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Glenn Hauser logs September 4-5, 2009

** ANGUILLA [non]. Caribbean Beacon missing from 6090, Sept 5 at 0513, but could not hear anything else, not even Brazil or Nigeria, just DRM from 6085. Should have tried earlier as Brian Alexander who first alerted us about this, heard both plus Ethiopia around 0300.

CB also absent from 11775, Sept 5 at 1247, but again nothing else audible instead. That leaves PMS and DGS totally off SW at this hour! As WWCR 13845 is ceded to Brother Scare in the mornings, and all the Costa Rican transmitters have been silent for many months, altho still appearing e.g. in Prime Time Shortwave! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. Nope, V. of Biafra International still on 15665, Sept 5, the first Friday of the month, checked briefly sometime between 19 and 20 UT, nothing on 17520, where WRTH July update guessed it would move. All one can do is guess when it comes to this station, and who knows, maybe later on will still go to 17520 “in September“, not necessarily from the first week. Axually, per FCC schedule, WHRI during this hour has not been on 15665 since April 5 and has always been on 17520; surprise! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [non]. 15325, Sept 5 at 1527 Russian singing with guitar and speaking, 1528 ID and addresses for RCI, cut off at 1529:30 before completed giving E-mail address. This is via Woofferton. Someone please inform them in Montreal that VTC WILL CUT OFF transmission at :29:30 whether it is finished or not, so it would be prudent to wrap up the program before then (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non] Firedrake Sept 5: at 1230 fair on 9000 but with aero SSB QRM from 8996 or so. At 1244 good on 10210, 1250 good on 8400. No others heard up to 19 MHz during the next hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

We were wondering about the different program feed routes used by CRI to its many relay sites. A few hours are simulcast via Canada and Cuba, such as Cantonese at 12 on 11850 and 9570 respectively. Sept 5 at 1235 check we found the two just an echo/reverb apart, much closer than some other combinations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

15600, Sept 5 at 1303 song, sounds like C&W/hymn, 1305 announcement sounds Indonesian; 1306 song starts instrumental, adds choral, sort of Russian style, pop beat. What`s this? Per Aoki, CRI`s Malay service at 1230-1330, 100 kW, 175 degrees via Kunming, ChiCom`s only use of 15600, except when Sound of Hope needs to be jammed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. As I tuned by 15120, Sept 5 at 1301, Tony was about to list frequencies, so I copied them: “15120, 15360, 13760, 13680, 13780, 11760, 5965, 6000“ (and `audio real` which is really windows media, pace Mr. Gates). Incredibly, the previous listing has been updated two-three months after some significant changes were made. 5965 has finally been added, but still lacking 11800, altho 12000 which it replaced has finally been marked out! RHC still can`t get their act together. Just to be sure: yes, 11800, always distorted is indeed on at 1309 check, as it is quite reliably in the mornings now as well as afternoons. But why would anyone listen to it instead of better modulated 11760? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9425, AIR National Channel, Sept 5 at 1432 with news in English, a bit of weather, 1435 back into Hindi ad, Akashvani ID, 1437 dead air, music past 1439, no more English since it`s Saturday, but there is on other days; fair even on kitchen table DX-390 with reelout inside antenna (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. KBS World Radio, 9650 via Canada, Saturday Sept 5 toward the end of Worldwide Friendship, Kevin O`Donovan`s Listening Tips from Farmington NM at 1252-1255 concluded saying he would be posting the scripts on the KBS messageboard. We found that at
but his latest one was not yet there; previous ones are down the list from jazzkevin. Unfortunately, no one is keeping out pornspam but easily avoided from garbled senders. It seems KBS is not savvy about how to run a website, also having published full e-mail addresses of contest winners. Board does include weekly English program previews, very sketchy like given on air after Kevin, but better than nothing, such as:

“Preview for the second week of September 

Monday’s Business Watch looks at the Sangam World Cup Park, where the new environment-friendly hydrogen station will be built.

On Tuesday’s Traveling Korea, listeners will be able to get an overview of the Global Fair and Festival 2009 Incheon.

On Wednesday Culture on the Move will take you on a tour of the Children’s Museum, a part of the National Museum of Korea.

It’s going to be a week of interesting and informative programs, so don’t forget to tune in!“ (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 12065, Sept 5 at 1331, carillon, 1333 announcement, pauses, intonation sounds Swedish, more bells; then lots of different bell and  percussion sounds. All references show this hour is supposed to be VOR via Chita in English to SE Asia. If it was really in English, that never clicked in due to poor signal. VOR program grid at
fittingly shows Music & Musicians during the entire 13-14 hour on Saturdays.

15605, good signal Sept 5 at 1355, VOR with nice Hindi song, 1359 ID and IS, 1400 switch to English, news, 1408 News & Views of Medvedev. It takes a good day for VOR to be listenable at this hour in CNAm, target area opposite worldside from Moscow site, poor second being 9850 Samara sometimes audible, so we hope there will be more, autumnly

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. Brother Scare`s Sabbath via: 9385 WWRB, Sept 5 at 1421 screaming “you`re stupid!“, to a chorus of murmured amens from his psychophants. When he screams, WWRB overmodulates and splatters more than usual; don`t they have any limiting? So on this occasion, 9395-9400 area has WWRB splash instead of WTJC-9370 spurs which are absent for the moment.

Then checked // B.S. frequencies to see how they matched, as approximately timed: 15420 WBCQ 16 seconds behind 9385. 13845 WWCR 3 seconds ahead of 9385. Later at 1530, DTK 17485 joined B.S. in progress, and it was 3 seconds behind 9385. So rearranged into time order:

1, WWCR 13845
2, WWRB 9385 delayed 3 sex
3, DTK Jülich 17485 delayed another 3 sex
3, WBCQ 15420 delayed another 13 sex

17485 probably started at scheduled 1500, and another anomaly, no R. Prague clash audible after 1530; have they moved? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 13855, B-B-C- chimes at 1257 Sept 5, 1259 opening in Uzbek mentioning, timesignal and BBC news sounder which it seems crosses all language boundaries, fair signal. This is 500 kW, 62 degrees from Rampisham at 1300-1330. No jamming audible as on previous occasions; the ChiCom do jam this service as a courtesy to their own oppressed DentroUzbex, or related Turkic ethnix, such as Uighurs who can understand it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 12005, Sept 5 at 1326, good signal with strumming and talking, first guess in Turkish; 1329 interrupted by news about Gordon Brown; by 1342 lite CODAR QRM which could be heard as low as 11980 vs CRI. Looked up later in Aoki, it`s R. Liberty in Kazakh, a Turkic language, 13-14, 250 kW, 348 degrees from Iranawila, SRI LANKA and also USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DGIEST)

** U S A. In time for this week`s WORLD OF RADIO, WWCR-1 back on 15825, ex-2+ weeks of experimenting with 15820, Friday Sept 4 at 2037 check; JBA without any Es enhancement so all I could do was recognize me, not confirm it was new #1476, but surely it was. Still on 15825 Sept 5 morning.

BTW, JBA means just barely audible. I am not going to explain it every time I use it, or there would be no point in the abbr. Credit to Bob Thomas, Connecticut who came up with this usefully descriptive initialism, altho it means about the same as very poor reception (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. See previous report: WEWN, 15610, far too weak to tell if it was still spurry plus and minus 10, around 1915 check Sept 4, tho WYFR was sufficient on 15600 in Russian.

At 1342 Sept 5, 12160 WEWN English again audible sufficiently and no detectable spurs. Next check at 1520, 12160 was off and now 11550 in English with Catholic stuff, toll-free 1-877-573-7825, and het as always a problem on 11550 due to off-frequency Tainan, Taiwan transmitter at 14-17 among other hours.

As per WEWN`s own website sked quoted in my previous report, during the 15 UT hour, English is supposed to be on 15610, Spanish on 11520 and 11550. 11520 indeed in Spanish, but so is weak JBA 15610! They have their wires crossed, two frequencies/languages exchanged — antennas too? One transmitter is supposed to be 24h in English to a variety of targets; the other two are supposed to be both in Spanish, one aimed at CAm/Mexico, the other at Cuba/SAm, whatever the frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. On Aug 20 I heard WRNO announcer say that from “next week“ their SW service would expand to 12 hours a day. Altho on that day they were testing much beyond 0100-0400 UT, now it is 16 days later and still no sign of expanded schedule: 7505v, Sept 5 at 0514 and 1210 vacant. Any news on their revamped website — ?
Oops, it must not have been re-upped as that redirects to so we can`t even hear them webcast, also promised to be 24h (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Sept 5 at 1514 WRMI ID under jamming, 1515 into YL preacher from Miami, Healing Streams of Grace. WRMI Saturdays is entirely in English at least from 1400, and there`s usually little or no jamming against Prague at 1400. Jamming resumed, why? Because the DentroCuban Jamming Command can; take that! Yet Arnie sounds so friendly, oui mes amis (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17680, CVC La Voz, Miami via Chile, Sept 5 in Spanish at 1321 had M telling W how to do breast self-exam, best times vs menstrual period; usual good signal back to the USA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM. 9550, Sept 5 at 1234, two signals mixing, but dominated by YL in Russian, the other in Vietnamese. Per Aoki, the Russian is VOV, which alternates Russian and Chinese semihours between 1100 and 1330, 100 kW at 27 degrees from Hanoi so also usward, while the Vietnamese is CRI, 500 kW at 193 degrees from Beijing site, in the squabbling Commie neighbors` radiowar over this frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5780, plus/minus 10 kHz, extremely distorted S9+10 FMy spur at 0505 Sept 5, continuous talk, hard to recognize even language, but finally decided it was Brazilian. Did not find any matching modulation thruout the 49m band. I recall that a Brazilian station was reported from Brasil in this area, way off frequency, but can`t find it now as I don`t remember the exact frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9190-9210, presumed OTH radar pulses from China, weak Sept 5 at 1332 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9635, expecting to hear usual CVC La Voz, CHILE in Spanish, instead something in French, quite clearly spoken, Sept 5 at 1513. Mali? Maybe. But per EiBi, TWR Swaziland is also in French weekends at 1455-1525, but M-F in Malagasy. Aoki disagrees, that French is only on Sunday, azimuth for both 53 degrees, but that was B-08. WRTH A-09 update says French is on Saturday only, check; longpath? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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