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Glenn Hauser logs November 22-23, 2017  View Printable Version 
Thursday, November 23 2017

** BOTSWANA. 4930, Nov 23 at 0102, VP signal amid recognizable VOA News, M&W alternating, mostly not quite readable, then ECSS helps a bit, 0104 about the Lebanese PM unresigning; ``that`s the latest news from V-O-A!! 0105 right back to the ``best music``, which no doubt Central Africans will be eager to hear at 3:05 am. So this VOA relay is still on expanded schedule, perhaps 24 hours, in honor of Zimbabwe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, Nov 22 at 2053, poor S6-S2, M&W talk in Brazuguese, so now I`m sure I too have heard reactivated RNA. Seems to be limited to irregular daytime hours only, and very low power, nowhere near the 250 kW it originally ran 24 hours. Nothing from it audible now or later on 6180 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 1610, UT Thu Nov 23 at 0117 UT, M&W discussion in English but the M has an accent, French Canadian? Fades completely out and back in. Topic at 0124 UT is sundials, and how they would be counterclockwise if invented in southern hemisphere; 0125 UT music up and comments about UN Human Rights vs Duterte, etc. Never heard any local references, but surely CHHA, VocesLatinas, Toronto, and in fact its year+ old sked shows this Wednesday 8-9 pm ET hour is some of its token English, `Urban Definition`
Still no sign of Anguilla (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEWFOUNDLAND [and non]. CANADA, 2749-USB, Nov 23 at 0109, French YL weather, for vendredi, samedi, S7 vs noise level of S6. Canadian Coast Guard schedules at
show the closest preceding start time is 0040 UT from VCO Sydney NS via Port Caledonia site, but nothing about anything non-English.

2598-USB, Nov 23 at 0111, YL with weather here is even weaker, but seems English and more synthetic. Same sked shows VOK Labrador via St Anthony, Newfoundland site, just started at 0107 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15570, Nov 22 at 2057, S9+30 of dead air, obviously VOA Greenville B warming up prior to its only hour on 15580; 10 below to avoid collision with VOA Botswana until 2100 which until then achieves only a JBA carrier here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7565, Nov 23 at 0228, JBA carrier, easily missed in the splash of 7570 WRMIBS if you aren`t looking for it with BFO on LSB. I am, since I just noted IS from Vatican relay in Spanish via Greenville, violating Separation of Church and State, on 7305. In the past this has produced a leapfrog mixing product with adjacent transmitter/antenna carrying Radio Martà at the time, and now that frequency is 7435, halfway between 7565 and 7305. On two radios, one in each ear, with offset BFO, I hear both 7305 and 7565 go off at the same time, 0231*, confirming this expectation. Last year I had several reports on 7425, when the fulcrum was 7365 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1905 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday November 22 at 2200 on WBCQ, 7490, fair-good. Not confirmed UT Thu Nov 23 at 0030 on WBCQ, 9330v-CUSB --- no signal audible on any of my receivers, but may still be on at very low power and very poor propagation; neighbors: 9370 WWRBS S9+25, 9395 WRMIBS S9+5/20, 9265 WINB S6-S2 in Spanish. 7489.95 other WBCQ, good. Next:
Thu 2230 WRMI 5850 to NW
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 [and non]. Nov 22 at 1816 UT, I posted this to the DXLD yg:


Let`s take a look at the latest HFCC Nov 22 for RMI registrations via ISS, with azimuths, not yet active or accounted for, but available:

Check 11530 before 19 and after 20 for possible evening broadcast of Radio Herwa, altho not registered, and the first two here, unless it was already at 1600 on 17765:

9610, 1900-2000, 207, English
11795, 1900-2000, 169, multi

13740, 0730-0830, 170, Hausa
15440, 0730-0830, 170, Hausa
15450, 1730-1800, 125, Oromo
17765, 1600-1700, 170, Hausa

9580 is still not registered, except unused for WRMI itself at 0900-2100

And one more from WRMI itself:
9840, 0600-0800, 87, English``

I was soon out to lunch, but checked on the caradio and a portable. Not even 11530 WRMI was on this day, Nov 22 at several chex between 19 and 20! Does this mean R. Biafra BCFL is done for? Has its purpose been served to disseminate disinformation about the Anambra State elexion, as some suggest? We`ll see; it`s missed a broadcast day before, but resumed.

Also between 19 and 20, nothing on 9610 or 11795; nor did Bill Bingham in RSA hear anything.

Next times to monitor 11530, Nov 23, whether it`s like last night?
0500-0600 Biafra
0600-0700 Brother HyStairical
0700-0730 Radio Herwa International

Also please check the other times and frequencies above, in case RMI start another relay without notice (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9455, Wed Nov 22 at 2106, tune in WRMI with FG Radio`s `Travel Gazette` ---- yes, it`s the same hoary old show as always, apparently running since April as well as 7 hours earlier today on 9955, e.g. ``Come & Get It`` song and 2109 about the EZ-Jet website. As scheduled Wed 2100-2115 at http://www.tinyurl.com/WRMIfqs --- which continues to exhibit the wrong frequency for this hour, the suspended 15770 whose antenna was destroyed. It was already // 9455 and now only the // continues altho not shown as such (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9980, Nov 22 at 2059, WWCR VG S9+45 with steel drum IS, part of announcement, I thought sign-off, but apparently sign-on; 2100 another ID, hum and ad for gold & silver, 2102 Fanfare for Common Man theme, and `Financial Survival` pushing ``discounts`` on gold and silver to those foolish enough to bite. Hostess says they`ll be playing music instead tomorrow on TG Day, and a rerun the next day --- unless there is important breaking financial news, requiring going live.

This show has also been on WBCQ 7490 at same time, but not today, continuous rock music instead. Its repeat at 0400 UT, was also missing from 7490 when I checked Nov 18, instead Brother Scare, so has it been cancelled on/by WBCQ? No, recheck at 2155, now F.S. is running a few seconds behind 9980; WBCQ apparently had a feed pickup problem.

As for 9980, the significance of that is, the sked shows it`s WWCR-4 transmitter, the one which has been AWOL for a couple days. Supposedly it runs all the way from 13 to 24 UT (most of it before 21 Brother MoleStair), so maybe I just caught its reactivation starting at 2059? A time when there would normally be no IS and frequency/change/sign/on/off announcement.

7520, Nov 23 at 0052, WWCR-4 also reactivated here, pushing gold; same show? VG signal. 6115, between 0158+ and 0159+, WWCR-1 signs off for move to 3215, and WWCR-4 signs on after about a semi-minute pause, and 0200 joins hummy GCN, into ``this is war`` on `A Call to Decision` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, Nov 23 at 0156, WTWW-2 is on with ``Silent Night`` --- here we go, as it`s UT Thanksgiving, time to start running Xmasmx into the ground, as Ted`s WTWW does holidalyly. Was not on yet when I tuned across circa 0100. Now accompanied as always by weak parasitic spurs about 5072.1 and 5097.9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7470, Nov 23 at 0152 and 0226 chex, JBA carrier, suspected Station YHWH as nothing legal listed; those who get him better (in the west) should try (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0438 UT November 23


Glenn Hauser logs November 22, 2017  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, November 22 2017

** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Nov 22 at 0533, WRMI with R. Biafra, VG S9+20 back to OK, and how well to Nigeria?? Another devotional/prayer in English, something about ``Radio Biafra, dedicated to Jesus Christ, amen``. // 7240 via FRANCE is JBA as usual; still I try to determine the delay because they are not synchronized; as music and talk alternate on 11530, sometimes the opposite is audible on 7240. At 0557, 11530 goes to WRMI music fill, and 7240 goes to dead air. (But that`s not all on 11530 now! See NIGERIA [non].)

Thorsten Hallmann, Germany, replies to my last report: ``No such sound noted on 9580 Nov 20 or 21. But "Anambra State elexion [...] legitimate" is also the only content I could make out (except frequency announcements and announcements stressing the station was broadcasting from London, slowly read) on Nov 20. Maybe that's the main point of these broadcasts.``

To which Kai Ludwig, Germany, replies: ``Or at least what prompted this project. The publications from the Igbo side are also completely swamped with "Anambra State elexion illegitimate, everyone stayed home", etc., etc.

Must be something of big significance for those in Nigeria, while no one outside takes notice at all. At least not a single hit on the BBC websites.

But instead I found something related to the fact that all these media activities use the universal language BSE (bad simple English):

"Nkem wants to know why he was never taught Igbo as a child and why the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, has warned that Igbo faces extinction in the next fifty years." Kai Ludwig`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 5980, Nov 22 at 1228, R. Martà music with no jamming; while 6030 at same time has wall-of-noise jamming against nothing, since the second RM frequency this hour is: 7435, good over jamming at 1245 with bÃisbol news. The incompetent DentroCuban Jamming Command still hasn`t synchronized with the true schedule of RM, which is no secret and not subject to any anti-jamming abrupt shifts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS [non]. 9955, Nov 22 at 1401, FG Radio`s ``Travel Gazette`` via WRMI, once AGAIN replaying the old-old episode heard countless times before (since April?), the earnest announcer talking about all the big news ``this week``! Such as banning laptops on airlines, crime in the Caribbean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 7555.657, Nov 22 at 1242, S8-S5 carrier, JB modulated? This is AIR`s always-way-off-frequency and variable Delhi transmitter often logged by Ron Howard, during Tibetan service, but apparently escaping ChiCom jamming unlike its // 9575 & 11620 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11780v, Nov 22 at 1411, song amid humroar on transmitter. EiBi and Aoki show it must be this: AIR Khampur site in Sinhala to Sri Lanka at 1300-1500. I suppose sporadically low-power reactivated RNA BRAZIL could be under there too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 9500, Nov 22 at 1253, VIRI piano IS, brief announcement, NA, 1254 Qur`an, poor S8-S5 with flutter. It`s opening a sesquihour in Urdu via Sirjan site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [and non]. 9749.812, Nov 22 at 1256, someone is way off-frequency here, VP with weaker het from 9750.0. Aoki and EiBi show three ``9750`` occupants at this time: Kuwait, R. Japan and PBS Nei Menggu, China. Ivo Ivanov had the answer:

``Good signal of MOI Radio Kuwait General Service in AM mode on Nov 2
1100-1600 9749.8*KBD 250 kW / 286 deg NEAf Arabic Gen Sce, instead of
1015-1600 11629.8 KBD 250 kW / 230 deg CeAf Arabic Holy Quran on Nov 1
*1100-1500 9750.0 YAM 300 kW / 290 deg EaAs Japanese R Japan NHK World`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 4146-USB, Nov 22 at 1239, very weak marine weather in English, single digits frequently mentioned. EiBi shows it`s ZLM, Taupo Maritime Radio, at 1233-1305 among several other broadcasts. Frequency is shared with VMT Hobart Radio Wx, Australia: our best chance for that is 0903-0918. Also shared with two Uruguayan stations, should one hear Spanish, and some of those times overlap (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 6089.943, Nov 22 at 0536, carrier at S9-S7, seems dead air or maybe JB modulated from FRCN Kaduna. Still so at 0555. At least there is not enough modulation to rate it as distorted. Wolfgang BÃschel had last reported good mod (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 11530, after hearing R. Biafra via WRMI again until 0557 Nov 22, I assumed it went off as usual, but rechecked at 0649, Brother Scare is S9+10/20 on 11530, slightly better than // 11580 at S9 to S9+10, and // 9955, 7780, 7570, 5850 too. What`s next?

11530, Nov 22 at 0700, WRMI in another language, soon obviously Hausa as mentioned, and Nigeria, ID as ``Radio --- something --- International``; news about Zimbabwe. Nothing on 7240 audible now but 11530 is peaking to S9+30! 0706 music; 0708 horn fanfare and IDs again, name sounds like Harao, or Harowai. Schedule announcement mentions kHz twice so there is probably another frequency. Unlike Biafra, this is heavily produced with continuous music, either songs alone or quite a variety of African music behind the talk, most of which is also infected with reverb. Not a word of English on this one either. Next mention sounds like Eherowah. One Hausa word is frequently uttered thrice, ``tara``.

So WRMI has more COTB business (WRTH parlance: Clandestine and Other Target Broadcasts). This must be a brand-new one as the name is not anything familiar. Don`t know how long this transmission is, as I need to QRT! Brother Scare must have just been filling the hour in between.

Reawakening, I find Ivo Ivanov already has this info on it as of 0828:
``New transmission to Nigeria: Radio Inherua International, Nov 22:``
0700-0730 11530 YFR 100 kW / 087 deg WeAf Hausa/Kanuri WRMI tx10, poor
0700-0730 13710 ISS 100 kW / 170 deg WeAf Hausa/Kanuri TDF, very good:
Videos later today``

Google search gets only one significant hit on the name, i.e. Ivo`s YouTube where 13710 is much better than 11530:

Both morning frequencies are also in Aoki as Radio Inherua International starting today, but I wonder how either of them can be sure of the name, as there are no other significant hits on it? Would it also have an evening broadcast? None in Aoki.

Let`s try Google translate: no Kanuri, but from Hausa it means ``Inherited``. And tara means nine.

Guess what: on a WRMI server, the name is spelt: RADIO HERWA. But Google can`t translate that.

Searching on Radio Herwa gets nowhere (until it reaches this very post) but the word Herwa leads to something likely related since it`s about Nigeria and explains the Kanuri connexion:

``Countering extremism in Kawar Maila
Supporting womenâs leadership in promoting rights, peace and human security
Reducing stigma against those affected by Boko Haram
Supporting vulnerable communities and conflict-sensitive reintegration in northeast Nigeria`` and further linx to own website in English:
Nothing mentioned yet about radio among their ``projects``

** OKLAHOMA. RF 13, 13-2, OETA OKLA subchannel like all PBS stations faced with the abrupt cancellation like a hot potato of Charlie Rose (OMG; who`s next??), scrambles to fill his time: Nov 21 at 0400, and 1800 UT, it`s another repeat of `Antiques Road Show`; but Nov 22 at 0400, Tavis Smiley instead, and OETA Cherokee produxion `OSIYO` at 0430; but Tavis Smiley again at 0500 UT! A different episode? The latter with Salman Rushdie.

The OETA online and onscreen skeds hadn`t kept up, planned many weeks in advance. Finally on Nov 22, website shows Tavis not only at 1730 UT but again at 1800, and 1830 a repeat of `Market to Market`. For 0400-0530 UT Nov 23: Tavis, Market to Market, and more Tavis.

Hope PBS come up with another, untainted ``Charlie Rose`` for in-depth hourlong discussions, which we often benefited from, politix, arts, sciences, not including those with rappers and actors we never heard of. Parts or all of the CR hour were often done by substitutes, so there is no shortage of good interviewers ``at some other table``.

Come to think of it, did Charlie`s topix in the last weeks ever deal with sexual predation by his predecessors? Not that I recall (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Nov 22 at 1247, JBA carrier already detectable from R. Hargeisa, about 2 hours before its sunset at 1439, so plenty long path propagation already (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 9390, Nov 22 at 1249, HSK9 Radio Thailand with good newscast in English, about North Korea; Aussie has to resign from Senate after discovering is a British citizen, not allowed even if dual; fair with flutter, and LSB necessary to escape 9390 WRMI (another English this semihour from 1230, Bangladesh on 15105, is not making it here unlike further east) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 12035, Nov 22 at 1405 and later, no signal, not even a JBA carrier from VOT in English. Propagation seems OK with lots of other signals on band. Either off, or more likely another error running on wrong frequency. No schedule handy to look around for it, but checking EiBi later, sked until 1330 was 15270 in German, a likely candidate probably on same antenna; also 11965 in Turkmen. After 1400 other languages on 15390, 13685, 11815, 9410 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1905 monitoring: confirmed the Wed Nov 22 at 1030 on WRMI, when I happen to awaken at 1056, S9+10 on 9455, S9+20/30 on 5850. Also confirmed Wed Nov 22 at 1415 on WRMI 9955, fair with no jamming, but the usual ACI problems. Next:
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490 to WSW
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Thu 2230 WRMI 5850 to NW
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?]

** U S A. 5890, Nov 22 at 0651 check, WWCR-4 continues to be off the air, no BS here; 9980 also AWOL at 1403 Nov 22 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9309.6-LSB, Nov 22 at 0655, 2-way in colloquial Spanish, very weak (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1710 UT November 22


Glenn Hauser logs November 20-21-22, 2017  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, November 22 2017

** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Nov 20 at 1904, R. Biafra Broadcasting from London, good via WRMI, with a prayer in presumed Igbo language, ends with ``amen``. But there was a problem, as I wrote Jeff White later:

``Hi Jeff, I listened to the early part of Radio Biafra today after 19 UT on 11530. FYI there was an irregular ``chuffing`` sound averaging about 2 times per second. This was heard first on my car radio, but not heard on other frequencies, and also heard on this frequency when I checked on a portable radio outside the car (11580 and 11825 were not doing it). So apparently a problem with the 11530 transmitter; which XMTR # is it, by the way? Still does not show on your schedule grid for either transmission. 73, Glenn`` (No reply.)

A quick check at 1900 UT Nov 21 finds 11530 OK without the chuffing.
But I`m busy recording WORLD OF RADIO Tuesday afternoon, so later I find Biafra show on a WRMI server, under a different name, and listen to the opening via that. Now there appears to be a regular invocation a few minutes after start, in Igbo, guy mentioning Jehova, Jesus Christ, and concluding with Amen. Apparently Biafran = Christian, or else. Then the now-head of IPOB endorses in English the Anambra State elexion Nov 18, which he concludes was legitimate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOTSWANA. 4930, Nov 22 at 0005, JBA carrier, also at 0220, presumed VOA African service relay in English. After my previous report of that Nov 19 around 0230, ahead of normal *0300, Ron Howard suggested that VOA could have expanded to 24 hours due to the crisis in Zimbabwe. Wolfgang BÃschel agreed with a schedule of 23 or 24 hours on this frequency and also MW 909. That`s nice, but most VOA programming is disposable music filler, beyond news on the hour, as Mark Taylor, WI, NASWA Flashsheet was also hearing as early as 0205 as early as November 17.

If the crisis is now over with the resignation of Mugabe, perhaps VOA will contract again. But not yet. There are other changes/extensions, as Alan Roe, Teddington, England, UK, reported:

``USA. 21 November at 2000 UT - VoA is broadcasting a special programme concerning Zimbabwe in a local language on 6195 kHz via Botswana in place of usual African Beat English programming``

** EAST TURKISTAN. 5060 & 4980 & 4850 & 4500, Nov 21 at 2357, JBA carriers, surely the four different language services of PBS Xinjiang, Urumqi, grayline. There are several other JBA carriers on 60m matching Tibetan, Indian or Chinese stations, but this quartet all add up to nothing but Xinjiang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [and non]. 5980, Nov 21 at 2251, JBA carrier, which is probably Radio Chaski during its hour in the clear; overcome at *2257 by much stronger AM carrier from Romania, this time switching to contrary-to-schedule DRM noise after a few seconds, rather than waiting until 2300 or later. Can no longer make out Chaski carrier underneath it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 5960, Nov 21 at 2300, VOT English to North America is poor-fair but I can tell that the clueless announcer (or his recording) is still announcing A-17 times and frequencies for English, all of which are now wrong in B-17 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1904 monitoring: Not confirmed UT Tue Nov 21 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB: no signal (meanwhile 7490 is OK, nothing on 5130 or 3265; 9395 WRMI is fair). But confirmed UT Tue Nov 21 at 0030 on WRMI 7730, VG. Also confirmed Tue Nov 21 at 2030 on WRMI 11580 better than // 9455 better than // 7780.

[and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1905 contents: Afghanistan non, Armenia, Bahrain, Biafra non, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia and non, Chile and non, Cuba, Cyprus non, Eritrea and non, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, North America, Oman, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia and non, Solomon Islands, Somaliland and non, Sri Lanka, USA, Zimbabwe, unidentified; and the propagation outlook

WORLD OF RADIO 1905 monitoring: confirmed first airing completed just a few minutes earlier, Tuesday November 21 at 2130 on WRMI, 9455, good. Trying to confirm next chance, UT Wednesday November 22 at 0030 on WBCQ, 9330v-CUSB: first on the R75, I only get a JBA carrier on about 9328.19, as I have before, but apparently this is from a local device, to which this radio is closest. At 0032 on the PL-880 on the porch, I can recognize me JBA about 9329.9. Then at 0035 on the NRD545 I can also hear me about 9329.99, but not well enough to recognize whether it`s new #1905, but probably. So WBCQ is transmitting, just extremely weakly, still such a trace at 0048. Meanwhile neighbors are much better: 9395 WRMIBS at S9+20; 9370 WWRBS at S9+25; even 9265 WINB is S9. And the other WBCQ, 7489.95, is S8. Next:

Wed 1030 WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1315 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490 to WSW
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Thu 2230 WRMI 5850 to NW
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 1905?]

** U S A. 5830, Nov 21 at 0716, no signal from WTWW-1, but a very poor carrier on 9475, probably this, forsaken by Ted on its day frequency all night.

BTW, neighborhood continuous line noise has erupted, reaching S9 around 5.8 MHz. And no one even has Xmas decorations up yet, that I can see (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7520, Nov 22 at 0047, no signal from WWCR-4 scheduled here at 0000-0200, after 9980, and before 6115. The other three are found on 5935, 6115 (not yet on 4 or 3 MHz), and surprisingly well with DGS on 13845, which must be getting a sporadic-E boost. Tnx to a tip from Peter W Hansen, FL, at 0225 UT Nov 21, to the DXLD yg: ``Last night WWCR-4 was not on 6115; tonight it has not been on 7520, 6115 or 5890``

Also the next night, Nov 22 at 0205, 6115 is not on altho had logged it some nights before, after the swap from WWCR-1 to WWCR-4 at 0200 for one more hour. So it appears #4 is out of order (or it has suddenly lost a lot of business). The entire website schedule for it, in case its other frequencies also lack:

Transmitter #4 - 100 KW - 90 Degrees
12:00 AM-07:00 AM 0600-1300 5890
07:00 AM-06:00 PM 1300-0000 9980
06:00 PM-08:00 PM 0000-0200 7520
08:00 PM-09:00 PM 0200-0300 6115
09:00 PM-12:00 AM 0300-0600 5890

6295, Nov 22 at 2302, JBA carrier. I`m looking for a leapfrog mixing product from WWCR, since when they run two transmitters on the same band, like 5890 and 5935 later at night, they do constantly leapfrog, in that case to a mixture on 5980 (and fighting Radio Martà after 0700, and Cuban jamming even earlier. WWCR is axually contributing to this ``jamming``). In this case, 5935 would leap over 6115, another 180 kHz higher. Suspect it is WWCR on 6295, more likely here than a Europirate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 0310 UT November 22


Glenn Hauser logs November 19-20, 2017  View Printable Version 
Monday, November 20 2017

** 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  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...

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 ]
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?]

** 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


Hauser Update  View Printable Version 
Sunday, November 19 2017

I meant earliest, not latest, fixed:

** YEMEN [non]. 11860, Nov 19 at 1529, Republic of Yemen Radio in Qur`an solo by OM (what else?), going on for some time, still at 1540. Was this for vespers? No, gaisma.com says sunset at Sana`a was an hour earlier, 1430 UT, and about the earliest it ever gets during the year. Good signal S9+10/S7, considerably weaker by 1600. And 11745 Al-Azm, another Sa`udi service for its military around Yemen, is much weaker at 1530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

BTW, Gaisma.com has data for about 70 locations in Yemen, far more than for many other countries, proportionally. Glenn


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