Shortwave Logs, April/May 2016: Okeechobee and the World

The Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival was going to “put Okeechobee on the map, worldwide”, organizers of the event were quoted in September last year.

But listen, toffee-nosed little startup: Okeechobee, Florida, has been on the world map for decades. WYFR, a religious shortwave broadcaster, operated transmitters there from the late 1970s to 2013, and relayed Radio Taiwan International (initially “Voice of Free China”) broadcasts to the Western hemisphere.

QSL Card, RTI Taipei, Taiwan

The easier way to get a QSL card confirming Okeechobee:
write to Radio Taiwan International (Spanish service)

Even the end of the world (and of all world maps, for that matter) was announced from Okeechobee. Granted, the studios were based in California, but anyway.

The WYFR transmission site was bought by WRMI, another broadcaster in Florida, in 2013, less than half a year after WYFR had ceased operation. WRMI’s broadcasting schedule looks like a who-is-who of European broadcasters who abandoned shortwave in recent years, and who now re-appear on WRMI. The schedule looks pretty complicated to me, but if you switch on your radio somewhere in northern-central Europe during the second half of the night, you are likely to hear some of them on 11580 kHz: Radio Ukraine International from 23:30 to 23:59 UTC, and then Radio Slovakia, for example.

Later in the night (or early morning), it will be  Ralph Gordon Stair, a usually ill-tempered preacher. So to quite a degree, the transmission site has remained religious, because Stair buys tons of airtime, via satellite and shortwave – from WRMI not least.

Stair considers himself a prophet and shows some interest in the future of Donald Trump,  New York City, and US-North Korean relations.*)

Whichever way you look at it, Okeechobee is likely to remain on the world map. Until doomsday, anyway.

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The A-16 broadcasting season started on March 27 (and will end late in October). The following is a list of some of my listening logs during the past few weeks, in northern Germany.
International Telecommunication Union letter codes used in the table underneath:

ALB – Albania; ARG – Argentina; AUS – Australia; D – Germany; KRE – North Korea; KOR – South Korea; NZL – New Zealand; PHL – Philippines; SVNSlovakia Slovenia; USA – United States of America.

Languages (“L.”):

C – Chinese; E – English; F – French; G – German; K – Korean. The table underneath might appear messy unless you click the headline of this particular post – or it may remain invisible unless you click “continue reading”.

kHz

Station

Ct
ry

L

Day

UT

S I O
  9400 FEBC  PHL C  03-31  1310 4 5 4
 12065 Radio Australia  AUS E 03-31  1501 4 5 4
 15345 RAE Buenos
Aires
 ARG G 04-01 2110 3 4 3
  3995 HCJB
Weenermoor
 D G 04-09 0433 3 4 3
 7310 DP07
Seefunk
 D G 09-09 1200 4 5 4
 7310 Radio Canada
International
 D E 04-09 1400 2 4 2
 6005 Radio Canada
International
 D F 04-09 1403 4 5 4
15160 KBS Seoul  KOR K 09-10 0940 5 5 4
 4840 WWCR
Nashville
 USA E 04-22 0031 4 5 4
 6190 Hamburger
Lokalradio
 D G 04-30 0909 5 5 5
 7465 Radio Tirana  ALB G 05-09 1931 4 3 3
   918 Radio Slovenia  SVN E 05-09 2030 4 4 4
   918 Radio Slovenia  SVN G 05-09 2034 4 4 4
11580 WRMI /
Famagusta
 USA E 05-12 2300 4 5 4
 6005 Radio Mi Amigo  D E 05-13 1700 5 5 4
15190 Radio Pilipinas  PHL E 05-13 1733 4 5 3
11635 Voice of Korea  KRE E 05-17 1940 4 5 4
11625 Radio New
Zealand
 NZL E 05-17 2003 3 4 3

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Footnotes

*) Overcomer Ministries via WRMI, March 28, 2016

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