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Glenn Hauser logs September 21-22, 2009

** ALBANIA. Tuned in R. Tirana 13640 in English, just in time to hear them saying goodbye and brief theme music at 2026-2027* Sept 21, but not before I read the S-meter at 9+20, no QRM or QRN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BHUTAN [non]. Re 6035 at 1318-1330 Sept 22 which I tentatively logged as Bhutan, Ron Howard explains that Yunnan has fixed the spurs on 6028 and 6043, so the absence of them does not mean it was not Yunnan. However, since the signal dropped at 1330 it was even more likely to have been BBC in Indonesian which covers Yunnan at 1300-1330 even tho it is 140 degrees from Singapore. He has not been able to hear Bhutan at all lately under Yunnan.Furthermore, in dx_india, Jose Jacob reports that BBS 6035 was missing following an earthquake epicentered there Sept 21, and I have not yet received any reports from the area that it was back by Sept 22 (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC is sometimes JBA on 17660, but Sept 21 before and after 2100 it was very good in Spanish instead of scheduled English.

RHC leads the way with another groundbreaking innovation: three transmitters within 10 kHz! Sept 22 at 0547 I found 6060 missing, but instead on new 6006 in English, big signal like // 6010 and of course making a big het unless you tuned to one side or the other.

Furthermore, much weaker RHC Spanish was still on 6000. 6006 must be punch-up transposition error instead of 6060 and apparently also from same site on 6006 and 6010 as they were exactly synchronized. English also on 6140, Spanish also on 6120.

If RHC stix to 6006 it will be bad news for BBCWS in English and its would-be listeners, 0300-0700 via Ascension, also 0200-0300 via Seychelles, per Aoki. Noel Green in England also heard Habana on 6006, hetting BBC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. Things are heating up again, with the return of Zelaya to the Brazilian embassy, so how about some hot news direct from the country? Ha! 3250, presumed Radio Luz y Vida, just playing music around 1140 Sept 22. The gospel huxters probably want to stay out of the fray, and never dealt with real-world news anyway (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9524.9, VOI, Sept 22 at 1335 with distinctive voice of guy from RRI Banjarmasin via phoneline, also at 1352 saying bye2 at end of script but then continuing to converse with Jak YL host. G signal but with flutter, undermodulated and hum. Another regular Tuesday co-produxion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. R. Nikkei has different language lessons around 1300 UT; Tuesday Sept 22 at 1306 on 6055 was hearing lecture in Japanese explaining various phrases in German such as “Die Frauen sind selbst-ständingen geworden“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALAYSIA. 6049.6v, Sept 22 at 1314 pop music vocoder-altered, 1315 announcement, lite het from 6050, presumably remnant of HCJB. This off-frequency is Radio Asyik FM via RTM as often reported by Ron Howard, CA, but seldom audible here. Still detectable at 1348 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. VON, 15120, Sept 21 at 2010 in English about the end of Ramadan; clear modulation but not enough of it and signal also significantly weaker than neighbors Spain 15110, WYFR 15130, which would occasionally splash spikes onto 15120 that Nigeria was unable to offward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Abatement of my neighborhood line noise was short-lived, again bothering the higher bands, but not so much 90m, and several PNG signals audible Sept 22:

3385 was best at first check 1143 with island music, clear of any TADIL-A ute QRM. 1223 choral music, then talk in Pidgin. No IDs heard from any of these, but surely R. East New Britain.

3335 was second best at 1143 but exceeded 3385 at 1228 with instrumental music; at 1253, 3335 better than 3260, vocal music running past 1300. R. East Sepik.

3260 at 1228 with “All of Me“ by Skeeter Davis, 1230 talk; 1235-1252 chanting and drumming reminiscent of native American. R. Madang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 9720, Sept 22 at 0520 chanting, at first thought Tunisia, but not at this hour and not // 7275. Listening more closely, includes glorias and alleluias — so it`s Radio Victoria with wacky evangelist David Miranda. Haven`t heard this frequency in longtime, as WYFR normally dominates from 9715, but no sign of it tonight, as `skip was long`. While the 31m channel which used to be off-frequency is now on-, 9720.0, the 49m channel still puts a big het on CRI 6020, as it did at this time, but enough signal from Perú to // it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. The IBB Greenville DRM test prompted by HCJB is still ongoing, as DRM buzz reading S6 to S9+5 audible 15470-15475-15480 at 2009 Sept 21. No trace of LRA36 now, nor at earlier check 1905 when it would have been unimpeded, even by my hi local noise level which for reasons unknown, like some neighbor unplugging a touch lamp? had abated, while large band of T-storms from mid-MO to central OK made heavy almost continuous electrical noise as crashes overlapped on lower bands, especially MW. Not much of a het on 15345v either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI, 9955, Tue Sept 22 at 1153, AWR Wavescan with Bangladesh DX report, Mr Dolar spelling out contact info, then Jeff White with some music of the world, fair signal on SSE antenna, clear of jamming — until 1158 when the DentroCuban Jamming Command cut on, completely blocking WRMI, as if they were expecting Radio Cuba Libre still to be airing at 12-14. The latest program grid dated Sept 12 instead shows R. Prague/Praga.

Checked the webcast at 1355 and instead heard Frecuencia al Día with concluding item this week, report originally from Univisión about a radio station in Washington state that broadcasts in Mexican Indian languages. So are other DX programs axually appearing weekdays in the 12-14 UT block before WRMI becomes audible again on NW antenna from 1400 with yesterday`s R. Prague program in English? The grid does show some variations on weekends, a new broadcast of WORLD OF RADIO Saturdays at 1330; Wavescan Saturdays 1300; Frecuencia al Día Sundays at 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7887.0 at 2018 Monday Sept 21, 5-digit YL Spanish spy number groups with some hum and very weak Morse code audible in background. Tried to recognize a `DE CLA` ID but too much voice modulation, on huge S9+20 signal, the strongest by far of anything below 9385, and nothing like it on 7 MHz, with CHU 7850 and WBCQ 7415 pipsqueax by comparison. Cuban spies in the USA must use very insensitive SW radios requiring such RHC-level 250+ kW transmitters for this. Did not notice exactly when the final, final came, but open carrier stayed running long afterwards, off at 2047* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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