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Glenn Hauser logs April 14-15, 2009

** BURMA [non]. 12140, April 15 at 1337 in Burmese, bits of Handel music, a nice touch, but 1343 into Burmese rap(?) with drumming, QRMing CODAR; see UNIDENTIFIED. This is Radio Free Asia via Tinian, 1330-1400 with 250 kW at 267 degrees but good signal way over here too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13880, new RHC mixing product thanks to new fundamental 13780, over which old 13680 leapfrogs, April 15 at 1320. 13880 had similar modulation breakup as on 13680, but not 13780. There should be a matching one on the other side, 13580, and indeed I could hear traces of RHC under R. Prague in English to NAm during this semihour — Commies vs ex-Commies! Recheck at 1349 when Praha had changed to less favorable azimuth, RHC more detectable on 13580, but still stronger on 13880.

Meanwhile RHC continued with much weaker and lower-modulated signal on // 13760 from the other site. At 1403 Bárbara Betancourt plugged the upcoming Mesa Redonda at 6:30 pm [2230 UT] on 9820 and 6000. Apparently she has not read RHC`s new frequency schedule which shows 9640 instead of 9820 for that, maybe facilitating Nove de Julho reception; BTW, per HFCC, 9640 collides with CRI via Kashi in Spanish to Spain until 2300.

I have also noticed after 0500 when both 6000 and new 6010 are on in English that there is an echo between them if you tune just right to 6005 with adequately wide bandwidth. It`s a safe bet than whenever two RHC or China/Venezuela relay frequencies are only 10 kHz apart, as happens in several other cases, they are from two different sites, and thus cannot spawn leapfrogs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. It seems the VOI YL presenter has a weekly date with the OM at RRI Banjarmasin. Like last Tuesday, on April 14 the 1300 English hour was much about Banjarmasin, Kalimantan. At tune-in 1302 on 9525, the two were conversing `live` on a crackly line from there, also giving SMS and IM contact info — so was it really live now, or a playback of an earlier English broadcast?

Couldn`t listen straight through, and despite good signal it takes concentration to make out what is being said thru the accents, crackle and hum. 1334 started the Focus program, which was produced at RRI-B with the same gentleman and another YL announcer, an historical talk about the royalty era. At 1354 the crackle/breakup got worse. Expected CRI Russian to override it at usual *1357, but this time did not cut on until almost 1401.

A quick check of RRI 9680 at 1341 found it again with Chinese co-channel (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. Sometimes Live from Turkey gets repeated on later broadcasts, sometimes not. I heard the live airing Tuesday April 14 at 1851 on webcast, SW being 9785; it was mostly music fill except for one call to/from regular Chris Lewis in England. My ATS-909 alarm was still set to go off at 0311 to check whether 7325 is really in English, so I listened for a while, and LFT started playing back at 0321 UT Wednesday April 15 instead of the programming it pre-empts on the regular broadcasts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

UNIDENTIFIED. CODAR range detected April 15 at 1405: 12005-12060, and stronger (at least two transmitters mixing) 12100-12270. I rarely hear this as low as 12000, but those closer to a nearby transmitter have. The actual range must not have a sharp cutoff, so the closer and/or stronger the signal, the wider (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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