Worldwide AFRTS schedule
back on shortwave
The US Armed Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS)
is back on shortwave, having discontinued its shortwave transmssion
then, navy users of the AFRTS services have been using satellites.
However, on July 31, 2000 AFRTS terminated all use of its
older satellite services, Andy Sennitt reports on the Radio
Netherland's web site.
A new Direct to Sailor (DTS) satellite television and radio
service has been started, but some ships are still waiting
to have DTS equipment installed, and a few older ships may
never have DTS equipment. For that reason, AFRTS is expanding
its use of shortwave transmissions to fill the gap.
Negotiations are in progress to make use of navy transmitters
in Guam, Diego Garcia, and Iceland. In the meantime, AFRTS
has already started using a naval transmitter based at Sigonella,
The scheduled frequencies are 10940.5kHz in the daytime, and
4993kHz at night, using the Upper Side Band (USB) mode.
After years of mostly silence on the high frequencies, the
majority of shortwave listeners are glad AFRTS is back.
More on Radio Netherland web site
kHz from Diego Garcia?
DXer Vesa-Jussi Rinkinen informs that in an email respons,
Franklin Adams of NPR Worldwide, who transmits on the AFN
radio network, confirms that AFRTS on 4319 kHz is via a
transmitter located in Diego Garcia.
"I got my information straight from AFN", writes
Franklin Adams. (Vesa-Jussi Rinkinen, hcdx list, August
The AFRTS Broadcast Center is located at March Air Reserve
Base, California. They ask that shortwave
reception reports, and requests for a QSL verification card,
be sent to Navy Uplink Reception at
Pedersen, hcdx web editor, August 21, 2000)
from Diego Garcia
To get a QSL directly from Diego Garcia, Andy Sennitt suggest
NCTS Diego Garcia
PSC 466 Box 8
FPO AP 96595-0008
Sennitt also notes that the US Naval Support Facility has
a nice Web site at
from which you can learn about life on the island, even
the opening hours of the canteen. But the 'History' page
says not a word about the native islanders who were forcibly
"Why am I not surprised?", asks Andy Sennitt.
(hcdx list, August 21, 2000)
More on AFRTS Diego Garcia
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