Familia from Guinea launched on 4900 kHz shortwave
new shortwave station has begun broadcasting from
Guinea in Western Africa. Radio Familia, a station
previously only heard on the FM band, has begun
shortwave transmissions on the frequency of 4900
kHz in the 60 meter shortwave band. The station
began broadcasting intermittently in the end of
March from the town of Timbi Madina. Radio Familia
is using a 1-kilowatt transmitter built by HCJB
Radio. Radio Familia broadcasts at 1800-2400 UTC
in the French, English, Susu, Kpèlè,
Pular and Maninka languages. The station was observed
by Carlos Goncalves in Portugal and by other DXers
in early May. Electricity for the remote transmitter
is provided by solar and wind generators. Future
plans include extending evening transmissions to
0300 UTC. Radio Familia (105.3 FM) was launched
in December 2006 by AFEG, Actualité Féminine
En Guinée, a local NGO.
June 14, 2010)
sets up a SW station in Papua New Guinea
Fly is a new shortwave station in Papua New Guinea
financed and operated by Ok Tedi Mining Limited.
Radio Fly broadcasts on 3915 and 5960 kHz, which
was first reported by Japanese DXers on May 18.
Shortwave transmitters are located in Tabubil and
Kiunga, and transmissions began in early May. Radio
Fly can also be heard locally on FM 95.3 in Kiunga
and 103.8 in Tabubil. The mining company operates
a large copper mine in Tabubil in a mountaineous
area close to the border with Indonesia. Kiunga
is a nearby port town used for exporting the copper.
The Ok Tedi mine is a vast operation, accounting
for a third of Papua New Guinea's export earnings
and almost a quarter of its GDP. However, because
of diminishing deposits, the mine is scheduled to
close around the end of 2013. According to the company,
Radio Fly "provides a vital community information
service to isolated areas of the North Fly region,
parts of West Sepik, the rest of Western Province
and some areas along the border of West Papua."
Radio Fly broadcasts in English and Tok Pisin. The
mailing address is PO Box 1, Tabubil, Western Province,
Papua New Guinea. The telephone number for the station
is +675 649 3924.
June 14, 2010)
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