Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Blog Logs - Africa on shortwave

The following logs represent what has recently been monitored on shortwave radio, from stations in Africa.

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

5880, Affia Darfur, Selebi-Phikwe, 1920-1924, Jan 27, Arabic talks, ID, light QRM from 5875 caused by BBC in English via Rampisham on the air 1800-2000, SINPO 43443. (Romero/DX Window #370)

4905, R Tchad, Gredia, N’Djamena, 0510-0708 and 1815-1952, Jan 23, 31, Feb 02 and 03, French news, story about Israel and Hamas, African style music, talks, 0700 percussion music, 1815 Vernacular talk, native African song, 1900 French news and comments, SINPO 45444. (Mille, Otávio, Petersen and Ronda/DX Window #370)

Congo, Democratic Republic/ South Africa
9635, Radio Okapi, Kinshasa, via Meyerton, 1615-1700*, Feb 01 and 02, French/Lingala talks about Congo, closing ann, ex 11890, SINPO 55333. (Petersen/DX Window #370)

4780, Radio Djibouti, Arta, 1830-2103*, Jan 21, Arabic report about President Obama and Guantanamo, lively folksong, 2100 closing ann in Arabic and martial national anthem, SINPO 45434. (Petersen and Romero/DX Window #370)

Equatorial Guinea
5005.00, Radio Nacional Bata, 2055, Jan 17, hilife music, very good, SINPO 45544. (Wiespointner)

6250, Radio Nacional, Malabo, 0516-0538, Jan 24, eclectic selections like a Hi Life music, Spanish romantic music, Spanish ID: "estan en sintonia de Radio Nacional, Radio Malabo..", returning African music, another ID at 0528 but sung in Spanish, English Hip Hop and a English romantic music. At tune-in 44333. (Otávio/DX Window #370)

6255, Radio Cairo, Abu Zaabal, 2233, Jan 28, English with commentary about Gaza, fair-good. (Ronda)9250, R Wadi El Nile, Abu Zaabal, 1853-2158, Jan 21 and 29, Arabic talk, probably news, folkmusic, 45444. (Romero/DX Window #370)

5099.98, Radio Bana, Asmara, 0410-0455 fade out, Jan 26, Horn of Africa vocals, some without music, Tigrinya talks. Apparent ID at 0430 followed by news. Poor with some fair peaks. Next night, carrier noted and some very weak audio, but nothing that could be used. (D'Angelo/FCDX). Also heard at 1610, Jan 27, local songs and talks, low audio, 34322. (Wiespointner/DX Window #370)

5980, Voice of Tigray Revolution, Mek'elé, *0256-0320, Jan 26, IS, ID, opening ann in Amharic including website and news. Fair but best in USB. (D'Angelo/FCDX)6030, R Oromia, Adama, 1610-1622, Jan 21, talk about Barack Obama, QRM BBC in Arabic, ID at 1614, 33443. (Mille/DX Window #370)

6899.95, Radio Fana, Addis Ababa, 2014-2044, Jan 26, plenty of Horn of Africa vocals, Amharic talks and ID at 2042. Poor to fair in noisy conditions with // 6110 mixing with BBC in Arabic. (D'Angelo/FCDX)7110, R Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, 2024-2046 Jan 25, program of Horn of Africa music. Poor to fair and // 9704.2 which was poor. (D'Angelo/FCDX/DX Window #370)

9704.17, Radio Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, 1843-1858, Jan 30, Amharic talks, short music, SINPO 23422. (Otávio). Also presumed heard at 1250, Jan 21, discussion in unknown language, 25332. (Wiespointner/DX Window #370)

7125, Radio Conakry, Sonfonia, 2105-2140*, Jan 25, news in French, vocals and more talk, ID at 2134 before another highlife vocal selection. Transmitter crash knocked station off the air and it did not return next 30 minutes, fair. (D'Angelo/FCDX/DX Window #370)

6070, ELWA, 2300-2302*, Jan 21, English ID, closedown ann and orchestra national anthem. Poor to fair. (D'Angelo/DX Window #370)

5995, Radio Mali, Bamako, 2227-2246, Jan 20, instrumental music, 2230 ID, French talk and discussion between two men. Back to highlife vocals at 2240. Fair. (D'Angelo)

7285, Radio Mali, Bamako 1, 1757-1759, Feb 01, French talk and musical programme, SINPO 43433. (Romero/DX Window #370)

9635, Radio Mali, Bamako, 1735-1756*, Jan 31, stringed music and talks in French at 1755, then immediate s/off, SINPO 35433. Seems continuing on 5995 as at *1801 stringed plays were heard, mixed with a Russian language station. (Liangas/DX Window #370)

4845, R Mauritanie, Nouakchott, 2145-2253, Jan 28 and Feb 01, Arabic conversation, SINPO 33342. (Romero and Ronda/DX Window #370)

4770, Radio Nigeria, Kaduna-Jarji, 1956-2002, Jan 27, Vernacular talk, de enero en idioma vernácula a locutor con comentarios, Afropop with drums and typical rhythms, SINPO 33342. (Romero/DX Window #370)

11735, Radio Tanzania, Zanzibar, 1749-1812, Jan 29, two men with discussion in Swahili with ID at 1759 followed by music program at 1800. Was hoping for Spice FM and English news, but not today. Poor to fair. (D'Angelo/DX Window #370)

4976, UCB Red Channel, Kampala, 0430 and 1952-2058*, Jan 23, 25 and 30, Swahili talks hosting music program. ID and ann at 2056 before carrier was cut without national anthem, SINPO 23332. (D'Angelo/FCDX, Mille and Ronda/DX Window #370)

4965, CVC Voice Africa, Lusaka, 1652-1658, Jan 19, song and talk in English, SINPO 34333. (Mille). Also heard at 0430, Jan 30. (Ronda)5915, Radio Zambia, Lusaka, 0340-0459, Jan 20, highlife vocals, drum music and ann in local language with many mentions of Zambia. ID and news at 0430 and back to music programming at 0435. Improved to fair but blown away by Deutsch Welle opening ay 0459 with Russian program. (D'Angelo/DX Window #370)