March 2010 ABDX Journal

Vol 5. Issue 3

 

 

Editors Corner:

 

ABDX membership is 235 members and still growing!

 

To those of you who are in ABDX, I am STILL looking for people to write or compile monthly columns. I guess that I am on my own here. I have asked for a year and no one seems interested in helping write a column.

 

ABDX is also always available to someone who wants to offer a review of some new radio or product. Check out the Bargain Barn and Show and Tell.

 

Since, 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. We liked the idea so much that we are starting a new column called “Blast From the Past” beginning next month for DX from the past. We ask that the logs submitted for Blast From the Past be at least 5 years old.

 

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Turn your radio on. What are you hearing? The world is out there just for tuning in. You never know what you might hear.

 

Kevin Redding, Phil Rafuse, Powell Way, Mike Richard, Jay Heyl and Martin Foltz

Table of Contents

 

Editors Corner                                                                    1

 

The Broadcast Band – AM                                               2

 

Down In The Basement – LW                                         14

 

The Whole Earth – HF/SW                                               15

 

The Line of Sight and Beyond – FM                              74

 

The Visible Universe – TV                                                81

 

Nuthin’ But Net – Net Video and Audio                        76

 

You Don’t Need a Weatherman – Weather Band       89

 

Extra, Extra – News                                                           89

 

Bargain Barn – Sale Items                                               96

 

Show And Tell – Review of New Toys                          97

 

Testing, Testing… - Upcoming Tests                           97

 

Call Sign Changes – From the FCC                              97

 

I Got The Bird – Satellite                                                   97

 

 

The Broadcast Band

 

Scott Fybush – Rochester, NY

Receiver, Antenna

 

Maybe it has something to do with the whole East Coast being underwater...but I'm getting some signals here in Rochester that I don't normally hear in daylight.

KYW 1060 is clearly listenable at 1130 EDT, as is WBBR 1130.

I'd expect that at midday in December...not so much in mid-March!

 

Richard Berler – Laredo, TX

Tecsun PL-350

 

Got CBW Winnipeg, MB on SONY ICF-EX5 in upper sync for about 20 minutes beginning 12:40 am cst in Laredo, TX. This dominated over the Monterrey, Mexico station on 990 KHz. This in the neighborhood of a local on 1000 KHz in Nuevo Laredo. Also heard clearly on Grundig G3 in upper sync. Heard, but with more qrm on SONY ICF-S5W, SANGEAN PR-D5, and Tecsun PL-310 with I KHz filter.

 

WCCO Minneapolis was in much more strongly than normal as well on 830 KHz.

 

 

Justin Wolffing – Salt Lake City. UT

Sony XDR-F1HD and Select-A-Tenna

 

3/13

Tonight I actually got back into AM DXing and pushed my number to 350.

The new stations are...

KRLC 1350 Clarkston-Lewiston, WA - 6PM local time, clear ID  - Country

KLIV 1590 San Jose, CA - about 9 PM local time, local news/wx - Talk

KLFE 1590 Seattle, WA - 10 PM local time, end of music into full ID - Religious.

KRLC was heard in a 2007 Dodge Durango

KLIV and KLFE were heard at my home location on my Sony XDR-F1HD using a Select-a-tenna and the radio's stock loop. All three were in with good signals. I picked a good night to DX.

Here I thought I had put AM DXing to bed for the year. My full log is here: http://www.ubstudios.com/slcdx.html

 

Chris Black -  Cape Cod

Perseus SDR and EWE

 

1530   SAO TOME E PRINCIPE   VOA Relay, São Tomé  05Mar10 0258 - Man with "This is the Voice of America, Washington DC" and Yankee Doodle. Then "This is the Voice of America signing on" and more Yankee Doodle. Then into English program. - Good under WCKY [Black-MA]

630   PUERTO RICO   WUNO NotiUno, San Juan  06Mar10 0200 - Full TOH ID with numerous Puerto Rico, NotiUno, Seis-Treinta and other promo mentions. Way on top of channel with no sign of WPRO. Radio National, Caracas //750 with balad audible underneath and some snips of Tunisia. - Recorded - Very Good [Black-MA]

540   DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   HICM R ABC, Santo Domingo  08Mar10 0259 - HICM sign off with National Anthem.  - Recorded - Fair with off frequency growl noted from YNOW, NCG. Thanks to Sylvain Naud via RealDX for anthem verification. [Black-MA]

540.18   NICARAGUA   YNOW R Corporación, Managua  08Mar10 0259 - Man in Spanish mixing with Dominican Republic National Anthem on 540. Fair after DOM signoff at 0300. - Recorded - Fair [Black-MA]

 

Donald K. Kaskey – Galva, IA [blast from the past]

Zenith AA5 and random wire out the basement window

 

From:  Galva (NW Iowa)

Dates: Apr 13-26, 1950

Radio: Zenith Tablemodle

Antenna:  Wire strung out the basement window

Time used: CST/CDT

 

Mon. Apr 17, 1950

0015 KSGM 1450 MO Ste. Genevieve...probably f/c or E/T

0108 WGEZ 1490 IL Beloit f/c

0128 WWNR 1450 WV Beckley  f/c

0130 WBIR 1240 TN Knoxville reg sked

0138 WMON 1340 WV Montgomery f/c  

0145 KTTR 1490 MO Rolla  f/c

0201 WASK 1450 IN Lafayette  f/c

0203 KWYO 1410 WY Sheridan  f/c

0239 KFTM 1260 CO Fort Morgan E/T

0305 KENE 1230 NM Belen  f/c

0311 KOBE 1450 NM Las Cruces  f/c

0320 WSIP 1490 KY Paintsville  f/c

1930 KMHL 1400 MN Marshall  reg sked

Thu. Apr 20, 1950

0005 WJZM 1400 TN Clarksville...probably s/off

0030 KXLQ 1450 MT Bozeman...on reg sked

0043 WMSL 1400 AL Decatur  f/c

0100 KHUZ 1490 TX Borger  f/c

0200 WATO 1490 TN Oak Ridge f/c

Fri. Apr 21, 1950

0025 KSTT 1170 IA Davenport  reg sked

0033 KYCA 1490 AZ Prescott  reg sked

Sun. Apr 23, 1950

2315 KRSN 1490 NM Los Alamos  reg sked

Mon. Apr 24, 1950

0110 WGSV 1270 AL Guntersville  E/T or DX

0120 KIFN  860 AZ Phoenix..NRC DX TEST

0129 WRCO 1450 WI Richland Center  f/c

Thu. Apr 27, 1950

0030 WJOB 1230 IN  Hammond  reg sked

0045 WGNS 1450 TN Murfreeesboro  f/c

0135 KNUZ 1230 TX Houston  reg sked

Tue May  2, 1950

0015 CFCN 1060 AB Calgary  r/s

Fri May 5, 1950

0030 KROF  960 LA Abbeville  f/c

0040 KGIW 1450 CO Alamosa  r/s

0115 WFOR 1400 MS  Hattiesburg  f/c

Mon May 8, 1950

0034 CKY  1080 MB  Winnipeg  r/s

Fri May 12, 1950

0015 WEXL 1340 MI Royal Oak  r/s

0030 KIFI  1400 ID  Idaho Falls  r/s

0100 KCLF 1400 AZ  Clifton  sign off

0145 KWCJ 1450 LA Natchitoches  f/c

0150 KCIL 1490 LA  Houma  f/c

0200 KGOS 1490 WY Torrington  f/c

0213 KRTN 1490 NM Raton  f/c

0230 KBUN 1450  MN  Bemidji  f/c

0305 KGDE 1230 MN Fergus Falls  f/c

Sat May 13, 1950

0025 WHBQ  560 TN Memphis  r/s

0045 KWBW 1450 KS  Hutchison  f/c

0100 WBIZ 1400 WI  Beloit   f/c

0110 KTFS 1400 TX  Texarkana  f/c

0143 KDWT 1400 TX  Stamford  f/c

0217 KSIG 1450 LA Crowley  f/c

0220 KUBC 1240 CO Montrose  f/c

0231 WLOW 1400 VA Norfolk  reg sked

0236 KTOP 1400 KS  Topeka  f/c

0238 WNOE 1060 LA New Orleans  equip. test for new freq.

0245 WNOE 1450 LA New Orleans  r/s

Sun May 14, 1950

0050 KWCR 1450 IA Cedar Rapids r/s running late

0110 WTMV 1490 IL East St. Louis  r/s

0215 KELA 1470 WA Centralia/Chehalis  s/off

Mon May 15, 1950

0140 WGIL 1400 IL Galesburg  f/c

0141 KWBM 1450 ND Williston  f/c

0200 KSCB 1270 KS Liberal  f/c

0305 KXGN 1400 MT Glendive  f/c

Sat May 20, 1950

0100 WMIN 1400 MN St. Paul  r/s

0300 WHLS 1450 MI Port Huron r/s

0305 KODI 1400 WY Cody  f/c

0450 KSAM 1490 TX Huntsville f/c

Sun May 21, 1950

0030 WMIS 1240 MS Natchez  f/c

0040 CJGX  940 SK Yorkton  r/s

0102 WONE 980 OH Dayton  r/s

0158 KEXO 1230 CO Colorado Springs s/off

0200 KICK 1340 MO Springfield  NRC DX

0202 WKLK 1450 MN Cloquet  f/c

0205 KOKO 1400 CO La Junta  on late-flood report

0230 KRDO 1240 CO Colorado Springs  f/c

0258 WNDR 1260 NY Syracuse  r/s

0302 KGW  620  OR  Portland  s/off

0315 KVSO 1240 OK Ardmore  f/c

1800 KMAE 1600 TX MacKinney s/off

Mon May 22, 1950

0001 KIJV 1340 SD  Huron  s/off

0150 WDOK 1260 OH Cleveland  r/s

0155 WPBB 1290 AL Jackson  E/T new station

0200 WJBW  1230 LA New Orleans  r/s

0205 KBIX 1490 OK Muskogee f/c

0206 KCHS 1400 NM Truth or Consequences  f/c

0243 WNAG 1400 MS Granada  f/c

0302 KVRH 1340 CO Salida  f/c

0305 WGNC 1450 NC Gastonia  f/c

0310 KOOL 960 AZ Phoenix  r/s

0311 KBIO 1230 ID Burley  f/c

0332 WJBF 1230 GA Augusta  f/c

0337 WGTN 1400 SC Georgetown f/c

0400 WSRS 1490 OH Cleveland Heights  r/s

0420 KLO 1430 UT Ogden  E/T

0428 KWIK 1490 CA Burbank  r/s all night show

0455 KSFT 1280 CO Trinidad  E/T

Tue May 23, 1950

0007 WDUZ 1400 WI Green Bay  s/off

0400 WAGA  590  GA  Atlanta  s/on

0415 WBT  1110  NC  Charlotte  r/s

Wed May 24, 1950

0500 WALA 1410 AL Mobile  s/on

Thu May 25, 1950

0123 WPLI 1490 TN Jackson   f/c

1800 WBAA  920 IN West Lafayette-sunset dx

Fri May 26, 1950

0500 KWBU 1030 TX Corpus Christi  s/on

Mon May 29,1950

0510 WIBC 1070 IN Indianapolis  s/on

Tue May 30, 1950

0125 WGAD 1350 AL Gadsden  E/T

0200 KLIC 1230 LA  Monroe   f/c

0215 KIUP 1400 CO Durango  f/c

2355 KLUF 1400 TX Galveston r/s

Wed May 31, 1950

0021 KMUS 1380 OK Muskogee  on late r/s

0023 WMBH 1450 MO Joplin  r/s

0058 KFXJ  920 CO Grand Junction r/s s/off

0106 KLMX 1450 NM Clayton s/off

0114 KENO 1400 NV Las Vegas  r/s

0230 KSET 1340 TX El Paso  r/s all night show

0245 KATL 1590 TX Houston  r/s

Thu Jun  1, 1950

0005 WRBL 1420 GA Columbus  r/s

0020 WKBB 1490 IA Dubuque  s/off

0110 KMAN 1350 KS Manhattan  E/T

0120 WCRA 1090 IL Effingham  f/c

0127 KIHN 1340 OK Hugo  f/c

0145 WIBR 1220 LA Baton Rouge E/T

0148 KYOU 1450 CO Greeley f/c

0155 KVGB 1590 KS Great Bend  E/T

0200 KFBK 1530 CA Sacramento r/s s/off

0210 KICA  980 NM Clovis  f/c

0227 KDSH 950 ID Boise r/s

0232 KEMN 1450 NM Portales  f/c

0234 KOWB 1340 WY Laramie  f/c

0250 KCOW 1400 NE  Alliance  f/c

0255 WETB  790 TN Johnson City f/c

0300 KTRC 1400 NM Santa Fe  f/c

Fri  Jun  2, 1950

0030 KOAT 1450 NM Albuquerque  r/s

2240 KWLM 1340 MN Willmar  r/s

2303 KWK 1380 MO St. Louis  r/s

Sat  Jun  3, 1950

0001 KTMC 1400 OK McAlester  s/off

0039 WING 1410 OH Dayton r/s

0044 WHBF 1270 IL Rock Island r/s

0100 WLOX 1490 MS Biloxi  r/s

0130 WJLB 1400 MI Detroit  r/s

0225 WJZ  770 NY  New York  r/s

0254 WFUR 1570 MI Grand Rapids  f/c

0300 WKBW 1520 NY Buffalo  r/s

0305 KTYL 1490 AZ Mesa  f/c

0312 KPLC 1470 LA Lake Charles E/T

Note:  As I recall late spring & summer brought much electrical static

to the dial.  Unless it was really horrid I usually dxed through the

zaps & crackles....dkk

.

Mika Makelainen – Lemmenjoki, Finland

Receiver, Antenna

 

In case you haven't already noticed, there's a new Lapland DXpedition report on DXing.info at http://www.dxing.info/dxpeditions/lem291rep.dx

The 291st DXpedition to Lemmenjoki did not yield coveted Aussies or Kiwis, but AM conditions to North America and the Far East were pretty good most of the time. Also a bunch of interesting stations from Mexico and the rest of Latin America were heard. And as you can see in the photos, Lapland is very beautiful this time of the year.

 

Steve Ponder – Clear Lake, TX

Sangean DT400W

 

780  XEWGR  Exa Radio, Monclova, Coahuila, MEXICO – March 8th at 0839 heard “Exa Mas Musica” ID’s and wall-to-wall pop music selections.  No local spots, no announcers, just fast-paced music.  Co-channel WBBM was nulled out.  Checked this frequency again on March 9th at 0530, heard local spot that mentioned "Monclova" and "Coahuila" along with "Exa Mas Musica," so I feel sure this is the station.

1100  XETGO  Radio Cañon, Tlaltenango, Zacatecas, MEXICO – February 28th at 0605 heard with “Somos … Radio Cañon” ID’s, checked signal against their webstream ( http://www.1100am.tv/ ) and it matched!  My very first Zacatecas station!  Special thanks to Kirk Allen with this one!

1110  KVTT  Mineral Wells, TX – March 8th 0029 – At tune-in, heard outro for rel pgm “Unshackled,” followed at 0030 by IDs, “The New KVTT” and “The New KVTT 1110 AM.”   Musical selections were Christian Contemporary.  ID’s heard at 0035, “It’s Music You can Wrap Your Soul In – The New KVTT and KVTT.Com” and at 0039, “The Songs that Draw You Closer and Closer to Abba Father – The New KVTT and KVTT.Com.”   At 0044, heard a singing ID, “KVTT” and at 0045, a short musical piece, then PFFT!   Their signal was gone!   Must have been a pattern change because they did not do a sign-off statement.   Thanks to a tip from Kirk Allen, I was able to snag this one!

1210  KGYN  Guymon, OK – March 5th  0623 – Heard with local spot for Farmer’s Credit of Western Oklahoma, then ID at 0624, “US Country 1210 KGYN.”   Into “Midnight Trucking Radio Network,” then another ID at 0633, “US Country 1210 KGYN,” followed by national weather forecast.   Good, strong signals with little fading.

1300  KSET  Beaumont, TX  – March 5th 1459 – Heard ID “The All-New 1300 AM KSET” and into CBS Radio News.   At 1503, announcer gave local time, “KSET News Time 9:03,” then into local weather forecast with outro by female announcer, “The All-New 1300 AM KSET, I’m Janice Stone.”  Good, clear signals.

3/16

Couldn't fall asleep, so I decided to do some DX'ing.  First tuned to 1020 kHz to see if I could identify the Radio Centro that fellow DX'er Kirk Allen has been hearing, but no joy.  Too much adjacent-channel slop from KLAT "La Tremenda" on 1010.  So, I then went to 1130 kHz, but it was wall-to-wall KWKH "The Home of the Legends" Shreveport, LA, so I decided to go back down the dial.

I stopped on 980 kHz because I heard Gospel music, not the usual "Puro Tejano" from KRTX Richmond-Rosenberg, TX.  Turns out it was "The Light" KOKA from Shreveport, LA.  I grew up in the Shreveport-Bossier area, so I remember when KOKA was on 1550 and 980 was occupied by KJOE, but that's another story ...

The website for "The Light" KOKA is http://www.koka.am/index.asp and they do offer streaming audio, but I didn't need that to ID them.  They announced "The Light 980 AM KOKA" either before or after every Gospel music cut.  Works for me!

 

 

 

 

Rick Barton - Cave Creek , Arizona

Panasonic  RF-2200 (MW)

 

980   KFWB  LA ,  CA  1230  ID, promos for KFWB programming at BOH +3, did complete fadeout, but back very strong with news and reports.KFWB irregular here

1170   KCBQ  San Diego, CA  1455 (0755 MST) Local talk show host to ID and nx at TOH, mixing with unid. sta in Asian lang and playing Asian music. Presume unid. was also from Cali at that hour ; wish i was better at ID on the language.  (3/2  Barton-AZ)

 

Phil Rafuse – Stratford, PEI

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

 

Heard at 10:05 p.m. ADT March 17, 2010 on a Palstar R-30A fed by and LFE M-601C antenna:

940 KHz WIPR San Juan PR

Fast forward 5 minutes to 10:10 p.m. AST:

940 KHz CJGX Yorkton SK

Heard at 10:55 p.m. ADT March 20, 2010 on an Icom R-75 fed by an LFE M601C active omni whip:

1700 KHz WEUP Huntsville AL with gospel music into ID.

The first day of spring 2010 has been my day to DX gospel music.  This morning, at about 9:00 a.m. I managed to snag WKGM Smithfield VA, IDing as KGM [which through me off at first] with some very positive preaching [complete with piano in the background] then into some gospel music.  

Guess I should suggest to my brother the Fr. that he should have a piano background for his sermons:)

Gee, I love MW DX!  While I'm typing this, 1700 KHz just got taken over by KVNS Brownsville TX with their oldies.

 

 

Kevin Redding – Crump, TN

Receiver and Antenna as listed

 

[AM Stereo: Blast from the past]

Heard on a Sony SRF-42 in Mesa, AZ and Select-A-Tenna 11/9/1998:

540 XEBACH Tijuana, BCN MEXICO classical $

640 KFI Los Angeles, CA talk $

760 KFMB San Diego, CA pilot light on with talk $

670 KBOI Boise, ID pilot and $ in and out.

780 KKOH Reno, NV newstalk and $ in and out.

820 WBAP Ft. Worth, TX sports news and talk in and out in $.

1070 KNX Los Angeles, CA News from CBS in $.

1170 KVOO Tulsa, OK C&W with $ pilot light.

1180 KYET Williams, AZ with newstalk in $.

1400 KSUN Phoenix, AZ SS talk and $ music.

Heard in a gold 2004 Saturn Ion in Crump headed east to go to the bank in Savannah, TN:

1180 WVLZ Knoxville, TN 3/3 0815 with ads and ESPN for Knoxville. Its the first time I have ever heard this one. They are about 325 miles east of here.

1120 UNID 3/4 I was in bed and listening to KMOX at 0730 and there was a deep fade. What came up surprised me. It was the interval signal notes to Andalante Cubanos. Apparently I heard something from Cuba. Guess I have to do a little research on this.

Heard on an Eton E1 and 150 foot wire.

730 WSTT Thomasville, GA 0630 3/5 with some smokin hot blues based Gospel. This had to be some of the best blues guitar I ever heard. Gave ID at 0630 and then again at 0635 into ads. NEW!

Heard on a DX440 and 280 foot wire:

800 WPLK Palatka, FL 1800  3/7 with ToH ID and into ABC News. Quick fadeout. New #454.

Heard on an Eton E1 and 150 foot wire 3/14:

680 WPTF Raleigh, NC 2030 with the Hall of Fame/ Best to You playing Little Green Apples, Dominique and The Green Door. Got over on 680 Memphis. NEW!

1620 R, Rebelde? Cuba 1005 with SS woman singing a slow song and into phone call with another woman. Lots of fighting it out with 1620 WNRP from Gulf Springs, FL. NEW Also heard by R. C. Smoak.

3/17

549 UNID 2014 creating a het of about 1 kHz. Could this be Algeria causing the het?

740 CFZM Toronto, ON 2218 playing standards, all alone. No interference from Tulsa whatsoever.

860 CJBC Toronto, ON 2220 in FF with M and W talking. Weak but steady.

990 CBW Winnipeg, MB 2225 with jazzy sounding music. O/U Memphis, very weak. Mostly under.

1010 CFRB Toronto, ON 2228 with talk show and guy was talking about someone who didn't have a car. Weak, buried.

830 WFNO Norco, LA 1900 3/27 with TOH ID and then music from Ricky C. Stopset for places in Metarie. NEW! 459

Heard on a Sangean YELLOW DT400W nekkid:

1290 KIVY Crockett, TX 3/28 0000 with end og C&W song and ToH ID and thats about it. Not new but pretty rare. Not bad for 175 watter.

 

Dean Wayman – O’Neill, NE

Kaito 2100 barefoot, 16” loop or 120’ BOG

 

3/5 8:00 central fri

KNMX 540   'K New Mexico'  5000w Day 20w night  Las Vegas New Mexico 590 m I assume they are on day rig, with girls B ball game ,covering CBK rather well.

3/9 8:15 am central

670 khz  KBOI Boise Idaho  50kw  890 miles

Sun 14 th

Starting at 5:00 pm i heard  'ESPN radio' several times , mentions of Windom,Jackson and area code 662 which doesn't really lead anywhere .heard them for about an hour off and on .

6:00 pm KVSV '1190 The mix' with a Shania,then Rod Stewart song,then ID 2500w Beloit Ks.209 m

7:06 PM WNWC 'Faith 1190' Talk Program 4800w Sun Prairie Wisc. 481 m

7:30 pm Sign off with SSB by the Oak Ridge Boys didn't catch ID

8:15 pm Wierd techno music and then Cheroki people song ,this could? be KVCU Boulder Colo. college station?  no ID

Of course KPHN radio Dizzy and CFSL Weyburn Sas. where in there mixing most of the time and i had a birdy from my puter most of the time .

By 9:00 pm CFSL has taken over the freq.

3/16

Let's say you had an hour to do anything you wanted? The only rule is , NO electricity.

Me? i grabbed a radio :)

9:00 am The power company came to the front door to tell me they would be changing out a bad Transformer behind the house ,it feeds my whole block . YIPEE!!!

I didn't know what too do at first ,so little time-and seemed to be 3 or 4 stations on every freq.? ,not enough time to log them all,so i focused on 1610 ,have'nt heard anything there in over 2 years ,I got stuck on 1600 for a bit and logged .

KRFS 'Music for your life' 500w Day 44 w night Superior Ne. 171 miles

Up too 1610 ..........nothing

1600 ,Clearly heard -The variety Station AM 1600 ,faded away

back too 1610.........nothing

1600 ,heard a show called Agri Talk ,was fadding in better all the time then into commercials and sudden fade out

up too 1610........wait! english voice ,but very muffled ,,news? maybe then into talk show ,no ID and just then the power came back on Arrrgh! noise floor up about double ,station gone.

It is amazing what's out there when it's quiet,i can't wait for warmer weather so i can take the 2200 outside away from everyone ,AND  i know several places to do that!  :)

7:50 pm  central

Along with KKOJ another new one.

1190 KVCU  'The AM Revolution' 6800w D 110w N  Boulder Colo.  382 miles

A college station with DJ's from there playing lot's of old stuff mixed with new tunes ,right now playing cover songs from different groups.

3/18 Tonight i started listening at 8:00 pm and got a great copy on :

1080 khz  KASL 'classic Country AM 1080 kasl' Price Utah 664 miles

A bit of confusion online with 1240 AM Newcastle Wyo. but i think i can safely say it was Utah? anyway logged as such.

Fri march 19 6:50 PM

1080 khz KOAK -KCSI 93.5 FM  'Country Sunshine Radio'  Red Oak Ia. 203 miles ,Sunshine Swapper show and then local events ,and into news,first confirmed with web stream , then heard ID.

 

Gary Mitchell – Fairfield, CT

Grundig G8

 

3/24

WELD 690 coming through tonight with a good signal. Now are they really 12 or 14 watts ? I'm in Connecticut.

 

John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE

Sangean DT200VX

 

Logged two new AM stations over the last two nights:

March 2

1150   WNLR Churchville VA, 0630, weather, liner as "New Life Radio" in jumbo with WDEL

March 4

1430   WDIC Clincho VA, 2015, "1430 WDIC" ID heard in the mush w/country mx.  Listed at 5Kw daytime only- on late?

On March 15, at 1030, I notice WCMC-1230 Wildwood NJ is off- no sign of my strongest graveyarder on 1230. This allows WRBS Baltimore to come through nicely, Maybe a good chance to log some other stations on 1230 until WCMC is back.

 

Alex Kaminski – Springboro, OH

Sony SRF 59

 

All times are in UTC

560 WJLS Beckley, WV 05 March 2010 0000 UTC EE Very Good AMP: 206 Mi

Heard: TOH ID and then Gospel music.

540 WGTH Richland,VA 05 March 2010 0020 UTC EE Poor AMP: 216 Mi

Heard: Gospel music and a ID towards BOH, was fighting WAUK.

540 WAUK Jackson, WI 05 March 2010 0022 UTC EE Fair AMP: 330 Mi

Heard: Nulled out WGTH. Sports talk show, commercial for mens "Day Spa" mentioned being located in downtown Milwaukee. A ID coming out of commercial break, back to talk show.

 580 WCHS Charleston, WV 05 March 2010 0041 UTC EE Fair AMP: 165 Mi

Heard: ID ccomingout of a commercial break, and when in to a sports show.

590 WKZO Kalamazoo, MI 05 March 2010 0045-0050 UTC EE Poor AMP: 202 Mi

Heard Glenn Beck show, and a commerical break mentioning Kalamazoo.

850 WAIT Crystal, IL 06 March 2010 1855 EE Fair AMP 283 Mi

Heard: SSB with station ID at sign off.

600 WSOM Salem, OH 07 March 2010 2319 EE Poor AMP 202 Mi

Heard: Heard a station promo that mentioned it's call sign like 8 times in on minute

860 KKOW Pittsburg,OK 07 March 2010 2343 EE Fair to Good AMP 722 Mi

Heard: A CW tune then a commercial for medical transcription hiring event at the Lamp Lighter Inn in "Pittsburgh", I thought it was naturally a PA station, but then the station gave a WX report with the usual ID, just to find out it's in Pittsburg, OK!! That caught me off guard!! :P

920 CKNX Toronto, ON 07 March 2010 0006 EE Poor AMP 380 Mi

Heard: Commercials, then station ID the mentioned back to Maple Leaf Hockey.

940 WKYK Burnsville, NC 07 March 2010 0022 EE Good AMP 273 Mi

Heard: Glenn Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy", with a clear station ID afterward.

1320 Pittsburgh, PA  10 March 2010 0330 EE Fair AMP 232 Mi

Heard a portion of the John Tesh Radio Show. as the station rolled in to commercial break , I head John Tesh give the station ID.

1310 Dearborn, MI 10 March 2010 1150 EE Fair AMP 199 Mi

Heard: ID with Dearborn's progressive talk station promo.

940 WECO Wartburg, TN 12 March 2010 1150 UTC EE Fair AMP 239 Mi

Heard: ID during a intermission between gospel songs.

1470 WCLA Claxton, GA 12 March 2010 1205 UTC EE Fair AMP 239 Mi

Heard: Station ID them in to the "The ballad of the Green Berets" song.

 

540 WWCS Canonsburg, PA  12 March 2010 2330(Z) EE Poor AMP 220 Mi

Heard: A YL give a Walt dI$ney ID for 540 KHz it the only stion listed as such.

 

560 WIND Chicago,IL 12 March 2010 2334(Z) EE Fair AMP 249 Mi

Heard: Glenn Beck promo ID and then in to the Michael Savage Show.

 

580 WTCM Traverse City, MI 12 March 2010 2340-2345(Z) EE Fair AMP 366 Heard: Mark Levin Show , WILL was fighting it and at 2345, the signal disappeared With research on line, I matched it up to WTCM. I lost the signal as they switched power for the night in all probability.

 

580 WILL Urbana, IL 12 March 2010 2349(Z) EE  Good AMP 214 Mi

Heard: The NPR show " All things considered" debating health care, and a fund raising combination  ID and Promo.

1230 WDBZ Cinncinati, OH 16 March 2010 2153(Z) EE Poor AMP 31 Mi

Heard: Commercials, ID at 21:57 (Z) then in to UC Gospel music

1240 WHIZ Zainesville, OH 16 March 2010 2204(Z) EE Poor AMP 121 Mi

Heard: ABC News Feed, commercials, ID at 2207(Z) and then in to UNID talkshow.

1250 WCHO Washington Court House, OH 16 March 2010 2214(Z) EE AMP 43

Heard: Station ID on to classic rock "Don't fear the reaper" by B.O.C

1400 WKBI Saint Marys, PA  16 March 2010 2215(Z) EE Poor AMP 329 Mi

Heard: Station ID and some old adult standard songs (I couldn't ID the artists)

590 WVLK Lexington, KY 16 March 2010 2232-2235(Z) EE Poor AMP 104 Mi

Heard: News,WX, ID AT 2235, Sports talk show with U.K. coach on a sports talk show interview. Signal was fighting WKZO.

620 WRJZ Knoxville, TN 16 March 2010 0000-0010 (Z) EE Fair AMP 249 Mi

Heard: Station ID at TOH Religious talkshow about inmorality of teenage sex.

1500 WLQV Detroit, MI 22 March 2010 0000 (Z)  EE Good AMP 241 Mi

Heard: The tail end of a religious show, a thanks to WLQV and then an official TOH ID, The said either This is "Safe talk radio" or Saint talk radio. Went in to the news on passage of the health care bill. 

 

Neil Kazaross – Barrington, IL

Drake R8 and BOG

 

3/28

New tonite on 320 deg Phased BOG System (thx dryish weather so I can drive into my east field rather than it being a swamp) are CKJR (W-1440 from AB) CHED 630 also from AB (Canadian talk show matched web) and KBUN 1450 Bemidji MN.

Lets hope this continues and maybe I will be able to nab KBRV from ID on 790 via sunset skip come Apr 1 and lots later switch times.

Anyhow..talk u/WABC likely Calgary and C&W mixed at time with ND on 790 either MT or AB (need neither)...

 

W. G. Hauser – Enid,  OK

Car Radio

 

** U S A. From a quiet location in the mall parking lot, west Enid, on caradio, March 23 at 1655 UT, I am delighted to find that WWLS-640 Moore OK has turned off IBOC. Happens occasionally from this CC station, but too early to hope it`s permanently off as is the case with their other outlet, KTOK-1000.

There is still plenty of IBOC on 630 from KMKI-620 The Metroplex, that poor frequency previously getting a double whammy of it from both sides, impossiblizing KHOW in the daytime here, but 650 is blessedly open --- and there is something on it! Most likely it`s Wyoming, a rare state on daytime groundwave here.

Soon heard an EIB sounder, but fortunately it`s break time and I don`t have to listen to rantings of that SOB. I quickly compare to local KGWA-960 on portable radio just in case, and the commercial does not match. At 1658 comes ID as KGAB, call-letters only. At 1700: ``Cheyenne`s number one news-talk radio, KGAB, Orchard Valley-Cheyenne``. How can a station carrying Rush and his ilk maintain any journalistic credibility whatsoever during ``news``?

NRC AM Log shows day power is 8.5 kW, non-direxional. Regular KLTT 670 Denver 50 kW is a bit stronger than usual, so groundwave is doing well, perhaps tnx to some lingering snowcover over the plains atop the Ogallala Aquifer. Distance is approximately 790 km = only 490 miles.

Next chance to check it at 1831 UT, high noon by LMT, and signal still there but weaker vs noise level on the street where I am driving. Heard ``AM 650`` slogan only, and also earlier there seemed to be a trace of a second 650 signal, tnx to a SAH. Unless it`s some local mix, there are only three possibilities, Minnesota, Tennessee and Texas.

WSM Nashville, 50 kW non-direxional has been received years previously in daytime, but more likely skywave in winter, not equinox, and the groundwave conductivity thru the Ozarx is not good. KIKK Houston/Pasadena is only 250 watts, with better conductivity but still quite a stretch, almost exactly same distance as to KGAB.

22.5 hours later: WWLS IBOC is back on; goodbye, Wyoming! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

 

Down in the Basement

(Editor – Jay Heyl)

 

      Martin Foltz Mission Viejo, CA

      Collins 51J-2

 

3 March

329 TAD Trinidad, CO 3/3 0814UTC, poor

 

Also for the NAVTEX DXers, I received a nice email package from Cape Town Radio ZSC for reception on 8 mHz. They sent a very nice PDF QSL card, station history PDF and a nice brochure on all that they do there. The card lists Cape Town Radio ZSC, Port Elizabeth Radio ZSQ and Durban Radio ZSD. So if you collect QSLs, this is just an email report and email QSL.

I have been sending in updates to Alan Gale on the Beaconworld website and he has a nice listing of NAVTEX station addresses now. He also has the station schedules.

 

The Whole Earth - HF

 

Rick Dau – Omaha, NE

Sony ICF 2010 and Quantum Loop

 

 3/11 2315 UT - Using the USB feature on the 2010, I tuned up slowly to 6019.3 and was able to detect a carrier, albeit EXTREMELY faint and getting battered by 6020 (although to a much lesser extent than at 2359, when CRI was on).  Could not hear anything on 18057.9, however.  At 2316, noted a carrier (but only that) from 15345.2, the oft-reported Radiodifusion Argentina al Exterior.   

 3/12 0003 UT - Brazil 4885 on by this point, presumably Radio Clube do Para.  Also, the carrier from RAE 11710.7 was noted at 0004, but, as was the case with 15345.2, just too weak to pull any audio out of the static.  RNA Brazil 11780 heard blasting away at 0035 -- it's undoubtedly the strongest SW from South America that I get here on a regular basis.   0055 received solid copy from both CVC Chile outlets on 9745 and 17680.  Both gone at 0100, as expected.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Richard Bianchino – Las Vegas, NV

Kaito 1103, 32’ indoor wire antenna

 

Tuesday 02.03.10

9835 R. NETHERLANDS (via Neth. Antilles) at 1223-1227* Spanish, OM ancr. 55545.

9740 BBC (via Singapore) at 1230 English, OM ancr reporting Nx. Mostly talk of the earthquake in Chile. 45344.

9695 R. JAPAN at 1240 Japanese, YL and OM ancrs. 45333.

9650 KBS WORLD RADIO (S KOREA via Sackville) at 1246 English, YL ancr with report on "Art Bus" project. 45344.

9600 R. HABANA CUBA at 1252 Spanish, OM ancr playing Latin music. 44333.

9605 BBC (via Thailand) at 1256 English, OM ancr with the Nx. 45443.

9570 CHINA RADIO INT (via Cuba) at 1303 English, OM ancr reporting Nx. 45333.

9335 V. OF KOREA (DPR) at 1308 English, OM and YL ancrs with Nx. 35332.

Friday 05.03.10

9580 R. AUSTRALIA at 1304 English, OM with Nx. "Asia Pacific" prgm. 45444.

9570 CHINA RADIO INT (via Cuba) at 1309 English, OM ancr. "China Drive" prgm. 44344.

7295 V. OF RUSSIA at 1314 Russian, YL ancr. 33443.

7305 CHINA NATIONAL RADIO (CNR-1) at 1319 Chinese, YL ancr. 34433. // 6175 SINPO 45444.

7355 KNLS ANCHOR POINT (Alaska, USA) at 1335 Chinese/English, OM ancr with rel programming. 35332.

7390 V. OF AMERICA (via Philippines) at 1344 Cantonese, OM ancr. 44444.

7385 UNID, poss R. TAIWAN INT at 1354 Chinese, OM ancr. 43444. If RTI there was QRM but no jamming from China.

Sunday 07.03.10

7325 CHINA RADIO INT at 1114 Japanese, OM ancr. Hrd music. 55455.

7355 KNLS ANCHOR POINT (Alaska, USA) at 1120 Chinese, OM ancr. Sounded like story telling. 45344.

7305 CHINA NATIONAL RADIO (CNR-1) at 1125 Chinese, OM and YL ancrs. 45444.

7385 UNID, poss PBS Xizang, at 1143 Tibetan, OM and YL ancrs. Much co-channel interference. 32432. This 7385 freq has me at a loss. Help anyone?

7370 CHINA NATIONAL RADIO (CNR-2) at 1156 Chinese, OM ancr. Hrd music. QRM fm 7365 (CNR-1) at 1200. 34232. // 7575 w/ about the same reception but w/o the QRM.

7365 CHINA NATIONAL RADIO (CNR-1) at 1205 Chinese, OM ancr. 45444.

7445 Radio Free Asia at 1826 Chinese, OM and YL ancrs. 35232.

Monday 08.03.10

6170 V. Of Russia at 1349 Chinese, OM ancr. 44444.

6125 CHINA NATIONAL RADIO (CNR-1) at 1356 Chinese, OM and YL ancrs. 45444. // 6095 SINPO 35444.

5955 R. JAPAN at 1406 English, OM with the Nx. Talk of the earthqake in Turkey. 44444. // 1105 SINPO 55455.

5875 BBC (via Thailand) at 1416 English, YL ancr hosting "Outlook." The prgm included an interesting report on Rajan the ocean swimming elephant. 55445.

13675 CHINA RADIO INT (via Sackville) English, OM and YL ancrs with "China Drive" prgm. The segment hrd was "Today in History" about a meteorite that landed in China. 45545.

Wednesday 10.03.10

9760 V. Of America (via Philippines) at 1524 Special English, OM and YL ancrs. "Functioning  in Business" prgm with English lesson. At 1530 OM ancr with Nx. 45444.

9740 BBC (via Singapore) at 1532 English, OM reporting the Nx. 45434.

13675 CHINA RADIO INT (via Sackville) at 1537 Chinese, OM and YL ancrs. 35344.

7270 RFE/R. LIBERTY (via Thailand) at 1544-1600* Russian, OM and YL ancrs. 35433.

7220 CHINA RADIO INT at 1551-1557* Japanese, OM ancr. 45445.

7380 RFE/R. LIBERTY (via Philippines) at 1603 Tatar/Bashkir, OM ancr. 35435.

9990 V. OF KOREA (DPR) at 1616 English, OM ancr with the usu propaganda. 35332. // 11545 w/ same sig.

9640 R. CANADA INT at 2339 Spanish, YL ancr. 43444.

9765 CHINA RADIO INT at 2347 Cambodian, OM and YL ancrs. 35433.   

Friday 12.03.10

11740 FAMILY RADIO (WYFR, USA) at 1335 French, OM and YL ancrs. At 1341 hrd continuous beep tones, to fast to count. 35434.

11760 R. HABANA CUBA at 1346 Spanish, OM ancrs. 55445. // 11800 SINPO 45444.

9570 CHINA RADIO INT (via Cuba) at 1355 English, OM and YL ancrs. "Chinese Studio" prgm with language lesson. 45434.

11705 R. JAPAN (via Sackville) at 1402 English, YL ancr reporting the Nx. 55545.

9980 WWCR (USA) at 1410 English, OM ancr Pastor Peters. Hrd song "Lonesome Valley." Would have loved to hear the Mississippi John Hurt version. 55555.

9380 FIREDRAKE (China) at 1419. Musical jammer. Some selections sounded similar to compositions  written by the American composer Aaron Copland. We just may have discovered a new genre - 'Chinacana.' 34334.

9750 R. JAPAN at 1438 Japanese, YL ancr. 55445.

12080 R. NETHERLANDS (via Philippines) at 1443 English, YL ancr. Report on distributing condoms at the World Cup games to help South Africa's AIDS problem. 45434.

9335 V. OF KOREA (DPR) at 1507 English, OM ancr. Talk about a Korean factory, and a theater performance. 45444.  

 

Rick Barton – Cave Creek, AZ

Drake R-8 and wire or as listed

 

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)

9640  SPAIN  Radio Exterior de Espana  w/ i.s. at 1859 , very faint even with best equip.

(3/8  Barton-AZ)

4885  BRAZIL   4885 R.Clube do Para      0311 OM with ID in PP  after very lively music pgm . Good signal coming in over thunderstorm static from Pacific winter front passing

thru southwest.   (3/9   Barton-AZ)

4845   MAURITANIA  R. Mauritanie  0100 with me type mx , OM anncr at 0104, into music including young sounding male with a sort of chanting vocal, but not call to prayer

chant.  (3/9  Barton-AZ)

15335   SINGAPORE  BBC/w.s. (via relay)  00:00 w/ news repts. Fair and with echo .  (3/9 Barton-AZ)

3355   REP. SOUTH AFRICA   BBC-WS (via Meyerton)  0355  Long talk by YL to pips at TOH and into pres news. Very weak ; just abv noise floor and not able to discern content. some BBC jingle-type stuff, music discernable. (3/10  Barton-AZ) *

5865   FRANCE   5865   R . Algerienne Holy Qur`an   (via Issoudun   relay)   0445 with prayer chanting.   (3/10   Barton-AZ)

6100  BULGARIA  R. Bulgaria 0445  Bulgarian folk music, anncmts by YL in BG , tx suddenly off at 0458. Listed as continuing from another site and with lower power, but nothing audible

here.  (3/10   Barton-AZ)

5915  UNITED KINGDOM    R. Deutsche Welle  (via Rampisham)  0500 ID and into news in RR by male.    (3/10   Barton-AZ)

9835  JAPAN  R. Japan , NHK at   1730 with pgm playing a goodly chunk of the Jackson Browne catalogue to TOH and ID, news "NHK News", by male .   (3/10   Barton-AZ)

11730   CUBA  R. Habana Cuba  1900 w/ ID after music pgm (minitored from 1830 + ). don't see this in my refs. (3/10  Barton-AZ)

15515  AUSTRALIA   R. Australia  0400 fanfare, news , fair. also only fair signals on //  15240.

both reported via Shepparton, so maybe ahil damage repported by GH not affecting the curatins for 15 MHz.  ?  hopefully they got it fixed  over there .  (3/11   Barton-AZ)

3/30 the daily DPRK broadcasts on 9335 , 1300 + 1400, are getting hammered by an unid. Asian station. difficult to tell lang because of the huge collision. anyone know if this is the Burmese lang. service from Radio Free Asia?

DXer Frank Mezek, on the other side of town, tells me the unid. fades out and is gone between 1400-1430...

 

Kevin Redding -  Crump, TN

Eton E1 and 150 foot wire

 

Who am I hearing  3/29 on 7535 @  0112 kHz blast furnace loud in a mid eastern or what could be a eastern European language? [ Radio Romania – Galbeni ]

 

W. G. Hauser – Enid, OK

DX-398

 

** CUBA. 13780, RHC, March 2 at 1350 is splattering at least 10 kHz above and below, ergo, QRMing RHC`s much weaker almost // Spanish frequency 13770. Commie Cubans vs Commie Cubans! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAHAN. 15660, March 2 at 1353 testimony in English about God, pronounced S Asian accent but clearly enunciated, good signal but deep fades, not flutter. 1356 switch to S Asian language giving AWR addresses including one in Maharashtra, music fill to 1359* and off without any ID, which I would have expected from scheduled KSDA. Perhaps they can`t decide whether to say Guam or Guahan? After Bengali daily at 1300-1330, the 1330 semihour is supposed to be in Assamese Sunday and Wednesday, per EiBi, WRTH, HFCC and Aoki, English all other days (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. Seems like VOI is missing at least one day a week, such as Monday, March 1, nothing on 9525v or 9526v at 1304 check. Next morning March 2 at 1314 it`s detectable on 9526-, but very poor due to undermodulation and heavy flutter on this and many other Asian signals. Think I recognized voice of the Banjarmasin guy who appears on the every-Tuesday ``Exotic Indonesia`` excursion. 1405 usual late VOI ID in English, into Warta Berita in Indonesian.

The totally unnecessary collision between PNG and Indonesia on 3325 is normally within SAH range, but March 1 at 1316 I am hearing music on 3325, and an AH on the lo side, about 3324.8 with different weaker music. 1318 on 3325 YL DJ speaking Indonesian, seems to take phone call. So apparently it`s 3325 RRI Banjarmasin vs 3324.8 R. Buka. Nothing audible on any of the other 90m PNG frequencies.

Next day, March 2 at 1327, I hear music on 3325, no het.

4750 fair with music, Indo talk, March 2 at 1325, RRI Makassar. Any other Indo signals on 60m obscured by noise level; something on 75m obscured by QRhaM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL [non]. 9955, Israel Radio via WRN M-F at 0600, via WRMI, I seldom tune early enough to hear before the fill music, but the latter is really nice, March 2 at 0623, electric guitar et al., 0629 WRN ID and introducing Radio Canada Internal. Not sure whether the music fill emanates from Israel or from London but apparently not Miami, where Jeff also has some neat music fill available (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MONGOLIA [and non]. 7470, March 2 at 1338 again mostly hum, but some co-channel under in Chinese, so the latter is CNR1 jamming? Aoki shows 7470 with R Free Asia in Tibetan via Ulaanbaatar, 100 kW, 230 degrees at 11-14. HFCC does not list anything from Mongolia except their own broadcasts and RFA certainly does not admit to Mongolia!

Recheck at 1437, 7470 still has the same hum, but now modulation, non-Chinese music and talk, presumably VOA Tibetan via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, which both HFCC and Aoki can list overtly.

So is the hum before and after 1400 really from Mongolia, Philippines, or part of the ChiCom jamming? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11915 // 11930, March 1 at 2230 Qur`an recitations alternating with Arabic talk. 11930 still has leftover DentroCuban jamming pulses against Martí which finishes at 2200. BSKSA Riyadh is scheduled until 2300, 295 and 270 degrees respectively. But both these were off before 2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SLOVAKIA. 13625, R. Slovakia International IS and ID in English, good, just barely caught until off at 1427:35* March 2. This frequency is used only for Russian at 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, surprised to find REE here with VG signal, March 2 at 0615, new transmission spurred by the Chilean quake?? For refugees there with shortwave radios who can`t sleep outside in the nightmiddle? Anyhow, morning news show YL was interviewing someone from Radio Cooperativa, which long ago had its own SW somewhere around this 31m frequency! Hearing that, a casual list-logger might assume they were back.

But this is certainly REE, // 5965 via Costa Rica but several words ahead of it, and with the usual Vatican clash. Nothing audible from REE on 11895 or 12035, just not propagating. REE does use 9690 at other dayparts, so this could also be a mistake. What will be tomorrow? Bad news now for Romania, which is supposed to have 9690 to itself for French at 0600-0630, totally covered here if really on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. VOA Spanish, 13715, March 1 as I tuned in at 1337: open carrier --- then I hear the announcer asking questions of a correspondent about the quake, but the latter cannot be heard! This goes on for at least a minute. Screwup in the studio --- they can hear him on the phone or whatever, but neglect to put his audio on the air! During the pauses we can hear some rustling and background noise from the studio open mike. Then we begin to hear only traces of the correspondent, finally outroed as Pablo Ramos in Chile.

Meanwhile I checked // 9885 and the same was happening. 1338 VOA jingle in English, and ``Buenos Días, América`` ID with frequencies 9885, 13715, 15590. Then audible correspondent from Argentina on relatively minor damage there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW continues `testing` with extremely strong signals on 9480, March 1 around 1800 with more live interviews from the NRB convention in Nashville; but missing around 2030. Must have been a transmitter failure; back on by next check 2200 with Ted Randall. At 2355 Pastor Pete Peters was advertising some DVD, but then to open carrier, about to switch to 5755. More nauseating PPP the next morning March 2 at 1310 onwards // WWCR 9980. NRB convention coverage is supposed to finish at 2200 March 2; then what?

I keep looking for WTWW second harmonic on 18960: it was just barely audible at 1432 March 2, but may have been receiver-produced due to overload; it should become stronger on 18960 once we get some sporadic E short-skip, if it is really radiating. 11510 is where to look for double the night channel, or even triple on 17265 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WWCR made its change to 4840, ex-4775, ex-3240, ex-3230, ex-4755, not necessarily in that order, heard March 2 at 0555, and as expected put so much splatter on 4845 that Mauritania was unlistenable, altho detectable with usual droning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. Rechecking collided 7335, March 2 before 0600, this time seems to be in scheduled Bulgarian, at least non-English, under stronger VOR via GUIANA FRENCH closing Spanish, IS, but carrier not cut before VOR opening in English, ``This is Moscow`` went out, reminding us that for that we have to try inferior 9840 or even more inferior 9855. Meanwhile, Tunisia took over the collision duty in Arabic from 0600 on 7335, as Vat went into Scandinavian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA [non]. 11775, DGS missing March 3 at 1621 as I was checking for // to WWCR 13845, see USA; a very weak signal instead with something else, presumably VOA in Persian via Biblis, GERMANY, as scheduled 1530-1630. Maybe Caribbean Beacon, an ID they never really give, will still be off tonight from 6090, which would be more helpful, but don`t count on it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. 6160, March 3 at 1340 open carrier atop CKZU Vancouver, with the same SAH we hear after 1400. Therefore, CBC`s RCI not only brazenly interferes with CBC Vancouver during the 14-15 UT hour for its non-direxional relay via KOREA SOUTH in Mandarin, but allows KBS to turn the transmitter on that ill-chosen same frequency at least a third of an hour early. Recheck at 1357, the RCI IS has started (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 7220, March 3 at 1359:46 starting REE IS, before cutting to CRI sign-on at 1400, the usual pattern from Kunming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, March 3 at 1412 on 15258-15283, so 15285 Wertachtal escapable by off-tuning upward. Still same at 1512 recheck. Then at 1516 heard exactly same sound but much weaker on 15738-15763 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CZECHIA [and non]. R. Prague might want to reconsider retaining 11600 and dumping 13580 in its one-transmitter-at-a-time austerity measures, for Spanish at 1500. March 3 at 1504, could make out RP theme and Spanish, but co-channel from weaker station with music, plus het. Nothing else scheduled, and not the Cuban noise jamming which starts at 1600, but maybe still to do with the Cuban radio war, or something out of east Asia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, R. Africa, at 1513 March 3, S9+10 signal, but just barely modulated preacher in English. And he is paying good money for this? So many gullible gospel huxters pays their money and never monitors, a good business for the unethical broadcaster. But the preacher gets the satisfaxion of imagining he is converting Africans (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GOA. 15175, AIR IS at 1514 March 3, only a few audio dropouts and decent modulation for a change, flutter with S9+5 peaks, 1515 opening Gujarati (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, 9526-, March 3 at 1355, undermodulated music toward end of English hour; off the air during the 14 UT hour, but back on at 1457 check with more undermodulated strummin` `n` singin`, atop het from CRI East Turkistan 9525.0 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA [and non]. Here`s another station without a clue what frequency they are really on! 21695, March 3 at 1405, tune in to frequency announcement in English, ``17850 at 4-6 pm, that is 2-4 pm GMT``, and shortly, ``Voice of Africa from the Great Jamahiriyah``. Have they moved on 16m? Of course not! Still on // 17725, while at 1408, 17850 bears usual BBC Somali via Cyprus (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA/SARAWAK. 5030, RTM Kuching, March 3 at 1402, S9+12 in talk, presumed news in Iban from Wai FM network relay, and would have been quite readable if I understood a word of Iban; some Cuba 5025 music splash, but quite a good signal for Swk. At 1454 music still audible on 5030 once Cuba had almost outfaded (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. RTM missing from 15341 and 15345, March 3 at 1412. HCJB Australia not propagating so missed its chance to come thru unscathed on 15340 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 6075, R. Rossii, Pet/Kam, March 3 at 1359-1400+*, motorboating as usual and impossible to zero-beat, no sign now of 8GAL V/CQ marker on 6074. Once RR was off, weak Chinese on 6075, either RTI or ChiCom jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. As I expected, nothing from REE on 9690, March 3 at 0607, 24 hours after they had a very good signal, apparently transmitted by mistake on that frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CHINA

** SWEDEN [non]. 15480, started looking for new transmission at 1411 March 3, but too early; at next check 1511, VG signal with SW Asian music, 1512 talk in unID language, but according to Wolfgang Büschel, it`s IBRA Radio via Rampisham UK, in Dari during this semihour amid 1430-1545 transmission in Pashtu before, Hazaragi after. Why are they sending so much RF into deep North America? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See previous report under UNIDENTIFIED [non]

** UKRAINE. 7540 with intermittent ``Russian`` tune-up tones, March 3 at 1451, flutter. I.e., the ``Simferopol`` transmitter already on air prior to 1500 start of V. of Mesopotamia relay, KURDISTAN [non], which stays on 11530 right up to 1500; ergo two different transmitters.

On 7540 at 1500, timesignal about 4 seconds late, and some music, presumably VOM, but too much splash from 7535 ChiCom jamming vs BBC via Thailand (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Add KJES to the roster of US shortwave stations putting out spurs. March 2 at 2022 I found very distorted Spanish centered about 15557.6, S9+12 level, modulation soon matched to KJES on 15385 which was S9+22, much stronger than usual; despite this, 15385 was undermodulated, with usual catechisms, i.e. zombie crowd repeating what the leader just intoned. Another weaker spur in between around 15532. However by next check 2032, 15385 had faded way down and the spurs had disappeared. Probably got a sporadic-E boost uncovering the spurs. Axually, undermodulation on fundamentals has a positive correlation with spurs elsewhere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINNG DIGEST)

** U S A. 5755, WTWW with bigot PPP, March 3 at 0604, VG signal so I compared it to // 5890 via WWCR, and to my surprise, WWCR was noticeably weaker, non-solid signal. Normally propagation from the two nearby stations is the same, but this time the skip zone boundary must have been on the edge; and/or azimuths from their rhombix made the difference.

9480 at 1449 March 3, still PPP, who apparently is the only programming now that the NRB is over, and lite squeal on the modulation, more noticeable offtuning to the USB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13845, WWCR, March 3 at 1415, poor signal, YL interviewing someone about New World Order --- that`s not PMS` shtick! Yes, 13845 is now // 7490 with The Power Hour, Joyce Riley! Same still at 1502.

March program schedule on WWCR website confirms this is no mistake, she now scheduled on 13845 at 1300-1600 daily. Daily? On 7490 TPH is only M-F with other programming Sat/Sun. 1621 recheck, 13845 has resumed DGS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also ANGUILLA; USA: WEWN

** U S A. 13835, WEWN, March 3 at 1415 checking for spur slush on 13845, but WWCR seems to be clear of it, leading to hopes that WEWN is repairing its problem, but further monitoring of its English frequencies at stronger signal levels required (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Altho it had not been especially problematic the day before, spurring all over the place, WTJC nevertheless missing from 9369v, March 3 at 1450. Preventive maintenance? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4050, March 3 at 0608 country music audible, no doubt KWMO, Washington MO, 3 x 1350 as previously IDed with same format. Why do I keep reporting this? Because it is something which should not be there, an anomaly. More pertinent question is why many other DXers are not reporting it?

Altho 4050 is always weak and frequently not audible, the fact that it appears at all shows something is wrong with KWMO`s harmonic suppression. If this were normal, we would also be hearing countless other MW stations on their third harmonix every 30 kHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. 11680, RNV via CUBA, VG signal March 3 at 1505 momentarily in English. English? Hardly. Make that broken English, about what else, Chávez activities. OM speaker is worse than the YL, as first of all the translation from Spanish is far too literal, and secondly, he tries to pronounce English words as if they were Spanish, making them only intermittently understandable.

Add to that his poor dixion which would hardly qualify him as an announcer in Spanish itself. What`s his registration number as a licensed announcer, anyway? In Venezuela you supposedly can`t go on the air without such authorization, as e.g. bolivarian apologist Adán González proudly cites his number. Nitpicking like that could get a private broadcaster forced off the air for violating the rules.

1508 canned outro by better announcer as having been ``Informative Short News`` a program title a native English speaker would never come up with, and Windows boot-up logo used deliberately as a transition. Are they aware of this in Redmond? RNV anyway is good for laughs. And we are still waiting for Calabozo to fire up, removing the [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9690, AIR GOS carrier March 4 already on at 1318 with that hum we`d recognize anywhere. Sesquihour transmission to SE Asia does not start until 1330. Music at 1357 check seemed to have less hum that usual but still some.

9425, AIR National Channel via Bengaluru, March 4 at 1320-1321 playing Vande Matarm, the ``national song`` as it does every day at sign-on, 1321 announcement with frequencies; fair.

 

Tnx to a tip from UADX, the Wikipedia entry about the controversial V.M.:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vande_Mataram

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 15690, March 4 at 1333 fair signal with flutter mentioning Iran and referencing the International Herald Tribune; it`s R. Farda, via Sri Lanka during this hour only, then frequency ceded to Portugal which we normally hear after 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5910, Shiokaze, Sea-Breeze via JSR, JAPAN, is back here ex-5985 where it was during February, found March 4 at 1423, YL in Japanese with mandatory sad piano music background, and nothing on 5985. No jamming audible. This 1400-1430 broadcast may have been on 5910 a few days, as we are lacking daily monitoring for it by the vacationing Ron Howard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6925-USB, March 4 at 1424 a pirate with novelty songs. The music was so continuous that at first I thought it was carrierless, but during some pauses barely detected a reduced one. Signal kept the meter peaked at S9+12, and needed some attenuation to avoid pumping; SINPOly I would put it at 35544.

1427 faux-cigarette ad mentioning Maharishi, so is it the Voice of the Runaway? 1428 promo Bozo TV on YouTube, so is this WBZO? No, it`s ``Captain Ganja, here on Radio Free Euphoria``, and back to the rest of the show. One suspects there are a lot more pirate program names than transmitters out there.

1437 mentioned that he was going to raid the refrigerator after the broadcast; offering a twisted (?) E-QSL for reports to radiofreeeuphoria @ yahoo.com or captainganja @ wbcq.com and referred to a website for his artwork, but didn`t catch it, only mentioned once.

1440 song about marijuana, 1445 ``Don`t Bogart That Joint``, 1448-1450* SSTV and off with no further vocalisms (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. The R. Victoria harmonic on 18057.9 has not been audible this week. I figured it was just due to propagation, but there could be another reason: Fundamental 6019.3 off the air! Nothing there as I tuned by around 0700 UT March 4. Are others noting 6020.0 stations hetless elsewhen? A mixed blessing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [and non]. 7480, Vietnamese-like language but not really, March 4 at 1324, atop oscillating/whine jamming. But at 1327 speaker concludes with ``amen``, and then a hymn. Also some intermittent ``running water`` ute QRM. 1329 YL announcement sounds like a different dialect; 1330 mentions Vietnam and Jesus Christ.

FEBC, 50 kW due west from Iba site is scheduled in tribal languages only, 13-14. Per Aoki, at 1330 on Thursdays they are going from Stieng Bulo to Katu (also 1300 in Sedang, 1345 in Bru).

So why in the world is this being jammed? Maybe because WRN has also reserved 7480 at 13-15 for something via Tashkent, so is there now something new and offensive to China or more likely North Korea? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** POLAND [non]. 11675, PRES via AUSTRIA, Thursday March 4 at 1339 caught the last part of Multi-Touch, solo-hosted by Swavek Chefs, about reception in the Dominican Republic by a visiting Finn, Reijo, who p-mailed a hefty report plus a postcard, and then someone complaining on the phone from England. Ended already at 1346 music break, 1350 YL with discourse on potatoes, and how they got their names in Polish.

I soon found the MT program ondemand which started with discussion of low internet access in Poland:

http://www.thenews.pl/radio/multimedia/artykul126796.html

Multimedia used to start around 1324, so apparently has been shortened, as 1324 is still the time shown on the player, which however stopped after about 10 minutes before I got to the part where I intuned (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 17595, big empty hole March 4 at 1311 where REE normally inbooms starting at 1300; propagation not responsible as there are plenty of Eurosignals on 16m, and beyond, e.g. TURKEY on 17700. Next check at 1331, 17595 was on with headlines in Castilian. Next2 check at 1352, more Castilian news about Euzkadi, as despite being a ``co-official`` language, Basque is too risky to run even for a pentaminute. And // 11815 via Costa Rica before the co-channel from Turkey starts at 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWEDEN [and non]. 11550, big collision between R. Sweden in Swedish, and WEWN in Spanish, Sweden slightly stronger and with SAH of a few Hz, March 4 at 1304. Sweden aims 95 degrees, and WEWN 220 degrees, so they imagine they can share the frequency with no such problems from a 350 and a 250 kW transmitter, each of which can really be heard worldwide (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 17700, VOT with Turkish pop music at 1312 March 4, good signal, from German service as confirmed by announcement at 1314. Starts at 1230, also aimed USward by coincidence.

All the language services feature lots of music between talk features, but I was wondering if the Turkish service axually has programs where music comes first.

Mustafa Cankurt has gone to the trouble of translating the entire program schedule, so we know what each title means in English. We`ve posted it to the dxld yg as an .xls file which Dragan Lekic says won`t open until you add that extension.

It turns out that almost all the show titles imply talk subjects, except daily at 1005-1100 ``Let This Song Be Mine``; and other programs weekends at 0905-1000. SW frequencies then are 15480 and 15350; during the first hour also 11925. In reality, we hear plenty of music on 15350 before it closes by 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI at 1251 Thursday March 4 in Portuguese! Soon identified as Encontro DX, the program from R. Aparecida, Brasil. Well, not only about DX as they soon played Johnny Mathis` ``My Love for You``, in English. No jamming now, but obliterated at next check 1301 when R. Libertad had presumably started.

The 11-13 weekday block was briefly and temporarily occupied by an extra transmission of R. República, but now I suppose is refilled by numerous other DX program repeats et al. I am trying to get the latest schedule ASAP, probably including some revived WORLD OF RADIO times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9369v, WTJC back on at 1321 March 4 with distorted hymns, 24 hours after having been absent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 18530, Brother Scare on second harmonic of WINB 9265, March 4 at 1437 quite readable, but soon downfading as I must have caught it on a propagational peak; nice to know anyway that Red Lion and Enid are linked in this way (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1502 should make its debut on WWRB, 3185, UT Friday March 5 at 0430-0500. I hope reception will be good thruout North America and beyond. Other early airings are Thursday 2000 on WBCQ 7415, Friday 0130 and 1530 on WRMI 9955, Friday 2130 on WWCR 7465 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST

** AUSTRIA. 15440, March 5 at 1427-1428*, AWR theme music, off with no announcement, but scheduled as Urdu from 1400; F-G signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. The CRI domestic service in English seems to be overtaking the external service. March 5 at 1406, 15230 and 13675 via CANADA, 13740 via CUBA are in ``China Drive``, M&W gabbing about weather, she keeps mixing in Chinese language bits, and still going at 1430 in item about shortage of kindergartens.

So we may say goodbye to CRI ES feature programs such as Voices of Other Lands, which used to appear Thursdays at 1430 and many other times. Is 10 pm really drive-time in Beijing? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, March 5 at 1425 on 17090-17115, and same sound on matching 17490-17515, with no other stations audibly QRMed in these ranges (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 4775, among many weak 60m signals shortly after local sunrise, March 5, corresponding to Sino-Indian channels, this one had some talk vs CODAR at 1319, presumably AIR Imphal, tho Aoki also lists V. of Iranian Kurdistan, clandestine which probably varies if active at all, and too early for it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also TIBET [and non]

** INDONESIA. RRI March 5: at 1305, 4750, Makassar with Indo talk atop a rumbling het from China(?) also with some audio audible.

3325, Palangkaraya, at 1310 with gamelan concert, 1313 M&W conversing. Both signals stand out on their bands (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5910, Sea Breeze via JSR JAPAN, Friday March 5 at 1418, M with heavy accent in English news about North Korea (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [and non]. 4820, March 5 at 1320 two stations mixing with fast SAH, one music, one talk, ergo Lhasa and Kolkata.

4920, March 5 at 1321, M&W conversation in non-Chinese, and also unseems Indonesian, so either Lhasa or Chennai; Biak also on frequency but Aoki shows only 750 watts and not on Ishida`s list as active (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1502 observations, Thursday March 4: I was out and about at 2000 so checked WBCQ on the portable with whip only. 9330 started WOR, but next check at 2005 it had been turned off as nominally closes at 2000. Then I could just barely hear me on 7415, the only intentional frequency.

The webcast from ACB Radio was confirmed at 0100 UT Friday, and it repeats every two hours thru 2330; the webcast scheduled at 0100 from Area 51 had something else running.

At 0135 UT Friday March 5, also just barely audible on WRMI 9955, with lite pulse jamming at first, but it disappeared as I listened, at least for the moment.

At 0430 UT Friday March 5, VG signal on WWRB 3185 which is just starting to carry WOR (also lofi webcast). We followed a screaming preacher, but there was a decent interval of dead air afterwards before Brother Scare started.

At 1547 Friday March 5, confirmed on WRMI 9955, poor signal but no jamming; the NW antenna is still out of service.

A reminder that the WWCR airings are: Fri 2130 on 7465, Sat 1730 on 12160, UT Sun 0330 on 4840, 0730 on 3215 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13570, WINB had horrible buzz, trying to rival the former frying sound of BSKSA on 15435, March 4 at 2219 during preacher, spreading plus/minus 12 kHz. By 2232 had improved a bit, less buzz but distorted. Their transmitter is in really sorry shape, but we do appreciate the harmonic on 18530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9980, WWCR-4, Scriptures for America feed was open carrier, March 5 at 1258 --- well, almost. If I risked turning up the volume and tuning to the sidebands I could barely make out an ID for IRN, the slanted-news network.

Quickly checked // 9480 WTWW and it was also silent for the moment, then 1259 ID still as a program test, and 1300 both resumed PPP at full blasting modulation and signals (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. I am still not hearing the WEWN spurs which used to accompany the English-language transmitter, e.g. 13835, March 5 at 1432 allowed Joyce Riley to be unimpeded on WWCR 13845; WEWN Spanish on 12050, however, has a different problem: squealing audible on the center channel (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 15595, March 5 at 1329 Radio Vaticana closing Italian broadcast with times of next ones, said ``crede`` and cut off at 1330*. Was good signal; this is 500 kW at 107 degrees daily (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIG

** ALBANIA. 13640, R. Tirana, English to NAm, Saturday March 6 at 1540 with Klara talking about the Albanian Alps, altitudes, flora and fauna inhabiting them, with classical music background. Occasionally there would be noise bursts of, I think, four at a time, which seemed to be on the program feed rather than interference (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [non]. 9890, R. Australia with Saturday night country music, March 6 at 1429 but this is presented in Chinese, soon with ID and e-mail chinese @ radioaustralia.net.au before cutoff in mid-word at 1430:22*. Sufficient and clear signal. Per Aoki this is the new relay via PALAU, 100 kW, 318 degrees from Koror, replacing Darwin, at 1300-1430. Evidently Chinese continues on other frequencies.

Hmm, why don`t the ChiCom jam Radio Australia Chinese like they do VOA, BBC, etc., etc.? What to the Australians know that we don`t? They don`t have any relay exchange deals with China, either. Makes one wonder if RA treats news about China with kid gloves. Jamming is really a journalistic badge of honor for the victim (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. While fishing for frogs from Habana, see CUBA, found more weak Spanish on 6200, March 6 at 0708, but YL`s accent is totally unCuban; yes, soon mentioned ``búlgaro`` and is R. Bulgaria, // 7300 as scheduled in Spanish during this semihour for Iberian upwakers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 13855, March 6 at 1344-1357* hyper-assertive Chinese speaker in the CNR1-style, mixed with some music. Looked for //s in the 7-14 MHz range, but only found 13650 in synch, and 9540 an echo apart. Not // 12040 and numerous other frequencies subject to jamming.

So per Aoki this is really the CRI Chinese service: 13855 via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN; 13650 is via Urumqi, ibid.; and 9540 via Kunming in China proper.

15230, CRI via Sackville, Saturday March 6 at 1440 giving website http://crieasyfm.com for listener comments. That forwards to http://english.cri.cn/easyfm/ i.e. the 91.5 station in Beijing. Comment: how about giving us back good old CRINTERNATIONAL, not CRINTERNAL, in the footsteps of RCI.

9785, March 6 at 1459, VOA outro with CNR1 jamming, both off in time for 1500 timesignal and opening CRI English, poor signal. Per Aoki, VOA Chinese via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, is jammed until 1500, then CRI via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Whoopee, more leapfrogs from Habana! 6180, March 6 at 0706 I am hearing RHC Spanish with echo. That`s because 6120 is leaping over 6150, and those two are not synchronized --- so does this mean they are from the same site, but not with same feed? Apparently.

Things change minute by minute: at 0706, 6010 English frequency is off, but 6060 is still English, and so is just barely modulated 6140.

At 0709, I find another RHC leapfrog on 6240, weak in Spanish but no echo. This must be 6060 leaping over 6150 another 90 kHz higher --- but wait, 6060 was just heard in English. But now when I check it, has indeed switched to Spanish so the leapfrog fits.

At 0710 I check 6140 again, and now it too has switched to Spanish, with improved modulation over English a few minutes earlier. That leaves zero frequencies in English now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. Over-the-horizon radar pulses, presumed from here, March 6 at 1432 on 19020-19045, and at 1433 also on 18965-18990. Next check at 1517, same on the upper, gone on the lower range. Handy MUF indicator, while the 21 MHz SWBC band was barely open (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [and non]. With plenty of open channels on 16m in the same vicinity, RFI and REE insist on colliding on 17850: March 6 at 1622 REE has the classical music show while RFI is speaking in French, making a SAH of about 3.2 Hz, close to equal levels. REE is 340 degrees via COSTA RICA USward, while RFI is 170 degrees from Issoudun (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 15050, often barely audible to weak, so surprised to get a nice strong S9+10 signal at 1437 March 6, a bit of hum but not very distorted, in a language mentioning ``Marathi`` and ``Panaji``. Aoki totally misses anything on 15050, but EiBi shows Sinhala from AIR Khampur site:

15050 1115-1215 IND All India Radio TAM CLN k

15050 1245-1500 IND All India Radio SI  CLN k

Both are 174 degrees so could be long or short path to here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR [non]. Having missed both its broadcasts last weekend, Sat & Sun 1530-1600 on new and clear 15660 via PRIDNESTROVYE, Radio Mada International was back Saturday March 6. In fact, just to be absolutely sure, the Pridnestrovyans had the transmitter already on at 1512 tune-in, running open carrier, no tones, burning up 300 kW of precious power for at least 18 minutes before hesitantly turning up the audio on the feed at 1530. Meanwhile there was a brief carrier drop at 1529.

It took them about 5 minutes to get modulation up to decent level comparable to Miraya via SLOVAKIA on 15670 next door. Signal considerably weakened by when it went off at 1600. I guess it was in Malagasy, as did not recognize any French, nor get an ID, but we know this is it.

After brief studio intro, had an outdoor speech to a crowd, presumably by deposed President Ravalomanana, darling patron of World Christian Broadcasting`s Madagascar World Voice, still not on the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

 

** MEXICO. 6185, XEPPM, Saturday March 6 at 0600 announcement in Spanish closing the separate SW service, about to rejoin MW 1060; at 0601 same announcement in English, a rare but reliable opportunity to hear this station in English. Too bad they don`t do at least a little axual programming in English, such as a daily summary of the news about Mexico!

Normally the national anthem plays at local midnight, but instead tonight we had two sesquiminutes of dead air from here, audiblizing Vaticana Scandinavian co-channel with usual SAH of 6-7 Hz, until 0605 XEPPM joined classical vocal music in progress from the MW XEEP service. 0721 final check tonight, Radio Educación still alone with long-form ballet music as Brasília had still not cut on 6185, but no doubt would during the next semihour. UT Sundays, however RNA runs 6185 and 11780 all-night without a break (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 6019.3, unlike previous nites recently, R. Victoria is on the air and detectable on its unique frequency, March 6 at 0702, VP signal with talk and music; better at 0713 after RHC had vacated 6010, but bothered by 6030 DentroCuban Jamming Command spurpulsing; and now it`s definitely wacky wailer David Miranda, the cash cow of this and so many other Latin American SW stations.

Does this reactivation mean we shall once again be able to hear the third harmonic once the sun shine on the Lima-Enid path? Yes! Later March 6 at 1432, weak talk in and out on 18057.9, which has to be this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)

** PHILIPPINES [and non]. 7480, March 6 at 1359, ``Jesus Saves`` IS, i.e. FEBC until 1359:30*. Per Aoki it`s the Bru language on Saturdays at 1345.

A few sex later by 1400 a weaker signal came on 7480, which is R. Aap ki Dunyaa, VOA Urdu via Thailand (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9385, Overcomer Ministry via WWRB, Sabbath March 6 at 1503 playing instrumental (if that old Hammond(?) organ qualify) version of ``Old Black Joe`` by Stephen Foster, then ``praise the lord``, crowd assenting sounds, and Brother Scare talking about this not being a religious broadcast, not a church service (?? Perhaps I missed something).

Whether it be or not, OBJ is totally politically incorrect, let us hope even elsewhere in South Carolina, tho some no doubt pine for the good ole days of slavery; the true colors of R. G. shining thru? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. The two EDC target services were competing with good native music Saturday March 6: 17700, which DX Mix News says is SSIRI via ASCENSION, at 1601 mentioned Darfur several times but shortly was mostly music. At 1625 sounded like an oud, very nice; 1630 spelling website or e-mail address and into Arabic dialect talk segment.

17745, Sudan Radio Service via PORTUGAL, March 6 had quite different music, at first hilifish, then at 1635 kids singing with barnyard sounds (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWEDEN [non]. 15480, vacant March 6 at 1442 and 1517 chex. This had been a new transmission of IBRA Radio via Rampisham UK at 1430-1545 in Pashto, Dari and Hazaragi, which Aoki shows as daily starting March 1, and adds (FEBA) after IBRA Radio, so should we say SEYCHELLES [non]? I heard it March 3, but may have been missing also March 4 and 5; so maybe was only testing? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 15225 something in Russian, March 6 at 1439, mentions Kitaya, and bits of Chinese music, so CRI? No, it`s RTI via FRANCE, scheduled 14-15 from Issoudun, 500 kW at 60 degrees. Lots of QRM from CRI 15230 splash via Sackville (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 15145, March 6 at 1558 folk music including flute, reminding me of Romanian, but off at 1559:35. Ten seconds later a stronger signal came on, with Radio Free Asia, Washington DC, ID, and introed a language, but I could not copy it; anyhow, off the air again at 1600:25, so I guess that was a mistake. Aoki shows RFA via UAE in Tibetan at 1500-1600, so of course also ChiCom jammed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955 observations March 6: at 0653 in Spanish giving an address in Argentina so presumably La Rosa de Tokio quasi-DX program as scheduled Saturdays at 0600, then fill music for rest of hour, love song in English, so not sure if originated with LRT or WRMI. Signal was good and no jamming; might be on NW antenna again? Doubtful; propagation was hypernormal from SFL for the nightmiddle, WYFR also VG on 9985 and four other 31m channels.

At 1428 and still at 1454, nothing but heavy noise jamming audible, during scheduled WORLD OF RADIO broadcast at 1430. Thanks a lot, dear friend in Habana!! However, at 1500 the jamming was gone, audiblizing R. Prague relay but WRMI is now so weak that it has heavy SAH and CCI from Taiwan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WTWW observations March 6, after pretty much non-stop Pastor Pete Peters the last several days: at 0712 off the air, tho I heard him in a tuneby a few minutes earlier (was it before or after 07? Did not log it), and at that time also noticed better signal than // 5890 WWCR. So is WTWW having transmitter trouble, or program tests finished and starting to reconfigure?

At 1348, nothing on 9480. Next check at 1424, 9480 was cutting on and off with hoary Alex Scourby Bible pontifications, but interrupted by a non-PPP preacher every few seconds to interject his own opinions. I could still hear a lite squeal on the transmission.

This was still the Scriptures for America feed, as // 9980 WWCR. While WTWW was off, could hear R. Australia 9475 with country music, this being Saturday night. At 1430, WTWW 9480 was still cutting on and off; next check 1455 it was off. 1806 it was on with PPP (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Contrary to WWCR`s posted schedule for transmitter 2, that now daily at 13-16 it`s Joyce Riley on 13845 instead of Pastor Melissa Scott, it was in fact PMS // 11775 ANGUILLA, when checked Saturday March 6 at 1343. The Riley show is available live, M-F only.

Something went wrong with the WORLD OF RADIO airing at 1730 Saturday March 6 on 12160: when checked at 1754, my voice was looping over and over with a bit about Radio Bar-Kulan, 15750. This axually occurred at 20:30 into the program, so may have been doing so for at least five minutes. Rechecking my mp3 file, found nothing wrong with it, so urged WWCR to download it again and check it to prevent a recurrence on the remaining repeats UT Sunday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9265, WINB at 1426 March 6, non-Brother Scare preacher, strong signal but with some warbling under, which almost sounds like RTTY --- QRM or self-imposed? Harmonic 18530 not making it at this time. No more Brother Scare?

WINB website schedule, still dated January 10, shows:

08:00A / Sat-1300...Apostolic Asssembly [sic]

06:00P / Sat-2300...Kroze Bros. Outreach

i.e., nothing between these two, meaning A.A. runs for 10 hours straight, meanwhile switching at some unknown time to 13570v? Or not, as end-times are never shown, in this sense (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11785, WHRI had English preacher before 1400 Saturday March 6 unlike weekdays when it`s silent. But off again after 1400 and no reactivation of Hmong Lao Radio. Next check at 1455, back on with open carrier, 1458 ad/promo for Voice of the Martyrs (don`t get excited; this is obviously only another Christian evangelical show; but searching, unfound anywhere on the WHR schedule), WHRI ID. Next check at 1513 in Hmong, so still running Hmong World Christian Radio at 1500-1530 Saturdays only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7470, as early as 1350 March 6 with open carrier, some hum; 1358 begin ``This is the Voice of America, Washington DC, signing on,`` with YDD. 1400 ``from Washington, you are listening to the latest news from the Voice of America``, and into some other language.

Here is what is supposed to be happening on 7470 per Aoki: until 1400 it`s RFA in Tibetan via Mongolia; if that was on, the OC covered it. From 1400 it`s VOA in Tibetan via Tinang, PHILIPPINES. HFCC agrees about the latter but suppresses any info about the former, as if the ChiCom do not know anyway. Perhaps deniability is paramount for the Mongolians, wary of retaliation from their massive neighbor, and thus also for the Radio Free Asians (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 13615, March 6 at 1539, WYFR in Spanish about equal level with something in Farsi and slow SAH between them. Per Aoki, WYFR quits 13615 from Okeechobee at 1545, while R. Farda via Lampertheim, GERMANY runs 1400-1600, then changes to Skelton UK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VANUATU. Looking for RV which supposedly starts 5055 by 0700: March 6 at 0714 I can only detect a trace of a carrier, which is around their local sunset. Wish they would keep leaving it on a couple hours past 1200v, when I previously pulled modulation on the frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana, in Albanian on 6130 and // 7425 with equally good signals, March 7 at 0123, Albanian songs but modulation somewhat distorted and lacks any higher frequencies of which SW is capable. Sounded like 7425 had a `bonker` ute QRMing deep underneath. But not heard when it went off at 0129, as 6130 stayed on to open English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. During ham contest, March 7 at 0017, on 21365-USB heard ``LP2F Contest``, presumably meant to imply that his own call was LP2F and he wanted extremely brief contest contacts only. QRZ.com lookup shows: ``Ezequiel Reinaldi, Las Rosas - Santa Fe, Argentina, LU1FDU Contest Callsing [sic]``. I wasn`t aware LP- prefixes were now in use (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. 15345.2, R. Nacional, Saturday March 6 into UT Sunday March 7 at 0000 with automatic timesignal one second late compared to WWV, amid sports commentary, S9+18 signal, 0002 ``¡gooooooooooaaaaalllllll!``, a form of insanity that anyone scoring a goal should merit such exuberance. It`s only a (SB) game (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. Some ham contest is underway this weekend, meaning lots more SSB QRM on 41 and 75 meters than usual, but also much more activity on 15 and even 10 meters. March 6 at 2320 there was not a single SWBC signal on 13 meters, but ``15`` meters was hopping from South America, primarily Brasil, PY2s and ZXs, also ARGENTINA, ECUADOR [qq.vv.]. Went up to 10 meters and also heard one PY2, but only logged a couple of Ticos (See COSTA RICA).

At 0014 March 7 back on 15m, logged one Brazilian for the record, ZX5J, who was giving reports of 59-kilo on 21244.5, inconvenient split frequency for kHz-step tuning. QRZ.com lookup says ZX5J is a team contest station at Morro da Boa Vista, Rancho Queimado - Santa Catarina (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHILE. Unfortunately, the quake did not shake some sense into the CVC 11920 transmitter relaying HCJB, for it still outputs big nasty slushy spurs on each side, March 6 at 2342 in Portuguese, centered as closely as I could tell at 11901.5 and 11938.5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake, UT March 6 at 2330: fair on 17970 and weaker // 15140. Searching straight thru from 12000 to 20000, did not find any others. At 0005, 17970 still going, and there was a much stronger Chinese-language broadcast on 17645, i.e. CNR1 jamming or VOA Tinang, PHILIPPINES.

BTW, if you hear CRI programming on 17970 during the 23 hour in English, 00 in Spanish, that would be 3 x 5990 via Habana, which could certainly happen as 18090 was audible; see CUBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COSTA RICA. Ten meters probably had more LA DX had I tuned in earlier, but an hour before sunset March 6 was getting a couple of Ticos on USB: At 2324 UT on 28439, TI8II, running 100 watts; and at 2325, TI5N on 28455, weaker than TI8II, but did not catch a power. QRZ.com lookup shows:

TI8II, Carlos S. Bedoya, Puntarenas, who insists on two valid IRCs for QSL;

and TI5N: STATION OWNER TI5KD, GUACIMA, ALAJUELA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 17705, March 7 at 0003 what passes for news on RHC, about Chávez and Zelaya, in Quechua, but frequently defaulting to Spanish, e.g. for numbers, concepts such as ``presidente legítimo``. 0010 into Q? music. S9+18 signal on the only broadcast in this language as per WRTH 2010, altho spelt ``Quecha``, which I thought was some DXers` typo but now it has been immortalised and people copy it. Remember when R. Moscow, or was it Peace & Progress, broadcast in Quechua, and did Peking too?

Now the ADDX schedule by language does not even bother with Quechua. Of course, many Andean domestic and regional SW stations use it, including HCJB, but no external broadcasters except RHC, as confirmed by EiBi`s Q-code for that language.

18090, DCJC jamming pulses at 0021 March 7, i.e. 3 x 6030 against Radio Martí, same time as was hearing third harmonic from PERÚ, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. Another ham contester on 15m, HC1HC, March 7 at 0019 on 21292-USB, exchanging a 59K signal report. QRZ.com does not give his exact location, just Pichincha, but name is ALFREDO CAVIEDES and his QSL shows the Equatorial Monument (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. 3250.0, March 7 at 0050 hymny music in Spanish, fair and undistorted signal no doubt from HRPC, Radio Luz y Vida, back on its nominal after noisy jumps to 3287/3290. OLASOB = only Latin American station on band, 90 metres (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 5810, weak S Asian music at 2318 March 6. Not listed in Aoki or EiBi, but it`s R. Farda via Sri Lanka due northwest, at 2230-2400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 4845, ORTM, March 7 at 0117 still on with speech in Arabic, usual hum, whine or het on big undermodulated signal plus a bit of SSB QRM on the side. WWCR still on 5070 at this hour; latest sked from them, see USA, shows 4840 has been cut back to 03-06 UT only, so Nouakchott should again be in the clear for its rousing wakeup show (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6875, slightly on hi side, March 6 at 2315 weak rock music, presumably pirate and not WYFR. Still going March 7 at 0052 with Paul Robeson`s rousing rendition of The Internationale, which is enough to convince just about anyone to become a traditional communist, then clip from Dragnet, a non-sequitur? And robotic YL voice ``You are listening to The Crystal Ship, pirate radio``, off immediately at 0052.5*.

Later I checked e-mail and found that John Poet had notified of this broadcast: ``On air as of now on 6875 kHz AM (2205 UTC), testing Valiant #2 which has had some modulation issues. Should be on there for awhile.`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. Since I had just heard hams from Brasil, Argentina and Ecuador on 15m around sunset here, 0020 UT March 7, would R. Victoria, Lima, third harmonic also make it? Yes, 18057.9 had a weak carrier with a trace of audio. An hour later at 0118, check of 6019.3 found the fundamental totally blown away by CRI 6020.0 via Albania, but sufficient to be audible as a het of about 700 Hz, the usual situation all evening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. I`ve had little luck with the mid-5-MHz WOOB Peruvians since the good old days of R. Ilucán on the consecutively-integered 5678. So I was pleased as a Peruvian hear any signal at all, March 7 at 0024 on 5485.7. On the main #1 longwire antenna, east-west, into the FRG-7 was getting S9+5 signal but most of that was noise. At 0031 tried the #2 longwire, which is longer and NW/SE and that registered only S3, occasional peaks to S4 but the local S/N was better so stayed with that, also for subsequent logs this evening.

But it was still so weak that despite considerable strain to hear something identifiable especially around hourtop 0100, could not tell anything except it was in Spanish, very lively DJ and music; 0045 mostly music. 0058.5 to an announcement which may well have mentioned Radio Frecuencia Popular, Olmos as IDed by Rafael Rodríguez, Colombia, replacing previous occupant of exactly same frequency, Reina de la Selva, Chachapoyas. Was enjoying at least the fact that this was a nice clear frequency, until 0132 when 2-way Spanish contact started up on 5482.5-USB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. The 1330 broadcast of VOT in English is a total loss on both frequencies, 12035 and 15300, as we have outpointed repeatedly to no avail, so later I play the one-day file of that March 6 broadcast. News is mainly about outrage over USC resolution about the Armenian genocide being genocide by Turkey. Skipping ahead to recipe feature, ``Food for the court``, delicacies for the Ottomon palace cuisine, ended at 19:30 into the hour, the rest filled with excellent music, so I kept listening, but you`d think there would be more talk features before their concluding Question. They also said the food show would continue next week, so it`s not an alternator. This was an off-week for DX Corner, which is (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Mentioned on Ask WWCR #310 starting 27 Feb for two weeks:

New program on 13845, starting 25 Feb, at 13 to 16, The Power Hour, now simulcast with 7490. (As we have already noticed, but M-F only.)

Brady and Jerry also discussed: Big movement, frequency-wise. Have been testing on 4775, 03-12, starting with 4-hour reair of Alex Jones show. Going to adjust it, altho have had good response, preceding A-10 to test another frequency FCC approved for us, 4840. Hope less interference than 4775 which only had a little bit. Wants reports to 4840 @ wwcr.com and one can report specifically on any WWCR frequency in that format (not including, I assume, spurs, tho have not tried to see if those would bounce).

4775 improved reception in Europe over 5070, which they had thought was good already; apparently not. This is all testing, so no guarantees where they will stay, or wind up in A-10 scheduling.

However, the online transmitter schedule, tho still dated effective March 1, has been modified again as checked March 6: instead of nine hours on 4840 as initially, 03-12, now it shows 4840 for only three hours at 03-06, then back to 4775 at 06-12:

Transmitter #3 - 100 KW - 40 Degrees

12:00 AM-06:00 AM 0600-1200 4.775 MHz

06:00 AM-11:00 AM 1200-1700 7.490 MHz

11:00 AM-05:00 PM 1700-2300 12.160 MHz

05:00 PM-09:00 PM 2300-0300 5.070 MHz

09:00 PM-12:00 AM 0300-0600 4.840 MHz

However, the home page still shows 03-12 for 4840 - ? So now we can presumably hear Mauritania [see also] again with its riveting wake-up show on 4845.

The defective WORLD OF RADIO file got played again at 0330 UT Sunday on 4840, about 0350 going into looping so the rest of the show was missed. Since we heard this also happening at 1755 Saturday, it probably will have applied also to the other two WWCR airings, Friday 2130 on 7465 which we did not check, and Sunday 0730 on 3215.

 

I hope WWCR listeners will be able to hear WOR 1502 somewhere else, such as several remaining repeats on WRMI 9955, or WBCQ Tuesday 2000 on 7415, probably Wednesday too. Full schedule on all stations is at http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html

Or listen via http://www.worldofradio.com/audiomid.html

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Checking Lavwadlamerik, March 6 at 2310, Greenville 7590 had distorted modulation and splatter audible out to plus and minus 20 kHz, even bothering the big signal from Cairo on 7580 --- could hear VOA scratching in its background, more so tnx to Cairo`s weak modulation in English.

UT March 7 at 0120, LVA good on both 5835 and 5960, giving websites for US Embassy; but 5835 is always so much stronger than 5960 during this hour that I would not be surprised if 5835 has two transmitters on it at once (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. No show for Area 51 on 5110 WBCQ, Saturday evening March 6, checked several times between 2348 and 0130 March 7. At the first time, however, there was some very weak SSB 2-way on 5105, perhaps Spanish.

Area 51 was supposed to be still running on SW 5110 Saturdays and Sundays, and http://www.worldmicroscope.com says:

``Greetings from Kulpsville! We will be doing live broadcasting from the 23rd annual SWL Winterfest today and tomorrow via WBCQ 5.110 MHz. Our schedule is as follows:

•Friday, March 5: 6 pm – 11 pm eastern US time (2300-0400 UT)

•Saturday, March 6: 5 pm – 1 am (2200-0600 UT)

We will be available on the internet on our regular Area 51 webcast at http://www.splatterbox.us:5110  Comments (0)  March 5, 2010``

I did not bring up that webcast until 0300 and it was running, but with pre-produced pseudo-dramatic programming. I also checked 7415 at 2348 in case WBCQ turned that back on just one Saturday evening for this special occasion, but no.

Were there any Fest SW broadcasts Friday evening on 5110, 7415 or 9330, when I was out in OK? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 15120, Sunday March 7 at 1337, RHC`s DX program En Contacto was marking anniversaries, with a salute to Radio Mil, México on 6010, complete with an ID clip. That`s nice, but it would be even nicer if CMRH would get off XEOI`s only possible frequency! No apology for that heard.

ACI from 15125 where Spain via COSTA RICA was also doing its Spanish DX program, Amigos de la Onda Corta, in a terrible scheduling clash this season. We can only hope that REE will move it again in A-10. (15125 is on the air this early, Sundays only, for unknown reasons.)

I was so frustrated trying to decide which one to listen to, that I quit them both and kept tuning. If I really wanted to, could retrieve audio from both later via http://programasdx.com/ but will probably never get around to it. There are far too many programs on-demand to keep up with (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. Radio Martí`s apolitical cultural show Arte Latino, fortunately well atop DentroCuban jamming, Sunday March 7 at 1430 on 15330 and 13820 was about Alfredo Sadel, a great Venezuelan singer who died in 1989. He coined this name as a combination of the original Sánchez and his idol Gardel. Google for more, and see if there are any free downloads of his performances, constantly interrupted for narration on this show (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, intruding into the middle of the 16m broadcast band, March 7 at 1443 ranging 17740-17765, and a severe problem for an usually weak WYFR English on 17760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR [non]. Another check Sunday March 7 at 1530 to see whether Radio Mada International managed to occupy 15660 again as scheduled: yes, but rather weak via PRIDNESTROVYE. At 1531 went into a public speech again, as if it were a repeat of the Saturday show (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, XEPPM QRM-free, Sunday March 7 at 0639 with `space music`, soon YL back-announced at 0642 as by Rik Wakeman, and on into indigenous Mexican song, followed by recitation in native language, yet another instance of the eclecticism of Radio Educación programming.

But the point here is the lack of co-channel interference from Brasília, which normally on UT Sundays runs all-night on 6185 and 11780. It was indeed going on 11780 with its own music, but nothing on 6185, so that transmitter must be down.

Come to think of it, a couple nights ago earlier in the evening (0100 or so?) I had noticed XEPPM also QRM-free but then assumed RNA was just not propagating well. Long may it be gone! If this keep up, XEPPM will only have the papacy to contend with on 6185, altho also adjacent channel QRM at various times from Cuba, China, etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. 5875 via Rampisham, BBCWS, Sunday March 7 at 0637 documentary about enormous bells in Japan. Very interesting but I want to listen to it later, not now. The next morning I waste many minutes hunting for it on the extremely listener-unfriendly BBCWS website. This frequency is for western Russia, so if I pretend I am in Moscow, the schedule for that time shows Forum, certainly not the right program. Some other streams have One Planet, but the content for this week`s show says nothing about bells. If I pretend I am in Accra, yet another show about Africa. I give up (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Never mind the WWCR-3 online schedule showing that 4775 had been revived at 0600-1200. Turns out the contradictory info on the homepage is still correct, with 4840 still running after 0600 March 7, at 0626 check, so no clear shot from Mauritania 4845.

Others have been reporting spurs approx. plus and minus 15 kHz from WWCR frequencies such as 7465, 3215. I seek these March 7 at 0635, and do hear weak carriers on approx. 3199.5 and 3230.5 but cannot hear any audio to match 3215. That matching pair certainly do point to 3215 as the source (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7225, March 7 at 1350, sounds like ham on AM discussing skin tones and other attributes of various women. Never heard an ID in several minutes. But carrier stayed on during his pauses to listen. At first it seemed like an HF repeater. But his contact was barely detectable and not readable.

The only explanation for this is that both hams were really SSB, and zero-beat to an open broadcast carrier conveniently on this shared frequency. That cut off at 1354 leaving the hams and overlisteners to resume carrier-insertion of their own.

Then same big carrier cut on 7235, covering VOA English lesson in Korean service, which is scheduled at 12-15 UT, and making a site switch at 1400 from TINIAN to Tinang, PHILIPPINES.

So this is what was really happening: Tinang was warming up on a deliberately offset frequency, 7225, to avoid interfering with ongoing VOA Korean via Tinian on 7235. But instead of waiting until Tinian went off 7235 at 1400, Tinang made the switch by 1355, still VOA vs. VOA QRMing itself for a pentaminute.

A larger question is why IBB makes so many site switches amid continuing language programs. Hardly any IBB frequency stays from the same site for more than two hours, often only one hour. It`s hard to believe that propagation really requires these constant changes, complexity greatly increasing the chance for errors or unnecessary self-interference like this; but it keeps the engineers and frequency planners busy! Not to mention the DX monitors (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [and non]. Regular Sunday check for Aló Presidente, 1715 UT March 7: nothing on listed RHC relay frequencies 17750, 13750, 13680, 12010; and RHC mainstream itself is on 11690 // 11730, 11760, etc.

It`s been missing from SW for many weeks, so may we now assume A,P be permanently gone? You never know with RHC. It`s still on the schedule at http://www.radiohc.cu/espanol/c_frecuencia/frecuencias.htm which has many other errors/outdated info in it.

Program website http://www.alopresidente.gob.ve/ is still very active with live video showing UT -4:30 clock, but no El Hugazo to be seen at the moment, just various correspondents. Site currently refers to A,P No. 352 as being the anterior one, from Mérida, presumably for Feb 28 tho hard to find any specific date attached to it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. R. Australia still missing from some frequencies, March 9: at 1343 discussion about English expressions, on 6020 and 9590 but not on 9580 or 9560. The latter weaky could have been there unheard, but 9580 definitely missing, clearing frequency for CRI via CUBA hash from 9570.

After 1400, RA confirmed weakly on 6080 and 5995 vs YFR via Pet/Kam. Also missing: 7240 at 1458, normally from *1400, tho there was some weak signal on 7240, presumably Lhasa, 100 kW, 290 degrees, only thing else scheduled. At 1521, RA audible on 5995, 6080 and 9590 only.

Noel Green has the explanation to DXLD: ``Radio Australia has reportedly suffered damage to the Shepparton facilities after a severe hail storm last week.`` He also found several higher RA frequencies missing earlier on March 9.

Such a significant outage ought to be prominently explained on the homepage. Of course not! Then I try its internal search on HAIL SHEPPARTON, which gets zero hits, but instead asks ``did you mean DAILY CHARTING?`` Of course not! Off the wall, so helpful.

BTW, the Australian city is spelt with an A, and the England one with an E, Shepperton, easy to remember, but critical for searching.

Googling around, one can get lots of stuff about the hail hitting Shep and Melbourne, but unfound anything specifically about RA which is what really puts Shepparton on the world map. Hmm, wouldn`t it be nice if they had some backup/redundancy elsewhere in Australia, say Cox Peninsula? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake March 9: at 1345 on 9380 could tell it was in the mix with something, presumably Deutsche Welle in Dari via ARMENIA, which hardly deserves such treatment, rather than Sound of Hope. At 1458, Firedrake JBA on 8400 and definitely audible on 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11600, DCJC normally starts at 1600 against alleged R. República ham-level transmitter in Central America which we have never detected, but March 9 the jamming pulses were already going at 1349. No collateral damagee at this hour, but Prague is on 11600 at 1400-1530 in English, French, Spanish; at 1502 the jamming was atop it. Commies vs ex-Commies! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS [and non]. 17555-17580, OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, March 9 at 1436, bothering only a weak broadcaster on 17555, which must have been WYFR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, 9525.9, March 9 at 1346 at first seemed modulationless, but then could barely outmake the tones of the RRI Banjarmasin co-host on Tuesdays only. Useless (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11530, wonderful Kurdish music from the PKK terrorists, March 9 from 1415 to 1500*, i.e. V. of Mesopotamia, via UKRAINE. Good reception even on the breakfast table DX-390 with reel-out clip-on antenna extension. They got back on the air only two days after the raids in Belgium; from a different studio?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. March 9 at 1439, no TDP DRM on 15745, nor TDP AM on 15760, so must have been a one-day-only test March 8. Andy Sennitt got the details from Jan Peter Werkman at RN.

``Hi Andy, Yes we did the DRM as planned on 15745 kHz and when it was on air we also decided to do it in AM on 15760 kHz to compare AM and DRM.

Than a few minutes later we also tried 17840 kHz on 50 degrees in AM on the 3rd transmitter to compare propagation between 15760 and 17840 kHz. But this test only lasted a few minutes as the SWR was not good so we decided to shut down that transmission. This all at about 1300 UT. I am not aware of any other tests on 17 MHz later. Maybe Bonaire was testing on a dummy load. I don't know.

The main purpose of this test was to try to feed the DRM data from the DRM content Server to the modulator in Bonaire via Internet as an MDI-stream for the first time. This was successful. Regards JP``

So it looks like 17840 must have been Bonaire too, as who else would be running RN programming on the same frequency later the same day? But it was certainly no dummy load.

About The Disco Palace, the domain www.thediscopalace.com has been registered by TDP, so it appears it is really just another facet of Transmitter Documentation Project itself.

The website is attributed to someone in Belgium. Give the homepage time to morph the virtual palace from day to night. Doubt we would find it on the 8th floor of a Miami building as given in the contact info; and do Alyx & Yeyi, what strange names, really exist? Maybe someone would drop in for a visit.

The Disco Palace

c/o Alyx & Yeyi, LLC

5201 Blue Lagoon Drive, 8th Floor

Miami, FL 33126 U.S.A.

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, detectable very weak talk at 1437 March 9, third harmonic of R. Victoria, 6019.3 --- which had been causing a het to VOA Greenville, French until 0630 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 6075, March 9 at 0625, a time when I normally hear DW German via UK in the clear, instead that awful motorboating roar and some audio mixing with DW. It`s pretty early, but not too early, for Petro/Kam to be propagating before sunset there which was coming down at 0717 UT. Same noise at next check 1400 before closing a semi-minute later with no sign of 8GAL. I fear we must do without it until next November (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 18530, WINB, 2 x // 9265, March 9 at 1504, Brother Scare JBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non?]. 17750, March 9 at 1404 surprised to hear someone in Italian, then voice-over in Spanish. It`s spoxecelebate Padre Lombardi talking about sexual abuse.

Special transmission? If so, it has already been removed from http://www.radiovaticana.org/coorpro/entrasmisspec.htm

which as of a bihour later only mentions something papal on March 10.

But this cuts off abruptly at 1406* clearing 17750 for splash from WYFR 17760. 17750 is not scheduled as a VR frequency from any where at any time but there is Spanish at 1400-1415 which per WRTH 2010 is supposed to be only on these SW frequencies: 7250, 9645. Test, or mistake? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non]. 12130, March 9 at 1450 station in Vietnamese, fair signal. It`s R Free Asia via SRI LANKA during this hour only, CODAR QRM. But no QRM from AFN Florida 12133.5-USB, off? Checked 7811 and that was weakly audible; 5446.5 not audible, too much noise? Back to 12133.5 at 1452 and now JBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. Seems RA is back to normal March 11, following hailstorm March 7 leading to many missing frequencies. I suppose they have been stitching their curtains back together. At 0624, propagation poor but could hear then on 13630 and a weak carrier on 13690, but nothing making it on 15 MHz. At 1321, 9560, 9580 and 9590 were all back, with 9580 best as usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. HCJB KNX, Kununurra, often inaudible, but March 11 was a good day for propagation USward, at 1335 in Chinese on 15400, S Asian language on 15340, Hindi scheduled, with het de Morocco 15341. At 1510 when HCJB is supposed to be still on 15340 in English, nothing heard while Morocco remained late on 15341, no het now.

Per

http://www.hcjb.org.au/docs/B09_Schedule_HCJB_Australia_20091025-20100327.pdf

15340 is supposed to contain a half-sesquihour in English to S Asia at 1445-1530, incidentally including an airing of DX Partyline, Saturday at 1515. So why do I never hear it after 1445? It`s the same 100 kW, 307 degree beam before and after. Is the English portion really on the air? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9610, R. Canada Internal, March 11 at 1516 and still at 1525 just running RCI IS and IDs in English and French; Sackville apparently lost feed from Montreal, supposed to be in Russian during this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, March 11: at 1319, flutter more audible than the audio on 8400.

At 1336, Firedrake better on 15430, but still only poor, no doubt against V. of Tibet, during this semihour only, via UAE, as Wolfgang Büschel has also been monitoring.

9905 at 1515 March 11, CNR1 echo-jamming, against RFA Chinese via PALAU (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11930, DentroCuban Jamming Command emitting beepy pulses against nothing, March 11 at 0620. 11930, of course, is a Radio Martí frequency, but in use only at 13-22. Such government waste in Cuba! No wonder people go hungry. More jamming: see USA: WRMI.

RHC transmitter operator asleep at the switch, March 11 at 1505 still running the 19m channels 15360 and much stronger 15120 during music, // 13770, 11800, 11760, 11730, and vs RTTY on 11690. However, 13780 and 13680 were off by then. Kept listening to 15360 and 15120. At 1509, 15120 went to open carrier and off a bit later. At 1508, 15360 went to open carrier, and off at 1509, a few sex after 15120. Meanwhile, RNV relay was missing from 11680. Perhaps it came up once one of the 19m transmitters could finally be retuned (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. "24-HOUR STRIKE OF THE GSEE - From Thursday, March 11 at 06.00 to Friday, March 12 at 06.00 Greek time (0400-0400 UT), ERA-5 will connect to the Second Program of Greek Radio due to the GSEE strike (via John Babbis, MD, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

GSEE being a union which is striking periodically due to the financial crisis. Checked 7475, March 11 at 0633 and instead of the usual pervasive Greek music there was a pop song in English, ``I Will Survive`` cover by OM, certainly not the original version by Gloria Gaynor; rather odd to hear a male singing it. However, we may have been fooled as we also heard another version of this in Spanish during lunch at La Fiesta restaurant March 10, and it sure sounded like a guy, but the maitre d` assured us it was a Cuban woman with a deep voice.

At 1333 on 9420, however, Greek songs seguéd, 1512 on 15650, also Greek music from VOG; unknown whether this was really originating from ERA-2 rather than -5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAHAN. 15660, KSDA, March 11 at 1331, good S9+5 signal, ``The international voice(?) of Adventist World Radio in English, from Pune(?)``, and into song, ``I don`t know how to pray``. Per Aoki and HFCC, this semihour is in English except on Sundays and Wednesdays when it`s in Assamese.

15495, at 1511 March 11, weak signal in unknown language, preachy intonation. Aoki shows KSDA in Mizo AND R Free Asia via Tinian in Chinese, but the latter is not in the latest RFA schedule in DXLD 10-06, so collision avoided (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GOA. 15175, March 11 at 1529, muffled modulation, sort of like SSB but really with full carrier so BFO does not improve it, fluttery. Another imperfect performance of AIR Gujurati via Panaji at 1515-1600. Its modulation problems vary from day to day. This is 250 kW at 205 degrees for the substantial Gujurati community in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, who deserve better (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680, RRI domestic relay, March 11 at 1433 with Indonesian talk and music, but QRM from something in Chinese also producing a rippling SAH (fast fading maybe 15 Hz caused by offset frequencies). I.e., ChiCom jamming or RTI.

Meanwhile, down the hall at Cimanggis, the VOI transmitter was resting from 9525.9 during this hour, but back on at 1512 check, S9+18 but weak modulation seemingly in Indonesian, not English. Het from weaker CRI via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN, 9525.0 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL [non]. 9955, WRN via WRMI, March 11 at 0619 tune-in, just as British-accented announcer was saying goodbye, and into fill music. Presumably Israel Radio as scheduled. Pity they only use 66% of their allotted time M-F (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. RTM`s flexible QSYing from 15341 to 15345 as observed March 11: 15341 was still on at 1510 with hum and whine, just barely modulated, and no sign of HCJB, see AUSTRALIA. So I waited to see when 15341 would finally go off: 1513. Then I retuned to 15345 to see when it would come on: 1515:30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 6170, RNZI at 1300 March 11, just signed on, with news only about Pacific islands, and it was all bad, from Fiji to Vanuatu to Solomons to PNG. This time way above the co-channel from Russia.

As of 1720 UT Thursday March 11, the confusing note on their website that would be off the air ``Thursday March 15`` for repairs has been removed, so apparently still only one transmitter running, alternating DRM and AM segments, real repair date unknown (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, at 1329 March 11, recognizable as wacky wailer David Miranda in españuguês, fair at peaks on 3 x 6019.3, R. Victoria, Lima. Around 0625 I had noted its nasty het against VOA French 6020.0. I am still waiting to see reports of this harmonic from anyone else, tho I seem to hear it just about any day the fundamental be on the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAJIKISTAN. 4975, March 11 at 1310 weak talk, presumed the only thing scheduled here, V. of Russia in Pashto/Dari via Dushanbe. Nothing audible on 4765, however, home of Tajik Radio 1. Noise level is rising as this is now well after sunrise; and T-storms have returned to the region (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 15350, TRT with Turkish music March 11 at 1337, but rather distorted. Weaker signal, but better modulation, I think, on // 15480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WBCQ, 9330 CUSB, still on the air Wednesday March 10 at 2005 with WORLD OF RADIO 1502, presumably // inaudible 7415. Next check around 2040, 9330 was still/again on with other program, so hope it remained for the entire WOR broadcast. New WOR 1503 should begin appearing Thursday at 2000. From next week, all shift to 1900 UT Tue/Wed/Thu (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9955, March 11 at 1435, lite jamming pulses, during French program for Haiti on WRMI. BTW, from next week, the Haitian hour on WRMI shifts to 13-14 UT, as does everything to stay on same local time in Miami, from EST to EDT, even tho there is no such change in Haiti. Cuba also keeps in step with the USA, ha ha, but will the jammers make the proper adjustments? Evening broadcasts of WORLD OF RADIO on 9955 should then be UT Wed 0130, UT Fri 0030 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11635, rock music in English, good signal March 11 at 1427, what`s this? 1430 VOA Washington ID, jingles, in Indonesian, into talk about earthquake. Also caught it going off at 1500. This is the Thu-Fri-Sat-only transmission, 1400-1500 via SAIPAN, 100 kW, 225 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6297.1, Radio Nacional de la RASD, March 11 at 0711 with characteristic chanting (Qur`an-inspired?), 0712 into talk presumably in Hassania dialect of Arabic; reactivated, and this time with audio unlike 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. RA is not quite back to normal; altho 9560, 9580 and 9590 were doing well before 1400 UT March 12, later in that hour I noticed that 9590 was absent tho it is supposed to run until 1600. 7240 was still on but weakening.

``teddyfnballgame`` in the ptsw yg got a March 10 reply from Nigel Holmes, RA CE: ``RA's Shepparton transmitters were whacked by a cyclone on Sunday 7 March. Several aerials were knocked out including the one which carries 9580 kHz. Repairs are underway and we hope to be back with 9580 tonight. Thank you for your kind comments about our programming, We're glad you've enjoyed our broadcasts over 25 years. Good listening. Kind regards, Nigel Holmes, Chief Engineer, Radio Australia`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA [and non]. R. Bulgaria, 15700, Friday March 12 at 1439 with music including ``Hava Nagila``, but marred by continuous CW QRM on 15699, not noted before; whence? // 11700 but weaker (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGERT)

** CHINA. Firedrake March 12: 8400 just barely audible at 1325 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Major RadioCuba outage, March 12 at 0627: RHC 6010 and 6060 English, 6120 Spanish, 6140 English or Spanish all absent, but still on 6150 in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526- absent again March 12 at 1329 during the English hour, but 9680 RRI was good with Indo call-ins. 9526- still absent during 1400, and at 1522 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 11705, NHKWNRJ via Sackville in English, March 12 at 1415 starting Radio Japan Focus, about the future of television, i.e. merging with internet, and there are such devices already on the market in Germany for $900, HbbTV, a hybrid format co-developed by Germany and France. This is part 2, following part 1 on March 11, audio available for the moment, one week? via

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

Enjoy this transmission while you can, because it appears it will be dropped in A-10, altho Yamata goes back to 11705 from 5955 for English at 1400 to Asia. A new Sackville relay is projected for 1300-1500 on 11655, but may be all in Japanese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, quick check of XEPPM, March 12 at 0802 found it still in the clear with DJ and eclectic music, no QRaMazon. Brazilian DXers have confirmed that RNA 6185 has been off the air for several days, preceded by a modulation problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9520, RVA at 1329 March 12, English ID and Sinhala about to start, G signal helped by absence of Indonesia from 9526.

Retune at 1457 to hear IS and off after Telugu service.

Then at *1458 on 9570, English IDs with jazz background, introducing Russian service, really R. Blagovest starting with its big bells. Suspect this is the same Palauig-Zambales 250 kW transmitter, stronger here on 9570 after beam change, altho both far from USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. V. of Turkey`s twice-yearly printed schedule folder received 11 March in the P-mail; postmarked 2 March. Unfortunately, their semester programming cycles are way out of synch with time and frequency A- and B-season schedules, so this still shows B-season info only, which will be out of effect in 2.5 weeks! And those depending on P-mail won`t get the A-season frequency schedule until August, or September?

And don`t you believe the last entry in the SW schedule page, English to Australia on 9610 at 2330-0030! That`s really a duplicate of the same frequency under Asia at the correct current UT of 2130-2230, so the Au listing at 2330 is Turkish local time. That could explain why announcements on every English broadcast for months have been claiming to have one at 2330!

Also erroneous is listing the 0400 English broadcast on 6040 both under Americas and Europe. Altho not marked as such, that`s the Sackville relay frequency westward, intended only for NAm, tho it may be audible off the back in Europe, and both continents are simultaneously served by 6020 direct from Turkey, with the Peruvian het presumably less of a problem in Europe.

In the program schedule, we see that DX Corner on Saturdays is now supposed to alternate with Foods of the Court, which is what we heard on March 6, but it claimed to be coming back in one week, not two. And indeed on Saturdays, the rest of the broadcast is just music, Turkey`s Musical Colours, except for the final Do You Know and Question of the Month, both of which are very brief capsules showing at the end of every day`s English broadcasts, repeated far too often, and previously admitted to be expendable for timing reasons (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. George McClintock tells me that WTWW is moving from 5755 to 5080 starting 0000 UT Saturday March 13. The frequency has been approved by the FCC, subject to the usual NIB complaints, which could end it in one day or somewhere down the road.

I am afraid there will be some, as there is a pretty constant and strong ute on 5078, which I just reconfirmed at 0025 UT March 12, not sure of the mode, but sort of RTTY with regular beep patterns. Even if it does not complain, should be considerable QRM to WTWW.

He says WTWW will remain on 9480 as day frequency, and 5755 to be held for WTWW-2, now under construxion but not to be on the air for a few months. It appears that Scriptures for America = Pastor Pete Peters will continue to be the prime if not only customer on WTWW-1.

9480, however was off the air when I checked at 2135 and 2258 March 11. George says he was working on getting the remote control funxional, and now it is; 5755 was on as usual at 0025 March 12 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WINB, 9265, still Brother Scare until 1500, but Friday March 12 at 1522 also still running child-sex-criminal evangelist ``Tony Alamo``, convicted and sentenced to 175 years. What a lucky prisoner he is, still able to minister unto the world. At the moment, he and Michelle were doing a mailbag, from some other Arkansawyer.

Bonus: harmonic on 18530 audible at 1525, carrier more unstable than 9265, as to be expected, warbling with BFO on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1503 monitoring: WRMI lists a new airing, Thursday 2200, but did not know about it in time to check March 11. May apply only to webcast, not SW, anyway. Confirmed on 9955 at 0130 UT Friday March 12. At 1530 Friday, reception too poor to tell with Taiwan stronger, but no jamming; however, confirmed on webcast at that time. All these one UT hour earlier from next week, and the Tuesday night broadcast is rescheduled a further hour to be at 0030 UT Wednesday, just like Friday.

Updated WRMI schedule grid as of March 11, shows WORLD OF RADIO, with the times here converted to UT from EDT effective March 14, one hour later until then:

Thu 2100

Fri 0030

Fri 1430

Sat 0800

Sat 1330

Sat 1900

Sun 0800

Sun 1515

Sun 1900

Tue 1530

Wed 0030

Wed 1530

WBCQ: new 1503 edition confirmed at 2000 UT Thursday March 11, but on 7415 only. Sometimes 9330-CUSB stays on for part or all of the following semihour. From next week, times will be 1900 Tue, Wed, Thu.

Area 51: missing the past few weeks from scheduled 0100 UT Friday time, but was back March 12 altho starting several minutes late, now on webcast only, not 5110.

** AUSTRALIA. Monitored R. Australia from before 1400 UT March 13 to see which frequencies would go or not: at 1358*, 9580 cut off the air amid country music without so much as a goodbye, or retune-to advisory. 9590 remained on the air, 1359 announced as Saturday Night Country program from ABC Local Radio to resume after the news which at 1400 came instead from ABC National. 1440 recheck, 9590 still on unlike yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CRETE. Here`s a radio-country you will never hear on SWBC. March 13 at 1548, only a couple of signals on 14m, the better being an SV9 on 21272-USB. He was making contact after contact, mostly with 20 over 9 North Americans, merely by saying QRZ? After previous contact.

Apparently contest-inspired, but he was still saying a few unnecessary words prolonging the exchanges just a bit, including handle as Mike. Altho he gave call fonetically, his last three letters were difficult to copy since he did not enunciate them clearly, signal was very weak and fading at the wrong instants. Finally at 1555 made out SV9CVY on Crete, and this chex with QRZ.com listing:

SV9CVY

MICHAEL DIMITRAKAKIS

P.O.BOX 257

RETHYMNO CRETE 74100,

Greece

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. RHC check March 12 at 2050: 11760 in English, 11730 in Spanish, open carrier on 11770, no signal on 11800; heavy jamming against nothing on 11600, 11930. More down time, possibly caused by installation of new Chinese copies of American transmitters.

15360, March 13 at 1455 had heavy mix from something in Persian, but RHC stopped at 1458, uncovering RFI closing announcement until 1500*. Since as an outlaw nation, Cuba refuses to participate in HFCC, TDF may be officially unaware that Cuba is colliding (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WRMI

** INDONESIA. 4750, RRI Makassar presumed the musical signal still holding up more than an hour after local sunrise, March 13 at 1353, but local noise level has gone up. Likewise on March 12.

VOI missing again from 9526v, March 13, before 14 during the English hour and after 14 during the Indonesian hour, while RRI 9680 was incoming well from same Cimanggis site. But at 1607, a signal with Qur`an, which must be VOI, on 9524.9, not 9525.9, but no het from Kashgar.

Ishida says the VOI 16 UT hour is sometimes in Indonesian, sometimes Arabic, tho his most recent entry of March 7 had it in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR [non]. 15660, presumed R. Mada International, Saturday March 13 at 1540 with speech, poor signal via PRIDNESTROVYE, but unusually better than ex-collider Miraya FM via SLOVAKIA on 15670 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 11725, RNZI, March 13 at 0606, SSOB, YL giving cyclone Thomas warning for Tuvalu and Fiji with distances in miles, Cyclone Ului for Vanuatu with distances in kilometres. 0608 joining RNZ National with birthday music request show in progress, classical at the moment with Radetzky March.

I wasn`t sure of the name of the U- cyclone, but figured it would be easy to look up. Not: There are multiple name-lists for Pacific storms depending on the region and on the country submitting them, some of them lacking any U-s. But the RNZI website had the info; alternate spelling of Thomas is Tomas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15170, RRI Romanian service, QRM-free since on Saturdays only, REE/Costa Rica is absent, March 13 at 1435 with Bach organ music, interrupted at 1438 to move on to Handel, and every few minutes to other composers, Liszt, Franck.

Great music and very good reception, but RRI suffers from ADD, or expects its audience to, thus airing only snippets of longer worx which deserve full treatment. Cut off abruptly at 1456*. Much weaker 11940 was //, and subject to DentroCuban jamming spreading from 11930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WINB, 13570, with disgraced child-marrying evangelist `Tony Alamo`, March 12 at 2048, and quite distorted modulation as is only apropos (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. In a previous report I said that the WTWW transmitter is a Harris 100; George McClintock corrects this March 12: no, it`s a Continental 418, solid state modulated, very reliable. (We had also been discussing the Harris, which he is glad he does not have because of various problems with that model.) Any interruptions in transmission now are because he turns it off to work out some ``tiny bugs`` before programming begins in earnest at the end of March.

At 2052 UT March 12, 9480 was just going from open carrier to off. Next check at 2157, it was on with PPP.

I was standing by to hear WTWW`s new 5080 ex-5755 from the very first instant. At 2358 March 12, 9480 was in open carrier and shortly off the air. It took a few minutes to come up on 5080 with open carrier, starting at *0003:30.

Meanwhile I was listening to the utility on 5078 by tuning to 5080-LSB on the DX-398. It was sending out data pulses 26 times per minute, each consisting of multiple quick tones. After WTWW came on, I could still hear it on the side when tuned to 5080-AM, but stepping up to 5081 with narrow bandwidth got rid of it. Wide bandwidth required stepping up to 5083, getting a bit too far off WTWW itself.

Next check of 5080 at 0212 March 13, just as PPP was mentioning the new frequency and asking for reports on it, along with the other two frequencies he was on, 5070 and 5890. 5070?? Yes, I was not aware that besides 24h on WWCR-4 5890/9980 he is also scheduled for one hour live UT Tue-Sat 02-03 on WWCR-3 5070 [from next week, 01-02]. Hmm, how convenient having him on two frequencies only 10 kHz apart for comparison. Strength seemed about the same here, maybe WTWW a little stronger.

On 9480 at 1402, double audio on the PPP feed, one of them giving outdated WTWW frequency info including ex-9475 and ex-5755! 307-AC phone number and e-mail for reception reports. At 1405 only one audio, but modulation problems, same as via WWCR 9980, ergo Scriptures for America fault (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR-3 streaming silently March 13 at 1745 check during WORLD OF RADIO, both on the mp3 and the real. Then at 1749 the real player starting cutting in and out of extremely sped-up audio, as if a tape in fast-forward were sporadically hitting the heads. WWCR-1 streaming did not have this problem.

Fortunately, VG broadcast of WORLD OF RADIO on 12160 was unaffected and this week did not go into looping either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also WTWW above

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6297, R. Nacional de la RASD, March 13 at 0715 with some really nice traditional music; 0720 YL DJ in Arabic dialect, good reception (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI, Saturday March 13 at 1441 voice of gh in WORLD OF RADIO 1503 detectable under Cuban pulse jamming, and so weak that 9950 Palau was stronger and hetting.

We are still waiting for WRMI`s 317-degree antenna USward to be repaired and back in service at certain hours; meanwhile everything is on the 160-degree toward Caribbean and S America.

From March 14, all WRMI program times move one UT hour earlier, so this airing of WOR will be Sat 1330, when jamming could be even worse. Tnx a lot, Arnie! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13845, WWCR-2 missing, Saturday March 13 at 1447, tho WWCR-1 was quite audible on 15825. However, this allowed the hash from WEWN 13835 to be clearly detectable around 13844, as well as 13826 close to R. Martí.

At 1541 on 15825, Martha Garvin`s Musical Memories was running, as she reminisced about her disabled Uncle Henry who still praised God from the pew. 1530 Sat is one of her intentional times on current schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 17705, March 14 at 2248 check, RHC in French (definitely, not Creole). Supposed to be in Guarani at this time per WRTH and its own schedule http://www.radiohc.cu/espanol/c_frecuencia/frecuencias.htm

Next check of 17705, March 15 at 0009, lofi Cuban jazz piano music, then into propaganda in Quechua about the ``terremoto`` in Haiti and how much Cuba has aided the victims. Come on! The Quechua surely have their own word for earthquake, experiencing them long before first contact with the Spaniards, and don`t need to depend on Spanish for that term (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. R. Martí has shifted its programming one UT hour earlier due to DST in Miami, and Habana compliantly goes along with it by matching its own clox to USA EDT = UT -4.

Sunday March 14, on 7405, Arte Latino show all about ``Guantanamera`` and Joseíto Fernández, in progress at 1340, i.e. starting at 1330 instead of 1430 as in winter. No jamming audible either on this frequency; possibly the DCJC has become confused. While Martí programming has shifted, there may not be any UT change in transmissions and frequencies until A-10 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, R. Africa still broadcasting child-sex evangelist convict Tony Alamo, his bored tones immediately recognizable at 2216 March 14. Next check at 2251 the signal was off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAHAN. 15320, KSDA during AWR Wavescan, UT Sunday March 14 at 2251, good with report from Philippines segment about volcanoes, the Provincial Mindanao Network (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9524.9, VOI again on its alternate frequency instead of 9525.9, March 14 at 1404 during music, good signal, fair modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6876, at 2220 March 14, music but too weak vs local noise. Much stronger at next check 2255. Figured it was The Crystal Ship, and confirmed by John Poet when I opened my e-mailbox later. He said he might switch to 5385 at 2330, and at my next check 0024 UT March 15, there was 5385.3 with comedy bit made up of out-of-context clips from records (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. VOA Creole normally makes DST shifts to one hour earlier despite lack of DST in Haïti, but want to be convenient for Washingtonians. With all the additional transmissions prompted by the quake, how this all shakes out may be more confusing than usual.

March 14 at 2210 I found 11905 on the air, but not 13725 or 15390; all three had previously been used for one of the overt hours at 22-23. Those may all have been running now at 21-22, unchecked yet. At 2244, 11905 was still going and 7590 had been added. The latter used to start at 2300 to fill in a gap.

At 2302 LVA was to be heard only on 7590 and 5835. At 0018 on 5835, and nothing on 7465 even tho WWCR is on 7490 during that hour now. At 0115 LVA on 5835 and 7465, not 5890 or 7590. Perhaps this will all start to fall into place by Monday or later this week, with no help from the outdated and incomplete VOA A-Z language schedule.

VOA Spanish also timeshifts, surely causing nothing but confusion everywhere but Cuba which like a lapdog, keeps its clox in step with the nonsensical USA DST change dates.

The evening broadcast is supposedly daily at 00-01 on 5890 and 9885, but both frequencies absent March 15 at 0005 check. Was this already on at 23-24, or taking Sunday night off? After 0100, A Fondo, which is falsely shown as daily on the A-Z schedule, was nowhere to be heard on listed 7340, 9415 or 11625. When it comes back by UT Tuesday, will it have shifted one hour earlier too? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17540, March 14 at 1443, YL sermon on KJ vs other versions, long pauses in `live` service recorded ``tonight``, 1445 referring to Ephesians VI: 12.

VG, at least as strong as WYFR 17760. Nothing ordinarily heard on 17540 during morningly bandscans, but this is registered daily at 14-15 only, from WHRI to NAf/ME, i.e. Tunisia to Oman. Must be in use only on Sundays, or just started (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. From next week on WWCR 3215, WORLD OF RADIO will be at 0630 Sundays, but this week something else was still on at that hour, so presumably WOR went out at 0730 UT March 14, one more time before the clockshift.

WWCR-3 already on 5070 instead of 12160, March 14 at 2218 UT. Instead of previous practice, keeping about the same UT frequency schedule before and after DST change date, while programming all moved one UT hour earlier, the new schedule just posted at the last minute for the next two weeks until A-10 begins, shows most of the frequencies are also changing one UT hour earlier than before, e.g. 12160 to 5070 at 2200, and 5070 to 4840 at 0200 instead of 0300. It really does not make propagational sense to go from 12 to 5 MHz an hour *earlier* when the sun is setting *later* and later; that`s one of the `benefits` of our wonderful DST nonsense.

This means the DX block now at 0200-0300 UT Sundays, including WORLD OF RADIO at 0230, will remain on 4840 instead of 5070 as we had anticipated; and the Friday 2030 UT airing will remain on 7465 instead of 15825. We can`t complain about that.

In CDT and UT, showing nominal powers and azimuths, here`s the full

WWCR B09 Schedule March 14, 2010 to March 28, 2010:

from http://www.wwcr.com/transmitter-sched.html

Transmitter #1 - 100 KW - 46 Degrees

12:00 AM-04:00 AM 0500-0900  3215

04:00 AM-06:00 AM 0900-1100  9985

06:00 AM-03:00 PM 1100-2000 15825

03:00 PM-07:00 PM 2000-0000  7465

07:00 PM-08:00 PM 0000-0100  7490

08:00 PM-12:00 AM 0100-0500  3215

Transmitter #2 - 100 KW - 85 Degrees

12:00 AM-07:00 AM 0500-1200  5935

07:00 AM-07:00 PM 1200-0000 13845

07:00 PM-12:00 AM 0000-0500  5935

Transmitter #3 - 100 KW - 40 Degrees

12:00 AM-06:00 AM 0500-1100  4840

06:00 AM-11:00 AM 1100-1600  7490

11:00 AM-05:00 PM 1600-2200 12160

05:00 PM-09:00 PM 2200-0200  5070

09:00 PM-12:00 AM 0200-0500  4840

Transmitter #4 - 100 KW - 90 Degrees

12:00 AM-06:00 AM 0500-1100  5890

06:00 AM-08:00 PM 1100-0100  9980

08:00 PM-12:00 AM 0100-0500  5890

(Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. At 1911 UT Sunday March 14, WORLD OF RADIO just barely audible on WRMI 9955, mixed with pulsing from the DentroCuban Jamming Command. Tnx a lot, Arnie! Has been scheduled for some time Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm ET, now 1900 UT. This also confirms that WRMI is on the air Sunday afternoons, unlike weekdays. The latest WRMI program schedule grid has been posted on the DXLD yahoogroup (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WBCQ normally shifts all its programming one UT hour earlier when DST starts, since it runs on local clock time. This is especially problematical for its lowest frequency, 5110 with Area 51, which now has another hour of daytime absorption to contend with, and growing, as we zip past the equinox in another week.

The Sunday transmission had been starting at 2200 UT with Pirates Week, and 2230 International Radio Report, so are these now one hour earlier? Checked the webcast and P.W. had already started at 2100, but 5110 not audible here.

Meanwhile, Marion`s Attic has shifted to 2100 UT Sundays on 7415; that was JBA here, but it took another hour before 5110 became JBA at 2218 check with something else.

March 14-20 program scheduling for Area 51 is now available at http://www.worldmicroscope.com showing something else replaced I.R.R. at 2130 Sunday, this week only? It still shows WORLD OF RADIO (webcast only) at 8 pm Thursday, i.e. now 0000 UT Friday.

Same website/blog also has lots of audio from the SWL Winterfest, including the 6-hour non-broadcast Saturday night March 6. Also: ``This may be the last year the Fest is held at the Best Western Towamencin; the location for next year’s event is undermined at this time``. How about moving it to the center of the country, so I might appear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW check March 14-UT 15: tune-in 9480 at 0001 and still on with country gospel music, shortly off at 0002*. This time the QSY to 5080 was quick; in fact they got there before I did tho I had waited a few sex before punching in 5080 on the DX-398 keypad. Same music continued in progress, presumably from the PPP feed. I thought they might have shifted the changeover time with DST. See also UNIDENTIFIED 9480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB has also moved a UT hour earlier: At 0119 March 15, 3145 was already on with Brother Scare, 3185 with other programming, and WWCR on 3215 which WWRB now uses only until 0100, then changing to 3145 which continues to be an unregistered frequency, tho perhaps the FCC knows about it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTJC, 9370, March 15 at 0012 in lofi Arabic talk, 0013 hymn in a minor key, 0015 more sermon. Had not tried to measure it lately, but now it`s only slightly low, not more than 40 Hz or so.

On Feb 26 I had put it at 9369.8, and Brian Alexander found it drifting as low at 9369.76. They`ve picked just the right time to broadcast in Arabic, when most speakers are sound asleep (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6297.1, March 14 at 2221, some very enthusiastic talk, and somewhat staider announcement at 2241, R. Nacional de la RASD. Missed hearing anything definitely in Spanish as supposedly happens at 23-24; next check at 0003 March 15, open carrier still on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC announcers continue to mess up their own frequency listings, so ignorant are they of their own true transmissions. March 15 at 1457 on 15360, gave these to be in use from 1500, in usual Soviet-style out-of-order: 13770, 11730, 11760, 11800, 6110. But what about 11690? That is always on air too, confirmed at 1506 check vs RTTY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, March 15 at 1527 on 19090-19115; and still at 1602 recheck. Also on 13858-13883 March 15 at 1611 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. 15195, EOTC Holy Synod Radio, via TDP via Samara, RUSSIA, Mondays only, March 15 at 1608 fair with Horn of Africa music atop DRM-like noise jamming. Thus DRM-promoting TDP is hoist with its own petard. Why not use real DRM as jamming if you have such a capable transmitter? However, Jim Ronda in Tulsa was not hearing any jamming when he tuned in at 1620 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. 3250, at 1143 March 15, hymn in Spanish, fair, i.e. Radio Luz y Vida, HRPC. Seemed to be a second carrier slightly offset, which would be Korea North (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11620, March 15 at 1612 tone, fading down at 1613 and then into AIR IS, 1615 opening Russian, news, 1621 Indian song. Fair with flutter, 335 degrees from Bangaluru per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9524.9, VOI at 1132 March 15 in Chinese with strange accent, pausing to give station URL pronounced in English. Ishida indicates they are consistently in Chinese during the 11-12 hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, March 15 at 0615, XEPPM had SAH and QRM from Vatican, which went off at 0619* clearing frequency for R. Educación, which however does not seem as strong as it used to be. Nominal 10 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, March 15 at 1524, VP but recognizable signal from wacky wailing David Miranda, 3 x 6019.3 from R. Victoria, Lima. Chuck Bolland found the fundamental slightly lower, so the harmonic might vary as low as 18057.8; really somewhere in between at this time, I think (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. She finally got it right! Weekly Sephardic broadcast from REE at 1425-1455 Mondays, March 15 at 1453 schedule announcement on 15385 axually said ``15385`` instead of 15325. No fading this time during fourth digit, so I am certain of what the hostess said. Also gave for 0115 Tue to SAm, 11795, which is yet unconfirmed, and 9650 at 0415 Tue to NAm --- both contrary to B-09 HFCC registrations as 11780 and 9690 respectively; 11780 would face huge collision with Brasília (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [and non]. Whenever I hear R. Dabanga via Madagascar on 13800, there is a tone on it, which must be jamming from Sudan. It`s not a het, as reconfirmed March 15 at 1610, peaking at 13799 and 13801, i.e. a carrier modulating at about 1 kHz DSB.

There are lots of other target/clandestine broadcasts into Sudan, but not aware of any others being jammed. I wonder if R. Dabanga knows about this and/or is doing anything to combat it: apparently not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. RTT, 7275, still cutting off amid programming at 0626:20* during YL singer, and continuing on // 7335 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. As expected, Lavwadlamerik has shifted transmissions one UT hour earlier due to DST in USA, not Haïti. March 15 at 1129, 9505 with Yankee Doodle Dandy sign-on, 1130 cut to outro by Roland César, THEN English intro as ``Welcome to the Voice of America, in Creole!``, and on into news by other announcers starting with Ciudad Juárez killings of three American officials. Also on // 6135 via Bonaire, so that`s earlied too.

No frequencies announced, and I wonder how many SW listeners in Haiti knew they had to start tuning in an hour earlier. This should have been announced frequently during the previous week.

1639 check, the ex-*1730 broadcast is underway, VG signals on 15390, 17565. The VOA A-Z schedule has been updated, matching our monitoring already, and finally inserting the extra broadcasts which have really existed ever since the earthquake:

Creole - NEW!

1130-1230 UTC 6135 9505 [M-F only per lite blue color coding]

1630-1830 UTC 15390 17565

1830-2000 UTC 15390

2000-2200 UTC 11905 13725

2200-2300 UTC 7590 11905  

2300-0000 UTC 5835 7590

0000-0100 UTC 5835 7590

0100-0200 UTC 5835 7465

Also had a very strong S9+22 open carrier on 15370, March 15 at 1504 with split-second transmission break, suspected Greenville tuning up for later broadcast on 15390. Not clear why not on 15390 itself as before.

VOA Spanish also makes DST timeshifts, despite the fact that only Cuba observes DST matching USA. At 1138 March 15, 9885 good with news about Colombia, presumably the Andean segment, but nothing audible on 13715 or 15590, former frequencies from 1230; 15 MHz was still dead, and on 13 MHz nothing but a weak signal from RFI via TDF GUF on 13640.

VOA A-Z schedule has now updated Spanish too:

1130-1200 UTC 9885 13715 [M-F only per lite blue color coding]

1200-1300 UTC 9885 13715

0000-0100 UTC 5890 7340 9885 [Tu-Sa only per lite green color coding]

2300-0000 UTC 5890 9885

The 00-01 hour must be ``A Fondo``, the joint produxion with R. Martí, formerly at 01-02, and only one of its previous frequencies retained, 7340, while the other two are same as previous hour in straight VOA Spanish. I wonder if any or all of the R. Martí frequencies are off now at 00-01 as a result (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW is still running 5080 until 12 UT, noted March 15 at 1137 with PPP versus the ute beeps on 5078 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. RHC still on 6180 at 1315 March 16, and still on 9600 at 1332, both of which supposedly close at 1300. Confused apparently by local DST time shift so running an hour late?

The DentroCuban Jamming Command continues to attack the French to Haiti service of WRMI, 9955, during its new hour of 13-14 M-F, pulsing mixed with it at 1338 March 16 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 3325, March 16 at 1257 conversation in Indonesian, one of them on phone, 1259 mentioned Palangkaraya but no specific ID heard, same kept going past 1300; fair signal. 3325 is RRI Palangkaraya; also something on 3345, Ternate? Both also have PNG stations.

9525-, VOI, March 16 at 1329, undermodulated talk in English, seems scripted item and not in the voice of the Banjarmasin guy who surely was on elsewhen this Tuesday. Also suffers from hum, adjacent interference from both sides, and flutter.

Strangely, RRI 9680 at 1333 was not only much better modulated as usual but without the flutter even tho they are from the same site.

Therefore, the main variable must be the transmitted azimuths, 30 degrees on 9525 and 316 on 9680, per Aoki.

Theoretically, 30 USward should be much better here, but also getting upmessed in the auroral zone. If 9680 is really aimed NW from Cimanggis, its relatively good reception here to the NNE is even more remarkable, and how does it avoid the flutter? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 11670-11675-11680, DRM from MOI (Ministry of Information) making a buzz against REE Spain 11680, as I was hunting for its Sephardic broadcast at 0115 March 16. This buzz has a different sound to it than your usual DRM, so I wonder if that correlates with the very low bitrate that DRM monitors have been reporting from Kuwait. Does the bitrate affect the sound of DRM when heard on AM?

Strangely enough, this broadcast is not in HFCC, just D = non-digital from Kuwait on 11675 starting at 0315. But it is here

http://www.drm.org/for-listeners/live-broadcast-schedule/

at 2200-0300, 350 degrees to ENAm, 120 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6104.8, tell-tale het from XEQM, March 16 at 1422 against something Asian on 6105.0. Otherwise, have not logged Mérida for some time with readable audio which used to be possible after 0600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN. 11650, March 16 at 1340 religious talk in Turkic language, and some nice music, then almost all praise music until 1359 ID unexpectedly in Russian as KFBS, Saipan, Radio Teos, and off. Good signal but slight het from something off-frequency. Per EiBi, WRTH and Aoki, none of which mentions the Radio Teos ID, on Tuesdays at 1330-1345 it`s in Udmurt, 1345-1400 in Tatar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Another fruitless search for REE`s Sephardic service to South America, scheduled for UT Tuesdays 0115-0145 on 11780 per some sources, 11795 announced on the previous 1425-1455 broadcast heard on correct 15385.

At 0113-0117 March 16, nothing at all on 11795. Usual huge signal from Brasília on 11780 with music. Spain however had a respectable signal in Castilian on 11680 to S America, so I really think I should have been able to detect something under RNA on 11780, at least the REE IS, if anything was there.

Could the broadcast be on some totally different unknown frequency? I did search the entire 25 m band (only) and did not find any sign of it. Also checked 9690 and 9650, registered at 0115 or 0415 as alternates: nothing.

At 0413 UT Tue I tuned to 9690 to find VG signal with REE IS, and 0415 fanfare, sign-on in Ladino claiming this is on 9650, and the 0115 on 11795! It will be a banner day if all the announced and transmitted frequencies for these judeo-español broadcasts ever match up. How can one produce a SW broadcast week after week and not care enough to find out what frequencies it is on? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, S Asian music at 0116 March 16, fair signal from SLBC. In my early DXing years, before all the hi-power relay stations, it was quite a thrill to pick up Radio Ceylon from the opposite worldside for the first time, and this brought back a bit of that. QSL from 1959 on 15265: http://www.w4uvh.net/ceylon.jpg (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. Things must still not be back to normal at Shepparton following the ``cyclone`` --- what do they mean by that? A tornado or a hurricane/typhoon, or just a bad storm with straight winds? Such vagueness would be unacceptable among US meteorologists.

March 18 at 1257 I was surprised to find 9580 and 9590 missing again, but instead a big signal on 9585, see SAIPAN. That transitioned to a weaker KTWR at 1300 and then 9580 came on with R. Australia, but still no 9590, nor by 1317 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also INDONESIA

** CHINA [and non]. Lots of Firedrake activity March 18, including some frequencies new to me, not including 8400 for a change; Aoki referenced:

1247 on 11840, mixing with Chinese from All INDIA Radio.

1250 on 11635, FD // 11840, victim here being VOA Chinese via Thailand

1251 on 11500, poor mixing with something, i.e. Sound of Hope

1251 on 10400, good signal vs nothing, presumably SOH, not listed

1254 on  9365, VP aside WTJC 9370v, // 10400 and // much stronger

        9380, both of which are SOH channels

1337 on 13100, Good with flutter // 10400. Aoki has 13100 as SOH

1338 on 13710, sounds like FD, but not // 13100, and nothing to bother

              except All India Radio in English

No further FD found in the 12-13 and 14-19 MHz ranges.

But 13855 had strong Chinese music not // Firedrake at 1340 March 18. This must be CRI non-jamming Chinese service via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN, 500 kW, 308 degrees.

15430 with a low-pitched roar, a different kind of jamming against something in unID language, March 18 at 1342, i.e. V. of Tibet via UAE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 6010, RHC missing March 18 at 0540, and instead La Voz de tu Conciencia was dominant way over XEOI which caused a rippling SAH from a considerably different frequency. Just as I intuned, was giving ID mentioning 6010 onda corta, 1530 onda media, TC for 12:36, into program ``La Verdad``, e-mail as contacto @ fuerzadepaz.com and referencing Romanos diez. Later at 0547 checked 5910 and the other HJDH, Marfil Estéreo was there with music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC English missing from 6010 at 0540 March 18, opening frequency for COLOMBIA, q.v. RHC English only on 6060, whilst 6120, 6140 and 6150 were all in Spanish this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 4330, 1215-1230+ March 18, mostly talk in non-tonal language, definitely not Chinese, but occasional bits of Chinese-style music, fair with ute QRM bursts. This is the longtime distinctive WOOB frequency of the CNR8 service in Kazakh from PBS Xinjiang, 100 kW non-direxional from Urumqi per Aoki. 4460 Beijing was also in as it is most mornings, unlike 4330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CHINA 13855

** GERMANY [non]. 17520 // 17800, March 18 at 1238 talk in uncertain language, maybe Hausa? At 1242 DW riff, and definitely in French mentioning Côte d`Ivoire. Was it really in French all along? If so, my mind had not locked into the accent at first.

Both these are via RWANDA, at 325 and 295 degrees respectively. It`s questionable whether they really need two frequencies on the same band at azimuths only 30 degrees apart carrying the same service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAHAN. 9975, TWR IS at 1330 March 18, KTWR ID and into Chinese, tnx to WWCR 9980 not yet reaching full blasting strength. Axually Cantonese M-F per Aoki. See also SAIPAN [and non], KTWR heard on 9585 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. VOI back on alternate frequency 9526-, March 18 at 1325, good signal and fair modulation in English, 1327 outroed as News in Brief, plug web streaming and as always announcing three inapplicable SW frequencies, 9525, 15150 and 11785. 1328 into daily feature ``Indonesian Wonders`` about a volcano, but hard to understand due to accent, hum and adjacent QRM. Also had long pauses before and after program intro.

Just before I tuned in VOI, I learnt a lot more about Indonesia at 100% copy in an item on ``Asia-Pacific`` from Radio Australia, 9580: efforts to combat smoking, even including a fatwa against it, vs. this major industry (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, XEPPM, March 18 at 1200 amateur band music, rather than 6 am national anthem; maybe they played it a few minutes earlier? And 1203 into talk segment, but heavy splash from much stronger RHC 6180 which stays on for another hour at least, and Radio Educación supposedly closes at 1200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, JBA talk at 1345 March 18, no doubt R. Victoria 3 x 6019.3, as frequently but not always just barely audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15105, great Romanian folk music, March 18 at 1236, shortly announced in English and then more of same on this Thursday; good signal, which is 307 degrees from Tiganeshti intended for UK only but also onward to US. From A-10 in 10 days, per DXLD 10-11, this will be replaced by 1100-1156 on 15210 15430 17510 17670 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN [and non]. 11650, March 18 at 1248 preacher in English with consecutive translation into Russian. This is KFBS, Russian at 1000-1330, followed by eight minority languages rotating 1330-1400 but on a different azimuth as heard previously. Good signal, but now there is co-channel from a weaker station talking on 11650, presumably CRI English via Urumqi.

Note it`s NOT ``Urumqui``. In Chinese there is no U-after-Q rule since the Q is not really a Q as we pronounce it in English.

9585, VG signal at 1257 March 18 with R. Australia [q.v.] absent from 9580, 9590, in Vietnamese song, 1259 announcement in Viet, closing ID in English as ``KFBS, Saipan, from the Mariana Islands in the Pacific``.

During the last few sex the TWR IS could be heard underneath, and KTWR took over immediately following KFBS ID, in unknown language listed as Sgaw Karen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB running 5050 much longer hours, testing? Nothing but Bible readings heard, not the Alex Scourby version but someone else with stilted KJV, and occasional musical background.

FCC schedule shows only:

5050   2200 0400  WWRB  100   45   4,5,9  1234567   140310 280310

But the FCC sked is still only version 2 dated 07 Jan, at http://www.fcc.gov/ib/sand/neg/hf_web/B09FCC02.TXT

never having got around to a version 3 as B09 is almost over.

5050 at 0544 March 18, Bible reading with considerable distortion, and ACI to Brasil 5045 but that was still audible unlike 24 hours earlier when WWRB was splattering down to 5035. Next check at 1200 March 18, 5050 was still (again?) on the air with more of same, blocking any chance of hearing Vanuatu on 5055. And WWRB 5050 still on at 1210, 1232, 1306, but gone by next check 1318, when, however, 3185 was still audible with Brother Scare // much stronger 9385.

This time the splattering spurs were from WWRB 9385, instead of WTJC 9370, March 18 at 1334 since their frying/buzzing sounds matched, down to 9370 and up to 9400, bothering WTJC and FEBC Philippines in Chinese, respectively (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. A great improvement in defective Scriptures for America feeds to WTWW and WWCR: instead of distorted overmodulation, no modulation at all! March 18 at 0545, silent carriers on 5080, 5890. Almost: 5890 had weak crosstalk from PMS on 5935, but may have been receiver-produced by very strong signals. 5890 also had 8-kHz het from Cuban spy transmitter also open carrier on 5898 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9265, WINB with Brother Scare already at 1254 March 18, unlike the day before when did not start until 1330. Has WINB updated its program schedule yet? Of course not! No listing of The Overcomer Ministry at all.

How about TOM website itself? What a laugh! Does mention WINB but confuses it with WWRB. The times are wrong. Still has imaginary 11520 frequency for WINB, etc., etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. DentroCuban Jamming Command let Radio República go for a couple of weeks on new 9490 via Sackville, but finally jamming is audible way underneath it March 19 at 0032. It may have been there a while as have not checked it every night. Meanwhile, ex-9810 is still being noise-jammed like another vacant frequency nearby, 9825`s Radio Martí (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: VOA and WRMI

** IRAN [and non]. 7250, March 19 at 0157 singing and chanting mixing with something in English at about equal level. Must be V. of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a.k.a. V. of Justice, vs V. of Russia. Too much CubaRM on 6120 to confirm // for Iran. I figured the chanting was Iran and the English was Russia, but it turned out to be the other way round as I soon found the music // 6240 VOR, soon into IS and English too.

Iran was interviewing some scholar in Scotland about US foreign policy, a typical programming ploy of theirs; and I must say their audio was clearer than Moscow`s rather muddy sound, but who is going to strain to try to pick out one signal or the other?

These two have been colliding the entire B-09 season; meanwhile, nothing on 7240, 7260 and several other channels in the vicinity, so this could easily have been avoided. But I am sure the American hams are pleased that both these intruders are piling up on only one frequency.

In fact, Iran plans to move to 7245 in A-10! But Russia will no longer be on 7250 anyway. Iran`s other summer frequency for the 0130-0230 broadcast, 9495 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, XEPPM still Brasilless, and again on earlier than scheduled, March 18 at 2341 with chanting that seemed vaguely Catholic, then music mixed with nature sounds including chirping which might have been more appropriate for a morning prélude; 0000 UT March 19 same transmitter playing Mexican national anthem, so no doubt it`s Radio Educación. During the 01-02 hour overshadowed by Serbia [non] from 6190, but clear of that at 0202 introducing ``78 Recuerdos por Minuto`` show, now confronting but somewhat atop VOR in Spanish also 6185 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SERBIA [non]. 6190, March 19 at 0131 VG signal and no QRM, IRS in English with tired-sounding YL announcer; maybe it`s just station-stylistic, as the OM at 0148 talking about Serbian poets had a similar manner, not exactly listener-inducing. Where will this be in A-10? They aren`t telling HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN. After hearing so many target broadcasts from [non], such a treat to hear Umar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir`s own station, on 7200, already on air before 0200, then Arabic news with too much bass, unexpected clear ID at 0204, ``Huna Omdurman`` with reverb, next reverent talk program introduced by plucked instrument. Good signal but SSB QRhaM on the lo side requiring offtuning to the hi side. Aoki shows 7200 on the air at 1500-2230 only, aimed due east while WRTH 2010 says 0230-0430v and 1500-2100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Checking frequency usage now for ``A Fondo``, the VOA/Radio Martí joint produxion, now 00-01 UT Tue-Sat: at 0007 March 19 on 5890 and 9885 over DentroCuban jamming, and on 7340 with no jamming. Also on RM frequency 6030 atop jamming, but about 2 seconds behind the other frequencies even tho they are all coming from Greenville B; perhaps the feed to 6030 had to go thru some more satellite hops to Miami and back. Meanwhile there was nothing but jamming audible on the other RM frequencies 7365 and 9825, so I suspect during this hour RM transmitters take a break from them. Next check at 0206, 7365 was back on, good with RM atop jamming.

At 0025 on 7340, AF made a frequency announcement, quite out of date, not corrected since the service started: ``de lunes a viernes, 8 a 9 de la noche en 11625, 9415, 7340 y por Radio Martí en 1180, y onda corta 6030, 7365, 9825 kilociclos [sic].``

Would someone please get the AF announcers to read the VOA A-Z language schedule, any other accurate internal document, or previous DX LISTENING DIGEST to know what frequencies they are really on, as 11625 and 9415 have been dropped, and as I just monitored, 7365 and 9825 apparently silent too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO monitoring chex: Thu March 18 at 2100, I could only hear jamming on 9955, so unsure if WRMI was on the air.

UT Fri March 19, WRMI fair signal without jamming at 0011 with ballgame interview by YL, then CDHD Brigade 2506, fill music and WRMI QSL offer, 0030 WORLD OF RADIO 1504, reading S9+10 even with attenuation necessarily switched on vs WWCR 9980 overload. Both weakened somewhat during the semihour, but we remained 99% readable at occasional chex.

Area 51 webcast of WOR scheduled for 0000 UT Fri instead had music running at 0015. I must say this time is highly irregular.

ACB Radio webcast at 0100 UT Fri did have new WOR 1504 playing, contrary to last week 1502 instead of 1503 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR is still using 7490 instead of 7465 during the 00-01 UT hour, as noted 0023 March 19, even tho the reason for moving there to avoid VOA on 7465 no longer applies. Since DST began, Lavwdlamerik is on 5835 and 7590 only during that hour. But things could change further with imminent A10 season (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. We recently noted that WTJC, 9370v, had Arabic in the 00 UT semihour altho nowhere on their schedule, and now we heard Chinese at 0033 UT Friday March 19; next check 0112 back in English. They have had a link to their Chinese website for some time, http://www.reachingtheworld.net/

but I have not found any specific schedule readable there, rather a number of audio downloads. This frequency is not likely to be audible in China at 8:30 am local, especially if Firedrake against Sound of Hope is running on 9365 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Blessed relief from the ranting of Pastor Pete Peters: UT March 19 at 0121, just open carrier on WWCR 5070, 5890 and WTWW 5080! Meanwhile at 0123 there were a couple of familiar computer audio cues, briefly filling the void. And so it went until PPP finally cut on in progress at 0133 on all three frequencies. So for at least 12 minutes, 3 x 100 kW transmitters were broadcasting nothing thanks to the incompetence of Mr. Aryan Man (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6297.1, March 18 at 2345 in Arabic instead of usual Spanish during the final hour of the day. Was wanting to check out Harold Frodge`s comment, ``Last time I heard an ID, it was Radio Nacional Sahuari rather than RASD.``

However at 0000 March 19 retune, just caught full ID in Spanish indeed saying ``Transmite la Radio Nacional de la República Árabe Saharaui Democrática`` plus frequencies OM 1550 y OC ``6300 kHz``. Went on for a while longer vs splatter from dirty Cairo 6290 transmitter, 0004 to open carrier. I don`t doubt that a less formal ID of R. Nacional Saharaui might also be used (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST

** CHILE. 17680, CVC La Voz, usual big signal March 19 at 1412 but now it`s overmodulated and splattering, worst centered on 17650, also bothering BSKSA French on 17660; and more spikes matching 17680 modulation around 17480-17510. Not much on the hi side, however. Was interviewing someone about racism in Guatemala (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake March 19: not much found in upward bandscan until 13970 at 1401 with telltale open carrier, flutter, het, and 1405:12 resuming music.

At 1419 came to a JBA signal on 18100, in the hamband, and by now 13970 is gone, so cannot try to // but found another FD:

At 1421 on 10420 (instead of previous 10400), poor, but 18100 is too weak for a definite // (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 3345, only Asian signal on 90 mb, nothing on usual 3325, March 19 at 1303 in talk, pretty sure it`s Indonesian, 1305 to music. Presumed RRI Ternate, Maluku. Are we confident that R. Northern, PNG is inactive on 3345? That`s not even listed in Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI still on this frequency March 19 at 1335 going from Miscellany to Music Corner with ``Sound of Dignity`` assertion in between. Said the music show covers both traditional and modern, but mostly the latter today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA/SARAWAK. 5030, RTM, 1253 March 19, fair with pop music, strong enough for Cuba 5025 not to be a problem; 1255 singing PSA or commercial mentioning Malaysia; 1300 2-pip timesignal at least 10 seconds late, then talk, news? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. Pirate, 6925-SSB, March 19 at 1307, dense music, seems polka with accordion when tuned in just right; 1312 Radio Gaga ID and more; 1319 ``¡No, Jorge!`` several times, ``This has been Radio Gaga`` and off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND [and non]. 7365, at 1330 March 19, the bells of HSK9 immediately identify it as R. Thailand, but mixing at equal level with Chinese, 1332 that IDs as CJKT; 1354 recheck seems it is echoing, a sign of jamming.

However, HSK9 at 1330 is going from Chinese to Thai, and CNR1 is scheduled 1200-1735 from Shijiazhuang site per Aoki, so apparently a horrible coincidence rather than overt jamming. IBB should never have chosen 7365. In A-10 the 13-14 hour from HSK9 via Udorn in Japanese, Chinese and Thai moves to 9575 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11640, very distorted spur centered here just as I tuned in at 1400, heard a snatch of the Radio Martí IS and off. Another Greenville transmitter out of order, but how did it get here, nowhere any known RM frequency? Which ones go off the air at 1400? 5745 and 7405, so must have been from one of those, but obviously not harmonic and can`t figure how they could mix with any other GB frequency to land on 11640.

15390, open carrier with hum at 1409 March 19, no doubt Greenville tuning up for 1630 Creole transmission, instead of 15370 a few days ago, which was probably a mistake (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD. 6165, just as I tuned in at 0530 March 20, went from drumming to RNT = Radiodiffusion Nationale Tchadienne ID, then to YL in French still with drumming intervals. Fair signal but no QRM during this semihour, probably our best chance to hear it before *0559 Bonaire and Croatia.

In A-10 the situation will change, as the Dutch broadcasts via Bonaire move one UT hour earlier at 0400-0427 and 0500-0527, and Croatia also starts an hour earlier at 0500. Turkey in English is also on there until 0355 or so. WRTH says Chad starts at 0425, so the window should then be 0427-0459 when propagation should be better anyway; maybe still audible after 0527 but depending on Croatia QRM or maybe that fading out earlier in summer; not considering possible adjacent-channel problems. Of course Chad could revert to 4905 or 7120 at any time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHILE. 17680, CVC La Voz, as noted in previous report earlier on March 19, still badly distorted and spurring, at 2038. Splatter audible from 17615 to 17700 at least, and at 2114 a greater problem than usual for RNZI on 17675, needlessly next to this other southern hemispherian in a wide-open band.

March 20 at 1419 check, 17680 still distorted, overmodulated music but not splattering much (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 13745, March 19 at 2130 Chinese vs Chinese with flutter, and roughly equal levels. It so happens in B-09 that only one station is scheduled on this frequency for only one hour a day, Radio Free Asia in Chinese via TINIAN. Yet there are two stations to be heard! Whadddyaknow, CNR1 needs to use this frequency too, so tough luck, RFA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. DCJC, 11930 heavy noise against R. Martí, March 20 at 1403, but pulsing spurs also audible out to 11910-11950, bothering e.g. Romania on 11940 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: WRMI

** GUAHAN. 9345, March 20 at 1346 S Asian language singing, at least a duet, accompanied by authentic instrument, good signal, then outro mentioning NELC (?) Recording Studio, and address I could not copy; 1358 a bit of Amazing Grace on piano, mentioned Agana, Guam (not Agaña, Guahan), open carrier and off. Did not hear TWR or KTWR mentioned but that`s what it was, per Aoki: 9345 KTWR GUAM 1345-1400 1234567 Santhali 100 293 Agana GUM 14440E 1317N KTWR b09 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) WWCR to use 9345 elsewhen: U S A

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI at 1458 March 20 with song, good reception; also had been on this frequency during English hour around 1330 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11530, V. of Mesopotamia, March 20 at 1433-1441 good with signature singer we have heard before; his style is somewhere between vibrato and yodeling (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LAOS [non]. Since the demise of Hmong Lao Radio, the other Hmong Lao Christian Radio had remained on WHRI 11785, Saturdays 1500-1530, and should have timeshifted to 1400 from March 20 with DST, but off the air at 1404 check, clearing frequency for weak CRI Chinese via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN. Just in case, checked again an hour later, and still no WHRI/HLCR.

Aha, searching on Hmong as ``specific program criteria`` in the WHR online skeds, it now shows another hour earlier at 1300-1300 Sat = 9-9:30 am ET on 11785. (And also via PALAU: ``0030 - 0100 UT 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM ET Friday Hmong World Christian Radio Gia Tou Lee 15680`` So in WHR`s warped way of telling time, presumably means UT Saturday) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. 15341, RTM, March 20 at 1416 just open carrier plus some noise and ringing sounds, splash from Martí 15330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [and non]. 15120.1, VON in English, March 19 at 2036. Noticed a lo het and it appears there is another carrier on 15120.0, but nothing else should be there at this hour. In any event, too tightly squeezed between WYFR 15115 and REE/Costa Rica 15125, while numerous other channels in the 15.1`s are vacant.

Per WRTH 2010, in REE`s needlessly complex schedule, 15125 is in use only on weekends. Aoki and Eibi show REE 15125 18-20 daily, and 20-23 only on weekends, so obviously on later than scheduled on Friday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 14996, time pips on CW, March 20 at 1411, no doubt RWM Moscow, and stronger than WWV/H on 15000. The two matched nicely with top-of-minute prolonged tones (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI confirmed with WORLD OF RADIO 1504 underway at 1345 Saturday March 20, vs DentroCuban pulse jamming which was stronger. Thanks a lot, Arnie! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7465, WWCR now starting at 2000 since DST started, including WORLD OF RADIO Friday March 19 at 2030; VG reception here at 2050 check but dropped off the air for less than a minute at 2055, during which nothing else was heard, altho R. Tirana is supposed to be there in German Mon-Sat 2030 in B-09. However, at 2059 as WOR was ending, underneath heard very weak IS from one of the gospel broadcasters, TWR? That is not scheduled on 7465 at all. Anyhow, in A10, WWCR plans to move the switch from 15825 to 7465 an hour later to 2100, so that will put WOR back on 15825 for the rest of the season.

Instead of Musical Memories, which was instead of Country Crossroads still showing on the schedule for Saturday 1300-1330 on 7490, when I intuned March 20 at 1323 heard Jerry and Brady with Ask WWCR!?

Not exactly; apparently this is a special 30-minute program they are inserting at various unknown times until April 15, discussing the A-10 schedule, etc. Toward the end, Phil Patton explained why SW stations don`t stay on a single frequency all the time, striving for the ideal Optimum Working Frequency, just below the MUF.

A new quarter-hour Ask WWCR is starting today #311, but nothing on the webpage about this other half-hour special, nor is the A-10 transmission schedule on display yet. But the sked was explained on #311 which I listened to online, summarizing here:

WWCR-1:

0100-0900 3215

0900-1100 9985

1100-2100 15825

2100-0100 7465 (7490 no longer for one hour)

WWCR-2:

0000-1200 5935 DGS

1200-1600 7490

1600-2100 12160

2100-2400 9345 NEW

WWCR-3:

0000-1200 4840

1200-2400 13845 DGS et al.

WWCR-4, PPP:

0200-1200 5890

1200-0200 9980

Thus for half the day, in the daytime, transmitters 2 and 3 are exchanging frequencies; 4840 is extended at night, 5070 no longer in use (but plans to bring it back later). 9345 had been registered for some time but not in use until A-10. I should point out that reception may be different as the nominal azimuth for #2 is 85 degrees, and #3 is 40 degrees.

The programming on #2 frequencies ex-#3, 7490, 12160 will continue to be what had been on the same frequencies when they were coming from #3 transmitter, is that clear? Conversely, DGS at least in the afternoons, and Joyce Riley at 12-15 M-F will continue to be on 13845. (She`s also simulcast on 7490 which becomes #2)

BTW, V. of Korea has a 200 kW non-direxional broadcast on 9345 at 21-24, and likely to continue in A-10. Perhaps WWCR was unaware of it since North Korea does not participate in HFCC.

As for WORLD OF RADIO, that should mean the Saturday 1630 broadcast (reconfirmed still there March 20) stays on 12160. As expected, the Friday 2030 moves from 7465 to 15825 starting April 2. Sunday 0230 on 4840, since altho DGS is on #2-13845 in the daytime, he`s on #3-5935 at night. And WOR still Sunday 0630 on 3215.

They also confirmed that the reason for leaving 5070 was a complaint the FCC got from an ``eastern bloc`` country about interference to a fixed transmission, even tho WWCR has been using it for since 1991 with no such problems (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. As I tuned by 9480 WTWW, March 20 at 1501, Scriptures for America announcer was giving outdated schedule and asking for e-mail or phoned reports. Still claimed to be on 9475 and 5755 instead of only 9480 and 5080! Wake up in Laporte (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALGERIA [non]. 7295, RTA via FRANCE, in Arabic, mostly Qur`an but not at the moment, March 23 at 0553, // 5865, and noticed that 7295 had some hum, and squeal developing on the transmitter.

Per DX Mix News, the A-10 schedule calls for this morning usage until May 1: 0400-0557 5865, 0500-0657 7295; and resuming Sept 5.

From May 2 to Sept 4: 0400-0557 7295, 0500-0657 9535. All these are Issoudun 500 kW, 162 or 194 degrees back to Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. Others have been reporting activity on the LTA feeder frequency 15820-LSB, so I check March 22 at 2322 – just a trace of something there at imagination-level.

What about 15345.2? At 2323 March 22, RAE fair signal with trans-equatorial flutter, in Spanish announcing all four frequencies just as I tune in: 6060, 9690, 11710, 15345, and timecheck for 2323 UT.

However, this is impossible, since RAE does not have four funxional transmitters. We know that both 11710 and 15345 were missing for months when a single transmitter failed, and has anyone ever heard them on both those frequencies at once?

6060 is certainly a separate transmitter, and not sure if there is really a third for 9690. But WRTH 2010 says there are two x 50 kW and one x 100 kW at General Pacheco. However, schedules show 9690 in use only for Europe at 18-22 M-F, which does not overlap with any 6060 usage, so those could also share one transmitter.

Right after this announcement, I checked 11710 anyway, and there was no trace of a het vs something Asian on 11710.0. Nothing from Argentina on 9690 or 6060 either. Therefore I assume that like Voice of Indonesia, RAE just announces all its possible frequencies at once without meaning that they are really all on the air at that very moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 9645.3, R. Bandeirantes, March 23 at 0556 with heavy QRM from Vatican IS on 9645.0, after Arabic, but that went off at 0557 to resume in Latin by 0630. Bandeirantes was again giving full ID for AM, FM and SW frequencies, each with its own alfanumeric callsign, plus http://www.radiobandeirantes.com.br  

The website only shows AM and FM frequencies, forcing one to dig for anything about SW. Even without Vatican, RB suffers from the 9645.0 leapfrog mixing product of WYFR 9715 over 9680, but not at the moment, as WYFR strength varies greatly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake March 23: 1331 fair on 8400, // 9380 mixing with something, DW? Also fair on 11500, and at 1337 good on 13970, but none found higher.

15430, however, had noise jamming of a certain pitch, mixing with something which sounded like Chinese, March 23 at 1340, both of which were probably jamming against Voice of Tibet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. A few days ago RHC said it would start operations on 5040 kHz March 22 at 2300. An announcement recorded by Jose Bueno gives the Spanish segment on 5040 as 02-11 UT.

I`ve yet to find 5040 mentioned on the RHC Spanish website, and of course the transmission schedule has not been updated. 60m is mentioned in French without giving the new frequency, only as replacement for 13790!

On March 22 at 2330, 5040 was indeed on with very good signal amid English. Arnie Coro says it`s a NVIS antenna with limited coverage, but like Rebelde on 5025, it really gets out horizontally as well as vertically.

This does replaces 13790 also for English, no longer heard during the 23-24 hour. Kept monitoring 5040 and heard: 0000 French, 0100 Creole, 0130 French, 0200 Spanish. Supposed to run Spanish all the way until 1100 but at 0540 noticed it was off; not sure when it quit, but maybe around 0500 when other transmitter/frequency changes are made.

5040 seems a good clear frequency for RHC, but if you hear a het from 5039.18, that`s poor Radio Libertad, Junín, Perú, as measured recently by Bob Wilkner, FL at 1050-1110, and presumably also trying to be heard in the evenings. RHC 5040 also squeezes out poor Pará 5045, especially with WWRB staying on 5050 all-night, and presumably RHC will too later as planned (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW off 5080, March 23 at 0541, and instead found back on 5755 at 0542 with --- what else? --- Pastor Pete Peters // WWCR 5890. So it looks like somebody complained, likely the utility on 5078 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GABON. 19160, extremely weak just barely detectable carrier, March 24 at 1351. A few years ago before the sun lost its spots, Africa Numéro Un`s second harmonic of 9580 was regularly heard here, not only in our mornings but afternoons = after sunset there. This frequency merits frequent chex for a revival, altho in the meantime ANU may have suppressed the harmonic. The carrier now, of course, could be something else unless we get some audio to match. This will have to do, lacking the transmitter formerly on 17630 and 15475 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5910, Shiokaze still here via JSR Japan, March 24 at 1403 YL in English with Seabreeze ID, contact info, piano background, soon into newsy sounder. Signal is getting much weaker here further into the dayside; no jamming detectable. They stay on one 49m channel or another all summer at 1400-1430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAKISTAN. 15630, March 24 at 1323 S Asian music, while Greece was still on correct 15650. 1327 into talk, news summary? Frequently mentioning Pakistan, Washington, Robert Gates, America. Good signal but with hum and flutter. 1330:30 a tinny band plays unfamiliar anthem, 1331:30 tone for a few seconds and off. Uplooked later, this is R. Pakistan`s Tamil service, preceded by Sinhala at 1230, both 100 kW, 147 degrees from Islamabad (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW continues to be heard at night on 5755 ex-5080 ex-5755, such as 0130 UT March 24. George McClintock tells me that there were no complaints about using 5080, but it was just being tested for eventual use by WTWW-2. Meanwhile, WTWW-1 is back on 5755.

He is now engrossed in installing the second Continental 418 transmitter, and expects to keep broadcasting the Sciptures for America network on WTWW-1, with programming officially beginning April 1. That presumably means broadcasts will no longer be interrupted as needed for minor adjustments, as was still happening March 23. He is also deciding about purchasing a third transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 18530, at 1349 March 24, Brother Scare 100% readable on weak but well-modulated signal from WINB 9265 x 2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA [and non]. Checking 25m March 25 at 0524, there`s DGS on 11775, so Caribbean Beacon has not made the change to night frequency 6090 after 2200! Fair signal now and // 5935 WWCR, leaving 6090 to the DRM noise from 6085 Ismaning, if not also 6095 Junglinster. Meanwhile, RHC not audible on 11760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. The NT stations making a good showing March 25 from 1228 tune-in, best heard in quite a while, 2310 // 2325 // 2485 with Oz talk, promo news coming up, ``on 783, ABC Alice Springs`` YL ID, 1230 ABC news sounder, and 10 minutes of news about the Territory, such as at 1235 that its population has just exceeded 227,000. (Hmmm, there ought to be room to move Israel there and solve a lot of problems.)

At first, 2310 and 2325 were about same level and close to 100% readable except during brief fades; audio also on 2485 but a lot weaker. At 1240 on to Nightline program, and by 1245, 2325 had faded to much weaker than 2310. Enid sunrise today was 1228 UT.

I also looked for R. Symban, 2368.5 at 1234 and thought I could detect a carrier, but weaker even than the very weak seventh harmonic of the NDB in Lamesa, Texas, LSA on 2366. This was a VG Outback morning, as HCJB was also in on 15 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. After having had good reception of the 120m stations half a sesquihour earlier, I also had good reception of HCJB on 19m, where often it is completely inaudible.

 

March 25 at 1315, on 15400 sermon in English with consecutive translation to Chinese; at 1326 caught English ID ``Listening to HCJB Global Voice, Melbourne, Australia`` and back into Mandarin.

HCJB also good on 15340 at 1315 with song in Asian language, no het from Morocco, presumably off 15341 today. Around 1323, 15340 went to talk in unID language, and reception so good I could tell there was slight hum on the transmission. Scheduled 1315-1330 on Thursdays is Bhojpuri. Both WRTH 2010 and Aoki show two clashing listings for 1330 daily, Hindi and Rawang! But station website already displays A-10 schedule showing Hindi at 1330 and Rawang for Myanmar at 1230.

Things had changed drastically by next check 1358 when both frequencies were much weaker with flutter, 15340 worse (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 15430, ChiCom jamming against V. of Tibet, March 25 at 1359: all I could hear was talk in Chinese mixed with noise, and both stopped at precisely the same instant near 1400 as VOT was also scheduled to finish; therefore, I think this was all coming from a single jamming transmitter.

17550, strong signal with M&W in Chinese at 1406 March 25, but heavy flutter. V. of Tibet is also scheduled here via Madagascar at 1330-1430. VOT is supposedly in Tibetan only, so suspect I was also hearing just the jamming. No similar signals from China anywhere else on 17 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also INDONESIA

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI still on this channel, March 25 at 1308, YL in accented English, but too much splash from ChiCom echo-jammer on 9530 vs VOA in Chinese via Tinang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, tuned in XEPPM just in time March 25 at 1207 to hear ID for MW 1060 XEEP and carrier cut, ceding frequency to the splash from RHC 6180.

From April 4 México DF nonsensically goes on DST of UT -5, so Radio Educación nominal SW schedule shifts to 23-11 UT, but expect still to hear them somewhat before and after those hours on 6185 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, March 25 at 1409, very poor but talk in Spanish audible, not Miranda at the moment, 3 x 6019.3 R. Victoria (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. TRT with two different transmissions of Turkish music, March 25 at 1319: 15350 in the Turkish service, and better modulated 17700 in German service.

From March 28, never mind these: 15350 will be gone, and German will be an hour earlier from 1130 on 13760; Turkish before 1300 on 11955 and 13635, after 1300 on 9840 only, per the A-10 schedule Mustafa Cankurt sent us (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5050, WWRB, still on extended schedule, March 25 at 1220 with Bible readings --- or not exactly, tho in stilted KJV English, adding dramatizations with angry crowd noises, different voices M & W, even music. I had a feeling something awful was about to happen to J. C. Modulation distorted as usual and splattering to the low side where there was an intermittent blob circa 5042 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW absent from 9480 and 5755, March 25 at 1306 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. On WORLD OF RADIO 1505 this week, I mention that WJHR has not been heard for some time. As if in reply, there it is on 15550-USB, March 25 at 1401, ``beginning our broadcast day`` with address wjhr @ usa.com. Then instrumental hymn on plucked instrument, ``Rock of Ages``; 1403 into the perpetual preacher, referencing Proverbs XIV: 34. Possibly WJHR had been active some in the afternoons, when I am not monitoring so regularly, but --- note this from DXLD 10-11: (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

WJHR HAS BEEN BROADCASTING ILLEGALLY

Glenn, In DXLD and elsewhere, WJHR Milton FL has been reported with

what would appear to be programming.

FCC rule 73.712(a) limits an international broadcast station

conducting equipment tests to voice ID and tones only.

http://www.hallikainen.com/FccRules/2010/73/712/

I inquired to the FCC about the status of this station. The Commission

responded that this station has a construction permit and has not

filed an application for license. The station can only do equipment

tests, not actual programming, until a license application is filed

and program test authority (PTA) is granted. PTA and licensed

operation must be at 50 kW PEP (Benn Kobb, March 17, DX LISTENING

DIGEST)

** U S A. 18530, Brother Scare on WINB second harmonic, March 25 at 1408 was just barely audible but // 9265 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9370v, WTJC, March 25 at 1418 ending choral version of ``America the Beautiful``, into a more overt Christian hymn; usual distorted lo-fi signal, tsk for a station playing so much music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7390, March 25 at 1259, VOA Yankee Doodle Dandy sign-on, pause and 1300 into Cantonese. This is via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, at 13-15. News began with item about GoDaddy following example of Google vs Chinese censorship – and no jamming audible! The ChiCom normally don`t bother with jamming Cantonese broadcasts for some reason. However, there was a trace of very weak music under; nothing else scheduled at this time except Belarus, unlikely. 7385 WHRI was just signing off, but carrier stayed on a minute past 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 9430, 1Africa, March 25 at 0533 was running promo that if you tried to hear them between 9 and 18 hours CAT [UT +2] on March 24 and 25, you would just hear noise [example], since they would be off the air for ``upgrade and maintenance``. How exactly are their SW transmissions being upgraded? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 15710, R. Cairo Indonesian service, March 26 at 1310, quite distorted audio, plus a spur almost as strong around 15700. A weaker blob on the high side around 15720 probably from same (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR [and non]. See March 25 UNIDENTIFIED report on 6135. Tried again March 26 and already weak signal as early as 1347 with no QRM; intonation sounds French, and shortly into a song. Kept going past 1400 until announcement at 1401, again sort of French but can`t be sure. More of same, mostly music, interrupted at 1407 by BBCWS English ID loop giving website, and putting a SAH on the frequency. It seems the Singapore/Kranji transmitter was just tuning up for the pending Vietnamese broadcast at 1430, but fortunately went back off at 1408. Meanwhile checked 7105 and 5010 but no trace of Madagascar or anything there.

1414 another announcement and back to `island` music. Reception was not improving as we are gaining light on this end altho gaining night on the originating end, assuming it is Antananarivo, and don`t see how it could be anything else, so mark this presumed. Their sunset today is 1456 UT. My local noise level seems higher than yesterday; just about gone by 1425, and BBC comes back on at 1429+.

The long path from Madagascar is almost all over-water, thru southern Indian Ocean, hitting only the SE corner of Australia = Victoria, and across the Pacific transiting the Equator near Kiribati. Madagascar is also the closest country to our antipodes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15430, RRI English with Letterbox replying to several listeners, Friday March 26 until 1252, good signal and // slightly weaker 15105. A few minutes later signing off until next English at 1800 with all its SW frequencies and satellite parameters, and only some of the frequencies for tomorrow at 1200, which will be the last one before shifting an UT hour earlier for A-10 on different channels, and once again, following this biweek of confusion, becoming less convenient for North Americans deprived of any intentional English in our mornings from RRI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 21600, BSKSA Holy Qur`an Service, March 26 at 1345, quite weak but // better 21460. The main program on 21640 had best signal, // 21505. Don`t often hear 21600 which goes off before 1400. If we had a really big opening from SA, there would be mixing products audible among all of these (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. More WORLD OF RADIO 1505 monitoring chex UT Friday March 26: 0000+ on alleged Area 51 webcast: no, just music and chat labeled Lumpy Gravy show; at 0030 on WRMI 9955, confirmed with fair signal and no jamming audible. 0100+ on ACB Radio Mainstream webcast, confirmed. 0330 on WWRB 3185: confirmed, VG signal, started at 0331. 1430 on WRMI 9955: confirmed, no jamming audible, but very weak signal between Japanese from Palau on 9950, and perpetual RTTY around 9960. Next chance is 2030 on WWCR 7465, which from next Friday will be on 15825 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW missing again from 9480, at 1428 check March 26 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. DentroCuban Jamming Command doing its thing, same pulsing against nothing, March 27 at 0620: on 9955 with WRMI inaudible, 9885 vs absent VOA, and 9810 vs absent Radio República. And more of it on 9565 vs absent Martí, plus spurs around 9545 and 9585.

Strange things are happening with RHC scheduling, making me wonder if they are confused about the DST shift a biweek ago, or have decided to go with the flow rather than keep to UT?

March 27 at 1400 I find 11760 missing, but still on 11730 and 11800. The 11760 transmitter could be the one with open carrier on 11680 about to open relay of Venezuela, q.v., an hour earlier than had been scheduled. At 1415 noticed that frequencies supposed to be on until 1500 were missing: 15360, 15120, 13780, 13680; at 1423 heard only on 13770 above 12 MHz. But at 1448, 11760 was back on while RNV was still on 11680. No RHC frequency announcement heard around 1500 as there used to be (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS [and non]. OTH radar pulsing, presumed from here, March 27 at 1421 on 17847-17872 atop some broadcaster on 17850, i.e. BBC Somali via CYPRUS, oops! Still going at 1503, and now the victim is on 17860, i.e. Channel Africa, SOUTH AFRICA in Swahili.

Same sound of OTH radar on 17465-17490, March 27 at 1504 atop Brother Scare via GERMANY on 17485. And then mixing with the huge wideband whining sound centered on 17450 which just cut on at *1505 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, looking for rumored reactivation of R. Inconfidência, Belo Horizonte, Brasil on 15190, still nothing – but R. Africa, March 26 at 1958 with American preachess wishing ``Happy Thanksgiving`` to listeners and remarking that she is speaking on Black Friday, why call it that?

She apparently has no economic background. (So I can be sure she is American, not Canadian, since there is no such thing as a Black Friday there, unless it`s Black Day-after-Columbus-Day?), and further remarx about orphans in Malawi.

So sermons are delayed about four months in the surface mail to Bata. BTW, does the general African audience have any idea what the American Thanksgiving holiday is about, let alone Black Friday, which could easily be misconstrued as an insult? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 13645, AIR IS at 1513 March 27, fair with flutter, 1515 opening in listed Gujurati via Bengaluru.

Don`t you believe last week`s DX program from Bulgaria which claimed that V. of Southern Azerbaijan had returned to this frequency at 1600. That was lifted from previous DXLD discussion of an unID which turned out to be AIR, and everything about VOSA was historical! Not really heard since 1998 on this frequency nor since 2003 on 9375. March BDXC-UK Communication also misinterpreted that VOSA info was current.

13605, also with AIR IS at 1514 March 27, but not in synch with 13645, as 13605 is about to start Swahili via Bangalore, and not in // when both started talking at 1515.

At 1517 found 15175 with extremely distorted South Asian music, modulation cutting on and off while S9+15 carrier stayed on with flutter, and it`s // 13645 which has identical modulation cuts, also during talk at 1519, then back to music. But 15175 is via Panaji, GOA site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 9335, VOK, March 27 at 1344, distorted modulation and flutter, opening ``Songs of Korear, Land of the Morning Calm``, sounds like electric organ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LAOS [non]. 11785, tuned in WHRI just in time at 1329 Saturday March 27 to confirm that Hmong World Christian Radio has shifted another hour earlier to 1300; bit of Hmong talk and 1330 into Call to Worship, off after 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR. 6135, another check for RTM, March 27 at 1409: something`s there with talk rather than music, but too weak vs high noise level. My logs do correlate with David Sharp`s, who was getting this a week earlier at 1350 on 7105.008 // 6134.954, from New South Wales, right along the long-path to me (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR [non]. One last A-10 check for R. Mada International, clandestine via PRIDNESTROVYE, which has been running Sat & Sun 1530-1600 on 15660: March 27 at 1555 just continuous tone-test on frequency, so lost feed? From March 28 I imagine Mada will show on a different frequency in the area if it still exist (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO. 15345, unlike 15341 the day before, RTM on the `proper` frequency, March 26 at 2001 with hum and whine and Arabic, RAE inaudible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 6170, RNZI, March 27 at 1411 with heavy QRM in Chinese from Voice of Russia, as has been the case all B-season since RNZI has refused to find a clearer channel. At least beginning A-10, RNZI stays on 6170 and even expands it to 0659-1058 and 1259-1550 with 9655 in between. And the 6170 QRM should be gone! Altho 6 MHz after 1300 is no longer of much use this far into the dayside (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. REE with big S9+15 signals on 21610 // 21570, March 27 at 1507 talking about some award, and Cáceres 2016. Googling indicates that this place aspires to be European Capital of Culture in that year; yet is primarily known for basketball. Meanwhile, Saudi`s remaining 13m signal after 1500, 21460, was JBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTNEING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15670, Miraya FM via IRRS via SLOVAKIA presumed, March 27 at 1418 M&W in Arabic dialect discussion, one of them on lower quality phone line. This broadcast has been at 14-17 on 15670, but for A-10 is supposed to resume 15-18 on 15650, or is it 15710? Listen for clashes on 15650 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 11875, March 27 at 1457 just tuned in to big signal but undermodulated with kids` choir when it went off at 1457:23*. Per Aoki this can only be RTI`s Indonesian service at 14-15, 205 degrees from Tainan, so off the back would be 25 degrees, close enough to USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. VOT English from 1330, March 27 tuned at 1404 on 12035, just barely audible but modulation seems OK, playing annoying multi-lingual ID filler. Much better signal on // 15300 but clashing for the last day with stronger France producing fast SAH. The DX Corner has been missing for the past two Saturdays, so surely back today, and may have just missed it. Will have to demand the audio later, but as of 1815, still availablizing only yesterday`s broadcasts.

From March 28, this broadcast shifts to 1230-1322v, and back to last summer`s frequencies 15450 and 15520 at 310 and 252 degrees azimuth respectively, so the former aims USward and both should be QRM-free (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO attempted monitoring March 26: before 2000 I noticed there was no signal at all from WWCR-1 on 15825; usually there is at least a poor backscatter one. This bodes ill; 13845 audible. 2055 routine recheck for WOR`s Friday 2030 airing, 7465 also absent, so WWCR-1 is MIA, and still off after 2100 when Frencuencia al Día would have aired. Did not check in the evening for 3215, but at 1419 March 27, 15825 was back in business with preacher. And at 1459 ending the 30-minute special expanded Ask-WWCR-like show about the A-10 season. I`ve yet to catch this from the start; it would be helpful to know when to expect it.

Saturday 1330 airing of WOR on WRMI 9955: at 1353 check, WOR 1505 weak but clear, no jamming audible. Saturday 1630 on WWCR-3 12160: confirmed. But Mick Delmage reports: ``Once again this week, at 1650 UT, World of Radio on WWCR 12160 has gone into "skip mode" during the Radio Sweden report.`` Grrr.

Next chances are Sat at 1900 on IRRS 6170, and WRMI 9955; Sunday 0230 on WWCR 4840, 0630 on 3215 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW continues to be missing from 24-hour operation, perhaps taking a rest before official inauguration April 1. At 1412 March 27, absent from 9480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15550-USB, WJHR still active, March 27 at 1417 with screaming preacher; racking up fines for every day of illegal operation? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13845, big mushy spur from WEWN 13835, March 27 at 1423 over WWCR, the rightful occupant of 13845. At times like these I figure WEWN has not reduced its spurs at all, certainly not eliminated them as hoped (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11715, KJES, March 27 at 1511, S9+22 perhaps with sporadic-E assist, but just barely audible modulation in Spanish. What a travesty! Don`t they realize you need both a carrier and modulation?? Barely audible something underneath, presumably usual R. Veritas relay via Vatican back to ME. From tomorrow, that clash at 15-16 will be gone, as the latter moves to 15350 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. Surprised to find an RNV transmission on the air an hour earlier than previously: after I noticed Habana missing from 11760, March 27 at 1400, I tuned down to 11680, and there was big S9+25 open carrier; 1401 joined RNV in progress, program summary by the broken-English YL. Hmm, seems all the segments are about El Hugazo one way or another: the state, it`s he. First: evaluating the electrical plant; later, visiting a bolivarian school where he is greatly honored. At 1438 she was reading an attempted translation of a long polemic, MEGO. 1445 mentioning ``las niñas de Chávez``, implying I hope only that he is a father-figure, and Windows boot-up logo. Off at 1458*.

So has the 15-16 UT broadcast partly in English been moved to 14-15, or was this just another SNAFU? If it has been deliberately moved earlier, how about all the other RNV transmissions? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non]. 15195, March 27 at 1413 M&M dialog in Vietnamese, good signal I had not noticed before: it`s RFA via TINIAN at 14-15. Goodbye: tomorrow it moves to 11680, where it will collide with Venezuela q.v. via Cuba if it stays at that hour; not to mention variable-frequency KCBS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BURMA [non]. 9335, March 29 at 1310 talk in tonal SE Asian language, unseems Burmese, but resembling it, so perhaps one of the minority languages there, causing rippling het with V. of Korea English to North America, tsk2. 1316 mentioned kHz several times, and RFA jingle. This is via TINIAN at 1230-1430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BURMA [non]. 15480, March 29 at 1526 collision between lofi talk in S Asian language and something weaker about 4 Hz away. Scheduled at 1430-1530 is Democratic V. of Burma via ARMENIA. So is Myanmar deliberately jamming this now? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 13675, huge collision of Chinese vs Chinese at 1509 March 29, and a fast SAH between them. This is CNR1 jamming Radio Free Asia via TINIAN in Mandarin. A similar collision on 12025 at 1518, i.e. R. Free Asia via SAIPAN in Mandarin. Yet more of the same on 9455, also RFA SAIPAN in Mandarin, but whichever one was on top differed between 12025 and 9455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. DentroCuban Jamming Command missed only the first day of R. Martí on A-season frequency 11845: at 1302 March 29 nothing but heavy noise jamming audible, tho RM is supposed to be on there from 13 to 17. OTOH, the RM B-frequency 15330 is now unjammed at 1429 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. OTH radar pulsing, March 29 at 1450 on 17522-17538, only broadcaster bothered being something weak on 17555, which must be WYFR not yet inbooming here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 15065, March 29 at 1458, open carrier past 1501; 1539 recheck now with weak modulation, M talking slowly. Frequency and modulation are hallmarks of Cairo, and indeed this is now scheduled for Dari and Pashto at 13-16, ex-12170 in B-09, when Pakistan was supposedly using 15065 at this time, but I never heard that. Meanwhile, Cairo Arabic on 15080 with usual terrible crackly modulation. I wonder what the aeronauts think of all these intrusions into their band? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Monday March 29 at 1326, VOI with flutter, hum and undermodulation, YL English segment tentatively titled ``Focus on the World of Media``, but too poor to copy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JORDAN [and non]. 11960, Arabic talk and music at 0523 March 29, some co-channel QRM under. Presumed Jordan and CNR1 Beijing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 15435, March 29 at 1428 open carrier, 1430 IS and opening ``Radio Veritas Asia in Urdu``. Must be Vatican relay, ex-9540 and/or 9585 in B-09. Could clash with Saudi Arabia which comes on 15435 before 1500: yes, at 1456 the two were colliding, first BSKSA with open carrier, rippling SAH, 1457 cut on Arabic modulation but mix only a few sex before RVA stops mod, tho its carrier a while longer.

What about RVA`s Filipino service which follows at 1500, supposed to be on 15350 in A-10 via Vatican? No trace of it at 1500 or 1525 chex, and not on ex-11715 either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** POLAND [non]. 11675 via AUSTRIA, March 29 at 1258, a bit of fill music as PRES always plays, a snatch of VTC music loop and off by 1259. Seems reception remains OK for English broadcast, but inconveniently for us an hour earlier from 1200 now. Quickly tuned to 11980 but too late to confirm whether that`s the // now via Woofferton, but Mike Barraclough got it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17705, lo-fi talk in Arabic, March 29 at 1452, S9+15 and gone at next check 1529. It`s BSKSA on new frequency at 12-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also PHILIPPINES [non] 15435

** SPAIN. 15385, Monday March 29 at 1425, REE opening weekly Sephardic show, announcing same schedule as in B-09: Mon 1425 15385, Tue 0115 11795, 0415 9650, the others yet to be confirmed. This supposed A-10 schedule claims 1425 is on 15325 but glad to hear the announcer is not buying it:

http://programasdx.com/principal_archivos/frecuenciasree10.pdf

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWEDEN. 13870, R. Sweden in Swedish, good signal at 1516 March 29; and opening English at 1530, sufficient signal here tho aimed 120 degrees from Hörby. Big story today: Volvo becomes Chinese instead of American. (Romantics might interpret the name as meaning ``I shall return``.) Also on 13870 for next English at new time 1700, 125 degrees, insufficient at 1714 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13570, WINB at 1502 March 29 signing on, unstable carrier, 1503 Tony Alamo opening show no. 643. The station with no shame, WINB has also welcomed back to the air, now that he`s out of prison, militia fanatic Mark Koernke, debited with inspiring Timothy McVey to bomb Oklahoma City. Poor Mark; I guess he wasn`t able to keep broadcasting while incarcerated like Bernie does. Feds have just raided some Michigan militians, not clear whether related to Koernke (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15550-USB, March 29 at 1714 check, just barely audible preacher, so WJHR is still active, pretending to be a SWBC station until the FCC has had enough of this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana monitoring on new A-10 frequencies, March 29-30, home rig FRG-7 u.o.s.:

1845-1900 English: 13640 at 1850 fair on portable in a strip mall parking lot, should be good on FRG-7; not audible on 7520 intended for Europe.

2000-2030 English: 13640 at 2025-2028*, S9+18 with music and closing theme; not audible on 7465 for Europe

2030-2200 Albanian: 9490 missing at 2043, altho Sweden English via Madagascar in well on 9495. 9490 had come on by check at 2146, fair signal with distorted overmodulation in talk. Off at 2200* after part of anthem.

No interference problems; WTWW 9480 not on the air, but when it is, likely to blot out 9490. // 6165 for Europe of course not audible. I assume in Europe it blox Chad until 2200, but latter stays on another semihour.

2300-0030 Albanian: at 0014, 9860 and 7425 both good, with 9860 somewhat stronger. No adjacent or co-channel interference.

0030-0045 English: 9860 fair with fading, much weaker signal on 9855 no problem. 7425 carrier was still on until 0033; on this date, English would have been better on the lower frequency, but maybe not as summer progresses.

0145-0200 English: 7425 only poor and hard to copy opening with full English schedule. This early in season would probably be better on a clear 49m channel, unlike deep summer.

0230-0300 English: 7425 even weaker than at 0145; but no QRM problems. Strangely, Cairo 9305 was inbooming on similar somewhat longer path; see EGYPT.

0330-0400 English: ditto.

The 1430-1500 English on new 13755 to be checked March 30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [and non]. 15345v, RAE causing slightly wavering het with stronger Morocco, March 29 before 2200; checked again at that hour when Morocco is supposed to be going off, and finally it did at 2203 just in time to hear RAE ID with frequencies in the clear but poor with flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 11660, RA in English, fair at 2126 March 29 atop some music, maybe hilife? Only else listed is CRI in French to Europe via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. See EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]; MEXICO [and non]; SPAIN [and non]

** CUBA. RHC`s sporadic English broadcast at 2030-2130 is gone again, March 29: at 2031, 11770 in Arabic and 11760 in Spanish, already with Revista Informativa de la Tarde, which according to their own program schedule http://www.radiohc.cu/espanol/c_programacion/programacion.htm is supposed to be at 21-23 UT Mon-Sat. So apparently it has shifted an hour earlier due to local DST?

Also Spanish on all the other 11 and 13 MHz frequencies, still no English during the following hour on 11760 or anywhere else at 2055 and 2108 chex.

At 2037 March 29, big grinding wall of noise from the DentroCuban Jamming Command is still running on 11600 against no victim ever heard, but allegedly a small Radio República transmitter in Central America, which if they have any smarts, since it is not licensed, anyway, would not keep on that jammed frequency.

And: the jammers have spurs bothering R. Netherlands on 11610, even Spain on 11620 [qq.vv.]. After 2100, at 2104, the jamming diminished to pulsing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9305, March 29 at 2044 and 2130 with muffled and distorted audio in Arabic; at times it sounds like there are two carriers or two modulations mixing, but BFO finds only one carrier.

This is R. Cairo, new frequency for General Program, 1900-0700 via Abis, 250 kW, 315 degrees, i.e. exactly same parameters, including the awful modulation in B-season, as on 6290, which this replaces.

At 0230 March 30, 9305 inbooming displaying the useless audio in all its gory, and nothing on 6290, while 6270 English was much weaker but better modulated only by comparison. 0330 recheck, same for 9305 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, R. Africa still carrying disgraced, tried, convicted and imprisoned child-sex-molesting evangelist Tony Alamo around 2200 March 29, his dulcet mumbling audible way beneath WYFR Portuguese which in A-10 is also scheduled on 15190 from 2200 until 0045, 142 degrees toward Brasil but plenty signal backwards.

Camping anti-church cultists vs Cupertinists! Both still going at 2242, and even more reason to doubt Rádio Inconfidência, Belo Horizonte is really coming back to 15190. If so, will have its work cut out for it. As far as HFCC and WYFR are concerned, neither other station exists (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 21690, RFI via GUIANA FRENCH, OSOB, and in fact very good signal at the rather late hour of 2106 UT March 29, in French to W Africa. Scheduled 17-22 at 75 degrees. RFI GUF also VG on 17630 during this semihour in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 15640 is the new 19-m frequency for DW in English at 21-22, via RWANDA, and very good at 2109 March 29, better than // 11865. Both are 250 kW, 295 degrees for W Africa, and --- shhh, don`t tell anyone, but 15640 is also destined for Caribbean and eastern North America, CIRAF zones 11 and 8: DW is again overtly broadcasting in English to us! But would the Intendant deny it if asked directly? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. Someone was wondering if VOK was off the air. Maybe at some time, but usual sufficient signals on 15180 to North America, March 30 at 0115 check in English, 0230 in Spanish, 0330 in French (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, XEPPM, at 0115 March 30 check, seems to be under open carrier from Brasil, like much bigger open carrier on its // 11780. But at 0145, XEPPM in the clear with Spanish speech (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 11610, RN in English, 280 degrees from RWANDA, Monday March 29 at 2037, good signal but battered by pulsing spurs from DentroCuban Jamming Command on 11600 against nothing, unless Radio República is really there. At 2048 RN program IDed as Network Europe Week, a co-produxion of 13 stations. Jamming toned down after 2100 but by then it was too late. So tnx to the DCJC, would-be RN SW listeners in North America are driven away to online or nothing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. RRI`s English broadcast at 2030-2100 for Europe, carrying right on to North America as if it were intended for us too, good signals March 29 at 2039 on 11880 and a reverb apart on somewhat weaker 11940, a good clue these two are from different sites, Galbeni and Tiganeshti, respectively. And 11940 suffering DentroCuban Jamming Command pulsing sideband spurs from 11930 against Martí (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SERBIA [non]. IRS, new 9675, good and clear, no QRM with tired lady in English at 0033 March 30, ex-6190. This is daily except UT Sundays 0030-0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 11620, REE with Spanish music but French announcement Monday March 29 at 2038, bothered by splatter/spurs from DentroCuban Jamming Command on 11600. REE is in French to Equatorial Africa M-F at 20-21 on 11620 and 9690. AIR GOS is supposedly on 11620 too after 2045, aimed southeastward, so I should have checked for that clashing a few minutes later, an old problem. Or not, since AIR is no longer beaming 11620 toward Europe.

Another attempt to confirm the scheduled UT Tuesday 0115-0145 Sephardic broadcast from REE, scheduled on 11795 as announced at 1425 Mondays on 15385: nothing at all audible at 0113-0116 March 30. Nor on alternate 11780, where there was a big open carrier apparently from RNA Brasília. However, Spain`s 11680 was weakish this time. Nothing on another possible alternative either, 9690. At 0143 just before the Sephardic should have ended, still unfound but Brasil now musically modulating 11780.

At 0415 UT Tue March 30, REE Sephardic is loud & clear, really on 9650, the frequency they have been announcing including March 16 when we confirmed it was on 9690 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWEDEN [non]. 9495, R. Sweden 2030 in English via Madagascar to Africa carries on USward, sufficient signal March 29 at 2043; WTWW missing from 9480 but likely to be a problem for this when it is not missing. Big 9480 carrier did come on at 2100, but gone at next check 2103 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9460 nice with Turkish music, March 29 at 2055, but tuned in a bit too late as it cut off at 2056:45*. Scheduled as TRT in Turkish, 16-21 via Çakirlar, 500 kW, 310 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9345, new frequency from WWCR at 21-24: March 29 at 2131, VG with preacher; in fact by 2159 ID it was splattering between 9325 and 9365.

A new frequency means numerous new opportunities for harmonics and mixing products, so I compute them with the other four transmitters on air during these two sesquihours, 13845, 9980, 7465 and 1300, i.e. leapfrogs, sums and differences. Checked most of them which might propagate and came up clean so far:

28035, 23190, 19235, 18690, 18345, 16810, 11225, 10645, 10615, 8710, 8045, 5585, 4845, 4500, 1880 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9830, March 29 at 2059, good signal from ``Voice of America, Washington DC, signing on`` and into French for Afrique. Good enough to be Greenville, but supposedly São Tomé. Vs. RTTY QRM which is constantly on 9830: another station which just ignores it. After all, the RTTY does not register itself at HFCC, and apparently does not complain about Turkey, VOA, Jordan and the other broadcasting on 9830. Are they all on autopilot? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA. Further R. Tirana A-10 monitoring: March 30 at 2000 no signal on 13640, finally came on at 2005 after one brief false start, then joined English program in progress.

March 31 at 0031, 9860 opening English, good signal better than yesterday. Surprised at next check 0050 to find it still going in what is supposed to be a 15-minute broadcast. Maybe it started over at 0045 as I recall noticing on the webcast. Now there is adjacent QRM from at least as strong 9855, which is IBB SRI LANKA, 250 kW at 20 degrees, 0000-0100. Not sure when Tirana went off, but before 0100. 0230 on 7425, poor reception.

The 1430 broadcast on 13755 overlaps a bit with its successor, CRI at 1500. March 31 at 1457 just as R. Tirana was saying its broadcast was ending, on came stronger carrier causing a rippling subaudible heterodyne, with Chinese lessons in English, which often occupy the final few minutes of CRI hours.

Overlap was less than a minute with R. Tirana`s closing theme, so not a major loss and not worth changing frequency because of. Then CRI cut audio and stayed on open carrier until 1500 timesignal, IS and opening in Chinese. This is 308 degrees from Kashgar to Europe, but also US (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BELGIUM [non]. 15750-15755-15760, new DRM signals noticed here March 31 at 2015. Figured it might be TDP ex-17755 which is now open with WYFR-AM on 17750. The DRM schedule at

http://www.baseportal.com/cgi-bin/baseportal.pl?htx=/drmdx/main&sort=kHz,UTC

confirms it is TDP and now via Bonaire rather than Guiana French:

1900-2000 daily 15755 320 USA/Canada 100 TDPradio BEL English Bonaire

2000-2100 daily 15755 320 USA/Canada 100 The Disco Palace USA English

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake March 31: at 1353, poor on 13500, very poor on 8400 and good on 10400, all // (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. 3810-LSB, HD2IOA, at last free of QRhaM, March 31 at 0559:40 with ID in this dekasecond rather than time announcement. It`s not as loud and clearly modulated as the latter, but I could copy fragments: ``del Instituto Oceanográfico de la Armada. . .  para el territorio continental del país``, apparently meaning denizens of their Columbus Archipelago are not supposed to listen to it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. Altho NHKWNRJ has abolished the Sackville relay on 11705 for English at 1400-1430, it remains on 11705 direct from Yamata back to Asia; that was audible with fair reception March 31 at 1410 check, but no longer a loud and reliable signal here, yet the best we can do at this hour with the only two remaining parallels inaudible. Now we are apprehensive about new fiscal-year programming changes imminent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 9665.4, KCBS with mostly-music to lull the masses into compliance, March 31 at 1415 past 1437, slight het de 9665.0, presumably Mongolia or could be Iran until 1430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PRIDNESTROVYE. V. of Russia imagines it is on 9665, in English to North America at 2300-0200 per their own website A-10 schedule. NOT: nothing there at 2315 check March 30, and from 00 to 02, 9665 carries Radio PMR instead! It is the `Grigoriopol` transmitter site as usual in A-seasons, ex-6240 in B-seasons. From 0030 March 31 I checked sometime during each quarter hour to determine language rotation and got:

0030 German, 0045 English, 0100 French, 0115 German, 0130 French, 0145 German. You`d think they would have a bit more English instead of German to N America; I suppose there was before 0030. Presumably this runs UT Mon-Fri only.

Signal was sufficient at first, but had faded considerably and was fluttery by 0200, when it switched to VOR in English // 15425; see RUSSIA [and non].

PMR`s language rotation is not firm: on UT March 29, Joe Hanlon in NJ monitored 9665: English at 0000, 0045 and 0130, French at 0015, 0100 and 0145, and German at 0030 and 0115 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. V. of Russia English to North America schedule claims to be on 9665 at 2300-0200, but it is NOT. Off the air before 0000 and then two hours of Radio PMR; see PRIDNESTROVYE. Monitoring March 31 from before 0200, found 15425 at 0157 with tune-up tone and then open carrier, 0159 VOR IS, 0200 opening in English, and 9665 via Kishinov switched simultaneously from PMR to VOR, about one second ahead of 15425, which is 65 degrees via Petropavlovsk/Kamchatskiy.

After 0200, VOR 9665 is listed for Latin America, leaving ONLY 15425 for North America, but 9665 may still hold up better in much of our continent. 15425 had declined to poor by 0230. Question is, whether VOR is axually on some other frequency in English to us before 0200? Please, just one? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. Checking 15710, new frequency for Miraya FM via IRRS via SLOVAKIA, at 14-17: March 31 at 1357 found lo audible het between its carrier, and Cairo`s Indonesian service. At 1359 Miraya music started, and Cairo carrier stayed on until 1401, then Miraya in clear, Arabic dialect. Bothered by some SSB on 15708 around 1432 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17550, hard rock at 2016 March 30, soon identified in French as having been Radiohead, and on to Vegetable. It`s VOA`s French service via BONAIRE, now scheduled 1830-2030, 250 kW due east to Africa, but considerable leakage USward; seems VOA devotes a lot of French airtime to playing rock music, in English when there are lyrix; why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA. Checking the new frequency for R. Tirana, English to North America, Mon-Sat 1430-1500, 13755: March 30 at 1427 open carrier is on at S9+15, no adjacent or co-channel interference, and equidistantly far enough from the Cubans on 13740 and 13770. Only slight normal fading. 1428:30 the IS starts, and 1430 crossfade to sign-on, the first two minutes with musical background, as always taken up by announcing the complete English schedule, which has been accurately updated for A-10:

UK: 1845-1900 13640 7520, 2000-2030 on 7465.

USA: 1430-1500 13755; 2000-2030 13640; 0030-0045 9860; 0145-0200, 0230-0300 and 0330-0400 on 7425. Mon-Sat, except to NAm Mon-Sun.

This does not mean it`s 7 days a week to NAm, merely that the first broadcast of the week is on Monday at 1430 and the last until 0400 UT Sundays!

Then program summary including news, press review, interview with experts, and into the news (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 13710, CRI English on new frequency at 1412 March 30, about two sex behind // 13740 via Cuba, and way over AIR GOS in English already on 13710 at 1330-1500; could barely hear its music underneath // 9690. In fact, the AIR sesquihour is now totally blocked by CRI via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN, to Europe at 13-14 French, 14-15 English. Bangalore aims in opposite direxion to SE Asia, Indonesia, Philippines, so theoretically no problem in targets. However, as real SW listeners know all too well, SW transmissions are NOT unidirexional but go off the back and to a large extent the sides of a beam too.

CRI 13710 also blox the leapfrog from Cuba of 13770 over another CRI relay on 13740, which dumped off the air for less than a minute at 1414, uncovering something in Russian, i.e. BBC via CYPRUS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 7405, R. Martí with no jamming at all, March 30 at 0531, good but somewhat `hollow` signal from Greenville at this hour. DentroCuban Jamming Command must be confused. Still heavy jamming on 6030, and no RM audible there. Also residual pulse jamming against nothing on 7365, an RM channel only at 00-04.

6010, as I tuned across March 30 at 0535, weak signals clashing, assumed to be Mexico and Colombia with RHC missing again --- but no, RHC is still on there, with giveaway news sounder, in English, but remarkably weak. // 6060 much stronger but ACI from Spain 6055, // 6140 stronger and clearer still, but undermodulated. So all three RHC English frequencies are defective in one way or another.

5040, RHC in Spanish at 0539 March 30. This frequency is from the squealing transmitter, // synchronized 6150 and an echo apart from // 6120.

13680, missing at several chex lately, back on with big signal March 30 at 1410 with RHC Voces de la Revolución hoary speech. During Fidel pauses, can tell it`s a squealing transmitter. 13680 is necessary in order to produce the leapfrog over // 13780 landing on 13880, audible again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CHINA [and non]

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI with Exotic Indonesia remote from Banjarmasin, since it`s Tuesday, March 30 at 1341 with a lexure about the place, but hard to copy, with hum, heavy flutter, and only fair modulation. 1354 song reminiscent of Bee-Gees. 1356 other announcers easier to understand discussing chocolate, but 1357 blasted by big het and shortly prélude from CRI on proper 9525.0 about to start DV Russian via SZG site also USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DGIEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 6170, RNZI great to hear with no more co-channel QRM, which they took no steps to avoid during the entire B-season, March 30 at 1330 with Pacific news. Contrary to my previous remark, still good signal today at this hour, but no doubt will be losing out to more absorption as our sun rises earlier and earlier.

Try alternate Mondays from April 5 for Mailbox at 1329. On April 4, domestic relay times shift one UT hour later with the end of DST DU (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 6019.3, R. Victoria dominating at 0603 March 30, ID with Beethoven`s Fifth music bed, plugging Semana Santa events, such as siete palabras de Jesús, which I guess would have been ``Padre, perdónalos, que no saben qué hagan``, had Spanish been invented a bimillennium ago. But did this really work out to be seven words in Aramaic?? At first no het at all, then barely one from some station properly on 6020.0.

6019.3 must have just been cleared as in A-10, CRI via Sackville is on 6020 at 04-06 (and also via Albania at 00-04), plus REE via Costa Rica at 00-04.

Third harmonic 18059.7 also JBA in Spanish at 1423 March 30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA [and non]. 7310, BBCWS with African news in English, March 30 at 0532, 328 degrees via SOUTH AFRICA, would have been good here, were it not for the bane of QRDRM from 7305 RRI, now in 0530-0600 English to Europe, 300 degrees via Galbeni, so also USward, and the noise spreading 7300-7310. Way to go, frequency coördinators! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 15425, VOR in English to NAm back on an A-season frequency, March 30 at 0332 interviewing someone about the Moskva subway bombings; fair signal.

Looking for the complete A-10 schedule, starting at http://www.ruvr.ru you have to go about five layers down to finally get to this:

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

The frequency schedule is for the A-season but the program sked grid below it is still for the B-season! Frequencies for N & LAm:

North America    

9665 23.00-00.00

9665 00.00-01.00

9665 01.00-02.00

15425 02.00-03.00

15425 03.00-04.00

13775 04.00-05.00

13775 05.00-06.00

Latin America

9665 02.00-03.00

9665 03.00-04.00

VOR is under the mistaken impression that they are on 9665 before 0200, while Joe Hanlon et al., report that Radio PMR is being heard until 0200, and it is the Pridnestrovye relay site. Note that only ONE frequency is allegedly on the air at any hour for us now, but is it ZERO before 0200 or somewhere else than 9665?? Remember the good old days of Radio Moscow with 15 or 20 frequencies at once?

After 0500 I could just hear a trace of 13775, but both that and 15425 should improve as solstice oncomes. They are both hitting us from the northwest, DVR sites, 250 kW Pet/Kam on 15425 and 100 kW Vladivostok on 13775 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 5975, V. of Turkey new frequency for English to N America at 0300-0350v: sufficient March 30 at 0330 check during music. // 6165 for Asia is totally blocked by RNW Spanish via Bonaire, and the Canadian relay originally planned for 7325 has been deleted.

Note that the DX Corner starting as early as 20 minutes into the hour, on this transmission should now be heard fortnightly on UT Saturdays instead of Sundays, per announcement on latest show, the next to be on April 10 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW has been off the air a lot lately, rather than 24 hours, but March 30 at 1340 it was back on 9480 with PPP. Seems to have been more active on night channel 5755 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15530, weak VOA English at 1417 March 30 plugging voanews.com where you may sign up for free e-mail news summaries, and then American Global College Forum at this minute every Tuesday, about an exchange student in Oklahoma. I assume it`s this Mongolian who has asterisks pasted on her face, tho A.G.C.F. is not mentioned: http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/american-life/people/OklaStateUniv30Mar10-89505792.html

15530 is via Biblis, GERMANY at 14-16. It was running a couple words behind Tinang, PHILIPPINES on better 9760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

 

The Line of Sight and Beyond - FM

 

Steven Wiseblood – Boca Chica Beach , TX

Roadmaster VRCD400-SDU AM/FM$ car stereo FM-6 YAGI @ 15ft.

 

27 MARCH 2010 Tr

0322 99.3 WJBX FL Fort Myers Beach,"New Rock 99-X", alternative rock, PSA with mention of Florida; 955 miles*

0334 99.7 KVST TX Willis,"99.7 K-STAR Country" 345 miles* 

0340 100.1 WZJZ FL Port Charlotte,"Z-100","WZJZ Fort Myers-Port Charlotte-Naples", music mix.958 miles*

0356 101.7 KAYD TX Silsbee-Beaumont,'KD-101", modern C&W. 365 miles*

0404 101.9 WWGR FL Fort Myers-NAples, "WWGR Fort Myers-NAples",  "Gator Country", 970 miles*

0452 103.1 WFKZ FL Plantation Key, "SUN-FM 103.1, Classic Rock for the KEYS", 1045 miles

0503 104.7 WSGL FL Naples-Ft. Myers, "South-West Florida's best MIX",ID "WSGL Naples-Ft. Myers" ads, 965 miles*

0511 103.9 WXKB FL Cape Coral-Ft. Myers, "B-103.9", "AT-40 w/Ryan Seacrest", 970 miles*  

0520 106.7 WRMA FL Fort Lauderdale-Miami, "106-7 Romance", ads w/mention of Miami, LAm vocal mx,  1060 miles*

0526 105.1 WHQT FL Coral Gables; urban-mix,"HOT-105", promo for Sampson in the morning; 1060 miles* 

0539 103.5 WMIB FL Fort Lauderdale-Miami, "103-5 The BEAT", promo South Florida concert, 1060 miles*

0555 93.9 WMIA FL Miami Beach,  "93-9 MIA" urban hip-hop, old skool, 1060 miles*

0606 94.3 WTIX LA Galliano-New Orleans, jingle "TIX-FM" oldies, 520 miles*

0727 89.7 WKCP FL MIami,  "Classical South Florida for Miami the Palm Beaches"  1045 miles*

28 March 2010 Tr

0431 106.5 XHZUL MEXICO Cerro Azul, Veracruz; TC "en Radio Mas es 3 y 30 minutes", PSA "Estado de veacruz", 305 miles*

"Radio Mas, la Radio de los Veracruzanos'; variety of Colombian & Cuban music

0444 107.7 XHXAL MEXICO Xalapa, Veracruz; TC "en Radio Más son las 3 y 44 minutos", variety LAm music, 420 miles*

0456 105.3 XHZTP MEXICO Zacatlán, Puebla; "SICOM Radio,La otra radio, otra enfoque" SP W, musica Huasteca, fiddle + guitar,   380 miles*

http://wdb.sicomnet.edu.mx/cgi-bin/paginas/sicom/cgis/radio.pl

0522 90.9 XHTEZ MEXICO Teziutlán, Puebla; musica Huasteca, fiddle+ guitar "SICOM radio, La otra radio, otra enfoque", //105.3, listed as 2kW,  380 miles*

0532 106.5 XHZUL MEXICO Cerro Azul, Veracruz; "Radio Más, La Radio de los Veracruzanos" promo; lite jazz music; //107.7 305 miles*

31 MARCH 2010

0506 95.7 WKBU LA New Orleans; "Bayou 95.7. New orleans only Classic Rock station" 525 miles

0511 97.1 WEZB LA New Orleans "B-97, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning","All the hits, B-97" hip-hop/top-40. 525 miles

0517 92.3 WDVW LA Laplace-New Orleans, "mix 92.3" 485 miles*

0520 94.3 WTIX LA Galliano-New Orleans, jingle "WTIX New Orleans, TIX-FM" oldies, 520 miles

0523 93.3 WQUE LA New Orleans; "Q-93", "Steve Harvey Morning show", hip-hop and R&B, 525 miles

0527 98.1 WDGL LA Baton Rouge, "Baton Rouge's ONLY classic rock station, EAGLE 98.1"; 480 miles*

0539 99.1 KXKC LA New Iberia-Lafayette; ID, "Acadiana's country music leader", 445 miles

0541 100.7 WYPY LA Baton Rouge, "New Country 100.7, The TIGER", 480 miles*

0551 102.7 WMXJ FL Pompano Beach-Miami,"Magic 102.7, the greatest hits of the 60's and 70's"; 1060 miles*

0654 104.7 WRBQ FL Tampa, "Mason-Dixon on Q-105","Tampa Bay's oldies Q-105", 935 miles   

0657 104.7 KNEK LA Washington-Baton Rouge, "KNEK Magic 104-7" local news, 440 miles

"Steve Harvey morning show"

0829 104.5 KLSM LA Tallulah, "K-Hits 104.5"; classic hits; 580 miles*      

0839 104.5 WXRR MS Hattiesburg, "ROCK-104" Classic Rock, ads mentioning "S.E. Mississippi" 620 miles*        

0900 106.5 KQXL LA New Roads-Baton Rouge,"KQXL-FM  Baton Rouge","the number-one for Classic SOUL and smooth R&B"; 490 miles*

0915 103.5 WFUS FL Gulfport-Tampa; "US 103-5", modern C&W 933 miles*

0928 102.7 WXBM FL Milton, ads, Gulf Coast weather, "Your Country 102.7 WXBM", 670 miles

1107 94.9  WWRM FL Tampa,  "Soft and Contemporary, MAGIC 94-9".  935 miles

1134 104.9 WBUV MS Moss Point-Biloxi; "News Radio 104-9FM" Rush Limbaugh program; 627 miles

1602 94.1 WMEZ FL Pensacola, "Soft Rock 94.1", 671 miles

1614 100.7 WJLQ FL Pensacola, "Pensacola's i-100", hip-hop/top-40, 670 miles

 

Kevin Redding – Crump, TN

Sangean HDR-1 and APS-13 with CM –3032 Amp.

 

3/8

92.7 micro effect radio [pirate] with extreme right wing talk 3/8 1200 no ID. Antenna FM6 pointed due south. Some one with a pirate running way right stuff even more right than radical Republicans and Tea Partiers. Believed to be coming from TV18 tower in Adamsville.

99.5 WKDQ Henderson, KY 1330 with BoH ID after the weather patio and into C&W. NEW #190

102.5 KKDY West Plains, MO 3/8 1500 with slogan 102-5 KDY and into C&W. NEW! 224 mi

102.5 KEZK St. Louis, MO 3/8 1508 with slogan 102.5 soft rock KEZK. NEW! 257 mi

88.5 WJIE Okolona, KY 3/8 1529 with BoH ID Christian MX. NEW! 248 mi

90.1 WMPR Jackson, MS 3/8 1559 with ToH ID and then WX. NEW! 229 mi

90.7 KVRN Marvell, AR 3/8 1622 with Christian MX. NEW! 155 mi

90.9 WJAB Huntsville, AL 3/8 1630 ID, Smooth Jazz. NEW! 103 mi

91.7 WAPB Madison, AL 3/8 1700 ToH ID NPR NX. NEW! 97 mi

92.1 WKYF Fredonia, KY 3/8 1705 Id then REL MX. NEW! 137 mi

94.1 W231BU East Union, TN 3/8 1740 talk show RDS WTJS. NEW! #199

3/10

95.1 WRTT Huntsville, AL 1215 "Rocket 95.1" NEW! #200 103 mi

95.5 WFMH Hackleburg, AL 1228 with ad fpr Haleyville, AL businesses. NEW! 72 mi

96.1 WLZA Eupora, MS 1236 ad for Miss. Horse Park "Laser" slogan. NEW! 129 mi

96.9 WTCD Indianola, MS 1252 The JT and Dave Show. NEW! 181 mi

97.1 WTRR-LP Glen, MS     1310 with ID WTRR Glen / Burnsville. NEW! 27 mi

 

Nothin’ But Net

(Editor – Martin Foltz)

We have some lively discussion this month on whether Internet radio is really radio and then several members submitted URLs for some Internet Radio stations. Great job this month with all the posts!

 

Kevin Redding – Cosmic Crump, TN, Center of the Known Universe

KRYD FM The Ride Goes Back to Radio’s Free Form Roots

Posted by: Kevin Redding

Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:52 am (PST)


KRYD FM The Ride Goes Back to Radio’s Free Form Roots
by Gus JarvisFeb 25, 2010

RIDIN’ WITH ROCKO – Broadcasting from the KRYD studio in Montrose, Rocko prepared listeners for the day with a dose of free form rock Tuesday morning during “Rocko on the Ride.” (Photo by Gus Jarvis)
Locally Owned and Programmed

MONTROSE – When’s the last time you tuned into your local radio station and listened to deep cuts like Led Zeppelin’s “Hot Dog,” Cream’s “Strange Brew” or even Bruce Springsteen’s “Jungleland?”

When’s the last time you tuned into an FM radio station that was programmed locally and not by some big corporation?

The days of free form-rock and roll are back and on the air on Montrose’s 92.7 and 104.9 The Ride.

After the locally owned-and-operated radio station gave the country/rock music mix a try for several years, the station announced its switch this month to free-form rock, as it was pioneered by The Ride’s owners, the Varecha family, in the mid 1960,s at KNAC-FM in Los Angeles – a famous radio icon that moved rock radio into the forefront of mainstream media.

The Varecha family went on to own and operate 18 television and radio stations, and, most recently, became founders of KKCO TV, the NBC affiliate in Grand Junction.

“Local radio is not going away any time soon,” said Paul Varecha in an interview last week. Paul and his brothers, Brad and Craig, currently run the station with their folks, Bill and Debbie, who are technically retired, helping out on occasion. “We are going back to the days of radio where the announcer has the freedom to play the songs he wants,” said Paul Varecha. “We program it all locally, like a family.”

Originally licensed in Telluride in 1996, KRYD-FM The Ride moved to Montrose, well away from the tall fourteeners, to reach more listeners. Broadcasting at 100,000 watts from Montrose, The Ride reaches listeners in Grand Junction on 92.7 FM and everywhere from Cedaredge to Nucla, Delta to Telluride and all places in between.

“We grew up in the rock business before there were charts with bullets and, as kids, knew many artists personally that visited our family’s stations,” said Brad Varecha. “We have returned to our roots: creative free-form rock radio with a deep playlist.”

The Ride is a station for listeners who want to hear more than just a cookie-cutter handful of overly played rock songs, choosing to feature independently selected artists from the 1960s to present from its comprehensive rock ‘n’ roll library, instead. The Varechas take pride in this fact: The Ride never repeats a song, not once, in one 24-hour period.

On weekday mornings, listeners can prepare themselves for the day ahead with “Rocko on The Ride,” which airs from 6-10 a.m. Rocko keeps the best tunes cranking, interspersed with bits about local weather twice an hour, and News with Mike Moran at 7 and 8 a.m.

“We have always have a really good lineup of music,” Rocko said. “We have the best artists and the deepest cuts and, because we know the music so well, they flow into each other. It keeps me really excited. We play a minimum of three songs in a row of the good stuff.”

Listeners can contact Rocko with community information, requests and dedications at The Ride’s studio line at 970/252-1049 or by email at rocko@krydradio.com.

“We want our audience to hear what they know and love,” Rocko said. “And if you aren’t in the area, you can always listen on the web at krydfm.com for free. I even had a listener that contacted me from Belgium the other day.”

“With Rocko and everyone else here, we are a family and run it like a family,” Paul said.


http://www.telluridewatch.com/view/full_story/6464381/article-KRYD-FM-The-Ride-Goes-Back-to-Radio’s-Free-Form-Roots?instance=secondary_stories_left_column

 

Posted by:  Richard Bianchino
Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:08 am (PST)


Kevin,

Thanks for posting this. I immediately went to the KRYD website and clicked to listen live. It did take a while for the stream to settle in but then it was clear sailing. Great music!

I grew up listening to WBCN in Boston during the "Golden Age of Radio." One early morning I was tuned to the Charles Laquidara show "The Big Mattress." He was playing a song that featured a drum solo. Charles then got a call from the station manager who told him no one was interested in hearing a drum solo so early in the day. Laquidara answered in kind by playing Blind Faith's jam "Do What You Like" which, I believe, contained a 10-minute drum solo! WBCN was Free Form radio at its best.

Richard Bianchino

 

 

Jazz-City Internet radio

Posted by: Kevin Redding

Sun Mar 7, 2010 9:21 am (PST)

Jazz-City Internet radio
"Every city is a jazz city." www.jazz-city.com

By David Lindquist
Posted: March 7, 2010

Michael Carter saw an opportunity when WYJZ-FM (100.9) ended its run as a smooth jazz station in October 2007.
What the longtime Allison Transmission employee didn't have was a background in radio.

"That's always been my problem: Not knowing how to do something has never stopped me from doing anything," Carter says with a laugh.
With encouragement from his wife, Janice, and some technical advice from Internet broadcaster Larry Greene, Carter began streaming his music collection online one month after WYJZ's demise.
"I got to thinking, just because the station went away, the fans didn't go away," Carter said. "The people are still here, and they still want their music."
He christened his Internet station Jazz-City, the same name he's used for a concert promotion company since 2000.
Listeners can find the station at www.jazz-city.com or access it at Live365.com, the network that facilitates live broadcasting and handles royalty and licensing fees.
Among more than 350 Internet stations categorized as jazz at Live365, Jazz-City has ranked as high as No. 24 in popularity rankings determined by total listening hours, Carter said.
Indianapolis has the highest concentration of listeners, followed by Norfolk, Va., New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Musicians based in France, Croatia and Italy have mailed CDs to the station's cozy headquarters in an office park near the intersection of Keystone Avenue and Fall Creek Parkway.
About 15,000 songs populate the Jazz-City MP3 collection, Carter said, and the station thrives on variety.
"We have freedom to mix music from the last 100 years," said Steve "Scrapper" Brown, host of a Saturday afternoon program "The Kitchen Sink."
Although Carter's voice is rarely heard on Jazz-City, the station's roster of on-air personalities includes Lonnell "King Ro" Conley, who specializes in blues music; Jeff Gill, who hosts the "Jazz Suite"; and DeWayne Slaughter, whose expertise is R&B and funk.
Carter says he's pursuing advertising and sponsorship support for the station.
A 10-song excerpt of Jazz-City.com
1. Chris Botti, "Smile"
A 2005 duet featuring Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler.
2. Freddie Hubbard, "A Night in Tunisia"
A 1981 live rendition by the late Indianapolis trumpet great.
3. Gary Burton, "Or Else"
This vibraphone player from Anderson is a six-time Grammy winner.
4. Urban Knights, "Interlude No. 2"
Ramsey Lewis quotes "When You Wish Upon a Star" during this keyboard solo.
5. Nils, "Soul Mates"
The smooth jazz guitarist recorded this breezy track for 2009 album "Up Close and Personal."
6. Cynthia Layne, "Reality"
Title track from the Indianapolis-based vocalist's 2005 album.
7. Chris Potter, "Jazzpar Suite, Part 5: Ballad"
The saxophone player released this melancholy tune in 2001.
8. Cindy Bradley, "Take Me There"
This trumpet player was named debut artist of the year at 2009's Catalina Island Jazz Trax festival.
9. Herbie Hancock, "St. Louis Blues"
Stevie Wonder sings on this track from Hancock's 1998 "Gershwin's World" album.
10. Hiram Bullock, "Wolfman"
A fusion guitarist known for his work in the first "Late Night with David Letterman" band. He died in 2008.

 

SAN MARCOS: University gets its own radio station

Posted by: Kevin Redding

Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:35 am (PDT)

 

SAN MARCOS: University gets its own radio station
STUDENT-RUN CSUSU COLLEGE RADIO STREAMS ITS BROADCAST OVER THE INTERNET
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Cal State San Marcos student Rosario Vizcaino, founder of CSUSM College Radio, checks out the station's Web page. (Photo by Ann Moss - Staff photographer)
It took two decades, but Cal State San Marcos finally has its own radio station.
CSUSM College Radio went live in January and offers music and other content streamed over the Internet 24 hours a day.
Listeners do not have to be CSUSM students, faculty or staff members to tune into the fledgling station's broadcasts, which can be found at www.ustream.tv/channel/csusm-college-radio.
So far, live programming is limited to a morning show that runs from 9 to 11 a.m. daily. News, current events, and popular music are some of the topics covered during the show.
The rest of the time, people listening to the station through their computers hear recorded music that was compiled in advance and listener requests.
Students Rosario Vizcaino and Ryan McElroy founded the station. Vizcaino, a CSUSM senior majoring in computer science, is CSUSM College Radio's president and handles most of the station's operations through his personal laptop computer and the university's server.
He also hosts the morning show.
On Thursday, Vizcaino said the station is about to add two more live shows to its lineup. Additional live programming will air as the radio develops, he said.
"The whole idea for the station is to broadcast live all the time," Vizcaino said. "So right now, I'm recruiting students so they can have their own shows."
Vizcaino and McElroy were not the first to consider starting a radio station at the university. A professor in CSUSM's mass communications department included the idea in a proposed syllabus for one of her classes in 2006.
The project eventually was dropped. The professor behind the initial proposal could not be reached Thursday, but university spokeswoman Margaret Lutz said she thought funding problems might have been part of the reason.
Vizcaino, who was involved with an on-campus radio station at Imperial Valley College before he transferred to CSUSM, said he decided to create a radio station at the university after he learned it didn't have one.
After the idea was rejected as a class project, he enlisted McElroy's help and the two took the proposal to the Student Life and Leadership department, which oversees on-campus clubs and organizations.
Department leaders embraced the radio station, so the two students obtained a domain name, set up a Web page for CSUSM College Radio and set it up on Ustream, a relatively new live-streaming service.
Licensing issues delayed the station's broadcasts for a couple of months, but Vizcaino said he and McElroy eventually learned the station could operate under two licenses already issued to the university. CSUSM officials also approved use of the university's logo.
Filling air time is the next challenge. Vizcaino said doing so is getting easier as more students learn that the radio station exists.
Student Marcos Echeverria recently offered to host a show highlighting a wide variety of music from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Another student, Tiffany Balucanag, will soon go on the air with an '80s and '90s music show from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
"As we recruit more students that have more interest in the radio station, we hope to cover more aspects of the school," Vizcaino said, adding that technology has made live broadcasts easy. "If somebody's covering a game, they can be at the game or in the broadcast booth, broadcasting the game. ... You can also use your cell phone to broadcast."
Go to http://www.csusm.info to see CSUSM College Radio's Web site.
Call staff writer Andrea Moss at 760-739-6654.

 

 

Add 100,000-plus Internet Radio Stations to Windows Media Center

Posted by: Kevin Redding

Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:04 pm (PDT)

Add 100,000-plus Internet Radio Stations to Windows Media Center
Rick Broida
Mar 29, 2010 1:55 pm


It's a little-known fact that Windows Media Center can tune in local FM radio stations--provided, that is, you have an FM tuner connected to your PC (some internal TV tuner cards include one) and a good antenna.

Hey, this is the Internet age, right? Why mess around with 80-year-old technology that pulls in maybe two dozen stations (if you're lucky) when you can stream over 100,000 radio stations from across the planet?

RadioTime is a free radio-streaming service that lets any computer user do exactly that. But if you're a Windows Media Center user, you can grab theRadioTime WMC plug-in and "surf" the airwaves right from your couch.

After installing the plug-in (I recommend using the Get the installer link on the product page), just fire up Windows Media Center and head to the Extras section. Click the RadioTime icon, then choose your desired category: Local Radio (on my system it automatically detected my location), Talk Radio, Music Radio, World Radio, or Sports Radio.

There's also a My Presets option, which is kind of like a Favorites area, but you have to sign up for a free RadioTime account in order to use it. Speaking of which, the plug-in is also free.

There's not much more to say about RadioTime for Windows Media Center, other than it's cool beyond belief and a must-have for any WMC user. (Note: It works with all versions of WMC, though I tested it only with Windows 7.)

While you're at it, why not grab the My Channel Logos plug-in and soup up your channel guide with network logos? It's equally awesome.

See more like this: media center, Windows 7, media streamers, audio

Re: Add 100,000-plus Internet Radio Stations to Windows Media Center

Posted by: Ron Trotto

Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:42 pm (PDT)

 

Thank you for this Kevin been active on there website the only place I know to listen to the wolfman and dick Clarks shows

Ron Trotto-WDX4KWI

Re: Add 100,000-plus Internet Radio Stations to Windows Media Center

Posted by: Kevin Redding

Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:52 pm (PDT)

Ron,

On ABDX you can ALWAYS post logs you get from internet radio stations.

In fact we encourage you posting them.

Kevin


 

Re: Add 100,000-plus Internet Radio Stations to Windows Media Center

Posted by: Barry McLarnon

Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:41 pm (PDT)

It's your mailing list, and you can do what you want with it, but I have to
say it: this strikes me as an odd policy for a "DX" list. Internet streaming
is not radio.

Barry McLarnon VE3JF Ottawa, ON

Re: Add 100,000-plus Internet Radio Stations to Windows Media Center

Posted by: Kevin Redding

Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:48 pm (PDT)

 

It can be if you get it by wifi or G3 / G4.:)

Since 2001 ABDX has had net logs. We have a segment in the published ABDX Journal called Nothin' But Net for net logs. The net logs are here to stay.

Kevin

Re: Add 100,000-plus Internet Radio Stations to Windows Media Center

Posted by: Craig Healy

Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:26 pm (PDT)

<humor>
Aw heck. I registered the domain name streamdx.com a while ago thinking I
could make a useful web site. Imagine DX that isn't affected by solar
activity or location...
(sigh)
</humor>

Seriously. I did register that domain name, but for a different project.

Craig Healy
Providence, RI

Re: Add 100,000-plus Internet Radio Stations to Windows Media Center

Posted by: Barry McLarnon

Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:32 pm (PDT)

Ah, nothing like a good technicality. :-) It may be "radio" in that case,
but it ain't broadcasting, and it sure ain't DX.

Never mind... I'll crawl back in my hole now, and go listen to the radio (a
real one).

Barry McLarnon VE3JF Ottawa, ON

Re: Add 100,000-plus Internet Radio Stations to Windows Media Center

Posted by: Kevin Redding

Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:34 pm (PDT)

Barry,

Send us your DX. I am all for that as well. We haven't seen a lot of logs lately.

Kevin
Crump, TN

Re: Add 100,000-plus Internet Radio Stations to Windows Media Center

Posted by: ron trotto

Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:29 pm (PDT)

I use Internet radio to here stations I dont here no more be it in a state I
moved from or gone of the air waves due to cost it is an alternative to
using a radio not a replacement the only thing missing is the constant
static and interference :)

Ron Trotto-WDX4KWI

 

Re: Add 100,000-plus Internet Radio Stations to Windows Media Center

Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:05 am (PDT)

The net logs are also a good tool for DXing. By posting the net logs, it gives an awareness of format, slogans etc. Plus, it can be really handy for IDing a station. Many times I've been able to confirm a station by matching up the music, announcer etc. on the web stream - even if there is a bit of a delay.

Of course, there is always the possibility of abuse, e.g. the creation of fake audio for QSL purposes. Some DXers get pretty competitive [almost as 'bad' as the 20 metre band :-) ]and this might encourage dishonesty among the very few.

But, net logs are very handy for the honest 99.44% of DXers - Handy enough that I'm going to set up an online computer in my radio room so I don't have to run between the radio room and the computer room. Plus, it creates a role for old computers :)

Phil

Loggings and stations

 

Posted by: Dan Ferguson

Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:38 pm (PDT)


That reminds me - I need to tune in the local 94.9 (949thesurf.com)
tomorrow 8-10 (12-14 GMT) for their gospel shag music program.

Dan - K4VOA

Posted by: J Gualda

Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:01 pm (PDT)

Dan,

Gospel Shag is a great Program hosted by "Little" Joey Warren on the Surf..

Then you can tune in to Carolina Beach Radio hosted by none other than Big
John (Yours Truly) on WODR 105.3 FM. www.CoolBeach105.3.com

At 2 it's Carolina Sounds Beach Show with Butch Halpin.

Juan

 

A question for the gentlemen and ladies working in radio

Posted by: Kevin Redding

Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:00 pm (PDT)

For those intrepid souls working in radio!

If you have a streaming audio URL for a terrestrial or internet radio station, please feel free to post it here so we can all have a listen.

Kevin
Crump, TN

Re: A question for the gentlemen and ladies working in radio

Posted by: Marie Lamb

Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:07 pm (PDT)

Here is where to find WCNY Classic FM online. Most of our programs are
classical, except for some specialty shows on Sundays.

http://www.wcny.org/component/option,com_wrapper/Itemid,128/

Non-members can listen using the "Lawn Seating" link.

And, for those who prefer oldies, here is where to hear our HD-2 channel
online:


http://www.wcny.org/content/view/197/311/

Enjoy--

Marie Lamb

Re: A question for the gentlemen and ladies working in radio

Posted by: Kevin Redding

Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:27 pm (PDT)

On Mar 29, 2010, at 7:06 PM, Marie Lamb wrote:

>
> http://www.wcny.org/component/option,com_wrapper/Itemid,128/

Couldn't get this one to work.

> http://www.wcny.org/content/view/197/311/

Lots of good 50s/60s stuff. They just played a song that you could see an [big word alert!] ecdysiast dancing to if you went to see that kind of thing in the 50s.

Thanks for the URL's. That 50s one is a keeper!

Kevin
Crump, TN

Re: A question for the gentlemen and ladies working in radio

Posted by: Kevin Raper

Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:46 pm (PDT)

This is one of the station I engineer for:

http://38.96.148.19:6660/listen.pls

--
73,
Kevin Raper
KJ4HYD
CE WCKI WQIZ

 

Re: A question for the gentlemen and ladies working in radio

Posted by: Scott Fybush

Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:57 pm (PDT)


We have three radio program streams that come from WXXI.

Most of what I do is for WXXI 1370 AM, which is 24/7 NPR news-talk. We
have a local talk show with Bob Smith weekdays noon-2 ET, and my "Mixed
Media" media/technology Q&A segment airs Wednesday afternoons at 5:44
ET. (It's also available as a podcast!)

WXXI-FM 91.5 is "Classical 91.5," with live local hosts from 6 AM until
7 PM weekdays.

WRUR-FM 88.5 is owned by the University of Rochester but operated
jointly with WXXI. It simulcasts Morning Edition and All Things
Considered with AM 1370, then runs a AAA music format the rest of the
day. There's a great local music show from 9 AM until noon weekdays, and
there are student DJs from the university from noon-2 PM and from 8 PM
onward each night. There's a great Friday night soul music show from 6-8 PM.

Streaming audio for all three signals is here:

http://wxxi.org/radio/

Re: A question for the gentlemen and ladies working in radio

Posted by: Michael J. Richard

Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:58 pm (PDT)

Our FM station feed - KNYN Magic 99 (99.1)
I am on the air weekdays from 7am to 9am Mountain time
http://www.1240keva.com/magic.asx

Our AM station feed - KEVA (1240)
Stream is on from 9am to 10am weekdays
I am on the air with our KEVA Classifieds swap-shop program from 9:30am to
10:00am
http://www.1240keva.com/kevalive.asx

Michael n Wyo

Re: A question for the gentlemen and ladies working in radio

Posted by: Marie Lamb

Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:47 am (PDT)


Thanks for the kind comments about WCNY's HD-2 oldies channel! The HD-1
channel with our main Classic FM classical service was not working for me
last night, either. However, I just tried it now, and it's running again.

BTW, we also have an HD-3 channel with jazz and standards, but that is not
yet available
as streaming audio.

Hmm, "ecdysiast"! I believe that was the term that Gypsy Rose Lee used to
describe her
profession, eh?

Thanks for listening--

Marie


 

Re: A question for the gentlemen and ladies working in  radio

Posted by: Powell E. Way III

Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:21 am (PDT)

WKDK streams . go to http://www.wkdk.com

The link is on the page.

Powell

 

Wibg wibbage radio

Posted by: Ron Trotto

Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:45 pm (PDT)

http://wibg.fm/

Used to listen to this when I was a teen in the Philadelphia area in the
late 60's early 70's

Ron Trotto-WDX4KWI

 

73’s, Martin

 

You Don’t Need a Weatherman…

 

Nothing reported this month

 

The Visible Universe

 

Nothing reported this month

 

Extra, Extra!

NEWS ANALYSIS

Genachowski To TV: Take It Or Leave It

By Harry A. Jessell and Kim McAvoy

TVNewsCheck, Mar 17 2010, 9:01 AM ET

The FCC's National Broadband Plan comes down to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski saying this to broadcasters: We can do this the easy way or we can do it the hard way, but, make no mistake, we are going to take back 120 MHz of your spectrum and sell it to wireless providers so that more Americans can have faster mobile access to the Internet.

The easy way is for broadcasters to simply go along with the NBP's principal proposals:

              Acquiesce to a repacking of the broadcast plan to free up at least six channels (36 MHz)


              "Voluntarily" enter into arrangements under which two or more stations would share a single 6 MHz broadcast channel so the FCC can recover another 14 channels (84 MHz).

Stations that choose to give up all or some of their spectrum through channel sharing would be rewarded. They would be entitled to a percentage of the proceeds from the eventual auctioning of the spectrum to wireless providers.

However, if broadcasters fail to go for channel sharing and auction cash in sufficient numbers or if Congress fails to allow broadcasters in on the auction take, then the NBP says the FCC should do it the hard way.

That involves bulling ahead with the band repacking to recover at least six channels in the top part of the UHF band (chs. 46-51) over the broadcasters' objections and then forcing stations to double or triple up on channels by FCC fiat or by threats of hefty new spectrum fees.

Faced with recalcitrant broadcasters, the NBP says the FCC could also tear up the current system of so-called big-stick broadcasting and replace it will a cellular architecture that the FCC believes is more spectrum efficient and that would yield ample spectrum for auctioning.

Or, it could go forward with "overlay auctions" in which it broadcast spectrum is auctioned off to wireless providers. It would then be left to the auction winners to negotiate with broadcasters to clear the band.

The broadcast spectrum grab is just one of scores of proposals in the NBP, all aimed at putting affordable broadband access in the hands of most Americans at home and when they are on the go.

In fact, the 120 MHz that the NPB intends to squeeze out of broadcasting is just part of 300 MHz in new spectrum it intends to make available for wireless mobile within the next five years and 500 MHz total within the next 10.

Commercial broadcasting's trade groups in Washington — the NAB and MSTV — have been measured in their official responses to the NPB over the past two days, saying they hope to work with the FCC in meeting the nation's broadband needs.

But privately, broadcast lawyers and lobbyists were steamed by the NBP's call for repacking the band and they were no more interested in the cash-for-spectrum proposal than when NPB chief Blair Levin first floated the idea last fall. They were also unhappy with the NBP's implied threat of spectrum fees.

"Make no mistake, the historic public interest trade for the license has now been replaced by a spectrum tax that will be systematically ratcheted up to force broadcasters off their channels," says one longtime broadcaster. "The move is as transparent as it is cynical."

As things stand now, broadcasters remain determined to hang on to every last hertz of spectrum, a position that puts them on a collision course with Genachowski.

The broadcasters see the six-channel repacking proposal as little more than a spectrum grab. It would cause hundreds of UHF stations now on chs. 46 through 51 to move to new channels, some in the low VHF band that have been an over-the-air nightmare for the broadcasters now stuck there.

What's more, they and most other broadcasters in the UHF band would end up with reduced power, smaller service areas and more interference as the FCC packs all stations in the band closer together.

"The plan is urban renewal," says one broadcast rep. "It just levels certain portions of the broadcast spectrum nationwide."

Most broadcasters never liked the cash-for-spectrum idea, mostly because it takes them out of the digital game. They still believe they can capitalize on their digital spectrum through multicasting, mobile DTV and other schemes.

Significantly, the NBP downplays the potential for multicasting and mobile DTV, stating that revenue generated by multicasting "has been modest thus far and is forecast to remain so in the near term."

The NBP concedes that the consumers are interested in mobile video, but adds that whether they are interested in the type envisioned by broadcasters "has yet to be determined."

Broadcasters are also skeptical that Congress can be persuaded to allow them to share in proceeds from the auctioning of spectrum they might throw into the broadband pool. In the 1990s, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others opposed giving broadcasters the temporary use of second channels so that they could make a smooth transition from analog to digital.

To the credit of Levin and the FCC, the formulation of the NBP has been a fairly open process. Which means that the broadcasters have been able to get a jump on their campaign to derail the plan. They already have their counter-arguments and talking points and have come up with research in support of them.

The broadcasters' basic tactic has been to challenge Genachowski's, Levin's and now the NBP's assertion that the America is facing a critical shortage of spectrum for mobile broadband that the nation will be left in the technological dust by virtually every country in the world if something isn't done pronto.

It's just not so, the broadcasters say with experts to back them up.

The broadcasters also argue that before the FCC goes around disrupting a service that has served America well for 60 years and been the model for broadcasting around the world, it had better make sure that there isn't other spectrum laying around doing little or nothing and that the wireless providers are making use of the spectrum they now have as efficiently as possible.

To that end, broadcasters are urging the government to conduct a full spectrum inventory to see precisely what we've got and how it's being used. If successful, the broadcasters will get a congressional moratorium on tampering with broadcast spectrum at least until the inventory is completed — a process they would no doubt like to see last longer than the Obama administration.

The broadcasters also say they have already sacrificed at the altar of broadband, giving up 108 MHz of spectrum when they completed the transition from analog to the more spectrum-efficient digital broadcasting last year. (Ironically, the NBP uses this fact against broadcasting, pointing out how much more valuable the broadcast spectrum was when it was auctioned for broadband use.)

Understanding the old Washington adage that you can't beat something with nothing and not altogether opposed to cashing in on excess spectrum if the price is right, broadcasters are offering to meet the needs of broadband providers by leasing portions of their channels to them. They say they simply need more flexibility in how they package the spectrum to make it more suitable for broadband.

By law, broadcasters are permitted to lease spectrum to non-broadcast users under certain conditions. Stations must still devote some portion of their channels for basic broadcast service, and they must pay a portion of the lease revenue to the government. Right now, the fee is set at 5%, but the FCC has the power to adjust that.

Evidence that the broadcasters have already been shopping around this idea is the statement that FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell issued yesterday upon release of the NBP.

"Focusing on this statutorily permissible and voluntary [emphasis his] mechanism for leasing parts of the airwaves may be an easier path to accelerating deployment of advanced wireless services than more coercive means," he said.

At a press briefing with reporters Tuesday, authors of the NBP pooh-poohed the broadcaster-lease option, saying that wireless providers were not interested in leasing small hunks of spectrum on a market-by-market basis.

Although it would be legally tough for the FCC to flat-out take away a station's license — a point the NBP acknowledges — the FCC has all kinds of authority to chip away at those channels by changing interference protection criteria and reducing power levels and even the allocated hertz per channel. Back in the 1980s, amid a raucous battle, the FCC came close to reducing the channel spacing between AM stations and repacking the band so that it could squeeze in more stations.

The NBP puts broadcast spectrum reallocation on a fast track. It calls for a vote on repacking and channel sharing in 2011, an auction of the freed-up spectrum in 2012 or 2013 and band transition and clearing in 2015.

To get to that vote next year means that the FCC will have to launch the necessary rulemaking proceeding this summer or early fall at the latest.

Assuming broadcasters can't get such a moratorium on spectrum tampering, they will have to come up with three votes at the FCC to block the 2011 vote.

Right now, it's not clear where those three votes would come from. Even if they can get the two Republicans, Meredith Atwell  Baker and Robert McDowell — a big if — they would also have to bag one of two Democrats, newcomer Mignon Clyburn or Michael Copps.

(By the time the rulemaking come up for a vote next year, Copps may be gone. His term expires this June. The worst case scenario for broadcasters is Levin's succeeding him as many have speculated.)

To win Clyburn's vote, the broadcasters would probably have to sign off on all sorts of new public interest obligations. Clyburn signaled as much in her statement upon the release of the NBP, pointing out that it does not contain a "rigorous analysis" of the public interest implications of broadcast spectrum reallocation. "This is a serious concern given the broadcast spectrum is the lone spectrum through which our nation's public interest goals are effectuated."

The broadcasters already know that they will face determined foes in Genachowski and Levin, who believe they have economics and the best interests of the Republic on their side. They will do all they can to put the NBP into effect.

They see broadcasting as an inefficient use of spectrum and they see broadband as the superior medium and key to nation's competitiveness in the world economy.

They also believe they can take 120 MHz away from broadcasting without materially damaging the medium, pointing out that 90% of viewers watch broadcast signals via satellite or cable anyway and promising that channel-sharing stations will continue to enjoy must-carry rights.

The NBP also suggest that some auction proceeds could be used to pay for a lifeline broadcast service or cable and satellite systems for certain consumers, presumably the poor and elderly, who lose over-the-air service because of reduced coverage areas related to repacking.

As chairman of the FCC, Genachowski can bring all sorts of pressures to bear on broadcasters to get them to go along with repacking and channel sharing. With Clyburn and Copps (or his successor), he can load broadcasters up with additional public interest responsibilities, shut down the many loopholes in the duopoly rules that broadcasters have become adept at slipping through or even dilute their retransmission consent rights.

Just last week at a Hill hearing, Genachowski said the retrans framework has been under "active consideration' since last December, alarming broadcasters who are now enjoying a hefty revenue stream from the framework just as it is.

And you can bet that Genachowski and Levin have their Hill support lined up. No sooner had they sent up the NBP to Congress, than the Democratically controlled Senate Commerce Committee and House Subcommittee on Communications and the Internet announced hearings next week on the plan.

Those hearings, incidentally, will be a major test of the effectiveness of the NAB's new president, former Oregon Republican Senator Gordon Smith. If he's got members of those committees lined up to support broadcasting in the spectrum fight, this would be the time to hear from them.

 

So far, House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher (D-VA), House Commerce Committee Chairman Emeritus John Dingell (D-MI) and Senate Commerce Committee member Olympia Snowe (R-ME) have all expressed concern over forced reallocation of broadcast spectrum.

Working in the broadcasters' favor is that the NBP has many moving parts and that the NBP proponents will simply not be able to fight, let alone win, every battle. The plan's call for spurring a competitive retail market for cable and satellite set-top boxes, for instance, is highly controversial. It will be opposed by cable and satellite as well as the makers of their boxes.

For broadcasters to win, they have to remain united as possible in their opposition and avoid having individual stations or stations groups enticed by those auction proceeds from going to the FCC and seeking a separate peace. The NBP's cash-for-spectrum plan makes the most sense for weak stations in major markets, where broadband spectrum is tighest.

So far, the industry has hung together. But there are reports, not yet confirmed here, that a couple of substantial, but financially struggling groups may break ranks.

The NBP puts the NAB and the MSTV is the awkward position of opposing incentive auctions that would put money into the pockets of broadcasters who are desperately looking for a way out of the business.

Just as bad as the substance of the NBP is for broadcasters is the message that it sends to the investment community, whose money bets can make or break an industry. That message is that the chairman of the FCC, and presumably the Obama administration, no longer much cares about over-the-air broadcasting or, if you believe in the significance of faint praise, the service it provides.

When it formally unveiled the NBP at a commission meeting yesterday, Genachowski read a 2,300-word statement. Not once did he mention broadcasting or how the plan would affect it.

At the Genachowski FCC, broadcasting is apparently not even worth lip service anymore.

http://www.tvnewscheck.com/articles/2010/03/17/daily.2/

 

OEM HD Radio Coming To More Vehicles

By Joseph Palenchar -- TWICE, 4/2/2010

New York - Additional vehicles are getting factory-installed HD Radio, iBiquity Digital said during the New York Auto Show.

 

Volvo added the S60 to its S series and is including HD Radio as standard equipment. The 2010-model-year vehicle will be available later this year. All other Volvo models already offer standard HD Radio.

 

Also at the show, Scion is announcing its 2011 iQ and tC vehicles, which will offer HD Radio as part of optional audio-upgrade packages. They will join Scion's xB and xD, which already offer HD Radio as a factory-installed option.

 

In addition, the Ford Mustang and Super Duty have arrived in dealer showrooms with optional factory-installed HD Radio, iBiquity said.

 

Ford also told TWICE that HD Radio will be part of a voice-activated navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen available as an option in 2011-model-year Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models. The navigation option will be available in most vehicles. HD Radio will also be part of a package incorporating second-generation Sync systems and MyFord Touch systems, the company told TWICE.

 

Previously, Ford offered HD Radio only as a dealer-installed option across the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury lines.

 

For its part, BMW went to the show to launch the 2011 BMW 5-series sedan with standard HD Radio. iBiquity previously said HD Radio would be an option in the vehicle. All other current BMW models offer HD Radio as standard equipment.

 

All told, about 80 vehicle lines will come with factory-installed HD Radio as standard or optional equipment, iBiquity Digital told TWICE in February.

 

http://www.twice.com/article/450959-OEM_HD_Radio_Coming_To_More_Vehicles.php

 

Bargain Barn

 

Scott Fybush

 

Here's what's available to the first interested buyers...

 

The Radio Book (formerly M Street Directory) - this is a thick (8" x 11"

x 2" thick) directory of all the radio stations in the US and all the

major stations in Canada, listing technical facilities, ownership,

slogans, websites, key personnel, addresses, phone numbers, Arbitron

ratings, etc. There are also cross-reference lists by callsign and

frequency, just like the old Vane Jones logs.

 

The latest (2010) edition is $98 new including shipping. I have a small

quantity of these available for $75 including shipping. I'm pretty sure

that's the best price available anywhere for this very useful directory.

 

I also have one like-new copy of the 2008-2009 edition for $45 including

shipping, and one like-new copy of the 2007-2008 edition for $30

including shipping.

 

I also have a like-new copy of the 19th edition (2003) FM Atlas, for $10

shipped.

 

And for you Canadian fans, I have a like-new copy of "The CHUM Story,"

the definitive history of Toronto's big top-40 station, also for $10

shipped.

 

There's more where that came from, including some vintage Broadcasting

Yearbooks and TV Factbooks, once I get back home from a western swing

later this month. (You don't have to wait for me to get back to take any

of this stuff off my hands; Lisa will ship it out while I'm away.)

 

Contact me offlist (scott@fybush.com) if you're interested.

 

My sagging bookcases thank you!

 

 

Show and Tell – New Toys

 

Kevin Redding- Crump. TN

 

OMs and XYLs...

 

I went to Wal-Mart today and bought something that might be of use to some of you who run radios on outboard power.

 

I run my Eton E1, DX398 and my R-1000 on outboard power. I went into the sporting goods section to get a fishing license but saw that there were some lantern battery D cell holders. It was like a lantern battery that you can put 4 D cells in for 6 volts. I bought 3 of them at $3.88 a piece and put NiMH 4500 mA cells in it  and found that two of the loaded holders run the E1 very nicely, one runs the DX398 well and all three run the R-1000 like a champ for several hours.

 

If you need some outboard long time battery power for your radios that run on batteries, you might consider this for an option.

 

Testing, Testing…

 

No testing this month

 

Call Sign Changes

 

No call sign changes released by the FCC this month

                               

I Got The Bird!

 

 

Sirius Welcomes MSNBC Back To Satellite Radio (SIRI, GE)

Gillian Reagan, provided by


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) is about to serve up your Morning Joe.

Four years after XM kicked the network off satellite radio, Sirius is welcoming MSNBC back to their airwaves.

Beginning April 12, Joe Scarborough, Keith Olbermann, Andrea Mitchell and plenty of their other MSNBC (GE) personalities' shows will be available channel 90 and XM channel 120.

 

 

ABDX consists of:

 

Editor/List Owner: Kevin Redding

Webmaster: Michael J. Richard

Moderators: Phil Rafuse

                        Powell E. Way III

LW Editor: Jay Heyl

NBN Editor: Martin Foltz

And 235 of the greatest DXing contributors on earth!

 

Please pass the ABDX Journal to all the DXers you know. The dues are free and all we would like to do is see you contribute your logs on occasion.

 

To join the DXers at ABDX either go to this URL:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ABDX/

 

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