Free Afghanistan launched
Radio Free Afghanistan, the latest addition to the U.S.
stable of surrogate broadcast initiatives, launched today
as Afghan interim leader Hamid Karzai visited the World
Trade Center site.
The service opened in the Pashto language with a female
Radio Free Afghanistan (RFA) currently broadcasts according
to the following schedule (Time in GMT):
1300-1330 Pashto 11920, 15525, 17725 kHz
1330-1400 Dari 11920, 15525, 17725 kHz
1700-1730 Pashto 6170, 9785, 11920 kHz
1730-1800 Dari 6170, 9785, 11920 kHz
Reception reports can be sent to RFE / RL, 1201 Connecticut
Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036 USA.
More info on RFE/RL
Grace C., hcdx partner Clandestine Radio, 30 Jan 2002
to cease foreign service
Shortwave listeners are facing the loss of another international
radio service with the announcement by Kol Israel that their
external service is to cease broadcasting by the end of
February because of budget cuts.
The decision, called "astonishing" by Deputy Foreign Minister
Michael Melchior, would end more than 50 years of shortwave
broadcasts from Israel.
Israeli government officials are considering relying on
the Internet to reach the Jewish Diaspora and other audiences
abroad, instead of shortwave.
More on Jerusalem
Post and Kol
M. Dampier, 29 Jan 2002, Internet Watch via DXLD
Carrizal, Ecuador, on 3260 kHz
Carrizal, in Calceta, Ecuador, has been herar on 3260 kHz
on 22 Jan 2002, until 2350. The program was called "Buenas
tardes El Espectador" with news and information from Calceta
and the province of Manabí. After 2330 music for 1-2 hours.
Jingle: "Más apasionante que nunca, Estéreo Carrizál".
Station owner, Sr. Ovidio Velásquez, asks for listeners' reports
Malm, Ecuador, hcdx partner SWB, 27 Jan 2002
Peru, on 6299v kHz
Cielo, in Chiclayo, Peru, has been heard regularly on 6299v
kHz, drifting a lot.
For the first time I am able to more precisely state the station's
location, as they in recent times have clearly stated that
they are broadcasting from "la ciudad de Chiclayo".
The DJ has also been live with IDs and greetings to various
people in departamento Lambayeque, for example to "Muy Finca"
and "San José".
Announces, at the moment, "6.30 MHz" and also heard better
Malm, Ecuador, hcdx partner SWB, 25 Jan 2002
Bethel, Peru, back on 5950 kHz
Bethel, Arequipa, heard on 28 Jan 2002 between 0048-0105 on
ID "...usted está en la compañía de los 1050 A.M. y 5950 en
la onda corta de Radio Bethel".
This is the first time that I have heard this station, which
makes me believe they have reactivated the station. Heard
with strong signal, in spite of WYFR, USA, being on the same
Rafael Rodríguez, Colombia,
Conexión Digital, 28 Jan 2002
2, Peru, new on 6560.3 kHz
Estación 2, Huancambamba, heard on 6560.3 kHz until
sign/off at 0215 on Jand 28 2002.
This is a new station in Huancabamba, which may belong to
a familia of radio stations owned by Radiodifusoras Huancabamba,
which have earlier been heard on this station.
Announced a morning schedule between 1100-1500
and an evening schedule between 2200-0300.
ID: "... les informamos la hora: 8 de la noche con 45 minutos;
así es, amigos, somos Estación 2 de Huancabamba, la radio
de la nueva generación es una radio que nació para nosotros
y también para ustedes oyentes..."
They asked for letter to Radio Estación 2, Barrio San
Francisco, Huancabamba, Piura, Perú.
Rafael Rodríguez, Colombia,
Conexión Digital, 28 Jan 2002
on 810 kHz
expert teams from the public enterprise Macedonian Broadcasting
started the installation of the 810 kHz mediumwave transmitter
in Ovce Pole on Monday, 28 January.
The transmitter, whose power is 1.2 Megawatts, will become
operational by the end of April 2002, and will make Macedonian
radio heard in most parts of Europe, North Africa and some
parts in the Near East.
Macedonian state news agency,
via BBCM/ DXLD, 28 Jan 2002
France to make
French radio authority, CSA, has announced that it will soon
make a number of MW frequencies available to the private sector.
RMC Info, Littoral AM, Superloustic and Ciel AM are widely
regarded as favourites for the first batch of licences. Ciel
AM make no secret of the fact that they want a channel in
Marseille and Lyon in addition to the one in Paris.
Rémy Friess, France, MW News
list, Jan 2002
QSL info for
detail QSL folder received in 70 days for a reception report
on 15140 kHz at a 1400 English broadcast.
Address: Radio Sultanate of Oman, P.O. Box 600, Muscat, v/s
director of frequency
D'Amico, Switzerland, 25 Jan 2002
area propagation forecasts, with coverage maps,
for Radio Sultanate of Oman.
on 3380 and 7130 kHz
Greenway in Nairobi reports that since yesterday, 21 Jan,
he has been hearing Malawi reactivated on 7130 kHz.
Kenny, 22 Jan 2002, BDXC-UK via DXLD
Radio One is back on 3380 kHz. Good reception at 1830
in vernacular, with talk and music.
ID as "MBC Radio One" at 1845, then continiued with
talk and music. At 1930 program in English.
Vaghjee, hcdx list, 29 Jan 2002
Gulf reported back on 3245 kHz
Gulf in Papua New Guinea is back on air after being off air
for 19 months. The radio station which had been off air since
May 2000, was switched on at New Year's Eve, December 31,
According to station manager Timothy Akia, Radio Gulf went
off air in May 2000 as a result of a little button in the
station's transistor blowing up. This was the result of the
continuous black out that Kerema town was experiencing. The
station could not get this fixed due to lack of funds until
acting Gulf administrator Miri Setae's team took office and,
realising the significant role the station played, pumped
in enough funds to get it back on air.
Radio Gulf will be on air 0645-1315 and 1900-2200 on 3245
Independent, Jan 10 2002, via Don Nelson, DXLD
it -- and hear it
and Jari Perkiömäki, now offers area coverage predictions
for a selection of short wave broadcasters around the world.
Now you never have to ponder when to listen -- just look at
on HCDX map web
focus on 1575 kHz
director Horst Bork recently stated that 1575 kHz will be
boosted to 500 kW "within the next weeks", but high power
will be used during nighttime only.
Indeed, 1575 is meant as "nighttime standard" and an overnight
switch-off is under consideration for other outlets.
Kai Ludwig, Germany, 19 Jan 2002, via DXLD
Stuttgart new on 738 kHz
Hirschlanden, in Stuttgart, Germany, is on medium wave 738
kHz since 16 Jan 2002 at 16.26:30.
Program consists of music like the usual "Youth Radios" format
on FM band, but very few advertisements in between could be
ominant station on this channel at this location is usually
Radio Nacional de España RNE-1 Barcelona with 600 Kilowatt
of power from Spain.
Wolfgang Büschel, Germany, 18 Jan 2002, via DXLD
Russian station on 1305 kHz
Druzhba started operating via a powerful medium wave transmitter
located near Moscow on 1 January 2002.
At present the station is on the air with test transmissions
broadcasting pop and folk songs of the Commonwealth of Independent
States, CIS, countries.
In a brief address to the audience, transmitted on January
3, the station promised that Radio Druzhba (meaning Radio
Friendship) would specialize in CIS topics and would broadcast
corresponding information, analytical, cultural and musical
Igor Sannikov, Russia, hcdx list, 17 Jan 2002
to stir up airwaves
February 2002, Radio Netherlands will present live coverage
of the wedding of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Maxima
Extended airtimes, new frequencies and some normally not used
transmitter sites will be brought into service for this important
world event. More than 20 shortwave frequencies will be operating
All details on Radio Netherlands' Media
hcdx news desk, 18 Jan 2002
DX Council is losing members. In a summary after one year
as Secretary General, Luigi Cobisi notes that four member
clubs left the organization during 2001; Play DX and Co.Rad,
both Italy, DX Listeners' Club, Norway, and the KWFR, Germany.
As of 13 Jan 2002 the EDXC has 15 paying member clubs.
After a low turnout at its 2001 annual meeting in Budapest,
Hungary, the EDXC now hopes for a revival at its 2002 meeting
in Pori, Finland, in August.
"Unlike recent EDXC conferences tourist matters will
play a minor roll. This year's conference will concentrate
on the hobby itself", says organizer, and former EDXC
Secretary General, Risto Vähäkainu.
hcdx news desk, 13 Jan 2002
Iceland to leave
December 2001, the shortwave relays of the Icelandic National
Broadcasting Service, Ríkisútvarpið, returned to the air after
an absence of several months.
The future of these transmissions is uncertain, however, and
this might be a last chance for DXers to report this station
Dora Ingvadóttir, the radio director of Ríkisútvarpið, expects
a final decision any day now, writes Bernd Trutenau in a Media
Media Network, the Netherlands, 11 Jan 2002