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Il “golpe” di Radio Quillabamba e l’arrembaggio dei pirati. I log di Dave Valko (USA)

radio-quillabambaL’assenza della cubana Radio Rebelde su 5025 kHz ha permesso nei giorni scorsi a Radio Quillabamba, emittente cattolica peruviana senza fini di lucro, gestita dai Padri Dominicani, di sfondare sulla vicinissima frequenza di 5024.89. A segnalarlo è l’espertissimo DXer statuinitense Dave Valko di Dunlo in Pennsylvania, che ci propone anche un’interessante selezione di ascolti pirata e dall’Africa, nonchè notizie sulle ultime “QSL” ricevute. Non è superfluo evidenziare che tutti gli ascolti sono stati effettuati con l’italianissimo ed affermato ricevitore SDR “Perseus”.
e-QSL came in from FRSH for 21 August reception. (4 Nov.)
5024.891 PERU R. Quillabamba Found Rebelde was off this evening and was getting an alternating M and W already at around 2220, pres. nx pgm. The same  lady hosted camposino mx pgm after 2230 w/ments of Provinica, camposina, Quillabamba, and Peru. Improved towards ToH. Canned ID/promo by W at 2301, then  another w/flute mx, live W anncr again w/intro ID and ment of pgm “Comunicadades Cristianas Campesinas, then said pgm to 2330. Mx briefly, then ID/intro by M w/singing by lady briefly and next pgm of prayers and Rosary by group of girls. 0001 girls were cut off for ID/outro similar to the intro. 0002 nice canned anmnt by alternating 2 men with 4 IDs by the deep-voiced M. Tlk by live M starting w/TC, then nice canned ID/promo by W at 0004 followed by another canned anmnt. Signal dropped off a bit towards s/off. 0159 canned complete ID anmnt by alternating M and W, same as at morning s/on, starting with the  bombastic orchestral mx and pleasant “giddyup llama” Andean melody, along w/calls and freqs given. One final canned anmnt by M ending w/mx to 0201, and plug  pulled at 0202:18. No NA at s/off. Not a great signal but readable and nice to hear them in the clear w/out Rebelde all evening. (4-5 Nov.)
4985.01 BRASIL R. Brasil Central RTTY was going off and on all evening but off abt 2/3 of the time. Brasil Central abt the best hrd in a while and  best at the 0000 ToH, but no ID noted then. ID jingle at 0201. (4-5 Nov.)
13800 SOMALIA Puntland R. Definite M anncr cutting away for M yelling briefly at 1341, then more tlk, same as hrd on the Twente web rx. 1347 into HoA mx. 1351 people shouting in unison, then more mx. Fady and difficult and never really got any better by the time presumed Tamazu came on at 1430. (5 Nov.)
Got a nice e-QSL from R. Enterprise (Europirate) for my 31 Oct. Halloween reception on a Youtube video I posted. (5 Nov.)
An e-QSL came in from Moonlight R., for my 31 Oct. Halloween reception on a Youtube video I posted. (5 Nov.)
Since Rebelde wasn’t on again, I ran a recording hoping to get a screenshot of R. Quillabamba coming up out of the noise floor starting at 2126, but it  wasn’t on. (5 Nov.)
6 November 2016 Micro-DXpedition:
RX: Perseus SDR
ANT: 313′ Beverage (BOG) aimed at 60°.
Duration: 0635-0905 UTC.
6115 very weak signal here at 0635 start. Must have been a Cuban spur as it was still there at 0738 check.
6070 is now blocked from 0630-0715 by Vatican, so no chance for Channel 292 at that time.
3985 GERMANY R. Slovakia Int. (via Kall) (pres.) 0642 end of EG tlk by M w/ment of Slovakian people, then into lively mx. Gone after 0700  check. (6 Nov.)
4028.98 PIRATE (EUROPE) LHH 0640 weakly w/M anncr at t/in, jingle w/deep-voiced M, then Pop mx. 0711 M DJ again in UK-accented EG. Never got any better and faded out. (6 Nov.)
7210 ETHIOPIA R. Fana Nice signal w/lively mx at 0649, then M anncr in pres. Amharic, then M and W tlk. Signal suddenly gone at 0656:55. (6 Nov.)
6205.08 PIRATE (EUROPE) LHH (relay) Was fair at 0635 start but nearly gone at 0702 check. Improved a lot at 0751 w/”I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” by Elton John. 0753 short anmnt by M w/info for reports to LHH. Nice ID jingle between songs at 0757. 0759 ID by W and into nx.headlines, ID, and back to mx. “It’s a Livin’ Thing” by ELO at 0818, “Promises Promises” by Naked Eyes at 0824, then jingle ID. “Maggie Mae” by Rod Stewart at 0839.  There’s a video of my reception at (6 Nov.)
6070 GERMANY Word of Deliverance (via Channel 292) Rel. pgm w/M and W hosts in EG at 0713 w/Vatican already off. A very slight het from CFRX 14 hz below. (6 Nov.)
6286.82 PIRATE (EURPOE) R. Focus Int. 0717 M anncr and into “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes. 0746 end of “Love is the Drug” by Roxy Music. 0759 sounded like a quick ment of Focus starting an anmnt. 0801 “In the Light” by Led Zeppelin. Pretty nice peak at 0806 and 0808, and DJ anmnt at 0809 w/ment of Terry Philips coming up and asked listeners if they came across Gary Stevens. 0810 “Barracuda” by Heart. Still audible at 0901 but gradually fading. Very fady. A video of the reception can be found using this link (6 Nov.)
9680 ZAMBIA V.O. Hope Africa End of rel. pgm, then complete f/out, and cont. contact info for pgm at 0729. Quickly came up nicely for info on Words of Hope Ministry, then into “Unshackled” pgm, and f/out again. (6 Nov.)
5025 Rebelde was off from start to at least 0713, but was there at 0725. Had hoped it would stay off for Quillabamba.
6257.02 PIRATE (EUROPE) R. Black Arrow Signal on at 0813:55, and immediately into more current Pop mx. 0816:10 tuned the freq down 2 khz, up 2 khz, and settled on 6260.05!! Dance mx up a little at 0823. M anncr at 0825:30 but too weak to copy. When he moved to 6260.05, there looked to be like an extremely weak signal already there. R. Waves Int.?? Went off sometime between 0832 and 0834 while I was checking calibration. Tnx Irish Pauls blog. A video of my reception can be viewed at (6 Nov.)
6230 PIRATE (EUROPE) R. Casanova Signal on at 0817:10 and playing mx at 0818. Definite mx on 0820, 0821, 0822:45 peaks. 0823 into another Dutch song. 0823:55 and 0824:20 M anncr voice-over. 0826 novelty instru., I think “My Bonnie”. 0827 into “The Old Man Down the Road” by John Fogerty and M voice-over, and again at 0829:40. 0830 another Dutch song. 0836:20 M anncr. 0838:05 some kind of jingle w/M voice in a bottle. Really nice peak at 0839 and 0840:05. 0841 sounded like canned e-mail in IT. 0842 M voice-over with e-mail addr and into “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John. Fading out completely just 5 min. later. Some SSB QRM. Video of the reception can be viewed at (6 Nov.)
9345 ARMENIA TWR India (relay) (pres.) 1342 found end of tlk by W anncr in apparent Bondo then mx, and gone at 1344:49 as per sked. Weak. (6 Nov.)
15070.07 PIRATE (EUROPE) Cupid R. Tnx John Cooper tip, found w/Dance and Pop mx at 1604. 1613 anmnt w/IDs and peaking during listener acknowledgments. More anmnts at 1622. Canned e-mail anmnt at 1628. Live anmnts again at 1639. Poor but had a couple decent peaks. (6 Nov.)
15059.87 PIRATE (EUROPE) Enterprise R. Very shortly after getting in the Pirate Chat, Capt. Denny asked if I could tune in and did. Extremely weak  signal and didn’t seem to hold much promise. But then it came up at 1616 with a little mx, and dropped back down. Back at 1624 w/a bit more audio, but then the best peak at 1626:00 w/guitar solo who Capt. D. said was Queen. Couldn’t recog. it though as it was a song from one of the latter LPs. Dropped out completely again. Even though it was right at threshold at 1633, it never did come back up. A Youtube video of this reception can be viewed at (6 Nov.)
An e-QSL came in from Renegade R. for 1 Nov. Halloween reception on a Youtube video I posted. (6 Nov.)
6 NOVEMBER 2016 Quick micro-DXpedition:
RX: Perseus SDR
ANT: 313′ Beverage (BOG) aimed at 35°.
Duration: 1705-1735 UTC.
15070.08 PIRATE (EUROPE) Cupid R. 1704 tlk abt the Summer Meeting while the BOG was being laid out. 1705:07 ID and greetings, and said was closing in 15-20 min., and back to Dance mx and really faded. 1717 more listener acknowledgments including shout-out to yours truly listening at “the remote site”. Very fady signal. No better than at home, but also about 45 min. later. A video of the reception can be found at (6 Nov.)
Barely any signal at all on 15059.87 from 1705+ on Enterprise R. Way below threshold. (6 Nov.)
11750 SRI LANKA SLBC subcont. Pop mx at 1725. Went right over the BoH w/mx. Was hoping for an ID then. Some slop QRM from massive 11760 Cuba.
(6 Nov.)
6925U PIRATE (NA) UNID. Historical pgm on Sodom & Gomorrah from 1853 t/in. Suddenly off in mid-pgm at 1905:24. Apparently same stn back on at 1915 w/pgm abt Caroline Norton and “The Infants Custody Act”. Gone at 1957. Strong with a little QSB. (6 Nov.)
6873.4v PIRATE (NA) WEEK Signal on at 2008:10 right on 6873.4. Checked calibration, came back, and was playing “8 Days a Week” by The Beatles at  2010. 2011:25 M anncr w/ment of “?? Shortwave free radio station….radio ??” followed immediately by raspy-voiced M w/apparent e-mail addr “…dot com”.
Recog. a Bluegrass version of “Wild Horses” at 2022:50. Not that strong but would have been easy if not for the apparent TV buzzing QRM. I find it  interesting that this is the exact same freq and identical xmtr drift to that of Witch City R. heard last Monday!! A video of this reception can be seen at (6 Nov.)
Dave Valko
Dunlo, PA, USA (via DX FANZINE)
Perseus SDR and Wellbrook ALA1530S, 153 foot Delta Loop, and BOGs on Micro-DXpeditions

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