** CHINA. Firedrake check July 2: at 1315 not audible on 8400 or 9000; as I bandscanned upward, did not find any until 1331 on 13970, poor, but very good on 14420, quite a disparity. At 1335 also // on 17500. None others heard, so went back to 14420 and listened to the concert until abrupt cut to unmodulated carrier at 1400-1405, then resuming in mid-note. FD had just restarted at 1359, so no attempt to synchronize. During the OC, could not hear a trace of SOH or anything else on 14420. Do they really monitor every hour and reconfirm their victim is on the air? It should be much easier if they cut the carrier too but that would audiblize it to anyone axually trying to hear it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC anomaly monitoring July 2: at 0622, found 11760, 6140, 6060, 6000 all // in Spanish instead of English, leaving only 6010 for English. But that`s really all we need with its VG signal aimed usward. At 0626 noticed an additional RHC Spanish outlet, 6120 undermodulated and an echo apart from 6140. The question is, why are so many Spanish frequencies needed; just national pride?
0700+ is too late for me, but the night before, July 1, Ron Howard in California was still hearing RHC, as late as 0826, now all in Spanish on 6000, 6010, 6060 and 6140. So are they really running 24 hours in Spanish during the Honduran crisis? Spanish normally ends at 0500, and English at 0700.
My next check at 1307 July 2: unscheduled 5965 again on the air this morning with good signal, but nothing on 6000; however that must have been a tempo dumpoff, as 6000 was back at 1312. Also // 11800 an echo apart. Still gone from 12000 at 1323 leaving VOR Chinese in the clear. At 1325 I was monitoring 11800, very distorted as they were starting an “8-minute“ health segment about Venezuela, but it was already over at 1332 with ID and news headlines. At 1402 still on and audible on 5965 as Antonio Gómez again made his imaginary frequency announcement identical to yesterday`s — “15120, 15360, 13760, 13680, 13780, 11760, 12000, 6000“.
Quick check at 1542 found the same three frequencies on the air as yesterday, filling the 15-20 UT gap, 11760, 11800 and best 13760 as heard Pres. Zelaya mentioned immediately. There may well be others as plenty of spare transmitters are available at this time, but I was busy listening to Happy Station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. VOI has upshifted one kHz to 9526, July 2 at 1316 in English. The hets of the last three days are gone, now clear except the hum is back, and signal is poor. Scenario: at Cimanggis they don`t even know that their different transmitters are 1 kHz apart so think they can run two or three of them at once with no problem, as they were preparing to use only the 9526 one for a while now? We`ll see what happens tomorrow (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. VOR, 12000 via Khabarovsk toward China but good signal July 2 at 1323 with Russian folk song followed by announcement in Chinese, now cleared of CubaRM with RHC moving to 11800 after almost two months of collision. Arnie is really on the ball (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Sorry if this is a bit repetitive, but the time will come all too soon when sporadic E abates and logs like this become a rarity again: July 2 at 1333 UT, WWCR 15825 with Tony Alámo plus squeal, VG signal assisted by Es opening, so at 1336 I came to 18770 and found Brother Scare just barely audible, fading in from WWRB = 2 x 9385.
Correlates with Es from same direxion on channel 2 at 1410 UT, nightlight I can now recognize same as yesterday from WFMY Greensboro NC, even tho I can`t make out the details, as on this station the DTV spiel is surrounded by wide black borders, and there is the continuous NEWS2 ID in the lower right within the frame. In and out, mostly out by 1430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 12116 with cut numbers in CW, July 2 at 1329. Without even trying to copy each letter, it`s easy to recognize the cadence of these 5-letter groups substituting for numbers. Presumably Cuba messaging spies who do know at least 10 Morse code letters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. Ear-splitting whine from multiple carriers, several per kHz span, centered on 17450, spreading +/- about 12 kHz, July 2 at 1334. This is audible only occasionally, and when it gets stronger the spread widens markedly. Source and purpose remain a mystery (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###