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Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Two historic ephemeris of great trascencency for Cuba, coincide in 2013: on January 28th, the 160th anniversary of José Martí’s birth and, on July 26th, 60 years of the assault to the Moncada Barracks. 


Every participant will receive postal issues related to the National Hero of Cuba and the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution.

The best essays will be published on RHC webpage ( and shall be read in the philatelic program. Contest deadline is December 31st, 2013. 

Send your entries by postal mail to RADIO HABANA CUBA, APARTADO 6240, LA HABANA- CUBA, OR email your essay to <>. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Wavescan Annual DX Contest 2013- Results Announced

AWR DX program “Wavescan” take pleasure today in announcing the list of winners for the big 2013 Annual DX Contest, “Focus on Africa”. This contest took place during the month of July, and all entries were received at the Indianapolis address by the end of August. 

We are grateful again for the large number of entries received this year from so many countries around the world, and we appreciate the time consuming effort that so many listeners exerted in preparing their excellent entries. We note that many entries were from new participants this year, and we are grateful to those also who have entered on previous occasions during the past 37 years of contesting. From a long list of entries, we have chosen the following listeners to whom awards will be sent.

Here are the 2013 Continental Winners, each of whom will receive a copy of the 2014 edition of the “World Radio TV Handbook” early in the New Year:-

* Asia- Muhammad Shamim, Trivandrum, India
* Europe- Harald Denzel Egelsbach, Germany
* North America- Edward Insinger Summit NJ USA
* Latin America- Jose Roberto da Silva Cunha Governador Valaderas Brazil
* Pacific- Bruce White Karoonda SA Australia

Among the many outstanding entries in this year’s contest, neat colorful and nicely prepared, we have chosen the following to receive the Award of Merit:-

* Jonathan Short, Changshu, China
* Jose Jacob, Hyderabad, India (Has also entered every contest)
* Leonardo Santiago Puebloe Llano, Venezuela
* Vijaya Krishna Bhat, Puttur, India
* Thomas Drescher, Rosrath, Germany
* Claes Olsson, Norrkoping, Sweden
* Christian Ghibaudo, Nice, France

And now, the name of the World Winner in the big 2013 AWR Annual “Wavescan” DX Contest, “Focus on Africa”. This year’s winner also presented his entry in a neat colorful book style folder with several pages in full color. He will receive a book of his choice, one of the authoritative volumes on shortwave history written by the noted radio historian Jerome Berg of suburban Boston in the United States.

The World Winner for 2013 is:- Tony Ashar, Depok, Indonesia.

Once again, we acknowledge with appreciation the many entries in this year’s “Focus on Africa” DX Contest. Thank you for participating, and we trust that you enjoyed participating as much as we did in perusing all of the interesting entries. All entries will be acknowledged through the post, and all reception reports will be verified, though it will take time, perhaps well into the New Year, to process them all.

We invite you to enter our 2014 DX Contest, which will feature “Focus on Asia”, similar to this year’s “Focus on Africa”, though there will be an additional new innovation. The 2014 contest will be staged during the month of September, due to the fact that shortwave propagation conditions during this year’s contest in July were not so favourable.

(Curtsy:- NWS238 Sun Sep 15, 2013 via Dr. Adrian M Peterson)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

RFA Announces 17th Anniversary Commemorative QSL!

Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces the release of their 17th anniversary QSL card.  RFA’s first broadcast was in Mandarin on September 29, 1996, 2100-2200 UTC. Acting as a substitute for indigenous free media, RFA concentrates its coverage on events occurring in and/or affecting the countries where we broadcast; they are:  Burma, Cambodia, Laos, North Korea, Peoples Republic of China, and Vietnam. RFA does not express editorial opinions but provides news, analysis, commentary, and cultural programming. A combination of U.S. government-operated transmitters and a variety of shortwave leased facilities support RFA. This card will be used for all valid reception reports from September 1 – December 31, 2013.

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports.  Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener.  RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX’ers, but also from its general listening audience.  If you have a smart phone, feel free to use the QR code below to access the automated reception report system and submit your reception reports to the web site.

You also have the option of using the following Microsoft Tag from your smartphone. The free mobile app for your smartphone is available at

Reception reports are also accepted by email at, and for anyone without Internet access, reception reports can be mailed to:

Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America

Upon your request, RFA will also send a copy of the current broadcast schedule and a station sticker.