Denmark and Norway leaving shortwave
year 2004 marks the end of shortwave transmissions
by public broadcasters in three European countries.
Radio Telefis Éireann (RTÉ) in Ireland,
Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK) in Norway, and the
Danish Danmarks Radio (DR) are closing their shortwave
services on December 31, 2003. Aiming to cut costs
and saying that shortwave is history, the stations
are urging their listeners to continue to tune in
via satellite or on the internet.
Éireann (RTÉ) has announced that it
will end its daily half-hour shortwave broadcasts
on January 1, 2004. According to a press release
from RTÉ, this is the "first step in
the re-alignment of its distribution platforms,
both at home and abroad." RTE will increase
over the World Radio Network (WRN) and will provide,
free of charge, a Worldspace satellite receiver
to some of its isolated listeners in Africa. RTÉ
began shortwave transmissions in 1995 and has been
buying airtime from outside Ireland.
Radio Denmark (Danmarks Radio) declares that "an
era in radio's history is over." The foreign
service, Radio Denmark, has been broadcasting in
Danish via Norway's shortwave transmitters. Denmark
closed its own shortwave site in Herstedvester already
in 1990. Programs will continue to be available
abroad on mediumwave, internet, telephone, CD recordings
broadcaster Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK) will air
last shortwave transmission on December 31 after
broadcasting to the world for 55 years. "Shortwave
is a big and important part of NRK's history. At
the same time you have to be realistic. Shortwave
transmissions are not the future," says NRK's
distribution chief Petter Hox on the station website.
Programs are now offered via mediumwave, satellite,
internet and telephone.
Also in Europe,
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is ending
broadcasts in seven languages.
Services broadcasting to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia will close
on December 31, 2003, under a directive from the
White House and the Broadcasting Board of Governors
(BBG), RFE/RL's oversight body.
December 25, 2003)
mediumwave station to be launched in Finland
A new mediumwave station
is planned to go on the air in Finland in spring
2004. Swedish salesman and radio enthusiast Roy
Sandgren has received a permission to launch a radio
station in the Åland Islands, an autonomous
region in Southwestern Finland. The station doesn't
have a name yet, Sandgren says to DXing.info, but
it will be on the air "in spring, I hope,"
using the frequency of 603 kHz and a power of 2.5
kW. Unlike initially told, Sandgren says that the
station will not be offshore, instead, he is planning
to set up the transmitter "on a pier or on
shore" in Western Åland. He is planning
to broadcast in AM stereo and says that he would
be targeting also audiences in Sweden and mainland
Finland, as the population of the Åland Islands
is only 26,000. On December 17 Åland's government
and administrative board approved Sandgren's application
to set up a news and tourism station on condition
that local workforce will be used as much as possible
and that the station will broadcast in Swedish,
the official language of the Åland Islands.
According to official records, spotted by Vesa Hienonen,
the license is valid until the end of 2008.
Sandgren has announced that he plans to set up a
non-commercial offshore station near his hometown
Malmö, using a 500-watt transmitter on board
radio ship St. Paul.
December 23, 2003)
new from Bolivia on 4723 kHz shortwave
A new Bolivian shortwave station
has been heard broadcasting irregularly on 4722.86
kHz. Radio Uncía was first noticed on December
17 by hobbyists on three continents as an unidentified
station. Based on a recording made by Björn Malm
in Ecuador, the station name was discovered by Henrik
Klemetz in Sweden. According to information received
by Klemetz and published in DXLD 3-234, the station
is owned by the Municipality of Uncía with
offices located at Plaza 6 de Agosto y Calle Villazón
in Uncía. The station is simulcasting on the
FM band at 105.3 MHz and on mediumwave at 1260 kHz.
It has been heard identifying also as Radio Televisión
Uncía. In the station identification the mediumwave
frequency is given as 4700 kHz. Logs and more information
about the station can be found in the South America
December 23, 2003, updated on January 3, 2004)
Historical pirate ship MV Communicator
returns to the UK
The former Laser 558 ship, MV Communicator, is returning
from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom. The
ship is due to arrive in Lowestoft on December 20,
2003, according to a press release of the owner,
the Super Station. The Super Station says the ship
is to play a crucial part in its plans to create
a new radio station in 2004. Once repairs to the
ship are complete, the company aims to launch a
live 24-hour station, broadcasting a mixture of
AC and soft rock.
The MV Communicator
has played an important role in offshore radio history.
Between 1984 and 1987 Laser 558 and Laser Hot Hits
broadcast to the UK and Europe. Since 1987 the ship
has changed hands many times. The Super Station
acquired the ship in 2002 from Clear Channel. The
station can be contacted by writing to the Super
Station, Suite 449, 305 Madison Avenue, New York
NY 10165, U.S.A. or by email.
December 19, 2003)
Radio Paradijs testing on 828 kHz
Paradijs from the Netherlands began test transmissions
on the frequency of 828 kHz on December 12. The
transmitter is operated at 5-20 kW of power and
is located in Rotterdam. Programming consists of
oldies from the 60's and 70's. 828 kHz is one of
six mediumwave frequencies licensed to Quality Radio
B.V. and was previously used by Arrow Classic Rock.
Earlier Radio Paradijs used to operate on 1584 kHz
from Utrecht. Reception reports can be sent to Quality
Radio B.V., P.O. Box 11122, 3505 BC Utrecht, The
Netherlands or by email.
December 19, 2003)
launching new transmitters
around the world have heard test transmissions of
classical music on different shortwave frequencies,
presumably originating from a new transmitter site
in Western China. Also on the new frequency of 1422
kHz mediumwave, China Radio International has been
logged in India by Jose Jacob. According to the
ITU, this 600-kilowatt transmitter is located in
Kashi, Xinjiang, and may operate also on 1197 or
December 19, 2003)
KCC Live from UK on 1251 kHz
KCC Live is a new low power
AM (LPAM) station that was launched on December 1
at Knowsley Community College in Liverpool on 1251
kHz AM. According to Hywel Evans, posted on BDXC-UK
by Alan Pennington, current broadcast hours are (local
time): 8 am - 6 pm Monday & Tuesday, 8 am - 9
pm Wednesday & Thursday and 8 am - 7 pm on Friday.
The station is off air at weekends and does not carry
overnight programming. Station Manager Hywel Evans
can be reached by email
or by writing to KCC Live, Knowsley Community College
Rupert Road, Roby, Knowsley, Liverpool, Merseyside
L36 9TD, United Kingdom.
December 19, 2003)
station WBHE Charlotte NC begins on 1660 kHz
fans in North Carolina and DXers all over the world
have a new station to listen to. WBHE in Charlotte
began broadcasting on 1660 kHz mediumwave on December
1. Part of the time the station is relaying WFNZ
Charlotte NC on 610 kHz, but partly programming
is separate. The station has been heard identifying
as WBHE, but according to Operations Manager Donald
Stout, call letters will be changed as early as
very excited to be able to give our listeners a
chance to hear us throughout the metro area. It
is amazing what we have been able to do with 610
AM and the additional frequency will only enhance
that success," Stout says on the station website.
Rieger in Wisconsin has already received an email
verification from Stout. Reception reports can also
be sent by snail mail to WFNZ, 1520 South Boulevard,
Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28203-3701, U.S.A., and
the station can also be contacted by telephone +1-704-319-9369.
On December 9 the station changed call letters to
December 5, 2003, updated on December 19)
station: KBIV from El Paso Texas on 1650 kHz
A country music station
from Texas has begun testing on 1650 kHz. KBIV in
El Paso is expected to go on the air fulltime soon,
this according to Patrick Martin who has called
the station. According to El Paso Inc, KBIV will
feature classic country music from the 70s and 80s,
including artists like Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash,
Waylon Jennings, Reba McEntire and Willie Nelson.
The station will target an adult audience in a market
where the only other country station is KHEY-FM
(96.3 MHz) owned by Clear Channel Communications.
KBIV is owned by Entravision Communications Corporation.
In the El Paso market Entravision also operates
KOFX-FM (92.3 MHz), KINT-FM (93.9 MHz), KHRO-FM
(94.7 MHz) and KSVE-AM (1150 kHz). KBIV can be contacted
by writing to KBIV, 5426 North Mesa, El Paso, TX
79912, U.S.A. The telephone number is +1-915-581-1126
and telefax +1-915-585-4613.
December 4, 2003)
AM new from Ecuador on 1600 kHz
Ilusión AM has been
heard by SWB's Björn Malm in Ecuador on the
split frequency of 1600.15 kHz on December 4. The
station is listed in the World Radio TV Handbook,
but hasn't been on the air before now. Malm heard
the station broadcasting mostly Ecuadorian music
with some boleros in between. Another Ecuadorian
station on a nearby split frequency is Ondas de
Caluma on 1600.27 kHz, which is heard often in Ecuador
also on its 2nd harmonic frequency of 3200.54 kHz.
1600 kHz, on 1559.97 kHz Malm has logged HJXZ Santa
Maria de la Paz Radio from Medellín in Colombia.
According to Malm, this is presumably a new owner
and new name for listed Emisoras El Poblado in Medellín.
Malm heard the announcer asking for financial support
for the station, which had been on the air for 3
December 4, 2003)
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