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Author Topic: Radio Impala new clandestine *1700z-1755z* 17540kHz  (Read 26681 times)

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Radio Impala new clandestine *1700z-1755z* 17540kHz
« on: February 08, 2014, 1737 UTC »
The recent WRTH update has details for a new clandestine radio aimed at Rwanda from a transmitter in Madagascar. Time is 1700-1800 UT daily on 17540 kHz, programming in Kinyarwanda and Kirundi languages. They have a website with an embedded audio stream player at RadioImpala.com, on silent stream when I checked at 1220 UT but perhaps active at the  SW broadcast times.
This time and frequency was formerly used by another Rwandan clandestine, Radio Mara, so I guess this supplants it.

David Kernick, Interval Signals Online  via dxld

I was already listening to what I thought was Radio Mara on 17540 when I read this. My Kinyarwanda is a little rusty (or non-existent) so I have no idea what the 2 speakers were on about but the signal from Madagascar was excellent this morning, S9+10 at times. I listened for an ID but didn't catch one but I missed the start of the show so I don't know for sure who I heard on 17540 this morning.

I did find some other mention of Impala on line but again my Kinyarwanda failed me & google seems to think it is in English.

http://rwandarealities.blogspot.com/2013/11/nimwumve-radio-impala-en-ondes-courtes.html

also

http://glpost.com/radio-impala-yatangiye-kumvikana-mu-rwanda-ndetse-mu-karere-kibiyaga-bigari/

btw the radioimpala.com site says it is "broadcasting from Kigali, Rwanda" so...a local fm that is relayed on SW?
« Last Edit: February 09, 2014, 1840 UTC by fpeconsultant »
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Re: Radio Impala new clandestine (?)
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2014, 2228 UTC »
Logged here as well - strong and clear.  Did not sound like Radio Mara signing on based on recordings of R Mara which always opened with solo acoustic guitar interval signal. http://hfunderground.com/blog/?p=264
Presumed Radio Impala as per Mr Glimmer
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Re: Radio Impala new clandestine (?)
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2014, 1838 UTC »
Radio Impala strong here today
Up at 1657z then sign on 1700z with music into clear "Radio Impala" ID by lady in ? language then music - at about 1715z, there was a clear ID by a male in English with information about Radio Impala.
1730z or so til 1755z sign off seemed to be a repeat of the 1st 30 minutes but I have to check the recording.
I will post recordings on HFU 30 below.
Thanks for the heads up Glimmer!
« Last Edit: February 13, 2014, 2342 UTC by fpeconsultant »
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Re: Radio Impala new clandestine *1700z-1755z* 17540kHz
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2014, 1728 UTC »
Feb. 21, 2014 utc

I posted yesterday on a separate post, but I'll add this and subsequent reports to this thread.

1655 me waiting
1658 carrier on (and so was my excitement)
1659 music
1705 ID sounds like "Radio Impla"

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I can also tell its music with my built in whip.

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