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Glenn Hauser logs July 24, 2009

** ALASKA. 7355, KNLS, July 24 at 1232, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot“ by Pat Benatar, 1233 talk feature Author`s Journal, but really a sermon about Paul, the religionist credited with pumping up the Jesus myth, quoting from I and II Timothy. 1238 back to music “from the 80s, 90s and today“ by Pet Shop Boys. F-G signal with deep fades. At 1246 checked // 9780 and could detect English underneath the Chinese radio war. KNLS is certainly a curiosity as one has no interest in its music or its preaching, but WCBC must think it`s the best way to pull in unchurched suckers in the FE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 9660, July 24 at 0519, two stations in English mixing about equally. Normally I just hear R. Australia, which is listed as only 10 kW via Brandon at 00-08; but Vatican is also on there at 0300-0530, the final semihour in English, 175 degrees from SMG (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 24: at 1240, audible on 8400 and 9000; at 1345 JBA on 14430, not on 13500, 13970; at 1346 better but only poor on 15150, none higher (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 13840 good in unknown language, July 24 at 0513. That`s R. Dabanga via Madagascar at 0430-0527, 330 degrees. Should have heard jingle IDs as before if I had listened a little longer. Was also getting VOA Kurdish via same on 15380; see U S A  [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 9410, BBC Mundo via WHRI, Friday July 24 listened to last few minutes 1253-1300* when playing music fill not classical, but jazzed up Gershwin, etc., medley on flute, clarinet with orchestra. At least it`s not the top-20 as on Tue and Thu (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. VOA, 9760 via PHILIPPINES, July 24 at 1320 found Dan Robinson with report on a hearing about USG external broadcasting, including whether replacing SW with internet in Russian was a good idea. Here`s the full story:
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-07-23-voa63.cfm
`Lawmakers: US Government Broadcasters Crucial to Soft Power Outreach`
with audio linx running 5:35:
http://www.voanews.com/mediaassets/english/2009_07/Audio/mp3/robinson_broadcasting_23Jul09.mp3

Surprised to find a new signal on 11725, July 24 at 1338 with pop music, VOA Music Mix promoting new time for country show Fridays at 1400. At 1343 identified this hour as “World`s Best Variety on the [singing ID:] VOA Music Mix Network“, now featuring Brian Wilson. 1400 abruptly shifted to news on hour, now // 17585 Greenville and only a slight reverb apart from it. Loud and steady signal on 11725 probably Greenville too, tho 11740 VOA Korean via Tinang was also in well. At 1405, 17585 stayed with news hour, while 11725 split back to VOA Music Mix, “Mary Morningstar with Country Hits, USA“. Is that her real name? She`s among the presenters on this page:
http://www.voanews.com/english/Entertainment/MusicMix-presenters.cfm

On 11725 at this time we usually hear, if anything, Harold Droning,
from the YFR relay via Pet/Kam, RUSSIA at 11-15, but no trace of him now. RFE/RL Russian had also been scheduled on 11725, 13-15, switching from Lampertheim to Biblis, GERMANY at 1400, but no trace of that either. Meanwhile, 11725 VOA does not show yet on online schedules, let alone http://www.voanews.com/english/about/frequenciesAtoZ_e.cfm

11725 was still going at 1430 so unseems a transmitter test, but who knows whether it will be there tomorrow?

15380 fair with uncertain language I first guessed was Persian, July 24 at 0509; sounds like VOA. Instead it`s Kurdish via Madagascar, 05-06, 359 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. As I tuned across 7 MHz in AM, July 24 at 1220, encountered on 7210.0-LSB, speech in Spanish which even before switching to SSB could tell was not in conversational tones required by ham radio. It could have been a one-way clandestine broadcaster, but really just an exile ham obviously reading a political polemic, anti-Chávez, Zelaya, accusing Chávez of being a narcotraficante. Pause for ID as N1NR, in contact with weaker signals, WT4WT, and W4N–. Then said he had been reading from un periódico de Londres. 1227 moved on to recipes.

I previously logged him in January on same frequency, as in DXLD 9-002 under CUBA [non] and ARRL callsign lookup IDed N1NR as Roig, Nelson, in Bushkill, PA. Now I also look up his contact, WT4WT, and he`s Barreto, Sergio R, in Trenton, FL. The third one was probably W4NNN as before, Carter, Robert V, in Conyers GA. BTW, Roig, of Catalan provenance, I think is pronounced like `Roach` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. As I started to downscan the 16m SWBC band, July 24 at 1350, first came upon some weak intermittent 2-way SSB intruder, which I think was centered on 17896.5, and sounded like Chinese rather than Spanish. Needs much further checking (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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