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July 2000

Ecclésia stopped after few days
Radio Ecclésia transmissions via Radio Netherlands have stopped as of today. Due to technical problems in Angola, which are beyond the control of Radio Netherlands, the station has been unable to feed audio to us for the past few days. A previously-supplied standby programme has been transmitted on shortwave instead.
Since the technical expert who helped to set up the audio feed is no longer in Angola, the decision has been taken to suspend the shortwave broadcasts until further notice.
Everyone here at Radio Netherlands is disappointed that the broadcasts cannot continue.
Radio Ecclésia continues to be audible on the Internet, but the programme that was being transmitted on shortwave was specially produced, and is not available to us by any other means. (Andy Sennitt, Radio Netherlands, July 26, 2000, via DXLD)

Rádio Ecclésia, Angola, back on SW
Angolan Catholic broadcaster Radio Ecclésia is back on
The station, which often has been silenced by the Angolan government,
currently broadcasts in Luanda on 97.5 MHz FM. Broadcasts can be heard worldwide via the station's Web site, and since July 14 twice daily on shortwave via Radio Netherlands facilities as follows:
0500-0600 via Madagascar on 15195 kHz.
1900-2000 via Flevo on 15175 kHz

Address given on their web site is Rádio Ecclésia Rua Comandante Bula, No.118 São Paulo--C.P. 3579 Luanda, Angola.

Andy Sennitt reporting

Radio San Antonio, Peru, on 3375 kHz
I have been hearing for the past week a station with a good signal on 3375 and trying to ID the location.
Today, July 8, at sign-off I heard:
"Radio San Antonio, ha transmitido para Uds. desde el distrito de Calame?, Parróquia de San Antonio de Padua. Muchas gracias y los invitamos a sintonizarnos mañana a partir de las 6 de la mañana"
It was possible to identify that Radio San Antonio is in Arequipa department. (Rogildo Fontenelle Aragão, hcdx list, July 8, 2000)

Thanks to help from Gerardo in Perú the ID is now heard as follows:
"Es Radio San Antonio...que transmite desde la ciudad de Callalli para todos los oyentes, es una emisora católica a servicio de la comunidad".
The address: Radio San Antonio, Parroquia San Antonio de Padua Párroco Pbro. Franz Windischhofer Raffetseder, Plaza Principal s/n, Callalli - Depto. Arequipa. (Rogildo Fontenelle Aragão, via DXLD on hcdx, July 15, 2000)

A move from 5235.5 kHz
Radio San Antonio on 3375 kHz is undoubtedly the same station which was on 5235.5 some years ago from San Antonio de Padua, Arequipa. It was unlicensed, operated by the Catholic church. But now it is licensed as OAW6B and is authorized by the Ministery of Transport and Communications on a frequency of 3375.
Transmitter site is in the parish of San Antonio de Padua de Callalli, Arequipa. Name of the business is registered as "Centro de Medios de Comunicación Social San Antonio". According to official info, the station is also authorized another frequency, 3390 as OAW6A. (Takayuki Inoue Nózaki, via DXLD on hcdx, July 15, 2000)

Radio Andina, Peru, new on 6672.9
New peruvian station
Radio Andina, transmitting on 6672.9 kHznoted today july 8 at the 1038 with vernacular music.
For one moment I think that is Radio Spuer Sensación, but at the 1100 "...está usted escuchando Radio Andina que transmite desde Huancabamba en los 6672 kilovatios(!) de la onda corta, banda de 49 metros..." After the program Pueblo Despierta: "...mis amigos tenga ustedes muy buenos días a partir de este momento para presentar su programa Pueblo Despierta, un programa que llega a usted con el gentil auspicio de Radio Andina de Huancabamba que en esta oportunidad está transmitiendo en la onda corta en lo 6672 kilovatios..."
Mentions to Manuel Campos Ojeda as Director and QTH in Calle Huascar No. 201 en Huancabamba, Piura, Perú. Phone 4731-4
This station maybe formed with the Radio Super sensacion's equipments.
Very good signal. (Rafael Rodriguez, hcdx list, July 9, 2000)

Radio Andina also logged in Europe by Michael Schnitzer, Germany:
6672.93, Radio Andina, July 8/9, 2335-0010, Spanish, huayno music and comunicados, advertisement, several IDs. SINPO 22322. (Michael Schnitzer, hcdx list, July 9, 2000)

DX test from Barn Radio, WFÄX
Barn Radio, WFÄX, Sweden's first private AM-station since 1924,
transmitting with 50 to 300 watts of power, will have a DX test starting at 2200 on Friday, July 14, and running for three hours on 1602 kHz.
The radio station asks for phone calls during the test, to get info on how well they are being received. Call Sweden on 0046-651-155-19.
You're also welcome to mail musical requests to
and they say they will try to play as many as possible during the test.

Radio Caroline Supporters' Day

August 19 will be the first "Dutch Caroline Supporters' day", to be held on board of the former Veronica ship Norderney.
On this day you will be able to listen to Radio Caroline all day on 1296 KHz mediumwave.
This is a transmission via
the Merlin transmitter, also used by the Belgium cable station "Bop Radio" for tests earlier this year. The transmitter is based in East Anglia but beams into Belgium and Holland. (Mark Veldhuis, hcdx list, July 7, 2000)

More on Radio Caroline web site

QSL from RTV Congo
RTV Congo (5985 kHz) confirmed my reception report of 1 May 2000 with a very nicely written personal letter signed by Alphonse Bouya-Dimi, Station Director.
In my reception report, written in French, I had enclosed one USD and a postcard of Denia.
According to Mrs Bouya-Dimi, Radio Congo broadcasts a Spanish news bulletin daily between 2200-2215, local time. I haven't heard this program yet, but the Station Director is asking for reception reports for this transmission, so all you Spanish-speaking folks out there, there is a challenge for you.
According to the information provided, the station transmits daily from 1600 to 1800 on 9610 kHz and from 1800 onward on 5985 kHz using a Siemens transmitter with 100 kW output. (Enzio Gehrig, hcdx list, July 6, 2000)

HCDX getting better
The merger of the NordicDX web site with HCDX is proceeding.
The Andes DX section, with info on Tropical Band stations in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, has now been moved and updated:
You will also find some minor changes in the DX Lab section. More to follow. (hcdx info, July 5, 2000)

Radio UniVisión new on 5855.6 kHz
Radio UniVisión 2000, on 5855.62 kHz, in Moyabamba, Departamento de San Martín (Perú) June 2000 - 0100 UTC.
A new station which I had as UNID in the previous SWB.
Opening transmission probably June 17.
The DJ still uses a borrowed microphone from his younger brother´s tape recorder - extremely bad quality of the speech - as well as he talks very fast and careless. Normal quality of the music. Often greets people living in the deptartments of Cajamarca and Amazonas.
Starts at about 1100 UTC and closes at various times between 0100-0300 UTC.
"UniVisión la radio sin fronteras".
Announces the frequency of 5855 kc.
Both address and telephone number is stated, but unfortunately I only catch that "Amazonas" probably is included in the name of the street and that the telephone number ends with "43".
(Björn Malm, Ecuador, hcdx partner Shortwvave Bulletin, translated by Thomas Nilsson, june 2000)

Radio San Juan now on 5617v khz
Radio San Juan, Distrito de ``Saíque``(?), Chiclayo (Perú) June 2000 - close down 0235 UTC on 5617v.
New or "restarted" station.
Began transmission of the day at 1120 UTC with this ID ".....en el distrito de "Saique" (?) al pie de la cordillera de "Parmo(?) transmite Radio San Juan" and "Radio San Juan está transmitiendo en su frecuencia internacional de 60 metros, 4520 megaherz(!)".
The address given with the exception of a a figure in the street address which I couldn´t hear: "Radio San Juan, Calle San José 9-..., Oficina 12, Chiclayo".
I have a feeling that it is the same station I reported already in November 1999 on the frequency of 5421v (not 4520 as announced), but in this case has been off air until now.
The DJ also says that they again are on the air with a stronger transmitter and better quality. The station might have a problem with its transmitter as the frequency 4520 is announced.
They have also a few times mentioned "Región Nororiental de Marañón" maybe a coincidence but on the same street "Calle San José" is this MW- station listed: "Negocios Radiales Región Nororiental de Marañón, Chiclayo (CP)" - 1160kc.
(Björn Malm, Ecuador, hcdx partner Shortwvave Bulletin, translated by Thomas Nilsson, june 2000)

WFÄX Radio new from Sweden
First we got Scandinavia Weekend Radio from Finland on short wave.
Now it's time for Barn Radio WFÄX from Sweden on medium wave.
During the Färila week, Jul 8-16, the festivities will be covered by their own radio staiton, WFÄX, on 1602 kHz, transmitting with 300 watts of power.
THis is the first time since the 1920's that a Swedish private AM-station has been licensed to go on the air.
Much of the programming comes from the local FM radio station, Radio Ljusnan. The transmitter is supplied by the local DX Club, Delsbo Radioklubb.
"It has not yet been definitely decided whether the MW outlet will be on the air all the time, but at least the opening day on July 8 we will be on the air 24 hours", says Ronny Forslund of Radio WFÄX.
All correct reception reports will be confirmed by a special QSL-card. Reports, with 1 IRC or Swedish stamps to cover postage, should be sent to Fäxradion/WFÄX, Ronny Forslund, Box 44, SE-82041, Färila, Sweden. (hcdx, July 4, 2000)

Start of Mega Radio, Germany
German transmitter in Schwerin on 576 kHz is back on the air. Testing with non-stop pop music.
This station is one out of the planned Mega Radio net. Principally Mega Radio wants to reactivate all the old german MW channels, which were switched off during the last 10 years.
If this project should really materialise, german MW DXers can look for another hobby...
(Martin Elbe, hcdx list, July 2, 2000)

Who said short wave is dead?
More than ever, 151 million people, listen to the BBC World Service every week. This is more than eight million compared to last year.
Short wave listening is still growing and accounts for more than 70 percent of the total listenership, the BBC reports.

BBC Annual Report

Attention radio nuts!
Time for another test program for WMIB, Florida, on Sunday July 2 between 0400-0800.
The usual: 10 kw, 1660 AM, old jingles, obscure music, bad jokes and (this time) reverb! Tapes will be rolling as usual for those who just can't get enough, and reception reports can be sent to
(Phil Beckman, WMIB, via Dinan Rogerio and DXLD)

Catch a dinosaur
Last chance to hear a radio dinosaur. For only two periods of 15 minutes each, the Swedish telecommunications museum radio station SAQ will air its 1924 Alexanderson alternator on what today is the incredibly low frequency of 17.2 kilohertz.
This is the last remaining operational Alexanderson alternator in the world, and requires a literal crew to get it started up.
It is operated only on significant occasions, and Sunday July 2 is its 75th anniversary. Only chances are between 0830-0845 and 1230-1245.
Special QSL cards for reception reports will be sent to those who manage to catch this one - meaning those having a significant receiving antenna.


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