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*                  AUSTRALIAN RADIO DX CLUB                  *

                   ARDXC Electronic DX Press

                         Edition No.1
                        4 January 1996


                     Compiler: Bob Padula
                 E-Mail: CompuServe 100026,262
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Welcome to the E-DXP, "The Electronic DX Press", the first
official edition of the ARDXC's Electronic DX Newsletter. E-DXP
will incorporate future soft-copy releases of the "NewsPlus"
department of the hard-copy Australian DX News, and special
electronic news releases between publication of the ADXN. E-DXP
is primarily offered as a service to ARDXC members, and for
support to Clubs and other institutions with which we have
established interchange arrangements. There is no charge for
subscribing, provided that recipients satisfy one or more of the
following criteria:

(a) Are financial, life, or special members of the ARDXC;

(b) Are editors, writers, coordinators, publishers, authors,
board members, or committee members, of any DX Club, DX
Federation, DXing (or related) institution with which ARDXC has
on-going hard-copy or soft-copy exchange agreements in place;

(c) Are broadcasting stations, libraries, statutory authorities,
consultants, publishers, or any other organization or individual
already receiving complimentary copies of the hard-copy ADXNs,
or soft-copy information.

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the originator, and that this is not for commercial gain or
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arranged, where this is to the business advantage of the ARDXC.
E-DXP cannot authorize the re-use of material sourced to the BBC
Monitoring Service. Re-use can include incorporation into both
hard-copy or soft-copy publications.

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ARDXC maintains an Internet World Wide Web page on an
experimental basis, featuring Club information, downloadable
articles, pointers to other radio-related sites, and extracts
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Non-members receiving this electronic newsletter are invited to
contact the Club for details of membership rates, a sample copy
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active operation contiuously since 1965. The December issue of
the Australian DX News was 24 pages, A4 format. ARDXC does NOT
cover scanning, television DX, amateur radio, computers, or
programme listening.


Australian members are reminded that the Survey period concludes
on 31 January and the cutoff date for receipt of results is
Friday 2 February. The Survey looks at all SWBC stations
monitored between 0000 and 0500 UTC on frequencies between 2000
and 9999 kHz, for transmitters located in Africa, the Middle
East, Asia, and the Pacific.

Extensive work has already been done by some members, with the
"Midday Asian and African" Modes already under examination, with
interesting results! It's expected that these Modes will remain
open throughout January. 

Monitoring results should be forwarded to myself.

Members are reminded that submissions for the Oz-Trail are due
by not later than Wednesday January 10 to Craig Seager. Material
for the Shortwave DX Report, Broadcast DX, Shortwave QSL Review,
and NewsPlus departments are due by Friday 12 January with the
respective editors. 


The monthly avereged sunspot number for November was 9.4. This
is the lowest value in the decline of this solar cycle. It is
also the first monthly value below 10 since February of 1987.(IPS
Radio and Space Services).


Latest advice is that WRTH96 is just about ready for
distribution, and the ARDXC bulk order will be satisfied by
airfreight delivery direct from the USA into Sydney. Some spare
copies have been ordered and details will be made known in the
January ADXN.

I'm pleased to announce the following additions to the ARDXC E-
Net distribution list:

Arie Schellars:     Transmission Management, Radio Australia
Dan Ferguson:       International Broadcasting Bureau(VOA/RL/RFE)
Jerry Berg:         Numero Uno (now electronic!) (USA)
Matthew Francis:    Member (ACT)
Risto Kotalampi:    Finnish DX Association
Phil Bytheway:      AM Electronic Newsletter (USA)
Victor Goonetilleke:Sri Lanka
Cumbre DX:          Electronic Newsletter (USA)
hard-core-DX:       Electronic Newsletter (Finland)

As from now, the full address list will no longer be appended to
E-DXP messages. 

ARDXC scans material posted to reputable global public access
electronic messaging systems and WWW sites, and relevant
information is extracted for the benefit of members.

It is recognized that non-members of the ARDXC will read this
electronic newsletter, and such folk are urged to consider
joining! The Club has adequate stocks of the 1996 edition of
Passport to Worldband Radio, and spare copies of the 1996 World
Radio TV Handbook will be available during January. The Club is
not able to sell these books to non-members, or to members with
mailing addresses outside of Australia. It is understood that
members of other DX/SWL/radio-related Clubs based in Australia,
needing these manuals, must purchase them through commercial
distributors, several months after publication. Non-members - why
not consider joining ARDXC? !!


Malaysia's first communications satellite is du to be launched
from French Guiana on January 9. The Malaysia East Satellite
(MEASAT 1) is part of a $400-million venture of MEASAT Broadcast,
an associate company of the telecommunications firm Binariang.
There are plans for a second satellite launch in October. Radio
Television Malaysia will switch over to MEASAT from the
Indonesian PALAPA service. Up to twenty TV and eight radio
channels offering international programming should be available
by June. (Matt Francis, Monash, ACT)


BBC French language broadcasts which go back to before the Second
World War were to end at midnight on 31 December. The first
broadcasts were made in September 1938 at the time of the French
crisis, and General de Gaulle used the BBC for his rallying call
to the Resistance in 1940. The decision to terminate the French
service is due to financial considerations. (Simon Collins, UK,
quoting a teletext report over UK Independent Television, via newsgroup, per Mick Ogrizek)


Appended is a further summary of SW reception notes from this
author, which will be incorporated into the ADXN Oz-Trail, for
the January ADXN. 

Good listening!

Bob Padula
Compiler: Electronic DX Press, ARDXC.
4 January 1996

  Shortwave Australian Midsummer Reception Notes -  Part Two
    Monitored by Bob Padula, Melbourne - times and days UTC

3215 South African Amateur Radio League via Meyerton. Weekly px,
EE, *1800-1900* with reports about S. African and global ARO
news, DXCC, ARRL,  plus propagation summaries and forecasts.
Several interviews with technical presenters, 1/1 (BP)

3270 Windhoek, EE nx 1902, // 3290 2/1 (BP)

3356 Gaberone. Vernaculars nx 1905, 2/1 (BP)
3375 CPBS-1. Rare NF, *2000 with ID, Time check, anthem, until
f/out 2030 // 4460 5320, 31/12 (BP)

3380 NON SIGNAL! Blantyre unheard in 1900-2100 period since late
December, may be off air on SW? 3/1 (BP)

4890 NBC-Port Moresby. National Programme remained on air on SW
all night on PNG New Year Eve/NY morning, beyond usual 1200
s/off. Through until 1915 s/off, with Festival, live commentary,
dances, songs, EE and Vernaculars. Programme also carried by
Provincial stations on 3245, 3190, 3305, 3220, 3325, 3375, and
3385 until 1915*. Normal National service commenced 1930 on 4890.
Provincial stations on 3375 and 3290 remained on air untl 1945*
with National Service.  As advised some time ago, all of the
Provincial stations remain off the air for local morning SW
txions, and are only operating during local evening. NBC-PM is
4890 *1930-2208* and *0710-1200*, 9675 *2210-0700*, plus VHF-FM
and MW, per announcements and monitoring. I also believe that the
daytime services from the Provincial stations, using 6 MHz
channels, may have been discontinued, as unheard here for several
months. A report originating from New Zealand recently and
carried on Media Network indicated that PNG was now on "summer
time". This is of course quite incorrect, as PNG does not observe
"summer" time! 31/12 (BP)

4895 R.Pakistan. Home Service from Islamabad, Urdu talks, mx
1800-1830* 1/1 (BP)

4902 SLBC. On extended sked for NY Eve px, religious festival
2030-2100, QRMing Ndjamena 4904, 31/12 (BP)

5010 SEE DECEMBER OZ-TRAIL. Garoua reported at 1820. Only signal
audible here at that time is the super strong Tananarive, in
Malagasy, to 1900* 3/1 (BP)

5010 Tananarive. On extendes sked for New Year Eve, 1900-2100+,
Malagasy svce, Festival/Wild Party! Usual s/off is 1900, 31/12

5025 SEE DECEMBER OZ-TRAIL. Parakou reported 0640-0715 - can only
hear Katherine 3/1! (BP)

5825 R. Pakistan. NF for Urdu, External Svce, 1830-1900* //11570
31/12 (BP)

6000 Singapore. *2200 City Sounds, CC svce, to about 2300, 1/1

6070 Unid. Abrupt fade/in 0308, to fade-out 0330, low modulation
level, appared to be musical px, vocals, suggesting Asian,
perhaps RRI-Jarapura? 1/1 (BP)

6090 R. Korea via Skelton. FF 2100-2130*, QRM from the Brazilian
in background, 1/1 (BP)

6090 Rome. New service in RR *2000-2020* // 7110 9590, QRM
Brazilian and Russia, co/channel 2/1 (BP)

6200 Stockholm. NF RR *1800-1830* 1/1 (BP)

6230 Tashkent. Good level with GG 1930-2000 // 5035 5060 7105 2/1

7175 VOA. Site unknown, previously listed as Wertachtal, Tibetan
svce 0030-0100* 2/1 (BP)

7250 Taipei. CBS Network One, CC talks 1835, over background
jammng, to 1900*, 1/1 (BP)

7260 Vila. Audible right through our local day, FF and EE 0000-
0500 2/1 (ASD) (BP)

7270 Rome. NF, RR *0530-0555* LP 1/1 (BP)

7270 Tirana. Good level with Albanian 2310, NF, 31/12 (BP)

7285 SEE DECEMBER OZ-TRAIL. Seoul reported at 1215, language
unspecified. Skeded with EE 1200-1300, for W95 (BP)

7290 SEE DECEMBER OZ-TRAIL! R. Pakistan reported at 0230 with
GOS. Pakistan does not have a "GOS", but is scheduled for slow
speed EE nx *0230-0245*. 7290 unheard here for several years at
0230. Only signal audible in this time period in December has
been Radio Reading Service, NZ. 3/1 (BP)

7375 BBC-Tashkent. Good level with Bengali *0030-0045, Hindi
0045, Urdu 0135-0200* (ASD) 3/1 (BP)

9280 Beijing. BCC-1, daytime signals intensfying into January,
well heard 0000-0200 CC (ASD) 3/1 (BP)

9345 Pyongyang. KK *0400-0430* (ASD) 1/1 (BP)

9380 Athens. NF *1900-1950* various langs to Europe, ex 9385, 2/1

9495 FEBC-Manila. NF Asian dialects *0000-0030* (ASD) (3/1)

9505 Voice of Strait. *0255 with tuning signal, CC ID, TC,big
signal to 0330 2/1 (ASD) (BP)

9505 VOA. Listed Udorn, NF *0100-0130* Udru (ASD) 3/1 (BP)

9505 RCI-Sackville. FF and EE *0300-0400*, phased from co-channel
BCC-Taipei, 2/1 (BP)

9505 VOA. Listed Kavalla, NF, *0130-0145* Pashto 3/1 (BP)

9530 DW-RTE. NF ex 9535, EE to NA *0300-0350* very strong 1/1

9535 Luanda. On extended/special sked for New Year Eve, 2200-
2300, Festival px, PP, // 7245, with 11955 carrying a different
px. 31/12 (BP)

9560 Beijing. CRI, NF, another freq move! *0300 SS, site unknown,
unlikely China site, possibly Sackville as not audible on listed
9595, 2/1 (BP)

9585 R.Pakistan. Ext Svce, fade-in 0145, Bengali, to 0200* //
12015, rarely heard 31mb outlet (ASD) 2/1 (BP)

9605 NHK-Yamata. Weird signals, EE to NA *0300-0400* (ASD). Co-
channel with Abu Dhabi. Antenna phasing at my end helped, with
facility to virtually tune-out Abu Dhabi, which usually dominates
the channel. On the unphased dipole, NHK totally inaudible!2/1

9650 VOA. Udorn listed, NF, Dari *0200-0215* (ASD) // 9670
Kavalla, 2/1 (BP)

9650 DW-RTE. NF SS *0200-0250* // 9565 Julich 2/1 (BP)

9650 Pyongyang. JJ *0400-0550* (ASD) 1/1 (BP)

9655 Ankara. *0400, EE, QRMing Channel Africa c/channel, // 9560,
2/1 (BP)

9655 Bangkok. HSK9, EE *0300-0330, Thai 0330-0400* // 11890
Udorn. Obviously still using lower-power outlet (9655 or 11905)
in parallel with Udorn for many txions (ASD) 2/1 (BP)

9665 Pyongyang. Fade-in 0250, KK (ASD) 2/1 (BP)

9670 R. Veritas Asia. Big signal with Sinhalese 0000, Tamil 0030-
-0055*, NF (ASD) 3/1 (BP)

9670 VOA. Kavalla listed, Dari *0200-0215*, // Udorn (listed)
9650, 2/1 (BP)

9675 VOA-Meyerton. Hausa *0500, EE 0530-0600*, mixing with NBC-
PM (AFD), 1/1 (BP)

9705 RRI-Pontianak. Carrier on 0325, pxing 0328, local adverts
0330, network nx 0400 when parallel Sorong 9742.5, peaking to
very strong ar times, to around 0700, 1/1 (BP)

9760 Helsinki. Immense signal *0800 Finnish, to Australia 1/1

9760 NSB-Tokyo. New Mode! Audible right through 0000-0500+ during
early January. 9595 as well in same time period, but QRM from/to
co-channel RL/RFE at times (ASD). How about LONG PATH for this,
north over northern Asia, northern Atlantic, southern Brazil and
arriving at Melbourne from the south?  (ASD) (BP) 

11930 SLBC. NF Sinhala and Tamil segments for Middle East, *1905-
1945, following NHK relay up to 1900, new service, 31/12 (BP)
11955 Luanda. Late-night svce for New Year Eve px, Festival, PP,
African songs 2200-2300, different to 9535/7245, 31/12 (BP)

12015 R. Pakistan. Bengali, 0145-0200* // 9585, 2/1 (BP)


6090      The VOA CC svce from the unidentified site on 6090,
*2200-2300*, which I noted in my previous report, heard on 24/12,
is from Irkutsk, replacing 5915. Thanks to an E-Mail note from
Dan Ferguson, IBB, Washington. 

5975      To Wolfgang Bueschel:  have been looking on 5975 for
Radio Budapest's Hungarian px listed from 1900-2000 but inaudible
here. Do you know whether this is currently active on that freq,
and if not, what the new channel is? Thanks!


ARDXC is working with one of the major European DX groups for the
possible formation of a World DX Association. ARDXC totally
supports the concept, which at this stage is formative, pending
progressing of the proposal with other groups. Issues such as
accreditation and registration of DX groups, development of
global DXing standards, formal involvement with international
broadcasting frequency planning processes, participation with
receiver design/development/manufacture/distribution, funding,
and publication of a Newsletter (soft and hard copy), would be
key priorities of the Association. I would be interested in the
preliminary views and comments on the subject from any person
reading this message! 

(Bob Padula)

(End of E-DXP: Number 1)

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