Hard-Core-DX.com: Glenn Hauser logs November 23, 2017

Glenn Hauser logs November 23, 2017

Friday, November 24 2017

** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Nov 23 at 0534, Radio Biafra Broadcasting from London, via WRMI is back on as usual, despite the previous transmission Nov 22 at 19-20 having been off the air. Fair with music at the moment, and stronger than VP other WRMIBS 11580. // 7240 via FRANCE is a JBA carrier. 11530 after 0600 again fills an hour with BS, and from 0700 switches to Radio Herwa International --- continued at NIGERIA [non].

11530, Nov 23 at 1930 check, R. Biafra is back on today via WRMI after missing yesterday during this hour, with music, 1930 ID and text number. 1932 introduces a ``very important announcement``, over to the OM with very heavy accent in English, about mourning for a ``great son of Biafra`` who has died, was VP of Nigeria 1979-1982. 1956 sign-off announcement, clueless YL blows the ``numbers`` again, claiming ``724`` and 11530 are in use for both morning and evening broadcasts, while at 19-20 the second channel is really 9580, JBA carrier here, which she never mentions. Wolfgang BÃschel has concluded it`s Issoudun at 170 degrees, just like 7240 at 05, but there is no confirmation of this in HFCC or from WRMI. 11530 cuts off the air about 2000* when the WRMI ID is almost finished (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, Nov 23 at 1600, RHC signing off all but 11760 for the next trihour, and except for the now four FM 24h frequencies. The new one I can now copy as: 89.1 in provincia de Cienfuegos. The WTFDA FM Database has only one 89.1 in Cuba, Radio TaÃno in HolguÃn. Jim Thomas, editor of the DB, is trying to find out exactly where in Cienfuegos it be, if not the city of the same name; may try asking Arnie (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 11530, Nov 23 at 0700, WRMI which started at 0500 with Biafra [non, q.v.], 0600 with BS, now Radio Herwa International, still has VG signal in Hausa, and around 0720 sounds like another language which would be Kanuri. Lots of brief announcements and music alternating, much like Biafra. See my previous report for identity, background of this new service. // 13710 via France is inaudible here. Bill Bingham says both African services on 11530 provide insufficient signals into RSA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


** TURKEY. 12035, Nov 23 at 1418, Turkish music, poor at tail of VOT English service, back on air successfully today, after missing 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1905 monitoring: confirmed Thursday November 23 at 2230.5 on WRMI, 5850, VG. This frequency did not cut on air until 2229.5 with S9+20 carrier; 2230.0 the `Okeechobee River`` song ID before WOR. Certain same versions of the WRMI IDs always play at the same time from week to week. Next:

[note: 9330 broadcasts have been barely- to inaudible due to low power and/or propagation; and/or absence?]

Fri 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0729 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531 HLR 7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW, 7780 to NE [or #1906?]

Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:

** U S A. 7780, Thu Nov 23 at 2052, this WRMI has broken away from The Overkiller to become // 9455 and // 11580 during VORW, which starts at 2000. Have not been checking 7780 every day between 20 and 21, but so far the only other variation known is WORLD OF RADIO Tuesdays at 2030, otherwise BS still heard. At 2100 today, 7780 resumes BS // 11825 et al.

Overkiller: AFAIK I am the only one who has pinned this nickname on R.G. For non-native speakers I should explain once, that this has nothing to do with killing or murder --- he`s probably not that evil. The term ``overkill`` merely implies excessiveness, i.e. I mean employing far more transmitters and frequencies than necessary. Come to think of it, his prophecies are also overkill. Another English lesson: prophecy (PRA-fuh-see) = noun; prophesy (PRA-fuh-sigh) = verb (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) WRMI: See also BIAFRA [non], NIGERIA [non]

** U S A. 9395, Thu Nov 23 at 2142, the WRMI Oldies channel is playing a romantic song in German, and then another! Hardly fits the format. On a jaunt into the country, I keep listening continuously on the caradio. 2150, more like it, ``Whiter Shade of Pale``; 2154 a quick jingle/announcement I can`t copy vs the music talker, but it doesn`t seem to be anything about Oldies.

Unusually, there is NO break at 2200 for a WRMI or program ID, just keeps playing amid a song, and like so much rock, I can`t make out the lyrix or even be certain this one is in English, but all of them are in romantic vein; and now after 2200, 9455 has rejoined // 9395 after its hour substituting for program variety of suspended 15770. Another uncopiable announcement at 2212; 2216 ``Nights in White Satin`` by Moody Blues. During this entire span there was no break for VOA News either, nor promo/announcements by Bob Biermann. So I am wondering if WRMI has diversified this channel beyond mere Oldies in English, from some other source? Or maybe a holiday diversion? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. LANGUAGE LESSONS: I often listen to `The World` weekdays at 20-21 UT via 91.7 KOSU Stillwater. Especially recommended is most of the program for TG Day Nov 23, from their podcast, `The World in Words``, exploring where the boundary lie between dialects and languages, examples being Danish/Norwegian/Swedish, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (never mind Montenegrin). Fuzzy like red to orange. Hear it here:
`The World` is a prime public radio program which ought to be on SW, as I have suggested to Jeff White (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** YEMEN [non]. 11860, UT Thu Nov 23 at 1420, Republic of Yemen Radio, presumably via SAUDI ARABIA, long path, is good S9+10 to S9 with Qur`an, for quite a while, 1440 into spoken preaching. No doubt due to the Fribbath which is underway from sunset in Sana`a at 1430. By 1500 it`s much weaker, site change or just fade? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR. 11735, Nov 23 at 2059, ZBC with nice ME music, soon to announcement, interrupted by cutoff at 2059:50* or so. It had attained S9-S7, seldom this good earlier, especially for the Spice FM English news somedays at 1800 or even the music when checked around 2000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [non]. 5030, re my ``intriguing JBA carrier`` here, never mind: Nov 23 at 1410 it`s more than JBA, with some modulation I can match to my closest local, 1390 KCRC, and mixing with something else. But I can`t figure out the math to land on 5030 by combining with my other local 960 KGWA, nor any likely very strong SW signal. It may be external rather than receiver-produced, since it does not go away when I turn off the R75 preamps (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0018 UT November 24