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Glenn Hauser logs March 17-18, 2010

** AUSTRALIA. Things must still not be back to normal at Shepparton following the “cyclone“ — what do they mean by that? A tornado or a hurricane/typhoon, or just a bad storm with straight winds? Such vagueness would be unacceptable among US meteorologists.

March 18 at 1257 I was surprised to find 9580 and 9590 missing again, but instead a big signal on 9585, see SAIPAN. That transitioned to a weaker KTWR at 1300 and then 9580 came on with R. Australia, but still no 9590, nor by 1317 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) see also INDONESIA

** CHINA [and non]. Lots of Firedrake activity March 18, including some frequencies new to me, not including 8400 for a change; Aoki referenced:

1247 on 11840, mixing with Chinese from All INDIA Radio.
1250 on 11635, FD // 11840, victim here being VOA Chinese via Thailand
1251 on 11500, poor mixing with something, i.e. Sound of Hope
1251 on 10400, good signal vs nothing, presumably SOH, not listed
1254 on  9365, VP aside WTJC 9370v, // 10400 and // much stronger
         9380, both of which are SOH channels
1337 on 13100, Good with flutter // 10400. Aoki has 13100 as SOH
1338 on 13710, sounds like FD, but not // 13100, and nothing to bother
               except All India Radio in English
No further FD found in the 12-13 and 14-19 MHz ranges.

But 13855 had strong Chinese music not // Firedrake at 1340 March 18. This must be CRI non-jamming Chinese service via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN, 500 kW, 308 degrees.

15430 with a low-pitched roar, a different kind of jamming against something in unID language, March 18 at 1342, i.e. V. of Tibet via UAE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA. 6010, RHC missing March 18 at 0540, and instead La Voz de tu Conciencia was dominant way over XEOI which caused a rippling SAH from a considerably different frequency. Just as I intuned, was giving ID mentioning 6010 onda corta, 1530 onda media, TC for 12:36, into program “La Verdad“, e-mail as contacto @ fuerzadepaz.com and referencing Romanos diez. Later at 0547 checked 5910 and the other HJDH, Marfil Estéreo was there with music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC English missing from 6010 at 0540 March 18, opening frequency for COLOMBIA, q.v. RHC English only on 6060, whilst 6120, 6140 and 6150 were all in Spanish this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 4330, 1215-1230+ March 18, mostly talk in non-tonal language, definitely not Chinese, but occasional bits of Chinese-style music, fair with ute QRM bursts. This is the longtime distinctive WOOB frequency of the CNR8 service in Kazakh from PBS Xinjiang, 100 kW non-direxional from Urumqi per Aoki. 4460 Beijing was also in as it is most mornings, unlike 4330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CHINA 13855

** GERMANY [non]. 17520 // 17800, March 18 at 1238 talk in uncertain language, maybe Hausa? At 1242 DW riff, and definitely in French mentioning Côte d`Ivoire. Was it really in French all along? If so, my mind had not locked into the accent at first.

Both these are via RWANDA, at 325 and 295 degrees respectively. It`s questionable whether they really need two frequencies on the same band at azimuths only 30 degrees apart carrying the same service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUAHAN. 9975, TWR IS at 1330 March 18, KTWR ID and into Chinese, tnx to WWCR 9980 not yet reaching full blasting strength. Axually Cantonese M-F per Aoki. See also SAIPAN [and non], KTWR heard on 9585 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. VOI back on alternate frequency 9526-, March 18 at 1325, good signal and fair modulation in English, 1327 outroed as News in Brief, plug web streaming and as always announcing three inapplicable SW frequencies, 9525, 15150 and 11785. 1328 into daily feature “Indonesian Wonders“ about a volcano, but hard to understand due to accent, hum and adjacent QRM. Also had long pauses before and after program intro.

Just before I tuned in VOI, I learnt a lot more about Indonesia at 100% copy in an item on “Asia-Pacific“ from Radio Australia, 9580: efforts to combat smoking, even including a fatwa against it, vs. this major industry (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, XEPPM, March 18 at 1200 amateur band music, rather than 6 am national anthem; maybe they played it a few minutes earlier? And 1203 into talk segment, but heavy splash from much stronger RHC 6180 which stays on for another hour at least, and Radio Educación supposedly closes at 1200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, JBA talk at 1345 March 18, no doubt R. Victoria 3 x 6019.3, as frequently but not always just barely audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15105, great Romanian folk music, March 18 at 1236, shortly announced in English and then more of same on this Thursday; good signal, which is 307 degrees from Tiganeshti intended for UK only but also onward to US. From A-10 in 10 days, per DXLD 10-11, this will be replaced by 1100-1156 on 15210 15430 17510 17670 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN [and non]. 11650, March 18 at 1248 preacher in English with consecutive translation into Russian. This is KFBS, Russian at 1000-1330, followed by eight minority languages rotating 1330-1400 but on a different azimuth as heard previously. Good signal, but now there is co-channel from a weaker station talking on 11650, presumably CRI English via Urumqi.

Note it`s NOT “Urumqui“. In Chinese there is no U-after-Q rule since the Q is not really a Q as we pronounce it in English.

9585, VG signal at 1257 March 18 with R. Australia [q.v.] absent from 9580, 9590, in Vietnamese song, 1259 announcement in Viet, closing ID in English as “KFBS, Saipan, from the Mariana Islands in the Pacific“.

During the last few sex the TWR IS could be heard underneath, and KTWR took over immediately following KFBS ID, in unknown language listed as Sgaw Karen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WWRB running 5050 much longer hours, testing? Nothing but Bible readings heard, not the Alex Scourby version but someone else with stilted KJV, and occasional musical background.

FCC schedule shows only:
5050   2200 0400  WWRB  100   45   4,5,9  1234567   140310 280310

But the FCC sked is still only version 2 dated 07 Jan, at http://www.fcc.gov/ib/sand/neg/hf_web/B09FCC02.TXT
never having got around to a version 3 as B09 is almost over.

5050 at 0544 March 18, Bible reading with considerable distortion, and ACI to Brasil 5045 but that was still audible unlike 24 hours earlier when WWRB was splattering down to 5035. Next check at 1200 March 18, 5050 was still (again?) on the air with more of same, blocking any chance of hearing Vanuatu on 5055. And WWRB 5050 still on at 1210, 1232, 1306, but gone by next check 1318, when, however, 3185 was still audible with Brother Scare // much stronger 9385.

This time the splattering spurs were from WWRB 9385, instead of WTJC 9370, March 18 at 1334 since their frying/buzzing sounds matched, down to 9370 and up to 9400, bothering WTJC and FEBC Philippines in Chinese, respectively (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. A great improvement in defective Scriptures for America feeds to WTWW and WWCR: instead of distorted overmodulation, no modulation at all! March 18 at 0545, silent carriers on 5080, 5890. Almost: 5890 had weak crosstalk from PMS on 5935, but may have been receiver-produced by very strong signals. 5890 also had 8-kHz het from Cuban spy transmitter also open carrier on 5898 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9265, WINB with Brother Scare already at 1254 March 18, unlike the day before when did not start until 1330. Has WINB updated its program schedule yet? Of course not! No listing of The Overcomer Ministry at all.

How about TOM website itself? What a laugh! Does mention WINB but confuses it with WWRB. The times are wrong. Still has imaginary 11520 frequency for WINB, etc., etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Nothing much on the X-band at mid-afternoon, like there was skywave in deep winter, but March 17 for a few minutes from 2014 UT on the caradio at a relatively quiet spot in the mall parking lot, noticed some activity on the low end of the MW band — groundwave at its limits. Referencing NRC AM Log 2009-2010.

580, dominant WIBW Topeka has JBA CCI, most likely KRFE Lubbock TX, tho KJMJ Alexandria LA might be possible. Normally there is nothing but WIBW audible here.

720, very weak signals making SAH, surely WGN Chicago and KSAH San Antonio, same as night situation QRMing each other with much bigger signals.

760, KKCV Kansas City gospel huxter on sex abuse dominant, but SAH of about .83 Hz (50 fades per minute), and talk underneath, presumably KKZN Denver (670 makes it here reliably in the daytime, and 850 used to before TX messed up the frequency.)

780, KSPI Stillwater OK still has weak spurs on 774 and 786.

830, JBA, SAH, probably WCCO, and what else? There are LA and MO stations, but more likely KMUL Farwell TX in the Panhandle. If they ever get their 50 kW CP going instead of 1.1 kW, should be a regular. Or KMUL and one of the closer stations.

910, dominant but marginal KVIS Miamuh OK, with CCI, one talk and one C&W music. KVIS and KATH Frisco TX (The Metroplex) are both religious. Other possibility is KINA Salina KS, sportstalk, which I don`t think I have ever logged tho KSAL 1150 is a regular (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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