Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Blog Logs - A closer look at Africa

The following logs, represent what DXers and monitoring from African stations on
shortwave. What are you hearing, blog readers?
Gayle Van Horn

All times UTC // parallel frequency *sign-on sign-off*

Burkina Faso
5030, Radio Burkina, 2345-0002*, Aug 21-22.French talk. Sign off with national anthem at 0000. Weak. Signal Poor withsplattter from Cuba 5025. (Brian Alexander, PA)

4905 RD. Natle. Tchadienne, Grevia, 1702-..., 12 Aug, Arabic, news, and still in this language at 1800; 45433 but improved later.(Carlos Goncalves-POR, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 14) (WWDXC Top News/BC-DX #874)

4780 Radio TV de Djibouti, Arta, 1842-2040, 14 Aug, Vernacular,talk prgr, phone-ins,..., songs at 2030 when fluttery; s/off at 2100;SINPO 55343.(Carlos Goncalves-POR, wwdxc BC-DX Top News Aug 19)(WWDXC Top News/BC-DX #874)

Equatorial Guinea
15190 Radio Africa, Malabo, 1905-1912, August 18, English,long religious talk by male in English, Identification by male as:“ Radio Africa....”. SINPO 24432 (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

5005, Radio Nacional, Bata, 2215-2258*,Aug 22, Spanish talk. Afro-pop music. Sign off with national anthem at 2255. Threshold signal at tune-in but improved to a fair level by sign off. (Brian Alexander, PA)

7110 Radio Ethiopia, *0259-0325, Aug 15, short IS on electronic keyboard.Chimes at 0300 & Amharic talk. Short breaks of techno music. Some Horn of Africa music at 0303. Afro-pops. Fair. Very weak \\ 5990, 9704.18.(Brian Alexander-PA-USA, HCDX Aug 15)

7125 Radio Conakry, Conakry-Sofon. Aug 17 French/local dialects 0904-0917
Announcer talks to musical bridge returning to talks. Voice and percussion music with a long instrumental session to announcers and 0916 to musical bridge. Poor signal at SINPO 24432.(Lucio Otavio Bobrowiec-BRA. HCDX Aug 17)

5010 Radio Nasionaly Malagasy, Ambohidrano, 1334-1423, Aug 13. Program in French or a similar sounding vernacular, playing Hi-life music/singing and calypso type songs. Began with light All India Radio nterference, but gradually dropped out. Recently have often checked this frequency and only found AIR here until today, so this was a nice surprise. A change to their schedule? (Kouji Hashimoto-JPN, JPNpremium Aug 15)(WWDXC Top News/Bc-DX # 874)

7284.5 Radio Mali silent today, 12 Aug, but active on 9635.(Carlos Goncalves-POR, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 14)(WWDXC Top News/BC-DX #874)

4845 & 7245 Radio Mauritanie, Nouakchott. Still inactive on these HF frequencies, but does remain active on \\ 783.(Carlos Goncalves-POR, wwdxc BC-DX Top News Aug 14)(WWDXC Top News/BC-DX #874)

7245 Radio Mauritanie, Nouakchott, finally reactivated as checked at around
1500 on 18 Aug; 4845 also active.(Carlos Goncalves-POR, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 18)((WWDXC Top News/BC-DX #874)

15120 Voice of Nigeria, Lagos, 1915-1922, August 18, English.Announcers talk to brief news items, music and return to announcer. SINPO 24332. (Arnaldo Slaen, Argentina)

13650 Radio Christian Voice verified once again with a full data logo card in 116 days direct from Zambia indicating that the transmitter is a Continental 418F. Postal mailing address is Radio Christian Voice (Zambia) Ltd., Private Bag E606, Lusaka, Zambia. (Rich D'Angelo-PA-USA, DXplorer Aug 19) ((WWDXC Top News/BC-DX #874)

13590, CVC Lusaka, 1126-1140, Aug 19, English. Easy-listening music over un-identifiedco channel interferrence. Station is presumed top be China's CRI. CVC promos at 1130, followed by announcers banter. Signal poor. (Scott Barbour-NH)