América, Paraguay, testing
América is now broadcasting, 24 hours a day, on 15185
kHz, on an experimental basis.
This frequency began operation 19 July 2002 with continuous,
classical music. On 20 July 2002 they began rebroadcasting
the regular programming of Radio América, in Spanish and in
The initial transmission power has been very low, 5 watts,
but they will be increasing power as soon as possible.
Tests also continues on 7300 kHz and on 1610 kHz medium wave,
but are sporadic.
Any DX reports will be most welcome at email@example.com
or at firstname.lastname@example.org
or via fax 595 21 963 149. Correct reports will be verified,
immediately, by email or fax.
Radio América, via
Thord Knutsson/SWB, 28
Cary plans Nova
Cary is planning to relaunch Radio Nova on 252 kHz, Ireland's
long wave frequency. Cary, who changed the face of Irish radio
in 1981 with the original Radio Nova, now lives on the Isle
of Man and wants to base the station's studios in Douglas.
"Everything I can possibly do to bring back Radio Nova on
252 LW is being done," he says. "This has got to be the biggest
minefield of negotiations ever. Everyone agrees that it's
right - but no one will say 'yes'. It's not about money. It's
just bloody-mindedness. It's very frustrating."
UK sports station TeamTalk 252 replaced Atlantic 252 on the
famous frequency at the start of this year, but have failed
to attract listeners.
July 2002 via
Mike Terry, BDXC-UK via DXLD
Radio Okapi expanding
Okapi, the radio network operated by UN Mission in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo, went on the air in the city of Gbadolite
on 10 July 2002. It becomes the eighth city to have a local
relay of Radio Okapi, the others being Kinshasa, Kisangani,
Goma, Kalemie, Kananga, Mbandaka and Kindu.
Transmitters are also projected for Lubumbashi, Mbuji Mayi,
Beni and Butembo. David Smith, Chief of Information to the
UN Mission, tells Media Network that Radio Okapi, which launched
on 25 February, is the biggest radio network in UN peacekeeping
In addition to FM relays in the major cities, a shortwave
transmitter site is under construction in Kinshasa. The station,
which will have three 10 kW Marconi transmitters, is due to
go on the air in early September 2002.
In the meantime, Radio Okapi is already operating on shortwave
using three 100 watt transmitters. According to the station's
web site, the frequencies currently used are 6030,
9550 and 11690 kHz.
Radio Netherlands Media Network,
11 July 2002
de tu Conciencia to 6060 kHz
owner of La Voz de tu Conciencia, Colombia, has informed through
email that they will be off the air for the next few days
or weeks as adjustments are made to the transmitter and licenses
formalized for operation on probable 6060 kHz.
They have held off on making QSL cards and pennants until
the frequency assignment is finalized, although both will
be available soon.
Brandon Jordan, USA, hcdx mail
list, 5 July 2002
The station has been testing on 6064.5 kHz.
This station was first heard by DXer Björn Malm in Ecuador,
and has later been confirmed as being La Voz de tu Conciencia
by DXer Rafael Rodriguez in Colombia, who on 23 June 2002
heard the station with this ID's:
"... en emisiones de prueba, transmite 6065 La Voz de
su Conciencia desde ??? para el mundo..."
The station mentioned it address as being Apartado Aéreo
95300, Bogotá, and having written to them, Rafael Rodriguez
received with returning mail the information brochure "Rescate
a su Familia".
Rafael Rodríguez, Colombia,
Digital, 23 June
La Voz de tu Conciencia is run by Russell
Stendal out of
Lomalinda "in the southeastern plaines of Colombia, which
reaches into an area that is mostly guerrilla controled, but
also reaches some drug traffickers and some paramilitary".
The station is planning to move to 6060 kHz to avoid interference
by Family Radio on 6065 kHz.
Address: Calle 44 No. 13-69, Barrio Palermo, Bogotá,
hcdx news desk, 27 June 2002
Finnish DX meeting
DX Association holds an international DX meeting 15-18 August
2002 in the Finnish town Pori. The meeting is also the 2002
Conference of the European
The agenda cover sessions and panel discussions on hard-core
AM and FM DXing, international shortwave DXing and broadcasting
as well as other delivery techniques. Contests and other entertainment
will also be included.
Registration still possible -- more
hcdx news desk, 6 July 2002
Luxembourg will return briefly to shortwave on 6090 kHz on
10 July 2002 from 0600 to 2100 UTC with 500 kW.
Program will be the German "RTL Radio Die grossten Oldies".
This will be a one time event, especially dedicated for
remote monitoring in order to evaluate coverage areas in view
of DRM, Digital Radio Mondiale, on behalf of Broadcasting
Center Europe, an RTL Group company.
QSL requests will be answered. Reports to Eugene
Muller at Broadcasting Center Europe., 45 boulevard
Pierre Frieden, L-1543 Luxembourg. Tel:+352 42142 7703, Fax.
+352 42142 7709.
Jorge M. Valdés, 4 July
2002, Conexión Digital
The DRM Consortium is made up of 73 broadcasters, network
operators, manufacturers and researchers who joined forces
in 1998 to create a digital system (also called DRM) for the
broadcasting bands below 30 MHz. DRM audio samples are available
online at http://www.drm.org/
weather for the past 24 hours has been strong. Radio blackouts
reaching the R3 level occurred.
Space weather for the next 24 hours is expected to be minor.
Radio blackouts reaching the R1 level are expected. More
hcdx news desk, 3 July 2002
from Laser Radio
Radio will be running its first test broadcast on Sunday 7
July 2002 on 5935 kHz shortwave.
Laser Radio plans to be on the air every Sunday in July, transmitting
with 100 kW between 1400 and 2200 UTC.
Laser Radio will acknowledge reception reports for our shortwave
broadcasts with a special "first year" QSL card.
Only 2002 of these numbered QSL cards will be produced. £2
or 3 euro or $3 is requested.
Reception reports should be mailed to:
Reception Reports, Laser Radio, BCM Aquarius, London WC1N
3XX, Great Britain.
More info on Laser
Radio web site.
hcdx news desk, 3 July 2002
to hit X-band
Pierre, the owner of the new station currently testing on
1610 kHz in Montreal, Canada, has confirmed that it is in
fact his station doing preliminary on-air tests on 1610 kHz.
The call letters for the station are CJWI-AM. They
are using 1 kW, but the modulation is currently suppressed
awaiting some additional equipment.
I asked him about the insertion of legal station IDs and information
on contacting the station. He told me that they would be inserting
IDs, most likely beginning tomorrow. I suggested that there
will be DXers looking to send in reception reports, and that
it would be a very good idea to have a mailing address and
e-mail address included in the on-air announcements. He said
he would do his best to make this happen.
Sheldon Harvey, Canada, 1 July
2002, via DXLD