Centenario, Bolivia, on 4865 kHz
Centenario, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, has changed its frequency
from 4855 to 4865 kHz.
I heard them between 2230-2330 with good signals and religious
They announced using a new frequency, so this move is official.
Cotroneo, Brazil, radioescutas via DXLD, Feb 23, 2001
Gardarika on new frequency
Radio Gardarika, in St. Petersburg, Russia, has changed
its shortwave frequency to 6235 kHz. They transmit daily
The change is done because of an UNID interfering source
on 6227 kHz (military RTTY-like transmitter).
Mikhail Timofeyev, Russia,
hcdx list, February 23, 2001
Radio Gardarika operates three networks, the "traditional"
one on the wired network, "Nevskaya volna" on 69.05 MHz
and "Radio studio" on 102.4 MHz. The shortwave broadcast
contains a mixture of both "Radio studio" and "Nevskaya
volna", so both identifications can be heard on shortwave.
Bernd Trutenau, Lithuania,
swedx list, February 23, 2001
Russia, on shortwave
Radio Gardarika, a local Russian FM station in St. Petersburg,
has started regular shortwave broadcasting starting on Friday,
February 16, 2001.
Schedule: 1900-2100 UTC daily
on 6230 kHz to Europe.
You can send comments about these transmissions to the following
Radio Studio Doma Radio "Gardarika", Ligovsky prospekt 174,
St.Petersburg, 197007, Russia.
Mikhail Timofeyev, Russia,
hcdx list, February 15, 2001
del Campesino now Nueva Amanecer
Nuevo Amanecer, Celendín, heard Feb 10 between 2340-0104,
with chicha mx.
ID "17 para las 7 de la noche en su Radio Nuevo Amanecer..."
Later same day, Feb 10, at 0204-0305 heard with ID "Por
Radio Nuevo Amanecer desde Celendín...". When signing
"Bueno, estamos llegando a la parte final; esperamos
nos visiten y/o nos escriban. Nuestra dirección es Jirón
Grau 485, Celendín; los esperamos en nuestro nuevo local,
será hasta el día de mañana a las 5 de la mañana con nuestro
programa amanecer campesino... muy buenas noches",
all followed by national anthem.
This station is ex Radio Celendín – Radio La Voz del Campesino
- Radio. Ecos del Edén, and now Radio Nuevo Amanecer.
I called the station at the number for Radio Ecos del Edén,
but nobody answered. The phone company informed me that
this number no longer exists.
F. Arrunátegui, hcdx contributing editor, Feb 12, 2001
Canadians leaving medium wave
The CRTC has approved the move of two more Canadian AM's
CKAP-580 Kapuskasing ON to 100.9, 12kW.
CKGY-1170 Red Deer AB to 95.5, 100kW
:When CKGY goes to FM, Red Deer, and Lethbridge-Taber will
have lost all their AM stations, and only CHAT-1270 remains
in operation in Medicine Hat.
The signal of CKGY is quite good in Calgary during the day,
when they are 50 kW, but at night very poor as they drop
to 14 kW and Calgary is in a null.
Deane D McIntyre, AM DX NewsFlash,
MW DX Guide
Netherland's Media Network has published a new edition of
its guide to Long Distance Medium Wave Listening.
Incorporating much of the original text by Steve Whitt,
some new chapters by Paul Ormandy have been added, describing
how to go about organising a DXpedition, and looking at
the future of Medium Wave DXing.
on Medium Wave
Handbook to return
several years of absence, the European FM Handbook will
retrun in May.
EFMH 2001, the 12th edition will contain 450 pages of information
on 30.000 FM radio stations in Europe, Middle East and Northern
More information can be found on FM&TV
in a nutshell
the World Radio and TV Handbook woefully inadequate and
inaccurate in its coverage of Japanese broadcast radio,
DXers John Bryant, USA, and Takazi Okuda, Japan, now offer
The Comprehensive Listing of Japanese Medium Wave Stations
The list is offered without restriction for any non-commercial.
For info and downloads go to John
Bryant's radio web.
Voice of Justice
opposition Sam Rainsy Party, which has been denied free
airwaves access in the country, said it will begin shortwave
radio transmissions from abroad, HCDX partner site Clandestine
Called the Voice of Justice, the station will broadcast
once a week between 1000 and 1100 UT on 15455 kHz, starting
Saturday, February 17.
Clandestine Radio Watch,
February 16, 2001
on Clandestine Radio web site
Sun has flipped.
"It's a good indication that Solar Max is really here,"
says David Hathaway, a solar physicist at the Marshall Space
The Sun's magnetic north pole, which was in the northern
hemisphere just a few months ago, now points south. It's
a topsy-turvy situation, but not an unexpected one.
"The magnetic poles always exchange places at the peak of
the sunspot cycle," says David Hathaway.
hcdx news desk, February
on NASA web site
10 kw on 1660 kHz
Puerto Rico, is testing on medium wave 1660 kHz.
It is testing from Canóvanas, a suburb of San Juan, mostly
at night, with the name La Grande 16-60.
This station was moved from Camuy, on the NW coast, to a
suburb on the eastern side of the San Juan metro.
The transmitter site is near that of WIDA-1400 in an area
of Carolina called Hoyo Mula, near a riverbed in a partial
mangrove swamp with good conductivity.
The station is owned by Aureo Matos, Jr. His father owns
several religious stations in PR, including WBRQ-97.7 in
Cidra and a Mayaguez area evangelical Christian FM. Broadcasters
in PR expect a nostalgia based oldies format using traditional
Puerto Rican music when it goes on regular schedule.
Tests are apparently being conducted using 10 kw.
David Gleason, AM DX NewsFlash,
Rico, testing on 1660 kHz
Puerto Rico, is testing on medium wave 1660 kHz.
Both Al Merriman, USA, and Barry Davies, UK, reports to
HCDX that the station is WGIT in Canóvanas, Carolina, San
Juan. Barry Davies adds that FCC gives the address as PO
Box 7, Moca, PR 00676.
hcdx news desk, February
The station has been heard around Europe, as well as in
the Americas. Here are some of the reported loggings:
Heard in UK 0100-0400 on February 10, carrying continuous
SS music and frequent SS IDs including "Ésta es una prueba
de la gigante 1660 AM .... ... San Juan".
Dave Kenny, England, IRCA
via DXLD, Feb 11, 2001
Station heard with great signals in Sweden, heard
first on February 8 at 2200. Calling itself El Gigante,
and says transmitting from Carolina, San Juan.
Gert Nilsson , Sweden, swedx
list, Feb 10, 2001
Station heard on February 10 here in Umeå,
giving ID as "Estación WGIT Canóvanas, Carolina,
San Juan, 1660 AM".
According to NRC log the address is P.O Box 2780, Camuy,
Bygdén , Sweden, swedx list, Feb 10, 2001
Encarnación returned to owners
Paraguayan station Radio Encarnación has been returned
to its original owners after years of legal struggle.
In a moving ceremony the radio was returned to the widow
of former owner Carlos Madelaire, now deceased.
The radio was, however, returned with most equipment pillaged
and the rest in total disorder, reports ABC Color in Asunción.
P. Iversen, Paraguay, Conexion Digital, February 7, 2001
ABC Color report, June 2000
a truly surreal numbers station experience, point your browser
to computer gallerist Matt
Adams' web site.
Note: Flash 4 plug-in needed.
on Number Stations
are plans to open a spy museum in Washington DC. Malrite
Co. intends to open the International Spy Museum, which
it calls "the largest permanent exhibit dedicated to
the history of espionage".
in Washington Post
unofficial, and satirical, EDXC web site has been closed.
"Some people were taking the matter far too seriously",
explains EDXC teaser Enrico Oliva to HCDX, adding:
"It was not amusing anymore."
The big commotion started when Oliva tried to comment on
"the attitude of the new officials to release an enormous
amount of interviews", as well as the new EDXC plans
on "standardization of logs, reception report forms
and QSL's", comments that were barred from the EDXC mailing
"I found all this simply ridicolous", says Oliva.
As a protest, and to show that opinions cannot be stopped
in these Internet days, the satirical EDXC web site was
After a short brohaha, all this is now part of European
DX history. At least for the time being.
news desk, February 6, 2001
on the Italian EDXC turmoil
new Gulf powerhouse
news reports that Radio Asia has signed an agreement to
operate two new 24-hour FM and mediumwave radio stations.
The mediumwave channel will concentrate mainly on programmes
The original 20 kW transmitter on 1152 kHz has been replaced
by one of 200 kW, making it the most powerful Asian language
station in the Middle East. That would explain the numerous
loggings of this station on 1152 in recent months.
Now with a 24 hour service looming, it looks set to become
a common DX catch.
Andy Sennitt, Radio Netherlands,
hcdx list, February 5, 2001
on RN Media Newsdesk
February 5, 6, 7 and 8, Deutsche Welle will broadcast test
transmissions for Digital Radio Mondiale from its Sines
relay station at 1200-1400.
One of the following schedules will be used, depending on
1200-1400 on 21670 kHz
1200-1400 on 17525 kHz
1200-1300 on 15655 and 1300-1400 on 15470 kHz
There will also be DRM transmissions from Jülich, Germany,
on February 7 and 8 at 1130-1230 on 5900 kHz with 40 kW.
These are special transmissions for the HFCC meeting in
Andy Sennitt, Radio Netherlands,
hcdx list, February 2, 2001
Radio Mondiale web site
report on Media Network
INC to broadcast
Hurriah is merely weeks away from launching its programming
into Iraq, reports Clandestine Radio Watch.
entirely through American aid, the station will broadcast
on medium wave from a high-powered transmitter in Iraqi
A member of the Iraqi National Congress (INC), which is
sponsoring the broadcasts, has told CRW on condition of
anonymity that "the launch of INC radio will be delayed
until later in February."
Radio Hurriah, according to a follow-up report sent by U.S.
President Clinton to Congress on January 17, is "one of
the INC's most important operations within its larger program
to promote a transition to democracy in Iraq."
Nick Grace C., Clandestine
Radio Watch, February 1, 2001
Sends Report on Iraq to Congress"
Italian DX war around the European DX Council, EDXC, is heating
A new satirical web site tries to ridicule the recently elected
Italian EDXC leaders as being on a selfish, worldwide ego
The attack is met with repulsion from the EDXC ranks.
"The elected Secretary General and Assistant Secretary
General should be supported by all Clubs and DX-ers to do
their job representing all 13 DX Clubs in Europe, and not
jammed as they are by this new website, says an indignant
EDXC auditor Anker Petersen, adding:
have more important jobs to do than spending their time on
quarrelling with individuals."
hcdx news desk, February 4,
blow to shortwave listening?
on using shortwave frequencies for in-house data communications
are moving on fast in Germany, in spite of protests from radio
listeners, broadcasters and official agencies.
by the Radiocommunications
Agency, responsible for the supervision of the
British radio spectrum, shows that "broadband data access
methods over existing telephone or mains wiring will cause
unintentional RF emissions which may adversely affect the
established radio noise floor".
Smith Group Limited
adds that "it is clear that the [noise] levels produced
by the real-life systems are very significant".
Still, German power companies continues to push for Powerline
Communications, planning to use frequencies between 9 kHz
and 30 MHz.
"If allowed to go ahead as proposed, Powerline Communications
will be a new and unwelcome source of potential interference
to the shortwave broadcasts", warns Andy Sennitt of Radio
He urge all users of the radio spectrum in Germany, especially
shortwave listeners and broadcasters to file
protests to the German he regulatory authority.
"The German bureaucrats would love it if nobody bothered
to register their concerns or objections," adds Sennitt.
"That would make their job easier, and ensure that the
interests of SWL's and DXers do not have to be taken into
account when calculating permitted field strengths etc."
More PLC info on the Internet:
info from RWE Powerline, Germany
paper from Ilevo, Sweden [PDF]
hcdx news desk, January
don't bother the EDXC
I was concerned about this, and hoped to involve the European
Therefore I sent a message to the EDXC mailing list, asking
if the EDXC wants to take a position on this.
"Your message has been deemed inappropriate by the moderator."
This sounds unbelievable to me.
Enrico Oliva, Italy, hcdx list,
January 30, 2001
We have to investigate
After lots of requests for action against the planned introduction
of PLC systems, the new EDXC Secretary General Luigi Cobisi
has come forward with an answer:
"This requires the Council to get more information on
the scientific side", says Cobisi.
The EDXC Secretary General has asked for help from professor
Filippo Giannetti at the University of Pisa, Italy, "to
produce a document about possible interference of PLC techninques
on radio listening".
This information is expected at the end of February.
One major problem here is that German regulatory authority
has set February 16 as deadline for presenting views on Germany's
plans for PLC systems.
Luigi Cobisi, Italy, edxc mailing
list, February 1, 2001
is blowing it
I am baffled
at how little interest the radio community has shown in the
latest threat to hit shortwave broadcasting: Powerline Communications,
Radio Netherlands' web editor Andy Sennitt writes in a personal
and a Promise
Full text of Andy Sennitt's personal editorial
at Radio Netherlands' web site
Meanwhile, Sennitt continues, the organisation that claims
to represent the interests of DXers and shortwave listeners
in Europe has grudgingly been forced into reacting to the
issue. Its answer is to seek help from a university professor
"to produce a document about possible interference of PLC
techniques on radio listening". This document is expected
to be ready two weeks after the deadline for public consultations
in Germany. A very helpful contribution after two years of
Andy Sennitt, Radio Netherlands.
web site, February 2, 2001