Supreme Master Ching Hai and New Love Alexa

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There are probably two main reasons for why DXers enjoy the world of radio

 

 

There are probably two main reasons for why DXers enjoy the world of radio; first, the thrill of chasing and identifying an exotic signal from far away; and second, the programme content, from news to music, always in languages both familiar and unknown. There is an extra frisson of excitement when pulling in those elusive transatlantic medium wave stations from across the pond.

While most eastern seaboard stations in Canada and the US use English as a first language, many others also broadcast for the diverse local populations, including in French, Spanish, and in a host of Asian languages. Less so in the voices of indigenous communities, but I wrote about that in the past (RadioUser, September 2017: 43) and will, no doubt, return to a similar topic later this year when I visit The Navajo Nation in Utah and Arizona.

 

Short Wave

Graham Smith logged the Voice of Palestine, broadcasting in Arabic from Tehran in Iran, on 6070kHz at 0325 UTC. The Voice of Palestine is listed under Iran in the World Radio TV Handbook (WRTH 2019: 476-477). It is on the air in Arabic from 0230 to 0420 UTC on 7380kHz, and from 1930 to 2030 on 1161kHz. Incidentally, the Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is the external service of the state broadcaster Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, is rebranding to become known as Pars Today.

http://parstoday.com/en

The BDXC Guide to Medium Wave and Short Wave Broadcasting in the Middle East, East Mediterranean and the Caucasus, Including a Complete List of Medium Wave Radio Stations in the Region (of January 2019) states that the Voice of the Islamic Palestinian Revolution (to give it its full name) originates from Iran and broadcasts in support of Palestinian groups (Fig. 1). It uses IRIB transmitters at Chabahar, Sistan and Baluchistan (600kW), Qasr-e Shirin (600kW) Sirjan (500kW) and Zahedan (500kW). It airs from 0320 to 0420 daily in Arabic on 6070 and 6085kHz from Sirjan; also, from 1930-2030 on 765 and 1161kHz from Chabahar, Sistan and Baluchistan, and on 6060kHz from Zahedan.

Although recognised as a nation state by 136 of the 193 United Nations member states, the WRTH does not yet afford Palestine a separate listing. However, the ITU does include Palestine in its list of geographical codes as ‘PSE’. The Voice of Palestine is part of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation which was established in July 1994. The radio station was originally known as the Voice of Palestinian Revolution, before the 1993 Oslo Accords. The station was launched on 17 October 1998.

The BDXC Guide notes that the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation is the state broadcasting station for the Palestinian Territories of West Bank and Gaza and broadcasts on FM only. Several other private broadcasting stations also operate on FM in the territories. Audio from Al-Quds TV is broadcast to Palestine (West Bank & Gaza). This satellite channel broadcast began transmitting in November 2008. The station is Palestinian and licensed in London. An audio feed of Al-Quds TV was first heard in late January 2009, and Arabic is broadcast between 0230 and 0530 UTC via the 500kW short wave transmitter of IRIB at Zahedan.

bdxc.org.uk/mideast.pdf

There are other support groups and radio stations around the world that campaign for international recognition, human rights and a voice for Palestine (Fig. 2). CKUT Radio in Montreal has hosted a programme, with participation by the International Middle East Media Center, in Beit Sahour in the West Bank of Palestine, and involving a number of radio stations.

Another station, which also went by the name the Voice of Palestine, was first aired in the 1970s on Co-op Radio in Vancouver; it continued until 2012. Under the Olive Tree was broadcast on CKUT radio in Montreal since 2005, and on CFRC Radio in Kingston since 2009. These Palestinian radio programmes are another example of the long history of community broadcasting in North America, by and for indigenous peoples. You can also listen to stations from Palestine online, playing a wide range of music. 7Ria 92.7 is my current favourite from that part of the world.

www.radio-home.net/palestinian-radio-stations.php

https://ckut.ca

https://tinyurl.com/yxeexe8f

Lionel Clyne heard one of Radio Romania International's many transmissions at 1523 UTC on 9810kHz. It was broadcasting in Romanian from Galbeni, with a SINPO of 54555. Lionel commented that, when he entered it into his well-worn log book and single-purpose Jornada HP computer, he counted 120 earlier entries for RRI station over the past 22 years, ranging from 5910 to 21580kHz.

In early February 2019, I contacted Radio Romania International regarding the station's new series of QSL cards and was told that, "The 2019 QSL cards will be about garments for celebration, chains made of coins and adornments from the western part of Romania. Due to the fact that the state budget for 2019 is far from being approved, and due to the public procurements procedure, we will have huge delays in producing the QSL cards. We will try to find a solution to produce them first in an online version."

You can send reception reports by snail mail, email or through an online form:

www.rri.ro/en_gb/pages/receptie

Lionel also heard the Voice of Turkey at 2002 UTC on 6050kHz from Emirler. This English programme (Letterbox) acknowledged reception reports from around the world. The programme is currently scheduled as parts of its Friday broadcasts and can be heard at 1345 UTC on 12035kHz, 1745 UTC on 11730kHz, 1945 UTC on 6050kHz, 2145 UTC on 9610kHz, and 2315 UTC on 5960kHz.

It's great to have Radio Exterior de España back in English on short wave (RadioUser, January 2019: 48). The national Spanish service never left the band and puts out a powerful signal. Lionel logged it at 1530 UTC on 9690kHz with a football commentary.

KNLS, the Alaskan-based Christian station, was logged by Lionel in Arabic via the Mahajanga transmitter in Madagascar on 11985kHz at 1924 UTC (Fig. 3).

Timm Breyel is an active DXer in Malaysia with a very fine blog. He sent a reception report to KNLS in 2014, after hearing an hour-long English transmission from Anchor Point, Alaska on 9920kHz from 1500 UTC. In a blog post, Timm wrote, "Reception report was emailed on 28 July 2014. Subsequent emails were sent as late as 2015, then again in early 2016. Finally! On 26 April, a QSL card arrived in the mail. This QSL must have travelled by dog sledge, then a tug boat around the world, before reaching Malaysia. It took nearly two years My first QSL from KNLS (back in 2011) has a storied life as well."

http://shortwavedxer.blogspot.com

Radio Tirana celebrated its 80th Anniversary late last year. A well-written overview of the station's history can be found online. With Italian intergovernmental help, Albanian Radio launched in 1937. Radio Tirana started in November 1938, with foreign language services a year later. The station has been housed in its current building since 1965. The online history states that, "with the exception of some older recording equipment, from the German Democratic Republic and the Soviet Union, all the studios and equipment were new. They came from China and were installed together with Chinese experts. This created the possibility for Radio Tirana to launch a daily programme of 18 hours, from 5 am to 11 pm."

Radio Tirana was a dominant voice on short wave for many years, peaking in the 1980s, with 21 language services and 83 hours of programmes a week. Today, it is one of over sixty stations in Albania. Medium and short wave services have been decimated and yet, there has been an unlikely increase in the station's audience numbers, through online listening. According to the website, "technological development has helped us to be listened to around the world. With the reduction of medium and short wave broadcasts, we were afraid that we might lose our traditional listeners – radio enthusiasts; but a survey showed us that we now have more listeners than before." Thanks to relays, Radio Tirana is still on short wave (Fig. 4). You can hear it in Europe from Kall in Germany on 6005kHz at 1330 UTC Mondays to Saturdays. It is aired to the Americas on 5950 and 9395kHz at 0230 UTC daily. If you can't hear it that way, listen to English, German, Turkish and other languages online.

https://tinyurl.com/ya5fr6ld

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A newcomer to short wave last November was Supreme Master TV, Constructive Programming for a Peaceful World (Fig. 5). It is based in Vietnam and broadcasts in several languages including Hungarian and Mongolian. Lionel logged it in English on WRMI (15770kHz) from Okeechobee, Florida at 1548 UTC. The full schedule for Supreme Master TV, via WRMI, is from 1100 to 1400 UTC on 7570kHz, from 1400 to 2000 UTC on 15770kHz, and from 2100 to 0000 UTC on 9455kHz. The latter time slot also sees 4980kHz beamed towards the Caribbean and Latin America.

WRMI stated that the programmes consist of news about global warming, animal rights, peace news, nature’s beauty, the cinema scene, healthy living, science and spirituality, literature, being vegan and green, secrets of the universe and lectures by Supreme Master Ching Hai.

Programme comments can be emailed to [email protected], and reception reports should go to WRMI at [email protected]

I have enjoyed the Supreme Master TV Channel online at this URL:

www.suprememastertv.com

 

Medium Wave

There are some good transatlantic logs this month from Scott Caldwell and Tony Stickells, reflecting what was heard by other UK DXers in January.

You should also check out the February issue of the British DX Club's newsletter Communication.

Tony had a problem with his 500ft-long wire, due to water ingress, but the 250ft dipole that is a lot noisier, still brought in the results, He heard 13 transatlantic stations and commented that he now has, "a super way to identify many stations, I use my Amazon Echo! What a great accessory for station ID! You can get nearly all MW stations from across the world on it via Tune-in and other sources. There is also a short wave for ID. I listen to the station through the headphones and then say Alexa 'access radio player'; then, 'Alexa play WINS from New York' – and it plays! A time-saving method. The best for me for the month was CNR1 on 1377kHz identified with my new love, Alexa."

Graham Smith found pages at Radio NL that tell the history of Dutch medium wave broadcasting, and another that shows the end to the Flevoland transmitter masts.

https://tinyurl.com/yy6wq2bj

https://tinyurl.com/y26h6cac

 

Log Contributors

GS = Graham Smith, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Sony ICF-SW600 and a telescopic antenna.

LC = Lionel Clyne, Faversham, Kent. Lowe HF-150, random wire or homemade loop.

OR = Owen Rutherford, London. Lowe HF-150 and a Wellbrook loop.

SC = Scott Caldwell, Warrington, Cheshire. Realistic DX394, Sony ICF2001D, Lowe HF225, Wellbrook loop.

TS = Tony Stickells, Wrexham. SDRplay RSP2, AOR AR7030 and a 250ft-long wire.

 

Short Wave Logs

 

UTC

kHz

Station and location

Language

 

SINPO

Initials

0325

6070

Voice of Palestine, Tehran

Arabic

35554

GS

1527

13680

Voice of Hope Africa, Lusaka

English

35233

LC

1530

15770

Supreme Master TV, Okeechobee, FL

English

35333

LC, OR

1539

7570

Voice of Korea, Kujang

English

25234

LC

1548

7440

Channel 292, Rohrbach

English

35333

LC

1600

15580

Voice of America, Botswana

English

45434

LC, OR

1817

11975

BBC World Service, Ascension Island

English

35334

LC, OR

1822

9445

All India Radio, Bengaluru

English

45233

LC, OR

1829

9690

Radio Exterior de España, Noblejas

Spanish

35222

LC

1900

12160

World Wide Christian Radio, Nashville, TN

English

35333

LC, OR

1902

3875

Shortwave Radio, Winsen

English

25333

LC

1911

12095

BBC World Service, Ascension Island

English

45344

LC, OR

1918

11985

Adventist World Radio, Talata-Volonondry

Arabic

45344

LC

1919

6180

Radio Romania International, Ţigăneşti- Saftica

German

45554

LC

1923

6135

Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Sirjan

French

35344

LC

1924

11965

KNLS Alaska, Mahajanga

Arabic

45444

LC

1930

6120

TRT Voice of Turkey, Emirler

Turkish

35344

LC

1930

6050

TRT Voice of Turkey, Emirler

English

45444

LC

1940

6040

Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Sirjan

English

35334

LC

2014

5990

Radio Romania International, Galbeni

Romanian

55455

LC

2026

5950

KBS World, Issoudun

French

54555

LC, OR

2031

5940

Radio Algérienne, Issoudun

Arabic

55344

LC

2046

9690

Radio Exterior de España, Noblejas

Spanish

45333

LC

2050

9420

Voice of Greece, Avlis

Greek

55434

LC, OR

2106

6195

Voice of America, Botswana

English

35323

LC

 

Medium Wave Logs

 

kHz

UTC

Station

Location

Country

SINPO

Initials

531

1152

Kringvarp Føroya

Akraberg

Faroe Isles

44424

TS

540

1153

MR1 Kossuth Rádió

Solt

Hungary

45555

TS

558

2310

Radio Slovenija 1

Murska Sobota/Nemčavci

Slovenia

52533

TS

570

0432

CFCB

Corner Brook, NL

Canada

33333

SC

580

0416

CFRA

Ottawa, ON

Canada

33333

SC

590

2314

VOCM

St. John's, NL

Canada

43354

SC, TS

600

2316

CBNA

St. Anthony, NL

Canada

43333

SC

621

0110

ERTU Sawt al-Arab

Batrah

Egypt

53343

TS

670

0117

WSCR

Chicago, IL

USA

54243

TS

670

0532

WSCR

Chicago, IL

USA

33222

SC

675

0119

Qatar Media Corp

Al-Arish

Qatar

54334

TS

680

0119

WRKO

Boston, MA

USA

45233

TS

680

0516

CFTR

Toronto, ON

Canada

33333

SC

700

0700

WLW

Cincinnati, OH

USA

33333

SC

710

2354

Radio Rebelde

Chambas

Cuba

42343

TS

740

0526

CHCM

Marystown, NL

Canada

33333

SC

750

0001

CBGY

Bonavista Bay, NL

Canada

55454

SC, TS

760

0446

WJR

Detroit, MI

USA

32222

SC, TS

790

0148

WAXY

Miami, FL

USA

22222

SC

830

0300

WCRN

Worcester, MA

USA

22222

SC

864

0121

ERTU Al-Quran al-Karim

Santah

Egypt

52343

TS

900

1043

RAI Radio1

Milan

Italy

35333

TS

950

0125

CKNB

Campbelltown, NB

Canada

33222

SC

1010

0118

CFRB

Toronto, ON

Canada

32222

SC

1010

2154

WINS

New York, NY

USA

42243

SC, TS

1020

0410

KDKA

Pittsburgh, PA

USA

22222

SC

1062

2157

Country Radio

Praha/Zbraslav

Czech Republic

53433

TS

1062

2157

RAI Radio1

Cagliari/Decimoputzu

Italy

53433

TS

1071

2157

Al Nour Radio

Tartus/Amrit

Syria

52333

TS

1130

0414

WBBR

New York, NY

USA

33333

SC

1140

0106

CBI

Sydney, NS

Canada

32222

SC

1200

0050

WXKS

Newton, MA

USA

45333

TS

1200

0140

CFGO

Ottawa, ON

Canada

32222

SC

1377

2201

CNR 1

Xinyang

China

53333

TS

1386

2202

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Viešintos

Lithuania

54444

TS

1390

2202

WEGP

Presque Isle, ME

USA

45243

TS

1400

2205

CBG

Gander, NL

Canada

45233

TS

1430

0055

CHKT

Toronto Island, ON

Canada

44243

TS

1500

0431

WFED

Washington, DC

USA

22222

SC

1540

0005

WNWR

Philadelphia, PA

USA

44344

TS

1580

0645

WFME

New York, NY

USA

33333

SC

1593

0013

Bretagne 5

Saint-Gouéno

France

55555

TS

 

 

This article was featured in the April 2019 issue of Radio User