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Glenn Hauser logs November 30, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 30 at 1525: 11300, 10210, 9000, 8400, all // around S9+10, but sounding slightly stronger on the lower (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [and non]. 13710, AIR GOS to SE Asia, Monday Nov 30 at 1444, mailbag show, final call to someone who has been listening since the 1970s, mentioned this very frequency and will send QSL. Gave quick yahoo.com.in address once so I couldn`t catch it all, along with Box 500.

Better signal on 13710 than hummy // 9690, except 13710 faces the DentroCuban leapfrog, 13770 RHC over 13740 CRI relay, producing Spanish audio and fast SAH, 1446 to music. Calling the mailbag “Faithfully Yours“ hints they are not interested in hearing from the non-targeted USA, where no one uses that expression in closing a letter.

FY appears at several times during Monday broadcasts including 1430 on these plus unchecked 11620; next chances to hear it: Mon 1830 on 11935 9445 7550 7410 6180; 2120 on 6180 7410 7550 9445 11620 11715. Those need to be confirmed as AIR publish no programme schedule. Are there any other airings, e.g. in the 2245-0030 broadcast? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, R. Educación was granted almost 25 minutes of freedom from QRM, Nov 30: tune in at 0624 with “Pennies from Heaven“ and then several other great songs from the Thirties, all performed in English. After YL DJ back-announcement, RNA Brasil cut on at 0644, covering XEPPM. Kept cutting on and off a few times, then stayed on, ruining next song, “Ghost Riders in the Sky“ by Vaughn Monroe.

I am counting the days until February 15 when Brasília goes off DST and RNA signs on an hour later (except 24 h on UT Sundays). Then we shall have a full four weeks until March 14 when USA goes on DST unlike Mexico, whence we would have to stay up an hour `later`, to benefit from this expanded window 0620-0745v UT. Of course, if Vatican is not too strong, we may still listen to XEPPM before 0620, in day-to-day variations, and once over the hump in early January, Vatican steadily weakens with earlier sunrises in the North. Sunsets will already start inching later from early December.

BTW, timeanddate.com lists the following mostly western and northern states as NOT observing DST this summer: Amazonas, Pernambuco, Bahia, Sergipe, Pará, Paraíba, Ceará, Amapá, Alagoas, Rondônia, Rio Grande do Norte, Piauí, Maranhão, Acre, Roraima, Tocantins — Amazonas??? Doesn`t matter, RNA really comes from Brasília, where they care nothing about what time it is in their service area (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 15385, REE Sephardic service on Mondays only from 1425, caught closing Nov 30 at 1454 with echo, longpath? YL finally has correct frequency announcement for this, 15385 instead of 15325 as claimed for months! But now she says repeat at 0115 UT Tue to South America is on 11795; 0415 Tue to North America on 9650. Original B-09 schedule UT Tue 0115 was for 11780, and previously announced as such, ignoring clash with Brasília, so maybe have really shifted to 11795. If not, they should have (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13845, WWCR-2 missing again Nov 30 at 1443, tho propagating sufficiently on 15825. Possible scenario: TUN/DGS/PMS no longer can afford/want to buy out that transmitter 24/7, so WWCR offered part of the time to Brother Scare. He`s currently buying 4 hours a day at 1500-1900, but now TUN wants even less, so it`s off the air part of the time. Except: at 1529 Nov 30 it`s still off the air during the BS portion, and Israel in Persian 13850 unperturbed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7275, het of about 100 Hz at 1528 Nov 30, between two carriers with no detectable modulation; the stronger one went off at 1529:30, as if intentional end of transmission, but no schedules show anything ending around that hour on 7275, just CNR1 Beijing thruout; KBSWR is also non-direxional on 7275 extensively, but supposed to be in a break from 14 to 16. Of course, one or both could have really been N American AM hams (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [and non]. 15106, very weak carrier, Nov 30 at 1450. At 1521 was getting het from 15105 BBC in English, weak with some audio, 7 degrees via SOUTH AFRICA. Can`t find anything to account for the 15106 carrier. I also heard some much stronger SSB Spanish 2-way around 15102 but never got a fix on it, distracted by this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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