580 in Winnipeg on the air for two weeks in May
A temporary radio
station will be launched in Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Canada, on May 1st. CJML will be broadcasting for
two weeks on 580 kHz mediumwave. CJML commemorates
the 60th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day in
the Second World War. As well as wartime memories,
the broadcasts will feature events leading up to
and immediately following the war, big band and
other period music, and appearances by veteran Winnipeg
radio personalities. The calls CJML stand for Come
Journey Down Memory Lane. The station can be
contacted by writing to 2565 Broadcasters, P.O.
Box 46124, RPO Westdale, Winnipeg, R3R 3S3, Canada.
The transmitter power will likely be 99 watts. Local
DXer Shawn Axelrod was the first to report about
the radio project.
April 26, 2005, edited on April 28)
Italian DX clubs closed down
Association of North American Radio Clubs (ANARC)
has been closed down. Member clubs decided to dissolve
ANARC because of apathy among member clubs and because
many of its functions have been taken over by the
clubs themselves. Also, membership in ANARC had
fallen to 2324, about 10% of the number in 1964
when ANARC was founded. ANARC website will however
remain, although it hasn't been updated since late
2003. The dissolution of ANARC was announced on
April 15 in a press release by ANRC Executive Director
Meanwhile in Italy, DX club
"BCL Sicilia Club" has also closed down.
The club and its website had been maintained by
Roberto Scaglione in Palermo.
April 26, 2005)
Chaskis testing from Ecuador on 4909.3 kHz
A new Ecuadorian shortwave
station has been heard with test transmissions.
Radio Chaskis is broadcasting from Otavalo in the
province of Imbabura. Radio Chaskis was first picked
up by Björn Malm in Ecuador on April 11 with
Christian programming both in Spanish and Quechua,
and signing off at 0048 UTC. Station director Chaquiguango
Cotacachi Luis is also owner of the mediumwave station
Chaskis del Norte, in Ibarra, on 950 kHz. Radio
Chaskis welcomes reception reports, which can be
sent to Jiron Roldos Aguilera y Panamericana Norte,
Otavalo, Imbabura, Ecuador, or by email.
The telephone number for the shortwave station in
Otavalo is (062) 920 922, and the the mediumwave
station in Ibarra can be reached by calling at (062)
April 13, 2005)
American stations on 970 and 1490 kHz
Radio General Sarmiento
on 970 kHz is a new station that appeared on the
Buenos Aires AM dial in early April. Marcelo Cornachioni,
who was the first to identify the station, recognized
that the announcer's voice is the same that is heard
also on the stations of the Del Centro Publicidad
SRL network. The station was first reported on April
6 on the Condig mailing list.
Quito, Ecuador, a station identifying as Radio Alegre
has begun broadcasting on 1490 kHz mediumwave. The
station has been heard with a jingle La radio
de la gente felíz, broadcasting a mix
of Ecuadorian music and música tropical.
Björn Malm in Quito picked up their inaugural
transmission on April 6.
April 7, 2005)
Tatras International to activate 1350 kHz in Latvia
Tatras International (RTI) will begin broadcasting
from Latvia on 1350 kHz mediumwave on April 9. RTI
says to DXing.info that the transmitter is located
"on the Baltic coast." According to RTI,
this transmitter is enough to cover the Baltic countries,
Scandinavia and Germany, but the power and exact
location of the transmitter are not disclosed. RTI
will officially sign on at 1800 UTC on April 9,
although station identifications may be heard already
half an hour earlier. Also 9290 kHz shortwave, transmitting
from Ulbroka near the Latvian capital Riga, will
sister station Radio Nord broadcasts in Riga on
945 kHz (2.7 kW), and will relay RTI for the opening
broadcast. "We believe 945 is a very good service
and should remain as Radio Nord, if people in Latvia
prefer RTI then they will have access to us via
1350 which again will be 24/7", says Eric Wiltsher
at RTI in an email to DXing.info. "We intend
to maximise on the usage of 9290 and are already
discussing many exciting things on that frequency."
will be using FM transmitters in the Latvian capital
Riga and in Slovakia (94.2 MHz), but elsewhere the
station is only available via satellite and the
internet. According to Managing Director Jan Telensky,
RTI however aims to become a pan-European broadcaster.
RTI is hoping to get more affiliate stations in
Europe, and is planning to launch digital DRM broadcasts
on the mediumwave band later in 2005. The station
will be transmitting in English 24 hours a day,
7 days a week.
is said to include music from the 60's until the
90's, sports, weather and regionalized travel and
traffic updates. Local, international and business
news are produced by affiliates. "We think
that most local stations, unlike 1350, should be
local at certain times of the day specifically breakfast,
lunch time and afternoon drive home. Outside of
that they can be properly networked," Wiltsher
explains. Overnight programming is provided by Radio
Caroline, and Offshore Music Radio will produce
one 2-hour show.
studios are located in Popras, Slovakia, while the
head office is in the United Kingdom, at 1 Northumberland
Avenue, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5BW. The telephone
number is +44-(0)207-108-6322, and the station can
also be contacted by email both in the UK
and in Slovakia.
However, RTI says to DXing.info that reception reports
are not wanted, and will not be verified. "We
really can't have people sitting there sending out
QSL cards when we have a commercial radio station
to run", RTI says.
RTI began broadcasting as planned on 9290 kHz shortwave,
but it hasn't been reported on 1350 kHz. RTI hasn't
given any explanation for the absence of AM broadcasts.
The station eventually began broadcasts on 1350
kHz on July 20, 2005.
Transmissions are run 24/7 with 50 kW of power from
Kuldiga. The relay service is provided by the Riga-based
company Krebs TV.
April 7, 2005, edited on April 12 and July 24)
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