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Glenn Hauser logs September 3-4, 2009

** CANADA [and non]. CFRX Toronto, back on the 6070 air as of Sept 3 around 0550, again with full modulation and good strength for only 1 kW. Had been off a few weeks for transmitter repairs, first reported by Steve Lare, MI, as reactivated the previous afternoon. No longer Peter Anthony Holder hosting talkshow at this hour, who in the meantime was fired by originating sibling station CJAD, along with a dozen other hosts, but his website is still up:

More recently, CFRB also fired several longtime talkhosts. However, at 1310, Bill Carroll was still there, today`s subject “family stuff“; that was after news on the hour, including gas price currently 97.1 Canadian cents per litre, and Andromeda to collide with Milky Way — this is news?! Still good at 1355 check; those a bit closer to Toronto can enjoy CFRX all day long.

Here`s the CFRB/X program schedule now:
Weeknights at 2-3:30 am = 0600-0730 UT is now The Jim Richards Showgram, obviously playback of part of the weekday 1-3 pm block; several topical hours such as Adventure, Comedy fill the 05-06 UT hour. And Adventure was heard after 0500 Friday Sept 4.

Retuning the MHz dial of the FRG-7 to KFTI 1070 Wichita with BFO on, I could tell the two were not precisely on the same kHz, but very close.

CFRX, 6070, Sept 4 at 1229 with EDT TC, Bill Carroll show, het on hi side and roar from defective Swiss transmitter so kindly sold to North Korea (as discussed in DXLD 9-065); the usual case until its closedown around 1250, whose exact time today I missed, but CFRX in clear at 1257 recheck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 4: at 1235 nothing on 8400, very poor on 9000; at 1250 good on 10210; at 1347 poor on 13500, just barely audible on 13970, none others (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. As I tuned by RHC 13680, Sept 3 at 1455, YL was plugging today`s Mesa Redonda transmission at 2230(?) on “9820 y 6000 kilohertz“. Except the 31m frequency was changed months ago to 9640! In la cabina they haven`t the faintest idea of what frequencies RHC is really using, just read what they were originally told to, and no one takes responsibility for keeping the scripts up-to-date. What a Ratón Miguelito operation.

RHC on 6000, poor thing, gets QRDRM from Australia 5990-5995-6000, now scheduled from Brandon at 12-14, only 5 kW at 10 degrees (to feed PNG or other Pacific island relays??); but also, serves RHC right, from Juche jamming on 6003, which was worse, Sept 4 at 1220, quite a roar and the same sound against 6512 and 6600, all Echo of Hope, which Aoki says on 6003 runs straight thru from 0853 to 2301 UT via Hwaseong, ROK site, 100 kW ND. Aoki does not * these as jammed since that only denotes ChiCom CNR1 or Firedrake-type jamming. Could not hear any EOH on 6003 here while it was audible under the jamming on the other two.

O yeah, at 1220 RHC was engaging its obsession with Honduras. At least they know how to pronounce Zelaya, unlike Daljit Dhaliwal and another anchor I recoiled from recently. Daljit is getting rave reviews as new anchor of World Focus via PBS, much prettier than Martin Savidge, which is debatable. They really piled on the makeup for her début August 31 but seem to have relented somewhat since (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. Echo of Hope and jamming: see CUBA [and non]

** MADAGASCAR. 17670, dramatic talk in Vietnamese, Sept 3 at 1326, poor signal, but any at all is something, since this hour is AWR 250 kW at 60 degrees from Talata toward Vietnam (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12160, the out-of-band frequency pioneered by WWCR, now has a new occupant: WEWN, since WWCR-3 abandoned it before 1600 to use 7490 instead.

WEWN English had been on 11530 until Sept 3, and we had to keep complaining about the dirty spurs accompanying it on 11520 and 11540, as well as the leapfrog mixing product with Spanish 11550 landing on 11510. Possibly they got the message and/or some victim broadcaster complained, since suddenly Sept 4 at 1258 we find WEWN on 12160 instead — and without the spurs!

Have they really been eliminated along with the QSY? This may be coincidental, so further chex of the same transmitter on other frequencies at other times will be needed. Or rather, all three transmitters, as they could have been swapped around, but for now, no spurs either accompanying the Spanish channels. Whatever happened to the fourth transmitter? Is it still in service, even tho only three frequencies are ever used at once? Or a rich source of spare parts?

1259 English ID on 12160 gave the new frequency already; meanwhile, Spanish was still on 11550 and 12050.

The WEWN website frequency schedule altho still dated effective starting March 29! also has been amended to show 12160 at 12-15, but strangely, each hour`s entry for this frequency only, has next to it a previous hour, “11, 12, 13“; so does it start at 11 or 12 and does it end at 14 or 15?

Answer: the latter, as still going at 1445 recheck. But at 1459, 12160 was already off, and at 1459:30, came up on 15610, then ID in Spanish! Boy, are they confused; but then switch to English, and at 1501 re-open in English with 15610 announced and program JIP. Could not detect any spurs at 15600 or 15620 on the portable DX-398 in the yard, but fundamental too weak at first to be sure. Normally, later in the day when WYFR is on 15600 at 19-23, it is constantly QRMed by WEWN spur. We shall hear.

Ex-11530 was 335 degrees over the pole to central and eastern China, plus Taiwan and North Korea, so 12160 presumably is too, yet the target for it now is shown as “SA“ which apparently means South Asia (note: there are too many continents starting with A-, so a second letter in abbrs. is required!)

The full English schedule is apparently now:
00-09 11520 Af
09-12 11640 SEA meaning SE Asia
12-15 12160 SA meaning E Asia
15-17 15610 Eu
17-20 15610 [no target specified! But listed as CIRAF-9 = Maritime
             Provinces and eastern Quebec, really the same 40-degree
             azimuth as before and after]20-24 15610 ME

Spanish to Cuba/SAm, 155 degrees:
01-11 11870
11-15 12050
15-17 11520
17-01 17510

Spanish to Mexico/CAm, 220 degrees:
05-13  7555
13-22 11550
22-05  5810

** U S A [and non?]. Sept 4 at 1304 found steady and stable open carrier on 13570; figured it was WINB about to come up on midday frequency, but gone at 1315 recheck, and still nothing at 1347. Could have been VOA tuneup instead as they are wont to do in hour(s) preceding scheduled broadcasts. Did not check during the 14-15 hour, but at 1511, only WINB was there on 13570 with convicted sex criminal evangelist Tony Alamo. Its carrier is still slightly unstable.

VOA English is currently scheduled on 13570: 14-15 via São Tomé, 15-16 via Botswana, 16-17 via Madagascar, all of them colliding with WINB, authorized to start at 14 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6130, TADIL-A beep intruders, Sept 4 at 1225, weak with two unsynchronized signals, so couldn`t sort out the number of beeps from each before the data noise bursts; weak but no sign of Laos (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11789.9, the intruders with SSB 2-way conversation in tonal Asian language was here again Sept 3 at 1337, one of them quite a bit stronger than the other, with annoying vocalized pauses. Apparently a regular schedule, begging for DF detexion and crackdown. But could be offshore (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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