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Kevin Redding, Phil Rafuse, Powell Way, Mike Richard, Jay Heyl and Martin Foltz
Editors Corner 1
The Broadcast Band – AM 2
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Call Sign Changes – From the FCC 93
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With the help of the saturated ground from record rainfall yesterday 4-2-10 about 8 AM EDT was able to obain a somewhat stable lock on 550 WDZZ's HD signal. i was unable to detect any stereo seperation during music or jingles. was able to hold the lock for two to three minutes at a time followed by drop to analog and relock another 2 minutes and cycle repeated. although SQ (during HD lock) was better then the 5 KHZ analog choke , it still left a little to be desired. This is the first time i have been able to hear music and jingles over AM HD and sample it. equipment used was of couse the sony wonder tuner with only a cheezy stock AM external loop. Distance to transmitter about 10-12 miles as the crow flies. Normally a lock can NOT be obtained. p.s. programming is radio disney.
I normally run through the band or my captures on the TA channels, but conditions have not been good lately and the numbers have been up so I have kinda slacked off. Reminded by recent posts from Phil , Barry and others, I remembered that high A and K can sometimes produce good Latins so I made some captures last night and checked the even channels, which I normally don't do.
Conditions slightly auroral, although no Brazil or deep SA. Lots of Cuba, including a full RVC Id under "relaxin with Raul", Colombia, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Venezuela at decent levels and a new Dominican Republic below.
Well, the TA conditions have sucked like a Hoover, but we have been a bit auroral last few days, which improve Latins at the expense of TAs (not that they could get much worse). Last night I was getting 540 WFLA-FL like a local and all the usual Latin suspects were doing well. Here are a few new logs.
720 CUBA UnID 09Apr10 0400 - National Anthem poss sign/off - Weak under VEN [Black-MA]
760 PUERTO RICO WORA, Mayagüez 09Apr10 0259 - Full TOH Noti-Uno ID listing all stations with Pep Boys and T-Mobile mentions. - Recorded - Good under RCN Barranquilla [Black-MA]
940 PUERTO RICO WIPR R Dif de Puerto Rico, San Juan 09Apr10 0259 - End of Radio Nederland relay and sign off ID - Recorded - Very Good [Black-MA]
1020 CUBA Cadena CMKS, Guantánamo 09Apr10 0259 - Brass fanfare and theme music, then "CMKS Guantánamo" and "Guantanamera" melody. - Recorded - Fair under WBZ hash - thanks to Sylvain Naud via RealDX for ID help. [Black-MA]
I recorded 0200 and 0300 and TAs essentially non-existant. Latins dominated the low end with most at Barcalounger quality. Nothing out of the ordinary, just the usual suspects but stronger than normal. With WOR phased down (it still almost always comes through) I could hear no English on 710 and Venezuela "Oriente" had a great SS rendition of "My Way".
Since the East side of my flag was pointed straight at Africa, I did get a decent São Tomé VOA sign-on with Yankee Doodle, but all-in-all very lack luster conditions.
I think Phil is still keeping all the DX for himself up there !
850 KOA CO Denver - 4/20 1343 ELT Good in KTIC splatter, almost at armchair level at times. 713-8585 phone # given out by local call-in program host, then commercial break: "...right back on Newsradio 850 KOA", followed by promo for coverage of Rockies-Nationals game later in the afternoon. I've NEVER gotten KOA from Omaha in the daytime until now, and the strength of the signal today was mind-boggling, considering the distance. This is the kind of midday reception I would expect in mid-January, when temps are in the teens and there's a foot of snow on the ground....NOT in late April, when it's sunny and 70 in the middle of the day. Did KOA up its power to 100,000 watts, or something? Absolutely astounding. (RD-NE)
990 XECL Mexicali, BN, MEX 1400 w/ clear ID by jingle and Spanish lang ballad. Just before TOH, had been hearing mumble of station way out in the mud. Signal suddenly came up mid-jingle (didnt hear the "Rockola") . That answers that question. heard on little DX-375 on towel shelf in the bathroom, with onboard ferrite loop antenna. (4/5 Barton-AZ)
midafternoon bandscan, 1400-1530 MST. all: (4/16 Barton-AZ)
too hot to stay inside the tent, i took out the RF-2200 to see wot was happening on the MW band. got thrown off by a man with an "Indian" accent on 1330, discussing Native American issues., thought it might be an early appearance of KGAK, Gallup, NM....but it turned ot to be just a station out of Tucson.
(leftout all local stuff in bandscan...all listings at least outside PHX metro-area - excepting TIS catch).
1330 KJLL Tucson, pgm re: Indian issues.
1130 KQNA Prescott, Michael Medved.
1550 KUAZ Tucson, running afternoon NPR stuff.
660 KTNN Window Rock, woman announcer in Navajo.
1610 TIS out of PHX Sky Harbor Airport . "Welcome to Sky Harbor International Airport". 30 miles.
1490 KYCA Prescott ; running Michael Savage pgm about the (conspiracy) of the Left to crash economy so "they" could implement Communist govt.
1420 KMOG Trades and Sales and into local weather "KMOG weather".
1450 KWFM Tucson, 1960s pop music .
1380 KPLZ Parker country rock and into (ABC) network news.
1340 KIKO Globe/Miami Ride Captain Ride by Blues Image.
790 KNST Tucson talk radio stuff. sounded like Sean Hannity.
780 KAZM Sedona, with local political spot, into oldie (cut by The Crazy Elephant - Gimme Gimme Good Luvin' ) .
1350 (UNID). Mexico. caught ID, fadey, not able to copy accurately past the "XE". also heard slogan sounding like "Radio Dentro" or "Centro".
1900 MST / 0200 UTC
1370 . (UNID). female chourus singing Mexico natl. anthem, shutdown, leaving alone on freq station running a realy of China Radio International. refs show one station that might have been, from Los Angeles area. (KWRM , Corona, CA).
Heard at 8:30 a.m. ADT April 3, 2010 on a SDR-IQ fed by a M601C remote active whip:
1200 WXKS "Rush Radio" Newton (Boston) MA
Checked this morning and 1140 CBI Sydney NS has been off the air. Or, possibly stuck on nighttime pattern, which could leave me with zero signal here. Also, 1570 CFAV Laval QC has been off the air this morning. In its place I got 1570 WNSH in Beverley MA using the R-75 with M601C antenna. In the background was C&W music.
I went to the CBC Cape Breton website and there was no mention of anything, so I'm sure its just temporary. Perhaps transmitter problems??? I imagine CFAV is just temporary too, but then, you never know.
I did get a few TAs last night. But only the big guns - 693 BBC was the best, followed by Absolute Radio 1215, a weak Swiss 765 etc. No 1134 Croatia though.
Did get Puerto Rico on 940.
April 15, 2010
Heard on an RF Space SDR-IQ fed by a LFE M601C active whip
8:30 p.m. ADT 940 KHz WKGM "The Ministry Station" Smithfield VA with ID
9:00 p.m. ADT 1070 WTWK "Eve" with ID Plattsburgh NY - Burlington VT Then dissapeared, sign off? Followed by 1070 CHOK occupying the frequency.
A few assorted TAs. 1089 Talksport being the strongest, followed by 1215 Absolute Radio, 693 BBC, 1206 France etc. No sign of Croatia 1134. I haven't picked up 1134 Croatia for quite a while now. Did the go off air? Alter pattern/hours? Lower power?
April 24, 2010 12:50 a.m. ADT
Receiver: Collins/Teledyne R-390A
Antenna: LFE M601C remote active whip [now with a whole lot of ferrite installed at strategic places on the coax :) ]
870 KHz WHCU Ithaca NY with ID "Newstalk 870, WHCU"
Then it was back to my normal nightime occupants of 870, WLVP Gorham ME, CFSX Stephenville NL etc.
Tuned into 930 KHz with the usual two station combo of oldies on CFBC in Saint John NB combined with talk on WBEN Buffalo. But to make this special mix more special, we add a "wobbler".
Heard on a Zenith Royal 3000-1 nekkid:
680 WCTT Corbin, KY 3/3 2100 with ToH ID after playing a lot of nice songs in a row. Used slogan "Great 68" and was weak and under Memphis and Atlanta on this frequency. I'll have to see if these guys are streaming. NEW #460!
Heard on a Zenith Royal 1000 nekkid:
1170 WQVA[p] Lexington, SC 4/3 2135 playing a REL song by a woman and fighting it out with another station with EZ rock.
Heard on a Zenith Royal 705 nekkid:
1590 WVNA Muscle Shoals, AL 3/4 1500 with ToH ID between segments of the Stephanie Miller Show.
Heard on a nekkid CCRadio:
1530 KFBK Sacramento, CA 4/10 0300 Overcomer Ministries was blaring on from Bro. R. G. Stair from W-A-L-T-E-R-B-O-R-O South Carolina from Cincinnati and right on top of them and then smoking off the last day prophet of God was Coast to Coast about 3 minutes before the hour. This had me interested because I was thinking that KFBK had C2C and then the thing just started to fade at ToH and there it was, the ID for KFBK. About 20 seconds later, it was gone.
Heard on an Eton E1 and 150 foot wire:
1170 WWVA Wheeling, West Virginia 4/16 0703 with ID after FOX News. NEW!
970 WNIV Atlanta, Georgia 4/16 0730 with ID after religious program. NEW!
1540 KZMP University Park, TX 4/16 0625 with ESPN Deportes all SS stopset and lots of ESPN promos. NEW!
Heard on a Kenwood R-1000 and 275 foot wire on 4/21:
1140 WQBA Miami, FL 2000 SS program talking about Miami after ToH ID. At first I thought I was going to hear PR for the 2nd time when I heard Once and was thinking it might be until I heard quarenta after it. Then I heard the EE ID WQBA, Miami. NEW #465.
Sitting on the front porch with the DX-398 and Space Magnet 2:
1630 WRDW Augusta, GA [p] 1905 running sports talk programming. Was unable to get an ID before fade out. I had Ft. Worth and Iowa City both on this frequency. NEW [p]
Nice conditions to the west today [4/29]. Had KOA, KNX, KFAB all on a little yellow Sangean DT400W. Caught them all about 0545 and all with real nice loud and stable signals.
3/11 11:46 PM central
KNBR 680 khz 'The sports leader ' class A San Francisco Cali,, my most distant catch at 1289 miles! and state # 31 Ball game ended ,and many adds from the Bay area and ID into post game show as of 12:43 pm steady signal. now i'm listening to a old time radio show mixing with knbr no id yet.
3/14 9:45 PM central
770 WABC 'breaking news, stimulating talk' 50Kw New York City 1270 miles.
confirmed with web cast
Pretty tuff conditions lately but Mon. Apr.19 8;07 pm central
1270 khz KRVT 5000w Oldies Tulsa Okla. 459 miles 8;12 pm
1270 KGNM 'The Kingdom' 1000w St. Jo Mo. 275 miles hard to ID both of these lots of drifting ,also had an SS blending in .
WQVA 1170 Lexington, SC Was left on 4/3, programmed, and running on day 10 KW. The bank recently took the station back from the owner. He doesn't care....as he's dead. The station was LMA'd to a black gospel group that most likely had not been paying the mortgage. This station has had a history of not honoring power levels ( never operated critical hours power of 2500 watts).
We'll see how this pans out.
1050 WBRG VA Lynchburg long spotset then ID.....this was not 98 watts......had the frequency captured. 2030 hours in the "Flying Car" 2000 Taurus 24 valve V-6 in the Newberry, SC Bi-Lo parking lot. 04/11/2010 PEW
Considering the interesting stuff going on in the ionosphere the past two days, I'm amazed how quiet these lists have been - isn't anybody listening?
The auroral conditions are subsiding now, but there are still lots of excellent Latin American signals tonight - Cubans everywhere, Colombia like a local on 760, destroying WJR, R. Coro Venezuela on top of 780, and many more. Loads of unid stations, some with large frequency offsets, putting loud hets on their channels. A highlight was finding R. Catolica Nicaragua nearly alone on 720... here's a clip, recorded about half an hour ago:
Last night, ZNS made a rare appearance here on 1540, and I had several new domestic catches from NC/SC/FL. Auroras are very cool, and although this wasn't a monster one, it's the best I've observed here since 2006.
9-Apr-10 // 2046 local // 620 khz. // WKHB // 5.5 kw day, 0.050 kw night // Irwin, PA // End of the Ojays' "Backstabbers" then sung "620 KHB" ID. Into Three Dog Night's "Eli's Coming". Over/under presumed WHEN. // New. A 217 mile catch.
** OKLAHOMA. 1580, KOKB Blackwell, not off the air, just not modulating, April 2 at 2033 UT. // 1020 KOKP Perry was modulating sportstalk normally. First noted 1580 silent in the car several minutes earlier, and could not be sure whether there was a silent carrier or not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. No one minding the store at KOKB 1580 Blackwell. That`s what you get from abandoning your heritage as a real local radio station, KLTR, to become nothing but a repeater of KOKP 1020 Perry (or a Stillwater FM station). Once again April 3 at 1935 UT open carrier on 1580 with zero modulation, and still the case at 2035 recheck, while 1020 was OK thruout (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [and non]. From a quiet location in west Enid, (the Walmart parking lot), a bandscan on caradio, see also USA, at 1937 UT April 3 found weak signals on 1450, and a SAH of 160/minute, plus hum; seems one is with a game and the other with talk, also maybe a low audible het.
The only groundwave-range stations here are Woodward, Shawnee, Altus OK and Hutchinson KS. KSIW Woodward is surely one of them. KGFF Shawnee likely the other by proximity except has nostalgia format per NRC AM Log 2009 while KWBW Hutchinson is newstalk. Too bad there is no reference to look up which two stations are exactly 2.67 Hz apart (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. From a quiet location in west Enid, (the Walmart parking lot), a bandscan on caradio April 3, see also OKLAHOMA, found some intriguing subaudible heterodynes from normally open frequencies, thus bearing some very weak groundwave signals. (Skywave not a factor well past equinox and barely an hour past local mean noon.)
830, at 1948 UT, SAH of about 6 Hz. All the possibilities are long shots from here led by WCCO; also Wyoming, Missouri, NM/Texas, Tucson, even Coahuila. So which pair are 6 Hz apart??
840, at 1937, SAH of 144/minute. KTIC West Point NE is sometimes audible by itself at the limits of groundwave, so has to be one of them. Otherwise there is a station in the RGV, another in Louisiana, or maybe a remnant of WHAS. So which pair are 2.4 Hz apart?
1040, at 1944 UT, a slow SAH of 26/minute. Three possibilities are 50 kW WHO Des Moines, 3.3 kW KGGR Dallas, and 15 kW KCBR Monument CO (Colorado Springs). The first two are relatively common here, but KCBR [which inherited the call from VOA Delano] would be a neat daytime catch this far away. So which pair are 0.43 Hz apart?
Caveat: could be misled by local mixing products, but doubt it, since have never identified our only three local signals, 960, 1390 and 1640 on such other MW frequencies, altho 960 and 1390 do show up on shortwave harmonix and other mixes.
1130, another station whose store is not being minded, KLEY, Wellington KS, open carrier/dead air at 1944 April 3; back on at next check around 2005. It`s dual a 1550 station, not sure if same affected it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) cf OKLAHOMA 1580
** OKLAHOMA. 1580, KOKB Blackwell, April 10 at 1434 UT in open carrier; still/again the case three and four hours later. Clearly this station has close to zero listeners, not including anyone in its own management or engineering (ha, ha), let alone anyone around Blackwell who would care enough to tell them that they are forgetting to modulate. Meanwhile sibling station KOKP 1020 Perry is nominal with sportstalk (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1580, KOKB Blackwell had resumed modulating, at 2027 UT check April 12 on caradio, sports talk with the studio announcer somewhat overmodulated/distorted (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [and non]. KFXY 1640 Enid may have changed format to ``The New Faith 1640`` with southern gospel music --- but that doesn`t mean an even more important religion, baseball can`t bump off the praise whenever there is a game.
Monday afternoon April 12 at 1840 UT, I am hearing Royals baseball vs Tigers at Detroit! And frequent commercial breaks including local ones for the KC area, such as Edward Jones in Prairie Village. What good does that do us in Enid, with half a dozen of those right around here??
Next check at 2026, still Royals game. It was about over so after the post-game wrapup, and I could not care less who won, at 2046 slogan as ``The sports authority for Edmond, 1640 The Score`` and already mixing with gospel music as it immediately converted to ``The New Faith 1640``. Edmond is a northern suburb of OKC well within coverage.
There are bound to be night games too, so DXers may still hear either format and either slogan, depending, on 1640. But apparently still not sports talk any more, just live games and associated chatter.
While I was at it, scanned the MW band to find what other stations were audible on the Royals network, no IDs heard but easily presumed:
1550, KKLE Winfield KS (tho CCI KYAL Sapulpa OK is also sports)
1510, KNNS Larned KS, barely audible in KOKC splash, but // 1640
(was surprised to get this, as not usually audible daytimes)
1150, KSAL Salina KS
1130, KLEY Wellington KS, sibling station to 1550 KKLE Winfield
860, KKOW Pittsburg KS
690, KGGF Coffeyville KS
580, WIBW Topeka KS
and some 8 seconds delayed, 610, KCSP Kansas City, which I assume is the originating station. Is that so it will be less obvious that the same game is on 580 WIBW? It`s also incredible that 690 and 860 in essentially the same market with huge coverage overlap are both carrying Royals. Axually, 580 alone would suffice to cover this entire area in KS, MO and OK, not to mention NE and IA.
I also ran across more silly ball games on the dial; they all sound alike to me, so in the parked car I employed the handy portable I always keep in the vehicle, and checked for parallels.
Cardinals were also playing, on:
1390, KCRC Enid OK [we are so lucky to have access to both!]
1230, WBBZ Ponca City OK
710, KGNC Amarillo TX
(Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. The afternoon of April 20 I witnessed an extremely unusual daytime MW DX opening, which brought in numerous stations from Colorado and Wyoming, mainly from Denver and the Front Range, Pueblo to Fort Collins and Greeley but also as far as Grand Junxion and Casper, Wyoming, over a megameter away. And it turned out, also from Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota!
After lunch at a restaurant in west Enid, I got in the car and checked the MW band at 1954 UT. Before I went in earlier in the hour, I had noticed a lot of line noise on the top end of the band, but not at the low end, so I started tuning up, and quickly found a big signal on 600 kHz, which is normally vacant here in the daytime.
I soon moved to another parking lot I knew to be low-noise, and spent most of the next two hours DXing this phenomenon on the caradio, with of course non-direxional whip on the hood. I wished I could have tipped off the lists about this opening, but I don`t have any mobile internet access. I wonder if anyone else got in on it?
This opening brought in many Denver and vicinity stations with very strong signals, better than ever accomplished at `low noon` around winter solstice when there is some residual skywave.
This must have been some form of skywave, unless there is a means for groundwave to be greatly and suddenly enhanced. But surely not groundwave under any circumstances, all the way from Grand Junxion on the far side of the Rockies, or from Casper in the middle of Wyoming.
670 Denver is however a regular daytime groundwave catch here across the plains, and I recently also reported 650 Cheyenne one morning. Surface weather surely could not have such an extreme effect, but I note that a cold front was approaching us from Colorado.
What could have caused this? A few hours earlier, Space Shuttle STS 131 crossed the area as it was approaching Cape Cañaveral for landing. NASA says the track entered North America around Vancouver BC, then across the ``Midwest``, Arkansas, Mississippi. Could it have caused some long-lingering ionization as it went thru the E-layer? Sporadic space-shuttle skip? SSSS, a new propagation mode? No chance of that after the upcoming finale of STS.
I see from DX Sherlock and TV-FM Skip Log that there were also sporadic E openings into VHF around mid-day between FL and Mexico and later between FL and Dominican Republic, somewhat unusual this time of year.
This was a selective opening. Nothing unusual from closer western Kansas, and I still suspect KGNO 1370 Dodge City is off the air. No sign of anything from New Mexico; Utah might have made it on 1160 if it were not for IBOC from KFAQ 1170 Tulsa. Many additional frequencies thruout the band had increased levels of interference to the normally audible weak groundwave signals.
Here are all the logs rearranged into frequency order. All times UT; if you must, subtract 7 hours for MST, 6 for MDT/CST, 5 for CDT/EST, 4 for EDT, a.k.a. ``ELT``; in any event, I starting logging only 82 minutes after local mean noon at 1832 UT, more than 5 hours before sunset, and no telling how much earlier before that the opening started.
560, since I was getting so many other Denver-area stations, sought KLZ at 2050, but something just barely audible, and just as easily could be marginal KWTO MO. Reason: KLZ is tightly direxional N-S.
590, at 1955, normally dominant groundwave KXSP Omaha had some CCI, just after I heard 600 from CO, so assumed KCSJ Pueblo; by 2051, just Omaha sports dominant, so never got a definite ID on this one. I must say that I have been noting something under Omaha several daytimes lately, figured KLBJ Austin most likely.
600, at 1954 ad for Champion Windows on west I-25 frontage road, political ad for Elite Hassan (sounds like), candidate for Colorado State Treasurer, used car dealer in Fort Collins/Greeley. It`s KCOL Wellington, loud and clear, never heard here in the daytime before. My first log in this opening, on a frequency normally vacant daytime, and many more to come. I`ll quote the City of License, especially appropriate for KCOL! Still in at 2051.
630, at 1955, I can tell there is some station here, underneath all the double whammy from IBOC 620 KMKI TX and 640 WWLS OK. Has to be KHOW Denver, and would surely have been clear without the IBOC. Normally nothing has a chance on 630 here in the daytime vs IBOC x 2.
650, at 1955, I can also tell there is a station here under the WWLS 640 IBOC, no doubt KGAB Cheyenne WY.
670, at 1956 and thruout, KLTT Commerce City CO, the one Colorado station which is a daytime groundwave regular. Stronger than usual, and presumably getting a skywave boost.
710, looking for KNUS Denver, but no sign of it versus the usual KGNC/KCMO mix. Reason: KNUS is tightly direxional NE/SW and we are in a deep null here.
760, at 1956, Kansas City has CCI (co-channel interference). Returned to it at 2015, in Thom Hartmann Program, ``AM 760, Colorado`s Progressive Talk, am760.net``. L&C signal of KKZN Thornton; now way over Kansas City, normally dominant daytimes. Wish it did not take an extraordinary DX opening to audiblize Thom`s weekday show anywhere on my Okie dial. But no time to stop and listen now!
810, normally occupied only by WHB Kansas City, but avoided here because of splash from OKC 800: at 2038, CCI between sports and some other talk station. KLVZ Brighton CO, in Denver area? except it`s supposed to be Spanish religion and direxional to the SW, null toward OK. At 2052, ``Sports Radio 8-10`` slightly under other talker, and the former then mentioned Overland Park, so that`s WHB. The CCI was discussing Haiti in English. At 2104, ABC news cutaway, local ad for something in Northern Hills. Then Derry Brownfield Show (which is also on WWCR), 1-800-973-3739, and disclaimer by ``KBHB, Five-State Radio``, i.e. Sturgis SD in the SW corner full of bikers. Make that Six! 627 miles.
830, at 1957, Family News in Focus, Today`s Lighthouse Report. Religious format. At first not sure of identity and I don`t have references with me; all researched after the fact. At 2016, plug Route66life.com and National Day of Prayer, May 6 (o yeah?). Mentions Intentional Living, i.e. same as 1200 KFNW, and Dr. Randy show, over CCI which must be WCCO. At 2054, the two stations are almost equal level, financial/religious talk atop WCCO ID in passing. 2147, ad for a candy shop in downtown Casper! So it`s KUYO WY, which is also on the affiliate list for Intentional Living at this hour. Also plug again for route66life.com now inbooming without WCCO. 632 miles to Casper.
830, at 2054, WCCO ID in passing under KUYO Wyoming. Just hearing WCCO itself in the daytime would be remarkable enough this time of year. At 2100 the CBS News timebong was at least 20 seconds late!
850, at 1957, Rush loud & clear over Spanish from TX. No need to wait for an ID from KOA! And its IBOC severely QRMs KKOW-860 KS, normally a big clear daytime groundwave signal here. KOA still inbooming at 2107.
910, at 1958, trying to get something recognizable out of KPOF Denver, but not successful now or later vs the OK and TX stations. Even tho KPOF is non-direxional, an heritage station. It originally meant Pillar Of Fire, some Biblical myth, but now it means Point Of Faith, trying to be more oecumenical?
990, at 1959, weak CCI, a frequency to be checked later. At 2019 a mix with SAH, but can make out some South Asian music. Is that now the format of KRKS Denver instead of religion in English? More South Asian music, but at 2058 ID in Amerenglish for Farmersville-DFW, i.e. KFCD, one of the frequencies hijacked from Wichita Falls to The Metroplex; but KFCD is supposed to be Spanish religion, and I`m not sure which one the ID goes with. I don`t see anything Ethnic, other than Spanish on this frequency anywhere in the US per the NRC AM Log 2009-2010, so a mystery. Any help? I have already spent more time compiling this report than axually logging the DX, and don`t have the time to look for all the updates to the Log.
1030, at 1959-2000, despite ACI splash from KOKP-1020 OK, ID as ``KTWO, Casper, the only way to stay informed, with Fox News,`` etc.
(I beg to differ. That is the only way to stay MISinformed.) Big signal from another station normally impossible daytime. Obliterates whatever bit makes it on groundwave from Garden City KS. 2022, Hannity L&C via KTWO. Still in at 2154 as I have to stop monitoring, 3 hours and 16 minutes before local sunset in Enid. 632 miles.
1040, at 2023, talk show seems about nutrition. Probably KCBR Monument CO, axually religious. 2040, religious talk show. Colorado Springs market.
1060, at 2001, loud & clear news, must be KRCN Longmont CO again. I find that the noise level at the first parking lot is getting too severe above 1000 kHz so I quickly drive to the quiet one in the next couple minutes.
1090, at 2003, Spanish music. 2024 ad for McDonald`s in Spanish, i.e. KMXA Aurora CO. Has IBOC noise on 1090, and there is also IBOC noise on 1080 vs KRLD, as these two stations degrade each other. 2024 ad for somethings sounding like Puma and Eclipse, mentioned Denver, and ``María 10-90 AM, Siempre Romántica``. Which Mary is it named for? Surely not the BVM with a format like that.
1100, at 2002, Fox News loud & clear, ad for AlliedBank.com mentioning ``the Western Slope`` which is the local geographical referent for Grand Junxion CO and vicinity. At 2006, ID as ``Talk Radio AM 1100, The Splash`` -- not sure of last word. It`s 50 kW KNZZ. Into Sean Hannity crap. Most of the signals are quite steady. This one starts to fade down gradually. But still L&C at 2111. 610 miles.
1170, while local KFAQ Tulsa trashes 1160 and 1180 with IBOC, squashing any chance of KSL during this opening, at 2112 while KFAQ is in local relatively calm talk, I can make out weak CCI on 1170 itself, KJJD Windsor CO most likely.
1190 at 2114, gab about electronic music between DJ and guest, really laid back; in fact, we were to ``sit back and space out`` as the music started. Rather eclectic show, at 2122 ``Good Vibrations`` by Beach Boys, outro by same DJ, 2125 KVCU ID in passing. CCI on 1190 from the KS and TX stations at least, but KVCU more or less dominant for a while. This is the failing commercial AM station which was acquired for the students at UC Boulder.
1200, at 2008 talk show, apparently financial, 888-888-1717. That Googles to Intentional Living out of Tucson and website http://www.theintentionallife.com/stationtime.asp shows the only 1200 station is KFNW West Fargo ND, time chex too at 3:06 pm CDT. 726 miles. Best distance in the opening.
1210, at 2026, CCI with talk show vs. KGYN Guymon OK`s C&W, which is normally the one heard on daytime groundwave. Most likely KHAT Laramie WY, ESPN affiliate. Yes, net fits, at 2043 ID as ESPN Radio, now over KGYN, and SAH of slightly over 2 Hz.
1300, at 2027, KAKC Tulsa has CCI, one of which with very distorted modulation. Might be selective skywave/groundwave self-QRM from one station. At 2028, ESPN is atop, i.e. KAKC. Suspect the other is KCSF Colorado Springs, supposed to be C&W, but did not catch such music in further tunebies.
1310, at 2009, Dr Laura. Frequency is normally vacant or nearly so daytime, the TX and KS stations not making it groundwavely. So KFKA Greeley CO. At 2030 break in Laura for Fox News Radio, then ``News-talk 13-10, KFKA`` ID.
1320, at 2009, KCLI OK which is // KNSS 1330 KS, has CCI and SAH. At 2032, KCLI with News9 (KWTV OKC) plug, and lo het over CCI. At 2046 this frequency has Sean Hannity x 2, a reverb apart. Only other station fitting in the DX area is KOLT Scottsbluff NE, per listings on the Hannity website.
1350, at 2032, ad for Pueblo, and slogan ``Homer 13-50``, i.e. KDZA CO, and slogan chex with NRC AM Log. Still in at 2107. Assume refers to baseball, not Simpson.
1530, at 2012, singing ID as I tune in for ``15-30, KCMN``, soul music. I.e. Colorado Springs, NRC-AM Log listed with nostalgia. Also IBOC noise on 1540, and that fits for KCMN in this listing: http://topazdesigns.com/iboc/station-list.html
1600, at 2013, SAH of almost 1 Hz, one side presumably semilocal KUSH Cushing OK and by now naturally I suspect the other is CO, KEPN Lakewood. No audible het from KMDO Fort Scott KS, nor any sign now of Vietnamese from KRVA The Metroplex TX.
1690, at 2014, typical Disney music loud & clear, // 1560 KOCY OKC, i.e. KDDZ Arvada CO. A bit weaker at 2049. Nothing else on X-band, but might have had 1630 WY and 1650 CO were it not for splash from my local KFXY-1640 gospel music. Note that this opening affected the entire MW band. KDDZ still in at 2107.
That`s it. My method of reporting may not fit the format of logs in DXN and DXM, but I hope some editors feel this info is worthy of publication, perhaps as a special feature, and further discussion (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
No longwave logs this month
** LAOS. Tuned in to Radio Australia-9580 at 1140, April 7, greeting "new" listeners to FM 96 in Vientiane, implying it, too was new. Power not given.Gave e-mail address email@example.com. (Earl Higgins, MO)
Last night [4/27] was doing a little MW Dxing ,happened to turn over to SW and after 10:20 PM it was coming in great! very low noise floor and i heard station from Bulgaria and Croatia. stated to ge back to normal about 1:00 am.
So if your around a set tonight you might give it a try, maybe it will do it again tonight ?
9765 SPAIN Radio Ext. de Espana at 2130 w/ futbol ("goaaaaalllllll"!) , to pips and goood Spanish lang. ID at 2200. only fair , as 31 meters not usually too strong in Arizona at
3:00P in the afternoon. started getting real fadey at 2145, but TOH pips and interval signal couldn't be mistaken. (4/14 Barton-AZ)
Hi All...just in from a camping trip right up the road from home, to have our last hurrah at camping in the Sonoran desert for the season. (after this, all camping will be done at higher (and cooler) elevations.
found the threads on the Sangean ATS-803A interesting , as i had one in tow (with 60' wire) for SW-DX, and my trusty R.S. DX-375 and Panasonic RF-2200 for the MW band.
biggest problem was old sleepyhead here was going to get up early on Saturday for some SW-DXing, but kept dozing back off in the warm sleeping bag. Friday afternoon was too hot to stay inside the tent, so i went outside and scanned the MW band on the RF-2200 while sitting in the shade of an Ironwood tree.
a little better luck on the HF bands on Sunday morning, as we were breaking camp and packing up........
3290 PAPUA NEW GUINEA Radio Central (p) at 1145, with Pacific island music, talk , fair and fadey . (4/18 Barton-AZ)
2850 NORTH KOREA K-C-B-S at 1229, strong with unhappy sounding male in KK and going into military march music. (4/18 Barton-AZ)
4460 CHINA CNR-1 1415 after rest of trop band pretty much dead after local s.r.. male in CC. (4/18 barton-AZ)
7445 TAIWAN R.T.I. at 1430, clashing with probable CRI China to Nepal service. Both about equal in signal strength making it a real
mess. (4/18 Barton-AZ)
7240 AUSTRALIA R. Australia 1500 , fanfare , news , to "Mardi Gras
in Kansas" by The Truckstop Honeymooners, etal., on program : Saturday night country . (4/18 Barton-AZ)
11835 MADAGASCAR R. Netherlands (via relay site) at 1525 with current affairs pgm in EG (4/18 Barton-AZ)
17560 SAUDI ARABIA R. Riyadh 1715 with male in Arabic, to prayer chanting at :23. BLOWTORCH signal. (4/18 Barton-AZ)
15565 VATICAN Vatican Radio on at 1745 with English pgm, talk of church affaris, to 1757 i.s. and abrupt close just before
TOH. (4/18 Barton-AZ)
11910 WYFR Okeechobee, FL 4/3 1615 with FF program and a whopper of a signal. IDed at 1615 with Family Radio and lots of mentions of Enfant de Diu.
Heard on a Zenith Transoceanic G500 just whippin' it:
6020 China Radio International Cerrik, Albania 4/3 0020 with EE and a smoking hot signal as clear as a bell. Nothing new but I just put new batteries in the G500 and this was about the first thing I heard. Its nice to give the old rig a chance to sing a little.
Heard on a Kenwood R-1000 and 270 foot wire on 4/16.
21690 R. France Int'l Montsinery, French Guyana 2058 with FF M/W talking then into Irish sounding music. Good.
17860 R. Canada Int'l Sackville, NB 2104 PP woman interviewing a man.
17775 KVOH Rancho Simi, CA 2106 SS talking about the President of Argentina.
17680 CVC La Voz Santiago de Chile 2110 giving SS news and rippin hot signal.
17630 R. France Int't Montsinery, French Guyana 2112 SS with news story about Colombia. Blast furnace strength.
17605 R. Nederland Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles 2115 DD M interviewing W.
17595 R. Exterior de Espana Noblejas in PP. Sounds like a religious news story.
15640 Deutsche Welle 2121 News about someone named Williamson who was convicted for denying the holocaust. EE VG sig .
15630 Foni Tis Helladas [t] Athens, Greece 2124 playing GG MX. Fair to good but QRM from DW.
15455 R. Canada Int'l Sackville, NB 1625 SS Real strong signal.
15345 R. Nacional Argentina General Pacheco, Argentina 1630 Super weak SS woman announcer.
15330 R. Canada Int'l Sackville, NB 1632 FF but not the FF used in France. They had on a story about the Conference Board of Canada. Fair to good.
15235 R. Canada Int'l Sackville, NB 1634 // 15330 FF local like sig.
15110 R. Exterior de Espana Noblejas, Spain 2235 SS News with an exceptional signal.
** AUSTRALIA. HCJB coming in quite well April 1 on both 19m frequencies: 15340 at 1328 in S Asian language, atop 15341 Morocco het; 1329 announcer kept mixing in English phrases such as ``brand new program``, ``host with the most``, ``thanks for all the e-mails``, ``so without wasting any more time, let`s get on with the show``, and played hymn ``What a Friend We Have in Jesus``.
shows it`s supposed to transition at 1330 from Bhojpuri on Thursdays to Hindi daily. By 1402, the het from Morocco is much worse, with its undermodulated Arabic.
15400 Chinese service at 1328 had an English ID, back to Chinese.
If these are coming long-path, the route is across the Indian Ocean, over Cape Town, up the Atlantic skirting the NE coast of Brasil, entering N America between Savannah and Jacksonville. If short-path, across Midway Island, north of Berkeley (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** DJIBOUTI [non]. 15165, checking whether clandestine La Voix de Djibouti remains on B-09 frequency in A-10, Thursdays only – yes, April 1 carrier on a few seconds before 1530 and modulation a few sex after with instrumental anthem, 1531 HOA song, 1532 into talk unseeming French. Poor signal compared to the last time I heard it a few weeks ago, and traces of long-path echo. Recheck at 1615, even weaker and more echoey, with much greater ACI from BBC Russian 15170. Could not tell if it had switched to French by now like last time.
I still think a W European site is likely rather than South Africa as hypothesized by Wendel Craighead, who among others has got an e-QSL never revealing the true site. The echo would be more likely if we are getting back- and front-beams from Europe rather than South Africa which would aim in a very different direxion, roughly sideways from us, but this is all very hypothetical (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI English, April 1 at 1337 with fair modulation, accented YL talking about science and technology, with music background; no adjacent-channel QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA. RRI putting in several good to very good signals on 19m, none of them designated for NAm, April 1:
15195, at 1349 with pop music. This is Galbeni, 285 degrees to Europe at 12-14 in Romanian.
15140, at 1355 in Russian but giveaway Romanian folk music, mentioned Brasov. Tiganeshti at 52 degrees, 1330-1400 only, so off in time for Oman in English, inaudible as usual.
15160, at 1357 with RRI IS, briefly // 15140 until latter 1358*. Then 15160 at 1400 opening in Romanian-accented Arabic, ID ``Sawt al-Romania``, mentioning all the satellites, WRN, and also heard on // 15490. 15160 is 245 degrees from Galbeni at 14-15, while 15490 is 142 degrees from Tiganeshti.
What about English? There isn`t any from RRI, anywhere between 12 and 17 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [non]. The co-channel QRM to REE via COSTA RICA, 15170, is no longer Romania, but BBC Russian, scheduled 1300-1730 via Woofferton. The latter was atop REE at 1349 April 1 discussing Poland and imposing a SAH of 3 Hz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. I listened to the final Live from Turkey, Tuesday edition on 1-day-on-demand webcast. Seref Isler seemed to be saying goodbye, as apparently others will be doing the remaining Thursday edition. This is due to the current staffing situation, as Voice of Turkey needs an extra person on duty for that program, and there are higher priorities, such as doing a daily newscast in English which is loaded on Turkish airlines. He also said that because of this he did not have time to do a new Letterbox program for this Wednesday`s broadcasts, so would repeat one from 3(?) weeks ago.
I then listened to the SW broadcast on 9830, Wednesday March 31 at 2227, and it indeed sounded like an old Letterbox, until music at 2338. The trouble is, on DX Corner a few days before, he also said that feature programs on the 2200 UT broadcast would now be for the next UT day, since 2200 is after local midnight (and also the 0300 broadcast, instead of being the last repeat of the previous UT day). That should have put Letterbox on the 2200 UT Tuesday transmission, instead of Wednesday. Maybe this does not kick in until next week, or are they still confused or trying to decide what to do?
During this period, 9830 had some strange fading and noises, but did not sound like the usual RTTY interference.
13635, April 1 at 1248, good with Turkish music, a sad-sounding song. On his last LFT, Seref remarked that he could not think of any Turkish songs which were happy ones; sad songs, such as one he played about a jilted lover, are the norm. 13635 cut off at 1259 after a brief Turkish announcement. It`s scheduled 06-13, 500 kW, 310 degrees from Emirler to western Europe but also USward.
Meanwhile, 15450 in English was somewhat weaker, during the remaining Live from Turkey show on Thursdays, not hosted by Seref. The other guy was reading poetry (Turkish translated to English, I assume) at 1320 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 9479 is the frequency where WTWW has shifted its daytime frequency 9480 as of March 31, at least temporarily.
George McClintock tells me the FCC has OK`d it. The reason is an unexpected interference problem very near the transmitter site. The school system of Smith County has a remote receiver on a mountaintop which happens to use 151.680 MHz, and the sixteenth [!] harmonic of WTWW from 9.480 has been interfering with their communication to school buses, altho it is not a serious safety issue. He has been trying to deal with this for two weeks, which may account for a lot of time off the air from 9480.
WTWW`s harmonic is properly more than 80 dB suppressed, but in this circumstance it is not enough. Until a new more powerful and extremely expensive harmonic filter to 90 dB can be obtained and installed, by shifting to 9.479, WTWW moves the harmonic far enough off, to 151.664 MHz.
Unfortunately, altho the local problem has been solved, WTWW now faces heterodynes from stations still on 9480, such as CRI via Albania at 1800-2000 in French, which must be a co-channel QRM problem anyway in eastern North America and Europe. How did that get past HFCC?
WTWW is so strong here, that CRI was no problem when we checked before 2000, tho it made a big het on George`s receiver a few miles away in the skip zone. Voice of Russia might also be using 9480 after that time, and China at other times. Of course, WTWW could seek a completely different frequency, but he hates to give up 9480 which had been inherited from KAIJ and properly coördinated.
Also, Radio Netherlands via Philippines in Indonesian at 22-23 on 9475 made a noticeable 4-kHz het with WTWW, both here and in the Tennessee skip zone. George says he could also shift to 9481 if that would be more advantageous. Casual listeners tuning to 9480 may not even notice the change. WTWW was still on 9479 at 1331 check April 1, no foolin`, making R. Australia 9475 that much more difficult.
Meanwhile, Pastor Pete Peters continues to be the only programming on WTWW. George says he has been inundated with hundreds of postal reception reports to an address on FCC records, even tho he has not solicited them. Many of them enclose $1 return postage. He does not have the time or staff to deal with them all. However, a new QSL card is on the way to the printer.
Many of the reports come from Japan. George theorizes that Peters` message of racial purity appeals to the Asians, even tho PPP is from a white-Christian perspective. I question whether many Japanese DXers really appreciate what PPP is saying in English; rather just are after a QSL from a new station. Also the mail from Europe has been ``staggering``. Of course, PPP surely appeals to neo-Nazis and cowboy fans as well (gh`s comment). (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 11550, large S9+25 open carrier at 1335 April 1; must be WEWN, but where`s the Spanish modulation? Other frequency 12050 is running normally. Then at 1337, 11550 with WEWN ID, and joining same programming in progress (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17585, which bore a very strong VOA English via Greenville a few days before, had only a very weak unID signal at 1406 April 1. Nothing else scheduled, so presumably still VOA, maybe not Greenville if they have switched site already; or just not propagating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. 9355 // 9905 in Chinese, fair signals at 1906 April 2. RFA is scheduled via Saipan and Palau, respectively; only heard one signal on each, so either it was RFA without any jamming audible, or jamming without any RFA audible, but if China, it was plain programming, not echofeed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. The 2030 English broadcast of RHC was missing a few days ago as I checked several times during that hour on 11760 and other frequencies, but she was back April 2 at 2037 talking about journalists being ambushed in Honduras.
15330 has mostly been free of DentroCuban Jamming Command since a day after the A-season began, but April 1 at 1801 noticed irregular pulses against nothing. Probably only one of the panoply of jamming transmitters screwed up (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) More about Martí under U S A
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, not a doubt that it`s Radio Africa, April 2 at 2114 open carrier plus hum (and also think I noticed it around 2100 or earlier). Kept tuned this time and real modulation did not start until some soft hymn singing at 2126, gradually loudening.
Next check at 2208, disgraced child-sex evangelist Tony Alamo was to be heard, but without any co-channel from WYFR Portuguese, which supposedly starts at 2200 in A-10. WYFR Spanish on 15130 not as strong as usual, but surely there would be some trace of it on 15190 if on the air. 2226 check, WYFR is finally on, atop Alamo. This transmitter seems to be especially erratic. BTW, the Brazilian who thought he had R. Inconfidência reactivated on 15190 agrees it was probably WYFR instead, scheduled until 0045 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** FRANCE [non]. I`ll bet you didn`t know that RFI has a Brazilian service. It`s not in the WRTH 2010 or February update, tho they have had a Portuguese service to Africa. April 2 at 2045 I am hearing RFI on 21690 via GUIANA FRENCH with a Brazilian accent, at 2059 music break, 2100 into Spanish. The 2100 Spanish broadcast in B-09 was supposedly only on 17630.
Unknown whether the Brazilian service is daily or what time it starts. To further confuse matters, 21690 is supposedly only in French intended for Africa, not Latin America, aimed 75 degrees at 17-22 UT. Maybe another program feed screwup at Montsinéry.
This page http://www.portugues.rfi.fr/node/15397
claims that Brazilians and all Americans must listen only via satellite; the only SW frequencies in Portuguese are for Africa at other times. So was this really a program from the African service, even tho voiced by a Brazilian? Must try to listen again, if it show up again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [non]. Correxion: My earlier report was really R. Japan in Spanish via Bonaire: ``6080, new frequency for RN 0500 in Spanish via Bonaire, March 28 until 0530* with mailbag in last few minutes. Very big signal at 290 degrees for Mexico and Caribbean, Until uncovered at 0530, totally blocking VOA English via São Tomé from 0500 to 0700`` (Glenn Hauser, April 2, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [and non]. We keep finding REE in frequency conflicts, which leads us to believe there is something deficient in their shortwave frequency planning and management, tho certainly not 100% their fault.
12015, April 2 at 1858 a US Government editorial in English on VOA, about Nigeria, well over the always-running radioteletype, and mixing with REE IS underneath. Then VOA into sign-off routine, 1900 timesignal and REE opening Arabic, M-F only, but it`s underneath the RTTY here.
9690, April 2 at 2039, about equal levels between a station in French and one in English. French was talking about homophobie, not // RFI on 21690. At 2047 the other one played some Romanian folk music, soon accompanied by RRI ID. At 2056 the RRI IS was mixing with REE giving its address in French and then its own IS until 2057* while RRI was on a bit longer and briefly in the clear.
How could two European transmitters of 250 and 300 kW be on the same frequency at the same time? Perhaps because RRI`s 2030 English broadcast at 307 degrees is supposedly targeted at eastern North America only, a rather early hour for that, and of course, also perfectly targeted and much better timed for UK.
Spain is aiming 110 degrees for north and central Africa, Mideast, so they couldn`t possibly overlap, right? Directly off the back from Noblejas is 290 degrees, USward. At least the latter is M-F only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 12015, VOA Greenville now here at 17-19, English to Africa concluding at 1858 April 2 with USG editorial about Nigeria, very good signal but with constant RTTY QRM, which has been on that frequency for years: so why do broadcasters keep going onto it and why doesn`t the RTTY object, whatever it is? See also SPAIN [and non] which overlaps before 1900 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15550-USB, WJHR active April 1 at 1802 with same old preacher; peaks at S9+15 when he screams ``hell, no``, presumably denying the existence of the hot place. Not audible 24-26 hours later (Glenn Hauser, OK, April 2, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR`s April program schedule shows that transmitter 4 is no longer 24/7 Pastor Pete Peters, no doubt due to all his new airtime on WTWW. This opens up lots of time for other stuff on 9980 or 5890, including two additional airings of WORLD OF RADIO: Sunday 2330 on 9980, UT Monday 0330 on 5890. Tnx to Thomas Nyberg for pointing this out first, and tnx to WWCR!
Also, #2 has shifted from 9345 to 9350 at 21-24. Confirmed April 2 at 2212, usual VG signal, during preacher. Golden Age of Radio is filling time on 9350: Wed 2300-2400; Sat 2105-2200; and Into the Blue, Sat 2200-2300. GAOR is also occupying at least seven other hours per week at various times and frequencies, and ITB, three (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WTWW remains on 9479 instead of 9480 when checked, April 2: at 1312, not up to full strength yet, has a 1 kHz het from something on 9480 and a 4 kHz het from R. Australia on 9475. At 1903 when CRI via Albania is on 9480, only a trace of its het could be detected here. After 2200, no hets audible unlike the day before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. I hesitate to mention this without the proper spin, so: Harold Camping is desperately trying to add more and more languages to infest more and more cultures with his end-of-the-world nonsense as there are only 13 months to go. Tuning across WYFR 11865, April 2 at 1343, in English they were asking for people who speak Oromo, Shona, Somali, Zulu and an Nguni (? Niugini?) language.
7520, April 2 at 2215, WYFR in Spanish during this hour, had stronger CW QRM from 7519. From the cadence if not axual copying, I am pretty sure these were Cuban spy cut numbers; not the first time these two disservices have fought over a frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Radio Martí violates separation of church and state once again: On 13820, April 2 at 1856 noticed a mass in progress, as if it were WEWN! Pretty good cantor, shortly identified by announcer as St. John`s Passion. Hardly any jamming audible here, but heavy jamming on // 11930. Not only that but the next time I noticed R. Martí, at 2220 on 6030 sounded like more of the same, mass with bits of German, Latin, Spanish, Italian mixed up.
No doubt these are Good Friday specials, but what are US taxpayers doing paying for a government station to broadcast services of one particular religion to one particular country? O sure, DentroCubans are in dire need of Catholic radio, despite the Church having reached an accommodation with the Cuban state years ago, and big 24-hour unjammed Spanish signals from Birmingham. Even if there were no such deal, this would be totally against American principles. Stop it! Or start broadcasting ALL OTHER RELIGIONS (and ATHEISM) to Cuba on R. Martí (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Radio Habana keeps us going with more and more anomalies: April 3 at 0615 I notice that English is still running on 6000, normally quitting at 0500, and also English on 6010, 6060 and 6140. Spanish on 6120 and 5040; nothing on 6150. 6000 also has a het on the hi side, but less interference than 6010 which is atop MEXICO [q.v.] and probably Colombia. However a minute or two later, RHC English no longer heard on 6000, tho there is still the het between somethings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA [and non]. 4750, not much making it on 60 meters as late as 1310 April 3 except this heavy collision between RRI Makassar and CNR which is listed as 50 kW due west from Xining, CHINA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** LAOS [non]. 11785, WHRI with Hmong World Christian Radio, Saturday April 3 at 1313, but sermon instead of the rustic music we crave. WHRI signal is not at usual super-level, but instead suffering severe co-channel QRM from the VOA/ChiCom radio war, mainly CNR1 echo-jamming. It has really been foolish ever to schedule these on same frequency. At 1315 the HWCR audio builds up temporarily and I can tell it is very jumpy, badly edited or with computer problems; 1317 a bit of English included, ``the devil shall die``, but back to heavy collision at 1323, and finally at 1328 some Hmong hmusic fill, 1330 over to Call to Worship show in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR [non]. Another try to hear Radio Mada International, Saturday April 3, via PRIDNESTROVYE. Could not tune in until 1545, but then heard nothing but Greece on 15630, which had a stronger signal than neighbors: 15640-DRM, 15650-Lampertheim, 15660-Meyerton, 15670-Wertachtal. Yet WRN confirms R. Mada was really on 15630, and they have not complained about any Grecian interference in target. Saturdays and Sundays 1530-1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6010, checking RHC`s ever-changing language/frequency lineup, see CUBA, April 3 at 0618 could detect Mexican national anthem, underneath from Radio Mil, way past the legally required 0600 = local midnight time. Anyway, once DST is underway from April 4, it`s supposed to play at 0500 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS [non]. 11835, Radio Netherlands poorly audible in English news at 1405 April 3, under skirts of much stronger WYFR 11830. The only frequencies left in A-10 for this 14-16 English broadcast to South Asia are this and 15745, both via MADAGASCAR, the latter inaudible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DGIEST)
** PORTUGAL. 15560, RDPI, Saturday April 3 at 1358, VG signal with funny novelty song to the tune of ``Reveille`` running past 1400, then weather for Açores and Madeira, news in joint service from Antena Um e RDPI. Title of the program at 1309-1400 UT this date per http://tv.rtp.pt/EPG/radio/epg-dia.php?canal=5&ac=d&sem=e
was ``Europa/África`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [non]. REE`s Spanish DX program Amigos de la Onda Corta has not made a one-hour-earlier DST change this A-season, but still at 0605 UT Saturdays as in B-season, followed by Correo del Oyente mailbag at 0630. Now we can only get it on 5965 via COSTA RICA, unless Spain direct propagate on 11895, 12035 aimed eastward, not tonight.
Fortunately, the Vaticollision on 5965 was not a problem altho supposedly still on the air at this hour in A-season, due to poor propagation from Europe and/or earlier sunrise fading it out.
Amigos had host Antonio Buitrago with some DX news at 0613. The only other scheduled broadcast of it is Sunday 1230 on numerous frequencies, 21610 21570 21540 15585 15170-CR 13720 11910-China 11815-CR 9765-CR, so it no longer competes as it did thruout B-09 season with RHC`s Spanish DX program at 1335. But there is NO other airing of the mailbag on the REE A-10 grid (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** THAILAND. 9575, HSK9 R. Thailand in English via Udorn at 132 degrees, weak but clear, April 3 at 1410 with CRI and R. Australia out of the way from adjacents (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. Checking whether VOT has really shifted its programming so a new day starts on the 22 UT broadcast the day before, it and the 03 UT repeat carrying the new day rather than the previous day`s programs, as Seref Isler claimed on last week`s DX Corner:
NO: UT Sat April 3 on live webcast, but also on 5975 if that had been more convenient to monitor, at 0312 I heard ``Turkish Album``, a talk about the disappearing art of inlaying mother-of-pearl, with some music breaks but that`s not what Album refers to; at 0331 ``Household Environmentalist``, Seref with greenish tips. These are both `Friday` programs, as per the current printed schedule folder (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** UGANDA [non]. A reminder that the new Ugandan clandestine Radio Y'Abaganda (Ababaka), is imminent for weekly broadcast Sat 1700-1800 via France 15410. Details in latest DXLD 10-13. Should be audible in North America tho propagation is not so hot today. Of particular
interest will be whether any of it is in English (Glenn Hauser, 1621 UT April 3, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)
Pop/jazz music ran a bit past 1659 from previous 15410 occupant, DW English scheduled via Rampisham. Then much weaker signal at 1700, really too weak and I am not even sure it was modulated. Carrier break for less than a minute at 1702, and afterwards still can`t copy anything. Should be better further east. Next check at 1740, signal no better than before, very weak and fadey, but definitely modulated now with spirited discussion in presumed Luganda (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. 9585, something in Burmese discussion, April 3 at 1411 and stronger than Thailand on 9575. It`s BBC via Singapore at 1345-1430. Strangely enough, NHKWNRJ is scheduled during exactly the same half-sesquihour in Hindi via Uzbekistan, so there ought to be a big collision in Asia, but only Burmese heard here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO confirmed back on 15825 for the rest of the midyear, Fridays on WWCR, weak at 2050; must have started at 2029 or even 2028, as by 2057 was already over and filling time with promos such as for DGS via Anguilla 11775.
5890 // 5935, WWCR 4 and 2 now both carrying University Network, April 3 at 0611. This would seem to be overkill by Dead Gene Scott, but confirmed in new online pdf program schedules at 05-11 on 5890 and 00-12 on 5935.
The April WWCR schedule continues to pretend that ``Country Crossroads`` is on 7490 Saturdays at 1300-1330, but instead April 3 at 1302 we are again hearing ``Musical Memories`` with Martha Garvin singing hymns at her piano.
WORLD OF RADIO, confirmed without looping Saturday April 3 at 1629-1658 on 12160 as monitored on webcast, now the WWCR-2 stream instead of WWCR-3 for this frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WRMI 9955, Saturday April 3 at 1306 in AWR Wavescan, Jeff White reading story about RCA Manila; fair with no jamming. I hope that was still true for WORLD OF RADIO at 1330.
BTW, Jeff tells me that WRMI has a new Cuban exile program UT Tue-Sat 0100-0200, La Voz del Consejo por la Libertad de Cuba, successor to La Voz de la Fundación. This knox off some other DX program repeats, but not affecting WORLD OF RADIO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. I can now confirm that the only time when there was even faint hope of DXing With Cumbre axually being aired on shortwave as in the imaginary WHRI online schedule, Saturday at 1200 on 9410, is a bust. Not even on the air then checked at 1220 April 3 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also LAOS [non]
** U S A. 9479, WTWW, April 3: quite a weak signal at first check 1313, but in solid by 1339 with no hets audible. George McClintock thinx it may be more advantageous to use 9481 next week at 12-24, unless he can tweak the harmonic filter in the meantime for adequate suppression of the sixteenth harmonic and go back to 9480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 7575, VOA in Press Conference USA, Saturday April 3 at 1245, guest Jeremy Rifkin, author of ``The Empathic Civilization``, about what the future may hold and the necessity for more worldwide empathy to avoid doom.
Seemed undermodulated, but every so often the audio would surge up, so what was really happening: surges heard when an open carrier atop this signal would briefly fade. Finished by 1256, then jazz music and promo for Jazz America in following hour to be on 7.575, 9.51 and 9.76 MHz.
At 1300 VOA switches 7575 from THAILAND to Tinang, PHILIPPINES site (the latter only on weekends), so Tinang was on the air with OC much earlier than 1300; should have been tuning up on some other frequency as IBB frequently does but not in this case.
Furthermore, after Thailand went off, the OC remained on 7575 until VOA news modulation finally cut on at 1301:25, at better level than before and no more surging since the undersignal offwent.
9945, April 3 at 1407 playing new version of ``We Are the World``. This hour is VOA Indonesian via Tinang, but the A-Z schedule fails to color-code it as Fri-Sat-Sun only, and consequently also the VOA schedule in DXLD 10-13 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake April 4: only found on 8400 at 1333, and poor with flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 13680, RHC big carrier with hum, but just barely modulated // 13780 and 13770, April 4 at 1343.
On the modulated frequencies, then I noticed that programming unseemed En Contacto, the DX program supposed to be at 1335-1350 Sundays on all frequencies. Instead it was marxist propaganda, which turned out to be special coverage of the Noveno Congreso de la Unión de Jóvenes Comunistas, UJC, 3-4 abril en La Habana.
Finally at 1350 started En Contacto theme and initial weekly birthday greetings including to Jorge García Rangel en Venezuela, who will be 42 on April 7. This 15-minute program was cut off at 1400 for news on 13780, so it was fortunate to get even 10 minutes instead of En Compañía del Doctor, medical program. Maybe the repeats later Sunday, UT Monday will manage the full quarter-hour? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ETHIOPIA. I was not expecting to hear long-path from the Horn of Africa this late in season, but there it was April 4 at 1332 on 7165, HOA music tnx supranormal conditions. Aoki shows R. Ethiopia in Afar during this hour, and Eritrea not on frequency until later. Also noise jamming on 7175, and weaker music from R. Ethiopia on 7110, vs CW from a K4 ham. At 1402 there was talk on 7165, no more jamming heard on 7175; music audible on 7110, and similar music on 9704 without any het from 9705 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA. Grayline conditions on 60 meters were much improved April 4 well after local sunrise 1213 UT here, only problem being our high local noise level. First noticed on 5010 with news in English at 1232-1235, some of it about India, 1235 into another language, i.e., from AIR Thiruvananthapuram, tho Aoki does not mention this English segment, just 1530-1545.
Several other intriguing carriers, some with audio, such as 4760, 4800, but the only other signal comparable to 5010 was 4920, at 1238 M&W discussion in S Asian language, and that carrier still audible at 1328, i.e. AIR Chennai (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 4750, RRI Makassar, good signal in Indonesian well atop the co-channel from China and/or Bangladesh, April 4 at 1237 and still audible an hour later.
Among a number of 60m signals, there was music a shade below 4870 at 1238 and 1245, which fits only for RRI Wamena, as measured by others, and on 4870 in Aoki but hard to believe the listing of only 300 watts. This station is completely missing from WRTH 2010. Ishida confirms it has been active in late March, but doesn`t split the frequencies nor speculate on power (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI is achieving some decent modulation at the moment, so enjoy it while it last during English hour at 1300, which also lux out with nothing on 9525 to het it, nor even anything significant on 9520 or 9530.
April 4 at 1312 after news, report on an eye hospital; 1318 Today in History about NATO (pronounced natto), independence of Senegal and Bhutto hanged in Pakistan. 1323 a talk about police corruption in Indonesia; then Indonesian Wonders accompanied by gamelan music; 1332 Miscellany, about Indonesia being named to a high-level UN group of 19 countries in UK dealing with climate change. After 1400, VOI gone, ceding channel to CRI Russian 9525, but the day before they were hetclashing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [non]. NHKWNRJ via CANADA, 6120, Sunday April 4 at 1228 reveals that World Interactive still exists and is still on Sundays in the new fiscal year, as she was upwrapping, cut off transmission at 1229*. As Joe Hanlon points out, NHK is now running a full 30 minutes, so the operators need to prolong the relays one more minute. Signal only fair here, over full-daylight path, and will only get worse into summer. Meanwhile NHK Radio Japan deprives us of the former loud and clear repeat at 1400 via Sackville on 11705. Checking that, not even audible on remaining transmitter direct from Yamata (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR [non]. Tried again for R. Mada International Sunday April 4 after 1530, hiding under usual good signal from V. of Greece on 15630: maybe a trace of something there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA [and non]. 5920, R. Rossii, Petropavlovsk/Kamchatsky, horrible motor-boating noise self-imposed, April 4 at 1249 with talk in Russian and music. Just for kix, I monitored around hourtop to see if 8GAL CW marker would accompany it, as it does in the winter when same defective Russian transmitter is on 6075 until 1400. No.
But RR timesignal was as usual 5 seconds late compared to WWV, and then to open carrier but still motorboating which lasted until 1303:20*. It was a stark contrast to clear Chennai on 4920, as I flipped down 1 MHz at 1302. Meanwhile, some very weak music was audible on 5920 but nothing listed in Aoki. FCC A-10 schedule shows WHRI here at 23-13, but of course not really for anywhere near that entire span (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non?]. Checked 15760 for the widely publicized on short notice special April 4 at 15-16, ``UK Rocks the World`` -- at 1530 very good signal with rock music, but what`s the point? We don`t have enough rock music already, especially in America? Site? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. If you hear gospel-huxters on 5920, don`t assume WBOH is back. That station is kaput, so WHRI has moved onto the frequency. I noticed it one evening. This could also be the frequency for DXing with Cumbre, since searching on Marie Lamb as program host in the online WHR schedule brings it up repeatedly, attributed to Angels 1, 5 and 6, even two of them at once! Presumably most if not all of these are imaginary, maybe on the webcasts but not really on the SW air.
The full imaginary DWC schedule from this search, rearranged into day and time order, listed days changed to UT days where applicable:
Sat 1830 6-11785
Sat 1930 4-9930 Palau
Sun 0130 1-5920, 5-5920
Sun 1000 6-5920
Sun 1330 6-11785
Sun 1930 4-9930 Palau
Mon 0200 2-5875
Mon 0330 1-5920, 5-5920
M-F 0430 1-5920, 5-5920
If anyone confirm any of these really on the air and really carrying DWC, do let us know (Glenn Hauser, April 4, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 4050, quick check at 1235 April 4, mention of Milwaukee Brewers, presumed usual third harmonic of KWMO Washington MO, as I tuned down 1 MHz from WWRB 5050 which was still Bibling (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 7575, VOA Sunday at 1330 April 4, good signal 21 degrees USward from Tinang, PHILIPPINES (only on weekends) amid Jazz America giving contact info, and responding to a listener in Yukon OK, but he`s from abroad so that`s OK. Does he listen to this frequency too? Wondered if there was an archive of previous JA programs; no, you can only listen to the latest one online (if you can find it on confusing disorganized VOA website). At 1339 tried // 9760 but it had ChiCom co-channel QRM.
5835 at 1359 April 4, good open carrier, 1400 Radio Free Asia theme joined in progress and English announcement that Cantonese would follow. This is via TINIAN, kudos to be doing so well, so late almost two hours after sunrise, so far off-target; no jamming audible and presumably not jammed, since who cares if those southerners are further corrupted by outside influences? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VENEZUELA [non]. El Hugazo AWOL again, Sunday April 4 at 1645 check, nothing on the Aló, Presidente frequencies via CUBA, 17750, 13750, 13680, 12010 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ARGENTINA [and non]. 15820, looking for LTA, LSB program feeder, instead heard hi-speed RTTY, quite an obstacle, April 5 at 0031.
15345.2, R. Nacional, UT Monday April 5 at 0035, tango on bandoneón, then ID as ``Radio Nacional de Santa Fe, y 40 emisoras, pasan a transmitir un sorteo``, fair and clear signal, nothing to het it. Appears that this regional station regularly feeds programs to the national LRA network. I suppose one might try for its own QSL (Glenn Hauser, MPDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRIA. 9820, looking for ORF`s remaining sesquihour to the Americas at 0000-0130, April 5 at 0058: nothing audible. Not on UT Mondays, or maybe missed them during a beamchange? (Glenn Hauser, MPDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 13725, April 5 at 0039, RCI with El Castor Mensajero (``The Messenger Beaver``) mailbag in Spanish, VG signal reciting complete A-10 RCI Spanish schedule, ``en vigor desde hoy 28 de marzo``, so this was a replay of last week`s show! Staff off for Easter holiday weekend? In English, the mailbag is attributed to a maple leaf instead of a beaver; why? (Glenn Hauser, MPDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHILE [and non]. 11900 & 11940, big dirty mushy spurs with plenty of modulation from fundamental 11920 via CVC, April 5 at 0041 with HCJB Portuguese ID in passing. So CVC enters another season having done nothing to fix these, which we have reported repeatedly, and surely are heard all over the Americas and beyond.
6070, CFRX with heavy QRM in Spanish causing fast SAH, April 5 at 0058, // clear 11665 with CVC La Voz ID. Unfortunately, CVC has resumed using 6070 at 23-02 on 30 degree azimuth, so forget about listening to CFRX during those two sesquihours.
All we can do is anticipate the scheduled reduxion to only two hours, 23-01, from October 10 when DST resumes in Chile, a seemingly irrelevant event having nothing to do with Miami. BTW, Manuel Méndez asked CVC and they admitted that the Sunday morning program pretending to come out of Santiago is axually from Miami like everything else (Glenn Hauser, MPDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. 6020, April 5 at 0059 CRI in English mixing with music from another station. Another long-term case of frequency mismanagement by those who fail to observe what happens in the real world rather than the computer models. CRI is 305 degrees via Albania to CIRAF zones 7-10, i.e. USA and Mexico, while REE via Costa Rica at 110 degrees to northern S America, so no conflict, right??
Maybe not if REE could keep its nearby signal from going in any other direxion, impossible. Also ignored is the persistent het from 6019.3 Radio Victoria, Perú, bothering them both in respective targets. But serves the ChiCom right for jamming or blocking countless other station-frequencies (Glenn Hauser, MPDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. MW DXers have been reporting ``the wobbler`` active lately on 730 kHz, and now so do I, April 5 at 0106 check, like someone playing a musical saw, obscuring whatever stations are trying to make it on the frequency. The same has appeared previously on many other MW frequencies traced to Cuba, as some kind of transmitter defect, since there appears to be no reason to employ this technique for deliberate jamming. Indeed this looped to the southeast/northwest (Glenn Hauser, MPDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 17705, RHC at 0030 April 5, going from Spanish to open carrier. My bandscan downward continued inexorably so don`t know what eventually followed, but not supposed to be in Spanish before or after this hour. Axually the end of the Quechua broadcast, so about to close down.
13820, April 5 at 0038, lite DCJC noise and pulsing against nothing, long after Radio Martí is finished with frequency.
11600, April 5 at 0043, DCJC pulse jamming against nothing at the absolutely regular rate of two per second.
9810, April 5 at 0046, heavy DCJC noise jamming against nothing on long-abandoned R. República frequency --- wait a minute, there is a trace of some broadcast underneath, which must be V. of Russia, now in A-10 season via GUIANA FRENCH in Spanish to South America at 00-02, per sked in DXLD 10-13.
Commies vs ex-Commies! Cuba jams Russia, whee. At 0200 VOR/GUF switches to 9735 which is a super signal USward; see separate report (Glenn Hauser, MPDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH. 15180, at 0036 April 5, VOK in Spanish, with a roar on the transmitter; last time heard a few days ago, modulation had been OK (Glenn Hauser, MPDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, April 5 at 0056, heavy mix of two different musical signals about 12 Hz apart, i.e. XEPPM and ZYE365 (Glenn Hauser, MPDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES. 17820 at 0028 April 5, heavy flutter on poor signal with YDD and VOA sign-on. This is 21 degrees from Tinang, ergo USward, and quite fortunate was I to catch it as only in use for this semi-hour in Spe-cial Eng-lish (Glenn Hauser, MPDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 17525, at 0031 April 5 with ``99 Luft Balloons``, so I bet it`s DW. Uplooked later, yes, DW amid English hour via Komsomolsk/Amure, weak and fluttery (Glenn Hauser, MPDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9330-CUSB, UT Monday April 5 at 0048, rock music with SFX such as sirens, // 5110-CUSB almost as good, in another weekend experiment by Area 51 via WBCQ. But 7415 was absent (Glenn Hauser, MPDX, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ASCENSION. 6100 at 0514 April 5, talk in Luso Portuguese, must be an African morning service, VOA? No, there is none in the morning. At 0523 with English lesson featuring British accents and London locales. BBCWS scheduled 0430-0530 M-F only, at 102 degrees. Off at 0529*
After that, I did hear a weak Yankee Doodle Dandy, I drowsily thought on 6100 too, but must have been 6095 São Tomé about to open VOA M-F French, unless that has shifted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. RHC normally makes frequency adjustments about a week after other stations enact seasonal changes, since as an outlaw nation, Cuba refuses to participate in advance planning with HFCC countries. And so it has as of April 5:
12030, new frequency found at 1330, ex-11800 and with the same deficient lo-fi modulation, as also on 9660 afternoons, 6120 at night. 12030 is an echo apart from all the remaining parallels checked at 1356: 11760, 11730, 13780, 13880; and 19m was barely propagating, 15360, 15120; and -
RHC 6110 now has Asian co-channel, i.e. ChiCom jamming and VOA Mandarin via Tinang at 1230-1500 (also via Tinian at 1100-1230).
At 1359 Despertar con Cuba was upwrapping, to resume at 7 am = 11 UT, and 1400 frequency announcement alleged in typical disorder: ``15120, 15360, 13760, 13680, 13780, 11760, 11730, 11800, 6110``. So 12030 is unknown to the studio.
I think he said 13760 instead of 13770 where it has really been for months, but not positive as they sound so much alike. In any event, 13770 is also missing, and replacement for that found on new 15380 at 1401, much weaker than // 15360. So 15380 also unknown to the studio.
At 1419 check I suspected 12030 had disappeared but no, still there, very weak. Propagation not favorable today; 1444 back to good strength.
Full span of new 12030 and 15380 yet to be determined, but 12030 is also in use by V. of Russia and perhaps IBB Sri Lanka. 15380 has Saudi Arabia until 1400, then VOA via Wertachtal to Afghanistan from 1430.
Another check at 1700 just as Enid was testing its storm-warning sirens, found 15380 and 12030 still on, along with 11690, 11730, 11760, and JBA carrier on 6110, nothing on 13 MHz. So it`s pretty clear that 12030 replaces 11800 and 15380 replaces 13770 for all-day service and perhaps beyond.
After all that, I check RHC website and to my astonishment the schedule presented in Spanish has already been updated:
Yet to be verified as 100% accurate, but some changes of note:
15380 runs 11-12 and 00-05 to Buenos Aires.
12030 runs 11-24 to Central America.
Also new in Spanish: 12020 // 9525 both 2300-0500 to South America.
5040 now starting Spanish earlier at 21-23, as well as 02-11, after the break for English, French and Creole (tho some have heard English sporadically after 0200 or 0700).
5970 is new too, shown as 01-05 in English to NAm // 6000; 07-11 in Spanish to Chicago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [non]. Wondering if Shiokaze will have made another frequency shift with the new season, so April 5 at 1415 I tried to hear it on 5915 or 5985 --- inconclusive, as only an extremely weak carrier on the former, nothing on the latter, despite some other weak Asian signals on band, and RA good on 5995. No doubt Ron Howard will notice if JSR QSYs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6010, Radio Mil, holding up as late as 1417 April 5, weak signal but in the clear with news of Banco de México (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. 6250, quite readable R. Japón in Spanish, April 5 at 0512 vs ute bursts near frequency. This leapfrog has appeared in A-10 since new frequency via Bonaire 6080 has started for the 0500-0530 broadcast, mixing with RN in Dutch on 6165 to land another 85 kHz higher. In the B-season, same mix was between 6165 in Dutch and 6195 in Spanish appearing as Dutch on 6225.
List-loggers, beware of assuming Spanish on 6250 during this semihour be Equatorial Guinea! But that usually does not start until after 0530, when active, which it has not been for some weeks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. 6170, RNZI, clear of VOR QRM, in nicely for good copy of new Mailbox from 1329 Monday April 5, lots of DX news and clips from Bryan Clark, who said he would not be back until June. Still sufficient signal at 1413 check with jazz singer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENINGN DIGEST)
** RUSSIA [non]. 9735, La Voz de Rusia, 0458 April 5, huge signal closing transmission with Spanish schedule mentioning meterbands only. This is 500 kW, 320 degrees from GUIANA FRENCH for Caribbean, Mexico, AND the conterminous USA, CIRAF Zones 6-8.
Meanwhile, the poor English-speakers in North America must now struggle to hear VOR only on weak and unreliable signals direct from Asia or Europe. We know when we are not wanted as listeners (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH AFRICA. 7310, BBCWS in English with Network Africa, fairly good April 5 until cut off abruptly at 0551, back on at 0553 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Checking for a few of the scheduled DXing with Cumbre airings per website, as I amassed previously: UT Monday April 5 at 0218, 5850 not on the air. At 0330, 5920 not on the air. (It was, however, at 0218 in Spanish) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5890, WWCR-4 confirmed with new WORLD OF RADIO airing, #1506, UT Monday April 5 at 0330, VG signal. Even I forgot to check the other new one, Sunday 2330 on 9980, when normally the signal is still extremely strong here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. High-latitude paths wiped out by geomag storm, leaving little but weak Brazilians on 25m, April 6 at 0616, wacky wailing preacher David Miranda detectable on 11765v and something surely Bandeirantes on 11925 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA [and non]. For the first time in many months, geomagnetic storms reaching the G3 level have occurred, says SWPC, and the K-index hit 7 at 12 UT on April 5. Since then every three hours the K has been reported as 5-4-3-2-5-6-4-4-4, ending at 15 UT April 6. Solar flux and A-indices: April 4, 79 and 12; April 5, 79 and 37.
This has severely degraded SW reception, except on the lower frequencies and except for southerly paths on some higher bands. For example, April 6 at 1355, CRI relay via Sackville on 15260 was quite weak instead of usual inbooming, while // 9650 was still strong. Hardly anything else audible on 19m except REE/Costa Rica 15170; nothing from Europe. See also USA, for nighttime observations of WRMI, WYFR, WTWW, WWCR, WWRB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Typo in previous report of RHC schedule:
15380 runs 11-23 and 00-05 to Buenos Aires. (not 11-12!)
Further chex of RHC new schedule: April 6 at 0608 English on new 5970 which is ex-6140 now missing, and sounds just like it did, with low modulation, // 6010 and 6060. At 0624 a stronger image appeared on 5960, receiver mix due to overload from 6060 and 6010, but vanished with attenuation. Spanish was only on 6120, 6150 and 5040 at 0608.
At 1402 I monitored the frequency announcement on 11760: same as yesterday, in fact I think recorded as speaker hesitated at exactly the same spot, before saying 11730 --- still omitting 12030 and 15380, while claiming to be on abolished 11800 and 13760, i.e.:
``15120, 15360, 13760, 13680, 13780, 11760, 11730, 11800, 6110`` New 12030 was also again audible, but not 15380 due to poor propagation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 11970, new frequency for VOA Spanish, April 5 at 2350 with report about controversy over some musical event in Shanghai, // and synchronized with 9885 so suspect it is Greenville. Have not found it on any schedule yet, apparently a last-minute change for listed 11625; also // heavily jammed 5890 but no jamming audible on 11970 yet. Poor signal as propagation is pitiful today with high K-indices and G3-level geomag storms (see CANADA).
Wolfgang Büschel had heard something in Spanish here a few days ago, April 1 after 0000, which would be the Tue-Sat A Fondo program.
Yes, at 0015 check April 6, nothing on 11625, but 11970 // 9885 // 5890 with A Fondo, and no jamming audible on any of them now, unlike // 6030 R. Martí with same program this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWRB, 5050, recently expanded to all-night operation, was always running Biblical dramatizations in English when I tuned across it, but at 0428 April 6 in Spanish instead with programming called ``Con la Biblia Abierta`` which may be from the same source. Tnx to an inquiry from José Elías Díaz Gómez, Venezuela, who had just heard an unID, something in Spanish IDing as Radio Mundial.
They plugged website http://www.conlabibliaabierta.com which has an uninformative Radiodifusión link with nothing about WWRB, but mentions 1700 and 1500 kHz in South Florida and Cuba, including a program called Radio Mundial.
WWRB hasn`t updated its own program schedule for ages, nothing about this or anything past ET midnight at
Did not recheck until 0601 when 5050 was back in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. At 2317 April 6 on 9665, heard Brazilian preacher, PMR not yet signed on; R. Voz Missionária, 10 kW in SC; southern conditions enhanced, northern degraded (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15370 is another new frequency for RHC, April 6 at 2012 in Brazilian Portuguese, ex-11770. Online sked shows 15370 nevertheless for Europe: 2000-2030 Portuguese, 2030-2100 Arabic, 2100-2300 Spanish. 15370 stronger here than 15380, new daytime frequency in Spanish. Meanwhile at 2013, 11730 and 12030 in Spanish, 17705 in RNV Spanish;
And 11760 heard in French, which the sked claims is for Central America, with more at 2130-2200; hmm, I can`t think of a French-Fpeaking country there, and Caribe is also a valid target specified for some other broadcasts. But then, there is no Haitian-Creole speaking country in South America, either, shown as target for 2300-2330 on 17705.
Also, the time for Esperanto on 5040 is Sundays 0000-0030, i.e. meaning UT Mondays, pre-empting French other days of week; not at 0700-0730 real Sundays as DSWCI presumed, which is supposed to be on 6010, but could turn up on any of the 49m channels or even be missing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** FRANCE [non]. Trying to check whether RFI via GUIANA FRENCH, 21690, has a regular Brazilian/Portuguese transmission as heard previously around 2045: April 6 at 2015, still in French, but by 2030 was starting to fade out, still seems French, and ditto another try before 2100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. Peter W. Hansen tells us that he convinced V. of Russia that they were not really broadcasting to North America on 9665, and they advised him April 6 that they would be on new 9890 at 22-02; Harry Brooks and Mike Barraclough soon found that the schedule http://english.ruvr.ru/radio_broadcast/schedule/
had been updated to show that.
Good going on getting their attention, but 9890 is an awful choice:
Checked at 2317 UT April 6, inaudible vs huge splash from VOA Spanish 9885 and the DentroCuban Jamming Command. (However, the jamming might stop at 0000). With BFO could only detect a trace of a carrier on 9890.
After 0000, jamming seems off but VOA Spanish still very strong, no VOR audible. At 0032 there seemed to be a trace of VOR on 9890, and at 0113 after VOA was of, VOR was just barely audible. Of course, propagation from Europe is still pitiful following geomagnetic storms.
Possibly after conditions recover, 9890, 500 kW due northwest from ``Armavir`` will be usable in eastern N America, but not very at 23-24 with the Cuban radio war on 9885 and more VOA/Martí until 01 on weeknights (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SEYCHELLES [non]. 9550, Arabic music and talk with an instruxional tone, April 6 at 2018, fair signal next to better CVC error on 9540. FEBA is still scheduled in Arabic 1900-2030 via RWANDA, 250 kW at 30 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WRMI chex April 6-7: at 2230 on webcast, WORLD OF RADIO 1506 confirmed at new time; not convenient to check 9955 but probably jammed. But next WOR airing at 0030 UT Wednesday found 9955 in the clear with no jamming, nor at 0113 when Ninochka`s new exile show was underway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ZAMBIA. 9540, at 2017 April 6, lively program in English soliciting texts to +27-782-785-300, 1Africa promo, and text number again in next few minutes. Not that there was any doubt, but Googling that number got three hits all connected with 1Africa. What`s it doing on 9540? Scheduled 19-22 on 5940!
So they mispunched the frequency reversing two of the digits, and probably not likely to repeat. Better signal than FEBA 9550 via RWANDA -- see SEYCHELLES [non] and much better than Gabon 9580. I wonder if transmitting on the wrong frequency automatically matches the antenna properly for it?
Thus without even trying, CVC reached North America much better than it could have on 5940 at this hour, aimed due northwest and toward us anyway tho intended only for Nigeria (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ASCENSION. 6100, April 7 at 0527 VG signal with rap music, and hum, cut off at 0529* with no announcement, how rude. It`s listed as BBC Portuguese to Africa via Ascension at 0430-0530, 250 kW at 102 degrees. They really need to work on getting rid of the hum, something you would not expect from one of the world`s major SW transmitter sites on the air for many years and supposedly being upgraded (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Here we go again. Just like its predecessor 6140, RHC`s new 5970 proves to be the channel which randomly switches between English and Spanish, no matter what the schedules may say.
April 7 at 0530 found this ``English`` frequency really in Spanish service, music at the moment // 6120 and 6150, not // the English frequencies 6010 and 6060.
Furthermore, 5040, which is supposedly all-Spanish after 0200, was in English at 0531 check, Elena Valverde`s heavily-accented ``news``. So it appears the wires were crossed so 5040 and 6140 exchanged program feeds.
New 5970 also means new spurs! At 0536 I was getting RHC English weakly on 5880, which is a leap of 6060 over 5970 another 90 kHz lower. This was transmitted, not receiver-produced, as confirmed by still audibility with attenuation; unlike some receiver-only images forced by overload from fundamentals.
Altho 6110 transmitter moves to 6150 at 0500 to avoid Japan via Sackville, later on it`s possible for both 6110 and 6150 to be on the air, plus 6180, all // at 1225.
Besides a separate entry for 6180 at 11-13, the format of the A-10 schedule makes it difficult to sort out what is meant here since there are three frequencies separated by / and four timespans separated by / :
``Norte Centro Suramérica 11760/6150/6110 11-20/24-05/05-13/11-05``
Probably the first two timespans both refer to 11760. There are many other entries like this. Why in the world don`t they explicitly show one frequency on one line for each timespan?
At 1357, RHC audible on 15380, 15360, 13680, 12030, 11730, missing from 15120, 13780 and 11760. Nevertheless, the frequency announcement at 1359 says ``estamos transmitiendo`` (meaning currently, i.e. both before and after that time), en ``15120, 15360, 15380, 13680, 13780, 11760, 11730, 12030, 6110``. So finally two days after the changes, new frequencies 15380 and 12030 make the list, replacing 13770 and 11800, but it still doesn`t match what is really happening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [non]. Re my previous remark that Shiokaze could not be heard on 5915 at 1400: As Ron Howard reminds me, it`s not supposed to be on 5915, but 5910, where he was still hearing it as of April 6. Checking April 7 at 1403, all I could get here a bihour into the dayside was a trace of a carrier on 5910, not 5915 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6185, R. Educación totally in the clear April 7 from 0545 with great music, mostly romantic, tnx to geomag disturbance greatly weakening CRI via Sackville 6190 until 0600; and nothing from Vatican 6185 either. XEPPM Heard as late as 0717 with no Brasil, which presumably would come on before 0800 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. The ionosphere is still all screwed up following the G3 geomagnetic storm, with some very strange propagation. April 7 at 0523, found RN in Dutch with good signal on 9865. This was close to the OSOB and certainly the SSOB, an incredible situation considering all the other signals normally audible. Second strongest station on band was 9630, REE/Costa Rica, and a distant third, 9505 in Spanish, WYFR at 222 degrees. 9865 RN is of course BONAIRE, 300 kW at 230 degrees at 0500-0527 only.
Also, 6250, April 7 at 0525, NHK Spanish leapfrog of 6080 over RNW 6165 Dutch, but 6250 cut off at 0527* when 6165 went off altho NHK kept going on 6080 via Bonaire (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ALBANIA. 13755, R. Tirana, at 1436 April 8 during English to NAm, just barely audible as higher-latitude propagation paths are still degraded; amid much stronger signals from Cuba on 13740 and 13770 which had to be attenuated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 9819.9, April 8 at 0648, poor signal with music, no doubt R. Nove de Julho, as confirmed frequency was off, compared to WBAP 820 by tuning the MHz dial only on the FRG-7 with BFO on. South America was prime source of only weak signals on band at this time; see PERU for a similar case (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 9650, Sackville, April 8 at 1433 with RCI IS and IDs loop in French and English, VG signal in what is supposed to be KBS World Radio relay in Korean; I know I was hearing that OK earlier in the hour as I tuned by, so lost feed, and same situation at 1436, 1444, probably for rest of hour. BBC also had an anomaly on 31m: see SINGAPORE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC check at 0705 April 8, when you never know which frequencies will be on with which language: 5040 and 6010 in English, ``Ed Newman`` opening the mailbag on this UT Thursday. 6060, 6120 and 6150 in Spanish; and 5970 off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. April 5 at 1406 I had noticed an open carrier on 9565, likely Greenville tuning up for R. Martí scheduled to start at 1700; but April 8 at 1430 it`s RM already running on this frequency, and the DentroCuban Jamming Command hasn`t noticed yet, tho they have been jamming 9565 for months at other times of night when RM was never using it!
As I tuned in, RM was announcing that MW 1180 was off the air temporarily, to be back on soon but could still be heard on all its usual SW frequencies, unspecified. The regular RM SW frequencies at this hour, 11845, 11930 and 13820 were all on air vs varying degrees of heavy jamming.
So I theorize that RM was authorized to add a fourth SW frequency to compensate for MW being off the air, presumably installing new transmitter.
9565 is not exactly open before 1700, with Russia, Albania and Philippines/IBB scheduled each hour from 14 to 17, but no QRM noted here.
9565 still DCJC-free at 1508 check with news about Kyrgyzstan, and at this moment the other three were all atop jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 9490, a few minutes before 2300 April 7 had DentroCuban jamming noise already running, but at 2300 check, R. República via RMI via Sackville had cut on, atop the jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6104.8, April 8 at 0657, Latin music with heavy beat, some distortion, ``Ésta es la más grande`` slogan of XEQM, good on peaks but a few minutes later absent as in typical behaviour of this yucateca (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6185, dozed off to great XEPPM music, April 8 and roused enough at 0810 to notice that there was still no ZY QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 9720.0, April 8 at 0648 after hearing Brasil on 9819.9, detected immediate mention of Iglesia Pentecostal Dios es Amor, i.e. in Spanish, and shortly the intonations of wacky wailer David Miranda. Therefore this is R. Victoria, Lima, separable from somewhat stronger but not overpowering WYFR 9715. Frequency confirmed as not offset by comparing to WGN 720, tuning the MHz dial only on the FRG-7 with BFO on. Brazil, q.v. was also in on 9819.9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. Straining to hear V. of Russia on its new frequency for North America in English, 9890 on its alleged second day in use, April 7: first check at 2145, seems a carrier but not to start until 2200. At 2200, just barely audible, and no adjacent interference yet. 2300 still JBA, can`t even recognize ID or IS, theme, and now the ACI starts, i.e. 9885 with VOA Spanish initially over the DentroCuban Jamming Command.
VOR is still useless. This is supposed to be 500 kW from ``Armavir`` aimed right at us, 315 degrees. Wolfgang Büschel in Germany confirms it`s on the air, but sounds more like 20 kW to him. Of course, we are still recovering from the G3 geomagnetic storm of a couple days ago, so things ought to improve in next few days, but deliberately or negligently transmitting 5 kHz from any North American SW frequency is self-defeating nonsense (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 5920, R. Rossii, Pet/Kam, already audible at 0708 April 8, immediately recognizable in Russian with motorboating self-QRM. More than an hour before local sunset at 0811 UT per
whence you can easily find SR/SS and other ephemeral data for anywhere, but be very careful in converting from local times as shown --- Pet/Kam is in the UT +11 zone, but DST in effect, so subtracted 12 hours for UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SINGAPORE. 9740, BBCWS English April 8 at 1433 was stuck in a loop of two syllables over and over in a YL(?) voice, sounds like ``pucky pucky``, or something similar. Ain`t The Digital Age wunnerful? This continued unrelenting until 1442 when finally resumed a great variety of syllables put together in an order such that a programme about severe loss due to weather of Mongolian livestock such as sheep could make rational sense. RCI also had an anomaly on 31m at this time; see CANADA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. VOA Spanish check April 7 opening at 2300: 9885 with DentroCuban jamming, but VOA atop, blocking 9890 RUSSIA, q.v. New // 11970 had jamming only, possibly VOA late coming up as often happens. // 5890 with jamming atop VOA.
7550 with open carrier at 1357 April 8; 1358 VOA YDD sign-on, 1400 a montage of enthusiastic voices introducing VOA Direct Connexion, then with rap. Have not noticed this on SW before, something from their Music Mix network, no doubt.
7540 at 1403 also had VOA but with News Now, // 9760, and 7540 weaker than 7550.
HFCC shows both are Tinang, PHILIPPINES, 7540 at 270 degrees M-F only, and 7550 at 200 degrees Thu-Fri-Sat only. The 7550 scheduling would have led me to believe it was the extra Indonesian service, so they put on wrong feed?
Yes, the A-Z language schedule under Indonesian does show:
1400-1500 UTC 7550 9945
but lacking color-coding, so implying it`s daily; have also heard 9945 previously, axually in Indonesian with American music hour.
17585, VOA Greenville, English to Africa scheduled 1400-1430, but April 8 at 1400 nothing heard. Probably came up late, as inbooming at next check 1427 for Today In History, 1430 cut off abruptly during Bee Gees music, and carrier off a few sex later, uncovering JBA signal, no doubt Botswana continuing same news hour, specified for exactly same CIRAF target zones, in totally unnecessary site handover during one continuous hour of programming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15550-USB, while looking for Scott McLean`s unfound unID on 11570, also punched up this frequency and found WJHR on the air again with perpetual preacher, poor signal at 2145 April 7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. Radio Martí is running four SW frequencies at a time now instead of three, to which it was cut back last year. This may be temporary because MW 1180 Marathon FL is off the air for upgrading(?).
April 8 at 2042 I noticed that 6030 was already on instead of previous *2200, but at this early hour it was just barely audible, // 11930. The only other also very weak 49m signals vs the noise level were RHC 6110 and CFRX 6070. Could not hear any jamming on 6030 but maybe too weak to tell.
April 9 at 1311, I hear RM on 9805 in conversation about marmalade, // 11845, and no jamming audible on 9805. At 1359 monitoring both frequencies, the list to start ``en algunos instantes`` was ``9565, 11845, 11930, 13820``.
Yesterday we had already noted 9565 on the air after 1400, but today it took more than a few instants to bring it up after 9805 cut off at 1400, not until *1403.6, and no jamming audible there initially. Original A-10 schedule for 9805 was 10-13 only.
I figured it would be pointless to consult the RM website for its frequency grid, which they had let languish for months without updating, but this one is axually dated 6 April, as ``temporary`` showing 4 frequencies at once between 10 and 04:
Here it is, converted to UT and to text: so this fit, XX = 1130
04-07 6030 7405
07-10 5980 6030
10-XX 5980 6030 6105 9805
XX-12 5980 6030 9805 11845
12-13 6030 7405 9805 11845
13-14 7405 9805 11845 13820
14-18 9565 11845 11930 13820
18-23 6030 9565 11930 13820
23-24 6030 9565 11775 11930
00-01 6030 7365 11775
01-03 6030 7365 9460 11775
03-04 6030 7365 7405 9460
Note there are two totally new frequencies, which I had not yet run across, 6105 and 9460. Tough luck, XEQM!
The color coding uses a slightly different shade of green for these blox, indicated as temporary. Apparently during most of the day there was an extra transmitter available at Greenville; not sure if this also indicates a cutback in Creole or other services. We do know that the one used for DRM in the daytime on 9445-9455 has been liberated:
The gap at 00-01 is during ``A Fondo`` Tue-Sat, the joint show with VOA, when one of the transmitters is ``VOA`` instead, but axually totaling five frequencies with same program during that hour --- 5890, 6030, 7365, 11775, 11970, as monitored April 9 at 0045, and they were all jammed. The DCJC has not been so quick to extend its jamming to the entire expanded temporary schedule of RM.
As for what happen UT Sun & Mon, RM grid does not go into such details --- and it still shows 1180 as on the air 24 hours. ALL, except for the UT Monday 03-09 truce.
Here`s the program schedule grid which automatically shows the current week`s dates, and with GMT confusingly in AM and PM: http://www.martinoticias.com/RDprogramacion.aspx
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUAHAN. As I was noting R. Martí extended schedule past 1300 on 9805 with no jamming, April 9 at 1311, I could hear something underneath, sounds like a hymn. Per Aoki, that`s KSDA due northwest in Japanese service at 1300-1330, now hit by QRMartí at least in OK (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. Still trying to hear VOR English to NAm on new 9890 at 22-02: A lost cause, April 9 at 0045, just barely audible in skirts of DentroCuban Jamming Command and VOA from 9885; PMR 9665 signal was also JBA if really there on UT Friday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TUNISIA. DX Mix News, Bulgaria, just published the A-10 schedule of RTT, including 7275 at 0500-0730 and 7335 at 0700-0830. Based on previous experience I found this questionable, and sure enough, April 9 at 0550 check, both 7275 and 7335 were on in //, Arabic music, 0600 both into Arabic talk, 0601 Akbar; the lower one stronger, but both rather poor unlike pre-magstorm and in the B-season when they were a great source of easily-listenable nightmiddle music. DX Mix info must be from imaginary HFCC registrations.
We need to monitor the *axual* opening and closing times of these and all other RTT frequencies, the other morning ones being 12005 and 9725; evening 12005, 9725, 7345, 7225 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. While shortly after sign-on April 8 at 1510, KVOH 17775 spurs were audible as noise blobs, plus and minus 145 kHz, at next check 2031 they were much stronger and tho extremely distorted on 17920 and 17630, music modulation and the beat matched fundamental. 17775 hit at least S9+25, tho at the high end of the scale it`s not accurately calibrated on the FRG-7 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. A big hole on 9980, as WWCR-4 was off the air at 2039 check April 8; but later back on as usual with extremely strong signal.
April 9 at 1317, despite few poor signals over most of the 19m band, e.g. no sign of Turkey on 15450, WWCR was inbooming on 15825, i.e. sporadic-E enhancement on HF, but MUF did not reach VHF. A Shower-to-Shower ad at the moment, accompanied by squeal on the signal. Reaches S9+22 and with typical Es fading.
Lower 13845 ought to have had the same effect, but it was relatively weak, and suffering from the WEWN spur, which on 13835 was also Es-enhanced. Since WWCR by normal F-layer propagation on lower 7490 and 9980 were extremely strong S9+25 as usual, this leads me to suspect that 13845 is running considerably less than full 100 kW power, altho differences in antenna azimuth may also be a factor.
By 1330, 13845 did manage to reach S9+20 on the meter, but still unsolid, weaker-sounding. By 1403, the Es had diminished so 15825 back to its normal weak and fadey signal in the F-layer skip zone only one megameter away (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15550-USB, WJHR very weakly audible with you know what, April 9 at 1404, shortly faded out. Was benefiting from sporadic E opening, which did WWCR 15825 a lot more good (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 9650, KBS World Radio due a further refund from RCI, April 10 at 1454-1459* once again playing RCI IS, French and English ID loop instead of lost Korean service as scheduled 14-15. I believe I had heard Korean normally sometime earlier in the hour as I tuned past (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake April 10: at 1315, good on 8400, fair on 10420 and poor on 10440, the latter two being unusual landing spots. None others found from 11 up to 18 MHz. But at 1321, FD best of all on 9365 against nothing co-audible, and so strong it bothered WTJC on 9370.
HFCC has nothing currently at this time on 9365, but Aoki shows Sound of Hope = Xi Wang Zhi Sheng could be there 24 hours with 1 kW from Taiwan, thus provoking the ChiCom jamming, probably 500 kW from a suitable internal skip distance to prevent hundreds of megaChinese from being corrupted by harmless Falun Gong (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 5970, new RHC frequency, already on air at 2145 April 9 in Spanish, fairly good signal. Is this on the brand-new schedule at http://www.radiohc.cu/espanol/c_frecuencia/frecuencias.htm --- of course not! Shows 5970 only at 01-05 in English, 07-11 in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. As I was finding RHC on unscheduled 5970 at 2145 April 9, also audible weaker on 6030 was Radio Martí, and no jamming audible. This is now starting at 1800, and we wonder how good a signal it can get into Cuba at midday, jamming or not.
Also confirmed RM`s new 9460 with good signal at 0256 check April 10, no jamming audible. It`s on the sked now as ``temporary`` at 01-04.
Saturday April 10 at 1339, R. Martí with ``Arte Latino`` show about ``Olbga de Cuba`` and her singing career in exile, 9805 with heavy jamming, 11845 VG over jamming. Closing produxion credits already at 1352 and on to next show, ``Enfoque a América Latina`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. José Elías Díaz Gómez, Venezuela, on his blog bandscanning for easily-heard Spanish-language broadcasts,
includes Radio República on 9780 sometime in the 02-03 and 03-04 hours. That`s a new unlisted frequency and unknown to me, so I check for it April 10 at 0256 --- nothing there, tho propagation is poor on 31m. However, Vatican English via Sackville is audible on 9610. About the only signal making it weakly from Europe is China via Spain on 9690.
JEDG says he heard "La Voz de los Cubanos Libres`` on 9780, dates not noted, but he scans only on local Mondays-Fridays, and will check for it again. I don`t recall RR using that specific slogan, so unless he heard an axual RR ID, possibly this was some other hitherto unknown exile clandestine. Per HFCC, only Yemen and CNR China are registered on 9780 during parts of this bihour. Others please be on the lookout for this! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA. 4920, April 10 at 1234, weak signal with talk, from intonation sounds like English, ergo AIR news on the hour via Chennai, and also similar but unseemed // on 5010 via T`m. Several other weak signals on 60m from AIR frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA. 6165, April 10 at 1255, poor signal in S Asian singing. I will confidently list-log this as AIR Sindhi service via Delhi-Khampur site, 250 kW at 65 degrees in B-09, rather than VOV-4 Hmong service, 50 kW, ND from Hanoi-Xuan Mai site in A-10, both per Aoki.
While Aoki has only B-09 India info so far, these instances also check with latest A-10 info as in http://www.qsl.net/vu2jos/sw/freq.htm which however lax azimuths (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA. 15050, April 10 at 1448 fluttery signal peaking at S9+10 but absolutely no modulation; went off somewhere around 1500. This can only be the AIR Sinhala service as scheduled 1300-1500, 250 kW from Delhi-Khampur site at 174 degrees, so longpath? Preceded by Tamil at 1115-1215. Is it unmodulated too? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 4870, weak music at 1234 April 10, presumably RRI Wamena; while 4750 Makassar was much stronger atop CCI (Glenn Hasuer, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, April 10 at 1332, VOI English with daily Miscellany segment, but despite good modulation this time, her accent was so heavy that I could barely understand a word. One of her last may have been ``oxycontin`` before cut to open carrier with hum at 1334, and still the case at 1338 when I upgave (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MALAYSIA [and non]. 6175 in Chinese April 10 at 1252 with constant audible het on low side. Aoki has CNR1 from Beijing 572 site, 100 kW, 37 degrees USward, while VOM Kajang in Indonesian, 100 kW non-direxional. Ron Howard confirms this date that VOM is in fact on 6174.40, so must be a 600 Hz het, assuming CNR1 be spot on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. Radio Educación, 6185, does it again tnx to eclectic late-night music format when you never know what to expect: April 10 at 0555 traditional bluegrass lovesongs with wonderful harmony (in English!); 0603 full ID for MW and SW; 0605 on to a couple of contrasting Linda Ronstadt songs, ``You`re No Good`` and ``When Will I Be Loved``. No CCI, and strong enough to overcome ACI from CRI/Sackville 6190 before that QRTed at 0559 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. More futile attempts to hear Voice of Russia`s only listed frequency in English to North America before 0200, 9890: UT April 10 at 0100 the DentroCuban Jamming Command and VOA Spanish have just evacuated 9885, but that`s no help, as on 9890 there is still only a trace of a carrier. If really 500 kW, it`s dissipating long before here, perhaps keeping the ionosphere warm at the first reflexion point (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA [non]. CUBA is still negligently jamming 9810, which was abandoned three months ago by Radio República, despite the fact that in A-10 Voz de Rusia is trying to broadcast Spanish to Latin America on that very same frequency, via GUIANA FRENCH. April 10 at 0101 I can hear VOR`s news in Spanish under the noise, and it`s // and synchronized with much stronger 9735, which is unjammed. Yes, during the 01-02 hour only, VOR is using both 9810 and 9735 via GUF, at 320 and 195 degrees respectively. Meanwhile, they can`t spare a minute of airtime on this or neighboring transmitter and 320 degree antenna USward in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 5940 with coloratura soprano, April 10 at 1245, poor signal but in the clear and well-modulated, unlike // 5920 Pet/Kam motorboating itself; 1248 Russian interview.
5940 is registered with HFCC A-10 as R. Rossii from Okhotsk site, 17-13 UT; but more realistically, Aoki says it`s Magadan at 02-13 and 1700-1910.
At 1254 found Russian talk on 7200 // 5940 but an echo apart, shortly back to coloratura. Could not hear any QRM on 7200; tho Korea North is also here, Aoki says that finishes around 1250; nor Myanmar which may use 7200 only in its mornings. All of them plus Sudan have no business on this borderline channel between ham and broadcast bands.
R. Rossii on 7200 is Yakutsk at 1900-1500, Aoki and HFCC agree, but not on other details: HFCC says 250 kW at 45 degrees, while Aoki says 100 kW non-direxional. WRTH says 250 kW but thinx azimuths are too technical, never worth publishing, just like ex-PWBR.
At 1256 April 10, 7220 in Russian not // 7200; that turns out to be VIETNAM, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. VOA news at 1304 April 10 on 7575, report from DXer Dan Robinson at the White House (who since March 1 has been promoted from Capitol Hill correspondent --- congrats!), good signal and 1305 into Jazz America, theme this week Billie Holliday, née Eleanora Fagin (sp?). VG signal and I think I`ll take her over Martha Garvin on 7490, see WWCR. 7575 is 21 degrees from Tinang, PHILIPPINES, on the air during this hour only on Sat & Sun (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR-3, 7490, Saturday April 10 at 1314 still with Martha Garvin`s Musical Memories, contrary to published schedule; she was doing hymns in alfabetical order by title, A-B-C. This signal is so strong that it desensitizes the receiver roughly plus/minus 35 kHz, between 7455 and 7525 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9265, WINB at 1318 UT Saturday April 10 with that eruptive preacher who takes long pauses, as if steam is building up over and over until he blows, then screams at ever-increasing level; he mentioned pentecostal.
Even tho dated March 14, as if it were actualized because of the start of DST, the WINB program schedule still shows a 5-hour difference between ET and UT, instead of the correct 4 hours, so which are we to believe? How can they be so ignorant? What I was hearing must have been either:
08:00A / Sat-1300...Apostolic Asssembly [sic!] or
09:00A / Sat-1400...Terry Blalock
Second harmonic 18530 was not expected to propagate, and did not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO chex April 10: at 1341, just barely audible on WRMI 9955, as I was mentioning WOR is sometimes jammed --- but it was not this time; glad to be proven wrong, temporarily.
1630 Sat airing on 12160 confirmed on WWCR-2 webcast until 1700, did not get stuck into looping (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Believe I have not heard KJES once since A-10 began, e.g. no sign of it on 11715 at 1345 check April 10, and nothing else on frequency either. Also zilch on 15385 at 1837. So is KJES totally off the air again? FCC schedule shows it is supposed to be, with azimuths:
11715, 13-14 70 toward OK; 14-15 350; 15-16 150
15385, 18-19 270, 19-20 100
7555, 01-02 335, 02-0230 20 --- So is anyone hearing them anywhere, anywhen? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX L LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15420-CUSB, WBCQ, is on early Saturdays only for the Brother Scare Sabbath: April 10 at 1358 tuned in to ID loop I had not heard before, not Allan Weiner`s voice, ``You`re listening to WBCQ, Monticello, Maine, the United States of America, The Planet`` and then a riff of band music. I was trying to count the number of notes but only heard it twice, maybe 22 to 25, so is this the WBCQ interval signal now?
Then to longtime produced ID with Allan`s voice, singing jingle ID, and 1400 join BS in progress, but immediately interrupted for a quick legal ID only as if that were necessary. 1403-1404 dumped off the air. Even then, no co-channel QRM audible, due to poor extracontinental propagation, but BBC Seychelles is now scheduled at 13-17, alternating English, Somali and Swahili on westward beams, depending on the hour and the day.
BTW, one column in HFCC shows the mode, D for analog and N for DRM, but WBCQ is one of few entries as T, which must mean USB, even tho there is no T anywhere in the words ``upper sideband`` (there is no N in ``digital`` either, but it`s from French = numérique; I don`t remember how they get D for ``analog``). I have not searched the entire register, but T is also listed for WJHR 15550, and WBCQ 9330 --- but not WBCQ on 5110; or 17495, which surely would be if really in use (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 18980, WYFR Spanish poor at 1445 April 10, // 15130. WYFR is now the sole worldwide occupant of this peculiar SWBC band, as IBB is no longer listed on 19010 from Kuwait. WYFR: 18930 at 1600-2200, 18980 at 1400-2145 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN [non]. 9610, April 10 at 0256 in English, must be VR as scheduled from 0250 via Sackville, as I was scanning the band to find what few signals were still making it, unlike alleged Radio República on 9780 --- see CUBA [non].
I see that VR in Spanish and French until 0250 are via BONAIRE, so it should be interesting to monitor how well they switch sites, without overlap? SAC is unsuitable for French at 0230 since it`s too close to Québec; Bonaire no doubt inbooms there aimed 350 degrees, while English to follow is 240 degrees from SAC across the USA. And VR Spanish via Bonaire 0100-0230 emanates at 170 degrees for CIRAF 12-15, i.e. all of S America, including the Southern Cone, an area abandoned by R. Nederland itself, except Patagonia = CIRAF 16 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VIETNAM. As I was hearing R. Rossii on 5920, 5940, 7200, see RUSSIA, also found non // W&W Russian talk at 1256 April 10 on 7220, but 1257 to open carrier. Per Aoki it`s VOV in Russian, 100 kW, 27 degrees from Hanoi-Sontay so also USward, at 1230-1300 and also 1130-1200 (plus Chinese on same at 1200-1230, 1300-1330). Do not see also INDIA 6165 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Two new frequencies of RHC confirmed, 9525 // synchronized 12020 in Spanish allegedly to South America but fine in the North, at 2305 April 10 and an echo apart from 12030 to Central America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 9810 still with heavy noise from the DentroCuban Jamming Command, April 10 at 2304 when Radio República used to appear. During this hour, CRI`s Mongolian service may be too far away to suffer, but at 00-02 the innocent victim will be VOR in Spanish via Guiana French. See RUSSIA [non].
Meanwhile, Radio República is really on 9490 via RMI via Sackville, VG signal at 2306 talking about the hunger-strikes by political prisoners inside Cuba; it`s way over jamming which is at the pulse-level rather than wall-of-noise level. RR at 23-02 was originally M-F, but now Saturdays, and shall we make it daily including Sundays too?
Again, no sign of anything on 9780, at 0225 check April 11, when Radio República had allegedly been heard elsewhere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CYPRUS. 9187-9212, over-the-horizon radar pulses, presumed from here April 10 at 2309 with typical 25-kHz bandwidth; yes, propagation from that worldpart is good again, Voice of Greece also in on 9420 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MALI. 7295, at 2311 April 10 CRI in Chinese via Bamako, either undermodulated or under a zero-beat amateur carrier to spoil it; or both. This area is a favorite of hams for AM instead of SSB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 18057.9, after a dry spell this week, the third harmonic of Radio Victoria, Lima is audible again, April 10 at 2222 with bits of Spanish peaking/peeking thru the not too bad noise level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This item in previous report had the azimuths swapped. Please replace with corrected version:
** RUSSIA [non]. CUBA is still negligently jamming 9810, which was abandoned three months ago by Radio República, despite the fact that in A-10 Voz de Rusia is trying to broadcast Spanish to Latin America on that very same frequency, via GUIANA FRENCH. April 10 at 0101 I can hear VOR`s news in Spanish under the noise, and it`s // and synchronized with much stronger 9735, which is unjammed. Yes, during the 01-02 hour only, VOR is using both 9810 and 9735 via GUF, at 195 and 320 degrees respectively. Meanwhile, they can`t spare a minute of airtime on this or neighboring transmitter and 320 degree antenna USward for English, which would really inboom vs our struggles to hear 9890 direct (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA [non]. 9965 at 2256 April 10, open carrier but it`s motorboating, obviously unstable with BFO on, which seems to be all too common a problem in the CIS, like 5920 Pet/Kam. 2259 some ``Russian tones`` and 2300 with hum as loud as the fitful modulation which sounds rather like Portuguese. Yes, per EiBi it`s VOR to Brasil at 23-24, followed by Spanish, via ARMENIA, probably not a good idea to pick as a relay site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA [and non]. VOR English to North America finally semi-audible on the only frequency they deign to provide, 9890 direct from ``Armavir`` = Krasnodar, April 10 at 2228, apparently an interview between W&M, but very low key and his low-pitched voice is no match for the assertive higher-pitched ChiCom co-channel!
This is a semihour before we have CubaRM and VOA to contend with adjacently from 9885, but now we have a direct clash from China. Aoki says 9890 bears CNR1 at 1955-2300 from Lingshi 725 site, 100 kW at 286 degrees. No problem way over here in CNAm? Wrong! It`s slightly weaker than VOR at first, but gaining, making both of them unusable. It`s also // clear 9900, Beijing 572 site, says Aoki.
The program grid at http://english.ruvr.ru/radio_broadcast/schedule/ shows Saturdays at 2230+ VOR airs Timelines, but the sked is still dated to expire March 27 before the timeshift! Is it really the current sked, just forgot to change the dates? Apparently, as Rich Cuff forwards one he received by e-mail showing current A-10 dates and same program at this hour.
Anne Fanelli in NY says it was the unmistakable Estelle Winters at 2255, good reception, where apparently China was not a problem. But how was it five minutes later?
I checked again just before 2300. By 2257 the Greenville carrier was on with its own problems: see USA. At 2259 I could still make out the VOR IS mixing with Chinese announcement but wideband splash from VOA`s rap music after 2300 blew away VOR, even tho the ChiCom CCI was supposed to be over (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. Conditions are finally getting back to normal after the disturbances early in the week. Maybe even better than normal, as I have REE inbooming on 17595, April 10 at 2217 UT, some 3.5 hours after local sunset at Noblejas, // also strong 15110. Furthermore, weaker // on 17755 also audible. Per Aoki, 17755 at 161 degrees and 17595 at 248 degrees run as late as 2200 only on weekends. But they were still on; did not pay much attention to programming but it was a remote interview with some hum on the feed, same on all frequencies; not live sports which might explain the extension unless it was post-game. 17595 is 248 degrees, not even USward. Also very strong via Costa Rica on 17850, 340 degrees. It and 15110 direct at 302 degrees which are USward, are both scheduled until 2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 9935, something in Spanish, April 10 at 2229, immediately mentioning 21 de mayo de 2011, so it`s only Fámily Radio predicting the end of the world. How will Harold weasel out of that one, if he survive that long? A good time to go camping.
9935 is too weak to be Okeechobee and not // 15130. How do the French Guianans feel about broadcasting such nonsense from their country? Ha, they have no say, and I bet not even one percent know what`s going out at 215 degrees from Montsinéry, now more world-famous than Devil`s Island, on a par with Kourou.
6985, April 10 at 2310, in French, must be WYFR as scheduled, 355 degrees, but only fair signal and much weaker than Spanish on 6915 at 160 degrees, both 100 kW. This does not compute (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9330-CUSB, WBCQ is on with another weekend special from Area 51, = Area 93. At first I thought two stations were mixing, but that was the way the music was presented on the modulation, soon clearing up to one thing at a time, and of course, exact SSB tuning is critical with music. Nothing audible on 15420 or 5110, and not // 7415. At 2250 a ``legal ID`` on 9330 for WBCQ. Recheck at 2313, with Radio TimTron WorldWide giving his mission statement, now // 7415 and weaker // 5110-CUSB has also become audible. I had checked the Area 51 blog on Friday but nothing then about additional frequencies this weekend; short notice (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. While monitoring VOR on 9890, see RUSSIA, I was dreading VOA upcoming on 9885. At 2257 its open carrier is on --- no, there is some weak modulation already, from Radio Martí as quickly confirmed by // 6030. 2259 VOA YDD sign-on in English, but mixing with R. Martí frequency announcement in Spanish.
If RM is still in the mod mix after 2300 it`s buried under VOA`s ``De Capital a Capital``, right into rap music, with widebland splash blowing away Russia on 9890. Did not keep listening long enough to tell whether the DentroCuban Jamming Command also hit it, but why bother blocking this apolitical program? Indeed, that does not usually stop them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. By 2300 April 10, WWCR-4 on 9980, which blasts in all day, is beginning to fade down as Unshackled #2682 is starting on Saturday. I hope this does not bode ill for reception of WORLD OF RADIO #1507, at its new time of 2330 Sunday. Hmm, that other show is 1175 episodes ahead of me. Must buckle down and get busy.
7465, April 10 at 2314, WWCR-1 ending The Victory Hour (would you believe quarter-hour?), with squeal quite audible on this transmitter, not to be confused with some sirens in Enid arriving via compression waves at the very same time. Next show opens with a Bible citation not even bothering to identify itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA [and non]. 9690, AIR GOS tuning up early April 11 at 1319-1320* open carrier with signature big hum always upon this transmitter. The sesquihour does not officially start until 1330. It QRMs something, per Aoki, IBB`s Deewa Radio via Sri Lanka to Afghanistan at 1300-1400. How can Bengaluru and nearby Irana Wila possibly have been scheduled on the same frequency at the same time? Must be quite a clash in Asia. AIR has been on 9690 for ages (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. A day of rest for VOI, no signal on 9526v, Sunday April 11 at 1309 and later chex during the hour when there was still Chinese all over the band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** POLAND [non]. Looking for PRES English coverage the day after the president`s plane crash, but nothing audible on 11675, April 11 at 1246, just a weak carrier/het where the 300 kW relay via AUSTRIA used to be reliable, making me wonder if it was even on air today? // 11980 via Woofferton UK had some JBA talk. Others report PRES was on the ball with that devastating news 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [non]. 15170, REE via COSTA RICA, Sunday April 11 at 1249 with Antonio Buitrago talking about a contest at Radio Internacional de China, (but don`t call them RIC), thus confirming the new summer time of Amigos de la Onda Corta at 1230 Sundays on this and numerous other frequencies direct and relayed. Was already over by 1255 check, since its only other airing is 0605-0630 Saturdays on 5965, 11890, 12035 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SURINAME. 4990, a weak carrier with some music at 0546 April 11, and axually a bit stronger than adjacent 4985 RBC, very unusual. Must be Radio Apintie, which rarely makes an appearance here, with its low power and southward aim, and I`ve yet to attain a good definite ID log on it. David Hodgson, TN, was getting it better hearing multiple IDs within the hour around 0625 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 13635, April 11 at 1258 play-by-play in Turkish with crowd roaring, 1300 to studio announcement, a bit of music, and cut off the air at 1300:45*. This is 310 degrees from Emirler. It seems the only next frequency in Turkish is 9840, not an option here with WHRI, Voice of Vietnam (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, WRMI, Sunday April 11 at 1306 in Spanish with report on ILLW = Fin de Semana Internacional de los Faros, coming in August, i.e. Frecuencia al Día as scheduled, and not jammed. After 1400, Radio Prague in English also fairly audible, the only current reliable 7-day-per-week time for RP via WRMI, contrary to some published schedules with outdated info (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. DXing with Cumbre deconfirmed at another of its imaginary times per WHR online schedule: Sunday at 1330 on 11785. WHRI not even on the 11785 air April 11, just the hefty Chinese signals (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VENEZUELA [non]. El Hugazo misses another opportunity to extend his pontifications from mere Venezuela to the world courtesy of Cuba: no show for ``Aló, Presidente`` on any of the nominal frequencies at 1620 check Sunday April 11: 17750, 13750, 13680, 12010, 11690 as still shown in the latest RHC online sked starting at 1400.
RHC itself, however, could be heard in // on 11690, 11730, 11760, on new 12030, and JBA on new 15380 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Another secret unscheduled time for En Contacto, RHC`s Spanish DX program, in progress UT Monday April 12 at 0551 with Manolo acknowledging mail from Lima, Puebla, on 6150, 6120, 5040.
12025 with lite jamming pulses, April 12 at 1314 against nothing, but bothering RHC on 12030! May be spur from 11845, DCJC lower on the band, or possibly mixing out of the 12030 transmitter itself.
Before 1400 there was no R. Martí on 11930 and no jamming either; at 1423 heavy jamming with pulse spurs out to 11910-11955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EAST TURKESTAN/EAST TURKISTAN [depending on your spell check]. During G3-storm-disturbed propagation conditions, April 12 at 1341, nothing much audible on the SW bands beyond single-hop, southerly or trans-equatorial signals, but one trans-polar was making it on 13670, Chinese singing/opera, fair with flutter, and splash from Cuba 13680; 1355 to Chinese talk, 1357 off. Aoki shows CRI in Chinese via Urümqi, 500 kW due west (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, R. Africa at unusual hour of 0526 April 12, closing one gospel huxter with a 6-digit PO box in ZIP 74170, which is Tulsa, brief pause, no ID, and YL opening another show. Fair with slow fading. Also in: NIGERIA, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. Altho VOI`s English hour was missing from 9525.9 April 11 during the 13 UT hour when propagation was good, its off-frequency carrier was just barely detectable at 1339 April 12, when propagation was very disturbed.
At this time hi-latitude signals from Asia below 12 MHz were absent or greatly attenuated, as were signals from Europe above 12 MHz; K-index at 12 UT was 2 and a strong G3 geomag storm was in progress, per WWV on 5000 at 1318 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR. 13840, good signal April 12 at 0533 two YLs with news in French frequently mentioning Japon, which is fitting since this is NHK, at 0530-0600.
13710, April 12 at 0534 news in French, voice sounds very much like R. Japan on 13840, but not //, and soon ID with jingle for La Voix de l`Amerique, i.e. VOA via Madagascar at 0530-0600 M-F; BTW, the second half of this French hour at 0600-0630 on 13710 switches to Botswana; why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA. After hearing Equatorial Guinea 15190 on nightpath, I checked 15120, and there was VON at 0529 April 12, modulation somewhat distorted, ending Today in History, plugging listening via http://www.voiceofnigeria.com? Not sure of the .com.
No, going there, that site`s footer admits it is not the radio station, instead refers to http://www.voiceofnigeria.org Some drumming, fair with fades, signal quite similar to 15190, stronger than Australia 15160 which often is the SSOB or OSOB at this hour.
BTW, VON`s language and frequency schedule is in flux; Thorsten Hallmann, Alan Roe and Tony Rogers are trying to sort it out, as reported in the dxldyg and upcoming DXLD 10-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 13775, VOR finally propagating with good signal on the only frequency retained for English to NAm at 04-06, 50 degrees from Vladivostok; good modulation too, YL in story narrative with music and war SFX. Scheduled is ``Timelines``. But at next check 0558 right before sign-off, was fading out and becoming JBA! Apparently the G3 magstorm had hit the path in the meantime. This could be avoided by using a relay to the south!
At 0545 I caught the propagation report on WWVH 10000. K index was 7! at 0300, and G3 storms were raging (not a word used by the SWPC). At first I thought that K7 must be mistaken, since hi-latitude path from DVR was obviously funxioning well; after 0300 until 0545 SW reception seemed generally enhanced rather than outwiped, e.g. Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria too, qq.vv. on 15 MHz.
But later found mid-latitude K-index at 0300 indeed shown as 7 on 3-hourly e-mail Geophysical Alert from WWV, subsiding to only 4 at 0600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TINIAN. 15635, April 12 at 0532, fair signal in Chinese, probably RFA scheduled at 03-07, rather than ChiCom jamming due to current propagation favoring Pacific over Asia. Nothing else to or from China audible on 19m band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Checking new WORLD OF RADIO time on WWCR-4, Sundays 2330 on 9980: April 11 at 2333, audible enough to confirm but very poor signal, down from normal blast earlier in daytimes. Strangely, WWCR-2 on 9350 was MUCH stronger. Published azimuths for these are 90 and 85 degrees respectively, both of which should be ideal for OK off-the-back westward.
Furthermore, WTWW on 9479, just a few myriameters further, was stronger still. So at this moment was the MUF somewhere in the middle of the 31m band, advantaging the lower channels? And/or 9980 not running full 100 kW power? I hope at further more favorable skip distances, 9980 was still inbooming. BTW, Rick Barton in AZ says 15825 is excellent there, more than double the distance to Enid, for the Friday 2030 WOR airing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANGUILLA. Caribbean Beacon, the ID never heard on the air, missing from 6090, April 13 at 0615, instead NIGERIA, q.v.; and also missing from day frequency 11775 at 1319 and 1409 chex (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA [and non]. 7325, RCI Spanish service giving postal address, mixing about equally with CRI in Japanese, also aimed USward, April 13 at 1243. This is an old story, same thing happening all last summer, as RCI doggedly keeps using this frequency, which is increasingly useless the further west from its official target of the NE quadrant of the conterminous USA, 277 degrees from Sackville. After this A-10 reminder, I promise not to keep reporting it, as RCI obviously does not consider it a problem and the audience would be minuscule even if it were QRM-free.
The collision applies to the entire trihour from 1105 to 1405 in Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, as CRI Japanese service runs 1000-1357, 500 kW, 59 degrees from Jinhua-Youbu #831 transmitter site, per Aoki. AIR Mumbai has apparently thought better of adding to the clash after 1230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. 4800 definitely in Chinese, April 13 at 1234, interfering with CODAR, which is CNR1, 100 kW non-direxional from Geermu per Aoki, nothing from AIR Hyderabad audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake April 13: at 1250, nothing on 8400, but at 1252 good on 10420, and suspicious weak open carrier on 11500. At 1417 fair on 10420, still nothing on 8400. Nor anything in the 9.3`s at either time or in between (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. As previously reported, RHC`s new 12020 to S America collides with RDPI Portugal on 12020 also to S America after 2300, but the latter is M-F only. No problem of course Sunday April 11, so checked again Monday April 12 at 2330: propagation poor, but RHC heard only on other new 12030 (with clicking jamspur now on the hi side), not on 12020 where a weak not // signal was audible, presumably Portugal again in the clear. At 0015 April 13, could make 12020 // much stronger RDPI on 9715. So where has RHC gone from 12020? As yet unknown.
9735, April 13 at 1255 pulse jamming at the rate of 136 per minute against nothing but an open carrier, i.e. Taiwan about to resume with its second hour in Japanese, hardly worth jamming. But this could be a tipoff to something more pertinent to the Cuban Commies on 9735 at some completely different hour; or it could be a rogue jamspur.
OTOH, 9805, extra extended frequency of R. Martí, April 13 at 1419 was jamfree, but colliding with R. Free Asia, in Vietnamese via SAIPAN.
13880, the RHC leapfrog of 13680 over 13780, two very strong signals, doing well April 13 at 1317, at peaks as strong as the Russian on 13870, VOR, 145 degrees from St. Pete, but Cuba with more fading (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY [non]. 5980, April 13 at 1248 fair carrier with continuous tone, leading up to something at hourtop. 1300 undermodulated Chinese talk starts, soon revealed at 1301 as Deutsche Welle with ID, sounder. Listed via Vladivostok at 240 degrees oppositely from US (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA. AIR with news in English, April 13 at 1231 on weak 4920 mixing with music presumably from TIBET; news // but an echo apart on weaker 5010, Chennai and T`m respectively;
At 1235 on 4820 music with SAH, one of which would be Kolkata, the other Lhasa, plus SSB QRM. Local sunrise April 13 in Enid was 1201 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 4750, RRI Makassar in heavy mix with China (or Bangladesh?), April 13 at 1233 but Indonesian talk atop (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI was missing April 11, back on but propped-out carrier only April 12; April 13 at 1302 fairly good signal strength, but with flutter, undermodulated under heavy hum, and adding the accent and pitch of Mr. Banjarmasin, copy was too poor to stay with for yet another Exotic Indonesia excursion on Tuesdays. YL in Jak did news headlines at 1304-1306 which were much more readable but yawn, about the president signing letters about this and that; 1306 back to Banjarmasin and I give up (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN [non]. In A-seasons with 15410 absent, it`s harder to find a decent signal for Radio Farda`s great music mix, but audible April 13 at 1403 with song in Farsi, 1407 ID in passing, this hour only via Wertachtal, GERMANY on 13580; abandoned by R. Prague (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 5890, VOA Korean via TINIAN, April 13 at 1247 with noise jamming plus wavering het I had not noticed before.
Looked for Shiokaze on new 6135 as Ron Howard discovered, but too far into daytime absorption here at 1410. Would block longpath from Madagascar if it were still audible either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6185, XEPPM, April 13 at 0622 still in the clear with a string of Carole King songs, album cuts, after intro in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9860, Arabic music and then talk about Hollandia, good signal April 12 at 2120. It`s the new A-10 frequency for RN via RWANDA during this hour at 325 degrees, tho missing from Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA. 6090, in absence of Anguilla, April 13 at 0615 African language distorted with hum, long pause leaving the hum unimpeded, resumed talk at 0616, no doubt R. Nigeria, Kaduna, presumably in Hausa, which when AIA is on can be heard as an undercurrent, and slightly off-frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PAKISTAN [and non]. Something colliding on 15540, April 13 at 1310, the stronger signal slightly off to the hi side, producing a wavering whine, one talk, one music.
At 1328, S. Asian music on the hi side is atop the talk on the lo side, and the lower one goes off at 1329, while the hi side makes an announcement, and then a brief riff which sounds hymnic.
Still trying to figure out what the remaining signal is at 1350, a bit of music sounds HOA, later Chinesish, 1355 SEAsish, now with heavy flutter. 1400 a brief tone and off.
Eibi shows 15540 with R. Pakistan in Tamil at 1300-1330. Aoki has nothing at all in this hour. The other one must be something new (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 3905, with a bit of music April 13 at 1237, but more than a semihour after LSR, and soon losing out to SSB QRhaM. Has to be R. New Ireland, as RRI Merauke is inactive (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. R. Rossii with jazz on 7320, April 13 1244, squeezed between 7325 RCI/CRI, see CANADA [and non], and 7315 WHRI with country gospel music; but // 7200, which had a co-channel SAH, and QRhaM with a QSO between a 4 and a 9. 7200 is Yakutsk, 7320 is Magadan per Aoki, nowhere near Irkutsk per HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 11820, BSKSA with Qur`an, April 12 at 2130, good for lullaby napping as I could barely understand a word of it, so no risk of inadvertent conversion; also found on // 11915 still going at 2157. These are 320 and 295 degrees respectively from R. Riyadh`s HQS, or at least they were in B-09 per Aoki; but not really intended for the Americas.
17705 at 1401 April 13, weak signal in Arabic with stingers, mentioning Saudi; R. Riyadh program 1 is new here at 12-15, 310 degrees to Europe; probably ex-21640 as also noted by Rumen Pankov, Bulgaria (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SEYCHELLES [non]. 11985, April 12 at 2159, Arabic-sounding song and talk mentioning ``Idha`at`` and ``Akbar`` in a .com website; had clix on low side, probably spur from Cuban 11930 jamming, and after 2200 bothered by RCI from 11990. Also heard a few words of French, 2203.5 into music.
This is FEBA via ASCENSION; Eibi says the language is Pulaar daily at 2145-2215; Aoki says Hassinya at 2145-2200 Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri and nothing later or on other days. HFCC says Pulaar daily 2145-2215 at 27 degrees. Pulaar is spoken in Senegal/Gambia and vicinity, related to Fulani/Fulfulde, not to be confused with Pular; while Hassinya presumably refers to Western Sahara (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. BBCWS` only remaining SW broadcast in English to the entire Western Hemisphere, M-F 1215-1300 via WHRI 9410, still exists, April 13 at 1251 with Robin Lustig interviewing someone, but considerable co-channel QRM in Chinese and SAH caused by CNR and incidentally jamming Fu Hsing, Taiwan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR-4 off the air again from 9980 another afternoon, April 12 at 2118 and in the following hour, but seemed to be back at 2330 tho just barely audible as were WWCR-2 on 9350 and WTWW 9479 since propagation had dropped out.
The M-F program schedule shows:
2000 WW Country Radio
2100 Truth House
2200 Challenge Ministries
2330 Thru the Bible
0000 Golden Age of Radio to 0200*
I would assume that Truth House and Challenge Ministries are paid programming so strange to be silent then, rather than during WWCR, Unshackled or GAOR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. Checking the M-F ``A Fondo`` hour jointly produced by R. Martí and VOA, UT Tue-Sat 00-01: April 13 at 0010, all jammed, but audible on 11970, 9885, 7365, 6030. Forgot to check 11775, the fifth frequency heard four nights earlier.
Suspect Lavwadlamerik has quietly cancelled the extra Creole broadcasts started ASAP after the Haitian earthquake in January, but when? VOA took forever to add the new schedule to the A-Z website, and now that it has, some of the frequencies shown are missing.
As Of April 13, VOA A-Z language schedule still shows: Creole - NEW!
0000-0100 UTC 5835 7590
0100-0200 UTC 5835 7465
1130-1230 UTC 6135 9505 M-F
1630-1830 UTC 15390 17565
1830-2000 UTC 15390
2000-2200 UTC 11905 13725
2200-2300 UTC 7590 11905
2300-0000 UTC 5835 7590
But April 13 at 0015, nothing on 5835 and 7590. Need to check the earlier channels, as may revert to original afternoon timing of 2100-2130 only, nothing later.
April 13 at 1757 and 1835, nothing on 15390 or 17565, so the midday show has probably contracted to original 1630-1700. Or less? I am beginning to wonder if *any* VOA Creole SW broadcasts remain on the air; need to check all above times and frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5050, WWRB presumed running all-night as normally heard both late and early with Biblical readings/dramatizations, but April 13 at 0627 it`s missing; 1226 it`s on vs SAH de CHINA, could be both of them at this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, WRMI, April 13 at 1321 with screaming preacher in English vs DentroCuban pulse jamming. The latest WRMI program grid we have, dated March 23, showed various English religious programs at 1300-1315 M-F including Gospel King on Tuesdays, but then at 1315 French for Haiti, Radio des Nations-Unies, which this was definitely not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 9650, KBSWR relay hour in Korean via Sackville, once again replaced by RCI IS and ID loop in French and English, April 14 at 1434. I suspect another instance of lack of communication among Seoul, Montreal and Sackville, no one paying attention or taking responsibility for punching the right buttons, so who cares? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake April 14: not heard on 8-9-10 MHz bands, but on 11500 at 1227 during drumming, lo het and atop some other music. Aoki shows this as one of many 2 h Sound of Hope 1 kW non-direxional transmitters on Taiwan to tie up the jammers.
But the more likely collateral victim was Voice of Russia via TAJIKISTAN to South Asia, as in EiBi, 1200 English, 1300 Hindi, 1400-1500 English. 11500 was typoed in VOR`s own schedule as ``15000`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 15380, new RHC frequency colliding at about equal level with Qur`an from SAUDI ARABIA, April 14 at 1326, making fast SAH of maybe 20 Hz, 1333 Saudi ID as it was gaining on Cuba. Riyadh is scheduled 12-14 at 310 degrees only for Turkey, but their 500 kW USward carries on a bit further. Cuba starts 15380 already at 1100. Another great pick by Arnie (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. 9780, new frequency for R. República at 0200-0400 first reported by José Elías Díaz Gómez in Venezuela, I had trouble hearing at first but audible April 14 at 0203; poor signal but no jamming, compared to 9490 via Sackville until 0200. The 9780 broadcast may be UT Tue-Sat only. Site unknown, possibly UK, or Central America. It seems to put a better signal into Venezuela than it does into OK. JEDG sent a clip of them announcing 9780 for those two hours. WRMI knows nothing about it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. It pays for me to awaken a bit earlier than usual for better Asian reception. 3325, RRI Palangkaraya, best heard in a long time, S9+18, April 14 at 1158 with song, 1200 one pip, RRI ID, WIB timecheck, warta berita, the first minute of which with plenty of music produxion, presumably headlines, then W&M alternating. Really no sign of Buka, PNG on same frequency. This is right at local sunrise in Enid.
3345, RRI Ternate at 1202 April 14, also news in Indonesian but not // 3325, or maybe it was just a bit out of synch; quite weaker than 3325. 3345 back to music already at 1205.
4870, RRI Wamena, April 14 at 1209 with warta berita, // much stronger 4750 Makassar, and a couple words out of synch (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN. 15555+, slightly hi in frequency, poor signal April 14 at 1335 with Qur`an, then YL in Japanese, which always seems a strange pairing, but not to the Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1330-1430 at 60 degrees from Kamalabad (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KURDISTAN. 11530, V. of Mesopotamia, via UKRAINE, April 14 at 1405 nothing but talk, but kept tuned waiting for Kurdish music which finally followed at 1418; fair but fluttery signal from the PKK terrorists (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** POLAND [non]. 11675, PRES via AUSTRIA, fairly good signal still, April 14 at 1230 about remembering Pres. & Mrs. Kaczynski, improving relations with Israel, fourth day of mourning (website is still monochrome), controversy over where to bury them, plans for memorials and musea, new elexion must be held in June; 1238 dirge music and ``Opera Connexions`` presenting art songs for rest of hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA [and non]. 15510+, slightly hi in frequency, April 14 at 1337 songs, split-second audio dropouts, hum, 1340 novelty/comedy song in Persian(?), 1346 a more serious song, 1356 ``Love Story`` theme. What`s this?
Finally answered by VOR IS at 1359. It`s the Pashto/Dari service via Armavir/Krasnodar, overlapping briefly with DW opening in Russian via Rampisham UK at 1400. I also heard a few syllables of Chinese in the transition as one must have erred in switching (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CHINA [and non]
** SAIPAN [and non]. 9585 in Vietnamese, fair signal April 14 at 1220 interrupting the flow between Radio Australia on 9580 and 9590. This is KFBS at 12-13, also producing 5 kHz hets between the Australians. And it`s followed by KTWR GUAHAN at 1300-1330 on same in Sgaw Karen, per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 3185, Brother Scare via WWRB, April 14 at 1155 saying another major SW station wants him 24/7, at a cost of $50,000 per month, but he doesn`t have the money for that, so please send him plenty. (That worx out to about $68 per hour.) He implied some other stations give him a better rate than that, and said he always pays in advance. That must be why several stations vie for his nonsensical biz; who cares about the public interest?
I happened to tune across him again on WWRB 9385 at 1423, saying he is rearranging radio schedules and asking for radio chex from Europe on 13845 --- is that signal better now that WWCR has changed antennas? (He is not on 13845 at the moment; in fact not on the latest WWCR sked at all. I am sure they`d be glad to have him back, having lost Pastor Pete Peters.) Then at 1425 cut to exactly the same pitch heard 2.5 hours earlier, also saying that last month 7-8 (presumably AM) stations were dropped, but 4-5 added (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. VOA has cancelled all its SW broadcasts in Haitian Creole. These were greatly expanded from three half-hours per day shortly following the January earthquake. The extent of the expansion was not immediately clear since accurate schedules were not posted for weeks, but we soon monitored the additional times and frequencies.
Now that the A-Z language transmission schedule includes the extra hours, those are no longer heard, and furthermore the original half-hours, which in summer time would have been at 1130, 1630 and 2100 UT, are also missing from the HFCC schedule.
Monitoring April 14, no sign of the 1130 transmission which was on 9505, and before than on 9670, nor via the Bonaire relay 6135, which is also gone from the RNW schedule. At 1630 nothing on previous 15390 or 17565. Not yet checked at 2100-2130 but surely also gone.
If the Haitians were so much in need of additional VOA broadcasts on SW then, how is it that now they no longer need them, or any Kreyol SW broadcasts from VOA at all? Are we to assume that any listeners in Haïti can easily access Lavwadlamerik via internet, mobile devices? Or are there some reliable FM or AM relays now? When did the airborne Commando Solo relays cease? Likely quite some time ago, but we don`t get any press releases or any other announcements about that or VOA cuts, which might be construed as negative.
On April 7, Radio Martí got another transmitter at Greenville, labeled ``temporary``, making four frequencies at once during most of the day rather than three, as I previously reported. This came out of the ex-Kreyol service. That may have been when Kreyol was canceled, if not earlier in the nascent A-10 season. We suspected the extra SW for Martí was to compensate for Marathon 1180 being off the air temporarily, as frequently announced on RM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. VOA at 1218 Wednesday April 14 going from Earth & Sky about big dams, to Wordmaster about English teaching, on 7575, also audible on 9505 and with ChiComQRM on 9760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN [non]. Radio Vaticano/a has a new morning relay via CANADA, 227 degrees from Sackville for Mexico, 1130-1215 on 9830, first Spanish, and from 1200 English. April 14 at 1146 heard ID in Spanish, mixed with RTTY! Another station which is not paying attention to the non-broadcast QRM problem on this frequency. Doesn`t anyone send them reception reports with an I of 2 or 3? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. Anomaly observations April 16: at 1332, strong open carrier on 9570 instead of CRI English; same was OK via Sackville on 9650, once the collision with RN/Tinang was over. Left a receiver on 9570 and CRI finally cut on at 1339.5 talking about Icelandic vulcanism. Refund on the way from La Habana to Beijing?
A few minutes before 2100 April 16, 15370 RHC Arabic, and much weaker 15380 in Spanish. But at 2100 check they had parallelized to both in Spanish, announcing the second hour of Revista Iberoamericana, which is Mon-Sat at 4-7 pm EDT = 20-23 UT. 15370 is so strong that it is splashing upon 15380, Cuban commies vs Cuban commies!
At 2240 April 16 I notice RHC 12030, reminding me to check what happen at 2300. On 12020 at 2256, RDP International ID, musical prélude, 2257 NA. Signal reads at least S9+22 and while Portugal is capable of that, this had ``reverse fading``, i.e. occasionally modulation became stronger as signal briefly faded down, so RDPI was axually under a much stronger open carrier from Cuba.
2302 still no RHC mod, however. 2303 finally JIP (joined in progress) RHC English // the only frequency where it is supposed to be, 5040, Elena Valverde beginning accented `news`. After about a minute at 2304 RHC cut to the proper Spanish program feed now // 12030. As time went on, the 12020 RHC signal gained and RDPI weakened, scarcely audible at 2330 but here in NAm it still has VG // 9715 USward.
RHC was missing from 12030 the other day, but now it`s clear that RHC is still running both, however ineptly, from 2300, despite RDPI also targeting South America on 12020, and the latter is properly registered with HFCC, was also there at least a week before Arnie decided to use it. If he has even realized yet there is a problem, perhaps he is trying to figure a way to get out of it and yet save face. We`ll see.
11831, April 16 at 2332, very rapid and regular pulsing centered here, over weak broadcast signal on 11830, seems to be in Chinese, i.e. DW via Pet/Kam, RUSSIA, per Aoki. Coincidental no doubt, as I think the ChiCom don`t jam DW, for some reason, right? And not their style. Instead, likely yet another spur out of the DentroCuban Jamming Command mass-attacking Radio Martí on 11775, 56 kHz lower. VOA also being wall-of-noise jammed on 11970 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, R. Africa, April 16 at 2102 with open carrier, good signal but zero modulation. Finally at 2107 traces of preachy audio started to appear, and that`s enough for me (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. In a previous report, this item was missing tune-in time and date, now added, so please replace it with:
13775, VOR finally propagating with good signal on the only frequency retained for English to NAm at 04-06, 50 degrees from Vladivostok; good modulation too, YL in story narrative with music and war SFX at 0526 April 12. Scheduled is ``Timelines``. But at next check 0558 right before sign-off, was fading out and becoming JBA! Apparently the G3 magstorm had hit the path in the meantime. This could be avoided by using a relay to the south! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENIG DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 15510, SW Asian music at 1345 April 16, but with quick audio dropouts. Aoki reminds us again that it`s Voice of Russia, Pashto/Dari service via Krasnodar.
VOR`s only frequency in English to NAm, 9890, April 16 at 2250 in jazz, over co-channel CNR1 Lingshi; VOA 9885 stronger carrier is already warming up, but not much of a problem to 9890 before modulation and jamming is added at 2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Some WORLD OF RADIO 1508 monitoring chex: Thu April 15 at 1900 on 9330-CUSB from WBCQ, first SW airing anywhere --- but cut off after two minutes, as this was just runover from the previous paid hour, and WOR is supposed to be on 7415 only, inaudible here. Sometimes WBCQ is not so quick to turn off 9330, to our benefit.
9955, at 0030 UT Friday April 16, confirmed on WRMI, fair signal, and either no jamming or very little audible under. Did not check the Thu 2100 airing, but other days it`s been nothing but heavy jamming at that hour.
15825, scheduled for 2030 Fridays from WWCR, tuned in at 2057 to confirm WOR was on, but too late, as already announcing frequency change to 7465. WOR playback often starts early at 2028 or 2029. However, there must have been a problem, since 15825 stayed on the air, at 2058 when the announcement switched to ``7465 now opening``, and even the beginning-Spanish intro, then at 2059 repeat the original QSY announcement, and 15825 finally off at 2100 sharp. By this hour, 15825 signal is poor here, while 7465 is VG but squealy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. As noted previously, KJES has been unheard in A-10 on 11715 when I bandscan just about every morning, nor on less frequent afternoon chex of 15385; I seldom try 7555 in the evening, but not there either at 0120 April 17 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 9490, ran across R. República via Sackville, good signal April 17 at 0155 as they were just finishing a frequency announcement ``en 31 metros``, I suppose saying they were about to change to 9780. Continued plugging http://www.radiorepublica.org and off abruptly at 0159* interrupting programming. The horarios page of that website merely lists hourly program titles for each day of the week, nothing about frequencies!
Then I tuned up to 9780 at 0159 and find the jamming is already running; about 0159.5 I can tell R.R. has come on, but roughly equal level to jamnoise, and quickly loses out to the jamming, so much less favorable here than 9490 had been.
At 0547 April 17, 9460 had lite pulse jamming against nothing, since R. Martí is on that temporary new frequency only until 0400. There was also some intermittent Spanish 2-way SSB nearby on the hi side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA [non] WRMI
** GERMANY [non]. 13840, April 17 at 1356 Farsi with severe echo about a syllable apart. This is too much to be a case of longpath/shortpath. Here`s why: DW Persian at 1330-1400 is listed as via BOTH Trincomalee, SRI LANKA at 335 degrees, and Samara, RUSSIA at 140 degrees! So they are getting the echo even worse in Iran. Someone really messed up with this arrangement. At least one of the transmitters was also emitting hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN [non]. 15680, R. Farda ID and music at 1406 April 17, fair; it`s via Lampertheim, GERMANY at 1330-1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Also see GERMANY [non]
** KOREA NORTH [non]. After hearing that guy on WRMI at 1345 say that Shiokaze could not really be heard any more as far into the dayside as OK, I set out to prove him wrong, tuning 6135 at 1400 April 17: yes, there it is, with piano music, but very poor and not sure whether it`s in Japanese or Korean today; Aoki says normally Korean on Saturdays.
Also SAH and CCI from some other modulation. That could still be Madagascar long-path as was hearing a few weeks ago before Sea Breeze moved here; only other possibility on 6135 at this hour is Yemen which would also have to be longpath, but a longshot. 6135 is also reserved for some relay via Irkutsk, Russia, but no confirmation it is axually in use (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 9335, surprised to find RFA Burmese in the clear at 1316 April 17, rather than clashing with VOK, which must be off the air during English hour. 1339 checked // 11710 and not audible there either. Back to 9335 at 1339, just as carrier cut on resuming the SAH with TINIAN. Not checked again until 1412 when VOK was modulating in French, back to normal huge collision with RFA.
And it`s not really necessary, considering several open frequencies in the vicinity. How is reception in Myanmar? Is IBB being self-destructive, or just off the ball overlooking VOK`s long usage of 9335 since as an outlaw nation, it does not participate in HFCC? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 9955, WRMI with WORLD OF RADIO 1508 mid-program break at 1344 Saturday April 17, squeezed between stronger Furusato no Kaze via TAIWAN on 9950 and omnipresent RTTY on 9960, but no 9955 jamming audible. If the DentroCuban Jamming Command has taken steps to avoid jamming WRMI English programs, we appreciate that. More likely it`s just a tossup (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9385, WWRB with Brother Scare Sabbath, April 17 at 1412, accompanied by buzz out to plus/minus 30 kHz, 9355-9415, QRMing e.g. WTJC 9370 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 11715, KJES reactivated, April 17 at 1455, good signal but just barely modulated, sounds like catechisms. Tnx to a tip from Thomas Nyberg, IA, who discovered them earlier in the hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VIETNAM. 12020 fair with SE Asian music April 17 at 1419; 1429 brief announcement and off, but then a weaker carrier came back on. This fits the schedule of VOV which at 1430 makes a beam switch from 57 to 177 degrees, as language changes from Japanese to Indonesian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL [and non]. 11780, April 18 at 0453 big open carrier with some hum; must be RNA, which runs all-night on UT Sundays only, but normally also modulated. Then checked // 6185 and found same unprogrammed sound, but here of course mixing badly with XEPPM jazz music, SAH of roughly 10 Hz, and probably Vatican in the mix too. 6185 less monitorable after *0559.5 CRI via Sackville splattering from adjacent 6190 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. Add yet another date when KBSWR Korean relay to NAm on 9650 via Sackville, fails to come thru: April 18 at 1431, just the usual fallback RCI IS and French/English ID loop. Probably buck-passing ``it`s not my problem``, with the people who could and would fix it out of the loop (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake April 18 on different frequencies: at 1342 good on 12950 instead of 12970 yesterday; at 1406 fair on 14920 instead of 14970 previously; as SOH presumably tried unsuccessfully to escape ChiCom music-only jamming, itself inaudible here or on previous channels.
No Firedrake found elsewhere 8-18 MHz, but CNR1 echo jamming severe on 15285 vs BBCWS Mandarin via Singapore at 1300-1530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. 10000, April 18 at 1329, Morse ID for BPM mixing with WWVH voice ID as both are perpetually scheduled to do in H+29 and 59 minutes, why? Hardly anything audible from WWV (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. RHC anomalies April 18: at 0504, found 5970 in Spanish along with 5040, but at next check 0510, 5970 had switched to English. At 0504, 6010 and 6060 were already in English, while 6150 was in open carrier instead of Spanish. At 0516, 6150 was undermodulating in Spanish, while // 6120 was quite loud.
Altho RHC was loud on 13680 during En Contacto with DX report from Spain, Sunday April 18 at 1340, also 13780 and thus leapfrogging to 13880 as well, 13680 was absent at next check 1406, allowing R. Svoboda thru clearly with ID. It`s on 13680 this hour only via Rampisham, UK.
RHC`s own online schedule shows 13680 at 13-15 daily and also from 1400 Sunday for Aló, Presidente, which is impossible.
But we who axually listen to SW know that A,P never starts anywhere near that early on any frequency, and often is completely absent. April 18 at 1657, not on 13680 or any other listed channel, so another no-show by El Hugazo. But RHC apparently turns off the ``Chicago`` beam on 13680 by 1400 at least on Sundays, whether or not A,P is to happen. Seems to me it has also been gone after 14 otherdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MAURITANIA. 4845, ORTM Nouakchott, in the clear April 18 at 0508 with more than one voice chanting, accompanied by plucked instrument. WWCR was missing from 4840, but not for long, back at 0514 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR transmitters are missing unpredictably; wonder what the problem is? April 18 at 0508, 4840 is off clearing 4845 for Mauritania, q.v.. Then I find 5890 also absent, but PMS still there on 5935; and at 0512, 3215 is also off, i.e. only one frequency active at the moment. But at 0514 I find that 4840 is back on, and 5890, but still not 3215. Was it back by 0630 WORLD OF RADIO?
At 1330 and 1338, 9980 is missing, while at 1338, 7490 is blasting in as usual; at 1342, 13845 and 15825 audible but much weaker. As I retuned to 9980 at 1408 it was just cutting on joining a mortgage commercial in progress, but could have been on and off in the meantime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANTARCTICA. Looking for LRA-36, 15476, on new schedule of M/W/F 12-15 UT: Monday April 19 at 1313 there is a carrier on 15476 (not 15475), vs much stronger Russian on 15480 --- or rather Belarussian, as listed Poland 74 degrees via Woofferton UK at 1300-1430.
Kept on straining to hear 15476+, a smidgin on the hi side, which seems to be AM/DSB rather than RC/USB, but too weak to be positive, especially with all the QRM. Also suffers from intermittent utefarts preceded by 3 beeps centered about 15470.
By 1319 fades up a bit and at this level there should be modulation audible, but the latter does not start showing until 1322, when I can detect some music. Generous FRG-7 S-meter fluxuates S3 to peaks at S9. Nothing but music heard to 1332 as 15480 QRM weakens somewhat. By 1343, LRA36 is peaking to S9+5 but not much help and soon lost to increasing local noise level.
It`s time anyway to turn my attention to the OKC bombing sesquidecade memorial service on four local TV channels, covered much more briefly on all the national news networks. Hasta miércoles y viernes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. 6676-USB, VOLMET from *1230 April 19, first noted as ACI to Honolulu 6679; included Townsville, Adelaide, each with `QNH` barometric readings in millibars (I think).
Per http://www.dxinfocentre.com/volmet.htm this is AXQ-429 from Brisbane, and on 6676 the half-hourly rotation is Brisbane, Calcutta, Bangkok, Karachi, Singapore, Bombay, or if you prefer, Brisbane, Kolkata, Krung Thep, Karachi, Jurong, Mumbai. Hmmm, does Brisbane have an alternate Aboriginal name? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake April 19: at 1247, nothing on 8400, but good on 9365, where nothing is known to be scheduled, so must be latest landing spot for a Sound of Hope jam-magnet, itself inaudible.
9845, Voice of America singing ID jingle made it thru CNR1 jamming at 1250 April 19, back to Chinese. VOA is via Saipan during this hour only, then Tinang.
Firedrake alone, at 1307 fair on 13970, at 1308 good on 13500, at 1309 fair on 14970 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. RHC anomalies April 19: at 0515, no signal on 5970, so impossible to tell whether it would have been in Spanish or English. This allowed NHK 5975 to arrive unimpeded, English via Rampisham to Europe, and also no ACI to REE/Costa Rica 5965, tho plenty of CCI.
At 0516, RHC English 6010 was playing hard rock music, splattering to 6000 and 6020, the latter bothering CRI English via Sackville: Commies vs Commies!
Spain 6055 was also playing hard rock music, overpowering RHC on 6060, but Spain soon had Spanish announcement (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ETHIOPIA [non]. Tnx to tip from Ivo Ivanov, Radio Xoriyo Ogadenia heard on new frequency at new time, April 19 at 1435 poor-fair in presumed Somali talk, 1441 a bit of HOA music, soon back to talk, and fading down some. Frequency is in the clear. This is 300 kW, 160 degrees from PRIDNESTROVYE, Mondays and Fridays only since April 16 at 1430-1500, replacing M & F 1815-1845 on 7425 via Armenia, which of course had no chance of reaching deep NAm, and apparently did not work that well to Ogaden either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** HAWAII. 6679-USB, April 19 at *1225 following New Zealand, VOLMET for Alaskan airports including Cold Bay, Anchorage, King Salmon. If robotic, very well done and sounds human. One might have thought it was from Anchorage, but 1230 ID as Honolulu Radio, and continued. Per DX Info Centre, call is KVM70, and schedule is 25 and 55 minutes past each hour. Next up is JIA Tokyo at :10 and :40 so Honolulu can run up to 15 minutes each. It has a lot of territory to cover (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN. Just as I tuned in 11695, April 19 at 1302, heard ``irib.ir`` pronounced with English letters, and back into S Asian language, Qur`an with long pauses. What are we going to do when they start pronouncing URLs only in Persian or Urdu?
Per Aoki, 11695 is VIRI Urdu service at 1300-1427, 500 kW, 118 degrees from Kamalabad. Soon found // on 11805, but there mixed with Chinese, CNR1 vs VOA Thailand. IRIB on 11805 is 500 kW, but 178 degrees from Kamalabad. I should think the China radio war would cause a bit of QRM in Pakistan too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA SOUTH. 7275, April 19 at 1158 found KBS IS and IDs in Korean and English, 1200 opening Korean program. Per Aoki this is 250 kW non-direxional at 08-11 and 12-14 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. 3912, April 19 at 1210, solo singing briefly holding its own against SSB QRhaM, i.e. V. of the People, clandestine from South to North; no jamming audible as usually the case.
3480, the usual KNDF clandestine from North to South, was missing, as was any jamming upon it. Trace of the VOK 3560 feeder (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. 6679-USB, April 19 at 1224 with VOLMET for NZ, sounds like a human instead of a robot, concluding with Auckland ID until 1225* and immediately followed by Honolulu; see HAWAII. DX Info Centre says callsign is ZKAK, scheduled at 20 and 50 minutes past each hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 3905.0, weak AM talk at 1214 April 19, presumed Radio New Ireland, SSB QRhaM, barely audible compared to Korea 3912, and much stronger Nikkei 3925 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 5020, tuned in 1202 April 19 just in time to hear a bit of music, sounds like anthem, then open carrier from 1203 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** THAILAND [and non]. 7575, VOA World News Now, April 19 at 1245 dumped off the air twice during Earth & Sky segment, causing most of this brief feature to be lost. Otherwise reception was sufficient. Latest info on the needlessly complex IBB transmitter usage on this frequency, subject to change without notice:
12-13 daily Thailand 30 degrees, USward
13-14 Sat/Sun Tinang 21 degrees, USward
14-15 M-F Thailand 268 degrees
15-16 daily Thailand 268 degrees
22-23 M-F Tinang [or UT Sun-Thu??] 270 degrees
23-24 daily Tinang 270 degrees
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9330-CUSB, WBCQ on the air for another Area 51 test on extra frequency, Sunday April 18 at 2135 during International Radio Report from CKUT, which I had started listening to on webcast. Nothing audible on 5110, and 7415 too deep in local noise level to hear presumed simultaneous Marion`s Attic.
If only I could get a reliable 9330 time for WORLD OF RADIO, as 7415 Tue/Wed/Thu at 1900-1930 has limited range in spring/summer daytime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 11600, DCJC wall of noise is still going here all day, such as April 19 at 1909, presumably against never-confirmed low-power Radio República transmitter in Central America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, surprised to find good signal here with pop music at 1856 April 19; 1900 no ID heard but into English program ``Pioneers of Civilization``, about the contributions of Muslim scholars for ten centuries. Opened with a credit to something-Choice Produxions, and then Allah-Akbar song. M narrator has American accent, W has Britishish accent, speaking slowly and clearly and with musical produxion.
You learn something every day: Allah created man from a leech. Finally got down to business at 1904 focusing on a mathematician, Ali Ben-Hamza (sp?). But whence is it? Modulation good, so can`t be Cairo or Damascus on a new frequency, but who else in Arab world has English at this hour? Kuwait! Check 11990 where English has been scheduled for ages at 18-21 UT: nothing there. Will go back to 15540 again later.
At 1910, 15540 weakening and still no 11990; 15540 much weaker than Portugal on 15560. Next check at 2015, rock music, poor signal now vs noise level, and still music past 2035 with no announcement breaks. At 2100 time signal, ID in Arabic mentioning Kuwait, news theme and news in Arabic, but cut off the air at 2104*.
Later, checking the references, primetimeshortwave still has 11990 as the 18-21 English frequency. EiBi too, 11990 for English to Europe at 18-21, and 15540 during the same pair of sequihours is supposed to be DRM in Arabic!
Aoki has a match, tho, with 15540 as R. Kuwait A-10 analog English from MOI at 18-21, 150 kW, 310 degrees, i.e. USward as well as UKward.
Altho Aoki got it, the complete R. Kuwait/MOI A-10 transmission schedule has been slow to come out; not yet in DXLD nor in the bclnews.it archive, for instance.
After 2200 I looked for DRM from Kuwait on 11670-11675-11680 as previously scheduled to North America, but unfound. Another new A-10 frequency is per Aoki:
11950 R KUWAIT (DRM) 2200-0230 1234567 Arabic 150 350 Sulaibiyah
Checking at 2247, I can`t hear any DRM around either frequency, but by now maybe just not propagable.
This DRM schedule does not now show anything for Kuwait!
http://www.drm-dx.de/ nor can I find any recent forum mentions of Kuwait DRM logs here or at the drmna yg (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANGUILLA [and non]. The University Network, a.k.a. The Caribbean Beacon, a.k.a. Dead Gene Scott and Pastor Melissa Scott, have been off the air from both frequencies when checked lately: April 20 at 0545 NIGERIA instead on 6090 with distorted Hausa talk; at 1209 and 1520, nothing on 11775. What`s the problem and prognosis now? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. 2485, April 20 at 1132, VL8 just barely audible modulation vs noise level, while 2325 and 2310 were barely detectable carriers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [non?]. OTH radar pulses covering 4850 to 4915, April 20 at 1138, obliterating any traces of broadcasters in that range; and stronger than weak Chinese signals on 4460, 4950, so possibly from some other Australasian locale (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake April 20: not found on 8 or 9 MHz channels, but at 1159 VG on 10300, better than 10970. At 1205 FD also started on 11500, underneath the much stronger open carrier; see TAJIKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. R. Martí logged on its new temporary frequency via Greenville, 6105, April 20 at 1127 as it was about to close; heavy noise jamming // 6030 and 5980, just before 6105 switches to 11845 at 1130. Later jamming on that had spurpulsing as far as 11830 and 11870.
7610 also had some weak DCJC pulsing at 1144 April 20, inexplicable as spurious from 7405 since no jamming there at this hour. Another possible Radio República frequency? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI`s Tuesday Exotic Indonesia excursion, April 20 at 1347 with the Banjarmasin guy telling a story, some traditional music, then YL talking about government-sponsored traditional dance groups. Good signal and modulation over some hum, and more readable than usual, making me wish I had tuned in earlier in the English hour. From 1357 as usual ruined by 9525 het from China (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO [and non]. XEPPM running late again on 6185, nominally until 1100* during DST, but April 20 at 1124 still on with historical narrative, some ACI from CUBA 6180 but listenable --- until *1125 when NHK IS cut on 6185, way on top, also producing SAH with off-frequency XE, and 1130 opening Russian. However, as if it just monitored Japan blocking, Radio Educación had quit by 1129.
In B-09 this NHK World (pronounced as in English even during Russian) broadcast was on 6010 blocking XEOI; have the Japanese something against the Mexicans? Or is it just that XE frequencies appear to be available since Mexico doesn`t bother to participate in HFCC. And how could Japan broadcasting to Russia possibly impact Mexico broadcasting to Mexico and the USA?
I`ll tell you how. This Russian broadcast is aimed 35 degrees from Yamata to DVR, and there is nothing to stop that 300 kW from carrying on forcefully all the way to deep North America. The same goes for Russian at 0530-0600 on 11715 when the MUF cooperates, as it did this date, better than // 11760 at 330 degrees and with sporadic Cuba to cope with too.
Now Radio Mil gets to have its frequency clear of Japan for the summer, as 6010 was checked at 1128.
NHK IS also on weaker 6090 from 1125, 1130 opening Korean at 290 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES. 9400 with religious talk by M in Amerenglish, consecutive translation by W into Manchinese, April 20 at 1155, fair signal. In conclusion they jested(?) about getting together after the show.
It`s FEBC`s ``Chinese`` service at 09-14, 100 kW, 330 degrees via Iba site, per Aoki. Since FEBC deleted all its overt English transmissions many years ago, this remains a way for monolinguals to copy some comprehensible program details.
We have previously heard English mixed in with Chinese at later hours during this transmission and/or on the other one, 9430 at 0900-1630, 100 kW, 345 degrees via Bocaue, which I seem to recall has separate programming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA [and non]. 7200 in Russian April 20 at 1147, i.e. R. Rossii via Yakutsk (or NVK Radio Sakha program), and mixing underneath, producing fast SAH, something singing, presumably Voice of Korear in Chinese during this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAIPAN. 9355, April 20 at 1154 in Laotian, talking about Viet-nam and Prathet Thai, i.e. R. Free Asia as scheduled via Agignan Point at 11-12, 285 degrees. But the audio was dropping out every few seconds, presumably problem in the roundabout program feed from Washington, as the transmitter itself stayed on. Already off the air at 1158 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAJIKISTAN [and non]. 11500 at 1204 April 20, strong but fluttery open carrier, some hum, as also heard previous days, presumably the Dushanbe-Orzu relay supposed to be carrying Voice of Russia in English, just forgetting to apply modulation. However, at 1205 Firedrake started underneath this carrier, as it`s a Sound of Hope frequency too, all per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ALGERIA [non]. 7295, April 21 at 0606, Arabic, fair with flutter and heavy echo, sounds like a double transmission rather than long/short path. Or could be double audio feed into one transmitter, i.e. Issoudun, FRANCE, 500 kW, 194 degrees relaying RTA back to Africa. Not the first time strange echoes have been observed from this site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also GERMANY [non]
** ANGUILLA [and non]. Caribbean Beacon still missing from 6090, at 0628 April 21, just hets and a mess presumably involving Brasil and Nigeria; and still missing from 11775 at 1343. Now`s our chance to DX all the other stuff on 6090, e.g. Ethiopia from 0255; R. Esperanza, Chile, if it is really active and all-night, but not likely as long as Bandeirantes is on too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36 again audible on Wednesday April 21, at 1325, but very marginal reception with weak signal vs hash around the frequency, much of which may be from household or neighborhood appliances. Music and shortly YL talk, seems Spanish, never a definite ID but have heard it many times before on previous schedule. And who else would be on 15476, as confirmed by comparing to RA on 9475? 19m reception was generally poor today, only decent signals from Bulgaria, Canada, Florida, Cuba and Costa Rica.
1335 still talking, seems Spanish intonation. 1350 music, still past 1403. S-meter sits on S2, i.e. the same as background noise level, but occasional brief surges to a hefty S6. Sked is now M/W/F 12-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 9650, anomaly at Sackville: April 21 at 1429 check they are axually in Korean with KBSWR relay, instead of replacing it by RCI IS and French/English ID loop. Missed checking again before 1500 to see whether that usual programming had resumed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Checking Firedrake frequencies April 21, instead find CNR1 as jamming source: 13970 at 1339 in Chinese talk, immediate tipoff that it can`t be FD. And // 7445, a known haunt of CNR1 jamming against RTI in Chinese to mainland.
Same on 10440 an echo apart from 13970, also 10300, and at 1344 poor on 12620. Nothing audible on 8400 or any of the other usual FD channels 8-18 MHz. Recheck at 1425, 13970 is gone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. The incompetent DentroCuban Jamming Command continues to operate at times far beyond necessity, wasting countless megawatts while Cubans eat what little rationed food they can get. April 21 at 0549, same pulses on 9460, 9780 and 9810. Martí finishes 9460 at 0400. República also finishes 9780 at 0400. República left 9810 completely weeks ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6250.0, April 21 at 0629, M&W in Spanish news, sounders typical of RNGE, reactivated, poor with ute QRM. Remember, if you hear Spanish on 6250 before 0530, it`s the Bonaire leapfrog of NHK 6080 over 6165 another 85 kHz higher (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY [non]. 7325, April 21 at 0619, DW in English, with echo, not as bad as ALGERIA/France on 7295. 7325 is due south via Sines, PORTUGAL. Maybe we are getting some strange multi-path if not long-path at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN. 11705, NHKWNRJ at 1427 April 21, with Japanese lesson which usually (always?) concludes the weekday semi-hour in English; fair reception direct from Yamata to Asia now that 11705 Sackville relay has been abolished. Maybe is sufficient on the west coast by default? Audibility here varies greatly from day to day, usually in- (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6104.8, XEQM, April 21 at 0630, making another appearance in window after BBC French via Ascension finished, and before TWR English via Nauen started. Lively DJ, music including accordion, bass, vocal with a heavy beat for those who want to be awake in the nightmiddle; modulation somewhat distorted, and typical deep fades (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANTARCTICA. LRA36 is supposedly scheduled 12-15 UT, only on M/W/F, so after hearing it Monday, I did not even check for it Tuesday, heard it again Wednesday but did check for it Thursday April 22 as I was already only 26 kHz away on Ankara. By golly, there is a carrier with some pop music audio on 15476 (not 15475) at 1308. In fact this is a better signal than previous days, peaking around 1315, but soon declining to hardly any audio by 1330, and nothing but a carrier past 1421. So Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel may also be active on other weekdays. Trouble is, there is another carrier at least as strong around 15478, and even stronger 15480 in Belarussian, Poland via Woofferton UK at 1300-1430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 9650, Sackville again running KBS World Radio in Korean, April 22 at 1413 instead of default RCI ID and IS loop (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Replacement of Firedrake by CNR1 jamming on April 21 has been explained by Sei-ichi Hasegawa and Robin Harwood as due to the anniversary of the Qinghai earthquake. Apparently the ChiCom felt it would be inappropriate to jam with such lively music on such a sad occasion. Of course this does not make the jamming any less evil.
Now on April 22 it`s back to Firedrake as the audio source: at 1310 fair on 10970 but none of the other `970s. at 1405, 13970 has an open carrier with het, flutter, and FD cuts on at 1405:45. At 1408 FD also on 13300 about the same level as 13970. At 1409 also on 12950. 1411 on 10300 and stronger 10440 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. April 22 did not start monitoring until 1235 and could still hear music on 4870-, 46 minutes after LSR in Enid, surely RRI Wamena. And much stronger 4750 RRI Makassar with Indonesian talk. Must have been a good Indo morning propagationally, but just as well to miss with all the static crashes below 5 MHz from T-storm lightning in central Kansas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KAZAKHSTAN. 15450, April 22 at 1421 fair signal with flutter in unknown language, but giveaway Family Radio riff. Aoki says it`s Sindhi via Almaty-Nikolayevka site, power and azimuth unknown. Not BBC which had originally been scheduled on this frequency at 1330-1500 via Armavir, Russia. Do the Kazakhs not care what crusading use is being made of their transmitters? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. I was too engrossed in the daytime MW DX opening April 20 to even think of checking for Kuwait`s new English frequency 15540, which I had discovered the day before; but April 21 I tuned in at 1757 to hear music already, and 1800 accurate timesignal, R. Kuwait ID and opening English, some music, 1801 program summary, 1802 another show about Islam; the Kuwaitis do their duty. Fairly good signal; still fair at 2048 during more pop music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 18057.9, just barely audible carrier here, April 22 at 1424 but no doubt the previously multi-IDed Radio Victoria, Lima, on its distinctive third harmonic frequency, maybe a shade closer to 18057.8. I then looked for activity on the ``17m`` hamband just above, and found only one weak signal, on 18151-SSB. Never could catch his call, speaking English with a Spanish accent, but he did mention K8EHB fonetically more than once. Had the impression that was his QSL manager rather than contact at the moment, but K8EHB at qrz.com says nothing about such management. The LA station gave his QTH as Miraflores (or Villaflores?) in the ``central part of ---``. Miraflores is of course a well-known district of Lima, but I was already in a Peruvian state of mind. At 1430 he was calling QRZ? I wish hams would put as much effort into conveying their own callsigns clearly and frequently (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 17705, BSKSA program 1, April 22 at 1335 M&M conversation in Arabic, one of them apparently on the phone; occasional strumming interludes. 1400 news headlines with a stinger after each; one mentioned George Mitchell. 1415 some traditional music, 1417 resuming interview. This frequency now scheduled at 12-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TIBET [non]. UNIDENTIFIED. 15540, we still have a mystery from before 1330 to 1400*. April 22 at 1322 there is a wavering het and hum over a bit of audio. This is presumably from Pakistan`s Tamil service until 1330. Then the het went away and there is still a mixture of two audios with flutter. At 1336 it seems that one of them could be Chinese, but not sure. At 1400 there is a two(?) pip timesignal, and carrier off a few seconds later; the two signals` disappearance is closely coördinated.
Then I check the April 22 edition of Aoki, and the answer has been added: Voice of Tibet, via Dushanbe-Yangiyul, TAJIKISTAN, 100 kW at 131 degrees, 1300-1400 in Tibetan except for Chinese at 1315-1330. I wonder if this is the `extra` broadcast VOT says they put on to convey condolences to Tibet after last week`s earthquake on the Tibetan plateau, and complain that the ChiCom kept jamming it anyway despite pleas to turn it off. See http://tinyurl.com/29a4zlx as found by Alokesh Gupta and http://bit.ly/99M3cj as found by Yimber Gaviría. And Yimber forwards this from VOT website http://www.vot.org/ ---
VOT starts message line to quake victims
VOT encourages all those who want to have their message of support or condolences transmitted on short wave radio to Tibet to call the VOT main editorial office in Dharamsala. Your message will be recorded and included in our daily transmissions. To send your message call VOT at +91 1892 222384 or e-mail to info @ vot.org
VOT - Shortwave broadcast frequency and time
Frequency mHz UTC time
on/around 15.520 11:00 - 12:30
around 15.540 12:30 - 13:15
around 15.430* 13:30 - 14:00
17.560* 13:30 - 14:30
* Transmissions on 15.430 mHz between 7 and 7.30pm and 17.560 mHz between 7 pm and 8 pm Indian time are best options for listeners in India
Voice of Tibet Foundation (adm. office) Kirkegata 5, 0153 Oslo NORWAY
Telephone: (+47) 22 11 12 09 Fax:
Email: editor @ vot.org info @ vot.org oystalme @ gmail.com
Note that our log on 15540 does not correspond to the schedule above (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 15450, VOT, at last fairly audible for Live from Turkey, now scheduled only on the 1230 Thursday broadcasts, April 22 starting later than usual at 1303 after Agenda. Seref is prime host for this one too, but I did not stay with it as irresistibly drawn to Antarctica nearby. Tuned back and forth a few times and did not hear any callers but instead music fill and the multi-lingual ID filler toward the end (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Since I was checking Kuwait 15540, extremely convenient to see if WJHR is active on 15550-USB: yes, April 20 at 1803 a bit of hymusic which I recognize as what`s on their only (?) produced ID, and JIP their exclusive gospel huxter. Pretty good signal, but not heard at 2048 recheck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 13845, WWCR inbooming at 1406 April 22, with free seed offer from Alex, while 15825 was much weaker --- so the HF sporadic E MUF must have been between those two frequencies, and/or 15825 is running much less power than 13845. At 1420 still the same situation, but 15825 is strong enough to tell that it is squealing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, but only listening on webcast, WRMI at 1502 Thursday April 22 finally has replaced The Happy Station, now with some DX program in Spanish playing interval signals, CRI`s at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANGUILLA. 11775, University Network remains off the air as it has been all week, at 1809 UT check April 22. At this hour DGS could be heard on WWCR 13845, whew. Still off around 2100, so no ACI to RNA Brasil on 11780. Aw, shux, 6090 is back on at 0120 April 23, // WWCR 5935 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. Checked WRMI 9955 for signs of jamming April 22 at 2041, but neither jamming nor WRMI audible. The latter may be signing on at 2100, when WORLD OF RADIO is scheduled on Thursdays, but by next check 2124, nothing but jamming noise/pulsing was audible on 9955; meanwhile WOR had been confirmed by webcast as running on WRMI. Thanx a lot, Arnie! No jamming anyway on WWRB 3185, UT Friday 0330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. R. Kuwait was heard on new 15540 for the 18-21 English broadcast on April 19, not checked 20, heard again April 21; checked April 22 and --- it`s in Arabic, instead! At 1805 news with musical stingers, good but fluttery signal.
Is English back on 11990? No, that is still vacant. 1818 still in Arabic on 15540, ditto 2015; at 2100 5+1 timesignal, fanfare and news in Arabic; frequent mentions of Amerikiyah, and arraiz. 2108 same fanfare news theme but cut off the air before it could finish.
Typical unreliable operation and now we have no idea what their intent is; was it Arabic by mistake today? English on some other unfound frequency today only or henceforth? English on no frequency? It`s right around sundown before Friday, so a weekend variation? And what about the onetime morning English at 0500-0800: is it anywhere now? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WBCQ runs both 7415 and 9330-CUSB weekdays at 18-19, but 9330 usually cuts off shortly after 1900, frustrating those starting to listen to WORLD OF RADIO on Tue, Wed or Thu. However, Thursday April 22 after confirming that WOR had started at 1900, on our portable in a parking lot we could also hear WOR 1509 concluding at 1929, ID, plug for new clients, and WBCQ starts Amos & Andy, 9330-CUSB still on the air. A good thing too, since 7415 was just barely audible out here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Sporadic E observations on nearby HF stations April 22: 13845 WWCR was inbooming at 1406 UT, but at next check 1809 it was not, back to normal. At 2043, 15825 was inbooming during country music show. TV-FM Skip log showed lots of VHF activity in the morning, but not in the afternoon.
15610, WEWN very strong at 2044, and thus adding its mushy spur to WYFR 15600 in Romanian; also detectable on 15620 with BFO on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15550-USB, WJHR audible at 2045 April 22 with perpetual preacher, probably with sporadic E-assist as WEWN was very strong on 15610, WWCR on 15825 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANGUILLA. C.B. also reactivated on 11775, PMS at 1335 check April 23. But there will surely be a next time when they break down, reaudiblizing DX on 6090 at night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36, Friday April 23 audible again at 1303 with music, very weak and a struggle against noise level, no broadcast QRM. 1310-1321 switched to YL talk, but could only outmake an occasional word such as ``palabra``, ``10 mil vatios``, and am not sure of the latter. 1342 music again and now 15480 Woofferton with Poland in Belarussian has faded up, but not enough to really bother 15476 which is still JBA, when I quit at 1358 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC anomalies April 23, at 0502: English on 5970 and 6000, into music; Spanish on 6010, 6060, 6120; still same at 0505. Nothing yet on 6150 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9385, WWRB anomaly April 23: at 1327 big signal but Brother Scare just barely modulated, then he cuts on full, equivalent to sound on WINB 9265. Next tuneby 1333, 9385 back to JBM. Keep wiggling that patchcord! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, WRMI, Friday April 23: at 1330 fair with news in French from R. Prague, no jamming. This is for the minuscule number of Haitians who have SW radios, want to know what is happening in Europe and the Czech Republic, and understand real French well enough.
1435, OM talking in English, sounds like me --- yes, it`s WORLD OF RADIO 1509 as scheduled, apparently no jamming but signal very weak. We are now into the fourth month of WRMI`s NW antenna being out of order. Next SW airing of WOR is Friday 2028 on WWCR 15825 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 7460, April 23 at 1255, instrumental version of ``Hark, the Herald Angels Sing``, reminding us of how underplayed Xmas music is the rest of the year, and how overplayed in the fourth quarter. We have Family Radio to thank for this, as became obvious at 1258 segué to ``Got sei die Ehre`` theme. Per Aoki, the 12-13 hour on 7460 is Vietnamese, 100 kW, 225 degrees from Paochung, TAIWAN site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. RHC is still on 12020 colliding with Portugal, both for South America, April 23 at 2300. RHC // 12030, and RDPI // 9715. Cuba atop 12020, and it sounded like Portugal had modulation problems underneath on 12020, serves the DentroCubans right. Since RDPI 12020 is M-F only, one might think the problem had been resolved if monitoring on Saturday and Sunday --- but not as long as RHC stays on 12020 after 2300. Wake up, Arnie. Recheck 12020 April 24 at 0226, RHC alone now, but its audio is awful scratchy; and also at 0425.
Poor propagation plus T-storm noise worst below 11 MHz, but I can still log stuff like this: April 24 at 0235, 9810, jamming against nothing, long abandoned by República, and VOR Spanish via Guiana French having finished at 0200.
At 0235, 9780 with jamming against something, Radio República`s current frequency at 02-04, readable at equal level to the noise. 9460 at 0237, R. Martí also equal to the jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI English April 24 from 1310, good modulation and quite listenable with usual features such as This Day in History with three topix, one of which was the Hubble Space Telescope. Unusually, managed to be atop the CRI Russian het from *1357 on 9525.0, and could hear the VOI English sign-off until 1401* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN. 15195, April 24 at 0428 jazz on guitar, off by next check after 0500; presumed NHK on longtime channel. Yes: Aoki says Japanese service 0155-0500, 290 degrees from Ibaragi-Koga-Yamata to Asia. This is broken up into four blox with identical parameters: 0155-0200, 0200-0300, 0300-0415 and 0415-0500; why? R. Japan does play a lot of western music, classical too, probably home service relay (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, R. Kuwait once again in English at 18-21 UT Friday April 23, after having carried Arabic the day before (and Wolfgang Büschel implied it was also in Arabic on Tuesday April 20 when I did not check; is that correct?). Good signal today, 1800 sign-on, giving frequencies 963, 96.3 (what a coincidence?), and 11990! The former 1800 English channel --- what do they know in the studio? They obviously don`t bother to tune in their own broadcast and find out what frequency it is on, or not on.
1801 program summary, seemed mostly to be music. Even before 1802 began ``Islam & Peace`` with ponderous declarations. But once that is over, RK lightens up with mostly western pop music. Didn`t have time to listen much, but rechecked before closing: 2058 ID again giving frequencies for this broadcast and also ``15110`` for 05-08 (local 08-11) English, which hasn`t been confirmed in many months; in fact if it`s on SW at all, we don`t know where. 2100 into Arabic news, still on past 2108 when cut off yesterday, but had disappeared by next check 2113, as it had also been fading down (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO [and non]. Just when does RNA Brasília sign off for the night? I figured it would be around local midnite, currently 0300 UT. April 24, tuned in 6185 at 0241 to find RNA on top of XEPPM, with the rapid SAH as always between them adding to the annoyance; but at 0312, RNA still on the air on 11780 with timecheck for 00:12 and greeting ``un novo dia``. And both still on at 0320. By next check, 0343, both were gone. Probably varies, when they get around to it, just like sign-on.
But 6185 still had SAH CCI at 0343, now from Vatican. The latter is weaker, so now XEPPM is on top in Spanish, but still too much QRM. 0359 can hear the VR IS mixing, scheduled until 0500. Since CRI/Sackville runs very strong ACI from 6190 at 05-06, that means Radio Educación is essentially unusable all evening until 0600. Thence we may finally enjoy its eclectic music in the clear should we be awake, until RNA come back on, presumably somewhen between 0730 and 0800; except UT Sundays when it is all-night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 9455 poor signal, April 24 at 1424 station in English discussing EU, inserted VOR sounder so no additional ID needed, then War Chronicles from this day in 1945y. 9455 is 14-16, 250 kW, 265 degrees via Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky for South Asia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TIBET [non]. 9885, in tonal Asian language, not Chinese, April 24 at 0234, with ute QRM (BTW, ute is short for utility, not an initialism or acronym and there is no reason to write it in all-caps as so many are wont to do). 0257 some music and off at 0259*. Per Aoki, it`s Wertachtal, GERMANY, 250 kW at 75 degrees with Radio Free Asia in Khams dialect of Tibetan from 0230, preceded by Amdo dialect at 0200, and mainstream Tibetan at 01-02. Surely jammed by the ChiCom, but that not audible here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15825, WORLD OF RADIO 1509 confirmed on first WWCR airing, Friday April 23 around 2050, but just barely audible here in skip zone, hope much better elsewhere. Next chance: Saturday 1630 on 12160, which inbooms tnx to sporadic E, but with some reverb added not on my original audio file.
5890, Pastor Pete Peters is back on WWCR-4, following an hiatus. UT Sat April 24 at 0242 there he is, // WTWW 5755. Program schedule dated 9 April still omits the Aryan, with 00-02 UT Tue-Sun occupied by filler Golden Age of Radio Theatre, but at 02-03 it was a rebroadcast of The Roth Show, Tue-Sat (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, WRMI reconfirmed with Sat 1330 airing of WORLD OF RADIO, April 24 at 1348 poor but readable via the SSE antenna, with lite pulse jamming. Jeff White says, ``We have an outside engineer working on the North American antenna situation. But his time is limited. We will eventually get this back in operation. There has been very little demand from clients for North America lately``. He also sends the latest program schedule grid updated as of April 23, which is now available only as an attachment on the DXLD yahoogroup (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15000 and even 20000, WWV VG at 0228 April 24, thanks to sporadic-E opening, which also brought in some analog video on channel 2 around 0200 from somewhere. And more signs of TVDX at 1616 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. The WEWN English transmitter continues to put out mushy spurs at approx. plus and minus 10 kHz, and woe betide any station foolish enough to broadcast next to such a noisy, inconsiderate neighbor. These were especially noticeable April 24 as a sporadic-E opening enhanced WEWN`s megameter-distant signal:
at 0230, 11520 put mushy, squealing spur on weaker 11530 WYFR in Spanish; at 0342, 9455 put spur on 9445, tho no victim audible there; if there was a match on 9465, it was obscured by DentroCuban jamming and Radio Martí on temporary 9460 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN [and non]. UT April 24 I make a point of checking the transition from Bonaire to Sackville on 9610 by R. Vaticana at 0250: From 0236, it`s VG with Vatican discussing topic-A. At 0247 I suspect the SAC carrier is already on, as there is a slow SAH and RV audio is a bit distorted and pumping, but no.
Sackville really cuts on at *0249:45 while Bonaire is playing IS, and for a few sex there is a lo het, enough to distort the pitch of the IS: I wonder which one is off-frequency, or both? Then English in the clear with just as good a signal here as French had been.
Veronica presented program about England in honour of St. George`s Day, blithely ignoring topic A, or so it started, tho I did not listen to it all. 0317 concluded with ``Latin Lover``, ha ha, apparently a regular segment, with Carmelite Fr. Reginald Porter, really about the Latin language and words derived from it, or not, such as on today`s theme, Londinium, fretum = channel or narrows.
0319 to ID and IS, cut off at 0319:30 revealing something weaker on 9610, but back on by 0320 to start Spanish with VG signal. During those few sex, SAC switches from 240 to 253 degrees, and from antenna type 158 to 218; why?
Also, at 0239 I had checked // 7305 Vatican in French and found it about one word ahead of 9610. Uplooked later, I see that this frequency also makes a site switch at 0250, from Santa Maria di Galeria, Vatican direct, to Sackville, so that`s my next project to monitor.
Also, shortly after 0300, noticed separate VR English to Africa on 9660 which is via MADAGASCAR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also MEXICO [and non]
** CHILE. CVC, Calera de Tango, is STILL putting out big mushy spurs from the HCJB relay transmitter on 11920, April 24 at 2310 difficult to pinpoint, but with BFO they are centered around 11897.6 and 11942.4, i.e. plus and minus 22.4 kHz. Sometimes they are closer to 20 kHz displacement, or even 18. Portuguese talk and music from fundamental are also audible on the spurs. This started as soon as the relay deal did last October, or was it September (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake April 24: full bandscan found only a JBA signal on 13970, April 24 at 2318 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 9660, in Kreyòl, April 24 at 2305, axually matching RHC`s posted schedule for 2300-2330 to Caribbean, also supposed to be on 17705 at same time to S America, not checked. At 2330, 9660 had converted to Portuguese, and that is not on the schedule; in fact, 9660 is unaccounted for between 2330 and Spanish from 0000. It has adjacent interference from Romania 9655.
At 2315, RHC Spanish on 12030, but missing from 12020 (and so is Portugal, this being a Saturday). But at 0012 April 25, 12030 is off and 12020 is on, with same bad crackly audio as yesterday. At 0015 I hear the same defects on poor // 15380.
At 0018 April 25, 5970 RHC in Spanish has co-channel QRM under it, in Dutch; what could that be? RHC // 6000 with no QRM. The victim on 5970 at 0025 closed with the overplayed Orange anthem. Yes, RNW is already scheduled in HFCC for 0000-0027 due south from Bonaire. There would be no such collision if non-HFCC Cuba adhered to its own schedule showing no 5970 until *0100 in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** HUNGARY. 6150, at 0056 April 25, open carrier and intermittent tones, 0100 opening in Hungarian, therefore what`s left of R. Budapest, to North America but no English; believed to be still transmitted from Hungary but not for much longer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, R. Kuwait in English again on Saturday April 24 at 1831 check during newscast, good signal. The main newscast on this 18-21 transmission is at 1830, with a summary near the end (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA. There have been some recent changes to RRI`s schedule, including English at 00-01. On April 25 at 0007 I was hearing ``The Week`` on 9580 and weaker 7385, not 7335 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 9890, V. of Russia in English at 2308 April 24 with ID, starting ``Music & Musicians`` with Chaikofsky theme, then bells. ACI from DentroCuban jamming and VOA on 9885, almost evitable by sidetuning upward. But there is also a SAH directly on 9885, and the only thing else at 23-24 is BBCWS in English USward from Thailand at 25 degrees. VOR site is Armavir a.k.a. Krasnodar in Russia itself, per the main three online A-10 schedules. Don`t you believe Stewart MacKenzie`s report, already published somewhere, claiming Tajikistan is involved on 9890 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. 15160, REE in Spanish at 2319 April 24, ``Diario de América`` program, // 9620 and synchronized, so not Costa Rica. 15160 is 242 degrees from Noblejas to South America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. Contrary to what Seref Isler said a month ago, the 2200 UT English broadcast from VOT is not carrying the next UT day`s program content, despite being after local midnight. UT Saturday April 24, DX Corner still on today at 2217-2230* instead of UT Friday. I tuned in 9830 just in time, but reception poor so I brought up the webcast ASAP. And later confirmed to repeat UT Sunday at 0317 on webcast, i.e. on the same old schedule as before.
Seref wings it by reading and replying to some e-mails he has printed out, instead of the usual scripted shows. This was nothing but a mailbag with some reception reports, and hard to differentiate from the Wednesday program Letterbox. At least he`s not plagiarizing material from DX Listening Digest any more, but calling it a DX program is a bit of a stretch, with nothing resembling DX or media news.
At one point he refused to promise a QSL since someone had not provided any proof of reception. At another point, he said they *always* QSLed, wondering why someone sent a follow-up after 99 days. He also said if you want to get an answer on this program, better send by e-mail rather than p-mail, which apparently is just too much trouble to handle, but someone in the office does collect the stamps, so don`t ask for any of those either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 12160, WWCR-2 confirmed with WORLD OF RADIO`s Saturday 1630 broadcast April 24, this time inbooming since a sporadic-E opening was in progress reaching above 88 MHz in some locations. But reverb has been added, not on my original audio file. Have also noticed this on some other WWCR programming.
I did not get the 0230 UT Sunday broadcast checked early enough on 4840, but when I tuned in at 0258, Voice of Salvation was ending, sounded like more than a promo, no mention on DX Block and into next program. Online schedule not updated since April 9; we`ll have to see if this is a permanent change (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9690, April 24 at 2329 good signal from WHRI ending program ``Living Like Jesus Miracle Hour``, with contact info in Philippines too fast and too accented to copy even if I had wanted to, then WHR promo, and 2330 ``British Israel World Federation``, from Toronto, from one fringe to another (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7505.7, open carrier at 0058 April 25, occasional bit of hi-pitched audio cutting on and off, then OC until finally 0104 WRNO ID mentioning transmitter site of New Orleans, Louisiana, not really a sign-on, another ID and into music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN. When I heard Vietnamese on 12035 in the sideband of Cuba 12030, April 24 at 2316, I thought of Vietnam. Seems to me VOV used to be around this frequency. But now it`s that other V-land, broadcasting direct from Santa Maria di Galeria, 500 kW at 75 degrees, 2310-2400. That means it could include that 2.5-minute English prélude which we used to hear on 9600 before Vietnamese at 2314, thanks to sloppy switching (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ZAMBIA. 1Africa, CVC, is still on the wrong frequency, 9540 instead of 5940 as scheduled at 19-22. Or is it? Registered on 5940, but is it pure luck that there is no collision with anything on 9540, while there would be a collision with Iran via Lithuania on 5940? Maybe CVC intended to use 9540 all along, and ``5940`` was a mistaken entry in HFCC. I`ve advised CVC HQ in UK about this anomaly.
Rechecked 9540, April 24 at 2149, gospel rock, 2153-2159 extremely overwrought dramatization with screaming, something about the international airport in Tanzania. Gospel rap at 2200 until abruptly cut off air at 2203* without so much as a good-night, frequency announcement, or please-retune-to.
I say ``gospel`` but that is only an assumption since any religious content is unclear, due to rapid pace and accents, hard to tell what they are saying or singing. Gotta hand it to these stealth evangelists: they really know how to suck in today`s modern young Africans (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 11705, RNV relay, April 25 at 1213 with same continuous crackle on audio as heard in the evenings on 12020, obviously same transmitter and/or same degraded program feed. Sounds like it originates from some cross-talking modulation unrelated to this program (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI stayed on the air this Sunday, April 25, but instead of regular English programming was continuous rock music concert from 1300 past 1325, good reception (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 17615 and 17625, noticeably in // with Arabic talk, April 25 at 1329, both about equal with fair signals, shortly BSKSA ID with reverb added. Both are supposedly 500 kW and 100 degrees with Holy Qur`an program, except 17615 is supposed to switch to 17625 at 1200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 15450, VOT, Sunday April 25 at 1248 with Turkish lesson, translating phrases about visiting Ankara, 1250 outro ``Let`s Learn Turkish``. 1251 historical talk about Istanbul. Fair signal here, // JBA 15520 eastward. At 1254 found better signal on 13635 in Turkish, soon switching to presumed live sports coverage with crowd noises (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15420-CUSB, WBCQ with special Area 51 transmission, Sunday April 25 at 1512, advertising WBNY hats and T-shirts. Good reception and no BBC Seychelles QRM as feared. WORLD OF RADIO to follow at 1530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ALGERIA [non]. 7295, RTA via Issoudun, FRANCE, April 26 at 0522, Arabic pontifications, good strength accompanied by squeal on the transmitter but no echoing this time.
Note, on May 2 until Sept 5, there will be time adjustments in these relays. 7295 will be on at 04-06 instead of 05-07, but it`s not a matter of just going one hour earlier across the board. This is apparently based on propagation predixions, following the sun, as there is no DST in Algeria and DST is already underway in France (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANTARCTICA. LRA36, only detectable on 15476 as a carrier, Monday April 26 at 1314. Need to confirm whether it`s also active on Tuesday, as it definitely was on Thursday, instead of only M/W/F (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, while VOI replaced English at 13 by rock music on Sunday, it was back to normal on Monday April 26, 1302 news including new FOI law in Indonesia. Also noted earlier at 1244 with VOI ID and jingle in Japanese, good with some hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, R. Kuwait again in English April 25 at 2051 with news headlines delivered by YL far too swiftly for comprehension, coupled with her accent. She obviously has no clue of the need for clarity in shortwave broadcasting. ESL people seem to delight in speaking as rapidly as possible as some kind of faux-proof of their fluency. 2053 to a postlude by Tom Jones, whose English is quite clear despite being Welsh; it was something reminiscent of Delilah in his inimitable style (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR [non]. 15630, R. Mada International via Pridnestrovye, presumably the trace of QRM underneath V. of Greece, Sunday April 25 at 1544 and producing a SAH. That`s about the best it can do since accepting this collision, depriving the world at large, if allegedly not the boresight Madagascans, of Mada audibility (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. 6250, April 26 at 0517 in Spanish vs ute QRM, // 6080 R. Japón relay, leaping over RNW Dutch on 6165. Theoretically there could be a matching leapfrog on 5995, 85 kHz lower than 6080 at 5995, with Dutch audio, but could not confirm that, altho at 0519 there was a fast SAH between two weak signals amid ACI [adjacent channel interference, which I will not explain every time I use it]. Nothing else is scheduled at this hour, unless Mali`s carrier was already on before *0600. In any event, 6250 was not Equatorial Guinea (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES [and non]. 9920, April 26 at 1240, ``Gott sei die Ehre`` hymn in unknown language, then talk in Thai/Lao, fair signal. Must be YFR relay, right? Wrong! While that`s YFR`s main theme, they do not have a monopoly on it. Uplooked later in Aoki, at this hour 9920 is occupied by FEBC Manila, in Koho, Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed at 1230-1300, 100 kW, 280 degrees from Bocaue. EiBi`s language reference at http://www.eibispace.de/dx/README.TXT says it`s spoken by 100 kilopeople in Vietnam, a.k.a. Kohor --- but from the sound of it, closely related to Lao, rather than Vietnamese.
The gospel huxters have got 9920 all tied up, used only by: 10-11 FR via Taiwan in Chinese; 11-13 FEBC in SE Asian languages we have never heard of in the relentless drive to deprive as many ethnic groups as possible of their original religions; 13-14 KNLS Chinese; 14-15 KTWR Vietnamese; 15-18 KNLS Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA. 15435, April 26 at 1320, Chinese talk and then soprano with piano, peaks S9+5. RRI Chinese service, 1300-1327, 300 kW, 67 degrees from Tiganeshti. No jamming audible, as the ChiCom apparently do not feel the need to block the Romanian apostates from Communism (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH AFRICA. 7285, April 26 at 0523 studio announcer conversing with another YL on phone, maybe a child, in corrupted Dutch a.k.a. Afrikaans, ergo R. Sonder Grense as scheduled 05-08, 100 kW, 275 degrees from Meyerton, in an unique SW language, clear between Arabs on 7275 and 7295.
As I tune around the band, I realize that there is something strange but welcome about amateur behaviour: hardly any SSB to be heard above 7200, altho certainly not off-limits to Americans; they voluntarily stay below 7200. That`s normally the case at nightmiddle, but not around sunrise when there is plenty of SSB QRM to Asian broadcasters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15420-CUSB, special Area 51 transmission Sunday April 25 with WORLD OF RADIO #1509 at 1530: good reception at 1542 check, no BBCWS Seychelles co-channel audible this time. Will this catch on as a regular transmission in early open time on this transmitter?
Also, Pirate Week and International Radio Report were moved two hours later than before, and 9330-CUSB added, so now IRR conflicts with WOR 9980 at 2330 Sundays, confirmed in quick check April 25 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO inbooming this week on new WWCR-4 times as propagation upheld: Sunday April 25 at 2330 on 9980; UT Monday April 26 at 0330 on 5890 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15550-USB, WJHR on air with its one and only preacher, April 25 at 1643. Still/again there at 2053 check, a pennywhistle compared to neighboring Kuwait 15540 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 17580, April 26 at 1327, S Asian song by solo OM, F-G signal; must have been unrecognizably Christian, as at 1330 segué to ``Know My Redeemer Liveth`` theme and YL announcement. Per Aoki this is YFR in Bengali, 500 kW, 90 degrees from Wertachtal, GERMANY at 13-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VENEZUELA [non]. Aló, Presidente, on the air this Sunday as declarations of El Hugazo audible at quick check April 25 at 1750, best on 13680, also 13750, 12010, 17750 via CUBA. So what`s become of RNV`s own SW site supposed to be on air by end of last year from Calabozo?? Not a word since last October or so about progress in constructing it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36 confirmed active on another Tuesday, not just M/W/F, April 27 at 1231 very weak but some music audible. 1300 still there but increased ACI from 15480, PRES in Belarussian via Woofferton UK. Checked again at 1357, now ACI not a problem, LRA36 still very weak, but music with heavy beat continues past hourtop until finally 1407 YL talking, but just too weak.
It seems the great majority of airtime is devoted to music, but surely not Antarctic traditional as there are no anteskimos; instead it`s to plant the flag of Argentine expansionism, in defiance of the Antarctic Treaty against territorial claims upon the continent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 12030, RHC at 1316 April 27, fair with CCI sounding Russian, which fits as VOR is also scheduled here from Irkutsk during this hour in Russian, per Aoki; Commies vs ex-Commies. Also QRMing CODAR. But this collision pales in comparison to jamming VOR`s Spanish service evenings on 9810 via GUF (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** FRANCE [non]. 13640, RFI Spanish service via GUIANA FRENCH, April 27 at 1225, correspondent with very strange accent; I guess it`s African-influenced more than French-, about music groups associated with the Copa del Mundo in Sudáfrica --- why isn`t that about a silly ballgame instead of music? 1229:30 transitioned to ME music so smoothly that at first I thought it was another RFI service, but really I was then hearing Turkey on 13635 after TDF QRT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA [and non]. 9690, April 27 at 1324 had some music, without a hum, which I figured was something other than AIR; however, no transmission break noted before 1330 as AIR opened GOS in English, and now there`s hum. Perhaps Bengaluru was warming up with a locally- played prélude, but also on 9690 during this hour is Deewa Radio, Pashto via Sri Lanka, and Voice of Nigeria is allegedly running English from 09 to 15, perhaps from its new transmitter in Abuja (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI`s Tuesday ``Exotic Indonesia`` excursion to Banjarmasin was dashed by total lack of modulation other than hum, but good signal April 27 from 1323 tune-in, and never came back past 1341 and 1350 as I left a receiver running on it. I wonder if they were blithely producing the hookup assuming they were really on the SW air?
Prior to 1300, 9526- was doing fine with Japanese service, seemed like Indonesian lesson shortly before hourtop. And it was also on the air during the 14 UT hour, abnormally, as CRI Russian 9525.0 had a het at 1426. The unreliability of some SW stations is really incredible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. VOR continues to ruin its Pashto/Dari service by failing to get the modulation to come out of the 15510 transmitter unscathed. April 27 at 1355, 15510 had severe audio break-up, or should I say, breaking in for split seconds during music, from Love Story(?). Aoki says it`s 250 kW, 110 degrees via Krasnodar; HFCC says 250 kW, 140 degrees via Samara; Eibi too says Samara (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN. 17765, April 27 at 1311 Chinese with VR ID, Laudetur J.C., a dead giveaway, as was the first note of the IS, cut off at 1312, but back on a few sex later, 1315 opening in Vietnamese. VR at SMG was moving its antenna from 65 to 72 degrees during the brief break, probably inconsequentially as signal continued equally fair (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36 on Wednesday April 28: at 1256 music just barely audible past 1308. Peaking better at 1310 when YL with Argentine accent starts talk segment until 1329, but only a rare word understandable, such as at 1315 ``presencia en la bahía``. ACI from UK 15480 is now a problem, but hi-latitude paths in general on 19m are attenuated, and at 1255 nothing but Chile was making it on 16m, 17680. 1329, the 15476 signal is a bit stronger as OM singing starts. By 1424 has declined to a carrier only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake April 28: at 1335, 14900 poor with flutter, while CNR1 jamming on 15285 and 15265 were equally poor. At 1338, FD good on 13320 and 12970, fair on 10300, at 1343 poor on 8400. Unfound anywhere else 8-18 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUYANA. Jaime Labadia was going to visit and activate around April 22 the new 10 kW SW transmitter he built for GBC, and there have now been several reports of something on 3290, partly in English including BBC relays, surely this but definite IDs seem hard to catch. For me so far, the signal alone has been hard to catch; checked April 28 around 0600 could detect no carrier on 3290, just the usual 3287.3 open carrier occasionally sending RTTY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, R. Kuwait again in English contrary to its own announcements, April 27 at 2058 at sign-off still claiming to be on 11990 at 18-21, and on 15110 at 05-08. Possibly the latter is really on 15515, scheduled in Arabic, but so is 15540. Please check. 2059 NA, 2100 accurate timesignal, news theme and headlines in Arabic but cut off the air today earlier than usual after only one minute at 2101* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. I had noticed in HFCC A-10 that R. Rossii at 1700-1300 from Petropavlovsk/Kamchatskiy is listed on 5930 instead of 5920 where we had continued to hear this awful motor-boating transmitter interfering with itself, but following tip from Ron Howard, now it has really moved to 5930, April 28 audible as early as 0605, and now unpleasantly close to WWCR 5935. Next check at 1247, 5930 somewhat better with singing and Russian talk // 5940 Magadan which is weaker but motorboat-free.
So Pet/Kam can accomplish frequency changes from 6075 to 5920 to 5930 but not clean up the modulation once and for all. Per
http://www.gaisma.com/en/location/petropavlovsk-kamchatskiy.html sunset at Pet/Kam was 0847 UT but the sun is still relatively low in the sky at that latitude of 53 North, equivalent to Goose Bay or Edmonton (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. Checking VOT`s UT Wednesday April 28 0300 broadcast on webcast, but could have heard on 5975, to confirm that it is still carrying the ``Tuesday`` program lineup: yes, at 0312 starts ``Through History``, a lexure about genocide thru the ages starting with the fate of the ``Red Indians`` in the New World, to the My Lai massacre, lingering effects of Agent Orange, justly blamed on the US. (Well, geez, if North Vietnam had just renounced Communism, none of that would have happened.) Hmmm, are they leading up to painting Turkey as just another genocider, against the Armenians? Tune in next week. Following at 0319 was ``Heading Toward(s) Turkey`` on Van (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN [and non]. Just got VR`s printed schedule folder for A-10. It no longer comes with an elaborate postage meter imprint, just a postage-paid rectangle printed on the envelope. Glad I have saved previous ones for collexion.
VR finally acknowledges they are using several SW relay sites, even naming them including those in Islamic-dominated countries, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. By color coding they attempt to show which sites go with which frequencies and times --- except there is a brown triangle coming out of Tinian with no frequency to match.
Searching HFCC, we find one transmission of Vatican via Tinian: 2200-2245 on 12035 in ``Zho`` which I assume means Mandarin Chinese as it is also in the Vatican folder as Chinese, just with no brown color-coding indicating Tinian.
This 12035 transmission is not to be confused with the next one on same frequency, which I happened to recently report, 2310-2400 in Vietnamese, which is direct from Santa Maria di Galeria. I suppose SMG could back up the Tinian transmission if it is not funxioning for some reason; and apparently was not firm at printing deadline, or overlooked.
Assuming it is running as scheduled, thus the ``faith-based`` IBB once again violates Separation of Church and State, by availablizing USG facilities to one particular religion. Again? Yes, R. Martí broadcasts Catholic services, and R. Liberty was caught broadcasting RussOrthodox services in Soviet days, and may well still. Who knows what may go on unrecognized in other languages?
In case you think this is inconsequential, it opens IBB to demands for airtime from every other religion! How can the USG justify propagating (literally) one of them, and not any or all of them? This is the age-old reason for maintaining total separation of church and state in all circumstances, to assure impartial freedom of and from religion.
This probably results from a relay-exchange deal, but it is lopsided. IBB now has these transmissions via SMG, raising the question whether the USA is so strapped for relay sites that it has to make a deal with the RCC? Just who initiated this? There may be more such odd bedfellows as IBB is bent on closing down Greenville, and who knows what others of its own assets.
Sawa, i.e. Hello, Darfur, for Sudan via Vatican:
Perhaps The Church has a particular interest in expediting such a service, and nothing else from IBB? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36 audible on another Thursday, April 29 at 1237 weak carrier, very poor but some music. 1323 singing audible. While Woofferton is on 15480 at 1300-1430, this makes quite an abnormal 4 kHz het, another tipoff that the Archangel is present (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. 15795, Chinese talk in the clear at 1236 April 29, so AIR`s Chinese service is unjammed? No! 15795 quickly confirmed as the CNR1 jammer since // 12040 where there`s also a CNR1 echo against VOA. Not a trace of India itself audible on 15795.
15255, CNR1 echo jammer also here, April 29 at 1238, vs VOA Chinese via Tinang, Philippines at 11-13.
Lots of CNR1s all over the dial as jammers or non-, but at 1240 April 29 I start looking for Firedrakes. Only these found in the 8-19 MHz range:
12970, good at 1240
10300, good at 1241 vs ute bursts
9150, very good at 1242; unusual frequency
8400, good at 1243
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, good strength open carrier April 29 at 0551, still at 0617. Has to be R. Africa in typical pointless incompetent behaviour, but EqG has fuel to burn? Band was open, altho nothing from Nigeria on 15120, presumably not on. Australia was in well on 15160 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [non]. 13840, something in French April 29 at 0554 mentioning Champs Elysées à Paris. Has some squishy ute QRM about 13842. 0558 R. Japon IDs and contact info, to 0600* timesignal and 2 or 3 notes of NHK IS before cut off air. Fair signal, compared to much better NHK Russian on 11715. 13840 could have arrived directly too, but really 295 degrees via MADAGASCAR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. Reactivated! 6045, XEXQ, Radio Universidad de San Luís Potosí. April 29 at 1205 as I tune across this frequency, I hear Elgar`s Pomp & Circumstance March (No. 5, I think), which was always the sign-on theme of XEXQ when last heard in 2008. Then Spanish announcement mentioning mexicana, and Pemex, probably a government PSA. 1212 mixing music with talk, including partial ID ``Sintonizas al 11-90 de la amplitud modulada``, which chex as the XEXQ MW frequency. 1213 timecheck for 7:12, into classical hits, as always at wake-up time.
1224 operatic duet, then something from Magic Flute, 1229 announcement and more opera, 1234 Barber of Seville; 1244 weaker but recognizable with Triumphal March from Aïda. 1259 becomes JBA with Spanish announcement, 1306 still audible with classical, but just about faded out. Winter sign-on is circa 1300, so we have DST since April 4 to thank for forcing XEXQ to open an hour earlier while some propagation remains, but window will narrow until past Solstice.
Good modulation but weak and fading vs noise level. Presumably 1 kW transmitter which they were running at considerably less when last heard. Pretty weak at 1224, peaking at S9+8, compared to regular XEOI on 6010 which was steadier and stronger at S9+10.
Luckily, altho Asian reception was good today, there is no co-channel QRM during this hour. Current schedules show nothing either on 6045 until India from *1430. Zimbabwe and Uruguay may be on at 12-13, but certainly not propagating far in daytime.
Frequency is axually slightly low, and this matches consistent measurements at 6044.93 by Ron Howard, CA and Terry Krueger, FL, before it went silent 16+ months ago. DXLD archive finds the last reports were from Ron on Jan 11 and 17, 2009 when weekend sign-off was early at 0100*. Ron also had it Dec 24, 2008 at 0235. Krueger had heard it Jan 2, 2009 at 1419. My last report was Dec 26, 2008, a trace at 1352, also heard Dec 24 at 1332, and barely Dec 22 at 1459.
Current schedule remains to be determined; EiBi lists 1200-2400, extended Tue-Sat until 0530. However, VOA Hausa via Ascension is at 0500-0530, and KBS via Sackville 0600-0700, so look for it before 0500 and 0600.
It`s great to have XEXQ back, reasserting Mexico`s lead over the USA in cultural broadcasting on SW, now two active stations vs zero here. We may have hundreds of public radio stations on FM, AM and IBOC, but not a single one has ever had the vision to represent the best of America to the world by adding SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 5930, at 1229 April 29, R. Rossii, Pet/Kam, motorboating and colliding with REE in Spanish via COSTA RICA, already using 5930 at 11-14 weekdays. Also a fast SAH because Cariari is off-frequency. Meanwhile ex-5920 is clear!
Why in the world did RR move? VOR had also been scheduled on 5930 at 10-14 in Chinese and Mongolian westward from Vladivostok, but surely that had to move off, to where? Then there`s Monchegorsk, longitude 33 east, R. Rossii which was (is?) also on 5930 at 01-21. Could it have been unacceptable QRM on 5920 from also dirty transmitter of WBOH --- except it took this long to accomplish the QSY in Russia, now long after that station is kaput? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 15450, VOT`s Live from Turkey, Thursday April 29 starting abnormally late at 1308 with usual catchy theme which doubles as opener and closer, and ``Hello, hello, hello``, inconsequential studio conversation starting with end-of-world parties scheduled for 11 July 2012, and if needed, 20 December 2012, ha ha. (First we have to get past 21 May 2011!). Poor signal and I had more to monitor elsewhere.
This show was supposed to be a world-wide call-in, but has never taken off, lacking proper promotion and user-friendly setups; haven`t heard any callers in weeks, and there used to be only a couple of people who ever participated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 12140, April 29 at 1349 VG and steady S9+18 signal, YL with musical background, Burmese-like language, into drama with M&W, SFX, bit of singing with guitar; at 1355 I notice there is a low het but main signal off abruptly at 1358. I was comparing frequency to OKC 1140 and concluded that this one was slightly off, unlike the het.
Uplooked later, it`s R. Free Asia via KUWAIT at 1330-1400, in Burmese (but was it really a dialect?), to be followed by RFA in Vietnamese via Sri Lanka, which was probably the on-frequency het source, tho I was not hearing it alone at 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ALGERIA [non]. 7295, RTA via FRANCE, April 30 at 0600 from music to 5+1 timesignal 8 seconds late, then sounder and Arabic talk, perhaps news. As noted last time, from May 2 this frequency should be going off at 0600 instead of 0700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANTARCTICA [and non]. 15476, LRA36 continues to be audible every weekday morning. April 30 at 1257 with pop music, better signal than usual, past 1300. Seems they never do an ID or any announcement at this hourtop. Retune at 1312 just in time to hear an OM say ``Transmite LRA36`` but rest of ID lost in fade; then into YL speaking Spanish. They usually have a talk segment around this time. But at next2 check 1323 already back in music. At 1349 still holding up in romantic music, signal ranging from S2 to peaks at S8, but by 1353 getting too weak. Meanwhile, the ACI from Woofferton 15480 dropped at 1329 when Poland`s Russian broadcast ended, shortly back on for Belarussian, but weaker despite beam switch of only 5 degrees. By 1358 this had built up to be problematic for the Archangel (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. CRI advance publicity said it would be broadcasting live coverage in English of the opening of Shanghai Expo, April 30 at 12-14 UT. So I look around for it at 1225. Unfortunately, there are no English relays via Canada or Cuba during this hour.
At 1227 I do find 11825 with an official speaking in English about how great the Expo will be for the world at large, and then he says some more words in Chinese, presumably consecutively translating himself.
Thank god for CNR1 jammers, of which 11825 is one, vs VOA Chinese via Philippines, itself inaudible. // 11785 and many other frequencies. At 1234 played a bit of Blue Danube, rather incongruous on the Huangpu.
Surely the Expo special will be on the 1300 English relays? No, at 1305, 9650 via Canada is in ordinary China Drive program from Beijing! With heavy QRM from RNW in Dutch via Philippines. And so is // 9570 via Cuba, with usual defective modulation. Talking about irrelevant weather in Beijing alternating English and Chinese. So much for that.
Also, 11805 has an open carrier at 1229 so I stand by for what`s next: at 1230 sharp, CNR1 echo jamming starts at exactly the same time as VOA Chinese starts, scheduled oddly from the half-hour via Thailand. Here both are audible, but the jamming atop, of course. At least this is // 11825 et al., with the Shanghai special (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake April 30: 15730, fair at 1315, aside Sweden 15735, but what`s to jam on 15730? Today`s edition of Aoki does not show anything, except Sound of Hope on 15750 varies 15700-15795, so probably jumped here today, altho supposedly in a break at 13-14 between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan sites.
13100, fair at 1310
12600, good at 1310
10440, good at 1318 with het from something, ute?
10300, poor at 1318, much weaker than 10440, why?
Not found anywhere else 8-19 MHz, not even 8400 at 1323. Former regular spot 9000 has not been heard for several weeks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Checking DCJC behavior against WRMI 9955: monitoring from 2057 April 29 hearing nothing, but first jampulsing starts at 2058.5 and more pile on quickly to make wall of noise inaudiblizing any trace of WRMI, scheduled to broadcast WORLD OF RADIO at 2100 on Thursdays. Thanks a lot, Arnie, my friend in Habana! What a crock (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUYANA. Making progress DXing reactivated GBC: last time no carrier at all, but April 30 at 0548 I do detect a carrier on 3290, weaker than the RTTY on 3287; and far too much T-storm static from Kansas to pull anything thru it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, R. Kuwait in English this Thursday instead of Arabic last Thursday: April 29 at 2050 going from rock music to final news summary, starting with red shirts in Thailand. I don`t think there was a single item about Kuwait; are there any at 1830? 2053.7 back to music, YL song about love (is this allowed by Islam?). 2058 segué to another song but fade it down by 2058.5 for standard sign-off once again giving wrong frequency 11990, and imaginary 15110 for English at 05-08. 2059.4 brief NA by military band. 2100 accurate 5+1 timesignal, Y L Arabic ID, news fanfare and news, this time staying on until 2106.6*. Signal was fair with deep fades (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6045, looking for reactivated XEXQ at 0550 April 30: there are two very weak carriers on slightly different frequencies, and we know SLP is axually on 6044.93 or so. At 1218 audible with classical music but too much T-storm and line noise. Julián Santiago Díez de Bonilla says they finally got needed replacement part from the transmitter manufacturer in Chile (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 15510, April 30 at 1357, ``Love Story`` snippet of music again today like April 27, then Dari announcement. Must be a regular program theme. And this time no modulation cutouts from VOR service to Afghanistan via Krasnodar, per Aoki, Samara per EiBi and HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9980, WWCR-4 again with Pastor Pete Peters, Friday April 30 at 1224, proffering instruxions on how to get him on public access TV, where ``they play us for nothing!``. Unsolid signal compared to huge strength of // WTWW 9479. But after 1300, 9980 also reached overload level. WWCR program guide still hasn`t been updated to show his true hours instead of temp fill programming on WWCR-4; I suppose it will be in early May. SFAW website, is it up to date? Leaves UTC field blank but default time seems to be CDT = UT -5 to which we have added UT:
WWCR SFAW Broadcast Schedule:
7 days a week 9:00PM-10:00PM 5890 0200-0300
Mon-Sat 7:00AM-10:00AM 9980 1200-1500
7 days a week 7:00PM- 9:00PM 9980 0000-0200
Sunday Only 11:00AM- 2:00PM 9980 1600-1900
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN [non]. Confirmed the Chinese broadcast from somewhere on 12035, splashed by Cuba 12030, April 29 at 2241 with ID, sacred choral music, 2242-2245* VR IS. Did NOT conclude with ``This is the Voice of America, Washington DC, signing off`` but presumably IBB TINIAN as scheduled in collusion with the RCC to the exclusion of any other religious broadcaster (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VENEZUELA [non]. The Bolivarians continue to get screwed by the Cubans, not getting their money`s worth due to defective transmitters employed for RNV relays. 11705, April 30 at 1245 check and later, horrible crackling modulation. But it`s good enough for communist government work (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ALBANIA. 13640, R. Tirana, April 30 at 2012 in English, S9+15 during music, then ``Albanian Outstanding Personalities Profile``, trouble is I couldn`t catch his name, a ``humanist`` and Catholic priest in 1474. Maybe they mean humanitarian? After a few minutes, rest of transmission was music until 2027 goodbye, theme and cut off air before it could finish.
Later, from DW news May 1 at 0615 on 7325 via Portugal, I learned that this was a big day in Tirana, a demonstration by 200,000 supporters of the Socialist opposition against the validity of last June`s elexion. I sure wish I had heard how R. Tirana itself covered that in the first 12 minutes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANTARCTICA. Since I had heard LRA36 virtually every weekday for two weeks, checked Saturday May 1 just in case, but not even a carrier on 15476 or a 4-kHz het with 15480, around 1330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake May 1:
10240, good at 1320, unusual frequency
10440, equally good at 1320
12600, fair at 1326
12960, good at 1326, not on 12970 or 12950 today
13970, good at 1326
None others found 8-19 MHz.
However, checking 15540 at 1332 I hear weak CNR1 jamming // much stronger 15285 and 15265; nothing else audible on 15540, so I wonder if V. of Tibet`s expanded broadcast is really contracted now out of this timeslot. But unlike the DentroCubans, the ChiCom are pretty astute at avoiding jamming against nothing, even if we can`t hear the victim.
And at 1434 I find a poor and fluttery CNR1 on 17560 // 15285. This is to jam V. of Tibet due northeast from MADAGASCAR at 1400-1430, unheard. As of today this VOT broadcast is at 1400-1430 only, ex 1330-1430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CYPRUS. Over-the-horizon radar pulses covering 25 kHz, presumed from here, May 1 at 1329, poor on 14555-14580 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KURDISTAN [non]. 11530, M singer ululating May 1 at 0450, surely must be V. of Mesopotamia via Mykolayiv, UKRAINE; and no WYFR QRM. Then checking its latest sked, I see I lucked into a gap between the 0400-0445 Portuguese broadcast and French from 0500 on 11530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, R. Kuwait in English, Friday April 30: at 1933 UT ``This Day in History``, detailed features on Casey Jones, end of Vietnam War, then a bunch of short items: 1770, David Thompson born, something to do with Canada. 1803, Louisiana Purchase. 1870 Lehár born. 1948 first Land Rover exhibited. 1957 Egypt reopens Suez Canal. 1993 Balanchine becomes director of NYC Ballet. This lasted until 1942 UT, co-narrated by Paul Kennedy and a YL, probably Arab whose name I couldn`t catch. Was there anything about Kuwait? If so, I missed it.
RK puts more effort into its TDIH than VOA or VOI, 2 or 3 minutes each. Is this on daily at 1930? Skipping any day is surely out of the question. However, this also means less attention necessary to current events. Doing a decent job of covering breaking news is best left to SW broadcasters on the level of VOA, DW and BBC.
Reception usually holds up till sign-off 2100v* but at next check today at 2052 had become JBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** LAOS [non]. 11785 via WHRI, Hmong World Christian Radio, May 1 at 1324 with traditional music but messed up by talkover, plus heavy CCI from Chinese radio war. HWCR is Saturdays only at 1300-1330.
BTW, I still check occasionally for V. of Biafra International via WHRI during its last-known transmission which vanished in December, Friday 19-20 on 15665, including April 30, and so far have not found any surprise comeback. Have VOBI abandoned their dream of independence from those SOBs in the rest of Nigeria? We need more radio countries! Beyond the NASWA convention of once-a-country, always-a-country (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. 19m was hopping and even 16m, around 0430
May 1: best from 17880 and 17615 with Radio Free Asia in Chinese, via Saipan and Tinian respectively, or so I think rather than the ChiCom CNR1 jamming which surely accompanies it in Asia. However, at next check 0610, everything was dead above 13 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. BSKSA HQS, still running two nearby frequencies at once, contrary to known schedule, May 1 at 1336 on 17615 // 17625, only fair-poor with RFI in French amid on 17620. 17615 is supposed to change to 17625 at 1200. But at 1423 check, now it`s only 17615, not 17625 which apparently axually closed at 1400 as it is scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. Brother Scare is back on WWCR: May 1 at 0454 on 5890, no longer // 5935 DGS, which was rather pointless. WWCR has put up new pdf program grid as of May 1, showing BS:
M-F 15-20 13845
Daily 04-11 5890
The SFAW/PPP sked on WWCR now also matches what we had in last report. No changes to WORLD OF RADIO`s six times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also USA, WBCQ for more BS
** TURKEY. 11980, at 0449 May 1, good with nice but very repetitive ME music; I was beginning to think it was an IS, but varied somewhat over time. 0500 one-pip timesignal about one second late, W&M with Turkish announcements, news? 0504 back to music but weakening. It`s TRT Çakirlar, 04-06 at 310 degrees to Europe and consequently NAm beyond (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO on WWCR: #1510 confirmed on 15825, Friday April 30 starting at 2030:10, poor here with no Es to help; also ending by 1657 so it must have started a bit early, Saturday May 1 on 12160, good now with some sporadic E in play, and no looping. Next airings are: UT Sun 0230 on 4840, 0630 on 3215, 2330 on 9980, Mon 0330 on 5890 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17920.4v, KVOH whining spur audible April 30 at 2006, from strong 17775. As usual the match on 17629.6v was much weaker, but same pitch of whine detectable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9330, May 1 at 1433 fair with a preacher in Amerenglish citing Hebrews, something new here, with splash from VOK 9335. O yeah, it`s the Good Friends Radio Network which has just bought 12 hours a day on WBCQ, 13-01 UT, and thus knox out all the other bits of programming, which had appeared on 9330 between those hours: that infomercial at 18-19, World of Radio rarely at 1900-1930, Amos `n` Andy at 1930-1940; and Area 51 (93?) later in evening. Did not notice whether this 9330 transmission is still CUSB, but at this hour CLSB would be better vs P`yongyang.
It`s also bad news for R. Damascus, Syria, which will now have WBCQ co-channel at all its times using 9330, so we can only hope 12085 will be funxional in more ways than one.
WBCQ schedule update http://www.wbcq.com/?tag=schedule confirms this, as well as another timechange for the DX programs via Area 51 Sunday evenings on 5110-CUSB: Pirates Week at 0200-0230 UT Mondays, International Radio Report at 0230-0300 UT Mondays.
Brother Scare is also ``back`` on WBCQ 7415 now:
Saturday-Thursday 8 pm-11 pm (0000-0300 UT Sun-Fri) and
Friday 9 pm-11 pm (0100-0300 UT Sat)
I wasn`t aware he had gone away, having given up bothering with 7415 during those times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
1 APRIL 2010
0004 99.7 WOOF AL Dothan, "Continuous soft rock 99-7 WOOF-FM", 813 miles
0014 106.7 KLJZ LA Port Sulphur/New Orleans,"The best of old school and todays R&B", 525 miles
0023 89.7 WUSF FL Tampa, "All night jazz on 89.7 WUSN", announcements; 935 miles
0038 104.7 WRBQ FL Tampa, "Q-105","Tampa Bay's oldies Q-105", 935 miles
0042 98.9 WBZE FL Tallahassee, "Star 98-9", pop/mix; 850 miles
0700 99.7 WMC TN Memphis; "FM-100 WMC-FM Memphis" top-40/pop, 775 miles
2 APRIL 2010
0457 107.3 WRGV FL Pensacola, "107-3 The Groove" old school-jamz, R&B, 670 miles
0508 99.7 WOOF AL Dothan, local wx, "Continuous soft rock 99-7 WOOF-FM", 813 miles
0518 106.5 WOCY FL Carrabelle; "The Oyster, 106.5 WOCY" C&W, 800 miles
0528 106.3 WSBZ FL Miramar Beach, "The Seabreeze 106.3", smooth jazz, 735 miles*
0535 104.9 WHTF FL Havana-Tallahassee; "Hot 104-9", "Kidd Kraddick in the morning", 852 miles*
0545 105.3 WBFZ AL Selma, urban/R&B, ads, 745 miles*
0552 105.5 WFCT FL Apalachicola,"The Coast 105.5 playing America's best music", soft rock, 800 miles*
0559 106.9 WBPT AL Birmingham, "Birmingham's new classic hits station 106-9 The Eagle", 815 miles*
0604 105.1 WQJQ MS Kosciusko-Jacskon, "Jackson's great hits Q-105.1", 620 miles
0611 98.9 WBZE FL Tallahassee, "Star 98-9", pop/mix; 850 miles
0613 104.7 WAAZ FL Crestview, wx for Crestview, obits, Dolly Parton; 730 miles*
0621 104.5 WXRR MS Hattiesburg, "ROCK-104 morning crew"; 620 miles
0628 103.5 WAKT FL Callaway, "Big-D and Bubba in the morning" "HANK-FM", 780 miles 0633 97.3 WRAK GA Bainbridge-Albany, "Albany's 97-3 GEN-X-RADIO", 850 miles
0653 95.1 WBPC FL Panama City Beach, "The New Beach 95.1", classic hits, 780 miles
0701 94.9 WKSJ AL Mobile; "95-KSJ", Mobile traffic, modern country, 667 miles
0704 94.7 WTBF AL Brundidge, announcememts, obits, ad "Troy Bank and Trust", mention of "Troy University", "We're having a little atmospheric interference with our signal...as is everybody right now", 790 miles
0716 94.3 WNFB FL Lake City, "Mix 94.3", lite rock. 925 miles
0722 93.7 WRJM AL Geneva-Dothan, "Kickin Country 93.7" morning crew singing "Mustang Sally"on the "Friday morning free for all", playing "Sweet Home Alabama" and then AC-DC "You shook me all night long" sounds more like a classic rock than a country station! 770 miles
0829 99.3 WBVV MS Guntown-Tupelo, "gospel 99-3", gospel Christian mx, 780 miles*
4 APR 2010
0255 97.3 WRAK GA Bainbridge-Albany, "Albany's 97-3 GEN-X-RADIO", 850 miles
0304 98.9 WBZE FL Tallahassee, "Star 98-9", pop/mix; 850 miles
0311 94.9 WTNT FL Tallahassee, "It's After Midnight on 94-9 TNT, Tallahassee's best country!", 850 miles
0333 99.7 WOOF AL Dothan, "Continuous soft rock 99-7 WOOF-FM", 813 miles
0335 99.3 WEBZ FL Mexico Beach-Panama City,"99-3 the BEAT" local wx, 780 miles
0347 96.7 WLYX GA Valdosta, urban/hip-hop/R&B "LICKS-96, Valdosta, Georgia, WLYX 96.7-FM", 900 miles*
0355 93.5 WPBH FL Port St. Joe-Panama City; "ROCK 93-5" Classic Rock, 780 miles
0400 91.5 WFSQ FL Tallahassee, ID, promo's, classical music; 850 miles
0414 94.1 WMEZ FL Pensacola, "Soft Rock 94.1", 671 miles
0419 94.3 WTIX LA Galliano-New Orleans, jingle "WTIX New Orleans TIX-FM", oldies; 490 miles
0424 93.7 WRJM AL Geneva-Dothan, "Kickin Country 93-7", promo for "The Barn" in Dothan; 770 miles
0429 92.3 WDVW LA Laplace-New Orleans, "New Orleans mix 92.3", 485 miles*
0436 95.7 WQPW GA Valdosta, "We are the at work station for Valdosta, 95.7 The MIX", 900 miles*
0441 100.7 WJLQ FL Pensacola, "Today's hit music, i-100" ads, 670 miles
0444 103.1 WWOF FL Tallahassee, "103-1 the WOLF", C&W, 850 miles
0456 104.9 WHTF FL Havana-Tallahassee; "Todays hit music 104-9"; 852 miles
0500 105.3 WSTI GA Valdosta, Sunday morning gospel show, ID, ads, Star 105.3; 900 miles
0513 105.5 WFCT FL Apalachicola,"105.5 The Coast, playing the best music in the Panhandle" 800 miles
0540 106.7 WKMX AL Enterprise, "106-7 KMX" rock; 780 miles
0606 106.7 WOKA GA Douglas "Dixie Country 106.7", wx for south Georgia. high tomorrow 90; 956 miles
0630 105.3 WDBT AL Headland-Dothan; "News-Talk 105.3, The Voice of the Wiregrass" promo Sean Hannity, 812 miles*
0745 104.7 WAAZ FL Crestview-Ft. Walton Beach; EZ listening-nostalgia, ads, PSA's, 730 miles; "You'll never walk alone" instrumental mx, mention of Ft. Walton Beach, PSA for election poling places; promo "CBS news on top of the hour"
0812 95.9 WBBN MS Taylorsville-Laurel-Hattiesburg; C&W "Pine Belt Country B-95"; 615 miles.
much more to come...looks like this will go on through Wednesday!
5 APR 2010
0234 105.3 WBFZ AL Selma, gospel music "Z-105.3", election PSA's,745 miles*
0251 104.9 WSLY AL York-Meridian, MS; ID,"ESPN 104-9, ESPN Sports center", 697 miles*
0324 96.3 WUSJ MS Madison-Jackson, "US 96.3-Country", 597 miles*
0344 100.1 WDXX AL Selma,C&W "DIXIE-100 WDXX"; PSA "Alabama National Guard", 765 miles*
0353 100.9 WALX AL Orrville-Selma, ID, "Alex-FM" "serving central Alabama", classic hits, 767 miles*
0356 99.7 WOOF AL Dothan, ads, "Continuous soft rock 99-7 WOOF-FM", 813 miles
0414 101.5 WYNK LA Baton Rouge, C&W, jingle ID;
0421 101.3 "BEST 101" C&W, ads
0439 96.7 KMYO LA Morgan City, ads with mention of Houma, "96.7 Dan-FM"; promo LSU Tigers, "oldies 96.7", 461 miles
6 APR 2010
0020 107.7 WMGF FL Mount Dora-Orlando "Today's Magic", lite rock, 998 miles
ads, mention of central Florida, "TOday's MAGIc, all the HITS from yesterday and TODAY"
0032 107.3 WRGV FL Pensacola, "107-3 The Groove" old school-jamz, R&B, 670 miles
0037 97.5 WABB AL Mobile-Pensacola, "The Gulf Coast's Hit Music Station", 670 miles
0438 96.7 WBAP TX Flower Mound, "Midnight Trucker"; 475 miles
0516 95.7 KSSN AR Little Rock, "The New Kissin 95-7", 660 miles
0559 104.7 WZZK AL Birmingham, "Rick and Bubba", ID, wx & traffic, 815 miles
0605 105.5 WNSP AL Mobile "WNSP-Sports Center- 105.5", 670 miles
0608 105.5 WERC AL Hoover-Birmingham, "Talk Radio 105.5", "WAKE UP-BIRMINGHAM!"
0612 106.1 WRRX FL Gulf Breeze-Pensacola, "Magic 106.1" news and traffic; 685 miles
0621 106.9 WBPT AL Birmingham, "Birmingham's classic hits station 106-9 The Eagle", 815 miles
0626 107.7 WUHT AL Birmingham, "HOT 107-7, Birmingham's #1 for R&B", 815 miles
0642 105.1 WQJQ MS Kosciusko-Jacskon, "Jackson's great hits Q-105.1", 620 miles
0659 99.3 WHER MS Heidelberg-Laurel; "The pine belt's home for classic country - Eagle 99", 625 miles
0711 98.9 WBAM MS Montgomery, C&W, "Bama Country 98.9", birthday list; 805 miles
1820 94.9 WKSJ AL Mobile; "95-KSJ", modern country, 667 miles
1836 102.7 KTXJ TX Jasper; "Solid Gospel", preaching, 406 miles
1847 104.7 KNEK LA Washington-Baton Rouge, "MAGIC 104.7" urban/R&B/old school;440 miles
1857 98.7 KKST LA Oakdale-Alexandria; "Kiss 98.7"; 455 miles
2112 93.7 WRJM AL Geneva-Dothan, "Kickin Country 93-7", 770 miles
2121 97.3 WRAK GA Bainbridge-Albany, promo's "Albany's 97-3 GEN-X-RADIO", 850 miles
2132 98.9 WBAM AL Montgomery, C&W, "Bama Country 98.9"; 805 miles
2136 99.7 WOOF AL Dothan, "Continuous soft rock 99-7 WOOF-FM", 813 miles
2140 100.5 WOYS FL Apalachicola "Oyster Radio", soft rock, 800 miles
"Oyster Radio", promo antique fair
2158 102.7 WPHK FL Blountstown-Bristol, ID, "keep your dial on 102.7 Pure Country", 806 miles
2225 103.1 WWOF FL Tallahassee, "103-1 the WOLF", C&W, 850 miles
2231 103.1 WMXZ FL Valparaiso-Ft. Walton Beach;"Todays best music, MIX 103.1", 742 miles
2238 104.7 WAAZ FL Crestview-Ft. Walton Beach; ID, "The GOOD COUNTRY", 730 miles
2244 105.3 KTWL TX Hempstead,"TEXAS MIX 105.3, We play COUNTRY the way it USE to be!",outlaw country, 310 miles
2251 106.1 WSTH AL Alexander City, "South 106-1" modern C&W. 851 miles
2301 101.3 WQIL GA Chauncey, southern gospel "Quill-FM spreads the Gospel"; 961 miles
2316 103.3 WMXS AL Montgomery, "Mix 103" light rock, 805 miles
2324 103.5 WAKT FL Callaway, "HANK-FM, we play EVERYTHING COUNTRY", 780 miles
2335 97.5 WABB AL Mobile-Pensacola, "The Gulf Coast's Hit Music Station", 670 miles
9 APRIL 2010 tropo
0644 90.5 WBVM FL Tampa, "New music first on SPIRIT-FM" 935 miles
0700 94.9 WWRM FL Tampa Bay; " MAGIC 94-9" light rock, 920 miles
0703 93.3 WFLZ FL Tampa "MJ Morning Show", "93-3 FLZ" 935 miles
0709 89.7 WUSF FL Tampa; "WUSF 89.7 news", wx, TC EDT "8:09am", NPR's "Morning Edition", 935 miles
0716 95.7 WBTP FL Clearwater-Tampa, "Steve Harvey Morning Show on 95-7 the Beat", 935 miles
0722 98.7 WSJT FL Holmes Beach-Tampa Bay, WSJT 98.7 The smoothest place on your radio, 945 miles*
0748 103.5 WFUS FL Gulfport-Tampa; "US 103-5", modern C&W 933 miles
"US 103-5" C&W
Tropo to NC Outer Banks now over 320 miles. The best so far tonight is WRHT 96.3 Morehead City NC at 322 miles.
101.3 WWDE Hampton VA, 174 miles, 2215
107.1 WTFK Atlantic NC, 308 miles, 2120, „The Talk Station‰, Dave Ramsey show
107.7 WJCD Windsor VA, 179 miles, 2130, smooth jazz, ad for Hampton Jazz Festival
96.3 WRHT Morehead City NC, 322 miles, 2142, „The All New Thunder Country‰, Jacksonville ads
97.1 WYND Hattaras NC, 246 miles, 2230, ESPN
101.9 WIKS New Bern NC, 296 miles,2310, urban/rap
100.5 WRCH New Britian CT, 221 miles, 0915 ™"Lite 100.5"
100.3 WHTZ Newark NJ, 132 miles, 2240 Z100. My 500th FM station
101.5 WCFA-LP, Cape May NJ, 2250, 47 miles, jazz, Center for the Performing Arts and call IDs, 83 watts, my best catch of the event
106.7 WLTW New York NY, 2335, 132 miles, Lite FM
107.3 WRQX-HD2 Washington DC, 83 miles, 0740, HD lock but no signal
93.1 WPOC-HD2 Baltimore MD, 60 miles, 0750, HD lock but no signal.
This is the first time I've gotten the HD2 locks from these stations
12 new stations logged, but I didn't get any of the mega-tropo to Florida on April 4. Either I went to bed too early or the duct was to my east.
89.9 WKCR, New York NY (Columbia University), 0930, 128 miles, call ID and what sounded like a pledge drive or something, over local WOEL-Elkton MD. Not bad for only 630 watts.
Last night's FM cx were good from the start of the evening with NYC, Philly, Delmarva and NC coastal stations all coming in at various times last night. Nothing new but relogs between 200 and 700 miles. Then around 2:45 things started to go long...The APRS map looked very similar to June 19 and 20 of 2007.
Around 2:55 am last night another local dxer (Jeff Lehmann) and I were sitting on 88.5 trying to figure out the rap music we heaing. We knew it wasn't WFCR or WXPN then as the signal got stronger we heard the announcers mention WMNF!!! That's Tampa and a distance of 1181 miles from Hingham. A short while later WHTQ from Orlando was booming in on 96.5. All of this ended by 3:30. Jeff had a few more stations from the area. While both of these were overall relogs they were new via Tropo. Not the longest tropo catches we've had (the June 20 2007 West Palm Beach and Miami catches were a little longer) but tonights catches also were over a 150 mile strretch of land in Florida.
The duct grew shorter after that and shifted NE into New Brunswick and Nova Scotia with some huge signals but by then I was too darn tired and turned in.
A dry front came through and has knocked back the east coast tropo somewhat now but look for it to come back again later this afternoon and evening as winds shift to the SW up here in the Northeast.
We have a short column this month with only one submission from Kevin Redding. See then end of the article for their website.
Kevin Redding – Cosmic Crump, TN, Center of the Known Universe
Written by Kate Lochte
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 10:51
HOPKINS COUNTY, KY - Listeners in Madisonville, Hopkins County and its bordering counties have a new public radio signal at 90.9 FM, Madisonville, a repeater for 91.3 FM, WKMS, Murray State's listener -supported public radio service.
Also, listeners in Madisonville now have a new all-classical channel 24 hours a day on the WKMS translator, 105.1 FM, now programming the WKMS HD-2 channel.
Madisonville Community College (MCC) President Dr. Judith L. Rhoads says, "Listening to public radio is a part of my life. Listening to the different programs is inspirational and educational. Many times I feel like I have attended the symphony. I love public radio!"
"Offering this service has been within WKMS sights for some time," says Murray State University President Dr. Randy J. Dunn, "and we are happy to expand our engagement with the Madisonville community. Our outreach is already significant with MSU’s extended campus offerings at Madisonville Community College and this represents an additional step in fulfilling Murray State University’s commitment to the service region."
WKMS and MCC are also partnering with local first responders with Madisonville City Police and the Hopkins County Sheriff's Department to install their communication equipment on the new tower. MCC Dean of Business Ray Gillaspie says, "The timing was perfect for this collaboration which will improve public safety communications in our community and do so with shared facilities and a reduction in cost."
The new 90.9 FM repeater is transmitting at slightly over 20,000 watts from a new tower on the MCC campus. WKMS Station Manager Kate Lochte says "90.9 FM is engineered to reach listeners in parts of Union, Webster, Davies, McLean, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Christian counties previously outside a public radio signal area, so we look forward to serving this expanded area."
For more information about Murray State's public radio service, including 91.3 FM, Murray, 90.9 FM and classical 105.1 Madisonville, 92.5 FM Paducah, and 99.5 FM Paris, Tennessee, as well as 91.3 WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 and two channels streaming at www.wkms.org, call 800-599-4737 or browse www.wkms.org.
Information provided to iSurf by Kate Lochte
Posted by Karen Klay Orange - iSurf News
Loggings and stations
No loggings this month.
From: Galva (NW) Iowa
Dates: Jun 4-21, 1950
Radio: Zenith tablemodel
Antenna: Wire strung out basement window
Sun Jun 4 thru Sun 18--vacationing somewhere
Mon Jun 19
0050 KID 1350 ID Idaho Falls r/s
0115 WHHM 1340 TN Memphis r/s all night show
0117 WROB 1450 MS West Point f/c
0155 KHQ 590 WA Spokane r/s
0200 KALL 910 UT Salt Lake City s/off
0205 CKXL 1140 AB Calgary s/off
0219 WLOU 1350 KY Louisville f/c
0228 WARC 950 NY Rochester r/s
0300 WNEW 1130 NY New York r/s
0329 KDON 1460 CA Santa Cruz r/s
0332 KFAC 1330 CA Los Angeles r/s
0333 WADC 1350 OH Akron r/s
0335 KSTL 690 MO St. Louis E/T
0340 WTOP 1500 DC Washington r/s
0344 KLPM 1390 ND Minot f/c
0357 WDXI 1310 TN Jackson s/on
0359 KRJF 1340 MT Miles City f/c
0405 KMYR 1340 CO Denver r/s
1945 KEYD 1440 MN Minneapolis r/s
2255 KYW 1060 PA Philadelphia r/s
Tue Jun 20, 1950
0007 KNED 1460 OK McAlester s/off
0040 WEAU 790 WI Eau Claire E/T
0105 KDAL 610 MN Duluth r/s
0133 KXLK 1400 MT Great Falls f/c
0135 KXEO 1340 MO Mexico f/c
0202 WJPS 1330 IN Evansville r/s
0206 KTLN 990 CO Denver NRC DX
0217 WCMA 1230 MS Corinth f/c
0219 WENK 1240 TN Union City f/c
0232 KCIM 1380 IA Carroll E/T new stn
0302 KFH 1330 KS Wichita E/T
2400 KWNO 1230 MN Winona s/off
Wed Jun 21, 1950
0035 KABC 680 TX San Antonio r/s
0046 WNOW 1250 PA York E/T
0104 CFRN 1260 AB Calgary r/s s/off
0106 WEDR 1220 AL Birmingham E/T
0119 KMO 1360 WA Tacoma r/s
0122 KTOE 1420 MN Mankato E/T
0130 KOEL 950 IA Oelwein E/T new stn
0131 KMMO 1300 MO Marshall NRC DX
0135 WHIR 1230 KY Danville f/c
0145 KBTA 1340 AR Batesville f/c
0200 KNAK 1280 UT Salt Lake City s/off
0201 WZOB 1250 AL Fort Payne E/T new stn
0215 WJPF 1340 IL Herrin f/c
0220 WKPT 1400 TN Kingsport f/c
0230 WRMN 1410 IL Elgin E/T
0313 WFUN 1450 AL Huntsville f/c
0319 WVOK 690 AL Birmingham f/c
0320 KVOX 1340 MN Moorhead f/c
0325 WCLO 1230 WI Janesville f/c
Thu June 22, 1950
0007 KHMO 1070 MO Hannibal s/off
Sat Jun 24, 1950
0035 KWPM 1450 MO West Plains f/c
0108 KCOG 1400 IA Centerville f/c
0112 KBRS 1340 AR Springdale f/c
0120 KWON 1400 OK Bartlesville f/c
0122 WLAC 1510 TN Nashville r/s
0124 KWBE 1450 NE Beatrice f/c
Sun Jun 25, 1950
0006 WDAK 1340 GA Columbus f/c
0045 KFBC 1240 WY Cheyenne r/s
0213 KJCK 1420 KS Junction City E/T move from1570
0217 KFVD 1020 CA Los Angeles r/s
Mon Jun 26, 1950
0114 KOJM 730 MT Havre f/c
0200 WEDC 1240 IL Chicago r/s
Tue Jun 27, 1950
0130 KMJ 580 CA Fresno r/s
Wed Jun 28 thru Thu Jul 6--out of town
Fri Jul 7, 1950
2230 1430 KTUL OK Tulsa r/s
Sun Jul 9, 1950
0054 1450 WHTC MI Holland f/c
0100 1490 WLAU MS Laurel f/c
0113 1480 KYOS CA Merced r/s
2306 1290 WHIO OH Dayton r/s
Mon Jul 10, 1950
0002 1400 KOLN NE Lincoln s/off
0206 1400 KWSL LA Lake Charles f/c
Tue Jul 11, 1950
0123 1400 KCLA AR Pine Bluff f/c
0124 1240 KFMO MO Flat River f/c
Thu Jul 13, 1950
0010 970 XEJ MEX Ciudad Juarez r/s
0015 1230 KSWS NM Roswell r/s
0223 1340 WJOI AL Florence f/c
0244 1410 KCOL CO Fort Collins f/c
Fri Jul 14, 1950
0002 1470 KSPR WY Casper r/s
0033 1490 KWOR WY Worland r/s
0116 1490 WTOM IN Bloomington f/c
0120 1150 KJBC TX Midland E/T new stn
0125 950 KFEL CO Denver r/s
0130 1190 KLIF TX Dallas r/s
0200 1510 KGA WA Spokane r/s
0236 1450 KRIC TX Beaumont f/c
0300 1400 WBTH WV Williamson f/c
0308 1150 WAPO TN Chattanooga r/s
0315 1240 KDEC IA Decorah f/c
0315 1240 KWLC IA Decorah f/c shared time stations
0322 1310 WNAE PA Warren r/s
Tue Jul 18, 1950
0030 1220 WGAR OH Cleveland r/s
0101 1350 KGHF CO Pueblo s/off
0145 990 WDWD GA Dawson E/T or f/c
0204 1430 WDBL TN Springfield E/T new stn
0223 1450 KWRL WY Riverton f/c
0226 1360 KVRS WY Rock Springs f/c
0307 1230 WCPO OH Cincinnati r/s
0313 1430 WIL MO St. Louis r/s
Wed Jul 19, 1950
0019 1470 KRBC TX Abilene r/s
0100 1460 WAFB LA Baton Rouge r/s
0103 1440 KJAY KS Topeka r/s
0110 1240 KXLJ MT Helena f/c
0117 1440 KFDA TX Amarillo r/s
0130 1490 KBOW MT Butte f/c
Fri Jul 21, 1950
0150 1470 WATS PA Sayre running AN flood rpt
0200 1340 KLMR CO Lamar r/s spl rpt
0208 1460 WHEC NY Rochester r/s
0221 1340 KVER NM Albuquerque f/c
0236 1490 KCNI NE Broken Bow E/T
0308 1490 KWEW NM Hobbs f/c
0345 1250 WCAE PA Pittsburgh r/s
0400 1290 WTOC GA Savannah s/on
0400 1290 WNBF NY Binghampton s/on
Sat Jul 22, 1950
0030 1070 KFBI KS Wichita r/s
0055 790 KGHL MT Billings r/s
0108 1400 KTXC TX Big Spring f/c
0120 1450 KIRX MO Kirksville f/c
0121 1490 KXAR AR Hope f/c
0210 1240 KAVE NM Carlsbad f/c
Mon Jul 24, 1950
0015 1450 KVMV ID Twin Falls r/s
0110 1270 WMPM NC Smithfield E/T or DX TEST
Tue Jul 25, 1950
0110 1240 KCRT CO Trinidad s/off
0130 1450 KOPO AZ Tucson r/s
0145 1240 KWAK AR Stuttgart f/c
0200 1230 KFUN NM Las Vegas f/c
0210 1450 KTIP CA Porterville s/off
0230 1450 KGFF OK Shawnee f/c
Wed Jul 26, 1950
0100 1470 KXOA CA Sacramento r/s
0111 1490 KDRS AR Paragould f/c
0120 1450 KXLR AR Little Rock f/c
0123 1390 WTJS TN Jackson f/c
0125 1400 KTTS MO Springfield f/c
0135 1400 KSIW OK Woodward f/c
0145 1230 WHSY MS Hattiesburg f/c
0232 1440 WSFA AL Montgomery r/s
0330 1340 KVOL LA Lafayette f/c
0345 1430 WNAV MD Annapolis r/s
0350 1400 WFPA AL Fort Payne f/c
Thu Jul 27, 1950
0005 1290 WIRL IL Peoria s/off
0108 1450 WLAP KY Lexington f/c
0155 1340 WTRC IN Elkhart f/c
Tue Aug 1, 1950
0105 1280 WFYC MI Alma E/T
0157 1490 KDMO MO Carthage f/c
Wed Aug 2, 1950
0009 1360 KXGI IA Fort Madison E/T
0030 1470 KARE KS Atchison (x-KVAK) flood rpt
0105 1370 KGNO KS Dodge City E/T
0115 1280 KNBY AR Newport f/c
0120 920 KUSD SD Vermillion E/T
0130 1290 KDMS AR El Dorado f/c
0145 1240 WLOK OH Lima f/c
0200 930 WKCT KY Bowling Green f/c
0213 950 WKNA WV Charleston f/c
0240 1490 WIGM WI Meford f/c
0250 1400 KAYS KS Hays f/c
0300 1400 WGRC KY Louisville r/s
0305 1490 KBZY MN Grand Rapids f/c
0325 1190 KWHK KS Hutchinson flood rpt
Thu Aug 3, 1950
0045 1360 WELR AL Roanoke E/T
0245 990 KTRM TX Beaumont E/T
Sun Aug 6, 1950
0109 1440 KILO ND Grand Forks flood rpt
Mon Aug 7 thru Mon Aug 21---vacationing somewhere
Tue Aug 22, 1950
0001 1410 KRIG TX Odessa s/off
0017 1320 KXYZ TX Houston r/s
0030 1380 KTSM TX El Paso r/s
Wed Aug 23, 1950
0120 1220 KJAN IA Atlantic E/T new station
Thu Aug 24, 1950
0100 1300 KVET TX Austin s/off
0215 1230 KDZA CO Pueblo f/c
0410 930 WBEN NY Buffalo r/s
Fri Aug 25, 1950
0005 1240 WTAX IL Springfield s/off
0152 1400 KELD AR El Dorado f/c
Sat Aug 26, 1950
0150 1330 WLOL MN Minneapolis r/s
0200 680 KNBC CA San Francisco r/s
Sun Aug 27, 1950
0056 1550 KSMO CA San Mateo r/s
0025 1020 WPEO IL Peoria E/T
Mon Aug 28, 1950
0002 920 KDHL MN Faribault s/off
0105 1380 KOTA SD Rapid City s/off
0205 1070 KNX CA Los Angeles r/s
0220 1230 KXO CA El Centro f/c
Tue Aug 29, 1950
0050 1350 WEEK IL Peoria E/T
0400 1280 WHVR PA Hanover s/on
0420 1360 WPPA PA Pottsville r/s
0430 1420 WHK OH Cleveland r/s
0500 1360 WLBK IL DeKalb s/on
Wed Aug 30, 1950
0005 1420 WVJS KY Owensboro s/off
0048 1220 KNCM MO Moberly E/T
0055 940 KFRE CA Fresno r/s
0100 1440 KMED OR Medford r/s
0105 1270 WWCA IN Gary E/T
0130 1250 WDVA VA Danville f/c
0143 1400 WBIP MS Boonville f/c
2200 1370 WCOA FL Pensacola hurricane rpt
Fri Sep 1, 1950
0100 1490 WLCX WI La Crosse s/off
0110 1540 WBNL IN Boonville E/T new stn
0128 1100 KJBS CA San Francisco r/s
0133 1090 KING WA Seattle r/s
0158 1400 KFRU MO Columbia f/c
0202 1350 KCSB CA San Bernardino s/off
0205 1320 CKNW BC New Westminster r/s
0212 1400 KNOX ND Grand Forks f/c
0220 1480 KIEM CA Eureka r/s
0225 1230 WBVP PA Beaver Falls f/c
0230 790 WGRC KY Louisville (x-1400) r/s
Sat Sep 2, 1950
0230 920 KRAM NV Las Vegas r/s
0350 550 WGR NY Buffalo E/T prior to s/on
0400 800 CJAD PQ Montreal s/on
0401 980 KCIJ LA Shreveport E/T
0401 1010 CFRB ON Toronto s/on
0405 1410 WFCB NY Dunkirk r/s
0415 1360 WKOP NY Binghampton r/s
0430 1480 WHBC OH Canton r/s
0454 590 WKZO MI Kalamazoo r/s
0458 960 WABG MS Greenwood s/on
0500 1300 WFMH AL Cullman s/on
0502 1250 WGL IN Fort Wayne s/on
Sun Sep 3, 1950
0030 620 KTAR AZ Phoenix r/s
0100 630 KVOD CO Denver r/s
0200 1230 KOAL UT Price f/c
0210 1400 KREO CA Indio f/c
0215 1490 WBEX OH Chillicothe f/c
0300 1110 KXLA CA Pasadena r/s
0310 1400 KGFL NM Roswell f/c
0330 1240 KSON CA San Diego r/s
0332 1310 CKOY ON Ottawa s/on
0455 1290 KVOA AZ Tucson r/s
Mon Sep 4, 1950
0055 1140 KGDM CA Stockton r/s
0100 1380 WTSP FL St. Petersburg--hurricane rpt
0110 620 WSUN FL St. Petersburg--hurricane rpt
0140 1420 KTRE TX Lufkin f/c
0145 1580 KWED TX Sequin f/c
0200 1430 WLAK FL Lakeland--hurricane rpt
0245 1340 KNOG AZ Nogales f/c
Thu Sep 7, 1950
0145 690 WWEZ LA New Orleans r/s
0332 1370 WDEF TN Chattanooga s/on
0340 750 KSEO OK Durant E/T
0400 1350 WORK PA York s/on
0403 1320 WCOG NC Greensboro s/on
0440 1300 WDKD SC Kingstree r/s
0500 1230 WJBC IL Bloomington s/on
0502 1340 WBIW IN Bedford s/on
0503 1270 WTAL FL Tallahassee r/s
0530 1310 WRR TX Dallas s/on
0530 1320 KXLW MO Clayton s/on
Fri Sep 1, 1950
0100 1490 WLCX WI La Crosse s/off
0110 1540 WBNL IN Boonville E/T new stn
0128 1100 KJBS CA San Francisco r/s
0133 1090 KING WA Seattle r/s
0158 1400 KFRU MO Columbia f/c
0202 1350 KCSB CA San Bernardino s/off
0205 1320 CKNW BC New Westminster r/s
0212 1400 KNOX ND Grand Forks f/c
0220 1480 KIEM CA Eureka r/s
0225 1230 WBVP PA Beaver Falls f/c
0230 790 WGRC KY Louisville (x-1400) r/s
Sat Sep 2, 1950
0230 920 KRAM NV Las Vegas r/s
0350 550 WGR NY Buffalo E/T prior to s/on
0400 800 CJAD PQ Montreal s/on
0401 980 KCIJ LA Shreveport E/T
0401 1010 CFRB ON Toronto s/on
0405 1410 WFCB NY Dunkirk r/s
0415 1360 WKOP NY Binghampton r/s
0430 1480 WHBC OH Canton r/s
0454 590 WKZO MI Kalamazoo r/s
0458 960 WABG MS Greenwood s/on
0500 1300 WFMH AL Cullman s/on
0502 1250 WGL IN Fort Wayne s/on
Sun Sep 3, 1950
0030 620 KTAR AZ Phoenix r/s
0100 630 KVOD CO Denver r/s
0200 1230 KOAL UT Price f/c
0210 1400 KREO CA Indio f/c
0215 1490 WBEX OH Chillicothe f/c
0300 1110 KXLA CA Pasadena r/s
0310 1400 KGFL NM Roswell f/c
0330 1240 KSON CA San Diego r/s
0332 1310 CKOY ON Ottawa s/on
0455 1290 KVOA AZ Tucson r/s
Mon Sep 4, 1950
0055 1140 KGDM CA Stockton r/s
0100 1380 WTSP FL St. Petersburg--hurricane rpt
0110 620 WSUN FL St. Petersburg--hurricane rpt
0140 1420 KTRE TX Lufkin f/c
0145 1580 KWED TX Sequin f/c
0200 1430 WLAK FL Lakeland--hurricane rpt
0245 1340 KNOG AZ Nogales f/c
Thu Sep 7, 1950
0145 690 WWEZ LA New Orleans r/s
0332 1370 WDEF TN Chattanooga s/on
0340 750 KSEO OK Durant E/T
0400 1350 WORK PA York s/on
0403 1320 WCOG NC Greensboro s/on
0440 1300 WDKD SC Kingstree r/s
0500 1230 WJBC IL Bloomington s/on
0502 1340 WBIW IN Bedford s/on
0503 1270 WTAL FL Tallahassee r/s
0530 1310 WRR TX Dallas s/on
0530 1320 KXLW MO Clayton s/on
6-18-84 2009 1440 WROK IL Rockford
6-18-84 2024 1560 KQYX MO Joplin
6-18-84 2028 1600 KNCY NE Nebraska City
6-18-84 2031 1580 KCHA IA Charles City
6-18-84 2053 1580 KZIA NM Albuquerque
6-18-84 2134 1250 KCFI IA Cedar Falls
6-18-84 2329 950 XEYJ MEX Nuevo Rosita
6-18-84 2333 980 XENR MEX Nuevo Rosita
6-18-84 2346 750 HTA NIC Managua
6-19-84 2045 1510 KCCV MO Independence
6-19-84 2225 690 CBF PQ Montreal
6-19-84 2316 1070 WTSO WI Madison
6-19-84 2329 960 XEK MEX Nuevo Laredo
6-20-84 2000 1440 WGEM IL Quincy
6-20-84 2001 1440 KQRS MN Golden Valley
6-20-84 2041 1220 WVLE MN Stillwater
6-20-84 2106 1350 KDIO MN Ortonville
6-20-84 2132 1390 KKCM MN Waite Park
6-20-84 2301 1380 KOTA SD Rapid City
6-20-84 2307 1380 KLIZ MN Brainerd
6-21-84 2012 1430 KRGI NE Grand Island
6-21-84 2105 1300 KSWN NE McCook
6-21-84 2119 1300 KOLY SD Mobridge
6-23-84 2000 1580 KMCD IA Fairfield
6-23-84 2002 1420 WIMS IN Michigan City
6-23-84 2008 1520 KOLM MN Rochester
6-23-84 2024 1250 KBRF MN Fergus Falls
6-23-84 2037 1280 WMRO IL Aurora
6-23-84 2041 1290 WMLR WI Lancaster
6-23-84 2100 1460 KDMA MN Montevideo
6-23-84 2100 1480 KLSC SD Watertown
6-23-84 2129 1220 KDDR ND Oakes
6-23-84 2305 1360 WGEE WI Green Bay
6-23-84 2347 980 KKSS MN Richfield
6-24-84 2043 1450 KATE MN Albert Lea
6-24-84 2104 1410 KOOQ NE North Platte
6-24-84 2355 1360 KKBJ MN Bemidji
6-25-84 2030 1580 KTGR MO Columbia
6-25-84 2045 1100 KKLL MO Webb City
6-25-84 2047 1060 WKKQ MN Hibbing
6-25-84 2100 850 WWJC MN Duluth
6-25-84 2130 1590 KRRK MN East Grand Forks
6-25-84 2252 1270 KLXX ND Mandan
6-25-84 2330 980 WCUB WI Three Rivers
6-26-84 2306 1390 KKOA ND Minot
6-27-84 2037 980 WPRE WI Prarie Du Chien
6-27-84 2045 1290 WCOW WI Sparta
6-27-84 2101 1310 KOKX IA Keokuk
6-27-84 2147 1410 KCLO KS Leavenworth
6-27-84 2257 1550 KQWB ND West Fargo
6-28-84 2006 1480 WISM WI Madison
6-28-84 2018 1490 KBAB IA Indianola
6-28-84 2055 1310 KNOX ND Grand Forks
6-28-84 2111 1460 KRNY NE Kearney
6-28-84 2124 1090 KKBB CO Aurora
6-28-84 2127 1580 KPIK CO Colorado Springs
This daytime bandscan was taken at 1300 5/16/2001 using a DX-398 portable in Mesa,
550 KFYI Phoenix, AZ
570 XEUK Caborca, Sonora MEX.
580 KSAZ Marana, AZ
600 KVNA Flagstaff, AZ
620 KTAR Phoenix, AZ
640 KFI Los Angeles, CA
660 KTNN Window Rock, AZ
690 KVOI Tucson, AZ
710 KUET Black Canyon City, AZ [testing]
720 KDWN Las Vegas, NV
740 KIDR Phoenix, AZ
760 XENY Nogales, Sonora MEX.
780 KAZM Sedona, AZ
790 KNST Tucson, AZ
810 Rel station, UNID
830 KFLT Tucson, AZ
860 KMVP Phoenix, AZ
880 KHAC Tse Bonito, NM
910 KGME Phoenix, AZ
930 KAFF Flagstaff, AZ
940 KCEE [?] Tucson, AZ
960 KCTK Phoenix, AZ
970 KVWM Show, Low, AZ
980 KBBC Lake Havasu, AZ
990 KTKT Tucson, AZ
1010 KXEG Tolleson, AZ
1030 KEVT Cortaro, AZ
1060 KDUS Guadalupe, AZ
1080 KGVY Green Valley, AZ
1100 KFNX Cave Creek, AZ
1130 KQNA Prescott, AZ
1150 KCKY Coolidge, AZ
1190 KMYL Wickenburg, AZ
1210 KQTL Sahuarita, AZ
1230 KOY Phoenix, AZ
1240 KJAA Globe, AZ
1250 KHIL Willcox, AZ
1260 "KASR" Tempe, AZ
1270 KDJI Holbrook, AZ
1280 KTKP Phoenix, AZ
1310 KXAM Mesa, AZ
1340 KIKO Globe, AZ
1360 KPXQ Glendale, AZ
1400 KSUN Phoenix, AZ
1420 KMOG Payson, AZ
1440 KAZG Scottsdale, AZ
1480 KPNX Phoenix, AZ
1510 KFNN Mesa, AZ
1540 KASA Phoenix, AZ
1550 KUAZ Tucson, AZ
1580 KMIK Tempe, AZ
Nothing reported this month
I have a few things left over from a recent tower install.
If you would like to have them for future projects etc. ,contact me by E.mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Purchase price will be cheap 5$ each ,because shipping will be a bit high due to weight,i will only ship to U.S. addresses.
Item 1 ; Tower base plate three studs (for tower legs) galvinized finish manufatured by UNR-Rohn industries Peoria Ill. This is the style used for a guy wired tower ,not the self supported type.to be used on a cement base,with pier pin embedded in concrete. Prt #BPC25G
Item 2; a coil of guy wire ,not sure of the length about 3/16 inch thick, multi strand , i would guess 100 feet?
and a smaller piece of lighter guy wire I'll throw in (same brand)
Item 3; 3 dead men ,or anchor rods,used to attach guy wires to ground. 5/8 inch by 68 inches long ,open hook on one end welded loop on the other,web info says 7330 lbs. max load, same brand
All for 25G tower more info and pics at http://www.rohnnet.com/rohn-25g-tower ,look in ROHN 25G Brochure download
Nothing reported this month
No testing this month
No call sign changes released by the FCC this month
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