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Shortwave Broadcast / Republic of Sudan Radio
« on: December 10, 2017, 0626 UTC »
7205   SUDAN. Republic of Sudan Radio - Al Aitahab. African music program and Arabic anncts at 1950 and heard quite well under heavy QRM from AWR-Nauen with its Tachelhit service to NAf. But at 2000, a big RFI-Issoudun signal signs on and that makes it impossible to hear Sudan R. at my location. Dec 8.

Shortwave Broadcast / Al-Azm Radio
« on: December 10, 2017, 0624 UTC »
11745   SAUDI ARABIA. Al-Azm Radio - Location believed to be Jeddah but this is unconfirmed so far. Arabic service for the Saudi Army at 0730, a mix of songs, interviews and anncts, weak signal on Dec 9. And again later on Dec 9 at 1910 with Arabic songs and a long talk at 1920, a fair to weak signal again.

Shortwave Broadcast / 16mb African Sites
« on: December 10, 2017, 0351 UTC »
There was an unusually early opening to Africa up on 17 mHz this morning around 1945 UTC (6:45am AEDT). Although the three signals there in the 16mb were weak, it is a sign that summer is really starting to kick in here!

17570   MADAGASCAR. AWR - Talata-Volonondry. Heard with a weak signal in the Mòoré language at 2017, preaching and occasional musical interludes. ID and address given at 2026. Classical piano music at 2028 before the s/off at 2029. Dec 9. Mòoré (a.k.a. Mossi and other names) is a language spoken in Burkina Faso by about 6 million people and is considered to be one of the official languages of that country.  But Mòoré can also be found in parts of Mali, Togo and to a lesser extent in Benin and the Ivory Coast, where it is spoken by around 60,000 inhabitants. Mossi is the name of a people living in central Burkina Faso, mostly in villages in the Volta River basin. To my knowledge, Adventist World Radio is the only station on shortwave currently broadcasting in the Mòoré language!

17640   MADAGASCAR. MWV African Pathways R. - Mahajanga. Weak and fluttery signal at 2010 in English beamed to CAf. Heavily accented African speaker with preaching, clear ID and frequency annct at 2014. First time heard this summer, Dec 9.

17800   SOUTH AFRICA. AWR - Meyerton. Service to WAf in the Fulfulde language at 1945, full ID and frequency anncts at 1957, theme music and English ID at 2000 before the carrier off. Weak signal and the only station heard on this band at this time (6:45am AEDT), Dec 9.

Cheers all,


Clandestine Stations / Radio Biafra 7240 - Txer Problems
« on: November 30, 2017, 0549 UTC »
Further to the Radio Biafra item below:

7240   FRANCE. R. Biafra - Issoudun. Waited for the scheduled s/on at 0500, however nothing but a noisy, hummy carrier. Then suddenly it burst into life at 0517 in the middle of a music item. Full ID, freq annct and contact details in either the Yorba or Igbo language at 0519. Another song at 0521. 0524 - English ID as "This is Radio Biafra broadcasting from London….". Then a talk in heavily accented English. Full English ID again at 0528 to eventual s/off at 0529. A weak signal but I managed to pull it out of the noise using lots of Yaesu FTDX3000 digital trickery and magic (....oh and the horizontal loop ant)! Nov 30.

So, it seems that it's signing off after only 30 min broadcast (or less if the transmitter is playing up!!). This is the second day I have heard it off by 0530, not 0600 as in some lists.

Shortwave Broadcast / KCBS - Uncommon Daytime Reception
« on: November 30, 2017, 0446 UTC »
9665   D.P.R.KOREA. KCBS - Kanggye. Unusual reception across an all-daylight path at 0413 (3:13pm AEDT) to past 0430. A mix of Korean opera and martial music with no anncts until 0424. Time pips at 0430. Weak signal and not often heard this early in our afternoons near the beginning of summer (here in Australia!). Nov 30.

Shortwave Broadcast / R. Republica Caught Me Out!
« on: November 05, 2017, 1043 UTC »
Today, I got caught trying to work out who the Spanish broadcaster was just before the 0500 s/off. The ID revealed all....

9490   FRANCE. R. Republica - Issoudun. Extended service on Sun and Mon now runs until s/off 0500 (ex 0400) in Spanish to Cuba. Weekdays it is now *0200 to 0400*, good signal, Nov 5.

Shortwave Broadcast / R. France Int'l - English at 0600.
« on: November 05, 2017, 1040 UTC »
9735   FRANCE. RFI - Issoudun. English to CAf at s/on 0600, NF (ex 11905), fair signal, Nov 5.

Shortwave Broadcast / AWR via Issoudun - 12015 kHz
« on: November 05, 2017, 1039 UTC »
12015   FRANCE. AWR - Issoudun. French to WAf at 0625 with ID and station info before s/off 0629, NF (ex 12035), weak signal, Nov 5.

Shortwave Broadcast / BBC - Meyerton 0715
« on: November 05, 2017, 1038 UTC »
15490   SOUTH AFRICA. BBC - Meyerton. French to CAf at 0715 to s/off 0730, NF (ex 15400), weak signal, Nov 5.

Shortwave Broadcast / DW 9830 - Site Change.
« on: November 05, 2017, 1037 UTC »
There's been a change to the Deutsche Welle outlet on 9830 kHz, noted at 0650 to West Africa today. The frequency is the same as for the A17 transmission season, but is now transmitted via Nauen instead of the Pinheira, São Tomé relay. A good signal here at Mount Evelyn today. It runs parallel on 7220 (via Pinheira) but much weaker there. Nov 5.

Shortwave Broadcast / Pinheira Via the Long Path!
« on: November 05, 2017, 1029 UTC »
7220   SÃO TOMÉ. Deutsche Welle - Pinheira. Hausa to WAf at 0635, NF (ex 9830), weak signal via the long path, (well....it's the long to Australia!!) Nov 5.

Shortwave Broadcast / Three New Freqs Noted After 2100
« on: November 05, 2017, 1027 UTC »
6020   CHINA. CRI - Shijiazhuang. Spanish to SEu at 2123, fair signal and NF (ex 7335), Nov 4.

6060   IRAN. VOIRI - Zahedan. Arabic to NAf and ME at 2130 with speeches, NF (ex 7425). Weak signal, Nov 4.

6170   ROMANIA. RRI - Tiganesti. English to ENAm at 2145 to s/off 2157, NF (probably ex 9610), weak signal, Nov 4.

Shortwave Broadcast / Three Changes Noted in the Turkey Schedule
« on: November 05, 2017, 1026 UTC »
5970   TURKEY. VoT - Emirler. French to WEu at 2115 until s/off 2125, NF (ex 9635). Fair to weak signal, Nov 4.

9410   TURKEY. VoT - Emirler. English programming at 0405, Does not seem to be listed in their current schedule. I suspect it is being beamed to NAm. However, some lists are showing 6125 to NAm at 0400. This frequency choice clashes badly here at Mount Evelyn with BBC-Al Seela's English to the ME also on 9410 at this time, the two stations being heard at equal strength. Nov 5.

15235   TURKEY. VoT - Emirler. This is listed as Turkish at 0610, but it sure doesn't sound like it! Talks (news?) at 0605, ID at 0615, into music at 0618. The language sounds more like Swahili or similar African language. Weak signal Nov 5.

Shortwave Broadcast / R. Algerienne - 5940
« on: November 05, 2017, 1024 UTC »
5940   FRANCE. R. Algerienne - Issoudun. Arabic songs at 2050, time pips and news in French at 2100, then back into Arabic service at 2110. NF (probably ex 9655), good signal, Nov 4.

Clandestine Stations / New Freq - Voice of Khmer M'Chas Srok
« on: November 02, 2017, 2132 UTC »
12050   TAJIKISTAN. Voice of Khmer M'Chas Srok - Dushanbe. S/on 1130 in Khmer to SEAs. NF (ex 17860), very good signal but with slight co-channel QRM from a much weaker Sound of Hope-Taipei slightly off-freq at 12150.15 kHz (creating a het with Srok). The broadcast is Thurs and Sun only. Nov 2.

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