Saturday, October 20, 2012
Sudan on shortwave
All times UTC *sign-on/ sign-off*
Radio Omdurman Sudan in Arabic Oct 18:
0200-0500 7200 ALF 100 kW 000/090 to EaAF, ex0200-0400. (Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Oct 18)
Saut Afrikya min Idaa-tu Sudanya / La Voix du Soudan, Radio National du Soudan in Arabic/French and announcement in Somali or Swahili Oct 18:
0500-0800 9505 ALF 100 kW 270 deg to NoAF, ex 0400-0700
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via dswci DXW via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Oct 18)
SUDAN/SWAZILAND/IRAN 9505 Omdurman Al Fitahab. Heard both at 1700 with Horn of Africa music under co-channel IRIB Iran in Armenian 1630-1727, and in the clear later the night, but low modulated signal, I used earphones to understand the transmission.
9499.984 Next door channel TWR Manzini Swaziland in Amharic at 1721, Oct 18. Endless talk on S=9+20dB signal level. (wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Oct 18)
9505 R Omdurman, Al-Aitahab, Khartoum* (100 kW 090 degrees), 0230-0730v, Oct 15, new frequency in Arabic to East Africa, ex7200 non-directive to Central Africa: very strong QRM 0330-0430 from Adventist World Radio in Farsi 7200 kHz. (Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via dswci DXW via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Oct 18)
* but to clarify these of Omdurman and Khartoum locations. Is still a puzzle? Al-Aitahab is registered with ITU for decades.
To clear the shortwave services location at A l - A i t a h a b , according Google or Bing maps:
Shortwave services of Radio Omdurman and Saut Afrikya min Idaa-tu Sudanya / La Voix du Soudan, Radio National du Soudan location at the westerly banks of the Nile river, near the Abu Se'id bridge.
Visible few shortwave antennas: 3 non-dir vertical cone rhombic antenna. Three revolving horizontal log-periodic antennas.
15 35 10.22 N 32 26 42.42 E
However the medium wave and former shortwave service site is located 23 kilometers easterly on the Khartoum S o b a site. 2 MW masts of 747 and 963 kHz installations visible til 2006/2008. Two fountain like former non-directional 4995/5039 kHz 60 meterband antennas. And 11 SW dipols and
some log-periodics for - probably - press agency services and other utility antenna installations for Department of State or Ministry of Defence, also
15 28 18.44 N 32 37 35.73 E
see GE image of 20 Oct 2004.
former MW mast location in 2004y to Febr 2008y
15 28 22.16 N 32 37 49.95 E
former MW mast location in 2004y to Jan 2006y
15 28 20.48 N 32 37 32.15 E
Or the use of short-wave on reversed location, so did come from formerly from Soba site til Febr 2008? And registration at call 'ALF' was left unchanged at the ITU before?
In 2005y "...4995, 6150, 7200, 9505, 11835 and 15170 kHz", as read on Danish sw Club International/DX Window item, so the 11 curtains at Soba used til 2008?
And now in use these revolving log-periodic antennas at Omdurman Al-Aitahab? (wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Oct 18)
9505.01 Radio Omdurman, Al-Aitahab, Khartoum (100 kW 270 degrees), at *1624-1906*v UT, Oct 10, 11, 12, 14 and 15, new frequency in Arabic to North Africa, ex7200 kHz non-directive to Central Africa (no longer heard), Sudanese songs, but rather weak undermodulated audio signal. Much fluttery, SINPO 32332. Interference from Iran's VOIRI from *1627. When Radio Omdurman still had its external service in year 2005, it used these frequencies: 4995, 6150, 7200, 9505, 11835 and 15170 kHz. (Bueschel, Ivanov, Ritola, Petersen and Van Arnhem, all in Danish SW Club Int'l/DX Window Oct 17)
11650 Radio Omdurman, Al-Aitahab, Khartoum (presumed), at 1400-1500, on Oct 02, a new program with African music and several times ann in Arabic: "Saut Afrikya min Idaa-tu Sudanya" and in French: "La Voix du Soudan, Radio National du Soudan" was being broadcast. There were ann in a third language too, probably in Somali/Swahili.
15725 Radio Omdurman, Al-Aitahab, Khartoum (pres), at 0500-0600 UT Oct 02, as 11650 kHz.
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via Danish SW Club Int'l/DX Window via WWDXC/TopNews Oct 17)
Current schedule of Radio Omdurman Sudan in Arabic:
v0200-0400v on 7200 ALF 100 kW / 000/090 to EaAf, confirmed on Oct.15/16
v1500-1600v on 7200 ALF 100 kW / 000/090 to EaAf, confirmed on Oct.15
v1900-2100v on 7200 ALF 100 kW / 000/090 to EaAf, confirmed on Oct.15
And currently schedule of new program with announcements: "Saut Afrikya min Idaa-tu Sudanya" in Arabic and "La Voix du Soudan,Radio National du Soudan" in French. Also announcement in third language, probably Somali or Swahili:
v0400-0700v NF 9505#ALF 100 kW / 270 deg to NoAf, confirmed on Oct.15/16
v1600-1900v NF 9505*ALF 100 kW / 270 deg to NoAf, confirmed on Oct.15
# till 0426 very strong co-ch from Adventist World Radio in Persian
* 1630-1726 very strong co-ch from Voice of Islamic Rep.of Iran in Armenian
* 1800-1856 QRM from Radio Romania International in German DRM mode on 9495
(W. Bueschel/Ivo Ivanov/HCDX)