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Glenn Hauser logs March 1-2, 2010

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake March 1: at 1336 on 13625, vs nothing else detectable, but RFA in Tibetan via TINIAN is scheduled, 12-14.

Keith Perron reminds us that the Commie Party Congress is imminent, and each spring jamming levels greatly increase. We are certainly seeing that with CNR1 even more pervasive, but seldom bother to log those and try to figure out whether jamming or legit.

Firedrake on new frequencies, however, really stands out. March 2 at 1315 it was on 9365 and // weaker 9380; at 1348 weak on 11540 // 9365; at 1349 on 11500 much stronger than 11540. But at 1425 recheck all four of these were gone. At 1441 found one FD, poor on 7560.

Consulting Aoki for possible targets:
 7560: nothing, so likely another Sound of Hope jumparound.
 9365: nothing, unless WRN has started something via Tajikistan, etc.
 9380: SOH, but DW in Dari via Tajikistan is also there until 1400.
11500: SOH, another 24h? 1 kW Taiwan spoiler
11540: R Free Asia in Tibetan via Tajikistan, 11-14
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13780, RHC, March 2 at 1350 is splattering at least 10 kHz above and below, ergo, QRMing RHC`s much weaker almost // Spanish frequency 13770. Commie Cubans vs Commie Cubans! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. OTH radar pulsing, presumed from here, March 2 at 1429-1432: 18230-18380 with several peaks amid, and 18550-18580 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAHAN. 15660, March 2 at 1353 testimony in English about God, pronounced S Asian accent but clearly enunciated, good signal but deep fades, not flutter. 1356 switch to S Asian language giving AWR addresses including one in Maharashtra, music fill to 1359* and off without any ID, which I would have expected from scheduled KSDA. Perhaps they can`t decide whether to say Guam or Guahan? After Bengali daily at 1300-1330, the 1330 semihour is supposed to be in Assamese Sunday and Wednesday, per EiBi, WRTH, HFCC and Aoki, English all other days (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. Seems like VOI is missing at least one day a week, such as Monday, March 1, nothing on 9525v or 9526v at 1304 check. Next morning March 2 at 1314 it`s detectable on 9526-, but very poor due to undermodulation and heavy flutter on this and many other Asian signals. Think I recognized voice of the Banjarmasin guy who appears on the every-Tuesday “Exotic Indonesia“ excursion. 1405 usual late VOI ID in English, into Warta Berita in Indonesian.

The totally unnecessary collision between PNG and Indonesia on 3325 is normally within SAH range, but March 1 at 1316 I am hearing music on 3325, and an AH on the lo side, about 3324.8 with different weaker music. 1318 on 3325 YL DJ speaking Indonesian, seems to take phone call. So apparently it`s 3325 RRI Banjarmasin vs 3324.8 R. Buka. Nothing audible on any of the other 90m PNG frequencies.

Next day, March 2 at 1327, I hear music on 3325, no het.

4750 fair with music, Indo talk, March 2 at 1325, RRI Makassar. Any other Indo signals on 60m obscured by noise level; something on 75m obscured by QRhaM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ISRAEL [non]. 9955, Israel Radio via WRN M-F at 0600, via WRMI, I seldom tune early enough to hear before the fill music, but the latter is really nice, March 2 at 0623, electric guitar et al., 0629 WRN ID and introducing Radio Canada Internal. Not sure whether the music fill emanates from Israel or from London but apparently not Miami, where Jeff also has some neat music fill available (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MONGOLIA [and non]. 7470, March 2 at 1338 again mostly hum, but some co-channel under in Chinese, so the latter is CNR1 jamming? Aoki shows 7470 with R Free Asia in Tibetan via Ulaanbaatar, 100 kW, 230 degrees at 11-14. HFCC does not list anything from Mongolia except their own broadcasts and RFA certainly does not admit to Mongolia!

Recheck at 1437, 7470 still has the same hum, but now modulation, non-Chinese music and talk, presumably VOA Tibetan via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, which both HFCC and Aoki can list overtly.

So is the hum before and after 1400 really from Mongolia, Philippines, or part of the ChiCom jamming? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 11915 // 11930, March 1 at 2230 Qur`an recitations alternating with Arabic talk. 11930 still has leftover DentroCuban jamming pulses against Martí which finishes at 2200. BSKSA Riyadh is scheduled until 2300, 295 and 270 degrees respectively. But both these were off before 2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SLOVAKIA. 13625, R. Slovakia International IS and ID in English, good, just barely caught until off at 1427:35* March 2. This frequency is used only for Russian at 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, surprised to find REE here with VG signal, March 2 at 0615, new transmission spurred by the Chilean quake?? For refugees there with shortwave radios who can`t sleep outside in the nightmiddle? Anyhow, morning news show YL was interviewing someone from Radio Cooperativa, which long ago had its own SW somewhere around this 31m frequency! Hearing that, a casual list-logger might assume they were back.

But this is certainly REE, // 5965 via Costa Rica but several words ahead of it, and with the usual Vatican clash. Nothing audible from REE on 11895 or 12035, just not propagating. REE does use 9690 at other dayparts, so this could also be a mistake. What will be tomorrow? Bad news now for Romania, which is supposed to have 9690 to itself for French at 0600-0630, totally covered here if really on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. VOA Spanish, 13715, March 1 as I tuned in at 1337: open carrier — then I hear the announcer asking questions of a correspondent about the quake, but the latter cannot be heard! This goes on for at least a minute. Screwup in the studio — they can hear him on the phone or whatever, but neglect to put his audio on the air! During the pauses we can hear some rustling and background noise from the studio open mike. Then we begin to hear only traces of the correspondent, finally outroed as Pablo Ramos in Chile.

Meanwhile I checked // 9885 and the same was happening. 1338 VOA jingle in English, and “Buenos Días, América“ ID with frequencies 9885, 13715, 15590. Then audible correspondent from Argentina on relatively minor damage there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Correxion to previous report: WINB harmonic on 18530, not 18570; change one graf to read:

Meanwhile also looked for the WINB second harmonic, and there is Stair again, clearly readable on 18530 March 1 at 1458 // 9265, and 14 seconds behind the German relay on 17485. 9265 and 18530 are still on the air at 1520, instead of the usual 2-hour weekday break at 14-16 between Alamo and Alamo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW continues `testing` with extremely strong signals on 9480, March 1 around 1800 with more live interviews from the NRB convention in Nashville; but missing around 2030. Must have been a transmitter failure; back on by next check 2200 with Ted Randall. At 2355 Pastor Pete Peters was advertising some DVD, but then to open carrier, about to switch to 5755. More nauseating PPP the next morning March 2 at 1310 onwards // WWCR 9980. NRB convention coverage is supposed to finish at 2200 March 2; then what?

I keep looking for WTWW second harmonic on 18960: it was just barely audible at 1432 March 2, but may have been receiver-produced due to overload; it should become stronger on 18960 once we get some sporadic E short-skip, if it is really radiating. 11510 is where to look for double the night channel, or even triple on 17265 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WWCR made its change to 4840, ex-4775, ex-3240, ex-3230, ex-4755, not necessarily in that order, heard March 2 at 0555, and as expected put so much splatter on 4845 that Mauritania was unlistenable, altho detectable with usual droning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. Rechecking collided 7335, March 2 before 0600, this time seems to be in scheduled Bulgarian, at least non-English, under stronger VOR via GUIANA FRENCH closing Spanish, IS, but carrier not cut before VOR opening in English, “This is Moscow“ went out, reminding us that for that we have to try inferior 9840 or even more inferior 9855. Meanwhile, Tunisia took over the collision duty in Arabic from 0600 on 7335, as Vat went into Scandinavian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7505.6 approx.: I often hear a het on FEBC PHILIPPINES 7505 which is in Mandarin, Cantonese 1400-1630; e.g. March 2 at 1439. Since this is close to the real WRNO frequency during its only broadcasts at 0200-0500, I am wondering if they leave the exciter on the rest of the day, producing this weak spoiler signal?

Or could it have something to do with WE2XRH, the DRM/CW test from Alaska, which claims to use 7505?

However, I see in Aoki that specific hours are now listed for 100 kW ND Ninilchik ALS 15134W 6006N Data(DRM):
7505 WE2XRH DART (DRM) 0000-0800 1234567 DART b09
4845 WE2XRH DART (DRM) 1600-2400 1234567 DART b09 Nov. 18, 19, 24
[more recently DART gave that as 4850]9295 WE2XRH DART (DRM) 0800-1600 1234567 DART b09 Jan.
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13705, good signal from something in French, March 1 at 1336, but then monitored VOA Spanish on 13715. When I got back to 13705 at 1344, it was gone. Nothing scheduled here on any of the current online references. The closest would be CRI at 13-14 via Kashgar on 13710; could I have read 5 kHz off? Don`t think so as it would have been obvious 5 rather than 10 kHz away from VOA. Did not think to recheck for this 24 hours later; how about 48? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED [non]. 15480, March 2 at 1445, good signal in a SW Asian language, heard the words “kitab“ and “Bible“ mentioned. Nothing scheduled here now. TRT in Turkish is listed until 1400 (or 1355) and on Feb 18 I had Turkish talk here past 1500 // 11815, so that was certainly TRT on late, but it was gone Feb 20. This time I would have guessed it`s some Christian gospel-huxter.

As I am about to dispatch this, the answer comes in from Wolfgang Büschel: “IBRA Radio 15480 Rampisham UK, 500 or 250 kW, 76 degrees. Pashtu 1430-1500, Dari 1500-1530, Hazaragi 1530-1545 UT. [Hazaras living in rural areas speak Hazaragi, an eastern dialect of the Persian language]http://monitor.ibb.gov/rms/rms_server_check.html
RMS IBB Monitoring 14:39:32 IBR PASH 15480 AM RMP“
73 wb (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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