Monday, September 21, 2015

Monitoring Indonesia

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

Logs edited for clarity

All times UTC

9525.978v Voice of Indonesia. Very appropriate that I was listening today, the 70th anniversary of RRI, which was founded on Sept 11, 1945. This Friday, again heard "Exotic Indonesia" in English starting at 1259, Joint program of VOI-Jakarta and RRI Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan; 1302
alternating news items from Jakarta and Banjarmasin / Kalimantan (due to heavy smoke in Banjarmasin, people warned to cut down on outdoor activity and stay indoors). "Commentary," "Today in History," RRI anniversary and terrorists destroyed World Trade Center; 1330 UT "Focus"; usual chatting between Jakarta and Banjarmasin. Many program IDs for "Exotic Indonesia."

*4750, RRI Makassar (?)* Was here looking for them on Sept 10, at 1221, and subsequent checking, due to the report on Sept 9, by Atsunori Ishida, of a reactivation of an "Unidentified RRI" station. Was only able to hear a stronger than normal Bangladesh Betar (Home Svc) along with weaker CNR1 (China), so unable to confirm a third station here on this day.

Sept 11, at 1206, tentatively did seem to be three stations mixing together here. Very difficult to be positive, but did at times sound like the Jakarta news. Today CNR1 was stronger than Bangladesh Betar, so conditions here vary a lot on a daily basis. Worth while to monitor here to see what develops. (Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 11)

9525.979 Heard many times with English ID of VoIndonesia Cimanggis between 1300 and 1305, on Sept 21, S=8-9 fair signal in southern Germany, during early autumn propagation path.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 21)

4750 RRI Makassar, 1200 UT on Sept 14. Best reception since their reactivation; Jakarta news till 1228 UT playing patriotic song "Garuda Pancasila"; \\ 3324.88 kHz, RRI Palangkaraya \\ 3905 kHz, RRI Merauke \\ 4869.88 kHz, RRI Wamena; usual interference, but semi-readable. After the news no longer \\ and gave several local IDs. (Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer Sept 16)

3905, RRI Merauke, at 1225 on Aug 28, to finish the Jakarta news, played patriotic song "Dirgahayu Indonesiaku" \\ 3324.88 kHz RRI Palangkaraya \\ 4869.88 kHz RRI Wamena. Very nice to find that Merauke has become a regular broadcaster now and is heard daily. (Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer via dswci Sept 16)

4749.95 RRI Makassar, at 1114-1231 on Sep 12. Heard with much better reception than yesterday, started out very poor, but clearly three stations mixing together;. Some music heard via RRI, by 1159 much clearer with theme music, Jakarta news 1200-1231, ending with what sounded like the patriotic song "Garuda Pancasila." It was a big help that CNR1 was not propagating well today. Hope RRI's reception continues to improve. Certainly is very nice to have them back. Thanks very much to
Mauno Ritola for his additional confirmation today - "RRI Makassar ID heard at 1234 UT via Western Australian web receiver". (Ron Howard-CA-USA, DXplorer via dswci Sept 16)

Also tentatively heard at 2200 on Sept 12, carrier with traces of music. Maybe this is a reactivated RRI Makassar earlier noted on this offset last time heard. China is stronger on 4749.99 kHz and the one coming through with their program. (Nilsson-SWE, DXplorer via dswci Sept 16)
(BCDX-Top Nx 1222-21 Sept)