Puntland from Somalia testing on 13800 kHz shortwave
A new Somali
shortwave station is testing on the frequency of
13800 kHz. Radio Puntland belongs to the government
of Puntland, which is one of the breakaway regions
of Somalia in the Horn of Africa. Puntland media
reported on April 11 that the station was officially
opened by Puntland president Abdurrahman Faroole.
Radio Puntland is
operated by Italian technicians from Goldrock Kenya,
and has received financial support from the government
of Italy. President Faroole says that also a television
station will be coming soon. Current test broadcasts
from the Puntland capital Garowe consist of non-stop
Somali music, aired at varying levels of transmitter
power, 50 watts or more. "We should begin regular
transmission by the end of June," says Enrico
Li Perni from Goldrock Kenya. The permanent transmitter
is still under construction and will have a power
of 20 kilowatts. The station has been logged as
far away as in Finland. In addition to daytime broadcasts
on 13800 kHz, the station is listed broadcasting
during the night on 6140 kHz, but this frequency
has not been reported heard by DXers abroad.
April 18, 2013)
launches the Voice of the South China Sea on 1008
Radio International (CRI) has set up a new radio
service for countries around the South China Sea.
The Voice of the South China Sea broadcasts in six
languages, including Mandarin Chinese, English,
Vietnamese, Malaysian, Filipino as well as Indonesian.
According to CRI, the English programs of the Voice
of the South China Sea can be heard at 0600-0700
UTC (14:00-15:00 Beijing time) on the frequency
of 1008 kHz AM. Contrary to CRI's own information,
Japanese DXer Sei-ichi Hasegawa has observed English-language
programming at 0405-0500 and 0505-0600 UTC, followed
by CRI News at the top of the hour. Parallel FM
frequency 101.0 MHz is on the air at 2200-1700 UTC,
and can be heard also over the Internet. Hasegawa
estimates that programming currently comes from
a 10-kilowatt transmitter in Beijing, and that the
high-power AM broadcasts have not yet begun. CRI
announced the launch on April 9.
April 15, 2013, edited on April 17)
student broadcaster now weekly on 25900 kHz
A low-power station
from Moscow is now broadcasting once a week on 25900
kHz shortwave. Radio Zeleny Glazh (Radio Green Eyes)
can be heard at 1200-1500 UTC each Friday. The station
is run by students of the Moscow Technical University
of Communications and
Informatics (MTUCI). Transmitter power is 400 watts,
but on April 5 the station was already heard as
far away as North America. Earlier in March the
same transmitter was used for DRM transmissions.
The station is broadcasting also on 1584 kHz mediumwave
April 6, 2013)
opposition begins broadcasting on 1359 AM
Free Malaysia has begun transmissions on 1359 kHz
on March 25, 2013. The station is on the air for
two hours each evening local time, at 1300-1500
UTC. Transmitter location has not been disclosed,
but according to DXing.info's information, broadcasts
originate from a 600-kilowatt transmitter in Fangliao,
Taiwan, which also carries Voice of Free Asia and
Taiwanese broadcasts. In Malaysia an opposition
mouthpiece would not be licensed to broadcast. Radio
Free Malaysia is a sister station of the existing
shortwave program Radio Free Sarawak. You can contact
the station by email.
At the time of writing the station website was down,
presumably due to a cyber attack.
April 6, 2013)
Nuevo and other novelties on the AM dial in Argentina
"AM 1620 Aire Nuevo" is the station identification
of a new broadcaster here. The station was first
heard by Cesar Perez Dioses in Peru on March 28,
and reported on the Brazilian radioescutas mailing
Also on the X-band,
Radio Rubi has been identified on 1670 kHz with
test transmissions. Radio Rubi is located at Roberto
Billinghurst Nº 1425, Rafael Castillo, Partido
de La Matanza, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Telephone (011) 4669-5064 has been announced. The
station was first reported by Marcelo A. Cornachioni
on Condig mailing list on March 23.
On the traditional
AM band, Radio La Más Santiagueña
is a new station reported on 1160 kHz AM. Cornachioni
reports contact info as follows: Calle Hilario Ascasubi
Nº 4466 de la localidad de Gregorio de Laferrere,
Partido de La Matanza, Provincia de Buenos Aires,
telephones (011) 4457-1466 and 4626-5298. The station
was first reported heard by Arnaldo Slaen on March
25 on Condig.
Radio del Promesero
is another new station simulcasting on 1210 kHz
AM and 91.3 MHz FM. Cornachioni reports contact
info as follows: Calle Dr. Carlos Saavedra Lamas
Nº 3644, de la Ciudad y Partido de José
C. Paz, Provincia de Buenos Aires. Telephone: (02320)
Cornachioni gives transmitter power as 1 kW.
On" is a new station on 1500 kHz, previously
heard only on FM 90.7 MHz. Contact info from Cornachioni:
Calle José Miró Nº 1453, de la
localidad de La Reja, Partido de Moreno, Buenos
Aires. Telephone: (0237) 487-1145.
the regular AM band, on 1590 kHz "AM 1590 Sin
Fronteras" is a new station. Contact info:
Avenida Hipólito Yrigoyen al 1700, de la
localidad y Partido de Merlo, Buenos Aires, phone:
(0220) 486-5767. The station was reported on Conexión
Digital on March 30.
of the many Buenos Aires stations can now be heard
even on shortwave. Unlicensed Radio Gama, which
broadcasts on 1490 kHz, has been reported on 2980
kHz, the second harmonic frequency, in late March
both in Argentina and Uruguay.
April 6, 2013)
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