Friday, May 24, 2024

Test transmission by new shortwave station from Finland

A new shortwave station broadcasting from Asikkala, Finland, is planning for a launch on Saturday June 1st 2024. The name of the station is Radio Piko. Frequencies to be used are 3990, 5980, and 9770 kHz – and the station will be active Saturdays and Sundays until August 15th. Power is 10 Watts, and the format will be big band music.

According to the webpage at  http://radiopiko.fi/ , it is described as an "infamous Triple L low power, low antenna, low budget operation".  

The station has licensed power of 10 watts & the target area is Finland and Finnish radio hobbyists. Transmitters are Icom IC-735 or Kenwood TS-430, antenna is simple half wave dipole and a wire.
eQSL to listeners who sends a correct reception report. Station will mainly broadcast music made before 1950, also old time radio shows, American Forces Radio swing bands from wartime broadcasts, interviews, etc.

Reports by email to : pikofinland@gmail.com

Test Transmissions :

From Asikkala in Finland with 10 Watts to:

1600-1700 UTC 9770 (Norway, Denmark)
1800-1900 UTC 5980 (Finland)
1900-2000 UTC 3990 (Finland, Sweden, Estonia)
Random tests on 3990, 5980 or 9770 at random times.

(Source : Stig Hartvig Nielsen & Station Website)

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Radio Afghanistan International (Afghanistan International TV) 7600 kHz off air ?

Radio Afghanistan International (Afghanistan International TV) seems to be off air since the new A24 kicked in. Not heard after 1st April'24 during random checks.

Radio Afghanistan International used to broadcast audio feed from Afghanistan International TV run by Volant Media, UK which was launched prematurely on 16/17 August '21 due to events unfolding in Afghanistan & was heard 24x7 on shortwave 7600 kHz.

On May 9, '24, the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) , Afghanistan asked journalists and experts to refrain from participating in the programs of Afghanistan International Radio Television and banned its broadcasting in public places, according to a statement.

Related Links :

Volant Media UK Launches Afghanistan International TV

The Taliban orders boycott of Afghanistan International TV and radio by journalists and citizens

Taliban's Boycott of Afghanistan International Network Violates Media Laws

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Atlantic 2000 on the air this Friday, May 17 '24

Atlantic 2000 will be on the air this Friday, 17th of May 2024 from 19:00 to 20:00 UTC (21:00 to 22:00 CEST) on 3955 and 6070 kHz courtesy of Channel 292. Streams will be available at the same time at :



You can listen 24/7 webstream or podcasts on website of Atlantic 2000:

Good listening!


Thursday, May 09, 2024

Pop Shop Radio 250 kw from Woofferton

Pop Shop Radio will be doing another 250 kilowatt transmission from Woofferton,UK on 18th May, 2024 at 0300 UTC on 11990 kHz, directed to North America. It will be an all 50s show and different from the show airing on Channel 292, SW Gold and WRMI that week.

(Tony Pavick, Pop Shop Radio, Hope BC Canada Via WOR List)

CNR-1 “Voice of China” DRM A24

A24 DRM Test Transmission schedule of CNR-1 "Voice of China"(revised on March 31 2024) is as follows;

Beijing(BEI)  Azimuth ID:3ED

2025-1805 6030kHz 30 kW 0deg (off at Tue 0600-0900)
0100-0900 13825kHz 30kW 175deg

Dongfang(DOF)  Azimuth ID:3ED

0100-0900 11695kHz 30kW 41deg  17770kHz 30kW 16deg

Kunming(KUN)  Azimuth ID:2

0100-0400 15180kHz 30kW 32deg
0400-1100 13810kHz 30kW 32deg

Qiqihar(QIQ)  Azimuth ID:1

0000-0400 9420kHz 30kW 203deg
0400-1000 7360kHz 30kW 203deg
1000-1200 9870kHz 30kW 203deg

Urumqi(URU)  Azimuth ID:3EC

2200-0100 9655 30kW 98deg
0100-0800 17830 30kW 98deg
0800-1200 9655 30kW 98deg

Original article is at https://cahcn.github.io/drm/

(Takahito Akabayashi, Tokyo, Japan via WOR List)


Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Special Ramadan broadcast by Akashvani stations

Like every year, the special transmissions for Ramadan has started from Akashvani stations in Jammu & Kashmir as follows:

Timings (variable) : 4.20 am to 5.25 am (2250 to 2355 hrs UTC)

Frequencies :

1116 kHz 300 kW  - Akashvani Srinagar
1350 kHz 20 kW - Akashvani Kupwara
103.5 MHz 10 kW - Akashvani Srinagar

This transmission is for about 1 hour and sign on and sign off timings vary. It will continue for one month, till Ramzan day ie around 9th April 2024.
After the above program the Srinagar station signs off and comes back on air for their regular broadcasts starting from 6.48 am.
It is a good time to catch the station from long distances

(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio)

HAM Operators from Cyclone Shelters of Nachugunta Island, Andhra Pradesh, excel in Island On The Air (IOTA) Expedition

25 FEB 2024 8:49PM by PIB Delhi

Advocating last mile connectivity and a HAM in every village, alongside the readiness of HAMs to aid in communication failures, a dedicated team of amateur radio operators (HAMs) embarked on a significant journey from the cyclone shelters of Nachugunta Island, Andhra Pradesh, to participate in the Island on the Air (IOTA) expedition. It aimed atintegrating HAM education in primary and secondary schools for widespread adoption and enhanced disaster response across the country. Despite facing the challenges of a very difficult and remote location, these enthusiasts showcased the spirit of innovation and resilience that truly embodies the 'Make in India' ethos in the communication sector.


The In-charge of the Wireless Monitoring Station in Vijayawada and the Head of the International Monitoring Earth Station in Jalna, Maharashtra, accompanied by an official from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) headquarters, visited the remote site. During the visit, they commended the steadfast dedication of the HAM operators, acknowledging their efforts as a reflection of India's excellence in communication technology.


At the site, five Amateur High Frequency stations and one Amateur Satellite station were set up using most of the self-designed and locally developed communication equipment, showcasing India's commitment to the "Make in India" initiative. Operating from the disaster-prone village of Nachugunta Island (AS-199), located in the West Godavari District within the Vijayawada region of Andhra Pradesh, these operators utilized the cyclone shelters along the Bay of Bengal coastline as their base for communication. 

In the course of their expedition, the team of HAMs made approximately 4,000 global contacts with HAMs including from US, Canada, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Europe, Soth Asia etc, showcasing their proficiency in establishing communication links across the globe. Moreover, they seized the opportunity to raise awareness about emergency communication preparedness, conducting sessions in local schools and villages to educate the community about the significance of effective communication during crises.

The success of this expedition not only highlights the technical expertise of the HAM operators but also underscores the importance of community engagement and preparedness in the face of natural disasters. Through their commendable efforts, the team has not only demonstrated India's capabilities in the field of amateur radio operations but has also contributed significantly to enhancing emergency communication resilience in vulnerable areas.


About Islands on the Air (IOTA)

IOTA, or Islands On The Air, is a pioneering programme that connects radio amateurs worldwide with stations on islands. Established in 1964, it's managed by IOTA Ltd in collaboration with the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), categorizing islands into groups for communication. For the latest updates, enthusiasts can visit DX information providers like 425 DX News, DX-World, Les Nouvelles DX, The Daily DX, and DX News.

(Press Release, Ministry of Communications, Govt. Of India)

Akashvani External Services - Latest changes

The Updated schedule of Akashvani External Services  (formerly known as All India Radio) is in their official web site as follows:

https://prasarbharati.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/External-Services-07032024.pdf

Latest changes :

1045-1215 UTC Tibetan 9875 (Ex 9735) via  New Delhi 100 kW
1230-1330 UTC Baluchi  9875 (Ex 9735) via  New Delhi 100 kW

The same is reflected in HFCC registrations also

(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio)

Akashvani extended schedule on the ocassion of "Shivaratri" on 8th March '24

Watch out for extended schedule (past 2310 IST/1740 UTC) by AIR stations from South India carrying live broadcast/devotional programs songs/drama/talk etc in regional languages on the ocassion of religious festival "Shivaratri" on 8th March, 2024 (Friday).

Andhra Pradesh in Telugu:
837 kHz Vijayawada
900 kHz Kadapah
927 kHz Visahakapatnam

Puducherry in Tamil
1215 kHz Puducherry

Karnataka in Kannada:
612 kHz Bengaluru
675 kHz Bhadrawathi
765 kHz Dharwad
1107 kHz Gulbarga
1089 kHz Udipi

Tamil Nadu State in Tamil:
720 kHz Chennai
936 kHz Tiruchirapalli
999 kHz Coimbatore
1197 kHz Tirunelveli
1269 kHz Madurai

Telangana State in Telugu:
738 kHz Hyderabad

Tamil FM stations from SriLanka also carry live relay of special program for Maha Shivaratri.
Last year AIR stations from Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Puducherry were not heard.

Friday, March 01, 2024

IDXCI Newsletter - Asian DX Report March 2024

Indian DX Club's newsletter "Asian DX Review" March 2024 Edition
(Volume-42, No. 593)

Contents of ADXR March 2024 Edition:

"Supercharging" the Qodosen SR-286 by Gary Debock ~ N7EKX  ......................1 - 2
In Loving Memory of Ameen Sayani ..................................................................... 3
The Medium Wave "Rumbler" by Nick Hall-Patch ................................................ 4 - 6
Tidbits by Sudipta Ghose ~ VU2UT ...................................................................... 7
DX LOGGINGS by Babul Gupta ~ VU3ZBG ........................................................ 8 - 9
World Radio Day 2024 observed by Murshidabad Betar Shrota Poribar .............10
CURRENT WAVES by Alokesh Gupta ~ VU3BSE ............................................. 11 -12
QSL REVIEW by Pradip Chandra Kundu ~ VU3IOP .......................................... 13
FOCUS ON INDIA by Jose Jacob ~ VU2JOS .....................................................14 -20
Island On The Air (IOTA) Expedition ....................................................................21 -22

Download the pdf copy here :   https://tinyurl.com/adxrfeb24


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Radio Öömrang annual broadcast on 21st Feb 2024

Radio Öömrang annual transmission on 21st Feb, 2024

The annual broadcast of Radio Öömrang is scheduled on  21st Feb, 2024 (Wednesday).
Radio Oomrang broadcasts once in a year on shortwave in lower German language via facilities of Media Broadcast in Germany. Radio Oomrang announces as "The Free Voice of Frisian People from Amrum island in Germany". Station ID is in english. Radio Öömrang was broadcasted for the first time in 2006, most of the progarmming is in North Frisian language as well as lower German and english.
The Broadcast is directed towards the descendents of North Frisian immigrants in North America.

English station identification is noted as..."this is Radio Öömrang, the freedom voice of Öömrang"

This year's broadcast is scheduled as :

1600-1700 UTC on 15215 kHz via Issoudun 500 kW /300 deg to USA East Coast in Frisian dialect, German and  English.

About Oomrang :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%96%C3%B6mrang




Reception reports to : QSL-Shortwave@media-broadcast.com

Friday, January 12, 2024

Reduction of shortwave transmitters at KDDI Yamata transmitter site

According to Jiji Tsushin on December 29, 2023, KDDI decided to remove aged  2 shortwave transmitters from Yamata transmitter site in Koga, Ibaraki Prefecture.

The removing works will be done in 2024 fiscal year (April 2024-March 2025) for 10 months. During the period some services, such as "Shiokaze" to North Korea, will not be able to transmit on 2 waves at the same time.


At Yamata transmitter site, there are 7 shortwave transmitters.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric SP-1 300kW x 1  SP-1 100kW x 2 (reduced power from 300kW in 2008-2009)  installed in 1993
Ampegon TSW2300D 300kW x 4 installed in 2013

Probably each one of old Hitachi Kokusai Electric 300kW and 100kW transmitters will be removed.

(Takahito Akabayashi, Tokyo, Japan via WOR List)
Picture credit : Morikazu Kogen via asahi.com

Monday, January 08, 2024

Radio Prague changes QSL policy

Radio Prague changes QSL policy

As per Radio Prague, due to significant price hikes by the Czech postal service have forced them to make a few changes. From 2024, Radio Pragie will only send printed postcards to listeners who send a printed postcard or letter themselves. Otherwise, Radio Prague will send digital QSL cards to those who send a message by email or via web form.

Details at :
 
Radio Prague's 2024 QSL card series will be musical – and digital

https://english.radio.cz/radio-pragues-2024-qsl-card-series-will-be-musical-and-digital-8804225

(Source & Picture : Radio Prague)

Tuesday, January 02, 2024

The Winter SWL Fest is moving dates !!!!!

THE "FESTMEISTERS" IN CONSULTATION WITH THE NASWA EXECUTIVE BOARD HAVE DECIDED TO SHIFT THE DATES OF THE 2024 FEST TO THE WEEKEND OF MAY 10-11!!!!

(Yes, we know that's "shouting", but we figure big news deserves a big, noticeable announcement.)

Stay "tuned" for further information.  We also are examining the possibility of once again holding an in-person event in cooperation with the current online "Zoom" event.

Better ease of travel and the potential for fewer health concerns in spring as opposed to winter were partial considerations for this decision to move the dates.  It will now be known as:

THE (Ahem) "WINTER" SWL FEST

…  even though it's not in winter and covers far more than shortwave.  (What can we say but we can't come up with a better identifying moniker after more than three decades.)

Thank you for your continued support and interest.  We'll be back in touch shortly.  For one thing, we'll want to poll past and potential attendees on their own interest and ability to commit to participating in an in-person event.

73s
Richard Cuff
John Figliozzi
Fest Ringleaders

(Via ODXA List)