Thursday, January 10, 2019

Apache Labs announces ANAN-7000DLE MKII HF & 6M 100W SDR Transceiver

Apache Labs has introduced the ANAN-7000DLE MKII, there are several improvements and changes incorporated in this radio which improve the performance, stability and usability.

1. Integrated i5/i7 Windows 10 computer with SDR client preloaded and calibrated at the factory making the radio completely plug and play. (NO EXTERNAL PC Required)
2. Capable of driving three full HD monitors, ideal for digital modes.
3. Stainless steel chassis and large aluminium heatsink for excellent thermal dissipation and Rx/Tx isolation.
4. PA board improvements for higher duty cycle, 100% ICAS duty cycle supported.
5. Tx Signal generation redesigned to improve SNR at low power levels.








Sunday, January 06, 2019

World Music Radio on 15805 kHz

World Music Radio (WMR) commenced broadcasting on 15805 kHz on December 25th 2018 and has now been on the air daily (well almost) since then. Now today is the final day of daily broadcasting. As from tomorrow WMR will only be on the air on 15805 kHz Saturday and Sundays.

Broadcasting hours are 0700-2000 UTC and the power is only 0.2 kW making it a difficult – and irregular - catch. But the signal does get out. Right now (08 UTC) WMR can be heard in Russia (Ural and perhaps into Siberia) and in Southern Europe. In a couple of hours the signal can be picked up in Brazil and around 13-16 UTC good reception has been experienced almost daily in Eastern North America on 15805. Propagation after local sunset in Denmark is apparently rather 'sketchy'. Only once the signal made a short skip propagation into Ireland and Western UK.  Would be interesting to learn if the signal can be received – anywhere – after 16 or 17 UTC.

Reception reports are welcome to wmr@wmr.dk and will usually be QSLed within a month.

(Stig Hartvig Nielsen, World Music Radio, PO Box 112, DK-8960 Randers SØ, Denmark  www.wmr.radio)

Via Hard-Core-DX mailing list

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Band 2 Tropo Logs - 4th Jan, 2019

Band 2 Tropo Logs at 0200-0330 UTC, 4th Jan 2019

90.2 Radio Surkhet, Nepal
90.4 Radio Hint, Ghaziabad CRS
90.8 Suno Sharda, Greater Noida CRS
91.2 Radio Lok Manch, Greater Noida  CRS
91.9 Radio City, Bareilley (Last night R.City, Karnal)
93.7 Fever FM, Agra
94.1 Current FM, Aligarh
94.5 Tadka FM,Agra
94.6 Bageshwari FM, Nepal
94.9 Fever FM, Aligarh
98.6 Bheri FM,Nepal
99.4 Shuklaphanta FM, Nepal
100.2 AIR Patiala
100.4 AIR Bareilley
100.5 AIR Dehradun
100.7 AIR Lucknow
100.9 AIR Kasauli (Punjabi Talk, relays Jalandhar)
101.3 AIR Aligarh
101.4 AIR Kurukshetra
101.5 AIR, Sawai Madhopur
101.6 AIR Lucknow
102.1 AIR Mussourie (FM Rainbow)
102.2 AIR Mathura
102.3 AIR Lakhimpur Kheri
103.0 Radio Nepal
102.9 AIR Rampur
103.1 AIR Alwar
103.5 AIR Rohtak VBS
103.7 AIR Kanpur VBS
104.6 Tadka FM, Aligarh
107.4 Radio Noida , CRS

Receiver : SONY XDR-S10HDiP , Antenna : Stacked GP

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Radio Free Asia commemorates 'Year of the pig" with a new QSL card

Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces its 2019 Year of the Pig QSL.

Those born in a Pig years are considered energetic, positive thinkers and gentle. They are also focused and when they make up their minds to do something, there is evidently little you can do to stop them. Pigs lead very busy lives and must remember to take breaks in order to rest. Pig years are celebrated every twelfth year.

The other Chinese zodiac animals and associated years are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster and Dog. This is RFA's 69th QSL design and is used to confirm all valid RFA reception reports from January – April 2019.

















RFA's 2019 Year of the Pig QSL

Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin (including the Wu dialect), Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a 'surrogate' broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest. More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at www.rfa.org. RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports. Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener.

RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at http://techweb.rfa.org (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX'ers, but also from its general listening audience.

Reception reports are also accepted by email at qsl@rfa.org and by mail to:
Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America

FTIOM & UBMP, Jan 6-12

From the Isle of Music, January 6-12:


Happy 2019! This week, our special guest is Wilmer Ferrán Jimenez, leader of Rumbatá, whose album Gracias a la rumba was awarded a Cubadisco in 2018 in the Tradición Afrocubana category. Also, some live folkloric music by an Arara ensemble.


The broadcasts take place:

1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)

2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0100-0200 UTC (New UTC) on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US). This has been audible in parts of NW, Central and Southern Europe with an excellent skip to Italy recently.

3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC (New CETs) on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, January 6 and 8:

Happy 2019! Episode 95 features folkloric and modern music from Malta, whose music and language (Maltese) are quite distinctive.

1.Sunday 2300-2330 UTC (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe

2. Tuesday 2000-2030 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. If current propagation conditions hold, the broadcast should reach Iceland AND Western Russia due to a long skip.

Also recommended:
Marion's Attic, a unique program produced and hosted by Marion Webster featuring early 20th Century records, Edison cylinders etc played on the original equipment, comes on immediately before UBMP on Sundays from 2200-2300 UTC on WBCQ 7490 Khz.

Friday, December 14, 2018

New DRM txns from RTC

With effect from 15th Dec there will be three new shortwave DRM frequencies from RTC. Details as per below, reception reports to :drmrtprc@163.com



Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Digital Radio Mondiale endorses & exhibits at international BES conference & exhibition in New Delhi

The DRM Consortium will highlight its recent achievements under the overarching theme "DRM Drives Forward" at the international BES (Broadcast Engineering Society –  www.besindia.co.in) conference and exhibition BES EXPO 2019 on terrestrial and satellite broadcasting at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi 110002, India, 17-19 January 2019.  BES EXPO is rated as the biggest broadcast technology show in India with nearly 300 exhibitors from 25 countries and an estimated 3,000 professionals and decision-makers attending.

The DRM Consortium (www.drm.org) and some of its Indian and international members and partners (including BBC, Communication Systems Inc., Fraunhofer IIS, Gospell Digital Technologies, GeekSynergy, Inntot Technologies, NXP, RFmondial), will welcome all visitors at booths 72 and 73 (in Hall 7B), ready to present the latest DRM receiver models and solutions as well as letting visitors experience a live DRM transmission for local coverage.  Visitors will be able to learn more about the latest DRM encoder equipment with full CAP compliance able to support the roll out of DRM Emergency Warning Functionality in India.

A three-day conference on the theme "Next Generation Broadcasting in the IT World" will be held in parallel with the exhibition and will include three DRM sessions. One of these will be a panel discussion on the successes and next steps necessary for getting receivers to the population in parallel with the introduction of DRM transmissions in the country.

According to Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chairman: "As the DRM All India Radio roll-out makes India potentially the largest digital radio market in the world, the DRM Consortium is keen to showcase the many benefits of DRM emphasising its local coverage potential. Digital radio DRM is already showing its superiority, as its features and benefits overtake anything the analogue mode can provide. Using the full DRM standard in both AM and FM is the only way to make it attractive to the Indian listeners, to the whole country engaged on the digital path."

(Press Release)

TWR to install new transmitter in Central Asia

Trans World Radio (TWR) is working on an exciting end of year project — the Silk Road Transmitter. At the beginning of 2017, TWR was forced to reduce its program airings in Central Asia when its 150,000-watt AM transmitter was taken out of services.

Broadcasts were taken from three hours a day down to only two. However, TWR says God has given the organization the vision to install an even larger transmitter in the region. Enter: the 200,000-watt AM signal called the Silk Road Transmitter.

The installation of this transmitter would increase overall coverage area and provide the opportunity to air more programs to reach around 60 million people throughout Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and even Northwest China.


FRS Annual December Broadcast

Sunday December 30th, 2018 FRS-Holland will be on air with its annual Holiday Season broadcast.

The broadcast will be on 7700//58xx  between 08:52- 14:00 UTC/ 09:52- 15:00 CET.
Similar to November 18th, the full broadcast will be repeated in the afternoon.
More info follows later in December.

FRS-Holland offers you the opportunity to send in your December Greetings to radio friends and relatives.

Your contributions are highly appreciated and will add something special to our programmes!
You can easily produce a little (written) message and send it to [frs@frsholland.nl]. It only takes a few minutes of your spare time....

We raffle a radio DVD among those who participate in our December broadcast with their Seasonal greetings.

We'd like to ask you to do it as soon as possible as some shows will be recorded within 10 days.
Don't hesitate but just do it!

If you have the opportunity to send in an audio (mp3) clip you are more than welcome!
Written messages are also welcome via POBox 2701, 6049 ZG Herten in the Netherlands.

Join us ringing out 2018....the FRS-Holland staff is looking forward to hear from you...

(Peter Verbruggen)

KTWR Christmas DRM Broadcast Schedule

Japanese - Towards Japan

15 Dec 2018 1100-1130 UTC 9910 kHz 50 kW
16 Dec 2018 1245-1315 UTC 7500 khz 50 kw
22 Dec 2018 1100-1130 UTC 9910 kHz 50 kW
23 Dec 2018 1245-1315 UTC 7500 kHz 50 kW

English - To South Asia

24 Dec 2018 1245-1315 UTC 9380 kHz 75 kW
25 Dec 2018 1245-1315 UTC 9380 kHz 75 kW

English - To ANZ/South Pacific

24 Dec 2018 1030-1100 UTC 11995 kHz 50 kW
25 Dec 2018 1030-1100 UTC 11995 kHz 50 kW

Note : Stereo mode B 64 QAM to Japan and ANZ/SP and mono mode A 16 QAM to India.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

NDR Christmas Special - 24th Dec 2018

NDR Christmas Special special transmissions via Media Broadcast on 24th Dec'17

24th December 2017 (Sunday)

1900-2100 UTC

6030 kHz Erevan (ARM) Europe
6080 kHz Nauen(DE) Western Europe,North Atlantic and Carribean 
9740 kHz Nauen(DE) Indian Ocean West
9570 kHz Moosbrunn(AT) South/South East Asia and Australia
9800 kHz Issoudun(FRA) East/South Africa and Indian Ocean
11650 kHz Issoudun(FRA) Western Africa, Southern Atlantic and South America

2100-2300 UTC

6145 kHz Nauen(DE) Western Europe,North Atlantic and Carribean
6155 kHz Erevan (ARM) Europe 
9830 kHz Issoudun(FRA)  East/South Africa and Indian Ocean 
9650 kHz Moosbrunn(AT) South/South East Asia and Australia
9720 kHz Nauen(DE) Indian Ocean West
9590 kHz Issoudun(FRA)  Western Africa, Southern Atlantic and South America

Please send your reception reports to : michael.puetz@media-broadcast.com

Also to NDR at : technik@ndr.de & ndr@ndr.de

About program "Gruss an Bord"   :

On Christmas Eve, Norddeutsche Rundfunndr broadcasts messages to sailors all over the world in the radio broadcast "Gruss an Bord" or "Greeting aboard" - greetings to the ship's crew in their home country. The greetings to the sailors are recorded at two "greeting on board" events in December. 

Relatives and friends had the opportunity to wish their loved ones at sea a happy holiday and a good new year. The show "Greeting aboard" was heard for Christmas 1953 for the first time on the radio. It is thus one of the oldest existing radio broadcasts in the world.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

CNR DRM Tests wef 19th Nov

DRM shortwave digital broadcasting test broadcast information

According to the DRM short-wave digital broadcasting related work needs, the new DRM short-wave digital broadcasting test will be broadcasted from November 19, 2018. The specific information is as follows:

Frequency (time): 

9655 kHz - 0800-1200 UTC and 2200-0100 UTC (BTC 06:00 to 09:00, 16:00 to 20:00) 
13850 kHz - 0100-0800 UTC (BTC 09:00 to 16:00)

Program: Voice of China
Txer site : Urumqi, Xinjiang
Power: 30 kW
Main service area: North China, East China

At different times, depending on the transmission conditions, the above frequencies may have signals in most parts of central and eastern China.

During the test broadcast, it is necessary to stop from time to time according to equipment debugging or testing. The keyword "downtime" can be sent in the public number to know the shutdown information in real time.

Enthusiasts are welcome to take the test and please record the feedback details.

The feedback information may include, but is not limited to, detailed technical parameters such as time, location, equipment, antenna, software settings, environment, and field strength. The feedback form can be text, pictures, videos, and so on.

Welcome to consult and exchange, and make suggestions on the trial broadcast work.
In order to save and organize related information, please send the test record to the feedback mailbox.

Thank you!

Contact email: drrmtrrc@163.com

For more information, please pay attention to WeChat public number: drmrtprc

Thursday, November 15, 2018

FTIOM & UBMP, November 18-24

From the Isle of Music, November 18-24 :

This week, we listen to music from the winners of the Academic Music (concert music) categories of Cubadisco 2018 and some related Special Prize winners.

The transmissions take place:

1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)

2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0100-0200 UTC (New UTC) on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US).

3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC (New CETs) on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, November 18 and 20:

Episode 88, South Africa and Sudan, features some new music from South Africa and some vintage music from Sudan.

The transmissions take place:

1. Sunday 2300-2330 UTC (NEW UTC) (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe

2. Tuesday 2000-2030 UTC (NEW CET) on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.

Also recommended:
Marion's Attic, a unique program produced and hosted by Marion Webster featuring early 20th Century records, Edison cylinders etc played on the original equipment, comes on immediately before UBMP on Sundays from 2200-2300 UTC on WBCQ 7490 Khz.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

AOKI B18

AOKI B18 Frequency schedule is avaialble at :

http://www1.m2.mediacat.ne.jp/binews/ut/ncb18.zip


VOA Begins Broadcasting in Lingala Language


Voice of America's Africa division launched newscasts in Lingala on November 12, 2018, bringing to 46 the total number of languages in which the agency broadcasts around the world. Lingala is spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as parts of Central Africa Republic and Angola.

For 64 million people who speak Lingala, VOA will be the first international broadcaster to reach them in their own language. Lingala is understood by 80 percent of the DRC population, twice the number of people who understand French.

The new broadcasts will be added to the French to Africa language service offerings and will include 15 minutes of radio content (Monday through Friday) focusing on news from Africa division reporting and from Lingala reporters on the ground, as well as on public health-related issues like Ebola and HIV/AIDS.

The launch of the Lingala broadcasts is designed to boost efforts to promote democracy, transparency, and the rule of law ahead of December presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

About Voice of America
VOA reaches a weekly global audience of 237 million people in more than 40 languages in nearly 100 countries. VOA programs are delivered on multiple platforms, including radio, television, web and mobile via a network of more than 2,200 media outlets worldwide. VOA's seasoned journalists are experts on topics trending in the United States and around the world. The Voice of America is funded by the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Agency for Global Media, an independent federal agency.

(Press Release)