From Martin Hadlow:
My Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation contacts advise me that the SIBC has been testing a new (Japanese supplied) transmitter on 6080 kHz. This is part of a plan to provide better national radio coverage in the event of a natural disaster, such as a tsunami. The SIBC has been testing in October and more recently in November. There have already been YouTube stories about the new frequency: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZEKEYzNANY
The SIBC is keen to hear from listeners as to whether the signal is getting out widely so please e-mail them if you hear the new frequency. No doubt there will be problems given that Radio Australia is also on 6080 kHz…not to mention several other stations.
Feedback fron Bryan Clark, Mangawhai: Yes Martin, have been monitoring over recent weeks to establish the sign-on time, given that 9545 usually closes abruptly at 0501 UTC.
One night they appeared on 6080 about 0607 UTC, another night they were there at 0525 check.
Understand they should change to 6080 immediately after 9545 closure but yet to confirm that’s definite.
They usually override the co-channel Brazilian.
Very good signal by 0800 and then at 0900 they are clobbered by RA’s Papua New Guinea Service – though still audible underneath, parallel to 5019.88kHz.
Well-known US DXer Jerry Berg has just authored his fourth and final book in a series about shortwave listening and broadcasting. “The Early Shortwave Stations: A Broadcasting History Through 1945” . Here is an article from Radio World:
Jerry has an excellent website devoted to radio history, On the Shortwaves.
Thanks to Georgi Brancov for this info via the Bulgarian DX Blog.
Monday, November 25, 2013
BBC Indian Ocean Relay station to close in March 2014
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced today that the Indian Ocean Relay Station (IORS) transmitter site at Grand Anse, Mahé, will cease all shortwave transmissions on 29 March 2014. The site was established in 1988 and has been in continuous service since then, relaying BBC broadcasts to audiences in East Africa primarily in English and Somali. The closure will not affect the availability of BBC World Service programmes in Seychelles, which are relayed from satellite broadcasts on to local FM frequencies 106.2, 105.6 and 105.2MHz. In areas of East Africa still dependent upon shortwave broadcasts, the signal will be supplied by other relay stations. The announcement follows an earlier decision to stop all shortwave broadcasts from the BBC World Service site in Cyprus for similar commercial, technological and audience reach reasons. These ended in March of this year.The announcement will unfortunately result in 11 staff being put at risk of redundancy. The staff over the last 25 years have operated and maintained this shortwave broadcast facility with passion, expertise and professionalism. The technical ability and commitment of the team at the IORS has been applauded by the BBC World Service. The decision to close the site has been taken due to changing commercial and technological circumstances. As countries develop and their media markets open, listening and viewing habits have changed. New technology has changed the way audiences listen to BBC programmes and reduced the importance of shortwave broadcasts in much of the area currently served by the IORS, making the IORS commercially unviable. The BBC is supporting the development of new delivery platforms such as internet and mobile streaming as well as FM radio and TV broadcasts. Shortwave broadcasts continue to regions and markets where listening remains strong and BBC services can be delivered efficiently to large geographic areas.
(BBC Media Centre)
Map Swedish Provinces, Lappland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
From Alokesh Gupta: Hunting for radio signals near the Arctic Ocean. An interesting perspective from the Chinese viewpoint.
Have just read an interesting article in the ‘New York Times’ about concern in the USA over the fall in audiences for AM radio. It’s also worth noting that AM’s historical links are recognised in the article and the medium is described as “a cultural touchstone”. And five of the biggest commercial money-spinners in the US radio market are AM stations.
Thanks to Eike Bierwirth for his work in producing this file.