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Glenn Hauser logs September 18, 2009

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36 audible for second day at about same insufficient level, but incomparably better than nothing. If only my line noise level would abate! Sept 18 at 1902 with bits of music; still audible with more music at recheck 2035 when no QRDRM was to be heard, so has Greenville finally ended its test run without respect for the only SW station in Antarctica? Inconclusive, as 15470-15480 was usually pretty weak here, unlike in targeted Europe (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. 17520, Friday Sept 18 at 1859 JBA WHRI sign-on with Onward Christian Soldiers, World Harvest Radio`s in-your-face, we-will-convert-you-by-force-if-necessary theme tune invoking the Crusades, presumably to be followed by VOBI for the second week on this reactivated frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC check at 2050 Sept 18: all in Spanish on 13760, 11800-very distorted and crackly, 11770, 11760, no English on 11760 as allegedly scheduled, and listed // 17660 inaudible. At 2130 noticed that 13790 was also on the air, in Spanish of course (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, Radio Africa, Sept 18 at 2044 comparing to VON 15120 [see NIGERIA]: 15190 S9+18, gospel music louder than 15120, prayer in African accent now undermodulated with rumble; 2045 greetings from another preacher with American accent who did not identify himself, nor was there any introduxion, which apparently he was expecting the affiliate to make, far beyond the capabilities of this one. 2128 gospel music, very distorted now, as Panamerican Broadcasting has no requirements at all for minimum technical standards from its clients (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. RFI Spanish service, 17630 via GUIANA FRENCH, Sept 18 at 2059 music already on, timesignal approx. 9 sex late! Timecheck as 11 pm, into news; so apparently not on strike today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, VON, decent S9+15 signal twixt REE 15110 and WYFR 15130, Sept 18 at 2042 YL with economic report in English; some hum ande modulation level not commensurate with strength, but at least it was not distorted and just about 100% readable. Already off at 2056 recheck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. In a total failure of frequency management, both of REE`s frequencies in French at 2000-2100 have collisions: Sept 18 at 2051 was getting about equal levels on 11620 from REE in French, and AIR with Indian vocal music during English broadcast. Per Aoki, Bengaluru switches at 2045 from 120 to 325 degrees as it changes from Hindi to English. 11620 is of course a very longtime AIR channel, and if it were not for Spain in the way, would have been the best one audible here.

9690, the other REE French channel, at 2053 was mixing with RRI closing English broadcast from 2030, // 9765-colliding with Spain/Costa Rica, weakest 11810 with ACI from Spain/CR 11815, and best 11945 in clear. REE`s French broadcast is fortunately M-F only, if it cannot be on clear frequencies. 9690 // 11620 confirmed as REE with ID and address at 2055 closing. These are aimed in the second quadrant at North Africa and Mideast, while RRI is aimed NW toward UK and NAm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WBCQ, 9330-CUSB, since WORLD OF RADIO was carried here last Friday in addition to 7415, checked Sept 18 at 1900: infomercial cut to ID, cut to WOR 1478 opening, cut off after I said `8`, cut to another ID and off the air. Meanwhile reception on weaker 7415 was somewhat better than it had been previously for WOR (Glenn Hauser, oK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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