lördag 31 december 2011

Special New Year's programmes from RNE, Canary Islands

The last night of every year brings us a unique opportunity for catching the RNE stations in the Canary Islands with own programming at night. All RN and R5TN outlets leave the national network at some point around 2230 UTC/Canary Is. time (2330 in mainland Spain) for a regional special program to receive the new year. The content is usually funny music with phone calls from listeners and messages from the Regional Goverment President and some other Authorities. This program ends some minutes after the midnight Canary Is./UTC time. These are the RNE stations in the Canary Islands:
RN     Las Palmas  576 kHz
RN     Tenerife        621 kHz
R5TN  Tenerife        720 kHz
R5TN Las Palmas  747 kHz
(Mauricio Molano via MWDX via Tore Larsson, ARC)

torsdag 29 december 2011

Samoa drops Friday, December 30

The day of December 30 will be deleted from the Samoan  calendar. This is being done in order to bring the nation closer to the time zones of its biggest trading partners, Australia and New Zealand. Samoa is 11 hours after GMT and from having been one of the last places where the new year begins it will now become one of the first. After the change has taken place Samoa will be one hour ahead of New Zealand and three hours ahead of Sydney, Australia. (DR News via Bengt Ericson, ARC)

German mediumwave stations closing down

Several mediumwave stations in Germany are due to cease transmissions within the next couple of weeks. The first to go, on Friday 30 December, is the low power (0.6 kW) SWR station at Ulm on 1413 kHz. The following day it is the turn of high power (700 kW) gospel station ERF at Mainflingen on 1539 kHz and the WDR mediumwave transmitter at Langenberg on 1593 kHz which has been broadcasting in DRM mode.

On 8 January SWR will cease its mediumwave broadcasts of the "Bodensee Sender" on 666 kHz (150 kW). In addition, the broadcasts of the WDR mediumwave transmitters at Muhlacker on 576 kHz (100 kW), Freiburg on 828 kHz (10kW) and RheinSender/Wolfsheim on 1017 kHz (100 kW) will close.

(Source: Mediamagazine.nl via Andy Sennitt via Tore Larsson, ARC)

onsdag 14 december 2011

Some DX-News from Bengt Ericson: Radio Luxemburg / Italy / AFN-Germany

1440 Radio Luxemburg has returned to old days and broadcast the German program
during daytime. The reception is very good during daytime so at least 600 kW.
981 Trieste A is now running 24h.
1368 Challenger Radio in the Padova provice is now off the air due to technical problems.
AFN Europe headquarter will be moved to to Kaiserslautern during end of 2013 -
September 2014. Accordingly AFN Heidelberg 1143 kHz will be moved to Stuttgart.
one year earlier.                           ( 4.12.2011 via Bernhard Weiskopf, A-DX)

Christmas greetings from members of the ARC

First a greeting from our old friend BEFF Björn Fransson of Gotland:

Next we have GN Gert Nilsson of Bonäset, Norhern Sweden. The bird feeders are hanging from a tree planted for this season, about one metre from GN's computer corner.

Here is a greeting from Norway and free radio fan plus radio entrepreneur Svenn Martinsen:
A greeting from Sietse of Radio Seagull via Bengt Ericson to all ARC members:
Here we see the QTH of KLKaj Larson and his faithful Newfoundland companion Sara.

This card comes from Odd Påg - as he says, "A greeting from Santa Claus in the antenna forest"

The next one is from LAB Lasse Bygdén of Tomterna with best wishes from Lasse and his family plus cats Gabbi and Ronja.

lördag 3 december 2011

WJZ Baltimore MD heard by Sigvard Andersson, Norrköping

1300 0303 21.11 WJZ Baltimore MD, "Baltimore's Sports Station, Baltimore, ESPN 1300" trängdes med en hel hoper stns, även ID på WOOD och WJMO. Hörd då jag lyssnade i Väsby, NDL:s klubbstuga. A

torsdag 3 november 2011

Radio Seagull test update

LATEST  NEWS  30th October   2011
1395 AM - Update 2

2nd part of 1395 test  finished.

Wednesday October 26th 2011 the LV Jenni Baynton returned to her homeport Harlingen (Holland). The second part of the test program has finished and it is time to put all the reports and measurements together to see   what the results are. Adjustments to the antenna have given the signal a boost   as to how far we get, but unfortunately that lead to reception nearby being less   sucessful. However it is like we have
stated many times, this is why it is a  test.

The ship has now returned to port and preparations are now going on to sort things out for the third and final phase, expected to   start first week of November. We have one more " experimental antenna"  to test,   after which we will return to the basic set up which will probably mean we will   be getting into area's we were getting into during the first few days.

The anchoring in the Waddenzee was for testing the new anchor as well. We have finally got our own anchor, a special mushroom   anchor designed for stationary ships like lightvessels. The anchor held perfectly and indeed the lifting was a bit of a job for the old windlas, but it   did the job well.

So both tests were successful. Stay tuned and do send in a reception report during the 3rd part of the test, even if you have already done so before.
Thanks in advance.

Sietse Brouwer via Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö

måndag 24 oktober 2011

Radio Seagull back with further tests

Tests from Radio Seagull on 1395 kHz is back after a few days of absence over the weekend. Monday night at 2100 carrier and a few minutes later the music was on. Signal strength S9+. (Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

torsdag 20 oktober 2011

Radio Seagull from Jenni Baynton at new anchorage

1395 kHz. Radio Seagull started broadcasting from a new anchorplace this evening. At  2100 UTC the reception was excellent. They totally override Russia on the same frequency.(Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

Libya after the execution of Gaddafi

Now it is a big party on 1053 kHz Tripoli. Shooting, screaming crowds and lot
of Libyan music. Quite good reception now at 1930 UTC.(Bengt Ericson, Växjö)

onsdag 19 oktober 2011

Radio Medjugorje transmitter location

ITALY Dario Monferini in Italy has informed that Radio Medjugorje on 1476 kHz is 
located at the same place as Challenger Radio on 1368 kHz, i.e. Villa Estense 
in Padova region. The power of the transmitter is 10 kW. They are 100 % non-
commercial and rarely reply reception reports. (Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

torsdag 6 oktober 2011

Radio Medjugorje 1476 kHz - new Italian station

1476 Radio Medjugorje - A new station started today, 5.10.2011. It's Radio Medjugorje Italia on 1476 kHz.

It is located, as reported, in Padova province (Veneto region) North Italy. They are on air with 1 kW. Reports can be sent to medjugorjeitaliatv@libero.it  Web site: http://www.radiomedjugorjeitalia.com/ (PlayDX via Giampiero Bernardini, mwcircle 5.10.2011 via Tore Larsson, ARC)

onsdag 5 oktober 2011

KBC Radio stops testing on 531 kHz on October 7

The website of Dutch-based KBC Radio states that the tests on mediumwave 531 kHz from Burg, Germany will stop on Friday 7 October. Until then, the tests are at 1500-1800 UTC.

(Andy Sennitt, RN Media Network 4.10.2011 via Tore Larsson, ARC)

torsdag 29 september 2011

Radio Seagull testing with 15 kW from the radioship Jenni Baynton

The radioship Jenny Baynton will test the new 15 kW Continental Electronics transmitter on board from October 1st, 2011. Frequency 1395 kHz. The ID used will be Radio Seagull. The test will be from different locations offshore. More information on Radio Seagull's webpage. (Bengt Ericson, ARC)

torsdag 22 september 2011

End of Dutch relay from Orfordness

The Dutch Radio 1 relay from Orfordness in the UK on 648 kHz ends today, Sept 22nd.
( Andy Sennitt, RNW via Bengt Ericson, ARC)

torsdag 8 september 2011

ARC Newsflash: Ukraine / Lesotho / Italy

765 kHz
” Radio Stantsia Maiak, Odessa na volnye 765 kHz”. This is the local ID as this station is independent of Radio Mayak in Russia. The transmitter Petrivka 70 kW has been reactivated. Lot of nice music and at 1730 news in Ukrainian // 1584 kHz. Well heard in Växjö at 1700 UTC. (via Ydun Karel Honzig; Patrick Robic; Bengt Ericson ARC, Växjö)

1197 kHz
 “LM Radio, Lifetime Music Radio” with headquarter in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique has signed an agreement with Lesotho to broadcast its programmes via the 100 kW transmitter at Lancer’s Gap in Lesotho between 0500 and 1500 UTC 7 days a week. The spoken language is English and the music style is “happy”  Streaming is available via lmradio.co.mz.The official start of the agreement is October 1st, but testing is already going on. Info via Ydun and webpage. (Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

1584 kHz
Radio Studio X at Momigno in northern Italy is now testing a more powerful new transmitter. Power is said to be 12 kW, but this is not confirmed. This program is not in // with the audio streaming of the web. The tests are managed by Roberto Scaglione and reports of reception must be sent to: bclsiciliaclub@gmail.com. Note! There are several stations on the frequency transmitting non-stop music.(Dario Monfereni, IT; Mauno Ritola, FIN; Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

söndag 28 augusti 2011

Tyrone Community Radio now back on 1512 kHz

Tyrone Community Radio has now returned in the early hours of Saturday morning 27th aug to its old freq of 1512khz mw low power at the moment. Because of dutch radio on 927khz wipeing out TCR for a couple of hours few nights a week. In my views it should never have moved in the first place nit wits think the know better. (Radio Man via Ydun Ritz medium eave info via Tore Larsson, ARC 27.8.2011)

fredag 19 augusti 2011

Reception of KBC Radio in Sweden

On 531 kHz KBC International from Holland is now testing the German 10 kW transmitter at Burg. Hearhere Friday evening quite good from 1900 giving the email address: kbc531@gmail.com. Some longfading. (Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

torsdag 18 augusti 2011

Tyrone Community Radio, Ireland on new frequency

I have just visited Ireland and I have been informed that Tyrone Community Radio - TCR AM, previously on 1512 kHz, is now using 927 kHz. (Karl-Erik Strid via NORDX 18.8.2011)

Transmission schedule KBC Radio

Dutch-based KBC Radio has received a test licence for 531 kHz in Burg, Germany and will start testing on Friday 19 August. The test schedule for the next few weeks is as follows:
Friday 19 August 1700-2200 UTC
Saturday 20 August 0500-0700 and 1800-2300 UTC
Sunday 21 August 1000-1200 and 1800-2100 UTC
Monday 22 August - Thursday 25 August 1800-2100 UTC
Friday 26 August 1700-2200 UTC
Saturday 27 August 0700-0700 & 1800-2300 UTC
Sunday 28 August 1000-1200 & 1800-2100 UTC
Monday/Tuesday 29/30 August 1800-2100 UTC
Wednesday 31 August 0800-1000 UTC
Thursday 1 September 1900-2100 UTC
Friday 2 September 1700-2100 UTC
Saturday 3 September 1000-1400 & 1800-2100 UTC
Sunday 4 September 1000-1200 & 1800-2100 UTC
Monday 5 September/Tuesday 6 September 1800-2100 UTC
Wednesday 7 September 0800-1000 UTC
Thursday 8 September 1900-2100 UTC
Friday 9 September 1700-2100 UTC
Saturday 10 September 1000-1400 & 1800-2100 UTC
Sunday 11 September 1000-1200 & 1800-2100 UTC
Monday 12 September 1800-2100 UTC
Tuesday 13 September 0400-0600 UTC
Wednesday 14 September 0800-1000 UTC
Thursday 15 September/Friday 16 September 1700-2100 UTC
Saturday 17 September 0500-0700 & 1800-2100 UTC
Sunday 18 September 1000-1200 & 1800-2100 UTC
Monday 19 September 1800-2100 UTC
Tuesday 20 September 0400-0600 UTC
Wednesday 21 September 0800-1000 UTC
Thursday 22 September/Friday 23 September 1700-2100 UTC
Saturday 24 September 1000-1400 & 1800-2100 UTC
Further tests are planned to run till the end of October.
The KBC Radio website adds: “We are trying to return on SW in November 2011. Minimum power is 100 kW. We are also checking if we can beam again to the USA on shortwave.
“For reception reports please mail to KBC531 @ gmail.com or write to The Mighty KBC, Argonstraat 6, NL-6718 WT Ede, The Netherlands. Send 2 USD if you want to receive our Mighty KBC QSL card.”

(KBC Radio via Andy Sennitt, RN Media Network 17.8.2011)

onsdag 17 augusti 2011

Special transmission from Holland on August 31 celebrating offshore radio

On August 31 there will be a special live transmission on MW celebrating De Dag van de Zeezenders. This is an arrangement by the Museum RockArt and the Stichting Norderney. The frequency will be announced later but is supposed to be near the old Radio Veronica frequency 1562 KHz (192 m.). (Karl-Erik Stridh via NORDX)

KBC Radio testing from Burg, Germany on 531kHz

Dutch-based KBC Radio carries the following updated announcement on its website:
"KBC has received a test license for 531 kHz in Burg Germany. We start testing on Friday the 19th on AM 531. More dates coming tonight.
"We are trying to return on SW in November 2011. Minimum power is 100KW. We are also checking if we can beam again to the USA on shortwave.
"For reception reports please mail to KBC531 @ gmail.com or write to The
Mighty KBC, Argonstraat 6, 6718 WT Ede, The Netherlands. Send 2 USD if you
want to receive our Mighty KBC QSL card."
(KBC August 16th, 2011 via RN Media Network via Tore Larsson, ARC)

måndag 8 augusti 2011

ARC Newsflash: Turkish MW transmitter Antalaya 891 reactivated

TRT seems to reactivated at least 1 mediumwave transmitter at night. 891 kHz Antalya was very strong at 2100 UTC on August 8th. Dominated the frequency completely. ID” TRT - Ankara Radio” was announced several times. Signal a bit overmodulated.
I also heard a weaker and more disturbed signal on 1062 kHz at the same time, but different program. Turkish music and songs. No ID. (Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

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.