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Radio News in January 2007

KVAN Burbank WA begins broadcasting on 1560 AM

KVAN has begun broadcasting from Burbank WA, in the United States, on the AM frequency of 1560 kHz. KVAN is partly relaying KLTB (92.1 MHz FM) in nearby Pilot Rock, Oregon, and identifying as "Oldies 92.1" and "Eastern Oregon's Goodtime Oldies." KVAN has a daytime power of 10 kW and a nighttime power of 0.7 kW. The station was first logged by Bruce Portzer on the IRCA mailing list on January 21.
(DXing.info, January 21, 2007)

Iranian Voice of the Kurdistan Democratic Party on shortwave

A new Kurdish radio station identifying itself as the Voice of the Kurdistan Democratic Party has begun broadcasting on the frequencies of 3925 and 3930 kHz shortwave. The station was observed on January 5, 2007, by the BBC Monitoring Service with a 30-minute transmission beginning at 0400 UTC on 3930 kHz. Later the station has also been heard broadcasting at 1630-1800 UTC on 3925 kHz, logged by Finnish DXer Jari Savolainen. The Iranian clandestine station identified in Kurdish as "Erah Radyoy Dengi Kurdistana" and in Persian "Im Radyo Seda-ye Kordestan-e" (both meaning Radio Voice of Kurdistan). The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDP-I, or PDKI) already operates a radio station called the Voice of Iranian Kurdistan. This new station is possibly operated by a group which broke away from the KDP-I last month.
(DXing.info, January 13, 2007)


Dunamis Shortwave ready to launch in Uganda

Dunamis Shortwave, a new Christian station in Uganda, was due to be launched on January 1, 2007. The station has however not been monitored actually being on the air. Dunamis Shortwave was to broadcast on the frequency of 4750 kHz in the 60 meter shortwave band with 1 kilowatt of transmitter power. The station is located near the Ugandan capital Kampala. Initially the station is due to broadcast four hours daily in Luganda, Swahili and English, which would later be increased to nine hours per day. Information about the station was published by Finnish DXer Jari Savolainen on the DXing.info Community. Savolainen has informed the station that the frequency choice is not very good, as Sudanese shortwave station Radio Peace already operates on 4750 kHz.
(DXing.info, January 13, 2007)

Mediumwave broadcasting declining further in Europe

The Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yleisradio) closed down its 600-kilowatt transmitter in Pori on 963 kHz on December 31, 2006. This leaves only one AM transmitter in Finland, located in Helsinki on 558 kHz. Also in Northern Europe, Danish Radio (Danmarks Radio) is rumoured to plan to shut down its longwave transmitter on 243 kHz and its mediumwave transmitter on 1062 kHz, but a final decision has not yet been made.
(DXing.info, January 13, 2007)

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