from Alaska testing on 1110 kHz mediumwave
A new mediumwave station
has begun broadcasting in Alaska on 1110 kHz. KAGV
in Big Lake began testing on November 16-17, partly
using a backup transmitter of 2.5 kW. "On Thursday
and Friday (November 18-19) we fired up our main
transmitter at 10,000 watts. This transmitter is
a Harris DX10 Solid state transmitter. We currently
have two bad modules in the transmitter which will
be fixed shortly. This should increase our modulation
a bit," says KAGV Station Manager David Horning.
DXpeditionists in Lemmenjoki,
Finland, have reported to DXing.info that KAGV was
first picked up on November 20 by Hannu Niilekselä.
The station identifies as "Alaska's Gospel
Voice", and "I AM Radio Network".
Horning tells DXing.info
that they have been working on this station for
almost three years and their construction permit
from the FCC times out on December 19. "This
radio station is owned by Voice For Christ ministries
(VFCM) in Nenana, Alaska which also owns and operates
KIAM 630 AM, and KYKD an FM in Bethel, Alaska,"
Horning explains. VFCM is also a satellite network
and will be feeding some of the programming from
KIAM to KAGV via satellite.
Horning says that
he hopes to begin regular broadcasts on December
14 or 15. According to Horning, the broadcasts will
be primarily religious in nature with news and information
programming and also music. "Our power will
be 10,000 watts 24 hours a day." KAGV is located
just north of Anchorage. The station can be contacted
by calling at +1-907-892-8820, or by email.
November 25, 2004)
station heard in Europe on 1602 kHz
An Afghan radio station
has appeared on 1602 kHz mediumwave and has been
heard all the way in Europe. Gert Nilsson was the
first to pick up the station in Sweden on November
18. Independentely, Martti Karimies from Finland
heard the station on November 20. Both initially
reported the station as unidentified, but later
Internews, an NGO operating in the Afghan media
scene, identified the signal as Radio Khost. According
to previous station listings prepared by Internews,
Radio Khost has earlier operated on 1200 kHz. Radio
Khost was launched in 2002 (see DXing.info news
2002 for details), and first broadcast on 1300
kHz. Radio Khost
is a government-run station for Khost (also spelled
as Khowst) and its surrounding areas in eastern
Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan.
November 25, 2004, updated on December 7)
San Andrés from Peru testing on 5544.6 kHz
A new shortwave station
from Peru has been heard on 5544.65 kHz. Björn
Malm from Ecuador picked up Radio San Andrés
for the first time on November 17, signing off at
0355 UTC. According to Malm, the station is located
in San Andrés, Provincia de Cutervo, Departamento
November 18, 2004, last edited on November 21)
Livres Télérama from France testing
on 1062 kHz
Livres Télérama, or Télérama
for short, has begun test broadcasts on 1062 kHz
mediumwave. The station is transmitting from Meudon
near Paris, France, with 2 kW of power. Télérama
was first reported heard by Thierry Vignaud on fr.rec.radio
newsgroup on October 29. Currently programming consists
of a test loop, but in the future the station will
air music (world, golden oldies, jazz, classical,
French and Breton) as well as cultural talk programming.
Télérama was licensed in 2003 (see
DXing.info news in March
2003). It has a permission to broadcast also
on 1485 kHz (in Marseilles, Rheims and Toulouse)
and on 1584 kHz (in Montpellier and Nantes), but
it is not known whether these frequencies will be
November 12, 2004)
mediumwave station launched in Beijing
774, the first provincial-level foreign-language
radio station in China, has been launched in Beijing.
The station broadcasts from 2200 to 1600 UTC on
774 kHz mediumwave, as well as on 97.8 and 99.4
MHz on the FM band, with different program feeds.
Programming on 774 kHz contains 90 minutes of Chinese
daily, but most of the programs are in English,
including relays of international broadcasters.
Other languages, possibly German and French, will
be added by 2008, in time for the Beijing Olympics.
The purpose of the new station is to provide news
and information to the growing international community
capital. Radio 774 is owned by Radio Beijing, the
domestic service broadcasting company of the Beijing
municipality. The station began broadcasting on
November 6, 2004)
getting a new Latin format X-band station
CHSL is broadcasting with
a Latin format from the San Lorenzo Latin American
Community Centre in Toronto, Canada. CHSL is currently
testing at local daytime, from around 1100 UTC to
2400 UTC. The tests have been conducted using 250
watts of power, but according to Niel Wolfish of
the Michigan Area Radio Enthusiasts on DXLD 4-165,
the station is planning to increase power to 1000
watts around November 9. Official on air date should
be around November 20. According to CHSL's application
to the governing body CRTC, the new station will
direct its programming primarily to the Spanish-speaking
community, and will also provide programming in
Italian, Portuguese and Tagalog as well as ethnic
programming in English and French.
The station can be reached by writing to CHSL, c/o
San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre, 22
Wenderly Drive, Toronto, Ontario M6B 2N9, Canada.
Reportedly also CHEV
from Markham, Ontario, is currently on the air on
1610 kHz. This low-power community station is transmitting
daily at 2300-0400 UTC, but plans to increase broadcasting
hours. Still, CJWI from Montréal, Quebec,
remains the most powerful Canadian station on the
November 1, 2004)
Dutch station testing on 1584 kHz mediumwave
A new station from the Netherlands,
still without an official name, has reportedly tested
its transmitter for the first time on October 28.
According to a posting in the discussion forum of
the Anorak Nation website, tests were conducted from
Utrecht on 1584 kHz at a power of 1,5 kilowatts. The
new station is owned and operated by Ruud Poeze, who
can be reached by email.
The frequency of 1584 kHz has been vacant since Laser
Hot Hits briefly began operating in late 2002 (see
DXing.info News in December
The station is using the name Radio Paradijs, and
is currently transmitting at a power of 15 watts.
November 1, 2004, updated on November 12)
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