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~ Some major U.S. shortwave news: WBCQ, which is based in Monticello, Maine, and recently added a 500-kilowatt transmitter, has announced its purchase of Family Broadcasting’s WHRI. Based in South Bend, Indiana, WHRI also has a transmitter rated at 500 kilowatts, as well as a couple at 100 kilowatts. WBCQ’s owner, Alan Weiner, has long been active in the shortwave business and he owns local AM and FM outlets as well. Weiner was also a busy shortwave pirate back in the 1970s and ‘80s. WBCQ paid $1.25 million for the WHRI facility.

~ As of press time, there is an apparent coup under way in Mali and there are reports of gunfire near the radio station. To put it mildly, the situation is fluid and subject to change by the hour. Radiodifusion du Malienne uses 5995 kHz from 0555-0800 UTC and both 5995 kHz and 9635 kHz at 0800-1800 UTC. The last report said the station still seems to be active.

~ Approximately once a year, conditions are right to bring in the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). Lately, SLBC has been doing well from its 300-kilowatt site at Trincomalee on 11905 kHz around 0030 UTC with sign off around 0200 UTC, though the signal usually doesn’t hold up that long.

~ A month or two back, I mentioned problems at CFVP, Calgary, Alberta. Now I’m glad to say they’ve made progress with the repairs and expect to be back on the air soon, according to frequent reporter Harold Sellers.

~ Radio Madagasikara (Radio Nacional Malagasy for the purists) is said to have begun to use 6135 kHz at

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