Autumn equinox bandscan.
A chilly breeze on a moonless night. At least I was well fortified
with tea and custard creams.
If there was any change with the LW band, I couldn’t tell it.
The MW band was neither weak nor strong. I couldn’t tell if I heard
Smooth Radio, but I did hear Absolute Radio relays on 1197 and 1233
kHz, and Manx Radio on 1368 kHz. There was also a good Spanish signal
on 855 kHz. Otherwise, the band was “UK ROOLS, EUROPE DROOLS”.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson, eastern part of Iceland (2020-09-24)

Improving MW Conditions

Condition for MW DXing is improving, as we are heading into autumn/winter in the northern hemisphere. Below two reports from Finland and MI/USA:

Good conditions towards Americas this morning using kiwi-SDR in eastern Finland. Stations from Alberta to eastern Canada mixing with some Colombian (680 radio nacional and 770 RCN) stations.
Markku Tiainen FIN to fb group (2020-09-20)

There was a nice opening to Asia this morning before sunrise. Several stations from Japan and Korea were heard including those on 693, 747, 774, 972, and 1566. SDR recordings may reveal others later. All “big gun” channels for West Coast DXers but a bit more challenging from the Midwest. The highlight of the morning was catching Alaska on 530 kHz by way of non-directional beacon “ADK” in the Aleutian Islands.
Tim Tromp to MWDX – The National Radio Club fb group (2020-09-20)

United Kingdom

From Radio Caroline Northern Support Group on Facebook 19 September 2020:
“Morning. Chris Pearson here in a sunny Douglas on the Isle of Man.
Just wanted to give you a TuneIn update ahead of another Radio Caroline North weekend.
As you may know, as a result of a court case brought against TuneIn by a couple of major record companies last year, late last week, and with no notice, TuneIn pulled a huge number of radio stations from its offering which it deemed to be “outside the UK”.
This included Manx Radio’s AM and FM offerings.
I’ve spent the past ten days chasing TuneIn down and sharing proof that Manx Radio is included in UK legislation. This has included paperwork to prove we are members of PRS and PPL (music licensing), Ofcom (via the Island’s Communications Commission), RadioCentre and that the IoM is specifically referenced in UK broadcasting legislation.
RadioCentre in particular, were very helpful as TuneIn is another Silicon Valley corporation and communicating with them can be a little fraught. Matt from RadioCentre managed to put us in direct contact with TuneIn’s European boss.
They’ve had all the paperwork they need and we’re told there should be some resolve “early next week”.
Obviously that doesn’t help us this weekend, so, avoid TuneIn feeds (which include Alexa and Sonos devices amongst others), and log in directly to Caroline North via the Manx Radio website, the Caroline North link at and via services like Radio Player.
You can also hear Caroline North on 1368kHz from Manx Radio and 648kHz on the Caroline frequency. 
This is frustrating for all, but I’ve spent a huge part of my week trying to sort things.
Enjoy your weekend and keep it Caroline.”
Mike Terry (2020-09-19)

Czech Republic

Some bad predictions, hopefully they won’t occur, same happened in 2015:
Czech Republic to switch off MW and LW End of 2021
This will only affect the CRo frequencies, other stations aren’t
Marco (2020-09-18)

On December 31, 2021, Czech Radio will turn off medium and long wave transmitters, in the ranges indicated by the abbreviation AM. “Technology is not entirely promising and is obsolete. We have to prepare for this in terms of communication, because it will not be easy to persuade senior citizens in particular to exchange their receivers, “said Karel Zýka, Director of Technology and Administration of Czech Radio.
That is also why the Czech Radio will launch the “Senior” station just for them. The public service media currently operates six mediumwave and one longwave transmitter.
Ydun Ritz (2020-09-18)

United States

Another AM radio station has just turned 100 years. In August it was WWJ in Detroit, and on September 10th KNX 1070 kHz Los Angeles could celebrate its first centennial of broadcasting.
Radio World has an interesting article about the station.
Ydun Ritz (2020-09-18)

MW Radio In Africa

An article in Radio World about how radio is promoting development in Africa made me curious finding out how many African countries still have MW facilities as it was mostly focusing on FM coverage on that continent.
My counting gave the following result:
Algeria – Angola – Botswana – Egypt – Eritrea – Ethiopia – Kenya – Lesotho – Libya – Malawi – Mauritania – Mocambique – Morocco – Nigeria – Sao Tome e Principe – South Africa – South Sudan – Sudan -Tanzania – Tunesia and Uganda. All have equipment for national MW transmission, though some of them may be inactive.
These two countries Benin and Eswatini both host TWR facilities and no national MW stations.
Ydun Ritz (2020-09-15)


Several DXers in The Netherlands and Belgium reported the reception of RNE R5 Todo Noticias on 1350 kHz.
Reception was mostly between 2130 and 2200 UTC.
In Spain the station wasn’t heard and RNE has no stations on this frequency, so it is mystery.
Possibly some pirate relaying these Radio Todo Noticias programs?
Max van Arnhem, The Netherlands (2020-09-11)

Does anybody know more about this mystery?
Ydun Ritz (2020-09-11)


The Facebook page Canadian Radio News by Dan Sys provides much of the information for this column.
580 AB Edmonton CHAH Some confusion about whether the station will be able to use their published “Radio One” branding, especially since
they are sharing towers with the local CBC Radio One station CBX-740.
600 BC Vancouver CKSP Off the air the last week of August after it was discovered that the voltage rating of the guy wire insulators was too low
to handle the signals of both CKSP and CKNW on the same towers. Replacement now completed and CKSP is back on the air testing 24/7.
960 ON Mississauga CKNT Applied to increase Ethnic programming from 15% to 22% per week, and to modify its English language programming
to include World Music with announcing using some non-English words to help newcomers improve their English.
1200 BC Vancouver CJRJ Short term license renewal expiring August 31 2023 due to multiple failures to meet conditions of license.
1380 ON Brantford CKPC “Arise Brantford” moved with their Current Christian Hits format to 25KW CKPC August 31 in a format swap with
CFWC-FM, which became “Hot Country 93.9”, dropping CKPC’s Hometown Radio branding.
1410 QC Montreal CJWI (Incorrectly listed as “St Constant” in the government’s Spectrum Management System) Short term license renewal,
expiring August 31 2022, due to numerous failures to meet conditions of license. The CRTC also issued three new Mandatory Orders to emphasize the severity of these failures.
1490 ON Mississauga CHTO-1 Construction Permit expired September 1 and no extension has (yet) been announced. There are no confirmed reports of the station being on the air yet. Was licensed to simulcast CHTO-1690 Toronto with non-directional 23 watts day and 770 watts at night, to improve night-time coverage in the west end of Toronto, especially Brampton, Etobicoke and Mississauga, which are areas where CHTO-1690’s signal has been inadequate at night since CJLO-1690 Montreal came on the air more than 10 years ago.
IRCA DX Monitor Sept 12, published Sept 9 via WOR (2020-09-09)