November 2007 ABDX Journal

Vol 2. Issue 11

 

Editors Corner:

 

ABDX membership has grown with several HF DXers joining. ABDX Nation is now 168 members. We anxiously look forward to see loggings from our newest members. 

 

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Novembers CME was about LW and SW logs. We got a nice number of them this month even though the CME only lasted two weeks. There is a plethora of HF logs to peruse.

 

Christmas is coming soon and some of us who have been good boys and girls will be getting a nice new radio toy under the tree. That will be for you to tell us all about next month in the New Toys section of the Journal.

 

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The November CME Announcement

 

ABDX presents for the last two weeks in November, the "And Now For

Something Completely Different" CME.

 

For those of you who are adventurous enough to get away from staid

and stodgy MW we have something for you. Yeah, we will still take

your MW logs and we will still put them in the Journal if you can't

pull yourself away from MW with wild horses....

 

This CME focuses on HF [SW] and [LF] LW. This is the time of year

when you hear LF [LW] beacons from Europe and Asia with BROADCASTING

on it and also many beacons from far away. I am positive the LF DXers

will be glad to help you and might even find a Morse code chart

somewhere on the net to help you guys out when you hear beacons.

 

For HF [SW] Glenn Hauser has always given us many HF tips and a great

site on line, the Aoki site from Japan, and its even in English.

Here's the URL http://www.geocities.jp/binewsjp/bib07.txt its a

tremendous help to people like me who are still unfamiliar with the

world of HF. Remember, send HF logs in UTC. You can find UTC time by

tuning WWV on 2.5, 5, 10 or 15 MHz.

 

Give these bands a try, I believe you might have a lot of fun. And

for you guys stuck in the MW realms, MW will be back in two weeks.

Use your sense of adventure and have a great time trying something

completely different. I think you'll like it.

 

The December CME Announcement

 

ABDX presents the December "Heat up the house with DX" CME.

 

Every year in the cold and frigid month of December we always run

something that will warm your heart if not your house. Forget

stringing up lights outdoors and running up your electric bill and

not getting any DX for your money. ABDX wants you to go into the

garage or closet and get out that old tube radio and fire that one

up. You will get to heat your house, light it up with that beautiful

orange firebottle glow and get DX all at the same time.

 

Find that old 5 tube radio, Hallicrafters, Hammarlund, Zenith

Transoceanic, R390, big old console or even 6 tube job, blow off the

dust and see what you can hear. At the very least, you will get some

nice warm and mellow sounds to listen to while spinning the dials.

 

Christmas music is in the air and if you hear it, log it and send it

along! For the Jewish on the list, if you hear Channukah music, we

will be glad to take those logs as well. Let us know what you are

hearing for holiday music.

 

We at ABDX really LOVE HF [SW] and LF [LW]. This is the time of year

when you hear LF [LW] beacons from Europe and Asia with BROADCASTING

on it and also many beacons from far away.

 

For HF [SW] Glenn Hauser has always given us many HF tips and a great

site on line, the Aoki site from Japan, and its even in English.

Here's the URL http://www.geocities.jp/binewsjp/bib07.txt its a

tremendous help to people like me who are still unfamiliar with the

world of HF. Remember, send HF logs in UTC. You can find UTC time by

tuning WWV on 2.5, 5, 10 or 15 MHz.

 

FM and TV DXers, take heart! This is the time of year for the

December/January mini E skip season that will make stations heard to

you at up to 1500 miles away on a single hop so there is something

for everyone.

 

What are you hearing?

 

Kevin Redding, Phil Rafuse, Powell Way and Mike Richard, the ABDX crew.

 

The Broadcast Band

 

John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE

Receiver, Antenna

 

Nov 2  2300 EDT 1300 WJYP St. Albans WV, Christian, also IDed with

WSCW 1410 in Charleston WV and WMON 1340 in Montgomery WV

Nov 2  2305 EDT 1300 WNQM  Nashville TN, Spanish, ID right after WJYP

above, clear mention of "Western Tennessee" although Nashville is, of

course, in central Tennessee.  I believe they are in English in the

day, Spanish at night (according to their website), and are affiliated

with shortwave station WWCR.  My 500th US station.

Nov 3 0700 EDT 1160 WCCS Homer City PA, "The Voice of Indiana County",

local ads, ID "WCCS, Homer City".  Not new but a nice ID for once

Although the K-index was zero last night, I didn't notice any TA's

(lots of local noise last night).  But it wasn't a wasted effort.  I

did get a new domestic- WBLO 790 in Thomasville, NC, "Sports Talk 790,

11/10

The Ball", carrying Fox Sports Radio, 2030 Eastern on Nov 6.

Getting audio- presumed Virgin R. on 1215, under the Philly slop from 1210.

11/17/07   1735          1110 UNID- might be WUAT Pikeville TN w/classic country

music and localized talk by man with strong southern accent, but couldn't dig out ID, under WBT

11/17/07         1740   1240   NY       WGVA            Geneva, good ID heard in the mush

 

Charles A. Taylor – Greenville, NC

Receiver, Antenna

 

1550    WMRE    WV      Charles Town: Logged @ 1507 11/1 when it suddenly

appeared as though transmitter had kicked down. Out of Perry Como into an

ID "W M R E, Charles Town," and back into music. Way atop everything on my mini 600-foot beverage aimed at 45º

1660    WWRU    NY      New York City: Logged @ 1200 11/3 during a program

in Korean, and an ID at TOH "W W R U, New York," and back into Korean. Atop much closer WFNA-1660 Charlotte on my mini-beverage. 

11/15

530     CUBA    Heard R. Rebelde beneath local TIS-530. Switched back and

forth between 670 and 530. Rebelde-670 was in and out under WPMH Portsmouth. SS programming on 670 wasn't WWFE, so had to be Rebelde. Rebelde-530 not logged as no ID heard.

11/19

530     CUBA    Radio Rebelde logged at 2000 11/19 at about same strength

as RVC. Quite a signal. This is the one of three Cubans I hear here at

noontime. First noted // Rebelde-670 at 1300. Someone thought this is Radio Musical, La Babana; But Rebelde transmitters are also used for jamming (Marti in this case)

 

Alan Schreier – Austin, TX 

Receiver, Antenna

 

11/5

I noticed the 1180 het missing late Saturday evening while casually tuning the band with an HQ-120, but don’t know how long it has been gone.  A nightly Spectran check of 1181 since then shows no trace of a carrier. 

 

Roger Crawford – Park City, UT

Receiver, Antenna

 

11/21

Interesting listening last night on the Island of Maui. 

Between 8:45 and 9PM Hawaii Standard Time. Minus 5 hours from Eastern. 

570 KLAC Los Angeles...Heard LA commercial....pretty weak but it was there.

610 KEAR San Francisco...Heard Family Radio President Harold Camping....Good signal for about 2 min

850 KOA Denver...I think...pretty strong...Sports talk with Denver slant

1070 KNX Los Angeles...News.....Good signal

1160 KSL Salt Lake City.....Nightside Project Program....Faded in and out but it was KSL 

All I had time for...will try to listen more in the next few days before returning to Utah. I hope to be able to catch some international stations.

 

Jerry Lenamon – Waco, TX

Drake R8B and T2FD

 

11/2

I finally got an ID for 1610 Thursday evening at about 2026 CDT.

It's posted under ABDX/Files/Members MP3 Folder

"Radio Universidad Autonoma de Chapingo"

11/10

CHRB, High River, Alberta 1140 @ 2159 CST Religious programming. My first log for this station.

CBW, Winnipeg, Manitoba 990 @ 2205 CST CBC News, Manitoba weather, back into network programming from Toronto.I seldom hear stations from the prairie provinces so this was fun to hear. From the lower 48

KRCN, Longmont Colorado, 1060 @ 2145 CST, with the end of an auto racing program (from Phoenix)then into country music.I've heard KRCN before but it was around dusk so I figured they were still on day power but this was

at least a couple of hours after sunset. Surely they were on night power by this time (only 111 watts). Or would they cheat?

11/15

KGOW, "1560 The Game" in Houston, with a golf show at 1830 CST. About an hour after sunset so they should be on night power of 100 watts.

Also on 1560, KOCY, Oklahoma City with Radio Disney.250 watts at night.

11/26

New log for me, although I've heard them for several years under local KBBW 1010 during my morning walk. This morning I nulled KBBW just before 7am and caught the ID. Radio Locator shows a nice symmetrical beam aimed my way with 50kw daytime power.

 

Brian Leyton – Valley Village, CA

DX398

 

11/5

If this has been mentioned already, I apologize, but I don't recall seeing

it here yet.

My car's in the shop, so I took my mom's car.  She had it on 1260, but

instead of the Classical music they've been playing, it was Neal Boortz.

Looks like they are now "News/Talk 1260, KGIL".  The new lineup includes

Michael Jackson (no, not the "Gloved One"), Larry King Live, and Joy Brown.

From Michael Jackson's web page, it looks like the switch happened last week

(shows you how much I've been paying attention).

The call change to KGIL takes 1260 back to their heritage calls.  I remember

mom listening to KGIL in the car when I was a kid.

11/29

I thought I would try to see if I could get KWKH into the log, so I set up for overnight recording on 1130.  The results were disappointing.  The only stations I was able to ID were KSDO and KQNA.  I did not hear an ID from KRDU, though I did hear their 6:00 TOH ID in the car this morning.  I guess the E-W bearing on the DX-398/RS Loop managed to null them reasonably well, though I sure wish I could have eliminated KSDO the same way.

 

Paul LaFreniere – Grand Marais, MN

Radiosophy HD100 and 75’ longwire

 

11/05

830    WEEU    PA    Reading.  1638 CST. Ads for Reading and area towns. A

few I.D.s tossed in. WCCO had faded.

11/07

A cold front blew through here the past couple of days  and dragged this stuff in with it.

650    CKOM    SK    Saskatoon.  0637 CST. SK news with "Newstalk 650" slogans. Mixing with WSM.

660    CFFR    AB    Calgary.  0636 CST. Usual news programming with lots of

"660 News" slogans.

690    CBKF-1  SK    Gravelbourg.  0634 CST. News or talk about SK with mentions of Saskatoon.  Alone in IBOC hiss.

740    CBX    AB    Edmonton.  0630 CST. Alberta news.  Long story about bus

accident.  Mixing with CHWO and gradually took over frequency.

750    CKJH    SK    Melfort.  0639 CST. Ad for Diamond North Credit Union

in Nipawin & other cities.  "CK-750" slogans. Into oldies.

1010    CBR    AB    Calgary.  0655 CST. Business program and talk about

Calgary and other Alberta cities.

1040    CKST    BC    Vancouver.  0659 CST. Sports.  Ads for Vancouver. Scores from ESPN.  Under WHO talk.

1070    KATQ    MT    Plentywood.  0808 CST. Ad for church dinner.  Weather for N.E. Montana.  School lunch menu.

1140    KZMQ    WY    Greybull.  0834 CST. Program called "Cowboy Corner."  Ad for Peak to Prairie Realty.

1190    CFSL    SK    Weyburn.  0709 CST.Sports news for Weyburn & area.

"AM-1190" slogans.

1220    KDDR    ND    Oakes.  0713 CST. "Dakota Country Weather."  Ads for

Valley City.  Program called "Morning Trivia."

1270    KIML    WY    Gillette.  0846 CST."The Morning Show."  Local talk.

Mountain time checks.

1290    CFRW    MB    Winnipeg.  0718 CST.Dominant on 1290 with Oldies [as they are most mornings].

1300    KOLY    SD    Mobridge.  0854 CST.South Dakota ads.  Dakota News Network.

1330    CJYM    SK    Rosetown.  0822 CST. I.D. "1330 CJYM" with no mention of 1210 station.  Into oldies.

All relogs.  Nothing new.

 

Allen Willie – St. Johns, NL

FRG 100  and 100 foot wire

 

5:15 UTC  November 10 ;  1290 kc Unidentified with oldies format mixing at times with WRNI  - NPR Radio in Rhode Island ( wondering if anyone else heard this one as it got my curiosity. Could be CFRW Winnipeg possibly but not definite as the usual fade outs occured  at ID times

November 12 , 5:07 UTC - 1290 CFRW w/ oldies including BTO's -You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, w/ID and jingle .... checked their stream on web also to compare with signal on FRG-100. 

Station # 37 logged in both Newfoundland and Alberta. Lived in Alberta for 48 years before moving here.

1:30 UTC Nov 15 - 1300 khz Unidentified w/ Bryan Adams song mentioned and what I thought was a 1300 CJME ID briefly  then gone like the wind....  if it was Regina, Saskatchewan ...furthest west  signal for non DX test station yet from here for me . Will keep watch on this frequency next few nights. 

6:03 UTC Nov 15  - 1323 khz  Voice of Russia World Service w/ news story in English about imports and exports of Slovenia and the Russian Federation, station id then  followed by Focus On Asia program (not sure where this is relayed from ? ) Fair signal and then faded quickly (I'll try to add recording of it in files )

630 khz - November 16  23:46 UTC - Norway,  NRK Vigra w/ norwegian and quite a few country rock songs in English and Norwegian, announcer made mention of Oslo and Vigra a time or two .... signal strong for while then gone

New one *** 

1280 khz  CFMB  Montreal , November 16  multicultural w/ several languages ,signal  in most of the evening

John Callarman – Krum, TX

Receiver, Antenna

 

KTXV-890 heard with strong signal on car radio in Denton, Texas, about 3:45 p.m. C.S.T. Sunday 4 Nov, apparently testing, with frequent double-IDs as KTXV, Mabank-Dallas-Fort Worth in English and an Oriental language.

 

Glenn Hauser - Enid, OK

Sangean 909

 

Checking a few things tonight, I don`t hear the 1181 carrier at 0415 UT November 5; I think it was also missing a night or two before. Is anyone hearing it at all any more? Will it forever remain an unsolved mystery as to exact location?

UNIDENTIFIED. 1181, 0740, Nov. 8 noted carrier back on, tho seemed less strong than previous logs Lends credence to theory it was temporarily offknocked, damaged by the tropstorm/hurricane thru DR/E Cuba, which is the DF area for this. Yes, I hear it too again, rather weakly at 0305 UT check Nov

10, same bearing as usual

** U S A. Hi Glenn: We have posted photos of our Non Directional

Beacon LYQ, 529 kHz, in the photo gallery section of the WWRB

shortwave web page http://www.wwrb.org  We have been receiving

reception reports of LYQ from all over the USA and Canada. We will QSL

the NDB Beacon via reception reports sent to the mailing address on

our web page. Have you been able to hear LYQ at your QTH??? Thanks

(Dave Frantz, WWRB, Nov 10, DX LISTENING DIGEST) No, I haven`t (gh)

 

Harry Helms – Smithville TX

Sony 2010

 

11/19

1181 The Het was noted Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in casual "drive by" tuning as loud, if not louder, as back in September/October. It really tears up 1180 here.

 

Phil Rafuse – Stratford, PEI

Drake R8 and LFE M601C or Radiosophy HD100

 

11/3

I checked around 4 p.m. ADT and the dial was full of TAs - at times

some were very strong and clear.  Several TAs on LW too.

On the HD-100, I even got WBZ to read out "WBZ" although no audio lock

and the blue light keeped flashing.

I figure the storm may have a bit to do with it too.  The wind is

picking up and the rain is falling.

11/4

We had power, but it was flickering on and off.  Receivers: Drake R8,

Collins R-390A, Sony 2010 for direction finding.  Antennas: LF

Engineering M-601C and Select-a-tenna [SAT] for direction finding.

Here are some daytime catches - all times are in AST:

590 CKRS Jonquiere QC 8:30 a.m.

780 UNID playing A/C - CFDR was off the air, no doubt due to Noel and

the mystery station was very, very weak.  Sony 2010 couldn't pick it

up nekkid - required the select-a-tenna.  Got it weak with Drake R8

and Collins R-390A using LF eng. M-601C.  Using the Sony 2010 SAT

combo, the direction appears to be the NW.  Anybody know of a station

on 780 which plays adult compary [light rock] type music??? 9:50 a.m.

1040 CJMS Saint Constance QC playing fr lang folk tunes 8:50 a.m.

1060 WBIX Natick/Boston with a syndicated fishing show  8:55 a.m.a.m.

1150 UNID Fr. lang station but NOT parallel to 610 CHNC except for

top of the hour news. 9:00 a.m.

780 CFDR HRM [Halifax] NS 50KW day/15KW night still off the air as of

12:10 p.m. AST.  Likely Noel related.  The sole other Halifax NS AM

station, 920 CJCH, is on the air.

11/9

1181 "The Het" is coming in here tonight, but its pretty weak.  About

the same strength as the 1179 TA het.

 

Paul Walker – Abbeville, SC

Receiver, Antenna

 

11/9

WPHT is putting a Constant, very listenable Grade B Signal into Abbeville, SC tonight. I've never heard it this listenable down here before.

WPHT sounds like what 1450 WCRS from Greenwood, 15 miles away would sound like if I was only 5 miles from their transmitter site

11/10

This frequency is a bit busy tonight.

In the matter of 30 seconds, I logged AM 1370 WGCL Bloomington, Indiana during a weather forecast and "NewsTalk 1370" WSPD Toldeo, Ohio during a liner going into a program. 

I now have 1370 WCOA Pensacola, Florida in the midst of Kim Komando.

None of the signals were very good, but they popped up long enough to hear specific station liners/id's, etc

 

Barry McLarnon - Ottawa, ON

Receiver, Antenna

 

11/6

Daytimer WQIZ St. George SC on late tonight (2300 EST) with religious

programming (EWTN).

 

Chris Johnson – Taylors, SC

Car Radio

 

11/7

This afternoon, at 2:17 PM, while parked about 5 miles south of GSP ( Greenville's Airport) while my XYL was getting her flu shot...I heard  : "More music....W-K-D-K " sung by a few ladies , into" Uncle Albert " by the Beatles, then into "Undun " byThe Guess Who . On the 2002 Isuzu Rodeo radio.......or is it the radio rodeo ??   If I had stayed longer , I may have heard the legendary  Powell Way  !!  I tried for  WABV in Abbeville , but nothing but slop from WDAB 1580 Travelers Rest, S.C.  ..............WPCI 1490  Greenville, S.C. noted running IBOC again....at least daytime. Unknown about nighttime.  

 

Eric Berger – Detroit, MI

GE Superadio

 

11/7

I'm in Detroit, and I caught them around 2355 Monday evening with Fox

Sports, and "The Ball: Where the Triad Comes For Sports." Only other

time I'd heard them was very faintly when they were carrying Nostalgia

as WIST a couple of years back, while local CKLW-800 was off the air.

Monday evening, though, they were fading in and out, ranging from Fair

peaks to no signal at all, with CKLW ACI nulled.

Thanks to Barry McLarnon for this tip!

11/28

I was able to hear KWKH-1130's Country music under local WDFN last

night myself. Last time I managed to hear them in here was back in 2005

after Hurricane Katrina.

 

Powell E. Way  III –Silverstreet, SC

CCRadio

 

Friday AM between 8:20 and 8:45 Eastern time on the world famous CC radio from near Silverstreet, SC.

1380 WKJV Asheville,NC

1500 WEAG Gaffney, SC

1070 WIBC Indianapolis, IN

1160 WCFO East Point, GA (Atlanta suburb)

Before Sunrise and just after 6 AM Eastern Time

Saturday November 17...

600 WMT Cedar Rapids, IA....in the clear. NEW! NEVER

heard before.

670 WMAQ Chicago, IL.....ss normally dominant FAINTLY

in the background

1220 WDYT Kings Mountain, NC on their NEW high power

before local sunrise, and yes they ARE pretending to

be  a Charlotte station

620 WRJZ Knoxville, TN with their normal strong 5000

watt night signal.

920 WTCW Whitesburg, KY blasting in. This station does

<ahem!> have a "history of..."

 

Bert New – Watkinsville, GA

AIWA CSD-FD89 and Select-a-Tenna

 

1260 WUFE GA Baxley - 11/10/07 1720 - University of Georgia Football. Weak signal fading in and out of the mix of stations on 1260. "AM 1260, WUFE".

 

Steve Ponder – Houston, TX

Car Radio

 

11/27

I've listened to 530 for the past 2 nights.  It's definitely been Rebelde that I've heard, not Radio Cadena Habana (like last Fall) or RVC from the T&C.

Given the "flexibility" (for lack of a better term) of the Cuban MW outlets, I would not doubt that some stations flip formats at night.

 

Bruce Winkelman – Tulsa, OK

Receiver, Antenna

 

11/11

My local 1340 KJMU Sand Springs, OK first noted silent the last week of

October still silent today so am assuming it's "gone" at least for now.

 

Alan Furst – Round Rock, TX

Receiver, Antenna

 

New loggings from Round Rock (Central Tx)

KERV Kerrville 1230 Music of Your Life

KSIX Corpus Christi Corpus Rays Hockey

both pretty good when radio is in upper sideband.

Radio Rebelde 1180.  That tone on 1181 appears to be gone.

11/18

We have some pretty good conditions tonight here in Central Texas.

Just logged WVLK 590 Lexington Kentucky which peaked out from under

local KLBJ.  Had KLBJ nulled to silence and noticed English language

commercial followed by very clear ID.

11/20

Anyone trying to log California should try for KNX 1070 and KNBR 680.

Both are in tonight with pretty good signals.

11/22

WCKY 1530 Cincinnati.  First time in quite a while.  We have a local

on 1530 with bad night signal.  WCKY was in pretty good for a while.

KREF 1400 Norman Ok.  Not bad for 1kw on this frequency.  Pretty good

distance for the power on messy channel.

New loggings from Central Texas

KGAB 650  Orchard Valley Wyoming in WSM null.  Weather and local

commericals with Cheyanne address into very clear KGAB ID. Just at

Austin sunset.892 miles

KFRM 550 Salina Kansas pretty good signal against strong KTSA until

KFRM disappeared at 5:15 power change. 615 miles

KXMO 1500 Merkle Tx.  Very strong at times 3:30pm.  250watt station

190 miles away. Spanish.

KJIM 1500 Sherman Texas. decent during mid morning.

KHAL 1310 San Antonio.  Pretty strong under KVET 1300 hash. Tuned to

1312 to get good copy.

11/23

WNAX 570 Yankton South Dakota. KLIF nulled.  First logging from South

Dakota. 855 miles.

11/24

Need some help with station in Alabama on 810.  Sounded like they

were signing on at about 7:15 eastern, complete with national

anthem.  Talk about 'our southern heritage' and Alabama.  ID heard as

Alabama 810 into Marty Robbins song. 

I believe this is WCKA Jacksonville Alabama. Did not get call

letters. 

The sign on is what is confusing.  They are listed as 50KW day and

500 watt at night.  I assume they run 24/7.  Is the sign on done at

power change?

They are the only station listed on 810 in Alabama. Pretty sure it is

WCKA.  Lightning crashes made it hard to catch everything.

Also logged KGAS 1590 Carthage Tx last night doing high school

football. Fun to hear local radio at it's most local.

WBT was in this morning with Charlotte Morning News.  Not always the

easist catch here.

11/24

Expected religion heard on 800 to be station from Oklahoma City. Turned out to be TWR Bonaire. Very strong signal for about 15 minutes at 5:30 CST.

Radio Reloj heard on 1020.  Have loggest this one on several

frequencies. The tones are hard to miss. The programming

is difficult to hear most of the time.

Tentative tonight on KJON 850 Carrolton Tx.  Religious programming over KOA then gone fast about 5:45 CDT. 

Heard Radio Disney on 1400 the other night. Unless I missed one, the only station on the NRC log listed as Disney on 1400 is WNEX Macon Ga.  Does anyone know of another? Not in long enough to get TOH ID.

 

Bob Wilkner Pompano Beach, FL

NRD 535 amplified loop

 

Logs for 4 November - All times GMT

183  Germany Saarlouis 0230 -0240 GMT with yl and om in French.

870 Cuba Radio Reloj    0730

860 Cuba Radio Reloj    0730 to 0733

850 Cuba Radio Reloj    0730   nulled local WFTL

830 Cuba Radio Reloj    0733

830 Nicaragua  Radio Zinica  ID in the jumble at 0800

820 Cuba Radio Reloj    0800 - 0810

790 Cuba Radio Reloj    0810

 

Mike Westfall – Los Alamos, NM

Sangean 803

 

11/9

I also am hearing the 1181 het quite noticably on my car radio here in

northen New Mexico.

 

Kevin Redding- Gilbert, AZ

Eton E10 and Q-Stick+

 

1610 XEUACH Mexico City, DF 11/10 2251 EE pop music. Very, very, very 

weak. New!

 

Don Kaskey – San Francisco, CA

Drake R8 and Kiwa Loop

 

11/16

Only TP being heard these days is JOUB-774 who is heard thru the noise anytime after midnight.  Het on 828 but no audio. QRN obliterates the others.  Listened at sunset the other night and can tell Willis it's about the same out here on the left coast.....1130--KRDU Dinuba being bashed & battered by IBOC (probably from KHTK-1140)..1140-KHTK-getting some minor IBOC hash from nextdoor (probably Los Angeles-1150)...1150-Los Angeles (whatever their calls are nowdays-log is in the other room) getting creamed by KSL IBOC....1160-KSL-also getting creamed by KLOK-1170 IBOC....KLOK-1170 being severely bothered by KSL-IBOC....1180-KERI-Wasco being almost covered by KLOK-1170 & KEX-1190 IBOC...1190-KDYA-Vallejo in strong. 1200-Monterey County station bothered somewhat by KEX IBOC......AM is a mess.

11/17

Paul's remark that he's never heard WMT Cedar Rapids jogged my

memories.  This is/was a regular daytime bandscan from Galva (Northwest)

Iowa 1949-1953:

 540--nothing, Fort Dodge had not come on as yet

 550--KFYR-ND  Bismarck over KFRM-MO Kansas City

 560--nothing

 570--WNAX-SD  Yankton

 580--WIBW-KS  Topeka ST with KSAC-KS Manhattan way over

           WKTY-WI La Crosse

 590--WOW-NE  Omaha

 600--WMT-IA  Cedar Rapids

 610--WDAF-MO Kansas City

 620--KCOM-IA Sioux City

 630--nothing

 640--WOI-IA  Ames

 650--nothing

 660--KOWH-NE Omaha

 670--WMAQ-IL Chicago (weak but there)

 680--KFEQ-MO St. Joseph

 690--nothing (eventually KUSD-920-Vermillion moved here

 700--nothing (WLW heard on rare winter days)

 710--WHB-MO Kansas City

 720--WGN-IL  Chicago

 730--KWOA-MN  Worthington

 740--KBOE-IA  Oskaloosa

 750--KMMJ-NE  Grand Island

 760--nothing

 770--WCAL-MN Northfield ST with KUOM-MN Minneapolis

 780--WJAG-NE Norfolk over WBBM-IL Chicago

 790--KFGO-ND Fargo over WEAU-WI Eau Claire

 800--nothing (KQAD Luverne MN is there now)

 810--KCMO-MO Kansas City

 820--nothing

 830--WCCO-MN Minneapolis

 840--nothing

 850--nothing (Waterloo station came on a few years later)

 860--KNUJ-MN New Ulm

 870--nothing (Northern MO station heard  in subsequent years)

 880--nothing

 890--nothing (no WLS)

 900--KJSK-NE Columbus over KTIS-MN Minneapolis

 910--WSUI-IA Iowa City (later covered by KVAA Volga-SD

 920--KFNF-IA Shenandoah over KDHL-MN Faribault

 930--KSDN-SD Aberdeen

 940--KIOA-IA Des Moines

 950--KWAT-SD Watertown over KOEL-IA Oelwien

 960--KMA-IA Shenandoah

 970--KLER-MN Rochester

 980--nothing (KAYL slop)

 990--KAYL-IA Storm Lake

1000--nothing (Sioux Falls SD here in later years)

1010--KSMN-IA Mason City

1020--nothing

1030--nothing

1040--WHO-IA Des Moines

1050--nothing (Pipestone MN here in later years)

1060--nothing (heard Ord NE in the 80s)

1070--nothing (Estherville IA later on)

1080--nothing (Eventually KOAK Red Oak IA came here)

1090--KAYX/KBOK-IA Waterloo

1100--nothing

1110--KFAB-NE  Omaha

1120--nothing

1130--WDGY-MN Minneapolis

1140--KSOO-SD  Sioux Falls

1150--KWDM-IA Des Moines

1160--nothing  (WJJD Chicago IL good at sunset hours)

1170--nothing (a southern MN station there now)

1180--nothing

1190--nothing (Jackson MN very strong nowdays)

1200--nothing

1210--nothing (Huron SD later)

1220--KJAN-IA Atlantic

1230--KISD-SD Sioux Falls over KFJB-IA Marshalltown

1240--KICD-IA Spencer

1250--nothing (Cedar Falls IA weakly nowdays)

1260--KFGQ-IA Boone

1270--KIHO-SD  Sioux Falls

1280--usually nothing but WTCN-MN sometimes in winter (nowdays Newton

IA)

1290--KOIL-NE  Omaha

1300--KGLO--IA Mason City

1310--nothing  (nowdays KDLS-Perry IA)

1320--KELO-SD  Sioux Falls

1330--KWWL-IA  Waterloo (sometimes)

1340--KFGT-NE  Fremont

1350--KRNT-IA  Des Moines

1360--KSCJ-IA  Sioux City

1370--KSUM-MN  Fairmont

1380--KCIM-IA  Carroll

1390--KCBC-IA  Des Moines (in 80s Madison SD mixed with them)

1400--KVFD-IA  Fort Dodge

1410--nothing   (KLEM-IA Le Mars nearby loud nowdays)

1420--KTOE-MN  Mankato

1430--KASI-IA  Ames

1440--nothing  (eventually local KCHE-IA Cherokee popped up here)

1450--KATE-MN  Albert Lea

1460--KSO-IA  Des Moines

1470--KTRI-IA  Sioux City

1480--KAUS-MN  Austin (sometimes)

1490--KICM/KRIB-IA Mason City equal with KBON-NE Omaha

1500--nothing

1510--nothing  (in 80s KIFG-IA  Iowa Falls came on here)

1520--KSIB-IA  Creston (in 80s joined by Sioux Falls SD & Rochester MN)

1530--nothing (nearby KDSN IA  Denison soon came on here)

1540--KXEL IA  Waterloo

1550--KRES-MO  St. Joseph

1560--KSWI-IA  Council Bluffs  (joined by Blue Earth MN in 80s)

1570--KJFJ-IA  Webster City  (joined by KVRA SD Vermillion later)

1580--KCHA-IA  Charles City

1590--KWBG-IA  Boone  (joined by Wayne NE in 80s)

1600--nothing   (KLGA-IA  Algona here in 80s)

11/19

About 0620 PST (1420 UTC) turned the Drake on and got my usual chorus of

buzzes & whirrs etc. but in checking 774 found JOUB Akita with best

signal in quite awhile.  Woman talking (sounded like a travelogue) in

English.  Good solid audio. My QRN didn't allow much other audio except

quite weak 657 North Korea playing some instrumental music.  Oddly they

were received better without the filters.  Tried 828-good solid het on

KNCO-830 but no audio found.  Many, many other hets on low end of dial

as well.  594 covered by weird loud noise.  747 had good het but

KCBS-740 splattered muchly.  Good hets on 702 & 711.

Tried JOUB again just before 1500 UTC but pretty much all gone by then

as it was quite bright outside.

As one can see the QRN takes a lot of the zest out of dxing here.  Much

prefer 'Master of Orion'.

 

Michael J. Richard – Evanston, WY

Car Radio

 

11/28

Hi gang.  As I mentioned I had a 200 mile trip home from Pinedale, Wyoming last night and did some major DXing on the way home.  I sat for over an hour listening to a station playing oldies on 1550.  I confirmed it’s Jones Radio Networks’ “Good Time Oldies” satellite format.  I heard “Dave’s Diner” and this is something that network runs at night…..double-confirmed it with 1370 KXTL in Butte, MT.  They run the same network and the programming was the same so that’s about the only hint I had.  The station was fair to weak mixing with a talk station…not sure who the talk was either.   I know Albuquerque used to be more of a light hits/standards last I heard….did they maybe switch formats and are running oldies now?   Every time it would come time for an ID or liner or something it would fade.  Listened at TOH and all I got was a “1550” that came through and a “Good Times and Great Oldies”…..but no call sign.   Any idea who this might be?

 

The Whole Earth

 

Jerry Lenamon – Waco, TX

Drake R-8B and Sloper

 

11/16

Burma: 5985.8 @ 1325z, R Mynmar, music & voices. My first log from Mynmar, or even Burma.  Local noise prevented good copy but definitely off key at 5985.8.

Indonesia: 4750 @ 1335z, RRI Makassar, music followed by announcer and telephone interview.As opposed to 49m, 60m was quiet, even after

sunrise allowing for good copy.

China: 4900 @ 1345z, V of the Strait, music only.

China: 5030 @ 1355z, Peoples Broadcasting Service from Beijing. Pretty good copy except for some splatter from R Rebelde on 5025.

11/19

China: V of the Strait, Fuzhou, 4900 @ 1345z.

China: Peoples Broadcasting Domestic Service, 5030 @ 1355z.

India: AIR (Domestic Service) 9870 @ 1650z.

Netherlands(non): R Nederland in Eng to Africa, 7120 @ 2000 (3 1/2 hours before local sunset)//11655.

Philippines: FEBC Radio, Engish ID at opening, 9445 @ 2300z.

Burkina Faso: R Burkina, in French,  5030 @ 2315z.

China: Xinjiang Peoples Broadcasting Service, in 4980 @ 0015z, from Urumqi (central Asia) in Uighur. Also on 5060 in Chinese from Urumqi.

Zambia: ZNBC, English dialect, 5915 @ 0335z.Lots of good music.

Zimbabwe: ZBC, English dialect, 4828 @ 0340z.

Swaziland: Trans World Radio, 4775 @ 0345z.

South Africa: Channel Africa, in English, 3345 @ 0350z.

Honduras: R Luz y Vida, in English (Unshackled)3250 @ 0355z.

11/20

Angola: R Nacional DS, 4950 @ 0035z

Djibouti: R Djibouti DS, 4780 @ 0310z.

In between these two logs I spent most of the evening listening to African sounding music on 4915. Is Ghana back on 60m?

But I finally heard some conversation that sounds more like Portugeuse so it must have been a Brazilian.

Not a bad signal except for the CODAR. Is CODAR licensed? Will a complaint to the FCC do any good?

 

Martin Foltz – Mission Viejo, CA

Receiver, Antenna

 

11/5

I'm back from a week of travel to Northern California and this was in today's mail.

USA WEWN 5810 kHz f/d card and letter in 15 days for a report with $1 and a SASE. v/s Glen Tapley. (Martin Foltz)

Only 9 more US SWBC stations that I don't have a QSL from. 

I also have an email from Joseph Cook at Camslant promising a QSL for NMF.

 

 

Kevin Redding- Gilbert, AZ

Eton E10 and AN03 Antenna

 

11/11

5030 CNR1 Beijing 1615 woman singing CC ballad. Fair.

5810 Firedrake 1620 playing some easy listening traditional CC  

music. Strong.

6145 Firedrake 1620 // to 5810. Fair.

6175 CNR1 Beijing 1629 CC man and woman telling a story with music in 

background. Very weak.

7110 CNR1 Shijiazhuang 1632 CC storytelling // 6175. Weak.

7150 CNR2 Xian 1637 Chinese story being told by woman in EE. Weak.

7205 BBC Singapore? 1641 unknown Asian language. Fair.

7300 Firedrake 1644 Traditional CC music. Poor.

7415 Firedrake 1645 // 7300 very weak and fadey.

7445 Firedrake 1646 // 7300, 7415 weak and poor.

11/16

6100 China Radio International Xian, China 1721 man reading news in 

EE, ultra weak.

6150 KNLS Anchor Point, AK 1722 EE Rel MX and into RR language talk. 

Poor and fadey. NEW!

6160  CKZU Vancouver, BC 1728 EE running a relay of CBC Radio One. 

Can't figure out who else it could be.  Weak and steady. Tentative NEW.

7110 CRI Hohhot, China 1730 CC talk into abrupt S/O after CC national 

anthem. . Fair.

7415 Firedrake 1733 with traditional CC music. Good.

7455 VoA Biblis 1734 in Pashto language weak.

9355 Firedrake 1741 over RFA maybe? Very shimmery and fluttery 

sounding. Poor.

9370 WTJC Newport, NC 1737 extremely weak, preaching.

9385 WWRB Manchester, TN 1738 with Brother R. Stare from W-A-L-T-E-R-

B-O-R-O South Carolina. Weak.

9425 All India Radio Bangalore, India 1740 playing marching music and 

into Hindi music. Fair. NEW!

9455 Firedrake 1741 over RFA? Very shimmery and fluttery sounding. Poor.

9480 KAIJ Dallas, TX 1742 with 2 men talking religion in EE. fair.

9570 China Radio International Kunming, China 1744 CC pop music.

9580 Radio Australia Shepparton, Australia 1746 EE to the Pacific. 

Commentary on apartheid. Strong.

9600 UNID 1747 Rel MX, man singing EE in a classical style with a 

very nice signal. This does not seem like it would be Bulgaria...

9610 Radio Canada International Sackville, NB 1749 EE talk about how 

to get more blacks to be teachers.

9680 Firedrake 1750 with traditional CC music. Good.

9710 R. Australia Shepparton Australia 1751 EE weak interview about 

apartheid.

9725 University Network Cahuita, Costa Rica 1754 DGS who is still 

dead getting a heavy dose of a warble jammer. Would be good if no 

jammer.

9740 BBC Singapore 1755 EE extremely weak.

9750 R. Japan Yamata, Japan 1756 with IS. Fair

9835 R. Japan 1758 JJ ID as NHK by woman. Good.

9840 WHRI Cypress Creek, SC 1759 with "Onward Christian Soldiers" IS. 

Fair, QRM R. Japan.

9870 Saudi Arabia Broadcasting Station of the Kingdom R. Riyadh, 

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 1800 Arabic language, presumed news. NEW!

9885 WWCR Nashville, TN 1801 talking about Ron Paul on the Alex Jones  

Show. Local.

10000 WWV Ft. Collins, CO / WWVH Kekaha, HI 1804 man and woman both 

giving time. Strong.

11/19

Heard on a DX440 and AN03 antenna:

3905 Radio New Ireland Kavieng, Papua New Guinea [t] 11/19 1258 with 

an English sort of language and playing a piano song. 1301 signal 

off.  Scraping the noise floor.

6170 Voice of Russia Kabarovsk, Russia 11/19 1340 jazz music sung in 

RR and into man and woman RR talk. Fair

Heard on a DX 398 and AN 03 antenna:

11/22

5030 CNR1 Beijing, China 1527 CC woman talking into pop music. Big signal. 

5810 Radio Free Asia Tinian Island 1530 Chinese music with a very big signal. 

5910 China Radio International 1836 CC woman speaking with basso profundo singer is in the background. 

5945 CNR1 Beijing, China 1538 CC into pop music. 

5955 Voice of America Tinang, Philippines 1541 in VV with talk about "football widows" and spelling in EE alphabetics. A truely local signal. 

5965 China Radio International Beijing, China 1546 RR program with CC accent. 

5980 China Radio International Beijing, China 1550 in JJ with a good signal. 

5995 R. Australia Shepparton, Australia 1552 Talking about Australian economics. EE with WYFR and CC underneath. 

6000 Mediacorp Radio Singapore 1554 CC music. Fair. 

6040 BBC Kranji, Singapore 1556 talking about the impact of global warming on Australian wine growing. Abrupt s/o mid sentence at 1559. 

6115 Belarussian Radio Minsk, Belorussia 1604 Language close to RR but not exactly. Sort of like PP and SS are close but not exactly. 

6160 CKZU Vancouver, BC 1609 with Radio One and CBC news about Afghanistan and the Taliban. Weak. 

6175 CNR1 Beijing, China 1610 CC woman speaking, good signal.

6195 BBC Kranji, Singapore 1615 talking about the end of the world because the UK football team lost some game last night. England must be crumbling I guess. 

7150 China Radio International Beijing, China 1613 talk about China then into talking about how upset the UK is over losing the football game and that they are getting a new coach now. 

9480 KAIJ Frisco, Texas 1624 with Glenn Hauser and World of Radio. Good signal. 

11/24

Heard on a DX440 AN03 antenna and RS 20-280 amplifier:

11725 Deutsche Welle Kigali, Rwanda 1950 GG weak.

11775 Caribbean Beacon The Valley, Anguilla 1954 EE DGS rambling, 

weak signal.

11785 WHRA Greenbush, ME 1156 EE Rel MX. Good.

11790 Deutsche Welle Kigali, Rwanda 2005 News in AA.  Fair.

13845 WWCR Nashville, TN 2007 ranting preacher. Fair.

14670 CHU Ottawa, ON 2009 Time and time pips. Fair.

15125 Radio Exterior de Espana Costa Rica 2011 very fast SS, super weak.

15305 Radio Canada International Sackville, NB 2015 ID in PP.

15315 Radio Netherlands Netherlands Antilles 2018 EE The State We're In.

17535 WYFR Okeechobee, FL 2025 woman telling Rel story about not 

wanting a divorce. Poor.

17810 Radio Netherlands Netherlands Antilles 2028 EE The State We're In.

17850 Radio Exterior de Espana Costa Rica 2019 fast SS and futbol. fair.

 

Harry Helms –Smithville, TX

Sony ICF 2010

 

3230 UNID 11/19 UTC (11/18 Central). Alerted by the report of The Crystal Ship pirate on 3240 in Glenn Hauser's latest DXLD, I checked last night from about

0215 to 0250 UTC. Nothing was on 3240, but "something" was on this frequency. Very weak signal, but definitely AM although too week to hold a lock with

synchro detection. Seemed to be random talk between two men and had a "pirate radio" feel to it. Around 0235 the signal faded up enough to clearly hear

"hello. . . . hello, hello. . . . . h-h-h-e-e-e-l-l-l-l-o-o-o-o" by a man, as if they were

testing their transmitter modulation using a 'scope. Signal faded to flutter a few times before being totally lost by 0240. I suspect this was a pirate station testing, although an AM military transmitter (are there any still around?) could be a possibility.

3240 SWAZILAND Trans World Radio, beautiful interval signal interspersed with "This is Trans World Radio" by man 0257 11/19. Not very strong, but no QRM.

15000 WWVH, Kauai, Hawaii, totally atop WWV during checks 2045-2245 11/18 while operating the ARRL phone sweepstakes. Odd propagation; this is normally

observed here only around sunset in Fort Collins.

I used the ICF-2010 and whip for all receptions but 15000, where I used a Yaesu FT-817 and an end fed Hertz for 20 meters installed as a sloper to the east.

 

Juan Gualda – Ft. Pierce, FL

Receiver, Antenna

 

0300 6925.1 USB   Pink Floyd "Learning To Fly"

 

John Cereghin – Smyrna, DE

Receiver, Antenna

 

The shortwave logs below are UTC date and times

Nov 4  0215  6025 Dominican Republic R. Amanecer, presumed, Spanish,

long classical mx piece, hymns.  No ID caught on the tape but details

are consistent with other reports

Nov 4 1205  7325  Papua New Guinea Wontok R Light, tentative- audio

here, maybe a hymn, too weak to get good copy or ID or even to discern

the language, but it sounded like either a teaching program or a

low-keyed preaching program.  In the clear this morning

Nov 4 1400  17725 Libya  Voice Of Africa  listed Swahili at tune in,

into English ID "This is the Voice of Africa" by YL at 1403.  Weak but

clear signal.

Nov 4  2205  5030 Burkina Faso  R. Burkina,  presumed French talks and

African pops, taped but nothing to nail down a positive ID.  Good

signal.

11/17/07   2100          7390 Belarus     R. Belarus Caught IS with weak station,

into talk in unknown language.  I always have had trouble with this

station over the years.

11/17/07   2210          5005 Equatorial Guinea      R. Nacional Bata       Presumed, very

weak, no ID, continual lite pops.

11/18/07   0225          3985 Croatia      Glas Hrvatske (sp?) Noted in the clear but

weak w/talk and presumed ID at 0230

11/18/07   0238          4915 Brazil         Rdif. Macapà     Clear, strong and nice ID,

Brazilian pops, talks, good sig, wiping out any hopes to catch

Zambia's sign-on.

15345- RAE Argentina, 1830-1845 UT, English, with IDs and dull talk

about Argentine agriculture or something equally thrilling.  The

Argentine music bridges were more interesting.  Poor audio made copy

difficult (reminded me of listening to Radio Moscow during their salad

days), plus annoying het and flutter, but good signal, especially on

my cheapo Radio Shack DX-375 with just the whip antenna.

Just me and my KA1103 at the park at lunch..

1845 UT on Nov 28  9445- All India Radio in English,  low audio with

non-descript talk, but got good ID about "You are listening to the

general overseas service of All India Radio".  Good signal.

1850 UT on Nov 28, 15120, VO Nigeria, English, presumed the one here.

I say "presumed" thanks to the big splatter from WYFR on 15115 which

made copy tough.  Heard African accented English, African-style vocals

and mentions on Nigeria at 1859 but never caught the ID, but was

probably them.

 

Phil Rafuse –Stratford, PEI

R390 LF Engineering antenna

 

11/15 2:35 to 3:35 UTC:

6000 KHz Radio Havana Arnie with a report on a sea turtle sanctuary. 

Makes me want to pop in a Bobs and Lolo CD... lol. 

6155 KHz Voice of Russia - The news.  Same programming on 6240, but

with a nice background hum. Perhaps VOR has just received a new

transmitter from Ramsey electronics... I could be watching Lloyd

Robertson, but instead I'm listening to VOR.

7160 BBC African service - with story on Pakistan

7285 KHz The Voice of Croatia - rattling off all their MW and SW

frequencies.  Intensely strong signal with the same feed as 1134 KHz.

7335 KHz CHU

7360 KHz The African service of Vatican radio - story on world youth

day in Australia.

7455 KHz Family radio

Shortwave sounds really good on a R-392 fed through computer speakers

and a subwoofer.  And the MW only M-601C seems to work rather nicely on

SW.

 

Glenn Hauser – Enid, OK

Yaesu FRG 7

 

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana, 6110, 0130 English to NAm, fair with no jamming Nov 2 at 0139; main interference was not from 6115 or 6105, but from 6100, Sackville in Spanish splatter, aimed our way at 240 degrees

** CHINA [non]. CRI is beside itself now in the 1200 Chinese hour, as noted Nov

3 at 1257: on 9560 via Sackville, and after a few syllables of satellite delay,

on 9570 via Habana. After 1300, the latter continues in English, as the

Sackville relay for B-07 is on 11885 instead of 9650. Perhaps China was

uncomfortable being sandwiched between two KBSWR South Korean relays on 9650 until 1300 and after 1400?

** ECUADOR. HCJB`s long-obsolete frequency announcements in Spanish have

survived yet another seasonal transition into B-07! Nov 2 at 1314 on 11960, the

same old recording claimed they were on 11760 and 9745, while in fact they have been for years and continue to be on 11690 and 11960

** GUATEMALA. R. Truth, Chiquimula, in a band of its own, 4052.5, Nov 3 at 0520 with spiritual ``Nobody knows the trouble I`ve Seen``, 0522  preacher in

English with Spanish accent (Amílcar himself?), and shortly into contrasting

sacred music, Handel? The 0500-0600* hour is in English

** MEXICO. XEYU, 9599.3, Nov 1 around 0630, good with classical music, but gone again at recheck 1300. Just before 1300 I was hearing no het on Cuba, so

figured UNAM had vanished. Nor was it audible around 0140 UT Nov 2, altho the

MUF may have dipped too low by then. Still missing around 0530 and 1330 too.

After barely 24 hours back on the air, XEYU 9599.3v remains silent as of Nov 3.

In checking the frequency, I found RHC on 9600 until 0459 Nov 3 with a song

about Habana, // 9550 which continued in Spanish. So it would be pointless for

XEYU to broadcast before 0500 anyway. At 0507 I found 9600 occupied by

something in an African language. That`s VOA Botswana in Hausa until 0530.

After that, 9600 should be clear for a while, altho there are various other

broadcasters scheduled during the 24 hours, including more from Cuba in the

mornings, 1100-1300, as well as 0000-0500 (Sunday 2330- with Esperanto), per

RHC website, which must always be viewed skeptically. Since XEYU is not

frequency-agile --- except for slight variations --- it would be charitable if

RHC were to cede 9600 to XEYU, but you could hardly expect them to if Radio

UNAM is not really committed to daily broadcasting

** NEW ZEALAND [and non]. RNZI`s latest schedule change to 9870 for DRM at

0659-1258 is bad news for Vividh Bharati Service from India, and those who

would listen to it, which a few weeks earlier moved to 9870. Nov 1 at 1250

there was no trace of VBS here under the DRM noise, and at 1254 there was also QRDRM to something on 9865. DRM went off at 1259* revealing 9870 VBS and 9865 VOR IS. May we expect yet another abrupt QSY by NZ to resolve this situation?

** POLAND [non]. PRES, 9450 via Wertachtal for English at 1300 may make it to

ENAm, but not to CNAm; Nov 1 at 1301 I could hear only a trace of a signal on

this frequency. And no better Nov 2. Of course, if Warsaw cared about being

heard in NAm, they would use some of their time on Guiana French for that

instead of beaming Polish back to Europe --- or use Wertachtal at a suitable

time and frequency for NAm, like VOR does now on 6155 at 0300

** SPAIN [non]. REE via Costa Rica really has some interference problems now:

Besides Vatican collision on 5965 after 0400 as previously noted, Nov 3 at

0512, it had severe ACI from CRI English on 5960 via Sackville; CRI is on here

from before 0400 until 0600. REE`s 9675 had even more severe QRM at 0508 from WYFR on 9680 with CBS Taiwan in Cantonese. This is aimed right at us, 315 degrees from Okeechobee (and equally ruins Channel Africa on 9685, English hour at 0500). Even REE 3350 had problems, at 0523, intermittent ``running water`` utility QRM. None of this would be quite so bad if REE had any punch in its modulation, but all its Cariari frequencies are very undermodulated and lo-fi, compared to Noblejas

** THAILAND. R. Thailand`s best chance to be heard here during English seems

not to be the new NAm service direct in the evenings --- are we too far west

for the ENAm service and too far east for the WNAm service to make it? --- but

the 1230 UT broadcast on 9810 to SEAsia/Australia which happens to be on a

clear frequency. Nov 1 at 1258 check, 9810 was poor with flutter, and adjacent

to Cuban jamming against nothing on 9805, that being a residual until provoked

by Martí, and not as full-force as it would otherwise be. The 1400 R. Thailand

broadcast on 9725 doesn`t have a chance unless Costa Rica be off

** TURKEY. VOT, 15350, Turkish music, and not much talk, most enjoyable around 1330 Nov 2. Now during that hour we have a music choice of Turkey 15350, Solh 15265, Saudi Arabia 15380. Too, 15350 had a much better signal than VOT`s English service opening at 1330, which this date was poor on 12035, inaudible on 11735. 15350 is scheduled 0800-1400, 294 degrees.

Now instead of R. Solh on 17700, we hear Die Stimme der Türkei, until 1325 or

so Nov 3. Perhaps I just missed their 14-dayish DX Programm on Samstags. Much better reception for this than we get in English from 1330 on 12035, 11735.

Besides 1230, the other German broadcast from VOT is at 1830 on 7205 per ADDX

** U K [non]. Altho it doesn`t always appear on the BBCWS online skeds for W

Africa, 7160 via Ascension at 0300-0600 provides good reception here. Among the non-African programs it provides are: Sat 0332 Discovery, 0430 The Interview; Sun 0332 Instant Guide & Over to You, 0532 Reporting Religion

** U S A. Just after I publicized 15580 as excellent new frequency for VOA`s

music hour at 2100, it`s gone, Nov 1 at 2105 check. Not a trace. Left a

receiver on frequency, and carrier finally came on at 2131:30, but off and on a

few times, then stayed on and program joined at 2133 in hiphop music, so I

wouldn`t be listening to it on Thursday, anyway. They must be having a lot of

trouble keeping those old transmitters going at Greenville, but more schedule

changes are in store next week.

Somewhat surprised to encounter VOA news in English at 0138 on 7200, so not to the Americas, and not Special. This hour from Morocco is scheduled to cover

Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and all the countries in between. But nor

after March! IBB announced Nov 2 that the Morocco site would be closed, and

returned to the Moroccan government

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana, 13640, new English to NAm at 1530-1600, best heard yet

on Nov 5 at 1529 with IS, 1530 opening with usual schedule, S9+15 or 34443, but fighting my local line noise. Modulation still needs more punch. Not bothered

by a weak adjacent on 13635, presumably CVC Darwin in English

** AUSTRALIA [non]. Again hearing motorboating/buzz, defective transmitter

underneath RA on 6020, Nov 5 at 1348. Per Aoki B-07, the only other station on

6020 at that hour would be Hanoi, Vietnam; is that it?

** COSTA RICA. In connexion with the REE Cariari spurs around 17595 and 18105 from the 17850 transmitter, which persisted for a few weeks in Sept/Oct, I

recently remarked that 17850 would be replaced by 15125 in B-07. I am not sure

how I concluded this, but the REE B-07 schedules we see now certainly show both in use. The one via José Bueno, for the CR relays only in the daytime, as

reworked by Alan Roe:

1200-2300 SAm   Sun   9765  15125

1500-2300 NAm   Sun  17850

1600-2300 N&SAm Sat   9765  15125  17850

1800-2000 N&SAm M-F   9765  15125  17850

In any event, the spurs are no longer detectable when 17850 is on, such as Nov

3 at 2050, Nov 4 at 1513

** CUBA. RHC Spanish DX program, En Contacto, Sunday Nov 4 at 1335-1350 on 11760 et al.: included at 1338 a talk by new correspondent in Guatemala, Julio Pineda, about DRM. Sounded like it came from a DRM press release; nothing about its drawbacks. Also outdated, as he said HCJB was the only Latin American station doing DRM, unaware of Bonaire, Chile and Guiana French (and HCJB is only doing it in German to Europe, currently). Also said that propagation would start improving from the middle of this year with the sunspot cycle rising.

Wrong again; ask Arnie, who used to contribute a propagation segment for this

show but is no longer to be heard on it; I wonder why?

** CUBA. It is notable that no more jamming is heard on 11845, only a week

after R. Martí vacated, as checked Nov 5 at 1523. Word must have finally got

around the DCJC network to pile on 15330 instead

** CUBA. Cut numbers on pure CW, 7520, Nov 5 at 1331, presumably spy message from here

** GABON [and non]. AN1, 17630, Nov 5 at 1411 had some weaker co-channel in English, no doubt CRI via Mali aimed eastward. This collision has been going on for years, and must be much worse in Africa. Perhaps the Chinese do not realize Gabon is there, not being registered with HFCC (only R. Japan relays appear). When the 17630 Gabon signal is good, I look for the harmonic on 19160, but no luck so far this season

** GUIANA FRENCH. The unreliable DRM broadcast from TDF on 17870-17875-17880 was much weaker than usual, Monday Nov 5 at 1442. Africa and Europe were propagating OK, so strange that GUF would not. Power reduxion or beam change?

** INDIA. AIR VBS, 9870, Nov 5 at 1336, fair signal with fast SAH, or was it

just polar flutter? Xi`an China might be co-channel. Enjoyed the VBS music on

and off during the next hour. AIR GOS in English, OTOH, was inaudible on 9690

** INDONESIA. Don`t usually have much luck with VOI when it is on 11785 instead of 9525, but Nov 5 at 1353, lacking WHRI since it is a weekday, could hear weak

Korean talk which must be VOI as scheduled, also low het with something else,

because VOI is habitually off-frequency, about 11784.9. At 1554 recheck, could

hear the VOI gamelan band & English ID routine which they run during this

semihour, but no comparison to the nice signal they used to have on 9525

** INTERNATIONAL VACUUM [non]. Shuttle Discovery communications relay on SSB at 0710 Nov 5. I was falling asleep, but thought I heard some music included, jeopardizing the ham license of Goddard SFC`s WA3NAN, Greenbelt MD, which this must have been as I was tuned to about 7183. I was also too tired to measure the frequency, but that`s about where the FRG-7 was parked when I turned it on the next morning. WA3NAN lists 7185 as one of its shuttle audio relay frequencies at http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sarex/shutfreq.html

** JORDAN. R. Jordan seems to have replaced some of its English hours on 11690 with French. Nov 5 at 1524, well after HCJB was off, but as always with RTTY on the low side, I found pop music in French, and at 1526 an announcement in French. Again at 1538 when splatter from Venezuela/Cuba 11680 was also a problem. When there were lyrics to the music, they were in French, such as at 1556. Then at 1600 theme music, presumed ID but fade, and into rock music in English, which went on to 1607 when an announcement said ``You are listening to ---, new sound``. I never got a definite ID for Jordan in either language, but don`t see how it could be anything else.

For B-07 RJ is scheduled on 11690 at 1400-1730 to Eu and 48-USA plus Atlantic

Canada. WRTH 2007 shows RJ has a French service on FM 90.0 until 1600, which they are now apparently duplicating on SW until that hour, leaving only one

sesquihour of English. Or was it a mistake? Further monitoring needed

** KUWAIT. R. Kuwait is still in English on 11990. Finally caught the tail end

of the 18-21 transmission, Nov 3 at 2057 tune-in with Madonna tune to disco

beat. 2058 sign-off announcement giving English schedule, also at ``8 AM`` and

on FM. 2059 brief NA. 2100 5+1 timesignal, news theme, and YL news in Arabic.

Finally cut off abruptly at 2106* SINPO 34343, deep fades

** LAOS [non]. Confirmed on the first day of standard time in Indiana, that

Hmong Lao Radio has shifted one UT hour later on WHRI, still on 11785 but at

1400-1500 Sunday Nov 4, followed by Hmong World Christian Radio at 1500. Both should also apply to Saturdays. BTW, DXing with Cumbre was also on 11785 before 1400. Then checking http://www.whr.org repeatedly on Nov 4 to get an updated DWC schedule, I found it was down. Guess they are taking a while to get all the times changed? No, it`s back up Nov 5 but ET/UT times are STILL shown as 4 hours apart instead of 5! Worse than useless

** MADEIRA [non]. ``Abraço da Madeira`` show on RDPI, 15560, during the 1405 UT Sunday hour Nov 4, excellent reception. Pause for news on the semihour. This show is on the schedule at

http://tv.rtp.pt/EPG/radio/epg-dia.php?canal=5

13:11 12:11 ABRAÇO DA MADEIRA das 13:11 às 15:00

i.e. 1311-1500 local = 1211-1400 UT. This page, which shows exact programming by every particular date, such as Nov 4 in this case, still displays local time as one hour ahead of UT! Even tho Portugal is now back on UT, so the true time for this show, heard in the 1400 UT hour, must really be 1311-1500 UT! So all other listings displayed are one hour off.

Madeira, BTW, stays on the same time as Portugal, unlike Açores, which is one

hour behind but also shifting DST-wise, UT -1 winter, UT summer, per WRTH 2007

** MEXICO. XEYU was still missing when I patrolled 31m around 1330 UT Nov 5,

but next time I crossed the frequency, at 1447, it was back on with discussion

in Spanish. Frequency had ascended more than halfway from 9599 to 9600, as with BFO on, stepping back and forth 1 kHz on the YB-400, the pitch was slightly

lower on 9600 than on 9599, so it would be around 9599.55

** SPAIN. REE now has a classical music show, ``Clásicos Populares``, M-F for

55 minutes during the 14 UT hour, which I came across Nov 5 at 1412 on 17595

with its usual good signal and audio, also // barely audible 21570 and 21610.

Nothing very deep here, as the title implies, and they spend too much time

talking with artists; heard some Goldberg Variations in two different segments,

Mozart. Interrupted show abruptly at 1455 for frequency change announcement:

Africa from 21540 to 17755 about to happen, and goodbye to NAm until 1900 on

9630. But 17595 continued on air with no break, and no perceptible reduxion in

signal as they welcomed C&SAm listeners instead. What supposedly happens at

1500 is that a second Noblejas 250 kW transmitter at 302 degrees goes off,

while another one at 248 degrees keeps running. BTW, the program grid effective Oct 29 at

http://www.rtve.es/archivos/70-6806-FICHERO/ParrillaReeInvierno2007.pdf

is marked HOE at the top, which means Hora Oficial Española, UT +1

** TURKEY. VOT was much better, tho only fair, on 12035, than on 11735, Nov 5

at 1403 ending YL lecture outroed as ``Views & Colours of Anatolia``, 1405 a

truncated version of their IS, which always annoys me, just chopping it off;

one complete iteration of it would not take  much time. Then Turkish music

interlude. At 1407 noticed 12035 transmitter was cutting off the air and back

on

** U K [non]. If one wants to hear the documentaries and other features in the

14-15 UT hour from BBCWS to Africa, one can do so in North America via

Ascension on 17830 // 21470, such as Nov 5 at 1410 about global warming

** U S A. Making a periodic check trying to confirm WOR on WBCQ 9330, UT Monday Nov 5 at 0415, nothing audible on that frequency, probably above MUF if it is on; checked 7415, and since I was already in LSB mode on the DX-398, found reduced audio there, while there was quite a bit more audio on the USB, so 7415 is sort of CUSB. Nothing audible on 5110 either. By 0515, 7415 had almost faded out too and I could barely recognize my own voice, which, BTW, had to arrive at WBCQ yet again by phone feed since they had lost the recording/file of the latest show and were about to play the previous one as they already had at 0400; same thing happened the week before. Just before 0515, Ed Bolton was singing! Instead of making his usual desperate pitch for contributions following Amos & Andy

** U S A. WWCR mixing product on 5980, Nov 5 at 0656, Pastor Pete Peters and

Doctor Gene Scott together, with 5890 leaping over 5935. Both fundamentals were extremely strong, S9+20 while 5980 was S9+15. Heard on two receivers. Not heard on the opposite side, 5845, perhaps obscured by 5850 WEWN. At 0701 PPP began another hour, identified as originally broadcast on 11/21/06. R. Martí is supposed to start at 0700 on 5980, but neither it nor DentroCuban jamming could be heard immediately under WWCR

** U S A. As suspected, with WEWN running two 500 kW transmitters only 20 kHz apart, leapfrog mixing product found on 11510, Nov 5 at 1520. That`s 11550, the squealy transmitter in Spanish, over 11530 in English. Could not detect a match on 11570, however, perhaps obscured by WYFR 11565. Spur on 11510 impossiblizes reception here of VOA Sri Lanka in English, despite coincidentally favorable azimuth of 340 degrees

** U S A. Made a point of monitoring VOA`s new weekday broadcast at 1400-1415 on 11840, 17595, on its first day, Nov 5. Tuned in early to 11840 and nothing there until about 5 seconds after 1400 when cut on with brief open carrier, and then joining Spanish program already in progress, which turns out to be from the Voasat network, ``Deportivo Internacional``, which was announced as a new program itself, altho nothing said about the SW frequencies! Announcer doesn`t understand time conversion as he said it was lunes a viernes 9-9:15 hora de Wáshington, 1300 hora universal, but of course that is now equivalent to 1400! Could not listen to this silly ballgame nonsense straight thru, but then

checked 17565 and found it equally strong, and came back before closing. Last

item was about a team named the Lakers. In Spanish, one might wonder if it has

anything to do with lagos? One thing Los Ángeles is not known for, is lakes.

Looking at my Rand McNally, all one finds are little reservoirs scattered here

and there, implying they are artificial, and no real natural lakes. At 1414,

Freddy Silva was wrapping it up, with forced enthusiasm and constant frenetic

musical bed. Stopped at 1414:30, and after a pause, standard VOA sign-off in

English. So now we know the purpose of the new 1400-1415 M-F VOA broadcast, but why?

** VENEZUELA [non]. ``Aló, Presidente``, via Cuba quickly checked Sunday Nov 4 at 1514, found 17750 & 13750 synchronized; 11875 & 11670 an echo apart from the other two

** CUBA. RHC spur on 15500, weak and intermittent, Nov 6 at 1455, no doubt from the very large signal on 15370

** JORDAN. Checking R. Jordan again Nov 6 on 11690 for French replacing

English: 1424 tune-in, French announcement but mostly music, atop HCJB with SAH of 4+ Hz. 1431 talk feature; 1436 ID tentatively as ``Radio Francophone

Jordanie`` but not sure of last word. High-energy music with disco beat, YL DJ,

who also did the news headlines at 1500, back to music before 1502; 1532

recheck, still in French. A timesignal at 1500 must have been the sign-off of

HCJB. Throughout, the usual RTTY QRM on the low side, avoided as much as

possible.

Then Noel Green reported that the French and English departments were

temporarily having to share a studio, accounting for the changes

** MALI [and non]. CRI English on 17630, Nov 6 at 1451 was mixing with Africa

Numéro Un, Gabon, with CRI mostly atop for a change

** MEXICO. XEYU, 9599.5v, was certainly on the air Nov 5 at 2312, causing a big het to Vatican Radio, 9600.0, closing English. Axually, Vatican is supposed to

be on 9600 from SMG only at 2315-2400 in Vietnamese. They must have turned it on early

** SPAIN. REE, 17595, 1455 Nov 6 with usual interruption to programming for

unnecessarily lengthy frequency change announcement. Unlike the day before,

there was no signal on 17595 from 1458 to 1502, so not only the NAm transmitter went off, but so did the C&SAm transmitter (or it was already off) until return at 1502. Meanwhile, // programming on 15585 continued, but too weak to be of use here

** SWEDEN. R. Sweden theme music on 11820, Nov 6 at 1428 and off a minute later without announcement. I assumed this was coincidental, some other station

playing that music, but checking schedule I see R. Sweden is now scheduled here only at 1400-1430 via Hörby, 95 degrees to ME/SAs

** U S A [and non]. VOA Creole confirmed at one-hour-later-shifted-time of

2200-2230 UT, as heard at 2223 on 11895 // 13725. I believe Haiti is the only

country that gets this treatment among VOA`s language services. Of course most

of the European languages, where DST is a major factor, have been cancelled.

VOA World News Now coming in well on 9490, before and after 2300 UT Nov 5 ---that`s Tinang, Philippines at 200 degrees. String of frequencies announced also

included 5910. That`s 2200-2400, 50 kW at 283 degrees from Tinang-2, whose

coordinates are one minute further east than the main Tinang-1 site. Altho from

Nov 7, Greenville is also scheduled on 5910 at exactly the same time.

Début of VOA`s new 15-minute weekday report in Spanish, ``Crónica del Día``

monitored Monday November 5 at 2302 tune-in on 5890, giving time as ``6 pm en Wáshington, 11 de la mañana, Tiempo Universal`` --- I`ve explained to them that they should use the 24 hour system with UT, and avoid such confusion. But where is the // 9885? Nothing there until it popped on at 2306. Wake up in

Greenville! Axually they were probably scrambling to get a transmitter retuned

and antennas switched, not enough time allowed for the process. Like the

morning sports show, which was plugged at 2307 without any specific tuning

info, this one has a continuous urgent repetitive musical bed, which I find

distracting and insulting, as if words are not enough to convey news. Basically

headlines, squeezing as much as possible into the time, including stox. Outro

at 2313 identified announcers as Mercedes Antezana and Hernán Suárez. These are primarily VOASat programs with SW added as an afterthought

** VATICAN [and non]. XEYU, 9599.5v, Nov 5 at 2312, causing a big het to

Vatican Radio, 9600.0, closing English. Axually, Vatican is supposed to be on

9600 from SMG only at 2315-2400 in Vietnamese. They must have turned it on

early.

BTW, per VR engineering sked via Wolfgang Büschel, if you hear it on 9600

during the previous hour in Chinese, 2200-2245, it`s currently 120 kW, 218

degrees from Khabarovsk, but from Dec 2 to Feb 2 it will be instead 250 kW, 263

degrees from Petropalovsk, then back to Khabarovsk from Feb 3 to March 29

** ALBANIA. Anomalies monitored from R. Tirana: Nov 7 at 1528, on 13640,

carrier at S9+15. No modulation until 1531:45, music joined in progress, wrong

program? 1532:15 cut to English opening with schedule; program summary

including European Integration show, which is for Wednesday.

Nov 7 at 2106, 9915 just barely audible (but I have a high local noise level on

this band), while audible better on // 7430 intended for Europe --- however,

not in English but Albanian, news!

Nov 8 at 0350 on 6110, continuous vocal rock music, no announcements heard, not even at sign off. Music and carrier ran until 0401* overlapping BBC Arabic

which came on between 0359 and 0400, heavy sub-audible heterodyne

** CUBA. RHC, 6060, Nov 7 at 0624 in English, low modulation and very

distorted, audible only at peaks. Meanwhile, // 6000 was OK, as was 6180, very

loud as usual tho with some distortion

** GUIANA FRENCH. TDF DRM test remains weaker than before, and center has shifted down 5 kHz, so now it covers 17865-17870-17875, Nov 8 at 1455. Kai Ludwig found a German posting that indeed they have redirected the beam toward Europe instead of NAm:

Apparently beam change since here in Europe strong signals were reported at the same time. Btw, programming was RFO Guyane:

http://forum.mysnip.de/read.php?8773,451822,page=23

And the DRM schedule checked Nov 8 indeed shows this, but on the wrong

frequency: 1300-2000 daily 17875 35 Europe 150 RFO Guyane French Montsinery However this transmission usually starts later, ends earlier than times shown, and has been M-F only

** INDIA. AIR VBS, 9870, Nov 8 at 1344, YL DJ in English with ``Hello, very

good evening``, but then back to Hindi

** IRAN. Nov 8 at 1337, I found solo man singing in uncertain language in // on

9790 and 9835. The only thing that fits is the Urdu service of VOIRI

** JAPAN [non]. NHK Warido, R. Japan via Sackville, 11705, Nov 8 at 1420 in

What`s Up, Japan? had an interesting report about the Soy Sauce Summit ---

seems that consumption of SS is declining in Japan, altho SS is now found in

half of America`s kitchens. Efforts are underway in Japan to promote SS, which

has many different varieties besides the black Kikkoman stuff we are familiar

with

** JORDAN. R. Jordan, 11690, again noted in French instead of English at 1525

check Nov 7

** MEXICO. XEYU, 9599.2, Nov 8 at 1332 with news from Radio Francia

Internacional; good signal, only lite het at the moment. This is on the R. UNAM

(AM) schedule at 7:30 am, lasting less than a semihour, followed by music to

hourtop when AM & FM simulcast

** SOUTH AFRICA. 17860, Channel Africa IDs and IS, which includes chirps of the old bokmakierie as in Radio RSA days, Nov 8 at 1456 preceding Swahili service, poor. After timesignal at 1500, I switched to 17770 where the English service was better. There shouldn`t be that much difference, as 17860 is 250 kW at 19 degrees while 17770 is 500 kW at 20 degrees

** SPAIN. The gimmick on Clásicos Populares from REE in the 1400 UT hour

weekdays, best on 17595 seems to be listener participation, rating various

pieces of music, or choosing which performance is best. Nov 7 at 1430 they were

playing the fourth performance in a row of the same aria; next day, when some

distortion marred the signal, there were different intermezzi the audience was

supposed to rate

** SRI LANKA. I feared that the WEWN mixing product on 11510 would totally

block VOA during Border Crossings in the 1500 UT hour, as it did when first

noted; but Nov 7 at 1524, it only partially blocked, as VOA was audible mixing.

VOA 9760 via Philippines is always much better but with separate Special

English programming

** SUDAN [non]. English lessons frequently punxuated by doorbells (as in

American usage), Nov 8 at 1410, on 15675, Southern Sudan Interactive Radio

Instruction; see my report in 7-122 when it was on 15650.

Now in the SENTECH schedule:

1400 1430 15675 250 246     East Africa       Unknown

246 meaning Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Cf. Steve Lare`s report in DXLD 7-133 of similar programming at this hour on

15390 via Armavir/Krasnodar, which we thought was also SSIRS. This time I

checked 15390 and a weak signal did not seem to be in parallel, so is this

actually something else? 15390 is scheduled daily, Merlin/VTC broker. However,

SSIRI is known to use a variety of different transmitter sites, also UAE

** U S A. BBCWS relay, 11675, axually on the air early, rather than late! Nov 7

at 2048 found the open carrier already on, and at 2058 B-B-C- chimes. This

means Greenville is no longer using one of the same transmitters as for Hausa

at 2030-2100, without sufficient time to return, now scheduled on 9815 and

15185 M-F.

VOA Music Mix, 15580 Greenville, Nov 7 at 2105 starting Classic Rock show, on

Thursdays. This time the transmitter was on the air before 2130. Keep it up

** U S A. WBCQ 7415 I found to have suppressed lowersideband, instead of usual DSB, November 5 around 0415, and still the case Nov 8 around 0345. Will Martin heard this explained on the Lumpy Gravy show: the regular 7415 transmitter is down for repairs, so the 5110-CUSB transmitter has been retuned to 7415. I assume this means 5110 is currently not on the air at all, and the signal on 7415 is probably not as strong as usual

** U S A. AFN, 7811-USB (did not measure exactly), Nov 7 at 0636 with report

from Pentagon Channel, but audio cutting out; same problem in next item, a

medical report. If it were not for such problems, AFRTS would be very useful in

aggregating all these little features from various networks, removing

commercials, and running them one after another

** ZANZIBAR. RTZ, 11735, Nov 7 at 2051 with local music, 2055 devotional in

Arabic, 2059 brief YL sign-off, NA lasting only half a sesquiminute, and off.

This seems like one of the most exotic places we can hear on SW without much

difficulty

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. Radio Solh, 15265 via Rampisham UK, still with sticking

CD at 1346-1350, but during the following hour has changed the playlist. Nov 9

at 1420 a bilingual song, lyrix in English by a woman, including ``my heart

throbs`` and ``you be my only one``, anyone recognize that? But other verses by

M in Pashto(?)

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana, 13640, Nov 10 began programming slightly early at

1529:40. I think it would be better to hold the announcement of the complete

English schedule for the end of each broadcast rather than delay the beginning,

when just the current frequency or frequencies in use should be given. It`s

certainly better than never giving SW frequencies like some SW stations, or

never giving them for the transmission in progress, like Radio Japan.

6110: when open carrier came on about 0326 Nov 11, successfully mashing down noise and QRM on frequency, I was expecting easy listening from RT; but 0330 theme, opening with full English schedule, were very lowly modulated, compared to neighboring stations, and even more so compared to that guy on the always heavily modulated 5070 at the same time

** ANTARCTICA. Friday Nov 9 was another good day for LRA-36. I was about to go out and didn`t have time to stay with it, but there was music audible on 15476,

not 15475, at 2052, a few minutes before scheduled closing

** ARGENTINA [and non]. After logging Antarctica, I checked to see how well

15345 was incoming, Nov 9 at 2054. Tango music, and announcement in French, so must have been RAE, but at first I thought there was a subaudible heterodyne, unlikely for RAE to be that close to nominal frequency to beat against Morocco! Instead it must have been propagational flutter. The REE service to troops in ME, 1900-2200 is supposed to be back on 12035 as it was last B, ex-15345 in A season, as yet unconfirmed here. Nothing audible on the 13363 feeder at this time

** BIAFRA [non]. V. of Biafra International via WHRI, reconfirmed at same hour

now as in A-07, Friday Nov 9 at 2053 on 15665 with diatribe about how Biafra

deserves diplomatic recognition, so still at 2000-2100. The apparently spurious

and never confirmed additional broadcast on Wednesdays at 1915-1945 on 13710 has now been removed from the WHR online schedule when searched on VOBI

** CUBA [and non]. Lately I have suspected jamming on 5955, obviously against

R. República`s latest but weak frequency 5954.1. It`s hard to pull out from the

sideband splatter caused by WYFR 5950 and Sackville 5960, but I am now pretty

certain I am hearing separate grinding. At 0302 Nov 11, could not even detect a

carrier on 5954; if heard at all, that`s better here a few hours earlier.

RHC, 6140, before 0300 UT Nov 11 was quite strong and // 9600. At 0306 recheck I was hearing something else in Spanish on 6140. At first I thought it might be the Rebelde or Progreso network, but 0315 a bit of `skylark` music reminded me that R. Romania Internacional is scheduled here in Spanish; still mixing with weaker RHC, taking turns dominating

** ERITREA [non]. Checking the WHR website for WHRA clandestine scheduling of V. of Meselina [sic, really Meselná as pronounced and on VOMD website] Delina, M-F at 1800-1830, still shows as 17650. And that is now correct as checked Nov 7 or 8

** FRANCE [and non]. RFI, 7315, Nov 9 at 0610 with nonchalant newscaster in

English, good signal and surprised it was without WHRI QRM, since WHRI is

scheduled on 7315 during this hour daily. Perhaps RFI persuaded them to move

and the change has not yet been made to the WHR website schedule. Not on 7335 either, whew! Yes, the newscaster`s style reeked of unenthusiasm, unconcern which is what the French root means, originally from Latin, lacking warmth, says Merriam-Webster

** LIBYA. Openings on 13m can be unexpectedly selective. Nov 10 at 1451, 21695 was not only much better than // 17725, but the best signal on 21 MHz, rivaled only by BBC Ascension 21470. Less hum than usual, too. English talk about Allah, ID as V. of Africa from the Great Jamahiriyah, then for our dear

listeners, a talk in a series about African countries, Mauritius, going into

its basic geographical facts, 1455 languages spoken there, etc. Someone else

reported VOA feature on Mauritius recently, which makes me suspect they recycle the same programming several times, as previously noted with items on Martin Luther King, etc. BTW, Dave Kenny in BDXC-UK observes that VOA is no longer doing short English newscasts at various times, so it seems for English, this bihour is it

** MEXICO [and non]. XEYU, Radio Unam observations: Nov 9 at 0615 and 1345 good with classical music on 9599+. Still irregular; Nov 11 before 0300, only RHC was heard on 9600, but at 0314 recheck both were on with a big het. Narrowest bandwidth and side tuning could almost get rid of one or the other

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15380, Nov 9 at 1353, all I could make out was a big buzz on a weak signal aside Cuban 15370 monster. I can only assume 15380 was the Buzzing Service of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as scheduled here, 500 kW from Riyadh, 310 degrees toward NAm at 1200-1400

** SPAIN. REE, 17595: on Saturday Nov 10 we were spared an interruption at 1455 on 17595 to announce changes in other frequencies; Battle Hymn of the Republic went right on playing. Not clear why, as schedule shows 21540 for Africa changing to 17755 at 1500 daily.

I previously noted the new pdf 24-hour program grid for REE which shows

different times for Amigos de la Onda Corta, and on Nov 11 at 0105 confirmed

that it`s no longer aired at its old hour UT Sundays, but instead a show about

the cinema on 6055. Besides two inconvenient overnight hours in NAm, the times

for us to hear it now are UT Sunday 0405, which I missed this week, on 6055,

6125, 9535, 9620, and also via Costa Rica on 3350, 5965, 9675, but 5965

colliding with Vatican; and UT Monday 0330 on same except 9765 instead of 5965

** U K [non]. BBCWS via Greenville now getting a good headstart on the 21-22

transmission; Nov 9 at 2055 already running B-B-C- chimes. This contains the

Newshour 7 days a week, but breaks away for Caribbean news at 2115-2129; is

that still M-F only?

** U S A. Seems I have a hard time expressing the proper hour for the Thursday

morning WORLD OF RADIO broadcast on KAIJ 9480. It`s at 10 am Central, but I

find I have referred to this as 1700 UT in upcoming Dec MONITORING TIMES, and also post-DST on WOR I said it was at 1700. It`s really now at 1600 UT, and

while DST was on, it was 1500 UT! Since I resumed recording WOR on Wednesdays, KAIJ hasn`t always got the newest one in time to run on Thursdays, but presumably has done so on the other play Fridays at 6 am Central on 5755. The latter`s time change from 5:30 am is still not reflected either in the program schedule at http://24.151.207.180/k/kaij/pages/programs.php

Nor have I reconfirmed these myself lately by monitoring on SW or stream; has

anyone?

** VATICAN [non]. The Sackville relay of Vatican Radio, now scheduled 0230-0400 in French, English and Spanish, on 6100 is facing severe interference since

that`s a Radio República frequency (not in HFCC). Nov 11 at 0258 tune in, heard

VR // 7305 in English telling a story mixed with DentroCuban jamming on 6100,

no República heard, but after 0300 RR was in the mix too. Am not sure where RR was before 0300, but they had been changing 49mb frequencies via UK (?) on even-numbered UT hours. Still the heavy QRM at 0328 recheck when VR was in Spanish

** VENEZUELA [non]. 11875 via CUBA for ``Alo, Presidente`` on Sundays from 1400is likely to be colliding with WEWN, which I noticed on Friday Nov 9 is now

running in Spanish on that frequency until 1500 ** ZANZIBAR. RTZ, 11735, just like the Nov 7 log, on Nov 9 at 2055 announcement by W in Swahili, then M in Arabic for the closing devotional with the usual opening phrase

** ALBANIA. Since my latest mention about undermodulation, R. Tirana noted with much improved modulation level, such as Nov 12 after 0330 on 6110 it was up too, maybe a bit too much with slight distortion; Nov 12 at 1534 on 13640 with

news and press review

** GUIANA FRENCH. TDF DRM, a few days ago centered on 17870, is back on

17870-17875-17880, at 1441 Nov 13, and still weak here, as redirected to

Europe. Now that the programming is (exclusively?) from RFO Guyane, it should

be more interesting to listen to. Strangely, no one has commented on this

change in the drmna yg, except on Oct 26 Brendan Wahl explained the then

absence from 17875 --- they were testing DRM on 6175 in the daytime for local

reception, and might also try 60 and 90m

** JAPAN [non]. I keep hearing NHK Warido in Japanese, even tho I am not

supposed to in NAm. VG signal on 11935, Nov 13 after 0300 with quite a variety

of music from pop to classical. It sure would be nice if someone would

translate their complete Japanese program schedule for us, so we can

concentrate on the music shows. This is Bonaire at 0200-0400, 170 degrees

intended for SAm. 6145 well heard at 0706 Nov 13. This is 35 degrees from

Yamata for eastern Siberia, but unfortunately keeps going to NAm. 9535, 55

degrees from Yamata to Mexico/CAm, with WNAm in the way, was already on at 1455 Nov 13, not supposed to open until 1500

** RUSSIA. I keep seeing publicity stating that Frecuencia RM, the VOR Spanish

DX program is at 0120 UT Wednesdays to Latin America. But that was the summer timing. Surely like everything else it is now one hour later. I finally

confirmed this myself Nov 14, when at 0120 hard news and commentary kept going. 6240 via Moldova was by far the best frequency. Then I switched to the live stream via the VOR-2 link at publicradiofan.com and kept listening for the rest of the hour. No DX program, but there was a 4-minute mailbag segment at 0143. At hourtop the program summary for next hour did not mention Frecuencia RM, just like it is missing from the LAm programming on their website, so I

suspected it was gone! But I let it play and Frecuencia RM did appear at

0222-0237, so it`s still there, a full 15 minutes, and an hour later. Most of

it was taken up by a segment from La Rosa de Tokio, namely an old Argentine

comedy show from Radio Provincia de Buenos Aires, which I would have needed to be a native to understand and get anything out of

** SAUDI ARABIA. I often tune into the call to prayer at 1500 when BSKSA opens 15435; I can appreciate it pro arte as it means nothing to me religiously. I

was listening to this Nov 12 when the signal vanished at 1505. At first I

suspected an SID, but other signals remained audible on the band OK, DX

** SPAIN. Amigos de la Onda Corta on REE confirmed at one of its new times, in

progress at 0349 UT Monday Nov 12 on 6055, mentioning the program name. Starts at 0330 or 0335

** SWEDEN. Altho R. Sweden started B-07 on 11550 at 70 degrees toward Asia and Australia for English at 1430, this changed already Nov 4 to 9400, which has

even less chance of being audible in NAm for those of us who would still like

to hear English at that hour. Only a trace of a signal here Nov 13 at 1452

** TURKEY. VOT, 12035, Monday Nov 12 at 1354 after cultural news, starting ``

Hues & Colours of Anatolia`` show about something next to the Bulgarian border.

Last week I misIDed this as ``Views & Colours…`` --- Aren`t hue and color the

same thing? Announcer talks too fast with many unfamiliar names, a failing of

many SW stations trying to convey their culture, or show off their English

proficiency.

It may seem counterproductive, but the only solution, lacking a visual text of

the talk, is to pause and spell out the names. 1405 went on to the long series

about the famous Turkish pianist, whose name I also didn`t catch and can`t

recall without looking it up. It seems as child prodigy she was discouraged

from playing Brahms, but grew to love his music

** U S A. WRMI`s schedule continues to be confused. Yet another Sunday, Nov 11, I tried (on webcast, of course) to hear the Brigade 2506 show in English which is scheduled for 11-11:15 am ET = 1600 UT on 7385. But instead there was Radio Prague at 1600-1630 (concluding with transmission schedule in French --- why???), and at 1630, World Baseball Today.

It seems the guy doing the cricket show has converted it to a slightly more

popular SBG! It really is about the world, including Asia and Latin America,

not just baseball in the USA. He seeks commercial sponsorship, on WRMI, which

he claims is heard just about everywhere, but meanwhile runs PSAs such as about ``mannequinism``, usa.gov. He also offers a word doc text of the show free by subscription or mp3, worldbaseballtoday @ hotmail.com  This entry also replaces World Cricket Today: http://www.wrmi.net/program.php?id=79

At 1646, a gospel huxter, from Free Reformed Churches of North America, BC

address, Banner of Truth. So everything seems to be an extra UT hour later. O,

the Brigade 2506 show in English finally came on at 1700 UT, not mixed with

something else. And World of Radio at 1715, but defective with almost

continuous ringing sound, especially during my pauses. 1745 DX Partyline. 1800

frequency change announcement from 7385 to 9955, and into Radio República. Jeff White has been away in Europe, but should be back in Miami now to look into this.

On a previous occasion, at least on webcast, two programs were heard at once

for several minutes, as previous programming was running late, but WRN started

on time. This was at 1701-1706 UT Nov 7, with Aventura Diexista running late,

and Korero Pacifico from RNZI. After a frequency change announcement, only WRN was heard

** U S A. WBCQ confirmed on reactivated 17495.1, ex-18910, Sunday Nov 11 at

2120, preacher with long pauses, giving New Mexico address. Annotated program guide says it`s 7 dpw, 1800-2200: ``Program IDs as "The Lord of the Spirit Radio Broadcast". Female speaker notable for monotone delivery of scriptural material. Usually six half-hour programs in three hours. (6/6/03)``

17495 is reduced carrier USB, with little modulation detectable on LSB. Quite

weak compared to e.g. WYFR on 17535, CR on 17850

** U S A. I have been meaning to try to recatch the VOA produxion music test I

heard a few weeks ago on 15480, a Tuesday before and after 1500. This week, Nov 13, I did not remember to tune in until 1505 and nothing was there

** U S A [non]. It`s a nightmare; can`t get away from the droning voice of

Harold Camping all over the dial, and not only from Okeechobee. I was trying to

listen to R. Australia on 5995, Nov 13 at 1402, but there was Camping

underneath, altho with much different modulation quality than we hear from WYFR itself. Not // 17760 checked at 1442. Sure enough, YFR relay is overlapping RA for one hour at 1400-1500 from Pet-Kam, DV Russia, 5995, 244 degrees but plenty of signal way over here

** ALBANIA. R. Tirana, Nov 16 English to NAm at 2115 inaudible on 9915, maybe off for antenna repairs? Or not propagating, but // 7430 to Europe was coming in well, so we are still covered with lower winter MUFs

** ARGENTINA. RAE, 15344.6, Friday Nov 16 at 2253 in what must be DX program in Spanish, feature about the BBC, and missionary station in Congo DR whose name sounded like Radio Pacis, really Kahuzi? M&W alternate reading each sentence of script. Then some DX tips credited to Arnaldo Slaen and Conexión Digital, Cairo 6290, Rusia 6240, DW Sines 15275, Zambia 4965; outro at 2258 says it was Suplemento de Actualidad DX, written by Gabriel Iván Barrera; 2259 into next program, Conociendo la Argentina. Tho off-frequency as usual, there was nothing on 15345 at this hour to het RAE.

Last info I had was that this DX program aired Fridays at 2315, evidently moved

forward to 2250 or so; also supposed to be on 11710, 6060, not heard or

checked. May mean that the original Actualidad DX on Tuesdays is also at 2250

instead of 2315. How about the morning airing I have on the calendar at 1220?

** CUBA [non]. Have not yet reconfirmed FueraCuban R. República`s exact

schedule via UK(?) relays for B-07, as the only way to do that is via

monitoring, but Nov 16 at 2237 check, 6135 was quite strong, atop DentroCuban

jamming

** CYPRUS [non]. Looking for CyBC`s weekend-only external service in Greek,

Friday Nov 16 at 2241 on 6180, good signal with Greek music, or so I thought;

but nothing audible on // 9760, not propagating? Nor 7210. Still going on 6180

past 2245, however, and soon became clear it was RN Amazônia instead when the Greek-sounding music had Portuguese lyrix! And then a Portuguese announcement. Bryan Alexander had it figured out in DXLD 7-135. Perhaps CyBC needs to rethink its frequency selexion

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. Another check of the jamming situation against Deutsche

Welle Amharic service, Nov 16: propagation not so good today vs my high local

noise level, and at 1420 nothing audible on 11645 or 15640, which were

originally the frequencies for this service. The day before I had an unID on

15660, and this turns out in fact to be the latest frequency for the DW Amharic

service. At 1420 there was a report about Somalia, as mentioned frequently

along with Washington, and clips in American English into voice-over

translation. Was still not sure of its identity but at 1432 ``Yih Deutsche

Welle Radio`` ID and theme, so it is DW and it is Amharic.

15640 had been Trincomalee, and only the jamming against it was audible here

previously, but the 15660 signal does not have trans-polar characteristics, and

DW has indeed switched site as well as frequency, now Rwanda, as reception was fair with no polar flutter. And NO jamming audible --- until 1441 when a

slightly unstable carrier came on about 15663 and very slowly began drifting

downwards. 1444 another DW ID and theme on 15660. 1451 the interfering carrier was receding back upwards from zero-beat to 15661+. 

While it was annoying, it never prevented one from hearing what DW was saying,

and understanding it if one spoke Amharic. No sign here of the several other

jamming modes. DW off at usual 1457* after frequency announcement (I wonder if that had been updated or was deliberately misleading, as jammed services cannot be blamed for doing). The other carrier stayed on a minute or so, then was gone too.

Then checking other reports, Noel Green in England made the same ID of 15660, but assumed it was Trinco ex-15640 and he was still hearing // 11645. Chris Greenway in England says that Ethiopian Review reports that Ethiopia is also jamming VOA Amharic since Nov 12. Wolfgang Büschel observes that the only country likely to provide such sensitive equipment to Ethiopia would be China.

From the color-coded VOA website Nov 16, HOA language schedules, subject to

jamming, to be checked:

http://www.voanews.com/english/about/frequenciesAtoZ_a.cfm

Somali   daily 1600-1630 UTC 1431 13580 15620

         daily 1630-1800 UTC 13580 15620

Afan Oromo M-F 1730-1800 UTC 9320 9860 11675 11905 13870

Amharic  daily 1800-1900 UTC 9320 9860 11675 11905 13870

Tigrigna   M-F 1900-1930 UTC 9320 9860 11675 11905 13870

One of the comments following the Ethiopian Review article, which also blames

China for the jamming equipment, says that FEBA `Seychelles` to Ethiopia is

also being jammed. Language(s) not specified, but here is their B-07 schedule

to that worldpart, via Alokesh Gupta as archived at bclnews.it:

1530-1545 smtwtfs AMHARIC  12125 25 MEY

1545-1600 smtwtfs MAKONDE  12125 25 MEY

1600-1630 smtwtfs AFAR     11875 25 KIG

1600-1630 s...tfs AMHARIC  12125 25 MEY

1600-1630 .mtw... GURAGENA 12125 25 MEY

1630-1700 smtwtfs AMHARIC  12125 25 MEY

1630-1700 smtw... TIGRINYA  9850 31 DHA

1630-1700 ....tfs AMHARIC   9850 31 DHA

1700-1730 smtwtfs OROMINYA  6180 49 DHA

1700-1730 smtwtfs SOMALI    9850 31 KIG

1730-1757 smtwtfs TIGRINYA  9850 31 KIG

Further checking Nov 17 of the jamming situation with DW`s Amharic service at

1400-1500:

At 1403 tuned in 15660 to find heavy adjacent splash from WHRA 15665. This is

in HFCC as daily, and on WHR website as Mon-Sat, but it certainly was not there

on Thu or Fri during this hour! On 15660 I could hear presumably DW and no

conventional jamming but there seemed to be another broadcast station mixing

with it. This was more certain at 1430 when one was in talk, the other in

music, with a fast SAH between them.

Meanwhile, there was continuous hash/noise jamming on 15640-15645 and also on 11645. 15660 for the DW Amharic service appears via Rwanda to be in addition to rather than replacing another frequency, so I guess it is still on 15640 Trinco and 11645 Kigali, altho all I can hear is noise jamming on those frequencies. Yogesh in Hong Kong was still hearing DW on 15640 Nov 16

** GREECE. Macedonian Radio Station, 7450 via Avlis, Nov 16 at 2132 with a

couple of clear IDs by W, as ``Radiophonikós Stathmós Makedonías``. Better

signal than VOG 7475, and the latter was also undermodulated

** ROMANIA [and non]. Weak signal in English on 6115, Nov 16 at 2147, which per schedules would be Romania; but also continuous noise interference, jamming or DRM? Could not really decide which, they are so much alike. But nothing on schedules likely to be jammed, tho Taldom, Russia is on DRM centered on 6105 at this time, which should be too far away to bother as this was centered on 6115. Oh! It`s Romania with its own defective roaring transmitter, I bet, self-QRMing

** SUDAN [non]. SSIRI, 15675 via South Africa, Sat Nov 17 at 1406 with English

lessons, punxuated by tones or drums; this is Tue/Thu/Sat only. Nothing audible

on 15390 which may have similar if not // programming from a further site

** SWEDEN [non]. 7120, Nov 16 at 2140, a talk in English frequently mentioning

Sweden. Yes, this is R. Sweden as scheduled at 2130 via Madagascar, 280

degrees. Fair signal and modulation different from what we get on 15240

** U S A. The Worldwide Beacon of Hope is a piece of junk, to put it politely.

Nov 16 at 2235 found 5920 signal with distorted undermodulation, furthermore

audio cutting off about 8 times per second. Fortunately, fundamentally, WBOH

has nothing sensible to say

** U S A [non]. On 7140, Nov 16 at 2238, station in Chinese talking about Mei

Guo; VOA Mandarin is scheduled during this hour only, via Udorn, Thailand at 30

degrees, so also aiming at NAm; over Firedrake co-channel jamming by the Chicom who do their best to prevent the Chinese people from hearing what America hasto say to them, quite the contrary of CRI`s multiple unimpeded English broadcasts via nearby relay sites to USA.

On 15150, Nov 16 at 2254 tone test on weak open carrier; 2300 rechecked, VOA

opening news in English, polar flutter. This is 349 degrees from Tinang,

Philippines, only until 2400.

VOA Kurdish, 17750 via Morocco, Nov 17 at 1415 with nice Kurdish music, vocal

solo with plucked instrument; 1422 giving E-mail, phone number, 1423 mentioned Spiderman 3, 1424 voanews.com/kurdish, 1425 into country music in English,quite a contrast to the earlier music. Most days, WYFR 17760 overshadows this, but not today. Another service likely to be harder for us in USA to hear once Briech is closed next March

** VATICAN. VR, 5885, very good signal Nov 16 at 2235 with bells of St.

Peter`s. Recheck after 2300, playing classical and semi-classical music. 2309

it was there, recheck at 2310 it was gone; moving transmitter to 9600? Tuned

there but XEYU and its het were both too weak

** COSTA RICA. On Sundays, REE Cariari is on both 15170 and 15125, Nov 18 at 1406, synchronized and with undermodulation, lo-fi. 15125 was weaker, to be

expected at 110 degrees vis-à-vis 340 degrees on 15170. Looked for leapfrog

mixing product on 15080, but none detected; on 15215 there was a very weak

carrier aside WYFR 15210, source unknown

** CUBA [and non]. DentroCuban Jamming Command, and R. República, were both on 6135 at 2355 check Nov 18, so presumably this starts at 2200; at 2409 recheck they had all moved to 6155 and 6135 was clear for a het to be heard, probably involving the off-frequency Bolivian.

Also checked 5955, Nov 18 at 2357 before Sackville 5960 came on, and definitely occupied by DCJC grinding, but with BFO no trace now of a carrier on 5954.1, as previously bringing us R. República from secret site. The RR signal was so weak in the first place, that I expect the DCJC first heard about it from Arnie Coro passing on DX news of it from us or other monitors. Sorry, but such are the drawbacks of a free press. RR wants to broadcast as much as possible but will not publish its own full schedule so people, let alone jammers, may not easily find it

** EGYPT. R. Cairo, 6290, Nov 18 at 2354 check, found good modulation and

strength in Arabic music, but heavy SAH of maybe 15 to 20 Hz! 0000 is the

nominal transition time between the ABS and ABZ sites on this frequency, and

obviously both transmitters were on and overlapping. Egyptians vs Egyptians!

** ETHIOPIA [non]. Another check of the jamming vs DW situation Nov 18: at

1400, 15660 came on with DW theme, fair signal but under much stronger WHRA 15665`s Heart of Jesus. Could not detect any jamming under the circumstances

** JAPAN [and non]. NHK Warido`s Sunday-morning classical music show is still

going, run across starting at 2305 UT Saturday Nov 17 on 11665, which is a

direct frequency, and on this occasion better than // 17605-Bonaire, which was

running about one second behind. Only other frequency on the B-07 schedule

which I looked up later, is 11910 to Asia, while 11665 is to SE Asia. Our cup

runneth over: CVC Chile also is doing their token classical music show during

the same hour on 15410, better reception than both of Japan`s frequencies, but

blasphemously, CVC audio kept cutting out during Hallelujah Chorus

** ROMANIA. Just like my previous log 2+ hours earlier on 6115, RRI, Nov 18 at

2356 closing English with e-mail address, IS, accompanied by its own roaringly

defective transmitter. I assume this will go away in a few months once RRI gets

all its new transmitters installed and operational, so enjoy it while you can

** SPAIN. If you hear Spanish, especially Castilian on 13720 before 1400, it`s

not the RHC leapfrog spur of 13760 over 13740 CRI relay --- because 13740 isn`t on the air yet, at least not Nov 18 at 1347 tho the 13740 carrier does come on many minutes early. This weakish signal was instead REE, // 17595 with news of Pakistan, Darfur. 13720 is in HFCC registered from 0600 to 1700, for W&CEu, at 0 degrees, but the REE frequency schedule

http://www.rtve.es/archivos/70-6805-FICHERO/FrecuenciasInvierno2007.pdf

shows 08-13 only, except Sat/Sun to 1400. So another caveat not to take HFCC

registrations as absolute; they are at times exaggerated, to allow wiggle room

in case a station wants to extend usage of a certain frequency. Since REE does

run to 1400 on weekends, however, both RHC spur and REE could be audible and mixing on 13720 for a few minutes

** U S A. Sunday Nov 18 at 1338 noticed that DXing with Cumbre was running on WHRI 7520. Two weeks before at same time, it was on 11785! This date, no WHR on 11785, just Chinese with a het, probably Indonesia. 11785 was on after 1400 for Hmong Lao Radio. Trouble is, the WHR website sked for ``Angel 1`` claims DWC is at 1330 Saturday on 7520, and 1330 Sunday on 11785! I give up

** VENEZUELA [and non]. The 2300-2400 UT broadcast of R. Nacional de Venezuela, Canal Internacional, via Cuba, is unlike most of the others supposed to be on two frequencies, but Nov 17 at 2315 found it only on 15250, nothing on 13680; but at 2352 recheck, both were on. You just can`t depend on the Cuban

transmitter engineers to be on time.

As expected, there is a big collision between RNV via Cuba and WEWN on Sundays when both are on 11875 for an hour; as confirmed Nov 18 at 1408 when RNV was way over WEWN; 11875 // 17750 but an echo apart from two different Cuban sites. Commies vs Catholix!

 ** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6300, no sign of LV de la RASD, Nov 18 at 2353 --- off earlier, moved or silent again?

** COLOMBIA. Marfil Estéreo, 5910.0, free of co- or adjacent-channel broadcast

QRM at 2350 Nov 19 with nice lively ballads, 2353 timecheck for 6:52, only one

sesquiminute off this time, and ID; another ID voice-over music at 2400. There

was however, more often than not, some lite pulsing ute QRM on the high side,

somewhat evitable

** CZECHIA [and non]. R. Prague, 7345, Nov 19 at 2327 giving complete

transmission schedule in English, arranged by target area, and followed at 2330

by English, while the 2300-2327 broadcast is scheduled in French. So maybe the

language of the 3-minute schedule summary between broadcasts matches the

transmission which follows rather than the one which precedes, despite the fact

that relays such as WRMI wind up broadcasting 3 minutes of irrelevant French

after 27 minutes of English. Then I checked 6000 at 2330 and found R. Praga in

Spanish via Sackville as usual colliding with RHC in Spanish

** EGYPT. 6290, Nov 20 at 0001 still had two carriers from two Radio Cairo

sites colliding with heavy SAH; 0003 only the distorted one was left with

Arabic talk and music alternating

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. WHRA was gone again from 15665, Monday Nov 19 at 1427, so it must be a Sat/Sun thing only, and no longer QRMing DW`s new Amharic frequency via Rwanda, 15660 --- and there was no jamming audible on it this time either. DW`s other frequency, 15645 via Sri Lanka, did have noise jamming on it and no DW audible at 1447. At first I thought 15660 might have some co-channel audio again, but could not detect any at 1447

** KOREA NORTH. KCBS, 9665, mostly-noise transmitter audible here not only

mornings but evenings, such as 2315 UT Nov 19; bits of audio mixed in. I can`t

imagine why the Korcoms keep this piece of garbage on the air 22 hours a day.

Does not even serve a jamming purpose as nothing else in Korean on 9665 or

neighbors, per Aoki/NDXC. China does use 9665 several hours in external and

domestic services

** SPAIN. We had Radio Waves, the not-really-DX program on REE, on the schedule as UT Wed 0024v on 6055, but Wolfgang Büschel found an English program schedule as of last March which showed it Monday on Eu/Af service, so repeated UT Tue to NAm. Checking it out UT Tue Nov 20, interminable sillyballgame report was airing instead, but RW finally started at 0032, and yes, they are still just playing music, loosely related to radio. This time: Popa Chubby, blues singer who had just appeared in Madrid on European tour, with ``Real Thing``, which the host said was more anti-TV than pro-radio. After some searching, I found a Youtube version from Paris:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPpSRB__sl8

Doesn`t do anything for me, but there you are

** TURKEY [and non]. V. of Turkey, English to NAm on 5960 is not working too

well; Nov 19 at 2345 Turkish music badly squeezed between the Dentro-Cuban

Jamming Command, grinding on 5955 against non-detectable R. República from

secret site --- have they moved? And RHC Creole on 5965 with some splatter

** U S A. I can no longer say I never hear a US SW station, government or

private, playing the Star Spangled Banner. Ran across it on WTJC 9370, Mon Nov 19 at 2320, choral version, and including second verse, ``O Thus Be It E`er``, because that asserts ``In God is our trust`` until 2323 and immediately into

some ordinary hymn. Certainly an odd time to be playing the NA, maybe just a

fluke and not repeatable, but check again at this time of day

** VENEZUELA [non]. RNV CI via Cuba, 13680, Nov 19 carrier was already on air at 2255 with squealing the only `modulation`, worst when tuning to the edge of

the signal. 2317 recheck was in ``Contacto con los Diexistas`` mailbag, from

Japan, Cuba, then explained SINPO; and UTC as the same as ``Tiempo Civil`` or ``GTM`` as I`ve heard them do before, ending segment at 2320 with a gmail

address, I think just rnv@gmail.com?

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. Since I didn`t hear R. Nacional de la RASD the day before at all a few minutes before 2400, checked 6300 earlier Nov 19 at 2333 and it was there; tried to hear Spanish, but brain would not lock into Spanish mode, and decided it must be Hassania, rather than Hassania-accented Spanish. At 2401 recheck, however, definitely in Spanish ending ``Opinión`` commentary saying that Spain should be part of the solution to the conflict. 0002

sign-off, anthem played by off-key band to 0003 Nov 20 and carrier stayed on a

while longer

** AUSTRALIA. Tnx to the VL8s for keeping the 60m band interesting and

unpredictable. Nov 20 at 1329 I found R. Rebelde, Cuba, 5025, with heavy

co-channel QRM in English, the two at about equal levels and nearly zero-beat

--- could not tell whether fading was propagational or a slight SAH, maybe

both. Soon IDed as 105.7 ABC Darwin, 1330 news theme and news at the top of

their wacky hour. This signal was much stronger than the several Indos audible

on 60m, and would have been quite listenable if in the clear like 4910

sometimes is when it fails to shift to 120m at 0830. By 1455, VL8K Katherine

was atop Cuba, which by now is fading down anyway. Final check at 1511 found

ABC still good with little Cuba left, mentioning a Pavarotti CD, 1512 ID again

as 105.7 ABC Darwin. Why do they keep IDing only for this little FM station

with very limited range around one city, when they have worldwide coverage on

SW? Isn`t that at least worth a mention on the air? Surely back in Darwin they

are not unaware of the NT SW relays. Think small!

** CHINA. Just as I tuned in Firedrake on 7300, Nov 20 at 0700, it went off in

usual top of hour break for monitoring of Sound of Hope --- I could not hear

it; maybe FD did. Also had Chinese on 4900, Nov 20 at 1407 while I was getting

Indonesia elsewhere on band; presumably V. of Strait

** CUBA. On R. Rebelde, 11655, Nov 20 at 1345 heard part of a promo for that

evening`s Mesa Redonda, which they said would include Dan Rather. This usually airs at 2330 UT via RHC on 6000, 9820

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. Nov 20 check for jamming against DW Amharic: at 1408,

15660 was audible with DW but also with continuous noise, same as on 15640

where nothing else was heard; nothing audible on 11645. DW`s Amharic service is a bit strange; the news actualities leading to voice-overs all seem to be in

English, not German, and at 1410 the news was about Myanmar, not Ethiopia. 1412 ID as ``Yih Deutsche Welle Radio`` and theme. At 1415 I thought I detected some other jamming modes under the noise on 15660 via Rwanda. By 1449 the noise jamming was gaining here over DW. 

As for Ethiopia also jamming VOA Amharic, BBC Monitoring says three of the five frequencies at 1800-1900 are jammed, and also Oromo weekdays at 1730 on same

** GERMANY [non]. DW in German, so of course it can`t be from Germany: Nov 20 at 1450 on 15335 via Sines, running about a second ahead of 15275 Kigali when rechecked at 1510

** INDONESIA. Nov 20 an above average day for 60m Indonesians. 4605 RRI Serui was by far the best signal. What power does PWBR ``2008`` assign to this now? Last year it was only 500 watts, but since then  has been widely heard and has got to be much more than that. All I ever heard on 4605 today was ``island``

music as I tuned back and forth, starting at 1333, with CODAR adding to the

beat; a very long pause between cuts at 1340; and music again at 1405; maybe I

missed some news on the hour.

Others also heard with non // programming, mostly music: at 1333 4750 (mix

China?) and 4870; 1405, 4750 and 4790; listening to 4790 at 1457 when it went

off abruptly amid music; that frequency was a tad high

** JAPAN [and non]. Not jamming per se, but CRI just happens to have a Russian broadcast on 5965 at the very same time that RCI Mandarin is relayed via Yamata, 1500 UT. As noted Nov 20 at 1459, NHK multi-lingual IDs including

English, overridden by CRI ID in Chinese, IS, opening Russian, which is at 55

degrees to E Sibir. At 1514 one of them was playing El Condor Pasa, in either

case, incongruously

** ROMANIA. It`s so recognizable, the Tiganeshti transmitter which puts out as

much roaring noise as it does RRI modulation. Nov 20 at 1349, there it was on

15105, as scheduled in English at 1300

** U S A. WBOH, 5920, distorted as usual, Nov 20 at 1501, also with buzzy spur

around 5927; I can`t be positive this buzz was from WBOH, but they have

previously had such problems with identifiable audio

** U S A [non]. Two R. Free Asia frequencies from Tinian were coming in well,

Nov 20 at 1502, 5810 in Mandarin mixed with Firedrake, and 5860 in Korean free

of jamming, so should be good for the northerners listening secretly

undercover, after midnight. Also on 6140 central Asian language at 1504 with

VOA theme, news of Pakistan. Scheduled as Uzbek via Tinian at 1500-1530. That`s a pretty long haul and I wonder why they don`t use a closer site such as

Iranawila

** ALBANIA [and non]. Trying again to hear R. Tirana`s NAm service on new B-07 frequency 9915, Nov 22 at 2104, but could barely detect a carrier under high

noise level in this range, which is also subject to desensitization by

super-strong Pastor Pete Peters from WWCR 9975. That overloads the receiver

also risking cross-modulation on other 9 MHz stations if attenuation is not

applied. But R. Tirana with fair signal on 7430 at 2107, so again the European

service makes it while the NAm does not. I am sure RT would like to know how

well 9915 makes it into the east coast, as would I

** ANTARCTICA. Looking for LRA36, Nov 22 around 2000, not audible, but

rechecked at 2046 could barely hear some music on 15476, not 15475. 2101 some talk mentioning Esperanza, and more music which was cut off in progress at 2102:15 and the carrier off a few seconds later

** CHINA [non]. An undermodulated discussion in English about e/immigration

from/to Ireland caught my ear on 13630, Nov 22 at 2036. Shortly later it became

clear this was just CRI, as the topic became the first Irish study center in

China. It`s 111 degrees from Bamako, Mali.

On 7285, Nov 22 at 2128, sports report in American English had me guessing;

another non-African VOA service not // African service on 6080? After 2131,

Chinese-accented woman joined in, about computers. Apparently the

domestic-cum-external hour from CRI, in scheduled relay via Cërrik, Albania

** CHINA [and non]. 9355, Nov 22 at 2013, Firedrake fairly good, but QRM from

WYFR in German altho really targeted at RFA in Chinese via Saipan. Fortunately, Firedrake VG in the clear on 9455 at 2106, also against RFA Chinese via Saipan but RFA inaudible on either frequency

** CUBA. Sat with BFO on 5955 from 2255 UT Nov 21 to see what would happen with Radio República and the DentroCuban Jamming Command. At about 2257:30 the first signs of jamming were heard and built up steadily to full level at 2300 as more transmitters were added, but never any sign of RR carrier on 5954 by 2302 when I quit. Well, at least this ties up some jammers which might be doing more damage elsewhere

** CUBA. This is hardly news, but RHC still doesn`t have its act together. Nov

22 at 2028 on 11800 I heard the outroduxion of the Portuguese service at 2000,

claiming it was on 17750. I quickly punched up that frequency on another

receiver, but nothing heard. At 2029, 11800 introduced the RHC Arabic service

(for all those Arabs in the Caribbean, never mind Europe, Africa and the

Mideast; rather like Taiwan, q.v. broadcasting in French to Greenland.) At 2032

tuned over to 11760 to reconfirm RHC`s English service, which does not exist

according to their own schedule. There it was, but with heavy ACI from WHRI

11765, and // 9505. 11760 was running a good two seconds behind weaker but

clearer 9505! Could Arnie explain how that happens? Strange. The 2030-2130

English broadcast was originally for Europe, but apparently due to lack of

suitable antenna, they don`t say where it`s for, but presumably North America.

Aoki shows broadcasts before/after this hour on both frequencies as 100 kW

non-direxional

I see that both Aoki and EiBi do not list this 2030-2130 English broadcast on

either frequency, leaving a gap during that hour. Apparently they prefer to

believe the disinformative schedule from RHC itself than my repeatedly reported

reconfirmation by monitoring that this transmission exists! Geez; why do I

bother? Well, those who do read my reports have the correct info about this

** ECUADOR [non]. 12025, VG signal in Arabic at 2143 Nov 22, but at 2144:30 cut to RCI IS and IDs for a semiminute until 2145* This is one of those

multi-layered gospel huxter services, which HFCC classifies as HCJB via Merlin

via Sackville, 250 kW, 73 degrees to CIRAF 37 and 38NW, i.e. Iberia, Morocco,

Algeria, Tunisia, Libya. This confusing transmission is missing from Eibi, and

Aoki has A07 info as via Rampisham. It does switch sites depending on season,

so tnx to RCI for leaving no doubt about it currently.

Let us approach identifying this from HCJB. This page makes no mention of

Canada as one of the relay sites they use, but UK is mentioned:

http://www.hcjb.org/mass_media/radio/broadcast_sites.html

This schedule, besides being out of date and linked as ``international

shortwave`` does not mention any Arabic nor anything but Pifo site:

http://www.hcjb.org/docs/radio/HCJB_A07_Sched.pdf

No, you get nothing if you change A to B! 

Where do you find a COMPLETE HCJB SW schedule including relay sites? Not from them directly, it seems. Try searching the site on Arabic, and you get 53

articles going back a few years, but I just want to know what this 2100 UT

broadcast is. No, I am not going to go thru all 53 of them, but something looks

familiar at #50 from 8 April 2005, in part:

``HCJB World Radio reaches across North Africa, the Middle East and Europe with Christian Arabic programming aired via shortwave, satellite and local stations. The Radio Al Mahabba (Radio Love) Arabic satellite network airs programs direct-to-home 24 hours a day.``

** EGYPT [and non]. Checked R. Cairo`s European frequency 6250, Nov 21 at 2237 to see whether reactivated Equatorial Guinea is colliding with it. No sign of

the latter, so maybe confined to local mornings if still on the air as reported

recently. Cairo was playing Arab music, pausing at 2237 for the YL announcer to

close the English service until 2115 the next day; her modulation on mic was

more distorted than the music before and after. No further announcements were

made, as music kept playing until 2245 brief tone and off. Surely a better

signal even here than the so-called North American service from 2300 on 9465,

often inaudible with low MUFs.

Since I was monitoring T-giving afternoon at a time I usually don`t, I checked

to see how early R. Cairo could be heard on 48m. Nov 22 at 2039 it was

definitely there, but marred by slightly off-frequency 2-way SSB, which is

after all, what belongs in this frequency range. 6290 in Arabic was also barely

audible. Checked 6250 again just before 2115, and timesignal, six seconds late

compared to WWV, so why bother? And opening English with age-old Cairo theme; what`s the name of it? Again no sign of Equatorial Guinea on 6250, and Brian Alexander says he heard it in the morning only on Nov 17. That may have been a special temporary reactivation

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. Nov 21 check of jamming against DW Amharic: earlier in

the 1400 UT hour, just noise on 15645 and 15660, but at 1452 around 15645 there were oscillating tones, and less so but detectable on 15660. Already at 1456 the jamming went off 15645. As usual, DW itself was audible only on 15660.

DW, 9690 via Kigali, 295 degrees, English to WAf, Nov 22, after news about

Uganda at 2016, at 2019-2023 interviewed the head of DW`s Amharic service,

Ludgar Sadowski (sp?) about the recently started Ethiopian jamming. Among the

points: it was first detected by DW`s in-house monitors on Nov 11 against the

service`s two frequencies [WTFK? 15640, 11645], and `yesterday` also against

the third [15660]; and there is also jamming against 3/5 of the VOA Amharic

frequencies. The jamming will ultimately backfire, but DW is not pointing

fingers at who is behind it; however, DW Intendant Bettermann has written to

the Ethiopian ambassador in Berlin asking him to look into it. There has been a

clampdown on press freedom in Ethiopia since the elexions of May 2005. 

As usual, DW makes you go thru multiple steps until you finally find their

current English SW radio PROGRAM (as opposed to frequency or transmission)

schedule. Saving you the trouble, here it is:

http://www.dw-world.de/popups/popup_pdf/0,,2530152,00.pdf

Which however does NOT show the frequency I was listening to, 9690, but rather

ex-9735. It does show that the program was the 25-minute (short) version of

Newslink. I am looking for the audio file to reference. Back on the

audio-on-demand page, however, checked after 2300 UT, already replacing the

2005 edition, we get the 2105 UT edition of Newslink, which does NOT include

this story which should have started about :14 minutes into the file. Also, you

have to choose the real version if you want to be able to move immediately into

the file, not the mp3 or wm versions, altho the latter show the length of the

file and the embedded real player does not. What a mess and a waste of time

** INDONESIA. Nov 21 not so good a day for 60m Indos, but RRI Serui was still

audible, unlike the others, just music at 1415. I have seen reports of this as

4606, so I measured it to 4604.9 or so

** LIBERIA [non]. Star Radio, via Ascension, 9525, Nov 21 at 0703 with YL

reading news about Liberia; modulation was somewhat muffled, not what I would

expect from VTC/Merlin. Also weak het from 9526, but not really a problem,

presumably Indonesian carrier already on. The next morning, Brian Alexander

heard Radio Okapi instead of Star, quite a mixup?

** MEXICO. XEYU, Radio UNAM is usually on when checked lately, such as Nov 22 at 2026 with classical vocal music, somewhere between 9599.2 and 9599.3, atop whatever was hetting from 9600.0

** SEYCELLES [non]. Strong Arabic signal on 9550, Nov 22 at 2013 I first

assumed was RHC until I found Cuba really opening their Arabic at 2029 on

11800, just as 9550 was going off at 2030. So looking that up, I find it`s

really FEBA via Kigali, 30 degrees to the ME daily at 1900-2030

** SPAIN [and non]. REE`s main frequency to NAm, 9630, marred by BBCWS in

English underneath, Nov 22 at 2015; BBC was // if not exactly synchronized with

15400 and 17830 Ascension, whilst 9630 is Seychelles at 270 degrees until 2100. I wonder why BBC continues from its Seychelles site, while FEBA found it too costly to continue theirs

** SRI LANKA. 7595 with something in Central Asian language, Nov 21 at 1447,

and giving a www at 1451; RTTY QRM on high side. EiBi and HFCC say it`s R.

Liberty in Tajik via Iranawila, 348 degrees, so also favoring NAm

** TAIWAN [non]. R. Taiwan International, 13695 // 11665, in French news

headlines, constantly interrupted by bits of music, as if giving the news

straight would be too boring! Both are via WYFR: 11665 is 44 degrees to Europe,

while 13695 is 355 degrees for Canada east of 90W plus Greenland. Not too many broadcasts in French to Greenland, I expect. Thank you, RTI

** U S A [and non]. With so many new immigrants, legal or otherwise, in the

USA, who need to learn English, why not convert the VOA into another Radio

Canada Internal? VOA already has Special English on Greenville 11975 aimed at

Africa but plenty strong back here in the heartland, as noted Nov 22 at 1950.

This would doubtless give VOA a higher profile inside the country, which is

apparently what RCI was looking for. Only a slight change in name would be

necessary, Voice of Americans, or Voice of American English.

African Beat was inbooming on 13710, Nov 22 at 2037 giving phone and e-mail

addresses. During this hour only, 13710 is via Botswana, 350 degrees.

During the next hour are other music programs for Africa, but on different

frequencies. 15580 Greenville at 21-22 only is primary, unless MUF and skipzone do not cooperate, but also heard it not exactly synchronized on 6080, at 2108 Nov 22, which is São Tomé at 335 degrees; quickly tuned out when they talked about America Idol. Who cares?

** U S A. AFN, 7811-USB, Nov 22 at 2122 was still/again cutting out more than

in, during feature about Thanksgiving from census.gov, and still cutting out,

somewhat less, during Clark somebody`s talk show about VOIP. Isn`t anybody

responsible for this transmission paying attention?

** U S A. WHRA, 7520, Nov 21 at 2219 had some weaker CW on 7519 needing no BFO other than WHRA carrier. Cadence sounded like cut numbers, groups of 5, but did not make sure of this. I did hear `AR` run together which I don`t think is part of usual spy letters messages. 

WHRA used to be on 11765 at the same time, but now it`s WHRI scheduled, Nov 21 at 2226, 315 degree azimuth close to usward, and huge signal accompanied by noisy sidebands, especially during music. By tuning to 11760 or 11770 one hears a continuous noise much like DRM, as if there were separate carriers; wonder what it looks like on a scope. Later at 2253 some speech was little better,

since even during pauses there was background modulation keeping the sideband hash going.

Checking WHRA, 11785, Thu Nov 22 at 1939, found that contrary to online

schedule, it is not in English, but some unID tonal African language! Another

clandestine broadcast? Maybe just missionary, as variations of ``kristian``

heard periodically, also mentions of Darfur. Tuned in at 1939 with YL talking;

1944 primitive and distorted music break; more talk, 1952 chanting with rustic

musical instruments. Did not catch anything resembling an ID until 1958 when

WHR announced in English QSY to 7520. The online schedule as of Nov 22 just

shows for M-F during this hour:

1908 Mo-Fr 0208 PM 0245 PM Music Lesea Productions 11785

1945 Mo-Fr 0245 PM 0300 PM Moments in Bible Prophecy Ray Shockley

So I am fairly sure it was neither of these; even if Shockley broadcasts in

unID African tonal language, it was already going before 1945. So what is

this?? Whatever it is, I suspect it is ruining reception of V. of Indonesia`s

French service in Europe during this hour, right? If they are still on 11784.9

instead of 15150v or 9526v

** U S A. 9265, Nov 22 at 2013 man speaking over PA about Yahweh; no ID, but am 101% certain this was WMLK as scheduled. The modulation level is no longer very poor, but fair, and definitely not yet good. Off when rechecked sometime after 2100

** U S A. WBCQ couldn`t find the new WOR 1383, so started to play some other

program on 7415, UT Friday Nov 23 at 0030. We had to phone it in, but that

didn`t start until about 0035, and we were cut off at 0100 before the

late-starting program was over. During the first several minutes there was also

crosstalk, evidently the operator on another line or on open mike discussing

this with someone else. It`s always something, with WBCQ

** MEXICO. XEXQ is back! I`ve been keeping a close watch on 6045 since R.

Universidad de San Luís Potosí disappeared almost 4 months ago. My last log of

it was Aug 3, in DXLD 7-092.

Finally, Nov 23 at 0625 I detected the tell-tale subaudible het mixing with KBS

World Radio in Spanish via Sackville on 6045. After that went off at 0629, a

hefty carrier of S9 +10 remained on frequency, and I kept listening until 0643,

but absolutely no modulation heard.

Retuned at 1352 and now there was classical music, good signal on 6045, Gaîté

Parisienne. The can-can girls were celebrating with high kicks! Segués to more

pop classics with no announcements, XEXQ`s usual style, until 1359, timecheck

for 7:59, ID as R. Universidad, 25,000 watts on 1190 AM, no mention of SW. Then a string of government PSAs including one for transplants from the Secretaría de Salud, and another full ID for XEXQ including their phone number 826-1345, 8:02 TC and 1403 back to music. Still coming in well past 1452 at S9+10. It will be interesting to see in solstitial conditions how far it can penetrate

north of the border during daytime, perhaps even at low noon.

There is more news here, as their MW frequency used to be 1460 with 250 watts.

Seems there has been a major upgrade to 1190 with 25 kW, along with a change in transmitter site. Note the night power is only 300 watts.

John Callarman`s Mexican list of early 2007 has this entry:

1460 SAN LUIS POTOSÍ XEXQ "Radio Universidad*" San Luis Potosí. (250/250*) Universidad de San Luis Potosí, General Mariano Aristo 245, Colonia Histórico 78001 T: (444) 98-26-13-84 uaslp.mx/rtu

http://www.uaslp.mx/Plantilla.aspx?padre=1912 N 22-09-08 W 100-58-39

(1,000/500)(+ N 22-10-19 W 100-57-48 25,000/300 on 1190)

In this originally color-coded listing, the first part was from WRTH 2007, the

long URL from SCT, and the last part about 1190 from Fred Cantú`s website. I

haven`t found exactly what the plus symbol means in the lengthy introduxion to

John`s list, but maybe it`s construction permit.

Craig Healy`s Westlist, allegedly offline, came up in a Google search, the SLP

state page as of Nov 2006, already showing XEXQ on 1190 with 25/0.3 kW.

http://www.am-dx.com/lists/104stat.htm

There is precious little on the UASLP website about the radio station.

Searching on XEXQ, we got this item about a radio marathon when they were on

1460, date Thursday Sept 30, no year given, but has to be several years old

since in 2007 that was a Sunday:

http://www.uaslp.mx/Avisos.aspx?na=128

Oh, here are pages about this year`s Radio Marathon, which was on Sept 28, and as of then they were already on 1190, with 6045 also displayed.

http://www.uaslp.mx/Plantilla.aspx?padre=1944

http://www.uaslp.mx/Plantilla.aspx?padre=1948

The page I had previously bookmarked showing their FM 88.5 program schedule, at least, is now blank:

http://www.uaslp.mx/Plantilla.aspx?padre=1915

Both http://www.uaslp.mx/rtu and http://uaslp.mx/rtu no longer work.

Digging further into the UASLP website, found this about the station:

http://www.uaslp.mx/Plantilla.aspx?padre=3516

which says they are on the ``sixth shortwave band`` and also webcasting, but

any further details? Of course not! Are there any further links from this page,

such as to a webcast or a program schedule? No. It does show the person in

charge, LCC. Leticia Zavala Pérez.

Despite the abysmally poorly-designed website, we are delighted that XEXQ is

reactivated on SW and hope it is back to stay this time. The signal seems

better than before, and the frequency is relatively clear much of the time.

Aoki shows hardly anything else on 6045 between 0630 and 1430 UT when India

starts.

It`s also of note that all three currently active Mexican SW stations are

cultural ones, playing lots of classical music. (Excluding XERTA 4810, reported

once recently but still not heard again here.), while zero US SW stations are

cultural, let alone non-commercial and would not be caught dead playing

classical. (One could hardly classify VOA as cultural these days.) Clear

evidence that the United States of Mexico are way ahead of the US of A

** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI, 5950, Nov 23 at 1406-1414, YL reading Met Service Coastal Forecasts, lots of rough seas, I guess covering every part of NZ`s formidable coastline, identified with unfamiliar names à la Britain, concluding at 1413 with Chatham Islands, 1414 to a short story reading. Very specialised

programming, hardly of any interest to the other Pacific Islands, or indeed

anybody not directly involved with each coastal area

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. R. Solh, 15265 via UK, Nov 25 at 1359 made a one-minute deadair pause followed by 4 minutes of talk, 1404 back to music, rap in English mixed in, but some cuts we don`t remember hearing before. However, at 1424 was playing the bi-lingual one noted before, girl singer with heart throbbing,

``you are my only one``, etc. Scandalous

** AUSTRALIA. 4910, VL8A, once again on very late, instead of having switched

to 120m at 0830 Nov 25. That`s fine with me, as hearing any of the NT stations

on 2 MHz is quite problematical here. At 1331, 4910 was in ABC hourtop news,

then sports. 1336 ID as ABC Alice Springs, then mentioned ABC Local Radio and Radio Australia for ``Sunday Night`` program. Fair and in the clear

** CHINA. Nov 26 at 2314, 5050 has fluttery Vietnamese language signal. Per

Aoki, that would be Guangxi FBS, Nanning, 15 kW at 225 degrees, not bad; but

Aoki also has a conflict:

5050 GUANGXI FOREIGN BS 2300-0100 1234567 Vietnamese 15 225 Nanning CHN 10811E2247 GUANG

5050 VOICE OF STRAIT    2225-2400 1234567 Chinese    50 140 Fuzhou CHN

11924E2606 VOS L b07

And I suppose VOS could have been in a Chinese dialect mistaken for Viet, but

surely both of them are not really co-channel. Breaking the tie is EiBi,

showing Guangxi only, but am still not convinced. HFCC is useless for such

Chinese domestic(?) services, showing neither.

Whatever, nice to hear FE on 60m after sunset. Moot at 2346, as 5050 wiped out

by WWRB on early; see U S A.

Also had something in Chinese audible on 4800, Nov 27 at 0008 with CODAR. Per Aoki, this is CNR1 via Geermu

** CUBA [and non]. Checking again for R. República`s mystery frequency, 5954.1 – altho not heard a few days ago, just jamming, on Nov 26 I tuned in at 2223 and found it on the air with continuous lite vocal music, splash from WYFR

5950, no announcements 2223-2233+, and at 2245 when a het with something on 5955.0 was increasing. This music was nothing like RR programming, e.g. on 6135 at the same time, either talk or lively Cuban music, but it must be the same

transmitter as on off-frequency, previously carrying RR after 2300. At 2256

lite jamming began to be heard mixing with the music; 2258, more jamming, less

music, still het. Jamming dominated as usual after 2300 but could still detect

carrier on 5954.1. At 0004 Nov 27, YL talk presumably RR audible under jamming, and not // RR on 6155. Need people to monitor 5954.1 as early as possible, maybe from 2200 during the musical prélude for any clews as to origin

** EGYPT. Conclusion of R. Cairo English to Europe, 6250, somewhat different

from previous log. Nov 26 at 2240 M announcer was closing with goodbye, and

tinny national anthem; 2241 switched to tone for a semiminute which was

well-modulated unlike the preceding programming! carrier off at 2242* with its

characteristic pulsing of 5 or 6 times before going completely off.

DX Mix News, Bulgaria Nov 26 published an updated R. Cairo operational

schedule, showing that the site switch on 6290 occurs at 2300 UT, instead of

0000. Nov 26 I was too busy monitoring other frequencies at 2300, but as I

previously noted, the long overlap was not heard until 2350 when there was a

subaudible het of maybe 20 Hz, Cairo vs. Cairo! Undermodulated audio in Arabic

from the first site, ABZ to WEu at 315 degrees, underneath open carrier from

the second site, ABS to NAm at 325 degrees, which was not clear from the ABZ

carrier until 0002:40 Nov 27, also undermodulated, and distorted. So we wonder

what else in that DX Mix schedule may be incorrect

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. DW Amharic service via Rwanda may have moved from 15660 to 15620. Nov 25 at 1420 found nothing but noise on 15660, despite 15665 WHRA which was not too strong this Sunday, but on 15620, German language lessons. I think the jammers already found it, as some noise mixed in. At 1510 recheck, 15620 was in Russian, which is DW via Sines, Portugal from 1500.

Aoki and EiBi have a 1330-1500 gap in DW`s usage of 15620, so that would be a

good fit as a new 14-15 Amharic frequency. However HFCC also has this:

15620 1330 1430 40E,41NW WOF 250 82 1234567 281007 300308 D DIVERSE G DWL DWL 1898

But that`s not for Ethiopia, instead Afghanistan, in Dari & Pashto per Nov 21

update at http://www.bclnews.it/b07schedules/dw.htm

And since I did not check between 1430 and 1500 I can`t be sure what I heard

was really Amharic staying on past 1430. I have a hard time recognizing Amharic

just by listening, unless there is an ID starting with ``Yih ---``. Can someone

suggest some other common and distinctive words to listen out for? The same

could be said for Pashto, which may have been what I was really hearing.

Possibly as a counter-jamming tactic, DW has swapped the Pashto and Amharic

frequencies? Europeans, please check this out on Monday.

Jumping thru DW website hoops, I finally came to this Amharic frequency page:

http://www2.dw-world.de/static/language/amharic/amha_program.pdf

But according to its dating, it is at best, A-07 info showing 11645 and 15410,

and the ``1999`` and ``2000`` in it worry me

No, - 15620 is free, Woofferton 15620 deleted from Nov 11, and replaced Nov 9th by Moosbrunn 13855 kHz in Pa/Da to Afghanistan. 73 wb

Nov 26 check: nothing audible on 15660, 15640, but definitely DW Amharic on

15620 at 1427, no jamming heard, but noise could be there obscured by local

high noise level. 1432 DW theme and ID, so it is the almost-hour broadcast

starting at 1400, ex-15660. Since I am no longer hearing it on 15660, and

propagation favors Rwanda, I suspect 15620 is now Rwanda, but Wolfgang Büschel

says they are still on 15660, 15640, 11645 as well as 15620, so that makes four

frequencies instead of the original two for this now jammed transmission.

However, after 1500, 15620 came back on with DW in Russian as previously

scheduled via Sines. Trouble is, after initial ID at hourtop there was dead air

for two minutes; then they fished around for program feed, brought up something

(DW or BBC?) in English news at 1502, fading it out and back in; finally found

Russian at 1503, joined in progress. Anyhow, this means I can`t rule out the DW

Amharic service earlier on 15620 as also via Sines now

** GUATEMALA [and non]. 4780, R. Coatán, Nov 26 at 2348 bible reading in

Spanish, but also with fast SAH rippling the frequency, besides CODAR. Nothing

else known anywhere on 4780 except Djibouti, so I wonder if they left their

carrier on very late. At 0007 recheck the SAH was gone.

R. Verdad, 4052.5, Nov 26 at 2346 with timecheck 14<18, hymn; fair

** GUIANA FRENCH. TDF DRM, 17870-17875-17880, again being heard at its previous level, so suspect the antenna is once again toward NAm rather than Eu, Mon Nov 26 at 1523, but is it still RFO Guyane programming? O, this was the special for Ecuador as in DRM DX for this date only:

1330-1930 11/26 17875 260 Ecuador 150 TDF F French Montsinery French Guiana

** MEXICO. Still looking for more from XEXQ 6045, but nothing audible Nov 25 at  0630 or 1330. Nor Nov 26 at 1425, 2215.

But XEXQ was audible on 6045 when rechecked Nov 26 at 2249, classical music

with co-channel in Chinese, i.e. VOA Udorn, 30 degrees during this hour only

and/or Chicom jamming. 2300 Spanish announcements but could not make them out, with increased QRM from CRI Sackville in English on 6040; 2305 classical music.

Fair at times depending on amount of splash from 6040. 0038 recheck more

classical, now ACI from 6040 CRI Sackville in Chinese (not English as in Aoki);

could not detect co-channel from IBC Tamil, ESE from Wertachtal which recently

moved to 6045 during this hour only. But prime is not the best time to listen

to XEXQ

** PRIDNESTROVYE. 6240, Radio PMR/DMR, monitored off and on Nov 26-27 while checking other things. Tune-in 2325 in French, 2330 changing into German, 2344 concluding German mentioning ``Republik Moldaus`` (Moldau? not to be confused with the river in Czechia), and off at 2345*. Figured that was all, so did not check at 0000, but ran across 6240 on again at 0024 and once more in French, and another switch to German at 0030-0045*. There was occasional QRM de big ute data bursts lasting a few seconds. I assume that there is English M-F at 2300-2315 and 0000-0015, French at 2315-2330 and 0015-0030, German at 2330-2345 and 0030-0045 Tue-Sat. Mike Barraclough, England was monitoring at the same time and did hear English at 2300 and 2400. Christopher Lewis first reported English at 2300 on Nov 22, but I have missed it so far. Station mentioned in French/German that it broadcasts to Europe and North America. At this hour surely for NAm, a newly revived service, and another odd case of one country broadcasting to another country in a language native to neither. Why don`t they broadcast in Romanian during the final quarter hour?

** RUSSIA. 5900, at 0005 Nov 27, warbling carrier, unable to determine

language, but VOR Portuguese scheduled from Moscow site. Why don`t they put

this poor thing out of its misery? See previous report in DXLD 7-130; ex 7300,

not 7400

** SPAIN. REE, 6055, English to NAm, UT Tue Nov 27 at 0041 was ending Radio Waves. This week`s radio song was ``Mama Radio``. Host Justin Coe gave 6-figure P O Box, new e-mail address of english @ rtve.es and ``keep the TV off and the radio on`` till show ended at 0042:30. Well, it was almost time for me to watch Countdown at 0100 on MSNBC

** SWEDEN [non]. Surprised to hear Swedish at 0037 Nov 26, on 6100, Sackville, which starts RCI at 0100. No such 0030 transmission in Aoki or EiBi, but is in HFCC, apparently a late addition by R. Sweden to the B-07 schedule ** U S A. Had been hearing China [q.v.] on 5050, but Nov 26 at 2346, wiped out

by WWRB with big band music warmup/fill, on much earlier than licensed *0000.

Still BB music at 0007, piano music at 0022, their only programming worth

listening to

** U S A. WTJC, 9370, monitored Nov 26 at 2317-2323, but no Star Spangled

Banner, unlike a few days before, just Xmas music, and fading into noise level

by 2325

** CUBA. It`s incredible; when going to the RHC website, http://www.radiohc.cu

one is hit by popup ads for Celldoradio.com, obviously a totally unrelated

capitalist enterprise selling ringtones; or is it phishing --- ``enter your PIN

code``??

Anyhow, I was having another look at the unreliable transmission schedule,

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

to see if 15230 was still on it: no, and I think they really don`t use this

frequency any more; at least not in the 1300 UT hour when CRI in English via

Sackville is on it, tho for years previous they collided, commies vs commies!

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. Nov 27 check of DW Amharic and jamming: at 1445, 15620 again by far the best, no jamming audible. Unlike the day before, DW barely audible on 15660 under heavy noise jamming, and seemed almost synchronized with 15620. Also audible under noise on 11645. Not audible on 15640, which is reported still to be active; that makes sense here as that is Sri Lanka relay. Jamming on 15660 lasted until 1501; just as I switched on BFO to be sure heard one of those ute data bursts, perhaps unrelated.

Nov 28 check of DW Amharic & jamming: at *1359:20, 15620 carrier came on, DW ID and opening. Could not hear any jamming on fairly good signal. Then checked 15660 and DW was audible this time, tho much weaker, and as far as I could tell was perfectly synchronized with 15620. This may or may not be significant in hypothesizing transmitter sites. At 1415, 15660 had a variable het interfering. 1455 recheck, 15620 still much stronger than 15660. Never audible on 15640 or 11645

** GERMANY. Russian on 13755, Nov 27 at 1503 with heavy echo. HFCC says this is VOR via Wertachtal, 125 kW at 120 degrees. Suspect both long and short paths being heard

** GUIANA FRENCH. TDF DRM test gone again from 17870-17875-17880, nothing heard Nov 27 at 1449

** JAPAN [non]. NHK Warido, R. Japan, news in English, Nov 28 at 1404 on 17580, weak and running a good two seconds behind Sackville on 11705. HFCC shows 17580 is Meyerton at 355 degrees, while RJ`s pdf transmission schedule shows Ascension to Central Africa. Which is it?

** KURDISTAN [and non]. Denge Mezopotamiya, 11530 via Pridnestrovye, coming in well Nov 28 at 1458, but as closing announcements were running, huge WEWN carrier kicked on and off twice just before 1459, and then stayed on, soon modulated with eerie choral IS; during pause I could barely hear V. of

Mesopotamia underneath

** MEXICO. XEXQ, 6045 on the air again, let us hope to stay, Nov 27 at 1405 and 1458 chex with classical music. Seems XEXQ leaves its carrier on 6045 late,

maybe all night; too bad they don`t modulate it too. Nov 28 at 0644 found open

carrier as before; next check at 1320, was in talk rather than music

programming with some ``Cápsulas de Ciencia y Tecnología`` from a Mexican

government agency, apparently aimed at young people, inspired by Bill el

Científico but not quite as frantic and wacky. Topic: fossils and Darwin. VG

modulation now, and almost 44444.

Also received a reply today from station director LCC. Ma. Leticia Zavala Pérez

saying they are still running only the authorized 250 watts from their new 1 kW

transmitter, and the antenna is a 9-meter dipole oriented N-S; contradicting

the previous info that it is an inverted V of 12 meters. Schedule 1300-0500,

hopefully expanding to 24 hours next year; not yet webcasting, also expected to

start by mid-2008. She also says the switch from MW 1460 to 1190 was almost

four years ago; how out of date some references may be

** CUBA. As if to thwart my suggestion yesterday that we should monitor 5954.1

in the unjammed hour previous to 2300, when it was carrying music instead of R.

República, on Nov 28 the DCJC had already attacked the frequency with some

pulse jamming when tuned in at 2228. Altho jamming not at full force, could not

detect musical prélude or even a carrier on 5954.1, but the weak station on

5955 was collaterally damaged; listed as BBC Singapore or Oman.

I also noticed some lite jamming on 6155 already at 2317, in anticipation of RR

switch there from 6135 at 0000, nothing like the heavy jamming on 6135, but

completely unnecessary this early on 6155. Not much there to be hurt, however,

once Austria closes at 2308, per sked in DXLD 7-142.

R. Rebelde, 5025, Nov 28 at 2323 with report on Moslem treatment of women.

There was so much background noise and music that I was almost convinced there was co-channel QRM from Africa, until it abruptly stopped at the end of the

item

** MYANMAR [and non]. Nov 28 at 2328 I noticed on 12120 there were apparently two stations, the stronger but weak one talking in an unID Asian language, and the other making a het of roughly 200 Hz. Looked up later, I find that the only thing scheduled at 23-24 on 12120 is VOA Burmese via Tinang. So is this now being jammed? Considering recent events and Myanmar`s denunciation VOA, it would not be at all surprising, but I don`t recall any reports that jamming was actually being done. Further monitoring of this and other VOA/RFA Burmese transmissions is needed. And have the extra broadcasts added after the strife almost two months ago been maintained?

** PRIDNESTROVYE. This time I was waiting for Radio PMR to begin its new North American service in English, Nov 28 at 2257, when 6240 was on with intermittent tones. No doubt Olle or Kai have measured their exact pitch from the

Grigoriopol site. 2300 opening as ``Here is Tiraspol... Radio PMR, of the

Pridenstrovian Moldavian Republic…`` and the program for Nov. 28. The entire

cast was about PMR`s diplomatic status and relations with Russia, Moldova,

Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo, USA, starting with whether PMR license plates would

be valid across one of the borders. I am not sure, but I think they reserve the

name ``Moldova`` for the non-PMR part of the country on the wrong side of the

river. Closed with postal address, and radiopmr @ pobox.ru Brief IS at 2315, as

also heard at 2300, including sound of clock ticking, and directly into French.

If this English broadcast was typical, it`s at the behest of the polwonx and

will be exceedingly boring to the listener. Nothing about PMR arts or science,

nothing remotely entertaining

** TAIWAN [and non]. RTI`s ``Jade Bells & Bamboo Pipes`` show of traditional

music continues to be a winner. We had to pause our bandscanning when we came across it Wed Nov 28 at 2235 in the broadcast to Europe on 9355 via WYFR. However, there were no jade bells nor bamboo pipes to be heard --- just an exotic plucked instrument. The name of it was mentioned once in the middle but not at the end at 2255 when Carlson Wong was upwrapping it.

I assume this is also on the other RTI Wednesday broadcasts, and into UT

Thursdays? No, there was a talk feature on 5950 at 0343 check Nov 29. Does this mean that the final broadcast of each day`s program cycle is the 2200? And the new day starts on the 0100, if not 0200 or 0300? That throws the scheduling off in North American target by local days.

Strangely enough, the current pdf schedule grid

http://english.rti.org.tw/english/others/PDF/ProgramSchedule.pdf

shows JB&BP starting at :30 past the hour on Weds, while the 

http://english.rti.org.tw/Others/ProgramSchedule.aspx

shows it at :35 past.

This page about listening on internet, http://english.rti.org.tw/Others/listen_internet.aspx

refers to hour 1 and hour 2, but apparently this is no longer the case, as

there is only a single hour shown in the program grids.

It also says: ``Please note that the programs may be posted on the Internet on

the day BEFORE they are broadcast. For example, the Thursday programs are

posted at 12:00 am on Thursday Taiwan Time (the very first minute of Thursday

in Taiwan), but in most parts of the world, it is still Wednesday!``

On the same page, plus the homepage, there are .wma and .rm linx to the past

week`s programs, so JB&BP should be found halfway thru the Wednesday files

 

 

Powell E. Way III – Silverstreet, SC

Eton E-10 and whip

 

Mauno Ritola – Finland

Receiver, Antenna

 

7260 13 Nov 0838- MNG: Mongolian R 2nd prgr, Ulaanbaatar. Good signal with news in English and ID: "This is the news bulletin of the Voice of Mongolia in English on the Blue Sky Radio. We are on the air on Tuesday and Thursday".

 

Down in the Basement

(Editor – Jay Heyl)

 

The next installment in the series of articles on non-directional beacons has been postponed due to a rather hectic personal schedule. Next month we’ll continue with a discussion of some of the software available to aid in NDB hunting.

 

Bob Wilkner – Pompano Beach, FL

NRD 535D/Drake R8/Sony 2010XA/Amplified ferrite loop

 

4 November

183  Germany Saarlouis 0230 -0240 GMT with yl and om in French.

 

 

Martin Foltz – Mission Viejo, CA

HQ-180A/Palomar VLF Converter/One foot air core loop

 

350 NUC San Clemente Island, CA 11/9 0604 UTC in poor. Run by the US Navy Base Coronado. (Foltz-CA)

 

Phil Rafuse – Stratford, PEI, Canada

Drake R8/LFE M-601C antenna

 

14 November

 

234 Luxembourg playing ABBA The Winner takes it all - On 6 KHz
bandwidth, offset with passband tuning for best audio top end and with
syncro on - sounds like a local!  11:15 p.m. AST 11/14

 

16 November 2054 AST to 2130 AST

153 Algeria with Arab pop type music
162 France with Woman doing a voice over over folk type music
171 Morrocco with Disco type music
177 Germany with man speaking, then into a few seconds worth of time
pips, then off the air
189 Iceland male announcer speaking with woman on the phone
198 BBC
207 Morrocco - man reading what seemed to be the news
234 Luxembourg with AC type music
252 Ireland playing Eric Clapton, then chat from female announcer with
a really nice voice, complete with slight Irish lilt

 

 

 

Keith McGinnis – Hingham, MA

Drake R8A/Eton E1/K9AY antenna/Quantum Loops/Various random wires/Phaser

 

17 November

 

0345  PTD  400  Potsdam              NY      270 miles
0313  CKI  404  Kingtree             SC      770 miles
0301  RZZ  407  Roanoke Rapids       NC      540 miles
0238  CSS  414  Washington Ct House  OH      685 miles
0155  3U   414  Gatineau             PQ      315 miles  (BC                                     from Baie Comeau is usually huge here)

 

Chris Black – Cape Cod

WinRadio 313/Icom 756 Pro II

 

ID

kHz

Date

UTC

S/P

ITU

Station

Miles

PT

283

11/1

0005

ON

CAN

Pelee Island

646

RQY

284

11/1

0008

WV

USA

Elkins/Randolph Co

547

YOG

300

11/1

0013

ON

CAN

Ogoki Post

1012

ZEF

326

11/1

0017

NC

USA

Elkin/Zephyr

678

FXC

327

11/1

0017

--

GUF

Rochambeau/Cayenne

2766

BZJ

328

11/1

0018

PA

USA

Bellgrove/Indiantown Gap (Army)

345

ULH

332

11/1

0025

TN

USA

Tullahoma/Burwi

969

GY

338

11/1

0033

SC

USA

Greenville/Dyana

823

YXL

346

11/1

0038

ON

CAN

Sioux Lookout

1192

ME

350

11/1

0948

IL

USA

Chicago/Deana

920

YTR

215

11/2

0914

ON

CAN

Trenton (RCAF)

405

HM

221

11/2

0919

ON

CAN

Hamilton

512

RS

279

11/2

2255

MA

USA

Worchester/Dunca

103

PTB

284

11/2

2259

VA

USA

Petersburg

506

BKT

326

11/2

2303

VA

USA

Blackstone

526

DE

338

11/2

2311

MI

USA

Detroit/Madds

666

LQX

339

11/2

2313

PA

USA

Lehighton/Carbon

297

BOG

340

11/2

2314

--

CLM

Bogota

2550

CCJ

341

11/2

2316

OH

USA

Springfield/Clark Co

724

JA

344

11/2

2322

FL

USA

Jacksonville/Dinns

1010

MSQ

351

11/2

2337

VA

USA

Culpeper/Nailr

467

AMT

359

11/2

2343

OH

USA

West Union

734

LC

376

11/3

0846

OH

USA

Columbus/Pickl

675

CWI

377

11/3

0847

IA

USA

Clinton

1039

BRA

379

11/3

0849

NC

USA

Asheville/Broad River

800

TL

379

11/3

0846

FL

USA

Tallahassee/Wakul

1114

HYX

385

11/3

0856

MI

USA

Saginaw/Browne

708

LY

385

11/3

0855

VA

USA

Evington/Bojar

573

PV

387

11/3

0859

--

TCA

Providenciales

1378

RZO

391

11/3

0905

AL

USA

Demopolis/Marengo

1172

FGP

393

11/3

0906

NC

USA

Fort Bragg (Army)

651

YL

395

11/3

0909

MB

CAN

Lynn Lake

1721

APH

396

11/3

0910

VA

USA

Fort A.P. Hill (Army)

454

LKR

400

11/3

0914

SC

USA

Lancaster

752

NHK

400

11/3

0916

MD

USA

Patuxent River (Navy)

406

ZYB

404

11/3

0922

ON

CAN

North Bay/Yellek

565

TT

406

11/3

0923

NC

USA

Sanford/Leeco

647

IL

407

11/3

0926

OH

USA

Wilmingtgon/Airbo

729

RZZ

407

11/3

0927

NC

USA

Roanoke/Rapids

544

LQK

408

11/3

0928

SC

USA

Pickens/Lake Keowee

830

CQW

409

11/3

0929

SC

USA

Cheraw

712

BA

410

11/3

0930

IN

USA

Columbus/Clifs

839

CBC

415

11/3

0940

--

CYM

Cayman Brac

1620

SLP

417

11/3

0942

NC

USA

Shelby/First River

762

RYS

419

11/3

0943

MI

USA

Grosse Isle

669

FQ

420

11/3

0945

MN

USA

Fairmont

1238

IZS

426

11/3

0948

GA

USA

Montezuma

997

POH

428

11/3

0950

IA

USA

Pocahontas

1254

IZN

432

11/3

0951

NC

USA

Lincolnton

727

SLB

434

11/3

0952

IA

USA

Storm Lake

1285

PPA

450

11/3

0953

--

DOM

Puerto Plata

1512

E8

492

11/3

0954

NL

CAN

Natuashish

1062

WE2XGR/

506.3

11/3

1052

MA

USA

Wayland (Warren K2ORS)

76

GCT

516

11/3

0959

IA

USA

Guthrie Center

1251

CHN

261

11/5

0035

FL

USA

Wauchula

1182

EDE

265

11/5

0037

NC

USA

Edenton

521

TST

273

11/5

0045

--

XUU

?

?

FPR

275

11/5

0105

FL

USA

Fort Pierce

1137

FD

278

11/5

0106

MO

USA

Poplar Bluff/Earli

1133

UZG

283

11/5

0952

--

CUB

Zarago

1464

YTL

328

11/5

0957

ON

CAN

Big Trout Lake

1236

ISM

329

11/5

0959

FL

USA

Kissimmee

1122

JV

331

11/5

1003

IN

USA

Jeffersonville/Catch

853

MCZ

336

11/5

1013

NC

USA

Williamston

552

CQN

341

11/5

1024

TN

USA

Chattanooga/Daisy

928

PCM

346

11/5

1028

FL

USA

Plant City

1162

VU

346

11/5

1029

NC

USA

Albemarle/Aller

686

BAR

347

11/5

1033

--

GTM

Puerto Barrios

2099

ZUL

348

11/5

1037

QC

CAN

Montreal/Dorval/Rockland

317

VV

353

11/5

1042

GA

USA

Greensboro/Junne

895

YWA

516

11/5

0948

ON

CAN

Petawawa (RCAF)

458

GM

521

11/5

1045

SC

USA

Greenville/Judky

815

ORC

521

11/5

1048

IA

USA

Orange City

1323

JJH

523

11/5

1046

NY

USA

Johnstown

231

AJG

524

11/5

1052

IL

USA

Mount Carmel/St Francisville

952

RI

201

11/6

2136

QC

CAN

Rivière-du-Loup

420

YSK

208

11/6

2139

NU

CAN

Sanikiluaq/Belcher Islands

1102

MQI

370

11/6

2328

NC

USA

Manteo

498

FLZ

374

11/6

1054

AL

USA

Florida/Ft. Rucker (Army)

1166

YAG

376

11/6

1051

ON

CAN

Fort Frances

1233

HO

378

11/6

2331

NL

CAN

Hopedale

1052

JD

385

11/6

1046

IL

USA

Belleville/Gooey

1058

UR

385

11/6

1041

NY

USA

New York/Orchy

198

ISZ

388

11/6

1040

OH

USA

Cincinnati/Blue Ash

767

VP

390

11/6

2334

QC

CAN

Kuujjuaq/Kujack

1133

CVX

392

11/6

1019

MI

USA

Charlevoix

797

BPO

403

11/6

1002

TN

USA

Oneida/Piney Grove

846

TM

409

11/6

0948

GA

USA

Tifton/Tifto

1024

CYE

410

11/6

0953

PA

USA

Wilkes Barre/Crystal Lake

296

VFU

411

11/6

0955

OH

USA

Van Wert/Stanley

753

JHH

412

11/6

0956

GA

USA

Griffin 

969

FDW

414

11/6

0957

SC

USA

Winnsboro

784

JUE

414

11/6

0958

TN

USA

Lebanon

947

VA

430

11/6

0940

--

CUB

Varder/Varadero

1447

OS

515

11/6

0932

OH

USA

Columbus/Fuler

691

FV

349

11/7

0947

IN

USA

Indianapolis/Larez

850

IN

353

11/7

0956

MN

USA

International Falls/Raize

1218

PG

353

11/7

1010

MB

CAN

Portage La Prairie/Southport (RCAF)

1455

TNY

358

11/7

1000

TN

USA

Fayetteville/Kelso

995

PBC

365

11/7

1008

TN

USA

Columbia/Mount Pleasant/Maury Cnty

1005

6F

367

11/7

1010

NL

CAN

Port Hope Simpson

990

TT

369

11/7

1012

NJ

USA

Trenton/Trenn

268

AZ

371

11/7

1017

MI

USA

Kalamazoo/Austn

791

HHG

417

11/8

2316

IN

USA

Huntington

797

HMB

432

11/8

2102

--

ALG

Hammam Bou Hadjar for Oran

3674

SF

349

11/9

2133

ME

USA

Sanford

118

FIT

365

11/9

2142

MA

USA

Fitchburg

101

OHY

400

11/9

1016

GA

USA

Cordele/Coney

1009

QQ

400

11/9

1029

BC

CAN

Comox

2646

BMW

404

11/9

1035

GA

USA

Winder/Barrow Co

907

XBR

410

11/9

1046

AL

USA

Brantley/Fort Rucker (Ozark) (Army)

1133

HAE

411

11/9

1047

MO

USA

Hannibal

1123

CMY

412

11/9

1044

WI

USA

Sparta/Mc Coy (Army)

1049

RPB

414.5

11/9

1051

KS

USA

Belleville/Republican

1442

RVJ

424

11/9

1059

GA

USA

Reidsville/Prison

938

IKY

429

11/9

1102

KY

USA

Springfield

850

PD

229

11/11

2347

NS

CAN

Port Hawkesbury

523

YEL

276

11/11

1015

ON

CAN

Elliot Lake

698

OXD

282

11/11

1023

OH

USA

Oxford

782

RT

284

11/11

1028

NU

CAN

Rankin Inlet

1713

KR

323

11/11

1034

QC

CAN

Schefferville/Squaw

918

OU

329

11/11

1039

QC

CAN

Quebec/Ste-Foy

355

DKA

332

11/11

1043

NC

USA

Kenansville/Kenan

621

LCQ

204

11/12

0121

FL

USA

Lake City

1053

DCY

212

11/12

0130

IN

USA

Washington

920

CO

216

11/12

2151

NH

USA

Concord/Epsom

118

AY

219

11/12

0136

GA

USA

Waycross/Wiket

985

YMY

242

11/12

2322

ON

CAN

Ear Falls

1268

ZYT

246

11/12

2325

NL

CAN

St John's Intl/Outer Cove

952

YDP

247

11/12

0002

NL

CAN

Nain

1093

OEA

251

11/12

1011

IN

USA

Vincennes

941

YCY

256

11/12

1017

NU

CAN

Clyde River

1992

BVQ

260

11/12

1021

KY

USA

Glasgow/Beaver Creek

906

ZPB

264

11/12

1042

ON

CAN

Sachigo Lake

1317

BR

266

11/12

1045

GA

USA

Atlanta/Redan

952

DOM

273

11/12

0020

--

DMA

Melville Hall

1877

HP

281

11/12

0032

NY

USA

White Plains/Hestr

191

SCD

284

11/12

1102

AL

USA

Sylacauga

1062

GS

287

11/12

1105

SC

USA

Greer

811

RVN

329

11/13

1013

TN

USA

Rogersville

772

FJ

338

11/13

1028

FL

USA

Fort Pierce/Luuce

1140

POB

338

11/13

1025

NC

USA

Fayetteville/Pope/Ft Bragg  (AF)

652

VTI

338

11/13

1029

IA

USA

Vinton/Garrison

1123

YPX

338

11/13

1029

QC

CAN

Puvirnituq

1304

CWH

350

11/13

1036

AL

USA

Huntsville/Capshaw

1020

SP

386

11/13

2341

--

SPM

St. Pierre

777

CM

391

11/13

2346

OH

USA

Columbus/Sumie

669

YRQ

205

11/14

1030

QC

CAN

Trois Rivières

346

FD

207

11/14

1032

ON

CAN

Brantford

533

TS

212

11/14

1038

ON

CAN

Timmins

726

LRG

216

11/14

1040

ME

USA

Lincoln

265

DRM

218

11/14

1049

MI

USA

Drummond Island

739

YKX

201

11/15

0951

ON

CAN

Kirkland Lake

654

3S

252

11/15

1031

NS

CAN

Sable Island/Thebaud Platform

528

GIW

239

11/16

0909

SC

USA

Greenwood/Coronaca

828

UKT

208

11/17

2007

PA

USA

Quakertown

282

MJ

209

11/17

2010

NH

USA

Manchester/Fitzy

106

ZIY

344

11/20

1017

--

CYM

Georgetown/Grand Cayman

1679

UQN

372

11/20

1055

GA

USA

Vidalia/Onyun/Lyons

935

GL

201

11/24

2204

QC

CAN

La Grande Rivière

895

K8

214

11/25

0955

QC

CAN

Nemiscau

745

BGI

345

11/27

0025

--

BRB

Adams

2074

JXT

346

11/27

0031

TN

USA

Morristown/Jefferson

813

MS

359

11/27

0049

NY

USA

Monticello/Monga/Liberty

243

HDI

369

11/27

1034

TN

USA

Cleveland/Hardwick

916

ACZ

379

11/27

1006

NC

USA

Wallace/Pendy

643

RL

218

11/28

1042

ON

CAN

Red Lake

1293

AU

366

11/28

2112

ME

USA

Augusta/Dunns

188

FND

371

11/28

0046

MD

USA

Baltimore/Ellicot

386

CP

389

11/28

0115

--

POR

Lisboa/Caparica

3165

GOI

396

11/28

0126

KY

USA

Godman/Fort Knox (Army)

878

RO

400

11/28

2200

NY

USA

Rochester/Breit

390

SLO

400

11/28

2206

IL

USA

Salem

1015

RV

407

11/28

0135

PA

USA

Reedsville/Stroh/Maple Grove

401

EUD

254

11/29

2032

PA

USA

York

372

PKZ

326

11/29

1038

FL

USA

Pensacola/Pickens

1225

OR

329

11/29

1041

VA

USA

Norfolk/Ingle

467

YEK

329

11/29

1042

NU

CAN

Arviat/Eskimo Point

1673

UWI

400

11/29

1007

GA

USA

Dalton/Whitfield

933

MK

410

11/29

1018

WI

USA

Milwaukee/Cappy

911

TX

419

11/29

1026

GA

USA

Lawrenceville/Gwnet

915

CKP

423

11/29

1029

IA

USA

Cherokee/Pilot Rock

1299

TPF

270

11/30

0034

FL

USA

Tampa/Knight

1177

ADG

278

11/30

0031

MI

USA

Adrian

718

LJK

280

11/30

0054

VA

USA

Ashland/Ashey

474

GN

340

11/30

1038

KY

USA

Lexington/Bridl

800

IWJ

340

11/30

0125

GA

USA

Blakely/Early County

1075

HVS

341

11/30

1045

SC

USA

Hartsville

739

LYZ

359

11/30

1114

GA

USA

Bainbridge/Willis

1087

SUR

362

11/30

1118

GA

USA

Fitzgerald

1005

GR

367

11/30

1120

NC

USA

Fayetteville/Doone

667

CQD

372

11/30

1125

PA

USA

Erie/Cascade

513

FAF

226

11/30

0014

VA

USA

Fort Eustis/Felker (Army)

467

GT

232

11/30

0018

--

TCA

Grand Turk (AF)

1397

OZW

243

11/30

0028

MI

USA

Howell

712

KZ

248

11/30

0033

ON

CAN

Buttonville Muni/Toronto

490

GR

263

11/30

0041

MI

USA

Grand Rapids/Knobs

783

CQJ

266

11/30

0047

NC

USA

City Lake/Asheboro

666

AKQ

274

11/30

0052

VA

USA

Wakefield

489

F7

353

11/30

0138

ON

CAN

Parry Sound/Georgian Bay

544

OG

358

11/30

0142

NY

USA

Ogdensburg

334

1F

363

11/30

0149

NB

CAN

Bathurst/Manta

464

DYB

365

11/30

0153

SC

USA

Summerville/Dorchester Co

814

TV

365

11/30

0152

MI

USA

Traverse City/Gwenn

797

FNA

371

11/30

1018

LA

USA

Slidell/Florenville

1342

YCO

372

11/30

1025

NU

CAN

Kugluktuk/Coppermine

2448

RCZ

375

11/30

1028

NC

USA

Rockingham/Roscoe

700

DTE

394

11/30

1048

TN

USA

Dayton/Mark Anton

905

CWV

395

11/30

1052

GA

USA

Claxton

920

PCW

423

11/30

1111

OH

USA

Port Clinton

657

 

11/17

Here is summary of my LW TA receptions from about 2150-2300 UTC last night

which pretty much mirror yours. Was using the IC 756 PRO II with dual

feedline super loop. All signals were decent with some very good ones as

noted.

153 Algeria

162 France with old US pop song, "I get around"  -- very good

171 Morocco

183 Germany in French -- very strong

189 Iceland with talk and pop music

198 UK BBC

207 Morocco

216 France

225 Poland

234 Luxembourg with country music --very good

252 Algeria in French and Ireland with rock music duking it out as usual

270 Czech Republic

I was looking for a clean sweep, but 177, 180 and 261 were not cooperating

Within the NDB band between about 284 and 325 (the old Marine beacon section) is where you will find these transmissions. Inexpensive software like DSCdecoder will decode them just fine. A lot more info can be found in Jay's reference links concerning these signals. 

Unlike the Navtex frequencies where you can just park your receiver, there are about 80 different DGPS frequencies if you count the EU splits, so you have to "baby-sit" the process unless you have some sort of scanning capability, definitely the way to go. 

A typical decoding will look like this: This is Porto Santo, Madeira on 287.5 KHz. The European frequencies are split and the US are even KHz. 

Station ID 486;[Porto Santo MDR #343 287.5 200];msg typ 09;tim 52.49;seq 2;len 5;health 0;[200bps];07-11-16 21:52:15

Station ID 486;[Porto Santo MDR #343 287.5 200];msg typ 09;tim 52.52;seq 3;len 5;health 0;[200bps];07-11-16 21:52:16

Station ID 486;[Porto Santo MDR #343 287.5 200];msg typ 09;tim 52.52;seq 3;len 5;health 0;[200bps];07-11-16 21:52:16

Station ID 486;[Porto Santo MDR #343 287.5 200];msg typ 09;tim 52.56;seq 6;len 5;health 0;[200bps];07-11-16 21:52:19  

Here is Medora ND on 325: 

Station ID 176;[Medora ND #851 325,100];msg typ 09;tim 02.48;seq 7;len 5;health 4;[100bps];07-11-17 07:02:17

Station ID 176;[Medora ND #851 325,100];msg typ 09;tim 02.48;seq 7;len 5;health 4;[100bps];07-11-17 07:02:17

Station ID 176;[Medora ND #851 325,100];msg typ 09;tim 02.48;seq 7;len 5;health 4;[100bps];07-11-17 07:02:17 

This is my summary log from last night on the WinRadio 313e: 22 states, 4 provinces, 4 DX countries

I know the "purists" will say this doesn't count, and I still collect broadcast stations and get a thrill everytime I hear one. But if your ears are tired of snake oil, preaching, and pirates, something like this can be a fun diversion to help rev up your DX motor. 

286            Sandy Hook NJ

287.5         Porto Santo MDR

288            Cape Ray NL

289            Driver VA

290            Penobscot ME

291            Hawk Run PA

292            Kensington SC

292            Cheboygan MI

293            Moriches NY

294            New Bern NC

295            Isabella PTR

295            Partridge Island NB

296            Wisconsin Point WI

296            St Jean Richelieu QC

297            Bobo MS

298            Upper Keweenaw MI

298            Hartien Point NS

299            Rigolet NL

300            Riviere Du Loop QC

301            Annapolis MD

303            Greensboro NC

304            Mequon WI

305            Dandridge TN

306            Acushnett MA

307            Hagerstown MD

308            Horta AZR

309            Pickford MI

309            Reedy Point DE

310            Whitney NE

310            Cape Norman NL

311            Rock Island IL

311.5          Cabo Carvoeiro LT POR

312            Tampa FL

312            Western Head NS

313            Billings MT

313            Moise QC

314            Sturgeon Bay WI

315            Cape Race NL

316            Brunswick NAS ME

317            Hartsville TN

318            Summerfield TX

319            Savannah GA

319            Detroit MI

322            Youngstown NY

322            St Louis MO

324            Hudson Falls NY

325            Medora ND

 I also noticed improved Navtex last night as well. A pleasant surprise was $12J Kodiak for the second time this month 

<10:59:27> __Y_UKYK_VI_U_Y___YCKI_U_QY_K_Y_C_ZCZC JA48

<10:59:51> C_GD17 BNM 5+5-07(_7!

<10:59:55> _-(_-ALEUOIAN ISOANDS-AKUN _TRAIT L

<11:00:01> AKUN STRAIT LT 3LLNR 27435) HAS BEE REP

<11:00:09> EXTI_GEM M_G

<11:00:11> NER_ 

Also some very clean copy from $15D, Puerto Montt, CHL 

<04:30:14> ZCZ_ DA55

<04:30:16> ROUTINE

<04:30:18> 290430 UTC NOV 2007

<04:30:21> PUERTO MONTT RADIO/CBP

<04:30:26> COASTAL WARNING NR 0081

<04:30:30> CHART NR 7371. LEADING-LINE BEACON

<04:30:36> CERRO CHULEQUEHUE. ANTERIOR S_

<04:30:42> BAJA NR 468 G-1644 AND POSTERIOR

<04:30:48> SUR ALTA

<04:30:50> ,4 469 G-1644-1.

<04:30:53> UNSYNCHRONIZED FLASHING.

<04:30:57> COASTAL WARNING NR 0077

<04:31:02> CHART NR 7371. CERRO CHULEQUEHUE

<04:31:07> ANTERIOR LIGHTED BEACON NR 468

<04:31:16> 2 CHARACTERISTIC:FL

<04:31:20> 1 SM

<04:31:21> COASTAL WURNING NR 0045

<04:31:25> CHART NR 7330. CURRENT MTR

<04:31:30> INSTALLED I _EL-414313S6 G-

<04:31:35> 0723731W3. NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION.

<04:31:41> COASTAL_ JARNING NR 0043

<04:31:46> CHART NR 7330. CURRENT MTR

<04:31:51> INSTALLED IN L-41*947S7 G-

<04:31:56> 0721910W0. NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION.

<04:32:02> NNNN

<04:32:04> ZCZC DK55

<04:32:06> ROUTIS_

<04:32:08> 290430 UTC NOV 2007

<04:32:11> PUERTO MONTT R_DIO/CBP

<04:32:16> K.-2007

<04:32:17> IOASTAL WARNING NR 0803

<04:32:22> DUE TO TIME CHANGE CARRIED OUT OCTE

<04:32:28> QOVPPQP6 (2007) CHILEAN STANDARD

<04:32:34> TIME HAD CHANGED TO TIME ZONE

<04:32:40> (Z+3). VESSELS SHOULD COMPLY WITH

<04:32:46> REGULATIONS OF NATIONAL MARITIME

<04:32:52> AUTHORITY IN THE FOLLOWING WEB

<04:32:58> SITE:WWW.SHOA.CL=(SERVICIOS/

<04:33:04> RADIOAVISOS/RADIOWARNINGS/

<04:33:08> PROVISIONS

<04:33:10> OF THE NATIONAL

<04:33:13> MARITIME AUTHORITY) ALL VESSELS

<04:33:19> ARE REQUESTED TO SEND CHILREP OF

<04:33:25> WIND, SEA _ND_ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE

<04:33:32> REPORTS IN CLEAR TEXT.

<04:33:36> COASTAL WARNING NR _479

<04:33:41> FROM JUN 05 2007 RADIOTELEX SERIES

<04:33:47> 16 SR_ICE VALPARAISO PLAYA ANCHA

<04:33:53> RADIO/CBV. HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 

$12O Honolulu from 11-27

A little rough after 5,149 miles, but definitely in there. 

<08:44:36> A_ZCZC OPSG

<08:45:15> __N_

<08:45:16> 8 _BRK_C J___S_XKS_K_YLER___Z__ZWI_BUUZCGC__ONOLULU BNM _QF_CD___UXU

<08:45:41> _HI ISLANDS -_NSLXG_

<08:45:45> W___ S__LLNR 2+,0840_0.60'+)02._31?(3_U_1,__9__2

 

 

 

 

Jay Heyl – Orlando, FL

AR7030+/Quantum QX v2.0/Timewave DSP-500zx/Ratzlaff audio filter

 

Log showing first reception of each signal between 20071101 and 20071130

 

Output sorted by date

----------------------------------------------------------------------

YYYYMMDD UTC   kHz   Call  Miles + Location

----------------------------------------------------------------------

20071102 02:42 278   FD    771   Y POPLAR BLUFF, MO, USA

20071102 03:14 351   YKQ   1601  Y Waskaganish, QC, CAN

20071103 19:32 248   MI    195   Y Miami, FL, USA

20071104 18:32 206   GLS   808     Galveston, TX, USA

20071105 04:48 435   IIY   381     Washin, GA, USA

20071105 04:51 432   MHP   278     Metter, GA, USA

20071105 05:02 430   VA    373     VARADERO, CUB

20071105 05:09 429   IKY   675   Y Springfield, KY, USA

20071105 05:27 426   FTP   492     Fort Payne, AL, USA

20071105 05:30 426   IZS   315   Y Montezuma, GA, USA

20071105 05:37 427   MMT   385   Y MC ENTIRE, SC, USA

20071105 05:43 424   RVJ   257     'Prison'  Reidsville, GA, USA

20071105 05:52 423   SIF   560   Y Slammer, NC, USA

20071105 06:03 419   RYS   952   Y Detroit / Grosse, MI, USA

20071109 06:10 407   BZ    278     Statesboro, GA, USA

20071109 06:15 404   CKI   380     Kingstree, SC, USA

20071109 06:26 400   UWI   488     WHITFIELD, GA, USA

20071111 04:38 420   CFY   390     'Evans'  Lake City, SC, USA

20071111 04:41 420   V     371   Y VARDER, CUB

20071111 05:19 345   BGI   1763  Y Bridgetown / Barbados Island, BRB

20071111 05:49 450   PPA   908   Y Puerto Plata, DOM

20071111 06:07 375   RYB   599   Y Raymond, MS, USA

20071111 06:16 374   FLZ   354     FORT RUCKER, AL, USA

20071111 06:21 376   BHC   236     Baxley, GA, USA

20071111 06:30 372   UQN   270     ONYUN, GA, USA

20071111 06:39 375   GUA   1118  Y GUATEMALA CITY, GTM

20071112 02:35 406   TT    509     'Leeco'  Sanford, NC, USA

20071112 02:47 400   OHY   288     CONEY, GA, USA

20071114 03:07 414   AZE   252     Hazlehurst, GA, USA

20071114 03:32 356   LLU   974   Y SPRING RIVER, MO, USA

20071118 00:26 518   $04A  203   Y Miami, FL, USA

20071118 00:41 518   $04E  260   Y Savannah, GA, USA

20071118 01:02 518   $04F  1101  Y Boston (Cape Cod), MA, USA

20071118 01:46 518   $04N  646   Y Chesapeake, VA, USA

20071118 02:03 518   $04R  1134  Y San Juan (Isabella), PTR

20071118 03:01 518   $04G  525   Y New Orleans, LA, USA

20071118 08:18 518   $04C  1706  Y Rivière-au-Renard, QC, CAN

20071118 09:15 518   $04H  1143  Y Prescott (Wiarton), ON, CAN

20071119 03:37 280   MPG   715     Progreso  (Yucatan), MEX

20071121 03:23 518   $04U  1356  Y Yarmouth, NS, CAN

20071123 06:35 410   DQU   738   Y DE QUINCY, LA, USA

20071123 06:42 410   XBR   364   Y BRANTLEY, AL, USA

20071123 07:00 391   GXD   825   Y NACOGDOCHES, TX, USA

20071124 18:57 329   CH    326     'Ashly'  Charleston, SC, USA

20071128 05:11 518   $04H  1381  Y Curaçao, ATN

20071130 06:42 518   $04Q  1696  Y Sydney, NS, CAN

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Here are the NDBs I've logged since the first of the month. I picked up quite a few new ones, including several new Caribbean countries -- Barbados, Guatemala, and Dominica. (I know Guatemala is in Central America, but it's considered Caribbean by the NDB folks.)

Logging 206-GLS is usually no big deal -- it's nightly during NDB season -- but this time I got it during the daytime. New daylight distance record for me -- 808 miles.

Also of interest is 419-RYS from Detroit. All the resources I've checked say this is a 25W beacon, yet at 952 miles it's been practically booming in here during my last couple sessions. Very strange.

I recently put together a new computer for use in the radio room. For the first time in ages I again have a computer at hand when working the radio. (My laptop makes way too much noise to get anywhere near the antenna.) There are a few spots on the dial where the new gear puts out a bit of noise, but it's just a couple narrow ranges so it's pretty easy to deal with..

Having the computer at hand has opened up a few new opportunities. Since the LW segment of this CME is my usual haunt, it seemed fitting that I stretch my radio experience a bit and try something new in this range. Navtex is something I've never messed with before and sounded like it might be fun. I downloaded SeaTTY, a shareware program that can be used to decode Navtex, weather fax and HF Fax. Once I remembered my AR7030 had a Data mode, getting SeaTTY to work was a snap. (You don't need a data mode. USB can be used. You just need to tune the radio to 516.3 instead of 518 and use a typical SSB filter.)

Most Navtex is sent at a nominal frequency of 518kHz. With the radio in Data mode I just dial up 518kHz and launch SeaTTY. (I'd cabled the radio audio to the computer already.) It took a while for one of the local centers to start broadcasting -- they're on a rotating schedule through each "zone" to avoid stepping on each other -- but Miami eventually came on and the text started rolling in.

Here's a sample from Boston:

ZCZC FF01

US-SEACOAST-MAINE-BAY OF FUNDY

ENDANGERED N ATLC RIGHT WHALES ARE KNOWN  TO BE PRESENT IN THE FOLLOWING LOCATION:

1. 80 SIGHTED 35 NM SOUTHWEST OF ST JOHN, NEW

 BRUNSWICK IN A 10 NM RADIUS AROUND PSN 44-38N / 066-26W.

2.  BE ADVISED THAT WHALES MAY NOT REMAIN AT REP LOCATIONS.

MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION AND PROCEED AT SAFE SPEEDS IN AREAS USED BY RIGHT WHALES.  APPROACHING CLOSER THAN 500  YD IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW.  PLEASE REPORT ALL RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS TO 978-585-8473 OR TO THE COAST GUARD VIA CHAN 16.

CANCEL AT TIME//232141Z JAN 08//

NNNN

Most of the messages are rather mundane, weather reports and such, but some of them are actually interesting, such as the one about anti-submarine exercises being conducted at some location in the Atlantic. Or the live fire exercises off of Puerto Rico.

If you're looking for a lazy way to DX, Navtex is your ticket. You just dial up 518kHz, fire off SeaTTY, and let it run overnight. In the morning it will tell you what it's snagged. You can also check the raw log for decipherable bits and pieces that didn't make up a full message but might be identifiable anyway.

Here's what I've logged so far --

Log showing first reception of each signal from 20071116 onwards.

Daytime: 15:00-19:59, Night: 20:00-14:59

Output sorted by Frequency

----------------------------------------------------------------------

YYYYMMDD UTC   kHz   Call  LSB  USB  Cyc. Miles + Location

----------------------------------------------------------------------

20071118 01:02 518   $04F                 1101  Y Boston (Cape Cod), MA, USA

20071118 08:18 518   $04C                 1706  Y Rivière-au-Renard (Sept Îles), QC, CAN

20071118 03:01 518   $04G                 525   Y New Orleans, LA, USA

20071118 09:15 518   $04H                 1143  Y Prescott (Wiarton), ON, CAN

20071118 01:46 518   $04N                 646   Y Chesapeake, VA, USA

20071118 00:26 518   $04A                 203   Y Miami, FL, USA

20071118 00:41 518   $04E                 260   Y Savannah, GA, USA

20071118 02:03 518   $04R                 1134  Y San Juan (Isabella), PTR

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Thanks to Chris Black for his help in getting me started on this and for sharing logs so I could confirm a couple of these.

Conditions here over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend were terrible for LW, but I did manage to pick up a few new ones. I logged what is kind of my first real Texas beacon. 206-GLS is so powerful I don't think it really counts. At only 25W, not to mention strong interference from 391-DDP, 391-GXD definitely counts.

I also got a new country via Navtex last night, getting this pretty clear copy from Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles.

ZCZC HA45

18100UTC MAR 2004 UPD.180406

CG NETHERLANDS ANTILLES AND ARUBA

_LIGHTHOUSES. APPROACH WILLEMSTA_

FAIRWAY BUOY ST.ANNABAAI,POS UNREALIABLE

LIGHTHOUSE KL. CURACAO POS 12-03N

068-44W UNLIT

LIGHTHOUSE WESTPOINT

WESTCOAST BONA_RE:LIGHTHOUSE KL_IN

BONAIRE PO_ 12-09.3N /068-19.5_ UNLIT

WECUWA POINT POS 12-13.5__068-24.5W

UNLIT SOUTHCOAST WILLEMST_OREN

POS 12-01.8N/068-14.1W UNLIT

CERU COLORADO LIGHTHOUSE ARUBA

_OS 12.25'N - 069,52W WELL LID BUT NOT TURNING.

=WESTPUMT _IGHTHOUSE ARUBA POS 12.37N -

070.03'_0WRCOMPLETELY EXTINGUIS__TED.

NNNN

 

Darwin Long – Simi Valley, CA

Curry Communications transmitter

 

Beacon SMV is now on the air here in eastern Simi Valley, CA.

CW Morse ident frequency is 186.585 kHz

SSB center frequency for the voice ID is 187.000 kHz USB (CW Morse ident is

heard as 415 Hz tones).

ID cycle: 60.00 sec

Format as heard at 187.000kHz USB:

0 - 46.8 seconds: Morse ID of "SMV" (. . .    - -   . . . -) with 415Hz

tone, repeated 12 times

47.0 - 52.0 seconds: 5-sec dash

52.2 - 60 seconds: USB voice ID "This is radiobeacon SMV, Simi Valley,

California, USA". Every other minute alternates between a male (my) and

female (my wife's) voice ID.

Transmitter:  Curry Communications EXP 1750 beacon transceiver kit.

Keyer/ ID generator:  mp3 player on "repeat track" mode playing a one-hour

set of 60 ID cycles, plugged into audio input of transmitter.  Several

formats and test tones are also stored on the player for transmitter/

antenna tuning, and is battery-backed to continue operating should power

fail up to several hours.

Antenna: 37.5' vertical with square tophat (15' per side, perimeter wire,

inner square wire at half-width). Three 2"x10' pipe masts, one  5' mast, one

2' rod on top to which wire support "struts" for the tophat arms meet at the

top of, one 6" lightning arrestor. #16 braided copper wire is connected to

all components, and all parts bolted together for maximum conductivity and

no intermittencies or changes in resistance if structure sways.  Three-point

guy system, three levels 10' apart.  Three PVC insulators (12" each) per guy

wire.

Base insulator:  LAPP porcelain tower base salvaged from the roadside

rubbish pile where ex-1150 KBAI was torn down in 2002.

Ground: One 8' copper rod at base of tower next to transmitter, and six 50'

radials outward from ring around base of tower, three terminated to 8'

ground-rod guy-wire anchors, three unterminated. Central rod and radial ring

bolted to transmitter chassis.

Transmitter and ATU (variometer-tuned, 12" diameter Litz-wire coil) is

housed in a Dogloo® doghouse with vinyl door to weatherproof the components.

The structure sits atop four large concrete blocks to prevent flooding and

to allow intake of air through a cooling fan (operates during daylight) that

sucks cool air from beneath, through a fine-mesh filter, and into the

doghouse.  Hot air exits the rainproof vent on top.  The ground enters a

drainhole on the bottom, and the antenna lead to the tower is routed through

a small PVC tube with a down-facing elbow outside to drip-proof the lead.

The transmitter, power supply, and keyer are housed in a metal file box with

a cooling fan to suck air in one filtered opening on one side, through the

box over all the systems, and out the other side.

Daytime coverage is about 300 miles.  So far at night, I have detected the

signal in Napa, CA at 420 miles (using 4' loop plugged into bar antenna amp

of Sangean DX440).  In Monterey, CA, the signal is copyable during the day,

but fades up very well at night with ionospheric enhancement.

With a spectrum analyzer, the signal should be detectable at night a couple

of thousand miles out.

QSL's are available if you can catch it!

 

The Line of Sight and Beyond

 

Mike Hawkins – Campbell, CA

Car Radio

 

11/17

Yesterday and today have been spectacular for tropo by California standards.  Loggings so far: 

KZAP - 96.7 - Paradise CA (1500 watts at 188 miles)

KHSL - 103.5 - Paradise CA (1600 watts at 188 miles)

KLUN - 103.1 - Paso Robles CA (1100 watts at 128 miles, battling local K-Love translator and winning)

KRUZ - 97.5 - Santa Barbara CA (17.5 KW at 209 miles, lighting up RDS with a local-like signal)

KSXY - 98.7 - Geyserville CA (Y98-7, 2650 watts at 124 miles, between 2 local IBOCs)

KUKI - 103.3 - Ukiah CA (2100 watts at 171 miles, making a stand against local KSCU)

KVYB - 103.3 - Santa Barbara CA (105KW at 209 miles, sneaking in with local ads)

KSMY - 106.7 - Lompoc CA (3500 watts at 182 miles, between 2 local IBOCs)

KQPM - 105.9 - Ukiah CA (1900 watts at 154 miles)

KHUM - 104.7 - Garberville CA (50KW at 230 miles, crystal clear on a normally empty frequency)

KXBX - 98.3 - Lakeport CA (4800 watts at 143 miles)

KRDG - 105.3 - Shingletown CA (28 KW at 234 miles, nulling local KITS/San Francisco)

KCBS - 93.1 - Los Angeles (28.5 KW at 303 miles, first time without benefit of a meteor)

KEKA - 101.5 - Eureka CA (Thunder Country, 89 KW at 245 miles...Eureka is a black hole for radio!)

KSTT - 101.3 - Los Osos CA (Coast 101.3, 3400 watts at 138 miles, up against local KIQI with 125 KW)

 We never get the miles here that people in the east and midwest get, but this is the best I have heard here.  Stations taking turns on the same frequency from south, east and north.  Perched on the side of a hill and using the directional capabilities of my trusty Blaupunkt in the car.  Got up at 0300 for work, and this was so good I didn't get to bed until 0200.  I'm a DX dummy!  Current station count = 552

 

You don’t Need a Weatherman…

 

No weather reporters this month

 

The Visible Universe

 

Kevin Redding – Gilbert, AZ

As Listed Below

 

For the first time.....

Using a VU75XR, CM 3024 amp, Hisense DB-2010 DTV decoder box, Emerson 

EWL30S5 LCD monitor:

1930 11/25 Channel 23 [remapped to 4] KVOA-DT Tucson, AZ 130 miles ,with a perfect picture of the Philadelphia v. New England football game and at 1937 ad for the Today Show.

 

Nothin’ But Net

(Editor – Martin Foltz)

 

I’m happy to help out with The ABDX Journal. I’ve been a DXer on and off since 1972 with interest in MW, SWBC and Utility stations. I’m also a QSL collector. My equipment is from my listening days in the 1980’s; a Hammarlund HQ-180A that I bought in 1979 and a Collins 51J-2 that I bought in 1975. I also have a Radio Shack TRF. Maybe someday I’ll step into a more modern receiver but for now I enjoy the warmth of the tubes.

 

I get the digest so put Internet Radio in the title and it will be easier for me to find. Keep those loggings and articles coming so that I can keep my fingers limber.

 

Thanks to all for the submissions for this month’s column. On to the news…..

 

Phil Rafuse – Charlottetown, PEI

 

CHTN-FM Ocean 100.3 Charlottetown, PEI this is what I'm most likely to be listening to if I'm not DXing:

http://www.ocean100.com/

 

Kevin Redding – Gilbert, AZ

 

CBC in Charlottetown on Radio One and Two:

http://www.cbc.ca/pei/audio/index.html#listen

WPRO Providence, RI

http://www.630wpro.com

I got to poking around the net and went to WXXI and for those of you 

who have not heard Scott Fybush, you can hear him at this URL on his 

co-hosted program Mixed Media.

feed://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wxxi/.jukebox?action=viewPodcast&podcastId=6463

On the first one you see, he talks about new HDTVs.

 

Brian Leyton – Valley Village, CA

 

There's a good rundown on the format change and Jackson's return to L.A.

Talk Radio at http://www.michaeljacksontalkradio.com/.

 

Mika Makelainen – Finland

 

A bunch of new and exciting DXpedition reports have been posted recently 

on DXing.info:

 

- Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) on the Western Coast of Canada, 

location of a historic DXpedition, check out the stunningly long log and 

report at http://www.dxing.info/dxpeditions/haida_gwaii_09_2007.dx

 

- another historic first: four months of semi-automated AM monitoring 

using SDRs in a remote location. Check out the KAX report on SDR DXing 

in the Finnish Lapland at http://www.dxing.info/dxpeditions/kax_2006-2007.dx

 

- Lemmenjoki, Finland: LEM239 was a more traditional manned dxpedition, 

but armed with SDRs, the recently published log is loooong...  and 

growing, now online at http://www.dxing.info/dxpeditions/lem239log.dx

 

- Grayland WA, USA: another tradition continues, most recently John 

Bryant's DXpedition at 

http://www.dxing.info/dxpeditions/grayland_2007_10.dx - and as far as 

exotic locations go, you can hardly beat John's earlier DXing location, 

be sure not to miss his report from Easter Island at 

http://www.dxing.info/dxpeditions/easter_island_2007.dx

 

From Kevin Redding:

 

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