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19/10-2019

COOK ISLANDS
Radio Cook Islands have reactivated an AM630 kHz service from an old standby transmitter with a mast of 25 metres located at Black Rock on the Island of Rarotonga, on the 18th of October.
The mast and the main transmitter at Matavera were decommissioned on the 5th of August and replaced with a FM service on 101 MHz.
An email received from the station manager Jeane Matenga said the old AM standby transmitter was reactivated at the government`s request due to the poor replacement FM coverage.
Best regards, Chris Rogers, Australia, Oct 19, DXLD via WOR Groups.io (19/10-2019)


18/10-2019

CANADA
Transmitter relocation and extension approved for CIRF 1350 in Brampton.
Radio Humsafar received approval today to move the transmitter site for the "yet to be launched" CIRF 1350 in Brampton, Ontario. Similar applications have been rejected three times in the past due to issues of improperly serving the station's city of licence and possible interference to nearby existing stations. The CRTC now seems satisfied with this latest proposal.
Radio Humsafar was also granted a one year extension to get the station on the air by October 21, 2020.
CRTC DECISION: https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-351.htm
Canadian Radio News fb group (18/10-2019)


17/10-2019

IRELAND
RTE Radio 1 is back on air 252 KHz, LW, reception is much the same as it was before work began, maybe a slight less power than it was, tbh they should of shifted it to 261 Khz while they were doing the maintenance, to avoid the co channel interference from Algeria which i can hear clearly now in the background.
Adam Birchenall via Medium Wave Circle fb group (17/10-2019)

GERMANY
The low power medium wave transmitter of "Ortssender Wertingen" (801 kHz) will have its next transmissions on these days:
27 October 2019, 1200-1700 h LT, on the occasion of the "Wertinger Herbstmarkt"
15 November 2019, 1700-2300 h LT, "Wertinger Nacht"
8 December 2019, 1400-1800 h LT, "Wertinger Schlossweihnacht", and
15 December 2019, 1400-1800 h LT, "Wertinger Schlossweihnacht"
Wertingen is a city in Bavaria (South East Germany): https://www.wertingen.de/tourismus-kultur/wo-liegt-wertingen.html.
https://www.radiomuseum-wertingen.de/aktuell-1.html 11 October 2019 via
Dr Hansjoerg Biener
(17/10-2019)


16/10-2019

U K
I noticed that the Radio Caroline signal on 648 am had become much louder on the afternoon of Friday 11 October, and it is now a very strong signal here in the evenings. I am located in Leicestershire, around 180 kilometres from the signal source that comes from Alford Ness on the East coast of England.
It should be audible again on the continent, despite the Slovenian station being on the same channel.
Dave Angell (15/10-2019)


14/10-2019

TURKEY
I was in Istanbul again last week. This time I was able to confirm TRT as still active on 630 and 1062 mediumwave.
In both cases I only heard them relaying TRT1. According to WRTH 2019 they both relay TRT's Arabic service at times. I checked at times when one or both are listed as being in Arabic, but on all occasions they were still relaying TRT1 (with a digital-type delay of a second or two when compared to TRT1 on FM in Istanbul).
Given the current Turkish military intervention in northern Syria, one might think that TRT would want to be heard there in Arabic. I seem to recall from a few years ago that at least one of those frequencies was indeed carrying TRT Arabic, and was being jammed.
As already noted by Bernd Trutenau, 1062 also seems to have give up relaying TRT Kurdish. I heard it relaying TRT1 in the early morning (when it used to relay TRT Kurdish from 0300).
From Syria, 783 was well heard in Istanbul after dark.
Chris Greenway via WOR groups.io (14/10-2019)


13/10-2019

SWEDEN
SAQ, Grimeton to transmit on UN-Day October 24th, 2019 via the old long wave transmitter on 17.2 kHz.
https://alexander.n.se/?lang=en
Mike Terry via WOR group.io (13/10-2019)


12/10-2019

CANADA
CKDR in Hudson has flipped to FM.
Acadia Broadcasting has flipped CKDR-3 from 1450 AM to 97.5 FM. CKDR-3 simulcasts CKDR 92.7 Dryden with some regional programming originating from CKDR-2 97.1 in Sioux Lookout.
https://www.ckdr.net/…/am-1450-in-hudson-is-gone-97-5-fm-o…/
(thanks to Andy Reid for the tip)
Canadian Radio News fb group (12/10-2019)


10/10-2019

Solving the Medium-Wave Problem
Use a few minutes to read this interesting article from Radio World written by Ruxandra Obreja, chairman of Digital Radio Mondiale
Solving the Medium-Wave Problem - Is it still worth maintaining AM?
https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/solving-the-medium-wave-problem
Ydun Ritz (10/10-2019)


07/10-2019

ARMENIA
These days, Public Radio Armenia (www.armradio.am) is broadcasting its foreign service in minority languages on medium wave.
At 1395 kHz, I heard programs in Turkish and Azerbaijan language, frequently mentioning the webspace "armradio.am" which is the national operator's site, in the late afternoon hours.
Broadcasting time is before 1630 UTC and this ends around 1745 UTC. In between the international news bulletins, the typical interval signal which is known from short-wave is aired several tims, giving a nice ID. I expect this new output from the Noratus site can be regarded as a replacement service for the late short-wave.
Really happy to hear them on medium wave.
Robert D, Germany (7/10-2019)

CANADA
The 30 watt weather radio station on AM 1260 in Ucluelet BC has been closed. The calls were CBPU.
Andy Reid (6/10-2019)


02/10-2019

U K
„Radio broadcast update September 2019 01 October 2019
[...]
Coverage improvement and extension requests
During 2018, Ofcom invited community radio stations to submit requests for coverage improvements and extensions if they wished. During the last month the services listed below have had their requests provisionally agreed, subject to the new technical arrangements going through our usual formal clearance process (this includes Ofcom liaising with a number of outside agencies before changes can be implemented). We have considered the following requests to constitute coverage improvements.
Coverage improvements agreed:
Service name Location
Akash Radio Leeds (on AM) [1323 kHz, HjB]
[...]“

No further details provided.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update -september-2019 1 October 2019
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2/10-2019)


27/09-2019

TAIWAN
RFA 1557 kHz Kouhu.
Radio Free Asia is audible every evening with a good signal behind both Smooth R. txs. on 1557 kHz while 1098 kHz is off for a month now.
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/about/frequencies.html
"In addition, if you use AM, 1098 kHz to listen to our program, from September 1st, Beijing time, the channel will be temporarily transferred to 1557 kHz due to maintenance needs."
News / current programming in Mandarin language.
Clear double language ID on top of each hour.
Broadcasting time 19 - 22 UTC.
Robert (27/9-2019)


25/09-2019

FRANCE / CYPRUS
Threat of closure of the transmitter of Cyprus 1233 kHz, for MC Doualiya. Since July, Radio Sawa stop braodcasting from Cape Greco, so the French Government is alone (with TWR) to finance the operation of the transmitting center. The bill is too high for French Government, so the closure is considered.
The trade union CFDT, within France Media World (MCD's parent company) is appealing to prevent this, we must know that currently, there are still many listeners of MCD, using this MW especially in Egypt , Syria
... Maybe more info by the end of the year.
Actually MCD is also broadcast on DAB+ from Monaco.
Christian Ghibaudo (25/9-2019)

VANUATU
Radio Vanuatu: New shortwave and mediumwave service through infrastructure upgrade
https://swling.com/blog/2019/09/radio-vanuatu-new-shortwave-and-mediumwave-service-through-infrastructure-upgrade/
Richard Langley, WOR groups io (25/9-2019)


24/09-2019

ICELAND
Autumn equinox bandscan 2019
Today's weather was variable, going through sunny, cloudy, foggy and rainy. I went outside at 2240Z with the Panny tranny.
The LW band had no particular surprises to bring forth save an apparent or actual lack of Norwegians and Irishmen. They may have been there but weak or inaudible. [IRL 252 down for maintenance for 5 weeks. /Ed]
The MW band was rich in Iberians and channels with multiple stations. Absolute Radio's relay transmission on 1197 kHz was barely audible while 1242 kHz had an occasional good signal coming in. Same with Smooth Radio where 1161 and 1170 kHz were quite weak but 1152 kHz would swing up to living-room strength at times. The BBC4 relays on 720 and 1449 kHz were also on the weak side when I tuned through. The big transmitters in UK came in well. As usual, I am tempted to say.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson
(24/9-2019)


22/09-2019

ITALY
Regional Radio is operating from Umbria (Otricoli, Terni) on two frequencies in medium waves: 1485 kHz and 1584 kHz.
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/09/regional-radio-1485-1584-am-in-italy.html

Here a google translation of the web page:
1485 kHz
This is a difficult frequency, especially due to the presence of several Spanish broadcasters that are heard in Central Italy in the evening and beyond. Here Regional Radio comes out with 200 watts and a very short antenna. The "safe" coverage is rather limited: 10-15 km.
1584 kHz
Here the Regional Radio technical staff is working to fine-tune the antenna, a 34-meter folded. The goal is to calibrate it to bring the lobe as low as possible. By October it should be all right and Regional Radio will be on air at full power, with 2.5 kw.
As Naldino Forti, patron of the broadcaster whom we thank for the "communicative availability", explains, Regional Radio does not care to arrive who knows where, but wants to serve well and reliably at 100% a radius of at least 40 km. This is because it is a local commercial broadcaster.
As for transmission times, Regional Radio is on air in medium waves from 6 to 24, while on the web it is active 24 hours.
Giampiero Bernardini in PlayDX (21/9-2019)

CANADA
(CRTC) Extension granted for the "YET TO GO ON THE AIR" CHAH 580 in Edmonton.
1811258 Alberta Limited has until January 21, 2021 to act on the earlier transmitter relocation approval and to get this new 10,000 watt South Asian station CHAH 580 in Edmonton on the air. The applicant stated that there have been unforeseen delays with equipment installation. This will be the second extension granted for this facility.
Canadian Radio News fb group (18/9-2019)


18/09-2019

1350 KHZ
For a long time I am observing the channel 1350 MW.
As of 1930 there is a prg from TWR from Armenia in Hebrew and Persian, I think. After 1930 sometimes Egypt comes through on the channel in parallel to 819.
I am looking for R. la Verdad from the Philippines, as yet with no success.
Do you know if there is an active webstream from this station? I was searching, however I didn’t find anything on the web.
Another question is, that on this channel I heard two other stns. One was last year arround 0030 UTC in Urdu or Hindi, playing subcontinental mx. I also observed an islamic prayer during the prg, so I don’t think it could have been an Indian outlet.
Another station is playing electronic music, what back in the days was called techno. There is a certain flavor of African drums to it and a DJ giving announcements between the tracks. However, the signal is so weak that I couldn’t recognise the language.
Maybe you or some of the dx-friends have a clue?
Thank you so much in advance for your help.
73 Zeljko Crncic (17/9-2019)

Radio La Verdad https://www.radyolaverdad.com/. Scroll down the page and find the'play'-botton to the left.
Ydun Ritz (18/9-2019)


17/09-2019

U S A / HUNGARY
Re. the entry September 12th:
It is a correct article. I would like to note that the relaunch would take place on the internet and the Hungarian part would operate as an internet-only station. At least the press speculating about this for a time. I assume that the central editorial staff would edit those broadcast in the headquarters of RFERL in Prague, Czech Republic where the internet streaming takes place too.
Tibor Gaal Budapest, Hungary via WOR group io (17(9-2019)

NORWAY
NRK closing down its last LW transmitter - 153 khz - before the end of October 2019.
The only remaining MW station in Longyearbyen Svalbard 1485 kHz - will be upgraded from 1 to 3 kW.
http://www.radionytt.no/r19165.php
Svein Olav Pedersen, NOR (17/9-2019)

SLOVENIA
558 Muravidéki Magyar Rádió/Radio Slovenija 1, Murska Sobota / Nemcavci:
Tower is 63m high, transmitter power is 12kW. The entire mast is a radiator with a capacitor cap and the ropes are capacitive extensions. (Investigated directly at the transmitter site by Martin Bobek, CZE).
Karel Honzik (17/9-2019)


12/09-2019

U S A (/HUNGARY?)
Radio Free Europe gears for relaunch in Hungary.
https://bbj.hu/politics/radio-free-europe-gears-for-relaunch-in-hungary_170911?fbclid=IwAR3WQ_ hN8cZ5UxQFws0NkWC-_Uz6wGoyMZ0N2YEi3aksHTmSYafgftHahlM
Matt Francis via WOR list (12/9-2019)

IRELAND
Campaigner Enda O’Kane, who used to work for RTÉ and its transmission network pointed out that RTÉ 252 LW is unlistenable in the south and south-east of England because of interference from Radio Algeria beside it on the dial.
“Just a tiny bit further down the LW dial is a frequency that is unused and would bring a much clearer, interference-free signal of RTÉ radio to London and beyond."
See this update on maintenance work: http://www.theirishworld.com/reprieve-for-rte-longwave/
Mike Terry via Groups.Io (12/9-2019)


10/09-2019

UNID
Unidentified loop signal on 927 kHz (light music from music box) was broadcasting the whole night from Sep 9 to 10, audible in Switzerland. Does anyone know the station? SINPO 13322.
The station is presumably in Eastern Europe as it started to faint at around 03.00 UTC (05:00 CET) prior to sunrise in Switzerland.
One more thing, my receiver was a barefoot Sony ICF-RN931.
Philippe Aeby (10/9-2019)

NETHERLANDS
Radio Seagull 1602 kHz
For two hours of the very best New Country, join Stevie Gordon for Seagull Country every wednesday afternoon 15:00 to 17:00 and every thursday morning 03:00 to 05:00. All times CET.
Radio Seagull Live fb group (10/9-2019)

CZECH REPUBLIC
Radio Dechovka on 792 is running with a third of power only now after a lightning hit.
Simon-Peter Liehr (9/9-2019)


05/09-2019

IRELAND
Longwave radio service RTÉ 252kHz will be out for a month as works get underway to preserve it for another two years.
https://www.thejournal.ie/longwave-radio-works-underway-4796327-Sep2019/?fbclid=IwAR1SMkkwFAo4IeP-GxF4bdjr-dn5wOJQa-9R3uQ3_Be96cQBtLTKIiGSvN8
Steve Whitt via Medium Wave Circle fb group (5/9-2019)


04/09-2019

BULGARIA
http://www.predavatel.com provides a lot of information on the current situation of Bulgarian radio stations as well as many historical data. Google translate does not always give an adequate translation into German, but it seems that not all medium wave stations are covered (for example Petrich 747 kHz).
These links are recommended for some information on medium wave stations.
http://www.predavatel.com/bg/1/sofia
http://www.predavatel.com/bg/2/blagoevgrad
http://www.predavatel.com/bg/3/plovdiv
http://www.predavatel.com/bg/4/stara-zagora
http://www.predavatel.com/bg/6/kavarna - including information on a Megawatt project never finished, see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaliakra_transmitter
http://www.predavatel.com/bg/7/silistra
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (4/9-2019)

NETHERLANDS
The Dutch telecom agency has today opened the possibility to submit applications for low power licences (up to 100 watts) for ten additional mediumwave frequencies. These are frequencies for which the Netherlands does not have rights.
This means that they can only be used on a ‘non-interference’ basis.
The ten new frequencies are: 801 kHz, 819 kHz, 846 kHz, 900 kHz, 918 kHz, 1098 kHz, 1134 kHz, 1179 kHz, 1287 kHz and 1467 kHz.
These ten frequencies add to the thirteen frequencies that are already available for low power broadcasting: 675 kHz, 747 kHz, 828 kHz, 891 kHz, 1008 kHz, 1035 kHz, 1224 kHz, 1251 kHz, 1332 kHz, 1395 kHz, 1485 kHz, 1584 kHz and 1602 kHz.
Marcel Rommerts (4/9-2019)

NETHERLANDS
Dutch Agentschap Telekom announced 10 new frequencies available for LPAM stations.
Applications for a license have started for:
801
819
846
900
918
1098
1134
1179
1287
1467
Max van Arnhem, The Netherlands (4/9-2019)


03/09-2019

TAIWAN
RTI, Kouhu 1557 kHz started today at 1900.
Is this a special transmission or a schedule change?
Mauno Ritola
, WRTH fb group (3/9-2019)

ROMANIA
The Board of the Romanian Radio Society- RRS rejected the proposal of closing down any shortwave or mediumwave broadcasts as well as to disrupt in any way the programming of radio production, instructed the Management Council and the President-General Manager to reduce costs in other areas and the President-General Manager to take all the required measures in order to ensure funding for the society. Cristian Mocanu via bclnews yg (2/9-2019)


02/09-2019

CANADA
A number of sources are reporting the following Format Changes:
540 CBEF Windsor, ON was French news, now news/talk
860 CJBC Toronto, ON was French news/talk, now news/talk
690 CBKF Saskatoon, SK was French variety, now variety
1040 CJMS St.-Constant, QC was French country, now country
1650 CJRS Montreal, QC was French religion, now religious teaching
Anyone know what this means? The obvious answer would be that all five stations are now airing English language programming as well as French, but I find that highly doubtful, especially for the CBC-owned three above.
Jon in Canadian Radio News fb group (1/9-2019)


01/09-2019

CHINA
"Radio the Greater Bay starts broadcasting
China Plus Published: 2019-09-01 09:13:18
The first national radio service for the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao greater bay area started broadcasting Sunday morning.
- A launch ceremony for Radio the Greater Bay Area is held in Beijing on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
Radio the Greater Bay, under the China Media Group, broadcast 21 hours a day at FM 101.2MegaHertZ and AM 1215Kilohertz. Its programs will focus on finance, technology and innovation, as well as information on entrepreneurship and employment. The broadcast is in the Cantonese, Hakka and Chaoshan dialects which are used by the people in the area.
- Radio the Greater Bay Area starts broadcasting on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
Shen Haixiong, president of China Media Group, says the new radio service will help to deepen the cooperation between the Chinese mainland with Hong Kong and Macao.
The station's new media platforms were also launched on Sunday.
The bay area consists of the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions, as well as nine cities in Guangdong Province.
Chinese authorities in February unveiled the outline development plan for the Bay Area, aiming to develop the region into "a role model of high-quality development."
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20190901/341122.html"
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (1/9-2019)

Also this on MW Circle list 20:00utc: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/01/c_138355132.htm
Mauno Ritola (1/9-2019)

CHINA
New radio channel: CMG - Radio the Greater Bay
China‘s first national-level radio channel covering the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area started to broadcast from 7:00 am Sunday.
The “CMG Radio the Greater Bay” broadcasts at FM 101.2 and MW 1215, will broadcast 21 hours a day mainly in Cantonese and also include programs in the dialects of Hakka, Chaozhou, and Shantou, said its operator China Media Group in a press release, adding that it will also have accounts on social media platforms.
http://dxingworld.com/radio-news/new-radio-channel-cmg-radio-the-greater-bay/?fbclid=IwAR0f8H9d_ WtAL07lAdWReRtztPCXfmAJ2BMfsCn8Hze4L5_kafiP8WuLFB4
Mosrur Zunaid via WRTH fb group (1/9-2019)


30/08-2019

INDIA
Please look out for All India Radio Super Power Transmitter at Chinsurah on 1134 KHz tonight around 1800-2230 UTC (11.30 pm to 4.00 am IST ) for test transmissions (Timings subject to change due to test).
Today's tests are with about 1000 kW.
Reports may be sent to chinsurah@prasarbharati.gov.in
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, Hyderabad India via WOR io group (30/8-2019)


29/08-2019

IRELAND
RTÉ LW 252 kHz will be off air 10/09/19 to 17/10/19.
RTÉNL Technical Information Service Notification:
2rn - Summerhill, Co. Meath
Due to extensive engineering work on the transmission mast infrastructure at our station at Summerhill, Co. Meath, the RTÉ Radio 1 LW service will be off air from 09:00 on 10/09/19 to 17:00 17/10/19.
2rn apologise for any inconvenience caused by this necessary infrastructural work.
https://www.rte.ie/aertel/desktopxhtml/169-13.html
Mike Terry via WOR io group 29/8-2019)

FRANCE / MONACO
From Roumoules RMC on 216 kHz 0456-2308 (local time).
Power: 900 kW day time and 600 kW night time.
Reports are welcomed by M. Pascal Penella, Chef de Centre - Émetteur de Roumoules:
mcradio@wanadoo.fr
Christian Ghibaudo (29/8-2019)

INDIA
All India Radio Power Transmitter Chinsurah.
The tests on 1134 kHz were conducted early morning today [August 28th?] at 1230 am to 0230 am IST (1900 to 2100 UTC).
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, Hyderabad, India via WOR yg (29/8-2019)


28/08-2019

INDIA
Please look out for All India Radio Super Power Transmitter at Chinsurah on 1134 KHz tonight after 1800 UTC onwards (11.30 pm IST) for test transmissions. Today tests are with about 700 kW.
Reports may be sent to chinsurah@prasarbharati.gov.in
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, Hyderabad, India via WOR yg (28/8-2019)


27/08-2019

CANADA
(CRTC) CIRF 1350 in Brampton applies to relocate transmitter again.
Radio Humsafar has once again applied to move the transmitter site for the "yet to be launched" CIRF 1350 in Brampton, Ontario. Similar applications have been rejected three times in the past due to issues of improperly serving the station's city of licence and possible interference to nearby existing stations.
Radio Humsafar has also applied for a one year extension to get the station on the air by October 21, 2020.
Canadian Radio News fb group (27/8-2019)

U K
Aside from the topic, this extract from the Issue 385 of Ofcom’s Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin 27 August 2019, will provide some insight how a regulatory body processes on complaints:
The Music Marathon is a music programme on Gold which is broadcast on AM radio in Manchester [1458 kHz], London [1548 kHz], Derby [945 kHz] and Nottingham [999 kHz] and nationally on DAB. [...] Ofcom received a complaint about offensive language (“yellow Chinkies”) in the music track Melting Pot by Blue Mink. No introduction to the track was broadcast, or any other content discussing it. [...]
Under the Communications Act 2003, Section Two of the Code requires that generally accepted standards are applied to provide adequate protection for members of the public from the inclusion of offensive and harmful material in programmes. Ofcom takes account of the audience’s and the broadcaster’s right to freedom of expression, as set out in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, when considering a broadcaster’s compliance with Section Two of the Code. [...]
We first considered whether references in the track to "yellow Chinkies", "Red Indian boy", "curly Latin kinkies" and "coffee-coloured people" had the potential to cause offence. Ofcom’s research on offensive language makes clear that the word “chinky” is considered by audiences to be among the most offensive language and highly unacceptable without strong contextualisation. [...] Ofcom’s research does not provide direct evidence for the offensiveness of the terms "Red Indian boy", "curly Latin kinkies" and "coffee-coloured people". However, Ofcom considered that "Red Indian" is generally understood to be a pejorative term in modern speech and is frequently replaced with ‘Native American’.[...] In our view, the potential offence caused by these lyrics may have been heightened by the cumulative effect of the repeated use of this language during the verse and chorus [...].
Ofcom then considered whether this potential offence was justified by the context. Our guidance on offensive language on radio states that: "In reaching any decision about compliance with the Code, Ofcom will take into account the likely audience expectations of a particular radio station at the time of broadcast". It also states that words considered offensive on the grounds of race and ethnicity should "normally be broadcast only in limited circumstances and in context, for example in news, drama, or documentary programmes to explore or expose prejudice".
We took into account the Licensee’s argument that the nature of the radio station (wellknown for playing music from the 1960s and 70s) meant that the track would have been unlikely to cause offence to its audience. We considered the demographic of the station as per its Licence, which makes clear that it primarily targets 35-54 year-olds. We acknowledged that some listeners to a radio station known for playing 1960s and 70s music may have been less likely to be offended by the use of such language, given established expectations for lyrics associated with this era. We considered that the nature of the station did therefore provide some context to justify the broadcast of the track. However, Ofcom’s offensive language research, which was conducted with people of all age groups, shows that the use of derogatory language to describe ethnic groups carries a widespread potential for offence. Therefore, in Ofcom’s view, the likely audience expectations did not sufficiently mitigate the potential for offence in this case.[...]
Ofcom also considered Global’s argument that any offence was mitigated in this case by the positive intention of the song, which was a message of racial harmony. [...] We did not agree that this provided sufficient context to mitigate the potential for offence. The title Melting Pot, which may have provided an indication of the track’s overall message, was not broadcast, nor was the song introduced with any contextual information that would have highlighted its overall message to listeners. [...]
For all of the reasons above, Ofcom’s Decision is that this potentially offensive material was not justified by the context.
However, we took into account the steps taken by the Licensee following notification of the complaint from Ofcom. We acknowledged that it said it had removed the track permanently from Gold’s playlist.
Our Decision therefore, is that this case is resolved.
Issue 385 of Ofcom’s Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin 27 August 2019, pages 15-18 via
Dr Hansjoerg Biener
(27/8-2019)


23/08-2019

ITALY
On 1017 kHz, during the morning, the low power 0.05 kW Amica Radio Veneta/ Amica Radio Italia (Vigonza) and Radio Base 101 (Padua) have been heard in Pesaro (central Italy). In the evening RNE Radio 5 and IRIB Radio Iran are prevalent.
Alberto V, Pesaro Italy (23/8-2019)


21/08-2019

INDIA
On 21 August 2019, All India Radio Engineering has put out a tender for "Miscellaneous Repairs/ Renovation works of Self Radiating 200 kW MW Mast at AIR Jabalpur" [801 kHz]. Reading through the 33 pages of the pdf http://prasarbharati.gov.in/tenders/Engineering_744893.pdf, one gets the impression that „miscellaneous“ might be substituted by „extensive“. Page 20 is particularly interesting because it has a detailed plan of the structure. The final day for companies interested in taking up the project to submit their offers is 13 September 2019.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (21/8-2019)


20/08-2019

NORWAY
The new transmitter of Radio Northern Star has now entered its second test period on 1611 kHz and we think you will find it has a better sound and is louder than before. The tests might be interrupted from time to time but have mostly been on 24 hours a day.
Reports to: 1000@northernstar.no and report@bergenkringkaster.no
Svenn Martinsen in WRTH fb group (20/8-2019)

INDIA
With the reactivation of the very important [AIR] 1000kW station on 1134kHz in Chinshurah I am trying to check the latest developments. 594kHz is already serving the Akashvani Maitree service of All India Radio to Bangladesh.
Perhaps locals can advise on what service is eventually allocated to this super power station.
Dan Goldfarb, mwmasts yg (19/8-2019)

I have tried to ask everybody there, but no reply. Even the tests have stopped now. Maybe they will use Maitree between 1800-2400 or so.
Mauno Ritola, mwmasts yg (20/8-2019)


19/08-2019

U A E
Using the Qatar KiwiSDR http://midskiwi.ddns.net:8073/, Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Co. was confirmed active on 1539 (ex 810) kHz. The AM signal was well ahead of the web stream at http://pravasibharathi.com/Radio_Live.php.
The web site still promotes 810 kHz as the station’s frequency. On 810 kHz the SBC Qur’an programme was heard, at the time in parallel to short wave 15205 kHz.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (17/8-2019)


15/08-2019

INDIA
In early August, the Union Territory of Ladakh was separated from Jammu and Kashmir. This change is an old demand of local politicians, because Ladakh is a Buddhist region and does not want to be dragged into the J&K issues.
Dan Goldfarb compiled the following list of AIR stations in the newly formed territory. Unfortunately, with the recent revision of the AIR website the sub pages giving more detailed information on specific AIR stations have disappeared. So I added some information from my own
Union Territory of Ladakh.
684 kHz Kargil (1 September 2006: 200 KW MW transmitter commissioned at Kargil.)
1053 kHz Leh (1971)
1485 kHz Dras (1 September 2006: 1 KW MW transmitters commissioned at Dras in Kargil region.)
1485 kHz Khalatse (Khaltse)
1485 kHz Nyoma (2007: As part of J&K special package for boosting border coverage, new Stations with 1 KW MW Transmitters at Nyoma in Leh region commissioned.)
1584 kHz Kargil
1584 kHz Padam (2008: As part of J&K special package for boosting border coverage, a new station with 1 KW MW Transmitter commissioned at Padum in Kargil region. With this all the 12 projects included in J&K special package Phase-1 commissioned.)
1602 kHz Diskit (2007: As part of J&K special package for boosting border coverage, new Stations with 1 KW MW Transmitters at Diskit in Leh region commissioned.)
1602 kHz Tiesuru (1 September 2006: 1 KW MW transmitters commissioned at Tiesuru.)
Dan Goldfarb/Dr Hansjoerg Biener (15/8-2019)

UNID
Those of you who deal with European and Asian MW stations perhaps can help me. I have got a mystery on 1287 kHz and WRTVH and other sources give no help.
Two stations heard simultaneously around 18-20 UTC and later. One of them transmits CRI in Russian at 20:00. The other station has got mostly. music, l have identified some Turkish mx. Puzzled abt the language. QRM too heavy.
Any clues!?
Ullmar Qvick, Norrkoping/S in NORDX yg (15/8-2019)

It is BFBS Gurkha Radio on 1287 kHz.
Kari Kallio FIN in NORDX yg (15/8-2019)

Hei Ullmar, I had yesterday at 1800 AIR Panaji with extended programme and later Voice of Hope Middle East from Israel in Arabic and English ID's. I don't have CRI in Russian, I have no idea about that. BFBS Gurkha Radio might be possible at 2000, but not the prime suspect.
Mauno Ritola, NORDX yg (15/8-2019)

U A E
Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Co., UAE, was heard last night 0130z on 1539 kHz. Nothing noted on 810.
Last winter I heard Asianet Radio on 1539 kHz. Some weeks ago it was announced that Asianet was closed down, and now I hear Pravasi Bharathi here.
What is there going on in UAE?
Gulf News had this about the story in February 2019:
https://gulfnews.com/uae/asianet-radio-another-malayalam-radio-station-based-in-the-uae-shuts-down-1. 62306715?fbclid=IwAR1tbL3yikYBQ8gZBWo5qEBSZtV-BSBAXSCwrGQerN1K9kW9aCUCEMaK080
Jorma Mäntylä, DXing fb group (14/8-2019)


14/08-2019

U K
Viking FM is moving its broadcast teams out of Hull to co-locate with Hallam FM in Sheffield.
The station’s only remaining local show (once Drive goes networked in September), Breakfast with Alex Duffy and Ellie Brennan, will be broadcast from Sheffield starting on 2nd October.
Bauer says: “The broadcast teams will move into our Sheffield studios, ensuring that they have access to the very best technology and resource and more vibrant creative environment.”
Viking FM will continue to have local news and commercial teams in the area, with any Cash For Kids fundraising continuing to go into the local regions.
Viking FM has been based at Commercial Road in Hull since it launched in 1984, and split into Viking FM on 96.9 FM and Viking Gold on 1161 AM in 1988.
All medium wave programmes are now broadcast from the North West of England as part of the Greatest Hits Radio network.
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2019/08/viking-fm-is-moving-out-of-hull-to-join-hallam-fm/
Radio Today
(12/8-2019)


13/08-2019

NORWAY
The new 2 kW Medium Wave AM transmitter of Radio Northern Star on 1611 kHz is on trade test transmissions initially with 200 watts since 1345 UTC today. The service may be interrupted from time to time.
Reports to 1000@northernstar.no
Svenn Martinsen in DX-Listeners' Club fb group (13/8-2019)


12/08-2019

INDIA
AIR Kolkata testing tonight also on 1134 kHz 1800 UTC onwards. Hindi film song tunes tonight.
Pradip Kundu via WRTH fb group (12/8-2019)


10/08-2019

U K
I can confirm that Love Sport indeed can be heard on 1584 from London. Last night I heard them loud and clear in Holland. So apparently the swap with Panjab did take place. The only diference is that the power is reduced. Panjab did 2-5 kW against all rules and regulations, I think Love Sport is some 500 W maximum.
Much to the pleasure of the LPAM station in Holland.
Ruud Poeze - Utrecht Holland.
Thanks for lightning up this problem, Ruud (Ed)

U K
Hi Dan. Just to let you know by chance, that despite the mistake when talking about 1584Khz, ie 1548Khz was mentioned, it would seem from all the info that we have, that Gold on 1548Khz is coming off MW by October, Gold have informed Ofcom, the Radio Authority in the UK.
Mike Simmonds (10/8-2019)

U K
On the latest batch of messages on mediumwave.info [09/08-2019] there is a mistake. The original article gave the wrong frequency where Spectrum would be interested in hiring time. They would be delighted to have the 97.5kW array at Saffron Green 1548kHz but I don't think that Global Radio would be happy! Instead they meant to express interest in using the 200W outlet on 1584kHz.
Dan Goldfarb (10/8-2019)


09/08-2019

INDIA
Extraordinary monsoon rain is affecting large parts of Maharashtra. (e. g. http://www.newsonair.com/News?title=Respite- from-rain-in-Mumbai-and-its-suburbsandid=369656). While the studio building of AIR Sangli was flooded on 6 August 2019, the medium wave site [1251 kHz] remained safe.
(Pictures at https://airddfamily.blogspot.com/2019/08/krishna-river-flood-water-is-entered.html 7 August 2019)
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (9/8-2019)

U K
"Channel availability August 2019
Offers are invited for 1548 Khz AM covering a large area of Central and North London. This frequency covers a highly populated area from the River Thames to Hampstead in the West, Enfield in the North and Ilford in the East. Click here for coverage details. A London wide DAB channel offering access to 10 million potential listeners.
Also available – 2 stereo DAB+ channels covering all of Greater London and again offering access to a potential 10 million listeners. For further details, contact The Spectrum Radio Network.
We can offer you a variety of other options to get on air. Whether you want 12 hours, 6 hours or even 1 hour a day we can get you on air across London and the South East of England.
That’s great news if you want to start with fewer hours with a firm eye on the budgets.
The Spectrum Radio Network is the only broadcast operator in the UK able to offer these options of radio airtime hours for international and UK based broadcasters. https://spectrumradio.net/airtime/"

So Lovesport did not swap frequencies with Panjab Radio on 1 August but actually gave up medium wave as a platform altogether. As reported earlier, no medium wave frequency has been mentioned on their internet site https://www.lovesportradio.com/ for many months.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (9/8-2019)

U K
According to http://carillonradio.com/schedule the evening relays of Seagull by Carillon Wellbeing Radio [1476 kHz] started on 19 June 2019.
They might raise some questions concerning "local output" and "original output" as determined in the key commitments of their licence. (cp. the precedent case of Radio Caroline).
I was unable to find their licence. But in the original application https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/95236/Carillon-AM-Application-Form.pdf you find this promise. "Evening programmes (until 10pm) will provide a range of specialist music shows such as Jazz, Folk, Rock and Roll, Country etc sourced from Carillon Radio and Hermitage FM. Night time programmes will be predominantly music for the older listener."
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (9/8-2019)

U K
1476am Carillon Wellbeing in UK now relays Radio Seagull in the evenings acc. to a listener´s info.
http://carillonradio.com/post-1/
Kari Kallio, Lahti, Finland (8/8-2019)


08/08-2019

COOK ISLANDS
Radio Cook Islands 630 AM Rarotonga finally silenced.
https://www.facebook.com/Radio-Cook-Islands-The-Voice-of-the-Nation-143223219032811/
Bryan Clark on Facebook (7/8-2019)


07/08-2019

THAILAND
VOA Rohingya service which is transmitted on shortwave at 1130-1200 UTC, also repeated at 1300-1330 UTC on 1575 kHz MW [Ayuttaya] same day.
Pradip Kundu, WRTH fb group (7/8-2019)


06/08-2019

U S A
NEW TUCSON RADIO VENTURE TARGETS OLDER 'LOST AUDIENCE'
By Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Aug 5, 2019
Tucson Radio will welcome a new station today that features some familiar voices.
This morning, 101.7-FM and 830-AM will go live as KDRI The Drive, a Tucson-focused music and entertainment station targeting listeners between the ages of 45 to 64.
Owners Fletcher McCusker, Bobby Rich and Jim Arnold say those are the listeners that have long been neglected not only in Tucson but nationwide by corporate-owned radio that focuses on the 25-to-40 segment.
“We kind of view them as a lost audience,” said longtime Tucson business titan and community activist McCusker, the only one among the trio who doesn’t have an extensive radio or broadcast background. McCusker’s only foray into radio was a short stint at KWFM — he was the underground rock station’s first hire — when he was 19 in the late 1960s.
The trio closed last week on the $650,000 purchase of the radio frequencies that had been home to Christian broadcaster Family Life. The Drive will play a mix of music from the 1960s through the ’80s and beyond that they say will appeal to an audience that identifies as baby boomers, Rich said.
“It’s not classic rock. It’s not golden oldies. But it’s going to be unique, programmed by Bobby Rich,” McCusker said. “His library right now is 3,000 songs, so you could literally go weeks without hearing the same songs.”
When pressed for a clearer definition of the format, Rich would only say that he planned to “present on The Drive something that (listeners) will be comfortable with and familiar with and will give them something that they want, which is information and entertainment.”
On Thursday, Tucson Radio began playing nonstop novelty songs, including “Camp Granada” and “Purple People Eater” under the name “The Worm.” On Monday morning, it switches gears as The Drive with Rich and Hill Bailey, most recently of KHYT 107.5-FM, in the morning driver’s seat. . .
https://tucson.com/business/new-tucson-radio-venture-targets-older-lost-audience/article_145d434b-1c14-5789-beb0-90722a014d86.html (via Radio World NewsBytes, excerpts of much longer story)
Greg Hardison, CA, August 5, DXLD yg (6/8-2019)


01/08-2019

LATVIA
So, Radio Center (1602 kHz) is on air 24/7 from Riga, Latvia, but we are still working hard to improve our signal in Moscow and St.Pete at the night time! Hope, we'll switch to full power on our transmitter soon.
Thanks for listening.
Andrey Nekrasov in WRTH fb group (1/8-2019)


30/07-2019

CANADA
Radio Humsafar Inc., Brampton, Ontario
Ethnic commercial AM radio station Radio Humsafar on 1350 kHz in Brampton – Technical changes
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-248.htm
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (29/7-2019)

ROMANIA
Radio Timisoara (http://www.radiotimisoara.ro) provides four different programme streams for its region, although they at times share programming:
FM 105.9 MHz: Timisoara
FM 102.9 MHz: Arad / 103,6 MHz: Faget and Valea Muresului
FM 101.5 MHz: Petrosani
AM 630 kHz
According to http://www.radiotimisoara.ro/program the medium wave frequency has the following opt outs from the main Timisoara FM stream:
Local time (currently: UTC+3)
Mo-Fr
*0800-1000: Din suflet, pentru tine! (music and greetings, repeated at 2200 h)
*1300-1600: Minority programmes in German, 1400 h Hungarian, 1500 h Serbian,
1900-2400: Programmes in Romanian
Sa
*0800-1000: as Mo-Fr
*1300-1600: as Mo-Fr
1900-2400: Programmes in Romanian (of note: 1905-2000 h Uniti sub tricolor / Unite under the flag which also connects listeners and Romanian troops serving in UN/NATO missions abroad and 2005-2030 h Convietuiri / Coexistence, a magazine in Romanian produced by journalists from the minority services
Su
*1200-1300: Sunday noon
*1300-1600: as Mo-Fr
*1600-2100: Minority programmes in Czech, 1700 h Slovak, 1800 h Ukrainian, 1900 h Bulgarian, 2000 h Romani
The programmes marked by an asterisk are exclusively on AM at the time. A daily programme schedule can be reached via http://www.radiotimisoara.ro/program-am.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (29/7-2019)

U K
It has been announced th hat Live Sport Radio currently on 568kHz and Panjab Radio currently on 1584kHz will swap frequencies as from Thursday 1 August 2019.
James Robinson (27/7-2019)

MOLDOVA
Radio Moldova (873, 1494 kHz, FM, https://www.trm.md/ro/radio-moldova) usually broadcasts in Romanian. A number of minority programmes are broadcast according to the following schedule researched from their website.
local time (currently: UTC + 3): 0900-0910: News in Russian
1100-1110: News in Russian. Sat Sun until 1105
1400-1410: News in Russian. Sat Sun until 1405
1800-1810: News in Russian
2015-2055: Mo-Fr minority programmes
- Mo Gagauz (https://www.trm.md/ro/unda-bugeacului-bucaan-dalgasinda)
- Tu Romani (https://www.trm.md/ro/romano-glasos). 2035 Russian (https://www.trm.md/ro/spatiul-culturii)
- We Belarusian (https://www.trm.md/ro/izvorul-belorus). 2035 Russian (https://www.trm.md/ro/casa-ruseasca)
- Th Ukrainian (https://www.trm.md/ro/renastere)
- Fr Bulgarian (https://www.trm.md/ro/radiomegdan)
2100-2115: Mo-Fr Panorama of the day in Russian (https://www.trm.md/ro/panorama-zilei)
There are also programmes produced by Radio Europa Libera, some of which are also in Russian:
Mo Dialogue Programs for Transnistria
2115-2145: Russian
2230-2300: Romanian
Sa at the end of the week (https://www.trm.md/ro/la-sfarsit-de-saptamana-cu-europa-libera)
2025-2055: Romanian
2335-0000: Russian
Su round table (https://www.trm.md/ro/punct-si-de-la-capat)
2025-2055: Romanian
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (27/7-2019)

UKRAINE
The National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine recently awarded existing and new broadcast licences in the East Ukrainian war zone. This includes a medium wave station of the Ukrainian National Radio station.
Press release The regulator has renewed the permissions for temporary broadcasting to "Ukrainian Radio", "FM Army", "Public Radio" and five other licensees. (25 July 2019)
The National Council at a meeting on July 25 decided to retransmit temporary broadcasting permits in territories with a special mode of broadcasting to replace those whose validity expired. In addition, two more radio stations received new permissions. "Ukrainian Radio" will continue to speak at frequencies 88.7 MHz in Volnovassi and 0.873 MHz in the city of Chasiv Yar, Donetsk Oblast, 102.5 MHz in Popasnaya and 106.9 MHz in the Broad City Luhansk Region, and " Radio Promin - at a frequency of 103.1 MHz in the city of Konstantinovka, Donetsk region.
[...]
Permit for temporary broadcasting is issued for a term of 1 year.
Google translation of https://www.nrada.gov.ua/regulyator-ponovyv-dozvoly-na-tymchasove-movlennya-ukrayinskomu-radio- armiyi-fm-gromadskomu-radio-shhe-p-yaty-litsenziatam/
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (26/7-2019)

ROMANIA
On page 336, the World Radio TV Handbook 2019 lists two programmes for the regional Radio Romania Iasi: 1 (24 h UKW) und 2 (0600-2200 Uhr LT, 1053 kHz). The daily programme schedules at http://www.radioiasi.ro/program show that the programme streams are almost always in parallel. The only difference is on Sunday mornings, when 1053 KHz opts out for religion:
0803-1100 (LT)
0803–0900: Liturghia romano-catolica (live transmission of a Roman-Catholic mass)
0900–0910: Radiojurnal Radio Iasi
0910–0945: Lumina credintei (religious magazine)
0945–1100: Liturghia ortodoxa (live transmission of a an Orthodox liturgy)
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (25/7-2019)

GERMANY
Google translate:
828 kHz broadcast for the big maker meeting in Hannover
On the occasion of the big maker meeting in Hanover from 17 to 18 August, radio amateurs from OV Hannover (H13) will activate a medium wave transmitter as part of an event radio. With the approval of the responsible state media agency and Federal Network Agency, it works on 828 kHz with 100 mW ERP. The content is planned to present the event. There will be live interviews with visitors and in the run-up to several politicians greetings to speak, which are interspersed in the current program. As a small highlight, the technicians of the OV have come up with the idea of ??touching the carrier by ± 100 Hz with CW signals. This is not heard with a normal AM receiver, so do not bother. However, if you use a high-precision receiver and set the receive QRG and bandwidth correctly, you can hear CW. The signal - in other words: key pressed - is sent to 828 kHz plus 100 Hz. 828 kHz minus 100 Hz then represents the pause. Normally the BNetzA prescribes a frequency constancy of the carrier of ± 10 Hz. The request to extend this to ± 100 Hz to enable the CW broadcast was unbureaucratically complied with. It is also planned to run the station during the night from the 17th to the 18th and probably also in the night from the 18th to the 19th of August. Reception reports gladly accept the OV's assets. The antenna will be set up on the 12th of August and first tests and optimizations will be made from then on. A detailed report can be found in the September issue of CQ DL.
Original text: 828-kHz-Aussendung zum großen Maker-Treffen in Hannover
Anlässlich des großen Maker-Treffens in Hannover vom 17. bis 18. August aktivieren Funkamateure vom OV Hannover (H13) einen Mittelwellensender im Rahmen eines Veranstaltungsradios. Mit Genehmigung der zuständigen Landesmedienanstalt und Bundesnetzagentur arbeitet man auf 828 kHz mit 100 mW ERP. Inhaltlich ist geplant, die Veranstaltung vorzustellen. Es werden Live-Interviews mit Besuchern geführt und im Vorfeld sollen diverse Politiker Grußworte sprechen, die in das laufende Programm eingestreut werden. Als kleines Highlight haben sich die Techniker des OVs ausgedacht, den Träger um ±100 Hz mit CW-Signalen umzutasten. Das ist mit einem normalen AM-Empfänger nicht zu hören, stört also nicht. Wer jedoch einen hochgenauen Empfänger verwendet und die Empfangs-QRG und die Bandbreite korrekt einstellt, kann CW hören. Das Signal - sprich: Taste gedrückt - wird auf 828 kHz plus 100 Hz gesendet. 828 kHz minus 100 Hz stellt dann die Pause dar. Normalerweise schreibt die BNetzA eine Frequenzkonstanz des Trägers von ±10 Hz vor. Der Bitte, dies auf ±100 Hz auszudehnen, um die CW-Sendung zu ermöglichen, wurde unbürokratisch nachgekommen. Es ist geplant, den Sender auch in der Nacht vom 17. auf den 18. und vermutlich ebenso in der Nacht vom 18. auf den 19. August durchlaufen zu lassen. Empfangsberichte nehmen die Aktiven des OVs gern entgegen. Der Aufbau der Antenne wird am 12. August erfolgen und erste Tests und Optimierungen werden ab dann vorgenommen. Einen ausführlichen Bericht finden Sie in der Septemberausgabe der CQ DL.
Source: Deutschland-Rundspruch 30/2019, 30. KW
More info:
https://twitter.com/828kHz
https://www.facebook.com/darc.h13
Harald Kuhl (25/7-2019)

U K
Gunthorpe 1332 kHz and King's Heath 1557 kHz which currently carry the services Smooth Radio Peterborough and Smooth Radio Northampton respectively are to change to carry Gold Peterborough and Gold Northampton respectively on an as yet unannounced date.
Northampton
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/_resources/documents/manage-your-licence/analogue-radio/format-changes/2019/smooth-radio- northampton-format-change-request.pdf
Peterborugh
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/_resources/documents/manage-your-licence/analogue-radio/format-changes/2019/smooth-radio- peterborough-format-change-request.pdf
James Robinson(25/7-2019)

U K
In Issue 383 of Ofcom’s Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin (22 July 2019), the British regulator Ofcom published two notes to private commercial and community radio stations on localness. After these notes you find Radio Caroline [648 kHz] “in breach“ of the localness guidelines. This seems to suggest that this station is the main reason behind the "clarification"
pg 97-98
Note to Broadcasters
Clarification of original and locally-produced output requirements for community radio licensees
[...]
Ofcom is concerned that there appears to be a misunderstanding among some community radio licensees about the meaning of original and locally-produced output. We are therefore publishing this notice to clarify Ofcom’s definitions of these types of content.
Original output
Original output is content which is first produced for, and transmitted by, the station and excludes output that was transmitted elsewhere before. Original output can be live, prerecorded or voice-tracked. Repeat broadcasts of original output and continuous music with no speech content other than advertisements, station idents and/or outsourced news bulletins (i.e. news bulletins produced by a third party) does not meet Ofcom’s definition of original output.
Locally-produced output
Locally-produced output is content which is made and broadcast from within the station’s licensed coverage area. It may include all types of local production including repeats and continuous music, as long as it is created anywhere within the licensed coverage area and is not material that is networked from other stations.
Content which is made outside the station’s licensed coverage area, but edited and broadcast from within the coverage area, does not meet Ofcom’s definition of locally produced output.
[...]
pg 99-100 Broadcast Licence Conditions cases
In Breach
Providing a service in accordance with ‘Key Commitments’
Radio Caroline AM Broadcasting Ltd, March 2018 to March 2019
[...] the Licensee indicated to Ofcom through earlier correspondence that its failure to meet the previous minimum requirement was due to a “misinterpretation” of the definition of original output on its part. Radio Caroline said that it “hadn’t appreciated that automated output was excluded”.
[...]
Decision
Reflecting our duties to ensure a diverse range of local radio services, community radio licences require the provision of the specified licensed service. This is the fundamental purpose for which a community radio licence is granted.
While Ofcom acknowledged Radio Caroline’s explanation that it had misinterpreted the meaning of original output, the Licensee failed to deliver the minimum amount of original output required in its Key Commitments for a period of at least 12 months prior to the Key Commitments change request being submitted.
Ofcom’s Decision is therefore that Radio Caroline is in breach of Licence Conditions 2(1) and 2(4). [...]
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0024/157830/issue-383-of-ofcoms-broadcast-and-on-demand-bulletin.pdf
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (23/7-2019)

U S A
WBBM-AM 780 kHz
The former broadcasting site of WBBM-AM Chicago was closed after 77 years. The broadcast tower near Rohlwing Road and Devon Avenue in Itasca was brought down on 18 July 2019. WBBM Newsradio 780 (*1924, *1935 50 kW clear channel station on 780 kHz, 1942 sited in Itasca) is now co-located with WSCR 670 The Score (50 kW clear channel) just off Army Trail Road in Bloomingdale.
Background information:
(1) „Demolition was scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, but Itasca officials said that time had to be pushed back. The exact time the tower would be taken down is somewhat dependent on scheduling with utility companies, Itasca officials said.“ (https://www.journal-topics.com/articles/devon-rohlwing-to-close-thursday-as-broadcast-tower-comes-down/ 18 July 2019)
The site at the southeast corner of the intersection was sold by CBS Radio’s parent company Entercom to Bridge Development, who Itasca Community Development Director Shannon Malik Jarmuz said is set to build three industrial buildings on the site.
(2) „In 2018, WBBM was granted an FCC construction permit to move its transmitter to WSCR's tower site in Bloomingdale. That allowed Entercom to sell the Itasca transmitter site to commercial and residential land developers. WBBM's power was reduced to 35,000 watts during the day and 42,000 watts at night, from the previous 50,000 watt signal it had maintained since 1935. Entercom engineers say the reduction in transmitting power will not be apparent to most listeners, except in some fringe areas. The move was completed on July 18, 2019, with the previous transmitter in Itasca, Illinois, coming down shortly thereafter. Despite the reduction in power, WBBM is still considered a Class A station broadcasting on a clear channel frequency.“
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WBBM_(AM))
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (23/7-2019) following a tip of Dr Joern Krieger

PERU
After DXing colleague Tony King noted Vaughan Radio missing from 1470 on 16 July, I have identified Lima FM station Radio Felicidad 88.9 being relayed on measured 1469.9995 kHz on 17 July in the 0500 to 0800 UTC period.
Easy listening vocals and frequent identifications parallel to the Felicidad webstream.
Unclear whether Vaughan Radio has gone for good.
Also have been hearing Radio Victoria, Arequipa on 1469.951.
Bryan Clark NZ (22/7-2019)


10/07-2019

IRELAND
RTE on Long Wave 252 kHz is not off air today - 100719 - is booming in at my location at 1600UT. I see in the attachment to Mike's mail that it says "but only after a ten-week interruption of service in the autumn-winter months for maintenance, repairs and upgrade", which maybe explains why.
Interestingly someone in the same article remarks about the co-channel interference in parts of the south and east of the UK from Algeria and that the opportunity should be taken to shift to a clear channel. They only need to shift up 9 kHz to unused 261 kHz which listeners would soon locate.
Noel R Green in NW England via WOR Group.io (10/7-2019)

IRELAND
RTÉ on 252 Khz is now off air for a possible 10 weeks or so and in the UK we can hear signals from Algeria Chaine 3 even now in the middle of the day.
Earlier this year the chair of Ireland’s Oireachtas Communications Hildegarde Naughton TD (Galway West and South Mayo) announced that a major antenna upgrade will ensure the transmission of RTÉ on long-wave will continue for at least the next two years.: “The maintenance of long wave radio for the Irish diaspora is a significant concern to the Committee.” She announced that service will have to be “temporarily suspended” for approximately ten weeks, but RTÉ has said it will endeavour to complete the works as quickly as possible.
“I welcome the efforts being made to continue this service, which serves as an invaluable link between the diaspora and home,” she added.
See http://www.theirishworld.com/reprieve-for-rte-longwave/
Mike Terry via WOR Groups.Io (10/7-2019)


09/07-2019

U S A
Concerning WABC New York 770 kHz (*1921, 50 kW clear channel station)
"77 WABC sold to Red Apple Media Group and John Catsimatidis.
Posted on June 27, 2019
NEW YORK (77 WABC) – Red Apple Media, a subsidiary of Red Apple Group, and its chairman John Catsimatidis has agreed to purchase New York radio station 77 WABC-AM from Cumulus Media, Inc. Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Group’s holdings currently consists of supermarkets, real estate, diverse holdings in the energy industry and soon to be added New York’s Talkradio 77 WABC. Cumulus had acquired 77 WABC from Citadel Broadcasting in 2011. [...] Red Apple’s acquisition of WABC is scheduled to close in the next 60-90 days."
http://www.wabcradio.com/2019/06/27/77-wabc-sold-to-red-apple-media-group-and-john-catsimatidis/
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (9/7-2019)

NORWAY
NRK Svalbard 1485 kHz.
They have not decided what to do with it yet, but it is old and hard to get spare parts for if something were to happen. NRK told us that they have several options - one of them is to upgrade the system. Another is to not do anything and just keep it running untill it doesn't work anymore. The person from NRK that we talked to, Gunnar Garfors, said that they are working towards upgrading the system, because the feedbacks from the locals said in general that the mediumwave frequency is much needed here. But economy plays a part, of course, so they do not know the outcome for sure yet. According to Garfors they will most likely make a decision during early fall.
Svalbardposten in an answer to my (ed's) question (9/7-2019)


08/07-2019

NORWAY
Svalbardposten reports, that "NRK is considering what to do with MW in Longyearbyen.
The transmitter facilities at NRK Svalbard (1485 kHz) is more than 40 years old, and it will be difficult to find spare parts, if anything happens to it."
No transmitter will probably be more North on Earth than NRK Longyearbyen. If it close, Svalbard will only have FM/DAB witch can impossibly cover the whole island.
The MW transmitter is built in 1978 and it's beginning to be hard to serve it.
Regards Håkan Bengtsson (8/7-2019)


07/07-2019

CANADA
CHCM Marystown NL [VOCM] is moving to FM.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-237.htm?fbclid=IwAR2OQS3vEgIfTNgfRt-KH9iiF2cedsq44QjHHKhHmXihAd_D_VKVIucWw2E
CHCM currently operates on 740kHz with 10kWs. On FM, they will be at 88.3 with 59.3kWs.
CHCM is widely heard throughout the Maritimes at night.
Andy Reid (7/7-2019)


05/07-2019

CYPRUS
Radio Sawa 990 kHz Cape Greco has closed down.
Amine Ferhane ALG (5/7-2019)


28/06-2019

SWEDEN
For several years now, the Hörby Radio Association HRF (in collaboration with Experimenterande Svenska Radioamatörer and Sveriges Radiohistoriska Förening) hosts a radio history day in September. This year’s VeteranLjuddagen will take place on 7 September 2019.
As in previous years, there will be low power broadcasts on Hörby’s former medium wave frequency during a 14-day period beginning one week before Veteran Audio Day. According to http://veteranljuddagen.se/, the historic frequency of 1179 kHz will be on the air between 31 August and 13 September 2019.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener
(28/6-2019)


26/06-2019

U K
Google translate of https://radiovisie.eu/blad-188-caroline-radionomy-en-klara-audio/#.XROIH-gzbIU
"The British media regulator Ofcom has given Radio Caroline permission to reduce the compulsory number of hours of 'original live programs' from 144 to 120 per week. This obligation applies in the context of the use of the 648 kHz medium wave frequency. Apparently the 144 hours of live was a little too high for Caroline and no longer tenable. From now on Caroline will still have to broadcast live from 07:00 to 24:00 hrs, plus 22 hours on Saturday and 19 hours of live broadcasts on Sunday. According to the plans, Radio Caroline will offer 126 hours a week, six hours more than is imposed by Ofcom.
In the weekend of 20 and 21 July, Radio Caroline will again be broadcasting the monthly special program Caroline North from the radio ship Ross Revenge, together with Manx Radio (1368 kHz)."
Nico uit Gouda (26/6-2019)


22/06-2019

ICELAND
Summer solstice bandscan 2019.
Not at home, so I can sit inside the room and type/edit while I listen at midnight rather than rely on memory after a walk as usual.
As expected on summer solstice, not a glut of stations on the Panny tranny, yet more than I expected. I did hear the usual Brits on 693 (weak), 810, 882, 909, 1053, 1089, 1215 and 1341 kHz as well as two Absolute Radio relays on 1197 and 1242 kHz, the latter only discernible because I had 1215 to compare against.
There were also Spanish voices on 684, 855, 999, 1107, 1125 and 1152 kHz, the last overriding Smooth Radio.
The LW band had various local digital buzzes, but I did hear the Irish on 252 kHz.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (22/6-2019)


20/06-2019

U K
We are counting down the days to another fabulous RADIO CAROLINE NORTH broadcast – LIVE from our historic radio-ship Ross Revenge this weekend.
Welcome back Chris Pearson after a two-year absence, now joining us as both a Caroline presenter and MD of Manx Radio! Tune in on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June as our on-board presenters bring you some of the best music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Our sponsor for the June broadcast is Dave, Brian and Roger from Plastic Building Supplies Thetford – and you can win prizes in our web shop competition sponsored by Pete Gadd.
Listen in on 648 AM in the South and South-East, on 1368 AM via Manx Radio in the North and North-West, online here, on your mobile, on smart speakers … so many ways to listen!
We would love to hear from you – please send your emails direct to the Ross studios at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk during the broadcast.
http://radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html via Mike Terry (20/6-2019)

U K
Checking on the agreed frequency swap of Love Sport (558 kHz) and Panjab Radio (1584 kHz), I still see no announcements concerning the change on the respective websites.
What I do see, is that medium wave is not mentioned on https://www.lovesportradio.com any more. Love Sport Radio is still on 558 kHz, but refers its audience only to DAB and online and mobile internet streams. http://www.panjabradio.co.uk/ still mentions 1584 kHz.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (20/6-2019)

ITALY
Frequency allocation notice.
Published updated list of synchronous and asynchronous frequencies assigned (16 May 2019). Also, the list of frequencies in unassigned medium waves is online. Unassigned frequencies will be granted, according to the order in which the requesting parties are presented, exclusively to the company having the necessary conditions to obtain the general authorization, in accordance with the provisions of article 27, paragraph 3, of the Electronic Communications Code and by art. 4, paragraph 4, of Annex A) of Resolution 3/16 / CONS.
Any requests to move the plants (stations, facilities, Hj. Biener) will be permitted, taking into account the legal restrictions applied to the displacement requests previously received, once the opinion of the competent general direction for the planning and management of the radio spectrum has been obtained.
Synchronous frequencies assigned (pdf)
Assigned asynchronous frequencies (pdf)
Free synchronous frequencies (pdf)
Free asynchronous frequencies (pdf)
Google translation of
https://www.mise.gov.it/index.php/it/comunicazioni/radio/assegnazione-frequenze-onde-medie-am
Via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (20/6-2019)


19/06-2019

CANADA
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-201 Ottawa, 10 June 2019
The Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the commercial radio programming undertakings set out below from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2026. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding these applications.
[...]
Bell Media Inc. and 8384819 Canada Inc., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Bell Media Regional Radio Partnership CFRW Winnipeg, Manitoba [1290 kHz]
[...]
In regard to CFRW Winnipeg, the licensee shall also adhere to the following condition of licence:
As an exception to the percentage of Canadian musical selections set out in sections 2.2(8) and 2.2(9) of the Radio Regulations, 1986, in any broadcast week where at least 90% of musical selections broadcast are selections released before 1 January 1981, the licensee shall devote 30% or more of its musical selections from content category 2 (Popular Music) in that broadcast week and between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday of the same broadcast week to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety. The licensee is responsible for specifying the year of release for all musical selections it broadcasts on the music lists it provides to the Commission.
For the purposes of this condition, the terms “broadcast week,” “content category” and “musical selection” shall have the meanings set out in section 2 of the Radio Regulations, 1986.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-201.htm 10 June 2019 via
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (19/6-2019)

CANADA
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-211 Ottawa, 13 June 2019
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.: Various locations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan
[...]
Various commercial radio stations – Licence renewals
The Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the commercial radio stations set out in this decision from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2025 [six years only because of non-compliance with several sections of the Radio Regulations, Hj. Biener]. This short-term renewal will allow for an earlier review of the licensee’s compliance with regulatory requirements.
[...]
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. (Golden West) filed applications to renew the broadcasting licences for the following commercial radio stations, which expire 31 August 2019:
[...]
CFAM Altona, Manitoba [950 kHz]
CFRY Portage La Prairie, Manitoba [920 kHz]
CHSM Steinbach, Manitoba [1250 kHz]
CJRB Boissevain, Manitoba [1220 kHz]
[...]
The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding these applications.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-211.htm 13 June 2019 via
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (19/6-2019)


18/06-2019

INDIA
GOA: On 18 June 2019 (1800 h IST), All India Radio Goa (http://www.airpanaji.gov.in/) celebrated the official inauguration of Vividh Bharati’s FM transmitter on 101.1 MHz (10 kW).
This will certainly have an impact on the future of the AM transmitter on 828 kHz (20 kW). According to http://www.airpanaji.gov.in/transmissionhours.htm, it relays Vividh Bharati Mumbai at 0600-1105, 1200-1730 and 1815-2310 h IST.
The Vividh Bharati FM transmissions will also boost competition on the FM band. Beside AIR Vividh Bharati (101.1 MHz) and AIR FM Rainbow (105.4 MHz), there are Radio Indigo (91.9 MHz, *2007) and Big FM (92.7 MHz, *2007). A third private commercial broadcaster was on the air from 2007 to 2017, but Radio Mirchi (98.3 MHz) was closed because its audience/financial performance fell behind the original expectations.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (18/6-2019)


16/06-2019

U K
Radio Caroline [648 kHz] has asked for a change in its licence. According to its key commitments the station had promised 144 h of original programming each week. This number was over-optimistic. The management now requested a reduction to 120 h.
R. Caroline:
"Every weekday, we provide original output for 17 hours from 07:00 until 23:59. On Saturdays and Sundays this is currently increased to 22 hours and 19 hours respectively giving an overall weekly total of 126 hours. Any non-original output is broadcast after midnight when listener numbers are minimised. This has been the position, more or less, for the past 12 months as we have been unable to source volunteers willing to provide live or recorded programming during these hours. Consequently, we seek to reduce this commitment to an attainable 120 hours per week which will also provide with us a ‘safety’ margin to cover situations where presenters are unable to make programmes owing to sickness and/or work commitments or for periods where a presenter leaves the Station and a replacement has to be found."
Decision by Ofcom:
"The request represents approximately a 15% reduction in hours of original output which, in our view, would not substantially impact the character of service. Furthermore, the station has noted that for the 12 months prior to the request they have in fact been producing this reduced amount of original output, so there will be no obvious changes to the service from the perspective of listeners. We have also taken into account the challenges facing the station with regard to sourcing volunteers."
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0023/149180/radio-caroline-key-commitments-change-request.pdf
Please note that at https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates there is still no link to https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-may-2019.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (16/6-2019)


12/06-2019

COOK ISLANDS
Cooks to end AM radio link to outer islands.
The Cook Islands Investment Corporation says there are no plans to replace an AM radio mast that is to be dismantled on Rarotonga.
The mast at Matavera, built with New Zealand aid money many years ago to provide a signal to the outer islands, is rusted through in parts and in danger of collapsing. Pupils from an adjacent school have been moved to ensure their safety, while plans are made for the dismantling.
In a statement the CIIC said with the rollout of FM radio and the ability to stream events of national importance, the AM signal is no longer required.
But some concerns have been expressed about the loss of the service and Radio Cook Islands is surveying its customers in the outer islands about how they access the radio signal.
https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/391757/cooks-to-end-am-radio-link-to-outer-islands
Stephen Kellat via WOR io group (12/6-2019)


11/06-2019

KYRGYSTAN?
On June 1 a test broadcast began on new transmitter 612 kHz (Central Asia) referred to in the press as "Silk Road".
Following plans for the transmitter
00:00 to 12:00 the national px "Kyrgyz Radio".
12:00 to 13.55 - a pause.
13.57 - call sign Transmir Radio (TWR).
14:00 to 16:30 - TWR program in different languages in Central Asia.
Omnidirectional antenna.
Vasily Gulyaev (11/6-2019)
Could it be the 612 kHz from Bishkek? / Ydun Ritz


09/06-2019

SOUTH KOREA
The Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC), which broadcasts Christian radio programs in short and medium wave, now has the opportunity to build a 250,000 watts AM transmitter in South Korea, a few kilometers from North Korea.
https://christiannews.net/2019/06/07/christian-radio-station-has-opportunity-to-broadcast-signal-unblockable-by-north-korean-regime/
Christian News Network  (7/6-2019)


07/06-2019

NETHERLANDS
Updated list of all Dutch MW stations and more
https://radio-tv-nederland.nl/am/am.html?fbclid=IwAR2Pw_WRGrka_hIHOXcDoi1pGZhqy4ti8NpmQlgb3gQE33RAPxNecYzXEdE
Svenn Martinsen to DX-LISTENERS' CLUB fb group (7/6-2019)


06/06-2019

U S A
Rural U.S. Radio Stations Disappearing Fast.
From the Guardian, this interesting, if depressing, read.
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jun/06/radio-silence-how-the-disappearance-of-rural-stations-takes-americas-soul-with-them
In my totally biased opinion, as someone who has worked professionally in radio broadcasting for four decades, deregulation was surely the worst thing that ever happened to the industry. And it's not just commercial radio. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's policies have made it much easier for large, urban NPR stations to take over and homogenize smaller ones in the name of "efficiency." CPB and the Big Stations say this improves the "listener experience." It's a crock.
73, Andy Robins, Kalamazoo, Michigan USA via WOR io group (6/6-2019)


05/06-2019

GRENADA
"The Harbour Light of the Windwards is a non-profit, non-commercial, Christian radio facility located at Tarleton Point on the Northeastern slope of Carriacou. [...] We are presently using a 100% solid state Nautel XR-12 AM transmitter. Our audio processor is a CRL system with the NRSC pre-emphasis. The antenna is a quarter-wave, series-fed, monopole 55 meters in height with an above-ground tuned radial (raised radial) ground system that uses only 4 wires 55 meters in length perpendicular to each other and raised 5 meters above the ground for our frequency of 1400 Khz. The computer models show that it is as good or slightly better than the conventional ground system with 120 radials buried in a circle around the tower. Our tests have proved this also. The beauty of this system is its ease of installation, maintenance and low cost. We use a standard “tee” matched ATU (antenna tuning unit) for matching the tower to the transmitter. We went on the air on 1 December 1991.
Our present schedule for our AM broadcast is: 5:00 AM to midnight (local time) 08:00 UTC to 04:00 UTC.
Our primary coverage (0.5mv/m) area includes a 300 km (250 mi) radius. We've received signal reports from all the Islands in our coverage area, South America, and Europe. Our FM transmitters are 250 watt Crown, which are on 24 hours daily (94.5, 92.3 MHz), and cover primarily Grenada, Carriacou and the Grenadines. Our programmes are primarily Bible preaching and teaching in nature, however, we have science programmes, drama programmes, programmes on the family and home, daily classical music programmes, weather, and world news from the BBC. We were the only radio station in Grenada to remain on the air during Hurricanes Ivan and Emily on September 7, 2004 and July 16, 2005.
For more than 27 years, we used a Nautel ND5 5kw solid state transmitter - pictured in the gallery below - with the control rack on the left. It was installed new in October of 1991 and was in operation until April 27, 2019. It operated nearly flawlessly for ten years before we had our first real trouble. [...] On April 27, 2019, we installed a slightly used Nautel XR-12 which we purchased from the former government station in Grenada. Our engineer converted it to our operating frequency and re-commissioned it at 5kw for our AM service. Since this transmitter is capable of 10kw, we are considering increasing power sometime in the future, Lord willing." http://www.harbourlightradio.org/page25.html via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (5/6-2019)

EASTERN CARIBBEAN UPDATES
While still many Spanish speaking AM stations on air in the Caribbean - from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic; there is a decline in English and French speaking stations in Eastern Caribbean. Here a list of silent stations:
Anguilla: 690 kHz and 1610 kHz The Caribbean Beacon are off air. 1610 kHz is close to empty, but during nights CHHV Voces Latinas from Canada can be heard. On 690 kHz W Radio from Colombia is audible.
Guadeloupe: 640 kHz is off air. Instead, you can hear Radio Progreso from Cuba and Fox Sports Radio from USA.
Martinique: 1310 kHz is off air [since 2018? as not mentioned in WRTH 2019/ed]. The frequency is a myriad of different weak stations, of which at least one transmitter is off frequency, 1309.8 kHz maybe.
St.Kitts & Nevis: 820 kHz Son Power Radio [and ex Radio Paradise], which was expected back on air in the beginning of 2019, still not reactivated. The frequency seems empty during night. Two very weak stations, possible from Cuba and USA, can be picked up.
US Virgin Islands: WUVI 1090 kHz and WIGT 1690 kHz are still silent. On 1090 can now be heard Unión Radio Noticias from Venezuele and Caracol from Colombia. On 1690 kHz WPTX is dominant.
The current status is, that there is no French speaking stations left in the Eastern Caribbean.
Regarding English speaking stations in that region, the following are active:
780 kHz: ZBVI, British Virgin Islands
860 kHz: VON Radio, St.Kitts & Nevis
900 kHz: "FM 94.7", Barbados
970 kHz: WSTX, US Virgin Islands
1000 kHz: WVWI, US Virgin Islands
1160 kHz: Caribbean Radio Lighthouse, Antigua
1300 kHz: The Voice of St.Maarten, St. Martin
1340 kHz: WSTA, US Virgin Islands
1400 kHz: Harbour Light, Grenada
1620 kHz: WDHP "103.5 The Reef", US Virgin Islands.
Stig Hartvig Nielsen, Deshaies, Guadeloupe (using a Tecsun PL-880 and 30 m longwire) May 29th until June 4th 2019 (5/6-2019)
Thanks to Stig for this excellent update /Ed.


02/06-2019

ALGERIA
Chaine 3 Algeria on 252LW is back on air from 21/05/2019.
Regards Adam Birchenall (22/5-2019)

CANADA
Montreal's 1650 La Radio Gospel has new calls: CKZW replacing CJRS.
Andy Reid (2/6-2019)


31/05-2019

CANADA
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-155
Ottawa, 16 May 2019
The Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the campus and community radio programming undertakings listed below from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2026. The terms and conditions of licence for these stations are set out in the appendix to this decision.
[...]
Concordia Student Broadcasting Corporation CJLO Montréal, Quebec [1690 kHz]
[...]
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-155.htm via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (30/5-2019)

CANADA
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-149
Ottawa, 14 May 2019
CHAK Inuvik – New transmitter in Aklavik.
The Commission approves the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language AM radio programming undertaking CHAK Inuvik [860 kHz], Northwest Territories in order to operate a low-power FM transmitter in Aklavik to rebroadcast the programming of CHAK. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
According to the CBC, in order to ensure continued service to an underserved remote northern community following an unforeseen failing of CHAK’s low-power AM rebroadcasting transmitter CBAK Aklavik [1210 kHz], it needs to replace the low-power AM transmitter with a low-power FM transmitter. The licensee stated that the new transmitter, which will operate under the call sign CBAK-FM Aklavik, will also improve the quality of the Radio One signal to residents of Aklavik.
The new transmitter will operate at 97.7 MHz (channel 249LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 7.7 metres). It will operate from the current transmitter site for CBAK.
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.
The Department’s BPR-3: Application Procedures and Rules for FM Broadcasting Undertakings specifies that a low-power FM rebroadcasting transmitter is considered a secondary assignment operating on an unprotected channel. Should an FM station or transmitter with protected status be granted a frequency that is incompatible with that used by the low-power transmitter considered in this decision, the licensee may need to cease the operation of that low-power transmitter or file an application to change its frequency and/or technical parameters.
The transmitter must be in operation by no later than 14 May 2021. To request an extension, the licensee must submit a written request to the Commission at least 60 days before that date, using the form available on the Commission’s website.
Secretary General
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-149.htm via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (30/5-2019)

CANADA
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-180
Ottawa, 28 May 2019
The Commission approves the application by Maritime Broadcasting System Limited to change the authorized night-time contours of the English-language commercial radio programming undertaking CJCB Sydney [1270 kHz], Nova Scotia by decreasing the night-time transmitter power from 10,000 to 1,350 watts. All other technical parameters will remain unchanged. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
According to the licensee, due to an antenna system failure, CJCB has been forced to operate from a single transmission tower and, consequently, must reduce its night-time transmitter power. The licensee added that the requested technical change will not affect the station’s ability to continue serving the local Sydney radio market as it has in the past, and will allow operational costs to be kept to a minimum.
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 licensee must implement the technical change by no later than 28 May 2021. To request an extension, the licensee must submit a written request to the Commission at least 60 days before that date, using the form available on the Commission’s website.
Secretary General
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-180.htm via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (30/5-2019)

ALGERIA
At least since monday 27.05.2019, Alger Chaîne III on 1200 mts. 252 kHz has returned on air, but is noted as if was on reduced power, on daytime and nightime.
Guillermo Sáez (28/5-2019)

U K
Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio closes down on medium wave: "We have some exciting news to bring you............. from Friday 24th May at 2pm we will be broadcasting on 87.7 FM and this will be our new permanent home on your radio. Our service on 1575 AM will be closing down on the same day and while we are sad to say goodbye to AM our new crystal clear FM service will sound even better."
https://www.smhr.co.uk/news.shtml 13 May 2019 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (23/5-2019)

ALGERIA
Be informed that CHAINE 3 252 LW is ON now.
Amine Ferhane (22/5-2019)


20/05-2019

HOLIDAY
I will go on holiday tomorrow.
Therefore, no activity on MediumWaveInfo the next ten days or so.
Ydun Ritz (29/5-2019)


18/05-2019

ITALY
On 594 kHz is now on air a new radio: AM Italia. The frequency is licensed, the owner is Challenger srl.
It is broadcasting in Veneto region, North Italy.
See also:
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/italian-mw-am-italia-on-594-khz-list-of.html
73 Giampiero Bernardini (18/5-2019)


17/05-2019

CANADA
The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has flipped Classic Hits CK 750 (CKJH) in Melfort, Saskatchewan to BEACH RADIO 750. The format has been tweaked and now emphasizes Classic Hits from the 80's and 90's.
BEACH RADIO 750 WEBSITE: https://beachradiosk.com/
Thanks to Ted at Radio West for the tip.
Canadian Radio News fb group (17/5-2019)


16/05-2019

UNID
It´s a Belgian pirate station with irregular mediumwave activity. In the past it was transmitting on 1440 kHz, but changed to 1350 kHz earlier this year.
Website: http://paradisefm.org/
Patrick Robic (16/5-2019)

UNID
There is a station transmitting on 1350 KHZ identifying itself as "Paradijs FM, Belgium" and playing continuous pop and rock music. The announcements are in German and English, and what is more, it is on AM.
It could be using the transmitter that used to relay "I am Radio" in Northern Italy, as the signal strength and modulation quality are quite similar.
Can anyone throw any light on this signal? I first heard it during the Easter weekend, with the same format.
Your comments please?
Dave Angell (16/5-2019)
My guess is, that you have heard a (Dutch?) pirate. Anyone knows more? (ed)


15/05-2019

CANADA
The CBC has received approval to convert Radio One CBLB 1340 AM to 90.9 FM in Schreiber, Ontario. The new station will operate with 130 watts. Antenna height will be 31.3 metres (EHAAT) with a non-directional radiation pattern. Programming will continue to originate at CBQT 88.3 Thunder Bay.
CRTC DECISION
Canadian Radio News fb group (15/5-2019)

CANADA
The CBC received approval today to convert Radio One CBAK 1210 AM to 97.7 FM in Aklavik, Northwest Territories. The new station will operate with 50 watts. Antenna height will be 7.7 metres (EHAAT) with a non-directional radiation pattern. Programming will continue to originate at CHAK 860 Inuvik.
CRTC DECISION
Canadian Radio News fb group (14/5-2019)

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
It seems to be that Radio Farda from Al-Dhabbaya 1575 kHz is off air. On this Qatar's Kiwi Rx. http://midskiwi.ddns.net:8073/ (sometimes is this Kiwi off air) Farda is usally to hear permanently. But for about 1 week I only can hear the jammer from Iran (Iran's authorities proably didn't pick up that Farda is off air now).
No idea if Radio Farda will return there.
Nils Düwel (15/5-2019)

U K
This thread from the British DX Club's news list may be of interest - the AM community licence awarded to Ark AM (Glasgow) in June 2017 now on air on low power (around 10 watts) on off-channel 1529.66 kHz, IDing as "Radio Ramadhan 365" when heard this morning.
Craig Kelly reported on Digital Spy May 9th: "After a break of almost 5 years, the AM/MW frequency 1530 kHz is alive again with Radio Ramadhan The Ark. This station was awarded an AM licence to cover Glasgow in June 2017, so they have just got on-air before the two-year deadline after licence award. Ark AM, the name on the original application, says it will serve the needs of Glasgow’s diverse Muslim communities. They also state on the website DAB digital radio coverage. No known on-air launch date."
Alan Pennington (10/5-2019)

IRELAND
Spirit Radio, the Christian gospel based station which broadcasts on 549 KHZ am will be renewing their licence for 2020 as the current one expires in December 2019.
They are testing out a new Telefunken 50 KW transmitter which they intend to use to give them better coverage. The Harris 50 KW transmitter will also be kept as a stand-by unit.
Dave Angell (9/5-2019)


08/05-2019

CANADA
CRTC - Extension granted to CKJS 810 Winnipeg for FM flip to 92.7.
Evanov-Dufferin received an administrative licence renewal until August 31, 2020 for CKJS 810 in Winnipeg. This will allow more time to convert the station to 92.7 as was approved in November 2017. No reason for the delay was given in the decision other than the licensee is not yet ready to begin operations of the FM station.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2019/2019-132.htm
Canadian Radio News fb group (7/5-2019)


07/05-2019

U K
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the frequency swap of Love Sport (558 kHz) and Panjabi Radio (1584 kHz) following a consultation.
Panjabi Radio will change to 558 kHz, thus expanding its coverage area to Greater London. Love Sport, in the future on 1584 kHz, will have a smaller coverage in the north of the British capital.
More details are found at https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0029/146486/statement-love-sport-panjab-radio-request-change-format.pdf.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-april-2019 7 May 2019 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (7/5-2019)

U K
The community Radio BGWS (British Gurkha Welfare Society Limited) Farnborough (Hampshire) has surrendered its licence for 1179 kHz.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-april-2019 7 May 2019.
The station started broadcasting in 2012, but its fate in more recent years was unclear. The station did not respond to my enquiry in 2018 when I researched the community radio stations licenced for medium wave.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (7/5-2019)


06/05-2019

NETHERLANDS
With reference to the information of April 25th Studio Denakker will continue its broadcasts on the frequency on 675 kHz, starting May 11th, 2019.
There will be several changes of the LPAM – stations on mediumwaves: some stations will stop transmission, there are some new ones and several station will change to a new frequency.
https://radio-tv-nederland.nl/am/am.html
Henk Poortvliet, The Netherlands (5/5-2019)


04/05-2019

ALGERIA
Be informed that Algeria R. CHAINE 3 252 kHz Tipaza from yesterday 3/05/2019 till now no signal (OFF). Without program.
Amine Ferhane (4/5-2019)


01/05-2019

IRELAND
The Contract Awards Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (18.04.19) placed a public notice in a national paper seeking expressions of interests from parties interested in securing a sound broadcasting contract for the provision of one of the following:
[...]
A quasi-national broad-format Christian and religious sound broadcasting service, on the AM and FM bands, targeting an audience aged 15+ years. The contract for the above service is currently held by Spirit Radio Limited, broadcasting as Spirit Radio, and is due to expire on the 31st December 2020.
[...]
Parties interested in submitting expressions of interest to the BAI should do so by 12 noon on Tuesday, 18th June 2019.
Commercial radio licensing – BAI seeks expressions of interest for sound broadcasting services 18 Apr 2019
https://www.bai.ie/en/commercial-radio-licensing-bai-seeks-expressions-of-interest-for-sound-broadcasting-services/
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (1/5-2019)


28/04-2019

RUSSIA
World Radio Network 738 kHz.
Announcement on the air:
"From May 1, 2019, the broadcasting of the radio channel by the World Radio Network at the 738 kHz medium-wave frequency will be temporarily suspended for editorial-independent reasons. We will make every effort to return to the air of Moscow and the Moscow region in the near future. Our partners will continue to broadcast programs of the World Radio Network via satellite and on the Internet. Details you will find on the site wrn.ru"
Vasily Gulyaev, Astrakhan, Russia ( “deneb-radio-dx” and “open_dx”)
"The news of our channel is the World Radio Network. Unfortunately, from May 1, we will have to temporarily suspend the broadcasting of our broadcasts at a medium wave frequency of 738 kHz.
The reason is the consolidation of state structures in our country; therefore, the transmitting center on which our technical facilities are located has lost its independence and entered into a larger structure. And in the process of consolidation, as usual, an inspection was carried out. This check revealed that, in addition to the main facilities, there are technical means of third-party organizations, including ours, at the radio center. And if these funds of third-party organizations for more than two decades did not prevent the transmitting center from successfully operating according to its basic purpose, now they have sharply prevented the new owner. Thus, from May 1, all broadcasting from Kurkino stops. To date, these are just the two remaining transmitters. At a frequency of 612 kHz, this is the “Narodnoe Radio” and “Radonezh” and at a frequency of 738 kHz, the World Radio Network. As for us, the World Radio Network, we are doing everything possible to find a new place to accommodate our facilities and resume broadcasting on medium wave 738 kHz."
(Quote from the program "Radiopanorama" for lovers of long-range radio. The author and presenter - Vadim Alekseev. 04/27/2019)
Anatoly Klepov, RUS-DX (28/4-2019)

ABKHAZIA
Monitoring April 21, 2019.
1350 kHz, 1557 UTC - Abkhaz radio, as they announced themselves on the air (Abkhazia), then “Avtoradio” sounded barely audible and the transmitter turned off.
muromdx, Murom, Vladimirskaya oblast, Russia (http://www.radioscanner.ru/forum/topic30247-356.html)
Anatoly Klepov, RUS-DX (28/4-2019)

UKRAINE
On April 18, the radio station "UA: Ukrainian Radio" resumed broadcasting from a transmitter in the village of Luch of the Nikolaev region at a frequency of 549 kHz. Recall - the broadcasting of the radio station at this frequency was absent for a month due to the underfunding of NSTU.
Source: Portal "Terrestrial TV and Radio Broadcasting in Ukraine".
http://proradio.org.ua/news/2019apr.php
Anatoly Klepov, RUS-DX (28/4-2019)


26/04-2019

U K
BBC Radio Foyle opens new state-of-the-art studio space.
BBC Radio Foyle [an opt out local service of BBC NI for Londonderry on 792 kHz and 93.1 MHz] continues its 40th birthday celebrations with the opening of a new state-of-the-art studio space. The investment brings together the best available audio technology and radio visualisation equipment to transform the studios into facilities which are tailor-made to meet the needs of BBC Radio Foyle in the 21st Century.
Radio visualisation is the creation of pictures to accompany audio in the internet era. The station has also increased the number of studios, creating an in-house musical performance space for the first time to reflect the growth in cultural content coming from the North West. In the years since 2013, BBC Radio Foyle has launched the Mickey Bradley Record Show and Soundscapes, and moved production of weekly episodes of Blas and the Arts Show to the Northland Road base.
The studios officially re-opened on Thursday [25 April], with a special live, visualised edition of Electric Mainline simulcast on BBC Radio Foyle’s platforms and the BBC Music NI website from 7pm, when presenter Stephen McCauley invited local, unsigned acts to be first to play in the new performance space. Those performing were: Foreign Owl, Cherym, Porphyry and solo artist, The Fully Automatic Model (Johnny Delaney).
The opening of the newly refurbished studios forms an important part of BBC Radio Foyle’s 40th anniversary celebrations. And to mark the year, poet Abby Oliveira has also been commissioned by the station to write a love-letter to its listeners to mark four decades together and decorate the entrance to the newly refurbished studios.
Larry Deeney, Content Editor, BBC Radio Foyle, says: “By inviting local, unsigned acts to open our new state-of-the art visualised radio studios and giving them a video of their performance to take home as a birthday present, we are saying thank you to the local community because this new facility will benefit the whole of the North West.
This commitment from the BBC is a massive vote of confidence in the North West and the work that teams here in BBC Radio Foyle do for local, national and network audiences. I would like to thank the BBC, the staff in Foyle, and most of all our loyal listeners for their continued support.”
https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2019/radio-foyle-studio
26 April 2019 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (26/4-2019)

IRELAND
RTE 252 kHz longwave transmissions are to continue for a minimum of 2 more years following an aerial upgrade it was announced today. RTE had hoped to start broadcasting on DAB in the UK, but Ofcom isn't granting permission to a non-UK broadcaster at this time. Aerial upgrade will cause a break in transmissions, maybe in the autumn.
http://www.hildegarde.ie/longwave-radio-to-continue-for-the-benefit-of-diaspora-naughton/?fbclid=IwAR37L65qIxhuJP6TYmcPZgw0YSiJN_Z91qIZRW-wjndoBZKmn_Noc5S-lsg

British DX Club FB group (25/4-2019)


25/04-2019

NETHERLANDS
Some LPAM stations on MW in The Netherlands will cease transmission on May 11th, 2019 as there licenses have not been renewed
https://radio-tv-nederland.nl/am/am.html
Among them is Studio Denakker på 1395 kHz, the most easily heard station in Denmark.
Peter Witten, DNK (25/4-2019)


24/04-2019

ITALY
Some Italian private MW radio heard by me in these days:
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/04/mw-italian-private-radio-log.html
Giampiero Bernardini, Milano, Italia (24/4-2019)


16/04-2019

ITALY
On 1305 kHz from Pisa, Tuscany, now is on air Radio Città del Capo, based in Bologna and linked to Popolare Network. This radio is broadcasting also on 774 kHz, from Lumbardy in North Italy. Both relay Radio Città del Capo on FM. The frequencies was licensed to Netlit that few months ago announced a project on Medium Wave.
On their site you can follow the development. So far according to Netlit web site http://www.netlit.eu/ 3 frequencies are active: 774 - 1305 - 1602. The last one is from Savona, west side of Liguria region, North Italy.
Giampiero Bernardini (16/4-2019)


09/04-2019

NETHERLANDS
Wijkradio https://www.facebook.com/wijkradio has stopped transmission from Waalwijk via the LPAM frequency 1485 kHz.
And since last week Radio Calypso is on LPAM frequency 675 kHz from Oostwold Groningen in stead of Team FM.
A list of Dutch LPAMs can be found here https://radio-tv-nederland.nl/am/am.html
John Vinther Nielsen, DNK (8/4-2019)


08/04-2019

SWEDEN
New Swedish station on 1512 kHz.
Gunnar Ivarsson in Kinna has started up a beacon with tone and voice on 1512 kHz with 10 watt, on air 24/7.
More here https://www.500khz.se/kinna1512.php
Lennart Deimert in NORDX yg group (8/4-2019)


04/04-2019

SYRIA
Possible changes to MW broadcast scheme in Syria.
In the near past, medium wave transmitters in Syria, which are owned by the Syrian government, used to relay feeds from dominant state-run radio stations (e.g. Radio Damascus / Domestic and Voice of Youth). However, that formula might have changed without prior notice!
Radio Damascus / Domestic Service usually broadcasts on three medium wave frequencies, 567 kHz (primary), 783 kHz and 936 kHz.
Yesterday (3-Apr-2019 at 13:30z) I noticed a mismatch in programming between 567 kHz and 936 kHz. 936 kHz relayed something different. It didn’t take much time till I realized that I was listening to Zenobia FM. Zenobia FM is a local radio station owned and managed by ORTAS (General Organization of Radio and TV – Syria). Originally, it covers the city of Homs on a single FM frequency of 98.0 MHz, with programming specially curated to Homs’s population.
3-Apr-2019 at 18:30z, things got really weird. 936 kHz was relaying a feed from a privately owned radio station, Ninar FM. Till this moment, Ninar FM is still live on 936 kHz.
Note that SRTV General Program has “recently” (couple of months ago) changed its frequencies announcement. The updated one states that 567 kHz is the only MW frequency and it's covering the entire Syrian geography. That might mean there are plans to use the other two frequencies (783 kHz and 936 kHz) to, presumably, relay different types of programs other the main one.
It’s not clear yet if this move will be permanent, or whether 936 kHz will be used to relay both stations at different times. We have to wait.
Rawad Hamwi to WOR io group (4/4-2019)


02/04-2019

SPAIN
EAJ-6 RADIO PAMPLONA [1575 kHz] (SER network) is off the air and all points to a definitive closure. On the last days of January they were playing only music with regular invitations to retune to FM... "For a better sound quality listen to Radio Pamplona SER on 100.4 FM" and some other messages on the same line.
Dx-er José Hernández Madrid has been told by the station that they are off to do some works in the antenna for better transmission quality. But well known dx-er Jordi Brunet has obtained a diferent version from well informed sources... Radio Pamplona is off for good on MW as they have sold the tx site for developing a new residential area. The mast and transmitters are also been sold as scrap. Let´s see...
Another station with an uncertain future is EAJ-25 HIT-FM (Tarrasa, Barcelona province). According to Jordi Brunet, this station is off the air from early 2019 due to some technical problem still not solved.
Sources: José Hernández Madrid and Jordi Brunet on iberiaDX (at) groups.io
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CPeHruJV7c&feature=youtu.be
http://guiadelaradio.com/radio-pamplona-deja-de-emitir-en-onda-media
73! Mauricio Molano via mwdx yg (2/4-2019)


29/03-2019

JAPAN
Japanese broadcasters call for end to mandatory AM radio due to cost and lack of listeners
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/03/28/national/japanese-broadcasters-call-end-mandatory-radio-due-cost-lack-listeners/?fbclid=IwAR3hzFrcsdCReEX9WGLvGTh491T4WqqSQRbGSkDV2E
c6Vu5m5PTBHgTSU_U#.XJ4jOphKiM9

Geir Høien Fredheim in DX-Listeners' Club fb group (29/3-2019)

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Radio Asia, Ras al-Khaimah has now moved from 1269 to 1476 kHz.
http://radioasiauae.com/?fbclid=IwAR0VFUpJPMSRtTdWlEhvEBJk6RCXdWA5GzJ-
QcNx5gOrV5lCnm0MVAUwtaw
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (28/3-2019)


27/03-2019

CANADA
CJCB 1270 in Sydney wishes to reduce night time power.
The Maritime Broadcasting System has applied to reduce the night time power at CJCB 1270 in Sydney, Nova Scotia from 10,000 to 1,350 watts. Day power will remain 10,000 watts.
The station has actually been operating at 1,350 watts nights for several years now after an antenna system failure. No complaints were received from listeners about poor reception so MBS has decided to make the power reduction permanent to keep operational costs at a minimum.
Canadian Radio News fb group (27/3-2019)


26/03-2019

INDIA
DRM in INDIA
In India 35 MW transmitters of AIR's 138 MW transmitters use DRM digital signals. And more than 1 million new cars are equipped with DRM radios.
More on https://www.drm.org/drm-india-page/
Thanks to Niels Dreijer for this information (26/3-2019)


25/03-2019

U K
New transmitter to give Radio Warrington a boost.
Radio Warrington – the town’s community radio station – will soon be available to more listeners than ever before. The not-for-profit station is taking delivery of a new transmitter at its site in Great Sankey. This will allow a stronger signal on 1332am, better quality sound and a greater reach to its audience.
Radio Warrington is wholly run by volunteers from studios in Warrington Market. It has been broadcasting 24 hours a day since March 2007 in digital stereo online and since May 2016 on 1332 medium wave.
It broadcasts national and local news, sport, local topic and events and music. Its outside broadcast team visits local events and of course there is music, including locally produced and specialist music.
The new transmitter will enable many more people to hear the station on the medium way(!).
Radio Warrington is keen to hear from any local people who want to get involved in running the station, either on air or behind the scenes.
For more information about getting involved visit www.radiowarrington.co.uk
Warrington Worldwide (15/3-2019)


24/03-2019

UKRAINE
First program of Ukrainian Radio will stop broadcasts on 549 kHz from the station at Luch in May 2019, then it will replace transmission with FM frequencies.
Only one frequency will be in use - 873 kHz.
Source: http://www.vcfm.ru/ and https://detector.media
Ivan Lebedevsky, St.Petersburg, Russia (24/3-2019)


22/03-2019

SPAIN
Radio Pamplona SER 1575 kHz has closed definitively. The terrain where the antenna is located will be urbanized.
Good bussines....for SER!
Jordi Brunet in MWC fb group (22/3-2019)


21/03-2019

ICELAND
Spring equinox bandscan 2019
The weather in nutshell: Bright, breezy and chilly. I made it only once around the bands before my fingers got too cold. I'm glad that the Panny tranny, though not very sensitive, is easy to handle.
The LW band brought no surprises that I could hear. NRK was weak but audible on 153 kHz.
MW band signals were not at their strongest this time. There were a few Middle-East signals and some Spanish signals, but still many channels with only a weak carrier. The only Absolute Radio relay I caught was on 1242 kHz. Smooth Radio (1152, 1161 and 1170 kHz) was weak, too.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (20/3-2019)


20/03-2019

AUSTRALIA
AM to FM Conversions.
According to the websites for 7AD and 7BU, the official switchover will take place at 0000 AEDT Fri 22 March (there is a countdown clock on each site https://www.7ad.com.au/ https://www.7bu.com.au)
There have been reports elsewhere online claiming both 98.9 and 100.9 have commenced test broadcasting. I have no way to test the veracity o f these claims. 100.9 should definitely be audible in Melbourne when conditions allow; 98.9 will be more difficult due to 3NOW Broadmeadows.
Will Renton, ICDX-AM yg (20/3-2019)

558 KHz 7BU Burnie is running on reduced power to the extent that it can no longer be heard at my Sydney home. 558 KHz 6WA Wagin at 1,970 miles is recently the dominant signal most of the evening.
Last evening around 2030 Sydney time, traditional female island singing was heard on 558 KHz peaking NE. This was possibly Fiji. Previously the strong 7BU signal wiped out any chance hearing Fiji. I will try and determine the optimal reception time window for Fiji. Sunrise Fiji 6:09 AM (Sydney 5:09 AM time) may be a possibility to try.
Todd, ICDX-AM yg (13/3-2019)

According to recent news, the following AM to FM conversions are about to occur here in Australia:
98.9MHz 7AD Devonport Tas AUS - Convert from 900kHz AM (FM transmissions commence on 01/03/19).
100.9MHz 7BU Burnie Tas AUS - Convert from 558kHz AM (FM transmissions commence on 01/03/2019).
AM transmissions of both stations will continue for about three weeks or so, before closing down.
Also, 540kHz 7SD Scottsdale Tas AUS is soon planned for an AM to FM conversion. Both AM and FM frequencies planned to be used indefinitely with this particular station. No further details on this at the moment.
Robert Copeman, ICDX-AM yg (28/2-2019)


19/03-2019

SRI LANKA
BBC WORLD SERVICE will do test transmissions starting
Wed 20th - Fri 22nd March:
01.00-01.30 UTC, 1548 kHz, AM at 350 kW
14.00-14.30 UTC, 1548 kHz, AM at 350 kW
Sat 23rd - Mon 25th March:
01.00-01.30 UTC, 1548 kHz, DRM at 120 kW
14.00-14.30 UTC, 1548 kHz, DRM at 120 kW

(Information from SLBC who wants reports on these transmissions. If you want QSLs I will get you the QSLs. Send your reporrs to SLBC direct or thru me. victorg.broadcaster@gmail.com )

Thanking you for your continuous support on our TRM operation since the year January 2012.
Director AM Transmissions V. Kuganesan. Slbc Project slbcproject@yahoo.com
Victor Goonetilleke to Union of Asian DXers fb group (19/3-2019)

ITALY
Here in Italy MW are moving again...
A new radio was heard today in North Italy - Radio Monterosa 1305 kHz
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/03/new-italian-on-mw-radio-monterosa-1305.html
Giampiero Bernardini (16/3-2019)


14/03-2019

CANADA
Extension granted for new Classic Hits station at 1220 AM in St. Catharines 10070394 Canada Inc. (Radio Dhun) has until April 20, 2020 to get this new 10,000 watt fulltime commercial Classic Hits station on the air. The applicant states that the delays have been the result of taking delivery of the transmitter equipment longer than they had originally anticipated. The station should be on the air by late Spring/early summer 2019.
Canadian Radio News fb group (14/3-2019)


13/03-2019

CANADA
The CBC has applied to convert Radio One CBAK 1210 AM in Aklavik, Northwest Territories to 97.7 FM. The new station will operate with 50 watts. Antenna height will be 7.7 metres (EHAAT) with a non-directional radiation pattern. Programming from CHAK 860 in Inuvik will continue to be simulcast.
This application is a formality as the flip to FM has already occurred. The CBC received emergency authorization to convert the station after the AM transmitter became non operational.
Canadian Radio News fb group (12/3-2019)


12/03-2019

U K
From The Radio Caroline website:
Radio Caroline North returns this weekend, online via the 'Listen' button in the green panel (at website), on Manx Radio's 1368 AM transmitter for the north and west, and on our own 648 AM transmitter for the south and east.
Join us live from our historic radioship Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater for more music memories, and more chances to win prizes from our webshop.
Your emails are welcome at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk and remember, it's the only one that gets you straight through to us directly onboard.
Broadcast sponsored by The Offshore Radio Museum – the virtual museum where you're never more than a click away from great memories www.offshoreradiomuseum.co.uk
Mike Terry via mwdx yg (12/3-2019)

JAMMING
Yesterday I heard this "engine noise" on 1431, mixing with Radio Sawa Djibouti.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neGoIGGqmgc
This noise very-very similar, that I heard one year earlier on 1521 kHz, against the Saudi station:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04SnMGW12eo&t=264s
Not a local noise, I tested it.
László Tringer HNG (12/3-2019)


10/03-2019

CANADA
The CBC has applied to convert Radio One CBLB 1340 AM in Schreiber, Ontario to 90.9 FM. The new station will operate with 130 watts. Antenna height will be 31.3 metres (EHAAT) with a non-directional radiation pattern. Programming from CBQT 88.3 in Thunder Bay will continue to be simulcast.
Canadian Radio News fb group (8/3-2019)


06/03-2019

GERMANY
Mediumwave transmitter Donebach gone [March 2nd, 2018]. Impressive 5-minute professional video by Media Broadcast of demolition of the 2-tower LW site at Donebach which was for 153 kHz DLF. Dramatic music, drone video, multiple angles of towers falling. All the guywires were broken simultaneously.

"Sprengung Sendetürme Donebach. Rund 50 Jahre prägten die beiden Langwellensender in Donebach das Bild der Region.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R97VVkG1Oik via Peter Kruse, DXLD."

Glenn Hauser, WOR io group (6/3-2019)


05/03-2019

CANARY ISLANDS
COPE 837 kHz is on air again; Radio Las Palmas 1008 kHz obviously only for special events.
You can see the report on PlayDX blog:
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/03/islas-canarias-cope-837-on-air-radio.html
Giampiero Bernardini (5/3-2019)

ITALY
Just note this post in Italian, about a real low power AM radio here in Milan:
Radio Centrale Milano 1530 AM
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/03/radio-centrale-milano-1530-am-una-vera.html
Giampiero Bernadini (5/3-2017)

SRI LANKA
AWR via Sri Lanka 1548 kHz MW.
Reception Reports for the new broadcasts by Adventist World Radio from Trincomalle , Sri Lanka on Medium Wave 1548 kHz is appreciated and may be sent to pino@awr.org
Schedule:
1500-1530 UTC Tamil,
1530-1600 UTC Hindi.
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, Hyderabad, India via WOR io group (5/3-2019)


02/03-2019

MALTA
Radio Malta 999 kHz at reduced power, possible interruptions of the transmissions in the next days.
Some shutdowns affected the 999 khz of Radio Malta in the last hours, the problems are this time due to some problems arose after the storm of bad weather last weekend.
The transmitter is currently operating with 3 kW of power instead of the 5 kW used usually. David Mizzi told us that because of the work that will be ongoing for a few days, more will be possible shutdowns, especially on Monday 4 March. (tnx Giovanni Lorenzi)
https:\\www.bclnews.it/2019/03/01/radio-malta-999-khz-a-potenza-ridotta-possibili-interruzioni-delle-trasmissioni-nei-prossimi-giorni/
via Roger Thauer-D, A-DX newsgroup March 2 and Wolfgang Büeschel (2/3-2019)


01/03-2019

ITALY
On Feb. 28th the low power 0.2 kW religious Radio Kolbe has been heard in San Costanzo (Pesaro e Urbino/central Italy) on 1566 kHz at 0650 h UTC. Moderate fading (HOL - Vahon Hindustani Radio) and fair to good signal.
Alberto V, Pesaro (Italy) (28/2-2019)


27/02-2019

NETHERLANDS
At least via that Dutch SDR receiver [http://gti.proxy.kiwisdr.com:8073/] is Radio Caroline test STEREO transmission to be heard on 1440 kHz = earlier Radio Luxembourg frequency.
Kari Kallio, Lahti Finland (27/2-2019)

It turned out be a Dutch pirate playing his game on 1440 kHz. (ed)

LATVIA
Radio Center will be on the air this March last time on their historical frequency AM 1485 before completely moving to NEW frequency AM 1602 from Riga, Latvia:
March 1st from 3-5 UTC (6-8 MST) with their special 27 Years Anniversary program March 27 and 28th from 19:00- 20:59 UTC (22:00-23:59 MST) with very special programs for NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) Convention attendees.
Radio Center Moscow, a pioneer of Religious broadcasting in Russia, has been granted a license for operating a powerful AM transmitter in Riga, Latvia to deliver Christian programming in RUSSIAN language into every RUSSIAN community in Eastern Europe, including Russia proper--during a time when the Russian Government has restricted the rights of many Christians groups. Due to growing restrictions and governmental interference, Radio Center is moving from Moscow to Riga while keeping our radio studio in Moscow. Our NEW frequency on AM dial is 1602 kHz.
On February 2019 Russian lawmakers backed a bill aimed at isolating the country's Internet from the rest of the world to secure it in the event of a cyber attack or other threat. The creation of this «red button» that gives the State more ways of disconnecting the country from the global network could further isolate Russians from the rest of the world. As a result, only conventional radio waves can reach our listeners in Russia!
Our ministry needs are:
New AM transmitter
New antenna (a location in Latvia close to Russian State border)
Studio and broadcast equipment
Production costs
Electricity bills
We invite you to partner with us. Together we can make a difference in this world by preaching the Gospel through the airwaves to reach Russian-speaking people! Please contact us at www.radiocenter.net
Andrey Nekrasov in WRTH fb group (27/2-2019)


24/02-2019

BENIN
Trans World Radio is raising money for a second transmitter at their West Africa medium wave station.
"Northern Nigeria is a spiritual battleground. For 10 years or more, radical religious movements have ravaged the land with horrific acts of violence. But there is hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We now have an opportunity to take the good news farther into Nigeria and strengthen the Church there. We're launching a powerful new 200,000-watt transmitter broadcasting hope into all of Nigeria, as well as parts of the neighboring countries of Cameroon, Benin and Niger.
We have already begun by faith, with a prayer goal of launching programming with the new transmitter by the end of 2019. The total cost of the project is $1.3 million for installation, upgraded power and antenna, and the first year of operations to reach all of Nigeria and beyond. As of Jan. 1, 2019, the remaining need for the project is $750,000.
Would you consider giving generously to the Oasis Transmitter Project today? Your gift will provide a clear radio signal to bring more evangelism programs for the lost, more discipleship programs to strengthen the Church, and more effective ministry than we’ve ever been able to bring to this region of Africa before."
https://www.twr.org/project-detail/oasis-transmitter-project (incl a 3:30 promotional video) via
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (24/2-2019)


23/02-2019

U S A
1430 WION DX test early Sunday morning.
Traveling to WION, Ionia, MI tomorrow to do a bunch of PM. After midnight EST (early Sunday morning [0500 UT]), we will be doing testing at full power [4.7 kW], omni.
Work includes IPM reduction and sweeping each tower so that I can complete the design and construction of a non-resonant power divider. The current resonant tank circuit divider exhibits 4dB of sideband tilt that I currently correct using the cquam exciter. That is, of course, not ideal and we'll be broadbanding that array. WION 1430 kHz. We will complete the work with a few highly separated musical selections.
DX reports appreciated!
http://www.i1430.com/contact.html
This from Greg Buchwald via FB via Todd Skaine, MN, Feb 22, IRCA at HCDX via DXLD io group (23/2-2019)


20/02-2019

CUBA
RADIOCUBA informs in facebook that on Feb 16th "El Sapo" CTOM resumed tx. of Rebelde [1620 kHz? /ed] and COCO [980 kHz? /ed] from the new tower.
Mauricio Molano Salamanca in mwdx yg group (19/2-2019)


18/02-2019

ITALY
On Feb. 13rd Radio Milano has been heard in San Costanzo (Pesaro e Urbino/central Italy) on 1602 kHz at 0640 h UTC.
Very strong fading (SER, Radio Seagull or ERA Net are prevalent) and noise.
Alberto V, Pesaro (Italy) (18/2-2019)


16/02-2019

ITALY
Milano AM is testing the new transmitter on 1602 kHz.
Milano AM fb group (16/2-2019)


15/02-2019

ITALY
Netlit network got license for 693 kHz in 4 cities, but deleted Firenze 774 and Terni 1584. 2 tx are already on air: Milan 774 (I can confirm) and Pisa 1035 (I'll try to control).
Follow the update here
https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/02/updates-italian-mw-netlit-network-adds.html
Giampiero Bernardini (15/2-2019)


14/02-2019

ITALY
Nine new MW stations are coming on air in Italy, Netlit Media Literacy Network announces on its site (click here) cities and frequencies. It is not clear which Radio will be carried on. Netlit could rebroadcast 5 radio already broadcasting on FM: Radio Città del Capo, Radio Jeans Network, Radio Informa, Radio Monterosa informa e Radio Zai Net. Or could try new radio. (Thanks to Alessandro Capra)
Netlit is linked to Radio Città del Capo and it is based in the same city: Bologna. About their project you can read also this old news: Nasce Netlit, Radio Città del Capo lancia un network nazionale.

Frequenze in Onde Medie (di imminente attivazione)
Milano 774 kHz
Firenze 774 kHz
Genova 801 kHz
Terni 1584 kHz
Varese 1584 kHz
Savona 1602 kHz
La Spezia 1602 kHz
Città di Castello 1602 kHz
Pisa 1035 kHz
Giampiero Bernadini (from https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/) (14/2-2019)

ITALY
Radio Città del Capo, historical FM radio based in Bologna, is now broadcasting also on MW on 774 kHz. It is been heard by several listeners. Alessandro Capra reported it few days ago with good signal from Lodi. I could hear it, weak, while travelling by car near Parma. The tx could be in Lombardia.
Radio Città del Capo web site https://www.radiocittadelcapo.it/
The history of Radio Città del Capo (in Italian and English) https://www.radiocittadelcapo.it/radio/
Giampiero Bernardini in WRTH fb group (14/2-2019)


13/02-2019

SWEDEN
I heard Asfalttelegrafen testing again on 1493 KHZ on Sunday 10 February around 1 am UTC.
There was just a continuous recorded announcement giving a mailing address and other contact details. There were no shows as such. It was also announcing the correct frequency on this occasion.
Dave Angell (13/02-2019)


11/02-2019

U K
Radio Caroline North returns this weekend, online via http://radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html, on Manx Radio's 1368 AM transmitter for the north and west, and on our own 648 AM transmitter for the south and east.
Join us live from our historic radioship Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater for more music memories, and more chances to win prizes from our webshop.
Your emails are welcome at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk and remember, it's the only one that gets you straight through to us directly onboard.
http://radiocaroline.co.uk via Mike Terry, WOR io group (11/2-2019)

UNESCO World Radio Day 2019
Remember that UNESCO's annual day to celebrate radio as a medium to improve international cooperation between broadcasters is set for Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019.
This year's theme is Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace.
https://en.unesco.org/events/world-radio-day-2019
https://www.diamundialradio.org/home
https://radioinfo.com.au/news/world-radio-day-message-un-secretary-general
Ydun Ritz (11/2-2019)


10/02-2019

U K
Radio Glan Clwyd (Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhuddlan Road, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire LL18 5UJ) Wales surrendered its AM licence (1287 kHz).
Radio broadcast update January 2019 https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/ radio-broadcast-update-january-2019 05 February 2019.
The station started as a hospital cable radio station in 1976. In 2001, the station received an Low Power AM licence, which made it independent of the bedside radio. In 2012, Glan Clwyd AM received a regular community radio licence. This widened the target group from the patients on the hospital campus to an audience aged 45+ in Bodelwyddan and surrounding areas. According to information researched for the Radiokurier Dezember 2018, about 40 hours per week were broadcast live while the rest was broadcast from a computer system. The current AM licence would have run until May 2019. The web site www.radioglanclwyd.co.uk is not available any more.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (10/2-2019)


06/02-2019

SRI LANKA
BBC was heard testing [today] on 1548 kHz at 0700. Probably from Sri Lanka.
Mauno Ritola
, wrth fb group (6/2-2019)


04/02-2019

CUBA
On Jan. 27th a big twister devastated some areas of La Habana. The MW tower of El Sapo transmitting center collapsed leaving off the air REBELDE-1620 and COCO-980.
Radiocuba informs that on Jan. 28th at 08.45 local time COCO resumed transmission from the Santa Catalina CTOM on 1550 kHz. Works has already started to erect a new 60 m. tower for resuming broadcasting as soon as possible from El Sapo CTOM. (More pics on Radiocuba facebook).
73! Mauricio Molano, Salamanca SPAIN via mwdx yg (4/2-2019)


03/02-2019

INDIA
State bid to reach out to fishers at sea through AM transmission.
After the introduction of satellite phones, now the state government is exploring the possibility of reaching out to fishermen through the medium wave transmission of the All India Radio.
http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2019/feb/03/state-bid-to-reach-out-to-fishers-at-sea- through-am-transmission-1933527.html
The New Indian Express (3/2-2019)


01/02-2019

JAPAN
RCC Radio's AM broadcasts cover the entire Hiroshima prefecture with RCC Radio’s AM broadcasts cover the entire Hiroshima prefecture with seven medium-wave transmitters.
Making an AM SFN architecture work over IP is new territory in Japan.
More here https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/rcc-radio-makes-the-leap-to-ip
RadioWorld.com (31/1-2019)

U K
Radio Seerah is a new multilingual Islamic community station for Leicester is due to be launched on 1575 kHz on Friday 1 February - at 23:00 UT and local time, according to the countdown clock on their website at www.radioseerah.com!
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (30/1-2019)


31/01-2019

ITALY
This to inform you that the our new radio station "National 1590" has started to transmit from the area of Pescara, central Italy, on medium waves 1359 Khz (15 watt) from 08:00 to 23:30 CET.
Any listening reports via email [nazionale1590@email.it] will be welcome.
Greetings, Nazionale 1590 (31/1-2019)


29/01-2019

SWEDEN
I have heard "Asfelt Telegrafen" from Sweden on 1494 kHz, on 27 and 28 January throughout the night time, still announcing as 1476 kHz. It is a clear channel but the signal in the UK is very weak, as they only use around 300 watts.
1476 is now occupied by “Carillon Wellbeing Radio” from Loughborough, Leicestershire, who are permitted 1 KW by Of-com but actually run less than this optimum permitted power.
Dave Angell (29/1-2019)


27/01-2019

ITALY
Italian Radio Z100 Milan AM now is broadcasting on 990 kHz. The old 828 kHz frequency is no more in use. The signal in Lodi and Milan is good. Thanks to listener Alessandro Capra.
The site is work in progress: https://radioz100milano.com/
Also on blog PlayDX https://playdxblog.blogspot.com/2019/01/radio-z100-milan-am-now-on-990-
khz-ex.html

Giampiero Bernardini (26/1-2019)

SYRIA
Syrian Radio in English now [10:05 UTC] on 783 kHz.
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (24/1-2019)


24/01-2019

UKRAINE
The broadcast times of Krym.Realii quoted on 18 January do not comply with the RFE/RL-website https://ru.krymr.com/schedule/radio/103?withmediaplayer=1. This page gives a day to day programme information and might be regarded as current. Looking through the week days, you find that two times should be corrected. Unfortunately the station does not bother to mention the frequencies for all programmes:
Monday-Friday
05.35-05.59: 105.9 MHz, 549 kHz
06.03-06.29: not 03.03 (probably misprint in the original message), no frequencies given by RFE/RL
10.10-10.39: no frequencies given by RFE/RL
16.29-17.29: 105.9 MHz, 549 kHz (no broadcast listed on 11 January)
Saturday
06.40-06.59: 105.9 MHz, 549 kHz
09.00-09.19: 105.9 MHz, medium wave not mentioned
12.03-12.30: not mentioned
15.30-15.59: 105.9 MHz 549 kHz
https://ru.krymr.com/schedule/radio/103?withmediaplayer=1 via
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (24/1-2019)

INDIA
Please note:
Information about closure of MW transmitters in India has so far NOT been confirmed by AIR or other authorities.
Ydun Ritz, editor mediumwave.info (24/1-2019)


20/01-2019

U S A
According to the radio discussions group for Atlanta, WMLB 1690 has been heard testing in the past few weeks.
https://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?714594-WMLB-AM-1690-Testing
Wally Leisering, WOR io group (20/1-2019)
NRC's AM Radio Log 2018-2019 says "silent 5/2018". (ed)


19/01-2019

CANADA
CBC has shut down two low powered repeaters: CBLM 1090 Marathon ON and CBEH 1010 Terrace Bay ON. Both have been replaced with a FM repeater located near Neys Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
CBC also closed CBWA Ashcroft BC 860 and CBKS Cache Creek BC 1450. Both were replaced with a higher powered FM repeater in Cache Creek.
Andy Reid (18/1-2019)

U K
Radio Caroline North broadcasting this weekend via Manx Radio on 1368 kHz.
As usual also on 648 kHz.
Thierry Moy (19/1-2019)


18/01-2019

U K
Manx Radio [1368 kHz] has announced the appointment of a new Managing Director.
Chris Sully appointed MR Managing Director January 17th, 2019 3:20pm. Chris Sully will take up the role in April, at what Chairman Bill Mummery called "a pivotal time in the development of Public Service Broadcasting".
Mr Sully has had a 28-year career with British Forces Broadcasting Services, having held station management roles in Belize, Cyprus, Germany, Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands and the United Kingdom.
In his leisure time he has, for a number of years, supported Radio Caroline as a presenter in a voluntary role, and is well-known to its listeners under the pseudonym Chris Pearson.
Mr Sully replaces former Managing Director Anthony Pugh, who retired after fifteen years at the helm of the organisation.
https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/chris-sully-appointed-mr-managing-director/ 17 January 2019 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (18/1-2019)

URUGUAY
1090 CX28 is now Radio María, Montevideo, ex R Imparcial. So, new owners (i.e.: the RM network, catholic rlg programming), and management. 1470 in Melo, is also theirs.
Horacio Nigro Geolkiewsky, DXing.info fb group (17/1-2019)

RUSSIA and more
Medium wave broadcasting in Russian:
Vesti fm 1413 kHz - 24 hours - 500 kW - Mayak (Pridnestrovie) (Transnistria)
World Radio Network 738 kHz - 24 hours - 5 kW - Kurkino (Moscow)
Narodnoe Radio 612 kHz - 04.00-16.00 UTC - 20 kW - Kurkino (Moscow)
Provoslavnoe Radio of St. Petersburg 828 kHz 02.00-06.00 UTC and 14.00-18.00 UTC - 10 kW Olgino (St. Petersburg)
Radio Vostok Russia 765 kHz - 21.00-12.00 UTC
Transmitters in the Khabarovsk Territory: 20 kW - Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Khabarovsk. 5 kW - Birch, Bikin, Bogorodskoe, Vyazemsky, De-Kastri, Krasnoye, Sovetskaya Gavan, Troitskoe, Zimmermanovka, Chegdomyn, Berry.
Radio the Word 828 kHz 06.00-14.00 UTC and 18.00-02.00 UTC - 10 kW Olgino (St. Petersburg)
Radio Maria 1053 kHz - 07.00-11.00 UTC and 15.00-19.00 UTC - 10 kW Olgino (St. Petersburg)
Radio Radonezh 612 kHz - 16.00-20.00 UTC - 20 kW - Kurkino (Moscow)
684 kHz - 04.00-21.00 UTC - 10 kW / Olgino (St. Petersburg)
Radio Teos 1035 kHz 08.00-09.00 UTC Tue, 09.00-10.00 UTC Mon, Wed - 100 kW Tartu (Estonia)
"Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

ABKHAZIA
Abkhaz Radio. Broadcasting in Russian 1350 kHz - 05.30-05.40 UTC Mon-Fri and 10.15-15.20 UTC Mon-Fri /-30 kW Sukhum (Abkhazia).
The start and end time of programs may vary. "Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

KYRGYZSTAN
Birinchi Radio - First Radio.
Broadcasting in Russian at different times on frequencies: 612 kHz - 150 kHz - Krasnaya Rechka (Kyrgyzstan), 4010 kHz - 100 kW - Krasnaya Rechka (Kyrgyzstan)
UTC time:
01.05-01.10 Sat
01.10-01.40 Sun
01.40-01.50 Sat
01.55-02.00 Sat, Sun
03.25-03.30 Mon-Fri
04.35-04.45 Tue
04.45-04.55 Mon, Wed
05.00-05.05 Mon-Fri
05.05-05.30 Mon-Wed
05.35-06.00 Mon
05.05-06.20 Tue
06.20-06.23 Mon-Thu
06.30-06.45 Fri
07.05-07.10 Sat, Sun
07.30-08.00 Mon-Fri
10.00-10.05 Mon-Fri
11.00-11.30 Mon-Fri
12.30-12.40 Mon-Fri
12.40-13.00 Mon-Sat
13.00-13.20 Sat
16.48-16.57 Th
17.00-17.10 Sat
17.28-17.57 Mon-Fri
"Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

MOLDOVA
Radio Moldova 1 - Radio Moldova Actualitati.
Broadcasting in Russian at different times on frequencies:
873 kHz - 50 kW - Chisinau (Moldova)
1494 kHz -20 kW - Edinet (Moldova)
1494 kHz - 20 kW - Cahul (Moldova)
UTC time:
21.30-22.00 sun
07.00-07.05 Thu-Tue
07.05-07.10 Mon, Tue, Thu-Sat
09.00-09.05
09.05-09.10 Mon-Fri
12.00-12.05
12.05-12.10 Mon-Fri
16.00-16.05 Wed-Fri
16.05-16.10 Wed, Fri-Mon
18.35-18.55 W, Wed
19.00-19.05 Wed-Sat
05/19/19.30 Wed-Fri
19.15-19.45 Tue
"Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

TRANSNISTRIA
Radio 1 Plus.
Broadcasting in Russian:
621 kHz - 04.00-06.18 UTC Mon-Fri - 150 kW / Lighthouse (Transnistria).
"Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

UKRAINE
Ukrainian radio 1.
Radio Crimea Realia is a joint project of Radio Liberty and the First Ukrainian Radio. Broadcasting in Russian in the direction of Crimea:
549 kHz - 400 kW Beam (Ukraine)
873 kHz - 25 kW Hours Yar (Ukraine)
UTC time:
05.35-05.59 Mon-Fri
03.03-06.29 Mon-Fri
06.40-06.59 Sat
09.00-09.19 Sat
10.10-10.39 Mon-Fri
12.03-12.30 Sat
15.30-15.59 Sat
16.29-17.29 Mon-Fri
"Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

ESTONIA
Radio Eli broadcasting in Russian:
1035 kHz - 100 kW Tartu (Estonia)
UTC time:
21.00-03.00
05.00-09.00
09.00-10.00 Tue, Thu-Sun,
10.00-17.00
17.00-18.00 Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun
20.00-21.00
"Broadcasting in Russian", issue 25. From RUS-DX # 1010, 6 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

ARMENIA
Trans World Radio in Russian listened on January 2 from 16.40 UTC on medium waves of 864 kHz with the program “Path to Truth”, at the end they announced the address in Bishkek (they used to give one in Kazakhstan).
Rumen Pankov, Sofia, Bulgaria in "US-DX" # 1011, 13 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)

MOLDOVA
Radio Moldova Actualitati transmits on average waves at 873 and 1494 kHz every day from 03.5–20.00 UTC, and on Mondays from 03.50–21.00 UTC, and on FM 24 hours. Programs in Russian on medium waves:
Radio magazine with news and weather forecast every day at 07.00-07.10, 16.00-1610, 12.00-12.10 UTC (on Saturdays and Sundays only until 12.05 UTC). News and weather forecast for 09.00-0910 UTC (on Saturdays and Sundays until 09.05 UTC.
Cultural space on Tuesdays and Russian House on Wednesdays at 18.35-18.55 UTC.
Panorama of the events of the day, news and weather forecast from Monday to Friday at 19.00-19.15 UTC. Transnistrian dialogues / Radio Free Europe program from a studio in Prague / on Mondays at 7.15-19.45 pm.
Schedule compiled after hearing in late December and January.
Rumen Pankov, Sofia, Bulgaria in "US-DX" # 1011, 13 January, 2019 via Anatoly Klepov (17/1-2019)


15/01-2019

U K
Carillon Wellbeing Radio began regular broadcasting on 1476 KHZ on Monday 14 January. They play a mixture of contemporary and oldies music, of an eclectic nature, and also give advice on staying healthy. They broadcast four hours of live shows each day, and the rest are pre-recorded.
The power allowed by Of-com is 1 KW, however they run considerably less than this nevertheless it is still an excellent signal here in Leicestershire – the target listening area. It should be audible over night during the Winter months around Northern Europe as the channel is very clear.
There is to be an official on air opening celebration sometime in March.
Dave Angell (15/01-2019)


14/01-2019

CANADA
New call letters for 539 AM in Brampton.
Evanov has changed the call letters at Multilingual AM 530 in Brampton-Toronto from CIAO to CHLO. The significance of the move is unknown, but CIAO is generally an Italian greeting term. Italian programming on AM 530 has been reduced to just a few hours on the weekends now. The CHLO calls were in St. Thomas, Ontario at 680 and 1570 from 1948 to 1994 (now CFHK 103.1).
Thanks to John Rieger for the tip.
Canadian Radio News fb group (13/1-2019)


12/01-2019

CANADA
While tuning the LF bands, I noted a Spanish speaking station on 530 kHz. According to most sources this probably was Radio Encilopedia in Cuba. Well, after listening awhile to its great mood music, it ID'd as Radio 530 in English.
It does have a web site https://www.am530.ca/aboutus.html. It can also be found on an internet stream. More technical info in the FCC database.
It is located in Brampton/Toronto Canada with power of 1 kW (day), 250 Watts (night).
It is easily heard at my location in the evenings as my home is only several hundred miles from Toronto.
Charles Gessner via WOR Groups.Io (12/1-2019)


11/01-2019

FRANCE
The french station Radio Atlantic 2000 International will be on the air Saturday 12th January on MW 833 kHz at 0900 to 2000 UTC. To be repeated Sunday 13th same time.
They don't say where is the transporter with this strange fréquence...
Christian Ghibaudo (11/1-2019)


09/01-2019

NETHERLANDS
I got this sent to me. The transmitter site at Zeewolde, NL which had housed 1008kHz Groot Nieuws transmitter is no more.
https://www.omroepflevoland.nl/nieuws/167123/live-zendmasten-worden-opgeblazen
Jordan Heyburn, dxing.info fb group (9/1-2019)

NETHERLANDS
1008 kHz closedown.
It was 12:27 CET when the fourth attempt succeeded. Joke of the day is that they should, to do it in style, have opblazen one mast at 7:47 and the other at 10:08 ...
Kai Ludwig, WOR io group (9/1-2019)


08/01-2019

U K
The broadcasting licences of the following medium wave stations were extended for five years:
558 kHz Greater London: Love Sport (A Spokesman Said Limited)
1161 kHz Dundee: Tay 2 (Radio Tay Limited)
1359 kHz Coventry: Greatest Hits Radio (Orion Media Limited)
1584 kHz Perth: Tay 2 (Radio Tay Limited)
Otherwise they would have ended on 31 December 2019 (!).
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast- update-december-2018 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (8/1-2019)


07/01-2019

INDIA
All India Radio National Channel seems to continue today as before, so seems, that the closure wasn't as immediate as was reported. Does anyone know the exact closing date or has the closure been cancelled?
http://allindiaradio.gov.in/Services/National%20Channel/Pages/default.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3LScNDWbldIf94hT5c-k1KoPODExEFHdbkWae881VlrNcHygZQGiaJwYk
Mauno Ritola, wrth fb group (7/1-2019)

U K
828kHz: Radio Aire 2 (Morley) (Greatest Hits Radio (West Yorkshire))
990kHz: Hallam 2 (Crimpsell) (Greatest Hits Radio (South Yorkshire))
999kHz: Rock FM 2 (Longton) (Greatest Hits Radio (Lancashire))
1152kHz: Key 2 (Ashton Moss) (Greatest Hits Radio (Manchester))
1152kHz: Metro Radio 2 (Greenside) (Greatest Hits Radio (North East) (Tyne and Wear))
1161kHz: Viking 2 (Goxhill Neatgangs Lane) (Greatest Hits Radio (East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire))
1170kHz: TFM 2 (Stockton-on-Tees) (Greatest Hits Radio (North East) (Teeside))
1305kHz: Hallam 2 (Ardsley) (Greatest Hits Radio (South Yorkshire))
1548kHz: Hallam 2 (Skew Hill) (Greatest Hits Radio (South Yorkshire))
along with 105.9 MHz Allerton Park (Greatest Hits Radio (Liverpool) and 105.2 MHz Sutton Coldfield (Greatest Hits Radio (West Midlands).
Officially these changes happened at 2200 UTC on 6 Jan with automated music and news on the hour. Full programming began at 0600 on 7 Jan on all frequencies listed.
Absolute Classic Rock started fully at 1802 UTC on 6 Jan.
James Robinson (7/1-2019)

U K
Confirmed Medium Wave changes today since 1802 UTC:
990 kHz Sedgely - Absolute Classic Rock.
1017 kHz Shrewsbury - Absolute Classic Rock.
1152 kHz Langley Mill-A - Absolute Classic Rock.
1359 kHz Shilton - Greatest Hits Radio (Coventry and Warwiskshire).
James Robinson (6/1-2019)


06/01-2019

AUSTRALIA
1503 KHz 2BS Bathurst permanent closure and was noted off air this week.
First notable new evening regular reception is Radio Sport Christchurch, NZ. This is received on just the Sangean PR-D15 portable with internal antenna. 1500 KHz Hawaii now has a better chance of being received in AM mode, and finally clear of strong 2BS adjacent channel interference.
Todd, Sydney, AUS in ICDX-AM yg (5/1-2019)


05/01-2019

CANADA
VOAR 1210 IN ST. JOHN'S IS NOW TESTING ON 96.7.
Shane Cashin passes on word that VOAR 1210 in St. John's is in the process of flipping to 96.7 FM:
"VOAR out of St. John’s has been testing their signal since before December 25th. The frequency is 96.7 with a 100KW signal making them one of a few Christian radio stations in Canada to pump out such a strong signal.
Some interesting info here was that it will be the first AM to FM transition to take place in St. John’s ever. While CHVO in Carbonear flipped from 560AM to 103.9FM in 2008, CHVO has very spotty coverage in the St. John’s market. While over the past 20 years almost every market in the Atlantic Provinces has at least 1 conversion, St. John’s has had none up until now."
Canadian Radio News fb group (4/1-2019)

U S A
KDYL South Salt Lake, UT 1060 kHz has dropped CRI on the 31st December 2018 and carries now Radio Unica.
Heard in Lemmenjoki, North Finland today for more than 5 hours.
Jim Solatie, dxing.info fb group (1/1-2019)


04/01-2019

INDIA
AIR National Channel to close down with immediate effect. Thanks to Mr. K. Raja Raja for the flash news. National Channel schedule is 6.50 pm to 6.10 am IST (1320 to 0040 UTC).
Present frequencies:
1215 kHz New Delhi 20 kW
1566 kHz Nagpur 1000 kW
9380 kHz Aligarh 250 kW
http://www.allindiaradio.gov.in/Oppurtunities/Tenders/Documents/National%20channel%
2003122018.pdf

http://www.allindiaradio.gov.in/Services/National%20Channel/Pages/Default.aspx
Yours sincerely, Jose Jacob, India, via WOR group io (4/1-2019)

NETHERLANDS
The open carrier on 1008 kHz was in fact shut down at 2257 UTC.
Here is a recording from 2128 to 2133 UTC, including the farewell song:
https://www.mwlist.org/sounds/2019-01-03T21_28_52Z_1008.00_am_kiwi-sdr2-leiden.impactam.nl_FAREWELL.mp3
Alexander Busneag, WOR groups io (4/1-2019)

Groot Nieuws Radio 1008 khz info after they went off air:
https://vocaroo.com/i/s1VseqWE5bUe dutch voice says "you can not hear us any more on 1008 khz, you need to tune to DAB radio or the satellite".
Herman Content (1/1-2019)


03/01-2019

BELGIUM / NETHERLANDS
RTBF La Première has stopped broadcasting yesterday after the 1900z news. The last sound heard on 621 kHz was La Brabançonne in an instrumental version. According to the Twente webSDR waterfall archive, the blank carrier continued until 1940z. During the last months it used to stay on all the night long, and I was told that stations sometimes do so in order to mark the frequency as unavailable for other (pirate?) broadcasts.
I could not receive Vivacité (1125 kHz) yesterday because of bad propagation.
The 1008 kHz transmitter (ex-Grootnieuws radio) switched to a loop announcement at 0000z.
The last minutes of both RTBF broadcasts have been recorded by an SWL and uploaded here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxfLCLzFiGs
Vincent (1/1-2019)


31/12-2018

LAST DAY - BELGIUM / NETHERLANDS
Today -December 31st - will be the last day for French speaking RTBF on 621 kHz and 1125 kHz. Closing down at midnight. The same is going to happen with Groot Nieuws Radio on 1008 kHz.
Ydun Ritz (31/12-2018)


27/12-2018

NETHERLANDS
Pirate station Radio Igloo (programs produced in western Sweden) was heard December 18th via Radio Bluebird near Groningen HOL on 1633 kHz.
Before and after the Radio Igloo px was heard Radio Bluebird's own programming.
Karl Erik Stridh, NORDX yg (27/12-2018)

U K
Affective from Christmas Day, the following stations are now not identifying with a name, but instead advising that "The Good Times are Coming.
Greatest Hits Radio launches on January 7th. No station name is broadcast in station IDs since Christmas Day on the following frequencies and transmitters only:
828kHz: Radio Aire 2 (Morley)
990kHz: Hallam 2 (Crimpsell)
999kHz: Rock FM 2 (Longton)
1152kHz: Key 2 (Ashton Moss) (NB this station has been "Key Radio" since 4 June 2018)
1152kHz: Metro Radio 2 (Greenside)
1161kHz: Viking 2 (Goxhill Neatgangs Lane)
1170kHz: TFM 2 (Stockton-on-Tees)
1305kHz: Hallam 2 (Ardsley)
1548kHz: Hallam 2 (Skew Hill)
Plus on 105.9 VHF from Allerton Park.
On 105.9 from Sutton Coldfield, "Greatest Hits Christmas" has been on since 17 December. This will also take Greatest Hits Radio as previously reported. No Scottish stations have been affected by this change.
James Robinson (26/12-2018)


22/12-2018

ICELAND
Winter solstice bandscan 2018.
Slight drizzle tonight, but I went outside around 2115Z with the Panasonic tranny anyway. Erm… I forgot to check the LW band… for the most part, anyway. I did check 198 kHz, which sounded distorted around that time. I think it was crossover distortion, not clipping.
Now, the MW band. It was open, to put it very mildly; almost as full of signals as it used to be before the shutdowns began.
Spanish-sounding stations, Middle-East-sounding stations, Russian-sounding stations, there were very few channels without at least a weak carrier.
Kringvarpid came in strong on 531 kHz, which it rarely does on the Panny tranny. There were voices that, to me, sound Finnish or Estonian on 540 kHz, but which were most likely Radio Kossuth in Hungary. On 1008 kHz I had Dutch or Flemish words, which I presume were Grootnieuws Radio.
Talk Sport on 1053 and 1089 kHz could do with checking their audio delays on both frequencies. Smooth Radio came in well on 1152/1161/1170 kHz with 1161 as the clearest frequency. Absolute Radio’s remaining relays on 1197/1233/1242 kHz were weak here. Had to compare with 1215 kHz to ID them. BBC Radio 4 on 1449 kHz came in well with a very clear sound. Much easier to follow the speculations on monotheism on that frequency.
Anyway, this is about all I can recall from that walk.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (21/12-2018)


20/12-2018

U K
This from emails to Swedish dxers Karl-Erik Stridh and Staffan Crona:
"Thanks for your report on the reception of CWR (Carillon Wellbeing Radio) on 1476kHz AM.
I can confirm that your report is correct and it was indeed us that you have been tuned into.
Reception reports are extremely valuable to us and do help considerably in aligning equipment and aerials, especially at a new location here in Coalville, Leicestershire.
The antenna design is something that we have not tried before and is constructed based upon the ideas from Radio Caroline some years ago on the Ross Revenge. The aerial is helical in construction, 23.8 metres high made from fibre glass and is totally self supporting. It is top loaded by capacitance hat and tuned by two internal coils. Hopefully it will prove fit for purpose and we are watching it very closely over twenty eight consecutive testing days.
The transmitter is of a conventional design consisting of two rigs into a combiner."
NORDX yg (20/12-2018)


18/12-2018

CANADA
Acadia Broadcasting has applied to convert CKDR-3 1450 AM in Hudson, Ontario to 97.5 FM. The new station will operate with 27 watts. Antenna height will be 19.6 metres with a non-directional radiation pattern. CKDR-3 simulcasts CKDR 92.7 from Dryden.
Canadian Radio News FB group (18/12-2018)

U K
Wellbeing Radio, Loughborough, a sister station to hospital radio Carillion Radio, has begun testing today on 1476 kHz.
Licens for up to 1 kW permitted.
Karl-Erik Stridh, NORDX yg (17/12-2018)
Heard this morning near Herning, Jutland DNK: see Loggings. (Ed)


17/12-2018

BELGIUM
RTBF 621 kHz - Since this morning 0459z, the following message is broadcast at the end of each hour on 621 kHz:
"À compter du 31 décembre, La Première va cesser d'émettre en ondes moyennes. Pour continuer à nous écouter, basculez votre récepteur radio en FM sur la fréquence de votre ville. Vous pouvez également nous écouter en direct en DAB+, via l'application radio player, ou sur auvio."
"From December the 31st, La Première will cease transmitting on the medium wave. In order to continue listening to us, switch your radio reciever to FM on your city's frequency. You can also listen to us live on DAB+, through radio player app, or auvio."
The message seems to be only broadcast on MW, as it is followed by the end of the advertisement. Curiously, the second sentence is (almost) the same as in Allouis's equivalent announcement in December 2016.
I did not hear any such message on VivaCité (1125 kHz); neither did I find any information about the time of the last transmission, so I can only suppose that La Première will become silent at 1905z (20:5 local) as usual.
RTBF's website mentions the possibility to listen to RTBF international through Atlantic Bird 3 satellite:
https://www.rtbf.be/entreprise/recevoir-la-rtbf, but wikipedia says that this satellite should be replaced in 2019.
73 Vincent F4HPZ (17/12-2018)

GERMANY
While regular medium wave broadcasting stopped in Germany, there is a number of low power AM stations coming on the air in Bavaria.
As far as I know, there are now stations in Cham (Oberpfalz), Erlangen-Tennenlohe (Mittelfranken), München (Oberbayern) and Wertingen (Schwaben). People who read German or can figure out what a google translation gives may want to read some info about the stations in Cham (801 kHz) and Munich (1500 kHz) at https://www.radiomuseum.org/museum/d/das-rundfunkmuseum-cham/. There you will also find a comment on the strange frequency selection for Munich. It is also seen as an example of incompetence on the side of the German frequency regulator.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (16/12-2018)


14/12-2018

SWEDEN
Hello there, AM radio listeners!
I would like to thank you all for the response you have sent me, regarding my radio station Asfalttelegrafen on 1593 kHz. Some people say my station has already made history, not only because I am a private person transmitting on medium wave, but also because of the fact that The National Library of Sweden requires copies of my broadcasts. I think that is kind of cool. :)
The thing is, I had been thinking for a while about developing my interest in medium wave and applying for a temporary broadcast license on the mediun wave band. I wanted to start a local radio station and broadcast mainly rock music combined with political messages, in connection with the Swedish general election which took place in September. I wanted to play music that is usually not played on mainstream radio stations. A contemporary version of Radio Luxembourg, Caroline, Seagull, 10 Gold etcera, if you will. I also wanted to include some Nordic rock that is usually unheard of. I made it happen, and it turns out this project was a success.
Therefore I am happy to inform you that I will broadcast again! Please note, that this time around I will be broadcasting on another frequency, 1476 kHz = 203 meters. I believe that 1476 will be a better frequency because of less interference coming from other radio stations in the EU. When I was transmitting on 1593 kHz, I was "outrivaled" by French and Romanian stations. A listener in southern Sweden suggested that I should consider 1476 kHz for my next broadcast project. I thought that was a good idea so I immediately started to plan for how to optimize my antenna for the new frequency. Although, Egypt and Iran are actually transmitting on 1476 kHz as well...
Anyhow, I once again applied for a new license with the Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority and The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, and it was recently approved.
Here in Sweden it is dual license process for temporary broadcasts.
On December 26th 2018 to January 8th 2019, Asfalttelegrafen is back on air on 1476 kHz with 330 watt with plenty of rock music in a medium wave radio near you!
Stay tuned!
Best regards, Torleif Roos, Asfalttelegrafen. Boraas Sweden, 1476amsweden@gmail.com (14/12-2018)


13/12-2018

U K
The new radio station located in South-west Leicestershire “Carrillon Wellbeing Radio” begins their official test transmissions on Monday 17 December on 1476 kHz as the Ofcom licence officially begins on that date. It will continue for 28 days.
Maximum power permitted is 1 KW. It should have a good coverage and be audible after dark for a considerable distance due to Winter sky wave propagation.
Dave Angell (13/12-2018)


07/12-2018

U K
Following up on an earlier post on Rookwood Sound (Cardiff 945 kHz), I noted earlier references (2011 and 2012) that this hospital radio used an induction loop for broadcasting. So reception is/would have been possible on location only.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (7/12-2018)
Thank you for this update, Hansjoerg Biener. Ed.


06/12-2018

U K
A five year renewal has been granted to the following medium wave stations of Global Radio (AM) Limited:
Bournemouth (Smooth Radio)
http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/analogue/al000025ba5smoothradio.htm
828 KHz - Bournemouth
On Air From: 15-09-1980 to: 31-12-2023.
Cardiff and Newport (Smooth Radio)
http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/analogue/al000019ba6smoothradio.htm
1305 KHz - Newport
1359 KHz - Cardiff
On Air From: 15-07-1990 to: 31-12-2023.
Peterborough (Smooth Radio)
http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/analogue/al000023ba5smoothradio.htm
1332 KHz - Peterborough
On Air From: 10-07-1980 to: 31-12-2023.
Southend and Chelmsford (Smooth Radio)
http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/analogue/al000005ba5smoothradio.htm
1359 KHz - Chelmsford
1431 KHz - Southend
On Air From: 16-07-1989 to: 31-12-2023.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-november -2018 4 December 2018 and additional information via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/12-2018)

NETHERLANDS
December 31st, 2018 will be the last day for Groot Nieuws Radio on MW1008 kHz . This from its website with a google translation:
"It is December 2018, the very very last month that Groot Nieuws Radio can be heard through the medium wave on 1008 AM.
From 1 January you can only receive the Christian radio station digitally: via internet, DAB + or interactive TV. We hope that no listener stays behind and should miss Groot Nieuws Radio."
https://www.grootnieuwsradio.nl/ Dec. 1st via Ydun Ritz (6/12-2018)

BELGIUM
December 31st it is  the very last day of French speaking RTBF International on 621 kHz (300kW) from Wavre. 1125 kHz in Houdeng transmitting the "Vivacité" px will also close on the last day of 2018.
From January 1st RTBF will switch to DAB+.
Ydun Ritz (6/12-2018)

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03/12-2018

U K
Although I conducted a project on LPAMs this August, I did not stumble across this station. Thanks for mentioning it.
http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/rsls/longterm-rsls/lrsl000043ba1rookwoodsoundhospital radio.htm suggests that the licence expired recently, but Ofcom's data may not be up to date.
Rookwood Sound Hospital Radio
Frequency: 945 KHz
Establishment:
Type: AM
On Air From: 01-01-1999
to: 31-12-2018
General Enquiries:
General Enquiries (email):
Licence Number: LRSL000043BA/1
http://www.rookwoodsound.co.uk/ mentions medium wave without understanding it:
"30 Years of Rookwood Sound – filling the airwaves with music and pleasure,entertaining patients, visitors and staff at the University Hospital Llandough and Rookwood Hospital in Llandaff. Staying in hospital can be a very lonely time for patients. Hospital radio has proved to be beneficial, lifting patients’ moods and aiding recovery. Hear us at your bedside on channels 1 and A at Llandough, and 9:45AM [sic!] at Rookwood Hospital. Also on your mobile via the free Tunein app."
http://www.rookwoodsound.co.uk/history/ does not mention medium wave.
Dr Hansjoerg Bienerspan> (3/12-2018)


02/12-2018

U K
Rookwood Sound is a Hospital Radio station for Rookwood Hospital, Cardiff. It seems to be missing from 945MW. I believe it covered a small area around the grounds and homes.
There's not been any news on it dropping the MW license. Maybe I've missed something?
James Vincent (2/12-2018)


01/12-2018

FRANCE / MONACO
TWR, Roumoules 1467 kHz. From January 1st 2019, TWR Polska in Polish will be broadcast ONLY Monday to Friday from 2045-2115 UTC.
Christian Ghibaudo (1/12-2018)


29/11-2018

ITALY
On 1602 kHz is active Radio Milano, North Italy.
Web http://www.radiomilano1602.it
Ciao Giampiero Bernardini (29/11-2018)

U K
Manx Radio: For the last few days its reported that due to ongoing maintenance 1368 kHz has only been running at 600 watts during weekdays, higher power at weekend.
Reception is poor here - anyone have any more details?
Mike Terry to WOR io group (28/11-2018)


24/11-2018-2018

LF/MF BROADCASTING GE 75
Today, 23 november 2018, is the 40th anniversary of the Geneva-plan for mediumwave (GE75). The plan came into effect on 23 november 1978 at 00.01 hours GMT.
Piet van der Vooren (23/11-2018)
Those frequencies were affected:
LF: 150-285 kHz
MF: 525-1605 kHz
As a result of the plan most medium wave (and later longwave) stations outside North and South America operate on exact multiples of 9 kHz; the sum of all digits of the frequency will be 9 or a multiple of 9.
https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/terrestrial/broadcast/PublishingImages/bcd%20images/GE75big.jpg
Ydun Ritz (24/11-2018)


23/11-2018

JAPAN
774 JOUB Akita, Japan is now with Russian lang. program.
I am at this moment tuned into a remarkably strong (better than 770 now!) with a program in Russian at 1350 UT - 23 November 2018 in Keeler, California in the Owens Valley. This is the first time I have heard anything other than English language-lesson programs or other programs in Japanese. As such I now wonder if NHK-2 stations are now (or occasionally?) going to be "foreign services."
774 JOUB is now is S3 to 4 just on a Tecsun AN-200 loop to my vintage 1981 Realistic DX-200 - I have partially nulled the very-annoying Reno KKOH 780, and Japan 774 is really in-the-clear right now - a rarity!
Steve McGreevy, N6NKS via WOR io group (23/11-2018)


22/11-2018

SWEDEN
Asfaltstelegrafen in Boraas will be on air again from December 26th after 15:00 UTC till January 8th, 2019. This time on new frequency 1476 kHz with 330 watt. Old frequency was 1593 kHz. Reports to 1476amsweden@gmail.com
Torleif Roos via Kari Kallio (22/11-2018)


19/11-2018

ARMENIA
Test broadcasting TWR.
From November 26 to November 29, TWR conducts testing of the broadcast at a frequency of 1377 kHz, time 15.50 - 16.20 UTC. The program will be recorded in the air in Russian "Through the pages of the Bible" or "Book of Books" with inserts of the call signs TWR. The orientation is Central Asia, Altai, the southern part of the Urals and Siberia.
Those interested can send quality reviews (or excerpts of records) to my address from which this announcement was sent.
Vasily Gulyaev, Astrakhan, Russia / "deneb-radio-dx" and “open_dx”. Email: dx.russia [A] gmail.com
1377 kHz - 1000 kW - Gavar, Armenia (WRTH 2018)
Bulletin “RUS-DX PLUS” via Anatoly Klepov (19/11-2018)


18/11-2018

NETHERLANDS
Radio Seagull is online 24/7. The 747 kHz transmitter is on air from the ship "Jenny Baynton" 24/7 with Seagull programmes between 19:00. and 07:00. The 1602 kHz transmitter is at Pietersbierum, with Seagull programmes at the same time.
Radio Seagull Live FB group (18/11-2018)

U K
Radio Caroline North is back on air next weekend Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th with Manx Radio on 1368 and 648 AM and online.
Mike Terry in MWC FB group (18/11-2018)


16/11-2018

U K
The following stations will change to "Greatest Hits Radio" as from 7 January 2019. (transmitters in brackets). Powers have not changed.
828kHz: Radio Aire 2 (Morley)
990kHz: Hallam 2 (Crimpsell)
999kHz: Rock FM 2 (Longton)
1152kHz: Key 2 (Ashton Moss) (NB this station has been "Key Radio" since 4 June 2018)
1152kHz: Metro Radio 2 (Greenside)
1161kHz: Viking 2 (Goxhill Neatgangs Lane)
1170kHz: TFM 2 (Stockton-on-Tees)
1305kHz: Hallam 2 (Ardsley)>
1359kHz: Free Radio 80s (Shilton)
1548kHz: Hallam 2 (Skew Hill)
plus these two VHF stations:
105.2MHz: Absolute Radio (Sutton Coldfield) and 105.9MHz: Radio City 2 (Allerton Park)

The following stations will change to "Absolute Classic Rock" from 7 January 2019
990kHz: Free Radio 80s (Sedgley)
1017kHz: Free Radio 80s (Shrewsbury)
1152kHz: Free Radio 80s (Langley Mill-A)

Stations in Scotland are not changing their name - only the England stations are, even though the Scottish stations will still be a part of the Greatest Hits Radio network.
James Robinson (16/11-2018)

U S A
KKXX-930 Paradise CA.
KKXX Radio towers and facilities have burned and temporarily are cut off from utilities and telco, with all communications and power down. Please listen to KKXX online at https://tunein.com/radio/KKXX-930-s33636/ over-the-air at 103.9 FM and on our listen-live phone number at 605-477-2867 provided by Audio Now.
http://chicochristianradio.com/index119.htm via NORDX yg (15/11-2018)


15/11-2018

U K
Bauer to relaunch its AM-stations in January. Although the individual stations are not mentioned in the press release, AM is mentioned as one of the many platforms "Greatest Hits Radio" will be on:
"NOVEMBER 15TH, 2018 Following hot on the heels of the launch of Hits Radio, Bauer Media is set to launch another national radio brand – Greatest Hits Radio.
Greatest Hits Radio will engage an audience who are loving life more than ever before, and this new launch perfectly complements its sister national radio station ‘Hits Radio’, both stations will sit within the Hits Radio Network.
The station will play the biggest songs of the '70s, '80s and '90s, listeners will discover an upbeat, authentic, fun and entertaining format where ‘Good Times Sound Like This’. Celebrating music from artists like Blondie, Queen, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, INXS, Elton John and Michael Jackson.
Greatest Hits Radio has its roots in deep audience insight combined with world-class programming expertise. It has been tailored to engage an audience of ‘Reclaimers’. These 40-59-year olds are ageless in attitude and seeking a station which evokes an emotional and palpable connection – partly because the songs they will hear will be a part of the fabric of their formative years, and partly because the presenters share their passions – for music and for finding the joy in every corner of life.
Greatest Hits Radio will be available on national DAB, FM in the West Midlands and Liverpool, AM, online, and on mobile devices. Advertisers will be able to access this valuable and scaled audience nationally, regionally or locally.
Commenting on the launch, Simon Kilby Group Commercial Director said, “Greatest Hits Radio meets a clear gap in the market for a distinctive and energetic station which authentically connects with the listeners’ mindsets, combined with a powerful ability to transform their mood. This attractive audience can now be accessed by commercial partners in a new simple proposition”.
Greatest Hits Radio launches on January 7th 2019."
https://www.bauermedia.co.uk/newsroom/press-releases/bauer-media-to-launch-the-greatest-hits-radio-network
via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener 15 November 2018)


14/11-2018

NETHERLANDS
Groot Nieuws Radio 1008 kHz will close down om December 31st 2018.
https://www.grootnieuwsradio.nl/k/n663/news/view/113366/86103/zo-luister-je-thuis-(digitaal)-naar-groot-nieuws-radio.html
Kari Kallio, FIN (14/11-2018)


12/11-2018

U K
1685 kHz pirate became cleared up
"Hello Kari. Thanks for your report and your investigations. The programme you heard was actually a Ghoul offering, broadcast as part of an experiment by our Engineer. He is working on his medium wave antenna system. The TX power is usually quite low - around 30-35W.
So congratulations on noticing this! There will probably be more weekend tests like this."
QSL Helper in an email to Kari Kallio (12/11-2018)

LATVIA
Radio Center.
Our next test transmission from Riga, Latvia is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 2018 at 03:00-05:00 UTC on AM1485.
Andrey Nekrasov, USA / Russia in wrth fb group via Anatoly Klepov (12/11-2018)

LITHUANIA
Radio Baltic Waves International Viesintos 1386 kHz 75 kW B18, UTC
16:30-17:00 Radio Poland, Polish
17:00-17:30 Radio Poland, Russian
17:30-18:00 NHK World Japan, Russian
18:00-19:00 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russian
19:00-19:30 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Belarusian
19:30-03:00 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russian
03:00-03:30 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Belarusian
03:30-04:00 NHK World Japan, Russian
04:00-05:00 Radio Poland, Belarusian
Rimantas Pleikys, Lithuania, forwarded Dmitry Kutuzov, Ryazan / “deneb-radio-dx" via Anatoly Klepov (12/11-2018)

U K
The 10th Nov at 19:00 UTC several listeners by the Twente sdr receiver did hear a British pirate (?) on 1685 kHz! So, I decided to run through round as many UK-sdr-stations as possible in order come closer to it... and I managed to do that! Via G3PWJ-SDR-receiver the signal rose up to S9 with a clear audio. Via Twente sdr its signal was round S7 and the audio was "misty". In the program there were two jolly chaps in the wild feelings; one of them shouted unrestrainedly and the second one - he read poetry! Naturally among the very odd music...:)
The transmission ended very suddenly like cut with the knife; therefore it may have been some relay transmission of those many "free" internet radios in that country.
Kari Kallio, Lahti, Finland (11/11-2018)


11/11-2018

GERMANY
Reactivation of 1476 kHz.
After the sad demise of all LW and MW broadcasts in Germany, a handful of pioneers came up who are operating legal low-powered medium wave stations in the context of a radio museum or for educational purposes. One of them is Ralph (DL2NDO, one of the participants in the legendary Donebach 137 kHz activation in 2002). He has obtained a transmitting license for 1476 kHz (former frequency of Vienna Bisamberg), built a 3 Watt AM transmitter, and with the help of a small team raised a quarterwave antenna on the Fraunhofer premises south of Erlangen (JN59MN21HF).
Yesterday they got on air for the first time, running a preliminary test transmission consisting of a switched 1000 Hz beeps (one second on, one second off, audio frequency locked to the RF carrier). This pattern will be continued for a few days, before they will eventually.take over the audio from the local DAB student radio "funklust".
The current test pattern is relatively easy to make out in the noise so it may be a good chance for some DX detections. At night we've actually heard the beeps on Twente SDR and a couple of German Kiwi-SDRs. But I guess using narrowband signal processing techniques, the carrier and coherent tones coud make it much further.
The carrier frequency is derived from an OCXO and is currently at 1476000.411 Hz.
A-DX Mailing-List November 9th (11/11-2018)


07/11-2018

UNID
On Saturday 03 November I heard the same unidentified signal on 1476 kHz around 1100 HRs UTC, which I had heard on 15 October, playing continuous rock and pop music for around an hour. It then disappeared. On Monday 05 November there was just a carrier which disappeared after around 45 minutes at 1200 HRS UTC. Tuesday 06 November the signal is returned with just a carrier at around 11:45 UTC. No modulation. The carrier is on today (7/11) with no modulation! The time is 10 AM GMT.
I think it could be the Leicester Licence "Wellbeing Radio", but as there has been nothing official announced and no on-air announcements we need to watch this space.
Dave Angell (07/11-2018)


06/11-2018

U K
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted a five year renewal of the broadcasting licence to the following medium wave stations:
1035 kHz West Sound Ayr (West Sound Radio Limited)
1152 kHz LBC London News (LBC Radio Limited)
Otherwise the licences would have ended on 15 October and 7 October 2019 respectively.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-october-2018
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/11-2018)

U K
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted a format change of three Bauer stations which results in a swap of formats from AM to FM and vice versa.

West Midlands FM licence
- The old 'Character of Service' was: "A rock-orientated station combining new music with classic album tracks aimed at 25-44 year-olds."
- The new 'Character of Service' is: "A classic pop hits service with local news and information aimed primarily at the over-30s in the West Midlands."

Birmingham AM licence (1152 kHz Birmingham)
- The old 'Character of Service' was: "A classic pop hits station, with local information and occasional local sports coverage, targeted primarily at 35-54 year-olds in the Birmingham area."
- The new 'Character of Service' is: "A classic rock music station for listeners in the Birmingham area."

Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury and Telford licence (990 kHz Wolverhampton, 1017 kHz Shrewsbury and Telford)
- The old 'Character of Service' was: "A classic pop hits station, with local information and occasional local sports coverage, targeted primarily at 35-54 year-olds in the Wolverhampton area."
- The new 'Character of Service' is: "A classic rock music station for listeners in the Wolverhampton and Shropshire area."
In Ofcom’s view, the proposals from Bauer affected the core nature of each station’s programming. So a consultation was held. Finally, Ofcom agreed to these changes because in each case one of the relevant statutory criteria necessary was met and because different standards apply to AM stations. More detailed information is found at this URL:
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/125261/Bauer-Radio-West-Midlands-statement.pdf
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-october-2018
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/11-2018)


04/11-2018

SPAIN
Good news. Since yesterday 03.11.2018 in the morning, has been reactivated with the usual strenght, EAJ-29 Radio Intercontinental, Madrid, 327 meters, 918 kHz. It was disclosed by third parts, through twitter and forums, that the reason of such break in the signal happened due that the transmitting plant was vandalized by thieves who looted the cooper along with diverse damage in the facility done by those individuals. Some program conductors of the station said that the signal would return maybe on mid november.
During those days, since 23.09.2018, it was working only with the exciter, not the amplifier, so the signal was ¼ kW or so. The last month on night hours I achieved, outside home, at the car, to receive the carrier very tiny, with the traditional unstable beating noise tone (which still continues). Now, from my observations of the yesterday's evening, the strenght is as used to be many years ago, like five or ten. SINPO 43322 in my QTH, Valencia, 350 km. or so from the antenna center at 21 UTC. A Strong modulation as never, even ten years ago (reason could be a change in the link between tx and studios) and the heavy fading of always.
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia, Kingdom of Spain (4/11-2018)


03/11-2018

ITALY
A new Italian station on air: Radio Milano 1602 AM.
Radio Milano 1602 AM con buon segnale (nonostante il QRM urbano) in diverse zone di Milano con l'autoradio, ieri sera verso mezzanotte e oggi verso le 15.30 locali. Ottimo in piazza Libia (zona Porta Romana per capirsi). Pessimo invece in zona Stazione Centrale, impestata dal noise elettrico.
Ciao, Giampiero Bernardini in WRTH fb group (2/11-2018)


28/10-2018

CHAD
Radio TV Chadienne, Ndjamena, has reactivated their mw-transmitter on 840 kHz. Heard in Finland on Oct 27 at 16.59Z using their traditional interval-signal.
Jorma Mantyla, Finland via dxing.info fb group (28/10-2018)


27/10-2018

YEMEN
I monitored Voice of the Republic on 1170 kHz at 23:40-00:15 UT last night/this morning [26/27 Oct 2018], identifying in Arabic as Voice of the Republic.
1170 kHz is a channel recently vacated by the high-powered UAE transmitter which used to relay Radio Sawa. Al-Hudaydah city is currently under seige by anti-Houthi forces who control other parts of the province, I wonder if this transmitter is in Saudi Arabia though?
Reception was good via a web SDR in Qatar, nothing heard when I checked this morning at 06:15 UT this morning (daylight hours of course). You can hear a 1-minute edited clip of this at http://www.intervalsignals.net/yemen_vot_republic_261018.m3u
I cannot fully translate the referenced website because for some reason Google Translate will only translate the page banner. This does give the name of the station though and the 104.1 FM frequency.
Thanks to Rawad Hamwi for this tip via Glenn and DXLD!
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (27/10-2018)

SYRIA
So far, Radio Damascus is active on 567 kHz from Adra/Damascus and 783 kHz from Besira/Tartous.
Today, I noticed that it's active again on 936 kHz as well, from Homs/Ter Maela transmission facility.
Recent news stated that 85% of Homs's northern suburbs "where the transmitter is located" had been energized. The Syrian regime regained control over that area recently.
http://ouruba.alwehda.gov.sy/node/273300?fbclid=IwAR1Tgia8MMMz9-5JcIFyncyw8QDZEZjt5APeiKzz9oi2jOOn7aNpea-MbeE
Rawad Hamwi, Saudi Arabia? to DXLD yg (26/10-2018)

YEMEN
There is a new radio station, under the name of “Sawt Al Jomhouria” (Voice of the Republic) transmitting its programs on 1170 kHz.
It’s obvious and clear that this is a Yemeni station supporting the Arab coalition forces working over there. I did a little research over the internet, this station was created by the Yemeni’s "National Resistance Forces - Republic’s Guards" in "Al Hudayda" region and started its transmission on 5-June-2018 on 104.1 MHz at that region.
https://sahafahnet.net/show3504583.html?fbclid=IwAR3GGm7um2i_KSPCJ__btHtIH-XARP-a1jlkxF1TyaKnL83vUfpCqTbihnc
Rawad Hamwi, Saudi Arabia? to DXLD yg (26/10-2018)


24/10-2018

LATVIA
Radio Center from Moscow, Russia’s pioneer of Religious broadcasting has been granted 24/7 License in Latvia to deliver religious radio programming in RUSSIAN language into every RUSSIAN community on the territory of the European part of the former Soviet Union, including Russia, during a time when the Russian Government has restricted the public and private rights of some Christians and religious groups.
So, because of this and some other important restrictions and reasons "Radio Center" starts moving from Moscow to Riga. In the future, we will keep only a broadcasting studio in Moscow.
We have a very good signal in the dark time in a typical Moscow apartment! The next following test will be on the air on October 24th, 2018 at 22:00-00:00 Moscow Standard Time (MST) or 19:00-21:00 UTC (GMT) on AM 1485 kHz (Medium Wave).
The reception reports will be confirmed by QSL-card: rcrc@radiocenter.net
Thank you and God bless you!
Andrey Nekrasov in WRTH fb group (24/10-2018)

Now at 1900 religious programming in Russian on 1485 kHz via R. Merkurs, Riga.
Mauno Ritola in WRTH fb group (24/10-2018)


23/10-2018

NETHERLANDS
Waddenzee/KBC 1602 kHz has returned license to Agentschap Telecom.
Reason a.o. is the DAB+ obligation, which is part of the license.
The frequency 1602 kHz will be changed into some 100 W lowpower licenses, which can be applied.
CJN in DDXLK fb group (23/10-2018)
Radio Seagull can still be heard on 747 kHz with 100 watt (ed).


21/10-2018

SWEDEN
Asfalttelegrafen obviously on air again, with a loop on 1476 kHz.
1476amsweden@gmail.com
Alf Persson, NORDC yg (20/10-2018)


19/10-2018

GERMANY
Ortssender Wertingen: low power transmission on 801 kHz on October 28
http://www.radiomuseum-wertingen.de/mw-sender-801.html
Via Harald Kuhl (19/10-2018)


16/10-2018

UNID
There was a station playing non-stop soul music, (Mainly Aritha Franklin songs) on 1476 KHZ am on 15 October, and I found it around 1700 Hours UTC. It did not identify itself and switched off around 19.05 UTC. I think it was located in the UK, as there seemed to be very little sky-wave distortion and the signal was very strong, with good modulation, and also was tuned precisely onto the channel.
Can anyone throw any light on this?
I live in South Leicestershire, near to the Northamptonshire border.
Dave Angell (16/10-2018)


12/10-2018

INDIA
According to http://allindiaradio.gov.in/Oppurtunities/Tenders/Documents
/Neighbouring%20Countries%2010042018.pdf
, there is an Panjabi Service, broadcast at 0800-0830 h UTC on the medium wave frequency 702 kHz of „Akashvani Jalandhar“ (sounding to me like „Je’lendar“). This information is also given by the World Radio TV Handbook 2018, page 472, and at the subpage "All India Radio : External Services on Medium Wave“ of Jose Jacob’s https://qsl.net/vu2jos/.
Judging from an ongoing listening project on the internet streams at http://allindiaradio.gov.in, this information needs to be verified by actual listening in South Asia.
Listening to the Panjabi-stream on several days in October, I have established the following line up:
0800-0810 h: film music, announcement of platforms incl. "medium wave“ and upcoming news in Panjabi and Urdu
0810-0820 h: Panjabi news (13:40 h IST, as shown at
http://www.newsonair.com/News-Schedules.aspx
)
0820-0830 h: Urdu news (13:50 h IST, as shown at
http://www.newsonair.com/News-Schedules.aspx)
Some more obvervations:
(1) The general content of the Panjabi and Urdu news is identical as is the case with many other newscasts listed at http://www.newsonair.com/News-Schedules.aspx. This is shown by the repeat of names of persons, cities, countries, key words taken from English like „articial intelligence“ etc.
(2) The Panjabi news have the audio packaging also used by other central newcasts while in contrast the Urdu news do not.
(3) The Urdu newscast is also broadcast by Radio Kashmir, but not by the Urdu stream, which seems to be completely separate from all the others.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (12/10-2018)


11/10-2018

CANADA
"Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-385 [...] Ottawa, 3 October 2018
Radio Humsafar Inc [1350 kHz]. Brampton, Ontario
Public record for this application: 2018-0283-5
Ethnic commercial AM radio station – Technical changes
The Commission denies an application to change the authorized contours of the applicant’s unlaunched ethnic commercial AM radio station in Brampton, Ontario.
Background
In Licensing of new radio stations to serve Brampton, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-471, 21 October 2015, the Commission approved an application by Radio Humsafar Inc. (Radio Humsafar) for a broadcasting licence to operate a new ethnic commercial AM radio station to serve Brampton, Ontario. As set out in that decision, the new station would operate at 1350 kHz with a daytime transmitter power of 1,000 watts and a nighttime transmitter power of 45 watts (non-directional antenna). The Commission found that of the proposals received, that of Radio Humsafar best met the needs of the Brampton radio market.
In a letter decision dated 7 December 2016, the Commission approved an application by Radio Humsafar to change the technical parameters of the unlaunched station’s transmitter by relocating the transmitter site, changing the station’s service contours and decreasing the nighttime transmitter power from 45 to 40 watts. In that application, Radio Humsafar indicated that the originally approved transmitter site was no longer a viable option and that it had carefully selected a new site located in Brampton in close proximity to the original site. It added that using the new transmitter site would not alter the station’s broadcast contours, target audience and communities to be served, and would not alter the grounds on which the original application to operate the station was approved. In that letter decision, the Commission also imposed a new deadline of 7 December 2018 for the launch of the new station with the implemented technical changes to its transmitter.
Application
On 27 April 2018, Radio Humsafar filed another application relating to its unlaunched Brampton radio station. Specifically, it requested to change the station’s authorized contours by relocating the transmission site to an existing telecommunications tower in Mississauga, Ontario, almost seven kilometres south-east from the approved site in Brampton, and by changing the class of the transmitter from C to B. All other technical parameters would remain unchanged. This is therefore the applicant’s second request for a new transmitter site for its unlaunched station.
The applicant stated that the previously approved transmitter site is no longer a viable option given that it is not possible to “achieve all necessary coordination” at that site. Further, it argued that the new transmitter site would not affect the communities to be served, and would not alter the grounds on which its original application to operate the station was approved.br/> The Commission received an intervention in opposition to the present application from Trafalgar Broadcasting Limited (Trafalgar), to which Radio Humsafar replied.
Issues
When a licensee of a radio station files an application for a technical change, the Commission expects the licensee to present compelling technical or economic evidence justifying the change. Given this expectation, and after examining the information on the record for this application in light of applicable regulations and policies, the Commission considers that it should address the following issues: whether approval of the application would have an undue financial impact on incumbent radio stations; whether the licensee has demonstrated a compelling technical need for the technical changes; whether the requested changes are appropriate on a technical basis; and whether approval of the application would undermine the Commission’s licensing process.
Financial impact on incumbent stations
In its intervention, Trafalgar indicated that the proposed technical changes could cause interference to its ethnic commercial AM radio station CJMR Mississauga, and could therefore have an undue financial impact on that station. It also questioned how the applicant can be certain that approval of its proposed technical changes would not have a financial impact on other radio stations. In its reply, Radio Humsafar stated that it would remedy any valid interference complaints as outlined in the Department of Industry’s (the Department’s) regulations.
In regard to possible interference to CJMR, the Commission notes that it is the responsibility of the parties involved and of the Department to resolve any interference issues. Moreover, the Department has deemed Radio Humsafar’s application conditionally technically acceptable. The Commission further notes, however, that approval of this application would result in a significant increase in the overlap between the population that would be served within the primary service contour of the unlaunched station and the population currently served within the primary service contour of the ethnic AM radio station CINA Mississauga, operated by 1760791 Ontario Inc., which could have an undue financial impact on that station’s operations.
In light of the above, the Commission finds that approval of the requested technical changes could have an undue financial impact on an incumbent station.
Technical need for the proposed technical changes
Radio Humsafar submitted that the previously approved transmitter site is no longer a viable option for its unlaunched AM radio station. It added that it has been difficult to find a transmission site that suits the specific needs of its unlaunched AM radio station and at the same time abide by the approvals and bylaws established by the cities of Brampton and Mississauga. The applicant added that it has invested a lot of its time and money to secure a completely new transmitter site.
Radio Humsafar did not provide details, however, as to why the previously approved transmitter site was no longer viable. Further, it did not provide any information regarding the nature of the issues or any steps taken towards resolving the problems, including exploring other options that would allow it to maintain service to Brampton. Given that approval of the application would lead to significant changes to the unlaunched station’s Brampton service contours, the Commission considers that more evidence is needed to justify the proposed technical changes. Consequently, the Commission finds that Radio Humsafar has not demonstrated a compelling technical need for the proposed technical changes.
Appropriateness of the requested changes on a technical basis
In requesting technical changes to a radio station, the onus is on the applicant to demonstrate that the changes are appropriate on a technical basis (i.e., that the technical solution proposed will have the least impact on the market it was licensed to serve).
As noted above, in approving the original application to operate the Brampton AM radio station, the Commission considered that Radio Humsafar’s proposal best met the needs of that city’s radio market. Given that the currently proposed technical changes would move the unlaunched station’s primary service contour away from Brampton and into Mississauga, the population that would be served by the station would be significantly different than the population it was originally licensed to serve. Further, the applicant did not propose any other modifications to the station’s technical parameters that would compensate for the loss of coverage to Brampton and surrounding areas and did not provide any specific evidence to demonstrate that it had considered other possible sites or options that would allow the station to maintain service to that city’s radio market.
In light of the above, the Commission finds that the requested technical changes are not appropriate on a technical basis.
Integrity of the Commission’s licensing process
The Commission approved Radio Humsafar’s application for a broadcasting licence to operate the Brampton AM radio station following a public hearing where two other applicants had requested the same frequency to operate radio stations to serve that city. Radio Humsafar’s previous application to relocate the transmitter site for the unlaunched station substantially maintained coverage to Brampton with only a relatively small change to the size of the population to be served.
In the Commission’s view, any changes to the transmitter site approved in 2016 should maintain coverage of the original community the applicant was authorized to serve. Radio Humsafar’s requested technical changes would result in a significant shift of the station’s coverage away from the Brampton radio market and, consequently, in a significant decrease in the population the station was licensed to serve.
Consequently, the Commission finds that approval of the present application would undermine the integrity of the original licensing process during which the original application to operate the station was approved.
Conclusion
In light of the above, the Commission denies the application by Radio Humsafar Inc. to change the authorized contours of its unlaunched ethnic commercial AM radio programming undertaking in Brampton.
Reminders
When requesting technical changes for radio stations, the onus is on the applicant or licensee to demonstrate technical and/or economic need and to provide sufficient evidence justifying those technical changes. Further, the applicant or licensee must undertake efforts to find a solution and provide sufficient evidence that the solution proposed will have the least impact on the market the radio station is licensed to serve.
As set out in the 7 December 2016 letter decision, Radio Humsafar’s unlaunched undertaking must be operational by no later than 7 December 2018. To ensure that any request to extend this authority is processed in a timely manner, the applicant should submit a written request at least 60 days before that date using the form available on the Commission’s website."
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-385.htm 3 October 2018
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (10/10-2018)


06/10-2018-2018

MEDIUM WAVE
Medium Wave Transmission Goes Big. An interesting article in RadioWorld about the MW transmsitters in Bonaire and Hungary
https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/medium-wave-transmission-goes-big
Ydun Ritz (6/10-2018)


05/10-2018

SPAIN
Since the last week of september, EAJ-29 Radio Intercontinental de Madrid (327 mts. 918 kHz), has gone off the air. The reason is unknown by me and other listeners, but the owners are technically in bankruptcy (or so), plus the facilities and antenna system is neglected (could been looted by cooper thiefs) and in semi-ruin, and the transmitter unit itself is very old (strong beating hiss in the unstable carrier).
In the later months, the transmitter faded his strenght and the level of modulation, and becaming an uneasy DX in my QTH, unlike as ten years ago, or so.
Guillermo Séz Valencia, España (5/10-2018)


30/09-2018

CANADA
The CBC has closed these two MW repeaters both of which have been replaced by FM:"
NB McAdam CBAX 600
NT Fort Smith CBDI 860
Andy Reid (29/9-2018)

INDIA
In the last days India played a cricket series against another country.
In central Germany the event which is reported on various channels could be heard at times well after 1740 which is the regular end of broadcasts of All India Radio. I heard the coverage on September 27 and 28 for instance on 747 (from Lucknow) at 1942. A male reporter said "…Going back to the All India Radio studios…".
Other channels where 846 (Ahmedabad) and 918 (Suratgar) between 1730 and 1930 fading in and out. At times the signals on all channels reached SIO 333.
Zeljko Crncic (29/9-2018)


28/09-2018

AFGHANISTAN
In the last days I heard on various occasions Radio Ashna on 1296 with a prg in Dari.
For instance on the 25 of September at 1720 with short jingle giving FM frequencies by woman. Then followed by man mentioning brievly "Radio Ashna" and going into political reporting.
The signal from Afghanistan was later covered by COPE from Valencia. The Parallel sw channel of 7495 from Taiwan carrying the same program can be of help to identify Radio Ashna under more difficult conditions.
On MW at times SIO: 333.
73 Zeljko (28/9-2018)


24/09-2018

ICELAND
Equinox bandscan
Tonight’s weather was cool with nearly clear skies around 2300Z when I went outside with the Panasonic set.
The LW band was “same as it ever was”.
The MW band showed signals on most every channel, but most of these were too weak or mixed up to hear anything intelligible. Still, much of what I did hear sounded Spanish, Arabic-like or East European.
I did hear Smooth Radio on 1152/1161/1170 kHz, but only one Absolute Radio repeater, on 1197 kHz. Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (24/9-2018)


22/09-2018

GERMANY
The MW masts at Heusweiler, Germany, once used on 1422 kHz with 1200 kilowatts were demolished yesterday. This report from mediamagazine.nl (translated from Dutch) includes link to film of the demolition:
Radio masts for medium wave in Heusweiler dismantled. On Friday evening the transmission masts for the medium wave were dismantled in the German Heusweiler. The masts were blown up around 7:30 PM.
Medium wave
The transmission masts in Heusweiler (Saarland) were put into operation in 1935. The Europawelle Saar program was broadcast for a large number of years via this channel at 1422 kHz. By using a very large capacity of up to 1200 kilowatts, the broadcasts of this programme could be heard in large parts of Europe.
Also in the former East Germany the channel was still to receive and was listened to a lot. From 1994 up to and including 2015, the national programme Deutschlandfunk was broadcast via this channel. From 2015, the broadcasts were stopped via the medium wave.
Digital
Radio is increasingly being listened to digitally and as a result it was no longer profitable to broadcast via the medium wave. The medium wave is no longer broadcast in Germany. Incidentally, there are still broadcasts on the long-wave from Germany. The French commercial radio station Europe 1 broadcasts at 183 kHz from Germany.
Dismantled
The "unemployed" radio masts were dismantled on Friday evening. Around 19.30 hours the connectors of the guy wires, which are connected to the transmitter mast, were blown up and the two transmitter 120 metre masts were destroyed. A small auxiliary mast in the neighbourhood was also blown up. In order to ensure that the dismantling is carried out safely, an adjacent highway was closed for a few hours.
Germany
The transmitter masts in Heusweiler were one of the last large masts that were used for medium wave transmissions and had not yet been dismantled. Earlier this year, radio masts were dismantled in Aholming, Donebach, Tannfeld and Nordkirchen.
https://mediamagazine.nl/duitsland-zendmasten-voor-middengolf-in-heusweiler-ontmanteld/
Direct link to film on youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT67ju1hWRc
Alan Pennington, Sept 22, bdxc-news iog via DXLD yg (22/9-2018)


20/09-2018

MALDIVES
The relocation of Voice of Maldives AM transmission antenna field from Raalhugandu area in Male to the industrial island of Thilafushi is yet to be completed, according to an official at Public Service Media, in the Maldives. It looks as if though the project will take a few more weeks to complete. The AM transmission of Voice of Maldives on 1449 kHz has been off the air since the move to relocate the transmitter and antenna field commenced under a project financed by the Japanese government via the Japan's Non-Project Grant Aid Scheme. Japanese assistance will improve not only the transmission efficiency of Voice of Maldives but also the service provided to the people in remote islands through enhanced disaster warning and management capacity.
Sarath Weerakoon 4S5SL, Union of Asian Dxers via Wolfgang Büschel (20/9-2018)


17/09-2018

CANADA
Radio-Canada received approval on Sep. 6/2018 to convert CBSI-8 [IRCP] in La Romaine PQ 1550 MW to FM. The new station will operate at 99.9 FM with 50 watts.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-355.htm
Andy Reid (15/9-2018)

U K
Chris Williams of Manx Radio wrote on the Pirate Rulers of The Airwaves Relaunched Facebook group September 12, 2018
"Some good news for you here, we have extended the contract for Radio Caroline to use our AM 1368 transmitter for another year. Radio Caroline North will be broadcasting monthly for the rest of this year and throughout 2019.
With love from The Irish Sea."
Note: The next broadcast will be on the weekend of 22/23 September on 1368kHz, 648kHz and online via Radio Caroline/Manx Radio web sites until 9pm British time.
Mike Terry, WOR io group (15/9-2018)


13/09-2018

ARMENIA?
R. Ranginkaman [Radio Rainbow] is heard now testing on 1395 kHz.
http://radioranginkaman.org/
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (13/9-2018)


12/09-2018

U K
THIS Radio Liverpool 1350 kHz.
Another recent extension of a Low Power AM licence (compared to my research of all licences some weeks ago) is for THIS Radio (1350 kHz) in Liverpool (c/o Liverpool Hope University College, Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD, http://www.thisradio.co.uk incl. web stream).
http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/rsls/longterm-rsls/lrsl000144ba2thisradio.htm
gives the new expiry date of 3 November 2023. THIS is an abbreviation of „The Hope Institute of Sound“. The campus station started in 2003 as Radio Hope.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (12/9-2018)


09/09-2018

U K
HCR 1386 kHz LPAM.
Ofcom has recently extended the Low Power AM licence of HCR (Halesowen College, Whittingham Road, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3NA, hcr@halesowen.ac.uk) until 14 September 2023.
(http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/rsls/longterm-rsls/lrsl000143ba2hcrhalesowen.htm)
Just some weeks ago, it ran until 14 September 2018.
The driving force behind the station is Dr Stan J. Petraitis. In 1998, he started Halesowen College Radio. Back then, „HCFM“ used FM modulators around the college. In 2003, the decision was made to acquire a LPAM licence for the radio station to broadcast on 1386 kHz AM. Beginning in 2007, the station has also broadcast online. In another recent development the station has a new internet site at http://www.hcr1386.co.uk/ (partly still under construction). Until recently, the URL redirected automatically to ​https://www.facebook.com/hcr1386.
​Dr Hansjoerg Biener (9/9-2018)

MALDIVES
AM transmissions of the Voice of Maldives, 1449 kHz [10 kW] is now off the air. The station is currently in the process of relocating the antennas of its MW transmitter from the eastern edge of Male to Thilafushi, about 7 km from the Maldivian capital.
1449 kHz is expected to resume broadcasts from 15 September, once the antennas are installed at Thilafushi, an artificial island built on reclaimed coral reefs used by Male Municipal to dump garbage. The MW antennas of Voice of Maldives were operating at an open space in Henveiru area, east of Male island, very close to the sea front.
The newly constructed 1.39 km long China - Maldives bridge across the sea, connecting Male and Hulumale acquiring a part of land mass near the antenna block in Henveiru for road access to connect to the bridge may have compelled Voice of Maldives to seek a new location in Thilafushi to fix the antennas.
The coverage of Voice of Maldives is about 90% of the Maldives via MW (Medium Wave transmission) on 1449 kHz; the remaining 10% is covered using small FM transmitters via a radio uplink/downlink from satellites.
Following are the radio stations on MW and FM
Voice of Maldives - 1449 AM Male
Raajje FM - 91.0 FM Male
Radio 1 (Radio Eke) - 103.8 FM Male
Radio 2 - 89.0 FM Male
Radio Atoll - 96.0 FM Male
Capital Radio - 93.6 FM Male
Dhi FM - 95.2 FM Male
Far Away FM - 96.6 FM Male
HFM - 92.6 FM Male
Sun FM - 94.6 FM Male
Sarath WeerakoonCLN 4S5SL, Union of Asian Dxers, Mt Lavinia, Sri Lanka, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews (7/9-2018)


05/09-2018

ITALY
Today a new licensed station has started broadcasting on MW from Coltano (near Pisa in Tuscany) in the central part of Italy. Its name is Radio Coltano Marconi and the frequency is 1305 kHz. The station name was not chosen by chance. Coltano, in fact, is the historical site in Italy from where Guglielmo Marconi sent in 1910 the first wireless messages.
The station streams at this web address which also explains its objectives: https://www.radiocoltanomarconi.it/#about
The station address is: via Palazzi 21, 56121 Coltano (PI), ITALY.
Antonello Napolitano, MWC fb group (5/9-2018)

GERMANY
The antenna masts at Heusweiler to be dismantled on September 21st. The masts were used by first Europawelle Saar and then Deutschlandfunk 1422 kHz (1421 kHz until 1978).
https://www.saarbruecker-zeitung.de/saarland/saarland/heusweiler-sendemasten-an-der-a8-werden-abgebaut_aid-32512813
Wolfgang Büschel, mwdx yg (5/9-2018)


04/09-2018

U K
Lyca Dil Se London 1035 kHz.
Ofcom has extended the broadcasting licence of Lyca Media II Limited (3rd Floor, Walbrook Building, London E14 9SG, https://www.lycadilse.com/) for Lyca Dil Se by five years. The station broadcasts an Asian format for Greater London on 1035 kHz.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-august-2018 4 September 2018 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (4/9-2018)

NETHERLANDS
As announced earlier, Radio Bloemendaal will give up its AM operation (1116 kHz) after many technical failures this year. The historic medium wave broadcaster (*1924) now gives an official date, although I understand the transmitter is down anyway: "As you have been able to read, we stop broadcasting after 1 October, we are going to concentrate fully on the internet. One of the possibilities to continue listening to us is an internet radio. That is a device similar to a regular radio, only the signal does not come from the air but via internet and WIFI."
Google translation of https://www.radiobloemendaal.nl/nieuws/08-08-2018/Internet-radio/17721819 via
Dr Hansjoerg Biener
(4/9-2018)

U K
Radio Aire 2 Leeds (828 kHz).
Ofcom has extended the broadcasting licence of Radio Aire Limited (Castle Quay, Castlefield, Manchester M15 4PR, https://planetradio.co.uk/aire-2/) for Radio Aire 2 in Leeds by five years. The station plays "the greatest hits from the 70’s and 80’s with a sprinkle of megahits from the 60s and 90s thrown in for good measure. Classic songs that stand the test of time and sound as good today as they did when you first heard them.“ It is noteworthy, that in the case of Northsound 2 Bauer let the medium wave licence go. So the group seems to see some future for AM at least in certain areas of England.
Radio Aire 2 is the AM sister service of Radio Aire and broadcasts to West Yorkshire on 828 kHz. When the channels split on 17 July 1990, the AM service was named Magic 828. After Emap bought Radio Aire and Magic 828 in 1995, they brought the Magic brand to the other AM stations in the group, creating Magic 1161 (Hull), Magic AM (Sheffield), Magic 1152 (Newcastle), Magic 1170 (Teesside), Magic 999 (Preston), Magic 1548 (Liverpool) and Magic 1152 (Manchester). Beginning in 2001 different forms of networking were used. 2015 the station saw a return to the name Aire as Radio Aire 2 although networking with other Bauer stations continued.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-august-2018 4 September 2018 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (4/9-2018) with some information condensed from the wikipedia entry on Radio Aire 2 at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Aire_2


31/08-2018

ETHIOPIA
At this time of the year the possibility rises to hear signals from the region in central Europe. So the last evenings short after 1830 V. o Tigre Revolution came in on 1359 with talk and the easily detectable sound of the drums when local music was played. 5950, the short wave frequency of the station can also be used for identification. Signal in the last days was at SIO: 222.
Zeljko (31/8-2018)


30/08-2018

U K
Press release 30 August 2018:
"Absolute Radio [1215 kHz] is turning ten this September, and to celebrate, the station are creating a series of special on-air moments throughout the month. Esteemed broadcaster, Mark Goodier is returning to the radio station to host a series of classic album playbacks for the station. He will present five albums over the five Saturdays in September, starting 8th September. Meanwhile, Danielle Perry will be celebrating the very best in live music, replaying exclusive Absolute Radio gigs from Coldplay, Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics and more. Performances from the last ten years will be played on Live Music Thursday, every Thursday at 9pm throughout September. You’ll also be able to watch some of the classic gigs online, including Elbow at St. Paul’s Cathedral, at absoluteradio.co.uk/live.
In addition, the station is running a poll to select the ‘Song of Our Decade’, for the greatest track since Absolute Radio launched in 2008. With the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Coldplay and Florence + the Machine all shortlisted, listeners can vote for their favourite online at absoluteradio.co.uk. The Top 100 ‘Songs of Our Decade’, will be revealed by host, Leona Graham as part of her No Repeat Guarantee programme. The ultimate favourite will be announced on Friday 28th September.
As previously released, Absolute Radio will also host a birthday gig at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, with Manic Street Preachers, George Ezra and Blossoms all performing. The special gig hosted by Dave Berry and Danielle Perry, sold out in just five minutes when tickets went on sale on Friday 3rd August. The station will air the performances live with exclusive interviews from the artists, hosted by Pete Donaldson on Tuesday 25th September from 7pm."
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About Absolute Radio:
Absolute Radio is a national radio station where ‘Real Music Matters’, wrapped up with lashings of personality and mischief from presenters including Frank Skinner, Jason Manford and Dave Berry who have the freedom to say what they think and tell it like it is. Absolute Radio also has a network of digital decade brands; Absolute Radio 60s, Absolute Radio 70s, Absolute 80s, Absolute Radio 90s, Absolute Radio 00s and Absolute Classic Rock.
Listen to Absolute Radio on 105.8FM in London and the South-East, 105.2FM in the West Midlands, nationally on DAB or 1215AM, online, via the official mobile app digital TV or voice-activated device. For more information log on to www.absoluteradio.co.uk.
https://www.bauermedia.co.uk/newsroom/press-releases/absolute-radio-turns-ten via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (30/8-2018)


28/08-2018

INDIA
Demand for revival of Kokrajhar AIR radio station [1512kHz/ed]
In a fresh move, as many as nine democratic organizations including All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB-Progressive), All Bodo Women’s Welfare Federation (ABWWF), Dularai Boro Harimu Afat (DBHA), All Radio and Television Artistes’ Association (ARTAA), Boro Somaj, All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS) and United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) have demanded immediate reactivation of All India Radio (AIR), Kokrajhar station of Assam by installing digital recording equipments, high tech studio and 10 KW FM Service.
The organizations in their letter to the Ministry of Broadcasting and Director General, Akashvani Bhavan, New Delhi slammed the concerned authority for failing to take effective measures to reactivate the lone radio station in BTC region. The democratic organizations recently have sent their reminder copy to the Ministry of Broadcasting, Director General of Akashvani Bhavan and Deputy Director General (E) of AIR, Guwahati through Deputy Commissioner, Kokrajhar for taking up stringent measure to reactivate the AIR, Kokrajhar station which is lying defunct in the name of repairing since the past one year.
Their demands included immediate completion of repairing works of AIR, Kokrajhar station and installation of digital machineries, up-gradation of existing 20 KW Medium Wave and introducing 10 KW FM Service, up-gradation of existing LPT Relay TV Centre attached with AIR, Kokrajhar station to full-fledged production centre, adequate officers and staff including transmission executives and removal of existing director of the station Akilesh Prasad Singh for his alleged negligence towards the radio station.
The memorandum stated that the All India Radio (AIR), Kokrajhar station was officially launched on August 15, 1999 at Kashipara of Bhotgaon near Kokrajhar, the head quarter of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
The AIR, Kokrajhar station was a long felt demand and is the lone station in the region.
Northeast Now https://nenow.in/north-east-news/assam-demand-revival-kokrajhar-air-radio-station.html (28/8-2018)


27/08-2018

BONAIRE
While on Grassy Key (near Marathon, FL), I recorded TWR Bonaire on 800 kHz (using my PL-880 with its built-in ferrite-bar-loop antenna oriented appropriately). This was on 22-23 August UTC starting before the scheduled 21:30 UTC sign-on, for over five hours. No audio was detected until about 23:14 UTC when some barely audible English could be detected. I think I heard mention of QSL cards. Reception gradually improved to a listenable level during the English hour, which runs from 23:00 until 00:00 UTC with a listed power of 225 kW and the "Caribbean" beam (azimuth?).
There was a significant increase in signal level when Spanish programming started at 00:00 UTC. For this service, a listed power of 440 kW is used with a "North" beam (azimuth?). The transition seemed to take only a couple of seconds. Very good signal through to 02:30 UTC when I stopped recording.
Published schedule: http://www.twrbonaire.com/files/394/2018-05-07_800AM%20schedule.pdf
Richard Langley, WOR io group (27/8-2018)


26/08-2018

CANADA
810 kHz CKJS Winnipeg – Administrative renewal.
The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the ethnic commercial AM radio programming undertaking CKJS Winnipeg, Manitoba [Dufferin Communications Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba, 810 kHz, 10 kW], from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019, subject to the same terms and conditions as those in effect under the current licence.
This decision follows from CKJS Winnipeg – Conversion to the FM band, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-423, 30 November 2017 (Broadcasting Decision 2017-423), wherein the Commission approved the licensee’s application for a new broadcasting licence for an ethnic commercial specialty FM radio station in Winnipeg [92,7 MHz, 35 kW] to replace CKJS. As stated in the appendix to that decision, the licensee is authorized to simulcast the programming of the new FM station on CKJS for a transition period of three months following the commencement of operations of the FM station. In Broadcasting Decision 2017-423, pursuant to sections 9(1)(e) and 24(1) of the Broadcasting Act and consistent with the licensee’s request, the licence for CKJS Winnipeg will be revoked at the end of the simulcast period.
According to Commission records, the new FM station has not yet commenced operations. As noted in the appendix to Broadcasting Decision 2017-423, the Commission reminds the licensee that the new FM station must be operational at the earliest possible date and in any event no later than 30 November 2019, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before then. 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.
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-315 https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-315.htm 24 August 2018 via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (26/8-2018)

SWEDEN
My station ”Asfalttelegrafen” or ”Asphalttelegraph” in English got license from MPRT (Myndigheten for press, radio och TV) and PTS (Post and Telecom Agency) to broadcast rock radio on 1593 kHz with 200 watt ERP from Boraas City, South Sweden. I wait on a delivery on a sound compressor. I have done some hours of tests broadcast and today I finished the antenna work and have now all the power on the air.
The license start on 27th of August to 9 of September 2018.
This is a temporary station 2 weeks before the national parliament elections, with some political messages only in Swedish and much Music from the 1970s.
Reception reports are welcome on 1593khz@gmail.com. Station ID in Swedish and English is coming.
Torleif Roos, Boraas Sweden (26/8-2018)


25/08-2018

IRELAND
The low power TX in County Sligo that broadcasts Laser Hot Hits [1476 kHz and 1494 kHz?] on occasions was back on air yesterday evening at around 2300 Hours U.T.C. relaying Coast FM from Tenarife. It had been silent for several weeks. The signal was fairly good, owing chiefly to the excellent conditionns on the band at this time.
Dave Angell (25/8-2018)


24/08-2018

NETHERLANDS
Radio SeaBreeze AM was observed on 747 kHz mediumwave at 07:30 UT on 24 August 2018, announcing as coming live from the [LV8 lightvessel] Jenni Baynton. Format is mostly English pop oldies presented in Dutch.
Reception was good via a web SDR in Groningen, Netherlands, and the station could also be heard in parallel with very poor reception amongst a clutter of low-power Dutch stations on their usual 1395 kHz.
SeaBreeze can also be heard on a live stream from their website at http://radioseabreeze.nl.
Other Dutch stations can be heard on 747 kHz at other times - Radio Seagull was observed there the previous evening.
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (24/8-2018)


23/8-2018

NEW ZEALAND
More to the maybe closure of New Zealand's oldest Maori radio station Te Ūpoko o Te Ika [1161 kHz]
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/364609/closure-of-maori-radio-station-unimaginable
Mike Terry via WRTH fb group (23/8-2018)

NETHERLANDS
"From August 23rd to the beginning of September 2018, Radio Seagull [1602 kHz] will be broadcasting live from the Waddenzee and there will be the opportunity to travel out on our tender to visit. The journey time on the tender is around 45 minutes each way, plus you will have an hour onboard Jenni Baynton (Formerly LV8) complete with a conducted tour.
NEW: Tender trips to the ship on September 1st are now open for booking. Because of the interest in visits to our radio ship when out at sea, we have now opened bookings for extra trips with our tender the MV Ome Cor on Saturday September 1st.
If you are interested you can book by sending an email to 2018Buitengaats@Gmail.Com. We also still have some seats available on Saturday August 25th (8.30) and Sunday 26th
The price is €45 per person, but 3 people who book together will only pay €100. For more information or to make a booking, please e-mail 2018Buitengaats@Gmail.Com"
http://radioseagull.com/summer-2018-2/ via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (23/8-2018)


22/08-2018

NETHERLANDS
The radio lightvessel Jenni Baynton from Harlingen has anchored in the Wadden Sea for fourteen days from Wednesday. There are radio programs day and night, and people, who would like to visit Jenni Baynton, can do it during the weekends. Via the mediumwave transmitter AM 747 you can listen to Radio Seagull and other programs throughout Friesland and far beyond.
The bright red painted Jenni Baynton has to be put on the slope for maintenance and that requires 15,000 euros. "That's 15,000 more than we don't have", says Brouwer. Therefore the initiative to go offshore and to invite people for a guided tour. In this way they hope to receive donors and sponsors. "We will soon be at the end of the Pollendam." ( Omrop Fryslan )
https://www.nauticlink.com/nieuwsdienst/2018/08/22/111142194/vuurrode-radiolichtschip-jenni-baynton-twee-weken-op-wad-voor-harlingen/
Nico uit Gouda (22/8-2018)

CANADA
CFNV Montréal [940 kHz, 7954689 Canada Inc., Montréal, Quebec] – Licence renewal.
„The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the French-language commercial AM radio programming undertaking CFNV Montréal, Quebec, from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2023. The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application. [...]
In AM radio stations in Montréal, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-721, 21 November 2011, the Commission approved an application for a broadcasting licence to operate this radio station. However, Commission records indicate that the station was not in operation for the majority of the current licence term. This short-term renewal will allow for an earlier review of the licensee’s compliance with its regulatory obligations over the course of the next licence term.“
Ottawa, 21 August 2018 Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-292 https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-292.htm
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (22/8-2018)

CANADA
CKNT Mississauga [960 kHz, 8159203 Canada Limited, Mississauga, Ontario] – Licence renewal.
„The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial AM radio programming undertaking CKNT Mississauga, Ontario, from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2023. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application. [...]
In English-language AM radio station in Mississauga, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-722, 22 November 2011, the Commission approved an application for a broadcasting licence to operate this radio station. However, Commission records indicate that the station was not in operation for the majority of the current licence term. This short-term renewal will allow for an earlier review of the licensee’s compliance with regulatory requirements over the course of the next licence term.“
Ottawa, 21 August 2018 Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-294 https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-294.htm
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (22/8-2018)


19/08-2018

MEXICO
XEROK Christianized. Reporting 8.19.2018 UT that XEROK 800 kHz is now running religious format! IDing as "Onda Cristiana Ochocientos AM" - "La Frecuencia Evangélica De Ciudad Juárez", playing Spanish Christian music, but something strange at 0730 UT, the old official ID was played making mention of being the home of the best grupero music?! I guess they haven`t had time to work on a new official ID to go with their new format.
SIO 333 mixing with XESPN (mostly) and KBFP making a brief appearance every several minutes.
73 de Luís H Esquivel, K6LHE, Pomona CA, to DX Listening Digest

INDIA
Vividh Bharati and FM Gold on 657 Khz in DRM mode with 200 KW Medium wave TX Power from Amtala near Kolkata.
https://radiowaveshunter.blogspot.com/2018/08/all-india-radio-vividh-bharati-fm-gold.html
Debanjan Chakraborty, DRM - Digital Radio Mondiale´FB group (19/8-2018)

TONGA
A new AM transmitter has been commissioned for Tonga's state broadcaster in a move that is expected to strengthen disaster preparedness.
The CEO for the ministry responsible for disaster management, Paula Ma'u, said the new digital transmitter marks an important step towards the implementation of an enhanced and complete early warning system for the whole country. The Tonga Broadcasting Commission's AM frequency is the only one accessible everywhere in Tonga. Mr Ma'u said the service was the best medium to broadcast not only educational and informational content but also deliver 24 hour warnings and instructions during times of emergency.
He said the new AM service could even save lives in times of disasters.
The Broadcaster's underground connection from the station in Fasi to the transmitter in Popua was badly damaged during February's Cyclone Gita, forcing the state broadcaster to use a temporary frequency until now.
The new transmitter was funded by the World Bank Pacific Resillence [sic] Programme to the tune of $US440,000. Details here:
https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/364329/tonga-s-tbc-strengthened-by-new-digital-transmitter
Mike Terry, WOR io group (18/8-2018)

We know it must be 1017 kHz, but RNZ are grossly deficient in never specifying it. Also, Digital? So it`s IBOC, or DRM? Surely not. Must mean it`s a modern transmitter with digital components for ordinary analog transmission - unless "digital" receivers are being handed out to all Tongans. A "temporary frequency"? What was that, you mean from Nuku`alofa? Or you mean a temporary location? Or a temporary transmitter at same location?
Glenn Hauser, DX Listening Digest io group (19/8-2018)

CANADA
License surrendered for CIVH 1340 Vanderhoof. Programming moves to existing CIRX FM rebroadcaster
Vista Radio received approval today to revoke the license for CIVH 1340 in Vanderhoof, B.C. The tower was destroyed this past winter when a snowplow accidentally ran into a guy wire.
CIVH programming was then moved to CIRX-1 95.9 in Vanderhoof which was a 1,000 watt rebroadcaster of CIRX 94.3 in Prince George. It appears as if this temporary arrangement has now become permanent, although the decisions do not specifically mention this.
CIVH 1340 VANDERHOOF REVOCATION OF LICENSE:
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-284.htm
Canadian Radio News, https://www.facebook.com/rwcrn published by Dan Sys, 15 August at 12:47
Andy Reid (18/8-2018)

NEW ZEALAND
Oldest Māori radio station, Te Ūpoko o te Ika, 1161 AM faces possible closure.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/106356596/oldest-mori-radio-station-te-poko-o-te-ika-faces-possible-closure
David Ricquish, WRTH fb group (18/8-2018)


17/08-2018

U K
Manx Radio’s AM 1368 service will be off air from 09:30am until 4:30pm today. It's to allow essential maintenance works to be undertaken on the transmitter.
To stay with Manx Radio, listeners should re-tune to 89, 97.2 or 103.7FM or listen via the Manx Radio smartphone app.
https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/am-transmitter-off-air-today/
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (17/8-2018)

U S A
WMEX Quincy, MA 1510 has been on the air from its new site shared with WBIX 1260 since the beginning of July, now 250 watts days, 100 watts nights rebroadcasting WATD-FM in Marshfield, the station owned by the new owner of WMEX. In mid-September WMEX plans to increase to 10,000 watts(currently being installed)during the daytimes and run its own programming in the mid-days and afternoons following the weekday morning news show shared with WATD.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/WMEX_(AM)
Info from local correspondent via Svenn Martinsen, DX-Listeners'Club FB group(17/8-2018)

ITALY
Onde medie italiane attive anche a Ferragosto. In questi giorni a Lodi il DXer Alessandro Capra ha ricevuto su 1602 kHz Radio 3 Network di Poggibonsi, Toscana, con segnale 8-9 e buona modulazione. A una sua specifica richiesta il titolare della radio ha fatto sapere che hanno migliorato il sistema d'antenna. Evidentemente hanno fatto un buon lavoro!
Tranlated by Google:
"Italian medium waves also active in mid-August. In these days in Lodi the DXer Alessandro Capra has received on 1602 kHz Radio 3 Network of Poggibonsi, Tuscany, with signal 8-9 and good modulation.
At a specific request, the radio owner has made it known that they have improved the antenna system. Evidently they did a good job!"
Giampiero Bernardini to DXing.info FB group (16/8-2018)


16/08-2018

CANADA
Extension granted for CHTO-1 1490 MISSISSAUGA
Canadian Hellenic Radio has until September 1, 2019 to get this 770 watt Greek language rebroadcaster of CHTO 1690 Toronto on the air. The applicant stated that it is taking much longer than anticipated to get this facility airbound.
Canadian Radio News FB group (16/8-2018)


15/08-2018

U K
Lyca Radio (London 1458 kHz, WRTH 2018: 125 kW) is no longer required to broadcast local news at least hourly during weekday daytimes (06.00 - 19.00 h). This comes as part of the repositioning of Lyca Radio as a national DAB brand across the UK. Lyca Radio was awarded a licence in December 2017 to broadcast on the national DAB SDL multiplex. Ofcom agreed with Lyca Media II Ltd that the main reason for listening to the station was the Asian music format and not the news content.
“Decision
Ofcom decided that the change, if approved, would not substantially alter the character of this service, and accordingly that the statutory criterion set out in section 106(1A)(a) of the Broadcasting Act 1990 was met in this respect. In reaching this view, we recognised that this licence was originally awarded (to Sunrise Radio, in 1989) to provide a specialist music and speech service to the Asian community within Greater London. Therefore, while providing some local (i.e. Greater London) news, including stories likely to be of particular interest to London’s Asian community, has always formed part of the station’s licence requirements, we considered that the local news requirement was not as central to the overall character of Lyca Radio’s service as it would be, for example, to a local radio station playing mainstream music and serving a broad audience.
Having been satisfied in relation to one of the relevant statutory criteria, we then considered this request under Ofcom's policy criteria, including our published localness guidance.
Our policy criteria recognises that AM stations are at a disadvantage in retaining listeners because of the relatively poor technical quality of the medium. Therefore, we have said that changes, including substantial changes, to AM station Formats will be more willingly agreed than would be the case for FM stations.
Furthermore, our localness guidance states that AM stations generally need not produce locally-made programmes nor broadcast local material.
In summary, therefore, Ofcom agreed this Format change request because it was satisfied in relation to one of the relevant statutory criteria, and for the two policy reasons outlined above.”
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-july-2018 7 August 2018
Via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (15/8-2018)


11/08-2018

U K
The LPAM-licence of Radio Gwendolen on 1287 kHz was extended until 17 August 2021.
Radio Gwendolen is the internal hospital radio service for the patients and staff at the Leicester General Hospital. Leicester's longest running hospital broadcasting service was set up in 1974 by 2 schoolteachers - Ray Lovejoy and Bernard Smith. They wanted to do something against the boredom experienced when being ill and in hospital.
According to http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/rsls/longterm-rsls/lrsl000113ba2radiogwendolen the original licence the LPAM-licence started on 18 August 2001. So the station seems to have started terrestrial broadcasting on medium wave around this date. (http://www.dxradio.co.uk/lpam/gwendo.htm says "27th September 2001".)
The station has a website and webstream at http://www.radiogwendolen.co.uk. The web address https://www.1287.co.uk/ given at https://www.hbauk.com/member-stations/profile/171 does not work.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (11/8-2018)


07/08-2018

U K
Radio Ninesprings AM Yeovil has surrendered the AM licence for Yeovil and South Somerset (https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-july-2018 7 August), it was awarded in May 2017. The community radio group was later awarded a FM licence.
Originally, Radio Ninesprings planned to launch on 104,5 MHz on 1 July. The launch date was postponed. It is now scheduled for 1 October 2018.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (7/8-2018)

SPAIN
A reaction on the latest post about 2 stations from Spain heard on 1269.
There are indeed 2 stations in Spain, one with 10, the other with 5 kW. Not RNE but Cope. Conditions are very good, that might be the reason that they can be heard over a long distance. And they are the only 2 stations on that channel, 1269 is a clear channel in most of Europe.
Ruud Poeze (7/8-2018)


06/08-2018

SPAIN
I heard the RNE, the Spanish national network on 1269 am on 05 August around 2300 hours. There were two signals beating with each other carrying the same programme with a very slight propagation delay, caused by them both taking their source signal from the webstream.
I haven’t heard Spain on this channel before, but they do pop up on some spurious frequencies from time to time for short periods.
Can anyone throw any light on this?
Dave Angell (06/8-2018)


02/08-2018

INDIA
AIR Kokrajhar 1512 kHz. Various Organizations Have Demanded the Removal of Director Engineer of Kokrajhar Station of All India Radio, Assam KOKRAJHAR, July 30:
Various organizations have demanded that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting should remove the Director Engineer of Kokrajhar Station, All India Radio, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, and have also threatened to take out a protest against the utter neglect towards the Kokrajhar AIR station. [...] (https://www.sentinelassam.com/news/various-organizations-have-demanded-the-removal-of-director-engineer- of-kokrajhar-station-of-all-india-radio-assam/ 31 July 2018.
Via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (1/8-2017)

CENTRAL ASIA
FEB [Fellowship of European Broadcasters] Snippets 30 July 2018:
TWR's new Silk Road Transmitter has opened the door to renewed and expanded broadcasting of God's Word to 60 million people across Central Asia. Many parts of this land of deserts, mountains, steppes and oases are populated by unreached people groups and are hostile to Christians. The 200,000-watt AM transmitter will be able to reach into 10 countries where evangelical believers account for less than 1 percent of the population. For many, this will be their first opportunity to hear the gospel.
Contact: info@twr.org
https://www.twr.org/project/silk-road-transmitter/
„In January 2017, we were forced to reduce some of our program airings into Central Asia due to a 150,000-watt AM transmitter being taken out of service. Broadcasting was reduced from three hours to two hours per day. Now God is leading TWR to install the Silk Road Transmitter, a powerful 200,000-watt AM signal, which will increase our coverage area over Central Asia during prime time and provide increased capacity for more programs that listeners want to hear.
To reach the roughly 60 million people scattered in the vast steppes of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the valleys of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and Northwest China with the good news of Jesus, TWR is stepping out in faith to install a 200,000-watt AM transmitter to renew and expand our Central Asia ministry.
TWR is seeking $593,000 to install and commission the Silk Road Transmitter and cover the first year of airtime. Will you prayerfully consider joining us?“
http://www.truthnetwork.com/2018/07/02/twrs-silk-road-transmitter-project/
„[...] March 30, 2003, TWR started broadcasting on a 150,000 watt AM transmitter into Central Asia. At the time, when TWR purchased in Germany the transmitter for the PANI project, several used 100,000 watt AM transmitters were offered for sale by German state-owned broadcast companies. TWR purchased 3 of them at a very good price. One of those transmitters was installed at our transmitting site in Swaziland, Africa about 2 years ago.“
At the end of 2016, the 150,000 watt transmitter in Central Asian was taken out of operation. From TWR’s ministry point of view, we need a 200,000 watt transmitter. That would cover the most populated areas in Central Asia with a strong signal. This would only be possible by combining the two 100,000 watt transmitters (with a combiner) into one 200,000 watt transmitter.
We praise the Lord that the owner of the transmitting site accepted the concept we suggested for the replacement of the old transmitter. We see this as nothing less than a miracle from our Lord and a major breakthrough after years of negotiations to renew the Silk Road Transmitter. Another spiritual marker is the additional demand for airtime on the PANI transmitter for Afghanistan. In recent months other ministries approached us requesting airtime. After completing the Silk Road Transmitter project it will be possible to transfer Central Asian programs from PANI to the Silk Road Transmitter freeing airtime on PANI to be used for Afghanistan. An additional advantage is that the Central Asian programs will then be aired at prime time in the Central Asia countries resulting in greater spiritual impact. [...]“
Research by Dr Hansjoerg Biener (30/7-2018)

NETHERLANDS
Radio Bloemendaal (1116 kHz) off air.
Google translation of http://www.radiobloemendaal.nl/nieuws/03-04-2018/stormschade-januari-2018/17719186
27-07-2018: Radio Bloemendaal not yet to be received over the air. Unfortunately this week has failed to get the channel back to the "talk". It probably has to do with the drought. In addition to a wire between the masts, there is a large metal mesh net under the ground that is part of the entire installation. Due to the drought, the capacity of the grid is too small to provide a good countercapacity to the antenna wire. The transmitter therefore can not lose its power and stops it. We hope, just like many of us, a good rain shower. Then we will try again immediately. We keep you informed of developments via the website.
22-07-2018: Radio Bloemendaal can no longer be received over the air. Unfortunately, the transmitter failed today. Our apologies for that. This means that we can only be received via the internet at this time. At this moment we can not say anything yet when we are back in the air. We keep you informed of developments via the website.
Via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (29/7-2018)

U K
Heritage Radio to leave 1602 kHz for FM. On 25 July, the British regulator Ofcom announced the award of two new community radio licences in England. The new stations will serve communities in Manchester and Leicester. The licences are awarded for a five-year period.
One of the two new community radio licences has been awarded to:
Heritage Community Radio (British Muslim Heritage Centre), Whalley Range and surrounding areas in Manchester. Website: www.heritageradio.org.uk
Heritage Radio’s programming will predominantly serve the Muslim community in Whalley Range and surrounding areas in south Manchester. The station currently holds a licence to broadcast a community radio service on medium wave [1602 kHz] which it will surrender when the FM service commences.
Ofcom awards two new community radio licences 25 July 2018
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/two-community-radio-licence-awards
Via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (25/7-2018)


25/07-2018

UNID
Here's some info about the item [Unid on 159 Khz] that Dave Angell did on 21/07-2018.
Dave wrote that he heard a French speaking station within the time signal station on 162 Khz TDF in Allouis. Dave is probably hearing the cross modulation effect of Chaine 3 from Algiers on the signal from Allouis. This effect is also known as the Luxembourg effect. A wellknown effect on long wave.
Earlier, when more stations were operating on long wave, the effect was mosty audible on different channels in the evening and night conditions. This Luxembourg effect is also good audible every evening on the SDR Twente receiver.
In this link more info: http://wshu.org/post/luxembourg-effect#stream/0
W. Prins, Haren, The Netherlands (25/7-2018)


24/07-2018

NETHERLANDS
"Tests from the Jenni Baynton in Harlingen harbour are on air 747 kHz - 402 mtrs medium wave. Power around 100watts.
Radio 0511 Fryslans//1332 is relayed. 747 kHz will be broadcasting from the former lightship on the Waddenzee anchored off the coast from 23-8-2018 until 1-9-2018. Daytime JB 747 AM, at night Sietse Brouwer's Radio Seagull//1602 kHz.
Once again there is the possibility of visiting the ship at sea during that period with the tender Ome Cor from Harlingen. Visit and tour at a reasonable price.
Paul de Haan, Stevie Gordon"
Svenn Martinsen, DX Listeners' fb group (24/7-2018)


23/07-2018

U K
Radio Caroline’s 648kHz transmitter will be off air from 20.00UTC this evening (Monday 23rd July) until approximately 05.00UTC tomorrow morning.
John Hoad Faversham Kent UK (23/7-2018)


22/07-2018

AUSTRALIA
There is a number of AM to FM conversions happening in Australia. The following AM stations have already migrated - (sorry if some station info is missing - I'm just giving basic details to let DXers know which AM allocations are gone or are soon to go). Some conversions are just in the preparation stage (ACMA submissions) e.g. for 6VA Albany, 2AD Armidale, 2TM Tamworth (to name a few). Some will be just frequency swaps with the local TAB horse racing outlets which will move their service to the AM frequency now in use by the commercial broadcaster.
Many allocations will be a messy affair due to the ACMA's poor spectrum planning from times past. It will require shuffling a number of existing stations or translators. They just should have stuck to the AM to FM conversion process they started in the late 80s instead of giving stations supplementary commercial FM licenses and back when there were plenty of FM frequencies available --- unlike now --- before all the community, ABC and narrowcast licenses came on air.

WA
(Spirit radio) Karratha 1260 kHz now 102.5,
Exmouth 747 kHz now 102.9,
Paraburdoo 765 kHz now 94.1,
Tom Price (Red-FM) 747 kHz now 96.1,
(1089 kHz Collie went a couple of years ago and is now on 101.3)

VIC
3YB Warnambool 882 kHz swapped with the 3RPH outlet on 94.5. So 882 kHz stays on air but is now 3RPH.

Other stations set for conversion from AM to FM in 2018/2019:

NSW
2BS Bathurst (1503 kHz) most likely 95.1 FM,
2XL Cooma (918 kHz), 2GN Goulburn (1368 kHz), 2LT Lithgow (900 kHz), 2LM Lismore (900 kHz). [FM to be unknown?]
2BH Broken Hill was offered FM but elected to stay on AM (567 kHz).

TAS
7BU Burnie (558 kHz) to 100.9 FM,
7AD Devonport (900 kHz) to 98.9 FM.
7SD will also convert but will keep 540 kHz.
Note that 837 kHz Queenstown TAS is long gone (92.1 FM).

WA
6MM (1116 kHz) to 91.7 FM.
Geoff Wolfe Numeralla NSW Australia, DXLD io group via mwdx yh group (22/7-2018)


21/07-2018

UNID
I heard an unidentified French speaking station on 159 KHZ Long-wave, on the adjacent channel to the silent France Intair carrier. It was playing Popular music with a French-speaking DJ. I didn’t ge an ID as the signal was very weak, and faded considerably. This was on the night of 15 July. It has disappeared since.
Long wave signals do sometimes fade up on the sky-wave from some amazing distances, never to beheard again.
Dave Angell (21/7-2018)

U S A
890 KTXV relayer of CRI is OFF.
China Has Fallen. 7 days ago I turn the radio on 890 KC; all I heard was The Sound of Silence, no carrier, no modulation, no nothing. It was last Friday the 13th in which I turned on China and heard nothing but static. I don't know what's going on down there in Mabank.
Mark Sills, Dallas, Texas, July 20, DXLD.
This is about KTXV, 890, CoL Mabank TX, which had been a 24-hour relay of CRI, per NRC AM Log, U4 20000/250 watts, with STA of D3 20000. That means direxional-daytime only. Altho listed street address is in Houston, Mabank is in The Metroplex market, somewhat SE of Dallas next to Gun Barrel City.
Glenn Hauser, OK, DXLD io group (20/7-2018)


20/07-2018

U K
I am hearing Coast FM, [North Wales] back on 1494kHz with a clear ID. SIO 544 with very very light fading.
Noted at 2119 UTC - Armagh, Northern Ireland with a SDR Play RSP1A and Wellbrook ALA1530LN.
Jordan Heyburn, WOR io group (19/7-2018)

USA
I've been hearing a pirate since yesterday on 1650 AM. First just IDing as Classic 1650, now with WXLV in the callsign. Very few IDs yesterday, now many today, so the station seems to be evolving. Seems to be on constantly since I first noticed it yesterday.
They were playing country music yesterday, 40s and 50s music this morning, and now 60s music. Fading in and out, so not very nearby, and I can pick it up on an SDR about 100 miles away. At times up to S9+10 locally. I would think others in the Mid Atlantic should be able to hear this as well.
WXLV seems to be assigned to a NC TV station, and also used (informally I guess) by an Allentown college station. I compared against the latter's stream, and it was not the same.
HFU thread: https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,44425.0.html
Chris Smolinski, Westminster, MD USA, WOR io group (19/7-2018)


19/07-2018

USA
WWFD 820 [Washington DC] becomes first all-digital AM station.
https://news.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/rol.exe/headline_id=n35675
Les Rayburn, WOR io group (19/7-2018)


18/07-2018

U K
In answer to Hansjoerg's query regarding Dales Radio, I can confirm that the station is still on the air on 936 KHz from the Hawes transmitter site. I'm within ground-wave range but the signal is somewhat noisier than it used to be when Fresh Radio used the site. However, I'm led to believe that Dales Radio now operates at 150 Watts whereas Fresh was running 1 KW.
Ian Marsh (18/7-2018)

U K
936 kHz - Can anyone confirm that Dales Radio (Colvend, Hebden Road, Grassington, North Yorkshire BD23 5LB) is still on the air. The former web address http://www.dalesradio.co.uk is unavailable. The more recent http://www.dalesradio.co redirects to http://www.radioplayer.dalesradio.co/ but no webstream was available when checked. Dales Radio used to be on 936 kHz for additional coverage of areas not reached by their FM stations.
Dr.Hansjoerg Biener (18/7-2018)

U K
1179 kHz - Can anyone confirm that Radio BGWS (British Gurkha Welfare Society) is still on the air. The information at www.radiobgws.co.uk has not been updated for years and no web stream was available (even when checked at the limited time span 1145-1800 hours given as time of operation). The station seems to be missing in the country section of the World Radio TV Handbook, page 403, but is listed in the medium wave table, page 527.
Dr.Hansjoerg Biener (18/7-2018)

INDIA
AIR Nagpur (585 kHz) celebrated 70th Anniversary
https://airddfamily.blogspot.com/2018/07/air-nagpur-celeberated-70th-anniversary.html
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018.
Via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (18/7-2018)

U K
Radio Caroline / Ross Revenge Radio Ship / Radio Caroline North is back on the air this weekend (21/22 July) live from the Ross Revenge with a great line up of DJs. Listen on 648 AM, online and on Manx Radio 1368 AM. Join us for more memories and prizes from our web shop.
Your emails are always welcome at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk - the only address that gets you straight through to the onboard studio.
Mike Terry, mwdx yg group (18/7-2018)

BELGIUM
The belgium transmitter at Wavre 621 kHz seem to suffer technical problems since quite a long time. I am located less than 200km from this site and can estimate a low power operation since the end of June.
They will practise a "no touch" policy until the end of their transmissions at all.
Walter Barteczek (18/7-2018)


17/07-2018

SWEDEN
For several years now, the Hörby Radio Association HRF (in collaboration with Experimenterande Svenska Radioamatörer and Sveriges Radiohistoriska Förening) organises a history radio day in September.
This year's VeteranLjuddagen will take place on 1 September. On this occasion there will be low power broadcasts on Hörby’s former medium wave frequency:
"During a 14-day period beginning one week before Veteran Audio Day, Hörby Mellanvåg will broadcast at 1179 kHz, 254 meters! Even this year, we have been granted permission from PTS to send midwave on Hörby's old frequency.“ (Google translation of http://veteranljuddagen.se/veteranljuddagen%202018.html)
In 2017, broadcasts started on 22 August. Reception reports were welcome at: 1179@veteranljuddagen.se.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (17/7-2018)


16/07-2018

BELGIUM
Last Wednesday, I have been listening to RTBF on 621 kHz, and I noticed something strange. As we already know, the schedule used to be 5h to midnight local time (i.e. 0300z to 2205z in summer) until last June. In the night, when there was no broadcast, the transmitter was turned off completely.
Now the schedule is 6h to 20h local time (0400z - 1805z). The modulation actually ends after the 1800z news, but the carrier does not go off any more. In fact, according to the Twente WebSDR archives, the transmitter stays on 24/7 since June 30th, broadcasting silence all the night long!
This is, let's say, very surprising, because the reason given for changing the broadcast schedule is electricity saving. I wonder what is going on; I sent an email to lapremiere@rtbf.be asking why the carrier remains on, they did not answer yet.
73 Vincent F4HPZ (16/7-2018)

U K
The website of Betar Bangla (1503 kHz) is found under the address http://www.betarbangla1503.net. Former domain names www.betarbangla.net and betarbangla.org.uk are not in use any more and do not link to the new domain.
The programmes are streamed at http://live.canstream.co.uk:8000/betarbangla.mp3 but the audio was not good when checked. Betar Bangla is a Community Radio Station with a full broadcasting licence from OFCOM since 2010. Before getting their own licence, they had 2 hours via Sound Radio on the same frequency 1503 AM since 2002.
According to http://www.betarbangla1503.net/about-us/, Betar Bangla has 80,000+ listeners on medium wave and 180,000+ listeners on line.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (16/7-2018)


15/07-2018

U K
On 5 July 2018, Radio Tyneside activated its Community Radio Licence and launched on 93.6 MHz.
The hospital broadcasting service for the RVI, Freeman and Queen Elizabeth hospitals – which has been in operation since 1951 – has been granted by OFCOM a Community Radio Licence to broadcast to the Newcastle and Gateshead areas, promoting health and wellbeing for the 50+ age group.
This means that FM replaces the medium wave Long term RSL for 1575 kHz.
See: 93.6FM Launch. Live from 12 noon on Thursday 5th July 2018
http://www.radiotyneside.co.uk/f18/main/posts/article.php?post_ref=20
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (15/7-2018)

U K
1521 kHz Flame CCR.
We hope to be back soon
1521 Medium Wave remains silent and will continue to be off air for several more days awaiting repair and maintenance.
However we continue loud and clear via our webcast service and welcome to the world of internet radio. There is no extra cost to you, download your fave app and search for Flame Christian and Community Radio and add us to your faves. We recommend Radio Player as this also gives you access to our Listen Again service, but Tune In and Xiialive apps are also highly recommended. You can also listen by clicking the LISTEN button on our Home page and on Internet Radio
http://flameradio.org/we-hope-to-be-back-soon/
July 7, 2018/0 Comments in News by Norman.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (15/7-2018)


10/07-2018

IRELAND
Radio North 846 KHz (unlicenced) from Donegal seems to be absent from 846 at present.
Their internet stream is working. Listening NW coast Isle of Man where we usually have a strong signal.
(Reported heard again at 13:00UTC.)
Les Kaighin, MWC facebook group (12:00UTC 10/7-2018)


02/07-2018

ALGERIA
On 30 June and also on 01 July, Alger Chaine 1 was putting an extremely strong signal into the UK on 891 KHZ after dark. Very good reliable signal with narrow-band but clear modulation.
Maybe they will be using this frequency regularly again. It could well be using 700 KW, but as the hop here in the UK after dark is shorter than it is in Winter, the signal strengths vary dramatically, with the closer sky-wave signals coming in louder in the Summer, and the strong DX stations all being much weaker in strength.
Dave Angell (02/07-2018)

SRI LANKA
1548 khz (MW) Trincomalee, Sri Lanka absent for many days now.
Jose Jacob, WRTH facebook group (2/7-2018)


01/07-2018

U K
Cyber Gold new on 1602 kHz, launched July 1st. Heard at my location in southern DNK at 12:32 UTC using the NRD 525 and 30 m longwire. Very nice oldie-mx. On air on 1602 kHz 05:00-17:00 UTC.
Identifying as "Cyber Gold - the oldie station; from the radio ship "Love and Peace" anchored up in international waters of Fantasy Island"!      :-)
https://www.cyberradio.co.uk/cyber-news/cyber-gold-to-launch
Ydun Ritz (1/7-2018)

ALGERIA
This saturday 30.06.2018, since 2000 UTC, I noted in the 891 channel, the sound of Alger Chaîne I.
By my ear, I don't feel they're using full 600 kW, but is far stronger and clearer than the 981 kHz signal. And I noticed that the new signal in 337 mts. 891 is notabily narrow in comparision other carriers, local and from abroad, available on my QTH (Valencia, Spain). SINPO is 45444 using a SONY IFC-M260.
Guillermo Sáez, Valencia Spain (30/6-2018)


26/06-2018

NETHERLANDS
KBC radio will stop ther transmissions at 1-7-2018 at the 1602 will be take over by cyber gold.
It's all happening on Sunday July 1st when we launch our new radio station – CYBER GOLD in the UK and Netherlands.
Following on from our successful Sixties Sunday show on Cyber Rock, CYBER GOLD will travel back to the sixties and broadcast the very best 60s music from the MV Love and Peace "at anchor in the International waters of the North Sea".
CYBER GOLD will be available everyday from 06:00 to 18:00 on DAB+ in London and the Home Counties and in the Netherlands on AM 1602 and DAB+.
The station will also be heard nationwide via online and mobiles.
Evening programmes from 18:00 to 06:00 will feature progressive and alternative Rock music.
Comments Tatiana Safonova CEO of Cyber Digital Radio: "We are really excited about the launch of CYBER GOLD - Our marketing department has identified there is a massive potential high net worth listenership that remembers the 60s offshore radio stations fondly and love sixties music, we expect to sell out most of our commercial airtime over the summer period.
Our aim is to make CYBER GOLD sound fresh and re-capture all the fun from what was a wonderful period in radio and music history."
73 Andre Schokker (26/6-2018)


24/06-2018

IRELAND
The transmitter on 1494 am broadcasting from Sligo in Ireland was active again in the early hours of Sunday 24 June, outputting Laser Hot Hits. It was a weak signal here in the UK, but had good quality modulation.
This signal tends to be speradic and to disappear for weeks at a time.
Dave Angell (24/06-2018)


22/06-2018

ICELAND
Summer solstice bandscan.
It stopped raining, what little rain there was, as I went outside with the radio at ca. 2235Z.
As I did expect, the MW band was weak. I could hear the big UK transmitters, and that was it.
The LW band gave me a bit of a surprise. No because signals were booming in – they weren’t – but because of hearing BBC bouncing off of the French transmitter on 162 kHz. Tuning low, to 160 kHz, gave the best reception. As far as I could tell, it was the same as whatever was going out on 198 kHz. Some sort of Luxembourg effect? No idea.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (22/06-2018)


21/06-2018

U K
Absolute Radio has closed the following transmitters
1197: Wallasey (18th June)
1215: Hull (19 June)
In addition, for Absolute Radio, Plymouth and Swindon transmitters are also reported to have closed.
James Robinson (20/6-2018)


20/06-2018

BELGIUM
RTBF Belgium 621 kHz. This morning at 04.00 UTC, the station came on straight away, no interval signal, but when I tried it after listening to Kalundborg weather forecast at 15.55 UTC, the station was already off the air, so it went off much earlier than the 18.00 UTC quoted in your Medium Wave News. It looks as if the station is going to go off permanently very soon, I wonder if it will be 30th June?
I am only guessing.
Keith Rann (20/6-2018)


19/06-2018

CANADA
CKNT Mississauga ON is on the air at 960kHz. Power: 2/.28kWs. They are playing classical music with a test announcement giving out the calls, a phone number and gmail address.
Andy Reid (19/6-2018)


18/06-2018

BELGIUM
RTB-F slowly leaving the MW. Since May 31st on 621 kHz, only from 0400 to 1800 UTC.
Full details (in French) below.
https://www.rtbf.be/lapremiere/article/detail_la-rtbf-prepare-la-fin-de-la-diffusion-en-ondes-
moyennes-am-de-la-premiere-et-de-vivacite?id=9948670&utm_source=lapremiere&utm_campaign=social_share&utm_medium=email_share

Christian Ghibaudo (18/6-2018)


14/06-2018

U K
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for [Hospital] Radio Tyneside [1575 kHz]
"Radio Tyneside is delighted to announce that today Buckingham Palace has granted our organisation The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, which award is the MBE for charity.
We are really honoured to have received this award and proof of the outstanding work that our volunteers go to for the organisation. Following on from winning three awards at the recent National Hospital Radio Awards, the organisation will soon be broadcasting on FM as a hospital and community radio station for Newcastle and Gateshead. 2018 is turning out to be a great year for us."
Dave Nicholson Chairman, Radio Tyneside.
The station hopes to announce the date of the FM launch and the frequency we will be broadcasting on very soon.
http://www.radiotyneside.co.uk/e16/documents/news-2018-06-02-qavs.php
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.
The unique UK national honour was created by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (14/6-2018)


07/06-2018

CANADA
On 1 June 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission renewed the broadcasting licence of Vista Radio Ltd. for CKWL Williams Lake (British Columbia). The new licence runs from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2025. CKWL 570 kHz (1 kW) rebroadcasts the programmes of CKCQ-FM 100.3 FM in Quesnel, British Columbia. (Stream: http://www.mycariboonow.com/stream/ckcq/).
Information on the station’s history can be found at http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listing_and_histories/radio/ckwl-am.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-198.htm with additional information researched by
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/6-2018)

CANADA
On 1 June 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission renewed the broadcasting licence of Maritime Broadcasting System Limited for CKDY Digby (Nova Scotia) and its relay transmitter CKDY-FM (103,3 MHz) Weymouth. The new licence runs from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2025. According to http://avrnetwork.com/on-air/ckdy-on-air-in-digby/ 1420 CKDY is delivering „Today’s Best Country to Digby and the surrounding area“ (Stream: http://mbsradio.leanplayer.com/CKENFM).
Information on the station’s history can be found at http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listing_and_histories/radio/ckdy-am.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-198.htm with additional information researched by
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (6/6-2018)

FRANCE
Bretagne 5 (1593 kHz) is back again; heard June 5th and 6th.
Nico from Gouda (6/6-2018)

U S A
KJNP North Pole (Alaska) (1170 kHz, 50 kW) at reduced power.
„Starting Monday June 04, 2018 KJNP AM will be operating at reduced power while we replace our Main Antenna tower. The initial cost estimate we came up with for the whole project was between $ 200,000.00 and $ 300,000.00. As of June 01, 2018 we have received gifts of $ 136,761.40 towards this, we have spent $ 224,061.78.“ (http://www.mosquitonet.com/~kjnp/index.html)
KJNP ("King Jesus North Pole") was founded by Don and Gen Nelson in 1967. The station is located just outside North Pole, Alaska. The staff live on the grounds surrounding the station building. KJNP AM, one of four 50 kW-AM-stations in Alaska, is on air approximately 19 hours a day with a religious format (Country/Gospel music, news, Bible, children's and family oriented programmes). KJNP AM serves the Fairbanks area and remote villages in Alaska in a radius of 200 miles in the summer and at an unknown distance in the winter months. KJNP Radio also puts its AM programming on local FM Translators in the region.
Information taken from the internet site via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (5/6-2018)


03/06-2018

FRANCE
Due the bad weather in Britanny, Bretagne 5 (1593 kHz) is OFF the air now
https://www.bretagne5.fr
Christian Ghibaudo to WRTH fb group (3/6-2018)


01/06-2018

U K
Moorside Edge Transmitter - Essential work affecting listeners in the North of England - Radio 5 Live
There will be a daily interruption of BBC 5live on 909 kHz medium wave in the north of England (Yorkshire and Humber, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside) from Tuesday 29th May 2018. We need to complete once-in-a-decade maintenance on the masts and guy wires at the Moorside Edge transmitting station. BBC 5live transmitter will need to be will be switched off, to create a safe environment for the teams working on the masts, between 09:00 and 17:00 each day for around twelve days. Work may start earlier (from 07:00) at weekends.
The 5live transmitter will be switched off only when absolutely necessary. If there are days when no work is taking place (because of bad weather, for example), we will keep the transmitter on. On air, announcements will be made before we turn the transmitter off each day.
This only affects BBC 5live on 909kHz medium wave in the north of England. 5live will be available as normal on digital radio and digital TV, through the 5live website and the BBC iPlayer Radio app. Listeners in some areas might also be able to tune to 693kHz medium wave.
However, you can use our Transmitter Checking tool which will give you an exact view of the current status of the transmitter and any recent changes.
We’re sorry for any disruption to your listening that this may cause.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/engineeringnews/item152 Date: 29.05.2018
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (1/6-2018)


30/05-2018

ITALY
Friuli-Venezia Giulia: press release from Free Radio AM-RDE 1584 kHz.
Free Radio AM - Radio Diffusione Europea is at the center of an attack on its credibility by illegal radio operators.
For several months, our station has been overcome by strong signals in the evening, with the intent to create disturbance and damage our image. Even more serious, this interference assumes the form of a real clone of our station. Our jingles and our voices are recorded and modified with obscene language.It is a fact, that this is a criminal project designed to make our broadcaster desist from continuing its emissions. The Ministry of Economic Development has been made aware of this situation in all the relevant stages since as early as January 2018. Despite numerous contacts and assurances, nothing has been done at least apparently until today.
The situation is worsening. Our surveys show that the cloned signals of our broadcaster are multiplying. We distance ourselves from any identifier that can transmit offensive jingles, blasphems and so on. We also await a serious, strong and definitive answer to this shame by the competent bodies as soon as possible.
We invite you to report to our editorial office any wrongdoing that can be heard on the so-called Radio Diffusione Europea specifying also the time and the reception area. Thanks for your understanding and good listening.
Ass. AM Group http://www.assamgroup.it/2018/05/20/comunicazione-agli-ascoltatori/ as translated by google, improved and shortened by Dr Hansjoerg Biener (30/5-2018)


29/05-2018

CANADA
The CRTC extended the licence of Bayshore Broadcasting Corporation for 560 CFOS Owen Sound, (http://www.560cfos.ca/, stream http://bayshore.leanplayer.com/CFOSAM):
- „The Commission renews the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial AM radio station CFOS Owen Sound, Ontario, from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2025. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.“ (Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-181 https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-181.htm 23 May 2018)
- „560 CFOS is the region's heritage AM station playing the oldies you want along with award-winning local news, weather, sports and talk shows. CFOS began broadcasting on March 1st, 1940. CFOS broadcasts at 560 kHz on the AM dial from Bayshore's downtown Owen Sound studios.“ (http://www.560cfos.ca/page.php?page=about)
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (29/5-2018)

ROMANIA
New public regional station in Transylvania (AM 1197, 1593 kHz and FM) planned.
"From 1 October 2018, Romania will have another public regional broadcaster. On 24 May, the Board of Directors of the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation decided to establish the new regional studio Brasov (Kronstadt). Radio România Brasov FM is formed by merging the sub-divisions Antena Brasovului of Radio Târgu Mures and Antena Sibiului of Radio Cluj. Brasov FM will serve the Transylvanian counties Brasov and Sibiu, where the presence of the public service media was so far only weak (according to the statement). The potential audience consists of the approximately 1 million inhabitants of the two counties and the numerous domestic and foreign tourists visiting the region. Radio România Brasov FM will broadcast from 1 October 2018, initially on 93.3 MHz FM and AM 1197 kHz for Brasov and 1593 kHz for Sibiu.
More FM frequencies will be added later.
The program will be predominantly in Romanian, but there will also be programs in the languages of local minorities, Hungarian and German."
Sorin Georgescu, German mailbag program of Radio România International, 27 May 2018, http://rri.ro/de_de/horerpostsendung_2752018-2582136, translated by
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (29/5-2018)


27/05-2018

CANADA
CKYL 610 Peace River AB quietly left the air sometime within the last month. It is marked as off air now in the ISED database. CKYL is now on FM only.
Andy Reid (27/5-2018)


24/5-2018

U K
Looks like Absolute Radio from Westerglen has gone onto reduced power now.
James Robinson (24/5-2018)

RADIO ENTHUSIAST
If interested in every corner of radio listening, antennas, technical matters and more, the website https://www.radioenthusiast.co.uk/ is the platform, where you can learn more about this interesting world. The site is so to say the umbrella above the two magazines Practical Wireless and Radio User, and is highly recommended.
Ydun Ritz (24/5-2018)

U K
Absolute Radio transmitters appear to have closed as follows:
15 May Hoo (1197 kHz)
17 May Dundee (1242 kHz)
18 May Guildford (Pirbright) (1260 kHz)
19 May Sheffield (1233 kHz)
19 May Cambridge (1197 kHz)
But Hull appears to still be on.
James Robinson (24/5-2018)


22/05-2018

U K
Hi Ydun. Just to let you know in case you hadn't heard, the Absolute Radio 'filler' on 1197 kHz from Chesterton Fen, Cambridge, was switched off sometime over the weekend.
Regards, Giles M. (22/5-2018)


20/05-2018

CANADA
On 17 May 2018, the CRTC renewed the broadcasting licence of Canadian Hellenic Toronto Radio Inc. for CHTO Toronto (Mississauga 1690 kHz). The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application. The new licence for the commercial ethnic station runs from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2025.
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-167 https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-167.htm
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (20/5-2018)

CANADA
On 18 May 2018, the CRTC renewed the broadcasting licence of CPAM Radio Union.com inc. for CJWI Montréal (1410 kHz). The new licence for the commercial ethnic station runs from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2020. The station has a long history of non-compliance with CRTC rules.
So: „This short-term licence renewal will allow for an earlier review of the licensee’s compliance with regulatory requirements.“ (Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-168 and Broadcasting Orders CRTC 2018-169, 2018-170 and 2018-171 https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-168.htm)
The station was Canada's first station in the extended medium wave band (2002: 1610 kHz) but has since moved to 1410 kHz.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (20/5-2018)


18/05-2018

NETHERLANDS
More information/pictures on Euregio Radio's medium wave activity (891 kHz) can be found at http://euregioradio.per.nl/index.php/een-nieuw-radiogeluid-op-de-middengolf-891/ (in Dutch).
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (18/5-2018)


17/05-2018

USA
Sad to hear of yet another eclectic format AM station shutting down in the Atlanta, Georgia market - WMLB (AM) on 1690 kHz has signed off as of Sunday May 13, 2018. Here is a link to Atlanta Journal-Constitution Radio/TV Blog covering the story and WMLB's owner...
http://radiotvtalk.blog.ajc.com/2018/05/04/1690-wmlb-am-voice-of-the-arts-shutting-down-after-21-years/
WMLB at 1690 kHz also suffered from being on the upper end of the medium wave broadcast band in an area of the country with one of the lowest ground conductivity making the ground wave signal fall off significantly passed the Atlanta city limits. The skywave signal of WMLB at 1690 covered a good portion of the southeast U.S. as I was able to hear it clearly in the Florida panhandle region while vacationing the week before the station's shut down.
Harry S. via dxld yg (17/5-2018)


15/05-2018

UNID
I heard an unidentified Spanish speaking station on 1080 kHz around 2300 hours UTC playing Spanish commercials and pop music. It put out an extremely strong signal with good modulation on this frequency but had disappeared by midnight.
Can anyone throw any light on this please?
Dave Angell (15/5-2018)

BONAIRE
TWR’s 800 kHz Bonaire Facility Gets 440,000 Watt Makeover.
https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/twrs-bonaire-facility-gets-440000-watt-makeover
RadioWorld (14/5-2018)


13/05-2018

U K
Hull 1215 khz (Absolute Radio) back on air on 12 May.
James Robinson (13/5-2018)


12/05-2018

U K
Hull 1215kHz (Absolute Radio) closed on 8 May. This is the only transmitter reported to have definitely closed so far.
James Robinson (12/5-2018)


11/05-2018

U K
"Radio Caroline North is back on the air this weekend, online via the green button above and on Manx Radio 1368 AM. Our programmes will also be carried on our own 648AM service.
Just ahead of the Royal Wedding on May 19th we'll have a fabulous Royal Themed Hamper to give away, thanks to our friends at Tiptree. And you can also win up to £50 to spend in our webshop thanks to Lisa Dolley, a listener from Cornwall.
So do join us live onboard our historic radioshiop Ross Revenge for another weekend full of memories. Your emails are always welcome at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk
Radio Caroline"
Mike Terry in mwdx yg (11/5-2018)


10/05-2018

CANADA
The CBC received approval to convert Radio One CBKS 1450 AM in Cache Creek, B.C. to 93.5 FM. The new station will operate with 1,127 watts. Antenna height will be -59.1 metres (EHAAT). The radiation pattern will be directional. Programming will continue to originate from CBYK 94.1 in Kamloops. Call letters will be CBYK-2.
The CBC has also received approval to shut down Radio One CBWA 860 AM in nearby Ashcroft when the new FM in Cache Creek is launched as the new FM signal will adequately cover both communities.
CRTC DECISION:
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-147.htm?_ga=2.86027992.1901715875.1525973797 -266612896.1508512092
Canadian Radio News fb group (10/5-2018)


06/05-2018

NEPAL
Government broadcaster Radio Nepal used to stream five of their regional radio services from its main website [radionepal.org.np] but then dropped them and reverted to just streaming their main national service. Now one of these regional services - Radio Surkhet - has set up its own website with live audio streaming at http://www.radiosurkhet.org.np, broadcasting in Nepali (and possibly other local languages) and English.
Only 90.2 MHz FM is announced on air and cited on the website - no mention of their locally-sited 576 kHz mediumwave frequency, which presumably only relays Radio Nepal's national service.
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online via WOR io group (6/5-2018)


05/05-2018

U K
London medium-wave and DAB station Love Sport has asked Ofcom for permission to change its format – and remove the requirement to specifically cover business, finance and entertainment news.
Ahead of its sale, the previous licensee of the 558 AM frequency – Spectrum Radio – got approval last October to change the character of service of the licence to remove focus on ethnic minority communities in London.
Now, the regulator has begun a consultation to seek views from interested parties as to whether Love Sport should be allowed to change its format. Ofcom says the change could substantially alter the character of the service.
https://radiotoday.co.uk/2018/05/love-sport-radio-wants-to-drop-finance-news/
Radio Today (5/5-2018)


01/05-2018

PAKISTAN
ISLAMABAD - The federal government has allocated around Rs1,644 million for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting against an estimated demand of over Rs2,747 million for the fiscal year 2018-19 https://nation.com.pk/28-Apr-2018/info-ministry-gets-rs1-644-million
The Nation, Pakistan (28/4-2018)

IRAN
I.R. of IRAN has made some major changes in their AM frequency network. 585 Tehran (formerly used by Radio Farhang) has now moved to 558 kHz and carries national channel Radio Iran. 585 is now used at Gheslagh site for Farhang.
Also several tx. which used to broadcast on various QRG have now been re-tuned into 558 kHz with Radio Iran making this one big network, including 1x600 kW, 1x500 kW, 1x400 kW, 5x200 kW, 2x100 kW, 3x50 kW.
Source:http://www.mwlist.org/mwlist_quick_and_easy.php?area=1kHz=558 (very right column)
Michael Kraus (28/4-2018)

NETHERLANDS
Radio Bloemendaal to stop mw.
http://www.radiobloemendaal.nl/nieuws/19-01-2018/Stormschade-18-januari-2018/17717641
Google translates:
After the summer of 2018 we will stop broadcasting via the medium wave. When we do not know exactly yet, but of course we will keep you informed. We will concentrate completely on the Internet with sound and images and all the associated listening possibilities etc.
Harald Kuhl (27/4-2018)

IRELAND
1494 is now (2300 UTC 26/4) relaying Coast FM Tenerife (http://www.coastfmtenerife.com/)
AMScan website lists a station on 1494 KHz called Nonstop 90s in Sligo, Ireland (http://fmscan.org/info.php?i=4100210). The page notes that the on-air program is different from the webstream, which points to a Dublin FM station with the same name.
The Dublin station has a slightly different name - Non-Stop 90's vs. Nonstop 90s for 1494 KHz.
Liron Lightwood (27/4-2018)

IRELAND
Laser Hothits was audible all afternoon and until 2200 IST with a very strong signal. The transmitter is in County Sligo just north of me. I used a directional antenna to locate the place. It cannot be too far from me- the programme still comes in without any fading. This means I pick it up via ground wave.
The programme changed to "Coast FM" from Tenerife/Canary Islands at 2200 IST. News is on the hour every hour, the rest is just music and station announcements.
The programme can be heard as well via internet: http://www.coastfmtenerife.com/
Michael Foertig (27/4-2018)

FRANCE
Bretagne 5 - usually on 1593 KHz- is still absent from the airwaves. It stopped broadcasting at the end of March.
Nothing about this on the webpage: https://www.bretagne5.fr/
Bretagne 5 is back on 1593 Khz after an absence of about 2 weeks (on 28/4).
Michael Foertig (27/4-2018)


26/04-2018

EUROPE
Laser Hot Hits is on the air on 1494 KHz now (2230 UTC 25/4) and 6205 (2245 UTC) with different programs, heard via various European SDRs.
Their Facebook post of April 22 says that they are broadcasting “Across Europe on 1494 MW, 6205 SW and 98FM.”
Links:
http://www.laserhothits.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/LaserHotHits/
Liron Lightwood (26/4-2018)


25/04-2018

EUROPE
I have heard Laser Hot Hits on 1503 KHZ am and it has been on that channel since yesterday evening and was still there at 7:30 am CET today 25 April.
I do not know the country of origin but I think it may be coming from a relay in Ireland somewhere.
Dave Angell (25/4-2018)

UNID
There was an unidentified station on 1504 KHZ, playing pop music with a fairly poor signal. I think it may have been coming from Ireland. There was a station ID but the signal was not strong enough to work out what the announcer had said. Sometimes it faded up stronger but not at the right times.
Can anyone throw any light on this? It had disappeared by around 10 pm British Summer time.
There had been a signal coming from Ireland intermittently using this channel back in January 2017, but that had been fairly strong.
Dave Angell (24/4-2018)


21/04-2018

SOUTH AFRICA
Both 1485 (Radio Today) and 1422 (Hellenic Radio) are back on air in Jo'burg. Both were already back when I checked last night (April 20) at 1849ut. Both still on air as of April 21 at 0445ut.
Bill Bingham, Jo'burg, RSA via WOR io group (21/4-2018).


19/04-2018

NETHERLANDS
Radio Seagull is off air, and not web streaming. The TX on 1602 KHZ is still running dead air, and is modulating the noise from the empty relay channel.
Does anyone have any information on this?
Dave Angell (19/4-2018)

Radio Seagull is now back on line, so I assume that it is now back on air. I won’t be able to tell if the am is actually running the stream until nightfall as I am out of ground-wave range here in Leicestershire.
Dave Angell (19/04/2018)


18/04-2018

CANADA
CFTE 1410 VANCOUVER flipping to ALL BUSINESS.
Bell Media announced this morning that CFTE 1410 Vancouver will be dropping its TSN Sports format on April 30th to become All Business BLOOMBERG RADIO 1410.
CFTE had been operating as an "overflow station" for Vancouver's TSN 1040 (CKST) since 2010. With the arrival of Sports Net 650 (CISL) in Vancouver this past Fall having 3 Sports stations in the market was redundant. TSN 1040 will now merge some of the programming that was broadcast on TSN 1410.
Story from Miss 604: https://miss604.com/2018/04/1410-bnn-bloomberg-radio-launches-in-vancouver.html
Canadian Radio News fb group (18/4-2018)


17/04-2018

U K
Ofcom has agreed the shut down of Absolute's MW sites...
Here is copied text from radiotoday.co.uk.
The Bauer station argued that continuing to provide 90% population coverage is no longer ‘reasonably practicable’ and if permission is not granted for the reduction, it would result in Absolute Radio having to close down the entire AM Network.
So, from May, these transmitters will be turned off: Plymouth, Redmoss (Aberdeen), Hull, Torbay, Redruth, Hoo (Kent), Greenside Scalp (Dundee), Wallasey, Pirbright (Guildford), Chesterton Fen (Cambridge), Rodbourne Sewage (Swindon) and Sheffield.
In addition, power will be reduced asap at Brookmans Park (serving London and the northern home counties); Droitwich (serving the West Midlands); Moorside Edge (serving the North West and Yorkshire); Westerglen (serving Central Scotland); and Washford (serving South Wales, Avon and Somerset).
James Vincent (17/4-2018)


15/04-2018

NETHERLANDS
Radio Bloemendaal 1116kHz heard here at 18.10UTC. Dutch religious talk and organ music, good signal and very good modulation, I would think they must now be back on 500watts and a rebuilt antenna system.
73's John Hoad, Faversham Kent UK (15/4-2018)
Indeed their antenna is now rebuilt and back on 500 Watt after the storm damage in January and also I have a good receipt in Gouda, the Netherlands.
Greetings from Nico (15/4-2018)

ARMENIA
Radio "Voice of the Fatherland" in Kurdish apparently on April 1, no longer broadcasts on MW 1395 kHz, but only on SW 11530, probably from Moldova, and at 1350 kHz from 1945 again broadcasts the radio in Arabic, apparently sound from some television, it seems called "Al-Azm Radio and TV".
Rumen Pankov, Sofia, Bulgaria, RusDX 8, via dxld io group (15/4-2018)

RUSSIA
Sankt-Petersburg.
Supply of equipment, construction and installation and commissioning of the project "Transfer and reconstruction of communication lines and structures for the transfer of broadcasting to the site of the RTPS Olgino at the address: 104, Lakhtinsky St., St. Petersburg, with the aim of releasing land plots from the object of communication at the address: St. Petersburg, ul. Sofiyskaya, 71 "
http://zakupki.gov.ru/223/purchase/public/purchase/info/common-info.html?regNumber=31806222081
- Installation of one medium-wave broadcasting transmitter, power 10 kW at a frequency of 828 kHz.
- Restoration of the mast-antenna ShV-77 on the site of the RTPS Olgino (https://vk.com/vcfm2014)
RUS-DX # 972 via Anatoly Klepov (15/4-2018)


14/04-2018

RUSSIA
I report:
The station did not leave the air! She is still on air.
Radio Radonezh - Orthodox radio broadcasting for Russia and compatriots abroad. Radio "Radonezh" is on the air in Moscow 24 hours a day on the wave of VHF / FM 72.92 MHz, and also on the medium wave AM 612 kHz for four hours a day from 16.00-20.00 UTC. We also broadcast three hours a day in St. Petersburg - 684 kHz, Ryazan -73.13 MHz, Orel - 68.15 MHz, Yaroslavl - 72.26 MHz, and two hours in Vladivostok at medium wave 675 kHz.
The potential audience of Radio Radonezh is about 20 million listeners. Listeners all over the world have access to Radonezh radio programs via Internet.
https://vk.com/radio.radonezh

On the Radonezh radio site at that time there was information about the costs of the station for servicing the MW transmitter. And the fact that the station found its way out of a difficult situation and continued broadcasting on medium waves is a great service for a radio station that for several years already reported on the shutdown of broadcasting to the MW and came out of this difficult situation, which can be read in the Internet. Currently, the station does not have sponsors, as it was before and exists thanks to the financial support of listeners, which is reported on the station's page in the Internet http://radonezh.ru/help.
We wish Radio Radonezh stations success and always remain on the air at medium waves, from which almost all the stations in Russia left, and there were only a few.
Anatoly Klepov, RUS-DX (14/4-2018)


13/04-2018

U K
Absolute has now got the go ahead to cut it AM coverage.
The following site will close:
Plymouth, Redmoss (Aberdeen), Hull, Torbay, Redruth, Hoo (Kent), Greenside Scalp (Dundee), Wallasey, Pirbright (Guildford), Chesterton Fen (Cambridge), Rodbourne Sewage (Swindon) and Sheffield will be turned off altogether.
David Ayling (13/4-2018)


08/04-2018

COLOMBIA
Sistema Cardenal also on HJHN Magangué 960 kHz.
A news item in La Cuarta Vía.com tells that this inactive station should be on the air from March with Sistema Cardenal programing. The Instagram page of Sistema Cardenal already announces the Magangué 960 freq. (ex Caracol Radio).
This freq. is part of a three stations pack to be transfered from Caracol to S.Cardenal during 2018.
Mauricio Molano Salamanca Spain, mwdx yahoo group (8/4-2018)


07/04-2018

DRM
On 1071 kHz DRM, it's TDF SMARTCAST from Quimerc'h, France:
http://ab27.bplaced.net/drm/drm-tdf-1071.png
Current audio is silence only.
Best regards, Alexander Busneag (7/4-2018)


06/04-2018

RUSSIA
Radio Radonezh. I do not understand why the editor of the Rus DX bulletin often publishes untested or inaccurate information. "Radio Radonezh" as before on air at a frequency of 612 kHz according to the schedule: 16.00 - 20.00 UTC.
Just turn on the receivers:
http://mibatu2.ddns.net/
http://msk.swl.su:8073/
Vasily Gulyaev (5/4-2018)


05/04-2018

UNID in DRM
I heard a DRM signal on Tuesday 04 April around 1100 Hours BST on 1071 KHZ. I cannot resolve D R M as I only have am on those channels.
Can anyone tell me what it was?
Dave Angell (5/4-2018)

It could be either 1071 kHz from Quimerc'h, France or AIR Kolkata on the same frequency.
Or anyone with a better guess or real knowledge?
Ydun Ritz (5/4-2018)


04/04-2018

U K
[Hospital] Radio Tyneside [1575 kHz] to leave medium wave for FM:

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/eight-community-radio-licences
Ofcom awards eight new community radio licences 29 March 2018.
Ofcom has today announced the award of eight new community radio licences in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The new stations will serve communities in: Bristol, Maldon, and Newcastle and Gateshead, in England; Belfast in Northern Ireland; and Cumbernauld, Musselburgh, Tranent and Wallyford in Scotland. Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular area or community of interest. More than 250 community radio stations are currently on air today. [...]

http://www.radiotyneside.co.uk/e16/documents/news-2018-03-29-communityradiofmlicense.php
Radio Tyneside to broadcast on FM (NEWS · 29 March 2018) Radio Tyneside, the hospital broadcasting service for the RVI, Freeman and Queen Elizabeth hospitals – which has been in operation since 1951 – has been granted by OFCOM a Community Radio Licence to broadcast to the Newcastle and Gateshead areas, promoting health and wellbeing for the 50+ age group.
Radio Tyneside’s Chairman Dave Nicholson MBE said “This is a great day for our organisation. It will allow us to expand our service outside of just the hospitals. These days most patients don’t stay in hospital for a very long period and our idea is to help with their recovery once back home. At the same time, hopefully pass on advice and information to our listeners that will help with their lifestyle”. The news of their successful bid for the FM licence comes hard on the heels of the station being runners up in the Station of the Year category in the National Hospital Radio Awards held on 23 March 2018 in Windsor. Dave said that “winning the licence application was the icing on the cake.”

http://www.radiotyneside.co.uk/e16/documents/info-about.php
Radio Tyneside started broadcasting on 6th October 1951 [...] Back in early 1950, six Newcastle United fans were sitting in a pub when they came up with an idea of broadcasting match commentaries to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle upon Tyne, which was conveniently situated around the corner from Newcastle's home ground, St James' Park. An approach to the club resulted in a yes and the first match, when Newcastle beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1, was broadcast live on Saturday 6th October 1951. From that moment on, Radio Tyneside has been with you for over 65 years, now broadcasting around the clock on Hospedia in the hospitals, to Newcastle and Gateshead on 1575AM and online [http://www.radiotyneside.co.uk/radioplayerv4/] wherever you are.

http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/rsls/longterm-rsls/lrsl000038ba3radiotyneside.htm

Frequency: 1575 KHz
Establishment: -
Type: AM
On Air From: 28-10-2008 to: 26-10-2018 [current licence term]
General Enquiries: 0191 222 0789
General Enquiries (email): info@radiotyneside.co.uk
Licence Number: LRSL000038BA/3
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (3/4-2018)


02/04-2018

INDIA
Two towers, about three times the height of the Qutab Minar, are likely to be erected at as-yet-undecided locations in the country for disseminating Indian Standard Time.
The National Physical Laboratory, an organisation charged with ensuring that Indian time stays accurate, has signed an agreement with IFR Information Dissemination Services (IFR) Ltd., which will set up the towers and employ long wave radio (LWR) technology to purvey this time to a range of users, from phone companies to railway stations. Customers will need a microchip that can be embedded into everything, from wall-clocks to servers.
“Long range radiowaves from the towers can be reliably transmitted even during major disasters. Other than time, information such as a tsunami warning or weather warnings can also be sent,” Pawan Kumar Kasera, director, IFR, said at a press conference. IFR is affiliated to the Germany-based EFR GmbH, which is in the business of providing similar services in Germany.
The company now requires a plethora of permissions from other government departments to host these towers, each with a range of 1,000 km, and an investment of about Rs. 600 crore, which it will raise privately.
The NPL would help IFR keep their caesium clocks (located in the tower) calibrated but wouldn’t be involved in setting up the infrastructure related to time dissemination. Last year, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-body had tied up with the Indian Space Research Organisation to provide time-related services for its satellites. “The advantage of LWR is that the waves travel close to the ground and so can reach out to far-flung locations, even to submarines. We’d advertised through newspapers asking private players to help us disseminate NPL-time to the public. Five companies approached us and we’ve selected IFR,” Dinesh Aswal, director, NPL, told The Hindu .
Jacob Kosh 29 March 2018 http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/coming-huge-towers-to-publicise-right-time/article23377284.ece
Mike Terry, WOR io group (2/4-2018)

RUSSIA
Since March 28, Radio Radonezh has stopped broadcasting at 612 kHz. It's strange, they close the Moscow frequency, but how about 20 million listeners who live in the Moscow region as well.
After all, coverage of VHF broadcasting is not very large. http://www.radioscanner.ru/forum/topic30247-324.html (via Rus-DX 25 March via DXLD)
I would never argue with the native speakers in the region, but it seems that this item needs some explanation/further inquiry. According to http://radonezh.ru/news/radio-radonezh-prekraschaet-veschanie-v-moskve-na-srednikh-volnakh-125631.html, the station would have closed on this frequency years ago. What about Narodnoye Radio, another orthodox station? According to WRTH 2018, they shared the frequency. So: Is Narodnoye Radio also off the air?
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2/4-2018)

Not so. http://vcfm.ru/vc/Cities/moskva.htm shows only Narodnoye Radio gone. And indeed: Shortly after 1500 UT the transmitter was off. But it was on at 1558 re-check, already with Radio Radonezh program audio, in this moment wrapping up Programma Blagoveshcheniye, listed separately on the vcfm.ru page but in fact being part of the Radio Radonezh program schedule.
Formerly the transmitter would have switched at 1600 from Narodnoye Radio to Radio Radonezh. Seems that the latter remains now always plugged in and just the carrier will be keyed on shortly before 1600. So it indeed appears that Narodnoye Radio has terminated its use of 612 kHz, although they still show it at http://narodinfo.ru/castoti.php.
Kai Ludwig, WOR io group (2/4-2018)


31/03-2018

CHINA
China Huayi Broadcasting Station MW/SW observations.
Since the start of the A-18 season China Huayi Broadcasting Corporation [CHBC] has become monitorable (albeit in my case only by web SDRs in the region) due to Voice of Korea vacating CHBC's sole SW frequency. For the past few days I've been hearing the Fujian-based broadcaster crash-starting on 6185 kHz around 09:10-09:20 UT most days [some sources state 09:50 UT sign-on] and remaining there until switching off shortwave at 16:00 UT. Programming is in Mandarin and IDs noted were either "Zhongguo Huayì Guangbo Gongsi" or simply "Huayi Guangbo" - they used to ID in English too but now seem to have dropped that practice. I've only observed them announcing their mediumwave (873 kHz) and FM frequencies (107.1); no mention of shortwave. Their intended audience is both domestic and external, the latter being Taiwan and the Chinese diaspora in south east Asia. Using web SDRs in Northland, New Zealand [for 6185 kHz] and Shenzhen, China [for mediumwave] I've found reception varies from fair to very poor on both frequencies. 873 kHz is often plagued by co-channel QRM, especially by NHK's 500 kW transmitter, but at times it was heard in parallel to 6185 kHz.
The information given on their 'About' website page at www.chbcnet.com is somewhat out of date, still listing their long-defunct 4830 kHz frequency. I used to be able to monitor this station on their live webstream but nowadays their embedded player is silent here - it may be geoblocked.
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (31/3-2018)


30/03-2018

U K
Programming of Radio Caroline North live from the Ross Revenge is currently being heard via 3 AM frequencies. 648kHz from Orfordness, 1368kHz from Foxdale on The Isle of Man and 1350kHz from Milan, Italy via I Am Radio.
73's John Hoad, Faversham Kent UK

USA
Subaru makes a positive move on AM.
In the USA the Subaru/Harmon Kardon premium radio is equipped with an automatic bandwidth control. The stronger the AM station the wider the bandwidth.
Could it be that car radio makers are starting to take a second look at performance on AM?
Article here: https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/subaru-makes-a-positive-move-on-am
Mike Terry, WOR io group (30/3-2018)


29/03-2018

USA
Radio Sawa to scale back Regional Broadcasts.
To save $9.5 million in 2019, the U.S. government’s Arabic language broadcaster Radio Sawa plans to restrict its FM and AM transmissions to Iraq. This will mean the end of Radio Sawa’s radio service, AM and FM, to the rest of the Middle East.
In addition, Radio Sawa’s country-centric feeds for Egypt, the Gulf, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco and Sudan will be terminated, both on air and online at www.radiosawa.com. The remaining Radio Sawa Iraq feed will be streamed.
https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/radio-sawa-to-scale-back-regional-broadcasts
James Careless, RadioWorld (28/3-2018)

DRM
Can Digital Save Medium Wave?
An interesting article, written by the chairman of Digitale Radio Mondiale Ms. Ruxandra Obreja https://www.radioworld.com/columns-and-views/can-digital-save-medium-wave
Alokesh Gupta via Digital Radio Mondiale fb group (29/3-2018)


28/03-2018

U K
It's another Radio Caroline North mega-broadcast this weekend, online here and on Manx Radio 1368AM.
We'll be live on board our historic radio ship Ross Revenge from 9am Good Friday morning through until 2pm Easter Monday afternoon, with our annual Easter Fundraiser and much more.
We've unearthed a rare interview with the late Ron Cannon OBE, coxswain of the Ramsgate lifeboat back in 1991 when it attempted to rescue our ship's crew from the Goodwin Sands. And thanks to Lisa Dolley, a listener from Cornwall, we'll again be giving you more chances to win goods from our webshop.
So join us for four memorable days this Easter on Radio Caroline North.
http://radiocaroline.co.uk via Mike Terry, WOR io group (28/3-2018)

NETHERLANDS
The Dutch legacy medium wave station Radio Bloemendaal [1116 kHz] is off the air again. On 18 January 2018 a storm destroyed the antenna masts of Radio Bloemendaal. On 23 February the station returned to the air, but due to problems with the antenna matching, they had to use the low power 50 Watt reserve transmitter. On 25 March this transmitter broke. Radio Bloemendaal first went on the air in 1924 to relay religious services from a local church.
Regular coverage of the antenna problems can be found at http://www.radiobloemendaal.nl/nieuws/19-01-2018/Stormschade-18-januari-2018/17717641.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (28/3-2018)


26/03-2018

U K
Radio Caroline returns to its roots.
Interesting article today by Dr. Lawrie Hallett who lectures at the University of Bedfordshire and reports on the industry for Radio World from Norwich.
Good industry PR for The Lady, although purists might have comments.
https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/radio-caroline-returns-to-its-roots
Mike Terry via mwdx yg group (26/3-2018)


23/03-2018

IRELAND / U K
From June 2019 when RTE Ireland is expected to switch off its transmitter on 252 khz the only remaining English speaking longwave station in Europe will be the BBC on 198 khz.
Mike Terry, WRTH fb group. (23/3-2018)


22/03-2018

ICELAND
Equinox bandscan
On longwave, an unusually weak signal from Gufuskálar (189 kHz).
On MW, the only clear signals below 1MHz were the Brits. The others were a muddle of voices and beating carriers. I managed to copy Smooth Radio on 1170, Absolute Radio on 1233 and what was probably BBC R4 on 1449 kHz.
Also, a harsh, buzzing, jammer-like drone on 1575 kHz, which I guess was the Iran Special.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (22/3-2018)


20/03-2018

JAMMING
The jamming signal reported on 12 and 13 March on 1521 KHZ was audible here in the UK on the night on 19 and 20 March, and was fairly strong. The local Asian language station in Coventry was being quite seriously interfered with by this strange jammer which does sound like a helicopter.
Dave Angell (20/03/2018)


19/03-2018

ITALY
The government website http://www.sviluppoeconomico.gov.it/index.php/it/comunicazioni/radio/assegnazione-frequenze-onde-medie-am provides for some interesting reading.
According to the information given, the government in 2017 started a licensing process for up to 86 single frequency stations and eleven synchronised medium wave networks („Gleichwellen“). The pdf-documents show 531 and 330 pre-registered applications for a competitive licensing process.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (19/3-2018)


13/03-2018

GERMANY
The new German station Radio Uberfranken 1584 kHz is audible here in the UK with a weak signal but strong modulation. It does suffer serious QRM though from the other QRP stations, sharing this channel, including the Punjabi one in London, which at times fades in very strong over the sky wave propagation.
I heard the German around 2300 hours CET on 12 March with German easy listening music and a regular recorded announcement identifying the station.
Dave Angell (13/03/2018)

JAMMING?
Tonight [between 11th and 12th] on 1521 kHz I received a signal that sounded like a new jamtransmitter.
Radio Beijings Russian Service Radio Kitaja is strong on my Asia beverage. Best signal on my EU-beverage in 205 degress, where I pick up this form of "Helicoptersound".
73 Torleif Roos, Boraas Sweden (12/3-2018)


12/03-2018

AFGHANISTAN
Radio Talwasa 945 kHz: Thanks, yes, it can be heard also in Finland, attached a weak recording from Friday. It helps, that AIR Sambalpur is off the air waiting for the new transmitter, but Iran and Romania are mostly on top.
I just got a reply from them and they say, that this private station has replaced the semi-gov station Paktin Voice 1386 kHz and doubled its transmitter power.
Seems, that talwasa.af domain is out of use, so working emails have talwasa.com at the end.
Mauno Ritola, FNL (12/3-2018)

AFGHANISTAN
Further information on Radio Talwasa 945 kHz.
The station went on the air in May 2015 (Private AM radio on air in Paktika to counter insurgency May 24, 2015 http://afghanistantimes.af/private-am-radio-on-air-in-paktika-to-counter-insurgency/).
The picture on the about-us-page http://talwasa.com/about/ shows two AM transmitters built by the US-firm Broadcast Electronics: „AM 10A“ and „AM 2.5E“ (probably reserve transmitter).
Information sheets about these transmitters can be found at http://www.bdcast.com/products/details/a-series/am-10a and http://www.bdcast.com/products/details/e-series/am-2-5e.
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (12/3-2018)


10/03-2018

AFGHANISTAN
New(ish) on mediumwave is Radio Talwasa, based in Sharana, the capital of Afghanistan's Paktika province (thanks to Indian DXer Ck Raman for alerting us to this via the WRTH Facebook group). It broadcasts on 945 kHz & 87.9 MHz FM at 06:00am to 10:00pm local time [01:30-17:30 UT] according to their website at http://talwasa.com and http://talwasa.af, although I've observed them signing-on at 11:30 UT on a Friday (9 March).
The website is mainly in Pashto but also has an informative About Us page, and hosts a live stereo audio stream.
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (10/3-2018)


09/03-2018

U K
Radio station Northsound to switch off analogue service.
One of the best-known local radio stations in Scotland is to stop broadcasting on medium wave.
Northsound 2 [1035 kHz] in Aberdeen will be the first established radio station in Scotland to end analogue broadcasting.
From 3 April, it will only be available on digital radio and online. Sister station Northsound 1 will still be available on FM as well as digital.
Northsound is owned by Bauer Media which owns all the so-called "legacy" local radio stations in Scotland. These stations, which were opened in the 1970s and 80s, include Radio Clyde, Radio Tay and Radio Forth.
Originally Northsound, like other local radio stations, broadcast on both FM and medium wave - but in the 1990s it started to provide distinct services on each frequency. In recent years, all its programming has been shared with other Scottish medium wave stations owned by Bauer, although it still has local news, travel and advertising. No plans have been announced so far for any other Bauer stations to cease medium wave broadcasting.
Northsound said: "Digital listening makes up nearly 50% of all radio consumption and is growing rapidly.
Our transmitter site is being re-developed by the landlord, so we took the opportunity to take the station fully digital rather than invest significantly in a replacement transmitter that could be obsolete in a few years."
Across Britain, nearly half of radio listening is now through digital broadcasting - including DAB digital radio, online and slots on digital television.
It seems certain that all BBC and professional commercial broadcasting on FM and medium wave will eventually end, but a switchover date has not yet been set.
BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live will continue to be available on AM frequencies across Scotland.
BBC News (9/3-2018)

CANADA
CKYL 610 PEACE RIVER TO FLIP TO 94.9 FM ON MARCH 21st
Radio West is reporting that CKYL in Peace River, Alberta is now testing their 100,000 watt transmitter on 94.9 FM, the frequency previously occupied by the 2,500 watt nested repeater CKYL-1 in Peace River.
The test transmission states that testing will conclude on March 21st. It is unknown if CKYL 610 will sign off at that point or whether they will utilize the authorized 3 month simulcast period. When CKYL 610 goes dark it will mark the end of AM radio stations in Northern Alberta outside of the Edmonton area.
Canadian Radio News FB group (9/3-2018)


08/03-2018

U K
It has been annoucned today that Northsound 2 is to close on medium wave 1035 kHz on 3 April.
More details here https://radiotoday.co.uk/2018/03/northsound-2-to-switch-off-am-radio-service/
James Robinson (8/3-2018)


07/03-2018

U K
London multi-ethnic multilingual broadcaster Spectrum Radio, which has been broadcasting to the capital on 558 kHz since 1990, has now left the mediumwave channel.
It's been replaced by Love Sport Radio, which is due to officially launch on 19 March but can already be heard with full programming on the MW channel and via a live stream from their website at www.lovesportradio.com
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (7/3-2018)


03/03-2018

ARGENTINA
Starting today I noted a new station on 530KHz. Not Radio Madre, which occupied this frequency until a few months ago, but "Somos Radio". A twit reveals a logo: https://twitter.com/Relatoresconvos/status/969643439536115712
So far the station is playing nothing but music and brief IDs.
Incidentally, yesterday I heard FIRS Port Stanley on this frequency, which means they started broadcasting today.
Entry to WOR io group (3/3-2018)


28/02-2018

CANADA
CHFO 1350 in Gatineau has begun testing with French language rock music.
Canadian Radio News FB group (28/2-2018)

SYRIA
Syrian clandestine on 1350.
1350, Radio Al-Kul, at 2159 with talk in Arabic and ID by man. Followed by silence. So far strongest signal from this one at SIO: 322. (Feb 26)
73 Zeljko (28/2-2018)

ROMANIA
"Antena Satelor" is a full 24h service on 153 kHz long wave - there is no "Actualitati" relay between 22:00 to 06:00 Romanian time. However, the MW frequencies of "Antena Satelor" (531, 603, 630, 2x 1314 kHz) are off air during these times.
Additional information: Every morning, between 04:53 and 04:55 Romanian time, "Antena Satelor" transmits a 1 kHz test tone. After that, the interval signal of Radio Romania is played several times. You can hear this procedure on LW 153 kHz.
Best regards, Alexander Busneag (28/2-2018)


27/02-2018

ROMANIA
"Antena Satelor", 5th national radio network operated by public broadcaster Radio Romania, relay 1st chain "Actualitati" during night between 22 and 6 AM romanian time.
However, this additional broadcast of RR Actualitati is nowhere mentioned neither in MWLIST / MWSCAN nor in EMWG (outdated) and also not on Wikipedia who states Satelor as an own, fulltime network.
Antena Satelor broadcasting frequencies: 153 kHz long wave, 531, 630 and 2x 1314 kHz medium wave plus few small FM.
Regards Robert Duebler (27/2-2018)

NORTHERN IRELAND
The outlet of Radio North from Ulster on 846 kHz is much louder in main land UK since they increased the power to three KW. A nice signal in the evenings here in Leicestershire, but some adjacent channel interference from a TX based in Leicester which carries the BBC Asian Network. Radio North should be audible in much of Northern Europe after dark now, as the channel is pretty clear.
Dave Angell (27/2-2018)


26/02-2018

GERMANY
MBR installation (former Deutsche Bundespost, Telekom) Media and Broadcast 153 kHz (155 kHz til 1986) longwave 2-mast DLF Donebach Germany, 500 kW, nighttime 250 kW screened signal towards Brasov Bod-Romania will be exploded, blown up and destroyed for ever on Friday March 2nd 2018 between 1200 and 1400 hrs CET/MEZ, or 1100 and 1300 hrs UTC.
Last DLF Cologne bcast transmission happened on Dec 31, 2014.
73 de Wolfgang Bueschel (26/2-2018)


25/02-2018

IRELAND
In a QSL Radio North informs, that the transmitter power on 846 kHz has increased from 2 to 3 kQ.
Hans Verner Lollike, DNK (25/2-2018)


24/02-2018

IRAN
Today Feb 24th 2018 at 19.25 UTC Iran with the jam transmitter is back on the air again on 1575 kHz tonight, but now not so strong.
Yesterday the channel was clear and free.
Torleif Roos, Boraas, Sweden (24/2-2018)

CANADA
CBC closed their repeater in Donald BC within the last month - CBWD 900 MW. It was likely shut down because of a lack of listeners.
Andy Reid (24/2-2018)


23/02-2018

USA
There is still music on AM radio, at least here in the desert. KWXY (http://kwxy.com/) is a 24-hour station in Cathedral City (next to Palm Springs) transmitting a 1-kW signal on 1340 kHz from a single omnidirectional tower. The music is adult-oriented and consists of easy-listening, familiar vocals and instrumentals from the past including movie themes, and smooth (mostly) jazz. The station claims to have the largest radio station music library west of the Mississippi with over 12,000 recordings. On the weekends, there is a two-hour jazz show ("Jazz Meets Latin Jazz") hosted by New York - based Jim Luce. The station describes its format as the "sound of elegance" as well as "relaxing music" and "beautiful music." But it's far from "elevator music." There are brief weather reports every hour and occasional news bulletins. And for us Canucks, there is "Canada Calling" (http://canadacalling.com/) twice a day at about 09:15 and 12:15 PST. This program is just about the only "overseas" service from Canada on the radio these days.
The station was first licensed in 1964 and started with the same format it has today. It changed its format to syndicated liberal talk in November 2015 but the station wet silent shortly after in August 2016. It returned to the air in March 2017 with its traditional format. KWXY has a sister talk station, KKGX on 920 kHz AM (5 kW daytime and 1 kW nighttime with a four-tower directional array) and 99.1 MHZ FM.
KWXY puts in a good signal here in Palm Desert but is likely not heard much further afield. It would be a good DX catch outside the coverage area especially considering the number of stations on 1340 kHz in the U.S. and Canada.
Richard Langley, WOR io group (23/2-2018)


22/02-2018

IRAN
The Jamming signal on 1575 KHZ which originates from Iran was not on air yesterday evening 21st February, so the channel was nice and clear.
Dave Angell (22/2-2018)

IRAN
Iran's national broadcaster Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran [VIRI] was observed with the Voice of Palestine opt-out from their main Arabic Service in progress on 1161 kHz at 19:45 UT on 21 February 2018. It was heard in parallel on 6060 kHz and reception was fair to poor on both frequencies (via a web SDR in Lutsk, Ukraine), with the mediumwave channel battling for dominance with the co-channel Egyptian regional station at Tanta. The programme finished at 20:30 UT and after a couple of minutes of audio from VIRI's main Arabic Service 1161 kHz went off air. There's a full schedule for the broadcaster's MW/SW/satellite 'Arabic Radio' frequencies (though not specifically Voice of Palestine) here: tinyurl.com/vopiran
David Kernick, Interval Signals Online (22/2-2018)

Very interesting observations.
WRTH gives the Qasr-i-Shirin shutoff as 2130 so that earlier closedown is new. Also we have at the same time 1080kHz opting out of normal Arabic broadcasts to serve Bahrain. This leaves a possibility that the Palestine program could also be carried by 765kHz (Chahabar) and 1224kHz (Kish island).
Some further monitoring will be needed to see if 1161kHz is alone in carrying Voice of Palestine in the evenings.
73 Dan Goldfarb, WOR io group (22/2-2018)

VOIRI is picked up in Cairo on 1080 and 1224. 1080 is having a co channel of Kan israel Rashet Dalet... In Arabic as well.
On 1224 heavy QRM from Radio Monte Carlo in Arabic.
1161 is a hard catch due to Central Delta Radio.
Tarek Zeidan, WRTH fb group (22/2-2018)

Via the Karelia Perseus I can say that 765kHz is in parallel with 1161kHz. Slightly unusual being so far to the East within the country.
So if 1930-2030 is Voice of Palestine then no longer on SW only. 1224kHz was impossible to hear.
73 Dan Goldfarb (Colchester, England), WOR io group (22/2-2018)


20/02-2018

ITALY
RTV Radio Treviso, after an absence of more than one year, has reappeared on medium wave on the new frequency of 1602 kHz. Formerly they made some test broadcasts on 1476 kHz. The station (first heard by Alessandro Groppazzi) announces on the air to have got a license on 14 November 2017 and gives the following contacts:
E-mail address: rtv1602@libero.it – Phone number: (+39) 333.706.66.99.
Antonello Napolitano in MWC FB group (20/2-2018)


19/02-2018

UKRAINE
Ukrainian DXer Oleksandr Yehorov informs that the following Ukrainian MW transmitters are silent since February 1st 2018:
657 kHz Chernivtsi UR1
837 kHz Taranivka UR1
1278 kHz Petrivka UR3
1404 kHz Izmail UR1
1431 kHz Luch RUI
Radio Ukraine International FB group (19/2-2018)


16/02-2018

CANADA
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)

INDIA
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:
https://nenow.in/all-india-radio-dibrugarh-to-celebrate-yearlong-golden-jubilee.html
http://www.khabribabu.com/air-dibrugarh-to-celebrate-golden-jubilee-celebration-from-february-15/
http://silchar.com/all-india-radio-dibrugarh-set-for-golden-jubilee-celebrations/
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (16/2-2018)


14/02-2018

GERMANY
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?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hnqrqCPhR8
Robert Duebler (14/2-2018)


13/02-2018

PAKISTAN
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)

BENIN
TWR WATS CELEBRATES TEN YEARS OF RADIO MINISTRY.
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)

CANADA
(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)


12/02-2018

WORLD RADIO DAY
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)

BONAIRE
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
http://www.twrbonaire.com/news/view/423/2018/02-06/effect-radio-waves-new-transmitter-twr
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (12/2-2018)


10/02-2018

IRELAND
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)

BONAIRE
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)

U K
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
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/absolute-radio-proposals-to-reduce-am-coverage
BDXC via Dave Kenny (9/2-2018)

CANADA
CBC received approval this week to flip IRCP Natashquan QC from 1100 MW to 99.9 FM.
https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2018/2018-53.htm
Andy Reid (9/2-2018)

CANADA
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)

U K
Absolute Radio propose to close 12 MW transmitters and reduce power on 5 sites. Consultation is now open.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/absolute-radio-proposals-to-reduce-am-coverage

James Robinson (9/2-2018)

SUDAN
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)

 

07/02-2018

IRELAND
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)

THE WORLD
Remember, it is World Radio Day February 13th, and the theme this year is 'Radio and Sports'.
http://www.diamundialradio.org/home
Ydun Ritz (7/2-2018)

ITALY
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)

 

06/02-2018

USA
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)

 

05/02-2018

CANADA
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)

 

04/02-2018

U K
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)

 

02/02-2018

IRELAND
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)

 

01/02-2018

U K
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)

U K
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)

 

31/01-2018

U K
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
OFF AIR:
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)

BONAIRE
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)

 

30/01-2018

LOGGING PROGRAMME
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)

 
 

29/01-2018

PAKISTAN
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)

 

27/01-2018

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

BC
Williams Lake CBRL 860

QC
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)

 

26/01-2018

BONAIRE
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)

 

25/01-2018

CUBA
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)


 

23/01-2018

NETHERLANDS
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.
http://www.radiobloemendaal.nl/nieuws/19-01-2018/Stormschade-18-januari-2018/17717641

Marcel Rommerts (23/1-2018)

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

BELGIUM
RTBF 621 kHz will be closed by the end of 2018.
http://www.telepro.be/011-43472-RTBF-la-fin-des-Ondes-moyennes-est-programmee.html
Christian Ghibaudo (23/1-2018)

CANADA
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)

 

21/01-2018

PAKISTAN / AFGHANISTAN
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.
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-closes-us-funded-radio-station-citing-hostile-agenda-1.2160176
gulfnews.com (21/1-2018)

U K
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)

CANADA
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)

NORWAY
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)

 

19/01-2018

U K
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).
http://www.radiomagonline.com/around-the-world/0020/bbc-am-stations-shut-down-in-some-
parts-of-the-uk/39509
(19/1-2018)

INDIA
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)

 

17/01-2018

U K
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)

 

16/01-2018

INDIA
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.
https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/160118/kerala-radio-station-facing-closure.html
Deccan Chronicle (16/1-2018)


 

15/01-2018

U K
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)

U K
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)

U K
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.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly
-updates/radio-broadcast-update-december-2017
published on 9 January 2018, with additional information by Dr Hansjoerg Biener (9/1-2018)

NORTH KOREA
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
https://www.google.hu/search?client=firefox-b&dcr=0&q=Chongjin&spell=1&sa=X
&ved=0ahUKEwizzMOogL7YAhXBmLQKHSlfBEwQvwUIJCgA
Chongjin have low and distorted modulation.

KCBS on 702 kHz from
https://www.google.hu/search?client=firefox-b&dcr=0&q=Chongjin&spell=1&sa=X
&ved=0ahUKEwizzMOogL7YAhXBmLQKHSlfBEwQvwUIJCgA
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)

BONAIRE
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’
http://www.twrbonaire.com/news/view/419/2017/12-14/unwrapping-special-gift-new-transmitter
Via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (7/1-2018)

 

27/12-2017

U K
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
DUXHURSTBBC Surrey
BEXHILL MF
BRIGHTON MF (SOUTHWICK)BBC Sussex
HULLRadio Humberside
RUSTHALLRadio Kent
LITTLEBOURNE
LINCOLN (Swan Pool)Radio Lincolnshire
CLIPSTONE (Fishponds Hill)Radio Nottingham
LACOCKRadio Wiltshire
SWINDON (RODBOURNE)
Partial Closures
TORBAY/(Torquay)Radio Devon
RAYLEIGH (SOUTHEND)BBC Essex
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)

 

23/12-2017

ICELAND
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)

 

22/12-2017

ICELAND
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)

 

21/12-2017

ROMANIA
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
http://www.cna.ro/Extras-din-procesul-verbal-al,7651.html
73, Alexander Busneag (21/12-2017)

U K
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)

ROMANIA
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) 

 

20/12-2017

ROMANIA
10 new MW stations in Romania:
http://www.cna.ro/IMG/pdf/REZULTATUL_CONCURSULUI_RADIO_23-11-2017.pdf
László Tringer HNG in WRTH fb group (20/12-2017)

UNID
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)

U S A
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.
http://www.arrl.org/news/one-of-oldest-us-radio-stations-to-go-dark
Mike Terry, dxld yg (20/12-2017)

 

18/12-2017

U K
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)

U K
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)

 

16/12-2017

U K
"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)

 

15/12-2017

SPAIN
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)

MOROCCO
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)

HUNGARY
Kossuth Rádió on 540 kHz with 2 MW and transmitter system. Now the most powerful MW transmitter in Europe.
https://www.radioeins.de/programm/sendungen/medienmagazin/radio_news/beitraege
/2016/solt.html

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

U S A
[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...
https://gruporadioescuchaargentino.wordpress.com/2017/12/14/wzhf-1390-am-recibio-una-notificacion-del-departamento-de-justicia-de-eeuu-sobre-su-posible-inscripcion-en-calidad-de-agente-extranjero/
Arnaldo Slaen, condiglist yg (14/12-2017)

U K
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)

 

14/12-2017

MOROCCO
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)

 

13/12-2017

SPAIN
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)

 

12/12-2017

CANADA
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.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-423.htm

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.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-418.htm
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (12/12-2017)

 

10/12-2017

ARMENIA
Dengê Kurdistanê with strong signal on 1395 kHz via Armenia at 1630.
https://www.facebook.com/dengekurdistan/
Mauno Ritola in WRTH fb group (10/12-2017)

U K
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)

 

07/12-2017

U K
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)

NEW ZEALAND
RNZ to exit AM
https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/99642893/rnz-looks-to-move-up-to-50-jobs-from-wellington-to-auckland-and-exit-am-radio
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (7/12-2017)

 

06/12-2017

U K
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/__data/assets/pdf_file/0028/107587/community-radio-awards-october-2017.pdf
via
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)

 

05/12-2017

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

INDIA
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)

 

04/12-2017

ITALY
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)

BELGIUM
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)

 

03/12-2017

BELGIUM
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:
http://www.mwlist.org/mwlist_quick_and_easy.php?area=1&kHz=1125
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)

BELGIUM
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:
https://www.radioeins.de/programm/sendungen/medienmagazin/radio_news/
beitraege/2017/rtbf_mittelwelle.html

73 de Michael Foertig (1/12-2017)

 

30/11-2017

CANADA
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)

U K
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)

CANADA
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)

BELGIUM
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
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.
https://tudoradio.com/conteudo/ver/41-o-radio-migracao-das-ams-para-a-faixa-fm
Samuel Cássio Martins, dxing.info fb group (26/11-2017)

 

29/11-2017

U K
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)

CANADA
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.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-418.htm
Canadian Radio News fb group (29/11-2017)

U K
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)

 

28/11-2017

NORWAY
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)

MW MAP
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)

 

27/11-2017

ISRAEL
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)

DENMARK
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)

ITALY
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)

HUNGARY
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)

 

26/11-2017

U K
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)

CHINA
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)

 

25/11-2017

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

U K
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]

U K
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)

 

24/11-2017

NETHERLANDS
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)

 

23/11-2017

U K
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)

 

22/11-2017

U S A
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)

 

21/11-2017

U K
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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkkKiZAj9B8

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

U K
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)

U K
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)

U K
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)

 

20/11-2017

U K
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)

IRELAND
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.
(20/11-2017)

 

18/11-2017

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

 

17/11-2017

U K
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)

 

15/11-2017

IRELAND
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)

 

14/11-2017

U K
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)

 

13/11-2017

U K
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)

 

12/11-2017

U K
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)

 

11/11-2017

U K
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)

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

U K
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)

 

09/11-2017

CANADA
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)

 

07/11-2017

U K
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)

TURKMENISTAN
"TURKMENISTAN EXPANDS RADIO BROADCASTING NETWORK
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)

 

04/11-2017

SOUTH KOREA
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)

U K
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)

CANADA
(CRTC) AM TO FM CONVERSION APPROVED FOR CBC RADIO ONE IN McADAM, NB
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.
CRTC DECISION:
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-396.htm
Canadian Radio News fb group (3/11-2017)

 

03/11-2017

U K
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)

U K
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)

 

02/11-2017

ITALY
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)

 

01/11-2017

HUNGARY
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)

SLOVAKIA
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)

SLOVAKIA
Here is the list of the active MW stations from the past decades in Slovakia.
https://www.radia.sk/diskusia/temy/1479_am-rozsahy
Now I hear very _weak_ on 1521. But both tansmitters (1098 and 1521) are under-modulated.
László Tringer HNG (1/11-2017)

MOLDOVA
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)

 

30/10-2017

SLOVAKIA
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:
http://www.rtvs.sk/televizia/clanky/146191/vysielanie-radia-patria-bude-na-zitnom-ostrove-spolahlivo-dostupne
Tringer László HNG (30/10-2017)

 

28/10-2017

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

U K
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 !"
https://www.facebook.com/radiocarolineofficial/?ref=br_rs
Marc Coevoet (28/10-2017)

 

27/10-2017

INDIA
Sambalpur AIR [945 kHz] to go off air from Oct 30 for revamp.
http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2017/oct/27/sambalpur-air-to-go-off-air-from-oct-30-for-revamp-1684280.html
The Indian Express (27/10-2017)

 

26/10-2017

MONGOLIA
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)

 

25/10-2017

IRELAND
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)

 

24/10-2017

RUSSIA
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)

MONGOLIA
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:
http://www.kaapeli.fi/~jmantyla/MP3/Choib1431.mp3
Jorma Mantyla, Kangasala Finland, mwdx yg (24/10-2017)
Icom IC-R8500 + 650 m Beverage 60o.

 

23/10-2017

U K
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)

 

22/10-2017

LIBYA
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)

 

21/10-2017

NETHERLANDS
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)

 

20/10-2017

UNID
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)

CANADA
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.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-371.htm
Andy Reid (20/10-2017)

 

14/10-2017

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

CANADA
(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.“
https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/DocWebBroker/OpenDocument.aspx?AppNo=201707705
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (14/10-2017)

CANADA
(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.“
https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/DocWebBroker/OpenDocument.aspx?AppNo=201707712
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (14/10-2017)

CANADA
(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)

 

13/10-2017

SYRIA
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)

 

12/10-2017

IRELAND
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)

 

10/10-2017

PHILIPPINES
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)

 

07/10-2017

SPAIN
[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

Heard:
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

SER
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

COPE
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)

 

05/10-2017

JAMMER??
Today (05.10.2017) at 1842 UTC I heard this jammer (?) on 819 kHz under the egyptian station:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvbtkaMqudo&feature=youtu.be
Anyone has an idea, what is this and against what?
László Tringer, Székesfehérvár, Hungary (5/10-2017)

U K
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)

 

29/09-2017

UKRAINE
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)

 

27/09-2017

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

U K / KOREA
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.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/27/north-korea-aggressively-jamming-new-bbc-broadcasts/
Mike Terry, dxld yg (27/9-2017)

U K / KOREA
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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2017/bbc-news-launches-korean-language-service
bbc.co.uk (25/9-2017)

 

25/09-2017

PUERTO RICO
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)

 

24/09-2017

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)

 

23/09-2017

ICELAND
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)

 

22/09-2017

SYRIA
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)

 

21/09-2017

SYRIA
R. Damascus heard in French on 783 kHz now at 1920.
http://en.ortas.gov.sy/
Mauno Ritola, WRTH fb group (21/9-2017)

 

18/09-2018

ANGUILLA
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)

U K
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)

 

17/09-2017

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

NETHERLANDS
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)

 

13/09-2017

UNID?
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)

 

10/09-2017

ITALY
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)

ITALY
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.
https://www.facebook.com/Radio-Baby-Am-1658667367714109/
https://www.facebook.com/FreeRadio-AM-465163190333643/
73, Fabrizio Magrone (Forli, Italy), mwdx yg 10/9-2017)

 

07/09-2017

LATVIA
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)

 

06/09-2017

SYRIA
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)

 

05/09-2017

HONG KONG
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)

FRANCE
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),
http://www.anfr.fr/gestion-des-frequences-sites/signal-horaire/les-tests-du-signal-horaire/#menu2
Christian Ghibaudo (5/9-2017)

SLOVENIA
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)

 

04/09-2017

SPAIN
RNE: New REG/LOCAL schedule from 04SEP2017.

Mo-Fr:
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.

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

FIJI
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)

CANADA
690 new tx in Newfoundland?
I found this "NEW" entry for St. John's Newfoundland
https://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/amq?list=0&facid=98801
Is there really a new tx planned, or is the FCC data outdated?
Jurgen Bartels, N. Germany, mwdx yg (3/9-207)

BONAIRE ?
"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)

 

31/08-2017

HUNGARY
The new facility at Solt, 540 kHz wich replaces soon the old soviet TX.
http://www.nautel.com/solutions/digital-radio/2-megawatt-transmitter-antenna-hungaria/
Tringer László (31/8-2017)

 

30/08-2017

LATVIA
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)

 

29/08-2017

DENMARK
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)

 

28/08-2017

AUSTRALIA
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)

 

27/08-2017

ARGENTINA
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.
https://gruporadioescuchaargentino.wordpress.com/
Marcelo A. Cornachioni, Argentina via condig list yg and Arnaldo Slaen, (27/8-2017)

SYRIA
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)

 

24/08-2017

AUSTRALIA
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)

 

22/08-2017

SWEDEN
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)

 

21/08-2017

U K
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."
https://www.rovers.co.uk/news/2017/august/whats-happening-at-saturdays-match
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (20/8-2017)

 

15/08-2017

ITALY
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)

U K
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)

FIJI
New Fiji transmitters on 558 & 990. Radio Fiji has posted an interesting documentary about its new transmitters on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTLKeW-TmoQ&feature=share
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)

U K
"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)

 

14/08-2017

BONAIRE
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)

 

13/08-2017

HONG KONG
RTHK BBC on 675 to close. Here is a url which gives more info on what exactly and when it is going to happen:
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/08/12/rthk-replace-bbc-world-service-radio-state-run-mandarin-language-station/
73 Tony Magon VK2IC (13/8-2017)

 

12/08-2017

U K
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:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/entries/46b21269-723b-4cfd-b8f3-
fc735d09d0a3?isBumped=0&postFreq=0&isEmpty=0&isProfane=0&tooLong=
0&charCount=0&isAwaitingProcessPreMod=0&isSubmitted=1&filter=none&initial
_page_size=10&postId=127799725#comments

An article from the Guardian about the 2012 switch off is here:
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2012/nov/09/bbc-criticised-closing-medium-wave-radio
More details will be provided when known.
James Robinson (12/8-2017)

FIJI
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)

HONG KONG
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.
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1347634-20170811.htm
Thanks to Mika DX Makelainen for this nx on FB.
Ydun Ritz (12/8-2017)

FIJI
More to news about the upgrade of the mediumwave coverage of the islands
http://fijisun.com.fj/2017/08/12/15-million-am-radio-facility-better-covers-maritime-islands/
Ydun Ritz (12/8-2017)

 

11/08-2017

FIJI
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)

 

08/08-2017

TURKMENISTAN
TURKMENISTAN EXPANDS RADIO BROADCASTING NETWORK
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)

 

07/08-2017

U K
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)

NETHERLANDS
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)

INDIA
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
Bharati.

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)

 

05/08-2017

ERITREA
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)

 

04/08-2017

U K
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)
http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/home.html
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (4/8-2017)


03/08-2017

DENMARK
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)

 

02/08-2017

CANADA
„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)

CANADA
„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)

CANADA
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)

 

01/08-2017

ERITREA
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)

MOROCCO
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)

 

29/07-2017

GERMANY
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.

https://www.saarbruecker-zeitung.de/imgs/03/2/7/7/7/9/9/2/tok_9b295b1b
be1de16493786919c4bd1402/w540_h303_x992_y1122_SZ_2772692_1069
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106939236_7f13d01535-1daebe6f3c214230.jpg


https://www.saarbruecker-zeitung.de/imgs/03/2/7/7/7/9/9/2/tok_9763b6c6
1f3a00ae99a159c413574949/w540_h303_x901_y1931_SZ_2772692_1069
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Also protective metal net over the highway A8 strained, then is also dismantled.

https://www.saarbruecker-zeitung.de/imgs/03/2/7/7/7/9/9/2/tok_d67761de12a4b8c
f65cb7561db4b0843/w540_h303_x1641_y1202_SZ_2772692_106939365_RGB_190
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73 Wolfgang Büschel (29/7-2017)

 

28/07-2017

GERMANY
The days of legendary Saarländischer Rundfunk [1179 kHz] antenna tower at Heusweiler are counted. It will disappear during the coming months.
https://www.saarbruecker-zeitung.de/saarland/saarbruecken/heusweiler/heusweiler-wahrzeichen-verschwinden_aid-2484317
Andre Schokker (28/7-2017)

U K
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)

 

18/07-2017

ICELAND
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)

 

06/07-2017

AUSTRALIA
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)

U S A
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)

 

01/07-2017

CANADA
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)

 

29/06-2017

CANADA
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.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-206.htm
In Newfoundland and Labrador, VOAR will move from 1210 to 96.7 FM with 100kWs
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-219.htm
Andy Reid (29/6-2017)

 

26/06-2017

IRELAND
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.
http://radiotoday.ie/2017/03/rte-radio-1-to-continue-on-longwave-till-2019/
73 Alan Pennington (25/6-2017)

CANADA
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)

 

22/06-2017

ICELAND
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)

 

21/06-2017

BENIN
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)

TAIWAN
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)

 

19/06-2017

NETHERLANDS
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)

INDIA
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)

NEW CALEDONIA
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)

 

15/06-2017

REUNION
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)

 

13/06-2017

SWEDEN
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)

 

09/06-2017

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

 

07/06-2017

U K
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
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/will-election-results-announced-area-hour-by-hour-timetable/
Steve Whitt, MWC fb group (7/6-2017)

U K
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)

 


06/06-2017

U K
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/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/102044/Five-AM-community-radio-licence-awards-May-2017.pdf
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)

 

05/06-2017

NETHERLANDS
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.
https://www.grootnieuwsradio.nl/k/n663/news/view/101311/86103/groot-nieuws-radio-uitspraak-acm-stelt-teleur.html
The best of 73's Willem Prins / Haren - The Netherlands (5/6-2017)

 

02/06-2017

U K
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)

U K
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.
http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html
Mike Terry, dxld yg (2/6-2017)

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

 

01/06-2017

CLANDESTINE (SYRIA)
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)

 

31/05-2017

CLANDESTINE (SYRIA)
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
https://app.box.com/s/v2ytwv4hcz2d5pqca37j1hr5h66mc4x7
I sent them a reception report but didn't get any reply.
73, Tarek Zeidan, Cairo, Egypt, dxld yg (30/5-2017)

BONAIRE
"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)

 

21/05-2017

MEXICO
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)

U K
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)

U K
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)

 

19/05-2017

U K
The former ship-based pirate station, Radio Caroline, has been handed its first full-time AM broadcast licence
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-39976829
Mike Terry, WRTH fb group (19/5-2017)

U K
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)

 

16/05-2017

ISRAEL
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)

 

15/05-2017

ITALY
Radio Atlanta Milano 1485 kHz new one reported on 14 May. New Italian radio on MW Back from old Italian FM
https://playdxblog.blogspot.it/2017/05/radio-atlanta-milano-1485-am-new-mw.html
73, Giampiero Bernardini, dxld yg (15/5-2017)

ISRAEL
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)

 

13/05-2017

FRANCE
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)

 

10/05-2017

FRANCE
Allouis 162 kHz
http://radioforum.foren.mysnip.de/read.php?8773,1269879,1420479#msg-1420479
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)

SERBIA
Radio Beograd 1, transmitter: Sjenica, 1602 kHz - its mast is very well visible here:
https://goo.gl/maps/rG3biWuYx9n
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)

KOSOVO
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)

CLANDESTINE / ALGERIA
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)

MOROCCO
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)

PORTUGAL
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)

 

08/05-2017

SERBIA
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)

 

03/05-2017

NETHERLANDS
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)

U K
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)

 

02/05-2017

U K
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:
2.6
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
Background
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”.
[...]
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/101459/community-radio-future-licensing-technical-policy-statement.pdf
Excerpted by Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2/5-2017)

NETHERLANDS
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)

CANADA
CTV Windsor Published Monday, May 1, 2017 1:27PM EDT
http://windsor.ctvnews.ca/am800-is-broadcasting-on-sister-station-am580-after-transmitter-fire-1.3392792
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)

 

25/04-2017

NETHERLANDS
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)

SWEDEN
ARCTIC RADIO CLUB/ARCTIC RADIO JÖNKÖPING 1593 kHz.
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)

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

 

24/04-2017

NETHERLANDS
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)

 

21/04-2017

LITHUANIA
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)

LITHUANIA
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?
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/dxld/attachments/925874220
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)

 

18/04-2017

U K
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)

 

14/04-2017

U K
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)

 

12/04-2017

ITALY
IBC - ITALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
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
ENGLISH SCHEDULE:
WEDNESDAY
- 18.30-19 UTC 6070 / 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE
THURSDAY
- 02.30-03 UTC 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE
FRIDAY
- 01-01.30 UTC 9955 KHZ TO CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA
SATURDAY
- 01.30-02 UTC 11580 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA
- 20-20.30 UTC 1584 KHZ TO SOUTH EUROPE
SUNDAY
- 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)

 

11/04-2017

PAKISTAN
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)

ALBANIA
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)

 

08/04-2017

ALBANIA
Radio Tirana, Fllaka, MW 1394.965 kHz 0832 UT April 8, S=5 or -91dBm remotedly in Steiermark Austria, Hungary border.
73 Wolfgang Büschel,