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Glenn Hauser logs June 20, 2009

** AUSTRALIA. VL8K, 2485, despite hi local line and storm noise level was audible June 20 at 1134 with enthusiastic Oz accent, sports? Around 9 pm local Saturday in NT. The others only detectable as carriers with BFO on, weaker 2325 and much weaker 2310. Of course it`s winter solstice there, which should boost the signals a little on the first hop from the tropix.

I see that Katherine, not too far from Darwin, is totally tropical at 14 degrees S, the same latitude as Tegucigalpa is N; Alice is just barely south of the Tropic of Capricorn, with Tennant Creek in between. LSR today in Enid was 1114, which if we were observing local mean time on our clox, would be 4:42 am instead of 6:14 am CDT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake check June 20: detectable at 1328 only on 14420 very poor, 9000 poor, and at 1332 on 8400 very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 13640, RFI via GUIANA FRENCH, June 20 at 1207 with jazz singer in English, break for ID interjexion, and I think I heard them mention Kabul and some four-score+ FM frequency. Website confirms they are on 89.5 there. So the strike drags on, with RFI Musique fill instead of Spanish during this semihour.

RFI monitor Mike Cooper reports that the workers voted June 19 to continue the strike at least until June 22, but on that day he did hear the 1200 English broadcast for the first time in weeks; on satellite? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. With Australia in on 120m, PNG on 90m, then checked 60m for anything extracontinental, June 20 at 1139: 4750 with Indonesian talk and music before fadeout, no match for CODAR. At least RRI Makassar is still on the air.

BTW, all across 4 MHz in addition to line and storm noise levels I have to cope with modulation splash matching local KCRC-1390, perhaps external mixing re-radiation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Since I was getting VL8K on 2485, made a quick check of 90m June 20 at 1136, 22 minutes after sunrise, and found music on 3385, 3365; talk on 3335 and 3325; neither pair seemed // (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. UT Sat June 20 at 0538 caught part of REE`s Correo del Oyente mailbag show, not axually dominated by Cubans this week! Called listeners in Guatemala and Mexico with musical requests, later a Cuban too. The problem was getting a decent signal despite several frequencies available: 5965 and 9630 via Costa Rica were much less modulated than usual, requiring upturning the volume markedly. Besides low modulation, 3350 CR had too much nearby T-storm noise, also bothering the higher ones. 6055 direct suffered from RHC 6060 splash even when just talking there. 11890 direct to elsewhere was weak, tho on a good night around Solstice can be sufficient (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15760 fair at 1844 June 19, unID language mentioning Harold Camping, so must be WYFR or a relay. Can you imagine any other SW station ever mentioning Harold Camping? Can you imagine YFR ever not mentioning Him? What does PWBR `2009` say? Nothing at all listed on this frequency. Per HFCC, it`s Turkish via Woofferton, UK, 1700-1900, 250 kW, 102 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. Sat June 20 at 1355, open carrier on 9945; must be IBB warming up; yes, at 1404 recheck, Indonesian talking about the Billboard 200, Hot 100, song in English from VOA via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, 1400-1500 Fri/Sat/Sun only, 250 kW, 200 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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