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Radio News in March 2007

Low-power Radio Licemil on shortwave from Paraguay

Centro de ex Cadetes Liceo Militar Acosta ÑuA Paraguayan military academy has begun sporadic shortwave broadcasts. Radio Licemil transmits from Liceo Militar "Acosta Ñu" with a power of only 25 watts. The station first broadcast on March 14 at 1820-1900 and 1920-2050 UTC on the frequency of 12000 kHz. Liceo Militar Acosta Ñu is located in Ñú-Guazú, just outside the capital Asunción. It provides training for teenagers, preparing them for a military career. Cadets also study languages, and the first program included messages to the their relatives in various languages including Guaraní, English and Portuguese. Radio Licemil operates irregularly as part of media education and during special occasions. Radio Licemil can be reached by email, phone 595 275 32311 and telefax 595 275 32316. More information about the station can be found in the DXing.info Community, originating from Adán Múr, technical advisor for Radio América, and published by Arnaldo Slaen.
(DXing.info, March 17, 2007)

Somali government station Radio Bay on 6950 kHz

Somalia's transitional federal government (TFG) is operating a shortwave station in the city of Baidoa. Radio Bay - Codka Jamhuuriyada Soomaaliya (Voice of the Somali Republic) has earlier been reported to operate on 95.2 MHz FM and on shortwave. Recently the station has been logged by DXers in Scandinavia on the shortwave frequency of 6950 kHz. Jari Savolainen in Finland reports hearing the station signing off at 1900 UTC. More information about Radio Bay can be found in the DXing.info Community.
(DXing.info, March 17, 2007)

Radio ICDI begins shortwave broadcasts in Central Africa

ICDI logoRadio ICDI (Integrated Community Development International) has begun transmissions in the Central African Republic. Radio ICDI broadcasts from the town of Boali on the frequency of 6030 kHz in the 49 meter shortwave band. Radio ICDI transmits eight hours daily with programming in French and three African languages, Sango, Aka and Fulfuldé. According to Curt Bender of HCJB Global Technology Center in Indiana, transmission times are 6-9 a.m. and 5-9 p.m. (17-21 hours) local time, which is 0500-0800 and 1600-2000 UTC, Monday to Friday. Bender, who responded to questions from DXing.info, led the team that installed the station in Boali. Bender says that the station may be renamed in the future. The first test transmission was aired on February 22, but official broadcasts began on March 1. Radio ICDI has a transmitter power of 1 kW.
      Radio ICDI makes Christian broadcasts and community health information available to most of the country’s 3.5 million people, many of whom live in remote and isolated areas. This is the country’s first privately owned shortwave station. ICDI is a Christian ministry founded by Jim Hocking in 2003. ICDI has been involved in various community health projects across the Central African Republic such as well-drilling to provide drinking water in remote villages, orphan care and micro-enterprise development.
Hocking was earlier involved in a project that set up an FM station in the capital Bangui. "I felt like we needed broadcasts that would reach further," said Hocking. Poor roads make traveling to many villages difficult or dangerous. For these reasons, shortwave radio has become the logical tool to reach the inaccessible people of the country. Station manager Josue Mbami can be contacted by email.
(DXing.info, March 8, 2007)

Christian broadcaster testing on shortwave in Micronesia

PMA logoPacific Missionary Aviation (PMA) has begun to test their shortwave transmitter in Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia in the Pacific. PMA began test transmissions on February 27 on the frequency of 4755 kHz in the 60 meter shortwave band. PMA has informed DXing.info that regular broadcasts should begin by the end of March. PMA says that they have already received many reception reports from Japan, which came as a surprise, since the radio station was only meant to cover Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. PMA is using a transmitter power of 500 watts. Most transmissions will be in English, but also local languages will be used. Pacific Missionary Aviation (PMA), founded in 1975, is an evangelical missionary organization operating in Guam, Micronesia and the Philippines. More information about the station can be found in the DXing.info Community. The new radio station can be reached by email.
(DXing.info, March 4, 2007)

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