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Glenn Hauser logs March 15, 2010

** CUBA. RHC announcers continue to mess up their own frequency listings, so ignorant are they of their own true transmissions. March 15 at 1457 on 15360, gave these to be in use from 1500, in usual Soviet-style out-of-order: 13770, 11730, 11760, 11800, 6110. But what about 11690? That is always on air too, confirmed at 1506 check vs RTTY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. OTH radar pulses, presumed from here, March 15 at 1527 on 19090-19115; and still at 1602 recheck. Also on 13858-13883 March 15 at 1611 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. 15195, EOTC Holy Synod Radio, via TDP via Samara, RUSSIA, Mondays only, March 15 at 1608 fair with Horn of Africa music atop DRM-like noise jamming. Thus DRM-promoting TDP is hoist with its own petard. Why not use real DRM as jamming if you have such a capable transmitter? However, Jim Ronda in Tulsa was not hearing any jamming when he tuned in at 1620 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** HONDURAS. 3250, at 1143 March 15, hymn in Spanish, fair, i.e. Radio Luz y Vida, HRPC. Seemed to be a second carrier slightly offset, which would be Korea North (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11620, March 15 at 1612 tone, fading down at 1613 and then into AIR IS, 1615 opening Russian, news, 1621 Indian song. Fair with flutter, 335 degrees from Bangaluru per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9524.9, VOI at 1132 March 15 in Chinese with strange accent, pausing to give station URL pronounced in English. Ishida indicates they are consistently in Chinese during the 11-12 hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 6185, March 15 at 0615, XEPPM had SAH and QRM from Vatican, which went off at 0619* clearing frequency for R. Educación, which however does not seem as strong as it used to be. Nominal 10 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, March 15 at 1524, VP but recognizable signal from wacky wailing David Miranda, 3 x 6019.3 from R. Victoria, Lima. Chuck Bolland found the fundamental slightly lower, so the harmonic might vary as low as 18057.8; really somewhere in between at this time, I think (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. She finally got it right! Weekly Sephardic broadcast from REE at 1425-1455 Mondays, March 15 at 1453 schedule announcement on 15385 axually said “15385“ instead of 15325. No fading this time during fourth digit, so I am certain of what the hostess said. Also gave for 0115 Tue to SAm, 11795, which is yet unconfirmed, and 9650 at 0415 Tue to NAm — both contrary to B-09 HFCC registrations as 11780 and 9690 respectively; 11780 would face huge collision with Brasília (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [and non]. Whenever I hear R. Dabanga via Madagascar on 13800, there is a tone on it, which must be jamming from Sudan. It`s not a het, as reconfirmed March 15 at 1610, peaking at 13799 and 13801, i.e. a carrier modulating at about 1 kHz DSB.

There are lots of other target/clandestine broadcasts into Sudan, but not aware of any others being jammed. I wonder if R. Dabanga knows about this and/or is doing anything to combat it: apparently not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA. RTT, 7275, still cutting off amid programming at 0626:20* during YL singer, and continuing on // 7335 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. As expected, Lavwadlamerik has shifted transmissions one UT hour earlier due to DST in USA, not Haïti. March 15 at 1129, 9505 with Yankee Doodle Dandy sign-on, 1130 cut to outro by Roland César, THEN English intro as “Welcome to the Voice of America, in Creole!“, and on into news by other announcers starting with Ciudad Juárez killings of three American officials. Also on // 6135 via Bonaire, so that`s earlied too.

No frequencies announced, and I wonder how many SW listeners in Haiti knew they had to start tuning in an hour earlier. This should have been announced frequently during the previous week.

1639 check, the ex-*1730 broadcast is underway, VG signals on 15390, 17565. The VOA A-Z schedule has been updated, matching our monitoring already, and finally inserting the extra broadcasts which have really existed ever since the earthquake:

Creole – NEW!
1130-1230 UTC 6135 9505 [M-F only per lite blue color coding]1630-1830 UTC 15390 17565
1830-2000 UTC 15390
2000-2200 UTC 11905 13725
2200-2300 UTC 7590 11905 
2300-0000 UTC 5835 7590
0000-0100 UTC 5835 7590
0100-0200 UTC 5835 7465

Also had a very strong S9+22 open carrier on 15370, March 15 at 1504 with split-second transmission break, suspected Greenville tuning up for later broadcast on 15390. Not clear why not on 15390 itself as before.

VOA Spanish also makes DST timeshifts, despite the fact that only Cuba observes DST matching USA. At 1138 March 15, 9885 good with news about Colombia, presumably the Andean segment, but nothing audible on 13715 or 15590, former frequencies from 1230; 15 MHz was still dead, and on 13 MHz nothing but a weak signal from RFI via TDF GUF on 13640.

VOA A-Z schedule has now updated Spanish too:
1130-1200 UTC 9885 13715 [M-F only per lite blue color coding]1200-1300 UTC 9885 13715
0000-0100 UTC 5890 7340 9885 [Tu-Sa only per lite green color coding]2300-0000 UTC 5890 9885

The 00-01 hour must be “A Fondo“, the joint produxion with R. Martí, formerly at 01-02, and only one of its previous frequencies retained, 7340, while the other two are same as previous hour in straight VOA Spanish. I wonder if any or all of the R. Martí frequencies are off now at 00-01 as a result (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WTWW is still running 5080 until 12 UT, noted March 15 at 1137 with PPP versus the ute beeps on 5078 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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