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Glenn Hauser logs April 10-11, 2009

** BIAFRA [non]. As expected, this week V. of Biafra International via WHRI was on 17520, Friday April 10 at 1900 — as I was barely able to confirm by recognizing the oratorical style at 1945 on the DX-398 portable as I was out and about and paused to check it in a store parking lot. Under those circumstances, it was just barely audible, and with a pretty heavy echo on what there was of it; backscatter? Brian Alexander also got it better in PA. I later checked 11885 after 2100, the time it was on the previous Friday, and this frequency was not even on the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680, presumed RRI Sat April 11 from 1330 past 1400 with some long-form “Indonesian opera“ consisting of soprano and gamelan accompaniment, no break at hourtop. There may have been some Chinese QRM under, but RRI dominant this time, and VOI 9525 was also very good (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, VON, April 10 at 2047, English talk with distortion, pause for announcement that it`s the 60 Minutes show and the anchor`s audio was clear as well as a musical bit, then back to another muffled reporter. Sounds like they are re-using old worn-out tapes, and/or dirty, worn-out heads, but hey, what counts is that 250 kW transmitter and claims of worldwide coverage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. VOA violating separation of church and state: At 2123-2129* April 10, in the Kriyol service on 11895, Agnus Dei and Pie Jesu, beautiful music, but it can hardly be coincidental that it`s “Good Friday“ and they are playing classical music for a change. Mentioned Roman Catholic Church; adherents of Voudou, or any other belief, should raise hell with VOA and demand equal time.

It`s far from the first such violation. R. Martí broadcast Catholic services and may still do so, altho Jehovah`s Witnesses and many other sects are much more in need of USG aid in penetrating Cuba; R. Liberty used to broadcast Russian Orthodox stuff. Thus the US Government is endorsing Christianity of various ilx to the exclusion of countless other religions practiced at home and abroad. Better to keep it secular (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. Another Spanish gospel huxter on 16m? 17705, VG signal April 10 at 2024 with YL telling the story of Jesucristo, complete with inspirational music past 2032, as if it were historical fact. This has to be Radio Nacional de Venezuela as scheduled during this hour via Cuba, violating separation of church and state. Back to equally one-sided politix! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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