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Monday, January 31, 2011

EDXP Newsletter - Jan 31, 2011

SOLAR ACTIVITY
Sunspot Cycle 24 has started, but its estimated that it will not peak
until year-2015, at the least, and certainly not at the same intensity for
previous cycles.

IPS, Sydney, advises that the 10.7 cm solar flux has dropped to 80, and the
daily smoothed sunspot number has fallen to 21, very low values. This
means that long-haul multi-hop propagation over darkness, or
partial-darkness zones, on frequencies above about 13 MHz will continue to
be unreliable.

CZECH REPUBLIC
On Feb 1, 2011, all SW transmissions from the Lytomysl site in the Czech
Republic will cease. Radio Prague will no longer be heard on SW, and its
output will only be accessible via the internet or satellite.

GERMANY
Effective Feb 1, 2011, DW is listed for these new frequencies:

9545 Woofferton 0600-0800 German
11645 Sines 1700-1800 Russian

SLOVAK REPUBLIC
All SW broadcasts of Radio Slovakia International; ceased on Dec 31, 2010.

POHNPEI
A report by a Japanese listener in a newsgroup advised that the religious
broadcaster "Cross Radio Pohnpei" is again being heard on SW, using 4755.
and observed on Jan 29 from 0946 until signoff at 0934. Pohnpei is one of
four States in the Pacific, part of the Federated States of Micronesia,
administer by the USA. The broadcaster had commenced SW broadcasts some
time ago but had not been heard until now.

SLOVAK REPUBLIC
All SW broadcasts of Radio Slovakia International; ceased on Dec 31, 2010.

SWEDEN
All SW broadcasts of Radio Sweden International ceased on Oct 31, 2010

UKRAINE
Radio Ukraine International has reduced its SW output to only one
frequency - 7435 - in use 1500-1800 intended for Europe. All other
services have been closed down.

USA
Effective Feb 1, 2011, the Tennessee-based religious broadcaster "Leap of
Faith" plans to use this new schedule:

5080 2300-1200
5755 2300-1200
9480 1200-2300
9990 1200-2300

Power is 100 kW, site is "Lebanon", callsign is "TWW", target is
Americas/Europe.

WORLD RADIO TV HANDBOOK CD
The CD from WRTH is mow available, which is a PDF Bargraph File current
for the B10 season. It may be purchased direct from the WRTH at
http://wrth.com for 9.99 British Pounds (about AUS/US$16).

HF COORDINATION CONFERENCE
The tentative HFCC schedule for the A2011 season is now available at the
HFCC
website. http://hfcc.org, as a ZIPd text file. The new A-2011 season starts
on
March 28, 2011.

An updated HFCC B10 schedule is available from the same site.

Note that updated schedules are available at the site at least once a
month, which now include the previously "classified" registrations
submitted by the Pacific-Asia Broadcasting Union.

The next Conference (A2011) will be in Prague from Feb 14-19. This was to
have taken place in
Tunisia but has been changed due to the political unrest there.

Regards from Melbourne!

Bob Padula

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