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Mon morn DX  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, August 31 2010

Cland, 6297.06, National Radio of Sahara AD, 0745-0800
The WRTH says this is coming from Rabouni, Algeria.
Noted poliltical type speeches by a female and other
comments by a male in Arabic. Near the end of the
hour, popular music was presented. Signal was fair.
On the hour ID followed by National Anthem type
music then off the air. (Chuck Bolland, August 30,

Clandistine, 5897.98, 0803-11+ Noted a female in 5
figure Spanish groups. For example
6.886 40.50 300.. 5.583 ...4 6652. 505.6 0600. 02106
12530 9.6..1 5.01. 06025 2.... Signal
was fair with crashes knocking a holes in the copy.
The message is rather long, still
going on at 0810. At 0815 the female repeats the
message. (Chuck Bolland, August 30, 2010)

26.37N 081.05W


Sat Eve Dx  View Printable Version 
Sunday, August 29 2010

Peru, 3329.61, Radio Ondas del Huallaga, 2340-2359,
Noted a person in Spanish language comments.
This is followed with Huaynos type music which
continues until 2354. At that time noted some
comments. Signal was poor with QRM from a utility
station which was SSB and also from CHU.
(Chuck Bolland, August 28, 2010)

South Africa, 3320, Radui Sonder Grense, 2357-0015
Noted two people in Africaans language comments
for a minute, then music presented. Signal was fair
this evening. (Chuck Bolland, August 28, 2010)

27.37N 081.05W


Brazil 11805 reactivated  View Printable Version 
Friday, August 27 2010

11805 SRDA (Super Rádio Deus é Amor), Rio de Janeiro, 2140UT, August
25, reactivated. Week signal heard here in the middle of Europe but
clearly in parallel to 11765kHz. Exact frequency: 11804.99kHz. "A
Voz do Brasil" relay at 2200 but covered by VoA. This frequency (ex
Radio Globo) was inactive for about one year(?). Have been trying it
many times but not even a carrier detected...
(Karel Honzik, CZE)


Fw: Story in Today's "New Zealand Herald"  View Printable Version 
Monday, August 23 2010


Story in Today's "New Zealand Herald"


Fiji democracy group planning pirate radio
By Roger Maynard

In a move inspired by pirate radio stations of the 1960s, political
activists in the South Pacific are planning to position a Dutch-registered
merchant vessel in international waters off the coast of Fiji to defy
censors in the military dictatorship.

Opponents of the coup leader and self-appointed Prime Minister, Commodore
Frank Bainimarama, hope to have the station broadcasting news and interviews
by the end of next month to circumvent draconian media laws imposed on
press, radio and television.

Since taking power in a military coup in December 2006, Fiji's strongman has
slowly eaten away at the country's democratic freedoms, installing newsroom
censors and cracking down on foreign media ownership.

Newspapers and radio stations now have to be 90 per cent locally owned, a
stipulation that will almost certainly see the closure of the 140-year-old
Fiji Times.

The popular title, which has been owned by News Ltd since 1987, has been
emasculated since the censors moved in to demand the removal of any
anti-government stories.

With most of the population too poor to access the internet or satellite
television, most Fijians rely on the press and transistor radios for their
news. That is why Usaia Waqatairewa of the Fiji Democracy Movement has opted
for pirate broadcasting.

Now exiled in Australia, he plans to stream live programming to the ship
from a Sydney newsroom and rebroadcast the material from a transmitter on
the AM waveband.
"The basic purpose is to inform the public of what's really happening in
Fiji so they can make an informed decision about whether to support
Bainimarama or not," he said.

Even the phones no longer guarantee confidentiality since the Government
ordered mobile and landline users to register all their personal details.
One local carrier, Vodafone, is also demanding that customers provide a
left-hand thumb print and PIN, which the user would normally keep secret.

The head of the Justice Ministry, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, claims the compulsory
registration of all phones is the result of a spate of bomb threats and
bogus calls. Critics suggest it is more to do with the interim Government
wanting to create a database of callers whose views do not correspond with
the regime's.

Telephone paranoia even extends to some tourists. A German businessman who
used his satellite phone in a restaurant recently was reported to the
police, who promptly raided his hotel room. He left the country in disgust
shortly afterwards.

So far, such stories have not damaged tourism, which is one of the few
Fijian industries still booming. A devalued currency and a strong Australian
dollar have made Fiji a bargain destination for overseas holidaymakers.

But while the tourists are still heading to Fiji, businesses are pulling
out. Australia's Commonwealth Bank has sold its Fijian arm, and Qantas is
trying to sell its 46 per cent stake in Fiji's national airline, Air
Pacific. Despite these economic warning signals, Commodore Bainimarama
remains determined to do things his way. He has promised to go to the
country in 2014 but as he has repeatedly postponed his general election
plans, few believe he will keep his word.

And if an application for a loan of more than $ 700 million from the IMF
fails, "the country's economic outlook will be shocking", says Anthony
Bergin of the Australian Strategic Policy Unit.

Fiji has had four coups in the past two decades and is facing an economic
crisis that threatens to bring more instability to the 800,000 people who
inhabit this sprawling archipelago.

And there are concerns about human rights as Commodore Frank Bainimarama
cracks down on those who oppose his dictatorship.

In a rare interview aired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation last
month, the military leader said "we'll need to shut some people up" before
the country can return to democracy. "I don't trust the people," declared
the Prime Minister, adding that he was none too happy about politicians or
the judiciary, either.

After silencing the powerful Methodist Church and the chiefs who are the
traditional rulers of this fiercely patriotic nation, Commodore Bainimarama
sacked many judges.

Suspended from the Commonwealth, Fiji risks becoming a pariah in the region.

The Prime Minister also recently expelled Australia's acting high
commissioner to Fiji.

The reforms he talks about strike at the heart of Fiji's racially divided
society. For many years, about half the population was of Indian origin,
descendants of indentured labourers brought to Fiji in the 19th century to
help in the sugar industry. Faced with eviction from their farms after their
leases expired, thousands of Indians have sought refuge overseas while many
of those unable to leave have ended up in squatter camps.

When Commodore Bainimarama seized power he promised a fairer society, with
legislation designed to protect the interests of the Indian community. But
unemployment, poverty and fear have created a society whose people are often
too scared to talk.

- Independent

By Roger Maynard (Aug 23)


Tajikistan, North Korea, India, Clandestine  View Printable Version 
Sunday, August 22 2010

TAJIKISTAN 4765.05 Tajik R. (pres.) 0018 Subcontinental mx w/vcl by W
and M. Studio W anncr briefly at 0022 in lang., no doubt Tajik, then back
to mx w/haunting flutes and M vcl, more Middle-eastern sounding than
Subcontinental. Start of song w/more flutes at 0027 and tlk by same W
anncr. Mx w/W vcl and male chorus again, Subcont. in style at 0029 and
running over BoH. W returned at 0034, flute mx bridge, then more anmnts, and
then Subcont. Pop-like song not really fitting in the format. Gradually
fading towards 0100. Nice grayline reception this time of year here, and
peaking around 0025 w/around 75% readability. Surprised to find this. Will
have to wait until late November for the best opportunity to hear their EG
xmsns on 7245 at 1300 when its near grayline, and hope the Auroral zone
doesn't suck up the signal. (17 August)

INDIA 4800 AIR Hyderabad Noted IS clearly at 0020. IS also hrd same
time on 5010 Thiru. A decent Indian evening. (17 August)

NORTH KOREA 2850 Korean Central BS 1022-1030, usual state-approved vcl
mx. NA at BoH, then M anncr in KR. 3320 also coming in. 4450 AINDF/KCBS
strongest of the Koreans. However there was another stn mixing in equally
as strong playing soft vcl mx while KCBS had tlk by W at 1038. (21 August)

CLANDESTINE 6600 V. O. the People Cutting through the jamming at 1030,
//3912 which was best. (21 August)

CLANDESTINE 3985 and 6348 Echo of Hope Both jammed so much that I
couldn't tell if the freqs were //, at 1040. (21 August)

NORTH KOREA 11710 V.O. Korea Strong in EG at 1046, and on freq too.
(21 August)

NORTH KOREA 7200.01 V.O. Korea NA at 1048. Signal stayed on but there
was another signal underneath w/mx then M anncr at 1056 and signal off. (21

Just want to mention that with the Koreans coming in better than usual this
morning, there's a perfect grayline at 1030 at this time of year. (21

Best DX and 73!!



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