** ARGENTINA [non]. 11580, Monday Nov 20 at 1436, RAE via WRMI is in Japanese! Wrong playback? No, it`s just a clip of NHK TV`s 8K service, presumably amid the `Friday` DX Actuality program in Spanish repeated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BIAFRA [non]. 9580, Nov 19 at 1909, R. Biafra via unknown site, after a JBA carrier here, I get a little more via UTwente SDR. Main frequency 11530 WRMI is good as usual on my radio. 9580 is VP at UTwente, but sounds like same programming of music alternating with announcements by YL; at 1911 it`s the OM, the only one who mentions the ``31 meter band`` 9580 in schedule announcements. 1913 back to YL voice. On UTwente, I A/B the two frequencies, and believe it or not, poor as it is, 9580 is better than 11530 (and 11580, WRMI aimed right at Europe is no better). I`ve asked Jeff where 9580 is coming from. There is no sign of anything else, such as listed Saudi Arabians. Possibly 9580 is still Issoudun, but skipping over UTwente, too close and way offbeam. But if so, Ivo should be getting it OK. Wolfgang Bueschel, Germany does not hear 9580 at all.
Ivo Ivanov reports on same transmission:
``Poor signal of Radio Biafra London in 31 & 25 mb on Nov 19
1900-2000 9580 unknown tx / unknown WeAf English, not via TDF/ISS
1900-2000 11530 YFR 100 kW / 087 deg WeAf English, via WRMI tx#10?``
Meanwhile, Rafael RodrÃguez in Colombia found a website with news about this reactivation:
``Radio Biafra Returns; Resumes Daily Broadcast
By David Oputah - November 11, 2017
BEVERLY HILLS, November 11, (THEWILL) â After a lull of a few months, during which Nigerian security agencies breathed an air of relief, there are incontrovertible indications that the clandestine Radio Biafra will resume activities Sunday November [sic].
The rogue radio station is the mouth piece of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu whose whereabouts is unknown following a clamp down on his family home in Abia state by the military under operation Python Dance.
THEWILL gathered exclusively that the radio will continue to broadcast from London, England, ostensibly to escape the reach of Nigeriaâs security agencies who will track it down without much effort if it was based in Nigeria.
The information circulating within the IBOP circle recently has pointed to the feverish plans and concerted efforts to reactivate the Radio Biafra and make its voice heard again to prove that the despite the security agenciesâ show of strength recently during the Operation Python Dance and the like, that IPOB is not as dead as it appears.
THEWILL checks further revealed that the broadcast will from Sunday be on air from 6 am to 7 am on 7240 KHZ, 41 meter-band, short wave and in the evenings from 8pm to 9pm on 11530 KHZ on 25 meter band.
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Alphonsus Uche Okafor-Mefor Â London, United Kingdom
Daft more dafter and most daftest of all. You bunch of cash and carry roadside journalists are the ones actually waking up from dead as Radio Biafra has been on and will continue to be. shameless losers!
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From THEWILL, searching on Radio Biafra, more stories, the first one here from one day later (and why are these datelined Beverly Hills, or San Francisco, of all places?):
``Radio Biafra Returns, Sacks Nnamdi Kanu As IPOB Leader
By THEWILL_ - November 12, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO, November 12, (THEWILL) â Security agencies were in a frenzy of activities in Abuja from early Sunday when Radio Biafra, the controversial mouthpiece of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) returned to the airwaves with a 6.am to 7.am broadcast announcing the shocking sack of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as IPOB leader.
That announcement sacking Kanu was exactly what kept the security agencies worried, because it could mean that another arm of IPOB may have mutated just as IPOB mutated from Raph Uwazuruikeâs Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
A top national security source told THEWILL thus: "All had been quiet on the IPOB front recently. The organization has been receding from the public consciousness as many Igbo people began to openly talk against the separation and disunity agenda of IPOB. The Federal Government has been reaching out to the South-East and their State Governors have taken a hard stand against IPOB accusing the organization of pursuing anti-Igbo interests; now comes this totally new and unexpected development".
At the height of the IPOB controversy the national unity was greatly tasked when Northern youths issued Igbo people resident in the North a quit notice.
The radioâs programme started with the lady announcer who gave her name as Ifeoma Okorafor, stating that the radio was back on air and IPOB was restructuring. She then announced that "Mazi Nnamdi Nwanekaenyi Kanu, the former Director of Radio Biafra is hereby dismissed and removed as Director of Radio Biafra following extensive and intensive consultations". She named "Mazi Ezenwachukwu Sampson Okwudili as Kanuâs replacement."
Kanu has not been seen publicly since he fled Abia State after the military raided his family compound some months back.
The reasons the Radio Biafra announcer gave for Kanuâs removal included:
(A) Personalization of the Biafran struggle and derailing from the core objectives of IPOB as a grassroots movement.
(B) Kanuâs actions and his decisions to incite members of IPOB towards violence leading to the death of many innocent young people in Onitsha, Aba and Umuahia is totally unacceptable and grossly irresponsible.
(C) Kanu privately collected Â14m and another $ 22m to purchase landed properties abroad in his name and that of his father Igwe Israel Kanu in a clear case of monkey dey work baboon dey chop. [! sic]
(D) Kanu turned our collective struggle into a money-making enterprise for himself and his father. Thus the monies contributed by enterprising and hard-working Igbo youths across the world are being collected and converted by one man and his father while pretending to be sacrificing for the cause.
(E) Upon his release from detention in April 2017, one expected Kanu to drum up support for the release of his colleagues and co-detainees such as Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi. These are our brothers who were arrested at the same time with him and they should not be forgotten. We hereby demand their release. Kanu, since his release, has never spoken about them or appealed for the release of these our freedom fighters. Instead, he has been going about collecting chieftaincy titles and having a messianic swagger that even allowed full-blooded Igbomen to kneel down and kiss his feet.
(F) Kanu threw away the original meaning of our collective struggle for personal gain and vain glorification. IPOB believes in democracy as a solid base of any modern state, the rule of law, and will always reject violence in all its ramifications.
The security agencies do not as yet know what to make of this new development in IPOB.
The sack of Mazi Kanu is only the latest change in the checkered history of Radio Biafra, which began as the mouthpiece of MASSOB. It later announced the sacking of MASSOB founder, Uwazuruike as its Director and MASSOB leader and replaced him with Uchenna Madu "in the task of chasing down and overcoming the enemies of Biafra" according to a statement signed by Uche Mefore as the radioâs Deputy Director.
Nnamdi Kanu himself would also distance himself and his deputy, Uche Mefor, when Radio Biafra began to broadcast from the US, after Nigeria jammed its signals from Britain.
Now, those behind this latest incarnation of Radio Biafra would obviously not have sought Kanuâs permission; it actually sacked him in its first broadcast. But the security agencies are not rejoicing because, as a source put it "the saying that the devil you know is better than the angel [sic] you do not know is particularly true in security circles. See it this way; Kanu had issued an order that the people of Anambra state should boycott the gubernatorial elections and people told him he was talking nonsense. That was the end of his moral authority. Now we have to return to the drawing board to learn about those behind this latest development. Itâs frustrating."
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And a bunch more in reverse chrono order; I`ll not pull out the direct linx here but you can reach them via the search page:
``Nigerian security agencies breathed an air of relief, there are...
UK Contradicts Lai Mohammed, Say Nigeria Didnât Ask That Radio Biafra Be Shut Down
David Oputah -
September 22, 2017
BEVERLY HILLS, September 22, (THEWILL) - The United Kingdom has denied any knowledge of a request from Nigeria to shut down Radio Biafra, run by Nnamdi...
FG Traces IPOBâs Sources Of Funding To France, Blames UK For Radio Biafra
Mustapha Bagudu -
September 21, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO, September 21, (THEWILL) - The Federal Government has identified France as the country where the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, gets bulk...
Kanu Restructures IPOB, Disowns American-Based Radio Biafra
David Oputah -
May 16, 2017
BEVERLY HILLS, May 16, (THEWILL) - The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has announced a restructuring in the...
Radio Biafra Is Back On Air
April 1, 2016
BEVERLY HILLS, April 01, (THEWILL) â The station dedicated to the âstruggleâ by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is currently streaming live across...
NBC Shuts Radio Biafra, Confiscates Equipment, Detain Suspects
July 18, 2015
BEVERLY HILLS, July 18, (THEWILL) â The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) said Friday that it had effectively neutralised the illegal broadcasts from the seditious...
FG Says It Has Jammed Radio Biafra Signals, Not True â Station
July 15, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, July 14, (THEWILL) â The Federal Government said on Tuesday that it has blocked the transmission signals of Radio Biafra, which has been...
OPINION: OF RADIO BIAFRA AND THE URGENCY OF NOW
July 14, 2015
It is no more a hidden secret that since the last election that brought in President Muhammadu Buhari to power, discordant tunes have become...
Ignore Radio Biafra, NBC Tells Public
June 27, 2015
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Friday urged the public to ignore radio Biafra, saying the station has been broadcasting seditious contents illegally. In a statement...``
And that`s only the first page of 13; however, some of further hits may have less to do with the radio in particular (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BOTSWANA [and non]. 17700, Nov 20 at 1548, VP signal from algo, OOFSOB. EiBi shows it is VOA Hausa at 1500-1600 (Sat/Sun to 1530 only). Besides the bigsigs from Cuba and KVOH on 17730 & 17775, the only other carrier detectable on 16m at this time is JBA 17660, which would be Saudi in French (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL [and non]. 11780, Nov 19 at 2135, NO signal, not even a JBA carrier here, my first chance to check out this report a bit earlier from Manuel MÃndez, Lugo, Spain, Log in Lugo: ``BRAZIL, 11780, RÃdio Nacional da AmazÃnia, 2045-2101, 19-11, Portuguese, soccer, live matches. Very weak. 14321``.
Thus it may be back on a very irregular and low-power basis, to avoid losing license by a deadline sometime in December. Later chex into UT Nov 20 still find no RNA on 11780, nor on other frequency 6180 (but a JBA carrier there at 2257: Aoki shows that would be CRI Kunming between Chinese and Cantonese hours). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. FINALLY! I happen to be recording KFOR-27 at 1600 UT November 19 just after Preet the Mess, when they flash their translator ID card for a hefty 4 seconds, so I freeze-frame it and copy the details. I`ve also snapped a still photo of it:
Unfortunately it`s on cable feed cutting off the edges, so I have to look up the towns in W9Wi.com to be sure they are correct. That makes it easy to add the channel for each, and in many cases
[+ additional KFOR relays shown in each town, as LIC, CP or APP]:
K43KU-D SEILING [+ 19 , 47 , 19 , 43 , 47 ]
K31JQ-D WOODWARD [+ 38 , 38 ]
K20BR-D GAGE, etc. --- listed instead for substation KAUT with KFOR
Gage on K16DX !
K17ID-D CHEROKEE & ALVA [+ 16 and 20 ]
K40JP-D SAYRE [+ 40 ]
K23IZ-D STRONG CITY*
K45JZ-D ELK CITY [+ 45 ]
*``Strong City``? A negligible hamlet of 47, 2010 census, just NE of Cheyenne, not even in atlas index except the Rand McNally Large Scale, but it`s significant for weak TV translators! (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [non]. 7730 // 5850, both VG, Mon Nov 20 at 0712, James Branum on `Broad Spectrum Radio` via WRMI, talking about draft resistance in World War I, especially in Oklahoma, and the centennial of the Green Corn Rebellion with a song about it. E.g., see:
This is a repeat of last week`s surprise monthly show, the first half of which I had not heard. Meanwhile James Branum explains that the next new BSR is to air during this hour on Dec 11 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1904 monitoring: Ivo Ivanov reports:
``GERMANY Reception of World of Radio on 9485-CUSB via HLR, Nov 19
1131-1200 9485 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English Sun, weak/fair``
9330-CUSB, Nov 20 at 0030, NO signal detectable from WBCQ at WOR scheduled time. I`ve asked WBCQ again about the status of this and suggested that for winter propagation, 3265 should replace 9330.
Confirmed UT Monday Nov 20 starting at 0402 on Area 51 webcast; WBCQ 5129.832 has good S9+10 signal but not checked until 0436 during HRI. It appears Timtron`s tuning up this transmitter helped a lot!
WOR 1904 also confirmed UT Mon Nov 20 at 0436 on WRMI 9955, S9+10/20 so not necessary to check webcast. Next:
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW [maybe]
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW, 7780 to NE [or new #1905?]
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17775, Mon Nov 20 at 1508 tune-in, KVOH carrier cuts off immediately, back on, somewhat distorted modulation, leyendo una escritura, unstable carrier, S9+30 with some splatter when on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** UZBEKISTAN. 7625, Nov 20 at 1419, JBA carrier. EiBi shows the only 7625 station anywhen is CMI Voice of Wilderness, for N Korea at 1330-1530 via Tashkent. CMI means Cornerstone Ministries International based in Tustin, California; WRTH 2017 files it in the COTB sexion, page 513 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 5030(-), Nov 20 at 1412, JBA carrier, a smidgin on the low side compared to 5025, even weaker than that remnant of Cuba. By this late hour, most Asians on 60m are almost gone, such as 4885, 4800. 5030 is intriguing, as current HFCC, Aoki and EiBi show nothing whatsoever on it at any time (Tonga reactivated? Hi hi. 1991 WRTH for 5030 had China, Malaysia, Tonga, and nearby Ecuador, PerÃ) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1751 UT November 20