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Glenn Hauser logs September 7-8, 2009

** ANGUILLA [and non]. Seems there is an extended outage at Caribbean Beacon. still absent from 11775, Sept 7 at 1344 check; nor on 6090 at 0013 Sept 8 allowing the Brazilian to be audible weakly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA [and non]. Noticed two DRM signals rather close together, Sept 7 at 2315, 9750-9755-9760 scheduled as Vatican, but what`s on 9775-9780-9785? I was quite sure that was its range until I looked up the schedules and saw that TDP via Sackville was supposed to be on 9785-9790-9795. Did they make a change, mistake or did I? What about tomorrow? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHILE. Calera de Tango transmitters: see ECUADOR [non], USA [non]

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 7: at 1336 fair on 8400 and 9000, 1342 about the same on 10210. Fair on 13970 at 2325, monitoring at unusual time for me, on interior antenna because computer and outside antenna disconnected in deference to storms moving thru, as are all my Sept 7 logs between 2153 and 2416. Aoki indicates these OOB Sound of Hope frequencies and consequently Firedrake jamming could be on the air 24 hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. DCJC cohetes against nothing: even UT Monday Sept 7 at 0550 on 6030 when there is supposed to be a weekly truce during Radio Martí`s silent period. However now the irregular noise bursts were blocking something weak in English, presumably CFVP Calgary. A few minutes later found same sounds on other frequencies in no need of jamming: at 0556 on 7365 and 7405, also silent Martí channels, at 0609 on 9565, another; at 0600 on 9955 against inaudible WRMI; at 0609 on 9545 vs absent Radio República. These all had the same sound of overlapping pulsing rather than a wall of noise when full-force jamming is running, so I wonder if this comes from one or two rogue jamming sites among the many all over Cuba, who just won`t stop no matter what?

Meanwhile, what was RHC doing? In English on 6010 at 0550, Arnie`s science talk about how the Isla de Juventud has no electrical grid connexion with the rest of Cuba so has to generate its own power and at greater expense. No other English found, as 6060 was off the air, while 6000, 6120 and 6140 were in Spanish.

CRI relay on 9570, Sept 7 at 1352 had modulation audible only at peaking spikes, unlistenable: wiggle that patchcord!

RHC, 17660, Sept 7 at 2157 in distorted Spanish about the same sound as // 11800, unlike VG signal and modulation on // 11770. Not only have no frequencies been carrying English at 2030-2130, but now not at 2300-2400 either: Sept 7 at 2323, the only scheduled English channel for that, 13790, is in Spanish // 13760 and 11690, music at the moment. 11760 is taking a break audiblizing something in Chinese, i.e. Mandarin, R. Free Asia via Tinian and/or ChiCom jamming.

At 2334, 17705 hum and RHC in French obsession about Zelaya and Honduras; trouble is, per RHC`s own schedule, this semihour is supposed to be in Guaraní. How many of them also understand French rather than Spanish or Portuguese?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR [non]. HCJB`s new test in German via CVC CHILE: 9865, Sept 7 at 2345 mixture of music and talk, good signal, and not // 12040 Die Stimme der Anden still extant direct from Pifo to where else, S America. 9865 gone at 0001 recheck; the following hour to be trying Portuguese on 11755, but inaudible there with big splash from RHC 11760 which had just reopened for evening transmission // 11690 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI, 9524.9, Sept 7 at 1340, finally better modulation level than the past fortnight, only with music, vocal at first, 1345 instrumental, but presumably English service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. Once again this fortnight, RNZI Mailbox starts early, and fortunately I tuned 6170 in early, Monday Sept 7 at 1328 as it began at 1328:30. This time Myra Oh is on vacation and Adrian Sainsbury is back “from a great vacation in the USA“, doing the whole show, starting with Simon & Garfunkel`s “America“. John Durham`s DX news to follow, so altho 6170 was still readable, I left that for playing back the audio file later where I could pause or repeat it as needed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. RRI, 9745 // 9655 at 2354 Sept 7 ending Spanish hour with Hotbird 5 frequency, full Spanish SW sked including 6100 among the four frequencies at 2300! Despite RCI also there but it`s to E NAm while RRI is to CAm, still too close for comfort. Next occupant of 9745: see U S A [non] CVC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SERBIA [non]. Looking for IRS on 9675, nothing there Sept 7 until just before 0000 Sept 8 carrier on, theme music and opening in Serbian, fairly good signal. English presumably followed at 0030, not checked (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Have noticed that some schedules of REE show the weekly Emision Sefarad in Judeo-Español to the Middle East for A09 is on 15325, Mondays at 1425-1455, but it`s really on 15385, the same frequency as in B08, as confirmed Sept 7 at 1445 with music and talk which almost sounds like Castilian until you notice some strange slurred pronunciations more like Portuguese or Galician. YL with closing announcement at 1453 also claimed to be on 15325, but what does she know? REE has a 6-daily broadcast from 1500 on 15385, so perhaps they don`t want to bother with changing the frequency in between. She also gave schedule for the two other Sephardic repeats, UT Tue 0115 on 117_5, could not copy one digit, but Aoki has 11795 for that, correct? and to NAm UT Tue 0415 on 9650, confirmed Sept 8 with VG signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955, not audible before 2400 UT Sept 7, so probably off the air during the WRN fill-time; but at 0007 Sept 8 with M&W preachers in English, bit of Andean music, and into Spanish XYL talking about investing in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana in particular, later some words from Jeff White. 0015 into AWR Wavescan in English as scheduled, Jeff doing it despite laryngitis he contracted in the DR, no episode number heard but the one starting with world`s largest eclipse. The 0000 eighth of an hour is Bible Pathway/Upper Room, and the second eighth is Viva Miami, the XYL surely being Thaïs White. No jamming audible at this time, altho the S antenna is scheduled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Have been trying to confirm whether IBB has finally got its act together not to interfere with itself when making the totally unnecessary site switch at 1430 in the middle of the 14-15 hour in English from VOA News Now. After pointing out repeatedly that Botswana was coming on before 1430 and Greenville going off after 1430, the latter finally started dropping carrier immediately (DCI) at 1430, as easily observed here previously. But Botswana usually inaudible anyway here unlike in African target area. On Sept 7, however, Greenville was relatively weak, and Bots relatively strong, so at 1428 I could hear them still starting up with the Yankee Doodle Dandy sign-on routine mixing with Today in History feature via Greenville. So Bots still hasn`t implemented instruxions from HQ to crash-start at 1430.

The Greenville DRM test continues into another week, on 15470-15475-15480 at 2153 check Sept 7, so it still shows no respect at all for the only SW station on the entire continent of Antarctica, already using 15476 until 2100 M-F while DRM starts at 2000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. CVC La Voz, Miami via CHILE, on new 9745 at 0005 Sept 8 // 11665, so CFRX has more clear hours on 6070 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Since changing its schedule around, is WEWN still radiating plus and minus 10 kHz dirty FMy screeching spurs from at least one of its three transmitters? So far had not been able to determine this due to poor reception, but Sept 7 at 1343 the answer is yes, this time emanating from the Spanish service on 11550, clashing with an innocent victim on 11540 but nothing audible on 11560 other than the spur when BFO is on. 11540 would be VOA in Cambodian via Sri Lanka. Previously it was the English service putting out the spurs, when it was on 11530. Next check at 2155, English frequency 15610 has built up some strength but no spurs heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. RNVCI, 13680 via CUBA, Sept 7 at 2324 YL announcer in broken English introducing excerpts of someone`s speech in Spanish, but not directly translated; 2327 about Cuba being invited back into the OAS. RNV apparently thinx its typical listeners are bilingual, accounting for all the mixtures of Spanish and English. BTW, Marty Delfín forwards a Sept 4 story from BBC Mundo which says in part:

`Con la construcción del centro internacional de radio en el estado Guárico, en la zona central del país, y la reactivación del transmisor, RNV estaría en capacidad de tener una señal 24 horas, que comenzaría a funcionar en diciembre.

Actualmente los contenidos se emiten en español, inglés y portugués. “Y ya después incorporaremos muchísimos más idiomas porque el modelo cubano ha sido para nosotros una referencia importante”, dijo Salcedo.`

So now we have a target date for RNV`s own SW site in Guárico state: December. This also claims they have already been broadcasting in Portuguese, which I have never seen reported, just rather elegant Spanish and sort-of English. Portuguese, really? And surely they are not really `reactivating` some old failed transmitter, but putting in new one(s). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6105, beside big Spanish signal from RCI on 6100, heard a bit of Spanish peaking/peeking in on 6105, Sept 7 at 2225, likely XEQM Mérida, Yucatán, México, as the only known active SS station here. Did not have a chance to pinpoint it on 6104.8 as clinch. Seems about all we can get from XEQM here are bits and pieces (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Still hearing het just above 9600, same pitch, about 9600.4 as reported previously, possibly a reactivated XEYU, Sept 7 at 0604, vs French on 9600.0, which fits for R. Bulgaria. Het too weak for any audio from it. Also at 1339 het JBA between Nikkei 9595 and CNR1 jammer 9605. I suppose it could be something local, so is anyone else hearing the carrier around 9600.4? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Intruder, 17722.5, Sept 7 at 2158 heard 2-way SSB QRM to WYFR in Portuguese on 17725, hard to tune in as WYFR caused more QRM to it, and was not sure of language until 2202 heard a `cambio`, i.e. Spanish for `over` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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