I was pleased to drop in on the B-11 HFCC meeting in Dallas TX, this
time jointly with the ASBU, drawing in several delegates from Africa
and the Middle East, September 12-16. It was a 600-mile round trip I
could drive in only five hours each, perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to attend an HFCC without flying overseas to Kuala Lumpur
or somewhere; but since I was paying my own way [would any SW station
like to retain me as a paid frequency consultant??], I could only
spend 24 hours there, Wednesday-Thursday Sept 14-15, and managed to
meet many of the almost 100 delegates, but not all of them. Name tags
were worn around the neck, which means they were often out of sight,
or flipped backwards, and it`s rather gauche to ask people to fish
them out so you can identify them, rather than sneaking a peek at name
tags firmly and boldly planted on the breast.

I was too busy to take notes most of the time, so I began writing as
soon as I got back, and added further recollexions the following week.
Non-alfabetical country headings are inserted here in DXLD style for
ease of reference, and are also cross-referenced in this issue, in
some cases duplicated. Portions were summarized on WORLD OF RADIO
1583. All photos by gh except those of gh. Some were from the HFCC
meeting room at the hotel, some from the dinner at the Mexican
restaurant, and others from the Continental Electronics factory tour.

We are greatly indebted to Adil Mina of Continental Electronics Corp.,
for sponsoring the meeting, including tour of their factory and dinner

** ANGUILLA, U S A. At short notice, George McClintock invited me to
join the CBB (Caribbean Beacon) delegation, i.e. him, for my visit to
(As George was inspecting a large tube-holder)

Many thanks; it was nice being an Anguillan for a while. Fortunately,
there was not too much coördinating for him to be concerned about as
6090 only has a couple of possible problems on adjacent frequencies,
but not really. (Co-channels from Nigeria, Brasil, neither
participating, are another matter.) He`s also looking after his own
WTWW, of course. George was taking a much needed break from `25-hour-
a-day` work installing WTWW #2 back in Tennessee, and brought back an
unneeded part to return to Continental. Looks like it will be on air
before too much longer.

At the same time I was an Anguillan,
I was also an Albanian, or so it seemed from the red and black ALBANIA
cap that Drita Çiço gave me.

** ALBANIA. Unfortunately she could not attend. (We later learned that
Drita`s eldest son had just died!) (And R. Tirana remains off the air
at the moment, but coördination for the B-11 season continues on the
assumption it will be back once the studio-transmitter-linx are
replaced). Not Alabama[i]an as someone misread the cap at a glance,
wondering why an Oklahoman would wear that!

** INTERNATIONAL. Jeff White, organizer of the meeting, facilitated
our attendance, many thanks, along with his wife Thaïs and her sister
Johanna Silva, and Juan Elías Tobia who came up from Venezuela.

Doug Garlinger was there, former engineer of WHRI, now working for the
ABC-TV station in Indianapolis, but still very interested in SW. He
said he had appreciated my work (I might have replied, too bad that
Joe Hill didn`t); and I appreciate his, such as his QSL gallery at

I was also gratified to hear directly from several other people there
that they read and appreciate DXLD!

It was also nice to meet Glen Tapley of WEWN; Jeff Cohen again of WRN
along with his new colleague James Serpell; Mathias Svensson and
colleague Michael Bloch of CVC La Voz; Walter Brodowsky of MBR,
the well-known verie-signer but who is primarily frequency manager of
this very large and complex operation; Bernd Friedewald, independent
frequency manager (BFM); Giuseppe Cirillo of AWR, who built the later
deleted Forlì, Italy station; Graham Baker of FEBC, who is still
raving about what a beautiful place Saipan is (or was, as far as FEBC
is concerned), along with Chris Cooper, [behind gh]
who mentioned that FEBC had done some brief DRM tests, but I am not
sure from which site; Gérald Théoret of RCI à Montréal who laments
that Sackville SW usage is declining. I also snapped the Ukrainians
across the restaurant:

** CZECHIA. It was also great to see Oldrich Cip, head of the HFCC,
who reminded me that we had met once before at the EDXC conference I
attended in Vienna --- sometimes in the 70s, we think. He said he was
`escorted` by a minder from the then Communist government of
Czechoslovakia which made him very uneasy at the time, unbeknownst to
us. Oldrich`s airname was Peter Skala when R. Prague had a DX program.

** U S A. Tom Lucey of FCC
revealed that altho KVOH failed to renew its license, and thus has
been off the air for several months, now they have done so, and
presumably will be returning; 17775 was their only frequency, and only
in the daytime but not daily. Nothing was mentioned about a fine.

What about KTMI? No sign they are making any progress in Oregon or
even constructing, tho they keep registering a SW schedule, even tho
their CP has now expired, but hey, registering an imaginary SW
schedule does no harm as long as no one believes it (gh`s comment).

** CAMBODIA [non]. Hot news direct from Ludo Maes of TDP in person.
(With his much shorter TDP companion Mireya Martínez).

Remember Khmer Post Radio which was on air briefly last year? Based in
Long Beach. They are coming back starting Sept 21, on Wed/Thu/Fri only
at 1200-1300 on 9960 via PALAU. Don`t forget the `the` when you try to
see http://www.thekhmerpost.com

And another Cambodian clandestine also based in California, at Fresno,
is starting up at the same time and frequency on Saturdays only, from
Sept 17, KPPM Radio. See http://www.kppmradio.org where we learn what
it means: Khmer People Power Movement (not a US callsign!). They also
announced this on their Facebook Sept 3:

``Khmer Power Movement (KPM) --- KPPM Radio live its program
broadcasting to Cambodia throug short wave air, please listen KPPM
Radio in Cambodia on every Saturday, from 7:00PM to 8:00PM at AM or SW
through frequencies: 9960 kHz, 31 meter.``

I should have asked Ludo if he can round up a few more Cambodian
dissidents to fill out the week?

He made a presentation earlier in the meeting promoting DRM as he sees
the future going exclusively digital in whatever media. He confessed
to me that disco/dance music is not his personal favorite, but that`s
what TDP Radio wants to carry. I suggest they might spur more interest
in DRM with broader musical options, even classical. After all,
imperfect analog is the excuse not to carry much classical on SW.

** KURDISTAN [non]. TDP had registered a frequency change for V. of
Mesopotamia starting early September, 7460 instead of 7540, via
Ukraine at 16-20. But it stayed on 7540, after concerns from R. Tirana
that 7460 would QRM some of its broadcasts on 7465. Ludo Maes told me
that had agreed not to make the change, but the client still needs a
frequency below 7540 to accommodate some receivers among its audience
which will not tune above 7.5 MHz.

** KUWAIT. I had a chance to ask the delegate from the MOI, Ghadeer
Alkhabaz, to give the correct English schedule to the  announcers in
that language. 15540 at 1800-2100 continues to be registered as Arabic
instead of the English which we hear but they claim it is on 11990,
long-abandoned; and the 05-08 on 15110 has been off the air for years.
I hope this leads to fixing the announcements rather than the real
language on the frequency.

** ALGERIA [non]. She (not pictured) and a young woman from TDA
(Algeria), Amel Djenane,
were both dressed in formally modest Arab attire, but not covering
their faces. Ghadeer had amazing arched eyebrows, with heavy dark 
makeup, apparently a Kuwaiti style.

** NETHERLANDS [and non]. Rocus deJoode of RNW confirmed that Bonaire
is set to close down at the end of the A-12 season. It does not look
like anyone else is interested in taking it over, as there is not that
much demand for SW services in the Americas any more, but they are
open to inquiries.

Madagascar`s fate is not quite so certain yet. Along with him was a
colleague from the Talata transmitters, Tovonirina Razananaivo. He
must have travelled the greatest distance to get to Dallas, via Paris,
Amsterdam and then direct to DFW.

He was seated next to me for the Wednesday evening dinner at a Mexican
restaurant, the Blue Mesa Grill, featuring the Mariachi Michoacán de
Mario Fernández band which he really enjoyed. They were very good,
playing almost continuously for 2+ hours.

They got a brief break when Radu Ianculescu from Romania borrowed a
violin to play a tune. One of the octet was quite nimble on the harp,
not illustrated on their business card,

I would have enjoyed the music even more had I remembered to bring my
earplugs as the trumpets were a bit blaring within the confines of the
restaurant. I can`t imagine how people seated right up front next to
them could take it, and yet people all over were apparently carrying
out conversations. At this meal, breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks,
we were always very well-fed, from buffets.

** MADAGASCAR. Had a nice conversation with Kevin Chambers, Director
of Engineering at World Christian Broadcasting. Target for Madagascar
World Voice to start up is now toward the end of the B-11 season. A
test schedule has been registered effective as early as 1 February
2012. But we saw the transmitters still in the Continental factory.
They are almost complete but obviously have not been shipped yet.
Antennas are as wind-resistant as they can afford to build them, but
cyclones periodically hit the area, even on the NW coast of the
island, and are bound to batter the station at some point. He says
sometimes the storms head up the Mozambique channel, sometimes loop
around from the north.

** ALASKA. As for KNLS Alaska, WCB continue to have problems getting
needed parts for one of the old transmitters, but still hope to have
the second one back on the air during the B-11 season. Kevin agreed
that they need to watch out for unregistered Taiwan/China jamming on
KNLS frequencies. He does rely on a few reception reports from dentro-
China. They expect to reach southern China better from Madagascar than
they can now from the other side via Alaska, and are also looking
forward to serving Latin America from Madagascar, altho propagation
predictions are not too favorable. I told him that the other
Madagascar station, the RNW relay, enjoys good reception even here
regardless of the azimuth, as we are close to antipodal, so MWV should
also do well. Did not seem to think that the RNW facilities, soon up
for grabs, would have been suitable for WCB needs. WCB is already
broadcasting in Spanish via WRMI; WCB operates out of Nashville to its
very remote SW site(s), and they invited me to visit should I be in

** U S A. The Big Three of WWCR were there, but strangely enough, our
paths never crossed. I guess they were not ready to apologize for
throwing me off their air. It seemed they spent most of the time
standing just outside the totally no-smoking hotel to indulge their
addixions. Tsk3. Another reason not to get anywhere near them.

** ROMANIA vs IRAN. I talked to the delegates from both countries
about the collision at 0400-0430 on 11920 (yes, just reconfirmed at
0420 Sept 16 and 0400 Sept 22). I don`t know if they ever got together
about it, but Gabriel Stanciu indicated Romania seemed willing to
move. (Altho it was caused by Iran precipitously moving its ``Voice of
Justice`` English hour to North America two hours later than when the
season started without being sure the same frequency would still be

Yes, Iran --- two delegates attending this first HFCC inside the USA,
a nice example of international cooperation, visas accepted, despite
no diplomatic relations. Amirhoushang Akbarpour and Alireza Sharifi of
IRIB were also on the Continental tour and seemed quite interested;
maybe Iran is looking for some new transmitters? One of them, Amir 
Akbarpour is in the red shirt:

Unfortunately we had a hard time finding a common language to
communicate in, also the case with some of the other delegates. But
their main job is crunching numbers, consulting propagation programs,
heading off collisions on their laptops plugged into the HFCC
intranet. See below for visa discussion from Jeff White.

** RUSSIA [and non]. Overheard at lunch, (but he knew I was at the
table), Adil Mina of CEC revealed that Russia is expected to start
ordering a lot of SW transmitters from CEC, and Thomson, starting in
January. It seems Russia requires that they be finally assembled in-
country, so they will be shipped slightly incomplete as a `kit` with a
few final things to be done.

He was hoping to persuade some Romanians familiar with their
Continentals to go help the Russians with the last steps. Mr Mina, who
also speaks Arabic, is quite the enthusiastic salesman for his
transmitters. He said that they keep building 100 kW ones as there is
always a market demand for them, but only make 250s to order; and 500s
are really too big and not worth it (tho, if you really want to pay
the price, well…)

** SPAIN [and non]. Fernando Almarza of REE tells me that they plan to
start a second DRM transmission soon via COSTA RICA, to Brasil,
presumably on 11815. The total transmission-hours at Noblejas are set,
so if something is added there, something else must be removed, but
this does not apply to the CR relay. This may explain some of the odd
scheduling, like certain transmissions missing one day of the week to
accommodate silly ballgames at other times on weekends. Fernando
insisted on flashing a V = victory salute when I aimed my camera at
him (as did Bernd Friedewald behind his head…)

** COSTA RICA [and non]. We have reported several times that the off-
frequency 5954.2v transmitter of ELCOR, carrying Radio República,
produces a het with R. Nederland which is properly on 5955 starting at
0500 for Europe. Of course, RR also draws Cuban jamming around 5955. I
heard that RN has attempted to get Elcor back on frequency by
supplying them a new crystal, but they haven`t got around to
installing it. Altho this is a frustrating episode, other big stations
should be so proactive in trying to get rid of Latin hets if not Latin
transmitters on the same channels.


we saw several high-power SW transmitters in various stages of
construxion, including three destined for Madagascar World Voice
and a DRM one running into a dummy load, with a display of the DRM
waveform, quite unlike analog modulation.

Dan Dickey, President/CEO of Continental Electronics
confirmed that they do not have any antennas on the site, so they
don`t have to worry about licensing transmissions, and the dummy loads
allow them all they need to do in order to test and tweak the
transmitters. They even have trouble picking up the DL inside the

Upon departing we were each given a red gift bag
containing a curved plexiglass thingie inscribed with HFCC and CEC
logos; a combination flashlight and screwdriver with multiple heads;
and a paperweight(?) on a cord with a clip.

On the way *out* we spotted an inconspicuous sign on the wall that not
only are guns prohibited but so are cameras,
including those in phones, etc. Fortunately many of us had been
snapping lots of shots with no objexions.

The Sheraton North Dallas hotel`s TV system had some 40 channels, not
including essential ones like Comedy Central (but with MSNBC on low-
tier channel 8; is that anything like cable in Dallas?). It also
featured RUSSIA TODAY, my first opportunity to view that on a TV
screen. News seemed rather repetitious; saw same stories more than
once in the hour or so I watched in the morning. Some stories
involving the US had a rather negative spin, but maybe that`s to be
expected from a non-US source. RT has blonde anchorettes with strange
British rather than Russian accents, and I snapped a couple.
And a skipped blurrier photo of the second one had her name: Kate

The only other foreign channel was NHK WORLD, nice to have full access
to that rather than a semihour daily we get thru OKLA subchannel of
OETA in OK. On some of the channels, many of the local commercial
breaks were occupied rather roughly by promotion for Sheraton`s in-
hotel pay-movies.

(Glenn Hauser at HFCC B-11 Dallas, Sept 14-15, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

[If quoting any excerpts, you must add the final credit line just
above to each item!]

Later on I had a question for Jeff White: ``Hi Jeff, I was wondering
about the visas. Not knowing much about how this works, was it a
task to get the Iranians, for example, into the country? Or is lack of
diplomatic relations etc., not such an obstacle as one would think?

``Glenn: Oh yes, helping people get visas is one of the biggest tasks,
and it starts months ahead of time of course. We send them personal
letters of invitation, letters confirming hotel reservations and other
documentation they might need to get a visa. We've done this for the
conferences in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Switzerland before
the Dallas conference. Each country is different of course. A lot of
countries don't have a Dominican embassy, so we were able to make
special arrangements for most people (even the Chinese; the DR
recognizes Taiwan). We also had special arrangements with the Mexican
immigration authorities to get visas for conference participants.
Switzerland was a little easier, since they have embassies almost

A handful of people were not able to get visas for the Dallas
conference, but in most cases it was because they didn't start early
enough. Visa processing times can take up to a few months or so in
some cases. The most challenging were the Iranian visas, because there
is no US embassy in Iran. The Iranians have to go to Dubai or Ankara
normally in person to apply, and again to get their passports stamped
if the visa is approved. And the appointments are normally limited to
one day a month and have to be made a month in advance. It's really
hard to get appointments for the Iranians. In the end, we were able to
get special appointments for the Iranian delegates to HFCC Dallas at
the US embassy in Azerbaijan, and the visas were approved relatively
quickly. The IBB was of help during part of this procedure, and we
appreciate their assistance. Jeff``