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Equinoctial bandscan
Time for the quarterly take-the-Panasonic-set-out-to-the-washing-lines-and-see-what-is-out-there, I guess. The weather was a bit chilly at 2230Z when I went outside, but
not so bad I had to run back inside.

The LW band felt depopulated with only the locals plus some French voices. The Irish were there, though, barely.

The MW band felt rather dead though a bit livelier than lately. Even the normally-strong Brits were on the weak side. The Absolute Radio fillers were inaudible to me. I made only two runs across the scale -- it was a tad chilly, after all.
Reynir Heidberg Stefánsson (24/9-2015)

SUMMER SOLSTICE BANDSCAN. Not at home, but at least I have the Panasonic tranny with me. Also, I need not go outside to listen. Time: 0050Z.

LW: Largely as expected except for a French voice overwhelming the Irish on 252kHz.

MW: Far more signals than in spring, though many are only just audible (S=1). Brits dominate the band as usual with 1215 kHz booming in at S=4-5 var. for the most part. 675 kHz had classical music at listenable strength. I did hear the Virgin Radio relay on 1242 kHz at S=1-2 var.
Still some Germans to be had, 1422 kHz being the strongest (S=1-4 var.).
Reynir Stefansson (22/6-2015)

What I can say is that I could get at least the following frequencies in North West England (strongest around 0930).

1269 kHz very weak but just audible
1377 kHz around 40% signal at a guess
1422 kHz listenable and clearer
1440 kHz clear and receivable easily around 0930-1015 but gone by 1100

Was not able to check further down the band, but the signal strengths for the whole band was similar to early twilight in the middle of winter (around 1400 in December) - nowhere near as clear as night-time.

The signal strengths were similar last time we had a partial eclipse.

I have never experienced a total eclipse here so would not be able to say but by the time the next one comes round, many of the stations we can get now will have closed!

I saw the eclipse on TV and thought it was really good. I enjoy things like that, but at home in Wirral, the sun went behind a cloud at just the wrong time but it was darker from around 0900-0945.
Cheers, James Robinson (20/3-2015)

The weather wasn't ideal but good enough to venture outside with the Panasonic portable.

On LW I caught Norway on 153 kHz (based on bearing) and basically what remains of the usual suspects.
On MW I heard Kringvarp Føroya on 531 kHz, what I think was Five Live on 693 kHz and a few marginal stations above 1300 kHz.
That was it.
Reynir Stefansson, Iceland (20/3-2015)

Winter solstice bandscan. As it had stopped snowing, I decided to risk life, limbs and the
Panasonic tranny outside around midnight. It was rather chilly so I only made one quick scan. Whatever the reason, the MW band was underwhelming tonight; quite weak below 900 kHz. The only station with a strong signal was Absolute Radio on 1215 kHz. The relay on 1197 kHz was audible, which did surprise me. 1089 kHz (Talk Radio - or is it Talksport now?) came in quite well, too. And that was roughly it.
No grand gold medals tonight.
Reynir Heidberg Stefánsson (22/12-2014)

Bandscan at equinox...
Guess it's Bandscan-in-Iceland time...

I was at Uncle's farm with the Supertech set, which is a bit more sensitive on MW than the Panny tranny, AFAICT (Kringvarp Føroya on 531 kHz is listenable 24/7), so I ended sitting inside and running through the MW band a few times...

The conditions were decent. I'm not sure I caught everything, what with the radio only about a metre from the laptop. The UK stations came up first as the evening wore on, followed by mainland Europe. The Absolute Radio repeater on 1197 kHz was audible, but just only.
Reynir Heidberg Stefánsson, Iceland (24/9-201

MW Sandscan
I snuck out with the transistor just after last midnight. In short, LW and MW did not surprise me either way. UK stations were the strongest, followed by German and French stations. I did dwell a bit on 675kHz, but that had to do with them playing the Finlandia Hymn just then.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson, Iceland (22/6-2014)

Equinox MW bandscan:
The LW band felt surprisingly weak. Even Gufuskalar on 189 kHz was somewhere far out.
MW, on the other hand, was nicely open, with the Absolute Radio relay on 1242 kHz well audible though not booming. Various other small UK stations came in well.
Constant tone heard on 1458, possibly drifted off frequency.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (23/3-2014)

Winter solstice BANDSCAN. Just got in from spinning the Panasonic's dial. Weather's a bit variable; got outside at the end of a drizzle shower, but standing still in +3°C is not a favoured activity. Hence, just one scan per band.

The LW band was pretty much its usual self, though I think that Norway on 153 kHz was a bit stronger than often.

The MW band was a tad on the weak side, I felt. Absolute Radio's relays were a strain to hear, and I did not notice much beyond Western/North-western Europe. Conditions or shut-downs? Not sure.
Reynir Heidberg Stefánsson (21/12-2013)

It being late September, the weather is getting a tad nippy so I settled for a single run across each band.

The LW band was its usual self with stations audible or better from 153 to 234 and on 252 kHz.
The MW band was in a rather good mood with stations on most frequencies. The Absolute Radio repeater on 1197 kHz came in quite well. The French were pretty strong on 1242, 1377 and 1404.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson, ISL (23/9-2013)

Summer LW/MW bandscan:
Midnight, 2013-06-22:
Both bands were quite reasonable with the strongest foreign LW signal being 162 kHz. On MW, the Brits were, as expected, the strongest signals, followed by the Germans.
Of the Absolute Radio relays, only 1197 kHz was audible, though spotty.
Reynir Heidberg Stefánsson

It being this time of the year, I brought the Panny tranny outside for a quick skip-and-hop across the bands. Oh, and hopefully I'd (for once) spot aurorae.
LW at 1925Z: Most channels (153-261) occupied with only Norway and Denmark missing.
MW at 2129Z: Good occupancy. Absolute Radio relays on 1197 and 1242 kHz audible but rather weak. Heard R. Slovenia ID on 918 kHz. Nothing really surprising, then.
Aurorae sighted: None, despite broken cloud cover.
Reynir Stefánsson (20/3-2013)

Solstice Bandscan: Rain last night, so no chance to take the radio outside until this morning ca 0730Z. To be expected that I heard mostly English, French and German stations. I did hear Voice of Russia in English on 1323kHz, though, but only very weak signal on 1314, way too weak to tell who it was.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (22/12-2012)

Found a few dry minutes just after 23Z on the 23rd to take the Panny tranny outside. It wasn't all that warm so I only ran a quick scan and still wound up with chilly fingers.
The LW band had all the usual suspects for this hour, while the MW band had the better foot forward with more French and Spanish voices than I'd expected, and Absolute Radio's satellites on 1197, 1233 and 1242 were quite audible.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson, Iceland (24/9-2012)

Solstice MW bandscan: MW conditions weren't as good on Thursday and Friday nights as they were on Wednesday night, with Thursday night being the least of them. The stronger Brits and some Continentals were audible but of little help to lull one to sleep.
Back home since the most urgent fencework is done.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson ISL (22/6-2012)

Solstice bandscan - Back-up report (2012-06-20T01:xx) in case I fall asleep early...
MW rather open with good signals from the usual suspects, or what is left of them, anyway. I could even hear Absolute Radio's smaller transmitters on 1197 and 1242. I think, though, that 1215 had a transmitter out of sync, giving the combined signal a shortwave-like feel.
Am at Uncle's farm, mending and renewing fences. The farmhouse isn't the Faraday cage the flat is so I can use the Panny tranny while inside.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson, ISL (20/6-2012)

Yesterday was a tad busy so I'm bandscanning today.
First longwave at 1245Z: Plenty of activity. NRK and DLF on 153, France on 162, DLR on 177 (weak), Europa on 183 (weak), RUV on 189/207, BBC on 198, R.Lux on 234, RTE on 252.
Mediumwave at 1252Z: Kringvarp Føroya on 531, R. Scotland on 810, Absolute R. on 1215 (weak), Talksport on 1053/1089 (v. weak).
Well, it's high day.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson, Iceland (23/12-2011 1300 UTC)

For the last several days, conditions on MW have been rather bad up here. I have the SuperTech portable tuned to 1215kHz almost 24/7, and the signals from the UK on this and other frequencies have been unusually weak for the season. Even at night, S=1 is common. Heck, I've caught myself turning on an FM radio more often than usual!
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson, Iceland (3/11-2011)

It's been a tad wet lately, but I could take the Panasonic tranny outside tonight. Conditions were down. 1053, 1215 and 1377 were the only frequencies with listenable signals. Oh, and there are aurorae in the sky.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (26/9-2011)

Summer Solstice Scan
Weather: Cool, cloudy but dry. So, yes, I took the GX700 with me on a walk between 00Z and 01Z30. No major surprises, but I did hear the 1215 relays on 1197, 1233 and 1242. The German stations dominated the low end (as usual) and kept pretty even with the UK transmitters over the rest of the band. The LW scan was unsurprising as well.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson, Iceland (22/6-2011)
Reynir, have you been able to hear DR on LW 243 kHz? This LW frequency has recently been reactivated with limited programming, see DNK item from 16/6.

2010-11-09 22:36Z - Just stepped inside after a few minutes outside with the Panasonic tranny running a quick MW scan. Nothing really anomalous heard. An echo effect on 954; probably maladjusted delay. Relay on 1166 slightly lagging behind 1157; same reason? Noisy signals on 1593 and 1611; DRM?
Reynir H. Stefansson, Iceland (9/11-2010)

Midsummer observations:
I forgot it yesterday, so this is the closest I can get to a MW report at low night on summer solstice. I used the Panasonic GX700/RF-3700 digital portable in free (if slightly chilly) air.
Signals were generally pretty good, with something audible on most channels. German and Spanish stations ruled on the lowest channels. I managed to hear a bit of NRK on 630 but forgot to crosscheck 675. There were two signals strong enough to light the "TUNED" marker: 882 and 1215. As usual, there were two problems to contend with: What to listen
to, and How long till my hands get numb.
Don't you sometimes wish you had a receiver and loop you could place permanently well out of town and control from your computer? [Oh yes, I do!]
Reynir H. Stefánsson (22/6-2008)

Bangledesh Betar, Barisal testing its new 20 kW MW txer

1566 TWR's new MW outlet not detected this past Fri. or Sat. evening on the SW coast, just the two tiny UK stns of 500 & 800 watt, AIR and stn HLAZ in So.Korea. 
Carlos Gonçalves, Portugal (16/10-2006)


Report be Bernews

Report by The Daily Observer
Bruce Conti, mwdx yg (4/9-2015)

Bruce Conti reports on the "DX'ing - sponsored by the National Radio Club" Facebook group:
Bermuda will be joining the growing list of radio countries no longer active on the AM broadcast band (medium wave). Closure of the 1280 VSB2 relay of BBN and 1450 VSB1 Gold is expected September 30, 2015.  The 1160 VSB3 relay of the BBC World Service has been off since May 2015 due to transmitter maintenance issues and loss of sponsorship.

"Silent MW Radio Countries - Nations inactive on the AM broadcast band" is an extensive database compiled by Bruce:
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (4/9-2015)

http://vsb.bm/ still has the BBC relay, among the opther stations of DeFontes Broadcasting (94 Reid Street, Hamilton P. O. Box HM 1450 Hamilton HM FX, Bermuda), in its first line: MIX 106 FM, 1450 GOLD, 1280 AM BBN, 1160 AM BBC, but the link directly leads to www.bbc.com where the BBC World Service audio can be found.
While 1280 kHz is leased to Bible Broadcasting Network, the links for  MIX 106 FM and 1450 GOLD promise "Live Radio streaming coming soon".
Dr. Hansjörg Biener (10/8-2015)

The future of BBC Radio World News broadcasts on AM 1160 is up in the air, according to Kenneth DeFontes.
Speaking yesterday, Mr. DeFontes said the usual BBC broadcasts went off the air recently so that overdue work could be carried out on the transmitter, however the decision as to whether the broadcasts will resume has yet to be made.
“The main thing is that it used to be sponsored, first by the United Bermuda Party and then by the Progressive Labour Party,” he said. “A while after they became government, the PLP decided to scrap it and we have been running it as a public service but times have changed. “If we cannot get any money for it, we might drop it or put something else on the channel." “These services are wonderful and people love them, but if we cannot make it pay we have to make a decision.”
He partially cited competition as one of the factors at play, noting that there are eleven radio stations on the air competing for the attention of just 64,000 listeners. “There are just too many stations,” he said. “It’s crazy.”
While a final decision has yet to be made, he said the company is actively taking note of how many people call in about the service. “Right now, about 25 people have called about it and we are recording their names and phone numbers,” he said. “At the right time we will make a statement or call them all personally.”
Juliana Snelling, a regular listener, said she was disappointed when the broadcasts ceased and hopes that it will return to the air. “In addition to keeping up with local news, I depend on listening to BBC Radio World News on a daily basis to stay abreast of the world outside the Bermuda bubble and to teach our kids about what’s going on in the world as they listen to world news when we get ready for school in the mornings,” she said.
“We have listened to this for years and the world news, as sad as it is, keeps us grateful each and every day for how lucky our lives are here in Bermuda.”
From The Royal Gazette May 25th, 2015
Radio Heritage Foundation on Facebook (10/8-2015)

Anybody knows, if it has come back with BBC World News?
Ydun (10/8-2015)

For many years, TWR broadcast from Bonaire at a half-million watts but then made the transition to 100,000 watts in 1999 to reduce operating costs. In the summer of 2013, the ministry’s international board decided to undertake the return to higher power, a move already legally permissible because of a license granted the year before. The upgrade is projected to cost more than $3 million and would extend a much stronger AM signal well into northern Brazil and into Cuba, whose northwest-southeast expanse sits roughly 700 to 1,200 miles from Bonaire.
TWR planners are already organizing for the Bonaire Power Restoration Project, which likely will be launched in the spring of 2014 with a completion schedule likely measured in years rather than months. But prayer is fervently sought from the TWR family throughout the Americas and around the world so that Cuba may one day become a mission field of dreams.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (19/12-2013)
Hi Ydun ! Info about BH Radio 1  612 kHz below:

"Dear Mr. Robic, unfortunately, our transmiter is off-air for 6 months. We have to repair our transmitter. Thank you for this mail.
Best regards Senada Cumurovic-director of BH radio 1"

73, Patrick Robic, AUT (19/7-2010)


R. Itatiaia, 610 kHz, Belo Horizonte, MG Brasil. with a new antenna at the new site is now in operation 24/7 except for short periods of return to the old site to allow additional construction.  The associated HF, on 5970 or so, will be moved over to this new site within the next couple of months as well.
It might be possible for DX'ers in W. Europe to hear this one, as 610 is 2 kHz off the Region I & III frequency spacing, and it is 100 kW with a cardioid pattern whose maximum lobe is true north from S 19 59 W 43 53, and the radiated field over the arc from north east to NE (45 deg. T.) is over 4400 mV/m @ 1 km.
Ben Dawson (2/3-2007)


The Vidin-Gramada transmitter on 576 kHz, carrying Bulgarian National Radio (Home Service 1st program, called Horizont, Radio Bulgaria Turkish program and the Parliament Channel) is on full power (400kW) once again. It was previously transmitting with half-power (200kW). The power was increased two days ago due to complaints from the Turkish minority about the poor coverage of the Radio Bulgaria Turkish program on mediumwave after the switch-off of the low-power transmitters in Salmanovo (747 kHz/10 kW),
Samuil (864 kHz/10 kW), Kardzhali (963 kHz/50 kW), Dulovo (1161 kHz/10 kW)
and Targovishte (1161 kHz/10 kW).

Georgi Bancov (6/2-2015)