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Glenn Hauser logs May 28, 2009

** ANGUILLA. 11775 fixed mix with local MW 1610 programming as heard the past two days: May 28 at 1311, Pastor Melissa Scott all by herself; even the ChiCom jamming was barely audible. A pity: 99% of SWLs would rather hear the Carib huxters along with live local Caribbean Beacon continuity announcements between 1000 and 1600. PMS and DGS should take a daily break and give us a chance to hear the real Anguilla unimpeded without leaving it to technical breakdowns (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 6030, CFVP, May 28 at 1249 with 6:49 = 11 till 7 timecheck; weak but clear, altho not heard a few minutes earlier. Sunrise enhancement? No, Calgary sunrise is now 1130 UT. 1253 plug “old time country favourites“, “Classic Country“ ID, and they meant it with Johnny Cash`s “Walk the Line“ played next.

At this time not even a carrier from CFRX 6070, perhaps totally absorbed over summer daytime path now, or off the air? WYFR 6085 weakly audible in Spanish with 100x the CFRX power aimed south, 1000x the CFVP power (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. For the last several months, RCI has been oblivious to the collision with China`s Japanese service on 7325; at best, the two signals were roughly equal here, but by May 28 RCI has weakened greatly, putting CRI on top, at 1259 check with Chinese traditional music prélude, 1300 IS and opening in Japanese, way over RCI, so buried I could not even be positive it was in Spanish as scheduled until 1305; and running another hour in Chinese, which must be a total loss (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check May 28: at 1239, 9000 kHz had not only FD, but atop it, `anvil` pounding at the rate of six times a second. Additional jamming as June 3-4 approaches, so one can`t even enjoy the jammusic? These were continuous bangs, no pauses like the `bonker` heard on various other frequencies such as 11740. Could be a ute legitimately on 9000, but none such heard here before. Anvil still pounding at 1304, and Firedrake resuming at 1305 after hourtop pause. 1325 still anvil, but at 1353 FD in the clear. Only other FD noted was 13970 at 1352, just barely audible, but anvilless.

11605 a big mess of QRM at 1356 May 28; CNR1 jamming and het from something deliberately off frequency. Aoki shows RFA Tibetan via Tinian until 1400; but at 1400 it all cleared up as RFA introduced Vietnamese, which per Aoki is via Tanshui, Taiwan site. It seems that Vietnam is not so afraid of outside ideas getting in; are they doing any jamming at all of less benign clandestines? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC caught my ear May 28 at 0538 on 11760 as they were reporting on Western Sahara. It seems Cuba hosts an ambassador from that non-country and supports the Polisario in their struggle against Morocco for self-determination. Clips of the ambassador speaking Spanish were included.

Yet for months and months, RHC blocked the only SW frequency of LV de la RASD, 6300, by negligently putting a mixing product of 6060 leapfrogging over 6180 on there until 0700. Could that have been a factor in Cuba switching 6180 to 6140, thus moving the spur to 6220? Naah, too far-fetched.

The abysmal quality of the broken English RHC announcers speak these days is notable; are they taking lessons from R. Nacional de Venezuela? The above item was presented by one Alex Silva. The YL host of the broadcast, whose name I didn`t catch, is just as bad, not only accent but bad grammar. RHC really needs to advertise for new hires, such as more hijackers, or at least political refugees, whose native language is AmerEnglish.
The next item accused Wáshington of waging biological war against Cuba, such as viruses released in 1952(?) to ruin the Cuban agricultural harvest, supposedly verified by US government documents now available; 1979-1982, CIA released four plagues against Cuba, including conjunctivitis and dengue, the latter affecting 340,000 people of whom 1,058 died; so reports Juan-Carlos somebody. Can any of this be true? Then into some nice Cuban music.

For the second time this week, a WORLD OF RADIO airing on WRMI 9955 audible without any DentroCuban jamming, Thursday May 28 at 0547 check, poor signal but in the clear. If the DCJC has efforted to turn off the jamming when uncalled for at such times, thank you very much. Further monitoring will show whether these were flukes. Cuba has had to start an austerity program, but one would assume jamming retains its top priority for the fluid of electricidad (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also KOREA NORTH, RUSSIA: QRM

** JAPAN. R. Nikkei frequently plays synthesized classical music shortly before sign-off, Isao Tomita? One such time was Thursday May 28 at 1241 on 6055; poor signal as too much summer daylight on path now, and anyway at 1244 cut it off for Japanese announcements and/or commercials. Also on // 9595 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. VOK with usual bluster on 11710, which would be ludicrous if it weren`t a serious situation — no, it`s still ludicrous, May 28 at 1315, stronger than // 9335; bandscanning further up at 1324, found same over/under RHC 13760. Perhaps the current crisis leads them to add more frequencies? Altho this one is useless, Commies clashing with Commies. No, checking the sked, the 1300 English broadcast is also on 13760 and 15245 for Europe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 12000, VOR Chinese at 1310 May 28 again heavily distorted and strong, ruining reception of RHC. Is anyone paying attention in Khabarovsk, or Moskva? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###