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SHORTWAVE AIRINGS of WORLD OF RADIO 1862, January 26-February 2, 2017
Thu 1230 WRMI 9955 6855 [confirmed]
Thu 2130 WRMI 11580 [confirmed]
Fri 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB [confirmed]
Fri 2230 WRMI 5950 6855 11580 [all confirmed; NEW]
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB [almost confirmed]
Sat 0630 HLR 6190-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio
Sat 1531 HLR 7265-CUSB Hamburger Lokalradio [barely confirmed]
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM
Sat 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB [confirmed]
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM [confirmed from 0426]
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB [confirmed]
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v-AM Area 51
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730
Tue 1200 WRMI 9955 6855
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770
Tue 2300 WRMI 9955
Wed 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB
Wed 1000 WRMI 5850 6855
Wed 1415 WRMI 9955 6855
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490v
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB
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** AFGHANISTAN. Weak signal of R Afghanistan External Service Jan 22
1600-1630 6100 YAK 100 kW / 125 deg to SoAs Dari(not Urdu) and off air
73! (Ivo Ivanov, QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ALBANIA. Hi Glenn, and happy new year, such as it is! Are you aware
of anything happening to Radio Tirana? As you know, I use Mikeâs Radio
World, and it gives me very satisfactory results. But, now, I donât
know if it is MRW or RT itself that is giving me a problem. Up until
December or so, MRW presented three links for RT. RT1 was news and
talk in Albanian. RT2 was music, mostly rock. RT3 was the foreign
language service. An oddity of RT3 was that it only provided sound
in one channel of stereo; the other channel was silent.
Now: RT1 and RT2 both present the message âservice unavailable.â RT3
presents nothing but rock music, and both stereo channels are active.
I havenât checked the N.A. service at, I think, 0230, because I have
such terrible SW conditions at this location. Any info will be
appreciated (Tim Hendel, Huntsville AL, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
Dear Tim, Dear Glenn, in reply to your forwarded message, I checked
with the Mozilla Firefox browser both yesterday and today (19 and 20
January) and did not note any anomalies. Kind regards, Hj (Prof. Dr.
Hansjoerg Biener - Neulichtenhofstr. 7 - DE-90461 Nuernberg, DX
Hi Glenn, The webstream "RT3" is still webcasting the Foreign Service
of R. Tirana - however there does seem to have been a change to the
web links. Neither of the links provided by Mikes Radioworld or the
(different) link that I have in the WOR Hitlist work any more. The
current working link for RT3 is
I'll update the hitlist accordingly on Saturday. 73 - (Alan Roe, Jan
Reception of English at 2100 UTC on 7465 kHz is very poor here
currently. The signal strength is much lower than it used to be, which
I assume means that power output has been reduced. I think it will
only be useable on a sensitive receiver with an antenna. And a signal
of this strength is unlikely to be heard at a usable level in North
America. Greetings and Regards from (Noel Green, Jan 22, DX LISTENING
(7465), inaudible, Jan 24 at 2121 so I check the R. Tirana webstream
during English to Europe,
which plays with Flash, but instead it`s in Albanian! And some music,
2130 switch to IS, continuing past 2140 with some interruptions.
Hansjoerg Biener had reported ``no anomalies Jan 19 & 20`` to this and
the two other streams, but unknown if he checked during this
particular broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENIG DIGEST)
** ALBANIA. 11785, Powerful S=9+25dB signal of CRI English out of
European Cerrik-Albania site via long path. Comment at 0640 UT: China
president speech on Davos Switzerland economic think conference. Same
S=9+25dB signal on sister Cerrik outlet at this hour, latter in
Mandarin Chinese at 0706 UT. Two great powerful signals heard out of
Albanian relay of CRI. Much stronger than S=9 Nanning on 11875 at
same time slot [selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(Wolfgang BÃschel, df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 19, dxldyg via DXLD)
** ALGERIA [non]. 5865, Jan 19 at 0457, sounds like Qur`an but more
melodic than usual, and more than one voice, cut off at 0458*. 0501
recheck, back on in reverent Arabic talk. Partially matches the
schedule on Aoki for R. Algerienne via Issoudun, FRANCE, a break at
0458-0500 for a beam change from 160 to 194 degrees, and supposedly
from HQ in Arabic, to French, with Arabic not to resume until 0511.
5865 sked continues until 0658 alternating Arabic and French (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS. AIR Port Blair 4760.0 even kHz noted at
1152 UT S=9+15dB in eastern Thailand remote post. [selected SDR
options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz] (Wolfgang BÃschel, df5sx, Log
at eastern Thailand remote SDR unit at 1100 til 1205 UT on Jan 20,
wwdxc BC-DX TopNews, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANGOLA. Angola noted on 4949.73 around 0100, with an excellent
signal. Good strength, good modulation (Art Delibert, N. Bethesda, MD
(near Washington, DC), Jan 19, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEIST)
4949.74, R. Nacional de Angola, 0204+, Jan 19. Nice to have them back
again and today with a solid signal, but bothered the whole time with
USB in Spanish, which is the first time I have had this problem (Ron
Howard, Calif., dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)
Angola is still on and off like a firefly, just slightly less regular.
Found it back on air on Jan 18 at 1745 and 1840. Wolfie in Germany had
it at around 1933, but I found it gone again by 2131. Art Delibert in
Maryland USA had it at 0100 on Jan 19, and I also had it at 0125, Jan
19. But seems to have gone again by 0451 Jan 19 [WORLD OF RADIO 1862]
4949.7, RÃdio Nacional, Mulenvos. Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday. 1745-1750.
Back on air, in Portuguese. Fair. Jo'burg sunset 1705. Jan 18, 2017
Wednesday. 1837-1840. Music and song in Portuguese.
Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday. 2131-2133. Nothing heard, no carrier found.
AWOL. Jan 19, 2017 Thursday. 0125-0130. Poor. Jan 19, 2017 Thursday.
0451-0452. Nothing heard, no carrier found. AWOL. Jo'burg sunrise 0333
Jan 19, 2017. Thursday. 2108-2109. Nothing heard, no carrier found.
Jo'burg sunset 1704. Jan 20, 2017 Friday. 0337-0339. Portuguese music
and song. Poor. Jo'burg sunrise 0333 (Bill Bingham, Johannesburg RSA.
Drake R8E, Sony ICF2001D. dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)
Hi Bill, Sorry, I should have indicated on Jan 19, I had almost fair
reception from tune in at 0204, and it was still well heard at 0308.
So it must have gone off between 0308 and 0451 (Ron Howard, Calif., DX
4949.728, RNA Mulenvos, heard on this European morning around 0531 til
0540 UT, S=8-9 or -74dBm in southern Germany. Fanfare at 0536 UT on
Jan 19, male and female announcer talk a lot [selected SDR options,
span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz] (Wolfgang BÃschel, df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX
TopNews Jan 19, via WORLD OF RADIO 1862, DXLD)
4949.7, Jan 20, 2017 Friday. 1832-1833. Talk, but too poor to make out
the language. Jo'burg sunset 1704. Jan 20, 2017 Friday. 2202-2203. OMs
talking in Portuguese. Poor. Jan 21, 2017 Saturday. 0315-0318. Music
and song, can't make out the language. Poor. Jo'burg sunrise 0334
(Bill Bingham, Johannesburg RSA. Drake R8E, Sony ICF2001D. dxldyg via
DX LISTENING DIGEST)
Hi Bill, Angola really loves giving their ID. Jan 21, on 4949.73, at
0504, one ID; at 0505, with two IDs; at 0507, with series of three
IDs; at 0508, one ID and 0510, with one ID; poor reception, but
clearly able to make out their distinctive IDs (Ron Howard,
California, WORLD OF RADIO 1862, ibid.)
4949.7, RÃdio Nacional, Mulenvos. Jan 22, 2017 Sunday. 2005-2007.
Present, but at noise level. Not Readable. Jo'burg sunset 1704 (Bill
Bingham, Johannesburg RSA. Drake R8E, Sony ICF2001D. dxldyg via DX
** ANGUILLA. 6090, Jan 22 at 0133, Oh oh, so-called Caribbean Beacon
is reactivated after absence since at least Jan 8, both from 6090 and
day frequency 11775. DGS is just as distorted as ever, if not worse!
So they didn`t take the opportunity to fix the transmitter. // non-
distorted 5935 WWCR fed from same satellite. Engineering there leaves
a bit to be desired, but if it drive away listeners to this nonsense,
some purpose is served. However, back to blocking the other innocent
occupants of these frequencies.
11775, Jan 22 at 1406, no signal from so-called Caribbean Beacon on
day frequency, altho night 6090 was reactivated earlier this UT date.
There is something weak, which per Aoki could be AIR via GOA in Nepali
until 1430, and/or CNR1 jamming of a 100-watt Sound of Hope nuisance
transmitter on Taiwan possible during very long hours. (The main other
11775 is Algeria via France at 19-21). Still no AIA at 1615 Jan 22.
6090, Jan 23 at 0418 is on again at S9+40 level with distorted DGS,
and some no-het CCI underneath, presumably ETHIOPIA.
11775, Jan 23 at 1406 check, again no AIA, but algo, see above. 11775
still off at 2000, no Algeria audible either (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD
OF RADIO 1862, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
6090, Caribbean Beacon at 2230 with Pastor Melissa Scott preaching â
Great signal but muffled audio Jan 24 â Itâs actually appropriate that
she abbreviates to PMS as she must be suffering a lot not to notice
how crappy the audio is and being too stupid to send someone to fix it
(Mark Coady, Selwyn, Ontario, Drake SPR4 Receiver, Drake TR7, Kenwood
TS440S, and YouKits TJ5A Transceivers, AEA AT-300 and MFJ-941E Manual
Tuners, LDG Z-100 Plus Auto Tuner, 40 meter and 80 meter off centre-
fed dipoles, ODXA yg via DXLD)
O, I get it, but how old is she now, still subject to PMS? (gh, DXLD)
11775, Jan 25 at 2135 check, Caribbean Beacon is still off day
frequency. Could be that they are running night frequency 6090 in
daytime too? No, not audible there and it should be by now if on. At
2200 neither is on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. FIGHT TO SAVE RADIO AUSTRALIAâS HF RADIO BROADCASTS |
TECSUN Radios --- Tecsun Radios Australia owner Garry Cratt was
interviewed by ABC Rural yesterday (18/01/2017) about the ABCâs
decision to end their shortwave radio transmission after almost 80
years. . .
Sent from my iPhone (via Charles Harlich, Jan 20, DXLD)
I sent off a reply in favor of SW continuance by the ABC. I would urge
others here to do so. Thanks for the link. Regards (Paul S. in CT
FN31nl, dxldyg via DXLD)
** AUSTRALIA. ABCâS SHORTWAVE RADIO SHUTDOWN STOKES RURAL IRE
AMOS AIKMAN, The Australian January 22, 2017 10:06pm
PASTORALISTS have accused the ABC of fomenting a Trump-style rural
revolt with a controversial decision to axe shortwave radio services,
which are crucial to some bush residents, to help fund its growing
buffet of digital offerings to listeners in cities and towns.
The move, which has attracted severe criticism from MPs on both sides
of politics but which the broadcaster has declined to reconsider,
highlights tension around managing director Michelle ÂGuthrieâs push
to accelerate her organisationâs shift onto digital platforms.
All three Northern Territory shortwave transmitters are due to be
switched off on January 31 Âfollowing an announcement made
unexpectedly late last year, which will bring to an end almost a
century of ABC shortwave radio broadcasts.
While estimates suggest that only a few hundred to a few thousand
people still listen to ABC programs over shortwave, some of them say
they rely on it for all practical purposes for virtually their only
access to news and current affairs.
James Christian, 32, lived around the corner from Malcolm Turnbull in
the posh Sydney suburb of Point Piper before he traded harbour views
for life in the desert, taking a job on his uncleâs cattle property
where he is now also Âtrying to make a go of his own Âpastoral
Napperby Station, about 230 km by road northwest of Alice Springs, has
no mobile coverage, only one painfully congested Âsatellite NBN
connection shared among about eight people, and lies beyond the reach
of all metropolitan radio frequencies (via Artie Bigley, DXLD)
** AUSTRALIA. SHEPPARTON SITE OFF THE AIRWAVES
by Barclay White January 21, 2017 0 Comments
It helped our troops during World War II and spread impartial news in
the Pacific region for decades, but Sheppartonâs shortwave
broadcasting facilityâs future is uncertain.
The ABC announced last month that it would stop broadcasting shortwave
transmissions in to the Asia Pacific, putting an end to more than 70
years of continuous shortwave transmissions.
Opening in 1944, the transmission site in north Shepparton was first
used to spread morale-boosting broadcasts to troops in the Pacific
and, after the war it was the grunt that helped push ABCâs Radio
Australia broadcast beyond our shores.
The final Radio Australia shortwave broadcast will go out on Tuesday,
January 31, in a decision the ABC said was about moving away from
ââSavings realised through decommissioning this service will be
reinvested in a more robust FM transmitter network and an expanded
content offering for the region that will include English and in-
language audio content,ââ an ABC spokesperson said.International
listeners will still be able to listen to Radio Australia through a
Just what the shutdown means for the broadcast towers beyond January
31 was still uncertain.
When asked by The News, the ABC said the towers were in the ownership
of Broadcast Australia, which was part of BAI Communications.
A spokesperson for BAI Communications said the future of the site was
not decided yet.
ââAt this stage Broadcast Australia has made no plans in respect to
retaining the infrastructure in place, and the decision to retain or
decommission the redundant sites and equipment will be taken by
Broadcast Australia in due course,ââ the spokesperson said.
If the site was decommissioned it would be a sad day for Australia,
according to former transmitter operator Rodney Champness.
He worked at the facility for seven years and believed it was still a
vital piece of national infrastructure that could not be replicated by
ââIn those countries we are aiming at they can get the internet, but
it is expensive and for many people their wages are not high enough to
afford it,ââ Mr Champness said.
ââThey donât have a lot of money and shortwave radio is cheap.ââ
Shepparton was chosen in the 1940s for a few reasons, including the
relatively flat terrain which was beneficial for broadcasts, and its
location, away from inland cities and domestic flight routes.
ââItâs away from the coast so Japanese or German aircrafts could not
easily get to it, and the building was blast proof for the bombs from
that era,ââ he said.
If the site was decommissioned, it would be a sad day for Australia
and especially for Shepparton, he said.
ââI just think itâs an icon, and people donât really even realise itâs
there,ââ Mr Champness said (via Artie Bigley, DXLD; also via Mike
Terry, dxldyg via DXLD)
Opinion --- RADIO AUSTRALIA SITE A VITAL LINK
by Shepparton News January 21, 2017 5 Comments
Recently I heard that the HF radio transmission site at Shepparton,
known as Radio Australia, is to be shut down. I believe this is mostly
due to budget cuts to the ABC by the Federal Government.
The ABC uses this site to broadcast services into Asia and the Pacific
Islands. The site is owned by a private company, Broadcast Australia.
The ABC pays Broadcast Australia to use the transmission site at
Shepparton, but it does not own the facility.
I understand the ABC needs to cut back on some services it provides
and make use of the latest technology. This makes sense except in the
case of the Shepparton facility.
The Shepparton transmission site has the capability to direct radio
signals into specific countries as we see fit. This is unique to this
site, as no other site can reach the countries this one can.
In my time as district manager at the Shepparton site, I recall some
instances where the Shepparton site was called upon to direct radio
signals to specific targets.
At one point the Fiji Government shut down the local Australian ABC
transmitter. Shepparton sent radio into that country to keep
Australians informed during that time.
When there was a coup in the Solomon Islands, once again we sent
signals into that country. We also sent radio signals into Myanmar at
the request of the Australian Government.
Another task that the Shepparton site fulfills is to send signals into
northern Australia in times of need, for example during Cyclone Larry
when the Northern Territory radio service was beamed back to the
tropical north from Shepparton.
The Shepparton site is in a location that has good weather and is
politically stable. This makes it an ideal tool for widespread
The ABC would argue that this HF radio service is old technology and
can be replaced by the internet or satellite services. This is true.
However, the ABC and the Federal Government do not control the
internet or satellite services in other countries and therefore they
are not reliable.
HF radio broadcasting from a secure location is very reliable. So why
remove this service? Does the Federal Government understand the value
of this international radio service?
I hope that in writing this letter, its value will become clear to
those who have the power to make decisions.
The Australian Government is in the position of being âhands offâ the
ABCâs management of services, and I would agree for every service it
provides except this one.
Radio Australia Shepparton should be partly controlled by the
Australian Government, not just the ABC.
I plead that this broadcasting site remains in service and continues
to provide northern Australia and oversees services for Australians
home and abroad.
You could also argue that long-range radio lets the world know we are
here, and gives Australians both in our home country and overseas
vital information in times of need.
â Gary Baker, former district manager at Radio Australia, Shepparton
By Shepparton News January 21, 2017
JOIN THE DISCUSSION [comments:]
Avatar Scott â 3 days ago
I am listening to Radio Australia right now, at 7 AM, from Tulsa,
Oklahoma in the U.S. I am located over 9,000 miles from the
transmitter, and all that I need to hear the signal is an inexpensive
portable shortwave radio. In early morning the signal booms in to my
hometown, and I prefer to get my news from it. Radio Australia's
programming is free of the polarizing bias of my country's Democrat
versus Republican slants on the news, and has a global coverage
lacking in my local news sources. I also like the non-news
programming; the music and information and discussion shows. If a non-
Australian may weigh in on the decision to close Shepparton, I say:
Avatar Israel â 3 days ago
Thank you Gary. I will be so happy if the decision makers does
something. I am from Tamil Nadu in India and have been listening to
Radio Australia for 30+ years. Malcom Frazer first curtailed the
services in the late nineties. Of late I have been listening RA at
12065 from 1000 hrs. Does this signal come directly from Shepperton? I
pray for at least Shepperton's continuance.
Israel sw listener, Pollachi, Tamilnadu,India.
Avatar peakie â 3 days ago
Radio Australia kept me (better) informed inside China during June of
1989 and the TianAnMen Square troubles all over the country. Better
than the BBC or VoA.
Radio Australia (used to) boom in to North America every local
evening, and we would get the best of international radio, (better
than BBC) and the estimable shows from Radio National. Further, the
Canadian prime minister, Brian Mulroney, said that he started his
morning listening to Radio Australia. It is very silly to shut the
service down and become "invisible" to the world.
Avatar mark â 2 days ago
For democracy to continue to thrive and the thoughts of freedom for
some this service is of extreme importance. It is OK for the ABC or
governments to say we will provide this via the internet but it is not
available to most of the people in Asia and pacific islands. Many have
no infrastructure and others have the internet controlled. Just look
at China. Also the importance of the service in times of emergency. I
do not understand the reliance on technology only we need back up
systems that work. Look at the effect of the fires in SA that left
thousands without power for weeks? Communication are of the highest
importance in times of need and yet we are spending $ billions on
building subs? Maybe one less would keep this running or is someone
looking to develop this land for residential purposes down the track?
Avatar Fred boerner â a day ago
For what it is worth, I know of at least four other people, plus
myself, that listen quite frequently to get the news from someplace
other than sources here in America. The signal blasts in here quite
well for most of the mornings. Think of what it could do if it was
actually beaming to America. I know this is a low point in the sunspot
cycle, but LOTS of folks still listen to shortwave. Seems like you
never hear from them until it is too late. In this case, I hope that
the outcry from the people that take time to write will make a
difference. Just think of the ones that may not listen every day or
take the time to write (like the other people I know that listen here
in Arkansas). As for short wave here in the states....well, I do not
need to get my soul saved. I want to hear what is going on in other
parts of the world, along with some music. That is what you provide.
By the way, the music program on Saturday morning with the country
music was a blast! even my son enjoyed it. And he is 12 (via Artie
Bigley, DXLD, and via Mike Terry, dxldyg via DXLD)
** AUSTRALIA. BILL SHORTEN CALLS ON TURNBULL TO SAVE ABC SHORTWAVE
Labor leader says reasons to shut down service âdo not account for the
reality of service availability in remote areasâ
Bill Shorten urges PM to work with ABC management, local stakeholders
and Labor âas a matter of urgencyâ. Photograph: Glenn Hunt/AAP
Helen Davidson in Darwin
Friday 27 January 2017 01.46 EST
Last modified on Friday 27 January 2017 01.58 EST
The opposition leader, Bill Shorten, has called on the prime minister
to step in and save ABC shortwave broadcasts in the Northern
Territory, claiming the broadcasterâs reasons to shut them down âdo
not account for the realityâ of life in the outback.
In December, the ABC announced it would cease transmitting local radio
broadcasts through shortwave radio in the Northern Territory and parts
of the Pacific at the end of January.
It did so without community consultation and sparked a backlash from
users who say the service is vital in remote areas.
Federal politicians from both major parties in the NT have lobbied the
ABC to reverse its decision.
On Thursday, Shorten wrote to Turnbull, asking him to work with ABC
management, local stakeholders and Labor âas a matter of urgency to
ensure the continued provision of shortwave radio service in the NT
beyond 31 January 2017.â
âThe ABCâs claim that the majority of listeners will be able to access
ABC services via AM/FM radio, digital radio and online streaming, or
via VAST [viewer access satellite television] platform does not
account for the reality of service availability in remote areas,â
âThis helps to explain why listeners and users of the ABC shortwave in
the Northern Territory have been unequivocal in voicing their concern
at the Coalitionâs failure to intervene in this matter. This includes
emergency services workers and cattle growers.
âI am also deeply concerned that the ABC took this decision without
satisfactory consultation with affected listeners, community
representatives and emergency service workers and agencies. ABC
Managing Director Michelle Guthrie has since acknowledged shortfalls
in this regard.â
Outback residents and workers have told Guardian Australia the
service, which broadcasts ABC local radio beyond the reach of AM and
FM signals, is vital for several reasons, including the mental and
emotional wellbeing of people who spend their waking hours on the
They have also said the alternatives repeatedly proffered by the ABC
do not fill the gap. Satellite radio requires a set-top box and a
stationary dish, and both digital and online radio are unavailable
beyond signal reception.
Others have expressed concern they will also lose ABC emergency
broadcasts during fires, floods, and in other situations. The ABC
refuted the assertions, and said weather updates and emergency alerts
could still be heard through HF broadcasts by the Bureau of
Meteorology and the Royal Flying Doctors Service.
At a meeting last week with Guthrie, the NT Labor senator Malarndirri
McCarthy and the shadow communications minister, Mark Dreyfus, failed
to sway the ABC to reverse its decision.
Nigel Scullion told Guardian Australia he had written to the ABC
asking it to reconsider, and other federal ministers including Julie
Bishop and Mitch Fifield have also expressed their concern.
McCarthy told Guardian Australia there were âcontractual issuesâ at
play in the ABCâs immovability. Guardian Australia understands the
infrastructure â which is considered ailing and expensive to maintain
â is managed under a contract due to expire, and the ABC is thought to
be unwilling to sign on for a long-term contract renewal.
A spokeswoman for Fifield said the decision was a matter for the ABC
and not related to government funding.
âThe ABC has legislated independence to make operational decisions
free of political involvement. However, the government has asked for
some further information.â (via Gavin, Australia, via Alan Pennington,
BDXC-UK yg via DXLD)
** AUSTRALIA. Exact shutdown times for Radio Australia and NT
Hi Louise and Nick, I was wondering whether you know what time all ABC
shortwave broadcasts end on January 31? If you could let me know ASAP
that would be great!
Nick, I am sure you may have heard by now the reaction from listeners
as to the fate of RA and the NT Shortwave Service and I know that
anything I say is not going to change the decision. However, I need to
state to you that it was an extremely short-sighted decision to shut
these services down. For example, people in the NT do not necessarily
have constant access to VAST services especially when not working
anywhere near their homes (as is the case on the large outback
stations, for example). As for Radio Australia, the ABC is letting
down the people of the Pacific by shutting down their shortwave
services. Shortwave may be an outdated technology, but it is effective
in all conditions and crosses borders without interference from
âcompromisedâ governments. For instance, I canât see RAâs FM
transmitters in Fiji remaining on air when they have their next coup.
The next point I need to make is in reference to your statement to The
Australian newspaper dated 22 January 2017 posted online on 23 Jan at
Apart from a number of other misinformed remarks
which I will not approach at this stage, I refer to your comments
about the BBC, Voice of America and Radio Vatican ceasing
transmissions. Yes, they have regularly shut down services in various
languages to various regions due to costs, but all 3 are still
broadcasting on shortwave. The BBC has recently announced plans to
introduce new services in Korean to North Korea (i.e. broadcasting to
people who need outside information) and the Voice of America (as well
as numerous other radio stations funded by the US Government) still
broadcasts in many languages to Asia and Africa.
As previously stated, my opinions are not going to matter or really be
heard but I had to make my point to you. Thank you both for reading my
email, and please let me know what times RA and ABC NT planned to shut
down on Jan 31 so I can listen in for a final time. Regards, (Brian
Powell, Australia, to Louise Alley and Nick Leys at ABC, cc to DXLD)
[Later:] Hi Glenn, You should have received an email that I BCCâd you
in, in regards to Radio Australia. I thought you would like to see
what I had to say to their inquiries personnel. Nick Leys has recently
made a statement in âThe Australianâ newspaper (linked in said email)
that is full of inaccuracies and really sums up the total ignorance of
the powers-that-be at the ABC. I felt I had to make my point even
though it wonât change anything and probably wonât be heard..
Please feel free to publish my email to Nick and Louise Alley on the
next DXLD text version if you think it is appropriate.
P.S. How convenient. Automatic Reply from Louise Alley (ABC RADIO
QUERIES) states she is on leave until 6 Feb! Must be on stress leave
Regards, (Brian Powell (Base QTH â Southern suburbs of Sydney
Australia. Base setup Winradio G305e w/ Buddipole. Mobile setup
Baofeng GT3TP, Jan 24, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
Does anyone have any word as to when exactly RA and ABC NT plan to
shut down on Jan 31? They may have announced it on air but I havenât
My opinion: RA Potential shutdown times are:
UTC 1300 on 30/1/2017 (i.e. AEDST midnight 31/1/2017)
UTC 2100 on 30/1/2017 (AEDST 8 am 31/1/2017)
UTC 0000 on 31/1/2017 (AEDST 11 am 31/1/2017)
UTC 0900 on 31/1/2017 (AEDST 8 pm 31/1/2017)
UTC 1300 on 31/1/2017 (AEDST midnight 1/2/2017)
Any other ideas? My guesses for the Northern Territory txrs are either
at midnight local or at transmitter changeover times (0830 or 2130 UT
â 6am/6pm ACST). I have emailed the ABC to find out if they have any
clarification. Once I find out, you will all know too.
Regards, (Brian Powell (Base QTH â Southern suburbs of Sydney
Australia. Base setup Winradio G305e w/ Buddipole. Mobile setup
Baofeng GT3TP), dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1862, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
Hi Glenn! R. Australia loud and clear this morning (Jan 24th) at 1130
UT with news about the Trans Pacific Partnership. Loudest I've heard
them in some time. A good 5-9 plus signal with a bit of fading.
It's too bad. Like all the other broadcasters abandoning Shortwave.
Many fond memories of RA --- listening to the sound of the Kookaburra
interval signal in the early morning as a high school kid. Those were
the days!! 73 and Cheers! (Al, VE3NXP, Woodstock, Ontario, Stephens,
DX LISTENING DIGEST) Presumably 9580
Nothing heard on 4835 kHz in Brisbane at 0645 UT. When is the ABC NT
service on shortwave final cut date? [selected SDR options, span 12.5
kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz] (Wolfgang BÃschel, df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan
19, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1862, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
2325, ABC NT Tennant Creek, S=9+5dB in Thailand. 1203 UT. Hill Billy
2485, ABC NT Katherine a little stronger S=9+10dB, same program, 1205
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz] (Wolfgang
BÃschel, df5sx, Log at eastern Thailand remote SDR unit at 1100 til
1205 UT on Jan 20, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews, dxldyg via DX LISTENING
AUSTRÃLIA, 4835, VL8A, Alice Springs, Territ.Â do Norte, 0910-desvan.
total 1000, 21/1, inglÃs, texto; 35432.
2325.0, 1920-1938 20/1, VL8T, Tennant Creek NT. English, chatter. Not
// to VL8A 4835. Fair on 22/1, 1830. 14331 CGS
2485.0, 1918-1935 20/1, VL8K, Katherine NT. English, talks. Seemed to
be // to VL8A 4835. Adjacent utility QRM. Better on 22/1, 1830. 25332
2485.0, 1840-1912 22/1, VL8K. Chatter in ABC R Overnight, songs, phone
number announcements. Deteriorating. // 2325 VLT & 4835 VL8A. 35343
9580, R. AustrÃlia, Shepp. VIC, 1145-1345, 21/1, emissÃo em inglÃs
dirigida ao PacÃfico, entrevista, ..., noticiÃrios, mÃsica; 45433.
Sinal em perda, e, mais tarde, sob alguma QRM. Good DX & 73, (Carlos
GonÃalves, SW coast of Portugal, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
12085, Radio Australia at 2102 with news. Seemed to have left this
transmitter on late today, past listed 2100 s/off, checked again a few
minutes later and still on. - Poor, 17840 was good, no other
frequencies audible, Jan. 24 (Harold Sellers, Vernon, British
Columbia. CommRadio CR-1a and 50 ft wire connected to Sony AN-1 active
antenna. Editor of World English Survey and Target Listening,
available at the Ontario DX Association Facebook and Yahoo groups,
dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST) 15240 is the 12085 day frequency (gh)
** AUSTRIA. 5970, Jan 24 at 0233, choral singing at S7-S9, 0237 M&W
talking about Pakistan. It`s AWR in Punjabi, due east from Moosbrunn,
0230-0300 following 0200-0230 Urdu (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
** BANGLADESH. Bangladesh Betar adds Chinese language to its overseas
broadcasting --- Alongside with Hindi, Urdu, Arabic and Nepali, the
Chinese language will be added as the 7th language in Bangladesh
Betarâs external program broadcast. A proposal in this regard is in
progress, according to the department of External service of
Bangladesh Betar unit director Kamal Ahmed. Full story at :
--- (via Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi, dx_sasia yg via DXLD)
** BHUTAN. 6035.002, Bhutan BS S=9+10dB in eastern Thailand at 0105 UT
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz] (Wolfgang
BÃschel, df5sx, 0050 - 0115 UT Jan 23 in eastern Thailand SDR
installation, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 23, 2017, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BIAFRA [and non]. Long article on Radio Biafra and the history of
Biafra's fight for independence from Nigeria. The man fighting for
independence of the tiny West African nation of Biafra... from a
council flat in Peckham by Colin Freeman, 21 January 2017.
Posted by: (Mike Barraclough, dxldyg via DXLD)
** BOLIVIA. 3310, R. Mosoj Chaski, Was surprised to find this suddenly
go off the air as soon as I rechecked them at 1025:22. Was fairly good
earlier. 25 Jan. 73 (Dave Valko, Dunlo, PA, USA, Perseus SDR with
Wellbrook ALA1530S loop, and 153 foot Delta Loop, Hard-Core-DX mailing
list via DXLD)
** BOLIVIA. 6134.83, R. Santa Cruz. Excellent signal this morning with
usual full canned ID in Spanish by M over instrumental music at 1001,
then into lovely rustic flute music. 25 Jan. 73 (Dave Valko, Dunlo,
PA, USA, Perseus SDR with Wellbrook ALA1530S loop, and 153 foot Delta
Loop, Hard-Core-DX mailing list via DXLD)
** BOUGAINVILLE. 3325, Jan 22 at 1420, JBA carrier half a sesquihour
after sunrise here, NBC surviving the 7.9 earthquake nearby? However,
RRI Palangkaraya is also on 3325, and Boug is normally off the air
earlier. Can anyone confirm NBC still on? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
** BRAZIL. 4774.9, RÃdio Sora de Congonhas at 1055 in Portuguese with
a man with excited talk with a mention of âSoraâ â Fair but noisy with
CODAR Jan 25 (Mark Coady, Selwyn, Ontario, Drake SPR4 Receiver, Drake
TR7, Kenwood TS440S, and YouKits TJ5A Transceivers, AEA AT-300 and
MFJ-941E Manual Tuners, LDG Z-100 Plus Auto Tuner, 40 meter and 80
meter off centre-fed dipoles, ODXA yg via DXLD)
I have brought this up before, but --- I would sure like to hear that
ID myself --- ``Radio Sora`` --- I have always suspected it was a
mistake, that someone did not hear the first part of the word,
``Difusora``. It would make sense for that word to precede, sometimes,
at least informally, the real name of the station, Congonhas. WRTH
listing does not say Radio Sora. That comes from the Aoki list, ``R.
Sora de Congonhas``, where lots of outdated info is preserved as if
current, but at least this station is really on the air.
I find contradictory info about the URL for its website:
But no connexions to any of those. Perhaps they don`t really care
since they are active on FB, which I do get:
But from what I can see, no print reference to a ``Radio Sora``, and
no hits searching the FB page on Sora (not even as part of Difusora).
Anyone? Surely Brazilian DXers could clarify this once and for all.
BTW, non-Brazilians should realize that ``nh`` is pronounced ``ny`` as
in canyon like the Spanish Ã, or the French and Italian gn (Glenn
Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
BRASIL, 4775, R. Congonhas, Congonhas MG, 2206-2222, 21/1, mÃsica,
propaganda religiosa; 44333.
4864.3, R. Alvorada (presumed), Londrina PR, 2207-2215, 22/1, texto;
15331, QRM pontual de sinal telegrÃfico. Good DX & 73, (Carlos
GonÃalves, SW coast of Portugal, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. Programas DX