You should have received the information I forwarded from
Jorma Mantlya in Finland regarding his logging of Zimbabwe.
Tonight, I checked the other frequencies used by Zimbabwe in the past
and I caught them on 3.306 with S9 signal levels. After listening to
the tape of the 0400 ID several times, I am 99% certain the ID I heard
was them. Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of splatter from R.
Cultural on 3.300 and the 3.306 signal was fading fast due to their
being well into daylight. The sun begins to rise on their eastern
border at about 0235 UTC. At 0400, they were fading fast. I am going
back at 0230 - 0300 tomorrow and see if I can catch the sign on.
Here is the logging detail:
to back US pops. More commercials?/announcements at 0345. Low drums
was covered by a splatter burst from R. Cultural but the R-3 is
consistent with the nomenclature of the networks as detailed in my 1993
WRTH. Faded out by 0445. RIPPEL, VA
Additionally, on 11/27, they appeared again but with a little different
hi-life mx till 0352* w/ abrupt off. Near FM quality w/ station
This information from Dave Clark in Ontario.
#: 851 S0/CompuServe Mail [MAIL]
25-Nov-94 00:36 EST
Sb: Zimbabwe is back!
Fm: David Clark
Nov 24/94 ZIMBABWE BACK ON TROP BAND
Nov 17 RNMN first cited ZBC back on the air, apparently testing
irregularly. 3306 (Radio 2) was heard testing by a UK listener on
UT evening of November 7th. On Nov 24th RNMN, Chris Greenway of
BBCM reports Radio 1 was heard briefly at 2000 on Nov 18th on
3396. The transmitter then went off the air, although the service
is scheduled to run to 2200*. Today I also had a phone message
at my office from my friend Tony Ward who reported hearing the
commercial service on 3306 circa 2130.
So both of these old channels are being used [seemingly not
concurrently] for tests of the new (50 kW ?) transmitters that
I believe were supplied in the form of aid by China. It was
announced in Sept that regular ZBC shortwave service would be
restored by the end of the year. A former 60m channel that
would be worth watching as well is 4828. (DMC)
Message compiled at 09:03 on 11/27/94
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