University ousts Peace Radio station in Costa Rica
There's no peace in Costa
Rica, where the University for Peace and Radio For
Peace International (RFPI) are locked in a dispute
over the station's premises. On July 21 the University
delivered an eviction notice to RFPI, which has
been operating since 1987 on the University campus
in Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica. The stations
gate was locked with chains and patrolled by armed
guards employed by the University for Peace. The
radio station was advised to vacate its facilities
in two weeks.
to RFPI General Manager James Latham's comments
on the station website, the "unexplained and
legally questionable decision" to evict RFPI
endangers the livelihood of the stations employees,
and also threatens to silence the voice of peace
on international airwaves. "This is more than
an eviction, this is about the right to free speech,"
Latham says. "What is most shocking and sad
is that this action comes from an international
peace organization". Both parties have filed
lawsuits against each other.
Peace has not responded to questions emailed by
Alberto Varela, the University's lawyer, says on
Tico Times that already in April 2002 RFPI received
a letter about the termination of cooperation and
the station was asked to leave in July 2002. Varela
cites an outstanding $14,000 debt owed by Radio
for Peace to the University for installation of
telephone and Internet structure and illegal use
of radio frequencies as reasons that have been communicated.
director Naomi Fowler says to DXing.info that a
year ago the station did receive a letter requesting
them to leave their premises, but without a reason.
"They gave no reason for this to us, unlike
their current claims that we were broadcasting illegally
or that we owed them money," Fowler says. "We
explained to them that they were trying to evict
us from our own building! They did not appear to
know that the building did not belong to them, as
their institutional memory is short due to the five
administration changes over the last 16 years,"
Fowler writes. "That eviction attempt we assumed
was legally unenforceable and we never heard anything
from them after that until this latest eviction
In an earlier
email to DXing.info, the staff of RFPI says that
"ideological differences" between the
station and Maurice Strong, President of the University
for Peace Council, are partly to blame for the conflict.
As to broadcasting on an illegal frequency, the
staff email says that the station is looking for
another frequency to replace 15040 kHz, which according
to a letter received from the authorities, is reserved
for air traffic.
conflict, RFPI has continued to broadcast on shortwave.
July 27, 2003)
L Radio testing on 1008 kHz
L Radio (Radio London) is testing on 1008 kHz mediumwave.
The station is transmitting from the Netherlands,
but is aimed for an audience in the United Kingdom.
A test transmission was heard by Paul Ewers in the
United Kingdom on July 18, carried by BDXC-UK, where
Mike Terry has reported that the next test will
take place on July 22 at 1100-1300 UTC. According
to a press release by Radio London, the station
is planning to transmit at a power of 400 kW from
Flevo. Reception reports are welcomed and will be
acknowledged. Reports may be sent by mail to Radlon
Media Limited, P.O.Box 7336, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex
CO13 0WZ, United Kingdom, or by email
to Ray Anderson at Radlon Media. The name of the
station refers to Big L, Radio London, an offshore
pirate station in operation from 1964 to 1967. Radlon
Media Limited aims to relaunch the station, though
with a wider appeal than the original station, after
it received a license from the Dutch authorities
in a recent reshuffle of the AM band. Radio London
however admits that fundraising has been "rather
slow", and gives no indication of when the
station would begin regular transmissions.
July 19, 2003, updated July 20)
San Miguel de Sondor on 6535 kHz
Peruvian shortwave station
Radio San Miguel de Sondor has been logged on 6535.2
kHz, replacing Radio Difusora Comercial from Huancabamba,
which was most recently heard on 6560.3 kHz. Radio
San Miguel de Sondor was first heard by Rafael Rodriguez
in Colombia on July 2 and reported in Conexion Digital
no. 219. According to Rodriguez, the owner of the
station Federico Ibañez had lost mayoral
elections and moved his station to another district.
The programming remains similar, including a program
called Aires Huarinqueños heard at
by Rodriguez at 2330 UTC. The station has been heard
to sign off around 0400 UTC.
July 13, 2003)
Baltic Waves testing on 1386 kHz from Lithuania
Baltic Waves International (RBWI) from the Lithuanian
capital Vilnius has confirmed conducting "channel
marker" transmissions on 1386 kHz, where an
unidentified station has been heard playing non-stop
pop music. The transmission is aired at 2000-2100
UTC and originates from a 25-kilowatt transmitter
in Giruliai. According to a station press release,
reported by Bernd Trutenau on MW-DX, correct reception
reports will be verified and should be sent by snail
mail, containing an audio tape of the broadcast.
The station is also interested in the reception
of its relays of China Radio International in the
evening hours on the frequency of 1557 kHz (150
kW from Sitkunai). The address is Radio Baltic Waves
International, Vivulskio 7-405, Vilnius LT-2006,
Lithuania. 1386 kHz is also used by a transmitter
in nearby Bolshakovo, Kaliningrad. This transmitter
airs Voice of Russia programming at 0900-2000 UTC.
July 12, 2003, updated July 13)
VI Radio from
UK new low-power on 1386 kHz
VI (short for Visually
Impaired) Radio has begun transmissions on 1386
kHz at the West of England School and College, a
school for young people with little or no sight,
based at Countess Way, Exeter EX2 6HA, United Kingdom.
VI Radio hit the airwaves on May 20, thanks to support
from local radio stations and a grant from the National
Lotterys Community Fund. The school has a
website and telephone number 01392 454200, fax 01392
428048. As with the other school-based LPAM stations,
it probably operates
during term time only with very limited hours, says
Dave Kenny, who first reported about the station
on BDXC-UK on July 10.
July 12, 2003)
Vatanym in Moscow on 1098 kHz
Radio Vatanym, a station for Tatar and Bashkir listeners
in the Moscow area, started transmissions on 1098
kHz on June 25. The transmitter is located in Kurkino
and has a power of 10 kW. The company was given
a broadcasting license on May 25, and a few days
later it was assigned to broadcast on 1098 kHz.
The same frequency has previously been used for
example by Radio Liberty. Radio Vatanym transmits
at 0300-2100 UTC, but plans to extend transmissions
to 24 hours a day. Programs consist of music, cultural,
children and current affairs programs, including
news every three hours and teaching on Islam. The
address of Radio Vatanym is ul. Bolshaya Dmitrovka,
dom 9, str. 1, Moscow 125009, Russia, telephone
+7-095-292-1555 and 095-771-6533. The station was
first reported by Alexander Dementiev on July 3
in Open DX.
July 12, 2003, edited July 16)
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