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Radio News in June 2010

Radio Familia from Guinea launched on 4900 kHz shortwave

A 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.
(DXing.info, June 14, 2010)

Mining company sets up a SW station in Papua New Guinea

Radio Fly's parent co.Radio 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.
(DXing.info, June 14, 2010)

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