Philippine DX News No.37
March 14, 2010
Hello everyone! To all our dear shortwave listeners Good evening! Good morning! Wherever you are. Welcome to the 3rd anniverasry edition of the Philippine DX News. This is report No.37.I’m Henry Umadhay in Antique, Central Philippines. Glad to be back and thank you for listening
Pilipinas DX is 3 years old this month. We have a special QSL Card for this occasion. This QSL Card number 4 featuring Mayon Volcano
Five hundred fifty three (553) kilometers from Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, rises a near perfect cone volcano and one of the seven wonders in the world, the famous Mayon Volcano. Its summit measures 2,421 meters above sea level while its circular base has a radius of about 48 kilometers and with a total land area of 5,775.70 hectares. Its symmetrical form at any horizontal direction made this volcano a truly scenic wonder.
Mt. Mayon is the most active volcano in the Philippines; records showed that a total of 47 periodic eruptions occurred during the last 323 years. The earliest volcanic eruption occurred in February 1814, which has caused severe destruction and the worst bringing cagsawa in a complete ruin of the town and submersed it to mud, boulders and ash. Another destructive eruption occurred in 1897 and the latest occurred in June 2001. But in spite of the rearing threats Mt. Mayon is still loved and admired regarding as the fountain of strength and persistence.
Starting today and in the months to come we will feature history of several radio networks here in the Philippines.
Today will feature about Radio Mindanao Network (RMN)
Radio Mindanao Network Inc. or RMN Networks is one of the largest radio networks in the Philippines. The network’s first radio station is DXCC, established in Cagayan de Oro on the island of Mindanao in August 28, 1952. The callsign meant the radio partnership of Canoy and Cui. It was changed later to a neutral meaning Cagayan de Oro Community.
Sometime in 1948, Don Henry R. Canoy, together with friends, set-up two home built tube radio receivers and placed them in an abandoned chicken poultry in Cagayan de Oro for the purpose of listening radio broadcast from Manila.They ended up listening radio broadcast at night when reception was better.The group managed to self-assemble a 30 watts radio transmitter from surplus parts brought in Manila. Henry Canoy broke the airwaves as Pirate radio in 1949 declaring “This is Cagayan de Oro calling…”. As it was an unauthorized test broadcast, it did not have the assigned call letters from the Radio Control Office (RCO) to which the station could be associated with.
In 1950 decided to establish a more powerful radio station legally by applying for a congressional franchise in Manila to support its lawful operation. In 1951, they set up the fledging station in partnership and on June 23, 1952 he was granted a permit to maintain and operate a radio broadcasting station.
They built their own 500-watt AM transmitter with the assistance from Far East Broadcasting Company engineers. The transmitter was transported to Mindanao.With only a telescopic steel pole as antenna borrowed from the Bureau of Telecom, the improvised horizontal radio antenna was mounted attaching one end of a copper wire to the pole and the other end to a 30 meters coconut tree a block away .The Radio Control Office (RCO) assigned the station a broadcast frequency of 1560 kHz.
On July 4, 1952, it went on air for test broadcast the second time It officially started broadcasting on August 28, 1952.. Listeners anticipated the first words they would hear on radio and were greeted the station ID and the following words “You are tuned to Station DXCC, broadcasting with a power of 500 watts on 1560 kilocycles from Cagayan de Oro’s ” Gateway to Mindanao!” and every hour thereafter.
The success of its broadcasting concept enabled DXCC to expand. And so the string of community stations became Radio Mindanao Network.
Today Radio Mindanao network have 20 AM stations and 22 I FM stations nationwide.
Regular station logs for February 2010
February 1- Radio Canada on 9880 in English from Kunming ,Yunnan @
0000 S-I-O 3-4-3 Maple leaf mailbag was heard.
Deutsche Welle on 9785 in English from Trincomalee @ 0030
KTWR on 15170 in English from Agaña @ 08210 S-I-O 5-5-5
February 2- KBS World Radio on 9570 in English from Kimjae @ 0800 S-I-
February 6- Family Radio on 9465 in English from Paochung,Taiwan @
0915 S-I-O 4-4-4 with religious programming
- Voice of Vietnam on 9840 in English from Sontay ,Vietnam @ 1000 S-I-O 3-3-3
- Voce of korea on 6185 in English from Kujang@ 1010 S-I-O 4-4-3
- Radio Sweden on 7405 in English from Horby @ 1330 S-I-O 3-3-3
February 7- Radio New Zealand on 9765 in English from Rangitaiki @ 0700
February 11- Family Radio on 1503 AM MW from Fangliao,Taiwan @
2130 S-I-O 4-4-4 with open forum program.
- China National Radio 6 on 909 AM MW in English from Quanzhou with 100kw power S-I-O 4-4-4 @2210
- BBG-Radio Farda on 17840 in farsi from Iranawila ,Sri Lanka @0717 S-I-O 4-4-4
- Voice of Russia on 17805 in English from Angarsk @ 0722 S-I-O 4-4-4
- China Radio International on 17720 in German via Kashi, China @ 0723 S-I-O 4-3-3
- Voice of Croatia on 15360 via Singapore broadcast to Australia and New Zealand in English @ 0735
- BBG- Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on 15285 from Udon Thani @ 0745 S-I-O 3-3-3
- Radio Netherlands to Europe on 9895 @ 0745 in English from Gregoriopol, Moldova with European Jazz program
February 15- Radyo Pilipinas Overseas on 17710 in English from tinang @ 0200 S-I-O 3-3-3 with Dateline Malacañang program
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This has been Henry Umadhay for Wavescan in Antique, Central Philippines saying…