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March 12, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave News Show No.23 Released!

Hello fellow DXers, it is with great excitement to release the latest revamped shortwave news programme DX Extra number 23 to the world wide web! Enjoy!
 In this fortnight's podcast: 
  • Global 24 changes
  • Staying in analouge is a dead end
  • New station; CBSFM International
  • Radio Republik Indonesia trialling DRM
  • Pirate Radio News, logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: RNW final show (2012)
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On the 5th of March Global 24 made an announcement on their website, 2 days after shortwave listeners noticed the station off the air March 3rd (reported on Bulgarian DX blog):

“Friends,

First, thank you to the many of you that financially supported us.

We are hoping to make a comeback in a new, streamlined form later in March.

We understand that, in some cases, we didn’t keep our promises on the newsletters and the like. It should go with out saying, we’re very sorry if we’ve let you down.

If you’re looking for a refund of any sponsorship money given to Global 24 and would rather "pull out" than wait and see what happens. Let us know in an email to qsls@global24radio.com and we can begin to explore what, if anything, that might look like.

Of course, we’d rather count on your support as we try and put this back together – but either way – we understand.

Regards,

G24” via global 24's website http://about.global24radio.com/


Glenn Hauser has been in contact with Jeff from WRMI with the following correspondence:
“Jeff, I have the indirect news that G24 will be resuming this weekend in two blocks on WRMI, 11580 and 9955. Please confirm the times and length of each; and what programing will they contain? (Glenn to Jeff White, via DXLD)
Glenn: I am on the road at the moment, but if memory serves me correctly it's 0030 UT Saturday on 11580 and 0200 UT Sunday on 9955. 30 minutes each. Same program twice each weekend. You'll have to ask them about programming, as I have no idea what is planned (Jeff to Glenn, via DXLD)”


While I'm sure many American listeners are saddened that they can't tune into Global 24 any more at least they are on air with what appears to be a 30 minute show repeated over the weekend. But concerns were raised back in January that things we're amiss, here's a post from the Shortwave America blog:
“THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2015
Global 24 Radio - Failure at The Outset?
Global24 Radio launched as a new shortwave service on October 31st, 2014.

It was said that Global24 was going to revitalize shortwave radio, and Jeff White, who owns WRMI in Miami, Florida, said he was excited to see a long overdue commercialization of shortwave.
It is now the middle of January 2015, and none of these things are even close to happening. PCJ Radio International said they will no longer update their programming slot on Global 24 because of broken / unfulfilled promises on their deal with PCJ.
[…] A listener calls Global24 out on their many promises that never came true, and a Global24 station staff member saying that it will be many more months.
Listeners have repeatedly told Global24 that they could not hear them, and listeners are also complaining that there has been a cold response or even a non-response to their reception reports.
One of GLOBAL24's worst choices was to pick only one frequency for a 24 hour broadcast operation. 9395 kHz is the 31meter band, good for overnight and early morning broadcast, whereas a higher frequency is needed for daytime operation, preferably the 21 or 25 meter bands.
Rumour has it that Jeff White advised them that they needed to do something like what was described above.
At this time, we know that Global24 started broadcasting without a schedule firmly in place per their own admission. At this time, the perception is that Global24 was put together haphazardly and without much forethought.” Via Shortwave American blog www.shortwaveamerica.blogspot.com



I checked the Global 24 forum today and noticed it is offline. Let's hope that they can learn from their mistakes and turn around to be a revitalised station with great ideas for their commercial shortwave station.

“Transmission expert Les Sabel told broadcast managers and engineers in Kuala Lumpur today that staying in analog transmission is a “dead end.”
Most Asian countries are well behind Australia in launching digital radio.
Sabel, a technical consultant for CRA and World DMB, was speaking at a workshop on Digital Radio in the lead up to the official opening of the Digital Broadcasting Summit tomorrow in Malaysia.
He told delegates the cost of inaction on digital radio “is that listeners will go somewhere else.”
Sabel laid out a range of suggested technical steps for network planning and roll out in Asian countries, based on lessons learnt from Australia and internationally. He said a good time to roll out digital radio is when digital tv is being rolled out, because the same benefits of more content, more features and better quality are available for both media and it is easier to educate listeners about the benefits of digital radio if they are already thinking about similar features for digital tv.
Digital Radio’s “long term payoff for broadcasters,” according to Sabel, is lower operating expenses once simulcasting is turned off, plus increased value in content, added value for spectrum and the option for a much more flexible future. He recommended that broadcasters migrate gradually to digital transmission rather than trying to launch everything at once with a “big bang.”
Abdul Ramin from RTM Malaysia outlined the progress towards digital radio in his country. Initial studies of digital radio began in 1999 and in 2005 a decision was made to adopt three standards: DVBT, DAB+ and DRM for Malaysia. Broadcast trails began in 2009 and “the results are very encouraging,” said Ramin. The trial licences expired this year and the Malaysian national broadcaster is hoping they will be quickly renewed by the regulator so that the next stage of trials can include content trials and listening studies, as well as just technical analysis.
RTM is anticipating a national roll of digital radio out over ten years, based on the country’s past experience of the FM roll out. Major cities on the west and east coasts of Malaysia are planned to be in the first stage of the roll out, followed by smaller cities then regional areas.
Commercial Radio Australia’s Kath Brown outlined ten critical factors for success in rolling out digital radio and explained that a crucial element in Australia’s success with digital radio was that all sectors of broadcasting agreed on a united policy position and presented it to government. Once there is an accepted policy from government, the next steps are to get the program makers and receiver manufacturers excited about digital radio, then get car manufacturers on board.
Digital radios have become a mass market item. There are about 400 models of digital radio receiver available, with the cheapest model in Australia priced at only $17, available from Aldi supermarkets.
In Brown’s opinion, “broadcasters are the best placed to plan their networks and operate the multiplex licences.” Her ten steps to success are:
  1. Select spectrum efficient technology, such as DAB+
  2. Start NOW
  3. Give broadcasters incentives to embrace digital radio, such as new digital spectrum licences
  4. Tell governments that transmission costs will be much less (one tenth of analog costs) once simulcasting is finished and that there is a potential digital dividend from the old analog spectrum
  5. Plan a national staged project
  6. Save operational costs by careful coverage planning
  7. Encourage new content and affordable receivers
  8. Work to get digital radio into vehicles and smart phones
  9. Marketing strategy to inform listeners
  10. Use analog and online to cross promote digital benefits”
Via radioinfo online https://www.radioinfo.com.au/news/staying-analog-radio-dead-end-digital-broadcasting-summit-kl 



“Monday 9th March
Alan Gale writes on the British DX Club Yahoo group: "CBSFM International from Ireland are currently testing live on 7820 kHz. Presenter said their service will launch on the 17th of March, and they were asking for reception reports on their signal. They will be closing down at 1800 UTC today, I think. Very strong signal here in the nw of England.

Will also stream on Internet as well. More details from their website, and reports can be sent from there: http://cbsfminternational.com/
Station information:
We are testing our mega streams right now, the real 21st century  Irish radio revolution starts here soon. CBS Fm International-The Home Of Smart Stereo Hits-launches from Southwest Ireland on St Patrick's Day, March 17 at 12 noon
CBS FM International is a more music radio station, where talk is kept to a minimum. Broadcasting from Southwest Ireland,
CBS FM's djs come from many different countries, but speak mostly in English, the same language as the music.
We are your Smart Stereo Hits Source, powered up on your smartphone, tablet and computer. CBS FM International has listeners from Chicago  to Calcutta, and from London to Los Angeles, and across Planet Earth!
CBS FM International is leading the way in Broadcasting. We are 21st Century Radio,The Home Of Smart Stereo Hits! and it's lots of fun too!
For More Info Contact Steve Marshall,CEO,CBS FM International."
(Alan Gale, BDXC-UK Yahoo group)” Via the shortwave dx blog


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The Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium and the Indonesian public broadcaster, Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI), are pleased to announce a DRM30 digital radio trial and workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia in the week of 24th of March. Indonesia is mostly coastal lowlands, larger islands and mountainous areas creating a challenging broadcasting landscape; RRI is exploring ways of overcoming these challenges to provide quality broadcasting services that can be received countrywide, with the efficient use of energy.


Mr Sunarya Ruslan, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of RRI Indonesia, says: "We are looking at the weaknesses that we experience currently in analogue radio with a desire to offer radio broadcast services that are economical, easy, and mobile, offering the same good quality to Indonesian citizens, whether they are in big or small cities, even in remote areas and whether they are farmers, fishermen, government officials or private citizens.  Mr Muhammad Rohanudin, Technology and New Media Director of RRI, adds: "RRI is currently reviewing the appropriate technologies to be used as a delivery medium. These technologies include DRM and we hope that the DRM trial in the Bogor area will provide us with options and a better understanding of digital radio broadcasting."  


Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chairman, is delighted to have the Consortium working so closely with RRI: "We believe that DRM will prove to be the full and cost-effective solution for Indonesia allowing it to provide quality broadcasting with extra services, to densely populated urban zones but also to remote areas. The DRM trial and workshop will be run together with Indonesian specialists and will give them the opportunity to experience the quality and advantages of DRM digital radio broadcasting while we will learn more about this important Asian market."  


The DRM30 trial and workshop will be held from 24th - 27th March 2015 in Jakarta and Bogor. They will be supported by RRI and key Consortium members:Fraunhofer IIS, GatesAir, RFmondial and Transradio.  During the workshop attendees will be invited to observe the results of the DRM30 trial and to learn more about the full DRM standard.
(DRM Consortium Press Release)
Via radio activity blog http://alokeshgupta.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/digital-radio-mondiale-drm-and-radio.html


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Yes it is that time again, my favourite time – looking at logs from Free radio stations and it was the busiest weekend in a long time. For Europe on Sunday the 8th March had a whopping 26 stations and Saturday the 7th had 14. (Using logs comparison from Irish Pauls Blog and ShortwaveDX blog) American pirates were very active too, 18 on Sunday. So I hope you got to hear someone!
It also pays to search for them during the week:


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 so I will try and get through them quickly!


Tue Mar 10
4026 2044 Laser Hot Hits. Boney M "Rasputin," then "Stars on 45." SINPO 54444.

5897U 2051 Radio Milano International via Barracuda. IT talk, also on 6210/6300. SINPO 44444.
Sun Mar 8
4018 1840 Rock Radio Network. Female vocalist, ID jingle. SINPO 44433.
4026 1835 Laser Hot Hits. INXS song, jingle. SINPO 54444.
5805 1720 Radio Pandora. Oldies. SINPO 24332.
6190 1015 European Music Radio v Bremen. "Everyone's Going to the Moon," SINPO 55444.
6201 0944 Radio Sunflower. ID and contact details, The Beatles. SINPO 44433.
6215U 1709 Radio Barracuda. German music. SINPO 44433.
6235 0920 Radio Casanova. "Hey Joe Mackenzie," ID, BZN. SINPO 44433.
6240 1002 Radio Scotland Int. Stranglers "No Mercy," ID. SINPO 54444.
6244 0915 Zender Vrij Nederland. Dutch songs. SINPO 34333.
6285 0900 Radio Focus Int. Terry Phillips with ID, contact details, 60s music. SINPO 44433.
6290 1713 Radio Bermudadreieck. Rock, talk in GM, splash from Focus. SINPO 33333.
6297.5 0906 Magic AM. Cult "She Sells Sanctuary," ID. SINPO 44444.
6305 0940 Radio Quadzilla. Boney M "Brown Girl in the Ring." SINPO 33333.
6324 1559 Radio Joey. Dutch songs. SINPO 54433.
6400 1855 Radio Ronnie AM. Golden Earring, strong peaks. SINPO 44433.
6401 1554 Quasar Radio. "Days of Pearly Spencer." SINPO 34333.
6860 0956 Radio Mirabelle. Oldies. SINPO 34333.
6950 0925 Radio Enterprise. Oldies, ID jingle. SINPO 34333.
9600 1825 Radio Spaceshuttle. A version of "Pretty Woman," jingles but then audio problem. SINPO 55444.
9815 1845 Radio Barracuda. CCR "Bad Moon Rising." SINPO 44433.

European logs via shortwave DX blog.



And you might have heard us 1st March on 6300 9h25UTC via Cupid radio or 6325 Premier Radio at 11h4


Heading over to North America:
A new one to me, 6925 03h35UTC KCPR March 12 “First song about pirates that play the music the people want
Little fading and more reggae
Walking the Streets of Bakersfield (my brother is there now)
SSTV: KCPR fat kid with capguns” by member Antennae


6925 01h05UTC Captain Morgan 11th March R&B song with big signal using SAM. Good audio. S9+20.
Thanks for the show! by member blw



6930 00h30UTC CYOT (Coyote Radio) 8th March 2015 “0029 Coyotes yipping?
0033 "Oh Canada" so CYOT?
0034 "50 thousand watts of pure program magic" then what sounded like a poss YL ID, but in a fade here” by member jFarley



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, and now Radio Miami International. We cease our show with Global 24.


Before we go it's time to get an audio clip out of the archives. This is a shortwave recording of Radio Netherlands Worldwide's final broadcast July 2nd 2012 1900UTC on 17605khz
See: http://swling.com/blog/2012/07/radio-netherlands-says-farewell-in-style/


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



Image: Cascade Brewery, South Hobart. Famous for "Cascade Draught" beer.

March 4, 2015

The Buzz No.1 Music show


The Buzz No.1 Music Show
Welcome to the first relaxed music and talk show. On today's show we feature slightly heavier music than I am used to including a great metal cover of "Summer Lovin - Grease" and some Motley Crue, CBD, Grandmaster flash some Little Britain comedy and to calm it down towards the end a song from the Lion King - an ace first show! I forgot, Elmer Fudd can rap!

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Did you hear it on shortwave? We feature a special eQSL for this music show. On air 6940 via Premier Radio 2nd March 2015 at 19h00-20h00 UTC into Europe.

February 28, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave News Show No.22 Released!

Hello fellow DXers, it is with great excitement to release the latest shortwave news programme DX Extra number 22 to the world wide web! It's also the last day of February! 
 In this fortnight's podcast: 
  • AWR special QSL Kigali
  • RCI "Celebrating" 70 years
  • New station; Radio Risala International
  • Radio 292; where are they now
  • Pirate Radio News, logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: Behaviour Night WBCQ

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“At the beginning of this current Transmission Period B14 October 6, 2014, Adventist World Radio began a relay service from the Deutsche Welle shortwave relay station near Kigali in Rwanda Africa.  The AWR relay via DW Kigali is on the air for a total of 2½ transmitter hours daily in three languages, French, Amharic & Fulfulde.  In one particular time block, two transmitters carry the programming in parallel. However, Deutsche Welle has subsequently announced that they plan to close their African relay station at the end of this current Transmission Period B14 March 28, 2015 and then dismantle the station.  The last AWR broadcasts from DW Kigali will therefor also end at the same time.
For those who would like to receive a QSL card for these now short term broadcasts, AWR would welcome all reception reports from listeners in any part of the world.  Each reception report will be verified with a QSL card (not an Email QSL), and the envelope will be affixed with genuine postage stamps, not postal labels.  In addition, while supplies last, a special QSL stamp showing Kigali will be attached to the QSL card. It is not necessary to send an off-air recording of your reception.  We just need your honest reception report on paper.  Where possible, please enclose return postage in the form of currency notes in any         international currency, or mint postage stamps.  Please note that IRC coupons are too expensive for you to buy, and they are no longer valid in the United States. Also please enclose your address label.
           
The only address for the special Kigali QSL stamp is the Indianapolis address at:-
Adventist World Radio, Box 29235, Indianapolis, Indiana 46229, USA. All reception reports, including all that have already been received, will be QSLed in due course.  However, please be patient with us as we already hold uncounted hundreds of reception reports still pending, and it may take us many months to process them all. 
            The current AWR website shows the following scheduling for the daily Kigali transmissions:-
                                    0600 - 0630 UTC        15700 kHz      French
                                    0600 - 0630                 17800              French
                                    1700 - 1730                   9490              Amharic
                                    1930 - 2000                 17800              Fulfulde          
                                    2000 - 2030                 17800              French”



“The flood of wonderful memories, fueled by the old and not so old photos of Radio Canada International’s 70 years, is now, as I write this, suddenly mixed with regret, lost opportunities, and missing colleagues. In a way I dreaded this anniversary, not knowing how to deal with this important milestone. RCI has survived all these years since its first broadcast on February 25, 1945, as Canada’s Voice to the World. But now, almost three years after an 80% budget cut that took us off shortwave radio, cutting us off from our listeners, how do you celebrate? How do you not look with some exasperation, regretfully, wistfully, at how little people, even colleagues, know about RCI’s proud achievements, and its path-breaking innovations? The contradictions of how some viewed us and the reality is almost too much to bear. People say we used outdated technology, weren’t moving with the times, and no longer needed to explain Canada to the world. Yet none of this is true. Using shortwave radio we reached every corner of the globe. Using satellite, LPs, tape cassettes, CDs, Facebook, Twitter, partnerships with local stations in other countries, we reached the world’s citizens. People who, surprising as some might find, were very curious about this huge democracy called Canada, that tried to carve out its place in the world, beside the huge super-power to the south. The other day a colleague asked me about a service referred to in French as “Transcriptions” and had no idea what it was about. As I talked about RCI’s record label that recorded Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, and a host of other classical, jazz and pop musicians, I saw my colleague’s eyes widen in surprise.

“We had a record label?” Yes, a respected catalogue of records which won Juno music awards, and was part of RCI’s mandate of telling the world about Canada, along with so many other services. Imagine, we broadcast live election night coverage of federal elections around the world, created an election website with instantaneous results in seven languages, sent out radio lessons to teach English and French, and produced area specific programming for Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, in English and French, in addition to all the other languages we broadcast in.

I shake my head as I hear people saying we need to change with the times, really get on board with the Internet. I shake my head because some of us were putting RCI on the web before there was a web. The list of RCI’s achievements and all the talented people who worked for it could be the stuff of a television documentary series. But sadly, no one seems interested now. A death by a thousand cuts, such an apt description, such a horrible process. You’d think we would appreciate the experience of 70 years, the achievements of generations of journalists, producers, and technicians. And this week we trot out the old photos, say how great it is that RCI has been around for 70 years. Then we’ll roll up the posters, the displays, and put the awards we’ve won back in the cupboard. We should have been allowed to think and work for the future. Because, our mandate to tell the world about Canada in a contextualized way, understandable to anyone, even someone who’s never been here, hasn’t gone away. Nor has the need for the honest journalism that many of us believe in, a journalism so necessary for those listening to what a country like us had to deal with and has to offer. Wouldn’t it be incredible, if after the celebrations, we could concretely renew Radio Canada International? Build on our strengths and our experience, and not be limited by false constraints? Lovely dream.
Via the RCI Action Comitte Blog http://rciaction.org/blog/2015/02/25/celebrating-70-years-of-radio-canada-international/

“15165 kHz, Radio Risala International - site unknown (perhaps Issoudun??). 
This new SW station started on Feb 20 at 1830 UTC, with numerous IDs as "Radio Risala". I can't confirm this, but the language used sounded like Oromo (a.k.a. Afaan Oromo) which is spoken largely in Ethiopia. The programming featured mainly talk with occasional excerpts of instrumental music. This appears to be a religious group, Muslim-based faith. From 1853, there was a long chant in call and response style. Suddenly off at 1857 in the middle of the chant, so we didn't hear a proper sign off announcement. The signal strength was poor here at Mount Evelyn. The band was not in very good shape this morning. I tried recording it but the quality just wasn't good enough to include here.
However.....
The station has a Facebook page :  https://www.facebook.com/RaadiyooRisaalaa
There is also a website but it has virtually no useful information for English speakers!
Hopefully, further information will shed more light on this broadcaster.”

Via the Mount Everlyn DX Report blog: http://medxr.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/new-station-radio-risala-international.html

"Amateur radio based group rescues released broadcast frequency
When the 'Deutsche Welle' decided to close down one of their 500 KW short wave broadcast transmitters near Munich at the end of 2012, a group containing some German radio amateurs applied for and were allocated the then available short wave frequency of 6070 KHz in 2013. This group now have an operational 10KW station on the frequency, using the driver stages from the old Deutsche Welle transmitter. The rest of the transmitter was built by and is run by Rainer DB8QC . The licence allow transmission 24/7 but at present most transmissions are on a weekend during daylight hours.
Content is mainly provided by existing Internet Radio stations wanting to get their material "on-the-air" this includes several soceities that remember the days of the Pirate Radio pop music stations in the North sea between England and Holland and a lot of their music content is from the 60's and 70's. Additional content is being sought and at only 15 Euros an hour, this is not a corporate big business rather a facility where smaller groups can afford to buy time to transmit their content. One such group is the Deutsche Amateur Radio Club, the National Amateur Radio Soceity in Germany, who hope to have a weekly 2 hour slot on the station from mid-March to send a DX orientated program, probably from 6pm local time on Sundays.
The DARC DX magazine will be in the German language and targeted towards German speaking listeners. Amateur radio is an international medium however so there are thoughts of also producing an international / English hour in addition, to reach out across Europe not only to radio amateurs but also to short wave listeners and the general public.
When I talked with another Rainer DF2NU who is one of the group running the station and the president of the Munich South section of the DARC, he told me that they hope to be able to broadcast more often once sufficient content is available however they are already seeing other broadcasters such as Radio China moving onto the frequency in the evenings as those stations percieve 6070 KHz as a free frequency. Rainer told me that currently "Channel 292" has airtime bookings for 20-25 hrs a week, mostly on weekends at which times it runs at 10 kW output. When the station is idle (as there is no booking), the transmitter power is reduced to 1kW and transmits an infinite music-loop with no actual program. Late evenings, after 8pm local, the transmitter is switched off completely in order to save energy costs. Rainer stressed that the license is for 24/7 so they can use the frequency at any time when they have content. With a current rate of EUR 15,-- per hour airtime you cannot earn any money. This broadcast station is an extenion of the amateur radio hobby and the group seek to simply cover their costs.
Thinking back to the very start of amateur radio, Hams were allowed to transmit music, news and entertainment programs, so it's nice to see some of this coming back onto the short wave bands thanks to the efforts of groups like this one.
I wonder as we see more and more broadcasters leaving the short wave bands in favour of Internet broadcasting, whether we'll see more licences and surplus transmitters being picked up by amateur radio groups? This seems to be somewhat of a repeat of the situation when it was said 200 metres and up is useless for broadcasting - give it to the amateurs. We all know what then followed. Perhaps amateur Radio groups around the world can put new life into released shortware broadcast frequencies?


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First up we have broadcast annoucements news:

“Dear listeners, 
We have plan try to reach more listeners with special quite high powered and directed transmission on 9600 kHz, 31mb next sunday 1st of March 2015 18:00-19:00 UTC. …
Our target is to reach areas of entire Europe, Mediterranean Sea area, Near-East, (Asia) and North-Africa. In any case it will be needed very good receivers and proper antennas for our listeners to get our signal. I wish everyhing will go right with these plans and our strange music will reach bigger areas and much bigger audience?? Let's see what's happens... 
Please send ideas of programs and music you like to hear from Spaceshuttle. We would like to fullfill your requests in special musical shows in future. I wish you will have fun with our programes also in future! Please tell you thoughts to us by e-mail: spaceshuttleradio@yhaoo.com


Your letters/reception reports are very welcome to our address in Herten: 

Radio Spaceshuttle International 

P.O.Box 2702 
NL: 6049 ZG Herten 
The Netherlands 



A little fee (2 euros) for return postage (for full info printed QSLs) is needed! 

Via swpirates digest 

It's time to have a look at the latest pirates logs:
Here are the Europirate logs for the middle of January


4026 1818 Laser Hot Hits. Oldies. SINPO 54444.
6240 1749U Radio Barracuda. Earth Wind & Fire "September." SINPO 44433.
6290 1744 Radio Hitmix. German pop. SINPO 54444.
6300 1738 Radio Mirabelle. Soft rock. SINPO 34333.
6325 2002 Premier Radio. "Hippy Hippy Shake," ID, "Some Girls Do," utility splash. SINPO 33333.
6380 1815 Misti Radio. Oldies, sign off. SINPO 34333.


4026 1805 Laser Hot Hits. Caroline 558 recording. SINPO 54444.
6290 1726 Radio Mirabelle. Belgian pop. SINPO 44433.
6930 1650 Radio Blackbeard. Dance music, strong peaks. SINPO 44433.


6205 1657 Radio Barracuda. Stevie Wonder. SINPO 34333.
6239 1649 Misti Radio. Polka and Dutch songs. SINPO 34333.
6291 1639 Radio Caroline Int. Move from 6319. Jingles, oldies. SINPO 44433.
6304 1749 Radio Vendor. Dutch songs. SINPO 54444.
6319 1620 Radio Caroline Int. SSTV, jingles, pop. SINPO 44433.
6390 1722 Radio Mirabelle. ID, French pop music, CW QRM. SINPO 43333.
6747 1630 Radio Pioneer. Polka, Hollies "I Love Jennifer Eccles." SINPO 54444.

European logs via shortwave DX blog.

Heading over to North America:

6940 01h29UTC Insane Radio 28th Feb 2015
0130z poss ID 
0136z ID "Insane Radio" x3
0140z "American Dream Plan B" Tom Petty  
0200z fade out, only see carrier, very slight audio By member Rafman

6950USB 02h19 Radio True North 28th Feb 2015
“Have been noting an S8 carrier w/out audio here for a while.  Very quick periodic fades.
0220 Possibly hearing mx with a thump

0224 OM talk, but can't get any detail

0253 hearing what sounded like RTN's voice until a pesc came up in the LSB

0256 pretty sure I heard the ID, then back to the mx
0302 Sounds like "Black Betty"” By member jFarley


6850 23h54UTC 26th Feb 2015 The Crystal Ship “Trying to sign on, but having some troubles.” By 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 World FM 88.2FM in Tawa, near Wellington in New Zealand, Worldfm dot co dot nz and on shortwave via relay partners on Focus International, Magic 6205 Europe, Pandora Radio, Premier Radio, Cupid Radio and Global 24 9395.

Before we go it's time to get an audio clip out of the archives. This is a shortwave recording of WBCQ 7490 13th February 2015 of Behaviour Night showcasing music from the 20th century.

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


Image: Ivy up brickwall at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

February 15, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave Show No.21 Released!

Hello fellow DXers, it is with great excitement to release the latest shortwave news programme DX Extra number 21 to the world wide web!
 In this fortnight's podcast: 
  • Madagascar World Voice progress
  • World Radio Day: February 13th
  • Digital Radio Summit 2015
  • Italian Group Free-Wave Contest
  • Pirate Radio News, logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: Radio Singapore International (2004)

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“World Christian Broadcasting (WCB) has been given permission to put their new station on air in Madagascar - a sister station to their Alaskan KNLS transmitters. The station is to be known as Madagascar World Voice (MWV). This has been in the planning stages for some years now and building commenced in 2006. But local political instability and coup have played a large role in the delay of the realisation of this project. Finally, recent elections have given WCB an opportunity to work with the Government in bringing its dream to fruition. The transmitting facility is stationed at Mahajanga, Madagascar. It is on the western side of the island, more than seven hours and over 550 km away from the long established Talata-Volonondry site on the eastern side.

As some DXers will recognise, KNLS has often been a difficult station to hear in many parts of the globe. But, we know from the past that Madagascar has proven itself to be a fabulous staging point for transmitting to Africa, the Middle East and Asia by other broadcasters. So with new transmitters and antennas, WCB expects to make significant inroads in getting its voice heard around the world.

World Christian Broadcasting’s freshly minted 100 KW transmitters were loaded on a cargo ship in the Port of Houston on January 12, 2015.  A few days later the ship sailed, bound for the Indian Ocean.  Arrival date is expected to be somewhere around March 25.  The ships will cross many, many miles of open Atlantic Ocean before they sail under the tip of Africa to head north to their destination.  The two transmitters were built at a cost of $1,000,000 each, so we are praying for smooth sailing and a safe arrival!
Once the transmitters are unloaded at our station, much work is left to be done.  They must be installed in the transmitter building that has been awaiting their arrival.  They must be connected to the diesel generators that will power them.  Technicians from Continental Electronics in Dallas must go to fine-tune their installation.  Once all that has been done, we can begin the testing process—which in itself will take more than a month.  Once everything is in order, we can begin broadcasting in late 2015 or early 2016.

The new transmitters will send out life-giving messages through these antenna wires.  Radio signals will leave each of three antennas with 16 million watts of power.

Initially we will broadcast in six languages: Arabic (covering the entire Mid-East), Spanish (for South and Central America, plus the Spanish-speaking countries of Africa), English with an African sound (for the continent of Africa), Chinese (for western China), Russian (for the populous regions of western Russia, including St. Petersburg and Moscow), and International English (for India and nearby countries where English is a second language).  


Via the Mount Evelyn DX Report blog http://medxr.blogspot.com.au/


“If memes are to be believed, then it is true when it is said, ‘Home is where the wifi is.’ Wifi signals have become almost synonymous with one’s connect to the world. But before all this came, there was only the humble radio. Be it entertainment or news, that was the world’s only medium to know what was happening elsewhere.
It is World Radio Day. A day formally announced by UNESCO in 2011, after a suggestion put forward by Spain to celebrate this important means of communication. While we fret and fume with weak wifi or 3G connectivity, in some parts of the world, radio still remains an important lifeline to the outside world.
The need to celebrate Radio day is all the more important because as a site says, “In remote farming communities in Australia, children learn their school work through radio. In poor communities in Africa, villages gather around the radio each evening to keep up to date on national news and hear music and speeches. Radio has been superseded by the internet and satellite communications for large parts of the world, but for millions of less fortunate people, radio is still a miracle of technology.”
For some, radio as an instrument might just be a nostalgic piece but even today there are people who feel radio has more potential than the internet or any other networking medium. When the floods ravaged Visakhaptnam and every network including electricity failed, it was the radio that connected and helped rescue work, points out Farhan Ashhar, convenor of Hyderabad Amateur radio. Farhan, who also restores and collects radios, has more than nostalgic moments to share. “Worldwide, radio is seeing resurgence. More and more smaller radio stations are coming up, primarily with governments making it easier to get licenses and setting up a studio and transmitter with modern technology.
In India, the government looks upon private radios as a source of revenue rather than an essential outreach initiative. The FM licenses are prohibitively expensive and the license fee is impossible to recover without resorting to aggressively commercial content.
The government is winding up its shortwave and medium wave transmissions and encouraging private commercial FM stations instead. In effect, providing the rural areas with content that is pertinent to them is being replaced with FM radios that sell filmi content with urban aspirations. The Vividh Bharati, for instance, is no longer available on medium wave.” He makes a point when he says, “For a city that boasts of multilingual image, not a single FM channel has any Hindi/Urdu programming. All of them incessantly play Telugu film content.”
Farhan explains as he shows his radios, “The second radio is a German Metz. My parents used to play it all the time when I was growing up. One of my earliest memories is that of abba listening to BBC world service on this radio. I made my first ham radio contacts with just this radio.” Of the radios that he has, one of the radio them in his possession was made by his friend Venkata Narasappa. “He made it sitting in his village many years ago and is entirely made from valves, before transistors became common in radios,” points out Farhan. Also in Farhan’s possession is a BC-348. It was produced by the American Air Force and flown on almost every war plane during the World War.
However, for many, radio brings in a lot of nostalgia. Promiti Phukan, a music teacher, says the radio was her first teacher and before she knew about the Grammy awards it was the Sunday afternoon music programme that kept her updated about the charts and latest tracks. “In Guwahati, every youngster kept track of that time in the afternoon. All India radio did a great job. One of our school teachers and my aunt used to be the announcers on radio. It was a joyous time. While I love my iPod, I still cherish those days,” she recollects.”
Via The Hindu http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/thank-you-for-the-radio/article6886601.ece

12 Feb 2015
“Yesterday’s Digital Radio Summit marked the 8th anniversary of such an event. With over a 110 participants from 25 difference countries as far as Australia and the United States, the event showed that the discussions around the future of digital radio are still top on the agenda of many organizations. 

Director of Technology & Innovation, Simon Fell, opened the event with remarks on the many exciting developments showing the promise of digital radio in today’s crowded consumer electronics marketplace. He pointed to the example of visual radio coming into its own, with the EBU currently supplying visual radio to at least 20 radio stations and websites for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Colorado. “We need to ensure that radio has a bright future by continuing to develop and push the boundaries of what is possible,” he said.

The first keynote speaker to take to the stage was Michael Hill, Founder and Managing Director of UK Radioplayer Ltd. Setting the scene for the rest of the day, he focused on how broadcast and internet radio will offer an attractive listener experience in the future. In particular, there are 3 things that he urged participants to do in their countries to help take hybrid radio to the next level: “Launch your own shared player platform; help solve the data-jigsaw and commit to RadioDNS, if you haven’t already; and, help fight back against the companies that want to steal our place on the dashboard.” 

Digital radio is not so much about platforms anymore but rather about offering a simple and attractive listening experience to audiences. Often, the digital radio experience in cars is too complicated compared to newer applications and services. For digital radio to work and maintain its attractiveness, it must be seamless and automatically select the best way to receive services (i.e. service following). Frank Nowack, Ford’s Function Owner for Broadcast Media and Reception, noted in his keynote speech on the topic that the car industry (Ford) is dedicated to going forward with digital radio, but more coverage of European roads must be achieved to do so. He recommended that broadcasters pay attention to send correct information for service linking and information. There is no doubt that connected cars are coming but, streamed radio in cars won’t replace broadcast radio. 

The rest of the morning’s session focused on updates from various organizations, including WorldDMB, DRM, RadioDNS, TISA and IDAG, and different country perspectives. In Sweden there is now a report recommending the deployment of digital radio for public and commercial radio with a FM switchover scenario. Government will give the decision in 2015 for the rollout. Polish radio continues its DAB+ deployment, targeting cities first. In France, there was recent news that the regulator (CSA) has produced a report on radio and has the objective to launch tender targeting cities first. In Germany, ARD has restructured its DAB strategy to go forward and it is planned to define an FM switchover strategy proposal in 2015.

Other key topics of the day included digital migration, smart and hybrid radio, and radio in smartphones. Switzerland has completed the definition of its FM switchover strategy. The objective is to have FM switched off by 2024 latest. Participants also heard more about the EBU Smart Radio Initiative and the latest EBU Digital Radio Toolkit that focuses on best practice and actions for the successful deployment of digital radio. 

Paul Brenner, SVP/CTO of Emmis Communications, showcased the Nextradio Hybrid Radio App, a working example of hybrid radio smartphones from the United States.  His company found that when you give audiences something to look at (it has to be interactive), their listening time nearly doubled – an interesting piece of advice for broadcasters. 

The development of interactivity and personalisation in radio also seems inevitable. To achieve this, BBC has worked within the EBU framework to help create a Cross Platform Authentication Standard which allows user devices to pair with apps and avoids one having complicated logins on every device and for every station. This is just the start.”



Via the European Broadcasting Union https://tech.ebu.ch/home/news/main/newsList/2015/02/10/digital-radio-summit-2015-unifyi.html

“Italian Group Free Wave have organised a radiophonic contest that will be on the shortwaves in Amplitude Modulation, 1st March 2015. The Game is very simple. “TAKE THE MESSAGE".

Each free station will be on air at different times, in their own quarters, transmitting a single part of a complete message in Italian and English, that is not the same. Your challenge is to recreate the complete message!

All parts of the message start with a particular advising sound for all free stations. The single part of the message will be transmitted following this schedule:


6.870 Radio Samurai from 08.00 to 08.30 UTC
6.875 Radio Europe from 08.30 to 09.00 UTC
6.940 Radio Enterprise from 09.00 to 09.30 UTC
7.300 Radio U-Boat 66 from 10.00 to 10.30 UTC
7.300 Mistero Ghost Planet from 10.30 to 11.00 UTC
The complete message will be transmitted instead only via:
3.905 Radio Arcadia from 21.00 to 22.00 UTC

To participate in the game you only have to recreate the complete message, but you also have to write the single part you  heard from each Italian Free Station.

All short-wave listeners may participate in the game by using either their own radio/antenna or by web-SDR receiver. Please send your report to:radioalleanza@gmail.com

International Contest Rank and Special Paper Certificate 

The first through fifth report(s) emailed and received without mistakes will get a paper QSL direct to your postal address (if provided).

To compose the final ranking we will consider the time when we received your email. The ranks of Italian short-wave listeners and International short-wave listeners will be separated, and we will send a total of 10 paper certificates. The final results will be published within 10 days from 1 March  2015. We hope good conditions prevail, and we invite you to participate to the Game!”



Via South East Asia Dxing blog http://shortwavedxer.blogspot.com.au/

[Pirate Theme]

First up we have broadcast annoucements news:

“Dear friends,

GERMANY: Radio Spaceshuttle International,  Rohrbach on 6070 kHz Saturday 14th February 2015, 14-15 UTC.
SWEDEN: Radio Spaceshuttle International, Sale on 6035 kHz and 9865kHz Sunday 15th February 2015, 08-10 UTC

Wishing that conditions will be fine and good reception all over Europe is possible!
All correct reports sent (with 2 EUROS/ 3 International reply Coupon) to our address: Radio Spaceshuttle International, P.O.Box 2702, NL-ZG 6049 HERTEN, The Netherlands will be verified with our printed QSL! (+ some promotional material!)
COMPETITION: After six month period(January-June) special big surprises 1,2 and 3 (valuable Spaceshuttle stuff) will be sent to three listeners sent THE MAXIMUM NUMBER of correct reports [-max one report/transmission counted].

Best regards,
Dick Spacewalker” via shortwavedx Blog http://shortwavedx.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/radio-spaceshuttle-14-15th-february.html




It's time to have a look at the latest pirates logs:
Here are the Europirate logs for the middle of January


Monday 9th February
3905 2100 Maverick Radio. Oldies. Weak signal. SINPO 24332.


Tuesday 10th February
4026 2130 Laser Hot Hits. Dance music. SINPO 54444. (via Twente SDR)

Friday 13th February 2015
4026 2320 Laser Hot Hits. Recordings of offshore station Radio Scotland. SINPO 54444.(via Twente SDR)
6295-20.00 Unid Playing Dutch Music. Fair To Good Signal Sinpo 43433

6747-20.10 Radio Pioneer Playing Dance, Pop And Country Music Including Fergal Shakey And Johnny Cash. Fair Signal, With Some Fading Sinpo 43323

6950-20.50 Radio Enterprise With Music From The Housemartins, The Tornadoes And Robin Beck. Also Id Jingles. Fair Signal Sinpo 43333

6930-23.40 TRX Radio Playing Rock N' Roll Music Including Elvis Presley, Fats Domino And Buddy Holly. Good Signal Sinpo 44344

6295-23.50 Hit Mix Radio Playing Dutch Music. Fair Signal Sinpo 43333

Saturday February 14th
6380-9.21 Little Feet Radio Playing Pop And Soul Music Including Roy Orbison And Hottie & The Blowfish. Good Signal Sinpo 44344

European logs via Pauls Irish Radio blog and shortwave DX blog.


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Heading over to North America:
6770 02h21UTC Feb 13th Old Time Radio “02:52 Big band music followed by George and Gracie.  Should be Old Time Radio, but no ID yet.”By member Tom Haus
6925USB 12th February 01h06UTC XLR8 “SINPO: 33222
0106 - Just signed on with punk ? music” By member ByteBorg

6950USB 00h44UTC February 11th XLR8 “Music now at S4 here at 0044 UTC Playing an alt rock tune...something about "Freedom"” by member shipmuck
6919 00h50UTC February10th Boombox Radio “Just signed on, S8 signal.” “Song called "Girls" [According to Shazam] @ 0058.
Boombox ID @ 0102.
Up to S7 @ 0130 with a Tove Lo song.
Back to S6, but stronger audio @ 0203.” By 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.)

Play some music - Donkeyboy


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Before we go it's time to get an audio clip out of the archives. This is a shortwave recording of Radio Singapore International 6150 23h00UTC

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

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