1.287 khz which was used before by Israeli Defence Radio. / Galei Tzahal. This will be from a organisation such as KVOH or Voice of Hope. Power of 100 kw. Which is good news. For this region of the world.
Costa Constantinides in Cyprus, MWC fb group (1/1-2016)

162KHz France Inter has left longwave, video of the last moments is here:
John Lakeland (1/1-2017)

162 kHz is at silent carrier at 2301 UTC.
James Robinson (1/1-2017)



Bretagne 5 solved technical problems and is back on 1593 KHz. Great signal and lovely audio here in the West of Ireland.
HNY de Michael Foertig/ei3gyb (31/12-2016)



That station on 261 KHz [see UNID 26/12] is back on the air (1542 UTC, 30 December 2016). It is being called Radio Luxembourg, and is supposed to be a tribute to Radio Luxembourg. Here is a post that I found with a sample of a recent broadcast.
They are playing past programs from Radio Luxembourg.
Liron (30/12-2016)

891 kHz. While Algers still is absent, here and there western soul MX can be heard on the channel during the last weeks. Pretty good this evening. At 21.28 female announcer giving frequency of 99.8 FM in English which is a clear sign for Ultimate Radio from Lesoto. The accent of the presenter points also into this direction. Afterwords no more announcements just American MX and interference with Iran. At best SIO: 333.
73 Zeljko Crncic from Germany (29/12-2016)

News from MW scene https://gruporadioescuchaargentino.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/novedades-en-am-argentina/

Nuevas adjudicaciones:
El Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM), aprobó los concursos públicos para la adjudicación de licencias para la instalación, funcionamiento y explotación de tres servicios de comunicación audiovisual por modulación de amplitud.
Mediante la Resolución 8289 se adjudica a la Sra. Elida Araceli Vitti una licencia de Categoría V para la frecuencia de 1580 KHz, en la localidad de Charata, Provincia del Chaco.
La Resolución 8497 adjudica al Sr. Jorge Ricardo Nemesio, una licencia de Categoría VI en la frecuencia de 1450 KHz, para la localidad de General Acha, Provincia de La Pampa.
El nombrado resulta ser adjudicatario también de otra licencia de Categoría VI en la frecuencia de 1410 KHz, para la localidad de Godoy Cruz, Provincia de Mendoza, conforme surge de la Resolución 8498.

Cambio de frecuencia:
Recientemente se ha producido el cambio de frecuencia de LRG-203 LU-100 Radio Capital “Antena 10” de la ciudad de Santa Rosa, Provincia de La Pampa. Esta emisora emite ahora en la nueva frecuencia de 1130 KHz, abandonando así la de 1410 KHz en la que venía emitiendo hasta ahora.
Esta emisora es propiedad del Sr. Jorge Ricardo Nemesio, y el cambio puede obedecer a que el mismo ha sido favorecido con una reciente adjudicación de una emisora en la ciudad de General Acha (Provincia de La Pampa) en 1410 KHz -(véase noticia anterior).

Nueva emisora:
RADIO SERODINO, es una nueva emisora de Onda Media de carácter “no oficial” que ha salido recientemente al aire desde la localidad homónima, en la Provincia de Santa Fe.
La misma opera en la frecuencia de 1590 KHz, con estudios y administración ubicados sobre la calle Las Heras Nº 608, de Serodino. E-mail: contacto@radioserodino.com.ar, Página Web: http://www.radioserodino.com.ar. Su propietario sería el Sr. Sergio Daniel Pozzi.
Marcelo A. Cornachioni, Argentina, condiglist yg (29/12-2016)



A lot of AFN (the old AFRTS) stations have moved to FM but there are still about a dozen on AM.. mainly low powered 250-1KW signals, but AFN Okinawa on 648 with 10kw and AFN Tokyo with 50kw on 810 are still possible in the US.
I found this list of AFN frequencies, which also incldues TV and FM

Some of the lower powered ones may be off the air, Chris Kadlec has mentioned he hasn't heard Red Cloud in years.
Just thought this might help.
Paul B. Walker, mwdx yg (28/12-2016)



The Maximum Power of the DRM transmissions on 1071 kHz from Quimerc'h, France, is 8 kW, not 20 kW.
This information has come to me directly from the Project SmartCAST team, who are conducting the transmissions.
Kind regards, Neil Savin, Administrator, DRM Reception Project, www.drmrx.org (27/12-2016)

France Inter 162 kHz did not close down for good tonight. Checking this morning, and the station is booming in here in sourthern Denmark with qsa 25.
So we still have a few more days left to listen, before it goes silent on December 31st 2300 utc.
Ydun Ritz (27/12-2016)



France Inter 162 kHz: Here's a announcement recorded today (dec 26) at 2135 UT:
"Bonjour. France Inter va cesser d'émettre sur les grandes ondes à partir du premier janvier 2017...."
Jean-Michel Aubier, France, dxld yg (26/12-2016)

Someone’s transmitting music on 261.75 KHz. Heard on the Twente SDR.
Liron (26/12-2016)

It was said, that France Inter would stop broadcast on 162 kHz December 26th at 2300 utc, but Jean-Michel Aubier, France told today in dxld yg, that "Allouis will close on Jan 1 (probably dec 31 2300 UT). Confirmation heard today at 1835 on 162".
We will know more after 2300 utc tonight!
Ydun Ritz (26/12-2016)



Remaining stations on AM in France & Monaco. (2017)
162 kHz Allouis 2000/1000 kW Syrte – obspm Time signal (24h) in PSK mode
216 kHz Roumoules 1400/900 kW RMC (04.56 – 00.08) Local time
1071 kHz Brest Quimerc’h 20 kW France Bleu Breizh Izel (24h) DRM mode
1467 kHz Roumoules 1000 kW TransWorld Radio (22.00 – 00.15) Local Time
1593 kHz St Gouéno 10 kW Bretagne 5 (off the air for technical problems)
Christian Ghibaudo (22/12-2016)

France Inter will stop broadcast on 162 kHz, already on December 26th. Normally untill December 31st, an anoucement telling how to receive France Inter. About this there different info on the air, some times it’s 26 and some hours later it’s 31... As always, in France confusion and mixing...
And from January no longer France Inter audio, but the Time signal still stay on the air.
Christian Ghibaudo (22/12-2016)

Ciao again Ydun,
today, 1235 UTC, on 828 kHz here in Lombardia, North Italy, there is again Z-100, no more I AM Radio. The signal is the same. So I can think yesterday I AM Radio used Z-100 TX in Pavia area. Why? In Italy MW panorama is so confused. Pay attention
Have nice time. Giampiero Bernardini, Milano, Italia (22/12-2016)

Solstice bandscan
After a warm autumn, chill and a thin layer of snow have struck. My run across LW/MW was a quick one.
Bodø on 153 kHz came in stronger than usual, whereas RTÉ on 252 kHz… was not there.
The MW band felt so-so. The Brits were there, but not quite wall-to-wall. The Absolute Radio repeater on 1197 kHz was listenable, but the one on 1242 I could only ID through knowing what I should be hearing.
Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson (21/12-2016)


In this moment I AM Radio (Milan Area) is not broadcasting on 1350 kHz but it is on 828 kHz, the frequency of Z-100 (Pavia area).
Here a post about it on PlayDX blog:
73, Giampiero Bernardini, Milano, Italia (21/12-2016)

Although the licence for 162kHz LW from Allouis will be revoked from 1 January 2017, it was announced on air this morning that France Inter transmissions on that frequency will cease on 26 December 2016.
David on the British DX Club list, via Mike Terry, dxld yg (21/12-2016)



Algeria’s Chaine 1 is now [2240utc] on air on 891 KHz and can be clearly heard on the Twente SDR.
Liron (18/12-2016)

The Saudi Arabia transmitter on 1521 KHz has been back on air for at least a week.
Liron (18/12-2016)

It’s official, Radio France lost the licence to broadcast on LW from Allouis 162 kHz.
Here is the text published this morning in the Journal Officiel

Christian Ghibaudo, wrth fb group (17/12-2016)



The Bergen transmitter [Bergen Kringkaster] on 1314 kHz is normally on the air on Sundays only between 0900-1300 UTC. Power 160-180 watts. Tomorrow Dec 14th the engineer of the transmitter, Mr Oysten Ask, will run a test during the evening between 1700-approx 1900 UTC. The program will be a mix of earlier programs. Please, check the frequency!.
Bengt Ericson, wrth fb group (13/12-2016)



At 0745utc Monday Dec 12, heard Iceland on 666 khz running separate programming to its LW freqs of 189 and 207.
This was confirmed by listening to the Iceland SDR receiver.
This was also heard on the DX Tuners RX from Ireland.
73, Tony Magon AUS (12/12-201



Today from 16.45 to 17.45 utc it has been possible to detect a radio station[on 891 kHz] which broadcast in Arabic (Algeria - Chaine 1?). However, from 19:30 utc was heard again the 1 kHz tone signal.
Alberto V. Pesaro, Italy (10/12-2016)



New AM station approved: Vancouver 600 kHz (10 kW).
Appendix 1 to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2016-464
Sher-E-Punjab Radio Broadcasting Inc.
Terms, conditions of licence, expectation and encouragement for the ethnic
commercial AM radio programming undertaking in Vancouver, British Columbia
The licence will expire 31 August 2023.
The station will operate at 600 kHz (class B) with a daytime and nighttime transmitter
power of 10,000 watts.
Pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, no licence may be issued until the
Department of Industry notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been
met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.
Furthermore, the Commission will only issue a licence for this undertaking once the
applicant has informed the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence
operations. The undertaking must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any
event no later than 24 months from the date of this decision, unless a request for an
extension of time is approved by the Commission before 28 November 2018. In order to
ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least
60 days before this date.
Conditions of licence
1. The licensee shall adhere to the conditions set out in Conditions of licence for
commercial AM and FM radio stations, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy
CRTC 2009-62, 11 February 2009, as well as to the conditions set out in the
broadcasting licence for the undertaking.
2. The licensee shall devote 100% of the programming broadcast each broadcast
week to ethnic programs, as defined in the Radio Regulations, 1986, as amended
from time to time.
3. The licensee shall devote at least 85% of the programming broadcast each
broadcast week to third-language programs, as defined in the Radio Regulations,
1986, as amended from time to time.
4. In each broadcast week, the licensee shall provide programming directed to a
minimum of 19 distinct ethnic groups in at least 17 different languages.
5. In each broadcast week, at least 67% of the programming shall be broadcast in the
Punjabi and Hindi languages.
6. The licensee shall not broadcast Chinese-language programming.
7. In addition to the required basic annual contribution to Canadian content
development (CCD), set out in section 15 of the Radio Regulations, 1986, as
amended from time to time, the licensee shall, upon commencement of
operations, make an annual contribution of $250,000 ($1,750,000 over seven
consecutive broadcast years) to the promotion and development of Canadian
This additional CCD contribution shall be allocated to parties and initiatives
fulfilling the definition of eligible initiatives set out in paragraph 108 of
Commercial Radio Policy 2006, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-158,
15 December 2006.
8. The licensee shall comply with Broadcasting Mandatory Order 2014-592 and
shall adhere to the terms specified within the Consent Agreement entered into by
the licensee with the Commission on 9 October 2014.
The Commission expects the licensee to reflect the cultural diversity of Canada in its
programming and employment practices.
In accordance with Implementation of an employment equity policy, Public Notice
CRTC 1992-59, 1 September 1992, the Commission encourages the licensee to consider
employment equity issues in its hiring practices and in all other aspects of its
management of human resources.
From http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2016/2016-464.pdf
via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (10/12-2016)



891 R.Algérienne, Ouled Fayet, has indeed resumed operation albeit airing nothing more than an annoying 1 kHz tone signal via what's been reported as a new tx. The closest European tx also using 891 is that of R.Sim, Vilamoura, here in Portugal, and I suppose their audience isn't finding the "whistling" that amusing.
Carlos Gonçalves POR (9/12-2016)

1550 POLISARIO Front, Rabouni. The morning b/cast is closing at 1300 and the evening one runs from 1700 to 2300. It's been quite some time since I last caught them with the usual segments in Castilian.
Carlos Gonçalves POR (9/12-2016)

DRM on 1071kHz. Reports of noise are probably tests from Brittany this morning. Anyone able to hear audio?
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (9/12-2016)

1071 DRM. This station was caught in Losan a de Piron, central Spain from 08 dec 17:00 to 09 december 09:00 and I afraid it is on air!
Receiver Elad FDM-S2 with audio and text direct decodification DRM .
This station is from Quimerc's, Brest, French Brittany
They were relaying France Bleu.
A phone call with a local fisherman was heard.
More info on http://www.tdf.fr/smartcast
Juan Antonio Arranz, mwdx yg (9/12-2016)

Yes see:
Jurgen Bartels Suellwarden, N. Germany, mwdx yg (9/12-2016)

I confirm since 15/11 that on 891 khz (former Radio 538) a very strong signal, perceptible with any portable radios and car radios, does not allow listening to any radio station.
Alberto V. Pesaro, Italy (8/12-2016)

The 1 kHz tone on 891 kHz has been discussed quite a bit in the Twente WebSDR chatbox, and the idea is that it is a new/rebuilt transmitter in Algeria.
Listening to it via this WebSDR (in the Netherlands) in the evening, one also hears muffled audio from the Radio Monte Carlo transmitter on 216 kHz on it. Presumably, this audio is transfered to it in the ionosphere (by the so-called Luxemburg effect). This suggests the signal passes over southern France, which would agree well with the transmitter being in Algeria.
Regards, Pieter-Tjerk de Boer (amateur radio callsign PA3FWM, developer of the WebSDR) (8/12-2016)



Laser Hot Hits on a new frequency, 1476 kHz MW.
Also on 4.025 khz Short Wave.
Herman Content, Gent , Belgium (08/12-2016)

I just tune the MW band on the Twente Receiver and on 891 khz former Radio 538 I hear a very loud tone of 1.000 kilohertz a very strong signal of S9 + 40 db on there S – Meter at 16:54 utc. I wounder what is going on here ? Maybe the wanne block this so no one can use it.
Herman Content, Gent , Belgium (08/12-2016)

I have heard the same strong tone on 891 kHz (on my Sangean ATS909X) for several days now. I don't have any idea of who and why.
Ydun Ritz (8/12-2016)



Radio Caroline wants 1kW to cover East Anglia
Radio Caroline has asked Ofcom for permission to crank up a 1 kilowatt transmitter as part of its community radio application.
Most community radio stations operate at around 50 watts, covering an area of around 5 kilometres, but Caroline boss Peter Moore has requested no less than 1000 watts to reach its community of interest base across East Anglia. It proposes to cover an area bounded by Ipswich in the South, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket in the West, Saxmundham to the East and Diss to the North.
In the application, Peter Moore says: “We would however seek permission to operate at a considerably higher power level outside the “typical” limits suggested. Radio Caroline, is not a traditional community radio station seeking to serve a small geographical “community of place”. As set out elsewhere in this application, Radio Caroline can best be described as a “community of interest” station, with potential listeners spread throughout East Anglia. This means that our coverage requirements are therefore atypical.”
The station has applied for a licence in Suffolk but proposes to broadcast most of the programmes from Kent, due to better internet connectivity, and from the Ross Revenge ship using 4G. Programming would be original for 20 hours per day and broadcast only in English.
If awarded a licence, the station could be on-air in time for the 50th anniversary of the Marine Offenses Act, on 14th August 2017.
AM Rock, another applicant for an AM community radio licence, has also requested an extended 20+ km radius to broadcast Rock, Blues, Folk and Jazz Music across East Kent
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (7/12-2016)

The Radio Caroline AM community radio licence application has now been published. (Thanks to Mike Barraclough for this news)
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0021/95241/Radio-Caroline_Application-fo rm.pdf
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (7/12-2016)



On the air since 1 December 2016, Bradford Asian Radio broadcasts on 1413 kHz in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Pothohari, Mirpuri and other languages. It also offers live online streaming at www.bradfordasianradio.co.uk.
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (6/12-2016)

Not sure if it's still newsworthy. 940kHz CFNV is being received in Ottawa (~ 100 miles from Montreal) with a good signal at 23:10 UTC on December 5.
ID, mention of test, contact information. Edith Piaf singing La Vie en Rose, and Bob McFerrin singing Don't Worry be Happy...not a bad start. :^)
Regards, Vince, Ottawa, ON, dxld yg (6/12-2016)



Australian MW DX. Hello Ydun, I just thought I would introduce myself and offer my services to you and your website followers:
I work in the Sydney Radio Master Control centre of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney. Although the ABC no longer prints or issues QSL cards, I am happy to verify reception reports by email for listeners to our MW services. I have been doing this for some years now, with a great many reports coming in from Scandinavia in particular, but also parts of Europe, Asia and the USA.
This is not an official service and therefore not advertised as such, but as a former DXer myself, and as I can access the off-air logs and programme schedules for all of our MW services, I am happy to verify reception reports for MW DXers anywhere. It has been gratifying in recent years to see the hobby being somewhat revived, thanks I think in large part to new technology such as Perseus SDR receivers and software.
Listeners can email me at this address Himmelhoch-Mutton.Graham @ abc.net.au and I will endeavour to respond as quickly as I can. Attaching an mp3 file is welcome, helpful, and recommended.
Kind regards,
Graham Himmelhoch-Mutton, Radio Master Control, Australian Broadcasting Corporation,
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (4/12-2016)

Vatican Radio has ceased all its medium wave broadcasts (1260 and 585 kHz) for Rome and Latium on November 30th; thus, Vatican City is another MW-silent country. This piece of news is reported in Italian on
Regards, Giovanni Ricci (4/12-2016)

France Inter is now advertising a helpline for listeners to call for advice on what to do after 162 longwave closes. I wonder how many of the French people living in the UK (and Germany, Switzerland, etc) are aware that this is imminent.
Chris Greenway, dxld yg (4/12-2016)

This evening I'm hearing Laser Hot Hits on a new frequency, 1476 kHz. It is probably a move from 1494 kHz.
Regarding the Italian station with NPR News it seems the jingle ends with "Time Radio". My recording will be checked in Italy.
However I have this update: Time Radio has now moved from 1350 to 1359 kHz.
Best regards, Karl-Erik Stridh (3/12-2016)



Hamburg 972 kHz antenna demolished today
[a look worth/ed]
184 metres tall radiator and 77 metres tall screening mast, as required by GE75 for running full 300 kW.
The MW back-up antenna, a 120 metres mast moved in from the Osterloog site after it was closed in 1962, had been blown up already in 2011. The whole arrangement as it was until then:
Here's still the news release about the delivery of a new solid-state transmitter, put in service in early 2010. Money from the licence fee payers, wasted in the same way than at numerous other AM facilities in Germany.

Kai Ludwig, mwmasts yg (2/12-2016)



Good news!Radio Caroline seeks an AM frequency
Mike Terry, MWC fb group (1/12-2016)



Performing a band-scan 800-1000kHz with a Dirt-Cheap DSL radio. At 0535UT (0035EST) on 940kHz I came across a French language station. This is the new CFNV Montreal... not sure if still testing, or in full broadcast. Anouncement at 0050 that it was 940AM (my French is rusty, but may have spelled out the C-F-N-V before the 940 AM). Male French announcer as I write at 0057.
Anyone else on the E. Coast/ E. Canada hearing this?
Regards Paul S. in CT, dxld yg (28/11-2016)

Here on the Cape this has been coming in at very good levels pretty much all day. I haven't checked in the last few days but last week they were still testing.
Stephen Wood, Harwich, Mass., dxld yg (28/11-2016)

Radio Caroline applies for AM radio licence.
Mike Terry, mwc facebook group (28/11-2016)

Algeria is back on the air tonight, but it has a carrier on 890, 891 and 892, they all seem to have audio. Also 2 more carrier type signals on 889 and 893.
Matt, Grimsby UK (28/11-2016)



After 30 years of service on MW, All India Radio, Adilabad has ceased their service recently on 1485 kHz.
The 1 kW transmitter was commissioned on 12 Oct 1986 and permanently went off air on 15 Oct 2016.
The MW TX was replaced on 15 Aug 2015 by 10 kW FM tx operating on 100.2 MHz.
AIR Adilabad is about 300 kms North from my location and occasionally I used to get their faint signals in the early mornings / night times.
QSLs of AIR Adilabad in my collection:
Video on AIR Adilabad when FM transmissions started:
Old details in AIR website:
Yours sincerely, Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad, India via mwmasts yg (24/11-2016)

After three years Radio Banovici 792 kHz back on the air.
Sanel Tufekcic (24/11-2016)

James Robinson's excellent list of UK MW stations back in history.



RRI Denpasar winner of the 2016 DRM Award
The Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium is delighted to announce that the recipients of the 2016 DRM Enterprise Award Asia Pacific Region 2016,, jointly sponsored with SAS, the leader in analytics, is awarded to the team of Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) engineers at Denpasar, Indonesia for their support and hard work in running a DRM AM [1206 kHz, HjB] trial in 2016. The winners are: Mr Salwan, Manager of Technology and New Media Director; Mr Ketut Suandi, Assistant Manager Transmitter, and Mr Cok Dalem Javadi, Staff of Technology and New Media unit.
The award aims to stimulate interest in the DRM standard in various parts of the world that would benefit from the full introduction of digital radio. The RRI engineers on the beautiful island of Bali were selected to receive the award in recognition of their work in preparing a medium wave transmitter to broadcast in DRM during the Asia Broadcasting Union’s General Assembly in October.
On behalf of RRI Mr R.Ginging, CTO, also proudly congratulated his staff for having engaged and worked so well together with Consortium representatives thus quickly learning about new digital opportunities for radio broadcasting.
Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chair, congratulated the local RRI engineers as “their work shows how quickly DRM can become part of day-to-day activity. This proved that the Indonesian public broadcaster has the talent and capacity to test the latest digital technologies in their effort to future proof public broadcasting.”
Details of the 2017 DRM Enterprise Award – Africa will be announced at the beginning of 2017.
Posted at 14:31h in News, Press Releases by glo34ry
http://www.drm.org/drm-enterprise-award-2016-winners-announced/ via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (23/11-2016)

Application list for new AM licences out today, includes the following:
Radio Caroline (Suffolk)
Contact: Peter Moore
Phone Number: 020 8340 3831
Email Address: caroline_pirate@btconnect.com
Website: www.radiocaroline.co.uk
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (22/11-2016)



More to ISL-item from yesterday:
RUV's technicians have for a year been experimenting with an AM transmission system, and there are indications that it could replace the two powerful LW transmitters at Eiðar and Gufuskálar.

The transmitter at Gufuskálar is Iceland's tallest manmade structure, about 412m tall, roughly equal to 5.5 church towers. [The reference tower is that of Hallgrím's Church that is visible from much of Reykjavík.] The mast at Eiðar is Iceland's third tallest structure, just shy of 220m. The LW transmitters are intended to transmit to ships around Iceland and plug holes in the FM distribution system. LW, however, is found on only a minority of radios sold today, and running the system is expensive. The LW masts need a lot of electricity and maintenance is expensive, not least fixing the strobe lights on the mast at Eiðar which have repeatedly been damaged by weather. They also disturb the people living at Eiðar.

Gunnar Örn Guðmundsson, manager of RUV's technical division, says that an experimental AM transmitter at Vatnsendi has worked beyond expectations. Although it runs at only quarter power, its signals have been measured all the way to Eyjafjöll. AM masts are considerably lower and cheaper to run, and most, if not all, new radios can receive them. Further tests are needed before a decision can be made, but Gunnar thinks it likely to end with the LW transmitters will be taken down.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (20/11-2016)



In the RÚV News 1600Z today:
RUV is considering abandoning LW for MW. Radios with LW are just too hard to find now-a-days, and the transmitter sites are too expensive to maintain and run, they say.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (19/11-2016)



Radio Bulgaria closed their shortwave service in early 2012, switching most of their multilingual service to online streaming. Their Turkish output however can still be heard through the ether on 576 kHz (Vidin) from the country's high-powered and sole remaining mediumwave transmitter, presumably primarily intended for Bulgaria's sizable Turkish minority. These broadcasts are at 0600-0700, 1300-1400 & 1830-1930 UT [presumably an hour earlier in summer] and unlike the web streaming these programmes still start with the same interval signal and signature tune Radio Sofia/Radio Bulgaria has used since the 1960s, and identify as 'Bulgaristan Radyosu'.
These broadcasts can also heard be heard locally via Radio Kardzhali, the latest of nine regional stations of Bulgarian National Radio (BNR). Kardzhali Province has an ethnic Turkish majority and the station transmits on 90.0 MHz FM with its own programmes in Bulgarian at 0900-1200 local time (currently 0700-1000 UT), the rest of the time relaying either Horizont [BNR 1st Programme] or Radio Bulgaria broadcasts in Turkish at the times given above. Radio Kardzhali and 18 other BNR radio services are available on live web streams from their website at http://bnr.bg/
Dave Kernick, WRTH fb group (17/11-2016)

TTP Media’s CFNV 940 AM begins on-air testing.
After occasional sputters of an audible tone a few hours a day over a few weeks, 940 AM has actual audio for the first time in almost seven years as TTP Media’s first AM radio station has officially begun testing.
The programming consists of music in English and French, with a 23-second announcement about the station about every 15 minutes confirming its callsign of CFNV and asking people with reception issues to call 1-855-732-5940. It says the station will launch “progressivement sous peu” or “très bientôt” (the message varies slightly).
CFNV will be a French-language talk station when it launches, which the CRTC has said it must do by Nov. 21. The licence was first authorized in 2011, and the deadline extended three times (one more than usual).
The deadline to launch an English station at 600 AM passed on Nov. 9. The CRTC confirms to me it has received an application for an extension to that deadline (which was supposed to be final) but has not made a decision yet.
A third station, a French sports-talk at 850 AM, had its authorization expire this summer with no request for extension.
940 AM, which is assigned to Montreal as a clear channel, so this station will have a very large footprint at night, was last used by AM 940, a Corus-owned station that began as 940 News and kept cutting resources and changing formats until it finally shut down in 2010.
Alan Doherty on MWC fb group (17/11-2016)



Hungarian political parties plans to left "Daylight saving time", the parliament will vote next week.
Thats means, Hungary will be in UTC+2 during all year, like Ukraine.
(In the early dusk (~16:00 HLT in December) causes depression in many people.)
Tringer László (16/11-2016)



Unfortunately, 538 left 891am earlier today... It was a great station, but now we can receive many N. Africans... It may even ease 890am – Cuba.
RIP 538... Missed by many.
Dean Denton (15/11-2016)

The transmitter 891 Hulsberg, the Netherlands is definitely turned off today.
Andre Schokker (15/11-2016)



I’m assuming Algeria on 891 has been reactivated again. 1kHz test tone present, blocking 538. Also, a lux effect from 162kHz France Inter.
EuropeDX/Dean Denton, Hull (13/11-2016)

At the moment 2005 [12/11] on 1440 no signal from Saudi Arabia is detectable. So Adamawa BC from Nigeria is comming through on a clear channel. At times for instance at 1952 with local MX with SIO: 333.
73 from Zeljko Crncic (12/11-2016)



Saudi Arabia
is back on the air tonight (Wednesday) on 1521 KHz. It looks like this transmitter is on the air every Wednesday evening.
Liron (10/11-2016)



As of January 2017 Trans World Radio will stop its broadcasts on the mediumwave frequency 1395 kHz from Albania. The discontinuation of broadcasts from Albania could mean good news for the low power AM transmitters in the Netherlands that broadcast on 1395 kHz.
Trans World Radio will use other mediumwave stations in Europe to achieve its targets. For example, the radio programme is broadcast on a mediumwave transmitter of Radio Monte Carlo (1467 kHz) and a mediumwave frequency from Georgia (1548 kHz).
The transmitter in Albania is in a poor condition and there is no money to renovate it. Trans World Radio was the only radio channel still using the transmitter near Tirana. The transmissions, which take place in the evening hours, use high power and can also be received in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands is also currently using 1395 kHz for low-power transmissions up to 100 watts. Under the the current broadcasting licences, the Dutch stations are not allowed to broadcast between sunset and sunrise on this frequency.
With the disappearance of broadcasts from Albania it should be possible for radio stations that broadcast on 1395 kHz in the Netherlands to broadcast 24 hours a day via this frequency. The Radiocommunications Agency will have to give formal consent, however.
Current broadcasters omn 1395 kHz include Seabreeze Radio AM (Friesland) and Q-AM (Gelderland) via this frequency. In addition, there are various authorizations issued by the Radiocommunications Agency for stations that have not yet started broadcasting.
Source: mediamagazine.nl translated by Andy Sennit, who has just reported this on the PCJ Facebook group.
Mike Terry, MWC fb group (7/11-2016)



Radio Poland, the external service of Polish Radio, is transmitted via Sitkūnai, Lithuania, on 1386 kHz (medium wave 216 m), 75 kW, omnidirectional, at 04:00-05:00 UTC in Belarusian and at 16:30-17:30 UTC in Russian. Other content providers are Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and NHK World radio. The transmitter is on air 12.5 hours a day, 16:30-05:00 UTC. The relay broadcaster is Radio Baltic Waves International.
Rimantas Pleikys, MWC fb group (6/11-2016)

According to the recent frequency list of CRI Russian at http://russian.cri.cn/3098/2016/05/30/1s582734.htm, 1521 kHz is used 0800-1000 and 1900-0400 h Bejing Time (UTC+8). That would be 0000-0200 and 1100-2000 h UTC.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/11-2016)



Since the start of the new season, I have been checking the audibility of the remaining English broadcasts of the Voice of America. Many are also audible in Europe and do provide for some interesting listening (US presidential race, intercultural experiences in South Korea).
Checking the medium wave Pinheira 1530 kHz today, I did find it at 0300 h UTC in English. Reception deteriorated quickly against European co-channel stations.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (5/11-2016)



The northeast tower of the 600 kW São Tomé 1530 IBB/BBG medium wave relay has collapsed. The station is now operating non-direxionally on the remaining tower. The pattern was a wide-spaced two-tower array, with two major lobes, one more or less northerly, the other northeastward. So it is not clear whether this would diminish or increase its signal toward North America, where it has occasionally been DXed, around sign-on *0258 UT
Glenn Hauser, dxld yg (4/11-2016)



In central Italy (Marche Region) on 3 November 2016 from 17.00 to 18.00 UTC, using a simple car radio it was possible to listen on 1521 kHz traditional songs, information and news clearly read in Russian, but regarding the Republic of China. The different radio speakers that have followed have never made reference to a possible China Radio International.
Alberto V. Pesaro (3/11–2016)
The CHINA item 28/10-2016 mentions this frequency.
Ydun Ritz

On 31 October 2016, AFN Bavaria Vilseck stopped "serving America's best" on medium wave 1107 kHz. The station was heard on 31 October in the region when checked in the morning and at noon, but was not on the air on 1 and 2 November.
The medium wave station went on the air in 2008 replacing a station in Grafenwoehr. It is now the last AFN medium wave station to close down and in fact the last regular medium wave station in Germany to stop broadcasting.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (3/11-2016)

Radio JCom (Radio JCom Limited), broadcasting in Leeds on medium wave 1386 kHz, surrendered its AM licence.
The station began in 2007 as an internet station and started regular medium wave broadcasts in 2009.
(BBC report back then: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/leeds/hi/people_and_places/religion
_and_ethics/newsid_ 8271000/8271366.stm
As of today, internet broadcasts are still available at http://www.radiojcom.com/. The broadcasts pause for Sabbath (Friday 1500 h local time-Saturday 2100 h).
A additional research by Dr Hansjoerg Biener (3/11-2016)

Nov 3 2016 @ 0856 UTC, distinctive Radio Reloj [770 kHz] ticks & time-pips heard well under WABC whilst plundering a remote SDR in NW Ohio. New home for Fidel's newser; watch for other possible changes among Cuban MW outlets.
Greg Hardison, dxld yg (3/11-2016)

The Saudi transmitter on 1521 KHz is on the air at the moment (2325 UTC November 2 2016) with regular programming. Heard via KiweSDR, Haparanda, Sweden
I also heard it one evening last week but not between then and now.
Liron (3/11-2016)



Another Radio Caroline North [1368 kHz] broadcast has come to an end.
We hope you enjoyed what we played over the weekend and that you'll join us for the final 'North' broadcast of the year over the weekend 26th/27th November.
Many thanks to Manx Radio for the use of their AM transmitter and to Tiptree for the prizes.
Mike Terry, dxld yg (1/11-2016)



The recording that is on your website is far from good, so I was able to make a much clear and better one http://vocaroo.com/i/s1P6RMSoiuwY 00:14 sec long to listen. Radio 538 on 891 khz loop tape. Here is a translation from Dutch in English on what the Dutch Male Voice does say this: “The broadcasting via this frequency is ceased, Radio 538 can now be heard in the best audio sound quality via he tv cable, DAB + and the are 538 app“ (also online at https://www.538.nl/ The play button is on the bottom of the website you can’t miss it, click there to watch the live webcam and hear the audio)

Maybe a lot of people would like to know where the Radio Station Name 538 does come from? It does go back to the year 1972 when on the last weekend of september the Dutch Offshore Radio Station Radio Veronica 192 had to change the frequency from 192 m – 1.562 khz to 537 m – 557 khz the call it “ 538 “ because that does much better rhymes in Dutch like “ 538 op volle kracht “ in English that means : “ 538 on full power “ but that does not rhymes in English right , like 537 would not rhymes in Dutch also.
That was to avoid the fact that Radio Beromunster would increase the power all the up to 300 kw and Radio Veronica only had a transmitter power of about 7 kw out of a 10 KW Continental Electonics 316 C and the did use about 3 kw at night on low power as far that I can remember.
So Radio Veronica 538 did use this frequency and till the Anti Offshore Radio Law in The Netherlands on the 31 th of august 1974 and Radio Veronica did close down at 18 h local time (17 h UTC). Than later Radio Veronica became a legal Radio Station on land and did use the National Dutch Radio Station network for many years afther a long battle to become legal.
A former DJ of Radio Veronica did set up some radio and also tv projects in The Netherlands and also in Belgium. And one of those radoi projects was Radio 538 and there did come the name 538 from. And that a big succes and became popular as a National Commercial Radio Station. But there was a big trouble, down South of the Country in Dutch Limburg (because there is also a Belgian Limburg just on the other side of the border) the is a a weak FM Band low coverage so the only opportunity the did had was, to use a MW transmitter on 891 khz in Hulsberg who was used before by Radio 1 or long time ago Hilversum 1 and also at some hours of the day for local radio transmissons.
A other bit of history will be lost and also a other MW Transmitter in The Netherlands will go off air very soon, so now the is only one MW Station left and that is 1.008 khz (or 298 m) fomer Radio 1 and long time before Hilversum 2. In case that I make a error on this info than other Dutch writers me sure correct me I don’t have any problem.
MW 891 khz with 22 KW daytime power and 5 kw at night me she RIP.
73 and remember and its UTC + 1 hour as from to day and tille next March , good DX all from Herman Content, Gent – Belgium (30/10-2016)



The Dutch internet MediaMagazine.nl writes that Radio Mi Amigo International will start using the (empty) 1476 KHz as from Novembre. The former offshore radiostation, now a radioproject on the Costa Brava, in Spain, is already hiring airtime in the eveninghours via Radio Merkurs in Riga – Latvia on 1485 Khz./ 1 Kw. Mainly to reach an audience in Scandanavia. Novembre is announced as a testperiod. After that a defenitive broadcasting schedule will come in function. The magazine writes that also the power of the transmitter will be increased and that instead of 1485 the neighbouring channel 1476 will come in use.

Radio Mi Amigo International is expending there AM activities! Starting from Sunday Octobre the 30 th. using the shortwave facilities in Kall-Krekel in the Eifel in Germany.
Until now two hours per weekday, and in the weekend more hours, programs were broadcasted via 6005, 3985, 7310 and 9560 Khz. New is a 9 hour programming on 6085, starting at 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening.

The 1476 KHz. I do remember as the channel on which Austria earlier was audible all over Europe. Now the channel is almost empty here around the North Sea. Picking up now and then signals from the middle-east or Africa. The 1485 is a very crowded mix of many signals in the dark hours. Here in Holland (very) low power permissions are given out for this frequency. I´m really curious or the 1476 from Riga will carry much more further, and interferenc free, then the 1485.
Sources: https://mediamagazine.nl/radio-mi-amigo-international-krijgt-eigen-kortegolfzender/ and http://www.radiomiamigointernational.com/english/news.html
Best of 73’s, Willem Prins – Haren / The Netherlands (29/10-2016)

Contrary to the internet source correctly quoted by Harald Kuhl, AFN Vilseck [1107 kHz] was still heard on my car radio in Nuremberg on the evening of 28 October. Given the fact, that this is the remaining active medium wave of AFN and indeed all stations in Germany, an imminent closure seems plausible. On 1 November, I shall be in the Vilseck region and can check whether the station is still on the air.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (29/10-2016)

This autumn I haven't been able to hear Azerbaijan on either of their usual frequencies: 801 or 891 kHz. Both have been some tens of Hz above nominal and rather usual catches here in Finland. Also the very weak Voice of Azerbaijan transmitter on 1296 kHz has been missing these months. I'd be glad to be proven wrong, but looks like another country
may be gone from medium wave.
73, Mauno Ritola, mwdx yg (29/10-2016)



"AFN Bavaria discontinues the AM broadcast on 1107 KHz Friday, Oct. 28 at approximately 10 a.m. You can still listen to AFN Bavaria in Grafenwoehr and Vilseck at FM frequencies 98.5 or 107.7. Tune in to AFN 360 anywhere, anytime. Visit www.afneurope.net/AFN-360."
Source: http://www.bavaria.army.mil/
vy 73 Harald Kuhl (28/10-2016)

China Radio Int was heard on 1521 in Russian at tune in 1810 UT on the 27th. The signal was strong on peaks but with fades down into the mush. It was checked to be parallel with Urumqi 7210, and the two transmitters were in sync. There is still no trace of the Saudi transmitter though.
Noel R. Green [NW England], dxld yg (28/10-2016)

Reportedly the Duba transmitter uses only the daytime frequency 594 kHz anymore. At least it's there right now, at 1645, considerably stronger than // 1440 and 1512.
At the same time only the small 5 kW in Spain is audible on 1521 kHz. So in all likelyhood the presumably renovated Hutubi facility is not on air right now.
Kai Ludwig, dxld yg (28/10-2016)



On 26 October at 1055 UTC, the Deputy Director General of All India Radio North East inaugurated the new DRM MW 200 kW transmitter of AIR Siliguri (Bengal). In his speech broadcast until 1115 UTC, he announced that the power of the analogue transmission on 711 kHz is 194 kW while the DRM-power on 720 kHz is 6 kW. The primary channel is also streamed at the website http://www.airsiliguri.in/live.html which was inaugurated about one year ago.
All India Radio Siliguri was commissioned on 7 July 1963 as a 20 kW auxiliary station of All India Radio Kolkata to provide medium wave coverage to the people of North Bengal. On 8 August 1982, the station was upgraded to the status of a full-fledged station of its own right. The high power transmitter (200 kW) now replaced was commissioned in 1987.
Alok Dasgupta 26 October 2016 DX India.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (27/10-2016)

Several boards and blogs are reporting that 940 Montreal has begun testing. The calls are CFNV. 50kW's as before tho many suspect that they are not up to full power yet.
The same company was also to bring 600 AM back to the air. Nothing heard yet on that frequency and the deadline to get this station on air is Nov. 9 (Nov. 21 for 940)
Andy Reid, dxld yg (27/10-2016)

Right now 940 Khz AM is on the air with a constant Tone at 1530 UTC.
Gilles Letourneau, Montreal, Quebec, dxld yg (27/10-2016)

Radio 538 are currently looping the following sound clip
John Lakeland (27/10-2016)

Radio 538 is indeed ended here programming via the AM.
The announcement tells the listener that 538 has ceased his programm on this frequencie. Then the alternative ways of listening to Radio 538 are told, like the cablenetwork, digital radio DAB +, the website and the App.

Radio 538 started broadcasting 13 years ago on 891. On that moment there was no coverage of the station in this southern part of The Netherlands via the FM. Earlier the 22.5 Kw TX in Hulsberg was in use by the public radio. The first national program Radio 1 was on.
A spokesman of Radio 538 says in the press that broadcasting via this AM station is no longer necessary, because mainly of the digital alternatives.
Unclear is what will happen whit the AM outlet on 891. Radio 538 has a licence for the frequencie until septembre 2017. A switch-off date is not announced, but probably the transmitter will be off -air after this weekend, when the new month of Novembre is starting. So a "switch-off party" leaving AM forever is not expected on the radiostation.
The 891 Khz. will probably gonna be available for low power use, after Radio 538 has given back here licence to the authorities
W. Prins - Haren / The Netherlands (27/10-2016)



Radio 538 is currently looping a closure announcement on MW, so this is the timer where Radio 538 is quitting 538, but on the plus side, we can hear what is behind 891kHz. But I have one question, I am no good at Dutch, but does it announce a date?
Dean Denton, Hull, UK | EuropeDX on YouTube.

Radio 538 from the Netherlands has closed their am 891 transmitter, today 26-10-2016.
Andre Schokker (26/10-2016)

Heard at my QTH October 21st. (ed)



Lpam radio station More radio from Sneek, Netherlands official start at 5 october at 1200 local time at am 1485 khz.
G reetz Andre Schokker (25/10-2016)

I hear French talk on 1530 khz around 20:30 h utc and after a check its not Vatican Radio or the VOA so would that be Africa? Can some help me out please ? Did listen at Receiver : Northern Ireland - MWDX - "KAZ" on Global Tuners.
73, Herman Content , Gent – Belgium (24/10-2016)

Radio Caroline North returns this weekend online and on 1368 kHz as we continue to trace the station's history.
We'll hear about the final few months offshore and the difficulties the ship went through, culminating in the grounding on the Goodwin Sands and the rescue of the entire crew.
We've more great prizes to give away from Tiptree, preserves of distinction, so join us this weekend online and on 1368 KHz courtesy of Manx Radio for Radio Caroline North.
Your emails are always welcome at memories@radiocaroline.c o.uk.
Radio Caroline North on AM from the Isle of Man is sponsored by Tiptree, Preserves Of Distinction.

Saturday 29th October:
06:00 John Ellery (ON LINE ONLY)
08.30 Chris Williams' Carnaby Street from Manx Radio 1368khz
10:30 Kevin Turner
13:00 Chris Pearson
15:30 Nick Richards
18:00 Johnny Lewis
21:00 Dave Foster

Sunday 30th October:
00:00 Suzy Wilde
02:00 Note that clocks go back at 2am
02:00 Andrew Austin
06:00 Ray Clark
09:00 Kevin Turner
11:30 Johnny Lewis
14:00 Nick Richards
16:30 Chris Pearson
19:00 Dave Foster
21:00 Close
( Facebook)
Website http://www.carolineflashback.co.uk
Mike Terry via mwdx yg (24/10-2016)



On various remote SDR units in Moscow Russia, Kiev Ukraine, Zakynthos Greece and Calabria southern Italy heard the TRT morning services on Oct 24:

1062 TUR acc MW lists TRT Diyarbakir, CONTINOUSLY music program, no ID, no spoken part heard.
Likely "Kurdi Progr", at 0320 UT S=9+10dB proper signal in Ukraine unit.

926.994 TUR TRT Izmir in Turkish, S=7 in Ukraine, poor signal compared to much S=9+30dB stronger on 890.999 TUR TRT Antalya, observed at 0330 UT.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
Wolfgang Büeschel, df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews (24/10-2016)

[ N O T logged], 1053 not heard here in past months. There was a strange TV video RR report from the US of Tripolis Libya heard across the Atlantik, I've my doubts on this matter.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
Wolfgang Büeschel, df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews (24/10-2016)



Re 1521 kHz item from Oct. 15th:
Yes, must be CRI Urumqi reactivated after many months of silence.
73, Mauno Ritola, dxld yg (18/10-2016)



Re 1521 kHz item from Oct. 15th: ...And tonight they modulate the transmitter with traditional Chinese music non-stop...
I read that CRI Russian was missing from 1521 kHz for some time. So it's pretty obvious that the presumed equipment replacement took place in China instead...
How is the signal in Russia now, considering its almost sensational level in Central Europe?
Kai Ludwig, dxld yg (16/10-2016)



Anybody else in Europe hearing this jamming signal on 1521 kHz (It's 1552 UT now)?

Who's jamming who?
Tudor Vedeanu, dxld yg (15/10-2016)

This sweep from 0 to 1000 Hz in exactly one second sounds very much like a test tone to me, like a sign of life from the Duba transmitter that has been missed for at least some weeks if not months.
Could it be that the old tube transmitter has been replaced by a new solid-state rig, testing right now? I think such replacements had already been done at other high power mediumwave sites in Saudi Arabia.
Kai Ludwig, dxld yg (15/10-2016)

Hi, Tudor!
Yes, I also heard the signal. I heard it from 1649 untill sign off at 1700 UTC on measured 1521.010 khz.
Signal strength here (north-east of Cologne) is S9+20 dB.
I also monitored it via the Twente receiver with S9 to S9+10 dB.
I used my Inverted-V beamed 90°/270°. Unfortunately my other Inverted-V's are currently inactive due to maintainance.
Receiver: Perseus SDR and Perseus software v5.
I'll try to monitor the freq. again tomorrow also using different remote sites.
73, Manfred Reiff, dxld yg (15/10-2016)

Since January 1, programs of TWR (ex 1395, Albania) will be in the Polish language on 1467 kHz via the MC, in Croatian - on the local FM network, in Romanian on 999 kHz (Pridnestrovie) after the Ukrainian and Russian services and the rest on 1548 kHz.
73, Vasily Gulyaev, Astrakhan, Russia, wrth fb group (15/10-2016)



One (bad) news: Radio Maria France will cease its broadcasts on medium wave from the Col de la Madone (Monaco frequency) 1467 kHz on 30 October 2016.
To listen to Radio Maria will remain the FM frequency 88.2 MHz in Monaco and especially the RNT DAB + from the Mont Agel. For the moment, I think the 1467 kHz will remain silent, as the 702 kHz....
Christian Ghibaudo (14/10-2016)

Radio City every Saturday at 19.00 to 20.00 UTC on 1485 via Radio Merkurs in Riga, Latvia.
Contact address remains: citymorecars@yahoo.ca
Tom Taylor (14/10-2016)



1602 is shared between Radio Seagull and KBC Radio http://www.kbcradio.eu/. KBC is on the air 7:00-19:00 and Radio Seagull is on the air 19:00-07:00.
Liron (12/10-2016)

Radio Seagull is now also on 747 KHz, using a 100 W licence on the radioship Jenny Bayton, mored in the harbour of Harlingen. The management describes it as an extended test. Here at my location, near Groningen, I do hear a mix of two signals now. Radio Seagull and Radio TPot, a station near Assen. There is a problem in zero-beat at one of the stations. The signals are hetrodyning around 70 to 100 Khz.

The former radiopirate Radio 0511 in the north-east of the provence of Friesland near Dokkum, has now changed frequencie to 1485 KHz. Earlier 1494 KHz. was in use. The 1485 is officialy only allowed for a low power output of 1 Watt. Radio 0511 is probaly using much more power, blocking this channel in the north western part of the Netherlands. I wonder what the broadcasting authorities think of this.
Best of 73's, Willem Prins - Haren (The Netherlands) (12/10-2016)

Had been listening to Radio Seagull for about 2 years now on 1602, but in the last few days, I can´t hear the programs from Seagull on Mediumwave.
The transmitter is on air, but if I compare to Seagull on Tunein radio in my cellphone, there is a different programme now on 1602 with only Non stop Music..!!!
Not the regular show and there is no sound at all from Radio Seugulls webpage in my computer.
Do you know anything?
73, Torleif Roos, Boras, Sweden (11/10-2016)

I think, Radio Seagull uses a format for their online transmission, which your computer is not able to 'read'. According to their website, they should be on 1602 kHz between 1900 and 0700 CET (1700-0500 utc).



I like to report that for about the last 7 days the MW band is wide open for Transarlatlantic DX to USA and Canada. For some nights I listen on 930 khz CJYQ announced ass KIXX Country and I can hear it not so very late at night that is around or afther 22:00 utc (00:00 hour CET local time)
But I need to tell that I do listen at a Online Radio Receiver at Global Tuners http://www.globaltuners.com (you need to be a memberto use it ) at the location in Northern Ireland – UK look here http://www.qsl.net/gi0otc/ HF & MWDX - "KAZ" Loop Antenne 130 deg Null direction to North America & Canada.
But later in the middle of the dark night time the MW singals from North America are boom in strong. So for those people ho not have a Kaz Loop antenne and are not based in Nothern Ireland would get also a signal I think ? maybe less strong but I think the will hear some thing. Maybe its time to be a member at Global Tuners. Its easy make a free account and you need to wait 14 days before you can tune a Receiver your self. In the you can listen at other Receiver. The do that for security reasons. Read the house rules and keep and respect them.
Transatlantic MW DX is great fun in Fall , Winter and Early Spring.
73 and good DX from Herman Content, Gent, Belgium (11/10-2016)



"Please note; We will stop broadcasting on 1395 kHz as of 1 January 2017.
RTSH - General Technical Director, Eng. Henri Muca
RTSH - Director of RTV Transmitting Stations - Tirane, Eng. Valmir Hajdari"

TWR Europe Mon-Fri at 1930-2145 UT, Sat/Sun at 1950-2145 UT.
Fllake relay TX#1 F-02 antenna at 330 deg to Ce/No/Ea-Europe.

Trans World Radio - FLLAKE, ALBANIA
UTC days program kHz kW degr ciraf zone

1927-1930 12345.. TWR ID signal 1395 500 330 28
1930-2015 12345.. Hungarian 1395 500 330 28

1947-1950 .....67 TWR ID signal 1395 500 330 28
1950-2015 .....67 Hungarian 1395 500 330 28

2015-2030 .....6. Polish 1395 500 330 28
2015-2045 12345.7 Polish 1395 500 330 28
2030-2145 .....6. Croatian 1395 500 330 28
2045-2100 ......7 Croatian 1395 500 330 28
2045-2115 12345.. Croatian 1395 500 330 28
2100-2145 ......7 Bosnian 1395 500 330 28
2115-2145 12345.. Serbian 1395 500 330 28

Day 1 = Mon ... 7 = Sun

Fllake, Albania location; Made in P.R. China of 1967 year. G.C. 41 21 52.04 N 19 30 35.46 E
TWR Europe Oct 7, via Drita Cico-ALB, Oct 9; Radiostacionet Shijak & Fllake.
via Wolfgang Büschel df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews (10/10-2016)



I did manage to catch that one-kilowatter at the Vatnsendi [666 kHz]site tonight, but it took both of my portables to do it: The Panasonic to act as a reference, and the SuperTech to make the catch. The signal was of course very weak.
Reynir Heidberg Stefánsson, eastern Iceland (4/10-2016)

An interesting report from a trip to the USA this September by
Willem Prins

It's correct, the message from Herman Content, that Radio 538 is still on at 891 Khz. I also expected that the AM outlet should be switched-off already , but the signal is indeed still on the air. The only thing I know is that plans are made for the switch-off. In a rather short periode. But no info is available of the exact date. Unclear is or Radio 538 will make out a moment of the switch off, or that without any announcment the station will leave AM.
Willem Prins HOL (4/10-2016)

About 2 days ago I did hear Radio 538 on 891 Khz [which has been told switched off/ed] . And it listen to Dutch ads around 14:35 h UTC so early oct 2016 and 891 Khz still on air and signal was good (Wide-band WebSDR in JO32KF , Twente , The Netherlands)
Herman Content, Gent, Belgium (04/10-2016)

About reactivated RÚV 666 kHz: This is Reykjavik (Vatnsendi) 1 kW. It is a test transmitter for evaluating the number and power of transmitters required to cover all Iceland and fishing waters around it with medium wave transmitters and replacing the high power long wave transmitters. The details of the project will be decided upon in 2017.
Mauno Ritola, wrth fb group (3/10-2016)



Presently listening to RUV on 666 with a good signal at 2330utc [1/10] via Global tuners receiver in Northern Ireland.
Tony Magon AUS (2/10-2016)

Icelandic public broadcaster Rikisutvarpid (RUV) was observed at 09:05 UT today (1 October 2016) carrying their second network RAS-2 on 666 kHz mediumwave - the broadcaster had recently been noted carrying test transmissions of continuous music on this frequency. This was monitored with good reception via a KiwiSDR remote receiver in Reykjavik.
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (1/10-2016)



[RUV] Iceland on 666 is now operating parallel to their longwave frequencies of 189 and 207.
This was confirmed with a remote receiver in Iceland and also a remote receiver in Northern Ireland.
73, Tony Magon VK2IC, AUS (1/10-2016)



This old 250 watts friend, formerly as LLU on 1466 kHz through a 48 metres quarter-wave in Eitrheim, Odda for the NRK until 1978 is now broadcasting for us since 2012 with a proper license as LLE2 relaying bergenkringkaster.nu on 1314 kHz through a Comrod antenna. Normally on the air Sundays 1000-1400 CET with a Nostalgia format.
In connection with our preparations yesterday for today's "Junk-Auction", it was on the air 1800-2200 with an unscheduled transmission of "Komiske Klipp" and "Radio Days". The signal locally was impressive along 555 and 561 even in darkness 2115-2200 although there was competition from RNE Radio 5 (Salamanca has been confirmed here before). Our CE Øystein Ask can be very proud! And, did you hear us? We will be on again tonight! report@bergenkringkaster.no
Svenn Martinsen, wrth fb group (29/9-2016)



Trans World Radio plans to apply for a second licence for broadcasts from its present site at Parakou. The first transmitter on 1566 kHz went on the air in 2008. Years ago, the Protestant missionary broadcaster also announced plans for a short wave transmitter, but this idea was evidently dropped. The 200 kW-transmitter will broadcast on a medium wave frequency. although the frequency is not yet announced.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (26/9-2016)

At 00.55 h this morning I received CW-signals "RADIOREVOLTEN" on medium wave 1575 kHz. These apparently are test transmissions of Radio Revolten, Halle, Germany, which got a temporary (October 2016) license for medium wave broadcasts and will start regular transmissions on 01 October.
Their website is http://radiorevolten.net.
Best 73, Norbert Reiner (25/9-2016)

Deutschlandradio will in next year abandon this name as a media brand. What is now Deutschlandradio Kultur will then become "Deutschlandfunk Kultur" while DRadio Wissen, the digital-only station with a whopping market share of at present 0.03 percent (16,000 listeners per day in the whole of Germany), will be called "Deutschlandfunk Nova".
Goal of this move is to use only a single brand, the most widely known one they have. They consider it as essential for being clearly recognized in the digital world (i.e. outside the broadcasting zoo) where they already see a great rise in the use of their offerings.
This move is a bit sensitive because Deutschlandfunk at Cologne had considered itself the only legitimate national broadcaster until the federal states decided to have a Berlin branch as well, created by merging RIAS and Deutschlandsender. This merge did not go well at all (thus history is not history in this case), as described in this newspaper report from 2014 which, I'm told, does not make up the situation.
Kai Ludwig, dxld yg (24/9-2016)

Radio Revolten
Of course it is not true that the last mediumwave transmitter in Germany has been switched off on New Year's Day, with Vilseck 1107 kHz still being on air. That's just the narrative successfully established by Deutschlandradio PR.
And "covering Central Europe": You can check out for yourself now, the transmitter has been turned on a few days ago with a special test loop (not the audio on the web stream that goes out on FM, too) of a voice announcement and morse code. At night I found this morse code poking through the jumble of Italy and Spain in the Netherlands and likewise, except that 1575 is mostly Italy here, also 100 km east of Halle. But that's about all.
The mediumwave transmitter was supposed to achieve 0.5...0.6 kW, to be installed at the same ham radio facility as the temporary FM transmitter (on a frequency used already on earlier occassions).
Kai Ludwig, dxld yg (24/9-2016)



Equinox bandscan
Dry weather tonight so a ‘DXpedition’ to the washing lines was not a problem.

The LW band… well, it takes a big whomp to knock it out. No big whomp tonight. Not even a wee little small whomp, what with signals on almost every MW channel at 2130Z.

BBC 5 on 693 and R. Scotland on 810 kHz came in wall-to-wall. The Absolute Radio repeaters on 1197 and 1242 kHz were easily listenable, as was Smooth Radio on 1152 and even 1161 kHz. Their transmitter on 1170 kHz was only identifiable.

Come to think of it… I think the last MW transmitter in Iceland was AFRTS on 1530 kHz, which shut down around mid-year 2006. I also think the transmitters on 666 and 738 kHz were shut down before this century.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (24/9-2016)



Radio Caroline North returns over the weekend of 24th-25th September live from the Ross Revenge.
The Caroline story continues into 1988 when the crew built a new aerial system to replace the original mast, only to see much of their work destroyed by armed raiders the following year. We'll hear from some of those who were onboard.
And of course we've more great prizes to give away from our friends at Tiptree, preserves of distinction. Your emails are always welcome at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk.
So join us this weekend online here and on 1368AM courtesy of Manx Radio.
Mike Terry, dxld yg (19/9-2016)



Just in via Facebook, notified by Vasily Gulyaev, was the RTRS announcement that from the UTC afternoon of Thursday 22 September 2016 the reopened MW and SW transmitters at Vladivostok Razdolnoye will be closed again.
Presumably a) the effects from the typhoon are now under control and b) the running costs for these transmitters were raising alarm bells in the Kremlin??
So in short the entry for 810kHz will be officially closed from Friday 23 September.
It is proof though that transmitters can be successfully fired up again after a long period of silence.
Dan Goldfarb, mwmasts yg (21/9-2016)



RAI TRST A 981 kHz: Weak signal behind Cesky Impuls, but it´s still there. I just got a
clear ID.
73, Patrick Robic AUT (18/9-2016)

Radio 0511 in Buitenpost continuous to use 1494 kHz, and not 1485 as listed.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen (18/9-2016)



I consider that radio RAI TRST A that use frequency 981 kHz is turned off. I haven't caught it for a long time. Does anyone know anything about it?
Andrej Blazevic, Zagreb, HR (17/9-2016)

I spent a couple of days in the Azores earlier this month.

It is an amazing place for transatlantic MW DX. Using 100 meters of wire on the ground and a simple portable radio a lot of transatlantic stations were audible at sunrise:

After this fantastic morning I drove a bit inland and made a FM band scan:

All MW stations in the Azores are inactive - except RTP 'Antena 1', Flores, on 828 and AFRTS on 1503 kHz. I believe AFRTS is on the air 24 hours a day but 'Antena 1' is off air at night - probably signing on a 0700 or 0730.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen (17/9-2016)



Radio Banovici [792 kHz] this stopped broadcasting and switched off transmitter medium wave by mid-2013.
Sanel Tufekcic (16/9-2016)



Due to major works at the Beli Kriz site, Radio Koper 549 kHz and Radio Capodistria on 1170 kHz will be temporarily off between 12.09.2016 and 15.10.2016. The 50 years old mast is being shortened and refurbished.
Günter Lorenz, mwmasts yg (15/9-2016)

Radio Banovići on 792 kHz and Radio Bosanski Petrovac on 1584 kHz are reported to have closed.
On 1503 kHz, Radio Zavidovići has own program 24h (no more timesharing with BH Radio 1).
Günter Lorenz, mwmasts yg (15/9-2016)

A new temporary station hold by Radio Corax: RADIO REVOLTEN from Halle.
The station will be on the air from October 1st to October 30th for the International Radio Art Festival.
Frequencies; 99.3 MHz on FM and also 1575 kHz MW with 600 watts...
Contact: paul-motikat@radiorevolten.net
Corax e.V.
c/o Radio Revolten
Unlerberg 11
06108 Halle (Saale)
Christian Ghibaudo (15/9-2016)



Radio Dechovka has now its new transmitter in Hradec Kralove - Stezery on the air, probably with a full power. Frequency: 792kHz, power: 10kW. There is a modulation delay of about 25 seconds compared to 1233kHz.

I got a message that the power of Dechovka on 792kHz is 0.5kW only. The stronger 10kW transmitter is planned for the near future.
Karel Honzik, CZE (5/9-2016)

During the EDXC conference2016 held in Manchester, and hosted by the BDXC, the participiants visited the Media City UK in Salford, the Moorside Edge transmitter and the Holme Moss transmitter site.
A few fotos can be seen here.
Ydun Ritz (14/9-2016)

The brand new Solt transmitter (540 kHz) will be supplied by Nautel.
Clik here for the full article! http://www.radioworld.com/article/nautel-to-update-antenna-hungarias-mw-station/279561
Tringer László, HNG (8/9-2016)

As for Atlantis 1395 in the Netherlands.
There seems to be a fight between the initiators. Some of them did sell out the station to an Amsterdam group (mind you, the signal has no coverage there) and the others now are disappointed.
In the meantime I keep questioning why their signal is so powerful, my vision is that they are widely exceeding the 25 W licenced.
Ruud Poeze (7/9-2016)



It seems that the team of Atlantis Radio 1395 has split up and the station had to sign off. Maybe, a Dutch reader of mediumwave.info can investigate further und give additional information in English.
Het klopt helaas dat wij na een flitsende start niet meer op de middengolf zijn te beluisteren.
Verblind door hoogmoed hebben M. Joustra en A. Zijlstra de zender en de licentie overgedaan aan Atlantis Amsterdam om samen met "grote jongens uit de radiowereld" iets groots op te zetten.
Dit is gebeurt zonder enig overleg met de rest van het team die de afgelopen jaren met heel veel enthousiasme Atlantis hebben opgebouwd. De afgelopen maanden is hard gewerkt om de middengolfzender in de lucht te krijgen, dit heeft veel tijd, energie en geld gekost. Verbijsterd zijn wij, de Dj's en de luisteraars, dat iemand tot zo'n lafffe en doortrapte daad in staat is. Een prachtig station vanuit het hart van Friesland wordt hiermee de das omgedaan op de meest verachtelijke manier.
Tevens heeft M.Joustra onze Facebookpagina onrechtmatig gekaapt , en post daar gewoon zijn achterbakse plannetjes alsof er niks aan de hand is. Jullie kunnen daar je reactie geven wat je daar van vind op https://www.facebook.com/Atlantis1395nl-370773786286376/?fref=ts , wij kunnen daar niks meer posten !
( Bedankt voor de steun ! Hij heeft de pagina nu verwijderd na een stortvloed van negatieve reacties)
Like onze nieuwe facebookpagina op https://www.facebook.com/atlantisradio
Gelukkig krijgen we veel steun van trouwe luisteraars en betrokken mensen bij ons station en we gaan vol door op de ingeslagen koers. Atlantis radio blijft gewoon te beluisteren op de diverse streams via internet en tune-in. Wij blijven de mooie programma's maken voor jullie.
Meer informatie over de toekomst van Atlantis Radio 1395/1521 volgt spoedig.
ps. steunbetuigingen via contact@atlantisradio.eu
(31 August 2016)
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (7/9-2016)



About the news that Allouis (France Inter) was OFF air this night. The transmitter on 162 kHz, is always OFF on Tuesday (early morning) from 00.05 to 03.58 local time.
Christian Chibaudo (6/9-2016)

At the time I am writing this (2356utc 6/9/16) I have noticed that France Inter [162 kHz]is off air...
30 Mins ago it kept transmitting and then suddenly stopped transmitting, and happened 5 times until it was off. What do you think it is? Maintenance? Simulating next year? New schedule? Broken transmitter?
Dean Denton, Hull, UK (6/9-2016)



BBC Radio 5 Live 693 kHz in the South West of England
Some major re-engineering work is to be carried out at the Start Point (South Devon) transmitter serving the South West of England on 693 kHz. The service will transfer to a temporary mast nearby whilst a new mast is built and another refurbished, weather permitting, between 5th September and 18th November 2016. During this period the service will be transmitting at reduced power, so if you notice a reduction in signal strength, please try retuning to 909kHz or listen to BBC Radio 5 Live on DAB, the internet or Freeview.
Date: 02.09.2016 Last updated: 02.09.2016 at 09.00
via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (4/9-2016)



Now all the stickers have gone! It took less than 2 hours! :-) Thank you!

Stickers: Neil Carleton in Almonte Ontario have sent me some stickers from Canadian MW radio stations, most of them now silent. He is offering them for free.
CFQC, CJXX, CKST, CJNB and RCI are double.

If interested drop me a line.
Ydun Ritz (31/8-2016)



Just a small update concerning Radio Seagull on 747 Khz here in the Netherlands. Station is now off air again, as from last Sunday. The operation must has been a sort of special event broadcast for 48 hours, using the radioship Jenni Baynton.
The plan was to do broadcasts from the radioship anchored a few miles outside the harbour of Harlingen last weekend. Also trips, visiting the ship on `high seas` were planned. But the whole thing was cancelled. Only a special broadcast, using 747 Kc. went on. Unclear is or Seagull will now be appearing every weekend from the radioship.

Old fashioned typical AM pirating music is now audible on 747. Probably coming out of the station near Assen.

In the meantime still more initiatives are calling in at the broadcasting agent (Agentschap Telecom) here in the Netherlands for a low power AM licence. Sometimes the plans looks like it will stay a beautifull plan or dream, instead of becoming a really operation. Time will last, anyway.
Frequencies available are 747, 828, 1035, 1251, 1395 and 1485 Khz.

891 Khz. will be available as Radio 538 (the 22.5 Kw tx in Limburg) is switched off. Pity!! Holidayspenders can pick up the station for the last time this summerseason in greater parts of western Europe in the evening hours, listening to a domestic popular radiosound.
Best of 73's, Willem Prins - Haren (The Netherlands) (24/8-2016)

LS11 Radio Provincia de Buenos Aires anuncia los nuevos horarios de sus programas dedicados a la radio, al diexismo y al mundo de las comunicaciones. Todos ellos salen al aire en amplitud modulada, por la frecuencia de 1270 khz y por Internet en http://www.radioprovincia.gba.gob.ar/
[LS11 Radio Provincia de Buenos Aires announces their new schedules dedicated to the radio, the diexismo and the world of communications programs. They are aired in amplitude modulated by the frequency of 1270 kHz and online at]
Omar José Somma y Arnaldo Leonel Slaen, Lista ConDig yg (22/8-2016)



Radio Seagull is now 24/7 also on 747 Khz. from the radioship Jenni Bayton moored in Harlingen Harbour in the north west of The Netherlands. Reception should be possible across the North Sea and along the East Coast of England. A 100 W. PEP is the power of the station, using the new type of licence for low power AM operations here in The Netherlands.
Here in my area, south of the city of Groningen, the signal is mixed up in a zero-beat interference whit another station, Radio TPot / Radio Babylona, which is located east of the city of Assen. Also a 100 W PEP station.
Best of 73's, Willem Prins - Haren / The Netherlands (21/8-2016)



Phaser Radio 1512kHz and via TuneIn Radio with special programming remembering 14th August 1967
Good signal here in Faversham.
John Hoad, MWC fb group (14/8-2016)



The mediumwave transmitter from Dutch catholic radiostation Radio Maria on the roof of a monastery near the village of Aarle-Rixtel is off air. The transmitter, on 675 khz, caused interference . Radio Maria is now looking for another location.
René van Hoof, MWC fb group (8/8-2016)

Pispalan Radio plans to raise the power to 150 W on 729 kHz in the coming months.
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (7/8-2016)



On 6th August at 2100z Jeddah appeared to be back [1521 kHz], but somewhat less powerful than it used to be.
73 Joost de Groot (7/8-2016)

Heard the station August 5th around 2030utc



Benghazi, Libya has reactivated 677.5 kHz [675 kHz / ed].
Mauno Ritola, wrth fb group (6/8-2016)



This article was published today discussing the future of Radio 538. This was taken off https://mediamagazine.nl/radio-538-stopt-uitzendingen-middengolf/ .
"The commercial radio station Radio 538 stops its broadcasts on medium wave in Limburg. This confirmed a spokesman for the radio station across from Media Magazine.

Radio 538 broadcasts for years via the medium in Limburg on the frequency 891 kHz. This frequency was taken into use in 2003 because the FM frequency range of Radio 538 did not cover in South Limburg. The transmitter in Hulsberg was previously used by the public broadcaster for the programs, among other NPO Radio 1.

Radio 538 indicates the short term to stop the broadcasts on medium wave: "We are now using DAB +, Internet and cable to be well received in Limburg and deem the aid station on the medium, therefore, no longer necessary." Said Maud Citizens, spokesman for the radio station across this website. When the medium wave transmitter exactly is extracted from the air is not yet known. It is expected that the disconnection is carried out within a month.

The license of Radio 538 for the medium wave frequency in Limburg runs at least until 1 September 2017. After that it is possible to reduce the frequency to five-year
extension. Radio 538 does not use this possibility which falls back the license to the government.There is a chance that the frequency is used in the future for low-power AM transmitters in the Limburg region."[google translate]
Dean Denton, Hull (4/8-2016)

Radio Maria https://mediamagazine.nl/radio-538-stopt-uitzendingen-middengolf/
Medium wave transmitter of Radio Maria in Aarle-Rixtel on 675 kHz is currently off the air. The transmitter had ttechnical problems and hopes to restart broadcasts on medium wave again. Radio Maria broadcasts for several months from the Brabant Aarle-Rixtel after the broadcasting of Radio Maria was dismantled in Lopik. Radio Maria have suggested over the broadcast medium wave to claim the connected digital capacity via DAB +.[google translate]
Dean Denton, Hull (4/8-2016)



Dmitry Mezin writes on open_DX about Sitkunai 1386 kHz (Radio Baltic Waves International, 75 kW, 152 m towers and transmission lines, on air daily at 16:30 - 05:00 UTC):
We're still using 75 kW transmitter and a mast of 152 m height. Redundancy is enabled: there are a standby transmitter, feeder line and antenna.
500 kW Vikhr MW transmitter has been dismantled and scrapped.
We're expecting the delivery of the new Nautel NX200 (200 kW) transmitter that should be commissioned on Sitkunai site in late 2017.
Rimantas Pleikys, Radio Baltic Waves project coordinator via Mauno Ritola, wrth fb group (2/8-2016)



Invitations for community radio licence applications
Ofcom is currently inviting applications for community radio licences for the following:
- London and other areas within the M25 motorway, broadcasting on either FM or AM (medium wave); and
- Localities throughout the UK broadcasting on AM (medium wave) only.
The closing date is 5pm on Tuesday 25 October 2016.
Further information including the Notes of Guidance can be found on Ofcom’s website.

London _and_areas_in_M25.pdf

CR _applications_on_AM.pdf

Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (2/8-2016)

New low power mediumwave station is now on air in the Netherlands.
Q AM (is NOT the same as Q Music) with oldies on 1395 kHz from Waardenburg, between Den Bosch and Utrecht. It's the second low power station on this frequency, Atlantis from the province of Friesland started about a month ago on 1395 kHz.
René van Hoof, MWC fb group (1/8-2016)



Courtesy of Canadian Radio News
Jean-Guy Landry informs us that CJVA in Caraquet, New Brunswick will shut down its 810 AM transmitter next Monday, August 1 after almost 30 years on the air – it signed on in September 1977. [almost 40 years :-) ]
The new CJVA 94.1 began testing in June and has since officially launched. CJVA simulcasts sister station CKLE 92.9 in Bathurst during the morning show and afternoon drive. From 9 AM to 4 PM, it’s mostly 80s and 90s music.
CKLE/CJVA WEBSITE: http://www.ckle.fm/
(thanks for the tip Jean-Guy).
The station was replaced by a 100kW FM transmitter from Grande-Anse at 94.1 FM
Andy Reid, dxld yg (31/7-2016)

CKSL 1410 London Ontario.

Courtesy of Canadian Radio News and SONWY board:
Funny 1410 AM going off the air.
It’s no joke — London radio station Funny 1410 AM is ceasing operations.

'brian451' on SOWNY says CKSL will shut down in mid August. The station has an all Comedy format and is called Funny 1410.
Andy Reid, dxld yg (30/7-2016)



[Not exactly news, but nevertheless very interesting item! / Ed.]

It is a while since I looked here and am now up to date.
However, you may be interested to know that an archive recording of the BBC's radio commentary of England winning the World Cup in 1966 has emerged.

I supplied a copy to the BBC who had not kept a copy themselves and it was recorded by another listener who is a friend of mine who passed this on to me at a school reunion a few years ago.

Given the quality of the recording, this was taken from a medium wave broadcast of "BBC Sports Service". The recording was made in Worcester, so would have been sourced from Daventry on 647 kHz, as Droitwich at that time only carried 1500 kHz (Light Programme). BBC Sports Service formed part of the BBC Third Network, which also comprised of "BBC Music Programme" (daytime) and "BBC Third Programme" (evenings), prior to 30 September 1967 when "BBC Radio 3" replaced it. The "BBC Sports Service" was on the Third Network frequencies on Saturday afternoons usually between 1230-1800 UK time It was on Network 3 from 25 April 1964 to 28 Mach 1970 inclusive, when it moved to Radio 2 LW then on 1500m 200kHz. From then on it was a programme called "Sport on 2". Prior to April 1964, sport was on "BBC Light Programme" listed as separate sports events.

The medium wave frequencies for Network 3 at the time on 30 July 1966 were:
647 kHz (464m) from
Daventry (150kW)
Edinburgh (2KW)
Glasgow (2kW)
Newcastle (2kW)
Redmoss (2kW)

And on 1546 kHz (194m) from
Belfast (250W)
Brighton (1kW)
Exeter (250W)
Fareham (1kW)
Leeds (1kW)
Liverpool (1kW) - possibly Rainford but not sure
Plymouth (1kW)
Preston (1kW)
Redruth (1kW)
Stockton (250W)
Swansea (1kW)
Dundee (250W)
Bournemouth (250W)

It was also on VHF/FM from the following transmitters (Horizontal polarisation): I would not normally list FM here but it is useful to have this info:
90.3 MHz 120kW: Sandale
90.3 MHz 60kW: North Nessory Tor
90.5 MHz 120kW: Sutton Coldfield
90.7 MHz 60kW: Rowridge
90.7 MHz 60kW: Pontop Pike
90.9 MHz 60kW: Meldrum
90.9 MHz 60kW: Blaen Plwyf
91.05 MHz 10kW: Llangollen
91.3 MHz 120kW: Wrotham
91.5 MHz 120kW: Holme Moss
91.8 MHz 12kW: Llandonna
91.8 MHz 12kW: Rosemarkie
91.9 MHz 120kW: Tacolneston
92.1 MHz 120kW: Kirk O'Shotts
92.3 MHz 60kW: Divis
94.7 MHz 10W: Bristol
96.8 MHz 120kW: Wenvoe

Sports output was removed from FM when the Sports Service stopped on Radio 3 as far as I know and remains only on MW (and now also digital platforms).
I don't think this works outside the UK but the links for the commentary are here:
Full 90 minutes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p042rkr0
Extra time: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p042rq2l

I hope some of you will find interest in this.
73, James Robinson (29/7-2016)



Does anyone know what happened to Jeddah on 1521 kHz?
Kind regards, Joost de Groot (23/7-2016)



Zeewolde 1008 kHz may be closed soon.
[At the moment Groot Nieuws Radio is the only station using the frequency 1008 kHz -ymr].
Svenn Martinsen (DX-Listeners' Club) via Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (22/7-2016)



I have seen official releases by TDF in their new IRIS Headquarters (underneath the Romainville TV/FM tower) which state that some time after 1st August 2016 on 1071kHz from the Brest (48 16 30N 04 09 04W) site there will be 20kW DRM broadcasts for French sailors around Brittany.
I don't know the hours of transmission yet but these broadcasts are scheduled to last 2 years. All of this is thanks to Mauno and Thierry Vignaud.
I assume that the same East mast will be used as was previously used on to carry France Inter.
I will soon be moving house (back to my newly renovated one) so I will be highly involved in that personal diversion over the next 2 weeks. I will try to keep track of DX things but I hope that you will understand.
Dan Goldfarb, mwmast yg (20/7-2016)
[Start time corrected 21/7, thanks to Remy Friess, mwdx yg]



Radio Warrington goes on air.
The Mayor of Warrington, Faisal Rashid, will be helping Warrington’s community radio station celebrate hitting the borough’s airwaves at an official re-launch party at the Town Hall on Wednesday 20 July, at 5pm.
The radio station is celebrating broadcasting on 1332 AM/MW medium wave after being an online-only radio station for the past nine years.
The community radio station has been broadcasting Warrington’s news and views for 24 hours a day on the internet since March 2007 and is run and staffed by volunteers.
Cheshire Today (19/7-2016)

A new AM-radio station started in Tampere, Finland, on 16.7.2016 on 729 kHz:
Pispalan radio is not a pirate but a legal and licensed community stn // 99,5 MHz FM. Power is now 80 W. Hopes for power increase. On the air 24/7 with music from 1920-60's + short local community inserts.
Jorma Mantyla, Kangasala Finland via MWDX yg (18/7-2016)



Pispalan Radio started 16.7.2016 also on mediumwave 729 kHz in Tampere.
Only 20 Watts carrier power now, but they have plans for more powerful station from other mast.
Their license for continuous transmission on mediumwave, is the only one in Finland. They started on FM 99,5MHz in last year.
Some tests on 25760 kHz is made too, and is now on air 24/7 to end of July.
They play mainly very old music.
Risto Harjula (18/7-2016)



Hörby MW 1179 kHz on the air again. Hörby Mellanvåg on 1179 kHz will be on air again from 28 August to 10 Sept 2016.
More at: http://veteranljuddagen.se/veteranljuddagen%202016.html
ARC web site via July BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD 16-28 (17/7-2016)



Ofcom has today [15 July 2016] announced the award of six new community radio licences in East Sussex and Kent. The new stations will serve communities in Brighton and Hove, Herne Bay, Sheerness and northwest Kent. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular geographical community or a community of interest.

Licences have been awarded to:
[1 Brighton FM, Gaydio, Platform B, Radio Cabin, Sheppey FM and]
Miskin Radio (North Kent College)
Contact name: Lara Pool
Phone: 01322 629490
Email: larapool@northkent.ac.uk
Website: www.miskinradio.co.uk
Miskin Radio will be a community radio service on the AM (medium wave) band for people living in the Gravesham, Dartford and Bexley areas.
Community radio licences are awarded for a five-year period.
http://media.ofcom.org.uk/news/2016/six-radio-awards-july16 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (16/7-2016)



New infos [abt item from yesterday 13/7]: Sollt is OFF AIR until 25.07.2016. Now Siofok on 540 with 150 kW and Szolnok on 1341 with 135 kW
Lakihegy not broadcasting due TX problems.
Tringer László, HNG (14/7-2016)



Hi Ydun, news about France Inter on 162 Khz LW, at this moment in time will be closing down on Saturday 31st December 2016, possibly switching off at Midnight (European Time) into 2017, so for UK listeners switch off on 162 Khz would be 23.00 hrs on 31/12/16.
Would be great shame to lose this and for many years people i knew who were French lived in the UK listened to 162 Khz which at the time 30 - 25 years ago was only way to listen to it, unlike now with Digital & Internet is here.
Adam Birchenall (13/7-2016)

13 July 2016 0220-0230 h 783 kHz: Checking for Syria at the Twente web receiver, I found a dominant Spanish station with another programme in the background. It was clearly not in parallel with http://live.rtv.gov.sy/RDimshq.aspx?live=1, but seemed to be in „parallel“ (time delay) with http://live.rtv.gov.sy/RShabab.aspx?live=1.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (13/7-2016)

[In fact] there were two stations present: the Spanish or if you prefer Katalan station http://www.cope.es/menu/emisoras/barcelona/barcelona
and a music programme which was not Radio Damascus which had religious chanting at the time, but was very much like Voice of the People, as checked against their webstreams.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (13/7-2016)

Maybe it was Call of Islam from Saudi? At that time it wouldn't be wonder if the Koran recitation would coincide.
Mauno Ritola (13/7-2016)

The renovation of the Solt transmitter has been started. Now 540 khz is broadcasted from Lakihegy + on 1341 khz from Siofok and Szolnok is active again, with Kossuth Rádió! Not 100% clear info, earlier only 540 khz was mentioned.
So now Kossuth Rádió is working on 540 and 1341 kHz!
Tringer László, HNG (13/7-2016)



The current schedule of AIR Chinsurah is:
594 kHz: 0130-0230 Nepali, 0230-0300 News from Delhi, 0700-0800 Nepali.
1134 kHz: 1000-1100 GOS-2, 1115-1215 Tamil, 1215-1315 Burmese
594 kHz: 1330-1430 Nepali, 1515-1600 News from Delhi.

DRM is now available with Delhi Rainbow channel at all the transmissions on 604 kHz during analogue b'cast times on 594 kHz and on 1144 kHz during 1134 kHz b'cast times.
May vary the timings soon till the run up to inauguration date of new Bangla Service.

AWR program was heard yesterday (10 July 2016) in DRM on 1144 kHz at 1015-1030 UTC.
AWR program in Hindi is scheduled on Fri/Sat/Sun at 1015-1030 UTC on AIR FM Rainbow Nettwork Delhi.
Alok Das Gupta, Kolkata, via Jose Jacob, dx_india (11/7-2016) via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (12/7-2016)



I confirm that Syria is still alive on 783 kHz. The station was heard here in the South of Italy on 9 July at 2300 UTC with station identification announcement. The signal was good with Syria dominant over co-channel COPE Miramar from Spain.
Antonello Napolitano, Taranto-Italy , dxld yg (10/7-2016)

Syria is back on MW. Radio Damascus Syria 783 kHz at 9th July 2016 at 2222UTC. Heard on Island of Funen, Denmark, on a mini-DXpedition, on AOR7030+ with 100 m longwire on the beach towards SE. Heard in parallel with Radio Damascus on the mobile app TuneIn Radio, the latter signal a few seconds behind.
Bjarke Vestesen, DDXLK fb group (10/7-2016)



Dear friends,
AWR Hindi Programme Lamahe is scheduled in DRM on1144 kHz FM Rainbow Delhi Fri, Sat, Sun 1015-1030 UTC via Chinsurah (1000 kw Tx)
Yours sincerely, Jose Jacob, VU2JOS National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad via
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (9/7-2016)



AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver. No, this is a stand-alone site that is just on the SE side of route 17 and the town of Tidbury - it's seven km almost directly NW of the 1040/1410 site that's right on the north side of Highway 99 as you travel toward Vancouver.
The news items says they've lost a tower, and since one of them is directly adjacent to the transmitter building or at least a large building of some sort, that would appear to be the location of the fire.
Ben Dawson (5/7-2016)

AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver transmitter destroyed by fire
From Northwest Broadcasters:
CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver 07/03/16 - http://www.am730.ca/
The AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver transmitter has been destroyed by a large fire at Burns Bog in Delta, south of Vancouver. The fire broke out on the west side of the bog where several transmission towers for local radio stations are located.
Global News CKNW News CBC News :::
Eric Floden, BC, DXLD yg (5/7-2016)

That`s the all-traffic-all-the-time station. Nothing on homepage indicating they are NOT ``On Air Now``. How about the other stations mentioned in the same area? Not all the stories above mention CHMJ; the CKNW version does say, `` The fire has also damaged the AM 730 transmitter. The station is off air, but can still be listened to at am730.ca or through the am 730 app.``
Glenn Hauser, DXLD yg (5/7-2016)

With extensive damage to the AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver transmitter site at Burns Bog in Delta, the station's signal has been added to 101.1 as HD3. Additionally, AM 730 continues with an on-line feed at its website. Station engineering reports that tower one is completely lost and other damage is to be assessed. The massive fire continues to burn with firefighters tackling it from both the north and south fronts. The large plume of smoke is visible from both sides of the border.
News1130 via Clay Freinwald, SBE-16 Seattle, via Steven Lockwood, Hatfied-Dawson via Ben Dawson, WA, DXLD yg (5/7-2016)

I'm surprised this could happen. The site is state of the art on the right side of the freeway as you head north into Vancouver. I think they share the 1040 site. The bog is wet. It would be like starting a fire in the Mercer Slough and burning the ATU buildings at any of the Vancouver AM sites. They don't have a dry site for Vancouver AM signals. All of them are in floodplain areas.
Andrew Skotdal, DXLD yg (5/7-2016)



Yes Radio Paradise has been (and probably still is) active on 1584 kHz. I'm enclosing [but the editor is not able to attach here] two DX-recorded made in the South of Sweden [Oct. 2015 & Oct 2009]. They are now also available on DAB in the West of the Netherlands.
Best regards Karl-Erik Stridh (2/7-2016)

List of MW allocations in the Netherlands.
I wonder about Radio Paradijs.. it is also listed in the WRTH. But has it ever been on the air on 1584 or the other frequencies (1224 and 1332) listed?
Stig Hartvig Nielsen, MWC fb group (1/7-2016)



AIR Chinsurah now broadcasts on 594/604 kHz. Although the inauguration programme of the special Bangla service has been postponed All India Radio started using 594 kHz instead of 1134 kHz in the evening.
Beginning on 28 June, the schedule reads as follows: General Overseas Service in English 1000-1100, Tamil 1115-1215 , Burmese 1215-1315, Nepali 1330-1430 and News 1515-1600 UTC. The station is also noted in DRM on 604 kHz with the Delhi Rainbow channel during the periods mentioned.
Alok Das Gupta 28 June 2016 DX India via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (29/6-2016)



UNID 1190 kHz from June 26th: After listening to my recordings I have a clear Radio America ID, and also an announcement.. 'Nacional presenta...." so this might be Radio Nacional. Also from Argentina.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen, mwc fb group (27/6-2016)

The launch of All India Radio's new channel "Akashvani Maitree", which was scheduled in Kolkata on Tuesday, has been postponed due to "unforseen reasons," Prasar Bharati officials said today.

The channel aims at providing a common platform for participatory content creation for listeners in India and Bangladesh.
New dates for the launch would be announced later, the officials said. The Bengali language service channel was to be launched by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function in Kolkata on June 28.
(http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/launch-of-air-channel-postponed-116062500828_1html via Sudipta Ghosh, DX India 25 June 2016)
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (27/6-2016)

(Kerala): A new tower is constructed for AIR Thiruvananthapuram and will start relaying from 26 June 2016 5.50 AM on 1161 kHz 20 KW. This is a speedy installation completed in record time after the tower collapse
(Rajeesh Ramachandran, DX India 25 June 2016)
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (27/6-2016)

Heard on the LW / MW in Russia?
The radio station "Mayak" from Makhachkala to 918 kHz continued broadcasting.
Last weekend it was heard very well https://youtu.be/-f_B2PyGHGw
(Message to the WEB page "Victor City". Victor Rutkowski Editor. Ekaterinburg, Russia).
RUS-DX # 878, 26 June, 2016.
Anatoly Klepov, Moscow, Russia (27/6-2016)



This morning I had an unid. station on 1190 kHz playing non stop music for more than half an hour. Songs such as 'Owner of a Lonely Heart', 'Ghostbusters', 'Time After Time', 'I Just Called to Say I Love You', 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go', 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' and a song from Dire Straits.
And absolutely no ann.s
Conditions favoured reception from South America (Argentina, Brazil, Peru) and the Caribbean. Only one station from NAm heard (750 CBGY)
It was not // to Radio América, ARG web stream.
Anyone - any idea?
Stig Hartvig Nielsen, mwc fb group (26/6-2016)



From the Radio Caroline website:
Our next Caroline North broadcast from the radio-ship Ross Revenge will be over the weekend 25th/26th June.

We'll be continuing to trace the story of Radio Caroline, this time up until the end of 1985. It was a pivotal period for Caroline that saw the arrival of Dutch station, Radio Monique on board the Ross, a new neighbour in the Knock Deep, the MV Communicator and a blockade by the British Government, an interlude that was dubbed 'Euroseige '85'.

The Communicator was home of the American backed radio station Laser 558 which only lasted for about 18 months but in that time made many friends, caused the UK radio industry to sit up and listen and Radio Caroline to change course.
Listen to Radio Caroline North to hear the music from the era and interviews with some of those who were there at the time.

We'll be online here, and also on 1368 kHz courtesy of Manx Radio, Saturday morning from 08.30 (BST.
Please send suitable music choices and memories to memories@radiocaroline.co.uk
Mike Terry, dxld yg (24/6-2016)



Radio Freq. (AM) Jakarta, Indonesia (21 Juni 2016)
630 Radio Samhan (PT. Radio Sabana Samhan)
693 Radio Muara (PT. Radio Musik Asik Nusantara)
792 Radio Assyafiiyah (Perkumpulan Radio Siaran As Syafi'iyah)
999 Radio Republik Indonesia Prog. 3
1026 Swara Khatulistiwa (PT. Radio Suara Multazam)
1062 C Radio (PT. Radio Pusat Siaran Cendrawasih)
1080 Radio Jakarta Islamic Center (PT. Radio Suara Mega Asri Indonesia)
1134 Radio Safari (PT. Radio Jawa Jakarta)
1332 Radio Republik Indonesia Prog. 4
Joe Alexanders, wrth fb group (21/6-2016)

A bit of a technical note on Korean AM stations: 837 Seoul (CBS Radio) is running 22kw, not 50kw as reported. Because most people listen to FM instead, 837, 900, and 792 - all in suburban Goyang - are all running at lower power. No word (yet) on the actual power of 792 and 900, but given the fact that the Chinese station totally erases 792 off its given frequency while listening up on the 20th floor -- Shenyang, China effortlessly replaces local 792 (less than 10 miles away) with a 65dBu signal -- I'm guessing their power isn't too intense.
The info source is a station employee via a DX friend.
Chris Kadlec, wrth fb group (21/6-2016)

Atlantis Radio 1521: Testing [1395kHz] now until tomorrow morning, excluding TWR via Albania time.
Mauno Ritola, wrth fb group (21/6-2016)

SOLSTICE BANDSCAN: I managed to tear me away from #sigurrosrouteone around midnight for long enough to brave the storms, rains and darkness -- okay, slight breeze, drizzle and not-dark-enough-for-tourists-to-get-their-sleep -- with the Panny tranny.

The LW band had what remains of the usual suspects. The MW band had mostly Brits, but the signal strength was OK. I managed to copy Absolute Radio relays on 1197, 1233, 1242 and 1260 kHz. There was also a music stream on 1008 kHz but no ID given. And on 1548 kHz I heard the same news stream from at least three stations. No audio sync there.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (21/6-2016)



Radio Bonch 1593 kHz: Heard today still at 1600 here in eastern Finland. [See item Russia12/6-2016]
Mauno Ritola, dxld yg (19/6-2016)

Kerala: When reporting on the collapse of the medium wave tower of AIR Thiruvantapuram (1161 kHz, 20 kW)
http://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/kerala/akashvani-tower-collapses-halting-broadcast-for-first-time-in-history-english-news-1.1140203 the Mathurbhumi newspaper claims that the station commenced broadcasting on 30 September 1937. But looking at http://www.airtvm.com/history.php, the history should be reported differently:
During colonial rule, the erstwhile Travancore State set up the first Radio Station. The Princely State of Travancore has granted sanction for the establishment of a Broadcasting Station at Thiruvananthapuram, on 30th September 1937. His Highness the Maharaja Travancore showed great interest in broadcasting and formed a committee of the top officials to evaluate the possibility of installing a Transmitter at the capital Thiruvananthapuram. His Highness Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma inaugurated the Travancore State Broadcasting Station on 12th March 1943. The 5 KW Medium Wave Transmitter was installed at Kulathur and the Studio was located at old MLA Quarters. At that time two hours broadcasting on Friday evenings were aired by the station. Later it increased to Four day broadcast per week. After Independence when the Princely State of Travancore has joined in Indian Union, the Travancore Broadcasting Station also merged with All India Radio Network from 1st April 1950."
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (19/6-2016)

Kerala: More newspaper report on the collapse of the medium wave tower of AIR Thiruvantapuram (1161 kHz, 20 kW) can be found at:
http://www.ptinews.com/news/7567439_Kerala-receives-copious-rains.html ==
and most recommended because it reports on replacements:
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (19/6-2016)

AIR Thiruvanathapuram MW tower fallen down.
According to a TV report seen by me, the Medium Wave transmission tower of All India Radio, Thiruvanathapuram operating on 1161 kHz with 20 kW has fallen down yesterday in the heavy wind and rain.
However I am getting its SW transmitter on 5010 & 7290 kHz (50 kW)
It also operates on 101.9 MHz with 10 kW (Vividh Bharati)
Yours sincerely, Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad, India, dx india June 18th via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (19/6-2016)

AIR Thiruvanathapuram MW tower fallen down
Akashvani tower collapses, halting broadcast for first time in history.
The Medium Wave Transmitter aerial was destroyed in the incident.
Regards, Alokesh Gupta, dx india June 18th via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (19/6-2016)



AIR Itanagar goes digital.
Itanagar, June 14: The All India Radio (AIR) Itanagar is all set to begin a new innings with completely digitalized version, likely from this week with Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) technology.
Aiming at providing better facilities in the world of Radio, AIR, Itanagar has installed DRM transmitter recently and would start functioning regularly after it gets properly tested and monitored.
The Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) technology would completely replace the analogue system with better signal and reception quality and other broadcasting facilities to the radio listeners, a press release informed.
The coverage area would also be wider as the station has installed 200 kW capacity replacing its earlier 100 kW analogue system facilitating more people to listen to radio programmes broadcast from AIR, Itanagar including state’s border areas.
Soon after AIR Itanagar starts functioning on DRM technology; AIR Pasighat in East Siang district would also begin to function on this technology within a week with 100 kW capacity.
AIR, Dibrugarh in Assam is already functioning smoothly on DRM technology with 300 kW capacity. At present all total 27 All India Radio stations have installed DRM technology across the country.
Digital Radio Mondiale AM transmitter, manufactured by Nautel, Canada, is a set of digital audio broadcasting technology designed to replace the analogue radio AM broadcasting.
DRM technology has advantage of transmitting four different radio programmes simultaneously on same frequency at a time over analogue system where only a single programme can be transmitted at a time.
Listeners would also be able to read the scrolling of text and bulletins in a DRM receiver along with JPEG file.
Though at present DRM receivers are not readily available in the local market, Indian Radio Receiver manufacturer have already launched DRM radio sets and are available in main cities.
Moreover, vehicle manufacturer like Mahindra has already included DRM technology in their car radio sets. Other companies are following it very soon.
Till the period the broadcast from All India Radio would be on simulcast mode (Analogue + Digital), so that listeners can tune in to the analogue mode with the normal receivers available in market, the release added.
Source : http://www.sentinelassam.com/arunachal/story.php?sec=2&subsec=
7&id=270817& dtP=2016-06-15&ppr=1

Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi, dx-india yg via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (15/6-2016)



252 RTÉ, Summerhill, may have been off the air, but it's already on. I observed it today between 2202 and 2235; the signal was heavily interfered by ALG like most of the time but there are good days providing one can use a directional aerial. The SINPO rating was 33442 via the NW/SE loop of the elevated K9AY, and dominated for a long period until 2235.
Best regards, Carlos Goncalves (14/6-2016)

Since today at 1200 UTC I noted that Alger Chaîne 3 transmitter on 1190 mts, 252 kHz is off: no signal is received here at my QTH, Valencia.
The 1422 and 981 kHz are seen as usual.
At 1800 UTC, the signal is on.
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia-Kingdom of Spain (13/6-2016)

RTE 252 is back on the air, heard via the Twente WebSDR.
Liron (13/6-2016)



20th edition of the "Broadcasting in Russian" Handbook, published by St. Petersburg DX Club, has been recently released. The handbook features all radio stations transmitting Russian language broadcasts in all AM bands (including long and medium waves) at present, both from Russia and abroad. Station listings include frequency and programme schedules, transmitter location and power, target areas, postal addresses, phone/fax numbers, Web sites, social network pages, e-mail addresses as well as QSL policy info. The schedules are generally valid until 29 October 2016 (i.e. during A16 broadcasting season).
The Handbook is in Russian and distributed as a hard copy only. Volume is 68 pages of A5 size. Please address your purchase requests and questions to St. Petersburg DX Club: Alexander Beryozkin, P.O.Box 463, St. Petersburg, 190000, Russia
or by e-mail: dxspb[at]nrec.spb.ru.
The price is 5 EUR or 6 USD (including delivery by registered mail). PayPal and Skrill money transfers are accepted.
Your comments and suggestions regarding the handbook contents are always welcome.
Alexander Beryozkin (12/6-2016)

Radio Bonch, students' radio station of the Bonch-Bruyevich St.Petersburg State University of Telecommunications, transmits its own experimental broadcasts daily at 13.00-15.00 UTC on 1593 kHz since 27 May 2016 until 30 June 2016 with 60 W output power. Reception reports (to be sent me to to Alexander Beryozkin to dxspb -at- nrec.spb.ru) will be confirmed with QSL cards.
Alexander Beryozkin (12/6-2016)

[RTÉ] 252 kHz is currently off air. Currently no info on this and no idea when it is returning.
I will try to find out and update when known.
James Robinson (10/6-2016)



Radio Krym Realii [Crimea Realities] is a joint project of Radio Liberty and Ukrainian Radio 1st Programme, broadcasting six days a week on the latter's 549 kHz mediumwave frequency. It's on the air Mon-Fri 0535-0600 & 1530-1600 UT, Sat 1510-1600 UT. Programming appears to be in Russian only. Radio Liberty has info and on-demand audio files on its Russian/Ukrainian/Tatar website at krymr.com.
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online via dxld yg (9/6-2016)



I emailed inquiries to some radio contacts in Bermuda regarding the status of 1160 BBC and 1280 BBN relays. Received the following on June 5 from Ed VP9GE:

"I am listening to 1160 right now. It is alive and well. Not sure for how long.
1280 is sponsored, I believe, by a local church group. No sign that it will cease in the near future. Bermuda Broadcasting Company three AM stations have transitioned to FM. Ed VP9GE"

Found this news report about Bermuda Broadcasting Company plans to restore BBC broadcasts, but haven't been able to determine if Bermuda Broadcasting has taken over 1160 kHz. The Bermuda Broadcasting website only indicates FM.
Bermuda Broadcasting partners with BBC UK (Jan 12, 2016) http://bernews.com/2016/01/bbc-world-service-news-partnership-bbc-uk/
Bruce Conti, mwdx yg (5/6-2016)



567 khz SYR SRTV 1 Dimashk inactive
666 khz SYR SRTV 2 Sawt al-Sha'ab inactive
783 khz SYR SRTV 1 Dimashk low power
1071 khz SYR Al Nour Radio low power
Sergio Sarabia (7/6-2016)



ERTU Al-Sharq al-Awsat. Since April was moved from 774 to 777 khz. The above transmission in 774 khz was suffering a strong buzz.
Sergio Sarabia (6/6-2016)



Re: MAURITANIA-item 28/5: Searching the internet, I found the following web sites of Radio Mauritanie:
http://www.radiomauritanie.mr/ for Radio Mauritanie Chaine 1. The online stream was working when checked.
http://www.radiomauritanie.mr/rc/ and http://radiocoran.mr/ fort Radio Coran. On both sites the online stream was working when checked, but the volume was very low.
http://www.radio-culturelle.com/. There is an audio link but it keeps playing the same title.
There were more sites but they seem to be out of order. In the case of http://radiochabab.mr/ for the youth channel some links a broken.
The player at http://www.radiochabab.mr/players.html did not start.
The frequency list for Radio Mauritanie and Radio Coran at http://www.radiomauritanie.mr/index.php/home.html does not list any AM frequencies but only FM. Using the search routine for “783” is found a Ramadan site for 2013 at http://www.radiomauritanie.mr/index.php/component/content/article/873.html, which still mentions both medium wave 783 kHz and short wave 7245 kHz.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (29/5-2016)

1550 Polisario Front, Rabouni, ALG (so why insisting in listing this under "W. Sahara"?!). Again, no Castilian lang. segment 2300-2330*; maybe it's irregular now.
Carlos Gonçalves (29/5-2016)

As per my today's [28/5] observation, there it was again this Arabic speaking stn on 777 (measured 777.003 on my Perseus rx): 2307 UTC, SINPO 22441, QRM de E.
In my previous report about this (and Mauritania), I forgot to mention the latest catch was already this month: 03May, 2148-2206, SINPO 23441.
Carlos Gonçalves (29/5-2016)



I listened to the tape over again and a male announcer with British dialect says "This is a Test Transmission broadcasting on 1431Khz in the Medium Wave band" alternating 400Hz and 1Khz audio tones. Heard on Global Tuners Hong Kong at 1615z.
Steven Wiseblood/AB5GP, dxld yg (28/5-2016)

The faulty transmitter is not the Syrian one on 783 kHz but the Egyptian on 774 and in late 2015 there was a buzz and now the frequency is drifted to 777 kHz. Syria on 783 kHz have a clear audio with some nice folk libanese Syrian music but I have interference from Spanish radio station. My location is in north west Greece.
Alex Fitzios (28/5-2016)

783 Nouakchott. Their signal is not heard for a number of months which makes me believe the tx is either off (and replaced by VHF-FM) or then simply running at very low power.
Carlos Gonçalves POR (27/5-2016)

Szia László and all of you,
Are you sure it was Syria?
I checked today (27th May) 783 khz on an israeli SDR receiver and it is not drifting at all. It is as stable as before. EMWG (www.emwg.info) mentions that it can drift 1-2 khz to 782 or 781 but not as much as in your case. That's why i think it was not Syria.
In my opinion you heard a faulted transmitter from Egypt, namely ERTU's Middle East Radio. The transmitter is in Abis, Egypt. This transmitter broadcasts originally on 774 kHz. But, now, due to the transmitter fault, the center frequency moved to 777 or 778 kHz and the bandwidth became narrower than before. Originally the bandwidth is 9 khz wide in AM mode on mediumwave, but now it is much less. It is around 4.5 khz wide. It is like they broadcast only the upper sideband of the signal. The broadcasting mode remains AM. Egyptian transmitters are in a very bad health: they emit distorted, muffled, buzzing audio. Their shortwave transmitters are worse than their mediumwave ones.

And, what is on 774 khz and on its lower sideband? An iranian transmitter, IRIB Radio Markazi can be heard in the late evenings on Alex's SDR in Afedri, Israel, but not here in Hungary. As László told, Spanish transmitters are occupying the frequency here.
73 and good DX to all, Tibor Gaal, Budapest, Hungary (27/5-2016)

Tringer László, are you sure it the Arabic lang. stn on 778 was Tartus? I wouldn't like to speculate, so maybe the following is a mere coincidence, but it provides clues to make one wonder whether the drifting is from 2 stns/countries or then just from one thereof:
My recent observations:
year 2016
777_2240-2218_11April_Abis, EGY? If not, surely or almost surely SYR.
year 2015
774.8 2255-2304_01Dec_Abis.
774.8 2341-2353_02Nov_Abis.
774.8 2214-2227_13Oct_Abis.

Today, 27May, I observed 783 between 2140approx. to 2206, and it seems the Arabic stn heavily interfered by E is from SYR. I am not confusing this with the other Arabic stn south of me, Nouakchott. If a directional aerial is used, one's able to separate MTN and SYR.
Carlos Gonçalves, POR (27/5-2016)



Today noticed at 2040 UTC during my "regular" bandscan, that SRTV1 Dimashk, from Tartus transmitter site is drifted down from 783 kHz to 778 kHz. Causing annoying interference on the spanish station at 774 kHz. What is the reason? Aged transmitter?
Tringer László (26/5-2016)

1431 kHz: Many thanks to everyone in the region or using a remote receiver who made observations of the first day's tests. I can confirm that the time for the tests is 1300-1700 GMT (clarifying my first message) and that they will continue until 28 May inclusive.
Babcock engineers are at the transmitter site supervising the tests, so there might be variations in power, etc as they adjust things from day to day, so it is worth continuing to make observations.
Thanks again.
Chris Greenway, dxld yg (26/5-2016)



Is this in preparation for a BBC Korean service on MW?
Stephen Cooper, dxld yg (25/5-2016)

1431 kHz: Alternating 400Hz and 1200Hz tones heard weakly under Japanese domestics on GT's Japan receiver, May 25 around 1530 UTC.
Greg Hardison, dxld yg (25/5-2016)

Yes. And it`s an 8-tower direxional array toward 150 degrees, slewable plus or minus 30 per Wolfgang Büschel. There is a separate single mast nearby for 150 kW ND transmitter which perhaps will stay on 1350. Also in the area, LW 209 and SW 4995 antennas.
Glenn Hauser, dxld yg (26/5-2016)

Heard two alternating tonnes with voice announcements between the tones. The signal was at its best between 1418 and around 1435utc on the remote receiver in South Korea. Signal weak to maybe fair. The tone tests were also on the HongKong remote receiver but the signal was weak. It was not strong enough to hear the voice announcements.
Regards, Tony Magon VK2IC, dxld yg (26/5-2016)


New country logged from Seoul:
1431 Choibalsan, Mongolia / 959 miles (1544 km.) from 323° (NW). Transmitter is 500kw directional at 150° toward Korea, good at 35-40dBu with peaks between 45-50dBu (a Nogizaka 46 song is giving the signal some trouble).
This is a very good signal for such a low power at that distance, successful for the fact it's one of the rare open frequencies in East Asia. 1440 Daegu was throwing bleed-over interference onto 1431 for some time with Smashing Pumpkins, Metallica, and others. This also marks the first time I was harassed at my AM DX site in the 8 months I've frequented it at night.
"This is a test transmission broadcasting on 1431 kHz. [low tone] You're listening to a test transmission on 1431 kHz on the medium wave band. [high tone] This is a test transmission broadcasting on 1431 kHz. [low tone] On 1431 kHz medium wave, this is a test transmission [high tone]"
Chris Kadlec, WRTH facebook group (25/5-2016)
Please note that this is a test specifically targeting listeners here in Korea and not a test for DXers, so don't bother with any QSL requests for hearing this ,
Chris Kadlec, Seoul, Korea, May 25, WTFDA gg via WORLD OF RADIO 1827, DXLD (25/5-2016)

Babcock will be testing a high-power mediumwave transmitter in Mongolia on 1431 for the next four nights at 1430-1830 GMT. The exact time range might vary. It might be 1300-1700 GMT or 1500-1900 GMT. There might also be tests outside those hours.
But to confirm, this will be on the 25th to 28th May inclusive.
It is hoped that it will be audible in Korea and northeast China.
The tests will identify as being from Babcock.
Perhaps any DXLD friends in Japan will be able to hear it? I hope so.
Chris Greenway, dxld yg (25/5-2016)



I want to spread the info about a MW DX test this week that I am helping with (especially those with Asian contacts, please re-post). The engineers need any help they can get, primarily recordings to see how the station is getting out. The guidelines for the test are below:
* Date/Time: May 25-28 1300-1700 UTC
* Frequency: 1431 (power will likely be between 100-500kw)
* Location: Mongolia with a target audience of South Korea
* Send recordings to C0000112@aol.com or upload to https://www.dropbox.com/request/gXQDEsPBCtGiuXn4UcIb
* Recording preferences: MP3 format, mono, no less than 32kbps, and no longer than 30 minutes
* File name should be the sender's initials (example: mine would be "CK") - day - time.mp3 (for May 24 at 1am: "ck-24-0100.mp3). If uploading to the Dropbox, please send an e-mail to the above address stating your listening location as well.
* If possible, do not set the receiver bandwidth to be narrow, but wide AM (at least 6kHz for example).
I hope we can get some help for these engineers who made the journey halfway around the world to set up this test.
Chris Kadlec, I-Love-AM-Radio fb group (23/5-2016)



The Wallasey transmitter of Talk Sport (1107 kHz 500W) in the UK which was causing interference on two other medium wave frequencies 1062 kHz and 1152 kHz
has now been rectified.
Mike Smithson (23/5-2016)



Radio City transmissions: Saturday May 21st between 08 to 09 UTC on 9510 kHz.
Unscheduled transmissions of older programmes may occur other Saturdays, also repeats may occur via Challenger Radio in Italy.
Our monthly transmission via Hamburger Lokalradio will be on the air Saturday May 28 between 12 to 13 UTC on 7265 kHz.
There is also a transmission every Saturday evening via Radio Merkurs, Riga, Latvia between 19 to 20 UTC on 1485 kHz.
Our contact address remains citymorecars@yahoo.ca
Tom Taylor (20/5-2016)



The transmitter of Kossuth Rádió in Solt on 540 KHz will be renovated.
From 30.05.2016 to 09.06.2016 will broadcast only from 03:53 to 19:05 UTC.
From 11.07.2016 to 25.07.2016 and 22.08.2016 to 19.09.2016 the transmitter will be OFF, at this period Kossuth Rádió will be broadcasted from Siofok and Szolnok in SYNC mode. (Ex. Katolikus Rádió transmitters): Siofok, 150 kW, Szolnok, 135 kW
From 19.09.2016 Solt will work with a brand new transmitter with 2000 kW output.
Tringer László (20/5-2016)



Reading about the The Wallasey transmitter of Talk Sport (1107 kHz 500W) causing interference on two other medium wave frequencies 1062 kHz and 1152 kHz both 45 kHz from 1107 kHz,
I can tell you this is the same problem I noticed between November 2014 and April 2015.
It took me quite some time to find out which transmitter was the cause of the interference but with lots of help by DXers in Holland, Belgium, Germany and the UK, it was clear that the Wallasey transmitter was giving this interference.
I contacted the Senior Station Manager of Talk Sport. He sent a technician who solved the problem.
Max van Arnhem, The Netherlands (19/5-2016)
Thanks, Max for this explanation.

Since two days ago the 50 kW R.N.E. 5's tx in Valencia on 537 mts. 558 is having interruptions. At this moment, 1340 UTC, is off interrupted since almost 1015 UTC. These stops don't affects R.N.E. 1 on 387 mts. 774 which comes from same facility.
Other tx of R.N.E. 5 from other locations operate as always (I can check from here 576 Barcelona, 909 Mallorca, 936 Alicante, 1107 Teruel and 1125 Castellón).
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia-Kingdom of Spain (19/5-2016)

The Wallasey transmitter of Talk Sport (1107 kHz 500W) is causing interference on two other medium wave frequencies 1062 kHz and 1152 kHz both 45 kHz from 1107 kHz.
The spurious signal on 1152 kHz is strong enough to completely erase the signal on 1152 kHz from Key 2 from Ashton Moss Manchester at my location near Liverpool.
I emailed Arqiva and received an automated reply, but a week later the fault still persists.
I was in Southport yesterday (18/05/16) and the interference on 1152kHz can clearly be heard.
I wonder how long it will take Arqiva to fix the fault.
Mike Smithson (19/5-2016)



Re. Atlantis Radio 1521 (see item May 4th) will use the frequency of 1395 kHz.
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (17/5-2016)



Local community station Radio Warrington is currently testing on 1332 kHz mediumwave, with a 5-minute loop with many IDs and interspersed with music.
Reception reports are requested to: qsl@radiowarrington.co.uk.
The station has been online since 2007 at www.radiowarrington.co.uk and is due to start regular mediumwave broadcasting on Monday 16 May (the online stream is currently carrying continuous music). Reception is good here, however I'm less than 10 km away!
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online, dxld yg (14/5-2016)

It's audible at good strength currently in NW England - about 35 miles distant - at 1530UT, with a co-channel way in the background.
Radio Warrington will be going live from Monday the 16th of May for 24/7 on 1332 kHz. "in glorious analogue mono" according to announcer.
Thanks to Dave Kernick.
Noel R. Green, dxld yg (15/5-2016)



Planned work at Westerglen.
Date: 09.05.2016 Last updated: 13.05.2016 at 13.17
Planned work affecting Radio 4 LW and Radio 5 Live and Radio Scotland MW.

From 9th May until 5th June the Westerglen transmitter in Scotland, will be subject to shutdowns for Radio 4 LW, Radio 5 Live Medium Wave, BBC Radio Scotland, between 10:05-17:45hrs, to ensure engineers can work safely on the mast.

Some shutdowns will occur between 10:05-17:45 for Radio 4 LW, Radio 5 Live Medium Wave, BBC Radio Scotland from the 9th May - 5th June on 14 weekdays. There will also be some weekend shutdowns from 06:05- 12:00 on two Saturdays and 06:05 on two Sundays between the above dates. We need to do this level of maintenance about every 10 years. This work will be weather dependent.

For up to date information please use our transmitter checker to look up the status of this transmitter by using your postcode and selecting MW or LW from the drop down list https://radioandtvhelp.co.uk/.

BBC Radio 5 Live will continue to be available on DAB, Sky, Freesat, cable and the Radio Player. All the other BBC Radio 5 Live MW transmitters will be unaffected.

Radio 4 LW will continue to be available on Sky, Freesat, Cable and the BBC Radio Player.
BBC Radio Scotland will be available on FM and DAB in some area's , Sky, Freesat, Cable and the BBC Radio Player.
BBC - Engineering Announcement - Planned work at Westerglen - Help Receiving TV and Radio
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (13/5-2016)



DRM transmitters replace 13 MW transmitters in border areas. More
Alokesh Gupta, DRM fb group (10/5-2016)



Bauer Media Completes Acquisition of Orion Media.
The Bauer Media Group has acquired the market-leading Midlands based commercial radio group Orion Media, which operates the Free Radio and Gem radio brands.
Reaching more than 1.25m million people weekly, Free Radio and Gem complement Bauer’s network of city stations and extend the total reach of Bauer‘s national and regional radio brands to 17.4 million. The move sees Bauer Media’s share of UK commercial radio listening increase to 34%

The transaction provides an exit for Orion Media's institutional backers, LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, which originally invested in the business in 2009.
In the UK, Bauer Media now has 71 radio stations including national radio brands KISS, Magic and Absolute Radio; local brands forming the Bauer City Network including Key 103 in Manchester, Radio City in Liverpool, Hallam FM in Sheffield, Metro Radio in Newcastle, Clyde 1 in Glasgow and Forth 1 in Edinburgh; and is a UK market leader in digital listening with a strong portfolio of digital commercial radio stations.

Bauer Media Completes Acquisition of Orion Media (Bauer press release 6 May 2016)

This concerns the following FM and AM stations:
Free Radio (Hereford/Worcester)
96.7 MHz Kidderminster, 97.6 MHz Hereford, 102.8 MHz Worcester

Free Radio (Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury and Telford)
97.2 MHz Wolverhampton, 103.1 MHz Shrewsbury and Telford

Free Radio (Birmingham and surrounding area)
96,4 MHz

Free Radio (Coventry and surrounding area)
97,0 MHz Coventry, 102.9 MHz Leamington Spa

Free Radio 80s (Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury and Telford)
990 KHz Wolverhampton, 1017 KHz Shrewsbury and Telford

Free Radio 80s (Birmingham)
1152 KHz - Birmingham

Free Radio 80s (Coventry)
1359 KHz - Coventry

GEM 106 (East Midlands)
106 MHz - East Midlands
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (7/5-2016)



The new plans in The Netherlands are:
747, 828, 1035 and 1251 khz: 1 to 100 Watts
1395 khz : only between sunrise and sunset due to an agreement between The Netherlands and Albania
1485 khz : only for 1 Watt stations.
Stations can decide about their own transmission times; so stations can decide to be on the air only a few hours per day..
Stations are allowed to repeat their transmissions:
100 Watts stations can repeat their transmissions with a transmitter at least 60 km from the first transmitter.
On 1485 the repeating transmitter distance is at least 1 km.
On the 11th of May the fee for these transmissions will be published.
73, Max van Arnhem, The Netherlands (5/5-2016)

The following medium wave transmitters are to be replaced by FM transmitters in the foreseeable future:
Kinnaur (Himachal Pradesh) - Replacement of 1 kW MW Tr. by 1 kW FM Tr. [1584 kHz, commissioned in June 1997]
Joranda (Odisha) - Replacement of 1 kW MW Tr. by 1 kW FM Tr. [1485 kHz, commissioned on 3 October 1995]
Soro (Odisha) - Replacement of 1 kW MW Tr. by 1 kW FM Tr. [1485 kHz, built in 2000, commissioned on 2. December 2007
Almora (Uttarakhand) - Replacement of 1 kW MW Tr. by 1 kW FM Tr. [999 kHz, commissioned on 15 June 1986]
Ootacamund (Tamil Nadu) - Replacement of 1 kW MW Tr. by 10 kW FM Tr. [1602 kHz]
Mathura (Uttar Pradesh) - Replacement of 1 kW MW Tr. by 10 kW FM Tr. [1584 kHz, commissioned on 29 January 1967]
Source: Government of India. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting: Annual Report 2015-2016, New Delhi: Publications Division, 2016, page 158
Additional information added by Dr Hansjoerg Biener (5/5-2016)

Today, Radio Northern Star of Northern Star Media Services AS is 4 years old, and as earlier announced we are starting our 5th year on the airwaves with a broadcasting license! In that connection we yesterday changed format to AC Standards and Variety with the slogan "Good Times and Great Music"! We think you will enjoy our melodic classic sounds! Northern Lights-The Voice of the Free Gospel plus the Emperor Rosko and Paul Graham continues in their time slots, as does Radio Days. We are on 1611 AM and share 5895 AM, with nighttime broadcasting over the summer months. We are also on www.northernstar.cc. Our email is 1000@northernstar.no
Mike Terry, dxld yg (5/5-2016)



Atlantis Radio 1521 today had revealed that they hope to be on the air within one to six weeks – with a little luck. The broadcasting hours will be 07 – 20 local time, and they also said today the frequency is not going to be 1521 kHz.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen (4/5-2016)



The Medium Wave band will now be open for new low power stations – operating with a power of 1-100 Watt. Full story here (in Dutch): http://radio.nl/810349/groen-licht-voor-laagvermogen-uitzendingen-op-am

Former long time pirate radio – Atlantis Radio 1521 – in Friesland was granted a five year license to operate a commercial radio station on 1521 kHz in March 2016. The station recently purchased a new 75 W AM transmitter (300 W PEP). The format is golden oldies – and the station can be heard online here: http://www.atlantisradio.eu/radio/ and more details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/RadioAtlantis1521KHz/
No on air date for 1521 has been given.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen (3/5-2016)



Radio Warrington the new community radio station started testing today on AM 1332 intially till 12.30 on low power then higher power to Warrington and surrounding areas day and night time.
Signal level of 3 out of 10 received daytime in Wigan Lancashire and Nighttime 4 out of 10 at same receiving site.
Video on details of the new transmitter site built with help of United Utilities on their website here: http://radiowarrington.co.uk/
Regards, Graham Fletcher (26/4-2016)



Radio Tou'caen's temporary licence shows power of 500 watts on 1602 kHz.
(maybe audible on south coast of England daytime with seapath across the Channel, away from co-channel BBC Kent, Desi Radio, Radio Seagull?)

Par délibération en date du lundi 22 février 2016, le Comité territorial de l'audiovisuel de Caen a décidé, en application de l'article 28-3 de la loi du 30 septembre 1986 modifiée relative à la liberté de communication, d'autoriser l'association Zones d'Ondes - Agence associative Normandie Média à diffuser un service de radio par voie hertzienne terrestre dénommé Radio Tou'Caen, pour la période du 4 avril au 30 septembre 2016.
Site : 10, rue Molière, 14000 Caen.
Puissance : 50 W.
Fréquence : 91.9 MHz.
RDS Code PI : F3B3.
Site : 7, avenue de Cambridge, 14200 Hérouville-Saint-Clair.
Puissance : 500 W.
Fréquence : 1602 kHz.
Alan Pennington BDXC (25/4-2016)



Since April 19th, there is a new project in France. It’s a temporary station allow until September 30th 2016.
It’ s in Caen, Normandy. The station is Radio Tou’caen on FM 91.9 and AM 1602 kHz.
All details, with programme schedule, audio stream and contacts details are on
73’s Christian Ghibaudo (24/4-2016)

“RUS-DX” # 869 - Broadcasting of Russia, countries of CIS and Baltiya (ex. USSR).

Radio station Teos closed broadcasting on a frequency of 1134 kHz and receive transmissions only on the Internet, on their page - http://s.teos.fm/
Now in Moscow there are only two working broadcast on medium wave frequencies:
612 kHz – Narodnoe radio and Radio Radonezh
738 kHz - World Radio Network.

St. Petersburg:
RTRS Branch "St. Petersburg Regional Center" turned off the medium wave transmitter radio center №11 (Krasny Bor). The transmitter "SRV-50" broadcast station "Radio Teos" at a frequency of 1089 kHz. Power equipment is 30 kW.

One of the unique antenna towers located in the Red Bor - a highly directional antenna system "Dawn" medium wave range. The antenna system consists of 26 metal towers height of 41 meters each. The length of the chain towers - 2.1 km. Antenna complex supplement the four-mast antenna height of 271, 257, 106, 93 and 80 meters of antenna systems of short-range. The total output power of transmitters DV-, SV- and HF bands reached 10.6 mV.
A quarter-century radio center worked with almost 100% load. 23 hours a day, eighteen short-wave transmitters "Snow" broadcast "International Radio Moscow", "the first program of the All-Union Radio", "Radio Mayak", "Leningrad Radio", "Radio Station Atlantic", "radio station Motherland" and other programs of the Soviet domestic and foreign broadcasting.
Loading powerful transmitters broadcasting radio center in the Red Bor began to decline in the late 90s. For 15 years, we were off "Buran" transmitters and transmission hardware broadcasted SV- and HF bands. The transmitter "Radio Teos" was the last powerful transmitter radio center. Transmitting equipment mothballed.
(Russian radio and television)
Anatoly Klepov, Moscow (24/4-2016)



Radio Caroline North returns from 23rd - 24th April, broadcasting live from the Ross Revenge online and on 1368 AM courtesy of Manx Radio.
This time the Caroline story moves forward to the station's return in 1983 and we'll hear from many of those involved, including Peter Chicago and Tom Anderson.
So join us from 6am on Saturday!
Please send suitable music choices and memories to memories@radiocaroline.co.uk
Mike Terry, MWC fb group (22/4-2016)



I found out, It's test transmission of Bangladesh Betar on 819 kHz (100 kW) from Dhaka http://betar.portal.gov.bd/site/page/e118da5c-60d1-45ce-ad43-8498513617e3/এএম-ব্যান্ড
Eduard Korsakov, dxld yg (21/4-2016)



Strange reception of "Bangladesh Betar" on 819 kHz, April 19, 17:00 UTC (interval signal of Bangladesh Betar and something like station ID at 0:24 on the video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4N_xH4FNbU&feature=youtu.be
Eduard Korsakov, dxld yg (20/4-2016)

Radio Maria Nederland again on 675 kHz from Aarle Rixtel with 250 watts
Giampiero Bernardini, Milano, Italia, dxld yg (19/4-2016)



Mr.Tringer from Hungary, please take a short scan over the night and create a list with MW audible transmitter on Your location.
If You have unidirectional mw-antenna that will be great, thank You!
Vence BUL (19/4-2016)

Also active on 1269 kHz Novi sad but sometimes there is a Greek pirate transmitting on that frequency.
Alex Fitzios GRC (19/4-2016)



If you are interested in radio history take a look at radiobookshop.de
Just published an interesting book about the radio pioners Artom, Poulsen and Reinartz, and the autor is the well-known DXer Wilhelm Herbst
Ydun Ritz (16/4-2016)

Scheduled Radio City transmissions.
Friday April 15 at 18th - 19th UTC via IRRS on 7290 kHz and via Challenger Radio in Italy on 567, 846 and 1368 kHz, repeated Saturday April 16th at 08 - 09 UTC via IRRS on 9510 kHz
There will be another transmission via Hamburger Lokalradio on Saturday 23rd at 12 - 13 UTC on 7265 kHz.

Yet another programme is transmitted every Saturday evening via Radio Merkurs, Riga, Latvia at 19 - 20 UTC on 1485 kHz.
Our mailing address remains citymorecars@yahoo.ca
Tom Taylor (15/4-2016)



At my location (Székesfehérvár, HUN) the following frequencies are heard this year.
684 (QRM with Spain), 693 (QRM with England), 765 (QRM with Iran), 1107 (best at daytime), 1269 (Radio Novi Sad) and 1296 (QRM with spain and sometimes with Sudan), 1503 (202)
1440 is OFF, earlier it has been heard almost every night.
Before 1999 on 684 Radio Beograd was crystal clear all day. After the bombardment of this TX by NATO only weak signal from the new one.
László Tringer (14/4-2016)



I confirm more active transmitters-1269KHz-Novi Sad. Along with Beograd 202 on 1503 KHz, there is Bosnian transmitter “Radio Zavidovici”, that interferes during the night 202. Probably there is another arabic transmitter on the same frequency, but I do not which one.
I’m pretty much suspicious that Serbia will continues and rise up the power of MW transmitters.The number of listeners is getting down constantly. Even now that number is very few.
Romania probably has the highest number of MW transmitters ,Spain too.
Alex, what is Your location?-North Greece if I’m not wrong.
Vence BUL (12/4-2016)

Serbia is active from 675, 684, 693, 711 but with stong interference from Romania and just heard one two times only.
Also active from 1008 I could hear before corfu activate era transmitter on 1008. Heard last year 765, 1107 active together with RAI. Active on 1296 and 1503 sometimes with Iran. But strong frequency to hear Serbia is only 684, 1296 and 1503 kHz. I hope Serbia will continue on medium wave and someday they upgrade their transmitters with more power. Receiving in north west Greece.
Alex (12/4-2016)



Radio Maria 675 kHz. The transmitter has been activated yesterday 1800 UT, the same day they were still busy installing the antenna. It's a 1 kW at the "Heilig Bloed" monastery 15 km northeast of Eindhoven. Report and photos:
Of course such a rooftop installation is not good for much more than a single kilowatt.
Kai Ludwig, dxld yg (10/4-2016)



Please someone close to Serbia that can confirm the following activity stations Radio Beograd:

675 Radio Beograd 1 ?
684 Radio Beograd 1 active
693 Radio Beograd 1 ?
711 Radio Beograd 1 ?
765 Radio Beograd 1 ?
1008 Radio Beograd 2/3 ?
1107 Radio Beograd 1 ?
1296 Radio Beograd 1 active
1440 Radio Beograd 1 appears inactive
1485 Radio Beograd 1 ?
1503 Radio Beograd 202 active
1602 Radio Beograd 1 ?
Sergio Sarabia (9/4-2016)

Two new stations:
The one is Radio Unidad, a christian evangelical radiostation, which after being inactive on 1490 kHz for several months now has started up on 1630 kHz.
The other is AM 1710 SELVA.

The following Argentinean stations are currently operating in the"X-Band":
1610 KHz, RADIO GUABIYÚ (Gregorio de Laferrere)
1620 KHz, RADIO VIDA “Red de Vida” (Monte Grande)
1620 KHz, RADIO SENTIRES (Parque San Martín)
1620 KHz, RADIO ITALIA (Villa Martelli)
1630 KHz, RADIO UNIDAD (Alejandro Korn)
1630 KHz, AM RESTAURACIÓN (William C. Morris)
1640 KHz, RADIO HOSANNA (Isidro Casanova)
1650 KHz, RADIO 20 DE AGOSTO (Longchamps)
1650 KHz, RADIO EL MENSAJERO (Rafael Castillo)
1660 KHz, RADIO REVIVIR (Gregorio de Laferrere)
1670 KHz, RADIO BETHEL -[irregular]- (Banfield oeste)
1680 KHz, RADIO SANTA FE (Canning)
1690 KHz, RADIO CLS -Cristo la Solución- (San Justo)
1710 KHz, AM SELVA (Pdo. de La Matanza)
Arnaldo Slaen, dxld yg (9/4-2016)

1440 KHZ
Radio Beograd 1, Jagodina transmitter on 1440 kHz went off air at the end of 2014.
Thanks to Dan Goldfarb for this info.
Ydun Ritz (8/4-2016)



The catholic radio station Radio Maria has resumed broadcast on MW on 675 kHz after being silent since September 2015.

"In September 2015 the station had to cease broadcasting via this medium wave frequency as the transmitter operator of the medium wave transmitter in Lopik decided to stop the service. The radio tower was dismantled in mid-September. Since then, the Catholic radio station could not broadcast on medium wave. Radio Maria is still heard in the Netherlands through the digital ether (DAB +). Radio Maria broadcasts through the network of the national commercial radio stations and through a number of top regional DAB + networks.

Radio Maria has based its broadcasting license until September 2017 the requirement to also broadcast on medium wave. In consultation with the Radiocommunications Agency, the radio station can now broadcast from the North Brabant Aarle Rixtel. Radio Maria broadcasts recently on a low power from this new location. It is intended to improve the antenna in the short term and increase the ability of the medium wave transmitter at 675 kHz, so that a greater part of the southern Netherlands can be achieved.

The radio station will broadcast ended with a power of 5 kilowatts from the transmitter location in Aarle Rixtel, North Brabant. The Radiocommunications Agency is the power to 25 kilowatts from the new location. This achieves a large part of the Catholic audience in the Southern Netherlands and parts of Belgium. Radio Maria will continue to be received via DAB + and Internet." (Google translation by yours truly!)
Rene van Hoof, mwc fb group (8/4-2016)

1440 KHZ
Sir, when did You listened to Radio Beograd 1 from the transmitter Jagodina on 1440KHz? Now in 2016?
Oficial RTS site do not show active that transmitter.
Radio Riyadh is today audible 60km away of Jagodina? All the territory of Bulgaria and South Romania, Greece, Turkey, Macedonia…
Thank You!
Vence, BUL (8/4-2016)



1440 KHZ
In Europe can only receive the following stations:
ARS SBC Radio Riyadh
SRB Radio Beograd 1.
Regards Sergio Sarabia (6/4-2016)



1440 KHZ
[With LUX 1440 gone]I have an idea to all european DX’s. Let’s use evening and night time listening specially to get non-europeans transmitters, that are audible on European territory and make a list of them.
For example-Algerian radio riches Budapest(Hungary).That means,we have a chance to get Middle East and North Africa’s transmitters ,probably from Asia…..
On Balkans there is arabic radio at 1440KHz for sure.
Vence, BUL (4/4-2016)



Moscow - Schedule WRN 738 kHz. A-16
UTC / Broadcast
0000-0029 / Voice of Hope (repeat)
0030-0059 / Radio Prague (Mon-Sat) (repeat)
0030-0059 / REE (Sun) (repeat)
0100-0129 / Polish Radio (repeat)
0130-0159 / Radio Slovakia International (repeat)
0200-0229 / Radio Prague (repeat)
0230-0259 / KBS, Korea (repeat)
0300-0329 / Polish Radio (repeat)
0330-0400 / Japan Radio
0400-0415 / UN Radio
0416-0428 / "Radiosetka" (Tue-Sun) (repeat)
0416-0428 / "Radiopanorama" (Mon) (repeat)
0430-0459 / Voice of Hope (repeat)
0500-0529 / Radio Slovakia International (Mon-Fri) (repeat)
0500-0529 / Russian Radio Australia (Sat) (repeat)
0500-0529 / REE (Sun) (repeat)
0530-0559 / Radio Prague (repeat)
0600-0629 / Polish Radio (repeat)
0630-0659 / KBS Korea (repeat)
0700-0729 / Voice of Hope
0730-0745 / UN Radio
0746-0758 / "Radiosetka" (Mon-Sat) (repeat)
0746-0758 / "Radiopanorama" (Sun) (repeat)
0800-0829 / KBS Korea (Mon-Sat) (repeat)
0800-0829 / REE (Sun) (repeat)
0830-0859 / Radio Prague (repeat)
0900-0929 / Radio Slovakia International (Sat-Thu) (repeat)
0900-0929 / Russian Radio Australia (Fri)
0930-0959 / Polish Radio (repeat)
1000-1029 / Voice of Hope (repeat)
1030-1059 / KBS Korea (repeat)
1100-1130 / Japan Radio
1130-1159 / Radio Slovakia International (repeat)
1200-1215 / UN Radio
1216-1228 / "Radiosetka" (Sun-Fri) (repeat)
1216-1228 / "Radiopanorama" (Sat)
1230-1259 / Radio Prague (repeat)
1300-1329 / Radio Slovakia International (Tue-Sat) (repeat)
1300-1329 / Russian Radio Australia (Sun) (repeat)
1300-1329 / REE (Mon) (repeat)
1330-1359 / KBS Korea
1400-1429 / Polish Radio
1430-1459 / Radio Slovakia International
1500-1529 / Voice of Hope
1530-1545 / UN Radio
1546-1558 / "Radiosetka" (Mon-Sat) (repeat)
1546-1558 / "Radiopanorama" (Sun)
1600-1630 / Japan Radio
1630-1659 / Radio Slovakia International (repeat)
1700-1729 / Polish Radio (repeat)
1730-1759 / KBS Korea (repeat)
1800-1829 / Radio Prague
1830-1845 / UN Radio
1846-1858 / "Radiosetka" (Tue-Sun) (repeat)
1846-1858 / "Radiopanorama" (Monday)
1900-1929 / Radio Slovakia International
1930-1959 / Polish Radio (Sun-Thu) (repeat)
1930-1959 / Russian Radio Australia (Fri) (repeat)
1930-1959 / REE (Sat)
2000-2029 / KBS Korea (repeat)
2030-2045 / UN Radio
2046-2058 / "Radiosetka". (Mon-Wed) new release. (Thu, Fri, Sun) Repeat
2046-2058 / "Radiopanorama" (Sat) repeat
2100-2129 / Voice of Hope (repeat)
2130-2159 / Polish Radio (repeat)
2200-2230 / Japan Radio (repeat)
2230-2259 / KBS Korea (Sat-Thu) (repeat)
2230-2259 / Russian Radio Australia (Fri) (repeat)
2300-2329 / Radio Slovakia International (repeat)
2330-2345 / UN Radio
2346-2358 / "Radiosetka" (Sun-Fri) (repeat)
2346-2358 / "Radiopanorama" (Sat) (repeat)

World Radio Network in Russian
World radio program can be received:
in ether (hours):
Moscow, Moscow region - 738 kHz

the satellite (clock):
Europe - Eutelsat Hotbird 6, 13 ° E Channel WRN Russkij
(Translation exercises WRN Broadcast - London, UK)

Internet (free): Windows Media (broadcast carries WRN Broadcast - London, UK)

MP3 stream (broadcast carries WRN (Broadcast - London, UK)
“RUS-DX” # 866
Anatoly Klepov
, Moscow, Russia (4/4-2016)

Again he earned UR1 transmitter in Chernivtsi at 657 kHz, which is inactive with 1.29.14. Audibility in Kiev bad - the signal is weak, sacrificed Israel and Iran.

You may also renew the Romanian transmission VSRU at this frequency?
“RUS-DX” # 866
Anatoly Klepov
, Moscow, Russia (4/4-2016)

Dismantling of the Marnach Antennas [1440kHz]
Stig Hartvig Nielsen, ddxlk fb group (3/4-2016)



Ashgabat on 279 KHz on 2 April hrd from Perseus site in E. Finland from 2339 tune. Weak modulation at SINPO 35443 but otherwise clear signal. Increasing noise lvl after 0015. Recognized program format and language from previous shortwave logs in 2005 on 4930 KHz and 5015 KHz and visit to Ashgabat in Oct 2006. Woman ann in Turkmen with occasional music in background to 0000. Program of inst music on a solo stringed instrument at 0000 w/ man ancr. At 0033 after a man ancr, the music switched to more
elaborate instrumentals with multiple instruments and akin to Turkish folk music. The same man ancr was hrd in this segment that went to 0059. A woman ancr was hrd at 0059 and some inst music to 0100 fol by 5 time pips, a man ancr and the Turkmenistan National anthem by a choir to 0102.5. Man and woman ancrs w/ dramatic tone and martial music mixed - many mentions of "Turmenbashy" and "Ashgabat" to tune out at 0109. This segment used to be hrd on 5015 shortwave in this time frame. Stringed instrument sound was most likely the "Dutar", the most popular stringed instrument in Turkmenistan and
similar to the Kazakh "Dombra" which I heard many times in trips to Kazakhstan in the mid-2000's. These are 2-3 string instruments with long narrow necks and in somewhat different form factors and names, popular throughout Central Asia.
Bruce Churchill, dxld yg (3/4-2016)



Radio Shalom, Canada’s only radio station devoted specifically to the Jewish community, signed off on Friday evening for the last time. Owner Robert Lévy, who for months has been trying to find financing for the Montreal station in a last-ditch effort to keep it running, told staff this week that he’s pulling the plug.

The station’s signal, at 1650 AM and based in the Town of Mount Royal industrial park, will remain on the air. Lévy has asked André Joly, who operates an evangelical Christian service on Radio Shalom during the Sabbath, to take over programming 24/7. Joly said he is in talks to buy the station, but there may still be hope for someone in the Jewish community to step in and keep Radio Shalom alive.

Lévy did not respond to requests for comment about the future of the station.

Radio Shalom started about 15 years ago as a subcarrier service, which required a special FM radio to receive. But in 2006 it got licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, and CJRS 1650 went on the air on AM on May 5, 2007, according to the Canadian Communications Foundation.

But even though the station was run almost entirely by volunteers, it struggled to pay the bills. In December, Lévy said he was no longer willing to run Radio Shalom out of his pocket and urged the Jewish community to step in. “In order to keep Radio Shalom and the voice it provides for the Montreal Jewish community alive and on the air, we need our Jewish community to work together to provide a recurrent and stable partnership that will assume responsibility of the radio’s administrative and financial needs,” he wrote at the time, giving an ultimatum of Jan. 31. Despite a two-month extension to the deadline, there was not enough support to keep it going.

Stanley Asher, a Radio Shalom host involved with the station since Day 1, said he was disappointed but not surprised to see the station go.

He said he went to the station on Monday and found his pre-recorded show from the previous week hadn’t been broadcast due to technical issues. He intended to run that show this week and prepare one for next week, but was told “don’t bother.”

“It was a big part of my life, I have to adjust to that ending,” Asher said. “We were unique. We were trying to follow a model that’s common in Europe, trying on a very limited budget to provide a cultural service.”

Radio Shalom’s CRTC licence, which expires Aug. 31, 2017, does not set language requirements or require it to be a Jewish radio station. But it does require balance on religious issues and set limits on popular music. A change in ownership of the station would also require CRTC approval, so for now Joly will be providing programming while Lévy remains in charge of the station.
Steve Whitt, mwcircle FB group (2/4-2016)


Just in case, that someone cares: AFN Bavaria is still audible on its medium wave frequency Vilseck 1107 kHz. So the station "serving America's best" has survived both the change to DST on 27 March and the 1st of a new month.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (1/4-2016)

After the closure of the Belarus station on 279 kHz. I hear Turkmenistan on the same frequency. Here in Romania the signal is S5 now at 0745 UT (10:45 am local time) on my 60m random wire antenna. The modulation is rather low. I'm expecting the signal to improve a lot in the evening.
Tudor Vedeanu (Gura Humorului, Romania), dxld yg (1/4-2016)



Hello Ydun, I can confirm various reports of Algeria on 891 kHz. It is very-very strong in the evenings and at night here in Budapest, Hungary. I heard arabic language programmes, folk-type music, news in the evening of 26th, 27th and 28th of March, this year. I think this new transmitter will be as strong as the new transmitter on 252 kHz.
Regards, Tibor Gaal, Budapest, Hungary (29/3-2016)

About the closure of the BBC longwave transmitter on 198 kHz. From time to time this article of closure appears on different internet forums which I don't know why. There is no imminent or planned closure of the 198 kHz BBC transmitter. The non-availability of old valves are not a good reasoning. As fellow DXERs pointed out earlier on several internet forums that in a capitalist society you can buy walves, spare parts. If not, you can buy new, more effective equipment including solid-state transmitters. These transmitters consumes less power more effectively than the old valve transmitters. If the BBC will terminate longwave it will happen because of the british government's austerity measures forced down onto institutions financed by the U.K. state budget.
Regards, Tibor Gaal, Budapest, Hungary (29/3-2016)

Acc. to info from Vasily Gulyaev, Radio Belarus and Belaruskaje Radio 1st channel relays will stop on all shortwave, medium wave and long wave on 1st April.
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (29/3-2016)

BRTPC Transmitter Company confirms: http://www.brtpc.by/news/1026/
Christian Milling, WRTH fb group (29/3-2016)

Wonder is this a temporary or permanent cessation? Not sure if it will also affect relays of their German programmes via Kall? There is no mention of this news on their English language website http://www.radiobelarus.tvr.by/en (which displays an A16 schedule) or their Facebook page yet.
Alan Pennington, BDXC-UK yg via DXLD yg (29/3-2016)

Reaction to closure of Belarus: I read with sadness that Belarus will close its transmitters. The truth is that Belarussian transmitters are not in a good technical health. The 279 kHz transmitter's audio is undermodulated compared to its carrier and the other transmitters aren't better too. Unfortunatelly the economic state of Belarus doesn't allow them either to repair or replace these aging transmitters. In the years of 1990s and 2000s they were loud and clear in Hungary, even 1170 kHz transmitter were heard conveniently in an armchair. Their English language programmes were structured to raise attention of youth people like I was at that time. At the peak their English programme lasted for 2 hours. Then all disappeared and I cannot hear that powerful mediumwave transmitter anymore. I wish Belarus would reverse its decision of the closure.
Tibor Gaal, Budapest, Hungary (29/3-2016)



Radio Nepal, the oldest broadcasting agency, is set to provide 24-hour service from August 17.
The state-run broadcasting agency has decided to follow a management reforms implementation action plan in this regard.
It was also shared at a programme in Kathmandu that the government broadcasting agency was also set to establish a media village in Biratnagar in memory of Tarini Datta Koirala, the founder of Radio Nepal Broadcasting Services Development Committee (RNBSDC).
Participants at the programme said that the broadcasting agency would keep up with modern technical equipment and modernise i ts service by establishing high-quality shortwave tower.
Radio Nepal is running its programmes through central and regional transmissions through 21 frequency modulation relay centers across the nation.
It also broadcasts through medium wave and online.
Meanwhile, speaking at the programme, Minister for Information and Communications Sherdhan Rai suggested employees of Radio Nepal to perform result-oriented works, while praising their contribution to bring the broadcasting agency to this stage.
He also suggested keeping up its functioning as per the new Constitution.
The Minister also stressed the need to submit a report of works of the government broadcaster every month, while pointing out the need to launch its programmes up to local level to institutionalise the republic.
Likewise, the Communications Secretary Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya, also Chairman of the RNBSDC, pledged doing everything possible to implement reform programmes launched earlier to make Radio Nepal a good means of communication.
On the occasion, Radio Nepal Executive Director Suresh Kumar Karki presented a report on management reforms.
Jose Miguel Romero, dxld yg (24/3-2016)



The long silence here and no update has it's reason, that I have been away on a short holiday to Edinburgh, a.o. celebrating my birthday!

EQUINOX BANDSCAN The weather was warm enough, though a bit windy, that I could spend some time outside with the radio.
As expected, other than the RUV locals, French voices dominated the longwave.
On MW, English stations were the most audible. The Absolute Radio mirrors on 1197 and 1242 kHz were just about audible. In addition I caught Smooth Radio playing ABBA's "Fernando" on 1152, 1161 and even 1170 kHz, the last one only because I had the other two to synchronise to.
Reynir Heidberg Stefánsson (20/3-2016)

Here in Ireland I too have noticed the test transmissions from Algeria on 891kHz, even during daytime. For instance yesterday, March 18th , I was hearing the transmissions with a 1kHz tone clearly at 11:30 UTC. Receiver used was a car radio (in a Nissan Micra) with a vertical whip antenna 2m long . Around 17;00 UTC it was still transmitting but the Dutch transmitter was about equal strength. Location was Kilkenny , about 50kM inland. It is strong at night time on a portable receiver.
Desmond Walsh (19/3-2016)

BBC Radio 4 long wave, which transmits on the 198 kilohertz frequency, relies on ageing transmitter equipment that uses a pair of the valves – no longer manufactured – to function.
The valves, at Droitwich in Worcestershire, are so rare that engineers say there are fewer than 10 in the world, and the BBC has been forced to buy up the entire global supply. Each lasts anywhere between one and 10 years, and when one of the last two blows the service will go quiet.
Ronny Weiner, (17/3-2016)



14/3 19.25 - 19.55 UTC - 1188 KHz Radio Payam, Tehran, farsi. music, news and identification with a good signal.
The audioclip is available here:
ANT: 100 mt LW
73's de Francesco Cecconi, condiglist yg (15/3-2016)

Today March 14 at 2200 I'm receiving on 891 kHz the 1 kHz test tone as in December 2015, presumed from Algeria. Powerful here in Valencia, but not as in December (perhaps working with 300 or 150 kW?): behind the test tone I can hear voices and sounds of other transmitters, but I cannot say what language is, and there are noises from adjacent channels 882 and 900; overall, SINPO is 44554.
Also, 981 kHz Alger II is reaching to me weaker than usual (SINPO 22332).
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia-Reino de España.



How long is BBC Radio 4 on Long Wave continues?
Sean Bateman (14/3-2016)

I am not aware of any stop-date for this station on LW.



First Anniversary of DRM Transmitter - more here
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (11/3-2016)



Due to the lack of new sponsors, The Mighty KBC will close down on 6095 on March 27th.
We will soon announce if we continue on shortwave on 6040 to the USA.
We will improve our 1602AM /DAB+ service.
This will happen on April 1st.
The Mighty KBC on fb (7/3-2016)



BBC Radio 4 756kHz. Coverage from this little transmitter a 2kW station in Redruth, Cornwall is good along the south Irish coast. Nice audio. Nighttime reception has also improved since the closure of a German transmitter on this frequency on 31/12/15.
Useful in cars without a LW band.
Gearoid Quill (1/3-2016)



The CBC has done a study that shows they would need two more FM repeaters on Cape Breton in order to replace CBI.
So unless they come up with the funds to do that, 1140 will remain on air for some time.
Andy Reid (28/2-2016)

Count-down CJRU 1280AM
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (28/2-2016)



CBC Radio One is now available in Sydney NS at 92.1 FM as well as AM 1140. CBIS-FM signed on February 25th at 8:20 AM local time.
Andy Reid, dxld yg (26/2-2016)
Wondering, how long CBC will keep 1140 kHz alive?! (Ydun)

I live in Milan and i tuned now this station: Radio Z100 Milano on 828 khz.
For information and reports z100milano@ondemedie.am
Best regards, Alberto Pavesi (26/2-2016)

After yesterday evening's transmission our CE Øystein changed back to Inverted "V" antenna on LLE-4 1611 kHz. 65 watts AM........ We're on again in the evening plus from 2330z into Saturday night.
Reports: 1000@northernstar.no or report@bergenkringkaster.noreport@bergenkringkaster.no
Svenn Martinsen, WRTH fb group (26/2-2016)



Re Adam Birchenall’s comment about day time Algerian interference in S Devon one 252kHz I have noticed the same here all along the south coast of Ireland and well inland too , again during daytime some days and most evenings. Strangely the strength of the Algerian signals varies a lot day-to-day as if they were using varying power levels. Indeed last Autumn I was in west Cork and at night returning , NO RTE signal could be heard at all under the Algerian signal , until I reached Bandon about 20kM inland ! RTE should have moved to 261kHz but the powers-that-be are not interested and consider longwave AM obsolete. It’s a lot more rugged than DAB and not near as easily hacked .Too many employed with no knowledge and understanding of LW ,too eager to push DAB. I can see the local Cork city ( Togher ) transmission mast , but am at the back of the DAB bean, they’ve been experiment for years , Dead And Buried I say . FM reception in the valleys is variable enough, Band 3 TV at 200 MHz was very poor !
Des Walsh (24/2-2016)

In reply to your recent post. I found this from Wikipedia.
RTÉ runs 252 Longwave at a lower power level than its licensed 500 kilowatts: in the daytime it operates at 300 kW and at night 100–150 kW.
James Vincent (24/2-2016)

Further to the report below about 252 kHz LW, please can anyone tell us what is the power of the transmitter these days?
Does anyone know if a recent change has happened this week?
James Robinson (24/2-2016)



Reception of RTE-1 on 252 Khz in South Devon UK has been pretty poor most of today and daytime on 23/02/16 due to strong co channel interference of Algeria’s Chaine 3.
It has been noted that RTE 1 on 252 Khz LW will close on Monday 1st May 2017.
Regards, Adam Birchenall (Grundig YB-400) (23/2-2016)

Radio Caroline North returns on 27th & 28th February, continuing to trace the Caroline story in the mid-seventies.

In May 1976 after an absence of 3 years a daytime English service returned to the air. Caroline broadcasts were on 192m by day and 259m at night, later moving to 319m 24/7.

We'll hear from some of those onboard at the time: Mark Lawrence, James Ross, Stevie Gordon and Stuart Russell, along with station manager Rob Eden. It was a good time for the station, lasting through most of 1977. So musically we extend our remit this time until the end of that year.

We'll be broadcasting live from the radio-ship Ross Revenge again, available here online this time from 6am Saturday until 9pm Sunday, and also on Manx Radio 1368 AM.
Please send suitable music choices and memories to memories@radiocaroline.co.uk.
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (23/2-2016)

I want to tell you sad news. Today I read in the official group of Radio Mayak-Odessa [765 kHz] that since February, 9, 2016 the radiostation is closed because of financial problems.
Sergei. Saint Petersburg, Russia (23/2-2016)

Tonight (22-2-2016) I heard the following announement on 1368 Khz: "Challenger Radio, Long Propagation test on Kilohertz 567, Kilohertz 846 and Kilohertz 1368..." The message was followed by dots/pips and then again announed the same way on what looks like a loop-tape.
Here in Holland audiable on 1368 on my Sangean 404 receiver and on the web-sdr Twente. Not audiable on the other frequencies they mention in their announcement.
Peter van der Eijk, Nieuwegein, Netherlands (22/2-2016)

I have posted some 26 minutes of station ID's from Medium Wave stations which I heard during daytime in Christiansted, St. Croix, US Virgin Island, in late December 2015 and early January 2016 using my Perseus SDR-receiver and a Wellbrook loop outdoor. Daytime only – so no DX.

This is my daytime band scan:
QRK: 5 = very strong, 4: strong, 3: fair signal, 2: weak og 1 = very weak
§ = recording on the Soundcloud-file

[kHz – country - Station-ID – language - remarks - QRK]
§ 550 - Puerto Rico - WPAB 550 - S - La Radio del Sur de Puerto Rico - 5
§ 580 - Puerto Rico - WKAQ 580-– S - La Numero Uno. //1420 - 5
§ 590 - Venezuela - Radio Continente - S - 1
§ 610 - Puerto Rico - X-61 - S - 4
§ 630 - Puerto Rico - NotiUno - S - //910, 1280 - 4
§ 640 - Guadeloupe - Guadeloupe 1ère - F - QRM fra Venezuela? - 3
650 - Venezuela - RNV Activa – S - La Revolución Radical de la Radio – 1
§ 670 - Venezuela - Radio Rumbos - S - La Emisora del Venezuela - 3
§ 680 - Puerto Rico - Wapa Radio - La Poderosa - S - //1260, 1590 - 3
§ 710 - Venezuela - Radio Capital - S - 2
§ 740 - Puerto Rico - WIAC - S - 5
§ 750 - Venezuela - Radio Caracas Radio RCR 750 - S - 4
§ 780 - BVI - ZBVI Radio - E - 5
790 - Venezuela - Radio Venezuela 790 - S - 1
§ 810 - Puerto Rico - Radio Paz 810 - S - 5
§ 830 - Venezuela - Radio Sensación - S - 2
§ 840 - Puerto Rico - Victoria 8-40 - S - Slogan: La Reina del Caribe - 5
§ 860 - St. Kitts & Nevis - VON Radio - E - The Power House of the Eastern Caribbean - 4
§ 870 - Puerto Rico - WQBS - S - 3
§ 890 - Puerto Rico - La Nave WFAB - S - Religion - 5
900 - Barbados - FM 94.7 - E - 1
910 - Puerto Rico - NotiUno - S - //630, 1280 - 5 - (cf. § on 630)
§ 920 - Venezuela - Nueva Esparta - S - 2
§ 940 - Puerto Rico - WIPR - S - 2
§ 970 - US Virgin Islands - WSTX - E - Reggae - 5
§ 1000 - US Virgin Islands - WVWI Radio 1000 - E - Fox Sports Radio - 5
§ 1060 - Puerto Rico – WCGB. Sometimes with The Rock Radio Network - E -
//1190, 1370 - 4
§ 1090 - Venezuela - Unión Radio - S - 1
1090 - US Virgin Islands - cf.: *) - n/a
§ 1110 - Puerto Rico - WVJP Z101 Digital - S - relays Z101 from Dominican Rep. - 1
§ 1110 - Venezuela - Radio Carúpano - S - 1
§ 1130 - Venezuela - Radio Ideal - S - 3
1140 - Puerto Rico - Once Q Cadena Nacional - S - 1
§ 1160 - Antigua - Caribbean Radio Lighthouse - E - 5
1190 - Puerto Rico - The Rock Radio Network - E - //(1060), 1370 - 4 – (cf. § on 1340)
§ 1200 - Venezuela - Radio Tiempo - S - Religion - 3
§ 1210 - Puerto Rico - Radio Hoy WHOY - S - Slogan: La Señal Activa - 5
§ 1240 - Puerto Rico - Walo Radio - S - 4
1260 - Puerto Rico - Wapa Radio La Poderosa - S - //680, 1590 - 3 - (cf. § on 680)
1280 - Puerto Rico – NotiUno – S - //630, 910 - 1 - (cf. § on 630)
§ 1290 - Venezuela - Radio Puerto Cabello - S - 2
§ 1320 - Puerto Rico - Radio Isla 13-20 - S - 3
§ 1340 - US Virgin Islands – WSTA The Peoples Station - E - 5
§ 1370 - Puerto Rico - The Rock Radio Network - E - //1060, 1190 - 5
§ 1400 - Grenada - Harbour Light of the Windwards - E - 1
§ 1400 - Puerto Rico - WIDA Radio Vida - S - 1
1420 - Puerto Rico - WKAQ 5-80 - S - // 580 kHz - 1 - (cf. § on 580)
§ 1430 - Puerto Rico - Radio Tiempo - S - 2
§ 1450 - Puerto Rico - WCPR - S - 1
1450 - Venezuela - Radio Maria - S - 1
§ 1460 - Puerto Rico – WRRE - S - 1
§ 1470 - Puerto Rico - Cumbre 1470 - S - 1
§ 1480 - Puerto Rico - El 14-80 - S - 5
§ 1500 - Venezuela - Dos Mil - S - 1
§ 1520 - Puerto Rico - WVOZ - S - Radio Televisión Canal 8 - 2
§ 1540 - Puerto Rico - WIBS Caribe 15-40 – S - La Voz de la Region - 1
1580 - Puerto Rico - WMTI - S - 1 - (noted // WGIT 1660)
1590 - Puerto Rico - Wapa Radio La Poderosa - S - //680, 1260 - 3 - (cf. § 680)
§ 1610 - Anguilla - University Network - E - Religion - 5
§ 1620 - US Virgin Islands - WDHP - E - 4
§ 1660 - Puerto Rico - WGIT - S - 5

*) 1090 WUVI, University of Virgin Islands, has been off air since October 2015 because of a transmitter failure. A new 600 Watt transmitter has been purchased and is believed to be in operation as of February/March 2016.
Unheard during daytime but heard during evening hours: 1310 – Martinique.
Unheard: 530 Turks & Caicos Islands (Vision Cristiana), 1300 St. Maarten (The Voice of St Maarten) and 1690 US Virgin Islands (WGOD).
Best 73's, Stig Hartvig Nielsen, mwdx yg (22/2-2016)



(Quebec): CRTC decision concerning Radio Humsafar (1610 kHz).

Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2016-49 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2016/2016-49.htm
Ottawa, 9 February 2016
Radio Humsafar Inc.
Montréal, Quebec
Application 2015-1192-3

CHRN Montréal – Technical change
The Commission approves the application by Radio Humsafar Inc. to change the authorized contours of the radio programming undertaking CHRN MontréalFootnote 1 by relocating its transmitter site. All other technical parameters will remain unchanged. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
The licensee stated that this change was necessary since its engineering team had found after various studies and tests that the original transmitter site was no longer viable, which is why the station is not yet in operation.
The Commission reminds the applicant that pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, no licence may be issued until the Department of Industry notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.
The station's transmitter must be operational with implemented technical changes at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 24 months from the date of this decision, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before 9 February 2018. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted in writing at least 60 days before that date.
Secretary General

Footnote 1
In Commercial ethnic radio stations in Montréal, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2014-241, 16 May 2014, the Commission approved an application by Radio Humsafar Inc. to operate a commercial AM ethnic radio station in Montréal and indicated that the undertaking must be operational by 16 May 2016.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (22/2-2016)



I have been told that the 990 kHz transmitter at Redmoss (1kW) carrying BBC Radio nan Gaidheal, closed in November 2015.
James Robinson (21/2-2016)



Confirmation that Mangotsfield 1260 kHz (Smooth Radio (Bristol)) and 1548 kHz (BBC Radio Bristol) transmitter was switched off permanently at 0104 UTC on 20 February 2016. The site is due to be redeveloped for housing.
James Robinson (20/2-2016)



Radio City Relays:
Scheduled Radio City programmes in February 2016 are:
Friday 19th between 19 to 20 UTC via IRRS on 7290 kHz and via Challenger Radio, Italy on 567, 846 and 1368 kHz'
Saturday 20th between 09 to 10 UTC repeat via IRRS on 9510 kHz.
Saturday 27th between 13 to 14 UTC via Hamburger Lokalradio on 7265 kHz (different programme).
Every Saturday between 20 to 21 UTC via Radio Merkurs, Riga, Latvia on 1485 kHz (different programmes).
Contact address remains: citymorecars@yahoo.ca
Tom Taylor (18/2-2016)



In addition to BBC Radio Bristol on 1548 kHz closing, it has now also been confirmed that the transmitter from the same site - Mangotsfield - on 1260 kHz carrying Smooth Radio Bristol will also close on 19 February.
The time is not confirmed.
James Robinson (17/2-2016)



(Abu Dhabi): The website www.pravasibharathi.com is still very much under construction, but provides some additional information on the background of the new medium station Pravasi Bharathi 810 AM. The company information leads to the conclusion that, although the AM-DRM-operation is a financial risk, the station has some financial backing. Probably, the online transmissions will also help the reach of the station, although the links on the website did not yet work when checked.

Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation FZ.LLC
P.B.No. 77914, Twofour54, Media Zone Authority, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 2 3043 818, +971 2 401 2602
Email: info@pravasibharathi.com
Web: www.pravasibharathi.com

Company Info acc. to http://www.pravasibharathi.com/Company_Info.php
Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation FZ.LLC is a media conglomerate incorporated under the licensing of Media Zone Authority, Abu Dhabi. Headquartered in Twofour54 Abu Dhabi, Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation has its own studios in Dubai and Thiruvananthapuram with marketing offices in six GCC nations - Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE and Saudi Arabia along with such offices in Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Calicut, Mumbai and New Delhi in India. Our Central Sales Division is responsible for the entire planning, sales implementation as well as forming marketing strategies through market research, surveys and audience demographics. Our news bureaus are existent in all the GCC nations and Thiruvananthapuram as well.
Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation stands for a great vision of touching the lives of Indian community in the Gulf. We aspire to reach the Indian masses throughout the GCC nations via all modes of media, with clear objectives to inspire, educate, inform and entertain the masses by harnessing the power of creativity. We are making a serious and professional approach to the media arena keeping all the morals to fulfill our social commitment. ‘Infotainment’ is our motto, which will delight interests of the Indian masses here. We have an entirely different concept to reach those Indians who love and respect their motherland, its tradition and culture.
Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation has seven core activities: Radio Broadcasting, Television (Gulf Malayalam TV), Print and Publishing (Gulf Malayalam Weekly), Digital Media, Song and Drama Division, Events and Exhibitions Division and Films Division. We aim to work through a clear vision that focuses on innovation and quality that represent creative, meaningful and unique media content, while respecting social, cultural, and family values." Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (16/2-2016)


Today is World Radio Day.
More info at

and https://www.facebook.com/WorldRadioDay
Ydun Ritz (13/2-2016)



Marnach Masts demolished. Just seen this sad news via the Radioszene Facebook page:
Another piece of history gone.... :-(
Alan Gale, dxld yg group (11/2-2016)

DRM Reception on 1018kHz. AIR Kolkata B testing Nautel transmitter on the local midnight 11/12-Feb 2016. Reception by Debanjan Chakraborty, VU3DCH at Kolkata,INDIA.
Sudipta Ghose, MWC FB group (11/2-2016)

The new All India Radio, Kolkata 'B' transmitter testing in DRM mode on 1018 kHz; heard around midnight local time 10th of February by Debanjan Chakraborty.
Alokesh Gupta, DRM - Digital Radio Mondiale FB group (10/2-2016)



Closure of Radio Bristol's medium wave frequency 1548 kHz.

"BBC Radio Bristol’s medium wave transmitter will close down permanently on 19th February 2016.
The site is being redeveloped for housing so it has not been possible to renew the lease. We examined a number of options to keep the medium wave service on air but none of them represented good value for money for the licence fee payer.
However, there are still lots of ways to continue to enjoy listening to BBC Radio Bristol, though:
94.9 FM in the Bristol area
104.6 FM in Bath
103.6 FM in Weston-Super-Mare
DAB on a newly enhanced transmitter network; check coverage here
On your TV on Freeview Channel 719; and of course online, via computer, tablet or phone using BBC iPlayer Radio."

Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (10/2-2016)

BBC Radio Bristol has confirmed it will be shutting down its Medium Wave transmitter, on 1548 kHz, in mid-February.
The BBC has pointed out that the switch-off is necessary because the landlord of the Mangotsfield transmitter site is handing over the land to developers, a decision that is out of the BBC's control. The move had been expected for some while, with planning permission having been granted by the local council for redevelopment, according to a516digital.com.
BBC Radio Bristol is inviting listeners via social media to spread the word about the changes, which will mean affected listeners will need to tune in to the station via FM, DAB, online or via Freeview after Feb. 19.
Mike Terry, MWC FB group (10/2-2016)



Radio Pakistan, Multan testing on 1035 kHz
73, Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi (9/2-2016)

The world’s first Malayalam-language digital radio station is now broadcasting from Abu Dhabi.
Pravasi Bharathi 810 AM was launched with a live broadcast from popular playback singer, G Venugopal.
The official switch-on was performed by Abdul Rahman Awadh Al Harthi, executive director of radio for Abu Dhabi Media, and Noushad Abdul Rahuman, chairman of Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation. Also present at the inauguration ceremony were K C Joseph, Kerala’s minister for rural development, planning, culture and Norka.
Pravasi Bharathi 810 AM is also the first digital-radio station in the Middle East and North Africa region. The channel is broadcast under the licence of Abu Dhabi Media and Media Zone Authority, Abu Dhabi.
The station hosts analogue transmission from 5am to 12.10am each day, with digital transmission between 12.10am and 5am every day, broadcast from its headquarters in Al Maqta.
The National staff http://www.thenational.ae/arts-life/from-holly-to-bolly/new-malayalam-radio-channel-launched-in-uae
Mauno Ritola via WRTH FB group (9/2-2016)



NBC Morobe [also known as Radio Morobe locally] no longer broadcasts on 3220 SW because of faulty equipment and obsolete parts.
It can only be heard on 810 MW with 10kW and on FM 95.5 with 1kW.
Daily schedule:
1900-2300 UTC NBC Morobe,
2300-0700 UTC NBC National from Port Moresby,
0700-1200 UTC NBC Morobe and
1200-0200 UTC NBC National from Port Moresby.
There is also a full time relay of NBC National on 90.7 FM with 1kW and a full time relay of Tribe FM also from Port Moresby on 92.3 FM and also with 1kW.
Contact: Micah Yanage, Regional Engineer-Momase, NBC Morobe.
Email: rmorobe@nbc.com.pg.
This information is correct as at February 8 2016 NZ date.
David Ricquish, WRTH fb group (8/2-2016)



Yesterday, I checked the mediumwave frequency of AFN Bavaria in Vilseck on the radio of my car, something I regularly do when driving outside the city of Nuremberg. As of 3 February, the station was still audible on 1107 kHz.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (4/2-2016)



According to a message on the Facebookpage of AFN Benelux, the mediumwave transmitter in Moechengladbach on 1143 KHz has been closed down.

See https://www.facebook.com/afnbenelux
"Hi. Is the transmitter on 1143 AM off air now?
AFN Benelux: Yes sir, it has been shut down."

Marcel Rommerts (3/2-2016)



We are unable to broadcast our scheduled programmes on medium wave.
BT have informed us that due to a major problem with their broadband service in the location of our transmitter we have lost our connection & unable to broadcast our scheduled programmes on medium wave. This problem may not be resolved until Wednesday morning. In the meantime we are providing an alternative selection of programmes on 1521 medium wave.
Our digital broadcasts remain on schedule by using the tune in radio & radio player apps, on internet radio & on line.
Tuesday 2nd February - positive radio sharing the Good News, Flame CCR
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (2/2-2016)

According to a revised „Timetable for inviting applications for community radio licences“ (Updated 27 January 2016) Ofcom will in the second half of 2016 call for applications for medium wave licences for locations anywhere throughout the UK. (http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radio-broadcast-licensing/community-radio/apply-for-licence/timetable) This will mostly concern areas where FM frequencies are not available (urban conglomerates) or medium wave might provide better coverage (sparsely populated areas).
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (2/2-2016)

13 February is World Radio Day — a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.

This year, the UNESCO theme for World Radio Day is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”. Radio still remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide, in the quickest possible time.

More info at http://www.diamundialradio.org/ and
EDXC News (2/2-2016)



Ukraine on medium wave:

549 kHz / UR 1 / Luch (Mykolaiv region.) / 0400 – 2100 / 720 kW
765 kHz / R. "Mayak" (disabled / test) / Petrovka (Odessa region.) / 40 kW
837 kHz / UR 1 / Taranovka (Kharkiv region.) / 0400 – 2200 / 150 kW
837 kHz / R. "Bukovina" / Chernivtsi / 0600 – 1100 / 30 kW
990 kHz / Oblastnoe Radio 2 Dnepropetrovsk / Dnipropetrovsk / 1000 - 1200 / 2.5 kW
1044 kHz / Oblastnoe Radio Ivano-Frankivsk / UR 1 / Verkhovyna (Ivano-Frankivsk region.) / 0400 – 2100 / 1 kW
1278 kHz / UR 1 / tests VSRU / Petrovka (Odessa region.) / 1700 – 2200 / 100 kW
1377 kHz / R. "Khvylya" / Vinnytsia / 1100 – 1515 / 7 kW
1377 kHz / channel "Nikolaev" / Mykolayiv / 0800 - 0900 / 3.5 kW
1404 kHz / UR 1 / Ishmael (Odessa region.) / 0400 – 2100 / 10 kW
1431 kHz / VSRU / Luch (Mykolaiv region.) / 1700 – 2100 / 800 kW
All times in UTC.
www.dxing.ru, forum, “RUS-DX” # 857
Anatoly Klepov, Moscow, Russia (1/2-2016)

Mangotsfield 1548 kHz, carrying BBC Radio Bristol, will close on 19 February 2016 due to the site being redeveloped.
It is also likely that 1260 kHz, carrying Smooth Bristol, will also close on this day. The time is unconfirmed but I will try to find out for sure what is happening with the second outlet on 1260.
Four new DAB transmitters have bee switched on to replace lost areas of coverage.
James Robinson (1/2-2016)



Czech Radio (Cesky Rozhlas, CRo) has a new transmitter on 1071 kHz with CRo Plus. Location: Ostrava-Svinov. Power: 5 kW. In operation since January 29th.

Now there are 3 TXs in Ostrava-Svinov:
639 kHz - CRo 2 (Dvojka)
1071 kHz - CRo Plus
1233 kHz - Radio Dechovka
All TXs use one tower via a triplexer.
Karel Honzik (29/1-2016)

Dear Ydun,
To-day saturday January 30th 2016 I noted a new Czech transmitter with PLUS programming on 1071 kHz at 1642utc. Reception varies from good to weak here in Almere, The Netherlands
The details of the transmitter are here:
All the best and 73, Ehard Goddijn, Almere HOL (30/1-2016)

Hello Ydun,
new transmitter of CRo Plus, Český rozhlas, 1071 kHz in on the air since 29 January. Trasmitter site is Svinov, near Ostrava and power is 5 kW.
1071 kHz is old Czechoslovakian MW frequency.
Vaclav Dosoudil (CZE) (30/1-2016)

CRo plus now on 1071 kHz
Hansjoerg Biener (31/1-2016)



Start Point 693 kHz currently running at 40 kW and will be for the next few months.
Ydun Ritz (22/1-2006)



Start Point 693 Khz http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/gallerypage.php?txid=1474&pageid=2419
The North mast was brought down today and service is now on at reduced power.
James Robinson (21/1-2016)

BBC Radio 5 live in the South West - 693kHz: Essential engineering work is taking place today on the Start Point MW transmitter in Devon.
The transmitter will be off air completely overnight between 2300-0600 Thursday21-Friday 22 January.
When service resumes the transmitter, currently at 80kW, will operate at reduced power for an unknown period of time - possibly some months.
More details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/news/item83
James Robinson (21/1-2016)

The next Radio Caroline North weekend is at the end of January on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st. Make sure you join us on the mighty AM1368 and online for another fantastic selection of Caroline memories through the decades. A full presenter and programme line up will be available soon so watch this space!
"Carnaby Street with Chris Williams" Facebook group.
(Most broadcasts will be from the Ross Revenge, weather permitting).
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (21/1-2016)

Not good news for medium wave - "Digital radio is now standard in 80% of new cars, Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, announced today. "
Article here: http://www.radiomagonline.com/…/a-majority-of-new-car…/37337
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (20/1-2016)


Radio Northern Star in Bergen, Norway now has a regular broadcasting schedule. Under a test and development license we are using LKB LLE's LLE-4 station on 1611 kHz 186 metres MW and a Skanti TRP-8250 HF 250 Watts remotely controlled transmitter, in USB mode and a refurbished Comrod antenna.

Time is CET = UTC+1
Sunday 05:00-05:30 and 22:00-23:30
Monday 07:00-09:00 and 17:30-18:30
Tuesday 00:02-01:30 and 18:30-19:30
Wednesday 06:00-06:30 and 22:00-22:30
Thursday 00:30-02:00 and 19:30-20:30
Friday 08:00-10:00 and 20:30-21:30
Saturday 07:00-07:30 and 21:30-22:00
At all 16½ hours of transmission.

Monitored so far in AM mode @65 watts in the Shetland Islands, England, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. The current distance record belongs to Bjarne Mjelde i Finnmark, 1574 kms! If you're hearing us, we'd also be happy to receive your reception report to report@bergenkringkaster.no or 1000@northernstar.no
Svenn Martinsen, WRTH fbg (19/1-2016)



Monday, January 18, 2016: AIR Ratnagiri is celebrating its 40th Annual Day Today!

1. Date of Commissioning: 18th January’1976.
2. Name of Engg. Head:Shri S.Y.Khade, Assistant Engineer
3. Name of Prog.Head: Shri Suhas S.Vidwans, Programme Executive
All India Radio, Ratnagiri was commissioned on 18th January’ 1976 and was formally inaugurated on 5th June’ 1979.
4. LOCATION :- The city of Ratnagiri is situated along the West Coast of India. The Radio Station is situated at Thiba Palace Road, 2 Km from main Bus Stand and 7 Kms from Railway Station on Konkan Railway.
5. COVERAGE : The Station covers two districts namely :-
(a) Ratnaigiri - with population of 17,96,482
(b) Sindhudurg - with population of 8,61,672 as per 2001 census
Station has two Transmitter one is 20 KW AM Harris Make Transmitter located at Khedshi village 8 Kms away from the Studio site and 1 KW FM Transmitter in Studio building at Thiba Palace Road, Ratnagiri. AM Transmitter is carrying main channel programme in Marathi and FM Transmitter is relaying Vividh Bharati, Mumbai programmes. Both the transmitters are working fine. People are enjoying the programme of both the services.
Contributed By: Shri S.Y.Khade, Assistant Engineer, sykhade@gmail.com

Note: According to http://allindiaradio.gov.in/station/RATNAGIRI/Pages/default.aspx AIR Ratnagiri (Thiba Palace Road, Ratnagiri-415612 (MS)) broadcasts on 1143 kHz.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (18/1-2016)



EAK92 & EAJ20: licenses extinguised. "Radio ECCA-Fundación Canaria" and "Compañía de Emisiones y Publicidad S.A." licensees respectively of EAK92 (1269 kHz, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Radio ECCA) and EAJ20 (882, Sabadell, Radio Sabadell - COM Radio - la Xarxa) have formally returned their licenses to the Government. On Nov. 13rd 2015, in the weekly Council of Ministers both licenses were declared extinguised.

73! Mauricio Molano, Salamanca Spain (16/1-2016)



Radio Mi Amigo International (www.radiomiamigointernational.com) has sent out a message, that their weekend programmes are now available on the FM frequencies of Radio Mi Amigo. This message also includes a cryptic reference to a new medium wave service: „This weekend we are adding 2 Stereo FM frequencies: 92.3 and 106 FM in Spain, Costa Blanca and very soon we hope to add a new Medium Wave service in Central Europe.“
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (15/1-2016)

Radio Mi Amigo International currently uses 1485 kHz of Radio Mercurs, Riga Latvia.
Ydun Ritz (15/1-2016)



As from yesterday, Radio Baby AM, which brodacasts from Trieste, in the North-East of Italy not so far from the border with Slovenia, is broadcasting on the new frequency of 1557 kHz (ex 1602 kHz). The station was heard by Fabrizio Magrone in Forlì Italy.
E-mail address: radio.baby.am@gmail.it (it not com!)
Antonello Napolitano, dxld yg (14/1-2016)



Low power mediumwave in the Netherlands. After switching off a number of high power transmitters in 2015, at the end of December the Dutch government has launched a public consultation on ‘opening up’ the mediumwaveband for radio and non-radio applications with 'low power' and with limited government regulation. When referring to 'low power' this means both a power in the range of 1 – 5 watts (site coverage) and 50 – 100 watts (municipal coverage). The idea is that the same frequencies will be re-used across the country. They will be handed out on the basis of a first-come, first served basis. Deadline for comments is 14 February 2016.
Marcel Rommerts (12/1-2016)

Smaller Italian AM stations
Onde Medie ItaliaList complied by Roberto Scaglione and Antonello Napolitano (not translated)
567 Challenger Radio (Villa Estense, PD)
828 Radio Z100 Milano (Lombardia)
846 Challenger Radio (Villa Estense, PD)
1017 Media Veneta Radio (Piove di Sacco, PD)
1035 Media Veneta Radio (Vigonza, PD)
1071 Radio Marina (irregolare)
1323 Radio Base 101 (Peraga di Vigonza, PD)
1341 Gold 15-93 Hit Radio (stereo C-Quam)
1350 I AM Radio (Milano, MI)
1359 Radio Settanta (Casalborsetti, RA)
1359 Radio Stereo 98 (Zero Branco, TV)
1359 Radio Time
1368 Challenger Radio (Villa Estense, PD)
1377 Radio Music Time (Lombardia)
1386 RAMradio (Milano, MI – test)
1395 Radio Activity (Ferrara, FE)
1404 Radio Luna (Casalgrande, RE – irregolare)
1440 (nuova emittente in Campania)
1440 (test in Sicilia)
1476 Cosmo Radio (Milano, Mi – irregolare)
1476 Skate Radio (Padova, PD)
1476 Radio Briscola (Piemonte)
1476 Media Radio Castellana (Castel San Pietro Terme, BO)
1476 Gold 14-76 Hit Radio (Sicilia)
1476 Radio Treviso (Treviso, TV)
1500 Stazione Sperimentale 1500 (Calabria – test)
1512 Progressive Radio
1512 Free Radio AM (Trieste, TS – irregolare)
1512 Radio Fioretta
1548 Radio Baby AM (Trieste, TS – irregolare)
1557 Radio King RRR (Cerveteri, RM)
1566 Radio Ghost
1566 Radio Melody (irregolare)
1566 Radio Macondo (irregolare)
1566 Radio AM Stereo (irregolare)
1566 Radio Settanta (Casalborsetti, RA)
1584 Radio Studio X (Momigno, PT – stereo C-Quam)
1584 Power Radio AM (Trieste, TS – irregolare)
1593 Gold 15-93 Hit Radio (stereo C-Quam)
1602 Golden Radio Italia (Sarego, VI)
1602 Radio Regional (Otricoli, TR)
1602 Radio Crystal (irregolare)
1602 Radio Baby AM (Trieste, TS – irregolare)
1602 Rock AM (Gorizia, GO – prossima attivazione)
1611 Gold 16-11 Solo Musica Italiana (Sicilia)
Mike Terry, dxld yg (12/1-2016)

There is little to be translated into English:
irregolare means erratic, prossima attivazione = coming soon, nuova emittente = new station. The name of the station, with a few exceptions, is followed by QTH.
Antonello Napolitano, dxld yg (12/1-2016)



Remaining stations on AM in France & Monaco:
162 kHz Allouis 2000/1000 kW France Inter 24h
216 kHz Roumoules 1400/900 kW RMC (0356–2308)
1467 kHz Roumoules 1000 kW TWR (2100–2315)
1467 kHz Col de la Madone 40 kW R. Maria France (0500-1930)
1593 kHz St. Gouéno 10 kW Bretagne 5 24h
Météo Marine (Weather Forecast for seamen) 1903-1910 on France Inter 162 kHz (Only on LW, no FM/Internet)
Christian Ghibaudo, WRTH fbg (10/1-2016)

St. Petersburg
kHz / UTC / Radio
684 / 1700-2100 / Radio Radonezh
828 / 2200-0200 / Radiogazeta “Slovo” (Radio newspaper "Slovo")
828 / 0200-0600 / Pravoslavnoe Radio St.Petersburg (Orthodox Radio St. Petersburg)
828 / 0600-1400 / Radiogazeta “Slovo”
828 / 1400-1800 / Pravoslavnoe Radio St.Petersburg
828 / 1800-2200 / Radiogazeta “Slovo”
1053 / 0500-2100 / Radio Maryja
1089 / 0515-1400 Monday - Friday, excluding holidays / Radio Teos
“RUS-DX” # 854
Anatoly Klepov, Moscow (10/1-2016)

Dear Mediumwave.info team, greetings from Czech Republic!
As I read some notes that you are uncertain about Czech broadcasting, here is something what I can say you about the situation here.

We have several transmitters and a few radio companies transmitting on mediumwave here in Czechia. All times are local, which means CET (UTC+1) or CEST (UTC+2).

List of broadcasters:
Český rozhlas (ČRo): public broadcaster. 3 stations over AM.
- ČRo Radiožurnál - main news and driving music channel. Longwave is very popular among Czech drivers abroad.
- ČRo Dvojka - family channel. Old music, radio documents, children and elderly entertainment
- ČRo Plus - infochannel without music, short relays in English. For me, similar to RFE. Analysis, interviews, politics, world affairs.

Country Radio: Commercial music station with country and folk music.

Radio Dechovka: Commercial music station with traditional Czech and Slovak brass band music.

Radio Český Impuls: Alternative project of one of Czech major commercial FM stations. Only Czechoslovak music from 60's to 80's (pop music from communist era).

And there is the frequency list.
270kHz - ČRo Radiožurnál, transmitter at Topolná (near Uherské Hradiště). They decreased power from 650kW to 50kW. Still audible over Twente's WebSDR. Operating 0500-2400, weekends 0600-2400.

639kHz - two transmitters.
1) Liblice (near Prague). Power 750kW. Operating 0400-2400 ČRo Dvojka, weekends 0500-2400.
2) Ostrava-Svinov. Power 30kW. Operating 0400-1559, weekends 0500-1559 ČRo Dvojka. 1600-2400 ČRo Plus, daily.
Sadly, these two transmitters are playing over each other.
954kHz - three transmitters, operating simulcastly. ČRo Dvojka 0400-2400, weekends 0500-2400.
1) Dobrochov (between Olomouc and Brno). Power 200kW.
2) Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad). Power 20kW.
3) České Budějovice. Power 30kW.
981kHz - two transmitters of Radio Český Impuls. 0000-2400 daily.
1) Líbeznice (near Prague). Power 10kW.
2) Domamil (near Třebíč). Power 5kW.
1062kHz - Country Radio. Prague-Zbraslav. 0700-1900 daily 20kW. 1900-0700 nightly 1kW.
1233kHz - five transmitters of Radio Dechovka. 0000-2400 daily.
1) Líbeznice (near Prague). Power 10kW.
2) Brno-Řečkovice. Power 0,5kW.
3) České Budějovice. Power 2kW.
4) Ostrava-Svinov. Power 2kW.
5) Dobrochov (between Olomouc and Brno). Power 5kW.
1332kHz - ČRo Dvojka. Domamil (near Třebíč). Power 50kW. 0400-2400, weekends 0500-2400.

There are also some transmitters in Slovakia audible in Western Europe. Transmitting in Slovak and Hungarian. Slovak language is similar to Czech and could be easily mixed up.
702kHz, power 5kW - Košice, SVK
1098kHz, power 10kW - Nitra, SVK

Hope this message is helpful for some of you.
Best wishes, Ondřej Babka, CZE (9/1-2016)

Thank you Ondrej for this valuable info. It was needed!
Ydun Ritz (11/1-2016)

Paraná „A Rádio Alvorada. A catedral do ar” (slogan heard in the programme) / „A Rádio Alvorada. A rádio da família“ (slogan on the web site) is run by the Fundação Mater et Magistra (Rua Dom Bosco nº 145 – Jd Dom Bosco, 86060-340 – Londrina PR) for the Roman-Catholic Archdiocese of Londrina.
A virtual tour of the station produced on the occasion of the golden jubilee of the station (2014) is found at http://radioalvoradalondrina.com.br/tourvirtual/tour.html.
Their medium wave frequency 970 kHz (ZYJ 260, 7,5 kW) is not easily found on their web site but mentioned at
Their short wave frequency 4865 kHz which is still reported by international short wave monitors was not found on the site although short wave is mentioned in the station’s history. People accessing the web site http://radioalvoradalondrina.com.br/ will of course more easily use the web stream.
According to announcements, the programme is 24 h on the air, although in the night (Mo-Fr 2200/Sa+Su 2100-0600) Rádio Alvorada joins the Rede Milícia Sat programme by the Milícia da Imaculada (São Paulo). During the day Rádio Alvorada also rebroadcasts programmes of other catholic producers like Rádio Aparecida.
Note: The website http://alvoradalondrina.rcr.org.br/ given in the WRTH 2016, pg. 125, did not come up when checked.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (9/1-2016)



I was checking on new year night the closure of the french stations.
One of the firsts was Bordeaux 1.206 off at 0012; 1.278 at 0013, and 711 seemed to be out. At 0016, off 864 and 1.377. At 0019, 1242 was cut, and at 0022, 1.577 was out of the air. I cannot say how the 1.404 and 1.494 channels evolutioned because there was a mix.
On Dec. 28 controlled how the signals were received as a last appearance in my log, among others that day, here are: http://gsdx1.blogspot.com.es/2015/12/mw-logs-281215.html
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia-España (9/1-2015)



At 17.41 UT Jan 6, Topolna 270 LW on air, - why not ?

R Journal ID heard at S=9+30dB or -40dBm on Perseus remote net unit in eastern Czech Republic, location on mountains between Ostrova Czech Republic and Wroclaw Poland.

The others
639 kHz S=9+40dB -32dBm,
1233 S=9+30 dB -42dBm,
1287 only Spanish stn.,
1071 kHz nil CZE station
at 17.41 UT on Jan 6
Wolfgang Bueschel (8/1-2016)

Stig Hartvig Nielsen recently visited St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and made this MW bandscan when there.


Today at 1930 UTC I heard the Czech Radio's transmitters (on 639, 954 and 1332 kHz), broadcasting ČRo 2. Indeed, the ČRo website
http://www.rozhlas.cz/vysilace/vysilace/?stanice=2 lists all these medium wave transmitters as active ("v provozu" in Czech means that), as well as the Ostrava station, broadcasting ČRo Plus from 1600 to 2400 Czech time. By the way, Ostrava is listed as broadcasting ČRo 2 too, with no operation times specified (probably 0000 to 1759 Czech time, but I cannot be sure about that).
So, Mauno Ritola was right: it has been only a redistribution of the frequencies, not an almost complete MW shut-down.
Best wishes, Giovanni Ricci (7/1-2016)

Tonight from @2100z-, Radio Northern Star has a scheduled test transmission over LKB LLE's LLE-4 station on 1611 kHz 186 metres MW with an ex-Marine Skanti TRP-8250 HF 250 Watts remotely controlled transmitter, in USB mode and a Comrod antenna.
Monitored so far in AM mode @65 watts in the Shetland Islands, England, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland.
If you're hearing us, we'd also be happy to receive your reception report to report@bergenkringkaster.no or 1000@northernstar.no
SvennMartinsen, WRTH fbg (7/1-2016)



There has been confusing information in different media about Topolna LW 270 kHz, whether it has been closed down or not. It has NOT been closed down. Heard it this noon via Twente remote webSDR.
Ydun Ritz (6/1-2016)



TWR Asia, Gavar (ARM) is in fact on 1376kHz (nom. 1377) when it starts at 1815 with its programming in Farsi.
I heard it yesterday and today too.
Karel Honzik, mwdx yg (4/1-2016)

I confirm the new time slot for the Italian programme of Radio Tunis International. I heard the station today on 963 kHz from my home city in the South of Italy, at 1556 UTC with details about Italian sweets and song by Italian singer Fiorella Mannoia. Into French at 1600.
Antonello Napolitano, dxld yg (4/1-2016)

The new Yorkshire community radio service – DALES RADIO – have posted this message below on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DalesFM/?fref=ts:

"An Update from Dales Radio.........The NEW radio station for the Yorkshire Dales will be launching on 11th January [2016]. On AM, FM and on line. We've also decided as a result of it being on AM and FM and Online we should call it Dales Radio. Does what it says on the tin, as we say in Yorkshire!
We hope you'll like the new station. Dales Radio has a new website at www.dalesradio.co and we are now streaming live.
We are now looking for volunteers to help out in all areas of radio, so if you're interested please do get in touch.
Dales Radio will have the best interests of the community at heart and we welcome contributions from individuals, charities and community groups and will publicise your events and causes on the station for free. We would also like your views, ideas and suggestions for programme content.
Dales Radio will be funded through grants, donations and local advertising - a chance for local businesses to promote their products and services across the Dales at very reasonable rates. Please get in touch if you'd like to find out more.
email info@dalesradio.co or message us on Facebook.
Tune in now - Settle and Grassington on 104.9FM and Hawes/Central Dales on 936AM. We will be bringing Dales Radio on FM to Ingleton, Leyburn, Kirkby Stephen and Sedburgh very soon too! In the meantime listen live via our stream or on 936AM.
Thanks for reading and keep listening!"

I trust that this is of interest especially as many AM transmissions are closing down across Europe.
Kind regards,

Indeed this is good news after the "bloody" December 31st, 2015!!
Ydun Ritz

Hi Ydun,
From today some changes on Radio Tunis Chaine Internationale 963 kHz. Still 24h a day in French, but with other languages:
English: 1300-1400 UTC
German: 1400-1500 UTC
Italian: 1500-1600 UTC
Spanish: 1900-2000 UTC
Christian Ghibaudo (4/1-2016)

This morning around 0700 there was an UNID station (a Dutch pirate?) on 1440kHz relaying NPO Radio 4 (classical music).
Karel Honzik, mwdx yg (4/1-2016)

.. or R. Paradise, but they sit in East Belgium.
Jurgen Bartels Suellwarden, N. Germany, mwdx yg (4/1-2016)

Hello, I have listened 603 Khz Lyon at 00h30 is OFF.
Thierry Moy (4/1-2016)



Heard today on Radio Tunis International that as from tomorrow 4th Jan 2016
the Italian programme on 963 kHz will be on the air 1600-1700 local time (1500-1600 UTC) instead of 1500-1600.
Antonello Napolitano, WRTH fbg (3/1-2016)

Notre Dame des Ondes Lyon (France) 603 kHz, last day today 1700 UTC.
Christian Ghibaudo, WRTH fbg (3/1-2016)

600 WBOB Jacksonville, FL DX Test
Time/Date: 0600-0900 UTC, Sunday, January 10, 2016
EST: Midnight - 3 AM, January 10, 2016
CST: 11 PM - 2 AM, January 9/10, 2016
MST: 10 - 1 AM, January 9/10, 2016
PST: 9 - Midnight, January 9, 2016

Mode of Operation: Daytime antenna pattern, with power possibly up to 35 kw. Equipment performance during the test will dictate the maximum transmitter power to be used. The test will include morse code, sweep tones, big band & orchestral music, and selected program audio.

QSL Information: Reception reports are only accepted via e-mail, and can be submitted to jerry [at] jerrysmith [dot] net. Correct reports will be answered with an e-QSL by Station Engineer Jerry Smith.

Credits: Many thanks to J.D. Stephens of Hampton Cove, AL for arranging the test and WBOB Engineer Jerry Smith for making this test possible! Please share the details of this DX Test with your contacts.
73, Brandon Jordan, IRCA/NRC DX Test Committee, dxld yg (3/1-2016)

I confirm that the Lyon station on 603 kHz is still active and transmitting France Info (at least, it was at 1920 UTC on January, 2nd). Some news about this, in German, from Radio Berlin (http://www.radioeins.de/programm/sendungen/medienmagazin/radio_news/beitraege
Happy new year, Giovanni Ricci (2/1-2016)

Today I got some explications, why Rennes and Lyon (711 & 603 kHz) don’t stopped at the same times as other frequencies.

RENNES: When, on the night of 31 to 1, the Nodal Center (in Paris surburb) switched off by remote control the transmitter, after a technical problem, the cooling system has also been cut. Normally it would stay active as long as the the temperature falls.
Fearing a fire at the transmitter site, the Nodal center switch ON again the transmitter, and 711 kHz stay on the air. This saturday morning, a technician go to the transmitter site and he switch OFF the transmitter manually, the cooler system later.

LYON: Every Sunday a Mass in broadcast by association Notre Dame des Ondes (for 77 years). This Sunday January 2nd, the Mass will be celebrate by Cardinal Barbarin, Bishop of Lyon and “Primat des Gaules”. For this reason, the transmitter will be switch off Sunday night before midnight. So this Mass will be the LAST, so try to listen it at 1700 UTC.
Have a nice Sunday,
73’s Christian Ghibaudo (2/1-2016)



MW Rennes 711 kHz is no longer on the air. Switched off around 0900 UTC.
Christian Ghibaudo, WRTH fb group (2/1-2016)

I was positively surprised to hear both Lyon (603khz) and Rennes (711khz) back on air on January 1st 2016 from my QTH in Eastern Switzerland, after all France Info frequencies went down on January 1st 2016, 01:00 UTC.

I had written to Radio France (mediateur@radiofrance.com) last November 2015 suggesting them to at least keep 2 MW transmitters alive. Aim is to cover the last zones in France not covered by FM as well as France’s neighboring countries where many French native speakers and francophiles live. Smartphone streaming is a costly alternative, not even talking about manipulating it while driving a car!

I have emailed them yesterday evening felicitating them about their move, it seems other regular France Info listeners had reacted in a similar manner. I just hope they will not change decision. I cannot get any French FM channel from my QTH but only rely on MW. 603khz is still audible a day time, both 603khz and 711khz come strong at night time.
73’s and Happy New Year! Philippe Aeby, Eastern Switzerland (2/1-2016)

603 Khz
works. I have listened 30 minutes last night and this morning with France Info. Thierry Moy (2/1-2016)

Actually, both 603 & 711 kHz keep running. Hopefully they keep the tx for 711 alive & kicking by Monday.
By the way, without France, I am getting a fair signal from Smooth Radio on 1557 & good signal from Absolute Radio on 1242.
73 & happy new year, Luís Carvalho POR, dxld yg (2/1-2016)



Have a look here. There is a 5 min english Radio Prague program via czech mediumwave on Cesky Rozhlas Plus. At 20:35 and 22:35 local Monday to Friday only. Seems from the 7th of Jan only on 639 kHz via Ostrava. Now on all. 639, 954 and 1332. All a bit confusing - will ask my friend Jaroslav Bohac if he knows more...
73 and Happy New Year !!
Simon-Peter Liehr (1/1-2016)

After the closure of most remaining German medium wave stations, AFN Bavaria is still active on 1107 kHz from Vilseck. The station "serving America's best" was checked yesterday and this afternoon when in Amberg which is in the intended coverage area although the US garrison was closed years ago. When listening to the programme, there was no clue to a potentially imminent closure of the transmissions.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (1/1-2016)

France Info Rennes 711 kHz, still on the air at 1530 UTC. Lyon 603 kHz as expected also on the air...
Christian Ghibaudo, WRTH fb group (1/1-2016)

Now after DLF is gone 549 delivers a nice signal from Irish Spirit Radio.

MWLIST also lists 612 & 675, but nothing is heard there and SR website doesn't mention it either. Any idea is 612 & 675 is planned to be used?
Jurgen Bartels Suellwarden, N. Germany, mwdx yg (1/1-2016)

Hi Jurgen, I don't think that Spirit Radio intends to add any more MW frequencies - whatever might have been planned years ago. They are adding FM relays as funding permits, but just the one MW transmitter on 549 kHz.
73s Dave Kenny, mwdx yg (1/1-2016)

Hello, I am at 8 kilometers of Paris. I have verify for France Bleu Paris 107.1 on 864 Khz is off.
On website of Bretagne 5 you can see article which inform what Breatagne 5 is only French Station in medium wave!
In other article inform: of 4 January Bretagne 5 give with Meteo France Meteo for boat (Meteo Marine). You will see time on site of Bretagne 5.
Thierry Moy (1/1-2016)

Germany left MW short before midnight, only AFN-1143 still audible.

Luxemburg-1440 got replaced by Belgian pirate Radio Paradise, and that is now playing an old R. Luxemburg-English "208" recording.
So don't get surprised ....

France is still on air with all channels [now all gone except 603 kHz/ed]
Jurgen Bartels, Suellwarden, N. Germany, dxld yg (1/1-2016)

The Marnach transmitter was silent then switched off gradually and took about 5 seconds. I think it actually switched off at 0000 in the end.

1422 ended just before Marnach did. The old DLF interval signal was broadcast
until the end.

French transmitters are still on air.
James Robinson (31/12-2015- 2333utc)

Good bye! Radio Luxembourg closed for good on 1440 kHz at 2259 UTC after the national anthem. CRI had the last hour with its program in English. Fair reception all evening at my location in southern Denmark. Transmitter went of immediately.
Ydun Ritz (1/1-2016)



Latest word in regard to 549, 756, 1269, 1422 kHz is that they will go off at 2250 UT, or let's say that's what Deutschlandradio supposes. They will probably play an old Deutschlandfunk interval signal from 2245.
Kai Ludwig, dxld yg (31/12-2015)

On spot checks of 1440 kHz at 1900 and likely moments afterwards CRI did not mention the imminent loss of this frequency at all. Found no mention on their website either. I dare to speculate that maybe they even will tomorrow again play out programming into nothing. I do not see any other output for their 1440 kHz programming; the BCE satellite channels and webstreams which claim to carry the 1440 kHz audio switch to the 93.3/97.0 MHz programming during the CRI relays, and I see no own webstream on the CRI website.
Kai Ludwig, dxld yg (31/12-2015)

1440 kHz RTL Radio Luxembourg Marnach update.
Final stop for ever on MW Marnach at 2259 UTC. Before the LUX National Anthem played.
Several sources via Wolfgang Bueschel, dxld yg (31/12-2015)

LLE-4 will be broadcasting on January 1st, 2016 from 0015 UTC- on AM USB 1611 kHz.
Svenn Martinsen, WRTH fb yg (31/12-2015)

Last minute info: Radio France's transmitters in LYON on 603 kHz, will NOT close tonight. It will be off the air, only from January 4th at midnight. The reason, this frequency will broadcast this Sunday the Holy Mass for the sick people at 0600 PM. This Mass hold by Notre Dame des Ondes is on the air for without interruption for 77 years.
Christian Ghibaudo, WRTH fb yg (31/12-2015)

A new Bengali Service SPECIAL BANGLA SERVICE (SBS) will be launched and start functioning from AIR Chinsurah 1000KW transmitter on 26th January 2016 between 0025-1740UTC (0555-2310IST) with a break in between frequency change on 594 kHz (Morning & Noon) and on 1134 kHz (in the evening & night). This is not a simulcast of programs b'cast via Kolkata A or Kolkata B. The current External Services b'cast over this transmitter can be heard via DRM mode.
Alok Kr Dasgupta, WRTH fb yg (31/12-2015)

It's being repeated right now (12:23 UTC) on 1440 kHz, being heard via Twente, and also being streamed from the BCE website: RTL 1440 http://www.bce.lu/BCE_radio.htm
View on http://www.bce.lu/BCE_radio.htm
Richard Langley, dxld yg (31/12-2015)

Listening right now (1240 utc) from southern Denmark on 1440 kHz: mx, talk, Beatles-mx, ID and anns.
Ydun Ritz (31/12-2015)

Is Radio Shalom about to close it doors?
What is the future for Radio Shalom, the only all Jewish radio station in North America that broadcasts from the 1650 AM frequency in Montreal? The fact it has survived for 10 years without any support from the organized Jewish community is in itself a miracle. Now founder Robert Levy has begun to wave the white flag. In a statement issued today, he said the time has come to end his commitment towards the radio station.CJRS, branded as Radio Shalom Montreal, is a 24-hour non-profit radio station based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is Canada’s first and only trilingual Jewish radio station. Radio Shalom is also the only all Jewish radio station in North America. It broadcasts in French, English and Hebrew. The station broadcasts at 1650 AM. Its current president is Robert Levy.Radio Shalom broadcasts in several different languages, notably English, French, Hebrew and Yiddish. It has a number of interesting talk shows, particularly those hosted by Howie Silbiger and Stanley Asher. What I always appreciated about the station is not only can you listen to it live online, but they always maintained a nice archive of past shows.Levy really gave it his best shot, but I must say the proper push was never really made to get the organized Jewish community completely on side. Yes, I know attempts were made, but think of the value of Federation CJA, the YM-YWHA and Montreal's plethora of Jewish organizations assuming a piece of the Radio Shalom pie? Each has large constituencies and radio is so direct.Levy's announcement does not necessarily mean Radio Shalom will close. He is first and foremost proposing that a new president and board of directors be appointed. Is there such a group out there?Levy spent years working towards getting the Canadian-radio Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to grant Radio Shalom a license. We know that is no easy task. According to a survey in July 2015 conducted by Charles Shahar, Federation CJA statistician, 84.6 percent of respondents said they were aware of the existence of Radio Shalom. As the report notes, “All in all, the awareness quotient of the community with regard to Radio Shalom is a very positive finding.”
Jose Miguel Romero, dxld yg (31/12-2015)



I edited and cleaned-up the DAT tape recording of the final night of 208 from December 1991 which Mike Hollis produced to mark the closedown of 1440kHz (208m) - and passed a copy to RTL recently.
I have just heard that RTL will play that recording tonight on MW - on 208! - from Midnight UK time - after Radio China finish their show. (1am CET)
My thanks to Bob Christy for his help getting the recording from DAT to a useable file - amazing that DAT machines are now almost non-existant!!
Just thought you'd all like to know.
In case you can't listen in - you can download the show here:
Mike Knight via Jan Bjerrum, ddxlk fb group (30/12-2015)

Radio Vision Christiana will possibly start transmitting again after several years of absence. There are plans for a new antenna mast and a new 100 KkW Nautel-transmitter for 530 kHz during second quarter of 2016.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen, DX-Aktuelt #6 (30/12-2015)

I did already [ask Karel Honzik/ed] and he says, that acc. to the official report the change is much less drastic than what it sounds:
ČRo Plus programme time (15-23) will be replaced by ČRo 2 except for 639 kHz, so there would be absolutely no change in terms of total transmitting hours on MW! Just a return to the time before ČRo Plus was brought to MW sharing ČRo 2's frequencies. But I guess we'd better wait and see what really happens ...
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (30/12-2015)

RTE on 252 currently has very bad modulation. Seems the tx is short before falling apart.
Jurgen Bartels, Suellwarden, N. Germany, mwdx yg (30/12-2015)

RTE is fine here Jurgen, just the usual sounding audio..... and on domestic radios as well...
Maybe fault you heard is fixed???? Lots of wind and rain passing over just now.
Kenny Baird, Scotland (30/12-2015)

Hi Ydun
Just checked it again, and now it's perfect. So technicians finally fixed it.
I was already wondering whether they noticed it or not.
Jurgen Bartels, Suellwarden, N. Germany, mwdx yg (30/12-2015 1120utc)



CRo to move on FM, only Ostrava-Svinov 639 kHz remaining with the station for 8 h in the evening.
Beginning on 5 January 2016, Český Rozhlas Plus will be broadcast almost entirely on FM. While the FM coverage is being enlarged, the only medium wave still assigned to CR Plus, Ostrava-Svinov 639 kHz, will broadcast CR Plus in the evening 16.00-24.00 h Local Time. The changes also affect the English segments 19.05-19.10 and 20.05-20.10 h Local Time which came under the umbrella of CR Plus in November 2015.
More details on the move to FM can be found at
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (29/12-2015)

This afternoon 1505-1600 UTC on WDR5 a program about closing down the German MW stations.
Thanks to Stig Hartvig Nielsen for this info! (29/12-2015)

Remaining stations on AM in France & Monaco (for 2016)
162 kHz Allouis 2000/1000 kW France Inter
216 kHz Roumoules 1400/900 kW RMC (04.56 – 00.08) Local time
1467 kHz Roumoules 1000 kW TransWorld Radio (22.00 – 00.15) Local Time
1467 kHz Col de la Madone 40 kW Radio Maria France (06.00- 20.30) Local Time
1593 kHz St Gouéno 10 kW Bretagne 5
Météo Marine (Weather Forecast for seamen) 20.03-20.10 (Local Time) on France Inter 162 kHz (Only on LW, no FM/Internet)
Regards, Christian Ghibaudo (29/12-2015)

Hi Ydun,
Both Greenlandic stations on 570 and 650 were also heard here in The Netherlands.
570 was audible on December 28th around 0500 and 0710UTC; I heard 650 around 0525UTC on December 26th.
73 Max van Arnhem, The Netherlands (29/12-2015)

La Voz de Carabobo [1040 kHz], Valencia, is currently off channel. Noted on 1039.6 kHz at 2315 UTC.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen, USVI (29/12-2015)

CBXQ Ucluelet [540 kHz] to be replaced by FM
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-465
Reference: Part 1 application posted on 17 July 2015
Ottawa, 20 October 2015

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Victoria and Ucluelet, British Columbia
Application 2015-0727-9

CBCV-FM Victoria – New transmitter in Ucluelet
The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language radio programming undertaking CBCV-FM Victoria, British Columbia, to operate a low-power FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Ucluelet. The new transmitter will replace the AM transmitter CBXQ Ucluelet [540 kHz]. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
The new transmitter will operate at 92.7 MHz (channel 224LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 27 metres).
According to the licensee, the signal of its current low-power AM transmitter is too weak to reach the entire city, given that the transmitter is located in a cove. CBC added that the wooden pole is no longer in good condition due to years of exposure to salty ocean water and poor weather conditions. The licensee also indicated that this amendment would improve the quality of the signal and coverage of the area, allowing the Radio One signal to reach a slightly wider audience.
Pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, this authority will only be effective when the Department of Industry (the Department) notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.
Given that the technical parameters approved in this decision are for a low-power unprotected FM transmitter, the licensee will have to select another frequency if the Department so requires.
The transmitter must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 24 months from the date of this decision, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before 20 October 2017. In order to ensure that such a requested is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted in writing at least 60 days before that date.
Secretary General.
*This decision is to be appended to the licence.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2015/2015-465.htm Date modified: 2015-10-20
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (29/12-2015)

CBXU Hudson’s Hope [940 kHz] to be replaced by FM
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-507
Reference: Part 1 application posted on 24 August 2015
Ottawa, 16 November 2015

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Prince George and Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia
Application 2015-0911-8

CBYG-FM Prince George – New transmitter in Hudson’s Hope
The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language radio programming undertaking CBYG-FM Prince George, British Columbia, to operate an FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Hudson’s Hope to replace its existing low-power AM transmitter CBXU Hudson’s Hope [940 kHz]. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
The new transmitter will operate at 103.1 MHz (channel 276A1) with an effective radiated power of 124 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of -159 metres).
The CBC indicated that this amendment would improve the quality of its Radio One signal in Hudson’s Hope and surrounding areas.
Pursuant to section 22(1) of the Broadcasting Act, this authority will only be effective when the Department of Industry notifies the Commission that its technical requirements have been met and that a broadcasting certificate will be issued.
The transmitter must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 24 months from the date of this decision, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before 16 November 2017. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted in writing at least 60 days before that date.
Secretary General.
*This decision is to be appended to the licence.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2015/2015-507.htm Date modified: 2015-11-16
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (29/12-2015)



We did a very short test in USB this afternoon that proved everything was okay. Therefore an unofficial test right now on 1611. Don’t know for how long. We will try to follow the announced schedule for tomorrow, too, however, New Years Eve afternoon will probably be January 1st, @0015 UTC and onwards.
We have got a new license so I expect many more transmissions soon.
73s Svenn Martinsen, WRTH fb group (27/12-2015)



What I believe to be Qeqertarsuaq=Godhavn from Greenland on 650 kHz was audible, initially at good strength, at tune in 0740 UT. A talk was in progress in a language I did not recognise - not Danish. I've never heard their IS which has been listed in the WRTH for years as "Sonja Drags Whale" and I mistakenly thought today was the day.
But of course it faded out before the hour. I also think it's this station that I heard several times earlier in December at around this same time, but then it was much weaker.
Usually I expect to hear CKGA Gander, Newfoundland, which is one of the affiliates of VOCM 590 making it easy to ID, but neither were propagating today, and CKGA has been elusive this winter.
Noel R. Green (NW England), dxld yg (26/12-2015)

Hi Noel,
Greenland was probably what you heard. It had a very good signal on and off on the Ireland DXtuners site from when I first heard it around 0200utc.
570 was also there yesterday but not as strong as 650.
73 Tony Magon VK2IC, dxld yg (26/12-2015)



The Radio France website now has an article on the closure of mediumwave stations together with a link to their FM frequencies for each area.
Mike Barraclough, dxld yg (25/12-2015)



Hi. Official notification about the closure of medium wave frequencies in Germany:

"Hello James,
thanks for your writing.
Our medium frequencies will be completely closed at 22.55 UTC on 31 December.
Nominally: Neumünster 1269 kHz, Braunschweig 756 kHz, Nordkirchen 549 kHz, Thurnau 549 kHz, Heusweiler 1422 kHz and Ravensburg 756 kHz.
With kind regards Konrad Sander, Hörerservice"

James Robinson (23/12-2015)

Winter solstice bandscan:
The rain let up enough around midnight that I dared venture outside with the radio for a few minutes.
To sum it up: The LW band was good. The low end of the MW band felt weak but things got better with rising frequency. Absolute Radio's main frequency (1215 kHz) wasn't all that strong at that moment but the relays on 1197 and 1242 kHz were easily audible. The British and German main transmitters came in with usable signals across the band, but the rest was quite weak.
Reynir Stefansson (23/12-2015)

An English language article has appeared about the closure of Marnach 1440.

Looks like it will stop at 0100 CET on January 1 2016.
James Robinson (22/12-2015)



Thank you so much for your interest in the licensed test and development transmissions from LLE-4.....
The next transmissions on 1611.0 kHz:
Christmas Day Friday Dec 25th (evening 2100z-)
Monday Dec 28th (evening 2100z-)
Thursday Dec 31st Afternoon 1600z-
In addition we'll try one morning transmission soon 0600-, date not decided. US DXers have requested the time 0000-0200z we'll see what we can do. Happy Christmas!
Svenn Martinsen, WRTH facebook group (22/12-2015)

WFOR 1400 Hattiesburg, MS: I think the station will be off the air for awhile after it's transmitter site was burnt to a blackened crisp...
This was just the transmitter site for the IHeart(Clear Channel) station, no studios there.
Paul B. Walker, Jr, dxld yg (22/12-2015)



Tonight from @2100z-, Radio Northern Star has a scheduled test transmission over LKB LLE's LLE-4 station on 1611 kHz 186 metres MW with an ex-Marine Skanti TRP-8250 HF 250 Watts remotely controlled transmitter, in USB mode and a Comrod antenna.
Monitored so far in AM mode @65 watts in the Shetland Islands, England, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland.
If you're hearing us, we'd also be happy to receive your reception report to report@bergenkringkaster.no or 1000@northernstar.no
Svenn Martinsen, WRTH fb group(21/12-2015)

891 kHz Algiers Ouled Fayet still on reduced power after these recent carrier-only tests of new TransRadio Berlin unit channel site?
How is the service now on this RA chaine-1 channel, reception on remote SDR units around Mediterranean reveals only reduced power usage these days, heard 1st px ch1 \\ on both LW 153 and MW 891 kHz at 1830 UT, but latter much less the signal strength of Youth program channels on 531 or 549 kHz.
Wolfgang Bueschel, mwdx yg (20/12-2015)

You are fully right. 891 has a quite good signal at 21 UTC, but it can't be full power. Can be test of 600 kW day/300 night.
Best regards, Bengt Ericson, Sweden, mwdx yg (20/12-2015).

891 khz ALG Chaîne 1 reactivated today this afternoon, Dec. 20. Estimated power 600 kW.
Sergio Sarabia (20/12-2015)

Hi, I noticed this morning that RTL 1440 did not sign on at their usual time of 3:55, and at the time of writing this email 4:43 they are still not on air! Maybe someone forgot to flip the switch or a timer failed.
73s, Matt, UK(20/12-2015)

It has been announced that the 7 MW transmitters of Deutschandradio will cease all medium wave operations at 2255 UTC on 31 December, not 2300 UTC as previously thought.
James Robinson (19/12-2015)



Since this morning, Dec. 17, on 891 kHz is transmitting Alger Chaîne 1 (last night was still the test tone). It is received in Valencia with SINPO 45554 to 55555.
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia-España (17/12-2015)



Deutschlandfunk just has launched a site reporting about their closure of mediumwave transmissions on 31 December 2015:
73, Harald Kuhl (16/12-2015)



AIR MW DRM SCHEDULE: Here's the updated MW DRM schedule of All India Radio:
Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (15/12-2015)



AFN 1107 kHz
: Counting down to the closure of most German medium wave stations, it might be worth noting, that AFN Bavaria is still active on 1107 kHz from Vilseck. The station "serving America's best" was heard this noon in Nuernberg (some 60 km west of Vilseck) on a car radio, but not indoors. In hours of darkness RNE 5 from Spain dominates the channel. Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (14/12-2015)



Strong open carrier on 891 kHz at 1500 via Spain remote receiver, so probably Algeria soon to start with renovated equipment.
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (9/12-2015)

It has been confirmed that Deutschlandradio will carry on on MW with regular programmes until 2400 CET on 31 December - ie 22300 UTC on 31 December.
There will be special programmes on 17, 18 and 19 December only.
James Robinson (9/12-2015)

Transmitter test from LLE-4 1611 kHz this evening 1945z-, 65 watts AM. This is a licensed test with IDs, test tones, and pauses issued by the Norwegian authorities. Program feed and transmitter is remotely controlled. Bjarne Mjelde has the distance record so far, he heard us 1574 km from KONG, November 19th.
Please send reports to report@bergenkringkaster.no or 1000@northernstar.no We encourage sharing of this post.
Svenn Martinsen, Arctic Radio Club via Kai Mauseth, Medium Wave Circle fb group (9/12-2015)

On Dec. 8, at around 0330 I heard on 891 kHz, very strong here in Valencia, Spain, a carrer with 1 kHz tone sound in that frequency. At 1100 or so when I checked no signal was received.
When I'm writing this, at 0100 of Dec. 9, only catch the portuguese station, weak.
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia-España.



The last few nights I've been listening to Radio538 [HOL] on 891 as I usually do and have noticed that there is a second station in the background.
Today I noticed at 15.13 UTC the station is already there and showing as 10db with quiet modulation which leads me to belive that Algeria has reactivated their tx on 891.
Regards, Matt, Grimsby UK (8/12-2015)

By 31 December many stations in Europe will close their MW transmitters on the following frequencies - 162Khz, 549Khz, 603Khz, 711Khz, 756Khz, 864Khz, 1206Khz, 1242Khz, 1269Khz, 1278Khz, 1377Khz, 1404Khz, 1422Khz, 1440Khz, 1494Khz and 1557Khz.
Mike Simmonds at http://members7.boardhost.com/PirateRadio/msg/1449359578.html
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (8/12-2015)

This is not entirely accurate.
1/ The French station on 162 kHz will not close.
2/ The German station on 1179 kHz is not mentioned in this list but it will also shut down.
Regards, Rémy Friess, mwdx yg (8/12-2015)

Has it been confirmed that 1422 will close down too? At one time rumours had it that some of the programming on 1440 (was it CRI?) would be switched to 1422 as of January 2016.
Best 73’s Stig Hartvig Nielsen, mwdx yg (8/12-2015)

I think it was just a rumour. I don't think the Chinese are that interested in the MW band anyway. They also abandoned their other outlet on 702 kHz.
73s, Rémy Friess, mwdx yg (8/12-2015)



Almost every country in the world operates medium-wave transmitters. In fact, many countries use several transmitters with an output power above 500 kW.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broadcast providers and network operators should maintain AM broadcasts for such political challenges. The willingness to help the refugees integrate into their new world is apparent in many governments and it is a question of humanity to use such ways of communication in order to educate effectively.
Radio World by Jochen Huber Berlin December 7, 2015.
(Dipl. Ing. Jochen Huber is president of JHBC Broadcast Consulting and honorary member of the DRM consortium).
Posted by: Mike Terry, dxld yg (7/12-2015)



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

The newspaper says:
When all other communication links were down, All India Radio’s Chennai station managed to broadcast regular news bulletins about the situation in Tamil Nadu.
The broadcast remained uninterrupted despite the fact that the news room itself was flooded.
The AIR [All India Radio] even increased the frequency of news bulletins to ensure that people get all the information about the calamity as it unfolded.

The same news is repeated within this UK Daily Mail story

All India Radio (AIR)

Indian Mail Today
Mike Terry, dxld yg (5/12-2015)

The BBC Radio Bristol 1548 kHz transmitter at Mongostsfield is to close in February 2016 and 4 new DAB transmitters will be added to the Bristol multiplex to replace lost coverage.
James Robinson (4/12-2015)

The LW service of RTE will continue until 2017, with reduced broadcast time. These are the latest news. There has been also a survey about the listening of 252 kHz (the news about it and the survey link are on http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/generation-emigration/survey-do-you-listen-to-rté-s-longwave-service-1.2397407) and a website has been created against the stop of the transmissions, which is updated with the news about it (http://savertelongwaveradio.com/).
Giovanni Ricci (3/12-2015)

Re. to Sergio Sarabia: The 162 kHz frequency should stay active until 31/12/2016, as Radio France stated. The Luxembourg masts are to be demolished as the broadcasts stop (http://www.lessentiel.lu/fr/news/luxembourg/story/L-tat-va-racheter-le-site-de-Marnach-19784995) and the ground on which they were used to stay will be sold in 2016.
P.S.: there is a petition about keeping the France Inter LW frequency alive on http://162khz.wesign.it/fr
Giovanni Ricci (3/12-2015)

I recently sent an e-mail to Deutschlandfunk regarding when their special programme about the end of medium wave would be broadcast.
Despite me writing in English, I got a reply in German, which only partly translates in google translate. I do understand the giste of it though.
It looks as if the special programmes will run on 17, 18 and 19 December. The first two days there are programmes at 1010 CET (0910 UTC), and on 17 December, there is a programme at 1840 CET (1740 UTC). Finally on 19 December there is a programme at 1705 CET (1605 UTC).
The original German text is shown here. If I run it through Google translate it does not work properly. If anyone can actually translate it properly can you please translate it for me: Thanks. Here is the text:

Sehr geehrter Herr Robinson,
im Programmheft des Monats September hatten wir Sie aufgerufen, uns Ihre Erfahrungen mit der Lang-, Mittel- oder Kurzwelle mitzuteilen. Denn am 31.12. 2015 werden die letzten Mittelwellensender in Deutschland abgeschaltet, die den Deutschlandfunk ausstrahlen.

Die Vielzahl von Zuschriften, Aufzeichnungen und Fotos, die uns erreicht hat, hat uns sehr beeindruckt. Und so möchte ich Ihnen heute sehr herzlich danken, dass auch Sie sich die Zeit genommen haben, uns Ihre Erfahrungen und auch Ihre Meinung zu schreiben. Ihre Überlegungen sind wesentlich mit eingeflossen in unseren Programmschwerpunkt zur Abschaltung der Mittelwelle, den wir zwischen dem 17. und 19. Dezember im Deutschlandfunk senden werden. Mit ihm wollen wir der Mittelwelle die Referenz erweisen.

Am 17. Dezember um 10.10 Uhr geht es im „Marktplatz“ um die Alternativen zur Mittelwelle – damit Sie auch weiterhin gut versorgt werden mit dem, was wir Radiomacher für Sie produzieren.

Am Abend desselben Tages sendet der „Hintergrund“ ab 18.40 Uhr ein Feature mit dem Titel „Abschied von der Mittelwelle – Ein Stück Radiogeschichte geht zu Ende“.

In der Reihe „Lebenszeit“ kommen Hörerinnen und Hörer am 18.12. ab 10.10 Uhr selbst zu Wort und können mitdiskutieren: „Persönliche Erinnerungen – Der Deutschlandfunk und die Mittelwelle“. In „Markt und Medien“ am Samstag um 17.05 Uhr gibt es schließlich einen Rückblick auf die technische Entwicklung und deren Nutzung: „Erfindung mit Reichweite – Die mediale Bedeutung der Mittelwelle“.

Ich hoffe, dass der Programmschwerpunkt auch Ihr Interesse findet und würde mich freuen, wenn Sie an diesen Tagen vielfach einschalten.

Mit nochmaligem Dank für Ihre Zuschrift und dem Wunsch, dass Sie dem Deutschlandfunk gewogen bleiben,
grüße ich Sie herzlich
Matthias Gierth
Leiter Hauptabteilung Kultur Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio
Raderberggürtel 40, 50968 Köln

I am not certain whether the normal programmes will be carried outside of these times mentioned here, but once this is translaed properly, we may be more clear.
Hope that helps for those who wanted to know more info.
James Robinson (1/12-2015)

Ofcom, the British radio regulator, has recently extended the licence (number: AL000070BA/5) of Global Radio (AM) Ltd (30 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LA, www.mygoldmusic.co.uk) for Smooth Radio in Ipswich (1170 kHz) and Bury St Edmunds (1251 kHz) until 25 November 2027.
http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/update1115 published on 1 December 2015 via
Dr. Hansjörg Biener


News AIR continues experiments with DRM; first India-made set goes on sale on Amazon India InShare RnMTeam | 28 Nov 2015

Even as Prasar Bharati Chief Executive Officer Jawhar Sircar feels there is need to promote FM, which is a terrestrial technology since affordable digital sets are not available, All India Radio (AIR) continues to experiment with DRM in different parts of the country.[...]
AIR Panaji - 1297 KHz
- 100 KW – is broadcasting on both analogue and DRM mode in nearby frequencies: analogue frequency: 1287 kHz whereas the simulcast DRM Frequency was 1297 kHz.
AIR Mumbai is testing in DRM mode on 1044 kHz and the Asmita channel is available as simulcast on DRM mode at 568 kHz (558 kHz, Analogue).
AIR Jabalpur is also commencing DRM tests next month while AIR Bengaluru DRM [short wave] transmission was clearly heard in Russia.
Radio Kashmir in AIR Jammu earlier this month started simulcast transmission of its primary service programmes with AM on 990 kHz & DRM on 1000 kHz. AIR Jammu commenced with a discussion on what DRM means to a radio listener, in which DDG (Engineering) Radio Kashmir, Jammu K.K.Singh along with Shailesh Raina explained DRM.
Amazon India has for the first time commenced sale of DRM sets on its Mobile App. The set is made in India by Communications System Inc (Avion) which is the first company in India to manufacture a DRM receiver, one of the world’s largest radio digitisation rolls out countrywide. The DRM digital radio receiver AV-DR-1401 is now available on Amazon India. The receiver offers the full set of features including: DRM/AM/FM Stereo Reception; MW/SW/FM Bands; DRM Journaline Data; DRM Scrolling Text; DRM Program Recording; Auto Scan and Manual Tuning; DRM Emergency Warning; Unicode Character Support; 100 Station Memory; Music/Photos playback from Micro SD Card; Multiple Language Support; Realtime Clock; MOT Slideshow; Service Mode; DRM AFS and Battery Indicator.
Hansjoerg Biener (30/11-2015)

Next closures on LW and MW 31 Dec 2015. Freq. in khz and country.
162 F
549 D
603 F
711 F
756 D
864 F
1206 F
1242 F
1269 D
1278 F
1377 F
1404 F
1422 D
1440 LUX
1494 F
1557 F
Sergio Sarabia (30/11-2015)

Sergio mentioned, that RTÉ 252 kHz will close down on January 19th, 2016, but I am not sure, that is correct. My latest information concerning 252 kHz is, that the transmitter will be kept on air until at least 2017.
Anybody knows better?
Ydun Ritz