** ANGUILLA [and non]. How is the Caribbean Beacon 1610 relay via 11775 doing? Did not check it May 31, and on June 1 the 11775 transmitter was off the air again at 1326 check; just some ChiCom jamming audible. And reception was generally quite poor across the bands, so that`s all I logged that day.
Caribbean Beacon still hasn`t fixed the double audio, not only The University Network, but also local 1610 programming mixing in on 11775. June 2 at 1202, DGS speaking, but could also hear a Carib-accented preacher with prayer, greeting listeners. At 1222 PMS was speaking along with hum and a 1610 preacher. At 1402, as PMS was trying to explain something in Greek, distracting hymn singing. It seems the mix is now slightly lower audio level than TUN audio, but still totally unacceptable. Does PMS [née Barbie Bridges] ever tune in her own SW broadcast in LA? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. RA, 9580, June 2 at 1352, caught last few minutes of Australian Bite, interviewing woman who has written new lyrix for Advance, Australia Fair, acknowledging Aboriginal heritage, unlike the original, which was whites-only, and the indigenous feel alienated. I thought they were going to play the whole new version, but only a fragment of second stanza before program ended at 1357 for QSY announcements.
Looking for it on website, no alfabetical listing for Australian Bite! Instead, it`s under T for The Australian Bite:
An updated Aussie anthem?
National anthems are meant to inspire, be instantly recognisable, and even bring a tear to the eye. But many in this country find Australia’s national anthem, ‘Advance Australia Fair’ somehow lacking. One such person is former member of the Seekers, and Australian singing legend, Judith Durham. Many of the lines in our national anthem troubled her, so she’s written and recorded some new ones with the help of some friends. Judith Durham speaks with Fran Kelly.
You can read Judith Durham’s alternative lyrics on her website:
And the audio starts 15:45 into this, but you can`t advance the file unless you download it first; they do play the first stanza of the new version at the outset:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake check June 2 at T minus 1: audible but not good enough to `enjoy`: at 1150 on 9000 better than 8400; at 1408 poor on both 15600 and 13970 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** FRANCE [non]. The RFI strike must still be underway, as instead of Spanish on 13640, June 2 at 1214 via GUIANA FRENCH, there was music fill which I could only describe as reggae with Brazilian lyrix about Africa, mentioning Sénégal, and with intermittent audio dropouts, even during an RFI Musique (?) ID at 1217 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 11710, VOK IS with KCBS relay, June 2 at 1200, and also with SAH, QRM in Chinese. Per Aoki, RTI is also on 11710 until 1300, and so is CNR1 jamming. How uncoördinated! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 4800, XERTA presumed the station in Spanish, but with a big hum on the carrier, also CODAR QRM, June 2 at 0529 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES. IBB burning up 250 kW for nothing on 9760, open carrier June 2 at 1147, prior to VOA English at 1200, 21 degrees from Tinang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 12000, VOR Chinese via Khabarovsk, still distorted and atop RHC at 1209 June 2; with carrier only at 1400, about to go off, upclearing RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Heard some SSB on 6990, June 2 at 1415, so switched on BFO: axually 6989.5, MARS net. Strongest signal, calls always rendered fonetically, from AAN5TNC in Little Rock AR, in highly struxured contact with much weaker AAN4EOC in Chattanooga(?) TN. Not a single hit on either call in Google search or in UDXF yg; I think the callsign format recently changed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###