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DXpedition to
Coorong, South Australia, Australia
July 19-24, 2005

by Craig Edwards & Dave Onley

Day 1 - Tuesday July 19

Early Wednesday morning Dave had to endure the 7 hour drive from Geelong in Victoria to Meningie in South Australia, whereas I had to endure a half day of work. I was like a caged lion counting the minutes away before I escaped and only had to do a quick 45 minute drive to Meningie where Dave had arrived at the cabin just an hour or so beforehand. It was decided to stay at the caravan park for the first night and not worry about any DXing so that for the remaining four days we could start fresh. It had nothing to do with the fact that it meant we could spend the night drinking at the Meningie Hotel. Five minutes after arriving in Meningie we walked down to the Meningie Hotel.

We had a merry old time losing money on TAB mystery bets while downing pints of Coopers Pale Ale. The bar man was a pretty serious guy but I managed to make him crack a smile when I gave him my thought for the day - man who masturbate over cash register bound to come into money - after that it was time to stagger home to the caravan park cabin.

Day 2 - Wednesday July 20

Nothing kicks off a morning like a Meningie Bakery pie and pasty. So after packing our arteries we headed off leisurely for the quick 25km trip to Parnka Point. Not only were we greeted this day by clear blue skies and not a breath of wind (remember we had a giant tent to set up) but we also found the campsite to be totally empty, and that's how it would pretty much stay for the weekend. This effectively meant we could send wires in any direction over the campsite without any disturbances.

Campsite coast in June
Campsite coast in June

There's something a little unnerving when you do a camping DXpedition when you arrive. We looked at Dave's car and my borrowed mini-van literally packed to the ceiling full of stuff and we thought this pile of junk is supposed to be our sexy DXpedition HQ…..hmmm lots of work to be done. It literally took 30 minutes to simply unpack the gear from the vehicles and again I reiterate how lucky we were that there wasn't the strong winds and rains associated with this region lately. So an hour later the tent was erected, filled with DX goodies and all sorted out. But it wasn't time to unfold the chairs for a rest just yet, it was now antenna time.

Campsite coast in July
Campsite coast in July - this time water right up to campsite

In contrast to our investigative visit to Parnka Point in June, there was no longer "a beach" as the water was all the way up to the campsite. This stretch of sand was supposed to be a short 100-150m (300-450 foot) beverage to central Africa, instead there was only 15m or so before we hit water. Fortunately the plan was to compare the short African beverage with a EWE, so now the EWE was our only antenna to the dark continent apart from the beverage to north Africa.

First task was the EWE, this was such a simple task because I've spent the past year in Townsville putting up temporary EWEs and as such it was up and finished in about 10 minutes. The next task was for Dave and I to put out our individual beverages in similar directions to North Africa and Southern Europe with only a difference of around 10 degrees. The nature of the landscape was that there was small 1-2 foot tall thick grassland for the first 200 metres (600 feet) scattered with bushes up to six feet tall. This meant there was no need for wire supports. Then the topography of the land changed with a 45 degree slope up a hill for around 30 metres before a flat plateau with grassland and even taller shrubbery for another 200m. This meant we could put out a pretty good hunk of wire measuring 400m (1200 feet).

Blue-tonged lizard
Blue tongue lizard looking briefly like a snake

I left mine unterminated while Dave terminated his the following day. We kept thinking that this would be a suicide mission in summer because this was prime brown snake territory and brown snakes are notoriously aggressive - especially when spooked by weirdo DXers. I came across 2 blue tongue lizards which for a split second looks like a snake and thereby scared the crap out of me before I realised its not a snake!

Following this Dave decided to string out another 200m on the ground unterminated to maybe scrape in the southern tip of Africa which didn't work well to that area but I got good reception to the Philippines with this wire 'over the shoulder'. The rabbits liked it too because it end up in four pieces by the Sunday morning.

Setting up the EWE
Setting up the magical EWE

With great relief the DXpedition site was completed by early afternoon and we then took the opportunity to mess around with the EWE termination to work out what we needed to set the pot at to null east coast Aussie stations and then for USA stations in the early evening we realised it's best to leave the EWE unterminated to maximise bi-directional reception. The highlight of this experimenting period was the realisation that the location was totally noise free and we enjoyed this all trip long, the nearest power lines were probably 10km (6 mile) away and so we were able to hear stations from Perth and Southern Queensland even at midday!!!!!

Campsite from Euro beverage
Back at the campsite looking from the Euro beverage

Later in the afternoon WWCR on 5070 kHz was exploding the speaker and then I noticed WWCR on 3210 was at armchair level, so I sat on 2500 kHz and as soon as the appearance of audio was discovered I headed to the X-band. There was pleasantly surprising uncharacteristic appearance of X-Band North Americans and over the next 3 hours the following were noted Marti 1180; XEB 1220; KOKC 1520; XERF 1570; KLIV 1590; KFOX 1650; KTIQ 1660; KHPY 1670; KAVT 1680; KFSG 1690; KDDZ 1690 & WCNZ 1660. Many other hets on the '0' channels but of course it was nothing like the sensational conditions I was experiencing a year ago in Townsville but it was excellent for the Coorong.

Evening
Evening at DX HQ

From Asia at 1000 UTC heralded solid yet unspectacular reception of Philippines regular stations over the following hour from DZSR 918; DYSS 999; DYRF 1215; DXRC 1287; DXAB 1296; DYAB 1512 & DZME 1530. So we decided to hit the sack around 9 pm local time for a very early start. The sleeping arrangements were that we each had beds set up in our vehicles and I was very pleased to be able to have a queen size inflatable mattress in the van.

Day 3 - Thursday July 21

-3 degrees
Record low temperature at minus 3 degrees C

A midnight wake up call meant two very bleary eyed DXers staggered to the tent. It was SO cold to be DXing out in the open in a tent, that morning we recorded a record low -3 degrees C, it was so cold it hurt. Thank goodness for the small heater which connected to disposable butane 1 litre canisters which took the inside tent temperature to about 4 degrees C.

Propagation was already alive to Africa with appearances of the more 'regular' customers such as 909 VOA Botswana; 1386 Kenya; Djibouti 1539. Over the next few hours there were numerous Chinese outlets on offer, especially the big CNR & CRI outlets on 1296, 549, 765, 909 and 684 along with Vietnam 1242. Propagation to Europe was hanging by a thread with reception of lone 1548 Moldova possible. The winners of the morning however was the Middle East which held on until 2200 which is 1½ hours after local sunrise including 927 & 1017 Turkey; 990 & 1233 Cyprus; 1098 & 1169 Iran; and 1188 Yemen. The most exciting thing about sunrise reception was that the outside temperature slowly rose above zero with mid-morning being a beautiful day with clear blue skies again.

Bloody cold
Dave didn't need the thermometer to realise it was bloody cold!

After a mid-morning snooze in the warm vehicles, Dave headed off to Meningie for a couple of burgers and hot chips while I trundled through for some interesting shortwave signals. After our feed we were ready for another onslaught. There was zero propagation in the late afternoon and early evening to North America, not even any hets were appearing on the X-Band. Early reception from the Philippines arrived at 0900 with stations from the previous evening along with new logs of 864 DZWM; 927 DXMD; 936 DXIM; 1170 DXMR; 1179 DYSB; 1197 DXFE; 1224 DXED; 1260 DZEL; 1575 DXJR and 783 RRI Ende in Nusa Tenggara.

Sunset
Sunset over the Coorong

The key was that the strength of these stations were at times on par with the reception I've experienced in Townsville. This was however the first time Dave experienced such reception of Philippines stations where you could clearly hear their zany adverts and crazy animated programming. He was like a kid in a candy store recording extensive details of stations while I was on the hunt looking for new ones.

Day 4 - Friday July 22

Moonlight
DXing by the light of the silvery moon

This morning heralded zero propagation to Europe except for a solitary logging of 873 Russia. Mind you we were enjoying the nicer conditions with the weather as the mercury rose to 5 degrees C overnight and the mini-heater kept the engine room nice and warm. Reception of Africa was even better than the previous morning with the loggings of 1458 Mayotte; 1530 Sao Tome and I spent a good hour and a half just sitting on a big het on 1214 kHz trying to make out the audio under the splatter from 1215. Finally my suspicions of Radio Tanzania off frequency was true when it was noted with an ID and clearly // 5050, we haven't seen this logged in any South African, East Coast USA, Newfoundland or Miscou DXpedition as a reference. After posting this off channel log we've already seen loggings now being claimed by the offset chasers just because they're picking up 1214 traces during times of African propagation - please, give me a break! The appearance of the sun again favoured late reception of North Africa and the Middle East with additions to the log of 711 Yemen; 936 Morocco; 1548 Kuwait.

Craig listening
Craig having a serious listen

Another mid-morning snooze and we both woke up around 1030am with that good old zombie feeling was starting to take hold again after 2 days of no showers and no more than 4 hours sleep at a time. So it was with utter glee when we saw the arrival of fellow DXer Steve Perkins from Adelaide around 11am. After a quick DXcamp orientation it meant that we could leave the site and go to the caravan park in Meningie for a shower to re-humanise. We then proceeded to the Meningie Hotel for a well-deserved counter meal and 2 beers for Dave and 6 beers for me - guess who drove. After all I was on a Coopers Pale Ale - I've lost three days already.

Poor conditions to North America in the early evening with 1650 KDNZ & 1660 KXOL added to the log. Key difference was poorer strengths and no sign of east coasters Marti 1180 or WCNZ 1660. Then the final member of the DXpedition crew Lew Chapman from Adelaide arrived under the cover of darkness. So it appeared that the Booze Brothers story was true because we did get the DXpedition Band back together. Asian conditions were very average and no time was spent chasing them instead we spent the next couple of hours drinking Bundaberg Rum and port and doing a 'where are they now' of all the listeners in Australia and tales of other DXpeditions in South Africa, Northern Europe and coast to coast of North America. It certainly kept out the cold and I even turned off the gas heater as the alcohol got us all nice and warm.

Day 5 - Saturday July 23

Again a solitary log from Europe, this time 1467 France. For a change, there were poor conditions to Central/South Africa. North African and the Middle East remained solid though with new logs from this area being 1251 Libya; 1296 Sudan; and 1404 Iran. In fact signals were still OK 2 ½ hours after local sunrise from Saudi Arabia 1440 & 1512, Sudan 1296, R Farda 1575, and Iranians on 1449 and 1404. This was a testament to DXing away from mains power where surely such loggings could not be made. In fact Dave was getting annoyed at Sudan causing interference to him reporting 6RN in Western Australia on 1296!!

Well after Lew, Dave and I staggered out of the tent we were on high spirits from DXing so late in the morning and decided a football training run was in order with the AFL football I brought along. The only problem was that all of us were 20kg and 10 years on the wrong side of our playing days. Despite that Lew was able to take a few screamer marks, Dave was kicking with pin point accuracy and I was able to have the ball on a string as I dodged and weaved between imaginary opponents. Meanwhile Steve Perkins disowned us and walked away shaking his head to check the wire.

Football
Playing a bit of football to break up the day

Dave and I maintained the tradition and scooted off to Meningie for a counter lunch at the pub. This time we probably stayed they for a few pints too many as Dave's AFL side Geelong were on the TV in the front bar. So full of cheer we grabbed a six pack of Bundy Cans and headed back to the DX campsite singing modified DX songs as we drove back. I recall our favourite was a rendition of "Y-M-C-A' called "B-O-B-O-A-M".

By early afternoon the whole DXpedition team were enjoying pop music from Radio Six via Latvia on 9290 for their special broadcast as we enjoyed Bundy Rum and port to fight off the chill in the late winter afternoon. After sign off we headed out to a clearing and played a modified version of cricket or baseball called DX-Ball where the ball was a football and instead of bowling or pitching it, Dave would kick it to me. The bat was a spare 4 foot copper pipe. Certainly an entertaining game when the batter, bowler and wicket keeper (or baseball catcher) are all drunk and the batter tends to concentrate more because I was standing in front of my can of Bundy Rum. The only problem was I nailed one ball and it went 30 metres in the air and landed in a 12 foot tall tree and we couldn't dislodge it. What to do?.........time for a new game called 'Extreme DX Ball' where the same copper pipe was used as a bat but the ball was now a rock the size of a tennis ball. This added a fear element to the game especially for the batter and wicket keeper and the copper pipe ended up looking liked a sick pretzel with all the bends and kinks in it. Fortunately no DXer was hurt in the playing of this game.

What surprised me the most was the concoction that Dave was cooking on the camp cooker - after all as my old gran pappy used to say - man who cooks beans and peas in same pot very unsanitary. There was zero propagation in the early evening from North America and not even any hets were appearing on the X-Band. Asian reception was OK but the tired and weary (drunk) DXpeditioners hit the sack early because lets face it, the Philippines and Indonesians are B-grade DX, it's the African and Europeans that were our A-grade targets.

Day 6 - Sunday July 24

Unfortunately nothing new from Africa but the strength of these were at their best this morning, incredible arm chair strength from Kenya 1386 and Djibouti 1539 around 1900 and Tanzania 1214 was rock solid. Only new stations in the log were Yemen outlets on 760 & 792 as the Middle East remained reliable. So we decided to bug out and dismantle the campsite and literally chuck it in the minivan to worry about later. Fortunately I was home by noon and able to sit back watching the V8 Supercars after lunch whereas Dave was driving and driving and didn't get back to Victoria until early Sunday evening.

Antenna

The key outcome of this trip was that propagation to Africa was at it's best ever and to Europe was its worst ever. We have the theory that this is a seasonal thing where you get Africa in winter and Europe in summer. We'll have to wait until Christmas to test whether or not this theory is true. The other big thing we realised was that the EWE was clearly the number 1 antenna, it was the antenna we got North Americans on when we set it up for bidirectional use, it was obviously better than the beverage for Africa and was even superior for North Africa, Middle East and Europe than the beverage which was pointing to that part of the world. Could this mean that future DXpeditions only need the simple EWE as opposed to the cumbersome and time consuming beverage - this is relevant to Australian DXers where in summer the bushland is infested with the most venomous and aggressive snakes in the world! Anyway I plan to venture out to the Coorong a lot more over winter this year to see if a few more rare exotic Africans can be hunted down.

ASIA/PACIFIC

549 1703 CNR Fujian, China. Good with typical Chinese orchestrals // 765. July 20 (CE/DO)

576 2000 DYMR Cebu City, Philippines. Fair under 2RN with Philippines Broadcasting Service IDs then into news items. July 20 (CE/DO)

610 2020 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Good here with oriental string music pieces. July 22 (CE/DO)

612 2040 DYHP Cebu City, Philippines. Funny ads for Premium Rum (no deaths since 1998) and RMN IDs. July 21 (CE/DO)

621 2100 DXDC Davao City, Philippines. Fair under 3RN with RMN IDs. July 20 (CE/DO)

630 1506 RRI Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Fair in Indonesian with programming seeming to run overnight. July 20 (CE/DO)

666 2055 DZRH Manila, Philippines. Good over Aussies with news items and DZRH IDs. July 20 (CE/DO)

684 1710 CNR Fujian, China. Good with male Chinese talks // 909. July 20 (CE/DO)

765 1703 CNR China. Good with typical Chinese orchestrals // 765. July 20 (CE/DO)

774 0950 RRI Fak Fak, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Nice signal despite monster 3LO cochannel , Indonesian talk then full IDs on the hour. July 23. (CE/DO)

783 1150 RRI Ende, Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Good here and never them before, noted with Song of Coconut Isles then full ID and news. July 21 (CE/DO)

810 1000 RRI Meruake, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Fair despite local stations with Jakarta news and IDs then into music show. July 22 (CE/DO)

819 0955 DXUM Cebu City, Philippines. Good at times with funny ads then IDs on the hour. July 23 (CE/DO)

864 1109 DZWM Alaminos, Philippines. Good here with US Evangelist religious program. July 21 (CE/DO)

873 1106 Thoi Long, Vietnam. Fair with male talks in Vietnamese. July 21 (CE/DO)

909 2030 RRI Sorong, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Good in Indonesian with pop music show and local RRI Sorong IDs. July 21 (CE/DO)

909 1957 DYLA Cebu, Philippines. Noted a couple of English songs suddenly then into Philippines national anthem and sign on announcements. July 20 (CE/DO)

909 1710 CNR China. Good with male Chinese talks // 684. July 20 (CE/DO)

918 1039 DZSR Quezon, Philippines. Entertaining Sports Radio program with lots of scores and animated DJs. July 20 (CE/DO)

927 1101 DXMD Santos City, Philippines. Fair signal with animated male DJ and canned RMN IDs. July 21 (CE/DO)

936 1050 DXIM Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Male announcer at fair levels with Radio Ng Bayan IDs. July 21 (CE/DO)

999 1037 DYSS Cebu City, Philippines. Pretty good mixing with possible Jakarta and Aussies, lots of Super Radyo IDs. July 20 (CE/DO)

1035 1040 SIBC Honiara, Solomon Islands. Usually under 2ZB but would appear at times with UNICEF interview, only Pacific station of the trip. July 20 (CE/DO)

1062 1048 DZEC Manila, Philippines. Fair overall but good peaks with non-stop male commentary on political issues then quick ID on hour. July 23 (CE/DO)

1107 2123 RRI Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Fair mixing with 2EA with Indonesian commentary. July 21 (CE/DO)

1143 1210 BEL3 Taiwan Area Fishery, Taiwan. Fair with usual weather information programming in Taiwanese. July 21 (CE/DO)

1170 2005 DXMR Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. Good at tail end of sign on announcements with loads of IDs, mixing with Farda. July 21 (CE/DO)

1179 1039 DYSB Bacolod City, Phillipines. Upbeat male and female chatter with DYSB Super Radyo IDs on the hour. July 21 (CE/DO)

1179 1025 RRI Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia. Not often heard Indo with male talks and lots of references to Jakarta, later noted before hour with RRI local ID, no sign of DYSB from a couple of evenings back. July 23 (CE/DO)

1179 JOOR Oaska, Japan. Poor with Japanese musical show. July 23 (CE/DO)

1197 0918 DXFE Davao City, Philippines. Fair mixing with semi-local 5RPH with religious programming. July 21 (CE/DO)

1215 1030 DYRF Cebu City, Philippines. Strong here with religious programming as per usual. July 20 (CE/DO)

1224 0910 DXED Davao City, Philippines. Actually stronger than 2EA with news commentary programming & Eagles Broadcasting Corporation IDs. July 21 (CE/DO)

1242 1643 Voice of Vietnam, Vietnam. Good with mailbag program in English. July 20 (CE/DO)

1260 1030 DZEL Lecuna City, Philippines. Quick couple of callsign IDs on the half hour followed by faced paced talks. July 21 (CE/DO)

1287 0940 DXRC Zamboanga City, Philippines. Fairly good here with Super Radyo Zamboanga IDs and animated talks. July 20 (CE/DO)

1296 0930 DXAB Davao City, Philippines. Very good signal and one of the 1st Philipino's to fade in with lots of DXAB Report IDs between news items. July 20 (CE/DO)

1296 1644 CRI China. Fair here in French. July 20 (CE/DO)

1359 2015 CNR China. Good strength with Chinese musical show // 1593. July 20 (CE/DO)

1377 2109 CNR Henan, China. Very good in Chinese and best of all CNR outlets. July 21 (CE/DO)

1440 1015 JOWF Sapporo, Japan. Fairly good but not super strong with 2PB gone and mixing with New Zealanders. July 20 (CE/DO)

1512 1009 DYAB Cebu City, Philippines. Very good with Yamaha bike ads and nutty DJ. July 20 (CE/DO)

1530 1000 DZME Manila, Philippines. Poor mixing with 2VM dominant, noted with ID on the hour. July 20 (CE/DO)

1548 1432 DW Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Fair in presumed Urdu with male talks // 15470. July 20 (CE/DO)

1566 1023 DXID Pagadian, Philippines. Fair with virtually non-stop chant and prayer melodies with occasional Tagalog talks. July 22 (CE/DO)

1566 2005 All India Radio Nagpur, India. Poor overall but clearly readable with Indian music show // 9425. July 20 (CE/DO)

1575 0850 DXJR Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Fair here with animated DJ and great IDs on the hour. July 21 (CE/DO)

1575 1530 Voice of America, Thailand. Regular here over 2RF, noted here with special English programming. July 20 (CE/DO)

1593 2015 CNR China. Good strength with Chinese musical show // 1359. July 20 (CE/DO)


NORTH AMERICA

1180 0825 Radio Marti, Marathon, FL. Fair here in Spanish // 6030 with vibrant music. First time noted for me in South Australia. July 20 (CE/DO)

1220 0849 XEB, La B Grande, Mexico. Solid signal, as god as XERF with romantica ballads. July 20 (CE/DO)

1520 0925 KOKC Oklahoma City, OK. Poor with Air America talkback show. July 20 (CE/DO)

1570 0902 XERF La Poderosa, Mexico. Good despite splatter with Spanish commentary on the hour followed by usual Ranchera music show. July 20 (CE/DO)

1590 0803 KLIV San Jose, CA. Poor and only noted briefly with CNN news. July 20 (CE/DO)

1650 0908 KFOX Torrance, CA. Fair in Korean noted a few times fading in and out of the mix. July 20 (CE/DO)

1650 0753 KDNZ Cedar Falls, IA. Coast to Coast then local ads and IDs on the hour. July 22 (CE/DO)

1660 0903 KXOL Brigham City, UT. Fair with usual oldies format with IDs between most songs. July 22 (CE/DO)

1660 0815 WCNZ Marcos Isl, FL. Fair and was quite good at times with religious talkback show hosted by priest. July 20 (CE/DO)

1660 0732 KTIQ Merced CA. Fair in Spanish with upbeat Latino tunes and constant deep fades. July 20 (CE/DO)

1670 0748 KHPY Moreno Valley, CA. The best of all North Americans with non-stop Spanish talks. July 20 (CE/DO)

1680 0920 KAVT Fresno, CA. Poor and would only rarely appear with Spanish talks mixed in with English pop songs. July 20 (CE/DO)

1690 0740 KDDZ Arvada, CO. Poor but readable on occasions with Radio Disney IDs and pop music. July 20 (CE/DO)

1690 0912 KFSG Roseville, CA. Poor with subdued Spanish commentaries. July 20 (CE/DO)


EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

711 2144 Radio Sana'a, Yemen. Poor here with male commentary in Arabic over fading Aussies. July 21 (CE/DO)

760 1915 Radio Sana'a, Yemen. Not // 792, noted with upbeat Middle Eastern music show, best of 3 Yemen outlets noted this trip. July 23 (CE/DO)

792 1900 Radio Sana'a, Yemen. One of 3 Yemen stations on offer this trip with male talks in AA after on the hour ID. July 23 (CE/DO)

819 2116 Batrah, Egypt. Strong at times with Arabic music programming. July 23 (CE/DO)

873 2140 Radio Rossii, Russia. Poor with only a brief appearance with Radio Rossii ID and male talks in Russian. July 21 (CE/DO)

909 1950 Voice of America, Botswana. Poor in English but clearly readable prior to RRI & DYLA signed on soon after. July 20 (CE/DO)

927 1734 TRT Izmir, Turkey. Fair under Aussies with Turkish music show. July 20 (CE/DO)

936 2135 RTM Agadir, Morocco. Poor but readable with Arabic male talks. July 21 (CE/DO)

945 2203 Kebbii Broadcasting Corp, Nigeria (tentative) Totally in the clear for 5 minutes as Sports Radio missed their news feed and only had an open carrier, noted with exciting typical African hi-life music. July 20 (CE/DO)

990 2040 Radio Sawa, Cape Greco, Cyprus. Sensational Arabic pop songs and noted // 1260. July 20 (CE/DO)

1017 2030 TRT Mudanya, Turkey. Exotic Turkish music programming not // 927 though (CE/DO)

1098 2145 IRIB Zabol, Iran. Fair mixing with 6MD with male talks in presumed Farsi. July 20 (CE/DO)

1169 1505 IRIB Sarasary, Iran. Early appearance of this one with non-stop male talks in Farsi. July 20 (CE/DO)

1188 2133 Radio Sana'a, Yemen. Poor overall with non-stop Arabic talks. July 20 (CE/DO)

1214 1925 Radio Tanzania, Arusha, Tanzania. Animated male and female talks in Swahili noted // 5050 with many IDs finally after 2000 - best logging of the trip. July 21 (CE/DO)

1233 1910 Radio Monte Carlo, Cyprus. Good here with male talks in Arabic, RMC IDs and then English pop music July 20 (CE/DO)

1251 1910 Voice of Africa, Libya. This one isn't often heard, good here with male talks in Arabic followed by Middle Eastern like music. July 22 (CE/DO)

1260 2040 Radio Sawa, Rhodes, Dodecanese Islands. Sensational Arabic pop songs and noted // 990. July 20 (CE/DO)

1296 2246 SNBC Reba, Sudan. Noted particularly late in the morning with North African music and male talks in Arabic. July 22 (CE/DO)

1386 1638 KBC Maralal, Kenya. Noted this fading in around this time with 80's and 90's pop music, General Overseas Service competition promo's and KBC IDs in EE, fair to good until sign off each morning. July 20 (CE/DO)

1404 2235 IRIB Rasht, Iran. Fair with Farsi music program. July 22 (CE/DO)

1440 1542 BSKSA Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Yes there every morning - big deal……July 20 (CE/DO)

1458 2205 Radio Vision Mayotte. Unusually strong and came from nowhere with male and female French talks. Not heard again on the trip. July 21 (CE/DO)

1467 2100 TWR Roumoules, France. Fair with male talks in Arabic. July 22 (CE/DO)

1521 2115 BSKSA Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Good with male talks in Arabic. July 22 (CE/DO)

1530 1835 Voice of America, Sao Tome. Fair with male talks in French. July 21 (CE/DO)

1539 1555 Radiodiffusion Vision Djibouti, Djibouti. Good at this early hour noted with IDs on the hour then into North African music pieces, noted // 4780 which was rock solid S9+ 20dB! July 20 (CE/DO)

1548 2112 VOR Grigoriopol, Moldova. Poor overall under 4QD with Voice of Russia Serbian service. July 20 (CE/DO)

1548 2200 Voice of America, Kuwait. Slowly appeared over faded Moldova and flutterly 4QD, poor with Arabic contemporary music. July 21 (CE/DO)

1575 1830 Radio Farda, Al-Dhabbaya, United Arab Emirates. Good mixing with 2RF and airing popular music with Farsi vocals and plenty of IDs between songs. July 20 (CE/DO)

Published on September 1, 2005

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