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Glenn Hauser logs July 17, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake July 17: at 1253 fair on 17470, presumably because Sound of Hope had jumped there from 17500, where Aoki still has them listed today; but gone at 1335 recheck (not on 18320 either, but I did hear a W4 working a ZS6 on the 18 MHz band). At 1307 Firedrake JBA on 13970, not on 14420/14430; at 1321 JBA on 8400, not on 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC check UT July 17 at 0535: English on 6010, 6060, 6140; Spanish on 6000, 6120, 11760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. For the second day in a row, no signal from VOI on 9526v, July 17 at 1319 check and later in the hour, nor on 11785 or 15150. I wonder if the other 250 kW transmitter at Cimanggis, 9680 carrying the domestic relay is on or off the air? It`s hard to tell here with the huge Chinese collision, at 1342 check, but seems a 3-way SAH at least. O, Aoki shows RFI 9680 only from 22 to 13 UT anyway, while ChiCom jamming and Taiwan are at 11-17 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. RTI Japanese service, 9735, again flanked by spurs July 17 at 1316, slightly higher pitch buzz on 9740 against BBC than on 9730 against CRI, so 9735 fundamental was very slightly off-frequency to the low side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Maybe it`s different in His presence, but on the radio I find “Tony Alamo“ totally lacking in charisma, and can`t imagine what little girls, let alone adult women, see in him! Unless, of course, they have been brainwashed.

While standing trial in Texarkana, he keeps on broadcasting: July 17, already at 1257 via WWCR inbooming on 15825 tnx to sporadic E, squeal plus T.A., interrupted by announcer at 1300 to tell us it was the “mid-point“ of the broadcast, Texarkana address, but no ID for WWCR as would have been appropriate.

At 1329, T.A. was attempting to sing “What a Friend We Have In Jesus“, a jazzed-up version with chorus (of minors?). He can`t carry a tune, so was lapsing into speaking the lyrix, but not completely. There is a term for that in opera I can`t seem to recall, parlatto?

Then announcer outroed the program and into another preacher at 1330. This timing took me by surprise, since T.A. used to be at 13-14 UT on WWCR. In fact the updated July 1-2 program guide at
http://www.wwcr.com/program-guides/WWCR_Program_Guide.pdf
does still show him at 13-14 UT. If he really starts at 1230 now M-F, that knocks out lots of 15-minute shows including one of the few airings of Ask WWCR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15450, weak signal in Asian(?) language, Friday July 17 at 1337. Nothing to account for this in Aoki or Eibi, but I logged the same Saturday July 11, and found WRTH A-09 shows BBC Bengali service at 1330-1500 Saturdays via “Armavir“, RUSSIA. Now I suppose it is 7 days a week here, or at least more than one.

Altho Dr Supratik Sanatani has complained how BBC have been unable to present their shifted Bangla schedule accurately, perhaps someone can read this and tell us if it includes 15450 and on what days and Universal times:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bengali/institutional/frequencies.shtml
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

NOTE: I am well aware that a lot of my logs are of the same stations from one day to the next. This is largely because in my daily routine there are only certain time periods when I can usually squeeze in some monitoring. I too would rather spread these out to different times with different results, but only hope that tracking the behaviour e.g. of Firedrake, RHC, Voice of Indonesia, RTI spurs, etc. will be of some historical interest. I am not the only monitor in such a rut, and believe it or not, do deliberately avoid some re-logs when nothing at all has changed. For example I did not bother to report Russia on 12000 today! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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