This is Radio Bulgaria's weekly DX Program for radio amateurs and short wave listeners which is included in our one-hour broadcasts starting as follows: Friday at 21.00 UTC on 5900 and 7400 kHz beamed to West Europe, at 23.00 UTC and Saturday at 02.00 UTC on 9700 and 11700 kHz to North America, as well as in the half-hour broadcast at 06.30 UTC on 9600 and 11600 kHz to West Europe.
In this issue by DX Editor Dimiter Petrov, LZ1AF, with Broadcast Tips by Rumen Pankov:
The Pacific Odyssey 2010
The Ukrainian DXpeditioners Team (UDXT) is staging an interesting DXpedition called Pacific Odyssey 2010, consisting of seven dedicated Ukrainian DXers, with Team Leader Sergey, UX0HX.
They will operate on CW, SSB and most likely RTTY from three relatively rare DXCC entities as follows:
5W0OX - Samoa, May 18 – 19
T31X - Central Kiribati, May 22 – June 1
ZK3X - Tokelau
The main mission of this DXpedition is activating T31, Central Kiribati, Kanton Island, Phoenix Islands Group. This DXCC entity is ranked #7 in Europe and #19 in the Worlds Most Wanted List. The next goal is activating ZK3, Tokelau Island which is ranked #29 in Europe and #35 in the Worlds Most Wanted List.
QSL all call signs via UR3HR, direct or via the QSL bureau.
DXpedition to the South Orkney Islands, VP8O
The Microlite Penguins DXpedition team will be activating the South Orkney Islands VP8/O from January 27 to February 8, 2011. Safe and reliable Antarctic transportation has been secured by the experienced RV Braveheart, and activity will be on all HF bands 160 to 10 meters using SSB, CW and RTTY.
The list of outstanding operators is impressive: K9ZO, ND2T, 9V1YC, K0IR, N1DG, N0AX, W3WL, N6MZ, I8NHJ, N4GRN, WB9Z, W7EW and VE3EJ. This will be the team's fourth time activating an entity in the Antarctic region and fifth DXpedition overall. "You may recognize most of the callsigns from the group's past operations, but we've also added several new members to the team, all of whom have been on DXpeditions to some of the world's rarest entities," is said in a Microlite Penguins DXpedition Team's Press release.
"Those who have enjoyed our operations over the last 8 years may recall that our methods and philosophy are somewhat different from other DXpedition. Though our overall goal is to provide a new DXCC entity on as many bands and modes as possible, we also strive to increase the fun factor by focusing on operational simplicity and radio skill.
In the past we kept the Microlite Penguins DXpeditions non-commercial and confined the financial burden to ourselves and a single sponsor, the NCDXF. But today, with the astronomical cost of Antarctic travel and budget approaching US$300,000, this single-sponsor approach is no longer a reality. To make this DXpedition happen, we must break our tradition and ask for support of the entire amateur radio community. All financial support, no matter what the amount will be welcome. We have even set up a website where DXers, clubs and foundations can donate online:
It is the support and encouragement of the DX community that will make this exciting Antarctic adventure a success. We hope that you, personally, can be a part of this adventure, share the excitement with us, and help bring the Microlite Penguins to the airwaves once again.
73 and see you on the bands! ", concludes the Press release.
Dayton Hamvention 2010
The greatest annual gathering of radio amateurs in the world - the Dayton Hamvention will take place in Hara Arena, Dayton, Ohio, May 14-16, 2010. It offers Forums where you can hear and meet authorities on all facets of amateur radio. There will be plenty of space for guests to attend. Seating is provided on a first come first served basis, so plan to arrive early.
Some impressive figures: - 500 inside exhibit spaces where the exhibitors are showing their latest equipment and are available to answer questions about their products; huge 2500+ space Flea Market area! The largest of its kind!
Philippines. Radio Pilipinas, broadcasting in the Tagalog and English languages was heard in Sofia at the beginning of its emission at 17.30 hours on 11720 and 15190 kHz when the national anthem of the Philippines was played and ID announced.
Nigeria. Radio Voice of Nigeria has been received in Sofia recently from 05 to 07 hours and from 15 to 16 hours on 15120 kHz with programs in English. The station has also been received with emissions in French, Arabic and other languages on 7255, 9690 and 11770 kHz. The following postal address is announced: Voice of Nigeria, P.M.Box 40003, Falomo, Lagos, Nigeria.
Sudan. Various stations broadcast from and for Sudan in Arabic and English. Radio Omdurman, which is the State radio of Sudan, is received in Sofia on7200 kHz at 04 and at 17.30 hours.One of the stations broadcasting to Sudan is Radio Dabanga at 16 and at 17 hours on 11500 kHz.
Saudi Arabia. Commencing its broadcasts Radio Riyadh announces that it emits in English from 09.30 to 12.30 hours on 15250 kHz and from 10 to 13 hours on 15470 kHz.
The 40-Meter Band. Radio Voice of Korea from D.P.R. of Korea has surprisingly decided to obey the international regulations and left the band from 7100 to 7200 kHz – Amateur Band where until recently it used three frequencies. Thus, the one-hour emissions in English from Radio Pyongyang are already on the air at 01 and at 03 hours on 4405, 7200, 9345 and 9730 kHz and at 19 hours on 7210 and 11910 kHz.
Cuba. Radio Havana Cuba has been observed on new frequencies during the new radio season, for instance at 03 hours on 5970 and 6000 kHz with a program in English. The station announces that it broadcasts in English from 20.30 to 21.30 hours on 11760 kHz, from 23 to 24 hours on 5040 kHz, from 01 to 05 hours on 5970 and 6000 kHz and from 05 to 07 hours on 5970, 6000, 6010 and 6060 kHz.
Niger. Most likely Radio Niger is the station that broadcasts again on 9705 kHz from 18 to 21 hours with music and speech in French and local languages. Reception is impeded when Radio Ethiopia is emitting on 9704 kHz.
With this we have come to the end of our weekly DX Program. Your opinions and suggestions will be appreciated and all reception reports confirmed with the QSL card of Radio Bulgaria. Please address your letters to English Section, Radio Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria or by e-mail to email@example.com . An online reception report form is available at www.bnr.bg – click on English and navigate.
So, 73 and DX!
(Yimber Gaviria, Colombia)