Friday, August 28, 2015

Two Important Publications from Teak Publishing




New Summer 2015 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide
            Shortwave radio is your window to the world, states the well known radio writer Gayle Van Horn.  Throughout the world, shortwave remains the most readily available and affordable means of communication and information.  It lets you listen to voices from around the world.  You'll also learn about the lives and concerns of people from all walks of life, from soldiers, to farmers, to retired scholars.  Shortwave radio provides nearly instantaneous coverage of news and events from all across our globe.
            Shortwave listening, or SWLing, is the hobby of listening to shortwave radio broadcasts located on frequencies between 1700 kHz and 30 MHz, also known as HF or the High Frequency bands.  You can easily listen to shortwave broadcast stations from countries all around the world; all you need is a shortwave receiver.  When and what to listen for is covered comprehensively in the pages of a new edition of the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide.
            The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Summer 2015 edition), by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH, is an important information resource you need to tap into the worldwide shortwave broadcast radio spectrum.  It is a 24-hour station/frequency guide to almost all of the known stations currently broadcasting on shortwave radio at the time of publication.
            We might add that this unique shortwave resource offers an hour by hour schedule that includes all language services, frequencies and world target areas for each broadcast station.  In addition, there are new chapters that cover basic shortwave radio listening and Whos Who in the Shortwave Radio Spectrum.   Also extensive work has been done to improve the readability of this edition on the various Kindle platforms.
            The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Summer 2015 edition) is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X8BIF0K.  The price for this latest edition is still the amazingly low US $4.99.   This book is being released internationally from all Amazon websites.
            This new e-publication edition is an expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide formerly printed in the pages of Monitoring Times magazine for over 20 years. This one of a kind e-book is now being published twice a year to correspond with station seasonal time and frequency changes.  Frequency updates between editions are posted on the Shortwave Central blog at: http://mt- shortwave.blogspot.com/.

            The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to a large array of shortwave radio hobbyists, amateur radio operators, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs and many more who are interested in listening to a global view regarding news and events as they happen.



QSLing the World - A How-to Guide
Another book written by Gayle Van Horn that is available electronically tells the story QSLing the World.  Gayle was previously a Monitoring Times columnist and the shortwave frequency manager for the magazine.  Her book is a comprehensive resource and reference ebook for any radio hobbyist who is interested in acquiring a verification of reception from almost any type of radio station, whether it is broadcast, utility, amateur, satellite, or clandestine.
            While some radio hobbyists are program listeners who listen simply for program content, there is a large segment of listeners in the hobby who like to collect written proof that they have indeed monitored the stations they have received or talked to.  They do this by sending a report of reception in the hope that the station staff will return a card or letter, a QSL, verifying the radio reception.   Along with QSLs, some radio hobbyists also collect station memorabilia that may include such items as frisbees, bumper stickers, pennants, decals, T-shirts, or anything associated with the station logo, slogan or call sign.
            This new 140 plus page eBook, QSLing the World, draws from Gayle's 30 plus years of experience in the radio hobby. This includes best general practices in logging, reporting, and mailing a station reception report.  Gayle also addresses an often-neglected question: What do you do with your QSL cards and letters after they start to accumulate?
            This second edition of QSLing the World is now in Kindle eBook format; it is the most comprehensive compilation of trends and tips on the art of QSLing ever published for the radio listening hobbyist.  It is an important reference guide in any radio shack for those who want to QSL the stations they are hearing on their radios.
 (AWR-Wavescan/333)

Weekend VOA Radiogram Schedule



Hello friends,

This weekend’s VOA Radiogram will include an experiment suggested by Mark Hirst in the UK.  Mark notices that interference to MFSK images comes from RF noise that is concentrated in the lower audio frequencies. He wants to know if images might be clearer if they are transmitted at a higher audio frequency.

Because of a few extra minutes in this weekend’s program, the third image will be transmitted a second time, at a center frequency of 2000 Hz.   

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 126, 29-30 August 2015, all in MFSK32 except where noted:

1:30  Program preview
2:45  Strife reduces pollution in parts of Middle East*
9:03  Diminished marine biodiversity*
16:10  Plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean*
24:18  MFSK32 at 2000 Hz: Same image*
26:37  MFSK32 at 1500 Hz: Closing announcements*
28:23  Olivia 64-2000: Transmission schedule

* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17870 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Sunday at 0230 UTC (Saturday 10:30 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz, via Germany. Reports for the KBC transmission to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com .

Thanks for the many reception reports for last weekend’s program.  I’m now about five weeks behind in responding, but I will respond!

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram

Channel 292 relay schedule

SCHEDULED CHANNEL 292 RELAYS ALL TIMES IN UTC

SATURDAY 29/08: 
16:00 Hobart Radio International 

Sunday August 30  
08:00 SuperClan Radio
09:00 DARC (Via Moosbrunn, Austria)

Monday August 31 
15:00 DARC
18:00 DARC



Kind regards,
Rob Wise.
Hobart Radio International - The Voice of Tasmania
North Hobart, 7002 Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
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FRS Holland set for Sunday broadcast


FRS-Holland will hit the airwaves on Sunday August 30th. That's almost exactly 35 years following the official start of the station back in 1980. Programmes will start at 17:52 UTC/ 19:52 CEST and will last till 23:05 UTC/ 01:05 CEST. Frequencies are most likely: 7700 (7685) //9300 (9335) kHz

For streaming (at the same time as the SW output!) please check: [http://nednl.net:8000/frsh.m3u] and  [http://laut.fm/jukebox]. For mobile devices there is a 24 kbps mono stream: [http://nednl.net:8000/frsh24.m3u].
Streaming will be repeated
on Saturday September 5th via  [http://laut.fm/jukebox]  from16:52-22:05 UTC/ 18:52-00:05 CEST time. And on Sunday September 6th from 15:52 UTC/ 17:52 CEST till 21:05 UTC/ 23:05 CEST via [http://nednl.net:8000/frsh.m3u].
The upcoming broadcast will include five 60 minute thematic musical shows, take a look at the schedule below...

Understandably reception reports and letters with comments and criticism are much appreciated and will be verified with one of our QSL cards from our current series FRS through the Years. This implies you can make your very own choice out of the eight QSLs this series consists of. The only condition is you send us the number of the QSL you'd like to receive. Curious about the previously published QSLs from this series? Take a look at our Image Gallery > QSL Gallery > QSL Series.  E-mails please to frs@frsholland.nl  and for a hard copy use our Herten maildrop: P.O.Box 2702, 6049 ZG Herten, the Netherlands.
 FRS-HOLLAND Programme-Schedule for SundayAugust 30th 2015
UTC Time
Programme
17:52
Station-opening: ID's & Theme tune
18:02
Theme tunes from the 60s to 80s (deejays/ stations) Special-   Paul Graham kicks off with great   memories to the songs which reminded milliosn of listeners to their favoutite   jocks and/or stations.
19:00
German Show: banned songs- Jan van Dijk. He’s focusing on songs which were banned from the   radio in past decades.
20.00
Made in Holland presents a Special- Peter Verbruggen with music from Dutch artists/ bands from the 1970-1980   era. Part of the show will be extracts from landbased SW pirates.
21:00
Dave Scott's Radiowaves: this time Davewill feature on forgotten tracks from the 1980s era.
22:00
FRS Golden ShowRoger Davis. This time a psychedelic trip   through the 1960s special of the FRS  Golden Show. Familiar but also rare 1967 s stuff. Most   likely also an Offshore Radio item will be included.
23:00-23:05
Close down

 (FRS)

Add AWR to your QSL Collection



Several QSL cards are available for Adventist World Radio. Send your AWR and KSDA reception reports for Wavescan to the  AWR address in Indianapolis; and also to the station your radio is tuned to: WRMI, WWCR, KVOH, or to the AWR relay stations that carry Wavescan.  Remember too, you can send a reception report to the DX reporters when their segment is on the air here in Wavescan: Japan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Australia & India.  

They also will verify with their own colorful QSL card.  Return postage and an address label are always  appreciated.

            Wavescan address
              Box 29235
              Indianapolis
              Indiana 46229 USA
              Wavescan @ AWR.org
              Jeff White, shortwave WRMI



QSL of the Week: Own DX Report

AWR transmitters in Guam
On November 2, 2014, Hiroyuki Akiba in Sendai Japan was listening to the AWR DX program Wavescan and he heard his own monitoring observations in the Japan DX Report, read by Yukiko Tsuji in Tokyo.  The time was 2345 UTC, the frequency was 15320 kHz, the power was 100 kW, and the transmitter was on the air in the AWR station KSDA at its picturesque location on the island of Guam.

            The QSL card that Hiroyuki Akiba received was the 2013 card honoring the dedication of the additional transmitter and antennas that were installed in the station KSDA near Agat, beside the sea.  This card was issued from the AWR office in Indianapolis and it was endorsed as Special QSL, Own Report.
(AWR-Wavescan/NWS 339)

The KDKA Shortwave Story: Before the Beginning

(psu edu)
Back in the early days before European colonization in North America, the Pittsburgh area in Pennsylvania was the haunt of the Shawnee Indians.  The Shawnee Nation were described as a semi-migratory cluster of tribes who moved around the eastern and central areas of what is now the United States.  Their language, Shawnee, belongs to the  Algonquian family of languages, and it is an endangered language with these days only 200 fluent speakers, mostly elderly adults.

            The first European to visit the Pittsburgh area was Robert de la Salle, a French trader and explorer, who led an expedition down the Ohio River from Quebec in Canada in the year 1669.  Robert de la Salle claimed all of the areas he traversed as part of the French colonial empire in North America, a claim that France considered valid up until 1758, nearly 90 years.  A counter claim was lodged by the British in 1681, a claim that they considered valid up until 1781, exactly 100 years. 

In 1758, the year the French claim expired, the settlement of Pittsburgh was named by the Scottish army general, John Forbes, in honor of the eloquent British statesman William Pitt.  Back in those days the pronunciation was Pittsburrow, similar to the Scottish city Edinburgh (Edinburrow). 
            Five years later, during the siege of Fort Pitt by Shawnees loyal to Chief Pontiac, there was an early attempt at biological warfare by the British garrison who tried to spread smallpox among the native Americans with the use of infected blankets.  This attempt was largely inconsequential however, because the disease had already been rampant among the Shawnee tribe during the previous year; it is estimated that as many as half a million may have eventually died from this epidemic.
            The Blockhouse at Fort Pitt in Pittsburgh was constructed in 1764, and this is the oldest building still standing in Pittsburgh.  In 1769, Pittsburgh was claimed by two states, both Virginia and Pennsylvania; though 11 years later, the new Mason-Dixon Line on the map of the United States settled the issue and Pittsburgh was legally absorbed into Pennsylvania.  The locale was incorporated as a town in 1771, and as a city in 1816.
            The city was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1845, and it was rebuilt during the next two years, complete with an enormous total of new factories numbering 1,000.  A score of years later one writer described the city as hell with the lid off.  In 1890, the spelling of the city name, Pittsburgh, was modified, dropping off the final letter h.  However, the h was officially returned to the city 21 years later.
            These days Pittsburgh Pennsylvania is a large modern city with a population of rd million covering an area of 60 square miles.  It is a very hilly city, with 446 bridges, and some 712 sets of outdoor pedestrian stairs including hundreds of paper streets as they are described; that is streets that are composed entirely of stairs and steep sidewalks rather than regular suburban streets.
            It was on January 8, 1886 that George Westinghouse established a factory in East Pittsburgh for the manufacture of turbine generators, large electrical coils, and electric railway locomotives.  This was the largest Westinghouse factory and at its height, it employed 20,000 people.  The factory subsequently manufactured home appliances and radio receivers also.
            Interestingly, 23 years after the factory was established, the management ousted its founder George Westinghouse.  This important industrial factory was closed during its 100th anniversary year 1986.
            Electrical Engineer Frank Conrad, who was closely involved with the development of radio broadcasting over mediumwave and shortwave stations KDKA, was born in Pittsburgh on May 4, 1874.  At the age of 16 he began employment in the Westinghouse factory, where he soon demonstrated a remarkable capability and expertise in many areas of electrical and electronic development.  He invented for example, the circular watt meter which is still in use to this day.
            In 1912, at the age of 28, Conrad constructed a wireless receiver in his home at Swissvale on the edge of Pittsburgh so that he could receive regular time signals from the Navy wireless station NAA at Arlington in Virginia.  He also heard Morse Code signals on his new wireless receiver from a neighbor John Coleman, so he built his own amateur transmitter so that he could communicate with other experimental wireless operators.
            Subsequently, he moved to another locale near Pittsburgh, a two story house in Wilkinsburg, and he installed all of his wireless apparatus in the room above the detached garage.  He was granted a license for his amateur station as 8XK in August 1916, two years into the First World War in Europe.  After the United States entered the war, all experimental wireless stations were silenced in April 1917.  However, Frank Conrad was permitted to continue his experimental work with radio in conjunction with the Westinghouse factory and they were granted two special licenses for this purpose: station 2WE at the Westinghouse factory, and 2WM at his Wilkinsburg home. 
            Two and a half years later in the aftermath of the European war, the ban on amateur radio activity was lifted and Conrad resumed transmissions over his amateur radio station under the original callsign 8XK.  Thus, in the evening of Friday October 17, 1919, Conrad entertained local listeners for the first time after the war with a music concert made up from his own record library together with announcements about each rendition.
            Thus began a continual series of semi-regular radio program broadcasts, compiled from music records borrowed from the Brunswick Shop in Pittsburgh; and the shop reported an increase in sales due to this form of informal advertising.  Then too, there were occasional live broadcasts presented by family members, relatives and friends who had a talent for vocal and instrumental music.  
            During this era of informal program broadcasts, Conrad re-applied for his former amateur license with the same pre-war callsign 8XK.  In due course, he received the official license, dated January 21, 1920.  His renewed license was listed as License No. 236½.
            The local newspapers often gave coverage to the various program broadcasts from Conrads amateur station 8XK, describing what was broadcast, and giving also the expressions of appreciation from the listening public.  Then, in the edition of the local paper for September 29, the Horne Departmental Store included an item in their display advertisement stating that their own staff had listened to a Conrad broadcast on their own radio receiver.
            The Westinghouse Vice-President, Mr. H. P. Davis, read this advertisement and he saw a commercial advantage in the usage of radio, and so he set procedures in motion to establish their own radio broadcasting station at the factory.  This new radio broadcasting station was quickly constructed and temporarily installed under a tent on the roof of the Westinghouse factory.  
            In the meantime, there was a presidential election in the offing, and ARRL the American Radio Relay League had invited amateur station 8XK to participate in the dissemination of news and information.  Westinghouse and Conrad combined their involvement for radio coverage of the election results with the use of their new factory station which was licensed under the callsign 8ZZ.  Test broadcasts were made in advance, and the new station was ready for the official event on November 2, 1920.
            The main election broadcast on November 2, 1920 were made from the new station 8ZZ at the factory, though Conrad was at home with his own station 8XK, ready to put it on the air with the official programming relay via a telephone line in the event of a problem at the factory station. 
            Interestingly, another amateur radio station in Pittsburgh, 8ZD operated by a Mr. Williams, carried the official ARRL broadcast of the election results, due to the fact that Conrad and Westinghouse were tied up with the operation of their own new radio station.
            And thats how it all began.  A couple of days later, the official license to use their land station KDKA as a broadcasting station arrived; and thus a new era in the history of radio broadcasting began.  More next time.
(AWR-Wavescan/339) 

Radio Bulgaria now broadcasting from Kall, Germany


Radio Bulgaria QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)

Radio Bulgaria now broadcasting on shortwave via Kall from August.27
All times UTC
German
1530-1600 on  7310 KLL 001 kW / non-dir to CeEu co-ch PBS Xinjiang Chinese
1630-1700 on  6005 KLL 001 kW / non-dir to CeEu co-ch VOIRI IRIB in Pashto
1930-2000 on  3985 KLL 001 kW / non-dir to CeEu co-ch Echo of Hope Korea
(Ivo Ivanov/SW Nx)

Radio Biafra extends their voice across Africa


Clandestine station Radio Biafra now broadcasting across most of Africa

Masterweb Reports ] - Radio Biafra has launched a satellite television dubbed Biafra Television and a shortwave (SW) radio that will cover most Africa and beyond. According to the clandestine station, the frequency of the broadcast is 15560 kHz in the 19 meter band and hours of broadcast for the time being, 7.00 – 9.00 am and 7.00 – 9.00 pm Nigerian time. The station still broadcasts on FM, satellite and Internet, even though Nigeria National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) claim they have blocked them on FM and satellite,  and would also do the same on Internet. Briefing Journalists last month after a meeting between officials of Ministry of Information and President Buhari, Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan,  Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information said: “Right now the signals from radio Biafra have been jammed successfully by NBC. The commission is also working with security agencies to get those that are behind that radio because it is an illegal radio. It is not licensed by anybody to be on the airwaves in Nigeria.”

Nnamdi Kanu, Radio Biafra Director in a statement posted on their website, described their shortwave radio as “Nuclear War Head”.   It is unbelievable that Radio Biafra that is supposed to have had its wings clipped by NBC is now not only broadcasting in the South East and Niger Delta but now sending its air waves across Nigeria and Africa. Has NBC lost the air wave war with Radio Biafra? The answer will be known with what happens in the next few days.
(www.nigeriamasterweb.comwww.nigeriamasterweb.com)

Marconi Radio slated for August 29 broadcast

The next test broadcast of Marconi Radio International is scheduled  tomorrow, 29th August 2015, from approximately 1230 to 1430 UTC. Our frequency is 11390 kHz and power in the region of 30 watts. Test broadcasts consist of non stop music and station identification announcements in Italian, English, Spanish and Catalan.

MRI encourages reception reports from listeners. Audio clips (mp3-file) of our broadcasts  are welcome!

We QSL 100%. Our E-mail address is: marconiradiointernational@gmail.com

We hope that you will share this information with your members. 

Thank you very much for your cooperation

Marconi Radio International (MRI)

Radio Pakistan goes off air in favor of sports complex

Radio Pakistan (courtesy of Yimber Giviria)
Received this morning from Jose Miguel Romero Romero and playdx

Quetta: The Balochistan government has finalised a plan to take over 64 acres of land owned by Radio Pakistan in Quetta by shutting down the station’s transmission, removing its machinery and transmission towers from the Sariab area.
On Wednesday, sources confirmed that government officials had been directed to put finishing touches on the plan to take over land worth billions of rupees belonging to the radio station. Sources claim that the land was being taken over under the pretext of constructing a sports complex and park.
Also read: Radio Pakistan woes
“You will not be able to listen to local shows or programmes in other languages from Radio Pakistan Quetta,” said a senior Radio Pakistan official while talking to IDawnI. “The government is going to remove the transmission towers and other machinery from the land on Sariab Road. It was allotted to Radio Pakistan in 1964.”
He added that by using this piece of land for a sports complex would be like gagging the voice of the station as it would be take several shows, including those on recitation of the Holy Quran and other popular programmes in different languages, off the air.According to the station’s senior official, when a government official was asked about why they wanted these 64 acres, he replied: “Some people have had their eyes set on this precious land for a long time. They want to take over the land by claiming to build a sports complex even though Quetta already has a large sports complex [Ayub Stadium].”
The station was set up in Quetta in 1956 on 64 acres on Sariab Road. In 1959, Radio Pakistan installed medium-wave and short-wave transmitters on the property so the station’s programmes could be heard all over the province.
Radio Pakistan Quetta had installed 93.5 kilowatt transmission on the site before Ramazan this year, and had launched an FM transmission, “Sout-ul-Quran”, for programmes related to recitation of the Holy Quran and Islamic teachings.An official of Radio Pakistan expressed fears that if the provincial government decided to go ahead with the plan, these transmissions and shows would have to be taken off the airwaves.
A government official said the Shahwani Sports Stadium constructed by the government had the capacity for building a new sports complex and was located close to Radio Pakistan. He said that the provincial government also had acres of official land available on the Hazarganji and Sibi roads linking to Sariab Road and they could construct a new sports complex there instead.
He added that he did not know why the provincial government was insisting on constructing a sports complex on Radio Pakistan’s property. A senior official of the radio station said the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation should take notice of what was happening in Quetta and ask the federal government to release funds to install powerful transmitters and other equipment to enable Radio Pakistan Quetta to air its programmes for listeners across the province.
Published in Dawn, August 27th, 2015


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AWR Announces New Contest


AWR  Adventist World Radio  AWR  Adventist World Radio  AWR

The Worlds Most Unusual DX Contest

            The time has come, the event you are waiting for has arrived!  The new month of October is the official period for our big 2015 Wavescan DX contest.  This year, we invite you to participate in The Worlds Most Unusual DX Contest, and this time you may design your own contest details.  Read on for this years requirements.

AWARDS 
            The awards for the 2015 AWR The Worlds Most Unusual DX Contest will be similar to all previous contests, with the addition of several extra awards.
* Every entry will receive a full size copy of two historic American mediumwave QSL cards                     dating back to the early 1920s.
*  Four entries will receive a special numbered QSL card featuring Thomas Kincade art in                        color showing twin radio towers, the only Kincade painting that depicts a radio station.
* All AWR reception reports will be verified with specially endorsed AWR QSL cards, and two                  new cards are now available.
* Additional AWR souvenirs, radio curios, Christmas Card, AWR Magazine and small                               keepsakes.
* One entry from Australia and New Zealand will receive a copy of the new 5th edition of Dr.                    Bruce Cartys remarkable and readable book Australian Radio History.  This large                     format volume, in full color throughout, presents almost 100 pages of fascinating                          information about every known mediumwave station that ever took to the air in Australia                  during the past almost 100 years, beginning in 1918. 
* Each continental winner will receive a copy of the 2016 edition of the World Radio TV                            Handbook.
* The World Winner will receive a copy of one of Jerome Bergs remarkable shortwave radio                   history books.  The winner may choose which of the four thick volumes he would like to               receive.

AWR Wavescan Annual DX Contest 2015

The Worlds Most Unusual DX Contest     The Worlds Most Unusual DX Contest
AWR Wavescan Annual DX Contest 2015

The Worlds Most Unusual DX Contest     The Worlds Most Unusual DX Contest

A. The Worlds Most Unusual DX Contest: Description
* You are invited to design your own DX contest in any way and in any form you consider is                     best.  Your self-designed DX contest may be based upon any aspect of radio associated                    in some way with shortwave or mediumwave broadcasting, such as for example:-
                        Listening, monitoring, collecting QSLs, programming, script writing, radio history,                           current radio events, radio in the future, large radio stations, little radio stations,                              rare stations, distant stations, local stations, silent stations, visiting radio stations,                        radio magazines, radio receivers, personal radio memories, recording for                                        broadcast, etc, etc.
* Your self-designed DX contest may be in any form you desire, and it may be ambitious and                  complicated, or it may be simple and quite easy, in whatever way you consider is most                appropriate.
* You should then describe in a paragraph or two, the details of your own self-designed QSL                    contest.
* Not valid for this contest are amateur nor CB radio stations.

B. Worlds Most Unusual DX Contest: Fulfillment
* Please demonstrate the way you have fulfilled the requirements for your own self-designed DX             contest, in a brief paragraph or two.

C. Your Best QSL Since the 2014 DX Contest
* What is the best QSL that you have received since the 2014 DX contest?  Please provide                      details and a photocopy, in color if possible.

D. AWR Reception Reports
* You are invited to prepare three reception reports for the broadcast on shortwave,                                  mediumwave or FM of any AWR programming in any part of the world.  You may choose           the international shortwave programing from Adventist World Radio, via KSDA Guam; or                   any of the shortwave relay stations that carry AWR programming; or any of the 1700                         local mediumwave or FM stations in any part of the world that are affiliated with                                  Adventist World Radio. 
* Please do not send a recording of your reception; we just need your honest reception report                  on paper.  All reception reports will be verified with our two new QSL cards, and a special      contest endorsement will be shown on each card.

E. Three Radio Cards
* Where possible, you are invited to include three radio cards for the Indianapolis Heritage                        Collection with your contest entry.  These cards may be old or new, and they may be                        QSL cards, reception report cards, or picture cards of radio stations, etc.  Not valid for                 this contest are amateur cards nor CB radio cards.

Other Contest Details
* Well, there you have it, the details for our Wavescan 2015 Worlds Most Unusual DX Contest.             This contest will run through the month of October 2015, and all contest entries should              be postmarked at your local post office anywhere in the world on any date up to the end                of the month of October 2015 and they should be received at the AWR post office                address in Indianapolis no later than the end of the month of November 2015.
* Post your entry with all items to Adventist World Radio in Indianapolis, remembering that                        neatness and preparation, will all feature in the judging procedure.  Due consideration                       will also be given to the area of the world in which the contestant lives.
* Where possible, please enclose return postage in the form of currency notes in any                                international currency, or mint postage stamps.  Please note that IRC coupons are too                  expensive for you to buy, and they are no longer valid in the United States. 
* Please enclose your postal address label also.
* Please remember that it will take a period of many months, well into the new year 2016, to                    process all of the contest entries and reception reports, but each will in due course be                         processed. 


The only address for the Worlds Most Unusual DX Contest is:-
Worlds Most Unusual DX Contest
Adventist World Radio
Box 29235
  Indianapolis  
Indiana 46229
USA

AWR  Adventist World Radio  AWR  Adventist World Radio  AWR

AWR DX Programs

            Ever since Adventist World Radio was inaugurated way back more than 40 years ago, listeners in many countries on all continents have looked forward to participating in the annual DX contest.  Our historical records show that the first listener contest was conducted by the fledgling new AWR-Europe way back during the year 1972, just a few months after the official inauguration on October 1, 1971.
            The longest series of annual DX contests began under the original Adventist World Radio in Asia, AWR-Asia in Poona India, and these were introduced just a few years later in 1977.  The first world winner in the annual contest in association with the original AWR DX program Radio Monitors InternationalRMI was Victor Goonetilleke, the well known international radio monitor living in Colombo Sri Lanka.  Since then, this well established AWR DX program has transmigrated from Asia to the United States, and the name likewise has evolved into a new name, the now familiar Wavescan.
            Throughout all of these intervening years, the annual winners list contains the names of well known international radio monitors living on all continents.  In addition, the long roster of regional winners over the years includes a host of names, international radio monitors living in up to a hundred different countries.  Any and all entrants have an equal possibility of winning one of the many awards that are available each year.
            In fact, every entry in this years very unusual DX contest will be awarded a full size photocopy of two very early mediumwave QSL cards, dating way back to the very beginning of radio broadcasting in the United States.  In addition, four entrants will receive a very special QSL card; the QSL text will be attached to the only picture painted by the noted American artist Thomas Kincade that shows a radio antenna.  Other awards will include the World Radio TV Handbook for 2016; one of Jerome Bergs full volumes on the international history of shortwave radio; a copy of Dr. Bruce Cartys colorful new volume, Australian Radio History.
            As Adventist World Radio enters into its 44th year of international radio broadcasting, we take pleasure in announcing our annual Wavescan DX contest, which comes to you under the title, The Worlds Most Unusual DX Contest.  In short, you are invited to design your own DX contest in whatever way you consider is best. 
(AWR/Adrian Peterson)