Guyana back on 5950 kHz
GBC has reactivated 5950 kHz. Heard on March 17 as early as
0830, and again on March 20 tune in at 0953 to man in English
talking about spiritual festival. Blocked by WYFR IS at 0956.
Station transmitter had been down for some time due to lack
of spares (Johnson, Cumbre via DXLD on hcdx list)
CRTV, 4850, sent full data letter with stamp, v/s James
Achanyi-Fonten Director of Publications, in 15 years and 20
days, for original 1985 rpt and 8 f/up's all with rp.
Received photo of "Station Public Fund Raising Event" and with
message "Inform Dxers In Canada To Use The Above Address Henceforth
For Quick Replies. Thank You.", which is: Mr. James Achanyi-Fontem,
Cameroon Link, Shortwave Monitors, PO Box 1460 Douala, Cameroon.
(Joe Talbot, hcdx list, March 28)
La Voz de
las Huarinjas on 6820v kHz
On 6819.6v kHz radio station La Voz de las Haurinjas, Huancabamba,
has been heard by several Latin American DXers.
Pedro F. Arrunátegui, Peru, in Chaqui DX reports
hearing the station on March 19 at 2246-2330, and also on March
21 at 1050-1138 and March 24 at 1109. Continues Arrunátegui:
"In its program Nostalgia ecuatoriana, they invited phone
calls to 473259. I called them and succeeded in talking with
the son of the owner and then with Sr. Alfonso García Silva,
who told me that the name of the station comes from one of the
lakes in the area."
" Address is: Barrio El Altillo s/n (sin número) in the
city of Huancabamba."
"They generally open at 1045 UTC and close at 0200."
Huancabamba is at 3957 m above sea level, in the Piura province
famous for its magical practices and shamans.
Station owner Alfonso García Silva is not just into shamanism,
but is the actual president of the "Asociación de Curanderos"
The station started broadcasting on June 1, 1997, on 7003 kHz.
The station was first noted outside of Piura in early December,
C, Peru, on 7040.5v kHz
J doble C, Huancabamba, heard on 7040.5, 2340-0130, March 25,
with the program "Al compas del San Juanto".
frequency has been used for several years by different radio
stations that have been under the direction of Cesar Colunche
Bustamante. Previously heard on this channel: Radio San Ignacio
and Radio Melodia.
I also listened on March 26, when they mentioned the postal
address: Calle Unión No. 612, Huancabamaba, Piura, Peru.
This is very
close to that of Radio Huancabamba, 6281 kHz, located on Calle
Unión No. 610. This station also belonged to Cesar Colunche.
(Rafael Rodriguez, DXLD via hcdx list; March 27, 2000)
J doble C heard on 7042, March 26 0008-0030*, closing
with national anthem at 0029. QRM to a ham on 7042 LSB (Yimber
Gaviria, DXLD via hcdx list; March 27, 2000)
A00 Operational Schedule
Twice each year the international broadcasters
change their schedules. The summer season begins on teh last
Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October, when
the winter season starts.
The organization coordinating all this, the High Frequency Coordination
Conference, now has posted its summer broadcasting schedule
on its web site.
HFCC A00 Schedule
Sometimes people will look at our hobby and wonder what a
strange pursuit it is.
However, we can safely reassure you that in the world of specialist
hobbies we are not alone! If you are fed up with radio you
could always consider the Banana Club. Or why not join the
Eddie Stobart Fan Club - and go spotting Eddies name on the
side of big trucks around Europe... (Steve Whitt, Medium
Wave News, UK)
to Banana Club
find Eddie Stobart
5460.43 Radio Bolivar, Peru
I received a phone from Julio Davila Echevarria , the station
owner and director, on March 21, sending kindly message of "Gracias
por escucharno en onda corta" to all DXers.
According to him, the station broadcasts at two times a day:
1100-1300 (morning transmission) and 2200-0100 (evening transmission)
Reports will be confirmed by QSL letter and should be sent to
Correo Central, Bolivar, Provincia de Bolivar, Departamento
de La Libertad, Peru.
delivery may be via Cajamarca route. (Takayuki Inoue Nozaki,
hcdx list, March 25, 2000)
Frequence Commune aiming at Internet
Frequence Commune 1062 AM from Paris verified my reception report
with two nice letters (one in French and one in English) and
an info-brochure after 39 days. Verie-signer is Guy Benisty.
According to the letter they were on the air from 1st to 21st
December 1999, their license is expired now. Benisty writes:
"We might nevertheless resume broadcasting on the Internet in
a short time". (Martin Elbe, hcdx list, March 24, 2000)
from Rádio Rio Mar, Brazil
Today I received a nice QSL letter from Radio Rio Mar Manaus
Brazil 9695 Khz after 6 weeks. v/s was Jairo de Sousa Coelho,
Dir. Programação e Jornalisimo. (Ruud Vos,
hcdx list, March 21, 2000)
Upcoming special from Guernsey
On April 12 Guernsey will be holding island wide elections and
during such events (every 4 years) BBC R. Guernsey on MW 1116
kHz usually extends broadcasting hours.Last time they were on
air all night.
As the coming election will be the most important to be held
since the post war (due to abolition of an unelected lower house
in the Island parliament) I would expect BBC R Guernsey to extend
broadcasting hours again. (Lionel
Roithmeir, Guernsey, hcdx list, March 21, 2000)
Today, US radio companies can own eight stations in any city,
and corporate radio is gobbling up America's airwaves. (Cincinnati
Enquirer, march 19, 2000)
to web story
Guatemala, new on SW
I have just discovered a brand new SW station here. Bandscanning
March 17 at 1136 UT I came upon some music on 4052.5 kHz,
or a tad below that (no, not a typo, not in the 60 meter band
and not an image)
"I’ve Been Working on the Railroad" on the banjo,
then vocal hymns in Spanish.
ID at 1145: "Radio Verdad, en la frecuencia de 4.05 megahercios
en la banda de 75 metros, TGW-1 (??), desde Monterrey(?), Chiquimula,
At 1147 and 1150 mentioned having received a report yesterday
through the Sistema Internacional de Radioaficionados that they
had been heard in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Cuba, Republica
Dominicana. Invited more reports to Apartado Postal 5, Chiquimula,
"Radio Verdad, la emisora educativa y evangélica"
was frequently mentioned; "exact" timechecks were
2 minutes slow. At 1200 concluded "El Tren del Evangelio
Nocturno" show with same banjo theme as earlier. 1202 into
chimes and ID as above but also mentioned "...de la gloria,
en Chiquimula...". 1204 something about "año
2000", cuckoo twice and Big-Ben-type melody on piano. 1206
another ID, prayer, but fading audio as much as carrier. 1208
reading a versiculo, 1215 just a carrier, 1217 music but fading
and 2-way QRM on high side increasing. 1222-1226 talk was unintelligible
as fading out; sunrise at Enid was 1240.
Earlier reception was good, SINPO 34443. I only heard the TG
callsign mentioned once, and it seems unlikely, so coupled with
the out-of-band frequency, the legality of this station is questionable.
If there have been any other reports of this in the DX press,
I have not yet seen them; this report is based solely on my
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DXLD via hcdx list, Match 17)
going all jazz
KGIL (1260AM)/KGXL (1650AM) has made another format alteration.
The Saul Levine owned stations plan a full format switch to
all-Jazz. For decades KBCA and KKGO (also owned by Levine) played
jazz and the music library is available to make the switch sooner
rather than later.
KGIL started programming jazz in the evening last week. It is
expected that the station will acquire new call letters to complement
the format, perhaps a form of KJAZ.
An all-Jazz format will make an interesting combo sell with
Saul Levine-owned Classical KKGO. (Robert Goldberg, NY Radio
Board via hcdx list, March 16, 2000)
In 1994, after the end of the Cold War, the Bethany VOA station
shut off for good its transmitters that had hummed non-stop
Now a new energy sparks within the old station's walls as local
officials talk about making the site into the largest Cold War
museum in the nation. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
to web story
happened at Kulpsville?
Our own HCDX web wizard, Risto Kotalampi,
is just back from this year's SWL Winter Fest in Kulpsville.
Now he is busy loading the web with photos from that meeting.
- WMIB, Flordia, testing again
Yet another X-band station is running new tests on the air.
This time is is WMIB, Marco Island, Florida, testing with 10
The station has this time been logged widely across North America.
During earlier tests the station has been heard regularly in
One hcdx-er, Guido Schotmans, heard them on November 28, 1999,
and sent them a snail mail reception report. "No reply
yet", comments Guido.
Swedish DXer Gert Nilsson, however, reports having received
a letter in September 1999, signed by Michele Nichols, Office
according to QSL recently received by Patrick Martin, is
601 Elkcam Circle #B, Marco FL 33937.
WMIB antennas are situated near the Everglades, giving
it a great ground plane. "Which is why this station gets
out so well", says Paul Smith, who combines his DXing and
flying skills into an upcoming AM Tower web site.
WMIB on AM Tower web
No more English
from FEBC, Philippines
As a result of consultations with FEB International in Cyprus,
it was decided to close down the Overseas English Service broadcast
in FEBC Philippines, according to an official announcement on
March 8, 2000.
XERTA confirmed reactivated on 4800.5, March 7, from tune-
in 0400, music and announcements very distorted, but at 0539
and 0542 got definite XERTA, Radio Transcontinental de America
Still claims to broadcast in Spanish, French and English (Glenn
Hauser, DXLD via hcdx list; March 9, 2000)
QSL from China
Just received a form letter in Chinese from China Huayi Broadc
Corp in one month to my follow-up of a year old report in
EE. Used one USD for rp. No v/s, only station official stamp.
The letter mentions following frequencies for CHBC: 4830,
4940, 6185 and 11590 kHz.
The handwritten address on the envelope is: China Huauy Broadc.
Corp P.O.Box 251 Fuzhou Fujian 350001 China Peoples Republic.
So, nothing new in it, except the spelling of Huauy, which
might as well be a typo. They have been a poor verifier, so
its good time to try qsl them now.
(Jari Savolainen, hcdx list, March 9, 2000)
QSL from RTM
6050 RTM Kuching verified after 4 weeks by personal and det.
letter. V/s: Ramli Bin Junaidi, Head of Programmes. Address:
RTM Sarawak, Miri, Jalan Brighton, 98000 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Heard in Thailand. The local px from the Miri studio is daily
from 1200-1400 local time, corresponding to 0400-0600 UTC.
(Passmann, in hcdx list, March 9, 2000)
Superior, Peru, new on 5300 kHz
5300.02 Radio Superior, March 2 1027-1115.
Tuned in to middle of sign-on ID:
"...en AM...nacional. Un mensaje de la amistad en los
cielos andinos. Bienvenidos...a nuestras excelentes progamaciones.
Estamos transmitiendo desde San Martín de...en la provincia
de Bolivar, Departamento de La Libertad. Radio Superior. Un
mensaje de amistad en los cielos andinos."
Into Peruvian anthem after a false start. Non stop Andean
vocals until 1043, announcer with ID's, time checks and muffled
Very good signal until 1115 fade at local sunrise.
(Mark Mohrmann via DXLD via hcdx list)
Also heard in Japan
5300.03 Radio Superior, Provincia de Bolivar; Thanks to a
tip from Dave Valko, I could get it signal in Tokyo. It was
first observed at 1047-1137 on March 4, 2000, playing huaynos
and announced advs.
ID was given at 1125 as "Son las 6 y 25 minutos, la hora exacta
en Radio Superior."
The station was also heard at 1100-1146 on March 5, 2000.
(Takayuki Inoue Nozaki, Relámpago DX via hcdx list)
And in Colombia
5300.1 Radio Superior, 2320-0025, March 4.
Also heard Sunday March 5 with s/on at the 1050 with NA. "...
La aurora de este dia, les damos la mas cordial de las bienvenidas
para disfrutar de nuestra programacion, esperando que todo
lo programado sea de vuestro completo agrado... Radio Superior,
frecuencia 1000 en A.M. y onda corta internacional... un mensaje
de amistad en los cielos andinos, bienvenidos una vez más
a nuestra excelente programacion, estamos transmitiendo desde
el Jiron San Martin 229 en la provincia de Bolivar, Departamento
de la Libertad, Radio Superior un mensaje de amistad en los
cielos andinos..." Ments. Humberto Lozano as Gerente-propietario
and sked 1030-1530 and 2300-0300.
(Rafael Rodriguez, Colombia, DXLD via hcdx list)
Radio saved by British government
The British government has salvaged the independent Star Radio
temporarily by providing "bridge funding"
In a recent
statement the Liberian government's said that it will not
restore the station's short-wave frequency it withdrew 1998,
which it claimed was foreign-run and financed.
Monitoring in DXLD via hcdx list, March 6)
to take over Star Radio
The Liberian Ministry of Information says that now that the
elections are over, and a democratically elected government
inaugurated, the original purpose of Star Radio has been served.
The ministry now wonders why the sponsors of Star Radio could
not pass over the equipment to the government of Liberia or
a corporate entity to boost the growth of communication in
the country but rather wants to sponsor same.
(BBC Monitoring via DXLD via hcdx list)
Radio Madagasikara, on 5010 kHz, verified in French by e-mail
v/s Olga, "pour l'Equipe responsable de l'internet".
Wonder how big a team is in charge of the website... Olga
mentioned that the bosses would later reply (more) "officially",
probably referring to a snail-mail response.
(Mika Mäkeläinen, via hcdx list, March 2)
to catch Radio Madagascar
Radio Madagascar heard at 0215 on 5009.5 with Malagasy style
music, including Salegy (musical style from the northern highlands),
also Jean-Michel Jarre synth music.
ID on the hour "Radio Madagasikara ity" very fast.
Almost completely gone by 0330; station was heard all night,
as early as 2230, again from 0015-0130
(Ralph Brandi, via hcdx list, March 2)
Australian media reports advise that Radio Bougainville has
been reactivated, using 3325, from new studios and radio broadcasting
facilities at Hutjena (Buka Island), funded by the Australian
The project has also allowed new equipment to be installed
at Rabaul (Radio East New Britain, 3385), and 1000 solar powered
wind-up radios are being distributed to schools in Bougainville.
Radio Bougainville was formerly known as Radio North Solomons.
(Bob Padula, EDXP via hcdx list, March 1)
Somalia, on 7530 kHz
Radio. Hargeisa, Somalia, reactivated after being off for
a long period, on 7530, apparently ex-7071. Fair reception
at 1748, Feb 28, with Somali songs and talk.
Heard again at 1605, Feb 29, Koran, so apparently transmits
between 1600-1900. Vaghjee - Mauritius/NU
Vaghjee, Mauritius, March 1)