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Glenn Hauser logs February 28, 2010

** CHINA. 11910, Feb 28 at 1356-1357* REE IS, at the conclusion of Spain`s relay via Xi`an in Spanish to Asia at 12-14. This is the intentional transmission. Then I switch to 7220 to hear the same IS come on at 1359:47 and mixing with timesignal until 1400 cut to CRI opening in Chinese.

But all listings show the lower site is Kunming, so it`s a matter of inability to coördinate switching accurately thru the Beijing master control feed. REE really ought to QSL their 13-second transmission on 7220, but I bet they would deny it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS [and non]. 15587-15612, strong OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, Feb 28 at 1504, interfering most with WEWN 15610 and something on 15605, while REE 15585 just barely escaped (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 11705 via CANADA, NHKWNRJ, Feb 28 at 1400 news all about the quake and tsunami; at closing 1410 caught caster`s name, Michelle Yamamoto (is she semi-French?), the one whose dixion is so precise it almost sounds computer-generated; and since this is the final Sunday of the month, no World Interactive but instead Listening Library, classic story.

I am rather sure I copied Yamamoto`s name correctly (unless there is a Japanese name sounding like Michelle??), but searching their website on her name gets zero hits — it`s hard to find names of any newscasters or presenters, they are so modest, downplaying individuality.

Or so it seemed, until I did another search on “Michelle“ only and got a gallery of TV anchors, including her. I suppose some of the others also double on that inferior medium, radio:

I also noticed that Listening Library is ending after the March broadcast, and its hostess is named and portrayed: Yuko Aotani —
Program changes always come in April with a new fiscal year

** MADAGASCAR [non]. 15660 via PRIDNESTROVYE, R. Mada missing again Sunday Feb 28 at 1530 check, like it was Saturday. WRN tells me the service has not been canceled, so there must be some other problem. Nor can I hear it mixing with Miraya 15670 as it was doing until last week. However, I have not searched the entire 15 MHz band for another possible new frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. My search for further harmonix in the 18+ MHz range is proving fruitful. Feb 28 at 1413, I found some weak talk in a south Asian language on 18450. Since there is nothing on 9225, and the digits in 18450 add up to a multiple of three, this must be a third harmonic, of 6150. Very weak at margin of noise level, kept going past 1430, and at 1458 heard giveaway YFR “Gott sei die Ehre“ themehymn, and still going past 1500.

Cannot // this to 6150 as nothing from Europe would propagate at this hour on 49m. Thank God YFR uses the same music in all its languages. Looked up later, this is Punjabi at 14-16, per Aoki, 250 kW, 110 degrees via Krasnodar site; per HFCC, language not specified, 300 kW, 100 degrees via Armavir, which are really the same place. EiBi agrees it`s Armavir, but language as Urdu. WRTH Feb update seems to have anticipated our question, but like all the others, omits the harmonic:

Punjabi Days Area kHz
1400-1600 daily SAs
6090sam (delete),
6150arm (not Urdu)

** U S A. Looking for more 18+ MHz harmonix, after hearing Russia q.v. on 18450, I came to a weak hymn by YL on 18530, Feb 28 at 1417. Since the digits in 18530 do not add up to a multiple of 3, this can`t be a third harmonic, but a second, i.e. 9265. Has to be WINB in Pennsylvania, immediately confirmed by // 9265. Don`t think I`ve ever heard a harmonic from them before. Carrier unstable just like it is on the fundamental, warbling against the BFO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13715, Feb 28 at 1350, VOA Spanish with fill program on Sunday mornings, pop music countdown, a later(?) Johnny Paycheck version of his classic “Take This Job And Shove It“, which was, of course in a foreign language, English; modulation distorted and spreading beyond nominal bandwidth, carrier somewhat unstable, a shame for a Greenville transmitter to be in such a condition (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13845, WEWN, huge mushy spur from 13835, overriding WWCR PMS, Feb 28 at 1354. The WEWN noise continues unabated even when there is hardly any modulation except random room noises on 13835 during long pauses, mass made for EW television, maybe containing some video axion only.

I suppose WEWN took 9390 off the air at 09-13 because that was their most expendable English transmission, but they should take the rest of them off the air too until this be fixed permanently (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CYPRUS [and non]

** VENEZUELA [non]. Another Sunday check for possible “Aló, Presidente“, 1638 UT Feb 28: Zilch on 17750, 13750, 13680, 12010, 11690, its nominal frequencies via CUBA. RHC itself audible on 11730, 11760, but not on 11690, 11800 or 13770. Beginning to wonder if El Hugazo has given up on the Sunday marathons, but you never know.

BTW, the opposition has started a countershow, “Aló, Ciudadano“, not on SW either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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