REVIEW: MIDXB #54-55, January-February 1997

Review of Moscow Information DX Bulletin # 54-55 (January-February ' 97) (Times - UTC, Frequencies - kHz) This issue begins with article "BBC: 10 years without jamming" where is listed main facts from the BBC Russian service history and several opinions about past and present of BBC activity. Then we announce a great event in the history of Russia's DX movement: First Russia's DX Contest. Here are the details: The Contest period from 00.00 MSK March, 31, 1997 till 00.00 MSK June, 1, 1997 (It will be summer time in Moscow when UTC=MSK-4). Everybody can take part in this contest. The program: you should listen to the broadcast stations which are broadcasting from the territory of Russia. The whole band range is available between 150 kHz and 108 MHz in any mode: AM, SSB or FM. Every station in spite of the language of the program should be picked up at least 15 minutes and not more than one time on the same frequency. The report for the contest should contain the following: type of receiver and antenna, place of reception, your name and postal address, the sentence: "I confirm that I myself listened all these stations during the contest period. (Signature)". In the report you should list (it is desirable in table form): - frequency; - station name; - time of reception in MSK; - language of the broadcast; - signal quality using SINPO code; - program details. The count system: - the first reception of the station on LW, MW, SW gives 10 points; - the second, third, etc reception of the same station but on another frequencies and time gives you extra 5 points on LW, MW and 2 points on SW each time; - the first reception of the station on UHF located in the place of reception gives you 5 points, the same station but on another frequencies and time gives you extra 1 point each time; - the first reception of the station on UHF located outside your region gives you 25 points each time; (A second reception of the same station on the same frequency doesn't take in account.) - inclusion of the station address, phone and fax numbers in your report gives you extra 10% to the points for this station; - inclusion of the full frequency schedule of the station in your report gives you extra 25% to the points for LW & MW reception, 50% to the points for SW reception, 10% to the points for UHF reception of this station. The participation fee is 5000 rubles or 2 IRCs for MIDXB subscribers or 15 rubles or 5 IRCs for the others. The report with the participation fee should be send before June 15 (according postmark) to the following address: Russia 125581, Moscow A-581, P.O.Box 65, c/o Vadim Alexeew, Club of DXers. The results will be published in the August edition of MIDXB. Every participant will receive a certificate with the place and points. First five places will be awarded with WRTH-97, annual MIDXB subscription, annual subscription on our reference book "Broadcasts from abroad in the Russian language" and another prizes. Welcome to our competition! Next in this bulletin we remind our readers about coming of the 40th anniversary of the Radio Budapest DX-show and inform about several events in connection with this. "Funny air" is our new trial heading. It shows funny moments which you heard on the air. In this issue we've resumed our regular heading devoted to the Russia's stations with the new name "Russia's air". In it this time: - Astrakhan: new UHF stations; - news from Vladivostok; - changes on 1332 in Krasnoyarsk; - Voice of Russia new time for broadcast; - Radio Liberty relays; - full schema of Moscow air; - changes in "Radiostantsiya Samara"; - and another news. "Band news: MW-LW" includes: - ERF via Albania; - regular reception of Radio Varna; - Mothers of Battles Radio on MW; - Latvia again on 1539; - new programs relayed via 999 in Moldavia; - 3rd program of local Ukrainian Radio has broadcasts in Russian; - Estonian Radio again on 1566; - and another news. "Band news: SW" includes: - what will happen with Radio Australia; - changes in BRTN: very sad; - extra financial support for BBC; - it seems, Iraq reactivate external broadcasts; - has Radio Pyongyang any difficulties; - additional broadcast of Polish Radio in Russian is monitored irregular; - news from Radio Miami International; - Radio Tadjikistan on 7515; - RFI will drop SW for Europe; - and another news. "Catches in the air" covers this time frequencies between 648 and 21725. "Schedules" presents Radio Austria International, Radio Argentina al Exterior, local UK stations, Radio Georgia, Rikisutvarpid, Qatar Broadcasting Service, Central Broadcasting Station (Taiwan), Radio Moldova International, RDP International, WRMI, Radio Thailand, Radio Croatia, HCJB, transmitting station in Meyerton. Our new heading "Clandestine broadcasting" this time has stories from Iraq and Iran and also Mathias Kropf's Review of Clandestine Stations Activity. In "Utility broadcasting" we present Captown Radio/ZSC, coast stations in Spain, UHF communication in Moscow and another interesting items. Then we present the next part of the Russian language version of "Digital Signals" by Stan Scalsky and Mike Chace. This time about fax signals and slow speed TV. "QSL-corner" as usual is full of useful information including this time "grey" list of stations. "Your letters" this time answer the question about propagation on LW and MW. We also described our bulletin in full to introduce our bulletin to our readers closely. We welcome information, comments and suggestions on our bulletin. We would like to establish contacts with DX clubs; DX, Radio and Media magazines around the world. If you would like to make contacts with us, please, write to the following address: Russia, 125581 Moscow A-581, P.O.Box 65, Vadim Alexeew. Via Internet: This review can be sent you on a free basis via Internet or Mail on your request. 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