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Glenn Hauser logs December 17-18, 2009

** BULGARIA. 15700, R. Bulgaria, Friday Dec 18 at 1448 with hauntingly beautiful choral music, Bulgarian announcement, 1452 to different folk music involving YLs shouting and clapping, accordion-like accompaniment. This semihour is often good for music variety from RB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Dec 18 at 1426: 8400 poor, 9000 JBA, 10210 zilch, 11300 fair (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11760, Dec 17 at 2146 RHC in Creole, audio breaking up like a computer problem, while 11770 etc., were in Spanish, more or less OK. This of course does not match the official schedule on website showing Spanish also on 11760 at this semihour.

Following my remarx about why does RHC run so many // frequencies on 49m, one of them has moved to 31m! 9600 ex-6140 at 0649 Dec 18, Prof. Arnaldo Coro in English about the drought in some central provinces. This certainly makes sense propagationally, as 11760 is often audible past local midnight as it was tonight, in Spanish; and 9600 had an excellent signal. It`s called frequency diversity. Final check at 0746 found that had switched to Spanish, probably at 0700.

The `official` sked on website still shows 6140 to “Chicago“ at 00-05 Spanish, 05-07 English, 07-11 Spanish, so it remains to be seen if its entire span has been switched to 9600, if this was just an experiment, or what. Noel Green in England also heard 9600 this date as late as 1030 in Spanish.

Nothing but DentroCuban Jamming Command`s wall of noise on 9955, Fri Dec 18 at 1420 during scheduled repeat of The Happy Station on WRMI, produced by a former RHC employee; as usual, jamming cleared up after 1500 during R. Prague relay.

In my previous report I referred to Frecuencia al Día being on WRMI Friday at 1200; I meant, Thursday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. Here we go again, VOI changing transmission times, by mistake or deliberately? On 9525.9, Dec 18 at 1423 I hear English instead of Malay, so is it one hour late or one hour early? YL was talking about bamboo musical instruments as we heard one in the background. Fair modulation but with hum, and no het audible from anything on 9525.0. 1427 VOI ID. Another talk, and as I was trying to figure out the subject obscured by the accent, when at 1429 it cut off the air for a few sex; 1432-1435 off for a longer period; 1436 off-on-off-on-off; 1437 on-off-on-off-on-off; 1438 on-off; 1440 on, 1441 off; 1442 on-off; 1443 on; 1446 music seems to stay on. I may have lost track of the exact count of offs and ons; by then I was just listening for carriers audiblized by BFO slightly offtuned, as it would have been totally useless to try to follow the program content. 1454 it was off, and on again; 1458 on during CRI Kashgar het but VOI much atop. 1500 VOI
 jingle, English ID with frequencies, website, addresses, “sound of dignity“ and into Malay (I think, not Indonesian) an hour late, still on at 1507, but at next check 1528 was off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Sea Breeze, another Friday in English, Dec 18 at 1403 OM with heavy accent citing numerous headlines from Kyodo dealing with N Korea, not just abduxion stories, always followed by the same newsy sounder. No QRM, and fair with deep fades, via JSR JAPAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NETHERLANDS [non]. Re 9-083: while my previous log Nov 28 of RNW`s reactivated Arabic service toward North America, 22-23 UT relayed via RWANDA 9895 found it mostly music; on Dec 17 I listened from 2215 past 2230 and it was VG, mostly talk with some music breaks. 2226 something about Islam. Did not hear a “Huna Amsterdam“ ID this time, but at 2230 they were referring to the country as Holanda, with the H aspirated unlike in Spanish; off abruptly at 2257* before we could hear any mixup with Greenville Spanish. The DW techs habitually close at 3 minutes before the hour whether programming is finished or not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [and non]. R. Australia not making it at all on its several 13 and 15 MHz frequencies at 0650 Dec 18, and only two very weak signals audible on 19m, notably 15120, could tell they were in English mentioning Nigeria, so certainly VON as scheduled (and not on 15121v this time). The other was 15205 in Hausa, certainly DW as scheduled via Rwanda. So nothing but Africans were barely propagating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SURINAME. Following reports of R. Apintie being audible on 4990 (0440-0525 per Rik van Riel, NH, HCDX), I tried again for it, Dec 18 at 0632 — yes, some very weak music audible there, much weaker than Brasil 4985. Don`t know what else it could be altho someone also reported something in German on 4990, and Rik had co-channel QRM, from India? Surely not at that late hour.

Apintie is always tough here; must be very low powered or unfavorable direxionality. Aoki says it`s 1 kW, 180 degrees due south, obviously to serve the country`s outback, and at 08-03, but there have been many previous reports of it on all-night, which may be quite sporadic. WRTH 2010y agrees on the power but does not give any schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 7535, BBC in Chinese with hardly any jamming! Dec 18 at 1415 with several IDs, website pronounced in English, etc. But by 1417 I could hear music in the background which matched the CNR1 jamming on 7525, 7295. Details uplooked later in Aoki: both victims are via Thailand, VOA Chinese on 7525, BBC Chinese on 7535 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. A quick check of WWCR-1 webcast Dec 17 at 2137 found country music, not what you would hear on Rock the Universe, so its Thu 21-22 UT time on 7465 must also be suspended (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WEWN, 13835 with heavy long-path echo, Dec 18 at 1442. Since it`s one of my closest SWBC stations, scarcely one megameter away, it is necessarily one of my furthest long-path possibilities, 39 Mm away. Call-in show in English giving phone 877-573-7825; to be fair, such calls should also be routed the long way round the world. PMS via WWCR was strong enough on 13845 at the moment not to be too much bothered by the nasty spur from WEWN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. The `personality cult` of Harold Camping is ever-growing. Noticed him droning on some apparent new frequencies, Dec 18: at 1438 on 11995 and about 3 seconds later on 9440, Open Forum taking question from caller who asked if he is on Facebook. He`s not sure, doesn`t seem to know what that is. He does know that Family Radio has a website.

I bandscan just about every morning during this hour and had not heard him on these two before. Confirming my suspicions, neither frequency for YFR is in Aoki yet dated Dec 18, nor in the Dec 4 update of EiBi. There were some YFR schedule updates from DX Mix News in DXLD 9-085, but not these, altho 11995 had been replaced from Nauen at 16-17. So the sites for these are still unknown, evidently not the same since they are unsynchronized (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [and non]. 6005, BBCWS in English via Ascension, Dec 18 at 0655 with Network Africa reporting from Cameroon! There was nothing else audible here except an extremely weak het. BBC cut off at 0659:30 amid a programme prommo, and with BFO on I could still detect an extremely weak carrier. We would like to think it is RTVC, Buea, which we know is active, 4 kW? supposedly occupying the 07-17 gap in BBC usage of the frequency, but it could start earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6074, 8GAL, very weak V/CQ marker detectable JBA at 1400-1401 Dec 18 after Russia closed 6075, and still no sign of China vs Taiwan after that. The main problem was splash from CFRX 6070 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)###

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