lördag 29 december 2012

Bulgarian MW stations closing down

From Georgi Bancov in Bulgaria I have got the following information today. The situation by BNR: Varna 774, Stara Zagora 873 and Shumen 963 will be shut down on January 1st, 2013. 747 and 1161 kHz will continue broadcasting. However Blagoevgrad regional radio on 864 kHz will continue in order to serve the listeners in southwest of Bulgaria and nearby Macedonia. The Horizont transmitter in Kardhzali on 963 kHz will continue broadcasting. From BNR webpage it is stated that the frequencies of 864, 963 and 1161 transmit Turkish programs for one hour at 06, 13 and 18;30 UTC. (29.12.2012 Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

onsdag 26 december 2012

Test transmissions from LKB/LLE Bergen Kringkaster, Norway

Test transmissions from Bergen Kringkaster in Norway coming in great here in Fredriksfors, Sweden, some 350 km north of Stockholm. Test IDs by Svenn Martinsen, morse ID plus instrumental bridge. QSA 4 and dominant on channel. (Ronny Forslund, ARC)

måndag 24 december 2012

About the Christmas greetings from our friends and members

They just disappeared! Although they should be out there in cyberspace somewhere this post cannot be restored at the moment. But if you have any Xmas card or pic or just a greeting you would like ro share with us please mail it directly to me at info @ rock.x.se and I will update this post continously. Naturally, in you are on Facebook you can post youir Christmas greetings in our group Arctic Radio Club, too https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/groups/317263911719764/

Sorry for this - seems like Blogger has gone on holiday, too! Anyway, a Very Merry Christmas with lots of good DX to you all.

fredag 21 december 2012

New Hungarian radio service: Dankó Radio now on the air


here is the freq list of Dankó Rádió -- they have got a Budapest FM transmitter unexpectedly. They will start at 6 AM local time on Dec 22nd.

Dankó Rádió frequencies:
(local time)
Szeged (Újszeged)
Miskolc AM
Mosonmagyaróvár AM
Nyíregyháza AM
Szombathely AM
Győr AM (Sáráspuszta)

This information from Henrik Hargitai, Hungary via Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö.

torsdag 13 december 2012

Upcoming transmissions from LKB/LLE 1314kHz AM, Bergen, Norway

LKB/LLE 1314KHz AM Medium Wave
AM-broadcasts from Bergen Kringkaster(Bergen Broadcasting).
Reception reports as sound files in mp3 to styret@bergenkringkaster.no

Planned schedule:

Saturday December 15th 07:30-10:00 GMT
Wednesday December 19th 15:00-16:30 GMT
Saturday December 22nd 07:30-10:00 GMT
Wednesday December 26th 15:00-16:30 GMT
Saturday December 29th 07:30-10:00 GMT

The schedule is also published in the activity calendar on

Good listening, Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!
LKB/LLE 1314KHz AM Mellombølge
AM-sendinger fra Bergen Kringkaster.
Lytterapporter som lydfiler i mp3 til styret@bergenkringkaster.no

Planlagte sendetider :

15.12.12 (Lørdag) 07:30-10:00
19.12.12 (Onsdag) 15:00-16:30
22.12.12 (Lørdag) 07:30-10:00
26.12.12 (Onsdag) 15:00-16:30
29.12.12 (Lørdag) 07:30-10:00

Sendetidene publiseres også i aktivitetskalenderen på websiden
På gjenhør, God Jul, og Godt Nytt År!

torsdag 6 december 2012

onsdag 5 december 2012

MR6 Régió Rádió, Hungary closing down

At 22th of december MR6 Régió Rádió will be closed down due financial reasons.
Hungarian Radio made an annonucement today: A new station "Radio Danko" will start on MR6's former frequencies (1116, 1251, 1350 KHz), and as I heard they want to start additional transmitters to cover the whole nation. Maybe 1341 and 810 khz will be reactivated.
Radio Danko will carry Hungarian and gipsy folk songs and news from the countryside (like Antena Satelor in Romania). The station is named after Pista (Steve) Dankó http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pista_Dankó  Theese info about the frequencies are not 100% yet.
(Laszlo Tringer via Ydyns’ Medium Wave Info 4.12.2012 via Tore Larsson, ARC)

RCN takes over Cadena Super in Colombia

RCN is advancing and the Super network is history.
Cadena Super in Colombia has been bought by RCN (the owner of the Super family perhaps had a feeling that now was the time to gear down since one of the most enterprising brothers of the Pava Camelo trio,
the wheel chair tied Henry, passed away earlier this year). What the newly purchased stations will be called, etc., so far is not known. (Henrik Klemetz, ARC)

fredag 30 november 2012

World Radio TV Handbook 2013 is on its way

The WRTH 2013 edition was sent by DHL on Friday Nov 30th from UK to the Arctic Radio Club. I expect the book to be in the members´ mailbox during the next week. (Bengt Ericson, ARC Växjö)

onsdag 28 november 2012

Radio Station OZNRH, Danmark 1611 kHz, ex 1593 kHz

Meddelande till NORDX  från Karl-Erik Stridh CES:

Jag har nu fått följande information från stationen som sänder regelbundet 21 - 00 lokal tid med 10 Watt:

Hej her igen til mine 'forsøger at lytte, lyttere' :-D.

Efter 'moden tænksommelighed' har jeg givet mig og overladt frekvensen 1593 kHz. til den Rumænske 'frekvensdrage' og flyttet hele butikken til 1611 kHz. Her optræder der godt nok med mellemrum den Hollandske pirat 'Radio Barones', men da han ofte ikke kan blive enig med sig selv om hvad hans frekvens egentlig er (se Google og YouTube), så sker der nok ikke de store ulykker ved dette frekvensvalg jeg har taget, men lad os se hvad som ske :-).

Håber jeres radioer kan gå disse 18 kHz. højere op i frekvens? Mere info også på vores hjemmeside:

Bedste 73s fra den stor-frygtelige Ole Pirat :-). (via Bengt Ericson, ARC)

tisdag 27 november 2012

Radio Seagull 1395 AM off air

Due to damage to the aerial system on the radio ship Jenni Baynton, caused by a fierce storm on Sunday, 1395 AM will be off the air for probably the next few days. The engineers, whilst working on the necessary repairs, will also take the opportunity to make some adjustments and this will avoid them having to switch it off again in the near future.

Transmissions on 1602 AM (from 7 pm till 7 am CET) will continue uninterrupted as will the stereo internet feed which is “on air” 24 hours a day.

We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back to 1395 AM later this week.            (Radio Seagull webpage 2012.11.27 via BE, ARC)

Reminder: Anniversary broadcast from LKB/LLE, Norway 1314 kHz

Tomorrow Wednesday November 28th LKB/LLE Bergen Kringkaster at 60 degrees 26 minutes North  05 degrees 12 minutes East 1314 kHz AM/Medium Wave will transmit all day from 0600 CET until Midnight relaying NRK P1/NRK Hordaland 89,1 FM. We will also be using local IDs in English and Norwegian as well as in Morse Code. A 15 metres Comrod/Tjøstheim antenna will be used with the 250 watts Western Electric rig used by Odda Kringkaster that operated on 1466 kHz until Nov.1st, 1978(previous call sign LLU, now LLE2)We anticipate it now will run at @150 watts.
This event is in connection with the 75 years anniversary of Bergen Broadcasting Station, starting official transmissions November 28th, 1937 on 260 kHz.

The furthest proven reception so far is from Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, at 775 km! Given good conditions this time we hope to reach many more countries.

Reception reports as sound files in mp3 to styret@bergenkringkaster.no !

On the coming Saturday at 12 Noon there will be a celebration at the site, as well as more transmissions!

Svenn Martinsen, ARC
Broadcast Coordinator

For further information please check out these links:


måndag 12 november 2012

Testsändnngar från LKB/LLE Bergen 1314 kHz

PRØVESENDINGER på AM fra Bergen Kringkaster, Askøy! I går kveld var LKB/LLE på luften med prøvesendinger på Mellombølgen 1314 kHz fra den gamle Odda-senderen (kjenningssignal LLU) med ca.50 watts effekt. Middels styrke her vest for Bergen i konkurranse med Emiratene og Spania. Program er så langt NRKs gamle pause-og kjenningssignal. Vi ønsker fortrinnsvis lydfilrapporter i mp3. Flere prøvesendinger kan ventes de kommende dager, forhåpentligvis kan vi matche den opprinnelige effekten(250 watt) på Western Electric-senderen(WE 451A-1) som vi fremdeles leter etter skjema til. Vi tar sikte på jubileumssending(75 år)28.november. m.m. Stor takk til Øystein Ask (LA7CFA) som er sjefstekniker i arbeidet med å få den gamle Odda-senderen på lufta fra Erdal. Se bilde av 15 m Comrod/Tjøstheim antenne på http://www.la1ask.no/ http://www.bergenkringkaster.no  (Svenn Martinsen, ARC)

söndag 11 november 2012

Radio 700 Kall, Germany testing on 1593 kHz

Radio 700 mediumwave relay on 1593 kHz from Kall in West Germany tested on Sunday, November 11th between 1600-1700 UTC but the signal was too weak to reach Southern Sweden. Reports from Flensburg in Germany and Salzburg in Austria reports no reception.(Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

fredag 9 november 2012

DR Kultur 990 still on the air

Deutschlandradio Kultur in Berlin on 990 kHz seems to be on the air over the weekend when demounting work is having a break.  (Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

onsdag 7 november 2012

Deutschlandradio 990 kHz off the air

Deutschlandradio Kultur in Britz, Berlin on 990 kHz is temporarily off due to demounting of the 855 kHz-tower. This report from D.Kähler, (A-DX via Bengt Ericson, ARC).

fredag 2 november 2012

Brådskande information till ARC:s melemmar

Redaktionen för MV-EKO vill påmimnna om:
¤ Beställningar av T-shirts med ARC-emblem. Brådskande!!! Info till Tore Larsson
¤ Intresseanmälan till Hasse Mattisson inför konventet. Brådskande!!! ( se mer detaljer i senaste MV-EKO)
¤ Beställningar av WRTH-2013, Deadline 21 november. Beställningar till Bengt Ericson

torsdag 1 november 2012

BBC Radio Essex and Hereford Worcester closing down

The BBC is running a further trial commencing on the 30th October - 6th November 2012 to switch off existing MW services at two more local radio stations, Radio Essex and Radio Hereford & Worcester. While extending the trail for Radio Nottingham and Radio Kent MW frequency (1602 MW). This is because we want to assess the impact of a longer term switch off given the low number of response in these areas. Why are you doing this? The BBC is required to make savings. One option to make savings and preserve value to licence fee payers is to switch off MW services except where listeners depend upon MW as an alternative to FM and DAB. MW services mainly duplicate what is already available on FM and DAB, and most listeners will be able to hear their local stations on FM. The BBC is also committed to a full roll out of local radio stations across the DAB network. If local radio is not already available on DAB it will be in the future. The aim of the trial is to get a better understanding of the impact of the loss of MW for our core listeners and also enable us to ensure adequate coverage is available on other platforms in these areas. http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/mwtrial/  (via Steve Whitt, mwcircle 31.10.2012 via Tore Larsson, ARC)

måndag 22 oktober 2012

Radio 1593 on the air 24/7 from Germany

Radio 1593 kHz with transmitter near Euskirchen in Western Germany is on the air 24h with 500 watts and wait for a spare part which increases the power to estimated 10 kW. Radio 1593 relays Radio 700 das Europawelle from Funkhaus Euskirchen. (21.10.2012 Christian Milling, Germany via Bengt Ericson, ARC)

torsdag 18 oktober 2012

Vahon Hindustani Radio 1557 kHz now 1 kW

HOLLAND Vahon on 1557 kHz is now transmitting via its Nautel one kW tx .They started from Tuesday October 16th, 2012 at 2000 UTC. Info source:http://www.mediamagazine.nl/medianieuws1/radionieuws/3994-vahon-fm-op-vol-vermogen-op-middengolf Over here in Almere, The Netherlands, the signalstrengh is S9+5dB during the daytime; it was S9 with the 400 W-tx. The audio is clear via the Nautel tx, but less loud as via the 400 W tx .(Ehard Goddijn Holland via Mauno Ritola) The same observation in southern Sweden. (18.10.2012 Bengt Ericson, ARC)

fredag 12 oktober 2012

Vahon FM Hindustani Radio 1557 kHz now with increased power

Vahon FM Hindustani Radio in Den Haag transmitting on 1557 kHz in Hindi, Dutch and English has increased the power to 400 watts from October 10th. The station is received very well in souther Sweden at local dusk and dawn. Then the station has a stronger signal than Nice and UK-stations.
(12.10.2012  Mediamagazine.nl via Mauno Ritola and Bengt Ericson, ARC)

söndag 7 oktober 2012

New Dutch station on the air on MW 1557 kHz

NETHERLANDS 1557 A Dutch station is now using this frequency from October 6th, 2012. Vahon FM Hindustani Radio in Den Haag. Broadcasting 24 h in Hindi, Dutch and sometimes English. On Sunday October 7th at 2030 UTC the announcements were in English. It was a request program. You can check on the stream www.vahonfm.nl.

On the frequency 1557 kHz there is tough competition:
WYFR in Taiwan
France Info in France            
Some UK-stations                                                                                 
(Ehard Goddijn via Steve Whitt, mwcircle, Ydun and Tore Larsson, ARC October 6th, 2012) 

tisdag 4 september 2012

AIR Rajkot update

Jose Jacob in India informs:

The sked is as follows on 1071 kHz : (External Service)

Transmission 1: 0015-0430Transmission 2: 0830-1130Transmission 3: 1230-1900 The details are:
0015-0100 UTC Urdu
0100-0200 UTC Sindhi
0200-0430 UTC Urdu
0830-1130 UTC Urdu
1230-1500 UTC Sindhi
1500-1600 UTC Baluchi
1600-1930 UTC Urdu

Adress for reports is:
Super Power TransmitterAll India Radio
Radio Colony
Jamnagar Road,
Rajkot 360006
Gujarat, India

PS. Power on 1071 kHz is just 870 kW. (via Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

måndag 3 september 2012

AIR 1000 kW tx at Rajkot now on the air

The new megawatt (1000 kW) All India Radio station in Rajkot, India has now started broadcasting on 1071 kHz. Excellent signal today at 1800 UTC. Totally dominating the frequency.
(Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

lördag 1 september 2012

End of test transmission from Radio Seagull

Radio Seagull ended its broadcast on 1395 kHz Thursday at 1700 UTC. During Friday night a storm came in to Waddenzee and the ship was towed back to the harbour of Harlingen. I was lucky to hear the 5 kw test on Thursday at 16:45 UTC just before they closed the transmitter.(Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

torsdag 30 augusti 2012

Radio Seagull testing offshore on 1395 kHz

Radio Seagull is now testing its new transmitter on 1395 kHz from a location on the sea off the city of Harlingen in Holland.Thursday night at 1645 UTC the signal was quite good and probably they were running 5 or 10 kW. They signed off the transmitter at 1658 UTC. At 1645 it is still 1 hour to sunset in southern Sweden. (Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

onsdag 22 augusti 2012

Update Bulgaria Varna 774 kHz

BULGARIA 774 kHz Varna is on the air reports Patrick Robic in Austria. Varna will probably sign off Sept 30th, 2012 as several Bulgarian stations on MW will do.  (Mauno Ritola, ARC, Finland and Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

måndag 20 augusti 2012

BBC MW switch off trial

BBC will temporarily be switching off its transmissions on MW from the local stations in Kent (774, 1035, 1602 kHz), Lincolnshire (1368), Merseyside (1485) and Nottingham (1584 kHz). This trial will be made for five weeks, from August 17th to September 24th. As the same programme is broadcast simultaneously on both MW and FM the purpose of this action is to make the listeners switching over to FM. The stations in Kent, Merseyside and Nottingha are also on DAB. More info on http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/mwtrial/

(Tore Larsson, ARC)

News from Holland, Bulgaria and Libya

Holland The radioship Jenni Baynton will next week anchor in the Waddenzee sea off the harbour of Harlingen. Exact location not yet known. The Radio Seagull programs will continue as usual on 1395 kHz between 0500-1700 UTC with 2,5 kW, but later the power will be increased to10 kW. Later this year Radio Marina will use the ship´s transmitter for its programs, but power on 1485 kHz will be 1 kW.
Mike Terry, UK (partly) and Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö (partly).

Bulgaria 774 kHz Varna, Bulgaria is reported off. (Mauno Ritola, ARC, Heinävaara, Finland)

Libya 1251 kHz Tripoli 400kW is reported off the air. However 1125 kHz El Beida 500 kW is still on the air IDing as “ Libya FM”. (Mauno Ritola, ARC; Heinävaara, Finland)

DRM tests on 549 kHz

During the end of 2012 Ukraine, Kazakstan and Moldavia will carry test transmissions in DRM-mode via 549 kHz. Transmitters used will be: Kodra in Moldavia 50 kW Kiev, Brovary, Ukraine 250 kW Talkin(?), Kazakstan 250 kW This was mentioned in Vadim Alexeev´s program “Radiopanorama” by the chairman of CTPD Andrew Bryksenkovym talking about future digital transmissions. (2012.08.20 Alexander Egorov, Kiev in Open-DX Yahoo list via Bengt Ericson, ARC)

fredag 20 juli 2012

Ramadan starts now

Ramadan is starting today and will last almost a month. Now there is a chance to catch unususal Middle East stations as most of them will be on the air very late or 24 h. (Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

måndag 9 juli 2012

VOA São Tome takes over 1530 kHz from Vatican Radio

1530 kHz Vatican Radio has left the frequency and the 600 kW VOA transmitter has taken over during the evenings. At 2030 Mondays they play  good African music in "The African beat". Excellent signal. (Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

torsdag 28 juni 2012

Radio 700 to start on MW 1593 kHz

1593 Funkhaus Euskirchen (Radio 700) will test a new transmitter, 5 or 10 kW, in medio August. They have been assigned the frequency as WDR has returned the frequency to Bundesnetzagentur in Germany.
More information on http://www.1593.eu/. This website is not yet ready but it will be operational when the tests start. You can also check out http://www.radio700.eu/ (Bengt Ericson, ARC, Växjö)

torsdag 21 juni 2012

Radio Nord Revival 2012

Radio Nord Revival will soon be on the air from Sweden, commemorating the closure of the offshore station Radio Nord on June 30th, 1962. MW fq is 603 kHz - the original Radio Nord channel - and we will also be on SW and FM. Further information on http://www.radionordrevival.blogspot.se/ (Ronny Forslund, ARC/Radio Nord Revival )

onsdag 13 juni 2012

Vatican Radio leaving MW and SW

VATICAN CITY Vatican Radio will end its short and mediumwave broadcasts on1 July, strengthening its web service.
Spokesman of the Holy See and Director of Vatican Radio, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, announced: "From 1 July Vatican Radio will end all its medium wave broadcasts and its shortwave ones to most of Europe and the Americas, which are regions of the world where the rebroadcasting of programmes by the local Catholic radio and internet access are more developed."

(AGI 12.6.2012 via Mike Terry, MWDX)

måndag 28 maj 2012

Radio Integración de Padilla, 1470 kHz

Radio Integración de Padilla, Padilla, Bolivia, hördes samtidigt av Martti Karimies och Arne Nilsson den 5 maj på 1470 kHz. Stationen sänder med 1 kW men återfinns inte i WRTH. Den ägs av staden Padilla. Direktör är Ana Lía Condori Zambrana, en 26-årig journalist. ”Det är mitt första jobb sedan jag tog min examen på San Francisco Xavier-universitetet i Sucre” säger hon när jag talar med henne per telefon. 

Ett meddelande till ham_padilla@hotmail.com hade förblivit obesvarat trots att stationens namn stod på ämnesraden.  Så efter tre dagars väntan ringde jag till det enda telefonnumret jag hittade till ”Honorable Alcaldia de Padilla” = ham) i den 12500 invånare stora staden.  Jag tänkte höra efter vilken telefon stationen hade.  ”Ni har ringt rätt.  Det här är Radio Integración”, sa kvinnan till min stora förvåning.

Namnet Padilla känner gamla DXare kanske igen. Det fanns en kv-station på 3475 (ca) för ca 20 år sen. Det var en station som gillade ARC-loggan så skarpt att den började använda ARC-gubben som på sitt eget brevpapper. På mössan står det dock "REP" och inte "ARC". Det framgår av bifogade bild som jag fått från Jan-Erik Österholm i Finland.

Bytt bytt kommer alltid igen, säger man väl.  ARC-loggan kom ju ursprungligen från Seattle, WA, nämligen från KING 1090, så vi ska kanske inte förhäva oss. ARC-vimpeln som tryckts upp i tre versioner har skickats till många stationer i Spanien och Latinamerika och skapat goodwill.  Första upplagan - från 1963 - beställde jag från Banderines Enríquez i Lima,  (Se bild).  Den andra upplagan med grönaktig färg på havet,tillverkades ca 10 år senare.  Den tredje, på 80-talet, från Banderines Bordinsa i Quito. (Henrik Klemetz, ARC)

fredag 18 maj 2012

Radio Northern Star

Radio Northern Star plays your Favourites, Flips and Flops! Rarities too! Around the Clock-for the Songs of the Heart-Stay with The Northern Star-The Worldwide Norwegian! http://www.northernstar.no/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11&Itemid=16 Listen on the website or download our apps for the iPhonefamily or Androids! Reception reports welcome to 1000@northernstar.no  ! (Svenn Martinsen, ARC/CEO of Radio Northern Star)

onsdag 9 maj 2012

Radio Netherlands closing down

After 65 years of broadcasting, Radio Netherlands Worldwide's Dutch service will go off the air this week. To mark the close-down, the department will present a 24-hour live radio marathon.
The special live broadcast on 10-11 May will, one last time, bring that feeling of a 'home away from home' to Dutch listeners around the globe, reminding people how radio can be a friend in a foreign land.

The 24-hour radio marathon begins on 10 May at
20:00 UTC (22:00 local time) and will continue until 11 May at 20:00 UTC (22:00 local time).

The broadcast can be heard in
Europe  on 1296 AM.
ttp://www.rnw.nl/english/article/rnw-dutch-service-end-24-hour-broadcast (Mike Terry, UK via Bengt Ericson, ARC)

torsdag 3 maj 2012

Danmarks Radio WWII broadcast

Danmarks Radio will transmit a special program via the Kaluindborg longwave transmitter on 243 kHz on Friday, May 4th, 2012 between  18:03 and 19:00 UTC. The program will be a rebroadcast of the BBC transmission in Danish on May 4 th, 1945. This is a historical message for all Danes. The war was over.

Listener´s reports can be mailed to info@bsd.dk.

Information thru Alf Persson at Nödinge, Sweden

MDR 783 kHz, Germany off the air

Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk´s  transmitter at Wiederau on 783 kHz has been hit by lightning and will probably be off for some time. (MDR webpage 3.5.2012 via Bengt Ericson, ARC)

söndag 29 april 2012

ERA 981 Greece back on the air


ERA Spor in Athens is back on the air on 981 kHz after lot of complaints due to poor FM-reception in some areas. (Tudor Vedeanu, Romania via Bengt Ericson, ARC)

måndag 23 april 2012

Deltagare ARC/SWB Konvent 5-6 maj 2012 Bergdala Värdshus


Tore Larsson

Sigvard Andersson

Christer Brunström

John Ekwall

Bengt Ericson

Hasse Mattisson

Tor-Henrik Ekblom

Håkan Sundman

Henrik Klemetz

Olle Bjurström

Bernt-Ivan Holmberg

Fredrik Dourén

Rolf Åhman

Bengt Dalhammar

Lasse Skoglund

Ullmar Qvick

Dan Olsson

Ronny Forslund

Jan Edh

Rolf Larsson

Thomas Nilsson

Stig Adolfsson

Lars Vidlund

Willy Andersson