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Glenn Hauser logs July 3, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake check July 3: at 1329 audible poorly on 9000, worse on 8400. At 1337 just barely audible on 13970 and at 1338 nothing on 14420. At 1340 better on 15150 // 9000. At 1343 best but fluttery on 17500 and 18320 // 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC`s schedule is also upshaken in prime-time. UT July 3 at 0335 check, found Spanish on 11760, 11690, 6140, 6060, 6000 and 5965, NO English! Their website schedule shows English is supposed to be on 6140 and 6000 at 0100-0700, with 6060 and 6010 joining at 0500-0700.

At 0553 July 3 I rechecked the 49m frequencies, and now 6140, 6000, 5965 and undermodulated 6120 are in Spanish, while 6060 and 6010 are in English (presumably, different programming with reggae at the moment). No sign of a mix with CRI audio on 6010 as Harold Frodge heard 24h earlier.

You never know what RHC is going to do next. It`s only safe to say that no two consecutive days are identical as far as frequency usage. July 3 at 1310 I find that they are back on 12000! This had been missing the past few days, while new 11800 had appeared, so I had concluded that was a move to avoid VOR in Chinese. I gave them too much credit. Now the collision resumes on 12000, and 11800 is still on the air too, strong and distorted // 11760 which is loud and clear.

At 1336 I find recent new morning channel 5965 is still going too with deportes report // 6000. At 1338, also running on the three 22m frequencies plus two leapfrogs, 13580, 13680, 13760, 13780, 13880. 1340, also audible on 15120, 15360 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. Radio Cuba Libre is normally totally inaudible via WRMI 9955, scheduled daily 1200-1400, as it is buried under DentroCuban jamming. But July 3 at 1348 I find it atop the jamming and quite readable! WRMI must have switched early to the NW antenna, as reception matches what it is like after 1400 with Radio Prague relay. That`s good for us but not for the DentroCubans.

RCL gets very little attention, and perhaps enjoys its low profile. When Cuba attacks hostile broadcasts, only Radio Martí is mentioned by name, not RCL or R. República. A FueraCuban was talking about political prisoners in Villa Clara, golpistas. 1352 ID in passing as “Radio Cuba Libre, desde los estudios de Radio Miami Internacional“ so they even do their programming from RMI studios, unlike República. 1357 outro IDed himself as Mario Jiménez, music fill, 1400 WRMI ID and into Prague in English with no change in signal level vs jamming which starts to abate.

What do we know about RCL? Not much, but this text, full of typos in English and Spanish, is their program page on the WRMI website.

“Horario de transmisión via WRMI: 8:00-10:00 am hora de Miami diariamente en 9955 kHz (31 metros) 11:00 pm-12:30 am hora de Miami de lunes a viernes en 9955 kHz (31 metros)“ [daily 12-14, M-F 03-0430 UT]

We don`t find a website for RCL itself, but googling leads to earlier citations of a Radio Cuba Libre, which was much more militant, promoting Molotov Cocktailing, and we suspect unrelated to this one.

But this may be related, with logos of several Miami radio stations, not including WRMI:

** CZECHIA [non]. Radio Prague missing from 6080 at 0332 July 3; that had been the Sackville relay for C&W NAm which Cip revealed would be canceled at Junend. WNAm should now try direct 9870 at 0300-0330 which is at 324 degrees across Butte, mid-Nevada and Santa Bárbara, while // 7345 is aimed further east at 310. But the website schedule still shows 6080 and relays via six other sites; do the others remain in use or not? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE [and non]. YFR is adding more and more relays including Ascension, now scheduled on 9420 at 0000-0300, 265 degrees in English. Oh, another collision against Voice of Greece! Checked on the portable in the yard at 0145 July 3 and heard nothing but a good signal from VOG music, but at 0152 on the FRG-7 with longwire, could tell there was something SAHing under it, presumably YFR Ascension (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI backslides: While on July 2 there was only one transmitter, shifted to 9526, during the 1300 English hour, on July 3, it was back to a huge whine of hets, at 1324 check. This was overriding any possibility of making out what was being spoken. The pitch was somewhat more than 1000 Hz. With BFO on, could detect multiple peaks between roughly 9522 and 9528. If there are only two transmitters operating, they produce all these mixing products. Could someone let us see this on a spectrum display? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA [and non]. RRI on new 7535 for Romanian to NAm at 0000-0200, VG July 3 at 0145-0157* and bothering Cairo Spanish on 7540, which had better stay there now instead of jumping to 7535 as it did earlier. RRI 7535 is ex-7335 which has another occupant now, YFR in English at 0000-0300, 245 degrees from Ascension; See USA [non]. So did RRI move because of YFR or Vatican already on 7335 eastward? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. More and more Harold Camping, adding Ascension relays in English for less and less BBC. Heard on 7335 at 0145 July 3, Camping mixing about equally with something which proved to be Vatican as its IS and “Laudetur Jesus Christus“ came on stronger at 0157, but then off for a semi-hour. Catholix vs Protestants!

And also something under Greece on 9420. YFR is now scheduled at 0000-0300 on 7335 at 245 degrees and 9420 at 265 degrees; also 2200-0100 on 9835 at 245 degrees, unchecked here yet. See also GREECE, ROMANIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRNO, 7505, July 3 at 0158 with very distorted [gospel?] rock music, but modulation somewhat suppressed; 0159 ID less distorted, but the transmitter is obviously ailing, also splattering (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 7335 collisions: see ROMANIA; USA [non] WYFR ###

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