Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Radio Madagasikara

Radio Madagasikara, transmitting from Antananarivo, Madagascar, was logged 26 November 2014. Presumably this was Radio Madagasikara. I say this owing that the only other possible station on the frequency of 5.009 (5.010) kHz at 20.00 to 20.30 UTC would be in Latin America. The music content and language however fits the profile of Madagascar, Therefore, it most certainly is not Latin America, India or China which broadcast on the same frequency. Secondly, Radio Madagasikara has a tendency to transmit slightly off  frequency, rarely spot-on 5.010 kHz.

Signal was faintly observed as early as 19.45 UTC. Increased signal strength at 20.00 UTC yielded a SINPO of 24432 -- weak signal, slight transmitter het, atmospheric noise and fading, yet clear enough to discern audio. Reception improved slightly around 20.15 UTC. Signal was still present as late as 21.00, but with faint audio and slight het.

Reception report was emailed on the following day. I have contacted this station previously by Facebook, email and post, but never have I received a reply. I suspect as much this time as well. Nevertheless, it is always a joy to listen to these out-of-the-way stations and hope for the best.


Postal Address:
Radio Madagasikara
101 Tananarive,
Antananarivo, Madagascar

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