Solo broadcasting to Haiti on 1030 kHz AM
U.S. military has begun airborne broadcasts as part
of the relief effort to help earthquake victims
in Haiti. Broadcasts are conducted by "Commando
Solo" aircraft of the Air Force Special Operations
Command's 193rd Special Operations Wing, based in
Pennsylvania. According to the U.S. Department of
Defense, AM transmissions are aired on 1030 kHz
AM, as well as on 92.4 and 104.1 MHz FM. In coordination
with the government of Haiti, the U.S. Joint Task
Force-Haiti (JTF-Haiti) is broadcasting news and
information on public health, safety and aid distribution.
CNN reports that
also messages discouraging Haitians from trying
to flee to the United States have been aired. CNN,
citing U.S. authorities, says that broadcasts last
five hours daily, but no schedule has been published.
frequency of 1030 kHz is the same as that of Radio
Ginen in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. The
office building of Radio Tele Ginen collapsed in
the earthquake, and it remains unclear whether 1030
kHz is still on the air. Jim
Solatie and Håkan Sundman in Finland were
the first DXers to pick up Commando Solo tentatively
on January 19 on 1030 kHz, with a relay of Voice
of America programming.
the 193rd SOW, three C-130 aircraft are involved,
but only one serves as a flying radio station, while
the other two transport cargo. The aircraft are
"staged at locations outside the devastated
area," says a press release by the 193rd SOW.
In practise this would most likely mean Guantánamo
or Puerto Rico. The aircraft left their home base
on January 14 and 15.
The Air Force
is also delivering 50,000 hand-held receivers for
distribution to survivors of the recent earthquake.
The receivers are distributed by Joint Task Force
Haiti. The small emergency radios are both solar-powered
and hand-cranked and don't require batteries.
(DXing.info, January 24, 2010)
from Tennessee testing on shortwave
A new shortwave station in the U.S. has begun test
broadcasts. WTWW is run by Leap of Faith, Inc. WTWW
is licensed to operate two 100-kilowatt and one
50-kilowatt shortwave transmitter in the town of
Lebanon in Tennessee. The first test broadcast took
place on January 1, 2010, on 5755 kHz with a power
of 15 kilowatts. Other frequencies used recently
for testing have been 9475 and 9480 kHz. The test
broadcasts have been heard as far as South America
and Europe. WTWW is run by George McClintock, who
is previously known as owner of shortwave station
WWCR, also in Tennessee. You can
write to the station at Leap of Faith, Radio Station
WTWW, 6611 Ormond Dr, Nashville, TN 37205.
January 24, 2010)
America goes bankrupt
Liberal radio network Air America is filing for bankruptcy.
The network has struggled from its beginning in 2004
and had already gone through one bankruptcy and several
management shake-ups. The network announced its Chapter
7 bankruptcy on January 21. New programming ceased
immediately, but reruns continue until January 25.
Air America says that declining ad revenue is to blame
for its demise. The network had around 100 radio outlets
which will now need to find new program sources. Air
America was best known for The Al Franken Show, which
was run from 2004 to 2007 before Franken began to
campaign for a U.S. senate seat in Minnesota.
(DXing.info, January 24, 2010)
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