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Glenn Hauser logs February 18-19, 2010

** AUSTRALIA. VL8 check Feb 19 at 1320: talk audible on 2310, but only weaker carrier on 2325, still weaker on 2485. Nothing detectable on 2368.5 R. Symban, which QSL manager Johno Wright says has powered up almost to 1 kW; but is it on the air constantly now? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Feb 19: 8400 at fair level with drumming segment at 1332 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. After hearing the extremely distorted FMy signal in Spanish on 3290 past 0300 UT Feb 19, I next checked at 0628 but it was gone, just the usual ute noises. Still tentatively think it is HREZ, Radio MI. They used to run well past 0600 or perhaps all-night, but have not heard them on proper 3340 this late in months (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI at 1335 Feb 19, YL speaking English undermodulatedly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 2850, KCBS with steady S9+10 signal during pop piano concerto Feb 19 at 1318, shortly announced in Korean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6104.8, XEQM at 0635 Feb 19, M DJ giving phone 99-91-93-91-58 — I think I copied that correctly, 2 x 5 = 10 digits, and soon answering caller as “Candela, buenas noches“. DXers might want to call in (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1120, KEOR Sperry was absent at 2153 UT check Feb 18 on the caradio. It`s been quite reliable from some weeks, simulcasting KJMU 1340. Next check at 1538 Feb 19 found it on the air with talk, and a strange thumping noise every few seconds, perhaps some kind of feedback (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non?]. 24 hours earlier I heard REE IS at 1359 on 7220, unscheduled. Wasn`t certain of the frequency so recheck Feb 19 at 1359, and there it is again, definitely on 7220, so nix my previous speculation about Xi`an 7215 doing it by mistake. This time, 7215 went off at 1357*

The 7220 carrier stayed on past 1400, but just too weak vs the QRhaM to be certain of language. During a brief respite at 1405 I tried to // it to 17595 when REE was opening Españoles en la Mar with Morse code ID, but could not; at 1410 music while 17595 was talk.

No foreign languages are on the REE schedule starting at 1400 on any frequency, so one would expect it to be a segment of their continuous Spanish service, if anything. Nor is there anything about Spain or 7220 in the WRTH Feb update. Nor any 7.220 in the B-09 frequency schedules on the REE website via
http://www.rtve.es/radio/radio-exterior/
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. My first chance to check BBCWS 9410 via WHRI during the time previously occupied by Connexion Haïti in Kreyòl which allegedly ended after Feb 12: a week later, Feb 19 at 1231, BBC headlines in English, and on into Newshour, first about Australia vs Japanese whaling, and then about stem cell research and the AAAS, past 1240.

So this 12-13 UT transmission, also via Guiana French 11860 unchecked today, originally in Spanish only, has not gone back to that. I suppose it still starts in Spanish with new news for 15 (or 10 or 5?) minutes, and then switches to English for the rest of the hour instead of archival Spanish shows and alternating pop and classical music fill. It remains the ONLY BBCWS SW transmission in English from or to the Western Hemisphere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB with Brother Scare at 1322 Feb 19 on BOTH 3185 and 9385, as he was talking about the times he can be heard in the New York area. We had thought a single transmitter switched from one frequency to the other, but since time is far from sold-out, WWRB has a spare so they may as well overlap them for a while (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 7490, WWCR Power Hower as the wacky YL tries to make a conspiracy out of the Austin crash, Feb 19 at 1328, and jamming noise audible underneath; later in the morning, WWCR is so strong that the jamming cannot be heard here, tho Eric Bryan in Washington state was complaining of it, wondering who`s jamming WWCR? It`s really against R. Free North Korea, inconveniently scheduled at 13-15 via Tajikistan.

I also hear 9980 WWCR with PPP on 8590, but that`s a local mixing product with KCRC Enid, 1390 kHz away (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. As discovered by Dragan Lekic, the WTWW live stream is now funxioning, via http://wtww.us  We heard it after 1500 Feb 19 and it`s Pastor Pete Peters, also on WWCR 9980 but did not check to see how it matched. Did monitor around 1535 and WTWW was not on the 9480 air at the time, but it looks like PPP will be the programming, just what we need; or rather, just what WTWW needs (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1540, China Radio International, Feb 19 at 0645 tune-in to “Everyday Chinese“ language lessons, and IDed as such about once a minute. Not // CRI via Sackville 6115. Steady S9+20 signal atop multiple SAHs, occasional fades but remains dominant past 0700 UT despite using my unfavorably-oriented E-W longwire on the FRG-7. Modulation very good. 0653 changed to “Tips of the Chinese Culture“, the very title of which suggests they need some English lessons. 0655 announcement as “China Now, from CRI, Beyond Beijing“; song.
Kept listening to catch a local ID around hourtop, but there was none!! Violation!! 0700 into CRI news starting with denunciation of Dalai Lama being received at the White House and the “harm“ that has done to Sino-American relations.

Apparently this feed, as IDed above is different from what goes out on SW. Of course, 1540 is KGBC Galveston TX, which at the beginning of the year sold out to the ChiComs with a fulltime relay of CRI. Thank you, KGBC for advancing Chinese imperialist anti-Tibet propaganda.

Yes, CHIN Toronto also relays CRI part-time, but it`s a rarity here. And besides, CHIN is running Rai in Italian at this time per
http://www.chinradio.com/radio-programs?sch2=1

I think I logged KGBC long ago, when it was a real local station, but not lately. It`s 2.5 kW day, 250 watts night, and with a null, tho not a deep one, at 350 degrees OKward at night. Daytime pattern is broader without such a null. Thus we suspect the latter was really in use at midnight.

KGBC has an application to move to “Dayton“ TX, closer to Houston, increase power to 5 kW day, reduce to 187 watts night, and with similar patterns from two different sites, but surely that is not on yet even to test, as a CP has not been granted, per FCC AM Query (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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