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Glenn Hauser logs September 11-13, 2009

** ANGUILLA. Caribbean Beacon still off the air Sept 12, nothing on 6090 at 0510 check, nor on 11775 at various daytime chex. Must be a fairly serious problem. Bryan Clark in NZ, however, says MW 1610 was still heard Sept 7 at 0503, so it`s only about SW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. Voice of Biafra International was still on 15665 WHRI Sept 4 for the Friday-only 19-20 broadcast, but Sept 11 they had made the switch to 17520. Checking at 1915, at first could not hear anything on either frequency, but persisting on 17520, very weak carrier briefly faded up enough to recognize The Orator. Alan Roe in England also confirms 17520, JBA at 1900, and not audible at 1915. The question is, why the change now and is it really for the better in the target area? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. It`s rare for both WWV and WWVH to be inaudible on 10000 kHz, without a total blackout; but Sept 12 at 2245 that was the case allowing some much weaker tix and pips to be audiblized with BFO helping. One station was making a beep every ten seconds correctly, and altho I could hear a murmur of audio, could not make any voice out. The 10-second pattern fits for PPE, Observatório Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, the new timesignal station which came on a few months ago with less than 1 kW. Also at the top of each minute there were three heavy beeps at seconds 58, 59 and 60. Is that PPE too? Some weaker tix from I know not where, and some station added binary code at 2249-2251. By 2252 I could hear a trace of the same pitch tone as on WWV 5000. Listened carefully at 2259-2301 but did not hear any announcements when at least WWV and WWVH would have given full IDs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: 2500

** CHINA [and non]. 7365 with mixture of two Chinese stations, Sept 12 at 1317. Per Aoki it`s VOA Cantonese via Tinang and CNR1, which now becomes a jammer unlike before 1300. 7305 with single Chinese audio was not // the main signal on 7365, so the latter must have been VOA.

Firedrake, Sept 12 at 1314: fair on 9000, none on 8400; at 1320 fair on 10210; none heard higher.

15220, CRI in Mandarin via Sackville, VG signal as always, Sat Sept 12 at 1428 gave me pause as “O Sole Mio“ was being performed in Italian. After interruption for jingle and ID, from 1434 onwards all the announcements were in English, apparently by the conductor from the podium of a concert recorded in China, including: Star Trek medley of TV and movie themes; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon themes featuring Yo Yo Ma; La Donna è Mobile, by quite a tenor as earlier but not one of the Big 3; Magnificent Seven theme; Bridge Over Troubled Waters by children`s and women`s chorus of the China National Symphony Orchestra; 1454 cut back to Chinese for outro talking over music with e-mail pronounced in English sounding like kzxt@cri.com.cn and 1456 dramatic promo, ID with china@cri.com.cn, 1500 IS and ID for another hour. I was almost convinced some of the announcements were in Cantonese, but skeds show all in Mandarin. Not to mention English  (Glenn Hauser,
 OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC re-jumbles which frequencies are in English and which in unscheduled Spanish after 0500: Sept 12 at 0513, 6140 and 6060 were in English, while 6120, 6010 and JBA 6000 were in Spanish. 6010 had been the most reliable channel for English tho sometimes missing completely (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR [non]. HCJB test via CVC Chile, 11745 ex-11755, Sept 12 at 0035 check, Brazilian service, VG signal unlike 11755 previously which they left to avoid RHC 11760, and still not // Pifo direct on 11920. Competing against itself? 24 hours later, not heard on 11745, brief test period presumably over (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 4750, Sept 12 at 1257, rapid Indonesian talk right thru hourtop past 1302, seemingly atop some co-channel. RRI Makassar is certainly the prime 60m signal from Indonesia of the few that remain (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 17670 with some really enjoyable music with 4 beats at first, presumably in Persian, since it`s Radio Farda, Sept 12 at 1413, // much weaker 17755 colliding with Spain, on the air this early only on weekends per Aoki. Farda sites are Wertachtal and Biblis, GERMANY, respectively (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT [and non]. RNV, 11670 via CUBA, Sept 12 at 2224 in Spanish, with continuous roar of QRDRM from the hi side, i.e. MOI Kuwait 11670-11675-11680 as scheduled to NAm also starting at 2200. The AM QRM to the DRM must also have been significant, probably enough to ruin decoding (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. As suspected the day before, WBCQ did leave the second transmitter, 9330-CUSB on the air during WORLD OF RADIO 1477, Friday Sept 11 at 1900-1930, much better here than // 7415. Hope this applies Tuesday thru Friday for all the 1900 WOR repeats (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Unlike Friday when it signed off by talking over the National Anthem at 1259, on Saturday Sept 12, WINB was still on 9265 at 1315, with a non-Brother Stair preacher not // 9385 WWRB, but probably became // later that Sabbath with usual asynchronicity (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9825, not a familiar frequency for a gospel huxter, Sept 12 at 0448, YL preacher with very bad miking, scraping sounds, probably amateur using amateur equipment (and I don`t mean ham); could be new frequency for Radio Africa, it was so bad! 0458 cut off for outro by pro announcer with good modulation, giving her Georgia address and website, but signal faded out before could get ID if there was any, and no further reception, apparently signed off. Aoki says this is WHRI in use only on day 1=Sunday at 0400-0500, but this was day 7=UT Saturday. WHR does its best to confuse everyone about days of week on its online schedules. EiBi has it right as Saturday only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9825, Sept 12 at 2305 onward with continuous light music, some jazzy, never any announcements. VG signal and during pauses could hear DentroCuban Jamming Command noise. Kept listening and finally at 2359 VOA YDD sign-off announcement and off by 2401. Per EiBi and Aoki this is supposed to be the Spanish hour from VOA. Did they lose the entire feed forcing fill music from Greenville? How hard is it to get a reliable signal from Washington? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Is WWV having some transmitter problems, or is it just strange propagation? 2500 normally remains audible here considerably after sunrise (but not all day); however, Sept 12 at 1256 could not hear any trace of it on 2500, tho 5000 was fine as usual.

Then at 2245-2300 I could not hear WWV, or even WWVH on 10000, normally a good daytime frequency, allowing in some weaker pips including, I think, BRAZIL, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 1329.9, approximately, still hearing a het on 1330 from an off-frequency station, Sept 12 at 0527; but no longer one off 1280 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4865, TADIL-A beeps at 1305 Sept 12, much more noticeable with BFO on; these had 4 short beeps before the longer one with data burst. May not be an intruder since this is not only a broadcast band but a utility band, depending on location (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9600.4, not hearing the very weak het all the time, but it was audible again Sept 12 at 1318, possibly XEYU? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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