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Glenn Hauser logs March 13, 2009

** ALGERIA [non]. Reverent-sounding Arabic talk on 7295, Friday March 13 at 0540, fair signal. That fits for an Algerian relay, and Aoki confirms this is R. Algerienne via Issoudun, FRANCE, since March 1 at 0400-0557, which may continue another hour as alternate to 7115, but not today as gone at 0604 recheck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. The VL8 station usually best here is 2485, but March 13 at 1228 I found 2325 the only one audible with modulation, Strine talk and song, 1230 ABC ID and news theme, English news starting with an item about Queensland. S9+12 on 2325 amid T-storm crashes, carriers detectable on 2485, 2310 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX ISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 5955, CRI English at 1243 March 13, but co-channel QRM seemingly from something else in English with piano music, and a third language/station, or maybe just two with one of them doing a voice-under. Strangely enough, China registers two transmissions from Beijing during this hour, 80 degrees apart, so perhaps the theoreticians figured they could not interfere with each other! CRI English at 95 degrees, CNR8 Mongolian at 15 degrees. Chicoms vs Chicoms! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. RRI Fak2 missing again March 13 from 4790 at 1234 check. There goes our best tropical signal from the archipelago. 4605 and 4750 were regulars a few months ago but also disappeared. Nothing heard today on 9525 VOI either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 2850 with strident Korean talk at 1231 March 13, roughly equivalent signal to Oz 2325; so checked 2350 for KN, but nothing audible; at 1233 weak music on 3250, carrier on 3480, also presumably from the peninsula (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 7385, March 13 around 0535, fair signal in language mentioning “Nigeria“ a few times, pronounced almost as in English with long I. Presumably the new morning service of Aso Radio via Samara, RUSSIA at 0530-0600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. Missing 23 hours earlier, but March 13 at 1253, R. Rossii, Pet/Kam, back on 6075 with the usual motorboating, in Russian talk over piano music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. RTT, 7275, lovely singing by child, 0550 March 13, 0559 to open carrier, 0600 Arabic talk, presumably news but much lower modulation than the singing had been. Checked // 7190 at 0606 and its modulation was much better (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. BBC Mundo Radio, 9410 via WHRI, still filling the hour with the same old classical music, lovely at it is, Friday March 13 at 1258 with aria from Madama Butterfly, excellent signal. Fortunately she finished in time before transmission cut off without any announcement at 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR 5070 missing at 0611 March 13, but big signals as usual on 5890 and 5935 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5920, WBOH, March 13 at 1245 Gringo preacher who didn`t bother to learn accents in Spanish, giving address with “codígo postal“ instead of código, accompanied by “Maravillosas palabras de vida“ tune; then YL in Spanish with different FBN e- and p-mail addresses. Once again, there is no sign of any program title in Spanish on their own program schedule in unspecified timezone, whether you take it as EDT or EST: http://www.fbnradio.com/new_page_copy(1).htm — and this URL always breaks apart due to the parentheses (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WBCQ has extra transmissions on 5110 and 9330 during the SWL Winter Fest, but it`s mostly just rock music and/or old pirate tapes rather than live coverage of the proceedings. UT March 13 around 0230 I heard nothing but music on 5110`s webcast. At 1301 found 9330 on the air early as publicized, but with —ugh!!— Fox News Radio, “fair and balanced“, hum and undermodulated, cut to hard rock music without the hum at 1303.

It`s always fun to wait for the BFO on the FRG-7 to stabilize when trying to hear music in SSB; it takes a few minutes without switching back to AM. 1307 DJ back-announce as AC-DC. 1311 mentioned Karnataka with a K, apparently in this sense a music group or title. 1316 DJ is Barry on Caroline in the afternoon until 2 o`clock, so live relay of something from UK? 1318 Scorpions, etc., etc. past 1340. Referred at one point to The Boat that Rocked film coming up April 1, so this is something current rather than an old archive tape.

1349 switches to Jean Shepherd routine, end of show and 1357 to vintage WOR 710 newscast from the Vietnam War era, 1400 ad for whitewall tires. After that I had other listening commitments, altho a quick check at 1407 sounded like Allan Weiner and a YL were axually on live. This was also being webcast on the same stream as 5110, checked at 1518, a maharishi speaking with funny accent, presumably another pirate tape, V of the Runaway Maharishi.

On March 13 and 14, scheduled time to switch from 9330 to 5110 is 2200, with WORLD OF RADIO still scheduled at the DST-shifted time of Friday 2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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