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Glenn Hauser logs February 4, 2010

** AUSTRALIA. VL8 survey Feb 4 at 1313: Strine M&W conversation about equal level on 2310 and 2325, but much worse on 2485 at least due to local noise around the latter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 7410, Pekin Hoso, the CRI Japanese service, VG at 1431 Feb 4, lively talk and music with drumming, Afro-Cuban beat; 1434 fanfares and talking about Shanghai. Then found // much weaker on 7400, which would seem to be redundant, but:
7410 is 500 kW, 59 degrees from Jinhua site;
7400 is 500 kW, 73 degrees from Xi`an site
So presumably emphasize northern and southern Japan, and indeed 7410 is closer to USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 7365, DCJC lite pulsing against nothing at 0629 Feb 4, right between Vatican IS on 7360 and Romanian IS on 7370.

9885 also had residual DCJC pulses at 0631 under VOA English via South Africa, tho originally on this frequency to block VOA Spanish (NOT R. Martí) at 00-01 and 1230-1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [non]. 15330, as I tuned across R. Martí, Feb 4 at 1439 it was giving horoscopes for Sagitarios, Acuarios. And our tax dollars are paying for this crap? Hardly what the DentroCubans need to hear. At least it`s being jammed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUINEA. 7125, African music at 0644 Feb 4, 0645 ID as “Radiodiffusion Nationale de la République de Guinée, à Conakry“ and news headlines from around the continent, with drumming underneath, potted up between them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. AIR National Channel, Feb 4 at 1333 with YL speaking in Hindi on 9425 and weaker // 9470 which leads 9425 by a split second. 9470 Aligarh also has a lite long-path echo, while 9425 Bengaluru does not. The echo is not so pronounced, as from a site that far away, there is not so much difference between short and long path distances, unlike North American stations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI at 1332 Feb 4, soft Indonesian song with piano, good modulation during presumed English hour. Off the air when rechecked about an hour later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 3925, R. Nikkei, G signal at 1317 Feb 4 with medley of US film music from the 30s or 40s; same at 1327 on 6055 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 5910 with whoop-whoop oscillating jammer at 1443 Feb 4, no doubt left over from the Shiokaze transmission which ended at 1430, and now disrupting Iran`s Bengali service via Kamalabad, tsk2. It was a good morning for Juche jamming. Noise type also noted on 5890 vs VOA; 3480, 6003, 6015, 6518, 6600 vs various clandestines (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, XEPPM eclectic/freeform music brought us enjoyable tangos, Feb 4 at 0632, breaking for announcement by live DJ mentioning today`s date “jueves, 4 de febrero“; nice and clear until *0642:30 RNA Brasil cut on 6185 putting an end to it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6925+ USB, pirate playing music at 1446 Feb 4, a familiar surfin` song with heavy drumming, what else but Wipeout! 1448 pauses for ID as Radio Gaga. There is a little bit of carrier, but it`s hard to zero-beat with the dense music playing. Still going at 1502. Please QSL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. Standing by for BSKSA 15435, Feb 4: cut on abruptly with modulation in progress at *1456, spirited Arabic conversation, or rather lexure, as one guy was doing all the talking and the other was murmuring assent, briefly interrupted for announcement at 1500, and then at 1501 full ID from Riyadh, Idha`at al-Islam, into Qur`an but with audience responses. No chirping today and certainly no buzz, almost back to normal, only marred by a slight hum and whine, and occupying proper bandwidth only, so congratulations are in order (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15670, Feb 4 already on at 1407 with African music, chanting, poor signal but presumably Miraya FM via IRRS via SLOVAKIA as IDed yesterdays, so starting at 1400? Homepage still claims to be on 15650! What do they know? Searching the site for 15670 gets 0 results — but so does 15650 even tho it is showing on the very same page. When will Fondation Hirondelle ever get its act together? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. Another check of VOT`s English hour at 1330, Feb 4 at 1409: 12035 is just barely audible but I can tell there is some modulation on it this time. 15300 modulation seems OK, but as always is under RFI producing a fast SAH. It`s Thursday so this must be Live from Turkey, with some other program heard the day before. BTW, when there is near-zero modulation from a transmitter on one frequency, chances are the same happens on many other broadcasts from the same unit, multiplying the MWh wasted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 5875, the BBC English via Thailand clash with BBC Arabic via Cyprus is still audible here, the latter surely via long-path, Feb 4 at 1443 but English` From Our Own Correspondent atop, A. Johnston introducing a report from Kenya (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. Lavwadlamerik still going with morning Kreyòl service Feb 4 at 1327 on 6135 via Bonaire, 9505 Greenville, but both rather poor toward end of transmission. Bonaire has been changing antennas on this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWCR-3 on 4775 instead of 5070 for reasons unknown, 0300-1200 UT until further notice, says their homepage. UT Feb 3, a leapfrog mixing product with 5935 was first heard on 7095, but glad to note it was lacking 24 hours later at 0626 check Feb 4, so apparently suppressed, as I was only hearing an SSB ham QSO in Spanish about antennas and receivers, Mexicans? WWCR fundamentals were pretty strong but it could also be they were sufficiently weaker to put the spur below threshold (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Convicted and sentenced child sex criminal evangelist Tony Alamo is still preaching on WINB, as I tuned across 9265 Feb 4 at 1330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11715, KJES atop the QRM, Feb 4 at 1412 with Bible passage about Jesus` trial; brings to mind “Jesus Christ, Superstar“ but we`ll never hear anything from that on KJES! Fairly good reception and KJES` frequency offset causes the other station to sound off-key for a change. Can`t let an hour go by without a performance of Ave María by these Marian cultists, and so that was heard at 1436, when KJES had less of an advantage over Lampertheim (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. Since YFR in Hindi via UAE, 15520, lacked modulation on Feb 3, I checked again Feb 4 at 1406. Only a very poor signal today but I could tell it was modulated for a change. Of course, Dhabayya may not be to blame for the failure; it could have been anywhere along the line from Oakland, so who has to make a refund can only be determined by those in the know. Even FR HQ itself may have failed to get the audio out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. I often hunt for LSA, the 338 kHz NDB in Lamesa TX which puts a seventh harmonic on 2366, during my 06-07 UT bandscans, but never hear it then, so suspect it is not 24h. Did hear it again Feb 4 at 1311 on 2366, negative keying making copy difficult but still possible with careful BFO tuning. I wonder if this airport has a regular flight coming in around sunrise, but none around midnight (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Jeff White advises that the main 50 kW WRMI transmitter is back on 9955 the morning of Feb 4, but I am still not hearing it after 1500 or 1600, so must be on the SSE antenna instead of the NW one previously in use during this bihour. Listened to Happy Station on webcast from 1600, but audio quality awful, much worse than usual. A new program schedule from WRMI is very much needed as there will have been many changes with the cancellation of Aventura Diexista and most of the R. Prague relays, for example (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 7585, VR IS fair-poor Feb 4 at 1429; at 1430 flute music, Laudetur Jesus Christus, Vatican Radio ID and into S Asian language. This frequency has had inexplicable Firedrake ChiCom music jamming on it before, but not today at rechecx 1450, 1457 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. I happened to be at the breakfast table before 1400 UT Feb 4, so turned on the insensitive DX-390 which only has a reel-out clip-on antenna around the room, and with BFO on punched up 6075 as a lark, not expecting to hear 8GAL. But, a good thing I started at 1358, since its V/CQ marker on 6074 did too at 1358:50, more than a minute early, overlapping the motorboating R. Rossii, Petropavlovsk / Kamchatskiy, and finished about 1359:40 well before the 5-second-late closing timesignal from RR. 8GAL was totally clear copy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11471-USB, 2-way Spanish contact at 1343 Feb 4, but I could only hear one side, so duplex? As usual, no IDs heard, and due to idiomatic country accent, I have trouble understanding what he is saying, other than “puta madre“, which amounts to a general expletive like the F-word, not necessarily referring to a specific person having a whore for a mother and consequently being a bastard. Also whistles into mike, sure sign of a non-professional radio user (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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