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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 [clan-des-tin] shortwave frequencies
  • Pirate News, logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: Radio For Peace International

(Reuters) - Greece's parliament passed a bill on Wednesday to reopen the state broadcaster abruptly unplugged nearly two years ago, in a symbolic move to heal what Prime Minister Alexis [alex-is] Tsipras [si-pr-as] has called a "great wound" of the country's bailout programme.

Re-opening The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) has been a priority for his leftist Syriza [sa-ris-a] party, which fiercely protested the way television screens went black at midnight on June 11, 2013, after the then conservative-led government decided to shutter the 75-year-old institution.

"This government is determined to put an end to the black screen. This government of the left is re-opening ERT," said Syriza [sa-ris-a] lawmaker Yiorgos [your-gos] Pantzas [pant-zas], hours before the bill to revive ERT passed.

ERT, which cost 300 million euros ($326 million) a year to run, was replaced with a slim-downed broadcaster named NERIT, which is expected to be merged or absorbed by ERT.

NERIT was shunned by many at first, but has since seen ratings pick up. ERT ran three domestic TV channels and several radio stations before going off the air.

The government has said that all of the roughly 2,500 staff who were made redundant after the closure, including 600 journalists, would be rehired at an annual cost of about 30 million euros. This would be covered through an existing charge on electricity bills of three euros a month.

Athens, locked in talks with its lenders for months in an effort to reach a deal that could unfreeze financial aid, has promised not to take any measures that would "negatively impact fiscal targets." It has vowed to trim operational costs and waste, and revive ERT while keeping NERIT employees.

The government was expected to outline details of its plans in coming months.
ERT's shock closure, with newscasters cut off in mid-sentence, was one of the most drastic measures to help meet the terms of the country's 240 billion-euro international bailout.

It sparked a wave of protests and the withdrawal of a partner from the coalition government at the time, igniting what many view as the beginning of Syriza's  [sa-ris-a] rise to power.
For weeks, journalists broadcast a bootleg news channel over the Internet, defying management orders to leave the shuttered broadcaster's headquarters. Hundreds rallied outside the building in daily protests, as musicians from ERT's national symphony orchestra performed, some in tears. The government has said it plans to rehire the musicians.

"We won't forget and won't write off the black of ERT," said parliament speaker and Syriza  [sa-ris-a] lawmaker Zoe Constantopoulou [con-stan-top-a-lew] who had joined protesters against the closure. "It marked the beginning of a reverse course which activated our people's democratic reflexes."

Via Reuters 

Hopefully their shortwave service will resume some time soon.

"Last [fortnight] it was reported that Norway would be switching off all FM radio broadcasts as early as 2017. According to the Norsk [nor-sh-k] Lokalradio [lo-kal-radi-oo] Forbund [for-bun], the Norwegian Local Radio Association, however, only 23 local radio stations in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim [trond-hime] and Stavanger [stov-a-nir], as well as major national broadcasters, are set to make the transition from analog to digital DAB broadcast anytime soon, while 200 local stations outside the cities will continue to broadcast in analog for the near future.

The government is allowing local stations to continue broadcasting on established FM networks during and after a technology shift so as to avoid extra costs on the stations and to guarantee regional content.

These 200 community radio stations, mainly located in small towns and villages around the country will be able to remain on FM for at least five more years, explains Mari Hagerup, communications manager at Digitalradio Norge [noy-geh]. Twenty-three commercial community-stations in urban areas will have to transition to digital, 22 of which have already done so. “There has always been plans for FM-extension for smaller stations,” says Hagerup [har-ge-rupe]. “But the radio industry needs a future proof and fair playing field for all national and semi-national radio stations.”

The Government Statistical Bureau, Statistisk [statistic] Sentralbyrå [central-bureau], reported recently that only 19 percent of listening is on broadcast DAB. The country's digital listening figure of 56 percent comprises DVB-T, Internet radio as well as DAB platforms.

“But if we look at the DAB-only measurements in the research carried out by Digitalradio Norge [noy-geh], we can find that DAB constitutes 38 percent of all listeners,” asserts Hagerup [ha-ger-rupe]. “The reason one poll shows 38 and another 19 is because of the different criteria, methods and population used in each survey. A harmonization of these factors would in fact give more or less comparable results.”

One example she pointed out is that Statistisk [statistic] Sentralbyrå [central-bureau] measures DAB listening among the entire population from the age of nine, while TNS Gallup [gall-upe] measures all digital use among daily listeners. Seventy percent of Norway’s population is over the age of 15.

We reported in DX Extra No.25 that all FM stations would be off the air.

"BBC World Service broadcasts Lifeline programmes in Nepal

In response to the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, the BBC World Service is now broadcasting additional programming on shortwave in both Nepalese and in English.
BBC Media Action – the BBC’s international development charity – is working with the Nepali Service on BBC World Service (radio and online) and local partner radio stations to broadcast ‘Lifeline’ programming.

Liliane Landor, Controller of World Service Languages, says: “Information is vital and we are doing all we can to make sure that our audiences in the affected areas receive their local and regional news as well as ‘Lifeline’ programming designed to give practical information to help deal with the aftermath of the earthquake.”

The Nepali language programme is available on shortwave as follows:

Nepali dawn transmission (01:30-01:45 GMT)
11995 kHz (25 metre band)
15510 kHz (19 metre band)

Nepali evening transmission (15:00-16:00 GMT)
9650 kHz (31 metre band)
5895 kHz (49 metre band)

The availability of World Service English on short wave to Northern India and Nepal has been extended with the service now starting one hour earlier than normal at 23.00 GMT.

Additional frequencies for World Service in English (to S Asia) from 23:00 GMT to 24:00GMT
5895 kHz (49 metre band)
9540 kHz (31 metre band)

From 00:00GMT the broadcasts continue as normal on 12,095kHz, 9,410kHz and 5970kHz" Via
swling blog 

“American-Nepali Disaster Communication Group Calls for Release of Needed Radio Gear

The Computer Association of Nepal-USA (CAN-USA) has called on the Amateur Radio community to urge the government of Nepal to release radio equipment being held up in customs, so that it can be used to support the earthquake relief and recovery effort. CAN-USA held a news conference May 1 in Santa Clara, California, to publicize its role in providing disaster communication in Nepal as well as to promote its fundraising efforts. CAN-USA calls its project to advance Amateur Radio in Nepal “Radio Mala,” describing it as “disaster communication infrastructure to connect Kathmandu and the surrounding region in a ring of protective Amateur Radio communication.” CAN-USA — also known as the Global Nepali Professional Network (GNPN) — funded and installed the only Amateur Radio repeater currently in service in Nepal and donated a transmitter that was recently used to transmit slow-scan TV images of the affected area to a Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) operator in Afghanistan.

“Radio Mala team members have been working on their disaster-communication project for Nepal for several years, knowing a massive earthquake in Nepal was imminent,” the organization said on its Facebook page. “Their single repeater, which was erected in 2013, withstood the devastating 7.8 earthquake that hit on April, 25, 2015, and is the only repeater that has been in constant use since the earthquake occurred. This team is now even more invigorated to complete their project to help provide crucial communication well into the future.”

CAN-USA said that as Nepal responds to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, Amateur Radio has been playing “a key role in the recovery effort.” In a news release in advance of its May 1 event, Radio Mala decried “bureaucratic misunderstanding” in Nepal that, it said, is keeping needed Amateur Radio equipment out of the hands of responders.

“Advanced radio equipment intended for the Radio Mala project has been locked up in Nepali customs since March — equipment for a next-generation Amateur Radio which could have saved lives had it been deployed before the earthquake struck,” the organization said. “Radio Mala has contacted and received support from the US State Department and the US Embassy in Kathmandu in an attempt to release the equipment from Nepali customs, but has not yet been successful.”

The group called on radio amateurs “in Nepal and around the world to unite in asking that the equipment be released, so that it may be deployed immediately in support of the Nepali people.”

The “Ham Radio Mala” Facebook page includes more information on Amateur Radio’s role in the current earthquake relief and recovery effort.



A new A15 list of Clandestine stations has been released on the HF Underground forum. It is very in depth and will be linked on our website but I will read out selected stations schedules:

0300-1500 daily 11510 DENGE KURDISTAN to WeAs Kurdish

0400-0430 daily 7315/11650/13800 RADIO TAMAZUJ – Arabic - To: SUDAN
0400-0430 .t.t.s. 7235/9566.5 VOICE OF ERITREA  – Tigrinya - To: ERITREA
0400-0500 m.w.f.. 7235/9566.5 VOICE OF PEACE AND DEMOCRACY OF ERITREA  – Tigrinya - To: ERITREA
0400-0600 daily 6250/3971 ECHO OF UNIFICATION (TONG–IL–E MEARI PANGSONG) – Korean - To: KOREA, Rep. of
0430-0530 daily 13800 RADIO DABANGA - Arabic (Darfuri) - To: SUDAN
0430-0600 daily 11650 RADIO DABANGA - Arabic (Darfuri) - To: SUDAN
0455-2305 daily 3480, 3912, 4450, 4557, 6518, 6600 all goy VOICE OF THE PEOPLE – Korean - To: KOREA, D.P.R.
0455-2300 daily 3985, 6003, 6250s, 6348 ECHO OF HOPE (VOH) – Korean - To: KOREA, D.P.R.

0500-0600 daily 7415?/9440 DANDAL KURA – Kanuri – to: WeAf
0530-0600 daily 11740 HAMADA RADIO INT’L – Hausa – to: WeAf
0530-0600 daily 13800 RADIO DABANGA - Arabic (Darfuri) - To: SUDAN

0730-0830 daily 6100 RADIO SEDAYEE KASHMIR – Kashmiri/Dogri last 20min - To: PAKISTAN

0800-2000 daily 6135 VOICE OF FREEDOM – Korean – To: South Korea

1130-1200 …t..s 17860 VOICE OF KHMER M’CHAS SROK – Khmer/Cambodian - To: CAMBODIA

1200-1400 daily 15537/15562/15565/15547/15563/15542/15568 VOICE OF TIBET – Chinese - to EaAs
1200-1300 daily 17845 RADIO ERGO – Somali - To: SOMALIA often *1159-1259*
1200-1230 ….f.. 9930 RADIO QUE ME to EaAs Vietnamese
1200-1300 daily 9960 KHMER POST RADIO – Khmer – To: SEA
1200-1400 daily 6250/3971 ECHO OF UNIFICATION (TONG–IL–E MEARI PANGSONG) – Korean - To: KOREA, Rep. of

SEE ALL A15 SKEDS AT: http://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,21242.0.html

Audio: [Pirate Theme]

Here are the Europirate logs for the last weekend and this week:

Sunday, May 3, 2015

6205-5.38 Radio King Shortwave Oldies And Soft Rock Music Including Gordon Lightfoot. Fair Signal Sinpo 43333

6201-6.05 Radio Sunflower Music From Billy Ocean, Duran Duran And The Commodores. Fair To Good Signal Sinpo 44333

6285-7.12 Radio Focus International Music From The Beach Boys, Sniff & Tears And The Beatles. Strong Signal Sinpo 54444

7620-7.50 Radio Waves International Country Music. Weak To Fair Signal Sinpo 33333

6250-8.25 Radio Casanova Playing Dutch Music Sinpo 43444

6380-15.20 Unid Space" magic fly" And Talking. Weak Signal With Some Fair Peaks Sinpo 33333

6305-16.50 Radio Telestar Dutch Music. Good Signal Sinpo 44344

6400-17.00 Unid With Music From Mike and The Mechanics" living years" And Dutch Music. Sinpo 33333

6207-18.40 Radio Pandora Oldies Including Roger Whitaker. Fair Signal Sinpo 34333

6180-18.50 Radio Black Arrow Instrumental Music And Talk Talk. Said He Was Closing Down. Strong Signal Sinpo 54444

6910-19.05 Premier Radio Music From Bee Gees, The Cars And Aerosmith. Good Signal, Slight Utility Qrm Sinpo 43443

6212-19.15 Radio Verona Music From Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rodgers And Dolly Parton. Strong Signal Sinpo 54444

3905-20.00 Skyline Radio International Pop And Country Rock music Including CCR And Mouth & McNeil. Good Signal Sinpo 44344

13800-20.12 Radio Spaceshuttle Playing Finnish Music And A Recording Of Horbart Radio International. Good Signal Sinpo 43444

Saturday, May 2, 2015

6205-5.40 Radio King Shortwave Oldies And Soft Rock Music. Fair Signal Sinpo 34333

6285.-6.03 Radio Focus International Music From Munfred And Sons. Also Brandon Flowers And Blur. Strong Signal Sinpo 54444

6295-7.55 Radio Gardner Tina Charles And Boney M. Fair To Good Signal Sinpo 43433

7620-8.30 Radio Waves International Country Music. Weak Signal Sinpo 32323

6245-18.10 Radio Mustang Pop Music Including Mc Hammer" u cant touch that". Usual Very strong Signal Sinpo 55444

6265-18.20 Radio Telestar Playing Dutch Music. Strong Signal Sinpo 54444

6400-19.50 Radio Panda Blues/ Country Music. Also Id's. Weak To Fair Signal Sinpo 33233

6295-20.00 Radio Borderhunter Music Steppenwolf, Kiss, The Stray Cats And Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Sinpo 55444

6380-20.15 Little Feet Radio Instrumental Music And Oldies Including Coast To Coast. Also Mathrews Southern Comfort. Good Signal Sinpo 43444

European logs via Irish Paul’s radio blog

Looking over to North America:

Rave On Radio 6935 01h25UTC Wednesday 6th May

TCS Relay Network 6875.9 00h41UTC Monday 4th May

Channel X 6950USB 2347-0026UTC Tuesday 5th May

RFW 6945USB 00h52UTC Saturday 2nd May

Logs via HF underground forum.

Audio: [music to break up - flow into]

DX Extra is being relayed via the following affiliate stations: World FM 88.2FM in Tawa, near Wellington in New Zealand, on shortwave via Channel 292 6070 15h00UTC Saturdays, WRMI Radio Miami International 9955 3h30-4h00UTC Sundays, over the weekends on Cupid Radio, Premiere Radio, Radio Spaceshuttle and Focus International.

Audio: [promo]

Before we go it's time to get an audio clip out of the archives. This is a shortwave recording of Radio For Peace International, I used to enjoy hearing them growing up as a teenager on 7445 and 7385. Sadly on November 5th 2003 they went off the air and were locked out of their studios by the UN’s University for Peace in Costa Rica. The clip is from archive.org 

Audio: RFPI

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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