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Glenn Hauser logs May 18-19, 2009

** CANADA. May 19 at 2135 I was checking 9330 to see if I could get a signal there // 12085 Syria, q.v.. Instead I heard a big blob of extremely distorted talk, extending roughly 9320-9360, peaking around 9335. Figured it was most likely very strong WWRB 9385 which has done this before, or weaker but still spur-producing WTJC 9370 — but the modulation spike peaks did not match either. So searched further on second receiver for a match.

There it is, on 9515! Which is RCI, currently in Chinese. That`s another transmitter which has gone haywire in the past. Then looked for more spurious on hi side and found it even worse, roughly 9650-9720, peaking around 9685. Forget about hearing any other stations in those ranges.

9515 itself was somewhat undermodulated and distorted but nowhere as bad as the spurs. 9515 is scheduled to go off at 2159, and indeed it and the spurs were off after 2200. The next language, Spanish, should start at 2205 on 6100, but I was hearing nothing there a few minutes later. If it`s the very same transmitter it might also pollute the 49m band. I have notified Sackville (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, May 19 at 1350: 8400 stronger than 9000 and once again // rather than different feeds. Also // 13970 but not audible on 15150 or 15600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA

** CUBA [and non]. 9805, May 18 at 1422, DCJC pulses QRMing weak signal in Vietnamese. Per Aoki, that is Radio Free Asia, 14-15 at 285 degrees from Saipan. Nice of Cuba to help out their Hanoi comrades, but jamming probably not very effective way over there! Axually, it`s typically leftover incompetent Cuban jamming which on 9805 is “needed“ only at 1000-1300 when Radio Martí is using it. Aoki does not have this RFA transmission a*terisked as jammed intentionally.

Imagine how many Cuban people could have a decent meal merely with the money saved by reducing jamming only to hours required against broadcasts hostile to the regime! Let alone closing down the power-hogging jammers completely and letting chips fall where they may. The Revolution really has no confidence in itself.

9565, DentroCuban Jamming Command pulses against nothing, May 19 at 1311; they`re there because Radio Martí uses 9565 at a totally different time, 1700-2400. Well, not exactly against nothing, since this was QRMing CRI relay via CUBA on 9570! Cuban Commies vs Chinese Commies via Cuban Commies! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [and non]. 17620, May 19 at 1355 with jazz vocal by YL in English, but off at 1357* This fits for RFI Issoudun to WAf schedule.

The strike must be in its 8th day, since May 19 at 2123 I was again hearing songs in French on 17630, instead of the scheduled Spanish semihour via Guiana French, and again cut off abruptly at 2130* sharp, while the same music, a few sex apart continued on much weaker 17620, now to WAf from Montsinéry (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. Now that VOI is back on a clear frequency, 9525, I can confirm that they are still doing a joint program in English with RRI Banjarmasin on Tuesdays; May 19 had give-and-take between Jakarta hostess and RRI-B guy, and at 1342 went to pre-produced program from Banjarmasin. No QRM, but we still have to cope with accents, hum, undermodulation, and propagational fading reducing readability. All I could tell was that the talk was full of numerical statistics, probably MEGO-inducing anyway, tsk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SYRIA. 12085 with big S9+20 signal May 19 at 2133, but hum and just barely audible extremely undermodulated ME vocal music. Has to be R. Damascus as scheduled during this hour in English, and with its typical modulation problems. Then looked for possible // 9330 but found it blocked by RCI spur; see CANADA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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