Tuesday, March 19, 2019

DRM specials for DRM GA 2019

DRM special transmissions for DRM General Assembly 2019 at  Spanish island of Mallorca :

March 20th, 2019 (Wednesday)
1430-1500 on 15640 KHz - Via Red Telekom, Ujbekistan (Test)

March 26th, 2019 (Tuesday)

1000-1100 UTC on 13670 kHz (Prog : The Mighty KBC) -  Via Media Broadcast, Nauen 
1200-1300 UTC on 11780 kHz (Prog: BBC) -  Via Woofferton UK  
1430-1530 UTC on 15640 KHz  - Via Red Telekom, Ujbekistan    
1500-1600 UTC on 11790 kHz (Prog: BBC)  - Via Woofferton UK    

March 27th (Wedneday)
1000-1100 UTC on 13670 kHz (Prog : The Mighty KBC) -  Via Media Broadcast, Nauen 
1200-1300 UTC on 11780 kHz (Prog: BBC) -  Via Woofferton UK  
1500-1600 UTC on 11790 kHz (Prog: BBC)  - Via Woofferton UK

Monday, February 25, 2019

Shortwave transmissions by Sentech, Meyerton site to end by 31st March, 2019

Bye bye Meyerton, South Africa

It is confirmed that Sentech of South Africa is ending SW broadcast from 31 March 2019. So Channel Africa (Old Radio RSA), BBC, NHK, VOA, AWR. Deutche Welle & South Africa Radio League etc.broadcasting via  Meyerton transmitting site will be only in memory shortly informs Jeff White in the AWR Wavescan program of 24th Feb 2019.  (Via Jose Jacob)

Meyerton Short Wave Broadcasting Relay station is operated by SENTECH in South Africa, the signal distributor for the South African broadcasting sector. The organisation began operations in 1992 as the signal distributor of the SABC. Sentech now operates as a commercial enterprise.  

Transmitter Power: 100 kW/250 kW
Used to transmit international programs for all of Africa by Channel Africa (from Johannesburg), BBC World Service,Deutsche Welle (Germany), Adventist World Radio, NHK & Voice of America. Also the domestic Afrikaans service Radio Sonder Grense is transmitted on shortwave frequencies from here.    

Here's the current schedule :

Broadcaster    UTC Start End  kHz kW Azimuth Days Target Area Language
AWR                 1700 1730 11800 250 19   1234567 East Africa  Swahili
AWR                 1730 1800 15490 250 19   1234567 East Africa  Masaai
AWR                 1930 2000 9850  250 328  1234567 West Africa  Ibo
AWR                 1930 2000 11790 250 328  1234567 West Africa  Fulfulde 
AWR                 2000 2030 9780  250 328  1234567 West Africa  French
AWR                 2030 2100 9780  250 328  1234567 West Africa  Yoruba
BBC                 0500 0600 3255  100         56  East Africa  Kirundi
BBC                 0500 0600 6190  100 19   1234567 East Africa  English
BBC                 0500 0600 15490 250 5         6  East Africa  Kirundi
BBC                 0530 0600 11945 250 5          7 East Africa  Kirundi
BBC                 0530 0600 15490 250 5          7 East Africa  Kirundi
BBC                 0600 0700 12095 100 335  1234567 West Africa  English
BBC                 0700 0730 15490 250 342  1234567 West Africa  French
BBC                 1200 1230 17780 250 342  1234567 West Africa  French
BBC                 1400 1430 17640 250 328  12345   West Africa  Hausa
BBC                 1400 1500 17745 250 32   1234567 East Africa  Somali
BBC                 1500 1600 15420 100 19   1234567 East Africa  English
BBC                 1500 1700 17745 250 32        6  East Africa  Somali
BBC                 1600 1700 12095 100 19   1234567 East Africa  English
BBC                 1630 1700 17870 250 7    12345   East Africa  Kirundi
BBCW                0500 0600 3255  100 Omni 1234567 Southern Afr English
BBCW                0500 0600 6190  100 15   1234567 Southern Afr English
BBCW                0600 0800 6190  100 Omni 1234567 Southern Afr English
BBCW                0600 0800 7445  100 15   1234567 Southern Afr English
BBCW                1600 2000 3255  100 Omni 1234567 Southern Afr English
BBCW                1600 2000 6190  100 15   1234567 Southern Afr English
Channel Africa      0300 0400 6155  250 19   12345   East Africa  English
Channel Africa      0300 0500 3345  100 5    12345   Southern Afr English
Channel Africa      0500 0900 7230  100 5    12345   Southern Afr English
Channel Africa      0600 0700 15255 250 328  12345   West Africa  English
Channel Africa      0900 1200 9625  100 5    12345   Southern Afr English
Channel Africa     1200 1300 9625  100 5    12345   Southern Afr Chinyanja
Channel Africa      1300 1400 9625  100 5    12345   Southern Afr Shilozi
Channel Africa    1400 1500 9625  100 5    12345   Southern Afr Portuguese
Channel Africa      1500 1600 9625  100 5    12345   Southern Afr English
Channel Africa      1500 1600 17770 250 19   12345   East Africa  Swahili
Channel Africa      1600 1700 15235 250 340  12345   West Africa  French
Channel Africa      1700 1800 15235 250 340  12345   West Africa  English
Deutsche Welle      0630 0700 15200 250 330  1234567 West Africa  Hausa
Deutsche Welle      1000 1100 17710 250 19   1234567 East Africa  Swahili
Deutsche Welle      1800 1900 15200 250 330  1234567 West Africa  Hausa
Nippon Hoso Kyokai  1800 1830 11800 250 328  1234567 West Africa  English
Radio Sonder Grense 0000 0500 3320  100 275  1234567 N.Cape       Afrikaans
Radio Sonder Grense 0500 0700 7285  100 275  1234567 N.Cape       Afrikaans
Radio Sonder Grense 0700 1800 9650  100 275  1234567 N.Cape       Afrikaans
Radio Sonder Grense 1800 2400 3320  100 275  1234567 N.Cape       Afrikaans
SARL                0800 0900 7205  100 Omni       7 Southern Afr English
SARL                0800 0900 17760 250 19         7 East Africa  English
SARL                1630 1730 4895  100 Omni 1       Southern Afr English
Voice of America    1630 1700 11850 100 20   12345   East Africa  English
Voice of America    1630 1700 15260 250 7    1234567 East Africa  Swahili
Voice of America    1730 1800 11900 100 20   12345   East Africa  Oromo
Voice of America    1800 1900 11900 100 20   1234567 East Africa  Amharic

Monday 1….Tuesday 2….Wednesday 3…

BBC                 0700 0800 15400 100 335  1234567 West Africa  English 
BBC                 1700 1800 9410  100 19   1234567 East Africa  English 
BBC                 1800 1830 7300  250 76   1234567 Indian Oc.Isles French 
BBC                 1800 1830 9590  250 32   1234567 East Africa  Somali 
BBC                 1800 1830 11875 100 30   1234567 Somalia      Somali 
SARL = South African Radio League
AWR = Adventist World Radio

Reception reports to : HoosenS@sentech.co.za

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Digital Radio Mondiale Annual General Assembly – Successes and New Opportunities Examined

Under the banner "Digital Radio Mondiale Drives Forward", the 2019 General Assembly of the DRM Consortium is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th of March, at the Palma Bellver Bay Meliá Hotel on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

The DRM General Assembly is where the past year is being reviewed in detail and the strategy and working plan for the next year is set. After a short review session, the DRM members and invited guests will have a chance to receive updates from country representatives and specialists from all the corners of the globe about the various activities in key DRM countries like India, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Russia and many more. A full session on the March 27th will be devoted to receivers, as 2018 marked a step change in the development of DRM receiver and receiver solutions.

For Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman, the General Assembly is a moment to take stock "and review the excellent progress made by DRM in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as South Africa, other countries in Africa, Middle East and Europe. DRM drives forward with big successes in the automotive industry. The General Assembly will be a moment to celebrate but also to refine the strategy in making the full DRM standard (whether in the AM or FM bands) recognised and accepted for its great benefits and extra services it can provide for all the needs of a country. We are looking forward to the presentations and debates which should inform our annual plan and ultimate goal of what a powerful, all-band solution DRM is."

(Press Release)

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Shortwave Radio Meetings – 2019

Here's a list of major radio related meetings of 2019, amendments and corrections are welcome.

Date: February 13
Description: UNESCO World Radio Day

Dates: February 28-March 2http://airddfamily.blogspot.com/2019/02/wrd-special-radio-listening-is-not-just.html
Location: Plymouth Meeting (near Philadelphia), PA, USA
Description: Winter SWL Fest
Expected attendance: 150
NASWA Winter SWL Fest http://www.swlfest.com/
February 28 – March 2, 2019, Doubletree Suites Philadelphia West, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. The Winter SWL Fest is a conference of radio hobbyists of all stripes, from DC to daylight.

Date: March 2 (1430-1700 BST)
Location: Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS, England
Organization: Reading International Radio Group
Expected attendance: 20
More info: www.bdxc.org.uk http://www.bdxc.org.uk/; , Barraclough.mike at gmail.com
Note: Reading DX meetings are held with about 2 months interval (next one on May 25th)
British DX Club Web Site - Home Page<http://www.bdxc.org.uk/
The British DX Club is the premier club for all interested in radio listening. Covers dxing, schedules, programming, shortwave, MW, LW and FM radio for members in UK and overseas

Dates: March 31-April 2
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Description: Radiodays Europe 2019 -conference

Dates: May 3-5
Location: Jönköping, Sweden
Description: DX-Parlamentet 2019, the annual meeting of the SDXF together with the meeting of Arctic Radio Club (a club specialized in MW DXing)
Organization: The Swedish DX-Federation (SDXF)

Dates: May 9-10
Location: Cary, North Carolina, USA
Description: Annual NASB Conference, hosted by TWR International
Organization: National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters

Dates: May 17-19
Location: Dayton, Ohio, USA
Organization: Dayton Hamvention
Expected attendance: 20000

Dates: June 21-23
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Description: Ham Radio, biggest annual hamfest in Europe
Expected attendance: 20000

Dates: July
Location: Döbriach, Austria
Description: DX-Camp of ADXB-OE

Dates: August 2-4
Location: Southern Finland
Description: The annual summer meeting of the Finnish DX Association
Expected attendance: 100
More info: www.sdxl.fi, rv at sdxl.org

Dates: August 31-September 1
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Description: Big ham fair with a SW sector (Japan SW Club stand and lectures)
Organization: Tokyo HAM Fair sponsored by JARL
Expected attendance: 30000
More info: ohtaket at live.jp

Dates: September 5-7
Location: Tukwila, Washington, USA (near Seattle)
Description: IRCA Convention

Dates: September 6-8
Location: Andorra
Description: European DX Conference
Organization: European DX Council
Expected attendance: 50
More info: www.edxc.org

Dates: September 6-11
Location: Berlin, Germany
Name: IFA Internationale Funkausstellung
Description: Consumer Electronics Fair - Including Radios

Dates: September 12-17
Location: Amsterdam, Holland
Decsription: IBC 2019, conference and exhibition

Dates: October 8-10
Location: Kanyakumari, India
Description: Ham Fest India 2019

Risto Vahakainu, FDXA

(Via HCDX List)

The future of Shortwave

In our view, there can be no direct replacement of Shortwave as the first line of international broadcasting, especially for most of Africa, some regions in Asia, Pacific and South America and worldwide in case of political or religious instability, regional or widespread conflict and calamities. Even in the most developed countries in North America and Europe shortwave still reaches a niche group of information savvy, culture and news addict people in search of first-hand news and information not available elsewhere. At the same time, we acknowledge that satellites and the Internet do have their place and have become increasingly important somewhere down the road.

Read the full blog post by Ron at :

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Australian radio DX Club INC Membership drive till June 30th 2019

The Australian Radio DX Club is an Australian non profit club with a monthly magazine and are offering a $20 AUD membership for an E-Magazine membership till June 30th 2019.

If you would like to receive a complimentary magazine and E- special membership, please email John Wright : dxer1234@gmail.com

Monday, January 28, 2019


New Delhi, Jan 28, 2019  :  Communications Systems Inc., the manufacturer of the Avion DRM digital receiver AV-1401, has slashed price of their DRM digital receiver by almost 50%.The upgraded model of Avion DRM receiver AV-DR-1401 with a new PCB design, enhanced sensitivity and improved FM signal is now avalable at Rs.6599 + Taxes. This price is for sale in India only.

The screen benefits from a change of the front lens into crystal die giving an improvement to the big LCD window. The manufacturer has also upgraded the software for the Emergency Warning Functionality, so that it can be used when the receiver is in standby as well.

Moreover, the receiver is now able to pick up weaker signals delivering those in better digital audio quality. Improvements have been done also on the antenna by providing a complete new design.

Currently the new receiver can be bought by contacting the manufacturer at info@avionelectronics.in

In future, this receiver will also be available through e-commerce sites online.

(Alokesh Gupta)

Here's the official press release :

Friday, January 25, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Special broadcasts by AIR for Republic Day 2019

India is celebrating its 70th Republic Day on 26 Jan 2019 (Saturday). All India Radio will broadcast special programs in connection with the Republic Day celebrations as follows:

25th January 2019 (Friday) : Eve of Republic Day

1330 UTC (1900 IST) onwards Hon'ble President's address to the nation in Hindi &  English. This will be broadcast by all stations of AIR on MW, SW, FM. Shortly after this broadcast, the local stations will broadcast its translations in local languages.

SW frequencies:

kHz     kW       Station

4760    7          Leh                
4760    8          Port Blair                    
4800    50        Hyderabad                
4810    50        Bhopal          
4835    10        Gangtok                    
4895    50        Kurseong            
4910    50        Jaipur  
4920    50        Chennai          
4950    30        Srinagar          
4970    50        Shillong  (Off Air)       
5010    50        Thiruvananthapuram              
5040    50        Jeypore                      
5050    10        Aizawl (Off Air)
6030    250      Delhi              
9380    250      Aligarh
9865    500      Bengaluru

26 January 2019 (Saturday) : Republic Day

Live running commentary of Republic Day parade & cultural pageant from 0345 UTC (0915 IST) onwards :

Hindi : 7520 (Delhi 250 kW)  (Cancelling External Service in Urdu normally broadcast at this time on these frequency), 9950 (Delhi 100 kW), 13695 (Bengaluru 500 kW)

English : 6030 (Delhi 250 kW); 15185 (Bengaluru 500 kW)

Also MW/FM frequencies as per above mentioned links.

The following regional stations will change from their Morning frequencies  on 60 Meters (4 & 5 MHz frequencies) to their day time frequencies between  0335-0350 UTC (ie much earlier than usual) as follows :

 6000 Leh (Off Air)
 6085 Gangtok
 7315 Shillong (Off Air)
 7325 Jaipur

 The following stations are already scheduled to be on air daily at this time and will also relay the running commentary.

 5040 Jeypore
 6110 Srinagar
 7270  Chennai
 7290 Thiruvanthapuram
 7380 Chennai
 7390 Port Blair
 7420 Hyderabad
 7430 Bhopal
 9865 Bengaluru

Please send your reception reports on line at: http://pbinfo.air.org.in/feedback/

Live streaming of the above programs is available in:

Those who would like to watch the programs on Doordarshan TV  can check in:

DD National Channel:

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.