shortwave station revived in Poland
Radio Blyskawica (Lightning)
from Warsaw, Poland, has been broadcasting irregularly
on 7042 kHz. The station is replicating broadcasts
made during the Warsaw uprising in 1944. Radio Blyskawica
is operated by Polish radio amateur station SP5PPK,
but the historic broadcasts can be heard in the AM
mode. The station has been reported heard at least
on September 26 by Thomas Rösner in Germany on
A-DX mailing list. Rösner says that the transmitter
power is only 30 watts. According to Jan Bury in Poland,
broadcasts take place at irregular hours until October
2. Reportedly each broadcast lasts roughly half an
hour. One of the builders of the original transmitter,
93-year-old Antoni Zebik, has constructed the new
transmitter used for the anniversary broadcasts. The
original station was destroyed on October 4, 1944,
by German troops.
September 28, 2004, edited on September 30)
closing down shortwave
(SWR) is dropping shortwave from October 19 to cut
costs. SWR 3 and Cont.Ra ()
program feeds have been broadcast on 6030 kHz (49
meters) and 7265 kHz (41 meters) shortwave, which
will now be replaced by satellite and internet distribution.
The shortwave transmitters are located in Mühlacker
(6030 kHz) and Rohrdorf (7265 kHz), both using 20
kW of power. Both transmitter sites have a long history,
as Mühlacker was launched already in 1947 and
Rohrdorf in 1964.
SWR is the public
broadcasting institution for the German states of
Baden-Württemberg and Rheinland-Pfalz. SWR has
six radio networks, five of which broadcast on the
FM band, and Cont.ra, which is broadcast mainly via
the internet and on the mediumwave band. ()
September 22, 2004)
from Latvia finally kicking off
After years of testing and
planning, 945 kHz mediumwave from Latvia should finally
come alive under the name Radio Nord ().
A test transmission is planned to run from 0900 UTC
on September 24 until 2100 UTC on September 26. Radio
Nord will broadcast in Latvian with an oldies format
and should be on the air 24 hours a day from October
1, reports Bernd Trutenau on the mwdx mailing list.
Trutenau says that the start was delayed by the certification
procedures for the 2.7 kW Blyth transmitter.
Earlier (see DXing.info
news in December 2002)
both Radio Caroline ()
and Radio Gold 945AM ()
were testing the frequency of 945 kHz, and Radio Gold
945AM was planning to start regular transmissions
in early 2003.
Also in October, Trutenau
reports that KREBS TV is planning to conduct test
transmissions on 576 kHz from Kuldiga in western Latvia
with 100 kW of power. This frequency will be made
available for leasing to foreign broadcasters.
September 22, 2004)
La Chihuana new in Bolivia on 1500 kHz
Radio La Chihuana is a new
mediumwave station in Bolivia. The station is broadcasting
on 1500 kHz. Radio La Chihuana was first observed
on September 14 at midnight Universal time by Rogildo
F. Aragão, who believes that the station
may originate from somewhere in Departamento de
September 20, 2004)
Municipal replaces Radio Fides on 4845 kHz in Bolivia
Radio Municipal from Caranavi,
Bolivia, has recently been heard on 4845 kHz shortwave.
The frequency used to belong to Radio Fides, which
however has been off the air for the past four years.
Björn Malm in Ecuador and Rogildo Aragão
in Bolivia identified the newcomer on September
September 13, 2004)
stations in Argentina on 1010, 1380, 1510 and 1530
Sonido 88.5 FM is a new unofficial station broadcasting
on 1010 kHz mediumwave. It is operated by Del Centro
Publicidad S.A., and previously transmitted only
on 88.5 MHz FM. Radio Sonido is located at Avenida
Mosconi 634, P.A. (B1752CXT) Lomas de Mirador, Buenos
Aires, Argentina, tel. (011) 4699-4499. The station
was first reported by Marcelo A. Cornachioni on
Condig list on September 20. 1010 kHz is an extremely
crowded frequency with Radio Onda Latina, Radio
Oasis and Sintonia Ghost all operating on the same
frequency in addition to the newcomer, and all from
the greater Buenos Aires area.
Sensaciones from the town of Tapiales, Partido de
La Matanza, Provincia de Buenos Aires, is another
new station on 1380 kHz AM. The station was discovered
by Arnaldo Slaen and Marcelo A. Cornachioni and
published first on ConDig mailing list. According
to Cornachioni, the station belongs to Basilio Nicolas
Carlucci, who also owns Radio Impacto in Tapiales
on 1440 kHz. The address of Radio Sensaciones is
Calle Donovan 1433, (B1770AHK) Tapiales, Partido
de La Matanza, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Telephone: (011) 4462-0185.
Belgrano from Suardi is yet another new Argentine
station, broadcasting on 1510 kHz. The station was
discovered by Jim Solatie in Finland on September
10. Radio Belgrano is simulcasting on 104.9 MHz
FM. The station is located at Mario Locatelli 346
(2349), Suardi, Departamento San Cristóbal,
Provincia de Santa Fé, Argentina, with telephone
number (03562) 477612/803. The station can be contacted
also by email.
fourth new AM station in the country is FM Itatí
in Grand Bourg, Partido de Malvinas Argentinas,
Provincia de Buenos Aires, on 1530 kHz. As the name
implicates, this is really an FM station, broadcasting
on 105.3 MHz, and merely simulcasting its signal
on the mediumwave band. FM Itatí was first
reported heard by Arnaldo Slaen on September 12.
Only three weeks earlier Slaen first reported AM
1390 Radio "La Norteña"
from the same town.
Also in Argentina,
Radio Sueños is the new name of FM
Fuego on 1650 kHz in Monte Chingolo, Partido
de Lanús, Provincia de Buenos Aires. The
station, which was first heard in August 2004, and
was then off the air for some time, also broadcasts
on 106.1 MHz FM.
September 10, 2004, last updated on September 21)
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