Thursday, July 31, 2014

August Amateur Radio: Islands, Castles and Portable Operations


A portion of special events for ICPO (Islands, Castles and Portable Operations). Events open to amateur radio and shortwave listeners. QSL info is included and all time references are UTC. Good luck with these events !

Luc, ON6DSL, informs ICPO that he will be QRV once again from the Greek island of Crete (EU-015, GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005, WLOTA 1400) during his August holiday stay as SV9/ON6DSL/p. "I will be regularly QRV (holiday style) from the beach at QTH Pigianos Kampos near Rethimnon with equipment FT-817-ND - 5W (QRP) and a home made multiband antenna inv.V dipole at only 4 m high. SRI ONLY SSB. PSE QSL via ON UBA BURO home call. [ON6DSL]

August 1-4
Kuny, AH0BT and his son Yoshiki (14y/o), KH0UA are once again active from the Saipan BBQ Contest Club, island of Saipan (USi NI-002S, WLOTA 1333, Grid Loc. QK25), Northern Mariana Islands (OC-086) until August 4. QRV holiday style on the HF bands, all modes. QSL AH0BT via the  JARL Bureau or direct with 2USD+SAE (ML9292, 2-14-8, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061, JAPAN). QSL KH0UA via the Bureau or direct 2USD+SAE (ML9292, 2-14-8, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061, JAPAN). NOTE: Direct address had been changed in 2014. Please forward the new address to your friends. [AH0BT via NG3K]

August 1-4
Marilyn, WM2W and Terry, N0TW (10x #36547 VP 3138) will be active as C6ANW and C6ATW, respectively, from the Bahama Islands. They will be QRV on 10 metre SSB, especially during the 10-10
Summer QSO Party ( QSL both callsigns via N0TW. [425 DX News]

August 1-14
Michel, F5OZF and Solange, F5RXL will be active as TK50O from near Ajaccio, island of Corsica (EU-014, DIFM TK-001, MIA MCO-001, WLOTA 1390, WW Loc. JN41IW), Corse du Sud (DDFM 2A). QSL via F5RXL, direct or Bureau, and LoTW. [425 DX News]

August 2
On Saturday, August 2, Jean-Pierre F8NUH/p will activate the Castle of Montceau (DFCF 38-052), commune of Ruy-Montceau (CP 38300 WW, Loc. JN25QO). Plans are to be QRV on 80 and 40 metre CW and SSB. QSL via home call, Bureau or direct. [F8NUH]

Mount Dora Lake Lighthouse
August 2-3/ 7
Repeat Special Event - Activating the Mount Dora Lake Lighthouse (ARLHS USA-1407) during National Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend. Carol, KA4WJR, informs ICPO "We had so much fun with the FEB 2014 event- that we decided to do a REPEAT SPECIAL EVENT during NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE & LIGHTSHIP WEEKEND - Aug 2014!!!! We will again activate the Mount Dora Lake Light located on Lake Dora at the entrance of the Port of Mount Dora in Mount Dora, Florida. We will operate from 1300 UTC Aug 2nd, 2014 to 2300 UTC Aug 4th, 2014 (9:00 am to 7:00 PM - local time) on Saturday August 2nd, 2014 and POSSIBLY again on Sunday August 3rd, 2014 or Thursday August 7th, 2014 - National Lighthouse Day. We will operate CW, SSB phone and PSK31. QSL information is the same as noted on the page, under KA4WJR, for the FEB 2014 lighthouse event." [KA4WJR]

August 2-3
Cristian, CE2WTF and Manuel, CE2NTT plan to pay a short visit to the Isla de Pascua [aka Easter Island, Rapa Nui] (SA-001, DICE ICE-001, WLOTA 0319, WWFF CEFF-027). They have the
following options for callsigns: CE2NTT: XR0YNTT / 3G0YNTT / CB0YNTT; CE2WTF: XR0YWTF / 3G0YWTF / CB0YWTF. QRV on 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6 metre SSB, maybe also on LEO satellites. QSL via operators' information. Website: [DX-World]

August 2-5
Larry, K4KGG, plans activity from Fogo Island (NA-198, CIsA NF-005), Newfoundland. QRV on HF bands, SSB. Possibly RTTY. QSL via K4KGG, LotW preferred and direct (Lawrence R Libsch,
23383 Water Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33486-8542, USA) with SAE + 2GS, or Bureau. [DX-World]

August 2-8
Laci, HA0NAR reports that he will be active from the island of Thasos [aka Thassos] (EU-174, GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA 4186) as SV8/HG0R. QRV holiday-style on 160-6 metre CW, SSB
and RTTY. QSL via HA0NAR, Bureau or direct. [DX-World]

August 2-9
Imam, YB4IR, will be active as YB4IR/5 from Tambelan Island (OC-122, WW Loc. OJ30SX) off the west coast of West Kalimantan, (Borneo), Indonesia. QRV on 40-10m, CW, SSB and Digital modes.
QSL via home call, direct, Bureau or ClubLog OQRS. [YB4IR]

August 2-17
Operators Mek, SP7VC and YL Katarzyna, SQ7OYL have announced their next DXpedition will be to the Balkan area. They state that they will visit some Balkan countries: Slovenia, Croatia,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. As usual you can expect our activity from each country on many bands. No other details were provided, but stay tuned! For details and updates, see: [OPDX Bulletin]

August 3
Tony, VK3VTH, announces an activation of Snowy River National Park (WWFF VKFF-455) for 3rd August 2014. QRV as VK3VTH/p from 02:00-04:00 UTC on 7085 kHz and from 04:00z - 06:00 UTC on 14244 kHz. QSL via home call, direct or Bureau. [DX Newsletter]

August 4-12
Rich, KB5FLA, plans to be active from the island of Dutch Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) as PJ7/KB5FLA. QRV holiday-style on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW and eQSL. [DX-World]

N5FPW QSL from Azores Islands
August 5-11
Azores Islands/Portugal, look for Joao, CU3AA, to be active as CT7/CU3AA/P in several counties in the districts of Lisbon, Coimbra and Santarem. Also will activate parishes for DDFP and if the opportunity arises, some monuments to DMHP (WCA). He will have access to 40, 30, 20 and 17 metre SSB and CW (if necessary). Information about the activation will be sent to the international network of clusters. Joao hopes to contact you on this "on-the-run expedition". [CU3AA]

August 6-11 / August 9-10
Eric, K9GY, will once again visit the shack of Ed, VP9GE, located in Hamilton Parish, island of Bermuda (NA-005, WLOTA 0201, WW Loc. FM72PI) and be active as K9GY/VP9. Eric will focus on
the Worked All Europe (WAE) CW Contest (9-10 August). Outside of the contest look for Eric to be QRV on 160-6 metres (100W on 6M). QSL via LotW (preferred) or direct via CBA for K9GY. [NG3K]

August 7-11
A team from the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society will operate SSB, CW and digital modes as A43MI from Masirah Island (AS-014, WW Loc. LL90JL), off the East coast of Oman, Ash Sharqiyah Region, Masirah Province. QSL via A47RS. [DX-World]
(ICPO/31 July)

Blog Logs: August

A sampling of shortwave monitoring from hobbyist.

All times UTC/ frequency in kHz (kilohertz) // parallel frequency
* Sign-on  / Sign-off *
English unless otherwise indicated

Logs edited for clarity

15344.43, Radio Argentina Exterior, 2246-2301.+ Spanish phone interview, con embajador a Panama. Mix of classical guitar and easy-listening jazz with numerous station ID's, included "RAE" Continued in Spanish after 2300. SIO 3+33 with Arabic splash from 15355 kHz. (Harold Frodge, MI/MARE 790/791)

An aerial view over Ascensions Islands
Ascension Island
12095, BBC World Service, 2105. Heard station ID to interview with lady who is an Egyptian Broadcast journalist. Signal poor with much QRN and fading. (Frodge).

17860, Radio Australia (presumed) 2124-2131+. Male/female with newscast to 2130, followed by sports program. SIO 252 and very peaky (Frodge) Radio Australia noted on 9710 at 0830 // 9475 with news. (Martin van Driessche, Belgium/HCDX) 4910, VL8T, Tennant Creek, NT, 2132-2145. Newscast for SINPO 24322. Heard on  // 4835 and 5025. (Manuel Méndez). Also heard at 2215, ABC news, Gaza evacuation, SINPO25333. (Bell/DX Window 510)

15450, Reach Beyond Australia (former HCJB) Kununurra at 1400. Beginning of musical interval signal, weak sign-on by male announcer in English. Very poor signal. (Harold Sellers, BC Canada).

11955, AWR Europe via Moosbrunn, 2126. Religious sermon to 2127, just before 2130 head AWR identification to musical tones at 2130. (Vanca, MI?MARE)


5952.5 Radio Pio XII, Siglo 2305-2312. Spanish comments from announcer for a SINPO 14321. (Manuel Méndez, Lugo, Spain/HCDX

6135, Radio Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 2309-2320. Spanish. Soccer coverage for the Libertadores Cup Semifinal, Argentinian team San Lorenzo de Almagro vs Bolivian team Bolivar, live narration, "Copa Libertadores". SINPO 23222. (Méndez)

6024.97, Radio Patria Nueva, La Paz, 2240-2310. Spanish newscast to ID as, "informa Patria Nueva desde la Paz", program ”Bolivia Informa.” News, ads and music with political messages. Additional ads Campo Ferial Yanomarca, SINPO 44444. (Arrunátegui). Also heard at 0057, alone and clear. Has been here on the low side for a long time. Radio Amanencer has been off for a very long time and was last reported in Aug 11. (Nilsson/DX WIndow 510)

6155.10, Radio Fides, La Paz, 2340-0005. Music to ads as - ”Banco los Andes.” Program, ”El Hombre Invisible”, ID: “El grupo Fides presento…”, ID: “Radio Fides la voz permanente de Bolivia”, ID: “La historia de Bolivia es Radio Fides”, program: ”En Contacto”, SINPO 44444, (ex 6154.90) verified in USB and LSB. (Arrunátegui/DX Window 510)

6080 Voice of America relay, Moepeng Hill at 0320-0347. Announcer's discussion with several people, followed by Day Break Africa program. Several promo announcements and station ID's. Website mention at 0328, followed by VOA International Edition at 0330. Poor - fair signal quality. Also heard this relay 15579.99 at 0400 with newscast script, // 6080 via VOA Sao Tome relay (Brandon Jordan, TN/HCDX)

4965.01, Radio Alvorada, Parintins, AM, 2300. Definite on this station, heard on // with a two minute delayed webstream. Easy to hear the ID from the web, but the noise just above 4865 is very annoying, but when you know what will come, you can hear the ID. This frequency carries their FM cultural program. The station was gone for a week or two but back again from Jul 06. Parintins is known for a popular folklore festival held there each June called Boi-Bumbá. (Nilsson/DX WIndow 510)

Gayle Van Horn QSL from Radio Nacional Brasilia
5990.1, Radio Nacional Brasilia 0408-0415.+ Station ID's as, "Radio Nacional" and "Radio Nacional Brasilia." Pop 'bumper' music to male's commentary in Portuguese. Brief Happy Birthday tune played at 0414. SIO 32+3 with splash from 6000 kHz (presumed to be Cuba). (Frodge).

9820v, Radio Nove de Julho, São Paulo, SP, 0558-0612. Religious program "Santuario Nacional", "Com a Mãe Aparecida", comments and songs, SINPO 24322. (Méndez). I heard this program "Com a Mãe Aparecida" on 25 Oct 2013. Luckily I also heard an ID of ”Radio 9 de Julho” on top of the hour, so I sent a report and got surprisingly also a QSL. So it's possible to identify the station also during the network programme. Based on the QSL letter the programme is produced and transmitted by Rádio Aparecida and it's on air from 22h00 till 5h00 every day (definitely local time). I mentioned in my report that there were phone calls from Parà also and they replied in Portuguese, that this programme integrates Brazilian people from various states of Federation. (Nurmela). (Cf. DX-Window no. 509. Ed/DX Window 510)

11815 Radio Brasil Central via Goiania at 2320-2346. Lively discussion by several males in Portuguese. Quick station jingle ID at 2330, followed by fast-paced discussion. (Rich D'Angelo, PA/DXplorer/WWDXC Top Nx)

6155, CNR2/China Business Radio, Beijing, 1237. Apopular variety show (comedy, music) in Chinese, frequently broadcast via CNR2. Good reception; occasional nice English IDs: “Ladies and gentlemen, Haiyang live show. It's brought to you by Haiyang live from Beijing." Audio at   // 6065, 7265, 7315 and 7375. (Ron Howard, CA/DX WIndow 510)

6200, Voice of Jinling, Nanjing, 1400. Usual "FM" IDs, station moved to this frequency, ex 5860. Mixing with Xizang PBS, Tibet. For many years Tibet had sole possession of 6200, but no longer. VOJ is stronger by far than Tibet, so bad news for Xizang PBS. (Howard/DX Window 510)

11985, Radio Akhbar Mufriha, via Ascension Island, *2145-2215.* Arabic instumental music and talks to ID for Akhbar Mufriha. Announcement for postal address in Paris, and e-mail address. New frequency, and very good signal. Their web site lists they broadcast at 2100-2145 on 7300, but nothing could be heard on 7300 at 2100-2145 here in Japan. (Wakisaka/DX Window 510)

15425, Radio Free Sarawak 1105. Fair signal at tune-in. Announcers in Iban language. Unsure of correct or current transmitter location. (Wendel Craighead, KS)

6010.00, Radio La Voz de tu Conciencia, Lomalinda, 2325-2345. Religious hymns and Joropo music with religious messages, ID: “Por la Voz de tu Conciencia”, SINPO 44444. (Arrunátegui/DX Window 510)

4765 Radio Progreso 0302-0313. Cuban songs and Spanish comments. SINPO 24322. (Méndez)

5990 China Radio International relay, Havana, 2347-0002. Group discussion talking about brain functions, being forgetful and deterioration with old age. At 2355, CHinese language lesson, followed by Spanish program at midnight. Very good signal. (D'Angelo)
9965, Radio Cairo 0018. Lady announcer discussing 'how to sleep, type of mattress and what side to sleep on." All this during a constant and heavy howling tone interference. Music followed by 'The Egyptian Wall of Sound' music. (Vance, MI/MARE)

15690, Radio Farda relay via Biblis at 1312 in Farsi. Moodly Blues song Nights in WHite Satin, followed by station ID for fair signal quality. (Sellers). Germany's Hamburger Lokal Radio heard on 7265 kHz at 0512-0523. (Méndez)

11895, AWR Asia/Pacific 1124-1130.+ English/Chinese language lesson and special English for religious phrases. Program close down at 1128 with "bye-bye", then to CHinese service. SIO 353. (Frodge).

4054.98, Radio Verdad, Chiquimula, 1100-1116. Religious music in English, ID, SINPO 22222. (Arrunátegui/DX WIndow 510). Also heard at close down 0540-0607.* Religious songs, comments, ID in various languages, anthem, SINPO 14321. (Manuel Méndez, Spain/HCDX)

13710, All India Radio 1417. English service and noted on parallel 13710 kHz. Music and station ID to Music Box program. Good signal. AIR noted on 13710 at 1346 with program schedule into Hindi music. Fair signal until China Radio Int;l came on before 1358 with English program for poor signal. (Sellers).

3325, RRI Palangkarya, 1626. Male speaker in Bahasa Indonesia taking callers, slow romantic songs, SINPO 25432. (Bell) Indonesia's 3344.87, RRI Ternate, 1136-1202. Heard daily now, mostly non-stop reciting from the Qur'an, with a few phone calls. Seems to never carry the 1200 Jakarta news. (Howard and Sellers/DX Window 510)

GVH QSL from Voice of Indonesia
9525.9 Voice of Indonesia 1302. English at tune-in with program announcements. Station ID "Voice of Indonesia with the news." Male/female trade news items during poor signal. (Sellers)

9845, Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran, Sirjan at 0026-0121.* Lady announcer in Turkish, apparently about Ramadan special program. Selections of vocals, talk and recitations with carrier cut mid-song. Fair-good signal. (D'Angelo)

11665 Wai FM (presumed) 1110-1120. Lady announcer taking phone calls in Malay language. LSB helps with 11670 splash, noticebly worse about a half-hour later (Frodge). Malaysia's Klasik Radio on 5964.7 at 1215, Malaysian pop music to announcers in Bahasa Malay, followed by Islamic 'call to prayer.' Malaysia's Asyik FM on 6050 at 1218 for fair signal (Sellers).

6185, Radio Educación, México D. F., 0453-0510.* Spanish comments, songs, ID: "Radio Educación, desde la ciudad de México, y en internet , SINPO 23322. (Méndez)

9689.915 Voice of Nigeria. Foot print is probably Hausa at 2044. Strong interference from REE French service on 9685 kHz. (wb, Germany/WWDXC Top Nx)

North Korea
11735 Voice of Korea, 1144-1202.+ Tune-in to rousing music then vocal by lady announcer, followed by French and off to more music.SIO 153- // 11710. Presumed same station on 15180 at 0442 with choral music and English between items. SIO 2+53- (Frodge)

15140 Radio Sultanate of Oman at 1406. Lady announcer's comments about raising children under the Islamic religion. Poor signal quality (Sellers)

GVH QSL from Radio East New Britain
Papua New Guinea
3385, NBC East New Britain, Rabaul, 1138-1153. Tok Pisin. Pop music, 1150 several ads in English, including one for a car dealer identified as a “supporter of NBC East New Britain”, 1153 phone number and invitation for dedications, SINPO 45444. (Sellers). Also heard at 1200-1228.* Noted at 1201 PNG bird call, "Good night Papua New Guinea. The News Roundup", news and "weather forecast" (weather now a regular feature with the news), 1207 "Provincial News" in Tok Pisin, ads and promos, DJ with "musical requests," listing persons with dedications for pop songs. They have re-set the timer for closing down the transmitter (ex 1200.*) (Ron Howard/DX Window 510)

4955.00, Radio Cultural Amauta, Huanta, 2300-2320. Peruvian music, Spanish religious talk, SINPO 25232. (Petersen). Also heard at 1122-1145, with Quechua program, advs about the evangelical churches in the zone, religious music in Spanish,  ID: “En quechua.. Radio Cultural Amauta”, SINPO 44444. (Arrunátegui/DX Windoe 510)

5024.92, Radio Quillabamba, Quillabamba, Cusco, 1138-1200. Deal with the different political parties in the upcoming municipal elections, ID: "Muchas gracias por su presencia en Radio Quillabamba", music, ID: "Radio Quillabamba", sports  program about World Cup, ID: "Radio Quillabamba pionera en educación y cultura", SINPO 33333. (Arrunátegui/DX Window 510)

5980.00, Radio Chaski, Urubamba, Cusco, 2320-2335. Program ”El Camino de la vida”, religious in Spanish //  la Red Radio Integridad, 700AM in Lima, religious hymns, program Momentos decisivos "Mientras el Señor Regresa", SINPO 44444. (Arrunátegui/DX Window 510)

7290 Radio City via IRRS Milano, 1840-1900.* Pop music to English comments and station ID as " Radio City, the station of the cars." "This is the Italian Radio Relay Service signing off." SINPO 44444. (Méndez)

7330 Radio Romania Intl 0532. Noted DRM signal in English with Romanian news, 100% decode and parallel signal on 9700 with excellent signal, 17760 poor. (Jordan).

11900 Deutsche Welle relay via Kigali at 0503. News reports on Israel and Libya. Excellent S 9 signal // 12070 fair, 9800 fair, 7425 poor. Ascension Island's 6005 good in USB to avoid 6000. Jordan).

Solomon Islands
5020.00, SIBC, Honiara, 0830. Noted on even frequency on remote unit at Sydney, S=9+10dB. (Bueschel). Also heard at 1154-1158.* Usual evening devotional in English, normal full ID and national anthem. Is now generally agreed that this is most likely the same newer transmitter that is also used on 9545, thereby replacing the older off frequency one. (Howard and Wagai). Schedule probably now: 5020 1900-2200, 0500-1200 and 9545 2200-0500. (Ritola/DX Window 510)

6015, ZBC Radio, Dole, *0255-0401. Different format now for Ramadan. Normally suddenly on with Spice FM music, but today had chatting till brief "Zanzibar song", pips (5+1), mostly monologue, 0314-0330 reciting from the Qur'an, 0359 normal drums leading up to pips (5+1) and the news. (Howard/DX Window 510)

11735, Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation, Dole, 1525-1805. Swahili 1525-1800, English 1800. (Ivanov, Bulgaria/DX Window 510)

United States
7355, Alaska-KNLS Anchor Point, 1226-1227, English. Oldie pop song “You’re the Only Woman.” The English Express program looking at the phrase “the once over”, SINPO 45444. (Sellers) KNLS 9655, 0757 sign-on (van Driessche)

Radio Romania International announces new contest

RadiRo - International Festival of Radio Orchestra 

Radio Romania International invites you to participate in the new contest dedicated to the second edition of the International Festival of radio orchestras. It is a unique event in Europe, held 20 to 27 September on Radio Romania, which supports the classical music since 1928 when it aired its first signal. The event will gather on the stage of the Concert Hall of Radio Romania and live on its stations, 5 famous orchestras, conductors and soloists alongside world-renowned.

In 2012, the first edition of RadiRo brought Romania the prestigious BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

The second edition of the Festival invites the public to meet the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Finland, Prague and Stuttgart, next to the Orchestre National de France and the National Orchestra of Radio Romania, under the baton of famous conductors including Joshua Weilerstein, Ondrej Lenard Stéphane Denève, Case Scaglione, Vassily Sinaisky, Tiberiu Soare and Cristian Mandeal.

Next to them, equally famous soloists: the pianists Jonathan Biss and Jan Simon, soprano Katarina Jovanovic Nikolaj Znaider and violinists Vadim Gluzman, along with the great Romanian artists: the mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose, pianist Horia Mihail, violinist Alexandru Tomescu. Honorary Director of the Festival will be the Romanian conductor Cristian Mandeal, which will bring greater prestige and value to the European RadiRo.

To you as one of the winners, follow the programs of Radio Romania International, visit us on the and profiles of Facebook, Twitter and Google+, answer the questions correctly in writing of the competition by September 26, 2014, postmark attesting.

The awards consist mainly of symphonic music CD with Romanian and foreign, but also objects of cultural and tourist promotion. The competition is organized with the publisher, House Radio and the Municipality of Bucharest.

Here are the questions:
When we held the first edition of the International Festival of Orchestras radio?
Who is the honorary director of the second edition of RadiRo?
How many radio orchestras participate in 2014 edition of the Festival?
Nominate known Romanian artists (soloists or conductors) in the billboard RadiRo 2014.

Write us what prompted you to participate in our contest and, above all, why follow the programs of Radio Romania International or its online presence.

We look forward to hearing your answers by mail, fax, e-mail, Facebook or directly on the site, by 26 September, at:

Radio Romania International
General Berthelot Street nr. 60-64, district 1, Bucharest, Romania
PO Box 111, Postal Code 010 171 fax, e-mail 

Winners will be announced after 26 September. Radio Romania International wishes you good luck!
(Dario Monferini/playdx 31 July)

Schedule Updates on VOA Radiogram

Hello friends, 

Our new experiments with MFSK32 on the VOA Mandarin Service continue. The center audio frequency has been moved up to 2500 Hz, so you will probably need a 6 kHz bandwidth for best results.  

Until the MFSK32 begins, most of the audio you hear will probably be Chinese domestic radio on the same frequency as VOA Mandarin.

Each MFSK32 transmission is 1 minute, 10 seconds. Here is the schedule:

2258      6135  9845 kHz
0058      9880  15385  15565  17560 kHz

Please send reception reports for the VOA Mandarin MFSK32 to  Audio recordings (mp3 is OK) are especially helpful.

TW in Shimane Prefecture, Japan, prepared these YouTube videos of his decoding:

VOA Radiogram this weekend will include news about legislation that could bring major changes to VOA and to other entities of U.S. international broadcasting.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 70, 2-3 August 2014 (MFSK32):

1:32  Program preview
2:40  International broadcasting bill passes House, with image
8:17  Moose drool detoxifies fungus, with image
11:36  ESA spacecraft will land on comet, with image
18:18  Bahama Islands formed from Sahara dust, with image
22:29  Outernet, via satellite, launches 11 August, with logo
25:25  Closing announcements

Please send reception reports to

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz and Sunday at 0130 UTC (Saturday 9:30 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany. Reports for this broadcast to .

Thanks to everyone who have sent reception reports for VOA Radiogram and for the VOA Mandarin tests. I will prepare a new eQSL for both of these and start sending them tomorrow.


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram

Throw-Back Thursday: Iceland

Icelandic Broadcast Corp QSL - view from  þingvellir National Park

Iceland no longer broadcast on shortwave, but 'back in the day', many of us took advantage of their Icelandic programming on 13, 797 kHz. I logged Icelandic Broadcasting Corporation on August 20, 1982 and verified the station on June 2, 1983.
(Gayle Van Horn)

Radio Broadcasting in Pakistan: On the Air in Peshawa

Radio Pakistan QSL 
Focus on Asia:

The Story of Radio Broadcasting in Pakistan: On the Air in Peshawa

The city of Peshawar in Pakistan is located right up against the edge of the Khyber Pass in what used to be the North West Frontier in British India.  The name Peshawar comes from an old Sanskrit word which is translated as City of Men, perhaps meaning a city with a lot of people, or a city where the men were dominant and powerful.
            The original inhabitants were tribal's of Indo-Iranian heritage who moved into the area in ancient times.  In the year 326 BC, Alexander the Great moved his armies through the area in their onward march towards mainland India; and it is stated that doubting Thomas of Biblical fame passed through the area in his trek towards south India in the year 52 AD.
            By the year 100, historians tell us that Peshawar was the seventh most populous city in the world; and it was around that era that descendants of the left over soldiers from Alexanders army became rulers in Peshawar itself.  The Buddhist era began soon afterwards with missionaries coming in from the plains of India. 
            The Buddhists constructed a stupa, a rounded mound, that was 400 feet high and it is thought that this was the tallest building on Earth at the time.  On several occasions, the stupa was damaged and destroyed by lightning, and though it was again repaired and rebuilt, these days only the ruins of the base remain.
            Islam came to Peshawar a thousand years ago; the territory was absorbed into British India in 1849; and the monumental Bab-i-Khyber, the Khyber Gateway, was constructed over the highway in 1964.  During the 1980s with the Russian presence in Afghanistan, around four million refugees came into Peshawar, though the official population for Peshawar stands around 2½ million. 
            Wireless came to Peshawar in 1919 with the establishment of station VWP, quite close to the Bala Hissar Fort and the nearby railway line.  An early postcard shows all three in the one photograph: the Fort, the railway line and the wireless station. 
            When wireless became radio and spark gave way to voice communication, the station identification was changed from VWP to VVP.  A station list in 1933 showed station VVP on 34.28 m, or as we would say today, 8750 kHz.
            It was in 1934 that the Marconi radio company in England offered equipment for a new radio broadcasting station to the government of the North West Frontier Province.  The agreement provided that if the project was successful, the provincial government would purchase the equipment.
            This new broadcasting station was inaugurated with local programming on March 6, 1935 and soon afterwards it was allocated the callsign VUP, with these letters indicating India Peshawar.  This small radio station emitted just 250 watts on 1500 kHz which gave it little more than just quite local coverage.  Back at that time there was a promise that the station would be upgraded to 2 kW, though this prediction was never fulfilled.
            During the following year, the provincial government took over the control of the station, and during the next year again, the station was taken over by the Indian national government in Delhi.  Then, in March 1939, station VUP Peshawar was converted into a relay station, taking its programming on a telephone line from the national station VUD in Delhi.
            However, a totally new broadcasting station, with new studios and new technical equipment, was constructed at the old wireless location in Peshawar soon afterwards, and this was inaugurated on December 1, 1942.  This new station with its new RCA transmitter was assigned the mediumwave channel 629 kHz with an output power of 10 kW.
            Thus, it is true, there were really two different radio broadcasting stations in Peshawar in the era before partition; the Marconi station on 1500 kHz, followed by the government station on 629 kHz, both of which were on the air, consecutively, under the same callsign, VUP.
            Back about 1½ years before the epic events of Freedom at Midnight, there was a man from Pilibhit up near the border with Nepal, by the name of Tahir Husain.  He owned a radio shop in Delhi and he agreed to assemble a radio transmitter together with a power supply.  This radio broadcasting equipment was smuggled in three large fruit baskets into a house in Peshawar occupied by Sardar Abdur Rab.
         On April 24, 1946, this new clandestine radio broadcasting station was activated in the 70 metre band (approx 4285 kHz) in another home in Peshawar.  The programming that was broadcast over this mini radio station was intended to influence the vote in a coming local political election.  The station was moved several times within Peshawar itself in order to avoid detection, and its short life span ended as soon as the elections were over, shortly afterwards.
            At the time of partition in 1947, there were just two radio broadcasting stations on the air in the Pakistani West Wing; VUL Lahore with 5 kW on 1086 kHz and VUP Peshawar with 10 kW on 629 kHz.  When things got sorted out in the two dominions, India & Pakistan, the callsigns were regularized in Pakistan under new designation for this new country, and VUP Peshawar became APP. 
            As Nihal Ahmed tells us in his very interesting book, A History of Radio Pakistan, the transition from All India Radio Peshawar to Radio Pakistan Peshawar took place around midnight, between Thursday August 14 and Friday August 15, 1947.  At the time, the AIR relay station VUP in Peshawar was on the air with 10 kW on 1500 kHz. 
            Soon after 11:00 pm on Thursday August 14, Yunus Sethi made the final announcement on behalf of All India Radio.  This was followed soon after midnight with the opening announcement on behalf of the Pakistan Broadcasting Service in the Urdu language of Pakistan by Aftab Ahmad Bismil and then a similar announcement in the Pushto language of Afghanistan by Abdullah Jan Maghmoom  .
            Interestingly, the first series of new radio stations planned for installation in the new Pakistan were all intended to radiate on shortwave, and not mediumwave.  A few months after partition, a representative of the new Pakistani government visited England to negotiate the purchase of equipment for several new radio stations. 
            Soon afterwards, it was announced that these new radio stations would be installed in five cities in Pakistan including Peshawar, and that the transmitters at these locations would operate on shortwave with 7½ kW.  However, as the unfolding of events would demonstrate, not one of these transmitters was installed anywhere in the territory we know as Pakistan.
            Much later, in the year 1960, a fifth new shortwave station in Pakistan was installed in the frontier city, Peshawar, and it was inaugurated on October 15.  This was a 10 kW AWA transmitter from Australia and it was inaugurated at the city location and given the callsign APP2.
            However, as time went by, a new transmitter station was constructed at Chughalpura, some three miles out north east from Peshawar.  This station housed two transmitters, both mediumwave and shortwave at 10 kW each, though these days, just one mediumwave transmitter is on the air at this location, now with 100 kW on 729 kHz.  Radio Pakistan Peshawar APP shortwave left the air in 1999.
            More recently, a newer and larger transmitter station was constructed at Pabbi, a dozen miles east from Peshawar, and these days it houses two mediumwave transmitters; 100 kW on 1170 kHz and 300 kW on 540 kHz.
            Back in the late 1930s before Partition, QSL cards were printed for general use by the various stations in the federation-wide network of All India Radio.  These cards also showed entries for VUP Peshawar.
           The first known QSLs from the new Radio Pakistan are dated in the year 1949, just two years after Partition.  These cards showed the Radio Pakistan logo, the star and the crested moon, and they listed the early radio stations that were on the air at the time. 

            A subsequent QSL card gave more details about the early mediumwave stations in Pakistan.  The earliest of these cards, of which there are three or four different designs, lists the mediumwave and shortwave stations in Peshawar:- APP1 on 580 kHz & APP2 shortwave.
(AWR/Wavescan, NWS 283)

Update on HCJB Germany


Effective August 1, the following HCJB transmissions will be terminated

All times UTC

0000-0045  11920 via Nauen  100 kW targeted to Brazil
2300-0000   11920 via Nauen  100 kW targeted to Brazil

2300-2330  9835 via Nauen  100 kW targeted to Brazil
(Ivanov 31 July)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

August Specials from DX Stamp Service

Shortwave listeners and radio amateur operators hail that DX Stamp Service is the # 1 source for buying worldwide mint postage stamps. DXers enclose mint stamps within their postal mail outs - thus increasing their chances of a reply from the receiving party. Mint stamps are used for return postage back to you - so it's a win-win results.

Dear Customer,

Below are specials for August.

Check out the added bonuses on DX supply special offers. AND some nice new ones on U.S. discounted postage....sure
would like to move out more of the U.S. postage...hint! hint! International Rate available AGAIN!!

If you need a current stamp list or supply list, I can email it to you.

A list of the countries we stock that have issued their own international forever stamps is yours for the asking.

 Latvia is now on the euro, stamps not in euro denomination will be valid until Dec. 31st. If stamp denomination isn't in euro value use by the end of yr.

Argentina now $23, up from $19 (make up 50c)
Brazil now R$2,45 up from R$2,30
Ireland increased from 0,90 to 1,00 euro July 21st

Sweden now 14 kr, up from 12 kr.
Spain now 0,92 up from 0,90
New Zealand rate will be NZ$2.50 starting July 1st, up from NZ$2.40, NZ units updated early June.
 Make ups available for these three.

NEW PRICES: Argentina now priced at $3.50 due to recent increase.

IN STOCK AGAIN: Switzerland.

STAMPS ON BACK ORDER: Hungary, Morocco.

BACK ORDERS will now be sent with your next stamp order, unless I have several to send you.  Am losing money by sending out one at a time. Sorry.



Save Big on your domestic mailings when you plaster  your envelope with colorful stamps.

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Excess of 20c stamps, want some?

$50 in 20c stamps-$43    $100 for $75    $200 for $140


$100 Grab Bags - $70!!

Values from 3c to 29c in envelopes of 100 ea. I'll send a great mix!
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    3 Canada-$3.90          2 Latvia-$2.00         3 Japan-$3.90
3 France-$3.90       2 Spain-$3.20       3 UK-$5.10
2 Finland 1st Kl.-$3.00     3 Finland 2nd Kl.-$3.00
Finland 1st class is priority rate
 2nd class is economy rate, it goes airmail too and saves you a bit!  
200/200 European Air Mailers and Air Returns -$40.00
200/200 Stateside Mailers and Returns - $19.00
2 Standard QSL Albums - $40.00

Buy 2 DX Supply Specials...Deduct $5.00!!

Priority Mail Shipping Rates: Orders up to $16.00 add $6.50, orders from $16.01 to $40.00 add $9.00, orders from $41.00 to $100.00 add $15.00. orders from $101.00 to $150.00 add $20.00, orders over $150.00 add 15%. When ordering supplies and stamps, the stamps ride free, just use supply total to figure shipping costs. Shipments to Canada and overseas ship at a greater cost. (01/2014)

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VOA Radiogram update on MFSK32

Hello friends,

As a follow-up to my previous email about the MFSK32 on VOA Mandarin, I want to clarify that these transmissions will be daily for the next two weeks, at least.

2258:15 UTC        6135  9845 kHz

0058:10 UTC        9880 15385 15565 17560 kHz

The transmissions are via IBB relay stations in Asia.

The MFSK32 will be Chinese characters. You will need the UTF-8 character set. If using Fldigi: Configure > Colors & Fonts.

If you are unable to hear these frequencies from your location, perhaps you can via the University of Twente SDR receiver: -- or a web controlled receiver in Asia, if you have access to one.

Please send reception reports to . Audio recordings, including a minute or two before the MFSK32 starts, would be especially helpful – even if you can’t decode the tones. Mp3 files are OK. 

The English VOA Radiogram broadcasts on weekends will continue.


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

QSLing the Commonwealth Games

Amateur radio operators and shortwave hobbyists have an excellent opportunity to QSL the Commonwealth games, currently in progress to August 3, from Glasgow, Scotland.

GA14, (Special Event). To celebrate the Commonwealth Games this summer, the Stirling & District Amateur Radio Society (GM6NX) are hosting a special event station, GA14CG, at their club premises, approximately 25 miles northeast of the city of Glasgow, to August 3, 2014.

The station will be run by members of the Stirling and DARS along with other clubs in the surrounding area. Visitors are most welcome to the station and visiting amateurs can operate the station, permitted they bring a copy of their license. There will be three HF stations and two VHF stations operational. Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB and Data.

For more information about the station, visit: You can also follow them on Twitter (@GA14CG) and "like" them on FaceBook.

QSL via LoTW (Logbook of the World) and e-QSL. For direct and Bureau QSLs are via Club Log's OQRS only. They prefer to QSL via LoTW and e-QSL to save money, time and to protect the environment. Uploads to Club Log are instantaneous. Uploads to LoTW and e-QSL are made at the end of each day. If you send your card via the bureau or direct, you WILL NOT receive a reply!

Radio Havana Cuba: DXers Unlimited

Radio Havana Cuba Dxers Unlimited's  - middle of the week program  for Tuesday 29 July 2014
 By Arnie Coro - radio amateur CO2KK

 Hi amigos radioaficionados all around the world and orbiting our  planet aboard the ISS. Yes, there are radio amateur operators on duty  at the International Space Stations and whenever they can take a break, you can pick up their FM voice mode transmissions on the two  meters amateur band frequency of 145 dot eight hundred megaHertz...

 The spacecraft is in a low Earth orbit, so the signals can be picked up for a short period even when there is an overhead pass.... I am Arnie Coro, radio amateur CO2KK your host here at the middle of the week edition of Dxers Unlimited, and YES, amigos I was one of the pioneers here in Cuba to use amateur radio satellites, a complex technology that has enjoyed ups and downs in the preferences of the  world's ham radio enthusiasts... At one time, several of the so called EASY SATS, made possible for many operators to establish regular two way contacts using standard factory built radios.... and simple antennas.... But those days are now over, and the present generation  of amateur radio satellites are in my opinion much more difficult to access and the time windows available for making contacts are very,very small, and that is yet another drawback. Ideally a geostationary amateur satellite would be the way to go, but many experts say that although it could cover only one third of the Planet

 Earth from its Clarke Belt orbital slot, so many amateurs will try to use it that it would be quite useless due to the interference caused by so many stations trying to communicate, even if the super ham satellite offers many transponders. Then, add to this the extremely high cost to build a the geostationary satellites, and also the need to find a suitable launching vehicle that will also cost a fortune.

So, what we are seeing now are small, low Earth orbit satellites that  have created interest among a few radio amateurs, like Cuba's top satellite operator, Hector CO6CBF, who has broken several records from his Cienfuegos city of central Cuba operating position.

 Hector CO6CBF has built his own special antennas as well as azimuth and elevation rotors to turn them for optimum access to the satellites.... Si amigos, yes my friends , oui mes amis, amateur satellites are flying, but they are flying at low heights making long distance contacts a tremendous challenge for the operators that must rely on minimum height above the horizon passes to assure the longest possible contacts... Stay tuned for more radio hobby related information coming to you from  La Habana, where we are going through a period of extremely high  temperatures and low relative humidity...

 I am your host Arnie Coro,

 my ham radio callsing is CO2KK

 and I will be back in a few seconds after a short break for a station ID

*Yes amigos, this is Radio Havana Cuba, and here are some recent schedule changes that took place on July 25th .... Starting on Friday July 25th UTC day, we are no longer using 9550 kiloHertz from 11 to 13 hours UTC, and also NOT using 15340 kiloHertz from 13 to 15 hours UTC.... Then, here is now another important schedule change.... since Friday July 25th, our 11760 kiloHertz frequency continues to be on the air after 15 hours UTC and until 19 hours UTC broadcasting programs  that we were previously only streaming to the Internet. The first three hours from 15 to 18 UTC are in Spanish, broadcasting our new CUBA ONLINE magazine show that received many nice reports from listeners picking it up via the streaming audio from 1., and who suggested that we made it available also via short wave, something we have done using a 100 kiloWatts transmitter on 11760 kiloHertz with the 6 dB gain omni directional antenna that provides coverage to parts of North America, all of Central America and the Caribbean, as well as the northern areas of South America. Reports received so far confirm what our engineering department had calculated to be the 80 percent of the time service pattern. So, give it a try, and tune in to 11760 kiloHertz from Radio Havana Cuba from 15 to 18 hours UTC and then from 18 to 19 hours UTC in other Arabic and Portuguese....*

 Now here is item three of the middle of the week program of Dxers Unlimited...

Over the weekend, several Perseid meteor shower advance fireballs were detected by observers, and this can best be described as signals of the beginning of the annual August Perseids meteors display. Normally, the best time to watch would be during the shower's peak: August 11th through 13th. This year, however, the super moon will cast an interfering glare across the nights of maximum activity, reducing visibility from 120 meteors per hour (the typical Perseid peak rate) to less than 30. Instead, late July-early August might be the best time to watch as Earth plunges deeper into the debris stream of comet Swift Tuttle, before the Moon becomes full. For radio amateur operators the yearly Perseids are among the best showers for meteor
scatter propagation Dxing attempts.

Now let me explain in detail ---- PERSEID METEOR SHOWER BEGINS as the Earth is entering a broad stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Although the peak of the shower is not expected until August, meteors are already flitting across the night sky.

By the way, TV Dxers in the days of analog television broadcasts were able to log many low band TV stations within the frequency range of 54 to 88 megaHertz in the Americas using the ionized trails of meteors entering the upper atmosphere. You had to be pretty lucky so that the burn of the meteor will coincide with the time of a station ID... but dedicated TV Dxers proved that this happened more often than expected, as they kept cameras in front of the TV set's screens and also later kept videocassette machines running all the time during the meteor showers ... I began TV Dxing in the middle of the nineteen fifties, and was able to log the audio channel of the then on the air BBC One TV from London, when the super active solar cycle 19 sent the monthly sunspot counts to the above 200 mark, something never before again seen ever since....

 Digital Terrestrial Television broadcasts using any of the several available standards are not DX friendly at all, something that has taken its toll, reducing the number of TV Dxers dramatically in every country where the analog blackout takes place....

Nevertheless there are still many nations around the world where the analog TV signals are still on the air and the analog blackout is not expected to take place until a few years from now.

At the end of the show a short form solar activity and HF propagation update. Sunspot number hovering around 140, the solar flux was near 130, and the effective sunspot number was around 85 Tuesday at 15 Hours UTC, add to this that all the active sunspot regions show no signs of powerful magnetic activity. Best HF propagation conditions on the Northern Hemisphere to happen after local sunset and until one hour past sunrise.... So , here is Arnie Coro's advice for short wave listeners and radio amateurs alike if you want to pick up DX stations, stay awake after midnight and go to sleep one hour after your local sunrise !!!

Yes amigos, your signal reports, comments about this and other Radio Havana Cuba programs and radio hobby related questions are most welcome to the following e'mail address: or VIA AIR MAIL

Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba, Havana, Cuba
(wb, Germany/HCDX)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Update on station closures in 2013

Stations broadcasting on the tropical band, that have closed down during 2013.

kHz kW Station Country Last log

3315 10 NBC Manus, Lorengau Papua New Guinea JAN13
3350 100 R Exterior Espana, Cariari Costa Rica OCT13
3915 1 R Fly, Kiunga Papua New Guinea FEB13
3915 100 BBC, via Kranji Singapore MAR13
3990 15 Gannan PBS, Tianshui, Gansu China MAR13
3995 100 R Pakistan, Rewat, Islamabad Pakistan MAR13
4050 100 R Rossii, Krasnaya Rechka Kyrgyzstan JUN13
4700 100 Voice of Broad Masses, Asmara Eritrea APR13
4750 50 Qinghai PBS-1, Xining, Qinghai China FEB13
4790 10 RRI Fak-Fak, Propinsi Papua Indonesia MAR13
4815 1 R El Buen Pastor, Saraguro Ecuador MAR13
4828 00 Voice of Zimbabwe, Guineafowl Zimbabwe APR13
4940 50 AIR Guwahati A, Assam India MAR13
4960 100 Voice of Russia via Yangiyul Tajikistan DEC13
4974.8 5 Pacifico R, Lima Peru JAN13
5765 3 AFRTS feeder, Barrigada Guam SEP13
(Danish Shortwave Club Intl/June-July 2014)

Weekly propagation forecast bulletins

Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2014 Jul 28 0505 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 21 - 27 July 2014

Solar activity was at very low levels on 21 - 23 July with several B-class events obsered. Activity increased to low levels on 24 - 27 July with a few weak C-class events recorded. Region 2121 (N07, L=317, class/area Cao/210 on 24 Jul) produced a C2/1f flare at 24/0151 UTC. At 25/0702 UTC, this same region produced a C2/1n flare with an associated Type II radio sweep with an estimated shock
velocity of 1090 km/s. 

26 July saw a C1 x-ray event from Region 2125 (S13, L=266, class/area Cao/040 on 27 Jul) at 0504 UTC. This was followed by a  trio of C1 events from Region 2123 (S14, L=323, class/area Dao/040 on 24 Jul) at 1143 UTC, 1210 UTC and 1320 UTC. The period ended on 27 July with a C2/Sf flare at 0551 UTC from Region 2125 followed by a C1 event from Region 2127 (S08, L=248, class/area Dao/080 on 27

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal levels. 

Geomagnetic field activity was at predominately quiet levels with isolated unsettled periods observed late on 23 July and again early on 25 July. Sustained southward Bz, associated with a solar sector boundary crossing, was responsible for the unsettled periods late on the 23rd while a weak positive polarity coronal hole high speed influenced the magnetic field early on the 25th. 

Solar wind parameters reflected the quiet to isolated unsettled conditions during the summary period. Solar wind speeds ranged from a low of about 270 km/s early in the period, peaking at near 425 km/s midday on 26 July and finishing the period at about 350 km/s. The interplanetary magnetic field Bt ranged from 2 to 8 nT while the Bz component varied between +/- 7 nT. The phi component began the period in a positive (away) orientation, switched to a more negative (towards) sector midday on 21 July and remained so through about 23/1600 UTC when the phi angle became variable through 24/1145 UTC. For the balance of the period, phi settled into a more positive orientation. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 28 July - 23 August 2014

Solar activity is expected to be at predominately low levels through the outlook period with a chance for moderate level activity (R1 radio blackouts) from 28 July - 09 August due to the presence of several complex regions on the disk. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be normal to isolated moderate levels. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at mostly quiet levels for the majority of the outlook period in the abserce of transient features. Unsettled to active conditions are possible associated with high speed solar wind streams on 28 - 29 July, 05 - 06 August, 10 August and 22 August. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2014 Jul 28 0505 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2014-07-28
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2014 Jul 28     130          12          4
2014 Jul 29     135          10          3
2014 Jul 30     135           5          2
2014 Jul 31     140           5          2
2014 Aug 01     140           5          2
2014 Aug 02     140           5          2
2014 Aug 03     135           5          2
2014 Aug 04     135           5          2
2014 Aug 05     130           8          3
2014 Aug 06     125           8          3
2014 Aug 07     120           5          2
2014 Aug 08     115           5          2
2014 Aug 09     110           5          2
2014 Aug 10     105           8          3
2014 Aug 11     100           5          2
2014 Aug 12      95           5          2
2014 Aug 13      90           5          2
2014 Aug 14      90           5          2
2014 Aug 15      90           5          2
2014 Aug 16      95           5          2
2014 Aug 17      95           5          2
2014 Aug 18     100           5          2
2014 Aug 19     105           5          2
2014 Aug 20     105           5          2
2014 Aug 21     105           5          2
2014 Aug 22     100           8          3
2014 Aug 23      95           5          2

Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekend schedule for VOA Radiogram

Hello friends,

Sorry for the late notice about this weekend’s program. 

It will include two stories about international broadcasting, and one in Russian. For the Cyrillic text to display correctly, use the UTF-8 character set (Fldigi: Configure > Colors & Fonts).

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 69, 26-27 July 2014 (MFSK32):

1:38  Program preview
2:32  Voice of Russia in Washington, with image
6:14  Iranian satellite jamming, with image
10:47  Battery of the future, with image
18:29  VOA Russian on global Internet policy, with image
25:10  Closing announcements

Please send reception reports to .

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

Thanks for your reports from last weekend. I’ll begin to answer them later today.

Please tune in and write in this weekend.


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter

PS: The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz and Sunday at about 0130 UTC (Saturday 9:30 pm EDT) in 9925 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany. Reports for KBC should go to .

HLR And Radio Gloria weekend schedule

HLR & R Gloria this weekend

05 - 08 UTC, HLR on 7265 KHz
08 - 11 UTC, HLR on 6190 KHz
11 - 15 UTC, HLR on 7265 KHz

RGI this Sunday
07-2014-27-RGI-BH old/mix

06 -0 8 UTC (8-10) 7265 kc
08 - 10 UTC (10-12) 9485 kc
09 - 10 UTC (11-12) 6005 / 7310 kc
09 - 10 UTC (11-12) „“-6005
15 - 17 UTC (17-19)„“and „
Repeat: Sunday 10th  August  (

11- 15 UTC, HLR on 9485 KHz

Good listening!
Tom Taylor

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Final edition of Radio New Zealand's Malibox program nears

Sad to say that the RNZI Mailbox program is ending on August 4 after 65 years of service to international radio listeners.


Funds are being redirected into the core Pacific news and information services that are actually directed at the target audience for which RNZI is funded. This will strengthen RNZI's services to the Pacific.

RNZI Mailbox is broadcast fortnightly, so the penultimate edition is today (Monday) at 1130, 1330 and 1630 UTC; plus tomorrow at 0330 UTC.

The current shortwave schedule of Radio New Zealand may be found here.

Also listen at:
(Bulgarian DX)

Media Broadcast Updates Summer Schedules

Media Broadcast GmbH (formerly T-SYSTEMS - DTK)
A-14 Summer Schedule - 30 March - 25 October 2014

Transmitters via Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany and Madagascar

Updated schedule effective from 16 July 2014

All times UTC

 frq  startstop ciraf zone          loc pow azi day     from   to   broadcaster

 5975 0400-0430 28SE           ISS 100  95 1234567 2004-200414 AWR
 5975 0400-0430 28SE           NAU 100 130 1234567 2104-251014 AWR
 9530 0300-0330 48             NAU 250 142 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
 9610 1930-2000 37,38W         NAU 100 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
 9610 2000-2030 37,38W         NAU 100 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
 9790 0900-1000 28W            NAU 100 180       1 3003-251014 AWR
 9830 1600-1630 28SE           NAU 100 133 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11605 1900-2000 38E,39         NAU 250 130 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11755 2030-2100 46SE,47W       ISS 250 165 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11830 2000-2030 46E,47W        ISS 250 180 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11840 1900-2000 37,38W         NAU 100 215 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11945 1900-1930 46W            NAU 250 212 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15140 0800-0830 37,38W         ISS 100 170 1234567 2004-200414 AWR
15140 0800-0830 37,38W         NAU 100 205 1234567 2104-251014 AWR
15155 1730-1800 48             NAU 250 140 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15170 1730-1800 37,38W         NAU 100 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15205 1930-2000 46SE,47W       NAU 250 180 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15225 0500-0600 38E,39         NAU 250 130 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15225 0700-0800 37,38W         NAU 100 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15225 0800-0830 37,38W         NAU 250 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15225 0830-0900 37,38W         NAU 100 205 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15265 1500-1530 41N            NAU 250  90 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15265 1530-1600 41N            NAU 250  90 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15670 1530-1600 41N            ISS 250  75      56 3003-251014 AWR
15670 1530-1600 41N            ISS 250  75   12347 3003-251014 AWR
17575 1630-1700 48             NAU 250 145 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
17810 1300-1330 42,43W         NAU 250  70      17 3003-251014 AWR
17810 1300-1330 42,43W         NAU 250  70   23456 3003-251014 AWR
17810 1330-1500 42,43W         NAU 250  70 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
 5930 2000-2015 39N            NAU 250 120 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
 5945 0700-0730 27,28N         NAU 100 270       1 3003-251014 BVB
 5945 0730-0800 27,28N         NAU 100 270       1 0604-060414 BVB
 5945 0700-0745 27,28N         NAU 100 270       7 3003-251014 BVB
 6130 1800-1815 28,29          NAU 100  90      56 3003-251014 BVB
 6130 1830-1845 28,29          NAU 100  90       7 3003-251014 BVB
 6130 1800-1830 28,29          NAU 100  90       3 3003-251014 BVB
 6130 1800-1900 28,29          NAU 100  90       1 3003-251014 BVB
 7310 0300-0315 39S            ISS 250 100 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
 9430 1815-1830 39,4           MOS 300 ND        1 3003-251014 BVB
 9515 2030-2045 46N,47NW,38W,37NAU 250 180 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
 9550 0400-0430 39NE,40        ISS 100  92     127 2004-200414 BVB
 9550 0400-0430 39NE,40        NAU 100 110     127 2104-251014 BVB
 9550 0430-0445 39N            ISS 125  98      17 2004-200414 BVB
 9550 0430-0445 39N            NAU 125 120      17 2104-251014 BVB
 9550 0430-0450 39N            NAU 125 120   23456 3003-251014 BVB
 9635 1830-1915 39             SOF 100 126       1 3003-251014 BVB
 9735 0500-0515 39,4           NAU 250 120       6 3003-251014 BVB
11655 0600-0615 46N,47NW,38W,37NAU 125 180 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
11855 1815-1900 39,4           ISS 150  90       1 2505-250514 BVB
11855 1815-1900 39,4           NAU 100 105       1 2605-251014 BVB
11855 1800-1830 39,4           NAU 100 105       6 3003-251014 BVB
11855 1830-1900 39,4           NAU 100 105       3 3003-251014 BVB
11855 1800-1900 39,4           NAU 100 105       5 3003-251014 BVB
13580 1700-1715 39,4           NAU 250 130    2356 3003-251014 BVB
13580 1700-1730 39,4           NAU 250 130       4 3003-251014 BVB
13580 1715-1730 39,4           NAU 250 130       7 3003-251014 BVB
13810 1700-1715 38E,39,40W     ISS 150 120   23456 2205-251014 BVB
13810 1715-1800 38E,39,40W     ISS 100 120     246 2205-251014 BVB
13810 1715-1745 38E,39,40W     ISS 100 120       3 2205-251014 BVB
13810 1700-1715 38E,39,40W     NAU 125 125      17 1705-251014 BVB
15160 1630-1730 47,48          NAU 100 150 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
15215 1700-1900 39             MOS 100 115      17 3003-251014 BVB
15215 1700-1715 39             MOS 100 115       6 3003-251014 BVB
15215 1700-1730 39             MOS 100 115       5 3003-251014 BVB
15640 1515-1545 40,41          SOF 100  90       7 3003-251014 BVB
15640 1500-1515 40,41          SOF 100  90       7 3003-251014 BVB #
15640 1515-1600 40,41          SOF 100  90       6 3003-251014 BVB
17495 1400-1430 41             ISS 250  83       7 3003-251014 BVB +
17495 1430-1500 41             ISS 250  83       7 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1600-1630 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       1 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1630-1700 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 250 135       1 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1700-1800 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       1 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1530-1800 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       6 0205-251014 BVB
17515 1700-1730 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       7 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1730-1830 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 250 135       7 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1600-1830 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       3 0107-251014 BVB
17515 1630-1800 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       4 0107-251014 BVB
17515 1600-1800 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       2 0107-251014 BVB
17515 1630-1830 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       5 3003-251014 BVB
17535 0830-1000 38,39          NAU 125 145       6 3003-251014 BVB
17535 0900-0915 38,39          NAU 125 145       7 3003-251014 BVB
21480 1115-1145 43S,44S        MDC 125  45       1 3003-251014 BVB
21480 1100-1130 43S,44S        MDC 125  45       7 0606-251014 BVB
 9585 1800-1900 28E,29         NAU 100  90       7 3003-251014 CHW
 6055 1030-1100 27,28          NAU 125 222      17 3003-251014 EMG
 7315 1830-1845 27,28W,37N     NAU 125 230      36 2005-251014 EOE
 7315 1830-1845 27,28W,37N     NAU 100 260       1 2505-250514 EOE
 9435 1830-1845 27,28W,37N     NAU 125 230       1 2505-250514 EOE
 9520 0030-0130 40E,41NW       NAU 250 100 1234567 3003-251014 GFA
 9520 2330-0030 41NE,43S,49N   NAU 250  85 1234567 3003-251014 GFA
15350 1230-1500 41             NAU 250  89 1234567 3003-251014 GFA
15390 1330-1530 41NE,43S,49N   NAU 250  85 1234567 3003-251014 GFA
15395 1530-1630 40E,41NW       NAU 250  99 1234567 2505-251014 GFA
13800 1530-1630 29S            MOS 100  95       7 3003-251014 HCJ
 9645 1800-1830 47,48          ISS 250 160 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
 9780 1700-1800 40E,41NW       NAU 250  95 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
11875 0500-0530 46,47          NAU 250 185 1234567 1806-251014 IBB
11995 1630-1700 47,48          NAU 250 150   23456 2404-251014 IBB
12005 1730-1800 48             ISS 250 130   23456 3003-251014 IBB
12005 1800-1900 48             ISS 250 130 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
12040 2030-2100 46,47          NAU 250 190   23456 3003-251014 IBB
12080 1800-1900 48             ISS 250 130 1234567 1306-251014 IBB
12080 1900-1930 48             ISS 250 130   23456 1306-251014 IBB
13870 1630-1700 47,48          ISS 250 140   23456 3003-251014 IBB
13870 1800-1900 48             NAU 250 140 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
13870 1900-1930 48             NAU 250 140   23456 3003-251014 IBB
15255 1400-1500 30S            ISS 250  90 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
15360 0400-0900 40E,41NW       NAU 250  90 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
15460 1500-1600 30S            NAU 250  85 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
15620 1500-1600 29SE           NAU 250  90 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
 7330 1000-1100 27,28          MOS 100 283       1 3003-251014 JOY *
 7330 1000-1100 27,28          MOS 100 283       1 2004-200414 JOY
 6025 0400-0500 27E,28         NAU 125 270       1 2004-200414 KBC per RA
 6045 0800-0900 27E,28         NAU 125 275       1 2004-200414 KBC per RA
 6095 0800-1500 18SW,27,28W,37NNAU 100 240      17 3003-251014 KBC
 7375 0000-0200 2,3,4,6,7,8,9,1NAU 125 300       1 0109-251014 KBC
 9925 0000-0200 2,3,4,6,7,8,9,1NAU 125 300       1 0105-300814 KBC
 9925 0400-0500 4,8,9          NAU 125 300       1 2004-200414 KBC per RA
15315 1830-1900 46S,47SE       ISS 500 180 1234567 3003-251014 LWF
 6045 0900-1000 27E,28         NAU 100 270       1 3003-251014 MSM%per RA
 5945 1100-1115 27,28          NAU 250 222       1 3003-251014 MWA
11695 1500-1530 29,3           ISS 250  60       7 3003-251014 MWF
13710 1100-1130 19,20,21,22,23,NAU 250  45       7 3003-251014 MWF
 5985 0400-0430 11,12          YFR 100 222 1234567 3003-251014 NHK
11680 0300-0500 38,39,40       NAU 250 140 1234567 3003-251014 NHK
15445 1700-1900 38,39,40       NAU 250 140 1234567 3003-251014 NHK
17630 1600-1630 47E,48         ISS 500 130      37 3003-251014 OGM
 9515 1930-2000 37,38          NAU 250 155       1 3003-251014 PAB
15205 1400-1430 41             ISS 100  90       1 3003-251014 PAB
15205 1415-1430 41             ISS 100  90  234567 3003-251014 PAB
15205 1430-1445 41             ISS 250  90       1 3003-251014 PAB
17500 1600-1700 48SW,58NW      ISS 100 144       7 2106-251014 RIY new
13830 1700-1800 38E,39S,48     ISS 100 125      14 3003-251014 SBO
13810 1400-1600 28,29W,38E,39  NAU 100 130   23456 3003-251014 TOM
13810 1400-1600 28,29W,38E,39  ISS 100 120      17 3003-251014 TOM
 6095 0800-1000 18SW,27,28W,37NNAU 100 230     246 3003-251014 TRS
 6105 0700-0720 27             NAU 100 285 1234567 3003-251014 TWR
 7215 0830-0900 28             NAU 100 135 1234567 3003-251014 TWR
 7320 1400-1428 28,29,30       NAU 100  65 1234567 3003-251014 TWR
 9835 2300-2330 12,13,14,15,16 NAU 100 240 1234567 3003-251014 VZM
11920 2300-0045 12,13,14,15,16 NAU 100 240 1234567 3003-251014 VZM
15670 1630-1700 40             ISS 500  91      26 0905-251014 WRN

* = 1st Sunday of the month
+ = 1st Saturday of the month
# = 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
Day 1  = Sunday ... Day 7 = Saturday
per RA = on request booking.

List of Broadcasters using Media Broadcast technical equipment

AWR  Adventist World Radio
BVB  High Adventure Gospel - Bible Voice Broadcasting
CHW  Christliche Wissenschaft
EMG  Evangelische Missionsgemeinden in Deutschland
EOE  Echo of Europe
GFA  Gospel for Asia
HCJ  Voice of the Andes, Sats only, 1530 UT Russian, 1600 UT Chechen
IBB  International Broadcasting Bureau, USA
JOY  MBR internal customer name, - Joystick, * 1st Sun
KBC  Mighty KBC Radio &)
LWF  Lutheran World Federation
MSM  ShortWave Rock 1st Sun, XVRB Radio 3rd Sun and Radio Iceman 4th Sun
     / EMR 3rd and 4th Sun (wb.) %
MWA  Missionswerk Arche
MWF  Missionswerk Friedensstimme, Gummersbach - Germany
NHK  Nippon Hoso Kyokai
OGM  NGO [RHU Radio Huriyo Xoriyo Ogaden]
PAB  Pan Am Broadcasting
RIY  Radio Inyabutatu, in Kinyarwanda, ex17870 kHz.
SBO  Sagalee Bilisummaa Oromoo, Voice of Oromo Liberation.
TOM  The Overcomer Ministry
TRS  Transport Radio Mon-Fri; KBC Mighty KBC Radio, Sat/Sun.
TWR  Trans World Radio
VZM  [HCJB transmissions, Spanish, German, Kulina, Portuguese]
WRN  World Radio Network, Radio Mehr Iranian, Mon/Fri only.

KBC Radio. For reception reports please mail to:
or write to:
The Mighty KBC
Argonstraat 6
6718 WT Ede
The Netherlands, Europe

XVRB Radio - It's The Music Museum
E-mail:  xvrbradio

Michael Puetz
Order Management & Backoffice
Erna-Scheffler-Strasse 1
D-51103 Cologne, Germany

Please send your inquiries and reception reports to:
E-Mail:   QSL-Shortwave@
(WWDXC/wb, Germany/HCDX 22 July)