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Maintenance at DWD Pinneberg transmitter

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ralf Bender, who notes:

Hello Thomas,

For all interested, extensive technical work is in progress at the DWD Pinneberg weather radio transmitter. Affected are NAVTEX, facsimile, rtty and voice transmissions.

Complete shutdown:
16.08.2021 00:00 by 21.08.2021 24:00 UTC. Other scheduled shutdowns will occur during the day on the following dates:
23.08.2021 05:00-17:00 UTC
24.08.2021 05:00-17:00 UTC
25.08.2021 05:00-17:00 UTC
30.08.2021 05:00-17:00 UTC
31.08.2021 05:00-17:00 UTC

73 Ralf


Thank you for sharing this, Ralf and apologies for not getting this posted earlier. Yours was one of the emails lost in my SPAM box.

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Channel 292 temporarily off the air due to storm damage

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ralf Bender, who shares the following notice from Channel 292:

A heavy storm that hit us Saturday afternoon, caused severe damage to our antennas.

Since Saturday, 1528 UTC we are off air.

We hope that we can repair some of the damages on Sunday, and to be back on air in the evening; but it is not sure if on one, two, all three frequencies and
if at all.

We say thank you to all of you who have already sent donations to help us to pay for the damages, or have told us they will do.

Thank you very much for your support in hard times.

Thank you for the tip, Ralf.

Click here to visit Channel 292’s website.

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The Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) halts shortwave broadcasting

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ralf Bender, who notes that the following announcement has been posted on the IBC website:

In addition, the IBC posted the following note on their Facebook page:

With great regret we announce the closure of our shortwave transmissions starting today, 31 December 2018. The reasons are economic, organizational and not least also the bad coverage of our signal in Italy lately. However, we plan to return with you as soon as possible.
To all HNY!

Thank you for the tip, Ralf, although this news sounds ominous. I hope the IBC can resolve their issues and return to the air.

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Only 24 hours to work the special Y8 call signs

(Source: Southgate ARC via Ralf Bender)

The ex-DDR call-sign group from Y81A through Y89U, not used for 28 years has been issued especially for the WRTC Championship in Wittenberg, Germany.

BUT …. These call signs will ONLY be on the air for the 24 hours of the WRTC / IARU HF contest – after that these call signs may never appear on the air again – or perhaps only in another 28 years?

All stations are built and all competitors out on their sites waiting patiently to be able to use these very special call-signs from 1200 UTC on Saturday 14th. July.

The stations will be active on CW & SSB on all contest bands from 80m through 10m. Not only is this the ONLY opportunity to work these call signs, there’s also a range of awards available for working the WRTC stations.

Full award details, live streams, on-line scoreboard and a daily news report is available from the website at www.wrtc2018.de.

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Kamchatka broadcasting on shortwave

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ralf Bender, who writes:

Here a link to a German radio station website, which yesterday released that a Russian broadcaster is back on air. In times when many broadcasters/stations are closed [this is] good news.

Here there original German website:

And here with automatic Google translation:

Kamchatka on shortwave

According to the broadcasting companies of the republics Adygea and Sakha, in the Russian Federation, a third broadcaster is again active on shortwave: the GTRK Kamchatka from Petropavlovsk. Sent for each two hours from 8.00 and 13.00 clock local time on the frequency 5940 kHz.[…]

The transmission to 5940 kHz compensates the omission of the long wave 180 kHz. Like all others, it had been shut down at the beginning of 2014 by long-wave and shortwave recordings that had previously been recorded on the account of the All-Russian State Broadcasting Corporation (WGTRK). Thus, the radio coverage ended outside the areas reached by the FM stations.[…]

The article also includes the following reception video from a DXer in Asia:

Click here to view on YouTube.

Thanks for the tip, Ralf! Perhaps some of our Russian readers can shed some light on this development?  Please comment!

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Norddeutscher Rundfunk Christmas Eve Broadcast schedule

Photo by Jens Rademacher on Unsplash

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ralf Bender, who shares the following news:

Hello SWLing Post,

I send you a translation of an announcement of a special german broadcast with tradition:
MEDIA BROADCAST broadcasts NDR radio program worldwide via shortwave on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Eve sailors all over the world look forward to a special service provided by MEDIA BROADCAST for Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). Then NDR Info, the information radio of the NDR, as well as the digital radio program NDR Info Spezial broadcast from 20:05 clock the traditional program “Greeting on board”.

With the popular radio format, family and friends send Christmas greetings to crews and passengers on cargo and cruise ships who travel the world’s waterways away from home during the holidays. “Greeting on board” is broadcast since Christmas 1953. The transmission takes place via the shortwave infrastructure of MEDIA BROADCAST.

The whole press release can be find here (in german): http://www.radioszene.de/116143/heiligabend-ndr-kurzwelle-gruss-an-bord.html

Take care everyone

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