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Glenn Hauser logs August 19-20, 2009

** CANADA. Big het between 6160.0/6160.9, Aug 20 at 0549 with CBC in English. As Carlos Gonçalves just reported from Portugal, CKZN is off-frequency, and here it clashes with CKZU, the two about equal level and inseparable [the only spelling accepted by MS Word]. Normally they are never zero-beat, but maybe 15 Hz apart producing a fast ripple SAH. Still at 0606; I should have checked during CBC News on the hour when they would have been // but unsynchronized. Someone must have bumped the transmitter in St. John`s. Hope they get this fixed quickly but not counting on it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC check Aug 19 at 0520: Spanish on 11760, 6120; English on 6010, 6060 and 6140, the latter sometimes in Spanish instead. 6000 too weak in storm noise to evaluate.

Latest anomaly from RHC: Aug 20 at 0540 found 13790 still on the air in English, starting UT Thu mailbag show with `Ed Newman`. Checking other channels, 6010 was missing so probably same transmitter, but why? Forgot to change frequency at 0500? Unable to change for some reason? Propagation experiment? 11 MHz from Cuba will not always propagate in the nightmiddle, let alone 13. At this time also heard in English on 6060, while 6140 and 11760 were in Spanish. Also missing, 6120 normally in Spanish, and did not hear 6000 either at first, but it was there in Spanish at 0558, as was 6120, an echo apart while Arnie was talking about the electrical grid (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. Not much making it on 16m, Aug 19 at 0517, but second only to RFA Saipan on 17880 was 17720, music and then German talk, fading and some flutter. Per Aoki, this is CRI at 05-07, 500 kW, 308 degrees to Europe via Kashgar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. RNGE, 6250, Aug 20 at 0608 going from music to liners, Spanish announcement about jóvenes, prosperidad en el futuro: dictatorial government propaganda. About equal level with Polisario 6300, a neat pair, but not always both on and in at same time. As we are getting closer to equinox than solstice, reception should be holding up a bit later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680 usually a mess of QRM among Taiwan, ChiCom jamming, and/or Indonesia; Aug 20 at 1350 continuous gamelan concert was dominant, mixing with Asian-scale singing. At 1401, clearer M&W conversation in Indonesian, over much weaker something. Aoki shows RRI only until 1300, but WRTH 2009 has it until 1500, so looks like the latter is correct, at least today. Tho 250 kW, as a domestic service relay, it`s not included in the WRTH A-09 update. There is also contradictory info about the azimuth for this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 7305, August 20 at 0547 M&W in English concluding “Society Today“ program discussing probation, RRI ID. Not listed here in PWBR `2009` and RRI uses so many frequencies I don`t have them all memorized. This is the only semi-hour per day RRI is on 7305, 0530 via Galbeni, 300 kW, 300 degrees to Europe, and incidentally North America beyond (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 13870 with fairly good signal in Russian, Aug 20 at 1358, Arkady with schedule announcement, including 22 meters, 1400 6-pip time signal with some character, not just pure tones, and accurate compared to WWV a few minutes later; Golos Rossii ID. Per Aoki it`s Moscow site at 190 degrees, 12-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SERBIA [non]. Missing the last few evenings from 9675, IRS was back UT Aug 19 at 0030 check with IS (changed for the worse, no longer as catchy?), opening English. Also at 0037 check UT August 20, altho it and VOR 9665 were much weaker with K=2.

SW service had seemed in limbo, but Dragan Lekic reports that a bad English translation on their website was the problem. In fact, it should say “THE ONLY SHORTWAVE STATION OF SERBIA WILL ALSO (!!!) CONTINUE BROADCASTING THRU SATELLITE AND THE INTERNET“, i.e. still on SW at least thru yearend. But it`s not unusual for Bijeljina, Bosnia site to break down for one reason or another (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1474, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

9675, IRS reconfirmed in English at 0037 Aug 20. From past week`s monitoring, it may or may not be on, and even less likely at 0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9385, Brother Scare via WWRB as I tuned by Aug 20 at 1342 was offering DE-15 shortwave radios for a $75 donation. But it`s been sold by Amazon for less than a month at $49.99. Is only one semi-inch “think“:

But will it pick up WWRB spurs? At 1345 was hearing het on approx. 9452 against Thailand 9455, previously tracked to 9385, but too much noise now to be sure. Line(?) noise level has increased, perhaps tnx to lightning disturbing the transformers. Altho storms are still coming and going, today`s logs are on the outside antenna between them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. R. Thailand, which on Aug 17 was in English by mistake at 1330 on 9455, did not manage to check it on 18 or 19, but Aug 20 at 1345 confirmed back in Thai; het on 9452 may be the spur again from WWRB, see SOUTH CAROLINA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI was supposedly going to be more active on 9955 with WRN afternoon relays during the HFCC week, but could not detect it here Aug 19 around 1730 or 2030.

This week`s first SW airing of WORLD OF RADIO 1474 confirmed on WRMI 9955, UT Thu Aug 20 at 0531, mixing with DentroCuban pulse jamming; tnx a lot, Arnie! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13110-SSB, Aug 20 at 0535, Perfect Pauline still has not learned not to say “nautical smiles“ but certainly brought a smile to my non-nautical face; marine weather for Atlantic, no doubt influenced by H. Bill; 0537 ID as WLO & KLB, “now standing by for calls, end of broadcast“ but nothing further heard on this frequency next couple minutes. I`m never sure whether I am really hearing Mobile or Kent transmitter, but I suppose at this hour Washington would be more likely to propagate on 13 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. The other night I observed that WRNO was still on the air only three hours a day, 0100-0400 on 7505; as if to prove me wrong, UT Aug 20, 7505 was still on the air at 0545 with, what else, gospel rock; S9+22 signal, and still at 0604 but VERY undermodulated: I could turn the volume control wide open and that was about right, but perilous when ontuning.

Next check at 1335, still/again on the air, 7505! Now the modulation is OK with music, and at 1337 live DJ announcement from Taylor Duncan, with CDT timecheck, date August 20, and said from next week WRNO would start simulcasting on web via which we may already check; webcast would be 24 hours, and SW would be 12 hours a day.

I thought that was the URL he said, but no works; instead still which certainly has a new look since last I checked, and link to 24 hour program schedule, claiming 7505 is 24 hours, at
which includes 30- or 60-minute newscasts at 0400, 1600 and 1700! Homepage also has news from BBC with their logo. Plus CNN, ESPN and others; and a new blog since Aug 12, but trying to read the posts gets a 503 error.

Recheck at 1609, no modulation but carrier +USB, no LSB on 7505; not sure what that is (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15820, WWCR just barely audible here with no sporadic E enhancement Aug 19 at 1410, testing instead of 15825. Christer Brunström in Sweden agrees it was on 15820 at 1300. Also on 15820 JBA at 2030 check. So when Friday 2028:30 comes with WORLD OF RADIO, I revise my advisory to check 15830 too.

For the third day, WWCR on 15820 instead of 15825, Aug 20 at 1404 check, just barely audible with no Es-enhancement (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. The IBB/HCJB DRM tests from Greenville supposed to start Aug 17 were reported delayed until Aug 18. The only chance I had to check 15475 Aug 18 was around 2130, however, and no DRM heard. At 0030 Aug 19, the other test on 9400-9405-9410 was inblasting. Also Aug 19 at 2030 check, no DRM heard around 15475 nor anywhere else on 19m.

However, Brandon Jordan in Memphis says: “15475 kHz IBB/HCJB DRM noted from 2018 to 2200 UT on Aug 19, although very weak and only a few brief audio decodes.“ It is low-power and also liable to skip over (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. 6300, La Voz de la República Árabe Saharaui Democrática, via ALGERIA, Aug 20 at 0607 with soporific wake-up chanting, usual ute beeps on low side. About equal level with Equatorial Guinea 6250, a neat pair, but not always both on and in at same time. As we are getting closer to equinox than solstice, reception should be holding up a bit later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11890, surprised to hear news in English at 1404 August 19, and as soon as “BBC News“ IDed, cut off the air at 1406*. Figured it was a regular transmission prolonged another 6 minutes for a bit more news as BBCWS has been caught doing elsewhen, but — no BBC at all scheduled on 11890 in any of the current online references. There is, however, in once source not including WRTH, SLBC supposedly in Sinhala or Hindi, so possibly Ekala, but I think that is really on 11905.

BBCWS news in English previously heard until 1406* on unlisted 11890, so checked earlier Aug 20: nothing audible at 1356. Wolfgang Büschel suggests it was Woofferton tuning up for DW using handy BBC audio, i.e. DW scheduled in French from 1700 on 11890 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###