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May 29, 2015

Programming Changes

We have some interesting news. The DX Extra show will go to episode 30 and will then have a break whilst we endeavour some extremely exciting podcast specials. Our music show, The Buzz will carry over our pirate logs segment for the interim. We had enormous gratitude for the Pirate Station Special this year. Expect something EVEN better than that.

  

The Buzz No.6 Music Show!

The Buzz No.6 Music Show
On today's show we feature the last David Attombomb sketch in our 4-part series, delve into old time radio with another Abbott and Costello. Give a crack at advertising, how hard can it be? We have a go at making a radio ad and we cover the top 5 songs that make you want to cringe - they were tacky and terrible! Another fantastic show with a tad more dubstep.

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May 21, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave News Show No.28 Released!

Welcome to the DX Extra! It’s a show about the shortwave hobby featuring news, reviews, pirate radio and anything in-between. We are the extra thing you need to digest your shortwave news.

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In show 28 this fortnight:

  • Nepali Amateur net suspended again
  • The QSL card...At what cost?
  • VOA additional transmissions to Burundi
  • IBB frequency updates
  • Pirate News (Borderhunter Meeting), logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran


TRANSCRIPT:
You can now find our transcript via google docs.

Image: Port Arthur Historic Site, Port Arthur,Tasmania.

May 14, 2015

The Buzz No.5 Music show Dubstep & Remix Special

The Buzz No.5 Music Show
Wooooah, a remix and dubstep special over shortwave radio? Yeah you heard right. Does dubstep sound any good over shortwave radio? 

Image from: GalleryPress
We're very keen to know and would love you to record a segment of the show. We'll even share it on the web. On this show we are playing remixes of Enya, The Bee Gees, The Bangles, hear some dubstep and remixed versions of the Doctor Who theme, Adele get's a dubstep version too. So does Coldplay. Didn't even think you could dubstep Coldplay! 







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May 7, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave News Show No.27

Welcome to the DX Extra! It’s a show about the shortwave hobby featuring news, reviews, pirate radio and anything in-between. We are the extra thing you need to digest your shortwave news.

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In show 27 this fortnight:

  • Greece's ERT state broadcaster to reopen
  • Norway FM domestic radio update
  • Additional BBC transmissions to Nepal
  • Nepalese Amateur radio gear stuck in customs
  • Latest clandestine shortwave frequencies
  • Pirate News, logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: Radio For Peace International


TRANSCRIPT:
You can now find our transcript via google docs.

After the latest Clandestine frequencies? Click Here.

Image: Howrah beach,Tasmania  - where many residents take their dogs on walks.

April 29, 2015

The Buzz No.4 Music Show

The Buzz No.4 Music Show
Welcome to the fourth music and talk show! In today’s show we feature the next episode on the mini series, David Attombomb, learn the happiest countries in the world to live, gnarl down some Chuck Norris jokes, enjoy some Laurel and Hardy and learn about the Nepal earthquake and how you can hear the communications on shortwave. 

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Image: Laurel and Hardy via theredlist
To lighten the mood there’s a Tasmanian tradition we do, it’s simple - tell Chuck Norris jokes!

  • “Chuck Norris and Superman once fought each other on a bet. The loser had to start wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants.
  • Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that's why there are no signs of life.
  • When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.
  • Outer space exists because it's afraid to be on the same planet with Chuck Norris.
  • Chuck Norris destroyed the periodic table, because Chuck Norris only recognizes the element of surprise.
  • Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.
  • Chuck Norris can win a game of Connect Four in only three moves.
  • Chuck Norris once built a sandcastle. We call this the Great Pyramid of Giza.”
Via chucknorrisfacts
Image: Chuck Norris via empireonline It’s an absolute tragedy hearing more casualties from the Nepalese Earthquake on Al Jazeera this morning and I thought you might be interested to know that the amateur bands are being used as an Emergency net for the disaster. Here’s a recording of communications on 14.205 on the 27th of April: (Courtesy of YouTube)


The Global Emergency Communications Network is currently on 14205, 14215 and on 21360.


One of the most exciting things about shortwave is that amateur radio enthusiasts from around the world can if via their own set-up or relays can assist with the Nepalese crisis  even if not even in the country. Shortwave as we know, can be broadcast into other regions. This is yet another example where this type of technology can make differences to natural disasters. It is such a pity that we are more reliant on other technologies. Shortwave yet again comes to the rescue!

RECEPTION:
Gino Italy heard us on Channel 292 6070kHz

April 24, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave News Show No.26 Released!


Hello fellow DXers, it is with great excitement to release the latest funky shortwave news programme; DX Extra number 26 to the world wide web! We are now on air via Channel 292 6070kHz Saturdays at 15h00UTC, so tell us how we sound. Enjoy!

 In this fortnight's podcast:
  • Radio Yugoslavia protest and cessation July 1
  • Radio France International strikes; back on the air
  • Norway to end (FM) domestic radio 
  • Amateur Radio: International Marconi Day (IMD)
  • Pirate Radio News, logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: Radio Tirana (Albania)
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TRANSCRIPT:
You can now find our transcript via google docs.
Why change? Using google docs enables us to share more information and be more interactive with you. It also turns the transcript into a newsletter.

Image: Hobart waterfront Pier, Tasmania.

RECEPTION:
Our first transmission with Channel 292 on 6070kHz 15h00UTC went very well, thanks to Friedrich-Walter Adam for the YouTube clip: (About 2m03s in)



April 23, 2015

Hobart Female Factory Historic Site

These are some photos of our recently opened Female Factory Prison Historic Site in South Hobart, Tasmania:









April 16, 2015

A new era with Channel 292


We are pleased to be partnering with Channel 292 6070kHz shortwave to Europe. Hear us Saturdays at 15h00UTC! See their broadcast schedule.

Here is the propagation/reception map: (From Channel292.de)


The Buzz No.3 Music Show

The Buzz No.3 Music Show
Welcome to the third music and talk show! Yippee! On today's show we feature a new segment taking the Nature Documentary world by storm - David Attombomb. We try and decide who is on first base with the Abbott and Costello comedy sketch. "You can't explain all the feelings that your making me feel" by The Darkside, we discuss our latest fundraiser project, Walk like an Egyptian and delve into the latest Woolworths supermarket ANZAC day campaign.

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Woolworths supermarket ANZAC day campaign:
Image: The image that got Australia talking (Courtesy of news.com.au)
On Saturday April 25th it will mark the ANZAC centenary, 100 years since 1915, we nationally hold dawn services and marches; similar to that of Remembrance Day. In the show we shared this news article that was published this week:
Our Australian major supermarket chain Woolworths “the fresh food people” is in trouble after publishing The “Fresh in Our Memories” website — linking Anzac commemorations to the retailer’s “Fresh Food People” branding tag line — was taken down overnight amid claims that it was in very poor taste.
Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Ronaldson weighed in this morning, saying Woolies would not have been given permission for the advertising had it been sought.
Woolworths encouraged members of the public to share stories and profile-style pictures of loved ones affected by or lost to war by uploading images to a website that then branded them with Woolworths logo and the phrase “Lest we Forget 1915-2015. Fresh in our memories.”


The site did not sit well with some Australians — with many taking to social media to slam the campaign as tasteless. The hashtags “#FreshInOurMemories” and “#BrandzacDay” are also gaining momentum.


Lest You Forget, Woolworths Has Great Prices
— Bec (@Brocklesnitch) April 14, 2015
Via News.com.au 
Image: The Fresh Prince is fresher in our memories (Courtesy of news.com.au)
What do you think? Was it poor taste? Or a good gesture gone wrong?
Post a Comment below. 

April 10, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave News Show No.25


Hello fellow DXers, it is with great excitement to release the latest funky shortwave news programme; DX Extra number 25 to the world wide web! Enjoy!

 In this fortnight's podcast:
  • Battle over the airwaves
  • DRM from high altitude tests
  • World Amateur radio day
  • Channel Africa summer schedule
  • Pirate Radio News, logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: Radio Spaceshuttle (Pirate)
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TRANSCRIPT:
You can now find our transcript via google docs.
Why change? Using google docs enables us to share more information and be more interactive with you. It also turns the transcript into a newsletter.

Image: Abel Tasman Memorial, Salamanca, Tasmania.



April 1, 2015

The Buzz No.2 Music and Talk Show!


Welcome to the second relaxed music and talk show. Happy April fool's day! On today's show we feature an exclusive interview with band member from Hiding In Public - David Holland. We also crank up some Queen, play some Weird Al Yankovic, hear a heavier cover version of Walking On Sunshine, some more Little Britain comedy and a French song "Je vais A Rio". Oui, oui. 

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Image: Sam Rivers (left) and "Dave" David Holland (right) courtesy of NPR.

March 28, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave News Show No.24


Hello fellow DXers, it is with great excitement to release the latest funky shortwave news programme; DX Extra number 24 to the world wide web! Enjoy!
 In this fortnight's podcast: 
  • Radio Romania new frequencies
  • What is the USAF HF-GCS?
  • Voice of Korea (North) A15 schedule
  • Zimbabwe transitions towards digital
  • RNZI schedule for A15
  • Pirate Radio News, logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: Radio Vanuatu

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TRANSCRIPT:
Happy A15 broadcast schedule. As much as we'd love to read out all the new frequencies for all the stations we picked a few that took our interest.
As of March 29th 2015 Radio Romania International will broadcast on new SW frequencies. Please check them out: 
                RECEPTION AREAS            UTC                         kHz
   WESTERN EUROPE      05.30 – 06.00         9,700 ; 11,800 (DRM)  
     11.00 – 12.00  15,130 ; 17,680
     17.00 – 18.00  9,540 ; 11,810 (DRM)
     20.30 – 21.00 6,170 ; 9,800 (DRM)
     22.00 – 23.00  5,939 ; 7,430
   SOUTH-EAST AFRICA      11.00 – 12.00  15,150 ; 17,670
   NORTH AMERICA (East Coast)      20.30 – 21.00  13,650 ; 15,170
     00.00 – 01.00  9,730 ; 11,800
   NORTH AMERICA (West Coast)      03.00 – 04.00 9,730 ; 11,800
   JAPAN      22.00 – 23.00 9,790 ; 11,700
   INDIA + AUSTRALIA      05.30 – 06.00 17,760 ; 21,500
   INDIA      03.00 – 04.00 11,825 ; 15,220 (DRM)
Via Radio Romania online

Audio: EAM
You would not be the first person to quickly think that is a number station. But what you are hearing is an Emergency Action Message, EAM. In a nutshell that is “preformatted message that directs nuclear-capable forces[1] to execute specific Major Attack Options (MAOs) or Limited Attack Options(LAOs) in a nuclear war. Individual countries or specific regions may be included or withheld in the EAM” The messages are sent in digital format to nuclear-capable major commands via the secure Automatic Digital Network (AUTODIN). The messages are then relayed to aircraft that are on alert by the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, via single-sideband modulation radio transmitters of the High Frequency Global Communications System .Via wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Action_Message
“The USAF High Frequency Global Communications System is a worldwide network of 15 high-power HF stations providing command and control communications between ground agencies and US military aircraft and ships. Allied military and other aircraft are also provided support IAW agreements and international protocols as appropriate. The HFGCS is not dedicated to any service or command, but supports all DoD authorized users on a traffic precedence/priority basis.
General services provided by the HFGCS are:
Ok, so you're interested to hear them. Tune to
Primary HFGCS Frequencies 24 Hours: 8992 and 11175
Secondary HFGCS Frequencies Day: 13200 15016
Secondary HFGCS Frequencies Night: 4724 6739
You'll hear these transmission 365 days a year.
Audio: USAF HFGCS

Welcome back, you're listening to the DX Extra shortwave news show here on Hobart Radio International. We are being relayed around the world via shortwave into Europe and the Americas and via FM into New Zealand. We love to hear from you, and we've had plenty of emails coming through. Let's get back to the show.


English (These go for an hour)
0400                  7220      9445      9730                                      Northeast Asia
0400                11735    13760    15180                                      Central & South America
0500                13650    15105                                                    Southeast Asia
0600                  7220      9445      9730                                      Northeast Asia
1000                11710    15180                                                    Central & South America
1000                11735    13650                                                     Southeast Asia
1300                 9435    11710                                                    North America
1300               13760    15245                                                    Western Europe
1500                 9435    11710                                                    North America
1500               13760    15245                                                    Western Europe
1600                  9890    11645                                                    Near & Middle East; North Africa
1800               13760    15245                                                    Western Europe
1900                  7210    11910                                                    South Africa
1900                  9875    11635                                                    Near & Middle East; North Africa
2100               13760    15245                                                    Western Europe
Via BCLNews blog.http://bclnews.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/a15-schedule-voice-of-korea.html
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Zimbabwe will meet the upcoming deadline from the International Telecommunications Union for transitioning from analog to digital broadcasting, according to the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe. The deadline was put in place in June 2006.
The Chinese company Huawei Technology would implement the digitization program, explained BAZ CEO Obert Muganyura during a media briefing. The reported cost is $125 million. NetOne will receive the datacasting license.
According to a release published by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Huawei will set up 30 digital transmitters as part of the compliance, as well as studio encoders and head-to-end and satellite links to safely meet the requirements to limit signal interface with neighboring countries after the switch from analog.
Zimbabwe is also planning to digitize existing television studios, content producers and analog radio stations, renew an FM radio transmission network, a Web TV system and an operational and regulatory monitoring system. This is scheduled to take place between July and December 2015.
The transition will also see the creation of HD television studios, five radio transmission studios, six digital content production facilities, satellite signal distribution, six national FM transmission networks as well as a conditional access system and subscriber management receiver control. - See more at: http://www.radioworld.com/article/zimbabwe-transitions-toward-digital/275091#sthash.pgftMalW.dpuf



Via radioworld http://www.radioworld.com/article/zimbabwe-transitions-toward-digital/275091

29 MAR 2015 - 24 OCT 2015
UTC KHZ TARGET DAYS
02:00 - 02:55 15720 AM Pacific Daily
02:55 - 04:00 15720 AM 17675 DRM Pacific Daily
04:00 - 04:58 15720 AM Pacific Daily
04:59 - 06:50 11725 AM Pacific Daily
06:51 - 07:58 11725 AM 9890 DRM Tonga AM Daily DRM Mon - Fri
07:59 - 10:58 9700 AM Pacific Daily
10:59 - 12:58 9700 AM NW Pacific, PNG Daily
13:00 - 15:50 6170 AM Pacific Daily
15:51 - 17:45 9700 AM 7330 DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Niue, Tonga Daily
17:46 - 18:50 9700 AM 11690 DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Niue, Tonga Daily
18:51 - 19:50 11725 AM 11690 DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Niue, Tonga Daily
19:51 - 20:50 11725 AM 15720 DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Niue, Tonga Daily
20:51 - 22:00 11725 AM 15720 DRM Solomon Islands AM Daily DRM Sun - Fri
22:00 - 22:55 15720 AM Pacific Daily
22:55 - 02:00 15720 AM 17675 DRM Pacific AM Daily DRM Sun - Fri

Via Radio New Zealand International http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/listen

[Pirate Theme]
Yes it is that time again, my favourite time arrrrr. I was shocked to receive a reception report from New Zealand hearing our pirate segment on Spaceshuttle Radio. This clip is so clear, and for us Aussie and Kiwis we don't hear pirates much in our part of the world so a impressive catch!
It's time to have a look at the latest pirates logs:
Here are the Europirate logs for the last weekend and this week; there's heaps of them, and I mean heaps!
Wed Mar 25
4026 1840 Laser Hot Hits. Genesis "Follow Me Follow You," jingle. SINPO 44333.
6285v 1725 Long Live Radio. Rock, frequency drifting. SINPO 34333.
6295 1745 NMD Radio. Dutch song, ID, greetings. SINPO 54444.
6319 1809 Radio Caroline Int. Pop, ID jingles. SINPO 44433.
6803 1735 Radio Pioneer. "Relight My Fire." SINPO 54444.
6950 1803 Radio Mirabelle. Johnny Cash "Walk the Line." SINPO 34333.
Sun Mar 22
4026 1817 Laser Hot Hits. Ottawan "DISCO," some CW QRM. SINPO 43433.
6205 0848 Radio King SW. Oldies, jingles. SINPO 34333.
6210 1137 Radio Experience. Propaganda, ID, greetings. SINPO 44433.
6210 1658 Shortwave Gold. Euro-pop, "Tower of Pop" jingle. SINPO 44433.
6240 0845 Radio Casanova. Dutch songs. SINPO 44433.
6244 0937 Radio Vrij Nederland. Dutch songs, ID, DT talk, splash 6240. SINPO 33333.
6255 1707 Radio Pandora. Signal just audible. SINPO 24332.
6285 0855 Misti Radio. Dance mx "What is Love." SINPO 24332.
6285 1008 Radio Quadzilla. Dutch song. SINPO 34333.
6285 1815 Hitmix Radio. German pop. SINPO 54444.
6285 1724 Crazy Wave Radio. "Devil Inside," ID, talk in GM. SINPO 44444.
6305 0959 Misti Radio. Move from 6285. Dutch music. SINPO 34333.
6305 1132 Telstar Radio. Electro music, strong peaks SINPO 44444.
6305 1715 Enterprise Radio. ID, oldies. SINPO 34333.
6325 1710 Radio Blauwe Panter. Polka, ID, siging off. SINPO 54444.
6378 1811 Radio Joey. IDs, Dutch music. SINPO 54444.
6383 0942 Radio Altrex. Shakin Stevens "Julie," ID, moo sounds. SINPO 34333.
6807 1805 Radio Pioneer. Dutch song, co-channel ute QRM. SINPO 53443. Moved to 6803 - SINPO 54444.
6940 1155 Premier Radio. "Nutbush City Limits," ID, "Lady Marmalde," SINPO 34333.
7540 1651 Radio Latino. Signing off. SINPO 34333.
7620 0900 Radio Waves Int. Talk & music, weak. SINPO 24332.
7630 1415 Free Radio Victoria. "The Logical Song," then John Lennon. SINPO 55444.
9320 1654 Radio Mirabelle. Pop. SINPO 24332.
9560 0950 Radio Mi Amigo v Kall. "Yellow River," "Jack in the Box." SINPO 55544.
9600 1800 Radio Spaceshuttle v Bulgarian relay. Sign on for 60 minute programme. SINPO 55444.
9865 0840 European Music R v Radio Revival. "Come Up and See Me," SINPO 55444.
9865 0905 Radio Atlantic 2000 v Radio Revival. "Heaven is a Place on Earth." SINPO 55444.
Sat Mar 21
6240 1624 Radio Onda Caliente. IDs, oldies. SINPO 34333.
6270 1637 Radio Casanova. Dutch songs. SINPO 54444.
6285 1631 Bogusman. Alternative music, chat. SINPO 44433.
6285 1710 The Ghoul. Alan Parsons Project "Eye in the Sky," chat. SINPO 54444.
6290 1957 Radio Borderhunter. Daft Punk. SINPO 55544.
6305 1726 Telstar Radio. ID, instrumental music. SINPO 54444.
6323 1939 Radio Mustang. ID, dance music, said closing, very strong. SINPO 55555.
European logs via shortwave DX blog.


Heading over to North America:
6876 The Crystal Ship 23h22UTC March 26th Open carrier than Sonny and Cher. Member shipmuck
6950USB XLR8 01h09UTC March 25th Hearing church chimes and Ids. Member RCCI
6770 Old Time Radio 00h17UTC March 25th lousy signal, old radio play. Member SDL.
6930 Radio Mushroom 23h22UTC March 22nd Beatles Come Together, ID. Member Chris Smilonski
North American Logs via the HF underground forum. (We also thank other members contributions to the pirate logs that may have not got a mention.)


DX Extra is being relayed via the following affiliate stations: World FM 88.2FM in Tawa, near Wellington in New Zealand, on shortwave via Cupid Radio, Premier Radio, Focus International, Magic 6205 Europe, Pandora Radio, Radio Miami International and a new station from Europe, Radio Spaceshuttle International featuring our pirate logs segment.