** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 4 at 1331: 8400 much better than 9000 just barely audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** COLOMBIA. 5910 with peppy keep-you-awake music Marfil Estéreo perpetually plays, Oct 4 at 0625. Did not listen long enough for a definite ID, but surely HJDH, which operates quite sporadically, not heard for a week or two in routine late-nite bandscans. And also with ute beepbursts every few seconds from the hi side around 5911, somewhat escapable by offtuning to lo side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Once again Oct 4 checked around 0620, RHC English on 6140, 6060 and 6010; Spanish frequency 6120 absent.
At 1503, no sign of any of the Aló, Presidente frequencies, starting with 13750. However, on later: see VENEZUELA [non]
But it`s Esperanto time at 1500, and that was running on 11760; after “saluton,“ at 1503 took at least 5 minutes to introduce their schedule and contact info. Sked given was (Sundays only, they should make clearer):
2330 6000 CAm, 5965 Carib, 9600 SAm
Also see new Esperanto website via http://www.radiohc.cu and referred to this for more Esperanto: http://www.ameriko.org
Schedule above resembles what it was formerly, but is at great variance with the one claimed on current website presented in Spanish, http://www.radiohc.cu/espanol/c_frecuencia/frecuencias.htm
that Esperanto is only at 1500 on 11760, and “2400-2430 Sundays on 13790“, the latter certainly not true as checked last week.
The new Esperanto page is http://www.radiohc.cu/esperanto/index.htm and linx to http://www.radiohc.cu/esperanto/c_frecuencia/frecuencias.htm
which with Esperanto headings shows schedule in Spanish for all languages starting with long-abandoned 12000 in Spanish at 11-15.
But after several minutes page had not finished loading to the bottom where Esperanto schedule resides, and then it gave up. Navigation around the RHC website is really sluggish!
Second try on a different browser got it to load, showing Esperanto:
América del Norte 6000 07-07:30 UTC
Norte Centro y Suramérica 11760/5965 15–15:30/ 19:30–20/ 23:30-00 UTC
América Central 6120 23:30 -00 UTC
Buenos Aires 9600 23:30 -00
Now, just try to sort out which frequency goes with which time on the second line amid all those slants! This nonsense pervades the RHC posted schedules. Anyhow it more or less matches the announcement except for 6000 instead of 6120 at 2330.
Also linx to http://www.ameriko.org where it`s not clear if under Communist control, but likely so as includes large audio archive of RHC`s broadcasts thru last week 9/27 at http://www.ameriko.org/radiokubo
And the content of RHC`s Esperanto broadcast is mandatorily just as obsessed with The Five Heroes, and Zelaya, Chávez as are the other languages, so why bother? I certainly did not bother to keep listening after the introduxion (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. VOI, 9525.9, during English hour at 1333 Oct 4, strong signal but heavy flutter, which was louder than the modulation! Flutter noise being multipath interference by the original signal with itself thru the disturbed ionosphere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PORTUGAL. 15470, RDPI with much weaker signal than // 15560, Sunday Oct 4 at 1409, discussion of candidates and their gustatory preferences in extremely slurred conversational Portuguese, swallowing syllable after syllable, gulp. This frequency is on air weekends only at 14-16, 144 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. Disco lives! thanks to Radio Rossii, Oct 4 at 0617, “Stayin` Alive“ playing on both 7320 Magadan and weaker 7200 Yakutsk. Helps to keep warm in Siberia? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 3215, WWCR, Sunday Oct 4 at 0630 starting WORLD OF RADIO 1480 promptly with excellent reception. We can highly recommend this broadcast for good, broad coverage of North America at least. Only two US SW stations are smart enough to use 90m, which holds up when higher bands, sometimes even 60m, are dead, and minimizes skip zone, altho less so than 120m where WWCR gave up 2390 sesquiyears ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VENEZUELA [non]. Nothing on any of the Aló, Presidente frequencies via CUBA, starting with 13750, Sunday Oct 4 at 1500. Next check at 1703 found some of them running expostulations of Hugo Chávez Frías, best by far on 13750, JBA on 17750, fair on 12010 echoing against 13750; inaudible and absent? from 13680, 11690 with RTTY. RHC posted schedules, otherwise somewhat updated, continue to claim this starts at 1400, which it has not for many weeks. One Sunday we caught 13750 cutting on in progress around 1545 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 6170, surprised to find strong signal in English here, W&M discussion about something in British accents, so BBCWS? Oct 4 at 0620. As I started to look for //, it dumped off at 0621* and still had not resumed by 0630. Anyway, quite different programming was running on DW 7310, but it did seem to have been similar by the time I got to BBC 9410. Nothing in the schedules to account for this, so maybe BBC was testing or on the frequency by mistake. RNZI starts 6170 at 0659, of course, but seems less likely to have been them; and anyway I believe I had noticed RNZI earlier in the hour on 11725 where they should be (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. Same type of extremely distorted spur as heard yesterday around 9485 was centered about 9432 on Oct 4 at 1334; fortunately just far enough from AIR 9425 not to bother its strong signal. Hmmm, as I mentioned, the scheduled // AIR National Service frequency 9470 via Aligarh was missing, and still missing. Could that be the source of 9485 and 9432? On two receivers, I attempted to match the `modulation` on 9432 with 9425 around 1349, and it was sort of similar, but the 9432 signal was so bad that I could not be 75% sure. If 9432 (or wherever it appears next time) come on just before 1320 like 9425, that would be a hefty clue that it is indeed what is supposed to be on 9470. Would listeners in S Asia please check out the blob for this? It may continue on air all night like 9470 is supposed to (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 15080-15105, OTH radar pulses presumed, Oct 4 at 1408, and most likely from the NE rather than the NW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###