BDXC report on EDXC 2016

December 4, 2016

There is a BDXC report on EDXC 2016 online now, at http://www.bdxc.org.uk/edxc16.pdf

Have a look!


KW-Radiosendung über DSWCI – Shortwave broadcast

November 16, 2016

Hallo zusammen,

der DSWCI hat seine Auflösung beschlossen. Aus diesem Grund Robert Kipp vom RMRC eine einstündige Sondersendung “DSWCI – The Last AGM” die über WRMI und SLBC ausgestrahlt wird für Europa, Japan, Asien, Australien, North America, Eastern North America, the Caribbean and South America
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3.12.2016 to Europe
4.12.2016
5.12.2016
10.12.2016
11.12.2016
12.12.2016

Der RMRC gibt für Empfangsberichte eine Sonder-QSL-Karte heraus.
Viel Erfolg beim Hören
RMRC- Vorstand

Hello all,

DSWCI will close down, thats why Robert Kipp from Rhein-Main-Radio-Club, Germany produced a one hour shortwave program “DSWCI-the last AGM”. This program will be broadcasted to Europe, Japan, Asia, Australia, North America, Eastern North America, the Caribbean and South America
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3.12.2016 to Europe
4.12.2016
5.12.2016
10.12.2016
11.12.2016
12.12.2016
by WRMI and SLBC

The RMRC publish a special QSL-card for your Reception Report.
Good luck in listening
RMRC-managing board

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SRI  LANKA      Victor Goonetilleke,  program manager

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To  EUROPE :
Sat., 03. Dec. 2016 (UTC) from 1930-2030 UTC on 9715 KHz (350 degrees; 125 Kilowatts)
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To  JAPAN, Asia, Australia :
Sun., 04. Dec. 2016 (UTC) from 1000-1100 UTC on 11835 KHz

or
Sat., 03. Dec. 2016 (UTC) from 1000-1100 UTC on 11835 KHz

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WRMI       Jeff  White , program manager

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All broadcasts from WRMI are 30 minutes long; therefore Part1 and Part2.
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PART ONE

2300 UTC   Saturday, December 3     5850 kHz    to North America (especially Central and West)

2330 UTC   Saturday, December 3   11580 kHz    to Eastern North America ( and Europe )

2030 UTC   Sunday, December 4     11580 kHz    to Europe  ( and Eastern North America )

2300 UTC   Sunday, December 4       5850 kHz    to North America (especially Central and West)

0230 UTC   Monday, December 5      9955 kHz    to the Caribbean, North and South America

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PART TWO

2300 UTC   Saturday, December 10     5850 kHz    to North America (especially Central and West)

2330 UTC   Saturday, December 10   11580 kHz    to Eastern North America (and Europe )

2030 UTC   Sunday, December 11      11580 kHz    to Europe (and Eastern North America )

2300 UTC   Sunday, December 11       5850 kHz    to North America (especially Central and West)

0230 UTC   Monday, December 12      9955 kHz    to the Caribbean, North and South America

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Note that the Monday transmissions on 9955 kHz are actually Sunday evening in the Americas.

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DSWCI 60 years

November 6, 2016

By Anker Petersen

On November 18, 1956, six Danish DX-ers met in the town of Aars in Northern Jutland and decided to establish the first Club for shortwave listeners and DX-ers in Denmark. They named it DANMARKS KORTBØLGEKLUB – The Shortwave Club of Denmark.

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The founders were from right in first row: Tonny Sørensen and Leo Bengtsson. In second row: Aksel Martinussen, Poul Ginnerup and Henning Olsen. In third row: Niels Jakob Jensen. These founders hardly imagined that the Club still exists 60 years later.

In January 1957 the first issue of the monthly printed bulletin SHORTWAVE NEWS (SWN) was issued in the Danish language – called KORTBØLGENYT.

Here are some “Tips for Night Owls” in SWN January 1957 heard by the first Chairman, N. J. Jensen:

4780 YVLA La Voz de Carabobo 2200-2400 sports
4790 YVQR Ondas Portenas 2200-0415* advs
4805 ZYS R. Dif. Amazonas 2200-0200 music
4810 YVMG R Popular 2130-0700* U.S. toptunes
4840 YVOI R Valera 2230-0330 dancemusic, advs
4845 HJGF R Bucaramanga 0330-0400* advs
4865 CSA Ponta Delgada, Azores -2400* QSA 5
4970 YVLK R Rumbos 2300-2400 English daily
4990 YVMQ R Barquisimeto after 0200 advs
5075 HJKH R Sutatenza 2300-0240* religious.

As you can see, nearly all of these exotic 60 mb stations have disappeared since then. The only one, which still can be heard, is the Brazilian on 4805 kHz.

Within its first year of existence, the Club got more than 100 members in Denmark plus a few from abroad. In order to increase the membership of foreign DX-ers, the loggings (SW TIPS) and QSL pages were then edited in English. A few years later, the name of the Club was changed to the DANISH SHORTWAVE CLUB INTERNATIONAL (DSWCI).

In 1965 the DSWCI had 170 members with 60% being non-Danish and living in 23 countries in all six continents. Thus the Club really became international!

In 1959 the Board decided to publish the whole SWN in two versions each month – one in Danish and another in English! The Tips, News and QSL-pages were common for both editions. The international membership increased steadily to more than 45 countries in all continents, so the DSWCI became the most global DX-Club in the world!

In 1971 it was decided to publish SWN entirely in English.

In the 1970’ies we had more than 800 members with 85% being non-Danish. In 2016 a total of 3786 DX-ers have been members of the DSWCI. The success of the Club can be found in this worldwide and very experienced membership, which month after month, year after year has provided other members with the latest news from the bands.

In 1967-1969 the DSWCI produced a weekly DX-programme in English, which was broadcast on shortwave by Radio Denmark. It was called the DX-WINDOW.

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The staff of the DX-Window at the Little Mermaid:

From right the editors Tor-Henrik Ekblom, Anker Petersen and Kaj Bredahl Jørgensen, the producer Christian Flagstad and secretary Susanne Jackson.

The DX-Window reoccured as a printed newsletter in the period 1987-1994 with different international editors.

In 1996 it was replaced by a weekly, electronic newsletter sent out to all contributors. From May 2001 it was changed to a fortnightly newsletter issued mainly to members of the DSWCI.

SWN was published with 11-12 issues per year until May 2001, when the Annual General Meeting (AGM) decided only to publish it every sixth week.

Other popular publications have been the TROPICAL BANDS SURVEY, which has been published annually since 1973, when it was edited by the Chairman Carol Feil and myself.

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It is now included in the DOMESTIC BROADCASTING SURVEY edited by me. For some years we also published the unusual CLANDESTINE STATIONS LIST edited by Finn Krone.

On the 4th of June, 1967, the European DX Council (EDXC) was established in my home by 10 DX-ers from Denmark (Kaj Bredahl and me), Finland (Torre Ekblom), Germany, The Netherlands (e.g. Bob Grevenstuck), Norway and Sweden. The EDXC has had annual DX-Conferences all over Europe from St. Petersburg in Russia to Las Palmas on the Canary Islands since then.

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At the end of the EDXC Conference in November 1999 in Lyngby, Denmark, most of the 25 broadcasters and DX-ers from 10 countries visited the birthplace of the EDXC in Skovlunde.

During the 60 years, the DSWCI has existed, only about 22 Danish DX-ers have been members of the Board of Directors. Since 1968, we have had foreign Board members living in the U.K., U.S.A., Germany, Finland and the Netherlands.

The present eight Board members have been in the DSWCI Board: Noel R. Green for 48 years, Bent Nielsen 45 years, Anker Petersen 44 years, Kaj Bredahl Jørgensen 38 years, Tor-Henrik Ekblom 16 years, Kurt Ærenlund Pedersen 12 years, Andreas Schmid 11 years and Erik Køie 10 years. All this has given much stability in the DSWCI.

Our web site www.dswci.dk was established in 2000 with Claus Petersen as webmaster. Since May 2002 the popular site www.dswci.org has had Rolf Wernli in Switzerland as webmaster. Here is the frontpage:

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This is just a very brief story about some of the high-lights of our Club.It very soon became international and even global. Even the co-editors have been global for many years. Many of the members have been very active Shortwave listeners and DX-ers, who have shared their loggings, news and QSL’s with other members in our publications. We are always happy to meet our members and other DX-ers in Denmark or elsewhere in the world. Thus our slogan is always valid:

“Friendship through Knowledge”

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Group photo from our 60 years jubilee in Kalundborg at the longwave station, where 39 persons from 14 countries did participate! Kalundborg Church with its five towers is in the background.


Report from the EDXC Conference in Manchester

October 30, 2016

by Anker Petersen

On September 9-13, 2016, the European DX Council (EDXC) held its annual Conference in Manchester in England, perfectly organized by the British DX Club, in particularly by the Editor Chrissy Brand, who lives in that area.

About 43 DX-ers and spouces from seven countries participated, including several present and former members of the DSWCI.

The present EDXC Secretary General Kari Kivekäs and his assistant Jan-Mikael Nurmela and two previous EDXC Secretary Generals Michael Murray and Risto Vähäkainu were also present.

Chrissy Brand opened the Conference at the Castlefield Hotel at 1000 hours on Saturday September 10 with a welcome and greetings from absent DX-ers. Then Kari Kivekäs explained the good situation within the EDXC, also economical. The next EDXC Conference will be held in Finland.

Next Finnish Jukka Kotovirta gave a very interesting lecture about FM-DXing during Sporadic E-conditions in the summertime with loggings as far as Xinjiang, China, 4000 kms away.

Then Dr. David Clayton from the University of York told about how popular battery radio receivers were for poor Africans living in rural areas and copper towns in Northern Rhodesia in 1948-1953.

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Dr. David Clayton

Next was the station manager of ALL FM, Manchester community radio station, Ed Connole, which started 16 years ago. Their power on FM is 50 watts and they also broadcast on www in various languages. They train volunteer broadcasters, before they are allowed to have live broadcasts.

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Dr. David Clayton gave a short lecture about connecting the wireless world – writing global radio history project across the borders. A project with three workshops with international specialists which will give a report within three years.

After lunch we had an interesting tour to the very new Media City in Salford, where different media companies, including the BBC, have built radio and television studios with the most advanced technology.

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Some of the participants in front of MediaCityUK

On Sunday morning Chrissy Brand told about her participation in EBU Radiodays Europe in Paris where specialists mainly discussed new technologies in the age of smartphones and podcasts. She also reported from the International Radio Festival in Milan.

After that Italian Dario Monferini gave a long talk about his and Roberto Pavanello’s tour in 2014 to Canada and St. Pierre et Miquelon to visit various radiostations. In Canada they visited Montreal, Halifax and St. John’s.

Then British DX-er Dan Goldfarb told about his impressive registration of all MW masts in the World using more than 1 kW since the 1920’ies, based upon contacts to thousands of transmitter engineers. They can still be needed as emergency transmitters covering vast areas.

Professor Jopi Nyman from Finland then talked about the cultural representations of pirate radio with their crossing borders and making communities, from the first ones on ships in international waters till nowadays pirates broadcasting from secret locations. They are all illegal and challenge dominant practices and regulations.

The last lecture was given by Dave Kenny, who most years since 1992 have participated in DXpeditions to the village of Sheigra on the far northwestern Scottish mainland, where long beverage aerials can be set up with excellent results.

Jan-Mikael Nurmela and Risto Vähäkainu from Finland then invited all DX-ers to attend the next EDXC Conference, which will be held in Tampere, Central Finland on 18-20 August 2017. It is two hours by train or bus from Helsinki. In 2017 it is 100 years ago, since Finland got its independence. Furthermore it is 50 years ago, since the regional club Tampereen DX-kuuntelijat as well as the EDXC were founded! On Friday evening there is a welcome in the Finnish way, on Saturday presentations, sightseeing, visits to a Media museum and a radiostation and the traditional banquet. Sundays programme ends at 1400. After that maybe a 4-5 days sightseeing tour to Nordkapp depending on interest. More information later on the FDXA and EDXC websites.

After that there was a guided walking tour of historical Manchester, e.g. the old Liverpool Railway Station, the beautiful old canals, and modern Manchester.

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In the evening was the traditional EDXC Banquet dinner at the hotel. In addition to eating three dishes, each participant was invited to tell shortly about his/her relations to DX-ing.

On Monday there were two simultaneous walking tours to local FM radiostations, Key 103 with 3 operating studios (101 Talk, 102 Oldies and 103 Pop music with 100 employees) and Gaydio.

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Heikki Puranen (HPU) having look on various equipment of Moorside Edge MW transmitter site.

Then the EDXC Conference programme finished with an excursion by coach to Moorside Edge MW transmitter site, a lunch and a stop at Holme Moss FM transmitter site. In total another perfect EDXC Conference!


7th International DX Contest “The Grand Tour Across All Continents” 2016

October 23, 2016

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After 20 years of DSWCI sponsorship, the GT 2016 is now sponsored by the Czechoslovak DX Club. This contest is held from Friday 18 November 2016, 0000 UTC, to Sunday 4 December 2016, 2400 UTC. It is open to all shortwave listeners regardless to their membership in any DX club.

Primary contest frequencies are from 2300 to 26100 kHz. Logs outside this range will be valued by half points.

The contest fee EUR 3.00 / USD 4.00 shall be sent together with the contest form to:

Jaroslav Bohac, Svestkova 2828/7, 400 11 Usti n.L., CZECH REPUBLIC

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Deadline: 11 December 2016 (date of post stamp) !!!

First three winners will be awarded small prizes and each participant will receive a contest diploma with his/her classification and a list of paricipants with their results.

In Part 1 listen please to any BC station of the contest country or a relay, for 15 minutes at least. For one country one log only. No unofficial, pirate or clandestine stations!

Scoring: 1000 points of each logged country will be divided by the total number of all logs of the particular country and rounded to two decimal places.

In Part 2 you can add other points to your score by listening to any DX programme. The number of DX programmes is limited to 4! All countries are allowed. Scoring in the same way as in Part 1, however, maximum point value 100 points for one DX programme and 50 points for other log(s) from the same country made by the same listener.

In Part 3 you can even further raise your score if you answer correctly the quiz questions. All correct answers = 200 points = 20% to your total score from parts 1 + 2.

Example: 86 points = +8.6%, 148 points = +14.8% to your score in Part 1, etc.

Note: Please give sufficient details in your logs to be validated! Logs with general notes, such as “music”, “male talk” cannot be accepted.

We wish you good listening!

NB! You can download here quiz questions and form.


Slight changes on program

September 1, 2016

Some of the speakers cannot attend the conference, so there will be changes on speakers. Aswell the station visits are confirmed and all delegates will be informed by e-mail before conference with final information. See you soon in Manchester!

On the River Irwell divinding Manchester and Salford


Updated programme for EDXC 2016 in Manchester

August 12, 2016

49th EDXC Conference
Castlefield Hotel, Manchester
9-13 September 2016
Programme at 12 August

Friday 9 September 1600-2200 Monday 12 September (Hotel bar)

Arrival, registration, informal meetings

Saturday 10 September 1000-1300 (Bridgewater Room)

1. 1000-1005 Conference opening. Greetings from British DX Club & EDXC Chrissy Brand (BDXC)
2. 1005-1030 EDXC matters Kari Kivekäs (EDXC)
3. 1030-1100 FM DXing, so much larger than life: Hunting the tail of Sporadic E Jukka Kotovirta (FDXA)
1100-1130 Refreshment break
4. 1130-1150 DXpeditions to Sheigra Dave Kenny (BDXC)
5. 1150-1215 The puzzling case of the saucepan special: a shortwave radio receiving set for poor Africans, 1948-1953 Dr David Clayton (University of York)
6. 1215-1230 Connecting the wireless world – writing global radio history project. Dr David Clayton (University of York)

Saturday 10 September 1400-1730 (excursion)

Tour of BBC radio & television at Media City, Salford, tours start at 1500. Tram from Deansgate-Castlefield to Media City.

Sunday 11 September 1000-1300 (Bridgewater Room)

7. 1000-1030 Radio in Canada and St. Pierre Miquelon Dario Monferini (Play DX)
8. 1030-1100 Algarve DX guesthouse Dr Harald Gabler (RMRC)
1100-1130 Refreshment break
9. 1130-1200 MW transmitter masts project. Dan Goldfarb (BDXC)
10. 1200-1230 Crossing borders: cultural representations of pirate radio. Prof. Jopi Nyman (FDXA)
11. 1230-1300 To be confirmed
12. 1300-1315 EDXC 2017 Conference- 50th anniversary plans Jan-Mikael Nurmela (EDXC) and Risto Vähäkainu (FDXA)

Sunday 11 September 1430-1800

Visits to local FM and community radio stations, stations tbc but they will be in the city centre or a bus or tram ride away. Walking tour of historical and modern Manchester.

Sunday 11 September 1930-2200

Banquet dinner at the hotel.

Monday 12 September 1030-1600 (excursion by coach)

A visit to Moorside Edge mw transmitter site and a tour of the transmitter hall, lunch at The Ford country pub, followed by a stop at Holme Moss FM transmitter site. Please note that there is quite a steep 5 minute walk up an uneven path at Moorside Edge.

Tuesday 13 September 1000-1300

Departure, informal contacts.