Balochistan residents miss Radio Pakistan shortwave transmitters. And more shortwave in the news.

Posted: 26 Aug 2010   Print   Send a link
The Express Tribune (Karachi), 16 August 2010, Shahzad Baloch: "Ironically, many in Balochistan are more familiar with the reporters and anchors of BBC Urdu radio and All India Radio than Pakistan Radio. ... Until three years ago, Radio Pakistan Quetta had a short-wave transmitter which covered the entire province and received a good response from the listeners. When the short waves were removed and just the medium wave transmitters were retained, radio signals became too weak to be heard in remote places. The transmitters have completed their life and even the companies which developed them have closed down.", 21 August 2010: "All India Radio has undertaken replacement and digitalisation of 70 MW transmitters, 34 old FM transmitters, setting up of 130 new digital compatible FM Transmitters, nine short wave transmitters and 98 studio centres in 34 states and Union territories.", News Culture, 25 August 2010, Duncan Geere: "The output of a mysterious radio station in Russia, which has been broadcasting the same monotonous signal almost continuously for 20 years, has suddenly changed. Numbers stations are shortwave radio stations that broadcast computer-generated voices reading numbers, words, letters or Morse code. Their purpose has never been uncovered, but evidence from spy cases suggests that they're used to broadcast coded information to secret agents. Over the past week or so, the output of one particular station that broadcasts from near Povarovo, Russia, increased dramatically. The station has a callsign of UVB-76, but is known as 'The Buzzer' by its listeners because of the short, monotonous buzz tone that it normally plays 21 to 34 times per minute. It's only deviated from that signal three times previously -- briefly in 1997, 2002 and 2006. In early August, a garbled recording of a voice speaking Russian was heard by listeners." Per Wikipedia, it transmits on 4625 kHz.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 25 August 2010, Dan Browning: "Trevor Cook, the 39-year-old Minneapolis money manager ... was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in federal prison for bilking at least $158 million from hundreds of mostly elderly retirees seeking a secure, reliable income stream. ... Cook was aided by several associates who solicited investors on a Christian shortwave radio network, and by some affiliated money managers in Minneapolis."