Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wavescan NWS291

* Theme - 00:00
            "Birthday Serenade" - Willi Glahe
* Opening Announcement - 00:15
            Welcome to "Wavescan", international DX program from Adventist World Radio
            Researched and written in Indianapolis, produced in studios of shortwave WRMI
            Program outline
                        1. The World's Busiest Airport: AWR Was There!
                        2. HFCC Sofia: DRM Transmissions
                        3. International DX News
                        4. Rare, Unusual, Unique QSL: Radio Tashkent via Radio Havana Cuba
* The World's Busiest Airport: AWR Was There! - 01:02
            The entries in the internet encyclopedia Wikipedia inform us that the world's busiest airport in regular operation is the Hartsfield Airport, located some seven miles south of Atlanta Georgia.  Each year Hartsfield processes 900,000 aircraft traffic movements, landings and takeoffs.  This is an average of 17,000 traffic movements each week.
            However, there is another airport in the United States that processes nearly 50% more traffic movements, landings and takeoffs, at a total of 25,000 traffic movements in a week, though for only one week each year.  This airplane phenomenon is played out each year in July or August at the Wittman Regional Airport, just two miles south of Oshkosh, a lakeside city in Wisconsin.
            The name Oshkosh means claw in the tribal Menominee language, and it was the name of a notable chief in the early days of European settlement.  Fur traders established the first European settlement, though the timber trade spurred subsequent development.  At one stage, Oshkosh was known as the Sawdust Capital of the World, with 62 lumber mills in the area.  The city was incorporated in 1853, and the population these days is around 70,000.
            Oshkosh is home to three divers tourist attractions:-
                        * The Aviation museum with 250 historic airplanes and five aviation cinemas
                        * The Creation Museum with ¾ million square feet of walk through exhibits
                        * The Historic Adventist Village with 3 blocks of historic buildings and artifacts
            Oshkosh is best known for its Annual Air Show.  This event is staged every summer around the end of July and the beginning of August, and it draws half a million visitors from as many as seventy different countries.  Thousands of people are accommodated in neat rows of tents on the enlarged property measuring nearly 2¼ square miles, and besides each tent is a parked airplane, not a motor car.  There are some 800 commercial exhibits on display for the weeklong event. 
            For this year's event just a few weeks back, nearly one thousand media personnel came in from countries on five different continents to provide news reports for back home newspapers and radio & TV stations.  The annual air show also operates its own FM radio station in order to provide news and information to the massive number of attendees.
            The airport supervises three runways and while in operation for the annual air show, there is one departure or one landing every ten seconds, the world's busiest.  During this year's air show, 2,500 participants co-operated in the construction of a Zenith Cruzer airplane which was flown for the first time on the last day of the show. 
            A few days after the end of the Annual Air Show this year, this same property was taken over for a major international youth festival.  This event ran for almost a week, running from August 11 through 15, and it attracted a total attendance of more than 50,000 young people from fifty different countries.
            These Camporee events are staged for young people known as Pathfinders and this year's Camporee was planned under the name Forever Faithful International Camporee.  These Camporees are organized by the Youth Department of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination and they are for young people in the age bracket from 10 - 15 years, together with family members and church leaders; they are staged every five years.  
            The Pathfinder organization is very similar to Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.  It began in 1907 and today there are 2 million Pathfinders in 90,000 Pathfinder Clubs in 150 countries worldwide.  The huge Air Show property at Oshkosh is one of the few available venues in the United States that is large enough to accommodate the influx of attendees with all of the events and activities.    
            A large number of the youthful attendees participated in community events in Oshkosh, and they  also entered into many different contests and events in the Camporee itself.  Guided drones were in use for the monitoring of motor traffic, and for aerial photography.  A special one thousand piece jig saw puzzle featuring the Camporee was made available at this year's event.
            Local media, radio TV & newspaper, provided ample coverage of the Pathfinder Camporee, and the Camporee administration provided a daily newspaper in color.  International news from the Camporee via satellite and TV was provided by the Hope Channel from Silver Spring in Maryland on the edge of Washington DC and by 3ABN TV from Illinois with its two mobile vans.  The Camporee at Oshkosh also operated its own local FM station, Pathfinder Radio, on 89.4 MHz in order to provide information and news to attendees.
            Among the many display booths was one that gave an overview of the activities of Adventist World Radio.  Yes, AWR was there!  A special issue of the youth magazine, Guide, was dedicated entirely to the work and results of AWR ministry, and display boards showed the widespread outreach statistics of AWR programming.  The AWR booth was under the direction of Shelley Freesland, who is  
Communication Director at the AWR headquarters in suburban Washington DC.
            Among the interesting AWR statistics:-
                        On the air worldwide in nearly 100 languages from 10 shortwave transmitter sites
                        Program production in 70 affiliated studios on all continents
                        1500 FM stations in Russia carry AWR programming
                        Nationwide coverage throughout India on FM and other local media
                        On the air to Asia and the Pacific from 5 shortwave transmitters on the island of Guam    
            The next Pathfinder Camporee is scheduled for Oshkosh again, during the summer of the year 2019.
* Program Announcement - 07:32
            Allen Graham
* International DX News - 8:24
     Update on Disastrous Floods in Kashmir
            Reports from India give further details regarding the disastrous flood situation in the Indian territory of Kashmir.  This massive flooding was brought about by heavy monsoon rains which have left rd million people stranded without the basic necessities for sustaining life, and already the death toll has reached more than 500 and is still climbing.  
            Huge numbers of survivors are living temporarily in public and religious buildings in the state capital, Srinagar and in the smaller towns.  The only highway connecting Kashmir with the rest of India is impassable, and likewise the single railway line is also flooded.  The only means of physical communication is by plane.  
            The Jhelum River runs through Srinagar and onward into Pakistan, and already there are now ¾ million refugees in Pakistan due to these raging flood inundations.  The Prime Ministers of both India and Pakistan have offered aid to each other's territory.  Currently, 41 aid agencies are providing assistance to survivors in Kashmir, including ADRA, the Adventist Development & Relief Agency which is a sister organization to Adventist World Radio.
            According to information from Jose Jacob VU2JOS at Hyderabad in India, Radio Kashmir is now back on the air again, with a mix of programming produced in temporary studios locally and at AIR headquarters in New Delhi.  Additional electronic equipment was flown in from Delhi to Kashmir by the Indian Air Force.  
            At present the only radio transmitter on the air in Srinagar is their FM facility which is installed at an elevation in the Shankaracharya Hills.  Likewise, Radio Jammu in the nearby city and territory with the same name is on the air with supportive flood information.
     Additional news items:
            * REE Spain leaving shortwave
            * Audio insert: REE identification announcement
            * New Indian made DRM receiver released in Amsterdam
* HFCC Sofia Report - 13:55
            DRM discussions, list of analog stations
* Rare, Unusual, Unique QSLs - 23:32
            Shortwave listeners, international radio monitors and DXers around the world are invited to search their collection of QSL cards and letters for rare, unusual and unique verifications.  You are invited to make up a list (up to 5 in number) of your QSLs in this collective category, and to write a short paragraph about each, as an important part of our annual DX contest.  Partial entries for this year's contest are considered to be valid. 
            At the conclusion of the contest, we at Wavescan are planning to write up and publish a detailed compilation of interesting information on a world wide basis about the rare, unusual and unique QSLs that come to light in this way.  This will be the first occasion in the history of international radio broadcasting for the compilation of such a QSL list, and you all are invited to submit entries.
            Full details of this remarkable contest are available on several websites:-
                                    * ontheshortwaves. com
                                    * mt-shortwave.blogspot. com
                                    * facebook.com/indiandxreport/posts/
                                    * alokeshgupta.blogspot.com/2014/06/
                                    * awr. org
            As an example of a rare, unusual or unique QSL card . . .  Back around 30 years ago, Radio Moscow was heard in the Americas with regular programming on shortwave via a relay from Havana Cuba.  On one particular occasion while I was in the United States, I was listening to the Havana relay, but instead of programming from Radio Moscow, it was programming from Radio Tashkent.  Apparently this was a program switching mistake.
            I sent a reception report to Radio Tashkent in Uzbekistan, not really expecting a reply regarding this unusual and unexpected relay transmission via Havana on 9600 kHz.   However, back in 1982, Radio Tashkent was also on the air on the same channel 9600 kHz from its own transmitter site near Tashkent.  In any case, I did receive a QSL card from Radio Tashkent in there unique style, acknowledging their transmission on 9600 kHz.   Surely this must be the only QSL card verifying Radio Tashkent via Havana Cuba.
* Music of the World - 26:30
            Bulgaria: Mystery of Bulgarian Voices Choir
* Closing Announcement - 27:00
            Thanks for listening to "Wavescan", international DX program from Adventist World Radio
            Researched and written in Indianapolis
            Next week:-
                        1. Another Blast from the Past: The Biggest Aspidistra in the World
                        2. HFCC Bulgaria
                        3. Australian DX Report
                        4. Rare QSL
            Several QSL cards available.  Send your AWR & KSDA reception reports for Wavescan to the                            AWR address in Indianapolis; and also to the station your radio is tuned to: WRMI or                                 WWCR or KVOH, or to the AWR relay stations that carry Wavescan.  Remember too,                             you can send a reception report to each of the DX reporters when their segment is on                          the air here in Wavescan: Japan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Australia & India.  They will                             verify with a colorful QSL card.  Return postage and an address label are always                                            appreciated.   
            Wavescan address:-
                        Box 29235
                        Indiana 46229 USA
            Wavescan @ AWR.org
            Jeff White, shortwave WRMI
* Music Outrun - 28:26
* Program Ends - 28:55