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Glenn Hauser logs April 17-18, 2009

** BIAFRA [non]. V. of Biafra International via WHRI on 17520 for the second Friday in a row! So maybe they will stay a while. Reception this time sufficient, April 17 at 1858, frequency already on with long-form WHRI ID giving frequency and militaristic in-your-face-to-the-heathens, Onward, Christian Soldiers theme — we will conquer and convert you by force if necessary. 1900 switches to VOBI theme, ID and usual opening of Finlandia, and All Hail Biafra — BTW, the English lyrix really take some forcing into the metre of the music, so originally some other song, or some other lyrix?

1906 “Let Us Pray“, but instead of 5-minute supplication, a lively song in vernacular for a sesquiminute, hardly seemed prayerful. 1907:30 already into newscast in Biafran English. By then, three station IDs by The Orator, with webfeed artifacts, had gone by, none of them mentioning the frequency. Has it been updated on their own website – of course not! Still shows 15280 at 2000, where it existed only in the dim, distant past. Yet this same page has been updated with the latest audio file linx including April 17.

BTW, it has now been confirmed by James MacDonell in Niger State that Enugu`s own 6025v is back on the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. As soon as RHC`s new frequency to Europe became known, I outpointed that it would collide with Saudi Arabia, already using 11820. This usage is even in PWBR `2007` at 1800-2300 to Western Europe, which means they have been using it since at least 2006 and probably longer; so there`s no excuse for RHC`s frequency manager missing it, really blowing this pick. How long will they keep clashing, to avoid losing face by admitting their mistake? April 17 at 2040, found RHC making a SAH of about 5 Hz atop some muezzining underneath on the non-buzzy BSKSA channel. I`ll bet it`s a different story in Europe, BSKSA aiming 500 kW at 320 degrees from Riyadh. RHC 11820 signal here stronger than its // 11800 for all the Arabs in the Caribbean.

At 2101, these were going into Spanish, opening announcement 50% wrong as to four frequencies in use: “13760, 9550 to S America; 11800 to Caribbean; 11750 to Europe“. As per RHC online sked, 9550 and 11750 have been replaced by 13790 and 11820 respectively. Besides its legion of technical problems, internal communication at RHC is so bad that the left hand does not know what the left hand is doing (all hands there are left). Then to Siboney-on-synthesizer theme, which had an audio cut of several sex in it.

Meanwhile I checked the English frequencies on the 2030-2130 broadcast. At 2046, I could barely detect the new one, 17660, very poor with music // but not synchronized to 11760. How`s it doing for all the Anglophiles in Rio de Janeiro, the apparent target? And what about São Paulo, Brasília, Curitiba, etc., etc.? At 2057 a song was cut off in the middle for more than two minutes of dead air before it resumed.

13780, April 18 at 1433, Cancionero Iberoamericano, hostess mentioned that it is on the air “cada tarde de sábado“ — no doubt it also airs Saturday evenings, but she seems unaware that it has been a Saturday morning staple for many sesquiyears. This week, Argentine group El General Paz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. R. Martí reporting on Pres. Obama thawing relations with Cuba, new rules on remittances, 1415 April 18 on 11845, still jammed. If the DentroCubans really want to improve relations they should start by TEARING DOWN THAT WALL of radio noise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680, RRI with atonal singing accompanied by seemingly unrelated gamelans, Sat April 18 at 1305; no QRM, so maybe the Taiwan/China radio war abates on weekends? Same music still going at 1348 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB spur on 9317, April 17 at 2044, weak but // 9385 as someone other than Brother Scare was talking, no doubt one of his psychophants. Besides plus and minus 68 kHz from 9385, there are several reports of plus and minus 68 kHz spurs from 3185 at night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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