[HCDX] AM DX NewsFlash SPECIAL - NF 2000 REPORT - LARGE ISSUE
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[HCDX] AM DX NewsFlash SPECIAL - NF 2000 REPORT - LARGE ISSUE
This is Jean Burnell's NF 2000 report in the NewsFlash format.
If it is too long, please let me know and I will resend in two parts.
Thanks to Jean and the others for such a superb report.
NEWFOUNDLAND DXPEDITION IX
20 to 30 October, 2000
A report assembled by Jean Burnell
It is getting difficult to come up with new introductory angles for
these Newfoundland DXpeditions! This was the ninth event at
Cappahayden, and, although it might same like all the same again, it is
evident that the Newfoundland DXpedition always seems to yield some of
the very best Trans-Atlantic and Pan-American DX of the season. I think
that every DXer who participated this year would agree with me that
conditions during the 2000 DXpedition were far from the best we have
seen. Nevertheless, we logged 100 countries, not counting some short-
wave DX and beacons! This year's crew consisted of five DXers, all
veterans of Newfoundland DXpeditions.
John Fisher [JF] Calgary, AB Drake R8A 20 Oct - 25 Oct
Neil Kazaross [NK] Barrington, IL AOR AR-7030 Plus 21 Oct - 29 Oct
Jim Renfrew [JR] Rochester, NY Drake R8 23 Oct - 30 Oct
Mark Connelly [MC] Billerica, MA Drake R8A 26 Oct - 29 Oct
Jean Burnell [JB] St. John's, NF Drake R8A & Icom R-71A 20 Oct -
The antenna configuration was almost the same as in the previous few
Brazilian Beverage: 1 km aimed at eastern Brazil. Unlike in previous
years, this one was never terminated. On some evenings, this signal was
amplified through a Kiwa broadband amplifier.
African Beverage: 400 m unterminated wire towards southern Africa.
Whereas this was a productive antenna in 1999, this year this one was
European Beverage: 500 m terminated wire towards northern Europe. The
signal from this antenna was amplified.
K9AY Loops: My K9AY system was set up not far from the building. The
beams were roughly north-east/south-west and north-west/south-east.
Signals were amplified with Kiwa broadband amplifiers, and the two loops
were fed into either side of an MFJ-1026 phasing unit. In contrast with
last year, the signals from the loops were not usually as strong as
those from any of the Beverages; however, the loops were generally
quieter than the Beverages, which picked up stray RF from the big Loran
C navigational station at Cape Race.
Beverage antennas were connected through noise-reducing transformers
to coaxial cables that brought the signals into the "shack." Inside the
"shack" each Beverage was split four ways using ICE splitters. Neil,
and, especially, Mark were using phasing units from time to time.
Often, however, attempts to phase were pointless as the signals from the
two premier Beverages (Brazilian and European) were so different. Even
phasing the K9AY loops was unnecessary. For instance, one evening I
noticed that on 1260 kHz the north-east beam was providing a mixture of
British signals, and in the opposite direction (south-west) on the same
loop CKHJ from Fredericton NB was almost alone; from the south-east
direction Spanish signals were dominant, and from the north-west only a
low-level jumble of signals (CKHJ mainly) was evident. Everyone used a
cassette recorder. Minidisks have yet to debut in Cappahayden!
These DXpedition reports seem to require some meteorological horror
stories. This year Nature served up some items that require no
embellishment. As John mentions in his account, the tail-end of a
hurricane came through Newfoundland hours before he arrived. In St.
John's there was no significant damage, but trees were knocked down in
central Newfoundland. It was still pretty breezy when John and I set up
the Beverages on the afternoon of October 20th. The wind was still too
strong (over 100 km/h) to put up the K9AY until a few days after the
DXpedition began. In the middle of the DXpedition, the night-time
temperatures were going below freezing, so there was ice on the puddles
as I drove back to St. John's in the mornings. Fortunately, we did not
get any snow, but then towards the end of the DXpedition, we had
torrential rain. In fact, we had record rainfall. Apart from making
tricky driving for Mark, who had to drive back to St. John's during the
deluge, it complicated bringing in the Beverages. The European wire
normally crosses a stream, but at the end of the DXpedition it crossed a
fast-moving river. The first 100 meters of the Brazilian Beverage
normally crosses a field. At the end of the DXpedition it crossed a
shallow pond. However, in spite of my getting an unusual amount of
exercise in the process, I was able to retrieve all of the wires intact,
and, unlike in some earlier DXpeditions, no lengths of wire were
irretrievably caught by the surf along the beach.
The others have provided fairly extensive DX travelogues, so I will
just deal with the DX that was especially pleasing to me. DX to Europe
was only so-so generally, but on the first evening I was happy to net
many of the smaller Romanian outlets that had eluded me for some time.
I did not hear any previously unlogged stations from the UK, but the
United Christian Broadcasters outlets in Ireland on 549 and 1593 kHz
were first-time logs. One evening Neil found the long-wave outlet for
Turkmenistan coming in on 279 kHz, which was a "new" country from
Newfoundland (not counting SW!). African DX was a bit of a
disappointment, with few "new" stations audible. We did note Libyan
stations on 675 and 972 kHz that must now be running with sizeable
power. Also newsworthy is a station on 1305 kHz that we presume is
Sénégal, and Benin seems to have moved to the conventional 9-kHz
frequency of 1476 kHz. The Togo station that we used to hear regularly
near 1502 kHz has disappeared. I am always very interested in South
American DX, so I was pleased to add a number of previously unheard
Brazilians to my log book. Just as thrilling was logging a couple of
new "unlicensed" Argentineans: Radio Folklorisimo on 1410 kHz (a tough
frequency with much Brazilian QRM), and Radio Capital on 1530 kHz.
Radio Uno (650 kHz) was a first-time log from Paraguay. Jim bagged two
previously unheard stations from the "Deep South," Radio Fenix
(Montevideo, Uruguay) on 1330 kHz and, even better, Radio Difusora
Patagonia (Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina) on 630 kHz. The sensation of
the 1999 DXpedition was Falkland Islands on 530 kHz. This time it was
gone. Stations from the Pacific coast of South America were not heard,
and even the Colombians were strangely muted.
Before presenting the extensive logs, it remains for me to thank John,
Jim, Neil and Mark for trekking to this isolated spot to share some
memorable DX. Also, I would like to thank Rocco Cotroneo in Brazil,
Bjarne Mjelde in Norway, Bruce Conti in the USA, and Jarmo Patala in
Finland for their interest and encouragement. Rocco mounted a parallel
DXpedition in Bahia, the results of which are summarized (with his
permission) at the end of this article. Jarmo provided me with up-to-
date African DX tips. Henrik Klemetz in Sweden has been of considerable
assistance to me in skillfully ID'ing stations from South America.
Herman Boel in Belgium is saluted for assembling his excellent European
Medium Wave Guide (EMWG), which was our primary reference for European
and Mediterranean stations.
153 ALGERIA Chaîne 1, Béchar, 25 Oct, 0138 - Arabic music; good
+ 27 Oct, 1943 - Arabic violins; dominant [MC].
153 NORWAY NRK, Ingøy, 23 Oct, 2106 - Instrumental piano and music
by Kool and The Gang, announcements in Norwegian // 1314; poor
with QRM from Loran and Algeria [JF/JR].
153 ROMANIA România Actualitata, Brasov Bod, 21 Oct, 0221 - Lively
instrumental music and Romanian talk behind Algeria, // 855 and
1179; SIO 222 [JB/JF].
162 FRANCE France-Inter, Allouis, 25 Oct, 0138 - French talk; poor
+ 27 Oct, 1944 - French talk about events this evening; loud [MC].
171 MOROCCO R. Méditerranée Internationale, Nador, 24 Oct, 0008 - //
+ 25 Oct, 0139 - Arabic music; fair [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 1945 - Woman in Arabic; over Russia [MC].
171 RUSSIA R. Moscow / R. Rossii, synchros, 27 Oct, 1945 - Slavic
talk; under Morocco [MC].
177 GERMANY DeutschlandRadio Berlin, Oranienburg, 27 Oct, 1946 -
Classical violin music [MC].
180 TURKEY TRT, Polatli, 27 Oct, 0118 - Tentative; weak audio [JR].
183 GERMANY Europe No. 1, Felsberg, 27 Oct, 1947 - Huge with French
talk about a women's store [MC].
189 ICELAND Ríkisútvarpid, Gufuskalar, 23 Oct, 2012 - Rock music
with Icelandic announcements audible all day long; good with
Loran QRM [JF].
+ 24 Oct, 0010 - Heard all day long, talk & music [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 1948 - Two men in Icelandic; very good [MC].
198 ENGLAND BBC R. 4, Droitwich et al., 25 Oct, 0140 - World
Service program // 1413; good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 1949 - Discussion on Senator John McCain's role in the
2000 US presidential election [MC].
207 GERMANY DLF, Aholming, 28 Oct, 2219 - // 1422 [JR].
207 MOROCCO RTM, Azilal, 25 Oct, 0140 - Arabic music; good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0225 - // 612 with Arabic female vocal [MC].
+ 27 Oct, 1950 - Woman in Arabic, then string music; over 1 or 2
216 FRANCE / MONACO R. Monte Carlo, Roumoules, 27 Oct, 1950 - French
telephone chat, then dance-club music; excellent [MC].
225 POLAND Polskie R., Konstantynow, 25 Oct, 0250 - Polish
Newsmagazine program, ID; good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 1951 - Slavic phone interview; to fair peak [MC].
234 LUXEMBOURG R. Luxembourg, Junglinster, 25 Oct, 0142 - Rock
music; good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 1953 - Rock song "A Reason to Be Here"; good [MC].
243 UNID 27 Oct, 1955 - Drumming, unID language talk; poor [MC].
252 IRELAND Atlantic 252, Clarkestown, 25 Oct, 0143 - Rap music;
261 RUSSIA R. Rossii, Taldom, 28 Oct, 2300 - Five-plus-one pips,
then woman with news [JR].
270 CZECH REP. Cesky Rozhlas, Uherské-Hradisté, 27 Oct, 2020 - Czech
talk; under "O" beacon [MC].
279 TURKMENISTAN Turkmen R., Asgabat, 27 Oct, 0000-0005, 0022 -
Interval signal, male announcer the choral anthem at 0001,
distinctive local music at 0022 recheck, // 5015; bravo Neil for
finding this! SIO 252 [JB/JF/JR/MC/NK].
527 VATICAN CITY R. Vaticana, Vatican, 23 Oct, 0040 - Very
tentative; it sounded like I managed to pull some bits of their
soft music atop the bad low-band slop here; it's unclear why this
isn't heard here as I heard them a few times in Maine in the
early 1980's, and they're heard well when I am in the French
531 UNID 28 Oct, 2100 - German program with news mentioning hackers
breaking into Microsoft's corporate computer system; over/under
Switzerland. Is MDF-Info not on the air? [MC].
531 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros, 27 Oct, 0327 - Spanish group
discussion; over Arabic & classical music stations [MC].
+ 27 Oct, 2033 - Spanish talk mentioning "Estados Unidos" [MC].
+ 29 Oct, 0130 - // 684 with classical music; over Algeria [MC].
531 SWITZERLAND DRS1, Beromünster, 28 Oct, 2100 - Religious-sounding
choral vocal followed by Swiss-dialect German; mixed with station
in German [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 2105 - Tentative; accordion music, no ID announcements
540 BELGIUM R. Twee, Wavre, 24 Oct, 2338 - Music by Bob Dylan //
1188; poor [JF/JR].
540 HUNGARY Kossuth R., Solt, 25 Oct, 0338 - Huge, just blowing away
+ 25 Oct, 0354 - Presumed; woman talking, mentioning "Budapest"
often; SIO 322 mixed with Spain and CBT [JB].
540 SPAIN Onda Cero, Barcelona, 29 Oct, 2328 - Interview //
549 ALGERIA Chaîne 1, Les Trembles, 29 Oct, 0116 - // 891 with
Arabic rock vocal with energetic drumming; loud [MC].
549 IRELAND United Christian Broadcasters, Monaghan, 20 Oct, 2056 -
Modern gospel song; SIO 222 under Algeria [JB].
+ 21 Oct, 0057-0104 - Religious pop music until 0102, then woman
spoke about Revelations, music again a few minutes later; SIO 333
+ 24 Oct, 0718-0727 - Easy-listening religious vocals, female
announcer with Irish accent; fading down by 0725; fair to good
+ 26 Oct, 2255 - ID and announcements at end of music program,
announcer keeps saying "God is in control" [JR].
+ 26 Oct, 2304 - EE Christian music; excellent [MC].
558 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros, 25 Oct, 0332 - Spanish Radio call-in //
576-Barcelona; 603-Palencia; 657-Madrid; poor [JF].
+ 29 Oct, 0115 - // 774 with Moorish music (Arabic-sounding, but
with a full classical orchestra); fair [MC].
567 IRELAND RTE R. 1, Tullamore, 29 Oct, 0112 - Good with jazz
saxophone version of "Makin' Whoopie" [MC].
576 GERMANY Mega R., Wöbbelin, 26 Oct, 2321 - Presumed; non-stop
dance music, // 1575; SIO 332 [JB].
+ 26 Oct, 2325 - "Mega" ID, dance music, // 1575 [JR/MC].
585 SPAIN RNE R. 1, Madrid, 29 Oct, 0130 - // 684 with classical
music; poor, in VOCM-590 slop [MC].
594 PORTUGAL R. Renascença, Muge, 29 Oct, 0150 - // 963 with
emotional Portuguese vocal; poor to fair through VOCM slop [MC].
603 ROMANIA România Actualitata, Botoshani, 21 Oct, 0253 - Romanian
music, // 1152; SIO 232 with QRM from Spain [JB].
603 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros, 29 Oct, 0132 - // 684 et al. with
classical music; very good [MC].
612 IRELAND RTE 2FM, Athlone, 27 Oct, 0349 - "Rescue Me" (the old
Fontella Bass hit) new version with rapping; excellent [MC].
612 MOROCCO RTM, Sebaa-Aioun, 22 Oct, 2048 - Arabic talk by man;
+ 27 Oct, 0225 - // 207 with Arabic female vocal [MC].
+ 29 Oct, 0107 - // 819 with talk about Arabic culture; loud [MC].
621 BELGIUM RTV Belge Communauté Française, Wavre, 27 Oct, 0348 -
French talk, pop music [MC].
621 CANARY IS. RNE R. 1, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 25 Oct, 0337 -
Flamenco music // RNE 5 and other RNE 1 stations; poor [JF].
+ 29 Oct, 0108 - Spanish talk about Broadway musicals, segments of
"America" and "Maria" from "West Side Story;" huge signal, // 684
630 NORWAY NRK, Vigra, 25 Oct, 0115 - Pop music and Norwegian
announcements // 1314; poor [JF/JR].
630 PORTUGAL RDP, Santa Isabel, 29 Oct, 2059 - // 666 [JR].
630 TUNISIA ERTT, Tunis, 23 Oct, 2207 - Presumed; Arabic music and
talks; poor [JF].
+ 26 Oct, 2328 - Arabic music; briefly over CFCY [MC].
648 ENGLAND BBC European Service, Orfordness, 25 Oct, 0358 - Woman
in English, BBC ID at 0400; SIO 332. This is a garbage log to say
that frequent monitoring of this frequency failed to unearth any
hint of Gambia [JB].
666 PORTUGAL RDP Antena 1, Lisboa & Vila Real, 27 Oct, 0347 - Man in
Portuguese, then piano music [MC].
675 LIBYA Libyan Jamahiriya BC, Benghazi, 23 Oct, 2226-2242* -
Arabic music and talks, gongs and full ID at 2229, talk by a man,
Koranic recitations at 2234, seemed to be // 972 although 972 was
slightly behind 675, anthem at 2241; SIO 333 [JB/JF/JR].
675 NETHERLANDS R. 10, Lopik, 26 Oct, 2330 - Excellent with Paul
Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" [MC].
684 SPAIN RNE R. 1, Sevilla, 29 Oct, 0108 - // 621 with Spanish talk
about Broadway musicals, segments of songs from "West Side Story"
were played; good signal [MC].
693 ENGLAND BBC R. 5, Droitwich et al., 27 Oct, 0346 - Talk about
on-line "dot com" businesses [MC].
693 SPAIN RNE R. 1 synchros, 29 Oct, 2039 - // 684 with sports [JR].
693.7 AZORES Centro Regional da RDP, Terceira, 27 Oct, 0415 - // 836
with soft vocal [MC].
+ 29 Oct, 0101 - Portuguese news by man; good [MC].
702 GERMANY Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Flensburg, 27 Oct, 2308 - Man in
German; over Slovakia [MC].
702 MOROCCO RTM, Sebaa-Aioun, 29 Oct, 0121 - Woman in Arabic; fair
702 SLOVAKIA Slovensky Rozhlas, Banská Bystrica & Presov, 22 Oct,
0224 - Easy-listening pop music // 1098; fair to good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0222 - // (huge) 1098 with "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen;
+ 27 Oct, 0345 - Pips, Slavic talk, woman mentioned "slovensko"
711 FRANCE R. Bleu, Rennes, 27 Oct, 0220 - // 1206 with male folk-
rock vocal; good [MC].
711.06 WESTERN SAHARA / MOROCCO RTM, Laayoune, 28 Oct, 2352 -
Teletalk, then music at 2349, not // 207, anthem heard at 0058
720 GERMANY Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Langenberg, 25 Oct, 0505 -
Report from Wuppertal, orchestral music; SIO 322 with QRM from
Spain and CHTN [JB].
720 NORTHERN IRELAND BBC R. 4, Lisnagarvey, 21 Oct, 0304 - World
Service news, "Brain of Britain 2000" show; fair [JF].
720 PORTUGAL RDP1, São Salvador, 24 Oct, 0010 - Portuguese talk,
best on the European wire so likely not Brazil; fair [JF].
738 ISRAEL Kol Israel Network D, Tel Aviv, 28 Oct, 2013-2016, 2035-
2101 - Likely; Arabic program (the announcers'accents consistent
with Israel Program D); at 2013 Arabic music; at 2035 woman with
news (without obvious bias in the reports), male introduced more
music at 2044, but no ID discerned since it faded far under Spain
at 2100; peaking at SIO 333. This station had been off the air
due to alleged problems with the electromagnetic radiation
levels. "The Israeli newspaper 'Ha'aretz' reported on Aug 21
that an agreement had been reached to resume transmission from
the Zoran station for a three month period with one seventh of
the station's usual power of 1200 kW. (BBC M via DXLD in BC-DX
via ARC)" [JB/JR/MC].
756 GERMANY DeutschlandRadio, Braunschweig & Ravensburg, 27 Oct,
0351 - Man and woman in German; over/under Spain [MC].
756 SPAIN R. Euskadi, Bilbao, 27 Oct, 0351 - Spanish talk mixed with
760 YEMEN Yemen R., Mukalla, 26 Oct, 2049 - Tentative; woman singer,
but not ID'ed [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 2038 - Female Arabic vocal; poor, only audible on Euro-
Bev; Brazil won on the other Bev's [MC].
764.97 SÉNÉGAL RT Sénégal, Dakar, 25 Oct, 2028 - Poor (low power)
with French talk [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 2035 - Arabic talk by man; over Switzerland on Afro-Bev
765 ENGLAND BBC R. Essex, Chelmsford, 26 Oct, 0229 - // 882, except
for 0233 local break-out [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 2100 - BBC news evident as RSR stopped music and went
into news; SIO 222-1 [JB].
+ 26 Oct, 2305 - Over the Swiss (!!!) with local weather, then into
"5 Live" [NK].
765 SAUDI ARABIA BSKSA, Qurayyat or Khamasin, 26 Oct, 0320 - Running
same audio as 1521 but slightly offset; this was not Turkey; I
suspect they have raised power [NK].
765 SWITZERLAND RSR, Sottens, 24 Oct, 2258 - Soft pop music, French
news at 2300; good [JF].
+ 26 Oct, 2203 - Swiss news and weather, into pop music before the
station underneath playing pop music could be identified; SIO 444
+ 27 Oct, 0352 - "Hey Joe" by Jimi Hendrix; excellent [MC].
+ 27 Oct, 2035 - "Baby I Love You" by the Supremes; huge signal on
765 TURKEY TRT-1, Gaziantep, 28 Oct, 1942-1948 - // 954 etc. with
music and then women in Turkish mixed in growl with other
stations; during a huge fade by the Swiss [NK].
774 EGYPT Middle East Commercial Service, Tanta, 28 Oct, 0100 -
Tentative; under RNE, Jean identifies Jon Anderson and Vangelis
music "Friends of Mr. Cairo," chime heard after RNE pips and ID
+ 29 Oct, 1925 - English lesson, then Egyptian pop [JR].
783 MAURITANIA ORTM, Nouakchott, 20 Oct, 2042 - Local language talk
// 4845; fair to good [JF].
+ 23 Oct, 2317 - Strong with music, // 4845 [JR].
783 PORTUGAL R. Comercial, Miramar, 26 Oct, 2332 - Man in
Portuguese; over others [MC].
+ 27 Oct, 0404 - // 1035 with soul-influenced mellow Portuguese
783 SYRIA Syrian Arab Republic BC, Tartus, 27 Oct, 0015 - // 831.5
with Koran [MC].
792 FRANCE R. Bleu, Limoges, 26 Oct, 2332 - // 1206 with '70s
"bubblegum" influenced French pops [MC].
810 MACEDONIA R. Macedonia, Skopje, 20 Oct, 2057-2100 - Folk music
briefly above Spain than back down; fair [JF].
810 SCOTLAND BBC R. Scotland synchros, 26 Oct, 2335 - // 882 with
talk about a reporter and a musician living in Nigeria; good
810 SPAIN SER R. Madrid, Madrid, 20 Oct, 2054 - Man with Spanish
talk over Macedonia; fair [JF].
819 EGYPT General Programme, Batra, 20 Oct, 2017 - Talk in Arabic //
12050; fair [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0217 - // 9754.4 with Koran; huge [MC].
+ 29 Oct, 1916 - // 12050 news talk [JR].
819 MOROCCO RTM, Rabat, 29 Oct, 0107 - // 612 with talk about Arabic
culture; loud [MC].
819 SPAIN R. Euskadi, San Sebastián, 29 Oct, 2053 - // 756 & 963
with sports [JR].
828 NETHERLANDS Arrow Classic Rock, Rotterdam, 21 Oct, 2016 - Ads;
+ 26 Oct, 0507 - ID during music program [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 0255 - Dutch talk, then "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner [MC].
830.6 SYRIA ORT Arab Syrienne, Deir el Zawr, 25 Oct, 2254 - Poor to
fair in peaks, Arabic chants, // 783; this was drifting all
around 831 the whole DXpedition [NK].
831.5 SYRIA ORT Arab Syrienne, Deir el Zawr, 27 Oct, 0015 - //
with Koran [MC].
836 AZORES Centro Regional da RDP, Barrosa, 27 Oct, 0415 - // 693.7
with soft vocal [MC].
+ 27 Oct, 2210 - Huge with portion of a speech; not // Madeira-1125
at this time [MC].
837 CROATIA Hrvatski R., Gospic, 24 Oct, 2255 - Old pop standards //
1125 & 1134; poor [JF/JR].
837 ENGLAND BBC Asian Network, Freeman's Common, 27 Oct, 0214 -
Presumed; in subcontinental language, with talk that mentioned
"Pakistan" a few times; SIO 322 under Spain [JB].
837 FRANCE R. Bleu, Nancy, 20 Oct, 2021 - This station and its
numerous channels were almost a pest due to their strong signals
showing up all over the dials; fair with French oldies and
announcements; also heard on 1206 Bordeaux - fair; 864 Paris -
good; 945 Toulouse - fair; 1242 Marseille - poor; 1404 synchros -
fair; 1494 synchros - poor; 1557 Nice - poor [JF].
846 ITALY RAI R. Due, Roma, 20 Oct, 2019-2048 - Old pop tunes such
as "Respect," Italian announcements; good [JF].
+ 28 Oct, 0104 - English talk about an Italian-American dinner in
Washington; good, // 900 [MC].
846 SOUTH AFRICA R. Xhosa, Komga, 25 Oct, 2225 - Xhosa talk, losing
it slowly to Italy on the K9AY; SIO 222 [JB].
+ 25 Oct, 2225 - Up to very good peaks on the African Beverage,
with Xhosa tele-talk; the best heard of the trip [NK].
855 ROMANIA România Actualitata, Bucuresti, 26 Oct, 2353 - // 1179
with choral vocal; under Spain [MC].
+ 27 Oct, 0156 - // 1404 & 1530 with news [JR].
864 ARMENIA Trans-World R., Kamo, 27 Oct, 0029 - Sign-on with TWR
interval signal then music; over France & Egypt, SIO 322
864 EGYPT Holy Koran R., Santah, 27 Oct, 2051 - Arabic vocal //
9754.4; atop France [MC].
+ 29 Oct, 2000 - Koran reading, pips 40 seconds late, "Qoran" heard
during tape replay [JR].
873 BOTSWANA R. Botswana, Ghanzi, 24 Oct, 2110 - African dance music
and male announcer taking cell-phone call-ins // 4820 & 972; poor
873 MOLDOVA R. Moldova, Chisinau, 26 Oct, 0258 - 1-kHz tone at 0252,
then man and woman with news, // 1494 [JR].
873 NORTHERN IRELAND BBC R. Ulster, Enniskillen, 21 Oct, 2225 -
Irish tunes // 1341; SIO 322 [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 0300 - BBC World Service ID, news; SIO 222 under Spain
and eastern European [JB].
882 CANARY IS. & SPAIN COPE synchros, 27 Oct, 2048 - Man & woman in
Spanish; huge, way over UK [MC].
882 ENGLAND BBC R. Wales, Washford, 26 Oct, 2302 - News about
Zimbabwe parliament voting on impeachment of President Mugabe
882 SPAIN COM R., Sabadell, 23 Oct, 2121 - ID, ads; SIO 333 over
other Spanish signal [JB]. 29 Oct, 1947 - ID heard during talk
882 SPAIN COPE synchros, 29 Oct, 1915 - Sports // 837 [JR].
882 YUGOSLAVIA R. Podgorica synchros, 28 Oct, 2008 - Woman with
news, ID at 2010; SIO 322 with distorted audio and QRM from BBC
R. Wales [JB].
891 ALGERIA Chaîne 1, Alger, 29 Oct, 0116 - // 549 with hard-rock
Arabic music; fair over rumble [MC].
891 LESOTHO R. Lesotho, Maseru, 22 Oct, 1942 - Choral music, //
4800; SIO 232 under Portugal and Algeria [JB]. 24 Oct, 2046-2102
- Talks in local language, pop music, time pips over the music at
2100; poor with QRM from Algeria and Portugal, // 4800 [JF/JR].
891 NETHERLANDS NOS R. 5, Hulsberg, 24 Oct, 2009-2025 - Man talking
about artists, music. // 1008; good [JF/JR].
891 PORTUGAL R. Renascença, Vila Moura, 24 Oct, 2100 - Portuguese ID
over Lesotho on Brazilian wire to eliminate Algeria; fair [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 2047 - Portuguese teletalk; over Algeria [MC].
+ 29 Oct, 2039 - Football play-by-play, // 1251 [JR].
891 TURKEY TRT-1, Antalya, 28 Oct, 1933 - // 1017, 954 with Middle
East female vocal; over growl from other signals [MC].
900 ITALY RAI R. Uno, Milano, 28 Oct, 0104 - // 846 with English
talk about an Italian-American dinner in Washington; over
Canadians and Latin Americans [MC].
900 SAUDI ARABIA BSKSA, Qurayyat, 27 Oct, 0325 - // 1521 with bits
of Koran; under presumed Italy & CKDH [MC].
900 SPAIN COPE synchros, 29 Oct, 1915 - Sports // 837 [JR].
907.81 GAMBIA R. Syd, Banjul, 21 Oct, 2121 - News report, then ad or
jingle; SIO 232-1 with big fades [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 2041 - African music with a man talking over it [MC].
909 BOTSWANA VOA Relay, Selebi-Phikwe, 21 Oct, 2119-2130* - "VOA
News Now" with sports news, movie review, at 2128 there was an
announcement that many affiliates would take a 2 minute break,
news headlines then off; SIO 433 [JB/JF].
+ 24 Oct, 2042 - VOA program, // 1530 [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 2058 - // São Tomé - 1530 with US dance-rock music; over
909 MOROCCO RTM, Safi, 25 Oct, 2007 - Over and under BBC with music,
// 1044 & 774 [NK].
909 ROMANIA România Actualitata, Jucu, 21 Oct, 0251 - Romanian music
getting pulverized by BBC but // 1152; SIO 222 [JB].
+ 21 Oct, 0247-0250 - Violin folk music // 1152 & 1530; poor under
945 ANGOLA R. Nacional, Cazenga, 25 Oct, 2052 - French program with
ID; QRM from R. Bleu, SIO 233 [JB].
+ 25 Oct, 2100 - French program, interval signal, 3 pips, English
ID "broadcasting from Luanda" [JR].
945 LATVIA Latvijas R., Riga, 26 Oct, 2154 - VOA Special English
"Visions of a Nation" faded up briefly over France, // 1350 and
1422; SIO 333-2 [JB/JF].
954 TURKEY TRT, Trabzon, 21 Oct, 2222-2302 - Stringed instrumental
music, brief announcement at 2233 and then more music, time pips,
ID and news at 2300, // 1062 good [JF].
+ 21 Oct, 2227 - Turkish music, talk, // 1062.08; SIO 333 [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 2305 - // 1017 & 1062 with Turkish anthem at sign-off;
excellent, over Spain [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 2240 - Turkish vocal; loud, over Spain [MC].
963 ENGLAND R. Liberty, Lee Bridge Road/London, 24 Oct, 2025 - //
+ 24 Oct, 2028-2037 - Man describing unusual foreign holidays, ad
for "RAF Recruiting," jingle ID and music by Don McLean and
Whitney Houston // 972; poor [JF].
963 PORTUGAL R. Renascença, Seixal, 23 Oct, 2257 - Tentative; pop
music and time pips, talk by a woman in Portuguese at 2300; fair
+ 25 Oct, 0100 - ID, news; SIO 433 [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 2349 - Portuguese teletalk, then speech [MC].
+ 29 Oct, 0150 - // 594 with emotional Portuguese vocal; good [MC].
963 SPAIN R. Euskadi, Vitória, 27 Oct, 2301 - Spanish news; dominant
+ 29 Oct, 2053 - // 756 & 819 sport [JR].
963 TUNISIA RTV Tunisienne, Tunis, 24 Oct, 2232 - Tentative; French
news (RTVT listed here with French as part of its International
Service); fair with QRM from R. Euskadi and Portugal [JF].
963 UNID 22 Oct, 2035 - Seemed like religious talk in Portuguese, so
sign of Renascença on other frequencies; SIO 332 on Brazilian
+ 22 Oct, 2101 - News in French (over another station in French),
then, with big fanfare, began in Portuguese with news, pop music
at 2105, Mozambique suspected; SIO 332 on Brazilian Beverage
972 BOTSWANA R. Botswana, Sebele, 24 Oct, 2110 - African dance music
and male announcer taking cell-phone call-ins // 4820 and 873;
very poor [JF].
972 ENGLAND R. Liberty, Southall/London, 24 Oct, 2028-2037 - Man
describing unusual foreign holidays, ad for "RAF Recruiting,"
jingle ID and music by Don McLean and Whitney Houston // 963;
972 GERMANY Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Hamburg, 20 Oct, 2110-2202 -
Program of Spanish music, ID and brief news at 2130; SIO 333
+ 20 Oct, 2130-2203 - ID, long German talk by man and woman with
many mentions of North Korea, ads and program announcements at
2158, news at 2200, by 2203 a co-channel Arabic station dominated
the frequency; good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0302 - German news mentioning 'untergrund' Arab
organizations; excellent [MC].
972 LIBYA Libyan Jamahiriya BC, Sirte, 20 Oct, 2110-2202 - Telephone
interviews, poetry, Arabic music, talk through the top of the
hour; initially poor under Germany but occasionally dominant; SIO
+ 20 Oct, 2234, 2243 - Koran at 2234, Libyan anthem in progress at
retune at 2243; SIO 343 [JB].
+ 23 Oct, 2230 - News, ID, into Koran at 2233, anthem from 2241,
and off by 2243; SIO 232 [JB/JF].
+ 28 Oct, 2238 - Koranic vocal; excellent [MC].
972 SPAIN RNE R. 1 synchros, 29 Oct, 2050 - Sports, // 684 [JR].
981 GREECE ERA, Athens, 23 Oct, 0315-0324 - Tentative; disco music
with announcements in what sounded like Greek; fair [JF].
990 WALES BBC R. 5, Tywyn, Oct 24, 0231 - Radio 5 sports // 909;
999 SPAIN COPE Madrid, Madrid, 29 Oct, 0153 - Man & woman in Spanish
talking about municipal government; good [MC].
1008 CANARY IS. Onda Cero, Las Palmas, 24 Oct, 0034-0106 - Spanish
documentary over music, ads and talks, mentioned "Onda Cero" at
0059, time pips and time check, news by woman at 0100; not // SER
stations on 1575; good [JF].
+ 29 Oct, 0154 - Spanish teletalk (not // SER-1044); a short
segment of light classical music was inserted, then more
teletalk; excellent signal [MC].
1008 NETHERLANDS NOS R. 5, Flevoland, 24 Oct, 2009-2025 - Man talking
about artists, music; good [JF].
+ 28 Oct, 2253 - Ethnic programming; Arabic at this time (don't
mistake this for Yemen) [MC].
1017 ENGLAND Classic Gold WABC, Shrewsbury, 23 Oct, 0336 - ID,
weather; SIO 332 with German QRM [JB].
1017 GERMANY SWR-1, Wolfsheim, 22 Oct, 2057-2104 - Music by Santana,
ID as "Sudwest Radio Einz", time pips, news; good [JF].
1017 TURKEY TRT-1, Mundanya, 24 Oct, 2004 - Football, // 9460 [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 2305 - // 954 & 1062 with Turkish anthem at sign-off;
under Germany & Spain [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 1932 - // 891 & 954 with female vocal; huge [MC].
1026 CHANNEL IS. BBC R. Jersey, Trinity, 23 Oct, 0121 - Tentative;
discussion of US politics // 1548; listed as either
Cambridgeshire or Jersey (which has higher power); poor to fair
1026 IRAN IRIB, Tabriz, 23 Oct, 0113 - Koran, then Pachelbel's
"Canon," // 15084.45; SIO 222-1 with Spain and Brits dominating
+ 26 Oct, 0200 - Call to Prayer? // 1467 [JR].
1026 RUSSIA R. Mayak small synchros, 28 Oct, 2045 - // 1143, but no
interval signal at 2100 [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 2047 - Jazz piano piece, // 1143; SIO 222 [JB].
+ 28 Oct, 2055 - // 1143 with jazz / cocktail oldies including
"Just One of Those Things" by Louis Armstrong; over/under Spain
1026 SPAIN SER synchros, 29 Oct, 1915 - Sports, echoes [JR].
1035 PORTUGAL R. Comercial, Lisboa, 27 Oct, 0404 - // 783 with soul-
influenced mellow Portuguese vocal [MC].
1044 GERMANY MDR Info, Dresden, 26 Oct, 2323 - German news over
Spain; SIO 333 [JB/MC].
1044 SPAIN SER synchros, 26 Oct, 0439 - Two stations, distinct echo
1053 ENGLAND TalkSport synchros, 28 Oct, 1927 - Phone number 878-
405060 used, then a phone-in from Bognor Beach about stormy
conditions: wind picked up a caravan and tipped it over [MC].
1053 ROMANIA R. România, Iasi, 27 Oct, 0256 - Romanian anthem at
equal strength as TalkSport; SIO 422 [JB/JR].
+ 27 Oct, 1817 - Romanian talk about Constanca and other cities;
atop UK [MC].
1053 SPAIN COPE synchros, 29 Oct, 1840 - Sports play-by-play, under
1062 DENMARK Danmarks R., Kalundborg, 23 Oct, 2004-2012 - English
news and weather read by Anders Koch, Arabic news at 2005, news
in an unID language at 2010; good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 1816 - Danish talk, then "I'm So Excited" by the Pointer
+ 27 Oct, 2205 - News in English [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 1929 - English talk by French-accented man, then a disco
1062 NIGERIA Enugu State Broadcasting Service, Onitsha, 22 Oct, 2015-
2021 - English commentary on "Night Travel and Road Accidents,"
announcer said that this was the last newscast of the day, jingle
ID "Radio ?" program of pop music which the female announcer said
was her favorite program; fair with usual poor modulation [JF].
+ 22 Oct, 2018 - Woman DJ in English introduced rap music; SIO 343
+ 25 Oct, 2219 - Male DJ introduced soul and reggae music; SIO 343
+ 25 Oct, 2231 - Tentative; music, female DJ, poor [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 2139 - R&B, disco and dance music, announcement at 2159
"studio ... eleven o'clock" (male DJ), song "I Love You" follows
1062.07 TURKEY TRT-1, Diyarbakir, 21 Oct, 2222-2302 - Stringed
instrumental music, brief announcement at 2233 and then more
music, time pips, ID and news at 2300, // 954; good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 2305 - // 954 & 1017 with Turkish anthem at sign-off;
+ 28 Oct, 2233 - Over growl with Turkish talk [MC].
1071 ENGLAND TalkSport synchros, 26 Oct, 0431 - // 1089 & 1107 [JR].
1071 SPAIN Euskadi Irratia, Bilbao, 28 Oct, 1847 - Two men in
Spanish; alone on channel [MC].
1080 SPAIN Onda Cero, Toledo, 29 Oct, 2328 - Interview // 540 & 1341
1080 SPAIN SER synchros, 27 Oct, 0205 - "Radio SER" ID; over WTIC
1088 ANGOLA R. Nacional, Mulenvas, 27 Oct, 2136 - Music, romantic
Portuguese vocal; very low audio level on S8 carrier [MC].
1089 ENGLAND TalkSport synchros, 27 Oct, 1815 - Announcer: "Listen to
TalkSport without static and re-tuning: go to
'ukdigitalradio.com' " [MC].
1089 RUSSIA R.Chechnya Svobodnaya, Krasnodar, 28 Oct, 0200 - Enormous
signalafter test tones ended with sign-on and ID in Russian
1098 SLOVAKIA R. Slovensko, Velké Záluzie, 24 Oct, 2242 - Man taking
call-ins from listeners, // 702; good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0222 - // 702 with "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen;
+ 27 Oct, 1813 - Folk song, Slavic talk by woman; very good [MC].
1098 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros, 29 Oct, 1910 - // RNE5 sports [JR].
1107 ENGLAND TalkSport synchros, 22 Oct, 0320 - Call-in show, //
1053, 1089; poor [JF].
+ 23 Oct, 0000 - ID, sports talk, of course; SIO 333 [JB].
+ 26 Oct, 0426 - ID, news about Microsoft [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 0145 - Ad for personal dating service; over Spain [MC].
1107 ENGLAND unID station, 22 Oct, 2317-0005 - Soft pop music such as
Carpenters, Mariah Carey with a very mellow male announcer, time
pips at 0100 and into news and weather, // 1089 after 0000, but
was not // before 0000 so not certain that this was TalkSport.
Do they run separate programs at times? Fair [JF].
1107 GERMANY AFN synchros, 22 Oct, 2355 - Promo for ESPN baseball,
but faded under TalkSport and Spain within a few minutes; SIO 333
1107 SCOTLAND Moray Firth R., Inverness, 23 Oct, 0056-0104 - Oldies
music, ID as "Good Times and Great Music on Classic Gold," news
at 0100, ID and Bee Gees music; note that Moray Firth picks up
Classic Gold overnight; poor to fair with TalkSport R. QRM [JF].
1116 CHANNEL IS. & ENGLAND BBC R. 5, Guernsey & Derby, 24 Oct, 0243-
0306 - Both stations heard with BBC R. 5 with 1 station about 1
second out of phase with the other causing a delay effect,
program was "Up All Night," a newsmagazine show, news and sports
at 0300; poor to fair [JF].
1125 BELGIUM RTBF R. Trafic Plus, Houdeng, 28 Oct, 0127 - Tentative;
back-to-back pop music, but no announcements heard, // 1233; SIO
1125 CROATIA Hvratski R., Deanovec, 21 Oct, 2325 - Easy-listening
music, // 1134; fair to good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0203 - // 1134 with talk, then folk guitar [MC].
1125 MADEIRA Centro Regional da RDP, Ponta do Pargo, 24 Oct, 2200 -
Portuguese news mentioning Funchal; poor [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 2207 - Portuguese news [MC].
+ 29 Oct, 0118 - // 666, 693.7, & 836 with Simon & Garfunkel's "Old
Friends," some Portuguese talk, then Paul Simon's "Still Crazy
After All These Years;" fair signal [MC].
1134 CROATIA Hrvatski R., Zadar, 27 Oct, 0203 - Slavic talk about the
UN's Kofi Annan; way over Spain [MC].
1134 SPAIN COPE synchros, 29 Oct, 1843 - Sports play-by-play [JR].
1143 GERMANY AFN synchros, 23 Oct, 2054-2102 - "NPR Worldwide on the
Armed Forces Network," at 2100 went into "All Things Considered,"
the NPR Newsmagazine; poor to fair with co-channel QRM from
+ 25 Oct, 2058 - "This is NPR" and English talk; under Spain, SIO
1143 KALININGRAD / RUSSIA R. Mayak, Bolshakovo, 28 Oct, 2045 - //
1026, interval signal at 2100, American jazz standards [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 2055 - // 1026 with jazz / cocktail oldies including
"Just One of Those Things" by Louis Armstrong; huge. (I don't
know why this isn't heard in the US more often.) [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 2203 - Slavic news by woman mentioning Macedonia, Bosnia,
then into music; superloud [MC].
1143 SPAIN COPE Orense, Orense, 28 Oct, 2101 - "COPE Orense" ID; SIO
1143 SPAIN COPE Oviedo, Oviedo, 25 Oct, 2058 - Local announcements,
back to network program at 2100; SIO 322 [JB].
1143 SPAIN COPE synchros, 29 Oct, 1843 - Sports play-by-play [JR].
1152 IRAN IRIB, Tabriz, 28 Oct, 2130 - Farsi talk, possible news, //
1503; SIO 322 [JB].
+ 28 Oct, 2134 - // 1566 & 1503 [JR].
1152 ROMANIA R. România, Cluj, 21 Oct, 0252-0303 - Lively folk music
with lots of violins, nice ID at 0259, time pips, fanfare and
news; good until another station signed on at 0300 [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0156 - // 855, 1404 & 1530 [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 0200 - "Aici Bucuresti", then jazz-rock; not quite as
loud as // 1179, but better audio; over Glasgow [MC].
1152 SCOTLAND Clyde 2, Glasgow, 20 Oct, 2325 - Pop tunes, male DJ
with strong Scottish accent; SIO 333 [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 0202 - Glasgow mention, then "Through the night, the
night shift's choice .." into Duran Duran "Hungry Like the Wolf;"
mixed with Romania [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 2130 - Scottish-accented announcer, into ads and promo
for soccer on Clyde 2; SIO 322 [JB].
1152 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros, 29 Oct, 1823 - Strong echoes [JR].
1161 EGYPT Mid-Delta R., Tanta, 26 Oct, 2018 - Tentative; strong with
music, talker mentions Mubarak and Jerusalem [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 2142 - Arabic program over/under R. Tay and others [MC].
1161 SCOTLAND Tay AM, Dundee, 21 Oct, 0100 - News and ID; fair to
+ 26 Oct, 2305 - ID in mess [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 2140 - Ads for windows, "Tay AM" jingle; SIO 333 but lost
to Egypt a bit later [JB].
+ 28 Oct, 2142 - "Radio Tay AM" jingle, then a Diana Ross song;
mixed with Egypt and second UK station [MC].
1161 SPAIN Euskadi Irratia, San Sebastián, 29 Oct, 1845 - Sports
play-by-play, // 1197 [JR].
1170 ENGLAND Magic 1170, Stockton, 23 Oct, 2251 - ID as "Hits on
Magic," music "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell; poor [JF].
+ 28 Oct, 2137 - Ad for Tom Jones at the Newcastle Arena, for which
"Magic 11-70" is a co-host; SIO 232 with QRM from Russia
1170 NIGERIA Ogun State BC, Abeokuta, 22 Oct, 2025 - African language
talk into tribal sounding-chanting; fair-good [NK].
1170 RUSSIA Ibra R., Tbilisskaya, 28 Oct, 2129 - Religious program in
Arabic; over/under UK station [JR/MC].
1170 SLOVENIA R.Capodistria, Beli Kriz, 25 Oct, 1925 - Taking out
Swansea Sound with Amercan music and Italian talk [NK].\
1179 ROMANIA România Actualitata, Galbeni-Bacau, 21 Oct, 0240 - Local
music, // 1152; SIO 343 [JB].
+ 26 Oct, 2353 - // 855 with choral vocal; dominant [MC].
+ 27 Oct, 0156 - // 855, 1404 & 1530 [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 0200 - // 1152 with ID "Aici Bucuresti", then jazz-rock;
1179 SWEDEN R. Sweden, Sölvesbörg, 23 Oct, 0432 - Swedish ID and
sports news; fair [JF].
1188 BELGIUM R. Twee, Kuurne, 24 Oct, 0141 - Pop music [JR].
1188 HUNGARY VOA/RFE Relay, Marcali, 21 Oct, 2142 - Slavic talk,
seemed to be weather for Balkans; SIO 333 over Belgium [JB].
+ 22 Oct, 1958-2002 - Pop music and announcement that program has
come from the VOA, Washington; ID for RFE at 2000 and into news
in an unID language; good [JF].
+ 23 Oct, 2049 - "Radio Svoboda Europa" [JR].
+ 26 Oct, 2300 - Eastern European talk about Serbia, Vladimir
Putin; excellent [MC].
1197 ENGLAND Virgin R. synchros, 27 Oct, 0309 - // 1215 & 1242 with
"Man on the Moon" by R.E.M.; very good [MC].
1197 GERMANY RFE, Munich, 30 Oct, 0023 - "R. Swoboda" // 1188 & 1593
at this time [JR].
1197 SPAIN Euskadi Irratia, Vitoria, 29 Oct, 1845 - Sports play-by-
play, // 1161 [JR].
1206 ISRAEL Kol Israel, Haifa, 26 Oct, 0128 - // 11585 [JR].
1215 ENGLAND Virgin R. synchros, 27 Oct, 0309 - // 1197 & 1242 with
"Man on the Moon" by R.E.M.; huge [MC].
+ 27 Oct, 1813 - "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!, then
"Virgin Radio" ID; good [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 1926 - Local strength with the B52's "Rock Lobster;" I
had to crank up the volume and party with that [MC]!
1215 KALININGRAD / RUSSIA V. of Russia, Bolshakovo, 28 Oct, 1800 -
Presumed; German program over/under Virgin R. [NK].
1224 NETHERLANDS Q The Beat, Lopik, 24 Oct, 1840 - World music, few
+ 28 Oct, 1925 - Backstreet Boys and other "kid" dance-rock; over
1224 SPAIN COPE synchros, 29 Oct, 2045 - Sports, // 837 [JR].
1233 BELGIUM RTBF R. Trafic Plus, Rocourt, 28 Oct, 0127 - Tentative;
back-to-back pop music, but no announcements heard, // 1125; SIO
1233 CZECH REP. Cesky Rozhlas synchros, 25 Oct, 0410 - Slavic talk;
SIO 333 [JB].
+ 28 Oct, 2151 - // 1287, woman with Czech talk about Russia;
1242 ENGLAND & SCOTLAND Virgin R. synchros, 27 Oct, 0309 - // 1197 &
1215 with "Man on the Moon" by R.E.M.; fair, dominant [MC].
1242 FRANCE R. Bleu, Marseille, 28 Oct, 1923 - // 1206 with French
male folk ballad; good [MC].
1251 ENGLAND Classic Gold Amber, Gt. Barton, 22 Oct, 2001 - News,
"Classic Gold Amber weather," "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies; SIO
+ 26 Oct, 0356 - Bond theme, ID, news [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 0157 - Tentative; probably this with British announcer,
"Classic Gold" ID [MC].
1251 LIBYA Libyan Jamahiriya Broadcasting, Tripoli, 28 Oct, 1922 -
Group vocal, strings; compressed "telco" type audio [MC].
1251 PORTUGAL R. Renascença synchros, 29 Oct, 2039 - Football play-
by-play, // 891 [JR].
1260 ENGLAND Classic Gold 12-60, Mangotsfield, 24 Oct, 1949 - Music
1260 ENGLAND Virgin R., Guildford, 24 Oct, 2023 - Music by REM, //
1197 & 1215; poor [JF/JR].
1260 SPAIN SER synchros, 27 Oct, 2259 - // 1044 with Spanish public
speech; over CKHJ [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 1921 - Sports-related shouting // 1044; good [MC].
1269 GERMANY DeutschlandRadio, Neumünster, 27 Oct, 1812 - Man in
German; fair, getting past CJCB [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 1856 - // 1422 with woman with German political speech in
echoey room [MC].
1278 IRELAND RTE R. 2 FM, Cork and Dublin, 23 Oct, 0119 - Ad
mentioning Bank Holiday weekend, ID; SIO 232 [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 0310 - // 612 with "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson;
1287 CZECH REP. Cesky Rozhlas synchros, 23 Oct, 2155 - Talk in Czech,
new program of either RFE, BBC or VOA (couldn't tell which) at
2200, // 1233; good [JF].
+ 28 Oct, 2151 - // 1233, woman with Czech talk about Russia; huge
1287 ISRAEL Galei Zahal, Tel Aviv, 21 Oct, 2329 - Hebrew talk, other
Galei Zahal frequencies inaudible, SIO 333 [JB].
1287 SPAIN SER synchros, 27 Oct, 1900 - // 1584 [JR].
1296 ENGLAND BBC European Service, Orfordness, 24 Oct, 2002 - "News
1296 ENGLAND R. XL, Langley Mill, 27 Oct, 0312 - Jingle "Your
Favourite Asian Music and More, 1296 AM," then Indian music [MC].
1296 SPAIN COPE Valencia, Valencia, 27 Oct, 2256 - Spanish phone-in
contest; good, over R. XL [MC].
1305 ENGLAND Premier R., Enfield & Ewell, 24 Oct, 1848 - Presumed;
English religious talk; poor [JF].
+ 24 Oct, 1912 - Tentative; US preacher [JR].
1305 SÉNÉGAL RT Sénégal, Rufisque, 21 Oct, 2018-2107, 2115, 2151,
2158-2202 - Tentative-probable; African station in native
language, but lots of French words were used...the similarity of
this language to what used to be heard on 765 kHz makes Senegal
very likely...African drums, newsmagazine from about 2020 with
lots of coverage of the "election" in the Ivory Coast, possible
ID's as "Rurale" at 2052 and 2055, pretty definite "Radio Rurale"
at 2201 (but my tape had stopped working for the last one!),
commercial African music noted at 2158 recheck and through the
top of the hour; mostly SIO 333 with Spanish QRM but peaking at
SIO 444 [JB].
+ 21 Oct, 2107-2102 - Presumed; African drum music, announcements
which seemed to vary between French and Arabic, news (?) at 2035
with many mentions of Abidjan (where an uprising was occurring),
local stringed music; no clear ID heard even though signal was
quite strong [JF].
+ 25 Oct, 2028 - African music [JR].
1305 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros, 23 Oct, 2003 - distinct echo from three
+ 27 Oct, 0313 - // 855 with male Spanish vocal; almost a one-
second delay noted between "earliest" and "latest" synchro [MC].
1314 NORWAY NRK, Kvitsøy, 27 Oct, 0314 - Norwegian talk about stocks,
then a synthesizer-heavy re-mix of the '80s hit "Take on Me" by
A-Ha; local-like [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 1710 - Norwegian talk, US pops; early fade-in [MC].
1314 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros, 29 Oct, 2035 - Echoey [JR].
1314 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UAE R., Dabiya, 20 Oct, 2002-2008 - Arabic
news gradually fading under co-channel Norway; poor [JF].
+ 22 Oct, 1859 - Arabic talk, bit of pop music and sound effects
before pips at 1900, then an ID and news; SIO 333 with Spanish
QRM since Norway was not a threat this early [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 1908 - Pop style Arabic music; killing Norway [JR/MC].
1323 ENGLAND BBC Somerset Sound, Taunton, 25 Oct, 0320 - Sports talk
// Five Live on 909; SIO 322 [JB/JF].
1323 ENGLAND Capital Gold 1323, Southwick, 25 Oct, 0325 - Pop music
under BBC and an Eastern European, but peaked through with an ID
at 0325; SIO 222 [JB].
1323 GERMANY V. of Russia Relay, Wachenbrunn, 23 Oct, 1910 -
Instrumental music, French ID; fair [JF].
+ 23 Oct, 2140 - Unidentified language, Balkan music, two definite
ID's; SIO 443 [JB].
+ 28 Oct, 1916 - Woman in French; fair [MC].
1323 ROMANIA R. Tîrgu Mures, Tîrgu Mures, 25 Oct, 0320 - Tentative;
Eastern European music, woman speaking Romanian atop Capital Gold
and another Brit [NK].
1332 ENGLAND Classic Gold 1332, Gunthorpe, 21 Oct, 0011 - John Denver
tune, ID, then other oldies; SIO 333-2 [JB].
+ 24 Oct, 0141 - "Classic Gold" ID's, oldies music; poor [JF].
+ 25 Oct, 0058 - Music program [JR].
1332 ENGLAND Premier R., Battersea, 23 Oct, 0041 - Chat about pets,
religious talk; SIO 222 [JB].
1332 ITALY RAI R. Uno, Roma, 27 Oct, 1911 - Italian talk about
petroleum, political issues; over UK local [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 1914 - Italian talk mentioning Calabria and other cities
1332 NETHERLANDS R. Nationaal, Lopikerkapel, 23 Oct, 0025 -
Tentative; Dutch folk tunes, but no ID; SIO 332 [JB].
1341 CANARY IS. & SPAIN SER synchros, 28 Oct, 1901 - Spanish
shouting; over/under N. Ireland [MC].
1341 NORTHERN IRELAND BBC R. Ulster, Lisnagarvey, 21 Oct, 0017 -
Literary Book Reviews; good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0316 - // BBC-5975 with Afro-pop music [MC].
+ 27 Oct, 1811 - Woman with Gaelic teletalk show [MC].
1341 SPAIN Onda Cero, Almería & Ciudad Real, 29 Oct, 2328 - Interview
// 540 & 1080 [JR].
1341 SPAIN SER R. León, León, 28 Oct, 1902 - // 1584 sports [JR].
1350 LATVIA Latvijas R., Kuldiga & Cesvaine, 26 Oct, 2120-2159 - ID,
news by woman, VOA Special English program from 2135; SIO 433
+ 26 Oct, 2153 - VOA program "Visions of a Nation" (Special
English), // 945 & 1422 [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 1859 - // 1422 with female Latvian vocal; over unID and
1359 ENGLAND The Breeze, Baker's Wood, 24 Oct, 1850 - Slogan heard in
1368 ISLE OF MAN Manx R., Douglas, 24 Oct, 2224 - Music-of-Your-Life
oldies format with music like Vera Lynn, male English announcer;
+ 25 Oct, 2001 - "Manx weather" then jingle ID; SIO 242 [JB].
1385.92 GUINEA R. Rurale, Labé, 21 Oct, 2042-2047 - West African
stringed music; good with het [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 2127 - African language talk by man; loud [MC].
1386 KALININGRAD / RUSSIA LBH Radio, Bolshakovo, 20 Oct, 2210-2222 -
British dance music, British DJs with ID at 2211 and politically
incorrect ad for Red Devil (beer?); SIO 555 [JB].
+ 20 Oct, 2213-2225 - European dance music with ID's as "The Scene"
and "The Scene is LBH Radio," phone number for dedications 087-
00-77-1386; very good [JF].
+ 26 Oct, 0021 - English pop program [JR].
1386 KALININGRAD / RUSSIA V. of Russia, Bolshakovo, 27 Oct, 1755 -
Dance club hits, German talk; loud [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 1713 - Woman in German, then classical orchestra playing
in a Spanish flamenco style [MC].
1386 KENYA V. of Kenya, Maralal, 21 Oct, 0314 - Talk by a man in an
unID language and crowd noises // 4935; poor [JF].
1394.8 ALBANIA TWR, Fllake, 22 Oct, 1938-1947 - Religious music and
programming in unID language, interval signal and fanfare at
1944, ID and into Hungarian program; good [JF].
+ 25 Oct, 1840 - TWR interval signal, sign-on [JR].
1395 NETHERLANDS Business News 1395, Ijsselstein, 24 Oct, 1759 -
Talk, sudden sign-off 1800 [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 1752-1800* - Business news, many ID's, ad for "All
Office" ended at 1800 then abruptly off; SIO 243 [JB/MC].
1404 ROMANIA România Actualitata, Sighet, 27 Oct, 0156 - // 855 &
1413 ENGLAND BBC R. Gloucestershire, 2 sites, 22 Oct, 2139 - "Slow
Boat To China" by Bing Crosby and other oldies, // 1548 BBC5
Overnight relay; fair to good [JF].
+ 26 Oct, 0527 - Local info and ads [JR].
1413 OMAN BBC Relay, Masirah Is., 22 Oct, 1936 - English program
talking about the situation in Yugoslavia, but fading down
quickly; poor [JF].
+ 26 Oct, 1856 - Persian program, English ID [JR].
1422 GERMANY DeutschlandRadio, Heusweiler, 21 Oct, 2204 - German ID
and Edith Piaf singing Jacques Brel; good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 1800 - German news [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 1843 - Talk, then German speech in echoey hall; over
1422 LATVIA Latvijas R., Rezekne & Valmiera, 26 Oct, 2135 - VOA
Special English announcement, // 1350; SIO 322 under Germany
+ 26 Oct, 2153 - "Visions of a Nation" (Special English), under
Germany, // 945 & 1350 [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 1859 - // 1350 with female Latvian vocal; under Germany
1422 ROMANIA România Actualitata, Olanesti, 21 Oct, 0243 - Just
fragments of music, but definitely // 1152, however would have
been unidentifiable without the parallel; SIO 221 [JB].
1430 IRAN IRIB, Esfahan, 28 Oct, 1831 - Dead-on this odd channel, //
15084 with news by woman; 1-kHz het against 1431 Euro's; WXKS
blended in a bit later [JR/MC].
+ 28 Oct, 2024 - Middle Eastern music, at 2027 anthem then ID, some
talk, nationalistic music, // 15084.18; SIO 343 [JB].
1431 ENGLAND Breeze AM, Rayleigh, 24 Oct, 1855 - Slogan noted [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 1825 - "Breeze AM" ID; over Italy and Arabic station
1431 ENGLAND Classic Gold, Manor Farm, 24 Oct, 1952 - Music program
1431 ITALY RAI R. Due synchros, 28 Oct, 1835 - // 846, echoey [JR].
1440 LUXEMBOURG R. Luxembourg, Marnach, 27 Oct, 0321 - Woman in
German with religious talk mentioning Heilige Geist (Holy Ghost);
over Saudi Arabia [MC].
+ 27 Oct, 1801 - German talk mentioning Arabs [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 1822 - "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker; local-like
1440 LUXEMBOURG R. Nederland, Marnach, 24 Oct, 1801 - Super Oldies
1440 SAUDI ARABIA BSKSA, Damman, 21 Oct, 2149 - Arabic talk over co-
channel Luxembourg // 1521; fair [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0321 - // 1521 with Koran; under Luxembourg [MC].
+ 27 Oct, 2221 - // 9870 with pop Arabic music; over WJAE [MC].
1448.13 UNID 25 Oct, 1833 - Possibly very weak audio; not Libya they
wereheard // 972 and right on 1449 kHz [NK].
1449 IRAN IRIB, Bandar-e-Torkaman, 25 Oct, 1830 - Good with Koran,
then sign-off with anthem; this was not // anything else we can
hear from Iran, and is almost always heard in decent TA
+ 28 Oct, 1755 - Talks across the top of the hour, mentions
"Palestiniya" and "Jerushalem;" not // 15084 [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 1821 - Koranic male vocal; huge [MC].
1449 LIBYA VO Greater Arab Homeland, Misurata, 25 Oct, 1910 - // 972
1458 ALBANIA VOA Relay, Fllake, 25 Oct, 1840 - VOA program [JR].
1458 ENGLAND BBC Asian Network, Langley Mill, 27 Oct, 1902 -
Presumed; Hindi news heard under Sunrise R. then faded up to
dominate until 1905; SIO 222 [JB].
1458 ENGLAND Big 14-58 AM, Ashton Moss, 20 Oct, 2300 - On top of a
pile of signals with ID before Independent Radio News; SIO 322
+ 23 Oct, 1926 - "Big" slogan, local ads [JR].
+ 23 Oct, 1939 - Ad for Malvern Windows, Learn Direct, ID as "The
Big," announcer gave soccer update saying that there was a goal
in the Southampton vs Manchester match, music by the Knack; fair
with QRM from Sunrise R. [JF].
1458 ENGLAND Sunrise R., Brookmans Park, 24 Oct, 1910 - Indian talk
and music [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 1902 - Independent Radio News ended then ID before it
faded below Big 14-58 and BBC Asian Net; SIO 222 [JB].
1467 FRANCE / MONACO RMC, Roumoules, 25 Oct, 1857 - Sign-on [JR].
1467 FRANCE / MONACO TWR, Roumoules, 21 Oct, 2134 - Program in Arabic
translated into English (or vice-versa) describing people who
deceive and destroy; good [JF].
1467 IRAN IRIB, unknown site, 25 Oct, 2358 - Weak but basically alone
with Call to Prayer, // 15084, bad modulation [JR/NK].
1476 AUSTRIA Österreichischer Rundfunk, Bisamberg, 21 Oct, 2134 -
Easy listening music with a very laid-back English announcer,
German and English ID's at 2143 and into German program; good
+ 25 Oct, 2002 - English announcer under UAE [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 2144 - Woman in English mentioned Austria, finance
ministers' meeting; dominant on Euro-Bev [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 1815 - Woman in German, "Wien" mentions [MC].
1476 AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani R., 2 sites, 27 Oct, 0100 - Woman
mentions "Azerbaijan" during news, strong signal [JR].
1476 BENIN ORT du Benin, Cotonou, 27 Oct, 2141- Tentative-probable
(no sign of any signal whatsoever on 1475 even though this used
to be a fairly routine catch); highlife music and French pop
songs, rap; no ID as Austria became too powerful around 2200;
best on Brazil-Bev, SIO 322 [JB/MC].
1476 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES U.A.E. R., Dubai, 21 Oct, 0224-0250 -
Stringed instrumental music, ID at 0226 ad into anthem, sign-on
announcement with frequencies; covered by another station
(Azerbaijan?) at 0228, Call to Prayer at 0230; // 13675; fair
+ 21 Oct, 0227 - Anthem, announcements in Arabic; SIO 343 [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 0246 - // 13675 with a cappella Arabic vocal; very good
+ 28 Oct, 1805 - Man in Arabic // 13675 [MC].
1484.55 ANGOLA EP do Kuanza-Sul, Sumbe, 22 Oct, 2310-2312* - Angolan
anthem and off; SIO 332 [JB/JF].
+ 27 Oct, 2103 - Clear Portuguese speaker, words heard include
"pais", "todo", "musica"; high life music begins at 2113, five
short and one long pips heard at 2130, then more music; tough
Spain-1485.0 QRM [JR/MC].
1485 ASCENSION IS. BBC Relay, English Bay, 22 Oct, 0133-0209 - BBC
World Service program // 5975, "Reporting Religion," news
headlines, "Letter From America," time pips and "The World Today"
at 0200; tended to fade up briefly for a few minutes at a time
then drop down; great signal considering listed at 500 watts;
1485 ENGLAND BBC unID station, 28 Oct, 1804 - BBC news; over Spain
1485 ENGLAND Classic Gold, Newbury, 24 Oct, 1952 - Oldies program
1494 FRANCE R. Bleu synchros, 28 Oct, 1800 - French talk over/under
1494 JORDAN R. Jordan, Al Karanah, 24 Oct, 1910 - Good peaks above
France with Arabic news, // 9830 [NK].
1494 MOLDOVA R. Moldova, Cahul & Edinet, 26 Oct, 0258 - // 873 [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 1800 - Chimes, then talk in Romanian or Moldovan; mixed
with France [MC].
1502.77 UNID 27 Oct, 2150 - Het against Azores; probably of African
1503 AZORES AFN, Lajes, 23 Oct, 2013 - C&W music program, USA Radio
Network Sports News, PSA's; fair [JF]. 27 Oct, 2150 - American-
accented news about the attack on the USS Cole; loud [MC].
1503 EGYPT North Sinai R., El Arish, 29 Oct, 2005 - News items with
the short intro to "Charge!" (used at American sports events)
between items, "El Arish" said clearly at end of news, then music
1503 IRAN IRIB, Bushehr, 26 Oct, 0221 - // 1026 [JR].
+ 26 Oct, 1958 - Western orchestral music, // 15084.45; SIO 343
+ 28 Oct, 1808 - Middle East female vocal // 15084 [MC].
1503.68 UNID 28 Oct, 2316 - Het, maybe African [MC].
1512 BELGIUM R. Netherlands, Wolvertem, 20 Oct, 2111 - ID and
eclectic program of music; good [JF].
1512 BELGIUM R. Vlaanderen International, Wolvertem, 27 Oct, 1802 -
Flemish news-talk; good [MC].
+ 27 Oct, 1858 - Interval signal, "Radio Vlaanderen International"
ID by woman [MC].
1512 CRETE / GREECE ERA, Chania, 24 Oct, 0100 - Greek interval signal
over Koran (presumably Saudi Arabia); SIO 232 [JB].
1512 SAUDI ARABIA BSKSA, Jeddah, 28 Oct, 0112 - Koran; over others
+ 28 Oct, 2212 - Koranic vocal; under Belgium [MC].
1521 IRAN IRIB, Kiashahr, 26 Oct, 0221 - // 1026 [JR].
1521 SAUDI ARABIA BSKSA, Duba, 27 Oct, 1803 - Arabic talk about Saudi
Arabian government; loud [MC].
1521 SPAIN SER R. Castellón, Castellón, 24 Oct, 0222 - // 990 with
1530 ENGLAND unID station, 27 Oct, 1852 - "Don't Dream It's Over" by
Crowded House; briefly over Vatican [MC].
1530 ROMANIA România Actualitata, Mhaileni, 21 Oct, 0246 - Violin
folk music, man and woman in Romanian, // 1152; SIO 333 with
Vatican QRM [JB/JF].
1530 SÃO TOMÉ E PRINCÍPE VOA Relay, Pinheira, 21 Oct, 0300 - Yankee
Doodle, VOA News with African emphasis; SIO 343 [JB].
+ 21 Oct, 2107 - "VOA News Now" with report on Mid-East situation;
good with Vatican QRM [JF].
+ 24 Oct, 2042 - VOA program // 909 [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 2058 - // Botswana-909 with US dance-rock music; loud on
+ 28 Oct, 1757 - Female pop dance vocal; over Vatican [MC].
1530 VATICAN CITY R. Vaticana, Vatican, 27 Oct, 1850 - Holy Rosary in
Latin "Ave Maria, gratia plena..." with woman and children;
1539 GERMANY Evangeliums Rundfunk, Mainflingen, 23 Oct, 2026 - German
religious talk by woman and man, up-tempo religious music until
2039 fade out; good [JF].
+ 25 Oct, 1959 - "ERF" ID's, religious music [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 1906 - German religious talk by woman [MC].
1539 SPAIN SER synchros, 29 Oct, 1829 - // 1584 sports [JR].
1539.07 IRAN / CLANDESTINE?...R. Jihad, 27 Oct, 1830 - Male vocal, no
ID heard, but in almost every day as a "big blob" on this
frequency; Medium Wave News (UK) says this is the "Voice of the
Iraqi Islamic Movement" with the transmitter believed to be in
Iran (MWN, July 2000) [JR/MC].
+ 28 Oct, 2021 - Koran faded up; SIO 222 [JB].
+ 28 Oct, 2206 - Arabic talk, mentioned Iraq twice, but soon lost
to Spain; SIO 222 [JB]. 28 Oct, 2209 - Good with Koran [MC].
+ 28 Oct, 2258 - Nice peak with religious talk, then Koran but no
ID before it submerged below Spain; SIO 333 [JB].
1548 ENGLAND BBC R. Bristol, Mangotsfield, 22 Oct, 2026-2042 - Older
rock music such as Bob Dylan, Boz Scaggs and Rita Coolidge,
interview with a woman from the Bristol area; poor to fair with
+ 27 Oct, 1904 - Presumed; traffic report mentioning Weston Super
Mare and Tiverton [MC].
1548 KUWAIT VOA Relay, Kabt, 20 Oct, 2106 - English news as part of
"VOA News Now;" good [JF].
+ 23 Oct, 2200 - ID, well over all the British stations; SIO 433
+ 24 Oct, 2222 - VOA sports [JR].
1550 ALGERIA / CLANDESTINE R Nacional Rep. Arabe Saharaui Democr.,
Tindouf, 26 Oct, 2028 - Under strong bubble jammer [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 1756 - Man in Arabic; poor [MC].
1557 CROATIA Hvratski R., Osijek, 30 Oct, 0023 - // 1134 [JR].
1557 FRANCE R. Bleu, Nice, 27 Oct, 1902 - French news mentioning
lecture in Provence about 'sida' (AIDS) [MC].
1566 ENGLAND County Sound R., Peasmarsh, 21 Oct, 0000-0005 -
Independent Radio News // 1458, jingle ID at 0002 "County Sound
Radio," music until fade out; fair [JF].
+ 28 Oct, 1943 - ID "County Sound Radio, 1566 Medium Wave" [MC].
+ 29 Oct, 1827 - Frequently heard all week [JR].
1566 INDIA All India R., Nagpur, 26 Oct, 0037 - English news // 5010
1566 IRAN IRIB, Bandar Abbas, 26 Oct, 0210 - // 1026 [JR].
1575 GERMANY Mega R., Burg, 26 Oct, 2325 - "Mega" ID, // 576 [JR].
+ 26 Oct, 2327 - Presumed; non-stop dance music briefly noted
beneath Spain, // 576; SIO 322 [JB/MC].
1575 ITALY RAI R. Uno synchros, 20 Oct, 2030 - Italian ads and news
items faded up over the SER stations; SIO 333 [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 1847 - Italian political talk; atop Spain [MC].
1575 KUWAIT / CLANDESTINE Al Mustaqbal, 28 Oct, 2302 - Tentative;
Arabic; no ID heard, but Mark says this is them! Kuwait has been
reported here [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 2303 - Shrill Arabic vocal; well over Spain/Italy/Germany
1583.65 SPANISH MOROCCO / CEUTA RadiOlé, Costa del Estrecho, 24 Oct,
2206-2217 - Spanish talk by laid-back man over soft flamenco
music, no ID, but their usual slightly off-channel frequency
indicates that it was them; fair with het [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 2108 - Excited Spanish shouting; good [MC].
1584 SPAIN SER R. Zamora, Zamora, 22 Oct, 2127 - SER sports split to
local, ad for "Super Nova en el centro de Zamora," back to
network at 2130; SIO 433 [JB/JF].
+ 28 Oct, 2159 - Local ads, "Radio Zamora, Cadena SER;" SIO 444
1593 GERMANY R. Free Europe, Holzkirchen, 20 Oct, 2353 - Presumed;
Serbo-Croatian talk by male; good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 1901 - Slavic talk mentioning Bosnia-Hercegovina; good
+ 29 Oct, 1900 - "Radio Swoboda" ID [JR].
1593 IRELAND Cross Rhythms, Monaghan, 20 Oct, 2023 - Brit-accented DJ
playing Christian pop music; SIO 222 under R. Free Europe [JB].
+ 21 Oct, 0019-0100 - Rap and pop music, PSA mentioning the meaning
of life and quoting the scriptures at 0042, ID at 0056; faded by
0100, good [JF].
+ 21 Oct, 0056 - ID and program hype; SIO 343 [JB].
+ 29 Oct, 1859 - Tentative; Hindi music, English talk, no ID heard
1593 ROMANIA R. Cluj, Cluj, 30 Oct, 0012 - "Radio Cluj" slogan heard
1602 SPAIN Euskadi Irratia, Vitória, 27 Oct, 1859 - ID, four short,
one long pips [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 2257 - Romantic piano music, then man in Spanish; over
SER synchros [MC].
1602 SPAIN SER synchros, 27 Oct, 1846 - Spanish talk // other SER's;
over/under Vitória [MC].
1602.8 UNID 28 Oct, 0150 - Het [MC].
1611 VATICAN CITY R. Vaticana, Vatican, 28 Oct, 1749 - Slavic talk by
woman; fair [MC].
1634.90 GREECE / PIRATE unID station, 25 Oct, 0128 - Greek music; but
faded out without ID; SIO 241 [JB/JR].
1635.54 NETHERLANDS / PIRATE R. Nordzee, 20 Oct, 2226-2301 - Easy-
listening Dutch pop music with few announcements, ID at 2238,
music "Hello Mary Lou" (not the Rick Nelson version); numerous
other Dutch pirates were also heard in this frequency area;
usually they were only heard for a few minutes before they went
off or changed frequency; good [JF].
+ 20 Oct, 2227-2240 - Dutch folk tunes, ID and a few words in Dutch
at 2240; SIO 353-1 with deep fades [JB].
1635.89 NETHERLANDS / PIRATE Rona Leiza, 28 Oct, 2244-2358 - Dutch
polkas, all Dutch talk with regards to many dozens of Dutch
"amateurs" and a number of ID's with the cell phone number; SIO
1636.00 NETHERLANDS / PIRATE unID station, 21 Oct, 2207 - Probably a
QSO, lots of stations mentioned (Toulouse, Nordzee, Electron...)
but not sure which one this was! Dutch polka; SIO 333 [JB].
+ 21 Oct, 2234 - Same polka as before, more Dutch talk mentioning
same stations; SIO 433 [JB].
1639.48 GREECE/PIRATE unID station, 20 Oct, 2328-2351 - Unstable
carrier, drifting up to 1639.60 kHz by 2343; Greek music, no
announcements between tunes, just long pauses; SIO 353 at peak
1645.00 NETHERLANDS / PIRATE unID station, 22 Oct, 2238 - Just caught
bits of the mail-drop address in Preston, then went off; SIO 252
1646.05 NETHERLANDS / PIRATE R. Santa Fe, 21 Oct, 2206 - Quick ID
then lively Dutch music; SIO 322 with het [JB/JF].
530 TURKS & CAICOS IS. R. Visión Cristiana Internacional, South
Caicos, 21 Oct, 0954 - Spanish ID giving program address in
Dominican Republic; fair to good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0326 - Spanish religion; good on southern Beverage [MC].
555 ST. KITTS & NEVIS R. ZIZ, Basseterre, St. Kitts, 29 Oct, 0113 -
Upbeat soca-reggae vocal; fair with CHVO-560 phased [MC].
610 BRAZIL R. Itatiaia (ZYL268), Belo Horizonte, 29 Oct, 2345 - Auto
ad, ID [JR].
610 TRINIDAD NBS, Port of Spain, 24 Oct, 0750-0802 - Tentative; a
BBC newsmagzine program. BBC World Service ID and time pips at
0800, BBC news; best on Brazilian wire; fair [JF].
630 ARGENTINA R. Difusora Patagonia (LU4), Comodoro Rivadavia, 29
Oct, 0149 - Heard with ID under strong domestic [JR].
630 ARGENTINA R. Rivadavia (LS5), Buenos Aires, 29 Oct, 0300 -
Dominant with "Radio Rivadavia" ID [NK].
650 BRAZIL R. Clube (ZYH462), Valença, 25 Oct, 2132-2200 - Mainly
talk, mentioned "Bahia" a number of times, ID at 2136; SIO 322
under CKGA [JB].
650 PARAGUAY R. Uno, Asunción, 26 Oct, 0701 - Slogan and "Asunción"
+ 27 Oct, 0802, 0847 - Emerging slightly from a tangle of signals,
ID, apparent news; ID noted again at 0847; SIO 232 [JB].
650 URUGUAY S.O.D.R.E. (CX6), Montevideo, 22 Oct, 0230-0240 -
Tentative; likely the classical music station here with CKGA
phased, male announcer said, "Una produción Culgas...MonteFilme"
likely a play on words for Montevideo; station soon lost to the
Colombian pest [NK].
660 ST. LUCIA St. Lucia BC, Babonneau, 21 Oct, 0140 - Caribbean
reggae music, male announcer in English mentioning Castries; fair
660 VENEZUELA Ondas de Los Médanos (YVNA), Coro, 27 Oct, 0935 - Weak
under WFAN [JR].
680 PUERTO RICO R. Guapa (WAPA), San Juan, 23 Oct, 0905 - Ads,
Spanish news talking about a governor, ID "Cadena Guapa Radio" at
0908; good [JF].
+ 24 Oct, 2330 - Very strong [JR].
680 VENEZUELA R. Cumaná (YVQR), Cumaná, 29 Oct, 0100 - "La Voz de
Dios" religious program, mentions of Cumaná, Venezuela; briefly
over WRKO/CKXG/other LA's [JR/MC].
690 ANGUILLA Caribbean Beacon, The Valley, 27 Oct, 0342 - // 6090
with gospel song "He's Got the Power" [MC].
690 BRAZIL R. Dragão do Mar (ZYH587), Fortaleza,
+ 23 Oct, 0302 - Full Portuguese ID then off; fair [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0811 - Crowing fowl, PSA item about police in Fortaleza;
SIO 444 [JB].
+ 29 Oct, 0133 - Portuguese preaching; good [MC].
700 ARGENTINA R. Córdoba (LV3), Córdoba, 28 Oct, 0632 - Battling R.
Sur, but jingle ID and "Córdoba para todo el paìs" slogan emerged
at critical times, seemed to be the 50th anniversary of the
station; SIO 333 at peak [JB].
+ 29 Oct, 0356 - ID heard, and "La Radio de Argentina" [JR].
700 BRAZIL R. Nova Eldorado AM (ZYK686), São Paulo, 29 Oct, 0140 -
ID "Eldorado AM, São Paulo;" good [MC].
700 UNID "R. Cinco Seis Cientos," 26 Oct, 0638 - Heard this odd ID,
then a few minutes later something like "Maracay 27, Radio Nueve
Cinco, hoy 229968 ...". at 0829 I also heard the same or another
station in Spanish with an ID announcement that sounded like
this: "Radio Punte de Pinto, Señal gigante en Calí" [JR].
700 VENEZUELA R. Sur (YVPQ), Puerto Ordaz, 26 Oct, 0840-0900 -
Initially poor, but faded up with Venez. dance music, ID at 0858,
promo for "Venezuelanidad" program, then slogan "La señal gigante
de Guyana;" SIO 433 at 0858 [JB].
+ 29 Oct, 0358 - Venezuelan anthem [JR].
705 ST. VINCENT NBC 705 Radio, Kingstown, 27 Oct, 2314 - Noted weak
in passing with mellow pop music; this one seems to be nowhere
near as strong as a few years ago [NK].
720 BRAZIL R. Clube de Pernambuco (ZYI770), Recife, 27 Oct, 0506 -
Very strong with slogan [JR].
720 BRAZIL R. Guaiba (ZYK276), Porto Alegre, 22 Oct, 0317 - Ads, ID
and "Música da Guaiba"; poor [JF].
720 GREENLAND Kalallit Nunaata Radioa, Simiutaq, 22 Oct, 0035 -
Slow-talking man in Greenland dialect; SIO 433 [JB].
+ 23 Oct, 1843-1902 - Surprisingly early signal with man and woman
in Greenlandic, pop music tune, chimes interval signal at 1859,
news at 1900; fair [JF].
+ 28 Oct, 1955 - Greenlandic talk by woman, then speech by man:
probably a city council or town meeting: basement acoustics,
paper shuffling and folding-chair noises evident [MC].
+ Faded in around 1720 every day that I checked [NK].
720 VENEZUELA R. Oriente (YVQE), Porlamar, 27 Oct, 2314 - Venezuelan
political speech // 910 & 1020 [MC].
730 BRAZIL Emissora Rural (ZYI780), Petrolina, 27 Oct, 2359 - Nice
ID over CKAC [JR].
730 COLOMBIA Cadena Melodía (HJCU), SF de Bogotá, 25 Oct, 0459 - Not
sure if this was a sign-on, ascending bells sound-effect, long
ID; SIO 322 [JB].
730 PARAGUAY R. Cardinal AM (ZP7), Asunción, 25 Oct, 0430-0501 -
Talk about Spanish history, sounded like Cuban programming, until
Supermercado Guaraní and beer ads then ID at 0500; SIO 322 [JB].
+ 26 Oct, 0643 - "Cardinal" ID [JR].
+ 29 Oct, 0849 - Presumed; nice harp music, male in Spanish and a
local language, mentioned "Guaraní" a couple of times; SIO 333
+ 30 Oct, 0830 - Suspect this one with a promo for "Canal 13" event
in November; my last logging of the DXpedition ... zzzz [JR].
730 TRINIDAD R. Trinidad, Port of Spain, 23 Oct, 0916 - Call-in show
with listeners complaining of their ailments and male preacher
with Caribbean accent giving religious accounts; fair [JF].
+ 25 Oct, 0448-0502 - Tentative; only short fade-ups of British-
accented (not Caribbean) announcer, mainly sports talk, not //
BBC on 6175 [JB].
+ 29 Oct, 0843 - Tentative; British-accented talk; SIO 222 [JB].
740 BRAZIL R. Sociedad de Bahia (ZYH446), Salvador, 27 Oct, 0632 -
"Bahia" shouted, cows moo [JR].
760 BRAZIL R. Record (ZYH588), Fortaleza, 24 Oct, 2150 - ID, all
+ 27 Oct, 0343 - Portuguese preacher; loud [MC].
760 GUYANA Guyana BC, Georgetown, 26 Oct, 0915 - "GBC" ID then
country and western music; SIO 333 [JB/JF].
+ 29 Oct, 0855 - Interval signal, Hindi music at 0909 recheck; SIO
770 UNID 30 Oct, 0724 - Seagulls/bird sounds, as on 890, also
briefly noted on 1410 [JR].
770 URUGUAY R. Oriental (CX12), Montevideo, 29 Oct, 0142 - Strong,
with slogan [JR].
780 BRAZIL R. Jornal do Comércio (ZYI771), Recife, 28 Oct, 2321 -
Over CFDR with ads and ID; SIO 332 [JB].
780 PARAGUAY R. Primero de Marzo (ZP70), Asunción, 25 Oct, 0250-0302
- Pretty good with CFDR phased; calendar of events and clear ID
at 0300 [NK].
+ 25 Oct, 0253 - Spanish talks, ID'ed by Neil; poor [JF].
+ 25 Oct, 0300 - ID heard on tape replay [JR].
+ 29 Oct, 0802 - Long ID that sounded like the sign-on; SIO 332,
over a music station [JB].
790 ARGENTINA R. Mitre (LR6), Buenos Aires, 22 Oct, 0127 - ID in
passing before EZL music under Barbados; poor [JF].
790 BARBADOS V. of Barbados, Bridgetown, 22 Oct, 0130 - Tentative;
old soul music from the 60's, ads; fair [JF].
809.24 UNID 27 Oct, 0410 - Het [MC].
810 BRAZIL R. Verdes Mares (ZYH589), Fortaleza, 22 Oct, 2231 - Male
talking with lots of mentions of Fortaleza; poor [JF].
820 BRAZIL R. Gazeta (ZYI212), Vitória, 29 Oct, 0140 - ID after
820 VENEZUELA R. Guadalupana (YVXG), Coro, 26 Oct, 0940 - ID, last
one standing from a mix of Latin stations, SIO 242 [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 0903 - Children reciting Rosary [JR].
830 BRAZIL unID station, 24 Oct, 2135-2137 - Well atop two other
Brazilians with lots of Maranhão mentions and seemingly talking
about coming events; perhaps a native speaker might have
deciphered the tape but I couldn't pinpoint anything [NK].
830 CANADA CFJR, Brockville ON, 27 Oct, 1013 - Token Canadian log,
but also first time heard...ad saying "no GST or PST in
Brockville," but faded quickly leaving just WCCO; SIO 232 [JB].
830 CUBA R. Reloj, unknown site, 26 Oct, 0940 - Usual ticks and code
830 ST. KITTS & NEVIS Trinity Broadcast Network, Charlestown, Nevis,
23 Oct, 0923 - Religious music request program for listeners on
Caribbean islands; ID as "This is Radio Paradise, broadcasting 24
hours a day with 50,000 watts of awesome power;" good [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0354 - // 7510 with prayer for forgiveness; excellent
840 ARGENTINA R. Salta (LV9), Salta, 24 Oct, 0853 - News program "El
Paìs Hoy,"heard many times before; SIO 333 [JB/JF].
840 BRAZIL R. Bandeirantes (ZYK687), São Paulo, 24 Oct, 0028 - Ad,
ID in Portuguese; poor [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0515 - Pips at 0515, ID [JR].
840 BRAZIL R. Excelsior da Bahia (ZYH447), Salvador, 22 Oct, 0118 -
Ads mentioning Bahia, music but faded out quickly; fair [JF].
840 CUBA CMHW, Santa Clara, 27 Oct, 1000 - "CMHW, Cadena Provincial
de Radio Indigatura, en el corazón de Cuba" [JR].
+ 29 Oct, 0951 - Telephone number, "música cubana," news for Santa
Clara province at 0957 bracketed by strident music; SIO 343 [JB].
840 HAITI 4VEH, Cap Haitien, 27 Oct, 1000 - Sign-on with "Amazing
Grace" in bell tones, no spoken evidence, but also heard in 1996
at the same time; however, at the same time on 28 Oct no bells
were heard [JR].
840 VENEZUELA R. Juventud (YVMY), Barquisimeto, 28 Oct, 0935 - ID
while digging for WXEW Yabucoa, which is only tentative with
English word "Engineers," and possible mention of Yabucoa [JR].
850 URUGUAY R. Carve (CX16), Montevideo, 27 Oct, 0830 - "Carve Ruta"
about road conditions, ID; SIO 333 [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 2331 - Tentative; mentions of Juan Carlos Monoya, local
ads and telephone numbers [JR].
850 VENEZUELA R. Fé y Alegría (YVZC), Maracaibo, 21 Oct, 0915 -
Spanish ID by woman and LA music; poor [JF].
860 BRAZIL R. Cidade (ZYH592), Maracanau, 22 Oct, 2053 - In well
with Fortaleza ads; this is too early for Rio, which was mixed in
later and grew to dominance [NK].
860 BRAZIL R. CBN (ZYJ459), Rio de Janeiro, 25 Oct, 2300 - "CBN" ID,
time; SIO 333 [JB].
+ 28 Oct, 0030 - "Rádio CBN" ID, Portuguese talk; loud [MC].
860 VENEZUELA R. Enlace 860 (YVYE), Valle de la Pascua, 21 Oct,
*0859-0902 - National Anthem, nice ID and sign-on announcement,
LA music; good [JF].
869.94 VENEZUELA CNB-870 (YVRU), Puerto La Cruz, 26 Oct, 0920 - ID
after music [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 0356 - Atop with ads and "CNB" ID's [NK].
890 BRAZIL R. Gazeta (ZYK690), São Paulo, 28 Oct, 2353 - Over and
under other Brazilians, mentioned location during religious talk
at 2353, then jingle ID at 0006; SIO 222 [JB].
890 BRAZIL R. Planalto (ZYH706), Brasília, 28 Oct, 0600 - ID,
mention of Brasília; shortly after this time a continuous sound
of seagulls was heard...was this Planalto's morning background
sound, or another station? [JR].
+ 28 Oct, 2331 - Number of Brazilians audible concurrently, this
one had music, ID's at 2331 and 2340, audio seemed a bit muffled;
SIO 332 [JB].
890 UNID 24 Oct, 0857-0905 - Easy-listening Spanish ballads mixing
with another co-channel Spanish station which dominated by 0900;
890 URUGUAY R. Sarandí Sport (CX18), Montevideo, 28 Oct, 0702 - Ads,
talk about Uruguayan soccer then car racing, Uruguayan government
agency promo; SIO 322 with QRM from a station just broadcasting
bird sounds [JB].
895 ST. KITTS & NEVIS V. of Nevis, Bath Village, Nevis, 27 Oct, 2200
- Ad for "Joseph's Stop-and-Shop and Quick Bargains," then slogan
"Caribbean Powerhouse, Von Radio" [MC].
900 BARBADOS Caribbean Broadcasting Corp., Bridgetown, 27 Oct, 2157
- BBC Caribbean News; over others [MC].
910 ARGENTINA La Red (LR5), Buenos Aires, 27 Oct, 0815 - Schedule
for televised soccer in Argentina, news, ID, time and weather;
SIO 343 [JB].
910 SAN ANDRÉS / COLOMBIA RCN (HJMY), San Andrés, 25 Oct, 0621 - //
980 RCN [JR].
910 VENEZUELA RQ-910 (YVRQ), Caracas, 24 Oct, 2327 - Strong all week
+ 26 Oct, 0850 - LA ballads with very few announcements, // 1580;
SIO 433 [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 2314 - Venezuelan political speech // 720, 1020 [MC].
930 BRAZIL unID station, 29 Oct, 2313 - Portuguese preacher, through
940 BRAZIL LBV (ZYJ453), Rio de Janeiro, 28 Oct, 0719 - Network
+ 29 Oct, 0041 - "LBV" network ID, Portuguese preaching // 1410
950 ARGENTINA R. Libertad (LR3), Buenos Aires, 29 Oct, 0300 - ID's,
and anti-drugs announcement; SIO 322 [JB].
950 BRAZIL R. Atalaia (ZYL212), Belo Horizonte, 29 Oct, 0259 - ID
while briefly over R. Libertad; SIO 322 [JB].
+ 30 Oct, 0251 - "Rádio Atalaia AM" ID [JR].
970 BRAZIL R. Pampa (ZYK201), Porto Alegre, 25 Oct, 0151-0220 -
Soccer coverage to 0204, jingle ID at 0204, program promo for
"Tribuna Popular" at 0209, talked about events in Porto Alegre at
0211; SIO 433 at peak [JB].
+ 25 Oct, 0156 - Also used "Um Nova Onda" slogan, mentioned Vasco
da Gama football team [JR].
+ 25 Oct, 0209 - Male in Portuguese mentioning "uma nova" (a new
station - renamed Radio Caicara, Porto Alegre), program "Tribuna
Popular;" poor [JF].
980 BRAZIL R. Nacional (ZYH707), Brasília, 21 Oct, 0159 - ID, news
at 0200; SIO 333 over RCN [JB].
+ 25, 0236 - Music "In The Mood," Portuguese ID, music "Johnny B.
Goode;" fair with QRM from Colombia [JF].
980 COLOMBIA RCN (HJES), Calí, 21 Oct, 0207 - Faded up over Brazil
with political ad, ID and news; SIO 333 [JB].
+ 21 Oct, 0908 - Spanish talk with lots of mentions of Colombia,
ads; good [JF].
+ 23 Oct, 0316 - Report from RCN Bucaramanga; SIO 343 [JB].
+ 25 Oct, 0231 - News and ID, also heard 27 Oct, 0925 [JR].
990 ARGENTINA R. Splendid (LR4), Buenos Aires, 21 Oct, 0022 -
Presumed; tango music under co-channel CBY; poor [JF].
990 BRAZIL R. Rural (ZYJ596), Mossoró, 22 Oct, 2222 - Very loud
peaks over and under CBY and then faded away; mellow Portuguese
music and nice ID as "Rádio Rural em Mossoró" [NK].
+ 22 Oct, 2224 - Mellow pops, ID; SIO 222 under CBY [JB].
1010 BRAZIL R. Bahia (ZYH448), Salvador, 22 Oct, 2145 - Soccer, ads,
ID with call at 2202; SIO 322 [JB/JF].
+ 25 Oct, 2105 - Station promos [JR].
1010 BRAZIL R. CBN (ZYH625), Fortaleza, 29 Oct, 0200 - Portuguese
talk; in dogfight with CKXD and WINS [MC].
1010 BRAZIL R. Povo (ZYH635), Fortaleza, 22 Oct, 2145 - "Igreja
Universal" programming, ID at 2202; SIO 322 [JB].
1020 VENEZUELA R. Margarita (YVRS), La Asunción, 27 Oct, 2314 -
Venezuelan political speech // 720 & 910 [MC].
1020.08 PARAGUAY R. Ñandutí (ZP14), Asunción, 26 Oct, 0657 - Slogan,
"ABC Color," "Cadena Farmacia," "50 años en Paraguay" [JR].
+ 29 Oct, 0757 - Presumed; woman announcer with names of contest
winners, lively music; SIO 332 with deep fades [JB].
1030 BRAZIL R. Olinda (ZYI777), Olinda, 22 Oct, 2150 - Ads, pop
music, ID at 2201; fair with fades [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 0647 - Slogan heard [JR].
1049.97 UNID 27 Oct, 2335 - Het [MC].
1050 URUGUAY S.O.D.R.E. (CX26), Montevideo, 27 Oct, 2331 - Tentative;
sports schedule, no ID [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 2339-2344 - Tentative; schedule of motor sports in
Uruguay, lots of news about Formula One racing; peaked at SIO 333
but lost to WEVD [JB].
1060 BRAZIL R. Tapuyo de Mossoró (ZYJ597), Mossoró, 26 Oct, 2057 -
Guitar music, ID and more music at 2101; SIO 233 [JB].
+ 28 Oct, 2323 - ID noted in passing [JR].
1070 ARGENTINA R. El Mundo (LR1), Buenos Aires, 22 Oct, 0220 -
Presumed; program about Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra; SIO 322
under CBA [JB].
1070 FRENCH GUYANA RFO, Cayenne, 25 Oct, 0247 - Noted in passing //
1375 over and under CBA and Spanish QRM [NK].
1080 BRAZIL "R. Jornal," unknown location, 22 Oct, 0056-0111 - Many
"Rádio Jornal" promos, which sounded like ID's not just the radio
news, but mainly talk; SIO 322 with QRM from Venezuela and a
classical music station that was likely the university station in
Porto Alegre [JB].
1080 VENEZUELA R. Barcelona (YVQJ), Barcelona, 21 Oct, 0132-0140 - ID
"Alegría, Música, Radio Barcelona presenta ..." lively Latin
music; fair [JF].
+ 22 Oct, 0100 - ID as it faded up over the Brazilians, Venezuelan
music from 0106; SIO 332 [JB].
1090 BRAZIL R. Catolica / R. Brasileno, 26 Oct, 0739 - These slogans
were heard, but almost certainly a network of some kind [JR].
1100 ANTIGUA R. ZDK, St. John's, 24 Oct, 0822 - Tentative; religious
music with male in English with a Caribbean accent; fair [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 2325 - Soca music; excellent [MC].
1100 BRAZIL R. Globo (ZYK694), São Paulo, 21 Oct, 0129-0134 - Talk in
Portuguese, Brasopops at 0130, ID and program promos; fair to
+ 27 Oct, 2330 - Man in Portuguese; loud, rolling in over ZDK-
1110 ARGENTINA R. Municipal (LS1), Buenos Aires, 22 Oct, 0108 - All
talk about Buenos Aires, ID's; SIO 332 with deep fades [JB/JF].
1120 BRAZIL R. Rural Educadora (ZYK274), Porto Alegre, 27 Oct, 0451 -
New ID in mess. [JR]
1120 PUERTO RICO R. Once (WMSW), Arecibo, 24 Oct, 2359 - "Radio Once"
1130 BRAZIL R. Nacional (ZYJ460), Rio de Janeiro, 20 Oct, 2203 -
Station hype, DJ gave location as Rio; SIO 333 [JB].
+ 21 Oct, 0119 - Presumed; remote report in Portuguese; good [JF].
+ 29 Oct, 0204 - Slogan "Rádio Nacional de Rio," way over WBBR and
1160 ANTIGUA Caribbean Lighthouse, St. John's, 24 Oct, 2357-0001 -
Spanish religious program with Florida address at the end, male
announcer mentioned "La Hora de España" and that the next program
would be in English, full ID at 0000; fair [JF].
1160 BERMUDA VSB3, Hamilton, 24 Oct, 0737 - In very briefly with a
radio play // 5975; poor [JF].
1170 BRAZIL R. Difusora (ZYJ598), Mossoró, 22 Oct, 2221 - Tentative;
soccer match São Paulo vs Guaraní, possible ID at 2230, time pips
then back to soccer; fair [JF].
+ 25 Oct, 2103-2117 - Lots of "Mossoró" mentions but no ID until
2116; SIO 444 [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 2133 - Shoe ad, ID sung, mention of Mossorró [JR].
1180 BRAZIL R. Capital (ZYH889), São Luís, 21 Oct, 0401-0410 - Pretty
clear after sign off of R. Maturín, ID with call letters, some
music, and locally produced religious program from 0407; SIO 333
+ 25 Oct, 0330 - ID, but no other clues [JR].
1180 CUBA R. Taíno (CMBT), Villa Maria, 27 Oct, 0855 - Chimes at
0900, "desde Habana" [JR].
1180 VENEZUELA R. Maturín (YVOR), Maturín, 21 Oct, 0400 - ID and
sign-off announcing both MW and SW frequencies, although the
latter has not been active for years; SIO 332 [JB].
1190 ARGENTINA R. América (LR9), Buenos Aires, 21 Oct, 0127 - Male
talking with mentions of Argentina; fair [JF].
1200 VENEZUELA R. Tiempo (YVOZ), Caracas, 28 Oct, 0559 - Venezuelan
music, "Tiempo AM" ID, lottery numbers; SIO 343 [JB].
1220 BRAZIL R. Globo (ZYJ258), Rio de Janeiro, 21 Oct, 0108-0119 -
Portuguese talk, jingle ID, ads at 0109, remote interview at
0115; good [JF].
1230 BRAZIL R. Guararema (ZYJ816), São José, 22 Oct, 0130 - Frequent
ID's, ads; SIO 343 [JB].
+ 25 Oct, 0358 - Heard all week [JR].
1230 PUERTO RICO R. Unica (WNIK), Arecibo, 27 Oct, 2222 - Ads
mentioned addresses in Mayaguez, telephone chat, at 2239: "...12-
30 AM de Radio Unica, su estación favorita;" SIO 332 [JB/JF].
1240 VENEZUELA R. Nacional (YVNV), Punta Tumatey, 29 Oct, 0448 - "Alo
Presidente!" frequently heard in relation to visit of Cuban
leader Fidel Castro to Venezuela, promo for "RNV Popular" [JR].
1250.04 BRAZIL R. CBN (ZYI218), Vitória, 25 Oct, 0402 - "CBN
Madrugada" slogan, // 860 [JR].
1260 BRAZIL R. Morada do Sol (ZYK688), São Paulo, 25 Oct, 2159 -
Clear ID heard, frequent [JR].
1270 ARGENTINA R. Provincia (LS11), La Plata, 28 Oct, 0827 - Nice ID
on tape [JR].
1280 PUERTO RICO Noti-Uno (WCMN), Arecibo, 24 Oct, 0859 - Complete
network station list; SIO 333 but lost ground fast to WADO [JB].
+ 28 Oct, 0851 - Noti-Uno network list [JR].
1290 VENEZUELA R. Puerto Cabello (YVLF), Puerto Cabello, 21 Oct -
0920-0924 - Cumbia music, possible ID at 0922, local news but
fading quickly; fair [JF].
+ 25 Oct, 0430 - Heard all week [JR].
1300 BRAZIL R. Iracema AM (ZYH586), Fortaleza, 23 Oct, 0222 - Fire
and brimstone Portuguese preacher // 1330; 1260 and 1060; fair
+ 23 Oct, 0400 - ID with call letters, into "A Voz da
Libertaçao;"SIO 333 [JB].
1300 BRAZIL unknown slogan (ZYK535), São Bernardo do Campo, 23 Oct,
0345 - Tentative; this rose up atop the preaching pest from
Fortaleza with Portuguese music then ID as" Rádio ???? 1300 kHz,
São Paulo, Capital;" the presumed station is in a São Paulo
suburb; I list this as tentative as I can't understand the
slogan, which didn't sound like listed "Rádio Universo" [NK].
1320 VENEZUELA unID station, 27 Oct, 2222-2231 - Political-sounding
speech, mentioning Venezuela; trading places with Noti-Uno and
over a Brazilian with CKEC phased [NK].
1330 BRAZIL R. Liberal (ZYI533), Belém, 28 Oct, 0811 - Music // 4775
1330 URUGUAY R. Fenix (CX40), Montevideo, 29 Oct, 2212 - Religious
program, with speaker exhorting "hermanos de Paraguay y Argentina
a Montevideo ... municipal edificio, nov. 9, 1 de la tarde,"
followed by prayer [JR].
1340 BRAZIL R. CBN, unknown site, 28 Oct, 0800 - Network ID [JR].
1340 BRAZIL unID station, 27 Oct, 0816 - Sports network feed from
1360 BRAZIL R. Bandeirantes / Super R. Guanabara (ZYJ464), Rio de
Janeiro, 25 Oct, 0258 - Religion, R. Bandeirantes ID with call at
0300; SIO 322 with CKBC QRM [JB].
+ 27 Oct, 0327 - Heard with "Super Rádio Guanabara" slogan [JR].
1370 BRAZIL R. Atual (ZYK766), São Paulo, 23 Oct, 0259 - Talk, at
0300 song about how wonderful Rádio Atual is; SIO 333 [JB].
1370 BRAZIL R. Difusora (ZYI892), Teresina, 28 Oct, 0836 - ID,
woman's voice [JR].
1375.02 ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON RFO, St. Pierre, 27 Oct, 1756 - '60s
Las Vegas style lounge music with French vocal; semi-local [MC].
1380 BRAZIL R. Difusora (ZYK507), Lençóis Paulista, 28 Oct, 0620 -
Likely; many, many ID's as "Difusora" (with very distinctive
penny whistle sound), three R. Difusora's are listed in the WRTH,
no cities were mentioned, except for an event in São Paulo and
there was an ad for a business on Avenida 15 Novembro, which is
the same street as this station in the WRTH [JR].
1380 BRAZIL Super Difusora, 29 Oct, 2218 - Different than the
previous station (which was also heard around this time with the
same penny whistle ID); possibly Campos [JR].
1380 VENEZUELA Ondas del Mar (YVNG), Puerto Cabello, 25 Oct, 0902 -
Caught signing on, QRM from WMYF and a station in Portuguese
(likely domestic at this time); SIO 333 [JB].
+ 26 Oct, 0911 - Slogan and "feliz navidad" [JR].
1380 UNID 27 Oct, 2315 - ID as "Trece-Ochenta AM" "La Primera" [NK].
1400 GRENADA Harbour Light of the Windwards, Carriacou, 27 Oct, 2248
- Caribbean-accented preaching; good with CBG phased [MC].
1400 UNID 27 Oct, 2201 - Anthem, then blank carrier [MC].
1410 ARGENTINA R. Folklorisimo, José Leon Suarez, 22 Oct, 0236-0402 -
Over and under many stations, tango music, cruddy ID at 0317, but
an unequivocal one at 0402, then more "música folklorica;" SIO
1410 BRAZIL LBV Mundial network station, 22 Oct, 0315 - Heard
throughout the evening, but a very clear network ID at this time;
+ 27 Oct, 2250 - National network, unsure of this station's
location [JR]. 27 Oct, 2254-2301 - Many "LBV Mundial" ID's,
seemed to mention Minas Gerais location, but no station is listed
in that state; SIO 333 [JB].
+ 29 Oct, 0041 - "LBV" network religious program // 940 [MC].
1410 BRAZIL R. Clube (ZYI382), Corumbá, 28 Oct, 0900 - Loud slogan,
tape replay reveals "Corumbá" mention; this one is right across
the river from Bolivia; this was the last Brazilian heard before
sunrise, which fits with its western location in the country
+ 30 Oct, 0756 - Mention of Corumbá [JR].
1410 BRAZIL R. Cultura (ZYJ328), Cândido de Abreu, 27 Oct, 0903 -
Tentative; "Bom dia" and ID heard, nothing else [JR].
1410 BRAZIL R. São Gonçalo (ZYH467), São Gonçalo dos Campos, 26 Oct,
2052-2101 - Promos about "rádio da familia," much talk, but clear
ID at 2101; SIO 322 [JB}.
+ 26 Oct, 2100 - ID [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 2250 - "Dos Campos AM 1410" slogan [JR].
1410 BRAZIL unID station, 27 Oct, 2045-2055 - Strange rustic folksie
music, the same kind was heard later on 1570 [NK].
1410 COLOMBIA R. Guadalajara (HJEI), Buga, 22 Oct, 0254 - Sign-off
announcement with full ID over clarinet music; SIO 222 [JB].
1430 BRAZIL R. Clube Paranaense (ZYJ200), Curitiba, 30 Oct, 0801 -
Full ID heard [JR].
1430 BRAZIL R. Libertadora Mossoroense (ZYJ604), Mossoró, 25 Oct,
2121 - "Mossoró para Cristo" [JR].
1430 PUERTO RICO WNEL, Caguas, 29 Oct, 0456 - Noti-Uno network list
includes WNEL [JR].
1460 BRAZIL unID station, 25 Oct, 2135-2140 - Taped many ads and a
possible ID, "kHz" mentioned, etc...a Portuguese speaker might
have ID'ed this [NK].
1460 BRAZIL unID station, 29 Oct, 2121 - "AM" non-ID [JR].
1480 BRAZIL R. A Voz do Sertão AM (ZYI790), Serra Talhada, 29 Oct,
2121 - Probable; "Zoom-zoom-zoom" ... SomZoom network; this
station is the only one listed on this frequency on the Rede
SomZoom Web-site [JR].
1500 VENEZUELA R. Dos Mil (YVRZ), Cumaná, 28 Oct, 2356 - "Radio Dos
Mil" ID; huge [MC].
1520 BRAZIL R. Salinas (ZYJ610), Macau, 22 Oct, 2117 - Presumed;
SomZoom net; two are on list but we've ID'ed this one several
times before from here; at this early hour conditions were quite
good to eastern Brazil, as is the norm here [NK].
1520 BRAZIL R. Bela Vista (ZYH530), Poções, 27 Oct, 0659 - ID as
"Rádio Bela Vista, Poções, Bahia;" morning show with sounds of
farm animals, listened to this for more than an hour without any
ID, but on the tape replay the ID appeared in the first twenty
1520 VENEZUELA R. Musical Guapa (YVIC), Guatire, 24 Oct, 0301 -Over
and under WWKB and Brazilian preaching; lively Venezuelan music
and "Radio Musical Guapa" ID (NK)
1529.61 URUGUAY R. Independencia (CX50), Montevideo, 22 Oct, 0210 -
Promo, old mellow pop music; SIO 342 [JB].
1530 ARGENTINA R. Capital, Buenos Aires, 22 Oct, 0148 - Mess of
stations, this one up with time for Buenos Aires, seemed to be
some sort of a call-in marathon, phone numbers frequently given;
SIO 322 [JB].
1530 UNID La Voz de Liberación station, 27 Oct, 0835 - "Battle Hymn
of the Republic" theme music: Jean says this is a syndicated
program in Spanish and Portuguese [JR].
1540 BRAZIL R. Baixa Verda (ZYH611), João Camara, 25 Oct, 2100 - This
is the one listed with the SomZoom network, // several others;
this early hour features great signals from NE Brazil [NK].
1550 BRAZIL R. Gazeta d'Oeste (ZYJ606), Areia Branca, 25 Oct, 2103 -
Atop the clandestine Algerian with lively Portuguese music and an
ID as "Rádio Gazeta do Areia Branca" [NK].
1550 BRAZIL R. Guarujá Paulista (ZYK590), Guarujá, 27 Oct, 0737 -
"Bom dia trabajadores," "madrugal," ID [JR].
1550 VENEZUELA unID station, 30 Oct, 0400 - Venezuelan anthem
followed by a state anthem [JR].
1559.2 UNID 27 Oct, 0012 - Carrier, on south wire [MC].
1560 BRAZIL R. Cultura do Oeste (ZYJ608), Pau do Ferros, 22 Oct, 2115
- Presumed; over the R. Disney pest with Rede SomZoom network
1570 BRAZIL R. Sertão Central (ZYH621), Senador Pompeu, 23 Oct, 2108
- "Sertão Central AM" ID, time check, then Portuguese music [NK].
1570 BRAZIL R. Cidade (2 possibilities), 25 Oct, 0602 - 4+1 pips at
1570 BRAZIL unID station, 27 Oct, 0404 - Singing ID, "Clube", "Hora
de Brasil 1:04," singing ID, slogan (or ad) "el socohor, eso
alegria ... Rádio Globo juventud, el soco ..." three possible
slogans, so not sure who this is [JR].
1570 USA WBUG, Amsterdam NY, 30 Oct, 0558 - ID [JR].
1577.95 UNID 28 Oct, 2320 - Het, best on Brazil-Bev [MC].
1580 BRAZIL unID station, 27 Oct, 2102 - "Ave Maria," soft music,
Jean heard "Ceará" mentioned [JR].
1580.02 VENEZUELA "RQ", Cumaná, 23 Oct, 2359 - // 910, "RQ" ID's
1580.35 UNID 28 Oct, 2320 - Het, best on Brazil-Bev [MC].
1590 BRAZIL R. Santa Cruz (ZYJ614), Santa Cruz, 22 Oct, 2115 - "Rede
SomZoom" program, jingle at 2117; SIO 333 [JB].
+ 22 Oct, 2115-2121 - Brasopops as part of "Som Zoom" program,
jingle ID's (sounded like Radio Santa Cruz but was somewhat
muffled), male announcer talking to listener; fair [JF].
+ 23 Oct, 2114 - Full slogan ID heard; very good [JR/NK].
1590.9 BRAZIL unID station,25 Oct, 2109 - Brazilian suspected;
het/carrier on the Brazilian Beverage [NK].
1590.95 UNID 28 Oct, 2320 - Het, best on Brazil-Bev [MC].
1600 BRAZIL R. Nove de Julho (ZYK779), São Paulo, 27 Oct, 0806 -
Clear ID [JR].
1600 PUERTO RICO R. Luz (WLUZ), Bayamón, 27 Oct, 2113 - "Radio Luz"
ID and "compleaños" (birthday) greetings to listener; atop WUNR
and Brazil [MC].
1610 ANGUILLA Caribbean Beacon, The Valley, 23 Oct, 0239 - English
religious program, weak [JF].
1620 ARGENTINA R. Tropicana, Buenos Aires, 21 Oct, 0206-0214 -
Spanish religious talk, one word ID "Tropical" at 0207 and into a
program of more upbeat music; poor to Fair [JF].
+ 27 Oct, 2316 - Frequently heard with music, finally an ID [JR].
1620 USA WTAW, College Station TX, 27 Oct, 0400 - ID while looking
for Argentinean station [JR].
1630 ARGENTINA La Red 92, Buenos Aires, 23 Oct, 0138-0151 - Opera
type music and Spanish announcements; poor [JF].
+ 26 Oct, 2353 - ID in heavy noise [JR].
+ 27 Oct, 0826 - "Canciones de Argentina" [JR].
1630 USA KCJK, Iowa City IA, 28 Oct, 0953 - Morning show [JR].
1630 USA WAWX, Augusta GA, 29 Oct, 0920 - New American X-bander now
dominates this frequency making Argentina trickier; lots of ads,
One-on-One Sports hype, "WRDW" ID at 0925; SIO 444 [JB].
1640 ARGENTINA R. Bolivia, Buenos Aires, 25 Oct, 0344-0401 -
Tentative; Spanish DJ taking phone calls, brief LA music
selections; poor with overmodulated audio [JF].
1640.03 UNID 27 Oct, 0150-0200 - Horrible modulation with what
sounded like a woman preaching, in Spanish I think, then music
from 0158 across the top of the hour; SIO 322-1 [JB].
1670 ARGENTINA BBC Relay, Buenos Aires, 21 Oct, 0143-0218 - ID
"Transmitiendo ... BBC de Londres desde Buenos Aires,
Argentina...", easy-listening instrumental piano music, another
ID at 0157 then into more music through the top of the hour; fair
with QRM from WRMC [JF].
+ 28 Oct, 0803 - Tentative; the weakest of the Argentine X-banders,
with classical music, no ID's heard all week [JR].
1670 USA WRMC, Warner Robins GA, 28 Oct, 0110 - Sports [JR].
1700 USA WAFN, Miami Springs FL, 24 Oct, 2358 - Sports talk [JR].
Beacons (all by Jim Renfrew)
212 CAN SJ NF St. John's 10/24 0012 NDB
212 CAN YLB ??? 10/24 0012 NDB
217 CAN BX PQ Blanc Sablon 10/24 0012 NDB
219 CAN Q NS Sydney 10/24 0012 NDB
225 CAN? 1M 10/23 1908 NDB
225 CAN QM NB Moncton 10/23 1908 NDB
229 CAN PD NS Port Hawksbury 10/24 1125 NDB
234 CAN 7H NF Winterland NF 10/23 1908 NDB
243 CAN YVB PQ Bonaventure 10/23 1910 NDB
246 CAN S NF Logy Bay 10/24 1125 NDB
248 CAN YMH NF Mary's Harbour 10/24 1125 NDB
252 CAN 5B PE Summerville 10/23 1911 NDB
261 CAN YT NF St. John's 10/23 1911 NDB
263 CAN QY NS Sydney 10/24 0100 NDB
268 CAN O NF St. John's 10/24 0100 NDB
270 CPV SAL Ilha do Sal 10/29 0020 NDB
276 CAN YHR PQ Chevery 10/24 0100 NDB
279 ??? YA 10/24 0100 NDB
280 CAN QX NF Gander 10/24 0100 NDB
281 CAN CA NF Cartwright 10/29 0334 NDB
322 CAN UWP NF Argentia 10/24 0100 NDB
327 POR POR Porto 10/24 0100 NDB
335 MDR PST Porto Santo 10/24 0100 NDB
345 CAN 1D PE Charlottetown 10/24 0100 NDB
349 CAN DF NF Deer Lake 10/24 0123 NDB
356 CAN AY NF St. Anthony 10/24 0123 NDB
358 CAN NL NF St. John's 10/24 0123 NDB
370 CAN 1A NF Williams Harbor 10/24 0125 NDB
378 CAN HO NF Hopedale 10/24 0125 NDB
378 ??? 6A 10/24 0125 NDB
390 CAN JT NF Stephenville 10/24 0125 NDB
390 PTO DDP San Juan 10/29 0336 NDB
392 CAN ML PQ Charlevoix 10/29 0338 NDB
394 JY 10/29 0340 NDB
396 CAN JC NF Rigolet 10/24 0125 NDB
404 CAN YSL NB St. Leonard 10/28 2229 NDB
412 CAN BC PQ Baie Comeau 10/24 0130 NDB
413 ??? C6 10/24 1125 NDB
450 DOM PPA Puerta Plata 10/29 0350 NDB
518 B BHZ Belo Horizonte 10/29 0345 NDB
520 CAN F9 NB Chatham 10/28 1005 NDB
X BAND BEACONS
1610 DEN OXZ Lyngby R. 10/26 2205 code ID
1620 ??? ZZ 10/27 0402 code ID
1645 ??? ZML 10/25 0242 code ID
1650 ??? SS53 Fishing Buoy? 10/27 0404 code ID
1650 F CROSS, Corsen 10/28 0006 weather for "La Manche"
1730 B FRA Fora 10/25 0613 code ID
Commentaries from the DXers
Once again, another Newfoundland DXpedition is in the books, and I am
left with just the memories, the pictures, the tapes and the log reports
to remind me of the fun that I enjoyed.
Like everyone else this year, I too had my tales of adverse weather to
tell. About three hours before I was due to leave on my overnight
flight from Calgary, I received an E-mail from Jean telling me of a
hurricane that was currently sweeping through Central Newfoundland.
Fortunately, the maximum 175 km/h winds were starting to subside by the
time that my flight left, so that when I arrived the winds were down to
only? 110 km/h. That made for a somewhat bumpy landing, but nowhere
near as bad as some landings that I have had in much less wind. The
pilots who fly into St. John's really know how to fly in rough weather.
At home, I am primarily a SW DXer, only occasionally venturing down to
the MW band; the QRM from local MW stations and the lack of room for a
good MW antenna limits decent MW reception. When I am Newfoundland, I
shift to primarily to MW with only occasional forays (albeit, often good
ones) into the SW bands. One SW catch that I finally made was to hear
the new AFRTS station in Diego Garcia on 12579 kHz.
The key feature of MW reception in Newfoundland that I most enjoy is
the long openings that exist. Mark Connelly's fine commentary [below]
better describes the fade in and fade out patterns than I could, because
of his experience from Cape Cod, but I continue to be impressed by the
distance over which stations can be heard and the low transmitter power
that will propagate across the Atlantic. From as early at 1830 UTC (4
p.m. local time) to as late as 1000 UTC (7:30 a.m. local) there is
something exotic to be heard. In the early afternoon, reception opens
up to the Middle East with good signals from stations such as Dubai
1314, Abu Dhabi 1476 and the many Saudi channels. As darkness passes
over Europe, signals start to pick up from more Western regions.
British private stations can appear briefly at any time, rising above
co-channel stations before dropping down just as quickly. It was during
one of these openings that I picked up Liberty Radio on 963 and 972 kHz.
The 972 channel was especially nice as it uses only 200 watts of power.
Not all of the time was spent hunkered over radio dials. Faithfully
every day, we journeyed out for lunch at one of the local establishments
in Trepassey, Ferryland and Cape Broyle. Calling these restaurants
"local," though, was a bit of a stretch as they were all between 30 and
45 minutes away by car. However, in the Southern Avalon peninsula the
population is widely dispersed and restaurants are also.
This trip was my fourth to this site. I know that I am starting to
become more of a regular by the reception that the local dogs give us.
One of the features of the Cappahayden area is the number of black lab
dogs (pets not wild) that wander through the area. On the first couple
of trips the dogs would routinely bark at us while they protected what
was their turf. But now, the dogs rarely barked out of anger but more
to inform us that they wanted to play catch. "Bullet," the dog of the
house, enjoyed playing catch with 6 foot 2-by-4's, fence posts, balls or
anything else that could be thrown! The dogs would also accompany me on
walks through bush, well away from the DX-Inn often bringing a ball
along for entertainment on the way.
On these bush walks, I had to be alert to both hunters and moose. It
was moose season. Occasionally we would hear shots and once I ran
across some fresh dung, so there were some in the area. Fortunately,
they did not decide to test out the strength of our antennas, a
challenge that the moose would easily win. Mid October also represented
what appeared to be the end of the berry season. Bushes still has a few
wild blueberries, which tasted good in pancakes when I got back to
Alberta. There is also a great abundance of a local ground berry called
the partidgeberry, which grows amongst the moss and the grass. Imagine
a berry about the size of a small cranberry with a slightly tart taste
and a slightly more chalky texture than a cranberry. Quite good to
But I digress, back to the results of the DX'ing.....
Overall, with what we felt was only so-so MW conditions, I personally
was able to hear about 75 countries. From the comments of others in the
group it appeared that later in the week, there were better openings
into the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caribbean that did not exist
when I was there. Some of my personal highlights were receptions of
(presumed) Ascension on 1485 and Lesotho on 891 from Africa. I had
never heard any of the new X-band Argentine stations so hearing 1620,
1630, 1640 and 1670 was a treat. While conditions to Brazil were
generally only fair, I did spend more time listening to this area than I
have done in the past, so I was able to make a number of new loggings.
A number of Dutch and Greek pirates heard above 1600 kHz were also a new
experience for me.
All in all, it was quite a productive DX session.
I had a great time on this DXpedition, especially since my last visits
were way back in 1995 and 1996. In spite of my intention to develop a
detailed target list in advance, I gave almost no preparation to the
endeavor. In fact, I left Rochester for the Toronto airport at
midnight, doing most of my packing at the last minute. So on arrival,
having had no sleep the previous night, we plugged in the antennas, and
I just spun the dial to see what was what!
There were fewer amazing receptions for me this time, with only a few
new countries heard: Austria (back on the air now), Isla San Andrés
(counted as a separate country in some lists), Turkmenistan (longwave),
Iceland (longwave), Latvia, Azerbaijan and Cape Verde Islands
(longwave). This last one came about with my renewed interest in
longwave beacons. I didn't have my NDB reference list, so I didn't
realize I'd heard this until later. As far as I can tell, except for
amateur operations, it's the only way to hear Cape Verde Islands. After
three DXpeditions, the longwave and mediumwave total country count for
me is 121, with three more tentative.
This must be a shortwave paradise, but I mostly ignored the
opportunities in favor of Medium Wave, except in looking for shortwave
parallel transmissions. One notable exception was tuning in Nepal on
two shortwave frequencies, which I have not yet heard at home.
Lots of Brazilians were heard, but ID's were difficult to extract.
It's a beautiful language, but in the noise it sounds like someone
trying to speak with a mouth full of marshmallows! It also seemed like
there are now more networks (e.g., no local ID's), which is frustrating!
Making up for so many Brazilian "maybes," I cleaned up on low power
Europeans, especially from Britain and Spain, mostly spotting low power
parallels to the higher power stations. The X-Band Argentines were
interesting targets. It was nice to see these stations coming in long
after Brazil had dropped out in the morning, due to the angle of the
terminator. In fact, this is my favorite time to DX, when the
terminator appears to be racing across South America and the Caribbean,
and stations rise and fall for only minutes at a time.
We had an interesting discussion about logging synchronous
transmitters. How many stations can the DXer count when hearing these?
In my own log book I enter "synchros" instead of a specific site, and
list the power of the highest power outlet. There are times when
distinct echoes reveal the presence of one or more additional outlets.
Although this is somewhat akin to "list logging," I believe that
additional sites can be entered into the log book. For example, I heard
a double echo on Poland 1305 kHz in 1996, and there are three outlets
listed in that year's WRTH, so I am claiming all three. This gets
complicated when an echoey Spanish station is heard, with three distinct
stations, but the WRTH or Boel's list shows six outlets there. So in my
log book I enter Synchro A, Synchro B and Synchro C. Not as neat as I'd
like, but it does show that more than one station was heard. In fact,
Spanish stations were especially echoey this year.
Conditions varied from day to day, although not dramtically. One day
we were going deep to the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.
Another night it was all Iberia. We didn't find much from Africa this
year, but there aren't a lot of stations to aim for there!
One night Neil announced his intention to log Turkmenistan on longwave
at sign-on. Lo and behold, he did just that at the appointed time. We
tried to encourage him to be equally anticipatory about some other rare
stations, but he maintained his prophetic inscrutability, so all we can
do is await another auspicious moment next year.
Thanks to the Lawlor family, as usual, thanks to Jean's family for
letting me spend the night at his home in St. John's, and to Rev. Wendy
Robinson and the people of Mount St. Dennis United Church in Toronto for
allowing me to use their parking lot. We should also acknowledge our
thanks to "Bullet," the neighborhood dog who made our outdoor antenna
work more fun than usual. He is so good at playing "fetch," that we'd
like to train him to retrieve the antenna wire at the end of the week!
From 26 to 29 October, 2000 I had the good fortune to attend the ninth
Newfoundland DXpedition. This is the fifth one of these East Coast
"DXtravaganzas" I've gone to; the previous ones were 1991, 1993, 1995,
and 1998. The trip up there was routine: this was a good thing when you
consider that on my last journey Air Canada had managed to lose
important luggage for a day. The weather was occasionally rainy when I
started my drive down Route 10 to Cappahayden around sundown. As things
turned out, this was about as good as the weather would be. Normal en-
route dial-scanning on the car radio revealed reasonably good conditions
to northern Europe with "in your face" signals from Sweden, Norway,
Russia-Kaliningrad, and others in the Baltic region. I was swapping
between Trans-Atlantic DXing, checking easily-heard WCBS-880 for stock
reports following the "Nortel plunge," and listening to the very
enjoyable "Newfoundland music" format on CJYQ-930.
When I arrived at the DX Inn in Cappahayden that Thursday evening, I
was greeted by local DXpedition host Jean Burnell and visiting US DXers
Neil Kazaross and Jim Renfrew (our esteemed NRC IDXD editor). It was
great to renew acquaintances with everyone and to be brought up to date
on what had been heard so far. They mentioned that Canadian DXer John
Fisher had been there earlier in the week. The "receiver shack" room
was all set up with two long tables that provided four operating
positions. It wasn't long before I set up my "junk" next to Jim
Renfrew's position and started sweeping the band. The two main
"workhorse" antennas, the 1 km-Brazil-Bev and the 500 m Euro-Bev were
available, so I ran these to the inputs of my phasing unit. Sometimes I
used a third Beverage, one of approximately 400 m that ran at a bearing
10 or 20 degrees more easterly of the Brazil-getter: this antenna could
provide somewhat better African coverage than either of the other wires.
Jean also had a K9AY antenna which he often had hooked to his receiving
gear. Thursday evening's DX (going into Friday morning) included many
huge TA's including a drifty Syrian on 831.5 and the new "Mega" Germans
on 576 and 1575. Neil said "I'm going to get Turkmenistan on 279." This
distant longwaver had not been previously logged. Right on time,
Turkmenistan-279 showed up at sign-on, parallel to its 5015 kHz
shortwave outlet. We then requested Neil to declare that he was going
to hear several other signals of substantially greater difficulty
(Nepal, Saturn, etc.) in the "belief" that he had some magical powers
with the ionospheric gods.
On Friday morning, Neil and I went out to do a bit of repositioning of
the African antenna. The Lawlor's black Labrador retriever had great fun
playing fetch with us with some of the wooden stakes that we'd brought
out there for attaching strings to guy the Beverage support poles. Jean
and Jim joined us to take a ride down to Trepassey for lunch. The fish
plate I had was excellent, as always. The lunch also provided for a lot
of good conversation that covered many common interests in and out of
the radio hobby. As I attend more of these DXpeditions, I find that the
camaraderie is even more valuable than the sounds that come through the
headphones from faraway stations. The whole Newfoundland DXpedition
experience is much more fulfilling than any of the many solitary DX
sessions I do while sitting out in the car at a beach or pier somewhere.
Radios were fired up Friday afternoon just before 1800 UTC. Back in
Massachusetts, the Trans-Atlantic channels seldom have more than two
stations competing for dominance. The openings there are usually
strongly dominated by signals from Spain, Portugal, France, Morocco,
Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, the Canaries, and the Azores. Sometimes a
good run towards the Middle East develops. British/Irish stations and
the other big northern Europeans (e.g. 1314, 1386, 1422) can be loud,
but they're not consistent on a nightly basis. Eastern Europeans are
usually poorly represented for the kind of power some of them are
running. Something with 500 kW from Russia is, at best, on par with
something with 5 kW from Spain on the same channel. Generally, the more
northerly stuff doesn't compete with Iberia / North Africa until an hour
or more after sunset.
In Newfoundland, DX is a bit different. The first signals that come in
well before sunset are apt to be Norway-1314, Northern Ireland-1341, and
Kaliningrad-1386 rather than the typical Saudi Arabia-1521 "band opener"
noted pre-sunset at shore sites near home. At Cappahayden, once the big
guns have been "in" for a while, the other channels fill up with
stations. Rather than the typical one or two stations per channel noted
at home, each channel can become a maelstrom of wildly-varying dominant
stations. The pile-ups often consist of five or more stations and
what's on top one minute can be hopelessly buried by something else the
next. Central Europe and Russia can get "hot" and produce signals that
blow away usual boomers like UK-1089. Expected "pests" from Spain and
Morocco can often sound more like rare DX, deeply submerged below
"killer" Russian, Hungarian, Czech, and Romanian stations. The Middle
East can then come to life and drop Koranic chanting on top of the
Europeans that had been "ruling the roost" moments earlier. The ebb and
flow on the radio dial was much like the churning, crashing surf a short
distance behind the "DX Inn". All of this dynamic vitality and
unpredictability in reception conditions produces a level of excitement
not likely to be duplicated by DXing elsewhere.
A few of that evening's highlights for me included the Iran
clandestine on 1539.07, Botswana-909, and Angola-1484.55. These are all
stations that I think may be audible back in MA on the right night. One
that I doubt I'd ever hear is one we pulled up on 1233: a 200-watt
Belgian normally used as a traffic information outlet. When noted at
0120 UTC, it was running an unlisted broadcast parallel to 1125. As at
home, my main DX activity period was from two hours before sunset to two
hours after sunset. The Trans-Atlantics were my main focus. Even with
all the tea I drank, I still tended to want to go to sleep after 0430
UTC (2 a.m. local). Jim Renfrew turned out to be the "main man" for
wee-hours DXing after 0600 UTC. This is when many of the best deep
South American loggings were made: rare catches from Brazil, Argentina,
Uruguay, Paraguay, and elsewhere. Neil and Jean also got into serious
South American hunting at times. High-band Eastern Brazilians came in a
bit before sunset: the huge 1 km wire pointed right at them glided these
signals in by greatly reducing the European splash heard on the other
antennas. It was cool to hear Brazilians "doing a job on" some of the
Newfoundland stations when the Brazil-Bev was connected.
The rain and wind had got worse by Saturday morning. By midday, Neil
and I went north to a new seafood restaurant in Cape Broyle, near
Ferryland. I was served a platter with a large and delectable piece of
salmon. We joined Jim back at the Inn. Jean had to go up to St. John's
for a few hours. A possible strike was looming at Memorial University,
his place of employment. The ever-worsening weather made us cancel a
proposed set-up and test of a Pennant antenna. Neil is interested in
setting up an array of pennants or K9AY's at his home QTH in the suburbs
of Chicago. I took some pictures to put on the Web.
Some DX signals were already rolling in at 1700 UTC. This was the
first time I'd listened to Greenland on 720 with a decent signal.
Hearing someone speaking Greenlandic was interesting, even though it
sounded like some kind of a dull local meeting with the acoustics of the
basement of a school or church. A heterodyne of a 1430 station against
the 1431 kHz UK and Italian stations was noted at a time (1830 UTC) too
early to be a domestic. In a few minutes it got loud and overwhelmed
1431. I had been looking on 1431 for Iran parallel to 15084 shortwave:
it turned out that the 1430 station was this Iranian, precisely 1 kHz
low of its nominal frequency - seemingly too accurate a separation to be
an accidental drift. I then found a reference to this 1430 Iranian in a
recent "Medium Wave News" that Jean had brought. A little later that
evening, back-home local WXKS-1430 faded up. It was a memorable and
"daft" sounding reception when Iran's Koran recitation and WXKS's "Music
of Your Life" Sinatra nostalgia and Boston mentions were blending evenly
in an incongruous mix on 1430. That evening we all enjoyed a good run
of Turks with parallel signals on 765, 891, 954, 1017, and 1062. The
new Libyan on 972 had a butt-kickin' signal that I'm sure would soon
make it to one of my DXpedition sites on Cape Cod with little
difficulty. Madeira-1125 came through well when I couldn't hear the
other ones on 531 and 603. For music and for general "local flavour,"
it's hard to beat the lower-powered British locals. These came through
in great abundance and spiced up the general entertainment value of the
listening experience. At home, these little stations are at a far
greater deficit to co-channel Spaniards of comparable power, so I don't
get to enjoy them the way I can in Newfoundland. With domestic DX, I
always have fun checking out how my home locals do at a long distance.
WEEI-850 and WNRB-1510, along with a couple of Maine stations, were
typically the earliest US stations to build up to a strong signal level
about 2000 UTC: better than an hour before sunset on their end. This is
comparable to the time that big-gun Trans-Atlantics would start to show
at coastal sites in eastern Massachusetts. Before signing off, WMEX-
1060 bombed in with a Boston-accented show that made me laugh when I
heard the expression "people's republic of Cambridge" often used by
conservative talk-show hosts and local politicians like Albert "Dapper"
O'Neil. As always, the biggest US signals were from the Boston and New
York City 50 kW blasters; that's also what I'd noted from Ireland back
in 1977. My Saturday night activity wound down by about midnight local.
I had to pack up my gear and get a few hours sleep so I could depart
Cappahayden at 5 o'clock on Sunday morning.
I knew it was going to be a rough ride back to the airport that Sunday
because huge storm system in the sea south of Nova Scotia covered the
entire area from Newfoundland and Labrador to New England and New York.
Local broadcasters called it a cool weather version of the tempest that
was featured in the "Perfect Storm" film. Heavy rain was moving
horizontally on 110 km/h wind gusts. The normal 1 hour 45 minute ride
took 2 hours 30 minutes. Some excellent Irish-Newfoundland tunes on
CJYQ soothed me for what would have otherwise been a harrowing journey
in hurricane-like weather from darkness into dim dawn light. Luckily, I
reached the airport gate in St. John's on time. I'd read (from others'
previous experiences) that pilots could negotiate these conditions ably,
though I had my doubts. I walked to the airport door feeling like I was
in a boxing match with the wind-driven rain and ice pellets. The
airport, under renovation, had some serious roof leaks: Large plastic
trash bins were strategically placed to catch the indoor cascades.
Take-off at 8.40 a.m. local was remarkably smooth. Less than two hours
later I was in Halifax: It was raining there as well. The second
flight of that day got me back to Boston by noon. I was surprised to be
greeted there by even colder temperatures and snow flurries. A few
people figured I'd brought the "Great White North" back home with me.
Rocco Cotroneo's Parallel DXpedition
Dates: 20 October - 24 October, 2000
Location: Tinharè Island, few miles off Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
Receiver: AOR 7030
Antennas: Two 100-meter longwires, N-S and E-W.
Conditions were excellent towards Africa (E-W), normal to Europe and
the Middle East and poor to North America. On the 23rd and 24th of
October a great opening brought in several new stations from Africa's
East Coast, mainly Mozambique, and reached Mayotte Island and India on
1566, an amazing 13,000 km away. Ascension was heard only on 1485, not
on 1602 this year. There was no Falklands on 530, so it is possibly
still off. A new frequency from Egypt on 1103 was also booming in.
531 Algeria, Alger Chaîne 1, 23/10, 0135
567 South Africa, Talk Radio, 21/10, 0310
711.06 Morocco / Western Sahara, Arabic, Koran, 21/10, 2045
729 South Africa, Puntop // 1332, 21/10, 0315
783 Mauritania, //4845 never strong as expected here, 21/10, 2350
819 Morocco, RTM Rabat, strong, 21/10, 0030
864 Morocco, huge signal, 21/10, 0035
873 Mozambique, Emissora Prov de Supala, local ID (all Mozambique
stations seem to carry extended programs on Saturday, well after
0100), 22/10, 0000
873 Botswana (again at 0335 // 4820), 21/10, 0040
891 UNID African, spirituals, local language, till 0200, does not seem
to be Lesotho and no // with 4800, 21/10, 2310
945.02 Angola, R. Nacional in English; regular here, all night, 21/10,
963 Mozambique, Emissora Prov de Tete, local id, 21/10, 2030
981 Algeria, Arabic vocals, 21/10, 0140
1026 Mozambique, Emissora Provincial de Manica, 21/10, 2100
1053 Morocco in Arabic, 21/10, 2310
1088 Angola, Radio Nacional at 02,00 still on, 21/10, 0010
1098 South Africa, Mmabatho, regular,not sure about the exact name,
1103 Egypt, Voice of the Arabs (thanks to Renato Bruni, Italy, for
identifying this as a parallel to 612), very strong, 20/10, 2020
1134 UNID African, local language, Kenya?, 23/10, 0315
1206 Mozambique, Emissora Prov de Inhambane, ID after national news at
2130 in // 963 & 1224, 21/10, 2140
1224 Mozambique, Presumed Emissora Prov de Cabo Delgado), 21/10, 2115
1278 Angola, Cabinda, local program after national news at 2300 // 1088
& 1485, 23/10, 2320
1287 UNID African, local, phone calls, R. Swazi, South Africa?, 23/10,
1377.04 African, English with music, then switching to Portuguese
announcing "final" and national anthem with sign-off at 0010;
likely Swazi Radio relaying R.Cidade from Mozambique, 23/10, 2330
1385.9 Guinea, R. Rurale, Labé, talk in French, 22/10, 2040
1386 Kenya, English news, 22/10, 0315
1458 Mayotte (presumed) RFO, few seconds in French, 23/10, 2350
1484.54 Angola, Radio Kuanza-Sul, IDs with echo, announcing 99.7 FM and
1485 onda media; at 2300 national news from Luanda, 21/10, 2215
1485 Ascension Island, BBC World Service, 21/10, 0115
1233 TWR Cyprus (presumed), Arabic, 22/10, 2125
1404 UNID Koran, strong, Iran?, 23/10, 0015
1413 BBC Oman, Hindi, 22/10, 0120
1476 Dubai, UAE //13675, 23/10, 2035
1494 Jordan, Arabic //9830, 23/10, 2135
1521 Saudi Arabia, 22/10, 1940
1521 Saudi Arabia, fade in, well before local sunset, 22/10, 1930
1548 Kuwait, VOA, in Arabic, 22/10, 2015
1566 India, AIR Nagpur // 4920 with woman reading news. Whispers on
1071, too,under a strong carrier, 24/10, 0030
684 Spain, Sevilla strong, classical music, 23/10, 0000
846 Italy, RAI Rome, 22/10, 0255
855 Spain, RNE synchros, 23/10, 0000
873 Spain, SER synchros, 23/10, 0145
882 Spain & Canary Is., COPE synchros with QRM from (presumed)
Sabadell, in Catalan, 23/10, 0145
945 France, Bleu Toulouse //1206//1377, 22/10, 2145
954 Spain, Madrid, 22/10, 2140
1044 Spain, SER, QRM from Morocco, 22/10, 2135
1089 England, TalkSport, synchros?, 22/10, 2130
1179 Sweden, in English, 22/10, 2155
1179 Spain, SER synchros, 22/10, 0325
1188 Hungary, R. Free Europe relaying VOA sports, ID at 0230 as Radio
Svoboda, 22/10, 0220
1206 France, Bleu Bordeaux, mx //1377, 22/10, 0250
1295.96 Spain, Valencia COPE synchros, phone calls, 21/10, 0135
1314 Norway, early fade-in, 22/10, 2010
1377 France, Bleu Lille, 21/10, 0150
1557 France, Bleu Nice, 22/10, 0210
1602 Spain, Vitoria mixed with SER synchros, 21/10, 0105
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