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Glenn Hauser logs November 22, 2017

** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Nov 22 at 0533, WRMI with R. Biafra, VG S9+20 back to OK, and how well to Nigeria?? Another devotional/prayer in English, something about “Radio Biafra, dedicated to Jesus Christ, amen“. // 7240 via FRANCE is JBA as usual; still I try to determine the delay because they are not synchronized; as music and talk alternate on 11530, sometimes the opposite is audible on 7240. At 0557, 11530 goes to WRMI music fill, and 7240 goes to dead air. (But that`s not all on 11530 now! See NIGERIA [non].)

Thorsten Hallmann, Germany, replies to my last report: “No such sound noted on 9580 Nov 20 or 21. But “Anambra State elexion […] legitimate” is also the only content I could make out (except frequency announcements and announcements stressing the station was broadcasting from London, slowly read) on Nov 20. Maybe that’s the main point of these broadcasts.“

To which Kai Ludwig, Germany, replies: “Or at least what prompted this project. The publications from the Igbo side are also completely swamped with “Anambra State elexion illegitimate, everyone stayed home”, etc., etc.

Must be something of big significance for those in Nigeria, while no one outside takes notice at all. At least not a single hit on the BBC websites.

But instead I found something related to the fact that all these media activities use the universal language BSE (bad simple English):

“Nkem wants to know why he was never taught Igbo as a child and why the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, has warned that Igbo faces extinction in the next fifty years.” Kai Ludwig“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 5980, Nov 22 at 1228, R. Martí music with no jamming; while 6030 at same time has wall-of-noise jamming against nothing, since the second RM frequency this hour is: 7435, good over jamming at 1245 with béisbol news. The incompetent DentroCuban Jamming Command still hasn`t synchronized with the true schedule of RM, which is no secret and not subject to any anti-jamming abrupt shifts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS [non]. 9955, Nov 22 at 1401, FG Radio`s “Travel Gazette“ via WRMI, once AGAIN replaying the old-old episode heard countless times before (since April?), the earnest announcer talking about all the big news “this week“! Such as banning laptops on airlines, crime in the Caribbean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 7555.657, Nov 22 at 1242, S8-S5 carrier, JB modulated? This is AIR`s always-way-off-frequency and variable Delhi transmitter often logged by Ron Howard, during Tibetan service, but apparently escaping ChiCom jamming unlike its // 9575 & 11620 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11780v, Nov 22 at 1411, song amid humroar on transmitter. EiBi and Aoki show it must be this: AIR Khampur site in Sinhala to Sri Lanka at 1300-1500. I suppose sporadically low-power reactivated RNA BRAZIL could be under there too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 9500, Nov 22 at 1253, VIRI piano IS, brief announcement, NA, 1254 Qur`an, poor S8-S5 with flutter. It`s opening a sesquihour in Urdu via Sirjan site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [and non]. 9749.812, Nov 22 at 1256, someone is way off-frequency here, VP with weaker het from 9750.0. Aoki and EiBi show three “9750“ occupants at this time: Kuwait, R. Japan and PBS Nei Menggu, China. Ivo Ivanov had the answer:

“Good signal of MOI Radio Kuwait General Service in AM mode on Nov 2
1100-1600 9749.8*KBD 250 kW / 286 deg NEAf Arabic Gen Sce, instead of
1015-1600 11629.8 KBD 250 kW / 230 deg CeAf Arabic Holy Quran on Nov 1
*1100-1500 9750.0 YAM 300 kW / 290 deg EaAs Japanese R Japan NHK World“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 4146-USB, Nov 22 at 1239, very weak marine weather in English, single digits frequently mentioned. EiBi shows it`s ZLM, Taupo Maritime Radio, at 1233-1305 among several other broadcasts. Frequency is shared with VMT Hobart Radio Wx, Australia: our best chance for that is 0903-0918. Also shared with two Uruguayan stations, should one hear Spanish, and some of those times overlap (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 6089.943, Nov 22 at 0536, carrier at S9-S7, seems dead air or maybe JB modulated from FRCN Kaduna. Still so at 0555. At least there is not enough modulation to rate it as distorted. Wolfgang Büschel had last reported good mod (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 11530, after hearing R. Biafra via WRMI again until 0557 Nov 22, I assumed it went off as usual, but rechecked at 0649, Brother Scare is S9+10/20 on 11530, slightly better than // 11580 at S9 to S9+10, and // 9955, 7780, 7570, 5850 too. What`s next?

11530, Nov 22 at 0700, WRMI in another language, soon obviously Hausa as mentioned, and Nigeria, ID as “Radio — something — International“; news about Zimbabwe. Nothing on 7240 audible now but 11530 is peaking to S9+30! 0706 music; 0708 horn fanfare and IDs again, name sounds like Harao, or Harowai. Schedule announcement mentions kHz twice so there is probably another frequency. Unlike Biafra, this is heavily produced with continuous music, either songs alone or quite a variety of African music behind the talk, most of which is also infected with reverb. Not a word of English on this one either. Next mention sounds like Eherowah. One Hausa word is frequently uttered thrice, “tara“.

So WRMI has more COTB business (WRTH parlance: Clandestine and Other Target Broadcasts). This must be a brand-new one as the name is not anything familiar. Don`t know how long this transmission is, as I need to QRT! Brother Scare must have just been filling the hour in between.

Reawakening, I find Ivo Ivanov already has this info on it as of 0828:
“New transmission to Nigeria: Radio Inherua International, Nov 22:“
0700-0730 11530 YFR 100 kW / 087 deg WeAf Hausa/Kanuri WRMI tx10, poor
0700-0730 13710 ISS 100 kW / 170 deg WeAf Hausa/Kanuri TDF, very good:
Videos later today“

Google search gets only one significant hit on the name, i.e. Ivo`s YouTube where 13710 is much better than 11530:

Both morning frequencies are also in Aoki as Radio Inherua International starting today, but I wonder how either of them can be sure of the name, as there are no other significant hits on it? Would it also have an evening broadcast? None in Aoki.

Let`s try Google translate: no Kanuri, but from Hausa it means “Inherited“. And tara means nine.

Guess what: on a WRMI server, the name is spelt: RADIO HERWA. But Google can`t translate that.

Searching on Radio Herwa gets nowhere (until it reaches this very post) but the word Herwa leads to something likely related since it`s about Nigeria and explains the Kanuri connexion:

“Countering extremism in Kawar Maila
Supporting women’s leadership in promoting rights, peace and human security
Reducing stigma against those affected by Boko Haram
Supporting vulnerable communities and conflict-sensitive reintegration in northeast Nigeria“ and further linx to own website in English:
Nothing mentioned yet about radio among their “projects“

** OKLAHOMA. RF 13, 13-2, OETA OKLA subchannel like all PBS stations faced with the abrupt cancellation like a hot potato of Charlie Rose (OMG; who`s next??), scrambles to fill his time: Nov 21 at 0400, and 1800 UT, it`s another repeat of `Antiques Road Show`; but Nov 22 at 0400, Tavis Smiley instead, and OETA Cherokee produxion `OSIYO` at 0430; but Tavis Smiley again at 0500 UT! A different episode? The latter with Salman Rushdie.

The OETA online and onscreen skeds hadn`t kept up, planned many weeks in advance. Finally on Nov 22, website shows Tavis not only at 1730 UT but again at 1800, and 1830 a repeat of `Market to Market`. For 0400-0530 UT Nov 23: Tavis, Market to Market, and more Tavis.

Hope PBS come up with another, untainted “Charlie Rose“ for in-depth hourlong discussions, which we often benefited from, politix, arts, sciences, not including those with rappers and actors we never heard of. Parts or all of the CR hour were often done by substitutes, so there is no shortage of good interviewers “at some other table“.

Come to think of it, did Charlie`s topix in the last weeks ever deal with sexual predation by his predecessors? Not that I recall (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOMALILAND. 7120, Nov 22 at 1247, JBA carrier already detectable from R. Hargeisa, about 2 hours before its sunset at 1439, so plenty long path propagation already (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 9390, Nov 22 at 1249, HSK9 Radio Thailand with good newscast in English, about North Korea; Aussie has to resign from Senate after discovering is a British citizen, not allowed even if dual; fair with flutter, and LSB necessary to escape 9390 WRMI (another English this semihour from 1230, Bangladesh on 15105, is not making it here unlike further east) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 12035, Nov 22 at 1405 and later, no signal, not even a JBA carrier from VOT in English. Propagation seems OK with lots of other signals on band. Either off, or more likely another error running on wrong frequency. No schedule handy to look around for it, but checking EiBi later, sked until 1330 was 15270 in German, a likely candidate probably on same antenna; also 11965 in Turkmen. After 1400 other languages on 15390, 13685, 11815, 9410 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1905 monitoring: confirmed the Wed Nov 22 at 1030 on WRMI, when I happen to awaken at 1056, S9+10 on 9455, S9+20/30 on 5850. Also confirmed Wed Nov 22 at 1415 on WRMI 9955, fair with no jamming, but the usual ACI problems. Next:
Wed 2200 WBCQ 7490 to WSW
Thu 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Thu 2230 WRMI 5850 to NW
Fri 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0729 HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531 HLR 7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2030v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200 WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0410v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130 HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW, 7780 to NE [or #1906?] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5890, Nov 22 at 0651 check, WWCR-4 continues to be off the air, no BS here; 9980 also AWOL at 1403 Nov 22 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9309.6-LSB, Nov 22 at 0655, 2-way in colloquial Spanish, very weak (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1710 UT November 22

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