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Radio News in September 2005

ABC Perth from Australia relayed on 7875 kHz shortwave

ABC Perth logoA shortwave relay of the ABC domestic service for Perth originates from an Australian Defence Force transmitter in Exmouth, North West Cape, Western Australia. The Department of Defence confirms to DXing.info that recent transmissions heard worldwide on 7875 kHz USB did indeed come from Exmouth. "Defence has been transmitting from this site on an irregular basis since 1994 and was transmitting on 7875 kHz at the time that it was detected," says Communications Adviser Michael Weaver at the Department of Defence in the capital Canberra. "The purpose of the shortwave relay is to provide recreational news for Australian troops overseas. In this case, it was specifically for the Australian rules football grand final," Weaver adds.
       Programming on 7875 kHz originated from 6WF Perth (720 kHz), and ABC programming has recently been heard also around 15060 kHz. Steve Napier from the ABC technical staff in Perth says to DXing.info that he is unaware of the shortwave broadcasts.      
       According to the Register of Radiocommunications Licences of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), 7875 kHz has been allocated to the Department of Defence since 1993. The transmitter in Exmouth has a power of 40 kW.
       David Hodgson in the United States was the first to report hearing ABC on 7875 kHz on September 18 in DXLD 5-165. Meanwhile, John Schache in Australia reports on DXing.info that he has heard ABC programming also on "approximately 15060" kHz shortwave. More information about the station can be found in the DXing.info Community. station identification
(DXing.info, September 25, 2005, last edited on September 28)


New Caledonia gets a new station on 729 kHz

Map of New CaledoniaRadio Nouvelle Caledonie has launched a new mediumwave station on 729 kHz. The transmitter is located in Touho, 350 kilometers northwest from the capital Noumea. According to Australian DXer Chris Martin who contacted TDF in Noumea, the Touho AM station began broadcasting in the second week of September. Patrick Martin in the United States was the first DXer to pick up the station on September 15. Radio Nouvelle Caledonie also operates an FM station in Touho on 88.0 MHz.
(DXing.info, September 22, 2005)


New Polish community radio station launched on 1584 kHz

Twoje Radio Andrychow logoTwoje Radio Andrychów on 1584 kHz mediumwave is the latest AM community radio station in Poland. Twoje Radio Andrychów is located about 40 kilometers southwest of Krakow. According to Bernd Trutenau on mwdx mailing list, the station started on August 31 and has a transmitter power of 0.1 kW. Local programmes are carried at 0600-0700, 1000-1100 and 1500-1600 UTC, while at other times the station relays Polskie Radio 3 ("Trójka"). Trutenau points out that Twoje Radio Andrychów is however not affiliated with Polskie Radio. The station can be reached by writing at ul. Krakowska 74, 34-120 Andrychów, Poland or by email.
(DXing.info, September 18, 2005)


Radio Genesis from Argentina on 970 AM

A new station broadcasting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 970 kHz mediumwave has been identified as AM 970 Genesis. This unlicensed station was first identified by Argentinian DXer Marcelo A. Cornachioni on September 10. Programming consists of music and segments of Catholic programming produced by Obispado de Avellaneda-Lanús.
(DXing.info, September 11, 2005)



New Orleans radio stations join forces to cover Katrina aftermath

WWL logoIn response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the radio groups serving New Orleans have come together to form the United Radio Broadcasters of New Orleans. The purpose of pooling resources is to provide the area with the most complete and reliable information about the ongoing rescue and relief operations. The radio pool consists of Clear Channel Radio, Entercom Communications and independent stations KLCL in Lake Charles (1470 kHz) and KJEF in Jennings (1290 kHz). Starting September 1, about 15 stations combined programming and engineering resources to be able to continue live 24/7 coverage of the situation. Station identifications are heard for "The Big 8-70", WWL on 870 kHz, which provides much of the pooled resources. WWL can be heard on the internet, and is also simulcast on shortwave over World Harvest Radio, based in South Bend, Indiana. A 250-kW transmitter (WSHB) located in Cypress Creek, SC, is used for the transmissions. According to WWL, shortwave relays are heard as follows (times in UTC):

Monday-Friday
0500-1100 5835 kHz
1200-1400 11785 kHz
1400-2000
(may be off at 1500-1800 for maintenance)
15285 kHz
2200-2400 9840 kHz
Saturday
0500-1200 5835 kHz
1400-1700 15285 kHz
2300-2400 9840 kHz
0000-0200 5835 kHz
0300-0500 5835 kHz
Sunday
0500-1200 5835 kHz
1400-1700 15285 kHz
1800-2100 15285 kHz
0200-0500 5835

Two weeks after Katrina had hit New Orleans, most AM radio stations in the area were still off the air. According to research done by Arthur Rymer is Slidell, and posted on Radio-info.com, the following stations are currently off: 600 WVOG, 690 WTIX, 750 KKNO, 800 WSHO, 830 WFNO, 940 WYLD, 990 WGSO, 1060 WLNO, 1230 WBOK, 1450 WBYU and 1560 WSLA. Also several stations are off the air in Mississippi, including 1640 WTNI in Biloxi.
(DXing.info, September 6, 2005, last updated on September 12)

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