Thursday, May 13, 2021

16th Edition of the Global Radio Guide (Summer2021) Now Available

Sometimes in life, what is old becomes new again.  Familiar names and voices we long have placed into the recesses of our minds, suddenly spring back to the forefront.

It can be that way with radio as well.  What we sometimes consider to be antique transmissions of a bygone era can re-emerge in a digital world, as if time had merely paused. They ensnare the attention of both those who were around for the glory days, as well as those hearing these signals for the first time.

Such is the case with the recently resurfaced "Russian Woodpecker."  The Cold War-era stalwart that once placed its distinct signal across large swaths of the HF band, is once again being heard amongst the crackles of static on shortwave radios and SDRs around the world.

For those who want to be part of the action, Gayle Van Horn's 16th Edition of her Amazon bestselling Global Radio Guide (Summer 2021) has all the details you need to catch up with our vintage friend.

"My first thought was, 'I have heard this signal before,'" writes Teak Publishing co-founder and editor of the Global Radio Guide (GRG), Larry Van Horn, in his in-depth look into the return of Russia's famous Over-The-Horizon-Radar (OTHR) transmissions.  "It did not take long for me to connect what I was hearing to the past and realize I was hearing a form of the old Russian Woodpecker again."

Included in Van Horn's article is everything you need to become a grizzled "woodpecker" expert:  a historical review of Russia's OTHR system, information on where in the world – and on the HF band – the newest version of the Woodpecker is being heard, links to audio samples so you know what to listen for, maps of transmitting locations and more.

Russia radars are not the only focus of this completely updated edition of the GRG, though.  Worldwide, tensions are continuing to escalate and – in another case of what is old becoming new – people around the world are once again turning to shortwave radio to place themselves on the front lines.

With the help of the GRG, you can tune in shortwave broadcast stations from hotspots such as China, Cuba, India, Iran, North/South Korea, Taiwan, and many other counties. If you have a shortwave radio receiver, SDR or Internet connection, pair it with this unique radio resource to know when and where to listen to the world.

This newest edition of the GRG carries on the tradition of those before it with an in-depth, 24-hour station/frequency guide with schedules for selected AM band, longwave, and shortwave radio stations. This unique resource is the only radio publication that lists by-hour schedules that include all language services, frequencies, and world target areas for over 500 stations worldwide.

The GRG includes listings of DX radio programs and Internet website addresses for many of the stations in the book. There are also entries for time and frequency stations as well as some of the more "intriguing" transmissions one can find on the shortwave radio bands.

LarryVan Horn has also updated his now famous SDRBuyer's Guide, a must-have compendium that helps you navigate through revolutionary world of software-defined radios (SDRs), the digital frontier of the radio hobby.

Continuing with the theme of this16thedition of the GRG:  Gayle takes a stroll into the seemingly not too distant past, into the role that radio played during the Falkland Island War, even as new government leaders within Argentina jockey for position to reclaim sovereignty over the islands.

Spectrum Monitor magazine editor, Ken Reitz, dives into the rise and fall of Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) on shortwave radio.  Reitz gives the rundown on where you can still find DRM signals on the shortwave bands, even if you do not have a DRM-capable radio in your home.

Fred Waterer, also of Spectrum Monitor, checks in with a feature on one of the great pastimes of shortwave radio – travelling the world without leaving home.  This is an especially poignant topic of discussion given the current travel restrictions found in most of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Waterer gives us a detailed RF-itinerary for circumnavigating the globe via broadcasters on shortwave radio.  While many of the station names may be different than they once were, Waterer proves that there is still plenty of diversity and culture to be found on the bands.

Whether you monitor shortwave radio broadcasts, amateur radio operators, or aeronautical, maritime, government, or military communications in the HF radio spectrum, this book has the frequencies to help you to hear it all. Teak Publishing's Global Radio Guide "brings the world to you."

You can find this edition of the Global Radio Guide, along with all of our titles currently available for purchase, on the Teak Publishing Web site at www.teakpublishing.com.  For a limited time, all previous editions of the Global Radio Guide will also be available at a reduced price.  Details will be available at www.teakpublishing.com

The 16thedition of the Global Radio Guide-Book (electronic book only, no print edition available) is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at :


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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Special edition of BCDX net on World Amateur Radio Day


To celebrate World Amateur Radio Day next Sunday April 18 2021, a special edition of BCDX NET will be conducted  at 1200 UTC  (5.30 pm IST) on 14160 kHz USB. All are invited to check into it and exchange greetings. Net Controller Sanil VU3SIO, Kozhikode, Kerala  &  Jose Jacob VU2JOS, Hyderabad.

BCDX net is controlled by Mr.Sanil Deep, VU3SIO on 7085 kHz LSB at 0300-0330 UTC (8.30 to 9.00 am IST.) on sundays.

This Net was started on Sunday November 27, 1988 by a small group of Amateurs viz. Shanmughasundaram VU2FOT, Victor Goonetilleke 4S7VK, Jose Jacob VU2JOS and some SWL's.

The whole concept of this Net started when these Hams used to meet regularly on the band and exchanged DX news at various times. This later transformed into a regular Net which benefited many people. This Net is conducted on Sunday mornings for the advantage of those who are keenly interested in Broadcast Band Dxing.The unique thing about this Net is that is helped Hams to become SWL Dxers and SWL's to become Hams !

On a typical Sunday morning,the Net control starts the Net by calling in for regular check-ins. After about 10 minutes he gives the latest DX tips that he has gathered and later other stations also takes turn in exchanging their DX information. It has all the ingredients of a live two way DX program and continues for about 30 minutes depending on the traffic. For some time it was known as SWL DX Net.

The Net grew up with VU2KAK Anil, VU3SIO Sanil,VU2ISR Harsha, VU3ITI Varadhan, VU3DJQ Raman, VU2NGB Binu,VU2BNP Prahalad, VU3BGK Neel, VU2ICI Mohan, VU2MUD Madhu etc.joining in.

RADIO THAILAND A21

RADIO THAILAND A21
Effective 28th March to 30th Oct,2021

TIME (UTC) LANGUAGE FREQUENCY (KHz)
-----------------------------------
0000-0030 ENGLISH    15590
0030-0100 ENGLISH    15590
0100-0200 THAI       15590
0200-0230 ENGLISH    15590
0230-0330 THAI       15590
0530-0600 ENGLISH    17640
1000-1100 THAI       17850
1100-1115 VIETNAMESE 5875
1115-1130 MANDARIN   5875
1130-1145 THAI       5875
1145-1200 ENGLISH    5875
1200-1215 MALAYSIAN  9390
1230-1300 ENGLISH    9390
1300-1315 JAPANESE   9390
1315-1330 MANDARIN   9390
1330-1400 THAI       9390
1400-1430 ENGLISH    9390
1800-1900 THAI       9920
1900-2000 ENGLISH    9920
2000-2015 GERMAN     9920
2030-2045 ENGLISH    9920
2045-2115 THAI       9920

Reception reports to : rthworldservice@gmail.com

---
Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi

FTIOM & UBMP, April 18-24

Recently the broadcasts of FTIOM from Bulgaria have sometimes been reaching as far as Russia's Pacific coast on good evenings, and the Saturday transmissions of UBMP have reached  central Russia.

From the Isle of Music, April 18-24:

This week, in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, we repeat a 2020 episode with special guest Harold López-Nussa.

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 Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9 PM EDT in the US).
3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 (NEW UTC) on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany.
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, April 18-24:

In episode 213, thanks to some suggestions about musicians from our listener friend Jaouad Saber in Morocco, we present some excellent music from that country.

The transmissions take place:
1. Sunday 2200-2300 UTC (6:00PM -7:00 PM EDT) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
2. Tuesday 2000-2100 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.
3. Saturday 0800-0900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe with a directional booster aimed eastward,

AND a special broadcast Saturday at 1900-2000 UTC on Channel 292, 3955 kHz.
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Atlantic 2000 on the air this Saturday, 17th Apr '21

Atlantic 2000 will be on the air this Saturday, 17th of April from 0900 to 1000 UTC (1100 to 1200 CEST) on 6070 and 9670 kHz via Channel 292.

Streams will be available at the same time here: http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr

Reception reports to : atlantic2000international@gmail.com

Good listening!



AIR special broadcasts for Ramadan

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

Timings (variable) : 2205 to 2305 UTC ( 3.35 to 4.35 am IST)

Frequencies

1116 kHz 300 kW  Srinagar
1350 kHz 20 kW Kupwara
4950 kHz 50 kW Srinagar (Announced but not heard at my location, maybe due to skip conditions)
103.5 MHz 10 kW 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 14 May 2021.

(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS)


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

DRM Framework to be integrated into the ATSC 3.0 Digital TV Platform

Fraunhofer IIS, primary developer of the xHE-AAC audio codec, the DRM Consortium, and Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI), a leading provider of local sports and news in the U.S., are joining forces to bring the best possible digital radio experience based on DRM to ATSC 3.0 digital TV
platform users on all platforms including mobiles.

This collaboration aims at establishing the seamless transport of DRM based services with all their advanced digital radio features on the ATSC 3.0 TV platform. This allows DRM broadcasters to create the DRM content once and then distribute it simultaneously and terrestrially via dedicated digital AM/FM transmissions and on the digital TV platform. Listeners can enjoy a full-featured digital radio experience across all broadcast platforms using any reception device – from stand-alone radio and TV sets to mobile phones and in-car receivers.

"Both the ATSC 3.0 digital TV and the DRM digital radio standards are really gaining momentum all over the world. With the recently started rollout in the US, the ATSC 3.0 TV standard has proven to be a success. It also receives growing attention in more and more countries worldwide including India. The same holds true for DRM digital radio, which is adopted in a steadily growing number of countries all over the world. Bringing the rich digital radio experience of DRM to the innovative ATSC TV platform is a perfect win-win situation for users and broadcasters alike," says Alexander Zink, Senior Business Development Manager for Broadcast Applications at Fraunhofer IIS.

Sinclair Broadcast Group and Fraunhofer IIS have identified immense potential resulting from this tight technology integration, which deploys DRM as the common digital radio solution across multiple transmission platforms. A demonstration is currently in preparation to prove the easy transmission of existing DRM based digital radio services over ATSC 3.0, and to showcase the easy integration of DRM reception on ATSC 3.0 receivers, including mobile phones.

This joint project is expected to open the door to close collaboration between the respective standard bodies, the ultimate goal being the adoption of both standards worldwide for the benefit of broadcasters and listeners alike.

Press Release :

Fraunhofer and Sinclair to Collaborate Towards Integrating Digital Radio Mondiale Framework into the ATSC 3.0 Digital TV Platform

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Baibu Bay Radio(Voice of Guangxi Baibu Wan)A21

Baibu Bay Radio(Voice of Guangxi Baibu Wan)has announced the A21 program schedule.
 
New Programs:  Chinese program of Radio Thailand "Cooperation between Thai and China" at 1530-1545 every Saturday and Sunday. 2 minutes program "Let's learn Chinese together" in 5 languages at 1200 and 0100 everyday.
 
Shortwave on 5050/9820kHz

Evening Broadcast 1000-1602 UTC
1000-1030  Information on COVID-19 and others
1030-1100  Relay of Guanxi Satellite TV station  "Gianxi News"
1100-1130  Relay of CCTV program 1  "News"
1130-1200  Cantonese program
1200-1202  "Let's learn Chinese together" (Mon/Tue Cambodian Tue Lao Wed Burmese Sun/Thu Thai Fri Vietnamese)
1202-1300  Vietnamese program
1300-1330  Music and others
1330-1335  Foreign language program (Mon Cambodian Tue Lao Wed Burmese Thu/Sat Thai Fri/Sun Vietnamese)
1335-1400  Music and others
1400-1500  CRI Vietnamese program
1500-1515  Information on COVID-19 an others
1515-1520  English program
1520-1530  Cantonese program
1530-1545  Mon-Fri "Attractive China" in Thai, Sat/Sun "Cooperation between  Thai and China" produced by Radio Thailand in Chinese
1545-1600  Music of surrounding countries

Morning Broadcast 2248-0102
2248-2300  Opening Music
2300-0100  CCTV channel 13 "Morning News"
0100-0102   "Let's learn Chinese together" (Mon/Tue Cambodian Tue Lao Wed Burmese Sun/Thu Thai Fri Vietnamese), weather forecast

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Shortwave transmitting site is SARFT #954 located at Hunagwutong, Xixingtang Districe, Nanning. Power 15kW. Also on FM 96.4MHz.
 
Takahito Akabayashi
Tokyo, Japan

(Via WOR List)

New FM station launched in Myanmar - Federal FM Radio, 90.2 MHz

Babul Gupta from Kolkata logged a new FM station  from Myanmar, Federal FM Radio on 90.2 MHz on 31st March'2021.

It seems a new FM station has been launched in Myanmar - Federal FM Radio, 90.2 MHz  on 27th March 2021 at 9:00 AM Yangon time.

Federal FM Radio, an unlicensed radio station went live on 27th March, 2021 at 90.2 MHz. Its targeted broadcasting days are on Thursdays and Sundays. It aims to inform audiences about events throughout the country while educating listeners about federalism – that is, having a national and state government, as opposed to authoritarian, military rule. 

Earlier, Myanmar's Military Council announced revoking licenses of five independent media companies, Myanmar Now, Khit Thit media, Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), Mizzima, and 7 Day.  DVB, Mizzima and 7 Day are VOA affiliates.

Related :

Myanmar Activists Launch Radio Program to Promote Federalism
https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/myanmar-activists-launch-radio-program-promote-federalism

Radio Andorra tribute broadcast on 12th April '21

Special program announcement:

As some of you know, the legendary Radio Andorra was taken off the air these days 40 years ago in 1981 by the government. Some programs that were prepared couldn't be aired, most of the material is lost. Luckily, the playlist of the last planned hit-parade from April, 12th 1981 survived, thus it was never broadcasted. 40 years later this will finally be done.

Next Monday, April, 12th 2021 at 17 UTC, exact 40 years later we will complete history. The show will be hosted by a DJ that started his career in Radio Andorra end of the 1970s. The program will be in French and broadcasted via Moosbrunn on a steerable LogPer Antenna directed at 270° towards the centre of France. All French-speaking countries in Europe should be covered in good quality.

Date: 12.04.2021
Time: 1700 UTC until 20 or 21 UTC (depending on some extra features we try to prepare next days)
Frequency: 6180 kHz
Power: 100kW

(Christian Milling via WOR List)

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Next edition of the Domestic Broadcasting Survey - DBS 23

New edition of the Domestic Broadcasting Survey - DBS 23 can now be downloaded FREE OF CHARGE from www.dswci.org
Click Domestic Broadcasting Survey, Latest issue.

Here's the direct link to download :   http://www.dswci.org/dbs/dbs/dbs23.pdf

If clicking Tropical Bands Monitor, Latest issue, You can also find the monitoring done by DX-ers in January-March 2021.

(‎Anker‎ Petersen)



Asian DX Review Newsletter - April 2021 edition now available for download


Asian DX Review - April 2021 edition now available for download from Indian DX Club International's Website

Asian DX Review [ADXR] monthly newsletter from Indian DX Club International is published monthly in digital format and distributed free.

Radio enthusiasts can send in their write up, feedback, reviews and anything related to radio to idxc.international@gmail.com

Marconi Radio International txn on 5th April

Marconi Radio International, which broadcasts from Italy, will be on air on with a new power amplifier (around 250 watts) as follows:

5th April 2021 from 0900 to 1030 UTC and from 1600 to 1730 UTC on 11390 kHz.

Reception reports to : marconiradiointernational@gmail.com

(Via Glenn Hauser, WOR List)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

AUSTRIA special callsign OE21M - Special Amateur Radio Call - Marconi Day

AUSTRIA special callsign OE21M. Special Amateur Radio Call - Marconi Day

The documentation archive Funk / QSL Collection and CARO (Club amateur radio ORF) in Austrian broadcasting will operate an amateur radio station with the special call sign OE21M from Friday, 23rd to Sunday, 25th April 2021 (00:00-24:00 UTC).

OE21M is an official station for ′′ International Marconi Day ′′ - contacts on Saturday, April 24., 2021, counting for the IMD diploma.

OE office via OE1WHC - Direct: DokuFunk, An der Steinfelder 4 A, A-1230 Vienna, Austria.

(QSL card picture via A-DX FB group)

(Christoph Ratzer-AUT OE2CRM)

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

KTWR GUAM A21

KTWR GUAM A21
Effective 28th March to 30th October 2021



Start Stop Freq Lang      CIRAF        Power Azi Slew Ant     Days
---------------------------------------------------------------------
1000 1030 11965 MADURESE   54          100 278 -30 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1030 1100 11965 SUNDANESE  54          100 278 -30 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1030 1100 11965 INDONESIAN 54          100 278 -30 4/4/1    Su             Sa
1100 1130 11965 ENGLISH    49,50,54    100 278 -15 4/4/1    Su            
1100 1140 11965 ENGLISH    49,50,54    100 278 -15 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1145 1215 12040 BURMESE    49          100 278 +15 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F Sa
1215 1230 12040 KWA SAGEN  49          100 278 +15 4/4/1    Su            
1215 1245 12040 KWA SAGEN  49          100 278 +15 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1245 1300 9975  VIETNAMESE 49          100 278  0  4/4/1    Su            
1230 1315 9975  VIETNAMESE 49          100 278  0  4/4/1                   Sa
1100 1130 9910  ENGLISH    42-44       200 320 -15 4/4/1    Su            
1130 1215 9910  MANDARIN   42-44       200 320 -15 4/4/1    Su            
1200 1215 9910  MANDARIN   42-44       200 320 -30 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1245 1255 12040 ENGLISH/HINDI 41       250 320 -30 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1245 1300 12040 MANIPURI   41          250 320 -30 4/4/1    Su            
1300 1330 9975  MANDARIN   42-44       200 320 -15 4/4/1    Su M Tu W Th F  
1315 1345 9975  MANDARIN   42-44       200 320 -15 4/4/1                   Sa
1330 1345 9975  CANTONESE  42-44       200 320 -30 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1100 1130 9910  MANDARIN   42-44        90 320 -15 4/4/1                   Sa DRM
1130 1230 9910  JAPANESE   45           50 320 +30 4/4/1                   Sa DRM
1000 1015 11995 ENGLISH 51,55,56,58-60 100 165  0  2/2/1.5     M Tu W Th F  
1000 1045 11995 ENGLISH 51,55,56,58-60 100 165  0  2/2/1.5                 Sa
1030 1100 15200 ENGLISH    41           90 285  0  4/4/1    Su                DRM  
1045 1100 9975  MONGOLIAN  32-33       200 315  0  4/4/1       M Tu W Th F Sa
1100 1115 9975  MONGOLIAN  32-33       200 315  0  4/4/1    Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1115 1130 9975  HUI        42-44       200 315  0  4/4/1    Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1115 1200 9975  HAK        42-44       200 315  0  4/4/1    Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1200 1215 9975  MANDARIN   43-44       200 315  0  4/4/1    Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1215 1230 9975  NOSU Yi    43-44       200 315  0  4/4/1       M Tu W Th F Sa
1215 1245 7500  JAPANESE   45          200 320  0  2/3/0.5  Su            
1245 1300 11590 MALAYALAM  41          250 285  0  4/4/1              Th F Sa
1245 1300 11590 ENGLISH    41          250 285  0  4/4/1    Su M Tu W      
1315 1330 11590 BHATRI     41          250 285  0  4/4/1    Su            
1315 1345 7510  KOREAN     44-45       200 320  0  2/3/0.5     M Tu W Th F  
1315 1345 7510  ENGLISH    44-45       100 320  0  2/3/0.5                 Sa
1345 1515 7510  KOREAN     44-45       200 320  0  2/3/0.5  Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1515 1545 7510  KOREAN     44-45       200 320  0  2/3/0.5  Su M           Sa
1515 1615 7515  KOREAN     44-45       250 320  0  2/3/0.5       Tu W Th F  
1545 1615 7515  KOREAN     44-45       250 320  0  2/3/0.5                 Sa

Reception reports to : asiafeedback@twr.org

(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi)