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Glenn Hauser logs September 16, 2009

** BOTSWANA [and non]. Checking VOA self-collision at 1430 on 17585: Sept 16 at 1428 found open carrier on 17575, which is the warmup frequency for Botswana, and meanwhile 17585 from Greenville was JBA. 17575 went off a few sex before 1430, and VOA World News Now came up on 17585 at 1430 with much improved signal over Greenville. So they finally are no longer overlapping several minutes, just as James MacDonell, Nigeria reported as of Sept 12 in DXLD 9-070 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 16: at 1234, good on 8400 // 9000, only fair with flutter on 10210. Have not heard any of the 13-18 MHz channels in quite some time, presumably just not propagating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC musical-frequencies check Sept 16 at 0645: English on 6140, 6060, 6010; Spanish on 6120, JBA on 6000.

At 1245 Sept 16 noticed that 15120 was missing, but still on 15360 and 13760. After 1400, all transmitters on 22m going full force: 13880, 13780, 13760, 13740, 13720, 13680 — including CRI relay and leapfrogs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9680 with qontinuous Qur`an, Sept 16 at 1425 and still at 1442, fair with no QRM. Figure it`s RRI domestic service relay, as nothing else fits from an Islamic country; assume even in Indonesia they get a bit more serious about religion during Ramadan. Also considerable het on 9525 indicating another Cimanggis frequency is propagating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. R. Nikkei, 3925 good signal and hams were avoiding it, Sept 16 at 1222, classical music on Moog synthesizer, // 6055. They really love this kind of music, often heard around this time and later. In fact, they must have played everything available in that repertoire multiple times. Do they have a deal with Isao Tomita, or is Wendy Carlos ever played? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 11875 in German with strange accent, Sept 16 at 1236 introducing a Lied, then song with too much music vs voice level, as in a karaoke, another German announcement with ID as Radio Rumänien International. Still seems odd to be hearing German at this hour, which is mid-afternoon in target, but aimed at same azimuth 307 degrees from Tiganeshti as used for NAm elsewhen and elsewhere. Meanwhile, slightly better signal on 11920 in Romanian despite being 285 degrees from Galbeni (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 13635 at 1246 Sept 16, YL with pursed lips talking about Afghanistan in presumed Turkish as scheduled from VOT, fair. No sign of CVC Darwin in English. Per Aoki they collide between 1130 and 1255, 104 degrees from 500 kW Emirler and 303 degrees from 250 kW Darwin, which would be almost aiming at each other! But other sources show TRT more sensibly using a 310 degree beam to Europe, and thus also usward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI is trying out the NW antenna on UT Wed & Fri at 0700-0800, when there are English/DX programs, i.e. Wed 0700 WORLD OF RADIO, 0730 Frecuencia al Día; Fri Happy Station. I managed to stay awake until 0645 UT Sept 16, and there was no signal at all audible on 9955. Lately however, 31m has been pretty dead by that late hour. In fact, the only signals reaching a fair level were Australia on 9660 and WWV(H?) 10000. Was WRMI audible anywhere? We hoped this transmission might be making it to WNAm, where it`s only midnight PDT/MST, while local time in SAm, the previous target and still such other days of the week, is 2-4 am. Solar flux is supposed to soar to 72 next week, so maybe that will help (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. 11705, RNV CI via CUBA, Sept 16 at 1230 giving e-mail address as internacional@rnv.gov.ve  Good thing they said it twice, as audio was cutting out, then feature Venezuela y su Geografía about Estado Sucre on the Caribbean coast. All in Spanish during the minute I listened (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. Radio Nacional de la RASD is still on 6297, Sept 16 at 0644 with music and presumed Hassania talk; fair with utility QRM too close on low side, so should have stayed on 6300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4920 with a bit of weak music at 1220 Sept 16, QRMing CODAR. I suppose Tibet is more likely than AIR Chennai or RRI Biak, listed in Aoki, but presumably inactive. Only other significant extracontinental 60m frequency audible was 4750 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5775-5825, at 1215 Sept 16, presumably OTH radar rapid clix from China, weak (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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