Thursday, August 23, 2007

Wednesday thunderstorm silenced radio channels

Wednesday thunderstorm silenced radio channels and brings traffic chaos to Helsinki

Wednesday thunderstorm silenced radio channels and brings traffic chaos to Helsinki
Wednesday thunderstorm silenced radio channels and brings traffic chaos to Helsinki
Wednesday thunderstorm silenced radio channels and brings traffic chaos to Helsinki
Wednesday thunderstorm silenced radio channels and brings traffic chaos to Helsinki
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An exceptionally powerful thunderstorm caused traffic delays and cut off communications links and electricity in Helsinki before noon on Wednesday. National radio transmissions of the public service broadcaster YLE were knocked off the air for about an hour.
About 2,500 bolts of lightning were generated by the massive thundercloud, and as much as five centimetres of water came down in some places.
One person, who was struck by lightning in Kirkkonummi, was hospitalised.

At the broadcasting centre of the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE in Pasila, a building was evacuated at about 11:00 in the morning because of what proved to be an erroneous fire alarm.
At the same time, YLE's local and national radio broadcasts were silenced by lightning. Repairs were delayed by the presence of toxic fire extinguisher chemicals in broadcast building.

There was an estimated hour of radio silence. Broadcasting were restored at about noon.
"Today was a complete disaster for us. But a small engineer is quite powerless in the face of the powers of nature", sighed YLE technical director Jorma Laiho, who said that lightning struck the Pasila link tower at least four times.
"What we learned from this is that in the future we must have a backup room to set up a miniature replica of the broadcast centre for these kinds of emergencies."

Adding to the confusion were the public warning sirens that switched on in different parts of Helsinki. In situations such as that, citizens are urged to go indoors and turn on the radio for information from the officials.
Taisto Hakala, the Helsinki Rescue Department's fire chief on duty, said that the situation was "awkward", because YLE's radio channels were not working at the time.
"The matter was resolved by sending official information to both YLE as well as the Finnish News Agency STT, through which the information was relayed to the whole media."
The bulletin stated that there was no special need to take shelter.

Electricity failures further encumbered the activities of the officials. The telephone exchange of the Pasila police headquarters was out of operation for several hours.
The rescue departments of Espoo and Helsinki responded to dozens of automatic alarms triggered by on by lightning. However, there was relatively little water damage to buildings.
Traffic lights in many parts of Helsinki did not work, and an electric failure stopped Metro service on the Mellunmäki branch in the east of Helsinki.
Electricity problems also caused tram lines 6 and 8 to alter their routes.
The telephone exchange of the Helsinki Taxi Centre went silent for hours. Some Internet connections around Southern Finland were also cut off.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Radio Ukraine Intl

Please find below revised A'01 schedule for
Radio Ukraine International

Summer Broadcasting
Tentative A01 Schedule)

Freq UTC TxerSite Azimuth Target
5905 1600-0100 Kyiv 254 S.-W.Europe
6020 1500-1900 Kyiv ND C.Europe
7320 0000-0500 Kharkiv 55 Russia (Tyumen)
7410 0300-0800 Kharkiv 235 S.Europe
7410 1900-2400 Kyiv 266 W.Europe
9560 1400-2300 Kharkiv 290 W.Europe
9620 0400-0900 Kyiv 254 S.-W.Europe
9640 0000-0400 Kyiv 74 Russia, N.Kazakhstan
9640 1400-1800 Kyiv 74 Russia, N.Kazakhstan
11705 0500-0900 Kyiv 272 W.Europe
11705 1900-2300 Kyiv 254 S.-W.Europe
11840 0300-0900 Kyiv 93 S.Kazakhstan
11840 1400-1800 Kyiv 93 S.Kazakhstan
11950 1900-2300 Kharkiv 290 W.Europe
12045 1100-1800 Kyiv 55 Russia (Tyumen)
13590 2000-0800 Kyiv 307 E.of N.America,N.-W.Europe
15135 0900-1400 Kyiv 307 E.of N.America,N.-W.Europe

Schedules of programmes in various languages are as
GERMAN (one hour long) except on 6020 and 13590 kHz:
at 1700, 2000, 2300
ENGLISH (one hour long) except on 12045 kHz: at 2100,
0000, 0300, 1100 UTC.

UKRAINIAN programs are transmitted on all frequencies
and at all times except
for the time reserved for German and English programs,
as shown above.
ROMANIAN (half an hour long): on 657 kHz (Chernivtsi),
Medium Waves,
at 1700, 1930, 2100 UTC.

1) The output of all transmitters is 100 kW, except
on 657 kHz where the power
is 25 kW.
2) The Schedule is subject to changes.
3) Please, send us the reception reports of all frequencies.

Alexander Yegorov – DX editor of RUI.

Warm Regards,
Alokesh Gupta,
New Delhi, India.