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Glenn Hauser logs August 20-21, 2009

** AUSTRALIA. RA is regular on 15240, 15160, but not often heard on 15415, as it was Aug 21 at 0517 with song, in English? Not // the others. 15415 is 329 degrees from Shep, alternating English and Indonesian and this was during a semi-hour in the latter service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 13635 and 13660 with similar-sounding country gospel YL at 1336 Aug 21, but not //. No wonder: both are CVC Darwin, in English and Chinese services respectively. Signals about the same too tho not on same azimuths, 303 and 340 degrees. At 1336, 13635 briefly inserted an English announcement; at 1341, 13660 interrupted for brief YL announcement in Chinese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 7385, now the collision between RTI and ChiCom jamming is here, ex-7185, and sounds about the same, with a SAH between them, Aug 21 at 1325. So the mess in the hamband on 7185 is finally gone. However, that`s bad news for previous occupants of 7385, notably Tibet! The Aug 21 edition of Aoki now has nothing on 7185, but in this time period on 7385 includes:

1000-1700 RTI Kouhu and *jamming since Aug 16
1500-1700 BBCWS via South Africa in English and African languages
0930-1700+ PBS Xizang
0700-1300 WHRI-6 M-F [but not really?]

Firedrake search Aug 21 found only one stand-alone between 8 and 19 MHz: 13500, fluttery at 1334. Also barely audible // on 12040 where it mixes with CNR1 jamming and VOA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. Marfil Estéreo definitely absent from 5910, Aug 21 at 0509 check. It`s quite easily heard when active (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Check of RHC Aug 20 at 2010: Spanish on 11760, 11770, distorted 11800, barely on 13760 eclipsed by Portugal 13755. Per RHC`s own schedule 11770 is supposed to be in Portuguese at 2000-2030, another victim of the Honduran oligarchy, or rather RHC`s obsession with Zelaya`s plight.

At 0508 Aug 21, unlike 24 hours earlier, RHC English was back on 6010, and not audible on 13790, // 6060, while Spanish on 6000, 6120, 6140. At 0514 I could also detect very weak signal on 11760 with Spanish an echo apart from other site on 6120.

13880 with remarkably strong S9+12 signal for a leapfrog spur (13680 over 13780), Aug 21 at 1337 with RHC béisbol report, and as usual much weaker on the other mix 13580.

DentroCuban Jamming Command goes bonkers, blasting away against nothing: at least two heavy pulse transmitters, at different rates and fading independently on 9545 at 0513 Aug 21, long after Radio República quits at 0400. At 0515 heard same type of jamming on 11930, but not synchronized with 9545. 11930 is of course the R. Martí frequency in use only at 14-24! Standard remark about better expenditure would be for feeding undernourished DentroCubans, if not merely conserving precious electrical fluid (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Jeff White advised at 0056 UT Aug 21 that R. Discovery was on the 4730 air:

“Glenn: We’re on tonight in SSB. Maybe I can get George McClintock to switch it to AM later on tonight and leave it on overnight.“

So I turned off and/or unplugged most household noise sources, computers and TVs and tried at 0335 UT — Yes, can detect SSB talking around 4730.5, but too high atmospheric noise level plus weak (but plenty) RTTY QRM make copying any details impossible. While weather is finally clear here, there are storms as close as southern Oklahoma. Tried again at 0506, but nothing heard. What I did hear earlier was broadcast-type speech, not two-way contacts, and since Brandon Jordan in TN, previously measured R. Discovery on the same off-frequency, I am quite sure I had it; altho on this UT date he could not hear it, nor later, so maybe not on all-night. On the FRG-7 it`s easy to zero-beat WYFR on 7730.0 and then find that RD is definitely not centered on 4730.0. Presumably about done with this test as HFCC is wrapping up, but then moving transmitter to Santo Domingo for eventual regular service. If R. Descubrimiento is licensed, what is its HI- callsign? (Glenn

** U S A. WRNO, 7505, with (temporarily?) expanded schedule, as in previous report, even more: Aug 20 at 2003 check there is music on frequency, must be WRNO. Not clear what span their ultimate 12-hour-per-day SW service will encompass, but would expect it to be mostly night hours if still avoiding 15590. OTOH, 7505 can reach a certain one-hop radius all day, tho liable to lose out to absorption around noon. 7505 is supposedly available only between 22 and 16 per A-09 version 2 FCC listings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955, with (temporarily?) expanded schedule, to include at least part of WRN relays which are on the webcast M-F at 16-24 = 40 hours per week: poor but audible Aug 20 at 2004 with English news from Poland (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR still on 15820 ex-15825, Aug 21 at 1339 with gospel music, good signal. The transmitter schedule on website still shows 15825, but the home page has this:

“NOTICE!!! As of 18 August, 15.825mHz frequency will temporarily move to 15.820mHz for testing.“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 15470-15475-15476-15480, finally able to detect the DRM test from Greenville with 8 kW, Aug 20 at 2005, only S6-S9 peaks, but plenty enough to impossiblize any reception of LRA36, the poor unique Antarctican SW station which don`t get no respect from the big guns (partly Argentina`s fault for not registering its M-F 18-21 usage with HFCC — if it`s not in HFCC, everyone not paying attention may assume it doesn`t exist; or if they are paying attention, may still pretend it doesn`t exist). The DRM sked is 20-22 UT, started in honor of HFCC Dominican Republic which is about to wrap up, but it seems the IBB/HCJB DRM experiment from Greenville is supposed to continue indefinitely; after all, this one is aimed at Europe, not DR, nor is the 9400-9405-9410 test, aimed NW, not a direxion the regular antennas at Greenville are designed for.

While I was at it, looked for other DRM at 2005: 15275-15280-15285 HCJB with S9; nothing on 17865-17870-17875 from Guiana French.

Greenville analog on 17895 was only poor vs previous log of weekend Music Time in Africa, which was probably sporadic-E enhanced (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###