dissabte, 11 d’abril de 2020

WMR activa un altre cop

After having been silent on SW since September 2019, World Music Radio (WMR) is now back on 15805 kHz using a 3 element yagi beamed south - every Saturday and Sunday at 07-20 UTC. The transmitter power is 200 Watts  and the signal is audible almost worldwide for dedicated  DXers.  Unless one is in Eastern Jutland, Denmark and can get the ground wave, having a good receiver, a good aerial and being at a site without man made interference - as well as having patience - and listening at the right time of the day (when propagation is best) is needed in order to catch WMR on 15805.
Best reception usually is in Southern Europe, but it is also possible to receive 15805 kHz in the Eastern Europe, Middle East, all over Africa, in parts of South America and the Eastern part of North America.  Also in Asia “on a good day”. 
Sometimes 15805 suffer from some interference from a Chinese station on 15800 kHz. 
Sometimes short skip propagation is providing excellent reception in Central Europe. But propagation is changing all the time and catching the low power signals from WMR on 15805 is really a challenge for DXers in most places. It is not just switching on your receiver and tuning in – as is often the case with big  international broadcasters using 100,000 – 500,000 Watts of power.  
Please note that the signals of WMR on 15805 kHz are only suitable for AM listening, so don’t use SSB.

Reception reports are acknowledged by an eQSL for reports sent to wmr@wmr.dk  - or by a QSL card (as well as stickers and as long as stocks last: a pennant) for reports sent to World Music Radio, PO Box 112, DK-8960 Randers SØ, Denmark (kindly enclose return postage: 2 IRCs, 5 euro or equivalent. Sorry but 1 or 2 USD won’t do).  Please note that reception reports using remote receivers (such as remote Kiwi SDRs) are not QSLed.

There are two reasons for WMR being off air on SW for several months. First the Danish telecom agency refused to issue a new license to utilise “out of band frequencies on a non-interference basis”. This issue was however settled. Second problem was a storm which damaged the yagi aerial. The aerial was repaired a few days ago and it now works very well again - from the transmitter site just north of Randers in Eastern Jutland, Denmark.

The second SW frequency of WMR, 5840 kHz, is expected to be back on the air from a new transmitter site by the end of April 2020.
www.wmr.radio & www.radio208.dk

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