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Re: INDIA

Paul R
 

I’m not so certain, there was an announcement just before Christmas that the National Programme located in five cities will be switched off.

 

https://thelogicalindian.com/news/all-india-radio-closed/

 

Paul

 

From: mwmasts@groups.io [mailto:mwmasts@groups.io] On Behalf Of Dan Goldfarb via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, 20 January 2019 1:02 a.m.
To: mwmasts@groups.io
Subject: [mwmasts] INDIA

 

Members,
This comes from the WRTH Facebook page. 
The source through that website's editor is Devarjan Sankaranarayan.
Apparently all MW/AM transmitters operating below 2MHz will be turned off  from April 2019.
Potentially lots of transfers between the 2 spreadsheets will be needed.
Given the vast rural areas in India this is a surprise. Obviously one to watch both by monitoring and through checks on Jose Jacobs' website and others.
73 and 88 Dan

CUBA: CTOM "EL SAPO" (La Habana), OFF the air.

mmolano2000
 

On Jan. 27th a big twister devastated some areas of La Habana. The MW tower of El Sapo transmitting center collapsed
leaving off the air REBELDE-1620 and COCO-980. Radiocuba informs that on Jan. 28th at 08.45 local time COCO resumed transmission from the Santa Catalina CTOM on 1550 kHz. Works has already started to erect a new 60 m. tower for resuming broadcasting as soon as possible from El Sapo CTOM. (More pics on Radiocuba facebook).


73!

Mauricio Molano
Salamanca
ESPAÑA - SPAIN
RX site:  Aldea del Cano, Cáceres.
LAT:  39º17'09.70 N    LONG: 6º19'00 W
RX: PERSEUS.   ANT: WELLBROOK ALA1530S+
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website news

Dan Goldfarb
 

Members,
Embers from the ashes are beginning to burn faintly.
There is a wordpress blog concerning mwmasts.
This is due to disappear.
Then bit by bit the parts of my website will be built.
Please be patient.
The Wordpress involvement will end. That is guaranteed. There also will be a thing where the spreadsheets will be hosted outside of Google control.
73 and 88 Dan

Re: website news

Dan Goldfarb
 

Members,
This is very bad news indeed.
Basically those who refuse to open Google accounts will not have access to my spreadsheets. Apparently the only available support for my spreadsheets is through Google Drive.
I am deeply sorry about this. I have no desire to send the select group of non Google users special copies of the spreadsheets. It is time consuming and laborious.
So so sad.
I hope that there will not be too many withdrawals.
73 and 88 Dan

KENYA

Dan Goldfarb
 

Members,
I try to give credit when it is deserved.
There is no doubt that the mastery of Björn Tryba and Günter Lorenz of mwlist fame has resulted in almost 100% being mapped Africa re MW antennas.
I have rarely been able to help them re Africa.
At last I have discovered the exact location of the 558kHz station called Kapsimotwa.
That frequency is a busy one and both currently and historically there is and there was a need to protect the co-channel stations which share and are fairly close by.
Two identical masts exists around 00 02 33N 35 09 38E or 0.042514, 35.160563.
Hopefully this will bring the quest even closer to completion.
73 and 88 Dan 

Re: KENYA

Dan Goldfarb
 
Edited

Members,
On the other hand maybe the second mast is the unused mast for 954kHz when it was broadcasting the Northern network?
The two masts are 140M apart. And I am now less certain re the two masts being of equal height. 
73 and 88 Dan

mwmasts.com

Dan Goldfarb
 

Members,
Although the visibility of the spreadsheets depends upon who signs into Google there is a working non-blog version of mwmasts available to look at.
There now needs to be a way in which the various parts can go live into the Google docs spreadsheets.
Also fun for anyone who understands Latin!
73 and 88 Dan 

Re: [A-DX] Log: R. Zavidovici/BIH

Mauno_Ritola
 

Hallo Franz,

Zavidovici - Mecevici (Kanton Zenica-Doboj)
BIH__call E7-40R__Zavidovici - Mecevici (Kanton Zenica-Doboj)_1503 kHz_1 kW

an der Bosna gelegen:

44°27'12.08"N 18°10'03.63"E

https://goo.gl/maps/AE5FjnZMddJ2

https://binged.it/2FjOTg6

73 wb df5sx

EAJ6 R. PAMPLONA & EAJ25 HIT-FM off the air.

mmolano2000
 

EAJ-6 RADIO PAMPLONA (SER network) is off the air and all points to a definitive
closure. On the last days of January they were playing only music with regular
invitations to retune to FM... "For a better sound quality listen to Radio Pamplona SER
on 100.4 FM" and some other messages on the same line. Dx-er José Hernández Madrid
has been told by the station that they are off to do some works in the antenna
for better transmission quality. But well known dx-er Jordi Brunet has obtained a
diferent version from well informed sources... Radio Pamplona is off for good on MW
as they have sold the tx site for developing a new residential area. The mast and
transmitters are also been sold as scrap. Let´s see...

Another station with an uncertain future is EAJ-25 HIT-FM (Tarrasa, Barcelona province).
According to Jordi Brunet, this station is off the air from early 2019 due to some
technical problem still not solved.

(sources: José Hernández Madrid & Jordi Brunet on iberiaDX (at) groups.io)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CPeHruJV7c&feature=youtu.be
http://guiadelaradio.com/radio-pamplona-deja-de-emitir-en-onda-media


73!

Mauricio Molano
Salamanca
ESPAÑA - SPAIN
RX site:  Aldea del Cano, Cáceres.
LAT:  39º17'09.70 N    LONG: 6º19'00 W
RX: PERSEUS.   ANT: WELLBROOK ALA1530S+
(http://moladx.blogspot.com/)



FW: [mwdx] EAJ6 R. PAMPLONA & EAJ25 HIT-FM off the air.

Paul R
 

 

 

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Sent: Monday, 1 April 2019 9:29 p.m.
To: MWCircle; mwdx; mwneditor@...; mwmasts@...
Subject: [mwdx] EAJ6 R. PAMPLONA & EAJ25 HIT-FM off the air.

 




EAJ-6 RADIO PAMPLONA (SER network) is off the air and all points to a definitive
closure. On the last days of January they were playing only music with regular
invitations to retune to FM... "For a better sound quality listen to Radio Pamplona SER
on 100.4 FM" and some other messages on the same line. Dx-er José Hernández Madrid
has been told by the station that they are off to do some works in the antenna
for better transmission quality. But well known dx-er Jordi Brunet has obtained a
diferent version from well informed sources... Radio Pamplona is off for good on MW
as they have sold the tx site for developing a new residential area. The mast and
transmitters are also been sold as scrap. Let´s see...

Another station with an uncertain future is EAJ-25 HIT-FM (Tarrasa, Barcelona province).
According to Jordi Brunet, this station is off the air from early 2019 due to some

technical problem still not solved.

 

(sources: José Hernández Madrid & Jordi Brunet on iberiaDX (at) groups.io)

 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CPeHruJV7c&feature=youtu.be
http://guiadelaradio.com/radio-pamplona-deja-de-emitir-en-onda-media

 

73!

 

Mauricio Molano
Salamanca
ESPAÑA - SPAIN
RX site:  Aldea del Cano, Cáceres.
LAT:  39º17'09.70 N    LONG: 6º19'00 W
RX: PERSEUS.   ANT: WELLBROOK ALA1530S+
(http://moladx.blogspot.com/)

 

 




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The Website plus spreadsheet revolution

Dan Goldfarb
 

Members,
On this I would love to hear comments from you.
My Active Spreadsheet has been changed significantly.
There are "competitor" websites out there which provide guides so that you can check the frequency and see which stations are broadcasting on it.
The title of my group says that masts are the main focus. Therefore I am now showing the data in the spreadsheets in a format which will enable you to use the website to learn more about the transmission sites in question.
The sites in each country are now ordered alphabetically. I have still left the callsigns well close to the left as they were before.
Here comes potentially the most controversial aspect of my changes. You will find frequencies which broadcast from the masts halfway across the columns. That information is not immediately visible as you open up each tab.
What may catch your appreciation is that GeoHack links ARE very slowly entering into the spreadsheets. They work so that the GeoHack page appears in a new tab.
I have immense amounts of work left to do re the spreadsheets. The reordering will have one distinct advantage. Both spotting stations sharing masts and cracking missed obvious locations are now much easier. I will work with Alan Davies on China again soon. The grouping by town has brought about lots of details particularly when frequencies share from the same NRTA site. Correcting these is a good example of picking low hanging fruit.
I will try to upload a copy if i can find time very soon. Could I ask any of you who would like to use Google access if they could email direct to me. i will then add you to the list of those who can not only view but directly edit and add to the spreadsheets.
73 and 88 Dan   

NORWAY

Dan Goldfarb
 
Edited

Members,
It has appeared and I am afraid that it is a slight let down but yesterday the latest and only useable Google Earth image of half of Ingøy was released.
The good news is that the part where the mast is (in the eastern half) has been imaged. The bad news is that the mast - although looking very tall confirmed by the shadow - is completely lacking in detail.
Hopefully detail will be available at 71° 04' 17"N, 24° 05' 15"E or 71.071534, 24.087401 before long.
Well done to Google Earth for releasing at least part of the coverage of one of the world's most northerly islands! It will be a very short time before this will be available to you via Geo-Hack through my spreadsheet or even one day on my website.
73 and 88 Dan

Early preview

Dan Goldfarb
 

Members,
You are invited to have a peek at my new Active spreadsheet.
Well done to the Windows system.
Click on the Africa blue coordinates and you will have GeoHack details for that location.
Loading is much quicker if you are signed into Google.
I have completed only half of Africa. Up to the part where I enter the location and copy the decimal coordinates I am entering around 115 digits to code the entry!
This explains why progress is agonisingly slow.
Anyway enjoy the small morsel of data which eventually will be the standard.c

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Re: Early preview

Sylvain Naud
 

Colossal work, Dan. Congrats!

Le 2019-04-16 à 15:44, Dan Goldfarb via Groups.Io a écrit :
Members,
You are invited to have a peek at my new Active spreadsheet.
Well done to the Windows system.
Click on the Africa blue coordinates and you will have GeoHack details for that location.
Loading is much quicker if you are signed into Google.
I have completed only half of Africa. Up to the part where I enter the location and copy the decimal coordinates I am entering around 115 digits to code the entry!
This explains why progress is agonisingly slow.
Anyway enjoy the small morsel of data which eventually will be the standard.c

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Early Preview Part 2

Dan Goldfarb
 
Edited

Members,
After a huge effort at least one continent is complete within the Active spreadsheet.
I have also taken the opportunity to match as far as I could the reality as shown in the 2019 African entries in WRTH.
Onto Europe.
73 and 88 Dan

Re: Early Preview Part 2

Mike Terry
 

Fabulous work Dan.

Mike




On Sun, 21 Apr 2019 at 17:16, Dan Goldfarb via Groups.Io
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[Edited Message Follows]

Members,
After a huge effort at least one continent is complete within the Active spreadsheet.
I have also taken the opportunity to match as far as I could the reality as shown in the 2019 African entries in WRTH.
Onto Europe.
73 and 88 Dan

Re: [SW BCB TX Site Archive] CYPRUS: BFBS Akrotiri on Shortwave (Year 1991)

Mauno_Ritola
 

Lady's Mile Beach or also referred to as Zakaki, where BBC 639 and 720 kHz still are operating.

Mauno

rainer.brannolte@... [shortwavesites] kirjoitti 22.4.2019 klo 13:19:



Hi All,

I was following this discussion on shortwave from cyprus for a while, but it now come to a point, where my little evidence might help...

a few years ago I was on Cyprus, in the eastern town of Agia Napa, close to Cape Greco. Besides some SDR-recordings of the spectrum of long- and mediumwave signals, I made a one-day-tour by car visiting (& photographing) all those transmitter sites. The pictures from Zyyi, Cape Greco, and Lady Beach (not sure on the name) still remain unpublished on my hard disk, whereas some of my pictures from Akrotiri have found their way to the public via my home page ( utilityradio.com/stations/asia/cyp/cyp-33.htm ). Yes, this is a very big station of the british forces, and there is sure enough transmitter / antenna capacity for beaming a rotatable log periodic to some place in arabia. 

Maybe I will pick all the other station's pictures to the 'shortwavesites' page soon...

73,

-rainer-



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Tel.: 06134 21546

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Betreff: [SW BCB TX Site Archive] CYPRUS: BFBS Akrotiri on Shortwave (Year 1991)

 

CORRECTION & UPDATE re BFBS SW transmissions from Cyprus in 1991.

Thanks to considerable perseverance & research by Bill Harms & investigations from Wolfie using GE imagery
we have resolved a SW transmitter site misconception regarding the 1991 BFBS SW broadcasts.
Whether information is one week old or in this case 28 years old, sourcing & resolving correct
transmitter site information for our records pertaining to SW TX sites is an important activity
& challenge for our group members & the wider dx community to pursue.
This is also an example where scanning & publishing QSL letters that contain technical information
can be of benefit to others, even if the recipient of the QSL doesn't have an interest in such valuable details.
The following is republished material from Glenn's DXLD 19-15. April 2019. 
(Ian)
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** CYPRUS. [continued from last issue] Re: BFBS Akrotiri on Shortwave Hi Glenn, You can inform Bill that all the above SW broadcasts were from the BBC East Mediterranean Relay Station, Zyyi. The site is located here: 34.721043 33.321448 on Google Earth. With ref to Bill's BFBS SW QSL. I have a BFBS SW QSL from March 1991 for the 15670 kHz via the BBC Zyyi site. It was well publicised at the time in the DX press that the BFBS SW broadcast originated from the BBCs Zyyi SW transmitter site. I have a record that the CyBC SW broadcasts were in use from Zyyi, but I don't have historical records. Cheers (Ian (AUS), April 5, Shortwavesites YG via DXLD) Yes, also CBC Nicosia used the BBC relay Zyyi, only single hour at nighttime 22 UT Fri/Sat/Sun only. The oldest BBC MW after WW II started from Limassol Zakaki 639 and 720 kHz, other 1323 later from Zyyi, + all BBC SW from Zyyi. US propaganda Arabic Radio Sawa 990 kHz 600kW stn still on air from easterly tip Cape Greco. Cyprus SAWA 990 kHz signal heard an hour ago on KiwiSDR installation Wellbrook antenna in Johannesbourg http://sibamanna.duckdns.org/sdr_map_full.html http://kiwi.twrafrica.org:8073/ 73 (wb, with 10 satellite photos attached, ibid.) Hi all, I am still not convinced we can say we know where the BFBS broadcasts were transmitted from. Please allow me to explain why. I did a web search and found out from the DX literature of the time that yes, many, DXers understood that the BFBS transmission came from the BBC Zyyi site. That makes sense because there were already shortwave transmitters there. However, there is a problem. My BFBS [QSL] explicitly states Akrotiri and it is possible that DXers could have been mistaken because they were not aware that there were other shortwave transmitters near Limassol. Let me state I am not interested in conspiracy theories, but only hard facts. The following is what I understand of the situation. 1. As the verie signer of my BFBS QSL explicitly wrote Akrotiri on the QSL, we have to consider that there could be a shortwave transmitter in the West Sovereign Base Area (SBA) capable of transmitting the BFBS signals. 2. Yes, Akrotiri and Zyyi are both near Limassol, and it is therefore possible for folks to conflate the two locations. Consider that they are definitely two separate locations on opposite ends of Limassol. Akrotiri to the west and south of Limassol in the Western (Akrotiri) SBA and Zyyi is on the east side of Limassol in Cyprus proper. Refer to this map to visualize this - http://qsl.philcobill.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/BFBS_map-1024x683.jpg 3. There is a reference in the 2009 CIA Fact Handbook to a shortwave station in Akrotiri SBA probably associated with the BFBS depending on how one reads the punctuation. https://tinyurl.com/BFBS-SW-Akrotiri This deserves further investigation. 4. There is the question of what transmitter site was written on other DXers' BFBS QSLs. As noted above, mine says "Akrotiri Cyprus". What do the other ones say? I have seen one so far and there was no mention of a specific location. Are there non-specific? Do they just say Cyprus? Do they say Akrotiri? Do they mention the BBC Zyyi Relay station? Or do they say something else? Ian, can you share a photocopy of your QSL? 5. In an effort to find out more information from an official source, I sent an email directly to BFBS asking if the broadcasts were transmitted from the Akrotiri SBA or outside the SBA. They responded as follows: "Thanks for your interest. Unfortunately we are unable to disclose that information." I don't want to press the issue anymore with BFBS for fear of alienating them towards DXers. Even so, I have to wonder why they cannot disclose where the broadcasts were transmitted from. If they were transmitted from the Zyyi BBC Relay Site, why not just come out and say it? 6. As noted above at least some of the DX literature at the time suggested that the broadcasts came from the BBC Zyyi site. There were other suggestions as well like a CIS site, a Merlin site, or....? 7. How about the possibility that the transmissions came from Lady's Mile Beach site at 34??37???9???N 33??0???5???E. From what I understand, the site currently transmits signals for 639 kHz and 720 kHz, and maybe a SW transmitter was temporarily used there. This site is within the (Western) Akrotiri SBA. 8. There could be other explanations, that we are not aware of. Therefore, until we find an official, authoritative source, the case is still open about where the BFBS broadcasts were transmitted from.?? There are too many open questions (Bill Harms, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Eureka! Great news about BFBS shortwave transmitter site. WAS Re: [SW BCB TX Site Archive] Re: BFBS Akrotiri on Shortwave Hi All: Here is some great news about the BFBS Shortwave transmissions during Op Granby in 1990 and 1991. I would appreciate your views on this. DXer Andree Bollin posted his verification letter of BFBS transmission on shortwave on a Facebook thread that I started. The verification signer, M. E. Townley, Engineering Manager at BFBS Cyprus, provided the missing piece in the transmitter site puzzle. Here is the URL: https://tinyurl.com/BFBS-QSL-letter-Akrotiri You can see in Andree Bollin's verification that M. E. Townley provided interesting history of BFBS using shortwave during Op Granby, and more importantly provided important details about the transmitter location. He stated that "the transmitter is located adjacent to the Akrotiri salt lake in the south of Cyprus and uses a specially designed USB drive into a 10 kW transmitter. The aerial is a Log periodic array which is directional toward the Gulf." So, according to Townley, so now it is fair to say that BFBS shortwave broadcasts during and immediately after Op Granby were NOT transmitted from the BBC East Mediterranean Relay Station, but were instead transmitted from a previously unlisted site in the Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area. It makes sense for BFBS to be broadcast from Akrotiri due to the military connection. Please consider that this is the most authoritative and official source yet. I am curious about what your views are about this. My question now is, is there a site in the Akrotiri near the Salt Lake that is capable of transmitting the BFBS broadcasts as described in Andree Bollin's QSL? Here are two web pages which might have relevant information about this discussion http://www.ontheshortwaves.com/Wavescan/wavescan130825.html http://www.ontheshortwaves.com/Wavescan/wavescan130929.html (Bill Harms, April 7, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Yes Bill, re BFBS, maybe changed from Naval site near Limassol Ladies Mile Akrotiri to airforce base Lakatamia on central Cyprus, near Greek-Turkish cease fire line in their civil war. on G.E. image of Oct 2011 still >>antenna masts visible<< near former British Air Force base Lakatamia at 35°06'10.39"N 33°19'28.60"E https://goo.gl/maps/mXuSMQ4v84w https://binged.it/2G4kOm6 https://binged.it/2IiyBav and log-periodic at Limassol Akrotiri salt lake naval installations 34°37'03.36"N 32°56'48.67"E see streetview of Google Maps on Salt Lake, the masts of the British OTHR and marine communications seen on the horizon https://goo.gl/maps/byGUWxCaoc62 https://goo.gl/maps/qnroSfpVkQu on Google Earth and Maps, the border line between U.K. and Cyprus soil visible. 73 (wolfie df5sx wwdxc, ibid.) Hi Bill, I looked at this QSL you referenced. http://qsl.philcobill.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/BFBS_Cyprus_Andree_Bollin_QSL_letter-720x1024.jpg Yes the detail, your research & Wolfy's antenna find all look quite convincing to me. Interestingly I was looking back at my scanned QSLs & for the first time in my DXing hobby I actually sent out 3 reception reports for the same transmission out to three different addresses. The time/date & frequency was: early March 1991 at 14 UT on 15670 kHz As mentioned previously; I sent reports to BFBS London & Cyprus & received QSLs from both. But as I was under the impression at the time (edit: from DX cmnty reports) that the transmission was from Zyyi BBC Mediterranean relay, I also sent a SW report direct to the BBC station in Cyprus. Interestingly they QSLed the rpt & also wrote power as 250 kW. Did the BBC relay at Zyyi use 15670 kHz from there at the time (date) at a different hour of day? I'm now wondering if the techs/staff at the BBC SW relay station loosely issue QSL for transmissions that don't (didn't) originate from their own transmitters, i.e. they didn't check the details? Out of curiosity; do any of you guys have any further info/records re BBC Zyyi also using 15670 kHz in March 1991? I forgot to add to my last email gents, to extend my thanks for all your energy & research into revealing the real BFBS Cyprus broadcast transmitter site. This is up there with the Chinese HF site find by Olle & Alan and the former KOL Israel Porat - Hillel site find (discovered after broadcasts ended). Well done guys. 73s (Ian, shortwavesites yg via DXLD) Dirty little secret about QSLing: don`t expect anybody at stations to care as much as you do about accurate details. They are not legal documents (gh, DXLD)


So true Glenn :-)     (Ian)


 

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