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Glenn Hauser logs March 30-31, 2009

** ANGUILLA [and non]. 11775, PMS at 1337 March 31, with crosstalk from another PMS underneath, or at least a similar-sounding widow, along with ever-present hum. Seemed to be totally different sermon rather than a time-shifted //. Tried 13845 WWCR and could not hear crosstalk, but it was perhaps too weak to tell for sure (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA [and non]. R. Bulgaria was going to do a DRM hour to NAm in A-09 at 2300 on 9495-9500-9505, but changed it at the last minute to 0200. Then 9500 should mess up Iran English to NAm in analog on 9495, 0130-0230? Not exactly on March 31 check at 0207: nothing audible but strong WYFR on 9505 aimed NW; Iran poor on 7235. Weak fluttery analog signal on 9700, presumably R. Bulgaria, and // 11700 not checked. Maybe by solstice these will be working. Kraig Krist in VA could not hear the DRM either, with the same QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11750, RHC at 2138 March 30, Spanish with heavy SAH of about 10 Hz; 2143 the co-channel sounded like hymns. It`s KSDA Guam, 21-22 Chinese, 315 degrees, a long-standing collision in CNAm, where neither aims (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 15630, VOG at 1419 March 31, Greek music. Per latest A-09 schedule compiled by John Babbis, VOG is no longer using 15650 between 1100 and 2250, instead 15630, so good news for Miraya FM at 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. Besides AIR Sinhala service on 15050, poor with music at 1421 March 31, also an open carrier with flutter on 15020. That is listed as an AIR frequency in WRTH, but in A-08 only for the 10-11 UT English broadcast, and same in B-08 per Aoki. 15020 is not listed at all in http://www.qsl.net/vu2jos/sw/freq.htm which is Jose Jacob`s AIR A09 schedule. But what gives AIR the right to broadcast in this aeronautical band at all? Other frequencies used at one time or another are 15040, 15075 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. No Radio Farda on 15510, see RUSSIA, but really on 17670, March 31 at 1420 with ID in passing, back to music. At 14-15 this is via Wertachtal, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. NHKWNRJ, 11705 via Sackville, March 31, the computer-influenced YL English newscast now lasts until a quarter past the hour, 1415 to Radio Japan Focus, as the weekday magazine is now appelled, first a brief item about three ambassadors of cuteness being appointed, then down to business, interview with an American Jewish scholar visiting Japan, Sarah —, daughter of holocaust survivors, who is critical of what Israel has done to Gaza, becoming the victimizer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL [and non]. 15770, March 31 at 1343, Portuguese talk; are WYFR and RDPI colliding again this A-season? Luso accent so likely RDPI I am hearing at the moment. Yes, M-F between 13 and 15, both Lisbon eastward and Okeechobee to Brasil are listed on 15770, a battle of Portuguese accents (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 7395, Russian at 0342 March 31, VG signal but some fading. VOR is in no hurry to availablize its true A-09 schedule with relay sites, but suspect this is French Guiana, ex-7335; strangely enough, two nights earlier this was in Spanish before and after 0400, so apparently they are still fine-tuning their schedule, or working out the bugs.

15510, at 1344 March 31, rock music with heavy beat, flutter, 1345 announcements, sounds like Radio Farda style, more music with Persian(?) lyrix. Faked me out, as at 1358 gave websites in .ru and 1359 VOR IS until 1400*. In A-08 per WRTH May update, VOR was using 15510 for Dari at 12-13 and Pashto at 13-14. They know how to co-opt a popular format.

15605, VOR making it here on its summer frequency in English, 1418 March 31, good with fading. Quality will likely vary a lot from day to day, intended for S Asia.

BTW, my previous report of VOR on 13870 at 1320, is via St. Petersburg, says Mikhail Timofeyev (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY [non]. VOT English broadcast at 0300 via Canada 7325 is still in Turkish, 0343 check March 31. TRT finds no problem on their end and have sent the correct downlink info to Sackville, so maybe at last this will be fixed? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. March 31 at 1420, two different programs in Russian on 15265 and somewhat weaker 15245. 15265 is DW via Rampisham, and 15245 is BBC via Woofferton (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6180, open carrier at 0533 March 31. VOA has registered Greenville English to Africa here at 05-07, like in A-08, but it is not on their public English schedule currently. Could also be RHC not turning off its transmitter at 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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