Radio Light on shortwave from Papua New Guinea
new Christian shortwave station has begun broadcasting
in Papua New Guinea. Wantok Radio Light is transmitting
on 7120 kHz with 1 kW of power. The station is part
of the Papua New Guinea Christian Broadcasting Network
(PNGCBN), and rebroadcasts Wantok Radio Light (93.9
MHz) in Port Moresby. The shortwave transmitter
is located just outside Port Moresby. Non-denominational
programming consists of gospel music, Bible teaching
and Christian talk programming. Officially Wantok
Radio Light will be launched on June 11, but the
station plans to be fully operational on May 26,
and the first tests have already been aired. The
station was first reported heard by Bob Padula in
Australia on May 23. Wantok Radio Light will be
broadcasting 24 hours a day. Contact information:
Wantok Radio Light, P.O. Box 1273, Port Moresby,
NCD, Papua New Guinea. More information about the
station can be found in the Oceania
forum of the DXing.info Community.
May 24, 2005, edited on June 3)
Waddenzee from Holland with 1 kW on 1602 kHz
Waddenzee from the Netherlands is now on the air with
a power of 1 kW. Earlier, irregular tests have been
conducted with much lower power. Regular programming
is to begin on July 1, 2005. The station is scheduled
to be on the air 24 hours a day, broadcasting in Dutch
at 0500-1700 UTC and in English (using the name Radio
Seagull) at 1700-0500 UTC, on the frequency of 1602
kHz mediumwave. The transmitter is located near Finkum,
8 kilometers north of Leeuwarden. English-language
programming under the brand Radio Seagull, which is
more likely to reach far-away listeners, consists
of progressive rock and alternative music. During
the daytime, Radio Waddenzee aims to be a full service
local radio station. Contact information: Radio Waddenzee,
Postbus 24, 8860 AA Harlingen, The Netherlands. Telephone:
06-28 58 01 61 and 06-10 18 80 78. Fax: 084-724 84
32. The station has also email.
May 23, 2005)
Radio chiefs convicted of pollution
Italian court has convicted a Vatican cardinal and
a top Vatican Radio official of polluting the environment
with electromagnetic waves from a Vatican Radio
transmitter site. Prosecutors had alleged that transmitting
equipment in the suburb of Cesano damaged the health
of those living nearby. The case originated after
a medical report released in 2001 showed an unusually
high number of leukemia
cases near the transmitter site. Vatican Radio informed
about the court ruling on May 9. Cardinal Roberto
Tucci, retired head of Vatican Radio's management
committee, and the Rev. Pasquale Borgomeo, the station's
director general, were sentenced to 10 days in jail,
said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican Radio's
program director. The sentences for the two Jesuits
were automatically suspended, which is common in
Italy for first offenders. The two were ordered
to pay court costs and damages that will be determined
later. Lombardi said the defense would appeal.
May 10, 2005)
Estambul broadcasting on 4498 kHz shortwave in Bolivia
Radio Estambul is a new station
broadcasting from Guayaramerín, in Bolivia,
on 4498.12 kHz in the 60 meter shortwave band. The
station opens its daily transmissions at 0900 UTC
and closes down at 0200 UTC. The station address has
been given on the air as Avenida Primero de Mayo esquina
Loreto, Guayaramerín, Beni, Bolivia. Inititially
the station was discovered in April by Björn
Malm in Ecuador. Other information such as location,
ownership and program schedule is a result of the
combined effort of other DXers such as Henrik Klemetz
and Gert Nilsson in Sweden and Jan-Erik Österholm
in Finland as well as journalist Jorge Melgar Rioja,
in Bolivia. More information about the station can
be found in the DXing.info
May 10, 2005)
L Radio to transmit from the Netherlands on 1395
L - Radio London is planning to launch regular transmissions
on 1395 kHz mediumwave on May 14. Though the studios
are located in Essex in the United Kingdom, the
transmitter is located in the Netherlands. Big L
- Radio London is also available on satellite and
on the internet. The station can be contacted by
writing to Radio London International Limited, P.O.Box
7336, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex CO13 0WZ, United Kingdom.
The telephone number of Big L is 01255 676252, fax
01255 850528 and the station also has email.
Radio Netherlands Media Network reports that Big
L transmissions are currently heard also on 1584
kHz over a low-power Dutch transmitter in Utrecht.
Earlier (see DXing.info News in July
2003) Big L Radio was testing another transmitter
in Netherlands on 1008 kHz.
May 10, 2005)
Argentine stations on 1240 and 1650 kHz
1 is a new station in Argentina on 1240 kHz, launched
on May 10. Cadena 1 has informed DXer Rubén
Margenet that so far they haven't been able to link
their studio and AM transmitter, forcing the station
to relay another stations, first reportedly Radio
Argentina (570 kHz) and later Alfa FM (106.3 MHz).
Cadena 1 is based in the greater Buenos Aires and
can be contacted by email.
DXer Marcelo Cornachioni heard also a telephone number
(011) 4999-3333 announced. As a result of the new
station on 1240 kHz, Radio Vida in Monte Grande has
moved from 1240 to 1620 kHz, which in turn was vacant
after Radio Tropicana moved to 1130 kHz.
Meanwhile, on 1650 kHz a station
called RDB "La Radio de la Bendición",
has been heard in Buenos Aires. RDB is an unlicensed
Christian station broadcasting from Carlos Pellegrini
(Calle 312) No. 3048, Quilmes oeste, Provincia de
Buenos Aires, Argentina. Telephone numbers (011) 4200-4416
and 4280-3932 have been reported by Marcelo Cornachioni,
who first reported about the station on May 6 on Condig
mailing list. RDB has earlier operated for years on
95.3 MHz FM.
May 10, 2005, last edited updated on May 12)
KUTR in Utah new on 820 kHz
is a new talk station in Taylorsville, Utah, in the
United States. KUTR began broadcasting on 820 kHz
mediumwave on May 9. The station is transmitting with
a power of 50 kW daytime and 2.5 kW nighttime. All
programming is aimed at women. The station is owned
by Bonneville International Corp.
May 10, 2005)
Radio from Afghanistan on 1440 kHz
Nangarhar Radio is a new
mediumwave station in Afghanistan. The station is
operating on 1440 kHz with a power of 10 kilowatts.
The transmitter has been donated by the US-led coalition.
According to Radio Afghanistan, transmission times
are 0230-0730 UTC and in the local evening at 1030-1130
UTC. The regional radio station in Nangarhar was
established in 1982, but has so far broadcast only
on the FM band, on the frequency of 90 MHz.
May 10, 2005)
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