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Radio News in December 2009

Arctic Radio Morokulien in Scandinavia on 1584 kHz

Arctic Radio Morokulien is a new short-term radio station on the Swedish-Norwegian border on 1584 kHz AM. Also 1602 kHz may be used for test broadcasts. Transmitter power will be about 400 watts. The station is run by the Arctic Radio Club (ARC) of Sweden from December 28, 2009, to January 10, 2010. The station plans to broadcast at the following times:
Dec. 28: 0000-0100
Dec. 28: 1400-1500
Dec. 30: 0900-1000
Jan. 6: 0900-1000
Jan. 10: 1400-1530
Jan. 10: 2100-2300
All times are in Swedish local time, which is one hour ahead of UTC. Most of the broadcasts will be in Swedish, but there will be some English content. The broadcast site on the border is called Peace Kingdom Morokulien. Arctic Radio Club of Sweden and the Peace Kingdom Morokulien jointly celebrate their 50th anniversaries by these broadcasts. ARC will be publishing more details in its blog. Reception reports can be sent to Arctic Radio, PO Box 5050, SE-350 05 Växjö, Sweden, or by email. Two domestic Swedish postage stamps are required if a printed QSL card is requested. ARC indicated that there will be more commemorative broadasts during 2010.
(DXing.info, December 24, 2009)

WURA new in Virginia on 920 AM

WURA is a new AM station licensed to Quantico, Virginia, close to the nation's capital Washington DC. WURA operates on 920 kiloherz at a power of 7 kW daytime (directional to Northeast) and 0.97 kW at nights (directional to Southeast). Quantico is located on the Potomac River and is known for its large Marine Corps base. According to Wikipedia, WURA was launched on December 13, broadcasting Christmas music. WURA has not yet been reported heard by DXers, but local listeners have reported the station on dcrtv.com website.
(DXing.info, December 16, 2009)

British Community Radio broadcasting on 1521 kHz

Flame CCR logoIn the United Kingdom, Flame Christian Community Radio (CCR) has begun broadcasting on 1521 kHz AM. Flame CCR is licensed to transmit at a power of 30 watts. The station was first reported by David Thorpe on BDXC mailing list. The station can be contacted by email or by writing to Flame FM Wirral, PO Box 53, UPTON, CH49 3WB, United Kingdom.
(DXing.info, December 16, 2009)

Voz Missionária launched on shortwave in Brazil

Logo Voz MissionariaAlso in Brazil a new Christian shortwave station has begun transmissions. Voz Missionária is located in Camboriú, in the state of Santa Catarina in Southern Brazil. Voz Missionária, which has been heard identifying also as Rádio Paz no Vale, broadcasts on 5940 kHz in the 49 meter shortwave band. The station is run by Gideões Missionários da Última Hora (GMUH). Voz Missionária can be contacted by writing to Rua Joaquin Nunes, 244, Caixa Postal 2008, Centro, Camboriú, Santa Catarina 88340-000, Brazil, or by phone at +55-47-3404-8721. The station has been reported heard by several DXers in South America since the beginning of December.
(DXing.info, December 12, 2009)

WJHR testing for months before regular shortwave broadcasts

A new Christian shortwave station has begun test transmissions in Milton, Florida. WJHR started test broadcasts in mid-November, and will continue testing daily on 15550 kilohertz on the 19 meter band. Tests are conducted at different times between the timeframe of 1500-2300 UTC (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time), says station owner Scott Mock in an interview with DXing.info. Mock hopes to be able to begin regular broadcasts in March or April 2010, when frequency may be changed to somewhere around 13.8 MHz. Even during regular operation, WJHR will continue to broadcast only during local daytime hours.
     WJHR is a Christian radio station and plans to air programming by fundamentalist Baptist churches. "Right now I am financing it myself, but eventually churches will be donating money to keep it on the air," Mock explains. Unused airtime will be available for others as well. "If people want to buy airtime, we'll certainly sell it," Mock says.
     A 50-kilowatt transmitter and an antenna directed north are located in Milton, close to Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle. Mock says he has had some antenna problems, and is currently in the process of getting the antenna replaced. Transmitter power is now around 10 kW, but will increase to the maximum 50 kW by the time regular broadcasts begin. There is no studio, and all programming is pre-recorded. "It's not a fancy operation, but it gets the job done", Mock describes to DXing.info.
      Unlike nearly all other shortwave broadcast stations, WJHR plans to transmit only on SSB. Current tests can be heard on the upper side band (USB). SSB is used because "it is far more economical and almost everyone can receive SSB", Mock explains.
     Mock says he really wants to hear from DXers how well the signal is getting out, and he will be printing QSL cards next year. Reception reports are welcome by email to wjhr@usa.com or by writing to Radio Station WJHR, 5920 Oak Manor Drive, Milton, FL 32570, USA. DXer Glenn Hauser in the U.S. was the first to report hearing WJHR on December 8.
(DXing.info, December 12, 2009, edited on Dec 16)

Children's radio CJEU 1670 AM on the air from Québec, Canada

CJEU logoCJEU is a Canadian radio station broadcasting French-language children's programming on 1670 kHz AM. CJEU is licensed to Gatineau, Québec, next to the capital Ottawa. The first test transmissions were reported heard in many parts of North America on December 10. The license is held by Fondation Radio-Enfant, a non-profit educational agency, and the station identifies as "Radio Enfant". CJEU operates 24/7 at a power of 1 kilowatt both day and night. The radio not only aims its programs at children and youth, but the programs are also made by children to some extent. The station is located at Atelier Radio Enfant Inc, Studio de la Maison de la culture, 855 boul de la Gappe pièce 310, Gatineau, Québec J8T 8H9, Canada. CJEU can also be contacted by email or by phone at +1-819-243-6226.
(DXing.info, December 12, 2009)

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