Monday, July 31, 2023

Radio Taiwan International announces shortwave cuts

Announcement from RTI (Radio Taiwan International):

The Central Broadcasting Station, the parent operator of Radio Taiwan International, will reduce the broadcast time and frequency of short waves in six languages from August 1, 2023 to save money.
These six languages will be broadcast in one time zone and one frequency after August 1, 2023.

The broadcast time and frequency that will continue shortwave broadcasting from August 1, 2023 are as follows :

Indonesian - 11915 kHz (10:00-11:00 UTC)
Korean - 970 0kHz (10:30-11:00 UTC)
Vietnamese - 9695 kHz (11:00-12:00 UTC)
Japanese: 9740 kHz (11:00-12:00 UTC)
Thai - 9525 kHz (13:00-14:00 UTC)
English - 9405 kHz (16:00-17:00 UTC)

RTI english transmission to Southeast Asia at 0300-0400 UTC on 15320 kHz has been dropped.

We hope you can continue to listen to Radio Taiwan International after August 1.
Submit reception reports at :

Radio Taiwan International, Japanese section

(Translated from "Japanese" to "English")

Saturday, July 15, 2023

"Sudan Now" – DW Arabic launches new radio program for Sudan

"Sudan Now" – DW Arabic launches new radio program for Sudan

DW is now broadcasting a 30-minute daily Arabic-language radio program entitled "Sudan Now" on shortwave, Hotbird and SES-5 satellites and via the DW Arabic website.

As an unbiased radio program, "Sudan Now" will provide listeners in the target region with unbiased coverage of current issues in the region and will promote political, social and cultural dialogue through interviews, talk shows and reports.

Given the lack of independent information sources in Sudan and the limited ability of established media to broadcast due to internet outages and ongoing fighting, "Sudan Now" was specifically designed to be broadcast on shortwave and via the Hotbird- and SES-5 satellites. The satellite broadcast enables listeners in the target region to receive the program via their TV sets.

DW Managing Director Programming Dr. Nadja Scholz: "The conflict in Sudan is ongoing and has far-reaching effects on the entire region. It is absolutely necessary to provide the people there with a dedicated program that enables them to access independent, current and in-depth information. With shortwave radio, we further increase our ability to reach as many people as possible."

Manuela Kasper-Claridge, DW editor-in-chief, said: "The humanitarian situation in Sudan remains catastrophic. There is a lack of everything – including free, independent information. This Arabic-language radio program is therefore urgently needed."

The program broadcast will begin on Monday, June 26, 2023. It will air daily from Monday to Friday at 2:30 pm (local time, GMT+2) for a duration of thirty minutes. A repeat of the radio program will air daily at 8:30 pm.

"Sudan Now" can be heard in the afternoon on shortwave 15275 kHz/17800 kHz and in the evening on shortwave 15275 kHz/17840 kHz.

Full schedule as per below :

Effective from 19th June 2023
Language : Arabic

1230 ‐ 1300 UTC on 15275 kHz / 19 m  ISSOUDUN Sudan Mon‐Fri
1230 ‐ 1300 UTC on 17800 kHz / 16 m  ISSOUDUN Sudan Mon‐Fri
1830 ‐ 1900 UTC on 15275 kHz / 19 m  ISSOUDUN Sudan Mon‐Fri 
1830 ‐ 1900 UTC on 17840 kHz / 16 m  ISSOUDUN Sudan Mon‐Fri 

In addition, all broadcasts will be available on the DW Arabic website

(DW Press Release)

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

'Kadak FM' from UAE now on MW 1539 kHz

Thanks to tip from VU2FT, logged test txn of Kadak FM ( ) from UAE on 1539 kHz.

Kadak FM ( Ex Radio Mirchi) is a Hindi Radio Station owned by Abu Dhabi Media reaching out to the South Asian community in the UAE with best of Bollywood music.

Kadak FM also transmits on 97.3 FM (Abu Dhabi), 88.8 FM (Dubai) and 95.6 FM (Al Ain).
1539 kHz was earlier used by Asianet Radio & Pravasi Bharati, both are now off the air.

Last night's txn at 2043 UTC   -

Wednesday, July 05, 2023

BBC Singapore to close down on July 16, 2023

As per latest editon of AWR Wavescan BBC Singapore relay station will close down on July 16, 2023.

Here are few articles on BBC Far Eastern  Relay Station at Kranji, Singapore  :

BBC DRM to South Asia from 16th July 2023 :

BBC DRM transmission to South Asia will continue on 15185 kHz via Tashkent at 0800-0900 UTC English replacing 17720 kHz Singapore

(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS)

Radio Taiwan International French service SW tests from Tamsui

The French service of Radio Taiwan International will be broadcasting directly from the Tamsui transmission center in northern Taiwan to Europe and South Africa during the month of August 2023.

In order to prepare for this test in French, a test broadcast will be carried out on Saturday July 1 on short waves, as per following times and frequencies:

1st July 2023 (Saturday)

1700-1710, 1730-1740 UTC on 11995 kHz (325°)
1800-1810 UTC on 9545 kHz (315°)
1820-1830 UTC on 7240 kHz (315°)
1840-1850 UTC on 7250 kHz (315°)

Listening reports for these 10-minute segment tests will help to identify the two optimal frequencies for August's "live from Tamsui" broadcast under the best possible listening conditions.
A special QSL card is produced for all listening reports that you send us by post, email to the French service or via the radio's online form, both for the test broadcast and during the August broadcast.

Please send your reception reports to :

(French Service, RTI)