August 2009 ABDX Journal
Vol 4. Issue 8
ABDX membership is 212 members! I thank all of you for being members of ABDX.
High School Football is here and along with it the “FCC STA” for small towns who leave the station on high power and day pattern to get the signal for their HS FB team to be heard far and wide. Of course this is not legal but the FCC tends to turn a blind eye to it. This is a fantastic way to get new stations in your log. Give a spin on the dials Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights and see how many new stations you can hear.
Shortwave was in high production this month with many many logs. The prodigious numbers are thanks to Richard Bianchino and Glenn Hauser. There were others on the dials with shortwave but none of us had numbers like those two. Thanks guys!
We have call sign changes this month hot off the press from the FCC. See who has new calls in your area.
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What are you hearing?
Kevin Redding, Phil Rafuse, Powell Way, Mike Richard, Jay Heyl and Martin Foltz the ABDX crew.
The Line of Sight and Beyond – FM 2
The Visible Universe – TV 7
Nothing But Net – Net Video and Audio 8
Down In The Basement – LW 9
The Broadcast Band – AM 10
The Whole Earth – HF/SW 17
You Don’t Need a Weatherman – Weather Band 56
Extra, Extra – News 56
Bargain Barn – Sale Items 57
Show And Tell – Review of New Toys 57
Testing, Testing… - Upcoming Tests 58
Call Sign Changes – From the FCC 58
I Got The Bird – Satellite 60
Heard on a Sangean HDT-1 and FM 6:
88.3 WNIN Evansville, IN 8/2 0900 with ToH ID after Weekend Edition.
New state! Tr 194 mi.
Had trop this afternoon 8/12. Heard on a Sangean HDR-1 and FM-6:
107.1 WUHU Smiths Grove, KY 1508 with Britney Spears "Womanizer" and ID with slogan "Woo Hoo 107"
106.1 WQTR Savannah, TN 1517 this one is just across the river but never logged, heard often. Back on now that school is in session.
Heard in a 2004 Saturn Ion with a 31" whip:
92.9 KLSC Malden, MO 8/14 1145 with many Cape Girardeaux ads. A rimshotter at best.
103.7 WPTO Cave City, KY 1520 Doors "Light My Fire" ID "Southern Kentucky's Rock, The Point."
98.5 WGIC Cookeville, TN 1540 "Magic 98.5" Cookeville, Ads.
95.9 WRJB Camden, TN 1556 "Magic 95.9, The Music of the Valley".
90.9 WJAB Huntsville, AL 1601 ToH ID at 1600 and into sports show.
There is a serious Trop event in the eastern US.
Heard on a Sangean HDR-1 and FM-6 antenna on 8/25:
96.9 WTCD Indianola, MS 1519 with Dave Ramsey into a business report.
96.3 WXWX Tupelo, MS 1530 ESPN Radio with north MS ads.
96.1 WSTO Evanston, IN 1537 with Jay Sean with Down.
95.9 WRJB Camden, TN 1551 with top 40 stuff.
95.1 WGGC Glasgow, KY 1557 C&W "The Global Goober"
94.7 WQQR Mayfield, KY 1604 classic rock "Double Q"
92.9 WMFS Memphis, TN 1622 ESPN Radio.
104.1 CJCJ-FM Woodstock NB - running ads for Woodstock car dealers, then into a "CJ 104" ID, then into the weather for the Upper Saint John River Valley, then into another ID "CJ 104 Today's Best Music". NEW!
This is particularly satisfying as CJCJ doesn't run much power, 10KW IIRC, and not a lot of height either.
The last few days I have been getting tropo late in the evening as a cold front moves into the upper US
Aug. 26 10.56 PM
102.1 mz KZSN 'Kissin Country 102-1' 100,000w class co Hutchinson Ks. 306 M.
Not new but worth a mention--
100.1 KCLY 'Radio for Grown Ups' Variety 35,000w class c2 Clay Center Ks. 350 M.
Aug 27 12;00-1;00 AM
96.7 mz KBBE 'Oldies 97-7' 6000w class A McPherson Ks. 288 M.
94.3 KULO 'Cool 94-3' 12,000 w class c3 Alexandria Minn. 287 M.
96.9 KIAQ 'Hot Country K-97' 100,000 w class c1 Clarion Ia. 250 M .
I was still getting ducting coming in but by 1;00 i was tired ,and almost blind :) too bad they cant schedule these a lttle earlier in the day ? he heh
*TUE 28 JUL: Es!
16.54 ** XHRR-FM 102.5 Reynosa, MEXICO - Good with SS: chatter into mx, 'La Ley.' New catch -- New COUNTRY! Mexico #1!
16.56 ** KBFM-FM 104.1 Edinburg, TX - Faded in and out with R&B mx, 'Wild 104.' New catch!
17.01 ** KVLY-FM 107.9 Edinburg, TX - Fair with Mix FM, ments of Rio Grande Valley. New catch!
17.03 ** KIXS-FM 107.9 Victoria, TX - Mixed with KVLY with Kix 108, Your Country Leader. Eventually took over channel.
17.06 ** -FM 106.9 - Poor with SS mx.
17.06 ** XHVTH-FM 107.1 Matamoros, MEXICO - Good with SS mx. Wiped out local WQKL! New catch!
17.13 ** -FM 101.7 * Faded in and out with SS mx, sounded AC-ish; some dispute as some think Mexico, others think TX. Hope someone can crack this one!
17.14 ** KKPS-FM 99.5 Brownsville, TX - Poor under local pest WYCD with SS talk, matched with Webcast. New catch!
17.19 ** KRYS-FM 99.1 Corpus Christi, TX - Fair with string of ads, K-99. New catch!
17.23 ** KFTX-FM 97.5 Kingsville, TX - Poor with local ad, lost to pest WYDM. New catch!
17.24 ** KNTE-FM 96.9 El Campo, TX - Fair with SS mx, YL DJ.
17.27 ** KFRQ-FM 94.5 Harlingen, TX - Faded up over pest WXKR with local ad, lost. New catch!
17.29 ** XHRV-FM 89.5 Matamoros, MEXICO - Poor with YL speaking SS, Radio Formula. New catch!
17.31 ** KLUX-FM 89.5 Robstown, TX - Overtook XHRV with soft mx, 'Good Company.'
17.36 ** XHRYS-FM 90.1 Reynosa, MEXICO - Poor in CBE slop with SS, 'Estereo Hits.' New catch!
17.42 ** KITE-FM 93.3 Port Lavaca, TX - Fair with Oldies
17.48 ** KGSX-FM 95.1 Comfort, TX - Fair with SS mx, 'Equis: Tu Musica,' into ads. Lost.
18.01 ** -FM 90.3 - Faded in and out with SS, one ment. of Reynosa, ads at :23. May have been XHRYS again; local nuisance CBE-89.9 sometimes makes it hard to tell which channel I'm on near there.
*WED 29 JUL: Es
17.43 ** KJIL-FM 99.1 Copeland, KS - Good with local spot, religion, 'KJIL' jx into Contemp. Christian mx. In like a local! New catch!
17.49 ** KKJQ-FM 97.3 Garden City, KS - Fair with C&W mx, Q-97, into ads. New catch!
17.53 ** KKJY-FM 95.9 Santa Rosa, NM - Good with diverse playlist, 'The Lion, Eastern New Mexico's Station,' // KSSR. New catch!
18.03 ** -FM 104.1 - Fair with rock mx, signal crashed at end of record, back for next record.
18.09 ** KLDG-FM 102.7 Liberal, KS - Poor with C&W, lost to W4 slop. New catch!
18.12 ** KKCV-FM 102.5 Rozel, KS - Fair with religious talk; preacher? New catch!
18.12 ** KHYM-FM 103.9 Copeland, KS - Faded in and out over/under pest WLEN with ad, 'Great Plains Christian Radio,' Christian AC mx. New catch!
18.16 ** KSMM-FM 101.5 Liberal, KS - Good with SS mx; wiped out pest WRVF! New catch!
18.18 ** -FM 99.5 - Two stations battling here: one with a preacher, the other popped in with 'Channel Nine Nine Five' ment, both lost. WYCD nulled.
18.21 ** WFLC-FM 97.3 Miami, FL - Fair with '97.3 The Coast,' ments. South Florida. New catch!
18.22 ** -FM 92.7 - Faded up with (620) number in ad, was able to pinpoint the doctor who was advertising, but no stations on that channel nearby? He's from Chanute, KS.
18.28 ** KDCD-FM 92.9 San Angelo, TX - Good! with local ad, C&W mx.
18.31 ** WRTO-FM 98.3 Goulds, FL - Faded up over local WTWR with ads in SS
18.39 ** WSJT-FM 94.1 Lakeland, FL - Fair/poor with Smooth Jazz mx. New catch!
18.44 ** WJBX-FM 99.3 Fort Myers Beach, FL - Poor with local ad, New Rock 99-X.
18.46 ** WBTT-FM 105.5 Naples Park, FL - Faded up over pest WWWM with rap mx, 'The Beat.' Mixing with SS stn. New catch!
18.50 ** WSRZ-FM 107.9 Coral Cove, FL - Poor with local ads, lost. New catch!
18.52 ** WJPT-FM 106.3 Fort Myers, FL - Fair with ads, 'Sunny 106' into Soft AC
18.56 ** WHPT-FM 102.5 Sarasota, FL - Poor with local ad, 'Tampa Bay's Classic Rock station; 102.5 The Bone.'
19.02 ** WARO-FM 94.5 Naples, FL - Faded in and out with TOH ID into 'Southern Heaven' show, mixing with Soft AC station.
19.12 ** WDUV-FM 105.5 New Port Richey, FL - Poor with Easy Listening, 'The Dove.' New catch!
19.36 ** WFKZ-FM 103.1 Plantation Key, FL - Good with local ads, 'Classic Rock For the Keys, Sun 103' into mx.
19.40 ** WXKB-FM 103.9 Cape Coral, FL - Fair with ads, 'B-103-9' into Top 40
19.56 ** WGUF-FM 98.9 Marco, FL - Faded in and out with Michael Savage rambling. New catch!20.36 ** KLMA-FM 88.3 Rapid City, SD - Faded up with wx forecast, calls given, lost.
21.13 ** -FM 89.5 - Religious, ment. Dallas, Harris County, promo for Gospel Roots Show, lost.
21.15 ** WSRX-FM 89.5 Naples, FL - Faded up with ID and lost.
21.17 ** KYQX-FM 89.5 Weatherford, TX - Poor with Soft Rock mx, 'QX FM.'
21.29 ** KNIN-FM 92.9 Wichita Falls, TX - Fair with 'Today's New Music 92-9 NIN.'
21.33 ** KLTY-FM 94.9 Arlington, TX - Fair with local ad, lost. New catch!
21.37 ** KSTV-FM 93.1 Dublin, TX - Poor with C&W, Mighty 93. New catch!
21.40 ** KTFW-FM 92.1 Glen Rose, TX - Faded up with Country Legends, wx, lost.
21.46 ** KDGE-FM 102.1 Fort Worth, TX - Good with ads, '102.1 The Edge,' lost.
21.59 ** KUT-FM 90.5 Austin, TX - Good with mx, ID, lost.
22.17 ** KIVY-FM 92.7 Crockett, TX - Faded up with ID, lost.
*MON 24 AUG: Tropo!
20.21 ** WMSH-FM 99.3 Sturgis, MI - Poor with True Oldies Channel, ID
20.25 ** KPNT-FM 105.7 Ste. Genevive, MO - Poor with local ads, '105.7 The Point,' lost. New catch! First K on 105.7!
20.53 ** KKSN-FM 99.7 Kansas City, MO - Poor with the All New 99-7 Kiss FM into Your Time With Kim. New catch!
21.27 ** KQRC-FM 98.9 Leavenworth, KS - Poor with ads, KQRC Rock wx. FIRST catch from KS via tropo! New catch!
21.57 ** KCKC-FM 102.1 Kansas City, MO - Very poor in WDET slop with ad, Star 102, record. New catch!
21.59 ** KFUO-FM 99.1 Clayton, MO - Poor with Classical mx, 'Classic 99.' New catch!
22.47 ** KOKZ-FM 105.7 Waterloo, IA - Poor with local promo, 'Cool 105.7,' lost. New catch!
23.10 ** KIOA-FM 93.3 Des Moines, IA - Faded in and out with Oldies, morning show promo, '93-3 KIOA.' New catch!
23.31 ** KIXQ-FM 102.5 Joplin, MO - Poor with C&W mx, 'Kix 102.5: The Four States' #1 For Country.' New catch - FM #1100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
23.43 ** KMXG-FM 96.1 Clinton, IA - Poor with AC mx, Delilah. Rare!
23.54 ** KRBZ-FM 96.5 Kansas City, MO - Poor with 96.5 The Buzz, ads, Love Lines. New catch!
*TUE 25 AUG: Tropo!
0.15 ** WMYX-FM 99.1 Milwaukee, WI - Fair with Delilah, ID
0.48 ** KFMW-FM 107.9 Waterloo, IA - Poor with rock mx, Rock 108, Iowa's Pure Rock, into mx. New catch!
1.16 ** KGGO-FM 94.9 Des Moines, IA - Fair with Classic Rock, 95 KGGO. New catch!
1.27 ** KSKB-FM 99.1 Brooklun, IA - Poor with Religion, Moody Radio stuff. New catch!
16.28 ** KZZT-FM 105.5 Moberly, MO - Poor with local ads, KZ-105, lost. New catch!
16.35 ** KEZK-FM 102.5 St. Louis, MO - Poor with Soft Rock 102.5, mx. New catch!
17.16 ** KLOU-FM 103.3 St. Louis, MO - Poor with Classic Hits, ID between records. New catch!
17.30 ** WARH-FM 106.5 Granite City, IL - Poor with Classic Hits, '106-5 The Arch.' New catch!
19.24 ** WSHW-FM 99.7 Frankfort, IN - Good with Lite Rock, Shine 99. Rare!
19.45 ** WIBC-FM 93.1 Indianapolis, IN - Poor over and under local WDRQ with clip of Rush Limbaugh; new catch!
19.56 ** KGRC-FM 92.9 Hannibal, MO - Good with Top 40 mx, 'Real 92-9.' New catch!
20.04 ** WPBG-FM 93.3 Peoria, IL - Good with Classic Hits, '93-3 The Drive.' New catch!
20.25 ** KWWR-FM 95.7 Mexico, MO - Poor with Country 96, ads, C&W mx. New catch!
20.48 ** WBWN-FM 104.1 Le Roy, IL - Poor with C&W, B-104. New catch!
21.28 ** KATI-FM 94.3 California, MO - Poor with ads, ball game on 94.3 Kat Country. New catch!
21.58 ** WRPW-FM 92.9 Colfax, IL - Poor with Michael Savage, Fox nx, Cities 92.9. Rare!
22.06 ** WWSR-FM 93.1 Lima, OH - Good, over local WDRQ with Cleveland Indians game on 93-1 The Fan.
22.14 ** KOMG-FM 92.9 Ozark, MO - Fair with C&W mx, 'Bass Country.' Previously logged via Es; first catch via Tropo AND Es!
*WED 26 AUG: Tropo
6.40 ** WKKI-FM 94.3 Celina, OH - Fair with rock mx, 'K-94.'
6.48 ** KFUO-FM 99.1 Clayton, MO - Poor with local spots, wx on Classic 99.
** OKLAHOMA. Driving around OKC Aug 29, observed that 99.7 was on the air with gospel music, but never caught an ID. Signal was spotty and since I still don`t hear it in Enid, presumably translator or low-power test of KZLS ``Mustang``, ex-Alva-Enid with full power.
The pirate on 107.1, after years and years was STILL on the air, relaying ``Radio Free Austin`` wacko far-right programming, solid signal in center city and probably from same location a couple miles N of downtown as previously spotted, or nearby. A far greater public service would be relaying one of Austin`s excellent legal stations such as KOOP or KUT. Where is the FCC? (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
While driving around town (Dover DE) at lunch, I sat on 104.1 for a while- what a mess. Tropo was really making the frequency hash. But in the gumbo came the very distinctive tones of Harold Camping, so I had a Family Radio outlet, that was in parallel to their Dover, Delaware translator on 103.3. But I can't find any Family Radio outlets on 104.1 anywhere, full-powered or translators. It has to be in the Delaware area, but I can't find it. Any ideas or did I miss
something? A check of the FCC database is no help.
** MEXICO. I still keep a TV monitor running on open channel 3 or 2 much of the time, and Aug 15 finally rewarded by a late-season sporadic E opening from Mexico fading in at 2009: Spanish infomercial about some diagnostic medical device, with phone 5440-7100 in large numbers permanently at screen bottom, as `teléfono directo`. On brief peaks could make out ``3tv`` bug in upper right, which means XHP Puebla. Still out and in to 2020 mention of ``No Duda Más`` seemingly title of show. Tried to look it up in TVG online for Puebla, but cable system there apparently does not carry this local station! No must-carry rules?
At 2030 had brief fade-in of a PSA for IEPC TABASCO, which points to XHVIA, Villahermosa, as in http://www.w9wi.com/channels/3.html altho it is an XEW network-2 relay and I am not sure whether it would be inserting local PSA; but even less likely any other station would for Tabasco. Googling soon explains initialism: Instituto Electoral y de Participación Ciudadana.
Strangely enough, if I had been relying on DX Sherlock maps for 6m Es openings, http://www.vhfdx.net/spots/map.php?Lan=E&Frec=50&Map=NA
I would never have know there was anything going on, tho there were plenty of reports on http://dxworld.com/tvfmlog.html the TV-FM Skip Log.
More programming from XEW-2 Canal de las Estrellas network seen on channel 3, which may or may not have been XHVIA: at 2109, saw words on screen ``La Hora del Patito``, which is part of the current XEW program ``Muévete``. 2113 Televisa promo showing music video for different way of watching, online with ``Tvolucion``. See http://www.tvolucion.com/
At 2118 back to 3TV Puebla with variety show involving dancing, Jackson imitator Moonwalking, 2125 (not very) high jump competition.
2143, from 5-network with bug in upper right, probably XHBQ Zacatecas, movie with snowy urban scene, Will Ferrell, must be Elf, yes scheduled on that net from 2030 UT, as ``El Duende``.
** U S A. We have been sitting on the edge of a huge tropospheric DX opening across the Midwest the last few days, with FM/TV DX reported in the 800-mile range between Ontario/New York and Missouri/Oklahoma.
See the maps at http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo.html
This explains the enhanced area reception I have been getting, despite antenna pointed at OKC, from Wichita`s RF channel 19, virtual label says 33, KSCW. I noticed it first on analog B&W set as `brighter snow` on ch 19, then switched to DTV. I get it only by punching in 19 which remaps to `33`, while on RF 33 itself we see OKC`s KOCB `34`. Aug 25 at 1521 UT during Wendy Williams show, KSCW decoding in and out, including at 1556 a promo for sibling station KWCH-12. Again 24 hours later, Aug 26 at 1520 during WW show, and after 1600 Dr Phil.
This is very confusing, as checking the Kansas listings at http://www.w9wi.com/states/KS.html
we find several entries for KWCH, the CBS affiliate, listed under Hutchinson on both channel 12 and 19, while KSCW, the CW affiliate, is under Wichita on channels 12, 19 and 31! (NOT 33). Multiple listings for each are because of different application and license status.
Even further confusing is the recent news as in DXLD 9-062, that channel 31.1 is now on the air for Wichita from Derby with Univisión, KDCU, and RF 31 is occupied by Enid`s only local DTV KXOK-LP. W9WI also has that one listed on channel 31 at Derby KS. It seems that W9WI does not specify any virtual channels, which we really need to know to help unravel all this! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
KDCU, channel 31.1, affiliated with Univision, and licensed to Derby, Ks.
And our local news media was the very last to tell about it!
This month we have only two logs submitted by Bogdan and Kevin. Short column this month but from the posting for September it looks like our column next month will be big again. Post your Internet radio logs to ABDX!
Chiochiu, DXing from Pierrefonds (Montreal's West Island), PQ
Re: 780 CFDR is dark
Posted by: aurel chiochiu
Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:15 pm (PDT)
Try for Radio Coro... You can check for a // at http://22.214.171.124:8034/listen.pls which unfortunately is down for an unknown reason...
May the good DX be with you!
Kevin Redding – Cosmic Crump, TN, Center of the Known Universe
What a game!
Posted by: kevin redding
Sat Aug 8, 2009 6:37 pm (PDT)
My Hamilton Ti-Cats beat the Edmonton Eskimos in a real thriller. If you want to see it and you live in the US you can go watch it at TSN.CA on the replay.
Internet streaming is awesome!
And that’s another month on the Net. Thanks to the two reporters.
171 | MOROCCO |
Radio Méditerranée Int'l, Nador 04Aug09 0016 - //9575 Mid East music then woman
in Arabic - Good [Black-MA]
198 | ENGLAND (UK) | BBC R 4 synchros 04Aug09 0017 - Man with news - Good [Black-MA]
225 | POLAND | Polskie Radio 1, Solec Kujawski 04Aug09 0019 - Woman in Polish - Fair [Black-MA]
162 | FRANCE | France-Inter, Allouis 15Aug09 0005 - Woman in French - Good - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
171 | MOROCCO | Radio Méditerranée Int'l, Nador 15Aug09 0008 - Man with balad in Arabic - Fair - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
198 | ENGLAND (UK) | BBC R 4 synchros 15Aug09 0010 - Woman in interview - Fair - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
225 | POLAND | Polskie Radio 1, Solec Kujawski 15Aug09 0011 - Woman in Polish - Fair - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
252 | ALGERIA | Alger Chaîne 1&3/Radio Alger Int, Tipaza 15Aug09 0010 - African sounding pop music - Fair - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
The Broadcast Band
So yesterday, I decided to see if KFWB 980 had started it's new talk lineup - no, they're gradually adding talkshows, and still doing news in between.
However, I also noted their new ID stating they're "now in FM stereo on 93.1 HD2". So, I checked it out, and sure enough, they're on HD2 in and in stereo.
NOW.. the big question... why in tarnation can they put FM stereo on HD2 (from a remote place like Mt Wilson where they need a brand new stereo STL to do so), but DO NOT have stereo on their main AM 980 HD signal down the mountain in the middle of town where they can just order a digital STL feed to the transmitter site for cheaper than using a microwave unit (do what they're doing from Mt Wilson for 93.1 HD2)??
Even in this newfangled digital broadcasting age, it seems engineering gives second-rate consideration to AM over FM, even for the same broadcast.
I don't even listen to 93.1 HD2 because it's all-or-nothing, and drops out even in town in places like Pasadena, Griffith Park, and the north valley.
It defies logic that KFWB would not give the primary attention to audio offerings to their primary 980 AM HD signal, instead of investing it in the HD2 signal - far fewer people have an Accurian sitting in their office cubicle than people driving to work from the suburbs.
I sent an email asking their CE why this is the case.
Well, today I checked KFWB 980's AM HD signal again, and to my surprise (after sending an email to their CE last week), they actually FIXED the audio - it's now in full stereo (first time ever). This is certainly a rarity nowadays, but proves there are some broadcasters out there that really DO believe how their signal sounds to their listeners actually matters.
This makes 5 out of 6 AM HD signals in L.A. now operating with full stereo. The only holdout is... well, the first cutting-edge L.A. AM station to ever go stereo in 1978, and stay that way through three different stereo broadcast standards over 23 years, consistently ranking in the top 3 on AM AND FM combined, with BIG, solid, undirectional coverage... yet is the very SAME station that has entered the 21st Century world of broadcasting in digital WITHOUT attention at all to stereo. That would be KFI 640 (which you wouldn't expect, seeing as their studio and STL were stereo-wired all along). Weird. Also, their HD text constantly displays just the word "TALK" (no-duh) - there's no station slogan or information scrolling across
the display with their call letters as with the other stations.
There used to be three other HD AMs on the air in L.A. - KLAC 570, KABC 790, and KTNQ 1020 - but they were all mono and sounded rather gritty and metallic, too, so no big loss on those.
KGDP 660 kHz, 5kW directional (4 towers) from Oildale (near Bakersfield, CA), main lobe going WSW, minor lobe going NNE. 5kW, D and N.
Has been dark for a year and a half since operating from Santa Maria, CA.
They were stunting religious praise music today, IDing as "KGDP 660 Oildale-Bakersfield", and can be heard over a much wider area along the coast than from their former location.
1370 TN WDEF Chattanooga, 2050 hours with ID at between innnings break during Braves game Grundig G8 near Silverstreet, SC 08/14/09 PEW SC
Tonite's sunset skip was basically a waste of time as stuff from the NW didn't come in early enough. But with things being quite quiet I went out later to check DX and noted CFSL 1190 really nice with C&W with just a little phasing needed to wipe out WOWO. Hmmm..with things this good to SK and with these BOGs aimed NW I had to try to see if I could finally (after
endless hours of trying) pull out CJYM.
Without phasing WYHI IN was all over 1330 but with phasing they are gone. WLOL MN wasn't the big pest as is common and KWLO IA seemed semi dominant and some of their songs could be called oldies. Anyhow with KWLO into ads and fading there was other oldies in the mix..and then at 2229:30 CDT fading atop "Classic Hits 1330 CJYM"
This guy is from western SK so it is quite a distance from here. I tried for the // on 1210 but with 250 w at night I expected nothing and as usual it was KOKK on these antennas with WPHT phased out.
This Phased BOG System is nothing but 325 ft of wire on the ground across my eastern field // 185 ft. The set up is very directive across the upper 40% of the band. Longer is better for lower portions, but it is still effective noting that this a similar setup is the only way I managed to log CKUA 580 last season.
I caught an ID at 9 PM when the Mexican mx in the mix stopped briefly.." Your listening to 1490 WKYW Frankfort" then more mx. This on my 152 deg Phased BOG System which is like magnet for stuff from the S to SE, esp in the upper half of the band. WPNA is Polish and doesn't come in well at night at all here..ie seems to be skipped over. I don't find any likely stations on 1490 listed as Mexican format in this direction (at least anything w/in several
hundred miles) and this has been semi-dominant at times when audio can rise atop the GY jumble.
1140 KNWQ (ID by slogan)Palm Springs, CA 0441 W/ what sounded like p-b-p of Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks game and ment "Arizona Cardinals Radio Network". i dont show a live game for that night on my AZ-Cards sked.(8/15 Barton-AZ)
990 XECL Mexicali BN, Mexico 0432 ID by slogan "Rockola - 990" w/ chorous, into Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps' "Race With the Devil", but a Mexican cover - in Spanish ! Real gone gone killer Saturday Night Rock-A-Billy Show. (8/15 Barton-AZ)
1310 KLIX Twin Falls, ID 1130 news , ments "Blaine County","Twin Falls". (8/22 Barton-AZ)
980 KFWB Los Angeles , CA 1200 mixing w/ two other stations, trying to determine if talk or old all-news format. sounded like correspondent report , local spots. waiting for better condx here. (8/22 Barton-AZ)
1160 KSL Salt Lake City , UT 1355 heard well after local s.r. here and w/ news at 1405 by YL , mixing with female chourus singing Mexican national anthem . went to all-MExico by 1408, then gone. KSL returns briefly after 1415. (8/22 Barton-AZ)
1140 KYDZ N. Las Vegas, NV 1400 havent heard this one for quite a while, was wondering if format chng or gone dark, tho i assumed if the latter, it would have been reported at ABDX. still , probably due to condx, only Palm Springs K-NEWS heard here several weeks.
KYDZ heard strong and alone on freq this morning with predictable R. Disney-like format. (8/22 Barton-AZ)
NOTE : also last night, heard high school football p-b-p on 1250 kHz. , was unable to copy ID at TOH. but, wooo-hooo ! Friday night lights DX is back, baby !
580 KSAZ Marana, AZ 0130 , 0140 , 0145, 0200 rechecks showed only strong open carrier, not a hint of modulation or usual Spanish programming. recheck after dark showed a Spanish station there, but could have been DX by then. *
1700 XEKTT Tecate, BN, MEX. (San Diego) 0100 with p-b-p coverage of Little League World Series, with California whipping some serious knots on Kentucky. i think Kevin Redding would vouch for me there is usually no co-channel sta. with "San Diego 1700" here in the middle of Arizona, but i was hearing a co-channel mixing with oldies pop-format, once nearly burying San Diego with "Give Me One More Chance" by Jacko-5. also heard Michael McDonald cut. would love to know who has that format !
1310 KAHL San Antonio, TX 0655 "MOR" music ; jazz cut, Glenn Campbell Midnight Cowboy to local spots for San Antonio area. ID by male at 0700 and ID at 0711 after local spot for a computer biz..."This is KAHL 1300".
another new log due to departure of local KXAM from 1310.
Heard at 11:25 p.m. AST August 17, 2009 on an Icom R-75 fed by the LFE M601C remote active whip antenna:
1700 WJCC Miami Springs NEW
Normally, if it is enough hours after sunset and if conditions to the west are at least decent, 1700 is owned by KVNS here, in spite of the mega distance between the far south of Texas and PEI. And, if I were to stay up later, it probably would be KVNS all the way. But, hearing Pink's 'Get this Party Started' didn't sound like KVNS. So, I listened and was rewarded with a "[mumble jumble]...Miami Springs Miami".
Is anybody else hearing nasty spurs on 980 and 1000? I believe they're emanating from CKGM (990) in Montreal, so they may not be very noticeable for folks outside of Quebec or eastern Ontario.
There is a TIS on 1660 WCAX384 and WCAX385 and WCAY238 with announcement about the I-55 bridge over the Mississippi River. Its etting out 120 miles east all the way to Crump very well. It should be doable rather far out from the transmitter. Its new as far as I can tell.
1150 KSAL Salina, KS 0530 with BoH ID and local news. NEW #334 KS #3
1580 WCCF Punta Gorda, FL 0545 with WX and ID then fade out.
Heard on a Sony ICF 2010 and 266 foot wire:
1010 WGUN Atlanta, GA 1830 8/22 "The Big Gun" with a rel short pgm
then MYOL stuff. NEW #366
Heard 8/24 on a Sony 2010 and 266 foot wire:
1010 WMOX Meridian, MS 1733 Ads for Meridian area businesses and ID.
1050 WWIC Scottsboro, AL 1735 ID and football talk.
1060 WQMV Waverly, TN 1737 Rel pgm.
1090 WWGC Albertville, AL 1743 weak SS talk about weekends in Mexico.
1110 WSLV Ardmore, TN 1745 Tennessee Titans Report.
1110 WBIB Centerville, AL 1749 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band "Mr. Bojangles."
1130 WOFC Murray, KY 1753 ESPN, ID "The Office"
1170 KJXX Jackson, MO 1807 playing John Denver.
Heard on a CC Radio 8/26:
1180 WHAM Rochester, NY 2335 WX then ad for McMillan Marine and
Heard in a 2004 Saturn Vue 8/27:
1380 WRAB Arab, AL 1830 with gospel MX and into the BoH ID.
Heard on an Eton E-1 and 150 foot wire 8/29:
1660 WFNA Charlotte, NC 2130 with Charlotte Knights baseball from Norfolk, VA.
1390 WMER Meridian, MS 2242 with Meridian ads and into GOS MX.
** OKLAHOMA. Found another talking house on 1670 kHz in Enid; August 8 around 2000 UT from a parking lot near the intersexion of Garriott and Cleveland, I got this spiel about how wonderful talking houses are, and this particular one, which has all the bedrooms on the third floor, etc. Never heard location mentioned other than in the Wordspring(?) Hills Addition, but did get a website, http://www.enidhomes.com and soon found a match, actually 202 Tanglewood in Whispering Hills, altho nothing mentioned there about its being a radio station!
As I drove northeastward, found the signal stayed about the same, which means it was roughly at the same distance despite my motion. Ergo probably to the northwest. Yes, map finds address near the intersexion of Wheatridge and Purdue, which is roughly 3 miles north and 3 miles west of where I first heard it, or a bit more than 4 miles away. Some of these only make it out a few blox (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [and non]. One of the IBOC monsters in OKC had reverted to ordinary AM, Saturday August 8 at 1954 as I started a MW bandscan --- WWLS 640, probably since they were running a silly ballgame, to do away with synch problems. I could axually hear a weak station on 630, probably KHOW Denver, as KLTT-670 Denver makes it normally on groundwave at over 700 km. 630 still had some IBOC from Plano 620. But KTOK-990-1000-1010 remained IBOC-ridden, as well as KFAQ-1160-1170-1180 Tulsa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. On a caradio bandscan August 8 at 1956 UT could hear a SAH of 4 Hz on 1090 kHz, an otherwise vacant daytime frequency here bearing very weak carriers. There are three possibilities: KAAY 50 kW Little Rock AR, which on non-direxional daytime supposedly has a radius out to here, but not really due to poor conductivity; KVOP Plainview TX in the Panhandle with 5 kW and a null toward KAAY, not much usward either; and KEXS Excelsior Springs MO (near KC), only 1 kW but non-direxional. Refs: NRC AM Log and Antenna Pattern Book (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
1440 WZYX Cowan, TN, Oldies. Many mentions of 94.5 WZYX between songs. 10PM Hour... EAS Test around 10:18 (RWT?) Same GE Boom Box. Radio Shack AM Loop (seems to have little effect on this freq as I tune around). (Website mentions both freqs) http://www.wzyxradio.com NEW!
Jerry Kieffer can probably weigh in on the comparison question. He introduced me to this rig. I love it on both AM and FM. Audio is really superb. It's not a Drake R8B, but it holds it own pretty well. I'll never part with it.
960 WRFC Athens, GA, fair, mixing with bluegrass music station. August19 2009 9:05PM Eastern. NEW! Supplied AM loop, inside a Radio Shack AM Loop.
1310 AM now that it's dark outside for me in East Central Florida... I just got "On the New FRANK FM" in the clear, between Won't Back Down by Tom Petty and The Scorpions - a slower tune me thinks.
I am recording same to Hard Drive and can make a clip... with another station on top with wx forecast... will keep recording and be sure to get the TOH timeframe as well.
Now I've logged both WKDK AND WDKD in 'South Cackalacky'...
WDKD 1310 was a new log for me, many thanks go out to 'all hands' who offered tips, clues, and the facts that solved this mystery. A new tuner that works really well sitting right next to my PC I use to cruise the web and record/edit audio has lured me back to DXing, carving out moments here and there to twist the dial... along with these "hey, have you heard this mystery station" posts... I'm back in the game.
Again, great trip from a highly efficient plant at 60 watts. I couldn't read the lettering facing the main road from the studio and transmitter building for 1310 on Google Earth...
For an AM antenna, the Sony only has a place for two wires to insert the small loop included with the radio. To use with an outdoor loop, I ran two wires from these radio antenna ports to a 9:1 transformer that would accept the coax from my outdoor loop. Not sure if this was the best way, by it seemed to work OK.
Here is a list of stations that showed the HD icon blinking but not locked:
550 WDDZ Pawtucket RI
800 WNNW Lawrence MA
820 WNYC New York
880 WCBS New York
920 WHJJ Providence RI
930 WGIN Rochester NH
1010 WINS New York
1260 WMKI Boston
1430 WXKS Everett MA
These two stations had solid HD icon and RDS display but no indication of additional content:
710 WOR New York
1030 WBZ Boston
954 | QATAR | QRTC Arabic, Al Arish 31Jul09 0102 - Man in Arabic - Recorded - Fair-Good - Granite Pier north of Boston [Black-MA]
1116 | SPAIN | SER, various (presume R Pontevedra) 31Jul09 0110 - Man is SS - Recorded - Fair-Good - Granite Pier North of Boston [Black-MA]
555 | ST KITTS-NEVIS | ZIZ Radio, St Kitts 04Aug09 0022 - Country sounding music and man in accented EE // weaker 895 - Good [Black-MA]
570 | CUBA | CMDC R Reloj, Santa Clara 04Aug09 0024 - Lively latin music, RR CW ID - Good over WMCA [Black-MA]
630 | PUERTO RICO | WUNO NotiUno, San Juan 04Aug09 0030 - Man with news and ID - Fair over WPRO [Black-MA]
670 | CUBA | CMBA R Rebelde, Arroyo Arenas 04Aug09 0033 - Man in interview //5025 - Good [Black-MA]
710 | CUBA | CMW R Rebelde, La Julia 04Aug09 0034 - Man in interview //5025 - Fair under WOR [Black-MA]
750 | VENEZUELA | YVKS RCR 750 R Caracas, Caracas 04Aug09 0036 - Man in teletalk, ad string, RCR ID - Good [Black-MA]
783 | MAURITANIA | Radio Mauritanie (RM), Nouakchott 04Aug09 0041 - Chanting - Poor [Black-MA]
860 | BRAZIL | ZYJ459 CBN, Rio de Janeiro 04Aug09 0045 - Man in Portuguese - Recorded - Good [Black-MA]
1100 | BRAZIL | ZYK694 R Globo, São paulo 04Aug09 0054 - Man in Portuguese - Recorded - Fair [Black-MA]
1220 | BRAZIL | ZYJ458 R Globo, Rio de Janeiro 04Aug09 0101 - Woman in Portuguese - Recorded - Fair [Black-MA]
The numbers were good and the T-storms down last night, so I headed out to one of our Cape beach locations, but propagation was nothing to write home about. I used the 16x25 portable flag and the R-75 for about an hour and a half from 2300 to about 0030 UTC. Pretty much the usual suspects and not good to the south which was surprising. By about 8:30 EDT the IBOC and domestic hash was killing me.
It's still a little early in the season, but I have had better in August.
555 | ST KITTS-NEVIS | ZIZ Radio, St Kitts 15Aug09 0014 - Island vocals - Fair - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
612 | CANARY ISLANDS/SPAIN | Radio National 1, Majadahonda (Madrid) 15Aug09 0016 - // 621 (probably CNR Tenerife) - Fair - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
684 | SPAIN | Radio Nacional 1, Doshermanas(Sevilla) 14Aug09 2346 - // 855 Man in SS - Good - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
711 | FRANCE | France Info, Rennes 15Aug09 0019 - // 1377 Lille-Camphin, 1557 Nice-Fontbonne - Woman in French - Good - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
720 | CANARY ISLANDS/SPAIN | Radio Nacional 5, synchros 14Aug09 2343 - // 1098 Woman in SS - Good - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
747 | NETHERLANDS | Radio 5, Zeewolde 15Aug09 0020 - Man in Dutch - Fair-Good - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
756 | GERMANY | Deutschlandfunk, Ravensburg 15Aug09 0021 - // 1422 Heusweiler - Rock music - Good - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
765 | SWITZERLAND | R. Suisse Romande Opt. Musique, Sottens 14Aug09 2341 - American pop music - Good - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
783 | MAURITANIA | Radio Mauritanie (RM), Nouakchott 14Aug09 2340 - Man preaching in Arabic - Fair-Good - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
837 | FRANCE | France Info, Nancy 14Aug09 2338 - Man in French - Poor - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
909 | ENGLAND (UK) | BBC Radio 5 Live, various 14Aug09 2336 - Man giving golf results - Fair - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
1053 | SPAIN | COPE, various 14Aug09 2332 - Man in SS - Poor - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
1089 | ENGLAND (UK) | TalkSPORT, various 15Aug09 0028 - Man UK accent- Het to 1088 Albania but no audio - Very Good - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
1125 | SPAIN | Radio Nacional 5, synchros 14Aug09 2327 - // 1098, 1107 Woman and man in SS - Fair - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
1134 | CROATIA | Glas Hrvatske, Rasinovac 14Aug09 2324 - Woman in Croatian - Good - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
1215 | ENGLAND (UK) | Absolute Radio 15Aug09 0030 - "Absolute Radio" jingle ID into pop music - Good - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
1521 | SAUDI ARABIA | BSKSA, Duba 14Aug09 2300 - Time pips then man in Arabic with news - Good over WWKB - Fort Hill [Black-MA]
Conditions still not what I would call good here as yet this season. I have been experimenting with the new PERSEUS the last few days and got this new one from a recording last night.
1010 | BRAZIL | ZYK522 R Record, São Paulo 25Aug09 0001 - Sporting event announcing in Portuguese - Fair under WINS NY [Black-MA]
Would be interesting to know who else on the list uses this latest SDR incarnation.
I am still hearing "The All New 97.1 Frank FM" on 1310, with non-stop music "from the 60s, 70s and 80s". Also mentioned that "Fresh new smell, Frank FM". All music, no ads or announcements, just the liner after every few songs. I have checked every station on 1310 and 97.1 along the east coast out to Ohio and Tennessee, but I am still coming up empty. Google is coming up blank. Every possibility so far has hit a dead end. It's getting frustrating! 8/21
Still need help! Signal is not strong but is steady, fading in and out regularly.
Okay, I got some audio on my mystery "97.1 Frank FM" station on 1310.
The clip is here:
You'll hear the Thompson Twins with "Stay With Me". That's the station, At about 1:25 into the clip you'll hear the Frank FM liner. Ads followed but I can't tell if they are from Frank FM or the ESPN station that's also on 1310.
This is about as good as the signal gets. It's never too strong, best on peaks, but never really clean.
CIGM 790 left the airwaves at 0000 EDT with a brief farewell, thanking its listeners for their support since 1967 and promising that "the memories will last forever."
The transmitter is still on the air at 0058, with nothing but a tone. So if you're hearing a mysterious tone on 790...well, that's it.
This is part of an interesting station swap: CIGM owner Rogers couldn't move the station to FM because it already owned two FMs in Sudbury, the legal limit. So it traded CIGM to Newcap for CFDR 780 Dartmouth NS, which Newcap couldn't move to FM because it already had two FMs in the Halifax market.
CFDR went to FM a few weeks ago, becoming CKLT 92.9 under Rogers. The new Newcap-owned CIGM-FM 93.5 is on the air testing and will make its official debut soon.
Hi All- as a repeat of events last week, WWCR was off again today from 1930-2020 UTC. there was University Network bx audible on 11775, so it was only the WWCR transmitter that was off, not the whole DGS thing.
i am hearing "brother scare" on WWCR 13845 at this moment, announcing that he now has that frequency days until 2300 UTC.
i had been monitoring the situation since hearing him on a random bandscan at 1530 UTC.
7130 (nom.) TAIWAN Radio Taiwan Intl. , 1245 with open carrier at 1245. At first i thiought RTI was on in progress and undermodulated...but later i realized they were transmitting open carrier , muting unid station in Asian language underneath. s/on at 1300 and opening bx in Japanese lang. (8/16 Barton,AZ)
9625 JAPAN R. Japan NHK 1200 with news read by male. bx was plagued by noise and hets, and signal much much weaker than on // 9695.
9840 VIETNAM Voice of Vietnam at 1150 with music and in English. Went to open carrier at TOH and into Japanese lang. (8/17 Barton,AZ)
Sangean ATS-803A and NewTronics 1C-100(S) antenna
13845 USA WWCR Nashville, TN 2000 Brother Scare had been preaching to the choir before TOH; ID by male at 2000, then joins Pastor Scott already in progress. i have been trying to figure out the new sked on WWCR since Stair went there on 13845, sometimes monitoring mobile during my workday. i think at some point i told Glenn Hauser i cant figure out what they are doing at WWCR if they dont know what they are doing themselves. the schedule is very helter-skelter as to when Stair hands off to DGS.
11690 CUBA R.H.C. at 2300+ with tasty music program of salsa and Latin pop i couldn't tune out. really outstanding signals today, heard with the roofmount CB antenna. heard to 2359 and RHC ID.
6055 SPAIN R. Exterior d. Espana 00:55 Spanish music with YL announcer to just before TOH closing out EG pgm, pips, and into SP. more Spanish pop at 0110. Good , and nice to hear it coming back from the summer doldrums.
15160 CHINA CRI (direct) at 0112 w/ male in CC. *
15240 AUSTRALIA R. Australia on with news current events 0100. only fair and buried in ignition static. *
** ARGENTINA [and non]. Big het between 15344 and 15345, Friday July 31 at 1922. Roughly equal signal levels, but modulation in Arabic from Morocco on 15345 dominant. At 2001, RAE IDs in English et al. could be outmade on 15344, or quite close to there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BIAFRA [non]. 15665 WHRI, Friday July 31 at 1917, V. of Biafra International reconfirmed as speaker was addressing ``fellow Biafrans``. Next check 1955 with anthemic closing, 1957 WHRI QSY to 7520 announcement and off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake August 1: at 1355 poor on 9000, nothing on 8400. No higher ones found either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Is RHC still running extra mid-day transmissions in Spanish? Yes, July 31 at 1915 check on 11690, 11760, 11800, 13760 at least.
Furthermore, over a month since the Honduran (non)coup, what had been the first English broadcast each day, at 2030-2130, is still blown away for more and more unnecessary Spanish: August 1 at 2120 the listed English frequencies 11760 and much weaker 17660 an echo apart, were in Spanish // 11770. No DXers Unlimited! Maybe Prof. Coro should do a Spanish version too?
However, the 23-24 English hour was airing on 13790 for all those cariocas, checked at 2319 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNIDENTIFIED 11978
** ECUADOR [and non]. 11625, VG August 2 at 0014, quite impressed by the journalistic quality of HCJB`s world news in Spanish --- until I heard a VOA ID! Of course it`s impressive: HCJB is relaying VOA, which moved on from Wáshington to news from LAm capitals, and at 0019 plug about presencia de Estados Unidos en Ecuador. This is the programming somehow sponsored by the US embassy on La Voz de los Andes, as a goodwill/PR gesture. VOA`s own evening Spanish is now at 2300-2400 only, on 5890, 6110 and 9825; and I was in fact hearing 9825 before 2400 in music, but nothing // 11625 on any band after 0000. Perhaps HCJB recorded the news an hour earlier, or there`s news again at 0000 on a satellite feed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. R. Cairo, 11590, scheduled English to NAm at 2300-2430: Aug 2 at 0010 found modulation just barely audible, but when a man was talking it was barely discernible as Arabic; conversing with a weaker woman, seemingly English, so maybe language lesson. 0020 music, somewhat better modulated, not involving a studio mic. What a waste.
Equally so 9915, August 2 at 0050, good signal but somewhat undermodulated; trouble is, it was extremely distorted, only audible at peaks, which I eventually decided were in Spanish. Yes, this is R. Cairo`s 0045-0200 broadcast to South America. ¡Qué basura! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. VOI had been absent from 9525v on July 31 during the 1300 English hour, but my checking for VOI August 1 was a bit out of synch: just tuned in at 1357 after the musical prélude to CRI Russian had started on 9525.0 --- but there was CCI and a het, so good evidence VOI had returned. I tuned in at 1500 again too late, just as a carrier was going off, which should have been VOI rather than CRI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 15205, BSKSA, August 1 at 1715-1756* melodic muezzin, perfect lullaby for a rare noontime nap. I had wisely chosen this instead of Sawt ul-Buzz on 15435. Per Aoki, 15205 is 500 kW, 320 degrees from Riyadh (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SERBIA [non]. In case it`s about to be closed down, I made a point of checking International Radio Serbia again on 9675, August 2 at 0045. Unfortunately that`s UT Sunday when English at 0030 is replaced by Serbian, also folk music. So I will hear English at 0100, right? No, transmitter when off at 0100:30* and did not come back in the next four sesquiminutes when I upgave. It supposedly shifts from 310 to 325 degree beam for 7-days-a-week English at 0100-0130, as in Aoki and here:
I recall several weeks ago they had problems with the 325 antenna, but I thought they were just using the 310 instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [and non]. REE, Amigos de la Onda Corta, DX program, UT Sunday August 2 at 0008 on 15160 via Costa Rica with item about FARC broadcasts being heard over the border in Ecuador; at 0011 found much better modulation and reception direct from Noblejas on 11680, and after 0030 the mailbag program, not immediately Cuban-dominated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR, 15825, as I tuned by at 1917 July 31, heard screaming preacher`s syllables going into loops, another marvel of The Digital Age, almost amounting to self-parody. Per sked, at 1915-1930 M-F is Ron Ralph of Cornerstone Baptist Church (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Re my previous report, the July 31 part refers to 15825, not 13845: Altho the University Network transmitter of WWCR was off the air July 27 and 28, it was back July 29 on 13845 at 1352 check; also at 1301 July 31  with black gospel music instead of Tony Alamo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. The convicted Tony Alamo is still airing on WINB, such as July 31 at 1916 as I tuned by 13570 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake August 2: at 1310 audible on 9000, not 8400. At 1330, fair on 11300, none higher. August 3: not checked.
August 4: at 1255, poor on 9000, not 8400; at 1258 good but with flutter on 11300; same at 1358.
It`s not clear whether the lack of reception on 8400 and higher channels is due to poor propagation and/or seasonal reduxion in jamming as Keith Perron predicted, now that we are two months past the Tiananmen anniversary (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC has usually been in Spanish on 11760, but Aug 4 at 0526 they were back in English as per schedule, // 6140, 6060 and 6010, interviewing an American about The Cuban Five, injustice; named Susan Grok (sp?) talking to Lena. Meanwhile RHC Spanish was on 6120, 6000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. As I tuned across R. Martí, Sunday August 2 at 2129 on 13820 heard them plugging TV Martí transmission times, which I unfortunately was not prepared to copy, but I think they mentioned both a VHF and UHF channel, late at night, as well as satellite channels.
And also plugged RM on 1620 kHz for east and central Cuba at 10 pm-midnight M-F = 0200-0400 UT Tue-Sat --- of course via WDHP Virgin Islands, not mentioned as such. This forces the DentroCubans to jam 1620 with a domestic network, and for a lot more than 10 hours a week. WDHP, is it really worth it?
But this was not only on 13820: plus loud distorted plus and minus 50 kHz FMy no-carrier spurs from Greenville around 13770 and 13870, // 11930 as well. How convenient that RM spurs on 13 MHz band do not collide with RHC or its spurs. At least the GB spurs are sporadic rather than permanent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, August 2 at 2115 found S9+18 signal but extremely undermodulated, which was just fine for a screaming YL (?) preacher, from R. Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. VOI checks: 1333 August 2 in English, still slightly below 9525.0 with hum; August 4, ditto but since it`s Tuesday, this must be Banjarmasin: 1301, introducing ``Exotic Indonesia`` co-produxion with RRI there, 1304 news from Jakarta starting with crash of plane which left Jayapura, then another news item switching back to Banj studio. Often in the Banjarmasin segments there was some crosstalk on the feed. 1333 Today in History, including the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. 1337 interviewing guest from New Zealand; 1353 talk on ancient history of Banjarmasin. 1357 ruined by CRI Russian prélude on 9525.0 before VOI could wrap up the English hour.
BTW, it`s more concise and a lot easier to follow log reports which consistently as I try to do, put the times before each program detail, rather than --- ``at xxxx``. And the date should go with the first time mentioned, rather than at the very end or even in the credit line. When there is a date in the credit line, it should mean the date of the report, not necessarily same as date of reception (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PORTUGAL [and non]. RDPI, tuned in at 1959 August 2 just in time to hear timesignal at 2000*. Checked against WWV a minute later, it was accurate to the second. But I noted the frequency as 15540, while it must really have been 15560 as scheduled Sat/Sun until 2000.
An hour later at 2100 I happened to be tuned to REE via Costa Rica on 17850, and their time signal was one second slow, partly but not completely due to the satellite-delayed feed from Madrid, unless it take three hops (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Aug 4 at 1353 I checked 18770 before WWCR, and as soon as I tuned in I heard the ``voice of the last days prophet of god``, i.e. WWRB second harmonic audible weakly peaking to S6 thanks to sporadic E and // 9385. Then at 1355 I tuned WWCR 15825 and sure enough, it correlated with super-strength signal carrying black gospel music show which replaced Tony Alamo. However, 13845, the UN/DGS/PMS channel, was absent again tho still running via Anguilla 11775 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake August 5: at 1333 JBA on 13970; 1337 P-F on 9000.
August 6: at 1317 poor on 9000, nothing on 8400, which has not been heard at all for several days and presumed off. But has Sound of Hope moved to another far out-of-band frequency as yet unfound?
At 1352 could hear FD on 11805 mixing with VOA and CNR1 jamming, also 12040 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC, 11760, August 6 at 0509 back in Spanish. You never know from one night to the next whether this frequency will be in Spanish or English. Do they change it on a whim, or just randomly? At least have not heard Portuguese lately after 0500 on any RHC frequency.
9570, CRI relay, August 6 at 1400 opening English hour --- but this is supposed to end at 1400! After a semi-minute, cut audio and after two minutes cut carrier. Meanwhile, I checked 13740 where it is supposed to be from 1400, and that was running normally; two different transmitters involved as already obvious from open carrier on 13740 which starts as early as 1350 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. VOI still on 9524.9 or so, August 6 at 1318 during English hour, with hum, talking about the origin of the WWW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA [and non]. VOR Khabarovsk, 12000, still free of RHC QRM as that is still on unannounced and perpetually crackly 11800 instead; August 5 at 1357 wrapping up Chinese hour, 1358 IS. 12000 quality has improved but somewhat distorted, and with BFO on can tell carrier is still unstable. Very good signal strength today; but August 6 at 1350 nothing audible, off the air? SF has been down to 66 and not much else on high-latitude E Asian paths (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K. 17530, August 5 at 1329 poor with BBC sounder, Farsi. Don`t often hear anything here but it is Rampisham, 1230-1500, 500 kW, 95 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR, 13845, DGS service, August 5 at 1332 check. This would not be notable, except on certain days recently it has been absent. Also on the air about 24 hours later August 6. At that time, Es MUF was between 13845 and 15825, the latter not inbooming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWRB, 18770, poorly audible August 5 at 1408 check with hoarse Ralph giving 888 number. He axually thinx people are eager to listen to him on the phone if not SW, altho for that I think he has a different toll number. 9385 x 2 = 18770, often making it here with a little help from the sporadic E layer, MUF of which does not need to reach TV channel A2 to be effective on HF. Yet I don`t recall anyone else ever reporting 18770. Why not try? I am not suggesting that Brother Scare is any more listenable when heard on a harmonic. Depending on skip distances, etc., other harmonics of US 9 MHz stations might be audible in the 18-20 MHz area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Last few days I`ve noticed WINB missing from both frequencies, such as August 6 at 1354, nothing on 9265 or 13570. Curtailed schedule? But at 1554, 13570 was audible poorly, and as soon as I tuned in heard the convicted Tony Alamo and some woman giving Texarkana TX PO Box. If you are broadcasting a convicted criminal, does that make you an accessory? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake Aug 8: at 1404, very poor on 11990, and could not hear its victim; also on 12040 mixing with VOA/CNR1 Chinese. At 1434 good on 13970. NOT found on any others of the usuals: 8400, 9000, 11300, 13500, 14430, 15150, 15600, 17470, 18320.
At 1404 on 9450, two Asian languages with lo audible het; also at 1440 CNR echo jamming and het. Sound of Hope, 100 kW via Taiwan operates here at 1400-1600, and many of these Taiwan transmitters are off-frequency.
Aug 8 at 1443, on 7430, Japanese music and talk, fair signal, when not much left on 40m besides WWCR 7490 and RA 7240. Is CRI at 14-15, 500 kW, 59 degrees from Jinhua site and onward toward us (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. RHC at 0458 August 7: IS on both 11690 and 11760. I knew 11690 was about to go off so listened to 11760 which at 0500 went to vamp music, opening Spanish, Revista Informative de la Noche at 8-11 pm = 0000-0300 UT, no mention of an 0500 playback. 11760 is the channel which is sometimes in English, sometimes in Spanish after 0500.
RHC check August 8: at 0517, 11760 in Spanish instead of English, poor with fades. At 0532, found Spanish also on 6140, 6120, neither very good, and just barely audible mixing with presumed Bulgaria on 6000. RHC English on 6060, but missing from 6010! At 0540 could detect some very weak Spanish talk on 6010, but could not tell whether it was Colombia or Mexico; bothered by splash from CRI Sackville 6020 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. DGS/PMS on WWCR 13845 has not been constant lately as I have repeatedly observed, but Aug 8 for the first time I am hearing something else on the transmitter: Brother Scare, back on WWCR! He was banned (?) a few years ago after his own legal problems and imprisonment. Tune-in at 1400 to primitive organ music, not the sort of thing you would ever hear from The University Network. And NOT // Anguilla 11775. Brother Scare soon starts talking and 13845 is // WWRB 9385 but about two sesquiseconds behind it.
Earlier at 1352 as I tuned across 9385 he was announcing frequencies for this Sabbath morning broadcast at 10 am-noon ET: 9385, 9265, 6110, 13810, 17435, 15430. Running thru them a second time he got 15420 (WBCQ) right, but again said 17435. He has been making that mistake forever: it`s really 17485 via Germany.
The Last Days Prophet of God does not even know what frequencies he`s on; no mention of WWCR 13845, which must be a very recent development as WWCR`s Aug 1 online schedule still shows DGS 24/7 on 13845/5935.
Furthermore, the latest DTK schedule shows 17485 for one hour only starting at 1500, not 1400. Not audible here on that, 13810, or 6110 of course. Are all of these really running BS 7 days a week? He also failed to mention 18770, the perpetual second harmonic of 9385, altho not audible here at the moment, but we know it`s there. Furthermore, WINB missing from 9265 at 1352 and 1405 chex; 13570 missing at 1352 and 1434 chex.
The big news is that DGS no longer has exclusive access to one of the WWCR transmitters. Remains to be heard what happens the rest of the week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISITENING DIGEST)
** TUNISIA [and non]. 9725, Aug 7 at 0505 found mixture of two weak stations producing a rippling SAH indicating maybe 15 Hz apart; one with YL in Arabic, news? Other OM speaker weaker, uncertain language, guessing maybe Greekish or Slavic. Looked up later in Aoki, we find:
9725 TUNISIA 0200-0500 Arabic 500 100 Sfax TUN 01053E 3448N RTT a09
9725 RFE 0500-0600 Georgian 100 85 Biblis D 00830E 4941N IBB a09
So Tunisia was just running a few minutes overtime and was gone at 0508. And Georgian is neither Greekish nor Slavic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR 13845, missing again Aug 7 at 1336, while 15825 was inbooming. I am beginning to wonder if its span has really been curtailed rather than transmitter trouble. I don`t keep listening to find when it comes on, but at 2228 recheck it was on weakly, // with 6090 Anguilla in fact better with PMS. The 5935/13845 switchover times are scheduled to be 1200 and 0000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See SOUTH CAROLINA [non]!
** U S A [and non]. VOA Greenville, 17585, apparently lost program feed and was playing music fill Aug 8 at 1427, not // 9760 Philippines with sports segment in World News Now. At 1428:30 could hear Botswana underneath on 17585, starting sign-on routine and producing SAH of 2 Hz. At 1429:30, GB rudely cut off music and started sign-off routine. Off at 1431* clearing frequency for Botswana, now in science segment about Kepler, fish. At 1438 checked 9760 and found it not // 17585. 17585 was still about science, while 9760 was discussing international affairs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###
** CUBA. Surprised to hear RHC Spanish programming on 13740, Aug 9 at 1354, as it`s supposed to be a CRI-relay frequency only from 1400 in English, but usually on 10-15 minutes early with open carrier. That made it // RHC intentional frequencies 13680, 13760 and 13780, which with the mixing products on 13580 and 13880 make six // on 22m.
Around 1357, 13740 switched to CRI musical prélude. For further anomalies after 2000 when Aló, Presidente appeared on some RHC-only frequencies, see VENEZUELA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. Further observations of WWCR 13845, which used to be 24/7 Doctor Gene Scott/Pastor Melissa Scott: Aug 8 around 1630 it was still Brother Stair, but at 1855 check, PMS was back on it. Changed some time in between.
Aug 9 at 1307, 13845 had another screaming preacher but he was with The Overcomer Ministry as // 9385 WWRB and again out of synch by about 3 seconds. At 1414 B.S. himself was on both. Rick Barton, AZ, heard him claim he was now on 13845 until 2300, but at 1700 WWCR already switched back to PMS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WINB, which was missing from both frequencies the morning before, audible on 9265, Aug 9 at 1245 with YL preacher, not Brother Scare (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VENEZUELA [non]. ``Aló, Presidente`` had been missing for weeks, and did not check for it soon after 1400 UT this Sunday August 9; but next bandscan at the late hour of 1854 found Hugo interacting with audience on 13750 – the A,P-only channel via CUBA, along with scheduled // 11690, 12010, 13680 and 17750. 11690 and 12010 were an echo apart from 1750; 11690 had the usual RTTY QRM; 13680 was just barely audible and weaker than BBCWS UK on the side from 13675.
At 1918, still going on 13750, altho regular separate daily hour of RNV CI was also in progress on 15290. At 1920 found RHC`s 13760 on the air now and instead of own programming also // 13750 an echo apart. At 2000, 13750 still going with A,P, along with 13760, but now both muscled aside by Sportugal on 13755 which had just moved down from 15560. At 2003, when RHC is supposed to be resuming its own schedule in other languages, as Hugo briefly broke into song, found more // to the A,P service on 11760, 11770 and 11800. I wonder if RHC don`t have enough different program feed channels available; or the switching is just too complex and unpredictable to keep everything straight.
Next check at 2056, found singing on 13750 // 11760, 11770, 11800, 12010 with singing, not audible on 11690 or 13680. At 2058 also on // 17750 talking about Habana, so apparently in meantime had morphed back into RHC-produced programming. 17750 also had become rather distorted, but not as bad as 11800. At 2059 they all went into RHC IS and ID. At 2100 on 13750 and 17750 introducing a cultural fill program from the RHC archives, about Ernesto Lecuona, playing Siboney. At 2102, found that 12010 and 17750 had gone off, and 17660 had come on, the latter being the frequency supposed to be in English at 2030-2130, but still Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA
** CANADA. Still zero signal from CFRX 6070 at 1320 check August 11. Harold Sellers passes on word from Steve Canney that the transmitter has been damaged again and is back in New York for repairs, so no telling how long it will be off. When it does come back, don`t expect to hear Peter Anthony Holder any more after 0500 UT weeknights, as his home station CJAD Montréal has fired most of its local talk hosts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHILE. 17680, CVC, normally a loud and reliable signal, only a trace of carrier Aug 11 at 1345, then bits of Spanish detectable; improved considerably by 1350. The propagation, it is changing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake August 11: at 1337 on 12040, mixing with CNR1 jammer and VOA Chinese.
Nothing else noticed until 1415 found a good but fluttery FD-only signal on 15780, // 12040. That means the Sound of Hope, Xi Wang Zhi Sheng relay via Tajikistan, was on 15780 today; Aoki lists it on 15750 but varying down to 15740 at 1400-1430 and to 15720 at 1230-1300.
Then at 1419 I searched for more Firedrake: only one found was 13500 // but weaker than 15780. Nothing audible on 8400, 9000, 11300, 13970, 14430, 15150, 15600, 17470v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EAST TURKISTAN. 13670, Aug 11 at 1339, poor signal in music with hi-pitched whistling which caught my ear, Chinese announcement, then traditional instrumental music. Aoki says Urümqi beamed due west, CRI Chinese service from the PRC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9524.9, VOI, Aug 11, several chex during the 13-1357 English hour confirmed it was yet another Tuesday hookup with the guy at RRI Banjarmasin, and as usual readability difficult due to accents, hum, less than optimum modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 15245v, at 1417 Aug 11, het and French // 11710, so VOK, and off-frequency, vs scheduled BBC Russian via Woofferton 15245.0. I imagine the collision is even worse in Russia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN. 6055, R. Nikkei, plays a lot of classical Moog synthesizer music, such as Aug 10 at 1248, Handel`s Water Music, welcoming the typhoon? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. Surprised to find no signal on 13775, the only frequency to NAm from VOR in English at 0530 August 11; it was on earlier in the hour, then at 0531+ cut back on just in time for Kaleidoscope (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 13845, WWCR, Aug 11 at 1432 Brother Scare with double audio feed a second apart and furthermore breaking up badly, even more unlistenable than when perfectly transmitted. Same on WWRB 9385, so B.S.`s fault from the feed end. Is God getting him? Since the time is bought and paid for, do the stations not care whether there are such terrible technical problems beyond their control and just let it run anyway? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. 17507 approximately, buzzy spur, no carrier, with Spanish modulation, Aug 11 at 1352, fading out and in, very poor. First frequency checked for possible //, REE 17595 turned out to be the source. Fundamental was VG and not distorted. Could not hear a match around 17683, 88 kHz on the other side, but did notice a quite weak signal from CHILE, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAIWAN [and non]. 7130, Aug 10 at 1257 open carrier with het, 1300 RTI ID ``Kochirawa, RTI`` opening in Japanese audible despite ham SSB QRM. This frequency temporarily replaces 9735, per S. Aoki and R. Howard. RTI`s transmitter sites are diversified all over the island, so altho 9735 was put off by typhoon, 7130 backs it up from elsewhere. The het presumably from RTM Sarawak on 7130.5. Neither, of course, has any business still broadcasting in the exclusive 40m ham band!
Also lo audible het vs Japanese noted next day Aug 11 at 1329 check. Ron pinned Taiwan on 7129.88v Aug 10 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. VOA English, Greenville 17585, missing at 1400 Aug 11; maybe late coming on, or propagation just not built up yet, but it was OK at 1411 recheck. 1426 with baseball news --- does the mostly AfroAsian audience really care about US BB, or is this secretly for expatriates? 1428 Today in History. This 2-minute feature always manages to cram in several significant events, this time Andrew Carnegie died, King Hussein crowned, Watts riots, Greenspan takes over Fed. But the last item was cut off at 1429:37, then sign-off routine with YDD, which lasted until 1430:25 open carrier and off at 1430:38. During the last few sex, but not before, I could hear traces of Botswana site, then clear after Greenville off, but too weak here.
We have been complaining for months about VOA interfering with itself, these two transmitters overlapping for many minutes before and after 1430. It appears IBB finally is making some effort to reduce the overlap, but not enough. They should forget about the unnecessary YDD sign-off, drop Greenville carrier immediately at 1430:00 or a few sex before if there is any pause at all in programming, and simultaneously crash-start Botswana with same programming, so that there is no overlap and hardly any break in transmission for the listeners in Africa. Is this not obvious? It requires a bit of coördination, but should not be such a difficult task. Better yet, rearrange the schedule so there is no site switch in the middle of the one-hour transmission, as that was totally uncalled for in the first place (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake August 12: at 1235 heard again on 8400, nothing on 9000. At 1250, JBA on 13970; at 1252 poor on 14430, fair at 1348. At 1435 FD weak and alone on 11990, but dominant and much stronger on // 12040 mixing with CNR1 and VOA Chinese, not // 14430.
At 1440, 9845 // 12040 music with choral, so not FD? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. R. Martí, Aug 12 at 1414 on 11930 with jazzed-up Warsaw Concerto music mixing with talk, over jamming at the moment while // Greenville 11845 was under jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ECUADOR [non]. DX Partyline via WRMI, 9955, Wed Aug 12 at 1441 concluding talk by Christer Brunström on his visit to RRI Romania, then logs more than a month old from Stewart MacKenzie, dated July 10 and 9. We suspect that DXPLs being aired are not the latest ones. Perhaps the Saturday of original airing is specified at the outset, but not so for Aventura Diexista which followed at 1445. If anyone is keeping track, this one had Alen Grájam in Esmeraldas on a project for his home church, and apologizing for transmission problem the previous week at 1445 on HCJB itself; then R. Guía Internacional feature from Jorge García, CDXA, about Colombia on MW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. 15710 at 1254 August 12, very distorted YL talking unID language as always the case on this frequency among others from R. Cairo, scheduled Indonesian at 1230-1400 from Abis site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WINB, 9265, still running the convicted ``Tony Alámo``, August 12 at 1239, discussing Dr. Phil with YL, accusing him of being a serial polygamist, advice to help him avoid hell, not to hurt him. I`m sure Phil appreciates that! Of course, simultaneous polygamy with girls is Tony`s God-given right. At 1304 recheck, 9265 was off the air but no sign of daytime frequency 13570, nor at 1432. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. VOA Greenville, 17585, Aug 12 at 1417-1422 with regular Wednesday feature Wordmaster, this time evaluating words used in blogs on a happiness scale, which I found rather too esoteric. Good and steady signal today, and kept listening to see what would happen at 1430. Same as yesterday, cut off Today in History before it was finished, for sign-off and Yankee Doodle, modulation ending at approximately 1431, and carrier finally off at 1431:20. It must have still overlapped Botswana for a sesquiminute, but that was totally inaudible here today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC shifts again which frequencies are in English and which in Spanish after 0500. Aug 13 at 0535, English on 6010, 6060, and 6140; Spanish on 6000, 6120. 11760 may have been on the air but on this occasion dominated by NHK in Russian, along with a SAH. Most nights recently, 6140 has been in Spanish instead. Of course RHC`s own current online transmission schedule continues to show nothing but English after 0500.
RHC also continues secret midday transmission in Spanish, reconfirmed August 13 at 1655 at least on 13760, 11800 distorted, 11760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** POLAND [non]. PRES via WRN via WRMI, axually on the 9955 air, Aug 12 at 2007 check, Slawek Szefs recognizable right away, 2010 to YL on home schooling. Signal was fading up to fair, then down to poor. WRN relays are on the WRMI (webcast) schedule M-F at 16-24 UT, but the SW transmitter has mostly been silent. Jeff White indicated it would be more active due to HFCC in the Dominican Republic 17-21 August:
and has already started. Many other broadcasters with no SW such as Israel and Ireland, or difficult-to-hear-in-NAm SW are involved in this service gratis tnx to WRMI. See schedule at http://www.wrn.org/listeners/schedules/schedule.php?ScheduleID=2&CurrentTZID=3&Show=week
However, WRMI schedule grid shows this entire 40-hour-per-week block in English is on the LAm/Carib antenna, not the NAm antenna.
However2, no sign of WRMI 9955 at 1655 UT check August 13; so you never know (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAIWAN [non]. RTI, 5950 via WYFR, UT Thursday Aug 13 at 0535 had comedy by two guys faking exaggerated British accents, then back to American, subjects including land sharx, pandas on demand. Must have been Instant Noodles show. No swearing noted. Not terribly funny, but kudos for trying, as there is far too little comedy on shortwave! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WTJC, 9370v, accompanied by distorted no-carrier spurs at plus and minus 30 kHz, 9340 and 9400, August 13 at 0528-0532 during martial choral hymn. Each spur covered roughly 15 kHz. Another weaker one could be detected around 9315, but not 9425. 9370 fundamental was stronger than usual, S9+22 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BIAFRA [non]. Quick check reconfirms V. of Biafra International still on 15665 via WHRI, Friday August 14 at 1927, in English mentioning Ibos. WRTH predicts that 17520 will resume for this in September, Fridays at 1900-2000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. R. Brasil Central always fun to hear when the MUF attains 12 MHz in the middle of the night, such as Aug 14 at 0525, live Brazilian-accented announcer with time check has to be this; deep fades. Too much noise on 60 m to hear // 4985; also a weaker signal on 11925, presumably Bandeirantes, another 24h, 25m Brazilian broadcaster (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI missing from AM frequency 11725, Aug 14 at 0519, and still past 0530, while usual strong DRM signal on 11670-11675-11680 remained, so the AM transmitter was down or stuck on some other channel (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SERBIA [non]. International Radio Serbia is missing from 9675 after 0100, when it is supposedly on the air 7 days a week with the 0100-0130 ``English-2`` broadcast to NAm, per http://glassrbije.org/E/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=21&Itemid=34
while the ``English 1`` at 0030 is daily except UT Sundays when there is a longer Serbian broadcast instead.
Checked UT Friday Aug 14 at 0114, nothing on 9675, but propagation OK as VOR via Pridnestrovye was well heard on 9665.
UT Saturday August 15 tuned in earlier at 0035 and found IRS in English; 0047 jazzy Balkan music; 0057 sign-off just as ``Radio Serbia`` mentioning 6100 to Europe, 9675 to North America, but not the times. IS and off by 0058:30*, and still not back on at 0110 check. They used to make an antenna change from 310 to 325 degrees, so it probably went off briefly before 0100. Now the schedule shows 310 for both transmissions (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR 50-meter transmissions were breaking thru on 25m, Aug 14 at 0512 on 11780, Pastor Pete Peters // 5890 (no Brasil on this date), and 11870, Pastor Melissa Scott // 5935, mixing with WEWN which was weaker than usual. However, the WWCR fundamentals were extremely strong, so it`s difficult to be 100% certain whether the harmonix were receiver- or transmitter-produced. However2, other harmonix and mixing products from WWCR certainly have existed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. R. Brasil Central always fun to hear when the MUF attains 12 MHz in the middle of the night, such as Aug 14 at 0525, live Brazilian-accented announcer with time check has to be this on 11815; deep fades. Too much noise on 60 m to hear // 4985; also a weaker signal on 11925, presumably Bandeirantes, another 24h, 25m Brazilian broadcaster (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** COLOMBIA. 5910, Marfil Estéreo ID as soon as I intuned, Aug 15 at 0545, then music. Frequent IDs certainly help. Modulation a bit distorted and carrier instability confirmed by switching on BFO. Believe this had been missing for a while, tho I have not tried to track it nightly. There were plans to somehow upgrade coverage of this frequency while downgrading coverage of LV de tu Conciencia, 6010 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [and non]. Monitored REE`s DX program Amigos de la Onda Corta UT Sat Aug 15 0505-0530 on http://www.rtve.es/rne/audio/RNEReal.ram webcast instead of SW 6055, 5965 or 9630. Entire program devoted to interview with REE tech director José Antonio García M.--- about DRM plans. Yes, they will have one DRM transmitter going toward NAm by yearend at Cariari, COSTA RICA, and plan to add another after that, which could cover SAm or any other target.
Besides the one DRM at Noblejas, plans to add three or four more DRM-capable in next few years as old transmitters are replaced, but also continue analog. That was about the only significant `news` but he and Antonio Buitrago managed to converse for 25 minutes. Also mentioned relay exchange with China. Show repeats at 0005 UT Sunday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Music Time in Africa, the excellent weekend show on VOA at 2000-2100 Sat & Sun, is now best heard here on 17895, since Greenville is currently the transmitter site. Of course, you need to be beyond the skip zone and/or benefiting from a closer sporadic E opening. Introduction at 2003 Aug 15 about acoustic guitars in Africa. (Too bad we have to specify `acoustic` these days, even concerning Africa.) Supposedly // are 15580 Botswana, which may suffice closer to Greenville, and 9885 which according to registrations switches from Botswana to Greenville in the middle of the hour --- but no sign of anything there at 2037 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. No stand-alone Firedrake heard on usual frequencies Aug 16 around 1230. But at 1238 did hear it on 12040 mixing with CNR1 jamming and VOA target; and on 11710 // CNR1 jamming mixing with N Korean music, Commies vs Commies! But really targeting Taiwan, also producing subaudible heterodynes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [and non]. NHKWNRJ must be in August-vacation mode, with canned repeat programming instead of new shows. World Interactive should be the Sunday feature, but Aug 16 at 1226 on 9695 ending dramatic narrative with music, sound effects, extremely emotional story about a girl and her mother getting (atomic?) bombed in August, outro title as ``Face of Gizo (sp?)`` part 1, to be continued next week with part 2. Reception on 9695 intended for Asia was axually better than on // 6120 via Canada to NAm. 1229 sign-off as usual mentioned frequency only for the next English transmission, at 1310. In NAm it would have been more helpful to mention frequency for next transmission to here at 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [non]. 11910, REE with Castilian news at 1233 Aug 16, good signal and modulation punch you do not get from Costa Rica, or even from Noblejas. This is the relay via Xi`an, CHINA, at 12-14, 120 kW, 138 degrees, so aimed nowhere near USward and not often heard. Roughly one second behind Cariari on 15170. Recheck at 1251 found 11910 still audible but underneath WYFR open carrier prior to its *1300. This week`s Amigos de la Onda Corta DX program from REE discussed the relay exchange, pointing out that they have two alternative feed routes to Beijing, one via satellite, the other some complicated landline setup (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. 9605, surprised to hear BBCWS in English, not scheduled here, Aug 16 at 1257 with sports news, 1258 promos, 1259 theme, 1300 timesignal mixing with others, opening in Chinese. Singapore must have turned on not only transmitter but wrong modulation early. After 1300 of course CNR1 jamming also on 9605 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. We still have no idea of the exact hours Brother Scare is now on WWCR-2 instead of DGS/PMS, but not only on 13845: Aug 16 at 1210 check, 5935 was still on the air and broadcasting BS. Scheduled switchover time to 13845 is 1200, so maybe this was an error.
WWCR has announced from Aug 17 it will shift from 15825 to 15830 to see if that gets rid of the `squeal` I have occasionally reported. But I think it comes out of the transmitter, as it is only heard when WWCR is extremely strong, rather than heterodyne from another emission. Aug 16 already at 1245, 15825 was very strong with sporadic-E boost, starting ``Sold Out for Jesus``. I could not hear a squeal this time, tho there was a bit of a `frying` sound underneath. Note that 15830 will presumably be in use for WORLD OF RADIO Fridays at 2028 until further notice (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. The spurs from WTJC 9370v moved in a bit from 30 kHz separation: Aug 16 at 1303, distorted spurs around 9345 and 9395 matching fundamental musical modulation, not as strong as before, but neither was 9370. The higher one`s spread was bothering another gospel huxter on 9400, worse when WTJC became screaming preacher at 1316 check. 9400 victim scheduled as FEBC Manila in Chinese at 09-14, Christians vs Christians! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VENEZUELA [non]. Sunday Aug 16 chex for ``Aló, Presidente`` via CUBA: at 1413, open carriers on 13750 and 17750, two of the scheduled frequencies, but nothing on the other three, 11690, 12010, 13680. At 1429 found that 13750 was off but 17750 still on with OC, same at 1436. Tired of listening to nothing, did not recheck until 1530 when modulation had started on 17750. Sounded like Chávez so assumed A,P had started, but it was only a clip in news, from RNV? 13750 still off, no 12010 or 13680 either, but barely audible on 11690 which is always weakest here. Meanwhile, separate secret RHC midday programming continued on 13760.
Next check at 1641 found A,P really underway with Hugo and the audience, on 17750 and by now 13750 had come back on the air, as well as 12010 finally, and 11690 audible, still no 13680. Separate RHC still going on 11760. One more check at 1732: A,P VG on 17750, 13750, 12010; 11690 mostly RTTY but Hugo faded up long enough to reconfirm it to; and 11760 still separate RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
T-storms kept developing right over Enid all evening, UT Aug 17, so computers and antennas unplugged, leaving us nothing else to do but monitor SW in primetime when we usually do not, with inside antennas only, pretty long wrapped around the ceiling several times, and presumably less direxional than the usual E-W longwire.
T-storm noise was heavy, but less human-made QRN than usual and propagation not too bad. More storms the next morning kept us off the outside wires. All the logs in this report are without external antenna, still with the FRG-7, and YB-400 as backup. Or in some cases quick checks in the yard with DX-398 portable, whip.
** ARGENTINA. Pleased to hear the RAE IS on 15344.0 or so as early as 1648 Aug 17; thought I heard them say ``atención`` once, but constant het from 15345, which must be Morocco. I was trying to measure 15344 more closely on the ATS-909 but at 1657 it had shifted much closer to 15345, still a lower-pitched het. 1700 6-pip timesignal and talk in unID language, but too much hash from TV swish. By now I am not sure whether I am hearing Morocco in Arabic or Argentina in its extra German broadcast, but one of them went off anyway at 1702, or at least there was no further het. I also had been distracted by a signal on 15340; see ETHIOPIA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 9755 with unexpected program in English, Aug 17 at 0052, lofi mix including classical music; 0057 outro as ``Inside the Music`` from CBC Radio 1 --- Has RCI finally come to its senses and put CBCR1 back on shortwave?! Not exactly.
At 0059 Radio-Canada ID, then CBC ID in unknown language, mentioning 9625 more than once, 0100 CBC News. OMG, it`s the CBC NQ service on wrong frequency! Nothing on 9625; S9+20 on 9755, stronger than 9625 usually attains, so on wrong antenna too? But squeezed by RFI 9750 GUF carrier and Spanish news modulation from 0100. 9755 is the frequency used by RCI English to USA in the winter, despite lower MUFs, and is not supposed to be on at this hour in summer.
So what`s on 6100? At 0101, RCI harmonica fill music, undermodulated with hum, 0103 RCI ID mentioning The Link. 0104 Mandarin as scheduled.
9755 reception declining, but 0105 into another CBC program, probably In the Key of Charles. (BTW, there was no Outfront at 0045 as online CBC schedule claims even on local Sundays.)
0151 recheck, 9755 still in music show, but now a fast SAH from open carrier? 0158, CBCNQ ID again as ``9625``, and same in Inuktituk. 0200 sharp, RCI Spanish starts suddenly stronger on 9755, as scheduled for this hour, but still with something under. After news at 0206 gave three frequencies, but the only one I caught was on the 31m band, 9640, certainly incorrect --- not used since B-08 season and at 0000 only! Geez, are they screwed up in multiple ways.
Then El Castor Mensajero (The Messenger Beaver, i.e. mailbag show, featuring Cubans). BTW, 6100 also has Spanish this hour but 5 minutes offset, and different Internal show anyway? Did not check. 9755 wrapping up ECM at 0258, still with fast SAH from co-channel interference, then 0259 RCI off leaving weak signal, 0300 CBC News signature!
So not only was the CBCNQ service on the wrong frequency, but another transmitter in the hall at Sackville was on the SAME frequency during this hour, a really close collision! NQ probably stayed on 9755 till 0505* but unchecked later. After 0200, 9625 would have been badly squeezed between Spain on 9620 and Spain/Costa Rica on 9630.
I did check the next morning and at 1325 nothing on 9755, but usual ripple SAH on 9625 indicating the always slightly-off-frequency CBCNQ was back, with Hmong dominant from FEBC Manila; see PHILIPPINES. To be sure, another check after FEBC off at 1400: Yes, weak CBC news in English.
Also next evening UT Aug 18 at 0037 check, nothing on 9755, but weak signal on 9625. I did not notify Sackville about having NQ on 9755 the night before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CROATIA. 9925 via Germany, kept an ear on VOC Aug 17 from 0207 looking for the English half-hour as per EiBi and Aoki, but only heard pop music, presumably in Croatian until 0230 when opened Voz de Croacia in Spanish. Maybe there was a quick English newscast at 0200 I already missed? Or just forget it for Sundays; or August holidays.
Why does everyone in Europe think they have to go on holidays in August? Wouldn`t it be less disruptive to stagger absences from May thru September at least? WRTH A-09 update does not attempt to break down foreign language times; it`s all just Croatian/Other (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Will RHC ever resume its first English broadcast of the day at 2030? Not yet; Aug 16 at 2055 check, just Spanish on 11760 // 11770 et al. Could not hear 17660. Blame the Honduran oligarchy.
RHC check at 0117 Aug 17, found 13790 and 13760 the only signals audible on 22m. At 0120: Spanish on 5965, 6060, 6120, 6140, 9600 11760 and an echo away on 13760, at the moment talking about the Wizard of Oz; weak signal with different music in Spanish on 6000, presumably the only English-service channel running, useless.
En Contacto, the DX program ran from 0136 past 0151 UT Monday and I listened to most of it on 9600 which was strong but somewhat distorted. Featured monthly report from Pedro Sedano of AER with items including WRTH update, RRI Enescu contest, CyBC, Turquía. He takes a lot of time and trouble to spell out unfamiliar addresses, apparently assuming people will want to write to the stations.
13880 mixing product stronger than usual, Aug 17 at 1348 in talk about Barbados, 13680 leaping over 13780, both extremely strong; while leapfrog the other way on 13580 was JBA.
Secret RHC midday service reconfirmed Aug 17 at 1547 on 11760, 11800 distorted, 11690; barely audible on 5965, and 6000 which were the only stations audible on 49-50m, not even WBOH 5920 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** DOMINICAN REPUBLIC [and non]. Pleased NOT to hear DRM test on 15470-15475-15476-15480 as previously scheduled by IBB/HCJB Greenville starting Aug 17 for HFCC, when checked at 2025, nor anywhere else on 19m (tho ANTARCTICA was not making it either, its unique low-power frequency should be respected!).
11700-11705-11710, HCJB DRM at 1546 Aug 17. Kim Elliott says this is a feeder to affiliates in Brasil. I wonder how many are really using it and how many ordinary DRM listeners there are? Also noted 15275-15280-15285 HCJB DRM around 2030 as usual.
17865-17870-17875, big DRM signal Aug 17 at 1622, TDF testing from Guiana French to HFCC in Dominican Republic. These tests do not appear on the DRM/DX schedule, but are mentioned on linked fora, supposed to be Aug 18-20 at 16-18, Aug 21 at 16-21, but already going Aug 17!
A reminder that Jeff White is reactivating his Radio Discovery from Punta Cana HFCC this week Aug 17-22 on 4730 with only 100 watts to a half-wave dipole, testing WinDRM, SSB and AM. See details on DXLD 9-055. On the afternoon of Aug 17, Jeff told me they were just setting it up, ``We could be on tonight, but I`m not sure yet``.
I`ve urged him to let it run all night. This should be quite a challenge to DX anywhere, especially here around all the T-storm noise. Do they manage to evade CODAR, and military ute SSBs on both sides? BTW, the tropstorms and hurricane in the area did not cause any of the delegations to cancel, Jeff says (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. Awful modulation from R. Cairo continues: 9915, Aug 17 at 0050, level S9+20 but extremely distorted yet muffled audio, useless, supposedly Spanish at 0045-0200 only.
6290, distorted muezzin, audio also cutting out at 0118, better modulation than 9915, but not by much. 6290 still on and audible with distorted Arabic news at 0402. In fact Aoki shows it`s continuous 1900-0700, 250 kW, 315 degrees from Abis; targets Eu and NAm thruout tho possible span here is shorter in summer. Aoki also titles this service 'El-Bernameg Al-Aam' --- which means? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, Aug 17 at 1554 with revival music, undermod talk in English, has to be R. Africa, the home away from home for convict Tony Alamo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ETHIOPIA [non]. While monitoring Argentina on 15344, Aug 17 at 1643, noticed flute music, unID language talk on poor 15340, 1656 HOA(?) singing, but off by 1658. Since Morocco is on 15345 at this hour, must be something else. Looked up later in Aoki, it`s the Monday-only 1600-1700 broadcast of EOTC Holy Synod Radio, clandestine to Ethiopia in Amharic, via Samara, Russia, 200 kW, 188 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** FRANCE. 17850, thought I had something exotic with Horn of Africa vocal music Aug 17 at 1636, but 1637 into French amid crowd noises, poor signal, 1641 hilife music. It`s just RFI`s service via Issoudun to Africa at 16-18 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also DOMINICAN REPUBLIC [non]
** MEXICO. 6185, XEPPM. R. Educación noted in the clear Aug 17 at 0119 with talk in Spanish, but not enough signal vs the T-storm noise level. Current listings show `ADM` UAE until 0100*, then open window until Vatican at *0205; or is UAE really on 6185 at all? Not per Aoki and EiBi (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. Meant to mention that altho RNZI was absent from analog 11725, Aug 14 after 0500, it was back the next night and every night since including Aug 17 check at 0524 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES. Checking 9625 to see whether CBCNQ was back from its excursion to 9755 the night before, see CANADA, Aug 17 at 1326 heard its rippling SAH against dominant signal in Hmong, which is FEBC Manila, confirmed as such with announcer giving P and E-mail addresses, http://www.hmongradio.febc.com --- then 1331 Jesus Saves IS on chimes/vibes several times, 1332 song. Scheduled to go from Hmong to Khmu at 1330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA. RRI, 9580, UT Mon Aug 17 at 0051 with birdlike vocalizations by human singer, into Romanian Rhapsody tune. Maybe Skylark show; love their folk music.
Also ran across another Tiganeshti broadcast, 9645, at 0223 during classical violin/piano music, het de perpetual Brazilian spoiler Bandeirantes, 0226 Spanish announcement from RRI. 9645 also used for 0300 English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 17560, poor with non-buzzing muezzins (two of them, or multitracked?) at 1623 Aug 17, 1635 Arabic talk; bothered by stronger but not very strong carrier on 17565 from Greenville about to start Creole at 1630. PWBR ‘2009` says 17560 is BSKSA Holy Qur`an Station, and per Aoki that is still correct, 1600-1755 at 270 degrees. Also noticed better signal on non-buzzing 15205 was already muezzening at 1655, in case one wants to nap before noon. Probably // but not confirmed as such. Meanwhile Sawt al-Buzz much stronger at 1555 on 15435 // no buzz on 15225 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SERBIA [non]. Since IRS had been confirmed on 9675 the last few days before 0100, I expected to hear it again UT Monday August 17 --- but nothing there at 0035 when the 6-daily 0030 English should have appeared. Propagation OK as VOR 9665 Pridnestrovye was fine next door. So is IRS phasing itself out, gone, or just sporadic? 24 hours later, UT Aug 18 at 0030 check, 9675 still vacant, unlike VOR 9665. So is anyone still hearing IRS any time on 9675 to NAm, scheduled 0000-0130, or 6100 to Europe between 1800 and 2130? They have hinted at closing down the SW service permanently, staying on Internet and satellite (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. Brother Scare monitoring Aug 17: at 1542 on 17485 (which he thinx is 17435) via Germany, running 6 seconds behind 13845 WWCR. Recheck at 1703, 13845 had changed to Pastor Melissa Scott, but when next I noticed scarcely 2 minutes later at 1704, it was B.S. again! Unfortunately, I missed the axual transition. Just as Rick Barton, AZ, has previously monitored, for some reason at 1700 they change to PMS for a few minutes, then back to BS for another hour(?) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** THAILAND. I can`t believe how many anomalies I run across by random tuning (and knowing what is supposed to happen). On 9455, Aug 17 at 1333, heard news by YL in English, accented, Thai? 1335 on to global news about Nigeria, Obama; 1337 break for OM canned ID ``This is Radio Thailand, English language service``, then feature ``Perspective``.
Fair and clear signal --- but wait a minute, English on 9455 is supposed to be at 1400, and after a beam switch when seldom audible here. 1330-1400 is supposed to be in Thai on 54 degree beam toward Japan, which is close to same as for NAm. A nice surprise, but probably a tape mixup or something. 1357 cut to open carrier, 1358 announcements really in Thai, 1359:30 cut carrier, 1400 back on much weaker, 132 degrees. So what language then, English again, or Thai makeup swap? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY [non]. At least Sackville managed to get the right program on 7325 [cf. CANADA; unlike the entire month of March], VOT in English, UT Monday Aug 17 at 0325, VG signal with YL lecturing on circumcision, how the Turx make a big deal out of it as a coming-of-age public family ceremony for boys, rather than getting it over with as infants, if at all. How barbaric. Appropriately paused frequently for sad, wailing music. It seems high season for this is spring, and preferred days of week are Thu, Sat and Sun. 0329 ending this feature ``Our Culture,`` into next one, ``Blue Voyage``, a travelog about some bay, with OM Sedef, and that would have been more pleasant to listen to if I had time.
Did recheck at 0350 sign-off, but stays on air with multiple plays of VOT IS variations on piano, something I enjoy hearing in full occasionally; 0356 started interspersing French-only La Voix de la Turquie IDs as if that language were about to start --- but not of course, on this or any SW frequency, off at 0358* uncovering weak B-B-C chimes from Rampisham starting Arabic (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Seems WRNO is still running only 3 hours a day, and mostly rock music instead of preaching, which is fine with me, but it seems slow to reach its potential after a year back on the air, and never on reserved daytime channel 15590. Aug 17 at 0114, 7505 with good music modulation, steady S9+22, 0116 ID as WRNO Worldwide, gospel rock with refrain sounding like ``You Are God``, which would seem somewhat blasphemous, and nothing about grokking mentioned. Signal had faded down a lot by 0400 sign-off, carrier to 0401:30* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WTJC, 9370v, still putting out spurs, Aug 17 at 1343, weak on approx. 9345 but // 9370 matching Scourby modulation peaks; also a trace on 9395, but too much splash from WWRB 9385. The weaker spurs correlate with a weaker fundamental at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR announced from Aug 17 it would test 15830 instead of 15825 because of `squeal` problem, but several chex here that day found it always on 15825: at 1351 music at S9+10, not enough to overcome nearby T-storm crashes; 1407 with preacher; VG signal at 1646, no squeal audible but some hum, also at 1703. Final check at 2025, sporadic E-enhancement was over and just barely audible, still on 15825 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also SOUTH CAROLINA [non]
** U S A. The convicted Tony Alámo still going on WINB, as I tuned by 13570, Aug 17 at 1543, interfering with CODAR as WINB faded in and out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Usually inaudible when jammed and on Caribeam, WRMI 9955 becomes audible when switches to NW antenna toward us, such as happens Sunday evenings only, UT Mondays 0200-0430 with two hours of Wire Light infomercials, and then a semihour of La Biblia Explicada, as per current sked, as heard Aug 17 at 0219 over jamming two YLs discussing metrics, what`s hot; 0406 preaching about agentes satánicos. Still jammed at both times, despite non-exile content, but atop it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRIA. 15595, Aug 18 at 1506 hymn in English ``I will trust in you``, into language talk. Umlauts reminded me of Hungarian, so I did not think it was Turkish, but so listed in Aoki as AWR at 1500-1530 only via Moosbrunn. Careful: at 1530 Vatican ecumenically takes over 15595 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 9625 with BBCWS at 0458 Aug 18, ID and promos, but it`s really the end of the first hour of CBC Overnight as then mentioned in outro, now being carried on the NQ service, but no such ID before 0500 CBC news, just as CBC Radio 1. Anyhow, back on 9625 for sure ex-9755 excursion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) Or should this be UK [non]?
** CHINA. Yay, heard one Firedrake music-only jamming frequency once again, tho only poorly, this time on 15755, Aug 18 at 1453 and still at 1506. Nothing heard on any of the previous/usual channels between 8 and 19 MHz. 15755 must be the latest jump of Sound of Hope via Tajikistan in the 15.7 MHz range. I wonder if the lack of Firedrakes also means that many other SOH transmissions have disappeared?
However, times do not match the Aug 18 0400 edition of Aoki showing:
15750*Xi Wang Zhi Sheng SOH 1230-1300 1234567 Chinese 100 131 Dushanbe-Yangiyul TJK 06848E3829N SOH a09 May 25- 15720
15750*Xi Wang Zhi Sheng SOH 1400-1430 1234567 Chinese 100 131 Dushanbe-Yangiyul TJK 06848E3829N SOH a09 May 25- 15740
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC check Aug 18 at 1459 found 11760 already off as was 13780 just in time to clear 13775 for Austria via Canada. Still on with RHC IS were 13760 and much stronger 13680 aimed usward from the other site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** LIBYA. 17725, English talk about Africa fading out and in, Aug 18 at 1445; only poor at best, but certainly V. of Africa as scheduled, and seldom heard. W and M with heavy accent. A little help from the solar flux would certainly audiblize it better, but no signs of that. Perhaps approaching seasonal equinoxial conditions will assist instead. A few minutes later checked for // 21695, but nothing audible on 13m. At 1502, 17725 had declined to a JBA carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. 17640 with BBCWS news in English Aug 18 at 1503. Only fair and not always audible, but BBC-famished North Americans may add this to possible frequencies: now scheduled as Ascension at 13-17, 114 degrees (and before at 08-13, 17640 is Seychelles, 270 degrees) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CANADA
** U S A. VOA/IBB Greenville has finally followed my advice to cease interfering with itself by overlapping with Botswana at 1430 on 17585. Aug 18 at 1428 This Day in History segment was allowed to finish and then dropped carrier immediately at 1430:00* without any YDD signoff routine. Botswana takeup to continue same English hour should also have crash-started at *1430:00 but not audible here as it occasionally is. I think they are warming up on 17575 instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR shows up on a different new frequency, 15820: announced plans to test 15830 this week instead of 15825, but there it was really on 15820 instead, Aug 18 at 1408, VG S9+20 signal in preaching. Still 15820 at 1505 check. Trace of squeal possibly at imagination-level, but not really a problem. Anyhow, I don`t think shifting 5 kHz up or down will have any effect on the possible squealing. No other broadcasters are scheduled on 15820 or 15830 at any time, so it seems WWCR may experiment freely (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWRB, 18770 = 2 x 9385 with Brother Scare, Aug 18 at 1447. I was still on the inside antenna and could hear it even there, tho certainly stronger at 1510 check on outside antenna. I am still looking for anyone else to report DXing this. HF sporadic E assistance one again in play, as evidenced also by WWCR 15820, WWV well heard on 20000. WWV is only 500 miles away, and simply will not be heard here on 20000 without Es (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 15460 with unID language, several speakers, Aug 18 at 1450. Rather than guess, I will look it up later: R. Liberty in Georgian at 14-15; Aoki says Biblis, HFCC says Lampertheim, GERMANY anyway. I haven`t yet figured out how to recognize Georgian right away; any tips with common words, phrases or characteristic phonemes? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. Big het between 6160.0/6160.9, Aug 20 at 0549 with CBC in English. As Carlos Gonçalves just reported from Portugal, CKZN is off-frequency, and here it clashes with CKZU, the two about equal level and inseparable [the only spelling accepted by MS Word]. Normally they are never zero-beat, but maybe 15 Hz apart producing a fast ripple SAH. Still at 0606; I should have checked during CBC News on the hour when they would have been // but unsynchronized. Someone must have bumped the transmitter in St. John`s. Hope they get this fixed quickly but not counting on it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC check Aug 19 at 0520: Spanish on 11760, 6120; English on 6010, 6060 and 6140, the latter sometimes in Spanish instead. 6000 too weak in storm noise to evaluate.
Latest anomaly from RHC: Aug 20 at 0540 found 13790 still on the air in English, starting UT Thu mailbag show with `Ed Newman`. Checking other channels, 6010 was missing so probably same transmitter, but why? Forgot to change frequency at 0500? Unable to change for some reason? Propagation experiment? 11 MHz from Cuba will not always propagate in the nightmiddle, let alone 13. At this time also heard in English on 6060, while 6140 and 11760 were in Spanish. Also missing, 6120 normally in Spanish, and did not hear 6000 either at first, but it was there in Spanish at 0558, as was 6120, an echo apart while Arnie was talking about the electrical grid (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EAST TURKISTAN. Not much making it on 16m, Aug 19 at 0517, but second only to RFA Saipan on 17880 was 17720, music and then German talk, fading and some flutter. Per Aoki, this is CRI at 05-07, 500 kW, 308 degrees to Europe via Kashgar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. RNGE, 6250, Aug 20 at 0608 going from music to liners, Spanish announcement about jóvenes, prosperidad en el futuro: dictatorial government propaganda. About equal level with Polisario 6300, a neat pair, but not always both on and in at same time. As we are getting closer to equinox than solstice, reception should be holding up a bit later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9680 usually a mess of QRM among Taiwan, ChiCom jamming, and/or Indonesia; Aug 20 at 1350 continuous gamelan concert was dominant, mixing with Asian-scale singing. At 1401, clearer M&W conversation in Indonesian, over much weaker something. Aoki shows RRI only until 1300, but WRTH 2009 has it until 1500, so looks like the latter is correct, at least today. Tho 250 kW, as a domestic service relay, it`s not included in the WRTH A-09 update. There is also contradictory info about the azimuth for this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA. 7305, August 20 at 0547 M&W in English concluding ``Society Today`` program discussing probation, RRI ID. Not listed here in PWBR `2009` and RRI uses so many frequencies I don`t have them all memorized. This is the only semi-hour per day RRI is on 7305, 0530 via Galbeni, 300 kW, 300 degrees to Europe, and incidentally North America beyond (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 13870 with fairly good signal in Russian, Aug 20 at 1358, Arkady with schedule announcement, including 22 meters, 1400 6-pip time signal with some character, not just pure tones, and accurate compared to WWV a few minutes later; Golos Rossii ID. Per Aoki it`s Moscow site at 190 degrees, 12-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SERBIA [non]. Missing the last few evenings from 9675, IRS was back UT Aug 19 at 0030 check with IS (changed for the worse, no longer as catchy?), opening English. Also at 0037 check UT August 20, altho it and VOR 9665 were much weaker with K=2.
SW service had seemed in limbo, but Dragan Lekic reports that a bad English translation on their website was the problem. In fact, it should say ``THE ONLY SHORTWAVE STATION OF SERBIA WILL ALSO (!!!) CONTINUE BROADCASTING THRU SATELLITE AND THE INTERNET``, i.e. still on SW at least thru yearend. But it`s not unusual for Bijeljina, Bosnia site to break down for one reason or another (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1474, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
9675, IRS reconfirmed in English at 0037 Aug 20. From past week`s monitoring, it may or may not be on, and even less likely at 0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9385, Brother Scare via WWRB as I tuned by Aug 20 at 1342 was offering DE-15 shortwave radios for a $75 donation. But it`s been sold by Amazon for less than a month at $49.99. Is only one semi-inch ``think``:
But will it pick up WWRB spurs? At 1345 was hearing het on approx. 9452 against Thailand 9455, previously tracked to 9385, but too much noise now to be sure. Line(?) noise level has increased, perhaps tnx to lightning disturbing the transformers. Altho storms are still coming and going, today`s logs are on the outside antenna between them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** THAILAND. R. Thailand, which on Aug 17 was in English by mistake at 1330 on 9455, did not manage to check it on 18 or 19, but Aug 20 at 1345 confirmed back in Thai; het on 9452 may be the spur again from WWRB, see SOUTH CAROLINA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WRMI was supposedly going to be more active on 9955 with WRN afternoon relays during the HFCC week, but could not detect it here Aug 19 around 1730 or 2030.
This week`s first SW airing of WORLD OF RADIO 1474 confirmed on WRMI 9955, UT Thu Aug 20 at 0531, mixing with DentroCuban pulse jamming; tnx a lot, Arnie! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 13110-SSB, Aug 20 at 0535, Perfect Pauline still has not learned not to say ``nautical smiles`` but certainly brought a smile to my non-nautical face; marine weather for Atlantic, no doubt influenced by H. Bill; 0537 ID as WLO & KLB, ``now standing by for calls, end of broadcast`` but nothing further heard on this frequency next couple minutes. I`m never sure whether I am really hearing Mobile or Kent transmitter, but I suppose at this hour Washington would be more likely to propagate on 13 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. The other night I observed that WRNO was still on the air only three hours a day, 0100-0400 on 7505; as if to prove me wrong, UT Aug 20, 7505 was still on the air at 0545 with, what else, gospel rock; S9+22 signal, and still at 0604 but VERY undermodulated: I could turn the volume control wide open and that was about right, but perilous when ontuning.
Next check at 1335, still/again on the air, 7505! Now the modulation is OK with music, and at 1337 live DJ announcement from Taylor Duncan, with CDT timecheck, date August 20, and said from next week WRNO would start simulcasting on web via http://www.wrno.org which we may already check; webcast would be 24 hours, and SW would be 12 hours a day.
I thought that was the URL he said, but no works; instead still http://www.wrnoworldwide.org/ which certainly has a new look since last I checked, and link to 24 hour program schedule, claiming 7505 is 24 hours, at http://www.wrnoworldwide.org/wrnoradio_Schedule.htm
which includes 30- or 60-minute newscasts at 0400, 1600 and 1700! Homepage also has news from BBC with their logo. Plus CNN, ESPN and others; and a new blog since Aug 12, but trying to read the posts gets a 503 error.
Recheck at 1609, no modulation but carrier +USB, no LSB on 7505; not sure what that is (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15820, WWCR just barely audible here with no sporadic E enhancement Aug 19 at 1410, testing instead of 15825. Christer Brunström in Sweden agrees it was on 15820 at 1300. Also on 15820 JBA at 2030 check. So when Friday 2028:30 comes with WORLD OF RADIO, I revise my advisory to check 15830 too.
For the third day, WWCR on 15820 instead of 15825, Aug 20 at 1404 check, just barely audible with no Es-enhancement (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. The IBB/HCJB DRM tests from Greenville supposed to start Aug 17 were reported delayed until Aug 18. The only chance I had to check 15475 Aug 18 was around 2130, however, and no DRM heard. At 0030 Aug 19, the other test on 9400-9405-9410 was inblasting. Also Aug 19 at 2030 check, no DRM heard around 15475 nor anywhere else on 19m.
However, Brandon Jordan in Memphis says: ``15475 kHz IBB/HCJB DRM noted from 2018 to 2200 UT on Aug 19, although very weak and only a few brief audio decodes.`` It is low-power and also liable to skip over (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6300, La Voz de la República Árabe Saharaui Democrática, via ALGERIA, Aug 20 at 0607 with soporific wake-up chanting, usual ute beeps on low side. About equal level with Equatorial Guinea 6250, a neat pair, but not always both on and in at same time. As we are getting closer to equinox than solstice, reception should be holding up a bit later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. RA is regular on 15240, 15160, but not often heard on 15415, as it was Aug 21 at 0517 with song, in English? Not // the others. 15415 is 329 degrees from Shep, alternating English and Indonesian and this was during a semi-hour in the latter service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. 13635 and 13660 with similar-sounding country gospel YL at 1336 Aug 21, but not //. No wonder: both are CVC Darwin, in English and Chinese services respectively. Signals about the same too tho not on same azimuths, 303 and 340 degrees. At 1336, 13635 briefly inserted an English announcement; at 1341, 13660 interrupted for brief YL announcement in Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. 7385, now the collision between RTI and ChiCom jamming is here, ex-7185, and sounds about the same, with a SAH between them, Aug 21 at 1325. So the mess in the hamband on 7185 is finally gone. However, that`s bad news for previous occupants of 7385, notably Tibet! The Aug 21 edition of Aoki now has nothing on 7185, but in this time period on 7385 includes:
1000-1700 RTI Kouhu and *jamming since Aug 16
1500-1700 BBCWS via South Africa in English and African languages
0930-1700+ PBS Xizang
0700-1300 WHRI-6 M-F [but not really?]
Firedrake search Aug 21 found only one stand-alone between 8 and 19 MHz: 13500, fluttery at 1334. Also barely audible // on 12040 where it mixes with CNR1 jamming and VOA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** COLOMBIA. Marfil Estéreo definitely absent from 5910, Aug 21 at 0509 check. It`s quite easily heard when active (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Check of RHC Aug 20 at 2010: Spanish on 11760, 11770, distorted 11800, barely on 13760 eclipsed by Portugal 13755. Per RHC`s own schedule 11770 is supposed to be in Portuguese at 2000-2030, another victim of the Honduran oligarchy, or rather RHC`s obsession with Zelaya`s plight.
At 0508 Aug 21, unlike 24 hours earlier, RHC English was back on 6010, and not audible on 13790, // 6060, while Spanish on 6000, 6120, 6140. At 0514 I could also detect very weak signal on 11760 with Spanish an echo apart from other site on 6120.
13880 with remarkably strong S9+12 signal for a leapfrog spur (13680 over 13780), Aug 21 at 1337 with RHC béisbol report, and as usual much weaker on the other mix 13580.
DentroCuban Jamming Command goes bonkers, blasting away against nothing: at least two heavy pulse transmitters, at different rates and fading independently on 9545 at 0513 Aug 21, long after Radio República quits at 0400. At 0515 heard same type of jamming on 11930, but not synchronized with 9545. 11930 is of course the R. Martí frequency in use only at 14-24! Standard remark about better expenditure would be for feeding undernourished DentroCubans, if not merely conserving precious electrical fluid (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Jeff White advised at 0056 UT Aug 21 that R. Discovery was on the 4730 air:
``Glenn: We're on tonight in SSB. Maybe I can get George McClintock to switch it to AM later on tonight and leave it on overnight.``
So I turned off and/or unplugged most household noise sources, computers and TVs and tried at 0335 UT --- Yes, can detect SSB talking around 4730.5, but too high atmospheric noise level plus weak (but plenty) RTTY QRM make copying any details impossible. While weather is finally clear here, there are storms as close as southern Oklahoma. Tried again at 0506, but nothing heard. What I did hear earlier was broadcast-type speech, not two-way contacts, and since Brandon Jordan in TN, previously measured R. Discovery on the same off-frequency, I am quite sure I had it; altho on this UT date he could not hear it, nor later, so maybe not on all-night. On the FRG-7 it`s easy to zero-beat WYFR on 7730.0 and then find that RD is definitely not centered on 4730.0. Presumably about done with this test as HFCC is wrapping up, but then moving transmitter to Santo Domingo for eventual regular service. If R. Descubrimiento is licensed, what is its HI- callsign? (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WRNO, 7505, with (temporarily?) expanded schedule, as in previous report, even more: Aug 20 at 2003 check there is music on frequency, must be WRNO. Not clear what span their ultimate 12-hour-per-day SW service will encompass, but would expect it to be mostly night hours if still avoiding 15590. OTOH, 7505 can reach a certain one-hop radius all day, tho liable to lose out to absorption around noon. 7505 is supposedly available only between 22 and 16 per A-09 version 2 FCC listings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WRMI, 9955, with (temporarily?) expanded schedule, to include at least part of WRN relays which are on the webcast M-F at 16-24 = 40 hours per week: poor but audible Aug 20 at 2004 with English news from Poland (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR still on 15820 ex-15825, Aug 21 at 1339 with gospel music, good signal. The transmitter schedule on website still shows 15825, but the home page has this:
``NOTICE!!! As of 18 August, 15.825mHz frequency will temporarily move to 15.820mHz for testing.`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 15470-15475-15476-15480, finally able to detect the DRM test from Greenville with 8 kW, Aug 20 at 2005, only S6-S9 peaks, but plenty enough to impossiblize any reception of LRA36, the poor unique Antarctican SW station which don`t get no respect from the big guns (partly Argentina`s fault for not registering its M-F 18-21 usage with HFCC --- if it`s not in HFCC, everyone not paying attention may assume it doesn`t exist; or if they are paying attention, may still pretend it doesn`t exist). The DRM sked is 20-22 UT, started in honor of HFCC Dominican Republic which is about to wrap up, but it seems the IBB/HCJB DRM experiment from Greenville is supposed to continue indefinitely; after all, this one is aimed at Europe, not DR, nor is the 9400-9405-9410 test, aimed NW, not a direxion the regular antennas at Greenville are designed for.
While I was at it, looked for other DRM at 2005: 15275-15280-15285 HCJB with S9; nothing on 17865-17870-17875 from Guiana French.
Greenville analog on 17895 was only poor vs previous log of weekend Music Time in Africa, which was probably sporadic-E enhanced (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. CHU is rarely strong enough here to tell, but as Liz Cameron, MI, has been noting, there is some buzz mixing with the 7850 signal, Aug 22 at 1221. It`s more obvious with BFO on, and the transmitter seems slightly unstable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Searching every kHz between 8 and 19 MHz for Firedrake, Aug 22 between 1200 and 1300, only found one, and it is new, 10210, poor with flutter at 1230. Next check at 1310, inaudible, altho next2 check at 1359 there it was again, but carrier cut off at 1400:30.
A few months ago FD was showing up in the 10.2+ MHz range, no doubt prompted by Sound of Hope using such frequencies. By golly, today`s edition of Aoki already has 10210 as a [possibly] 24 hour 1 kW Xi Wang Zhi Sheng SOH outlet, from Taiwan, 119-55 E. 26-10 N, and *jammed of course.
As for the absence otherwise of far out-of-band FD, this happened about the same time as Typhoon Morakot, so I theorize that many of the SOH low-power ham-type transmitters on Taiwan were blown off the air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** COLOMBIA. Missing the night before, Marfil Estéreo back on 5910 air Aug 22 at 0538 with typical music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. My thorough morning bandscan Aug 22 encountered DentroCuban Jamming Command pulses in some odd spots, probably spurs from nearby intentional jamming frequencies, or one of the innumerable transmitters on each victim channel mistuned.
1220 on 7378, covering 7375-7380, from 7405? Sometimes there is jamming against nothing on 7365 when not in use by Martí, not now.
1229 on 9930, lite pulses, no sign of scheduled T8WH Palau, vs very heavy jamming against inaudible WRMI 9955, which itself is totally uncalled-for as WRMI is now broadcasting R. Prague 7 days a week during this entire sesquihour. Commies vs ex-Commies? How many poor DentroCubans are starving because of this waste?
1246 on 9775, more weak but unmistakable pulsing, probably related to the heavy jamming on 9805 Martí. Collateral victims in this case would be Fu Hsing, Taiwan, and/or CNR-2 Beijing, unheard, in their own radio war. Notice that these Cuban jamming spurs(?) are typically 25-30 kHz on the lo side, not the hi side of the prime frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. 5980, R. Martí, Aug 22 at 1159:30 cut off the air just as SW QSY announcement was starting, before any of the next batch of frequencies could be mentioned, leaving listeners stranded. How about a bit closer coördination between Miami and Greenville if not Washington? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY [non]. 13860 with YL in French, Aug 22 at 1234. It`s DW via Sines, PORTUGAL during this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. Have not bothered to report VOI lately, but for the record, still going with English hour on 9524.9, Aug 22 at 1316 check reminiscing about the Japanese occupation. Signal rather weak; it was much better an hour earlier in Indonesian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH. 6070, free of CFRX QRM so now the big roar from Pyongyang`s ailing transmitter can be heard in the clear, Aug 22 at 1204. Hardly any program modulation makes it thru the self-inflicted QRM, but heard a bit of music and 1210 traces of talk. Per Aoki, This is VOK`s Japanese service at 0900-1250, 125 kW, 109 degrees from Kanggye, which no doubt has an audience in Japan of approximately zero. How many poor North Koreans are starving because of this waste? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. KBSWR, 9650 via Canada, paused in bandscanning Saturday Aug 22 to listen to a few minutes of Worldwide Friendship mailbag show. At 1248 the YLs were reading some listener comments from website, but I heard no apology for publishing contest winners` full e-mail addresses. 1251-1254 weekly listening tips from Kevin O`Donovan in Farmington NM: LRA-36 currently being heard in Europe; Brunström heard RAE 15344; Willie`s Place (Nelson) is on Sirius 64 and XM something this weekend. If KBS is not enough for you from Korea, TBS-EFM is a 24-hour English station from Seoul, with Korean and Western pop music, some live news and talk shows, such as 11-13 UT ``In Town`` hosted by Sue Pa[r]k of KBS itself with pop hits and messages, webcast via http://tbsefm.seoul.kr
Checking that website, they case it ``tbs eFM``, and the show is axually ``M Town``, the hostess a.k.a. Park Su-yeon, http://tbsefm.seoul.kr/efm/pro_main_mtown.jsp?id=mtown
So what does M stand for, music/messages? BTW, TBS stands for Traffic Broadcasting System so no doubt we will also know all about the latest jams. Contact Kevin at dxshow @ gmail.com
Back to Seoul for the last few minutes, some KBS program previews for following week, but unfortunately ``today`s program highlights`` has been eliminated from KBS website in all languages. However, little by little they are enabling streaming to work on Macs, and also are twittering the latest news in English every minute (?!) via http://twitter.com/kbsworldradio
I notice KBS just refers to `Korea`, not `ROK`, or `South Korea`, as if there were none other (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also NETHERLANDS [non]
** MEXICO. R. Mil, 6010, in the clear with fair signal, Aug 22 at 1200 with SEP PSA, ID for XEOY 1000 only, jingle and into music show, where Mexican music lives.
RASA Mérida, 6104.7, Aug 22, must have intuned just in time at 1205 as heard ad in Spanish strangely giving website ending in .uk, but big het from 6105.0, and also squeezed by stronger 6100 and 6110 signals. In next few minutes, could not pull any further audio from XEQM, which faded down quickly, but still able to het. 6100 is CRI in Russian via Beijing site; 6105 is Taiwan in Cantonese via Kouhu; 6110 is ChiCom jamming/VOA Tinian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNIDENTIFIED 6045
** NETHERLANDS [non]. Hearing RNW in Dutch where I should not: 6225, Aug 22 at 0521, quite readable as BONAIRE leapfrog of 6165 over NHK relay this semihour only on 6195.
Also as soon as KBS via Sackville [see KOREA SOUTH] quit at 1259 Aug 22, RNW IS and Dutch announcements for Indonesia via Tinang, PHILIPPINES in clear for less than a minute until Sackville came back on with CRI relay. Sack is switching from 268 to 240 degrees during this break, and CRI does come in a bit stronger here, but RN continues audible underneath until 1330 at varying levels depending on day-to-day propagation fluxuation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 13845, WWCR with very poor signal at early hour of 1235 Aug 22, not Brother Scare but certainly someone else preaching on The Overcomer Ministry, for // 3185 WWRB, but 13845 a few sex ahead of 3185 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAIWAN. 9735, RTI Japanese service reactivated, Aug 22 at 1317, poor signal, no spurs today on 9730 or 9740. This is the Tainan transmitter that was blown off by typhoon, and temporarily replaced by 7130 from another site, where nothing was audible today. FE reports indicate this came back several days ago but first time I`ve heard it again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. The first WWCR airing of WORLD OF RADIO 1474 confirmed on new experimental 15820 ex-15825, Friday Aug 21 at 2029:30 (rather than starting as early as 2028:30 sometimes), only fair signal here in the skip zone with no Es to help. Also Aug 22 at 1238 still on 15820, for how much longer? poor with preacher (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also SOUTH CAROLINA [non]
** U S A. WRNO must have been testing longer hours on 7505v, but Aug 22 at 0515 it was off as usual. Propagation was a bit strange, but surely would have heard some sign of it if on.
Also at 0510, 0515, WEWN absent from 7555 and 11870, but they have been missing quite a bit of airtime lately.
At 0515, usually dominant WYFR was JBA on 9680 and 9715, even less on 9355 and 9385, but good on 7730, so the MUF had plunged to between 8 and 9 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. A few weeks ago I found a time when World Harvest Radio was axually broadcasting DXing with Cumbre on SW, Sunday 1200 on WHRI 9410. The online schedule still shows it also Saturday on same, so finally checked for that Aug 22: NOTHING, not even on the air at 1223, so WHR`s fantasy scheduling is reconfirmed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 9490, Aug 22 at 1225 M&M conversation, sounds like a mix between Korean and Japanese --- maybe Korean with a Japanese accent? That must surely affect some individuals with a cross-cultural background, but would not expect to be heard on VOA, which this turned out to be per schedule, 1200-1300 via Saipan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BIAFRA [non]. Sometime during the 19-20 UT Friday Aug 21 hour I tuned to 15665 for about four sesquiseconds to reconfirm VOBI still there via WHRI, and it was. BTW, James MacDonell in NW Nigeria tells me that as of Aug 23, R. Nigeria Enugu is gone again from 6025 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WTJC, 9370v, still accompanied by spurs. Aug 23 at 0514 during omniscient preacher, ratchety distortion matching 9370 modulation peaks heard centred about 9340 and 9400. Correlate with strong S9+20 signal on fundamental despite nightmiddle propagation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Another check of VOA Greenville 17585, Aug 23 at 1417: continuous jazz, but not // 9760 Tinang which was as usual in news during this hour. Why isn`t that on 17585 too despite being a Sunday? Cut off without any announcement at 1430:00 as IBB has finally learned to do at Greenville to make way for Botswana`s takeover of same frequency, inaudible.
However, James MacDonell in Nigeria tells me that as of Aug 22, Botswana was still coming on at *1428 with Yankee Doodle Dandy sign-on routine, overlapping Greenville. It takes a while for instruxions to filter down to where they are sorely needed in the IBB bureaucracy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VENEZUELA [non]. Sunday Aug 23 check for Aló, Presidente via RHC: At 1401, found open carriers on 11690 making a SAH with HCJB, and on 12010 aside the RTTY 12015. But nothing on 13750 which when on is the big signal for that service. 1413 recheck: same. 1414, also found OC on 13680, which on weekdays is regular RHC with big signal until 15. At 1416 weak OC on 17750, which is the fifth scheduled A,P channel. So some transmitter operators are expecting something to come thru.
At 1430, however, no longer any carriers audible on any of them, nor at 1454, so word must have come down by then that Hugo would be a no-show this week. Another check at 1539 reconfirmed nothing was on. But the secret mid-day extension (or rather repeat) of RHC`s own programming was underway on 11760, 11800 distorted and 13760. No further chex made past 2000, tho they could have faked me out with a later start (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA [and non]. CHU, 7850, at 1413 Aug 24 time pips mixed with some hashy QRM, and also 2-way SSB slightly on the hi side, language not determined. The hashy QRM I would have assumed to be coming from my VCRs or TVs, but has been reported by others as a CHU transmitter defect (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake Aug 24: at 1340 good S9+18 signal with flutter on 10210, its favorite haunt lately, but just barely audible on 9000, and found nowhere else between 8 and 19 MHz, except parallelable mixed with CNR1 and VOA on 12040 at 1348. 10210 FD resumed at 1405 after open-carrier top-of-hour monitoring pause (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. I`m usually too busy bandscanning at 1330 even to remember to check RNZI Mailbox fortnightly Mondays on 6170, and instead listen later to the audio file. But I did get it Aug 24 on 6170, now holding up later, tuning in at 1329 to find John Durham`s DX news already starting, so the show started at 1328 as later confirmed by checking audio file which is only 17:59 long.
His DX report was up- to-date and error-free, except for pronunciation of Villa as in Perú`s 4940 station. Included sound clips of that R. San Antonio and a few others: Saint Helena Day, Perú, Indonesia, India [q.v.], Thailand, Canada, Cuba, Papua New Guinea/NI, Spain, Vatican/Romania, Portugal. DX news lasted until 1338, i.e. about 9 minutes, followed by music fill segment, nothing else as Adrian Sainsbury was away, so no propagation and no ``mailbox``: you`d think Myra could handle those herself in a pinch (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrakes were back in force on August 25: at 1237, good on 9000; at 1249 on 10210, and in the usual mix on 12040. At 1255 on 13970 and 14420 (ex-14430); at 1257 poor on 15755; at 1300 listening to 10210 as it went to open carrier at TOH; at 1337 still on 13970 and 14420 but poor; at 1342 poor and fluttery on 17470; at 1345 poor on 15150. Checked all the other known frequencies between 8 and 19 MHz, but no more heard. All the ones I did hear were // (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. 9750, Aug 25 at 1306, Japanese talk from NHK mixed with what sounded like SE Asian song, but must be NE Asian, as Ron Howard has recently pinned this on PBS Nei Menggu // 7270, with V of Malaysia inactive on this frequency. Still colliding at 1351 when both were talking (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC observations Aug 25: the secretly extended mid-day broadcast at 1501 on 11760, 11690 and distorted 11800, live timecheck as 11 am in Habana, and announcer said this would be on until 5 pm = 2100 UT, and we were invited to listen to as much of it as we could. Strongest 11760 dropped off the air, but back on at 1503 with same signal level. Meanwhile I found it also // 13760, 5965 and 6000. Open carriers from the big transmitters on 13680 and 13780 were still on the air for a few minutes. At 1504, 5965 dropped off during music, but still audible on 6000. Compared to 11760, all of the others were an echo apart, except I did not check 13760 for that. At 1507 plugged RHC website, 1508 Efemérides = this day in history starting with 1871y when a poet was assassinated; 1510 `news` bulletin all about the woes of Obama and the USA, not Cuba. Anyhow, it seems that RHC is no longer replaying wholesale the 11-14 UT Despertar con Cuba show at 1500 (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. VOI check Aug 25 at 1303 on 9524.9: S9+18 signal, but very undermodulated; I could just barely recognize the voice of the OM in Banjarmasin with the YL in Jakarta for another of their weekly Tuesday co-produxions. It was also undermodulated the day before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [non]. Tnx to a tip from Gerry Dexter in the NASWA Flashsheet I looked for Furusato no Kaze on 9585 between strong R. Australia signals on 9580 and 9590, Aug 25 at 1352. Tuning between them I could barely hear 5 kHz hets, so knew there was a weak carrier halfway. With BFO on, I could make out some speech which sounded like Japanese. WRTH A-09 update has this clandestine as 1330-1400 via Tainan, TAIWAN, while Aoki says Taipei at the odd timing of 1333-1357 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. The 13775 signal via Khabarovsk, the only VOR English frequency to NAm until 0600*, is beginning to lose out, as darkness grows over this northerly path; poorly audible Aug 24 around 0530. They need to move lower by Sept 1, if they refuse to use a Caribbean-area relay instead.
The RUVR frequency schedule http://ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&w=129&p= is no longer full of asterisks denoting mid-season frequency shifts, so supposedly no changes until October 25, or will they put up a new one in September?
Or so it seemed, but next night Aug 25 at 0426, VG signal again on 13775 concluding Moscow Mailbag, YL and an American-accented guy named John ???, who no offense, is no Joe Adamov. So the signal is getting more variable at least (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also ZAMBIA [and non]
** SUDAN [non]. 17745, Tue Aug 25 at 1514, F-G with fades, in Arabic dialect (doesn`t sound like regular Arabic), mentioning the English phrase ``Sudan Radio Service`` and again at 1516; meanwhile with inserts off phone/internet which sounded condensed/compacted with the pauses removed. This is via Sines, PORTUGAL, 250 kW at 114 degrees, 1500-1700. Aoki shows the first semihour in English daily, but obviously not the case. WRTH A-09 update shows English on this frequency is 1500-1530 Sat & Sun only. Most SRS Arabic broadcasts there are labeled ``Simple`` as opposed to Darfuri (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAIWAN. 9735, RTI Japanese service running open carrier between the 11-12 and 13-14 broadcasts when checked at 1247 Aug 25; no spurs audible on 9730 or 9740. 1305 recheck, 9735 had resumed modulating in Japanese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15470-15475-15480, DRM check from IBB/HCJB Greenville, Aug 24 at 2030: yes, it`s still there, weak but plenty to disrupt any possible reception of LRA36 Antarctica 15476. The DRM testers kept to this frequency even after I reminded them of LRA36. They say it will stop at some unspecified time once their tests are completed; it cannot be soon enough for the poor Antarcticans and their would-be DX listeners (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WTJC, 9370v with distorted FM spurs centered approximately 9397 and 9343 with preacher at 0422 Aug 25. Before 1300 Aug 25 I was not hearing 9370, but at 1302 it was on in IRN ``news``, plus spurs around 9395 and 9345. Meanwhile sibling WBOH 5920v with usual big het and collision from Russia around 1230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ZAMBIA [and non]. 13590, CVC Lusaka at 1253 Aug 25 in English about the AU, mixed with oriental language at slightly lower level. Per Aoki, it`s VOR in Chinese until 1300, 100 kW 110 degrees from Novosibirsk, followed except Sundays by an hour of Mongolian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ECUADOR [non]. Monitored the Aug 22 DX Partyline via WRMI, 9955, Wed Aug 26 at 1429-1444 atop the DentroCuban Jamming Command`s pulsing [see also USA]. This edition produced from Loja consisted of the monthly JSWC DX report; some items from Sheldon Harvey`s Radio HF Internet Newsletter; and some logs of Aug 18 from Stewart MacKenzie.
It seems that Allen Graham makes no effort to check out those logs, as the second and third ones read were completely wrong: ``CRI in Spanish via Brazil on 9735 and 9665 at 0433.`` In reality, it is VOR in Spanish via Guiana French on 9735 and via Moldova/Pridnestrovye on 9665! The next item also wrong with ``RHC at 0414 on 11960``, not their frequency but really on 11690 at this hour.
As soon as Stewart posted those logs, I replied with these correxions on a few listserves and directly to him, but he never followed up with correxions to his entire mailing list. The correct identity of the Spanish broadcasts and the relay sites used are readily available in accurate online references Aoki and EiBi, for starters. All you have to do is consult them. It would also not hurt to listen long enough to tell whether it is China or Russia, and proofread for transpositions.
I cannot understand what the point is of circulating, and even broadcasting worldwide, routine logs which have not been vetted for accuracy, nor corrected later, once errors comes to light. This happens again and again. I am NOT happy about pointing out fellow listeners` easily avoidable mistakes, and I have overlooked MANY others, but someone has to stand up for accuracy, especially when they get quoted on a major broadcast. It appears the host is not an SWL himself, or he might know better. Nor am I happy about criticizing fellow DX programs. And it`s really not my job to make sure DXPL is accurate. Listener, beware, as I resume overlooking!
At first I thought there was no `Tip for Real Living` on this edition but it`s there in the middle when I recheck the audio file: I mentally tuned it out without even trying (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** LIBYA. 17725, Aug 26 at 1400 in Swahili with strange accent, presumably Libyan-Arabic. Supposed to be in English. Finally at 1408 ID as ``Voice of Africa, from the Great Jamahiriyah``, drumming, opening English bihour. Signal was fading in and out, peaking only fair, and coupled with accents, undermodulation, hard to follow.
I should like to have heard their take on the Lockerbie bomber controversy, if they ever deal with current events. Another brief reception peak around 1430. At 1445, riff from Beethoven`s Ninth introducing ``MQ`s Green Book``, still fading in and out. Beethoven had no use for Napoleon so he certainly would not approve of another megalomaniac co-opting his music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SERBIA [non]. 9675, IRS loud and clear UT Aug 26 at 0030 with IS, which ran for a sesquiminute before opening English broadcast, ``on 6100 to Europe and 9675 to the USA``. Not only do they dis Canada, but the IS has changed from what it used to be; still a synthesizer tune, but the IS and opening theme are no longer the catchy music I used to enjoy. Why change it; some political significance obscure to the non-Serb? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WRMI, 9955 has made another unexpected schedule change: WORLD OF RADIO no longer appeared Aug 26, UT Wed at 0500 but instead ``Your World, Your Way``, one of the `Cheetah Radio` infomercials, and another one at 0530 instead of Frecuencia al Día.
So the first airing of new WORLD OF RADIO 1475 was Wednesday at 1530. Before then we were checking 9955 and observed: at 1425 no jamming as R. Prague`s yesterday program in English was upwrapping with a report from Rosie; 1427 into usual off-topic RP schedule announcement in French and then could hear DentroCuban jamming pulses building up! Looks like RHC has it in for competing DX programs, even those in English as at 1429 DX Partyline Aug 22 edition followed, above the jamming but still audible [see ECUADOR [non]], 1445 Aventura Diexista (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17775, KVOH already on at 1451 Aug 26, despite being authorized by FCC to start at 1500; norteño-style hymn, ``rezamos, señor, con todo corazón`` followed by applause. Fundamental signal yet too weak to audiblize its parasites around 17921 and 17631 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Unlike the day before, not a single Firedrake was heard in 8-19 MHz bandscanning Aug 26 between 1400 and 1500. Nothing much else from Asia above 12 MHz, but some signals below.
Only Firedrakes audible Aug 27 at 1340-1343, 9000 and 10210, both poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Seldom heard leapfrog from RHC on 9540, Aug 26 at 1155, // 9600 with YL reporter outro in Spanish; the fulcrum is 9570, already on with open carrier prior to CRI relay. I vaguely recall Venezuela once used 9540 non-spuriously, so not to be confused with that, or taken as an activation of their own new SW site, which should be imminent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA [and non]. 15510 caught my ear Aug 27 at 1355 as audio in SW Asian language was breaking up, later OK. At 1359, VOR IS, and at 1400 morphed into Deutsche Welle opening in Russian, with a few words of overlap. Per Aoki until 1400 it`s VOR Pashto/Dari via `Krasnodar`, and from 1400, 15510 is DW via Rampisham. I could not tell when one transmitter came on and the other went off, and could have guessed they were both via same, as levels did not change either, but both were only poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Jeff White tells me that the Cheetah Radio infomercial folx bought the 05-07 UT Wed and Fri blox on WRMI, now using the NW antenna, accounting for the disappearance of WORLD OF RADIO UT Wed Aug 26 at 0500. Jeff says that airing of WOR has been rescheduled to 0700 UT Wednesdays. Also bumped are two runs of Frecuencia al Día, UT Wed 0530 and Fri 0500, but I don`t know if they have been replaced (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Is IBB Greenville DRM test still running? Aug 26 I check at 2052 UT on the DX-398 in the yard away from computer noise: at first nothing audible on 15475, but kept stepping 15470-15475-15480 back and forth, and soon the DRM noise fades in enough to detect it centered on 15475. And in LSB mode it shows on 15470-15475, USB mode 15475-15480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 17500, Aug 27 at 1403, W&M conversing in unID tonal language, seemingly Mandarin-influenced; poor signal fading in and out, but still going at 1431. Little if any music ever heard. Never heard anything here before in almost daily bandscans. It`s a new frequency since Aug 25 for VOA Tibetan via Lampertheim, GERMANY at 14-15, 77 degrees. And no jamming (audible, yet)! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake search Aug 28: at 1311 encountered on 15150, nowhere else except the usual mixture with CNR1 jamming on 12040. Aoki currently shows 15150 as one of many 1 kW SOH 24h frequencies from Taiwan, *jammed.
Today`s variable het against DW Hausa 15410 via Rwanda, Aug 28 at 1347 was on 15412.0, no doubt V. of Tibet via Tajikistan and/or ChiCom jamming.
17705 tuned in Aug 28 at 1314 with music, unseemed Firedrake, but had less than a minute to evaluate before it vanished at 1315*. This matches the schedule of All India Radio`s Chinese service, 1145-1315, 500 kW, 58 degrees via Bangaluru, per Aoki which adds that it is *jammed. More likely I was hearing CNR1 than AIR itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC 13680, as I tuned by Aug 28 at 1309 was advocating the restoration of democracy in Honduras. What hypocrites! There hasn`t been any democracy in Cuba since 1959y. Hmm, not before 1959 either, but there would have been if Cuba had simply become part of the USA after the 1898+ SpAm war, like Puerto Rico, where people are much better off, plus have democracy. Oops! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY [non]. 9545 with program in Russian, Aug 28 at 0527, frequent voice-over translations of someone speaking English. Therefore, most likely Deutsche Welle where English is the primary language, not German. No ID heard, but yes, I am right as later looked up! However, at 0529:30 cut off air abruptly in mid-word, clearing the frequency for the DentroCuban Jamming Command, which was still running its annoying cohetes a sesquihour after the real target, Radio República, closed its transmission.
This is DW in Russian via Woofferton, UK, and somewhat better coördination is needed. Someone please tell them in the studio that VTC is going to cut them off at 0529:30 so they need to wrap up the transmission before then, or build in some kind of natural break. Does this DW Russian transmission continue on other frequencies? No, EiBi shows until 0530 only, also on 5915 Rampisham and 13780 Rwanda. Via Rwanda to Russia?? A bit roundabout, but I suppose it worx propagationally when transmitter time is available, altho you`d think they would all be occupied with morning broadcasts to Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MOROCCO [and non]. 15345 with a lo-pitched, much less than 1 kHz but definitely audible het, and the pitch varying slightly, 2117 UT Aug 27; Arabic talk dominating, and the other signal of course RAE from Argentina which is on-frequency only by accident or coincidence. All summer RAE has had 15345v to itself after 2100 since Morocco was on DST and closed around 2100 instead of 2200, leaving RAE`s German hour in the clear.
But DST must be over now with Morocco still on after 2100: Yes, timeanddate.com says it ended August 20, just in time for Ramadan, back to UT+0. Egypt also went off DST Aug 20, but that had little effect on SW scheduling. The next time change affecting an SWBC country will not be until September 21 for Iran, after Ramadan; also should not affect SW UT scheduling, tho at IRIB studios they were confused last spring and thought it would, even sending out notices to their audience that times would be changing! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 5940 with Russian song and announcement in the clear Aug 28 at 1229, // 5920 a lot stronger but the latter colliding with off-frequency WBOH. Per Aoki, 5920 is R. Rossii via Pet/Kam, 100 kW at 30 degrees, while 5940 is via Magadan, 50 kW, 40 degrees, both until 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAIWAN. RTI Japanese service, 9735, Aug 28 at 1349 accompanied by weak buzzy spurs of same pitch against CRI 9730 and BBC 9740 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 9830, fair signal in some language buried by perpetual RTTY QRM, Aug 27 at 2126. Switched from the FRG-7, to the ICF SW07 and that made all the difference. On USB the RTTY QRM was suppressed and I could easily tell it was VOA in French, concluding a USG editorial, and signing off, carrier until 2131*. It`s São Tomé at 335 degrees, M-F only. Hope the RTTY is not a problem in NW Africa like it is here, also for V of Turkey, English to NAm which follows at 2200-2250, and has ignored my advice months ago when A-09 started to get off 9830 ASAP (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Will this be a pre-log, or a non-log? FYI, WBCQ plans to relay radio six international from Scotland, a special Friday Aug 28 only from 1900 UT until 0100 UT Aug 29 on 9330, ``live music from one of the smallest music festivals in Scotland, the "Hydro Amnesty Bash" in aid of Amnesty international``. Details at http://www.wbcq.com and http://www.radiosix.com/ whence it is also webcast. Boo hoo, Syria (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Surprised to find an AM ham QSO lower than the usual area on 80 m, 3663.0, Aug 28 at 1233 between strong WA5BLQ and weaker K5BWO who also had less robust modulation. Mostly heard Louie, WA5BLQ, talking about his gardening and yard work, 1240 on repairing an R390A where someone had put the wrong tube into a socket; and he was going to the Joplin hamfest tomorrow. WA5BLQ is Luther L. Thomas in Ozone, Arkansas 72854, which isn`t even in the index of my Rand McNally, but it`s in the Ozarx on Hwy 21 N of Clarxville on I-40. K5BWO is Howard A. Terhune in Kempner TX 76539, also missing from my RMcN index, geez! TG for Google: that`s on US 190 between Copperas Cove and Lampasas near Fort Hood. At least both towns do show on the Rand McNally atlas maps themselves, once you find them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BIAFRA [non]. VOBI via WHRI still on 15665, at quick check around 2015 UT Friday Aug 28; next week on 17520?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. No Firedrakes found on higher frequencies Aug 29, but good signals about equal at 1332 on 9000 and 8400, also at 1356 on 10210 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS [non]. RN still has a secret 3-minute English broadcast never appearing on their schedules, 1327-1330 UT on 9650, as heard again Aug 29, a few words of YL in English recognizable underneath CRI via Sackville. This follows the Dutch broadcast at 1300 via IBB, Tinang, PHILIPPINES, which we also heard in clear with IS and Dutch opening at 1259 during less than one-minute Sackville break after KBSWR and before CRI. RN relay is supposedly scheduled until 1327 only, but IBB always leaves the transmitter on another two sesquiminutes, cutting to a feed of RN in English. Is no one paying attention in Hilversum, Washington, or Tinang? Well, they are in Enid! Speaking of paying, perhaps this is because RN is buying 31 minutes and they are entitled to get them all, not just 28 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA [and non]. The 12000 transmitter at Khabarovsk is still in very bad shape, Aug 29 at 1311 with VOR Chinese service singing ``Moscow Nights`` in Russian, then Chinese announcement. The carrier is motorboating, unstable, and the modulation distorted. After we kept pointing this out, RHC moved off 12000 months ago, without a word of thanks, but still keeps announcing it as one of their morning frequencies, while in reality their own distorted signal is on 11800 instead! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAIPAN [and non]. 11650, Aug 29 at 1300 noted about equal level mix of CRI opening ID in Chinese, then into Esperanto; and something in Russian. Per Aoki, CRI is via Beijing site, and Russian is KFBS, overlapping during this entire hour, the second semihour on Sats being in Kazakh, then Kirghiz. The beams cross somewhere over China (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SCOTLAND [non]. 9330-CUSB, WBCQ relaying radio six international, Scotland, music festival special one time only, Aug 28 at 2003 check. Some dropouts probably from internet feed buffering, which I then went to for better direct `reception` -- sounds like the band were enjoying a good jam session altho not my musical preference. Was scheduled to run for six hours 1900-0100 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WTJC, 9370v, again with large filthy distorted FM spurs, during music, Aug 29 at 0506 peaking approximately 9395-9400 and 9340-9345 and covering some 15 kHz each. The higher one was even bothering BBC on 9410 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WRMI, 9955, fair signal but not bothered by jamming for once, UT Sat Aug 29 at 0510 with very nice mix of mostly Latin-influenced music, including Andean, Brazilian, Mexican; 0530 Sandunga on marimba, classical guitar, Up2 and Away by Fifth Dimension, etc. No announcements at all until 0559 ID and into R. Prague English. Great going, Jeff, really enjoyable to hear such a musical interlude on WRMI; let`s have more of them! But this was instead of La Rosa de Tokio DX program from Argentina as in latest received program grid dated Aug 8; LRT itself is padded with a lot of musical interludes and could be over in a semihour if it kept to the subject.
Midnight propagation on 9 MHz band varies widely from night to night, sometimes little audible from NAm, no WRMI, not even WYFR on 9355, 9385, 9680, 9715, 9985, other occasions like this, inbooming as were WTJC and its spurs.
Also monitored WRMI 24 hours later when 9955 reception was about the same, 0550 UT Sunday Aug 30, QSO With Ted Randall, sounds like more interview with Wayne Green, this time about Hiram Percy Maxim`s contributions to ham radio being only a tiny fraxion of his accomplishments, as ham was barely mentioned in his long newspaper obituary. QSO is supposed to be a two-hour show at 05-07 UT Sundays, but cut off in mid-interview at 0559 for World Baseball Today promo, ID, and 0600 into more infomercialling from Cheetah Radio, Your World Your Way (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VENEZUELA [non]. 11705, RNV via Cuba scheduled 1200-1300, still going well past the hour with last bit of music and a few sex of open carrier until 1305*. Fortunately, next occupant, NHK does not start until 1315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake check Aug 31 at 1331: poor on 9000, and barely audible/imagination level on 8400, nowhere else except in the 12040 mix (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. VOI, 9524.9, already in English news when I tuned in at 1259 August 31; fair signal and weak modulation required straining to understand. Evidently their clock was a few minutes fast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Seems that ``Wire Light``, a.k.a. Cheetah Radio, a.k.a. Your World Your Way, etc., has bought more and more time on WRMI 9955, which is good news for paying the bills but a big yawn for listeners already bombarded with pointless or misleading infomercials on TV and AM. No jamming heard UT Monday Aug 31, WORLD OF RADIO still airing as scheduled at 0500, at 0530 Studio DX in Italian, but at 0600 up came YWYW again, two women conversing enthusiastically, one of them Michelle in Connecticut where the temperature was 15 degrees (not lately!). We still don`t have a complete updated schedule showing all the new Wire Light blox; on the Aug 8 version it was R. Prague fill all the way from 0600 to 1100 weekdays. YWYW has also replaced the second hour of QSO, UT Sundays at 06-07.
BTW, Jeff White says the unannounced music fill I enjoyed UT Sat between 05 and 06 was his own selexion of a wide variety of music from CDs he has collected around the world, each piece representing a different country, loaded into the automation for fill purposes, normally only in brief bits, but this week the hour-long La Rosa de Tokio had a tech problem, back next week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. 9500, Aug 31 at 1344 with nice SE Asian music, 1345 recognized BBC news theme with beeping, and Burmese; as scheduled via SINGAPORE, poor here but should be fine in Myanmar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WTJC, 9370v, still putting out big filthy FMy spurs, audible around 0545 UT Aug 31, and also at 1257, centered approximately 9345 and 9395, the upper one soon obscured by super-splash WWRB 9385 with Brother Scare. Since these spurs are abnormal and a bane of shortwave, I will keep reporting them, doubting they will be eliminated unless WTJC is eliminated, which may require even more severe transmitter problems. Where is the FCC? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR still testing on 15820 instead of 15825, Aug 31 at 1328, fair signal during Inspirations Across America, the black gospel music show which replaced sex criminal evangelist Tony Alamo as soon as he was convicted. IAA was interviewing a guest about his TV show with a website, which doesn`t connect so perhaps I miscopied it.
I have yet to hear Ask WWCR #299, where the frequency shift was discussed, as its mp3 is still Not Found, but apparently they replayed it again UT Sunday Aug 30 at 0145 on 5070, as monitored by Terry Wilson, MI, giving the frequency as 15830 instead of 15820 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
22 AUG 2009
4800 CHINA CNR-1 CPBS Geermu; 1159z M&W in CH, time pips, M in CH w/anmts talking over Instrumental music, then M in CH with news, 1204 PSA's or anmts by M&W in CH. Fair-Good, signal becomming more clear everyday as Summer comes to a close! (Wiseblood-TX 8/22/2009)
4820 CHINA/TIBET Lhasa, Xizang PBS; 1201z M in CH w/anmts, 1207 CH operatic/choral song. Fair (Wiseblood-TX 8/22/2009)
4905 CHINA/TIBET Lhasa, Xizang PBS; 1204z W in CH?, Tibetan listed, w/nx, //4920. Fair (Wiseblood-TX 8/22/2009)
4920 CHINA/TIBET Lhasa, Xizang PBS; 1204z W in CH?, Tibetan listed,w/nx, //4905 better, P-F w/terrible UTE QRM (Wiseblood-TX 8/22/2009)
4950 CHINA, Voice of Pujiang, Shanghai; 1139z CH soap opera/radio play w/excited tlk by M&W in CH.
1155 light instrumental mx (Wiseblood-TX 8/22/2009)
5050 CHINA Guangxi FBS Nanning; 1153z pop/rock vocal music, 1205 discussion program w/two women in VT (Wiseblood-TX 8/22/2009)
I've done some research but I can't seem to pinpoint the station I heard broadcasting on 9595 at 1008-1025 UT on Friday Aug 14th. (Kaito KA1103 w/ 32' indoor long wire antenna)
At 1008 an OM was speaking in English of Panasonic ear buds for women. He continued with mentioning other companies (Dutch Philips, Sony, Hitachi) designing earphones for women. The report included women speaking, in what sounded like Japanese, about the subject. These comments were translated to English. Mentioned also was that Ipod is now targeting female buyers. At 1021 "You The Listener" was mentioned and the program switched to Japanese. The signal was quite good.
I believe it was a Japanese broadcast because a male, speaking Japanese, was heard giving a web address - www dot what sounded like 'aikan' dot co dot jp. This may be perfectly obvious to many of you in the group, but it's a mystery to me and has been bugging me. Hopefully someone will be able to "Name That Station" for me. [ R. Nikkei from Nagara, ed]
9840 VOICE OF VIETNAM at 1132 English, Nx read by OM and YL. Very good sig.
9740 BBC at 1137 English, discussion, and musical selections, w/ OM and YL. Fair sig.
9665 VOICE OF KOREA (DPR) at 1146 Unk language, Bc contained the usual patriotic hype and military-like music. Good sig.
9650 VOICE OF KOREA (DPR) at 1152 Unk language, Diff Bc fm 9665, YL Ancr,patriotic music selections. Some interference from CRI .
9645 CHINA RADIO INT'L at 1156 Chinese dialect, YL and OM playing indigenous music. Very good sig.
9600 RADIO HABANA CUBA at 1201 Spanish, YL and OM reading Nx. Very good sig.
9590 RADIO AUSTRALIA at 1207 English, "Saturday Night Country Music" Prgmhosted by YL. Fair sig suffers fm strong adjacent stations.
9580 RADIO AUSTRALIA at 1212 English, Same Prgm as 9590 w/o QRM. Very strong sig.
9550 CHINA RADIO INT'L at 1220 Chinese dialect, YL hosting. Good sig.
9760 VOICE OF AMERICA at 1236 English, YL discussing genocide. Fair sig.
9855 CHINA RADIO INT'L at 1244 Chinese, OM speaking to a child. Good sig.
9580 RADIO AUSTRALIA at 1246 English, OM talks of Calvinism, Evangelicals, and church
issues. Good sig.
9760 VOICE OF AMERICA at 1249 English, Prgm "Issues in the News." Good sig.
9885 VOICE OF AMERICA at 1252 Spanish, Music Mix - "Musica Country," songs by Marty
Robbins and Eddie Rabbitt. Good sig.
9740 BBC at 1300 English, YL reading World Nx. Fair-Good sig.
7340 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 1308 Unk language, OM Ancr. Good sig.
7325 CHINA RADIO INT'L at 1312 Japanese, OM Ancr. Very good sig.
6190 RADIO JAPAN at 1333 Russian, OM Ancr. Fair sig.
6170 RADIO NEW ZEALAND INT'L at 1341 English, Prgm of pop song mix. Very good sig.
6160 CKZU-CBU (CANADA) at 1400 English, OM reads Nx. Fair sig (hrd w/ KA33 ant).
5995 RADIO AUSTRALIA at 1406 English, OM hosts religious Prgm of GospelMusic and talk.
Good sig (hrd w/ KA33 ant). A good sig also hrd on 7240 w/ longwire ant.
11705 RADIO JAPAN at 1420 English, "Listening Library" - Readings of Japanese literary
classics. Airs last Sunday of the month.
9515 RADIO CANADA INT'L at 1426 Russian, OM hosting. Good Sig.
A Night in Tokyo
It's 0030 PDT Monday in Las Vegas when I decide to surf the shortwave frequencies. I'm what you might call a music junkie so I was in for an early morning musical treat. I happened upon a number of Japanese broadcasts that made for a pleasant evening of SWL. Given the fact that it's usually the Japanese that visit Las Vegas, I was quite happy to return the favor and immerge myself in Japan's rich culture via world band radio.
Monday 19.08.09 (0730-0900 UTC)
6060 RADIO HABANA CUBA at 0730 English, Prgm "Mailbag." OM host. Fair-Good sig.
6145 RADIO JAPAN at 0738 Unk language, Music Prgm. Unusual in that YL played three versions of "(Talking About) The Boy From New York City." Good Sig.
9580 RADIO AUSTRALIA at 0807 English, YL reporting Nx. Very good sig.
9595 RADIO NIKKEI (JAPAN) at 0812 Unk language, YL and OM Ancr. Fair-Good sig.
9750 RADIO JAPAN at 0815 Unk language, Easy listening music beig played. Good sig.
9825 RADIO JAPAN at 0815 Unk language, YL hosting. Hrd jazzy bossa nova number... More jazz sounds incl "The Girl From Ipanema." Nx in English at 0900. Very good sig.
Monday 17.08.09 (1455-1550 UTC)
11710 VOICE OF KOREA (DPR) at 1146 French, Hrd the end of Bc. YL playing music. Good sig.
7240 RADIO AUSTRALIA at 1500 English, ABC sign-on. OM reading Nx. Good sig.
13740 CHINA RADIO INT'L at 1505 English, OM and YL read the Nx. Very good sig.
11830 FAMILY RADIO (WYFR, USA) at 1511 Chinese. Religious Prgm and music. Very good sig.
11865 FAMILY RADIO (WYFR, USA) at 1512 Chinese. OM Ancr. Very good sig.
13775 RADIO AUSTRIA at 1542 German, YL Ancr. Very good sig.
Note: I sit out on the balcony during this time of day because the temperature are cooler. That's like 75-80.
9735 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 0142 Spanish, YL Ancr playing classical music. VG signal.
9680 RADIO THAILAND INT'L at 0205 English, OM & YL reading Nx, "We've Got Mail" G signal.
9925 VOICE OF CROATIA at 0221 Croatian (?), Pop music mix. Sta ID at 0230. Resumes Prgm in Spanish.
9335 VOICE OF KOREA (DPR) at 1328 English, Story told involving Korean soldier and Japanese imperialists. VG signal.
9425 ALL INDIA RADIO (Bangalore) at 1344 Hindi, OM Ancr. F-G signal.
15425 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 0340 English, Music & talk of Russian rock bands. G signal.
9645 RADIO ROMANIA INT'L at 0353 English, YL giving recipe. Bc concluded at 0355. F-G
9625 CBC RADIO ONE (Canada) at 0416. English, YL discussing 'gratitude.' F-G signal.
9625 RADIO JAPAN at 1212 English, YL reading Nx, Japanese lang lesson. Co-channel QRM poss fm Family Radio. G signal.
9650 KBS WORLD RADIO (S Korea) at 1227 English, YL & OM Ancr. Report on rice sales. QRM fm what sounded like the V of Korea because of the type of music played. F-G signal.
9665 VOICE OF KOREA (DPR) at 1250 Korean, Patriotic songs and military music. G signal.
9760 VOICE OF AMERICA at 1305 English, YL & OM reading Nx. VG signal.
11760 RADIO HABANA CUBA at 1318 Spanish, OM reading the Nx. VS signal.
9865 FAMILY RADIO (WYFR, USA) at 1342 Chinese, Religious Prgm. VG signal.
7300 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 0353 Chinese, YL Ancr. G signal.
9580 RADIO AUSTRALIA at 1355 English, YL Spks to Australian Malt Whiskey producer, VG signal.
9550 RADIO JAPAN at 1400 Japanese, YL and OM Ancr. F-G signal.
6110 RADIO JAPAN at 0506 English, OM & YL reading Nx. G signal.
13775 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 0510 English, Prgm "Outlook" OM & YL Ancr. VG signal.
6020 CHINA RADIO INTL at 1513 English, Prgm "News and Reports" OM Ancr. G signal.
11760 RADIO HABANA CUBA at 0517 Spanish, YL & OM reading Nx. G signal.
6060 RADIO HABANA CUBA at 0521 English, OM reading Nx. F-G signal.
9680 FAMILY RADIO (WYFR, USA) at 0525 English, OM w/ religious Prgm. G signal.
6175 VOICE OF VIETNAM at 0527 Vietnamese, Music. F-G signal.
10320 AFRTS (Pear Harbor, HI USA) USB at 0531 English, Armed Forces Network (AFN Radio) programming. G signal.
7811 AFRTS (Key West, FL USA) USB at 0546-0554 and 0611-0621. English, Var Ancrs w/ reports, NPR News, Soldiers' Rado News and more. F-G signal.
9430 CVC-Australia (via Wertachtal, Germany) at 0556 English, OM playing pop music. F-G signal.
11520 WEWN (USA) at 0558 English, YL Spks of St. Bernard. VG signal.
9885 VOICE OF AMERICA (via Botswana) at 0603 French, YL Ancr. VG signal.
5950 RADIO TAIWAN INTL at 0608 Spanish, YL Ancr. G signal.
Thursday Morning Balcony DX Log
9750 RADIO JAPAN at 1441 Japanese. Weak signal.
11550 WEWN (USA) at 1450 Spanish, YL playing music. F-G signal. At 11520 w/ F signal.
13775 RADIO AUSTRALIA at 1503 German, OM w/ Nx and reports. VG signal.
41 METER BAND
I'm new at monitoring this band in the morning. Besides the US religious stations all I heard was broadcasted in an oriental or Russian language. Magadan Radio was a surprise with some wonderful jazz being played. As was Radio Rossii with beautiful classical music. I located the station on internet radio and confirmed that it was indeed R Rossii.
7385 RADIO MIAMI INTL (WRMI, FL USA) at 1222 English, OM w/ religious programming. VG signal.
7340 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 1233 Japanese, OM & YL Ancr. G signal.
7320 MAGADAN RADIO - Russia (via R Rossii Xmtr) at 1247 Russian, OM playing jazz. F-G signal w/ QRM fm CRI.
7325 CHINA RADIO INTL at 1250 Japanese, OM & YL Ancr. VG signal.
7300 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 1301 Chinese, OM Ancr. F-G signal w/ fading.
7305 CHINA NATIONAL RADIO 1 (CPBS) at 1304 Chinese, OM & YL Ancr. VG signal.
7285 CHINA RADIO INTL at 1308 Mongolian, OM & YL Ancr. F signal.
7200 RADIO ROSSII (Russia) at 1332 Russian, OM playing classical music. F signal.
BALCONY LISTENING POST
9850 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 1508-1534 English, OM Ancr. Nx, "Outlook" Prgm, music,"News in Brief" and more. F-G signal.
The politically pompous Voice of Korea threw me for a loop this a.m. when I came upon their broadcast in French. The male announcer was actually speaking credible French and the dialog was sans the insane communist slant. At least it sounded that way but, then, I don't understand French. The only improvement would have been a female announcer.
For all you young DXers out there (Are there any?) Radio Japan has an interesting musical programme called "Pop Up Japan." It's MC'd by Pack'n Mack'n. No, this is not the same someone who showed up at a recent Town Hall Meeting on health care. Actually, it is two YMs, one Pack and one Mack. Every week the show features J-Pop tunes, musical guests, unique elements of Japanese culture, and the latest Tokyo fashions. If this is not your pint of ale, let your children give a listen.
7330 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 1206 English, OM & YL reporting Nx. F signal w/ QRM fm numerous co-channels.
7315 CHINA NATIONAL RADIO (CNR-2) at 1220 Chinese, OM & YL playing pop music accompanied by QRN. W-F signal.
7280 SOUND OF HOPE (via Taiwan) at 1235 Chinese, Prgm w/ what sounded like children's voices. F signal.
7220 VOICE OF VIETNAM at 1253 Russian, YL Ancr. G signal.
6190 RADIO JAPAN s/on at 1300 Chinese, OM & YL Ancr. F signal w/ QRN.
5875 BBC (via Taiwan) at 1329 English, OM & YL reporting Nx. W-F signal.
5955 CHINA RADIO INTL at 1334 English, OM reading the Nx. W-F signal.
15260 CHINA RADIO INTL at 1342 English, OM reporting on "Chinese Lover's Day." F signal.
7300 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 1351 Chinese, OM playing pop music. F-G signal w/ better reception at this hour.
9580 RADIO AUSTRALIA at 1355 English, Prgm "Saturday Night Country." VG signal.
11710 VOICE OF KOREA (DPR) at 1407 French, OM straight talking w/o the usual pomp & ceremony. G-VG signal.
11705 RADIO JAPAN at 1410 English, "Pop Up Japan" - two YMs playing J-Pop music. VG signal.
6170 RADIO NEW ZEALAND INTL at 0415 English, YL w/ religious discussion. G signal w/ KA33 AL ant, indoor).
Reception was rather poor this morning. Many of the signals were plagued by more noise than usual. This may have been caused by weather conditions. In Las Vegas it is partly cloudy with the possibility of thunderstorms. But that's OK, the temperature presently stands at a cool 85.
REBEL RADIO GOES EASY LISTENING
Radio Rebelde was founded by Che Guevara in 1958. It has gone from bastion of youthful revolution, and playing Guerilla Commander, to playing classic American songs and Cuban pop hits. If you listened to this morning's broadcast, instead of first-hand reports on the battles against the Batista Army, you would have heard back to back songs by Nat King Cole ("That's All" and "Mona Lisa") and the Lloyd Price tune "Personality." The latter was in Spanish. Like a 45 record spinning on a turntable, Che Guevara must be spinning in his grave. Guevara died in October of 1967, thus missing Woodstock by two years.
TURKEY & THE HUNGRY HAM
I love SWL during the weekend for the variety of programs available, many of them music related. Particularly enjoyable listening comes from the Voice of Turkey, Their broadcasts are a pleasant blend of news, special features, and exotic Turkish music.
And the "hungry ham?" Well that comes from my side trip to SSB and amateur radio operators. The call sign of one of the hams (who hails from Colorado) just happened to be W0EAT.
OTHER MUSIC PROGRAMS I ENJOYED
Radio Bulgaria serves up a tasty mix of music in their "Folk Studio" show which includes some selections in English. Radio Exterior de Espana was more in the "musica mundo" mode. And CBC Radio One and Radio2 has a winner in their "Tonic" program (airing Saturday & Sunday) hosted by Tim Tamashiro. Listen to Diana Krall pealing you a grape, contemporary vocal artists Michael Buble and Norah Jones, and the classic Canadian born pianist Oscar Peterson. Bon appetit.
7355 KNLS (Alaska, USA) at 0919 Russian, OM & YL Ancrs. Religious programming with music mix and talk. F signal.
7320 RADIO ROSSII (Russia) at 0928 Russian, OM & YL playing classical music. F signal.
7275 KBS WORLD (S Korea) at 0936 Korean, YL Ancr. F-G signal.
9880 CHINA RADIO INTL at 0949 Chinese, YL & OM Ancrs. G signal.
9755 FAMILY RADIO (WYFR, USA) at 0953 English, Prgm "Bible Class" w/ Harold Camping. VG signal.
9715 FAMILY RADIO (WYFR, USA) at 0957 Spanish, YL Ancr. Religious programming. VG signal.
5025 RADIO REBELDE (Habana, Cuba) at 1003-1015 Spanish, Hrd Nat King Cole singing two of his hits. At 1012 music resorted to Spanish. RECHECK at at 1130, still playing music mix. G signal.
6170 RADIO NEW ZEALAND INTL at 1018 English, OM w/ news and reports. F signal.
5970 RADIO FRANCE INTL (via French Guiana) at 1023 Spanish, YL playing music. S/off at 1030. G signal.
5905 DEUTSCHE WELLE GERMANY (via Neth. Antilles) at 1032 German, YL Ancr. G signal.
7325 VOICE OF TURKEY (via Sackville, N.B. Canada) at 0308 English, YL Ancr. News and music mix. RECHECK at 0320, Hrd OM w/ report on the Euro Tunnel. VG signal.
7260 & 7186 (SSB) fm 0313-0320 I took a break and dropped in on the amateur radio band. Listened to hams from Louisiana (F signal) and Colorado (G signal).
7400 RADIO BULGARIA at 0345 Bulgarian, OM Ancr. I believe the Prgm was "Folk Studio." Some songs were in English. F signal.
7245 DEUTSCHE WELLE GERMANY (via Rwanda) English, OM reading Nx and YL w/ "Newslink" Prgm. F-G signal.
9630 RADIO EXTERIOR DE ESPANA (via Costa Rica) Spanish, YL playing music mix. VG signal.
9625 CBC RADIO NORD QUEBEC (Canada) at 0413 English, Prgm "Tonic." OM playing Jazz. QRN w/ co-channel interference fm R Exterior de Espana. P-F signal.
5878 UK - BBC (via Thailand) English, OM talks of Recession. P signal.
7325 CHINA RADIO INTL at 1223 Japanese, YL & OM Ancrs w/ music in Bg. VG signal.
7365 CHINA NATIONAL RADIO (CNR-2) at 1231 Chinese, OM Ancr. F-G signal.
7230 PBS - Xizang (China) at 1235 Mongolian, Music. P signal w/ co-channel interference.
7220 VOICE OF VIETNAM at 1249 Russian, YL Ancr. F-G signal.
7205 SWEDEN - IBRA RADIO (via Russia) at 1251 Mandarin, OM Ancr. P-F signal.
7240 RADIO AUSTRALIA at 1435 English, OM w/ discussion of Indian politics. VG signal.
9845 U.S.A. KNLS (Alaska) at 1428 English, Rel programming, F signal
9740 UK - BBC (via Singapore) at 1143 English, YL speaks w/ Australian author of "House of God." P-F signal w/ fade.
7300 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 0448 Chinese, OM playing music. F signal.
9580 RADIO AUSTRALIA at 1156 English, YL w/ financial Nx. G signal.
9650 VOICE OF KOREA (DPR) and KBS WORLD (S KOREA, via Sackville) at 1200 in a "Battle of the Koreas." Hrd YL w/ news in English on KBS. The V of Korea came through in Japanese w/ military music and propaganda. Both channels registered a P-F signal w/ KBS being a tad ahead in reception.
9695 RADIO JAPAN at 1221-1230 English, Prgm "Focus" YL w/ report on tracking an elderly person's movement through use of an ear devise. F-G signal w/ het and fade.
9760 VOICE OF AMERICA (via Philippines) at 1231 English, OM w/ report on water boarding, then YL reading the Nx.
9595 RADIO NIKKEI (Japan) at 1240-1300 Japanese, Continuous classical music w/ no Brk until TOH. G-VG signal.
12020 VOICE OF VIETNAM at 1133 English, YL reading the Nx. F-G signal.
11815 RADIO JAPAN at 1151 Japanese, OM playing music. G signal.
5875 UK - BBC (via Thailand) at 1227 English, OM speaks about the US health care issue. F signal.
5920 RADIO ROSSII (Russia) at 1231 Russian, OM playing music. F signal.
7385 WORLD HARVEST RADIO INTL (WHRI, SC USA) English, Rel music and programming. VG signal.
7340 VOICE OF RUSSIA at 1300 Japanese, YL Ancr. G signal.
11760 RADIO HABANA CUBA at 1313 Spanish, YL reading the Nx. VG signal.
9580 RADIO AUSTRALIA at 1317 English, YL w/ news and reports. G signal.
7325 CHINA RADIO INTL at 1323 Chinese, YL Ancr. VG signal.
9750 RADIO JAPAN at 1330 Japanese, YL & OM Ancrs. F-G signal.
9335 VOICE OF KOREA (DPR) at 1336 English, YL w/ music and usu propaganda, G signal.
9840 VOICE OF VIETNAM at 1340 English, YL reading the Nx. P-F signal w/ QRM.
9430 FEBC MANILA (Philippines) at 1349 Mandarin. OM Ancr. P-F signal.
13710 CHINA RADIO INTL (via Cuba) at 1543 English, OM hosting. Prgm "Voices From Other Lands." G signal, some QRN.
13775 RADIO AUSTRIA (via Sackville) at 1549 German, OM & YL Ancrs. VG signal.
11550 U.S.A. WEWN (Alabama) at 1613 Spanish, OM & YL Ancrs. Rel programming. VG signal.
9750 RADIO JAPAN at 1624 Japanese, YL & OM Ancrs. F signal w/ QRN.
9775 DEUTSCHE WELLE GERMANY (via Rwanda) at 2332 German, YL & OM Ancrs. F signal w/ QRN.
9730 DEUTSCHE WELLE GERMANY (via Rwanda) at 2339 German, OM & YL Ancrs. F-G signal w/ QRN.
9700 RADIO BULGARIA at 2343 English, YL reading Nx. F signal w/ much QRN.
9640 RADIO HABANA CUBA at 2348 Spanish, OM Ancr. VG signal.
9535 RADIO EXTERIOR ESPANA (Spain) at 2356 Spanish, YL playing music. F signal w/ QRN.
9565 U.S.A. RADIO MARTI at 2358 Spanish, Music, then OM w/ s/off at 2359. F-G signal.
4-Aug-09 // 1758 UTC // 11990 khz. // Radio Kuwait // 500 kw // Kabd, Kuwait // Middle Eastern music (female singing) followed by female talking in presumed Arabic, then presumed national anthem. Time pips at TOH, then male in English with "This is Radio Kuwait. The time now is 9 pm Kuwait local time, 1800 GMT." The national anthem (presumed) was then played again
followed by male with frequency announcements in English. // Excellent signal.
MP3 clip available here:
Heard on an Eton E-1 and 150 foot wire:
6175 Voice of Vietnam via Sackville, NB 8/21 0245 with pgm in EE and quite boring but with strong signal.
Heard on a CC Radio 8/26:
162.425 WWF-84 Lawrenceburg, TN 2315 WX from coordinating site in
Nothing for sale this month
Iv'e told everyone how much I liked the Eton radio for a while now,
I sent my first one to my Nephew ,in an undisclosed location :),and bought another one cause I liked it so much .
The second one wasn't quit as good IMHO ,Am noise floor was a tad higher ,FM was on par with the first but soon I discovered the display had problems.
The bar that measures the signal wasn't moving at all ,and the batt. symbol showed the batt. fully charged all the time ,so when it finally died from the batt's being dead I hooked up the power converter to charge the batt and no go!
It really isn't a big thing ,I have another charger but it is a hassel I can use it fine , but the other things sent me to the PL 600.
It arrived today ,and now that iv'e had some time with it ,I can say it is a very nice set!
Am noise floor is low like the First Eton ,and FM is just as good,this is my first time with SSB ,so it took a bit of time to get that figured out, but tonight i was listening to a fellow in Ala. and another operator talking to a contact in the Netherlands ,in 40 M , All with just the whip,from the back yard .
I remember reading somwhere the BFO could be better ,Yes but for me who probably won't play with it that much it's ok,after all this isn't desktop model anyway?
I think these two are bassically the same radio with the 600 having SSB and LW ,otherwise they operate the same ,maybe the 600 has more memory ? not sure ,I don't use presets so.
One thing I like on the PL 600 is the display light it's brighter than on the Eton ,so while outside or at the bedside it's really better,and the display shows the Band your in meters at the upper right while in shortwave.
Anyway , thought I would let you all know what I found ,I think this one is going to be my new favorite carry around set :)
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