propaganda broadcasts to Afghanistan
A station calling itself
Radio Peace has been observed on shortwave, marking
a new phase in U.S. psychological warfare to catch
Osama bin Laden. Unlike previous psyops operations
relying on weak airborne and naval transmitters,
and identifying as Information Radio (see
article and the latest news in April
2004), the station has adopted a new name and
is now using high-power transmitters in the United
Kingdom, easily covering the entire Central Asia
with a clear signal. Radio Peace broadcasts popular
music from its target region, inserting pre-recorded
messages urging listeners to report the whereabouts
of the remaining al-Qaida and Taliban leaders. The
station is reportedly broadcasting at least in Dari
(Persian) and Urdu. According to German DXer Wolfgang
Bueschel, who first reported Radio Peace on DXplorer
on October 21, the station broadcasts as follows:
The schedule may however
change soon, as international broadcasters are adopting
new frequencies for the final quarter of the year.
Radio Peace is being transmitted from Rampisham
and Woofferton in the United Kingdom.
Very recently there
have been news reports in the United States quoting
John Lehman, a member of the 9-11 commission, saying
that the exact location of Osama bin Laden is known,
but that U.S. troops can't get to him yet. Previously
Secretary of State Colin Powell has said that the
al-Qaida leader was alive and operating in the western
part of Pakistan. Lehman goes further by saying
that bin Laden is in South Waziristan in the Baluchistan
Radio Peace has been
heard offering rewards for information leading to
the arrest of Osama bin Laden.
October 22, 2004)
drops foreign language shortwave services
has joined many European countries in drastically
reducing its traditional shortwave service. Radio
Netherlands reports that Radio Vlaanderen Internationaal
(RVI) says it will stop its radio programs in English,
French and German from March 26, 2005. RVI is the
international channel of VRT, the public radio and
television station of the Flemish community in Belgium.
RVI will retain four hours of daily programming in
Dutch, shifting its focus to serving exclusively the
expatriate Belgian community with domestic programming.
The remaining shortwave transmissions will be relays
of the domestic networks beamed to southern Europe.
The name of the station will also be changed, to VRT-Internationaal.
While output on mediumwave and shortwave will be reduced,
satellite and internet distribution will remain.
October 19, 2004)
gets new networks: Rock&Gol and Punto Radio
and Gol is a new Spanish network combining sports
news and rock music. Rock and Gol, which is owned
by COPE, is being broadcast over 14 FM stations
and - as Mauricio Molano reports on mwdx - only
one AM station, Radio Miramar in Barcelona on 783
kHz. News about the new program feed was announced
in September and programming began in October. Rock
and Gol can be contacted by email.
Punto Radio, another newcomer on the Spanish dial,
can be heard on FM in about two dozen locations
around Spain, as well as over
one AM transmitter, broadcasting from Las Palmas
in the Canary Islands on 1008 kHz. Ignacio Sotomayor
has reported hearing Punto Radio also on 1485 kHz,
transmitting from Vilanova. Punto Radio officially
began broadcasting in Spanish in September, and
added a Catalan language feed called Onda Rambla
on October 19. Punto Radio broadcasts around the
clock and Onda Rambla eight hours a day. Punto Radio
has breaks for local programming at 1100-1300, 1330-1500,
1800-1900 and 1915-2000 UTC in winter, and an hour
earlier during daylight savings time. Punto Radio
can be reached by email.
October 19, 2004)
Radio International plans to use 576 kHz from Latvia
Radio International (ERI) will be taking part in KREBS-TV
test transmissions on 576 kHz mediumwave in November.
The transmitter which is rated at 100 kilowatts is
sited to the west of Kuldiga in Latvia.
"It could be the
opportunity we've been waiting for," says Alan
Day, ERI's Operations Manager. "We originally
planned our operation around mediumwave but suffered
several setbacks and decided to look at other alternatives.
Now, subject to this transmitter being able to deliver
a good signal into the UK, we may once again have
to review our plans," Day says. The tests will
be taking place during November although a firm date
has yet to be set.
Meanwhile ERI will again
be broadcasting from Riga, Latvia, on 9290 kHz shortwave
on Sunday, October 24th, at 1300-1500 UTC.
Earlier (see DXing.info
news in September 2004)
KREBS-TV has launched test broadcasts on 945 kHz with
programming by Radio Nord ().
The transmitter has a power of 2.7 kW. Radio Nord
can be heard again on October 15-18.
October 15, 2004)
Décadas new in Argentina on 1090 kHz
Radio Décadas from
Hurlingham in the greater Buenos Aires area is a
new station. Radio Décadas is broadcasting
on 1090 kHz, according to Amplitud Modulada website.
October 15, 2004)
in Peru on 1050, 1141 and 1550 kHz
Chami Radio from Otuzco,
Departamento de La Libertad, in Peru, is broadcasting
on 1141 kHz (nominally on 1140 kHz). The station
has been heard by Hector Alvaro Gutierrez in Peru.
The station can be contacted by writing to Chami
Radio, Libertad 120, Otuzco, Perú. Tel: (0051)-44-436565,
(0051)-44-436134 and (0051)-44-436607. The station
has also email
addresses for the entire staff. According to the
published schedule, Chami Radio broadcasts at 0845-0300
UTC, except on Sundays only until 2300 UTC. Alvaro
picked up the station closing down with the national
anthem at 0312 UTC.
Alvaro has also picked
up another unlisted Peruvian, Radio María
on 1550 kHz, presumably from the capital Lima. Radio
Independencia has been listed on the frequency in
Lima. Meanwhile, he observed Radio Santa Monica
from Cusco having drifted down to 1367 kHz from
1370 kHz, making the catch easier far away.
third unlisted Peruvian, Radio Campesina (name corrected
later by Henrik Klemetz) from Cajamarca, Departamento
de Cajamarca, has been heard on 1050 kHz by Felipe
Asenjo in Chile. Information on the Peruvian stations
was published in
Conexion Digital 282 on September 25.
October 9, 2004)
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