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Freq. Date Time-UTC ITU Station, Language and Programme Details. SINPO Contributor 5049 11.09.15 0338-0350 CUB R.Habana Cuba, SS: ID, Jazz MX- 25533 AN 5025 11.09.15 0350-0405 CUB R.Rebelde, La Habana, SS: Songs, ID, TK. 44544 AN 1530 11.09.15 0408-0420 STP VOA, Pinheira relay, EE: ID, NX on South Sudan. 34543 AN 4840 11.09.15 0425-0427 USA WWCR, Nashville, EE: TK 45444 AN 4960 11.09.15 0431-0433 STP VOA, Pinheira relay, EE: TK 35533 AN 6165 11.09.15 0431-0453 LTU NHK R.Japan. via Sitkunai relay, RR: NX, ID. 44544 AN 11560 11.09.15 0454-0502 MDA R.Miraya, Kishinev-Grigoriopol, EE: Interview, ID. 45544 AN 6470 11.09.15 1940-2002 PIR R.Tower, Holland, EE: Pop MX and ID 45333 AN* 7585 11.09.15 2041-2105 I R.Latino, EE: Italian and Pop songs, ID. 25422 AN* 7590 12.09.15 1833 I R.Latino, Latin MX 55444 AM 1035 12.09.15 1842 I Media Veneta, Folk MX 55444 AM 1584 12.09.15 1846 I R. Studio X, Italian MX 55444 AM 1368 12.09.15 1852 I Challenger R, realy of VOA PX 44444 AM 4910 12.09.15 1907 ARM Vo Armenia, AA: National Anthem and S/ON in AA 33433 AM 6030 12.09.15 1911 ETH R.Oromiya, VV: TK and African MX. 44333 AM 675 12.09.15 2002 QAT R.Qatar, Doha, Arab songs. 33433 AM 1134 12.09.15 2008 KWT R.Kuwait, AA: TK 33433 AM 594 12.09.15 2022 ARS BSKSA, Riyahd, Arab MX. 33443 AM 612 12.09.15 2028 IRN IRIB, Teheran, very long piece of Iran's MX 33333 AM 1530 12.09.15 2040 STP VOA, Pinheira relay, EE: PX Music Time in Africa. 44444 AM 945 12.09.15 2045 IRN IRIB Sanandaj (Kordestan), Lyrics 23322 AM 4835 12.09.15 2106 AUS VL8A, ABC Northern Territory, Alice Springs, EE: TK 34343 AM 15345 12.09.15 2113 ARG RAE, Buenos Aires, SS: TK 44444 AM 5940 12.09.15 2126 B R.Voz Missionaria, Camboriu, PP: Religious PX.//9665 22322 AM 9630 12.09.15 2129 B R.Aparecida, PP: Religious PX // 11855 22222 AM 5915 12.09.15 2134 ZMB ZNBC R.Zambia, VV: TK and African MX. 33443 AM 5025 12.09.15 2136 AUS VL8K ABC-Katherine, EE: TK 24422 AM 1566 12.09.15 2238 BEN TWR, Parakou, FF/VV: TK 22222 AM 6090 12.09.15 2258 NIG FRCN Kaduna, VV: TK. 33333 AM 5952 12.09.15 2308 BOL Emisora Pio XII, Siglo Veinte, SS: TK 22222 AM 4910 12.09.15 2315 B R.Difusora do Macapa, Macapa, Brazilian MX 22222 AM 5025 12.09.15 2320 CUB R.Rebelde, La Habana, SS: TK and Salsa MX 33333 AM 5980 15.09.15 0349-0400 AFS Channel Africa,EE: NX, Sport NX, Africa rise'n'shine 45544 AN 6030 15.09.15 0403-0405 USA R.Marti, Greenville, SS: VOA editorial, ID. Jammed! 33533 AN 5985 15.09.15 0414-0420 USA NHK R.Japan, via Okeechobee relay, SS: NX, ID 34533 AN 6175 15.09.15 0423-0424 USA VO Vietnam, via Cypress Creek relay, SS: TK 35544 AN 6080 15.09.15 0425-0427 STP VOA, via Pinheira relay, EE: Sport NX, ID. Fair AN 6050 15.09.15 0430-0438 EQA Probably HCJB, Quito,SS: Western songs, TK. 25522 AN 5810 15.09.15 0440-0443 USA EWTN, Vandiver, SS: Prayer 35533 AN 15720 15.09.15 1530-1540 GUM KSDA AWR, EE/Kannada: ID in EE, S/ON in Kannada 35333 AN 11695 15.09.15 1542-1544 PHL Vatican R, Palauing-Zambakes relay, EE: TK 45333 AN 15660 15.09.15 1547-1548 AFS Channel Africa, Swahili: TK 45544 AN 15735 16.09.15 1417-1430 UZB NHK R.Japan, Tashkent realy, EE: Focus, Song, ID. 35343 AN 5985 16.09.15 1738-1800 BUR UNID Myanmar BC?, EE: TK. At 1800 blocked by CRI 25222 AN 6300 16.09.15 1841-1900 PIR R.Monique, Holland, DD/EE: ID, greetings to listener 34433 AN 3905 16.09.15 1902-1917 PIR R.Skyline, Holland, Country style Dutch songs. 25222 AN 6290 16.09.15 1933-1950 PIR Zender Digital AM, Holland, Pop MX (Boney M, E.John) 35433 AN 6110 16.09.15 2047-2100 ETH R.Fana, Amharic: TK, Song, QRT with Nat.Anthem 2100 45444 AN 5980 16.09.15 2103-2111 ??? VOA, FF: NX, ID, EE lesson. TX site Greenville?? In 45444 AN // 9490, 9885, and 11900 kHz. 6307 22.09.15 1945-2014 PIR R.Desperado, Holland, DD/EE: Pop MX (Abba), ID. 24322 AN 6050 23.09.15 0423-0459 EQA HCJB, Quito, SS: Christian songs, Bible raedings, 35433 AN Anuncios, Jingle, ID, National Anthem and QRT. 5920 24.09.15 0258-0322 USA WHRI, EE: ID, NX, Christian songs. 55444 AN 1008 24.09.15 0352-0405 HOL GrootNieuws R., Zeewolde, DD: Rlg PX, NX, ID. 35333 AN 621 24.09.15 0415-0425 BEL RTBF, FF: NX 25433 AN 5810 24.09.15 0450-0455 USA WETW, SS: Rlg PX, ID, Freqs and QRT at 0455 25322 AN 6005 24.09.15 0500-0505 OMA BBC, AL Selay relay, EE: IS (Bells), ID, NX. 45444 AN 6420 25.09.15 1927-1939 PIR R.Mustang, Holland, DD: Rock MX by Metallica, ID. 44444 AN* 8080 25.09.15 1946-2006 PIR UNID, Pop MX by Survivor 35333 AN* 6355 25.09.15 2008-2010 PIR Straightline R.Austria, EE: MX+closing announcement 25322 AN* 1035 25.09.15 2114-2122 I Media Veneta R., Padova: IT: Pop songs PX by male DJ 12311 AN* 810 25.09.15 2150-2205 MKD R.Makedonija, Skopje, Macedonian: MX, ID. At 2200 NX 24333 AN* 918 25.09.15 2048-2100 SVN R.Slovenija, Slovenian: Curreny affairs, ID at 2100. 44544 AN* 1413 25.09.15 2208-2218 MDA Vesti FM, Grigoriopol relay, RR: TK 44444 AN* 1350 25.09.15 2240-2006 I I AM R., EE: Jingle, ID, MX by janet Jackson 25433 AN* 1575 25.09.15 2306-2316 IRN R.Iran-IRIB, Farsi: TK, Song "Soli" by Aftab Chiye 33433 AN* 1503 25.09.15 2319-2335 SRB R.Beograd 202, Serbian: Pop MX, TK. 33533 AN* 1089 25.09.15 2344-2355 G Talksport, EE: Jingle, TK on Sport 34333 AN* 1296 26.09.15 0105-0115 SDN R.Omdurman SNBC, AA: TK, ID. 35433 AN 1557 28.09.15 0400-0416 F France Info, Col de La Madonne, FF: NX 35433 AN 6275 28.09.15 1816-1828 PIR R.Python, Holland 23422 AN 1098 29.09.15 0359-0411 SVK R.Patria, Bratislava, Hungarian: ID, NC 34433 AN 1440 29.09.15 0415-0425 LUX RTL, GG: MX, NX, Commercials, Jingle 35433 AN 1278 29.09.15 0427-0437 F France Bleu, Sèlestat, FF: NX, ID 35433 AN 603 29.09.15 0443 F France Info, Tramoyes, FF: Meteo 23522 AN 6400 29.09.15 1912-1926 PIR R.Blauwe Panter, DD: Polka MX, Announcements 25422 AN 648 30.09.15 0455-0525 SVN R.Murski Val, Slovenian: U2'song, Commercials, NX 25432 AN relayed from R.Slovenia // 918 kHz, ID, song. 6295 30.09.15 1656-1723 PIR R.Python, Holland, DD/EE: Rock Pop MX and ID 35333 AN* 6285 30.09.15 1726-1733 PIR UNID-Dutch songs and Lovely one by The Jacksons 35333 AN* 981 30.09.15 2152-2205 CZE Cesky Rozlas (Czech R.), Praha, Czech: MX and ID 34433 AN* 1593 30.09.15 2207-2211 ROU R.Romania Actualitati, Rock MX in //1530 kHz 35333 AN* 1215 30.09.15 2239-2257 G Absolute R., EE: interview, commercials, ID, MX 34433 AN* 1386 30.09.15 2259-2310 LTU R.Svoboda, Sitkunai relay, RR: ID, NX 45433 AN* 1368 30.09.15 2319-2328 I Challenger R., IT/EE: Jingle, ID, Pop MX 24433 AN* 1730 30.09.15 2333-2349 PIR UNID - Jazz and Bossa nova MX. Usually Greek pirates 35444 AN* are heard around that QRG here in Taranto but never heard such good MX. Usually they play only Greek MX. So I wonder if this was really from Greece! 1503 30.09.15 2354-0015 SRB R.Beograd 202, Serbian: Rock MX PX hosted by male DJ 34544 AN* Contributors: AM = Alex Micheli in Passo Brocon (Italy). RX: YAESU FT 818, TECSUN PL 660. ANT:RGP3 Ferrite road and telescopic AN = Antonello Napolitano in Taranto (Italy). RX: ICOM IC R70. ANT: 20 metre outdoor wire. AN* = Antonello Napolitano in Taranto (Italy). RX: KENWOOD R-1000. ANT: inverted "V". QSL IMPORT/EXPORT GUAM KSDA-AWR Asia, 15720 kHz, verified an electronic report sent by E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org with a real f/d QSL card, leaflets about religion and Wavescan 2015 DX contest in 7 days. The letters came from Indianapolis USA. (Antonello Napolitano, Taranto ITALY) JAPAN Radio Japan, 15195 kHz, verified an electronic report sent by E-mail (email@example.com) and via their website with a real f/d QSL card including transmitter site (Yamata) and schedule in 28 days. (Antonello Napolitano, Taranto ITALY) ITALY Radio Latino, 7585 kHz, verified an electronic report with F/D eQSL accompanied by friendly message after 1 day. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Antonello Napolitano, Taranto, ITALY). Radio Europe, 6875 kHz, verified an electronic report sent by E-mail (email@example.com) with a real f/d QSL card, stickers, pen with R.Europe logo, CD Music Compilation containing R.Europe 25 Hits, in 51 days. Really unexpected (and appreciated) a reply with all those gadgets! This resembles old time of shortwave broadcasting when major broadcasters (most from Eastern Europe) like R.Netherlands, R. Budapest or Radio Praha used to send lot of gadgets and promo material to their listeners. Mr. Alessio Bertini I suggest to change name to R.Eastern Europe! :-) It should be mentioned that, being an elecronic report, there was (of course) no return postage! Really great if you take into consideration that R.Europe is a small free radio (Antonello Napolitano, Taranto ITALY) PIRATE Radio 42, Holland, 6265 kHz, verified an electronic report with F/D eQSL accompanied by friendly message after 17 days. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Antonello Napolitano, Taranto, ITALY). Radio Pirana International, 6291 kHz verified an electronic report with f/d eQSL and friendly message 7 days after follow/up. V/S Jorge R. Garcia. (Antonello Napolitano, Taranto, ITALY). Radio Monique, 6300 kHz, n/d picture (Called "QSL" but there is no mention of my reception report!) of a their antenna mast in 32 minutes from the time I sent the report. (Antonello Napolitano, Taranto-ITALY). Radio Tower (From Holland), 6470 kHz, verified an electronic report with a f/d eQSL card in 4 days. V/S:Robbie, Beumer, Raymond, Bennie, John, Stefan. (Antonello Napolitano, Taranto-ITALY). Radio Skyline, Holland, 3905 kHz, replied by E-mail (no attachment) written in broken English in 8 hours from the time I sent the report. (Antonello Napolitano, Taranto-ITALY). Straightline Radio Austria, 6355 kHz verified an electronic report with f/d eQSL and friendly message in 5 hours from the time I sent report. V/S Chris. (Antonello Napolitano, Taranto, ITALY). Radio Mustang, 6420 kHz verified an electronic report with f/d eQSL in 18 hours from the time I sent report. V/S Herman Boers. (Antonello Napolitano, Taranto, ITALY). Radio Desperado, 6307 kHz, verified an electronic report with n/d eQSL and friendly message in 7 hours from the time I sent report. E-mail: email@example.com. V/S: Eddy Schepers. (Antonello Napolitano, Taranto, ITALY) RADIO TIMISOARA A POWERFUL “MEDIUM” THAT SPEAKS TEN LANGUAGES by Antonello Napolitano During the first week of September I visited the city of Timisoara (in the west part of Romania), the cradle of 1989 anticommunist revolution and today candidate for the European capital of Culture 2021. I took that occasion to stop by at Radio Timisoara. I was greeted by its director Mr. Mihai Anghel, a true gentleman who speaks five languages. Although his Italian was not fluent, due to the presence of my wife who doesn’t understand any foreign language, He insisted that we speak my mother tongue rather than English. Two interesting facts emerged: unlike, for example in France where all AM frequencies will be shutdown at the end of September, Radio Timisoara still relies on its medium wave outlet and that broadcasts are made in ten different languages, including Italian! As is well known the number of broadcasters which have ceased transmissions on medium waves has increased significantly over the last years. This led most to assume that medium wave band has no future. But in some parts of Europe there are some who still rely on AM to reach their listeners. “The frequency of 630 kHz is important to us because it guarantees a large audience” says Mihai Anghel, manager of Radio Timisoara, one of the nine regional stations of country’s public broadcasting organization Radio Romania. The station studios are located in Timisoara and housed in a three-storey building which, prior to 1989 Romanian revolution, was used as a guest house for students of adjacent Communist Party's school. In the same building is housed TVR Timisoara which however is a separate organization. There is also an additional studio in the city of Arad. Radio Timisoara is primarily funded through public television license fees as well as advertising. All of studios, except for one which dates back to 1990, are digitalized. Timisoara, capital city of Timi? County, and the main social, economic and cultural centre in western Romania, is considered the informal capital city of the historical region of Banat which is currently divided among three countries: Romania, Serbia and Hungary. The Banat is populated by ethnic Romanians, Serbs, Hungarians, Romani, Germans, Ukrainians, Slovaks, Bulgarians, Czechs, Croats, Jews and other ethnicities. That’s explains why a regional station like Radio Timisoara broadcasts in ten languages (only two less than Radio Romania International!): Romanian, Serbian, Hungarian, German, Romi (the language spoken by Romani people or Gypsies), Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and, what a surprise, Italian, a language which, historically, has never been spoken in the Banat region. Asked why they broadcast in Italian Mr. Mihail replies: “We have many Italian friends.The Italian community is very large. About 18000 Italians are here for work reasons”. It should be mentioned that there is a large presence of Italian investors in Romania, but most of them are found in the west part of the country and especially in Timisoara which in 2007 counted 420 Italian companies registered with a capital of more than 2 million Euro. Called “Spazio Italia”, the Italian programme of Radio Timisoara can be heard on the first Monday of each month from 19.00 to 20.00 (local time) on the VHF-FM frequency of 105.90 MHz or from streaming audio on their website (www.radiotimisoara.ro). It consists of current affairs, art, culture, recipes and of course Italian songs. The first edition of “Spazio Italia” was aired in June 2007. ”Carlo Marchegiano, an Italian investor living in Timisoara, and his wife Margherita Lenzini, were the initiators of the programme”, says Mr. Mihai Anghel. “There are three or four more Italians involved as well as a colleague of Radio Timisoara who assembles the transmission”. A typical broadcast day includes news, current affairs, culture, sport and different kinds of music, including pop and rock. The station also plays from 08.00 to 09.00, on 630 kHz only, a show of Romania’s folk music accompanied by listener’s dedications. Daily programmes are in Romanian, German (13.00-14.00 only on MW ), Hungarian (14.00-15.00 only on MW) and Serbian (15.00-16.00 only on MW). Similar to Italian, broadcasts in the remaining six foreign languages are not transmitted daily. Radio Timisoara in addition to its 630 kHz medium wave frequency has three FM transmitters at Timisoara (105.90 MHz), Arad (102.90 MHz) and on Mount Coseviza (103.60 MHz). According to Mr. Anghel, the same programmes are carried on both FM and AM bands in the following time blocks: 00.00 to 08.00, 11.00 to 13.00 and 16.00 to 18.00. Not all FM transmitters broadcast the same content simultaneously. For example, from 19.00 to 22.00, on 102.90 MHz and 103.60 MHz, there is a separate programme which is produced in the studio located in Arad.In the same time block, a repeat of German (19.00-20.00), Hungarian (20.00-21.00) and Serbian (21.00-22.00) morning broadcasts is aired over the 105.90 MHz FM transmitter located in Timisoara. According to Mr. Mihai Anghel, a 400 Kw transmitter located at Ortisoara, about 25 Kms from Timisoara, is used for broadcasting on 630 kHz . The station has been heard in most parts of Europe, including Finland. “We received many reception reports from listeners who are amateurs radio enthusiasts”, says Mihai Angel. Do you verify reception reports? “Yes, our chief engineer acknowledges reception reports by E-mail but in the past we used to reply by snail-mail”. Sport is very important for listeners of Radio Timisoara. The manager of Radio Timisoara explains that in the city there are two football teams: ACS Poli, which plays in the first division and, despite it plays in Liga III (the third level of the Romanian football league system), the most loved Politehnica Timi?oara. “Videos of this team (Politehnica) on our website – comments Mr. Mihai Anghel - are among the most viewed by its Romanian fans living abroad”. Among the other activities of Radio Timisoara are sponsorship of traditional folk music festivals and production of CDs containing traditional, folk, fanfare and classical music performed not only by school or amateur orchestras, choirs or brass bands but also by well-known composers like György Kurtág. His composition “Colinda Balada” was released on CD by Radio Timisoara and was first performed in 2009 Romania. Kurtág, who is Hungarian, wrote it for his birthplace, Lugos and it was also a tribute to the Romanian language he learnt when he was young. The day of my visit to the station coincided with the “Iosif-Sivu si Cosmin Golban” International Folk Festival’s final night which was presented by Daniela Bacila, a nice music editor of Radio Timisoara. Mr. Mihai Anghel was also there to deliver a metal plaque to the winner of a 400 RON (approx 90.00 Euro) Radio Timisoara prize. Speaking of future plans Mihai Anghel says: ”We hope to have more frequencies for covering our region. Our broadcasts attract lots of listeners, 250,000 per day, but there is a big difference between AM and FM which is not able to cover all of our region. With the introduction of DRM that difference will be bigger as listeners don’t have receivers able to pick up digital broadcasts. For that reason AM remains fundamental for us”. Antonello Napolitano. ------------------------------------------- END OF DX FANZINE nr. 25 -------------------------------------------