** BRAZIL. 11780, RNA, SSOB, March 28 at 0546 on the air all-night since it`s UT Sunday, and // 6185 atop Mexico producing SAH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake March 28: at 1310 on 10400; at 1332 on 9365 and no longer audible on 10400; not found anywhere else (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also USA: VOA
** CUBA [and non]. RHC English missing again from 6010, March 28 at 0549 with DXers Unlimited only on 6060 with heavy QRM from Spain 6055, and much better // 6140 in the clear. But Arnie`s voice is raspy, another cold? Pre-recorded studio closing in good voice was a great contrast.
The DentroCuban Jamming Command slow on the uptake as usual, altho Radio Martí seasonal changes are quite predictable. March 28 observations:
At 1250, 5745, jamming but no Martí
At 1250, 6030, Martí good with no jamming audible
At 1254, 7405 mixing with jamming as RM was plugging periodismo.com with Warsaw Concerto and then playing Guantanamera
At 1259, 9805, R. Martí VG signing off, mentioning 13820, no jamming, carrier with SAH clashes with KSDA [see GUAHAN] until 1302
At 1401, 11845, RM reactivated on A-season frequency, VG with no jamming
At 1401, 11930, heavy jamming vs RM
At 1414, 15330, heavy jamming vs nothing as RM has left for season
RHC observations March 28; they typically make seasonal adjustments a week or two later. At 1320 in mailbag on 15360, 15120, 13780, 13770. Not on 13680 any more. At 1431 in news headlines, 15360 with CCI, 15120 much stronger (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CYPRUS. OTH radar, presumed from here, March 28: 14872-14800 at 1317; 13890-13915 at 1411 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY [non]. As I was trying to sort out the altered lineup of stations in the 15.6-15.7 MHz range March 28 at 1458 and later, I noticed DRM noise covering 15635-15645. This is now scheduled as DW via PORTUGAL, 90 kW, 40 degrees at 14-19. It could be a problem for the only remaining SW service from Israel, Persian at 1400-1630 on 15640, 300 kW, 90 degrees, inaudible here if really on under the noise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GREECE. VOG is staying on 15630 now instead of 15650, March 28 at 1358, mostly music as usual. Still only Greece at 1530-1535, despite plans by R. Mada, clandestine to Madagascar [q.v.], to use 15630 Sat & Sun at 1530-1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUAHAN. 9805, March 28 at 1300, V. of Hope English ID, into Japanese, but R. Martí Greenville carrier stayed on until 1302, then uncovering KSDA. Once the DentroCubans catch on, 9805 is likely to be jammed also far beyond the Radio Martí hours (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI in English March 28 at 1333 introducing Music Corner. Good signal, sufficient modulation and no adjacent- or co-channel interference now during this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN [non]. 15650, vacated by Greece for 15630, at 1449 March 28 fluttery talk in Farsi(?), one of the IBB services via SRI LANKA. At 1458:30 another carrier came on causing SAH, then the first one went off at 1459*, a minute of dead air, then from 1500 modulation in Persian, Radio Farda as scheduled per
i.e. 1930 local = 1500 UT, and it`s via Lampertheim, GERMANY
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [non]. As we have warned, NHKWNRJ has deleted its morning English relay via Sackville 11705 at 1400-1430. In A-10 that frequency remains on air but from Yamata direct, not audible March 28, nor the reduced number of other channels, 11985 direct or 21560 via France.
The Sackville transmitter has been turned over to a new relay in Japanese on 11655 at 1300-1500, 250 kW at 227 degrees usward, so excellent signal. March 28 at 1350 was playing some Beethoven, 1355 talk; 1435 hard rock. So here`s your station for a wide variety of content in the universal language (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR [non]. Only Greece on 15630 March 28 at 1530-1535, despite A-10 plans by R. Mada, clandestine to Madagascar, to use 15630 Sat & Sun at 1530-1600. Hope they went somewhere else that`s clear, but have not found them anywhere in this area.
The March 27 broadcast had tone fill when I tuned in ex-15660 at 1555 because R. Mada was only 19 minutes long. Now that channel has been occupied by Channel Africa, SOUTH AFRICA in Swahili at 15-16, heard with IS and ID at 1458 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6104.8, bits of Spanish audible with het, March 28 at 0549, no doubt XEQM. It looks like 05-06 is now the best window for this in A-10, after IBB Lampertheim closes, and before BBC Ascension opens. Also another few minutes from 0630 before TWR Nauen opens around 0645, earlied an hour for the summer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
See also BRAZIL, 6185
** NETHERLANDS [non]. 6080, new frequency for RN 0500 in Spanish via Bonaire, March 28 until 0530* with mailbag in last few minutes. Very big signal at 290 degrees for Mexico and Caribbean, Until uncovered at 0530, totally blocking VOA English via São Tomé from 0500 to 0700.
Last summer`s big 9650 collision of RNW via Tinang, PHILIPPINES and CRI via Sackville, CANADA, has resumed: March 28 at 1327 both stations in English, RN ending show about folk customs with closing credits, the other plugging China Drive whose original time is 5-7 pm [09-11 UT], 365 days per year.
It`s the same old story: no one cared last year, and no one cares this year, so why should I? Axually, I don`t, beyond noting that the stations fail to coördinate to avoid this. The RN transmission is axually in Dutch from 1300, 250 kW at 200 degrees, so they imagine it would have negligible signal way off-target in CNAm.
As usual, Dutch ends at 1327 and the program feed switches to English with whatever show is in progress, about to end, and IBB fails to turn off the transmitter until 1330, after which CRI is in the clear // 15260. CRI, of course, is deserving of no consideration whatsoever due to its own aggressive frequency usage and pervasive jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 6075, R. Rossii, Pet/Kam, still here with unstable transmitter, but not motorboating too badly, March 28 at 1251. Perhaps by next day they will get around to the usual A-10 change to 5930, closing an hour earlier at 1300, 100 kW at 15 degrees, and which is much less audible here in the summer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA [non]. 13680, March 28 at 1412, VG signal in Russian, discussion amid a noisy crowd. R. Liberty via Rampisham, UK, no more RHC on this frequency, it seems (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 17615, March 28 at 1322 poor signal in Qur`an. Suspect it`s BSKSA on air past supposed 1200* instead of V. of Russia as scheduled during this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH AFRICA. 15660: see MADAGASCAR [non]
** SUDAN [non]. Contradictory schedules came from IRRS about which frequency via SLOVAKIA would be used for the Miraya FM relay back to Sudan in A-10, 15650 at 15-18 or 15710 at 14-17?
It seems to be the latter: March 28 at 1456 I have something on 15710, and still at 1502; by 1507 sounds like an Arabic dialect, M&W conversing, and mentioning Sudan.
Meanwhile former Miraya B-09 channel 15670 at 1402, 1430 has a S Asian language, and at 1458 YFR theme, i.e. via Wertachtal, GERMANY at 14-16.
And 15650, altho vacated by Greece for 15630, now has at 1449 fluttery talk in Farsi(?), one of the IBB services via SRI LANKA. See IRAN [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. Early versions of the VOT A-10 schedule showed the Sackville relay for English at 03-04 on 7325, like A-09; however, late versions do not. No sign of it at 0315 check March 28, tho it might have been another 24 hours before it would have started. The B-09 Sackville relay frequency 6040 was also missing at 0446 check, and 6020 direct was also absent, just R. Victoria, Perú, on 6020- with wacky wailer David Miranda — so at that point TRT must have already started the A-10 schedule, which would have had English to North America on new 5975 at 03-04, not checked yet.
After 5 months of nonsense on the 1330 broadcast, clashing with France on 15300, and often poor modulation/signals on 12035, the retimed 1230 English broadcast finally is back on some good frequencies, monitored March 28 at 1318 with Turkish music on strong and clear 15450, and much weaker // 15520. The latter stayed on a few seconds longer than the former with another IS iteration until 1324*.
TRT`s audio files of the Saturday broadcasts were not available until Sunday; then I listened to the 20-33 minute portion of the hour for DX Corner, in which Seref Isler confirmed that the relay exchange deal with CBC had ended. He also announced the A-10 VOT English schedule:
1230 15520 Asia, 15450 Europe
1830 9785 Europe (live)
2030 7205 (repeat)
2200 9830 N America
0100 9580 Asia
0300 5975 N America, 6165 [Asia]
0100??? I think he was confused, as this was the time and frequency originally planned for the relay of RCI in English to Asia via Turkey, probably deleted altogether, but check just in case VOT have put their own English broadcast on there.
Other significant items from the DX Corner: Altho the 2200, “0100“, and 0300 broadcasts repeat the news originally aired at 1830, the following feature programs will no longer be repeats, but since they are after local midnight, will start airing the *next* day`s programs. (It`s beyond me why they want to confuse things this way.)
Furthermore, due to “too much of a burden in staffing“ requiring an extra person to be on duty, the Tuesday evening “flagship“ program Live from Turkey will be cancelled after this week, with usual shows repeating instead. The Thursday afternoon [~1255 UT] LFT will continue.
The extra “English III“ broadcast which was never on SW, just internet and satellite, at 10 am local time is being dropped as the Albanian service wanted more time.
Also, they do NOT want CDs to be sent with reception reports.
Wolfgang Büschel observes that many of the transmissions via Emirler site have been moved to Çakirlar, perhaps to allow refurbishment of the former (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K. 17865, March 28 at 1447 HOA music, mentioned Somali, i.e. the BBC Somali service via Rampisham, 500 kW, 125 degrees at 14-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENNG DIGEST)
** U S A. 6890, March 28 at 0533 with Bible story in English, fair with flutter and much weaker than WYFR 6875, not // more Bible stuff on WWRB 5050. This is about Palm Sunday. WEWN? Yes, has used this frequency before and now is back on their schedule for A-10, at 05-09. With the flutter, backscatter? sounded like it could be coming from afar instead of anear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 4050, KWMO, Washington MO, 3 x 1350, with C&W music, March 28 at 0536, better signal than usual, with some SSB and other ute QRM mostly on the low side. Still no sign of R. Verdad, Guatemala on 4052.5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. VOA English, 7575, March 28 at 1255 concluding Issues in the News panel discussion, but underneath strong open carrier. First it`s Thailand, with Tinang, PHILIPPINES about to take over, but tuning up on same frequency.
9760, CRI continues to thumb its nose at VOA, not only jamming numerous frequencies in Chinese, but deliberately colliding with this English frequency which has been in use by VOA for sesquidecades.
March 28 at 1303, CRI news in English is atop VOA news in English. CRI in A-10 is scheduled 12-14 UT via Kunming, 500 kW at 135 degrees, crossing the beam of VOA via Tinang, PHILIPPINES, 250 kW, 21 degrees. Even tho VOA is aimed toward us, and CRI is not, the latter prevails. However at 1326 check, VOA jazz had surpassed.
17585, VOA in English discussing terrorist plots, excellent signal at 1418 March 28. Has to be Greenville B reactivated here; 1429 VOA promos, including voaafrica.com and dropped carrier immediately at 1430* followed by very weak unID signal, but must be VOA continuing same English hour, switching sites in the middle of it, to Botswana. Last summer they had a hard time avoiding overlap and self-QRM, but perhaps the DCI on this first day of the A-season indicate real coördination (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VENEZUELA [non]. Altho the 15-16 UT RNV relay via Cuba on 11680 occurred an hour earlier at 14-15 on March 27, the next day there was nothing on 11680 before or after 15, checked at 1409 and 1509. That`s inconclusive, since it`s often missing altogether Sundays whether or not it`s an Alo, Presidente day. I did not get around to checking for that until 1904, no sign of it then on the five listed frequencies, and daily 19-20 broadcast on 15290 was underway.
BTW, El Hugazo even occupied RHC`s DX program En Contacto, 1335-1350 March 28 on 13780 et al., about inauguration of Radio del Sur (NOT a SW station), and praising RHC for the thousands of hours it has devoted to relaying his rants.
Back to Saturday March 27: since the morning broadcast was unexpectedly an hour early, I checked the following ones and found them all at their normal times: 1900+ on 15290, 2000+ on 17705, 2200+ on 11670 (with QRDRM from 11675 at 2247, likely Kuwait rather than New Zealand); and the same broadcast I had heard at 1401 starting in English, repeated at 2302 as 13680 carrier joined it in progress, // 15250 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 9335, something is colliding with English to NAm from V. of Korear at 1333 March 28 causing fast SAH; sounds like SE Asian music. IBB`s R. Ashna via Kuwait is not scheduled to start until 1430; however, in B-09, IBB`s R. Azadi, also via Kuwait was using 9335 until 1430, maybe still is? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###