Radio International on 846 and 1008 kHz in Beijing
Radio International (CRI) has started test transmissions
on 846 kHz and 1008 kHz in the capital Beijing.
A 24-hour English-language looped service is being
broadcast on both frequencies, says Connor Walsh
at CRI. There is however a weekly maintenance break
on Tuesdays at 0500-0900 UTC. Transmissions began
on January 19, testing for a proper launch possibly
around May. Walsh believes that the transmitter
power is 10 kilowatts on 846 kHz and 1 kilowatt
on 1008 kHz. The transmitters are located in the
Beijing municipality. On the Beijing mediumwave
dial, CRI has already broadcast in English with
different program feeds on 900 kHz (relaying HitFM
on 88.7 MHz) and 1251 kHz (relaying 91.5 MHz FM).
The address of the station is: English Service,
China Radio International, Beijing, 100040, China.
January 25, 2004)
Radio closes many mediumwave transmitters
Radio (Ceský rozhlas) is closing down many
of its mediumwave transmitters on January 31. According
to an internal report dated January 15, and reported
by Czech DXer Karel Honzik, CRo 6 (a magazine style
news and information channel) will no longer be
heard on 1071 kHz (currently two transmitters),
1233 kHz (five transmitters) and 1287 kHz (six transmitters).
February CRo 6 programming will however be heard
at 1700-2300 UTC (18:00-24:00 local time) over CRo
2 transmitters on 639, 954 and 1332 kHz.
Also, CRo transmitters
on 558 kHz (Tachov/Právo), 864 kHz (Strakonice/Radomysl)
and 981 kHz (Jihlava/Vetrník) will be shut
on January 31. With the closing of Tachov, Studio
Plzen, currently the last regional program remaining
on the mediumwave band, will disappear from the
AM dial. Studio Plzen has been broadcasting 24 hours
a day at 1 kW of power.
is trying to cut costs as a tax for telecommunication
services increased from 5 to 22 % on January 1.
Also, the country is well covered by FM transmitters,
Honzik explains. Despite the plans to close down
also the longwave transmitter in Topolná
(270 kHz), the transmitter seems to survive again
and stays on the air after 1 February.
January 18, 2004)
in Montréal Canada testing on 1570 kHz
mediumwave frequency of 1570 kHz is returning on
the air in Laval, a suburban city of Montréal,
in Québec, Canada. The call letters will
be CFAV, says secretary Margo Rivard in an interview
is hoping to be on the air with regular broadcasts
by the end of January, conditions permitting. "It
is currently -37 degrees (Celsius) here in Montréal,"
says broadcast consultant Brian Sawyer, who is setting
up the technical facilities of the station. According
to Sawyer, transmitter power will be 10 kW day and
night. A directional antenna with the main lobe
at 65 degrees should improve reception in the rest
of Québec. The frequency has been off the
air for years after vacated by CKLM, which was a
regular catch as far as Europe.
CFAV will be
playing nostalgic music from the 20's to the 50's,
aimed at an audience of 45 years and older.
CFAV aired a
test transmission of non-stop music on December
23, and identified as Radio Nostalgie during
a second test on January 12. According to Sawyer,
these short preliminary tests were carried out at
a power of 1 kW.
of CFAV is: Radio Nostalgie, 2040 Autoroute 440,
Laval, Québec H7S 2M9, Canada.
January 12, 2004, last updated on January 16)
981 kHz comes alive briefly on January 15
old Swedish mediumwave frequency will return on
the air for a brief special broadcast. The radio
amateurs of Gothenburg (Göteborgs Sändareamatörer,
GSA) will be using 981 kHz on January 15 for a broadcast
to commemorate a Swedish radio pioneer. As reported
on HCDX, K.G. Eliasson (1884-1951) made his first
regular broadcast from the localities on Vallgatan
8 in Gothenburg (Göteborg) 80 years ago, on
January 15, 1924. The transmission will begin with
"CQ" morse code and an introduction in
Swedish at 1700 UTC, followed by a rebroadcast of
Eliasson's historic transmission at 1730 UTC. In
an email to DXing.info, project manager Robert Roos
(SM6UQP) says that the transmitter will be located
at Vallgatan 8, and will have a power of 300-1000
watts depending on the antenna. The name of the
station will be SMZX, which used to be Eliasson's
ham call sign. GSA welcomes reception reports of
this historical event, and promises to answer them
with a special QSL-card. The address of GSA is:
Göteborgs Sändareamatörer, Box 230,
S-435 25 Mölnlycke, Sweden.
Because of technical difficulties the transmitter
power turned out to be only 30 watts, so the station
was not heard over a very wide area.
January 12, 2004, last updated on January 16)
in Argentina: Radio Italia 1620 and Planeta Radio
Two new unofficial stations
have appeared on the mediumwave dial in Argentina.
Radio Italia on 1620 kHz is broadcasting from Villa
Martelli, Vicente Lopez district, in the northern
part of the capital region Buenos Aires. The station
was first reported heard by Arnaldo Slaen in Argentina
on January 1, 2004, with a test transmission. Telephone
number +54-11-4709-1172 was announced. The station
is broadcasting in Spanish for the Italian community
in the area. For an overview of stations in Buenos
Aires, and recordings of their station identifications,
check out sound files compiled by Nicolás
Eramo in the DXing.info audio
Also in Argentina,
a station identifying as Planeta Radio AM 1580 from
Rosario, Provincia de Santa Fé, has been
heard testing by Rubén Guillermo Margenet
in Argentina on December 31, 2003. According to
Guillermo in DXLD 3-235, the station is an "unofficial"
one (not officially licensed), and didn't announce
any contact information.
January 3, 2004)
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