Saturday, August 20, 2016

FRS Summer evening broadcast August 21st 2016

This Summer FRS-Holland plans another evening broadcast: on Sunday August 21st FRS-Holland will be heard across Europe on 31 metres 9300 (stand by freq=9335 kHz) and most likely on 48 metres in the 6200- 6300 kHz range. It will be the inofficial celebration of our 36th (!) anniversary.For this time we think 48 metres is to be preferred above the familiar 7700 kHz. The 5 hour evening broadcast will have a thematic character.  For instance last 2015 Summer we featured Psychedelic 1967 oldies, 80s rarities, Made in Holland about the Dutch 1970s pop scene, station & deejay theme tunes  and Banned Songs. Something similar will be presented this Summer. For detailed programme information take a look at the programme schedule below.  

Streaming: Choosing for ‘the best of both worlds’ FRSH goes for broadcasting on short wave in good old AM and digital high quality web streaming. Listeners can make their choice out of two streams: [] and [] .
[ August 27th 16- 21 UTC=18 -23 CEST.
[ August 28th 07- 12 UTC=09 -14 CEST.
[] à Sunday August 28th 17- 22 UTC= 19- 24 CEST.

QSL-cards: Understandably reception reports and letters with comments are much appreciated and will be verified with a QSL card from our current series ‘FRS through the Years’. Each QSL of this series shows an 'element' which played an important part in FRS' 36 year life. Curious about the previously published QSLs from this series? Surf to []. E-mails please to [ ] and for an excellent large format hard copy (plus sticker & badge) use our Herten maildrop: P.O.Box 2702, 6049 ZG Herten, the Netherlands. You can make make your own choice and choose one of the 8 QSLs which have been offered so far in our long time running 'FRS-Holland Through the Years’ series.

More (website)news: In the past months a lot of work has been done to achieve improvents and add new data to our website. In the mean time the years 1992-1993-1994 have been added in the History menu. The years 1990-1991 have been revised: new pictures and audio files have been added (including the October 1990 10th Anniversary clips).
In addition new pictures/audio archive recordings etc. have been added to the period 1980-1991. Presenters Now has got an update (Bert van Leer) and the Download menu item is now accessible offering a number of outdated infos/programme sheets but also FRS News pdf files. Much more downloadable stuff to follow!! Soon a new menu item will be added: links to several radio related websites regarding offshore, SW, commercial radio and landbased free radio.

And…FRS remains happy to receive digital copies of QSLs sent in the 80s, 90s etc. from its listeners. We will add them into a new QSL gallery on the FRS site. We invite listeners to send in their personal memories regarding FRS. Those will be used to add on the Listener’s Memories article (see

FRS-HOLLAND Programme-Schedule for SundayAugust 21st 2016
UTC Time Programme CEST Time 16:52 Station-opening: ID's & Theme tune 18:52
17:02 Mi Amigo 1974-1979 Tribute- Bert van Leer kicks off with great memories to the songs, jingles and commercials frpm former offshore radio station Radio Mi Amigo (1974-1979). 19:02
18:00 German Show: Space songs- Jan van Dijk is focusing on songs that are all somehow connected with "Space". Also included the usual items "Forgotten Pirates" and "Uplink". 20:00
19.00 Dave Scott's Radiowaves: this time Dave will feature on classic rock tracks combined with a landbased free radio recording.21:00
20:00 FRS Magazine- Peter Verbruggen only plays pop songs about the topic “Radio”. In addition a landbased SW pirate archive recording. 22:00
21:00 FRS Golden ShowRoger Davis. This time all attention goes out to Motown classics. Familiar but also rare stuff. Most likely also an Offshore Radio item will be included. 23:00
23:00-23:05 Close down 00:00-00:05

73s  Peter V.

Friday, August 19, 2016

VOA Radiogram set for Saturday broadcast

Hello friends,
YouTube videos showing the decoding of the WRMI digital special are now available via . If one or more of the videos is blocked in your country, it's because the music we used as an example of annoying co-channel interference may have run into rights issues.

This weekend on VOA Radiogram, most of the show will be straightforward, all in MFSK32. There is one twist in the form of an Flmsg item at the very end of the program that should result in an audio surprise. 

Here, again, is the information about Flmsg: Download it from .

To make Flmsg work with Fldigi, in Fldigi: Configure > Misc > NBEMS > under Reception of flmsg files, select Open with flmsg and Open in browser, and below that indicate where your Flmsg.exe file is located – probably somewhere in Program Files(x86). (Mac users, this page might help: )

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 177, 20-21 August 2016, all in MFSK32 centered on 1500 Hz:

 1:31  Program preview (now)
 2:42  China launches hack-proof satellite*
 8:32  Twitter closes terror-linked accounts*
13:59  Why is Washington's subway system falling apart?*
26:40  Closing announcements
29:09  Flmsg surprise (with audio)

* with image

Please send reception reports to .

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK32 Sunday at about 0130 UTC (Saturday 9:30 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz, via Germany. This is part of KBC's North America broadcast Sunday at 0000-0200 UTC. Reports to Eric: .

DigiDX has a scheduled extra broadcast this weekend via WINB:
Saturday: 0230-0300 UTC, 9265 kHz, via WINB Pennsylvania (Friday 10:30 pm EDT)
Sunday 2130-2200 UTC, 15770 kHz, via WRMI Florida

Sunday 2330-2400 UTC, 11580 kHz, via WRMI Florida

Monday 2000-2130 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
Visit DigiDX at or

IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz, Wednesdays, 2000-2200 UTC, with MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 at 2030-2100 UTC. And IBC has added MFSK32 transmissions via WRMI in Florida: Friday 0125-0200 UTC on 9955 kHz (Thursday 9:25 pm EDT), part of its 0100-0130 broadcast. And Saturday at 0155-0200 UTC (Friday evening 9:55 pm EDT), on 11580 kHz, part of its 0130-0200 broadcast.  See for the complete schedule and contact information.

Thank you for your reception reports last weekend and for the WRMI special. I hope to be responding to your emails today and through the weekend.

I hope you can tune in and write in this weekend.

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @VOARadiogram (active especially before, during, and after broadcasts)

DX Stamp Service sets up for HAMFEST Aug 20

This SATURDAY I'll have a table inside at the RAMAPO MT. ARC HAMFEST in Ringwood, New Jersey ...Looks good for now....

Opens at 8am.....Vendor co-ord. guy said place is A/C gym of Church.

I will have with me:

DX return postage

Euro Airmail Envelopes

Stateside Envelopes

QSL Albums

Packs of extra album pages


Discount FOREVER stamps

Discount 47c made up in 2 stamps


Vintage Parker ballpoint Jotters

And a Few vintage Sheaffer fountain cartridge pens

  (a new hobby and extras to sell off)

Hope to see some of you there...if this works out ok....I'll get back to the Hamfest circuit again
staying with some NJ and eastern PA events that I had table at years back.




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Radio Scene in the Indian City with the Longest Name

Currently, both India and Pakistan are celebrating important national occasions.  At this season of the year back 69 years ago, India celebrated its independence from Great Britain; and Pakistan, though populated by peoples of Indian ethnicity, celebrated its own nationhood separate from India.

            These days, India is a united country of some 1.25 billion people; and after China, it boasts the second largest population in the world.  Within this massive accumulation of humanity, 23 languages are constitutionally recognized as official national and regional languages, though a report issued three years ago by the People’s Linguistic Survey of India estimated that as many as 880 different languages are currently spoken by the peoples of India.  This report also stated that 220 Indian languages have disappeared during the past half century, and another 150 will vanish during the next half century.

            At the time when India obtained its independence from Great Britain in 1947, one historic report stated that there were 565 princely states and 14 British provinces, with 2 additional European powers still holding territories in the sub-continent, Portugal and France.  Another report stated that there were more than 700 princely states still active at the time.    

            It is suggested that the largest princely state back then, taking into account both territory and population, was the state of Hyderabad.  One account tells that the smallest princely state was Vejanoness in present day Gujerat with a population of 206 people on less than 200 acres, and an annual state income of just Rs 500 (Rupees), though another report stated that the smallest was not much more than just a local water well.

            In all of the princely states there was usually an official residence for the local ruler and some of these palaces are nowadays maintained as museums.  At least one palace housed a radio station at one stage, such as the palace of the Maharajah of Mysore.  The palace of the Maharajah of Aundh on the edge of Poona (Pune) became the residence of the president of Spicer Adventist University.

            On Friday June 17, the mediumwave tower of AIR All India Radio in Trivandrum fell during a heavy rain storm, and so on this occasion here in Wavescan, we present the story of radio broadcasting in this southernmost major city in India.  During the colonial era, the name of this city was shortened by the British to Trivandrum, but in 1991 the state government officially changed the name back to its original long name in the Malayalam language, Thiruvananthapuram.                 

            In the early European colonial era, the Dutch established several small colonies in the coastal areas of India, including the Malabar Coast on the west side of the sub-continent.  The Dutch influence gave way to the English, and the Kingdom of Travancore was a princely state up until it was absorbed into the Indian Union in 1949.  The new state of Kerala was formed on November 1, 1956, with Trivandrum as the state capital.

            The Travancore government authorized the establishment of the first radio broadcasting station in this area of south India in 1937 and over the next few years the wheels of implementation moved very slowly, due mainly to wartime movements over in Europe.  A new 5 kW STC transmitter from England was installed in the MLA Palace Building and it was inaugurated on 658 kHz under an Indian callsign VUR on March 12, 1943.  The radio tower stood 250 feet tall.

            This new radio station was developed with co-operation from AIR All India Radio and it was officially inaugurated by the Maharajah himself, Shri Chitira Tirnnal Balrama Varama.  Initially, this station was on the air for just two hours each Friday evening.

            Three years later, in March 1946, Travancore Radio VUR passed under the control of Mr. M. K. N. Abraham who served as the Radio Supervisor in the local YMCA.  At this stage, the station was given a new official callsign, VUG, though it was also still well known as VUR.  It is suggested also that the station was removed from the Palace and installed into the YMCA facility.

            On April 1, 1950, station VUG-VUR was taken over by All India Radio and it was re-installed in the Diwan Palace in Trivandrum where it was officially inaugurated by the Kerala State Governor, Sir C. P. Rajagopalachary.  Even to this day, the studios and offices of AIR Trivandrum are still located in this same palace building, a princely state palace building, and we might add, the office for the Station Engineer was previously the palace bedroom.  The entire studio facility was totally refurbished 9 years later.

            In 1966, a 1 kW mediumwave transmitter, a Japanese made NEC MB122, was installed for the local VB Vividh Bharati program service.  This transmitter was installed at the studio location and it radiated through a 90 ft self-radiating mast.  The VB service in Trivandrum was transferred to FM in 1999, but the small mediumwave unit was retained for standby service, though the antenna was changed to an end fed inverted L.

            A new mediumwave transmitter site was established in a heavily wooded area near Kulathur some 8 miles from the studio location.  This new facility was officially taken into service with a 10 kW BEL HMB104 transmitter Model 4, on February 15, 1973.  A 2011 list gives the callsign for this transmitter as VUT2.

            At the end of the year 2001, a 20 kW solid state Harris DX20, which can be run at 5 10 or 20 kW, was installed at this mediumwave location; and simultaneously, a 400 foot self-radiating mast was installed.  The previous 10 kW BEL transmitter was retained for standby usage, and it was briefly energized each morning for a few minutes just before the main transmitter was opened for the regular daily broadcast service.

            It was this Kulathur tower that collapsed in the rain storm on June 17; a new tower was brought in from Chennai and the regular mediumwave service was reactivated just nine days later.  During the interim period, the regular FM channel carried the usual mediumwave service, and the silent FM transmitter that had previously carried the Gyan Vani service was reactivated.  

            However, the mediumwave relay transmitters at Allapuzha (200 kW 576 kHz) and Kavarati in the nearby islands (10 kW 1152 kHz) still carried the Trivandrum programming as usual.  Likewise, the program relay on shortwave was not interrupted either.

            That’s as far as we can go today, and we plan to present the shortwave scene in Trivandrum here in a coming edition of Wavescan.
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 390)

Fews days left for RFA Olympic QSL card

With the Olympics scheduled to close soon, we send this reminder to our blog readers


RFA’s QSL commemorating the 2016 Summer Olympics
Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces its 61st QSL card. This latest design commemorates the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil scheduled for August 5-21, 2016. The Games always bring people together from around the world in peace and harmony to respect universal moral principles. This new design shows an adaptation of RFA’s first panda design originally used for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This updated version of the original design adds a hat made of various fruits. The fruit hat was popularized in the 1900’s by Brazilian singer and actress, Carmen Miranda. This QSL design is used to confirm all valid reception reports from May – August 2016.

Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin (including the Wu dialect), Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a ‘surrogate’ broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest.  More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports.  Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener.  RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX’ers, but also from its general listening audience

Reception reports are also accepted by email at and by mail to:

          Reception Reports
          Radio Free Asia
          2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
          Washington DC 20036
          United States of America 

RFA Broadcast Frequency Schedules
Schedule effective 27 March 2016 through 29 October 2016

0030-0130 UTC   9940 12115 15700
1230-1330 UTC   7530 11805 13820
1330-1400 UTC   7530 11805 12140
1400-1430 UTC   7530 11805
1630-1730 UTC   9940

1400-1500 FNP*
2200-2300 FNP*
* Frequency available, but not promoted

1230-1330 UTC  12140
2230-2330 UTC  13740

1500-1700 UTC   1188  5830  7455 11850
1700-1800 UTC   1188  9975 11985
1800-1900 UTC   1188  9975 11830
2100-2200 UTC   7460  9700 11945

0000-0100 UTC  15690
1100-1200 UTC  15120

0300-0400 UTC  13790 15700 17520 17665
0400-0500 UTC  13790 15615 17520 21505
0500-0600 UTC  13790 15615 17520 21690
0600-0700 UTC  13790 15615 17520 17810
1500-1600 UTC   9455 13675 15430
1600-1700 UTC   9840 11610 13675 13810
1700-1800 UTC   9355  9965
1800-1900 UTC   9355  9965 11560
1900-2000 UTC   1098  9355  9745
2000-2100 UTC   1098  6025  9355  9745
2100-2200 UTC   1098  7435  9685
2300-2400 UTC   9440 11785 15570

0100-0200 UTC   9680  9885 11780 17730
0100-0200 UTC  
0200-0300 UTC   9885 11745 11780 17730
0200-0300 UTC   FNP*
0600-0700 UTC  15720 21550 21690
0600-0700 UTC  FNP*
1000-1100 UTC  13800 15330
1000-1100 UTC  FNP*
1100-1200 UTC   7470 13830 15265
1100-1200 UTC  FNP*
1200-1300 UTC   7470 11540 13830 15265
1200-1300 UTC  FNP*
1300-1400 UTC   7470 11540 13830 15275
1300-1400 UTC  FNP*
1500-1600 UTC   9355 11870
1500-1600 UTC  FNP*
2200-2300 UTC   7505  9370
2200-2300 UTC  FNP*
2300-2400 UTC   6075  9555  9875
* Frequency available, but not promoted

0100-0200 UTC   9350  9400  9780 11640 11945
1600-1700 UTC   9355  9555  9975 11560

0000-0030 UTC   9940
1400-1430 UTC   1503  9950 12045
1430-1500 UTC   9950 12045
2330-2400 UTC   9940

All times and dates are Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), same as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Frequencies are in kiloHertz (kHz). 1 MegaHertz (MHz) is equal to 1000 kHz. Conversion to meter bands: Meters=300000/frequency in kHz. e.g.: 17705 kHz --> 16.9 meters 
Reception reports are also accepted by email at and by mail to:
Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America
(A.J. Janitschek/RFA/Alokesh Gupta, India)

Monday, August 15, 2016

From the Isle of Music Monday evening schedule

Our August 16 (August 15 in the Americas on WBCQ) program
marks the beginning of several weeks of Caribe Nostrum, winner of Cubadisco 2016 in the Concert and Chamber Music category and one of the two Gran Premio winners. Guido López Gavilán, the Director, will join us each week to talk about the recording. Our other special guest will be Roberto Carcasses, leader of Interactivo, one of the most exciting modern music ensembles in Cuba today. And, of course, we will have a few other musical surprises.

Two options for listening on shortwave:
WBCQ, 7490 KHz, Tuesdays 0000-0100 UTC
(8pm-9pm EDT Mondays in the Americas)
Channel 292, 6070 KHz, Tuesdays 1900-2000 UTC
(2100-2200 CEST)
See the NOTES section of our Facebook page for more information.
(BIl Tilford)

WINB schedule update

Red Lion, PA, USA
Effective 14 August 2016
All times UTC

Updated shortwave schedule WINB Red Lion effective Aug.14:
1100-1200 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Sun#
1200-2000 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Sat/Sun
1700-1900 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Mon-Fri*
1900-1945 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Mon-Fri
1945-2000 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm Eng/Spa Mon-Thu
1945-2000 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Fri
2000-2230 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Daily
2230-2300 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm Spanish Mon
2230-2300 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Tue-Sun
2300-2400 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Daily
0000-0300 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Daily
0300-0400 on  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Wed-Mon#
# changes; * relay  The Overcomer Ministries
(DX Bulgaria/13 Aug)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2016 Aug 15 0115 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact #
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 08 - 14 August 2016

Solar activity was at very low to low levels with C-class activity observed on 08, 09, 11 and 14 Aug. Region 2574 (N05, L=173,  class/area Dho/290 on 09 Aug) was the most active region recording
six C-class flares. The largest of these was a C8/Sf observed at 09/0042 UTC. Regions 2571 (N13, L=268, class/area Dac/200 on 08 Aug)  and 2572 (N13, L=320, class/area Dao/110 on 07 Aug) each produced weak C-class flares on 08 Aug. The period ended with a C1 flare observed at 14/1936 UTC from an unnumbered region on the NE limb. A few CMEs were observed during the period, but none had an Earth-directed component.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at high levels throughout the summary period. A maximum of 12,032 pfu was observed at 13/1745 UTC.

Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet to active levels on 08 Aug through early on 12 Aug due to effects from a positive polarity CH HSS. Quiet levels were observed for the remainder of the period.
Solar wind speeds reached a maximum speed of about 675 km/s at 10/0830 UTC. Bt ranged between 3-8 nT while the Bz component varied between +7 to -5 nT early in the period. The phi angle was in a predominately positive sector throughout the period.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 15 August - 10 September 2016

Solar activity is expected to be very low with a chance for C-class activity through the outlook period.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at high levels on 15, 19-23, 26-28, 31 Aug and 01-10 Sep. Normal to moderate levels are expected for the remainder of the outlook period.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at G1 (Minor) storm levels on 16 and 30-31 Aug due to recurrent CH HSS activity. Unsettled to active levels are expected on 15, 17-19, 24-25 Aug and
01-08 Sep, all due to recurrent CH HSS activity. Mostly quiet conditions are expected for the remainder of the outlook period.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2016 Aug 15 0115 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact #
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2016-08-15
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2016 Aug 15      90          12          4
2016 Aug 16      90          18          5
2016 Aug 17      90          10          4
2016 Aug 18      90           8          3
2016 Aug 19      85           8          3
2016 Aug 20      80           5          2
2016 Aug 21      80           5          2
2016 Aug 22      75           5          2
2016 Aug 23      75           5          2
2016 Aug 24      75          15          4
2016 Aug 25      75          15          4
2016 Aug 26      75           5          2
2016 Aug 27      75           5          2
2016 Aug 28      75           5          2
2016 Aug 29      75          15          4
2016 Aug 30      75          25          5
2016 Aug 31      75          18          5
2016 Sep 01      75          15          4
2016 Sep 02      80          15          4
2016 Sep 03      85          12          4
2016 Sep 04      90          12          4
2016 Sep 05      90          15          4
2016 Sep 06      90          15          4
2016 Sep 07      90           8          3
2016 Sep 08      90          10          3
2016 Sep 09      90           5          2
2016 Sep 10      90           5          2

Blog Logs

// parallel frequency   *sign-on/sign-off*
Logs edited for clarity
All times UTC

11845, 1815, SIO 433. SW Relay Service via Gavar. Rock'n Roll Review program with DJ format. Musical variety of tunes from 60' and 70's. Comments from DJ, reading listener's e-mail. (Gayle Van Horn, NC) 4810.00, Armenian Public Radio, Noratus, 1740-1750. Turkish announcer to Armenian songs, 1745 station melody. Farsi service for talks and music, SINPO 45232. Also heard at 1835-1845,* Subsequent log in Arabic with Armenian folksongs and  closing announcement. SINPO 45333. (Anker Petersen/DX Window 561)

6135, 0015-0135, SIO 322/434. Radio Santa Cruz. Tune-in to Spanish vocals, ad jingles, and Bolivian vocal music on pan flutes. Intermittent signal fading, improving by 0100. Latin pop vocals to lady's clear "Radio Santa Cruz" identification twice. Addtional regional music. (GVH)

5952.49, Radio Pio XII, Siglo XX, 0015-0025. Spanish chat, SINPO 33343. Heterodyne from 5950. (Petersen). Also heard in Pennsylvania at 0115-0228*, with sports coverage with background crowd noises, many group conversations. Later some musical selections before closedown with familiar theme music. Poor with some fair peaks. (Rich D’Angelo/PA). Also heard in California until 0230*, Jul 20, started the normal sign off format, but off in mid-ID. Signal almost fair with QRN (static). (Ron Howard, CA/DX Window 561)

Congo Republic
6115, 1925. RTD-Radio Congo, Brazzaville. French sports commentary at tune-in (soccer). SIO 322. Still audible to 2055, this Sunday afternoon (NL-SDR/GVH)

11700, 2025, SIO 433. Radio Biafra via Bulgaria transmitter relay. Tune-in to announcer's talk about problems in Nigeria to Afro pop tune. Phone-in calls discussing Biafra and continuing disputes. Abruptly left the air at 2100, with any station ID or information. Also checked on SRD, and observed station was dramatically overdriving it's signal. (GVH/Harold Sellers CAN)

5830, *2000, SIO 444. Bible Voice BCN/Radio Dardasha 7. Sign-on with religious melody to two host (male/female) open program in Arabic. Presumed program announcements into religious discussion. Easy-listening tune to lady's station ID and contact info to 2014.* (NL-SDR Twente/GVH)

9650, 1010-1035. Radio Guinea, Conakry. Vernacular language for male announcers talks and conversation. Lady announcer talks to station ID. Good signal, very slight interference by Voice of Korea on 9650kHz (at 1030, interval signal to national anthem) and fair to poor modulation SINPO 44332. Additional log on 9650, 1550-1615 in French/vernaculars text and announcer talk. Station identification at 1610. Fair signal/poor modulation.   Musical program with local songs, announcer's chat. SINPO 35433 (Jota Xavier, Brazil/HCDX).

9445, 2115-2200. All India Radio (Gen Overseas Service). English service, with Indian vocal tunes to "GOS" identification and station info. Announcer's intro to recorded speech from India's President for annual Aug 14 Independence Day. Noted on // 11670, 11620, and 9950. No // signal on 9910 or 7550 kHz. PM speech to 2138. Fanfare music to lady announcer's mention of previous speech and occasion, station ID and intro to music program from noted Indian vocalist.

12035, 1000-1010. Voice of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. Chinese service including interval signal and male/female announcer's text and talk. Signal fair with poor modulation (Xavier)

New Zealand
15720, 2003. Radio New Zealand International. Announcer's “RNZ News.” Fair signal quality (Sellers).

North Korea
11635, 2009. Voice of Korea. Lady announcer's intro into vocal choir tune. Also observed station on 13760 at 1512 with newscast. (Sellers) 6400, Pyongyang Broadcasting Station, Kanggye, *2124. Korean sign on with whistle, at 2129 interval signal and national anthem. Announcer talk and foxtrot music, SINPO 25342. (Pankov/DX Window 561)

11850, 2045. Radio Romania International. Lady announcer presents feature about tourism in Transylvania. Good signal quality (Sellers)

Sao Tome
4960.00, VOA, Pinheira, *0358-0405. English ID twice: "This is the Voice of America, Washington DC, signing on", "Yankee Doodle", VOA news in English, SINPO 35233. (Petersen/DNK)

Solomon Islands
5020, SIBC, Honiara, 1139-1200.* Tok Pisin chatting on phone, music dedications and pop songs in English, 1157 "Evening devotional" in English. Station off with full ID and national anthem. Signal almost fair with QRN (static). (Howard/CA)

13800.003, Radio Puntland. Somalia in Somalian Arabic, noted in 1430-1445 UT slot at S=7-8 fluttery up to -76dBm in peaks. Somalia Arabic male presenter on air. Was already off air at next 1503 UT check. Accompanied by another station BUZZ tone of 141 Hertz heterodyne distance on lower side at exact 13799.82 kHz. (W Bueschel, Germany/playdx)

4765.00, Tajik Radio 1, Yangiyul, 1830-1835. Tajik announcement to folksongs, SINPO 35333. Also heard at 2350-2400. in Tajik, SINPO 45333. (Petersen)

9770, 0132-0139. Voice of Turkey, Emirler-TUR. Spanish service including music to announcer's station ID and talks. Signal very poor and barely audible modulation, SINPO 25332 (sometimes, 25331). Parallel on 9870kHz-on air, but barely audible. (Xavier)

9515, Voice of Turkey, Emirler, *0259-0322. Interval signal to “Voice of Turkey” ID, time pips, opening ID and announcements. English service announcements with news and news of Nice, France attack, but no mention of attempted coup in Turkey. (D’Angelo/DX Window 561)

Vatican State
11625, 2005 Vatican Radio. Church news, station ID and introducing “African News Panorama.” Fair signal //13765 very poor quality. (Sellers)

11735, 1955-2000. ZBC Radio at 1955 with indigenous music to 2000. Announcer's Swahili with ID and announcements to time pips. Presumed news service. Good signal. (Sellers) Tune-in 1853 to African group regional vocals to 1900. Time tips signal, lady announcer's Swahili station ID with mention of frequency and "metre band" information, followed by world newscast headlines. (GVH)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Grimrton Radio Station plans extra transmission August 16

An extra transmission from the Unesco World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station (SAQ) will be made on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, on the occasion of the 11th Nordic Shortwave Conference HF 16 with the attached longwave symposium LW 16, a venue held on the small island of faaroe north of Gotland in the baltic sea.

Start up and tune in of the transmitter will begin at at around 09.15 UTC (11.15 local time), and the transmission of a message on the frequency 17.2 kHz CW, will start at 09.40 UTC (11.40 local time).

No QSL-cards will be given this time and no List of Reports will be constructed but we accept shorter Listeners Report to e-mail
Mauro Giroletti/HCDX)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Special programming from AIR India, Aug 14 and 15

India is celebrating its 70th Independence Day on 15 August 2016.

The details of special programs by AIR for the occasion is as follows:

14 August 2016 (Sunday)   1330 UTC (7.00 pm IST):

Honble President Pranab Mukherjee’s “Address to the Nation” on the eve of Independence Day in Hindi and English at 1330 UTC (7.00 pm IST).

All stations of AIR will relay this on MW, SW & FM.

Look out on the following Home Service SW frequencies

4760 Leh
4760 Port Blair
4775 Imphal ?
4800 Hyderabad
4810 Bhopal
4835 Gangtok
4895 Kurseong
4910 Jaipur
4920 Chennai 
4950 Srinagar
4970 Shillong
5010 Thiruvananthapuram
5040 Jeypore
5050 Aizawl
9380 Aligarh
9870 Bangalore
? = Off air lately
Watch the events live on Doordarshan TV  on all their channels .Try the following links:

DD National:
DD News:
DD Sports:
15 August 2016 (Monday) 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST)

All India Radio will broadcast the running commentary in English and Hindi on the Flag Hoisting and Prime Minster's speech to be held at Red Fort, New Delhi between 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST) on 15th August, 2016 on the following SW frequencies.
English:  11740,  15050 (additional frequencies)
6145 Aligarh 250 kW
7340  Mumbai 100 kW
7520 Delhi 250 kW
11620 Bengaluru 500 kW

(Note : External Services in Urdu on 6145, 7340, 7520, 11620 are replaced by running commentary at this time)
The Regional SW Stations will start using their day time frequencies about 1 hour or more earlier than usual on 15th August as follows to relay the Commentary. This may provide enhanced reception of stations than on normal days.
The sign on schedule for that day is as follows with normal sign on timings in brackets.
1. Bhopal - 0130 UTC (Ex 0225) 7430
2. Chennai  - 0130 UTC (Ex 0300) 7380
3. Hyderabad - 0130 UTC (Ex 0225) 7420
4. Imphal - 0130 UTC (Ex 0225) 7335   ?
5. Port Blair - 0130 UTC (Ex 0315) 7390
6 Srinagar  -0130 UTC (ex 0225) 6110
7. Thiruvanathapuram - 0130 UTC (Ex 0230) 7290

Other frequencies operating as usual at that time but carrying the commentary is as follows:

4760   Leh                                        
4835   Gangtok       
4840   Mumbai        
4895   Kurseong     
4910   Jaipur
4970   Shillong        
5040   Jeypore        
5050   Aizawl
7270  Chennai

Check also 13695 & 15120 via Bangalore

All stations of AIR will relay the running commentary.
Reception Reports to :
Director ( Spectrum Management & Synergy)
All India Radio,
Room No. 204
Akashvani Bhawan,
Parliament Street
New Delhi110001, India

Or in

Watch the events live on Doordarshan TV  on all their channels .Try the following links:

DD National:
DD News:
DD Sports:
(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Special programmng part of weekend VOA Radiogram schedule

Hello friends,

WRMI, Radio Miami International, will broadcast a special program showcasing digital text and images via analog shortwave radio. This will be transmitted nine times from Saturday through Tuesday. Details and schedule:   

Based on your reports, last weekend's Thor25x4 performed well, but not as well as our standard MFSK32, which is faster. Thor25x4 does have an interesting sound. It reminded me of the 1970s synthpop instrumental hit "Popcorn," so I included that tune in the show.

This weekend, VOA Radiogram will be all MFSK32. A VOA News video will be presented, via the Internet with the help of Flmsg. Instructions on how to use Flmsg are included in the post about the WRMI special broadcasts.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 176, 13-14 August 2016, all in MFSK32 centered in 1500 Hz:

 1:34  Program preview
 2:54  Pinatubo eruption hid rate of sea level rise*
 8:58  Do black holes have black door?*
12:49  No new stars at Milky Way's center*
16:31  Method to convert CO2 to fuel
18:19  Flmsg: Hubble Telescope gets extension (video)
19:56  FCC action on amateur radio digital modes*
23:58  Special WRMI broadcasts showcase digital modes*
25:30  Closing announcements*

* with image

Please send reception reports to .

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK32 at about 0030 UTC on 9925 kHz, via Germany. This will be in the Flmsg format, with a surprise at the end. The KBC broadcast to North America this weekend is 0000-0100 UTC. Reception reports to Eric: .

DigiDX has provided its usual broadcast times to the WRMI digital mode special, this Sunday and Monday:
Sunday 2130-2200 UTC, 15770 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC, 11580 kHz, via WRMI Florida

Monday 2000-2130 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
Visit DigiDX at or

IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz, Wednesdays, 2000-2200 UTC, with MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 at 2030-2100 UTC. And IBC has added MFSK32 transmissions via WRMI in Florida: Friday 0125-0200 UTC on 9955 kHz (Thursday 9:25 pm EDT), part of its 0100-0130 broadcast. And Saturday at 0155-0200 UTC (Friday evening 9:55 pm EDT), on 11580 kHz, part of its 0130-0200 broadcast.  See for the complete schedule and contact information.
Thank you for a great set of reception reports from last weekend's show. After a busy week, I hope to spend this weekend answering reports.

I hope you can tune in and write in this weekend.
Kim Elliott
 Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @VOARadiogram

Radio Ohne Namen set for todays broadcast

Radio Ohne Namen is on air tonight from 1900-2100UT on 6070kHz with their regular "Jetzt geht's los!" programme at 1900UT of non-stop Oldtime German 30/40's music, followed by "Irgendwas mit
Medien" at 2000UT presented by Ron.

Here is the playlist for the first hour (1900UT) tonight:

Jetzt gehts los!  "Radio announcement-Radioansage" - Peter Kreuder
Sektlaune - Otto Dobrindt
Man darf bei den Mädels nicht schüchtern sein - Theo Lingen
Bezaubernde Melodien 2. Teil - Frank Fux, Oskar Sala am Trautonium
St. Louis Blues - Bar Trio
Mein Sonntagsvergnügen - Maria von Schmedes
Elefant und Mücke - Kurt Widmann Erwin Hartung
Hoppla Hoppla - Ludwig Rüth
Rendezvous in Lausanne "Date in Louisiana" - Jean Omer
Es hat keinen Zweck mit der Liebe - Evelyn Künneke, Michael Jary
Spaziergang im Park - Erhard Bauschke
You "Du, du bist so wundervoll" - Heinz Wehner
Lachen ist gesund - Udo Vietz
Darf ich bitten - Heinz Wehner, Peter Igelhoff
So schön wie heut, so müsst es bleiben - UFA Tanzorchester, Wilhelm Greiss
Hör mal zu, wir sagen du, All I Do Is Dream Of You - Emil Roosz Kurt Mühlhardt
Das Karussell - Teddy Kleindin, Horst Winter
Columbus - Schuricke Terzett
Ich hab dich und du hast mich - Ilse Werner
Mir geht's gut - Peter Igelhoff
(Alan Roe, Teddington, UK/BDXC)

Weekend Euro relays

Special thanks to Tom Taylor, for sending in this weekend relay schedule

All times UTC/kHz

Saturday August 13 HLR:
06.00 to 10.00 6190
10.00 to 16.00 7265

Sunday August 14
KBC-The Mighty KBC
00:00 to 01:00 9925 (The Mighty KBC to the USA with 100 kW)
Email: (KBC every Sunday on 9925 KHz with one or two hours)

Hit AM:
08:00 to 09:00 6045 kHz with 125 kW, Azimuth 240°

Sunday HLR:
09.00 to 12.00 9485
HLR FM-DAB+ Program via the  Daily 24 hours

Atlantic 2000:
19.00 to 20.00 6070 

Hobart Radio International:
Full Schedule A16:
Please Email:  
Thank you!

For outside the listening area please try the Twente/Netherlands Web RX at

You can also hear many European free and alternative stations via the Internet at:

Radio Channel 292 Transmissions

Radio Mi Amigo Transmission schedules:
Good Listening!

SM Radio International set for testing on shortwave

Attention Europe!!!

SM Radio International is testing 100kW!

On Saturday, August 13, we are broadcasting Ron O'Quinns Rock 'N Roll Rewind with 100kW on 11845 kHz from 18.00-20.00 UTC (20.00-22.00 CET / MESZ) to Europe from the Gavar, Armenia transmitter.
Send your reception details to:

We hope you enjoy it
(Alan Gale)

* We Return to the Shortwave Scene on the Island of Guam: The KSDA Story

AWR transmitting towers, Guam
It was during the year 1968 that the leadership of the Adventist denomination, at their headquarters on the edge of Washington DC, began a renewed interest in the development of a shortwave network for the broadcast of Gospel programming.  At the time, Dr. Walter Scragg, born in New Zealand of Australian parents, was serving in the leadership of the Communication Department.

            Three years later, the newly married American couple, Allen and Andrea Steele, were invited to establish their home in Lisbon Portugal, where they inaugurated the first official broadcast from what soon became identified as Adventist World Radio.  Their first shortwave broadcast was inaugurated over the 250 kW transmitter number 3 at Radio Trans Europe at Sines on Friday evening October 1, 1971 in a service beamed to Eastern Europe in the 31 metre band. 

            A Master Plan for world coverage on shortwave that was developed during this era called for a network of four stations; located in Europe, Western Pacific, Central America and Africa.  A lengthy period of intense research was entered into in an endeavor to obtain a suitable transmitter location in the Pacific-Asian arena, and several different locations were given serious consideration.  Among the tentative locations under consideration were Sri Lanka, Maldive Islands, Philippines, South Korea, Hawaii, Palau and Guam.

            Finally, Guam was chosen and the Steele family, now well experienced in the international shortwave world, were invited to relocate on Guam.  The first temporary office for the new AWR shortwave station on Guam was in a small section of the Adventist mission office in Agana.   

            In September 1984, the FCC in Washington DC issued a Construction Permit for the new shortwave station that would be located on 40 acres of coastal land at Facpi Point on the island’s west coast.  This property was on the downward slope of Mt Lamlam, the highest mountain on the island of Guam.

            Work began at the new property on Wednesday September 11, 1985 when a bulldozer began to smooth a new access roadway, “Torres Adventista”, off of island Highway 2.  One month later on Friday October 11, a Ground Breaking Ceremony was held at the yet undeveloped property, with the official participation of the island governor, His Excellency Ricardo Bordallo. 

            At this stage, the Steeles transferred the office function of Adventist World Radio to a house in Agat, the Pink House, one mile from the radio station itself.  In addition, the new Guam station was designated as AWR-Asia, and the original AWR-Asia in Poona India was redesignated as AWR-Southern Asia. 

            Two years later on January 18 (1987), the new radio station was dedicated in an official ceremony in which the new island governor, His Excellency Joseph Ada, participated.  Nearly 500 people attended this gala function, including several denominational leaders from the world headquarters on the edge of Washington DC.  Official visitors from the the city of Agana arrived in a long motorcade that was escorted by local police on motorcycles.

            The parade ground in front of the gleaming white transmitter building was adorned with the colorful fluttering flags from 22 countries, representing the territories that would be in the main coverage area of this new shortwave station.  Among the grand musical items that were presented on the Day of Dedication were renderings from the Voice of Prophecy Choir that flew in from South Korea, and  a Brass Ensemble from Agana.  The Korean Choir also performed in special ceremonies at Government House, and also in the Korean Presbyterian Church in Agana. 

            The first two transmitters installed at AWR Facpi Point were manufactured in France by Thomson-CSF; 100 kW Model TRE2311P.  Transmitter No 1 was hard wired into Antenna 1, a TCI Curtain Model 611; and Transmitter No 2 was hard wired into a similar curtain, No 3.  Many possible callsigns, mostly some form of acronym, were given serious consideration but ultimately the very obvious acronym KSDA , foe Seventh-day Adventist, was chosen and approved by the FCC.

            Transmitter KSDA1 was given its initial test transmission at 2:35 pm local time on Thursday March 5, 1987, with a simple test announcement stating: “This is Adventist World Radio-Asia, KSDA Agat Guam, broadcasting on 11720 kHz.  This is a test broadcast.”  This transmitter began a regular schedule of program broadcasting next evening at 7:00 pm.

            Transmitter KSDA2 began a week long series of test broadcasts later in the year on October 24 (1987) and it was taken into regular service without ceremony just one week later on November 1.

            Several years went by, and two more shortwave transmitters at 100 kW were obtained, this time from Continental in Dallas, Texas.  These new units were designated as Model 418E and 418F.

            Dedication Day for KSDA3 was May 16, 1995, and the event was celebrated with a live broadcast in both Chinese and English beamed to Asia.  Transmitter KSDA4 was taken into regular service in January of the next year (1996), thus completing the original concept for AWR-Asia; four transmitters at 100 kW and four curtain antennas.

            More on the Guam story next time.
(AWR-Wavescan/NWS 389)

Radio Australia addresses their absence on shortwave

From Radio Australia: "Thank you for your recent correspondence with regards to the Radio Australia Broadcasts on Shortwave Radio in the SW Pacific. We are currently working with our transmission provider on a number of shut downs over the past week and again over the next week to investigate a range of technical and commercial issues for the service.

In the meantime the services are still on air via our satellite services on Intelsat IS18 and IS20 as well as our FM network across the targeted markets in the SW Pacific (for detailed information please see…/…/waystolisten) and of course Radio Australia is streamed online at;
Kind Regards,
Radio Australia"