EDXC 2016: visit to Moorside Edge

July 5, 2016

There are a number of exciting excursions and presentations lined up which include a tour of BBC radio and television at Media City UK in Salford on the Saturday afternoon (10 September) and a visit to the Moorside Edge transmitter sites on Monday 12 September. Moorside Edge has a large transmitter hall with three different types of transmitter. It opened in 1931 as a transmitter for BBC North Regional and national radio networks. It is now operated by Arqiva and the following three services are broadcast: BBC Radio 5 Live on 909kHz (200kW), TalkSPORT (100kW) on 1089kHz and Absolute Radio (100kW) on 1215kHz.

Moorside Edge Transmitter Masts Photo by Mark Mercer under Creative Commons Licence
Moorside Edge transmitter masts (photo: Mark Mercer)

When at EDXC2016, do find time to visit MOSI!

July 5, 2016

In the same road as the conference hotel (Liverpool Road) you will find Manchester’s award-winning MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) It is open daily from 1000 to 1700 and has free entrance. Housed in a range of 19th century warehouses and hangars, as well as being the site of the first passenger railway in the world (Manchester to Liverpool in the 1830s) there are planes, machines and even sewers on display here.

However, of most interest to EDXC delegates will be the second floor of the 1830 Warehouse, which has a small “Connecting Manchester” permanent exhibition. It covers communication, including telephones, television, studios and radio in the north west region.

Radiohouse – DX for guests and seniors

June 25, 2016

Most of us DXer are advanced age. I too, but  I don´t want to go into a rest home.

Some times ago a shared flat has been an april fool, now it is reality.


I am living at Algarve cause of the dirty weather in Germany, living under the palm tree at the ocean – but inside europe and the weather is beautiful.


We manage this  “DX-Winterquarter” since two years.  (www.rmrc.de) DXing is excellent many DXer say when they where here last year.

I will stay here, enjoing my live with DXing and broadcasting, but I will never go into a rest home. If you are in the same situation, come and stay here for some times, weeks, months or years.

We already have some places at the shared house for DXer, radio amateurs and radio freaks. (att)

I  will definitly not go into a rest home.

Here at Algarve we don´t have a German radiostation, that could be a beautiful target to reach.

However you don´t want to stay here but invest into this project you will get your profit.                 

                       It is the only one inside Europe.


Harald Gabler,
Rhein-Main-Radio-Club, Germany


Provisional Programme for 49th EDXC Conference

June 21, 2016

49th EDXC Conference

Castlefield Hotel, Manchester, UK

9-13 September 2016

Provisional Programme v02 at 21 June

Friday 9 September 1600-2200

Arrival, registration, informal meetings

Saturday 10 September 1000-1300

Conference opening. Greetings from British DX Club. Greetings from EDXC

Presentations and EDXC Matters

Saturday 10 September 1400-1730 (excursion, by coach, tram or boat)
Organised Tour of BBC radio & tv at Media City
, Salford, tours at 15.00

(plus opportunity for self-guided visits of Imperial War Museum North, the Lowry Art Gallery & Theatre, Lowry Shopping Mall, plus Old Trafford, Manchester United FC – the latter requires you to book online in advance and may be best left for another day after the conference)

Sunday 11 September 1000-1300


Sunday 11 September 1400-1800 (excursion by coach)

A visit to the outside of two transmitter sites (Moorside Edge and Holme Moss) please note we will probably not have access to get inside either site followed by a late afternoon visit to a country pub

Sunday 11 September 1930-2200

Banquet dinner at the hotel

Monday 12 September 1000-1200

Walking tour of historical and modern Manchester city centre

Monday 12 September 1300-1700

Visits to local FM and community radio stations, possibly Key 103 and ALL FM

Tuesday 13 September 1000-1300

Departure, informal contacts

View from the Castlefield Hotel
View from the Castlefield Hotel (Photo: Chrissy Brand)

Castlefield Basin Manchester 2
Castlefield Basin Manchester (Photo: Chrissy Brand)

Manchester Town Hall
Manchester Town Hall (Photo: Chrissy Brand)

Heaton Park in Manchester
Heaton Park in Manchester (Photo: Chrissy Brand)

Trends in tropical bands broadcasting 2016

June 20, 2016

by Anker Petersen, editor of the Domestic Broadcasting Survey

Since DSWCI published its first Tropical Bands Survey in 1973, I have registered which stations are active, based upon

loggings from our members and other DX-ers around the world. Here is an updated status where Clandestine and Pirate stations not are included.

trends 2016

During the past year the previous trend, that Tropical shortwave stations slowly disappear, continued throughout the world. The reason is, that other media get higher priority, than keeping elderly shortwave transmitters alive. However, there was only a minor fall from 147 last year to 138 frequencies this year.

Here are some domestic broadcasting stations on the Tropical Bands, which have closed down during the past year:

kHz kW Station Country Last log

3205 10 NBC Sandaun, Vanimo Papua New Guinea APR15

3210 1 Vintage FM Relay, Razorback Australia JAN15

3380 1 Centro Radiofonico Imbabura Ecuador SEP14

3905 10 NBC New Ireland, Kavieng Papua New Guinea APR15

4319 3 AFRTS Feeder, Diego Garcia Diego Garcia DEC14

4716,7 1 R Yatun Ayllu Yura, S.Antonio Bolivia APR15

4765 10 R Rural, Santarem Brazil JAN15

4789,9 0,5 R Visión, Chiclayo Peru APR15

4820 50 AIR, Kolkata India JAN15

4860 50 AIR, Shimla India APR15

4885 1 R Maria, Anápolis Brazil SEP14

4975 1 R Iguatemi, Osasco Brazil APR15

4976 10 UBC R, Kampala Uganda APR15


International Radio for Disaster Relief (IRDR)

June 20, 2016

The IRDR (International Radio for Disaster Relief) project was founded to identify and select dedicated frequency channels, completely free from interference, and to have them assigned under the Article 5 of the Radio Regulations (RR) of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The project is currently being implemented at the HFCC (High Frequency Co-ordination Conference), ASBU (Arab States Broadcasting Union) and ABU (Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union) groups. Several frequencies, and their adjacent channels, have been selected and have been made available around the clock and on global basis.


Shortwave radio was by far the most widely used means of distribution of international broadcasting only a couple of decades ago. In contrast with the rest of the radio spectrum, no acceptable method of assigning frequencies has ever been developed since the discovery of shortwave propagation in the 1920s. The unacceptable level of mutual interference among stations, and an improved climate after the end of the Cold War led to the development of global co-ordination HFCC (High Frequency Co-ordination Conference).

The HFCC is a non-governmental, non-profit association and is registered as a regional co-ordination group with the Radiocommunication Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R). It is also a Sector Member of the ITU-R. The HFCC manages and coordinates global databases of international shortwave broadcasting, by providing tools and services to its Members for the resolution or minimisation of instances of mutual interference among shortwave transmissions.

Aim of the IRDR project:

Because shortwave radio has always been associated with its potential of being a communication tool in emergencies, this use of shortwave radio is still very much present among amateur radio enthusiasts. Amateur radio provides a means of communication on shortwaves and other frequencies “when all else fails”.

But although the life-saving role of radio broadcasting is widely recognised by the public, and confirmed by surveys conducted after recent disasters – and even acknowledged by world leaders – no concrete projects have been ever designed and no regulatory framework has been developed.

Furthermore in contrast to amateur radio the huge technical potential of international shortwave broadcasters that operates transmitter facilities tens, or hundred times, more powerful than those of amateur radio, remains almost unused in emergencies.

That is why the HFCC in co-operation with the ASBU and ABU are working on the IRDR project that is based on the system of online co-ordination of frequencies managed by the HFCC in accordance with International Radio Regulations.

The purpose of the IRDR project is to offer to the world community a global platform for a wireless radio service to audiences in disaster and post-disaster situations when local and even regional communication and information networks are destroyed or overloaded and the population affected by the disaster suffers from an information blackout.

The distribution of radio content has become more fragmented with the advent of new – mainly digital – technologies, but the role of shortwave broadcasting as “crisis radio” was again identified during recent disasters. International broadcasters and their listeners have been aware of the unique property of shortwaves. Shortwave radio is capable of covering all world regions and therefore its implementation for disaster risk reduction and mitigation needs a co-ordinated system. The present proposal sets out the groundwork for a project of participating broadcasters, technical specialists and frequency managers.

External links / Sources:

– ITU Radiocommunication Study Groups, Source: Annex 16 to Document 6A/264, Subject: Question ITU-R 118-1/6, Document 6A/294-E, 3 October 2013

EDXC 2016: BBC Media City tour

May 26, 2016
Exciting news to let you that Chrissy has booked EDXC on a tour of BBC Media City at Salford Quays, on the afternoon of Saturday 10 September. (The BBC tours are still going ahead throughout the UK apart from Broadcasting House in London).

Couple of pictures from Manchester:


Ape and Apple

London Road in Manchester


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