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Glenn Hauser logs October 1, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 1: 1353 equally poor on 8400 and 9000 — altho some days one is very much better than the other. Do they keep shifting transmitters sites, azimuths, or what? At 1357 better on 10210 to fair level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC anomaly report Oct 1: at 0554, 6140 in Spanish instead of English, perhaps due to Spanish transmitter on 6120 missing. English still on 6060, 6010, and Spanish on 6000.

13740, CRI relay in English at 1401 kiept dropping off the air, once right after asserting “nothing but socialism“, ha2. 1402 back on at first with squeal only, then adding modulation, still hiccuping. Only the worst transmitters are reserved in Cuba for the ChiCom comrades, but this may change soon with some newer ones being installed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ECUADOR. Monitored what was presumably the final broadcast of HCJB from Ecuador (except for the prolonged regional service on 6050), UT Oct 1 on 9745; tune in around 0430 and something was being said about the finale, but nothing out of the ordinary in the next semihour, which was the regular program `El Camino` referring to who else but JC? Mostly praise music in Spanish, occasional announcements, including one greeting from an ALAS affiliate in Guatemala. All this was bothered by splatter spikes from VOR Spanish via Guiana French on 9735 with an even stronger signal. Fortunately it was off by 0459 so my recording of the HCJB QRT was less marred.

Automated ID at 0459:30 plugged the mountain peaks of Ecuador, gave frequencies as 9745 for México and 21455 for Europa! So that frequency closed down a sesquiyear ago still survived in outdated announcements to the very end. Obviously no one is paying attention at Quito studios, so how can they expect listeners to pay attention? Sign-off made no indication it was the very end, but said they would be back on air at 3:30 am in Quechua, no frequency, but 6050?

0500 national anthem, one of many from Latin America I never tire of hearing; the refrain is “gloria a ti“ which could easily be mistaken for a religious remark rather than referring to the patria itself. Over at 0503, a few sex of open carrier, and then gone forever.

Here`s one source for lofi audio both instrumental and vocal, and linx to the lyrix, referring to Ecuador`s breast and forehead:
http://www.national-anthems.net/EC
This one also has an English translation:
http://www.lyricsondemand.com/miscellaneouslyrics/nationalanthemslyrics/ecuadornationalanthemlyrics.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. RFI missing from 7265, Oct 1 at 0550. This is the frequency which had been heard with a heavy echo the past two nights. Yet SW neighbors 7240 Portugal, 7250 Vatican, 7275 Tunisia were in with good signals, so I think RFI must really have been off, perhaps trying to rid itself of the double audio/transmission (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. AIR VBS, 9870, fluttery but fairly good signal, enough to enjoy the music, around 1415 UT Oct 1; still going at 1559 recheck after WRMI signed off 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. VOI still on 9525.9 Oct 1 at quick check 1355 before being hit by 9525.0 het de CRI prélude to Russian. In English, and also still with sufficient modulation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL. DRM noise, 15635-15640-15645, Oct 1 at 1440, or is it Ethiopian jamming? No, DW via Sines scheduled 14-16, 90 kW at 40 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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