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Glenn Hauser logs September 25, 2009

** ANTARCTICA. While LRA36 was at S9 level Sept 24 after 1800, not even a carrier detectable the next day, Sept 25 at 1802, 1830 and 2030 chex. Not much from LRA 15345 either. Nevertheless, solar flux for Sept 24 was still 75, and K index at 1800 Sept 25 was still 0 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. 17520 signal just barely audible, Friday Sept 25 at 1900, presumed still V. of Biafra International via WHRI. In order to reach as few SW listeners as possible, the website http://www.biafraland.com/vobi.htm still claims to be on 15280, Fridays at 2000, like it was briefly last year. Yet it has latest audio files (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC finally heard with half an English broadcast during the previously scheduled 2030-2130 UT hour! JBA carrier on 17660, else? But Sept 25 at 2053 found sufficient open carrier on 11760, 2059 opening English, 2132 opening French. Arabic was also back, on 11770 at 2053. Spanish on 11800 distorted, 13760 buried under Portugal 13755 with loud silly ballgame and after 2100 RHC Spanish also on 11770.

Let`s look at RHC`s website schedule:
http://www.radiohc.cu/espanol/c_frecuencia/frecuencias.htm
By golly, it has been modified since our last perusal, but it has taken then about two sesquimonths since major changes were really made — and it`s still wrong. It does not show any Arabic at all, nor any French at 2030!

However, the Spanish schedule does now account for the greatly extended hours we have been monitoring it since Junend, filling the gaps 15-21 and 07-11 UT.

As a service to DX listeners, certainly not to the incompetent RHC itself, I herewith extract the Spanish schedule and rearrange it into nonconfusing strict time order. This part looks fairly accurate compared to monitoring but we cannot vouch for it 100%:

11-13  6180 NY
11-13  9600 Chi
11-15 15120 BA
11-15 15360 SAm
11-22 11760 NCSAm
11-24 11800 CAm
11-05  5965 NY
11-05 13760 BA
13-15 13680 Chi
13-15 13780 SF
21-23 11770 Eu
21-23 13790 RJ
22-24  6000 9640 Mesa Redonda M-F, special days; times and days vary
23-05  9600 SAm
23-05 11690 SAm
2330-11 6120 CAm
00-05  6060 NCSAm
00-05  6140 Chi
00-11 11760 NCSAm
02-05 13790 RJ
05-22  6000 NCSAm
07-10  6060 NCSAm
07-11  6140 Chi

The ONLY English broadcasts shown are [but see log above]:
23-24 13790 RJ
01-05  6000 NAm
05-07  6140 NAm
05-07  6060 NAm
05-07  6010 SF
NOTE that nothing is mentioned about any African targets, yet, as recently speculated for the 07+ period when English has really been heard on some of the 6 MHz channels.

Esperanto which used to have a semi-dozen weekly airings is only, Sun:
00-0030 13790 RJ [does this really mean UT Sun now, or UT Mon?]15-1530 11760 NCSAm

Beware of inaccuracies in the other languages which I won`t go into here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. RFI, 17620 via GUIANA FRENCH to Africa, Sept 25 at 2054 with nice jazzy/African bass music; owe we this to the strike as fill, or, how is the strike going, still? But 2100 into French news, while always stronger and VG 17630 came on then in RFI Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also GUIANA FRENCH

** GUIANA FRENCH. DRM noise 17870-17880, Sept 25 at 2037 and still at 2121, surely TDF site which has used this range many times before but not currently on the DRM DX schedule at http://www.drm-dx.de/
Montsinéry had registered +17875+ previously at 1300-2000 only, 320 degrees USward. It was last reported in the DRM DX fora last May for a week when it was on for some event in Brasil at 17-21. So what bits of programming are they running now, and why? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL. Songs at F-P level alternating with announcements in presumed Hebrew, measured on 15783.8, ergo the latest variant of Galei Zahal, Sept 25 at 1733-1753. Will this one stay on the air right thru Yom Kippur, unlike IBA? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 11710.0, classical piano music, 1727 UT Sept 25, later with orchestra, a concerto? Not recognized, but sounds Western. Only thing that fits is VOK, Korean service to NAm, and confirmed at 1730 by // JBA in noise 9335 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, Sept 25 at 2041 with very distorted music, undermodulated and muffled but not distorted YL ID as Voice of Nigeria, Lagos. Signal was noticeably weaker than WYFR 15130 and much weaker than REE 15110, altho without such neighbors and with decent modulation it would have been adequate (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** SPAIN. 17595, REE in Brazilian Portuguese hour, Sept 25 at 1803 with report about IMF mentioning Pitsburgo (Pittsburgho?). VG signal as if it`s still aimed at NAm, tho listed as 248 degrees from Noblejas; meanwhile, REE in Spanish on 17715 was much weaker, tho azimuth supposedly differs by only 18 degrees at 230, both 350 kW. Something seems amiss (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15650, Sept 25 at 1757 rather distorted audio on F-P signal, eventually recognized as heavily accented English; 1758 item about the national election commission in southern Sudan; 1800 music and announcement in non? English, off at 1801* Miraya FM as scheduled 1500-1800 via IRRS via SLOVAKIA, back to Sudan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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