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Glenn Hauser logs October 6, 2009

** ALBANIA. Monitored most of R. Tirana English to NAm on 13625, Tue Oct 6: 1434 the only announcer amid news of political matters, 1435 ID and about Kosovo; 1438 end of news and into press review, about the prime minister`s first official visit to Kosovo. 1441 she started reading reception reports, almost all from familiar names: Kevin Molander in the USA, someone in Ireland, Sue Hickey in Canada, Edwin Southwell in UK. Soon launched into a talk about film music, the Albanian RTV orchestra, foreign conductors, in a reply to Edwin? Anyhow that was still part of In-Box, which ended at 1449, then song until 1457 goodbye and theme, 1457:30* off. Signal was a steady S9+15 and modulation almost sufficient, no QRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 6 at 1312: good on 9000, poor on 8400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Anomaly report for Oct 6: at 0550, RHC English on 6010 during music, splattering 5995-6025, almost merging with the DentroCuban Jamming Command noise on 6030! 6140 and 6060 also in English service, 6000 in Spanish JBA, and 6120 Spanish still missing. Suspect it is the same transmitter as had been on 11800 daytime, altho more distorted when there, as it too misses at 1428 check.

Matching rapid clicking sounds, too narrowband to be OTH radar, Oct 6 centered about 11881 and 11981, and suspected to be spurious from the DCJC on 11930 and/or 11845.

At 1433 found strong RHC signal on 13780 again suffering from squeal. Leapfrog over squealless 13680 landing on 13580 was strong enough to bother R. Prague (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. Monolinguals feeling left out from the exile side of the Cuban radio war have one program from the fueracubans in English: CDHD Brigade on WRMI, 9955. Among other times it`s 1515 Tuesdays. Tuned in at 1524 Oct 6 as W&M were discussing the downside of the big concert in Habana recently from the Plaza de la Revolución, which she said is an ugly place for any positive peaceful event, surrounded by government and military edifices. G signal on NW antenna, no jamming audible, preceding WORLD OF RADIO 1480 at 1530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, D XLISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT [and non]. 15255, Oct 6 at 1454 with two signals making a SAH, and one of them with intermittent tones atop the other in a S Asian language. Uplooked later in Aoki, Family Radio via Nauen, Germany in Bengali until 1500, then R. Cairo in Albanian. At 1525, Cairo was alone mentioning `Salaam Aleikum`, undermodulated. 1530 ID clinched by timesignal and Cairo news march (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. AIR Aligarh 9470 blob Oct 6 at 1317 centered on 9465 but extremely distorted FMy spread at least 9460-9475, with IS // 9425, 1320 announced and played Vande Mataram, 1321 Akashvani sign-on mentioning kHz at least twice, into music. By 1335, R. Thailand in Thai on 9455 was being splashed by this menace to the neighborhood, which has no business being on the air at all under such conditions.

Mauno Ritola in Finland says this has been going on for three months! It seems AIR Engineering is totally incompetent; or the bureaucracy only requires the transmitter to be turned on every day, not that it funxion properly and not interfere with other stations. No one could possibly listen to this garbled mess voluntarily, so this 11-hour-daily transmission is serving no purpose whatsoever, meanwhile wasting 250 kW, the cost of which could have fed countless starving poor or flooded-out homeless. Sadly, the same situation can be found at some other government broadcasters, notably Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Meanwhile I enjoyed the VBS mostly music on 9870 with an even better signal than 9425, at 1350-1420, still the case at 1506. By 1425, found that Aligarh was still centred on 9465, spread expanded to 9450-9480; but at 1506 the blob had weakened considerably tnx to the ionosphere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. RRI Pontianak, Kalimantan presumed, 3976 with music Oct 6 at 1247. Just as I switched on the BFO to pin down the frequency compared to anything on 5975, it dumped off the air at 1248*

4925, RRI Jambi, Sumatra, presumed, Oct 6 at 1252 YL singing ballad, occasional brief announcements, 1300 mentioned “Republik“, likely in ID, and 10-note IS (or was it 11?) played thrice, 1301 YL with talk, presumed news. That IS is of particular interest, specific to Jambi?

4750, RRI Makassar, as usual stronger signal than Jambi 4925, but 4750 has co-channel QRM, and at 1302 was still playing music rather than news.

I still look for other 60m Indos, finding nothing on 4605 or 4790 which have been inactive for months, but there was a trace of something around 4870.

9525.9, VOI – if it`s Tuesday, must be Banjarmasin. Tune in at 1322 Oct 6 but modulation is JBA with hum, sounds like the Banj guy talking about quakes. 1324 ID as “Exotic Indonesia, broadcast live by VOI Jakarta and RRI Banjarmasin“. Jak YL with ID as if on three frequencies instead of one, and Banj OM with FM 95.2 ID. Then he talked about a 4-day radio contest which started yesterday, to select 70 singers to send to Makassar; something similar is going on in Jakarta. And the mayor was celebrating something this morning in Banj. At 1327 over to different YL voice in Jak for Today in History, and her modulation is clearer, about Edison and Chiang Kai-Shek. 1334 “Sound of Dignity“ slogan boomed louder, and into Focus.

Skipped the 14-15 hour with CRIQRM, retuned 1501 when VOI aired transition announcement from Malay to English; did not hear Exotic Indonesia mentioned in program summary, nor the Banj guy`s voice, so perhaps EI does air only during the 13-14 hour when it is really live. 1503 into news but modulation level drops, and transmitter cut off 1504* unlike yesterday when it remained on most of the hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MYANMAR [non]. 15480 with something interesting, Oct 6 at 1455 in unID language, but didn`t get back to it until 1529* when it went off. Per Aoki it must have been Democratic Voice of Burma, via Armenia, at 1430-1530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. No het detectable on RNZI 6170, Oct 6 at 1315, unlike 24 hours earlier from presumed DZRM a fraxion of a kHz high. Was its absence operational or propagational? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. Once again Jülich turned Brother Scare on early, Oct 6 at 1458 as he was giving addresses on 17485; nothing there as I tuned past a minute or two earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. As I was bandscanning between 13 and 1330 Tuesday Oct 6, I noticed that BBCWS on 5875, 6195, 9740 had a programme about Venezuela, but I was put off by the correspondent on the spot who hadn`t even learned how to pronounce Bolívar. After considerable searching thru the BBCWS website for an appropriate SW program schedule, by pretending I was in Laos, found it was “Oil in the Works“ on Global Business with Peter Day; nevertheless, I dredged up the archive and listened to the whole thing later, cringing as I went while he also mangled Chávez, Caracas, barrios, Quiroz: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004f23j or direct audio: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p004f23j (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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