At 1237, Firedrake alone, poor on both 8400 and 9000. At 1308 also poor on 13970, 1310 just barely audible on 14430. 1354 good on 15150 and // the Firedrake portion of 12040.
Back at 1308, found CNR1 PLUS Firedrake on 12040, good signals also against VOA Chinese via Tinang. Usually we don`t hear both CNR1 and Firedrake jamming on same frequency, but Ron Howard first reported such mixtures July 25.
At 1350 on 11805 also CNR1 plus Firedrake. No echo from CNR1, however, so perhaps the echoer was switched to Firedrake audio feed. 11805 is yet another VOA Chinese outlet, this time via Thailand, as like a spoiled child, the ChiCom yell as loud as they can to keep from hearing what they desperately need to hear; meanwhile their own slanted side is pervasive and unimpeded on SW into the USA tnx to their Canadian comrades (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC, 15120 and 15360 at 1236 July 26 with raucous crowd noise, vivas, probably warming up for mandatory celebrations in the Plaza; but at 1238 back to `normal` programming from studio, i.e. obsession with the “cinco anti-terroristas“, while Rebelde, still audible on 5025, was in music.
Would there be any “Aló, Presidente“ this week? It`s been missing since sometime in June before the Honduran (non)coup. Apparently not. At 1450, RHC still going on 11760, 13760 and 13780, altho missing from 13680 which normally runs to 1500; but nothing found on the listed A,P frequencies 11690, 12010, 13750, 17750.
1520 nothing found on those four either, but: RHC`s weekly Sunday Esperanto broadcast was back not only on 11760, but also on unscheduled 5965 and 11800! Does that make up for pre-empting it several weeks from one frequency? 6000 and 13760 also on the air but only open carrier.
Possibly the extended and never listed midday Spanish broadcasts past 1500 have now ended? But Mel Zelaya is still in exile! No, at 1547, RHC Spanish programming had resumed on 5965, 11690, 11760, 11800, 13760; so they just paused to squeeze in Esperanto (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** FRANCE [non]. 13640, RFI 1200 Spanish via GUIANA FRENCH, July 26 at 1227 interviewing singer, ID in passing as “RFI en castellano“ tho I notithed no lithping, a bit of music and off without any despedida at 1230. VG signal as always (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. VOI, 9524.9, July 26 at 1305 check in English with elexion news reconfirming Megawati lost; good but with hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. A lot of Es openings lately have been too far north or too far east to affect OK much, or the patch is overhead, i.e. too close, but finally July 25 around 2200 UT I am getting Mexicans, especially on 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (what`s that in Spanish?! just “Las Tortugas Ninya“ per narrator) with breaks 2209-2212 for Televisa promos, Puebla PSAs, audio ID as tres-TV. Constant bug upper right with a 3 in the left side of a square, not sure what`s in the rest of it. Answer from Oglethorpe http://www.tvdxtips.com/mexlogos.html — tv, that makes sense; but off the screen by my overscanned TV set. Have seen XHP a number of times before.
Also in brief fadeup earlier at 2152 on channel 3 was an Azteca-13 promo. Per W9WI.com, the only fullpower fit, 20 kW, is XHCVT-TV in, where else, Ciudad Victoria, capital of Tamaulipas; but there are two low-power ones elsewhere. And well after the definite XHP log above, at 2253, some channel 3 appeared briefly with a “wrestling“ match, or rather lucha libre, labeled TOLTECA.
BTW, with US analog TV stations gone, and no lowband DTV anywhere around here, the band is wide open for DX, but now I have to watch out for cable radiation, and furthermore one of my VCRs puts out enough signal on channel 3 to make wavy line QRM, any time it`s on, whether or not its RF modulator is in the `transmit` mode! And any time it`s `off`, same VCR puts noise peaks on SW. Cannot win — except by unplugging it and losing all programming every time (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9715 via Bonaire, Sunday July 26 at 1224, Jaime Báguena and guest wrapping up 20-minute Cartas @ RN show, i.e. starting at 1205 among other times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PORTUGAL. 15560, RDPI with Abraço da Madeira program on Sunday, July 26 at 1233 giving several phone numbers, including an 800, back to music. VG signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAIWAN. 9735, July 26 at 1225 open carrier, no spurs. I conclude that RTI`s Japanese service, which modulates at 11-12 and 13-14, just leaves the carrier on during the intervening hour. Bright idea: why not add modulation then too and get more mileage out of it? Could be done for negligible cost (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Sunday July 26 at 1225 found Chris, Lobdell Pirating with Cumbre on 9410, i.e. the end of DXing with Cumbre which must have started at 1200 on the WHRI frequency which weekdays relays BBC Mundo at 12-13. 1236 recheck: a wacky preacher urging us to get ready for the rapture.
Time to search the WHR online program schedule again for DXing with Cumbre times. If you put “Lamb“ into search by program host, you get nothing, but the finicky engine finds a number of DWC times if you enter “Marie Lamb“, including this one on Angel 2, and also Saturday at same time 1200. Many of the others we know are imaginary, such as the next broadcast on Sunday, 1430 on Angel 6, 11785, for it was off the air when I checked at 1449, tho it had been on earlier at 13-14 for Hmong Lao Radio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. NPR via AFRTS Guam, 5765-USB, quite listenable Sunday July 26 at 1240-1248 with Will Shortz` puzzle segment on Weekend Edition Sunday; static crashes still seem odd on a show normally heard on pristine FM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###