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Glenn Hauser logs July 21, 2009

** CHINA. Altho E Asian reception was better than usual on 9 MHz — see NETHERLANDS [non] — zero Firedrake to be heard on 9000 or 8400 at 1323 July 21. At 1331, JBA on 13970 but none higher. At 1410, 13970 was BA, and now 14430 JBA, seems // (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC check July 21: at 0558, Spanish on 11760 but barely audible, also on 6140 and echoing 6120. English (or at least non // music) on 6010, 6060.

Rapid clicking on 11980, or maybe centred closer to 11981, July 21 at 1404, and QRMing NHK English on 11985. What could this be? Ajá, same clix on 11880, equally flanking huge jamming noise against Martí on 11930, ergo spurs from one of the multitude of jamming transmitters there. Fortuitously, nothing much on 11880 or 11980 at this hour to be collaterally damaged, no tnx to incompetent DentroCuban engineering. But could bother R. Australia, 50 degrees on 11880 at 17-21. However, around 1330 before Martí is on, 11930 is totally free of jamming, and 11880/11980 of the clix (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 15275, DW in German, July 21 at 1413, quite good contrary to usual, 1414 “Fly Me to the Moon“ concluding feature on you know what, DW theme. If it`s DW it can`t be from Germany; this is RWANDA at 30 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. If it`s Tuesday, this must be Banjarmasin, the weekly Exotic Indonesia excursion on VOI`s English service. On 9524.9 at 1320 July 21, usual conversation between guy in Banj and studio in Jak, and into commentary segment. 1336 time for “weekly talk“ from Banj, but try as I did, could not get anything out of it: reception not bad, but too much accent. Extreme concentration, headphones, might have helped, but am busy with breakfast. Perhaps Indonesians can understand better such English with an Indo accent. But this is for the World. Nice music fill after 1350, ruined at 1357 by CRI prélude on 9525.0, just as VOI went back to talk upwrapping the hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9650, July 21 at 1325, orange-tinted national anthem concluding RNW Dutch semi-hour via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, 250 kW at 220 degrees but outputting heap big signal backwards 40 degrees USward, such that today it was about equal level to the CRI English relay via Sackville with News & Reports! Pause for a few sex, then at 1327 switched to jazz music, unannounced until off at 1330*. This is the unlisted 2-sesquiminute English broadcast, the jazz matching one of the listed features for July 20 in RN`s weekly program previews, European Jazz Stage, altho no exact times are specified, and evidently also repeated at times on Tuesday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZAMBIA. 9430, July 21 at 0600, “1Africa News“ starts at end of one-hour transmission, but cut off less than a semiminute later for QSY to 13590, which was not announced. How rude! They expect to keep listeners this way? At 0601:30 I tuned to 13590 and found them there with no news, instead promoing text number for contacts; more 1Africa IDs. Next check at 1332 found 13590 still on the air and audible with praise music in English. Lusaka is currently scheduled on 13590 all the way from 0600 to 1900, 315 degrees toward UP Michigan; despite China, Russia and Germany also scheduled at various times amid.

ZNBC should be extremely embarrassed that CVC puts out a much more effective external SW service than they do on 5915, 6165, and CVC is not about Zambia at all, your average listener not even knowing whence it emanates (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Sorry about the long-lined report yesterday. My attempt to correct it did not always work. First I did a test to myself, and it wrapped properly, but then I see in some lists both were long-lined; others had the first one properly wrapped already. It all depends; if people would just use semicolons to their utmost, this could have been avoided 😉 (gh) ###

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