Firedrake check April 29: At 1436, just barely audible on 13970, where we used to hear it months ago; At 1438 stronger on 15150, and even stronger on 15600, all // and presumably against inaudible Sound of Hope. At 1440 I thought I heard a couple of words spoken among all the music. At 1451, still audible on two more //, 8400 and 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC must have changed their program feed routing, and/or transmitter site arrangement for English, checked at 0622 April 29. Previously, 6000 and 6010 had been an echo apart, but now they are synchronized, altho 6000 is still modulated very much less than 6010. 6000 also has a squeal audible on the low side. 6140 is also undermodulated, 6060 normal modulation, and all of them synchronized. BTW, after about four days, the outdated schedule on their redesigned website has been replaced by more or less correct one (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. Radio República added another broadcast. Tnx to tip from José Miguel Romero, Spain that it was very strong on 9840 during the 21 UT hour April 27, I started checking the frequency April 28. During the 19 UT hour, WHRI was still on it; nothing heard after 2000. At 2115-2135 I was getting R. República, only fair signal with deep fades, no jamming, so suspect UK site instead of Canada. 2200 ID with no frequency announcement, “Entre Jóvenes“ show. Not heard at 2302 recheck. So schedule on 9840 is tentatively 2100-2300, then over to jammed 9545. I expect the jamming on 9840 will start ASAP.
Lingering jamming against R. Martí, 7365, instead bothering WHRI at 0627 April 29, ID in English with contact info atop jam pulses.
1431 April 29 on 12000, monitored RHC frequency announcement. Got most of it right, but omitted 11760, which I quickly confirmed was really on the air as usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1458, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY [non]. DRM on 6125-6130-6135 outstix like a sorethumb in middle of 49m, April 29 at 0623. Surely strong enough to decode, altho listed as DW English via Sines, PORTUGAL, 0600-0700, 90 kW at 30 degrees, far from usward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAIWAN. 11875 in soft Indonesian talk about saxophone, then sax music, 1418 April 29; 1428 ID as RTI. Good signal in the clear. Per Aoki it`s 250 kW, 205 degrees from Tainan at 1400-1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. KJES, Vado NM, again audible April 29, at 1415 on 11715, YL proclaiming Biblical quotes, immediately repeated robotically by OM. Very undermodulated still, and also with SAH, which per Aoki is VOA English via Tinang, PHILIPPINES at 1400-1500, 50 kW, 220 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 9760 via Tinang, Philippines, VOA English at 1250 April 29, report on Kokomo vs auto industry cuts, 1255 USG editorial on LTTE. But marred by audio dropouts every few seconds. Standard remarx about weakest link, anyone paying attention, need for backup feeds. Same programming repeated two hours later at 1450 without the dropouts; at least they have redundancy.
11605, April 29 at 1315, a total mess, must be at least three programs mixing. Two of them would be ChiCom jamming as the only thing really scheduled is R. Free Asia in Tibetan via TINIAN, 250 kW, 309 degrees at 1300-1400. Recheck at 1414 found Vietnamese in the clear, which is also RFA, but now 250 kW, 250 degrees via Tanshui, TAIWAN, at 1400-1500, per Aoki. Moral: Tibetans should learn Vietnamese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###