AM station broadcasting on 1700 kHz
XEPE from Tecate in the
state of Baja California Norte has become the second
Mexican station to broadcast on the extended AM
band. XEPE is broadcasting on 1700 kHz using the
slogan La Romántica 1700 AM ().
The station was first logged on June 14 by Don Kaskey
on IRCA, and has since been monitored with irregular
broadcasts by several DXers in California. Previously
XEPE has broadcast on 560 kHz with a daytime power
of 20 kW and 10 kW at nights. XEPE (ex-XEKTT) has
been changing frequencies very often. After operating
on 1600 kHz, the station moved to 550 and again
to 560 kHz in 2003. Since then, several U.S. West
Coast stations operating on 560 kHz have complained
to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about
interference caused by XEPE. On
the new frequency of 1700 kHz its closest rivals
are in Texas.
June 22, 2004)
Integracion new on the Buenos Aires AM dial
is the latest non-official station to hit the airwaves
in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. Radio Integración
is broadcasting on the frequency of 1310 kHz. The
station uses the slogan La Trece Diez, says
Argentine DXer Marcelo Cornachioni who was the first
to report the station in Conexión Digital
no. 268 on June 19. The address of the station is
Av. Corrientes 1922, 6º Piso, Of. 63 (C1045AAO)
Buenos Aires, telephone (011) 4951-2652, 4951-9103.
The station can also be contacted by email.
Ramon Grinceri works as program director.
To escape interference
caused by the newcomer, Radio Almirante Brown ()
from Barrio San Jose, has migrated from 1310 to
1460 kHz, Cornachioni reports. Also in Buenos Aires,
Radio Renacer has returned to its original frequency
of 1560 kHz after broadcasting temporarily on 1530
June 22, 2004)
Virgen de Remedios from Bolivia on 5500 kHz
A new Bolivian station has
begun broadcasting on shortwave. Radio Virgen de
Remedios from Tupiza, in Departamento de Potosí,
transmits on 5500 kHz. The station was first logged
on May 29 by Rogildo F. Aragão in Bolivia,
who has picked up for instance the following station
identification: "Radio Virgen de Remedios,
Tupiza, frecuencia modulada y onda corta, la voz
católica en su casa, con la cadena Radio
Católica Mundial." (listen to the
in the DXing.info audio
archive). Radio Virgen de Remedios has been
heard signing off around 2230 UTC.
June 13, 2004)
Finland may close down shortwave and mediumwave
Finland, the external service of the Finnish Broadcasting
Company (YLE), may close down its service on the
shortwave and mediumwave bands. This would leave
external service programming available only via
satellite and on the Internet. The aim would be
to cut expenses. Currently distribution costs for
Radio Finland total 3.4 million euros annually.
YLE Administrative Council is expected to decide
the fate of shortwave later this year. In 2002 (see
DXing.info news in June
and September 2002
as well as a history of the cuts in the DXing.info
Community) Radio Finland closed down its services
in English, German and French, while Finnish, Swedish
and Russian programming continued on shortwave as
well as for Northern Europe also on the mediumwave
band. A source at YLE tells DXing.info that possible
lobbying from the part of DXers would only reduce
the chances of remaining on the air, because the
only justification for shortwave is to serve expatriate
Finns, who number about 250.000. A decision to cut
shortwave would become easier if the station is
viewed as serving primarily a fringe audience of
YLE has responded by saying that it is not about
to close down Radio Finland. According to a press
release, shortwave transmissions will continue in
the present form until the end of 2006, when the
current transmission contract expires and YLE "needs
to consider various options."
June 9, 2004, updated on June 10)
Radio on shortwave from Papua New Guinea
Catholic Radio Network
(CRN) has begun shortwave broadcasts from Vanimo
in Papua New Guinea. CRN is broadcasting 24 hours
a day on 4960 kHz in the 60-meter band shortwave.
The station was first reported heard on June 4 by
Bob Padula in Australia, carrying relays of the
CRN FM network from Port Moresby and other programming.
Overnight programming from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. local
time consists of non-stop gospel music.
power is 1 kilowatt and the antenna is an omni-directional
Delta with high angle radiation. The service is
intended to cover the immediate area out to 300
kilometers or so. At night the coverage will be
greater but during the day a bit less," says
Engineering construction manager Wayne Wilson to
The shortwave station
in Vanimo receives the network program from Port
Moresby via satellite and also has a small local
studio. The program is transmitted locally on a
300-watt FM transmitter and simultaneously on shortwave,
Wilson explains. Vanimo is part of a nationwide
network being developed by the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Radio Network of Papua New Guinea (CRN
PNG) has been established by the Catholic Bishops
Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Island
(CBC PNG and SI). The first FM transmitters were
launched in July 2003, and currently the network
includes five FM transmitters around the country.
More stations both on FM and on shortwave are planned.
reports can be sent to Engineering construction
manager Wayne Wilson by email.
June 4, 2004)
community station begins on 1062 kHz
Twoje Radio Pulawy was the
third Polish community radio station to hit the
airwaves on May 4. The station broadcasts on 1062
kHz with a power of 1 kW. According to Bernd Trutenau
who reported news about the station on Mwdx mailing
list, Twoje Radio Pulawy has own local programming
at 0600-0700 and at 1600-1700, while at other times
it relays Polskie Radio Lublin. The two other community
radios are Twoje Radio Lipsko on 963 kHz and Twoje
Radio Cmolas on 1062 kHz. Trutenau reports that
12 new stations are currently under preparation.
June 1, 2004)
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