DX Radio DX News - 2003

This is a compilation of all the logs and news items that have appeared on this site in 2003.

Some external links may no longer be valid though they did work at the time of writing.

December 28, 2003

European Music Radio - are on-air from Latvia from 1400 UTC on 9290 kHz. Putting a good signal into London and Southern England. Their next broadcast is scheduled for 18 Jan 2004.

June 26, 2003

Trans-Atlantic FM !!! - has been heard today by DX-ers in the UK. Paul Logan in Northern Ireland listened to WHCF Bangor Maine on 88.5 which faded up nicely for the top of the hour ID at 1900 UTC. David Hamilton in Ayrshire, Scotland recorded two clips around 2000 UTC on 97.1 which are from CBTB-FM in Baie Verte, Newfoundland. CBTB-FM clip 1 and then CBTB-FM clip 2.

A full write-up is on my Trans-Atlantic FM page.

June 10, 2003

Tropo - overnight last night to Spain. Euskadi Irratia on 88.9 MHz from Bilbao heard in London, and a couple of other channels 91.2 and 96.9 heard near Reading.

June 9, 2003

Phoenix FM - are on-air with their 8th RSL for Brentwood and Billericay on 87.7 MHz until the 28th June. They also stream via their website www.phoenixfm.com

June 7, 2003

Canadian TV - is propagating on channel 2. One candidate is CKCW-tv in Moncton NB. Visible with cartoon after 1030 UTC (7.30am Atlantic Time) and audio indicating Canada. Another station it could be is another CTV outlet CJCH-5 Hamilton NS via its relay in Sheet Harbour NS on channel 2.

June 6, 2003

Air Fair Radio - has begun its annual RSL covering the Biggin Hill Airshow this weekend. Unlike previous years, they are on 1278 kHz AM rather than FM. Apparently there were no FM frequencies available this weekend. They're also webcasting via their website www.airfair-radio.co.uk

Also the Radio Vodafone Derby RSL from Epsom seem to have missed out on their usual FM allocation this weekend. They're on 1134 kHz mediumwave.

June 1, 2003

Tropo - conditions observed yesterday evening, peaking around 11pm due to the current hot weather. Best catches from here were to the SouthWest, with my first ever reception of BBC R Cornwall on both 95.2 and 103.9 MHz.

May 31, 2003

Propagation - Sporadic E briefly to Italy in afternoon.

16.20  87.7  I  R Italia                                           5220          brief MH

Propagation - Tropo conditions overnight in the south of England due to the high temperature of the day. My first ever reception of Cornwall on FM from here.

20.42 103.4  G  BBC Devon, N Hessary Tor "BBC Local Radio" prgm    C812 BBC_Devn good  MH
20.43  96.1  G  BBC Solent               Talk                      C912 BBC_Slnt excel MH
21.24  95.2  G  BBC Cornwall, Caradon Hill  BBC Local Radio prgm   C712 BBC_Cnwl fair  MH
                RT: 'BBC Radio Cornwall              ...serving YOU in Cornwall      '
21.45 103.9  G  BBC Cornwall, Redruth    // 95.2 but RDS didn't form             fair  MH
22.47 103.6  G  BBC Swindon, Blunsdon    Talk prgm                 CA12 BBC.Swin good  MH
22.49 104.3  G  BBC Wiltshire, Naish Hill                          CC12 BBC_Wlts good  MH

May 29, 2003

Propagation - Sporadic E to Tunisia for about 90 minutes.

15.47  87.6 TUN R Tataouine, Zarzis                                7205 RG-Tatao fair  MH

Station News - The authorities in Holland are re-organising their AM and FM bands on June 1, 2003. It's a "Zerobase" operation, designed as a one-off event to allow more commercial stations on FM. Some current stations will lose their channels, eg Radio 10 FM lose 675 kHz and all their FM channels. Radio 1 will go FM only, with 1008 kHz being allocated to Radlon Media Ltd - an Essex based company. They hope to use the full 400 kW power non-directional to broadcast Wonderful Radio London to SE England.

Here is a listing of the new channel allocations by Frequency

1008 and 891 kHz currently have a tape loop advising listeners to re-tune.

May 28, 2003

Propagation - Sporadic E to Italy, but fairly brief and confined to low end of band.

17.14  87.7  I  R Italia                                           5220 R_ITALIA fair  MH
18.41  87.7  I  R Italia                                           5220          brief MH

May 25, 2003

Station News - Energy FM now plans to move the frequency of their Ramsey relay to 98.4 MHz in the middle of June. Snaefell & Jurby transmitters are currently running at 1/2 licenced power. Their new 25 Watt relay at Ballasaig is now planned to come on-air in late summer 2003.

May 23, 2003

Local Radio - Thames 107.8 in SW London testing in mono-only.

16.33 107.8  G  Thames 107.8                                       C6B0 _THAMES_ good  MH
                RT: 'YOUR MUSIC / YOUR NEWS / YOUR STATION /........................ '

May 13, 2003

Propagation - Sporadic E to Eastern Europe in late afternoon. Not many stations heard here - propagation favoured the Midlands and Northern England.

15.11  87.7  I  R Venere                                           5A4A CAPIAZZA brief MH
17.40  87.7 SVK	FunRadio, Kosice                                   5340 FUNRADIO fair  MH
                RT: 'HELICO & TINA - STORY   '
                RT: 'Hotline '
                RT: 'FOO FIGHTERS - TIMES LIKE THESE (ACOUSTIC VERSION)  '
                RT: 'MR. DJ & LADY M - FUNK ME (ORIGINAL MIX)'
18.01  87.7 SVK R Rebeca, Banska Bystrica                          5350 _REBECA_ fair  MH
18.07  91.6 SVK FunRadio, Lucenec                                  5340 FUNRADIO fair  MH
                RT: 'ROACHFORD - GET READY   '

May 12, 2003

Station News - Virgin 105.8 changed their transmitter site today from Croydon to Crystal Palace. Also their RDS changed from _VIRGIN_ to _Virgin_

15.00 105.8  G  Virgin 105.8, Crystal Palace                       C4B4 _Virgin_ excel MH
                RT : Virgin Radio 105.8 - Better Music, More of it.

May 7, 2003

Propagation - Brief Sporadic E to Italy in mid-afternoon. Also medium distance UK tropo around midnight.

11.25  87.7  I  R Italia                                           5220          brief MH

16.04  87.7  I  R Capital                                          5219 _CAPITAL fair  MH
                RT:'RADIO CAPITAL  RADIO CAPITAL  RADIO CAPITAL'

19.46  87.7 POR RDP 1, Mendro            OMs talking                             brief MH

22.40 106.6  G  Saga 106.6               music, ID's, news         C3A2          QSB   MH
22.50 107.9  G  Passion FM, Oxford       music                     C090 PASSION_ fair  MH
23.10  96.9  G  Chiltern FM              usual network overnight   CB86 Chilt_FM fair  MH
23.15  95.7  G  BBC Cambridgeshire       Keith Skewes prgm                       fair  MH

May 6, 2003

Propagation - Sporadic E to Italy noted here. Others also heard Tunisia and Spain.

16.04  87.7  I  R Venere                                           5A4A R.VENERE fair  MH
16.19  87.7  I  R Italia                                           5220 R_ITALIA fair  MH
16.35  87.7  I  One o One Network                                  5215          brief MH
17.53  87.7  I  R Italia                                           5220          brief MH

May 5, 2003

Station News - Splash FM - launched today on 107.7 MHz. Splash FM are the small-scale local licence holder for Worthing. RDS PS: SPLASHFM and PI:C89E. Website www.splashfm.net.

May 1, 2003

Station News - Passion FM is the rebranded name for Fusion FM in Oxford broadcasting on 107.9 MHz. RDS: PASSION_ and PI:C090. No obvious website yet.

April 30, 2003

RSL - TUBE Radio - began their latest RSL from Ealing with test relays of SBN on 87.9 MHz at 6pm this evening. Their RSL licence runs 1 May to 24 May. website www.tuberadio.co.uk

April 28, 2003

Propagation - Sporadic E to Italy in late afternoon.

17.06  87.7  I  R Italia                                           5220 R_ITALIA fair  MH

April 23, 2003

Propagation - Sporadic E to Italy in early evening.

18.04  87.7  I  R Potenza Centrale (PZ)                            534D RPZCENTR fair  MH

April 19, 2003

Propagation - Sporadic E to Italy in late morning.

11.05  87.7  I  R Italia                                           5220 R_ITALIA brief MH

April 17, 2003

RDS - Lite FM on 106.8 MHz - has their RDS changed recently ... perhaps removing the *'s?

March 31, 2003

RDS - Heart 100.7 RDS PS Name is now Heart_FM in UPPER/lower case.

March 29, 2003

Shortwave - FEBA Radio ceases use of their Seychelles transmission facility on 30 March. Well maybe the 29 March depending on how you interpret their B02 & A03 schedule information on their website. Instead of Seychelles, they will hire airtime on various transmitters in Africa and Asia.

March 25, 2003

Station News - BBC Hereford & Worcester will soon be heard on 1584 kHz AM via the 300 Watt transmitter at Woofferton near Ludlow. With BBC R Shropshire having opened two new FM transmitters recently, the decision was made to switch 1584 kHz to carry BBC Hereford & Worcester so that listeners in North Herefordshire would enjoy better reception. It was several years ago that the Hereford AM transmitter on 819 kHz was closed. A possible date for the changeover is March 31, with a "retune" loop being broadcast for 24 hours prior to the switch.

Station News - Energy FM will soon be testing a new channel on 105.2 MHz from Ballasaig. Also their Ramsey transmitter on 98.6 will change to 98.3 MHz this month. Later this summer they'll also be on 102.4 MHz from Beary. (Energy FM website)

March 19, 2003

Station News - Neptune Radio (96.4 and 106.8) is now rebranded as KM-fm Folkestone, and TLR (107.2 MHz) is now rebranded as "Thanet's KM-fm". Allegedly the ex-TLR station has RDS: _KM-fm__ and the ex-Neptune stations have RDS: KM-fm___. Anyone within coverage area to verify?

March 14, 2003

Station News - Star 1079 in Cambridge have changed RDS from STAR_CAM to Star1079 ... much like the previous change from STAR_FM_ to Star1066 in Slough.

March 13, 2003

RSL - Festival RSL for the Cheltenham Racing Festival has RDS FESTIVAL on 87.7 MHz, and is off-air in the evenings/overnights.

March 10, 2003

Station News - Time FM is the new name for Millennium FM from Thamesmead in SE London. PI:C090 PS: TIME_FM_ Website www.time1068.com

23.14 106.8  G  Time FM, Greenwich       pop                       C090 TIME_FM_ fair  MH
                RT: '106.8 TIME FM. PUTTING SOUTH-EAST LONDON + NORTH-WEST KENT FIRST'

February 24, 2003

Station News - Dee 106.3 - more RDS information now to hand ... RDS:Dee106.3 PI:C797 TA:1 TP:0 M/S:M PTY:10 RT:More music, more variety    Radio at the heart of Chester"

February 18, 2003

Station News - Dee 106.3 is currently testing to Chester on 106.3 with RDS: DEE106.3 - their website www.dee1063.co.uk isn't yet updated with launch information.

January 30, 2003

Station News - Saga FM East Midlands began on-air testing of their lower power relay on 101.4 from Drum Hill. RDS:__SAGA__ and PI:C3A2.

January 28, 2003

Station News - Saga FM East Midlands began on-air testing on 106.6 MHz from the Waltham site. It's on low power with a temporary vertically polarised antenna. RDS:__SAGA__ and PI:C3A2 although the RDS inject level is very low. Programmes are due to start at 7am on Tuesday 11 February.

January 24, 2003

Station News - WWKB on 1520 in Buffalo NY is dropping NewsTalk in favour of oldies starting 6am Eastern Monday 27 Jan. "KB" are one of the easier to hear US MW stations from over here in the UK, particularly around dawn. They've also got a natty new logo.

January 15, 2003

Station News - Saga 106.6 is due to launch on February 11 on 106.6 and 101.4 MHz.

FreeView - UK Bright Ideas and FTN launched today. UK Bright Ideas is on-air 6am-6pm, with FTN 6pm-6am.

BBC TV - is the replacement for BBC Choice on Dsat, Freeview and Dcable. The channels is due for launch on Sunday 9th February. The first evening will be a simulcast with BBC TWO, and to promote interest some Eastenders episodes will be shown first on BBC THREE.

January 14, 2003

Station News - KMFM 106 is the new name for CTFM in Canterbury on 106.0 MHz, which is now owned by the Kent Messenger Group. RDS now KM-fm106.

January 13, 2003

Station News - Radio Caroline launches on the Sky Digital platform today at 1430 UTC. They're at 11.623H, SR275 FEC2/3 but are not currently listed in the EPG.

January 6, 2003

Station News - LBC 97.3 has changed RDS PS to LBC_97.3 and PI:C581.

January 5, 2003

Station News - GTFM Access Radio on 106.9 MHz noted with RDS GTFM1069 and PI:C491.

Station News - Chiltern 96.9 - also updated their RDS Chilt_FM

January 4, 2003

Station News - Vibe 101 has taken over the 101.0 MHz spot in Bristol from Galaxy 101. New RDS is vibe_101 with the same C3A5 PI code.

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