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Glenn Hauser logs November 27, 2009

** BIAFRA [non]. V. of Biafra International, another Friday still on 15665 via WHRI, Nov 27 at 1901 in opening anthem, VG signal for the weekly one-hour broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 11815, R. Brasil Central singing ID as soon as I intuned, Nov 27 at 0620, then TC for 4:22 at 0621, song, fair signal and similar one from R. Bandeirantes 11925v.

Looked for other 25m Brazilians, and on 11895, a rippling SAH between two weak signals. At 0631 one of them was identifiable as REE in Spanish, so the other is likely as listed in Aoki: “11895 R. Legião da Boa Vontade, 0700-0200 1234567 Portuguese 1 336 Porto Alegre RS B 05109W 3003S“ perhaps on air an hour earlier due to DST. 1 means 1 kW, and 336 means its azimuth, USward so helping the low power a bit.

11780, RNA popped on mid-song at 0636 with huge 250 kW signal compared to the others. This station shows no finesse about proper sign-ons. By 0700, 11815 and 11925 had improved considerably (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNIDENTIFIED 11735

** CHINA [non]. 11855, at 0658 Nov 27, CRI prélude music, 0700 opening in Chinese, good signal. Figured it was direct, but really via Cërrik, ALBANIA, 310 degrees, same azimuth as R. Tirana via Shijak site to NAm (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. RHC Nov 27: at 0544, 6140 in English this time, phone ringing audible in background, but not so on // much stronger 6060 or 6010. At 0650 science editor Arnie Coro ending Breakthru, still phone ringing on 6140. Altho not so an hour earlier, now 6060 has Spanish service mixing in as it did 24 hours earlier.

11760 very strong at 0640 in Spanish also with the big hum it develops around this time. Equally huge signal with hum and whine on 11532 from spy(?) transmitter overriding and hetting WYFR 11530. 11532 was mixing with 11760 to produce a leapfrog on 11304 which included RHC audio, fading in and out.

49m things had changed at 0711: 6140 now in Spanish // 6150, 6120 with news sounder. Least hum on 6150. 6010 off, audibilizing LA music, presumably Mil rather than Conciencia; 6060 still on in prolonged English and still with Spanish crosstalk under. 0614 Isabel García (is she still also head of RHC English?), talking about the current military exercises, “Bastión 2009“ to be prepared for US invasion, admittedly not on a very big scale this year due to current economic situation.

6110 missing again at 1422 Nov 27 — nothing to separate the best and the worst of US international broadcasting, VOA 6105 and Harold Camping 6115. Maybe 6110 is not opening now until 1500, for there it was at 1508 with Cuban music.

11600, free of jamming at 1510 Nov 27 when weak signal from presumed Prague in Spanish was there, but DCJC noise wall was back at next check 1630, evidently against nothing. More jamming news at USA: WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [and non]. 11830, often hearing Portuguese between 06-07, which is RFI via SOUTH AFRICA, in Luso accents, so not confundible with the Brasilians on band; a regular since it`s 330 degrees also USward. But Nov 27 at 0700 there was rapid SAH and double audio echoing in another language; mentioned Allah al-Akbar until one of them went off at 0702.

What`s RFI doing promoting any particular religion?? Charitably, it may have been a clip of someone interviewed during newscast in scheduled Hausa, as the pious have to make that clear before saying anything secular. Explaining the overlap: Meyerton stayed on beyond its scheduled 0700 close, when 11830 reverts to Issoudun, 500 kW at 170 degrees until 0730 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. VOG again on 15650 instead of excursion to clear 15630, Nov 27 at 1500 atop Miraya FM for Sudan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [non]. 12005, Nov 27 at 1437, one-word-at-a-time missionary haltingly speaking unknown language, kinda reminds me of HCJB`s Kulina, but this is for S Asia, one of numerous unknown languages on the Gospel for Asia schedule via Wertachtal, GERMANY at 1330-1530. Per Aoki, Thursdays and Fridays at 1430-1445 it is Konyak.

Per EiBi`s exhaustive language list at — “KNY Konyak Naga (India – Assam, Nagaland: 0.1m)“. If only all the Konyax in OK knew about this opportunity to convert to Christianity (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JORDAN. 11960, Amman presumed, Nov 27 at 0623 with Arabic discussion, fair. Scheduled 0500-0715, 500 kW, 350 degrees, but so is CNR Beijing at 00-09, 100 kW, 37 degrees, unheard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Shiokaze/Sea Breeze via JSR JAPAN, in English this Friday, Nov 27 at 1402, M reading numerous headline stories from Kyodo about North Korea, relations therewith, etc. He has a very heavy accent; if I could not speak a foreign language any better, I would not put myself on the worldwide air with it, but probably a volunteer for the cause. No QRM, and signal at least as good as NHK with its much better English on 5955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. Since the Tamil Tigers were no longer audible on 11510, at 1455 Nov 27 I tuned up to 11530 for V. of Mesopotamia via Ukraine, for some neat Kurdish music, which was cut off abruptly without apology or announcement at 1500 sharp, time to QSY to 7540, unchecked; and do they expect the Kurds to know where to tune next? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 4800, Nov 27 at 0720, very weak music with CODAR, then YL announcement, too weak to be certain it was Spanish. Presumably sporadic XERTA operating at very low power (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. RNZI absent from usual good AM signal on 11725, at 0619 Nov 27, while DRM was roaring 13725-13730-13735, but 11725 was back at next check 0633 with Victor Borge misplaying scales and other musical comedy bits, the discussion topic apparently being music education.

6170 atop annoying VOR in Chinese, Nov 27 at 1416, woman reading steamy story of seduxion involving a butterfly-like woman, Clara, set in Manáus, Jan. 7, 1904 as in outro at 1421, “Scent of Butterflies“, with fado music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. Check of VOR WS in English to NAm, Nov 27 at 0556, story being told expressively, so Audio Book Club? No, the grid at shows “VOR Treasure Store“ and no A.B.C. anywhen on the schedule anymore [BTW, MS Word spell checker approves anymore as one word, but not anywhen, before any modification on my part]. 12030, 9855 and 9840 all // and synchronized from DVR sites. 12030 marred by CODAR pulses at the rate of two per second; some nights 12030 is not propagating at all (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA [non]. 11510, the “IBC Tamil“ transmission, Nov 27 at 1423, fair and fluttery, somewhat weaker than 11530 V. of Mesopotamia for Kurdistan. 11510 had music with a heavy bass drum double beat, 1429 brief announcement in presumed Tamil and more music. Next check at 1455, it was already gone.

Jaisakthivel in Chennai was also monitoring this but tells DX Listening Digest that it lasted until 1458, then 6225 from 1500. He says it was really Voice of Tigers, Pulikalin Kural, with revolutionary songs dedicated to LTTE head Prabakaran, i.e. the overtly clandestine service revived, despite, or rather because of, LTTE`s defeat. The earlier frequency today, 17560 at 1202-1258 was just film songs without any announcements.

Sites are unclear, but had been registered at same or nearby times as: 6225 Tashkent, 11510 Almaty, 17560 Dushanbe. This was the final day for these special broadcasts, not for testing, so will they lead to more such transmissions? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15580, VOA English news of Africa at 0602 Nov 27, 0605 into Daybreak Africa. Good signal, normally none at this hour. It`s Botswana at 03-07, 350 degrees.

VOA`s Korean service plays some good old American music, such as Stephen C. Foster, Nov 27 at 1443 on 9555, 21 degrees from Tinang so also USward, Old Folx at Home, O Susannah, My Old KY Home to 1451, then explaining what Kentucky is, I assume (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WRMI`s NW antenna still out of commission. Nov 27 at 0550, weak Spanish on 9955, presumed Praga as scheduled, and no jamming audible. However, at 1440 nothing but jamming on frequency during scheduled Happy Station Friday repeat in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Since WBCQ had anomalies on Nov 26, I checked again on Nov 27: 15420-CUSB with NM preacher, before 1900 usual big collision with BBCWS in English via South Africa, then in the clear, and no second rock music audio from WBCQ today.

9330 checked shortly after 1800, BCQ not on yet but a weak signal, presumably Syria. At 1859 WBCQ was again on 9333-CUSB instead of 9330! ID and 1900 infomercial, VG signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** WESTERN SAHARA [non]. Have not been hearing R. Nacional de la RASD lately in the 06-07 hour as previously, altho did get 6297.1 at 2056 Nov 26. Seems they are now signing on an hour later, if not just a Friday thing: Nov 27 at 0708, Qur`an in their inimitable style, and VG S9+20 signal, incomparable to Cairo since 6290 thence closed around 0700 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6074, a day without 8GAL, Nov 27 at 1359-1402 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11735 with unbroken tone test, Nov 27 at 0556 continuing past 0600. It`s on both sidebands, so not two stations hetting. Nothing scheduled here per Aoki, EiBi, HFCC. North Korea is taking a break from 11735 between 04 and 07. R. Transmundial, Brasil, Aoki shows with an 0600-0630 broadcast Sat & Sun only but this is Friday, otherwise off between 02 and 08. Whatever it was, gone at 0618 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTFIED. 11901, 2-way Spanish SSB intruding, Nov 27 at 0627, distracting me from Brazil/Spain on 11895 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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