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December 18, 2014

DX Extra shortwave show No.17 Released!

Hello fellow DXers, it is with great excitement to release the latest shortwave news programme DX Extra number 17 to the world wide web! It's the Christmas edition! 
 In this fortnight's podcast:  Radio Dabanga: (Govt) launches 10 shortwave stations (to combat Radio Dabanga) Santa on 3916  Radio Exterior Espangna returns Radio Australia - hostage crisis 
Radio Havana Cuba on diplomacy changes
Pirate Radio Logs and recordings
Audio Archive: Radio Vaticana 
(BBC World Service at end)

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By the way, it's a week before Christmas day!


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"Coming January, Sudan will launch ten shortwave radio stations in Darfur, and ten in South Kordofan The new radio stations will present programmes in local dialects, to counter the broadcasts by Radio Dabanga, in an attempt to reduce its impact on the populations of those regions, especially in Darfur, Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman told Members of the national Parliament on Tuesday.
As for South Kordofan, the radio stations will aim to reach the Nuba people living in the rebel-controlled areas, the minister noted.
Sudanese MPs have criticised the performance of the official media before. They described it as “weak, and failing in the delivery of information”. On Tuesday, 25 November, the daily broadcasts by Radio Dabanga from the Netherlands were discussed in the parliament. Some MPs stressed the need “to disrupt the activity of Radio Dabanga, or completely stop it”, and demanded from the Information Minister of State to develop a plan to at least reduce its impact.
Radio Dabanga broadcasts in shortwave to the whole of Sudan and neighbouring countries. Satellite broadcasts are confined to the larger cities." 
Reference: http://swling.com/blog/2014/12/radio-dabanga-sudan-to-launch-20-radio-stations/

UPDATE: 19/12/14 Radio Dabanga is being combated by the 10 proposed shortwave stations and 10 FM stations. While the report says "10 shortwave stations" it is possible they will all be on FM. 

“For the 9th consecutive year, the 3.916 Nets will be giving good boys and girls a chance to talk to Santa Claus via the magic of ham radio.   The '3916 Santa Nets' will be held at 7:30 PM every night from November 28 through December 24th.    The Santa Nets are open to all licensed amateur radio operators who wish to invite kids to their shack to talk to Santa.  Third party rules will apply.

For 2014, The 3916 Santa Net will be on the air nightly during the Christmas season.  The net time is changing from 8:30 PM Central to 7:30 PM Central.   Pete Thomson (KE5GGY), commented on The 3916 Santa Nets.  He said, "Christmas is our favorite time of year on The 3916 Nets.  Each year on the Santa Nets we are blown away by the response.  It's incredible to hear the excitement in kids' voices as they talk to Santa Claus on Ham Radio.   Based on comments from last year, we're going to have the Santa Net every night during the Christmas season and we're moving the net back an hour so kids won't have to stay up too late."

Thomson added that The Santa Nets are a great way to let kids experience both the magic of Christmas and amateur radio.  He said, "We encourage hams to get their kids, grand kids and even neighbor kids into their shacks to participate in the Santa Net.  The kids love talking to Santa and we get an opportunity to show a young person how amateur radio works."

Each evening, The 3916 Santa Net will start at 7:30 PM (Central) on 3.916 MHz.  Pre-net check-ins will be taken on the air starting at 7:15 PM.   You can also do a pre-net check in by emailing ke5ggy@gmail.com.

For more information on The 3916 Nets or The Santa Net, contact Pete ThomsonKE5GGY at ke5ggy@gmail.com.” via Voice of Ham Radio Blog



[Audio: DX Extra Promo No.4]

At ISWBG deadline, we received information that Spain's Radio Exterior Espana was planning to resume broadcasting on shortwave. Severe budget cuts had forced the station to terminate all broadcast on shortwave at the close of their summer schedule season in October.
  After extensive deliberations, the RTVE Board of Directors approved to resume broadcasting transmissions from Noblejas, Spain. Plans are to mainly beam broadcast to four main target areas, four hours a day and eight hours on weekends.
  At this time the following schedule, which has been revised from the previous listing in Late Breaking News is noted as "tentative,"
A start date has not been released at this post. The definitive schedule will be released shortly.




The following revised schedule, has been registered for the winter broadcast
All times UTC


1600-2400 on 9620 NOB 200 kW / 290 deg to NoAm Spanish Sat/Sun
1600-2400 on 11685 NOB 200 kW / 161 deg to WCAf Spanish Sat/Sun
1600-2400 on 11940 NOB 200 kW / 230 deg to SoAm Spanish Sat/Sun
1600-2400 on 12030 NOB 200 kW / 110 deg to NEAf Spanish Sat/Sun


1600-2200 on 17715 NOB 200 kW / 230 deg to SoAm Spanish Daily
1600-2400 on 17755 NOB 200 kW / 161 deg to WCAf Spanish Daily
1800-2400 on 17850 NOB 100 kW / 272 deg to CeAm Spanish Daily
1800-2400 on 21610 NOB 200 kW / 110 deg to N/ME Spanish Daily
1900-2300 on 15110 NOB 200 kW / 302 deg to NoAm Spanish Daily


2000-2400 on 9620 NOB 200 kW / 290 deg to NoAm Spanish Mon-Fri
2000-2400 on 11685 NOB 200 kW / 161 deg to WCAf Spanish Mon-Fri
2000-2400 on 11940 NOB 200 kW / 230 deg to SoAm Spanish Mon-Fri
2000-2400 on 12030 NOB 200 kW / 110 deg to NEAf Spanish Mon-Fri
2000-2400 on 15385 NOB 200 kW / 161 deg to WCAf Spanish Mon-Fri
via Shortwave central blog [Audio: REE] in downloads folder



Audio via the Bulgarian DX Blog


Australia was changed when news surfaced of a hostage crisis that took place at the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney on Monday the 15th of December. Terrorism has come to our shores. Shortwave has been highlighted as Radio Australia switched to a live feed from 702 ABC Sydney with rolling coverage that the short wave community would have benefited from if living outside Australia. It just goes to show even the ABC still thinks shortwave is important. A few years ago Radio Australia played an important role with a relay of ABC Queensland radio due to terrible floods in December 2010. 200,000 people were affected and a damage bill of 2.38million dollars. Many affected could not get vital information as power was cut, car radios out of reach as their cars were flooded and as we know smartphone's battery life is pretty average. As three quarters of the state was severely flooded only those who had an emergency radio could hear vital information.

[Audio: Radio Australia – hostage crisis]

The sad news for Radio Australia is news that has surfaced that in 2015 only the Shepparton transmitter will remain 24/7 a day and all other transmitters will close. I will be looking out for more clarity on this change in the weeks ahead.



“WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century as he vowed to “cut loose the shackles of the past” and sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War.
The surprise announcement came at the end of 18 months of secret talks that produced a prisoner swap negotiated with the help of Pope Francis and concluded by a telephone call between Mr. Obama and President Raúl Castro. The historic deal broke an enduring stalemate between two countries divided by just 90 miles of water but oceans of mistrust and hostility dating from the days of Theodore Roosevelt’s charge up San Juan Hill and the nuclear brinkmanship of the Cuban missile crisis.” via the New York Times
As this new news surfaced on Radio Havana Cuba many shortwave listeners wonder what the Cuban take on the diplomatic changes are. After all they can't talk about the Cuban five any more now the three imprisoned were released! Let's listen to news recorded today by Eric Bueneman from Missouri, USA.

[Audio: RHC 6000kHz...] 



[Pirate Theme]


The pirate world has been busy, last weekend produced more logs than normal and if this weekend on the eve of Christmas is anything to go by, expect it to be pretty full!

Here are American and Europirate logs for the last week of December:


6845 Happy Hanukkah Radio 17th December 1h22UTC “Hearing interval signal 0121, into classical violin music, different show or different station?  S-5 here
Adam Sandler's Hanukkah song 0127... faded out buy 0132 or so.” First reported by Chris Smolinski Was also broadcasting earlier before 1hr UTC.

6770 Old Time Radio 23h22UTC December 16th with a good s9 signal into USA. First reported by Chris Smolinski

[Audio: Old Time Radio] Thanks to William Callesen for the clip!
6323 Radio Underground 14th December 2014 17h15UTC playing Baba O'Reily by The Who. First reported by atrainradio


6880 Bangalore Poacher December 14th 2014 at 3h43UTC “with the usual zany mixture of nonsensical numbers and utterings by man and woman announcer, Lincolnshire Poacher IS, then some beeps, IS and OFF abruptly at 0353 UTC. Signal was about an S5, mostly above the noise with some fading. Nice to hear this one again...it's been awhile!” (reference?)


I couldn't wait half the show to air you this clip, it is a recording of the Bangalore Poacher – get ready for some insane radio!


[Audio: Bangalore Poacher]

I received an email announcing some stations on air this weekend to keep an eye out for:

“Relays this weekend

Radio City will be on the air this weekend:
Friday December 19th at 19.00 to 20.00 UTC on 7290 and 1368 kHz,
and repeated on Saturday December 20th at 09.00 to 10.00 UTC on 9510 kHz
Our address remains citymorecars@yahoo.ca

We will also be on the air Saturday December 27th at 13.00 - 14.00 UTC via Hamburger Lokalradio on 7265 kHz
There is also a separate weekly programme via Radio Merkurs, Latvia every Saturday at 20.00 - 21.00 UTC on 1485 kHz.

European Music Radio Relay on 21st of December 2014:
08.00 to 09.00 UTC  (Gohren) on 7265 KHz  Tom & Mike Taylor
09.00 to 10.00 UTC  (Gohren) on 9485 KHz  Tom & Mike Taylor
Please send all E.M.R. reports to:  studio@emr.org.uk  Thank you!

If you live outside the listening area please try the Twente/Netherlands Web Receiver at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/

Every Saturday and Wednesday the programs of HLR:
07.00 to 09.00 UTC, on 7265 KHz
09.00 to 12.00 UTC, on 6190 KHz
12.00 to 16.00 UTC, on 7265 KHz
Every Sunday:
12.00 to 16.00 UTC on 9485 kHz
E-mail: redaktion@hamburger-lokalradio.de  Thank you! “ via Tom Taylor Hard core DX digest


All logs via the HF underground forum. (We also hank other members contributions to the pirate logs that may have not got a mention.)

And if this news was not enough, we recommend The World of Radio by Glen Hauser, the website www dot world of radio dot com



DX Extra is being relayed via World FM 88.2FM in Tawa, near Wellington in New Zealand, Worldfm dot co dot nz and on shortwave last week on WBCQ USA on 5110 and 7490 during the Area 51 timeslot. We have new relays as well so look out for us on Focus International around 6285 the first week of the month, Magic 6205 Europe also on 15700 over weekends and Cupid Radio around 6305 or 15070 airing on the weekends as well. A big thank you to all our relay partners. Your generosity means a lot!

You may also hear our Christmas special on shortwave, it's to be aired on our relay partners and you can hear it in it's entirety n on the website at Hriradio.org


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Before we go it's time to get an audio clip out of the archives. This is a bit of festive music for Christmas from Radio Vaticana's Portugese transmission.


[Audio: Radio Vaticana.wav]

Until next time remember shortwave radio is still full of mysteries – keep tuning and keep reporting. We wish you a Merry Christmas a safe and prospertive New year.

[Audio: BBC World Service]





Image: Christmas light from a Hobart home in Warrane.

December 6, 2014

DX Extra No.16 Released!

Hello fellow DXers, it is with great excitement to release the latest shortwave news programme DX Extra number 16 to the world wide web! 
In this fortnight's podcast: ABC cutbacks further affect radio Giant sunspot mass Solar storm Two German stations close Santa on Amateur radio Pirate Radio Logs and recordings Audio Archive: Radio Romania International
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TRANSCRIPT DX EXTRA NO.15

[Intro:] From Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Welcome to the DX Extra, the extra thing you need to digest your shortwave news – its show number 16. Hope you are all doing well.

Just a reminder, our website is at hriradio.org our email address is hriradio[SPAM-remove]@gmail.com and we are now on facebook at facebook.com/dxextra

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Interesting DX conditions this week, it went from being better than normal to solar flares almost wiping out the band the last few days. Currently have an M class flare.

In show number 16 this fortnight:

  • ABC cutbacks further affect radio
  • Giant sunspot mass Solar storm
  • Two German stations close
  • Santa on Amateur radio
  • Pirate Radio Logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: Radio Romaina International


The Herald Sun and an ABC and SBS Government published document have shed light on the future of radio broadcasting. It looks like the ABC will try to ditch all DAB radio, reduce satellite broadcasts, cut or heavily reduce Radio Australia on shortwave, keep ABC Northern Territory on shortwave and shut ABC shops and centres.

“3.5.3 Shortwave radio: Radio Australia and Outback RadioThe ABC broadcasts Radio Australia shortwave services through two domestic transmitter sites and from three overseas shortwave facilities. In addition, Local Radio is broadcast on three High Frequency (HF) short wave services in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine. These HF services are known as Outback Radio and broadcast into remote areas of the Northern Territory. As theRadio Australia shortwave contracts are currently being renegotiated, the ABC is undertaking a strategic review of the continued application of shortwave distribution. Department of Communications Draft ReportABC and SBS Efficiency Study 91In contrast to the Australia Network television service which is funded under contract by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Radio Australia is a core ABC service which is funded through ABC base operating funds.
Radio Australia is distributed via both shortwave services and local FM retransmission sourced from the Australia Network satellite feed. If shortwave is terminated Radio Australia would continue to be broadcast on the FM retransmission. However, it should be noted that the current distribution ofsignals for FM retransmission relies on the Australia Network satellite service.DFAT has advised that shortwave delivery of Radio Australia provides the only current source of the service in some sensitive areas in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea; it supports a review of more cost effective alternatives for delivery of Radio Australia but considers that access tothe service in these areas should be maintained.

Offshore Radio Australia transmission servicesShortwave relay services to broadcast Radio Australia content off shore are provided through year to year contracts with Babcock Communications.These services are currently located at three sites: Singapore, Palau and the United Arab Emirates. All three provide coverage to the Asia region, specifically Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and China.

Outback Radio – Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine NTABC local radio content from the Darwin and Alice Springs studios are broadcast by shortwave services to remote areas in the Northern Territory and sections of the Timor Sea. There is no measurement of listener engagement with these services in the data provided by the ABC.
FindingsNoting shortwave is largely a superseded technology, potential savings may be achieved by discontinuing Radio Australia shortwave radio services. Radio Australia would continue to be broadcast in target countries through FM retransmission sourced from Australia.

Network satellite feed or its equivalent. Based on current usage, the distribution of the Radio Australia signal by satellite is estimated at $0.2 million p.a., including satellite capacity and uplink costs.If the ABC was to maintain the current breadth of coverage for Radio Australia provided by shortwave, a body of work to increase FM transmission through partnerships in Myanmar, Bougainville, Manus and Western Province would need to be undertaken. This work would need to be undertaken in consultation with DFAT to ensure that regional and local sensitivities are taken intoaccount. This would impact on the savings achievable and wider strategic issues would dictate the timing of this change. In addition, should the Australia Network satellite service not be available, other feed arrangements would need to be purchased. An additional potential saving of up to from discontinuing shortwave transmission of Outback Radio may be possible. However, Outback Radio particularly covers the remote areas of Australia that may be of value to those communities. The study understands that the ABC believes there is merit in maintaining this service until an alternative can be sourced.”

It sounds like Radio Australia will only be completely cut on shortwave once the department of foreign affairs is happy there is wide enough saturation by FM to Asian regions. However as the ABC has deemed shortwave a superseded technology it shows speculation that a large reduction of shortwave could be likely. Even the possibility of complete closure of shortwave. This does tell us that at least Australia Network is definitely safe from being chopped. ABC Northern Territory radio is very unlikely to cease.

Domestically digital radio may be reduced:

““The cost of digital radio services comprises the content costs (which would be very small for simulcast services, and modest for services which largely stream music content), and the distribution costs. Significant savings could be realised if a decision is taken to cease terrestrial transmission which is currently only available in capital cities. Content would continue to be available on alternative platforms such as the web, mobile and through digital television.” Via the ABC and SBS Efficiency Study public document* Limit digital radio services to online and mobile platforms, doing away with terrestrial services.* There may no longer be a need for ABC and SBS to pay for their services to be rebroadcast on Foxtel.* The ABC and SBS could use a pay-per-view service once catch-up services were no longer available for free on their websites.* Over time investments in bricks and mortar shopfronts should shift more towards online distribution methods.”

Via the Herald Sun online and the Department of Communications ABC and SBS efficiency study

“The largest sunspot to appear on Earth's nearest star in more than two decades is once again pointed at the planet, and it will likely kick-start solar storms, NASA scientists say.The massive sunspot, previously known as Active Region 12192, was turned toward Earth in October and early November, but rotated out of view. While it was on the Earth-facing side of the sun, the sunspot did not produce any coronal mass ejections — hot bursts of material ejected into space at 4 million mph (6.4 million kilometers/hour) — which have the potential to damage satellites and power grids. Now the active region has rotated back around to face Earth again, and although the sunspot has shrunk in size, it will likely be disruptive, NASA scientist Holly Gilbert told Space.com"This time around, it's more likely to have some coronal mass ejections associated with it, even though the solar flares might be smaller," said Gilbert, chief of the Solar Physics Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. "We have a good idea, based on the structure of that magnetic field and the sunspot, that it's very possible that it will create some midlevel flares."Look out for some odd dxing this month!

Via mashable.com

1 December 2014The German national public broadcasters Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio Kultur will disappear from longwave at the end of this year. Wasteful channels are going off the air due to cost considerations. The money saved will be invested in digital terrestrial radio (DAB+). At the end of 2015 the mediumwave transmitters of Deutschlandfunk will also close.
Deutschlandfunk currently still broadcasts through longwave 153 and 207 kHz and seven mediumwave frequencies including 1269 and 549 kHz. Deutschlandradio Kultur broadcasts by means of the longwave frequency 177 kHz. The mediumwave frequency 990 kHz went off last year.
Keeping these transmitters on the air costs Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio Kultur millions of euros a year in electricity costs. All these stations transmit with a fairly high power. The three longwave transmitters are each 500 kW, and the mediumwave transmitters range between 100 and 400 kW.
Meanwhile Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio Kultur can be received on FM and DAB+ in large parts of the country. Further expansion of this network is proceeding rapidly. Earlier this year Deutschlandradio Kultur switched from the obsolete MP2 DAB standard to the modern DAB+, which is also used in the Netherlands.
In 2010 it was agreed that the public broadcasters will only get funding for the rollout of DAB+ if they cut down on other distribution methods. It therefore simply means that the medium- and longwave transmitters must be switched off. Meanwhile, several regional broadcasters have already turned off their AM stations. For example, MDR did so in March 2013.
In the Netherlands, the NPO will scrap the broadcast of Radio 5 via medium wave in September 2015. Again listeners are advised to switch to DAB+.”

This is a sign of things to come in Europe.

Via Shortwave Central blog

Kids chat with Santa on the North Pole and go secret shopping.Dressed in a shirt from Frozen and braids in her hair like the character Anna, Kapri Brumwell, 3, was beaming from ear to ear. I talked to Santa,” she said proudly, following her sit down to radio with and speak to Santa Claus on a television at the North Pole on Saturday at the Western Development Museum (WDM) via shortwave. “I talked about the Rocking Mally Horse.”That was one of her requests for Christmas. She also said she wanted a Barbie whistle horse.
Jackie Hall, education/program officer at the Moose Jaw WDM, said she saw the annual event as an official start to Christmas.It’s just a fun way to kick off the Christmas season,” she said. “Theturnout is fantastic.”The Moose Jaw Amateur Radio Club put on the Shortwave to Santa event. The club made all the arrangements for the kids to be able to chat with Santa Claus.” via the Moose Jaw Times Herald online.

[Audio: DX Extra Promo No.4]

[Pirate Theme]

Here are American and Europirate logs for the first week of December:

Radio Uncle Sam 6955 CW – Station broadcasting fast morse code decoding as “CQ QST CQ QST CQ QST CQ QST I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE. PIRATES YOU ARE NOT SAFE. I KNOW HWHERE YOU LIVE. PIRATES YOU ARE NOT SAFE. I AM COMING FOR YOU UNCLE SAM I AM COMING FOR YOU. UNCLE SAM. BE AWARE BE AWARE XXX XXX XXX XXX PIRATES, I KNOW WHERE YOU ARE. I AM COMING FOR YOU . UNCLE SAM.” Good signal in Montana. Heard today at 00h15UTC by jFarley.

TCS “Touch and Go” 6885 “With S7 into Northern KY at 2355 UTC. SINPO 33233
2358 UTC "Announcement you are listening to the 80's sound on TCS"
2359 UTC "The Buggels - Video killed the radio star "”
Played more 80s music as signal became poorer at 00h04UTC. Heard December 5th by Chris Smolinski

Radio Abu Dhabi 6290 0h55UTC Today “I'm on the Dutch university SDR hearing very poor signal on 6290 a lot of fading. Talk and music.” “Tune in at 0101 UTC to UNID music, then BB with Abu Dhabi Radio ID at 0102 UTC! Fair signal with deep fades here.” Heard by myself member dxextra, thanks to member shipmuck for the ID.

[Audio: Abu Dhabi -----]

Radio Ga Ga6925 DSB today at 00h40UTC
0040 On with mx, "Radio Ga-Ga SDR Shortwave ID", baby laughing
0041 "Spiders and Snakes"
0042 sudden off
0045 back on with "Spiders and Snakes"
0047 ID, "Stone Free" by Hendrix
0054 "Don't Mess Around With Jim"” heard by jFarley.

All logs via the HF underground forum. (We also hank other members contributions to the pirate logs that may have not got a mention.)

This is an audio sample of Wolverine Radio 6950USB Nov 16th at 1h30UTC



And if this news was not enough, we recommend The World of Radio by Glen Hauser, the website www dot world of radio dot com

DX Extra is being relayed via World FM 88.2FM in Tawa, near Wellington in New Zealand.. Worldfm dot co dot nz – all the details are on the website.

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An exciting interview has been added to the website featuring Jamie Moses, rhythm guitarist of Queen + Paul Rogers. Jamie is also a member of Band Hiding in Public.

Before we go it's time to get an audio clip out of the archives. This is audio of Radio Romania International 13730 at 4h55UTC November 30th.

[Audio: Radio Romania International 4h55 13730 30.11.14.wav]


Until next time remember shortwave radio is still full of mysteries – keep tuning and keep reporting. Take care and stay safe.  


November 8, 2014

DX Extra Show No.14 Released!

Hello fellow dxers,

It is with great excitement to release the latest shortwave news DX Extra No.14 special double length show to the world wide web!

In this fortnight's podcast:


U.S. Radio Stations cyber-attack
Amateur Radio Dxexpidition - Navassa Island
CHU Canada turns 75
Halloween Pirate logs
Amateur Radio Special Events
Global 24 Special QSL
Audio: VOA 

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TRANSCRIPT DX EXTRA NO.14

[Intro:] From Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Welcome to the DX Extra, the extra thing you need to digest your shortwave news – its show number 14. Hope you are all doing well. 

Just a reminder, our blog is at www.dxextra.blogspot.com.au  and our email address is hriradio[SPAM-remove]@gmail.com 

If you haven't looked the blog has been revamped with an inbuilt audio player, now featuring transcripts and a selection of our popular shows. 

In the headlines this fortnight:

  • U.S. Radio Stations cyber-attack
  • Amateur Radio Dxexpedition - Navassa Island 
  • CHU Canada turns 75
  • Halloween Pirate Logs
  • Amateur Radio Special Events
  • Global 24 Special QSL
  • Audio: VOA 

“Several radio stations in small markets throughout the United States are licking their wounds after suffering cyber-intrusions.

The alarm was first sounded by a cluster of radio stations in Louisiana on October 16. When the morning crews arrived, they found they had no access to the stations’ automation systems or music libraries. Instead, the data on their computers had been encrypted and frozen…and then they began to receive e-mails asking them to pay hundreds of dollars in order to set their machines free. 

The stations’ owner reports that instead of paying the ransom demand, they’ve reported the intrusions to the police and plan to rebuild their systems from scratch. It will cost “tens of thousands of dollars” to undo the damage that the malicious software has inflicted, and they apparently keep finding more compromises as they continue their damage assessment. 

Then last week, stations in Arkansas and Virginia announced that they, too had been infected by software that scrambled several of their computer systems and demanded payment to restore them. And this week, a cluster of stations in Michigan belatedly reported that they suffered the same sort of attack in September.

The malicious software in these incidents is commonly called “ransomware“—a type of trojan horse that’s downloaded to computer systems and infects those that are vulnerable. The software effectively scrambles the data on infected machines and locks down access to them. Then, victims are e-mailed ransom demands: pay hundreds or thousands of dollars (typically in Bitcoin) and the hackers will un-scramble the systems.

Ransomware attacks target computer systems with open vulnerabilities. All the radio stations affected in these latest intrusions were running Windows XP—an outdated operating system which Microsoft officially stopped supporting and updating in April. Ransomware gets installed when some user inadvertently clicks a link on a website carrying the payload, not by active intrusion by a hacker. At that point the download and installation of the ransomware is pretty much an automatic process if the system is not already properly secured. However, there have been recent cases where the servers of Yahoo, AOL, and several media outlets around the world were infected by ransomware, thereby putting those who visited those sites (and have susceptible computers) at risk.

According to the industry trades, the radio stations were victims of the CryptoLocker ransomware program, which has been in the wild for more than a year. However, security researchers were able to decode CryptoLocker in August, which means many of its victims may be able to recover their data. 

U.S. broadcasters falling victim to cyber-intrusion is not a new phenomenon. I pondered this possibility all the way back in 2000, and just last year several radio and television stations around the country broadcast hoax Emergency Alert System messages warning of a zombie apocalypse after their EAS systems were hacked. In those cases, it turns out that victim-stations did not change the default password on their EAS receivers.

All of these cyber-intrusions can be traced to lax information security practices at the victim-stations themselves. Not changing default passwords is a sure vector for hackers, and so is running mission-crititcal systems on outdated operating systems. In fact, most IT professionals recommend isolating such systems from the public Internet and making regular off-site backups. Running station staff through rudimentary IT security training (like strong passwords and avoiding shady links) should also be standard policy.

Unfortunately, many broadcast stations, especially in smaller markets, do not have the time nor talent to harden their systems. Paul Thurst has written extensively on the learning curve broadcast engineers face working with networked technology, and he’s published a handy checklist of essential IT security practices that all broadcasters would be wise to heed.”
Via DIY Media's website

[Audio: Taylor Swift – Shake It Off]

“"Navassa Island is currently ranked #2 on the DX Magazine's "Most Wanted List".

KP1, Navassa Island (Press Release)

From the The KP1-5 Project […]

"The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has notified the KP1-5 Project that they will be the team to activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015. The DXpedition will be a maximum of fourteen days. The exact dates in January will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows.

Our experienced team of fifteen is complete and is ready for the challenge. The weeks ahead will be extremely busy as the team has less than 90 days before the DXpedition comes on the air. January is the month of minimum bird nesting activity and this is the primary reason USFWS is asking that the operation be completed during that month. However, the weather is unpredictable in January and because Navassa is surrounded by cliffs, this may preclude a safe landing by boat. For safety reasons and in order to maximize our time on the island and on the air, a helicopter operation is planned. Navassa is over 100 miles (160 km) from the nearest helicopter staging point and as many as ten round trips will be required at the beginning and end of the operation.

Obviously, this means that there will be a significant cost for activating this #1 ranked DXCC entity.
In the next few weeks, we be working with USFWS and as details firm up, we will issue periodic press releases. Check our webpage www.kp1-5.com for more details of the operation and how you may financially support this DXpedition.

The KP1-5 Project team has committed to fund 50% of the total costs. We are hopeful the DX community at large will fund the remainder for The KP1-5 Project.”
Via the Shortwave Central Blog 

[Audio: DX Extra Promo No.1]

November 05, 2014 — Ottawa, Ontario
Seventy-five years ago, the broadcast of Canada's official time signal was first heard on CBC Radio. It was November 5, 1939, as a war was being waged in Europe. Since then, listeners all across the country have used "the beginning of the long dash" to set their clocks to the exact time. Time has a huge impact on our lives. Cellphones, computers, GPS systems, and stock exchange markets are but a few examples of applications relying on accurate time.
Metrology and measurement standards lie at the heart of every industrial process, from research and product development to commerce and international trade. As a world-leader in the science of measurement, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) keeps improving the measurement capability of the industry and ensures our country's interests are well-represented internationally.
The National Research Council houses and operates the precision clocks that disseminate the time signal, and is responsible for the metric system and the standard for mass in Canada. NRC is engaged in a wide variety of other related activities, including calibration services provided to cancer clinics, ensuring that patients receive accurate radiation doses. Through three research programs, NRC helps scientists, researchers, and industries where high-precision measurements are critical for market success.
Via The National Research Council Canada website. 

Of course you can hear CHU Canada on 3330, 7850 and 14670.  

[Halloween music]

Trick or treat? Last weekend was Halloween and that means European and American pirates go crazy doing Halloween specials. Even China Radio International 11750 on the 1/Nov/2014 at 06h25UTC got in on the cultural event, here is an audio recording:
[CRI recording 1m43]
There were plenty of pirates and in Australia we do struggle to hear any, and only under fantastic DX conditions would we be likely to hear them. 

Here are American and Europirate logs from November 1st:

Undercover Radio 6925USB saying it's Halloween 2005 with strange music.  Logged by William Callesen, USA.  6930USB had another pirate.

Chris Crosby, Viriginia, USA logged 6835 UNID, 6900 UNID, 6925 Mustang Radio Europirate and 6953 CYOT Radio at around 0h00 UTC and 6935USB Wolverine Radio with Halloween show and around 1:58UTC which was S9+ booming in. 

Brian Green heard 6965USB XFM Radio S7 into North-West Arkansas. I think he heard that at 0h28UTC. HF Underground reports they played the Cranberries – Zombie at 0107UTC and at 1h33UTC Smashing Pumpkins – Ava Adore. All 3 logs via The Shortwave Listeners Worldwide facebook group 

6930USB 0402UTC Casey Kasem Halloween Top 25 Countdown playing techno, space-type music, ghostly voice-overs, a lovely ID “This is Casey Kasem with Halloween's Top 25, I'm back from the Dead.” A spoof transmission from mission control and international space station discussing the pirate's radio program finishing off with song Cold as Ice and an Amy Grant song. Via HF Underground forum – user rcci 

11595AM 1805UTC YHWH poor listening conditions.  Via HF Underground forum user – Token

6925USB WAHR 0305UTC playing Monster Mash, Purple people eater, wally wally bing bang  Via HF Underground forum user- Rafman 

6925AM 0238UTC Captain Morgan Shortwave sound of a chainsaw over music, now playing Thriller, Goulish Dave mix, Turkey in the straw, more chainsaw sounds at 02h55UTC and finishing with “They're coming to take me away”! Via HF underground forum – user myteaquinn. 

6925AM 0203UTC Area 51 Radio playing Alien and hellish voices, weak off at 0235UTC. Via HF Underground forum user – jFarley 

The list goes on, Peskie Party Radio, Southern Relay Service, The Count, Turtlehead Radio, Radio Ga-Ga and Radio Halloween. 

As you can see Halloween makes fantastic pirate listening. I actually also heard a pirate on 6930USB 01h05UTC  from a Dutch SDR. It's a bit early for the Casey Kasem Halloween show. Also on the Dutch SDR were other stations, it was pretty packed around 6800-7MHZ at times! 7375 had the Mighty KBC. 

[UNID Pirate 6930USB]

Also heard Laser Hot Hits on 4025 Sunday 2nd November 3h17UTC via a Dutch SDR. 

[Laser Hot Hits] 

I have a couple of promos from Halloween Radio Germany that I'm going to play so you really get an idea how creative it is. Nine years ago they asked me to do voiceovers for them.

[Halloween Radio No.2 & No.6 ]

I've got goosebumps - And finally many Amateur operators are abroad for a special November, it would be great to see if we can hear these guys from the various locations:

November 1 - December 31
Italy-IY, (Special Prefix). Look for special event station IY1EY to be active, from Loano www.ariloano.it to commemorate the experiments conducted by Gugliemo Marconi from his yach
'Elettra' in the Ligurian Sea between 1919 and 1936. Expect activity on CW and SSB, and on all bands including 30/17/12m. Receive a special QSL card via IK1QBT direct.

November 3 - December 12
Madagscar, Eric, F6ICX, will once again be active as 5R8IC from Saint Marie Island (AF-090). Activity will be holiday style on all HF bands operating maily CW, but some SSB, RTTY, and PSK63, using a FT450 with 100 watts into various GPs or Inverted-Ls and a Hexbeam for 20-10 meters. There will be no online log during his activity. QSL via his home callsign (QRZ.com).
Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW.

November 5-12
Brunei-V8, Lady operators Kyoko/JR3MVF, Evelyne/F5RPB, Ruth/IT9ESZ and Waltraud /DJ6US will be active as V84YL from Darussalam. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB.
QSL via DJ6US, by the Bureau or direct.

November 7-10
Micronesia-V6, Operators Shinji/JF2SDR and Nobuaki/JA0JHQ will be active as V63PJ and V63XP, respectively, from the SouthPark Hotel on Phonpei Island (OC-010). Activity will be on 40-6 meters.
QSL via the operator's home callsign. More details are forthcoming.

November 17 - December 2
Ascension Island-ZD8, Marko, N5ZO, will be active as ZD8O from Ascension Island between November 17th and December 2nd. Activity will be mainly in contests. His activity in the CQWW DX CW Contest will be Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via OH0XX.

November 19 - 27
Juan Fernandez Island-CE0Z, Felipe, CE5WQO, will be active as CE0Z/CE5WQO from Juan Fernandez Island (SA-005) between November 19-27th. He informs OPDX that this will be a vacation, so operations will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Equipment will be an Icom IC-746Pro + Icom PS 125 with a Yaesu FL-2100z amp (600w) into a
W8AMZ G5RV antenna and 2 element yagi for 10m. Please note ...Felipe would like to know which bands and modes the HAM community needs for CE0Z. Also, if any one wants to sponsor a better antenna, to please contact him so he can receive any package at his address in Miami, FL. QSL via KA3LKM (w/2 IRCs or green stamps).

November 22
Kuwait-9K, Ned, AA7A, Voodoo Contest Group team leader for 2014, sent out the following press release [edited] "The Voodoo Contest Group is on the move again in 2014 for the CQWW DX CW Contest. The team has been invited to operate at the emerging Multi-Multi contest station being assembled by 9K2HN, Hamad Alnusif in the Abdali area in northern Kuwait. They will operate using the callsign 9K2HN in the Multi-Multi category in the contest. In addition to 9K2HN, operators will include Ned/AA7A, Don/G3XTT, Fred/G4BWP, Ray/G4FON, John/G4IRN, Mike/KC7V, Dave/N4QS, Bus/N7CW, and Bob/W6RGG, with the potential for other local 9K operators. The visiting Voodudes will arrive on November 22, and will operate before the contest with particular emphasis on the lower bands. QSLs for 9K2HN are via instructions on QRZ.com. Further information about the Voodoo Contest Group can be found at: http://voodoocontestgroup.com

November 25 - December 24
Vietnam-3W, Tony, KM0O, will be active as 3W3O from Danang. His main activity will be the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Tony likes 80 and 160 meters, so he will probably be emphasizing those bands before and after the contest. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau or KM0O (see QRZ.com). He will upload his logs to LoTW as promptly as possible. QSLs will not go out until summer of 2015.


Global 24 November 4, 2014
Global 24 is pleased to announce a special QSL card remembering the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989.
Global 24 will be broadcasting several special programs throughout the weekend about the tumultuous events in Berlin.  Our special QSL card will be available for confirmed reception reports from November 6 through November 10.
about.global24radio.com

Via Mike Terry DLXD digest
And of course you can hear them 24/7 on 9395.  

And if this news was not enough, we recommend The World of Radio by Glen Hauser, the website www dot world of radio dot com
DX Extra is being relayed via World FM 88.2FM in Tawa, near Wellington in New Zealand.. Worldfm dot co dot nz – all the details are on the website. 

[promo]

Before we go it's time to get an audio clip out of the archives. This is audio from last saturday, VOA Music mix 15580 at 06h37UTC.

[VOA 15580 06h37UTC]

Until next time remember shortwave radio is still full of mysteries – keep tuning and keep reporting. Take care and stay safe. 

Image: Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart.