============================================================================ JEMBATAN DX NO.39 December 29, 1997 EDITED BY JUICHI YAMADA ============================================================================ ALL TIMES IN UTC. --------------------------------- DX LOGGINGS ----------------------------- 3286.6 RRI Madiun(presumed). 0941-1000. Man w/ anmts, talks and local mx but with heavy QRM from rtty station. Very weak and fades. ID tentive as too weak. (Dec 18, Bob Montgomery via Cumbre DX No.169) 3395.1 RRI Tanjungkarang. 1646 local news. 1648 ID by male as "Programa Satu, Radio Republik Indonesia Tanjungkarang", then music. 1658 closing announcement and signed off. Fair. (Dec 28, Juichi Yamada, JAPAN) 3904.8 RRI Banda Aceh. 1418 ID by male as "RRI Banda Aceh", then dangdut music. 1458 SCI. 1500 Jakarta news relay. 1511 short music then signed off. Poor. (Dec 21, Juichi Yamada, JAPAN) 3959.70 RRI Padang. 1839-1845, Bahasa Indonesia with local Indon music and light hearted talk between a Man and Women,with lot's of laughter. 22232. (Dec 24, John Kecskes via DX Window No.96) 3960.8 RRI-Palu. 1520 with Christmas mx, such as "Away in the Manger." Rechecked at 1545, with more Xmas mx, "Joy to the World" and orch. ballads. (Dec 25, Ed Kusalik via Numero Uno No.1456) 4003.2 RRI Padang. 1600 lagu melayu. (other RRI station relayed Jakarta news.) 1601 suddenly switched to Jakarta news relay. 1605 local pops. 1629 IS. 1630 ID as "Radio Republik Indonesia Padang dengan Ikhtisar Berita Daerah", then local news. 1634 reading of Holy Koran. Fair. (Dec 28, Juichi Yamada, JAPAN) 4927.0 RRI Jambi. 1635 local news by male including ID at 1636 as "Radio Republik Indonesia Jambi". 1641 local pops. Fair to poor. Changed from 4925kHz again. (Dec 28, Juichi Yamada, JAPAN) 4931.65 RRI Surakarta. 1436-1501. Mx prgm, SCI at 1459. This stn listed as Saturday only. Weak. (Dec 27, John Fisher via Numero Uno No.1456) 6025.1 RRI Banjarmasin. 1815 telephone conversations and local pops. 1859 SCI. 1900 Jakarta news relay. 1908 ID by male as "Radio Republik.. Banjarmasin", then local pops. Poor. (Dec 26, Juichi Yamada, JAPAN) 7098.6 RRI Yogyakarta. 2159, Up from reported 7098.2 with "SCI" and woman in Indo, presumably news. Very weak and chopped up by a Venezuelan SSB traffic net and ham data transmissions. (Dec 27, Bob Hill via DX window No.96) 11750 RRI Jakarta. Now back here, co-chan. BBC to S.Asia at 0900-1259. (Victor Goonetilleke via Numero Uno No.1456) 11785.0 V.O.Indonesia. 0232 Talks and local pops. 0258 Love Ambon. Poor. (Dec 23, Juichi Yamada, JAPAN) 15125.0 RRI Jakarta, Cimanggis. 0254 SCI. 0255 special live program from Jakarta including chorus of National Anthem "Indonesia Raya" and speach by Vice President Tri Strisno. Fair. 15150kHz was not found at this time. (Dec 27, Juichi Yamada, JAPAN) ----------------------------------- DX NEWS ------------------------------- I got a distressing call from a friend of mine in Jakarta's elite society at 3 AM a few days ago with the news that Indonesia's army, known as ABRI, is preparing to force President Soeharto to resign. Since this is rumor, albeit *quite* substantiated, Jakartans are unsure if a coup is impending or if developments will take place behind the scenes. ABRI leaders have begun mobilising University of Indonesia students, which belive me is a cocktail for violence, and have been courting Muslim intellectuals for future support. Soeharto is clearly ill and ineffective while the nation's currency and stock market continues to fall precariously. I submit the following tips and predictions related DX'ing during this historic period in Indonesia's history: Soeharto's Death: RRI programming and broadcast hours will be extended for the period of 100 days, in accordance to Islamic tradition, and will focus on the achievements of Pak Harto (Soeharto's nickname) when he dies. RRI & Economic Crisis: Indonesia owes well over US$150 billion in short-term debts which means that the next president, whether civillian or military, will cut government expenses. Sadly for SWL's, Radio Republik Indonesia on SW is not a high priority. Unless equipment and resources are donated by Japan and Austria again to chosen sites, we may witness the closure of many regionals and may never hear RRI Surabaya, RRI Bandung and RRI Denpasar on SW again. QSL'ing: Be mindful of the fact that the local currency, the Rupiah, has lost 115% of its value over the past 6 months. Mail delivery may become risky if people become desperate enough - and a one-dollar bill can be used to purchase many necessities. If you want to make your QSL'ing chances better, do the following: 1.Include 2 U.S. dollars or Rp.3000 worth of stamps. In other words, pay off the verie signer. 2.Send a photo of yourself with your family. Humanize yourself and allow them to "get to know you." Having foreign friends is a status symbol in the countryside. 3.Mail along flashy bumper stickers of radio stations or auto-racing. Indonesians are crazy for this kind of stuff, especially in rural and remote areas. 4.Write a polite and positive remark about Soeharto if he dies, but otherwise DO NOT discuss politics since military intelligence is VERY active. For instance, "Aku mendengar Pak Harto sudah meninggal, dan saya menggerti dia Bapak Pembangunan. Orang-orang Amerika (Europa) sayang sekali Indonesia hilang bapak presiden anda." Meaning "I heard Mr. Harto died & I understand that he is the nation's 'Father of Development.' Americans (or Europeans) are saddened that Indonesia has lost your president." (Nick Grace via Cumbre DX No.168) (follow-up above) Regarding the recent item about the economic situation and QSLs in Indonesia, I don't think extra cash is necessary. Sending a report with an IRC is all you need. With or without currency crises, RRI employees are underpaid, but an extra dollar is another thing. (Brata via Ulis Fleming on Dec 21 via Cumbre DX No.169) As at 12 Dec RRI Jakarta seems to have settled on the schedule below. The recently added 11755 changed to 11760 on 1 Dec to avoid interference to the 11750 Radio National Dua broadcast. After a brief reappearance in late October, 11885 has returned on 12 Dec. The 15 MHz outlets have also been rearranged. The use of 11760 conflicts with several other broadcasters,including VOA Philippines in English 2200-0100 to Indonesia! During November, propagation tests were carried out 1300-1730 on both 15150 and 11785 using the Radio National Satu program as audio. Further to my previous comments regarding the 4777 outlet (and harmonic on 9554), there is conflicting published information in respect of power and site. While the WRTH and Tropical Bands Survey list the station as 7.5 kW and Kebayoran, Passport to Worldband Radio and the now defunct "Oz DX" show 50 kW and Cimanggis. A personal visit to Jakarta would be rather enlightening., Any volunteers? Voice of Indonesia - all from Cimanggis (with one txer): 11785 0030-0400 and 0800-0900 9525 0900-1300 15150 1730-2100 Radio National Satu: 15125 Cimanggis 2155-1510 beamed NE 11760 Cimanggis 2155-1610 beamed NW 9630 Bontosangu 2100-1500 beamed west 9565 Bontasangu 2100-1500 beamed east Radio National Dua -all outlets are 2200-0200 and 0900-1300: 15150 Cimagggis beamed east 11885 Bontosangu beamed east 11750 Bontasangu beamed west 9680 Cimanggis beamed NW The frequency announcements in English at 0100 0800 and 2000 )it's the same tape) now refer to 9525 15150 AND 11785 (in that order). Is this a sign of imminent expansion or, more likely, that the studio staff don't really know what is going on, or out? !! The harmonic on 9554 of course is a different entity to the 9552 Ujung Pandang daytime outlet, which might, or might not be at Bontosangu. (Robert Jones via EDXP No.72). Evening schedule of RRI Ambon is as follows; Frequency: 4845.1kHz. Schedule: 0900 Local news 1000 Relay from Jakarta news 1100 Local news 1130 Sign off (Juichi Yamada, JAPAN) ============================================================================ REPORTER; Juichi Yamada, JAPAN: NRD-525/AR7030 + AN-1. CONTRIBUTION; EDXP, AUSTRALIA. DX Window, DENMARK. Cumbre DX, U.S.A. Numero Uno, U.S.A. ============================================================================ This is the last issue in 1997. I thank to all contributors sent me precious DX loggings and news in this year and I hope more contribution will be useful for "Jembatan DX" in 1998. At last, I have to say "Thank you" for Gabriel Ivan Barrera, David M. Clark, Victor Goonetilleke, John Kecskes, Finn Krone, Marie Lamb Al Quaglieri, and Anker Petersen. They sent me greeting message at Christmas. I hope you will have a good a good year of 1998. Untill next year! FROM JUICHI YAMADA, JAPAN.