Transilvania Travel 2005
VISITA IL PHOTOBOOK DEL TRANSILVANIA TRAVEL 2005

Ciao to all readers,
 I am visiting Hungary and Ukraina for first time, the travel started on 1st June at 1730 hours local time from the Milano Bus terminal at p.ta Garibaldi rail station, the cost is 75 Euro one way only to Budapest, The Euroline Bus is top good quality and it arrived from Torino in time, with just 10 passengers ...all women ... the beginning of travel on A4 highway to Venezia resukted very much crowed cause the 1st June is the start of a long 4 days bridge holidays in Italy... 2nd June is the Repubblica day... hard to explain the quantity of cars and trucks I saw on tangenziale est directed to south direction ...10 Km all blocked....
In Venezia direction not so much.... till the Agrate enter pay tall .... the traffic Jam remained almost till Brescia ... in 2 hours we arrived at first stop...but no passegers éounted in to the bus...Second stpo Verona.... no new passengers...
In Padova I started to listen with my ATS 909 portable equipped with 2 filters MURATA 80 kHz....... so I controlled Radio 80 Padova  still working on 1O5.3 MHz  and 104.4 MHz  so the annoced tranfere to Radio 101 has not yet started ....
On 107.9 MHz the program of Italian Folk music of Radio Mamma Mia (Ex Company Dance) resulted of good listening.
The ISO RADIO on 104.3 was alerting of 11 Km of STAU AT VENEZIA ! pay free tall....however the Bus was able to limit the problem with the FREE PASS to pay.... we passed thousands of CARS and also trucks...Next surprise our Bus was going to Venezia.
Where come up the Bus a couple of young married Ukrainian people.. this show Venedig is very famous Place for the JUST MARRIED people.
I still monitoring with my receiver and discovering on 103,5 MHz RADIO LA OASI DE LA MODULACION ...RADIO VENECIA" Yes with YL Dj annoncements in Spanish... and ambiental music no stop.
Again big troubles at the final track of the A4 Highway...... near Pordenone I listened to Radio TPN Energy 100.8 MHz with mix no stop of Disco House "noise".
We lost 50 minutes to the douane control after Trieste.... no idea why the control cause my bus had no stops in Slovenja.... but anyhow finally we crossed all Slovenja and in 1 hour we passed near Lubliana capital.
I listened to many FM stations , one UNID on 93,4 MHz Radio Murtas  surely in Slovenja.....
Abord the Bus all very quiet... luckly no Red Skin woman look like in Canada in summer 2öö3...hi!!!! but the street to pass resukted very bad..... look like a GRUVIERA FROMATGE, hi!.
At 0500 hours local time (in Hungary time is summer time same as the one of Italy) wake up cause the controll passport ...really very fast .... just 15 minutes... no control of baggages.. that is good ..... more will follow .... I am too much tired now...

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SZIA !  CIAO !

Here the details of my good arrival at Budapest yesterday morning 2nd June, at 0915 ....45 minutes before the scheduled time.
I listened aboard the Bus from the area of Balaton, 110 - 80 Km far from Budapest, still many signals from Croazia and Slovenja and also from Austria and Slovakia.
102.8 R.Slovenia Int. Maribor (English news for tourists).
104.4 "GPL" RDS from station in Slovenia  ...but which one ?
105,3 "RPS" RDS from station in Slovenja....but which one ?
107,5 + 107,8 ORTORENI RADIO (OPEN RADIO) from Kroatia.
102,0 R. OSIJEK from Croazia "R-OSIJEK" with RDS
101.7 ORF FM4 TX GRAZ AUSTRIA
101,0 RADIO 101 LUBIANA SLOVENIA, with RDS "RADIO101" 
99,1 ANTENNE STEIEMARK TX GRAZ with RDS "ANTENNE STMK"
97,2 "KAJ" NOT Identified from Croazia .....which one ????
89,2 ORF 3 AUSTRIA TX GRAZ
naturally also HRT HR 1 , HR 3 transmitters.
After the touristic area of Balaton, at around 60 - 40 Km from Budapest the reception becomed more regular only for Hungarian radio stations.

So at 0930 I met Istvan Hegedus and we went at his home located north west of the west part of Budapest, called BUDA....
We had lot of talks and funny stories to tell us after 15 years he visited me in my apartment in Milano.

Around 1900 hours while we were listening to the local FM dial in the FM band with his Pioneer Stereo desk model F-301 RDS... we were able to listen to an opening of 20 minutes to Spain....the area of Valencia...
Among the stations taped : ZOOOM RADIO 87,80 MHz + COPE VALENCIA 94,3 + RADIO AIRE LATINO 88.5 VALENCIA and possibly 93,3 CATALUNYA RADIO ALFABIA TX in Baleares.

So for the good start of my visit to Budapest we drinked a bottle of Champagne.....
Istvan explained there are around 50 FM stations more or less regularily logged in the FM dial 87.5 till 108 MHz mostly from the Budapest area, but also coming from Slovakia look like 87.7 REBECA  TX Banska Bistrika , Slovenia 1 on 88.5 MHz TX POHORIJE , AUSTRIA on 89.3 OR3 TX GRAZ, Slovakia on 90.1 RDS "SRO_1_" , Roumania 91.4 Radio Timisoara (Ex 91,3 MHz)......
But naturally also more signals are coming if there are good TROPO FM conditions.
In the weekends also some Pirates stations are operating in the downtown area of Budapest... 92.5 Radio Fiesta + 99.3 Radio Mix + 99.5 KINCSEM Radio .... just to mention some of the more actives...they unfortunatly play lot of CHUMPA CHUMPA CHUMPA sounds...very idiots...

Tomorrow we plan to visit some radio stations.... the report will soon follow.....    

Sziasztok! - Dario + Istvan

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Hallo! Ciao! Szia!
too much things to do on 3rd and 4th of June so only today Sunday I have the time to report about my travel. On friday 3 June we started our first day visit to the Budapest Radio Stations quite early in the morning, the office usually open at 0800 hours and closes at around 1600 hours, with no breaks at midday.To go to Pest where are located most of the radio stations you need to  cross the Danube River ...and you may choose only 2 of the 6 bridges... and you cant believe to the traffic jam of cars and trucks.... so from the III Buda area going to XI area we needed almost 1 hour...
A bright sunny day friday ....temperature around +30 C with wind from east.... so we started visiting Hungarian Catholic Radio :
WEB : http://www.katolikusradio.hu EMAIL : info@katradio.hu
Address: H-1062 Budapest, Delibab Utca 15-17.
We had a fixed meeting with Chief Engineer Gabor Frischmann He attended us very friendly giving us little parer info and mini poster with studio photos. Not yet printed stickers. Their studios are quite new, just 1 year and before the building has been a children baby private school. The station operates on MW and is well heard in south - central Europe, on 1341 kHz ...but there are interferences on 1341 kHz from BBC Northern Ireland TX .... the other channel is for local area in Budapest on 810 kHz former utilized by Radio Juventus Budapest (now only on FM), but unfortunatly the MEGAWATT TX from Skopje is even doing heterodine at daytime, so not a good choose... the station is stricktly in contact with Vatican Radio and they relay the Hungarian service. The equipment is all computerized and processed from the Satellite and connection to the Cable FM system in many towns of Hungary. Mr. Gabor Frischmann is very much interested to get reception reports which are carefully controlled and verified by letter, and don't forget to add an International Reply Coupon. You may contact him at EMAIL : frischmann.gabor@katradio.hu

After this very good start we moved to visit Radio 1 operating on 103.9 MHz located not so much far from if you utilize the car ... but in the city there are many Bus,Tram and also Metro line (the first in Continental Europe done just before the XX century started ...1893) WEB : http://www.radio1.hu (quite funny with parody of James Bond moovie ...but with a plastic chicken handled by a girl DJ...hi)
E-mail info@radio1.hu Address : H-1062 BUDAPEST , ANDRASSY UTCA 86 this street is famous cause many historical buildings stand up, and it is no more allowed to change their size by the municipality.I had a contact name of Promotion Director Miss Henriette Nagy. Cause she kindly sent some stickers to one of my friends in august 2003.
A really beaufitul girl, she presented to me Mr. Sztano Peter the Chief Engineer so I learned the station is called Radio 1 , cause the owner is same as Radio Europa 1 in France (La Gardiere Group Paris)but cause the name Radio Europa 1 in Hungarian did not sounded far from Radio Europa Libera station...they opted for a more easy RADIO 1.... the station is at 4 floor and all rebuild the reception and offices, naturally all is digitalized sound and connection to the 14 !!! studios in the country are done by this system.
Nominal Power in Budapest is 5 kW, Gyor 96.4 MHz is 1 kW, Debrecen 92.3 MHz is 1 kW, Szekesfehervar  101.8 MHz is 1 kW..... the other are less powerfull and really intended for a local service.
The station seems not interested to get reports, but now after my visit Mr. Stano Peter assured he will reply by letter.
His personal EMAIL for contacts is : stanley@radio1.hu
Need to add the station is surely friendly and to visit them you don't need an appointment, the receptionist eating pomodori and onions and potetos kindly given to us some MATRICA ( the stickers in Hungarian)....
We visited next one not far from called BUDAPEST RADIO operating on 88.1 MHz the name is may be confusing with the international service, but it is totally independent station. WEB : http://www.budapestradio.hu
they have also another frequency on 97.3 MHz with local area service at DUNAKANYAR.
Address : H-1146 Budapest,  Hungaria Krt 162, 10 Emeret (floor) EMAIL : administrator@budapestradio.hu
To find the exact address resulted a bit problematic cause NO number on the building... however to find it...it is located at the corner with street called THOKOLI ... it is a big commercial building.The station has many phonecalls programs with listeners in the morning so no surprise we arrived at a wrong moment ...the director was live on the air ...so no possible to talk with him... The WEB page of the station is very informative ...but has no English text ...
The kind receptionist Nora kindly offered to us some large rectangular stickers...and give her some from Italian networks as usually as little souvenir of my visit.

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Time was running fast and so we went to GAZDASAGI RADIO operating on 105.9 MHz
WEB : http://www.gazdasagiradio.hu
Email : radio@gazdasagiradio.hu
Address : H-1133 BUDAPEST , VACU UTCA 78/b right near Metro stop DOZSA GYORGY
The station is specialized for financial and economical news reports 24 hour...like in Italy we have Radio 24...
We met the Chief Redactor Mr. Martin Kovacs Miklos he is a very famous journalist and speaker and he worked for the national Radio before the start of the private stations, the receptionist offered us Coffee and mineral water, so we got lot of informations how the station is very well organized for the servic, every day they also carry an English financial report in English at 0745 (Monday to Friday).... The station is not interested to reports but I explained about our ...strange hobby and he promised to take care of them, his personal EMAIL for contacts is mkm@gazdasagiradio.hu I got the new stickers (USA size) in good quantity and this naturally satisfate me very well... Need to add they have also done via a private company called Radio Mania in Budapest 2 differents phonecards with their old logo in 2002 and 2004...and I have yet both them in my phonecard collection, so I was very pleased to know more about this station....

So with 100 % of good results we went back at home.... traffic jam still very high at 1400 hours....

I listed at home with my Sangean ATS 909 and the only interesting matter has been to catch on 87.60 MHz RTA Algerie CHAINE 3 in French-Arabic at 1850 for 10 minutes with good signals TX KEF EL AKHAL power 10 kW.....

So much for today ...tomorrow we will do a travel in the country... see you later....

Dario and Istvan

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SZIA ! CIAO!

I have had some problems with the computer. the computer of my friend Istvan is good, a 2000 SAMSUNG SYNC MASTER 550b.. that not good  it is all in Hungarian language.so I have done 3 times some mistakes to compile the message.. Well now I do it in Microsoft word.. So it should be the good one. hi

Saturday 4 june we wake up quite early in the morning cause we had fixed a meeting with good frien Istvan Apsitos living in Tatabanya a town on the M1 Highway 62 Km far from Budapest, the sunny day a bit windy from north  was really perfect for the car travel. At 0830 we arrived and met our friend, here his contact details :
H-2800Tatabánya, Béla király körtér 53. fszt. 2
Telefon: 20 / 373-1169
WEB : http://www.hifiklub.hu
E-mail: hifiklub@hifiklub.hu
He is operating a Cyber café Internet point, and he has a large collection of audio recordings of FM Dxing stations heard by Esporadics, so we listened to some of them and also we look at some of the digital camera photos in his collection all related to broadcasting.
Naturally you may find them in his good WEB pages.
I also got some old Hungarian Stickers (Matrica  in Hungarian) and so at 0900 we moved to visit to the local commercial station  Radio Radir 97.8 MHz
Address : H-2800 Tatabanya , Fo ter 4/b
 WEB :  http://www.radirradio.hu/
Email:  info@radirradio.hu
General Manager is Mrs. Pruzsina Alice her Email is : alice@radirradio.hu
She was doing some administration jobs so we has been attended by the chief engineer, he show us the studios, with authomated computer system and the 100 watts transmitter modulated at 78 watts..
Sufficent to make arrive the signal till the area of Buda.
Not allowed to do photos of the studios.so we do a photo outdoor. luckly it is public space.hi
We also got some RELIQUIA Matrica.  black red grey. a bit dark punk choose colors..hi
But naturally I do not care to the quality of the Matrica, so I was just happy to get them.

We say Szia and we moved about 50 Km to south west to the little town of Mor where is operating a local radio station called 1000 RADIJO' Mor operating on 89.0 MHz . 
Address : H-8060 MOR , Koztarsasag ter 1
WEB :  http://www.ezerjoradio.hu  not yet active , but surely for next september will be.
Email : siraly-reklamkft@axelero.hu
General Manager Gabor Rusvai  arrived to open and to show to us the studios, they are there just from 1 year.
At same place he operates also a local television EZERJO MEDIA TELEVISION.. Few watts power.
So we explained to him about our hobby and about summer propagation in the FM band.I show my photos of my house museum  of souvenirs.so he kindly wanted to geave to me a special souvenir.3 super size MATRICA of 1 meter each one . with old name  EZERJO RADIO MOR .. Really great for me. we  also got new round size white and green Matrica..  We do photos of the studios with no problems.. The town of MOR is bilingual cause there are German minorities so Mr. Rusvai speaks very well German language.

After so good meeting we moved to the more big town of SZEKEFFEHERVAR at around 40 Km  to the south here is operating a very special commercial radio station caller FEHERVAR RADIO  on 94.5 MHz.
Address : H-8000 SZEKEFFEHERVAR, Donat Utca  92
WEB : http://www.fehervarradio.hu
Email : info@fehervarradio.hu
General Manager is Mr. Andras Radetzky

The web page is really interesting there are original old photos  of the REGEN broadcasting station operated in 1942 by the SS German Nazi troups, with 15 kW TX, and this explain why the building is a real Buker in a stone hill of 100 meters.
To find the place it is a bit complicated, cause the city is large and the place is a bit outside the centrum. so we had as references the Restaurant  called BANYATO'  VENDEGLO, Address : H-8000 SZEKEFFEHERVAR, Zsolnai Utca 39.. After some . wrong informations got from people to whom we asked . may be they  don't like that restaurant.hi.we finally found it ..and immediately saw the Bunker there is located the radio. The place is very nice.a little lake with Quack Quack and 2 Cygnus sailing in the quiet waters  (the lake is just 50 meters) so at 1145 hours being yet opened the restaurant we had lunch under secular threes and looking at the Quack Quack .. Very nice indeed.I eat INVOLTINI DI POLLO WITH JAMBON and BOILED POTATOES.

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However adter the good dinner offer to our friend Apsitos cause his birthday anniversary .we had to go up the hill ...just 100 metrs Climbing ..but under a Sahara sunny sunshine . it resulted quite .exaustive for the maximum size of our friend. and more . to go to the studios you had to go down step by step till 150 meters under the hill level..  If the outdoor was looking not in good conditions. the office and studios are very modern and with air conditioned, and you may also see some beautiful photos in the WEB page.. All is digital and they have links to the satellite ... the most well equipped radio station seen in the 2 days of my stay in Hungary.
Kindly Mr. Radetzky  told us the story of the  Regen hill and  indeed it is a place you must visit (it is not so far from the Balaton area) ... we also got the rectangular  Matrica.
Final information the little girl in the WEB page is the daughter of the General Manager ..
So we say SZIA to him and we go up the long stairchain .and our passage  (mine 80 kilos and the ones 160 kilos !!! of Apsitos .) created a real mini earthquake and a big  "VASA" broken suddenly.. Ha ha ha . but luckly the hill did not collapsed down.ha ha ha ..

We moved again to VESZPREM  town  50 Km more to west  and right in the northern Balaton Lake area.
Not so difficult to find the place cause we got good informations from the radiostation.
Radio JAM is operating on 90.6 in VESZPREM,  91.8 for BALATON area, 92.7 PAPA   area (yes it is a town with this name ..but they don't belong to Vatican State.hi) , 88.8 AJKA town.
Address : H-8200 VESZPREM ,  CSILLAQ Utca 1  (this is their new address)
WEB : http://www.radiojam.hu
Email: info@radiojam.hu

So we met "TOMI" Tamas Szekeres  he is also an the hobby FM listener and so we talked lot about FM DXING and about propagation and other topics, he kidly offered to drink and I found in the frigor a bottle 1 liter of ICE TEA .one of my preferred summer soft drinks.so you may imagine what happened to the .ICE TEA in the...bottle .. Hi!

From the 3rd floor of the big building where is operating Radio JAM it was possible to look at a distant panorama..so we remarked dark clouds in direction of Austria .around 220 Km north .. But still sunny beautiful day in the Balaton lake area.
This time after carefuls researches we found only one MATRICA of Radio JAM . and so dear readers if you want it..you need to write a letter to them.good luck!  Hi !!!
The station is naturally operating news and reports about turistic happenings in the area, but has no English programs, they also relay the programs of Radio Juventus Budapest..usually at 1000 till 1400 hours .. If you get Radio Juventus on unlisted frequencies this is the explaination.
Surely a very friendly contact and we have been very happy for the good meeting.

Next one visit to Radio YO 97.1 MHz  located in VARPALOTA town has been organized by Istvan Hegedus cause he wrote 3 reception reports to them but he never got a reply.so . our mission was to get a verification.letter..
..often Commercial FM stations do not care about our "strange" hobby.
hi!
Address : H-8100 VARPALOTA , Forras Utca 2/a
WEB : http://www.yoradio.hu  (not yet full operative)
Email : yoradio@yoradio.hu
General Manager : BALAZS MATAY  his personal Email is :
balazs@yoradio.hu

YO RADIO in Hungarian language is just look like "GOOD SPIRIT RADIO"  .or "OK" radio .
The slogan is "AMI YO AZ JO!"
They have just 500 watts and they cover very well all the Balaton area.
Their MATRICA is very nice shaped and I got 50 of them .. So surely the ones who will order the souvenir package of this travel  will get one.(the package may be yet ordered.cost is 10 Euro in cash) (end of PLAYDX advertising.sorry.hi!) (l'adesivo di YO RADIO sará sicuramente nel Pacco Souvenir di questo viaggio. che se volete potete ordinare sin da ora inviando 10 Euro in banconota al mio recapito usuale) (fine SPOT PUBBLICITARIO.hi!!)

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The studios are new and not yet finished also outside there is no identification plate so if you arrive in Utca Forras ..  Yo will find it only if you drive slowly.it is after a bent in the very beginning driving to north, on the right hand side.
Also Mr. Matay has been very friendly and he naturally compiled the "SOSPIRATA" QSL letter to the report  unreplied. and the SMILE arrived into the eyes of Istvan Hegwedus ..

So our great travel into the Hungarian country till that moment resulted perfect ..  In our schedule only lasted one station to visit . in Sopron .a town near the border to austria.just 20 Km from GRAZ.  but strong wind and dark clouds started to be seen at north . from VARPAROLA to go to SOPRON  .190 Km.. And it was 1630 hours. we phoned to Sopron Radio 94.1 MHz and the owner said he was expecting us . so OK we decided to go there .. However the hurricane was coming and we get it at  Kapovar a town 50 Km before Sopron .
This naturally made more slovly our driving . but finally we arrived ..under a real "DILUVIO" at the Big SOPRON PLAZA center  where is located the commercial station .
So no problems to enter into the big big  Centro Commerciale  (PLAZA CENTER) . the station studios are at 1st floor and near GONDOLA DI VENEZIA BAR .. Romantic place ..hi..

Address : H-9400 SOPRON , SOPRON PLAZA , LACKNER KRISTOF UTCA 35
WEB :  http://www.sopronradio.com
Email:  rozsas@ikvaradio.hu
General Manager :JOZSEF ROZSAS

The station changed the name recently cause before the name was IKVA RADIO 94.1 (the IKVA is the river of Sopron city)  .so they did not have in this moment the new MATRICA logo. and .for me a real "DELUSIONE" not to get even the old ones ..  But my eagle eye soon noted one on a computer desk . and I asked if was possible to get it . but the matter was it was so well fixed .and so no possible to get it ..
WWOOOOOOWWWW ...  after a visit to the nice DJ slagering in the Studio live. we stay at the GONDOLA Bar next to the door of the SOPRON radio office. talking about the difference of the broadcasting in Hungary , Italy and Austria ... and realizing so bad crawled as in Italy it is hard to find in the whole Europe..the FM BAND. I forgot my plastic bag in the office so we went to get it and I seen another OLD IKVA RADIO little red yellow Matrica on another computer desk.. And this time I was able to capture it for my collection of 260000 MATRICAK... great final for a great historical day ..
Before to leave from Plaza Big Commercial store .. I wanted to buy 3 postcards featuring the fampous ALARM FIRE TOWER of SOPRON.look like a lighttower and in reality it is a Fire tower. cause the city is sorrounded by forests and in the past centuries often he had problems with fires..
So I get the postcards and we started our long long drive back to Tatabanya home of Apsitos . around 165 Km ..
Still lot od heawy rain . and even some thunder.and the road partly under water..
At the Papa  town .the sunset appeared and so we saw a great perfect rainbow.and Apsitos was able to fix it in his digital camera. one additional special photo souvenir.
We arrived at Tatabanya at around 2130 still raining but more softly. so we say bay bay to Apsitos and we continued till the BUDA home .need to say in BUDAPEST no rain at all . probably the bad weather was going to the north east to Ukraina area..
So this report is completed .. Tomorrow is Sunday and we will relax . especially Istvan ..after a round trip by car of about 500 Km .. In one day..

Sorry for later delivery due to my .poor Hungarian Computer understanding.. Hi

DARIO and ISTVAN

SZIA! CIAO !
After the full day travelling day of past saturday I had a more quiet Sunday... in the mid morning we try to visit the philatelic and phonecards market located near the big square in front of the Transports museum of Budapest, the BUS 60 has a stop right here... We went naturally by car, but with our surprise no market this sunday cause a live show organized by the Mayor of Budapest with young modern pop music groups ... so we went to AUCHAM Super Iper Market in the area where my friend ISTVAN live with his family... It is almost the same of the ones we have in Italy...but indeed the products are differents and price for vegetables are less than in Italy... much more priced the liquors... UNICUM special bottle half liter is around 20 Euro...
Around 1300 we were again back at home... so after lunch I listened to the Radio and later I wrote some emails messages....In the evening we look at TV set, by cable system there are 50 channels and also RAI 1 ITALY may be seen perfectly... Monday morning I finally has been able to send my message to the group...and at 1300 hours we moved to city center to go to Radio Budapest International service, cause I had a meeting with the Italian section....
Cause is Italian related I will write it in Italian text...
Email :italiano@kaf.radio.hu
http://www.english.radio.hu/index.php?cikk_id=37882&rid=PT1RTzFBVE0=
Hungarian Radio P.L.C., International Relations Department
Bródy Sándur utca 5-7., 1800 Budapest, Hungary
Phone: (+36 1) 328 8108, Fax: (+36 1) 328 7004, E-mail: nki@radio.hu
Alle 1410 ero in Brody Sandor e dalla reception chiamavano Stefano Cobino e Maria Peredi che mi veniva a prendere e mi faceva arrivare fino al 3 piano dove in uno dei 9 edifici dove é ubicato il grandioso complesso del servizio nazionale ed internazionale si trova dislocato... in una modesta ala del 3 palazzo il servizio internazionale.
Rita Faragó era in missione fuori Budapest peccato ... ma egualmente mi faceva piacere di conoscere 2 delle voci che presentano programmi sia culturali ...come l'intervista del lunedi oppure del sabato Passo a Passo con notizie turistiche e storiche...
Ci mettevamo a chiaccherare e venivo sommerso da tante domande che riguardano i vari aspetti del radioascolto... gentilmente ricevevo alcuni souvenirs sempre graditi, e la serie completa delle QSL 2005 (sono 4) del servizio internazionale.
Venivo a conoscenza del progetto di spostare tutta l'emittente dal centro storico ove si trova adesso in una zona fuori cittá in un nuovo grandioso complesso futurista... un progetto a lunga scadenza... ma che certamente sará attuato dato che l'area dove si trova ora ha un valore immobiliare stratosferico ...ed il governo ha bisogno di reperire i quattrini per il progetto...Pertanto se volete visitare Radio Budapest (ed in effetti vale la pena dato che trovere la redazione molto disponibile ad incontrarvi) vi conviene affrettarvi se volete vedere una parte della storia del passato... di una emittente che da oltre 35 anni trasmette in Italiano.
DOPO VENIVO ACCOMPAGNATO IN UN DEDALO DI CORRIDOI, SCALE, SALONI, FINO ALLA ZONA DOVE SI EFFETTUANO LE REGISTRAZIONI AL PRIMO PIANO...lo studio 16 é utilizzato alle 1530 per fare registrazioni che poi vengono diffuse nel programma serale La prima trasmissione va in onda alle ore 18.30, ora italiana, su 3975 KHz, pari a metri 75.4, e su 6025 KHz, pari a metri 49.7, onde corte. Le stesse frequenze valgono per la replica che va in onda alle 22.30, ora italiana.
Facevo l'intervista che poi andrá in onda in uno dei prossimi spazi dedicati ai radioascoltatori in onda al mercoledi.
Tornavamo poi in redazione dove potevo scambiare qualche parola con il  direttore del servizio Italiano Peter Magyar, che mi spiegava che in maggio la direzione dell'emittente aveva deciso di continuare i vari servizi esteri almeno per 3 anni... una buona notizia indubbiamente.
Con l'augurio di rivederci in Italia od a Budapest di nuovo, ci lasciavamo.... ed all'ingresso trovavo il mio amico ISTVAN che dai 2 guarda ingresso portinai era stato scambiato per il mio TAXISTA personale ...ha ha ha ....
So this positive visit of 3 hours at Radio Budapest Italian service resulted very much interesting....
I listened back home on FM band..but no Esporadics arrived ...unfoertunatly...but you know.."YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT......."

Tuesday 7 june still sunshine day over Budapest town and a bit windy from north west. I visited a phonecard shop in Pest areaAddress : H-1048 BUDAPEST, Nadasdy Kalman 10, email : ferko@axelero.hu Mr. Ferenc Boviz is producing a magazine called Mania with info about phonecards. I met him 2 weeks before in Verona Expo Fil Market place. This took lot of time to look at thousands of Japanese phonecards, my thematics are Radio stations, television stations, radio towers, Marconi, lighthouses ...... At around 1500 hours I was back at Istvan home and so I ricontrolled the FM bandscan with just some additional stations coming from Czech Republic, cause a Tropo favorable situation from north.... but unfortunatly nothing of particular rare... here the FM bandscan (north west part of Buda)

Receiver : PIONEER F-301 RDS  + ATS 909 SANGEAN

87.6 R. IMPULS. TX Brno 300 Km (tropo)
87.7 R. REBECA. TX Banska B. 260 Km (regular)
88.1 BUDAPEST RADIO. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
88.3 DUNA KANYAR R. TX Komaron (regular)
88.4 SLAGER RADIO. TX Kiskoros (regular)
88.5 SLO 1 SLOVENJA TX Pohorije 200 Km
88.5 REGINA SLOVAKIA. TX Mordy Kamen 160 Km
88.8 RADIO C BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
89.1 R. DUHA SLOVAKIA. TX Trencin 250 Km (regular)
89.2 HIT RADIO Ö3 AUSTRIA. TX Graz 310 Km (regular !!!)
89.3 RADIO FM (ex Radio Rock) SLOVAKIA. TX Pozsony 190 Km (tropo)
89.5 R. JUVENTUS BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
89.9 RADIO WIEN AUSTRIA. TX Becs-Kahlenberg 240 Km (regular !!!)
90.1 SRO S-1 SLOVAKIA. TX Beszterce  260 Km (regular)
90.3 TILOS RADIO BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
90.5 KEK DUNA (BLU DANUBE) RADIO KoMARON. TX Komaron (regular)
90.7 BARTOK RADIO. TX Kekes (regular)
90.9 SLO 1 SLOVENJA. TX Novo Mesto 220 Km (regular)
91.1 RADIO TWIST SLOVAKIA. TX Chopok 300 Km (tropo)
91.1 RADIO PILIS Hungary. TX Szentendre (regular)
91.4 RADIO ROMANIA 1 TIMISOARA (Ex 91.3) TX ???? (tropo)
91.5 R. JUVENTUS //89.5  TX West Hungary (regular)
91.6 SLAGER RADIO HUNGARY. Vasvar (regular)
91.7 DUNA KANYAR R. //88.3 TX Pecel (regular)
91.7 REGINA SLOVAKIA. TX Sturovo 190 Km (regular)
92.1 BBC - RFI Relay BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
92.2 SRO S-1 SLOVAKIA. TX Poprad 340 Km (regular!!!!)
92.4 RADIO VAL 202 SLOVENJA. TX ???? (tropo)
92.5 RADIO FIESTA BUDAPEST PIRATE STATION !!(LOCAL only weekends)
92.5 RADIO 88 SZEGLED HUNGARY (only if FIESTA OFF) (regular)
92.7 PETOFI RADIO HUNGARY. TX Tokaj (regular)
93.3 RADIO LUMEN SLOVAKIA. TX Banska Stiavnica 240 Km (tropo)
93.6 MASIK RADIO HUNGARY. TX Godollo (regular)
93.9 PETOFI RADIO HUNGARY. TX Kab-hegy 65.6 kW (regular)
93.9 BETA RADIO BRATISLAVA SLOVAKIA. TX Prievidza  220 Km (tropo)
94.0 MAGYAR KATOLIKUS RADIO HUNGARY. TX Hatvan 10 Watts (tropo)
94.2 RADIO EXTREM HUNGARY. (regular)
94.5 FEHERVAR RADIO HUNGARY. TX Szekesfehervar (regular)
94.8 PETOFI RADIO BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (local)
95.0 KOSSUTH RADIO HUNGARY. new TX North area (regular)
95.1 PETOFI RADIO HUNGARY. TX Kiskoros (regular)
95.3 KLUB RADIO BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
95.5 SLAGER RADIO HUNGARY. TX Kekes (regular)
95.8 INFO RADIO BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
96.0 RADIO TWIST BRATISLAVA SLOVAKIA. TX Losonc 280 Km (regular)
96.4 ROXY RADIO BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
96.8 RADIO 17 BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
96.9 RADIO DEVIN SLOVAKIA. TX Poprad 340 Km (regular !!!)
97.3 INFO RADIO HUNGARY. TX GOD (regular)
97.5 SLAGER RADIO HUNGARY. TX Tokaj (regular)
97.7 KLUB RADIO //95.3(Ex relay JUVENTUS R.)TX Kecskemet(regular)
98.0 CIVIL RADIO BUDAPEST. 130 WATTS TX Budapest. (LOCAL)
98.3 RADIO DEVIN SLOVAKIA //96.9 TX Mordy Kamen  260 Km (regular)
98.4 RADIO IMPULS SLOVAKIA. TX Kasperke Horny 330 Km (tropo)
98.6 CAFE RADIO 98.6 BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
98.8 PETOFI RADIO HUNGARY. TX Szentes (regular)
98.9 DUNA KANYAR RADIO //88.3 TX Western Hungary (regular)
99.0 SRO SLOVAKIA 1. TX Banska Stiavnica 240 Km (regular)
99.2 Spurius Signal from BAROK RADIO Budapest TX
99.5 KINCSEM RADIO (INTERNET) PIRATE BUDAPEST area (LOCAL)
99.8 KOSSUTH RADIO HUNGARY. TX Western Hungary (regular)
99.9 HIT RADIO Ö3 AUSTRIA. TX Becs-Kahlenberg 250 kM (tropo)
100.1 R.ROMANIA 2 CULTURAL. TX ???? (over 300 Km south east)(tropo)
100.3 RADIO FM BRATISLAVA SLOVAKIA. TX Kosice 300 Km (regular)
100.5 DANUBIUS RADIO BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
100.8 SLAGER RADIO HUNGARY. TX Bp-Szecheny (regular)
101.2 MAGYAR RADIO SZOLNOK. TX Szolnok (regular)
101.3 RADIO JUNIOR HUNGARY. TX  WERD (regular)
101.5 RADIO FM SLOVAKIA. TX Beszternce Banya 270 Km (regular)
101.7 FM4 AUSTRIA. TX Graz 300 Km (tropo)
101.8 RADIO TWIST SLOVAKIA. TX Pozsony Kamzik 190 Km (regular)
102.1 SZTAR FM BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
102.3 KOSSUTH RADIO HUNGARY. TX Kobcigy (regular)
102.4 RADIO LUMEN SLOVAKIA. TX South Slovakia 250 Km (tropo)
102.6 RADIO FM SLOVAKIA. TX Banska Stiavnica 230 Km (tropo)
102.7 PETOFI RADIO HUNGARY. TX Kekes (regular)
103.3 RADIO DANUBIUS BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
103.9 RADIO 1 BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
104.3 RADIO FM SLOVAKIA. TX Poprad 330 Km (regular)
104.7 RADIO DANUBIUS //103.3  TX Kekes (regular)
105.0 BARTOK RADIO // 105.3 TX Kab-hegy (regular)
105.3 BARTOK RADIO BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
105.3 KRONE HIT RADIO AUSTRIA. TX Graz area 310 Km (regular !!!)
105.6 KOSSUTH RADIO. TX Gerekse (regular)
105.9 GAZDASAGI RADIO (BUSINESS RADIO) BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
106.3 RADIO LUMEN SLOVAKIA. TX Losonc 260 Km (regular)
106.5 RADIO EXPRESS SLOVAKIA. TX South Slovakia 230 Km (regular)
106.6 RADIO TWIST SLOVAKIA. TX Banska B. 260 Km (regular)
107.2 SLAGER RADIO HUNGARY. TX Kab.hegy (regular)
107.3 COOL FM BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)
107.8 KOSSUTH RADIO BUDAPEST. TX Budapest (LOCAL)

Well you see some "empty" channels ...but there is quite a lot RF local if you do not utilize an outdoor antenna... and with just the telescopic antenna of the ATS 909 Sangean you may have spurius signals from local area TX...of corse during TROPO conditions they tend to disappear .....

HI !
Another great day WEDNESDAY 8 June has been lived here in Hungary thanks to the precious help of my local friend Istvan. In the morning we had a meeting with the local radio station of the Budapest University.... operating on 97.0 MHz....well if you look at the yesterday message Budapest Band scan .... from north part of Buda ... you see it is missing... this is not a mistake ... they can be heard just in the central part of Budapest....
Address : H-1088 BUDAPEST, MUZEUM Krt 6-8
WEB : http://eper.elte.hu
Email : radio@emc.elte.hu
You may wonder what's the translation name ?In Italian MIRTILLI RADIO in English Strawberry Radio .... indeed a Radio to be eaten..hi!! General Manager Henrik Hargitai kindly took us to the 1st floor there is located the room of the Radio ...the TX home made is 5 WATTS ..and the Antenna is over the University building ...so no surprises if the reception is very local... http://eper.elte.hu/eper.phtml?cim=english.html they have also English WEB text so you may know a little more about this real independent radio station. The station has also Audio stream so you don't need to go in frnt of the University to listen to them. All the collaborators are students and they make himself the programs.... I guess look like they do in Canada, UK, and USA and France.... Henrik wanted to do an interview with us ...so we talked lot about our hobby... and FM Dxing... and may be the listeners will start to know a little more about our special hobby: DXING. The station has no great money so no stickers - Matrikak has been ever printed..I got some paper info with the logo and general informations. Cause the University building is very large... it is better if you send an email in English to Henrik if you want to visit them... EMAIL : hargitai@emc.elte.hu You may listen to the SHOW at: listen to the show at // ide suss:  http://eper.elte.hu/eper.phtml?cim=kultura.html

The Radio Eper is not far from Brody Sandor street where is located the International Service of Radio Budapest ...and in same area is also located INFO RADIO 95.8 MHz
Address : H-1088 BUDAPEST , MUZEUM UTCA 9, 4th floor
(don't confuse the UTCA with KRT (Boulvard ...Viale)
The UTCA street is at the end of UTCA KRT....
WEB : http://www.inforadio.hu/
Email : info@inforadio.hu
So cause the problem of no parking in the street ...I entered alone in the building... first problem you need to click the citofon and digit ASTERIX 110 ... well luckly a gentlemen explained to me ...  after my severals tentatives not positively got... hi Second they open the door ..and you enter in the top quality level building ...but no explainations ...of the step ...so I took the elevator and visited the 4 floors...and yes it is located at 4th floor... all is very modern apart the 2 chairs probably belonging to the CZAR...hi!!!! The receptionist put me in contact with a news worker who spoken English and I got some informations and some materials .... a portapass orange ..but sorry no MATRICAK... even if they have them ... however no problem .. you may see the logo in their WEB page.

After this visit we went to another quite special Radio Station operating on 98.0 MHz CIVIL RADIO (Civic Radio...Radio Cittadina) it is in the BUDA sector so from PEST you need to cross the Danube River on the Alexander Bridge ....
Address : H-1011 BUDAPEST, Corvin TER 8
THE TER is a SQUARE ...PIAZZA ... and is corner the FÖ UTCA...
WEB : http://www.civilradio.hu
Email : civilradio@civilradio.hu
After a big red church .... of Suilagy Square ... so naturally again the parking problem and ony after 20 minutes search we found one...and be careful to pay the tickect to stand ...cause the VAMPIRS POLICE GUARD  (Like in Milano) are looking everywhere to put TAX if you have not the tickect...hi!

The CIVIL RADIO is located in the OLD Opera Muzeum at ground floor.... English Text Informations :
http://www.civilradio.hu/InEnglish.htm
Program details :
http://www.civilradio.hu/paroshet.htm

Mr. ADAM MAGYAR kindly informed us about the activity of the station, they share the frequency of 98 MHz with other 2 radio stations located in other studios in Budapest :

Civil Radio has been on broadcasting on the 98 FM frequency. This frequency has been shared by three different community radios: Tilos, Civil and Fiksz Radios broadscasting at different times of the day/week
Time of broadcasting:
from Wednesday 6.30 am to Sunday 7.30 am
Frequency: URH (FM) 98MHz
Capacity: 50 W
Antenna capacity 138 W

These informations are really interesting... cause show the possibility to get 3 stations on same frequency operating differents times and days of the week. The station has no commercial and lives thanks private donations. To contact Mr. Magyar the Email is :
madam@civilradio.hu

The station printed Matrica in 1995 and some are still on the windows...but almost impossible to catch them cause ... too thin material plastic...

After this interesting meeting we come back to Istvan home..in an usual Traffic total caos ... and we stopped at AUCHAM ipermaket to buy some ready to eat food ...a big POLLO ARROSTO al GIRARROSTO ....
 
At 1430 hours we started our travel to met Nemeth Jozsi in Pannonhalma .... again to pick up the M1 highway we needed to cross all BUDA area ... this is really the non sense of the city organisation ... so again big troubles with many cars going out Budapest.... but finally we escaped from this paranoia... The M1 Highway is the one who goes to Austria .... and the same we utilized to go to Tatabanya last saturday... The sky was not clear and dark clouds annonced rain just in the area of Pannonhalma.located at 110 Km from Budapest is a Millenary abbay who survived and is standing on an hill dominating the area. WEB : http://www.pannonhalma.hu Our friend Nemeth is living with his parents in a large house on the hill looking to south ... He has a very good WEB page : http://enjoe.fw.hu You must vist it there are BANDSCANS ..photos..informations.... to contact him : Email : enjoe@freemail.huHe is 36 years old and he has many hobbies, Photos, and FM listenings. So I wanted to know him personally cause his bandscan FM from Pannonhalma is really phantastic...he utilize SONY ST SE700 and a GRUNDIG SATELLIT 700 with 3 filters 110 kHz MURATA and most IMPORTANT the outdoor 8 elements YAGI antenna with Amplifier... this is his secret to get in his receivers 10 countries during TROPO conditions and hundreds of Esporadics signals during ES conditions.... from Jordania...many areas of Meaddle East ... many regionals from Russia ... and naturally Spain and Portugal and Italy....However in a rainy, windy,freeze day look like the wednesday 8 June ...no chanches to get special receptions .... just some station from Poland ... So we listened to some of his recordings...he has thousands of audio clips ... it is really a great collection...

I drinked the local white wine produced by the father of Nemeth, very sweet taste ...and really I needed it for the back travel cause still heawy rain .... on the back travel in the M1 highway...

So we geaves our best wishes to Nemeth and his kind family and we started the back travel... in just 70 minutes we arrived at Istvan home .... the highway was not so much crowled and the speed ...around 160 Km.... hi !!! the white wine ...gasoline ...ha ha ha...

A great day indeed ..... hope tomorrow will not rain ..or our plans will need to be reorganized..
Ciao !  Szia !  See YOU !!!!

CIAO ! SZIA ! HALLO ! HOLA !
Unfortunatly here also today friday 10 June is still rainy very hard and is still freeze (12 C) look like in winter time... the bad weather coming from polar area (thanks Finland for your kind present) will stay also for next coming 48 hours said the weather forecast in Magyar Television. So this morning kindly Istvan took me to the city center to try (!!!) to visit some FM stations .... but our plans unfortunatly has been devasted by the total caos in the streets ...some streets loking look like rivers !!! others look like the little lakes ...However I had the fortune to may visit Radio Deejay Budapest 92.9 MHz... the station is owned and operated by Radio Deejay from Italy....
Address : H-1024 BUDAPEST, LOVOHAZ UTCA 2-4
WEB : http://www.deejay.hu
Email : deejay@deejay.hu
The station is located in the giant MAMMUT commecial center, the main enter is from MARGIL ART in the BUDA part of the city.... so not difficult to be found.... the studios are at 3rd floor... no problem to enter in the office... the door is open ... Miss Brigitta Jambrik the phone operator and Miss Stella Szonja the translator service where both in the office, so I talked with Stella in Italian, she explained the station is most favorite by young listeners, and their coverage area is 50 KMq around Budapest ... even if to north they have interferences from Slovakia. She kindly given us some souvenirs and also a coffee MUG....

After this good start I wanted to try DANUBIUS RADIO the most important commercial station operating on 100.5 MHz in Budapest and over other frequencies in the whole country... at same address operates also Roxy Radio 96.4 MHz (all dance music station)...so we moved to the other side of the city ...crossing the bridge ..this took us around 60 minutes to do 2 Km .... but why so much traffic ??? well in Hungary it is allowed if you work in office ...to start your weekend PAUSA ...the friday after 1300 hours .... so it was look like it was in Italy at 1700 hours...on a friday ...and you may understand this particular situation ...and the rain and the caos level so much high ...we arrived at DANUBIUS RADIO big building around ... 1300 hours .... so too late to may visit the offices...the reception unfortunatly is the main entrance and the 2 guards people carefully controll the access to the offices... so nothing to do...nothing to see ...nothing to get... so pls remember if you will visit Budapest ... the radio stations are usually not open to visitors the friday afternoon ... or better you must call them before to attempt to visit them... if you want to visit them on friday...
Address :
H-1138 BUDAPEST , VACI UTCA 141
WEB : http://www.danubius.hu/radio
Email :   info@danubius.hu

The Vaci Utca is a kilometer street starting from the SZENT ISTVAN Korut soon after the MARGIT HID (bridge,ponte) ...on the map seems not so distant ..but the number of cars going out the city for the weekend ...was so high to do it we lost 1 hour !!!!!

At the same address there are the studios of ROXY RADIO 96.4 MHz the DANCE music radio owned by Danubius group..
WEB : http://www.roxy.hu/
Email : roxy@roxy.hu

Both stations do have many souvenirs materials and nice MATRICAK ...but unfortunatly I only get the promise they will delivery them to me at my home address ...same promise I got yet 100 times during 20 years of travels and visits in the whole world......with a percentace of 1% of positive ....hi! .....

So ..this concluded the visit to the Budapest radio stations....
Still missing :
JUVENTUS RADIO 100.5 MHz
RADIO C 88.8 MHz
TILOS RADIO 90.3 MHz
RADIO EXTREM 94.2 MHz
KLUB RADIO 95.3 MHz
FIKSZ RADIO 98.0 MHz (sharing the time with CIVIL RADIO )
RADIO CAFÉ 98.60 MHz
and the latest one started right 2 days ago :
COCA COLA SOUND WAVE 90.90 MHz
so new no one know yet his adddress ...hi!!!
 WEB : http://www.soundwave.hu/radio.asp
It is incredible the WEB is owned by COCA COLA trade mark in Hungary....

Well surely next time I will be visiting Budapest I will try to visit all them ..and may be other new ones coming ....

So now I am ready to start my long travel by Euroline from Budapest to Kiev ... 23 hours of travel.....

I want naturally to thanks very much my good friend Istvan Hegedus for all his great help and assistence during these beautiful days I have spent here in Budapest... a 2,4 millions habitants big big big metropoli...

See you in Kiev .....

DASVIDANIA !!!!!!! - Dario and Istvan 

Ciao! Priwet !
I am now in Kiew ! and all is going very well thanks to the assistence of my local good friend Sergey Kolesov, I met him in 2001 odissea travel to Greece and Turkey ... unforgottable visit with him and Pavanello to Istanbul....those crazy taxis.... hi!!!

Well before to leave from Buda the 10 june saturday evening .... I had the time to pick up at the Istvan house some ESporadics coming from Sweden,yes ...  at 1850 local time suddenly RADIO 1 SR1 arrived in my ATS 909 let open to control the conditions on 87.6 MHz TX from Gotland with 60 kW.... also in // 87.9 MHz OREBRO 60 kW, // 88.5 MHz Vannas TX 60 kW...... in // 90.6 MHz Alvsbyn 60 kW ... 15 minutes of English/Sweden program very boring (as usually...sorry Hasse) but surely very appreciated by me... first time Sweden ESporadic in my ATS 909 Globetrotter RX.

Outside still raining...9C and so freeze my friend had to switch on the central heating...like in winter time...

At 2200 hours we were at central bus station of Pest area....no traffic on friday evening ..... the building is very modern ... but I tell you one interesting item ..if you need the toilet it needs 0,70 Flr .... or you ...will not be able to utilize it... OK in Italy often is the same ...but usually you have someone who change money...

The Bus station almost desert...just a bus for Prag,Berlin,Hamburg at 2230.. a nice Euroline bus ....
At 2245 arrived mine to go to Kiew...from Wien ... and quite different.... in spite of the "ROYAL CLASS" written on ... it had nothing of Royal class .... but OK... lot of people in the bus... so the driver decided my place ... and the near one place with yet a Lady.... so quite hard to hope to can listen with my ATS 909 during the travel...

At around 0100 hours (please ADD one hour if you enter Ukraine) we arrived at CHOP border point.... a real CAOS ..of trucks hundreds.... but the good driver ...passed all them ..going into the other direction ... even if cars goimg to Hungary were not so happy .....and still lot lot of rain ....
The control resulted soft for both sides... very kind the Ukrainian controlled compiled for me the paper written in English ... but also with LILLIPUT cararacters...may be test of oculists ???

So after 3 hours we restarted ...no ideas if in time or before schedule... but I guess surely before ... I think with VISA control may be it takes more ??? May be not... from next October if you want to visit Ukraine you need again VISA ....

The first stop at LVIV a big town ...after a very terrible street.. looking like the provincial road PAVIA-Mortara ...or the one CATANIA-Regalbuto .... just to geave an idea of the size and conditions...impossible to sleep... impossible to listen ... just "DANCING ON THE STREET" look like a gong song of the past .....

At LVIV some people descended ....so I get more space cause the Lady near me wanted MORE space (sorry I am a big man size) ... So I started soon to listen on my Radio ...we were around 630 Km far from Kiev..
88.6 MHz children songs program (around 0900 local time)
89.7 MHz somethimg like STEREO FM  (my Ukrainian language culture is quite ...poor)
91,1 I get RDS "RADIO MAN".... but stand mistery
101.7 HIT FM local LVIV area with many IDs and good sounds
102.5 NARODNE RADIO (PEOPLE RADIO) Disco Mix heawy level

and more naturally cause LVIV is a real big town.

Next stop was at RIVNE city ...more little ...
The BUS station sounds look like an open market... with mini bus... desastered bus... some bus from Germany .... well I needed to go to the TOILET (this stand up a fatiscent building...so this I was able to find it) ... luckly for me I had some money UKR called HRIVNA.. so I geave 20 ...and the lady geave me back 19.60 !!!!!!
With no protests ... don't try it in Italy ...hi
Well the stop was 5 minutes so I get time ...but a lady ....arrived quite late to the bus ... and the driver said ..next time you will pick up a TAXI !!!!!

OK ...I listened KISS FM 104.7 MHz with lot of funny (for me) advertisings.... NASHE RADIO on 106.0 MHz with also adverting for LG electronics every 2 minutes ...

ON MW only one daylight signal on 936 kHz LVIV National Radio ...

At ZHITOMIR another ...funny stop ... the CAFE'house was ok ...but you need ask the key to go to the toilet ...for free in any case ... but the door remain open ...if the costumer do not close it.... So finally I get my turn... the BUS was already playing the CLACSON ...just in time abord ....

The road becomed better and two ways each direction so the speedy of the bus went higher and higher....
I get in FM 103.0 MHz NOVE RADIO (NOVOE in RUSSIAN mind NEW RADIO ,not Italian NOVE 9 NUMBER...OK too much lessons...)with local advertising TOYOTA car
101.4 RADIO MELODIA repeater for the area
100.7 NASHE RADIO repeater for the area...
and HIT FM 103.7 .....
So big networks has the possibility to cover all the nation look like in Italy.
 
After all the sunny appeared .... the bus was quiet with no terrific moovie to be seen and heard (hi) so I started to sleep...almost till the arrival of the quiet Bus station periferic .... of Kiev..

The last stop in fact resulted in front of the Central BIG square of the Kiev Railway station .... I wonder with a rain or snowy day it must be terrible to test it.... but luckly it was 1830 and sunny ....

So I met Sergey who very clever phoned before the arrival to the driver so he learned the BUS arrival time 90 minutes before the expected schedule ... and I suggest you do the same ... or you arrive before and you will stand for your partner meeting....

We went to Hotel Predslava booked by Sergey for me... but don't try to find it on internet it is the last Government Hotel for business people coming to Kiev ..and I am surely a business people for .... Nakleiki (STICKERS in Russian language) hi !

So after a dinner ..... don't TEST Turkish coffee please (Roberto will agree surely) ...
we went to visit the home of Alexandr Egorov the technical Chief of the Ukrainian National Radio ...and he is the DX editor of the English Dx program of the Radio...... he lives at 16 floor in the west part of the city ... great view and he also do TV FM Dx ... today he got an UNID TV station on around 48,25 MHz ..... He showed us his special receiver ...it exist only one in the world...and we listened to RAI in the 13 meters for exemple .... and on MW that pestifer Greek on 1566 kHz ....WWOOOWW they cover lot of countries ...
We will met him again next monday afternoon for my interview...

So I am now at INTERNET POINT in Krasnoarmeyskaya Street (RED ARMY STREET) 116 not far from my Hotel ...very cheap 10 HRV. per hour... about 1,5 Euro .... with ADSL line ...very good ... especially if you have the free assistance of my good friend Sergey.... almost this time not so many mistakes ...

DASVIDANIA !
Dario & Sergey 

Ciao! Priwet !
Sunday 12 June I wake up with the bad surprise of cloudy sky..and windy...annoncing more rain to come on Kiev area... however kindly Sergey as promised arrived at 1000 hours to pick up me to go to the sunday free market of the city ... to search for phonecards sellers ...and also metal pins .... and other stuff look like this ... before we visited the central post office ..... yes the central post office is open also on sunday in Kiev ... we searched for the EUROVISION CONTEST special stamp issued...but we found closed the philatelic office ...and the open office managed by a sweet young lady ..gives us only normal stamps..... adding she didn't know about that particular stamp issued in MAY 2005 !!!!! ...
At main time ..... it started to rain .... thin rain ... so we went to that market place ... but it resulted to be a quite unproductive idea .... well the "exposers" put the items to sell on the ground even if it was raining .... and imagine what it happens to papers items under the rain ???? well after lot of looking we found 2 sellers with phonecards with some belonging to 1+1 Television .... but nothing of special ....
Quite "iced" we come back to Sergey home to eat something .... and at 1500 hours (still raining very strong) he invited me to visit his future place where he will be living in some year ....it is a little rural village called YABLONOVKA ..70 Km south east from Kiev.... in 80 minutes we arrived ...it is a very nice place...there is a little lake ....many plants fruits grove up ... and the typical quiet living of the county side ...with caws in the green grass and still horses living ..... so we tested the FM band and in fact it resulted to be very quiet .... no spurius signals ... NO RF noise ... but...but NO PROPAGATION ...so our efforts did not produced any kind of TROPO or Esporadics listenings ..... may be next time we will have more lucky...
Back to Kiev but cause the bad weather not so much traffic on the streets .... so I stay at Sergey home to look at his collection of verfications..... and to eat some Russian food (Bliny with meat) cooked for us by Lenka the Lady of Sergey.

At 2300 hours back to my Hotel ...at 250 meters distance ... finally no more rain ..... in fact the TV predictions are partly cloudy for Monday over the Kiev area...

Do svidania !!!
DARIO & SERGEY

 

Ciao! Priwet !
Monday 11 June has been the first day for me with the impact with the life in Kiev, the traffic was not so crawded,in the morning, but cause the difficulties expected with the parking places... we opted for the TAXI....
Need to have some informations.... almost ALL the people living in Kiev speak Russian language..so it doesn´t need you try to speak in Ukrainian ...which for me resulted very hard to be understood... instead if the Russian language which has many words ...familiar to Latin language.... so if you do not speak Russian.... and you expect English taxi drivers ...forget it... and please call a taxi from your Hotel...they have naturally Super lux Taxi with English speaking ...but prices are very high.....
Cause I has been with my good friend Sergey Kolesov... I had no problems to use TAXI....  the system is quite UNICUM .... well in Kiev NO ONE is able to tell you how many TAXI exists ...why ???
simply cause every one may become a TAXI for you ... so you stand on the streets corner ...and you move your hands ...and soon an OLD LADA or an OLD FIAT 124 will stop .... but with no license plate ... may be a BIG TRUCK will stop !!!! or a luxury taxi...so you DISCUSS the price..if the ride is in Kiev it cost 15 or 20 HR.  no more around 2,5 till 3.2 Euro ..... even if you stay blocked ONE HOUR in the traffic ...the price doesn´t change .... this is very good .... Naturally the problem is the language ...but if you have a good map of the city ...BILINGUAL (you buy it for 2 Euro in the central Square of Independence)(at same place there is also the central post office) ... you may solve the problem if you pick up your TAXI in the street....
So we utilized lot of TAXI ...and we found many differents MODELS ... some SLEEPING drivers .... some friendly .... some ENERGUMENICS.. some with a car 40 years old .... but ALL !!!! very carefull to the schizoid traffic of the city .... surely less congestionated than in Budapest .... (cause big trucks are not allowed to cross the city center)...but unfortunatly with many little crashes ...which blocks streets .... usually you can move your car ONLY after the police and assurance company (in car is insured) is arrived to look at what happened ....

So with partly cloudy sky..butgood fresh temperature we went to see our first station.... IMPORTANT REMARK ... you MUST call the station office to take an appointment or you may have very bad surprises.... usually at the station they have English speaking people except some exceptions.... or by the way you may contact them by eMail.. OK ????

99,0 MHz RADIO NOSTALGIE
new ADDRESS from MID MAY 2005 is
ULITSA (STREET) SCHORSA 34 (OF.94) (18 ETAZH ) (18 FLOOR !!!)
WEB : http://www.radio-nostalgie.fm
Contact : Miss NATALYA LUKIANETS (Valevskaya)
Email : programmer@radio-nostalgie.fm
or alternative Email : info@radio-nostalgie.fm

YES they are located in a new building at last floor ...you get a skyline view of the city very impressive ... ansd cause just two weeks at this area...the street to arrive resulted look like a county inunded by water rains of sunday (see pls 10th part) ...

The station has LUXURY furnitures and they still are putting order in the offices and studios ... Miss Natalya (a real kind and beautiful person) take care of us showing the studios all digitalized... the station has no connections with the famous FRENCH network ...but naturally play same good old songs of the past ...so same format ... and it seems this is getting good listening audience... The founder of Radio Nostalgie visited Paris years ago and so remained fashined by Radio Nostalgie in Paris so he wanted to do one in Kiev...so every hour they start with a famous French song. No material printed available ...but surely they will do it soon.

We said AU REVOIR NATALIE .... and we had next meeting at RADIO EUROPA FM 107.0 MHz
Address : 03039 Kiev , ULITSA GOLOSEEVSKAYA 7 (5th ETAZH)
WEB : http://www.radioeuropa.fm
Email : sveta@europaplus.kiev.ua
Contact : Commercial department secretary SVETLANA DANILCHENKO
He put in contact with Miss YAROSLAVA the Program Manager

So we learned the history of the station, first to start with the name Europa PLUS Kiev .... seattled by the station operating in Moscow and after becomed totally independent from them... but another station started with name Europa PLUS UKRAINA....also operating in Kiev ... on 95.6 MHz and so you may be confused if you listen the FM band in Kiev with two stations operating with similar name...but totally different owners... and you can imagine the big legal fighting for the respect of the priority ...but till today the case is still pending under the court... it seems the add of UKRAINA ... is sufficent to operate in the same listening area... so at present EUROPA PLUS FM 107 decided to call himself simply EUROPA FM 107.

Miss Yaroslava very kind said no stickers available in this moment.

Next to be seen a very special station the :
MOLODE RADIO operating on 69.68 MHz don't think I have written wrong numbers... in Ukraina the OIRT band is still in use .... so the radio authority geave that frequency to them.
ADDRESS : C/o KIEV-MOGILYANSK ACADEMY
04070 KYIV, VULITSA VOLOS'KA  8/5 , 4 Korpus (Building) NAYKMA RADIO STUDIO (This is in Ukrainian language as printed on the visit card they gave us)
WEB : http://www.molode.com.ua
Email : radio@molode.com.ua
CONTACT : STANISLAV SHUMLYANSKIY (Director)
He speaks English very well...
He and his two collaborators were very happy to meet us... and this meeting resulted more unformal than the 2 precedents, and I had long explainations about the listening hobby... the propagations rules... the broadcasting differences in Europe ... cause I weared the T-shirt of Radio FOR PEACE INTERNATIONAL in COSTARICA .... they wanted to know the story of this peaceful station closed by the Costarican authorities under pressure of US Govern .... and really they were all 3 SURPRISED to know the story .... cause for most of students the US mind freedom of speech ...and ideas .... but only if you have the same ideas of the ..... govern of US .....
They explained the station is operating with volunteers speakers and each one does a program as he prefere .... this is surely a very good idea.
Stanislav kindly geave to us some of the stickers of the station and some printed for a recent music festival organized by them. I naturally explained to them they are doing a very good service to the young people in the city...
 So we said DO SVIDANIA .... and we took a TAXI tipo CATORCIO ... for next visit :
to the building where are located 3 Radio and a few Television channels (M1, Novy Canal and other)
98.50 MHz RUSSKOYE RADIO (Russian Radio)
96.40 MHz HIT FM
106.50 MHz KISS FM
and M1 TELEVISION

ADDRESS : 04107 KIEV , ULITSA NAGORNAYA 24/1 (9 Floor)
WEB : http://www.hitfm.com.ua/
Email : valera@hitfm.ua
CONTACT : VALERY SASKOVETS (Promoter Manager)
WEB : http://www.rusradio.com.ua/
WEB : http://www.kissfm.com.ua/
For both you may contact VALERY by his email

Valery is very active and he has a lot of projects and he wants specialize each radio station of the group ... so he is planning the start of another radio stations.... format should be look like Radio Capital Gold in London.

He took us in to the studios of each radio station with lot of friendly Dj and people working in the differents sections of the 3 stations.....
He knows about our hobby and he is very interested to get receptions reports, but please send them to his PERSONAL attention.... to his email or to the street address cleary stating.

So we got lot of souvenirs from the 3 stations many stickers differents .... really a very perfect visit .... and surely I will be in contact with Valery concerning his projects for the future.

So time was again running and next to be seen and specially for me a very special visit to Radio Ukraina International ...cause I have listened many times through the years to their English service...

but this will be in next part ..cause this message seems too much long .... see you soon .... POKA !!!!! (this in Russian....)

Dario and Sergey
 

Here we are again ! My snova zdes' !

At 1659 we arrived at the Radio Ukraine International big big strong building (made by Stalin ...this is way still it stand up...) and we met the Frequency Manager Mr. ALEXANDR EGOROV ..naturally after having given our documents to the old lady receptionist of the pass office (after all it is the govern station) SO DON'T forget your documents or ..you WILL NOT PASS !!!
We crossed many strong doors...we walked many loooooong corridors and we stand few minutes at the English studio where it was the recording of the news commentary program of famous speaker (sorry but we don't know now the name ...) famous cause is working from 19..... (this is a secret detail ..we are not allowed to tell this particular to you ... again sorry ...)
Finally we crossed the big big court ...and Sergey told me ..hooo look at that car ..is NUMBER 92 the plate ... so this car is for the 92nd most important person in the country ... I am the 21864333 ..but it doesn't matter in our report....
Don't worry ..we really arrived in the office (ermetically closed to avoid people searching for ...free telephon calls....) located at 2 floor (but look like in modern buildings the 6 floor...) So I had the second INTERNATIONAL  interview of travel .... in MONFERINGLISH ..... for the English service ..to North America and Europe.
Alexandr had a list of questions (very looong..) but very detailled and interesting questions... and my only personal fear ... to reply to the question : DARIO what is your preferred program .... cause I should have replied ...THE NEWS....

After this Aleander show me the email report coming from Milano city and sent by GIGI NADALI ..... so I asked will he ever get a QSL ? He hoo yes and he showed me an old fashion post card of the 20's.....with a good big (of corse) seal with details for the verification...

I offered to Alexandr some souvenirs look like the Stamps of the MARCONI birth 1974 of Italy ... and he appreciated a lot this ...so he started to search something for my collection ...and YES he found(after a favour from Sergey...) a MINI block notes with the logo of the Ukrainian Radio .... very rare item ...you may guess why ???only 100 printed....

So we talked about many matters ...like frequency problems and the new DRM system ...and he said he agree with our opinion .... very much sceptical about the REAL future of this system .. specially cause the HIGH cost to start it ... and due to the fact almost NO ONE in our little planet has a receiver for this system....

So we went back to the front enter of the radio ...and we so again CAR 92 ..waiting for the BIG boss called 92 ....

In one of the loooong corridors my attention was attracted by a STICKERS !!!!!!! standing on a door where is a studio for the NATIONAL SERVICE 207 kHz 1st Program , 549 kHz 2nd Program  on MW and of corse OIRT FM BAND 64.00 MHz till 74.00 MHz .... details in WRTH 2005 are older about the OIRT BAND cause programs 2 and 3 stop to utilize this band in the regions (only continue in Kiev...)

Yes a sticker incredible for me ... also Alexandr remained shocked (even if he doesn't collect stickers...) but all the efforts to find one or who put it on that door failed .... We also heard some strange sounds coming from one of the next doors near the one the sticker was standing ... but the door was closed ...

So with no stickers...no qsl cards...no pennants ... no pencils.. no lapis ... BUT with an UNICUM little block notes we do a photo outside the giant stone building... a good souvenir of another (for me MEMORABLE interview ...)

So after this exaustive day we went at the good and cheap internet point and after we went to eat in the cheap restaurant of the Hotel Predslava ...with the CAMERERO speaking Italian a little and with many plates also French ones ... JULIENNE .... if you want to know what is this ..please contact your next street French Embassy...

Finally I had some unformal chats with Sergey about all the possibles topics of the story of our planet .....so around 0400 hours ... we decided to continue another occation ....

Well but tuesday is the second running to see and taste the radiostations of the Kiev... so my story will continue ...

Do svidania .....

Dario and Sergey

 

Ciao! Priwet !

Before to continue my live daily report I need to add two missing informations ..... sorry for this missing info.

In my 11 part I forget I also visited after Radio HIT
another Radio Station in Kiev
107.9 MHz NASHE RADIO (OUR RADIO)
WEB : http://www.nasheradio.ua/
Email : radio@nashe.ua
Contact : VIOLA BURDA Head for News editor
Address : 04107 KIEV , NAGORNAYA 24/1 , 4th FLOOR

Yes they are in the same big large building where is located HIT FM  but at 4 floor in the other ala of the building...so you need different elevator ... the visit to their office has been quick and we only got some stickers ...not allowed to see their studios.

second to add in my 12th part the datas to contact Radio Ukraina International .....really sorry for this important missing datas ...cause they need your support...they need reports...cause they need to show to the BOSS in charge of the decisions about their international service, there are still some listeners who follow the foreign transmissions .....

So here the details :
ADDRESS : 01001 Kyiv, Vulitza Kreschatyk 26
WEB : http://www.nrcu.gov.ua
 FREQUENCIES : http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=162
Email English Section : vsru@nrcu.gov.ua

Contact : Alexandr Egorov (he prefere reports via email)
Email : egorov@nrcu.gov.ua

So we may continue looking at what happened the 14 june tuesday.... My friend Sergey arrived at hotel around 0945...and we started to utilize the TAXIs...cause during normal working days to find a parking in Kiev center is almost look like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE ...

Good Sunny day and also windy....and radio stations starts to open office around 0900 hours...but big BOSS arrives later on...after 1000 hours .... so we decided to visit a radio station quite particular for many reasons.... first it was known as RADIO ROKS UKRAINE operating on 103.60 MHz ... but after it changed format and during the ORANGE PARTY campain for the Presidential votations  President Viktor Yushchenko they transmitted live all the happenings far many days.... so they relay now the Parlament meetings and the public may follow what is happening live listening to them...so you understand RADIO ROKS was not an appropriate so they use slang Jingles as  "RADIO ROXY" ...cause now they don't play ROCK music ....

So we met the news editor Miss Julia Titarev (she is the daughter of Dxer Vlad Titarev ...I am now writing this report from his house in Kremenchuch) she told us all the story of Radio Rocks Ukraina and indeed it is a very special story .....
Frequency : 103.60 MHz
Address : 01001 KYIV , VULITZA KHRESCHATYK 2, office 403
WEB : http://www.rocks.com.ua
Email : pr@rocks.com.ua 
Contact : Miss Eugeniya Sheychuk Program Director

The office are at first floor ...but not identified on the door ..it sound a meuble not a door .... may be a way not to be .... disturbed by unwanted visitors ...hi!

At this moment no promotional material available from them ....

We said DASVIDANIA to Julia and with a Bangladesh Taxist also speaking a bit Italian ....cause he lived sometime in BERGAMO in Italy .... we try to go to the address of Radio Gala ....but the traffic and a street blocked by an accident forced us to change our plans...so we went to the Euroline Office in Kiev to book my back travel to Italy , from Kiev to Bologna...yes cause no direct line to Milano unfortunatly ...the line Torino/Milano ...Kiev will start from July 2005 !!!! Price is 120 ONE WAY .....

So after this we ....try again ...to arrive to Radio Gala .... and this time we succeded.... after 30 minutes in a terrible chaos traffic....

RADIO GALA operates on 69.02 MHz and 100.00 MHz
ADDRESS : 01032 KYIV, 91 SAKSAGANSKOGO ULITZA , Office 8
WEB : http://www.galaradio.com/
Email : lena@galaradio.com
Contact : Miss LENA GARINA  Program Manager

The station has been one of the organizer of the EUROSONG CONTEST FESTIVAL 2005 in Kiev .... and has many years of organisations for concerts and they also own MTV Ukraina Music channel ... Miss Lena is a real beautiful person and really she has been so kind to devote to us his time to show the studio, the museum souvenirs....she also given us many many stickers ..... and also a great news... GALA RADIO will soon open an FM station in PEKING !!! in CHINA....it will be a special agreement among Ukraina and China....

For more details contact Miss Lena Garina or :
RADIO GALA PEKING
CHAO BYANG NAN XIAO STREET 18, SUITE 10-1103
DONGCHENG DISTRICT, PEKING, 100010, CHINA.

With this PRIMULA information and with a bag full of nice souvenirs we moved to another station ....
LUX RADIO 103.10 MHz the one with 2 Cherry as logo
Address : 01033 KYIV , VULIITZA VOLODYMIRSKA 61/11, 7th floor, Office 50
WEB : http://www.lux.fm
Email : jul@lux.fm
CONTACT : JULIA MARTIN
or prordir@lux.fm
ANASTACIA GORDIENKO Program Director

They have a big network in FM covering the entire country via Satellite link, all digital and modern equipments.The WEB page is really particular with so many Cherry everywhere ..... and in the whole world there are only 2 Radio Cherry FM stations .....

Miss Julia and Miss Anastacia told us informations about the station, 4 years ago the station issued a poster wall for advertising with the Dj in Sexy style ....but the advertising in the streets was not accepted cause too much HIT.... for the car traffic .... cause presumed the drivers eyes was looking immediately to the advertising instead of to the street...hi

Indeed another very friendly station and we got a very special souvenir : two super giants Cherry in vynil cloth material for a decoration wall ....

After this good time we moved again to a group of 3 FM stations ....with a MAD taxi driver who did not looked to a deep hole and by chanche the car did not remained crashed ..... I wonder if TAXI drivers (the ones with no official license plate are even driving with a licence ...to drive ...hi)
 
101.90 MHz RADIO SHANSON (FOLK RUSSIAN MUSIC)
104.00 MHz RADIO SHARMANKA (Russian instrument like OORGANETTO)
73.60 MHz + 96,80 MHz RADIO RENESANS (Smooth Jazz Radio )
Address : 01032 KYIV, BULEVARD T.SHEVCHENKA' 54/1, 7th Floor
WEB :
http://www.shanson.com.ua/
http://www.sharmanka.com.ua/
http://www.jazz.com.ua/

Email :
reklama@shanson.com.ua
reklama@sharmanka.com.ua
valya@jazz.com.ua

The station is under reorganisation so for exemple the WEB of Sharmanka is not operational .... so for same reason they had no promotional materials ready.

After this visit we moved to THE VOICE OF KIEV (GOLOS KYEVA) as the owner like to call his radio station ...2 years old.... quite funny to enter in the giant (again) building the main enter door is closed for works ... and you need to enter by secondary door...and in this part of the building no elevator .... so we asked ...there is an elevator ?? and a local worker said..yes but it is broken .... but this was not true... luckly cause the station is at 6 th floor...

RADIO KIEV 98.00 MHz
ADDRESS : 03113 KIEV , DEKHTYARISVSKA 37, 6th floor
WEB : http://www.radiokyiv.fm  (but it doesn't open !!!!!)
EMAIL : ok@radiokyiv.fm
Contact : OLEKSANDR KRYVOSHEYENKO (Director)

Mr. Kryvosheyenko very kindly invited in his office and he show us many interest to our informations about the WRTH to which Sergey is collaborator for the Ukrainian Section. He geave us a clock wall quite big and too much big for my travel possibilities..so now the clock wall stand up in the home of Sergey .... But I got some pens and other souvenirs. The station want to be the most local news in the FM band of Kiev cause other networks operating in the FM Band often forget to tell to the listeners that is happening in a city of 2.400.000 inhabitants.

The time as usually was running out...so we went to AVTORADIO the Sergey preferred radio station, in fact they play oldies of the 70's and also Italian songs....look like SUSANA by CELENTABO.... This is cause the Director loves Italian songs....

AVTORADIO KIEV 107,4 MHz (attention the name is AVTORADIO not AUTORADIO)
WEB : http://www.avtoradio.ua
Email : tsg@avtoradio.ua
CONTACT : SERGEY TARAN (Technical Director)

The station is indeed very popular among the TAXI drivers and often report about the traffic problems in the city.

So after this positive round up of many fm stations all located in Kiev we come back to Hotel and I went to internet point for my report ..... and later at Sergey house to eat a speciality of the Ukrainian cuisine , Chicken with potatoes novelle and souce ...... we talked about our futures travels around the world and surely we will met us again in the coming years.

I may say sincerely without the help and assistence of Sergey I should not have been to be able to visit positively so many stations, all contacted with phonecalls by him.....

Tomorrow 15 june wednesday last day in Kiev ..... more radio stations to visit .....

Do svidania .....DASVIDANIA in ITALIAN ....

Dario and Sergey

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CIAO! PREVIT !

So we are arrived at my last day in Kiev. Wednesday 15 June a sunny morning I had the meeting at the Hotel around 0945 Hours with Sergey Kolesov and VLAD TIRAREV coming to Kiev from Kremenchuk a town located 260 Km south east from KIEV. We went all together to visit the studios of Trans World Radio Ukraine where are produced the programs transmitted from the super power TX located in MOLDAVA operating on 999 kHz. Alexandre CHMUT (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR) is a good friend of VLAD and in the 70's THEY studied togheter and done some DXIMG hobby together.

ADDRESS of TWR UKRAINE is : 02090 KIEV,  KHORDSKAYA ULITZA 30. EMAIL : twrukr@gu.kiev.ua
The studios are located in a building totally rebuilt and originally utilized as a young hostel in the 50's All the programs are sent with cassettes to Moscow and from Moscow via link are sent to Moldava studios.
Reports are welconed by email to  twruk@gu.kiev.ua and  are answered with special QSL card
They receive almost 500 letters from normal listeners every week and the TX from Moldava is located in a very good place and cover perfectly all the Ukraine, for this reason they are not interested to open stations on the FM band in Ukraina.
We talked a lot with the staff of TWR studio and we took also some photos of a wall with the souvenirs and photos of their most important moments in their life.
The European TWR main office is located in Monaco but headquarters are in Indianapolis in USA.

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We said goodbye and goodluck to Executive Director of TWR Ukraine Mr. Alexander CHNUT and we moved to our next station to see and visit, an important brodcasting group Media in Kiev operating 3 FM stations and 2 Televisions.
92.80 MHz RADIO EUROPA PLUS UKRAINE  , 95.60 MHz JAM FM (EX Europa PLUS UKRAINE), 106.00 MHz DOROSLE RADIO (ADULT PUBLIC MUSIC RADIO)

ADDRESS : 04212 KIEV , 2L TYMOSHENKO ULITZA

WEB : http://www.jamfm.com.ua
Email : semenova@jamfm.com.ua
CONTACT : TATYANA SEMENOVA Project Manager

WEB : http://www.europaplus.ua
Email : igor@europaplus.ua
CONTACT : IGOR REZANOV (Technical Manager) He may verify reports of all 3 radio stations

WEB : http://www.vzrosloe.com.ua
Email : averin_master@yahoo.com
CONTACT : IGOR AVERIN (Technical Manager) personal Email : igor@vzrosloe.com.ua
or : SAYKOV DMITRI MILHAILOVITCH (General Director of all the 3 stations) personal Email : ds@vzrosloe.com.ua
or : EUGENIY ZHIGOON (Program Director) personal Email :  zhigoon@ukr.net

The 3 stations all has repeaters in the whole country and EUROPA PLUS is rated among the most listened stations.

Their actual address is temporary and all the Media of the group will move to a new big building of 4 floors which actually is under rebuilding from next november this explain also some lack of informations in the WEB of 106 MHz DOROSLE RADIO which is under works.
However the Director very kind accepted to meet us.... he explained also very cleary that problem still open with the other FM station operating in Kiev called now EUROPA FM on 107 MHz....In the beginning the original station network in Moscow opened a station in Kiev called Europa PLUS and this started on the 107 station, but after 3 years they decided to stop the cooperation with them.
At same time the company media of DOROSLE RADIO contacted the FRENCH Company EUROPE 1 and got a new agreement to operate the station for them in the whole Ukraina under the registered TRADE MARK of Radio Europa + UKRAINE .... so after some monthes the station on 107 MHz was forced to change call identification with EUROPA FM but they still utilized the old logo ..... so still is pending under the Supreme court of Ukraine a cause to determinate who has the right to use this original logo.....

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In fact it is a quite controversial matter in the towns look like Kiev or Kremenchuk where both stations are operating... even if the Europa PLUS (+) network cover 90% of the country and EUROPA FM just the 25% of the country....

The technical  manager IGOR REZANOV is very friendly and interested for reports and he promised to verify all the corrects ones with letter.

I saw during the visit tour into the studios some PENNANTS and he kindly geaves all them free to me as souvenirs of my visit to them .... indeed this makes me smiling .... cause this material is very rare... I even got a green party flag of Ukraine Green party who was in the building before they took place in the building before to transfere in the official place under rebuilding......first time I got a flag of Green Party .....

Sergey Kolesov try to call other missing stations to be visited after this MAGIC good visit after 1430 hours ...but no positive replies :
95.20 MHz LOVE RADIO (NON INTERESTED TO MEET AN ITALIAN VISITOR)
96.00 MHz ERA FM same company ....same reply
99.40 MHz STAR FM studios under repairing...so no possible to see them
100.50 MHz NARODNE RADIO not allowed to public to visit their studios .....quite UNPOLITE !!!!!
101.10 MHz MELODIA FM not good time found (meeting staff times .... question of  missfortunate events ..traffic jam on Moday...) the Verifier was sorry for this Mrs. IRINA V. TROSTYANSKAYA recently replied with letter to Finnish Fm Dxer REJIO ALAPIKA
102.50 MHz PROSTO RADIO they headquarters are in ODESSA...so in Kiev they have just an advertising company....they are too much busy to take care of foreign visitors.
104.60 MHz ALPESYN RADIO (ORANGE PARTY) they have real strict security rules to enter into the station cause they are the official voice of the Ukrainian Orange Party supporting the Premier of Ukraina.... so not allowed the visitors.
105.50 MHz RADIO STOLITSIA (CAPITAL RADIO)......very unpolite .... no reason given to the refuse of a visit to them ....they supposed we were SPYIES ..... hi!!!!

Well but I guess thanks to the great organisation of Sergey Kolesov in 3 days I have been able able to see almost the 75 % of the BC stations operating in Kiev.... and almost all has been very friendly with us.

So if you plan to visit Kiev ...you may contact Sergey Kolesov via email in English :  rost@iptelecom.net.ua but please do it almost 5 monthes before the time you will plan your visit to Kiev, cause Sergey often works for his company outside the country so it is not always at home.....OK????

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So I said DASVIDANIA to Sergey ..... and I hope really to may visit him again in the near far future.

With VLAD car we started the long travel to KREMENCHUK town located 260 Km ....we crossed the big bridge over the DNIEPR river and we passed the new city part of KIEV where iper giant house living has been built ...it is impressive to see so larges constructions and I wonder from there has been found the $$$$$$$ to build these constructions ????

The street road going to AIRPORT was very busy with many BUSSES ....  some privates lookn like the private TAXIs..... made even more crowled the traffic jam .... the highway to AIRPORT has 4 ways to go and 4 way to come and perfectly build with no holes .... Vlad told me funny stories about TAXIs from the airport to the city .... they ask to tourists or visitors arriving at the AIRPORT of KIEV usually for a ride to the city ... 60 or even 90 US DOLLARS !!!!! but if you ....discuss the prize ...in RUSSIAN please ...hi.... cause if you try in English they said NO SPEAK ENGLISH .... hi.... you may cut the cost of the ride even of the meaddle ...till 30 US DOLLARS which should be the correct price ... or you may pick up the bus to the city ...which usually is crawled by pickpockets and baggages and needs even 90 MINUTES ride.....

So I guess all these informations may be really useful to value the matter .....

Soon after the AIRPORT the road suddenly change aspect ....becoming the usual ...desastered road full of holes....and only 1 way to go and one to come back .... but traffic jam is very poor .... ..... we had a stop of some 50 minutes to relax a little and to sleep ....after a so busy day visiting stations in Kiev..... so around 2030 hours after 5 hours travel we arrived at very quiet town of Kremenchuk founded 557 years ago .... Vlad house is the county just outside the border city limit to south west .... his wife IRA expected our arrival .... and welcomed me ....

Do' Svidania !

DARIO and VLAD

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16 June tuesday found me relaxing finally one day at the house of VLAD TITAREV and his georgius wife IRA she speaks also English but she doesn't like to do it...hi!!!

In the morning I done the local FM bandscan .... very easy to do .....you may wonder why ???
Well cause a few local stations repeaters , a real good place to try FM DXing ....

91.75 MHz  AUDIO TV 1+1 TV LOCAL REPEATER in the POLTAVA area (good indicator for TROPO to north)
101.70 MHz VISMA RADIO HIT KREMENCHUK (LOCAL)
yes the real only local station .... under reneval ... the Director SERGEY M. ISHCHENKO called by phone by VLAD denied a meeting cause really the station is operating NON STOP MUSIC daylight and only at night has news bulletin and phonecalls requests.... He kindly said he should have put some Italian songs for me ...and in fact I listened to some songs of EROS RAMAZZOTTI .... quite unusual .... seems ONE MAN operated RADIO STATION
...like we have in ITALY .... WEB page : http://www.vismahit.com.ua 
Email: visma@visma.poltava.ua
(the Poltava is the river of the area)
102.10 MHz  NARODNE RADIO (EX NIKO FM) RELAY KREMENCHYUK (LOCAL)
103.50 MHz RADIO SHANSON RELAY KREMENCHUK (LOCAL)
103.90 MHz RADIO RUSSKOYE RELAY KREMENCHUK (LOCAL)
104.30 MHz HIT FM RELAY KREMENCHUK (LOCAL)
105.40 MHz NASHA RADIO KREMENCHUK (LOCAL) ...soon will become TABA
RADIO (the second local radio)
106.00 MHz RADIO EUROPA PLUS (+) RELAY KREMENCHUK (LOCAL)
107.00 MHz RADIO SHAMANA KREMENCHUK (LOCAL) with RDS "RADIO WAPMANKA
TELEFON 74 00 00 KKORNI ETAZH" (LOCAL)

that's really all ..... so you may imagine if there is an opening ESporadic in the area what will happens .....but unfortunatly no FM opening ...even not TROPO FM conditions due to some storms passing just a bit northern to Kremenchuk..
As I have yet told you ....you never can get all that you want ..... but I had long talks with VLAD about our hobby and to the many developpings happenings from the early 70's years then we both started to be active listeners.... naturally VLAD had more difficulties cause in this period it was more hard to write letters to countries of tyhe western emisphere than I do from Italy.VLAD is IBB monitor and he does it very carefully looking at the frequencies they asks to control.

He has a very good listening station : AOR 7030 receiver and SURPLUS receiver for MW and SW and OUTDOOR antenna in his garden K9AY..... and an ATS 909 SANGEAN for FM listenings.

We listened very well to reactivated service of RADIO VERITAS LIBERIA 5470 kHz around 2115-2200 UTC thanks an email messaqge I got from active Italian listener LUCA BOTTO FIORA who first noted it in the world .... other catches : ABC AUSTRALIA 4835 kHz 2130 S/on STROOONG , 4830 kHz Radio MONGOLIA 2230 UTC , 6045 kHz RADIO 1 ZIMBABWE 2345-0245 UTC STROOOONGGG.... 9736,78 kHz Radio NACIONAL PARAGUAY 2300-2315 very good ...but totally destroyed after 2315 UTC .... 9675 kHz Radio CANCAO NOVA 2320 UTC STROOOONGGGG ..... 9504.84 kHz Radio RECORD BRASIL 2345-2356 UTC at incredible local level 9+20 db ...destroyed by DW S/on at 2356... 6185 kHz RADIO NACIONAL BRASIL 0015 UTC ..... 5025 kHz Radio Rebelde like a BOMB ..... 6135 kHz  Radio APARECIDA very good level  0005 UTC - 5952.52 kHz Radio PIO XII BOLIVIA 0007 UTC with news s8indicales de los Mineros de Bolivia (in USB)....9615 kHz Radio Cultura Sao Paulo Brasil with usual good selection of Brasilian music 0010 UTC.... 4925 kHz RRI JAMBI INDONESIA 2215 UTC ....3320 kHz SONDER GRENSE SOUTH AFRICA 0016 UTC
........6040 kHz Radio CLUBE PARANAENSE BRASIL Sport news 0015 UTC.... 1395 kHz BIG L RADIO LONDON splashing on 1390 at 2350 ......  4915 kHz CBN ANHANGUERA GOIANIA BRASIL 0025 UTC ....11780 kHz Radio NACIONAL BRASIL 0032 UTC in // 6185 kHz .....

These logs just to geave to you an idea of the reception conditions on 15 and 16 and 17 June here in Kremenchuk....

More news will follow in next message I plan to send before my departure next saturday to come back to my QTH in polluled crawled steamy Milano

Do'svidania !
DARIO and VLAD 
 

BUDAPEST ESPORADIC RECEPTION C/o : North Buda House ISTVAN HEGEDUS with DARIO MONFERINI
RECEIVERS : PIONEER F301 RDS STEREO TUNER + YAGI 7 ELEMENTS
HORIZONTAL & ATS 909 SANGEAN with 2 FILTERS MURATA 80 kHz

09 JUNE 2005 at 1700-2030 LOCAL TIME

87.50 RADIO VATAN , TURK CYPRUS
87.60 RADIO ONE, RHODOS,GREECE
87.70 RADIO MOSTALGIE,BEIRUTH,LEBANON, RDS "NOSTLGIE"
87.80 BAYRAK RADIO 2 , TURK CYPRUS TX KANTARA 32 kW
87.80 TRT TURIST SERVICE IN GERMAN/ENGLISH (100% ID) , TURK CYPRUS TX KANTARA 32 kW 
87.80 RADIO ONE RHODOS , GREECE
88.00 RADIO YDU FM TURK CYPRUS (TENTATIVELY ID)
88.30 RADIO ORIENT , LEBANON, 200 kW
88.30 RADIO KARPATHOS AKRIPAS FM , GREECE
88.40 RADIO TRT 3, DYABAKIR, TURKEY (TENTATIVELY ID)
88.50 RADIO MELODY SITIA, GREEK CYPRUS
88.60 RADIO ANASTASIS,NICOSIA,GREEK CYPRUS (TENTATIVELY ID)
88.60 RADIO AKDENIZ FM , TURK CYPRUS (TENTATIVELY ID)
88.60 VOICE OF YOUTH BEIRUTH, LEBANON (not listed in WRTH 2005)
88.70 RADIO ORIENT LEBANON (not listed in WRTH 2005)
89.10 BBC RELAY JORDAN TX  AJLUN (ARABIC SERVICE)
89.10 HOLY KURAN STATION, BEIRUTH, LEBANON (TENTATIVELY ID)
89.50 BFBS RADIO 2 , TX LIMASSOL, 25 kW, GREEK CYPRUS
89.90 RADIO 7 , TX ALANYA, TURKEY (TENTATIVELY ID)
90.00 FIRST FM, LEFKOSA,TURK CYPRUS (TENTATIVELY ID)
90.00 KISS FM , AAJALTOUN, LEBANON (TENTATIVELY ID)
90.40 ERA 2 TX RHODOS, GREECE
90.60 DREAM FM, CRETE,GREECE (TENTATIVELY ID)
90.60 BAYRAK RADIO 3 PROGRAM , TURK CYPRUS
90.80 SUPER FM, BEIRUTH, LEBANON (not listed in WRTH 2005)
91.00 UNID WITH MUEZZIN HOLY KORAN ???? SYRIA ????
91.30 THE CALL OF ISLAM , BEIRUTH, LEBANON (TENTATIVELY ID)
91.40 RADIO KOSMOS,PAPHOS,GREEK CYPRUS (not listed in WRTH 2005)
91.50 UNID GREEK, PARALINNI (NEW STATION NAME)
91.80 UNID LEBANON (not listed in WRTH 2005)
91.90 RADIO AL NOOR "THE LIGHT", BEIRUTH, LEBANON (GREAT ID !!!!!! (ex 92.00 MHz)
92.00 ALEM FM , TURKEY, UNID TX (TENTATIVELY ID)
92.20 UNID LEBANON STATION
92.30 UNID HOLY KURAN MUEZZIN
92.40 UNID HOLY KURAN MUEZZIN
93.20 UNID LEBANON
93.20 UNID TURK CYPRUS
93.30 CBC RADIO 2 PAPHOS,GREEK CYPRUS (with arabic news)(TENTATIVELY ID)
93.50 RADIO ONE RHODOS, GREECE
93.60 RADIO DEEJAY, LEFKOSA,GREEK CYPRUS (not listed in WRTH 2005)
93.70 UNID LEBANON
94.40 UNID LEBANON
94.40 ERA 1, HERAKLION,GREEK CYPRUS,GREECE
96.60 TRT 3, TX MUGLA, 30 kW, TURKEY
96.60 FLASH FM PAROS GREECE
97.80 RADIO GIMEL GALEI TZAHAL "G" PROGRAM ISRAEL, RDS: "R.GIMEL"
99.20 UNID RDS "MARINE" ISRAEL ????? (not listed in WRTH 2005)
99.60 BFBS RADIO 1 GREEK CYPRUS TX CHEKELIA (ENGLISH PROGRAM)
99.70 UNID LEBANON (new name EX FAME FM)
99.70 UNID GREEK CYPRUS
99.90 TOP FM NICOSIA TURK CYPRUS (not listed in WRTH 2005)
100.00 POWER FM TURKEY
100.00 100 FM TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, RDS "100FM"
100.30 ANTENA FM RHODOS, GREECE
100.50 RADIO IHOS MIKE,RHODOS.GREECE
101.30 TOP FM RHODOS, TX KOS, GREECE
101.30 SCOPE FM LEBANON (listed on 101,10 MHz in WRTH 2005)
101.50 RADIO TZAFON (NORTHERN RADIO) ISRAEL (TX UPPER GALILEA)
101.60 ARANGELOS FM RHODOS,GREECE
101.60 RADIO STATHMOS OLOGOS NICOSIA,GREEK CYPRUS (new frequency)
101.70 DELTA RADIO, BEIRUTH , LEBANON (program in
english,arabic,hebrew)(EX 101.80 MHz)
102.30 MIX FM GREEK CYPRUS (new frequency)
102.40 TOP FM RHODOS, GREECE
102.50 RADIO FREE LEBANON,BEIRUTH. LEBANON
103.00 PAX RADIO FM,BEIRUTH,LEBANON
103.60 ERA 4 HERAKLION,GREEK CYPRUS
103.70 AKROPOLIS FM RHODOS,GREECE
104.20 FANN RADIO JORDAN ARMED FORCES RADIO,AMMAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
104.40 UNID GREEK RDS "104FM.GR"
104.40 MIX FM BEIRTUTH,LEBANON
106.50 SOUND OF MUSIC,BEIRUTH,LEBANON (in //106.70 MHz ANNONCING 106.90 MHz)
106.70 POLITIA FM PARALAMINI,GREEK CYPRUS
106.70 SOUND OF MUSIC,LEBANON (in //106.50 MHz)
107.00 RADIO GALGALATZ (RADIO TRAFFIC) GALEI TZAHAL ARMED FORCES (ex 106.90 MHz)
107.20 MBS BEIRUTH,LEBANON (MASTER BROADCASTING RADIO)
107.40 RADIO SAWA, TX AL JALUN,JORDAN !!!!!!!!!!!!
107.50 SPACE FM, NAXOS,GREECE
107.60 AKRA FM,TURKEY (TENTATIVELY ID)

THIS LIST HAS BEEN COMPILATED THANKS TO THE HELP OF ISTVAN HEGEDUS

Ciao !
Before to conclude my travel report some infomations regards my precedents report :
Sergey Kolesov add these info :
Regarding Transilvania Travel Report: I have a few corrections and additions: One station we visited is missing - Music Radio (same building as Hit FM etc. and Nashe Radio), we visited them between Hit FM and Nashe Radio with a lot of souvenirs. YES true ....a beautiful blu cangiant T-shirt ..stickers .... Sonya Gelyas General Director  She geaves me a BEUTIFUL CLOTH FLAG PENNANT !!!!!!
http://www.musicradio.kiev.ua
Email : sonya@musicradio.kiev.ua

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Vlad's friend in TWR is Petr Balatskiy (he studied with him) and  correct name of the street: Khorolskaya. Reasons for not visiting stations were a bit different: Love Radio / Era FM did not allow us to visit the station for security reason (Director of both station is former Security Service of Ukraine employee). They were only really unpolite. Others were OK. Narodnoe Radio / Prosto Radio (same company) were kind to accept us but we missed time on Tuesday (due to traffic) and we were late (after visiting Vzrosloe Radio etc.) on Wednesday, simply did not catch them in time. Radio Orange - Programme manager left alone to work on organistaion matters on Radio (other responsible persons are on vaccation) so he was very busy to find a time for us (he warned me about this a week ago, so no surprise). In fact, they are not official voice of Orange Movement which is only color name of those who supported Yuschenko in his election campaign. Radio Apelsin started in 2003 before such a color has been associated with that front. Radio Stolitsa - director could accept us only on Wednesday, after 16.00 which was too late for us since you needed time to go to Kremenchug.

73, Sergey
(I suggest Sergey has organized the visit to Kiev radio stations like a mission to..... Fort Knox in US...hi!!!!)
But really it has been a great visit with many good results and results.....

Also Vlad Titarev had one information concening my FM bandscan of the Kremenchuk Bandscan :

for one line not fully correct

107.00 MHz RADIO SHAMANA KREMENCHUK (LOCAL) with RDS "RADIO WAPMANKA

should be

107.00 MHz RADIO SHARMANKA KREMENCHUK (LOCAL) with RDS "RADIO WAPMANKA"

"Sharmanka" is an old russian folk mx instrument. (in Italian is looklike ORGANETTO Fisarmonica portatile)

they used "W" in RDS text erroneously  (I guess they think it will suit the best to russian letter "SH"  (Ш)... hi
73!Vlad
Thanks Vlad in fact this is the second local FM station operating in Kremenchuk.

I am now back to Milano where I arrived 20 june monday mornimg around 9 in the morning ..... But here the details of the events happened.

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On saturday morning I wake up at 0500 local time ...clear sky...on Kremenchuk .... With Vlad we started the travel to Kiev 262 Km on quite normal desasterd roads .... first we posted the many postcards I sent to my contacts in the world.... and in the street we met a total drunked people crossing the street ZIG ZAG ... hi! ... roads being saturday morning was quiet ...so at 0930 we arrived at Kiev bus station... the one located at north west part of Kiev.... but very quiet place ... not like the central bus station (a place better to avoid if possible). At 0945 arrived Alexandr Egorov the Radio Ukraine International frequency controller..... so the departure becomed more.... International .. he kindly geave me some OLD precious Metal pins of Radio Ukraine International and other souvenirs... and we do some photos souvenirs.... with the curiosity of the other passengers waiting for the Bus which finally arrived..... not so many passengers going to Italy. So I choose the best place in the central right part of the Bus...

At 1035 local time the travel started and I said "DASVIDANIA" to my friends ..... Soon after Kiev the rain started to make the roads more similar to rivers ..... but the driver surely was used to such situation...We stopped at Zhytomyr ...still raining ... I had time to do a local bandscan : UR 2 Tx Promin is OFF THE AIR (please take care all UK2 and UK3 TX in Ukraina are off the air except the ones operating in Kiev area from june 2005 !!!!) 71.12 MHz Zhytormiska Khvilya ; 101.70 Russkoye Radio Ukraine;102.70 MHz Nashe Radio ; 103.40 MHz in // 71.12 MHz ; 104.50 MHz Radio Club 104.5 (Local station); 105.80 MHz NIKO FM ; 106.10 MHz Z-Radio ; 106.90 MHz HIT FM UKRAINA ....(I was quite estonished to listen to the jingles ...they really annonce "SHIT FM" ..... but in English this is not a real... good Id...hi!);107.70 MHz Radio Lyuks FM . Next stop after 4 hours in RIVNE Chaos Bus stop ... same crowled place...but I did not tested the horrible WC Toilet place ...hi! cost 0.70 Hr.... hi! I done another FM local bandscan :  100.70 MHz NASHE RADIO ; 101.40 MHz Radio Melodyia Rivne (with local advertisings); 103.00 MHz NIKO FM  ;103.70 HIT FM UKRAINA RIVNE ; 106.40 MHz RADIO TREK RIVNE (Local station). Weather still horrible ...roads horribles... on the bus I started some human contacts with the 4 Italians going like me back to Italy .. Paolo living near Sarzana with his young wife Ukrainian back from 1 month spent at wife parents in north east area... Giuliano from Catania planning to marry an Ukrainian ..... and Roberto from Volterra back from a work for an Italian company.... also Sergey going to FIAT Torino for a week of full immersion learning work shop.. and naturally many ladies going to Italy to work for ...summer seasonThe Bus Television offered a moovie .... Ukrainian featuring a caricatural story of a mad inventor ... transferring people to old age of ZAR .... quite "SFOTTO'" moovie.... At 20 hours we arrived at LVIV ..and surprise we stopped at local bus station operated by Euroline company to change our bus ... with another more modern .... so no problem at all to change the bus ... I only got my original bus place in the meaddle at the right hand section... I also had time to do a local LVIV FM BAND SCAN .... 66.26 MHz Radio Lvivska Khvylia ; 88.60 MHz Radio ERA FM LVIV; 89.70 EKO RADIO LVIV; 91.10 RADIO MAN LVIV ; 91.90 MHz NO STATION HEARD ;100.80 MHz in // 66.26 MHz ; 101.30 GALA RADIO relay LVIV; 101.70 HIT RADIO ZAKHID ; 102.50 NIKO FM LVIV ; 103.90 AUTO FM LVIV; 104.30 RADIO M LVIV; 104.70 RADIO LYUKS FM (LUX FM) Cherry .....; 105.40 AUTORADIO UKRAINA relay LVIV...with same tape heard in Kiev ....Celentano song "SUSANA"... hi.. ; 106.00 MHz NASHE RADIO relay LVIV ; 106.70 MHz RADIO "N" NEZALEZHNIST (LOCAL STATION) ; 107.20 RADIO MELODYIA relay LVIV. After 826 Km we arrived at CHOP control passport Uk/HU at around 0100 hours local time ... less one hour in Hungary ..many trucks ... but very soft control by UA Lady militar ... just 30 minutes... but more strict by HU militar ... with even opening of some bags of UA women passengers at 0200 hours ... but no problems at all ..... So we restarted our travel and I sleep for about 6 hours ... the roads in Hungary are surely better .... Around 1100 hours we arrived to BUDAPEST ..but no stop at bus station... we crossed the town ... and the historical bridge of Alexander.... in 15 minutes ... no traffic on sunday morning...in a very sunny day .... so I listened to some FM stations ...82.90 RADIO DEE JAY BUDAPEST, 90.90 MHz COCA COLA SOUND ... and 98.60 RADIO CAFE.... among the others ... We stopped at M1 Highway Mc Donald just outside Budapest border city limits ... the TOILET very clean had a controll woman (bit mad) ...continuing claiming 0.40 Florins for the service ... so I geave her an EURO COIN ... and she get back to me .... 0.60 Euro coins !!!!... incredible .... hi... So the Bus passed near TATABANYA and I listened to Radir Radio on 97.80 MHz ... not so much traffic on the M1 High way to go to the Austrian border GRAZ....we arrived at 1600 hours ... and the controll by Austrian - Hungarian police resulted very speedy... 20 minutes...just pass control of passport in a modern machinary... no baggages control... the 2 drivers was very happy...The Television bus started a program with folk songs exibition produced by RADIO SHANSON  ... they are specialized in songs quite similar to the ones of BRUNO CONTE, BRUNO LAUZI, LUCIO DALLA in ITALY... ) this followed by another satyrical moovie produced in Ukraina and with story in Krimea ... where it seems according the moovie story the local people loves to drink and to ...do love ...but this happens also in some Italian areas ....hi! After GRAZ on the Austrian Highway and before the Tunnel ... I had an interesting listen on 93.90 MHz Bartok Radio Hungary in fact this Tx is the one which may be heard to west of Hungary ... and the one I will try to get from my listening place in Rimini next july... even if on 94.00 MHz there is the bloody TX of RMC MONTECARLO (relay Covignano..RIMINI  area splashin on 93.90 MHz).....unfortunatly.... FM4 RADIO in Austria is the best station offering good oldies songs. Finally we arrived in Italy ... no controlls naturally ... this explain why the Bus drivers pass from Austria ... GRAZ,WIEN,SALZBURG,KLAGENFURT .... a quite long travel ... instead off the more short itinerary from Slovenja... but with more controlls and needs of a VISA for Ukrainian going to Italy.... At 1900 hours we stopped at UDINE bus station ... 5 hours before the scheduled time .... and at Mestre Bus station (located 300 meters from rail station) at 2100 hours ... no traffic at all on the A4 High way .... and so with my surprise and the surprise of Sergey going to FIAT Torino and look like me stopping at Bologna bus stop we arrived in the central rail station square of Bologna at 2325 ..... around 5 hours before the schedule ... may be a GUINESS RECORD ???? HI!!!

My Interregionale train to Milano at 0500 hours ... and ...another surprise ...quite BAD one ... the ticket office at Bologna rail station close at 2330 ... no ideas why ??? Sergey got his tickect to Torino ....me no !!

Luckly the office for the trasvellers help located in the north internal part of the station is open all night ...so I get the assistence to do my tickect ride to Milano ... with the authomatic ticket slot machine ....

Sergey sounded a bit .... amazed to see the "funny" human trash ... sorry... in the waiting room ... and I needed all my efforts to make him more calm ... even if 2 colombians trying to be in fight discussion with a dirty (and quite undelicious parfumed... old man) for a seat used as a bad room...in the large controll room... but luckly no police arrived .... the horrible waiting room however in 5 hours (we stand) had no police control... and in fact only people allowed to stand should have had a tickect.... but many cleary was just spending a free night ... cause you know Hotels in Bologna costs 120-150 Euro one night ...
A "lerch" fat man with black foot (unwashed from undefinite days) snored for all the time ... also to do nothing in your life makes you sleeping ....
Sergey said in Kiev such can't be .... accepted ... I explained ITALY is the freedom country ..so don't be surprised...

At 0330 hours a student coming from Peru going to visit a friend living in Torino captured our attention... he was speaking only in Spanish ... and Sergey in English ... hi! so I do the authomated translator ... of corse Spanish to Monferinglish ... hi!

Pedro from Lima ... did not found the correct track of the Espresso train Bologna-Torino at 0315 ... cause first scheduled on track 11 in reality arrived at track 4 ... but the information service did not annonced the change ... very good BOLOGNA FS top quality service... The night voice speaker is an aged man with no teeths and the pronunciation resulted (in BOLOGNA ITAIAN SLANG) almost unclear...

So he accepted to go to Torino Porta Nuova with Sergey ... at 0620 Sergey did not wanted to test the night train... guess why ?? hi!

At 0455 6 energumenics men arrived with the message cried "FUORI FUORI DOBBIAMO PULIRE" .... I think they do it with quite sadism .... so all the waiting passengers and the night trash human (sorry) started to move to other places ... may be outdoor square ???

My local train was waiting for me ... so I said Dasvidania to Sergey and Mucha Suerte a Pedro ....

Very good, clean, fresh train ... in 3 hours (I sleeped like a stone...hi) I arrived at Milano Central station....

Well a quite good travel .... and lot of souvenirs ....

Next travel is not so far .... MEXICO together Roberto Pavanello from next July-August ...... another adventure to tell to you ...if you want to read it....

Dario Monferini
http://www.playdx.com
http://es.groups.yahoo.com/group/playdx2003/links

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