of the Mediterranean being phased out
Voice of the Mediterranean (VOM), owned jointly
by the Libyan and Maltese governments, has ended
its internet transmissions. A brief announcement
on the station website, reported by Mike Terry on
BDXC-UK, says that "Due to circumstances beyond
our control, we regret to inform our listeners that
VOMi will cease broadcasting on Friday November
28 2003." Earlier it has been reported that
shortwave transmissions will continue until the
end of 2003. According to the Times of Malta, the
station was to be closed down after the Libyan government
informed Malta that "it no longer sees a function
for this kind of station". The Libyan government
had informed the Minstry of Foreign Affairs of Malta
that it was no longer interested in giving any further
contributions to the station. According to the ministry,
quoted on the Times of Malta, Libyan contributions
to the station have been irregular for the past
six years, and Libya still owes the station over
2.3 million euros. The Voice of the Mediterranean
has had 12 full-time employees, two part-timers
and four Libyan representatives.
The station has broadcast in seven languages. It
began broadcasting 20 years ago.
(DXing.info, November 28, 2003, updated on November
radio testing on 1386 kHz from Lithuania
Life Radio will be conducting
a test transmission via Lithuania on Sunday, December
7. According to a press release sent to DXing.info,
the program will be aired on the mediumwave frequency
of 1386 kHz at 2000-2030 UTC via a high-powered transmitter
of Radio Baltic Waves International at Sitkunai in
Lithuania. Life Radio describes itself as "the
radio voice for life to protect and defend human life
from the moment of conception until natural death."
Life Radio is a lay organization dedicated to spreading
the knowledge of the Roman Catholic faith by means
of radio. The program features a lecture on the Immaculate
Conception hosted by the National Director of Priests
for Life, Father Frank Pavone. Reception reports and
comments are welcome and will contribute to the final
decision to either use or not to use 1386 kHz for
further broadcasts in the year 2004. The mailing address
is Life Radio, P.O. Box 3329, CH-6303 Zug, Switzerland.
Reception reports can also be emailed
or faxed at +41 41 710 28 39.
Also on 1386 kHz
in Europe, AFN Bavaria has reactivated a low-power
transmitter located in Würtzburg and previously
used by Megaradio.
(DXing.info, November 28, 2003)
more Dutch mediumwave stations licenced
The remaining mediumwave
licences in the Netherlands have been given to three
radio stations. Hot Radio from Utrecht will be operating
on 1332 kHz, Haagstad Radio from the Hague on 1485
kHz and Radio Seagull from Leeuwarden on 1602 kHz.
For Radio Seagull, the license was a positive surprise.
-The Radio Seagull
board is very happy to announce that preparations
are in full operation to find a transmitter site
where the aerial can be erected and the transmitter
can be placed. We hope to be on air early next year,
if not sooner, the stations says on its website.
In October and November 2003 Radio Seagull has been
using a shortwave transmitter in Latvia on 9290
kHz. Radio Seagull received its licence for 800
euros, while Haagstad Radio paid 2.500 euros and
Hot Radio 64.000 euros.
November 19, 2003)
station from Oklahoma on 1640 kHz
The latest X-band station
in the United States has begun test transmissions.
The station operates on 1640 kHz in Enid, Oklahoma,
and is listed by the FCC with calls KMMZ. The station
was first reported heard on November 14 by Glenn Hauser
in Enid. The test broadcast consisted of music with
the slogan Unforgettable favorites, along with
commercial spots, but without station identifications.
The station is licensed to operate at 10 kW of power
during daytime and 1 kW during the night, but could
temporarily be running 10 kW also during the nighttime.
The licensee is Chisholm Trail Broadcasting Company,
P.O. Box 952, Enid, OK 73703, U.S.A. More information
in the North
November 14, 2003, updated on November 15)
dial changing constantly in Buenos Aires
Radio Sentimiento Litorale
is a new unofficial station in the Argentine capital
Buenos Aires. Operating on 1510 kHz, Radio Sentimiento
Litorale has been operating since the beginning of
November 2003. The station is located at Mario Bravo
1284, Villa Fiorito, Banfield, Buenos Aires, tel.
(011) 4276-2396. Station manager Guillermo O. Caravelli
has also an FM outlet, operating on 88.3 MHz.
Radio Onda Latina
from Buenos Aires has changed from 740 to 1010 kHz.
Another station in the suburbs of the capital, Radio
Nativa in Claypole, has switched from 1480 to 1460
these three stations has been compiled by Marcelo
Cornachioni in Argentina and published in Conexión
Digital no. 237.
Eramo has recently recorded station identifications
of dozens of stations in Buenos Aires. These audio
files have just been uploaded in the Audio
section of DXing.info.
November 14, 2003)
Radio Royal on 1278 kHz from the UK
new low-power mediumwave station has begun broadcasting
in the United Kingdom. Radio Royal is a hospital
station in Falkirk, broadcasting on 1278 kHz. According
to Tim Foulsham of Radica, and reported by Dave
Kenny on BDXC-UK, the station began transmissions
on November 4. Radio Royal operates 24 hours a day
and plays continuous pop and oldies music when not
carrying live programming. The station can be reached
by writing to Radio Royal, Falkirk & District
Royal Infirmary, 1 Majors Loan, Falkirk, FK1 5QE,
the United Kingdom, or by email.
in the UK, on November 24 a station called Radio
Hope was launched at the Liverpool Hope University
College. The station broadcasts on 1350 kHz, giving
the students practise in running a radio station.
This was reported by Alan Pennington on BDXC-UK.
November 8, 2003, updated on November 28)
for Peace International forced off the air
escalating dispute between Radio for Peace International
(RFPI) and the University for Peace in Costa Rica
has forced the radio station off the air. On November
5, two days after cutting off water and phone services
to the station, the University for Peace cut also
electricity to its tenant, ending RFPI's shortwave
broadcasts. The parties are engaged in a bitter
propaganda war and legal battles over who is to
blame for sour relations. The
University has tried to evict RFPI since July
accusing it of unpaid bills. On July 21 the University
delivered an eviction notice to RFPI, which has
been operating since 1987 on the University campus
in Ciudad Colón. The radio station was advised
to vacate its facilities in two weeks. Negotiations
however resumed and RFPI remained on the air, until
the station was finally told to leave its premises
by October 31. The University began cutting utilities
after the deadline had passed. Commenting on Copyexchange.com,
RFPI's General Manager James Latham says that the
staff will remain in the building and are prepared
to go on hunger strike if necessary. Meanwhile,
RFPI has set up an office in the capital San José,
planning to stream programming over the Internet
for about six months, during which it hopes to build
new broadcasting facilities.
November 5, 2003)
Internacional from Peru on 6108 kHz shortwave
A Peruvian station identifying
as Radio Internacional has been heard around 6108.4
kHz shortwave. The station was first heard on October
19 by Björn Malm in Ecuador and Alfredo Benjamin
Cañote in Peru. According to Malm, this could
be Radio Internacional del Perú from San
Pablo, Provincia San Pablo, Departamento Cajamarca,
which is listed to operate on 1600 and 3397 kHz,
but has not been heard on shortwave for years. In
San Pablo, the station has been licensed to operate
OCY2D 1600 kHz mediumwave with 1 KW, OAZ2G 4965
kHz in the 60-meter-band with 0.5 kW and OCW2P 100.7
MHz FM with 0.5 kW - this was told to Japanese DXer
Takayuki Inoue when he visited the studios of the
station at Avenida Bolognesi 532 in San Pablo in
2001. However, since then the station has only operated
on 1600 kHz. In the early 1990's Radio Internacional
del Perú was however heard on 3402.6 and
3397.4 kHz shortwave, and Inoue found out that this
transmitter and a studio were located at Urbanizacion
La Alborada in the District of Comas, in the capital
Lima, licensed to operate on 3395 kHz with 1 kW
and callsign OAU4L. According to Inoue, these shortwave
transmissions - which were ended in 1996 - were
intended for listeners in Northern Peru as well
as for immigrants from the province of San Pablo
living in Lima. More about the most recent logs
of the station in the South
November 2, 2003, updated on November 3)
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