Andorra / France

Fixed times for Radio Andorra Revival on February 5th 2022:
For North America: 1200-1400 UTC at 5850 kHz via WRMI Florida, USA, 315° with 100 kW
For Europe: 1630-1830 UTC on 6175 kHz via ORS Moosbrunn, Austria, 270° with 100 kW
For Europe: 1900-2100 UTC on 1467 kHz via RMC Roumoules, France, 325° with 1000 kW
For Africa/Asia, possibly South America: 2130-2330 UTC on 7400 kHz via CJSC Gavar, Armenia, 258° with 300 kW
Online: http://www.aquiradioandorra.com

Christian Milling via Christoph DXer to A-DX Fernempfang FB group (2022-01-19)

United States

On 14 January 2022, KAAY was granted an Extension of its Existing Engineering STA:
“Station KAAY (AM) Little Rock, Arkansas, is licensed to operate on 1090 kHz with 50 kW of power in the non-directional mode during the day and 50 kW of power in the directional mode utilizing three towers at night. Radio License Holding CBC, LLC (‘RLH’), the licensee of KAAY, respectfully requests an extension of its special temporary authorization (‘STA’) to permit continued operation in the non-directional node at night with reduced power. Daytine operation is unaffected. […]
As previously reported the tower(s) used for its nighttime operation collapsed. As a result, RLH has been using the daytime tower during nighttime hours with 25% power (12.5 kW) to provide service to its listeners, pursuant to section 73.1560(d) of the commission’s rules.
After much discussion, RLH has made the business decision to propose changes to the nighttime operation of station KAAY. It intends to work with its consulting engineers to prepare a construction permit application that will request nighttime operation in the non-directional mode at reduced power. Until this FCC form 301 is filed and FCC action is taken, RLH respectfully requests an extension of its STA, which allows non-directional operation with 25% power at night. this will enable its listeners in the little rock area to continue to receive nighttime service.”
https://publicfiles.fcc.gov/api/service/am/application/1829646.html

Hansjörg Biener (2022-01-19)

Italy

AM Italia QSY now from 918 to 1323 kHz.
We just received the formal authorization to use 1323 kHz. We’ll start testing as of tonight, and will drop 918 kHz.

Alfredo Cotroneo to WOR iog (2022-01-19)

Monitoring via nearby Noale SDR from 1655 tune-in, 918 is off. *1656, 1323 comes on with English ID as if on 918, “have a nice listening“! Lots more off & on at lower and higher levels past 1708, testing.
1323 co-channel, not much heard but listed in WRTH: two UKs of 20 and 500 watts; 50 kW Iran in Azeri at 0030-2030; 15 kW from Romania, see if you can figure out the schedule from page 334; 10 kW from Tanzania, 1500-1800 only with CRI English relay; China with 9 stations totaling 1360 kW! plus more minor stations in Asia and Pacific.
1323 ex-918 will of course affect WORLD OF RADIO times: Fri 1915 & 2130, Sun 2100 UT

Glenn Hauser, WOR iog (2022-01-19)

United States

AM Switch – FCC and CRTC Decisions and Applications

CALL CHANGES
1000 KOMO WA Seattle – Call change to KNWN will not happen (at least for now).
Extensions of prior STAs granted (usually for an additional 6 months):

1090 KAAY AR Little Rock – Granted STA extension, U1 50000/12500. Note that, in its application, KAAY says it plans to apply for a CP to operate permanently with U1 and reduced night power rather than rebuild the tower for 50 kW DA-N.

NRC DX News January 25, 2022; published January 17 via WOR iog (2022-01-18)

United States

Audacy has sold 1550 KGMZ San Francisco to Satish Chandra’s Factorial Broadcasting LLC for $495,000.
KGMZ, which has been airing Audacy’s LGBTQ+ “Channel Q” network, has flipped to the South Asian “Radio Zindagi” network under a Time Brokerage Agreement ahead of closing. Radio Zindagi was previously heard on 1550 under its former KZDG call letters from 2011 until 2018. The network was most recently heard in the market on 92.3 KSJO-HD2 San Jose.
KGMZ will also feed translator 99.3 K257GE San Francisco.
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/218564/audacy-sells-san-francisco-am/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2022-01-16)

Space

A CME [coronal mass ejection] might be heading for Earth. It was hurled into space on Jan 14th (1333 UT) by a C4-class explosion in the magnetic canopy of southern sunspot AR2925: movie.
Given the CME’s southern trajectory, much of it will miss Earth. Nevertheless, say NOAA forecasters, a glancing blow is possible late on Jan 16th to midday on Jan. 17th. 
https://spaceweather.com/

Ydun Ritz (2022-01-16)

Slovakia

Switch-Off Rimavská Sobota 1521 kHz on 31 January 2022.
I’d like to share information regarding this frequency. It looks that Slovak Radio and TV company RTVS is going to close down this MW transmitter soon.

Article translated from https://www.radia.sk/spravy/4449_na-konci-mesiaca-bude-vypnute-vysielanie-na-strednych-vlnach-z-rimavskej-soboty
12.01.2022 | RTVS, Towercom

At the end of the month, medium-wave broadcasting from Rimavská Sobota will be switched off.
On 31 January 2022, the Slovak Radio and Television will end the operation of the Rimavská Sobota – Uzovská Panica medium-wave radio transmitter on the frequency of 1521 kHz.
The transmitter is located in the area of ​​the broadcasting center, from where it has been broadcasting on shortwave since the mid-1950s. The dominant feature not only of the area, but also of its surroundings, are several up to 170 meters high masts from the turn of the 70’s and 80’s, which serve as beams for the antenna field of a shortwave transmitter. It is no longer in operation, it was shut down in 2011.
The mid-wave transmitter is a stand-alone mast that was built in the second half of the 1980s (on the cover photo on the right). At that time it was a novelty, the technology was supplied by the company Tesla Hloubětín. “An interesting and European first was the operation of technical equipment (filters), which allowed the connection of all three medium-wave transmitters, transmitting on three different frequencies, to one antenna, which consisted of a 102-meter-high iron lattice mast,” says the current operator of the transmitter, Towercom on its official website.
While the transmission from Rimavská Sobota on short waves was terminated more than a decade ago, the medium-wave transmitter with a radiated power of 10 kW still works today. In recent years, RTVS has used it to broadcast Radio Patria‘s broadcast for minorities from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, and has recently been supplemented by Radio Devín.
“The RTVS decision reflects the change in listeners’ preferences and allows RTVS to continue modernizing terrestrial radio broadcasting.
The funds so far intended for signal propagation via the Rimavská Sobota medium-wave transmitter will be invested in the development of Slovak Radio’s digital services, especially in DAB+ broadcasting, “says RTVS.
Broadcasting on medium waves in Slovakia will thus continue from February on only two transmitters – in Nitra at 1098 kHz and in Košice at 702 kHz. RTVS has signed a contract for these two transmitters until the end of 2022.

Ron M. Lackovič (2022-01-16)