June 2009 ABDX Journal

Vol 4. Issue 6


Editors Corner:

ABDX membership is 208 members! I thank all of you for being members of ABDX.

For the most part analog TV is over but there still is night light service until July 12. There has been some very good DX from international sources since many of the analog stations went off the air and were not replaced with digital ones. There is some incredible FM DX that was unthinkable until the low band analog stations went off.

FM has been the big star this month with all the logs of nice trop ducting and E skip. I hope this is a summer trend from here on out. It is always great to get a lot of FM and TV logs. I hope that some of you try some Shortwave DX as well. It also can be great fun. There also have been some large number of TV logs. The bands above 50 MHz have been HOT!

And as always, if you have something to sell and want to have it on the ABDX list and have it in the ABDX Journal, please join the ABDX list and you can post it there and I will also make sure it gets in the Journal.

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Thanks as always,

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


The Line of Sight and Beyond

Kevin Redding – Crump, TN

As listed

Heard on a Eton E-1 and 150 foot wire 6/9:

92.7 WVZA Herrin, IL 0755 with WX rpt and NX of Benton, Carbondale, Herrin and TFC rpt from I-57. Tr. #82

92.7 WJRA Holly Springs, MS 0759 with ID after news R&B MX, old school stuff from the 70s. Tr. #83

92.5 WESE Baldwyn, MS 6/10 0750 with Jams and Power 93 and R&B format.

93.3 WKYQ Paducah, KY 6/10 0755 giving ID and then into both kinds of music C and W.

95.1 WCDZ Dresden, TN 6/10 0758 with news of TN and meth lab in Martin, TN.

96.3 KHLS Blytheville, AR 6/10 0803 running an illegal ID, "Thunder Country 96 - 3" then NX and WX.

98.3 WRIK Metropolis, IL 6/12 0745 with John Tesh and then into stopset with ads for "Superman City" area. Tr.

99.5 WZRR Birmingham, AL 6/11 0800 with ID and B'ham ads. Plays classic rock. Tr.


I put out an antenna yesterday. I went from 0 HD stations to three.

89.5 WMAB Booneville, MS 6/14 0730 NPR Weekend Edition on HD-1 and classical on HD-2.

100.3 WQRV Meridianville, AL 6/14 0745 Rick and Bubba.

102.5 WPRT Nashville, TN 6/14 0810 top 40 type music.

Heard 6/14 on a Sangean HDR-1 and VU75XR antenna:

88.3 WAFR Tupelo, MS 1030 AFR REL MX

88.5 WQOK Memphis, TN 1050 "The Voice of MCS" real nice old school R&B

89.7 WAWI Lawrenceburg, TN 1102 AFR program then NX

89.9 WEVL Memphis, TN 1107 ID playing eclectic music

90.7 WAUO Hohenwald, TN 1113 REL MX AFR

91.7 WUMR Memphis, TN 1118 begathon, then jazz

92.1 WUMS Oxford, MS 1124 "Oxfords Best Music."

95.9 WCNA Potts Camp, MS 1130 ID then REL pgm

99.9 WSIX Nashville, TN 1135 Local ads for Nashville

99.5 KBTA Batesville, AR 1141 "Sky 99.5"

99.9 WSMS Artesia, MS 1148 328-0990 www.thefoxrocks.com

100.3 WLAY Tuscumbia, AL 1153 playing rock.

100.5 KEGI jonesboro, AR 1158 playing song by The Eagles

101.1 KJMS Olive Branch, MS 1151 with R&B

101.3 WCMT South Fulton, TN 1159 ToH ID and CNN News

105.1 WBOZ Waverly, TN 1218 with REL MX

106.1 WMXU Starkville, MS 1220 Old School R&B

106.7 WNFN Belle Meade, TN 1226 with NASCAR

107.1 KXHT Marion, AR 1265 Hip Hop

107.5 WRVW Nashville, TN 1240 Top 40 type stuff

107.9 WCVQ Fort Campbell, KY 1243 Q-108 and local ads


88.3 WQNN Brownsville, TN 2015 AFR REL MX.

88.5 WAUT Tullahoma, TN 2019 AFR REL MX.

88.7 WIGH Lexington, TN 2023 AFR REL MX.

88.7 WAYM Columbia, TN 2032 "Way FM" Franklin , TN ads.

89.9 WSOF Madisonville, KY 2045 AFR REL MX.

90.3 WBHM Birmingham, AL 2053 New Age MX.

90.9 WAQB Tupelo, MS 2059 REL MX.

92.5 WBKR Owensboro, KY 2111 ID and both kinds of music C *AND* W.

95.9 WRJB Camden, TN 2134 Local ads in a long stopset.

96.3 WCJK Murfreesboro, TN 2140 "Jack FM"


96.7 WNKX Centerville, TN 2226 Country Kix 96

96.9 WRSA Decatur, AL 2229 with the John Tesh Show.

97.1 WHRK Memphis, TN 2247 with Rap / Hip Hop.

98.1 WTXT Tuscaloosa, AL 2323 ID and country.

98.7 WBHK Warrior, AL 2347 smooth R&B

98.9 WAJV Brooksville, MS 2353 Joy 98.9


98.9 WANT Lebanon, TN 0006 "Real Country."

99.3 WBVV Booneville, MS 6/20 2144 ID and southern gospel.

99.3 WVLE Scottsville, KY 6/20 "Love FM"

99.7 WMC Memphis, TN 6/20 "FM 100" [ running 200 kW ]

99.9 WOOZ Harrisburg, IL 6/20 1013 ID "Z 100"


100.3 WVVR Hopkinsville, TN 1928 NASCAR race with Kasey Kahne in the


100.3 WQRV Meridianville, AL 1939 generic rock, "100.3 The River."

101.1 WYDE Cullman, AL 2004 with right wing hot air. "The Source"

102.1 WLLE Clinton, KY 2019 "Willy 102" Johnny Cash with "Ghost

Riders in the Sky"

102.3 WSKK Ripley, KY 2029 Pat Benatar.

102.5 WDXB Jasper, AL 2037 with the country top 40

102.5 WOWF Crossville, TN 2045 C&W music.

103.5 WLAY Littleville, AL 2113 with ID after a long @$$ stopset.

103.7 WQEN Trussville, AL 2137 ID "The Q"


105.9 WNRQ Nashville, TN 2129 with 70s generic rock.

106.1 KWKZ Charleston, MO 2134 with ID, "Pure Country"

106.7 WWZD Tupelo, MS 2148 "North Mississippi's Country"

107.5 WHBQ Germantown, TN 2215 top 40 stuff

89.7 WDCL Murray, KY 6/27 1554 playing jazz, NPR.

89.9 WAYW New Johnsonville, TN 6/27 1559 AFR "The Pond" show.

89.9 WMAB Starkville, MS 6/27 1604 NPR news on MPB

89.9 KAUF Kennett, MO 6/27 1611 with REL PGM.

90.3 WMAV Oxford, MS 6/27 1617 with Michael Jackson story

90.3 WPLN Nashville, TN 6/28 1621 NPR's Marketplace

91.7 WYFD Decatur, AL 6/28 1641 with REL PGM begathon

92.1 WEUZ Minor Hill, TN 6/28 1649 with RAP not my favorite

92.5 KWYN Wynne, AR 6/28 1656 both kinds of music, Country *and* Western

Steven Wiseblood – Boca Chica Beach, TX

Receiver, FM-6 Antenna


0705 106.7 KLJZ LA Port Sulphur/New Orleans,† 520 miles "Home-School 106.7 New Orleans", "HOME TEAM Morning SHOW", live REMOTE from the local BURGER KING

0749 105.3 WWL-FM LA New Orleans , "Bob and Monica in the morning" 520 miles

taking calls from listeners, ads, ID's, "WWL FIRST NEWS" traffic, wx, ID's

0918 106.7 WSTZ† MS† Vicksburg† "Z-106.7"† 625 miles "Jackson's home for CLASSIC ROCK Z-106.7

1200 104.7 WRBQ FL Tampa† 'Q-105"† 920 miles 'Q-105 is WRBQ Tampa-St. Petersburg", oldies, ad "Gaylord PALMS" in Kissimmee.† nice SIGNAL, 1229 tampa bay wx, high 92, then "stayin' ALIVE" by the Bee Gees

1412† "Q-105,† the 70's IN YOUR FACE"†

1425 92.3 WDVW LA† Laplace,† "mix 92.3", "MIX 92.3" promo "House of Blues" 520 miles

6/12/2009†† Tropo

0447 94.3 WKZW MS Sandersville† "KZ 94-3" 620 miles "KZ 94-3"† mix, mention of Hattiesburg

0626 104.7 KNEK† LA Washington,† 445 miles "Bobby Jones is on MAGIC 104.7"

0802 102.7 WXBM FL Milton, C&W†† 685 miles "Your Country WXBM 102.7"† ads

0829 103.5 KLAA†† LA Tioga†† 485 miles "LA 103.5" C&W

0835 105.1 WQJQ MS Jackson, 620 miles oldies, traffic & wx, ads,† "Q-105" promo WJTV change to digital



6/30/2009† Es

1257 94.1 CMBQ CUBA† Havana,† R. Enciclopedia

W in SP discussing musical themes in MOVIES; "R. Enciclopedia",† CMBQ,

de La Habana CUBA, Instrumental filler music, 1300 mambo

1304 91.9 Two† stations here:† M in SP w/anmts, musica ROMANTICA

1306 91.9 musica salsa, W in SP mention of CUBA

1310 93.5 W in SP, musica salsa/romantica

1327 89.9 CAYMAN ISLANDS, R. Cayman; ads, mention of WEST BAY, Countryside Shopping Village, Georgetown WATERFRONT,† BEKIN furniture, Dorsey Drive in INDUSTRIAL PARK, ads were in an AMERICAN ACCENT, thought I had FLORIDA at first!† ..."Now open in KAY-MAN" begin talk show at 1330, some guy named "STERLING", ID "Radio CAYMAN" . waiting to take your calls right now

1336 87.9 CAYMAN ISLANDS "PRAISE 87.9" religious-gospel music. STRONG!

1353 100.7 Led Zeppelin/CLASSIC ROCK

1416 89.7† HONDURAS Ceiba, Atlantida;† "La Super Estacion", musica popular/romantica

"Los DOBLECITOS de la SUPER ESTACION" woman ancr in SP, SP pop/cumbia mix; mention of TEGUCIGALPA,† reggeaton music by EDDIE LOVER, TC is CST

1435 89.7 HONDURAS† Santa Barabara; "Estereo FIEL"

anmts by W in SP, promo "Estereo Fiel 107.9 FM" lite Christian SP music

1450 89.7 EL SALVADOR, San Salvador; "Radio BAUTISTA"

M ancr in SP "RADIO BAUTISTA"; mention of //95.7, 106.1;† Christian EG/gospel mx!

1457 89.7 GUATEMALA Guatemala City; "Emisoras Unidas"; M ancr in SP, "Emisoras UNIDAS, Primero en NOTICIAS, Primero en DEPORTES", then marimba music†

Paul LaFrieniere – Grand Marais, MN

Receiver, Antenna



† 88.1††† *CBAF-FM-15† PE† Charlottetown.

†††††††††††††FF† La Chaine.†

† 89.3††† *CIJK††††NS† Kentville.††††††††† RDS=K-ROCK

† 91.3††† *CBD-FM† NB† Saint John.†††† CBC Radio 1

† 92.3††† *CFRK† NB† Fredericton† "Fred FM" slogans††

† 92.3††† CBAF-FM-5† NS† Halifax.†FF Premiere Chaine

† 93.1††† CHLQ† PE† Charlottetown.† RDS=MAGIC 93

† 93.3††† *CJMF††† QC† Quebec.††††††††††† RDS=LE 93.3

† 93.9††† *CBMZ††† QC† Trois-Rivieres†† CBC Radio 2

† 94.1††† *CKEC† NS† New Glasgow.†† RDS=ECFM94.1

† 94.7††† *CHEY††† QC† Trois-Rivieres.† RDS=RDETENTE

† 94.9††† *CKWM† NS† Kentville.††††slogan "Magic 94-9"

† 95.1††† CFCY††PE††Charlottetown.† RDS=CFCY FM

† 95.7††† CJNI††† NS†† Halifax.††††††††††††RDS=NEWS95.7

† 96.5††† CKUL† NS† Halifax.†††††††††††† RDS=KOOL-FM

† 96.9††† CJXL†† NB† Moncton.††††††††† RDS=XL96 FM

† 96.9††† CKOI†† QC† Verdun.††††††††††††RDS=CKOI

† 97.1††† CKRO†NB† Inkerman.††††††††RDS=CKRO97.1

† 97.7††† *CKEN† NS† Kentville.††"Today's best country"

† 97.9††† *CJLL††† ON† Ottawa.††††††††††† RDS=CHIN97.9

† 98.9††† *CHIK†† QC† Quebec.††††††††††† RDS=ENERGIE

100.1††† CIOO†† NS† Halifax.†††††††††††††I.D. "C-100 FM"

101.3††† CJCH†† NS† Halifax.†††††††††RDS=THE BOUNCE

101.5††† *CIGO†† NS† Port Hawkesbury.† "The Hawk"

101.7††† *CHIP†††† QC† Fort Coulonge† EE talk prog

102.7††† *CITE-FM-1† QC† Sherbrooke. RDS=RDETENTE

103.1††† *CJMO† NB† Moncton.††††††††† RDS=C103 FM

103.5††† *CKHZ†† NS†† Halifax.†††††††††††† "Z-103 dot 5"

104.3††† CFRQ†† NS†† Dartmouth††††††† RDS=Q104-FM

105.3††† *CFXY† NB† Fredericton.† Ads for Fredericton

106.1††† *CIMO††† QC† Magog.†††††††††††† RDS=ENERGIE

John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE

Car Radio


First Es of the year!

88.7††††† KLNE††† Lexington NE 1263 miles††† 1800-1830, in for over 30 minutes, NPR 2 severe T-storm warnings For several Nebraska counties

89.1††††† KMUW† Wichita KS†1185 miles†††1830 NPR, All Things Considered, mixing with a station in // about 2 seconds behind

88.1††††† KHFC†† Ponca City NE††1115 miles†††“Siouxland Catholic Radio” †“KHFC, Sioux City, Ponca City”, into “Catholic Answers” at1900 88.5††††† KDCR†† Sioux Center IA††1096 miles††CCM, call ID† 1915

88.3††††† KLMP†† Rapid City SD† 1485 miles††CCM, “The Light”, 1920.New distance record- possible double skip?

88.9††††††UNID, southern Minnesota wx, CCM, “Adventures in Odyssey” at 1730

88.9††††† KNBE†† Beatrice NE?††1115 miles†††“Sonlite Radio Network”with Jimmy Swaggart

92.3††††† KEZO††† Omaha NE† 1078 miles†Z-92, Rock, 2015

I was at the Little League park when the Es hit. All logged eitherwith car radio or with my YB-550 PE

Dean Wayman – O’Neill, NE

Kaito 2100 Dipole scanner antenna and booster


5:28 pm central

Was setting listening to KKOT The Hawk ,on 93.5 mhz

I heard a strange voice talking about some picture on the net of Rhiannon?

The next snippet was a woman saying ,93.5 BTQ !

Did a search with the interweb ,came up with :

WBTQ '93.5 BTQ' ,Today's best Hits, 16000W Class B1 from Buckhannon West Virginia

Not sure what it was ,that got it here? 992 miles

A couple day's ago i heard something skip in on my pickup radio ,but no ID

Then at 6:27

WMJC '94.3 WMJC' 2,600 w Class A ,from Smithtown N.Y. 1314 miles !!!

2 hours later i'm still getting some skip but not as good as at the start. in the begining the FM dial was litterly FULL ,not just a station every 10 or 20 mhz but sometimes 3 stations on the same freq.

Talk about sensory overload? i had to just stay on one or two freqs. otherwise i was lost ...but then i get lost easily? he heh


7:00 to 10:00 PM central

Kaito 2100 Dipole scanner antenna ,and booster

106.9 KBGL 'The Beagle' 100,000 w class c1 Larned Ks. 295 Mi.

103.3 KJLS 'Mix 103 FM' 100,000 w class c Hays Ks. 251 Mi.

101.9 KKQY 'The Bull-Y 102' 97,000 w Hill City Ks. 222 Mi.

100.7 KGBI 'Safe for the whole family' class co 100,000 w Grand Island Ne. 107 Mi.

99.7 KOGA '99.7 The Lake' class c1 100,000 Ogallala Ne. 188 Mi.

96.9 KFIX 'Classic Rock' class c2 10,500 w Plainville Ks. 284 Mi.

96.3 KACZ 'Z-96.3' class c1 11,500 w Riley Ks. 238 Mi.

95.9 KRSL 'Russell Radio' class a 1350 w Russell Ks. 247 Mi.

90.5 KZNA 'High Plains Public Radio' class c1 100,000 Hill City Ks. 222 Mi.

88.9 KPRD 'Christian Radio Praise Network' claas c1 83,000 w Hays Ks. 251 Mi.

Most were coming in like a local when i got an ID , but one or two I had to listen for a long time to get a proper idea.

These are all new contacts ,BTW the Propagation map helped in knowing when the Duct might be coming my way .


Ira Elbert New – Watkinsville, GA

Superadio III

94.5 WMUU SC Greenville - 06/02/09 1834 - Beautiful music. Good, clean signal. "You Got it...WMUU.COM" & "Unique FM".

Eric Berger – Carleton, MI

McIntosh MR65, Antenna

-MON 01 JUN: Es

18.05 ** KBEZ-FM 92.9 Tulsa, OK - Fading in and out with Soft Rock mx; new catch!

18.09 ** KOMG-FM 92.9 Ozark, MO - Faded in and out with C&W, 'Bass Country.' New catch!

18.18 ** KSMU-FM 91.1 Springfield, MO - Fair with traffic info and talking about project on I-44 in Lebanon. New catch!

19.24 ** KDZN-FM 96.5 Glendive, MT - Fair with farm nx, local ads, eventually C&W mx, 'Z-96.' New catch!

19.54 ** KZRX-FM 92.1 Dickinson, ND - Poor with ads, Classic Rock, 'Z-92.'

19.57 ** KPQX-FM 92.5 Havre, MT - Poor in WMXD slop with C&W, ID. New catch!

20.03 ** KCAD-FM 99.1 Dickinson, ND - Fair with C&W, ID, 'Rough Rider Country.' New catch!

20.14 ** KXEI-FM 95.1 Havre, MT - Good with Adventures In Odyssey

20.15 ** KMHA-FM 91.3 Four Bears, ND - Good with Native American chanting, drumming. Wiped out semi-local WGTE! New catch!

20.23 ** KGVA-FM 88.1 Fort Belknap Agency, MT - Good with Native American chanting, drumming; wiped out local pests WSDP and WDTR! New catch!

*TUE 02 JUN: Tropo

16.15 ** WHAD-FM 90.7 Delafield, WI - Poor in crud with Wisconsin Public Radio, local break.

16.42 ** WMBI-FM 90.1 Chicago, IL - Poor in CBE slop with Moody Radio Chicago.

16.49 ** WIIL-FM 95.1 Kenosha, WI - Poor with ads, '95 Will Rock.'

16.53 ** WRIT-FM 95.7 Milwaukee, WI - Poor with local ads, lost.

By the way -- does anyone know of a Country station on 89.5? I had one fading in and out during the 1900 hour. Only record I recognized was "Mountain Music" by Alabama. No ideas here.


20.16 ** KLYT-FM 88.3 Albuquerque, NM - Poor, faded in and out with Christian Rock, 'M-88.' New catch!

*TUE 16 JUN: Es

19.16 ** CKPE-FM 94.9 Sydney, NS - Poor with local ads, lost. New catch, FM #1000! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

19.17 ** CBAF14-FM 95.9 Sydney, NS - Good with FF: children's phone-in show; FF CBC; new catch!

19.24 ** WHCF-FM 88.5 Bangor, ME - Poor in CIMX slop with Adventures In Odyssey

20.46 ** WGMX-FM 94.3 Marathon, FL - ID into AC mx; new catch!

20.50 ** WMGG-FM 94.9 Miami Beach, FL - Poor with SS

20.51 ** WRKX-FM 96.1 Bonita Springs, FL - Fair with local ads, lost

21.47 ** WSRX-FM 89.5 Naples, FL - Sponsor list for Praise FM

*THU 17 JUN: Es

20.35 ** KDCD-FM 92.9 San Angelo, TX - Fair with C&W, 'San Angelo's True Country, Lone Star 92.9'

*SAT 20 JUNE: Es

20.18 ** KMOR-FM 93.3 Gering, NE - Poor with Classic Rock mx, ads, IDs. New catch!

20.29 ** KZZI-FM 95.9 Belle Fourche, SD - Good with 95-9 & 96-3, Eagle Country; ads. New catch!

20.36 ** KEKB-FM 99.9 Fruita, CO - Faded up over pest WKKO with local ad, lost; new catch! CO #20!

20.42 ** KRKI-FM 99.5 Newcastle, WY - Fair over local WYCD with ESPN Sports stuff; new catch!

20.44 ** KZZS-FM 98.3 Story, WY - Good with 'Your Music, Your Station; 98-3 The Peak,' Website ment. Wiped out semi-local WTWR! New catch!

*FRI 26 JUN: Es

18.15 ** KAVK-FM 89.3 Many, LA - Fair with AFR stuff; new catch!

18.18 ** KDGE-FM 102.1 Fort Worth, TX - Good with rock mx, 102-1 The Edge.

18.25 ** -FM 88.7 - Faded up over local pest CIMX with NPR stuff, lost

18.26 ** -FM 88.7 - Faded up over local pest CIMX with Christian AC mx, lost.

18.31 ** KDXX-FM 107.1 Benbrook, TX - Good with SS talk, La Que Buena. New catch!

18.32 ** KVIL-FM 103.7 Highland Park-Dallas, TX - '103.7, Lite FM' jx into Hot AC Gold; new catch!

18.35 ** KSCS-FM 96.3 Fort Worth, TX - Good with C&W mx, 'The Big 96-3,' wiped out local WDVD! New catch!

18.37 ** KRRG-FM 96.3 Mena, AR - Faded in and out with Sports talk, ments. Arkansas. Wiped out local WDVD! New catch!

18.41 ** KTSR-FM 92.1 De Quincy, LA - Poor with Dana's Dirt on 92.1 Kiss FM.

18.49 ** KMKS-FM 102.5 Bay City, TX - Good with local ads, 'Hot Country 102-5.' New catch!

18.53 ** KHLB-FM 102.5 Burnett, TX - Faded up with ID into C&W, lost. New catch!

18.56 ** KTCX-FM 102.5 Beaumont, TX - Poor with R&B, 'Magic 102.5,' remote broadcast. New catch!

18.57 ** KJOJ-FM 103.3 Freeport, TX - Fair with SS mx, 'La Raza 98.5 y 103.3.'

18.58 ** KTTX-FM 106.1 Brenham, TX - Brazos Valley wx, CVollege Station ment. Lost. New catch!

18.59 ** KHPT-FM 106.9 Conroe, TX - Good with 106-9 The Point. New catch!

19.11 ** KQXY-FM 94.1 Beaumont, TX - Poor with Today's Best Music, Q-94. Lost to KLNO Fort Worth. New catch!

19.26 ** KGSX-FM 95.1 Comfort, TX - Fair with '95-X, Tu Musica,' lost. Ex-KCOR.

19.28 ** KIOX-FM 96.1 Edna, TX - Barely audible with 'Country Legenda 96.1, KIOX.' New catch!

19.29 ** KNTE-FM 96.9 El Campo, TX - Poor with upbeat SS mx, 'El Norte 96.9 FM.' New catch!

19.32 ** KOOC-FM 106.3 Belton, TX - Fair with hip hop mx, B-106, ments Central TX. New catch!

19.48 ** KCTX-FM 96.1 Childress, TX - Poor with local ads, lost. New catch!

19.51 ** KXXY-FM 96.1 Oklahoma City, OK - Faded up with 'Oklahoma 96.1 KXY.' Lost. New catch!

19.59 ** KZCD-FM 94.1 Lawton, OK - Poor with local ad, Z-94, rock mx, lost. New catch!

20.10 ** KRMG-FM 102.3 Sand Spring, OK - Faded in and out with Michael Savage, lost to semi-local WPOS. New catch!

20.39 ** KRVL-FM 94.3 Kerrville, TX - Fair with Classic Rock 94-3, Rev FM.'

*MON 29 JUN: Es? Ms?

20.08 ** -FM 89.5 - Faded up with 'Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me' on NPR, lost. Something to ENE. No ideas.

*TUE 30 JUN: Es!

19.02 ** CBAL4-FM 88.1 St John, NB - Good with Jazz mx, mixing with CBAF15 Charlottetown, PEI

19.04 ** CBD-FM 91.3 Saint John, NB - Good with CBC nx, wx, partial ID.

19.06 ** WEZQ-FM 92.9 Bangor, ME - Poor with Delilah. Most likely. New catch!

19.08 ** CKNI-FM 91.9 Moncton, NB - Faded in and out with Blue Jays game on News 91.9; New catch!

19.09 ** WCTB-FM 93.5 Fairfield, ME - Fair with 'The River 93-5 - Central Maine's Classic Rock.' New catch!

19.18 ** CFCY-FM 95.1 Charlottetown, PEI - Good with C&W, 'The Island's Country, 95.1 CFCY.' New catch!

19.22 ** CBRX-FM 101.5 Rimouski, QUE - Poor, mixing with semi-local pest WRVF with Jazz mx on Espace Musique. New catch!

19.24 ** -FM 102.3 - Good with Classical mx, lost to below. No ideas.

19.25 ** CBAF1-FM 102.3 Saint John, NB - Faded in and out with FF.

19.26 ** CBH2-FM 103.1 Mulgrave, NS - Good with Jazz on CBC Radio Two. New catch!

19.27 * WQHQ-FM 104.7 Ocean City, MD - Faded up over pest WIOT with Delilah on Q-105. New catch and STATE!

19.30 ** WFMX-FM 105.5 Skowhegan, ME - Good with John Tesh on Mix 107.9. New catch!

19.37 ** WBYA-FM 105.5 Islesboro, ME - Faded in and out with CKQK with ads, Classic Hits, Frank FM. New catch!

19.41 ** CKQK-FM 105.5 Charlottetown, PEI - Faded in and out with WBYA with ads, K-Rock. New catch!

19.51 ** CHWV-FM 97.3 Saint John, NB - Poor with YL giving wx, The Wave. New catch!

19.54 ** CKWM-FM 94.9 Kentville, NS - Fair with Rock mx, Magic 94-9. New catch!

19.58 ** CBAL5-FM 94.3 Edmundston, NB - Good with Espace Musique. New catch!

19.59 ** -FM 94.1 - Very poor in CIDR slop with "Your ______, Your News." into nx. Lost.

20.04 ** CKNI-FM 95.7 Halifax, NS - Fair with Toronto Blue Jays game, News 95-7. New catch!

20.15 ** CBAX-FM 91.5 Halifax, NS - Poor with Espace Musique; New catch!

20.17 ** CBAZ-FM 97.3 Sheet Harbor, NS - Poor with CBC Radio One, // CBHA-90.5. New catch!

20.19 ** CIJK-FM 89.3 Kentville, NS - Poor with Classic Rock, K-Rock. New catch!

20.21 ** WNSX-FM 97.7 Winter Harbor, ME - Barely audible with local ad, lost. New catch!

20.41 ** CBAX3-FM 106.1 Yarmouth, NS - Poor with Espace Musique. New catch!

Phil Rafuse – Stratford, PEI

Sony XDR-F1HD radio and omni antenna


I finally have my Sony HD wonder-tuner [just too hard to remember the model number, and you all know what I mean anyway] hooked up to a half decent antenna, namely a Ramsey TM-100 [which makes a pretty good and very weatherproof omni antenna]. I bought some 75 ohm flooded buriable coax from DX Engineering. Nice coax, although I got very sticky fingers while installing the crimp on connectors!

Last night I did some DXing on the FM band. Nothing really distant. Its been several years since I've experienced Es. Troph enhancement is more typical.

Of course, I left my slip of paper with my catches at home. But, from memory, here are the highlights.

107.3 CKOE Moncton NB playing Christian Rock. I searched the CRTC website and CKOE is still supposed to be 50 watts, having been denied power increases on a couple occassions. They did get approval to change frequencies from 100.9 to 107.3 back in 2004.

99.3 CFAN Mirimachi NB "The River" playing the typical MBS Radio Lite Rock drivel.

102.5 CJFX-1 Inverness NS. CJFX's 75.4 KW main transmitter on 98.9 is, of course, a piece of cake here. But, their 10KW maximum, 2KW average repeater in Inverness uses a rather tight directional pattern to shoot a signal north up the west coat of Cape Breton Island. the repeater has a weak signal on the eastern tip of PEI. But nothing here in Stratford/Charlottetown. Well, until the Sony Wonder-tuner came along! The signal was pretty weak but I heard the tell-tale NS election coverage and frequent references to "X-FM". Of course, a quick spin to 98.9 confirmed this.

Lots of stations from Moncton NB, Saint John NB, Halifax NS and Kentville NS. I didn't include my locals and near locals.

Normally, it would be impossible to pick up 100.1 CIOO Halifax NS and 100.5 CIOK Saint John NB due to CHTN's saturation signal here on 100.3. But, the Sony Wonder-tuner's incrediable selectivity and sensitivity makes this possible, even with an omni antenna.


102.9 WCRQ "Border 102.9" Dennysville ME with top of the hour legal ID back into Hot AC format NEW!


Well, finally - my first big time FM DX since moving to PEI ten years ago. I was assisted by my 3.5 year old son Tim who repeated callsigns while I jotted them down.

June 26, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ADT

Heard on a Sony XDR-F1HD wondertuner fed by a Ramsey TM-100 vertical folded dipole:

92.5 WBEE Rochester NY playing C&W

92.9 WBUF Buffalo NY

94.3 CKSY Chatham-Kent ON "A Blackburn Radio" station

94.5 WNED-FM Buffalo NY playing classical music

94.7 "Wave" UNID and vanished...

95.5 CJOJ Belleville ON with RDS label "CLS HITS"

96.1 WJYE-FM - with RDS, flashing HD indicator and, get this, displaced local 100 KW CBC Charlottetown for several minutes!!!

102.5 WDVE Pittsburg PA

102.9 ... Ohio's...Warren... then vanished

104.1 ... Harrisburg... would this be WNNK?

104.3 WOMC-FM Detroit MI with RDS and flashing HD indicator

104.5 CHUM-FM Toronto ON

105.3 Cat or Kat Country "Today's best Country" then vanished...

105.7 "Boston's Independent Radio" - would this be WROR-FM?

106.5 WPYX-FM Albany NY with RDS and flashing HD indicator

OK, this is the most fun DXing since I logged 1070 KNX on the Palstar R30A back in September 2008!

Powell Way III – Silverstreet, SC

Receiver, Antenna


I got Spanish on 88.1 for awhile with Primera in the RDS.

John Callarman – Krum. TX

T550, Antenna


Anyone in the D-FW area hearing NorteÒa music on 87.7? It's full-quieting as I finally hooked up an indoor dipole to the Yamaha T-550 I bought a year or so ago ... but it's only faint in one direction of the whip on my DX-398. I've checked all the DFW FM frequencies and find no parallel, so it's not an image ... and I did hear at TOH what appeared to be ochocientos setenta punto siete mentioned a couple of times.

Heard it first on Sunday, thought maybe my T-550 analog dial was off and KNTU had expanded its weekend Spanish program ... but not so.†

Never heard an FM pirate before. ID at 2205 CDT La Ley 87.7 Fort Worth.

Google shows a MySpace reference to someone named "Lil Erica" Female Fort Worth "Philly made me, Fort Worth raised me!!!! May 7 2009 6:39 AM ... listen to my morning show at 87.7FM Radio La Ley every day from 6am to 10am and Saturdays ..."† but I get only a sign-in message at www.myspace.com/smileydafirst and I'm not really interested in myspace.



David Slate - Hendersonville, TN

DX 398

my first e skip of the year.† †

6/12 2009 †

11:03 AM 93.1† KRCS, Sturgis, SD†† "on air with ryan secrest"†† "hot 93.1"† NEW! SD #1 †

11:27† KGFX† Pierre, SD† "......located at the pierre mall"††† NEW!†

i got aother logs to go though today† those logs will be piosted tomorrew

Bogdan Chiochiu – Pierrefonds. QC

Sanyo Reciever


I have been away from my computer enjoy the Es with an MUF over 100 MHz. Just IDed MONTGOMERY`S WEEKEND MUSIC STATION on 103.3 MHz wipping out weak semi-local CHAA in Longueuil, QC !†

The sporadic-E cloud has shifted from a high MUF and short skip (OH and KY) to long-haul single hop Es toward AL !† It`s still in strong !

Here too I had local-like WSEK in Burnside, KY which is maybe 1000 km from Montreal, perphaps less... This was on 93.9... Too bad our broadcast band is too high for European triple-hop TA FM DX, though I understand, some 3000 miles way receptions were done in June 27, 2003 by a DXer in Northern Ireland...†

But KY to Montreal or south-western Quebec must be extremely rare !


I'm getting huge Es right now as of 1950 EDT (2350 UTC) with two strong country and Urban stations fighting for dominance on 93.3, just below local CBC Radio Two on 93.5...†

Nothing in Spanish though, just single-hop Es...

89.9 ROMANIA†† unID pirate MAY 20 1107 - Romanian pirate playing gypsy maneles and even Arabic as well as Turkish dance-pop music. Good reception in Otopeni at the only concretefree house we stayed in ! (Chiochiu-Otopeni-ROM)

The Visible Universe

Glenn Hauser, Enid OK

Receiver, Antenna


Due to heavy T-storm my antenna was still disconnected at 9 am CDT, when KOCO-5 OKC was scheduled to turn off analog.

Well, not really; as of 1409 UT was already in Nightlight, Spanish. Is running continuous small-letter crawler across top of screen including call letters and phone numbers. There was no formal full-screen ID between the Spanish and the start of the English version a few minutes later.

I daresay this is the first time KOCO has deliberately broadcast in Spanish. Notice that the NAB spiels have open captions in both languages during both versions now.

There is also a big sporadic E opening in progress, so it should be widely visible. Lots of skip interference to KFOR-4.

KFOR-4 is still on with NBC, no doubt to switch off later today. I should have noted when, as there is nothing obvious on their website about it.

KOPX-62 is already gone.

Local LPTV KXOK-32 is still on in analog. No telling when that will go away.

** OKLAHOMA. KFOR`s analog turnoff of channel 4 was scheduled for 1 pm CDT June 12 after its noon news hour; at 1756 UT ran a 2-minute retrospective of the station`s history, originally WKY-TV, then KTVY, then KFOR-TV, many clips seen before, 1758 commercials, 1759, to Bob Ablah, CE, standing by at the analog transmitter to Flip The Big Switch, turning off channel 4 forever. ``We`re gonna sign off the analog for good, good night`` [sic, at 1 pm]. I was recording both off the air channel 4 analog, and it did go off immediately he said good night. Fortunately the Es DX QRM had abated allowing a decent recording; but I was also taping same off DTV feed to local cable, where they proceeded to join Bonnie Hunt late. And that was that.

Per Girard Westerberg`s spreadsheet,


The only OK ``Nightlight`` stations staying on a bit longer in analog:

KJRH-2 Tulsa until June 26

KOCO-5 OKC until July 12

KTEN-10 Ada until June 30

KETA 13.1 and 13.2 were both running an NWS tornado warning streamer for three counties S/E of OKC, across screentop at 0325 UT June 13, along with NWS audio ruining two PBS programs in progress. But not wall-to-wall weather. It`s been a long time since OETA carried any weather warnings, so well-served is OKC by the commercial stations.

I.e., goodbye Nightline, Tonight and Letterman for the duration. The fact that KFOR and KOCO are both running continuous weather anyway on subchannels is irrelevant. No one is watching that when there is a tornado warning, so they should put the unimpeded network feed on .2 for those of us far from the affected area!

Just in case, we checked KOCO-5 at 0417 UT and they had put live weather coverage back on it instead of Nightlight. Is that allowed? Could be the only OKC TV signal getting into the warning area, and certainly the only analog one. But the worst of it was over, so shortly afterwards at 0419, KOCO-7.1 resumed regular programming (Oprah); after a few sex of Oprah (is that allowed?), 5 cut back to Nightlight (Nocheluz?) in progress. Now there is a static continuous ID in small print at the top left of the pixure

All times UT u.o.s., = CDT +5

** MEXICO. Now that KFOR OKC is gone from channel 4, and other lowband TV nearby too, except for nightlighting KOCO-5, most TV on channels 2-4 and 6 is DX! And lots of sporadic E lately. The antenna aimed toward OKC favors Mexico, and we hope, further away.

June 22 at 1644 UT on channel 2, saw numbers 8311 8038 and Basim. Not positive of the numbers, which Googled leads to a UK phone, and Basim could be an Arabic musical artist meaning Smiling. Lots of QRM in Spanish. Also pileup on channel 3.

At 1700 on channel 4, with 5 bug in upper right, Top Cat cartoon in color, dubbed in Spanish. Top Cat is the one who wears a hat, ears sticking thru it. Per TV Guide online listings, which apparently in Mexico cover cable only, so the DF channel numbers don`t correspond to air channels --- but they don`t either elsewhere in the country, this matches XHGC-5 net programming, Don Gato y su Pandilla, M-F(?) 1500-1700 UT, so running a bit late.

1708, still XHGC-5 net on channel 4. Could be XHCOV Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, but there are a bunch of other full-power possibilities around the country.

1709 on 4, Canal de las Estrellas promo, then Looney Tune, Kit for Kat, featuring Sylvester and Elmer Fudd, dubbed. This matches XHGC-5 net programming for noon local, Bugs Bunny y Sus Amigos. Canal de las Estrellas refers to net-2, so probably cross-promotion on another Televisa network, but could have been a crossfade to an axual XEW-2 relay.

At 1707 MUF up to channel 6, mostly not hitting color burst or audio, variety show in Spanish, think I heard Veracruz mentioned. Bug in upper right looked like VE, which I would like to have thought led to Venezuela instead! Not sure of the V as the lines sometimes looked more vertical, HE? When reception was best I could tell there was a word underneath the logo, call letters or location? But too tiny to outmake. At 1708 this was faded out from the picture, and the whole signal shortly thereafter.

WPBT-2 Miami was also in on this opening; see USA.

June 23 morning: more Es, besides WWRB 18770 harmonic on SW, it was over to TV from 1402 UT: CCI in Spanish on 2, Looney Tunes in Spanish on 4; 1404 channel 4 transferred to something else briefly, a live YL in a garden, Spanish talking about exercise, naming animals, apparently for kids; 1407 fade back to the cartoons from net-5.

At 1422 on 4 with cartoons, large clear ID in upper right, white over black background for XHMEN-TV, i.e. MÈrida, Yucat·n, XHGC-5 network.

Top Cat also seen on channel 3 at 1552, 1638 and 1700. Unlike channel 4, there is only one full-power XHGC-5 relay on channel 3, XHBQ in Zacatecas, per http://www.w9wi.com/channels/3.html

If you do see cartoons in the daytime, even if analog still existed, chances are it`s not USA, where commercial OTA stations now run talkshows or soaps, leaving animation to cable. Those lucky Mexikids with rabbit ears --- two hours a day of Top Cat! I hope he justly represents North American Values.

At 1724 a cooking show appeared briefly on channel 4. Per TV Guide listings that would be the XEIPN-11 non-commercial network, so where is it relayed on 4? Per W9WI list, change URL above to 4, there is only one, 5.780 being the rather low kW power:

San Luis Potosi XHSLP-TV 5.780, +H 22-9-10.00N 100-58-37.00W Once-TV

The opening was still going past 1800 UT, but most of the time it`s just a jumble of many stations at once on channels 2, 3 and 4, one of them occasionally surfacing to dominate briefly. Some might find this frustrating, but it demonstrates the dynamism of the analog medium combined with sporadic E, unlike digital. Sometimes there was lite CCI on KOCO-5, and occasional signs of something on 6. The higher channels are likely to be more focused on one station at once, if the MUF coˆperate. The opening probably extends into the FM band, but I`m too busy to go after that too (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Lots of sporadic E on lowband TV, and now it`s mostly in Spanish --- but that doesn`t necessarily mean non-USA. The NAB Nightlight DTV primer is bilingual all over the country, so if you hear a bit of Spanish, you have to be sure it`s not that. There are 13 US channel 2 analog stations still running this, per http://www.dxfm.com/Database/TV%20NIGHTLIGHT.xls

some, but not all until July 12; notably KTUU in Anchorage AK, and those needing Alaska by double hop should frequently aim their antennas that way!

At the opposite corner of the country, WPBT channel 2, Miami FL, is still on the air with NL, and fortunately shows their ID and 2 logo in center screen frequently, such as June 22 at 1700, 1719 UT, mixing with Mexico. Over the years, WPBT has been seen here countless times at 1270 miles. Once it is off July 12, a major obstacle to real multi-hop TVDX from Latin America will be removed. It`s also an obstacle to Mexico DX, as despite the divergent direxions from here, Es openings often bring in both at same time (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. KSBI-TV channel 52 in OKC is missing June 6, ahead of the nominal June 12 analog closedown date. And along with it the analog translator in Enid, K45EJ! I feared the translators would keep going, and this one blox both OKC and Tulsa network DTV affiliates. Is there anything about this at http://www.ksbitv.com ? Not that I can find, nothing about the digital transition at all. Still going on DTV 51.

http://www.ksbitv.com/about has a history of the station, which BTW is now renamed Thunder TV, especially for its M-F 2230-2330 UT local newscast. KOPX still running analog on 62, DTV 50 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Re last report, KSBI-TV analog 52 missing: I was looking for a handy list of exact transition dates, and tnx to an FCC hearing via C-SPAN finally found it, already gone as of June 1:

KSBI IND 405-631-7335 52 51 51 52 06-01-2009

the four channels mean: original analog, transition DTV, final DTV, and virtual channel, per http://www.dtv.gov/stationlist.htm

In the OKC market that leaves KFOR-4, KOCO-5, KOPX-62 to close analog on June 12 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


This time Es reached VHF, and at 1426 UT on channel 2 saw WESH news from Daytona Beach FL; at 1436 probably the same NBC station infaded again running a crawl in Spanish with an 800 number, no doubt about their impending closedown of analog channel 2 on June 12. I will really miss this ``common`` Es catch I have seen from OK every summer I have been here since 1961, as it banishes itself to DTV channel 11.

There has been a DTV on channel 2 from FL, WTWC in Tallahassee, which some have DXed, but not me; it`s closer than ideal skip distance, and it`s going back to channel 40 permanently (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** OKLAHOMA. For those DXing Nightlight loops in the twilight of the analog era, I note that KJRH, channel 2, Tulsa, visibly inserts its slogan ID periodically, ``2 Works for You``, e.g. at 1404 UT June 25. O, I see this station is scheduled to turn off as of June 26! For the first time in 55 years, Tulsans will be able to TVDX on prime channel 2. Before 1700 UT unID Es DX was starting to come in here on 2, and KJRH is easy to override at this distance.

During the transition, I got KJRH-DT on channel 56 a number of times, but that`s now off-limits, and their permanent DT is channel 8, which I guess is already going, with KTUL moved to DT channel 10. KJRH ERP on 56 was 800 kW, while on 8 it`s only 15.9! What are they thinking? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Larry Wild – Aberdeen, SD

Receiver, Quad Loop


The Friday change to DTV didn’t really effect Aberdeen, SD. PBS (KDSD-DT, VCh 16.1 on Ch 17) and ABC (KABY-DT, VCh 9.1 on Ch 9) both dropped their analogue signal in February. It’s been years since I’ve had a signal on PBS and I was able in the spring to receive Ch 9 on an indoor full wave loop (a Quad Loop) cut to 190hMz. On Friday, Channel 3, KDLO turned off its analogue transmitter and began broadcasting its digital signal on real Ch 3. I haven’t been able to watch Ch 3, analogue or digital for years.† Most of our OTA TV comes from translators. CBS (K24DT) on Ch 24, NBC (K33HC) on Ch 33, Trinity (K35FJ) on Ch 35, and FOX (K39CZ) on Ch 39. PBS (K07JD) does have a translator on Ch 7 west of town, but I haven’t gotten a good signal from them in many years.†

Another interesting thing. The NBC translator, K33HC is not listed in TVFool.com or the FCC database and they produce the strongest signal. They are listed on AntennaWeb.org.

Scott Fybush – Rochester, NY

Receiver, Antenna


WSYR-TV 9 Syracuse went off mid-commercial, as best I could tell.

WSTM-TV 3 Syracuse did a head-fake...off mid-commercial at 11:59 PM, then back on very briefly with an ID still (no audio) and a vintage Star-Spangled Banner, complete with film of a 48-star flag blowing in the breeze. Off forever at 12:01 AM. Classy end.


Classy full-data signoff, noting that the station has operated since 1965 and inviting viewers to tune to WCNY-DT. Then the Star Spangled Banner...and at 00:59:58, it's goodnight to all but one remaining Syracuse analog. (WTVH 5 goes off at 9 AM.)

Off to Pinnacle Hill to watch my locals start going dark...

Just back from the sign-off of WROC-TV 8, Rochester's first - and last - analog TV station, which went off at 11:35 with a live shot from the transmitter site and retired veteran engineer John Coon pushing the button. It is 60 years and one day since the station signed on - June

11, 1949 - as WHAM-TV 5. Same transmitter building, same studio building.

The only analog left here in Rochester now is the nightlight on WXXI-TV 21, for as long as our transmitter holds out (or July 10, whichever comes first).

Very weak trop at 2350 with WTAE-4 Pittsburgh doing Stanley Cup coverage, also CBLT-5 and CFTO-9 Toronto in.

About to swing the antenna north for the bitter end - WSTM-3 Syracuse going off (again) at midnight, as is WWTI-50 in Watertown.

So long, analog...

Kevin Raper – Simpsonville, SC

Receiver, Antenna


At 7:00 AM, I lost the ability to get WSPA-TV clearly. When they switched from UHF to VHF Channel 7, I get so much pixilating and pauses, it is unwatchable. I can still watch WSPA off of co-owned WYCW's signal. WYFF continued broadcasting on their old AND new UHF Channel, as well as a "Nightlight" signal on VHF 4. WHNS is now weaker than before.

Powell Way III – Silverstreet, SC

19” RCA, Zenith TT-900 and Rabbit Ears


I can't get 7 either, but I have a UHF antenna. It did scan in when I used the FM turnstile antenna inside. Can you get WLOS 13 on 13 now?† WYFF (4) is now on 36, and that antenna is 200 feet below the old 59 antenna, and they plan to remove the 4 antenna and put another† new 36 antenna on the top of the tower.† I was getting 16 today for the first time.†

I wonder if WHNS 21 has an antenna lower than the others and will be moving it to the top of that tower.

I cannot get the old station memories to delete. If it were an active signal I can delete it. It didn't over write. This† is the Zenith TT-900. Maybe I should unplug it all afternoon.

Lines and bars on low V throught 4.† 3 and 4 were running how to set up a box. 3 WBT and 4 WYFF. There is a bit of trop also.


KTBS 3 Shreveport with their nightlight programming†† around 11:15 AM.†

Got email back from the manager saying it will be on until the 26th and has gotten reports from upstate NY.


I left the great woods near Silverstreet around NOON, and had faint traces of E on 2 and 3, but nothing that would even form a picture.......

Keith Beesley – Seattle, WA

Antenna, Reciever


The "official" analog switchoff time here was 9 am PDT Friday, which I missed because I was up late playing with antennas and converter boxes in a vain attempt to capture the last few digital channels (oh well, I can live without Fox).

At 11:30 am, analog channels 5 (KING, NBC), 11 (KSTW, CW) and 28 (KBTC, PBS) were still on, 5 and 28 with info on the conversion, and 11 with regular programming (Judge somebody-or-other). 11 went off-air at noon.

Kevin Redding – Crump, TN

Antenna, Receiver


There are no stations from Memphis or Jackson, TN on analog. I can only get one station and that is a local peanut whistle analog on 18 that is all Jesus all the time. The calls are W18BL and if you see them, I would be floored.

Bob Carter – Utica, NY

Antenna, Receiver


Some areas won't be crying that much...don't forget, translators and low powered analog stations will be around for a bit longer. How long officially...no one is saying yet.†No big fanfare as far as the Utica/Rome NY market goes. I did not get to watch the remaining analog stations go off Friday as I was at work.†

But as for the remaining translators and LPTV analog stations go....here is what is still on in central NY....†

I'm still seeing analog†Trinity Broadcasting on LP-51† out of Utica, WPNY-LP 53†Utica,†in addition to the broadcast of WPNY, MyTV,†on WUTR's digital†20-2, and WCNY-LP on 59, Utica,†WVVC-LP 40, Utica.(Cornerstone).and Albany NY's WTEN's translator on channel 4 in Herkimer. So there are†5 analog LPs on the air still, out of Utica/Herkimer NY-†

Noted WSTM (NBC) out of Syracuse is temporarily on WTVH's (CBS) transmitter on channel 5.2. WSTM is moving to a lower UHF RF channel for their digital transmissions. It should make quite a difference for folks in and around Syracuse to watch WSTM once they come back on the air via their own transmitter sometime late in the weekend.

Nothin’ But Net

(Editor – Martin Foltz)

This month we have some articles submitted by Kevin followed by a link for Weekend Radio on KCSC from Glenn Hauser.

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

Satellite Radio’s New Wi-Fi Frontier

Posted by: kevin redding

Wed Jun 3, 2009 1:11 pm (PDT)

Satellite Radio’s New Wi-Fi Frontier
June 3rd, 2009

By Brandon Matthews

Last night it hit me. I mean it just hit me! Like a voice from the Almighty himself, the thoughts in my mind began piecing themselves together. Suddenly, it all made sense. My only hope is that I can now translate this concept to paper.

To fully understand this concept requires an understanding of how the two separate Satellite Radio companies competed against each other for retail subscribers. Until recently, Satellite Radio enthusiasts looked forward with anticipation to new radio offerings that each company would introduce into the market, on a semi-frequent basis. I
personally own three of them. A problem of significant proportions existed with those receivers however, in that the chip subsidies paid by Sirius and XM devoured any potential profits.

When Sirius Satellite Radio merged with XM Satellite Radio to become Sirius XM Radio (SIRI), I distinctly recall making a note that the word “satellite” had been conspicuously removed from the new company’s name. With yesterday’s news that some accessories are becoming hard to find, a new picture began to emerge.

I asked myself if it could be possible, that with the open access requirement made as a concession to the merger, if it might not make more sense for Sirius XM to completely abandon the retail channel, and leave the void for other companies to fill, such as Audiovox (VOXX). Imagine me, thinking THAT!

The newest portable offering, the Sirius XM Mirge will probably be the final radio that Sirius XM produces. The facts speak for themselves. A quick trip to Best Buy or Radio Shack proves that the shelves are running dry of new products. In the beginning, most cars were not equipped with Satellite Radio’s. That fact has changed. As more new cars are pre-equipped with Satellite Radio head units, the need for aftermarket units declines.

The new Apple (AAPL) iPhone and iPod applications which will be announced this quarter will render the Sirius and XM portables expendable, which may explain the fantastic deals the company is offering on them now. Within the next 10 years, the company will no doubt seek a single broadcast platform and any portable or stand
alone radios in existence today will probably be replaced by new, high tech gadgets that Mr. Jobs and Co. have yet to introduce, with no chip subsidies required.

Old ways of thinking are preventing most of us from seeing the future. Mobile Internet is expected to grow to astronomical proportions. City’s are going entirely Wi-Fi. A satellite signal will still be required to reach remote areas and the nations fleet of automobiles and trucks, but the retail aspect is about to undergo a major change in my opinion. Sirius XM is reinventing itself right before our eyes. They just haven’t told anyone yet.


The home radio from hell

Posted by: kevin redding

Sun Jun 7, 2009 5:39 am (PDT)


electronic jungle

Livio Radio: All Signals Point To Internet

Kevin Hunt

The Electronic Jungle

June 7, 2009

The Internet sure knows how to mess up a good thing.

Look what it has done to the music industry, Hollywood and (self-pity alert) dear old newspapers. The radio industry looks like it swallowed a fistful of bad pistachios, too, after a challenge from satellite radio and, even more ominously, a shift toward Internet
radio and do-it-yourself online music services like Pandora.

The $150 Livio Radio could be the home radio from hell for the industry. It's an unconventional Linux-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled table model that combines Pandora with 11,000 online stations collected by British radio portal Reciva. Missing, notably, is an old standby AM or FM tuner for local broadcasts that run local advertisements.

All those local stations now swim in the much bigger global Internet pool. On the way to dialing in the University of Hartford's WWUH-FM (91.3) on the Livio, I can now listen to beautiful folk music (and, inexplicably, 1967's saccharin "Love is Blue") on Cuba's cultural station, Radio Enciclopedia, follow what sounds like Top 40 chatter on Arman FM in Kabul or visit my favorite jazz station, Temple University's WRTI-FM in Philadelphia.

Pandora, the free online music service that emerged from the music-quantifying Music Genome Project, makes a formidable partner. Its 18 million users create personal radio stations — no DJs and no advertisements — by choosing only the artists and music they want to hear. If it's Nas, Kanye West, Eminem and guilty-pleasure Barry Manilow you want, it's all yours, uninterrupted. A thumbs-up, thumbs-down voting function shapes the playlist even closer to the listener's tastes.

All of this, of course, is available on any computer or mobile device with Internet access. The Livio Radio simply brings it home, away from the PC, to the den, kitchen or bedroom in an old form remade with modern technology.

Livio merges a sophisticated 1960s' KLH Model 8 aesthetic with Tivoli Audio's more contemporary updates. It's only about 9 inches wide, 5 tall and 5 deep, but the sound from the single, 3-inch speaker seems bigger, and bolder, than Livio's size would suggest.

It's the work of Jake Sigal, 27, who developed the first USB turntable for Ion Audio of Cumberland, R.I., and was product line manager for Delphi's XM Satellite Radios. Now in Ferndale, Mich., Sigal has formed both Livio and Myine, whose products include a $130 wireless Internet radio called Ira.

A display screen, six push-button controls (including Pandora's thumbs up and down), a headphone input, and a combination volume control and push-button menu selector flank Livio's speaker and its metal grille on the front side. (Livio also has a credit-card-size
remote control.) Around back, Livio's dot-com bias is even more apparent, with an Ethernet port for a wired Internet connection and a notification about 802.11 wireless networking.

The Livio Radio does not work without an Internet connection, wired or wireless. If you don't already have a Pandora account, you must first set one up and also register the radio at www.livioradio.com.

Once activated, the Livio Radio searches for a wireless network. If the network has a password, you must enter it using Livio's horizontal keyboard and volume/menu button or remote. Once set up, it's easy to shift between Pandora and Internet radio, or use the
remote's "Favorites" feature to store a combination of five presets.

Pandora's thumbs up and down did not work until I reset the radio and went online to open a Reciva account. What do you expect? Beneath that table-radio face lies a computer.

Otherwise, the Livio Radio worked like an AM/FM radio endowed with superpowers. It's not exactly high-fidelity, with most stations streaming at anywhere from 32 to 128 kilobits per second — a fraction of a CD's 1,411 kbps.

But just as low-resolution music files sound fine on an iPod, they're perfectly adequate on a table radio. The top end sounds closed down, even more so when the Livio is connected to a stereo system via its line output.

As if the Livio doesn't offer enough music, it's also possible to connect your iPod and use the radio as a speaker.

Sigal's Livio is a fully-realized table radio that might indeed become the model for in-home radio. The car remains safe for local AM/FM/satellite — at least until in-car Wi-FI becomes standard.

The Livio Radio

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HOT: An Internet-enabled table radio featuring Pandora that delivers online radio without a computer.

NOT: Inputting artist information letter by letter tests patience.

INFORMATION: www.livioradio.com.

Internet radio's plethora of options

Posted by: kevin redding

Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:09 am (PDT)

Internet radio's plethora of options

By RANDY DOTINGA - For the North County Times | Wednesday, June 24,
2009 10:17 AM PDT

Its name is Pandora and like its namesake, it's spreading chaos hither and yon.

Well, if you work in the radio business, you might think that. For the rest of the tech-savvy world, the Web site known as Pandora is something actually quite awesome: a free (usually) and easy (mostly) alternative to commercial radio.

It works like this: You visit the Pandora Web site ---- through your computer or Web-equipped cell phone ---- and listen to a few songs. You tell the Web site whether you like them or not. Then Pandora creates a radio station designed just for your tastes in music based on results from a "genome" project aimed at figuring out the characteristics of thousands of songs. In other words, Pandora is decoding the DNA of songs so its system can find other tunes that are similar.

"It's a new kind of radio," Pandora declares, "stations that play only music you like."

There are a lot of strings attached. You'll hear commercials unless you upgrade to a paid subscription. And even then, licensing agreements forbid Pandora from playing songs by the same artist more than three times in a four-hour period. So forget about an Elvis-only
station. Still, Pandora is winning over lots of people.

"I don't know how it works and don't care," wrote journalist Daniel Vasquez in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "All I know is I spent the weekend poolside listening to my favorite commercial-free radio station. Mine."

Another Web site known as last.fm offers a similar personalized-music service. These services sound great in principle, and they say they try to expose listeners to new music so they don't get stuck in a rut. But they could prevent listeners from ever hearing anything they're not already predisposed to like.

And what if you're lazy and don't want to spend time telling a computer which songs you prefer? Good news: There are plenty of other options for music lovers in the wide world of Internet radio.

"People looking for something other than the same-old-same-old of terrestrial radio should definitely check out Internet radio," said Christopher Breen, a senior editor with Macworld magazine. "It's also a great resource for people who want to hear what's playing in other countries. There are no borders here, so you have the opportunity to
listen in on the culture of people halfway across the world."

If you're not sure where to look to find popular stations, Breen suggested trying Shoutcast and RadioTime. Apple's iTunes program, available for both PCs and Macs, is another starting point to find Internet radio stations of all types, from those that simply stream commercial stations to those that can be heard only on the Internet.

"It's about selection," Breen said. "When you flip open iTunes' Jazz heading, you'll see stations listed not simply as 'jazz' but jazz fusion, smooth jazz, swing jazz, classic jazz, vocal jazz, modern jazz. So find the subgenre you like and tune in."

Internet radio is haunted, however, by people's memories of bad experiences in the past: audio streams that vanished on a regular basis, leaving them listening to dead air. But Breen said those days are mostly gone, especially if you have a decent link to the Internet.

"As broadband connections get faster, streaming audio gets better. Not only do you not experience drop-outs, but you can get music delivered at higher bitrates, which means better-sounding audio," he said. "Plus, the entities streaming this stuff are better about
delivering it so that you don't get drop-outs."

What's next? Internet radio in your bedroom, your kitchen, your car. Companies are making devices that allow you to listen to Web-only stations virtually wherever you happen to be.

"We're already seeing the liberation of Internet radio from the computer and geek devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch and into common audio appliances," Breen said. "That will continue."

And what if you like regular old-fashioned terrestrial radio, even though it tends to not be very adventurous? Internet radio offers something for you, too.

"You can find the same-old, same-old if that's what you like," Breen said.

There's something comforting about that.

If you like to listen to news, Internet radio is a great resource in that area too, especially when there's an important international story going on, such as the protests in Iran. The BBC offers news in a huge variety of languages, and you can tune in to the headlines at
any time. In addition, you can easily pick up news feeds from other stations around the world, including many in English.

Of course, there's also public radio, which has a major presence on the Internet. The weekly "This American Life" show remains the most popular podcast on iTunes, giving listeners a chance to hear it whenever they'd like for free.

National Public Radio even offers the hourly headlines to those without Internet access: Just call 202-609-7549 and you can listen for free (except for any long-distance charges).

Randy Dotinga wonders what stations he can get with his 2400 bps modem. E-mail him at



W. G. Hauser – Enid, OK

Weekend Radio on news with Bob & Ray

Posted by: Glenn Hauser

Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:59 pm (PDT)

Weekend Radio is especially hilarious this week, the subject being broadcast news, starting and ending with a good dose of Bob & Ray.

At 0300 UT Sunday it’s on KCSC:


And that’s another month on the Net. Thanks to the reporters.

73’s, Martin

Down in the Basement

(Editor – Jay Heyl)

Bogdan Chiochiu – Pierrefonds, PQ – QC

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

4 June 2009

Condx are awful on mediumwave, but interesting on longwave with Medi Un being fair to good on 171. Initially very weak until I noticed the PK loop was aimed in the wrong direction (toward the northeast), then I switched to the southeast and here it was booming in, unbelievable for the month of June with summer in both Morocco and Canada which usually KILLS long-haul reception on the lower frequencies, due to increasing D layer absorption which is still residual even late at night.

Playing an eclectic set of AA vocals, Moroccan guitar Luth music, raÔ and rhythmic AA pops ! Now it is fading toward the fair-poor mark... Too bad, I begun recording a signal with the loop in the wrong direction because the music was so nice !

12 June 2009

Morocco 171 is finally strong but with some quite severe static scratches (I heard on the WX report some T-storm 150 km east of Montreal will be undergoing tomorrow) !

13 June 2009

171 MOROCCO†† Medi 1, Nador JUN 7 0330 UTC - Arabic woman announcer with an eclectic range of Arabic selections, ranging from Algerian raÔ to Egyptian plaintive male vocals... Nx at 0400 UTC followed by music that included some Western stuff and alternating French & Arabic short newscasts... They seem to have dropped the FF/AA friedly request program they had on Saturday night / early Sunday morning ! Heard on subsequent evenings, always with long and clear fair peaks while the // outlet on SW 9575 was always extremely poor and noisy with deep rapid fadings ! (Chiochiu-QC)

183 GERMANY†† Europe 1, Felsberg JUN 12 0235 UTC†- playing a French rock tune, then the follow-up French talkshow regarding woman's sexual health. Fairly strong signal with some static scratches that made†following program content†more challenging ! SINPO 35342. (Chiochiu-QC)

14 June 2009

171 MOROCCO†† Medi Un, Nador JUN 14 0355 - after the end of a powerful Egyptian religious male vocal, heard with woman in French greeting her listeners and encouraging them to pass through a wonderful weekend, then a†medium-sized newscast in Arabic that is still going on at 0403 UTC. Good to fair SINPO 35354 with no man-made noises this time making listening easy right on 171 kHz in AM Wide mode ! (Chiochiu-QC)

20 June 2009

171 MOROCCO † MÈdi 1, Nador JUN 15 0145 - playing a wide array of Arabic music and female announcements in Arabic. Better heard with the Sangean ACS 818-CST / PK LW loop combo outdoor, since a weird buzz harmed reception both at my regular QTH in Edward Higgins and at the CÈres park... This buzz sounded like powerline noises. (Chiochiu-QC)

183 GERMANY † Europe 1, Felsberg JUN 15 0147 - interview with a singer noted in passing at a nice level. (Chiochiu-QC)

216 FRANCE † RMC Info, Romoules JUN 16 0305 - weather forecast for various cities that included a high of 25 C in Marseilles which isn't too bad, considering global warming. Very poor, but partially readable and not heard in a while ! (Chiochiu-QC)

22 June 2009

171 MOROCCO † MÈdi Un, Nador JUN 22 +/- 0310 - blasting out of my bedroom with plaintive Arabic chants at an apparently huge level, as far as my mum told me. The only LW TA heard during the last few days ! I left the radio open while I chatted with some highly charismatic YV DXers using SKYPE ! (Chiochiu-QC)

25 June 2009

162 FRANCE † France Inter, Allouis JUN 24 0257 - heard with a nice blues-rock song before the top-of-the-hour. Very good signal, but poor overall due to some annoying computer popping growl that was only slightly reduced by tuning the Sangean ACS 818-CST portable in AM Narrow mode on 160 kHz. (Chiochiu-QC)

171 MOROCCO † MÈdi 1, Nador JUN 24 0350 - good on tx-site dawn enhancement with some powerful rhythmic Arabic raÔ as well as slow religious plaintive vocals leading to the 0400 UTC newscast. SINPO 45443. Toward the end of the Arabic music broadcast, it dropped to SINPO 35332 ! +JUN 25 0150 - heard with rhythmic Arabic music. Fair but with lots of static scratches as the extremely hot wet weather Montreal is going through right now is making the atmosphere prone to Thunderstorm activity. Propagation was at most average as around 0155 UTC was starting to fade down to a very poor level because the receiver sunset dawn enhacement effect was over ! SINPO 35232. (Chiochiu-QC)

183 GERMANY † Europe 1, Felsberg JUN 24 0245 - dramatic reading of the "L'Ècume des jours" classical modern French book by Boris Vian interspead with some nice Boris Vian French language jazz songs. Huge, better than in my own room ! This station which was known for carrying broadcasts dealing with the woman's sexual health is also carrying some days dramatic reading on early morning hours. They do this probably to fight for France Inter's status which is playing less music and more dramatic reading programs during the early morning hours. By the way this station is located on the France/Germany's border and is considered to be a French broadcaster. It is among the first post-World War II FRENCH PRIVATE broadcasters, when private radio was prohibited in France and a few owners such as the ones behind Europe 1 had the bright idea of opening their stations with their transmitter accross the border, but with their studios in Paris ! In French, this is known as "radio pÈriphÈrique"... The first legal landbased French PRIVATE radio stations appeared in 1981 followed PS FranÁois Mitterand election ! (Chiochiu-QC)

198 ENGLAND † BBC Radio 4, Droitwich JUN 24 0259 - with top-of-the-hour BBC World Service ID followed by "The World Now"... Very poor, but partially readable ! First time in June ! Semi-regular during the fall and winter months but not as strong as 189 Rikis·tvarpid or 171 MÈdi Un. (Chiochiu-QC)

216 FRANCE † RMC Info, Roumoules JUN 24 0301 - headlines in French, among the main items was that FrÈdÈric Mitterand was chosen to become the minister of the culture ! Poor, but partially readable ! Unreadable earlier but there and gone a few minutes later, as the dawn enhancement came to an end ! (Chiochiu-QC)

252 unID † JUN 24 0240 - very threshold audio getting through slight splatter from the local UL beacon on 248 kHz and through a huge computer popping growl. (Chiochiu-QC)

The Broadcast Band

Ira New – Watkinsville, GA

Drake R—8

1120 WXJO GA Douglasville - 06/02/09 1900 - Oldies, TOH ID, and more oldies. Good signal with periodic deep fades. "In Douglas County, We Are 1120, WXJO, Douglasville". (IEN-GA)

IEN-GA Ira Elbert New, III, Watkinsville – GE SUPERADIO III†

1200 WMIR SC Atlantic Beach – 06/04/09 1936 – Urban Contemporary Gospel Music. Weak signal with fades. “Rejoice. WMIR, 1200” (IEN-GA)†

IEN-GA Ira Elbert New, III, Watkinsville – SANGEAN CCRadio Platinum Edition†

1330 WMLT GA Dublin – 06/04/09 1902 – Atlanta Braves Baseball. Decent, steady signal despite splatter from WGAU on 1340, just up the road in Athens, GA. “Braves Baseball on WMLT” and “This is your home for Atlanta Braves Baseball, AM 1330, WMLT, Dublin”. (IEN-GA)

Rick Barton - Cave Creek , Arizona

GMC Sonoma dashboard radio, stock 30" antenna

880 XEPNK Los Mochis , Sinaloa , MEX. 0603 ID by male; slogan Canal 88 and numerous repetitions of "Los Mochis". I knew before I could get o my references that it must be Los Mochis I was hearing. (6/14 Barton-AZ)

1310 KFKA Greeley , CO 0330 Radio drama (Father Knows Best) to ID by male at BOH "Colorado's First Radio Station". Also recheck next local morning showed station again, with clear IDs. (6/22 Barton-AZ)

HI i'm still checking 1310 kHz. regularly in the absence of KXAM that formerly dominated the frequency in myarea. have been hearing a couple of Mexicans i havent been able to ID yet.

Michael J, Richard – Evanston, WY

Car Radio


Hi gang-real quick dx alert. KSLL 1080 Price, UT is on tonight. Format is standards. Perry Como...temptations...Linda Ronstadt all heard. Pretty clear atop KRLD. Go get em if you need 'em.

Phil Rafuse – Stratford, PEI

As Listed


Or, perhaps micro BOG or micro-mini BOG. At any rate, I rolled out a new BOG that is only 100 feet long using "extension cord technology" :). I'm using the same 14:1 rf matching transformer [balun/unun] I brewed for the DGS EWE. This mini BOG faces east, aimed at Newfoundland and Europe. By day, performance can best be described as odd - very peaky - great on some freqencies, poor on others. A very quiet antenna over most of the dial, but with some isolated, peaky buzzes on a few frequencies, but much better gain than I was expecting.

Tonight, the performance toward the UK is very good - but its quite directional as I could barely detect Saudi Arabia on 1521. Great results for BBC 693, Talksport 1089 and Absolute Radio 1215. Germany on 1422 and Croatia 1134 were coming in pretty well. Netherlands 675 and Switzerland 765 not present. French stations poor to non-existant. Nothing from Spain. Normally, Spain sends lots of MW signals over here, to the point of being pests.

Not the performer that the DGS EWE is. And, it doesn't have the smooth, uniform dx coverage of the MW band I've come to expect with the LFE M601C. And, this mini BOG is way, way too short for LW and is a real dog for LW. But, it is an interesting antenna with some significant directional characteristic and there is no fear of it blowing down, since its on the ground, or blowing away, as it uses pretty heavy wire.

Kevin Redding – Adamsville, TN

Receiver and Antenna as listed


The mighty 250 watts of the WORM 1010 has been off the air for the

past couple of days leaving me able to listen to DX in peace. Their

signal was all over the dial until they shut down.

Dean Wayman – O’Neill, NE

Kaito 2100 16”, homebrew loop

Having missed it because i wasn't paying attention:\

I decided to see if i could fill all the open slots on my MW log book? get at least one contact for every freq. well i have just a few to go now, but i thought i would throw this in just for fun;

6/10/09 5:11 PM central

1230 Khz KWSN 'ESPN Radio 1230' class c 440 watt from Sioux Falls SD. 123 miles distant

Not very clear and drifting quite a lot.

The past few nights iv'e managed to get something like 20 more new ones including what i think was both Disney stations.

I may have to wait a while to fill 1240 ,1340 and 1360, my local on 1350 tends to get in the way,

Barry Davies – UK

Receiver, Antenna

Also from the Southern hemisphere here in the UK I noted this one around 0300UTC:-

1400 ZYJ256

Radio Globo, Londrina PR. My usual visitor is CBG in Gander NL.

Nice catch! About half way across the earth…. Ed.

Darwin Long – So. Cal

Car Radio


Noted yesterday while driving home from Monterey - KLOK 1170†San Jose, CA has changed format from Spanish to International,†continuously playing†Asian and Indian music all day, and soliciting emails from those interested in hosting international†shows in their language on "San Francisco's†New International Station".† KLOK is 50 kW directional to NW from a 3-tower end-fire array in San Jose, and is HD.†

Unlike most AM HD stations, KLOK has taken the time and effort to employ FULL STEREO AUDIO through their HD system†-†the quality of their audio is truly remarkable.† Any of you in the SFO Bay area wanting to hear what HD done right sounds like, tune to KLOK with your HD receiver. Your socks will be knocked off.

Bogdan Chiochiu – Location as listed

Sangean Radio

531 ROMANIA†† Antena Satelor, Urziceni†- semi-local // 153 ! (Chiochiu-ROM)

558 ROMANIA†† Radio Rom‚nia Actualitati, Craiova (Oltenia) - semi-local that was slightly stronger using the PK's Shielded Magnetic LW loop†set to amplify the highest frequency possible than†on the Sangean†ACS 818-CST barefoot ! (Chiochiu-ROM)

585 TUNISIA†† RTT, Gafsa MAY 18 2108 - Arabic music. Fair signal ! (Chiochiu-Drumul Taberii-ROM)

783 SPAIN†† Radio Rock and Gol, Barcelona MAY 18 2110 - Strong with Spanish sports talk in null of Syria !†My best mediumwave DX catche†during this Romanian trip ! (Chiochiu-Drumul Taberii-ROM)

783†SYRIA†† ORT Wahad, Tartus MAY 18 2110 - Trad Arabic music in null of Spain ! Assumed to be this one, since I don't recall seeing any log of Mauritania-783 from eastern Europe (or Europe at all) and the null was too deep between this and Spain leading to the conclusion of Syria-783. (Chiochiu-QC)

1521 SAUDI ARABIA†† BSKSA, Duba MAY 27 1821 - (very tent.) Very threshold with man in apparent Arabic. My Sanyo MCD-S830 barefoot would had easily handeld this one. (Chiochiu-Aviatiei-ROM)

555 ST KITTS†† ZIZ, Basseterre JUN 2 0305 - to good peak with a nice reggae vocal. First time in June ! (Chiochiu-QC)†

750 VENEZUELA†† YVKS, Caracas, DF JUN 2 0245 - with a talkshow regarding to what extent Latin America has been touch by the economical slowdown. This talkshow begun after YV baseball coverage. Huge, uneblievable, first time in June ! Generally OVER WSB ! Generally, during the spring and summer months WSB dominates and during the fall and winter months YVKS and WSB are received equally... Apparent Cuba way under ! (Chiochiu-QC)

760 COLOMBIA†† HJAJ, RCN Cadena BasÌca, Barranquilla JUN 2 0154 - promos for "La Caravana Siete-Sesenta" inside the "Nocturna RCN" program. Fair under nulled WJR... +JUN 2 0135 - to HUGE peak over residual WJR with commercial ads, one of them being for Banco Popular with the "Est· es s· banco" slogan and a coloquial conversation between one worker and one supporter of Banco Popular. I've heard this one during the month of May on two occasions before, but it's the first time I log HJAJ-760 during the off-season month of June... I guess†SeÒor Conti must be right, the DX season never really dies ! (Chiochiu-QC)


Just heard such an ID on 550... Since semi-local CHLN-550 departure, the dominant signals on this channel are WEVD (a weak semi-local) in Vermont, YVKE in Caracas, DF and WGR in Buffalo, NY which is more regular than their pattern would make you think at first... Also occasionnal het from Algeria-549 !

Is WSCX a sister station of WGR?

Tonight (JUN 13 UTC) my mom' came into my room with a surprise: the PK AM loop antenna (one I ordered from www.amradioantennas.com) ! I tested it carefully, starting with the Sangean ACS 818-ACS with the RF gain close to minimum and if it wasn't too close to the radio, I got astonishing results... Even with this antenna, in the 800s and 900s the Sangean has a slight edge, but on the Sanyo MCD-S830 the reception is still outstanding for a casual DXer and the sound quality is better... However, the selectivity is still fairly poor as 910 is still disturbed a tiny bit by CINW-940 which didn't happened before when its splatter went from 960 to 920 ONLY !!! However since the Sangean ACS 818CST is half-decent in the 900s while the Sanyo is rather deaf, on the Sanyo it could go from very good with the antenna near the radio almost threshold with the antenna far from the receiver...

As I'm writing this I'm listening to the Connecticut Spanish tropical pest on 910 kHz generally over guess who Radio Caden Agramonte CMAF in Camag¸ey !!!! At 0434 UTC I had a woman in Spanish with mention of "Radio Cadena Agramonte"... Unbelievable ! This is Cuba !

This PK loop along with the Sangean ACS 818-CST decent sensitivity, excellent selectivity and the ability to use the RF gain in order to fight somewhat against its poor resistance to overload will finally improve my DX skills in trips where I can't bring the Sanyo MCD-S830 with me that outperforms everything in the 520-780 and 1000-1710 kHz ranges ! I was disappointed by my MWDX catches during my Romanian trip, so this antenna proved to be a noteworthy investment !

My Sangean ACS 818CST is more selective than my Sanyo and if the TA is at least 2 or 3 kHz from the domestic channel the overspills are gone, so if the Shielded Magnetic longwave loop helped me with TA DXing, a similar antenna should do the same for MW... I can't wait to read the next DX News in order to catch up with the hottest MEDIUMWAVE Trans-Atlantic DX !

At least, I can DX the 800s and 900s which has always eluded me... Finally 2009 turns out to be a good year with many events that motivate myself into reactivating in this hobby.

Hey what's that ? At 0120 EDT 0520 UTC I get cha-cha-cha on top of the Connecitcut pest ! Radio Cadena Agramonte has faded back !

This afternoon I played a little bit more with the Australian PK AM loop next to my Sanyo MCD-S830. One of my dreams is to pick up daytime groundwave signals in excess of 250 km, in the 250-400 km area ! Well, I'm glad to see it happened once more ! Here are the logs:

550 WDEV Waterbury, VT 06/20 1515 EDT (1915 UTC) - man with comments regarding the C&W tunes played and IDing as WEVD Radio Vermont AM and FM. Actually GOOD using the Sanyo MCD-S830 / PK AM loop combo, poor but quite clear using the Sanyo MCD-S830 barefoot. Probably beyond Burlington as it is much weaker than WVMT-620 which has a city grade signal in the Montreal area and beyond ! (BC-QC)

590 WROW Glenmont, NY 06/20 1530 EDT (1930 UTC) - forecast mentioning a possibility of T-storms both this afternoon and this evening followed by a nice ID. Poor but clear using the Sanyo MCD-S830 / PK AM loop ! Very threshold and mushy using the Sanyo MCD-S830 barefoot... The Albany area (where Glenmont is located) is roughly 300 km from Montreal making it one of my alltime best DAYTIME GROUNDWAVE DX CATCHES ! (BC-QC)

750 VENEZUELA†† YVKS, RCR, Caracas, Distrito Federal JUN 20 0240 - Man in Spanish with a†good†signal in†jumble... Clear enough†though to understand words like "ahÛra" (right now) and other ones. QRM from both WSB and CMHG ! This spring/summer is the first time ever I listen to YVKS-750 during the month of June ! (Chiochiu-QC)

750 CUBA†† CMHG, Radio Progreso, Sancti Spiritus JUN 20 0249 - Romantic Spanish vocals, poor-fair but atop WSB/YVKS ! Semi-regular even during the off-season months (first time heard in May of 2006) but almost always mushy ! (Chiochiu-QC)

780 VENEZUELA†† YVNM, Radio Coro, Coro, FalcÛn JUN 20 0242 - Man in Spanish with religious comments. Briefly good - best ever reception of this station during the month of June ! + JUN 20 0310 - with Romantica Siete Ochenta carrying Romantic Spanish vocals -> poor in jumble with residual remnants of the nulled WBBM/CFDR mix ! Never cameback with the strength noted at 0242 UTC (2242 EDT) during the whole evening and was too tired to pursuie DXing after local midnight ! During the off-season summer months, Radio Coro is usually stronger after local midnight EDT ! Still amazed to hear something from the south with such a ridiculously low solar activity !†(Chiochiu-QC)

555 ST KITTS†† ZIZ, Basseterre JUN 21 0235 - blasting on through a computer growl with soca music. SINPO 44232 (Chiochiu-QC)

710 CUBA†† CMW, Radio Rebelde, La Julia JUN 21 0250 - Apparent Cuban baseball coverage way under WOR. SIO 312 (Chiochiu-QC)

750 VENEZUELA†† YVKS, RCR, Caracas, Distrito Federal JUN 21 0240 - Sports report from someone in the Zulia state. Huge, way over WSB ! SIO 443†(Chiochiu-QC)

780 VENEZUELA†† YVNM, Radio Coro, FalcÛn JUN 21 0300 - Very tentative ! Highly rhythmic music with the cadence of merengue seemed vaguely // to the Radio Coro stream on the web ! Sounded like something different from what CFDR and WBBM had at the time, but way to weak to clearly determine the identity of the station. Usually this is better heard slightly past local midnight EDT at this time of the year !†Very threshold signal ! SIO 131 in WBBM/CFDR null ! (Chiochiu-QC)

760 COLOMBIA HJAJ, RCN Cadena BasÌca, Barranquilla JUN 24 around 0140 -

briefly fair in WJR null with an ad for a natural aboriginal water product

followed by at least two network RCN IDs. (Chiochiu-QC)

Larry Wild – Aberdeen, SD

DX-396 Naked

1370 KSUM; Fairmont, MN; 1k; June 1 @ 11:10pm; 234 mi; ID; "Ag Country"

1310 KLIX Twin Falls, ID; 2.5kw directional; 813mi; June 1 @ 5.40am; ID, "News radio 1310" FOX nx; (20 minutes before they changed to 5kw, non directional)

The Whole Earth

Peter Jernakoff - Wilmington, DE

Drake R8B and antenna

7-Jun-09 // 0309 UTC // 4985 khz. // Radio Brasil Central // 10 kw // Goiania, Brazil // Catchy tune followed by female DJ with 'Brasil Central' mention. Followed by male with another mention and then what sounded like a,sung station ID. // Good signal bothered by lightning crashes and some,fading.

MP3 clip available here:


7-Jun-09 // 0530 UTC // 9655 khz. // Radio Romania International // 300 kw // Galbeni, Romania // Interval signal followed by a bit of classical music then male with "This is Radio Romania International. You are listening to our half hour broadcast in English for listeners in Western Europe on 7305 and 9655 khz. ..." // Excellent signal strength.

MP3 clip available here:


7-Jun-09 // 1600 UTC // 15205 khz. // BSKSA Holy Quran // 500 kw // Riyadh, Saudi Arabia // male chanting followed by pause then male announcer all in presumed Arabic. ID from EiBi. // Very strong signal.

MP3 clip available here:


7-Jun-09 // 2130 UTC // 13630 khz. // Radio Australia // 100 kw // Shepparton, Australia // Female with news headlines ending with "Radio Australia news." Into 'The Breakfast Club' with the word of the day. // Good signal bothered by occasional fading.

MP3 clip available here:


8-Jun-09 // 2359 UTC // 15275 khz. // Radio Thailand // 250 kw // Udon Thani, Thailand // About one minute of white noise then carrier appeared followed very shortly by time pips then male with "This is Radio Thailand, English language service." Into female with "Good morning, this is Radio Thailand's News Hour for Tuesday, June 9, 2009." Signal became stronger

over the next 30 minutes. Clear ID at 0013: "You're listening to Radio Thailand news." Abrupt loss of signal at 0030 (presumed beam heading switch). // Thanks to Brian Alexander for posting his log of this station on 5-Jun-09 which prompted me to try for it.

Entire 31 minute MP3 recording (including the first minute of white noise!!) can be found here:


9-Jun-09 // 0125 UTC // 17715 khz. // Radio Australia // 100 kw // Shepparton, Australia // 'Breakfast Club' banter with occasional music interludes (Bee Gees: 'How Do You Mend A Broken Heart', Tin Tin : 'Toast And Marmalade For Tea'). Into news at 11:30 Melbourne time. // Excellent signal.

MP3 clip available here:


9-Jun-09 // 0258 UTC // 7200 khz. // Rep. of Sudan Radio // 100 kw // Omdurman, Sudan // Man chanting in presumed Arabic to the top of the hour. Male announcer next also in presumed Arabic followed shortly thereafter by time pips. ID from Brian Alexander/EiBi. // Good signal bothered by slight ham QRM. Thanks to Brian Alexander for posting his log of this station on 5-Jun-09 which prompted me to try for it.

MP3 clip available here:


9-Jun-09 // 0456 UTC // 3810 khz. (LSB) // HD2IOA Time Station // 1 kw // Guayaquil, Ecuador // Time pips with male announcing time every minute in Spanish. // Decent signal but fighting it out with lots of QRN. Thanks to Martin Foltz for posting his log of this station on 20-Apr-09 which prompted my to try for it.

MP3 clip available here:


Rick Barton – Cave Creek, AZ

Drake R-8 and wire

9595 JAPAN R. Nikkei 1000 ; recheck 1045 . music program, strong signal equal to 6055 and much more solid than 3925. (6/11-Barton,AZ)

13650 NORTH KOREA Voice of Korea 1045. tales of the "Fatherleader", marches, usual muddy audio. strong // tx noted on 15180. (6/11-Barton,AZ)

15110 NETHERLANDS Radio Netherlands 1050 English w/ ID and closing sked anncmts to TOH. (6/11-Barton,AZ)

9590 CHINA C-R-I in Chinese 1100 with ID , music jingles, under usually dominant Radio Australia. (6/11-Barton,AZ)

15360 SRI LANKA(relay) Radio Deutsche Welle 1115 with Chinese lang curent events stuff; heard "Guantanamo" several times. PWBR has this as a half hour bx and closing at 1100. maybe they're running later ? (6/11-Barton,AZ)

17760 THAILAND (relay) BBC-ws 1200 closing tx suddenly after current events pgmg from 1130 tune-in to TOH. (6/11-Barton,AZ)

W. G. Hauser – Enid, OK


** ALGERIA [non]. 7295 // 9535, June 2 at 0537, RTA with Qur`an; later in the hour sounded reverent but not Qur`an pe se. 7295 is 194 degrees from Issoudun, FRANCE, and 9535 is 162 degrees during this hour. 9535 was slightly better, tho with some flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA [and non]. How is the Caribbean Beacon 1610 relay via 11775 doing? Did not check it May 31, and on June 1 the 11775 transmitter was off the air again at 1326 check; just some ChiCom jamming audible. And reception was generally quite poor across the bands, so that`s all I logged that day.

Caribbean Beacon still hasn`t fixed the double audio, not only The University Network, but also local 1610 programming mixing in on 11775. June 2 at 1202, DGS speaking, but could also hear a Carib-accented preacher with prayer, greeting listeners. At 1222 PMS was speaking along with hum and a 1610 preacher. At 1402, as PMS was trying to explain something in Greek, distracting hymn singing. It seems the mix is now slightly lower audio level than TUN audio, but still totally unacceptable. Does PMS [nÈe Barbie Bridges] ever tune in her own SW broadcast in LA? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. RA, 9580, June 2 at 1352, caught last few minutes of Australian Bite, interviewing woman who has written new lyrix for Advance, Australia Fair, acknowledging Aboriginal heritage, unlike the original, which was whites-only, and the indigenous feel alienated. I thought they were going to play the whole new version, but only a fragment of second stanza before program ended at 1357 for QSY announcements.

Looking for it on website, no alfabetical listing for Australian Bite! Instead, it`s under T for The Australian Bite:


An updated Aussie anthem?

National anthems are meant to inspire, be instantly recognisable, and even bring a tear to the eye. But many in this country find Australia’s national anthem, ‘Advance Australia Fair’ somehow lacking. One such person is former member of the Seekers, and Australian singing legend, Judith Durham. Many of the lines in our national anthem troubled her, so she’s written and recorded some new ones with the help of some friends. Judith Durham speaks with Fran Kelly.

You can read Judith Durham’s alternative lyrics on her website:


And the audio starts 15:45 into this, but you can`t advance the file unless you download it first; they do play the first stanza of the new version at the outset:



** CHINA. Firedrake check June 2 at T minus 1: audible but not good enough to `enjoy`: at 1150 on 9000 better than 8400; at 1408 poor on both 15600 and 13970 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. The RFI strike must still be underway, as instead of Spanish on 13640, June 2 at 1214 via GUIANA FRENCH, there was music fill which I could only describe as reggae with Brazilian lyrix about Africa, mentioning SÈnÈgal, and with intermittent audio dropouts, even during an RFI Musique (?) ID at 1217 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 11710, VOK IS with KCBS relay, June 2 at 1200, and also with SAH, QRM in Chinese. Per Aoki, RTI is also on 11710 until 1300, and so is CNR1 jamming. How uncoˆrdinated! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 4800, XERTA presumed the station in Spanish, but with a big hum on the carrier, also CODAR QRM, June 2 at 0529 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. IBB burning up 250 kW for nothing on 9760, open carrier June 2 at 1147, prior to VOA English at 1200, 21 degrees from Tinang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 12000, VOR Chinese via Khabarovsk, still distorted and atop RHC at 1209 June 2; with carrier only at 1400, about to go off, upclearing RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA. 11775, Caribbean Beacon local programming from 1610 kHz still mixing with The University Network, June 3 at 1203: PMS on the latter, an OM preacher on the former prompting responsive readings. At 1349 a hyper preacher was QRMing PMS. At least she is not a screamer, I`ll say that for her. At 1402, local YL announcer was sending (birthday?) greetings to people in The Valley, from The Caribbean Beacon, then music from 1403 to last until 10:30 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. RA has changed its programming: temporary anomaly or permanent? 9580 and 9590, the two best frequencies in accidental NAm target beyond the Pacific, are normally //, but June 3 at 1148 they were separate. 9580 had live sports coverage of some kind, but since my ears glaze over immediately, did not determine what, possibly something involving machines; while 9590 had a talk about how highly NZ ranks on the Peace Index.

9580 was // weaker 9560, while 9590 was // weaker 9475. At 1213 the two pairs were still separate, 9580/9560 with dead air for a while until announcer mentioned a ``problem in master control``, 1215 promo RA FM frequencies in various Asian cities, as ``Connect Asia``; promo podcast for ``Nightlife`` which is apparently the program in progress, live timechex for 10:16 in the east, 8:16 in WA, and ``now welcoming listeners on Radio Australia``, so this domestic program is aware that RA is carrying it and apparently it is out of the ordinary. At 1237 on 9580, more promos for Nightlife and RA.

Meanwhile, 9590 and 9475 were in what we used to hear on all the RA English frequencies during the 1200 hour, ``Late Night Live`` (LNL for short), which of course is also originally a domestic program, from a different ABC net, National Radio, while Nightlife is on so-called Local Radio, and the topic I was hearing matches this:

``Wednesday June 3 Centrelink General Manager Hank Jongen will bring us up to date on the recent changes to our welfare system.``

More surprises: rechecked at 1300, 9590 went into Chinese from RA, still // 9475, whilst 9580/9560 stayed in English. Another check at 1353: 9590 still in Chinese; 9580 with YL interviewing a guy in a helmet, which turned out to be ``Rural Reporter`` at a rodeo.

1357 QSY announcement by Roger Broadbent on 9580 said these were about to close: 6020, 9580, 9560, 5995; and these were about to open in two minutes: 7240, 6080, 5995. Note that 5995 was both closing and opening! And no mention of 9590, but it was never mentioned anyway despite the fact it used to continue beyond 1400. Monitoring 9590 across hourtop 1400: music kept playing, and then more announcements in Chinese.

Are these changes accounted for on the RA website? Of course not! The undated frequency guide (for English only) at http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pdf/frequency_guide.pdf

claims 9590 is still in English until 1600.

WRTH A09 update shows RA Chinese only at 1300-1430 on Shepparton 9475, 11660; Tanshui, Taiwan 11760; Darwin 11825 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. Yet another anomaly from R. Canada Internal: the 1405-1504 UT hour on 9515 to NE USA is supposed to be in Russian, per their own schedules, but June 3 at 1435 it was really in Portuguese (Brazilian) with French lessons! A narrative about Mic-Mac and other Indians, with occasional translations in a child`s voice of common words like oiseau and enfant. 1500 recheck, still in Portuguese, but now the kid interjexions in English. What is going on and what is the point of all this? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake observations June 3: at 1417 poor-fair on 8400 and 9000. But at 1321 very good on 14420, absent from 13970. In honor of those massacred in Beijing 20 years ago, I kept listening to 14420 until 1339, and considered it a funeral dirge. I suggest that whenever we hear Firedrake, we remember that day, and that today China remains the World`s Largest Dictatorship, contrary to those optimistic, idealistic, young demonstrators who imagined Democracy was a real possibility.

15760 had heavy CNR1 echo jamming, June 3 at 1425. Absolutely nothing in WRTH, HFCC, Aoki or EiBi as a possible target, so perhaps a new frequency for Sound of Hope (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 13640, RFI via GUIANA FRENCH, June 3 at 1206 with strike fill music, ``Cry Me a River`` in English instead of scheduled Spanish, but a few sex later the transmitter dumped off the air. Did not get around to rechecking before scheduled 1230 closing. Yes, the strike keeps being extended day by day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 4750 at 1132 June 3 with music, talk in Indonesian, so RRI Makassar is active if you listen soon enough at earliest sunrise, now 1114 UT here. CODAR QRM and also another carrier slightly off-frequency, Qinghai, Hailar or Dhaka? (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [and non]. R. Japan, 6010, June 3 at 1126 with IS, 1130 opening ID in Russian mentioned `severniy` or the like, so is this considered a `northern` service? It is indeed aimed 30 degrees from Yamata for DVR, and onward to NAm with a good signal. Aoki says it`s at 1100-1200, so why the IS in the middle? Because it`s really only 1130-1200 per WRTH A-09. Another semihour XEOI is blasted away by co-channel blockage.

NHKWNRJ, 9625, June 3 at 1212 with news in English, atop both WYFR in Portuguese and CBC Northern a poor third; NHK // better 9695, azimuths from Yamata respectively 165 and 240 degrees, so directly off the back from the latter is 60 degrees usward. By 1352, CBCNQ was on top of a SAH, phone interview (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 11560, June 3 at 1345, very distorted signal but seemed to be based on program modulation of some kind, could not tell whether speech or music. Transmitter out of order? No, it`s juche jamming against NK Reform Radio, scheduled 1330-1400 via Tajikistan; and it went off at 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. Tuned in RN`s reactivated Spanish to SSAm on 9495, just in time at 2356 June 2 before sign-off to confirm GUIANA FRENCH was indeed relaying RN in Spanish, from 2300, rather than VOR in Portuguese by mistake, as was reported the day before. Poor reception here in CNAm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17895 fading in at 1425 June 3 with Qur`an. This is BSKSA Riyadh at 295 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 9541.5, SIBC on the air June 3 at 1220 producing het with China 9540; only traces of audio which unseemed // or at least unsynchronized with BBC Singapore 9740 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 11715, RTI concluding English hour at 1159 June 3, then 5+1 timesignal and into Chinese with ``Chungyang`` ID. Axually Amoy per Aoki, and beam switches from 180 to 145 degrees via Tainan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955, just barely audible and could not even be sure of the language, June 3 at 1153, but there was NO jamming, unlike after 1200 when Radio Cuba Libre comes on. 24 hours earlier, Tuesday around 1150, I had tuned across 9955 with a good jamming-free signal during a DX program in English which I thought was DX Partyline, but the WRMI schedule at http://www.wrmi.net/program.php?id=94 not updated since March 14, says it`s supposed to be Wavescan. BTW, don`t you believe the DXPL page at WRMI http://www.wrmi.net/program.php?id=13 which still shows winter non-DST timings and even 7385, which was abandoned years ago! Many other individual program pages on the WRMI website are far outdated.

WRMI back on the air on a weekday afternoon, first time heard in many weeks, June 3 at 2002 with Polish Radio External Service via WRN, on the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in 1989. Fair signal and no jamming. So is WRMI back with full 40-hour-per week WRN relay at 1600-2400 M-F? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. As I was checking out the N Korean jamming on 11560, could not help but notice that WEWN was missing both from 11550 and 11530, June 3 at 1346. On weather maps it looks like there were storms around Birmingham, so that could explain it, deliberate avoidance of Thor`s wrath. I know WEWN was on 11530 a couple hours earlier along with its raspy spur on 11520. Next check at 2000, all three transmitters were on, 11550, 15610 and 17510 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB spurs from 9385 detectable as carriers, 9453 and 9317, hets against 9455 and 9320 stations, June 3 at 1410. Altho WWCR was strong on 15825, no 18770 second harmonic of WWRB was making it this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. VOA, World News Now, June 3 at 1416:30 via Greenville 17585 with sesquiminute Earth & Sky daily feature, 1418-1423 weekly Wednesday feature Wordmaster, this one interviewing Pat O`Connor about her book ``Origins of the Specious``, e.g., using `they` to avoid gender in singular pronouns, the only way to do it in English, and goes way back many centuries. 1423 sports and I tune out. 1428 Today in History, but as expected, chopped off at 1429:30 for sign-off of the Greenville site. So strong this time, I could not hear the other site it is now handing off to, Botswana, and the GB carrier stayed on a few minutes after modulation finished at 1430:30; at 1439 was off, and still no BOTS audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. RNV, 6060 via CUBA, June 3 at 1141 in English about the AlÛ, Presidente show and how it is interactive with viewers, not just a monolog (like Fidel?). Well, the YL presenter was speaking broken English but with extensive clips in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** ANGUILLA. 11775, Caribbean Beacon audio from 1610 still mixing with The University Network, June 4: at 1330 PMS had music underneath her, then undermodulated live announcement by OM announcer for a change, apologizing for audio difficulties (but I assume not this particular problem), program summary for the rest of the morning, back to gospel music QRMing the Bossette (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. Everything back to normal at RA June 4, 24 hours after we observed two separate programs on 9580/9560 and 9590/9475, even with Chinese by mistake(?) on 9590 at 1300 --- First checked at 1127 June 4, all four in English and //. Ditto at 1305 for Asia-Pacific, with report on the Beijing Massacre 20 years ago --- certainly the station to listen to for news about China, unlike CRI, where I bet any mention of this whatsoever was verboten, so I wasn`t going to waste my time. But did anyone listen to the complete CRI English hour on June 3 or 4 and hear anything about it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 4: at 1325, 14420 good // weaker 13970, and also audible on 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also AUSTRALIA

** TURKEY. Some reports of VOT 9830 from NAm at 2200 indicate there is no interference, so I check again June 3: heavy RTTY, and if Turkey is there, it is totally buried. I was going to record a sample to send to VOT, whom I notified about this problem weeks ago, but would prefer for there to be *some* signal from them to prove my case. Must keep trying (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Altho WRMI was back on the 9955 air June 3 at 2000 with Polish Radio via WRN, it was off the air again two hours later, as confirmed by Jeff White, probably still undergoing maintenance. It`s not certain whether WRMI will resume full-time broadcasting with WRN at 16-24 UT M-F, but in case they do, or for any part of it, the current WRN schedule shows:

1600 RNZI, Korero Pacifica - Recorded in RNZI’s Wellington studios, this 15 minute programme includes a news bulletin covering the Pacific region including Fiji, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa and New Zealand, followed by a short current affairs feature

1615 Vatican Radio, World News - a daily bulletin of international news from the team at Vatican Radio

1630 Deutsche Welle, News and Features

1700 Polish Radio External Service, News and Features

1730 Radio Netherlands, News and Features

1800 RTE Ireland, Drivetime - A round up of the day's top news stories in Ireland [part 1 of a one-hour program? See 2100]

1830 Radio Prague, News and Features

1900 Radio Sweden, News and Features

1930 Radio Australia, News and Features

2000 Polish Radio External Service, News and Features

2030 KBS World Radio (Korea), News and Features

2100 RTE Ireland, Drivetime - A round up of the day's top news stories in Ireland [part 2 of the one-hour program starting at 1800?]

2130 Radio Romania International, News and Features

2200 Radio Netherlands, News and Features

2300 Voice of Russia, News and Features

2330 Israel Radio, News - a round up of the day's news and current affairs from Jerusalem (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. As I was tuning around 31m Thu June 4 at 0507, I came upon someone in Swedish with a DX report on 9645 --- mentioning R. Thailand, WRNO, RHC, R. Guaruj· Paulista, LRA36! That must be Christer Brunstrˆm`s regular item on Vatican Radio. Then a YL continued, mentioning DX-Parliament. 0517 played a bit of Swedish Rhapsody, which used to be the theme of R. Sweden. Fair reception with fading and atmosferix. So why has VR never had a DX program in English??

We have discussed this `Scandinavian language` transmission recently in DXLD. EiBi shows:

0500 0520 Mo,Sa CVA Radio Vaticana FI Eu 1611 1260 7335 9645

0500 0520 Tu CVA Radio Vaticana NO Eu 1611 1260 9645 7335

0500 0520 3457 CVA Radio Vaticana SWE Eu 1260 1611 9645 7335

But the language usage appears to be more flexible. Christer Brunstrˆm himself explained May 27 in DXLD:

``Dear Glenn, Vatican Radio broadcasts in Swedish at 1840 UT on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The programme is repeated the next day at 0500.

On Mondays there are frequently contributions in Norwegian. There are no regular programmes in Danish but Vatican Radio's Swedish Section has many listeners in Denmark.

I produce a short DX-report which is broadcast as part of the Mail Bag programme on the first Wednesday of each month. It was begun in 1995 if I remember correctly.

When not broadcasting in Swedish, programmes can be heard in Finnish and Estonian. Kind regards. Christer Brunstrˆm, Halmstad, Sweden``(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** ANGUILLA. Caribbean Beacon was missing from 6090 at 0620 June 5, see BRAZIL, but at 1318, daytime frequency 11775 was on the air as usual, and with usual clash of two audio sources: underneath, a screaming YL from the 1610 local service bleedthru, and on top, the calm, measured, seemingly reasonable tones of Pastor Melissa Scott. But she does go on. And on. And on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. Anguilla was missing from 6090 again at 0620 June 5; wish I had checked earlier, but now a mix of two or three weak signals on slightly different offsets, the one barely on top being in Portuguese, and I think I heard a 3:20 timecheck go by, so no doubt it`s the 24-hour R. Bandeirantes, S„o Paulo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. June 5 at 1350 tuning across 31m, I could not hear any CBCNQ on 9625, but instead DRM-like noise 9620-9630. Could Sackville have been testing DRM here? That transmitter is normally not needed elsewhere until 1505. Or was it just a local noise peak. I have enquired (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 5: generally poor reception from E Asia. At 1311, just barely audible on 8400 and not on 9000; at 1321, fair on 13970 and 14420 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


Dear Serife Telliel: I notified you some weeks ago since you started using 9830 kHz for English to North America at 2200 UT, that there was severe interference from radioteletype already on that frequency.

Yet nothing has been done about it. I have been keeping track of reports from other listeners in North America and I know that in some areas on some days there is little or no interference. However, most of the time it is severe here in central North America (Oklahoma) making it absolutely impossible to hear your broadcast.

Yesterday I was going to record a sample, but your signal was so weak compared to the RTTY that I could not tell it was there. Today your signal was a little better. I have attached a clip of a little over one minute at 2221 UT June 4. At some point you may be able to recognize the intonations of one of your English-language announcers, underneath the teletype.

For the first part I stayed tuned exactly on 9830, then I rocked slightly up and down to show that it made no difference, as the RTTY is on exactly the same frequency. Then toward the end I switched on the BFO to show what that sounded like altho it made no difference either.

I repeat my previous suggestion that the easiest solution to this problem would be for you to shift up 9835.

I hope you will do something soon so that your transmission on this frequency will not be wasted in this part of the world. Regards, (Glenn Hauser, Enid, Oklahoma, USA, WORLD OF RADIO, to the TRT Chief Engineer, via DXLD) No reply received yet

** U S A. Pastor Pete Peters intoning with weak signal on 9498.7 or so hetting 9500. Must be spur from super-strong WWCR 9980. This can easily overload the receiver, putting his unwelcome voice at many spots on the dial, unless attenuated, but I think this was a transmitted spur, as it behaved like a real signal: still there with two levels of attenuation switched in; FRG-7 preselector properly peaks there; fades in and out, while any fading on 9980 is undetectable; and also audible on the YB-400 where I measured it. Still there at 1354 recheck. Could be a matching spur on the hi side of 9980, but nothing detected on 10461.3 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. R. Nacional de la RASD with good signal on 6300 as late as 0625 June 5 with local music and announcements, a pleasant way to end the day here as the day starts there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** CANADA [and non]. CFRX still suffers co-channel interference on 6070, from which it is inconceivable that it would ever move; equally inconceivable that RCI at HFCC would lift a finger to protect 6070. Wouldn`t do any good anyway in this case, as the culprit is an outlaw nation, which refuses to participate in HFCC, hardly the worst of its sins: Voice of Korea, per Aoki on 6070 at 0900-1250 in Japanese, with the usual breaks before hourtop, 125 kW at 109 degrees from Kanggye. June 4 at 1156 a fast SAH from this was marring reception of CFRX. Better news in the evening: CVC Spanish via Chile has replaced 6070 with 11665 at 2300-0200 as of June 3 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. R. Rebelde, 5025, June 4 at 1156 with subaudible heterodyne of a few Hz. This always makes me suspect that VL8K is stuck here on its daytime frequency instead of 2485; but no 120m reception now to see if 2485 is missing while 2310 and 2325 are not. If it isn`t VL8K under Cuba, what could it be? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PALAU. Thursday June 4 at 1218 as I tuned past 9930 I noted it was in Japanese, and they mentioned `KWHR`, which is the defunct Hawaii station of World Harvest Radio! Apparently this program is just as confused as WHR HQ in South Bend about which station really exists at the moment. Aoki listings show ``Preparing for Jesus`` is indeed scheduled, in Japanese since May 29, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1200-1300 from T8WH Koror, 100 kW at 345 degrees. Disregard the WHR schedule in DX Mix News which claims Sound of Hope in Chinese is on at this time. If it were, it would have been jammed. In fact, disregard the entire WHR schedule as presented there as much of it is imaginary (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** BIAFRA [non]. V. of Biafra International, reconfirmed still on same frequency 17520 for several weeks now, via WHRI, Friday June 5 around 1915 with sufficient signal tnx to sporadic E (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. CBCNQ, 9625, weak in French with SAH from Novosibirsk and/or Meyerton, June 6 at 1406, unlike the morning before when all I heard was DRM-like noise 9620-9630. No reply from Sackville to my inquiry about that. The AM/DRM transmitter there has been known to switch into DRM mode on its own, so maybe that`s what happened (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake June 6: at 1411, good on 13970, zero on 14420, 11300, 9000, 8400 or any other frequency in bandscans 8-19 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. Something new on 11625, Sat June 6 at 1350, good signal with kid choir singing hymn in Spanish. Doubt it`s Radio Thailand, the only thing listed now in PWBR `2009`; besides, we know they are using 9455 at this time. 11625 is an HCJB frequency, but only in the evening at 0000-0200, and this is not // 11690 and 11960. At 1352 on 11625, reverb YL outroing show originating in Ada (pronounced as in Spanish), Michigan 49301.

Sure enough, at 1359 HCJB ID, no frequency mentioned, timechex for UT-5 and -6, and 1401 apparently live Saturday show, mentioning 690 and 6050 in passing. So this is a relay of the domestic service with separate programming, giving SWLs a chance during the 14-15 UT Saturday hour to hear something besides all that geeky mailbag and DX stuff on the external service! And they don`t even know about 11625 in the studio --- another station with a severe disconnect, lack of internal communication between transmission and programming offices.

Recheck at 1459, still going with timesignal and off, clearing 11625 for Chinese from RFA Tinian, along with SAH and ChiCom jamming. Per Aoki, 11625 is also used by R. Prague, 245 degrees in Spanish at 1400-1427, but no sign of that here under HCJB. Is this new transmission on the HCJB schedule? A one-off test? Programmed wrong frequency instead of 6050? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. Tuning by 15620, June 6 at 1503, instantly heard DW chords, and Russian, but severe QRM from WEWN-15610 ratchity spur, and DW no longer audible even during a WEWN mod pause which diminished the racket on 15620. DW Russian at 14-16 via Kigali is scheduled to move the antenna from 30 to 15 degrees at 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. Brother Scare check, Sabbath June 6 at 1421: on three stations-frequencies, WBCQ-15420, WWRB-9385 and WINB-9265v --- same kind of music, organish, but NOT //, far out of synch due to different feed routes (satellite/internet/telephone?). The medley went into ``Holy3`` at 1455 on 9385, at 1457 on 9265.

15420 is available to WBCQ between 12 and 23 UT, but on other days of the week per http://schedule.wbcq.com/main.php?fn=sked&freq=15420

it opens at 1700, and in fact the early start on Saturdays for B.S. is never shown. On Saturdays only(?) WINB stays on 9265 late for B.S. rather than switching to its midday frequency 13570. WWRB of course has him on 9385 plus spurs, harmonix, every day, all day. This was the musical prÈlude to TOM Sabbath service, so never heard B.S. at all, tsk3. Non-synchronized music still running at 1502 on all three, with audio dropouts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. REE`s mailbag program for worldwide listeners again dominated by DentroCubans: UT Sat June 6 at 0530 on 11890, Correo del Oyente started with two Cubans wanting pen pals, and at 0551 another Cuban. In between there was a musical request from someone in Argentina. They also announced several times a toll-free 800 phone number to reach REE from several countries including the USA, but I didn`t get it copied. Furthermore, the DX program in the previous semihour, Amigos de la Onda Corta, also featured a DentroCuban radio announcer. øWould REE ever grant such treatment to a FueraCuban exile with R. Rep·blica or MartÌ? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. I was listening to REE on 15110 on the FRG-7, so preparing to tune up the 13 MHz band, I went down 2 MHz, and found an SSB weather broadcast on exactly 13110.0, June 5 at 2015. Never heard an ID or city mentioned except Miami once, and the forecasts were for segments of the high seas designated by their geo coordinates. Seemed they were in the Pacific rather than Atlantic due to the big 100+ longitudes. Rough copy as did not have all local noise sources closed down, but I repeatedly heard the robot YL say ``nautical smiles``, which certainly brought a nautical smile to my face. 2028 switched to traffic list, naming a few vessels, ID as WLO and KLB, and off, i.e. QRZ.

Apparently this is Mobile rather than Kent, at least per some previous logs in UDXF yg, including this one which also criticized the robot`s dixion: ``020308 2114 13110//13152 USB WLO WX, kept running words "knots" and "seas" together to sound like "nazis" -- Tom Sevart N2UHC, Frontenac, KS, on a Caribbean cruise``.

Heard the same robot YL June 6 at 1506 on 17362.0 SSB with marine weather, lots of millibars, positions of low pressure areas, ``nautical smiles``; once she pronounced `winds` of 25 kts with a long I, then later a couple times with a short I. Forecast areas on the hi seas defined by G.C., e.g. 41N-55N-179E-163E, which is in the north central Pacific. Maybe some mariners have a good grasp of seapatches by their G.C., but this is the type of info which would be conveyed much more effectively by fax maps or even by plain text, than by robotic voices which have no idea of the proper intonations or pronunciations. They also deprive a 24/7 shift of several real humans from having an announcing job, turning all this data into something with feeling, expression, even throwing in a few jokes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Instead of unID, I am so certain that these open carriers and intermittent tentative-sounding tone tests are coming from Greenville, despite lack of any ID, that I am filing them under USA: June 6 at 1405-1411, OC and 1408 brief TT; at 1504 same on 15390, both of which are VOA Greenville frequencies at other times; but why?

Greenville for sure on 17585, Saturday June 6 at 1420 interview about Tiananmen, 1425 wrapping as ``On the Line``, guest Gordon Chang, who was optimistic that ultimately the ChiCom will have to acknowledge what really happened; ``thanks for watching``, and music fill for a few minutes, sign-off, and carrier off promptly for a change at 1430:40*, uncovering no Botswana.

Watching? How can I possibly be watching, since I am listening to a shortwave radio?? This must originally be a VOA TV show, with radio only incidental, not worth mentioning. Shouldn`t that be View of America? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** ANGUILLA. 11775, Caribbean Beacon still mixing local MW and foreign SW programming on same frequency, June 7 at 1315 check, overblown dramatization, maybe Unshackled vs Pastor Melissa Scott. Was also still mixing on June 6 spotcheck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 6100 at 1255 June 7 with Chinese traditional music, no doubt the postlude of scheduled CRI Russian service via Beijing site at 55 degrees also usward, until 1257*. Also had a big het. Before checking the parallax on the analog dial, I thought I might be on 6105 and the het was reactivated XEQM, but tuning to the real 6105, only a very weak het could be heard there.

Online skeds do not show anything else on 6100 before 1300, except maybe Kyzyl, Tannu Tuva, per EiBi. The more likely ones, Malaysia and North Korea, supposedly don`t come on until after 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. No signal from HCJB on 11625, June 7 at 1313 and 1415 chex, unlike the day before when the 690/6050 domestic service was heard by surprise, contrary to schedule. The question remains whether on June 6 it was intentionally transmitted. It did offgo immediately at 1500* after timesignal, following standard procedure (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6250, RNGE, 0535 June 7 in Spanish with hymns and religious talk on this Sunday morning. Fair, sufficient signal with atmosferix. And by uptuning exactly 1 MHz one could hear Vatican instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. CRIEnglish relay via Sackville, 9650, still has co-channel QRM from RN via Tinang, PHILIPPINES with a slow SAH, June 7 until 1326:40 when Netherlands national anthem which closes every Dutch broadcast. Would they still follow with 3 minutes of English? After 20-second pause, yes! Hard to copy but gave e-mail address other than rnw.nl. Maybe it was Network Europe.

RN`s confusing weekly e-mail program guide claims they are broadcasting both Network Europe and Radio Books at 1300, and all other English times on Sunday June 7, this one supposedly via WRN only, not SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. Back in April and May it seemed remarkable that signals as hi as 17880 or even 21550 were making it here in the nightmiddle, but now almost at Solstice, it happens just about every night, tho signal strength varies a lot.

June 7 at 0519, found VG signals from RFA Chinese service best on 17880, also 17615, 15615 and 15130. These were roughly two words apart as IBB deliberately offsets the modulation to even out power consumption. I found that three of them were not exactly synchronized with the others, but not sure about the fourth. No ChiCom jamming audible this time, but no doubt it was there and not propagating here. The sites and azimuths are, all of these scheduled 0300-0700:

15130 Tinian 319 degrees

15615 Tinian 279 degrees

17615 Tinian 295 degrees

17880 Saipan 310 degrees

Tinians are 250 kW, while Saipan is only 100 kW.

VOA, English, 7575 until 1259* June 7. Tinang is supposed to overtake from Udorn at 1300, but frequency remained empty as late as 1302 when I upgave and ontuned. Recheck at 1314, Tinang had meanwhile oncome with jazz show (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955, was equal to or atop the jamming Sunday June 7 at 1308 as W&M were telling story of ``nuestra historia de amor``, which seemed apolitical. Online program sked, not updated since March 14, still shows Radio Cuba Libre clandestine 7 days a week at 1200-1400. Normally I hear nothing but the DentroCuban Jamming Command before 1400, so suspect WRMI was on NW antenna instead; or extraordinary propagation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** ASCENSION. BBC Hausa, 21630 at 1355 June 8 // 17780, with an echo between them making me suspect they were different sites, but listed as both Ascension, 65 and 55 degrees respectively. Deliberately offset modulation to even out power like at Tinian, or markedly different propagation paths?

Nothing on 21470, the BBCWS English frequency which used to be the most reliable 13m signal in our mornings. That`s because VTC has shifted sites for it, no longer Ascension at all: 08-14 Seychelles at 240 degrees, 14-17 Cyprus at 175 degrees; so we can forget about it in North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake June 8: at 1250 on 9000, only fair; but at 1345, it was very good on 13970, steady S9+20, while on 14420 it was deeply fading S6 to peaks of S9+10. Not heard on any of the other usual channels.

CNR1 programming also heard very well on 13830, June 8 at 1344 // 11805 and 9845. 13830 is to block RFA Tibetan at 11-14 via Tajikistan, but no trace of it here underneath, and one might not guess CNR1 is just a jammer. 11805 is to block VOA Chinese via Thailand, which I could not hear at all, just a lite echo on the CNR1 audio. On 9845 there was as usual more of a mix with VOA Chinese via Tinang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. The DentroCuban Jamming Command was all over the place on 31 meters, apparently spurs on frequencies where not normally heard; at least, we hope they are spurs rather than tipoffs to new deliberately jammed frequencies at other dayparts. June 8 at 1253, pulses on 9545, which is a R. Rep·blica frequency in the evenings only. Also on 9625 at 1255 bothering CBCNQ. At 1258 also on 9780 vs KNLS, Taiwan and ChiCom jamming. More Cuban jamming pulses on 9815 and 9825, but those two at different pitches and rates. 9965 more jamming pulses vs something in Vietnamese --- that must have been YFR via Taiwan on 9960. Meanwhile there was heavy jamming on the usual targets, MartÌ on 9805 and WRMI on 9955. Perhaps the unexpected pulsing frequencies were spurs from these.

The CRI relay on 9570 was also putting out its nasty spurs on 9560 and 9580 against Radio Australia, at 1254 check, tho 9580 still listenable


** ETHIOPIA. 9561 and 9704 carriers producing audible hets against 9560 and 9705, June 8 at 1253, no doubt the Addis Ababa twins (Glenn Hasuer, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. No het on 9540 and no carrier detectable on 9541.5 June 8 at 1253, so I think SIBC was off; noticed when checking the Cuban overjamming on 9545 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana, 13640, only and therefore best signal from Europe on 22m, S9+18, June 8 at 2025 with sports roundup in English, 2027:30 closing, theme, and off by 2028 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA [and non]. 15345, June 8 at 2036, fast SAH from two carriers, no doubt the usual collision between RAE and Morocco; but as both vary up to 1 kHz, remarkable that they should happen to land in SAH range of each other. Could not hang around until 2100 to confirm whether RTM is now closing an hour earlier due to DST which started June 1, thus freeing 15345 for RAE to reach Europe in German until 2200, but would-be listeners there should check it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, 9525, June 9 at 1302, W&M conversing about Banjarmasin, as for yet another Tuesday, the VOI English show linx up with RRI Banjarmasin. This has been going on every Tuesday since first noticed in April. He said it was also on FM 95.2 there. 1306 into news from Anita in the Jakarta studio. At 1333 ending Focus, and into more from and about Banjarmasin, Kalimantan; 1338 produced piece with YL. Unfortunately, tho there is still no QRM, the accents, hum, and somewhat undermodulation make it difficult to read (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WRMI, 9955, June 8 at 2037 with KBS World Radio via WRN; very good, no jamming. However, June 9 at 1419, during R. Prague relay, heavy jamming was still running (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Another sporadic E morning causing WWCR to inboom on 13845 and 15825, June 9 at 1348; 13845, BTW, lacked any crosstalk, and 15825 still had the squeal. So naturally I checked 18770 for the WWRB harmonic 2 x 9385, and there it was fading S6-S9 with someone other than Brother Scare preaching. I could even detect the 18770 carrier on the DX-390 with internal reel-out antenna.

Strangely, there was no axion on 15 or 12m, but CB 27 MHz channels were hopping, and some hams on 10m, such as VE3TMG around 28395 at 1351.

** CHILE [and non]. When I heard that CVC had moved Spanish to 11665 at 2300-0200, I assumed that replaced 6070 putting CFRX in the clear. Axually, 11665 replaces the last three hours on their other transmitter, 17680. June 9 at 2317, 11665 was VG with music, and on 6070 I could tell there were still two carriers with a SAH between CFRX and CVC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 10: at 1345, barely audible on 9000 and just barely audible on 8400, and not on any of the usual higher frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. VOT, 9830, fair signal amid English to NAm at 2231 June 9 as Chris Lewis, England, was on phone for the n-th time on Live from Turkey, except this isn`t live but a playback of the 1830 broadcast --- and this time with no RTTY QRM audible. I`m sure it will be back. VOT still hasn`t even acknowledged my recording of RTTY way over them on a previous date. Also checked June 8 and the RTTY was on but VOT signal underneath was a bit better than it had been (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. You never know whether WRMI will be on the air or not during the afternoon: June 9 at 2231 check of 9955, it was not, when Radio Netherlands could have, despite its best efforts to the contrary, again been broadcasting in English to America thanks to WRN and this optional relay. I wonder if RN has nixed it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Another big summer sporadic E opening June 10 at 1344, with WWCR inbooming on 13845 and 15825, so another check of 18770 for the second harmonic of WWRB 9385 --- yes, there is Brother Scare, easy copy peaking S9, into clip of Obama talking about our multi-religious nation. At 1353 BS was offering a Kaito 1123 as a premium for donations. Still audible on 18770 at 1417.

Back at 1345, this led me to look once again for harmonix from WWCR itself. Yes, 19960 is audible for the first time with Pastor Pete Peters, 2 x 9980. But just barely, fading in and out. There should be something on 14980 = 2 x 7490, but nothing detected there.

Must make a note to look too for 27690 = 2 x 13845. And if a receiver tunes that hi, unlike the FRG-7, 31650 = 2 x 15825. And well into VHF, higher harmonix are quite possible from both stations when the Es is strong.

No axion at all on hambands 15, 12 and 10 meters, tho CB 11m was hopping full of signals (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** ANGUILLA. June 11 seems to be a watershed date. Not only does VOI lose its modulation, but Pastor Melissa Scott is in the clear without the crosstalk from 1610 programming which has been heard daily for a couple of weeks in the mornings. June 11 at 1347 check. Defunct Gene Scott also in the clear at 1502 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 11 at 1356: poor on 14420 and 9000, not heard anywhere else, such as 13970 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUIANA FRENCH. 13640 with strong open carrier, some fading, June 11 at 1355-1357*. Strongly suspect MontsinÈry, which uses this frequency supposedly only until 1230. 57 minutes past the hour is a favorite cutoff time from numerous automated sites, and I suspect some misprogramming here, possibly connected with the RFI strike. This frequency has been heard before on the air at times well beyond its schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. Surprised to hear an open carrier on 9525, June 11 at 1330, no hum. Listening closer, I can barely detect a YL speaking, sounds like the usual VOI hostess in English, but now barely modulated. Getting rid of the hum is fine, but not the rest of the modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. VOK frequently has transmitter problems on 11735, such as June 11 at 1350 when the Chinese service frequency was warbling with rumble and whine, QRMing itself; and with BFO seemed centered closer to 11734.6. 11710 in English by comparison was fine; and VOK`s technical prowess suffered by comparison to adjacent VOA in Korean, quite clear on 11740 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 12000 with disco-beat music mixing at about equal level with RHC sports report in Spanish. That`s the V. of Russia khlash from Khabarovsk. They took turns dominating, June 11 at 1340 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** ANGUILLA. 11775, June 12 at 1330, PMS in the clear without crosstalk from 1610 programming. Also checked June 13: until 1330 sharp, could only hear DGS from this, but with SAH, Chinese mix from the jammer. Then DGS also in clear. I suspect the problem has not really been solved, but the power on 1610 during the morning reduced to the point where it does not get into the 11775 transmitter; elsewhen, the originally licensed 100 kW 1610 frequency is running a Nautel at full 50 kW power, ex-25 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ARGENTINA. Carrier quite close to 15344, not 15345, at 2145 June 11 and still after 2200, as I check the portable DX-398 in the yard while computer noise reigns inside. Assume this is RAE in a typical variation, not Morocco. Recheck at 2345 found 15344 a bit stronger with some Spanish-sounding audio.

Tried again June 12 at 2128, this time with an external antenna clipped onto DX-398, and a bit more signal arrived, as heard RAE ID, presumably during German hour, still very poor. No sign of Morocco, presumably closing 15345 at 2100* now, and Argentina was again quite close to 15344, not 15345. Benelux reports also put it near 15344 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake check June 13: at 1320 better on 9000 than not // 8400. At 1337, good on 15610 rather than 15600, // 8400 but not // 9000. At the moment 15610 was all-drumming; still very good at 1409. At 1412 audible on 14420 with `ramshorn` segment, not // 15610. Nothing on the June 13 edition of Aoki to account for ChiCom jamming on either 15610 or 15600, so we assume it`s tracking another Sound of Hope sault.

BTW, EiBi shows a Mandarin broadcast from Saudi Arabia at 0800-1000 on 15610, but it`s not in Aoki, WRTH 2009 or A-09; an unfulfilled plan, or canceled? No Mandarin (or `Chinese`) at all from BSKSA in WRTH 2008 either. If it did exist, would the ChiCom jam it too? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. I make almost daily chex of VOI`s English hour at 1300 on 9525, lest they jump again to 11785 without notice. June 12 at 1342 all I could get was a weak carrier on the inside antenna during T-storm, but at 1402, CRI Russian did have a SAH, so believe VOI was still there. Back on external antenna next day, June 13 at 1313, usual YL announcer was ending news with headlines. Somewhat undermodulated but otherwise clear; by 1345 had faded to very poor level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 12000, VOR Chinese service via Khabarovsk, June 13 at 1348 with YL singing traditional song in Russian, way over RHC, and not very distorted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SINGAPORE. Tuning across 9500 at 1344 June 13, heard B-B-C chimes weakly, and then accurate 6-pip timesignal. Must be about to start Burmese. Yes, as listed in Aoki, 340 degrees from Kranji. Very poor, but after all the pips had finished, I heard some more pips of a different pitch; strange.

Someone in WNAm recently noted that BBCWS in English was inaudible on 9740, but I could hear that Singapore frequency somewhat better than 9500, when checked at 1309 with sports report about a Russian boxer, submarine (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. REE, 9630 via Costa Rica, UT Sat June 13 at 0533 in Correo del Oyente program giving toll-free phone numbers including this one valid in USA and miscellaneous other Euramerican countries named: access code + 800-34-100-100. This presumably gets you an answering machine in Castilian only. First greeting, where else, was to someone in Cuba wanting contacts abroad, a 20-year-old YL with ojos de cafÈ; she also described her skin shade. Is this politically incorrect? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWEDEN. R. Sweden, English at 1330 on 15735 is seldom listenable here, aimed eastward, but June 12 at 1337 I was surprised to hear a good signal, also despite only using inside antenna during T-storm, talking about Swedish elexions. Certainly the strongest signal from Europe on 19m --- but a couple minutes later it faded out to nearly nothing. Theory: at least the last hop was getting boosted by sporadic E over eastern NAm, as WWCR with Tony Al·mo was inbooming on 15825; could have been additional Es hops between Sweden and here helping things along, but Es patches move around, and a weak link anywhere along the line would disrupt reception. BTW, I am surprised that hardly anyone else mentions Es in connexion with SW DX. If you are also a VHF DXer there is an obvious correlation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. VOT buried but audible under RTTY on 9830.0, June 11 at 2201 as English broadcast began, on the DX-398 in the yard.

Earlier listened to webcast of the 1230 Thursday broadcast (still labeled 1330!) with a new caller on Live from Turkey! --- Marty DelfÌn in Madrid, but the host kept referring to him as ``Mr. Martin``, and was eager to have him keep in contact. If I had heard that on SW, it would have been on 15450 at 1300. Presumably this transmission does not repeat later on SW unlike on Tuesdays when another LFT originally airs at 1850+, and the next three English hours? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** BRAZIL. Missed checking last UT Sunday, a week after the first appearance of RNA on 6500 instead of 6185, but June 14 at 0513, it was back on 6185 as usual colliding with and atop XEPPM, nothing but the ute on 6500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 14: around 1330 poor on 9400; at 1351, very poor but detectable on 14420, same at 1355 on 18320 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC was way off schedule UT Sunday June 14, with DXers Unlimited just ending at 0522 on 6140, which means it started around 0505 instead of 0535. Or a permanent change? Also heard Arnie giving a propagation forecast toward the end of the Spanish DX program En Contacto, June 15 at 1346 on 11760. He had been absent from that show for quite a while (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 7460 with big blob of noise, not the Cuban kind, atop barely discernible talk, June 15 at 1108; listened harder around 1130 and sounded like Korean underneath. Then looked up in Aoki, the answer: Juche jamming against R. Free North Korea, 11-12, 100 kW, 60 degrees via Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11530 with unholy mix of Kurdish(?) talk and Christian music, both weak, June 15 at 0439. It`s the collision of Denge Mezopotamya via Ukraine, and WYFR in Portuguese, both of which start 11530 at 0400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non]. 6175 with Mideast-sounding music UT Sunday June 14 at 0514, until some lyrix in Vietnamese appeared, and later announcement in Viet, reassuring us this was just VOV via Sackville (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** CUBA [and non]. Another colossal tape mixup(?) at RHC: June 17 at 0533 tuning across 11760 I find RHC in Portuguese instead of English. Probably started at 0500. Portuguese was // 6010 and 6060, while correct English was on 6000 and 6140.

Another colossal waste of precious energy by RHC, June 19 at 1225, just open carrier on 9600, and still several minutes later. All the other frequencies on 6, 11 and 13 MHz were funxioning normally in Spanish. By 1248 recheck, 9600 was back in business. Rather, 12000 was buried under VOR in Chinese // 7300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 17650 with W&M conversation in Chinese, June 19 at 1250, fair signal with fading. Not // CNR1 jammers on 11805, 11825, etc. What does PWBR `2009` say? CRI via Kashi in French! Definitely not French, but per Aoki it is Kashi, CRI in Chinese from 1200, 308 degrees toward Europe. Only Asian signal on band at this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. RFI, 13640 via Guiana French, once again running past scheduled 1230*, June 19 at 1244 with music, break for ID. The strike must still be ongoing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. RTI confirmed with new 0500 English relay via WYFR: UT Wednesday June 17 at 0544 on 5950, Chinese classical music rudely interrupted for RTI ID in English, Jade Bells & Bamboo Pipes, with Carson Wong, then into another selexion. VG reception here of course (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** AUSTRALIA. VL8K, 2485, despite hi local line and storm noise level was audible June 20 at 1134 with enthusiastic Oz accent, sports? Around 9 pm local Saturday in NT. The others only detectable as carriers with BFO on, weaker 2325 and much weaker 2310. Of course it`s winter solstice there, which should boost the signals a little on the first hop from the tropix.

I see that Katherine, not too far from Darwin, is totally tropical at 14 degrees S, the same latitude as Tegucigalpa is N; Alice is just barely south of the Tropic of Capricorn, with Tennant Creek in between. LSR today in Enid was 1114, which if we were observing local mean time on our clox, would be 4:42 am instead of 6:14 am CDT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 20: detectable at 1328 only on 14420 very poor, 9000 poor, and at 1332 on 8400 very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 13640, RFI via GUIANA FRENCH, June 20 at 1207 with jazz singer in English, break for ID interjexion, and I think I heard them mention Kabul and some four-score+ FM frequency. Website confirms they are on 89.5 there. So the strike drags on, with RFI Musique fill instead of Spanish during this semihour.

RFI monitor Mike Cooper reports that the workers voted June 19 to continue the strike at least until June 22, but on that day he did hear the 1200 English broadcast for the first time in weeks; on satellite? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. With Australia in on 120m, PNG on 90m, then checked 60m for anything extracontinental, June 20 at 1139: 4750 with Indonesian talk and music before fadeout, no match for CODAR. At least RRI Makassar is still on the air.

BTW, all across 4 MHz in addition to line and storm noise levels I have to cope with modulation splash matching local KCRC-1390, perhaps external mixing re-radiation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Since I was getting VL8K on 2485, made a quick check of 90m June 20 at 1136, 22 minutes after sunrise, and found music on 3385, 3365; talk on 3335 and 3325; neither pair seemed // (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. UT Sat June 20 at 0538 caught part of REE`s Correo del Oyente mailbag show, not axually dominated by Cubans this week! Called listeners in Guatemala and Mexico with musical requests, later a Cuban too. The problem was getting a decent signal despite several frequencies available: 5965 and 9630 via Costa Rica were much less modulated than usual, requiring upturning the volume markedly. Besides low modulation, 3350 CR had too much nearby T-storm noise, also bothering the higher ones. 6055 direct suffered from RHC 6060 splash even when just talking there. 11890 direct to elsewhere was weak, tho on a good night around Solstice can be sufficient (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15760 fair at 1844 June 19, unID language mentioning Harold Camping, so must be WYFR or a relay. Can you imagine any other SW station ever mentioning Harold Camping? Can you imagine YFR ever not mentioning Him? What does PWBR `2009` say? Nothing at all listed on this frequency. Per HFCC, it`s Turkish via Woofferton, UK, 1700-1900, 250 kW, 102 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. Sat June 20 at 1355, open carrier on 9945; must be IBB warming up; yes, at 1404 recheck, Indonesian talking about the Billboard 200, Hot 100, song in English from VOA via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, 1400-1500 Fri/Sat/Sun only, 250 kW, 200 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 22: 1224 at `ramshorn` plus drumming segment, fair on 8400 // 9000. As bandscanned upward, did not come to another one until 1243 on 14420, very poor and nothing on 13970. Then another surprise at 1246: very poor on new 17470, // 9000. Nothing much on 16m, no Spain on 17595, Chile VP on 17680, only WYFR G on 17795. Why 17470? Presumably latest plop of Sound of Hope. June 21 edition of Aoki does not have it, but on 17500 24 hours, jammed. Nor does the June 23 show 17470, not having seen my log yet?

Distorted YL Chinese talk at modulation spikes ranging roughly 12060-12110 and peaking 12085, June 22 at 1238. Matches modulation on CNR1 jammer 12040. Not sure if these are spurs of that, or a malfunxioning transmitter intentionally on 12085 vicinity, but not accounted for in Aoki --- except R. Free Chosun in Korean via Uzbekistan is on 12085 at 1230-1300, so this ChiCom signal handily jams that, by chance?

June 23, hi noise level from storms below 10 MHz, and from line above 10 MHz, not much of interest to log except Firedrake, and harmonix, bandscanned 8-19 MHz:

At 1317, 14420 FD very good only here; // 9000 JBA, nothing on 8400.

At 1321, 15150 FD different not // 14420, poor with CCI, SAH. Nothing on 15600 or 17470 as yesterday.

At 1323, 18320 just barely audible, // 14420 `ramshorn` passage.

At 1400, 14420 goes to open carrier, presumably only 5 minutes


** RUSSIA [and non]. 12000 with big collision of VOR Chinese and RHC Spanish, June 22 at 1234. When I tuned in, VOR was atop, but RHC soon took over for a bit, SAH of 160/minute between them. Commies vs ex-Commies! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. RTI, 9735, Japanese service, again producing spurs on adjacents, June 21 at 1329 check, buzzy hets varying slightly on CRI 9730 and BBC 9740. Other days, no such problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Another big sporadic E opening the morning of June 23, evidenced by inbooming WWCR on 13845 and 15825 at 1354, so check 18770 for WWRB 2 x 9385, and there is Brother Scare peaking S9.

In next few minutes, looked for other WWRB and WWCR harmonix, 19960, 27690, 28135, but nothing audible. At 1358, 27 MHz CB + freebanders were rife, but nary a 10m phone ham to be heard above 28 MHz. WWV inbooming on 20000, but no KOA on 25950. Then I switched to TV; see MEXICO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** AUSTRALIA. 15180, RA in Indonesian, June 24 at 0604 with Berita, ID; poor, weaker than RA English on 15160. 15180 is Darwin at 290 degrees, 0600-0630, in Indonesian M-F, English Sat/Sun per Aoki.

Last time we heard RA in the morning with sport special, the four 31m frequencies were split 50-50, but June 24 at 1204 RA news in English was on 9475 only, 1205 into LNL; while 9560, 9580 and 9590 were // with post-game discussion involving Queensland, also on 6020 and until 1200 also on 5995. By 1222 next check, sports had been replaced by the other talkshow from the so-called ABC Local Radio network, Nightlife ID in passing at 1231; guest was author of ``How America Rules the World``, Dr Keith Sutter. After 1300, 9475 into Chinese, and the others back to RA mainstream with news, 1305 Asia-Pacific (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1466, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake June 24: at 1152, poor on both 8400 and 9000; 1214 on new 13500 // 9000, nothing on 13970 which has not been heard last few days; at 1217 a trace of it on 14420 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1466, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 11610, RFI musique at 0609 June 24, fair, weaker than Bulgaria in French on 11600. 11610 is supposed to be English 0600-0630 via Issoudun, 500 kW, 170 degrees, but with strike fill music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 4750, RRI Makassar, presumed, June 24 at 1147 YL in Indonesian(?) talk, about to fade out more than a semihour after local sunrise, CODAR, summer noise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. R. Nikkei, JOZ, 3925, SSB ham QRM, with piano music // 6055, June 24 at 1148. At this late hour could not hear any other broadcasters on 120, 105, 90 or 75 m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. XERTA, 4800, June 24 at 1146 with music, YL ID ``desde MÈxico . . . Radio Transcontinental``; CODAR and summer noise overtaking.

XEQM, MÈrida, presumed, on 6105 with het as befits a station always reported 100-300 Hz on the lo side, but I did not try to measure it, June 24 at 0618, upbeat music with live DJ, sometimes talking over, timechex. Did not get ID other than slogan ``la m·s grande``. Some fading, and mostly music until 0635. The het probably came from BBC Ascension in French, 27 degrees at 0600-0630 only (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1466, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. Hmong hmusic on 11935, June 24 at 1207, way underneath CRI in Russian; just like we hear on WHRI 11785. Sure `nuff, Hmong is scheduled on R. Veritas Asia 11935 at 1200-1227, 250 kW, 280 degrees from Palauig-Zambales, per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 11570, June 24 at 1213 in Burmese, spelling out Family Radio address; per Aoki it`s 1200-1300, 100 kW, 265 degrees from Hu Wei site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. You hear Allen Graham and Jeff White on WRMI 9955, Wednesday June 24 at 1155, so it`s DX Partyline, right? Wrong; it`s Wavescan, as scheduled from 1130, Allen (with an E as in Ecuador) guesting in Miami studio; a bit of Aegean folk music Jeff no doubt picked up on a recent cruise, and wrapup. Grind jamming bothering and steadily building up, but WRMI still audible at 1200 ID and into Radio Cuba Libre, opening with martial fanfare and Cuban national anthem(?) we used to hear also on RHC. By a few minutes later, buried under DentroCuban Jamming Command (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 11850, YL in non-Mandarin Chinese dialect, June 25 at 1213, VG signal but with squeal – alternating 2 or 3 pitches, which almost seemed like exotic instrument musical accompaniment; it could be heard more clearly by tuning to the LSB, as the USB was bothered by BBC/GUF from 11860. It`s CRI in Cantonese as scheduled via Sackville during this hour. Don`t recall hearing Sackville with the squeal problem much before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake check June 25: at 1222, nothing audible on 8400 or 9000 but at 1331, both very poorly audible. At 1242, very poor on 13500 only but gone at 1338 recheck.

However, the CNR1 jammers were doing much better. At 1238 kid singing off-key (on key in Chinese terms?) on 11840, poor but in the clear, unlike on // 11825, 11805 and 11785 where it just happened to collide with Western broadcasts in Chinese! Also on 12040, 13830. 11825 mix had a ``Voice of America`` singing ID in English at 1232.

So could 11840 be a legitimate CNR1 frequency? Of course not! Per Aoki, It`s there to jam All India Radio`s Chinese service, altho inaudible here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 13640, RFI via GUIANA FRENCH, VG June 25 at 1134 with YL reciting MÈtÈo Marine info; she is a real human, not a computer or robot! Wonder if marine weather is exempt from strike. Next check 1142, already back to Musique. Presumably continued to 1230 instead of Spanish, and off the air after 1230 unlike some other occasions (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. Someone reported VOI on 9524 or so around 1800; thus I checked whether the frequency had also jumped when we can hear it between 1200 and 1400: no, still just a shade below 9525 at 1330 June 25 when gamelan could be discerned, but pretty weak now during the English hour, unlike at 1200 when it was incoming well (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. VOM, 11884.7, June 25 at 1148 fair signal with rolling fades in ballad, noticeably distorted audio, 1152 announcement in Chinese; 1208 in talk, presumably news, 1210 back to a song. 1228 a bit of Chinese operatic music, 1229 brief announcement and 1230 open carrier for a few minutes.

No IDs discernible, but who else is on 11884.7? PWBR `2009` shows 11884v, but Ron Howard frequently logs it close to 11884.7, which should round to 11885, not 11884.

This is the VOM Chinese service at 1130-1230, and not jammed! Is it for overseas Chinese around SE Asia? No, target is Beijing area, with 50 or 100 kW at 25 degrees from Kajang site, and thus also favoring us.

Perhaps the ChiCom consider VOM too insignificant to bother with, and/or from a country sufficiently autocratic to be rated as friendly. No het audible either from anything on 11885.0 tho Aoki shows PBS Xinjiang, Urumqi is also on in Uighur, running 50 kW at 230 degrees. Nice to hear VOM here, as I never have any luck with VOM on 15295, or any of the 7 MHz Malaysian channels (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. Quite a while since my last check of REE`s token Co-official language newscasts, M-F 1240-1255. So June 25 at 1245 tuned in COSTA RICA relay on 15170, very strong signal such that even its undermodulation was sufficient, as Catalan was ending and Galician was starting with its catchy sea-chanty theme. 1250 into Basque, but as always just the quick open, and close at 1255 are really in Basque, while the body of the segment is in Castilian.

This is really wacky, as the whole point of doing news in co-official languages is to broadcast in those languages, however briefly, isn`t it? It makes one suspect that no one at REE Madrid understands Basque, so the Basques have been instructed to do their news in Castilian, to be sure nothing untoward is conveyed on behalf of terrorists, separatists. OTOH, one can also assume every Basque who might be listening also understands Castilian, certainly not vice-versa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR 15825 inbooming already as early as 1131 tune-in June 25, and under Alex Scourby`s ponderous Bible readings, the self-inflicted squeal was quite audible. Best signal by far on 19m, tho VOA Greenville B also in well on 15390 Creole, 15590 & 13715 Spanish. Means sporadic E had already kicked in, but this morning did not reach VHF channel 2. 13845 WWCR not yet on the air, but it too inboomed after 1200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. VOA Spanish, 13715, Enfoque Andino segment, June 25 at 1137 with report from someone at VOASAT affiliate R. La Plata, Sucre, Bolivia. I think they were just mentioning its frequency 9715 as I intuned, but I believe that is inactive, varying to 9717 per WRTH; 1139 another one, from Bogot· (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WEWN, 11530 in English sermon, VG June 25 at 1219 plus the usual distorted parasitix around 11520 and 11540. Something was getting creamed on 11520, per Aoki YFR in Indonesian via Taiwan, Catholix vs Protestants trying to convert Moslems! And on the other hand, something on 11535 was getting it from both sides. I should have focused on IDing that as nothing is listed, altho VOK is on there at other times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 26: before 1300 barely audible on 9000; at 1305, very poor on 14420, nothing on 13500, 13970 or any others of the usuals (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GABON [and non]. I often hear a weak station in French on 9580, which has to be the last SW frequency left from this country, Africa Number One; such as June 26 at 0537, French talk, but no comparison to the signals from DW/Rwanda on 9480, 250 kW at 295 degrees; or to CVC Zambia on 9430, 100 kW at 315 degrees. ANO is supposedly 250 kW at 350 degrees, 0500-2300 --- but undermodulated. I really miss the big clear daytime signals they used to put thru on 15475, even 17630 from the ailing transmitter, which they are supposedly going to revive, unlike Pres. Bongo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. KJRH, channel 2, Tulsa, still going with Nightlight NAB video about DTV, alternating Spanish/English, at 1351 UT June 26, the date it`s supposed to conclude on this and many other stations, two weeks after the June 12 analog closedown (tho some keep going until July 12 or miscellaneous dates between). I expect most of them will turn this off without any fanfare (or much notice in their local markets), whenever they get around to it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR, 13845, strong Es-assisted open carrier, June 26 at 1306; really open, no hum, crosstalk or squeal either. PMS audio finally came up circa 1320.

15825, WWCR was also inbooming with Tony Al·mo, whose ministry has continued unabated during the M-F 13-14 hour despite his legal problems and presumed incarceration pending trial which keeps getting put off, latest date being July 13. This rounds up news about the case: http://www.tonyalamonews.com/

Es opening not strong enough to bring in WWRB 18770 harmonic or anything on channel 2, yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [and non]. 9550 with two weak Asian stations mixing, a fast SAH, maybe 10 Hz between them, June 26 at 1327. One is in Chinese, the other in Vietnamese, but after 1330 only one of them remains. Was also hearing the same before 1300. A radio war between Vietnam and China, Commies vs Commies? We know they have had their differences.

Aoki listings confirm the two are broadcasting to each other on the same frequency at the same time. CRI in Vietnamese at 11-17, 500 kW, 193 degrees from Beijing site; and VOV in Chinese at 1100-1330, 1500-1700, 100 kW, 27 degrees from Hanoi-Sontay site. Depending on relative skip distances, one may slide in over the other at certain locations, but in much of SE Asia, the collision is bound to be huge. And this is nothing new (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11535, heard the day before in skirts of WEWN 11530, and WEWN spur on 11540, checked again June 26 at 1250: sounds like Chinese, but not positive it`s Mandarin, tho did hear ``wo-men`` mentioned by M talking, occasional interjexions by W. 1255 to piano music, seems a hymn, 1256 W and then M with brief announcement, off at 1257*. No IDs discernible, but suspect it is one of the missionary stations aiming into China on a new frequency. Doing better than expected against WEWN since the latter had long pauses in live mass. The June 26 edition of Aoki still doesn`t have it. And there are no clues in WRTH A-09 update, PWBR `2009`, HFCC or EiBi either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** CUBA. Sunday June 28 at 1307, big open carrier on 12010, presumably RHC warming up for the 1400 Sunday-only AlÛ Presidente broadcast; regular RHC same time on 12000, this time atop Russia. Next check at 1318, 12010 was off.

But at 1418 recheck, none of the A,P frequencies were on the air; however, 13760 had separate programming from much stronger 13780 et al. This is abnormal. A,P normally shows up on 13750 Sunday mornings only. Nothing heard either on 11690, 13680 or 17750, the other three regular A,P channels. 13760 was discussing the coup in Honduras, arrest of Pres. Zelaya. Still going with that at 1446.

Did not check again until 1600, and now instead of 13760, 13750 is on with very strong signal, but not AlÛ, Presidente. Announcer was giving e-mail tmpides@rhc.cu asking for Hondurans to confirm they are hearing the broadcast. I am not sure of the correct spelling of that address!

Then resumed special Mesa Redonda Informativa in progress about Honduras, so now I check the other frequencies normally used for AlÛ, Presidente: 13750 is // 17750; an echo apart // also on 12010 and 13680. Maybe also on 11690 but buried in noise level.

Radio Habana Cuba con emisiÛn especial para Honduras, el domingo 28 de junio alrededor de las 1600 TU, mejor en 13750, tambiÈn en 17750, 13680, 12010, frecuencias habituales de AlÛ, Presidente cuando funciona Ch·vez (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. YFR test via Bonaire, 15580, June 28 at 0152 check, Harold Camping droning, only fair compared to other frequency earlier 15315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17585 with open carrier, June 28 at 1316, then tone tests fading in and out, off at 1317* No doubt VOA Greenville warming up for the 1400-1430 broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** ALASKA. 9780 at 1256 June 29, KNLS concluding English hour with full schedule in that language, here mixing with Chinese, which is no surprise if you believe Aoki rather than HFCC, since the former includes Taiwan at 10-14 in Chinese, and consequently DentroChinese jamming. This frequency must be a total loss for KNLS in its E Asian target area, but the 1200 English is also on 7355, not checked today, tho often sufficient here at least durng the first part (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. Another anomaly from Radio Canada Internal: 9515, June 29 at 1440 in Spanish and French with kids` voices, 1443 announcer identifies this as ``FrancÈs hablado para niÒos, de Radio Canad· Internacional``, texts somewhere at http://www.rcinet.ca O, here it is:


The trouble is, per RCI`s online schedules, the 1405-1505 hour is supposed to be in Russian, 7 days a week! Repeated inquiries to RCI asking for an explanation or correxion have gone unanswered.

1505 recheck found 9515 in correct language, English. Like so many American newscasters, she had no clue how to pronounce ``Manuel Zelaya`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 29: at 1310, fair on 13970, nothing on 13500 or 14420; at 1214 JBA on 8400, trace? on 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Further RHC observations Sunday June 28:

The DentroCubans are convinced the CIA --- now Obama`s CIA --- is behind the coup, immediately drawing parallels with Guatemala and Chile. Geez, give the Rep·blica Bananera de Honduras some credit for being able to stage its own coups without the US necessarily being involved! That`s what Manuel Zelaya gets for trying to reform the constitution so he could remain president-for-life, ‡ la Hugo Ch·vez. So he lands in Costa Rica --- wonder if the ex-University for Peace, converted into a university for war, had anything to do with it?

At 1655 UT the Mesa Redonda adjourned for lunch, to resume at 2 pm (1800 UT), music fill until 13750 went off without further announcement at 1700. Since it`s a domestic radio/TV program, RHC may or may not resume the SW relay at a time when it is not normally on the air at all, but check the usual suspect frequencies.

At 1818 UT, we find all three A,P frequencies back on, now with Hugo Ch·vez talking about the Honduran situation: 17750 with 1.2 Hz SAH generally atop WYFR, 13750 somewhat better, also audible on 13680, 12010, 11690. These leftists would not be so outraged if the oustee were a right-winger. I wonder how long this broadcast will be prolonged under the circumstances as it`s usually upwrapping about now.

Maybe it was live or maybe it was a clip of Ch·vez, but by 1840 his voice was replaced by someone in Cuba, and at 1842 the RHC announcer listed frequencies 9600, 13750, 5965, 6180, 15360. Not in order, fading in and out on 13750, so I may have missed something. Then at 1847 I checked, and did hear it on 9600 and 15360, but still on the original 5 too; not expected to be audible here at midday on 49m, and it was not, at least not on the portable in the yard. Looks like RHC is pulling out all the stops for this special event, so we`ll see if regular external languages get disrupted this afternoon and evening too.

Announcer also plugged TV coverage streaming at http://www.cubavision.cubaweb.cu/ which when I checked a bit later had mostly frozen or jerky video, but the audio was OK altho very low level. Bug for CV in the upper left, TeleSur in the upper right. Running about a sesquiminute behind SW.

At 2008 both on RHC and CV, a live press conference with Zelaya from the San JosÈ airport was on.

At 2020 checked all the SW frequencies again: per http://www.radiohc.cu/espanol/c_frecuencia/frecuencias.htm

at 2000-2030, RHC French is supposed to be on 11760, 5965 and Portuguese on 11770, but both were missing.

In fact, 11770 was not even on the air, 11760 was in Spanish, and 5965 too weak to copy. However, 6180 could be detected now in Spanish. In the meantime since last check, 9600 was also off the air, as were 13680 and 13760.

The special coverage in Spanish was still audible on 17750, 15360, 13750, 12010, 11800, 11760, 6180. RNV 2000 relay was on as usual 17705.

At 2041, when the press conference was over, and TV coverage switched to yelling crowds, 13750 cut to RHC IS and ID, and local announcer, summarizing events, mentioning that Mesa Redonda was still running on domestic radio and TV, and went in and out of that from time to time.

SW check at 2044 to see if 2030 RHC English on 17660 has survived the coup in Honduras: no, it`s in Spanish too, weakly audible. Reconfirmed // 17750, 15360, 13750, 11800, 11760. 11770 still AWOL, and I assume the strong signal on 13750 is that transmitter. 12010 is also off now. Note that 15360 and 13750 are normally used only in the morning hours.

No SWBC from Honduras, of course {in the daytime above 90m, I mean, and those are only gospel huxters}, but has anyone been getting live audio or video streaming from there? There were reports earlier that communications had been disrupted.

It is quite amusing to hear calls for the rule of democracy in Honduras, from Cuba, a country where there never has been any such thing since the Revolution by force a semi-century ago. Democracy is just great if that can get you into power legitimately, but never give it up voluntarily.

Had enough of checking this for a while, but did so again at 2348, mainly to see if the 2300 English broadcast on 13790 had also been blown off. Yes! 13790 not on the air, and 13750 instead still on in Spanish with Honduras special, along with 15360, 11800 and 9600. Nothing on 11690 or 11760. Did not take time to track all possible frequencies.

When I said ``no SWBC from Honduras``, I was referring to anything audible in the daytime above 90 meters. The only two active SW stations on 3250v and 3340 are both gospel-huxters, so it`s doubtful they would dare say anything or take sides, much less be in a position to broadcast any real news of the world today rather than yesterday and tomorrow (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

RHC observations morning of June 29:

At 1307, 13760 again with echo audible during fades, but this was just after much stronger 13780 came on, and did not hear any echoes before it did, so I conclude this is indeed receiver overload cross-modulation, and not long-path; besides, conditions are quite poor for LP to be happening.

At 1316, 6000 which nominally runs until 1400, was open carrier with a trace of modulation while the DRM roar from RA Brandon, Australia, 5995 was much louder, despite supposedly being only 10 kW at 5 degrees, two hours after sunrise here.

At 1450 the news as usual on 13780, nothing on 13750 like the day before, so suspected RHC was back to normal scheduling in day two of the Honduran coup.

But once again the usual 5-hour siesta from 1500 is broken. At 1510 found VG signal on 13680, obviously on the antenna aimed usward, with hum and Honduran special coverage in Spanish, ``for the truth at first hand``. It seems the military, the oligarchy and the media are now getting the blame rather than the CIA, since Secretary of State Clinton did denounce the coup yesterday, but suspicions no doubt remain.

This led me to tune carefully for any and all other RHC frequencies that might be active; just as I intuned 11760 it dumped off the air at 1512*. Rechecked at 1518 it was back on with a stronger signal, so apparently switched transmitters/antennas in the break. But audio was cutting on and off, mostly off, and when on was barely audible. 1522 check seemed OK.

Also detected with // programming but much weaker signals were 11800, 13760 and 6000, all an echo apart from 13680. Tried 15360 and found a very weak signal, from something else. Also a trace on 17750, couldn`t be sure it was RHC. 13680 had a semi-minute transmitter failure until *1526.

So it looks like another long day of coup coverage, much of it originating from Bolivarian Venezuela, asserting solidarity. The only other Cuban frequency I found was 11680 with usual RNV relay in the 15-16 hour.

Is there anything on the RHC website about these special transmissions with times and frequencies? Not that I can find; must be quite ad-hoc and not identical to usage the day before, altho there is plenty about Honduras, such as:

``La Habana, 29 jun (RHC) CubavisiÛn, el Canal Educativo, CubavisiÛn Internacional, Radio Rebelde y Radio Habana Cuba transmitir·n hoy, desde las cinco de la tarde, la mesa redonda informativa Condena internacional al golpe de Estado en Honduras, con informaciones y an·lisis sobre los acontecimientos en el hermano paÌs centroamericano y la repulsa mundial al golpe contra el presidente Manuel Zelaya.``

So there will be a Round Table special Monday at 2100 UT on RHC and all the other radio and TV networks, an earlier sesquihour than usual 2230; WTFK?

Kept listening to 13680, and at 1603 IS, ID and frequency announcement:

13680, San Francisco

11760, Chicago

11800, AmÈrica Central

11690, Caribe

6000, Nueva York

13760, Buenos Aires

The only additional one is 11690 so I check and hear that weakly too. What a bold move, broadcasting to New York midday on 6 MHz; is it making it that far by brute force against the absorption? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN. Radio Free Asia, 17880, June 29 at 0530 with ``Palladio`` theme and Chinese discussion, theme heard again at 0541, a regular around this time, daily? As usual, 17880 stronger than // 17615, 15615 via Tinian. 22-second sample of another version of the music, used in diamond commercials: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Palladio.ogg


** SAIPAN. KFBS, 11650, June 29 at 1300 in Russian with Radio TeÛs program, giving mailing address backwards, starting with Rossiya and ending with Radio Teos, fair, then M&W discussion. 323 degrees from Marpi.

KFBS, 9920, slow Vietnamese music, woman vocalist at 1321 June 29, S9+18 here tho beamed 278 degrees. BTW, KTWR takes over 9920 at 1400 also in Vietnamese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

** ASCENSION. After trolling 7100-7200 for violators, first signal I encountered was 7205, June 30 at 0556, tonal language, probably Hausa. What does PWBR `2009` say? Nothing listed. Off at 0559:30* but back on a few sex later, slightly weaker in French. Uplooked later online, it`s BBCWS, 250 kW as scheduled Hausa into French, also switching 65 to 70 degree beams which shouldn`t make much difference here or there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 30: at 1313 fair on 13970, unheard on any higher frequency; at 1331 very poor on 8400, not 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Rechecked RHC at 2127 UT June 29 for the publicized Mesa Redonda show to have started at 2100. The special M.R.-only frequency 9640 was on the air but now // many of the regulars, 11770, 11800, 13760, 13790; while 11760 was in ID, 2030 opening French. Could not tell if 17660 was on or not.

RHC does it again: wrong language Portuguese in the middle of the night, June 30 at 0553 on 6140. This time the other three 49m channels, 6060, 6010 and 6000 were in correct English, or rather // music at the time.

A quick check of all RHC frequencies 9-18 MHz at 1510 UT found only one on the air, 13760, mentioning a pending press conference, unlike the last two days with extended transmissions on several frequencies because of the Honduran coup. But more may show up later as antennas and transmitters are rejiggered (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. Just in case, checked for the two 90m SW stations which are sporadically active, June 30 at 0548 --- not even a carrier on 3340 between CHU and REE; when HRMI is active it does run this late or all-night; nothing on 3250v either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. Something is very wrong at Cimanggis: VOI, normally in the clear on 9525 during the 1300 English hour, but June 30 at 1321 accompanied by multiple carriers on each side producing identical hets amongst them, of somewhat more than 1000 Hz. Very difficult to sort out on my equipment but a spectrum display would have been intriguing.

I think this is all coming out of VOI, rather than interference or jamming. Possibly they are operating more than one transmitter by mistake, or a single one has big problems. No other audio heard, but some of the offset carriers may have had same audio as the central one.

Ron Howard in California was monitoring at same time, and found two audios, one above and one below 9525, plus the big hets.

I was making a point of checking this on Tuesday, and reconfirmed that as they have been doing since April, it was yet another weekly excursion to RRI Banjarmasin, as I could make out the regular announcer`s voice from there and Banj was mentioned after VOI ID at 1332.

The cacophony was constant until 1357 when CRI carrier came on as usual making matters even worse. Possibly with very tight selectivity and/or notching one could have made VOI listenable, but a better solution would have been for them to fix the problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. Surprised to hear unscheduled Spanish on 15580, June 30 at 1308, interview about Honduras and Zelaya`s plan to reclaim his office, soon IDed as ``La Matinal de Radio Nederland para las AmÈricas``, into another interview with a Buenos Aires professor. But cut off abruptly at 1314:30*, back on at *1318-1325* when cut off abruptly again as the topic had shifted to US pullout from Iraq; still off when I quit monitoring at 1335.

What`s going on here? Like RHC, has RNW added more transmissions because of the Honduran crisis? RN does not normally have Spanish at this hour on any frequency, ending at 1227 on 9715, 9895 both Bonaire. The only appearance of 15580 on RNW`s current schedule is for the YFR English test at 0001-0158, but previously used during that bihour for RNW`s own Spanish. Perhaps this was just a test or a total mistake; controlled by a timer with am and pm upmixed? However, VOA uses 15580 later from S„o TomÈ and Botswana, so this could also have emanated thence, or even Greenville as quite a strong, steady signal. The audio was somewhat lower-fi, I thought, than we are accustomed to from Bonaire (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. After a couple of dry days for sporadic E here (tho it was superb further east, with trans-Atlantic multi-hop FM!), it`s back June 30 at 1312 with Tony Al·mo and the squeal inbooming via WWCR 15825, as well as PMS on 13845, so you know what I do next: check 18770 for 2 x 9385 WWRB. And there he is, Brother Scare, barely audible with fades at 1315. MUF built up to channel 2 by 1430, channel 4 with an NAB Nightlight at 1447 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

Bogdan Chiochiu – Location as listed

Sangean Radio

9575 MOROCCO†† Medi Un, Nador MAY 20 1244 - playing an Arabic track by "Mohamed Soad" and other nice stuff as well. Only poor-fair with a background hiss because of a†lack of gain on the Sangean's own telescopic antenna. (Chiochiu-Otopeni-ROM) +MAY 21 1810 - HUGE later with a good signal using the telescopic antenna attached to the metallic roof that is saving the flowers of my greatfather from the rain ! +MAY 21 0500 - Fair-good the next morning until close to noon ! Around noon, it is more appealing to a SW DXer rather than a SWLer though. (Chiochiu-Drumul Taberii-ROM)

9580 GABON†† Africa NumÈro Un, Moyabi MAY 20 1246 - playing a wild mixture of soukous and coupÈ-dÈcallÈ music. Poor-fair, only audible at this time, later covered by an unID Chinese broadcaster. Background hiss evidenced by the poor perfermoance of the Sangean ACS 818-CST receiver on its own telescopic antenna. (Chiochiu-Otopeni-ROM)

17690 IRAN†† Radio Farda MAY 21 1030+ - playing rhythmic Arabic and occidental vocals. Huge, like a major international broadcaster such as the BBC or Deutsche Welle ! (Chiochiu-Drumul Taberii-ROM)

Steven Wiseblood – Boca Chica Beach, TX

Radio Shack DX-399 150' center fed LW

June 29 2009†

3260 PAPUA NEW GUINEA† R. Madang;†

M w/anmts, interview then W in lcl lang w/anmts† (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)

3315† 1139 PAPUA NEW GUINEA† R. Manus

M in lcl lang w/anmts (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)

3325 1138† PAPUA NEW GUINEA R. North Solomons

lite pop/vocal music† (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)

3335 1137 PAPUA NEW GUINEA† R. East Sepik;

sports by M in EG, then anmts by M in lcl lang, lite vocal music† (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)

3385 1137 PAPUA NEW GUINEA R. East New Britain, Rabaul;

anmts by M in lcl lang.† (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)

3925 1134 JAPAN R. Nikkei, strong w/classical music† (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)

3975 1133 W in lang. w/interview, anmts, sounds like INDO?† (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)

3995 1133 unID M in lang, sounds like INDO?† (Wiseblood-TX 6/29)

You don’t Need a Weatherman…

No Weather Reporters.

Extra, Extra!

Kevin Redding – Crump, TN

Final chord for the Rock of Boston

July 14, 2009 12:33 PM

By Michael Warshaw, Globe Staff

WBCN 104.1 FM, the long-celebrated Boston radio station credited with leading the progressive rock ‘n roll radio movement from the 1960s to the modern day, will no longer rock the airwaves


Owner CBS Radio Boston said today that the legendary station is going off the air in a complicated shuffle intended to make room for a new sports/talk format.

On August 13, 98.5 The Sports Hub will replace the music station WBMX, or Mix 98.5, which will move to WBCN’s slot on the dial. WBCN will become a Web-only operation available at www.wbcn.com.

The Sports Hub will air New England Patriots and Boston Bruins games, according to a release from the station. Local personalities Toucher and Rich will anchor the morning drive hours. The station will take the call letters WBZ-FM, pending FCC approval.

CBS Radio Inc. (the former Infinity Broadcasting Inc.) is making a similar move in Washington, D.C., where on Monday, its talk station WJFK FM will become "106.7 The Fan," with sports talk and broadcasts of Washington Wizards games.

As for WBCN, it will “say goodbye to Boston listeners after 41 years on the air with unique programming and stories celebrating the history and heritage of the station,” according to the release.

The news stirred wide interest among people in Boston and across the nation, according to Google figures. At mid-afternoon, WBCN was the seventh fastest rising search term in the United States, according to Google Trends. Of searches for 'WBCN,' 15 percent originated in Boston, 8 percent in Cambridge, and 6 percent in New York. Here's more.

For decades, WBCN carried a reputation as perhaps the most progressive commercial rock station in the country, featuring such well-known air personalities as Charles Laquidara, with his “The Big Mattress” morning show, Danny Schechter the News Dissector, and J. Geils Band lead singer Peter Wolf, who worked as a DJ there. Musically adventurous and politically active, the station informed popular tastes both regionally and nationally, in its glory days helping to break such artists as U2, Elvis Costello, and The Cars.


Bargain Barn

Nothing for sale this month

Show and Tell – New Toys

Micharl Richard – Evanston, WY


Hello fellers (and fellettes)

I had a surprise waiting for me when I got home last night.† Actually I knew it was coming.† My wife wanted to get me a Sony XDR-F1HD tuner for father’s day.† She heard me talking about it a few times and how it’s supposed to be such a great radio.† So she got it for me.† Right from Amazon…paid $112 with shipping…sure beats the hell out of the $200+ that I paid for the Accurian at Radio Shack a couple years ago.† I was excited when I walked in the door and saw the box there.† She let me have it early instead of making me wait til Sunday so I hooked it right up….which was a piece of cake.† Pulled out the Accurian and put in the Sony.† Initial impressions – yes..a very nice radio and does not appear to be as deaf as the Accurian.† All the HD FM’s come in as they did on the Accurian.† Well just about all of them.† There was one station (KODJ 94.1) that would not lock in.† Signal was pretty crappy but it seems like on the Accurian, that one station would weed through the crap and pull out the HD signal and kick in.† The Sony would not.† Then too, atmospheric cx do have some bearing.† There are some days when the Utah stations will come in and the signals fade back and forth bit….probably has to do with trop ducting or something along those lines.† Anyways….yeah it was one of those nights so that probably explains KODJ.† Figures that would be the one that wouldn’t come in since out of all the utah stations and HD’s, THAT one station is one that I would listen to.†

I was VERY pleasantly surprised to see RDS on the Sony.† The Accurian does not have that.† It displays plenty of info when it gets it from an HD signal, but on an analog signal it does not receive RDS.† It was really nice to see the RDS info kick in on the Sony.† My first ever RDS-capable home receiver.† Could come in handy for FM DXing :D.†

On the AM side of it I was pretty impressed as well.† So the Sony is sitting RIGHT ON TOP of my Hughesnet DVR and all I had connected was the supplied AM loop.† Of course I could pick up KEVA…my local and no it doesn’t decode C-quam but we knew that.† Other than KEVA, the band was noisy as hell considering right on the other side of the wall was my son’s TV and it was on.† However, positioning the loop just right I was able to get an audible signal from KSL 1160.† Buzz and static included but it was audible.† Through all this, the Sony wanted to decode.† It didn’t, but it wanted to…the HD indicator was flashing.† So through ALL THAT MESS it still sensed an HD signal.† NOW I feel that I may be able to DX HD signals.† Especially stepping through the band and having lots of noise but having plenty of stations coming in too.† Unlike the Accurian that would pick up KEVA and that’s about it.† If I take it away the noise and add my Terk loop it would seem that it would receive as many stations as any other typical radio.† Even with my Terk loop I had a hard time pickup ANYTHING with the accurian on AM.

So all in all I am very impressed and even though I fought her on it and told her I didn’t want or need it, I’m glad she got it for me.

Testing, Testing…

No Tests this month

Call Sign Changes


No call sign changes this month

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I Got The Bird!

No Satellite this month.

ABDX consists of:

Editor/List Owner: Kevin Redding

Webmaster: Michael J. Richard

Moderators: Phil Rafuse

Powell E. Way III

LW Editor: Jay Heyl

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And 209 of the greatest DXing contributors on earth!

Please pass the ABDX Journal to all the DXers you know. The dues are free and all we would like to do is see you contribute your logs on occasion.

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May 2009 ABDX Journal

Vol 4. Issue 5


Editors Corner:

ABDX membership is 209 members! I thank all of you for being members of ABDX.

The May CME was as follows:

LF- 150-300

MW- 1300-1490

HF- 49 meters 5900 - 6250

FM- All Band

TV- VHF 2-6

Satellite- Any

WiFi or Internet - Out of the USA

I had this Journal go to poofness and it vanished into the bit bucket. I had to rebuild this issue and I am sure I lost logs. If yours were lost, please accept my sincere apologies.

Next month we will all hear about the end of analog TV but there still will be some around for night light service. I am sure that there will be some out there that will have less TV after the digital switchover as in some areas there will not be enough coverage to equal the analog reception prior. This is also the month in the southern regions that has lots of lightning and this means a lot of people will begin to DX FM and TV. As to DXing something besides AM radio, I would love to see a lot more HF/SW logs. Its good to have varied interests in the hobby.

We have call sign changes this month!

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Nothin’ But Net

(Editor – Martin Foltz)

This month we have several articles submitted by Kevin with some good discussion on the Wi-Fi Pocket Radio followed by some logs from Bogdan Chiochiu

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

WiFi pocket radio

Posted by: kevin redding

Thu May 7, 2009 6:29 am (PDT)

Epoq Launches Wi-Fi Pocket Radio Line
By Joseph Palenchar -- TWICE, 04/30/2009

Boca Raton, Fla. - The portable, pocket-size six-transistor AM radio of the early 1960s has evolved into a Wi-Fi-equipped Internet radio. Under its Epoq Multimedia brand, Paradigm Shift plans end-of-May availability of its $149-suggested EIR-PW01, dubbed the world's first pocket-sized Internet radio. Via Wi-Fi, it accesses more than 12,000 internet stations.

Epoq¥s $149-suggested pocket-size Internet radio with Wi-Fi. radio stations. It also feature FM tuner, 1500mAh lithium-ion battery with up to 10 hours of listening time, a stereo minijack output, and a built-in mono speaker. The device uses a scroll wheel to access station presets, search for stations by genres, and perform other functions. Its battery can be recharged by standard USB connection or AC adapter.

The company also plans additional WiFi radio shortly after the first model ships. They¥ll include a tabletop unit and a handheld AA-battery-powered model, the company said. The company is also in discussion with Internet music services, free and subscription-based, to include access to their services.

The device will be available in white, pastel blue, pastel periwinkle, black and silver case colors. All will be available online at Amazon.com and www.gadgetcraver.com. The supplier is looking for other online and brick and mortar retailers.

Epoq also markets unlocked GSM cellphones, TVs, and portable media
players (PMPs).


Re: WiFi pocket radio

Posted by: Michael J. Richard

Thu May 7, 2009 6:37 am (PDT)

Ha! Pretty darn neat-looking if you ask me. Now this is something I could see me having in my pocket with a pair of earbuds listening while working out in the yard or something. Probably would be a little more handy once Wi-Max availiablity comes around and wi-fi coverage blankets areas like cell towers do but I still say it's pretty damn neat. I would hope it's user-programmable so you can also input your own URL's for listening to streams if they are not part of the radio's on-board list. For instance....our FM station has an online feed but I don't publish it anywhere so no one knows about it.

Michael n Wyo

Re: WiFi pocket radio

Posted by: kevin redding

Thu May 7, 2009 6:43 am (PDT)

On May 7, 2009, at 8:36 AM, Michael J. Richard wrote:

> Now this is something I could see me having in my pocket with a
> pair of earbuds listening while working out in the yard or something.

This could be a terrestrial and satellite radio killer.


Re: WiFi pocket radio

Posted by: Phil Rafuse

Thu May 7, 2009 7:02 am (PDT)

I can see it eventually killing off all the non-locally oriented FM stations and all AM stations. I can also see folks tuning in on its built in FM tuner good, locally oriented stations for news, weather, cancellations and all the good stuff a radio station that is truly live, local and community oriented will carry.

To put it in Maritime Canadian terms - it would destroy MBS Radio, but not hurt community oriented chains like Newcap, and single station owners like Hector, Atlantic and MacEachern.

I can see myself doing a lot of station hopping on this one, from good local FM to internet stations and back.

I can see a lot of people liking this type of thing.


Re: WiFi pocket radio

Posted by: Emily Keene

Thu May 7, 2009 7:22 am (PDT)

The only drawback to this thing that I can see is that access will depend upon wi-fi signal availability. There are areas where I go routinely - remote camping areas, even one of my workplaces which is urban but devoid of wi-fi signals, where traditional radio will work but wi-fi will not. I already have an internet radio in a portable game system that I use all the time, but it and my laptop are useless where there is no signal. The XM radios work almost everywhere, and of course, so do the traditional ones. I like the idea of the portable internet radio, but am not too excited since I am so aware of the limitations.


Re: WiFi pocket radio

Posted by: Harry Helms W5HLH

Thu May 7, 2009 9:15 am (PDT)

Big yawn. . . . . the iPod Touch also has WiFi capability and has been available since 2007. Why buy the Epoq when the iPod Touch offers so much more?


Harry Helms W5HLH
Corpus Christi, TX EL17

Re: WiFi pocket radio

Posted by: Phil Rafuse

Thu May 7, 2009 6:51 pm (PDT)

--- In
ABDX@yahoogroups.com, Harry Helms W5HLH wrote:
> Big yawn. . . . . the iPod Touch also has WiFi capability and has been available since

> 2007. Why buy the Epoq when the iPod Touch offers so much more?

That is true. The ipod Touch is pretty cool. My wife won one a couple months back and likes it, a lot. Funny thing is, I never thought about being able to use it for internet radio. Wait until I tell her!


Re: WiFi pocket radio

Posted by: kevin redding

Fri May 8, 2009 6:34 am (PDT)

> Big yawn. . . . . the iPod Touch also has WiFi capability and has
> been available since 2007. Why buy the Epoq when the iPod Touch
> offers so much more?

Because a lot of people are out of work or work low paying jobs right now and the Epoq is a lot cheaper than the iTouch. No doubt the iTouch is superior but it costs a lot more. Its cheaper WiFi for the masses, I suppose.


The Wacky World of Radio - Internet Radio Stations

Posted by: kevin redding

Mon May 11, 2009 5:52 am (PDT)

The Wacky World of Radio - Internet Radio Stations
Today’s Lesson: Internet Radio (Humor/Satire)
By Corey Deitz, About.com

Radio used to be just AM and FM until "Internet Radio" came along. Boy, is AM and FM mad about that because AM and FM used to have a monopoly on “radio” until that “World Wide Internets” came along - as some refer to it.

Watch Me Pull a Transmitter Out of My Hat Technically, Internet Radio isn’t really “radio” by definition. AM and FM sends music and voice wirelessly through the air by a
procedure known as “magic”. (Yes: the same people who brought you the magic of invisible ink, x-ray specs, and rubber vomit invented Radio. I’m right. Look it up.)

Internet Radio does not send audio through the air by magic. Instead, it sends audio through telephone and cable lines (how mundane). Therefore, it is not really "radio" but an incredible simulation. We often refer to Internet Radio as “streams” yet it has nothing to do with water either. So, to summarize: Internet Radio is not really “radio” nor is it a “stream” but we still use both terms to refer to it.

Traditional radio stations require a lot of studio equipment, transmitters, broadcast towers, and personnel. Also, by law AM and FM stations only cover a predefined geographic area. Internet Radio requires a 14-year-old kid sitting his bedroom in Cow Nuts, Iowa who has a $299 netbook computer and a $9.95 monthly subscription at
Live365.com to reach a global audience.

Oddly enough, some people who own AM and FM radio stations which they paid millions of dollars for seemed threatened by this.


Internet Radio: An Enigma Wrapped in a Bedroom

Many AM and FM stations now rebroadcast the content from these stations across the Internet. This allows the traditional stations to pretend they are Internet radio stations. Why would the owners of million-dollar AM and FM radio stations want to pretend they were 14-year-old boys broadcasting out of their bedroom? Because for some reason listenership of Internet Radio has increased every year since it was introduced.

This is perplexing to traditional radio station owners because they pay really smart people big salaries to pick tiny playlists of songs for repeated broadcast. On the other hand, Internet Radio is run by a motley bunch of know-nothing fans, hobbyists, and radio entrepreneurs who take chances with music and formats. Did I mention Internet Radio
has increased every year since it was introduced?


It’s almost as if these Internet Radio stations are providing some sort of unfulfilled service to listeners.

Do Not Feed the AM and FM Station Owners

Anyway, Internet Radio has made the jump from computers to cell phones. One day soon, it will be readily available in all vehicles. That will also be the day that the owners of AM and FM radio stations feel cornered and physically attack all the 14-year-olds broadcasting from their bedrooms, take them hostage, and issue press releases condemning Internet Radio as a vast Left and Right wing conspiracy.

Three Important Facts About Internet Radio:

If you added up all the Internet radio stations in the world, they would stretch from the birthplace of Guglielmo Marconi to Edwin H. Armstrong, whoever they were.

The letters in “Internet Radio” also spell “Trained Orient” which suggests Internet radio is yet another lowdown trick by the Red Chinese.

Internet radio streams sometimes includes hidden and encoded sublingual messages. Those are the kind of messages you put under your tongue.

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Radio wherever you want it, and static-free

Posted by: kevin redding

Tue May 19, 2009 5:25 am (PDT)

Radio wherever you want it, and static-free

Sunday News
Published: May 17, 2009
00:06 EST

By ERIC STARK, Stark Ravings
Last Friday I wore a headset and listened to '80s music on WROZ-FM 101.3 "The Rose" while designing pages at work — and I didn't use a radio. I listened online through the station's Web site.

Internet radio allows you to listen to your favorite radio station anywhere you go. It's mobile and free, and you don't lose the station's frequency when you leave the area.

Internet broadcasts present a continuous "stream" of audio, usually accessible anywhere you can get an Internet connection. So you could travel to Europe and still listen to a central Pennsylvania station. Clear Channel Communications, which operates more than 800 radio stations, restricts its listening to the United States because of music licensing and advertising concerns, but most stations allow streaming anywhere.

The signal is cleaner on the Net, although there can be some glitches with the programs that stream the audio. It's not 100 percent foolproof, but neither is radio.

To listen to a station online, visit its Web page and look for a link that says something akin to "Listen Live." Popular clearinghouse sites that specialize in providing Internet radio service include Slacker (
http://slacker.com) and Pandora (http://pandora.com).

Todd Toerper, general manager of WARM-FM 103.3 and WSOX-FM 96.1, said radio is perfect for the Internet. While listeners with more advanced — and expensive — devices such as the iPhone can currently listen to Internet radio on their phones, Toerper believes that all cell phones will soon have this capability. When that occurs, he said, it will be even more popular and mobile than satellite radio.

The number of online listeners continues to grow. In January, a national survey conducted jointly by Arbitron and Edison Research found that approximately 42 million people in the United States over the age of 12 tune to online radio on a weekly basis, which is more than twice the number in 2005. Today, in a week's time, 17 percent of
the population will listen to radio online, compared to just 2 percent in 2000.

According to the survey, an estimated 69 million Americans listened to Internet radio in the last month, and Web radio reaches one in five people between the ages of 25 and 54 per week. The key radio demographic of listeners ages 35 to 54 is growing, with men listening slightly more than women. The survey noted that Internet radio attracts an upscale, well-educated, employed audience.

Radio stations are finding a second source of advertising revenue online. Although Internet listeners hear the same songs that are played on the radio, stations are restricted to playing only local commercials online because of royalty issues.

During commercial breaks on WARM and WSOX, an advertiser's visual ad appears simultaneously with the airing of its commercial, allowing listeners to link to the advertiser's Web site. These types of online ads can sell for as little as $1 or as much as $1,000 for a banner ad on a station's Web site.

Ronnie Ramone, promotions director and on-air personality at WROZ, said Internet is a great companion for radio, as stations hold contests online and tie advertisers into packages in both formats.

Some stations even require online listeners to watch or listen to a 15-to-30-second ad prior to streaming the radio broadcast.

It seems the Internet isn't just an emerging content stream; it's an important new revenue stream.

Staff writer Eric Stark discusses trends and tidbits in broadcast media each week in the Sunday News. E-mail him at


The Ascendance of Internet Radio

Posted by: kevin redding

Sat May 30, 2009 5:38 am (PDT)

May 29, 2009, 12:05 PM
The Ascendance of Internet Radio


Tivoli Internet table radio with zebra-patterned case

I’m starting to think that at the end of the day what will be the most common way of getting digital music will be some new version of radio. Push a button. Get some good songs. Pay no money. Maybe hear some ads. Sure, people will buy downloads, use social networks and get music lots of other ways. But good enough and easy may well dominate.

That was one reason why I leaped at the chance to meet Tom DeVesto, the chief executive of Tivoli Audio, which makes some well regarded and very expensive table radios. Mr. DeVesto has been making radios since he joined Advent, the audio company Henry Kloss started decades ago.

The top of Tivoli’s line are designed to get Internet radio stations too. Hook it up to your WiFi network and you can pull in any of the thousands of stations around the world that stream their programming on the Web.

Tivoli introduced the Net radios last year, and was in New York to show off new versions with fancy wood finishes created with Italian furniture designers. There are bright colored finishes (Carmine Red), and bold textures (Zebra). I confess the zebra model reminded me of Glen Close as Cruella de Vil, but the radios are quite attractive if you’ve got $600 to $1,000 to spare.

Indeed, that was my main question for Mr. DeVesto: How do the sort of people who have been buying his luxury traditional radios see the digital music revolution?

Mr. DeVesto had a clear vision of his customer: someone who uses a computer at work, carries a BlackBerry, but who doesn’t want to use ever more scarce leisure time to figure out some imperfect gadget.

“He doesn’t want to make his wine; he wants to open a bottle,” he explained. Music is simply not an end it itself, but something to accompany daily activities.

“The days of putting on an album, sitting down and listening to it are over,” he said. “Music is part of living.”

So why not make a portable audio player? Mr. DeVesto said he simply doesn’t like ear buds. As Mr. DeVesto sees them, Tivoli’s customers may well own iPods, but the process of downloading music and assembling playlists is often more burden than benefit.

“People who download and burn CDs are probably not my customer,” he said. “My customer is more likely to buy a CD.”

In that light, it’s not surprising that Mr. DeVesto argues Internet radio is the way to go. He thinks it is better than subscription services, like the newly renovated Napster, which offers the choice of most any song available.

“You don’t want to walk into a room with 10,000 CDs and have to look at them to pick out what you want,” he said. “You want to turn on the radio, hear the song that comes on and say, ‘This is great.’ ”

Mr. DeVesto is building his products mainly around traditional radio stations that have online streams. I asked about custom radio services like Pandora. He said that Tivoli has talked to Pandora, but said they hadn’t been able to work out an economic deal. The displays on Tivoli devices can’t display advertising. And users, he argued, won’t want to hear audio ads, nor will they pay a fee.

“Pandora with commercials is not Pandora,” he said.

I’m not entirely sure that’s right. Many of the radio stations that the Tivoli radio gets have commercials (or public radio pledge drives). And I wonder whether typing the name of an artist into a service like Pandora is in fact easier than scrolling through the Tivoli’s directory of thousands of stations arranged by genre. (You can do this on the radio or on a Web site linked to your radio.)

But if you believe, as I do, that we will have wireless broadband everywhere and so we can have streaming music anywhere, this is the right debate. Most people are in fact looking for the easiest way to make music they like appear, just like they were switching on a radio.


Web Radio Hits the Road

Posted by: kevin redding

Sun May 31, 2009 4:31 am (PDT)

Web Radio Hits the Road
By Rob Pegoraro
Sunday, May 31, 2009

It took a long drive over a holiday weekend -- a setting that should have played to all of radio's traditional strengths-- to show how much trouble commercial FM stations may have in store.

The soundtrack for the trip along Interstates 66 and 81 to the Shenandoah Valley town of Woodstock, Va., came not from FM, an XM or Sirius satellite broadcast or such recorded alternatives as CD or iPod.

Instead, our musical selection came from an Internet-connected smartphone that streamed Web radio to the nearest speakers through a cheap tape-deck adapter.

And it cost nothing extra on top of the phone's regular service plan.

For people at a desk, Web radio has long offered a terrific upgrade over the playlist-choked monotony of most FM stations. But a few things had to happen before people could order up Web radio to go.

First, wireless carriers had to offer data services fast enough for a digital stream of music -- then relax the absurd restrictions they first imposed on this access, which in some cases explicitly banned Web radio. Then phone developers had to make it easy for users to tune in, either through browsers on phones or programs provided through such simple software catalogues as Apple's App Store.

All those developments only came together over the last 12 months: At one popular site, Pandora (
http://pandora.com), the share of listeners tuning in on a mobile device has gone from 1 percent a year ago to 23 percent. Because this change hasn't been heralded by a splashy product launch, many phone users may not realize how easily they can liberate Web radio from their computers.

I've spent much of the past two weeks trying out two of the best- known options in this category, Oakland-based Pandora and San Diego-based Slacker (

Both run through their own extra software, easily installed on iPhones and newer BlackBerrys. They also allow a choice between free versions with ads (Pandora's consisted of silent banners, while Slacker occasionally inserted a brief, audible ad between songs) and premium, ad-free options ($36 a year for Pandora, $47.88 a year for

These two services, however, differ in how you define your stations. In Pandora, you pick a song or artist you like, and then the service cues up songs that fit, as determined by its music database. To refine its selections, you can tap thumbs-up, thumbs-down or "skip" buttons (the last only works 12 times a day in the free version).

Slacker can also cook up a station based on a favorite song or band, or you can just pick one of 128 preset stations, then customize it by approving, disapproving or skipping songs. It will also show the artist of the next song in its queue, but not its title.

In practice, Slacker was more enjoyable to listen to, and not just because Pandora could only do mono sound on a Verizon Wireless BlackBerry I used for much of this test. Slacker, with 2 million or so songs in its catalogue compared with Pandora's 600,000, offered more variety -- a good thing behind the wheel, where I had to ignore these customization options to focus on the road.

That experience also often left me guessing about what I'd just heard: These services (like the comparable interactive Web-radio services iMeem and FlyCast, which I also auditioned) don't include a human or electronic DJ to call out the names of songs.

This problem is something that Web stations will have to fix if more people tune in from places that demand hands-free listening.

Mobile listeners also risk paying a price for tuning in too often. Most Web stations employ extremely efficient compressed music formats; if you listened to Pandora on a phone for about six hours a day, you'd still only eat up half of the 5-gigabyte monthly quota set by most wireless carriers.

But when you can listen to interesting music anywhere, and when you already use a smartphone for other online tasks, you could theoretically hit that quota some day.

Webcasters also need to settle a long-running argument over the royalties they pay to performers of the music they play. For years, the organization charged with managing these payments, a recording- industry-backed nonprofit called SoundExchange, has demanded steep rates that Webcasters have said would bankrupt them.

But the two sides now seem to be nearing a compromise, and once-despondent Web radio operators now sound optimistic. Bill Goldsmith, who runs the popular station Radio Paradise (http://radioparadise.com), wrote in an e-mail that he doesn't expect to have to pay more than 10 to 12 percent of his site's revenue, which he called "high . . . but not impossible."

Land-based broadcasters, meanwhile, may one day wish they had those problems. Commercial FM as we've known it can't match the variety and creativity of Internet radio. Local stations' best hope may be to focus on what Internet radio can't do well, but which they themselves have largely neglected -- catering to the interests and tastes of their neighbors. If FM outlets can do that, they don't have to get left off the dial. If they can't, they won't be missed.

Living with technology, or trying to? E-mail Rob Pegoraro at
robp@washpost.com. Read more at http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward.


Bogdan Chiochiu, DXing from Pierrefonds (Montreal's West Island), PQ


BELGIUM Radio Contact - French service, Bruxelles APR 27 2045 UTC - "Le Patoche
Club" -> inside this openminded talkshow known in French as "libre-antenne" a medium named Mohad was calling on the station to say he saw the Iraq war before actually happening and was trying to tell the Belgium gouvernment to give the USA's Bush administration an ultimatum for peace, but they didn't listened him. Therefore, he was trying to obtain money from the Belgium's gouvernment ! Patoche, amazed, was trying to understand him, asking him more details about other bad events the medium was able to predict succesfully.

+APR 27 2115 UTC - "Le Patoche club"; with the jock Patoche at this station receiving a phone call from a 15 years old youngster named LoÔc who failed to merge a relationship with his loved one because his "half" thought he was too smart for her. At the phone, LoÔc seemed very shy and was almost crying. Patoche was trying to understand him... One listener argued LoÔc and Mohad were the same weird guy trying to fool the jock ! Excellent Hi-fi stream ! SINPO 55555 ! (Chiochiu-QC)


ROMANIA Radio 21, Bucharest MAY 3 1847 UTC - playing "Desire" Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) vocal smash hit by Morris & Play & Win, followed by the "We'll Be Burning" Sean Paul well-known Dancehall ragga hit, then unknown "All I Want Is Your Kiss" dance-pop number, followed by an English spoken ID "Radio 21, your fun station", then a commercial R&B number "I'm Taking Back My Love". This station is famous for having an all-English jingle package ! Their only real show is their normingshow "Fabrica Dementa"... Aside from it, they are a fully automated Rhythmic CHR station which playes maybe 5% of rock, the rest of 95% of their music programming is either R&B, Dancehall, Latin or electronic dance music ! Excellent Hi-Fi stream ! SINPO 55555 ! (Chiochiu-QC)


MOROCCO Medi Un, Tanger MAY 3 1922 UTC - End of the last U2 single, the the female jock was talking about how U2 manages to build at the same time electric and melodic tracks, then introduced the last song before their 1930 UTC lengthy French newscast ! In my WiFi DX repport, I wrote "Tanger" instead of "Nador", because while the LW/SW transmitters are located in the city of Nador, the FM ones are scattered through the country and judging from the Hi-Fi sound they put into my computer speakers, they must stream the feed from a local Tanger-based FM transmitter ! Almost excellent Wi-Fi stream ! SINPO 45555 ! However at 1931 UTC, the connection went bankrupt and now I'm enjoying silence...lol. (Chiochiu-QC)

VENEZUELA YVNM, Radio Coro, Coro, estado FalcÛn APR 27 2230 - "La Informadora 7-80" with the news announcer talking about several cases of porcine flu in Colombia and in Spain ! Average stream, fairly Lo-Fi ! SINPO 45354 with a slight buzz in the background but the stream was in stereo; apparently using the Motorola C-Quam AM Stereo system which enjoys a certain degree of popularity in Venezuela ! A frequent catche DX wise, though lately conditions toward South America have been inexistent... I don't have a Motorola C-Quam AM Stereo receiver at this time, but I beat at times they will be strong enough to be picked up here in the Montreal area with a fairly clear stereo sound on 780 AM ! As far as this Wi-Fi log goes, entering the URL address into your
Winamp's URL fonction, is the only way to listen to the Radio Coro's stream. The stream link on
http://www.radiocoro.com/ has broken, as the web-site URL has expired since a few weeks ! (Chiochiu-QC)

And that’s another month on the Net. Thanks to the reporters.

73’s, Martin

The Broadcast Band

Paul LaFrieniere – Grand Marais, MN

Chevy pickup at USCG station or as listed

DXing with Chev pickup radio from parking area at Coast Guard Station North Superior.†

1480††† KKCQ††† MN††† Fosston.† 0812 CDT.

††††††††††† 3 May 09.† Ads for Blackduck Theatre

††††††††††† in Blackduck, MN and Bobcat of

††††††††††† Bemidji.† Dominant.† Relog.†

1600††† KPNP†††† MN††† Watertown† 0802 CDT.

††††††††††† 3 May 09.† Non-stop Hmong music.

††††††††††† Dominant.† Relog.

1300††† KGLO††† IA†††† Mason City.† 11 May 09.

††††††††††† 0535.† I.D.† Temp 34.†

1310††† WIBA††† WI†††† Madison.† 11 May 09.

††††††††††† 0538.† Local weather.† Local ads.†

1330††† WLOL†††MN††† Minneapolis.† 10 May 09.

††††††††††† 1812.† Relevant Radio.† EWTN.†

1340††† KRBT††† MN††† Eveleth.† 10 May 09.

††††††††††† 1900.† TOH I.D.† ABC Nx.† Weather.

††††††††††††Local ads.

†1350††† WPDR††† WI†††† Portage.† 11 May† 09.

††††††††††† 0630.† "Oldies 1350 WPDR."

†1360††† WTAQ†††WI†††† Green Bay.† 10 May 09.

††††††††††† 1814† Lou Dobbs.† I.D. "Newsradio 1360


†1370††† WCCN†††WI†††† Neillsville.† 10 May 09.

††††††††††† 1819.† Beatles on "Your Timeless

††††††††††† Favorites Station."† Local weather.†

1380††† WOTE††† WI††† Clintonville.† 10 May 09.

††††††††††† 1830.† "Oldies 1380."† Local weather.† Promo

††††††††††† for Saturday program on 960 WTCH.

†1400††† WATW††† WI†† Ashland.† 5-10-09.

††††††††††† 1834.† NOS.† "Memories 1400."†

1450††† WHRY†††† WI†† Hurley.† 5-10-09.

††††††††††††1848.† "The digital sound of AM 1450

††††††††††††WHRY Oldies."†

1450††† KFIZ††††† WI††† Fond du Lac.† 5-11-09.

††††††††††† 0643.† Jingle I.D.† "KFIZ channel 145

††††††††††† in Fond du Lac."†

1480††† KKCQ†††MN††† Fosston.† 3 May 09.

††††††††††† 0812.† Ads for Blackduck Theater & Bobcat

††††††††††† of Bemidji.

†1490††† KQDS††† MN††† Duluth.† 10 May 09.

††††††††††† 1850.† Local ads.

†1600††† KPNP††† MN††† Watertown.† 3 May 09.

802. Hmong music.

1400††† WPAY††† OH††† Portsmouth.† 5/23 2034 CDT.

††††††††††††Broke through the mess with clear "1400

††††††††††† WPAY" I.D.† NEW

1300††† WRDZ††† IL††† La Grange.† 5-21-09.

††††††††††† 1958 CDT.† Radio Disney.†

1300††† WOOD†††MI†† Grand Rapids.† 5-21-09.

††††††††††† 2000 CDT.† I.D.† Fox Radio News.†

1310††† WCCW†† MI† Traverse City.† 5-22-09.

††††††††††† 1911 CDT.† Red Wings vs Blackhawks

††††††††††† hockey.

†1320††† KOZY††† MN† Grand Rapids.† 5-27-09.

††††††††††† 0725 CDT.† Local sports.

†1330††† WHBL†††WI† Sheboygan.† 5-27-09.

††††††††††† 2030 CDT.† "Newsradio 1330 WHBL."†

1350††† WCMP†††MN† Pine City.† 5-21-09.

††††††††††††2006 CDT.† Local ads.† High school baseball.†

1350††† WARF††† OH† Akron.† 5-23-09.

††††††††††† 2028 CDT.† Akron baseball.† I.D.

††††††††††† "WARF Sportsradio 1350."†

1360††† KSCJ†††† IA†† Sioux City.† 5-27-09.

††††††††††† 2016 CDT.† Sioux City Explorers

††††††††††† baseball.†

1370††† KWTL††† ND††Grand Forks.† 5-27-09.

††††††††††† 0607 CDT. EWTN.†

1380††† WPHM† MI†† Port Huron.† 5-27-09.

††††††††††† 2020 CDT.† Detroit Red Wings hockey.†

1390††† WRIG††† WI†† Schofield.† 5-27-09.

††††††††††† 0701 CDT.† Local news.†

1400††† WPAY††† OH††† Portsmouth.† 5-23-09.

††††††††††† 2034 CDT.† I.D.† "1400 WPAY."† NEW.

†1410††† KLFD††† MN† Litchfield.† 5-27-09.

††††††††††† 0717 CDT.† Local "weather on KLFD."

††††††††††† Oldies.†

1410††† WIZM††† WI†††La Crosse.† 5-27-09.

††††††††††† 0720 CDT.† "Newstalk 1410 WIZM."

††††††††††† La Crosse Talk.†

1430††† CHKT.†† ON† Toronto.† 5-23-09.

††††††††††† 2042 CDT. Romanian program.† TOH I.D.

†1440††† WNFL††† WI† Green Bay.† 5-23-09.

††††††††††† 2048 CDT.† Fox Sports Radio.

†1440††† KDIZ††† MN† Golden Valley.† 5-27-09.

††††††††††††0750 CDT.† Radio Disney.

†1460††† CJOY†††† ON†††Guelph.† 5-21-09.

††††††††††† 2032 CDT.† Oldies.† I.D. "1460 CJOY."†

1460††† KXNO††† IA††† Des Moines.† 5-23-09.

††††††††††† 2053 CDT.† Promo for program "weekday

††††††††††† mornings on KXNO."

†1460††† WBOG†††WI† Tomah.† 5-27-09.

††††††††††† 0735 CDT.† I.D. "1460 WBOG." Oldies.†

1470††† KWSL††† IA††† Sioux City.† 5-21-09.

††††††††††† 2034 CDT.† SS talk.†

1480††† WLMV† WI†† Madison.† 5-21-09.

††††††††††††2038 CDT.† SS.† Mexican music.†

1490††† WTIQ††† MI† Manistique.† 5-22-09.

††††††††††† 1943 CDT.† Ad for firm at junction

†††††††††††† of US 2 and M94.

Mark Meece – Miamisburg, OH


Just a few this week to pass along. Several 50kW flamethrowers, a nice

400w at 331 AMP. Heard KOA 850 Denver, which I got years ago, but this

time its using a tiny barefoot walkman radio. A new state for me,

South Carolina with a 5kW regional. Up to 16 states logged with SRF-59.


2000-2020 CDT 540 WAUK, Jackson, WI, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

Yankees at Red Sox.


0116-0122 EDT 660 WFAN, New York, NY, Call in talk show w/ discussion

of the new Yankee Stadium into ID and MLB scores.

0025-0036 CDT 720 WGN, Chicago, IL, prgm "Website Wednesday" with

computer help for callers. BOH TC and ID "It's 12:30

at Newstalk 730 WGN". Into news w/ David Jennings.

0138-0151 EDT 750 WSB, Atlanta, GA, prgm Neal Boortz Show w/political

talk. ID and promo at 0147.

0052-0058 CDT 820 WBAP, Fort Worth, TX, various ADs into an EAS for

north central Texas for a Thunderstorm Warning for

Wise County. ID w/Midnight Radio Network at 0057.


2334-2354 MDT 850 KOA, Denver, CO, Various ADs, into The Jon Caldera

Show w/ talk of campaign finance laws. ID at 2350

"Newsradio 850 KOA" into a Colorado Rockies promo.

0155-0203 EDT 1330 WYRD, Greenville/Spartanburg, SC, TOH ID into

Fox News.

Phil Rafuse – Stratford, PEI

As Listed


720 KHz Greenland is fairly strong and very steady here tonight.

And, here is the best part - it does not take a good desktop fed by a good

antenna to bring it in - I'm getting it on everything from nekkid Kaitos KA-2100

& KA-1103 to Sangean PR-D5 to my R-390A.

Kevin Redding – Adamsville, TN

Receiver and Antenna as listed

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

710 WAQI Radio Mambi 5/17 blast furnace hot SS from Miami.

I have another station SS on 710 from somewhere that I can't even begin to tell you where it is from but it is smokin in also.


1310 WDXI Jackson, TN 1323 with a long stop set after business type show.

1340 WSBM Florence, AL 1324 Jim Rome Show talking about Jerry West.

1350 WKCU Corinth, MS 1325 woman preaching about Christians in Israel.

1370 WDXE Lawrenceburg, TN 1327 with some nice Patsy Cline music.

1380 WVSA Vernon, AL 1417 with sports talk. NEW

1390 WTJS Jackson, TN 1329 as always flapping his gums with blather, Rush Limbaugh.

1400 WBIP Booneville, MS 1331 with bluegrass music. Woman lead singer. Good stuff.

1410 WSSA Tuscumbia, AL 1414 playing R&B.

1420 WKSR Pulaski, TN 1412 Styx then Crosby, Stills and Nash.

1430 WRMG Red Bay, AL 1348 with Country Gospel. NEW

1460 WJAK Jackson, TN 1356 with black people singing gospel music.

1490 WTUP Tupelo, MS 1407 with oldies from the 50s, 60s, 70s. Format apparently changed from SPT.

Heard 5/23 on a Sony 2010 and Darwin Long antenna tuner with 200 foot wire:

1300 WNQM Nashville, TN 0804 religion program.

1320 WMSR Manchester, TN 0805 giving ID at end of stopset.

1330 WZCT Scottsboro, AL 0807 "We are the most powerful gospel station in Northeast Alabama." NEW

1360 WIXI Jasper, AL 0812 song by Stonewall Jackson and into Trading Post.

1370 WDEF Chattanooga, TN 0816 ESPN talking NBA hoops. NEW

1380 WHEW Franklin, TN 0817 with SS music. NEW

1430 WFHK Pell City, AL 0819 "You're doing Saturday morning on WFHK." NEW

1440 WZYX Cowan, TN 0820 playing Elvis. NEW

1470 WNAU New Albany, MS 0823 spinning a Michael Jackson song.

1470 WVOL Berry Hill, TN 0826 with UC music and then "Really Big Check" ad for TN Lottery.

Heard on a GE SR III nekkid.

790 WQSV Ashland City, TN 5/28 2115 heard in the null of WMC with stopset and ID at the end. NEW

WGSF 1030 Collierville, TN is not on the air 5/31 1240.

Not being a real fan of Mexican music, I am not terribly upset. Perhaps they are a victim of the PPM.

John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE

Sangean DT-400W


Had to go to the Little League Park last nigtht as my son had a game, but took the DT-400W with me and snagged a new station for the Ultralight log:

1320 WTKZ† Allentown PA, 1900 on May 1 with Lehigh Valley IronPigs Baseball (International League) pre-game show.† The IronPigs were playing the mighty Toledo Mud Hens last night.† Also Lehigh Valley area ads.† The signal faded at TOH so missed official ID but this was probably them as WTKZ does carry IronPigs games.† My 80th Pennslyvania station logged on the Ultralights and my 533rd Ultralight station.


Got a new graveyarder for the ultralight log and my overall log last night:

1340 WHAP Hopewell VA, 2000 with Baltimore Orioles baseball, Hopewell ads and mentions, but no official ID (I didn't hear one around 2000 for the TOH ID), but it matched their webstream.† A 167-mile catch on the DT-400W barefoot.† Ultralight station 534 and my 37th ultralight graveyarder.


Got a surprise last night with a new station on a usually-blocked frequency.

WRNJ-1510, Hackettstown NJ, at 1900 on May 7 with "OLdies 1510" and several good call IDs, weather and local ads, into oldies music (of course).† Heard on the E-100 barefoot.† The kicker is that 1510 is usually blocked during the day by WFAI in Salem NJ with their urban gospel music, but they were nowhere to be heard last night.† With WFAI gone, WRNJ came in like a champ, at 121 miles.

My 535th ultralight station and my 800th station heard from the Smyrna DE-Elkton MD region, where I've been DXing since 1976.


Since there is no FM DX to be had recently, I retreated to the AM bands and did some gravedigging last night.† I sat on 1240 and heard a full HOUR of a car ad for a "Rossi Honda" in Vineland NJ on what I presume was WSNJ in Bridgeton NJ.† Nothing but two guys talking about all the great deals they had on used Hondas for a solid hour (10-11 PM).† It was worse than your standard infomercial since this lasted for a full hour, was for a car dealership, and was run on a Thursday night???†

Yuk...it was enough to make me turn off my radios and just go to bed

Craig Healy – Providence, RI

Receiver, Antenna


WRNI-1290 IBOC is still off. Haven't noted it in several days.

WHJJ-920 IBOC is still on. Since it's tied to the day/night pattern change, think they are still on 5kw non-d. So, if you need RI, give 'em a shot.

Larry Wild – Aberdeen, SD

DX-396 Naked

During the day there are only three stations strong enough to light the

"tuning" LED: KOLY (1300), KQKD (1380), KGIM (1420). At night, with the

exception of KGIM, the signals just fade in and out. A few were on long

enough to get an ID but not to make pleasant listening. ID means I was

able to copy the call letters. Some were identified by slogan, others by


This is my first CME. I vote to continue. It forced me to focus on a

very narrow portion of the AM broadcast band.

1300 KOLY Mobridge,SD 5Kw 90mi May 29 @ 7am ID "News Radio"

1300 KGLO Mason City, IA 5Kw 309mi May 17 @ 10:20p ID CBS news

1310 KNOX Grand Forks, ND 5kw 179mi May 26 @ 8:30am ID ABC news "TalkRadio 1310"

1310 WIBA Madison, WI 5kw 479mi May 26 @ 5:10a ID "News Talk 1310"

1320 KELO Sioux Falls, SD 5Kw 163mi May 31 @ 11:30p ID "When Radio


1330 WLOL Minneapolis, MN 5.1kw 254mi May 23 @ 2:30a "Relevant Radio in

the Twin Cities"

1330 CJYM Rosetown, SK 10kw 600mi May 23 @ 11:15p ID "Classic Hits"

1340 KIJV Huron, SD 1Kw 78mi May 22 @ 8:35a Ad for Huron Car


1350 KRNT DesMoines, IA 5kw 364mi May 18 2 11:59p ID "Where the Legends


1350 KDIO Ortonville, MN 670w 99mi May 22 @ 8:35a Ad for Ortonville

Dairy Queen

1360 KSCJ Sioux City, IA 5kw 224mi May 28 @ 11p ID ABC news

1360 KKBJ Bemidji, MN 5kw 220mi May 30 @ 7:35a Ad for First Bank of


1380 KOTA Rapid City, SD 5kw 251mi May 23 @ 11:20p Rapid City


1380 KQKD Redfield, SD 142w 39mi May 28 @ 11:10p ID "Family Radio"

1390 KXSS Waite Park (St Cloud), MN 1kw 204mi May 31 @ 1:07a ID as

"1390, The Fan"

1420 KGIM Aberdeen, SD 232w @ nite 3mi Local ID "ESPN Radio, 1420"

1430 KEZW Denver, CO 5kw 522mi May 27 @ 10:53p ID as "Studio 1430" Lenox

ad with phone number, heard under KGIM's splatter

1460 KDMA Montevideo, MN 1kw 138mi May 27 @ 4:56a ID, "Midnight

Trucking Network"

1470 WMBD Peoria, IL 5kw 563mi May 26 @ 5a ID, Local news

1470 KWSL Sioux City, IA 5kw 234mi May 27 @ 11pm ID "Music makes you

feel so good"

1480 KSDR Watertown, SD SD 1kw 76mi May 26 @ 9am ID, Watertown

weather forecast

1370 KSUM; Fairmont, MN; 1k; June 1 @ 11:10pm; 234 mi; ID; "Ag Country"


Down in the Basement

(Editor – Jay Heyl)

Bogdan Chiochiu – Pierrefonds, PQ – QC

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

162 FRANCE†† France Inter, Allouis MAY 7 0152 - "Kiss" by Prince (1986) followed by chopped French talk, then French chanson "Il suffirait de presque rien pour t'emmener ‡ Saint-Germain" by Serge Reggiani, then more French talk before the top-of-the-hour. Poor and chopped with some kind of computer QRM, but not bad for mid-spring D layer absorption standards ! (Chiochiu-QC)

171 MOROCCO†† Medi Un, Nador MAY 7 0158 - religious Egyptian vocals (which are popular in Morocco as well, as I have been told by Arabic friends at cÈgep). Very poor, but quite clear especially when tuned to 170 kHz instead of 171 to avoid a high-pitched growl on the high side of the channel. (Chiochiu-QC)

189 ICELAND†† Rikis·tvarpid, Gufuskalar MAY 7 0345 - playing a wild (!) mixture of Europops, including Romanian worldwide smash hit "Dragostea din Tei" by O-Zone followed by a Scandinavian alternative rock cover of the same song (?), then Ukrainian and Dutch melancholic electropops with short†analysis in Icelandic of the songs played. Best between 0330 and 0430 UTC (SINPO 55454), but still hanging on with a very poor signal after 0500 UTC ! At 0345 GMT / UTC, it was close to local-like strength, excellent, really ! It came to a point the Paul Karlstrand statement brant "Clear ang Long Range AM Radio Reception Everywhere" was 100% true... If I wouldn't have received the PK loop as a Xmas present in order to exacerbate my interest in DXing, I would have been now a whole lot less active on the dials !†One of my first DX dreams when I came to Canada were to catch on broadcasts on broadcast bands not used elsewhere in the radio than in a very few countries, such as the LW broadcast band, the SW tropical bands†or OIRT-FM ! Is just that those frequencies seem more mysterious to me ! (Chiochiu-QC)

Paul LaFrienere – Grand Marais, MN

Icom R-75, Antenna

11 May 2009

Freq††† I.D.††† UTC††† Offset††† Location†

209†††† HCD† 0106††††† 1040†††MN†††Hutchinson

221†††† RP††††† 2157††††††400††† WI††† Rice Lake

221†††† ARV††2158††††† 1005†††WI††† Minocqua

236†††† DO†††† 2203†††† 1020††† WI††† Minocqua

243††† TWM††2135†††† 1040††† MN† Two Harbors

254†††† ENY†† 2131††† 1020††† WI††† Ashland

260†††† SUW††2129††† 1020††† WI††† Superior

275†††† CM††† 2128††† 1018†††† MI††† Hancock

282†††† ROS††2144††††† 1018††† MN††Rush City† AWOS

335†††† COQ† 0151†††† 1030††† MN††Cloquet

350†††† BFW† 2133††† 1030††† MN†††Silver Bay† No AWOS

†††††††††† First time I have heard this one without AWOS.

†††††††††† Cycle now about 8 seconds.

350†††† CBG† 0057†††† 1030††† MN†††Cambridge

353†††† IN††††† 2139†††††1030††† MN†††International Falls†

358†††† CKC††2134†††† 1030††† MN†††Grand Marais

375†††† OGM 2146†††† 1012††† MI†††† Ontonagon

379†††† DL†††† 2206†††††1020††† MN††† Duluth

385†††† SCG††0154††††† 1020††† MN††† Crane Lake† AWOS

391†††† MFI†††0136††††† 1040†††WI†††† Marshfield

The Line of Sight and Beyond

Kevin Redding – Crump, TN

As listed

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

90.3 WMAV Oxford, MS 5/2 1602 with NPR radio from MPB.

Heard in a gold 2004 Saturn Ion with stock radio and beatin' it with a 31" whip:

98.7 WHOP-FM Hopkinsville, KY 5/9 1019 with SID Lite 98.7 and Hopkinsville WX RPT. NEW #80 for FM


I have Coast to Coast on 102.9 and have been listening for 27 minutes and there is NO way I am going to get to the top of the hour to figure out who this is. KARN has it on 102.9 but they are in Little Rock. I have no trop that I know of.

Anyone have any idea who is on 102.9 running Coast to Coast right now? [WMMR Tupelo, MS]

Steven Wiseblood – Boca Chica Beach, TX

Receiver, FM-6 Antenna


0755 106.7 "SANTA 106.7" "It's beginning to FEEL a LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS, A VERY HOT HUMID CHRISTMAS, SANTA 106.7",


0802 Instrumental version of "Away in the MANGER", "DO THEY KNOW IT's CHRISTMAS TIME at ALL/FEED the WORLD" "JINGLE BELLS ROCK with Johnny Mathis"†

0807 "Be listening MONDAY for a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT on KPWT-FM"†


Thought it was late NOVEMBER for a brief MINUTE......

John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE

Receiver, Antenna


None of the Es from yesterday was heard here in Central Delaware but there was some tropo this morning, bringing in two new stations.

95.9 WGRQ Colonial Beach VA, 0730, call ID, Fredericksburg ads, 110 miles.† New log

97.7 W249BY, Bridgeton NJ, "Hope-FM", Christian Contemporary Music, mentions of their home church in Marlton NJ.† They are listed at only 1 watt (with a CP for 10 watts), but if they were at 1 watt, it's a 29-mile log.† Translator of WVBV-90.5. Even better since 97.7 is usually dominated by one of my pests, WAFL in Milford DE.† New log.

A few NYC stations were in too, such as WMGQ-98.3 New Brunswick NJ and WAXQ-104.3 New York City.

Tropo still in at noontime- WVEP-88.9 Martinsburg WV showed up, battling WEAA-Baltimore at 12:00.† Lots of instability on other channels as well.


Some unusual tropo about 11:30 AM here in Delaware.† 89.5, usually dominated by WSCL in Salisbury MD, has competition from WITF-Harrisburg PA and WKVP-Cherry Hill NJ, both of which are rarely heard here.† 91.1 is absolute hash with probably at least 3 stations battling it out and WBGO-88.3 from Newark NJ is exceptionally strong.

Unfortuantely, I'm at work now so no DXing until mid-afternoon.† :(

The Whole Earth

Martin Foltz – Mission Viejo, CA

HQ-180 and antenna

6925USB KPR 24Apr09 0038UTC tuned in to I Feel Good, other songs, male talked

about the constitution, KPR ID, into Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys, The Times

Are a Changin' by Bob Dylan, 0057 sign off announcements with mention of KPR

again. Fair to poor but drifting so hard to keep in tune.

Anyone know an address for a QSL for this one or Radio Carp International?

Pirate logs are rare here on the west coast.

Kevin Redding – Crump, TN

Eton E-1 and 150’ wire


11785 WHRI Cypress Creek, SC 2026 with the Indy 500 at the last few laps.

W. G. Hauser – Enid, OK


** CHILE. Despite reports in April that the Brazilian service of CVC, A Sua Voz, would cease SW at the end of the month, it was still there on 15410 May 1, at 1336 check, Portuguese mixing with Hausa from DW via Rwanda, 5 Hz away.

Other collisions are 15-17 Radio Farda via Lampertheim, 1730-1900 VOA English via Greenville, but after that should be in the clear until closing at 0100, or is it 0200? So did the service get a reprieve because of Brazilian SW listeners` objexions, or what? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. It`s a big day in Cuba, not only MayDay, but the official 48th anniversary of RHC (which started earlier in 1961 as Onda Corta Experimental Cubana; I remember hearing that from the outset.) At 1326 on 13780 I found a phone interview in Spanish with Arnie Coro in progress, as he was recounting the foundation of RHC in which he was heavily involved, how they started out without any studios but were provided space on the fifth and sixth floors of Radio Progreso (where they still are??). Didn`t yet have steel towers in place for antennas at Bauta. The first frequency was 11760, still beloved and still in use.

Arnie asserted that he had already received congratulatory messages from English speaking listeners in the USA, where tnx to the journalistic quality of RHC, people are better informed! He is missing the celebrations in the Plaza de la RevoluciÛn as he is staying home to monitor to be sure everything is going well, and says all transmitters are well-modulated (if so, that would be a first!). Ended at 1333 and more lo-fi phone reports from correspondents around the country about local celebrations.

The interview with Arnie would normally repeat in the 17 UT hour on the webcast-only playback of Despertar con Cuba, but might be pre-empted today for live coverage of the festivities. Still one might tune in earlier than 1726 to try to hear the rest of it. I also would not be surprised if there are additional SW broadcasts today when RHC normally takes a siesta between 15 and 20 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. VOA News, 9760 via Philippines, VG May 1 at 1305 with in-depth report by Dan Robinson, about Somali piracy, many clips of comments from Capitol Hill.

One of the many `improvements` in VOA`s website redesign is that a gallery of its English-language broadcasters is no longer to be found. Just these 12 mostly non-English despite the word in the URL:


This news hour is presented by one Philip Alexia (spelling?). But that name, nor any other likely spelling, is not even on the long drop-down list of correspondent names where one can search out text reports via http://www.voanews.com/english/search.cfm

But then, he`s an anchor, not a correspondent. He puts a lot of expression into his announcing, so much that it may be a turnoff to some listeners; I wonder if he`s a refugee from commercial radio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. V. of Biafra International, 17520 via WHRI, routine weekly check Friday May 1 sometime during the 19-20 UT hour reconfirmed it is still airing there, sufficient reception (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHILE. CVC still running on 15410 in Portuguese, May 2 at 1344 check with SAH, two days after projected closedown of Brazilian service on SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Besides 7185 each morning in the Taiwan/China radio war, another persistent broadcaster in the 40m hamband is 7105, much weaker signal, but May 2 at 1315 I was hearing what resembled scat singing in Chinese(?), W&M alternating, 1319 announcement unseemed Chinese, and into vocal music ballad. Presumably this is PBS Nei Menggu, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, as in Aoki, 50 kW at 52 degrees favorable usward too.

Firedrake check May 2: at 1342 good on 13970 but no sign of it on 15600; at 1354 about equal on 9000 and 8400; at 1459 still going on 13970.

11615, the other kind of ChiCom jamming, heavily echoing programming presumably originating with the CNR1 network, at 1457 May 2. Victim is VOA Chinese via Saipan at 14-15 only, which was totally buried.

Perhaps it is about time for IBB to make a more aggressive response to ChiCom jamming, like jumping frequencies up or down 5-10 kHz without notice, where this can be done without affecting other stations. As it is, all IBB frequency usage and changes are immediately known to the enemy thru HFCC, making it a piece of cake to keep them blocked.

Or use spare IBB transmitter capacity to jam CRI broadcasts, making it clear that this is nothing but retaliation, not a US policy against China`s freedom, ha ha, of speech (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also NETHERLANDS

** CUBA. RHC on new 11770, May 1 at 2140 in Spanish; OK reception except het from Anguilla 11775. This replaces 11820 where it had been since April 13, colliding with Saudi Arabia which had already been using this frequency to Europe for sesquiyears (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. HCJB enters yet another month announcing its own frequencies incorrectly; caught the morning Spanish broadcast May 2 just before 1500* on 11960 with automated ID at 1459:30 promoting Ecuador as a cacao-producer and still claiming to be on ``11690, 21455 y 11960`` despite 21455 having been canceled years ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 15255 with Qur`an, May 2 at 1502; I thought that would be handy for those prevented by the buzzy Saudis from clearhearing the muezzin on 15435. 15255 turns out to be R. Cairo`s Albanian service, also aimed usward, so I expect it was only a brief introduxion; there are lots of Moslems in Albania of course, thanks to the Ottoman legacy, but do the Orthodox get their due from Cairo? Fat chance (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9650, CRI at 1300-1400 via Sackville in English, 250 kW aimed 240 degrees rather close to my azimuth, puts in a big reliable signal, but as I have been noticing ever since A-09 began, has considerable co-channel QRM from R. Netherlands in Dutch via Philippines, despite the latter supposedly aimed 200 degrees from Tinang. Serves the ChiCom right for all their deliberate blockage of Western broadcasts into China, to get creamed by this unintentional collision!

RN is registered only at 1300-1327 but I have previously noted this staying on until 1330, and May 2 it was strong enough to make out the content. After the Dutch NA until 1327, switched to English for 3 minutes of The State We`re In, as I heard mentioned World Press Freedom Day, the very topic shown in this week`s RN programme previewwes. And it cut off at 1330* sharp. This is not the first time IBB has failed to match the exact times it should be relaying RN, but hey, it`s two two additional sesquiminutes of well-deserved QRM to CRI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 7330 in English, May 2 at 1309 introducing a classical music excerpt, with heavy QRM from RCI and CRI colliding on 7325. 7330 must be VOR in English to Asia via Vladivostok as scheduled 12-15 in


And the Saturday 1300+ show is Music and Musicians, per the handy 24-hour grid at http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&w=225&p=

This raises doubts about my previous log of English before 1300 on 7330, which I assumed to be Poland via Germany as it is also scheduled there. In fact I should retract that.

9850 with VOR news in English at 1403 May 2, beneath splash from ChiCom jamming on 9845; VOR 9850 was running about 1 second ahead of // 15605. The sites are respectively Chita and Moskva, per Aoki. So like in the VOA 17585/9760 case, at VOR too it takes longer to get the program to a nearby site than a faraway one (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. Saut ul-Buzz, Riyadh, 15435, May 2 at 1501 with frying sound atop Arabic talk leading into Qur`aning. Should be // 15225, but too weak to unearth from CRI Sackville adjacent. However, those in need of a Qur`an fix could find one on 15255: see EGYPT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 17585 with open carrier, fair signal, May 2 at 1350. Finally at 1359 VOA sign-on and English news // 9760 but 17585 running one or two words behind 9760. Does that mean it is further from studios than Tinang? No! 17585 is in fact Greenville, 1400-1430 only in that wacky split hour, continued after 1430 from Udorn, Thailand site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955, Saturday May 2 at 1455 with a Jesus show, listed as Zion Teacher, and mixed with DentroCuban jamming. Do the Cuban Commies have it in for Jesus and Zion? No, they are just totally incompetent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR, 15825, assisted by sporadic E to reach an adequate signal level, May 2 at 1500 with James Hickey, back from surgery, to cite Revelation III: 1, which is about the Seven Stars – Pleiades? Was strong enough to hear the squeal, one of the neglected legacies of WWCR`s former CE.

The Saturday 1630 airing of WORLD OF RADIO on 12160 started on time this week, or maybe even a bit early, as checked on webcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. Just tuned in 9800 at 2229 May 2 to hear the Minute Waltz played on a wind instrument, weak signal off at 2230* without announcement. Since it`s an -00 frequency, the prime suspect is R. Bulgaria, and indeed nothing but it is scheduled there, at 2130-2230 in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL. 15785, weak mix of music and talk, fading out, modulation seems distorted, but carrier is stable, May 2 at 2146 and still there at 2201 presumably in Hebrew as nothing else known here but Galei Zahal, IDF station. HFCC ignores it; Aoki has it only at 07-16 with 5 kW non-direxional, so I`ll have to go with EiBi showing time as 06-24. Only other station at any time on 15785 is CRI via Xi`an not continuously between 0100 and 0700 in English, Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO [and non]. 15345, RTM, fair with Arabic music, May 2 at 2148, no sign of Argentina, altho Chile was VG on 15410; but RTM still on at 2201 with YL in Arabic news, and now a low het barely audible, BFO confirming two carriers on slightly different frequencies. Morocco still on at 2205, back to music, so suspended efforts to hear RAE at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. BSKSA, non-buzzy 11820, again in the clear, May 2 at 2158 check with Qur`an, tnx to RHC`s move away May 1 to 11770 after we exposed their big mistake in ever going on 11820 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. VOT, 9830, English to North America, Saturday May 2 at 2221 had Seref reading letters from listeners; did not sound like mere reception reports, but hard to make much of it due to severe co-channel RTTY QRM; yet it was indeed ``DX Corner`` as announced ending at 2226. I tried various bandwidths on two receivers, USB and LSB, stepping up to 3 kHz either side, and could not get rid of the RTTY which must be centered exactly on 9830.0.

Therefore VOT would be well advised to get off this frequency, which has been occupied by RTTY for ages, and should never have been chosen in the first place. At this time there was nothing on 9825 or 9835, so a 5 kHz shift should fix it. Per online listings, 9825 is clear during this hour, altho VOA starts Spanish at 2300 from Greenville and probably would be running open carrier long before then; I did not check. Portugal could run as late as 2300 on 9820, which would be a problem, altho not today, off earlier.

Nothing listed on 9835. If Radio Rep·blica were to resume 9840 at 21-23 drawing Cuban jamming, that could be a problem, but no sign of that. Overall, the better choice would be for VOT to shift up to 9835, unless they want to look for an opening further afield (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15600, WYFR preaching in Spanish bothered by squealing, extremely distorted modulation, May 2 at 2149. At first I thought its own transmitter was defective, but then it became clear the QRM was from an external source, since it did not match WYFR modulation and worsened during WYFR fades. Same situation after 2200 when WYFR switched to French.

Right next to it at S9+20 on 15610 is WEWN, 250 kW at 40 degrees in English, and guess what --- matching spur on 15620 except it was not noticeable because it had nothing to beat against, until I turned on the BFO. So this is the WEWN transmitter we have recently complained about putting out plus/minus 10 kHz spurs, e.g. on 9330 and 9350 from ex-fundamental 9340, but the same problem goes back many years on many frequencies. Any station daring to broadcast only 10 kHz away from WEWN is asking for it. Catholix vs Protestants! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR, 13845, inbooming May 2 at 2154 evidently with HF sporadic E assistance, so strong that under DGS I could hear modulation from another WWCR transmitter bleeding thru, confirmed as // 7465 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake May 3: at 1353 on 13970, but not heard on any higher frequencies. At 1415 also on 9000 somewhat stronger than 8400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6110, with lite DCJC pulsing against nothing at 0636 May 3. Must be totally uncalled-for leftover jamming from the one hour VOA Spanish uses 6110 at 2300, when it is also uncalled for, not being Radio MartÌ. Every frequency-hour Cuba jams VOA should be answered by IBB jamming RHC English in retaliation.

Same leftover jamming pulses audible on 9545 and 9565 at 1411 May 3, nowhere near the real times those are occupied by Rep·blica and MartÌ respectively (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [non]. VOI has become so reliable on 9525 in English at 13-14, but did not check it before 1400 May 3; at 1419 nothing but CRI Russian was audible, when they are usually colliding. So was VOI also gone during the previous hour? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS [and non]. More late-night trans-Pacific openings as high as 13 meters: May 3 at 0631, 17880 with dialog in Chinese; 17510 with different Chinese, woman speaking; 0633 also 21550 just barely audible // 17880 but slightly offset. Presumed R. Free Asia on 21550 Tinian and 17880 Saipan, while Aoki shows 17510 as RFA in Tibetan via Tajikistan during this hour only, so most likely I was hearing ChiCom jaming on that one, if not the others (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Usual super signal from WWRB missing from 9385, May 3 at 1410, altho nearby WWCR was in on 9980, and WTJC on 9370v. Presumably off the air, and consequently the 9317 and 9453 spurs also absent! At 1733 recheck, 9385 was audible but relatively weak. Transmitter, or propagation problems? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. AlÛ, Presidente service via CUBA finally revived on Sunday May 3: at 1520 check with non-live Ch·vez speech mixed with music, best as usual on 13750; weak on 13680 mixing with Chinese, which is CRI via Kashi, East Turkistan, commies vs commies; 17750 undermodulated; 11690 an echo apart from the others; new 12010, undermodulated with persistent RTTY on hi side 12015. 1732 recheck, still going with Ch·vez speaking, best on 13750; and now 17750 mixing with WYFR which starts at 1700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. CyBC, 9760, surely the source of unannounced Greek folk music, Sunday May 3 from 2240 to abrupt cutoff without a word of goodbye at 2244:30. How rude! Reception was good. This is the Fri-Sat-Sun-only 2215-2244:30 transmission via BBC relay station; per EiBi, // are 7210 and 5930, not checked, but surely best here on 9760 anyway. If there were any announcements, they would be in Greek, as non-Turkish Cyprus misses a golden opportunity for outreach to the English-speaking world and its potential tourists (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. As feared the day before, VOI has made another abrupt frequency change back to 11785, after many months on 9525 during the 1300 English hour. At least it`s close to 11785 rather than 11786v, but they have shot themselves in the foot since there is heavy QRM on 11785 during this hour, while 9525 was and is clear.

May 4 at 1302 I confirmed that 9525 was empty, so tuned to 11785 at 1309 and there it was, VOI detectable in English, ID at 1316 along with ``sound of dignity`` slogan. Heavy collision with at least two other stations, in Chinese, i.e. VOA via Thailand at 30 degrees also toward us, and heavy CNR-1 ChiCom jamming.

They must be totally out of touch in Jakarta about what is really happening on the available VOI channels, and this tends to confirm my assumption that the previous usage of 9525 when it was clear during the 1300 English hour, was nothing but pure luck; and of course it collided with CRI in Russian after 1400 in Malay.

Now the situation is reversed, as VOA and the ChiCom jamming quit at 1400, leaving VOI more or less clear on 11785 but there is still a weaker co-channel audible at 1422 check. Per Aoki this has to be BBCWS in Hindi at 14-15. The very strange thing about it is that on Sunday the site is Chita at 230 degrees, while the other six days of the week it`s Singapore at 315 degrees; why?

Of course Hmong Lao Radio via WHRI totally blox everything here on 11785 at 13-14 Saturdays and Sundays. Anyhow, goodbye to good reception in North America of VOI English, unless they wake up and go back to 9525. It is inconceivable that they would move to any other frequency on either band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 9541.5, BBCWS mid-news ID without even straining to make it out, 1304 May 4, the best SIBC heard yet, but would prefer to hear something local from SI as there are a few other ways to hear BBC. If nothing else, they should play back some of their earlier local programming overnight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. VOA Greenville already on with open carriers at 2250 tune-in May 3 on 6110 and 9825, prior to Spanish at 2300. I was checking these in follow-up to previous reports on nonsensical DentroCuban jamming in the middle of the night on 6110, and on a possible frequency change for Turkey at 2200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17880 at 0559 May 4 in Chinese with that ``diamond`` commercial theme music, which became a pop hit several months ago. Same music heard previously at exactly same time on same frequency. I think it`s R. Free Asia via NMI rather than ChiCom CNR1 jamming. Does anyone recognize which station uses that music? And how does the RFA Mandarin ID go? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB spurs on 9317 and // 9453 resumed, May 3 at 2250 check with Brother Scare originating from 9385 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WEWN, 11530 in English is the transmitter putting out plus/minus 10 kHz dirty spurs, as noted May 4 at 1420. Unless more than one of them does that. Luckily, no broadcasters audible on 11520 or 11540 at the moment, so not too obvious until BFO onturned.

Meanwhile, WEWN, 11550 in Spanish had a lo het and music mix underneath, probably RTI Taiwan in Vietnamese as in Aoki, altho at 1330-1430 R. Azadi in Dari via Kuwait is also scheduled. Serves them right for the unnecessary QRM WEWN causes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 13660, May 5 at 1351 with heavily produced lively programming in Chinese, caught ``bodiantai`` fragment of an ID; music had that gospel-rock sound, so suspect CVC. Announcer did say ``CVC`` and immediately cut carrier at 1400*. Indeed looked up later in Aoki, it`s CVC via Darwin, 250 kW, 340 degrees, 1000-1400 in Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGERT)

** CHINA. Firedrake, fair on 13970, May 5 at 1320. Getting to be reliable here tnx to Sound of Hope staying out of 20m band. Scanned higher on 14-18+ MHz but found no others (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. RHC mixing product, 13580, May 5 at 1312 in Spanish interfering with R. Prague in English to NAm, item on a ceremony at the station on this 64th anniversary of the Prague uprising against the Nazis as WW II was about to end. Matching mix on 13880 was in the clear with R5 reception from Habana. RHC will obviously do nothing about this upon my complaint, so R. Prague ought to get on them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, day 3 on 11785, May 5 at 1300, detectable opening English hour with heavy QRM from ChiCom jamming sending 5+1 timesignal, and VOA; 9525 still empty. I notified VOI that they should go back immediately to 9525. Lacking that, could we get IBB to move itself and consequently the jamming elsewhere? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 7140, just tuned in at 1248 May 5 as national anthem was playing, and off 1249*. Good signal from outlaw nation still broadcasting in the 40m hamband. VOK scheduled 00-04 and 07-13, rounded off; per Aoki supposed to run until 1257, the final hour in Korean, 200 kW non-direxional from Kujang site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 11560 with dirty blob of noise, May 5 at 1340; fades so not of local origin. Is there something here to jam? Yes! Aoki shows:

11560 Radio Free Chosun 1200-1300 1234567 Korean 250 70 Dushanbe-Orzu TJK 04511E 4025N _RFC a09

11560 North Korea Reform Radio 1330-1400 1234567 Korean 250 70 Dushanbe-Orzu TJK 06842E 3732N _NKRR a09

The 45E/40N coordinates in the first entry are obviously erroneous (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. Some versions of the VOR schedule keep showing 9480 in English at 0000-0300 to Am. I keep looking for it and hearing zero, such as May 5 at 0003. Other European sites were making it, 9665 Moldova stronger than 9890 Russia. If a German relay on 9480 were to be activated like last summer, it would greatly improve VOR reception and reliability in NAm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 9455 collision continues May 5 at 1331 check between R. Thailand in Thai, and YFR via Taiwan producing a low het. I have notified YFR about this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. CVC Chile, 15410 had a good het from an unidentified carrier on 15412, May 5 at 1324. Must be V. of Tibet via Tajikistan as others have reported, and/or jamming against it. Aoki shows both 15410 and 15425 for the 1300-1330 transmission in Chinese at 131 degrees, so apparently VOT jumps around between these frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB, 9385 with Brother Scare, May 5 at 1342, splattering 9365-9405; e.g. his screaming could be made out on 9365, in addition to separate spur on 9317, but not audible at the moment on 9453. If he would speak in a normal tone of voice, this might not happen, but that`s no excuse for WWRB not limiting him (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. Looking for VOI on reactivated 11785, May 6 at 1300 in English, but could not unearth it below the barrage of at least two ChiCom echoing jammers starting with a 5+1 timesignal, and VOA Chinese. Tried for a few more minutes and again later in the hour but no trace of VOI, so either totally buried, not propagating or off the air today.

Meanwhile 9525 remained empty as VOI foolishly abandoned what had been a good clear frequency for them during the 1300 hour only. Tried 11785 again at 1400 when the radio war stopped, but now could hear nothing but weak Hindi from BBC Singapore, which is no doubt a big obstacle for Indonesia`s 1400 Malay broadcast when it is on 11785 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. VOA and NHKWNRJ aren`t the only SW stations with regular jazz shows: Wednesday May 6 at 1356 was hearing jazz drumming on fluttery 12065, which must be VOR as scheduled via Chita. Indeed their grid at http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&w=225&p=

confirms the Jazz Show is on at 1330 Wednesdays. Other times are: Wed 1930, 2230; Thu 0630, 1130; Fri 0230, 0830, 2030, 2230; Sun 1630; Mon 1030, 1630; Wed 0630. Has home-grown jazz improved since the Soviet era? Has anyone figured out a pattern to VOR program repeat times, or is it just random? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. The DentroCuban Jamming Command continues to interfere with WRMI 9955 even when it is in English and even when it is broadcasting a new WORLD OF RADIO for the first time, Wednesday May 6 at 0500 as I checked the last couple minutes at 0526. WRMI is often inaudible in the nightmiddle, but this time it had a fair signal plus jamming pulses rather than noisewall. WYFR 9680 and 9715 were meanwhile extremely strong. Yet DXers Unlimited doesn`t get jammed; Arnie obviously has no sense of fair play. BTW, if you listen to him in Spanish, he sounds a lot less ``friendly`` than he does in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WEWN`s dirty transmitters only 20 kHz apart, 11530 in English and 11550 in Spanish, May 6 at 1403 effectively block anything else from 11510 to 11570, as they produce mixing products on those two frequencies, and 11530 also has the spurs around 11520 and 11540 previously reported. The squealing sound could also be heard on 11510. Add to that the general receiver overload and desensitization. There are a number of IBB broadcasts in this range (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 15235 in Vietnamese, May 6 at 1351. What does PWBR `2009` say? Vatican Radio in unknown language to SE Asia, but in Winter season only --- here it is Summer. HFCC confirms it is in fact SMG beamed eastward in Vietnamese at 1315-1400. VR`s Vietnamese services reach us well in NAm, making us wonder just how direxional their antennas really are (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 6175 at tune-in 0528 May 8, VTC fill-music loop, non-`cello, until 0529* RCI IS and ID once and off, following Vietnam relay which I think always runs short (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Yet another mixing product from RHC transmitters, this time on 11520 fading in and out, at 1348 May 7. This computes as 12000 leapfrogging over 11760 another 240 kHz lower; however, did not find a match on 12240. The fundamentals were extremely strong, S9+22. 11520 RHC spur was colliding with WEWN spur of a different kind, distorted blob as recently reported, 10 kHz below their 11530 transmitter.

May 8 at 1305 on 12000, RHC promoted the day`s Mesa Redonda broadcast on 9640, 6000, which would start at the odd time of 2215, a replay of something from TeleSur about the usefulness of the OAS. RHC also had a report on Cuba`s growing good relations with Qatar. Hmm, isn`t there a US base there? O yeah, Cuba has one too.

Dentro-Cuban Jamming Command pulsing against nothing on 9545, May 8 at 1318, roughly a semi-day out of synch with when R. Rep·blica is really using it. Forgot about getting Solomons today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. Altho could not detect VOI on reactivated 11785 May 6, recheck May 7 at 1345 found its kind of music mixing with the USA/China radio war; 1356 VOI`s recognizable YL host in English, and after war truce at 1400, new slogan ``VOI helps to make the world green`` punxuated by birdtweets. After the hour in Malay, another check at 1501 found ID in English, still on at 1504, weakening signal, but apparently off by 1514 recheck; typically on ex-9525 they would re-open English at 1500 for a few minutes, then chop it off, and appear after 1600 in other languages on 11785.

Next day May 8, VOI axually atop the mess on 11785, but still plenty of QRM, at 1302 in English, and at 1354 Indonesian music further atop. So far VOI has ignored my advice to go back to 9525.

Anyhow, for what`s really going on in Indonesia, better to listen to R. Australia, e.g. May 8 at 1320 in Asia-Pacific, a report on how freedom of speech is threatened by three laws being applied against the Internet, such as an anti-Megawati Facebook site being closed down repeatedly and uppopping again.

Another RA item was on how some Melanesian countries are looking at how Fiji is controlling the media, and thinking, we could do that too. In these countries where wantok prevails, there is no tradition of criticising the leadership (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. V. of Biafra International, via WHRI 17520, May 8 at 1941, another Friday on the same frequency. The Orator was talking about the differences between Islamic and Christian regions of Nigeria --- emirs had divine rights, but during the period of military rule, a land use decree left eastern people landless, unlike the Yoruba and Hausa. Sufficient reception (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 11935, CRI Russian with Chinese lesson, fair May 9 at 1253-1257*. This is intended for DVR, 37 degrees from SZG site, so also USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [non]. Sat on 11785 before 1300 Saturday May 9 to see what would happen. At 1258 could not really make out anything from VOI, just voanews.com spelled out, mixed with CNR1 ChiCom echoing jamming; at 1259 on pops WHRI with OCS in progress, sign-on, and 1300 into Hmong Lao Radio overriding everything, so strong that it overloads the FRG-7 and audio can be heard elsewhere on 25m unless attenuated. Meanwhile open 9525 goes begging for VOI to return (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [and non]. During a routine check for possible reception of IRRS/IPAR via SLOVAKIA on 7290, Friday May 8 at 2010, not really expecting to hear it in CNAm, I was surprised to find Russian on 7285. The CRI relay via Albania to Europe is scheduled, but supposed to be in English. I figured that must have changed, or got the wrong program feed, but uplooking it later, there is indeed a Russian broadcast during this hour on 7285, from R. Liberty via Tinang, to Siberia except the most easterly part, 21 degrees so also usward --- something I would not be expecting to hear either, over a midday path. Meanwhile, IRRS has cut back to stop 7290 at 2000* and WORLD OF RADIO at 2030 has been canceled, even on their webcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOLOMON ISLANDS. SIBC, 9541.5, May 9 at 1240, American-accented YL being interviewed about freedom of speech, Michael Savage being banned from the UK. This time I was able to match it with BBCWS via Singapore 9740, running about one second behind that. R4 readability on 9541.5, not bad; still het from weaker China 9540, and unlike other days, no DentroCuban jamming on 9545 against nothing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. VOA Greenville, 17895, May 8 at 1938 in Spe-cial Eng-lish report on pope in Jordan; modulation noticeably distorted. Is anyone paying attention at the site? Or being so close to the transmitters, can they tell when something is amiss? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTJC, 9370, May 8 at 2007 hymn, extremely distorted modulation with continuous heavy crackle. A station their engineers(?) can be proud of (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. 11705, May 9 at 1303, RNV in Spanish with program summary, i.e. opening the transmission hour, and then ``Cortes Informativos``. Has this been moved one hour later to start at 1300 instead of 1200? No, chopped off at 1304:50*, frustrating bytuners who must have been just getting into RNV`s program. Evidently the 1200 hour is played back on the program feed line at 1300, and the sloppy Cuban engineers left it on past closing a few minutes earlier. Hint: even if you can`t turn off the transmitter immediately the program is over, you should at least turn off the modulation, which BTW was somewhat low and distorted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA [and non]. 11775 missing at 1346 check May 11, and also at 1331 check May 12, tho some DentroCuban jamming pulses were audible against nothing since R. MartÌ uses 11775 only at 0000-0300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. Radio Brasil Central, 11815 fair with deep fades, ``Acontece na Madrugada`` mentioned as soon as I tuned in, May 12 at 0535, apparently program title, ``It Happens in the Wee Hours``, phone number in Goi‚nia, 0538 timecheck for ``duas horas, 37 minutos `` --- so nice to hear some genuine live local programming from Brasil in the nightmiddle instead of gospel huxters. I was about to label this ``OBOB`` --- only Brazilian on band in my log shorthand, as Bandeirantes missing from 11925, but then at 0539 I found 11765 also in with the IPDA wacko, strangely interrupted for ``2:40`` timecheck from studio announcer, het from 11760 NHK if not RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 13970 fair Firedrake lento passage at 1335 May 12 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGESET) See also UK [non]

** CUBA. RHC missing from 13780, May 12 at 1334, so I kept tuning and found that the frequency it replaced on April 13, 15370, was back on! But it cut off at 1356* so had the engineers realized their mistake? Then tuned to 11760 to catch the frequency announcement around hourtop by Antonio `Stacatto` GÛmez --- at 1401 he still listed 13780 and not 15370 (and he also always mentions 6000 altho that is really closing down at 1400).

Anyhow, that takes care of the mixing products with 13680, landing on 13880 and 13580, the lower one QRMing Prague. Oops, at 1404 check found 15370 back on, so it was just a normal transmitter breakdown a few minutes earlier. Weaker 15360 was still audible but not usual // 15120, tho a weak carrier from something was detectable there. So the question remains whether RHC has deliberately resumed 15370 instead of 13780 at 1300-1500? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [non]. In a bandscan Monday May 11 at 1958 I came upon Amharic on 15665, HOA music, the final word ``amen`` before WHRI ID in English and cut off before any frequency could be mentioned. WRTH A-09 update reminds us this is: Dimtse Tewahedo, Mondays only at 1900-2000; see http://tewahedomedia.org (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. VOI remains on 11785 before and after 1400 facing heavy interference from the China/US radio war during VOI`s English hour at 13-14, not to mention WHRI/Hmong on weekends. Monday May 11 at 1359 heard a clip of former acting president George W. Bush, something about home ownership, as nonsensical as that may be, presumably from VOA Chinese --- don`t they have enough clips of current legitimately elected president Barack H. Obama to use? Anyhow, that went off quickly, uncovering at 1401 VOI IS and ID, still lite CCI from BBC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 11710, VOK in English, May 11 at 1350 talking about their imaginary satellite and all the neat data they are getting from it! 1351 about a dance, ``The Cowboy and the Girl``, which I thought was just introducing some music, but the talk went on and on, and there were only a few sex of music at 1354 before transmitter cut off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9385, WWRB, May 11 at 2011 found open carrier, a blessed relief from the usual B.S. ranting; only slight hum and crackle to remind us a real transmitter was there burning up 100 kW for nothing. I took the opportunity to enjoy the almost-silence and listened to it for five minutes as modulation maintained its mumness still. So does The Overcomer Ministry get a pro-rated refund? Or was it their own feeding failure (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 15285, May 12 at 1405, good signal in Chinese operatic music, then M&W talk, SAH over a weak signal. BBC Mandarin operates from Singapore at 1300-1530, 100 kW at 13 degrees, so also favorable for us, but I fear this may have been CNR1, as Aoki assures us this, like all BBC Chinese frequencies, is jammed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WEWN, 11550 with het, no doubt the perpetually off-frequency TAIWAN, May 12 at 1413 in Spanish, voice-over translation of Arabic singing --- odd to hear the Arabic with Latinate Catholic rather than Qur`anic intonations! Same thing // on 11530 English frequency but without the Spanish, live event from Israel, 1417 alleluiahs. Then speech in English by the RCC CEO.

I onturned EWTN TV and found same running about one second ahead of SW, plus video. This was variously labeled as homily, eucharist from the Valley of Josephat [sic], an outdoor mass before a crowd in casual dress. Now I could see that the pope was seated on an ornate golden throne, wearing a golden mitre and golden robes in full regalia --- wow, this must be a rich church --- or is it fool`s gold? Another thing you can`t get from radio: at 1501 in the ceremony a line of subordinate priests was seen and they were racially segregated --- three black guys at the end. I suppose the church would claim they were geographically segregated. Coverage on TV lasted until 1530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. Sunday morning May 10 only had time for a quick check at 1553 of the AlÛ, Presidente frequencies via CUBA: all of them were on at widely divergent degrees of audibility: 11690, 12010, 13680, 13750(best), 17750. WRTH A-09 update says all but 13680 are also on the air Saturdays from 1400 but I doubt it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA. After several days` absence, DGS was back on 11775, May 14 at 2132 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. As I was checking RFI on 17620 and 17630 before 2130 May 14, did not notice any RHC on 17660, scheduled in English until 2130. But at 2131 there it was, opening Kriyol as scheduled, distorted. What is RHC doing on such a high frequency to a neighboring country? It`s only about 720 miles from Habana to Port-au-Prince, and the optimum skip distance on 17+ MHz is longer than that --- except when sporadic-E may kick in unpredictably. But surely Arnie knows this basic propagational fact. 17660 is designated for the Caribbean in all its language services 2030-2300. It might be OK for the Windward Islands further away, and RHC does have much lower // 5965 for the two Creole broadcasts at 2130 and 2230, but for summer afternoons that may really be too low versus the absorption level.

At 2133 I found 11760 with RHC in real French, scheduled at same time as Creole on 17660; while 11770, 11800, 13760 and 13790 were all in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [and non]. 11700, good signal in French at 0514 May 14, RFI Sport. Don`t usually hear this with Europe not propagating. Is 500 kW, 155 degrees from Issoudun, so directly off the back would be 155 + 180 = 335 degrees. Unseemed strike music fill at the moment.

17630, May 14 at 2123 with music unannounced except for ``RFI Musique`` interjexions, first a chanson in French and 2127 a Cuban ``mueve tu cuerpo`` rap in Spanish. Same music was running about two sesquiseconds behind on much weaker 17620. Normally these two, both Guiana French, would not be // as 17620 is 75 degrees in French at 17-22, missing from PWBR `2009`, while 17630 is Guiana French, 295 degrees in Spanish at 2100-2130 only. But this was strike fill-music, crossing language service boundaries, and at 2130, 17630 did cut off abruptly in mid-music while 17620 continued. KVOH was fair on 17775, but not super-strong, so its spur on 17630v was not audible before or after RFI was transmitting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15110, REE with usual excellent signal direct from Noblejas, Thursday May 14 at 2109 with live program from studio 202 at Prado del Rey, YL host giving current timechex in UT, local and Canary time. It`s ``Otros Acentos``, firstly dedicated to the maestro of the vallenato of the Colombian coast, Rafael Escalona, who just died in Bogot·, with some of his lively music; then interview about hard of hearing problems, using FM transmitters as hearing aids, inviting phone calls to 91-512-04-58 or -02-42 or by e-mail; 2118 about the ``don`t forget your ears`` campaign. All in Castilian. According to the current schedule grid at


the accuracy of which is questionable, Otros Acentos is M-F at 21-22 in its first edition ---- but there is no ``second edition`` elsewhere on the schedule! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)

** THAILAND. 9455, R. Thailand, at 1330 May 14 in Thai ID, the first day heard without that annoying het from off-frequency YFR via Taiwan, so maybe they have taken my advice and moved, but where? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake observations May 15: at 1240, very poor, barely audible on 8400, while very good on 9000 and as has recently been the case, not // any more but from separate feeds. None audible today on 9400 under FEBC. Maybe they hit it by mistake previously, overzealously blocking anything heard in Chinese. At 1322 FD on 15150 fairly good and not // 9000 either; all these presumably against inaudible Sound of Hope, Falung Gong via Taiwan.

Meanwhile lots of CNR1 jamming, such as on 19m, at 1323 on 15330 // 15285, but 15330 went off at 1330, and the victim on 15285 was also audible. BBCWS Uzbek via Cyprus is scheduled until 1330 on 15330, // 17515 where I also heard CNR1 jamming two days before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. Another screwup at RHC, but mitigated by brevity: May 15 at 0500 I happened to be tuned to 6120, as the RHC Spanish service was closing for the night, distorted and lofi. Then it re-opened in Portuguese, but cut off the air after a semiminute. Portuguese at 0500 seems to be a regular feature on their program feed line, who knows why, as it is the middle of the night in Brasil and is not promoted as available even on webcast.

At 1221 on 6000 heard the voice of Arnaldo Coro with part of a `news` item within Despertar con Cuba, saying that Cuba would not be adopting the US DTV standard ATSC, due to trade restrixions(?) and anyhow, Cuba will have access to a superior DTV system when it is ready to change. Take your time: we are looking forward to more analog Cuban TV DX once most US lowband TV stations are gone June 12. It should be an interesting DX challenge to decode Cuban DTV, whatever it may become.

RHC 12000 again hit by heavy distorted co-channel QRM in Chinese, at 1314 May 15, previously tracked to the V. of Russia Khabarovsk transmitter as scheduled.

RHC 13880 leapfrog mixing product best yet, May 15 at 1318, S9+15 and not very distorted, quite readable, in item from UN Radio citing infexion figures for H1N1 in various American countries. Matching amphibian on 13580 was as usual weaker, only S9+10 or so, about the same as R. Prague English to NAm, and thus plenty to ruin its reception. These are caused by inadequate separation, physically and electronically, between the 13680 and 13780 transmitters and their antennas (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. The strike at RFI must be continuing on May 15, as on 13640 at 1203 instead of news in Spanish I was hearing a version of ``Buena Vista`` mixing in rap, as if the original version were insufficient these days. 1206 ``RFI Musique`` ID and more music fill. This was SSOB --- strongest signal on band 22m, by far, eclipsing VOA, RHC, DCJC, etc., which had not yet built up to full strength. Scheduled as 1200-1230 RFI Spanish at 295 degrees from GUIANA FRENCH, following a semi-hour of French at 1130, 320 degrees, which I believe is MÈtÈo Marine --- is that cut off by the strike too? How will the mariners manage? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 11735 in Chinese with noisy buzz apparently emanating from same transmitter, VOK Kujang as scheduled during this hour, preceded and followed by Korean on same azimuth, 238 degrees with 200 kW per Aoki. VOK also audible more clearly in English on 11710. One assumes the ChiCom would never jam Chinese from their good neighbor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. I haven`t mentioned this in months, so for the record, the same old classical music warhorses are *still* being used by BBC Mundo, the Spanish service relayed by WHRI on 9410 weekdays at 1200-1300. Great reception of great music, but only excerpts, and never identified as no announcements are permitted; listened May 15 1250-1300* abruptly off just as one piece had fortunately ended on its own. These included O Mio Babbino Caro, and Sunrise from Peer Gynt.

This is because BBC Spanish has been drastically reduced to nothing but a newscast at 1200, and the rest of the hour has to be filled by archival material, and from 1233 nothing but music, classical on M/W/F, pop hits on Tue/Thu. It would take only a minimum amount of effort for BBC Mundo to produce a real classical music show with much more variety and IDs of the music, but that is obviously beyond their capability or desire to do so (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake May 16: not heard on 13970 before 1300, but at 1313 a good signal from it; became very good by 1340, and still audible at 1522 check. 15150 had FD weakly audible mixing with something else at 1315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CROATIA [non]. Confirming that VOC via Germany has belatedly replaced 7375 with 9925 for the summer, at 2353 UT check May 15, VG signal on 9925, rock music with Slavic(?) lyrix, nothing on 7375. English segments presumably remain at 2215 and 0200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC`s big signals on 22m, 13680 and 13780 both missing at 1302 May 16; just the weak one on 13760. So I checked the two frequencies they supposedly move up from at 1300, 6180 and 9600 --- yes, those were still running at 1304; I sat on 6180 to hear when it would finally go off, and that was at 1307*, while 13780 finally came up at *1309 just as the `news` was ending; presumably about the same for 9600/13680. By 1312 both 13680 and 13780 were on as well as their leapfrog spurs on 13880 and 13580, which means that R. Prague was free of that QRM for the first dekaminute or so of its English to North America on 13580.

I also checked the RHC 19mb channels: after missing a few days, 15120 was back on May 16 at 1304 check but JBA; by 1314 it had improved a lot and now // 15360 became JBA with flutter. Quite a disparity between these and the inboomers just one band lower on 13 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. HCJB, 9745, May 16 at 0500-0503* with several choral verses of the Ecuadorian National Anthem, a good chance to hear it with good reception. They used to play a bit of other music a few sex after it finished, before turning off the transmitter, in a persistent bit of mis-programming; now that no longer happens.

But the big news is that HCJB has finally fixed their automated Spanish IDs in the morning, removing the extinct 21455 frequency from the announcements, 10.5 months after it was closed down June 28, 2008, as reported in detail in DXLD 8-074. In the meantime, we have filed numerous log reports, most recently May 2, quoting outdated announcements at 14:30, 29:30, 44:30, and/or 59:30 past the hours until 1500:00, whenever there is a break between programs, which insisted on saying ``11690, 21455, y 11960 kHz`` -- usually, except we caught one saying only one of the 11 MHz frequencies twice.

Now on May 16, 2009, we find the announcements have been fixed, removing mention of 21455. Listening to 11960 at 1259:30, 21455 was omitted, 8 am TC, and into Cruzada con LuÌs Palau. Another check at 1344:30 found no frequencies mentioned at all, but instead a promo for Ecuador being one of 17 countries with the most ecological diversity, a jingle ID, and 1345 into BGEA`s Momentos de DecisiÛn, contrary to the English version which is Hour of Decision --- in Spanish, no time to waste in upmaking your mind. At 1359:30, just 11690 and 11960 given. After Aventura Diexista, at 1459:30-1500:00* the old cacao-producing promo, but once again 21455 absent from the list. They are still uncoˆrdinated, having to fade out the last few sex of the previous program in time for the ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. DW Russian via Rampisham, ENGLAND, on new 15510, May 16 at 1529, scheduled at 1400-1559 since May 15. This replaces 15265, where it was equally well-heard here, so why the change? Nothing else listed during this bihour on 15260, 15265 or 15270 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 9650, KBSWR via Sackville, Saturday May 16 at 1250 in Worldwide Friendship with a few minutes of ``listening tips from North America`` voiced by Kevin O`Donovan, starting with VOA plans to cut three languages next fiscal year. Then info on how to hear KBS via non-SW relays in UK, Canada, which you would think they would have been able to tell us about directly from Seoul.

There were no SW/DX tips on this segment, but such were invited by Kevin who would resume next week. He was also credited with sending KBS daily reception reports, which must have led to his getting this gig. Never heard where he is located, and I don`t recognize the name from any DX clubs or lists, so where did he come from?

Meanwhile, 9650 was bothered by continuous tone test underneath at 1250-1255, no doubt IBB Tinang warming up for the R. Netherlands Dutch 1300-1327 and English 1327-1330* relay which by then QRMs the 9650 Sackville relay of CRI English, even in mid-America, tsk2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15435, Saut ul-Buzz, still awful self-inflicted noise at 1530 check May 16, atop talk in Arabic, which I doubt even a motivated native speaker could have comprehended beneath the buzz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. The spurs from RTI`s 9735 Japanese service were back, May 16 at 1323, producing similar-pitched hets on BBC 9740 and CRI 9730. Most days the spurs are not there, but they keep upsprouting irregularly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WEWN, 7555, May 16 at 0510 in Spanish, noticed some continuous utility QRM on hi side, multiplex without a specific carrier. One could evade it by tuning to low side of WEWN. Have not noticed this before; such are the risks of broadcasting on a fixed band. Especially if it`s US-based, military or commercial, the ute might well complain and get WEWN removed, since these 7.3+ MHz US SWBC stations are allowed only on a non-interference basis (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11725 with YFR Chinese service at 1343 May 16 spelling out P-O-B-O-X address in Oakland; letters pronounced in English, numbers in Chinese. In English, of course, they never announce a box, just the zip code is sufficient. WRTH only shows a street address, but spelling out H-E-G-E-N-B-E-R-G-E-R would just be too much to grapple with. The rough audio processing is instantly recognizable as not coming from Okeechobee, so whence? Pet-Kam, RUSSIA, 244 degrees. I was also hearing this an hour earlier.

R. Thailand, 9455, in Thai at 1330 May 16 still free of YFR Taiwan Vietnamese interference, so I research in Aoki where it is now: during the 13-14 hour, moved May 11 to 9960 and is also on 7260 Taiwan, 11895 Irkutsk, none of them checked yet, but the important thing is that they got off 9455 following my tipoff that they were colliding with Thailand. You`re welcome (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 11715 at 1500 May 16: KJES big signal but just barely audible with kid giving address in Spanish, as VOA was going thru sign-off routine in English; per Aoki the latter being PHILIPPINES, Tinang 50 kW unit at 220 degrees used only at 1400-1500, but nonetheless producing a clash, Americans vs Americans!

As for KJES, Aoki shows the 13-16 transmission as M-F only, but that is wrong, as this was Saturday; also shows 13-15 English, 15-16 Spanish, but they were already in Spanish at 14. Furthermore, they supposedly change azimuth each hour from 70 to 350 to 150 degrees. So I wonder if they were rotating the hefty LP from 70 to 350 degrees as I listened. If so, it made no difference, while bringing up the modulation to normal level would have made a big difference. WRTH A-09 update says daily, 13-15 English, 15-16 Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 15375 at 1315 May 17 with Chinese talk, mixed with buzz; carrier also unstable; not // 12000 so not Russia, but // 15330 and 12040 so is CNR1 jamming. Victim is R Free Asia, Tibetan, 75 degrees via UAE at 11-14, inaudible. The buzz seems to be a defect in the ChiCom transmission, but since it`s a jammer, that only helps. Heard a Windows logo go by at 1317.

Also checked 15375 May 18: at 1336 Chinese again with buzz, but not as bad as before, // 12040.

Firedrake May 18: at 1305, 8400 and 9000 but not //. At 1335, FD good on 15600, better than // 9000, not // 8400. Nothing on 13970. At 1400 found 15600 in open carrier, but no SOH or anything else audible. FD here resumed at 1404:40, and caused adjacent QRM to V of Russia in English on 15605 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC missing from 12000 the last few mornings, including May 18 at 1330, when occupied by RUSSIA, q.v.,; and at 1419 when the not distorted but a bit hummy Chinese on 12000 is instead CVC Darwin, then gospel rock at 1421. Cuba was certainly propagable, as 11760 was in well as usual during hoary Voces de la RevoluciÛn speech. Unless the RHC 12000 transmitter is simply down, it could be on the way to a new frequency, as RHC keeps up with reports from its volunteer monitor in Oclajoma. It still shows on their online schedule as 11-15 to ``New York`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also VENEZUELA [non]

** PHILIPPINES. 9700, May 18 at 1320, warbling het against something. Scheduled here at 13-14 is FEBC, Iba site with 50 kW due west in various SE Asian minolity languages, Muong during this quarter-hour on Mondays, says Aoki, so either someone is trying to jam that or QRM is self-inflicted defect (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 12000, extremely distorted and broad VOR Chinese via Khabarovsk, May 17 at 1304, and no RHC even audible underneath; maybe off the air at the moment and/or desperately seeking a new frequency. Also May 18 at 1330 check, Chinese talk voice-overing something briefly in Russian, mixed with noise bursts, unstable carrier, no trace of RHC audible; see also CUBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Not only is WYFR 15600 blasted by WEWN`s 10-kHz-away spurs from 15610 between 19 and 23 UT, but another case of too-close-for-comfort exists for WYFR on 11530 at 0400-0900 since WEWN is using 11520 during those hours, and beyond. May 17 at 0605, the WEWN squealing spur was badly disrupting much weaker WYFR 11530. Could also hear it on 11510 with BFO on. Catholix vs Protestants! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. No sign of KJES on 11715, May 18 at 1417, allowing VOA Tinang 50 kW unit to be heard well enough in report about school in Zimbabwe // 9760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15410, CVC A Sua Voz via Chile, fair May 18 at 1406 in gospel rock. As I tuned by sometime during the previous hour, heard a PSA about child sexual abuse. Without CVC, how are the Brazilians going to know about that? CÈlio Romais reports this service is closing down completely at Junend, and announcements to that effect are being broadcast starting today; but I didn`t listen long enough to confirm one. Anyhow, the Brazilian radio bands, including domestic SW, are full of gospel huxters, so they hardly need any more in Miami trying to reach them via Chile (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. Another week off for Hugo Ch·vez Frias, as no transmission found on the ``AlÛ, Presidente`` frequencies via CUBA, such as 12010, 13680, 13750, checked Sunday May 17 at 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. May 19 at 2135 I was checking 9330 to see if I could get a signal there // 12085 Syria, q.v.. Instead I heard a big blob of extremely distorted talk, extending roughly 9320-9360, peaking around 9335. Figured it was most likely very strong WWRB 9385 which has done this before, or weaker but still spur-producing WTJC 9370 --- but the modulation spike peaks did not match either. So searched further on second receiver for a match.

There it is, on 9515! Which is RCI, currently in Chinese. That`s another transmitter which has gone haywire in the past. Then looked for more spurious on hi side and found it even worse, roughly 9650-9720, peaking around 9685. Forget about hearing any other stations in those ranges.

9515 itself was somewhat undermodulated and distorted but nowhere as bad as the spurs. 9515 is scheduled to go off at 2159, and indeed it and the spurs were off after 2200. The next language, Spanish, should start at 2205 on 6100, but I was hearing nothing there a few minutes later. If it`s the very same transmitter it might also pollute the 49m band. I have notified Sackville (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, May 19 at 1350: 8400 stronger than 9000 and once again // rather than different feeds. Also // 13970 but not audible on 15150 or 15600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA

** CUBA [and non]. 9805, May 18 at 1422, DCJC pulses QRMing weak signal in Vietnamese. Per Aoki, that is Radio Free Asia, 14-15 at 285 degrees from Saipan. Nice of Cuba to help out their Hanoi comrades, but jamming probably not very effective way over there! Axually, it`s typically leftover incompetent Cuban jamming which on 9805 is ``needed`` only at 1000-1300 when Radio MartÌ is using it. Aoki does not have this RFA transmission a*terisked as jammed intentionally.

Imagine how many Cuban people could have a decent meal merely with the money saved by reducing jamming only to hours required against broadcasts hostile to the regime! Let alone closing down the power-hogging jammers completely and letting chips fall where they may. The Revolution really has no confidence in itself.

9565, DentroCuban Jamming Command pulses against nothing, May 19 at 1311; they`re there because Radio MartÌ uses 9565 at a totally different time, 1700-2400. Well, not exactly against nothing, since this was QRMing CRI relay via CUBA on 9570! Cuban Commies vs Chinese Commies via Cuban Commies! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [and non]. 17620, May 19 at 1355 with jazz vocal by YL in English, but off at 1357* This fits for RFI Issoudun to WAf schedule.

The strike must be in its 8th day, since May 19 at 2123 I was again hearing songs in French on 17630, instead of the scheduled Spanish semihour via Guiana French, and again cut off abruptly at 2130* sharp, while the same music, a few sex apart continued on much weaker 17620, now to WAf from MontsinÈry (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. Now that VOI is back on a clear frequency, 9525, I can confirm that they are still doing a joint program in English with RRI Banjarmasin on Tuesdays; May 19 had give-and-take between Jakarta hostess and RRI-B guy, and at 1342 went to pre-produced program from Banjarmasin. No QRM, but we still have to cope with accents, hum, undermodulation, and propagational fading reducing readability. All I could tell was that the talk was full of numerical statistics, probably MEGO-inducing anyway, tsk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SYRIA. 12085 with big S9+20 signal May 19 at 2133, but hum and just barely audible extremely undermodulated ME vocal music. Has to be R. Damascus as scheduled during this hour in English, and with its typical modulation problems. Then looked for possible // 9330 but found it blocked by RCI spur; see CANADA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. Checked RCI 9515 again 24 hours later, May 20 at 2145 and no spurs in the 9.3 or 9.7 MHz area (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1461, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake May 20 at 1319: best on 13970, next best 9000, and just barely audible on 8400, all // synchronized (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. DentroCuban Jamming Command pulses interfering with WORLD OF RADIO on WRMI, 9955, May 20 at 0503. Excuse me if I continue to be upset about Cuban jamming, especially against non-Spanish, non-exile broadcasts. How many of you can say that you are jammed by the pals of ``your friend in Habana``, Arnie Coro, whose own DX program is immune from jamming? This was a repeat of WOR edition 1460, as 1461 starts this week on UT Thursday May 21.

9560 with hash against weakest R. Australia signal at 1300 May 20, from the Cuban relay of CRI on 9570, and also traces of same audible under strongest RA signal 9580. These must be what ruin RA reception in Ontario, as Andy Reid reminds us.

After missing a few days, RHC`s 12000 was back May 20 at 1318, despite V of Russia Chinese service co-channel. The two were about equal levels here, despite Cuba`s extreme proximity advantage, taking turns dominating. Still same at 1345, when Russian song being played, but announcements in Chinese. At least the VOR transmission has been cleaned up to lack all the dirty splash above and below. I suppose the clash is less of a problem in RHC`s 12000 target area of ``Nueva York``, while there are plenty of clear //s, 11760, 13680, 13760, 13780, 13880, 15120, 15360 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR, 15825, May 20 at 1324, tnx sporadic E inbooming so much that the squeal was audible beneath the jailed Tony Al·mo, whose child sexual abuse trial has been postponed again until July, presumably another playback of an old program, ``if you serve yourself, you are serving Satan``. Judging from occasional murmurs, prompted reaxion from his small audience, he was preaching to children, which could explain his extremely condescending tone, turning off an adult audience except for those ripe for condescension (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. VR, 9645 in Scandinavian language, UT Wednesday May 20 at 0505, along with Brazilian het from 9645.3 or so. Wonder if this was in Danish, or is ever in Danish, as it would be the only SWBC left in that language besides Greenland 3815. VR is not helpful in breaking down which days of the week carry which Scand language; only native speakers can tell (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. CVC Darwin, May 22 at 0536 with YL in Chinese on 17830; 340 degrees; next to it on 17820 was weaker singing, which chex as CVC Indonesian service, 290 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. RA in English, 13630, May 22 at 0551 during interview, but QRM from CW sending Vs, and then into brief message with DE but could not catch ID. At first I thought it might be part of the program production with CW effect in the background, but not present on // 15160, 15240.

After 0610, RA had an engrossing talk mentioning the threat of frozen methane melting at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the dire effect on American and European climates if the Gulf Stream stops keeping Europe mild and heat builds up in the Gulf. I wanted to hear all of this again, but the RA program schedule shows Asia Pacific Business at this time on Fridays, and its content does not match! I did find a web page about this potential devastation:



** AUSTRIA. Only a month from Solstice, Europe now making it up to 14 MHz in the nightmiddle: 13730 in Austro-German at 0555 May 22, fair signal. I wanted to reconfirm the token English newscast around 0608, elsewhen heard on 6155, but missed it as I was trying to track down a local noise source, since the heavier line noise has abated; at 0614 however, I barely caught OE1 going from French back to German. Solar flux had inched up to 72 on May 21 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. 11600 at 0559 May 22 with `space music`, IS and opening French as ``Radio Bulgarie Internationale`` --- do they add International to their English ID now? If so, I have not noticed it. Neither English nor French webpages put International(e) in the title: http://www.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Emission_French/

So perhaps it should be rendered ``Radio Bulgarie (internationale)``. Then at 0601 on 11800 found R. Bulgaria in Spanish giving its entire transmission schedule in that language (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake, May 21 at 1333 on 11300, better than and not // 13970 or 9000, while inaudible on 8400, so ex-that? Good thing I bothered to scan that far out-of-band, so I continued up to 19 MHz, and found something else interesting instead; see U S A.

Firedrake, May 22: at the very late hour of 0533, there it was on 18320 with a poor signal. 17 and 15 MHz were full of Asian signals, including CNR-1 jamming; see below. At 0544 also FD poor on 15600 and not // 18320. At 0556 a trace of FD on 13970.

Not so good the next morning: at 1317, no FD audible on 11300. At 1350, none on 11300, 13970, 15150, 15600 or 18320, but poorly audible on 9000 // 8400. Also checked entire out-of-band ranges from 10000 to 19000 with no others found.

Unlike some previous mid-night openings, May 22 had both ChiCom CNR-1 jamming, and R. Free Asia audible at same time; site and azimuth info from Aoki and/or HFCC:

0535 on 17880, mix of two different Chinese services, one of which is CNR-1 jamming. The other, RFA SAIPAN, 310 degrees.

0536 on 17615, similar to 17880; one audio source was // 17880, and the other was not, i.e. RFA with deliberate delay of a few seconds: RFA, TINIAN, 295 degrees.

0542 on 15635, Chinese audio with echo, // 17880. Target RFA via Irkutsk, RUSSIA, 152 degrees, itself not audible.

0549 on 15615, CNR1 jamming mixed with other Chinese audio. RFA TINIAN, 279 degrees.

0630 on 17880, Chinese talk with `diamond` music theme as heard a few times before, mentioned Mei-Guo, good over other Chinese audio. I think it is RFA on top at the moment, but either one could have been mentioning America, of course.

Other catches from China, altho not jammers:

0540 on 15785, Chinese M&W not // 17615, fair, since this is CRI itself, Xi`an 354 degrees toward Mongolia and W Siberia. Not good news for Galei Zahal if it is really 24h on this frequency; no sign of it.

0543 on 15665, M&W conversation in Russian, fluttery, CRI ID ``MPK``; Kashi 308 degrees; 0545 // 15445, same.

0547 on 15465, CRI English ID in passing, address. Kashi 209 degrees


** CUBA. RHC absent again from 13780, May 21 at 1340, and not on its ex, 15370, either. This also removed the 13880 and 13580 mixing products with 13680, still running, as well as 13760, 15120, 15360, all checked, plus 12000, this time somewhat atop the VOR Chinese co-channel from Khabarovsk.

May 22 at 1311, 13880 was back and therefore fundamental 13780 as well, at the moment with clips of Obama vs Cheney speeches the day before. Today RHC had more advantage over VOR 12000, still problematic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. Happened to hear R. MartÌ promoting TV MartÌ, May 22 at 1301 on 7405, saying people could see it on channel 20. The channels have changed from time to time, but I wonder why this is seldom if ever reported by US TV DXers. You`d think Gulf tropo would bring it in even if the signal is direxional and weakish usward. So is this now from the plane, or an aerostat, or ground-based, and what hours is it on the air, surely not 24?

What else is on channel 20 in Florida? WBBH Fort Myers would have been the biggest problem but it has already migrated to 15 for DTV. However, 20 is the permanent DT for WLRN Miami, 625 kW with a CP for 870. There are also lower-powered stations in Melbourne, Tampa-Saint Petersburg and faraway Panama City (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Looking for Firedrakes, May 21 at 1345, instead encountered weak signal with singing on 18770, fading in and out and/or with modulation pauses. Must be a harmonic: yes, // 9385 WWRB in Brother Scare service but someone else singing and testifying at the moment. 18770 peaked at S4, and with the FRG-7 preselector peaked on 18770, not 9385, so despite the usual extremely strong signal on the fundamental, I think this was a true transmitted harmonic, usually inaudible but propagating now tnx to an increasingly frequent seasonal sporadic-E opening, correlating evidence being WWCR 15825 inbooming (but no sign of it on 19960 = 2 x 9980), so once again WWRB is one-up on WWCR in the spurious department. Hey Dave, how much power are you putting out on 18770? I think it must be a pretty good QRP DX catch. Such a short skip distance, slightly over a megameter, is possible only with E-layer skip, not F-layer.

Next day May 22 at 1352, since WWCR was again inbooming via sporadic E on 15825, I searched for the WWRB harmonic on 18770, but could not detect even the open carrier this time:

WWRB, 9385, S9+22 at 1348 May 22, nothing but hum, having lost the Brother Scare feed again; enough signal to put weak spurs detectable on 9317 and 9453 hetting 9320 and 9455 stations, but at least there was no modulation on the spurs either. Altho I could have heard him on WINB 9265, I preferred 9385 for another enjoyable break from B.S. rants, so kept listening to the hum; at 1357 and again at 1359 inserted WWRB IDs, but nothing else. Finally at 1404 joined in progress Alex Scourby Bible readings, via Walterboro, or default fill from Manchester? Left the receiver running down low, not paying much attention, but realized at 1530 that it was again modulation-less; fitfully resumed Scourby at 1539 at low level, taking another two minutes to bring him up to normal level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWV, 20000, May 22 at 0534, correlating with a late sporadic-E opening in WNAm still being reported into VHF, tho not much of that here. Time to check for KOA 25950 or anything else on 11 meters, but nothing heard yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Hunting for Firedrakes the morning of May 23: conditions depressed, and did not find any between 8 and 19 MHz except:

14420 at 1316, good signal, // weaker 15600.

Note: some of these Firedrakes are likely coming from EAST TURKISTAN sites Kashi or Urumqi, but since SAFRT refuses to register their jammers with HFCC, we can`t be sure. It makes propagational sense for jammers targeting east or central China to be sending from an appropriate skip distance in west `China` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC audio pretty distorted on 11760, May 23 at 1310 during Despertar con Cuba. Wake up and fix it! // 12000 was OK, and well atop the VOR Chinese co-channel. Fortunately, 11760 was not splattering or putting out any detectable spurs; the 22 and 19-mb frequencies were not distorted, either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. Middle-of-night 16 and 19m opening from China May 23 not nearly as good as 24 hours before, but at 0622 on 17680 hearing Chinese-accented Spanish, fair with deep fades, which checks as CRI via Kashi, 294 degrees for Spain (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also CHINA

** NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. Unlike the night before, R. Free Asia in Chinese very good on 17880 and 17615 at 0623 May 23, well atop the ChiCom CNR1 jamming if it was audible at all, due to propagational variation. RFA 21550 also JBA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. On Saturdays only, 15170 is not blocked by REE Costa Rica, so May 23 at 1323 I was hearing HOA singing, S9+10 with fades, but undermodulated; still 1335 with weak talk. Per Aoki this is the VOA Somali service via MADAGASCAR, 1300-1400, 250 kW at 359 degrees.

VOA English, 17585 Greenville, often barely audible, but assisted by sporadic E, loud and clear on May 23 at 1426 with anti-AIDS PSA, the underlying assumption being that sex otherwise is acceptable! This is one of those-split-hour transmissions, nonsensically switching transmitter sites in the middle, both aimed at the same target from widely divergent direxions. In this case it`s Greenville 250 kW at 94 degrees until 1430, then Udorn, THAILAND from 1430, 250 kW at 276 degrees, both for all of Africa except the North.

Normally I can`t hear the second half as 16m propagation from Thailand at that hour is not exactly ideal, but this time I could. The next promo at 1429 for VOA`s hip-hop show was cut off sharply at 1429:30 for the Yankee Doodle Dandy sign-off routine from Greenville, but barely audible underneath I could hear a separate YDD as Thailand was signing on. Greenville left its open carrier on until 1438:15* making a SAH of 200/minute = 3 and a third Hz, with the much weaker Thai signal. This was a mixed blessing; the carrier helped to squelch the noise level, but it was still too much to make Udorn readable. At 1450 recheck, Udorn alone was just barely audible.

Now in Africa, assuming roughly equal propagation at that hour from NC and Thailand, the modulation clash at 1429-1431 plus the additional 7 minutes overlap amounts to VOA interfering totally unnecessarily with itself! If they insist on this nonsense of switching sites in the middle of an hour, it should be DCI and CS == one drops carrier immediately and the other crash-starts, so at worst there would be a brief interruption or overlap glitch in the progression of the programming content, which goes on relentlessly. Is anyone paying attention at IBB frequency management? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

** U S A. Since thanks to HF sporadic E, WWCR was inbooming again May 23 at 1327, 15825 so strong I could hear the squeal, and 13845 so strong I could hear the crosstalk from 7490 modulation, I looked again for the WWRB harmonic on 18770, and there it was, weak but fading up to S4, // 9385 with Alex Scourby biblical pontifications. But still, WWCR 9980 harmonic not making it on 19960 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake survey May 24: barely caught a few bars of it on unusual 9390 until 1300*, but back on at 1308, poor; fortunately, no WWRB 9385 on yet. Against what? Per Aoki, at 12-13 on 9390 is R. Pakistan`s Chinese broadcast, so chalk up another neighbor to whom the ChiCom demonstrate their hostility. Aoki does not yet show it as *jammed. Or has that shifted one hour earlier due to DST in Pakistan? See original A-09 schedule in DXLD 9-039, with // 11510 at 12-13. Apparently it has not shifted, as in WRTH A-09 update still showing 12-13, unlike English at 16 which has shifted an hour earlier to 15.

More Firedrake May 24: at 1302, nothing on 8400, but 9000 was open carrier, resuming poorly at 1305. At 1308, nothing on 11300. BTW, that`s a very bad spot due to aeronautical air-ground communications in Africa. Without Firedrake blockage, one could sit on that frequency and hear planes contacting Khartoum, Tripoli, etc. At 1321, FD on 13970 // 9000. At 1324 also on 14420, better than // 13970 but fluttery. At this moment the ``ramshorn`` is being blown. At 1325 also audible on // 15600.

Firedrake May 25: surprised to hear it on another unusual frequency, 7280 at 1249, mixing with something in Chinese and // 9000. Aoki says 7280 bears Sound of Hope at 11-13, so that explains it: in this case a 300 kW Taiwan transmitter, so one can axually hear SOH in the mix, unlike their 1 kW jammer-spoilers elsewhere out-of-band. However, at 1354 on 7280 still hearing a Firedrake mix with something, SOH prolonged? // 13970. Per Aoki, V. of Strait is supposedly also on 7280 all along at 12-17 but WRTH does not have it; RFA Tinian does not start Cantonese on 7280 until 1430 and that is not asteri*ked as jammed.

Back at 1249, no Firedrake on 8400 or 11300. 9000 made its usual break 1300-1305; nothing there at 1352 recheck. At 1307, FD good on 13970, but even better on // 14420, which was still going at 1337. At 1404, 13970 open carrier, resuming FD at 1405. At 1406 still on 14420 but now very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also EAST TURKISTAN

** CUBA [and non]. Not just REE, but also RHC has a pen-pal service for DentroCubans: Sunday May 24 at 1319 on 12000 giving someone`s P- and e-mail address, in Amigos de Cuba show. QRM de distorted VOR Chinese, making noise bursts every few sex on 12000. RHC modulation OK, // 11760, and the VOR mess stopped at 1400*. Same QRM spurting from Khabarovsk next day May 25 at 1304 and 1350 chex (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKESTAN. Not much making it from E Asia on 16m, May 25 at 0505, but on 17720 there was CRI in German, fair signal going from Nachrichten to ``Sie fragen, wir antworten`` Q&A show. Via Kashi, central Asia, 308 degrees, 500 kW. Best signal on band, except for 17880 RFA NMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [and non]. Tnx to improved pre-solstitial conditions from other worldparts, decent reception of NHKWNRJ is possible without resorting to Sackville. May 25 at 0523 I ran across English on 11970, which per Eibi is via FRANCE for Africa; also at 1411 on 11985 direct from Japan for S Asia, clear unlike // 11705, which was nothing but a weak pre-echo under Sackville (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. If you hear Spanish on 12040, it is not necessarily the second harmonic of R. Victoria, Per·, as Yimber GavirÌa reported from Colombia at 0053 May 19. At 0518 May 25 on 12040 I was hearing a fundamental REE // 6055, while 6020 was drowned by CRI via Sackville. The Victoria harmonic must axually be on the low side of 12040, as its fundamental was recently measured by Giampiero Bernardini, Italy, April 28 at 2330 on 6019.34v, so a harmonic of that would have been on 12038.68v. To confuse matters further, REE Costa Rica relay is also on 6020 at 00-04 and conceivably could produce its own harmonic, but those would be a satellite-delay apart from Noblejas direct frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. Bandscanning May 25 at 0514, came upon strange language on 13840, good signal. Hmmm, PWBR `2009` shows it could be Palau, or New Zealand. But the answer came only a minute later with singing ID repeating ``Radio Dabanga`` three or four times, and talk following was interrupted frequently by stingers. Apparently the Darfurians are thought to be easily bored by straight talk, which was certainly not in standard Arabic, or any kind of Arabic I could recognize. This transmission is 0430-0527, 250 kW, 330 degrees via Madagascar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955, UT Monday May 25 at 0526, good reception toward the end of WORLD OF RADIO 1461, and no jamming audible. I continue to marvel at WRMI NW antenna reception vs S antenna: May 25 before 1400, no sign of it, just DentroCuban Jamming Command. After 1400, R. Prague relay loud and clear, over jamming if any. After 1430 confirmed with that new infomercial instead of Studio DX for at least three weeks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. Bruce Barker in PA was hearing something in Arabic with Qur`an on 7250, May 24 at 0520-0600, while normally it`s Vatican in English and then Latin Mass, so I was sure to check it May 25: at 0509 definitely Vatican in English as scheduled. At 0529 outro of VR English, bells IS, 0530 into multi-lingual introduxion to Mass; a few sex of each marred by static crashes, so not certain I IDed them all, but tentatively Romanian, German, Slavic, Hungarian; 0532 into Latin.

The night before it must have been a total misfeed, as nothing is on the schedules to explain Arabic/Qur`an. Altho it`s Vatican`s nearby Santa Maria di Galeria site, I wonder if they take a satellite feed rather than landline or microwave STL? Possibly a mistuning of the satellite receiver could have brought in some completely different station`s programming, but not noticed at SMG for at least 40 minutes? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA. I have accomplished the impossible: I have heard a local ID on the Caribbean Beacon! Normally it`s 24/7 DGS/PMS with no local breaks built in or ever exercised. Here`s how I did it:

May 26 at 1329 tuned in 11775 to hear a hefty mix of three audio sources. On the bottom, something in Chinese, which disappeared at 1330. That`s CNR1 jamming against All India Radio`s Tibetan service via Goa, which also ends at 1330.

That left not one, but two preachers in English mixing at about equal level. One was certainly PMS, // WWCR 13845 where she was alone (almost, except for a bit of crosstalk), inbooming tnx to sporadic E.

The other: an OM with a Caribbean lilt to his accent. At 1332 his show was upwrapping so I strained to make out what was being said vs all the PMS QRM. Local YL announcer came on, said his next appearance would be Friday at 9-9:30 am, time check for 28 before 10, and ID!!!! ``This is the Caribbean Beacon Radio``, and into next preacher, a YL.

Recheck at 1359: still a mix, jazz at the moment from the PMS service, and YL preacher, outroing at 1400; 1401 local live YL announcer again with C. B. ID, and saying ``Music to Live By`` would come next, and then three other shows named starting at 10:10, 10:15 and 10:30, and into the music filling a bit of unsold time.

How could this happen? The Caribbean Beacon local audio, presumably what was supposed to go out only on 1610 kHz, was just about equal level to PMS, so not bleedthru like we get on WWCR, with the unwanted audio very much in the background. Probably not a transmitter problem, but someone left a pot open on the audio mixing board. How long would it last? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRIA. This time I was able to reconfirm that OE1 is still relaying the token English newscast at 0608 M-F from domestic service: On 13730, poor but readable, Tue May 26 at 0611, some news in English mentioning California voters, then brief weather summary, presumably for ÷sterreich instead of Kalliforrnya, 0612 into French. Would be // 6155 if it were propagating that long after LSR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. This was too easy. As soon as I tuned in 11925, May 26 at 0622, I heard a YL give a R·dio Bandeirantes ID in passing, poor-fair signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake observations May 26: at 0614, JBA on 14420 and at 0619 also audible better to fair level on 18320. At 1322, on 9000 stronger than 8400. Not sure if //. CNR1 jamming: see ANGUILLA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 13m still usually dead in the mornings except maybe for BBC Ascension 21470, but May 26 at 1404 instead of that I was getting a very poor signal on 21570 in Spanish, just enough to // REE on 17595. Should also be on 21610 but could not pull that one vs my local noise level which is up again after a respite. A hopeful sign, anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 9735, RTI Japanese service, again putting out those spurs producing hets of almost but not quite the same pitch on CRI 9730 and BBC 9740, May 26 at 1325. This indicates the 9735 transmitter itself is slightly off-frequency. The spurs are often absent. Don`t BBCWS listeners in Asia complain? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Quite a collision on 11740, May 26 at 1326: VOA Korean service, 21 degrees via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, so also USward, trying to teach an English lesson on the theme of Memorial Day, but heavy interference from something in Chinese. Are the ChiCom jamming this for their Juche pals?

I don`t think so. Checking Aoki, we find that R. Japan`s Chinese service via SINGAPORE is also on 11740 until 1330 at an azimuth of one degree. If the clash is bad here, imagine the way it must sound in East Asia! How was this ever approved? BTW, Vatican`s Iberian service is also scheduled on 11740 until 1330 at 263 degrees from SMG (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILA [and non]. Re Caribbean Beacon local ID on SW 11775:

George McClintock tells me the cause was RF from the MW 1610 transmitter getting into the SW audio processor. This has happened before. The reason it stopped at 1600 UT (1601 as Brandon Jordan observed May 26) is that the SW and MW become parallel at that time (noon AST), after the local programming on MW only. So the 1610 audio could still be mixing in there, except it`s then the same as on SW anyway. It was not yet known whether the problem had been fixed. It could happen again between 1000 and 1600, which are the hours WRTH says 1610 splits away for local programming.

So I monitored 11775 again the next morning, May 27. At 1320 PMS was mixed with gospel rock and the ChiCom jamming producing a SAH. After China quit at 1330, it was quite clear that the Anguilla audio mix of two programs into one transmitter is still happening, and no SAH. Shortly after 1330, the same local YL announcer as yesterday was heard in break between programs while the University Network was playing revival music. 1333, Caribbean Beacon started OM preacher referencing Matthew XIV, vs PMS preaching about something else.

At 1356 the LA announcer claimed ``You are watching the University Network`` --- I beg to differ. I can`t possibly be watching it since I am listening to a shortwave radio! Does T.U.N. ever acknowledge its SW broadcasts any more? Again running slightly late, at 1401 ``Caribbean Beacon Radio`` ID by live YL, ``Music to Live By`` about to start, and again previewing programs upcoming at 10:10, 10:15 and 10:30. If anything, the C.B. audio is now louder than PMS. 1413 another Caribbean Beacon Radio ID, more music mixed with Melissa.

Meanwhile I was checking WWCR 13845 for // PMS programming. At 1352 she was inbooming tnx to sporadic E, but the MUF was somewhere between that and 15825 where WWCR was still weak. 13845 was strong enough to audiblize the crosstalk from WWCR 7490 programming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. E Asian reception not so good the morning of May 27, but at 1326 heard weak Firedrake on 15420, likely against V. of Tibet`s variable frequency via Tajikistan. Aoki, however, puts that on 15425 and says it varies 15422-15427, but this was exactly on 15420, despite BBC Seychelles scheduled in English, unheard. VOT runs 1300-1400, but at 1347 recheck neither it nor FD heard anywhere in this area. The only other FD found was 13970, fair at 1349, nothing on 14420 et al. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [and non]. 11705, Sackville carrier already on at 1356 May 27, atop NHK direct at end of Indonesian service with music; 1359:30 cut on fragment of RCI IS and ID, into a few sex of NHK IS, 1400 timesignal perfectly out of sync with Yamata direct, and opening English relay (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. V. of Korear, 11710: one is never sure just when the `hour` transmission will end, but on May 27 I just caught ``Goodbye, this is P`yongyang`` until 1356 but carrier stayed on. I did listen a bit earlier in the hour, but their crap gets old quick. At one point they were saying war could break out at any minute again, tnx to the S Koreans` supporting US initiatives against NK`s nuclear, missile tests; except their wording was not quite so polite (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 13855 with on-and-off Russian tone tests, May 27 at 1352. Per Aoki, that`s a Moscow site prior to Turkish service at 1400. Only poor signal and by 1403 recheck too much splash from WWCR 13845 to make out 13855 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA. 11775 fixed mix with local MW 1610 programming as heard the past two days: May 28 at 1311, Pastor Melissa Scott all by herself; even the ChiCom jamming was barely audible. A pity: 99% of SWLs would rather hear the Carib huxters along with live local Caribbean Beacon continuity announcements between 1000 and 1600. PMS and DGS should take a daily break and give us a chance to hear the real Anguilla unimpeded without leaving it to technical breakdowns (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 6030, CFVP, May 28 at 1249 with 6:49 = 11 till 7 timecheck; weak but clear, altho not heard a few minutes earlier. Sunrise enhancement? No, Calgary sunrise is now 1130 UT. 1253 plug ``old time country favourites``, ``Classic Country`` ID, and they meant it with Johnny Cash`s ``Walk the Line`` played next.

At this time not even a carrier from CFRX 6070, perhaps totally absorbed over summer daytime path now, or off the air? WYFR 6085 weakly audible in Spanish with 100x the CFRX power aimed south, 1000x the CFVP power (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. For the last several months, RCI has been oblivious to the collision with China`s Japanese service on 7325; at best, the two signals were roughly equal here, but by May 28 RCI has weakened greatly, putting CRI on top, at 1259 check with Chinese traditional music prÈlude, 1300 IS and opening in Japanese, way over RCI, so buried I could not even be positive it was in Spanish as scheduled until 1305; and running another hour in Chinese, which must be a total loss (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check May 28: at 1239, 9000 kHz had not only FD, but atop it, `anvil` pounding at the rate of six times a second. Additional jamming as June 3-4 approaches, so one can`t even enjoy the jammusic? These were continuous bangs, no pauses like the `bonker` heard on various other frequencies such as 11740. Could be a ute legitimately on 9000, but none such heard here before. Anvil still pounding at 1304, and Firedrake resuming at 1305 after hourtop pause. 1325 still anvil, but at 1353 FD in the clear. Only other FD noted was 13970 at 1352, just barely audible, but anvilless.

11605 a big mess of QRM at 1356 May 28; CNR1 jamming and het from something deliberately off frequency. Aoki shows RFA Tibetan via Tinian until 1400; but at 1400 it all cleared up as RFA introduced Vietnamese, which per Aoki is via Tanshui, Taiwan site. It seems that Vietnam is not so afraid of outside ideas getting in; are they doing any jamming at all of less benign clandestines? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC caught my ear May 28 at 0538 on 11760 as they were reporting on Western Sahara. It seems Cuba hosts an ambassador from that non-country and supports the Polisario in their struggle against Morocco for self-determination. Clips of the ambassador speaking Spanish were included.

Yet for months and months, RHC blocked the only SW frequency of LV de la RASD, 6300, by negligently putting a mixing product of 6060 leapfrogging over 6180 on there until 0700. Could that have been a factor in Cuba switching 6180 to 6140, thus moving the spur to 6220? Naah, too far-fetched.

The abysmal quality of the broken English RHC announcers speak these days is notable; are they taking lessons from R. Nacional de Venezuela? The above item was presented by one Alex Silva. The YL host of the broadcast, whose name I didn`t catch, is just as bad, not only accent but bad grammar. RHC really needs to advertise for new hires, such as more hijackers, or at least political refugees, whose native language is AmerEnglish.

The next item accused W·shington of waging biological war against Cuba, such as viruses released in 1952(?) to ruin the Cuban agricultural harvest, supposedly verified by US government documents now available; 1979-1982, CIA released four plagues against Cuba, including conjunctivitis and dengue, the latter affecting 340,000 people of whom 1,058 died; so reports Juan-Carlos somebody. Can any of this be true? Then into some nice Cuban music.

For the second time this week, a WORLD OF RADIO airing on WRMI 9955 audible without any DentroCuban jamming, Thursday May 28 at 0547 check, poor signal but in the clear. If the DCJC has efforted to turn off the jamming when uncalled for at such times, thank you very much. Further monitoring will show whether these were flukes. Cuba has had to start an austerity program, but one would assume jamming retains its top priority for the fluid of electricidad (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also KOREA NORTH, RUSSIA: QRM

** JAPAN. R. Nikkei frequently plays synthesized classical music shortly before sign-off, Isao Tomita? One such time was Thursday May 28 at 1241 on 6055; poor signal as too much summer daylight on path now, and anyway at 1244 cut it off for Japanese announcements and/or commercials. Also on // 9595 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. VOK with usual bluster on 11710, which would be ludicrous if it weren`t a serious situation --- no, it`s still ludicrous, May 28 at 1315, stronger than // 9335; bandscanning further up at 1324, found same over/under RHC 13760. Perhaps the current crisis leads them to add more frequencies? Altho this one is useless, Commies clashing with Commies. No, checking the sked, the 1300 English broadcast is also on 13760 and 15245 for Europe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 12000, VOR Chinese at 1310 May 28 again heavily distorted and strong, ruining reception of RHC. Is anyone paying attention in Khabarovsk, or Moskva? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA. It was `fixed` on May 28, but it`s unfixed again on May 29 at 1347 check: 11775 with two programs at once, PMS, and another YL preacher from the Caribbean Beacon local service, at a slightly lower audio level. As previously explained, this can happen between 1000 and 1600 when 1610 kHz carries separate programming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. Yes, CFRX appears to be off the air again, after a good run of several months. No sign of it on 6070 May 29 at 0529 or at 1327. What`s the problem this time? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. The DentroCuban Jamming Command is still attacking WRMI 9955; Friday May 29 at 0519, Frecuencia al DÌa, the DX program had heavy buzz bursts on top of it during reports from Julio Pineda in Guatemala, and Tony Herrera in Spain.

RHC missing from recent new frequency 6010 May 29 at 0530, just weak Spanish talk from Mexico and/or Colombia, het. RHC still on 6000 as usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also RUSSIA

** FRANCE [non]. RFI still on strike, renewed day after day by the union member votes. But the fill music is very enjoyable. Good reception here during 2100-2130 via Guiana French on 17630, supposed to be in Spanish; May 28 at 2119 surprised by RFI ID in Russian, then eclectic mix of songs in French, hilife, and English ``Like a King`` until abrupt cutoff at 2130*. Meanwhile much weaker 17620 was not in // like it had been on previous days; other music and talk mixed in via Guiana French to Africa, so perhaps that service was not en grËve at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. VOR Chinese service on 12000 via Khabarovsk the worst yet, May 29 at 1335, very strong, extremely distorted with buzz, unstable carrier; RHC theme music barely audible underneath at one point (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 11855 with heavy collision about equal levels from WYFR with Foro Abierto in Spanish and BBCWS in Luso Portuguese, May 28 at 2038-2058:30* when BBC quit but WYFR continued. WYFR is at 222 degrees for Central America, while BBC is 114 degrees from Ascension for Angola and Mozambique. There is really no need for such a clash, with plenty of open frequencies on 25m for the BBC semihour at 2030, but it must have been decided that neither causes significant interference in the other`s target area. It`s quite a different story in Oklahoma (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA. Caribbean Beacon, 11775, still mixing local 1610 program audio with PMS, May 30 at 1308, at the moment gospel music from the former, and now much lower audio level than PMS, but still obviously there. An hour later a male preacher could be heard underneath her. The ChiCom co-channel jamming until 1330 was even weaker this date, but enough to cause a SAH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. Something is very wrong at Shepparton: R. Australia absent from the air, May 30 at 1249 check, nothing audible on usually inbooming 9580, nor lesser 9590, nor lesser 9560, nor lesser 9475. Nor 6020 where Vatican Radio in Chinese via RVA Philippines finally had the frequency to itself! Still not a peep out of RA at further chex during the next hour, and nothing on 7240 which is supposed to open at 1400. Massive power failure, or necessary maintenance break?

Propagation? SE Asian signals were pretty much normal, e.g. Indonesia on 9525. There is nothing but New Zealand to compare with further S of the Equator, and it popped on 6170 a few sex before 1400 with bellbird, timesignal and news, altho poor by now with sunrise almost at its earliest here.

Is there anything about this on the RA homepage http://www.abc.net.au/ra ? Of course not! When you are a modern multi-platform broadcaster, it is of little importance if one of them goes down (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. After missing a couple days, CFRX back on 6070, May 30 at 0612 check in Holder talkshow from CJAD MontrÈal; also audible at 1240 with another phone-in show (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check May 30: E Asian conditions not so good; at 1313 fair on 9000 but found nowhere else in 8-19 MHz range; at 1320 it was JBA on 13970.

CRI Japanese service, 7430, May 30 at 1400 with opening ID as ``Pekin Hoso``, so that obsolete name is still politically correct in Japanese. Fair signal, 500 kW on 59 degree beam from Jinhua-Youbu site #831 per Aoki. Many of CRI`s Japanese broadcasts greatly exceed their necessary reach and here we are in North America, far beyond Japan in more or less the same direxion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. Here`s an odd juxtaposition. VOA from same site 5 kHz apart with two different services at same time: May 30 at 1402 on 7550 there was a rock song in English, but 1405 Indonesian announcement mentioning ``VOA Direct Connexion``. Weaker on 7445 with QRM from 7550 was VOA news in English. Per Aoki, 7550 Indonesian at 1400 airs only on Thu/Fri/Sat at 200 degrees from Tinang; while 7545 English at 1400 is daily, 250 kW, 270 degrees from Tinang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [and non]. On 9625, started to listen to CBC News at 1300 May 30, poor but readable, but a minute later I had to be reminded that ``Jesus Saves`` as FEBC started its Hmong service aimed westward, causing a fast SAH of 11 Hz, more or less and plenty signal here to ruin CBC. Channel Africa in Lozi is also on frequency during this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. VOR, 12000 in Chinese, still massively out of order with distortion, unstable carrier, and noise bursts, May 30 at 1307, this time about equal level to Habana whose reception was ruined. Is anyone paying attention at the Khabarovsk transmitter site, or Moskva HQ? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR was inbooming on 15825 tnx to more sporadic-E, May 30 at 1407, so it`s time to check 18770 for that WWRB harmonic from 9385. With BFO on, I could detect a carrier, and by golly in the next minute it faded up enough to // 9385 while some psychophant other than Brother Scare himself was testifying. Once the TV was fired up before 1500, found the MUF up to at least channel 3, 60 MHz.

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana still doing well on 7425; checking English to North America UT Sunday May 31: at 0143 already on the air with music, then RT theme, 0144-0146 IS, 0146 theme again and opening English with full schedule. WBCQ 7415 was strong enough to cause a bit of splatter but no other QRM, and RT somewhat undermodulated as usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. RA, which was missing from at least six frequencies May 30 around 1300, was back on the air 24.5 hours later when 9580 was checked at 1325 May 31. It was already back May 30 at 2206 discussing bushfires on 15560. But what caused the multi-transmitter outage? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. What`s this distorted music centered on 6500, May 31 at 0630? No stable carrier, and strong blubbering signal, maybe partly ute QRM mixed in. 0638 started talking and with some strain, I finally determined it was in Brazilian. That makes the prime suspect R. Nacional da AmazÙnia, and sure `nuff, it`s missing from 6185 leaving XEPPM in the clear, not usually the case on UT Sundays when RNA runs all-night. And 6500 // 11780, clinching it. So the 6185 transmitter was VERY out-of-order. Is no one paying attention in Rodeador Park? When are they going to get the new ones installed? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check May 31 at 1354: best on 15600, then 13970, then 15150. Nothing audible on 18320, 14420, 11300, 9300, 8400, but the lower ones may have been on sinking into the noise level. At 1439, however, 14420 now audible // better 15600. T minus 3 days and counting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEEST)

** CUBA. Checked 6010 for RHC, May 31 at 0642 and it was back on as usual, much better modulated than // 6000. 6010 had been missing a couple nights before. In English re what else? The Cuban Five (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also VENEZUELA [non]

** CUBA [non]. R. Rep·blica, 9545, doing well May 31 at 0150 check with ID in passing and closing ``AtrÈvete`` show [means dare, or take a risk --- as in opposing the regime, or fleeing in a risky raft? Sort of like my parody motto, ``Patria o Suerte, °Pensaremos!``], well over the DentroCuban Jamming Command (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. El Mandatario was doing a much-publicized 4-day AlÛ, Presidente marathon starting Thursday May 28, but apparently that didn`t make it onto any special Cuban frequencies. After a few weeks` gap, however, the finale got the Cuban five going again on Sunday May 31, checked at 1415 with 13750 usward best as usual, in mailbag segment during the prolog, and not // RHC mainstream on 13760, 13780. At 1437, 13750 service was // much weaker 13680 which also had degraded audio during song, and detectable on 11690 and better 12010, barely on 17750. Not checked again until 1613 when there was a Venezolana de TelevisiÛn program promo, so I never axually heard Ch·vez (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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On channel 3 before and still after 1700 UT May 15 (noon CDT) I am getting an Es station with animation. Large-eyed humans, animals, could be biblical. Occasional color burst kicks in but no audio yet, so unsure if Spanish. Spotted a 5 bug in a circle, upper right. Probably Mexican network 5. Also Es CCI on 2 and 4. All analog. 73, Glenn Hauser, Enid OK


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Kevin Redding – Crump, TN

Whitehorse, Watson Lake, Mayo, Elsa, Teslin, Beaver Creek, Swift River, Carmacks, Ross River, Atlin, Faro, Destruction Bay, Haines Junction and Dawson City, Yukon

Application No. 2009-0435-1

Application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to convert the English-language radio station CFWH Whitehorse from the AM to the FM band.

The FM station will operate at 94.5 MHz (channel 233C1) with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 3,300 watts (maximum ERP of 6,290†watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 420.5†metres).

The applicant intends to operate the existing transmitters of CBDB Watson Lake, CBDC†Mayo, CBDD Elsa, CBDK Teslin, CBDM Beaver Creek, CBDX Swift River, CBQF Carmacks, CBQJ Ross River, CBUA-FM Atlin, CBQK-FM Faro, CBDL-FM†Destruction Bay, CBDF-FM Haines Junction and CBDN Dawson City as rebroadcasting stations of the proposed FM station.

The applicant is requesting permission to simulcast the programming of the proposed FM station on CFWH for a period of three months from the date of implementation of the FM station.

The applicant is also requesting, pursuant to sections 9(1)(e) and 24(2) of the Broadcasting Act, the revocation of the licence of CFWH effective at the end of the simulcast period.

The Commission may withdraw this application from the public hearing if it is not advised by the Department of Industry, at least twenty days prior to the hearing, that the application is technically acceptable.

This application requires the issuance of a new licence.

Applicant’s address:†

181 Queen Street

Ottawa, Ontario

K1P 1K9

Fax: 613-288-6257

E-mail: regulatoryaffairs@cbc.ca

Examination of application:

3103-3rd Avenue

Whitehorse, Yukon

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