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Radio News in August 2003

Rádio Guarujá Paulista from Brazil on shortwave

A new Brazilian radio station has been heard on shortwave. Rádio Guarujá Paulista from Guarujá in the state of São Paulo is broadcasting on 3235 (ZYG860) and 5045 kHz (ZYG850). Already earlier the station had been broadcasting 24 hours a day on 1550 kHz mediumwave with call letters ZYK590. Long ago the 60-meter-band frequency was used by Rádio Difusora from Presidente Prudente, where the transmitter of Rádio Guarujá is located. As reported on Radioescutas, on August 22 Rádio Guarujá station manager Orivaldo Rampazzo contacted DX Clube do Brasil coordinator Caio Fernandes Lopes to inform that the station is on the air. The station reportedly has two mailing addresses: Rua Montenegro 196, Conj. 01, Vila Maia, 11410-040 Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil, and Rua José vaz Porto, 175, also in Guarujá. A station identification recorded by Nicolás Eramo in Argentina can be heard in the DXing.info audio section.
(DXing.info, August 31, 2003, updated on September 10)

World Music Radio to start on shortwave from Denmark

WMR logoWorld Music Radio (WMR) will return on shortwave from a transmitter site in Denmark. "After several months of waiting, we have today received the license to commence broadcasting on two different shortwave frequencies from the authorities here in Denmark," says Stig Hartvig Nielsen, manager of Hartvig Media. Low-power test transmissions can be expected soon on 5815 and 15810 kHz. The power is 400 watts and the transmitter site is near Karup in Central Jutland, Denmark. WMR is planning to begin regular transmissions within a few months, probably late November. The station is planning to be on the air 24 hours a day with a blend of current chart music, oldies from the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s as well as popular tunes from countries all over the world. WMR programs will also be available via the Internet and perhaps on FM, mediumwave as well as satellite. Reception reports are welcomed and will be acknowledged by a QSL-card. The address of WMR remains: WMR, PO Box 112, DK-8900 Randers, Denmark.
(DXing.info, August 22, 2003)

Radio Tacana from Bolivia new on 4781 kHz shortwave

A new Bolivian station has been on heard widely since August 19. Radio Tacana, located in Población de Tumupasa, Provincia Iturralde, Departamento de La Paz, is broadcasting on 4781v kHz (officially on 4780 kHz) in the 60 meter band shortwave. According to an announcement heard by Rogildo Fontenelle Aragão in Bolivia, the station broadcasts at 1000-1700 UTC during the local morning hours and 2100-2200 UTC in the evening. Björn Malm in Ecuador presumably heard the station testing already on July 1, but it has been heard elsewhere only after August 19. Rogildo F. Aragão was the first to publicly identify the station. The station is part of Consejo Indígena del Pueblo Tacana (CIPTA), an organization of the Tacana indians. Reception reports may ben addressed to Mr. Robert Cartagena or Celin Quenevo. A sample station identification can be heard in the DXing.info audio archive.
(DXing.info, August 21, 2003, updated Sept. 4)

Mexican rebels turn to shortwave

Radio Insurgente logoMexico's Zapatista rebels have begun radio broadcasts on shortwave, according to a report run by the Associated Press. The station was reportedly heard in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico, with a weak signal on August 9 on about 5800 kHz. The start of the shortwave transmissions was first announced in a communique published by local newspapers on July 30, quoting rebel spokesman Subcomandante Marcos. The Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) has previously operated a clandestine station on FM. The new shortwave service called Radio Insurgente hit the airwaves during a high-profile Zapatista gathering in the town of Oventic, the largest meeting of rebel supporters since a march to Mexico City in 2001. The Zapatistas, named after 20th century Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, control dozens of impoverished Indian villages in the jungles and mountains of southern Mexico.
      According to subsequent information, the station has not been reported heard by any DXers and has presumably not even been on the air.
(DXing.info, August 19, 2003, updated on September 11)

Australian Aboriginals set up a shortwave station on 5050 kHz

A low-power radio station serving the Yolngu Aboriginal people of
north-east Arnhem Land in Australia began broadcasting on August 1. Called the Community Development Radio Service (CDRS), the station is run by ARDS, Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Inc. The station is currently broadcasting with a power of 400 watts on 5050 kHz from a transmitter in Humpty Doo, near Darwin. It is the first informational and educational radio service to broadcast entirely in Yolngu Matha, the language of some 7,000 people in the target area. ARDS is also licensed for mediumwave broadcasting, using off-band channels under the category of Narrowband Broadcasting Station, in the Northern Territory, with 400 watts on 1611 kHz (VKD883 Milingimbi), 1611 kHz (VKD884 Groote Eyland), 1620 kHz (VKD885 Galiwin Ku, Elcho Island) and 1629 kHz (VKD886 Gapuwiyak). Reception reports are welcome and can be sent to Manager Dale Chesson by email or by mail to ARDS, Box 1671, Nhulunbuy, NT 0881, Australia.

(DXing.info, August 19, 2003)

North Korean clandestine ends transmissions

The Voice of National Salvation has ended transmissions to South Korea. The last transmission, monitored by Toshi Ohtake in Japan, ended at 0:05 local time on August 1. The station aired a daily dose of North Korean reunification propaganda for 11.5 hours in Korean and 30 minutes in English. The station, monitored by the BBC Monitoring Service, referred to "a new chapter of reconciliation and unity" that has opened between the North and the South as reason for ending the broadcasts. Despite the sudden goodwill gesture, South Korean shortwave transmissions beamed to North Korea have continued.
(DXing.info, August 19, 2003)

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