Friday, May 31, 2019

Observations on monitoring Solomon Islands

All times UTC
log edited for clarity

Solomon Islands
Heard on 5020 kHz, SIBC - The Voice of the Nation. Heard on May 27, at 0925. Solomon Islands had an earthquake, so SIBC increased the audio level today and extended their broadcasting
time well past 1200. Noted from 1154 to 1201, with the usual "evening devotional." Closing ID in English and National Anthem, 1201-1316.+ Over an hour of non-stop pop songs in English, without announcements or ID. Assume this was not a Wantok FM relay, which in
the past was noted with frequent IDs between the songs, whenever running past the normal sign off time (1200* UT). All I usually hear is a carrier, with no trace of any audio, so today was a treat for me!
(Ron Howard-CA-USA,  via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 27)
(Top News 1385/31 May 2019)

Report on Strong Quake Hits near Solomon Islands; Tsunami Cancelled
(Reuters) - A powerful magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning, triggering a tsunami warning that was later cancelled, according to U.S. government agencies, and there were no immediate reports of damage.
Additional story: Scientific American: