January 2010 ABDX Journal

Vol 5. Issue 1

 

 

Editors Corner:

 

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Propagational seasons are changing and we are beginning the up side of the solar cycle. This will bring new stations on AM but will really help reception of HF signals, especially on the upper bands. Be open to trying new things as the solar cycle progresses.

 

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Kevin Redding, Phil Rafuse, Powell Way , Mike Richard, Jay Heyl and Martin Foltz, the ABDX crew.

 

Table of Contents

 

Editors Corner                                                                    1

 

The Broadcast Band – AM                                               2

 

Down In The Basement – LW                                         21

 

The Whole Earth – HF/SW                                               22

 

The Line of Sight and Beyond – FM                              73

 

The Visible Universe – TV                                                74

 

Nuthin’ But Net – Net Video and Audio                        74

 

You Don’t Need a Weatherman – Weather Band       74

 

Extra, Extra – News                                                           74

 

Bargain Barn – Sale Items                                               77

 

Show And Tell – Review of New Toys                          77

 

Testing, Testing… - Upcoming Tests                           77

 

Call Sign Changes – From the FCC                              73

 

I Got The Bird – Satellite                                                   78

 

The Broadcast Band

 

Bob Smoak – Bamberg , SC

Zenith Royal  74

 

1/8

Heard at 11:37 A. M. WSQL, 1240 kHz, Brevard, N. C., with weather report, a distance of 165 miles.  Was trying for Powell's station, WKDK, 1240 kHz, Newberry, S. C., which came in just ahead of WSQL on groundwave with a local spot.  Radio used was a Zenith Royal 74 Deluxe portable, nekkid.

Brian Goodrich – Greensboro , NC

Ford car radio

 

Heard twice recently in separate locations... WGTR, 970, Louisville

(1/2/10 6:48PM ET)   Ford car radio near Savannah , GA.   In mess on 970, on top and fairly stable off and on for about 20 minutes (except when IDing), with Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" retro show from the 1970s.  

(1/16/10 6:50PM ET)   Ford car radio near  Greensboro , NC .  On top and fairly stable for about five minutes, with Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" retro show from the 1970s.  Identifier clearly heard into commercials... "970 W-G-T-K".

 

Jerry Steck – Bryan , TX

Grundig S350

 

WTNI; 1640Khz. Biloxi, Ms. at 0540z with MORSE ID--continuous tape announcing a public service message to be made at 4PM CST jan. ?19?, 2010--(not sure of date)book shows 10000kw/1000kw power levels, but i believe he's running the full 10K tonight--

 

Byron Johnson – Roseville , MI

Kenwood TS-450S, indoor 34 in sq Litz loop

 

JAN 01 1300 EST 1570 KC WWCK FLINT MI 179 WTS

JAN 01 1715 EST 820  KC WWBA LARGO FL

JAN 01 1759 EST 1160 KC WCRT DONELSON TN 50K

JAN 01 1805 EST 1170 KC KFAQ TULSA OK

JAN 01 2022 EST 850  KC KOA DENVER CO

JAN 01 2215 EST 820  KC WBAP FORT WORTH TX

ULR SONY SRF-M40W BAREFOOT

just copied 790 WLSV  Wellsville NY for the 2nd time at night, they run 41 watts. just checked FCC database. it can't be right jan 18 and jan 31. wonder whats going on ?

790 WLSV NY 1840 EST Jan 11

790 WLSV NY 2046 EST Jan 31

 

Steve Ponder – Clear Lake , TX

Sangean DT400W

 

I'm still having problems trying to fall asleep at night.  Guess I'm not fully back on schedule yet.  Anyway, I tried to see if I could get anything on my 630 kHz UNID from the night before, but zippo.  So, I decided to channel-hop to 640 kHz and then later to 660 kHz.  Here's what I heard

640 kHz

04-JAN-10  0128 CST  WWLS   Moore OK  "AM 640 WWLS The Sports Animal" and

into ESPN Sports

660 kHz

04-JAN-10  0157 CST  KSKY  Balch Springs TX  "AM 660 KSKY" in the outro

of a pre-recorded Dennis Prager Christmas show.

Upon noticing that the "new" KGBC 1540 on Galveston Island was off the air, I tuned to 1530 and was rewarded with a nice ULR catch - "La Tremenda 1530 KGBT" in Harlingen , TX !

The time was 1/21 2116 UTC (1516 PM CST) and all I was hearing was Spanish-language programming with Tejano music.  I had forgtten that KGBT was a Univision outlet.

At 2159 UTC, they gave an English ID - "This is KGBT 1530 in Harlingen , TX " and then a Spanish ID - "La Tremenda 15-30."  At 2201 UTC, their antenna pattern changed and

ZAP! they were gone!

Just checked the frequency again this morning 1/22.  KGBC 1540 on Galveston Island (TX) is still off the air.  This is the station that recently switched to China Radio International

programming.

Haven't heard why they suddenly went off the air, but it opens up 3 frequencies for me (1530/1540/1550)!!

 

Powell Way III – Silverstreet , SC

2006 Ford Ranger radio or as listed

 

1/8

This HAR is around 30 miles from me. I can faintly hear it on the Kaito 1123 NEKKID and listen to it with a loop..........  They must be running a bit of power.

1550  WIGN  TN  Bristol  1530 hours  Bottom of the hour break with WIGN mentioned......

2000 Taurus wagon AKA  "The Flying Car"   in the Newberry, SC Tractor Supply parking lot.    01/16-2010  PEW SC

1/30

930  WGAD  AL  Rainbow city  2207 hours with singing jingle and back into oldies. Strong and holding it over the normal mess on 930.  My first reported logging with the 1951 Zenith

G500 Transoceanic.  PEW -SC

 

Neil Wolfish – Toronto , ON

Receiver, Antenna

 

1/30

With local CFTR on 680 and the IBOC from 700, I don't expect to hear anything on 690 from inside an apartment building using a SONY-ICF-2010 and Radio Shack Loop.

940 on the other hand....    Last night WGRP was dominating with their "2 watts" of night-time power.   Gee, with 2 watts you'd think I'd be hearing the other two Pennsylvania stations on 940, both of which are listed as having 5 watts at night!  

As sunrise approached 940 became a mix of WGRP's classic country, CJGX's more modern country and KPSZ's religion.  At 8:00 a.m. WKGM ( Smithfield VA ) was very strong.  Just before 9:00 a.m. I could hear a mix of gospel and EWTN-Catholic religion (I'm guessing WIDG St. Ignace is the EWTN).

Eventually I'll catch something new on 940.   One I'd like to hear is KVSH in Valentine NE , which looks like a good one to shoot for at sunset.

 

 

Juan Gualda – Ft. Pierce , FL

Sangean PR-D5

 

1/22

WLTQ 730 is now listenable at home (daytime), where I used to only be able to hear them on the Beach. I am about 4 miles inland. They now have a great signal this way. 

Maybe the CP for higher power ? 

Anyway, they are coming in as I write this 7:30 pm, so maybe they forgot to lower power, or the 103 watts are getting out pretty darn good.

 

Bruce Winkleman – Tulsa , OK

Drake R-8 and Quantum Phaser

 

02JAN10 0000CST KVDW England AR rel pgm ending then ID as "Vern 1530

broadcasting from towers in England , Arkansas " and an "ID" for KZTD 1350

in Cabot , Arkansas as well NEW

02JAN10 0600CST KLBW New Boston TX IRN Radio News then "1530 The Light

KLBW" ID. Last heard as KNBO in 1996

 

Bogdan Chiochiu – Montreal , OC

Sanyo MCD S830

 

600 CUBA CMKV Radio Rebelde, Urbano Norrís JAN 15 2350 UTC - man talking with passion about "la revolución cubana" leading to a cumbia song. Good, in CKAT null ! Heard with the Sony SRF-A1 walkman and it's own built-in ferrite rod antenna in AM ST mode with the cumbia song jumping from one channel to another with a weak domestic rumble in the other channel... I think this walkman gives a stereo-like effect to all stations (hello Phil Laruse, who had a similar occurance with CHNC-610) ! (Chiochiu-QC) 

710 CUBA Radio Rebelde synchros JAN 15 2350 UTC - // 600 with some splatter from next-to-adjacent locals on 690 and 730. Over WOR though ! Heard on the Sony SRF-A1 walkman with its built-in ferrite rod antenna ! (Chiochiu-QC)

 780 VENEZUELA YVNM Radio Coro JAN 15 0520 UTC - HJ vallenato mx, followed by a couple of canned announcements such as "¡La publicidad radial es más efectiva, más economica y con mayores beneficios! ¡Anuncie sú producto hoy!", full ID, then into a salsa number. Poor reception, a few good peaks, but very deep fadings, mostly weak and rarely good. SINPO 35512. Heard on the Sanyo MCD-S830 / PK AM loop combo with WBBM carefully nulled out ! Conditions toward Latin America generally very poor. Even Radio Coro is very unimpressive as you can see... TA DX is much better ! (Chiochiu-QC)

630 CFCO Chattam, ON JAN 15 1706 EST - playing a contemporary country song with electric guitar on one ear and drums on the other one. Switch beetwen both due to "platform motion"... Carried hockey later, after 1930 EST, after an ad for a sweater ! With so much talk: WPRO, CFCO, WMAL et al, I though they went dark, due to their 92.9 simulcast, which is a shame, as it is my best source of Motorola C-Quam DXing ! (BC-QC)

 890 WLS Chicago, IL JAN 15 2018 EST - Heard Emerson Lake and Palmer "welcome back my friend to the show that never ends, come inside, come inside..." symphonic prog-rock gem on the right ear and the talkshow host on the left ear ! Yes, and with NO platform motion effect, in null of WCBS-880 HD QRM ! Excellent, almost local-like ! (BC-QC) 

940 CINW Montréal, QC JAN 15 1505 EST - heard with monaural music on the right ear and just powerline noises on the left one as I was in the center of the local noise storm that Hydro Québec will solve tonight ! It appears this walkman brings platform motion effect and stereo where it doesn't belong as well as where it REALLY belongs. CINW never used stereo and is not doing so today either ! (BC-QC) 

1280 CFMB Montréal , QC JAN 15 1625 EST - with an Italian punk-rock classic from the early 80s. Heard with some platform motion effect as I nulled them out, I was degradating their city grade reception here in Pierrefonds ! (BC-QC)

 1310 CIWW Ottawa, ON JAN 15 1536 EST - Heard with one 70s song alternating between left and right ear, platform motion effect with stereo-like separation ! Mixing with WORC ! (BC-QC) 

1310 WORC Worchester , MA JAN 15 1536 EST - using "La Mega" and "Power Trece Diez" slogans and playing trop mx... At 1630 EST, after a Zacaría Ferreira track, the man anncr told his listeners he will be live in Massachussets, on stage ! Very good, over / under CIWW / others on the Sony SRF-A1 barefoot ! Are they using stereo ? I couldn't really tell ! (BC-QC) 

1340 WIRY Plattsburg, NY JAN 15 1108 EST - playing a funky song from the late 70s or early 80s with a nice separation between the funky guitar and the drums that were trading places due to the "platform motion" effect... Its the first time I hear anything close to Dance Music on this otherwise eclectic Home Town  broadcaster ! Heard on the Sony SRF-A1 / PK AM loop combo ! There was some skywave intereference from other 'graveyarders', mainly WSTJ and WMSA, causing this platform motion shift. Daytime skip was too good today, as it disturbed this fringe Motorola C-Quam semi-local with really bothersome skip signals I'd rather not hear, as they weren't stereo ! (BC-QC) 

1610 CJWI Montréal, QC JAN 15 - often overtaked by overspills from CFAV-1570, some huge 40 kHz away ! (BC-QC)

1630 KCJJ Iowa City, IA 01/28 0154 EST - End of ad bloc, "Hot Talk, Hot Hits" jingle with very clean stereo separation during a very good signal peak, followed by an Alicia Keys number. Also heard a couple of dozens of minutes earlier with a man host talking about the best way to take care of a golden retriever (like the very sensitive one I already breed and cheers). SINPO 43523 and I more reliable than WIRY-1340 as far as its signal strength goes, at least that's the way it was the past night. I'm very happy with this one ! Heard with a fair level of QRM from WDAG (also new !) and a Spanish Mexican playing ranchera that was probably the one in Wyoming . Also some IBOC hash, unsure from who... Is there something IBOC on 1620-1640 in the northeast or even further into the midwest that could potentially harm KCJJ in the Montreal area ? Still, not too bad overall, as far as the reception goes ! How many IBOC "badcasters" are slicing the X-band ? (BC-QC)

 1680 WTTM Princettown, NJ 01/28 0235 EST - in order to get it in CQuam, I almost had to break the dial which stopss right at 1678 or 1679 kHz, sounded like some stereo separation on WTTM, maybe just a fake ? Always hard to tell with those forced stereo sets like my trusty Sony CFS-6000 (which works very well between 515 and 1670 kHz) and the poor stereo separation on ranchera music, though I thought I had one instrument one side and the other on the left side with the voice in both channels, though it was hard to tell. Fadings on the X-band are choppy and my inability to tune right to 1680 made the fadings sound even more unbearable than on KCJJ ! (BC-QC) 

600 CUBA    CMKV, Radio Rebelde, Urbano Norrís JAN 28 0422 UTC - woman doing a speech against racism and taking phone calls from her listeners. Atop CKAT ! Heard on the Sony SRF-A1 barefoot while walking the dog near the Céres park in Pierrefonds . Briefly good, then overtaked by QRM. Condx toward Latin America generally very poor. (Chiochiu-QC)

690 COLOMBIA    HJCZ Radio Recuerdo, Santa Fé de Bogotá JAN 30 0628 UTC - ranchera, "Los bailados de siempre están en Radio Recuerdos", then a classic cumbia track. Poor-fair, but dominant over apparent Cuba which was IDed earlier and residual hash. SINPO 22332. NEW ! Colombia #8... I have HJKL-610, HJKH-650, HJAJ-760, HJJX-770, HJCY-810, HJIJ-1070, HJCG-1070, so this is indeed my 8th Colombian on mediumwave... First new Colombian in ages ! In WLW-700 null ! It's hard to null out WLW-700 without also semi-nulling Colombia , but a semi-null is better than a total null ! (Chiochiu-QC)

1230 WSSL 27/01 1436 - ESPN sports report and WSSL ID... Haven`t tried to find out from where it came, but it must be a good catche, like any GY DX. (BC-QC)

1240 WH?C 27/01 1445 - Your best memories, WH?C and 40s Frank Sinatra-style music. Fair over jumble ! What is the third letter ? (BC-QC)

630 CFCO Chattam, ON 27/01 0245 - for a few seconds excellent with an electric guitar on the left and a funky guitar on the right while playing a country tune... Couldn`t get clear stereo for more than a few seconds, but the Sony CFS-6000 is definitively a good C-Quam tuner ! (BC-QC)

1350 WINY Putnam , CT 27/01 1358 - local ads, ID into Bonnie Taylor - Total Eclipse Of My Heart. Excellent for a minute or so, then buried by QRM. NEW ! During the liner I had clear separation with the doppler stereo walking only twice from left ro right and too sharp to be stereo-like faking. NEW ! I`m very happy with this one... Caught it on tape for sharing with us, I just have to put it into MP3. (BC-QC)

1630 KCJJ Iowa City, IA 26/01 0230 - ID with clear audio but no real stereo separation. Is it still C-Quam and is it still playing music ? They sounded more like a talker ! I`m afraid, I couldn`t test my Sony CFS-6000 on those guys ! At least, they are still getting out ! Usually where there is even some slight co-channel QRM, the stereo is faking or moving sidewards, even if the audio is overal clear, so I need an insight if KCJJ-1630 is still C-Quam into 2010. (BC-QC)

630 CFCO Chattam, ON 27/01 0245 - for a few seconds excellent with an electric guitar on the left and a funky guitar on the right while playing a country tune... Couldn`t get clear stereo for more than a few seconds, but the Sony CFS-6000 is definitively a good C-Quam tuner ! (BC-QC)

1350 WINY Putnam , CT 27/01 1358 - local ads, ID into Bonnie Taylor - Total Eclipse Of My Heart. Excellent for a minute or so, then buried by QRM. NEW ! During the liner I had clear separation with the doppler stereo walking only twice from left ro right and too sharp to be stereo-like faking. NEW ! I`m very happy with this one... Caught it on tape for sharing with us, I just have to put it into MP3. (BC-QC)

1630 KCJJ Iowa City, IA 26/01 0230 - ID with clear audio but no real stereo separation. Is it still C-Quam and is it still playing music ? They sounded more like a talker ! I`m afraid, I couldn`t test my Sony CFS-6000 on those guys ! At least, they are still getting out ! Usually where there is even some slight co-channel QRM, the stereo is faking or moving sidewards, even if the audio is overal clear, so I need an insight if KCJJ-1630 is still C-Quam into 2010. (BC-QC)

640 CUBA    CMBC, Radio Progreso, Guanabacoa JAN 27 0638 - Man in Spanish heavily QRMing the Toronto station, heard some African music, not sure if Radio Progreso or Radio Guadeloupe. (Chiochiu-QC) 

710 CUBA    Radio Rebelde, synchros JAN 27 0628 - noted in passing very briefly. Holding it`s own against WOR. (Chiochiu-QC)

750 VENEZUELA    YVKS RCR Caracas, DF JAN 21 2320 - talking about the victory of a baseball team. Good mixing with WSB while walking the dog with the walkman ! This one seems to be having a comeback at their mighty 100kW power level. 2320 UTC means 1920 EST ! (Chiochiu-QC)

760 COLOMBIA    HJAJ RCN Cadena Basíca, Barranquilla JAN 27 0630 - Colombian nx items, followed by political gouv-related nx with time pips and RCN jingle in a tight WJR null ! (Chiochiu-QC)

780 VENEZUELA    YVNM Radio Coro, Coro , Falcón JAN 23 0932 - end of Rúta Músical 7-80, followed by a program of música llanera. Fair w/ deep fadings and adjacent channel splatter with WBBM nulled as much as possible, though, not completly. SIO 321. Also heard on the Sony CFS-6000 portable with slightly less splatter in AM normal mode, instead of AM wide, a few days later ! Seems like I found a replacement for my Sanyo MCD-S830... (Chiochiu-QC)

 

Rick Barton - Cave Creek , Arizona

Panasonic  RF-2200 (MW)

 

1140   KHTK  Sacramento, CA   1/3 0700   ID and local spots bubbling up out of the muck at TOH and just after. this station hasnt made an appearance here in a while. (Barton-AZ)

1600   KRKE   Albuquerque , NM  1/10 10:00A  Monitoring at home with comms recievers and longwires, have been hearing daylight DX for past cupola weeks here. suspected either KRKE in New Mexico or semi-local Cottonwood Arizona station KYBC. both have similar oldies formats, but couldn't get good TOH ID. the format seemed to favor Albuquerque even tho that seemed more unlikely for various reasons.

today i monitored 1600 in truck radio and heard station with trios norteno music, but right at 10:00, a very clear ID bubbled up out of the soup "1600...KRKE Albuquerque" by male announcer. station faded out for a moment, then returned with Summer in the City by Lovin Spoonful. 300 +-  miles at midmorning.  (1/10 Barton-AZ)

700    KALL   N. Salt Lake City  0830 (MST)  Spot for credit repair, clear ID by male "on KALL-700". Heard very strong, well after usual S.R. fadeout, with very small portable on a towel rack in the bathroom ! true story !  i get good condx when it rains in the desert, and it is raining here today .  :D  i expect to log a few more today. (1/18 Barton-AZ)

1330   KGAK  Gallup, NM  1700 (MST)  ID, indigenous music, announcer in Navajo.  at 1707  KGAK was blown out by unid. playing "Anarchy in the UK " by Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols. station alone on frequency for most of the cut, then KGAK came back up and battled it out. Female announcer after , could only make out "inspirational", into more alt-rock for a few minutes, then gone . any ideas who was the alt-rocker ? (1/18  Barton-AZ)

1620   KSMH   W. Sacramento, CA  1545  Call-in show in poroigress, with religious discussion. Very strong.  (1/18  Barton-AZ)

1630   XEUT  Tijuana, Baja del Norte, Mexico 1600 Romantic ballads with near-local signal before TOH, solid clear ID by male 1600,into trios norteno music.  (1/18  Barton-AZ)

1600  KRKE   Albuquerque , NM  Christopher Cross vocal (Never Be the Same) and off and on mixing with unid Spanish lang sta. Good ID by M at 1030 A  /  1730 UTC "on 1600 - KRKE

Phil Rafuse – Stratford, PEI

R-390A LFE M601C active omni whip with ground addition – As Listed

 

1/29

I'm getting 940 CJGX Yorkton SK, pretty well at times, at other times I'm getting Spanish language talk.

Now, 690 is proving to be interesting.  I have to listen on LSB, because 693 BBC is hammering in tonight.  So, the only receiver that truly works well on ECSS in my stable is the Icom R-75.

I'm getting English language talk, very CBC like, although I can't say for sure that it is CBC.  If it proves to be CBC, it could be the 40 watt CBC repeater in NB rather than CBU in Vancouver.  However, the English is not parallel to 640 CBN or 1140 CBI, which seems to rule out the 40 watt repeater theory.

Now, I'm getting Spanish language talk on 690, parallel to Spanish language talk in the background of CBN on 640. Likely radio Progresso in Cuba.

 

Barry McLarnon – Ottawa, ON

Receiver, Antenna

 

1/29

Progreso ID heard a few minutes ago.  690 is starting to get interesting... some EE floated up minutes ago, and I recognize the program as "As It Happens" - gotta be CBU!  There is also a US station in the mix at times, heard running ads, but no ID yet.

1/31

I didn't know there was a Progreso active on 940 - will have to watch for that one.  So far, I've been spending more time on 690.  Here's what I've heard so far:

690: Progreso (usually dominant here after dark), Colombia, WELD, KTSM, CBU (surprisingly nearly alone y'day about half an hour before my local sunrise).

940: XEQ (presumed), WGRP, WGFP, WIDG, CJGX (often dominant here).

Only new logging so far is KTSM, but that was very unexpected and welcome.  My fond hopes for 690 include logging daytimers WADS and WPHE, but both null me (being close to Montreal), so those are faint hopes. I've previously logged many of the other good targets (AL, FL, LA, KS, MI, NE, VA, WI), but there are still some interesting ones to hunt (e.g., MN, MO, and maybe CO and SK).

On 940, there's a bunch to look for, including the 250 watters in OH and PA,

WECO in TN, KVSH in NE, and WCSW in WI.

 

Kevin Redding – Crump, TN

Receiver and Antenna as listed

 

Heard on an Eton E1 and 150 foot wire 1/1:

1090 WBAL Baltimore, MD 1535 with TFC/WX then ID and talk show with Jim Boehner giving an interview obviously drunk as they come. NEW!

1320 WBOB Jacksonville, FL 2015 with ID and into ABC Network Basketball, Fade out soon after. NEW.

Heard on an Eton E-1 and 150' wire 1/5:

1450 WDNG Anniston, AL 1700 ToH ID and into NX and then shortly after, plop! Back into the soup. NEW #434

Heard on a 2004 Gold Saturn Ion radio and 31" whip in Adamsville, TN:

1500 KSTP St. Paul, MN 1630 with WX report and ID. New! #435

Heard on a CCRadio nekkid 1/8:

1070 KNX Los Angeles, CA 0010 with ID and news about UCLA.

880 WCBS New York, NY 0030 with ID, ads and into NX and then WX,

Heard on an Eton E1 and 150 foot wire 1/8:

790 WKRD Louisville, KY 0740 with ID and sports talk then ad for KY Wildcats basketball and overtaken by WMC. NEW

Heard on an Eton E-1 and 150' wire 1/9:

1600 KLEB Golden Meadow, LA 1848 with Nicholls State U. Colonels playing the Northwestern State Demons in a basketball game.

1360 WMOB Mobile, AL 2100 with perfect ToH ID and announcing // to WTOF 1110 Bay Minette. REL format and very strong signal.

Heard on an Eton E-1 and 150' wire 1/13:

1020 WCIL Carbondale, IL 0706 with ads for "Carbondale and southern Illinois" and  into talk show. Faded quickly. New!

Heard on an Eton E-1 and 150' wire 1/13:

1100 WGCA Woodbine, GA 0600 with ToH ID and list of localities on the GA coast from border to border, into SRN/IRN news.

Today 1/15 it was 61F / 16.1C outside and sunny. It was a super nice day and after putting out 50 lbs of fertilizer in the garden and tilling it in with a tractor, yours truly sat on the porch with a DX 440 and did a little listening until the sun went all the way down.

860 KKOW Pittsburg, KS 1705 ID and into sports talk about the local HS BKB team.

950 KWOS Jefferson City, MO 1710 mentioning capital city and a garage door company in Jeff City before giving ID.

Heard on an Eton E-1 and 150' wire.

1310 WPBC Decatur, GA 1702 - 1723 with jazz by Miles Davis "So What" and then into KK pgm. Sounds like a KK soap opera. NEW, heard before but never logged.

1/23 I have been occasionally hearing Asian late in the afternoons on 1600 from KRVA in Cockrell Hill, TX. I even got a ToH ID from them and never posted it. Its new for me to report

though. Just one of those things that happen when you get busy I guess.

Heard 1/27 on an Eton E-1 and 150' wire.

1120 WTWZ Clinton, MS 1230 o/u KMOX playing bluegrass. BoH ID. NEW.

 

W. G.  Hauser – Enid, OK

DX-398

 

** U S A. 1480 in Wichita KS had been Radio Disney, but now as heard Jan 7 at 1957 UT it`s ``The Big Talker, 1480 KQAM``. Promo gave list of talkshow lineup, too quick to copy down, but not a one of them liberal and some of them far-right wackos, anything but in the public interest, such as Glenn Beck, John Gibson. At least they also have relatively moderate Joe Scarborough, and Jim Bohannon --- only America in the Morning, not his evening talkshow.

If KQAM has its own website, it`s not showing up anywhere near the top of Google searches. But here`s the program list, CST = UT -6, as if they turn the transmitter off for weekends:

http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/68784/kqam-wichita-unveils-talk-lineup?ref=search

And another story about the transfer:

http://news.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/rol.exe/headline_id=b12119

A big SNAFU at 2000 UT as commercials continued for the first half of the one-minute Fox ``News``, double audio; no loss. 2001 switches to Mid-America Network, owned by same group, for bitter cold weather forecast, 2002 market report (meaning ag, not stock), 2003 promo Imus show which includes local news breaks.

Strangely enough, during the Radio Disney era, kept old calls KQAM, which don`t seem to relate to any cartoon character, and are still keeping them. KQAM was originally on 1410, and now that is co-owned with present 1410, sports talk, KGSO. Both put adequate daytime groundwave signals into Enid almost 200 km away.

Steckline Communications already owned 1410, and FCC AM Query Jan 7 still shows 1480 owned by Disney. It also shows:

20-year Call Sign history of the 1480 facility, #61352:

Current Call Sign:   KQAM  

Call Sign  Begin Date  

KQAM  09/23/1997

KZSN  02/01/1990

KLEO  12/31/1982

KWKN  09/01/1980

And of the 1410 facility, #53150:

Current Call Sign:   KGSO  

Call Sign  Begin Date  

KGSO  05/01/2005

KMYR  09/23/1997

KQAM  09/15/1980

KEYN   

Will Radio Disney find another outlet in Wichita? The Radio Disney website thinx they are still on 1480:

http://radio.disney.go.com/music/yourstation/wichita/index.html

** U S A. As I was falling asleep, Jan 3 around 0645 UT, old time radio show on 1670. Must be WTDY Madison WI, which favors far-right wacko talkhosts much of the time, Beck, Miller, Medved, Ingraham, but per sked http://www.wtdy.com/content/SHOWS-16.html

When Radio Was is indeed on its air UT Sundays 05-08. This title does *not* refer to ``when radio was subject to the Fairness Doctrine``. Also of possible interest: UT Mondays 00-03, Sunday Night Bandstand with Ben Benedetti (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. I have heard KXTR 1660 Kansas City several times since last report, with classical music, but Jan 4 at 2145 UT on caradio I was hearing nothing on the frequency but ``ESPN 1660``. Since the predicted temps were negative F, must have been KQWB ND rather than KRZI TX (and we never hear WBMX NC here --- all with ESPN per NRC AM Log).

It faded down a few minutes later, and there was a SAH, and then barely detectable classical music, so apparently KXTR was on the air after all, but why so weak? Chicago 1690 and Madison 1670 were also in at the time. KXTR has been off and on for some weeks due to antenna work. Could be they are running much less than 10 kW at the moment; hope it is not a permanent reduxion in power or skywave coverage. But homepage http://www.kxtr.com no longer says anything about antenna work.

BTW, the player which linx to all Entercom stations puts this and a bunch of its other KC stations in the KC KS, not MO market. Of course, it`s really both, but the MO side is larger and usually dominates. KXTR`s city of license is KC KS and KXTR transmitter site is in fact in Kansas, at 94-36-56 W longitude, i.e. less than one minute west of the straight N-S border between the states, counties, and cities.

The same meridian is named State Line Road, at least a bit further south, and I have driven it with the peculiar feeling of being in two places at once, but nothing like the Four Corners monument, until we found out it is in the wrong place.

However, classical music was dominating 1660 at 0648 UT Jan 5. Possibly the daytime reception (non) was a propagational quirk. KXTR is the ONLY MW signal normally audible here playing classical music, as there are NO public radio stations left on MW in this part of the country, let alone any other commercial classicals. What a vast wasteland, culturally, geographically and frequencially.

Even CBC has banned classical music from Radio One, often audible via CBW 990 --- the closest they come is Inside the Music, UT Mondays 0305-0400, but that`s a lot of talk ABOUT classical music (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, KEOR, Sperry, had been rather constant, but Jan 8 at 2030 UT found it missing and for several minutes as I was land-mobile. Signal audible sometime after 2100, and since it was talk, figured it was now KMOX, until heard KJMU-1340 ID (only), the station it simulcasts in Sand Springs, back to Old School music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480 in Wichita KS had been Radio Disney, but now as heard Jan 7 at 1957 UT it`s ``The Big Talker, 1480 KQAM``. Promo gave list of talkshow lineup, too quick to copy down, but not a one of them liberal and some of them far-right wackos, anything but in the public interest, such as Glenn Beck, John Gibson. At least they also have relatively moderate Joe Scarborough, and Jim Bohannon --- only America in the Morning, not his evening talkshow.

If KQAM has its own website, it`s not showing up anywhere near the top of Google searches. But here`s the program list, CST = UT -6, as if they turn the transmitter off for weekends:

http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/68784/kqam-wichita-unveils-talk-lineup?ref=search

And another story about the transfer:

http://news.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/rol.exe/headline_id=b12119

A big SNAFU at 2000 UT as commercials continued for the first half of the one-minute Fox ``News``, double audio; no loss. 2001 switches to Mid-America Network, owned by same group, for bitter cold weather forecast, 2002 market report (meaning ag, not stock), 2003 promo Imus show which includes local news breaks.

Strangely enough, during the Radio Disney era, kept old calls KQAM, which don`t seem to relate to any cartoon character, and are still keeping them. KQAM was originally on 1410, and now that is co-owned with present 1410, sports talk, KGSO. Both put adequate daytime groundwave signals into Enid almost 200 km away.

Steckline Communications already owned 1410, and FCC AM Query Jan 7 still shows 1480 owned by Disney. It also shows:

20-year Call Sign history of the 1480 facility, #61352:

Current Call Sign:   KQAM  

Call Sign  Begin Date  

KQAM      09/23/1997

KZSN      02/01/1990

KLEO      12/31/1982

KWKN      09/01/1980

And of the 1410 facility, #53150:

Current Call Sign:   KGSO  

Call Sign  Begin Date  

KGSO      05/01/2005

KMYR      09/23/1997

KQAM      09/15/1980

KEYN   

Will Radio Disney find another outlet in Wichita? The Radio Disney website thinx they are still on 1480:

http://radio.disney.go.com/music/yourstation/wichita/index.html

(Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. MW report, with apologies to any SWBC-only readers who may stop reading immediately or skip to UNIDENTIFIED.

Some people have been wondering about my getting WNAX-570 South Dakota in the daytime here in Enid OK. Is it skywave, especially in midwinter? NO. I get it all the time, month-in and month-out, QRN level permitting. It is always under much stronger KLIF Dallas, and not really listenable, and with a slow SAH.

Last time I was in OKC at midday, Jan 15, I checked on the caradio, and WNAX was still audible there, despite stronger signal from KLIF than in Enid, of course. Approximate distance Yankton-OKC is only 400 miles, not as far as you might think, since there is nowhere closer in SD than Yankton in the SE tip, and the path is across our high-ground-conductivity Great Plains.

I would love to try for further KFYR-550 Bismarck ND, which also has a tremendous coverage area; if only KFRM in Kansas would go away (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UT Logs afternoon of Jan 21 on caradio as I was driving around or parked at various Enid spots:

1540 at 2042, ``ESPN Deportes Radio, 15-40 AM`` IDs more than once, with the ``ESPN`` letters pronounced as in English, no doubt mandated by management. Promo for station ad sales with 214 AC soon gave away the source. Fortunately The Dallas Metroplex has three overlain area codes so they have to give 10-digit phonumbers.

This was atop the channel, probably KXEL skywave underneath. Amid SS, inserted a Selective Service System PSA in English, seemed aimed at guest aliens about the need to register. Never heard call-letter ID, but NRC AM Log 2009-2010 shows it as KZMP, COL University Park, 32 kW in daytime, U4 antenna.

FCC AM Query shows a neat 3-lobe pattern, with peaks at 90, 190 and 285 degrees; nulls at 145, 230 and 355 (rounded off, measured only every 5 degrees). We are somewhere around 345-350 degrees, so suspect the pattern was out of whack to be putting such a dominant signal in here, and certainly skywave, not groundwave.

See http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/amq?list=0&facid=63551

Even stranger, FCC lists night power as 0.0 kW, yet includes all the antenna parameters, a similar but different pattern with 5 lobes, the major one due east. But on the pattern plot, power shows as 750 watts night, matching NRC AM Log info.

Meanwhile, Metroplex Spanish on 1440 was inbooming, in fact far stronger than OKC`s 1460 KZUE groundwave. No wonder, as KTNO is now 50 kW in daytime on what was once a 10-kW regional channel.

I wonder how 1540`s KZMP calls possibly correlate with a Spanish slogan, or with ESPN. Or are they just random? ``Zumbido más potente``? But there is no hum, hmmm.

Also wonder how the network ESPN could come up with a Spanish or English slogan to match the letters, which long ago became a meaningless corporate initialism, rather than Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, as was the original cable TV channel (I think). How about

``Extremely Silly Passion Network``

``Estúpidos Son Para Nosotros``

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

1060, Jan 21 at 2054 UT, financial talk about derivatives, ``Off the Wall Street Radio Network`` --- not sure if that was a joke? No, googled this about Phil`s Gang Radio Show, and the time matches 20-21 UT: http://chataboutit.com/about/phils-gang-radio-show/

Apparently that ``network`` applies only to this one show, like EIB.

But whence on 1060? Retuned after hourtop at 2105, ad mentioned ``here in Boulder``, then ``AM 1060 and 1580, Business Radio`` in Colorado. So it`s KRCN, COL Longmont, 50 kW in daytime. 1580 refers to KKKK Colorado Springs; NRC AM Log shows them both as ``The Big Money Station``, not a slogan I heard. 1060 was so steady for so long that I was wondering if I had a new semi-close station by groundwave, normally vacant in daytime, but no, this was skywave (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

1220, South Asian music dominating the channel, Jan 21 at 2124, in fact classical sitar music, nice! 2130 switched to vocal S Asian music. Only problem a bit of splash from semi-local WBBZ 1230 Ponca City OK.

Lots of music, lacking ads or other announcements, even at drivetime! Should also make it a good companion if it streams. Finally at 2139 gave phone number 972-243-8411, i.e. Dallas. 2200 kept playing music past hourtop, a song with instrumental accompaniment including bagpipes. 2204 dead air as I had to tune away, but still there at 2225 check.

Uplooked later in NRC AM Log, this is KZEE, COL Weatherford TX, Asian ethnic as ``Hot Pepper 1220`` and ``South Asian Radio`` with only 1.6 kW day power, so doing a good job here on afternoon skywave. Is Midwest City OK KTLV still on? Rarely audible here and no problem for KZEE`s Enid listener.

Yes, it does stream, autolaunching from http://www.radiohotpepper.com/ And is there a program/language schedule? Of course not! But there is quite a gallery of hosts, most of them not accompanied by specific time slots. Refers to format as ``Indi-Tex``, and shows radio-locator map from site W of Ft Worth so skews eastward, but not nulled usward.

The Metroplex sure has a lot of Asian stations of various ilx, as well as Spanish ones all over the AM dial (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

1190, Jan 21 at 2148 UT, promo for a silly ballgame in Lubbock, but then ID as ``CNN 1190`` so has to be KFXR Dallas, which has a minor lobe almost due north, besides the major lobes to the WSW and ESE from site W of Dallas. That`s the original KLIF facility (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

1210, Jan 21 at 2152, heard ID in English as ``ESPN Radio``, apparently atop KGYN. Only thing that fits per NRC AM Log listings is WSKR, COL Denham Springs LA, near Bâton Rouge with 10 kW, tho there`s another ESPN in SW Utah, a bit too early for that (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 25+ hours after 1440 was dominated by KTNO, Spanish from The Metroplex, tried again on caradio Jan 22 at 2200 UT and immediately heard ID for WGEM in Quincy IL. Now there`s a heritage call which has managed to survive; I think I picked up their TV channel 10 in the 1960s long before I heard the AM. But it`s no full service radio, now just another ESPN affiliate per NRC AM Log listing. By 2206 Spanish music from KTNO was atop.

Also 24 hours after 1220 was dominated by KZEE, Hot Pepper 1220, one of The Metroplex ethnic stations, Jan 22 at 2200 on the caradio I could barely make out its South Asian music in the pileup (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Driving around Enid Jan 28 near low noon, which is always 1832 UT, still some X-band daytime skywave DX tho the sun is zenithing higher every day as spring oncomes. (Snow did not start until 2100 Jan 28; plenty snow into midday Jan 29 but no significant icing or power outages here unlike further south in OK.) Tuning around the X-band in the daytime is always interesting as propagation conditions vary widely.

A music station weakly on 1690 around 1815 UT, audible when propagation peaks matched increasingly rare low-noise spots in the city. And again at 1912 when a Radio Disney ID made it. Therefore it can only be KDDZ in Arvada CO as the only dizzy outlet on frequency, and the only other station normally heard here on 1690 is talker WVON in the Chicago area. Denver`s other X-bander, Spanish KBJD 1650, might have accompanied KDDZ if it were not for splash from our local KFXY-1640. No other significant skywave skywave signals on X-band during this hour, not even KXTR-1660 Kansas City KS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

 

Chris Black – Cape Cod, MA

Perseus SDR IQ and flag / superloop antenna

 

1/30

From the Cape: Early TAs way down. BBC on 693 might have been a little better but pretty much a yawner.

6 pm recording last night East antenna -- 690 mixing SS presume Columbia and Progresso -- 940 Punto Fijo and other SS possibly Progresso or Puerto Rico.

7 pm recording last night East antenna -- 690 SS music//900 Progresso and Venezuela (Oriente) -- 940 Progresso and Venezuela (Punto Fijo) and carrier at 939.87, presume XEQ per MWOffsets. I had an "esta es .." ID at :59:45 and I will send it in for verification.Pretty hacked up by WGIN 930

No sign of Canada on either frequencies

3 am recording this morning West antenna -- 690 Progresso dominant -- 940 still trashed by 930 but ID noted from Classic Country WGRP//1470The Mexican growl still noted (but not to be confused with a mexican high)

 

Dean Wayman – O’Neill, NE

Kaito 2100 barefoot, 16” loop or 120’ BOG

 

It's been a while but 1/4 i got :

8:44 PM Central KTRS 'The Big 550 ktrs' 5000w  St. Louis Mo.  Sports talk and commercials 517 miles

Sun Jan 10 7:53 PM central

KTNN 660 khz  'AM 660' 'The voice of the Navajo Nation' 50,000w from Window Rock Az. 728 miles

Deep fading till 8:00 ,then very good signal with country music then News ,and TOH ID then a couple native songs and back to slow country.

Radio locator shows them to have a pattern towards the west at night. I think this is my most distant South west contact ? and from west of the Rockies .

9:41 PM

KEEL 710 khz   'News Radio 710'  50,000w day 5000w night Shreveport La. 739 miles , Gun Talk show with Tom Gresham .

10:12 PM

Mexican music 580 khz ,drifting badly Possibly  KGAY ? faded away ,gone by 10:20

During a recent DX evening 1/15 i caught a new station but have not ID'd it yet

Sun Jan 10 8:30 PM central  680 Khz

Listened to 2 shows, Father Knows Best at 8:30, then about 8:40 Lum and Abner was on ,heard most of both old radio dramas but then at TOH faded away ,later on i thought i heard WRWR as an ID , but that leads nowhere? I searched several times but no joy ,any help .

Fri Jan 15 10:30 -11:32 PM central

The other night i heard several stations mixing it up on 1570 so decided to try and sort it tonight.

1570 khz KBCV Religous Programing  5000w 3000w  Hollister Mo. 497 miles

1570     XERF  'La Poderosa' Translation = The powerful, 100,000w Cludad Acuna Coahuila  918 miles (not sure why it took so long to log this one? should have been easy with 1KW? , but it does'nt get here that well either).

Both mixing with 1570 Khz CKMW 'ckmw country 1570' 10,000w Morden Manitoba  466 miles

Then after studying my logs from this week i had Tues Jan 129:46 PM central

560 Khz  KMON 'Big Sky Country 560'  5000w  Great Falls Mont. 709 miles very clear ID then into the mush.

Sat Jan 16 11:15-12:00 PM central

1440 Khz  Very strong signal covering 30 Khz with Spanish Music etc. First few songs where modern salsa type ,with even a kind of Rap song the last few songs i heard where slow almost religous like? The announcer talked very fast but i did pick out Radio Espresso? or Espressa ? after he said it a few times . No idea about direction ,several likely candidates on the net.

Got IT!

Sun Jan 17 6:30 PM

1440 khz   KELG 'La Estacion de la Familia '  Spanish Christian   800w day 500w night Manor Tx. 890 miles .

And earler Today, 4:39 PM ;

1440 khz KMAJ  ' The big Talker 1440 kmaj'  5000w 1000w  Topeka Ks. With Money Talk with Bob Brinker and adds. Both mixing with and unid ESPN station.

I've been at my radio every night for about a week, not a lot of new stuff but did have a few ,anyway Last 2 nights i parked on a freq.that i had heard several stations mixing on ,just to see if i could make somthing out of the mush ,last night 1/20 i listened for 4 hours till my energy gave out, but was rewarded with KYYW 1470 khz 'Classic country 1470'  Abilene Tx 5000w day 1000w night There are three more stations here, a SS and a Gospel which are both Unid and KWSL from Sioux City Ia. maybe i'll get them yet?

Thur. Jan 21  8:05 -8:56 Pm central

910 khz KPOF 'The point of Faith' with Adventures in Odyssey 5000w 1000w  380 m.

910 khz WAKO Adult contemporary Music   500w 50 w  Lawrenceville Ill. 630 m.

910 khz WSUI  National Public Radio  500w 4000w Iowa City Ia.  370 m.

950 khz KWOS 'News Radio 950' 5000w 500w  Jefferson City Mo.  433 m.

1/25 7:20 PM central

1300 Khz WBOW 'ESPN Sports Radio '500w Day 75 w Night Terra Haute Ind.   621 miles and State # 28

1300 Khz KCSF 'Sports Animal 1300'  5000 w D 1000 w N Colorado Springs Co. 408 miles

Then cause Kevin gave a heads -up on 1040 IBOC

1030 KCWS  'The Light' Southern Gospel station  5000w D 500w N  Blue Springs Mo.

Still no idea What's on 1300 Playing Spanish songs Etc. have to wait for conditions to favor that freq. i guess .

Somtimes you get a small phrase but nothing else ,the other night i heard clearly  ,(Utah's 710) ,several stations mixing there but cant find anything about that so.

The dial was much quieter tonight ,suprising after 2 days of wind above 30 Mph?

Tue Jan 26 I got home in time to work the grey line for a change;

4:24 PM

1090  KMXA 'La Tricolor' 50,000w D 500w N  Aurora Colo. 372 m TOH ID 4:50 PM

1090  WAQE 'Sports Talk 1090' 5000w Rice Lake Wisc. 403 m ID just before sign off. 5:01 PM

1140  KZMQ 'Real Country AM 1140' 10,000w Greybull Wyo. 492 m 5:25 PM

1180  KOFI 'News/Talk/Oldies'  50,000w D 10,000w N Kalispell Mont. 856 m 5:56 PM

1190  KPHN 'Radio Disney 1190' 5000w D  500w N Kansas City Mo. 313 m 7:24 PM

1270  WKBF  'La Jefa' 5000w Rock Island Ill. 417 m 7:59 PM

1580  KMIK  'Radio Disney'  50,000w  Tempe Az.  952 m  The usual disney stuff , but a long way from here and over the mountains ,I bet California comes to me soon?

 

Rick Dau – Omaha, NE

Sony ICF 2010 and Quantum Loop

 

1200  KYOO  MO Bolivar 1/7 1949 ELT - Heard while WOAI's pregame coverage on the UT Football Network took a deep fade.  Out of George Jones & Tammy Wynette classic "We're Gonna Hold On" into ID: "Real Country Radio, 94.1 and 1200 AM, KYOO", then into Alabama's "The Closer You Get".  Shouldn't this station have been long gone by this point in the evening?  (RD-NE) 

1220  WSLM  IN Salem 1/7 1730 ELT - Atop semi-local KJAN with a local "trading post"           type show that mentioned the 812 area code in several phone numbers.  No ID, but this is the only thing on this frequency in 812.  No sign of WLPO, which is usually the first thing I get at sunset skip on 1220.  (RD-NE)

 

Ira Elbert New III – Watkinsville, GA

Sangean 909 and Select-A-Tenna

 

840 WKTR VA Earlysville - 01/09/10 0400 - Sports news and information. Good signal with slight fades in the null of WHAS in Louisville, KY. "AM 840, WKTR, Charlottesville." and "ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio.com". (IEN-GA)

Mika Makelainen – Lemmenjoki, Finland

As listed

 

1/12

Freezing your toes off in Arctic Lapland may not be everyone's idea of a great New Year 2010, but for Mika Mäkeläinen and Jari Ruohomäki it was a highlight of the winter. Join Mika and Jari for a DXpedition full of American and Chinese AM stations. See what an array of 11 antennas, each 1 kilometer in length, can capture from all around the world. A report of the 287th DXpedition to Lemmenjoki in Finland has been published at

http://www.dxing.info/dxpeditions/lem287rep.dx

 

Stevc Wiseblood – Boca Chica Beach, TX

DX399 and 150 foot wire

 

1540 KGBC TX Galveston; noted back at 2030z with M dj in EG "This is Butterboy comming from Beijing's West-side" Lite-rock vocal music, mostly from the 70's and 80's,

Note the daytime pattern-here: http://www.fcc.gov/ftp/Bureaus/MB/Databases/AM_DA_patterns/1156353-96616.pdf

Its uses 4-towers to funnel its 2.5kW mostly toward  downtown Houston. This is 260-miles from me as the Crow flies (Wiseblood-TX 01/30/2010)

1500 KANI TX Wharton; 2050z black gospel vocals, not bad for 500 watts, 230 miles daytime skirting the gulf  "Great Gospel 1500"  (Wiseblood-TX 01/30/2010)

1580 KXZZ LA Lake Charles; "Z-16 The Classic Soul Station"  2055z old school & some hip-hop. 1kW at 400 miles in null of KIRT-Mission.

Look at the Night Time pattern http://www.fcc.gov/ftp/Bureaus/MB/Databases/AM_DA_patterns/314348-23425.pdf

Looks kind of Mickey-Mouse to me!   but most of its Night-time signal goes out over the gulf, so I should hear this one pretty well evenings  (Wiseblood-TX 01/30/2010)

 

John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE

Sangean DT200VX

 

970 WCHN Norwich NY, 1/28 0700, caught a "AM 970 WCHN" ID at 0700, then back into the hash. No program details heard, but they are supposed to have a standards format.  A 221-mile catch on the DT-200VX barefoot.

 

Alex Kaminski – Springboro, OH

Sony SRF 49

 

Well I finally I got to get some time behind the ULR last night. Unfortunatly at 20 states it only gets harder to get new states, so the focus at Monitoring Station KOH8IG / SWLR-RN037, to logging stations for 100 stations heard award. All were heard using a Sony  SRF-49 Barefoot.

Date: 01/23/10   Time: 0130-0200 UTC  Frequency: 940 KHz  Call: WMAC  Location: Macon, Georgia  Signal: poor, was fighting WFAW, in Fort Arkinson, WI some moments clear and gone the next. Power D/N: 50Kw / 10Kw  AMP: 446 Mi  Heard: rerun of fridays Sean Hannity Show, a credit repair commercial, Station ID at 0200 UTC.

Date: 1/22/10 Time: 0200-0300 UTC Frequency: 940 Khz Call: WFAW Location: Fort Arkinson, WI Signal: Poor, station was fighting WMAC, Macon, Georgia, in and out with lots of noise.

Power D/N: 500w / 550w AMP: 334 Mi Heard: Basket Ball game between Wisconsin and Minnesota, TOH ID at 0300.

Date: 1/22/10 Time: 0300-0305 UTC Frequency: 950 Khz Call: WWJ Location: Detroit, MI

Signal: Fair Power D/N: 50Kw AMP: 203 MI Heard: News and ID

Date: 01/22/10 Time: 0311 UTC Frequency: 970 Khz Call: WFUN Location: Ashtabula, OH

Signal: Fair Power D/N: 5 Kw / 1 Kw AMP: 241 Mi Heard: Cleveland Cavs Basketball game and station ID

Date: 1/22/10 Time: 0324 UTC Frequency: 1000 Khz Call: WMVP Location: Chicago, IL

Signal: Good Power D/N: 50 Kw AMP: 239 Mi Heard: Chicago bulls game and a station ID

Date: 01/22/10 Time: 0343 UTC Frequency: 1010 Khz Call: WINS Location: NY, NY Signal: Fair was mixing with CFRB Power D/N: 50 Kw AMP: 546 Mi Heard: Talk Show about health care debate and station ID

Date: 01/22/10 Time: 0357 UTC Frequency: 1020 Khz Call: KDKA Location: Pittsburg, PA

Signal: Poor- Fair Power D/N: 50 Kw AMP: 233 Mi Heard: Commericals, Station ID for TOH

Date: 01/22/10 Time: 0400 UTC Frequency: 1050 Khz Call: CHUM Location: Toronto, ON Canada Signal: Very Good Power D/N: 50 Kw AMP: 384 Mi Heard: CP- 24 News 

Date: 01/22/10 Time: 0324 UTC Frequency: 1080 Khz Call: WKJK Location: Louisville, Ky

Signal: Poor lots of electrical noise Power D/N: 10Kw / 1Kw AMP: 121 Mi Heard: Comercials and a Station ID for the BOH

Date: 01/22/10 Time: 0335 UTC Frequency: 1090 Khz Call: WCRA ? Location: Effingham, IL

Signal: Poor with washing noise in and out. Power D/N: AMP: 232 Mi

Heard: News, WX and station ID

1/25

Well what a difference a day makes!!!! I reported that the night before I was having trouble verifying a logging where I thought, I heard WRCA on 1090 KHZ in the 2008 of the RCA AM log book it listed it as a daytime station in Effingham, IL.

Problem is that the FCC's AM Radio Query shows that WRCA's on 1330 KHz in New York state!! I then put in the call sign in the search engine and I was taken straight to their web site. So now I'm really confused and frustrated, so the logging has been struck from my log. BUMMER!!! :(

  So as I left the radio on 1090 KHZ, when I called it quits for the night. The next evening at local sunset, around 1700 (L) this time of the year, I turned on the radio, still on 1090 KHz,  I heard a woman preaching in the Southern Baptist style. The audio would be very good at first, then wash out in a wall of heavy static. As the BOH came around at 2222 UTC, the audio came back strong, just to hear something made me practically do a back flip !! A very clear ID of KAAY!!!! In my hunt for states heard award, I was obsessed that I couldn't get anything from Arkansas. Most of the stations in the state are relatively low power and leaving KAAY as the only powerhouse station, but it's radiation pattern left much to be desired in rearguards to Ohio. KAAY's major lobes are pointed N-NW to S-SE. And all attempts to log anything failed miserably. But low and behold something happened propagation wise last night, and I caught it!!! I'm still pinching myself. But that wasn't the end.

    As I was tuned, around I caught WTAM on 1100 KHz in Cleveland, OH, one for the ULR heard log, but nothing earth shattering. Then I tuned to 1110 KHz, I heard a good signal with a "rewind" of the Clark Howard show. As the station ID at TOH (2300 UTC), came around, My mouth fell open,................ KFAB, Omaha, Nebraska!!!!! :) Talking about lightning striking twice!!! How could I get so lucky??:) :)

  So that raises my state count to 22 states heard. As I mentioned earlier that I struck the WRCA" off the log, and I have another logging thats a trouble maker. I logged WLOD on 1140 KHZ playing  a sysyndicatedountry music show called "The Road". Problem is the RCA Log and FCC Query show it as a Daytime only, 1 Kw with religious format. Trying to look for WLOD's website shows it's website is down. So does anybody know more if the station has changed operating hours and format??

   Then I caught WCFO on 1160 KHZ, out of East Point, Georgia. I looked up WCFO and again both publications show it as a daytimer, but when I looked up the stations website, it shows they operate 24 Hours, 7 days a week. The only thing a miss was the show schedule was supposed to be a bubusinessalk show.But it wouldn't be the first time, some body didn't show up to the studio so they put a "canned" show in it's place.  But I'm very confident that I'll claim this one as verified.

   So I got a couple others so I give it to you from the top............

Date:1/23/10 Time: 2222 UTC Frequency: 1090 Call: KAAY Location: Little Rock, AR

Signal: Poor to Fair, would be clear one minute and noise the next Power D/N: 50 Kw AMP: 555 Mi Heard: YL preaching, BOH ID and Stress and anxiety commercial

Date: 01/23/10 Time: 2230-2257 UTC Frequency: 1100 Khz Location: WTAM Signal: Poor-Fair

Power: 50 Kw AMP: 190 Mi Heard: Sports Talk about boxing, and then TOH ID

Date: 1/23/10Time: 2300 UTC Frequency: 1110 Khz Call: KFAB Location: Ohmaha , NE

Signal: Fair fading in and out Power D/N: 50 Kw AMP: 630 Mi Heard: Fox news, wx and TOH ID

Date: 1/23/10 Time: 0023 UTC Frequency: 1110 Khz Call: WBT Location: Charlotte, NC

Signal: Fair Power D/N: 50 Kw AMP: 353 Mi Heard: Clark Howard rewind, commercials, BOH ID (at 2432 UTC)

Date: 01/23/10 Time: 0032 UTC Frequency: 1130 Khz Call: KHWK Location: Sherevport, LA

Signal: Fair Power D/N: 50Kw AMP: 719 Mi Heard: CW music, Commericals, TOH ID

Date: 01/23/10 Time:  0104 - 0133 UTC Frequency: 1160 Khz Call: WCFO Location: East Point, GA Signal: Poor Power: 1Kw ? AMP: 406 Mi Heard: Laura Ingram show rewind

Date: 01/23/10 Time: 0034-0103 UTC Frequency: 1140 Khz Call: WLOD Location: Loudon, TN

Signal: Poor Power D/N: 1 Kw AMP: 264 Mi Heard:  CW music, commericals, TOH ID

1/29

As I was tuning around on my SRF-49 I heard the last words from CINW on 940 KHz as the station management apologized for their going of the air. I was shocked to hear it come out of the muck of interfering stations for the last minute of operation at 2359 UTC. It makes my first station in the Quebec, Provence Canada. It's too bad that it was as the station was driving the last nail while boarding up the windows. :(

Date:01/29/10 Time: 2303 UTC Frequency: 860 Khz Call: CJBC Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Signal: Very Good Power D/N:50 Kw AMP: 384 Mi Heard: FF OM with TOH ID and news

Date:01/29/10 Time:2306-2330 UTC Frequency: 930 Khz Call: WHON Location:Centerville, IN

Signal:Fair Washed in and out. Power D/N: 500w / 114 w AMP: 44 Mi Heard:The Jason Lewis Show and Indiana High School athletics update

Date:01/29/10 Time:2359 UTC Frequency:940 Khz Call: CINW Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada Signal: POOR , was fighting WMAC and an UNID'd third station. Power D/N:50 Kw

AMP: 681Mi Heard:OM in EE making announcement that the station was shutting down a 7 PM local time, transmission was cut in mid sentence.

Date:01/30/10 Time: 0320-0340 UTC Frequency: 1150 Khz Call: WMST Location: Mount Sterling, Ky Signal:Good, but mix with WLOC audio Power D/N: 2500 Kw / 53w AMP: 104 Mi Heard: WMST ID, but mixed with WLOC C&W music.

Date: 01/30/10 Time: 0320-0340 UTC Frequency: 1150 Khz Call: WLOC Location: Munfordville,

Ky Signal: Good but mixed with WMST audio. Power D/N: 1000w / 61w AMP: 181 Mi 

Heard: Varouis classic western songs, BeReady.gov commecial

Date: 01/30/10 Time: 0620 UTC Frequency: 1540 Khz Call: KXEL Location: Waterloo, IA Signal: Good when nulling UNID station interference Power D/N: 50 Khz AMP: 472 Mi Heard: 2X OM on Talk Show dicussing politics and a announcement for the Midnight Radio Network

 

Down in the Basement

(Editor – Jay Heyl)

 

Bogdan Chiochiu – Pierrefonds, PQ – QC

Grundig G5, PK's Shielded Mag LW Loop

 

12 January

 

Is HUGE, Heard playing Def Fleppard - The Show Must Go On followed by Man talking seriously in Czech... Best on 269 in AM Narrow mode !

 

NEW !

 

LW signals are huge, on 171 I have Morocco and Russia and Morocco has dropped power, but there are many other ones to check...

 

Also, on Saturday night an electricity outage bought ABOVE-average Trans-Atlantic LW BC condx... More on that during the next few days !

 

 

153 Germany DLF, Donebach / Algeria RTA Radio Wahad, Bechar JAN 10 0331 UTC - Arabic programming mixed with jazz music. Good with nothing in the way of noise thanks to an electricity blackout ! (Chiochiu-QC)

 

225 POLAND   Polski Radio 1, Solec Kujawski JAN 13 0559 UTC - Time pips, then ID "Polski Radio Warshov, program ?" (I don't speak Polish), then into news. Very good signal, best reception ever ! Semi-regular, though they seldom fade up strongly ! Heard on the Grundig G5 ULR / PK LW loop combo ! (Chiochiu-QC)

 

270 CZECH REPUBLIC   Cezky Rozhlas - Radio Zurnal JAN 13 0536 UTC - playing US pops and male clearly speaking in Czech. It's the 2nd or 3rd I have audio on 269 in AM Narrow mode on the Sangean ACS-818 CST / PK LW loop combo, though never with such a good SIO 422 ! (Chiochiu-QC)

The Whole Earth - HF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Rick Barton – Cave Creek, AZ

Drake R-8 and wire or as listed

 

2485  AUSTRALIA   ABC-NT (Katherine)  1115  Stronger than usual signal noted with pop music program, Bee Gees (How Deep is Your Love) to OM/YL co-program hosts . also checked //s on 2310 (Alice), 2325 (Tenant), with 2325 being the best.  (1/17  Barton-AZ)

2850   NORTH KOREA   Voice of Korea  0948 march music, the usual , but off after 1000. Back with recheck after  1430 with OM anncr, more music. (1/20  Barton-AZ)

3100  UNID.  an uncle Harry "rasper" , extremely strong, 0915 . (1/20 Barton-AZ)

2485   AUSTRALIA  ABC -  NT  service  1000   OM anncr with news, news analysis after.

Just above b/ground noise , thunderstorm static crashes. heard at same signal level and condx on recheck at 1430 with YL anncr and current events stuff .  (1/20  Barton-AZ)

3350   NORTH  KOREA  S. Pyongyang Perple's Serv.  1445  same type programming as 2850 DPRK log, but not // .  (1/20  Barton-AZ)

6035   JAPAN   R. Japan NHK  1628 with tuning signal and into listed Korean at BOH.  

hung in there for a bit, then began slow fadeout that left only a trace by

1700. (1/ 22 Barton-AZ)

6175  CHINA  CPBS  1700 in Chinese w/ vocal music and male announcer trading off.

(1/22  Barton-AZ)

9835   JAPAN  R. Japan NHK  1700  OM anncr with "Radio Nippon NHK, into Japanese lang. newscast .  (1/22  Barton-AZ)

9580    AUSTRALIA   Radio Australia  1900 with program promos, fanfare, into news by male announcer.   (1/22   Barton-AZ)

13770    CUBA  Radio Havana Cuba on  at 1922 with peppy salsa music, OM anncr at BOH with good ID.  (1/22  Barton-AZ)

3215    USA   WWCR Nashville, TN  0900 with "Into the Blue" , pgm of bluegress music.references to http://www.bluegrassradio.com/   .

(1/23  Barton-AZ)

3925   JAPAN  R. Nikkei  0830  mixing both Japanese and English, program re : JAL (Japan Airlines) bankrkluptcy .  (1/23  Barton,AZ)

3350   COSTA RICA  R. exterior d. Espana (via relay)  at 0216 OM in SP ; 0245 with music program . acoustic Spanish guitar to ID by OM on the hour. (1/24  Barton-AZ)

 

Richard Bianchino, Las Vegas, NV

Kaito KA1103, KA33 active loop antenna, indoor

 

Friday 01.01.10

9790 CHINA RADIO INT (via Cuba) at 0332 English, YL and OM ancrs. News f/by "Life in China" prgm. 55455.

9715 DEUTSCHE WELLE (GERMANY) at 1545 Russian, YL and OM ancrs. 34343.

9600 CHINA RADIO INT at 1608 English, OM ancr with "News and Reports." 43343.

9610 R. CANADA INT at 1615 English, OM ancr. Report on 2010 Wx according to the Farmers Almanac. F/by song "God Loves The Child." 44233.

9535 R. JAPAN at 1628 Japanese, OM ancr playing music. 44343.

9835 R. JAPAN at 1715 Japanese, OM playing music incl some jazz. 44344.  

 Saturday 02.01.10

6145 R. JAPAN at 0817-0830* Russian, OM ancr. Hrd repeat of musical verse. Sounded like the making of a song f/by the complete song. 54344.

9580 R. AUSTRALIA at 0905 English, OM ancrs playing music. 54444.

9765 R. NEW ZEALAND INT at 0909 English, YL and OM with Nx and Wx. Classical selection by Dvorák followed. 44344.

 

W. G.  Hauser – Enid, OK

DX-398

 

** CHINA. Firedrake Jan 2: 8400 fair with flutter, 9000 very poor, nothing audible on 10210, 11300 or 11350 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 7405, CRI English, via Urumqi, EAST TURKISTAN, Jan 2 at 1531 but with lite pulsing QRM from the DentroCuban Jamming Command, which failed to close down completely with nemesis Radio Martí at 1400: Commies vs Commies! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, no signal from ERA, Avlis, Jan 2 at 1520 check, tho there was a poor signal on 15650. Constant VOG monitor John Babbis in Maryland says 9420 has been missing since Dec 28 when he checks every evening. One of the transmitters is definitely down. Wolfgang Büschel, however, says 9420 was on and 12105 missing until 1000 Jan 2, then 9420 missing from 1100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 60m had lots of intriguing grayline signals, Jan 1 at 1335 but most of them were quite weak. These fit for All India Radio: 4800 Hyderabad, 4820 Kolkata, 4840 Mumbai, 4850, 4920. The last, probably Chennai, had S Asian music, tho Lhasa is also on frequency. 4850 was open carrier at the moment (or very low mod); would like to think it was AIR Kohima, altho the steady signal makes me doubt it. 4800 had something SAHing underneath fifth harmonic of my local KGWA-960. See also TAJIKISTAN.

Walt Salmaniw, from his Masset BC DXpediton was also hearing a ``big open carrier`` on 4850 around 1735 Dec 29 and 30. One idea: possibly the Alaska DRM transmitter in non-DRM mode, which was active a couple months ago centered on 4845?? Or some utility since after all this is a fixed band in NAm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526, VOI carrier but little modulation detectable, Jan 1 at 1355. But no carrier at all detectable Jan 2 at 1444.

However, RRI Jakarta, 9680 had good signal Jan 2 at 1447 with drama, singing, cut off rudely and abruptly at 1457* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 9575, GIRI in Russian, Jan 2 at 1446, S9+18 but just barely modulated! Same at 1517 recheck. What in the world are they doing at Sirjan? Might as well turn it off if they won`t modulate it. This is 330 degrees, so also USward accounting for the strong signal. Well, if we can`t hear Russian there, tune down to 9570 for PHILIPPINES (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [and non]. 5955, NHKWNRJ, Sat Jan 2 at 1414 unusually playing classical music, a movement from one of Vivaldi`s Seasons. Quickly switched to Sackville relay 11705 for much better reception. Turned out this was a `live` performance by a Japanese string quintet named `Seasons` (but the final S is silent; go figure); players were interviewed briefly – all young women and the extra is a violinist. Then played a somewhat more modern opus, ``Twenti-First Century Schizoid Man``; an unrelated song by some singer; back to the SQ for their version of a Nirvana tune, ``Smells Like Teen Spirit``. Wow, I really dig string quartets/quintets which transcend classical and modern, as pioneered by Kronos.

Outro: this was a special `live` concert on Pop-Up Japan, more of same next weeks in January. Went back and listened to this week`s 19-minute audio: http://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/radio/asx/saturday.asx

Access to all past week`s programs:

http://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/radio/program/index.html

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. While Iran was failing to modulate its Russian hour on 9575, Russian could be heard clearly on adjacent 9570, Jan 2 at 1521. The Shiites better watch out lest they lose their audience to the Catholix: it`s R. Veritas Asia, Philippines, carrying the R. Blagovest program at 1500-1557 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 6075, R. Rossii, Pet/Kam, Jan 1 at 1400 timesignal 4 seconds late, and 8GAL overlapped it; see UNIDENTIFIED. RR`s motorboating carrier remained on past 1402, but no programming unlike yesterday/year (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SLOVAKIA [and non]. 6055, Jan 2 at 1432, poor and fluttery signal in German, so has to be R. Slovakia International as scheduled, 305 degrees, unusual time for C Europe-to-CNAm, but apparently close enough to grayline; and despite two other broadcasters you would expect to be dominating, per Aoki, so it`s odd there was no sign of these, altho as far as I can tell they are still scheduled:

R. Liberty, Turkmen, 300 degrees via Thailand,

CRI, Cambodian, 200 degrees via Nanning

R. Nikkei is never on 6055 this late, altho closing time depends on day of week. WRTH shows it until 1415 on Fridays only; 1400* some other days, while Aoki shows B-09 until 1400 on Fridays too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAJIKISTAN. 60m had lots of intriguing grayline signals, Jan 1 at 1335 but most of them were quite weak. See also INDIA. A pair which point to Dushanbe were 4765 and 4975:

4765, Jan 1 at 1335, weak music, flutter. Only thing known on this frequency now is Tajik Radio 1 at 2300-2000 per Aoki, 100 kW ND from Yangiyul site. However EiBi shows the time as 14-11, so by that, would theoretically be off the air when I was hearing this. But WRTH 2010 sides with the 23-20 version.

4975, Jan 1 at 1335 with talk in Asian language, 1339 familiar music briefly as theme, Polovetsian Dances from Borodin's Prince Igor, then other music, fluttery, gone by 1355. It`s the VOR relay in Pashto/Dari at 13-15, same site and parameters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET. 4905, Jan 2 at 1400 Chinese talk and music, flutter, somewhat better than 4920 which is supposed to be // but did not confirm that. The only station listed on 4905 is PBS Xizang, Lhasa, but it`s supposed to be the first channel, in Tibetan, // MW 594.

(BTW, looking up in WRTH 2010 page 143 I see a string of listings on ``595``, between 576 and 594, all of which must be typos for 585. These were correctly 585 in WRTH 2009.)

Aoki also shows 4905 with no Chinese, mainly Tibetan except for a bit of English and Kham. So the Han are encroaching even on their Tibetan-language network? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW did make it on the air in 2009, Central Time, at least: transmitter first fired up at 0545-0600 UT January 1, 2010, George McClintock tells me, with 15 kW on 5755, but just with carrier and squealing tones, like sometimes audible on WWCR and others, showing that some modules need to be replaced. But did anyone hear it? No reports have been received yet, nor have I heard it, so this is info, not a log.

He says the FCC has been extremely helpful, willing to authorize program test authority upon filing of the licence application by e-mail; but not yet ready for that.

The high voltage meter had been wired backwards, so he fixed that. Some other problems: getting the water pumping properly for the cooling system, but that and the leaks have now been fixed; a couple bad buttons on the frequency selection keypad, so only eight funxion instead of ten.

However, WTWW will surely not need all those, altho George says there are some frequency issues to be resolved, and would like to try some others besides these two. Yet to test on other registered frequency, 9480, unknown when. 5755 was on again the next night, no time given; did anyone catch that?

The latest as of Jan 2, Saturday morning: ``Now have audio to transmitter. Ran ID audio on carrier (5755) for about 5 minutes last night before an overload. I will need to look at this today. Transmitter ran about 35 kW. Tube is mounted in water and will need to get new water cleaning agent before proceeding forward in power.``(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3325-USB, Navy MARS net, Fri Jan 1 at 2358, NNN0AVT explaining a WinMor (?) program and then running digital test. Googling indicates this is in the Kansas/Nebraska area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11715, nothing but Tagalog audible, Jan 2 at 1515, i.e. R. Veritas Asia, via Vatican at 130 degrees; no trace of robokids underneath even during modulation pauses, so where is KJES?

WRTH 2010 shows 14-17 on 11715 to NAm, from which you would not know that they rotate the antenna every hour, from 70 to 350 to 150 degrees, per FCC and Aoki, the first two hours in English, then Spanish.

350 is certainly unfavorable for here, so we should try during the previous hour 14-15 when it`s supposedly aimed 70 degrees from The Lord`s Ranch, right on Oklahoma City, but really too close and may be skipping over if really on and the MUF is adequate; the collision thn is with R. Liberty, Uzbek via Lampertheim, Germany.  

The 70-degree boresight from Vado NM carries on thru Cairo IL, Lexington KY, between which the first hop should come down best, exiting North America across the DelMarVa Peninsula, and next hitting land at Dakhla, ex-Villa Cisneros, Western Sahara. 70 degrees is not used at all on its other frequencies 7555 and 15385.

We suspect KJES operation is quite irregular. However, tho FCC, HFCC, WRTH and EiBi all show it daily, no doubt reflecting its authorization, Aoki says it runs M-F only, and this was a Saturday. In any event, another instance of Vatican collisions, Catholix vs pseudo-Catholix (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11525, fair but fluttery, VOA World News Now, Jan 2 at 1528 with Today in History, the jam-packed 2-minute segment hourly at this time, announcer properly pronouncing ``short-lived`` with a long I, since the term derives from ``life``, which is not pronounced ``liff``, and whenever that happens I find it worthy of note.

9310 at 1534 Jan 2, VOA, Art Chimes introducing science-technology magazine show, ``Our World``, // 11525 but about one second ahead of it. 9310 is 283 degrees from Tinang, PHILIPPINES, while 11525 is 25 degrees from Iranawila, SRI LANKA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** URUGUAY. Since Horacio Nigro had confirmed it reactivated two hours earlier, I looked again for R. Sarandí on 6045, Jan 2 at 0552. I could detect an extremely weak carrier, and perhaps some music at 0557 before blasted away by KBS/Sackville *0559:45. But there should not be any carrier if the CX is pure SSB; is it? Equally unlikely possibilities on 6045 at this hour: Zimbabwe and XEXQ. BTW, Aoki still shows KBS at 0600 as only half an hour tho it was expanded to a full hour some months ago, so forget about Uruguay until 0700; in fact, forget about it until 0800 as KBS runs another hour via UK. Yes, this is purely an unID log, but it concerns Uruguay (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. 9540, Jan 2 at 1445, Asian language poor with BBC Woofferton QRDRM 9540-9545-9550. Listed on 9540 is Vatican in Urdu during this semihour. I could avoid most of the DRM by sidetuning below 9540, but should I have to? Of course, Vatican emits some DRM transmissions too, so they can hardly complain (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. Some Brazilian DXers are reporting that RNA 11780 must be on a low-power transmitter such as 7.5 kW. I suspected they had mixed it up with the inactive R. Guaíba on 11785. That odd power is a common one for some private Brazilian SW stations, from 6 to 11 MHz bands, if you search on it in Aoki, which also shows 7.5 in 11780! Possibly they have a backup to the regular 250 kW unit, and/or possibly Brazilians are in the skip zone leading to unwarranted assumptions that 11780 is low-powered. But it`s Aoki which is certainly mistaken.

I suppose some manufacturer long ago was making SW transmitters of this power, and also sold a couple to Radio New Zealand, which was their rating until the 50/100 kW units at Rangitaiki went in. WRTH also shows 7.5 for Brazilians on 6-11 MHz bands, but none on trop bands except one inactive on 4945, R. Progresso.

Reception of RNA 11780 varies widely here in the nightmiddle, but I attribute that to propagation. On Jan 4 at 0550, a UT Sunday when it is on all-night rather than cutting on sometime between 0630 and 0700, RNA 11780 was inbooming at S9+20 and could not possibly be only 7.5 kW. Normally it far outstrips the signal levels of any other 25m Brazilians that may be audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Jan 3 at 1427: good on 8400, JBA on 9000, not audible on 10 or 11 MHz frequencies.

Time was omitted in yesterday`s report, so try again: Firedrake Jan 2 at 1435: 8400 fair with flutter, 9000 very poor, nothing audible on 10210, 11300 or 11350. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. AIR National Channel, 9425, fair Jan 3 at 1430 with news in English by well-understood YL, including at 1432 fog disrupting train service around New Delhi, and along with cold weather blamed for dozens of deaths. 1435 after brief Hindi announcement, into talk by OM, and I had trouble deciding whether it was English with a heavy Hindi lilt, or really Hindi. // 9470 if on was not audible between stronger 9465 and 9475 signals.

9870, AIR VBS, Sunday Jan 3 at 1442 with enthusiastic drama, including music produxion, and also hum which normally is not heard on this frequency. Was the hum on the program recording only? 1445 Vividh Bharati ID, sirens, SFX, music; 1451 ads in Hindi, first one for ``Super Het`` ! Is that a radio receiver brand? If not, what else could it be? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LSITENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. A local mixing product no one else will hear, but the computation may be of interest, applicable elsewhere. 2250 kHz, Jan 3 at 0615, extremely weak modulation in the noise level, but quite steady, making me suspect it`s local, rather than a 3 x 750 DX harmonic. As always, time to check my only two strong MW locals, KGWA 960 and KCRC 1390. Yes, sure enough, 2250 audio matches 960, and it is mixing with something else, but how does it get on 2250? Out comes the calculator: 3 x 1390 = 4170 (where KCRC is always audible with its weak third harmonic). Subtract 2250 from 4170 = 1920, which is the second harmonic of KGWA, where it is also audible weakly. So we have 2250 as the difference between the third harmonic of KCRC and the second of KGWA. The two sites are about 5 km apart, so how do they mix? Externally (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Will Martin reports that the only known SW airtime for DXing with Cumbre, Sunday 1200 on WHRI 9410, was replaced by a preacher on Dec 27, so I checked Jan 3 at 1220: yes, preacher, no Marie.

However, searching on the WHR website by program host, ``Marie Lamb``, it now shows the 1200 broadcast on 9410 as Saturday instead of Sunday. Previously, we had confirmed that when it was on Sunday at this time, it was not on Saturday, tho listed for both. Readout now claims 18 other airings per week on WHRI, and 9 on T8WH, all of which are probably imaginary, but maybe on corresponding webcasts/satellite feeds. If anyone axually hears DXing with Cumbre on SW, which it seems is no longer produced every week, perhaps leading to many of its scheduled times missing, please let us know (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. The US-based Adventist World Radio finally has a US station carrying its programming: WINB. Sunday Jan 3 at 1438, when 9265 was on the air unlike weekdays, concluding Your Story Hour with contact info, mentioned 3ABN (7DA`s Three Angels Broadcasting Network; actually I am not sure how closely related are AWR and 3ABN, mainly on satellite and as feeder to domestic outlets. Could be they have doctrinal differences like the ``Historic Adventist`` ex-WVHA crowd? But YSH is a longtime Adventist program carried by AWR.)

Trouble is, YSH is not on the WINB program schedule, even tho it was just updated December 6: http://www.winb.com/schedule.htm nor is anything like it on the programs by title. They also still unabashedly include Tony Alámo, convicted child-sex predator, sentenced to 175 years in prison.

BTW, despite the December update, WINB still thinx Eastern Time is 4 hours behind UT. I suppose that makes the ET listings correct as EST, with all the UT times shown as one hour off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13845, WWCR at 1555 Sunday Jan 3 was carrying PMS // 11775 Anguilla, instead of Brother Scare, who supposedly is 7 days at 15-19, as we also heard on a corrected announcement a few days ago at the 1500 changeover.

WWCR 15825 had a good altho not solid signal, at 1557 Jan 3, so I tried 18770 just in case, the second harmonic of nearby WWRB 9385, and there it was, Brother Scare clearly readable, so that compensates for losing out on 13845. No sign of sporadic E on VHF, unfortunately (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 5745, WYFR in English, fair Jan 3 at 0607 mixed with pulses from the DentroCuban Jamming Command, which only *needs* to jam 5745 at 11-14 when R. Martí is using it! WYFR is scheduled 05-10, and runs such a risk by daring to use an elsewhen jammed channel. WWRB is also authorized on 5745 at 21-04, but I think they are not using it so long, perhaps because of more offtime jamming? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA [and non]. 11775 missing Jan 5 at 1411, helping NHKWNRJ English on 11780 via Rampisham to be clearly heard, with barely a sign of Brasília co-channel either. DGS was poorly audible on 13845 WWCR at 1517, again instead of Brother Scare.

The Africans must be rejoicing over the absence of Anguilla. Recheck 1758, VOA Portuguese in the clear on 11775, which is São Tomé, 100 kW, 138 degrees toward Moçambique at 17-18, about to switch to Botswana 1800-1830, 100 kW, 350 degrees, per HFCC.

Strange: there are no Portuguese-speaking areas at that angle from Botswana; can`t be for Angola or Moçambique, but maybe Cabo Verde, Guiné-Bissau? However, Aoki shows the angle as 10 degrees, even further from former Portuguese colonies, and extended M-F only for that semi-hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Bands above 12 MHz are usually dead here in the nightmiddle, but Jan 5 at 0617 was hearing CRI English on 13645, about two sex behind Sackville 6115; fair signal. A strange opening as 13645 is via Xi`an at 190 degrees, 06-08.

Also had Mandarin at 0618 on 13750, which is CRI via Kunming at 177 degrees, also 06-08.

I ascended to 15 MHz band, kept hunting for signals, and at 0619 on 15570 found something Chinese-sounding non //. That`s listed in Aoki as CNR11, i.e. the Tibetan service at 01-08, 100 kW, 255 degrees from Baoji-Sifangshan site #724, and BTW including English at 0530-0600; but closing early on Wednesdays for the 0600 [2 pm local] siesta. Am I really hearing Mandarin-language segments within nominally Tibetan-language services?

All of the above are legitimate broadcasts, not jammers! At 0618 I had another non // Chinese signal on 15665, where RFA is scheduled via Tinian, but more likely CNR1 jamming. Nothing audible on 17 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Jan 5: at 1417, very poor on 9000. At 1430, JBA on 8400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Even I get bored with tracking the anomalies of Radio Habana Cuba, ignored lately, but Jan 5 at 0634, 6140 was in Spanish // 6150, 6120, while English was on 6060, 6010. The previous night, 6140 was in English around this time.

11600, again with heavy jamming against nothing, Jan 5 at 1601 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. Jan 5 I did not get down to scan 90 meters until 1442, after finding not much on 60 or 75m, so surprised to hear some weak talk on 3325, fading, ute QRM on lo side, amounts to only broadcast station on band, CHU also outfaded.

But on 3325 we are faced with the usual quandary whether it`s R. Buka, Kieta, Bougainville, PNG, or RRI Palangkaraya, Kalimantan, Indonesia. Going strictly by schedule in Aoki, PNG is off after 1300 while RRI is on until 1615. WRTH leans even heavier toward the latter with the same sign-off shown, and not attempting to show individual Kundu Network station schedules, just 0800-1200v for them all. A US MW harmonic or mixing product is outruled since it ends in -5.

Atsunori Ishida, http://www.max.hi-ho.ne.jp/a-ishida/ins/ says RRI runs until 1610v* daily, often with poor modulation, and with Buka QRM but doesn`t say when that ends. John Wilkins, CO, was also hearing 3325 past 1500 Jan 5, says it was in Indonesian, Palangkaraya. Based on all this I am not filing this as unidentified as first intended, but as INDONESIA presumed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI still missing from 9526v, Jan 5 at 1415, and presumably also during the previous hour in English when another Tuesday excursion to Banjarmasin might have happened.

No, Atsunori Ishida http://www.max.hi-ho.ne.jp/a-ishida/ins/ reports that 9526v was on the air in English at 1300 Jan 3 and 5 but went off the air at 1408 and 1405 respectively.

However, at 1609 there was a 9526/9525 het, one of them with music, so suspect it was back on at that hour. I wondered if earlier, VOI had switched to 11786v as it has unpredictably in the past; too much QRM there now to tell.

9680, RRI at 1446 rated S9+15 on the meter, but Indonesian talk was at quite low modulation, so this transmitter has problems too. Usually it is sufficient.

I resolved to listen to VOI online for the Exotic Indonesia show, via http://www.voi.co.id which switches automatically to http://en.voi.co.id/ --- This was just as frustrating. Live streaming embedded player just sits there when you hit play. Below it is a header ``VOI AV ON DEMAND`` but cold and nothing to go with it. Various other linx on the page are dead.

There is a link to ``VISIT INDONESIA 2009``, so apparently time travel is possible with Indonesia! Was it a better place to visit last year? Time will tell. At least if you do that, you know which tourist places to avoid, terrorist attacks already dated on the historical record.

I see that ``Dignity`` is an obsession of theirs here too, with a ``Dignity Forum`` -- goes nowhere; some ``VOI DIGNITORIALS``, and another header with no content, ``VOI - World Dignified View``. Perhaps they should focus more on Competence (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL [and non]. 9955, Israel Radio via WRN via WRMI, Jan 5 at 0626; unfortunately by the time I intuned it was nothing but WRN fill music; must keep trying to hear Israel from the start 0600 M-F. Trouble is, often inaudible, but good S9+10 signal tonight, and no jamming; 0630 into RCI relay. Assumed WRMI still on SSE antenna, but corresponded with super-strong S9+22 signals from WYFR on 9680, 9715, along with mixing products on 9645, 9750, and plenty strong on 9985, 9355 fundamentals.

13850, Jan 5 at 1518, Kol Israel direct in Farsi; if I were inside Iran, I would be threatened with incarceration as a counter-revolutionary for listening to this, as just heard on RFI news item at 1500 on 15300; other no-no`s being R. Farda, BBC and VOA. Better signal than weak WWCR overskipping 13845 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL [and non]. 15785.0, Jan 5 at 1545, Hebrew talk; this time Galei Tsahal is back on frequency unlike 15783.8 Jan 4. Recheck 1602, 15785 totally blotted by WYFR in Arabic with presumed Christian hymn, unlike the Arabic music you hear on most stations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 5955, Jan 5 at 1436 M&W talking in Burmese about Al-Qa`ida, Mrs. Clinton, fair signal from NHKWNRJ. Unlike 11705 via Canada, which closes at 1430 following English, 5955 Yamata stays on in Burmese, same antenna, but per Aoki power drops from 300 to 100 kW, contrary to other listings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JORDAN [and non]. 11960, Jan 5 at 0623, serious Arabic dialog, one side on the phone line, when nothing else on band from Mideast, but must be R. Jordan as scheduled 0500-0715, 500 kW, 350 degrees intended for Europe, but also favoring WNAm. Music after 0630. Band was more open from Africa, e.g. DW English good on 12045 via Rwanda (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 11715, RVA via Vatican, Jan 5 at 1523 was back in Tagalog talking about Pilipinas, unlike English 24 hours earlier. Still no sign of KJES (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN. Pleased to note that IBB transmitter is back in whack, vs yesterday`s distorted blobs: Jan 5 at 1423 check weak Vietnamese with normal signal on 9990; at 1521, Vietnamese also OK on 9725 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SLOVAKIA [and non]. 6055, checking again for anomalous reception of RSI, Jan 5 at 1433, German weakly audible, but this time atop some weaker music, which unless that was on the RSI audio, would be from China or Thailand (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15550-USB, have not been able to hear WJHR for several days now checking around 1500, nor occasionally later in the day, e.g. 1757 UT Jan 5. Could be on and just too weak to pull thru the noise level without some enhanced propagation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. At 1923 UT Jan 6 I am getting a carrier on 15476, but too weak to surpass my noise level. LRA36 may be (back?) on. Please check, I immediately posted on the DXLD yg. (No more comparing with RAE on 15345v, as that transmitter broke down in late October, Gabriel Iván Barrera tells me.) Mark Schiefelbein, Missouri, tuned in 15476 and confirmed hearing Spanish 1943-2005+, so it`s clear that Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel is active again (Glenn Hauser, OK, dxldyg via WORLD OF RADIO 1494, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRIA. Ö1 confirmed still with token English newscast relayed on SW 6155, Thu Jan 7 at 0708 after German, first item about the underpants-bomber; tightly squeezed between Cuba 6150 and CBC 6160. Presumably French followed at 0711 as per Jan sked discovered by Yimber Gaviría; however, no longer played back on the evening broadcast to NAm, just German as confirmed by Joe Hanlon, NJ, UT Jan 5 at 0039 on 7325 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. The ADXB comprehensive schedule of Spanish SW broadcasts shows R. Rebelde, 5025 at 09-07, i.e. a two-hour break, but I thought it was 24 hours. Sometimes I am monitoring a bit past 0700, and Jan 7 it was certainly still running with music at 0707. If it were off, that would clear the frequency for VL8K from fade-in until its switch to 120m nominally at 0830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC missing from 6140, Jan 7 at 0709, while the other 49m frequencies were nominal, but most of them now QRMed: 6060 English vs Brazil; 6120 distorted Spanish vs RNW Dutch via Vatican; but 6150 Spanish in the clear. Shortly found where the 6140 transmitter probably went: 9640, VG in Spanish an echo apart from 6150, historical lecture about a European doctor in the XIX-XX centuries. At 0715, found 11760 still on in Spanish too. 9640 is officially on the RHC schedule only between 22-24 for the irregular Mesa Redonda show, so is this a mistake or an experiment? See also UNIDENTIFIED 13770.

DentroCuban Jamming Command pulses still running on 5980, Jan 7 at 1437, despite R. Martí finishing with the frequency at 1300.

Noise jamming, sounding just like DRM, around 7170, Jan 7 at 1438. At first figured it was part of the Ethiopian/Eritrean radio war, but then it switched to characteristic DCJC residual pulsing --- in the ham band?? I doubt the Cuban ham radio federation would dare to object. Perhaps a transmitter gone haywire, spur, or chasing some exile ham (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 15300, checking for TURKEY [q.v.], at 1422 Jan 7 colliding with RFI playing music, and just after Turkey went off, ``RFI Musique`` ID --- a sign that another strike is in progress as threatened, over massive layoffs. So expect much more musique on all RFI transmissions which remain on the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9870, enjoying the AIR VBS Hindi pop music, Jan 7, and at 1454 a familiar intro riff --- yes! It`s one of our favorites which the late lamented R. Solh, US psyop service for Afghanistan played every day at exactly the same hour. A real upbeat tune with great singing, instrumental interludes until 1459. I wish I knew the title, artist and more details about it. Further proof that a lot of Solh music was really Indian, probably Bollywood, not Afghan at all (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 3325, still audible with weak music Jan 7 at 1435, only station on band, presumed RRI Palangkaraya, which is in south central Kalimantan Tengah, inland from Banjarmasin. Only one or two other Indos are left on 90m, and I expect before long this one too will wink out, never to be heard again. Ishida shows only 3345 Ternate, Maluku Utara is still on, until 1500*; but tho also rated 10 kW, not heard like PK is (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI with music Jan 7 at 1355, only fair signal today; 1401 English ID with usual info including imaginary frequencies 15150 and 11785, off at 1402:40* intentionally before any transition announcement to Malay hour, which apparently has been deleted. RRI Jakarta still on 9680 at 1442 with gamelan and singing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 13615, WYFR in Spanish, which used to own the frequency, now about equal level to R. Farda, Jan 7 at 1429 with two IDs, an echo apart from 15410; and propagational echo also on the 13615 transmission, which at 14-16 is 108 degrees via Lampertheim, GERMANY, while 15410 during same bihour is 95 degrees via Skelton UK.

There`s something about Lampertheim, which always has a long-path or severe backscatter echo also on the VOA English relay, 11985, equally 108 degree azimuth at 14-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY [and non]. 12035.0, VOT in English during Live from Turkey, Thursday Jan 7 at 1416. Usual distorted audio from this ailing Çakirlar transmitter, and lo audible het, but not clear whether that is from inside or outside the TRT transmitter. Too poor to get anything out of the program. VOR via Samara at 14-15, 250 kW at 130 degrees is on 12035 in HFCC, but not in WRTH, Aoki or EiBi, so may be wooden.

Checked // 15300 at 1422 as final VOT IS was playing, fast SAH with RFI and off, so that frequency is useless too due to collision not avoided in poor B-09 planning, while there are plenty of clear spots on 19m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Not hearing KJES on 11715 in the 14-17 period for quite some time, I was also checking for any sign of KJES on 15385 during its scheduled 19-21 UT broadcast, Jan 6 at 1923: No. Nor was there anything on 7555 at 0241 Jan 7, where KJES is scheduled 0200-0330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1494, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI both propagating and unjammed, Jan 7 at 0715, discussion about Czechia, and this semihour is R. Prague via WRN, so yet another bonus broadcast on WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 11749.9 or so, het with 11750.0, Jan 8 at 0648. The off-frequency one is surely Brazilian, at 0649 with Portuguese singing. PWBR `2009` shows 11749.8 for R. Voz Missionária, Florianópolis SC, which I think is correct despite LA-DX showing this only as a future plan on 11750, while also listing separately what is no doubt the same transmitter under its previous identity, but showing the frequency variation range:

11749.8v R Marumby, Florianópolis SC [2258-2319] (49.8-50.0) Mar08 B // 9665 (irr)

11750    R Voz Missionária, Florianópolis SC [FUTURE PLANS]           Jul08 L (a)"Voz Missionária" // 5870v, 9665

As for 11750.0, Aoki and HFCC show three possibilities at this hour:

CNR1 at 37 degrees, i.e. USward; CRIENG via Albania; and BBC Hausa via Ascension.

25m was quite open over night paths from Brazil, with signals ranging from very strong RNA 11780 to moderate 11815, 11925, to weaker carriers on 11765, 11895. Cuba was also VG on 11760, not always the case when longer skip is in.

I had not noticed 11749.9v recently, but there was that het again 17 hours later at 2344 when it was definitely abutting CNR1 which starts at 2200 from Shijiazhuang 723 site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Jan 8 at 2348: good on 9000, JBA on 8400, not on 10210, 11300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also BRAZIL

** CYPRUS [and non]. 15495-15520, OTH radar pulsing, presumed from here, Jan 8 at 1445. Bothered something weak on 15520, presumably YFR in Hindi via UAE as scheduled. It seems Kuwait is no longer using 15505, fortunately (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR [and non]. 11903 and 11937 the approximate centers of the mushy FMy spurblobs from HCJB via CVC Chile in Portuguese, Jan 8 at 2343. They do vary somewhat, previously around 11900 and 11940 or 11902 and 11938, but that`s no excuse.

BTW, Allen Graham tells me HCJB`s Spanish mailbag show Club de Oyentes, and consequently the sub-program within it, Aventura Diexista, are being cancelled after January, due to declining audiences. CDO is only on the 6050 Pichincha transmitter, which is NOT being closed down as some rumors had it, while ADX gets plenty of play via WRMI. DX Partyline will continue to be produced, also aired via WRMI et al. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUINEA. 7125 at 0653 Jan 8, French interview on phone about political situation there, so RTG again on the air in the morning, outstanding sorethumbly in hamband (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526v, Jan 8 at 1357 tuned in time to confirm VOI carrier was on today hetting 9530, but very poor and already off at next check 1402. Has the Malay service formerly at 14-15 been dropped, or moved elsewhen? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 9585, Jan 8 at 1432 Qur`an, 1434 into talk I thought was Urdu, poor-fair signal, much better than Iran`s Russian service at same time on 9575, which is just barely modulated as we have noted several dates recently, but better signal strength.

 

9585 also turns out to be VIRI, per Aoki in Hindi at 1430-1528, 500 kW, 102 degrees from Sirjan site, the same one as on 9575, 500 kW, 330 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9410 will always be a quintessential BBCWS frequency to me, dating back several sesquidecades, not too long ago virtually 24 hours in English, but now it`s partial and others are welcome to inmove. I was aware Voz de Turquía was using it for Spanish at 02-03, but now heard with another transmission, Jan 8 at 1358 with IS, 1400 timesignal a few sex late and opening in Russian, as in B-09 schedule from Çakirlar site. Then quick check of 12035 in English from a another transmitter in that hall showed the usual low het and somewhat distorted modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9440, at 1357 Jan 8, open carrier with hum, Russian-style tones on and off, 1358 tones stop, 1400 the WYFR opening joined in progress, Open Forum with Harold Droning. This is a relatively new transmission, which I first reported Dec 18, site unknown.

Aoki now lists it at 14-15 only as 250 kW, 195 degrees from Novosibirsk-Oyash, starting Dec 24. That`s about 82 degrees E longitude, making it virtually transpolar from here, 97+ W.

9440 was about two seconds behind otherwise // 9770, similar signal but from elsewhere, 500 kW, 84 degrees from Nauen, Germany, and also at 14-15 only, says Aoki.

13605, Jan 8 at 1455 with instrumental hymn ``Softly & Tenderly`` but soon morphing into YFR ``Gott sei die Ehre`` theme until off at 1459*. It`s Uzbek, 250 kW, 75 degrees via Wertachtal, Germany at 14-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. Jan 9 at 0647 noticed that RNA open carrier was on 11780 but no modulation yet. 6185 also still had XEPPM with Cuban music unimpeded. But at *0648:30, carrier and modulation from RNA cut on 6185 overriding XEPPM, and shortly after at *0645:45 modulation cut on // 11780 with a song about the madrugada in progress (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. RNGE making another sporadic appearance on 6250.0 (right on, compared to Vatican 7250.0), good S9+12 signal Jan 9 at 0625 with Spanish news mentioning Bata and Malabo, 0626 a timecheck for 7:21 so that explains why news often starts well past hourtop. Frequent stingers, fútbol news; 0627 ute beeps begin to QRM on lo side. 0648 still audible but weakening, as the equatorial sun rises almost vertically building up D-layer absorption. The accent sounded Castilian to me, to be expected but I wonder if native speakers could detect some ex-colonial accent pegging it on EqG? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. Despite threats of another strike at RFI, ops seem normal, e.g. 15300, Jan 9 at 1513 talk instead of Musique fill, 1524 phone interview with someone in San Francisco about latest tech news concerning mobile phones.

At Media Network there have been no follow-ups to this Jan 6 story:

http://blogs.rnw.nl/medianetwork/rfi-unions-call-indefinite-strike-from-7-january

But Mike Cooper sent us this Jan 7: ``AFP reports today that the indefinite strike at RFI has been postponed for 24 hours, after only 2 percent of employees participated. RFI said 97 percent of its programs would air despite the strike`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LAOS [non]. 11785, Sat Jan 9 at 1506, Hmong up-and-down singing, i.e. Hmong World Christian Radio, reminding me that I had tuned past this frequency a few times in the 14-15 hour, and Hmong Lao Radio was missing, no WHRI transmission at all. What will happen Sunday at 14-15? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN [and non]. 15140, Jan 9 at 1440, fluttery signal averaging S9+5 with music but very undermodulated, so I felt better about yet again not having tuned in early enough to hear English news from R. Sultanate of Oman at 1430, since it probably would have been a strain to make anything out of. Similar signal level on decent Romanian transmitter 15170 was adequate to enjoy the music, understand the speech, without CRQRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PALAU. I was surprised to hear Spanish gospel huxter, ``La Verdad para el Mundo`` at 1431 Jan 9 on 9965. Speaker spoke good Spanish but North American accent detectable. First wondered if WRMI had pulled a fast one and shifted out from under 9955 jamming, tho jamming pulse splatter also bothered 9965, and altho WORLD OF RADIO was supposedly underneath Arnie`s noise at this time on 9955. La Verdad para el Mundo is in fact carried by WRMI at another time per http://www.wrmi.net/schedule.php

And the signal level, modulation could have been WRMI.

La Verdad para el Mundo closing mentioned Billy Graham, and was upwrapping with an apartado in Villa Rica, Georgia 30180! Did they pick that town just so they could use a Spanish name? It`s halfway to AL west of Atlanta on I-20. Top Google hit on zipcode to confirm that name also informed us V.R. had 45 registered sex offenders in 2007, helpful info.

Here`s more than you would ever want to know about that town:

http://www.city-data.com/zips/30180.html

including the fact that it`s hardly a latino hotbed despite the name, presumably developer-chosen to appeal to affluent Anglos desiring a taste of the exotic:

``96.8% of residents of 30180 zip code speak English at home. 1.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (42% very well, 27% well, 25% not well, 6% not at all).``

But I digress. Back to the 9965 signal, whence if not WRMI? Retune at 1445 found open carrier, commercials giving 800 numbers for mortgages, 3-step plan, then USA network sports capsule about NBA axion. 1448 more dead air for a minute, 1449 finally World Harvest Radio ID, English gospel song.

A new WHRI transmission to Latin America? No! at 1457 more WHR promos, not // another broadcast on 9930 which just went off at 1458:20*, and back to 9965 in time finally to hear a T8WH ID at 1458:30, then Peter Sumrall preaching.

Palau in Spanish?! Perhaps for colonial remnants in Guam, Philippines (where many people have Spanish names whether they speak it or not). WHR website is not cooperating, failing to display program schedules, but does deny that such a program title exists in any of them. 9930 is also T8WH, both supposedly in Mandarin, which is not closely related to English or Spanish. Wrong feed? Who knows (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 11715, Jan 9 at 1507, RVA via Vatican, animated Tagalog W&W conversation, but throwing in English expressions, such as ``much happiness in the coming year``, ``join us in Facebook``. And another day with zero sign of KJES during scheduled transmission (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL. 15560, RDPI with weekend transmission to NAm, Jan 9 at 1511 was giving periodic but seemingly randomly scheduled detailed frequency/schedule announcement, including satellite info. Squealing slightly audible during pauses, but VG signal. SW included 21655, 15560, but added that because of technical problems, there would be no ``extraordinary`` transmissions to Africa after 2000, or weekends after 1700, i.e. silly ballgame specials.

Perhaps Carlos can explain exactly what the cause is --- one transmitter or antenna out of order, or the usual lack of personnel available to make manual switching changes beyond 9-5? If they are still extending broadcasts to other targets, those should certainly be mentioned as audible in Africa for backup. But SW stations where people do not actually listen to SW, tend to think they have discrete targets with no overlap (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. VOT has 11815 to itself, no REE/CR collision, on Saturday mornings, so Jan 9 at 1415 might have enjoyed the music on VG signal --- but modulation poor, rather like English on 12035. TRT really needs to work on the modulation, especially at Çakirlar site --- or, who knows, a problem feeding it without degradation from studio to site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI 9955 transmitter problem: UT Sat Jan 9 around 0635, during La Rosa de Tokio segment about broadcasting in Bahrain, including a clip of an FM station, a few times a minute WRMI would irregularly dump off the air for a second or a split second. Fortunately, no jamming audible then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also PALAU

** U S A. 11855, WYFR English, at 1411 Jan 9 story time show in Saturday morning kidblock, had audio cutting off and on, mostly off. Unless attenuated FRG-7, during pauses could hear cross-mod from even more powerful 11830 WYFR Spanish, which was constantly, not intermittently audiblized. 11830 is 315 degrees OKward, while 11855 is 355 degrees ONward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9760, VOA via PHILIPPINES, Jan 9 at 1453 ending ``On the Line`` interview on how to fight terrorism, using force, persuasion and some other tactic, with ``thanks for watching``. Standard rant about TV programs pretending to be radio programs and insulting non-viewing audience. As a matter of fact, aside from possible captioning, or lip-reading, even watchers would not get much out of it unless they were also listening! 1455 USG editorial about Yemen, SOS Clinton talks with Qatari PM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Anomaly observations Jan 10: at 0628, RHC 6150 missing. 6140 in Spanish today, with bigger signal and modulation than usual, so suspected that was the ex-6150 transmitter, // 6120 with pre-revolutionary historical talk. However, at 0700 check, 6150 back on. 6060 was continuing in English after 6010 had gone off.

At 1423, usual huge S9+22 signal on 13780, but modulation cutting on only at extremely distorted spikes; wiggle that patchcord! And the other equally big signal on 22m, 13680 was nothing but open carrier. // 13770 from other site and CRI relay 13740 were nominal, i.e. much weaker and somewhat undermodulated. At 1426, these two were mixing equally on leapfrog 13710 without any AIRGOS audible; but after 1500 interfering with the word of Allah from BSKSA HQS.

At 1428, more problems: 15120 nothing but open carrier, 15360 OK with modulation. Next check at 1453, 13780 was back to normal modulation, but 13680 was off as often happens on Sunday due to pending Aló, Presidente requirements, whether el Hugazo is a no-show or not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See VENEZUELA [non]

** CUBA [non]. 13820, R. Martí with another of its excellent apolitical cultural programs, Sunday Jan 10 at 1432, biography of modern-tango composer Astor Piazzolla with his music constantly playing in background, occasionally foreground. This frequency remained more or less atop the DentroCuban Jamming Command, unlike 15330, which is so paranoid it even has to block a program about Argentine music; I stuck with it for 25 minutes, instead of simultaneous La Cultura en Cuba from RHC with all its modulation problems, and risk of irrelevant revolutionary rhetoric.

Martí show ended with final tango chords at 1457, but NO program outro, no name of show, no credits, right into H1N1 PSA. This really annoys me about R. Martí and it`s frequently the case. Also annoying was the otherwise excellent narrator butchering several foreign names, such as Nadia Boulanger, the French music guru to so many including Piazzolla, pronouncing her ``Búlanguer``.

R. Martí website has a full-week program grid at http://www.martinoticias.com/rdprogramacion.aspx

which automatically shows today`s date, and already starts tomorrow Jan 11 according to the headers, but what about today?! Also shows times in EDT and GMT rather than EST and UT! Wake up, OCB!

As of next Sunday, anyway, this semihour must be ``Arte Latino``, and also airs Saturdays at 1430 (displaying 1330 GMT, but 9:30 am ``EDT``, so read the EDT times as EST, and ignore the GMTs which are one hour off.) Hotlink on the title http://www.martinoticias.com/programDesc.aspx?id=225

produces a javascript pop-up which is --- empty!

Before starting ``Resumen Semanal``, at 1501 promo for ``Estéreo``, a somewhat misleading title for a shortwave program, airing M-F at 8 pm, with all the latest rock hits and interviews; sounds like a frenetic feast for the juveniles. Guess what --- no sign of it on the program grid supposedly dated for the week to come. Instead listed at 8 pm ``EDT`` is ``Revista Informativa – Contacto Cuba``.

So any resemblance between what`s on the grid and what`s on the air is purely coincidental. But we also see ``Arte Latino`` again during that semihour on weekends (meaning UT Sun and Mon 0100-0130), and there are yet more airings listed Sat & Sun at 2130 UT, all of which must be confirmed before they can be believed. Geez, what a SNAFU operation, in its own way no better than RHC; or could it be that lack of concern for accuracy is just a Cuban cultural characteristic, Dentro- and Fuera-? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 9100-9125, OTH radar pulsing, Jan 10 at 1409, presumed from here rather than China since it`s 25 kHz wide, atop some 2-way Spanish SSB circa 9119, and some digital utility in the middle of the range (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6250, no sign of a signal from RNGE at 0627 Jan 10, while it was quite good 24 hours earlier. Later sign on, Sundays, or just another irregularity (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. VOG, Jan 10 at 0626, good on 7475 with Greek Orthodox chanting, // weaker 9420, so two transmitters are running, but is there a third? From a land where there is no separation of church and state, Sunday morning services taking up 2+ hours of public airtime. Fortunately, the rest of us can just enjoy this for the music without the baggage of belief, thank you very much to the broke Greek taxpayers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI carrier detectable around 1355 Jan 10, and retuned just in time at 1406:30 to hear a few notes of music before it cut off the air at approximately 1406:38* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LAOS [non]. 11785 was lacking any WHRI signal Sat Jan 9 before 1500, so Hmong Lao Radio was gone again, and the same situation Sunday Jan 10 at 1413 check; just some weak Chinese audible on frequency, which is CRI via Kashgar, East Turkistan. WHR online program schedule search at 1630 Jan 10 claims HLR is still running on 11785 Sat & Sun 14-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 5030, where I have been lamenting about CNR1 always covering Sarawak in our mornings, but not any more. As first observed by Ron Howard Jan 9, CNR1 is gone from this frequency. No help here yet as only a very weak carrier on 5030 Jan 10 at 1348, no match for adjacent Rebelde 5025. Now the challenge will be to pull in RMS late enough to have Cuba weakened, but not so late that itself is outfading; on until 1600* which is far too late here even in winter. Judging from the co-channel it used to impose under CNR1, 10 kW Kuching should make it adequately on a better day also the CNR signal helped to muscle aside Cuba. WRTH 2010 says the RTM Sarawak IS is ``a musical phrase (played on a native instrument, the Sape), alternating between A and F``.

S. Hasegawa confirms CNR1 is gone from 5030, possibly replaced by 6125, and 9675 in the daytime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PALAU. Re my previous report, T8WH 9965 carrying a Spanish program, Sat Jan 9 at 1430, La Verdad para el Mundo. On Jan 10 I am able to check the online schedule, which shows:

1430-1445 Sa Truth for the World Don Blackwell & Jim Dearman 9965

As if it were in English. Perhaps the programmers decided to switch to their Spanish version, or WHR downloaded the wrong one (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 11715, RVA via VATICAN, Jan 10 at 1506 totally in English instead of Tagalog, with religious service, first a prayer interrupted by amens, guitar hymn, 1509 let us pray again, ``the liturgy of the word``, and lite reverb/echo. 1510 modulation drops down for a few seconds; at first thought an open carrier had come on atop. Further chex: 1521 still sermon in English with an accent I can`t place but maybe Tagalog, ditto 1529, 1541. So is it in English consistently on Sundays? At some points, especially the hymn with guitar accompaniment, one might have taken this for KJES, but no robokids, so surely still absent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. VOT English at 1330-1420v on 12035 is getting worse and worse. Jan 9 audio was degraded, but Jan 10 at 1420 despite S9+15 signal level, just barely modulated as I could detect the sign-off in English; 1422 check // 15300, fast rippling het with RFI during last few notes of VOT IS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. Aló, Presidente check, via CUBA, Sunday Jan 10: At 1542, open carrier on 12010, a frequency used only for Aló, Presidente whether it be fulfilled or not. No carrier on 13750 yet. Weak carrier on 17750, could not tell whether Cuba, but nothing else is scheduled.

However, at 1715 recheck, El Hugazo was proclaiming on VG 13750, much weaker 12010, and possibly 17750 as something was there, so A,P started sometime in between, unknown when. However, another frequency which previously and supposedly carries A,P, 13680, was instead in regular RHC programming, // 11730, 11760, etc. Too much RTTY on 11690 to be sure whether or which programming was on there.

Say, what about RNV`s own SW service? Their new dentroVenezuelan site at Calabozo, south of Caracas, was supposedly going to be on air by December (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Residual DentroCuban Jamming Command pulses on 6030, UT Monday Jan 11 at 0616, vs detectable carrier, probably CFVP at this time. I guess it was bad for Ethiopia-seekers earlier.

Also at the late hour of 1533, could still hear signs of jamming on 6030 against nothing, and stronger on 5980, both R. Martí frequencies, but RM is finished with 6030 at 1200, 5980 at 1300.

Thus the DentroCubans once again demonstrate their incompetence even in jamming, and total disregard for the rights of others who have nothing to do with the Cuban radio war (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6250, RNGE again audible with Spanish news, frequent liners at 0618 Jan 11, altho missing 24 hours earlier, and not missing 48 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser,

** INDIA [and non]. 9690, AIR GOS, Monday Jan 11 at 1435 in weekly mailbag Faithfully Yours, this time with M&M hosts, assuring that no IRCs or other return postage is wanted, and that on the European service, 11620 is no longer in use since Oct 25, instead 6180. Usual constant hum on 9690.

1445 Film Music, but could not understand details of introduxion to a long selexion; second piece was cut off at 1454 to promote a devotional program on next transmission to SE Asia at 2245 (0415 IST); 1455 final news summary including state visit of Bangladesh PM, heavy fog in Punjab, 300+ deaths due to cold weather. Semi-minute overlap at 1459:30 with fast SAH as Nippon no Kaze via Darwin was starting in Korean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Jan 11 at 1358 check, nothing audible, so VOI missing or closed earlier than usual. 9680 RRI was quite good until 1500:36*.

Atsunori Ishida now reports at

http://www.max.hi-ho.ne.jp/a-ishida/ins/

``Voice of Indonesia has changed it schedule from January 2010. The contents are not completely fixed, but are almost as follows:

9526 -1000-1400* [1000: English, 1100: Chinese, 1200: Japanese, 1300: English]

9526 *1600- (cannot confirm the contents, due to weak signal)

Chinese and the Japanese have changed to one hour from 30 minutes.``

Jan 11 was a good morning for RRI on tropbands; at 1355, musical audio making it on Palangkaraya 3325; 1357 better signal with music on 4750 Makassar, YL singer continuing past 1400. Weak SAH from China or Bangladesh, and with BFO on, it was obvious there were two carriers, but RRI now right on 4750.0 compared to 9750, presumably Japan rather than Malaysia. At 1404, 4750 finally going from music to YL DJ announcement in Indonesian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. RTM Sarawak, 5030 still clear of ChiComQRM, Jan 11 at 1358 but too much Cuba 5025. A bit better comparatively at 1413 with YL announcement presumably in Malay after song, but still splatter from Rebelde especially during music which is most of the time. But RTM kept gaining on Cuba during the hour, and by 1503 with presumed news by YL, signal level had axually surpassed 5025. At 1510 finally understood something as YL concluded news with ``Salaam Aleikum``, 1511 music. Still audible until starting to fade out at 1533. This was almost two hours after local sunrise at 1343 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALASKA. 6890, KNLS, Jan 12 at 1413 poor in English with a story about seeds that Jesus allegedly told. Checked a few more times during the hour, but got no better (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. 6160, where CBC`s RCI clashes with CBC Vancouver in the 14-15 hour: Jan 12 at 1416 the usual fast SAH, with RCI signal atop, except it was just barely modulated in Chinese, the relay via Kimjae, KOREA SOUTH, and could also hear CKZU in English underneath (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check at 1439 Jan 12 found none on 8400, 9000, 10210, 11300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. OTH radar pulsing Jan 12 at 1440 on approx. 9132-9158, plus exactly same sound but weaker on 10150-10172, presumed from here, but I am having my doubts. The ~25 kHz bandwidth is typical of Cyprus rather than China, but propagationally could also be something AustralAsiatic, and there are a number of other such radars (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 5005, Jan 12 at 0622 with weak talk, music, drumming, must be RNGE Bata, seldom heard and suspect not always on air in mornings. Then checked Malabo on 6250 at 0628 talking about human rights, enumerated lots of things that would be fixed for all citizens by the year 2020; 0629 ID as R. Malabo. 0630 into music; tried to determine if // 5005, but could not be sure due to much weaker signal there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ERITREA. 7165 with HOA music, Jan 12 at 1437 but soon overridden by North American SSB hams, apparently a net tho none listed here in the final edition of Nets to You from April 1, 2007. At 1438, VOBME signal, probably long-path, faded up a bit, providing a BFO for hams with suitably weak signals (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA. 7110, some broadcast talk weakly at 1437 Jan 12, presumably R. Ethiopia via long-path as was also getting 7165 at the time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 5910, Shiokaze/Sea Breeze still here for 1400-1430 broadcast, Tue Jan 12 at 1409 in Japanese, and Juche jamming also audible, the oscillating noise but not enough to block it here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 5030, RTM Kuching, Sarawak, Jan 12 at 1400 better than before, tnx to unusually weak Cuba 5025, and its own signal also improved and still without ChiComQRM. Talk in presumed Malay, 1404 music. 1424 DJs chattering and laughing after a song. (At 1456 I find that my oil heater puts a noise blob around 5020-5040, so shack will stay cold to hear this a bit longer.) Now 5030 is definitely stronger than Rebelde. 1500 unexpectedly loud two-pip timesignal, compared to the talk modulation: shows that program audio level could be boosted if they cared to. TS was about three sex late, so hardly reliable for navigation. I think the second pip was slightly prolonged but same pitch as first one. Into scripted news by YL. This is a simulcast of the Wai FM service but no such ID heard yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 4845, ORTM, Jan 12, 0624 at S9+12 level, but modulation not commensurate, usual soporific chanting around this time. Has been on rather reliably lately (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 5020, BBCWS sounder and news in English, Jan 12 at 1400, enough to be sure it`s the SIBC overnight relay, and Cuba was weaker than usual on 5025 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 13810, Brother Scare, in a lather about something, Jan 12 at 1514, lite long-path echo // weaker 17485 but not exactly synchronized. I have seen some reports of 13810 attributed to USA, but certainly not. 13810 is Nauen, 17485 is Wertachtal per HFCC, tho Aoki still shows the latter in B-09 as Juelich, plus a few other listings --- I think not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 12035, surprised to find a TRT-sounding signal here Jan 12 at 1444, long after this frequency is supposed to close around 1422 when English concludes. This was in a Slavic language, and believe I heard TRT mentioned, perhaps in an URL. Sure did not seem Russian; thought it might be ``Bosnian``, which TRT had last year at this time on 9525, but that`s among the many languages they have supposedly deleted.

12035 had the same audio distortion as heard during English, plus the low het tnx to someone off-frequency. Produxion style also was VOTish, with long program theme music following announcement of show title. S9+12 signal suddenly cut off the air at 1447 as someone realized their mistake, uncovering a weak signal from something else which produced the het, perhaps VOR Samara tho not in all listings. The only transmissions during this semihour on the TRT schedule are:

11815 Turkish (also heard, well)

9785 Kazakh

9410 Russian

I did not check these until I had looked them up a few minutes later. By then, 9410 had a mix between BBCWS English via Oman and VOT Russian; 9785 dominated by ChiCom jamming and VOA Chinese via Philippines. It`s also noteworthy that all three are Çakirlar, so the Emirler site is not on the air at all at this time. Why would it not be in use? VOT has been caught several times before asleep at the switch, putting a following language on the previous frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15770, Jan 12 at 1510, tonal African dialog mentioning Abuja and Nigeria, no doubt VOA Hausa as scheduled, but whence? Aoki says São Tomé, EiBi says Botswana (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9480, WTWW, Lebanon TN, testing with open carrier only for a ``human exposure study``, Jan 11 from *2055 past 2141, with occasional breaks. Also heard at *2302-2307*. Running about S9+22, comparable to WWCR on 9980, i.e. a very strong signal. I was hoping for an ID or some modulation, but not yet. However, I am positive it was WTWW, since George McClintock advised me this test was about to start with 90 kW, later said it was 60 kW. There was only one small RF leakage problem near a window. The SWR is OK, no arcing problems. However, some guy wires were installed incorrectly, since he was inside the building working on the transmitter instead of supervising the crew outside. He says they were hoping to run another test, with heavy modulation early UT Jan 13 on 5755 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6800, weak mix of two audios from US station, Jan 12 at 0638, soon matched to WWCR on 5070 and 5935, as this is a leapfrog of one over the other at plus another 865 kHz. Had not heard this one before. I believe it was axually transmitted as could still hear it with attenuation on the FRG-7 and also on the YB-400. This led me to look for a corresponding leapfrog of 5070 over 5890, which at plus 820 kHz would land on 6710, and there was a trace of something there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, no signal from WRMI, and no jamming either, Jan 12 at 0645 when should have been airing RCI via WRN relay; yet WYFR was inbooming on 9715, 9680, also on 9355, 9495, 9985, so I conclude WRMI must have been off the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 13700, S Asian language at 1515 Jan 12, good signal would have been fine if not for WYFR 13695 splash. 13700 is YFR via Nauen in Hindi, so it`s Camping vs Camping! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Jan 14 at 1437: poor on 8400, nothing on 9000, 10210 or 11300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 7210-LSB, Cuban exiles hams in Spanish on their favorite frequency, Jan 14 from 1439 tune-in; at 1446, musing why Cuba has not attempted to make Haïti a socialist state --- not worth it? Usual counter-revolutionary remarx such as assertions that any disaster aid to Cuba gets sold instead of reaching victims. One of them IDed as N4RAU in Miami and that chex out at ARRL callsign lookup as: Oropesa, Raul L, N4RAU (Extra)

Miami Dade, FL 33175

Previous call sign: KI4QQR

I wonder if Cuba will invade Haiti with any disaster relief, risking running into yanquis et al.

From 1445 could hear music in the background, as some broadcaster must have begun on this shared band? Nothing scheduled to start then, so maybe just not audible or noticed before then. Aoki presents these possibilities:

7210 CRI    1400-1457 Chinese   150 95 Beijing           CHN

7210 VOV1   2145-1700 Vietnamese 20 ND Daclac            VTN

7210 VOBME1 (Dimtsi Hafas)

           1355-1600 Kunama    100 ND Asmara-Selae Daro ERI

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680, RRI Jakarta at 1454 Jan 14 with ``Indonesian opera``, soprano et al., with gamelan orchestra, continued past 1500 instead of previous cutoff at 1457; finally at 1504, 9680 went to talk, 1507 more music now a pop ballad. Went off sometime during the next semihour as gone at next check. 9526v VOI was already off after 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5910, Thu Jan 14 at 1426, Shiokaze via JSR JAPAN was concluding Japanese broadcast with usual sad piano music background; but also a fast SAH from some co-channel QRM not noted before. Uplooked later, maybe it was Iran`s Bengali service scheduled for 1430 via Kamalabad, and they ordinarily do come on a few minutes early, so Sea Breeze should still be clear for most of the broadcast from 1400, aside from Juche jamming, none audible today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA/SARAWAK. 5030, RTM Kuching, Jan 14 tuned in time to monitor the 2-pip timesignal at 1500 --- this time it was close to correct rather than 3 seconds late, no doubt having noted my previous observations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 5875 is a BBCWS English frequency we can hear fairly well in our mornings, despite its official destination 25 degrees from Thailand to most of China, North Korea. But Jan 14 at 1425 as I tuned by, noticed some ute QRM, sounded like TADIL-A. Next at 1427 that was gone but instead was hearing mix of English and something in Arabic which was somewhat atop! The latter also had ``that BBC sound``, and at 1332 while English was wrapping up news headlines before Crossing Continents, Arabic ran BBC sounder, so tnx to WRTH 2010, easily looked up listed Arabic frequencies during this hour, and sure enough, 5875 was // Cyprus 9915, and also // 15790 but an echo apart. BBCWS vs BBCWS on 5875! Possible explanation: another Cyprus transmitter is scheduled to take over from Thailand with Persian at 1600 on 5875. Maybe it got turned on much too early with the Arabic programme feed. Or equally SNAFU`d, possibly double programme audio feed input to Thailand

transmitter, nobody noticing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WBCQ with the first SW broadcast of WORLD OF RADIO 1495, Wed Jan 13 at 2005 check on 9330-CUSB, much better signal than // 7415, but 9330 modulation a little rough. I hope they left 9330 on for the rest of the semihour, but did not get it rechecked before 2030, as I had already heard the show. You never know whether 9330 will be on at this time, as committed to use 7415 only, Tue/Wed/Thu 2000 for WOR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW was testing with music on 9480 UT Jan 14 around 0030, but propagation had dropped out here, so weak and fading.

 

At 0045 came up on 5755, much better signal with music, S9+15 on the FRG-7 but that`s just slightly above the local noise level with computer on. Much better than 5745 station, presumably WWRB. Modulation seems good but still not a solid signal. Don`t know how much longer they will be on tonight.

5755 rechecked at 0117, MUCH stronger signal S9+22 or so, now solid, as if they turned up the power but were supposedly full power earlier, so maybe we had just hit a propagational hole then.

Still much stronger than Brother Scare on WWRB 5745, and much much stronger than WWCR PMS/DGS on 5935. WWCR 5890 PPP does not start until 0200. Comparing signals to these neighbors should be helpful.

0120, 0124, 0130 IDs, apparently between each tune, say ``Coming to you from near the banks of the Upper Cumberland River in middle Tennessee, this is WTWW, Lebanon, Tennessee, U S A, performing equipment tests``. Mod seems a bit distorted now and/or with selective fading distortion. Disappeared at 0126:30 or so, back on at 0128.

Here`s the ID recorded around 0134 UT Jan 14 on 5755, the final one before went off at 0136: http://www.w4uvh.net/WTWW.rm

(Glenn Hauser OK, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 5050, WWRB on the air after 0700 Jan 13 must have been a fluke (or a make-good?), as it was gone again 23+ hours later at 0622 check Jan 14, with R. Cultura do Pará again in the clear on 5045, as always playing nothing but pop music, never classical as one might expect (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. Had not checked former VOBI transmission for a few weeks, which was Fri 19-20 on WHRI 15665, but just in case did so Jan 15: nothing heard, tho at 1930 I happened to be in a rather noisy parking lot with a portable. Website http://www.biafraland.com/vobi.htm still shows no broadcasts since Dec 11 as far as audio files (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC UT Jan 16 at 0713 had English still running not only on usual 6060, but also still on 6010 and much weaker 6140; while Spanish was on 6120 and 6150. As frequently noted, 6140 is sometimes in Spanish, sometimes in English.

11760, RHC missing at 1454 Jan 16 while 11730 and 11800 continued. 11760 probably was in processing of switching transmitter/antenna, as it was back on by 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5910, Shiokaze via JSR Japan, Jan 16 at 1426 in Korean, fast SAH again from co-channel station about to start at 1430. The latter just too weak to tell if similar to or // Iran on 9575 Russian or 9585 Hindi, but 5875 is listed as VIRI Bengali. Occasional CW QRM such as at 1440 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LAOS [non]. Hmong Lao Radio missing again this weekend, Jan 16 at 1415 check of WHRI 11785 --- not on the air. However open carrier was up at 1455, prior to Hmong World Christian Radio at 1500 Saturdays only. Website http://www.h-lr.com/ still has no audio files since Jan 2 and 3 but continues to mention 11785 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 730, dominating the channel for a few minutes from 0445 UT Jan 16 on the nondirexional caradio, not XEX, the onetime clear-channel leader, but instead Radio Viva-something, serving Chihuahua and Durango, which fits since it`s XEHB at Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, right on the Durango border. Despite many repetitions of the ID, it was hard to tell what the second word was.

WRTH 2010 shows XEHB on 730 as Radio Viva Vida, 50 kW day and 1 kW night, so suspect it may be on day power.

Uplooked later in the new ``Quick & Easy`` MWList, http://www.mwlist.org/mwlist_quick_and_easy.php?area=3#kHz730

it`s not there! They still have XEHB under its previous identity on 770 whence it moved and where we first heard it long ago.

Then checking another source, Fred Cantú`s Mexico Radio site:

http://mexicoradiotv.com/listchih.htm

We get a different name, Radio Viva Villa! I`ll bet his version is correct since there is a graphic of the logo, very small which needs to be blown up; unfortunately no hotlink to a website.

That name presumably means ``long live Pancho Villa``, a local hero. I wonder what the new IRCA Mexican log shows? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6104.8, XEQM made another appearance Jan 16 at 0713, modulation somewhat distorted with frantic music for the nightmiddle, good on peaks but fades down to nothing, including at 0716 when an announcement was starting. By 0725 had apparently decided to stay outfaded (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. RTT, still on 7335 at 0800 Jan 16 with Arabic news, after nice selexion of Arabic music until then. Official sked shows 7335 on until 0910, but since it also shows // 7275 until 0730, but really closes at 0627, does 7335 also go off earlier than scheduled? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 41 and 31m mostly dead except for some African relays, 0609 Jan 15, but on 9700 Turkish music with YL ululating and string instrument had fair signal, 0610 announcement. This is VOT Turkish, Emirler site at 310 degrees to Europe but also USward at 05-07.

12035, usual somewhat distorted modulation from VOT, Jan 15 at 1422 with multi-lingual ID time-filler, then sign-off announcement in English, 1424 IS which kept running instead of turning off transmitter to QSY; 1427 as usual starts inserting IDs in language to follow, amid IS variations, still not sure what it is, but it is definitely not Russian, one of the 1430 languages on the schedule, as it went ``Turkiye ---- Radio``, which points to one of the many Turkic languages. 1430 6-pip timesignal ending 1 second late compared to WWV, opening program mentioning website partially www.trt. Kept running until abruptly cut off at 1433:35 when the operator woke up and starting moving to the frequency where this is supposed to be, as previously discussed, most likely Kazakh on 9785. The Slavic influence I previous heard would be apropos (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 5875, BBCWS still QRMing itself as first noted Jan 14. On Jan 16 at 1425, English and Arabic mixing with Arabic somewhat stronger. English is via Thailand, which used to be clear on this frequency. There is some fading, but hard to tell if propagational or subaudible heterodyning from slightly different frequencies. By 1459 both signals much weaker, but could make out BBCWS sounder, ID in English and timesignal. Where is the Arabic coming from and why has BBCWS decided to collide with itself? Do not find the latter listed anywhere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5755, WTWW testing again UT Jan 15 around 0142 and 0147 with same ID and probably same music loop as before. Carrier and modulation off and on several times as needed: 0213 off, 0218 OC, 0219 not audible.

George McClintock tells me that altho problems are being worked out, a lot more full-power testing is needed, especially on 9480 which would be on the air Friday afternoon. Does not plan to finalize programming until after HFCC, which is Feb 1-5 in Kuala Lumpur. He`s also too busy now to verify reception reports but will eventually have a QSL card; there is no contact info on the website http://wtww.us (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Jan 16 at 1533, no jamming, weak signal with lo modulation, and fast SAH, presumably WRMI, which Jeff White tells me is temporarily on the 5 kW backup transmitter, but not running full hours. Sounds like preacher which fits for Zion Teacher scheduled; the other being YFR via Tainan, Taiwan in Russian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 9475, Jan 17 at 0708 English discussion of PINs, ATMs, apparently the Innovation show. Did not realize RA started this early on frequency, but indeed 9475 scheduled from 0700 and a good thing it is, tho 329 degrees from Shep, nowhere near USward: not // 9660 and 9710, the latter split off for stupid ballgame coverage on a Sunday afternoon (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. 15170, REE at 1323 Jan 17 talking about Chile, Ukraine, in Spanish with good modulation for a change. I wonder if this means one of the new transmitters is now in operation? It`s also DRM-capable, so watch out next season. Strangely, no co-channel audible from RRI in Romanian, tho should be on; it was colliding after 1400, however. REE // 15125 also CR relay considerably weaker (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC missing from 6140, Jan 17 at 0650 so we can`t know if it would have been in Spanish or English this time. At 0700 surprised to hear RHC opening Esperanto on 6110 as I tuned by looking for XEQM, much weaker than Spanish on 6120, but I think this time, 6110 was receiver overload, as it appeared to go away with attenuation.

But it could have been a leapfrog mix, as both 6010 and 6060 were still on with that weekly language. Soon they announced schedule for Esperanto starting with ``6000`` at 0700 Sundays, so the speakers haven`t a clue about the frequencies they are really on and did not attempt to copy the rest of it.

At 0730, 6010 and 6060 went right back to RHC English, with ``news`` item saying ``allegedly`` to raise doubts about US relief to Haiti: could it be that the US is using this as an excuse to take over another country? Yeah, sure, just what we need. Always a negative spin on the US from RHC: now what is Cuba doing to help Haiti? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. R. Martí confirmed with the ``Arte Latino`` show at another time it appears on their unreliable program grid: Sat 2130. At least, that was the show in progress at 2150 Jan 16 on 13820, about a Nicaraguan, 2151 brief produxion credits for that segment and on to another about Tico Valdés, 10.1.21-26.6.95, of sonora matancera fame. Also on 11930 and 9565, but much better on 13820 due to signal vs. jamming level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526, VOI in English Jan 17 at 1316, YL with an historical talk concerning the 1930s, undermodulated, but at least the English hour still exists (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6104.8, XEQM, 0637 Jan 17, DJ a YL for a change on this UT Sunday, including live TCs, phone number, taking a call-in putting listener on air, feedback but good signal, soon fading down (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9670, Jan 17 from tune-in at 1257 a story was being told in English, but cut off incomplete at 1258*. What in the world was that? Aoki soon provides the answer:

9670 R. NEDERLAND 1230-1257 1234567 Dutch 250 267 Tinian Island MRA

So it is yet another case of non-coördination between program feed and transmitter, as we have heard before via IBB NMI and Philippines: RN feed in Dutch ends at 1257, and then switches to English, but they leave the transmitter on one minute longer, not caring what may be modulating it. Must add RN`s one-minute English service to schedules (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 6090-, Jan 17 at 0638, Anguilla off, uncovering big but distorted signal from assertive speaker in African language. Has to be R. Nigeria, Kaduna, probably in Hausa. Slightly off-frequency to the low side compared to MW 1090 on the FRG-7, and with BFO on, at least one more carrier nearby, probably Bandeirantes/Brasil making lo het. This is the rumble we normally hear under DGS/PMS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA [and non]. 9660, Sunday Jan 17 at 1320 RRI in German discussing QSLs, good signal as usual, since altho obviously destined for nearby German-speaking countries, it`s on a 307 degree azimuth from Tiganeshti, exactly the same as for North America a bit further on. How about the vertical takeoff angles --- do they make the same azimuth steeper when serving Europe instead of North America? Unseems so due to consistently good signals here on Euro transmissions.

Since VOA Creole has been expanded a semihour on weekdays until 1330, this will produce a collision on 9660, whereas before, VOA went off before RRI went on. I suppose Greenville can override RRI in Haiti, but it`s not a pretty scenario. The new VOA Creole // at 1230-1330 M-F is Bonaire on 6135 which should be in the clear altho I have not yet heard it. BTW, if there were any weekend when a little overtime would be justified to keep the Creole service going daily, this is it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 9410, BBCWS in English via WHRI, Sunday Jan 17 at 1254 with Newshour discussion of US politix, ending at 1256 in time for a sports capsule. The 12-13 hour M-F had been the only BBC Spanish left on SW, but after the earthquake, it was announced that BBC was switching this transmission to English, expanded also to weekends, and // 11860 via Guiana French.

A contradictory report said the hour would be partly in Spanish and French (not Kriyol, but close enough?), but this is the first time I have monitored early enough to hear any of it. Has anyone noted French on this? Seems to me that breaking up Newshour to insert other languages would be inconvenient, but do the Haitians really need to hear about US politix in English at the moment, let alone cricket or rugby? Anyhow, this change takes care of any chance to hear DXing with Cumbre where it used to appear at 1200.

Speaking of rugby, that`s what ``Invictus`` is about, secondarily Mandela; be warned, tho still a good movie. According to this tale, black and white South Africans` passion for the stupid violent ballgame made it a significant factor in overcoming racial tensions, enhancing national pride and unity, and getting Mandela off to a good start as leader (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5070, WWCR generally holds up with large signal at night, but Jan 17 at 0643 it was weakening, non-solid as `skip was long` and/or MUF was low over path from Nashville during talk show discussing CES Las Vegas. Not much was making it on 7, 9 or 11 MHz either, except Australia 9660, and New Zealand 11725 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WYFR has added a bit of reverb to Brother Camping`s audio, so now he sounds like he`s at the bottom of a barrel, which is appropriate considering the nonsense he spews: same sound on // 5950, 6915, 7455 at 0713 Jan 17, all with VG signals. I`m afraid this makes him no more hip, but may appeal to those easily impressed by reverb (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 2366 kHz, ``LSA`` longwave beacon from Lamesa TX again audible on seventh harmonic of 338 kHz, Jan 17 at 1305, the Symban-spoiler. VL8 carriers were barely audible at 1314 on 2310, 2325, 2485, so no chance for Symban here anyway. Altho it`s A2 with continuous carrier and modulated Morse code, as heard on 2366 the LSA keying was negative, as I kept trying to position the BFO to make it positive. So weak that BFO essential to make it audible at all vs noise level. Could not detect it on x 9 = 3042. I have no doubt I am hearing this propagated seventh harmonic but am curious why no one else has reported it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. ``Aló, Presidente`` finally nominal Sunday Jan 17 at 1715 check via CUBA: on all five scheduled frequencies, arranged here from strongest to weakest: 13750, 12010, 17750, 11690, 13680. El Hugazo pontificating. Meanwhile RHC itself with music on 11760, et al. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. RA in discussion of giving birth at home, 9580, rudely interrupted amid at 1358* Jan 18 as that frequency had to close with no retune/courtesy announcement at all, continued on // 9590 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC, 0609 UT Jan 18: Spanish, ending Figuras en la Historia on 6120, 6150; music during English service on 6140, // 6060, 6010 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. Seems the AIR Aligarh transmitter on 9470 is upacting again after a couple months of calm: Jan 18 at 1359 music // stronger National Channel via Bengaluru 9425, but 9470 accompanied by buzz, more on the lower than the upper side tho maybe suppressed by RA signal on 9475.

9425 at 1435 ending newscast, introducing English feature program on this Monday with music, ``Old Black Magic``, segué to Celine Dion`s ``My Heart Must Go On``, the connexion between them not being clear; 1442 talk with biography of someone born on 1.23.1897 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526, no signal at 1357 Jan 18, so VOI presumably off if it were ever on this date, despite having resumed Malay hour at 1400 and on until 1502* the day before per Ron Howard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 11715, RVA via VATICAN, Jan 18 from *1500 in the clear, still no sign of KJES, YL devotional talk in presumed Tagalog, and I thought I heard her referring repeatedly to ``allah``, tho you`d think they`d use the Spanish term ``dios`` instead. Perhaps Philippines is more tolerant of such cross-religionism than Malaysia. The monotheist Abrahamists have more in common than they like to admit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. After catching REE Sephardic service foulups on Dec 21 and 28 when the modulation feed was far out of coördination with the transmission time of 1425-1455 Mondays on 15385, I missed checking on Jan 4 and 11, so made sure to tune in Jan 18 from 1420. By now they are no longer SNAFUd, with IS starting at 1423, sign-on at 1425 but STILL giving wrong frequency 15325!

1448 with ``España Hoy`` segment about opening of Wagner`s ``El holandés volante`` in Madrid, ignoring the composer`s anti-Semitism. 1453:30 standard sign-off again giving frequencies for this and the two other judeo-español transmissions UT Tuesdays; yes ``15325`` by an announcer who never monitors her own broadcasts and no one in-house bothers to inclue her. Contact info to the six-digit P O box, or to sefarad @ rtve.es then fanfare and off at 1455* sharp (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. Had not reconfirmed REE`s M-F 1340-1355 ``co-official languages`` segment for some weeks, so barely got to it in time on Monday Jan 18, on 15170 via Costa Rica under Romania, at 1354 upwrapping the Basque segment with genuine Basque-language closing announcement after giving weather in Castilian like the rest of that 5-minute token service which is not really in Basque at all (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 5875, BBCWS in English via Thailand, poor but no QRM at 1355 Jan 18 with report from Haiti. Next check at 1445, English again mixing with another language, but atop it, presumably BBCWS Arabic as before, with phoner. EiBi update Jan 17 and Aoki Jan 18 still have no listing for the Arabic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9440, Jan 18 at 1405 talk in unID language, probably S Asian, and now accompanied by buzz similar to AIR on 9470. This buzz is the same thruout the bandwidth of the signal, however, and not loud enough to blot out the intentional modulation. Around 1415 had giveaway YFR jingles.

We first heard this new transmission Dec 18 when it was YFR in English, and per Aoki was: ``9440 FAMILY RADIO 1400-1500 1234567 English 250 195 Novosibirsk-Oyash RUS 08341E 5529N WYFR b09 Dec. 24-`` And our last log of it on Jan 8 was still in Campinglish.

As often with YFR, they start a new transmission with English fill until they are ready to attack a new minority group and then switch to that language; but which? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALASKA. 6890, KNLS better than usual during English hour, Jan 19 at 1406 ID and 2-minute segment on stamp collecting, US plans for 2010 issues, Year of the Woman. A bit of an echo, backscatter? 1408 Postcard from Alaska, about Glacier Bay starting with bird SFX. Now they`ve got listeners hooked with innocent secular stuff, at 1412 hit `em with gospel-huxtering: ``True Stories from the Bible in Contemporary English``. Still, every state should have its own SW station promoting tourism, even if it`s produced in Tennessee (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 2485, VL8K, Jan 19 at 1345 with some talk audible, but not on weaker NT carriers 2310, 2325. At 1346 I could almost imagine there was a carrier on 2368.5 from R. Symban, but too much LSA beacon harmonic --- see U S A (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 15340 in English Jan 19 at 1455 with big het from perpetually off-frequency Morocco on 15341. Must be HCJB Kununurra, only thing scheduled, and CVC Cox Peninsula (still on the air) was making it well with gospel rock on 13635, neither reliably audible here over night-path.

At 1458 Morocco went off, about to shift to 15345, so could hear 15340 at 1500 closing Spotlight, easy English program with e-mail address. Now the problem is splatter from Radio Martí 15330, and nothing much further audible from HCJB-Au, which is supposedly in English daily 1445-1530, after lots of other S Asian languages from 1145, all aimed 307 degrees from WA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 6185, apprehensively enjoying nice Mexican music on XEPPM, 6185, Jan 19 at 0625 now clear of Catholic clash from Vatican, and already at *0629 on comes Brasília overriding it. Feb 21 cannot come soon enough, when Brasil goes off DST and this should start cutting on sometime between 0730 and 0800 UT instead. Inexplicably, RNA shifts programming and transmission one hour back and forth due to DST in Brasília even tho there is no DST in target Amazônia! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. 2859.8, R. San Carlos --- seems the only times I hear it are when checking something else quickly on the portable, in the cold outdoors on a clip-on antenna away from the household noise sources --- there it was definitely in Spanish vs noise level still high, Jan 19 at 0150, two times 1429.9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Has anyone noticed anything unusual from RHC in Creole? They allegedly have only one half-hour program daily which doesn`t leave much time for anything but propaganda. The `official` sked e-mailed out after B-09 began claims Creole is only at 0100-0130 on 13790 to Rio de Janeiro! And that matches the transmission schedule currently presented on the website in Spanish. I think they are known to substitute French for Creole, anyway. It seems their service in that language has atrophied. The YouTube visit to RHC a few years ago showed a gringa(?) non-Haitian lady in charge of it. Is she gone?

There seems to be no Creole page at all on the RHC website, but looking at French, the transmission schedule there is years out of date, claiming Creole is: 2130-2200 9505, 2230-2300 9505, 0100-0130 9550 --- both frequencies abandoned long ago.

If Cuba really wanted to help, they would have greatly expanded their Creole service by now, like VOA, BBC, RFI. Not to mention actually delivering aid, doctors from that paragon of medical excellence. But having to submit to US air traffic control?! Instead they and Chávez bitch about US aid generously given to Haiti as some kind of opportunism to take over the country (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9470, AIR National Channel via Aligarh, again exhibiting problems, but at least not jumping to lots of other frequencies as it used to. Jan 19 at 1333, Hindi talk // clear 9425 Bengaluru, but 9470 with motorboating, warble, hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI carrier weakly detectable but not any modulation, Jan 19 at 1340 during presumed English hour. RRI HS on 9680 also weak, but some music audible.

4750, RRI Makassar, Jan 19 at 1352 continuous YL talk in Indonesian, with ripple presumably from one of the other 4750 stations on a slightly different frequency, likely CNR1. Also some music on 3325 at 1349 but can`t be sure it was Palangkaraya as Atsunori Ishida http://www.max.hi-ho.ne.jp/a-ishida/ins/ says Buka, PNG often QRMs past 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. Jan 19 was a good calm morning for reception from here, first checking 2850, at 1344 with Korean talk, deep fades from S9+8 peaks. Weaker at 1348 on 3250, 3320, jammer on 3480.

Looked for more Juche jammers at 1516: exactly same noise sound on 5890 vs VOA as on 6003 and 6015. 6003 is against Echo of Hope, but 6015 is new, per Aoki 0654-0004 against the reactivated South Korean channel, some audio of which was audible under at 1524:

``6015 KBS Hanminjok Bangsong 1 0350-2400 1234567 Korean 100 ND Hwaseong KOR 12659E 3709N KBS b09 Jan. 1- // 972, 117[0]``

At 1521, similar jamming noise on 6600 with victim audible and 6518; different sound with faster pulsing on 6350. 6285 in Russian which is VOK. 6250 had noise jamming pulses instead of Pyongyang BS – a mixup at the transmitter site or are the South Koreans retaliating? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 5875, BBCWS in English via THAILAND, Jan 19 at 1404 with optional cutaway cue ``World News from the BBC`` for benefit of affiliates for whom three minutes of news is plenty; atop co-channel in Arabic we have been noting for several days now. A little birdie tells me this is indeed BBCWS via Cyprus site:

5875 BBC 1400 1600 Arabic Cyprus smtwtfs Arabian Gulf 300 121 VTC 1/18

Tho I was hearing it before January 18. BBC assumes they can double up on this frequency without significant self-QRM in respective target areas, which may be true, and at the same time as a bonus make BBCWS 5875 unlistenable by undesirable North Americans who have no right to hear it any way on SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. One of VOA`s known Kriyol SW frequencies, 13725, heard on the air earlier than scheduled *2200, Jan 18 at 2134 tune-in but nothing yet on the other SW channels 15390 or 11905. Announcement at 2138 mentioned only this SW frequency after three FM frequencies, 92.?, 93.3 and 105.1 --- which had been unknown before and not specified in press releases. Presumably some or all of them are airborne from the psyop SOW which flew in from Harrisburg PA. Then at 2140 started putting callers on the air trying to find out about relatives or contact them. Surprised to hear the first one in English, from a woman in Martinique seeking her father, gave her own phone number, but all the others were in Creole almost until hourtop.

Then I started looking for the other SW frequencies. As usual, they were late coming up as news on the hour had started on 13725! At 2201, open carrier on 15390, modulation from 2202. At 2201 no carrier on 11905, but on and modulating at next check 2204. I suspect 13725 may have been on for hours before I ran across it. More below.

Rechecking toward end of the scheduled 22 UT hour, at 2254: 15390 inaudible, presumably just faded out; 13725 weak and fading, but 11905 still very good; 2259 a bit of dirge classical music, standard VOA sign-off in English. These are all Greenville, of course, aimed close to a right angle from OK.

[Later, Jan 19:] Expanded hours for 13725 still do not show on the C-page of the A-Z frequency schedule: http://author.voanews.com/english/about/frequenciesAtoZ_c.cfm

and if you click on Creole for that service`s page, you may find lots of interesting info in fraxured french at

http://www.voanews.com/creole/

but if you then click on Frekans, you go right back to the A-Z schedule presented in English. Nor do I see anything on either page about the three new airborne(?) FM frequencies I heard announced today.

At 0145 UT Jan 19, I tried the new nighttime Kriyol transmission at 01-02 on 1180, 5960 and 7465. 5960 was fair but fading, and 7465 JBA. 5960 was previously the Tue-Sat Spe-cial Eng-lish channel at 0130-0200, along with 7405, where nothing is heard now, so suspect the latter Greenville transmitter has also been pre-empted, or co-opted, but on 7465 instead.

It so happened that at 0147 they were playing back the same caller in English from Martinique that I had heard at 2140, otherwise Kriyol.

I thought I might be able to detect 1180 audio from Marathon // 5960, but no, just too much QRM from multiple US/Mexican transmitters if not Cuban audible here; I have no reason to believe the Cubans are turning off their jamming during the VOA/Creole hours on 1180. (Terry Krueger in FL says there are at least three unsynchronized Rebelde outlets on 1180.)

I was also wondering if Marathon might have loosened up or modified their direxional pattern during the Haiti hours to maximize the signal there, and possibly change its backward radiation too, normally extremely suppressed.

Looked for VOA Creole`s expanded morning transmission Jan 19: tune in 6135 at 1326 but nothing audible, scheduled Bonaire relay from 1230. It`s a bit late for propagation, 9:26 am local, but expected to hear at least something. Maybe they had to close a bit early. The other expanded frequency, from Greenville, 9660, was VG running a USG editorial in Creole, 1329:30 English sign-off. During open carrier could hear RRI in German, now colliding for a semihour.

IBB uses 13725 from Tinian until 1700, but then it`s open, not registered by anyone. But at 1757 Jan 19, the midday Creole transmission expanded to 1730-1930 is on VG 15390 and fair 17565, not yet 13725, tho it was certainly running well before 2200 the day before. Maybe picks up at 1930? (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15550-USB, still no trace of WJHR at 1725 check Jan 18. In fact, the last date I definitely heard it was Dec 20, tho others reported it last on Dec 30. So has it been completely silent since then, or just brief tests we have missed? I wrote to G S Mock asking him about this. He replied Jan 19:

``WJHR had an antenna failure. High rf caused melting in the wires. This is good news though! A new antenna is being installed as soon as the weather permits. I hope to have the station up and going in a few days if all goes well. The new antenna is a quality log periodic which should put out a substantial signal. Thankyou for your your concern and keep listening. We will continue to be on this frequency during the A10 season. G.S. Mock wjhr @ usa.com`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 2366, Lamesa TX NDB on seventh harmonic of 338 kHz, stronger than recently at 1346 Jan 19, so with BFO was able to recopy definite Morse ID as ``LSA`` despite negative keying on A2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA. 7430, R. Tirana in English, Tue Jan 19 at 2113, Klara presenting mailbag with letters from USA, Sweden, UK and one recognizable name, Christopher Lewis. Later music fill and off the air at 2127*. Good signal, adequate modulation, no QRM tho there was something weaker on 7425 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11600, DentroCuban Jamming Command still grinding away on this frequency for no perceptible reason. There is nothing on any of the online schedules after Slovakia finishes at 1600, and no victim can be detected under the jamming, such as 2055 UT Jan 19, but bothering DW German via Rwanda on 11605.

11600 jamming diminished after 2100 but irregular pulsing could still be heard. The DCJC must be convinced something needs to be jammed on 11600, or maybe there was a typo in Arnie`s monitored schedule. Or could it be, or have been, a never-discovered daytime broadcast of Radio República or some other clandestine with a signal too weak to show up?

Checked RHC frequencies in case they have resumed something Creole, Jan 19 at 2130 but found them all in Spanish, except 11760 with English running late, about a joint Cuban/Venezuelan clinic in Haiti which was apparently already there when the quake hit.

2132 theme and transition to French (not Creole) also on 11760, partly about what Cuba is doing in Haiti. Here`s one story about that on their website:

http://www.radiohc.cu/espanol/a_sugerencias/enero/10/etica.htm

And another, in English, always with as negative a spin as possible toward the USA, claims 400 Cuban doctors are in Haiti: http://www.radiohc.cu/ingles/a_comentarios/10/enero/ene18.htm

On the French broadcast one item was slightly positive, that Cuba is allowing US aid flights to overfly eastern Cuba, or as found on their website:

``Le communiqué rappelle que le gouvernement cubain avait autorisé, tout de suite après avoir reçu la demande, l’utilisation de l’espace aérien sur l’Est de son territoire, par des avions étasuniens à destination d’Haïti pour faciliter l’envoi d’aide humanitaire.`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. After hearing VOA Creole earlier than scheduled the day before on 13725, I started looking for it much earlier on Jan 19, before the expanded midday transmission until 1930 was over on 15390 and 17565. I was not monitoring constantly, rather checking 13725 once per half hour, but nothing. Finally a more comprehensive bandscan found 15390 still/again on the air at 2052 with VOA Creole --- no other frequencies found on 9, 11, 13, 15 or 17 MHz bands. No thanks to VOA for not publishing their full correct frequency schedule in Creole.

Interview in progress kept on going right past hourtop 2100, but 15390 abruptly cut off the air at 2100:30*. I could imagine the operator at Greenville hustling to manually retune the old beast to 13725, meanwhile missing programming in progress from Washington. Finally 13725 carrier came on at *2002:15, and it took almost another minute for modulation to be applied, phone-ins now.

At 2105 it was the anomalous English-speaking woman from Martinique, same recording I have now heard three times at random tune-ins, seeking her father Michel Kenetry (? No idea how to spell his surname, something like that, but she never spelt it). Also copied her phone number but not to be put here as she does not need any extraneous calls. (If in the extremely unlikely chance someone in Haiti really needs to contact her after reading this here, ask.) At 2129:30 programming on 13725 paused with ``has come to you from VOA, Washington``, but not a sign-off as Ronald César resumed from studio at 2130 with news about the situation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Over two months after he was sentenced to 175 years in prison for child sex abuse, convicted evangelist Tony Alámo is *still* broadcasting on WINB, where criminality is no problem, noted Jan 19 at 2050 with distorted modulation on 13570, plus splattery spurs down to 13530 and up to 13595, with further peaks around 13500 and 13635 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [and non]. 4920, Jan 20 at 1346 with flutter, YL talking in Hindi, AIR Chennai until 1400 dialog, maybe commercial with music mixed, 1401 seemed like 3-pip timesignal but probably not, into singing. During the talk there was weak music under, probably Lhasa, the only two stations active here, discounting Biak. There were weaker signals on a number of other 60m AIR channels (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 9680, RRI at 1420 Jan 20 with QRDRM noise, and more of same against something else on 9670. Not much audible on 9675 itself, but must be emanating from VOR via Moscow site, with DRM centered there, 100 kW, 260 degrees at 14-18 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 3560, weak signal in French, Jan 20 at 1405, no doubt feeder of VOK as on 9330, 11710 but did not try to //. Other NK signals: best on 2850, also 3250, 3320, 4450 jamming, but nothing jammed or not on 3480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 9725, G signal better than usual during 1400-1430 English broadcast toward Australia, Jan 20 at 1421 but only music, none of usual talk features, so apparently lost feed and filling with this. First was solo piano recital, 1423 dead air for a while, then false starting and restarting native orchestral music featuring drum and flute, joined by soprano with Thai song; 1427 seemed to re-restart same song until interrupted at 1428:30 bell IS, ID as ``HSK9, Radio Thailand World Service from the Public Relations Department``, bells and re-ID cut off air at 1429:30 before completed. Studio/transmitter coordination so often an insurmountable challenge in SWBC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Another day trying to determine what VOA is really doing with its expanded Creole service since they won`t post their own schedules accurately:

In morning bandscans I have not noticed any unpublicized frequency between 1330 and 1730, but could have missed it.

Jan 20 at 1929 when the midday broadcast officially ends, I tuned to 17565 and 15390. The usual mid-hour pause of dirge music, and then 17565 switched to the VOA French service to West Africa, while after a bit of jazz, 15390 continued in Creole. Both are contrary to known schedules.

Per A-Z VOA schedule, French is supposedly on 17550 and 17580 at 1830-2000, but nothing audible on either frequency. Apparently at least one of those was the Greenville transmitter turned over to Creole on 17565 until 1930, and they did not remember/bother to switch it to correct 17580 for what was left of the French sesquihour. But at next check 1958, 17565 was already gone, still no 17580 but WYFR overpowering on 17575 and elsewhere in the 17.5`s. 15390 in classical music, 2000 continuing in Creole.

The other French frequency, 15225, scheduled 1830-2000 via BONAIRE, was being heard all along, but continued past 2000 with French VOA ID, and then switch to country music in English with audio dropping out/skipping severely. At 2008, 15225 still on with lively Franco-African DJ, same weak signal as earlier, so Bonaire site prolonged? The VOA A-Z schedule for French shows a gap at 2000-2030, but Aoki knows better, showing 15225 Bonaire lasting until 2030.

At 2059 Jan 20, checking to see if same happened as 24 hours earlier: almost. VOA Creole 15390 had a caller on the air, but cut off at 2100:00 sharp for frequency change. So I QSY to 13725 and wait for it. Finally *2101:50 both carrier and modulation with no further delay amid another caller: no news on the hour this time, and no built-in break to accommodate such switches like they do on the half-hour, strange. At 2107 there was another caller in English, Marie – Duran in the 407 area code, which is around Orlando FL, seeking someone; shortly into an interview about aid (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9940, YFR in unknown Asian language, Jan 20 at 1418 along with big buzz, something you would expect from India rather than listed Novosibirsk, RUSSIA; Aoki still shows this as English, the initial language on this new transmission. At 1430 was spelling out Family Radio URL. Meanwhile at 1415, Camping still in English, Open Forum on 9485 with more flutter but no buzz, and that is due south from Irkutsk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6210, weak RHC Spanish leapfrog mixing product of 6150 over 6180, which therefore must be from the same transmitter site. Next check at 1257, 6210 was gone since 6180 had already closed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also VENEZUELA [non]

** INDIA. 9470, AIR Aligarh transmitter continues to re-degrade, Jan 21 at 1406 now the buzz is louder than the modulation, and somewhat bothering Russian on 9465 from KFBS. Fingers crossed that it will not resume jumping all over the 9.3-9.5 MHz range (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI remains stable here just a smidgin below the 1-kHz-off frequency, Jan 21 at 1357 good signal and modulation with Indonesian song. Unfortunately the last half of the hour is mostly music, so if you want talk content you have to get the first half. 1401 ID, more music; 1402 VOI ID and outro English hour as always giving 100% wrong frequencies, ``9525, 15150, 11785`` and by webcast http://www.voi.co.id  Also P-mail street and box addresses, english @ voi.co.id and ``sound of dignity`` tho they now have another slogan I missed earlier. 1403 switch to ID in presumed Malay rather than Indonesian, 1404 hum becomes audible, 1405 warta berita (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** POLAND [non]. 11675, PRES via AUSTRIA, Thu Jan 21 at 1347 in mailbag reply to someone in Netherlands, says PR still has Esperanto on website, tho had to drop broadcasts three years ago despite Poland`s being the birthplace of the artificial language.

This is a time when Multimedia was scheduled, but Slawek Szefs outro referred to it as ``Multi-touch``, a `new hybrid feature` and invited critical comments about the change.

It still shows as Multimedia on the grids here:

http://www.thenews.pl/static/Schedule.aspx

and http://www.polskieradio.pl/zagranica/ramowka/?id=10

Link to Multimedia on the home page goes nowhere, and search on multitouch, and multi-touch finds nothing, but multi touch with a space finds the new info, altho appearing there as a single word! ``MultiTouch``: http://www.thenews.pl/News/?id=124006

``The New Year has ushered in the necessity of introducing some cuts to our program offer, the chief reason being further limited funding of Polish Radio, the public broadcaster of which the External Service is part of [sic]. Presented by Slawek Szefs

``MultiTouch is a temporary (???) compromise solution to the problem. I have decided on a merger of the two programs tailoring it to both audiences' expectations. The premier air times for Multimedia and In Touch with repeats will be preserved not to introduce chaos to our schedule nor to disrupt your listening habits. Hope my decision proves correct.``

So when was In Touch scheduled? Toward the end of the Friday 18 and Saturday 13 UT broadcasts, and the other time for Multimedia was toward the end of the Tuesday 18 transmission.

URL above also has an audio link. So I later went back and listened to the entire hybrid program, as he pronounced his name, which reminded us that the L in Slawek is supposed to be crossed and pronounced like a W, (and of course the W pronounced like a V) even tho PRES does not bother to do that on its English webpages. How do you make a crossed-L, anyway? I can`t find Polish on MS Word 95 insert-symbol and if I did, it would surely come out garble in most places. I can`t even copy the symbol from a Polish-language page without getting a question mark.

On audio archive, after co-host from In Touch walked in, discussed Chopin being a Pole, not a Franc, which I did not hear on SW, having missed the first 22 minutes of the 24.5-minute show. So it must have started at 1324 or 1325.

Back to Thursday at 1349, onward to next feature, very well-written and presented, Letter from Poland, by Anna --- on being an expat, from Poland, who grew up in London and now is back in Poland. It seems West London is overpopulated with Poles, making the schools oversaturated too due to large families, so there is some resentment among the Brits. Says she is half-Bulgarian, to complicate matters further.

I wanted to get her full name, but like Multimedia, the link to Letter from Poland does not work either and have not reached it by searching. The two separate websites as above are not fully integrated and compatible, but if you click on a link from the old page you may wind up on the new page; is thenews destined to replace the other one?? 1355 into closing of this English hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 6030, good signal Jan 21 at 1258, concluding bit of VOR announcement in English mentioning ruvr.ru, IS, open carrier with hum and off at 1300, clearing frequency for Ming Hui and the Chinese radio war. But VOR is not scheduled here in English per:

http://english.ruvr.ru/radio_broadcast/schedule

which at 12-13 shows only 11660, 15610, 15470. Nor do any of the online schedules show VOR in any language at that time on 6030. Something new, or a mistake?

Then checking WRTH 2010y: 6030 is in the frequency pages as VOR Samara, but I don`t see it for any language until 1300. And for English at 12-13, WRTH shows a different set of frequencies, 7340+DRM, 7350, 9695 and 11660, the last being the only one in common!

Go back and look at the VOR online sked as above: yes, it is dated ``October 25, 2009 – March 27, 2010``  but the lower frequencies make more sense in the winter, so I lean toward the WRTH version. Furthermore, HFCC B-09 does NOT show 15610 or 15470 for VOR, but it does show 11660 and 7350. So VOR`s own online schedule portrays summer frequencies with a winter date --- don`t you believe the rest of it! Meanwhile, 6030 remains a mystery (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 12035, VOT English at 1330 via Çakirlar site, has become totally useless: Jan 21 at 1341 tho S9+10 signal with flutter, just barely modulated, unreadable. So much for Live from Turkey, the Thursday edition. Recheck at 1409, just as bad, so check Emirler // 15300 at 1411 where modulation is OK, but colliding as usual with RFI in French, slightly stronger than RFI, but too much QRM and fast SAH to be listenable. Discussing the future of Cyprus.

So VOT strikes out due to incredibly incompetent engineering at the transmission level and at the frequency planning level, wasting 1000 kW and causing harmful interference to a fellow SW broadcaster. We can only wait for A-10 to start at Marchend, when VOT plans to go back to last summer`s frequencies timeshifted to 1230-1320, 15450 and 15520. But they never learned their lesson about 9830 to North America, colliding with RTTY at 2200, planning to use it again too.

Later retrieved LFT on the one-day archive, from the right margin of

http://www.trt-world.com/trtinternational/en/news.aspx?dil=en

finding it did not start until 31 minutes into the transmission. Seems LFT now has a weekly(monthly?) report from Michael Daventry in London reviewing the Turkish press there, where there are nine highly competitive newspapers. Seref Isler admitted that altho he is half-English, has lived in London and visits often, he was not aware of them. Otherwise the hosts apologized for laughing all the time, so not much other significant content (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 9410, BBCWS via WHRI, Jan 21 at 1241 apparently Newshour going from an item on how to dispose of bodies, to one about an ornate elephant-and-dragon clock at the Science Museum. Unsolid signal with flutter, and at 1247 check, better on // 11860 via GUIANA FRENCH.

Perhaps they have French if not Creole at 1215-1230 after Spanish?

This setup replaces all-Spanish during the hour, the last half-sesquihour of which was archival or music fill anyway, certainly expendable but it takes a 7.0 earthquake for BBC to get knocked into broadcasting something more timely within its last remaining Western Hemisphere SW broadcast. Don`t get used to it, since likely to revert to the old pattern once the aftershox are over. And we can resume hearing classical music fill after 1233 on M/W/F.

17780, just as I tuned in at 1414 Jan 21 heard a couple words from BBC in English before it cut off. Mistake? No, Hausa is scheduled here via Ascension at the odd time of 1345-1415 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. On Jan 21 I turned on and tuned in early enough to check the new, temporary(?) VOA Creole relay via Bonaire on 6135: at 1236 good signal. At 1244 got to 31m in bandscan and before I could reach 9660 to confirm // from Greenville, found it already on new 9505! Ex-9660. As we outpointed early on, extending 9660 past the original 1300* would collide with RRI Romania in German, and evidently IBB eventually reached the same conclusion. 9505 in the clear is an echo apart from 6135 due to satellite delay. At 1301, RRI German was unimpeded on 9660, tho ACI from 9655 CRI.

At 1326, 6135 had weakened a lot into the daytime, but still audible vs T-storm noise between here and there as spring is oncoming (there was even a tornado watch in OK last night and local lightning made us close down for a few hours); giving phone numbers and e-mail addresses. 1328 VOA jingle, 1329 a snippet of ``We Are the World``, VOA English outro until 1329:30, open carrier and off at 1330, exactly the same instant as 9505 did so.

We still don`t find any fill-in frequency between 1330 and the next scheduled Creole broadcast at 1730, but checking http://author.voanews.com/english/about/frequenciesAtoZ_c.cfm

the Creole schedule for 1230-1330 has been changed to 9505. It still refuses to show the afternoon transmissions we have axually been monitoring the past week, 1930-2100 on 15390, 2100-2200 on 13725! Are they secret, perhaps put on by Greenville as a public service without informing Washington? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Haven`t heard WTWW testing the last few days on 9480 or 5755, so I asked George McClintock how things are going. He says a long test period is scheduled for Saturday Jan 23, times here changed to UT:

1600-1900 9480

1900-2200 9475

2200-2400 9480

0000-0400 5755 [UT Sunday]

``All this assumes that we have no problems. This will be a test to see how the transmitter and other equipment hold up with extended transmission time.`` (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. Correxion! Yesterday`s report showed 9940 instead of correct 9440 for this which I now repeat: YFR in unknown Asian language, Jan 20 at 1418 along with big buzz, something you would expect from India rather than listed Novosibirsk, RUSSIA; Aoki still shows this as English, the initial language on this new transmission. At 1430 was spelling out Family Radio URL. Meanwhile at 1415, Camping still in English, Open Forum on 9485 with more flutter but no buzz, and that is due south from Irkutsk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. 11705, RNV via CUBA transmitter is in terrible shape, only the worst for the Bolivarian allies! Jan 21 at 1249 big S9+22 signal but very undermodulated, in fact hard to hear beneath continuous scratchy audio breakup which was also splattering plus and minus 15 kHz. RNV ID heard and then sports(?) report. If RNV ever monitored their own broadcasts, which they obviously do not since they don`t know the real times and frequencies, they might hurry up and get their own Calabozo SW site going --- but then the Cubans are assisting them with that, so it may turn out just as incompetent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780 RNA already on the air with music at 0632 Jan 22 as I tuned by, but when I passed the frequency again at 0640 it was missing. Then checked // 6185 and that was on atop XEPPM. If one of the transmitters broke down, I wish it had been the other (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Jan 22 at 1448: poor on 8400, not audible on 9000 or 10210 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 5875, BBC Arabic still audible somewhat under BBC English via Thailand, Jan 22 at 1433 as the latter was starting Politix UK show. Path from Cyprus must be long-path, which makes it somewhat notable. If it were short-path there would be lots of closer Europeans audible on 6 MHz band, which is not the case at this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, VOG on the air again as heard Greek, tuning past around 1450 Jan 22. Reports from Erik Køie and Wolfgang Büschel earlier in the day confirm three transmitters are once again funxional (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 17745, Sudan Radio Service ID in English mentioned several times during otherwise Arabic dialect, Jan 22 at 1511, in voice-over translation of someone in English, I think at the moment. No imposed reverb/echo on the modulation this time, which helps a lot. 1517 gave address in Nairobi, Kenya, but this is really transmitted from PORTUGAL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11565, WYFR at 1454 Jan 22, lite reverb again upon Camping the doomsayer, but no reverb when the program outro announcer started speaking, as it was Family Bible Study #192 for current date (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15610, WEWN English at 1508 Jan 22, discussion of ``pro-life`` with heavy long-path echo from 39 megameters away (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. RAE is back! Main transmitter used on 15345v and 11711v had been off the air since late October, but Jan 23 at 0016 I noticed a het on 11710 with Chinese station. Could also be variable North Korea, but worth further checking. At 0055, there was the RAE IS and now measured on 11709.4, so still off-frequency but to the other side. By 0102 it was too weak to confirm language, presumably Japanese as previously scheduled, and still hetting weak 11710 signal. The Chinese on 11710.0 is per Aoki: CNR1, Beijing 572 site, 100 kW, 285 degrees.

However, this sounds like the same old GE transmitter which RAE could never get to stay on frequency, not a brand-new replacement which is supposedly on order. So they managed to get it going again. Next check at 0215 found English from RAE in the clear after China goes off at listed 0130; like the other foreign languages, this English 02-03 broadcast is UT Tue-Sat only, finally French at 03-04; meanwhile, look for 15345v reactivated also. Per WRTH 2010, B-09 weekend schedule of RNA relays is Sat 2000-0230 UT Sun on 15345; and Sun 1800-0300 UT Mon on 11710v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 10000, Observatório Nacional, Jan 22 at 2313 with UT -2 timechex in Brazilian every dekasecond with one pip, and with three pips at minutetop, mixing with WWVH and WWV, including their weather segments between minutely time announcements. Poor-fair signal but glad to have any at all if it`s still only 1 kW or less. Must have been during a fade-down of superpower WWCR 9980, which came back up at 2320 overloading 10000, disaudiblizing the timesignallers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, VOG reactivated, poor Jan 22 at 2311 check with Greek music // better 7475 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [and non]. 11605, bad het between Brazilian Portuguese and unID including music, Jan 23 at 0011. Brazilian is VOR via GUIANA FRENCH, and the only other thing scheduled is RFA in Vietnamese via Tanshui, TAIWAN, per Aoki --- another notoriously off-frequency relay from this country, like Tainan as listed which which can`t make it to 9955.0 or 11550.0 either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Discovered another unpublicized frequency for VOA`s Creole service, filling in the gap between scheduled 2200-2300 and 0100-0200 transmissions: 7590. It may have been on for days, but I have not been bandscanning much in this bihour. First heard Jan 22 at 2321 with Creole talk on phone, 2334 phone number and ID as Lavwadlamerik (as they spell it in Kreyòl, which forces French to be more fonetik). 2359 recheck, VOA ID and off at 2359:30 so I quickly scanned 7 and 6 MHz bands for another channel. By 0006 I came back to 7590 and found it on again, so they faked me out. Must have had a transmitter and/or antenna change to make at 0000, then resuming. 7590 still going at 0052, but vacant after 0100 when the non-secret service is underway on 7465 and much weaker 5960.

I`ll give VOA one more chance to display its full Creole schedule at http://author.voanews.com/english/about/frequenciesAtoZ_c.cfm

Checking at 0145 UT Jan 23:

NO, still no 7590 shown, and nothing in the 1930-2200 UT period either when we have been hearing them on 15390, then 13725. Kai Ludwig suggests the unpublicized transmissions could really be feeders to the Commando Solo relays on AM and FM over Haiti, tho you`d think C.S. could get satellite feeds. Maybe SW input is more convenient, not having to keep satellite dish aimed from circling aircraft.

This means we need to search for further secret SW transmissions possibly filling the rest of the 24 hours, 0200-1230 and 1330-1730.

A VOA press release of Jan 22 says VOA Creole ``has expanded its broadcasting to 10.5 hours on weekdays and 9.5 hours on weekends`` without any details. The known SW transmissions of 1230-1330, 1730-0200 add up to 9.5! But now there is even more past 0200:

At 0215, 7590 is back on, but 7465 is still on too, rather than closing at 0200. 5960 no longer available, with NHK via Sackville. So how long will those two stay on? Until 0300 would add up to 10.5 hours. I certainly have not heard them previously when I scan after 0600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, 0238 UT Jan 23, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. At 0312 UT Jan 23, the RAE 11709.4 signal was better in music, presumably within French service, but a het once again. Now the only other thing scheduled is CRI in Russian due west via Urumqi, East Turkistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. VOA Creole: Recheck at 0312 Jan 23, 7465 and 7590 are indeed off, and did not search for further frequencies.

So summarizing, the full known schedule of Lavwadlamerik, combining overt transmissions on schedule and covert ones as monitored:

1230-1330 6135-Bonaire, 9505

[above M-F only? Would account for one hour less on weekends]

1730-1930 15390, 17565

1930-2100 15390

2102-2200 13725

2200-2300 15390, 13725, 11905

[overt schedule no longer shows 15390 at 2200; not checked Jan 22]

2300-0100 7590

0100-0200 5960, 7465

0200-0300 7465, 7590

The overt schedule at all times day and night also shows 1180 ex-Radio Martí, Marathon, but is it also in use for any of the covert times? Cannot monitor it from here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. A BBC press release Jan 22 says they are starting a daily Creole-language service from Jan 23, at 1410-1430 UT carried on several FM stations in Haiti and ``also on shortwave``, but do they bother to give the SW frequency? Of course not! We must hunt for it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. 15345v, RAE not only is off-frequency around 15345.2 but wobbles producing a non-constant tone against weaker Morocco, Feb 16 at 2149 when fluttery RAE could be made out as in German. One can hear the same wobble with BFO after 2200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. 9590, something in Arabic at 0635 Feb 17 with Celtic-sounding music, later Brahms, koto, quite a mix. It`s CRI via ALBANIA at 05-07 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. 15170, REE missing at 1419 Feb 17, allowing Romania unimpeded, which before 1500 normally happens only on Saturdays, but this is Wednesday. REE relay still going on 9765 // 11815. Such anomalies make us wonder if caused by installation of new DRM-capable transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 9490, new frequency for R. República, apparently Sackville ex-9810, Feb 17 from *0003, VG signal at first with several dumps off and on, then stays on with sign-on, program summary including in EST = UT -5, i.e. 0000-0500:

8:00 pm, Frente a Frente

8:30 pm, Bloqueo

9:00 pm, La Revista de Ciencia y Tecnología

9:30 pm, Espacio Plural

10:00 pm, Atrévete, juvenil

10:30 pm, Palabra ---

11:00 pm, La --- Cubana, to interview Lincoln Díaz-Belart

y de inmediato

[7:05 pm], Recuento Informativo which followed at 0005:30.

9810 was still being jammed, and no jamming yet on 9490. If 9490 is Sackville, why is it stronger here than RCI English on 9755, 268 degrees? 31m signals from Europe at this time were all much weaker than 9490, except Portugal 9455, which always has a propagational advantage from the southwest corner.

By 0015, 9490 was weakening a bit; 0019 still announcing old schedule of 6-11 pm on 9810, lunes a domingo. Retune at 0057 they were announcing a different schedule but missed first part, including 9955, i.e. via WRMI, but at 0058 repeated ``9810 at 6-11 pm``, outdated info. At 0100 Frente a Frente [Butting Foreheads] started as I ceased monitoring.

Jeff White tells me the new R. República schedule is:

0000-0300 on 9490 UT Tue-Sat, and

0300-0500 on WRMI 9955 daily

I also heard WRMI 9955 just before 0000 UT with R. República theme music; Jeff says WRMI is also informally running R.R. at 22-24 UT weekdays, which amounts to an earlier sign-on than before, ex-WRN programming, but subject to change.

At 0000 WRMI switched to Radio Libertad, another Cuban clandestine, as scheduled, announced as via WRMI at 7-8 pm, ``contacto con el pueblo de Cuba``. República at 03-05 UT bumps off another Libertad hour to one hour later to 05-06 replacing English programming.

No jamming audible on 9955 until next check at 0058, by when WRMI was about to go back into English, totally blocked. This could be a problem UT Friday at 0130, rescheduled time for WORLD OF RADIO, but Richard Lemke in AB reported no interference at our other new time, UT Wednesday at 0230. WRMI`s NW antenna is still out of service.

Jeff later gave me some background on R. Libertad, including QSL info, which will be on WOR 1500 and DXLD 10-07 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6250, RGE active with YL in Castilian news, Feb 17 at 0618, ute QRM on low side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 13m doing nicely Feb 17 at 1430, HQS on 21460, other service on 21505 // 21640. Checked 15435 at 1456 and carrier was already on, but forgot to modulate it until 1516:50, joining Arabic talk in progress, soon more Qur`an.

 

15435 replaces either 21505 or 21640, as 21460 continues another hour. At 1509, as normal, one service on 15225 and the other on 21460 // 13710 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWAZILAND [non]. 11640, TWR via SOUTH AFRICA, with low modulation the night before, back to normal Feb 17 at 0625 with African-accented preacher in English. Unusually, this was the SSOB = strongest signal on 25m band; Cuba e.g., on 11760 strength varies widely, and the `skip was long` tonight, making RHC JBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. 7275, RTT checked again for exact time of cutoff during Arabic music, Feb 17: 0626:30 modulation stops, 0626:40* carrier off. Must be on a timer. But why? There is no pressing need for this transmitter on another frequency that we know of, at least not for broadcasting. Meanwhile same program continues on // 7335 until 0810v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. VOA and jamming chex early UT Feb 17: VOA Spanish at 0015 on 5890, 9885: nothing but jamming audible on both.

A Fondo, at 0102: good with no jamming on 9415 and 7340, nothing on 11625, but the latter was also on, loud and clear at 0108 check. Meanwhile the old R. Martí frequencies supposedly carrying same joint-produxion hour, were nothing but jamming, 6030, 7365, 9825.

Lavwadlamerik at 0104 reconfirmed on 5835, 5960, 7465, but not on 7590 which had secretly been on at 23-01. 5835 also remains secret, missing from the Creole schedule at

http://author.voanews.com/english/about/frequenciesAtoZ_c.cfm

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DGIEST)

** U S A. 15550-USB, WJHR, Milton FL, strongest yet heard, Feb 16 at 2135, S9+20 so maybe the new antenna is in use, or sporadic E is boosting signal, tho not up to VHF. Usual preacher railing against a hundred Bible translations since the KJV, which ``bomb out`` within a few years, just done for profit, and not sufficiently fundamental.

Needed attenuation to avoid pumping; 2157 had switched to gospel music and stopped promptly at 2200* Maybe they had an ID or sign-off before the music. I see that Mock has QSLed some P-mail reports with his ham card adapted, but not by E-mail?

At the moment, 2148, this was stronger than WBCQ 15420-CUSB which attained only S9+5 at modulation peaks by the androgynous anapaestic preacher (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, KVOH, Feb 16 at 2146, music at S9+22 level which should be enough to audiblize the spurs: yes, whine and noise blobs on fading 17920v and weaker 17630v; at 2153 could match talk modulation peaks on 17775 with 17920 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6140, RHC in English audible but much weaker than // 6060, 6010 at 0655 Jan 23. Some 24 hours earlier, 6140 was off. But at 0656, 6140 cut to dead air while English continued on the other two.

This week I chose RHC for musical entertainment on Saturday morning, ``Cancionero Iberoamericano``, on 15120, Jan 23 in progress at 1438 as Tony Gómez was presenting a frenetic song in English about family planning. Turned out to be a Barbados segment, followed by a much quieter tune, ``Beautiful Barbados``. 1446 on to Trinidad & Tobago for a funny calypso song with tambores metálicos (esteel drums); 1448 time for a bit of something from Aruba, where most people speak four languages, and the main one, Papiamentu, is a combo of six. Before news summary, filled with a promo for Habana`s Malecón (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 6030, tuning by R. Martí at 0653 UT Sat Jan 23, sufficiently above DentroCuban Jamming Command to tell they were talking about Tico Valdés. Suspect another airing of ``Arte Latino`` apolitical show. They may be running these evergreen episodes over and over (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI good signal and fair modulation with music during English hour, Jan 23 around 1335 check; but off the air at next check 1410 when the Malay hour has been appearing sporadically (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LAOS [non]. Checking WHRI 11785, Sat Jan 23: on the air at 1357 with gospel huxter in English, 1359 to open carrier and off during the hour Hmong Lao Radio used to emanate. 1519 recheck, back on with choppy Hmong talk, badly edited? for the 1500-1530 semihour of Hmong World Christian Radio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. BBCWS publicity said they would start their own Creole-language service Sat Jan 23 and thence daily carried on six FM stations in Haiti at 1410-1430, and `` It will also be available on shortwave.``. WTFK??? Forced us to hunt, so we did so between 1405 and 1425 Jan 23, scanning all broadcast bands twice between 5 and 18 MHz (even -22 MHz just in case), and not a trace of it. No suspicious unID signals anywhere even with music which could be this.

We can confidently say that if BBC Krèyol is really on SW, it`s not at the same time as on FM. Same press referred to the existing 12-13 transmission via WHRI 9410 and GUF 11860, which has been converted from all-Spanish to Spanish and English, but did not say that the Creole service would be inserted into that, unmonitored today. Seems unlikely, as that would be some two hours earlier than the FM relay.

Alokesh Gupta found out additional info about BBC Creole: It`s produced in Miami and presented by Carline Faustin and Simone Degraff, who host a Creole language program on Miami's public radio, WLRN, but produced and edited by several BBC personnel. Plans to maintain it at least until Sunday 7 Feb. The FM affiliates are those of Radio France Internationale, thru which the pre-recorded program is routed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Re: Haven`t heard WTWW testing the last few days on 9480 or 5755, so I asked George McClintock how things are going. He says a long test period is scheduled for Saturday Jan 23, times here changed to UT:

1600-1900 9480

1900-2200 9475

2200-2400 9480

0000-0400 5755 [UT Sunday]

``All this assumes that we have no problems. This will be a test to see how the transmitter and other equipment hold up with extended transmission time.`` (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST 10-03)

And it`s on and running! Huge steady S9+25 signal here with classic rock `n` roll music at 1608 Jan 23. Frequent IDs by Ted Randall, asking for reports to tedrandall @ tedrandall.com  Stayed on except for a brief transmitter break at 1656. And cut off again abruptly at 1726, stayed off until resuming at 1737. The shift to 9475 at 19-22 is because YFR is using 9480 during those two sesquihours via Nauen. Good music, but I suspect that will not be its main format once WTWW is in regular service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

 

** U S A. 7490, WWCR-3, Sat Jan 23 at 1346 with gospel music, hyper DJ inviting participation by singing groups; not laid-back Rock the Universe with Rich Adcock. Jan 1 online program schedule no longer shows RTU at all on WWCR, but Sat 13-14 is Inspirations Across America, and 1400-1430 Country Crossroads. Nevertheless, at 1412 check it was the piano lady with her Musical Memories, consistently filling that semihour instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Despite previous info from Media Network that the Bonaire relay of Lavwadlamerik on 6135 at 1230-1330 would be expanded from M-F to daily, nothing there at 1325 check Sat Jan 23, nor on // 9505 Greenville ex-9660 as heard the day before. At least we think the latter be Greenville; if Krèyol service demands exceed capacity there, more ad-hoc relays via other sites might ensue. Absence of the morning broadcast matches press claims of 9.5 total hours on weekends, 10.5 on weekdays, as we had calculated in previous post constructing full overt and covert schedule.

9310, VOA English at 1521 Jan 23 via Tinang, PHILIPPINES westward, on the threat of invasive Asian carp to lake Michigan, how to keep them out with barriers? On the Environment Report, ending all too soon at 1523 for silly sports segment. Here`s one of many stories, more about the carp:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/21/asian-carp-michigan-rep-i_n_432255.html

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA [and non]. R. Tirana, 0000-0130 Albanian service to North America, 7425, Jan 23 at 2358 IS but poor signal, and not much audible after 0000. Chinese had been on 7425 around 2355, which is CRI via Kunming. CRI is also scheduled on 7425 in English via Kashgar at 00-01. R. Tirana`s other frequency from Shijak, 6130, had much better signal at 0006 Jan 24, no QRM, but just barely modulated.

Meanwhile noted rapid clicking QRM covering 7432-7436 or so which at first I thought was spur from DentroCuban jamming on 7405, but clix still there when jamming had ceased after 0000. Fortunately, no broadcasts scheduled on 7435 until 0030 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. Since 11710v was reactivated on Jan 22-23, I look for the other frequency from same transmitter, 15345, at the earliest opportunity, scheduled from 2000 on Saturdays with R. Nacional relay. Jan 23 at 2057 there is a weak signal, sounds Spanish rather than Arabic --- where is Morocco? Is it off or not propagating? By 2157, 15345 considerably stronger and definitely in Spanish, 2100 precisely accurate 5-pip timesignal, and talking about Argentina. Still no sign of Morocco, no het. LRA close to 15345.0.

Next check at 2355 music and Argentine-accented talk, 2358 giving an e-mail address for R. Nacional, or maybe it was a government PSA. UT Jan 24: 0004 saying they were now transmitting from Mar del Plata. On UT Sundays they stay on 15345 until sign off nominally at 0230, while on Sundays they use 11710v instead from 1800 to 0300 UT Mondays.

As for the 25m channel, which I estimated at 11709.4 based on my one-kHz stepping up and down on the YB-400, Giampiero Bernardini in Italy was listening at about the same time from 0040 UT Jan 23, and put it on 11710.56 drifting upward very slowly by about 1 Hz per minute. He also has an FRG-7 but can measure frequencies much more accurately with SDR-IQ and/or AOR AR7030. Apparently I got it on the wrong side of the center channel.

Wolfgang Büschel reports that RAE is back on the air because a new tube has been installed, while Gabriel Iván Barrera previously told us that purchase of a whole new transmitter had been approved in November, so was there a misunderstanding or is the new transmitter still on the way? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR [non]. HCJB via CVC CHILE, 11920 in Portuguese, Jan 24 at 0008 *still* with dirty FMy mushy spurs including obviously // audio around 11900 and 11940. How can either organization allow these to go on and on? Is anyone paying attention? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Lavwadlamerik, again Jan 23 with fill-in secret transmission on 15390 until 2100* sharp, and up on successor 13725 at *2102:30. After 2200, 15390 was off while 13725 remained on; and by 2201, 11905 had also come on late.

Another check at 2359: the secret 7590 channel, only fair signal, cut off with programming in progress at 2359:50*. Expected it back on within two minutes, but instead it did not resume until 0007 Jan 24. Wonder why it took so long.

Meanwhile I was also checking the VOA Spanish service which starts at 0000: 9885 was on with music fill shortly after, but // 5890 took a few more minutes to come up, confirmed at 0009.

Repeatedly not being able to start a transmission by the top of the hour certainly looks amateurish. Back at HQ they apparently don`t understand that frequency changes cannot be made in a few sex on these old transmitters, and need to build in flex programming time at the end of hours, or just plain pauses for switching time. Many other SW stations have the same disconnect (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WTWW rock music and ID testing continued July 23 on 9480 until 1900 when as scheduled shifted to 9475 to avoid YFR. No difference in signal strength here, unlike some other places. Only problems, occasional usually brief carrier drops off the air due to some failsafe circuit, and I ceased to keep track of those exact lapses. 2200 back to 9480 still with VG signal. But must have faded down with the sun, as by 2355 was not hearing it at all, or maybe off; instead, some other weak station, probably the Tibetan service CNR-11 which starts 9480 at 2155 via Baoji-Sifangshan 724 site per Aoki.

Kept checking 5755 for WTWW`s evening test, but nothing there yet by 0009, while WWRB was in well on 5745, so WTWW must not have been on. Still no sign of it at 0054 so the 5755 test may have been scrubbed tonight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** CHINA. Tuning by 9605, Jan 25 at 1335 heard English ``This is CNR News``, back to Chinese, but more English bits later mixed in such as ``The sound of China evening news``. Apparently they think it`s cool to throw in English phrases. I have a hard time imagining any US domestic service throwing in Mandarin comments.

Guess what: if you check HFCC, you will not find any such China transmission, but you will find BBCWS in Mandarin via Singapore, 1300-1530. That`s because the cynical ChiCom are using CNR1 programming here as one of countless jammers against any Western objectivity getting into the country. And they have the gall to pretend to participate in HFCC, failing to register little things like this.

7585 with Firedrake jamming, Jan 25 at 1452 // weaker 8400. 7585 a new spot for it, but why? The only thing scheduled there is Vatican Radio in Tamil via Tajikistan, 1450-1510, says Aoki. At 1502 the 7585 FD was in usual hourtop open-carrier pause supposedly for monitoring, but I could hear nothing else. Resumed music modulation at 1504:40. At 1508 FD also // poorly on 9000 as well as 8400, none higher. Next check of 7585 at 1519, it`s gone, still on 8400, 9000. Meanwhile, several CNR1/jammers in the 7300-7535 range were still well audible. So was 7585 a mistake, or did Sound of Hope try to slip in there, or did Vatican switch from Tamil to a more sensitive language, bringing down the wrath of Chan, or rather SAFRT? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 1330 UT Jan 25, scheduled Republic Day eve speech by President Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil: in progress in Hindi at tune-in 1335 on AIR NC 9425, and better four seconds later on AIR VBS 9870. Not on GOS English frequency 9690. At 1345 searched 60m for her, and audible on 4920 Chennai, weaker Mumbai 4840. I could tell it was the same speech tho not synchronized with 9870. Also checked 7.3-7.5 MHz area just in case, but daytime frequencies probably not in use.

Kept listening on 9870, and rewarded by abrupt switch to English at 1352 as she started the speech over, greeting military and security forces, quoting M. Gandhi, extolling harmony and secularism, respecting all religions. A wide-ranging pep talk, sort of a ``state of the union``, touching on climate change, carbon footprint; India fourth largest economy in the world, second in population, seventh in area. Ended on 9870 at 1411. I wish advance publicity had made clear she would also speak in English.

Meanwhile I had rechecked AIR GOS 9690 at 1402 and there she was in English but not matching any other frequency. Turns out this playback started about nine minutes later as it did not end until 1420, with announcer admitting that it was recorded, on the eve of the 61st Republic Day. Also audible on // 13710 vs Cuban leapfrog.

1422 with editorial criticising racially-motivated attacks on Indians in Victoria, Australia. 1426 economic review. But the speech knocked regular programming out of whack as there was no Faithfully Yours mailbag at 1430; 1437 check, music and talk about something else.

The next big broadcast for Republic Day starts at 0350 UT Jan 26, live coverage of the parade with separate frequencies for English and Hindi, usage differing from an ordinary day. But not likely to reach the other worldside from mid-day. Details:

http://alokeshgupta.blogspot.com/2010/01/special-broadcasts-by-air-for-republic.html

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI, Jan 25 around 1330 poor signal and modulation during English, het 9530. Recheck at 1416 now in the clear at S9+20, but just open carrier to 1417* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, just open carrier at 0618 Jan 25. XEPPM or ZYE365? Probably the former lacking modulation as it`s a bit early for RNA to be on. Yes, at 0634 RNA had come on modulated with SAH against XEPPM on the lo side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 6170, RNZI, Monday Jan 25 at 1329 concluding Dateline Pacific, and starting Mailbox a minute early as usual, but after a six-week summer holiday hiatus. Usual co-channel interference from Russia, and SAH, so I`ll demand the audio sometime in the next month.

http://www.rnzi.com/audio/mailbox.mp3 plays it, and once another show is up a fortnight hence, this Jan 25 show will be demoted to http://www.rnzi.com/audio/mailbox2.mp3 for another biweek before vanishing forever.

It did start, also as usual, with a Maori song, which seems odd for a mailbag show which should have plenty of letters and DX news piled up by now. Are there not lots of other opportunities to play music on RNZI? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Looking for weekly Sephardic service from REE, Monday Jan 25 at 1435, but nothing audible, not even a carrier. Propagation from Europe not very good, but REE Spanish on 15585 was poorly audible. So did Emisión Sefarad finally switch to the announced frequency 15325? If so, bad news, as it`s blocked by something else, YFR due east from Wertachtal, GERMANY, in Oriya, a S Asian language. And also with heavy splatter from R. Martí/DCJC on 15330. 15385 still missing at later chex before 1455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 11660, VOT IS of piano variations, Jan 25 at 1456, mixing with something else talking, producing a SAH, which could be RA and/or VOR. 1500 almost-correct timesignal but too undermodulated to make out language. Scheduled as Arabic via Çakirlar. 11815 in Turkish had its own SAH with REE/Costa Rica before 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. Since the BBCWS press release about their new Creole service was not explicit about the SW frequency for the 1410-1430 UT broadcast also on FM, and I could not find it by monitoring on the first day, Jan 23, I then enquired. Mark Deutsch, Head of Broadcast Networks, replied:

``The BBC Creole is on short wave, but not at 1410. It's at,1232:30-1252:30 on 11860 (MSY) and 9410 (HRI), borrowed from the Spanish service to Cuba.``

Which I have not yet monitored directly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Follow-up to last report about WTWW`s long-hours test on Jan 23 [not July 23 as I wishfully must have thought! Please correct that if copying]: George McClintock tells me that WTWW was off the air until about 0130 UT Jan 24 as he was repairing a water leak in the cooling system, but then back on 5755 and well audible here; planned to stay on until 0400 and if all goes well may not need to test on air much afterwards this week.

Ted Randall, whose recorded IDs and requests for reports had been playing every few minutes, went live from his home studio at about 0300, responding to e-mails, shortly taking phone calls to a toll-free number 1-877-511-8890. He asked just about every caller if they were a ham operator, and just about everyone said no. I did not catch any of their names. George McClintock was also on the air by phone at 0337-0341, and again at 0430, as the transmission was extended until 0436*. Apparently no further on-air testing Jan 24 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Lavwadlamerik, VOA Creole service, Monday Jan 25 at 1319 interviewing Dominican Republic ambassador, poor-fair on 6135 via Bonaire, better on Greenville (?) 9505. The 1230-1329 broadcast is still M-F only, and will remain so, says Andy Sennitt; altho Terry Krueger heard an open carrier during the entire period Sunday on 6135 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI update: still QRP, but French to Haiti -- Glenn: We are still using the auxiliary [5 kW] transmitter, which has been working pretty well. But we aren't running 24 hours, as we have to give it breaks so it doesn't overheat. Reports are good from the south.

We did start on Thursday of this week a daily (Monday-Friday) hour in French for Haiti (and French-speaking Caribbean) 1200-1300 UT Mon-Fri. Currently we're running Radio Prague in French from 1200 to 1230, Vatican Radio newscast in French from 1230 to 1245, and UN Radio in French 1245-1300.

We're working on some religious programs in Creole for this block as well, and we're trying to get some fix-tuned radios sent to Haiti. This should be a long-term commitment for us; not just for the immediate crisis. Propagation analysis from Miami to Port au Prince at 1200 UT looks really good.

We have found some of the parts we've been needing for the transmitter and antenna. Our consulting engineer should be getting here from Panamá any day now, so in the coming days we will hopefully have the main transmitter back on air and the North American antenna back to normal (Jeff White, WRMI, Jan 23, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

The M-F 12-13 French/Creole? Block on 9955 bumps off two airings of WORLD OF RADIO and some other DX programs. Last we checked, the DentroCuban jamming did not ramp up until 1300. But considering the continuing jamming problem on 9955, are you sure you want to commit to fix-tuned radios??

Heavy jamming on 9955 as usual from 1330 past 1500 Jan 25, abating a bit to pulsing rather than noise wall at 1513 check when I could detect some music underneath, unknowable whether it was WRMI with Prague relay or YFR Taiwan in Russian, but suspect the latter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 11675, Jan 25 at 1500 AWR sign-on in English, Nepalese to follow. Aoki says via Wertachtal, GERMANY, and followed by English at 1530. I hope the next Nepali census determines just how many Seventh-Day Adventists there are, as I find it hard to imagine how one could retain any traditional culture once becoming an SDA. World Almanac 2002 calculated Nepal is 90% Hindu, 5% Buddhist, 3% Moslem, leaving 2% for everything else, but of course other Christian sects are also doing their damnedest to make inroads.

AWR also working on the Turx, Jan 25 at 1511 on 11780 via AUSTRIA, and just as good a signal if not better than Anguilla 11775. At 1515 one hymn had some English lyrix, including ``blood, crimson red,`` oooh; 1516 YL announcement in Turkish. More music until 1529* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. 15345, the 8-note RAE IS fair at 2157 Jan 26, following German broadcast; had I realized that Aoki shows a one-hour gap until Spanish from *2300, I would have stayed tuned a bit longer to reconfirm that Spanish axually starts at 2200 weekdays, as per WRTH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11600, jamming still going at 2202 Jan 26, later than usual? Altho maybe not continuously since it started at 1600. Now it`s pulsing, which means maybe only one of multiple transmitters which add up to walls of noise. Tried comparing it to 11930, and much stronger pulsing there matched, exactly synchronized at the rate of four per second, except the pitch was slightly higher on 11930, where Radio Martí had just closed (BTW, Aoki somehow misses Martí on this frequency). We remained baffled why the DCJC runs jammers on 11600, where nothing at all is known to be broadcasting after 1600 --- but hey, no better place for them!

15360, Jan 27 at 1445, RHC`s Formalmente Informal, a lo-fi interview mixing with something in Persian, about equal level and precisely zero beat, so rather confusing as they took turns dominating. Latter is RFI Issoudun at 1430-1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. OTH radar, presumed from here, but maybe not, Jan 27 at 1450 spanning 15745-15815, with peaks at odd spots such as 15780 and 15810, so most damaging to Galei Zahal, ISRAEL on 15783.6 and BBC Arabic on 15790, which is definitely Cyprus; overshadowed by the Saudi buzz, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 15080, R. Cairo, poor with distorted modulation as always on this frequency, music at 1430 Jan 27, into 4+1 timesignal 35 seconds late, Cairo news theme and distorted talk in Arabic. This is 13-16 via Abis site to West Africa, where they`d better set their clox by something else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OMAN. 15140, R. Sultanate of Oman, fair signal but barely audible modulation, 1433 Jan 27 with YL in English news mentioning Baghdad, and highly likely it was bad news (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

 

** RUSSIA [and non]. 9996, binary code at 1255 Jan 27, presumably RWM, and beating against WWV/H on 10000 where there was also a fast SAH indicating some other station`s frequency was not standard at all (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. I thought the Buzzing Service of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was bad the day before, but much worse on Jan 27, a new record: first check at 1500, the horrible 15435 transmitter was audible just between 15390 and 15460, leaving e.g. fluttery Spain 15385 in the clear.

But at 1518 If found that blotted out, with the buzz now extending from 15270 to 15775! I can`t begin to enumerate all the stations this was interfering with, but who cares?

The edges reduced to just pulsing of four times per second, ranged 15270-15300, and 15630-15775, leaving the full brunt at 15300-15630. The upper end overlapped OTH radar from 15745, see CYPRUS. Standard but amplified remarks of incredulity over the Saudi monstrosity (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS [non]. SIBC missing from 5020 for at least a week in chex around 1300-1430, including Jan 27 at 1307, when no carrier at all detectable. This is because they have ceased overnight relays of BBCWS which used to start at 12 UT, due to power expense of over US$11K per year, per Media Network blog:

http://blogs.rnw.nl/medianetwork/sibc-drops-nighttime-relays-of-bbc-to-save-money

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. 7275, RTT music had just switched to announcement when cut to brief OC and off the air at 0626:50* Jan 27 while // 7335 continued. This is a consistently odd closing time for 7275, contrary to published schedules; as for 7335 closing, on the schedules as 0910, Noel Green says it goes off around 0810, and Wolfgang Büschel heard it until 0807* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. Jan 27 was monitoring barely early enough to hear the conclusion of BBC`s new Creole service, VG on 9410 via WHRI; a bit of music at 1250, then closing announcement giving the only time for ``Connexion[s] Haïti`` (pardon my French) as 9:10 am, which is 1410 UT when it repeats on Haitian FM stations; as usual, shortwave gets no respect from the BBC, just an afterthought if we are lucky. Or in this case, a beforethought.

At 1252:30 introduced in Spanish classical music fill show 19 minutes later than previously, which would last only 7.5 minutes until 1300:00* sharp without announcement, matching a timesignal underneath which must have been BBC Oman just overtaking the channel.

Altho this is the least of their problems, now the Haitians are faced with a logjam of special programming at 1230, from VOA, BBC and WRMI. A bit of coördination rather than competition would be nice (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, straining to hear WRMI`s new French service to Haiti, Jan 27 at 1257, very weak signal I was about to conclude to be in French when DentroCuban Jamming Command cut on at 1257:40 with one pulser, quickly joined by others, and a pileup noise wall before 1300 when WRMI presumably is running a new Cuban exile program daily, Radio Libertad until 1400. But Cuba was jamming this hour anyway for months when it contained no contrary programming, just victimized DX and other innocent shows.

WRMI`s website still has not been updated to tell us anything about Radio Libertad: http://www.wrmi.net/schedule.php but it allegedly is not strictly an anti-Castro show. Close enough.

WRMI is not only on the SSE antenna at this time but on the backup 5 kW transmitter, pending repairs, making it virtually inaudible here, and not a chance of overcoming jamming, which the Cubans keep on thru the 1400 hour for good measure against DX and other programs, and even past 1500 when R. Prague is relayed in English.

Jeff White says the 12-13 M-F hour is now occupied by programs in French for Haiti: Prague, Vatican and UN Radio, perhaps to be replaced by religious programs in Creole when available (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Lavwadlamerik, Jan 27 at 1305 on 6135 via Bonaire, 9505 presumably Greenville, with announcement over sad piano music reminiscent of Sea Breeze. This semihour does not conflict with Haitian services from BBC and WRMI at 1230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. As I tuned in 15315, Jan 27 at 1438, heard gruff announcer mention ``shortwave radio station``, then ``Family Radio`` and later, ``Open Forum``, but otherwise in a S Asian language. Aoki shows it`s Malayalam, since Dec 30 at 14-15 via Wertachtal, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17610 with extremely repetitious rustic melody of only a few notes up and down being sung at 1456 Jan 27, 1458 briefly to other music before cut off at 1458:40 without any announcement. Another example of AWR`s Afar service via AUSTRIA, to what must be a tiny minority, Adventist Afars, but AWR voices hope of their peculiar sect catching on from afar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 11605, good in rapid-paced French morning program, Jan 28 at 0655; sounded like commercials, but surely not on RFI, which is scheduled here via SOUTH AFRICA, 0500-0700 but only 100 kW at 345 degrees, consequently USward as well. 0700 time signal about 7 seconds late, 8 am timecheck in Paris, news, but cut off abruptly at 0702* --- another example of sloppy operations at SENTECH, Meyerton (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. VOI, 9526-, Jan 28 at 1459 was on causing heavy het to CRI 9525.0 via EAST TURKISTAN, and also still at 1508 when CRI was trying to talk to us in English.

RRI, 9680 much better in the clear at 1459 Jan 28, good with gamelan orchestra and singing. This continued right thru hourtop until 1504 when switched to a bit of Western orchestral music and then cut off the air at 1504:30* without any ID, announcement or sign-off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6104.8v, Jan 28 at 0724 the irrepressively peppy upbeat music XEQM plays in the nitemiddle for insomniax, several sex of dead air, then YL DJ and produced IDs mentioning 95.3, ``la más grande``. Good at peaks revealing somewhat distorted modulation, but usual deep fades. 0728 she gave timecheck for 1:29 over music, then also put phone caller on air. 0729-0731 a carrier went on and off a couple times on 6105.0 causing het: probably TWR tuning up prior to its 0745 start via Nauen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15235, Jan 28 at 1525 SW Asian language talk and music, lively show but could not catch ID. Did not think it was Arabic, until uplooked later and found RRI is scheduled in Arabic 15-16 on 15235, 247 degrees from Tiganeshti. Maybe that`s what Arabic sounds like with a Romanian accent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. Buzzing Service of the Kingdom of Sa`udi Arabia, 15435 transmitter still blotting large portion of 19m Jan 28 at 1530, but somewhat less than on Jan 27. Exact range varies from minute to minute, as well as from day to day, probably more due to intensity of propagation than of transmission. On a much less sensitive receiver, it was much less noticeable.

The 4-per-minute pulsing at the edges reached 15160-15220, the full brunt 15220-15500, but not much above 15500 as it`s assymetrical --- altho with such a wide blob, could be riding or bridging the MUF. Final check at 1555 found the boundary between pulsing and brunting around 15250 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. A few hours before President Obama`s State of the Union address, I found out the special frequencies VOA was going to use to broadcast it live at 0200-0330 UT Jan 28:

Africa: 909, 1530, 4930, 6080, 9885, 15580

Asia: 11705, 11745, 13680, 15260, 15445, 15520, 17845

Middle East: 9550, 9780

Not expecting to hear much in the night from relays presumably Eastern-Hemispheric, I quickly tuned thru the list around 0209 UT. The only ones heard for sure were 4930, when the President had not quite started and the announcer mentioned voanews.com; shortly afterwards found 9885 better as welcoming applause was ongoing. Nothing audible on the others except traces of carriers on a few of them. Both 4930 and 9885 normally open at 0300 via Botswana, but the earlier hour could also have been via São Tomé, or even Greenville on 9885.

BTW, I also noticed that the secret VOA Creole transmission at 02-03 was lacking 7590 but still on 7465, apparently not covering the speech. Perhaps the 7590 transmitter was needed for SOTU; we`ll have to see if it`s back following nights.

REE Spain has also been known to broadcast voice-over translations of such significant US live events on 6055, but not this time (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA [and non]. Tnx to Jim Evans tip from Tennessee on WORLD OF RADIO 1497, I made a point of looking for the harmonic on 2980, which he heard at 0647 Jan 26. Yes, Jan 29 at 0611 definitely something on 2980.0, very weak music vs QRN level now including lite T-storming close enough to propagate but not nearby. Still just barely audible at 0630, never heard anything but music.

 

He had an ID at 0650 for R. Vida Nueva. Will keep trying. WRTH 2010 says it`s HJAY, Barranquilla with 5 kW on 1490, slogan ``te acerca a Dios``, so the music should be nothing but religious. It had also been reported months ago, but not lately.

 

I`m sure that the other active MW harmonic, R. San Carlos, Costa Rica, 2859.8 would be much stronger if they would only stay on the air past 0200v.

 

The harmonic on 2980 making it all the way from Colombia speaks well for the technical standards of the hundreds of US stations on 1490. Decades ago, one could depend on there being a few harmonics audible at any given time on 2 x graveyard frequencies, 2460, 2480, 2680, 2800, 2900, 2980, and the probabilities are still highest on those channels (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: 4050

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5910, Shiokaze, Friday Jan 29 at 1410 with heavily accented English headlines from earlier in January about North Korea, interrupted by their newsy stinger every minute. F-G signal via JAPAN, no jamming audible. Ron Howard found them also in English on Thursday, which is unusual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 21695, Voice of Africa, OSOB, Jan 29 at 1508 in English, but better on // 17725, ``dawn of a new age thru the African Union``, 1511 outroing a talk on ``the devolution of Al-Fatah``, or so it sounded to me; 1512 ID ``Voice of Africa from the Great Jamahiriyah`` and then hilife music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. From 15435 transmitter, Buzzing Service of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, checked again Jan 29 at 1502: full brunt of huge buzz interfering with numerous other stations ranged approximately 15380-15680, with the 4-per-minute pulsing at the edges 15680-15780, and 15350-15380. Strong signal from Portugal on 15690 was still not enough to overcome the pulsing. Then the upper pulse range became 15480-15780, instead of full brunt up to 15680. Exact ranges vary from minute to minute; at 1518 check, full brunt was 15300-15650, bad news for Greece on 15650, while 4x/minute pulsing reached 15650-15770 and 15240-15300, conveniently short of QRMing the // BSKSA Qur`an channel 15225.

Since SA won`t do anything about it, a precision air strike could take it out, but probably not without also destroying several other transmitters at the same Riyadh site. ITU ought to have its own air force for such situations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Having heard the harmonic on 2980 from Colombia, q.v., I was motivated to look again for the third harmonic of KWMO, 1350, ``The Mouth``, Washington MO on 4050, Jan 29 at 0616: yes, intermittent bits of US talk in English, but mostly ute QRM. Since there was any signal at all from presumed KWMO, probably another instance of running day facilities at night. Still no Truth from Guatemala on 4052.5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. Is Darwin still on the air January 31? Yes! But it should be the last day ever.

UT January 30 at 2159 I look for the three frequencies scheduled to start at 2200, 9585 CVC Chinese, 9630 RA Indonesian, and 12010 RA English --- nothing. But Maltilda is Waltzing on 15560, loud and clear from Shepparton; path from Darwin is rather different, but there should be some traces if on the air.

Then at 2200 I find RA on 12040 in English, which is the new Palau relay, news running about 3.5 seconds behind 15560. Must be quite a circuitous feed route; since VTC is involved, to London and back?

Finally at 2201 I am also hearing RA English on 12010, and that is Darwin, with a much shorter delay, less than one second or about one word behind 15560. It`s weaker than 12040. Must have come on a bit late, or at least without any prélude.

By 2206 I check the 31m channels again, and now I am getting them fairly: 9585 with music which I assume is CVC Chinese service, and 9630 in Indonesian talk, soon music, which fits for Radio Australia.

The fourth transmitter starts at 2300 with CVC Indonesian on 15250 (some sources say 15255), so here I repeat the full schedule showing that also at 2300 the 9585 service switches to 15170, and the 12010 service switches to Burmese.

9585, 2200-2300 340 CVC Chinese

15170, 2300-0200 340 CVC Chinese

17690, 0400-0600 340 CVC Chinese

17635, 0600-1200 340 CVC Chinese

13685, 1200-1800 340 CVC Chinese

 

15535, 0930-1230 303 CVC English

13635, 1230-1830 303 CVC English

15250, 2300-0200 290 CVC Indonesian

17820, 0400-1000 290 CVC Indonesian

9890, 1000-1300 290 CVC Indonesian

11925, 1300-1700 290 CVC Indonesian

-----------------------------------

11825, 1300-1430 340 RA  Chinese

12010, 2200-2400 317 RA  English [except Burmese 2300-2330]

17665, 0000-0200 317 RA  English [except Burmese 0100-0130]

11980, 1600-1700 317 RA  English

9630, 2200-2330 290 RA  Indonesian

15180, 0000-0030 290 RA  Indonesian

      0400-0430 290 RA  Indonesian

      0500-0530 290 RA  Indonesian

-----------------------------------

9880, 1430-1530   3 JCI Japanese - Furusato no Kaze, alt 11995

9690, 1500-1530   3 JCI Korean  -  Nippon no Kaze,   alt 11650

-----------------------------------

17755, 0700-0800 317 TDP English DRM 17750-17760

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

CVC Darwin rechecked shortly after 2300 UT Jan 30: 15170 audible weakly, succeeding 9585, used only for the first hour of CVC Chinese; 15250 for CVC Indonesian (and 15255) totally blocked by Venezuela via Cuba, of course. 12010 R. Australia no longer // talk on 12040, 15560, but music presumably in Burmese service.

UT Jan 31, surely the final day now, started checking at 1415:

13635 good with gospel rock or whatever they call such a format with indecipherable lyrix, just as well. At 1415 mentioned ``cvcradio.in``. 1418 YL DJ with Oz accent mentions this will be the final time on shortwave, so switch to mobile streaming (yeah, right).

Then greeted countless Kumars by the full name of each, of the Cosmos Club in India. As usual fast-paced format suitable for those with deficient attention spans; you never know when they are going to drop in an ID as the music plays.

BTW, Andrew Flynn of CVC HQ in England told me a few days ago that the SW transmissions via Uzbekistan for India would continue.

1428 she gives full website without the http which I always insert to assist hotlinking: http://www.cvcradio.in for song requests, or text 99-45-97-77-77. Will they play anything that is unChristian, or godforbid, off-format?

At 1430 it`s local midnight in Cox Peninsula and Feb 1 starts, but that`s only incidental as it is already midnight in Queensland, and four hours away in India, so the broadcast goes on. By 1440 the signal is weakening considerably; by 1504 recheck still audible; 1542 just a carrier detectable, tho on Sunday there is no Tirana ACI from 13640.

Meanwhile I was switching back and forth to CVC`s Chinese service on 13685, but paying less attention to it. At 1416 music presumably with a gospel element in Chinese; 1417 Chinese YL announcement. Fortunately, Habana has been missing from 13680 lately, but still some ACI from Farda, and just as much from very strong WYFR 13695, ever-increasing problems as 13685 weakened by 1504.

I assume that English on 13635 will play on until final final QRT at the usual time of 1830, and Chinese 13685 until 1800.

Also looked for the Kaze clands for North Korea, 9880 at 1430, 9690 at 1500, but nothing heard UT Jan 31, so already gone. I assume these will have switched to some other site(s). Monitoring Palau extensively, Hiroshi via Hasegawa reported as of Jan 29, only a different (?) one: 1530-1600 9965 JCIC Korean "Ilbone Baram".

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. Is Darwin still on the air January 31? Yes! But it should be the last day ever.

UT January 30 at 2159 I look for the three frequencies scheduled to start at 2200, 9585 CVC Chinese, 9630 RA Indonesian, and 12010 RA English --- nothing. But Maltilda is Waltzing on 15560, loud and clear from Shepparton; path from Darwin is rather different, but there should be some traces if on the air.

Then at 2200 I find RA on 12040 in English, which is the new Palau relay, news running about 3.5 seconds behind 15560. Must be quite a circuitous feed route; since VTC is involved, to London and back?

Finally at 2201 I am also hearing RA English on 12010, and that is Darwin, with a much shorter delay, less than one second or about one word behind 15560. It`s weaker than 12040. Must have come on a bit late, or at least without any prélude.

By 2206 I check the 31m channels again, and now I am getting them fairly: 9585 with music which I assume is CVC Chinese service, and 9630 in Indonesian talk, soon music, which fits for Radio Australia.

The fourth transmitter starts at 2300 with CVC Indonesian on 15250 (some sources say 15255), so here I repeat the full schedule showing that also at 2300 the 9585 service switches to 15170, and the 12010 service switches to Burmese (Glenn Hauser, OK, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

CVC Darwin rechecked shortly after 2300 UT Jan 30: 15170 audible weakly, succeeding 9585, used only for the first hour of CVC Chinese; 15250 for CVC Indonesian (and 15255) totally blocked by Venezuela via Cuba, of course. 12010 R. Australia no longer // talk on 12040, 15560, but music presumably in Burmese service.

UT Jan 31, surely the final day now, started checking at 1415:

13635 good with gospel rock or whatever they call such a format with indecipherable lyrix, just as well. At 1415 mentioned ``cvcradio.in``. 1418 YL DJ with Oz accent mentions this will be the final time on shortwave, so switch to mobile streaming (yeah, right).

Then greeted countless Kumars by the full name of each, of the Cosmos Club in India. As usual fast-paced format suitable for those with deficient attention spans; you never know when they are going to drop in an ID as the music plays.

Andrew Flynn of CVC HQ in England told me a few days ago that the SW transmissions via UZBEKISTAN for India would continue. He may have been referring only to the Hindi service, not the English service.

Hindi: 0000-0400 6260, 0100-0400 9425, 0400-1100 13630, 1100-1400 9500.

English: 0030-0230 7395, 0230-0630 11970, 0630-0930 15700.

1428 on 13635 she gives full website without the http which I always insert to assist hotlinking: http://www.cvcradio.in for song requests, or text 99-45-97-77-77. Will they play anything that is unChristian, or godforbid, off-format? I would have wanted to hear Stockhausen.

At 1430 it`s local midnight in Cox Peninsula and Feb 1 starts, but that`s only incidental as it is already midnight in Queensland, and four hours away in India, so the broadcast goes on. By 1440 the signal is weakening considerably; by 1504 recheck still audible; 1542 just a carrier detectable, tho on Sunday there is no Tirana ACI from 13640.

Meanwhile I was switching back and forth to CVC`s Chinese service on 13685, but paying less attention to it. At 1416 music presumably with a gospel element in Chinese; 1417 Chinese YL announcement. Fortunately, Habana has been missing from 13680 lately, but still some ACI from Farda Wertachtal, and just as much from very strong WYFR 13695, ever-increasing problems as 13685 weakened by 1504.

I assume that English on 13635 will play on until final final QRT at the usual time of 1830, and Chinese 13685 until 1800.

Also looked for the Kaze clands for North Korea, 9880 at 1430, 9690 at 1500, but nothing heard UT Jan 31, so already gone. I assume these will have switched to some other site(s). Monitoring Palau extensively, Hiroshi via Hasegawa reported as of Jan 29, only a different (?) one: 1530-1600 9965 JCIC Korean "Ilbone Baram". S. Hasegawa says he has not been able to confirm 9690 or 9880 for more than a week

As for what becomes of the Darwin facility, this is totally unclear, other than that CVC will now start ``dismantling`` it and get out by the time its lease expires in June (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. Correlating with audibility of Cox Peninsula for the last time on 13 MHz, Morocco 15341 also had a strong het from HCJB Kununurra, Jan 31 at 1445 on 15340, but the Arabic audio was dominant as HCJB was scheduled just to have started English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC has been missing lately from 13680 in the mornings. That`s one of the hi-power signals normally // 13780 until 1500 and producing leapfrogs on 13880 and weaker 13580, so those are also absent, e.g. Jan 31 at 1416 as I am monitoring CVC Darwin Chinese final broadcast on 13685. Lacking RHC helps that a lot, but soon moot. All is not lost: RHC 13770 is still leapfrogging over CRI relay 13740 to land on 13710 QRMing India. 13680 was back later on with the weak daytime transmitter for Aló, Presidente; see VENEZUELA [non].

Routine check for weekly Esperanto service at 1500 Sunday on 11760: Jan 31 at 1503 only open carrier, off and on for several minutes, but at next check 1513 the Esperanto program was underway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 3973, noise jamming of the NK style centered here, Jan 31 at 1335, almost BFO-ing the Breakfast Club net with a number of US hams in the Midwest checking in, some also mentioning the unusual noise but not knowing its provenance. Sort of like an airplane engine revving as the pitch continually varies up and down.

Breakfast Club is in the final Nets to You of April 2007, as daily 1000 UT (0900 summer) on 3973. Apparently it goes on for hours and hours.

Nothing is known on 3973 needing jamming, but Aoki shows a 5 kW Wonsan transmitter of KCBS/Pyongyang BS on 3970, so perhaps that is out of whack, or repurposed for jamming as needed.

Usual NK jamming on 3985 mixing with Echo of Hope, Korean talk audible; and similar noise on 3912 against Voice of the People. Louder jamming on 3480 against KNDF, but not much signal from the 90m N Korean non-jammers, as checked until 1340 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15435 The Buzz, checked Jan 31 at 1539. Did not sound as loud as usual around 15435, but nevertheless full brunt could be heard down to 15300 or so, and 4-per-minute pulses down to 15140, so yes, again also QRMing BSKSA`s other Qur`an channel 15225 plus countless other stations. On the hi side, however, full brunt lasted only until 15470, and could not hear 4-per-minute pulses up from there, other stations seeming in clear, altho by now some TVs are on adding their own swish QRM possibly disaudiblizing the weaker pulses. But who says this monstrosity has to be symmetrical? Every little bit helps (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. Quick check for ``Aló, Presidente``, Sunday via CUBA at 1656 UT Jan 31 found it running but the speaker at the moment unsounded like El Hugazo, perhaps a press-conference plant, on all five usual frequencies in order of increasing signal strength: 13680, 11690, 17750, 12010, 13750 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. Since we knew that the CVC transmission around 1430 UT Jan 31 on 13635 was ``the last one on shortwave`` as announced, I made another routine check of Darwin frequencies at 2200 UT Jan 31, not expecting to hear anything, but the three of them are still on!

Tune in 12010 at 2159 to find open carrier, and 2200 sharp, start modulating R. Australia news, as 24 hours earlier; slightly delayed compared to Shep 15560 and a longer delay on 12040 via Palau.

On 9630, Indonesian had also started, R. Australia, and music on 9585, presumably CVC Chinese as previously scheduled.

So where does that leave us? No clean break, depending on the station or language service, not all stopped at the end of January. It is now indisputably February everywhere east of Central Europe and West Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

BTW, Argentina with live sports at 2201 on 15345v, not 11710v as we were led to believe on a Sunday.

VOA Creole at 2200 on 13725, but // 11905 did not cut on until 2102:45, par for the course at Greenville (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

 

The Line of Sight and Beyond - FM

 

Dean Wayman – O’Neill, NE

Kaito 2100

 

Mon Jan 18 9:00- 9:20 PM central

102.1 Mhz KUQQ 'Q 102 Okoboji's Best Rock '  50,000w Milford Ia. 187 m

107.1 KDBX  '107 The Hawk' 9800 w  Clear Lake S.D. 186 m

 

Kevin Redding – Crump, TN

As listed

 

Heard 1/17 on a Sangean HDR-1, CM3032 amp and FM6 antenna:

89.5 WMAE Booneville, MS 2050 with HD1 and 2

90.1 WKNO Memphis, TN 2059 with TOH ID with HD1 and 2 playing music and BBC on HD3 . NEW for HD!

97.1 WHRK Memphis, TN 2102 with hip-hop on HD1 and R&B on HD2. NEW for HD!

101.1 KJMS Olive Branch, MS 2104 with smooth R&B on HD.

 

Steven Wiseblood – Boca Chica Beach, TX

Roadmaster VRCD400-SDU AM/FM$ car stereo FM-6 YAGI @ 15ft.

 

23 JAN 2010  Tropo

0611 94.1 WEMX LA Kentwood-Baton Rouge, "MAX 94-1, with the best of hip-hop and R&B"" 445 miles

0615 104.7 WJSH LA Folsom-North Shore LA "Good times and great oldies" "The Oldies station" 485 miles

0637 104.7 KNEK LA Washington, "Steve Harvey Morning Show" some black ladies in a verbal catfight; "Magic 104-7", R&B, 440 miles

0650 105.3 WWL LA Kenner-New Orleans, fishing program, ads 525 miles*

0725 102.7 WXBM FL Milton, "Your Country 102.7 WXBM" 670 miles

ads "Pensacola KIA Autosport" , "Gulf Coast weather",

0739 93.3 WQUE LA New Orleans, "Q-93" "Saints Saturday-talking Saints Football" 525 miles

0746 94.3 WTIX LA Galliano-New Orleans, "94.3 TIX-FM", oldies, Partridge family, 490 miles

"Doesn't somebody want to be wanted" David cassidy, ummm, bubblegum at its worst!

then played "Hey Hey we're the Monkeys" by the Monkeys, geeeeeez

0759 95.7 WKBU LA New Orleans,"Bayou 95.7 New Orleans only Classic Rock Station" 525 miles

0824 95.9 WBBN MS Taylorsville-Hattiesburg, "Pine Belt Country, B-95", ads, 615 miles*

0839 106.7 KLEJ LA Rayne-Acadia, Country Legends 106.7 425 miles*

"Country Legends 106.7"

0852 99.7 WJMI MS Jackson, "99 JAMZ, WJMI", hip-hop, 610 miles

0859 99.3 WHER MS Heidelberg-Laurel-Hattiesburg,"Classic Country, EAGLE-99" 615 miles

0904 100.9 WJXN MS Utica-Jackson, Christian music top-20, "100.9, K-LOVE" 595 miles

"100.9, Positive Encouraging K-LOVE", top-20 Christian songs

0922 98.7 WJKK MS Vicksburg-Jackson, promo "Date Night", "Mix 98.7" 625 miles

promo "Dixie National Rodeo, comming to Jackson"

0933 105.1 WQJQ MS Jackson "Q-105.1" Classic Hits, 615 miles

 

The Visible Universe

 

Nothing reported this month

 

 

Nothin’ But Net

(Editor – Martin Foltz)

 

Nothing reported this month

 

You Don’t Need a Weatherman…

 

Nothing reported this month

 

Extra, Extra!

 

Biblical scholar's date for rapture: May 21, 2011

Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer

Friday, January 1, 2010

 

Harold Camping lets out a hearty chuckle when he considers the people who believe the world will end in 2012.

 

"That date has not one stitch of biblical authority," Camping says from the Oakland office where he runs Family Radio, an evangelical station that reaches listeners around the world. "It's like a fairy tale."

The real date for the end of times, he says, is in 2011.

The Mayans and the recent Hollywood movie "2012" have put the apocalypse in the popular mind this year, but Camping has been at this business for a long time. And while Armageddon is pop science or big-screen entertainment to many, Camping has followers from the Bay Area to China.

Camping, 88, has scrutinized the Bible for almost 70 years and says he has developed a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the Good Book. One night a few years ago, Camping, a civil engineer by trade, crunched the numbers and was stunned at what he'd found: The world will end May 21, 2011.

This is not the first time Camping has made a bold prediction about Judgment Day.

On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping's believers gathered inside Alameda's Veterans Memorial Building to await the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years. Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles open-faced toward heaven.

But the world did not end. Camping allowed that he may have made a mathematical error. He spent the next decade running new calculations, as well as overseeing a media company that has grown significantly in size and reach.

"We are now translated into 48 languages and have been transmitting into China on an AM station without getting jammed once," Camping said. "How can that happen without God's mercy?"

His office is flanked by satellite dishes in the parking lot that transmit his talk show, "Open Forum." In the Bay Area, he's heard on 610 AM, KEAR. Camping says his company owns about 55 stations in the United States alone, and that his message arrives on every continent.

'I'm looking forward to it'

Employees at the Oakland office run printing presses that publish Camping's pamphlets and books, and some wear T-shirts that read, "May 21, 2011." They're happy to talk about the day they believe their souls will be retrieved by Christ.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Ted Solomon, 60, who started listening to Camping in 1997. He's worked at Family Radio since 2004, making sure international translators properly dictate Camping's sermons.

"This world may have had an attraction to me at one time," Solomon said. "But now it's definitely lost its appeal."

Camping is a frail-looking man, and his voice is low and deep, but it can rise to dramatic peaks with a preacher's flair.

As a young man, he owned an East Bay construction business but longed to work as a servant of God. So he hit the books.

"Because I was an engineer, I was very interested in the numbers," he said. "I'd wonder, 'Why did God put this number in, or that number in?' It was not a question of unbelief, it was a question of, 'There must be a reason for it.' "

Code-breaking phenomenon

Camping is not the only man to see truths in the Bible hidden in the numbers. In the late 1990s, a code-breaking phenomenon took off, led by "The Bible Code," written by former Washington Post journalist Michael Drosnin.

Drosnin developed a technique that revealed prophecies within the Bible's text. A handful of biblical scholars have supported Drosnin's theory, lending it an air of legitimacy, and just as many scholars have decried it as farce.

One of Drosnin's more well-known findings is that a meteor will strike Earth in 2012, the same year some people believe the Mayan calendar marks the end of times, and the same year the "2012" action movie surmised the Earth's crust will destabilize and kill most humans.

Meaning in numbers

By Camping's understanding, the Bible was dictated by God and every word and number carries a spiritual significance. He noticed that particular numbers appeared in the Bible at the same time particular themes are discussed.

The number 5, Camping concluded, equals "atonement." Ten is "completeness." Seventeen means "heaven." Camping patiently explained how he reached his conclusion for May 21, 2011.

"Christ hung on the cross April 1, 33 A.D.," he began. "Now go to April 1 of 2011 A.D., and that's 1,978 years."

Camping then multiplied 1,978 by 365.2422 days - the number of days in each solar year, not to be confused with a calendar year.

Next, Camping noted that April 1 to May 21 encompasses 51 days. Add 51 to the sum of previous multiplication total, and it equals 722,500.

Camping realized that (5 x 10 x 17) x (5 x 10 x 17) = 722,500.

Or put into words: (Atonement x Completeness x Heaven), squared.

"Five times 10 times 17 is telling you a story," Camping said. "It's the story from the time Christ made payment for your sins until you're completely saved.

"I tell ya, I just about fell off my chair when I realized that," Camping said.

James Kreuger, author of "Secrets of the Apocalypse - Revealed," has been studying the end of times for 40 years and is familiar with Camping's work. While Kreuger agrees that the rapture is indeed coming, he disputes Camping's method.

"For all his learning, Camping makes a classic beginner's mistake when he sets a date for Christ's return," Kreuger wrote in an e-mail. "Jesus himself said in Matthew 24:36, 'Of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my father only.' "

'It is going to happen'

Camping's believers will have none of it.

Rick LaCasse, who attended the September 1994 service in Alameda, said that 15 years later, his faith in Camping has only strengthened.

"Evidently, he was wrong," LaCasse allowed, "but this time it is going to happen. There was some doubt last time, but we didn't have any proofs. This time we do."

Would his opinion of Camping change if May 21, 2011, ended without incident?

"I can't even think like that," LaCasse said. "Everything is too positive right now. There's too little time to think like that."

E-mail Justin Berton at jberton@sfchronicle.com.

This article appeared on page C - 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2010%2F01%2F01%2FBA8V1AV589.DTL&%3Btsp=1&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+C2C-InTheNews+%28Feed+-+Coast+to+Coast+-+In+the+News%29#ixzz0bViXXxIK

 

From All Access Website a few moments ago….

FCC APPROVES HD POWER INCREASE FOR FM

The FCC Media Bureau has adopted rules to allow FM stations to increase their digital IBOC signals' power up to 10% of their analog power.  The rule change permits the power increase on a voluntary basis, giving stations the ability to increase digital power by 6 dB.  Stations already grandfathered as "super-powered" facilities in excess of current class maximums will be limited to protect against interference.

The new rules also establish application procedures for digital power increases up to 10 dB, and create remediation procedures to settle interference disputes within 90 days, and leave the issue of digital power levels open for revisitation if the new signals interfere with analog reception.

The new rules will be effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

 

Bargain Barn

 

Nothing for sale this month 

 

Show and Tell – New Toys

 

No new toys this month

 

Testing, Testing…

 

WTWW Tennessee SW Test 1/23

 

Kevin Redding – Crump, TN

Eton E-1 and 150’ wire

 

Heard on 9475 with very strong signal playing some very good 70s rock tunes. Shifted from 9480.

 

Rick Barton – Cave Creek, AZ

Hammarlund HQ-180A , HQ-200

 

i am hearing station WTWW , Lebanon TN on 9480 , testing and playing old pop rock tunes like Beach Boys, Moody Blues...announcer Ted Randall at 1618 asking for rx rpts to be emailed to :  tedrandall@tedrandall.com

 

Ira Elbert New III – Watkinsville, GA

Sangean 909

 

Thanks! I heard them a moment ago on my SANGEAN ATS 909 and sent them a report.

 

Ron Gitschier – Flagler, County, FL

DX398

 

Coming in fair in Palm Coast, Flagler County, FL. At 1:21 Eastern they may of turned up the juice with a momentary drop out of RF returning with a stronger signal.

WTWW Switched to 9475 kHz as of 2 PM Eastern.

 

John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE

PL 310

 

I also have them on 9480, with Ted Randall asking for reports.  Playing Fats Domino "Walkin' to New Orleans"  and "Twist" and the like, "Thanks for listening to WTWW".

 

Call Sign Changes

 

No call sign changes released by the FCC this month

                               

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