lördag 30 juli 2011

Possible reception of Radio Marina in Växjö, Sweden

1485 30.5 UTC 0609 Unid non stop mx some German titles, several EE titles played and at one moment between records sound of SEAGULLS, might be a kind of "identification". Very, very week and day interference statics. Merkurs, Riga good another antenna! (did not // check web) HM - Hasse Mattisson
QTH Johansberg 35 km East of Vaxjo

onsdag 27 juli 2011

ARC Newsflash: Radio Marina to test from radio ship on 1485 kHz

July 27th, 2011 - 18:19 UTC by Andy Sennitt.
Dutch regional commercial broadcaster Radio Marina will be on the air this weekend with a test transmission from the radio ship Jenni Baynton in Harlingen. The news and oldies station wants to see how much of the licensed coverage area it can achieve on its mediumwave frequency. According to owner Willem Rense Post this test is a step in the right direction: “The Radiocommunications Agency, the government organization that manages Dutch terrestrial frequencies, indicated several months ago some flexibility in dealing with requests to for re-coordination of transmission sites for mediumwave broadcasting, so there is a glimmer of light at last on the horizon. ”
Radio Marina 1485AM says it will not be just another non-stop music station. As well as presented music programmes it will also focus in short blocks on various locations around the IJsselmeer. Mr Post said “We want to provide regional news firsthand, through a network of local ambassadors, so as a listener you get a good picture of what’s going on in the region.”
The test transmission will take place from Saturday 30 July at 0600 UTC till Sunday 31 July at 1600 UTC on mediumwave 1485 kHz and on the Internet at http://www.radiomarina.nl/.
(Source: De Stentor via MediaMagazine.nl)
Andy Sennitt adds: Radio Marina holds licences, issued in March 2008, to broadcast from The Hague and from Tilburg on 1485 kHz, both with a power of 1 kW. (Ronny Forslund va Media Network)

lördag 23 juli 2011

Update: Arctic Radio Club special programme over IRRS

According to current information the programme will go out at 1130 UTC (1330 CET) on Sunday, July 24 on 9510 kHz and it will be repeated the following weekend at 0845 UTC (1045 CET) on Saturday, July 30 and at 1130 UTC (1330 CET) on Sunday, July 31.

fredag 22 juli 2011

ARC Newsflash: KBC Radio to test on 531 kHz from Burg

GERMANY Dutch-based KBC Radio to test on Burg 531 kHz The website of Dutch-based KBC Radio says "KBC has received a test license for 531 kHz in Burg (Eastern) Germany. We keep you informed when we start testing. We are also talking for a few options in other countries as well. The reason that we are gonna test is to see if the signal is doing anything during the nightly hours."
This site of course has a very interesting history, having been a key site during the days of the GDR, but has been unused since 2008 following the closure of Truck Radio. It has a 10kW transmitter which can also transmit in DRM mode at 2.7 kW, and a 190 metre antenna mast.(Tore Larsson, ARC via KBC Radio, biener-media.de via Andy Sennitt, RN Media Network)

KBC Radio via Biener-Media in Germany has published a press release informing they will test the old GDR-transmitter in Burg on 531 kHz to see if the signal is doing anything during the nightly hours. The transmitter of 10 kW and a 190 m antenna mast was heard very good in southern Sweden during the GDR-era. Keep an eye on the frequency. (Bengt Ericson, ARC)

torsdag 21 juli 2011

Special programme from the Arctic Radio Club

On Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 at 1100 UTC (1300 CET) a 15 min. special programme made by the Arctic Radio Club will be aired by IRRS over a transmitter in Romania on 9510 kHz. The programme has been produced by ARC members Ronny Forslund, a/k/a Ronny B Goode, and Christer Brunström, chairman of the ARC. We are sitting in for Stephen who usually runs his programme 39 Dover Street at this time but as he is moving house he asked us to fill his airtime. A webstream is also available on http://www.nexus.org/ Happy listening! (Ronny Forslund, ARC)

onsdag 20 juli 2011

ARC Newsflash Polish local stations on the air

POLAND Correction to info in the latest MV-EKO! Torun 1413 kHz, Bielsko-Biala 1485, Burko-Zdrόj 1584, Konskie 1584 and Legnica 1584 are not on the air. 963 and 1062 kHz are on the air.
Sorry for the misinformation, but a translation via Google Polish to Swedish mislead me. (Bengt Ericson, ARC).

fredag 8 juli 2011

ARC Newsflash: Radio Merkurs 1485 upgrading its transmitter site

LATVIA Radio Merkurs 1485 kHz has just upgraded their antenna and raised power to 1 kW. They are very interested to know how the signal is getting through and you are welcome to mail your observations to RNI (at) apollo.lv. A special programme will be broadcast at 2300 CET/SST on Saturday, July 9.  (Ronny Forslund, ARC)

Cuban "air defense" strategies

We have long noted that the Cubans are trying to block certain unwanted signals from Florida, WRHC, WQBA and a few other stations run by Cuban emigrés. 
This is why Radio Rebelde can be found on numerous channels, including frequencies assigned to other stations. 
It now appears that Rebelde is just one piece in a system where local, provincial and national services are combined to keep as many channels as possible alive 24/7 by sharing transmitter facilities.
Arguably the first example of this was noted two years ago on 1350, where Radio Libertad, was relaying the provincial service of Radio Victoria at night. 
Last winter, Arnstein Bue, in Norway,  was surprised to hear Radio Rebelde sign off on 980 at 1000. However, after the playing of the National Anthem, the frequency was released to the listed COCO El Periódico del Aire.
In November 2010, Arnstein noticed another anomaly, a Cuban on 1470 carrying Radio Victoria programming.  In an interesting reply from this station,  one now learns that the transmitter site is Puerto Padre, Las Tunas,  the power  1 kW, and that the channel is actually assigned to Radio Chaparra (hitherto listed only on 90.9 FM), a local station at Jesús Menéndez.  In the afternoon, the municipal station Radio Libertad carries on, and at night, Radio Victoria.
The schedule for the 1470 operation is given as 1100-1600 Radio Chaparra, 1600-0200 Radio Libertad, and 0200-1100 Radio Victoria.

Henrik Klemetz

ARC Newsflash: Montenegro 882 kHz heard with good signal in Sweden

MONTENEGRO 882 kHz When Wachenbrunn now has stopped the info-loop RTVCG Radio Televizia Crne Gore in Podgorica has been quite strong between 1958-2030 with news, sport and weather report until 2022. Then a nice singing ID and promo for Radio Crne Gore. Quite good music from the 70’s followed. At 2035 BBC and an Arabic speaking station took over. The local sunset in Växjö is at 1958 . (Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

fredag 1 juli 2011

Arctic Radio Club now in blogosphere

Hello all and welcome to our new blog. From now on ARC Newsflashes will be published here (previously on http://radioenthusiasts.blogspot.com/ ) in addition to our bulletin MV-Eko. For 50 years we have been one of the leading MW(AM) DX clubs in Europe and through our network of DX-ers and radio enthusiasts all over the world we are often able to publish first hand information on broadcast band news. Do bookmark this blog and naturally, your comments and contributions will be highly appreciated.