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Glenn Hauser logs November 26, 2009

** AUSTRALIA. RA better on 13630 than 13690, Nov 26 at 0632, and on 19m better on 15160 than 15240 with Future Tense show about audiences turning their backs on Aussie films, causing a decline in its movie industry. 13630 is 50 degrees from Shep, while 13690 is 353; 15160 is 65, 15240 is 30 degrees, so those azimuths fit with observation.

Enid is about 70 degrees, just a bit beyond the Samoas, so these are the ideal RA transmissions to Oklahoma, and cutting right across the USA from Nogales to NYC: 00-02 17715, 02-05 15515, 08-14 9580, 17-20 9580, 20-22 11660, 22-24 15560 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. No sign of China on 19m, just Australia, Nov 26 at 0636, so expected 16m to be dead, but instead found good signal on 17740 with exotic repetitive music, at 0639 announcement in Chinese; also slightly weaker 17710 with CRI English, Voices of Our World, the Thursday feature interviewing a Westerner who teaches MBA courses in Beijing.

Seems quite a selective opening, but these two are listed from quite different sites: 17710 Beijing, 500 kW at 193 degrees; 17740 Xi`an, 500 kW at 190 degrees, with CRI Chinese.

Searched for other signals on 16, and found much weaker Chinese conversation on 17550, which is CNR1 from Beijing, 100 kW, 251 degrees. And a trace of something on 17880, likely CNR1 jamming of RFA via Saipan.

Interesting that at 0643 I found 17710 coincidentally synchronized with same program via Sackville on 6115 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. As soon as I mention that 6140 has been consistently in English at 05-07, RHC switches it to Spanish, just to keep us on our toes: Nov 26 at 0611, interviewing some Brazilian guy speaking Spanish with quite an accent, // 6150 and 6120.

Meanwhile, English on 6060 and 6010, except on 6060 only, heavy audio mixture from the Spanish service, slightly under, but about 65-35 percent. At 0612 English announcer mentioned Sen. Feingold`s call for the abolition of RTV Martí — that should get him a lot of DentroCuban votes. To confuse matters further, at 0621 the Spanish service was translating someone speaking in English. The 6060 mix was still going at 0644. It`s always something.

Also checked 25m, and 11760 Spanish was inbooming as it has been lately in the nightmiddle, with MUFs holding up, 0629 in “Revista de la Noche, de lunes a sábado, una manera de saber“, i.e. one way to find things out — yeah, just what the Commie government wants you to know, like topic-A, the Five Heroes, yawn. S9+25 but along with it a big hum. Then at 0647 rechecked 6150 and 6140 and they were hummy too, but not this bad. Narrowband audio on 6120 made hum less noticeable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 11670-11695, loud OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, Nov 26 at 1421. Also 13885-13915 at 1426; 12050-12075 at 1533, vs WEWN on one edge, 12050, Russian on 12070, i.e. DW via Woofferton (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. Rats: tho VOG was on 15630 the day before, clearing 15650 for Miraya FM via Slovakia to Sudan from 1500, on Nov 26 VOG was back on 15650 at 1437, and making usual fast SAH atop Miraya after 1500. 15630 must have been an error rather than ERA finally coming to its senses.

John Babbis notes 15650 resumed too, and has translated a VOG program schedule showing that at 14-15 weekdays on 15650 and 9420, the Greek music show is called “Hello, Patriots“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [non]. 15410, R. Farda not too enjoyable Nov 26 at 1439 due to heavy long/shortpath echo. Three different sites are scheduled for this at 11-16: 14-16 is Skelton, UK, 300 kW at 95 degrees. I wonder if the German sites earlier would have had LP echo: 11-12 100 kW, 85 degrees from Biblis, 12-14 100 kW, 77 degrees from Lampertheim. Echo could also be caused if two sites were simultaneous by mistake (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. XEQM, 6104.8, audible at peaks as it faded up and down, Nov 26 at 0619, music with Motown flavor, 0623 DJ with someone on phone in Spanish. The het from something on 6105.0 was even weaker, fortunately; and far enough away from big signals Anguilla 6090, CRI Sackville 6115 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 15435, BuzzSKSA, Nov 26 at 1531, now with some talk barely audible under, presumably Arabic. Same buzz pitch weaker with no audio on 11785 at 1536 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. VOT, 12035, fair with IS at 1424 Thu Nov 26, end of English transmission. A semihour earlier, reception was too poor to copy Live from Turkey, and // 15300 is a loss colliding with France. But here it is for 24 hours only, starting 23 minutes into the file:
http://www.trtenglish.com/trtinternational/Galeri/AudioMedia.aspx?MedyaKodu=8f2785e0-e386-4fa9-8798-1540689bf9d8&KategoriKodu=d2b66127-a908-46d0-9f57-38d404a5dca1&Dil=en
Just a few characters would have sufficed for a unique file name. This time it was just the announcers conversing about life and stuff, avoiding overeating tho not a Thanksgiving special per se (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 13740, CRI English relay via Habana, with considerable QRM at 1427 Nov 26; heard voanews.com mentioned in Asian language. CRI modulation conveniently lost for a minute but squeal continued, during ululating music from the understation. It`s VOA Kurdish via Wertachtal, GERMANY, 250 kW, 105 degrees at 14-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13845, WWCR-2 back on the air this morning, Nov 26 at 1426 with PMS, VG Es-enhanced signal audiblizing the whine. Also VG on 15825 with black gospel music show. Ergo, see WWRB harmonic log (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. With HF sporadic E causing WWCR to inboom on 13845 and 15825, it`s time to look for 18770, the second harmonic of neighboring WWRB, Nov 26 at 1433 — but nothing there, since 9385 is not yet on the air. Wake up, Dave! Sleeping in late for Tnxgiving? Checked night frequency 3185 but inaudible there too. At 1509 noticed that 9385 was finally outsending TOM, so checked 18770 again, and there it was, at 1510 with Alex Scourby`s ponderous Bible reading on the Brother Scare broadcast. Bookkeeping the adjustments for airtime lost vs paid for must be a hassle (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. R. Nacional de la RASD isn`t always there on 6297: no sign of it Nov 26 at various chex between 0600 and 0645; meanwhile Cairo`s distorted Arabic still strong on 6290 at 0645. Now scheduled until 0700, 315 degrees USward from Abis, and with latest sunrises imminent, holds up all the way till 9 am local (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6074, tuned in late and feared had missed 8GAL V/CQ marker on CW, Nov 26 at 1400, but it did not start until about 1400:40 and lasted about half a sesquiminute, vs Chinese broadcasters on 6075 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Besides Australia on 19m, one other very weak signal measured on 15121.1, JBA modulation, Nov 26 at 0635, suspect V. of Nigeria which was heard around 15121, some 11 hours earlier. New transmitters and antennas have been installed at Abuja and should be testing on air shortly; but it`s hard to believe brand-new equipment would be ~1 kHz off. Ron Howard measured it at 1706 Nov 25 on 15120.95, but this was definitely on the hi side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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