Argentine stations on 1320, 1510 and 1620 kHz mediumwave
Quinta Provincia AM is
a new station operating on 1320 kHz in Partido de
La Matanza in the Greater Buenos Aires area, Argentina.
The station was first reported heard by Norberto
Pugliese. At least on November 20 Quinta Provincia
AM was still testing, with occasional station identifications
between pieces of romantic music. Radio Ciudad de
Lanús, previously on 1320 AM, has moved to
1020 kHz to escape the interference caused by Quinta
Provincia AM, an unlicensed station.
Another new station AM Panamericana
has been heard on 1510 kHz with programming aimed
at the Bolivian community of Buenos Aires. AM Panamericana
broadcasts from the same studios as Estación
Latina (FM 91.9 MHz). Its address is Pasaje Espinillo
1449, Planta Alta, C1407ISA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Telephone numbers are (011) 4683-3641 and 4683-3642.
Information about the station was submitted by Marcelo
Cornachioni in Conexión Digital on November
Also, Radio Mar del Plata has
been observed testing the frequency of 1620 kHz
with various program feeds. Brazilian DXer Samuel
Cássio caught a station identification for
Radio Universo FM (in parallel with 103.3 FM) on
November 7, reported on Condig mailing list. The
same station has also been referred to as Radio
November 25, 2007)
closing down shortwave transmitters
U.S. government International Broadcasting Bureau
(IBB) has closed down a historic shortwave transmitter
site in Delano, California, and has announced plans
to discontinue another transmitter site in Morocco.
The Delano site was closed on
October 28. It included a total of 23 shortwave
antennas, as well as seven 250 kW and two 50 kW
shortwave transmitters, in an area of 800 acres
(320 hectares). The Delano site became operational
in 1944, and its first three transmitters were originally
known by their call letters KCBA, KCBF and KCBR.
The Delano site was mostly used by the Voice of
America (VOA) and the American Forces Radio and
Television Service (AFRTS) for transmissions beamed
to East Asia, the Pacific and the Americas.
By closing down Delano, IBB hopes to
save $1.8 million a year. Since 2003, personnel
at Delano had already diminished from 20 to seven.
According to IBB's Kim Elliott,
IBB is also planning to close down a shortwave transmitter
site in Briech, Morocco, in March 2008. The site
hosts ten 500 kW transmitters, currently operated
at half power. Briech is used by both the Voice
of America and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL).
The closure will not affect the number of broadcast
hours - all current transmissions will continue
from other shortwave installations. The Briech transmitter
site will be handed over to the government of Morocco,
which has not yet announced whether it will continue
using the site for its own shortwave transmissions.
November 4, 2007)
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