SHORTWAVE NOTES AND NEWS
All SW broadcasting from Radio Belarus was closed down on April 1, 2016. Affects domestic relays and external broadcasting. All HF channels now dead.
AIR has announced the closure of all of its external service broadcasting services.
Solar Activity continues to ve very low, as the final phase of Sunspot Cycle 24 progresses. Long-haul multi-hop propagation across darkness or partial-darkness paths on frequencies above about 15 MHz remains unreliable.
The A16 Transmission Season has resulted in substantially increased usage of the 6, 7, 9, 11 and 13 MHz bands for international broadcasting both from, and to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia for night-time coverage.
There has been a massive increase in the 6 and 7 MHz bands by China Radio International, for its services to Europe.
MONITORING FROM MELBOURNE
The 11 MHz spectrum is now very congested, in the window 1600 to 2000, and the "top end" of this band is now occupied by many broadcasters, attempting to escape interference from "in-band" operations. This summary of top-end frequency occupancies in the 1800 to 1830 window as noted from Melbourne on April 17 2016 may be of interest.
12015 N. KOREA VOK English
12025 INDIA multi-langs
12040 KUWAIT VOA Amharic
12065 AUSTRALIA RA-Shepparton English
12075 BULGARIA Religious broadcaster using brokered Sofia facility, Arabic
12080 ENGLAND VOA-Woofferton Amharic
12085 AUSTRALIA RA-Shepparton English
12095 UAE BBC-Dhabbaya Arabic
12120 PHILS PBS-Tinang Tagalog
12140 THAILAND VOA-Udon Amharic