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Glenn Hauser logs June 3-4, 2009

** ANGUILLA. 11775, Caribbean Beacon audio from 1610 still mixing with The University Network, June 4: at 1330 PMS had music underneath her, then undermodulated live announcement by OM announcer for a change, apologizing for audio difficulties (but I assume not this particular problem), program summary for the rest of the morning, back to gospel music QRMing the Bossette (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. Everything back to normal at RA June 4, 24 hours after we observed two separate programs on 9580/9560 and 9590/9475, even with Chinese by mistake(?) on 9590 at 1300 — First checked at 1127 June 4, all four in English and //. Ditto at 1305 for Asia-Pacific, with report on the Beijing Massacre 20 years ago — certainly the station to listen to for news about China, unlike CRI, where I bet any mention of this whatsoever was verboten, so I wasn`t going to waste my time. But did anyone listen to the complete CRI English hour on June 3 or 4 and hear anything about it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 4: at 1325, 14420 good // weaker 13970, and also audible on 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also AUSTRALIA

** TURKEY. Some reports of VOT 9830 from NAm at 2200 indicate there is no interference, so I check again June 3: heavy RTTY, and if Turkey is there, it is totally buried. I was going to record a sample to send to VOT, whom I notified about this problem weeks ago, but would prefer for there to be *some* signal from them to prove my case. Must keep trying (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Altho WRMI was back on the 9955 air June 3 at 2000 with Polish Radio via WRN, it was off the air again two hours later, as confirmed by Jeff White, probably still undergoing maintenance. It`s not certain whether WRMI will resume full-time broadcasting with WRN at 16-24 UT M-F, but in case they do, or for any part of it, the current WRN schedule shows:

1600 RNZI, Korero Pacifica – Recorded in RNZI’s Wellington studios, this 15 minute programme includes a news bulletin covering the Pacific region including Fiji, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa and New Zealand, followed by a short current affairs feature
1615 Vatican Radio, World News – a daily bulletin of international news from the team at Vatican Radio
1630 Deutsche Welle, News and Features
1700 Polish Radio External Service, News and Features
1730 Radio Netherlands, News and Features
1800 RTE Ireland, Drivetime – A round up of the day’s top news stories in Ireland [part 1 of a one-hour program? See 2100]1830 Radio Prague, News and Features
1900 Radio Sweden, News and Features
1930 Radio Australia, News and Features
2000 Polish Radio External Service, News and Features
2030 KBS World Radio (Korea), News and Features
2100 RTE Ireland, Drivetime – A round up of the day’s top news stories in Ireland [part 2 of the one-hour program starting at 1800?]2130 Radio Romania International, News and Features
2200 Radio Netherlands, News and Features
2300 Voice of Russia, News and Features
2330 Israel Radio, News – a round up of the day’s news and current affairs from Jerusalem (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. As I was tuning around 31m Thu June 4 at 0507, I came upon someone in Swedish with a DX report on 9645 — mentioning R. Thailand, WRNO, RHC, R. Guarujá Paulista, LRA36! That must be Christer Brunström`s regular item on Vatican Radio. Then a YL continued, mentioning DX-Parliament. 0517 played a bit of Swedish Rhapsody, which used to be the theme of R. Sweden. Fair reception with fading and atmosferix. So why has VR never had a DX program in English??

We have discussed this `Scandinavian language` transmission recently in DXLD. EiBi shows:
0500 0520 Mo,Sa CVA Radio Vaticana FI Eu 1611 1260 7335 9645
0500 0520 Tu CVA Radio Vaticana NO Eu 1611 1260 9645 7335
0500 0520 3457 CVA Radio Vaticana SWE Eu 1260 1611 9645 7335

But the language usage appears to be more flexible. Christer Brunström himself explained May 27 in DXLD:

“Dear Glenn, Vatican Radio broadcasts in Swedish at 1840 UT on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The programme is repeated the next day at 0500.

On Mondays there are frequently contributions in Norwegian. There are no regular programmes in Danish but Vatican Radio’s Swedish Section has many listeners in Denmark.

I produce a short DX-report which is broadcast as part of the Mail Bag programme on the first Wednesday of each month. It was begun in 1995 if I remember correctly.

When not broadcasting in Swedish, programmes can be heard in Finnish and Estonian. Kind regards. Christer Brunström, Halmstad, Sweden“(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###