February 2010 ABDX Journal
Vol 5. Issue 2
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As noted in this edition, we have a first time logging from Gary Mitchell in Connecticut and a large number of MW logs on ultralites from Alex Kaminski in Ohio. Steve Ponder is using an ultralite for his logs as well. Steven Wiseblood is using a very small DX399 for his logs. It seems that small radios and ultralites are in these days. They seem to be quite popular and get some very nice logs.
For the first time, we have some logs sent by Don Kaskey, the old wheezing geezer and a father of DX. We included his logs sent in from April 1950 heard on a Zenith table radio and a piece of wire tossed out a basement window. My how times have changed. Check out his logs.
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Editors Corner 1
The Broadcast Band – AM 3
Down In The Basement – LW 18
The Whole Earth – HF/SW 19
The Line of Sight and Beyond – FM 80
The Visible Universe – TV 81
Nuthin’ But Net – Net Video and Audio 81
You Don’t Need a Weatherman – Weather Band 85
Extra, Extra – News 85
Bargain Barn – Sale Items 87
Show And Tell – Review of New Toys 87
Testing, Testing… - Upcoming Tests 88
Call Sign Changes – From the FCC 88
I Got The Bird – Satellite 89
From: Galva (NW) Iowa
Dates: Apr 6-12, 1950
Radio: Zenith table model
Antenna: wire out the basement window
Time used: CST/CDT
Fri Apr. 7, 1950
0100 KUTA 570 UT Salt Lake City sign/off
0115 WDLB 1450 WI Marshfield f/c
0145 WBIG 1470 NC Greensboro f/c
0225 KGAK 1230 NM Gallup f/c
0300 WOL 1260 DC Washington all night show
0330 KVOC 1230 WY Casper f/c
0350 WLAQ 670 GA Rome E/T in preparation to s/on
0415 WKAQ 620 PR San Juan on r/s
0430 WRNL 910 VA Richmond on r/s
0500 WTMA 1250 SC Charleston r/s
0530 KNAL 1410 TX Victoria s/on
0545 KSKY 660 TX Dallas on r/s
Sat Apr 8, 1950
0200 KEEN 1370 CA San Jose s/off
0215 KDB 1490 CA Santa Barbara s/off
0230 WANE 1450 IN Fort Wayne f/c
0245 KECK 920 TX Odessa E/T
0300 WVOM1600 MA Brookline on r/s
0345 KRMD 1340 LA Shreveport on r/s
0500 WMBR 1460 FL St. Petersburg s/on
0501 WBEL 1380 WI Beloit s/on
Mon Apr 10, 1950
0005 WSOY 1340 IL Decatur s/off
0100 WCBI 1340 MS Columbus f/c
0131 WNAT 1450 MS Natchez f/c
0135 WBGE 1340 GA Atlanta f/c or r/s
0140 WCLD 1490 MS Cleveland f/c
0145 WROX 1450 MS Clarksdale f/c
Tue Apr 11, 1950
2200 CBA 1070 NB Sackville r/s, probable s/off
"AM760, Progressive Talk" appeared this morning about 8am. It faded away by 8:10. All times CST. No mention of call letters. [KKZN ed.] When I got to the office, I googled their ID: "AM760..." and discovered their web page.
Again, no mention of call letters. Are they ashamed? I did eventually discover their call by googling "am radio denver." Radio-Locator gave their power as 50K day, 1K night. According to the FCC, when is sunrise?
That's why I was looking for the sunset/sunrise web page. Discovered the FCC sunrise is 7:30am CST, so they were at 50k. As I opened the log book I discovered I had already logged them in December of 2008.
2/3 With just a few minutes of listening (on Mercury car radio):
690 almost buried under WLW IBOC hash. I was only able to identify (presumed) WELD, (Fisher, WV).
940 dominant station during the time eventually rose to the top and almost owned the frequency... clear mention of "Southern Illinois", then "AM 940, WMIX (Mt. Vernon, IL)
1380 WKJV Asheville NC 0731 EST 25k 1k gospel ant nsew 475 mi
I copied 690 WELD Fisher WV tonite at 1849 EST, it was weak, fadding in and out, not a good signal even in MI. they played old country songs. i have copied them before, but it was always an effort. 690 is pretty quiet after WNZK moves to 680 around 1730 EST. sometimes i'm also hearing WZAP Bristol VA at 1715 EST and WOKV Jacksonville FL at 0720 EST on 690.
Good Luck. I didnt hear Neb tonite either. solar flux is 88-4-2, so wasnt expecting much.
also 660 WMIC Sandusky MI signs off at 1800 EST, you might hear someone else on this freq. all i ever hear is WFAN NY.
1380 WKJV Asheville NC 0731 EST 25k 1k ant nsew gospel 475 mi
1440 WROK Rockford IL 1945 EST 5k 270w ant nsew newstalk cbs 310 mi
1330 WYRD Greenville SC 2024 EST 5k 5k ant SE talk 520 mi
Latest Loggings - 02 Feb 2010 to 08 Feb 2010
590 XEBH, Hermosillo, Sonora, MEX, 02-Feb-10, 0129 UTC, ID - "Suavecito 590 Mas Caliente"
590 KLBJ, Austin, TX, 07-Feb-10, 2100 UTC, ID - "News Radio 590 KLBJ" and "590KLBJ.com"
710 KEEL, Shreveport, LA, 07-Feb-10, 2323 UTC, ID - "News Radio 710 KEEL Depend On It" and "710KEEL.com"
750 WSB, Atlanta, GA, 04-Feb-10, 0505 UTC, ID - "News Talk 750 WSB Depend On It"
760 KTKR, San Antonio, TX, 06-Feb-10, 2332 UTC,ID - "760 Fox Sports Radio" and "This is 760 Traffic"
830 WCCO, Minneapolis, MN, 07-Feb-10, 0703 UTC, ID - "830 WCCO News"
840 WHAS, Louisville, KY, 04-Feb-10, 0455 UTC, ID - "News Radio 840 WHAS Information When You Need It"
1110 KFAB, Omaha, NE, 03-Feb-10, 0600 UTC, ID - "1110 KFAB, Omaha's News Station" and "1110 KFAB On Air, On Line, On Demand"
1120 KMOX, St. Louis, MO, 03-Feb-10, 0930 UTC, ID - "News Radio 1120 KMOX with the Open Mike Program"
1160 KSL, Salt Lake City, UT, 05-Feb-10, 0600 UTC, ID - "102.7 FM, 1160 AM KSL News Radio - Utah's News,Traffic, and Weather Station"
1160 KVCE, Highland Park, TX, 07-Feb-10, 0000 UTC, ID - "KVCE 1160 The Voice"
1390 KULP, El Campo, TX, 07-Feb-10, 2216 UTC, ID - "KULP El Campo's First and Only Radio Station"
1420 XEH, Monterrey, Nueva Leon, MEX, 02-Feb-10, 0309 UTC, ID - "XEH 14-20" numerous times
1510 WLAC, Nashville, TN, 02-Feb-10, 0302 UTC, ID - "Your 1510 WLAC Forecast"
1530 WCKY, Cincinnati, OH, 06-Feb-10, 0117 UTC, ID - "The Sports Animal 1530 Homer" and "1530 The Sports Animal"
1550 WPFC, Baton Rouge, LA, 02-Feb-10, 0146 UTC, ID - "It's Pastor Moore's Birthday at the Powerhouse 1550 WPFC"
1550 KYAL, Sapulpa, OK, 06-Feb-10, 0107 UTC,ID - "97.1 The Sports Animal"
14 Feb 2010
1520 kHz KRHW MO Sikeston with "1520 KRHW Your Classic Country Station" ID's at 0806 UTC and again at 0815 UTC. Pretty strong, clear signals with little fading. Had to let it go at 0820 UTC because I couldn't stay awake any longer (it was 2:20 AM local time).
1170 KFAQ IBOC still off this morning 1555Z (0955CST) 06FEB10. Thanks for the heads-up on this one, Glenn.
1170 KFAQ's IBOC noted back on this morning on the way to work 0800CST 15FEB10.
1140 KZMQ Greybull ,WY 8:45A Local interest program on activities of Habitat for Humanity in Park County (Wyoming). Fair and steady signal level. hung long very late into local morning.(2/1 Barton-AZ)*
1040 WHO Des Moines, IA 0202 heard what sounds like pregame show for University Iowa hoops. break just after TOH for good clear ID "News Radio 1040 WHO Des Moines", back to show. Haven't heard this one in a while. DSM usually is fighting it out with a couple of Spanish lang stations here for the freqeuncy. Tonight booming in, no competition. (2/1 Barton-AZ)
1110 KDIS Pasadena (P) , CA 2/3 0115 (1815 MST) Radio Disney formats, pop songs, several R.D. IDs by female presenter. Signal had absolutely local quality and no hint of a fade until :30 , when signal suddenly went completely off, leaving only some boiling soup of distant unid . stations. my guess , station has a FCC mandated power reduction (or antenna reconfiguration - or BOTH) at 1730 PST . (Barton-AZ)
670 KLTT Commerce City , CO (DEN) 2/14 0700 TOH ID by male, into Billy Graham show, sans Billy. Very very strong post sunrise DX. still hanging in there at 0730, began fading at 0745. (Barton-AZ)
1620 WTAW College Station/Bryan , TX 1630 / 2330 Z ID by male, promos for "Aggies" Sports. (2/21 Barton-AZ)
690 KTSM El Paso , TX 2250 / 0550 Z syndicated talk to ID by male "You're listening to the Bill Cunningham Show on AM 690 KTSM". Sank into the stew immediately after. (2/21 Barton-AZ)
1140 KZMQ Ten Sleep / Greybull , WY 0700 / 1400 Z News, current events morning programming, almost local quality, later fading to KSMH (Sacramento) trading off with KYDZ (N. Las Vegas, NV). by 0800 KSMH came on strong and solo with "Catholic Radio" px.
refs list KZMQ as both Ten Sleep and Greybull, but they are 40 miles apart . anyne know the 411 on this ??? (2/22 Barton-AZ)
Receiver - Icom R-75, antenna - Wellbrook 1530 12:15 a.m. AST February 3, 2010
940 WGRP Greenville PA with ID then into old C&W, specifically "Honeycomb"
Now, tonight at 11:15 p.m. - 940 is revealing CJGX Yorkton SK with C&W plus "The Growl".
A very nice night for TAs on MW here in PEI. From 8:30 to 9:45 p.m. AST, I logged 23 TAs. I almost thought I was in Priest Pond by the water with the mighty DGS EWE. But instead, I was in my basement in town, with the Wellbrook 1530 active loop beside me and the LF Engineering M601C active whip 22 feet away in the baby barn. I just set the Quantum Phaser to null 1130 WBBR as best as I could, and left it set that way. Receiver wise, I used the Icom R-75, the Palstar R-30A, the Collins/Teledyne R-390A, and later, when I got lazy [because it felt like fishing in a stocked pond or shooting turkeys], the Drake R8 with its aftermarket remote control.
531 Faroe Islands
675 Radio Maria Netherlands
684 RNE Radio Nat. Spain
756 Deutchland Funk Germany
765 Swiss Option Musique
864 France Bleu
1035 Radio Club Portugal
1089 Talksport England
1125 RNE 5 Spain
1215 Absolute Radio England
1413 RNE 5 Spain
1422 Deutchland Funk Germany
While not a TA, Greenland was coming in nicely on 720.
A lot of credit has to go to the Quantum Phaser and the Wellbrook and LFE antennas that work so very well together when phased. With either antenna by itself, I'd be looking at 5 to 7 TAs plus a lot of USA NE splatter. But, with the phaser, if I tune to 1130 WBBR in NYC, 1134 Croatia is beating up on it.
At home today, thanks to a snowstorm. Heard on the Drake R8 fed by the LFE M601C antenna:
1420 KHz WBSM New Bedford MA at 9:50 a.m. AST with sports update and Vancouver Olympic update. The usual occupant of 1420, CKDY Digby NS, in the background. (New one for the log.)
Though I've only been listening to 940 a bit (between periods of a hockey game I was watching on the tube), CJGX has been curiously absent here tonight. That suits me just fine - at 2000 EST, I heard an ID from KPSZ (relog), and even more interesting, I believe I had a sniff of KVSH about 25 minutes ago. I heard a woman giving a weather forecast for "south central
South Dakota", which is just across the border from Valentine NE, home of KVSH.
Just now, at 2300 EST, another ID from KPSZ - I think they have to be on day power/pattern to be this strong, and they should be audible at points further east.
WBSC Bennettsville, SC is on 1550 and they are stuck playing the SSB over and over and over.
840 KWDF Ball, LA 2/4 0700 with SSB and s/o into a religious program. Blew WHAS right off the air. NEW!
1420 WVJS Owensboro, KY 2/4 1121 ID with notice of being // W263BG FM 100.5 and playing oldies. "More hits than a jukebox on steroids." NEW #444!
Heard in a 2004 gold Saturn Ion and 31 inch whip:
1010 CFRB Toronto, ON 2/11 2205 with ID after the news "CFRB 1010, an Astral Media station" and then into talk show. Usually hear 1010 from Meridian, MS. Apparently the WORM here on 1010 AM is no more because its been dark for months.
Heard on a CCRadio nekkid and on the bedside table:
990 CBW Winnipeg, MB 2/11 2305 running a CBC newsy sort of interview program. Overcame 990 from Memphis.
After messing with my dead Kenwood R-1000 for months trying to find an open, I finally found the open circuit and soldered three spots and bam! Instant working radio! For the work, I got treated to two new loggings. Life can be good for a few moments on occasion.
780 WCKB Dunn, NC 1647 2/14 with preacher going to town over and under WWOL and WBBM. NEW! #445
1640 WKSH Sussex, WI 1700 2/14 with TOH ID and R. Disney. ID was about 1 minute before the hour. Heard before but finally IDed. A huge OC noted on this freq, NEW! #446
Heard on my Kenwood R-1000 and 150 foot wire:
Usually I hear KOA at night here in Crump but not tonight....
850 WRUF Gainesville, FL 1940 with a Sporting News Flash and at the end an ID for WRUF. NEW! #447
Heard on a CCRadio, nekkid:
1210 KGYN Guymon, OK 2/25 0453 with the same trucking program on WBAP.
1570 XERF Ciudad Acuna. Coahuila 2/25 0520 SS playing a balada and then into a ranchera song.
Heard in a 2004 Saturn Ion radio with 31" whip while going to pick up Dominos Pizza because I had a coupon that made them cheap to buy.
1010 CFRB Toronto, Canada 1704 with news, traffic and weather.
1520 WHOW Clinton, IL 1720 with ads, ID promo for station, ag info and then playing the Beatles, Here Comes the Sun. NEW #450!
2/11 10:15 PM central
1540 CHIN 'China radio International" multilingual 50,000w Toronto Ont. Woman and Man in english most of the time but some Chinese commercials? thrown in. Confirmed with web stream.
Fair signal Competing with Brother Scary on KEXL :) conditions where pretty quiet here tonight
Tues .Feb 16 times central
9:14 PM 1170 KJOC 'True Oldies 1170' 1000w Davenport Ia. 421 m
9:49 PM 630 KHOW 'Denver's Talk Station' 5000w Denver Colo. 379 m
6:20 PM 830 I heard "this is my 830" no ID but they were playing 70's hits, fading in and out ,soon they were gone ,maybe some thing west of me but the list doesn't fit very well ?
980 KDSJ SD Deadwood - 2/13 2150-2226 ELT Way atop the channel with middle-of-the-road pop from Blues Traveller, Genesis, and others. Ad for Lynn's Dakota Mart in Sturgis at 2150, Wx w/mention of "...forecast for the KDSJ listening area..." at 2206, and ad for Integrity Ford off I-90 in Spearfish at 2226. No trace whatsoever of Kansas City or Dayton on this channel right
940 KVSH NE Valentine - 2/17 2103 ELT Blowing away everyone else on the channel with Univ. of Nebraska men's BKB //KFAB-1110. Has to be running full 5 KW day rig. Those who don't yet have them, now would be a great time to go after 'em! (RD-NE)
1060 WRHL IL Rochelle - 2/17 2210 ELT Fair signal at roughly 360 miles from Omaha with Rochelle high school girls' BKB vs. DeKalb. Giving
KYW a good battle this evening at this QTH. (RD-NE)
910 KATH TX Frisco - 2/21 2059 ELT Atop the channel with several "EWTN" IDs at the close of a program, then local PSA, followed by
AM 910 KATH, Frisco-Dallas-Fort Worth" ID. No sign at all of usual KPOF. First time logged from any QTH. (RD-NE)
910 UNID ?? - 2/21 2330 ELT Atop with conclusion of piece by Gustav Mahler, then ID that sounded like "AM 91, KBLS" or "KDLN" or
something like that, then into more classical music. Just checked http://www.topazdesigns.com/ambc for help, but nothing seems to come close, format-wise. Someone underneath this with Radio Disney, probably Salt Lake City. (RD-NE)
1440 with a talk show 1-800-343---(forget the name but not a popular one) 5:30am
ESPN 1300 but all Canada talk... 1280 also 101.7fm...
Michael Fertanna? Talk 1660 khz ? Who is YWA cw on 520 ??
8 FEB 2010
870 WWL LA New Orleans; 0725z "Point After" show live on the streets, crowd noise, celebrating the "WHODAT NATION" following the SAINT's SUPERBOWL victory 31-17 over the COLTS. The Saints will be greeted at the airport at 5pm on Tuesday, and there will be a downtown parade in New Orleans on Wednesday. (Wiseblood-TX)
870 CUBA R. Reloj; 0729z "RR" morse code, bits and pieces of SP news by M&W, mix w/WWL (Wiseblood-TX)
9 FEB 2010
800 NED. ANTILLES Bonaire TWR; 0140z in the clear with M SP preacher, "WINB-Red Lion" theme song 0141z, so maybe a tape from "Family Radio"? listened for about 30 minutes and stayed on TOP of everybody else. Good to here this OLD FRIEND again! (Wiseblood-TX)
I'm hearing WFSR-970 Harlan KY with a strong signal (at 452 miles) with Southern Gospel music. ID at 2100 was "It's like a little slice of heaven, AM 970 WFSR Harlan, Kentucky". Listed at 24 watts at night.
** U S A. 1660, not a sign of classical KXTR Kansas City, Feb 1. Home page http://www.kxtr.com/pages/1447847.php? which is what you get if you merely enter www.kxtr.com, does not have any announcement about antenna work, as it did for some weeks in December, January, that it would be off the air weekdays, but it must be missing this afternoon, as I am mobile around Enid with nondirexional caradio.
At 2018 UT, 1660 exhibits only a very weak SAH between two other stations, no doubt ND and TX, and furthermore, KC-area stations on 1250-Spanish, 1090-Catholic were inbooming by skywave already. 2027 the same. At final check of 1660 at 2153 UT, heard an ESPN station with an ad for Morehead, i.e. KQWB West Fargo ND.
Furthermore, at 2025 UT I was hearing a ``Radio Disney`` as IDed in passing atop 1190 before fading, ending some teeny-bopper music, kid on phone in quiz. The only R. Disney on 1190, per NRC AM Log 2009-2010, is KPHN Kansas City MO, day power 5 kW, but a new one to me. That`s strange, as it`s non-direxional, and has been on the air more than 31 years, tho under different calls before March 3, 1997.
At 2019 I was gettin` a surfin` song on 1010. Uplooked later, among adjacent-state stations, format matches KCHI Chillicothe MO, yet another near KC, but there are too many other 1010s around to be sure (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Another check for KXTR, 1660, Kansas City KS, which was missing the afternoon of Feb 1: On the caradio at 2015 Feb 3 I am only hearing some talk station, but about half an hour later some classical music is making it thru, must be KXTR, but why is it so weak for 10 kW, non-direxional at the top of the band?
Nearby KYYS, Spanish on 1250 is much stronger by skywave already. I still think of it as a 5-kW regional as it was when WREN Topeka, but I must not, as it`s now 25 kW in the daytime, and with a large main lobe aimed 257 degrees. That`s considerably north of here, and we are on its edge but not in a null, so apparently its ERP Enidward is still more than 10 kW ND from KXTR --- but I still have doubts KXTR is running full power (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###
** OKLAHOMA. 1170, KFAQ, IBOC had been turned off at 2012 UT check Feb 5; finally 1160 and 1180 were clear for DX on the caradio, altho this early, there wasn`t any. Had been on constantly in daytime, so we`ll have to see if this be a fluke or a policy change. Then a sesquihour later, the powerline noise level around much of Enid was up, a lot like IBOC except it`s all over the band. Arrgh (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 700, Feb 6 at 1607 on the caradio I hear KHSE, The Metroplex, TX, in English! Usually is in some S Asian language. YL opens program of the India Association of North Texas, inviting calls to studio at a 214-AC number for requests and dedications, soon into Indian music.
Last time I logged this in Sept, found program schedule at http://funasia.net/Files/rad_saturday.html
At ``10-12 AM`` Saturday host is Shabnam Modgil, program is Radio Bharti, and the content is ``India Association Of North Texas``. You can`t really tell from this schedule which programs are in English unless the title includes Punjabi or something, and even then could be bilingual. I see that during various unsold hours, the default is nonstop music.
Besides the splash from KGGF-690 KS, this morning I am hearing a weaker signal underneath on 700. I suppose the 15 kW in Houston with its unfavorable pattern tho not a null is about as likely as remnant WLW 50 kW non-direxional, less than twice as far. Salt Lake aims due south even daytimes, per NRC Pattern Book.
Meanwhile, 720 bore two weak signals with the typical SAH between KSAH TX and WGN IL. Running only 1.5 kW, KHSE would be much better here were it not for its own null (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [and non]. I have long noticed on the caradio that there is something wrong with KSPI 780 Stillwater, a sports talker; Feb 8 at 2049 UT I was hearing hets of almost the same pitch when stepped 10 kHz to much weaker stations on adjacent frequencies, both of them attempting to play music for our enjoyment:
770, KAAM Garland, The Metroplex, TX, with ``The Way You Look Tonite``, nostalgia format, and
790, KXXX Colby KS, with ``Rhinestone Cowboy`` in country format; and mixed with news/talk from KFYO Lubbock TX
There is also a higher-pitched whine when tuned to KSPI itself. It`s about 50 miles away, and hard to believe a daytimer with such a big signal here is only 250 watts. They must be modulating it to the hilt. I think it is putting out spurs, but will have to see if I can measure them on some other radio.
BTW, years ago in Enid I had no problem hearing daytime groundwave from KXXX in the NW corner of KS, or KFYO, also over 300 miles away in West Texas, nulling one or the other, but not any more with KSPI on one side and augmented KQCV OKC 800 on the other, now 2.5 kW instead of original 250 watt outlet. Trying to remember its original call from the 1960s when I started, but FCC call sign history can`t either. KQCV also makes it tough to listen to WHB ex-KCMO Kansas City on 810.
1220, Feb 8 at 2052 UT, looking for the Asian station from The Metroplex, but only hearing weak soul/gospel music outlet; a few minutes later, lengthy local commercial by obnoxious pitchman, but could not copy anything pinning it to KTLV Midwest City or OKC, due to splash from 1230 WBBZ Ponca City with music most of the time. Less than an hour later, I was not getting 1220 at all.
FCC shows the 250 watts are direxional with major lobes at 60 and 250 degrees, nulls including 340 degrees, close to Enidward, so it could still be on but with little signal here, while 250 W would be plenty if it were nondirexional. Forget about it at night, 5 watts on same pattern.
NRC AM Log 2009 shows format UC/GOS, which fits, and slogan ``Key To Living Victoriously`` --- gee, I always thought KTLV was supposed to evoke ``Twelve``. And furthermore it`s marked -I for IBOC, if so, certainly undetectable here.
1610, at quiet spots in western Enid one can make out the NWS relay via Great Salt Plains State Park TIS, WQCL720, axually licensed to the town just south, Jet. Quick & Easy leads right to the GE image at http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=36.742500,-98.132222&=0.03805,0.06727&t=k&hl=en
We located the mast in the park area to the left of the road opposite the airstrip, where BTW, our ``local`` NEXRAD weather radome is located, identified with Vance AFB, both quite a distance away.
1610 used to alternate NWS Enid 162+ MHz relays with local loop of info about attraxions at the park and other towns such as Cherokee, but lately I have heard nothing but NWS so perhaps the old tape wore out afte never having been changed for years, turn-it-on-and-forget-it.
ack to the point, on Feb 8 at 2140 I was unusually getting QRM from another 1610 TIS, believe it`s YL voice, making 1 Hz SAH, most likely from the next closest one, Kansas Turnpike Authority, per MW List Quick & Easy: ``WPQG483 Wellington, KS 0.01 nr jct k35 & us 160 hwy``which provides its own weather and traffic alerts for paying travelers (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1160, KSL Salt Lake City UT, with delayed Jim Bohannon Show, Feb 11 at 0715 UT, but bad IBOC QRM. What could that be from? KFAQ Tulsa 1170 has stopped IBOC at least in the daytime, and still clear at 1715 UT check, but no other stations known on 1170 or 1150, much less 1180 or 1140, which would mess up 1160, where KSL itself is on the IBOC list at http://topazdesigns.com/iboc/station-list.html
Hmmm, could it have been out of whack, KSL QRMing itself too close to center channel? Besides, there was no IBOC bothering weaker signals on 1180, i.e. coming from 1170 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 600 kHz, good signal looping NE/SW with nostalgia music, at 0052 UT Feb 15, a love song for VD, soon outroed as by Mary Jo Stafford, and the Phil Weston Orchestra, on ``Musical Memories`` for a Sunday afternoon, mentioning current hour 6-7 pm, so apparently live DJ somewhere in the CST zone, also giving weather forecast for what ``we`` could expect, including snow and below-freezing temps, but never a geographical hint as to exactly where ``we`` are, for those yearning for an ID.
But must be WMT Cedar Rapids IA. Soon confirmed it`s Jim Doyne at http://www.wmtradio.com/pages/musicalmemories.html
which says his show starts at 2 pm = 2000 UT:
``Relive your Musical Memories every Sunday with Jim Doyne --- Jim provides his listeners with the great songs of the 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s every Sunday afternoon from 2 to 7 pm.``
Companion show before it at 7:30 am-2 pm [1330-2000 UT] is: ``Leo Greco's Variety Time --- Leo has been a musician and entertainer in Eastern Iowa since the mid 1940’s. He show features a special blend of polkas, standards, country and other musical favorites. He’s been waking up Iowans on Sunday morning for over 35 years.``
WMT must be a ``full-service`` station daring to play music as well as news/talk the other six days of the week. Well, axually a disservice as their `news` comes from Fox, and Rash Limburger is on the roster, along with anti-administration stuff plastered all over their homepage.
Besides the nostalgic music, I`ll give them some credit for carrying Jim Bohannon --- since our local KGWA has dropped Jimbo, WMT is a possible source for him here at 0307-0559 UT Tue-Sat, tho hardly QRM-free (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1120, KEOR Sperry was absent at 2153 UT check Feb 18 on the caradio. It`s been quite reliable from some weeks, simulcasting KJMU 1340. Next check at 1538 Feb 19 found it on the air with talk, and a strange thumping noise every few seconds, perhaps some kind of feedback (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1540, China Radio International, Feb 19 at 0645 tune-in to ``Everyday Chinese`` language lessons, and IDed as such about once a minute. Not // CRI via Sackville 6115. Steady S9+20 signal atop multiple SAHs, occasional fades but remains dominant past 0700 UT despite using my unfavorably-oriented E-W longwire on the FRG-7. Modulation very good. 0653 changed to ``Tips of the Chinese Culture``, the very title of which suggests they need some English lessons. 0655 announcement as ``China Now, from CRI, Beyond Beijing``; song.
Kept listening to catch a local ID around hourtop, but there was none!! Violation!! 0700 into CRI news starting with denunciation of Dalai Lama being received at the White House and the ``harm`` that has done to Sino-American relations.
Apparently this feed, as IDed above is different from what goes out on SW. Of course, 1540 is KGBC Galveston TX, which at the beginning of the year sold out to the ChiComs with a fulltime relay of CRI. Thank you, KGBC for advancing Chinese imperialist anti-Tibet propaganda.
Yes, CHIN Toronto also relays CRI part-time, but it`s a rarity here. And besides, CHIN is running Rai in Italian at this time per http://www.chinradio.com/radio-programs?sch2=1
I think I logged KGBC long ago, when it was a real local station, but not lately. It`s 2.5 kW day, 250 watts night, and with a null, tho not a deep one, at 350 degrees OKward at night. Daytime pattern is broader without such a null. Thus we suspect the latter was really in use at midnight.
KGBC has an application to move to ``Dayton`` TX, closer to Houston, increase power to 5 kW day, reduce to 187 watts night, and with similar patterns from two different sites, but surely that is not on yet even to test, as a CP has not been granted, per FCC AM Query (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
900 CHML, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 03 February 2010, 0600-0630 EE Good AMP 384 Mi
Heard oldies radio program, with ID at 0630.
ULR LOG:# 65 50Kw
1470 WVOL, Berry Hill, TN 03 February 2010, 0444 EE Poor AMP 275 Mi
Heard: Poor signal was fighting, WMBD, but heard a clear ID, during commercial break.
ULR LOG: # 66 5Kw / 1Kw
*1450 WMOH Hamilton, OH 04 February 2010, 0500 EE, Poor AMP a whoop'n 20 Mi :P
Heard: Sports Talk Show Sports Radio News affiliate. My first GY, I just wish it was farther than 20 Mi away!!
ULR LOG: # 67 1Kw
740 CFZM Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 05 February 2010 2225 EE Good AMP 379 Mi
Heard: News, WX and TOH ID
ULR LOG: # 68 50Kw
880 KVRN Lexington, Nebraska 05 February 2010 1850-1854 EE Good AMP 664 Mi
Heard: News, TOH ID, was fighting WCBS, but very easy to copy signal. Couldn't totally null out WCBS. Too bad. But this is my first AG station, COOL!! :ThumbsUP:
ULR LOG: # 69 50Kw
1010 CBR Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 05 February 2010 0200 EE Poor AMP 1639 Mi
Heard: News, Commercials for Arrowhead Marine, Bristol Motor Speedway for NASCAR. Wow people really come all the way from Calgary to watch a NASCAR race?!!! Hats off to them!! This is my third Canadian Province, one more to go for an award!! Also my farthest station received to date knocking 850 KOA, Denver, CO off the mountain at 1100 Air Mile Path.
ULR LOG: # 70 50Kw
1200 WOAI, San Antonio, TX, 05 February 2010 0300 EE Very Good AMP 1070 Mi
Heard: TOH ID and Dennies Millier talk show.
ULR LOG: # 71 50Kw
1430 WDIC, Clinchco, VA 05 February 2010 0346 EE Fair to Good AMP 195 Mi
Heard: ID during a commercial brake, Country music was played afterword.
ULR LOG: # 72 5Kw
1470 WMBD, Perioa, IL 05 February 2010 0356 EE Poor AMP 295 Mi
Heard: ID through a UNID'd station playing blues music.
ULR LOG: # 73 5Kw
1680 KRJO Monroe, LA 05 February 2010 0412 EE Fair AMP 655 Mi
Heard: Several urban contemporary music songs, with a ID announcement between songs
ULR LOG: # 73 10Kw / 1Kw
850 WREF Ridgefield, CT 03 February 2010 0545 EE Poor AMP 578 Mi
Heard: Heard ID through interference of KOA Denver, CO and a UNID'd third station.
Whats getting my goat is that the station is listed as a daytimer, but it seems like the definition of "daytime". Varies but with a time of 1245 EST I have a hard time swallowing this one, but I heard the ID and scribbled on my scratch sheet just the same without looking it up in my 2008 edition RCA AM LOG. This would make one of the much needed New England States. So if anyone that lives local to this station can help me I'd appreciat it.
730 CKAC Montreal, QC Canada 08 February 2010 0000 FF Poor to Fair AMP 667 Mi
Heard: TOH ID Sports, with some American team references.
ULR LOG: # 75 50Kw
********************************************************************************************************** 800 CKLW Windsor, ON, 08 February 2010 Canada 0200 EE Poor AMP 201 Mi
Heard: TOH ID, News
ULR LOG: # 76 50Kw
860 CJBC Toronto, ON, Canada 08 February 2010 0203 FF Good AMP 380 Mi
Heard: telephone interview , ID at end of interview
ULR LOG: # 77 50 Kw
900 WKDA Lebanon, TN 08 February 2010 0225 SS Poor to Fair AMP 601 Mi
Heard: Muariaci band music, and BOH ID, Station competed with CHML air a hockey game.
ULR LOG: # 78 2.5Kw / 100w
920 WKVA Lewistown, PA 08 February 2010 0230 EE Poor AMP 361 Mi
Station ID during commercial break, played oldies Crimson and Clover, signal competed with KFLB in Odessa, TX.
ULR LOG: # 79 500w
920 KFLB Odessa,TX 08 February 2010 0231 EE Poor AMP 1147 Mi
Heard: BOH ID, news, signal competed with two other staions one was ID as WKVA, Lewistown, PA, the other couldn't be ID'd.
ULR LOG: # 80 10Kw / 500w
990 WNML Knoxville TN 08 February 2010 0255 EE Fair AMP 515 Mi
Sport talk show, then commericals , ID, signal competed with CBW but was nullable.
ULR LOG: #81 10Kw
990 CBW Winnipeg, MB 08 February 2010 0256-0300 EE Fair to Good AMP 956 Mi
Talk show interview about Cuba, commercial for Culture with Geon Gameisy (Spelling?) news and WX for Winnipeg. ID
ULR LOG: # 82 50Kw / 46Kw
850 WKNR Cleveland, OH 09 February 2010 1231-1242 EE Good AMP 190 Mi
Heard commercials and ESPN promo's then ID
ULR LOG: # 83 50Kw / 4.7 Kw
630 WLAP Lexington, Ky 09 February 2010 2200-2204 Poor AMP 108 Mi
Heard: News, ID and WX
ULR LOG: # 83 5Kw / 1 Kw
880 WRFD Columbus-Worthington, OH 09 February 2010 2236 Poor AMP 75 Mi
Heard: Religious talkshow heard with ID during commercials, WCBS was starting to bleed in as the sunset.
ULR Log: # 84 23 Kw
940 WCPC Houston, MS 09 February 2010 2300 Poor to Very Good AMP 471 Mi
Heard: A very clear ID, and the start of a religious talkshow, but within seconds the signal started to get run over as WMAC, Macon, Ga came rolling in.
ULR LOG: # 85 50 KW I needed MS it's my 23rd state.
960 WBMC McMinnville, TN 09 February 2010 2319 Poor AMP 280Mi
Heard: ID in a commercial break, WFIR was mixing with it making copy hard.
ULR LOG: # 86 500w / 38w
1080 KRLD Dallas, TX 09 February 2010 2348-2352 Fair AMP 837 Mi
Heard: Hollywood news, heating and air commercial, with a couple ID's
ULR LOG: # 87 50 Kw
1090 WTNK Hartsville, TN 09 February 2010 0000 Poor AMP 243 Mi
Heard: Old country tunes, Station ID with a Tagline "From the heart of Tennessee"
ULR LOG: # 88 1 Kw / 2w
1160 WYLL Chicago, IL 09 February 2010 0022 Fair AMP 239 Mi
Heard: Religious Talk Show " Ask the Pastor" commercials with a station ID
ULR LOG: # 89 50 Kw
1260 WNDE Indianapolis, IN 10 February 2010 Poor AMP 103 Mi
Heard: ID twice, but it was hard to sort out contents for it's a Fox Sports Network affiliate and it was mixed with audio from WNXT, Portsmouth, OH a ESPN affiliate!!! :o
ULR LOG: # 90 5 Kw
1260 WNXT Portsmouth, OH 10 February 2010 Poor AMP 87Mi
Heard: Doug Gottly Show, some ESPN promo's and a station ID
ULR LOG: # 91 5 Kw / 1 Kw
1320 WGOC Kingsport, TN 10 February 2010 Poor AMP 228Mi
Heard ID and Business Radio Network promo, it was listed in the 2008 NRC AM LOG as country station.
ULR LOG: # 92 5 Kw / 500w
1310 WCCW Traverse City, MI 12 February 2010 2207 EE Poor AMP 368 Mi
Heard: Station ID as station sank in to the mud of at least two other unID'd stations.
ULR LOG: # 93 15 Kw / 7.5 Kw
1320 WLIS Lansing, Mi 12 February 2010 2208-2220 Poor to Good AMP 221 Mi
Heard:Heard announcer with ID, and commercials. ID came during a clear patch, but listening was difficult, due to multiple competing stations.
ULR LOG: # 94 25 Kw / 1.9 Kw
1350 KRNT Des Moines, IA 12 February 2010 2328-2330 Poor to Fair AMP 510 Mi
Heard: Hearing news, then into ID, WX with ID's, sports news.
ULR LOG: # 95 5 Kw / 5 Kw
770 WABC NY,NY 19 February 2010 2328 UTC EE Fair AMP 546 Mi
Heard: Mark Levin show, Station ID News about Tiger Woods, transit bus crash, WX and another ID.
ULR LOG: # 101 50 Kw
790 WKRD Louisville, KY 19 February 2010 2332-2341 UTC EE POOR AMP 121 Mi
Heard: Fox Sports New affiliate, ID , Sports talks show discussing Tiger Woods and another ID
into commercials. Audio was mixing with WNIS audio plus a third station.
ULR LOG: # 102 5 Kw / 1 Kw
790 WNIS Norfolk, VA 19 February 2010 2332-2359 UTC EE POOR to FAIR AMP 171 Mi
Heard: Michael Savage Show, a station ID in to the news.
ULR LOG:# 103 5 Kw
1050 WCVX Cincinnati, OH 20 February 2010 2200-2206 UTC EE AMP 36 Mi
Heard: commercials, Station ID, into news and then the beginning of "watchman on the wall" show.
ULR LOG: # 104 1 Kw / 279w
1150 WIMA Lima, OH 20 February 2010 2225 UTC EE AMP 88 Mi
Heard :Kim Kommando Show, commercials with Station ID mixed amongst commercials.
ULR LOG: # 105 1 Kw / 1 Kw
*******************************************************************************************1170 KFAQ Tulsa, OK 20 February 2010 2323 UTC EE AMP 682 Mi
Heard: Brian and the Judge talk show and BOH ID during commercial break.
ULR LOG: # 106 50 Kw
1090 WKFI Wilmington, OH 26 February 2010 2224-2229 EE Good AMP 23 Mi
Heard: Several CW tunes then BOH station ID, traffic report due to bad WX.
ULR LOG: # 106 1 KW
1110 WGNZ Fairborn, OH 26 February 2010 2300 EE Very-Good AMP 22 Mi
Heard: TOH ID only before moving on.
ULR LOG: # 107 2.5 / 1.7 Kw
1130 WEDI Eaton, OH 26 February 2010 2300 EE Very-Good AMP 25Mi
Heard: TOH ID, News
ULR LOG: # 108 250 w
1150 WCRK Morristown, TN 26 February 2010 2308-2313 EE Fair AMP 237 MI
Heard: ID at 2310, and oldies song "I can't wait forever". audio mixed with WGOW.
ULR LOG: # 109 5 Kw / 500 w
1150 WGOW Chattanooga, TN 26 February 2010 2313-2325 EE FAIR AMP 317 MI
Heard: I nulled out WCRK, got a ID at 2314, Mark Levin Show commercials and news.
ULR LOG: # 110 5 Kw / 1 Kw
1180 WFGN Gaffney, SC 26 February 2010 2332-2345 EE Poor AMP 341 Mi
Heard: UC Gosphel music under WHAM, ID'd it's audio via the internet and it matched up perfectly!!! This is state is state # 25!!
ULR LOG: # 111 2.5 Kw
1210 WPHT Philadelphia, PA 26 February 2010 0000-0011 EE Very Good AMP 482 Mi
Heard: TOH ID, WX and into a Frank Santra music show. God, it's been forever since I heard any Santra tunes, since a local FM easy listening station, had a Saturday Night Santra show changed formats 20 years ago.
ULR LOG: # 112 50 Kw
1250 WZOB Fort Payne, AL 26 February 2010 0020-0031 EE Poor AMP 363 Mi
Heard: heard a couple country songs, one sounding like Hank Williams Jr, and heard a clear ID at BOH. Station was fighting at least two other stations that I couldn't null out.
ULR LOG: # 113 5Kw / 122 Kw
1260 WKXR Asheboro, NC 26 February 2010 0032-0048 EE Fair AMP 359 Mi
Heard: BOH ID commercials and in to country music.
ULR LOG: 114 5 Kw / 500w
526 RWE Camp Roberts, CA 2/2/10 0720 Zulu heard with CW ID (Foltz-CA)
I had to look around for information this one. It’s at Camp Roberts, a California National Guard base. I found references to three airstrips there. One was closed (main), one is now the Roberts Army Heliport (east) and there is also a McMillian Airfield that is used for unmanned aircraft. I found something that says they are not on all the time and this is the first time I’ve heard them.
From Darwin Long:
RWE 526 (ID is
1020Hz double-sidetone) operates at 25 watts from a T-antenna
strung between 2 30' wooden poles about 100 feet apart. It is barely
visible from US101 against the hill behind the base just before crossing the
Monterey county line. I pass by the location each weekend on my way to work
at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the beacon has been running continuously for
about a year now, but is sometimes off briefly, usually during major
holidays. I can just barely receive their groundwave here in Simi Valley
during the daytime.
Not on 518 kHz but
on 4209.5 kHz.
Taiwan Linyuan 2/7/10 1431 UTC tuned in to an announcement about a sinking ship, a couple on fire practices with coordinates to avoid and a met warning. Lots of decode errors.
I'm trying to find out more on this station. I sent an email to the Taiwan Ministry of Transportation and Communication. Crossing my fingers.
Keith McGinnis – Hingham, MA
Perseus SDR with 2 Wellbrook ALA 1530 Outdoor Broadband Loops
ID Location Date Time (UTC)
EE Alexandria MN 2/3/2010 0549
BM Balmoral MB 2/3/2010 0540
TL Tallahassee FL 2/3/2010 0536
CMY Sparta WI 2/3/2010 0537
JUE Lebanon TN 2/3/2010 0536
IY Charles City IA 2/3/2010 0535
FQ Fairmount MN 2/3/2010 0534
POH Pocahontas IA 2/3/2010 0534
EPM Eastport ME 1/31/2010 0936
MDE Cincinnati OH 1/31/2010 0932
Total 406 NDB's logged
2310 AUSTRALIA ABC -Northern Territories (Roe Cr.) 1206 music pgm with strange melodies, steel drums. OM presenter. good signal and equal to Tennant Cr. on // 2325. Katherine not audible here for some reason on // 2485. (2/8 Barton - AZ)
2500 USA / CO WWV time station 1511 OM anncr saying that the minute was a "test minute" (??). nothing really unusual after that. (2/8 Barton-AZ)
3912 KOREA Voice fo the People 1515 with very excited sounding YL and all over a jammer. (2/8 Barton-AZ)
5955 PHILIPPINES Voice of America. 1545 educational pgm in both Vietnamese lang. anbd English . (2/8 Barton-AZ)
2310 AUSTRALIA ABC-NT (Roe) 2/18 1425 Hanging in very late for here and going to fanfare and ABC nx at BOH. Checked //s 2325 (Tennant) and 2485 (Katherine). Katherine barely audible, Tennant Creek a bit stronger than Roe. (Barton-AZ)
21695 LIBYA Voice of Africa 1550 Talk of Libya, ME type mx , to closing anncmts by OM and solid clear ID. a sure sign the sun is waking up, as i am hearing more stations up here in the 13 meter band . thanks to Frank Mezek of Sun City for the heads up on this one. (2/20 Barton-AZ)
17970 CHINA "Firedrake" Jamming Station 0045 Crahsing and Banging away , no target station heard underneath. Also same hrd on 17645. (2/21 Barton-AZ)
11885 TAIWAN R-T-I--- 2300 TOH ID by OM and Spanish lang. pgmg targeted for Central/South America. (2/21 Barton-AZ)
11910 JAPAN R. Japan, NHK 2303 music pgm in pgs with eclectic mix. started off with jazz (a-la VOA Jazz Hour fare) to classic Chinese and then guitar music. very little in way of announcments, making ID more difficult. got ID at TOH (2400), after locating much stronger // tx on 11665. (2/21 Barton-AZ)
15275 ANTILLES ISL./BONAIRE R. Netherlands on at 1840 with current affairs px and many references to "Chile" in SP. (3/1 Barton-AZ)
4840 United States WWCR Nashville, TN 1040 Strong "S-9" signal, some prop chopping, with 2 YLs in what sounded like an infomercial for some type of health product. 1130 with spot of "common sense" newsletter, gold. Derry Brownfield show 1145, closing just before TOH with announcement. no interference noted until i turned on my own comp which puts out hellish white noise. (3/2 Barton-AZ)
i'm getting news talk 1010 CFRB ,on 6073 khz , some static and a little drifting but good signal here , could be a simulcast maybe?
6185 UNID 2/8 2113 ELT - Someone in here with a Spanish version of the Mamas & Papas hit "California Dreamin'". Still there at 2138 recheck with music in Spanish, although it sounded decidely more indigenous (timbales and other Latin percussion instruments) this time. Does this sound like Radio Nacional de Amazonia? (RD-NE)
** ARGENTINA. While checking out Darwin, Jan 31 at 2201, also punched up 15345v, and there was R. Nacional with live sports, not 11710v as we were led to believe is used on Sunday evenings instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. Since we knew that the CVC English 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 were 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.
Then I heard from Craig Seager in Australia, that the scheduled Darwin frequencies ceased to be heard after 2400 UT, so the final final close-down apparently was timed according to the end of January according to UT.
At 1515 UT Feb 1, no signals detectable on 13635 or 13685. But annoying clicking in the 13685-13690 range (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. Something amiss with R. Australia transmissions, as English on 9475 at 1450 was much stronger than // 9590, discussing radiation hazards in space. Why? Because 9590 is registered as 30 degrees, and 9475 as 329 degrees, both from Shepparton, so 9590 is much closer to USward and normally is stronger. 9590 on low power, or one of them on wrong antenna? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA [and non]. 9690, AIR GOS with perpetual big hum, Monday Feb 1 at 1430 tune-in, time for mailbag Faithfully Yours, which was pre-empted last week by Republic Day speech earlier in the hour. Hosted by main announcer Sanjit --- and a co-host whose name I could not catch. First up was mail from someone in China who reported on several AIR English frequencies (not mentioning that AIR`s Mandarin frequencies are jammed). Someone referred to it instead as ``Sincerely Yours``.
Next a letter from Hannover, Germany, in November! Emphasized that no return postage is wanted, IRCs or money, as the Indian Government pays the postage, and any such enclosures risk the letter being stolen. Also pointed out that 11620 to Europe has been replaced by 6180 at the end of October, and another new frequency is 7550; please try them.
This is sounding VERY familiar. I am afraid AIR GOS is playing back an old FY I already heard several weeks ago. Yet another old letter from 16 November, Hiroyuki Okada, 38, electrical engineer in Japan who reported on 9690. They get lots of mail from Japan, and another one dated 20 November. 1445 on to film music programme.
Not only did I waste my time hearing a rerun, but I completely forgot to check again this Monday whether REE`s Sephardic service was back on the 15385 air at 1425-1455, as it was missing last week! I could ask if anyone else noticed, but I am afraid there would be no responses (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 3995, RRI Kendari, Sulawesi, nice signal at 1353 Feb 1 song with piano, occasional weak hets presumably from NAm hams. 1359 Indonesian announcement, and singing ID (?) jingle. Makassar 4750 also in well, but not much else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN. 3925, Feb 1 at 0648 ``Claire de Lune`` on piano, pretty clear with hams avoiding the frequency, thanks very much. JOZ, Radio Nikkei. I am a bit startled to be hearing it this early, 1548 JST. Again audible at 1352 UT shortly before closing, S9+20 with guitar or ukulele strumming but SSB hams nearby (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [and non]. V. of the People, from S to N Korea, big signal with music as I tuned across 6600 Feb 1 at 1407, S9+15 atop jamming, // 6512 almost as good. Usually the jamming is atop here.
6348, Echo of Hope, from S to N Korea, also atop jamming, with music at 1407, but 6003 had nothing but noise jamming audible.
Same jamming on 6015 against the month-old KBS Hanminjok Bangsong 1, 100 kW ND from Hwaseong, S Korea, as per Aoki, itself inaudible. XEOI managed to squeeze in between; see MEXICO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MALAYSIA. 5030, RTM Sarawak, 1403 Feb 1 announcement and song, fair against splash from Cuba 5025 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6010, XEOI during talk block, Feb 1 at 1409 with roundup of political news from BCN to QR, poor strength but clear in between the Juche jammers on 6003 and 6015 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. A friend passes on a twitter tip that The Crystal Ship is about to start another Sunday evening broadcast on 5385 AM, so I try it at 2337 Jan 31. Yes, there it is with ID mentioning ``freedom of the airwaves``, e-mail tcsshortwave @ gmail.com Axually closer to 5385.4, signal around S9+12 but with quite a bit of deep fading. I need to turn off local noise sources to increase its S/N ratio.
2338 on to ID in Spanish with echo. 2343 ``last briefing before atomic detonation; three things: blast, heat, radiation``. 2349, song ``Don`t Fear the Reefer``. (Did not hear any of the music identified on air.) 2354 unreadable child`s voice, then Tarzan yell, ID mentioning ``in glorious AM``, e-mail address again. 2355 song ``Big Muddy``, sounds like an early Pete Seeger. 2358 song ``The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence``, by Gene Pittney.
Now into UT Feb 1: after 0000 I am paying less attention as 60 Minutes is starting on CBS-TV. Seems to be more music now, fewer announcements but there is one at 0008; 0031 ``Official Voice of the Blue States Republic``, music with steel drums(?). 0039 ``El Paso`` by Marty Robins; 0058 still music audible, but not heard after 0100, off?
Enjoyed the familiar but seldom-heard tunes, creativity of the comedy and IDs; pse QSL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 90m check at 1355 Feb 1 found signals with at least some audio, non-// music on 3365, 3345, 3325, 3315, all PNG frequencies; altho due to a great breakdown in regional frequency management, 3325 and 3345 are also active Indonesian frequencies. Nothing on 3385 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 15435 buzz check Feb 1: at 1455 I started listening to Farda music on 15410, but blasted by the buzz from *1456. At 1518 I monitor its range today: not nearly as bad as last few days, but I suspect this is no sign of deliberate tightening up; rather due to random and/or propagational variation. Brunt covers only 15400-15475 and BBC can still be heard on 15400. 4x/minute clicking not audible beyond either side; 15435 itself metered just(?) S9+12. Covering *only* 75 kHz is of course totally unacceptable too, an improvement only by comparison to its usual range (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Lavwadlamerik, VOA Creole at 2200 Jan 31 on 13725, but // 11905 did not cut on until 2102:45, par for the course at Greenville (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17760, WYFR at 1525 Feb 1 with a bit of ``Onward, Christian Soldiers``, not the WHR version which has a monopoly on that as theme, but any missionary station is free to threaten Moslems in this way, marching as to war. And into Bible reading in English. This frequency had very heavy flutter on it, like trans-polar or sometimes trans-equatorial, but the path from Okeechobee is neither, and I have noticed this before. Less than two megameters away, we must be on the edge of the skip zone at this time, not getting full signal altho not too far off the 285 degree WNW beam toward northern Mexico. Perhaps backscatter mix is involved; another possibility is meteor scatter, causing a Doppler effect so the WYFR signal interferes with itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 11815, R. Brasil Central, Goiânia, Feb 2 at 0623 with lively talk, 0624 TC for 4:24. Some music audible underneath, but as nothing else is scheduled, may have been receiver overload from RHC 11760, tho I could not get rid of it with attenuation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CROATIA [non]. Tnx to a tip from Dragan Lekic, V. of Croatia heard testing new 7385 via Woofferton UK, Feb 2 at 0309, YL with weather report in English, then something about recipes. This was // only a slight echo behind usual 7375, which is Wertachtal 100 kW at 300 degrees plus Nauen 100 kW at 325 degrees. But stronger signal from the Germans.
Evidently VTC, or whatever it is called this week, is making a bid to take business away from DTK, or whatever it is called this week. Dragan says this test on 7385 is for four nights only, UT Feb 2-5 at 03-05 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC 11760 was super-strong causing overload in its vicinity; see BRAZIL.
Now that Prague has killed its morning service to the Americas on 13580, RHC leapfrog has the frequency to itself, Feb 2 at 1453 in Spanish, mix of 13780 over 13680 which is back on the air. Well, not quite; now on 13580 it QRMs CODAR or vice versa.
RHC, 11760, 11690, etc., Feb 2 at 1557 had Arnaldo Coro talking about Cycle 24, in his sci/tech segment in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUAM. 11955, Feb 2 at 1530, ``KSDA, Agat, Guam; the following program is in --- on 11955 kHz``, poor but clear, opening with classical fanfare, into S Asian language, then ethnic music. The answer in Aoki: Malayalam, daily 1530-1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI with no het from CRI Kashgar, East Turkistan, Feb 2 at 1546, undermodulated dialog in Indo/Malay, drama? Usually VOI is off the air during this hour, or if on, it`s in English. And normally CRI has at least enough signal on 9525.0 to produce a het; propagation must be favoring Indonesia this date.
Unfortunately, Atsunori Ishida has not updated his site http://www.max.hi-ho.ne.jp/a-ishida/ins/
since Jan 25, but in the previous week, only on Jan 21 did he find VOI on the 9526 air at this time, when it was Indonesian straight thru from 1404 to 1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. Patrolling 15 MHz band around 1500 UT Feb 2, I was braced for another blast of buzz from Riyadh 15435 transmitter, but it never happened! At 1506 I checked 15435 itself and there was BSKSA, but it`s been fixed, (or transmitter substituted), no buzz at all, and occupying normal bandwidth not exceeding 10 kHz!!! But not totally healthy as it does have a lite whine on it.
Apparently BSKSA finally got an earful at HFCC Kuala Lumpur, or somehow, that they had a slight problem for the past year. By 1548 recheck, 15435 was weakening with flutter, now in Arabic talk rather than Qu`ran recitation, still stronger than // 15225. Let us hope the buzz be gone forever, but it`s too early to count on that (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNIDENTIFIED 15360, 15380
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9385, WWRB with Brother Scare, extremely strong as usual, Feb 2 at 1545, but also with considerable CCI from station in Korean, producing rippling SAH since WWRB is off-frequency. Went from a wild non-BS preacher to BS himself at 1546 pushing some giveaway concerning ``the inevitable destruxion of the USA``. Tnx for letting us know! We may as well stop trying to make anything better.
The station under would have been perfectly good without WWRB. It`s RFA, 325 degrees via Saipan at 15-17. Let`s hope the poor North Koreans do not get enough of this BS to bother them: WWRB azimuth is 340 degrees per Aoki, i.e. toward them also, but that was B-08 info. FCC and HFCC B-09 list 45 degrees. Since it`s such a blast here, I would have gone with 340, tho we are closer to 270 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. Miraya FM relay via IRRS via SLOVAKIA is back on 19m, without notice, a new frequency, 15670, Feb 2 at 1508 when I wondered what`s this? English and Arabic dialect mixed together, axualities and voice-overs. Reminded me of Libya 17725 but not //. Nor // SRS via Portugal 17745. At 1510 headlines alternating with stingers, ``end of news, [www. but lost to fade], FM news, 101 Míra FM`` (that`s the way it`s pronounced, almost dropping the -ya, so I must stop saying Miráya).
Somewhat rough modulation, probably a feed input problem rather than a transmission problem. This broadcast at 15-18 had been on 9825 so far in B-09, where we could not hear it, so welcome back! Furthermore, IRRS found a clear frequency this time instead of resuming 15650 where it collided for months with Greece despite our advice. Ironically, Greece was missing from 15650 at the moment, but was back at 1528 check.
At 1553, 15670 still audible but weaker, and again mixing English with Arabic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. KJES is back! Not reported for almost two months, but on 11715, Feb 2 at 1449 I am hearing some off-key singing, a dead giveaway, 1450 into OM intoning verses, undermodulated and mixing badly with at least two other stations, i.e. R. Liberty in Uzbek via Lampertheim, and ChiCom jamming, probably CNR1 (tho Aoki does not show it as jammed, we know they jam other Uzbek services).
This mess quit at 1459, but now there is an open carrier as Vatican is about to start relaying RVA Philippines in Tagalog/English back to the jobless Catholic Filipino Gastarbeiter stuck in the UAE et al. Can`t make much out of KJES while this is on, but at 1518 I think I can detect KJES still under there.
Finally at 1559 frequency is clear for KJES, monotone OM preacher in English with robokidsinging off-key in background. 1559.5, kid ID in English with usual ``please let me know if you can hear me`` but not ``and get me out of here!``, 1600 into Spanish as scheduled. Still very undermodulated and must strain to copy. Now there is increased ACI from music on 11720 which is RFA in Uighur via Saipan plus ChiCom jamming; also squeezed on lower side by weaker N Korea. Since KJES had been making a lo het with co-channel stations, I determine it is slightly off-frequency to the low side, but probably not as low as 11714.90.
Now we need to check its other scheduled transmissions to see if they are back too: 1900-2100 on 15385, 0200-0330 on 7555. For starters: yes, 15385 with kidchoir at 1905 Feb 2, doing its best against Greenville 15390 Lavwadlamerik.
All three KJES frequencies supposedly rotate the LP antenna to different azimuths at top of each hour, tho I did not notice any difference at 1500 and 1600. Long ago, I believe they had problems with it being stuck in one direxion. Even when active, their broadcasts were sporadic, and some listings show KJES as M-F only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9369v, Arabic at 0111 UT Tue Feb 2, fair signal, obviously from WTJC. Does their program schedule at http://www.fbnradio.com/new_page_copy%281%29.htm
yet show Arabic anywhere around 8 pm ET? Of course not! In fact there is no Arabic anywhere on their schedule, any day of the week, altho there used to be a bit somewhere. Not to be confused with IBB`s Deewa Radio in Pashtu via Lampertheim, GERMANY, also scheduled on 9370 during this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 13845, PMS via WWCR, Feb 2 at 1455 with heavy swish QRM from WEWN 13835 spur, a constant unresolved problem from at least one of their transmitters; how bad it is heard depending on relative propagation. Shortly WEWN moves its spurs to 15600 and 15620, clearing 13845 after 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI in Indo/Malay, Feb 3 at 1408, but cut off the air at 1409* before I could check the frequency for sure. Atsunori Ishida has updated his Indonesian monitoring page http://www.max.hi-ho.ne.jp/a-ishida/ins/
and also had them in Indonesian past 1400 on Jan 26, 28 and 30, until unknown closing. I heard RRI continuing on 9680 with Indonesian pop songs at 1412 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH. 7140, Feb 3 at 0700 with VOK IS and anthem, poor, but better than Guinea 7125. Aoki shows this as 200 kW, non-direxional from Kujang site at 0700-0757 among many other times, from an outlaw nation continuing to intrude in the hamband (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. Since WWCR was inbooming on 15825 the morning of Feb 3, at 1419 and 1528 UT chex, I knew there was a sporadic E opening (and other off-season ones had been reported the last few days by WTFDA monitors). So as soon as I could, connected my VHF antenna directly to analog TV set on channel 2. Signs of activity, but only a few brief fade-ins at 1612, 1640 and 1651 UT. At 1640 there was YL talkshow in Spanish; at 1651 promo for ``Info 7``, i.e. the Azteca-7 network from somewhere in Mexico.
Unfortunately that`s not enough to go on, since on channel 2 according to http://www.w9wi.com/channels/2.html
there are five full-power Azteca 7 relays, 10 but mostly 100 kW, in Campeche, BCN, Chihuahua, Durango and Tamaulipas plus one low-power 1.5 kW in Sinaloa. Campeche is the most likely here, then Tampico, as the opening was only affecting the eastern part per the 6-meter DX map showing at the time via
In fact the main Es patch the last time I looked was over northern Alabama, no good for Mexico from here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA [and non]. 6075, R. Rossii, Pet/Kam, Feb 3 at 1357 tune-in to check for 8GAL three minutes later; see UNIDENTIFIED 6074. This RR transmitter is again in very bad shape with severe motorboating; that is, unstable carrier producing noise against its own modulation even without BFO on. Who would want to listen to that for content? With BFO on, too unstable to zero-beat, but heard a few IDs in passing, mixed with music until timesignal 5 seconds late at 1400 and carrier stayed on another minute.
After it and 8GAL were finished, could still detect a very weak carrier on 6075, much weaker than CFRX 6070 and Australia 6080. Aoki no longer shows any Taiwan on this frequency, and consequently no jamming. However, there is CRI Urdu via Kashgar, East Turkistan, somewhat more likely than DW via Woofferton at this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. Since the Buzzing Service was fixed on February 2, I was eager to hear how 15435 would sound on Feb 3. At 1500, Arabic talk heavily marred by pulsing carrier shifts plus hum. Several times per second irregularly we would hear chirps. With BFO on, it seems the transmitter is putting out spurious carriers a kHz or two off main channel, interfering with it. Fortunately this does not cover the entire 19m band, like the buzz did, but only bleed up to 15450, neatly meeting the OTH radar pulses (see CYPRUS); and not significantly downward from 15435.
With or without BFO on, the chirps now sound like video game SFX, denoting gunfire! What a way to exhibit piety in the Moslem world, as Qur`an starts at 1502. At 1509 all we can hear are the sound effects. By 1532 the chirps have stopped so we can hear some intentional Arabic. The BSKSA engineers are obviously finally working on this transmitter, trying to get it into whack, but not yet very successfully. Never a dull moment on 19m in the mornings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. 15385, Feb 3 at 1533 some beautiful a cappella harmonies by YL singer, then joined by a trio? Or choir. Hard to place language, but not Castilian. Did not sound African either, but this was just an interlude before going to phone interview at 1535 with Yolanda Álvarez of TVE who has made several trips there, about how bad things are in Africa. According to the B-09 REE program grid here http://programasdx.com/principal_archivos/parrillareeb09.pdf
the M-F 1530-1600 program is África Hoy, but not on all frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. 15670, Feb 3 at 1421, continuous hilife music, no announcements heard, and a segué at 1445. Nothing scheduled, but this must be the Míraya FM relay via IRRS via SLOVAKIA, which we found on this new frequency the day before, except that transmission supposedly starts at 1500. Kept listening and already at 1457 M&W talk in English started, mentioning South Sudan. But signal is weakening by now and hard to follow; very poor by 1532. So are they now starting at 1400, or thinking about doing so?
Altho there was no QRM today or yesterday, checking the 15670 listings, we are reminded that there would be a collision on Sunday and/or Saturday, when Madagascar clandestine Radio Mada is on 15670 via Pridnestrovye at 1530-1600! I don`t know about Jan 31, but Ron Howard confirmed that was still in service on Jan 24, so something may have to give (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. VOT is still a total mess with its English broadcast at 1330-1425v. Yet again Feb 3 at 1414 I find 12035 with decent S9+8 signal, tho fluttery, but just barely audible modulation, Turkish music at the moment during a break within Live from Turkey.
I am long done with trying to help them by pointing out such problems to TRT directly, as they have ignored my advice too many times in the past. Instead they will be deservedly ridiculed as incompetents: just another 500 kWh wasted today (axually slightly less than one hour; but no transmitter is anywhere near 100% efficient, so axually a lot more than 500 kWh wasted).
Meanwhile at 1415, TRT in Turkish on 11815 had usual good modulation, and also usual collision atop REE via Costa Rica causing a rippling SAH. Double my kWh wastage comments.
At 1424 I checked the // English frequency, 15300, as usual colliding with France in French, discussing the situation in Guinée-Conakry, which was using this frequency long before TRT mispicked it for B-09. TRT was still on, closing in English, then IS variations 1425-1427* later than usual, which probably caused them to be late coming up on the next frequency. Triple my kWh wastage comments, since 15300 tho adequately modulated is a total loss too, colliding with France.
France and Turkey were roughly 8 Hz apart causing a `fast subaudible heterodone`. For SAHs in this range, the way I estimate them is to count rapidly 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 as I watch the seconds ticking by on my watch; if my counting stays in synch, that`s the SAH I read. This doesn`t work much above 10 Hz. Slower ones can be counted directly over a 10, 12, 15, or 20 second period, and then multiplied by 6, 5, 4 or 3 to get the number per minute, then divided by 60 for the Hz. This method is of course more accurate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Following up our discoveries the night before of a new VOA/Radio Martí service, new frequency of Lavwadlamerik, collision with WWCR, I was ready for some intensive monitoring early UT Feb 3.
First at 2304 Feb 2 I reconfirmed that the secret LVA fill-in frequency 7590 was still on the air. I did not think to check 5835 at that time, but at 0026 Feb 3 both of them were running, so 5835 starts either at 2300 or 0000.
WWCR hasn`t decided on a replacement for 7465 at 0100-0200 when LVA is there, but at 0059 promoted the next program at the top of the hour on 5070, and then announced that it would be ``performing technical adjustments``, to resume in one hour, but did not say on what frequency (presumably 3215). Then 7465 went off.
However, no LVA to be heard there yet. At 0101 comes on the 7465 carrier, but no modulation until that started to fade up at 0103:45, but faded right back down to carrier only. By 0107 the LVA modulation seemed back for good, but not at full level. Meanwhile, 5835 had continued uninterrupted, and 5960 was on at 0105 check, weaker than 5835 and don`t know exactly when 5960 started. 7590 had gone off as usual by 0100. I haven`t caught any LVA frequency announcements on air lately, but I sure hope they know about 5835, which is the best, least interrupted one in the evenings.
All the new VOA/RM Spanish frequencies were late coming up, considerably past 0100. Perhaps the Washington/Miami studios should be notified to hold off starting the service for 5 minutes or so until all the frequencies can be up and running. Fat chance; that would imply shortwave is a priority rather than an afterthought.
First to appear, joining ``A Fondo`` in Spanish progress was 7340 at 0102 after about a minute of open carrier from *0101. At 0103 still nothing audible on 9415 or 11625. At 0104.5 I was finally hearing a carrier on 9415, and at 0106 modulation. These may have started slightly earlier as I was not monitoring that frequency constantly. At 0106 I could also hear a much weaker signal on 11625, not sure when it started.
Why don`t they start on time? Management has imposed an impossible task on the engineers at the site. Or maybe it`s just one engineer, night shift, after all. No one could possibly do that with only two hands, unless just pushing buttons and even that would be difficult.
He has to switch frequencies, antennas, and audio inputs on about six transmitters, ideally in half of one minute in order not to miss much significant programming.
At least there are six running after 0100: 5835, 5960, 7340, 7465, 9415, 11625, assuming they are all really from Greenville, plus three more for Martí which don`t make any change at 0100 --- 6030, 7365 and 9825, plus 9895 for RNW Spanish relay ongoing 0000-0157 for a total of ten. Make that eleven, since Special English, weeknights only is still going on 7405 at 0145 check Feb 3, while its other frequency, 5960, has been turned over to LVA.
So are there eleven usable transmitters at Greenville-B now? No, there are only nine. Do we have some secret relays from somewhere else, like Furman? There is no sign of this on WHRI`s Angel 1, 2, 5 and 6 program schedules, but we know how reliable those are.
I haven`t been able to confirm all the Radio Martí frequencies during the 01-02 hour due to continuous heavy jamming, so it could be that two of those are really moved to the A Fondo service for one hour. After all, otherwise RM would be competing with itself. But is the A Fondo program also on the remaining one, unannounced?
Before 0100 these are in use for VOA Spanish, Radio Martí, Lavwadlamerik and RNW Spanish: 5835, 5890, 6030, 7365, 7465, 7590, 9825, 9885, 9895, a total of only nine. Check.
What happens at 0200? A Fondo: 9415 is playing standard VOA sign-off, and carrier stays on a couple minutes, VG signal now. 7340 is already off, clearing 7335 for VOR Spanish via GUF. 11625 too weak to track.
LVA after 0200: 7465 still on, 7590 does not come back by 0215 final check, and 5835 is off; however, by 0203 we notice that 5835 is back on. Perhaps there has been some site/antenna switch but it is to continue during the final hour instead of 7590. I am still wondering whether 5835 is really from GB.
After 0200, WHRI has somewhat better signals on 5850 and 5875 than LVA on 5835, and now the upper pair are // in English with discussion of Haiti relief --- except 5875 is running about one second behind 5850; why?
WWCR was also banging the steel drums at 0200 starting up on 3215 after the hour of rest.
This report has been somewhat updated and modified from the original post sent to the dxldyg only. So if quoting, use this one.
I am spending entirely too much time on my own monitoring and reporting, falling further and further behind in keeping up with everyone else`s input for DX Listening Digest and World of Radio, so during this report I was not paying any attention to content, just tracking the frequencies. Or: am I spending entirely too much time on DXLD and WOR? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WEWN dirty spur from 11520 transmitter, Feb 3 at 0611 against Harold Camping on 11530. If these two don`t care enough to fix this problem, why should I? They deserve each other (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also U A E
** U S A. Having heard KJES reactivated on 11715 and 15385 on Feb 2, I checked their third frequency, 7555, UT Feb 3 at 0205, and yes, back there too, but poor in Ave Maria with guitar accompaniment. This is at 0200-0330 only; if you hear Catholic stuff elsewhen on 7555, it`s WEWN, currently scheduled only in Spanish at 0500-1300.
Feb 3 at 1538 on 11715 I could make out the robokids underneath RVA Philippines in Tagalog via Vatican, with KJES causing low annoying het (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** FRANCE [non]. While R. Martí was missing from 7365 at 0100 UT Feb 4, instead something very strong in Spanish on 7360, a real station, not a gospel huxter, which I assumed I could look up later --- but nothing listed. So I went back and monitored from 0115 to 0125. Interview about some art exhibit involving Iceland, but not until 0124 did they give me a clue, ``aquí en París``, which is just what I had figured, as RFI has Spanish at 0100-0130 on 5995, except that frequency is now missing.
So it`s Guiana French on 7360 replacing it, another February change by RFI. These February changes are normally planned at the beginning of the B-seasons, and published in asterisked RFI schedules, but I haven`t seen any this season; perhaps buried somewhere on the RFI website. Not here: http://www.rfi.fr/actues/articles/073/article_100.asp
which still shows 5995, but has admittedly not been updated for almost a year! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. As I was checking Lavwalamerik on 5835 and 7590, Feb 4 around 0010, I also punched up 13725, which LVA uses at least until 2300, but instead heard a good signal with news in English. That`s BBCWS via Thailand, incidentally USward at 25 degrees, used during this one hour only, and not supposed to be overheard by Americans, targeted for China and North Korea. Hmmm, are there yet more English speakers, however imperfectly, in China than in North America? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Since I was not sure when new 5835 starts with Lavwadlamerik, I checked again Feb 3 before 2400 and not on yet; waited and waited past 0000 UT Feb 4 and it finally popped on at 0004.5, and 7590 also in use during this hour. A late join-in-progress like that is of course typical of Greenville.
What happened at 0100 UT Feb 4: A Fondo was on 9415 already at 0000; 7340 came up at 0102:30 or so; 11625 weakly audible by 0104.
LVA at 0100: 5835 continued; 5960 weaker with fast SAH and Chinese QRM; 7465 on shortly. 5960 QRM must be Urumqi, 100 kW non-direxional with PBS Xinjiang in Chinese from 2330 to 1800 except for the usual Tue & Thu 08-11 siesta, per Aoki, but should be fading out as the sun rises over East Turkistan.
R. Martí frequency 7365 had lite jamming on it but no trace of Martí, so I think this transmitter had shifted to one of the A Fondo channels. Not sure about 6030, still heavily jammed. 9825 also jammed but signals on this band weakened anyway.
Just as well to be off 7365, as there is now a very strong Spanish station on 7360, which I assumed I could look up later --- but nothing listed. See FRANCE [non].
What about WWCR, 7465 to avoid colliding with LVA at 0100? Tuned in at 0058, and announcement started, ``At this time, WW--`` but cut off the air before anything more could be said. Probably like last night, taking an hour off for ``technical adjustments``; at least, a few minutes later not to be found on 3240, 4755 or 4775, while 5070 was still running. 0215 check: WWCR ops normal on 3215, 5070, no 4 MHz frequency.
But at 0325 it was again on 4775 instead of 5070. The transmitter schedules page at the website has not been updated, but the homepage http://www.wwcr.com/index.html says:
``WWCR's Transmitter #3 will broadcast on 4775 from 0300 to 1200 UT until further notice``
I did not realize the hours were that long: means that the Saturday night airing of WORLD OF RADIO, 0330 UT Sundays may well be on 4775 instead of 5070. Please spread the word. What`s wrong with 5070? No interference problems that I know of, and 295 kHz isn`t going to make much different versus falling nighttime MUFs.
WWCR 4775 blox reception in North America of, and perhaps interferes in their own areas, according to Aoki:
4770, Kaduna, Nigeria from 0430;
4775, AIR Imphal, India, from 1030;
4775, R. Tarma, Perú until 0600 and from 1000;
4775, TWR Swaziland, from 0340;
4780, Djibouti, from 0300 . . .
As I was checking 4775 on the portable, could not hear the mixing product on 7095, but is anyone else hearing 4775 audio mixing with 5935 audio there? Or on 7005, mix of 4775 and 5890? We`ll see what happens on the main rig after 0600, when we were hearing 7095 last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** FRANCE [non]. On UT Feb 4 as in my previous report, I discovered that RFI`s Spanish service at 0100-0130 was on 7360 instead of 5995, via French Guiana, so naturally assumed that was one of their unpublicized February shifts. But 24 hours later, at 0102 UT Feb 5, 7360 is vacant and RFI is back on 5995, VG signal. May they make up their mind? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Another night to check what WWCR does, UT Feb 5: at 0055 I find 7465 already missing; it used to run until 0100. At 0059, however, 7465 cuts on for a few sex, ``At this time, WWCR ---`` and back off before we could find out what WWCR was going to do at this time.
I checked 3240 where same transmitter used to reside at 23-02 until they decided to extend 7465 until 0200, despite Lavwadlamerik having put its Creole service there at 01-02. No, nothing on 3240. After colliding on UT Feb 2, they simply turned off for the hour on Feb 3 and 4 (I think).
Seemed to be the same tonight as I was punching up various VOA and other frequencies to check on the DX-398, rather than full analog bandscans. I happened to be on LVA 7465 which had just come up late around 0104, when at 0105, WWCR popped back on that frequency for another few sex, during a Discount Gold website commercial, then LVA to itself again. WWCR appeared to be indecisive.
So it was not until 0135 that I noticed a big signal on 7490 --- that`s WWCR, mentioning First Amendment Radio, then resident herbalist Wendy Wilson on motherwort, which stimulates the uterus. The audio is cutting out and skipping; anyhow, good signal but not solid with some fading.
So 7490 is apparently where WWCR intends to be in the 01-02 hour. That works, as it`s already a WWCR frequency in the mornings but with transmitter 3 then instead of 1 now.
In B-09, WWCR is already registered on 7490 for 24 hours a day, so no problem for them to expand usage of it under these circumstances. Yes, the transmitter schedule page
has now been updated to show this as well as 4775 ex-5070 at 03-12 from WWCR-3 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Checking Greenville`s hectic 01-02 hour another night, UT Feb 5:
A Fondo, the new VOA/Martí collaboration again came up first on 9415 already at 0100. I suppose that particular transmitter is not required somewhere else right up to 0100. 11625 not audible yet but could come on and not be noticed due to poor propagation up there.
At 0104, 7340 still absent. Did not catch when it finally came on, but it was certainly in play at 0128 thereupon when A Fondo announced frequencies: 11625, 9415 and 7340, plus Radio Martí frequencies 1180, 6030, 7365 and 9825. Initially the RM frequencies were not announced, so we were not positive whether the same program was on them under jamming. The new trio are as yet unjammed. While the old RM channels continue to be.
This page introducing A Fondo
originally gave the time but not the frequencies, and had a comments option. So I commented, telling them what their own frequencies are, and that it would be nice to add them. By the time I refreshed the page, they had been added, but comments no longer enabled. As of UT Feb 5 we are still waiting for them to add the four original R. Martí channels.
Lavwadlamerik: At 0101, 5835 was running, but not 7465. At 0104, 7465 had come on, 0105 with some dead air, and then interrupted briefly by WWCR, q.v. I also checked 7590 at 0101 and 0109 and there seemed to be something there, but too weak to tell if // 5835. Previous nights it seemed 7590 was no longer in use after 0100. At 0107, also had LVA on its third and worst frequency 5960.
The Creole schedule at http://author.voanews.com/english/about/frequenciesAtoZ_c.cfm
still does not show any of the extra frequencies or times, but does still claim the 0100 broadcast is on 1180, which A Fondo also now claims to be using!
On the S page, A Fondo has been added at 0100-0200 on its original three frequencies only, as if it were just another nameless VOA Spanish hour; and the lack of color coding implies it is seven days a week, contrary to original publicity that it would be only five; change of plans or another SNAFU? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WRMI again audible on 9955 with 50 kW transmitter reactivated, but not very well since it`s only on the SSE antenna so far. UT Fri Feb 5 at 0117 can recognize the baseball show, no jamming. After 0200 I was back online and checked the webcast, confirming the first SW broadcast of WORLD OF RADIO 1498.
The first one was expected one hour earlier on WBCQ Area 51, but that was inaudible here on 5110, and its webcast was just music during the entire hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL [and non]. Just as I tune across 9695, Feb 5 at 1236, I hear ``Fundação Rio Mar`` mentioned in Brazilian, so no waiting required for an ID from R. Rio Mar, Manáus, making an awful het of about 0.2 kHz with something in Thai on 9695.0, i.e. R. Japan aimed Thaiward from Yamata, whilst Rio Mar is Africaward at 70 degrees, both per Aoki; and NHK soon overtaking (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHAD. 6165, checking for Chad Feb 5 at 0558 just in time to hear some hilife music with SAH from weak open carrier, and start of French announcement before Bonaire blasted on at 0559 with tone and RNW IS starting Dutch to NAm. Anyhow, that was enough to confirm RNT active on 6165, the interim carrier probably Croatia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** COLOMBIA. 2980, Feb 5 at 0614 just barely audible music, presumed HJAY Barranquilla. Wish they would turn up the power a bit on the second harmonic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ETHIOPIA. 7110.0, Feb 5 at 0549 with Horn of Africa music, 0550 announcement and more music, fair. Always seems odd to hear them at this time, almost 9 am local, but has to be R. Ethiopia, domestic service scheduled 03-21 overall per WRTH.
Aoki, however, shows this frequency OFF the air at 05-08 except weekends, and Uganda starting at 0600, but there have been NO reports in years of Uganda really on 7110. Also a weaker signal with music on 7175, no doubt more from Ethiopia, but nothing on 7165 except hams (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI at 1307 Feb 5 in English, presumed news but too undermodulated to follow, especially with the propagational fades being louder. 3325, RRI Palangkaraya was also in later in the hour, mostly music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN. 15545, at 1420 Feb 5, Qur`an with long pauses, fluttery signal peaking S9+8; 1442 conversation in Arabic. This is VIRI which has a very long continuous Arabic broadcast 0530-1628 via Sirjan, 500 kW, 295 degrees, per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MOROCCO [and non]. RTM normally switches from 15341 to 15345 around 1500, but Feb 5 it was already on 15345 at 1418, undermodulated and with usual whine, leaving 15340 clear for HCJB Australia, which was inaudible. This transmission is supposedly not among those HCJB has suspended because of wind damage to antennas, and often does not propagate here anyway.
Recheck at 1802, Arabic music still on 15345, and I think the whine is still self-imposed, not a het from Argentina if it is still there, as usual blocked by Morocco during European service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS [non]. I`m such a lucky guy; once again quite by chance without any conscious intent, I am tuned to 9670 for RNW`s easily missed one-minute English broadcast! Feb 5 at 1256 I hear the RNW IS, 1257-1258* interview in English with a kid about something.
What is really happening: this is the tail end of the 1230 Dutch transmission to Indonesia via IBB Tinian, where they don`t cut it off when it`s really over at 1257, and the program feed circuit switches to English in progress for reasons unknown (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 15435, Feb 5 from *1456.6 with carrier, Arabic modulation with conversation from 1457.4: BSKSA remains in whack, good modulation and just occupying its proper bandwidth. Only problem is a bit of whine with varying pitch, but not too bad, noted at 1511 but continuous (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. 15670, Míraya FM at 1419 Feb 5 with African music, via IRRS via SLOVAKIA. Propagation not so good today and weaker at 1443 when it had already started talking, intonation sounding English. A bit better at next check 1511, with usual mix of English and Arabic dialect from one sentence to the next, about Juba, Southern Sudan.
It will be interesting to hear what happens Sat and Sun at 1530 when Radio Mada via Pridnestrovye has been operating on same frequency. I have notified both IRRS and WRN of the potential collision (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. VOT wasting more megawatts on the 1330 English broadcast: Feb 5 at 1415, 12035 has fair signal strength but just barely modulated, while // 15300 is OK modulated but colliding with RFI in French.
Here`s what they should do, if they are not going to fix the modulation on 12035 and get off 15300: swap transmitters, so the unmodulated one is on 15300, and the modulated one is on clear 12035! More free advice TRT are sure to ignore (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. This is the `final week` for BBC`s temporary Creole service, ``Connexion Haïti`` produced in Miami, according to someone at BBCWS Trust via kimandrewelliott.com, so I made a point of listening to some of the 1232:30-1252:30 UT broadcast via WHRI 9410, Friday Feb 5. At 1238 an interview about vaccinations; 1241 message from the Haitian ambassador à Washington, Raymond Joseph, with musical accompaniment. 1252 sign-off listed the FM frequencies in each Haitian city for the 9:10 am repeat, but no mention of SW --- who listens to that??? Was this the final broadcast? No, ``à demain``, she says, however you spell that in Kreyòl, so maybe Feb 6 will be the last one. Immediately followed by classical music fill introduced in Spanish, ``Compositores de Siempre`` but never identifying the musical tidbits played (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 7235, VOA Korean underneath a much stronger open carrier at 1356 Feb 5. At 1358 the latter begins VOA sign-on in English, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and reepated at 1359. Meanwhile modulation has stopped on the weaker signal, or it`s off before hourtop.
At 1400 no English announcement that `the following broadcast is in Korean``, but did say in English ``VOA World News,`` immediately back into Korean.
1400 is when VOA switches sites for the continuing Korean service, from Tinian to Tinang. No telling how long the Tinang carrier has been on, VOA vs VOA! Should crash-start it instead.
9930, Feb 5 at 1507 with Pink Floyd, ``Another Brick in the Wall`` starting VOA Border Crossings requests, but poor reception here, 322 degrees from Sri Lanka.
Should be better on 9760 via Tinang --- but that`s no longer VOA English as still shown on Aoki! Or rather, it was Spe-cial Eng-lish at 1500, not BC, anyway, as the VOA A-Z schedule still claims.
Now at 1508, 9760 is really R. Farda, Persian music mix one second ahead of 15410 via Skelton. A feed mixup, or yet another inexplicable schedule shift by IBB?
The Farda schedule with today`s date when you click on Waves at http://www.rferl.org/howtolisten/FRD/ondemand.html
displays 9760 in use only in the mornings, at 0730-1100 local = 0400-0730 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, WRMI good in French 1233 Feb 5, to gain an audience in Haïti. The M-F 12-13 hour now consists of 1200 R. Prague, 1230 R. Vatican and 1245 R. des Nations-Unies, but any of that may be replaced by religious programming in Creole. Already on the schedule Fridays at 1230-1245 is a program called ``Jesus Christ``, but I listened too briefly to tell what it was this week, assuming it was Vatican.
No jamming until end of hour at 1258 when the DCJC is getting a jump on R. Libertad. Nothing but jamming audible next bihour. At 1509, WRMI still relaying R. Prague in English about equal level to annoying DCJC pulses, but losing to them during fades. May be back on NW antenna now? Was not expected to be yet. But still needs more oomph vs accursèd uncalled-for jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 11715-, KJES at 1454 Feb 5 with steady S9+20 signal, better than usual, and way over Lampertheim; only problem is its own audio which is somewhat low and distorted, and apparently crosstalk with OM reading verses on top, YL/kids and guitar singing underneath.
At 1458 Vatican carrier came on 11715.0 with het since KJES is off-frequency. I was watching the S-meter to see if I could detect any change in KJES strength at 1500 when they are listed to rotate from 70 to 350 degrees, the former being OKward, but could not see any change, altho the Vatican relay of RVA complicated matters. At 1500:30 KJES broke for standard rather plaintive kid ID with plea for reports, continued in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WJHR, Milton FL was not reported at all during January, while they were supposedly installing a higher-gain antenna, but now there have been reports from Jim Evans in TN and Harold Frodge in MI in the 18-21 UT span Feb 3.
I never hear it when bandscanning around 15-16, so may not be on that early, nor necessarily every day. Programming of nothing but old screaming sermons is not exactly a big draw, but I try again anyway Feb 5 after 1800 on 15500-USB: Yes, there it is, as weak as ever, barely audible at 1801 but I am not lucky enough to catch another standard ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN [and non]. 11850, VR at 1449 Feb 5 Laudeturing Jesus Christus, into S Asian language, with some long-path echo, but sufficient signal direct from SMG holding up against WYFR 11855. Musical bits sounded like koto (the Japanese instrument, not the Telluride station).
Then checked 7585 and that was barely audible // but an echo apart. In previous report I failed to remention that the latter is via TAJIKISTAN. No Firedrake, so the ChiCom have apparently figured out that they don`t need to jam something in Tamil (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUIANA FRENCH. Now I think I know why I heard RFI Spanish at 0100-0130 on 7360 instead of 5995, UT Feb 4 but vice versa on Feb 5. At 2312 Feb 5 I noticed a VG signal in Portuguese from YFR on 7360, prompting me to look it up and find that Montsinéry is scheduled all the way from 2200 to 0100. Aoki shows all three hours in Portuguese, but it was Camping in English after 0000 Feb 6. So GUF must have just failed to make the frequency change to 5995 on the date I heard RFI on 7360. Once again on Feb 6 at 0100, RFI Spanish was on correct 5995 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. As of Feb 5, Lavwadlamerik appears to have cut back its unpublicized extra broadcasts in Creole to Haiti. Did not check before 2200, when it had been on 15390 until 21 and 13725 until 22, but at 2311 nothing to be heard on 7590, 5835 nor any other frequency we could find in the 5-10 MHz range. We know that 7590 at least had been heard a few days ago during this hour.
Checked again just before 2400 and still no sign of LVA. UT Feb 6 at 0002, however, 5835 popped on the air with VG signal; at 0003 weak carrier from 7590, and // modulation audible from 0004.
Next check at 0101 or the next couple minutes found all the LVA frequencies, 5835, 5960 and 7465 AND all the VOA/Martí A Fondo frequencies, 7340, 9415 and finally 11625 --- // in VOA ENGLISH news! Wrong feed input, or Spanish and Kreyòl feeds unavailable?
After a pause at 0105, played some instrumental fill music. But circa 0108 these had switched to the correct languages. Anomalies may have been caused by heavy rain at the moment, or previous damage to some antenna?
But an hour later at 0158: A Fondo in Spanish about to end, audible on 11625, much better on 9415 which seems to have some co-channel QRM under, but nothing listed; and best strength on 7340 but it now has QRM from VOR IS via GUF on 7335 about to start Spanish loud and clear, while for English to N America we have to fish around for much weaker and unreliable frequencies from the Eastern Hemisphere.
LVA is also going on 5835, 5960 and 7465, off by 0200. However, at 0201, 7465 is on with VOA news in English, like an hour ago, not Kreyòl, joined by 5835 which comes back on at 0201:30. Still nothing on 7590 and of course 5960 is off in deference to NHK Japanese via Sackville.
English news finished at 0205 with reference to voanews.com for more, semi-minute of dead air before instrumental fill music inkix again. At 0208 change to ``Good morning, VOA World News Now`` on 5835 and 7465, so more English, the announcer imagining he is in Asia, or at least speaking to Asia rather than America in this fluke, which BBG believes is not entitled to any VOA English unless it`s Spe-cial. However, by final check 0228, 5835 was back in Kreyol and 7465 not audible, faded out? So tonight we had quite a mix of English, Spanish and Creole (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Contrary to a report from a Downunderite, that WWCR-3 is using 4775 from 2300 due to an interference complaint to the FCC about 5070, 4775 really starts at 0300. Still on 5070 at 2311 check Feb 5 and after 0000, 0100 and 0200 Feb 6.
WWCR has been on 5070 for many years, and just now someone finds it a problem during the next nine hours? As I recall, initially it was on 5060 or 5065 but soon settled on 5070.
Another check of WWCR-1 found it going strong on 7465 after 2300 Feb 5, but almost like someone threw a switch, it became quite weak after 0000 Feb 6. I`m sure propagation would have been inbooming on previous 3240 --- but who knows, another interference complaint may have knocked them off that too like 3230 before it, which was used only briefly. After 0100, 7465 again had switched to 7490.
WWCR`s homepage now says:
``WWCR's Transmitter #3 will broadcast on 4.775 MHz from 0300-1200 UTC until further notice. WWCR's Transmitter #1 will broadcast on 7.490 MHz (moved from 7.465 MHz) for 1 hour daily, 0100-0200 UTC. These changes are noted in the program guide, updated 5 February.``
All these frequencies on 3, 4, 5 and 7 MHz are ``out of band``, really fixed bands in the US, and broadcasters trying them must take the risks associated with their usage being on a non-interference basis (NIB) to higher-priority transmissions, however sporadic.
Complaints from utility stations at home or abroad seem to count for more, or be more likely, than from broadcasters which are in-band tropical stations in their own areas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. As I was checking out VOA around 0100 UT Sat Feb 6, I also could hear DX Partyline on WRMI 9955, weak signal but not jammed. Jeff White just sent me a new program schedule, but he`s not yet finished updating it.
As of now, DXPL is on it as follows: Sat 0100, 1100, 1600, 1800; Sun 0215, 0500, 1130; Mon 1600; Tue 0100, 1600; Wed 1530; Fri 0115.
AWR Wavescan: Fri 0230, 1100, 1630; Sat 0830, 1400, 2030; Sun 0930, 2230; Mon 1630; Tue 0115; Wed 1130; Thu 1530.
Happy Station: the main first broadcasts are still UT Thu 0200 and 1600, usually different but not always. The repeats may be one or the other? Fri 1400, Sat 0500, 1900, Sun 0600, Tue 0500, Wed 0100.
WORLD OF RADIO: Wed 1630; Fri 0200, 1530; Sat 0900, 1430, 2000; Sun 0900, 1615, 1815, 2000; Tue 1630; Wed 0230 [NEW].
As for WORLD OF RADIO on Area 51, UT Fri 0100 but WBCQ 5110 was missing --- Larry Will says that unfortunately, weeknight broadcasts of A51 have been suspended due to insufficient financial support, but he does plan to keep the webcast going including WOR at that hour.
Larry says: ``We are now Sunday 2200 to 0300 [UT Sun] and Saturday 2300 to 0300 [UT Mon] on 5110. Webcast will remain Tuesday-Saturday 0000-0300.`` For latest info see http://www.worldmicroscope.com (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN. 5885, tuned in Feb 5 at 2309 to hear classical guitar music, but off at 2310* before there could be a 2.5 minute fragment of a Vatican Radio English broadcast as might have happened on 7395 or 9600 if I had remembered which frequency to check, leading up to Vietnamese from 2315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANGUILLA [and non]. Another screwup by The University Network audio feed, occurring anywhere from LA to International Vacuum, but not at the hapless/helpless SW transmitter sites: Feb 6 at 0636, 6090 Anguilla mostly dead air with bits of PMS audio occasionally cutting on. Exactly the same thing is happening on 5935 WWCR at 0639 check. Allows us to enjoy the het from Nigeria 6090v with less QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENNG DIGEST)
** ASIA [non]. 12035, Feb 6 at 1520, screaming American-accented gospel huxter about the dark age we are in; around 1530 I was engrossed with 15670 so missed ID if any, but at 1532-1545*, 12035 was wasting kilowatts with open carrier only.
This is Bible Voice Broadcasting scheduled via Wertachtal, GERMANY, due east with 100 kW, English, Urdu or Punjabi depending on day of week and quarter-hour. Aoki shows it at 1500-1615 but nothing on day 7 = Saturday, so it must be highly flexible. A DTK schedule instead shows Saturday span is 1515-1545. Who pays for the 15 minutes of dead air? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL [and non]. 6185, RNA cut on *0632 Feb 6, obliterating music from XEPPM with its own music; how rude! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [non]. 13670, Feb 6 at 1515 YL talk in French, then song vs splatter from 13675 CRI via CANADA, confidently list-logged as CRI via Cërrik, ALBANIA, as scheduled, ChiCom vs ChiCom! But widely divergent targets supposedly not QRMing each other (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGSET)
** CUBA [and non]. 9955, DentroCuban Jamming Command noise wall obliterating WRMI before 1500 Sat Feb 6 when WORLD OF RADIO is scheduled. Standard denunciation of Arnie Coro for allowing this against a fellow DX program. And he pretends to be ``our friend in Habana``??!! At 1500 jamming as usual abated somewhat so we could tell that WRMI was still relaying R. Prague in English. But at 1657 recheck nothing but jamming audible.
11600, jamming vs presumed Radio República, grinding away Feb 6 at 1658; no doubt started as usual one hour earlier.
13770, RHC`s weak but long-hours frequency all day in Spanish, Feb 6 at 1702 had weaker station under. AIR in Hindi, 500 kW, 300 degrees from Bangaluru is scheduled at 1615-1730, and nothing else, per Aoki.
As an outlaw nation, Cuba refuses to participate in HFCC, so all others may unsafely assume RHC is not on any particular frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY [non]. Having heard a quarter hour of open carrier at 1530 on 12035, see ASIA [non], I was not too surprised to hear more OC on frequency at 1701, no audio until 1703, YL news in French joined in progress; not // 15300 so not RFI but this is something else. 1705 all is revealed with DW jingle and ID as to Africa. This hour is scheduled via Woofferton UK, following a previous hour of same via Rampisham (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA [and non]. 4750, RRI Makassar, SSOB, Feb 6 at 1420 in long-form piece of familiar piano music I wish I could place, with YL narration in Indonesian, later breaking into song. Must have been a `good Indonesian morning` on 60m if only I had been monitoring earlier. 5030 Malaysia also audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9950, Feb 6 at 1440 YL monolog in Japanese, then Korean, 1444 definitely Japanese, unusually strong signal muscling aside even the DentroCuban jamming against WRMI on 9955. At 1450 she was announcing e-mail and website, using English letters, but so Japanese-accented that I could not copy them, except for .jp. Off at 1459:30*.
Must be mixing languages, but this is officially the Japanese version of Furusato no Kaze, one of the clandestines concerned with abduxions by the North Koreans, site being PALAU at 1430-1500, while their other transmitter on 9930 also closed at same time; see USA [non].
As on WORLD OF RADIO 1498, Hiroshi and S. Hasegawa gave us the current schedule for these via Taiwan and Palau, as of Feb 2, post-Darwin:
Furusato no Kaze in Japanese
1333-1357 9775 via TWN (ex 9950)
1430-1500 9950 via PLW (ex 9880 via Darwin)
1600-1630 9780 via TWN
Ilbone Baram (Nippon no Kaze) in Korean
1300-1330 9655 via TWN
1500-1530 9975 via PLW (ex 9690 via Darwin)
1530-1600 9965 via PLW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 7590, Feb 6 at 1533 oscillating Juche jammer against something weak under, i.e. North Korea Reform Radio via Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN, 15-16, 100 kW, 65 degrees per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KURDISTAN [non]. 7540, V. of Mesopotamia with typical Kurdish music, Feb 6 at 1533, fair with flutter. Not often heard here unlike regular 11530 before 1500 QSY. Both are 129 degrees from ``Simferopol``, UKRAINE, meaning really Mykolaiv as in Ukrainian, Nikolayev as in Russian. I get the spelling differences toward the end, but not why one starts with M and the other with N.
BTW, at least half the time, it seems, English-writers misspell ``Ukrainian`` leaving out the I in the middle, despite the fact that the natives stress that very letter, not allowing it to be swallowed as merely a member of a diphthong (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR [non]. R. Mada, 15670 now colliding with Miraya FM: see SUDAN [non]
** SAUDI ARABIA. 15435, BSKSA still buzz-free, Feb 6 at 1505, good with Qur`an, only light squeal/whine to mar it.
Just how long was the buzz going on? Searching on that keyword in my DXLD archive, the first reference I found was in 5-021, when Wolfgang Büschel reported it February 1, 2005, on 21460 and 21495; more in 5-029 on 21, 17 and 9 MHz channels, March 2, 2005, but already had been buzzing ``for some months``.
The first buzz report on 15435 was in 6-140 for Sept 19, 2006, from yours truly. We still need to confirm whether the buzz also be gone from the same transmitter on other frequencies at times other than 15-18 UT. It`s probably on 21495 or one of the other seldom-propagating 13m channels until 1500. We hadalso been hearing abuzz recently on 11785, possibly from a second defective unit.
Later monitoring Feb 6, 2010 at 1647: 15435 still very good, stronger than // 15205 now on the air, again with Qur`an, and that stronger than // 15225 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [and non]. While other 16m signals are so-so, REE still inbooms on 17595, Feb 6 at 1650 with modern classical piano music. Tuned on up to 17850 // via Costa Rica, at 1654 outroing piece as ``Fracciones Líricas``, and 1655 outro program title ``América Mágica``, as on schedule grid for 16-17 Saturday hour only. From the title, you would never guess it deals with contemporary classical Latin American music.
Equally huge but lo-fi signal on 17850 was atop much weaker co-channel despite lots of open spaces on 16m, so outmatched that it was hard to compute the SAH around 3.5 Hz. It had a French touch, and sure enough, that`s RFI in French at 16-17, 500 kW, 170 degrees from Issoudun.
11765, at 1659 Feb 6, REE IS at VG level about equal to Habana 11760; 1700 accurate timesignal, fanfare and Arabic service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. 15670, Miraya FM via IRRS via SLOVAKIA, Sat Feb 6 at 1430 with ID, promo music, poor. I had warned both WRN and IRRS about the impending collision between this and R. Mada, which has been using 15670 via Pridnestrovye, only on Sat & Sun at 1530-1600 for many weeks, but they did not manage to untangle in time. Maybe by next day or next week?
As early as 1508, I detected an open carrier mixing with Miraya, making a 2.8 Hz SAH, so Mada transmitter is on, way early. Rate varied slightly either due to transmitter warmup/instability or Doppler disruptions in transit.
At 1528 recheck, the OC had added ``Russian tuneup tones`` vs Miraya. At 1530 their audios were mixing at about equal levels here, intolerable, and likely as bad in Sudan and Madagascar, except both of them much stronger in target zones. At 1539, one had hilifish music, the other talk; at 1550 both were mixing music.
Meanwhile, nothing at all heard on 15660, 15665, 15675 or 15680, so this could be easily solved by one of them shifting to one of those. Nothing scheduled either on any except WHRI on 15665, but they aren`t really using it, at least not this early, one of countless wooden WHR registrations.
Next check at 1625, Miraya again had 15670 to itself, good but with increased flutter. Is it now closing at 17 instead of 18 since it`s starting an hour earlier at 14? Unchecked after 17.
The poor Sudanese (or are they fortunate?) have a logjam of target broadcasts from abroad; see also next item, Dabanga. At the same time as Miraya, there is Sudan Radio Service on 17745 via PORTUGAL, at 1511 Feb 6 in English with drums and hilife music. Supposedly there is more English on Saturdays than elsewhen. SRS still good at 1653 with choral music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [and non]. Unidentified 13800, continuous tone test of about 1 kHz (not a het on just one side), Feb 6 at 1703 mixing with station in Arabic or similar. So R. Dabanga service to Sudan via MADAGASCAR at 1529-1727 has an interference problem tho nothing else is listed; or could it be a form of jamming? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAIWAN [non]. 11850, ``this day in history`` segment making some of the same points as on VOA at :27 past the hours, Feb 6 at 1709, fair signal in clear from R. Taiwan International, ID, a cappella singer joined by others briefly, then Charlie Stark introducing features for rest of English hour starting at 1711 with ``Occidental Tourist`` tale of mystix and doppelgangers, prompted by a Facebook week. This broadcast is 160 degrees from Issoudun, FRANCE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. Collision on 9930: Feb 6 at 1440 I am hearing an American preacher, good signal atop some weaker audio. Preacher is certainly T8WH PALAU, registered here at 0700-1800, and underneath is VOA via SRI LANKA at 1400-1600. Azimuths are 345 and 322 degrees, respectively, which means a worse clash likely in Asia, altho the CIRAF target zones are officially distinct, 43-45 and 41, respectively. 1457, plug for WHR Bible giveaway and off by 1459, uncovering VOA weak and fluttery, but apparently they are about to sign off too.
Now I check VOA on 9760 at 1502: yes, it`s back with English news via Philippines, instead of R. Farda as heard yesterday, which I suppose was a horrible mistake.
15460, Feb 6 at 1506 poor signal with flutter from VOA Spe-cial Eng-lish, but better than 9930 had been. Not noticed on 15460 before; this is Thailand at 166 degrees, 15-16 UT only.
15620, Feb 6 at 1645, urgent-sounding speech in an HOA language. Aoki shows VOA Somali. This is that wacky 2-hour transmission 16-18 with a site change every semi-hour, just to keep the Somalis on their toes and/or all the IBB transmitter techs.
At 16 it`s 10 degrees from Botswana; at 1630 it`s 135 from Wertachtal, GERMANY; 1700 it`s 263 from Sri Lanka; 1730 it`s 76 from São Tomé. I wonder if they all manage to drop carrier immediately and crash start in order to avoid interfering with each other at handovers.
Check of Lavwadlamerik`s mid-day Creole service to Haiti, Feb 6 at 1729, some music already playing apparently as a prélude, on 15390, or have they really expanded that broadcast too earlier into the morning when not checked? Anyhow at 1730 cut to ``Welcome to the Voice of America --- in Creole!`` as if just starting then.
Washington host then spent the next three minutes trying to bring up counterparts in Miami with no success; live radio! Also on 17565, and after 1930, 15390 is still on the air until 2100, with 13725 also still heard after then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 17575 at 1650 Feb 6, HOA music. Is AWR in Somali via France at 1630-1700, 250 kW at 125 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. 11660, RA at 1433 Sunday Feb 7, quiz asking ``what mythical Hindu bird is similar to the Phoenix?`` Contestant needed a hint: Indonesian airline. This is during the 4-hour, except for news on the hour ``Sunday Nights`` program at 12-16 per the RA program schedule:
``The program features talkback on an issue of topical interest (usually the first hour), an in-depth interview, the popular Inquizition quiz, great music, and the One O'Clock Chat Room.
Presenter: John Cleary``, see http://www.abc.net.au/sundaynights/
RA is currently scheduled on 11660, 13-17, 329 degrees from Shepparton (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. Arnie Coro`s henchmen at the DentroCuban Jamming Command are still attacking his former colleague at RHC, Keith Perron: UT Sunday Feb 7 at 0613, a repeat of Happy Station on WRMI 9955 vs jamming pulses. See USA: WRMI for more.
11760, Sunday Feb 7 at 1539 with VG signal unlike weekdays when they have switched to the other antenna/transmitter which is weaker at midday. Probably because still on same setup as for Esperanto 1500-1530 Sundays only. 1539 program had some memorias culturales of Cuban musicians in New York, during Formalmente Informal, which is normally heard weekdays at 1430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also VENEZUELA [non]
** ETHIOPIA [and non]. 9560, Sunday Feb 7 at 1534 station in Chinese, with het whose pitch was constantly wavering. No doubt the latter is the perpetually off-frequency Ethiopia. Per WRTH, at 15-16 it`s carrying the clandestine Voice of Democratic Alliance, headquartered in Khartoum, against Eritrea, at the moment in Tigrinya, and also using Arabic, Afar, Kunama depending on day of week and which half hour. Aoki shows the Chinese as CRI via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GREECE. 7475, ERT at 0650 Feb 7, fun music which another listener evaluated as ``beer drinking songs``, due to wavering amateur pitches and general level of enthusiasm, but this was really the Sunday morning trihour Voice of Greece dedicates to Greek Orthodox services, where there is no separation of church and state broadcaster.
But just as we were getting into it, cut off abruptly without announcement, explanation or apology, at 0652:35*. Yes, it`s time to retune that Avlis to 12105, come hell or high water. All we could do was retune to // 9420 for continuation, but much weaker there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUAM [and non]. 11940, at 1430 Feb 7, English ID from KSDA, Agat, introducing program in a language I could not catch, due to co-channel from Romania. Aoki says it`s Karen daily following Chin daily at 1400-1430. Coincidentally, both stations are aiming 285 degrees from their respective sites, RRI`s being Galbeni, which due to their wide separation means there should be no conflict --- except way off here in deep North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MOROCCO [and non]. RTVM still on 15345 instead of 15341, Feb 7 at 1424, Arabic with perpetual whine out of transmitter. Have they also left 15341 completely earlier in the day? Morocco does not participate in HFCC, but we can`t help but wonder if as part of the just-concluded conference in Kuala Lumpur, representative of HCJB Australia somehow prevailed upon Morocco to get off 15341, especially since they weren`t running it on 15340, and always causing a het to HCJB using 15340 at 1145-1530, 307 degrees from Kununurra to Asia.
Aoki`s latest info was for B-08: `15340`, 09-15, RTVM, 250 kW, 110 degrees from Nador, then 15345 same parameters at 15-22. Making a shift at 1500 from 15340/1 to 15345 may have originally had some interference-avoiding purpose, no longer vigent and may as well be on 15345 from 0900.
Axually, in the best of all possible worlds, the current situation calls for RTVM to shift from 15345 back to 15340 sometime between 1530 and 1700 or 1800, liberating 15345 for ARGENTINA! Fat chance.
RAE was supposedly developing some kind of relationship with HFCC short of full participation requiring payment of dues, much less attending conferences in person. Did the Moroccans even show up as informal observers when a recent HFCC was held in nextdoor Tunisia? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. VOR`s English to NAm frequencies in the 06-07 UT hour, 9840 and 9855, from Pet/Kam and Vladivostok respectively, have not been making it here the past several weeks during the darkest nights of winter; but a bit of solar flux and tilting toward spring helped audiblize them Feb 7 at 0646, during some story-telling.
As before, 9840 quite a bit stronger than 9855, but 9840 has co-channel QRM under from the other Russian transmission from Moscow area in a prime example of self-defeating frequency planning. // 12030 if still in use, is even less likely to propagate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. Another check of the collision on 15670, Sunday Feb 7: already on at 1418, not anything African, but Celine Dion with some of her popular hits, still at 1427; and ``We Are the World`` on and on at 1437, presumably including her participation. Is this really being outsent by Miraya FM from Sudan, or from somewhere else as prélude to the intentional relay via Rimavská Sobota, SLOVAKIA?
By 1459 reception had worsened, still music; 1504 could tell they were now in expected programming, mixing English and Arabic about Southern Sudan.
At 1513 the fluttery 15670 signal had SAH, I think, from the Pridnestrovye transmitter already upwarming open carrier as also noted yesterday. At 1529, the Russian tuneup tones were ending and 1530 starting Radio Mada audio mixing about equally with Miraya and SAH of almost 3 Hz.
Alfredo Cotroneo of NEXUS says there is no QRM from Mada in Miraya`s Sudan target area, so doesn`t plan to move. That may be, but Madagascar is only 10 degrees away from the 160-degree azimuth out of Slovakia, so Mada listeners are likely to have a problem with Miraya.
Anyhow, there`s no point in going head to head when plenty of clear frequencies are available nearby such as 15660 and 15680, where Miraya should have gone in the first place, ex-9825. Altho Mada was on 15670 first, since its usage is relatively brief, it should make the shift. Tune in next weekend (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. 9440, Feb 7 at 0647 XYLs discussing, with babies constantly crying and wailing in the background (thus I assume the women are not mere YLs). 0658 mention BBC World Service, and Nigeria, off at 0659:30. Had not noticed this before, Hausa via Ascension at 0630 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA
** U S A. While 15390 was missing for a while, it`s back as the third frequency for the 22-23 UT hour of Lavwadlamerik, Feb 6 at 2221 check // 13725 and 11905. Also reconfirmed 7590 still in use at least during the 00-01 hour, at 0013 Feb 7.
A Fondo, the new VOA/Martí collaboration, was originally announced as M-F only, tho still listed on the VOA A-Z schedule as daily 01-02. But nothing on 7340, 9415 and 11625 at 0140 check Feb 7, so it really is off weekends (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO confirmed on new 4775 via WWCR, UT Sundays 0330, checked Feb 7, ex-5070. Our apologies to the Djiboutians, and those who would DX them, but it was not our idea. I suppose it`s still possible if they turn 4780 on a few minutes before 0300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WRMI, 9955: at 1503 Feb 7, R. Prague relay in English fairly audible without jamming; more of a problem, overload from PPP WWCR 9980. 1536 during Baseball Mexico, Bruce Baskin mentioning various teams including the Chihuahua somethings. This certainly is a curious program, but he does his best to make an obscure subject interesting in a non-native language.
WORLD OF RADIO reconfirmed after 1615 Sunday when I was only checking webcast. 16-18 UT programming on weekends repeats at 18-20, i.e. WORLD OF RADIO again at 1815. At 1825 check, I could hear nothing but jamming on 9955, wondering if WRMI is now on the air, but WOR confirmed repeating then on webcast.
Yet another playback of WOR is on the schedule for 2000 UT Sunday; can anyone hear that on 9955? It`s the last until Tuesday at 1630 and new UT Wednesday 0230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) More jamming: see CUBA
** U S A [and non]. 11715, KJES at 1432 Feb 7, steady S9+12 dominating Lampertheim, kids singing with guitar, then into robokids copying catechisms prompted by adult. Wanted to tell whether RVA relay via Vatican during the next hour was mass in English instead of Tagalog as heard a few Sundays ago, but still too much KJES to discern that, also causing low het (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VENEZUELA [non]. Aló, Presidente check Sunday Feb 7 at 1824: all five frequencies via CUBA audible with El Hugazo speaking, in order of decreasing strength: 12010, 13750, 11690, 17750, 13680. But 11690 had SAH and co-channel in Hausa, i.e. DW via RWANDA during this hour. I never catch exactly when A,P is starting now; has anyone? RHC long ago gave up doing its own prologue from 1400, despite displaying that on its schedules. And where`s Calabazo?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. So much for lack of jamming against WRMI during its Haitian service at 12-13 M-F on 9955: Feb 8 at 1248 check, nothing but heavy DCJC noise wall vs scheduled UN Radio relay in French. I don`t know whether it was already grinding as early as 1200, but seems the callous Cubans can`t risk anything positive getting thru to Haiti.
Since I have had occasion more than once recently to criticize the atrocious quality of the 11705 transmission relaying Venezuela at 12-13, such as distorted modulation and splatter, it is only fair that I also make note of its fine clear modulation achieved on Feb 8 at 1254 about the Haitian earthquake and Venezuela`s aid, what else? The carrier was still on, open, at 1309 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 5005, Feb 8 at 0608, Spanish talk with a bit of reverb, poor signal but with Castilian accent and anyhow there are no LAs on this frequency, so surely RNGE Bata --- or rather RGE, as WRTH 2010 names it just Radiodifusión de Guinea Ecuatorial; nothing audible on 6250 but lots of ute QRM. Oops, WRTH does show a Radio LTC, Juliaca, Perú on 5005 or 5006, but have seen zero reports of that anytime in last few years (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI missing again Feb 8 at 1243 check, while RRI 9680 was in well with music. No 9526- either at some other tunebys (tunebies?) in the following bihour. 9680 was airing ``Indonesian opera`` just before 1500 and as usual ran over, this time until 1501. Just as applause started, cut the carrier, so at least this transmitter op is paying some attention to what`s being modulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ISRAEL. 15785.0, instead of 2-3 kHz lower was Galei Tsahal, Feb 8 at 1525 with discussion in Hebrew; poor signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO [and non]. 4800, Feb 8 at 0621, preacher speaking Spanish in conversational tone, what a relief compared to overwrought David Miranda via Brasil 9565 a few minutes earlier; weak but almost readable signal vs CODAR. XERTA is seldom heard here this well, or at all, and must be very low power, tho it does make it to Spain (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MOROCCO. So much for my hypothesis that RTM had quit using 15341 in favor of 15345 as monitored the past couple days: Feb 8 at 1414 they were back on 15341, poor signal and undermodulated Arabic. Sometime during the next hour, probably circa 1500, switched to 15345 where found at next check 1526. I suppose the variation is just a matter of sloppy get-around-to-it operation. Still not detecting HCJB Australia even as a het from 15340 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 7260, Feb 8 at 1531, VOR English starting Russian by Radio lesson, fair but ham SSB QRM and I bail out. This is 230 degrees from Vladivostok. During same hour R. Liberty in Tajik, 316 degrees from Thailand is also scheduled, but inaudible here. I should think VOR would bother RL reception in Tajikistan, close to its targets from Kashmir to Vietnam (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. This Monday Feb 8 I set the alarm to remind me to check REE`s weekly Sephardic service, but of course, remembered this time and did not need the alarm. Already at 1416 open carrier on 15385, but off at 1420*. *1420:30 cut back on with REE IS for three sesquiminutes. 1425 to fanfare and sign-on as ``Radio Nacional de España/Radio Exterior, emisión Sefarad en judeo-español``. YL then announces frequencies for the three transmissions, starting with this one on ``15325`` --- she STILL doesn`t know what frequency she is really on, 15385, but just as well since it`s clear and 15325 is not. Then detailed summary of upcoming program content, so much that I found it hard to imagine how they could cram all that into a semihour.
Nevertheless, no less than the first half was dedicated to an interview with a musician named Paco. He was speaking Castilian and she was speaking JE, but of course they have no trouble understanding each other. Too bad there wasn`t time to hear much of his music. Still, it`s a well-produced show and we loved what music there was. Wrapped up with another frequency schedule announcement, fanfare and off at 1455* sharp. After antenna switch, 15385 back on at *1456:30 for regular REE service in conventional Castilian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K. 5790, Feb 8 at 0615 Russian dialog about Ukrainian elexion, shortly mentioning BBC, fair signal but would be better without QRM and overload from Cuban spy cut numbers superstrong 5800. BBCWS English on 5875 was very good. 5790 is 250 kW, 47 degrees from Rampisham at 05-07 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. Based on a remark from someone at BBCWS Trust, kimandrewelliott.com assumed that the first week in February was to be the ``last week`` for Connexion Haïti, the special Creole program BBCWS pulled together a week or two after the quake, in the wake of immediate Creole expansion by VOA.
It had been inserted into the Spanish hour, at 1232:30-1252:30 via WHRI 9410 and Guiana French 11860; however, on Friday Feb 5 we heard them say they`d be back the next day, altho unchecked on Saturday and Sunday. Surely this would be gone by Monday, and the Spanish frequencies back to classical music fill?
No. But it almost seemed that way, as the show did not start at the appointed time. When we intuned 9410 Feb 8 at 1237 there was an apology loop in French (not Creole), with music, saying programming was unavailable from BBC Afrique, so check out bbcafrique.com. Afrique? How did that get in here?
But at 1238 axually started Connexion Haïti which thus still exists; perhaps it is being extended, maybe, day to day, or week to week. If it was needed before, it is not needed any less now. This late start should have been just in tim to get it finished before the transmissions end at 1300 sharp.
Receptionwise, at the outset 9410 was quite weak and mixed with Chinese QRM, i.e. CNR5 Beijing blocking Fu Hsing, Taiwan, per Aoki, and 11860 was much better, but at 1241, WHRI 9410 rapidly built up to full strength as if someone were turning up the power, but apparently, the morning ionosphere was just getting itself together, now way over the Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9885, VOA with morning service in Spanish called Enfoque Andino, whose remit would seemingly overlap that of the new evening show with Martí, A Fondo; at 1245 Feb 8 with report from Venezuela, someone highly critical of adopting Haitian `orphans` abroad to such awful places as New York; then anchor asked for people in Venezuela to send photos of what`s going on there, presumably meaning anti-government demonstrations, to comentarios @ voanoticias.com to be published on its website http://www.voanoticias.com --- looking around, I don`t find much of that, but here`s one:
At 1310 they were plugging A Fondo, M-F at 8-9 pm on 9825 et al. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. To emphasize my disdain for stupid ballgames, I wanted to see how long I could go without finding out who won the so-called Superbowl, UT Feb 8. That evening I was watching mostly C-SPAN and OETA/PBS; even avoided seeing it surfing past Yahoo headlines, but scanning MW quite by chance I couldn`t help but find out as WOAI was mentioning it just as I tuned across 1200 at 0633 UT, drat! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ARGENTINA. Have not been able to detect RAE on 15345 while Morocco is on, so wondering if it`s gone again? No, Feb 8 at 2156, very poor signal with flutter, but enough to recognize the RAE IS.
Also weak and fluttery signal with music during scheduled Japanese hour, Feb 9 at 0147 on approx. 11710.7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, have not checked R. Africa lately whether they are still broadcasting convicted and sentenced to 175 years, child-marrying sex-criminal ``Tony Alamo``? Yes! Feb 8 at 2201, in the clear after YFR off 15195, there he is, conversing with his YL sidekick, and at 2226 she is reading some verses, prompted and with interjexions by Alamo. Good signal but deep fades.
I also heard him earlier the same day around 1330 on WINB 9265, as he was comparing himself to some other religionists at the margins who have had problems with the law, David Koresh and Warren Jeffs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [and non]. Missed it by that much: at 0146 UT Tue Feb 9 I remembered to check for the SAm broadcast of RNE/RE`s Emisión Sefarad, which I hear Monday mornings at 1425 on 15385, not announced 15325.
Hostess says the 0115-0145 broadcast is on 11780, but at 0146 RNA Brasil is inbooming as usual, some flutter, with ``goooooooooaaaaaaaaallllllll`` remark. Hard to imagine REE being audible here, let alone there, no stronger than the weak REE signal arriving on 11680 --- and the 0115 broadcast is registered B-09 on 11795 which should be clear if axually in use, so let`s hope her announcement in this case is also wrong, but have to wait at least another week to check it out.
Strangely, 11795 is also on the books for the repeat to NAm at 0415 along with 9690 and 9650, but surely only using one of them, 9690 the last we checked, with the others being wooden alternates (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. KVOH, often absent and either not propagating or off the air, but loud S9+20 signal with Spanish religion on 17775, Feb 8 at 2157. When that`s the case, time to look for its parasitic spurs --- yes, noisy blob around 17921, weak and could not make out any modulation to //, and an even weaker one at matching 17629, both 146 kHz away from fundamental. One semihour later, 17775 had faded to only S9+7 at peaks, and the spurs went below threshold.
BTW, I keep seeing schedules published for this station showing they are also on 9975 morning and/or evening. KVOH does repeatedly register that with FCC and consequently HFCC, Aoki, and even WRTH show it, but don`t you believe it until someone axually hears KVOH on 9975.
Is anyone paying attention to reality, and our reports about it? Only EiBi has got the message NOT to list KVOH on 9975 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. Checking around 0136-0140 during the 01-02 UT Tuesday hour Feb 9 whether VOA is still operational as last week? Yes:
A Fondo: best on 7340, good on 9415, barely audible on 11625. No jamming on those, but heavy jamming on R. Martí 6030, 7365, 9825 which are supposedly carrying same program.
Lavwadlamerik: best on 7465, rather poor on 5960, 5835. No 7590.
And WWCR: active on 9980, 7490, 5070 and presumably 5935.
9810 also with Cuban jamming against R. República, along with some rhythmic tones I don`t hear elsewhere, so wonder if that is from the jamming or a bit of RR programming sounders poking thru the noise.
The Feb 8 issue of DX Mix News, Bulgaria shows this as a VT Communications transmission via Rampisham UK:
2300-0400 on 9810 RMP 500 kW / 285 deg to Cuba Spanish
Even tho VT does not admit it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955 WRMI tonight: Pretty good signal at 0140 UT Feb 9 with JSWC reporter, at first I thought DXPL, but I guess it`s Wavescan, scheduled 0115-0145, and apparently no jamming. Are you on the NW antenna yet? (Glenn to Jeff White)
Glenn: That's good to hear. No, we haven't found the problem yet with the NW antenna, but they're working on it off and on. Our consulting engineer is coming back from Panama around Feb. 15th, so my guess is they'll try it again while he's here.
Yes, Yukiko does the JSWC report on both DXPL and Wavescan. I'm not sure if it's the exact same material though (Jeff White, WRMI, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake music-only ChiCom jamming is showing up less and less at the moment, as also noted by other monitors. Feb 9 at 1518 I was able to detect it only on 8400, very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15080, DentroCuban Jamming Command on yet another strange new frequency, Feb 9 at 1509, relatively lite level with pulsing atop what could only be Cairo which runs distorted Arabic at 13-16. Could make out a carrier and some mod underneath jamming, still at 1519, but not at next check 1548. Could it be that Radio República or some other counter-revolutionary put a peanut-whistle on 15080 provoking this? Or is DCJC totally out of its mind, jamming Cairo in Arabic?
From 1556 I monitored 11600 for another DCJC to turn on, and so it did at *1558:40, lite pulses at first, quickly building up from additional transmitters to S9+18 level, against presumed R. República which we have never been able to detect here, unlike those intrepid Habana monitors (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA. 13605, AIR IS very poor at 1514 Feb 9 interfering with CODAR; 1515 sign on with ``Hii ni``, an immediate confirmation that it`s in Swahili as scheduled until 1615, 150 kW, 280 degrees from Bangaluru per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ITALY [non]. 5990, UT Tue Feb 9 at 0620 as I tuned across, heard the unmistakable voice of ``Tony Alamo``. Some adjacent QRM from Mali 5995. 5990 is IRRS via SLOVAKIA, a.k.a. European Gospel Radio, a.k.a. NEXUS-IBA, whose frequency schedule shows 5990 at 0530-0630 Mon-Thu, while the program schedules have been changed to show 5990 and Alamo starting instead at 0700 CET = 0600 UT Mon-Thu only; still until 0630, or 0700 now? Standard remarx about Alámo. The latest press reports on his unenviable situation: http://www.tonyalamonews.com/ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KURDISTAN [non]. 11530 via UKRAINE, V. of Mesopotamia, Feb 9 at 1424 Kurdish rap with piano accompaniment, which must be heard to be believed; 1425 segué reverted to more traditional music, whew, for rest of hour until 1500* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MALAYSIA. 5030, RTM Sarawak, Feb 9 at 1359 fair playing Tom Jones` ``Lonely Is a Man Without Love``, accurate 2-pip timesignal at 1400, less modulated talk, presumed news in local language; SINPO 25433, i.e. Cuba 5025 too weak to bother now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES. 9570, tuned in at 1554 Feb 9 just in time to hear closing bells, 1555 sign-off, different IS and off by 1556, i.e. R. Veritas Asia with the R. Blagovest ``bells`` service in Russian supposedly until 1557 per Aoki, 250 kW, 331 degrees from Palauig-Zambales site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 11550, WEWN Spanish, Feb 9 at 1420, music and talk interrupted over and over for long periods of dead air. Why is it so hard to get reliable program feed from Irondale to Vandiver? Wiggle that patchcord? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. A while ago I remarked that the WOOB 9170 frequency of CNR6 was not heard after 1400, but Feb 10 at 1407 there was a weak and fluttery signal in Chinese and a trace of it at 1501. Per Aoki this service alternates Mandarin and Amoy, 50 kW, 162 degrees from Beijing 491 site, at 1100-1805, 2055-0105 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. DentroCuban Jamming Command has added tones to some of its broadcasts mixed in with the noise; first noted on 9810 and thought they might be from victim R. República, but same heard on 7405 against R. Martí. It`s a rapid (random?) set of up-and-down tones, sort of like telephone touch-tones, or from a SFX recording, Feb 10 at 0618. Could also be caused by frequency-shift keying against the victim carrier.
15080, unlike the day before, no jamming here against weak and distorted Cairo in Arabic, Feb 10 at 1456 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WRMI
** CYPRUS. OTH radar pulsing, presumed from here but could be FRANCE or somewhere else in the area, Feb 10 at 1437 covering 17740-17760, peaking at 17750. By 1449 it had strengthened to become audible even under strong WYFR 17760, and extending up to 17765.
Exactly same sound also on weaker range 15480-15505, Feb 10 at 1451, this time blasting a weak HOA station in the middle on 15490, i.e. BBC Somali via SEYCHELLES, also heard with BBC theme until 1459:30* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GREECE. Despite the civil servants` strike in Greece`s deepening crisis, VOG seems to be operating as normally as usual, Feb 10 around 1500 on 15650; by 1546 that was off and an open carrier on 15630, with modulation applied by 1548, then announcer interrupting programming for listing of kilocyclon to different targets (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 7480 with N Korean-style oscillating whoop-whoop jamming plus pulsing, Feb 10 at 1358 against weak unidentifiable signal. But nothing fits. Per Aoki until 1400 on 7480 is FEBC Iba, Philippines, due west in Nung on Sun-Wed, Bru on Thu-Sat.
Both are tribal languages in Vietnam per EiBi
http://www.eibispace.de/dx/README.TXT but it is hard to imagine them mounting a jamming campaign even if they object strenuously to being evangelized by the alien Christian monotheists.
After 1400 on 7480, it`s only IBB`s R. Aap ki Dunyaa in Urdu, via Sri Lanka. The jamming lingered but stopped by 1402. 7480 is also used at other dayparts by R. Free Asia, and could also be for some N Korean clandestine, but none known to be scheduled now.
7480 is however reserved by WRN for the Tashkent transmitter at 13-15, 65 degrees to China and North Korea, so something new may have just started. WRN is already on 7490 via Tajikistan with R. Free North Korea at 13-15, but that`s totally blocked here by WWCR, which at the moment was not strong enough to impede 7480. Could that have shifted to 7480 in a futile attempt to evade jamming?
7550 with more NK-style oscillating jamming at 1403. This one is easily explained because since Feb 1, Open Radio for North Korea has been there at 1400-1500, 300 kW, 65 degrees from Armenia, per Aoki
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MOROCCO. 15341, RTM at 1452 Feb 10, wailing music, self-imposed whine but no het from anything on 15340 such as scheduled HCJB Australia. Next check 1545 had shifted to 15345 with same whine, and now also long/short path echo, going from music to phone caller (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA. Incredibly, RRI has NO English broadcasts at all between 13 and 18 UT, forcing us in prime morning hours to listen to other languages, with several transmissions well-heard in NAm anyway --- such as Arabic with Romanian accent, Feb 10 at 1543 also with Romanian folk music, a treat in any language service, and VG today on 15235 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, WRMI at 1503 Feb 10, weak but clear with yesterday`s R. Prague service in English, no jamming for a change. Instead was audible a weaker co-channel with music producing SAH, i.e. Family Radio via Tainan, TAIWAN in Russian.
At 1553 check, the defunct Aventura Diexista had been replaced by CDHD Brigade 2506, the only Cuban exile program kind enough to do an English version for the rest of us, a much-needed alternative to RHC; discussing Cuba`s economic woes. But this is only 15 minutes a week, with several repeats, Wed 1545 being the new airtime.
Recheck at 1654 to reconfirm the Tue 1630 broadcast of WORLD OF RADIO: yes, but now there is jamming again, tnx a lot, Arnie! The jamming is about as weak as WRMI so one could still copy my remarx about Vanuatu at the moment.
BTW, the WOR broadcast at 0200 UT Friday on 9955 has been changed to 0100, same hour as formerly on WBCQ 5110 Area 51 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 15440 with AWR theme music at 1427-1428* Feb 10. Listed as Urdu at 1400-1430 via AUSTRIA. AWR transmissions are scattered all over the place, many of them half-hours on an unique frequency not used for any of their other broadcasts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ALBANIA. 13640, R. Tirana, good signal as usual at tune-in 1556 Feb 11, but it`s in Albanian instead of English! mentioning Balkan countries until off abruptly at 1600*. I wonder if the entire semihour was in Albanian by mistake, or if this just filled out the hour after the English part which usually ends a few minutes early. Wolfgang Büschel was also listening and says it was entirely Albanian from 1530; perhaps a feeder problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6580, typical DCJC-style pulsing at 0650 Feb 11; it would cut off for a split second now and then as if for a monitoring check. Never could hear any target, but it bothered aero 2-way SSB communications around 6577 and another frequency on the hi side. I also compared it to DCJC on 7405 vs Martí, and by tuning to a sideband of that, the pulsing perfectly matched 6580. See also USA: WRMI
RHC missing from 15120, but weaker 15360 signal still there at 1324 check Feb 11. I was about to remark that the audio distortion on RHC 11800 had improved; until at 1359 Feb 11 I tuned plus and minus 6 kHz or so, encountering slush from this transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. 7210-LSB, exile hams with polemical remarx surely intended to be overheard as quasi-broadcasts, Feb 11 at 1308, primarily Raúl, N4RAU in Miami, as last heard Jan 14 in DXLD 10-03. This time he was saying that once communism is eliminated in Venezuela there won`t be a drop of oil for Cuba, where the economy will really collapse (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. 15710, Feb 11 at 1327, distorted music and talk in Indonesian, mentioning Indonesia, and Cairo, what else but R. Cairo itself with usual defective broadcast, but it has been worse (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI with YL talking about IRI, universities, in ``Miscellany`` segment ending at 1333, another one tomorrow; on to ``Music Corner`` from Bali. Some hum and flutter, a bit undermodulated but sufficient. 1401 signing off in English, 1403 opening in Malay or Indonesian, hard to discern which, as heard no mention of BM or BI, then warta berita, with more hum vs audio than during English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5910, Shiokaze again in English on a Thursday, Feb 11 at 1407 via JSR JAPAN: descriptions of abductees, atop lite Juche jamming noise. So the DPRK dictator even fears people hearing this in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. WWCR 15825 and 13845 instead of the usual marginal skip-over or backscatter signals at our distance of only one megameter from Nashville, reached very good levels at 1518 UT Feb 10, a sure tipoff that off-season sporadic E is in play, which may or may not ascend into the VHF range.
Started monitoring channel 2 on analog TV, and nothing showed until finally at 2105 UT, a mixture of stations in Spanish on channel 2, which I am always too quick to assume are Mexicans, altho the probability is high. By 2130, channel 3 was also in with one dominant station showing cartoons in Spanish; by 2145 there was a Spanish drama on channel 4; and by 2147 the MUF was up to channel 5 video with signs of skip.
Hard to get any IDs but at 2150, channel 3 had a Mexican government PSA and mention of Televisa, which could be from many different locations. MUF declined somewhat, but still channel 2 at 2247. Meanwhile I checked the 6-meter DX map at
which showed NO activity at all! Wake up, hams.
Around 0100 UT Feb 11, long after the TVDX had outfaded here, that map had lines all over it, from central to western NAm, with the Es patch around NW Kansas, too close to here, and then numerous other TVDXers were reporting activity in that area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** POLAND [non]. 11675, PRES via AUSTRIA, Thu Feb 11 at 1335 with documentary on whisperers, supposedly performing natural healing, Slavonic folk magic. Unnamed program ended a 1348 until next week. ID by Swavek Chefs as the ES of PR, on to next unnamed show about eating offal, with harp music, culminating in a recipe for tripe soup. Glad I wasn`t eating breakfast yet.
May have been the Letter from Poland lady, which had been scheduled in this time segment, but what became of Multimedia before it, or rather Multitouch --- has that been completely canceled, or moved? The program grid still hasn`t been revised since 10.5 months ago: http://www.thenews.pl/static/Schedule.aspx
1356 sign-off announcement, with P-mail address, e-mail english.section @ polishradio.pl and fill with rock music postlude.
Went looking for text or audio archives, and found nothing on these subjects yet, not even under today`s date, nor the last few days in case the wrong hour was being played back; but under Multimedia link, a 16-minute file of the Feb 2 program, none since:
``February 1st marked 85 years of Polish Radio broadcasting activity.
Presented by Slawek Szefs --- Also, the latest comments on PRES reception and... should my name be spelled Swavek Chefs?`` Audio link: http://www.thenews.pl/radio/multimedia/artykul124866.html
Which I then listened to. Erik Køie on the outskirts of Copenhagen complained of QRM from R. Netherlands, also on 11675 until 1330. That`s eastward from UAE in Dutch scheduled until 1327, but certainly likely to get into Europe off the back, especially in the skip zone from Austria!
At end he does refer to a DXLD extract from 10-04, courtesy of Erik Køie, discussing spelling of Polish names, alfabet, searching for Multi-Touch. Hopes hybrid show will only be a transitory feature, and to regain funding to separate them; still have to look for audio under Multimedia on website.
Fortunately our respelling-his-name comment raised a smile on his face, and he will be glad for people to spell it that way when writing; just so they write (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. BBCWS, Connexion Haïti still on the air in Kreyòl, Feb 11 at 1242 check via Guiana French 11860. Next check at 1255 via WHRI 9410, operatic fill music, so this time CH must have started close to on-time at 1232:30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, WRMI Radio Miami International and DentroCuban Jamming Command observations Feb 11: at 0615, ``pulse of the planet`` mentioned, not sure if a program segment but presumably from Israel Radio via WRN as scheduled this semihour, 0620 to electro-acoustic vamp music; it seems the last third of IR via WRN is always music fill. The solar flux is up, allowing the WRMI signal, still on the SSE antenna only, to be competitive with the DCJC pulses.
Previously DCJC was up and running a fifth of an hour before 1300 during UN Radio in French to Haiti, but this day monitoring from that minute, 1248, found it in the clear, first about Haiti, Radio des Nations-Unies ID and into magazine segment about something else. It was not until *1258:40 that DCJC cut on and overwhelmed WRMI in time to block Radio Libertad at 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 13570, WINB with preacher in Spanish, Feb 11 at 1555, with awful self-imposed buzz, very wobbly carrier even more obvious with BFO on, and interfering with CODAR.
Program schedule at http://www.winb.com/schedule.htm now shows a correct 5-hour difference between UT and ET, unlike last time we checked. Per it, does not start until 1600 with Alámo, so what`s this Spanish? All the programs flagged as Spanish, at other times, are from Family Radio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ALASKA. 6890, KNLS fair and clear signal, better than usual, Feb 13 at 1417, playing ``Puttin` on the Ritz``, into talk feature about Irving Berlin which soon turned into a tract from this stealth evangelizer, ending with ``If heaven had a refrigerator, your picture would be on its door``, which I find to be a non-sequitur, not buying into their wacky god-view. This was barely but safely on the edge of ChiCom OTH radar from 6890 to 7000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. 4460, CNR1 with apparent live New Year`s Eve concert by singer, Feb 13 at 1410; also heard same on 6040 and several other 49m channels, some of them jammers.
Altho the live concert may have been over by 1540, the CRI Sackville relay on 13675 had some nice traditional music, concluding with an evocation of a few notes from The Internationale at 1546, IDs in English and Chinese.
Do the Chinese also make a big deal of the exact arrival of midnight = 1600 UT? I`m sure when the lunar calendar was invented there was no such precise standard timekeeping (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, Feb 13 at 1422 on 6890-7000, 1424 on 6535-6585 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake, Feb 13 at 1435, good on 8400, nothing on 9000, 10210 or 11300 areas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** COLOMBIA [and non]. 5910, HJDH, Feb 13 at 0713 VG signal but with sermon instead of peppy music, bummer, and still with lite ute QRM aside. So checked the other HJDH, 6010 at 0714 and there was a rumbling het between it and XEOI, never zero-beat, one of which had a dramatic dialog, the other music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 9955, WRMI, completely blocked by heavy jamming around 1430 Feb 14 when WORLD OF RADIO is scheduled on Saturdays; also at 1608 when DX Partyline is allegedly on. Tnx a lot, Arnie! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CYPRUS. OTH radar pulsing, presumed from here, Feb 13 at 1459 covering 16870-16900 --- they should all be so far out of broadcast bands, unlike at 1519 on 15537-15560, all frequency ranges approximate, abutting RDPI 15560. Another one safely out of band but clashing with CODAR, tsk2, 13430-13460 at 1535 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ECUADOR [and non]. 3810-LSB, another check 24 hours later for HD2IOA, Feb 13 at 0659; yes, audible underneath spoiler hams N3TOA and K5ENU, no spring chickens but juvenilely making up funny fonetix, such as ``elephants near utopia``, or ``even nuns urinate``. Hee, hee.
I was straining to hear HD2IOA underneath them during the 0659:40-0659:50 UT segment when I thought a full ID was inserted Feb 12, and did succeed in making out the word ``Armada``, so that is definitely when it departs from time-announcements only. Furthermore, one of the hams thanked the Ecuadorian for making a top-of-hour ID, as reminder that hams should ID too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA [non]. 6260, Feb 13 at 1425 weak and fluttery signal with S Asian music and talk; it`s CVC`s Hindi service which still exists on SW via UZBEKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9680, RRI domestic relay Feb 13 at 1603, gamelan concert with singing, still at 1621 drama with singing. Normally this goes off around 1500v.
9526- VOI was also on at 1605 causing het to 9525, no doubt CRI Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN, weaker. 9526- sounded like something reverent tho not strictly Qur`an, 1607 over to YL talking non-English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 4800, Feb 13 at 0708 fair with YL singer vs CODAR, then ID as ``La nueva estrella, XERTA ---`` but fade during the rest and not sure they were still calling themselves Transcontinental; music bed had a bit of ``Blessed Assurance``, so still religious, on to continuous talk, rough copy but seemed sermonic.
Also quick check of 6104.8 found XEQM reaudible at 0722 with music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also COLOMBIA [and non]
** PORTUGAL [and non]. 13 meters again lively on Feb 13, after solar flux up another couple points to 96 on Feb 12; and the K-index at 1500 Feb 13 of 1. 21655 RDPI music with VG S9+10 signal plus classical music from Spain 21610 and 21570 at roughly equivalent levels (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. 15670, Miraya FM via IRRS SLOVAKIA, Feb 13 at 1510, YL ending English news with the ``main points again`` --- we know what her model is, don`t we? She pronounces it Miráya, so that`s still OK, but the canned ID by OM afterwards pronounces it Míra, so take your pick. And into an Arabic dialect.
I have been trying to get Radio Mada and Miraya FM off the same frequency where they have been colliding Sat & Sun ever since Miraya moved to 15670 from 9825 a few weeks ago; so I was listening carefully to see if Mada would show up on my suggested alternative, 15680.
At least the Pridnestrovye carrier for Mada was not on so early this time, no SAH or anything yet on 15670 at 1517. By 1524 the open carrier had come on, atop Miraya producing 3 Hz SAH, but no intermittent Russian tones until 1525. Carrier cut off and on a few times; 1527 tones atop Miraya. At 1530 sharp, Mada starts modulating in presumed Malagasy, making both stations unintelligible.
During the next semihour, 15680, 15660 as well as their adjacent frequencies remained tantalizingly empty as the Two M`s fought it out on 15670, until Mada was finished at 1600*.
I believe Mada intends to move, but obviously this seemingly simple shift could not be accomplished yet, probably having to go thru several layers of bureaucracy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. Radio Martí via Greenville with dead air for at least four minutes, 1520-1524 UT Feb 13 on all three frequencies, 15330, 13820 and 11930; a pity since all were way atop DentroCuban Jamming Command at the moment, but at least allowed us to make out the beeping tones underneath 15330, 11930, but not 13820. 1524 all resumed with talk about a béisbol lanzador, i.e. pitcher (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Altho WINB had infilled the 14-16 UT gap the day before, it was completely missing from 13570 and 9265, Sat Feb 13 at 1452 check, 1535, and even at 1611 when 13570 is normally on. Transmitter trouble? CODAR thanks them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LI STENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15420-CUSB, WBCQ carrier on over BBC at 1531 Feb 13; tho missing from own schedules, this frequency carries Brother Scare on Sabbath mornings only, but from when, exactly? I left a receiver on frequency and waited, and waited. WBCQ is far enough off to produce a rippling SAH with BBCWS in English via Cyprus, but no loss since there is no significant programming, only Sportsworld.
Finally at 1614 a bit of rock music starts playing from Maine, 1615 cut to BS, 1616 cut back to an ID loop by Allan Weiner which sounded like just ``BCQ, Monticello, Maine, USA`` repeating several times, then back to BS again, which I now found to be 7 seconds ahead of WWRB 9385 (and WBCQ 9330 not on).
Does this mean WWRB has him on seven-second delay in order to mute him in case he says something untrue? Hardly! And with electricity so expensive in remote Monticello, it`s difficult to fathom why BCQ would run half a sesquihour with no modulation, unless BS is paying for it anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. I make regular chex of 4050 in case KWMO Washington MO make it thru, but usually not. Feb 13 at 0705 there was just barely audible music presumed from this 1350 station, current champ in the third-harmonic radiation category (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA [non]. 11550, at 2255 Feb 13, over-dramatized portrayal of a family reunion, veddy British with lots of assenting interjexions, for-he`s-a-jolly-good-fellow, so what English service is this?
None at all. It is R. Australia`s Indonesian service promoting a peculiar brand of English learning, as eventually switched to Indonesian explanation of what had just been heard; apparently less with-it than Kangguru.
2259 cut to Waltzing Matilda and off --- or so I thot tho uplooked later in Aoki, and RA`s Indo website, this transmission via Taiwan is supposedly 2200-2330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHILE. The HCJB Portuguese relay spurs from 11920 CVC Calera de Tango, vary considerably; have been 20 kHz away, but Feb 13 at 2303 as closely as I could measure their mushy centers, they were plus and minus 15.9 kHz, i.e. 11904.1 and 11935.9. When will they get around to eliminating these? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake, Feb 13 at 2315, poor with flutter on 7495. Also JBA on 8400. No known target at this hour, tho Chinese from RFA is on 7495 until 2200 via Tinian, and VOA Chinese from 0000 via Thailand. Did Sound of Hope insert itself into the gap?
Normally CNR1 would be used to jam the biggies, so the oppressed Chinese people cannot hear what America is trying to say to them; meanwhile the USA is bombarded with multiple unjammed CRI relays in English via Canada, Cuba, Spain, Albania (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Transmission of RHC`s 2030-2130 English broadcast is still irregular and problematic. Sat Feb 13 at 2114 check, nothing but Spanish on 11730, 11760, 11770, 11800, lo-fi interview with a revolutionary veteran? Dog barking in background, no DXers Unlimited.
17705, Feb 13 at 2057 upwrapping RNV relay with IS iterations and off. But back on with weaker signal at 2235, poor in French with RHC mid-ID during Journal Parlé about Afghanistan.
This semihour is on the schedule as Guarani, but French has been substituting, since as we all know, there are oodles of people who understand both. Does RHC really have any living Guarani-workers on its meagre payroll?
Calling a radio newscast a ``spoken newspaper`` seems rather archaic, but also occurs in Castilian as ``diario hablado``. Are they admitting they are just reading directly from a newspaper? Radio/TV require material to be rewritten in a different more conversational style; broadcast journalism 101 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. As I was checking Lavwadlamerik on 7590, also noted big signal on 7580 from R. Cairo`s western NAm service in English, adequately modulated during Arab music, but 2315 worn-out recording of Cairo news theme, and OM with undermodulated news I soon gave up trying to copy; the propagational fading was louder than the audio. Back to OK modulated music by 2329, but most of next semihour was a YL reading a script about some cultural topic, too low to understand. A pity, since someone no doubt put a lot of effort into writing and reading it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN [non]. 7520, R. Farda with usual mostly-pop music format, some western, with Persian announcements, good but fluttery Feb 13 until 2330* cut modulation abruptly and carrier a semiminute later. It`s 2100-2330 via SRI LANKA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 27185, NWS relay on CB calling channel, big signal heard at two different locations in Enid a few miles and a sesquihour apart, Feb 13 at 2110 and 2236 UT. Usual lo-fi audio but hardly any worse than the original on 162.475 MHz. Frequent casual IDs are ``Enid Weather Radio``.
The site of WXL48 is really on a tower SW of Enid near Drummond. This means that if a tornado is approaching from the SW, which is most likely, the radio can get blown off the air first when we need it most. Never mind, NWS radio isn`t that good with real-time warnings; tune to OKC TV stations if you can.
I don`t often monitor CB, so don`t know if this relay is constant or frequent. I suppose it`s convenient for CBers who don`t have a weatheradio, but surely another less busy channel would have been preferable. This was a nice day with no urgent weather info, before another coldwave hits.
Aside from the QRM problem, this might skip out, now that the F2 MUF is uppicking. Strength meter varied slightly with modulation, so not full carrier, but some SSB to it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. After the three Lavwadlamerik frequencies in the 22 UT hour, 15390, 13725 and 11925 closed at 2300, I went to 7590 and waited for it to upcome. Finally did at 2302, at first with hum and undermodulated, then brought up to normal level at 2303. 7590 remains a secret frequency missing from the VOA Creole schedule, filling in the gap at 2300-0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 11560, Olympic theme music, fluttery at 2258 Feb 13, 2300 VOA ID and news in English, also weaker // 11840. These are both Tinang, PHILIPPINES, the latter just starting at that hour, 21 and 349 degrees respectively, the former USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. 15400, Feb 14 at 1429 tune-in, just in time to catch sign-off in English by HCJB Global Voice, Australia, saying they would resume at 2200 UT on 15525. Good S9+5 signal, carrier still on at 1432. It was actually in Chinese up to sign-off.
Then checked 15340 at 1433 and there was S Asian singing over big het from Morocco 15341. Sat & Sun 1430-1445 language on schedule is Chhattisghari.
Website http://www.hcjb.org.au/ is headed with this: ``Broadcast alert 11th Feb 2010 -- As of tonight our broadcast to South East Asia resumed.``
WRTH 2010 says they have one 100 kW transmitter at Kununurra, but they obviously have two, and more probably to come from Pifo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 5045, instead of the usual unannounced, automated? music for long stretches, R. Cultura do Pará had apparent live coverage of the beginning of Carnaval, ``do início ao fim``, Feb 14 at 0606 UT with IDs in passing, phone numbers, crowd sounds, maybe broadcasting from the street? There is lite but not annoying reverb on the announcer`s mike. Note this was 3+ am in Belém.
Since carnaval is the most important festival of the year in Brasil (who needs Chinese New Year or Valentine`s Day?), I would not be surprised if other Brazilian stations go into overdrive during it, possibly audiblizing normally staid or silent transmitters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake traditional music-only jamming Feb 14 at 1450: very good on 8400, nothing on 9000, 10210 or 11300 or vicinities. Not found on 40 meters either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. Cut numbers on 5930.0, Feb 14 at 0613, new frequency? These code letter versions of spy numbers on A2 are normally heard below 5900, e.g. 5898. Very strong and bleeding into adjacent frequencies, vs WWCR/DGS on 5935, RFI on 5925. Ending at 0631 with AR x 3 and SK x 1 but carrier stays on a while. It`s surprisingly difficult to find this frequency mentioned in ENIGMA and other numbers references.
13880 lacking the RHC leapfrog, Feb 14 at 1444 as I started to tune down the 13 MHz band, so one of its components must be missing: yes, 13780 OK, but absent from 13680 allowing R. Farda via Wertachtal, GERMANY to arrive unimpeded (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** FRANCE [and non]. 15605 in Russian, Feb 14 at 1420, first assumed VOR but it`s really RFI at 1400-1430, caught my attention since it had RTTY QRM slightly to one side, which also continued later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA [and non]
** HAWAII. 6501-USB, distorted high seas marine weather by masculine robot voice, Feb 14 at 0634, pause, and 0635 closing as ``US Coast Guard master communications station, Pacific, out``. Presumably this means NMO Honolulu rather than NMC Point Reyes CA, both of which use this frequency as well as NMN Chesapeake, but NMO weather starts at 0600 per schedule included in my last report (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR [non]. R. Mada still colliding with Miraya FM for Sudan on 15670: Sunday Feb 14 at 1529 with usual SAH of about 3 Hz, double audio from 1530 while 15680 et al. remain vacant (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. 15670, Miraya FM via IRRS via SLOVAKIA, Feb 14 at 1439 interview with both participants speaking heavily-accented English, about languages, 1443, what constitutes a free and fair elexion. Good signal declining somewhat in following hour, and collision from 1530 with Radio Mada; see MADAGASCAR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TIBET [non]. 11500, at 1507 Feb 14, Chinese conversation with laughing, or so I thought, but listed as R. Free Asia in Tibetan, via Kuwait during this hour only. Do they mix in the language of the imperialists/colonialists? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9410 back to WHRI programming, Feb 14 at quick 1236 check, well atop China, when a gospel huxter was mentioning ``hot slippery pneumatic sex`` or something like that (trying to read my scribbled notes, pretty sure of pneumatic, anyway), presumably in disapproval, but secretly relishing the thought, ex-BBCWS Connexion Haïti in Creole, which allegedly has now ended. Need to check on a weekday to be sure, when BBC should be back to Spanish only during this hour. So could DXing with Cumbre possibly be back on SW at 1200 Sat or Sun? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Relatively quiet conditions Feb 14 at 0556 allowed a weak S9+5 signal to be audible on 4050 with country music. Faded a bit at 0600 sharp when inserted ID including ``KWM-`` and right back to more of same music. I.e. KWMO, Washington MO, 3 x 1350 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 6000, aimed due south, WYFR is rather weak here, but Harold Camping at 0614 Feb 14 had big variable het on him not noted before. Wild guess: R. Guaíba, Brasil, with extended or reactivated schedule for Carnaval; see also BRAZIL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 15580, via SOUTH AFRICA, VOA interview with a guest about the situation in Venezuela, notably Chávez` increasing control of the media, Feb 14 at 1420-1430. Outroed as On the Line. I wanted to recommend this show to others, but website
does not (yet?) include it. The ``latest show`` tho dated Feb 12 is about something else. On the Line is really a talking-heads TV show, audio track of which gets to be on SW.
BTW, as VOA spins its TV logo, half the time it looks like NOV from the back side, not a good idea. Eliminating the cross bar from Capital A to make it look like a lambda is also a nonsensical graphic device and only exacerbates problems like this. Why should we call it VOLambda? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VENEZUELA [non]. And I do mean non! After a few weeks of regular Sunday appearances, no Aló, Presidente to be heard at 1735 UT check Feb 14, via Cuba, absent from 17750, 13750, 13680, 12010, while the other frequency 11690 was on but // regular RHC 11730, etc. El Hugazo has started butting into Venezuelan radio and TV whenever he feels like it, even in the middle of the night, so maybe there will be fewer Sunday marathons (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VIETNAM [non]. 13865, something in Vietnamese, Feb 14 at 1445, weak and fluttery, music. It`s R. Free Asia via SRI LANKA during this hour only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ARGENTINA [and non]. Just like the good old days, an audible het of about 200 Hz between two obstinate stations which refuse to move apart and eliminate the problem, despite plenty of open frequencies just above and below.
Yes, RAE has drifted off-channel again to 15345.2 or so, but around 2115 Feb 14 the dominant audio is Arabic from MOROCCO. Next check 2219, Morocco is off, leaving very weak and fluttery RAE, or rather R. Nacional relay on weekends via same General Pacheco transmitter, in the clear. By 0010 Feb 15, 15345.2 signal has surged to good level but still heavy flutter in live play-by-play of some SBG (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 11760, RHC in French, Sunday Feb 14 at 2139 with Le Monde de la Filatélie. Naturally, the stamp subjects are yet more fodder for revolutionary political propaganda. Then tuned up 10 kHz to RHC Spanish on 11770, and they were just upwrapping equivalent El Mundo de la Filatelia. The variably-timed DX program, En Contacto, began at precisely 2144:30 this week, also on 11730, 11800, etc., starting with birthday greetings.
At 0013 on 13820, DCJC pulses against nothing since R. Martí quits this frequency at 2200. But propagation from Cuba must be very good. Checking some other jammers, 9810 obliterated R. República at 0014, and contained beeps. At 0033, 5890 VOA under heavy jamming without beeps, but // 9885 well over jamming with beeps during an innocuous discussion about teaching children.
13770 Spanish and 13790 weekly Esperanto both inbooming UT Monday Feb 15 at 0022, seem equal level tho 13770 is normally much weaker here; must have changed antennas. Also had heard Esperanto earlier Sunday just after 1500 on 11760; was not copying the announced schedule, but am fairly certain there was no mention of the 13790 transmission at 0000, just the 2330 one on two frequencies, which I doubt still exist.
They are mainly concerned with promoting and anticipating the 95 Universala Kongreso de Esperanto, Havano, 17-24 Julio, 2010 --- that is, if armed counter-revolution has not broken out by then. I continue to be amused by one of the announcers, obviously not a native-speaker of Esperanto, who cannot break himself of saying ``Amériko`` instead of ``Ameríko`` as invariable Esperanto rules require penultimate stress.
3445 at 0058 Feb 15 with weak Spanish talk, sure sounds // RHC 6060 et al., but only one receiver handy at the moment so can`t be positive. Plus weaker second audio source. Definitely not // Rebelde 5025. Since it ends in -5, can`t be a leapfrog or difference mix of any regular RHC or CRI relay frequencies since they all end in -0, except 17705 which goes off at 0030. For the same reason, it could not be a mix with any local MW station. Could be a mix with an equally strong spy transmitter at same site but punching numbers into the calculator, I have not come up with anything recognizable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ECUADOR [non]. HCJB via CVC CHILE 11920 spurs containing mushy distorted // audio in Portuguese, Feb 15 at 0026 centered on about 11900.5 and 11939.5 = plus and minus 19.5 kHz, while 25+ hours earlier they were circa 11904 and 11936 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, R. Africa at 2220 Sunday Feb 14 with evangelist Tony Alámo, convicted and sentenced to 175 years for child sex abuse, rambling about baptism and resurrexion, from a station and a broker, Panamerican Broadcasting in Cupertino CA, which have no compunxion about diffusing this monster with money. WINB broadcasts him only Monday-Friday so this is a much-needed Sunday fix; Saturday too?
Whew, he`s out of Oklahoma after being transferred thru OKC on the way to his permanent prison, or at least the next one, which is in Tucson AZ. Now officials are trying to figure out how many ``wives`` still under his influence will be allowed to visit him, altho not conjugally. See
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TIBET. 4820, at 0030 Feb 15 in Chinese, vs CODAR and some SSB on one side, and a SAH of about 8 Hz. We may confidently list-log this as Lhasa, and Kolkata, as they are the only two stations in the world on 4820 and both could be propagating near grayline (unlike Aoki, forget about Botswana and Honduras).
4800 had a weaker tentative Chinese at 0033, which would be Geermu, on the same frequency as Chennai; discounting XERTA which I see is missing from Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNIDENTIFIED 4895
** AUSTRALIA. 9590, R. Australia, Monday Feb 15 at 1420 for the rest of the hour, speaker with fascinating discourse on how the Polynesians really settled the Pacific, and deserve great credit for their navigational skills, denied to them by much later European intruders.
Turned out to be a Massey Lexure originally on CBC Ideas, by Wade Davis, during National Radio`s Big Ideas program, and more to come in following weeks. Here`s the info:
``2009 Massey Lectures: The Wayfinders - Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, Lecture 2, The Wayfinders Listen Now - 2010-02-04 |
The Wayfinders is a profound celebration of the wonder of human genius and spirit as brought into being by culture. (For copyright reasons this program is not available as downloadable audio)
The entire science of wayfinding is based on dead-reckoning. You only know where you are by knowing where you have been and how you got to where you are --- that your position at any one time is determined solely on the basis of distance and direction travelled since leaving the last known point. If you took all of the genius that allowed us to put a man on the moon and applied it to an understanding of the ocean, what you would get is Polynesia.``
We are so fortunate to have RA (and RNZI, q.v.) which aren`t afraid to give us such stimulating intellexual content (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6150, RHC ending DX program En Contacto, Feb 15 at 0655, ergo a secret repeat starting at 0640 UT Monday; strong signal but undermodulated here; weaker signal but not undermodulated on // 6120.
Meanwhile, 6140, 6060 and 6010 were still in English service with music which they play more of on Sunday nights, respite from all the talk before another week of propaganda begins.
11600, tuned in early at 1556 Feb 15 in case I could hear any trace of Radio República before the jamming hit: no, just the jamming quickly ramping up from *1558:30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. FRG-7 was still tuned to 15190 following 2220 Feb 14 log of R. Africa, the voice of Alamo, when I turned it on again at 0607 Feb 15 --- there`s R. Africa again! With another gospel huxter, this one screaming (that`s one thing you got to give Alamo credit for --- he does not scream!). Signal fluxuating S6-S9 in an unusual night opening from Africa on 19m.
Soon also found signals from NIGERIA [q.v.] 15120, SOUTH AFRICA [q.v.] 15255, DW Rwanda 15410 and VOA Botswana 15580 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. 11725, R. National via RNZI, Feb 15 at 0620, as I was bandscanning, interview with a person furious about any attention given to global-warming deniers, leading to do-nothingism. Could not stop listening, so had to quit tuning.
Turned out to be David Suzuki from Canada until 0647, mentioned his latest book ``The Big Picture``. That was during ``Nights with Bryan Crump`` on National Radio and here is the 30-minute audio which I highly recommend:
We are so fortunate to have RNZI (and R. AUSTRALIA, q.v.) which aren`t afraid to give us such stimulating intellexual content (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA. After finding EqG on 15190, looked for VON on 15120, and there it was, with a much stronger S9+10 signal, Feb 15 at 0608 with news read by YL about Central African Republic.
Modulation OK except for irregular noise bursts every few seconds, sounding like splatter from adjacent frequency --- except there wasn`t anything nearby doing that! Instead, the noise was on their own modulation, probably somewhere in the studio-to-transmitter feed.
0611 about the gang riot in Milano, also here: http://itn.co.uk/f3156235fbaf93db19c608f7ed599c43.html
0613 about Uganda trying to kill off gays; 0616 switch to another YL for more news items.
Is this the new Abuja transmitter site? If not, when is it going into full service? One should ask the German ham who has been working there and hooking up his rig to the huge antennas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH AFRICA. 15255, Channel Africa in darkside TA opening on 19m, Feb 15 at 0610 with news in English, 0612 about Pres. Zuma (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. Too engrossed in R. Australia this Monday with Massey Lecture, but checked 15385 at 1454 to reconfirm that REE`s Emisión Sefarad was still here Mondays at 1425 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Altho WINB was on the 13570 air in Spanish before 1600 on Friday, still vacant on Monday Feb 15 at 1523 check. Maybe Spanish was on again today, but no recheck until 1603 when it bore a distorted Tony Alamo singing, 1605 mailbag with sidekick Sharon reading a letter allegedly from a Kolkata admirer. Very wobbly carrier, obvious with BFO on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 5025, Feb 16 at 1408 playing song in English, ``Sultans of Swing`` by Dire Straits, momentarily making me imagine I was hearing VL8K in a rare coincidence of day-frequency-at-night and Cuba off --- but signal was too good and 1412 outro in Spanish. R. Rebelde does it again; baseball overrides politix (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Shiokaze is back here on alternate frequency ex-several weeks on 5910, for its daily 1400-1430 broadcast via JSR, JAPAN, in Korean, Japanese, Chinese, English, or occasionally French. First noted Feb 15 by Ron Howard and Hiroshi/S. Hasegawa, a day I did not look for it, but Feb 16 at 1404 talk in Japanese at first with non-piano march music background I wondered might be QRM, but then unimpeded talk. No jamming or co-channel from Myanmar audible here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MOROCCO. Signal levels are generally degraded this morning, and local noise level is high, so while munching my raisin bran around 1500 Feb 16, with BFO on and tuned 1 kHz away, I amuse myself by monitoring how long it takes RTM to QSY 4 kHz from 15341 to 15345: 15341 goes off at 1500:45*, and 15345 comes on at *1504:22.
This is carrier, not paying attention to whether there be a further delay in modulating. That totals 3 minutes and 37 seconds = 217 seconds, or approximately 54 seconds/kHz. Now we know. The change is for no particular reason, and really ought to be after 1530 in the opposite direxion to avoid colliding with HCJB Australia and later, RAE Argentina (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SWAZILAND [non]. 11640, at 0609 Feb 16, African-accented preacher in English, S9+18 signal, but quite undermodulated. This is via SENTECH, SOUTH AFRICA, 0600-0645, 500 kW, 320 degrees favoring NAm tho intended only for Nigeria, and often audible here.
It`s incredible how many SW transmitters in the world are running with inadequate modulation. Don`t stations understand the necessity for good modulation as well as carrier power? Apparently not. As tubes are failing, they back off modulation as a precaution or out of necessity, and try to keep them on the air, meanwhile no doubt charging full price for fraxional service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 7575, VOA with talk (editorial?) on George Washington setting excellent precedents for how the US government should operate, Feb 16 at 1356 but cut off abruptly incomplete just after 1358*. Until that, reception was VG. This was via TINIAN. Because of such pervasive lack of coördination between programming and transmission, VOA is its own worst enemy. This is NOT ``good enough for government work`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15550-USB, WJHR at 1931 Feb 15, peaking S9+8 with what else? Overconfident preacher. Can`t say signal has improved significantly after a month off in January for antenna work. Nothing there at 2116 recheck, so apparently still on limited test schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENNG DIGEST)
** U S A. 4050, Feb 16 at 0624 check, country music, no-strain level at peaks, no doubt presumed KWMO Washington MO, 3 x 1350 as usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [non]. 9690, CRI in Chinese at 0204 Feb 19, VG signal but noticeably distorted, the usual situation with the Noblejas, Spain relay which has no problem with modulating its own REE broadcasts; must be a feed input problem. Past log had it extremely distorted, so must have been improved (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** COSTA RICA. 3350, REE relay, another ailing transmitter, Feb 19 at 0211 with S9+20 signal but very undermodulated with hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. 9490, R. República, still loud and clear on third night of new frequency, UT Feb 19 at 0105. No jamming audible, but it was still grinding away against nothing on ex-9810. 9490 also still much stronger than RCI 9755, which doesn`t make sense if it`s also Sackville but on a southward antenna. Maybe 9490 is on the 240 degree beam for some reason, which is right toward us rather than Cuba. 0205 RR was talking about Arctic peoples and nims, seemingly off-topic, but they do have a variety of general informational programming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** DJIBOUTI [and non]. Looking for signs of RTD, 4780, a bit before nominal *0300 but no luck Feb 19 before *0259 of WWCR 4775. Why? FCC told me Feb 16: ``We have received an interference complaint from a foreign government's fixed operation concerning WWCR's 5070 operation. We are currently communicating with that government agency concerning this; meanwhile, WWCR is operating on 4775 pending the outcome of this matter.`` --- so possibly the change is not permanent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. 9915, at 0118 Feb 19, Spanish talk about the CIA, making me wonder at first if it were something out of Cuba. Awful audio with distortion and only modulating at spixe, of which Habana is certainly capable, but also a typical Cairo problem.
0121 into music, and yes, with some strain decided it was // 6270 Cairo with good modulation. I also tried 9390, something there but unseemed //. That must be because the third frequency changed to 9360 sometime since B-09 began as in DXLD 10-03 from DX Mix News:
0045-0200 on 9915 ABS 250 kW / 252 deg Spanish SoAm
0045-0200 on 6270 ABZ 250 kW / 315 deg Spanish NoAm
0045-0200 on 9360 ABZ 250 kW / 245 deg Spanish SoAm
Aoki still shows 9915, 9390 and 7540 for this Spanish. Boo, Abis! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** HONDURAS. 3290, extremely distorted FMy broadcast signal, Feb 19 at 0210, mixing music with talk which I eventually decided was Spanish. Slope detexion did not help much. I forced myself to listen to this garbage for almost an hour in hopes of something identifiable. At 0213 music with a heavy beat, more Spanish talk.
What could this be? It`s obviously not a spur from a proper 90 mb frequency such as REE/Costa Rica 3350, not //. BUT, Radio Misiones Internacional, 3340 is missing. Not unusual, as they are quite sporadic, but it`s my prime suspect, with #2 possibility being the other 90 mb Honduran, HRPC, Radio Luz y Vida, which is also missing from its frequency 3250.
It was mostly a feminine voice doing the distorting. At 0220 heard dios mentioned, and tentatively at 0226 Misiones Internacional[es]. Long talk-only segment followed, presumably sermon until 0248 announcements and music. Could not make out any ID even at hourtop 0300 as it went on. At times I was trying to detect if English was inmixed, as we know this station sometimes does, but just too distorted.
ASAP I asked dxldyg monitors to check it, especially anyone who has NBFM-receive capability which might audiblize it better. Please keep an ear on 3290 in case it happen later in the night or subsequently.
3340 used to be known by calls HRMI, but WRTH 2010y shows HREZ, with merely the slogan Radio MI. Unfortunately, no chance this is GUYANA, which is supposed to be reactivating shortwave any time now with new transmitter and antennas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA. 9800 at 0133 UT Fri Feb 19, discussion in English about the EU, some distortion; 0136 it`s the Network Europe program, as in http://euronet.eu --- Confusing matters was recheck at 0156 when I found 9800 in Spanish with English accent, but 0158 mentioned rcinet.ca and 0159 RCI IS and IDs, and more Spanish from RCI.
Was RCI carrying Network Europe? Surely not, but then you would not expect RCI to be carrying domestic programming for immigrants either. Trouble with Network Europe is that being on multiple stations lacking individual IDs within, we have no idea which station it really is, until consulting references, so soon found that
RRI is on 9800 at 0100-0200 in English, 300 kW, 310 degrees from Galbeni, and
RCI is on 9800 at 0200-0300 in Spanish, 70 kW, 227 degrees from Sackville. But apparently that starts several minutes early, and we know RRI normally finishes at 3 minutes before the hour, so RCI wastes no time in taking over (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH AFRICA. 3320, Feb 19 at 0211, fair signal with music; better at 0250 and clear, a blessed relief from the distortion on 3290, but did not stay with it long, as I knew it must be Radio Sonder Grense.
3255 weaker than 3320, at 0258 in English, 0302 BBCWS news.
Both are 100 kW from Meyerton, BBC 3255 at 03-06 and 16-22, nondirexional? And 3320 at 18-05, 275 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. 5915, Feb 19 at 0313 a bit of English, quickly into Arabic voice-over, good signal, and perhaps our best chance to hear the Affia Darfur/Hello Darfur service of IBB, which at 0300-0330 is via VATICAN, of all places, 250 kW at 146 degrees.
5915 remains an interesting frequency, with CVC Zambia using it in English at 0400-0500 only, and Zambia NBC from 0515, if its transmitter gets repaired (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, WRMI, UT Fri Feb 19 at 0110 with revived ``Eat Soccer`` show; 0124 English talk about Cuba, new 0115 time for CDHD Brigade 2506. So WORLD OF RADIO shifted to 0130. Signal was fading and by then I could just barely hear myself introducing #1500, but no jamming. WWCR still inbooming with PPP on 9980 causing some desensitization, no help. Meanwhile, on webcasts I confirmed that ACB Radio was running new WOR 1500 at 0100, but Area 51 was not, despite still being scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 7595 at 0130 Feb 19 with VOA Yankee-Doodle jingle, fair in Farsi talk, but heavy RTTY QRM from about 7597 requiring side-tuning. This in absence of 7590 GB Lavwadlamerik which finishes at 0100 altho completely absent from Aoki listing. Which however says the 0130 language is really Dari, the Radio Ashna service to Afghanistan following an hour of Pashto, 334 degrees aus Iranawila, SRI LANKA.
7415, R. Farda presumed the station with music causing a SAH under stronger open carrier, no doubt WBCQ, Feb 19 at 0150. Earlier in the hour had noticed Brother Scare via WBCQ, a not especially strong signal, and the co-channel would certainly have been a bother if one really wanted to listen to him and WBCQ were still modulating.
So here we have a USG service which deliberately co-channels a domestic US shortwave station; via Lampertheim, GERMANY, 100 kW, 108 degrees at 0030-0230. O, right, totally different target areas so could not possibly be any QRM back in the USA! It`s bad enough that China runs many hours on 7415 without IBB doing it too to `BCQ.
The WBCQ online program guide shows BS on 7415 at 0100-0400 weekdays, 0200-0400 UT Sat & Sun (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9975, no sign whatsoever of KVOH on this frequency at 0308 check Feb 19, despite having registered itself here season after season, currently in B-09 per FCC at 01-08 and 13-15, 50 kW, 100 degrees like 17775 in between. I challenge anyone to axually hear KVOH on 9975; otherwise delete all listings for it on that frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WTWW on the air again, first time heard in February, 0313 Feb 19 with S9+20 open carrier on 5755; next check at 0319, classic rock music test had started and at least one of the old IDs mentioning a river bank. Computer noise back on as I tried to keep monitoring, but either off or considerably weakening by 0335. I expect they are about ready to start regular talk programming of religion and/or politix (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 4050, KWMO Washington MO third harmonic can also be heard earlier than my usual 06-07 UT logs: Feb 19 at 0219 M&W talking, probably an ad; 0304 music, so not much news if any on the hour. Quite weak and presumed as per previous definite IDs, no other 1350s harmonicizing like this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN [non]. 9660, Feb 19 at 0310, news of South Africa, Nigeria in English, OM with accent I was trying to place, maybe Channel Africa? No, soon IDed as ``the daily African service of Vatican Radio``, 0312 into a cultural talk.
Good signal, and no wonder: it`s via MADAGASCAR, 335 degrees usward at 0300-0430, with more via there at 0430-0500 295 degrees, 0500-0530 more English at 265 degrees. At 0530 site switches back to Santa Maria di Galeria for another sesquihour, at 175, then from 0600, 200 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. VL8 check Feb 19 at 1320: talk audible on 2310, but only weaker carrier on 2325, still weaker on 2485. Nothing detectable on 2368.5 R. Symban, which QSL manager Johno Wright says has powered up almost to 1 kW; but is it on the air constantly now? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** HONDURAS. After hearing the extremely distorted FMy signal in Spanish on 3290 past 0300 UT Feb 19, I next checked at 0628 but it was gone, just the usual ute noises. Still tentatively think it is HREZ, Radio MI. They used to run well past 0600 or perhaps all-night, but have not heard them on proper 3340 this late in months (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI at 1335 Feb 19, YL speaking English undermodulatedly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH. 2850, KCBS with steady S9+10 signal during pop piano concerto Feb 19 at 1318, shortly announced in Korean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6104.8, XEQM at 0635 Feb 19, M DJ giving phone 99-91-93-91-58 --- I think I copied that correctly, 2 x 5 = 10 digits, and soon answering caller as ``Candela, buenas noches``. DXers might want to call in (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [non?]. 24 hours earlier I heard REE IS at 1359 on 7220, unscheduled. Wasn`t certain of the frequency so recheck Feb 19 at 1359, and there it is again, definitely on 7220, so nix my previous speculation about Xi`an 7215 doing it by mistake. This time, 7215 went off at 1357*
The 7220 carrier stayed on past 1400, but just too weak vs the QRhaM to be certain of language. During a brief respite at 1405 I tried to // it to 17595 when REE was opening Españoles en la Mar with Morse code ID, but could not; at 1410 music while 17595 was talk.
No foreign languages are on the REE schedule starting at 1400 on any frequency, so one would expect it to be a segment of their continuous Spanish service, if anything. Nor is there anything about Spain or 7220 in the WRTH Feb update. Nor any 7.220 in the B-09 frequency schedules on the REE website via http://www.rtve.es/radio/radio-exterior/
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. My first chance to check BBCWS 9410 via WHRI during the time previously occupied by Connexion Haïti in Kreyòl which allegedly ended after Feb 12: a week later, Feb 19 at 1231, BBC headlines in English, and on into Newshour, first about Australia vs Japanese whaling, and then about stem cell research and the AAAS, past 1240.
So this 12-13 UT transmission, also via Guiana French 11860 unchecked today, originally in Spanish only, has not gone back to that. I suppose it still starts in Spanish with new news for 15 (or 10 or 5?) minutes, and then switches to English for the rest of the hour instead of archival Spanish shows and alternating pop and classical music fill. It remains the ONLY BBCWS SW transmission in English from or to the Western Hemisphere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWRB with Brother Scare at 1322 Feb 19 on BOTH 3185 and 9385, as he was talking about the times he can be heard in the New York area. We had thought a single transmitter switched from one frequency to the other, but since time is far from sold-out, WWRB has a spare so they may as well overlap them for a while (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 7490, WWCR Power Hower as the wacky YL tries to make a conspiracy out of the Austin crash, Feb 19 at 1328, and jamming noise audible underneath; later in the morning, WWCR is so strong that the jamming cannot be heard here, tho Eric Bryan in Washington state was complaining of it, wondering who`s jamming WWCR? It`s really against R. Free North Korea, inconveniently scheduled at 13-15 via Tajikistan.
I also hear 9980 WWCR with PPP on 8590, but that`s a local mixing product with KCRC Enid, 1390 kHz away (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. As discovered by Dragan Lekic, the WTWW live stream is now funxioning, via http://wtww.us We heard it after 1500 Feb 19 and it`s Pastor Pete Peters, also on WWCR 9980 but did not check to see how it matched. Did monitor around 1535 and WTWW was not on the 9480 air at the time, but it looks like PPP will be the programming, just what we need; or rather, just what WTWW needs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BELGIUM. Since RTBF and VRT are gone from SWBC, we must try other bands to DX this diminished country. After hearing SP1NL on 21290-USB, see POLAND, Feb 20 at 1442 I was getting another station saying ``oscar radio two radio`` several times, presumably meant to imply that was his own callsign and he wished to talk to someone else, probably not Poland due to skip distance. Later gave his name as John, which fits QRZ.com: OR2R, John Lauryssen, Rotenaard 14, B-2650 Edegem, Belgium. BTW, the fonetik for R is Romeo, if for O you say Oscar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. See last few reports: One more check of 7220 at 1359 Feb 20: there is the REE IS again and today reception is much better so I can tell that at 1400 it cuts to the CRI opening theme, ID as always first in Chinese, but second ID in language obscured by QRhAM, which continues almost without break from ragchewers, but at least they are off to one side.
Continuous talk, no doubt opening newscast, in non-tonal South Asian language; 1410 music fragment and next show including bits of Chinese for voice-over translation. I also hear occasional beeps roughly once a minute but irregularly, not sure out of this transmitter or the hams, which sometimes emit beeps as they start or stop transmission. Still going past 1430.
So it seems the REE IS is just a switching error at some CRI site, and has nothing to do with any intentional REE broadcast before or after. Probably the language to follow is on the same satellite feed channel from Beijing as the 12-14 UT REE relay in Spanish intended to be transmitted only from Xi`an on 11910.
I`ll bet a satellite DXer such as Mark Fahey in NSW could hear the same thing on the appropriate transponder. IBB makes the same kind of mistake on SW with bits of R. Netherlands in English via Tinian.
CRI broadcasts in all these Asian languages at 1400, per EiBi: Amoy, Bengali, Burmese, English, Japanese, Khmer, Mandarin, Mongolian, Russian, Sinhala, Tamil, Vietnamese, but there is one more which fits exactly on 7220:
Nepali, via Kunming. The Nepalis must be wondering why they hear the REE IS just before their hour. Aren`t the Kunmingis paying attention to what they outsend? I love a mystery, especially when I can solve it.
At 1500, CRI 7220 switches language and site to Japanese via Jinhua, and that is a regular here, aimed 59 degrees and also USward, well heard at 1505 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 11880, DCJC pulses coming and going Feb 20 at 1512, probably spurs of 11930 jammer against Radio Martí, which has similar pulses best audible on the sides down to 11915. Often these only come out as clix on the spurs ~50 kHz away (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CYPRUS. OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, Feb 20 at 1436 at 21540-21565, bothering Spain on 21540 but not 21570. With all that vacant spectrum above 18 MHz, why does this have to be inside a broadcast band?!?!
Same type of pulsing occupying 15150-15180 at 1524 but no broadcasters audible amid. There were several frequencies scheduled in use but strangely, all ending at 1500 except 15175, AIR Gujarati via Goa at 1515-1600, per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR [non]. Another weekend, and will R. Mada finally quit colliding with Miraya FM? I start checking 15670 at 1521 Feb 20, when the Miraya signal from Sudan via Slovakia is quite poor and fluttery, hard to tell if another carrier is involved.
Nothing on 15680 or 15660, my suggested alternatives from Radio Mada. At 1527, 15670 Miraya has rapid flutter circa 10 Hz which I suspect is a SAH, but apparently not, because:
At 1529 there is a stronger open carrier on 15660, but also with heavy flutter, peaking S9+5. Undermodulated talk starts late about 1530:25, brief jingle, and intonation sounds French; 1531 cut to better mod, YL maybe on phone line. Not sure if totally in French, mixed with Malagasy or French-accented Malagasy. Also has long/short-path echo, from Pridnestrovye site.
Anyhow, both services are now on clear frequencies after more than a month of colliding, so a cause for celebration: R Mada on new 15660 Sat & Sun 1530-1600. We have been wondering how much longer this will last anyway as the post-coup political situation in Madagascar evolves (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MOROCCO. Missing the day before, RTM is back on 15341, Feb 20 at 1420 with music, lite het presumably from HCJB Australia 15340 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** POLAND. 21290-USB, at 1438 Feb 20, SP1NL with curtailed contest-type contacts, gave his call repeatedly fonetically, and spelt handle; listed at qrz.com as LESZEK BRANCEWICZ, KODRAB, 72-518 LADZIN, Poland. 13m has been open for several days with broadcasters, but not much activity until now on ``15m`` hamband, mostly below 21325 or so. See also BELGIUM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. At the breakfast table with insensitive DX-390, as I was enjoying my semi-grapefruit primarily with my right hand, Feb 20 at 1455 I punched up 21640 with my left hand in order to note exactly when that BSKSA Riyadh transmitter would go off: 1455:40* after a dekasecond of deadair.
Then I retune to 15435 to note exactly when it would cut on: 1457:04, joining in progress Arabic talk which had been so rudely interrupted on 21640, tough for listeners who may have axually been attentive to the topic, missing a sesquiminute of it, assuming they knew where to retune, not announced.
Can`t be sure it was the same transmitter, as 21505 also closes about the same time; as does 17895 but that`s the other service, HQ moving to 15225. After breakfast I write this down in my logbook with my right hand, and then transcribe it and embellish for this log report with ten fingers touch-typing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 15480, no sign of TRT or any signal here at 1425 Feb 20, lending credence to my theory that its presence Feb 18 past 1500 was an operational error long past scheduled 1400* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15610, WEWN with solid S9+12 signal tnx to sporadic E patch over Arkansas halfway between, Feb 20 at 1518. With BFO on, mushy parasitic spurs also audible around 15600 and 15620.
Looking over the WEWN frequency schedule, I would say from numerous logs over the past months that these frequencies radiate the spurs:
15610, 13835, 11520, i.e. the English service.
Have not noticed it from Spanish frequencies 5810, 7555, 11870, 12050.
I think I have noticed it with other Spanish frequencies 11550, 13830 altho not logged lately.
It seems the hash always accompanies one of the transmitters, but audibility depends on strength of the fundamental, and they are also more obvious when another station risks running only 10 kHz away, e.g. WYFR on 11530, 15600, WWCR on 13845 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR-3, 7490, Feb 20 at 1425 quick check, still running Musical Memories with Martha Garvin, the piano lady, instead of Country Crossroads with Bill Mack, as still appears on the February 1 pdf program guide for 1400 Saturdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15550-USB, WJHR, poor signal Feb 20 at 1532 as the overconfident preacher references II Timothy: 3, with splatter from RDPI 15560 worst during applause and music. But Iran 15545 in Arabic weak and no problem today. WJHR still going at 1820 check, weak but now with no QRM (Glenn Hasuer, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15420 at 1526 Feb 20, BBC had variable het on it, presumably WBCQ transmitter warming up for the Brother Scare Sabbath, but could not make out any modulation from him. This week did not keep listening to find when WBCQ would add the mod; unneeded anyway with plenty of BS on 9385 WWRB at 1534, and also one second before it on 17485 via GERMANY, R. G. screaming his lungs out, possessed as he is by the Holy Spirit (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WTWW was allegedly going to test with Pastor Pete Peters all day Feb 20 from 1600 UT until 0400 Sunday, as heard by Thomas Nyberg, announced by PPP on WWCR 5890 --- but no show here from 1600 past 1800 on 9480; if on between 19 and 22 would be 9475, then back to 9480 or 5755 until 0400. Since he is already 24/7 via huge signals from WWCR, it beats me why PPP would want to be on WTWW also, same bands from same state, virtually same coverage. But the ego of Aryan gospel huxters can never be overestimated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. Since BBCWS has quit its special Creole service to Haiti, that reverts 9410 to WHRI-available programming Sat & Sun 12-13. Once upon a time, DXing with Cumbre was scheduled both days at 1200, so I check Sat Feb 20 at 1207: not even on the air, just hearing the China radio war weakly between Fu Hsing, and CNR5 per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. The 25 mb was hopping with stations Feb 21 at 0714-0730+, led in strength by RNA 11780, of course, with promo at 0727 ``Carnaval no Brasil é Nacional`` implying congruity, a somewhat excessive claim bound to be disputed by countless other stations and entities.
11815 was next, R. Brasil Central, with live DJ talk and music. I was wanting to catch a definite timecheck from any of them confirming that DST has just ended in the Brasilian states where it had been reigning, but at 0717 they said was 2:17 in Miami; yeah, so?? 0723 with some great music involving harmonica; 0730 greeting listeners around the country.
11925v, R. Bandeirantes also with live programming, and a TC I could not copy precisely. Not as strong as it often is.
11765, SRDA Curitiba, had wacky wailing preacher David Miranda, oblivious to Carnaval as he is to any remnant of reality. Well atop a bit of CCI, no doubt BBC English, 27 degrees from Ascension.
11749.9 weaker, mostly music from another transmitter turned over the gospel huxters, Voz Missionária.
11895 at 0719 the weakest one with song I am pretty sure was in Portuguese from R. Boa Vontade, Porto Alegre; Spain anyway is supposed to finish 11895 at 0700, and its // 12035 tho still on, was inaudible.
With DST over, RNA should be signing on 6185 an hour later, anywhere between 0725 and 0800 UT, giving us back an hour of unimpeded XEPPM reception after Vatican finishes at 0620. We`ll see from Feb 22, as RNA runs all night on UT Sundays only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake, traditional music-only jamming, UT Feb 20 at 2337 found a number of `morning` frequencies, presumably inspired by Sound of Hope, the insignificant station which Must Be Jammed, as Ron Howard has also been hearing in California, much more than in the Asian evenings.
First noted on 17970 where it really stix out in an aero band, but here rearranged into reverse frequency order rather than the exact chronological order tuned:
18180 at 2337, fair, a bit better than 17970
17970 at 2337, fair. No recognizable CRI/CNR signals on 16m unlike 19m
16700 at 2339, poor with heavy flutter
15970 at 2339, poor with worse flutter than 16700
14970 at 2339, fair with flutter. They like `970s, but no 13970 any more
9000 at 2345, very poor vs hets
8400 at 2345, just barely audible
I see that the 20 Feb edition of Aoki has all these plus several more on the higher bands, except 15970 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6933, 5-digit Spanish YL spy numbers, Feb 21 at 0703, usual big signal but this one quite undermodulated, a Cuban trait normally reserved for RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CYPRUS. 18460-18485, OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, Feb 21 at 1500, just where they belong, far away from any broadcasters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EAST TURKISTAN. 4980, at 0049 Feb 21, Asian language talk with intonation resembling Korean, but that would have to be something new. The old `2009`, meaning 2008 PWBR by the radio showed only one possibility, Xinjiang PBS in Urumqi.
Besides the imaginary Ecos del Torbes listing, Aoki Feb 21, 2010 agrees it can only be XPBS, and the language is Uighur, i.e. only what the imperialist Han ChiCom want their grossly outnumbered subjects to hear, while they jam external broadcasts in Uighur.
After talk-only segment, from 0052 mixed in some music, 0056 more speech by YL, now much stronger signal than India 5010. Music overlapped 5+1 timesignal at 0100, fanfares and announcements. It`s also stronger than adjacent Brasil 4985, tho the latter is improving (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY. Tnx to Kai Ludwig for reminding us of an unpublicized once-a-year broadcast, and to Wolfgang Büschel for more info about it, we were standing by Feb 21 at 1600 for Radio Öömrang, on 15245 or 15230.
At 1600 it was inbooming S9+22 on 15245, just missed English ID but there would be more later. VG signal must be aimed USward, or rather toward New York, whose local time was mentioned. Mostly talk in a strange dialect of German, interspersed every few minutes with halting English IDs, which had hum on them, and went approximately, including at 1629 and 1637:
``Hello, this is Radio Öömrang, the free voice of the Friesian people.
Welcome to the new year 2010. Welcome to our broadcast on high nineteen FM via Juelich with the frequenz 1-5-2-3-0 k-h-zed``
Yeech, only once a year and they get the frequency wrong! Will they have it corrected by 2011y? Jülich? Guess it`s hard to keep up with the latest site demolitions. It also seems they have a very hazy idea about the difference between KW and UKW.
At 1611 talking about megabits per second, etc. Just what is the purpose of this? At 1630 about the CDU and the SPD. Do these Friesians have some political ax to grind?
At 1638 in English introduced segment, ``facts about the Friesian people`` --- but that was not in English! Obviously this effort is not really meant to reach the world at large beyond their minority dialect, but just a feel-good promotion for the insiders.
Later plugged their Facebook site. http://www.facebook.com/oomrang
Without the umlauts? No, the above does not work, I think, since I am not signed up with Facebook anyway. Someone please explain what the name means, and its cognate in High German. Is this Friesian dialect the same as the Plattdeutsch used e.g. by HCJB?
At 1655, English closing: ``the producer says goodbye until 2011``; contact info with Niebüll postal address, no e-mail mentioned. Niebüll is a small town at the northern tip of Germany some 12 km from the Danish border.
``PS: if you want to sponsor this broadcasting, it`s only paid by Mr. ----``. Further production credits and ``Goodbye``, 1656 to open carrier, until off at 1659*. They wasted two precious sesquiminutes of expensive (?) 500 kW (?) airtime from Wertachtal! And of course they wasted the whole thing for people tuned to 15230 instead.
Wolfgang Büschel later explained: ``Started in Friesian (lower German) language, which is similar to Dutch West Frisian language spoken in North Western Netherlands. The Kiel student Anna read the (local?) news and also a weather report of North Sea area could be traced.``
A weather report once a year just won`t do (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA. 5010, S Asian music, Feb 21 at 0048. Surely AIR Thiruvananthapuram, and it must have been close to grayline peak, gradually fading down noticeably by 0100 and weaker than 4980, see EAST TURKISTAN.
Madagascar 5010 would propagate but normally not on air all night; Dominican Republic goes off by 2400, and has rarely been reported lately even before that. Also missing for a long time is HREZ`s sesquiharmonic of 3340 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [non]. 17605, NHK is still devoting a Sunday-morning hour to western classical music, at 2335 UT Saturday Feb 20 check, good signal altho 170 degrees, via Bonaire, 250 kW. Axually it`s a bihour transmission starting at 2200, following a semihour of Japanese on same parameters from 2100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. 11725, as I tuned past around 0711 Feb 21, nothing there, but a minute later RNZI inbooming with old recording on Sounds Historical show, then cut off the air again. I quickly retuned to 9765, but not there either, whilst DRM noise was grinding away on 9865-9870-9875. According to current schedule,
11725 is supposed to QSY to 9765 at 0658-0659, and stay there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. Plenty of piracy as I was casually tuning the prime band Saturday evening Feb 20:
6930-USB at 2330, immediately heard ID on the semihour as ``WBZO``. Good signal with rock music, still at 2346 recheck. 2350 with a speech of some sort; 2353 WBZO IDs again, Mr. Bozo. I see that a pirate with variations of this name has been reported for at least five years in Free Radio Weekly, most recently in January, but as CBZO/KBZO rather than WBZO.
6950-USB at 2333, another pirate here with rock music; local fifth harmonic of KCRC-1390 not a problem at the moment, which is easily recognizable with incessant sports-talk.
6951-AM, at 2346 next check some music here instead of 6950-USB, and then intermittent SSB QRM.
6925 USB, next tuneby at 0044 Feb 21 found only one pirate at the moment instead of 6930, 6950/6951, don`t know which (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PORTUGAL. Following the terrible flooding and mudslides on Madeira, made a point of listening to RDPI`s weekly ``Abraço da Madeira`` show, Sunday Feb 21 on 15560, at 1435. Announcer from Funchal studio was trying to make phone contact with people, not always successfully, who needed to convey messages to relatives and friends; including someone in the Czech Republic. Excellent signal here as usual on weekends to NAm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 17660, R. Riyadh, French service of BSKSA, is usually audible here but marginally; poor with flutter Feb 21 at 1431 some kind of drama was playing funereal music led by bagpipes, then mixing French and Arabic with more dramatic music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. 17745, Sudan Radio Service via Portugal, Feb 21 at 1502 in English with usual pro-democracy and pro-elexion propaganda, re upcoming general elexions in the north and south, later refined to ``in the free areas``. Included music and SFX. Much of the talk had annoying echo on it just like long/short path, but seems really to be inserted into the audio produxion to make it cooler, and less intelligible. This frequency continued past 1600, while:
17700, new Sudan Radio Service frequency, Feb 21 at 1559 with VTC music fill/prélude, 1600 opening SRS in Arabic but pronouncing station name in English. Another English ID in passing amid Arabic at 1607. Not // 17745. It is totally unclear why they would add another non // frequency at the same time to compete with themselves, but this is registered as 250 kW, 65 degrees via Ascension, 1600-1700 daily except Saturdays, causing DX Mix News Bulgaria to assume it would be carrying the new service for Somalia from March 1, Radio Bar-Kulan/Meeting Place. Maybe that will come true, with SRS just a place-holder till then? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5070, ``Ask WWCR`` started a minute or two earlier than 0245 UT Sunday Feb 21, so would be done in time for frequency change to 4775 before hourtop; as I tuned in at 0244, already in progress. Three-way discussion by Brady, Jerry and Phil, only about the recent frequency changes and management.
An interference problem from Slovakia to WWCR 5935 is apparently being lessened by slightly changing their azimuth, i.e. on 5930. In A-10, RSI plans to use that instead of 6040 for NAm starting at 0100 with English. Here in CNAm, it`s RSI which will lose out by being that close to DGS, just like R. Prague at other hours. Those two don`t seem to get it that they must stay at least 10 kHz away from any US SW stations, when broadcasting to North America.
WWCR guys congratulated selves on getting rid of 7095 mixing product after only one night (not mentioning who told them about it; and altho I did hear it again later, JBA).
And said such things cannot be anticipated. Axually they can, as I explained previously with the formulae for possible mixes of any two frequencies, e.g. 5205 could appear if 4775 and 9980 are ever on air at same time, 5205 being the difference between them.
It was all very positive, with no discussion of these changes` impact on other stations such as TWR on 4775, or Djibouti 4780. But they welcome comments to 4775 @ wwcr.com
This edition should be audible on demand for another week via http://www.wwcr.com/ask-wwcr_309.mp3
I also listened a bit to 4775 at 0606 UT Sunday as ``Into Tomorrow`` with Dave Graveline was starting, for the Valentine weekend!!! As they mentioned repeatedly. So what we get on WWCR is one-week delayed; why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, Feb 21, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 18520-18560, lite DCJC pulsing peaking at 18540, Feb 22 at 1538. Rate corresponds to that heard from R. Martí jamming at sidebands such as 15325. Seems to be totally stray, as no jamming on nearest band 17 MHz, to be spurious from, and if harmonic, nothing needing jamming on 6180 which is an intentional RHC frequency at other hours. Of course, there could be another Radio República tiny transmitter needing blocking around here.
11600, another check of the jamming against never-heard alleged R. República transmitter from Central America: Yes, Feb 22 at 1558:30 jamming noise started, ramping up rapidly with additional units onpiling (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WRMI
** HONDURAS. After hearing the extremely distorted Spanish signal on 3290 UT Feb 19, I checked briefly following nites around same time 0200+, but nothing there, nor any normal transmission on 3340, suspected source being HREZ. May have been a one-off, but we can always hope for a more identifiable two-off (Glenn Hauser, OK, UT Feb 22, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN. 15545, I picked to listen to for a while due to interesting music from VIRI`s Arabic service, Feb 22 at 1548. But within two minutes switched to incomprehensible talk discussion. Cut off the air abruptly at 1553:25 and returned at 1554:40, but now noticeably weaker. Was this a deliberate transmitter/antenna switch during continuously scheduled Arabic service at 0530-1630 via Sirjan? Or some failure lacking complete recovery (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** LIBYA [and non]. 21695, V. of Africa English ID at 1512 Feb 22, big S9+18 signal better than // 17725, into African music, what a pity: crummy lo bitrate, when it could have been as hi-fi as a strong steady analog SW signal possiblizes.
Meanwhile Saudi HQS had much better audio on somewhat lesser S9+9 21460 signal at 1513; Spain 21610 and 21570 S9+7 at 1514 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO [non]. Eager to hear Radio Educación`s eclectic music mix on 6185 unimpeded by QRaMazon, now that DST is over in Brasília, even tho it was irrelevant in target zone, I check the frequency at 0643 UT Monday Feb 22 --- no ZYE365, an encouraging sign as now it should not be starting before 0730 --- but no XEPPM either, signal missing, we hope solely flukely (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MYANMAR. None of the frequencies ever make it here with audible modulation, but Feb 22 at 1406 I was able to detect the carrier on 7186 (definitely not 7185), vs QRhaM. Seemed the signal level should have been enough to bring some sound; is it undermodulated? Ron Howard in California found Myanmar had reactivated this out-of-band channel, heard just about every morning since Feb 13, until 1530*, ex-5915, and varying slightly 7185.70-7185.77 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OMAN. 15140, fair fluttery signal with Qur`an, peaking to S9+8 at 1523 Feb 22, no doubt RSOO; would English have been as good during previous hour? Usually not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. With the higher frequencies improving, it`s time to search for harmonics 18+ MHz. Feb 22 at 1516 I found one! On 18057.9, at peaks instantly recognizable as the wacky wailing preacher David Miranda, dipping to just barely audible. Such programming plus the off-frequency means it has to be the third harmonic of R. Victoria, Lima, at the moment on 6019.3, but of course not audible on the fundamental at this hour. When it is at night, always puts annoying hets on the major broadcasters foolish enough to use 6020.
At 1528 he settles down a bit to more normal speech, making it easier to detect he is speaking portunhol, or españuguês, the peculiar mix of Portuguese and Spanish he thinx will entrance all South Americans equally. 1531:43 cut to music, and announcer outros only program title, ``A Voz da Libertação``, so is it supposed to be more than 50% Brazilian? Following announcement at 1533 had cadence of Spanish rather than Portuguese, presumably locally from Lima, Radio Victoria (not Rádio Vitória). Last check at 1606, JBA carrier on 18057.9.
Meanwhile at 1524 I had strained to hear any carrier from this on other possible harmonix, 12038.6 and 24077.2, but nothing, one too low and one too high if anything is really radiating. WRTH says fundamental power is 3 kW, so only a fraxion of that on 18.
Also carefully rescanned up to 18600 for other harmonix from 6 MHz band stations, but none found. If only a few more Latin Americans would loosen up their harmonic suppression! Even so, there are probably some more weak signals waiting for a good bit of propagation to raise them above the noise level, which fortunately was quite low here today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 6075, R. Rossii, Pet/Kam transmitter never gets fully fixed. Now Feb 22 at 1400 it is rumbling loudly, motorboating against itself even in the minute+ after timesignal and modulation stops. With BFO on I could barely detect some CW ending before RR 1401:13* no doubt the usual 8GAL marker (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 17560, Feb 22 at 1602, assertive speaker in Arabic, with a bit of reverb as in a public place, e.g. a mosque, but no audience reaxion heard; S9+10 but fluttery. Checked BSKSA 15435 and 15225 but not //. That`s because those are the first program and 17560 is the HQS, so I should have found a match on 15205, 13710 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also LIBYA [and non]
** SOLOMON ISLANDS. SIBC 5020v transmitter must be reactivated; at least there is a detectable carrier now at 1355 Feb 22, weaker than Malaysia 5030 on the other side of Cuba.
Yes, S. Hasegawa, NDXC reported to DXLD: ``SIBC on 5019.96 received from 0800 UT on Feb. 19 by many Japanese DXer. Condition is good.``
But before it failed they dropped the overnight BBCWS relay due to expense, so is that back on after 1200, or do they just leave the carrier on, eating up the same amount of electricity? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. Quick check of 15385, Monday Feb 22 at 1425 reconfirmed REE Emisión Sefarad is still here and still announcing imaginary 15325. Good signal aside Cuban jamming spurclix around 15382 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. 17700, new via ASCENSION, Feb 22 at 1600, Sudan Radio Service opening in Arabic, with e-mail srs @ edc.org pronounced in English as well as the station name; and still not // the other SRS via PORTUGAL 17745 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SWAZILAND [and non]. 9635, Feb 22 at 1452 ``This is Trans World Radio – Swaziland`` IDs alternating with chime IS which really cuts thru the QRM, fairly good signal. But at 1504, Radio Canada Internal`s news in English was ending, making a fast SAH quite similar rate to the CBCNQ one on 9625 with Channel Africa.
Per Aoki, RCI 9635 from 1500 is via Xianyang, China, usually known simply as Xian, 500 kW at 252 degrees, while TWR is in Malagasy at 1440-1525 except French on Sundays, 100 kW, 64 degrees from Manzini, which means the two are aiming approximately at each other. This does not explain why TWR was running IS and ID in the middle of it at 1452 --- unless they just do that between programmes in a single language.
I wanted to see if there were more variations listed in the WRTH 2010. There is NO entry for SWAZILAND in the international sexion! Go to the domestic sexion and it refers you to the international sexion. But under what country? How about USA --- yes, there is a brief entry but no schedules, mentioning that TWR owns transmitters in Benin, Guam, Netherlands Antilles, Swaziland. Yes, but where are the schedules?!
Finally I find the TWR Swaziland schedules under SOUTH AFRICA, of course! Mixed in with Meyerton transmissions, and they are on the facing page to the missing Swaziland position. But these do nothing other than agree on the French/Malagasy 1440-1525 on 9635 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 11620, VOT piano variations IS, Feb 22 at 1457, S9+10 good except for flutter. O o, as uplooked later, the Çakirlar operator must be dozing again, as this is the end of the Uyghur hour, not the prélude to any other broadcast on this frequency. Wake up, hurry up and get it retuned to 11680 for Dari or 9530 for Persian both starting at 1600; sources differ as to which transmitter site; TRT may swap them around as needed for repairs, maintenance (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Lavwadlamerik confirmed still running an extra Creole hour among many others kept secret from the public schedule, i.e. 0200-0300; at 0210 check Feb 22 on 7465 and much better 5835 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WRMI, 9955, has moved its French-to-Haïti hour from 12-13, to 14-15. Unfortunately, the old time was not completely jammed, but the new time has been constantly jammed even when not carrying anything counter-revolutionary, or even in Spanish. And it still is, nothing but noise at 1458 check Monday Feb 22. By 1501, jamming had diminished to pulses & beeps, and we could tell Radio Prague in English was there. By 1610, no jamming at all during AWR Wavescan, but fast SAH from co-channel Taiwan 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17775, KVOH at 1605 Feb 22, must have just come on at 1600 as not there a few minutes earlier; now S9+18 on fundamental, enough signal to bring with it the spurs: 17920v typical noise with periodic bronx cheers from the ute databurster entitled to this frequency; and as usual, much weaker trace of KVOH spur around 17630, tho clear with CRI Bamako finished at 1600, and still no sign of a reactivated Africa Number One, Gabon (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. 9490, R. República at 0010 Feb 23, still very strong and clear signal, no jamming audible tho possibly some is far under, on this 227 degree beam from Sackville, which crosses central Flórida and Yucatán, just missing Cuba, but close enough for this UT Tue-Sat 00-03 broadcast.
Meanwhile, noise jamming still on ex-9810. RR still very good on 9490 at 0112. This is so much better than ex-9810 that now there is little doubt that was really from Rampisham UK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WRMI
** CYPRUS. 15780-15805, OTH radar pulsing, presumed from here, in one of its favorite ranges, Feb 23 at 1510 QRMing 15790 BBC Arabic via Cyprus, and weaker 15785 Galei Tsahal, Israel. Hmmm, does QRMing BBC make it less likely this OTHR be really from Cyprus too? Or are they rivals for spectrum? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ECUADOR. 3810, Feb 23 at 0659, HD2IOA timesignals every 10 seconds without QRhaM, so fingers crossed, I was hoping to catch a clear ID at 0659:40, but ham blasted on exactly the same LSB frequency a few sex before then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ETHIOPIA/ERITREA [and non]. 40 mb intruders made another of their frequent long-path appearances: Feb 23 at 1440, 7165 fair with Horn of Africa music including drumming; 7100 also fair but a bit weaker with HOA talk; and 7175 weakest with music including drumming, singing. At 1443 a ham blasted on 7165 which served as BFO, as he replied to someone I had not been hearing at all, about Toyota Avalons.
By 1500, 7165 had weakened so it was no longer adequate BFO for the hams who would rather ragchew, as they have every right to do, than shut up and listen to an exotic broadcast station and its music. 7110 had also weakened to a trace and 7175 was gone or blocked by more hams (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY. Correxion to my Feb 21 one-off log of R. Öömrang, 15245 at 1600-1657: Info from Wolfgang Bueschel is that a postal address given was: Tanenwai 24 in 25946 Nebel (Insel Amrum).
So not Niebuell as I had thought. That is in the same region not far away on the mainland, but the postal code matches Nebel on Amrum island. My maps (in English) spell this area in Germany as well as Netherlands, Frisian Islands, not Friesian.
Also, Kai Ludwig suggests about the unfound Facebook page:
Perhaps they really referred to http://www.facebook.com/amrum
which promotes tourism to Amrum (Glenn Hauser, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUAM. 15255, Feb 23 at 1408, nice songs in S Asian language, 1410 during talk, ``Adventist World Radio`` pronounced as in English. Good signal but with deep slow fades. Was listed as KSDA, but with such good reception, figured it`s more likely switched to Austria now --- no, still KSDA, due west in Sinhala. The 7DAs do manage to integrate their message into local musical styles. Gone at 1434 recheck, appropriate as it`s a 1400-1430 transmission (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA. 4920, Feb 23 at 1313, SSOB below 5000, as not much on 4750 today, talk in S Asian language, mentioned a www. --- .in plus postal address more than once with lots of zeroes in it; 1315 to music. 1335 still in with music and talk, but weaker. It`s AIR Chennai, 50 kW non-direxional. No other AIRs making a modulated showing on 60m, nor any Chinese, so no Tibet QRM.
9870, AIR VBS via Bengaluru, usual good signal Feb 23 at 1450-1500 with some really hot Bollywood music. This is what SWLing is all about --- immersing oneself somewhat in the entertainment of a culture from the other worldside, literally, transpolar. 9870 is audible here long hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9680, RRI, which suffered from Firedrake the day before, lacked it Feb 23 at 1304, with ID, well atop some much weaker signal, maybe Taiwan, causing SAH.
New frequency for VOI, 9525-, Feb 23 at 1305. No more 4+ kHz het against 9530 station. Yes, after months on 9526-, they have switched back to 9525-, presumably from another transmitter. It`s just a smidgin below frequency, not as far down as 9524.9.
Two YLs in English referring to Banjarmasin, constant hum and somewhat undermodulated but strong signal makes it mostly readable. 1308 to a report by the guy in that city. 1317 W&W introduce next program, soft-spoken M talking about agriculture. 1320 mention ``Exotic Indonesia`` which is the every-Tuesday live(?) hookup with RRI Banjarmasin, still going after many months; YLs announced the usual three frequencies, and finally ``9525`` is more or less correct; website http://www.voi.co.id and also Banj`s FM frequency where this can be heard.
1322, Today in History, starting with US topping Iwo Jima in 1945. Too much more to monitor so I miss the rest of it, but at 1348 it`s mostly music fill, W&W giggling, 1354 closing transmission with love. No signal at next check 1435 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KAZAKHSTAN. There is no external service from one of the world`s largest countries, let alone anything in English, but Kazakhstan is kind enough to relay our gospel huxters to predominantly non-Christian countries in the vicinity: Feb 23 at 1324, there is anti-church cult leader Harold Camping (end of world minus 15 months and counting) on 9310 with echo. This is scheduled as via Almaty at 12-14, 200 kW, 132 degrees.
WRTH 2010 says there are 9 x 100 kW transmitters at Almaty (Dmitriyevka, while Aoki calls it Nikolayevka --?), so they have plenty of capability and can be doubled up. WRTH also says there are 4 x 1000 kW SW transmitters at another site, Qaraturyq! But I can`t find any listings for those axually being on air. Does anyone know the status of it?
In reality, all the current A-A transmissions are listed as 200 kW, or 500 kW = 5 x 100 kW transmitters at once, or half a thousand? Another anomaly: Aoki shows 9310 as the highest frequency in use from Kaz, while HFCC shows several 11 and 15 MHz channels registered (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6185, XEPPM back on and in the clear! Feb 23 at 0648 piano with blues, YL [or rather OL] singer in English, and live DJ attempts to pronounce titles in English; 0703 promo something at 1530 here on 1060 AM, 1:03 timecheck, more blues, still going at 0708. Spoiler Brasil is now assumed to cut on sometime between 0730 and 0800 UT, wedded as they are to the shifting local clock, and this should continue until the next DST in November, except UT Sundays; see BRAZIL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MONACO [non]. 7220, Feb 23 at 0641 TWR IS; 0645 open Polish. This is from the ``Monaco site``, i.e. Fontbonne, FRANCE across the border, followed by Czech until 0715, 100 kW, 65 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MOROCCO. 15345, RTM, Feb 23 at 1507 cutting off and on, then stayed on but only with constant whine; 1510 added modulation of Arabic talk. They seem unable or unwilling to turn off the whine, which I am sure Arabic speaking listeners would appreciate even more than I would (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 18057.9, R. Victoria, Lima, third harmonic of 6019.3, first heard Feb 22, again audible Feb 23: at 1420 weak YL talk in and out, 1425 a screaming OM preacher, but not David Miranda yet. 1430 preacher mixing with music, mentioning a ``gran bendición`` at some event en la plaza at ``las 4 de la madrugada.`` 1513 recheck, there`s wacky wailing two-languages-at-once David Miranda, so 1500 is apparently one of his many regular timeslots on this station.
Reception peaks today were at least as good as yesterday. This is a station I do not condescend to log on its fundamental, other than as a nuisance to other stations, as it`s there any night, but on the harmonic it`s suddenly hot DX (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. What frequency is REE`s Sephardic service to South America really on? On the easily-heard first broadcast to the ME at 1425-1455 on 15380, it`s announced as repeating on 11780, UT Tuesdays 0115-0145, so this week I set an alarm for 0110 Feb 23 and remembered to check for it there and on 11795 as some schedules have it.
This week, REE was quite strong on 11680 even tho it`s 230 degrees from Noblejas for South America, so we know propagation is favorable. 11780 as usual with even bigger signal from 250 kW RNA Brasília, and could hear nothing under it, not a trace of REE IS which should have been running until 0115.
Using 11780 would be a total loss for REE, so are they really on 11795? There is only a very weak carrier detectable there, probably R Liberty Tajik via Tinang or Thailand, surely not REE as the Sephardic azimuth is supposed to be 248, which would put an even better signal into CNAm than 11680.
Just in case, also looked for it on 9690, which is used on the NAm broadcast two sesquihours later, but not there either at 0115. Also looked all over the 25 mb for it. So the question remains unanswered, but seems it must really be a totally different frequency and/or time if on the air at all. I wish listeners in S America would check this out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAIWAN [and non]. 9735, just as I tuned in a good signal at 1357 Feb 23, ``Taiwan Hoso desu`` ID and music, off at 1357:30. Aoki shows this Japanese service at 11-12 & 13-14, 250 kW, 45 degrees from Tainan, so also USward. Off just in time, as CRI Chinese service started prélude at 1358 on 9730, via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. VOT 1330 English service Feb 23: At 1327 still nothing on 12035, but IS audible at 1329, poor rather than just barely audible modulation, so I had hopes, but at 1402 recheck, very undermodulated music. // 15300 at 1414 more Turkish music, under RFI with SAH. So both frequencies remain useless (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Quick check of the enhanced VOA services in the 01-02 hour, UT Tue Feb 23 between 0116 and 0120: A Fondo, co-produxion with R. Martí, was VG on 9415, poor on 11625, but missing from its third frequency 7340. Lavwadlamerik fair-good on 7465 and 5835, but missing from its third frequency, 5960. The absentees still appear on the VOA A-Z language transmission schedule, so a couple GB transmitters down? As usual, the three old RM channels 6030, 7365 and 9825 bore jamming only, so it was impossible to confirm if anything was really being transmitted underneath (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WRMI, 9955: Feb 23 at 0640 The Link from RCI via WRN, good with no jamming. Would that RCI`s old non-incestuous programming had such wide distribution, e.g. also via CBC domestic.
Next check at 1250: R. República with discussion about Cuba, no jamming! The DCJC still hasn`t caught up with the latest WRMI schedule changes including RR at 11-13. At 1259 during closing RR theme and ID, jamming starts, just as it did when the 12-13 hour was not Spanish. See also CUBA [non] for more República.
1300 R. Libertad opens with time schedule on WRMI, ``transmitiendo desde el territorio libre de América`` and they really mean it. ``De cubano a cubano`` program, interviewing someone in (from?) Matanzas about a political prisoner`s hunger strike. Wish I had caught his name, to do him justice, unlike the DentroCubans.
Instead of the wall of noise we used to have at 13-15, the jamming remains relatively lite and programming remains near 100% readable, still at 1325. 1401 as WRMI switches to French for Haiti, signal to jamming ratio is about the same, still pulsing rather than wall. When that happens, it`s as if Cuba is saying, we are still here ready to hit you with full force but not at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Further evidence that the home-made WTJC 9370 transmitter is a POS: Feb 23 at 1252, it`s way out of whack, extreme distortion spreading 9325-9400 with gospel music; clearest spot at the moment is around 9350. Its noise interferes with many other stations, in fact extending into BBC/WHRI 9410 and even unto 9420 at times.
In case there is any doubt, could make out a WTJC ID at 1300. 1324, ranges 9320-9410, at least peaking around proper 9370, and now QRMs even WWRB/BS on 9385. At 1345 covers 9335-9400, i.e. from North Korea to Sweden, with very distorted peak around 9370. At 1436, 9340-9400 but mostly on 9370 with music, very distorted and unlistenable. The same thing has happened periodically; an AM station doing this might get cited by the FCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9385, WWRB at 1437 Feb 23, BS audio cutting on and off, mostly off. Wiggle that patchcord! On second thought, don`t (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also QRM from WTJC
** VANUATU. R. Vanuatu is reported to have started testing its new 5055 kHz transmitter, 24 hours? This must be it, nothing else on 5055, Feb 23 at 1330, some very weak music, singing, and very slightly on the lo side compared to JOZ 6055 with the FRG-7 MHz tuning. This chex with Bryan Clark`s first log of it at an earlier hour Feb 19 on 5054.97.
1331 bothered by some co-channel 2-way SSB in Spanish, but intermittent. Also occasional beeps, unsure from them or this; more of that at 1333. I was not hearing anything on 5055 earlier around 1240 or 1300.
Our local sunrise today was 1310 UT; in less than a month at equinox it will of course be at 1232 = 0600 LMT, so we are rapidly losing our morning DX window (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** DJIBOUTI [non]. Newly discovered clandestine La Voix de Djibouti, 15165, confirmed Feb 25 at *1530-1629:30*. Had looked for it starting before 1500 as there was conflicting info about correct schedule, but nothing there, until cut on abruptly at *1530, with music, anthem? Then brief announcement, also brief Qur`an, more talk in non-French, mentioning kHz, and a .com.
Presumably all in Somali and still so when local noise, power-tooling neighbor overrode at 1610-1619. By 1619 when that cleared up, station had switched to French; sounds like a lot of platitudes. Dave Kenny, who had no such noise interruption, says French started at 1612.
Cut off the air at 1629:30* sharp before speaker was finished. So it`s coming from a transmitter site with precision timing, but no clues beyond that. Signal at start was S9+10 with flutter and diminished somewhat during the hour.
Tnx to Chris Greenway for uncovering this, which has allegedly been on the air every Thursday since 7 January. More in French only at http://www.lavoixdedjibouti.com/
About time Djibouti, the former French Somaliland, Afars & Issas, had its own clandestine! Website indicates it is that, ``free and independent voice,``, etc. Emissions Radio page axually linxs to mp3 files of the seven/eight broadcasts so far, and there are also apparently full French transcripts on the next page.
I did not realize Djibouti was so mountainous, even above the timber line, judging from the only illustration on the website. Hints it may be based in Colorado? (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1501, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** LIBYA. 15215, Feb 25 at 1637 disco music into French talk about démocracie, so must be from a democratic nation, right? Wrong, it`s La Voix de l`Afrique, from Q`daffy`s Great Jamahiriyah, // better 17725. BTW, the final PWBR claimed this is via France starting at 1700. Not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. 13800, R. Dabanga, Feb 25 at 1607 marred by continuous 1 kHz tone, still there at 1644 when Dabanga was speaking some kind of Arabic and ran a singing ID jingle. This tone seems to be on 13800 whenever Dabanga is, so suspect it is intentional jamming, altho there are more effective ways to do that; or possibly a transmission problem and no one has noticed? Unlikely, since it`s via the well-run Madagascar site of RNW, 1530-1727 daily, 250 kW, 325 degrees. Once again I confirmed this is a DSB tone peaking at 13799 and 13801, not a het on only one side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9369v, WTJC still off the air Feb 25 at 1411 and later chex thru 1645, for the second day, following going totally haywire beforeyesterday. We can only hope and pray, that while waiting for Jesus to come, they will really work on fixing it this time before putting it back on the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 11725, WYFR Spanish back to normal at 1418 Feb 25, 24+ hours after being badly broken up (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 7470, Feb 25 at 1405, Asian language talk, but with a noticeable buzz/hum, 1408 that diminished briefly and then resumed. Aoki says VOA Tibetan via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, due northwest. Surely this service is jammed by the ChiCom, but it doesn`t usually sound like that, so perhaps a transmitter problem.
13725, poor signal with something in Mandarin, Feb 25 at 1609. Latest R. Free Asia schedule in DXLD 10-06 shows Mandarin via TINIAN, at 15-17, which of course must be jammed by the ChiCom, but I only heard one audio, so can`t be sure which (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHILE. CVC Calera de Tango site survived the quake, still on air with usual good signal here.
17680 at 1812 check with reports in Spanish about the quake, e.g. the airport is closed; no doubt from the Miami studios, as it would be unthinkable to originate anything from Chile itself.
Telemundo and Univisión are also covering it on US television (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 11600, DCJC pulse jamming running later than usual -2200, Feb 26 still going at 2228; presumably provoked by a never-heard R. República transmitter in Central America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GOA. 15175, Feb 27 at 1548 strong S9+8 signal but lousy distorted modulation cutting off at softer points; 1550 mentioned Akashvani and then S Asian music.
Don`t you believe PWBR `2009` which says this is AIR via Bangalore to E Africa. Current Aoki and HFCC agree it`s now via Panaji, in Gujarati at 1515-1600, 250 kW, 205 degrees. But neither has a way of denoting that the modulation sux, typical for Goa site but not alone in the AIR network (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. VOI, after a few days on 9525- instead of 9526-, Feb 27 at 1355 found back on the higher frequency, almost --- guess 9525.85 approx. as it`s not so close to 9526.0 as before. Does this mean transmitter #3? Was off the air during most of the 14 UT hour, but next check at 1459, back on with lite music, and het from CRI East Turkistan on 9525.0; 1504 VOI English ID, then warta berita in Indonesian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR [non]. After finally getting on a clear frequency last weekend via PRIDNESTROVYE, R. Mada is missing this Sat Feb 27 from 1530, nothing on 15660, while Miraya FM via SLOVAKIA continues on 15670. Check again Sunday at same time. Has R. Mada decided to quit again? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MALAYSIA/SARAWAK. 5030 was doing quite nicely Feb 27, gaining on Cuba 5025 before 1400, and still audible with singing and drumming music at 1422, now way above the Rebelde level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES [non]. 11715, this time, Sat Feb 27 at 1509, Catholix vs pseudo-Catholix, RVA via VATICAN had the upper hand over KJES, which amounted to an annoying lo het.
1510 a snippet of Olympic theme music but Tagalog talk to follow seemed unrelated to Vancouver. In homage to American colonialism, the talk included numerous words and expressions in English, such as: ``presidential candidates``, ``interviews``, ``they`re all basically the same``, ``corruption``, ``employment``. 1518 another Olympic theme fragment and on to next topic.
Tsk2, The Church is meddling in pilipino politix!! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA [and non]. 9470, carrier with intermittent Russian tune-up tones, Feb 27 at 1352 atop AIR Aligarh // but not synch National Channel via Bengaluru 9425. No Russian in Aoki, but in EiBi and HFCC as VOR, Moscow site in Russian to ME starting at 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 5020, still hearing an open carrier, as late as 1422 Feb 27, balancing stronger Malaysia 5030 on the other side of fading-out Cuba. At least I can`t make out any modulation on 5020. If SIBC is so impoverished, that they can`t print QSL cards, and had to drop the BBCWS relay overnight because of the electric bill, why are they still running the transmitter anyway? Remember the previous revelation that they could not even afford chairs for their studio (Well, people project better when they are standing up) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TIBET [non]. 7470, S9+22 at 1340 Feb 27, carrier with some hum and whine but no program modulation. R. Free Asia schedule in DXLD 10-06 shows Tibetan via secret site, while Aoki reveals it`s Ulan Bator, MONGOLIA, from which a refund is due the US Government. After 1400 Tibetan continues on 7470 but it`s VOA`s via Tinang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17775, KVOH music strong enough at 2229 Feb 26 to audiblize whining spur noise blob around 17920 and the weaker one around 17630 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WTWW has not been on the air this week, as George McClintock has still been working on the equipment and waiting for a part from Continental. But he says he is quite impressed and pleased with the transmitter.
Further program tests are scheduled Feb 28-March 2 with live broadcasts hosted by Ted Randall from the annual National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, starting Sunday at 1800 or 1900 UT on 9480, and also all-day Monday and Tuesday ending at 2200 March 2. Ted will be asking probing questions as he interviews many religious broadcasters attending the convention.
FCC has now authorized WTWW to use 9480 straight through from 1200 to 2400 UT, no longer switching to 9475 at 1900-2200; and 5755 after 0000. Has YFR quit 9480 via Germany at 19-22, or no longer computed to be an official collision?
Here`s the NRB schedule of events
but that doesn`t mean what`s heard on WTWW will follow that exactly.
George also says that program tests at other times will probably come from Pastor Pete Peters, as already on the stream, but a final decision on WTWW programming has still not been made. Expect an announcement about that next weekend (Glenn Hauser, OK, Feb 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Dave Frantz of WWRB has invited WORLD OF RADIO to be heard on 3185, UT Fridays at 0430 probably starting this week, and we assume shifting to 0330 UT Fridays from mid-March once DST is in effect. This should be a good time for reception across North America, 11:30 pm Eastern, 10:30 Central, 9:30 Mountain, 8:30 Pacific. It will also be one of the earliest airings when the information contained is freshest.
Dave says he has been working on upgrading WWRB programming, getting rid of anti-Semitic and political shows by attrition, requiring infomercials to post surety bonds, which none have been willing to do! (Glenn Hauser, OK, Feb 27, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WRMI, 9955: Saturday Feb 27 at 1415, AWR Wavescan in progress with Cuban jamming pulses at the rate of approx. 127 per minute, i.e. from a single transmitter, rather than a wall of noise from multiple sites. S/N ratio had worsened however by a semihour later when WORLD OF RADIO was in progress, and WRMI`s own signal was much weaker than 9950 Palau 345 degrees with Furusato no Kaze in Japanese; and much, much, much weaker than WWCR from 9980 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 15420v, WBCQ reduced open carrier already on at 1546 atop BBC and producing audible het; not checked again until 1615 when the BS was in progress, Feb 27 Sabbath-morning-only broadcast from Walterboro (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 4845, one of the Brazilians with play-by-play of some SBG, producing bad het, presumably with Mauritania, 0020 Feb 28 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 9955, WRMI Saturday-evening exile block, fair signal with no or maybe minimal jamming, UT Sunday Feb 28 at 0031 discussing the death of hunger-striking political prisoner Orlando Zapata, and Castro`s ``apology`` for it. Same topic when next checked at 0119. According to latest schedule of a week ago, at 0030-0045 it`s Voz de Coordinadora, 0100-0130 Conversando entre Cubanos.
Meanwhile at 0030, plenty of heavy noise jamming on 9810 against nothing, ex-República, also 9825 against R. Martí and 9885 against VOA Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. Incredibly awful signals from R. Cairo, Feb 28 at 0036: 9390 big carrier but whine and undermodulated; 9915 had similar mix of talk and music, but not //, and in contrast was very distorted and overmodulated; they should split the difference? 6270 was open carrier, no modulation unlike somewhat distorted Arabic on 6290. All three of them supposedly carry Spanish starting at 0045 but 9915 and 6270 are not scheduled to open until then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS [non]. RN Spanish, good on both 9865 via Sines, PORTUGAL, and 9895 via Greenville, USA, UT Sunday Feb 28 at 0034 with ``La Fonoteca``, DJ Alfonso Montealegre, who we thought had retired last September. Replaying old shows, or an independent contractor now? Strangely, both pop songs I heard were in English; why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND [and non]. RNZI with continuous tsunami coverage before and after 21 UT Feb 27 on 17675, reports from Hawaii, warnings to other islands.
Unfortunately with the usual adjacent QRM from stronger CVC Chile 17680, which had continuous quake coverage all afternoon. Thus the only two stations directly covering the quake/tsunami on 16m are interfering with each other despite plenty of other clear frequencies on the band as this colossal mismanagement of SW frequencies goes on.
Was not hearing R. Australia until after 2200 on 15560 with of course news on same subject, but 2205 into regular Correspondents Report program (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9369v, WTJC upacting again, Feb 28 at 0038 with gospel music splattering 9362-9385 and maybe further but obscured by WYFR 9355 and Cairo 9390. Fundamental itself was distorted and with clicking noises (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Tnx to tip from Will Martin, WWCR has decided to replace 4775 with 4840 from 0300 starting March 1. Tnx to tip from Gilles Letourneau, they were already testing it at 0300-0400 UT Feb 28. This of course affects the UT Sunday 0330 airing of WORLD OF RADIO, originally on 5070.
4840 is pretty weak here at 0315, but I suppose 4775 would have been too under current propagation conditions. 4840 seems to be on the edge of CODAR heard just below it, while 4775 was in the middle of some CODAR, usually not a problem when WWCR was inbooming, but last night around 0600 it was also weakish there interfering with CODAR, which in this utility band presumably has priority.
Unclear if WWCR`s latest shift is reactive or proactive. 4840 should have fewer issues with other broadcast stations since nothing but Mumbai is scheduled there at times which will not conflict. As always, there are some adjacent Latin Americans which will be affected.
And the biggest signal from Africa, Mauritania on 4845. It also has ute QRM to one side most of the time. See also BRAZIL.
The WWCR spur which formerly showed up on 7095 when 4775 leapt over 5935 would now land on 7030.
Earlier I happened to tune to 12160 at 2255 UT Feb 27, and stuck because it was playing Bach on synthesizer/authentic instrument. That must have been fill after Golden Age of Radio. 2258 QSY announcement to 5070 with steel drums and shortly off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 4050-, Feb 28 at 0024, country music barely audible at peaks, no doubt once again, 3 x KWMO 1350 Washington MO. Slightly low in frequency as also previously detected (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 11575, good signal but flutter, Feb 28 at 0131 with Pres. Obama comment, voice-over in Pashto; 0158 with Deewa Radio ID, address, 0200 VOA YDD jingle. Scheduled 01-04 via Sri Lanka, 250 kW, 340 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. 11910, Feb 28 at 1356-1357* REE IS, at the conclusion of Spain`s relay via Xi`an in Spanish to Asia at 12-14. This is the intentional transmission. Then I switch to 7220 to hear the same IS come on at 1359:47 and mixing with timesignal until 1400 cut to CRI opening in Chinese.
But all listings show the lower site is Kunming, so it`s a matter of inability to coördinate switching accurately thru the Beijing master control feed. REE really ought to QSL their 13-second transmission on 7220, but I bet they would deny it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [non]. 11705 via CANADA, NHKWNRJ, Feb 28 at 1400 news all about the quake and tsunami; at closing 1410 caught caster`s name, Michelle Yamamoto (is she semi-French?), the one whose dixion is so precise it almost sounds computer-generated; and since this is the final Sunday of the month, no World Interactive but instead Listening Library, classic story.
I am rather sure I copied Yamamoto`s name correctly (unless there is a Japanese name sounding like Michelle??), but searching their website on her name gets zero hits --- it`s hard to find names of any newscasters or presenters, they are so modest, downplaying individuality.
Or so it seemed, until I did another search on ``Michelle`` only and got a gallery of TV anchors, including her. I suppose some of the others also double on that inferior medium, radio:
I also noticed that Listening Library is ending after the March broadcast, and its hostess is named and portrayed: Yuko Aotani ---http://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/radio/listening-library/index.html Program changes always come in April with a new fiscal year
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR [non]. 15660 via PRIDNESTROVYE, R. Mada missing again Sunday Feb 28 at 1530 check, like it was Saturday. WRN tells me the service has not been canceled, so there must be some other problem. Nor can I hear it mixing with Miraya 15670 as it was doing until last week. However, I have not searched the entire 15 MHz band for another possible new frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 13715, Feb 28 at 1350, VOA Spanish with fill program on Sunday mornings, pop music countdown, a later(?) Johnny Paycheck version of his classic ``Take This Job And Shove It``, which was, of course in a foreign language, English; modulation distorted and spreading beyond nominal bandwidth, carrier somewhat unstable, a shame for a Greenville transmitter to be in such a condition (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 13845, WEWN, huge mushy spur from 13835, overriding WWCR PMS, Feb 28 at 1354. The WEWN noise continues unabated even when there is hardly any modulation except random room noises on 13835 during long pauses, mass made for EW television, maybe containing some video axion only.
I suppose WEWN took 9390 off the air at 09-13 because that was their most expendable English transmission, but they should take the rest of them off the air too until this be fixed permanently (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CYPRUS [and non]
** VENEZUELA [non]. Another Sunday check for possible ``Aló, Presidente``, 1638 UT Feb 28: Zilch on 17750, 13750, 13680, 12010, 11690, its nominal frequencies via CUBA. RHC itself audible on 11730, 11760, but not on 11690, 11800 or 13770. Beginning to wonder if El Hugazo has given up on the Sunday marathons, but you never know.
BTW, the opposition has started a countershow, ``Aló, Ciudadano``, not on SW either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. 9490, VOA World News Now, on 200 degree beam from Tinang, PHILIPPINES at 22-24, is nevertheless quite regular back here in deep NAm. Fair Feb 28 at 2240, but with something else underneath. The only thing scheduled is CRI Spanish, 150 kW from Beijing site at 318 degree azimuth, northwestward, for Europe? It is indeed right across Spain, but the official targets are CIRAF 12-14, most of South America beyond.
I wonder how well it does there? Signal goes right down the Brazilian coast, which is not part of the CIRAF target, and focuses on central Argentina, which is the antipodes of the Beijing area. After 2257, VOA is in the clear. Earlier in the hour, WTWW 9480 was too strong to hear much on 9490 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. 9390, at 2244 Feb 28, R. Cairo no doubt again the source of strong but unmodulated carrier except for lite whine of slightly higher pitch than 9330, with similar flutter rate; see SYRIA for further discussion. 9390 is supposed to bear the Portuguese service for Brasil at 2215-2330. What a farce (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUAHAN [non]. 9955, WRMI fair but jamming-free at 2236 Sunday Feb 28 during AWR Wavescan, Jeff White reading script about broadcasting in Tajikistan which will also appear in the next DXLD (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. The Crystal Ship tipped us to another Sunday evening broadcast on 5385, and there it was at 2327 check Feb 28 with music, good signal tho not as strong as Cuba 5025 or Mauritania 4845. More like 5385.2. Unfortunately, too much going on to stop and listen. Still going at 0101 March 1. I am adding their E-QSL recently received for a previous broadcast, to my gallery at http://www.worldofradio.com/QSL.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PRIDNESTROVYE. Since it`s UT Sunday, Radio PMR is back after its 2-day weekend break, Feb 28 at 2252 in English, good signal on 6240. The first thing I hear is propaganda, ``victorious fatherland`` about a 1972 memorial on the 28th anniversary of the liberation of Tiraspol from the Nazis. So now it is the 38th anniversary of the 28th anniversary! Get over it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SYRIA. 9330, Feb 28 at 2237, S9+10 open carrier with a lot of flutter. Has got to be R. Damascus, as nothing else is ever registered on this frequency except WBCQ earlier, and it was certainly not that. Nothing audible on 12085 supposed to be // for Spanish hour at 22-23, so either off or just way above the prevailing MUF. See EGYPT, similar signal and flutter on 9390, while e.g. Greece 9420 at a somewhat lower latitude path had no such flutter, S9+15. By 2244 I found the 9330 carrier, nominally 500 kW, 250 degrees from Adra, peaking at S9+18.
Both 9330 and 9390 had lite whines, the pitch slightly lower on 9330. Perhaps these units are siblings, dating from the good ol` UAR days? As I strained to hear any modulation at all on 9330, I also compared it to other `330 signals such as CHU and decided Syria was a smidgin on the low side. Next check at 2302 found 9330 had gone off, altho registered for a further broadcast in Arabic until 0040. Perhaps the Syrians find it more appropriate to broadcast nothing in Spanish, than nothing in Arabic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9480, WTWW`s program testing resumed Feb 28, heard until 2032 with Pastor Pete Peters who seems to be the default audio source, but we must not assume he will wind up the 24/7 occupant; then switching to gospel music.
10 MHz WWVH HI at 9:59 a.m. AST with female computer-announcer plainly heard giving ID etc. in the background of dominant WWV Fort Collins CO. (New one for the log.)
6070 KHz CFRX Toronto ON at 10:04 a.m. AST [1010 CFRB relay] with Olympic update from Vancouver courtesy of Astral Media Network.
9625 KHz CBC Northern QC at 10:08 a.m. AST via Sackville NB in English.
10:25 99.3 WVLE Scotsville KY end of song "you found me" by the fray? id "the all new 99.3 love fm...WVLE" intoi Taylor Swift "our Song" this staiuon now has a soft AC format (slate-TN)
Surprise FM Es tonight, all logged on the PL-310 barefoot, all new logs and a new state- Wisconsin:
88.3 WHWC Menomonie WI 919 miles 2000, NPR programming, call ID
91.9 WJCH Joliet IL 681 miles 2015, "Patterns in Music"
92.1 WQKQ Carthage IL 824 miles, 2025, KQ92, high school basketball. This is a bit uncertain. Thought their liner was either "True 92" or
"Crew 92", but KQ92 seems likely
92.1 WYRQ Little Falls MN 1051 miles, 2030, country
100.3 KTLK Minneapolis MN 978 miles, 2100, K-Talk
I’m not sure what happened last month but my column got lost in the Internet. This month we have a combination of January and February. Thanks to Kevin for the postings, two articles and one logging. Remember to post your Internet radio logs to ABDX!
Kevin Redding – Cosmic Crump, TN, Center of the Known Universe
CES: Internet Radio Drives into Automotive Market
Posted by: Kevin
Thu Jan 7, 2010 12:10 pm (PST)
CES: Internet Radio Drives into Automotive Market
January 07, 2010 - Digital and Mobile
By Antony Bruno, Denver
A focus on Internet-connected automobiles is likely to start putting even more pressure on terrestrial radio broadcasters, as a number of carmakers and stereo developers are adding Internet radio services to their products.
At CES, the popular customized Internet radio service Pandora has taken the lead through deals with Ford and Pioneer Electronics. Ford CEO Alan Mulally during a keynote previewed several new features to its Sync in-car communications and navigation system. Called MyFord Touch, the upgraded Sync system allows users to download and access iPhone - like apps that they can operate through voice commands. The first available services are Pandora, Twitter, and a news service called Stitcher. The program includes a set of APIs to let developers create apps for the platform, designed to let them easily modify their existing iPhone and other smartphone apps.
The cool thing about this is that it skips the step of having to connect the iPhone to the car stereo, as well as allows for the creation of vehicle-specific apps directly rather than via a phone interface. It's probably a bit safer too. The MyFord Touch system will be available in a handful of 2010 models, as yet unnamed.
Meanwhile, Pandora teamed with Pioneer Electronics to make a device that, when connected to an iPhone with Pandora installed, will automatically recognize the Pandora settings and playlist options and make them accessible via the unit's display. That would allow users to stream Pandora though their car stereo system using the in-dash unit-rather than the phone-to control.
Return With Us to the Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear—Via the Internet
Fred Greenhalgh's Audio Dramas Hark Back To Radio Golden Era; It Sounds Like Snow
By BARRY NEWMAN
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine—The script called for snow, and it was snowing.
"I wanted light and fluffy," said the director, Fred Greenhalgh. He was talking about the cozily muffled acoustics, not the pretty view. "This is perfect," he said. "Roll 'em!"
Windshield wipers slapping, a car wooshed to a stop at an old schoolhouse in this coastal city, now home to a theater company. Letting the car door slam as he got out, Bill Dufris, playing a cop in Brattleboro, Vt., said, "I'll do my best," and crunched up the wooden steps to a make-believe crime scene.
Overhead, a sea gull screamed. "I could hear that," Mr. Greenhalgh interrupted. "This is supposed to be Vermont." Thinking that inland Brattleboro shouldn't have sea gulls, he called for another take. Mr. Dufris got back in the car, drove around, slammed the door, and delivered his line again: "I'll do my best." Somewhere in the harbor, a foghorn blew.
"Cut!" said Mr. Greenhalgh. His sound man turned off his digital recorder. "The joys of recording on location," Mr. Greenhalgh said. "OK, one more time."
A 26-year-old with blond bangs and a goatee, the director was busy dramatizing a detective story. Not for the screen. For the iPod. The book it was based on—"Open Season" by Archer Mayor—begins with an image: "The snow lay before our headlights like a freshly placed sheet…" But Mr. Greenhalgh had no camera. His job was to translate the book into sound.
Radio drama, ranging from "Captain Midnight" to the high art of Orson Welles, thrived for 40 years in America. It was all but gone by the 1960s, killed off by television. Yet now that TV must contend with the Internet, the Internet has given radio drama a whisper of new life. It can't be called "radio drama" anymore, since hardly any of it gets on the radio. Mr. Greenhalgh settles for "audio drama," but the catchiest name for it is "mind movie."
Sue Zizza, a sound-effects artist who teaches at New York University, figures there are about 300 "true, quality audio dramatists" active in the U.S. She helps put on a one-week "audio theater" summer workshop that has lately been attracting 100 trainees. In 2006, one was Fred Greenhalgh.
"What amazes me is that audio drama just won't go away," Ms. Zizza says. "It's so primal in us. No matter how much we ignore it, there are still people out there like Fred."
He grew up on the Maine coast writing short stories. At the University of Southern Maine, unpublished, he rewrote one of them as a radio script, replacing sights with sounds, as in: "Storm increases with violent intensity until it unleashes a mighty burst of lightning."
Mighty bursts were produced in radio's golden age by shaking tin sheets in a studio. Now, mighty bursts are downloadable. But Mr. Greenhalgh can't afford studio rent and prefers not to buy (or steal) anyone else's thunder. He harvests lightning by walking out into a storm with a recorder and a microphone.
"Sonically, it's more interesting," he says. Add some editing software, and that's his kit. Cost: $1,000. In the three years since Mr. Greenhalgh started making audio dramas, the Mad Horse Theater Company's actors, all pros, have performed without pay—in bars, on beaches, in lighthouses—just for the voice experience. And the food. On this day, it was lasagna.
"I thought we'd be behind glass, and there'd be a machine with buttons," Martin Cohn said as he joined a few actors in a bare hallway to record crime-scene mumbling. Mr. Cohn, a Vermont public-relations man, had come with Mr. Mayor, who has written 20 well-reviewed mysteries, not one of which has been made into a movie.
They decided to try the audio-drama route and hired Mr. Greenhalgh to produce a pilot. The script, the theater, the actors, the sound man and the lasagna are setting Mr. Cohn and Mr. Mayor back $1,500. "It's the first time anybody's talked money," Mr. Greenhalgh confided earlier.
Now, Mr. Greenhalgh was asking everybody to mumble, and they did. "In a crime scene, there's more laughter," Mr. Mayor said when it stopped. Mr. Greenhalgh ordered another take.
The cost of this production is more than most programmers will pay, but it's still peanuts. The British Broadcasting Corp. spends $15 million a year on 750 hours of radio plays. One of them, "A British Subject," made it to a New York stage last year. "It's extravagant radio," says Alison Hindell, who runs the operation, "but it's very, very cheap drama." On American radio, talk is a lot cheaper.
A few of radio drama's old hands still fight for outlets. Yuri Rasovsky still produces his "Hollywood Theater of the Ear"for satellite radio. L.A. Theatre Works, a not-for-profit outfit, records classic stage plays with sound effects and distributes them to public radio. But its head, Susan Loewenberg, won't touch plays written for radio. "The best time to listen to radio drama is 1937," she says.
Old-time radio and its fans aren't her idea of the next big thing. Public radio's energy goes mainly into nonfiction now, not original fiction. On commercial radio, drama's last toehold is in the miniskits of commercials. Meanwhile, audio books have piled into the void and grown into a $400 million business.
Now comes podcasting. It has allowed a small number of audio auteurs—from a group called Bay Area Radio Drama to the Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theater—to build up a substantial cache of mind movies in easily uploadable episodes. The product, as Ms. Loewenberg sees it, often combines "21st-century technology and eighth-grade content." Fred Greenhalgh has higher-grade ambitions.
On his FinalRune Productions Web site, he podcasts his own episodes, plus 156 more, culled from around the U.S. "Our work is more like what you'll read in a literary rag," he writes on the site, which gets 1,500 downloads a week. He sees it becoming an "audio-drama warehouse."
If that is ever to happen, he'll need a smash hit first, one that crosses over into the iPod mainstream. His backers from Vermont want an Archer Mayor mystery series to be the big one—made on location, in Maine, with Mr. Greenhalgh's no-budget ring of authenticity.
"This is the body," the director was saying as he lay a coat onto the snow in the theater's backyard. Mr. Mayor's book set the scene at night in "a dazzling white circle of flood lamps." Mr. Greenhalgh intended to mention that later, in narration.
"OK, crouch over the body," he told his actors. Mr. Dufris (the detective) and Chris Price (a forensics man) crouched. "Crunch the snow," said Mr. Greenhalgh. They crunched.
Script in hand, Mr. Dufris began his line: "Were there any footprints…?" A dog barked and a door slammed. Somebody in the next house yelled, "Now you come here!" None of that belonged in the play. Mr. Dufris started over. But then an airplane passed. And another. The scripts were getting wet.
Mr. Greenhalgh said, "Let's just do it."
"Were there any footprints before this all happened?" asked Mr. Dufris. Mr. Price said, "Nope," and crunched out of microphone range with his exit line: "Hit the lights when you're through, OK?"
"You got it," said Mr. Dufris.
Mr. Greenhalgh said, "That's a wrap."
Write to Barry Newman at email@example.com
Loggings and stations
Posted by: kevin redding
Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:12 pm (PST)
Was listening to the Hall of Fame / Our Best to You music show on WPTF 680 from Raleigh / Durham, NC 2000 - 2359 ET.
Nice 50s, 60s, 70s, stuff.
KSTP-AM 1500 switches format from talk to sports
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal - by Sam Black Staff Writer
Radio station KSTP-AM 1500 will move to an all-sports talk radio format beginning Monday.
In an e-mail message it sent to listeners Thursday, Ginny Morris, president and general manager of Hubbard Radio, said the 87-year-old station is rebranding itself as AM1500 The SportsTalk Station.
KSTP also has started a new partnership with ESPN Radio Network. Beginning Monday, ESPN’s Colin Cowherd program will air from 9 a.m. to noon. Eventually, the station will broadcast ESPN’s “Mike and Mike In the Morning” show and some other ESPN programming throughout the week, according to Morris’ e-mail.
The station has had exclusive rights to broadcast Minnesota Twins games for the past three years.
“This new position enhances and strengthens our relationship with the Twins and their many fans. We look forward to being up and running before the Twins’ inaugural season at Target Field,” Morris said.
As part of a program shake up, current morning host Patrick Reusse will move to a slot from noon to 2 p.m. Longtime KSTP host Joe Soucheray and Reusse will be together from 2 to 4 p.m. Then, from 4 to 6 p.m., Soucheray will host his traditional show, “Garage Logic.”
The switch means that the Twin Cities will now have three AM sports stations. The other two are KFAN-AM1130 and The Score, 970-AM, sister stations both owned by Clear Channel Communications Inc. KFAN is the home of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Vikings radio broadcasts. WCCO-AM 830 is home to the Minnesota Wild and many University of Minnesota sports, but it’s considered a talk-radio format.
Five people, including three producers, one co-host and a newsman, lost their jobs as part of the shake up, according to a report on MinnPost. Program Director Steve Konrad couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
KSTP-AM is owned by St. Paul-based Hubbard Broadcasting Inc. and its signal is 50,000 watts.
The G3 that I got from the Radio Shack last Friday has been a pleasant surprise. It's volume isn't as generous as the G5, and weak stations aren't as steady as the G5 perhaps due to AGC, but when stations are tuned on lower or upper sideband by zero beating the signal (ECSS), the signal is steady, and as strong as on the G5. The audio is improved over the G5...not so muddy. The display is also easier to read although backlighting does not light up the keyboard as in the G5. Best of all, the sync holds lock on rather weak signals! My sample holds lock better on upper sideband than lower, but is a little better than my experience with the SONY 7600 GR. When lock doesn't hold up, ECSS zero beating is a fine alternative On mw, the set is much less sensitive than the G5, particularly above about 1100 KHz. Even here, though, weak signals are much improved when zero beated or synced. On airband, the band is much cleaner than the G6 as regards fm signals mixing in. On fm, there is almost no fm images from locals...this in great contrast with my G5. Although the G5 is good at rejecting adjacent frequency mw stations (allowing for weak stations 10 KHz away from a local to be heard), the choice of upper or lower sideband or sync does much better...a 5 KW station 140 miles away comes in great on LSB or LSB/sync on 1360 KHz, sandwiched between locals on 1340 and 1370. The G5 and even my Tecsun PL-310 on 1 KHz filter cannot retrieve the 1360 KHz station.
My ULR test to see what the RF-032D Panasonic "Mr.Thin" is really like. I expected it to do pretty well. But it handily beat out these:
Tecsun R9012 (Gary modified)
Sony SRF-59 (Gary Modified)
Eton / Grundig G8
No call sign changes released by the FCC this month
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