Netherlands

After some years the RadioDay at Harlingen in The Netherlands will be revived on Saturday 13th May 2023.

Now that corona seems to have been curbed, it is time to revive a long-standing tradition. Saturday 13 May 2023, the Friends of the Lightship Foundation is organising RadioDay 2023 in collaboration with SMC. About the programme, guests and firsts, we do not and cannot say anything yet.

However, as in 2017, the radio lightship Jenni Baynton will play a prominent role. Make a note of the date and keep an eye on the website www.radioday.nl and the facebook page RadioDay Harlingen for current developments and the latest news.
https://radioday.nl/

Mike Terry (2022-12-03)

Russia

I managed to get stable TDoA measurements this morning using KiwiSDR network and repeated measurement runs gave very consistent results with very high probability of this source in Kaliningrad.

Possible transmitter site 54.638024806374716, 19.897280518534938
With centre fed antenna or T antenna between two  masts. Antenna wires clearly visible in tourist photos on Google Photosphere.

Steve Whitt to mwcircle iog (2022-12-03)

India

All India Radio will broadcast the annual Edition of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla will deliver the address. It will be on air from 9.30pm onwards on Saturday, December 3, 2022 across the entire network of All India Radio. Listeners can tune into 100.1FM GOLD, 102.6 FM Rainbow, primary Channels of All India Radio, @airnewsalerts on Twitter, NewsOnAirOfficial YouTube Channel and NewsOnAir App to access the broadcast.
Doordarshan News will telecast Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture from 10.30pm onwards the same day.
The theme this year is “Amrit Kaal Mein Bhartiyata” to coincide with the 75 years of India’s independence.
About Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture :
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Le ture is organized by All lndia Radio in the memory of the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad who was an epitome of simplicity, a renowned scholar, President of the Constituent Assembly and a great visionary who had India and Indianness uppermost in his mind.
The lecture series by AIR in his memory has been an honoured tradition since 1969. Eminent personalities like the former President Dr. Shankardayal Sharma, former Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, firmer Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu, doyens of Indian literature like Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Mahadevi Verma, Harivansh Rai Bachchan are among those who have delivered this prestigious memorial lecture in the past on wide ranging subjects on India’s cultural ethos and its strides.
The recording of the lecture, is broadcast across the entire network of All lndia Radio on 3rd December every year to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India. The lecture series seeks to evaluate the nation’s political, cultural and social environment. The achievements and the future prospects of the country are also critically analysed through these lectures. 
(Saurabh Singh, Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting)

Alokesh Gupta to dxindia iog (2022-12-03)

New Zealand

The reinstatement of the Waipapakauri mast near Kaitaia which serves the Far North of NZ means that 837 RNZ National and 1026 Newstalk ZB return to the air after going off air in July.

The Ōtaika transmission site carries 837 RNZ National serving Whangarei and Ōhaeawai near Kaikohe carries 981 RNZ National & 1215 Newstalk ZB.  These sites are still on air.

The Waipapakauri closure some months ago was seen as a foreunner of a gradual move away from AM transmissions with a rumoured 2030 date for a more general closedown.  This year the FM coverage of NewsTalk ZB in the Far North was bolstered by a more powerful transmitter (10kw) on 105.1 being installed at Maungataniwha.

Bryan Clark, Mangawhai – Northland to mwmasts iog (2022-12-02)

United States

KKOL’s Interference Woes Continue.

KKOL(AM) in Seattle has been flagged by the FCC for what neighbors of the station describe as “blanket RF interference” near its tower site on Bainbridge Island, Wash.  

The station, which branded as “1300 The Answer” with a conservative talk format, has a history of interference claims against it. The station also has frequently shifted transmitter sites and is operating from its fourth location in the past 20 years. 

In the latest development, the FCC issued a Final Order this month, saying it was taking steps to protect the safety and interests of the island’s residents. The commission is granting a transfer of the station from Intelli LLC to Salem Media Group and issuing a license renewal; but only for a limited time with conditions, including a reduced power level.

The transfer marks a return of the station to Salem, which handed over ownership of KKOL to Intelli LLC in 2018 in exchange for KPAM(FM) in Troutdale, Ore. Salem then pledged to repurchase its former station in 2021. It should be noted that KKOL is licensed to Inspiration Media, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Salem.

KKOL’s current transmitter site is located on Bainbridge Island, where it has operated on and off since 2019 after being forced to move its towers and transmitter from the waterfront in Tacoma. However, the FCC said, since that time, the 50 kW daytime station has been the subject of multiple complaints by nearby residents of blanketing RF interference disrupting all sorts of household electronics, including internet connections, cordless and cell phones, televisions, speakers, doorbells, baby monitors, HVAC controls, home electrical circuits and even invisible dog fences.    

The station was dark for much of 2018 as it built out the new Bainbridge Island facility, beginning testing operations there in August of 2019. However, complaints from nearby residents began immediately, according to the FCC. The station was largely silent for the second half of 2019 and much of 2020 as owners tried to resolve interference issues.

In September of 2020 Intelli asked for Special Temporary Authority to operate KKOL at 3.2 kW, which is its maximum nighttime allowable power. The station has been testing varying power levels the past year, with FCC approval, to determine the effects on the blanketing interference.

As part of the license renewal, which was granted despite objections from the City of Bainbridge Island and some residents, Salem will operate KKOL at 35 kW daytime and will be required to conduct community outreach, responding promptly to blanketing interference complaints and remediating interference to any electronic device attributable to KKOL’s operation, including, if necessary, installing RF filters, cables, or replacement devices. 

Failure of Salem to do so may result in additional enforcement measures, including, but not limited to, suspension of the station’s authority to operate, the FCC said. 

While the commission said it did not consider property values and purported health effects of RF radiation in its decision making, “we are nonetheless troubled by the record evidence that KKOL’s operation has impaired local residents’ ability to work, heat or cool their homes, secure their homes, operate their cars, and communicate in the case of an emergency,” the FCC wrote in the order.

The FCC is urging Bainbridge Island residents to cooperate with KKOL’s remediation efforts, use RF filters as appropriate to protect their devices from interference, educate themselves regarding the design limitations of some electronic devices in the presence of RF noise. “And to recognize that not all technical problems are attributable to the station’s operation,” according to the order.

KKOL has a history of receiving interference complaints at its various transmitter and tower locations near Seattle. The station lost its longtime tower site at the Port of Seattle in 2001 due to an expansion plan, according to our previous reporting. Salem chose to build a 50 kW transmitter plant at a site near the Tacoma waterfront. But to keep the station broadcasting in the interim it built a temporary 1 kW facility using a Valcom antenna mounted on an old freighter moored in Elliot Bay. 

However, during testing of the new facility in 2006 in Tacoma, one of the new site’s neighbors, U.S. Oil & Refining Co., filed a Petition for Reconsideration asking the FCC to rescind KKOL’s license. It cited safety concerns over RF at its offloading facility, about a half mile away, which could draw arcs as crews unloaded crude oil from tanker ships. It also claimed RF was interfering with sensors at the refinery and its phone systems.

A settlement agreement between the parties, approved by the commission in 2011, provided KKOL would operate from a directional antenna.

The directional antenna, however, proved insufficient to fully eliminate the blanketing interference, according to the FCC. Salem subsequently lost its Port of Tacoma lease in 2017. 

KKOL’s shortened license renewal to operate at 35 kW daytime at Bainbridge Island — which has an area of 65 square miles and is located across Puget Sound from Seattle — expires in November 2026.  

Randy J. Stine, Radio World (2022-11-28)

Ireland

In 2007 RTÉ in Ireland upgraded 252 kHz longwave with DRM. It was tested and received in London. Shortage of affordable receivers had RTÉ abandon the tests. DRM receivers remain expensive.

Mike Terry to Longwaveradiolistening iog (2022-12-02)

New Zealand

Situated on the northwest tip of New Zealand’s north island, and home to the historically significant Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the Northland region is to receive a funding boost to strengthen its AM broadcasting infrastructure.

New Zealand’s Minister of Broadcasting and Media, Willie Jackson, and Minister for Emergency Management, Kieran McAnulty, have announced a NZD$1.48 million package to fund the repair and replacement of three transmission masts in Northland to ensure AM radio can stay on air in the region.

“This funding will secure the reinstatement of the Waipapakauri mast, which services Far North communities, and replace the masts at Ōtaika and Ōhaeawai which are on their last legs,” Willie Jackson said. “This will ensure that Northland communities retain their access to AM transmission in areas that are not serviced by FM frequencies.

“RNZ has already completed work to reinstate the Waipapakauri mast, which went back on air today.”

Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty said radio is a critical information channel to help reach New Zealanders in an emergency.

“When emergencies happen, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and local Civil Defence Groups work with the media to issue warnings and other critical information. We rely on radio as our number one emergency info channel as it is the most resilient and widely available form of public communication.

“Northland is especially reliant on AM radio due to its remote and rugged terrain, its exposure to hazards like tsunamis, and limited access to cellular service and other information sources,” Kieran McAnulty said.

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, NEMA, and RNZ are collaborating to develop criteria for future decisions about other AM sites to make sure communities are able to stay connected and access critical warnings and guidance in emergencies.
https://content-technology.com/asia-pacific-news/boost-for-am-broadcasting-in-nzs-northland-region/

Ian, AUS to mwmasts iog (2022-12-02)

Space

A new sunspot (AR3153) is rotating over the sun’s southeastern limb, and it is a big one. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is seeing at least two dark cores significantly wider than Earth. The entire group is inset in this magnetic map of the sun’s surface taken by SDO during the early hours of Dec. 2nd.
https://spaceweather.com/

Mike Terry to WOR iog (2022-12-02)

Marshall Islands

After five years interruption ABC Radio Australia can now be heard locally in the Marshall Islands via state broadcaster V7AB Radio Marshall Islands (1098kHz). Aired is the regional newscast ‘Pacific Beat’ and thematic programs (gender, disaster risk reduction, music, sport). [translated from German / Ed]

Dr Hansjörg Biener to Radio-Kurier (2022-12-01)