** AFGHANISTAN [non]. 7600, Aug 18 at 1526, new clandestine Afghanistan International TV puts VG signal into Kuwait SDR, S9+15/25 in SAM mode. Very slight hum. Bit of vamp music, seagull sounds, not sure if language be Dari = Farsi or Pashto. Should be both as time goes on. IDs in passing with English? name “Afghan International“ and spelling out AFINTLTV. 1528 brief English clips from W and Obama about previous end of Taliban regime. 1530 at ToH in Afgh, theme and continuous talk, including female voice about Topic A, some crowd noise clips such as at 1603. Just what you would expect from a TV soundtrack. Still going with more of same past 1700. At 1725 a woman starts singing briefly. 1729 more clips of GW Bush about the Taliban takeover. 1730 maybe language switch? Still VG past 1737+.
This was first reported on 7600, August 16 and misidentified as a BBC frequency change. Arthur Pozner explained at 1705 UT Aug 17: “The 7600 kHz transmission is NOT BBC. Supposedly originating from R. Afghanistan Intl and based in the UK. Transmission site may be the same as R. Iran Int’l, near Tashkent. The parent company of both programs is Volant Media UK Ltd.“
Ron Howard then found this info about it but failing to mention SW: we wonder if it can have more viewers by satellite TV now in Afgh?
“World — Monday, 16 Aug 2021 20:42
Volant Media UK Launches Afghanistan International TV
On Sunday, the day the Taliban captured Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, Volant Media UK Ltd., the parent company of Iran International TV, launched Afghanistan International TV (AITV). AITV aspires to serve as a 24/7 international news network to provide reliable information for audiences and protect media freedom in the country.
With Afghanistan undergoing a chaotic transition after the US military withdrawal, AITV aspires to be a voice for the voiceless — to tell the story of the people of Afghanistan, as Harun Najafizada, AITV’s director tells Iran International TV. He revealed concerning reports of the Taliban’s tense relations with the media community and how independent journalistic activities have been severely disrupted.
Afghanistan International TV crew at their broadcast station. FILE
The situation in Afghanistan is so dire that AITV decided to launch the network prior to the planned start date — which was slated for the United Nations’ International Peace Day on September 21. The hope is that this will fill a media vacuum that has developed with so many people fleeing the country and will provide a critical source of reporting and information amid rapidly shifting events on the ground.
AITV, which has started with daily nine hours of live television news and programs, plans to expand to a full 24/7 schedule as soon as possible. But AITV also has a radio stream which is already offering 24-hour news and programs.
In terms of programming, Najafizada said AITV plans to rely heavily on reporting from across Afghanistan and to produce informative programs — talk shows, documentaries, and debates — to engage with people inside and outside Afghanistan. AITV will be an independent and impartial channel which will report facts, in keeping with standard journalistic norms.
As to how AITV will fare with the Taliban in control of Afghanistan, Najafizadeh says it is not about AITV, but it is about the Taliban and how they receive the international media. AITV is prepared for any scenario.“
This mentions a “radio stream“ but WTFK? No 7600 cited. Its span as yet unknown, nor whether there be any other frequency. As of Aug 18 there is still nothing in HFCC A-21 on 7600. Since Tashkent is only 756 km = 469 miles from Kabul, 7600 might work 24 hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** ANTARCTICA. 15475.98-RCUSB, Aug 18 at 1446, no signal this Wednesday from LRA36 into two Brazilian SDRs (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** CANADA. 248-MCW kHz, Aug 18 at 0621, WG, NDbeacon from Winnipeg is barely copiable due to current local blob over the frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** KIRITIMATI. 846 kHz, Aug 18 at 0618, JBA carrier again from presumed R. Kiribati (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 4096, Aug 18 at 0603, sweeps upward from the beacon formerly known as DW for desert whooper. JBA in noise level.
4102.8, Aug 18 at 0604, the “W“ weather beacon also JBA, also sends various other letters and numbers (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 2099 monitoring: Richard Lemke, Alberta, reports: “Dear Glenn: I tuned in late stepped out before and confirmed, 1056 the computer was down short while, 1057, talking about solar cycles, World of Radio #2099, was playing on August 18 UTC 2021, propagation outlook, 1058 UTC, 73’s, Richard“ Next:
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 7780 to NE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0130 UT Thursday WRMI 5010 to S
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** U S A. 6160- & 4790-, Aug 18 at 0610, both WBCQs are OFF, instead
of BSing all night. Perhaps there be a storm around Monticello. 7490- is also off but that`s normal at this hour. 9330- is NOT off, continues with WLCR. It`s unclear whether the current 9330 transmissions with a lower-powered backup transmitter are coming thru the Ampegon high-gain antenna, or one of the regular antennas. The strength sometimes implies a lot of antenna gain is in play; and remaining on air while the others are off also implies the separat transmitter site for it (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
** U S A. 9455, Aug 18 at 0612, WRMI-5 is still off the air; while 9395 & 9955 are unusually VG at this hour. Nothing found at WRMI disgraced FB about what`s going on with 9455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WOR)
This report dispatched at 1746 UT August 18