** AUSTRALIA [and non]. Something is very wrong at Shepparton: R. Australia absent from the air, May 30 at 1249 check, nothing audible on usually inbooming 9580, nor lesser 9590, nor lesser 9560, nor lesser 9475. Nor 6020 where Vatican Radio in Chinese via RVA Philippines finally had the frequency to itself! Still not a peep out of RA at further chex during the next hour, and nothing on 7240 which is supposed to open at 1400. Massive power failure, or necessary maintenance break?
Propagation? SE Asian signals were pretty much normal, e.g. Indonesia on 9525. There is nothing but New Zealand to compare with further S of the Equator, and it popped on 6170 a few sex before 1400 with bellbird, timesignal and news, altho poor by now with sunrise almost at its earliest here.
Is there anything about this on the RA homepage http://www.abc.net.au/ra ? Of course not! When you are a modern multi-platform broadcaster, it is of little importance if one of them goes down (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. After missing a couple days, CFRX back on 6070, May 30 at 0612 check in Holder talkshow from CJAD Montréal; also audible at 1240 with another phone-in show (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake check May 30: E Asian conditions not so good; at 1313 fair on 9000 but found nowhere else in 8-19 MHz range; at 1320 it was JBA on 13970.
CRI Japanese service, 7430, May 30 at 1400 with opening ID as “Pekin Hoso“, so that obsolete name is still politically correct in Japanese. Fair signal, 500 kW on 59 degree beam from Jinhua-Youbu site #831 per Aoki. Many of CRI`s Japanese broadcasts greatly exceed their necessary reach and here we are in North America, far beyond Japan in more or less the same direxion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES. Here`s an odd juxtaposition. VOA from same site 5 kHz apart with two different services at same time: May 30 at 1402 on 7550 there was a rock song in English, but 1405 Indonesian announcement mentioning “VOA Direct Connexion“. Weaker on 7445 with QRM from 7550 was VOA news in English. Per Aoki, 7550 Indonesian at 1400 airs only on Thu/Fri/Sat at 200 degrees from Tinang; while 7545 English at 1400 is daily, 250 kW, 270 degrees from Tinang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES [and non]. On 9625, started to listen to CBC News at 1300 May 30, poor but readable, but a minute later I had to be reminded that “Jesus Saves“ as FEBC started its Hmong service aimed westward, causing a fast SAH of 11 Hz, more or less and plenty signal here to ruin CBC. Channel Africa in Lozi is also on frequency during this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. VOR, 12000 in Chinese, still massively out of order with distortion, unstable carrier, and noise bursts, May 30 at 1307, this time about equal level to Habana whose reception was ruined. Is anyone paying attention at the Khabarovsk transmitter site, or Moskva HQ? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WWCR was inbooming on 15825 tnx to more sporadic-E, May 30 at 1407, so it`s time to check 18770 for that WWRB harmonic from 9385. With BFO on, I could detect a carrier, and by golly in the next minute it faded up enough to // 9385 while some psychophant other than Brother Scare himself was testifying. Once the TV was fired up before 1500, found the MUF up to at least channel 3, 60 MHz.
Back at 1408, CB was also hopping but who wants to listen to all that co-channel crap in distorted English, trying to determine an area skipping in, with no legal IDs? So up to 10 meter beacon band, and it was hopping too, including on 28245, N8RT; per the huge list at http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=11614 this one is: 28245 N8RT C BLAIRSVILLE, GA # 40W, RINGO VERTICAL Pwr increase 8 Nov 08The C stands for continuous and the # means confirmed as active. More of those were incoming than SSB contactors, but a few could be heard above 28300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###