April 2009 ABDX Journal

Vol 4. Issue 3

Dedicated to Morris Sorensen

 

Editors Corner:

 

ABDX membership has reached 210 members! That my friends is an all time high for membership. I thank all of you for being members of ABDX.

 

The April CME was for outside logs. Anything you got outside the house.

 

The May CME is as follows:

LF- 150-300

MW- 1300-1490

HF- 49 meters  5900 - 6250

FM- All Band

TV- VHF 2-6

Satellite- Any

WiFi or Internet - Out of the USA

 

We have call sign changes this month in the Journal!

 

If anyone wants to help write a column for the Journal please write me at amfmdx at centurytel dot com. If anyone has a one off story for the Journal it would be excellent to have it sent along as well. We would always be glad to include it.

 

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You can get your copy of the journal at www.abdx.org

 

Thanks as always,

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

 

 

The Broadcast Band

 

Paul Snider – Welland , ON

Grundig Satellit 750, Slinky antenna, MFJ 1020C / 36” homebrewed loop

 

4/1    2346-2348 EDT - 1660 khz - WNFA – Charlotte - NC - Very good -        Sports, ID @ 2346 in the clear "Charlotte's Sports station 1660, WFNA", more sports

4/1    027-030 EDT - 1650 khz - KCNZ – Cedar Falls - IA - very good -  - AD, baseball promo, ID @ 028 during lull of Radio Disney - WHKT

4/11    000-020 EDT - 950 khz - WCTN – Potomac - MD - Fair to poor -         DX Test - "WCTN Montgomery County" sung by FF, Do You Believe in Magic, Midnight Train to Georgia and other oldies. Many ID's between songs. Good to fair w/ WWJ & WVTS

1420 khz - 2329-2332 EDT - WIMS – Michigan City – IN - Talk show, ID "The Talk of the North Shore WIMS" ad for "Road to Recovery Program". More ads, Meyers ad, usually of top of a few other stations. 4/15 - Fair

1680 khz - 2358-002 EDT - WPRR – Ada, MI - Talk, caught clear ID by FF @ 000 "1680 WPRR Real Radio", in a jumble of stations WTTM, WOKB?, KRJO? - 4/20 - Fair

1680 khz - 2259-2307 EDT - WOKB – Winter Garden – FL - Repeated IDs heard by FF and MM just under WTTM (heard EE ID too) and WPRR, into gospel mx - 4/21 - Fair to poor

1690 khz - 2352-2355 EDT - WPTX, Lexington Park, Maryland - "You are listening to WPTX, Lexington Park, Maryland", into two ads for Jesus Christ & Latter Day Saints, fair to poor w/ CJLO Montreal - 4/24 - Fair

1660 khz - 2300-2352 EDT - KQWB – West Fargo – ND - Cubs vs Diamondbacks, various ads – Walgreens, Country Financial, Geico, Blue Cross, Lowes – No ID heard, but only station in Cubs Network broadcasting game on 1660 - // 1650 KCZN  - Cedar Falls, IA - 4/28 – Fair

 

Bruce Winkelman – Tulsa, OK

Drake R-8

 

4/4

KAKC-1300 apparently has turned *off* their IBOC QRM generator. First noted about 3 weeks ago.

KRMG-740 now simulcasting on 102.3 FM. Again, first noted about 3 weeks ago. ID at TOH now "KRMG FM 102.3 Sand Springs and KRMG AM Tulsa" with new slogan as just "News Talk KRMG"

 

Keith McGinnis – Hingham, MA

As listed

 

4/4

at 0141 UTC VOCM 590 Newfoundland in here with a fair signal with local WEZE phased down.

 

Mark Meece – Miamisburg, OH

SRF-59

 

4/12

760     WJR Detroit, MI  PM   50kW       AMP 203   (MM)

6:06 PM  "Money Talk w/ Bob Sprager", Caller questions.

800     CKLW Windsor, ONT     50kW       AMP 210   (MM)

6:25 PM Program: "Peter Greenberg Worldwide", talk of Airline Travel.

930     WRVC Huntington, WV   5kW        AMP 117   (MM)

6:50 PM ESPN Radio, talk about the NFL Draft.

7:00 PM ID: "Your new home for ESPN Radio in the tri-state.

             AM 930 WRVC, Huntington/Ashland/Ironton".

1510    WLAC Nashville, TN    50kW       AMP 277   (AK)

7:00 PM ID, News, rebroadcast of "The Mike McConnell Show".

1680          WPRR Grand Rapids,MI 10kW/680w   AMP 253   (AK)

7:06 PM Skeptically speaking talk show talking about nuclear power issues.

8:00 PM TOH ID

1690    WVON Chicago, IL  10kW           AMP 249   (MM)

6:29 (CDT) PM "The Kendall Moore Show" w/ talk of LPGA tour.

6:30 (CDT) PM ID: "The talk of Chicago, 1690 WVON"

1690    WMLB Atlanta, GA  10kW           AMP 404   (MM)

7:42 PM Program: "E-Town" featuring Singer-Songwriter Kathleen Edwards.

8:00 PM TOH ID: "WMLB".    [caught in the null of WVON]

1690          WVON Chicago,IL  10kW            AMP 249   (AK)

7:00PM (CDT)  TOH ID, Local commercials,

4/18/09

1555-1607 EDT    610   WTVN Columbus, OH, Rush Limbaugh Show. 1557 ID "610 WTVN".

1650-1702 EDT    880   WRFD Columbus, OH, Prgm on skin care. TOH ID "Talk radio that matters, Bob Burney Live weekday afternoons. The Word 880 WRFD". Into "Your Health Matters".

1732-1803 EDT    1050  WCVX Cincinnati, OH, prgm "Watchmen On The Wall" discussing "Sexting" w/Teresa Tomeo. TOH ID "Victory 1050 WCVX Cincinnati" into SRN News.

1804-1827 EDT    630   WLAP LExington, KY, prgm Glenn Beck Weekend. ID @1606 "Newsradio 630 WLAP".

1855-1907 EDT    1580  WVKO Columbus, Ohio, talk of Homeland Security extremeist report. TOH ID "St. Gabriel Catholic Radio Network, WUCO Marysville and WVKO Columbus" into CNN Radio news.

4/20/2009

0020-0027 EDT   1370   WSPD Toledo, Ohio, w/The Bill Cunningham Weekend Show, ID @ 0223 "Newstalk 1370, WSPD".

0033-0042 EDT   1370   WGCL Bloomington, IN, ID @ 1235 "The Home for Monroe County Sports, Newstalk 92.3 FM and 1370 AM WGTL". Into "Money Talk" prgm.

0045-0100 EDT   1370   WLLM Lincoln, IL, w/mx into TOH ID "Christian Supported Radio, WLLM, Lincoln". [This little 35 watt station was QRMing the other two pretty good, and it was the furthest away @ 276 miles.]

4/23/2009

0020-0103 CDT    990    CBW, Winnepeg, MB, CBC Radio 1 documentary on conditions suffered by women in Rwanda and Congo. 0200, time pips into "This is CBC News".

0140-0203 EDT    990    CXGM, Montreal, QC Various local ads into ID at 0143 "Montreal's Sports Authority CXGM 990" into ESPN Radio Sportscenter. [This was in and out with CBW for the frequency with CBW winning 70% of the time.]

0204-0214 EDT    960    WFIR, Roanoke, VA, ABC Radio News into weather/ID "Weather every 30 minutes on Newstalk 960 WFIR" into prgm "Coast to Coast AM".

0218-0225 EDT    880    WCBS, New York, NY, NYC traffic into WCBS Weather Center w/ Mike ?. Time check at 0220 [and every other minute after that!] into news.

4/24

Last night on my SRF-59 I was hearing a station in Spanish with a female announcer playing what sounded like instrumental adult standards/easy listening music intermixed with talk. I could not pull out an ID. This was between 2235 and 2250 local (EDT) somewhere around 540 kHz according to the dial.

Even more amazing, I was inside a building filled with florescent tube lighting and data cables.

If anyone can offer any suggestions on who it might have been, please have at it.

[R. Encyclopedia – Havana]

 

Darwin Long – Thousand Oaks, CA

HD radio and antenna

 

4/14

KFI 640 now has its iBOC system on (since Sunday).  It is operating 24-7.

The HD audio is monaural, DESPITE the fact that KFI was stereo from the early-70's until January 2001 when they shut off C-QuAM to prepare for iBOC gear.  So there's that same age-old question burning again... Why would KFI actually put time and effort into rewiring the console for MONO, and THEN turn around to spend $100K's for stereo-capable HD gear and licensure just to plug one stinking audio channel into it?  That's exactly like buying a multichannel THX digital home theater system and only ever plugging in the center-channel cable and nothing else.  What a shameful waste of a fortune of $$ and HD capability (and bandwidth in the Southwest for that matter).  Shouldn't KFI have just skipped the rewiring-for-mono and went right to installing iBOC?

 

Bruce Carter – Houston, TX

GE Superadio III

 

4/15

Actually - I got them [KFI] in Houston, very weak last night, and under Spanish language chatter.  Their IBOC sidebands, though, were tearing up 630.  It was NOT KMKI IBOC - the same angle I used to null the 640 in OKC also nulls KMKI, and their enormous digital sidebands.

 

Rick Barton – Phoenix, AZ

Panasonic RF 2200

 

4/17

some recent logs from the sticker patch ....

1370  KGNO  Dodge City, KS 0200+  Live p-b-p K.C. Royals baseball to oldies music at games end, not announced post game show. have been hearing this one regularly lately. with thier relatively l.p. , i would expect them to get out of Dodge, but not necessarily make it all the way to interior Arizona. (4/15 x Barton-AZ)

1350   KDZA   Pueblo , CO  0200   Rock-n-roll Oldies and sometimes yielding out to political talker KABQ, Albuquerque , NM. Good TOH ID and other off-hour IDs.  (4/17 x Barton-AZ**)

1140   (UNID - presumed N. Las Vegas, NV)  1300-1400  Station i havent previously heard with R. Disney-ish format. No legal IDs heard, several IDs of "Kids Radio-AM 1140". Usually i hear Dan Patrick on Las Vegas area sports talker KSFN at this hour...i am thinking this is "the Fan" KSFN , but with new format and slogan. as usual, i did hear Palm Springs start fading in at usual time. the UNID dropped out when i pointed Palomar's null side toward Vegas. everything fits....but i will keep you posted. (4/17 Barton-AZ)

1140  KYDZ  N. Las Vegas, NV  1200+  i did hear a clear ID on the "new" station i have been hearing on 1140, but no "legal" ID with the reference to N. Las Vegas. at 1252 i heard the ID KYDZ , a given web address (kydzradio.com) , and the slogan "radio by kids for kids". so those of you that had this one picked out as KYDZ were right. also the call is listed in the online FCC database i use.

 

Phil Rafuse – Stratford, PEI

As Listed

 

Heard at midnight ADT on a Palstar R30A fed by the usual LFE M601C split 14 ways by a team of minicircuit multicouplers:

960 CFAC Calgary AB broadcasting a hockey game between the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Calgary Hitmen. On air, they just refer to Brandon and Calgary. The CFAC website fills in the team names and the "Listen Live" confirms my re-catch.

Its been a little while since I picked up CFAC, and a long while since they were so clear.  Calgary AB to Stratford PE is one long, long distance, even for 50KW.

 

Chris Black – Cape Cod, MA

Icom 756 Pro II, Icom R-75, SDR-IQ 35' x 90' flag loop, 300' long wire

 

4/26

With WJR off for four hours early this morning, I was hoping for something interesting from 760. In addition to some ESPN from WEFL got a couple decent Latins.

 760   MEXICO   XEABC ABC Radio, Distrito Federal  26Apr09 0601 - Man and woman advising listeners on how to communicate with the station via their cellphones, "marca el 30 500, escribe la palabra ABC, deja un espacio y mándanos tu mendsaje". - Recorded - verified via Henrik Klemetx of Real DX [Black-MA] 

760   COLOMBIA   HJAJ RCN, Barranquilla  26Apr09 0804 - Colombian RCN network, originating from Bogotá via Barranquilla. The news spot refers to court hearings scheduled for ex-president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada next month. - Recorded - verified via Henrik Klemetx of Real DX [Black-MA]

4/28

1070   PUERTO RICO   WMIA R Arecibo, Arecibo  28Apr09 0200 - Man with sign off ID "Radio Arecibo Puerto Rico" followed by Puerto Rican and US National anthems. - Recorded - Fair with WTIC IBOC QRM [Black-MA]

1070   DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   HIBI R 10-70, San Francisco de Macorís  28Apr09 0059 - Baseball commentary and local ads for Santiago. - Recorded - Good - verified Henrik Klemetz via Real DX [Black-MA]

 

Kevin Redding – Adamsville, TN

Receiver and Antenna as listed

 

Was reading the Eton E-1 manual some 15 months after purchasing it and found that you can run the radio up to 14 VDC. I have been using it with the 4 D cells and figured that I would try it with a car battery. Well, it makes a difference.

Heard on an Eton E-1 and 150 foot wire:

1560 WPAD Paducah, KY 4/5 0900 with ToH ID for #310, NEW.

1470 WMBD Peoria, IL 4/5 2145 with ad for St. Louis Cardinals, ID.

780 WIIN Jackson, MS 4/9 0731 with ID and into C&W. Very weak. NEW #314

Heard on a UL Sony SRF-33 nekkid:

1430 WXNT Indianapolis, IN 4/12 2245 with Fred Thompson Show.

1440 WLWI Montgomery, AL 4/12 2258 2798919 Cole Plumbing ad and ID Newsradio 1440 and newsradio1440.com

Heard on a Sony ICF-2010 and 200 foot wire:

1150 WJRD Tuscaloosa, Al 3/18 1815 with ID and oldies. This apparently has an FM xlator W271AM on 102.1. NEW.

660 CMHG Santa Clara, SA, Cuba 3/18 2140 with baseball broadcast on Rebelde. Checked with web stream. http://www.radiorebelde.cu/ english/ battling with SS music station yet unided. NEW.

Heard on an Eton E1-XM and 150 foot wire:

580 WBIL Tuskeegee, AL 4/20 2105 with black gospel music. NEW!

1070 WNVY Cantonment, FL 2130 with ID into woman preaching telling other women not to tell their men that they made the same mistake in 2002, 1999, 1991 and 1987 and to let it go. I think I like her. NEW.

610 WAGG Birmingham, AL 4/23 0649 black guy singing gospel music. NEW 319

660 KSKY Balch Springs, TX 4/23 0659 Bill Bennett and right wing bloviation, matches web stream. NEW 320

1210 WSKR Denham Springs, LA 4/23 0736 talking about LSU baseball.NEW 321

Heard on a Sony ICF 2010 on the porch with 150 foot wire towards the north east.

740 WMSP Montgomery, AL 4/24 1905 with a baseball game and one team was the Auburn Tigers [War Eagles].

900 WJTH Calhoun, GA 4/24 1915 with Atlanta Braves baseball.

Heard out on the porch on a GE Digital Superadio 7-2882 made in 1985, running nekkid:

540 XEWA San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico 4/24 2215 ID and man interviewing a woman in SS. NEW.

Heard on a Grundig S350DL nekkid:

1070 WDIA Memphis, TN 4/27 2300 with ToH ID in a mess with stations from Alabama and Indiana. NEW.

Was playing with a Superadio III on the porch 4/30 and had Canadians in 

740 CHWO, 800 CKLW, 860 CJBC and 880 WCBS, 770 WABC, 1030 WBZ and 810 

WGY. Nothing new but nice to hear.

 

Dean Wayman – O’Neill, NE

Kaito 2100, Homebrewed Loop

 

4/13

So far i have KGYM 1600 ESPN  Radio , 5000w from Cedar Rapids Ia.

And beneath that ,some music that sounds like asian music ,possibly chinese ? for a while it sounded like someone praticing a violin but cleared a bit and now there is a womans voice with a tune ? any info appreciated .

Also drifting in and out between these two is a station playing what sounds like Motown songs ,or at least more popular stuff? could be my target ,? dunno ?

To bad , Iowa and Chicago, are on the same line from me.

 

Mike Bugaj – Enfield, CT

Icom R-75 and 60 foot wire

 

4/19

2310 EDT

1700 Haitian talk, v. strong, Boston area?

1215 Absolute Radio L&C, sometimes mixing with another station S9

1206 France with talk

1134 Croatia

972 Libya, chanting, up to S9

909 UK, talk S9

895 Nevis, weak, S3 then down to nothing

774 Spain S5

765 Switzerland, S4

585 Spain very good toward midnight S9

576 Something there for a few minutes but couldn't even guess.

531 Loud het to CIAO, heard music and woman announcer. Faroes? Who knows.

There were years Spain 684 was in strong frequently. It's not anymore.

What happened to it?

 

John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE

Sangean DT-400W

 

4/9

Heard a station on 1470 with local ads/PSAs for the Red Cross in Bluefield, West Virginia before fade out.  No ID or other program details.  Would think WTZE in nearby Tazewell VA but they are listed at 5kw daytime only.  But several mentions of Bluefield heard.  Were they on tonight at 2050 Eastern maybe...?

CONFIRMED at 2300- WHIS and WTZE IDs at TOH with Alan Combs Show.  Is WTZE running day power at night?  Supposed to be daytimer...?  Putting in a decent signal into Delaware.

4/27

Although I had a bad headache last night, I still took the DT-400W to bed with me to do some Sunday night DXing.  Heard someone lurking under my local WDEL on 1150.  The '400 nulled out WDEL perfectly and I caught WIMA-1150, Lima OH with TOH Fox News and good call ID.  The announcer who does the IDs and promos on WIMA sounds like the same guy who does the promos on KYW-1060 in Philadelphia. 

I heard WIMA while in Ohio last January, so nice to get them here in Delaware on the DT-400W barefoot.  A very nice signal for 460 miles and 1 kw.  Ultralight station number 532 and my 20th Ohio station on the ultralights.

 

Barry McLarnon – Ottawa, ON

Receiver, Antenna

 

4/22

Some good Latin American signals here tonight... one of particular interest is Radio Progreso on 650.  The only Cuban I've heard on that frequency before is Rebelde.  Anyone know if this is a new station, or just a former Rebelde outlet?

Quite a few TAs tonight too... the season ain't done yet!

 

 

Bogdan Chiochiu – Pierrefonds, PQ – QC

Sangean CST-818, PK's Shielded Mag LW Loop or As Listed

 

4/18

555 ST KITTS   ZIZ, Basseterre MAR 28 0310 GMT - Reggae music program with Caribbean English DJ. Pretty fair with some fades. SIO 343. The splatter is very minimal since adjacent-channel semi-local CHLN-550 went dark ! (Chiochiu-QC) 

570 CUBA   CMDC, Radio Reloj, Pilón APR 18 0742 GMT - heard with a news segment regarding technological developpment followed by "Radio Reloj" spoken ID and a quick RR morse code ID. Fair signal and partially readable under WSYR and WMCA. The RR code IDs didn't had the usual punch despite the fairly good signal strength as if their CW machine has come out of age. The RR morse code ID was only SLIGHTLY stronger than the technological developpment voice segment caught at this time which is weird. Before, at local midnight, Radio Reloj was audible with dorbells through the QRM as the announcer was giving time checks around the world. Radio Reloj is doing this at both noon and midnight, as was noted during our trip to Cuba on the 2nd week of March, 2006. Overall SIO 422 due to QRM from both WSYR and WMCA. (Chiochiu-QC)  

600 CUBA   CMKV, Radio Rebelde, Urbano Norris (Holguín area) APR 18 0750 GMT - atop WICC with a song done by Buena Vista Social Club. (Chiochiu-QC) 

640 VENEZUELA   YVQO, Unión Radio, Puerto La Cruz, Anzoátegui APR 18 0330 - Presumed with Spanish news in mess. This has been heard on 2 or 3 occasions this season (and was regular back in 2002-2003), but I wonder where Guadeloupe has gone ? Only on FM ? I think I miss it ! (Chiochiu-QC) 

670 CUBA   CMBA, Radio Rebelde, Arroyo Arrenas APR 18 0755 GMT - Cuban music atop the WFAN's HD QRM. Hints of it could be squeezed out of WOR on 710, but not good enough for a positive // confirmation. The past night was the first one in a while I got Rebelde-670 good enough to break through the WFAN's digital hiss ! (Chiochiu-QC)

750 VENEZUELA   YVKS, Caracas, Distrito Federal MAR 28 0300 GMT - heard, after the end of their previous talkshow and after several IDs prior to the top-of-the-hour, with the beginning of a passionated speech about the unity dream of Simón Bolivar. Fading during the course of a few minutes from poor to good and backwards. WSB QRM. SINPO 43523 (Chiochiu-QC) 

760 COLOMBIA   HJAJ, RCN Cadena Basíca, Barranquilla MAR 28 0304 GMT - Woman doing news in Spanish noted in passing briefly in WJR null. (Chiochiu-QC) 

570 WMCA New York, NY APR 18 0400 EDT - "...WMCA, a service of Salem Communications" ToH ID suddenly faded on top of megapest WSYR Syracuse with Radio Reloj bubbling under. Rare here ! This and WNYC-820 are among the harder low-band New York City broadcasters at my QTH. (BC-QC)

760 WJR Detroit, MI APR 18 0001 EDT - briefly after local midnight and after a man with a serious voice giving a legal ID, the carrer was cut. Unfortunatly, NOTHING was really audible here in WJR's absence. With the radio's ferrite bar perpendicular to the E/W, I got moderate computer-like growl that was fairly slight with the radio's perpendicular to the N/S. No sign AT ALL of RCN Barranquilla which was very threshold at best BEFORE WJR's maintenance test ! Saying that, I suspect a dumb chief engineer who didn't knew the hiss the WJR listeners were hearing came from WABC-770 was because something was malfunctioning, so they decided to turn it off. This maintenance period couldn't happen at a worst time, propagation-wise ! (BC-QC)

 

Ira Elbert New – Watkinsville, GA

GE Superadio III

 

1270 WSHE GA Columbus - 0405/09 2040 - Southern Gospel. Decent signal above the mix. "Music to Live by, AM 1270",  "The New AM 1270", and "...Gospel for the Chattahoochee Valley, WSHE, Columbus". (IEN-GA)

 

Keith Beesley – Seattle, WA

Receiver, Antenna

 

4/5

KIRO 710 AM in Seattle was off for a while this pm, no doubt in connection with their format change to ESPN sports. DXers in Western N. America may want to check the frequency after sunset in case it happens again.

 

 

 

 

Juan Gualda – Ft. Pierce, FL

Receiver, Antenna

 

4/8

900 WSWN Belle Glade, FL has (or at some time did) change format to Country and is now on the air with C&W with live time checks, obviously not on night power.

 

W. G.  Hauser – Enid, OK

DX-398

 

** OKLAHOMA. KOKC, 1520, Oklahoma City, no longer a dominant nighttime signal here in Enid, scarcely 150 km away; in its infinite wisdom, the FCC has authorized many stations to operate at night on 1520, mostly less than 1 kW and somewhere east of OK, west of NY. But all this crud adds up to make 1520 sound like a regional channel, as 0549 April 4 in Midnight Radio Network. Not only co-channel rumble, but SAH from what must be the strongest interferer, plus IBOC hash from WLAC-1510, which was also audible against KSTP-1500.

Yet KOMA ought to do better against all this if it is really running 50 kW direxional covering the western half of N America. I strongly suspect they are not, perhaps on the backup 5 kW(?) as has happened before; and/or non-direxional accounting for making it to Europe under WWKB recently (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

 

Down in the Basement

 

(Editor – Jay Heyl)

 

Chris Black – Cape Cod, MA

Icom R-75, 35' x 90' flag

 

12 April 2009 

Well I finally put 2+2 together. Last night I got the following Miami NAVTEX describing a new DGPS site testing, but no frequency or other info was given.

 

04:33:24> ZCZC AA58
<04:33:27> DGPS BNM 302-09
<04:33:31> 1. A NEW DGPS SITE LOCATED AT CARD SOUND, FL WILL BE ON-AIR FOR
<04:33:43>
<04:33:44> TESTING PURPOSES ONLY BEGINING 08 APR 2009. ANTICIPATED SIG
<04:33:55> RGE WILL BE A RADIUS OF 90 MILES. USERS ARE ADVISED NOT TO USE
<04:34:07>
<04:34:08> THIS SIG UNTIL NAVCEN DECLARES THE SITE OPERATIONAL AND

Today, I get the following UnID DGPS transmissions on 314 KHz and can't find any reference. I know that the 016 number is in the sequence they use in FL so I call the Coast Guard and they confirm that the new site at Card Sound FL is indeed testing on 314 and its Master ID is #808.

 

Station ID 016;;msg typ 06;tim 36.03;seq 1;len 1;health 0;[200bps];09-04-12 12:35:54
Station ID 016;;msg typ 06;tim 36.05;seq 3;len 1;health 0;[200bps];09-04-12 12:35:55
Station ID 016;;msg typ 06;tim 36.05;seq 3;len 1;health 0;[200bps];09-04-12 12:35:55
Station ID 016;;msg typ 06;tim 36.05;seq 3;len 1;health 0;[200bps];09-04-12 12:35:55
Station ID 016;;msg typ 09;tim 36.10;seq 6;len 5;health 3;[200bps];09-04-12 12:35:57
Station ID 016;;msg typ 06;tim 36.20;seq 6;len 1;health 0;[200bps];09-04-12 12:36:04
Station ID 016;;msg typ 09;tim 36.22;seq 7;len 5;health 3;[200bps];09-04-12 12:36:04
Station ID 016;;msg typ 09;tim 36.22;seq 7;len 5;health 3;[200bps];09-04-12 12:36:04
Station ID 016;;msg typ 06;tim 36.22;seq 0;len 1;health 0;[200bps];09-04-12 12:36:05
Station ID 016;;msg typ 06;tim 36.22;seq 0;len 1;health 0;[200bps];09-04-12 12:36:05
Station ID 016;;msg typ 09;tim 36.40;seq 5;len 5;health 3;[200bps];09-04-12 12:36:15
Station ID 016;;msg typ 06;tim 36.42;seq 0;len 1;health 0;[200bps];09-04-12 12:36:17
Station ID 016;;msg typ 06;tim 36.42;seq 0;len 1;health 0;[200bps];09-04-12 12:36:17

 

15 April 2009

First ever log on this frequency last night. Billings MT on 313 comes in fairly regularly but this was a surprise.

 

#849 287 - 15Apr09 0656 UTC - MT USA Polson - Miles 2168

 

Station ID 060;[Polson MT #849 287,100];msg typ 09;tim 56.37;seq 6;len 4;health 0;[100bps];09-04-15 06:56:19
Station ID 060;[Polson MT #849 287,100];msg typ 09;tim 56.37;seq 6;len 4;health 0;[100bps];09-04-15 06:56:19
Station ID 060;[Polson MT #849 287,100];msg typ 09;tim 56.37;seq 6;len 4;health 0;[100bps];09-04-15 06:56:19

 

19 April 2009

Here's another Puerto Rican to look for if you have DGPS software.

  

#817 295 - 19Apr09 0536 - -- PTR Isabella - Miles 1615

 

Station ID 034;[Isabella PTR #817 295,100];msg typ 09;tim 37.00;seq 2;len 5;health 3;[100bps];09-04-19 05:36:56
Station ID 034;[Isabella PTR #817 295,100];msg typ 09;tim 37.03;seq 3;len 5;health 3;[100bps];09-04-19 05:36:58
Station ID 034;[Isabella PTR #817 295,100];msg typ 06;tim 37.03;seq 4;len 1;health 0;[100bps];09-04-19 05:37:00
Station ID 034;[Isabella PTR #817 295,100];msg typ 09;tim 37.08;seq 5;len 5;health 3;[100bps];09-04-19 05:37:01
Station ID 034;[Isabella PTR #817 295,100];msg typ 06;tim 37.08;seq 6;len 1;health 0;[100bps];09-04-19 05:37:03
Station ID 034;[Isabella PTR #817 295,100];msg typ 06;tim 37.08;seq 7;len 1;health 0;[100bps];09-04-19 05:37:04
Station ID 034;[Isabella PTR #817 295,100];msg typ 09;tim 37.14;seq 0;len 5;health 3;[100bps];09-04-19 05:37:05
Station ID 034;[Isabella PTR #817 295,100];msg typ 09;tim 37.14;seq 0;len 5;health 3;[100bps];09-04-19 05:37:05

 

Here is some perfect copy from Chile on 518 Navtex last night:

 

<00:35:37> ZCZC KK03
<00:35:38> RUTINA
<00:35:40> 190030 UTC ABR 2009
<00:35:43> PUERTO MONTT RADIO/CBP
<00:35:47> RADIOAVISO COSTERO NR 0298
<00:35:51> SISTEMAS MF2182 KHZ Y DCS VHF
<00:35:57> CHAITEN RADIO/CBP-24 MMSI 07250260,
<00:36:03> TEMPORALMENTE FUERA DE SERVICIO.
<00:36:08> ASUME CONTROL ATENCION QUELLON
<00:36:13> RADIO / CBP-28 MMSI 007250270.
<00:36:18> NNNN

  

<08:08:37> ZCZC HA04
<08:08:38> RUTINA
<08:08:39> 190800 UTC ABR 2009
<08:08:43> ANTOFAGASTA RADIO/CBA
<08:08:46> RADIOAVISO COSTERO _R 0930
<08:08:51> CARTA NR 1111. FARO CONCORDIA
<08:08:56> NR 1 G-1996, DESTRUIDO.
<08:09:00> NNNN

 

20 April 2009

Tried some of the European split DGPS frequencies last night and pulled in a couple.

 

#343 287.5 KHz - 20Apr09 0612 - -- MDR Porto Santo - Miles 2965
#340 311.5 KHz - 20Apr09 0351 - -- POR Cabo Carvoeiro Lt House - Miles 3128

 

24 April 2009

#845 291 KHz - 24Apr09 0944 UTC - NM USA Albuerque - Miles 2007

 

Station ID 054;[Albuerque NM #845 291,100];msg typ 09;tim 44.05;seq 0;len 5;health 4;[100bps];09-04-24 09:44:00
Station ID 054;[Albuerque NM #845 291,100];msg typ 09;tim 44.19;seq 4;len 5;health 2;[100bps];09-04-24 09:44:08
Station ID 054;[Albuerque NM #845 291,100];msg typ 09;tim 44.25;seq 6;len 5;health 4;[100bps];09-04-24 09:44:12
Station ID 054;[Albuerque NM #845 291,100];msg typ 09;tim 44.25;seq 6;len 5;health 4;[100bps];09-04-24 09:44:12
Station ID 054;[Albuerque NM #845 291,100];msg typ 09;tim 44.29;seq 7;len 5;health 2;[100bps];09-04-24 09:44:14
Station ID 054;[Albuerque NM #845 291,100];msg typ 09;tim 44.35;seq 1;len 5;health 4;[100bps];09-04-24 09:44:18
Station ID 054;[Albuerque NM #845 291,100];msg typ 09;tim 44.35;seq 1;len 5;health 4;[100bps];09-04-24 09:44:18

 

27 April 2009

<00:25:31> ZCZC CA2__
<00:25:38> COASTAL NLVZA_NRNG 218!__8_
<00:25:44> 1.  WEST COAST_ANW OF PORT NOLLOTH
<00:25:50> _.  CHA_TISAN_
<00:26:01>    RONDUCTINO MINING OPERATIONS WITH _
<00:26:08>     THE CENTRE _F THE SPREAD _N THE ___
<00:26:15> T _J_ FOLLOWUNG POSITION:1_

 

The "C" in the header and the time nails it as South Africa. Also Port Nolloth is a town and domestic seaport in the Namaqualand region on the northwestern coast of South Africa.

 

Martin Foltz – Mission Viejo, CA

Collins 51J-2, HQ-180A, Palomar Engineering VLF converter

 

2 April 2009

 

This week I received a letter and QSL sheet from USCG CAMSPAC Pt. Reyes CA. This was for a report for their 518 kHz NAVTEX broadcast from Astoria OR NMW. Unfortunately the QSL sheet only says "QSL YOUR QSO ON NAVTEX 518KhZ". My report also contained a CD with old reports for several other stations. I can only assume that he verified NMW. I've sent an email to clarify.

On another note, the QSL Manager at CAMSLANT said to send him my report for 518 kHz Savannah GA NMB. My fingers are crossed. They have a card.

 

 

Email back verified the QSL was for NMW Astoria OR.

 

6 April 2009

521 kHz "INE" Missoula MT, Missoula International Airport beacon, n/d ppc returned with business card in 9 days for a report with SASE (used), v/s Chris Jensen, Airport Director.

 

10 April 2009

371 kHz TVY Tooele Valley Airport, Tooele UT, prepared card in 10 days from Steve Jackson. 25 watts.

 

Bogdan Chiochiu – Pierrefonds, PQ – QC

Sangean CST-818, PK's Shielded Mag LW Loop

 

18 April 2009

Trans-Atlantic DX

162 FRANCE   France Inter, Allouis APR 18 0038 GMT - French talk badly chopped by computer growl. Very poor, but the only TA making the trip the last evening, so late in the DX season ! (Chiochiu-QC) 

171 RUSSIA   Radio Rossii, Bolshakovo MAR 22 2230 GMT - Very tentative; threshold audio from a second station mixing with an equally weak Medi Un. Unusual considering the poor conditions and FIRST TIME HERE (if them, of course - I never saw the Radio Free Cecenia tx in Ukraine got logged in North America - at Sylvain Naud's QTH, Russia-171 is the subdominant behind Morocco) ! (Chiochiu-QC)

 

The Line of Sight and Beyond

 

David Slate – Hendersonville, TN

DX-398 or as listed

 

4/1

11:46  91.7  WWHR  Bowling Green KY   with WX   met of t's stroms afher 4 pm tomorrew .  "Revolution 91.7"   NEW!  runs only 1.3 KW  per  FCC site.  

4/17

one new one. XDR-F1HD

7:09 AM  104.7  WITZ  Jasper IN   with news    Jasper Tell City  Davies co KY ment.    NEW!  IN#2 175 miles

well i woke up at 5:30 and desdieed to turn on the radio.   here are the resunts .  Alll the Huntsville area staions were in.  does tropo sometimes faver an area?

4/24

all times are CDT 

5:47 AM  101.9 WQXQ Central City KY   Central KY  Owensboro ment relog  

5:53   104.3  WZYP Athens, AL   in stedy with "104.3 ZYP"  lininer  and id  "104.3 WZYP  Athens Deceter Huntsville"  NEW!  Huntsville #1 at this qth  AL #1 at this QTH  120 miles  

6:03 94.3  WJJM Lewisbrug TN  "WJJM Lewisburg" ID NEW! 76 miles  

6:07  95.7 WQMF Jeffersonville IN poor with bob and tom  ID via Bob and Tom website NEW! 173 miles  

6:14 96.9 WRSA Holly Pond, AL  Fair  WNHT ment tx Lite 96.9 liner  Huntsville decater ments in ad NEW! 176 miles  

6:20  99.1 WAHR  Huntsville, AL  RDS: STAR 99.1  Bob and Sherri   First DX RDS outsdie TN 150 miles  

6:33  104.7 WZZK  Birmingham, AL   Riverchase kia ad  Alabama state parks ad  "WZZK" liner, Rick and Bubba  NEW! 210 miles birmingham area #1  

6:49  101.5  WFTZ  Manchester TN  songs then :fantsy 101.5" lineter then Machester ment then into news   first time on the xdr 82 miles  

6:59  94.9  WKOR  Columbus MS  Verzion Wireless ad with ments of Starkville and Columbus  NEW!  MS #1 at this QTH TR  Record at this QTH of 323 miles   

7:02  99.9 WRJL  Eva AL  "WRJL" ID afher song NEW! 173 miles

 

Ron Gitschier – Palm Coast, FL

As listed

 

4/1

Using a rather run of the mill Teac labeled AM/FM Home Stereo Receiver, in Palm Coast, FL, with a three foot speaker wire for an antenna, I tuned in to learn if a neighboring station's studio to transmitter link (Barix, audio over IP, internet delivered) was sputtering like it did yesterday afternoon. 

Tuning in for  WSJF 105.5 St. Augustine, FL I got a stronger station nosing them out.  

Noting the songs, Best thing that ever happened to me, This one's for you, Saturday in the park, Different drum, and Lady in red... and some searching the songs matched WDUV website's listings of songs played...  WDUV I think is licensed for New Port Richie, FL in the Tampa market. The Dove. We have some kind of frontal system in our area of FL right now. 

I consider WSJF 105.5 St. Augustine, FL essentially near city grade here in Palm Coast, FL... but  it's clearly losing the battle.  I should tune around and see what else is developing. Ah, 106.9 WKZY Cross City, FL is bombing in. Phew, I'm glad I didn't pick that frequency for our translator for WNZF-AM. Instead we picked 106.3 for the frequency.

 

Kevin Redding – Crump, TN

As listed

 

Heard on an Eton E1-XM and 150 foot wire:

102.9 [275] WBUZ La Vergne, TN 4/17 0805 with stop set and many uses of "The Buzz" slogan after TFC. NEW

104.5 [283] WRVR Memphis, TN 4/17 0808 with ID fighting with another on this freq... NEW

104.5 [283] WGFX Gallatin, TN 4/17 0814 with "The Zone" slogan and sports talk. NEW

104.9 [285] WKZU Iuka, MS 4/17 0820 with slogan "Kudzu 104.9" and mention of 50 kW power, then C&W. NEW

105.9 [290] WGKX Memphis, TN 4/17 0824 ad for play, Wicked to be at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis. NEW

106.5 [293] WLVS Clifton, TN 4/17 0844 "KIX 96" with prank call. NEW

88.1 [201] WAZD Savannah, TN 4/17 0848 with begathon to keep AFR radio on the air. NEW

88.9 [205] WMFT Tuscaloosa, AL 4/17 0855 with REL choral music from Moody. NEW

89.1 [206] WDNX Olivehill, TN 4/17 0856 with the exact same programming as WMFT. NEW

90.1 [211] WKNP Jackson, TN 4/17 0859 end of Morning Edition and list of underwriters. NEW

90.5 [213] WSMM Selmer, TN    4/17 0900 with ToH ID and then K-Love announcement. NEW

91.5 [218] WFHU       Henderson, TN 4/17 0909 playing alternative rock. NEW

92.9 [225] WJXA        Nashville, TN 4/17 0921 Mix 92.9 fighting with WTUG from Tuscaloosa, AL. NEW

96.1 [241] WXFL        Florence, AL 4/17 0929 "KIX 96" C&W. NEW

96.7 [244] WMOD Bolivar, TN 4/17 0932 playing both kinds of music C and W. NEW

96.9 [245] WDDJ Paducah, KY 4/17 0936 R&B "Electric 96.9" NEW

97.5 [248] WLLX Lawrenceburg, TN 4/17 0946 with talk about a big yard sale in Rotary Park. NEW

97.5 [248] WWMS Oxford, MS 4/17 0948 "Miss 98" they play both C and W as well. NEW

97.7 [249] WTNE Trenton, TN 4/17 0951 talking about Gibson HS football. NEW

Heard on a Sangean HDR-1 and 150 foot wire:

93.7 [229] WTKB Atwood, TN 3/22 1341 "The Dove" Christian contemporary. NEW

99.7 [259] WWTN Nashville, TN 3/22 1414 with Dave Ramsey.  NEW

102.3 [[272] WZDO Humboldt, TN 3/22 1426 "The Rocket" Guns and Roses - Civil 

War. NEW

104.3 [282] WZYP Athens, AL 3/22 1428 woman announcer ID 104.3 ZYP. NEW

105.3 [287] WLSZ Humboldt, TN 3/22 1431 TN Governor Bredesen on the air. NEW

 

W. G.  Hauser – Enid, OK

DX-398

 

** OKLAHOMA. Quite by chance I discovered a new FM station in Enid. At 1625 UT April 2, as I was bandscanning in a store parking lot, came upon WECS on 97.7. WECS??? Turned out to be a loop repeating every 75 seconds, and no, Brucey, I failed to note whether it was in stereo. WECS stands for the Voice of Emmanuel Christian School as per ID also giving frequency. All voiced by kids, having trouble reading the script, which included: please return your report cards, US population in 1860, happy birthday greetings to several individuals in the week of March 30-April 4, citing Titus II: 7-8.

Turned out this was from the closest thing in Enid to a mega-church, Emmanuel Baptist, in the same block. Signal was noisy and at first I thought it was adjacent channel slop from 97.5, but as we drove closer the noise was still there, so apparently being broadcast that way. We spotted a ground plane on the roof, seemingly flanked by loudspeakers, but could not hear any audio by compression aeronautical propagation in the parking lot.

The antenna looked to be a bit higher than several lightning rods elsewhere on the extensive roof, which may mean ``WECS`` is blessed by God. It really must be very low power, as range on the caradio is about one km, not including the nearest intersexion with RF-noisy traffic lights. Cannot detect it on a portable at home several times that distance, but instead a spur or mixing product from licensed gospel-huxter translator on 98.3. Per FCC FM Query, the REAL WECS is:

WECS 211 A FM 90.1 MHz LIC WILLIMANTIC CT US BMLED-20060227AEK - 18298 0.43 kW 116. m EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE COLLEGE

I had never heard of Enid`s `WECS`, tho I confess to not reading thoroughly the extensive religious news pages in the Enid Eagle, where coverage of local broadcast media is spotty, to say the least. And searching their archive on the call turns up nothing. The kids had a strange accent, from excessive non-public schooling or perhaps transplants from the East where they would think a faux W-call is what they should come up with in K-land (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

 

The Whole Earth

 

Keith McGinnis – Hingham, MA

SDR-IQ Wellbrook ALA 1540

 

4/11

Today's posts on SW and DRM prompted me to go and see what was out there

for DRM signals.  Using the SDR-IQ  and the DREAM Software I took a

quick listen.

on 15780 I received a BBC/DW signal from Sines Portugal with the signal

toward western and central Europe.  Signal was unreliable with more

dropouts than actual listenable signal.

 

W. G.  Hauser – Enid, OK

DX-398

 

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana in English checks March 31-April 1: at 1846, good on 13640, S9+15; nothing audible on // 7430 which is for Europe, and not expected to be vs daytime absorption here. Haven`t had a chance to check at 2000 yet. At 0028, good on 9345 with IS. At 0147, good on 7425; 0248 on 7425 still audible but considerably weaker. WBCQ 7415 was a bit of a problem at 0248. At 0334 in the final English broadcast, signal had weakened more but so had WBCQ. In all cases there is no co-channel QRM, or adjacent +/- 5 kHz, which is our main objective. Now if R. Tirana could only improve its modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Unexpected DentroCuban jamming on 9545, April 1 at 0035 atop a station in Spanish. Not a Martí frequency, so probably new for Radio República. Exactly same jamming sound on 9810 where R.R. has been, but could not tell if it is still there, via Sackville. 9545 appears to have been an open frequency for R.R. to glom onto during this period. Needs more checking (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SERBIA [non]. IRS still colliding with RRI on 9580 at 0030 UT April 1 check, both in English to NAm, with big SAH. Hope it doesn`t take a month to get this resolved like it did wrong language from Turkey via Canada (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY [non]. After a month of broadcasting the wrong language on 7325 via Canada, V. of Turkey back in English, for the 0300 UT broadcast April 1, checked at 0313 giving website. Rather poor signal as fighting the dropping MUF. Despite my frequent prodding and daily monitoring, it took this long to get the correct downlink info from Ankara to Sackville. You`re welcome (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana, English at 2005 UT April 1 on 13640. Good signal, some deep fades, peaking S9+18, discussing joining NATO. Fairly good modulation level for no strain listening even with computer noise. Not audible on // 7465 for Europe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. I continue to be amazed by the VL8 stations making it thru on 120m even when not much else is happening trans-Pacifically on 105, 90, 75 or 60 meters. April 1 at 1246, 2485 was peaking at S9+10 as they were talking about the new Israeli PM; much stronger than 2325, barely audible modulation, and 2310 only a carrier. Only signal audible on 90m, with music, was 3385, which would be RENB Rabaul, PNG, at 1249. Today`s sunrise in Enid was 1217 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. RCI`s A09 morning frequency is 7325, but April 1 at 1227 roughly equal level of RCI Spanish about Guatemala, and CRI in Japanese, zero-beat so no SAH; same situation at 1335, a bad collision. RCI would be better off back on 7310 as in B-08. Now, RCI is at 1105-1405, and CRI in Japanese 1200-1400 on 59 degree azimuth from Jinhua, which carries on toward NAm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

 

** CHINA [and non]. The Eurafricans have cleared out of 7100-7200 pretty well; I hear nothing around 0530-0630, but some Asians are still intruding in the expanded hamband. April 1 at 1336 I had weak music on 7105; at 1413 music, seemingly two stations on 7130; also at 1337 and still at 1409 music, collision on 7185, with fast SAH. At 1410, 7165 some AM talk. 7200 with music at 1337, probably Yakutsk, Russia per Ron Howard (altho Myanmar has just moved from 7185 to 7200, per Alokesh Gupta, but that`s only in their mornings).

 

Per S. Hasegawa`s bandscan from Japan on March 29, 7105 is Nei Menggu PBS; 7130 is Taiwan vs CNR-1 Mainland jamming after 1400; 7165 is Nei Menggu PBS; 7185 is also Taiwan vs CNR-1. I do not claim definite IDs on any of these, but just observing that some broadcasters are dragging their feet on getting out of the hamband. Possibly hams have not been specifically authorized 7100-7200 yet in the countries concerned (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. 17770, in English at 1419 April 1, lively discussion, but it`s just stealth evangelizer CVC on new A-09 frequency via Jülich, to Sudan and vicinity at 14-21 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. Checking 9680 again to see if RRI is still clear of the China Radio War: April 1 at 1300 indeed no co-channel, but badly squeezed by 9675 which at 1255 was playing an ``Alleluia`` hymn. I see no such station listed; after 1300 it`s CRI in Russian. And from 9685 before 1300 CRI in Russian, at 1300 CRI IS, and into Vietnamese. Perhaps RRI will dominate over the adjacents on a better day. Anyhow, we had VOI in English stronger and clearer on 9525 with elexion news at 1305 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. Radio Farda, Persian/western pop music, April 1 at 1420 on 17670, better than // 17755, and a reverb = few milliseconds apart; during this hour, 17670 is Wertachtal and 17755 is Biblis, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. Shiokaze on new 6120, Wed April 1 at 1411, W talking, but too little signal and too much noise to be sure of language, accented English, or Japanese/Korean? We can`t expect decent reception of it this far east in summer on 49m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 7270, April 1 at 1338 with Indo/Malay YL DJ talking as much as she was playing music, ranging from country to march to romantic, still at 1409; presumed RTM`s Wai-FM network, via Kuching, Sarawak, as reported almost daily by Ron Howard, CA, but rarely heard here, and still with QRhaM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LI STENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 12065, April 1 at 1311, VOR as scheduled in A-09, translating something from Russian into English, and then discussing Gogol`s ``The Inspector General``; fair with flutter. Could be Chita site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WYFR, 15770, in stilted but Brazilian Portuguese sermon, April 1 at 1417, music from RDPI Portugal barely audible underneath. The day before, RDPI was on top, but that was before 1400. WYFR is scheduled in Spanish until 1400, Portuguese until 1500, both on 160 degree beam to SAm. So why are they putting S9+20 signal into OK? (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9515, RCI with the harmonica music filler we used to hear for a minute or two, but April 2 at 1744, this went on uninterrupted until cut back into French programming in progress at 1817. We enjoyed that CD when they would play different trax, but this was one single track in a loop over and over; I think it was one of Brahms` Hungarian Dances, with piano accompaniment, not something you really want to hear for 33 minutes straight. I didn`t really listen to it continuously, as evidenced by all the other logs in this report, but kept a second receiver on it low, and made a point of checking periodically, especially at 1804-1805 when there is normally a program transition. Just the harmonica music. They must have lost the feed and defaulted to this. Noble West in TN was hearing the same earlier in the day at 1400, but says there was French on the frequency at 1800, which I certainly did not hear when I checked at 1800 in case of a break then. At

 1904 in Arabic, no harmonica again yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 13760, Chinese echoing and cutting out, April 2 at 0535, much better signal than VOR 13775 to North America, altho 13760 is CNR1 jamming against R. Free Asia in Mandarin via Saipan, hardly intended for NAm at all. I thought Voice of Korea might be in there, but altho they use 13760 a lot, not at this hour.

Then I tried 19m, and found the only signal audible on the band was 15130, April 2 at 0536, not // 13760. This is CRI via Beijing site, 150 kW at 95 degrees; strangely enough, IBB Tinian is also scheduled on 15130 at 250 kW, 317 degrees with RFA in Mandarin. So that takes care of blocking two of RFA`s frequencies in China, and no doubt the others are too: 15615 15635 17615 17880 21550 21690.

What a loss of face for China! Won`t let its greatest trading partner get a free word into China; can`t risk anything contradicting the Party Line. Meanwhile, CRI in English and Chinese is unimpeded all over the SW dial in USA, even relayed by domestic stations.

Another check of the 7100-7200 range, April 2 at 1255 found only one frequency occupied by broadcasters, the China/Taiwan collision on 7185

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC, Arnie Coro wrapping up his newscast on the half hour, April 2 at 0538, quite undermodulated on 6000 but quickly checking 6060 and 6140, modulation was at normal level; on two receivers I did also notice that 6060 and 6140 are synchronized, but an echo apart from 6000, from a different site. Then into weekly mailbag presented by Isabel García.

Another SNAFU: 9550 on the air at an hour it should not be, 1748 April 2, Spanish talk about Cuba, but audio cutting off and back on a few times as of 1750. Did not find any // on the air, checking 25 and 31 meters. Sometimes for a special event they do put some transmitters on at mid-day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Since I heard jamming and Spanish on 9545 the night before, I was standing by for it April 1: Nothing as early as 2200. At 2258, jamming already going, and R. República carrier popped on atop it at about 2259:50, brief sign-on without mentioning frequency, then Encuentro Informativo. The audio was sticking/skipping a bit as if it had something digital in the feed chain. Jamming seemed to be building up bit by bit and/or the Sackville(?) signal was fading bit by bit. At 2301, could hear RHC IS inverted bleeding over from 9550 opening English hour, tsk2. Meanwhile some jamming was still running on ex-9810 against nothing, just in case. Still need to confirm how long 9545 runs and whether R.R. changes to any other frequency before finished in the evening.

Also DentroCuban jamming against nothing (except maybe the wailing Brazilian preacher David Miranda) on 9565, April 2 around 0600, not only grinding and pulsing, but with faux-Morse-code-like intermittent tones; same at 1317, still against nothing. But when there was jamming against something on 9565, R. Martí at 1743, no such tones (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 15085, VIRI at 1801 April 2, fair in fluttery German as scheduled 1730-1830, 500 kW, 310 degrees from Kamalabad, so also usward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 11990, R. Kuwait English service, April 2 at 1829, music with heavy beat, 1830 accurate 5+1 time signal, news theme and news by YL; unfortunately I was trying to hear it on the lunch table`s DX-390 with inside reel-out antenna only, and that was not enough; just occasional words at fadeups, and by 1839 when I got back to the FRG-7 with external longwire, news was done and back to rap. Who needs that all the way from Kuwait? By 1901 it had faded to just barely audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA [and non]. 11970, April 2 at 1816 a collision between a station with Farda-like song, and some romance language. Looking it up later, I see we have Bible Voice Broadcasting via Jülich, GERMANY in Persian at 100 degrees, and RRI in Romanian at 285 degrees, a `share` that may look OK on paper, but crossing beams are not likely to be interference free in the target-areas either. However, I thought I heard ``Family`` and ``Oakland`` mentioned, so really YFR instead of BVB? At 1900 RRI was alone, VG with news in Romanian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. I hope it`s working better on the west coast, but the only frequency now on the VOR English to NAm schedule between 0400 and 0600, 13775, was inaudible the first night I tried; April 2 at 0534 it was just barely audible with music, and I could recognize the voice of a VOR announcer, but that`s it. This is from a Far East site, listed as Vladivostok, a far cry from the abandoned Montsinéry (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. Saut ul-Buzz, which I normally hear starting around 1500 on 15435, was still going with strong signal at 1754 check April 2, overriding the Arabic modulation which is presumably the exclusive intent for transmission; off at 1801 recheck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SYRIA. 12085, R. Damascus, April 2 at 1808 with big S9+15 carrier, hum/whine, modulation just barely audible, but sounded German as scheduled in this hour. If also on 9330, blocked by WBCQ. At 1857 on 12085 nothing but open carrier audible, or rather accompanied by clix and hum/whine; 1859 a YL was JBA in French saying `bonsoir`, 1900 choral anthem(?). If it were decently modulated, this would have been quite listenable, better than Kuwait on 11990 or Iran on 15085 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY [and non]. 7325 via Canada, VOT still in English for a second night running April 2 at 0312. Unless there are more mixups, no further reporting about this should be required. But if anyone notices this transmission in non-English again, please say so!

11835, very good S9+18 signal with tango music, but lyrix in Turkish(?), April 2 at 1814, concluding VOT`s German service from 1730, as per sign-off at 1822, IS until 1824*. Better signal than the English service on 9785, only P-F at 1845. 11835 is on the 310 degree beam from Emirler, same as for NAm at 2200 on 9830 among other transmissions (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9317.4, woman singing hymn with piano, April 2 at 1745, weak signal. Must be a spur. Is it // 9370 WTJC? No. But it IS // 9385 WWRB, so is there a match on the other side, plus 67.6 kHz? Yes, there it is, equal strength on 9452.6. And at 1752 check all three with Brother Scare after a musical respite (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955, Thursday April 2 at 1500 with Happy Station, a few minutes later Keith Perron mentioning my report of jamming at 0100, and a also from someone in Cuba about the jamming. Good now, no jamming heard. Unfortunately, I had to go out, and WRMI stream is down, so will have to pull show from archive like last week`s.

WRMI is still off the air in the afternoons, weekdays 16-24 UT when it would otherwise be filling unsold time with WRN relays, as noted April 2 at 1846. Our condolences to Jeff White whose mother died last week, and so he has been away from Miami (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 7176-SSB, The Rocky Mountain RV Service Net, after 1300 UT Thursday April 2, good signal from NCS Rob, W2EMA in Tucson using the facilities of N4YWR while his own were unavailable. Interrupted at 1307 by a call from JH3NGD, whom I doubt had any real interest in RVs in the Rockies, but courteously contacted, after several tries at copying his call correctly.

The closest I could find to this in Nets To You, which was last updated two years ago, showing winter and summer UT timings, are:

1400 1300 7263   WBCCI RV SERVICE ROCKY MOUNTAINS HOUR 1 Mon-Fri

1500 1400 7268.5 WBCCI RV SERVICE ROCKY MOUNTAINS HOUR 2 Mon-Fri

But nothing at all listed on 7176. There are several other such nets for different regions on different bands at different times.

WBCCI is: Wally Byam Caravan Club International, Inc.

http://www.rvweb.net/club/wbcciarc/index.html

where the net info page

http://www.rvweb.net/club/wbcciarc/RV%20Net%20Times%20&%20Managers.htm

is also out of date:

``Rocky Mountain Net, W2EMA, George "Robby" Robinson, 5324 1st St. #278, Tucson AZ 85711, (520) 293-6652, robw2ema @ msn.com

0700-0900 MST [1400-1600 UT] 7263 (first 1-½ hr) 7268.5 (last ½ hr)``

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 9900, VR IS, April 2 at 1314-1315*, `Laudetur` and to open carrier for a while. This is conclusion of the half-sesquihour in Chinese via Novosibirsk, RUSSIA at 111 degrees.

15235, at 1353 April 2, song in Vietnamese, 1355 talk, with lotsa mentions of ``kilosik``, 1357 VR IS. This is conclusion of the half-sesquihour in Vietnamese direct from SMG at 72 degrees, and way off-target here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana, 13640 to NAm, April 2 at 1848 good signal, fair modulation but lacking in highs, news about topic A - joining NATO (are they sure about that?), 1853 Focus on Albania feature about lakes, including the largest one in the Balkans, over already at 1856 goodbye, a bit of music to 1857* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. R. Bulgaria, 15700, peppy folk music at 1347 Friday April 3; good signal but occasional audio dropouts. One can expect a good variety of music from day to day on this transmission (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Haven`t heard Firedrake on 8400 lately, so I suppose Sound of Hope has moved. April 3 at 1305 there was FD on 9000 and 9300 with fair signals (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Checked 9545 for R. República at 0103 April 3, but only jamming audible; however on 9810 a bit of talk was audible under the jamming there, so perhaps R.R. via Sackville is on 9545 at 23-01, and back to 9810 after 01? VOR originally planned to use French Guiana on 9810 to South America in Spanish at 00-02 in A-09, but apparently is not doing so.

We have the dentro- and fuera-Cubans to thank for messing up 9545, and also 9541.5 Solomon Islands, since the jamming runs long past the few hours R.R. is using it; April 3 at 0539 the jamming was still audible on 9545, plus much stronger phony-CW jammer on 9565, both against nothing. Worth noting that the 9565 signals were much stronger than RHC in between on 9550 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also JAPAN

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6250, group singing hilife-like music, April 3 at 0543 with usual pulsing ute QRM on the side. Presumed RNGE, Malabo, as previously heard irregularly, the best time of day to catch it here when active (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA. R. Ethiopia domestic service, presumed, on 7110 at 0541 April 3 HOA music, 0548 brief announcement in Amharic? More music. Fair signal with deep fades down to nothing and back up, still audible at 0600. I assume it must be this, lingering in the hamband; frequently reported from NAm around 0400. Aoki B-08 had this taking a break at 0500-0800 M-F (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST

** JAPAN [and non]. NHKWNRJ`s Russian service at 0530-0600 is now inbooming on 11715, 35 degrees from Yamata toward E Siberia, and onward to NAm, as noted April 3 at 0537, but also on weaker // 11760 at 330 degrees, and no trace of RHC which had been occupying the frequency until 0700 but not always propagating this late at night. RHC`s online schedule http://www.radiohc.cu/espanol/frecuencia/frecuencias-espanol.htm

as usual out of date, ``hasta marzo`` does show 11760 in English at 0500-0700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWEDEN. 15735, R. Sweden, English with George Wood et al., fair signal at 1346 April 3. So on a good day we can still hear R. Sweden in the mornings, tho beamed elsewhere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB spurs from 9385 audible again April 3 at 1306 with Brother Scare on approx. 9317 and 9453 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9945 with open carrier Friday April 3 at 1340, tone test at 1350. What`s this? 1400 VOA jingle and opening music show. It`s on the schedule for Indonesian via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, but may not be daily.

15725, good signal in S Asian language April 3 at 1432. Scheduled as VOA`s Urdu service a.k.a. Radio Aap ki Dunyaa, at 1400-1500 via KUWAIT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALASKA. By 1502 April 4, not much from Asia was left on 40m, but on 7355, fair signal, praise music, 1506 YL ID in Russian as KNLS, IS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. Checked the WHR website for latest scheduling of V. of Biafra International, April 3 and it shows a change: Angel 1 at 2100-2200 Friday on new 11885. Just in case the time changed again, I also looked for it at 2000 on 11885, previous frequency 15665, or 17650 as in another schedule, but nothing.

Standing by on 11885, on it popped at *2100 with standard WHRI sign-on giving this frequency, then to VOBI program, with two IDs as ``The Voice of Biafra International broadcast, coming to you from Washington, DC, with matters of interest to Biafra``. Then played instrumental version of ``Finlandia``, which I always find incongruous, but I expect the Biafrans do not think of Finland when they hear it. Then to soprano performing ``All Hail Biafra``, which among the lyrix claims to be the ``land of the rising sun``, more incongruity, but I am sure the Biafrans do not think of Japan when they hear it.

This took until 2107, another ID, and another speaker with ``Let Us Pray``. This is all in English but the prayer is more heavily accented. He goes on and on for 5 minutes about how this is ``the year to claim our freedom. . . after wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.`` Immodestly claims positive God-given traits for his people, implying that the Nigerians lack such. This is one of those prayers obviously directed to the listeners and not really to God, who already knows what he is going to say, anyway. Is he ever going to mention J.C.? Only at the very end, so not completely ecumenical.

2112 another ID and yet another speaker begins the news. I listened carefully to all this to hear what frequency would be announced, but none ever was, as they have done in the past, usually incorrectly. No doubt because at recording-time they had no idea what new frequency they would be on! Maybe next week they will catch up, if it hasn`t changed again.

In mid March the program moved an hour later from 2000 UT to start at 2100, but on the same frequency, 15665, always called ``15.67 MHz``. A lower frequency is surely called for at that late hour to propagate better into the 10-11 pm local nighttime period. The website http://www.biafraland.com/vobi.htm claims yet another frequency, 15280 at 2000 UT. God help the poor Biafrans in finding when and where their uplifting and hopeful broadcast really is.

Speaking of Biafra, other transmissions in ``Ibo`` are on some versions of the WHR schedule, Monday-Friday 1800-2000 on WHRI 17520. So was expansion planned, or by some competing clandestine service? Nothing was heard on 17520 just before 2000 April 3, inconclusive.

11885 is a good change for those of us off the back in NAm, with a shorter skip zone, and the signal was inbooming into OK, while 15 MHz had been problematical (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non]. CRI English via Sackville, 9650, normally a VG loud and clear signal here on 240 degree beam, but April 4 at 1310 there was co-channel talk underneath. Could not make it out, but most likely RNW Dutch via Tinang, Philippines, 200 degrees at 1300-1327, and indeed not heard during the second semihour. RNW now has a number of such Dutch transmissions of only 27 minutes, in addition to longer ones (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. HCJB, 11960, Saturday April 4 at 1407, Alen Grajan in mailbag show mentioning that from May there would be a new feature the first week of every month on Aventura Diexista, ``Radio Guía Internacional`` from two Venezuelan DXers. But then 11960 cut off the air and did not come back until 1418. It`s unusual for HCJB to have such breakdowns. Meanwhile, much weaker 11690 vs RTTY was still on the air at 1409 check. I did not bother to try 21455, which HCJB insists in its automated IDs two or three times an hour is still on the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 15265, Saturday April 4 at 1449, good signal from DW in Russian via Rampisham, UK; the Muzprosvet avant-garde music show has been canceled, replaced by something about Turkey, bits of German with voice-overs, ``Türkische Hund``, sound effects, clips of old (Nazi?) broadcasts, and 1456 into language lesson focusing on vorlesen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. NHKWNRJ announced last week that World Interactive, the mailbag et al. show would be moving from Saturday to Sunday, so what`s on Saturday? April 4 at 1410 on 11705 via Canada, Pop-Up Japan, the J-pop music magazine with hyper hosts full of phony enthusiasm (or, what are they on?). An immediate turn-off, and a waste of airtime, IMO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 9665, Saturday April 4 at 1507, nice revolutionary music show from KCBS, preferable to but weaker than VOK in stilted, brainwashed English on 9335. In Monitoring Reminders Calendar I have an ancient entry for this at 15-16 UT Sunday, so it`s also on Saturday, and I am not at all sure of its exact scheduling. Who knows, maybe every day, and I am sure there is a lot more of it elsewhen on KCBS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. VOR, 9850, Saturday April 4 at 1508 in English talk about the bicentennial of Gogol this year, which explains why they keep talking about him; evidently the 11-minute news-on-the-hour is a pastthing from VOR. This was originally planned to be Samara site, but at this hour I thought Far East more likely (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. Amigos de la Onda Corta, the Spanish DX program on REE, which is less and less about shortwave, confirmed at new time of 0505 UT Saturday, April 4. This is the time they had been announcing, but for the past few weeks it had actually been airing at 0605. Listened to most of it on webcast, then confirmed it on 6055 direct, followed by 0530 mailbag show on // 3350 via Costa Rica. As for CR-5965, all I could pull was the timesignal at 0530 underneath Vatican which had just ended English broadcast. Last item on the DX program was about identity of the Radio Tirana theme music/IS, as previously discussed in DXLD (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. IBB Greenville transmitter goes haywire again: April 4 at 1402, R. Martí, 13820, accompanied by distorted FMy spurs plus and minus 50 kHz on 13770, 13870; but they were fully readable if one cared to put up with this self-infliction instead of DentroCuban jamming on 13820. At the moment with report on a delegation of eight congressional Democrats visiting Cuba for five days; 1405 Resumen Semanal. Recheck at 1417, the spurs, but also the fundamental were slightly weaker, and I could tell St. Petersburg was underneath on 13870, getting creamed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7390, WHR ID April 4 at 0559, into French Bible reading show, very strong. According to the WHRI Angel 2 program schedule

http://www.whr.org/customcf/dsp_schedule_read.cfm?Search=Angel2

7390 is in use only on Saturdays at 0500-0800, English religion except for 0600-0615 ``La Voix Des Eaux Vivantes``.

This is contrary to the FCC A-09 schedule

http://www.fcc.gov/ib/sand/neg/hf_web/A09FCC01.TXT

showing the only 7390 as WHRA, daily at 0500-0700, 75 degrees to Iberia and N Africa

7390 0500 0700 WHRA 250 75 37-39,46-48 1234567 290309 251009

We were concerned that this would interfere with Radio Tirana in Europe, which broadcasts daily from 0630 in Albanian on 7390, but WHRI is presumably aimed somewhere else. Or is it? How many Quebeckers might be listening at 2 am?

Noel Green in England was also monitoring this and found heavy QRM to Tirana from WHRI, which went off just before 0700.

Besides, there is competing French ``Le Bible Parle`` from WYFR to Eurafrica at 0600 on 9340, 9355. These were very good here, while other WYFR on 9680 and 9715 were weak, and nearby WTJC 9370 JBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Checking for WWRB 9385 Brother Scare spurs again April 4 at 1353, but none audible around 9317, 9452 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955, Saturday April 4 at 1510 with English preacher, poorer reception than on weekdays and maybe on SSE SAm/Carib antenna instead of NW to NAm. Less than 1-kHz het on low side was more bothersome than lite DentroCuban jamming. Probably from Tainan, Taiwan transmitter with Family Radio, altho Palau is also listed, and/or ChiCom jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 9805, DentroCuban Jamming Command, with heavy grinding and pulsing, April 5 at 1318, but could not hear any R. Martí, and Greenville is currently scheduled 1000-1300 only. I could make out some soprano singing underneath, which was definitely not // RM on 11845, audible there mixed with DCJC; 1329 the music station cut off leaving jamming only on 9805, against nothing. The collateral victim was KSDA Guam in Japanese as scheduled after 1300.

Listened to RHC`s Spanish DX program En Contacto, Sunday April 5 1335-1350 on 13680 et al. Mentioned that the Sunday afternoon show Revista Iberoamericana had been replaced by something else using archival material, and consequently, the secret repeat of En Contacto since March is heard at a different time, approx. 2242 or 2245, on 11800, 9550, 13760. See also VENEZUELA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, R. Africa cut off one gospel huxter, and started another at 2156 April 4: Tony Alamo show #320, into lecture about homosexuality. His tape was slightly less distorted than the preceding one (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7450, beautiful a cappella singing, April 5 at 0545, from ERT, cut off abruptly at 0555* I figured it was for Palm Sunday, but the Orthodox are a week behind the other Christians, with Easter not until April 19, 2009. Maybe just a regular Sunday service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 12015, under heavy RTTY I detected some Spanish at 2208 Saturday April 4, soon IDed as REE by // 15110. Trouble is, this is registered only until 2200, and in one version of the REE A-09 schedule, 12015 is shown at 1900-2100 only, in French and Arabic to ME. Maybe there was a silly ballgame extension altho I don`t think it was play-by-play at this late hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UKRAINE. Have been wondering if Olex Yehorov`s Whole World on the Radio Dial was still being broadcast by RUI, as there has been only one program a month, then repeated over and over, altho he said he had left the station in February. Yes, April 5 at 0317 on webcast and 7440, there he is, as heard before, recounting how Ukrainian domestic transmitters have been reduced as of 1 February, etc. Ended earlier than before at 0326 into mailbag with musical bridge. I suppose these repeats and consequently the existence of the DX program on RUI are about to end (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. 11670, RNV via CUBA, April 4 at 2209 caught my ear as announcer mentioned Calabozo, Estado Guárico, which is the site of their own SW centre under construxion, but soon on to another topic. Fair signal, low modulation,

Usual Sunday morning check of Alo, Presidente frequencies, April 5 at 1429 and still 1441, found nothing on 13750 or 11875, and 13680 was still running mainstream RHC // others, while on Sundays they switch it to A,P aimed south if there is any such show. Hugo was either late or no-show this week, but apparently the DentroCubans knew about it so did not even start broadcasting the sesquihour of prelude material. Too busy to recheck until 1803 and nothing then either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BURMA [non]. 11685, April 6 at 1345 some exotic music followed by Burmese talk, with its typical rising inflexion at the end of sentences. Bothered by RTTY from 11687.5. This is Democratic Voice of Burma via T8BZ, PALAU (a.k.a. KHBN), 100 kW due west, at 1300-1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 9845 with huge signal in very lively Chinese, CNR1? April 6 at 1325 and // slightly weaker 9985. Guess what? China is not scheduled on either frequency, but VOA Mandarin is, via Tinang, PHILIPPINES and Tinian, NMI, respectively, // 6110, 11785, 11805, 11990 and 12040 per VOA A09 schedule.

VOA totally inaudible here under this massive jamming; like a spoiled child, the ChiCom screams on the same frequencies, to prevent America from getting one word into Chinese ears. What a loss of face! Aren`t Chinese supposed to be hospitable? If the jamming is so effective way over here, how much worse can it be in China itself? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. RNW via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, 9650, definitely Dutch underneath CRI via Sackville in English, April 6 at 1309. Greatest QRM level yet heard to CRI, and no doubt worsens in western N America. Was still hearing it slightly past scheduled 1327*. Another instance of the hyped HFCC collision-detexion system failing to flag, each from different continents to widely divergent target areas --- but there you are (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 7200, haunting music interrupted by W&M speaking Russian, April 6 at 0543. Presumed Yakutsk as scheduled 1900-1500, 250 kW at 45 degrees for remote Siberia but also rather USward. The transmitter which used to be motor-boating, so I checked with BFO. It is still slightly unstable, but not noticeable in AM mode. And presumably the same one I still hear around 1230, encroaching on the worldwide hamband (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 9541.5 making a good het against China on 9540, April 6 at 1331. Could not separate any audio, but on this frequency surely it`s Solomons with their overnight BBCWS relay. Fortunately, no DentroCuban jamming audible from 9545 at this hour.

BTW, since I am not competing against anyone, not trying to rack up a country count, Solomons already heard and verified sesquidecades ago, I make no apologies for such presumed loggings, which people are free to take or leave. Those who wish to take it may find this a useful tip and be able to pull some audio; and I am also documenting the behavior of stations which may be of historical interest later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB spurs reappear when the fundamental 9385 builds up in strength. Still weakish on 9385 around 1300 April 6 and no spurs detectable, but by 1335, 9385 was inbooming and there was Brother Scare on 9317.1 and matching 9452.9, the latter QRMing Thailand on new 9455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [and non]. Christian Milling tipped me that RAE was supposed to be back on the air April 7, so I was standing by on 15345 at 2157: Morocco inbooming with music and Arabic announcement, could detect no het or anything else, but during few sex of open carrier before 2200* could indeed hear a few notes of the RAE IS! And then a very weak and fluttery signal in the clear; seems to be very close to 15345.0, so no wonder it was not hetting Morocco for a change. Music for a few minutes, then talk, but too weak to copy. Should be starting Spanish after the German hour. RAE also detectable on 11711, April 8 at 0203 with very poor signal, leisurely English introduxion by M&W, bits of music per usual format (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. AIR National Channel from Bengaluru, 9425, Wednesday April 8 at 1454 with lecture in English, interspersed with music, but too weak and fluttery to outmake much. 1457 YL gave produxion credit in outroduxion; 1459 still talk in English and I imagined I heard something like ``National Commission for Women`` mentioned. 1500 music, pause, ID in English and into Hindi.

I wonder if the Times of India or any other major newspaper in English carries specific *program* schedules from AIR, since none seem to be available from AIR itself. 9425 seems to have regular English talks beyond news on our half-hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [non]. RRI`s clear access to 9680 after 1300 was short-lived. On April 8 at 1338 the Chinese were back radiowarring with each other and blocking RRI, mainly evidenced by a SAH of 4.4 Hz.

VOI English on 9525, April 8 at 1340 with language lesson, fair and in the clear; blocked as usual during 1400 hour by CRI in Russian; 1503 recheck, 9525 in clear again re-opening English with news headlines, as always frustratingly offcut in abrupt late (early?) closedown of transmitter at 1505*. During the final minute I was hearing some chirp/pulses of one per second, traces of which were still there after VOI was off; stray CODAR, or my TV set? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 9665 KCBS, again April 8 at 1338, piano and soprano no doubt in paean to Kim like all NK programming, and with that intriguing lo het revealing something else on frequency, which I hope those in Eurasia will outcheck, maybe Mongolia or Iran.

9335, VOK English at 1300 to NAm no contest against huge WEWN 9340, April 8 around 1340 check, but VOK in the clear for repeat at 1500, anthem, and 1502 re-opening English; by now the VOK signal is too weak anyway on a poor day for propagation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL [and non]. 15770, April 8 at 1349 was only hearing RDPI, tho WYFR in Spanish is scheduled until 1400, then its own Portuguese. Propagation was poor, but a bit better from Europe than Florida at this hour. At 1400, RDPI timesignal and time check as usual mentioning an hour earlier in Madeira. 1454 recheck, WYFR Portuguese was totally dominant, with RDPI barely audible underneath. Also of curious interest, when I intuned at 1349 there was an open carrier on the side at 15768. It lasted almost until 1400, and then came back on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA [and non]. Previously I was wondering if RRI is still on 9580 for English to NAm at 0000-0100, as I could not hear it mixing almost equally with Serbia, but April 8 at 0048 check, RRI was definitely still audible underneath IRS and // 6135. We are awaiting Serbia`s shift to 9675 which is supposed to happen by April 15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, definite carrier here, not 15475, on portable DX-398 in the yard while noisy computer on inside, but ambient line noise level in neighborhood still makes it tough to pull anything more, 1923 April 9. However, computer off, checked at 2041 on the FRG-7 with longwire, I found the carrier cutting on and off, almost like slow CW. This has happened before with LRA36. Now if they had actually been sending a message by CW instead of AM, it could have been copied (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. DentroCuban Jamming Command pulses against nothing on 9545, that frequency used only a few hours earlier by Radio República, but jamming still going at 0628 April 9 --- and QRMing RHC on adjacent 9550, ha ha ha, whose signal was markedly weaker. That gives you a good idea of the priorities in Cuban broadcasting and anti-broadcasting. DentroCuban Commies vs DentroCuban Commies! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 6045, KBS World Radio ID in Spanish but pronouncing this name in English, April 9 at 0631 still going with recipe, announcing date of broadcast as April 8, then lecture on the importance of washing your hands. Unfortunately that is still very much needed, if you keep an eye on the other males in the public restroom skipping that final step, so never touch the door handle if it opens inward! 0639 into Hablemos Coreano, LL. This took me by surprise, as I had not noticed on the A-09 schedule that this 0600 transmission via Sackville to Europe, has been doubled to a full hour now. Ahá, they traded that for the English half-hour at 0230 on 9560! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SERBIA [non]. IRS and RRI still colliding on 9850, April 10 at 0120 check, back to about equal levels, unusable for both (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. As I tuned across WWRB, 9385, April 10 at 1311, Brother Scare was saying that he was on ``585 and 1251 kHz in China for the next 30 minutes`` --- Really? 1311-1341? What an odd timing. Or does he mean 1300-1330? 1330-1400? Or something totally different if this was a recording --- he can`t possibly be awake and blathering 24 hours a day. In China? I seriously doubt it; but maybe inTO China. Are these frequencies shown here?

http://www.overcomerministry.org/calendar/phpicalendar/swrpt.php?cal=itlradio&getdate=20080627&printview=day

Of course not! And why in the world are the local times in Asia, Europe, Pacific on this page designated as (US) Eastern?? And why is the title of this page ``Friday, June 27``? B.S. is seriously challenged in just presenting his own scheduling information correctly, let alone having a direct line from God in the future. Is either frequency mentioned anywhere on this version of his schedule? http://www.overcomerministry.org/calendar/phpicalendar/report.php

Of course not!

I am afraid 1251 kHz may be the 600 kW at Ussuriysk near Vladivostok, but there are also 1251 possibilities in Korea South, Taiwan and Philippines. Similar fears about 585 being the 1200 kW at Belogorsk, DV Russia. What are the poor Asians to make of this apocalyptic nonsense emanating from the styx of SC? We pray they may not assume it is typically American, but only affirms that Americans are free to speak total B.S., even unto the whole wide world. Maranatha! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Ted Randall says he has been getting interference complaints while his shows are on WBCQ 7415, Tue-Wed-Thu 2100-2300. In Puerto Rico, there`s China co-channel until 2200, which is 2000-2200 English via Kashi, 500 kW at 308 degrees for Europe but prolonged trans-Atlantically. And in eastern NAm, YFR 7420 Arabic via Wertachtal, 250 kW at 210 degrees for W Africa. I heard the latter at 2218 check April 9, but not really a problem for WBCQ in CNAm. It may also be bothering WORLD OF RADIO Mondays at 2200 further east. Looking at the schedules, the only other adjacent problem could be 7410, BBC via South Africa, 330 degrees at 2100-2200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. VOA Korean service, VG signal on 11740, April 10 at 1316 --- except the audio was cutting out sporadically. Checked // 5890 and the same was happening 4 seconds later, as it is deliberately delayed. 11740 is Tinang, Philippines, while 5890 is Tinian, NMI. Therefore, the problem is somewhere between Washington and the separate transmitter sites. Is anyone paying attention at either end? Why isn`t there a backup system, switching to a lower-quality but non-interrupted dial-up program feed, for example, the instant that the satellite feed starts to act up? During the next few minutes there was no American Song, but continuous [note spelling] Korean talk over music, at one point interrupted by VOA News announcement in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR. RTZ, 11735, April 9 at 2023 check with ME music, poor modulation with rumble, and signal weakening perceptibly in the next minute (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. RNA, 11780, at 1346 April 13, Portuguese song squeezed between Anguilla 11775 and CRI Kashi 11785; and momentary audio dropout, a persistent problem at Brasília (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 6030 with oscillating whoop-whoop jammer, similar sound but not identical to 6350 from Korea North, April 13 at 1313, vs something in Chinese on 6030, i.e. per Aoki A09: 6030*Ming Hui Radio 1300-1400 1234567 Chinese 100 325 Tanshui TWN 12125E 2511N MHR a09

At 1405 recheck, jammer still going but much weaker, and now the victim is CFVP Calgary with its country music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. R. Rebelde, 5025, was open carrier at 0535-0540+ April 12. Propagation was terrible at this time with WWCR 5070 only poor, no CFRX on 6070, nothing on 9 MHz except DW-Kigali in German on 9480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC is making a number of frequency changes April 13. Can it be coincidental that they wait until the public A-09 HFCC is out, since they refuse to participate in HFCC for advance coordination?

On April 10, Alan Pennington in the BDXC-UK heard them announce some new English frequencies: 17660 2030-2130, 13790 2300-2400, 6010 0500-0700 but not what they would be replacing, or additional?

Anyhow, Radio Mil and LV de tu Conciencia no longer need to worry about who is using 6010 during those two hours (or longer? RHC could be on 6010 in Spanish before 0500). At 2030, the English frequencies have been 11760 and 13680, so is one of those replaced by 17660? At 2300, 9550 has been the only intentional English channel, so is that replaced by 13790?

Already at 0534 April 13 as Isabel García was starting the mailbag show, we found new 6010 on the air with a VG signal, but the other three 49m channels in English, 6000, 6060 and 6140 were also still on. Most likely the 6010 transmitter has moved down from 9550 or 11760, which were not audible, as they often have not been due to propagation. Modulation level on 6000 was very low compared to the other three.

In Spanish at 1351 April 13, found new 13780 was going // 13680, both very strong. 13780 replaces 15370 which was missing, and still heard on all the other old frequencies, 15360, 15120, 13760, 12000, 11760, and 6000 which at 1355 was still on making an echo with 13680 at a different site but synchronized with weak 13760. At 1359:30 the time was ``exactamente las 10, ante meridiano``. Does RHC have any idea what ``exactly`` means? I made a point of listening for frequency announcement before and after the 1400 news, but there was none, 1403 directly into Voces de la Revolución. Sign-off announcement at 1457, when they never say what their morning frequencies are, on 13780 had been updated to say they would return at 2100 on 13760, 13790, 11820 and 11800, the middle two being new.

11820 will collide with Saudi Arabia at 1800-2300 toward Eu and NAm, a regular here in our afternoons. 13780 is already registered by VOR at 12-14, and DW via Woofferton at 14-16, which I recall hearing there, but now totally blocked by RHC. 13790 should be clear in the 21-24 period.

Have any of these changes been put into the frequency schedule at http://www.radiohc.cu/espanol/frecuencia/frecuencias-espanol.htm ---?

Of course not. It sometimes takes weeks for them to update their website frequency schedule and they may or may not remember to change the effective dates at the top too. Nor did Arnie mention any frequency changes in his April 11 DXUL script. There are probably additional changes to be discovered.

On Sunday April 12 I rechecked the frequencies for Spanish DX program En Contacto at its new time, just started at 2245. Last week only 13760 was really carrying it, but this time the other three frequencies were too, 9550, 11750 and 11800. 9550 and 11750 were synchronized, 13760 an echo apart, and 11800 too weak to evaluate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. NHKWNRJ in English, April 13 at 1421, fair on 13630, via Rampisham UK at 62 degrees, about one second behind Sackville, CANADA relay on 11705. So 13630 is an alternative for the 1400-1429 broadcast if there is too much echo on 11705, or too close to Sackville in skipzone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** UKRAINE. It appears RUI`s DX program has finally been canceled. The last edition by Olex Yehorov was produced in February, but was still being repeated on April 4; but UT Sunday April 12 on 7440 (actually I was listening to the webcast) the Mailbag started much earlier taking up the slack, from 0017 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB spurs from 9385 still there, April 13 at 1340 on 9317 with Brother Scare audio readable, but the match on 9453 only a het against Thailand 9455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WYFR mix of two English programs on 11795, April 13 at 1344, one Camping, one not; leapfrog of 11865 over 11830, but in this case could be FRG-7 receiver overload rather than transmitted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Further checking of RHC frequency changes on April 13: at 2002, 11800 in Portuguese // much stronger new 11820 and an echo apart from it; 11760 in French. No signals on 11750 or 13680, nor could I detect anything for sure on 17660, previously announced as new for English at 2030. The 17705 Venezuelan relay was audible poorly.

Did not check the 2030-2130 English broadcast until 2120, and 17660 still inaudible but maybe on and not propagating; by then nothing but Spanish music fill on 11760, and not a word announced in any language until 2129 IS and 2130 into French without any frequencies given; but presumably 11760 is the 2030-2130 English frequency, as not // 11800, 11820 and new 13790 in Spanish talk. Still no signals on 13680 or 11750, the latter now avoiding the collision from Guam I have been reporting after 2100.

RHC also has dropped 9550 for English at 2300. The DentroCuban Jamming Command probably complained that RHC was interfering with their jamming of Radio República on 9545, hi hi. The 2300 English now heard on new 13790 with VG signal; Spanish audible at this hour on 13680, but not found on any 25m frequency.

Next check at 0102 April 14: 13790 still on and VG in Kriyol; English on 6000 with a theremin/musical saw warble/wobbler underneath, and without that on 6140. All other frequencies // in Spanish: 5965, 6060, new 6120 with poor audio, 9600, 11690, 11760, 13760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also RUSSIA [and non]

** ETHIOPIA [non]. 15665, WHRI-1 at 1957 Monday April 13, just as I tuned in heard ``Amen`` in language, presumably Amharic, and after a bit more talk cut off without sign-off at 1958. Per WHR online sked this is 1900-2000 Mon Demitse-Tewahedo 15665; only fair here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 9810 finally confirmed with VOR, first as something in Spanish at 0047 April 14 mixing with leftover DentroCuban jamming against R. República which moved to 9545 a biweek ago. Commies vs ex-Commies! And at 0059 VOR IS barely audible on 9810, sheduled to SAm at 0000-0200: http://www.ruvr.ru/files/shedule/ISI_SAmerica.xls

The ONLY VOR English frequencies we have to work with at 0100 are 9665 and 9890. 9665 Moldova wasn`t making it, and 9890 Samara(?) was barely audible before 0100, improving somewhat to poor after 0100 April 14. Meanwhile, VOR 7395 in Spanish was inbooming with generator hum, presumably via Guiana French, which is the site they need to use to make it to NAm reliably when higher-latitude propagation is so poor, just as they did in B-08 on 7335. One good frequency beats 40 bad ones (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SERBIA [non]. IRS had reportedly finally made the change to 9675 after a biweek of colliding with Romania and China/Cuba on 9580, and I was barely able to confirm this April 14 when TA propagation was very poor --- SF 68 and K 0 at 0000: At 0058 IRS ID in English, and still no better at 0105 recheck when should have switched azimuth from 310 to 325 degrees. Earlier in April they had a good signal on 9580 causing havoc to its collidees so I assume reception will eventually pick up on clear 9675. Meanwhile, Cuba was late bringing up the CRI audio on 9580, just huge open carrier at 0101 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. Is R. Thailand using 15275 for NAm now straight thru from 0000 to 0330? I certainly can`t tell as it was inaudible at 0100 April 14, and former(?) 12120 was as usual occupied by a big hi-speed RTTY signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17895, at 2000 April 13, VG signal from VOA opening The African Beat. Say, could they spare 5 minutes for news on the hour? I hear stuff is going on in Africa and elsewhere worldwide. IBB keeps swapping transmitter sites around, but momentwise, at 19-21 this is Greenville 250 kW at 94 degrees, and obviously plenty kW backwards at 274 degrees close to usward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BURMA [non]. 12140, April 15 at 1337 in Burmese, bits of Handel music, a nice touch, but 1343 into Burmese rap(?) with drumming, QRMing CODAR; see UNIDENTIFIED. This is Radio Free Asia via Tinian, 1330-1400 with 250 kW at 267 degrees but good signal way over here too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13880, new RHC mixing product thanks to new fundamental 13780, over which old 13680 leapfrogs, April 15 at 1320. 13880 had similar modulation breakup as on 13680, but not 13780. There should be a matching one on the other side, 13580, and indeed I could hear traces of RHC under R. Prague in English to NAm during this semihour --- Commies vs ex-Commies! Recheck at 1349 when Praha had changed to less favorable azimuth, RHC more detectable on 13580, but still stronger on 13880.

Meanwhile RHC continued with much weaker and lower-modulated signal on // 13760 from the other site. At 1403 Bárbara Betancourt plugged the upcoming Mesa Redonda at 6:30 pm [2230 UT] on 9820 and 6000. Apparently she has not read RHC`s new frequency schedule which shows 9640 instead of 9820 for that, maybe facilitating Nove de Julho reception; BTW, per HFCC, 9640 collides with CRI via Kashi in Spanish to Spain until 2300.

I have also noticed after 0500 when both 6000 and new 6010 are on in English that there is an echo between them if you tune just right to 6005 with adequately wide bandwidth. It`s a safe bet than whenever two RHC or China/Venezuela relay frequencies are only 10 kHz apart, as happens in several other cases, they are from two different sites, and thus cannot spawn leapfrogs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. It seems the VOI YL presenter has a weekly date with the OM at RRI Banjarmasin. Like last Tuesday, on April 14 the 1300 English hour was much about Banjarmasin, Kalimantan. At tune-in 1302 on 9525, the two were conversing `live` on a crackly line from there, also giving SMS and IM contact info --- so was it really live now, or a playback of an earlier English broadcast?

Couldn`t listen straight through, and despite good signal it takes concentration to make out what is being said thru the accents, crackle and hum. 1334 started the Focus program, which was produced at RRI-B with the same gentleman and another YL announcer, an historical talk about the royalty era. At 1354 the crackle/breakup got worse. Expected CRI Russian to override it at usual *1357, but this time did not cut on until almost 1401.

A quick check of RRI 9680 at 1341 found it again with Chinese co-channel (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. Sometimes Live from Turkey gets repeated on later broadcasts, sometimes not. I heard the live airing Tuesday April 14 at 1851 on webcast, SW being 9785; it was mostly music fill except for one call to/from regular Chris Lewis in England. My ATS-909 alarm was still set to go off at 0311 to check whether 7325 is really in English, so I listened for a while, and LFT started playing back at 0321 UT Wednesday April 15 instead of the programming it pre-empts on the regular broadcasts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST

** CANADA [and non]. 6030, after 1300 April 17, Chinese and less than 1 kHz het on hi side, jamming against Ming Hui Radio or something else? At 1314 surged an ID for ``Classic Country AM 1060``, then ``I`ll Only Love You``, i.e. from CFVP Calgary (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD. Tnx to Brandon Jordan`s tip, I looked for RNT on 6165 during the one-hour RN Bonaire break. April 17 at 0450, hilife music, good signal, pause for brief announcement in French saying good morning from Ndjamena. Modulation was slightly distorted on music. Blocked at *0458 by RNW OC and IS, opening Dutch (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. As usual, RHC`s new online schedule is inaccurate and incomplete.

http://www.radiohc.cu/espanol/frecuencia/frecuencias-espanol.htm

I am still hearing RHC in Spanish on 6120, altho on the schedule it shows only one semihour per week, Sunday 2330 in Esperanto to CAm. April 17 at 0447, RHC in Spanish, rough modulation on 6120.

I was looking for // to 5965, where RHC continues to collide with REE Costa Rica; at the moment RHC was on top, along with Vatican Radio in French for a 3-way SAH; at 0440 Vatican changes from 10 to 330 degrees with 250 kW from SMG; and 330 tho intended for Europe carries on to NAm beyond.

Back on 6120 at 0459, RHC signing off mentioning 6000 and 6180 which I assume were referring to *1100 channels. Played a different version of national anthem, which seemed to mix in bits of La Marseillaise! Then plugged repeat of transmission coming up on webcast only, IS and off.

REE was playing some nice ME music before 0500, which I wish I had time to stay with, clearer on 6055 direct, but also with RHC ACI from 6060.

Then I went to 6010 waiting for that new RHC English frequency to come on. Finally did at *0502 overriding sermon in English being translated into Spanish, i.e. LV de to Conciencia, COLOMBIA --- this may explain people hearing English from HJDH elsewhen. The modulation on RHC 6010 was much better than on 6120, so I hesitate to conclude they were the same transmitter.

At 0515 I was also getting RHC English weakly on 5960, but this may have been receiver overload rather than transmitted, i.e. 6060 leapfrog over 6010 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [non]. Checking VOR frequencies, April 16 at 0135, 9890 was poor, and 9665 had a fast SAH of approximately 12 Hz. That must be CRI via Brasília, which is registered on 9665 at 01-02, 250 kW at 215 degrees in Spanish, so not much signal here, but enough to bother VOR when southern conditions are up and northern propagation is down. CRI/Brasília resumes at 03-04 in Spanish, this time at 314 degrees but I`ve yet to check how the collision goes during that hour. Every A-season, Russia [non] and China [non] clash like this, but now it`s more serious with only one alternative from Russia --- 9890 until 0200, then no alternative (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. V. of Biafra International via WHRI on 17520 for the second Friday in a row! So maybe they will stay a while. Reception this time sufficient, April 17 at 1858, frequency already on with long-form WHRI ID giving frequency and militaristic in-your-face-to-the-heathens, Onward, Christian Soldiers theme --- we will conquer and convert you by force if necessary. 1900 switches to VOBI theme, ID and usual opening of Finlandia, and All Hail Biafra --- BTW, the English lyrix really take some forcing into the metre of the music, so originally some other song, or some other lyrix?

1906 ``Let Us Pray``, but instead of 5-minute supplication, a lively song in vernacular for a sesquiminute, hardly seemed prayerful. 1907:30 already into newscast in Biafran English. By then, three station IDs by The Orator, with webfeed artifacts, had gone by, none of them mentioning the frequency. Has it been updated on their own website http://www.biafraland.com/vobi.htm – of course not! Still shows 15280 at 2000, where it existed only in the dim, distant past. Yet this same page has been updated with the latest audio file linx including April 17.

BTW, it has now been confirmed by James MacDonell in Niger State that Enugu`s own 6025v is back on the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. As soon as RHC`s new frequency to Europe became known, I outpointed that it would collide with Saudi Arabia, already using 11820. This usage is even in PWBR `2007` at 1800-2300 to Western Europe, which means they have been using it since at least 2006 and probably longer; so there`s no excuse for RHC`s frequency manager missing it, really blowing this pick. How long will they keep clashing, to avoid losing face by admitting their mistake? April 17 at 2040, found RHC making a SAH of about 5 Hz atop some muezzining underneath on the non-buzzy BSKSA channel. I`ll bet it`s a different story in Europe, BSKSA aiming 500 kW at 320 degrees from Riyadh. RHC 11820 signal here stronger than its // 11800 for all the Arabs in the Caribbean.

At 2101, these were going into Spanish, opening announcement 50% wrong as to four frequencies in use: ``13760, 9550 to S America; 11800 to Caribbean; 11750 to Europe``. As per RHC online sked, 9550 and 11750 have been replaced by 13790 and 11820 respectively. Besides its legion of technical problems, internal communication at RHC is so bad that the left hand does not know what the left hand is doing (all hands there are left). Then to Siboney-on-synthesizer theme, which had an audio cut of several sex in it.

Meanwhile I checked the English frequencies on the 2030-2130 broadcast. At 2046, I could barely detect the new one, 17660, very poor with music // but not synchronized to 11760. How`s it doing for all the Anglophiles in Rio de Janeiro, the apparent target? And what about São Paulo, Brasília, Curitiba, etc., etc.? At 2057 a song was cut off in the middle for more than two minutes of dead air before it resumed.

13780, April 18 at 1433, Cancionero Iberoamericano, hostess mentioned that it is on the air ``cada tarde de sábado`` --- no doubt it also airs Saturday evenings, but she seems unaware that it has been a Saturday morning staple for many sesquiyears. This week, Argentine group El General Paz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. R. Martí reporting on Pres. Obama thawing relations with Cuba, new rules on remittances, 1415 April 18 on 11845, still jammed. If the DentroCubans really want to improve relations they should start by TEARING DOWN THAT WALL of radio noise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680, RRI with atonal singing accompanied by seemingly unrelated gamelans, Sat April 18 at 1305; no QRM, so maybe the Taiwan/China radio war abates on weekends? Same music still going at 1348 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB spur on 9317, April 17 at 2044, weak but // 9385 as someone other than Brother Scare was talking, no doubt one of his psychophants. Besides plus and minus 68 kHz from 9385, there are several reports of plus and minus 68 kHz spurs from 3185 at night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake observations: April 19 at 1312 on 9000, and at 1316 just barely audible on 8400. April 20 at 1227, good on both 9000 and 8400; at 1325 gone from 9000 but still on 8400; ditto at 1346 and 1424 rechex (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. RHC, 11760 still on the air altho 9550 has been moved to 6010, April 19 at 0533 tuned in just as Arnie Coro was ending his reminiscences about repelling the invaders at the Bay of Pigs. Probably the same as last year when we captured the story and preserved it in the dxldyg audio files.

 

13580, RHC leapfrog mixing with R. Prague IS, just as it was concluding English to NAm at 1328 April 20. 1329 RHC alone as Prague was switching to another antenna. RHC also audible on 13880, once again with crackly audio as on 13680, unlike 13780, the two of which jump over each other to produce these spurs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, 9525, Sunday April 19 at 1317 with News Across the Country, but not very far afield from Jakarta, about the new terminal 3 opening at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport; 1321 Today in History about the Monaco marriage in 1956y. Usual good signal but with persistent humming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** POLAND [non]. PRES English hour at 1200 I don`t expect to hear from European midday to bright spring mornings in NAm, but April 20 at 1220 could make out YL speaking English on 7330, splatter from RCI and CRI mix on 7325; also 9525 VOI Malay had some CCI sounding the same. Now if PRES had a clear channel in either case, we could hear it understandably, but they care only about Europe. 7330 is 100 kW, 5 degrees from Nauen, while 9525 is 100 kW, 300 degrees from Wertachtal, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. REE, via Costa Rica, 9630, VG signal and the modulation seemed less muffled than before, so I did not feel compelled to switch to Noblejas 6055, April 19 at 0540 discussing the future of the Spanish language, lack of standardization from country to country, 0545 especially on the danger of Spanglish in the USA; program is Futuro Abierto, scheduled UT Sundays 0500-0600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. RTI, 9735, Japanese service at 1353 April 20 putting out unstable matching spurs slightly above 9740 and slightly below 9730, making almost the same pitch noise but not a pure tone het, against adjacent victims, in this case CRI Beijing English on 9730 and BBCWS Singapore English on 9740. I noted a similar case months ago. BTW, you won`t find any RTI listings in HFCC, no doubt a ChiCom requirement as long as they participate with their non-jamming transmissions only; consult Aoki instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. No chance yet to check new 12010 ex-11875 for the Aló, Presidente service via Cuba, as Sunday April 19 none of the frequencies were active at 1436 check, and regular RHC was still running on 13680. Hugo was off to Trinidad and/or a counter-summit in Cumaná (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, April 21 at 1325: on 8400 and weaker 9000. Firedrake, which is the name for the raucous music-only jamming, not any other audio source of Chinese jamming, is still being heard regularly here in the mornings: April 22 at 1307 on 8400, much stronger than on 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)** CUBA. The latest from Mixing Product Central on 13 MHz: April 21 at 1414, Fidel on 13720 mixing with CRI English, i.e. leapfrog 13760 over 13740. Meanwhile from the other site, the usual leapfrogs of 13680 and 13780 over each other to land on 13580 and 13880 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190 at 1416 April 21 with screaming preacher in English, fortunately undermodulated but still plenty annoying, and who would voluntarily listen to that for content? Doesn`t matter, pays your money, maybe gets your transmission to the heathen masses of Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, 9525, for the third Tuesday in a row featuring Banjarmasin, in another historical W&M lexure, April 21 at 1341. Earlier in the hour, reports about the elexion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. Checked RTI 9735 again April 21, at 1322 in Japanese, and this time without the spurs on 9730 and 9740 that were there the day before. But they`ll be back, no doubt.

 

RTI 9735 spurs were back on April 22 at 1305, bothering CRI on 9730 and BBC on 9740 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11930, Tue April 21 at 1328 talk in S Asian language I could not quite place, mixed with music past 1330. No jamming yet from Cuba; R. Martí starts at 1400 with carrier on several minutes earlier. Is PWBR `2009` any help? Of course not! In fact I seldom bother to check it any more since A-09 began; once in a while it would come up with an answer in B-08, but even so one always had to compare it to up-to-date online resources for confirmation.

Aoki shows this is TWR via Novosibirsk, RUSSIA, due south in a variety S Asian languages, many of them obscure, such as this one, Dogri, M-F at 1315-1330, while on Sat & Sun it`s Hindi at 1315-1400. No broadcasts are accounted for after 1330 on Tuesdays, nor in EiBi.

Here`s a bit about the Dogri language, not that they are itching to become Protestants, but there is allegedly a translation of the New Testament: http://languages.iloveindia.com/dogri.html (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. La Voz de la RASD, 6300 via Algeria, not heard here in some time; seems it does not sign on until a few minutes after 0600; April 22 at 0627 it was coming in well with music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. Among several signals, mostly in Chinese audible in the middle of the night on 16m, April 24 at 0558 was something weak on 17830. Per Aoki, this must be CVC Darwin, 250 kW, 340 degrees, 0400-1000 in Chinese.

Also had RA weakly in English on 17750, 0601 April 24 with news from USA, // better 15240. 17750 is Shepparton, 100 kW, 329 degrees at 2330-0800 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS [and non]. Spring is here --- middle of the night opening on 16 meters from R. Free Asia in Chinese, April 24 at 0557 on 17640. At first I figured it was ChiCom jamming with the CNR1 program, which is certainly in use, but then I found two // frequencies, except they were 1 or 2 seconds displaced, typical behavior of the IBB sites to even out power consumption. And no echoes on any single frequency.

At 0601 April 24 on 17880, same Chinese program as 17640 but stronger and about two seconds ahead of it.

Emboldened by such propagation, I headed for 13 meters even tho it was around local midnight. And was rewarded by yet another signal, on 21550. Quite weak but // 17880 and 17640 altho displaced, about one second ahead of 17880. What does PWBR `2009` say? Nothing anywhere at any time shown on 21550.

Per Aoki listings here is what I was hearing:

17640, RFA Tinian, 0300-0600, 295 degrees starting April 24! It is not yet on RFA`s own schedule: http://www.rfa.org/english/about/frequencies.html

17880, RFA Saipan, 0300-0600, 310 degrees [but on later]

21550, RFA Tinian, 0300-0700, 304/303 degrees

But all are jammed. I am fairly positive in this case I was hearing the NMI transmitters, and because of much higher latitude path, the jammers were not making it here.

As if to compensate for this, 16m was late opening after sunrise April 24: still almost dead at 1252, with trace of Chile on 17680; 1328 starting to pick up with only poor signals from that plus 17595 Spain and 17800 Portugal.

Nothing unusual at 0600 per SWPC, unless a SF hitting a hefty 71 made all the difference. More pertinent is the increasing summer sun in the northern hemisphere.

Solar-terrestrial indices for 23 April follow.

Solar flux 71 and mid-latitude A-index 1.

The mid-latitude K-index at 0600 UTC on 24 April was 1 (8 nT).

The mid-latitude K-index at 1200 UTC on 24 April was 1 (9 nT).

No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours.

No space weather storms are expected for the next 24 hours.

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. VOR`s only A09 frequency in English to NAm at 0400-0600 is 13775. Mostly it had been inaudible to just barely audible here, but April 24 it was finally propagating, as I tuned in just before closing: fairly good at 0556 with music, 0558 perky YL with sorta British accent signing off NAm service, to return at 2200 on 31 meters. Service to Europe and Australia would continue now; just gave meter bands and in the case of Europe, Mwavelengths. What century are they living in? Or is their target audience the dwindling number of people with old radios calibrated only in meters? And I use the term `calibrated` loosely, as such terminology is quite inaccurate.

As for 13775, the original VOR A09 sked showed it in English only at 0400-0600, as does EiBi, but Aoki  now shows it at 0100-0600, all 250 kW, 50 degrees via Vladivostok-Tavrich site at 131-54E, 43-20N. So is 13775 really on air now from 0100? RUVR`s own schedule at http://www.ruvr.ru/files/shedule/VSA_NorthAmerica.xls

still shows 13775 as 04-06 only, but there were reports that VOR would be adding more SW frequencies due to numerous listener complaints. This led me to check 15, 17, and even 21 MHz with positive results (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15380, with Qur`an, poor but no buzz, April 24 at 1329. This is the Holy Qur`an Service, at 12-14, 500 kW, 310 degrees from Riyadh (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 15170 via Costa Rica, reconfirmed REE is still carrying news in co-official languages, as Friday April 24 at 1254 concluding news of Basque country presented in Castilian. Should be M-F 1240-1255 in Catalan, Galician and Basque [really mostly Castilian as a security measure?], despite this schedule

http://www.rtve.es/files/70-14142-FICHERO/Parrilla_marzo_2009.pdf

showing something called ``Fuero Propio`` in the 1230-1300 semihour. My dixionary says Fuero means a compilation of laws or a municipal charter, so possibly this an oblique way of referring to the legal obligation to air token broadcasts in minority languages? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6300, LV de la RASD, via Algeria, April 24 at 0608 with chanting, which certainly sounds Qur`anish, but quite unlike what we hear from closer to Mecca; is such variation allowed? By 0611 had finished that and started an exhortative speaker (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17850, *0559 April 24 Chinese talk over ``Diamonds`` commercial theme music, while I was getting R. Free Asia, NMI and Australia on other 16m channels, 17850 with a better signal than any of them. Nothing listed here in the online schedules, nor on 17845 or 17855 in case I misread frequency on FRG-7 analog dial, which has a parallax problem in this range, but I don`t think so. Could be CNR1 jammer against unknown target (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. Only had time for a quick check on the portable of 17520, Friday April 24 at 1952, and could barely detect a signal there, presumably still V. of Biafra International for the third week in a row. Not on 15665 or 11885, anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check April 25 at 1315: yes on 9000, no on 8400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. Looking for V. of Russia English to the Americas, UT April 25. Not much making it after 0100 --- trace on 9890, not 9665, and no 9480 which is on some skeds, presumably intended to be German relay like A-08. After 0200, 9480 not heard either, but there was a trace on 15425, couldn`t be sure it was VOR English, presumably from FE site, and much weaker than RTI via WYFR 15440. It would help if VOR/RUVR would put up accurate, complete and non-contradictory skeds on its own website. By 0600, unlike the night before when even 21 MHz had a signal, everything above 10 MHz was dead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGESTS)

** U S A [non]. VOA Indonesian, 9945, Saturday April 25 at 1405 with rapid DJ, bits of interview with a female pop artiste in English, before voice-overs in Indonesian, still past 1430 and at 1432 a bit of Sousa. Per Aoki this is Thu-Fri-Sat only:

9945 VOICE OF AMERICA 1400-1500 567 Indonesian 250 200 Tinang PHL 12037E 1521N IBB a09 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. Another Sunday with no trace of Aló Presidente via Cuba on new listed 12010, or any of the other frequencies, at 1600 UT check April 26 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6300, R. Nacional de la RASD, already on at 0600 April 25 with anthem by amateur/military band, 0601 sign-on in Arabic, but modulation just barely audible, then into its peculiar version of Qur`aning at full modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ALASKA. KNLS, 7355, April 28 at 1413 in English with Stories from the Bible in Contemporary English, ID; good signal. Could not hear the other transmitter in Chinese on 9795 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, very good, and equal level on 8400 and 9000, April 27 [not 24 as in DXLD 9-036] at 1321 check, so I `enjoyed` the music for a while. At 1400 monitoring 9000, as usual went to open carrier; 1421 recheck both still going but weakening. On other occasions when both frequencies are on, one has been much weaker than the other, so something must be changing dynamically as to sites, powers and/or azimuths.

Firedrake check April 28: at 1341 fair, about same level on 8400 and 9000; at 1423 found VG Firedrake on new 15600, // weakening 9000 and 8400. At 24 past each hour the segment features a ramshorn-like instrument, slow with some pauses, then into slow drumming, before building up to breakneck percussion again. This is when one might be able to detect its victim underneath, but could not. I quickly scanned the entire 13-19 MHz range but did not find any other FD. Ron Howard has been hearing 15600 12-13 hours earlier, so it may be on long hours in response to Sound of Hope which it seems has stepped up transmissions and frequency-jumping. Keith Perron says this time of year before Tiananmen anniversary is when ChiCom jamming reaches a peak, and additional censorship is imposed on CRI programming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HAWAII [and non]. AFN, Pearl Harbor, 10320-USB, barely audible broadcast talk as I was scanning for Firedrake, April 28 at 1416. Not // Florida 12133.5, but seemed // to equally weak 5765 Guam. Aoki lists the power for each of these as 3 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, yet another Tuesday with input from RRI Banjarmasin, Kalimantan. 9525 at 1320 April 28, usual features but interspersed continuity is conversation between YL in Jak(?) and OM in Banj; 1330 Focus, on the VP elexion, which is apparently separate from the presidential; 1338 a feature about Banjarmasin, but too much accent and too much noise level to make much out of it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. RFA Tinian, 17880 was audible again in nightmiddle, April 27 at 0520 in Chinese, // 17615 but not 17640, which was in use on April 24 --- only? Could also detect a carrier on 21550, on YB-400 only with internal wire antenna during storm. April 28 around 0530, 17880 again detectable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9700, Monday April 27 at 1325 weak audio but a big het; seems like one carrier is on the low side. 1328 audio improved; not helped by SSB intruder around 9696. 1330 sounds like Vietnamese, anyway with ``phat-thanhs``. Per Aoki this is FEBC, 50 kW from Iba site due west in various minolity languages between 1300 and 1400 in a convoluted schedule depending on day of week. On Mondays supposed to go from Muong to Cham at 1330. Eibi says it`s Eastern Cham. Could the het be jamming? Iba may well be off-frequency. Per online listings, nothing else is intentionally scheduled on 9700 at this hour, except maybe Sofia in DRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. VOA, 9760, April 28 at 1405 news in English but occasional audio breakups and transmission also cut off for several seconds. Aoki shows between 13 and 15 there are two 250 kW Tinang transmitters here, one at 21 degrees usward and the other 270 degrees westward, so when one fails, VOA may still be heard more weakly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. VOR check at 0302 UT April 28:

 7395, gone, replaced by 9735, q.v.

 9665, VOR English UNDER CRI in Spanish via Brasília, with fast rippling SAH. This is a monumental failure in frequency management, a collision going on year after year at 01-03 and 03-04, plus additional periods of open carrier from Brasil

 9735, VOR Spanish via French Guiana, very good, ex-7395

 9890, fluttery signal in Russian; scheduled earlier in English

15425, VOR English, good via Far East

Another check at 0422:

 9665, VOR in Spanish, now QRMless; apparently new, not on schedule

 9735, VOR still Spanish via GUF, not English as claimed by some downunderite during this hour

13775, VOR English, good, having switched FE site from 15425

(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WEWN has made some frequency changes, upwards for summer, altho they claim that the current schedule at http://www.ewtn.com/radio/freq.htm

went into effect March 29 --- not true! For example, new 12050 in Spanish // 11550, April 27 at 1315 with religious discussion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Haven`t heard KJES on 11715 in weeks, but there again April 28 at 1420: S9+20 signal but barely audible modulation, adult OM with catechisms in English, mixed with someone singing. Once again this seems to correlate with sporadic E opening on HF if not VHF, as WWCR 13845 was strong vs usual barely audible, and 15825 was poor vs usual inaudible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 15635, at 0616 April 29, two programs in Chinese mixing. Per Aoki, this is a R. Free Asia Chinese frequency at 0300-0700, 500 kW, 152 degrees via Irkutsk, RUSSIA, plus ChiCom jamming. I cannot be sure whether I was hearing RFA at all or just double jamming. See also USA [non] 11605.

Firedrake check April 29: At 1436, just barely audible on 13970, where we used to hear it months ago; At 1438 stronger on 15150, and even stronger on 15600, all // and presumably against inaudible Sound of Hope. At 1440 I thought I heard a couple of words spoken among all the music. At 1451, still audible on two more //, 8400 and 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC must have changed their program feed routing, and/or transmitter site arrangement for English, checked at 0622 April 29. Previously, 6000 and 6010 had been an echo apart, but now they are synchronized, altho 6000 is still modulated very much less than 6010. 6000 also has a squeal audible on the low side. 6140 is also undermodulated, 6060 normal modulation, and all of them synchronized. BTW, after about four days, the outdated schedule on their redesigned website has been replaced by more or less correct one (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. Radio República added another broadcast. Tnx to tip from José Miguel Romero, Spain that it was very strong on 9840 during the 21 UT hour April 27, I started checking the frequency April 28. During the 19 UT hour, WHRI was still on it; nothing heard after 2000. At 2115-2135 I was getting R. República, only fair signal with deep fades, no jamming, so suspect UK site instead of Canada. 2200 ID with no frequency announcement, ``Entre Jóvenes`` show. Not heard at 2302 recheck. So schedule on 9840 is tentatively 2100-2300, then over to jammed 9545. I expect the jamming on 9840 will start ASAP.

Lingering jamming against R. Martí, 7365, instead bothering WHRI at 0627 April 29, ID in English with contact info atop jam pulses.

1431 April 29 on 12000, monitored RHC frequency announcement. Got most of it right, but omitted 11760, which I quickly confirmed was really on the air as usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1458, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. DRM on 6125-6130-6135 outstix like a sorethumb in middle of 49m, April 29 at 0623. Surely strong enough to decode, altho listed as DW English via Sines, PORTUGAL, 0600-0700, 90 kW at 30 degrees, far from usward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 11875 in soft Indonesian talk about saxophone, then sax music, 1418 April 29; 1428 ID as RTI. Good signal in the clear. Per Aoki it`s 250 kW, 205 degrees from Tainan at 1400-1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. KJES, Vado NM, again audible April 29, at 1415 on 11715, YL proclaiming Biblical quotes, immediately repeated robotically by OM. Very undermodulated still, and also with SAH, which per Aoki is VOA English via Tinang, PHILIPPINES at 1400-1500, 50 kW, 220 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9760 via Tinang, Philippines, VOA English at 1250 April 29, report on Kokomo vs auto industry cuts, 1255 USG editorial on LTTE. But marred by audio dropouts every few seconds. Standard remarx about weakest link, anyone paying attention, need for backup feeds. Same programming repeated two hours later at 1450 without the dropouts; at least they have redundancy.

11605, April 29 at 1315, a total mess, must be at least three programs mixing. Two of them would be ChiCom jamming as the only thing really scheduled is R. Free Asia in Tibetan via TINIAN, 250 kW, 309 degrees at 1300-1400. Recheck at 1414 found Vietnamese in the clear, which is also RFA, but now 250 kW, 250 degrees via Tanshui, TAIWAN, at 1400-1500, per Aoki. Moral: Tibetans should learn Vietnamese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Not only does the new Firedrake frequency 15600 block the newly discovered RHC mixing product in our mornings, Commies vs Commies, but at 2145 UT I was again hearing Firedrake on 15600, now underneath some religionist in Spanish, which would be WFYR 44 degrees to Europe at 1900-2245 including this hour in Spanish. Per Aoki, other collateral damage victims on 15600 are Iran in English at 1030-1127, and CRI in Malaysian via Kunming at 1230-1327.

East Asian conditions were excellent the morning of April 30, on 9-12 MHz but not higher: 13970 Firedrake was just barely audible at 1305, but not on 15600; and 13970 was missing at next check 1312. Perhaps the ChiCom determined that Sound of Hope was off the air by then. At 1338, FD on 9000 was good but much weaker on // 8400. Numerous CNR1 program jammers were to be found inside the 9 and 11 MHz bands, such as 9605, 9845, 11775, 11785, 12040 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Altho previously RHC English on 6000 and 6010 were found to be synchronized, they were again an echo apart with different feed routings when checked at 0528 UT April 30.

My local noise level abated, I fear only temporarily, April 30 at 1312 so I could make out RHC in Spanish on 13880, the weak leapfrog mixing product of 13680 over 13780 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. R. República`s new 9840, via UK? Survived another day without being hit by the DentroCuban Jamming Command, as still in the clear at 2145 check April 29; presumably running 2100-2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 9665v, April 30 at 1347, harmonious Juche music from KCBS, low het no doubt from Mongolia as confirmed by Martien Groot, Netherlands. VOM might have picked a better new frequency. VOK also inbooming in stilted English, different music on 9335 and 11710 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 9541.5, giveaway off-frequency for SIBC, making a good het with China 9540.0, April 30 at 1329 during above normal FE conditions. I was able to make out a bit of BBC English and // 9740 Singapore altho not synchronized during news headlines on the half-hour. But at 1332 they went their separate ways. I wonder which BBC stream feed SIBC is getting to relay? I also wonder why they bother as BBCWS is surely better audible on several of its own frequencies in the Pacific during these hours, but no complaints as this at least audiblizes Solomons even unto Central North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND [and non]. 9455, R. Thailand via Udorn, April 30 at 1336 in Thai, but with co-channel QRM, off-frequency enough to make a rumble. Seems to be another Asian language! 1345 heard the QRM giving an address in USA, and YFR theme. Theme again at 1358. R. Thailand also had QRM from the Brother Scare spur on 9453 from WWRB 9385, no thanks to Dave Frantz, and as usual that was even stronger on the 9317 match. Thailand has English after 1400, but altho the co-channel was off by then, reception deteriorated, as Thailand switched from favorable 54 degree azimuth to unfavorable 132.

Per Aoki, the offender is YFR in Vietnamese via Tainan, Taiwan, 1300-1400, 100 kW at 267 degrees. So during that hour we have Taiwan and Thailand crossing beams on 9455. During the first semihour, Thailand is 54 in Japanese, then 30 in Mandarin. Taiwan transmissions are forbidden by the ChiCom to appear in HFCC, so IBB, which handles frequency management for NBT Thailand, may have assumed there is no collision. If one actually monitors the channel as far away as Oklahoma, or consults the unofficial Aoki list, one learns the truth. Perhaps IBB should also get together with the YFR frequency manager (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA [and non]. 13590, April 30 at 1310 a guy in English sounding rather like Keith Perron until he started going on and on about God --- i.e. CVC Lusaka at 315 degrees toward Upper Michigan. But with co-channel from something unintelligible. That must be VOR Mongolian service via Novosibirsk, as scheduled with 100 kW, 110 degrees per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC, 11820 in Spanish, at 2222 check April 30, much stronger than // 11800, altho 11820 is for Europe. Little did I know that this was the farewell broadcast of RHC on 11820, as José Miguel Romero reports that per Arnie Coro, RHC moves May 1 to 11770 for this European transmission in Portuguese, Arabic and Spanish at 2000-2300. Arnie has not notified me directly, nor thanked me for bringing their collision with Saudi Arabia immediately to attention! How will 11770 be? Nothing there that I can find, not much on 11765, but it may be tough for Barbi Bridges from a Lesser Antille on 11775 until 2215v.

16m was cooperating at 2212 April 30 with RHC on new 17660 in French, good signal but distorted modulation; no ID needed as who else would be talking about Committees for the Defense of the Revolution? About same signal level on 17705 in Portuguese, but more distorted.

9640 confirmed as the new Mesa Redonda frequency, ex-9820, apparently just getting under way at 2230 April 30; undermodulated. Nominal span is 22-24, but I think it usually starts at 2230, and not necessarily on the air every weekday. I wonder how the ChiCom feel about this overlapping their own Spanish broadcast daily from Kashi to Spain until 2300 on 9640 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. Altho Radio República`s new 9840 had been heard the past three days, both before and after 2200, it was missing on April 30 when checked at 2207. Nor was there any jamming on the frequency. Possibly it was still on during the 2100 hour, but more likely a brief test period has ended. A quick scan of other bands 7-18 MHz failed to find a replacement for 9840. I was standing by on the other frequency 9545, which at 2259 already had jamming ramping up, and a few seconds after 2300 on came R. República with theme, ID, no frequencies mentioned, and into ``Encuentro Informativo`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)

** EGYPT. R. Cairo, 11590 in English to NAm, April 30 at 2310 with Arabic music, undermodulated but sufficient. At 2315 timesignal 17 seconds late, so why bother if you can`t do better than that? News march theme, and YL with presumed news in English, but now the modulation is so low I can`t make anything out; the propagational fading is louder than she is from the speaker. Par for the course for this totally incompetent station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA [and non]. As I tuned across RRI in English on 9790, Thursday April 30 at 2227, they were just starting their mailbag program, reading a report from one Joseph Padula in Mont Albert, Australia. This fellow born in 1939, touts his professionalism, an award he got, his restored California bungalow. I suspect he is very closely related to Robert J. Padula, a.k.a. Bob. But why would anybody switch from a perfectly good first name to a middle name? Perhaps he is starting over his QSL-collecting career under a new identity.

RRI was also well audible when checked earlier at 2213 on // 9675 and 11940, the latter bothered by buzz bleeding over up to 11950 from the DentroCuban Jamming Command on 11930 vs Martí, but not on the low side. Commies vs ex-Commies! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11915 with Qur`an, fair with SAH April 30 at 2212, but NO BUZZ. This has often been reported with buzz, same BSKSA Riyadh transmitter as we hear on 15435 at 15-18 and on several others before and after. It is sporadic, and I doubt the problem has been permanently fixed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB, 9385 with plus and minus 68 kHz spurs on approx. 9317, and weaker 9453, April 30 at 2237 as Alex Scourby was ponderously pontificating. With E-W longwire aimed at Manchester TN and preselector peaked on each frequency, I read the FRG-7 S-meter as S9+22 on 9385, +15 on 9317 and +12 on 9453 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI still has not resumed weekday afternoon broadcasts on 9955. Nothing there, no jamming either, at 2207 check April 30. Jeff White says they are still waiting on some maintenance to be done. Unless time is sold, the 8-hour period of 16-24 UT M-F is scheduled to be filled by World Radio Network relays in English, as I assume it still is on WRMI`s webcast. Maybe in May? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. Sem Limites, the CVC Brazilian service show of snippets of popular classical music bits mixed with evangelism, on 15410 via Chile, April 30 at 2239 until 2257 when cut abruptly to rock music. This show is a travesty, not presenting any piece in its entirety, just chopping them up and cutting them off abruptly, such as at 2248. These people have no appreciation or respect for classical music, but are just using it for one hour a day to try to reach a different audience than otherwise. Here`s their hard-sell announcer: http://www.radiocvc.com/Grfx/Jose001.jpg

Per schedule at http://www.radiocvc.com/programas2008.htm this is supposed to be at 20-21 hours Brasília time, and so I had expected it to be at 2300 UT, its original time before Brazil started fooling with DST. That ended this year already on February 15, but apparently CVC did not shift its Miami-based programming one UT hour later to keep it at the same local time in parts of Brazil going on and off DST! So it is still running at 22-23 UT.

Despite my disgust, I kept listening for a while, as this could be the final SW broadcast of CVC in Portuguese, which was previously reported to be ending at Aprilend for financial reasons, tho continuing on internet and satellite feed to affiliates. Yet to be confirmed, but just try to find any mention of their last remaining SW frequency on website. We`ll find out on May Day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. RNVCI via CUBA, 13680 // 15250, VG April 30 at 2302 as YL is opening in stilted English with program summary, the latter part of the hour to be back in Spanish. Gave date April 30. Then starting with ``Informative Short News`` about Venezuela preparing for swine flu tho no cases yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

                  

 

Nothin’ But Net

(Editor – Martin Foltz)

 

Thanks to everyone this month. There was good discussion on the Ford trucks offering Internet. I’ve put the articles from Kevin in the beginning of the column this month and several “loggings” and information on Internet sites at the end. Enjoy!

 

 

Kevin Redding – Cosmic Crump, TN, Center of the Known Universe

 

Ford trucks offer internet

Mon Apr 6, 2009 6:33 am (PDT)

Magid: Now you can browse as well as cruise in some Ford trucks and vans

By Larry Magid
Mercury News Columnist
Posted: 04/06/2009 12:00:00 AM PDT

Ford Motor and Opera Software have announced a collaboration to add Web browsing to the Internet-enabled in-dash computers that Ford is installing in some of its trucks and vans. The built-in Ford Work Solutions computer, which is being marketed to contractors, farmers, construction workers and business owners, is equipped with Microsoft Auto, a version of the Windows CE operating system.

 

In addition to accessing the Web through the Opera browser, the computer can run LogMeIn to enable remote access to office and home PCs. The computer also includes Garmin GPS navigation and is integrated into the vehicle cell phone. Internet access, through Sprint's 3G network is available for $25 a month for a 25-megabyte plan or $50 for up to 5 gigabytes of data, which should be more than enough for the vast majority of users.

 

The computer costs $1,125. It has a 6.5-inch screen and comes with a wireless Bluetooth keyboard. Ford sells an optional wireless Hewlett- Packard printer. The device also has an AM/FM radio and a CD player. You can use the radio, CD, navigation system and phone while driving, but for safety reasons, the computer and Internet access work only while the vehicle is parked. Also, the system does not allow you to stream Internet audio or video, even while stationary.

 

Ford says it's the first vehicle manufacturer in North America to offer an installed Internet device, though there are several in-dash aftermarket devices and, of course, it's long been possible to use an Internet-connected laptop in a car.

 

It makes a lot of sense for Ford to offer this to its business customers, many of whom spend the better part of their day in and around their vehicles. Before the economy put a damper on
construction, it wasn't uncommon to see contractors and construction foremen pull out a laptop to get or send information vital to the job. And having a Web browser makes sense, given the vast amount of resources it makes available. The Ford device also lets users send and receive e-mail and text messages. A message from the office with an address of a job, for example, can be pasted into the GPS application, making navigation a bit easier.

 

As someone who doesn't own a truck and probably never will, I'm not a potential customer for this system. But I'm sure Ford and other automakers have considered a consumer version for passenger cars. If they do offer one — and I'm sure it's inevitable — I hope they include a media player with the ability to stream audio while the car is in motion. I support not allowing the driver to surf the Web or watch video while driving, but I see no harm in enabling it for passengers.

 

Drivers can now listen to Internet radio on an iPhone plugged into a car audio system using iPhone apps such as Pandora, Tuner and AOL Radio. Shortly after the iPhone 3G came out, I drove around Silicon
Valley with Mercury News reporter Troy Wolverton listening live to East Coast stations and overseas radio and streaming music via Pandora.While it worked, there are some problems with the iPhone solution. Not only are the phone and service expensive, the device is not designed to be used safely from the car. It's OK to listen but not safe to tune in a station while driving, even though I'm sure people do it. It would be equally dangerous to use a Web browser to tune into Internet radio while driving.

 

But it would be nice if future versions of products like this let you use the browser to configure your preferred stations while stationary or from home or work and put up a push-button interface on the screen that lets you tune into your favorite online stations as your car radio now let you access AM, FM and satellite stations.

 

I think Internet radio could strike a deathblow to satellite radio and present challenges to terrestrial radio stations and networks, including those of CBS, where I serve part time as an on-air and online technology analyst. Of course, broadcasters are already streaming their programming online (most CBS stations are now available on the iPhone through AOL Radio). But in an online world, they will have to compete with anyone who invests as little as a few hundred dollars in a PC, some audio gear and a Web site.

 

Today, people get live audio in their cars by listening to terrestrial stations that have FCC licenses and expensive transmitters, or to satellite radio with really expensive satellites floating around in space. Competition will be good for consumers as it pressures stations and networks to be more competitive.
Aside from building Internet media players in the dash, the auto industry needs to persuade cellular carriers to lower the cost of data plans. Sprint's $50 plan, which is $10 less than the plan offered for laptops, is a good start. But I'd like to see prices come down further — perhaps to $19.95 a month.

 

The Ira Wi-Fi Internet Radio

Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:08 am (PDT)



The Ira Wi-Fi Internet Radio a worldly little gadget
Posted by Eric Benderoff at 7:00 a.m.

Tuning in radio stations from around the globe continues to get easier, as companies launch new products that bring the world to your rocking chair.

I’ve been using a new Internet radio player from a Michigan start-up called Myine Electronics and it is already my favorite. But I’m fickle on this topic: I expect consumers will continue to be treated to more Web radio innovation.

If you haven’t listened to Internet radio, you can find many stations just by surfing the Web. Or you can get a gadget that acts as tuner, such as the $150 Ira Wi-Fi Internet Radio from Myine.

The concept behind this product is similar to what a component stereo equipment maker would take. Build a CD player, for example, and the buyer adds it to the home audio set-up.

If you have a Wi-Fi network and speakers, the Ira radio will work. A computer is not needed.

You can attach the radio to a home stereo system through an audio receiver, a boom box or a set of tiny speakers with an auxiliary jack, which most have.

The sound quality depends on the speakers you use. It also depends on the bit rate of the radio station you tune in; that can vary widely.

This is a lovely little gadget and quite indifferent as to where it’s placed. Once you set up the connection with your Wi-Fi network (a snap), the radio remembers the password. Hence, I’ve unplugged it several times to move it across my house—the kitchen, living room and bedroom—and I’ve tuned in crystal clear Internet radio feeds from Mali to Milwaukee.

The Ira radio is smaller than a thin paperback book and has a tiny but quite readable screen in its center to navigate radio stations. You control the device with a small remote.

There are thousands and thousands of stations to tune in. The Ira includes a listing of popular stations, but the radio’s intuitive approach makes it easy to find new ones.

You can search via genre (classical, hip-hop, talk, etc.) or by country. You can also find podcasts—recorded programs—on a wide variety of topics.

My friend Paul wondered if you could hear lectures, and sure enough, within minutes, I found a listing of podcasts featuring lectures from Princeton professors. I found others, as well.

Set-up was simple: I had it working in about 10 minutes. Then I spent hours listening to all sorts of radio play.

If you like radio, consider yourself worldly or want to stay in touch with international events from your living room, you’ll like the Ira Wi-Fi radio. You can buy it at Myine.com.

I recently reviewed two other Internet radio players with different approaches. You can read the review here.

 

Two companies building on Internet radio

Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:41 am (PDT)



Two companies building on Internet radio
RadioTime and Ando Media partner up to build analytics tools for the Internet audio market

Technology trends and news by Chris Caceres
April 17, 2009 | Comments (0)
Short URL: http://vator.tv/n/81c

 

Besides while riding in cars, I don’t really know anybody who still listens to traditional AM/FM broadcast radio in their homes.

The last time I did was a few months ago when moving to a new apartment. Not having cable or Internet set up yet, I decided to bring an old, battery powered boom box to break the silence while moving boxes in and out of the place. This is an exception.

What seems to be the current trend, is that more and more people are listening to online radio streams. You see it everywhere, iTunes, Windows Media Player, Live365- the list goes on. This is obviously
clear to broadcasters. And with the Internet as the new radio tuner, new revenue generating opportunities have arisen for broadcasters and advertising partners.

Companies like RadioTime and Ando Media, are parterning up today to figure out ways to monetize off the current state of Internet radio – that which is streaming your local AM/FM broadcasts on the web.

RadioTime, currently aggregates over 100,000 stations and shows. Ando Media provides real-time audience measurement and ads management solutions for the Internet audio market. Together, they’ve
announced plans to provide radio broadcasters with a robust navigation utility and audience measurement statistics for the RadioTime community.

Their goal is to provide its broadcast partners with information about their online audiences’ listening habits to create strategic advertising campaigns.

RadioTime’s online radio tuner is all over the place. It offers its huge collection of stations for companies who want to build ‘radio’ into their products. Some of the current companies making
use of this technology are Logitech, Cisco, Kodac, Windows Media Center, Yahoo and Windows Mobile.

From their announcement, “The Internet is the new radio tuner, and that creates new revenue-generating opportunities for broadcasters and their advertising partners,” says Dan Halyburton, President,
RadioTime. “RadioTime has made broadcasters’ programs available to listeners on their PCs, laptops, iPhones, Windows Mobile devices and an ever-growing variety of connected devices."

 

DTV switch forcing some viewers to the Internet

Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:43 am (PDT)


April 18, 2009

DTV switch forcing some viewers to the Internet

BY DAVID YOUNG
DavidYoung@coloradoan.com

The deadline for the switch to digital television is fast approaching, and it has some residents turning to their computers in lieu of dealing with the conversion.

Some stations have already made the switch from analog to digital before the June 12 deadline, and that has some viewers tuning out.

ABC (channel 7), NBC (channel 9) and MYTV (channel 20) were the latest stations to swap analog signals for digital this week. However, the switch left some viewers' screens blank.

Rebekah Robson-May, a Fort Collins' resident, tried to make the switch to digital by installing a new converter box.

Thursday morning Robson-May, who lives within the city limits of Fort Collins, found her indoor antenna couldn't pick up NBC or ABC.

A fan of the show "Lost," Robson-May called the network trying to find an explanation or solution to the problem, but said no one could help her.

"They seemed a bit surprised based on my location," said Robson-May, who was advised to buy a new outdoor antenna. But with the down economy she said that isn't an option for her.

"I'm unsure what I'm going to do," she said. "I'm hoping to watch those few shows by computer. I'm not getting cable."

The option of watching TV online is growing.

More shows are available online than ever before, between network Web sites and sites such as Hulu, which also features a number of free programs. According to Nielsen Media Research, a group that tracks TV usage, viewing of television programs on the Internet and mobile devices continues to rise and hit record levels.

The average American watches more than 151 hours of TV per month, an all-time high. They are also watching several hours of video on other devices. Those who watch on the Internet consume another three hours of online video per month, and those who use mobile video watch nearly four hours per month on mobile phones and other devices, according to the report.

"The American fascination with television and other video content is not easing up as consumers keep turning to TV, Internet and mobile at record levels," said Susan Whiting, Nielsen's vice chair, in a prepared statement.

Mark Wigfield, spokesman with the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, said losing viewers to the Internet is always a concern for broadcasters which is why the FCC is working to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

For viewers who have installed their converter boxes and still don't get reception, he recommends checking the antenna, making sure they have both UHF and VHF and ensuring the antenna is pointed in the right direction.

That being said, Wigfield notes digital isn't like analog as far as partial reception. It is either all or nothing, and in some cases the contours of the land prohibit viewers from receiving a signal.

In that case he recommends visiting the FCC's Web site where people can enter their address and see what kind of reception they are receiving.

Additional Facts
On the Internet

> www.fcc.gov
> www.dtv.gov
> www.ntia.doc.gov
> www.antennapoint.com

http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20090418/BUSINESS/904180309/1046/business

 

 

Re: DTV switch forcing some viewers to the Internet

Posted by: "starship20012001" norbert_1226@msn.com   starship20012001

Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:32 am (PDT)


I recently tried online TV. You need a GOOD internet connection. Mine was a little shaky i had to keep resetting the router to get speed up and navigating the websites became more of a chore then watching TV the ol fashioned way. Sometimes the video would freeze up on a commercial that wouldn't load right and i loose the program i was watching altogether. Needless to say im back to TV old fashioned way.

 

 

Technology: Music lovers discover internet radio and playlists

Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:00 am (PDT)



Technology: Music lovers discover internet radio and playlists

ALLAN HOFFMAN
Never before have we had so many ways of discovering new music.

Though Baby Boomers sometimes lament the good old days, when you could tune into FM radio and hear an eclectic mix of tunes, that golden age of radio seems like the dark ages in comparison to what's
possible with today's music-related startups and internet radio stations. In fact, today's web-based options for uncovering new tunes are so diverse and varied, you might wonder if you'll ever have time
to listen to the music you're discovering.

Of course, that's not a tradeoff you'll ever need to make, as the web's options for discovering music excel by blending the chance to listen to music on your computer or smartphone with opportunities to
discover new artists and bands. And unlike other web trends (think Twitter), the learning curve is practically nonexistent; you don't need to be a twittering freak to enjoy these spots. If you have any
doubt about this, just visit Pandora, type in the name of a tune, and see what happens. Seconds later, you'll have a radio station playing a stream of similar tunes, including, more likely than not, ones
you've never heard. That's typical with the web's technologically driven music discovery and recommendation websites.

Dive into this world, and you will almost certainly come away with bands and artists you'll keep listening to. If you're so inclined, you might even make a few virtual friends, given the penchant for
these spots to integrate social networking features into the mix. For many people, these spots have completely changed the way they explore and listen to music.

Here's a selection of established spots for learning about new music, such as Pandora, as well as upstarts looking to help you find your next musical obsession.

We Are Hunted: Billing itself as "an online music chart," the website tracks the buzz about music in blogs, social networking spots, and Twitter, and then turns this data into a chart of the day's top 99 songs.

Midomi: You sing or hum a tune into your computer's microphone (or your phone's), and Midomi finds the song.

thesixtyone: Artists upload tunes, listeners decide what they like and the best moves up on the homepage.

Blip.fm: Music discovery for the Twitter crowd, sort of. You "blip" a song by suggesting a tune along with a short, 150-character message to accompany it.

liveplasma: Type in an artist's name, then see a brilliant and colorful representation of related artists.

Shazam: Wondering about the tune you're hearing on the radio? Hold your Shazam-equipped phone up to it, and Shazam will ID it for you.

Songza: A music search engine, where you can play the results of your search and find similar tunes.

Popcuts: Buy tunes, then earn store credit if your songs keep selling. You earn more by buying the song early, before it becomes a hit.

Project Playlist (at playlist.com): Create and share playlists.

The Next Big Sound: Here you "play the role of a mogul" by assembling your own roster of unsigned artists.

Last.fm: You listen to music, then Last.fm connects you with other people with similar taste -- and recommends music from their collections.

Pandora: Type a song, and Pandora creates a radio station based on the song.

Grooveshark: Listen to a personalized stream of tunes, and also subscribe to other members' playlists and find people with taste similar to yours.

Lala: Listen to a library of millions of tunes, then get recommendations from friends and reviewers.

That enough for you? If want to explore even further, consider taking a look at finetune, iLike, imeem, Jango, Musicovery and Qbox.com.

http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2009/04/technology_music_lovers_discov.html

 

 

 

 

 

HD Radio vs. the Internet: Charting a Course to Digital

Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:47 am (PDT)



HD Radio vs. the Internet: Charting a Course to Digital
by Skip Pizzi, 04.23.2009

The eminently quotable Yogi Berra is often cited for his seemingly useless advisory, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

Like many things Yogi said, however, the quote actually made sense in its original context. He explains that it came from the directions he would give people driving to his home. At the time, Yogi lived on a
road that terminated in a loop, and his house was about halfway around the loop. So as you approached the loop section of the road, you could indeed go either way at the fork and get to Yogi's house just as quickly.

Unfortunately, most of us aren't so lucky. Our binary choices usually have discrete and highly differentiated results. Such is the question we consider here regarding radio's digital future: Is an "all of the above" approach regarding new platforms really the wisest strategy? Or should broadcasters pick one and devote maximum resources to developing it to its fullest potential ASAP?

For radio, this choice primarily revolves around HD Radio vs. Internet radio. To date, most stations have chosen to offer their audio services online; many have launched HD Radio transmissions, as well. Although these are both "digital" services, they differ in many ways, and maintaining both (along with legacy analog service) over the long term may not be sustainable, or at least not the wisest use of resources at every station.

We wondered if this issue had crossed the minds of industry leaders and other informed observers, and were not too surprised to find that it had. The range of responses we received was intriguing, however.
What follows is a guided tour through some highlights of our discussions with 10 experts in the field (not counting Yogi).

Being there

About the closest thing to consensus (although it was far from unanimous) was that radio needed to be wherever consumers would use it.

Jeff Littlejohn, executive vp for distribution development at Clear Channel Radio, commented, "I feel strongly that we must create the highest quality content and then follow the listener. If the listener wants to hear our content on analog radio, then we should provide it that way. If the listener wants to be able to stream our content onto their desktop, then we need to provide streaming. If the listener wants to hear our content with HD quality and variety, then we need to be there to supply it."

To date, Clear Channel seems to be practicing what Littlejohn preaches, making significant investments in both HD Radio and Internet streaming deployments — with the latter already producing strong results. Littlejohn stresses the need for broadcasters to continually be responsive to audience behavior. "The listener is in the driver's seat," Littlejohn concludes.

Milford Smith, vice president, radio engineering at Greater Media, largely agrees, citing the growing contention that radio broadcasters essentially are content providers. He concurs with Littlejohn's view, adding, "Our job is to be available on any platform on which our listeners, current and potential, may find convenient to listen to us."

Greater Media's actions prove that it is another strong proponent of the "dual" approach. Smitty confirms this with his report that, "Greater Media has been streaming its stations (and HD2 channels) for quite some time, and simply sees this as another virtual 'transmitter.' With the availability of wireless broadband growing daily, along with the proliferation of hand-held and now emerging in- car devices for accessing same, each of these devices can be the modern equivalent of a 1960s transistor or Delco car radio in terms of delivering our content accessible to listeners. It's not so much how they get it — it's just making sure they can get it."

On the non-com side, Mike Starling, VP/CTO of NPR and executive director of NPR Labs, concurs: "Of course we should continue down both paths," Starling said. This comes at least in part from his contention that neither is a perfect answer. "Each distribution path, whether IP-based, or digital broadcast, has distinguishing strengths and notable drawbacks."

He also warns against hasty action, reminding us, "History is replete with examples of lengthy timelines for successful introduction of new broadcast technologies — witness a quarter of a century for both FM
and DTV to achieve 'mainstream' status. Likewise, the promise of a ubiquitous Internet radio service looks equally bright, and so far, still in the wings."

Starling concurs that the dual path makes sense now and in the future. "I'll go out on a limb and predict the next decade has similar surprises in store for digital and IP-based radio broadcasters — and that both forms will survive."

Toll road

It's no surprise that broadcast engineers are most concerned with proactively building the infrastructure to get to listeners. But others in the industry are less interested in just being there than they are in monetizing that presence. Radio is a business, after all, not an entitlement program or utility — not in the U.S., at least.

This is the perspective of Dave Wilson, who has a unique vantage point that includes two perspectives, by virtue of his day job as senior director of technology and standards at the Consumer Electronics Association, and his ownership of FM stations WHDX and WHDZ on Hatteras Island, N.C. On one hand, Wilson agrees that "the two-pronged approach is absolutely necessary," adding, "There's no way anyone in the media industry can ignore the Internet."

Yet he feels that broadcasters' point-to-multipoint, one-way wireless link is what sets them apart from Internet-only services, so it's a critical part of broadcasters' service offerings going forward. But he questions whether the legacy business model should continue.

"The big question is should broadcasters be taking their existing business model to the Internet, or should they bring the most successful business model on the Internet to their wireless links? I think the answer is clearly the latter."

Others are concerned that radio's content strategies are inadequate to compel listeners to stick around. One respected music programming consultant remains optimistic that radio can fix this problem, but
that it has work to do, and quickly. He's Mike Henry, CEO of Paragon Media Strategies, who advises, "Radio should employ a multi-pronged digital path, regardless of the distribution device," but quickly
adds, "Stations should produce sub-genre format streams of their primary format."

He explains with some examples: "A classic rock station should produce streams for progressive rock, classic rock oldies and classic rock currents. Radio stations should also produce digital streams that are topical and that can come and go with topical events, such as concert tours and holiday seasons, which is the approach used by some satellite channels."

Henry believes that radio is well-positioned to move into the more socially networked environment preferred by younger audiences. "Radio stations must put themselves in the middle of the lifegroup they
serve, and super-serve them around the inner wheel of their tastes."

He feels that the issue of which platform is less important than the content question right now, and cites fellow radio consultant Dan Mason, who is fond of saying, "As broadcasters, we should just make the donuts. It doesn't matter where the donuts are sold." Henry agrees with that philosophy, "Because it requires a commitment to creating compelling content first and foremost. Until a radio station can make that commitment, it doesn't really matter where the content is distributed. Right now, most radio stations are not even close to fulfilling the content commitment."

Bridge to nowhere

Another well-positioned industry veteran, who asked not to be named, took it a step further. "Is radio really even pursuing a digital path?" he asks, elaborating that, "Given that most of the current adopters of HD Radio are shareholders in iBiquity Digital, or received free equipment via CPB grants, how many broadcasters are actually in it for the pursuit of an expansive new radio platform?"

He believes that broadcasters have not stepped up adequately, providing only lip service to their digital transition. "Even the multicasting on secondary channels is treated minimally by the radio station owners, most of whom spend next to nothing in support of these new 'exciting' opportunities. They'll use cheap or free Internet radio software running in a simple loop, playing music with an occasional generic promo. How is that ever going to compel listeners to run out and spend their hard earned money on HD Radio when the same dollars will get them a cell phone with an internal MP3 player?"

This observer did find one development to be positive about: "The big opportunity is a 'connected' analog FM radio — RDS delivering content identifiers, and Wi-Fi or docked connectivity delivering the power of the Internet to the consumer." He feels that this legacy add-on could make it even harder to justify HD Radio, though, concluding that this feature is "eclipsing HD Radio right now. HD Radio is obsolete, DOA."

Such dire pronouncements are shared by others who hold influential positions in the industry, but who are not broadcasters per se. One such is Jerry Del Colliano, who serves as a frequent advisor to the
new media and broadcasting industries and is publisher of InsideMusicMedia.com. He is also a professor at the University of Southern California. Del Colliano bluntly states, "The fact that anyone in radio is even thinking about HD Radio at a time when the industry is in great peril illustrates why it is."

He sides with those who believe that the future of radio is in content creation and marketing. He also agrees that a multi-platform approach is key, but feels that the important new delivery mechanisms are Internet-based. Broadcasters' investment should be focused "not solely on terrestrial signals but online, mobile and podcasting."

He recommends that broadcasters follow the example of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, whom Del Colliano believes "understands the next generation better than they understand themselves." Ultimately, Del Colliano warns that "without the almost 80 million Gen Y'ers coming of age, there is no future for radio."

Meanwhile, Mark Ramsey, a frequently quoted commentator who is president of the consulting firm Radio Intelligence US, agrees with many here that the consumer will ultimately decide on the preferred
platform. But, Ramsey believes, "That marketplace has (already) spoken."

Ramsey cites relative sales figures to support his contention. "Compare the mere smattering of HD Radios in the marketplace — and no momentum for more," he points out, "with the estimated 64 million 3G mobile smartphones in the hands of American consumers in 2008 — up 80% from 2007."

He chastises the radio industry for what he feels is a blatant disregard of market forces. Ramsey contends that when comparing online services with HD Radio, "One solution is Internet-based and all about what's in it for the consumer, the other solution is radio industry-based and all about what's in it for the broadcaster."

He concludes that, "Except insofar as HD stations are also Internet stations, there is no such thing as HD Radio."

"Stop the insanity," Ramsey advises.

Heavy traffic

A notorious critic of HD Radio is Cleveland radio veteran John Gorman. Yet rather than piling on with the anti-HD rhetoric for which he is known on his blog, the consultant and author provided some subdued and thoughtful comments for this report.

Gorman clearly believes that broadcasting is all about the audience. "If you're in a business such as ours," he says, "where you have to directly connect with your customers, it's all about location, location, location." Thus he feels that his station "has to be smack- dab in the middle of where the action is, where the traffic is, where the people go. I need visibility and tonnage." That prime location today is, in his view, "the Great Convergence — the Internet."

He adds that he needs "a viable environment to maximize my efforts. I don't want to be in some rarely traveled, difficult-to-access, out-of- the-way side road that only a few know exists." He reasons, "HD Radio is too challenging to be a real player in this brave new media world. Its proponents go over old ground like a dog on a short tether."

Gorman lists the problems he finds with HD Radio technology as follows: "You have to buy a special receiver, which is too pricey for the slapdash formats it delivers, and its stations are beset with incessant technical problems. Those few I know that own an HD Radio complain that they can't always receive the HD Radio side channels."

Thus he feels the Internet is the only worthwhile path to follow. "I do not see any logic for the radio industry to pursue a two-pronged digital path. At best, it's a dollar chasing a dime. If I have a radio station and I want to increase my reach and frequency — the Internet is the only external investment I will make."

He also believes that the current financial crisis has some bearing on this issue. "Every statistic I've read lists the Internet as one of the last mediums a family would strike from the budget," Gorman cites. "Satellite radio, print, cable television are all expendable. The Internet is not."

Ultimately, Gorman takes the long view, and counsels, "Mistakes take twice as long to fix as to make. That's why some never look back and bother to correct them. That's the only rationale I can come up with on why some in this industry still back HD Radio. It's time to move on."

Are we there yet?

The straight press also weighed in on this issue for us. Rob Pegoraro is consumer technology columnist at The Washington Post, and he believes, "HD Radio has been stuck in irrelevancy so far." He blames both broadcasters and consumer electronics manufacturers, claiming, "The hardware has been hard to find and often expensive — have you tried shopping for an A/V home-theater receiver with HD Radio built in lately? — and on the other hand, the on-air programming can be a little scarce, too."

There are some bright spots, Pegoraro notes: "Some stations take the time to program different, creative content on their HD2 channels and then make sure their regular listeners know about it. Other stations don't seem to want to make that effort." And he feels that's the compelling opportunity, since he's not much impressed by the audio quality. "HD FM just doesn't sound that much better to my ears, at least in the cars I've tested it in, and HD AM is difficult to impossible to find on the dial here" in the Washington market.

Clearly there are folks heeding Yogi's advice and taking either path at the fork in the road — with some going down both ways at once. No one we spoke with is betting against the Internet, but some are clearly less sanguine about HD Radio technology. While a few advise broadcasters to cut their losses now with HD Radio, others say give it time and see what happens.

And that's why they play the game.

http://www.rwonline.com/article/79904

 

 

Now for some station data

 

 

Jewish Pirate in L.A.?

Posted by: Brian Leyton

Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:24 pm (PDT)

My kids' school had an early dismissal today, so I had to run out to pick up carpool & take them back home. My son started fiddling with the radio, because he had heard about a new Jewish station on the air. He went up and down the dial, and couldn't find it. His friends pitched in on the dial locations to try, but no luck.

Once I dropped them off at home and headed back to work, I started looking myself. I finally found it at 92.1. The signal is pretty lousy here in the east end of the San Fernando Valley. They are playing music that would appeal only to the Orthodox end of the Jewish spectrum, chanting of the Psalms in Hebrew (with a distinctive Sephardic style), and minimal talk. I did a Google search, and found a blog posting from September announcing the station:

I got this email:

Shalom,

Its with Great pleasure to announce the "Launching of the First Ever Jewish FM Radio station in Los Angeles!"

Its Live 24/6, covering West LA to Fairfax in Los Angeles...

This is not a commercial radio and is strictly for the JEWISH COMMUNITY!

Spread the word! Live programs will BEGIN this week..

Listen now online on www.ateretisrael.org<http://www.ateretisrael.org/>

May Heshem bless us in the New Year and shower us with His kindness...

Truly,

Ateret Israel.
310-274-2526

The web site they linked to has nothing about the station except for a link to the audio stream.

Searching on fccinfo.com, I can only find 2 stations listed within 200 km. One is 580w KSOQ in Escondido, and the other is 2kw KPSL in Bakersfield. I must say that if I was looking for a good spot for a pirate, that would be a pretty good choice - the only real source of interference is KHHT at 92.3.

Ateret Israel is a school and synagogue in the Pico Robertson area of Los Angeles, so if they are transmitting from there, that would pretty well explain their claim of coverage from West L.A. to Fairfax - except that they are obviously getting out much better than they expected.

I sent them an email, asking about technical details. I'll let everyone know if I hear anything back.

Brian Leyton
Valley Village, CA

 

 

 

Re: VOCM in here at 0141 UTC

Posted by: kevin redding

Sat Apr 4, 2009 7:35 pm (PDT)


On Apr 4, 2009, at 9:18 PM, Phil Rafuse wrote:

> To get 590 VOCM in TN requires a very special antenna. Not just a
> Beveridge antenna either, but a Screech antenna.

Naaaah. It requires a wifi antenna. http://www.vocm.com/

Makes them come in perfectly.

Kevin

 

KXDS-FM 91 to start new station with CLASSICAL

Posted by: kevin redding

Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:05 am (PDT)


Dixie State College begins classical radio broadcasts
By Wendy Leonard
Deseret News
Published: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 11:00 p.m. MDT

Residents in southern Utah now have the option of tuning in to classical music, broadcast directly from Dixie State College.

"We hope that the music we play will lift up and inspire the community, much like this community has lifted and inspired Dixie State College," said Paul Bulkley, the station's program director and adjunct radio professor at Dixie.

Dixie's old radio station, which played mostly top 40 selections from vinyl records, phased out when its license lapsed in 1999, but students are relaunching the station with a classical twist, "because they know that a classical station will go a lot further on their resumes and cover letters," Bulkley said.

The entirely student-run KXDS has been previewing on Simmons Media station KURR 103.1 FM, since Monday, while its permanent location, 91.3 FM, is getting some final tuning. The school's own Classical 91 should be up and running within 30 to 60 days. The station is still looking for underwriters and will need translator help in outlying cities to maintain the breadth KURR currently enjoys in the region.

Until now, St. George has had a number of country music stations, one boasting classic rock, a couple of hip-hop stations and various talk and news radio stations. Bulkley said more than 17 percent of the
traditional audience in the area is 55 or older, and the classical genre caters more to the widespread audience.

"We hope it will attract students in the music department," Bulkley said, adding that the school has recently announced a new four-year music degree. Students have the chance to earn a small stipend while garnering radio production experience working as announcers and DJs at the station.

Bulkley said the program teaches students how to voice-track, recording enough sound to last an entire afternoon and giving them the experience that employers are looking for.

KXDS' broadcast range will cover Washington County and most of southwestern Utah, including as far north as Enterprise and Cedar City, along with coverage in Kanab and Mesquite, Nev. In addition, the station will stream online at new.dixie.edu/classical91.

The overall hope of the department is that the new station will attract more students, as well as listeners within the area, who can become supporters of the community-supported radio station.

"We hope that it will be a benefit to the college and to our listeners," Bulkley said.

E-MAIL: wleonard@desnews.com

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705297436/Dixie-State-College-begins-classical-radio-broadcasts.html

 

 

WABC-770 AGAIN !!!!!

Posted by: aurel chiochiu

Sun Apr 5, 2009 7:19 pm (PDT)

Hi !

Are several of you interested in writing a complaint to the FCC requesting that WABC-770 keeps its IBOC crud off at night ?

I can't listen to Radio Coro (780) or RCN Barranquilla (760) because of that awful hash. Unfortunatly, nulling out WABC also nulls out RCN or Coro ! What can I do in order to regularly tune in to these stations AGAIN ? I enjoy LatinMWLing as much as LatinMWDXing !

May the good DX be with you !
Bogdan Chiochiu
Btw.: I could always write that I'm an expatriaite Colombian willing to hear RCN Cadena Basíca, that their Internet stream is unreliable and that nulling out WABC also nulls out Colombia as both NYC and Barranquilla are on the same bearing from Montreal ! While Radio Coro is broadcasting live on http://www.radiocoro.com/, I can't say the same regarding the highly irreliable RCN Cadena Basíca stream, let alone RCN Antena Dos 650 which is completly destroyed by WFAN ! With a name weird like the mine, they'll probably believe me... Has Citadel sold WABC, meaning there is no more need to protect WJR ? Why WABC is destroying 760 and 780 ? Why IBOC couldn't move to a new segment somehwere in the 2-3 MHz area where MW ends and SW begins or around 27 MHz ? Why it needs to use the "CLASSIC" MW BROADCAST BAND ?

 

 

Posted by: Phil Rafuse

Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:38 pm (PDT)



Part II of DX the West: I'm hearing C&W under CINW during CINW's commercial breaks. The C&W is a match [out of synch though] with the audio on 940 CJGX's website.

Nice to see that CJGX is still proudly AM Stereo:

http://www.gx94radio.com/

Phil

 

 

Thanks for all the reports this month!

 

73’s, Martin

 

You don’t Need a Weatherman…

 

No Weather Reporters.

 

The Visible Universe

 

No TV DX this month.

 

Extra, Extra!

 

Kevin Redding – Crump, TN

 

KGY Radio eager to use new tower

Entertainment: Radio signal expected to be stronger with higher structure

CHRISTIAN HILL; The Olympian | • Published May 16, 2009

 

OLYMPIA – KGY-AM will broadcast with a slightly improved signal when it begins transmitting from a new radio tower that was erected this week, the station’s engineer said.

The switch is scheduled for early July.

The construction of the tower is the first step toward eventually relocating the radio station from its longtime perch on the tip of the Port of Olympia peninsula. KGY-AM, which broadcasts a mix of news and music, leases the property from the port.

The new tower has fresh steel and a new ground system and is higher off the ground. It is two feet shorter than its 200-foot predecessor but stands taller because the ground it’s on is 15 to 20 feet higher.

“Generally, it should improve the signal,” said Tom Trotzer, the station’s engineer and a disc jockey. He has worked for KGY since 1975.

The station must construct a building to house its transmission equipment, relocate the equipment from inside the studio, run tests and receive approval from the Federal Communications Commission before it can begin broadcasting from the new tower. The area around the tower and building will be fenced.

The existing tower, which has broadcast the signal for nearly five decades, will be torn down later in July.

In September 2006, port commissioners approved a 30-year lease for the new radio tower to stand on a parking lot constructed atop a cell that contains contaminated sediment dredged from Budd Inlet as part of an environmental cleanup project.

Last month, commissioners approved a new lease agreement that will keep KGY in its current studios for as long as five more years, through December 2014. The port wants to move the studios out of the area it’s marketing as NorthPoint to make way for commercial development.

The new tower is more than 400 feet southeast of the existing one.

Because it’s less than 200 feet tall, the new tower isn’t required to be painted or equipped with an aircraft warning light.

The old tower is orange and white.

Unlike the old tower, the new one doesn’t widen out near the base. Trotzer said the old tower was designed to be self-supporting, but wires were installed when 40 feet was added to its height, apparently to boost radio coverage. Wires also hold the new tower up.

KGY-FM broadcasts country music from a tower on Maxwell Hill, which stands 1,600 feet and is near McCleary.

Christian Hill: 360-754-5427chill@theolympian.com

http://www.theolympian.com/southsound/story/852499.html

 

Bargain Barn

 

Nothing for sale this month

 

 

 

 

Show and Tell – New Toys

 

Bruce Carter – Houston, TX

 

Sony XDR-F1HD

I have been really curious - is this thing the real deal? Having been

frustrated for weeks by lack of stock at Frys and Amazon - I finally snagged a $57 return from Amazon - that has a scuff on the front panel, but not bad.

 

Being - as I am for the moment - a Houston / Dallas gypsy - after hefting heavy boxes all evening out of my van - I didn't even get to unpack the unit until 10PM last night. I was desperately tired. But could I resist the temptation to try out this mysterious little tuner? I think not!!!

 

I was prepared to be disappointed - and chalk this one up to hype - $57 wasted

on another unit relegated to the guest bedroom. For once, I was pleasantly

surprised! My relatives would probably not appreciate me putting up a yagi, so I did what most consumers would do - strung the dipole across anything I could - a headboard in this case. I am on a second floor which probably makes a difference --- but the dipole is by no means straight, it droops over the edge.

 

Power up - 87.5, I started up through the frequencies in Houston. It became very apparent this thing is a real station seeker - low power FM across town, came right in. As I went up through the frequencies, there were some Beaumont and Austin stations coming right in - and a double check with a GE Superadio FM section confirmed there was no skip going on. The real shocker was Dallas station KLTY coming in - on a dipole - with no skip! Granted my Cypress location gives me quite a boost towards the DFW area, but KLTY is definitely more than 200 miles away, and reception of an FM station 200 miles away with just a dipole - and no skip going on - is enough for me to take notice! I am

going to see whether it is there after work today - usually a really bad time for FM skip, and keep documenting how reliable this might be.

 

I've heard the Sony ripped for AM performance, so with the little loop I started some exploring. I found it a solid performer, picking up the Cuban 530 without a problem, and the usual group of 50 kW clears you would expect from Houston at night, although ducting last night definitely favored Spanish language stations from the South, even WBAP and WOAI were seriously degraded by Spanish language chatter underneath.

 

If anybody cares about HD --- my listening location is 35 miles from the Mo City towers - all stations on that array locked in HD with no problems whatsoever. The only problem I had with a Houston local was with KSBJ, which is on a relatively short stick (900 feet) and probably a good deal further than the other Houston stations. Again, this was with a dipole incorrectly used. But still managing easy 35 mile range on HD - yet another indication that a power increase for HD FM is not justified by actual reception observations. The problems observed in the East are bad transmitting facilities and terrain -

coupled with lower power. Probably - analog stereo was blending and dropping out on the same stations which people are complaining about HD coverage now.

 

AM HD would not lock on a single station, although I do acknowledge WOAI was seriously degraded by interference to the South no matter how I oriented the antenna.

 

UPDATE - I had to come home early from work because I sick to the stomach. (no really).  After taking care of that, I explored the little wonder some more.  Beaumont and Austin stations, still there.  A Waco station was there.  KSBJ HD - now solid as a rock.  Same with the other HD locals.  KLTY - still there.  The only local Houston HD AM that I could find was KMIC - intermittent lock but no stereo.  WOAI would not lock because of fast approaching thunderstorms, I'll try again tomorrow.

 

This tuner is the real deal

I have been really curious - is this thing the real deal? Having been

frustrated for weeks by lack of stock at Frys and Amazon - I finally snagged a $57 return from Amazon - that has a scuff on the front panel, but not bad.

 

Being - as I am for the moment - a Houston / Dallas gypsy - after hefting heavy boxes all evening out of my van - I didn't even get to unpack the unit until 10PM last night. I was desperately tired. But could I resist the temptation to try out this mysterious little tuner? I think not!!!

 

I was prepared to be disappointed - and chalk this one up to hype - $57 wasted

on another unit relegated to the guest bedroom. For once, I was pleasantly

surprised! My relatives would probably not appreciate me putting up a yagi, so I did what most consumers would do - strung the dipole across anything I could - a headboard in this case. I am on a second floor which probably makes a difference --- but the dipole is by no means straight, it droops over the edge.

 

Power up - 87.5, I started up through the frequencies in Houston. It became very apparent this thing is a real station seeker - low power FM across town, came right in. As I went up through the frequencies, there were some Beaumont and Austin stations coming right in - and a double check with a GE Superadio FM section confirmed there was no skip going on. The real shocker was Dallas station KLTY coming in - on a dipole - with no skip! Granted my Cypress location gives me quite a boost towards the DFW area, but KLTY is definitely more than 200 miles away, and reception of an FM station 200 miles away with just a dipole - and no skip going on - is enough for me to take notice! I am

going to see whether it is there after work today - usually a really bad time for FM skip, and keep documenting how reliable this might be.

 

I've heard the Sony ripped for AM performance, so with the little loop I started some exploring. I found it a solid performer, picking up the Cuban 530 without a problem, and the usual group of 50 kW clears you would expect from Houston at night, although ducting last night definitely favored Spanish language stations from the South, even WBAP and WOAI were seriously degraded by Spanish language chatter underneath.

 

If anybody cares about HD --- my listening location is 35 miles from the Mo City towers - all stations on that array locked in HD with no problems whatsoever. The only problem I had with a Houston local was with KSBJ, which is on a relatively short stick (900 feet) and probably a good deal further than the other Houston stations. Again, this was with a dipole incorrectly used. But still managing easy 35 mile range on HD - yet another indication that a power increase for HD FM is not justified by actual reception observations. The problems observed in the East are bad transmitting facilities and terrain -

coupled with lower power. Probably - analog stereo was blending and dropping out on the same stations which people are complaining about HD coverage now.

 

AM HD would not lock on a single station, although I do acknowledge WOAI was seriously degraded by interference to the South no matter how I oriented the antenna.

 

UPDATE - I had to come home early from work because I sick to the stomach. (no really).  After taking care of that, I explored the little wonder some more.  Beaumont and Austin stations, still there.  A Waco station was there.  KSBJ HD - now solid as a rock.  Same with the other HD locals.  KLTY - still there.  The only local Houston HD AM that I could find was KMIC - intermittent lock but no stereo.  WOAI would not lock because of fast approaching thunderstorms, I'll try again tomorrow.

 

This tuner is the real deal

 

Testing, Testing…

 

No Tests this month

 

Call Sign Changes

                                                     

Old         Location                New

 

WENN     AM BIRMINGHAM AL               WPSB

KNJT     FM COLDWATER KS                New

KRTT     FM GREAT BEND KS               New

WBHB-FM  FM WAYNESBORO PA               WFYN

WOXM     FM MIDDLEBURY VT               New

WQHC     AM HANCEVILLE AL               WLYG

KGHI-LP  FL ABERDEEN WA                 KCFL-LP

WGVT-LD  LD GAINESVILLE FL              WSSH-LP

WJCG     FM SUNBRIGHT TN                 New

WKYV     FM COLONIAL HGTS VA             New

WCOP     FM FARMINGTON TOWNSHIP PA    New

KEDB     FM HARITON IA                KELR-FM

KPCW     AM TOOELE UT                 KCPW

WNJY     FM NETCONG NJ                WNJY-FM

KHNA     FM WAMSUTTER WY              KRAN

KRAN     FM WARREN AFB WY             KHNA

KRMG-FM  FM SAND SPRINGS OK           KKCM

WJAM     AM SELMA AL                  WMRK

WMRK-FM  FM ORRVILLE AL               WJAM-FM

KCFE     FM HOVEN SD                  New

KHEV     FM FAIRVIEW OK               KJLJ

KJLJ     FM SCOTT CITY KS             KHEV

KXWL-LP  LP KEOKUK IA                 K46IH

WGJU     FM TAWAS CITY MI             New

WXHZ     FM BRIDGEPORT OH                New

KJKT     FM SPEARFISH SD              KOAR

KMBM     FM POLSON MT                New

KOAR     FM BEEBE AR                  KBGR

KVWE     FM FRENCHTOWN MT             KXGZ

WAWA-LP  LP ORLANDO FL                W47AL

KCMW     AM BOISE ID                  New

KRGM     FM MARSHALL MN               New

WEII     FM DENNIS MA                 WRZE

WRZE     FM KINGSTREE SC              WGSS

KMJ-FM   FM FRESNO CA                 KFJK

WSFF     FM VINTON VA                 WZBL

KHFT     AM CHUGIAK AK                   New

KUUP     FM PALA CA                   New

KXDS     FM ST. GEORGE UT             New

WICO-FM  FM POCOMOKE CITY MD          WXMD

WKTT     FM SALISBURY MD              WICO-FM

WMWI     FM DEMOPOLIS AL                 New

WZKT     FM LEWES DE                  WXJN

KZRP     FM HOPE ID                  New

KZTE-LP  LP FULTON AR                 K64GT

WBYN-FM  FM BOYERTOWN PA              WFKB

WDRT     FM VIROQUA WI                   New

WJZZ     FM NORTH SALEM NY            WJJZ

WFVL     FM LUMBERTON NC              WFNC-FM

WHLL     AM SPRINGFIELD MA            WMAS

WMGU     FM SOUTHERN PINES NC         WFVL

WPLZ     FM OOLTEWAH TN               WHJK

KHAD     FM UPTON WY                  KRUG

KHOI     FM STORY CITY IA            New

KPLK     FM MANSON WA                 New

KXKW-CA  CA LAFAYETTE LA              KLFT-LP

KZQL     FM MILLS WY                  KHAD

WGCK-FM  FM COEBURN VA                WGCK

WLOB-FM  FM TOPSHAM ME                WGEI

WXMR     FM MINERVA NY                New

WCOH-FM  FM DU BOIS PA                WDBA

WKTB-CA  CA NORCROSS GA               W38CU

WKTB-LD  LD NORCROSS GA               W47DN-D

WNMR     FM DANNEMORA NY              WELX

WPKZ     AM FITCHBURG MA              WEIM

WXXJ     FM JACKSONVILLE FL           WMXQ

KJZK     FM KINGMAN AZ                New

KJZP     FM PRESCOTT AZ               New

KPLE-LD  LD KILLEEN TX                K30JA-D

WAZQ     FM LAYTON FL                 WNGY

WKZG     FM KEY WEST FL               WAZQ

KTPM     FM FALFURRIAS TX             New

KVCJ-LP  LP INCLINE VILLAGE NV        K14AJ

WGCK     AM NEON KY                   WVSG

WMIA-FM  FM MIAMI BEACH FL            WLVE

KENU     FM DES MOINES NM             New

KOJB     FM CASS LAKE MN              New

KPIO-FM  FM PLEASANTON KS            New

WCGO     AM EVANSTON IL               WONX

WMWR     FM LINCOLN ME                New

WXSH     FM POCOMOKE CITY MD          WKHW

KLPM     AM PORTLAND OR               KXMG

KAUD     FM MEXICO MO                New

WEGI     AM FORT CAMPBELL KY          WJQI

WEGI-FM  FM OAK GROVE KY              WEGI

KGIO     FM ASTORIA OR                KORM

KQAC     FM PORTLAND OR               KBPS-FM

KQDE     AM COLUMBIA FALLS MT         New

WFHZ-LP  FL CINCINNATI OH             New

KJXN     FM SOUTH PARK WY             KRFD

WLVE     AM WINCHESTER VA             WTFX

WZTH     FM TUSCULUM TN               New

KODT-LP  LP CREEK OR                  KSLM-LP

KSLM-LD  LD SALEM OR                  K16HT-D

KXPI-LP  LP POCATELLO ID              KPPP-LP

KYPC     FM COLSTRIP MT               New

KYPF     FM STANFORD MT               New

KYPW     FM WOLF POINT MT             New

KNWG     FM GOLDENDALE WA                 New

KQOC     FM GLENEDEN BEACH OR         KBPS-FM

KTBB-FM  FM TYLER TX                  KDOK

WCIJ     FM LAPORTE PA              New

 

I Got The Bird!

 

No Satellite this month.

 

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