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Glenn Hauser logs April 10-11, 2010

** CHINA. See RUSSIA for 9890 clash, 9900; CUBA [and non] for jamming on 9810; MALI

** CUBA. Two new frequencies of RHC confirmed, 9525 // synchronized 12020 in Spanish allegedly to South America but fine in the North, at 2305 April 10 and an echo apart from 12030 to Central America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 9810 still with heavy noise from the DentroCuban Jamming Command, April 10 at 2304 when Radio República used to appear. During this hour, CRI`s Mongolian service may be too far away to suffer, but at 00-02 the innocent victim will be VOR in Spanish via Guiana French. See RUSSIA [non].

Meanwhile, Radio República is really on 9490 via RMI via Sackville, VG signal at 2306 talking about the hunger-strikes by political prisoners inside Cuba; it`s way over jamming which is at the pulse-level rather than wall-of-noise level. RR at 23-02 was originally M-F, but now Saturdays, and shall we make it daily including Sundays too?

Again, no sign of anything on 9780, at 0225 check April 11, when Radio República had allegedly been heard elsewhere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 9187-9212, over-the-horizon radar pulses, presumed from here April 10 at 2309 with typical 25-kHz bandwidth; yes, propagation from that worldpart is good again, Voice of Greece also in on 9420 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MALI. 7295, at 2311 April 10 CRI in Chinese via Bamako, either undermodulated or under a zero-beat amateur carrier to spoil it; or both. This area is a favorite of hams for AM instead of SSB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 18057.9, after a dry spell this week, the third harmonic of Radio Victoria, Lima is audible again, April 10 at 2222 with bits of Spanish peaking/peeking thru the not too bad noise level (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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** RUSSIA [non]. CUBA is still negligently jamming 9810, which was abandoned three months ago by Radio República, despite the fact that in A-10 Voz de Rusia is trying to broadcast Spanish to Latin America on that very same frequency, via GUIANA FRENCH. April 10 at 0101 I can hear VOR`s news in Spanish under the noise, and it`s // and synchronized with much stronger 9735, which is unjammed. Yes, during the 01-02 hour only, VOR is using both 9810 and 9735 via GUF, at 195 and 320 degrees respectively. Meanwhile, they can`t spare a minute of airtime on this or neighboring transmitter and 320 degree antenna USward for English, which would really inboom vs our struggles to hear 9890 direct (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [non]. 9965 at 2256 April 10, open carrier but it`s motorboating, obviously unstable with BFO on, which seems to be all too common a problem in the CIS, like 5920 Pet/Kam. 2259 some “Russian tones“ and 2300 with hum as loud as the fitful modulation which sounds rather like Portuguese. Yes, per EiBi it`s VOR to Brasil at 23-24, followed by Spanish, via ARMENIA, probably not a good idea to pick as a relay site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. VOR English to North America finally semi-audible on the only frequency they deign to provide, 9890 direct from “Armavir“ = Krasnodar, April 10 at 2228, apparently an interview between W&M, but very low key and his low-pitched voice is no match for the assertive higher-pitched ChiCom co-channel!

This is a semihour before we have CubaRM and VOA to contend with adjacently from 9885, but now we have a direct clash from China. Aoki says 9890 bears CNR1 at 1955-2300 from Lingshi 725 site, 100 kW at 286 degrees. No problem way over here in CNAm? Wrong! It`s slightly weaker than VOR at first, but gaining, making both of them unusable. It`s also // clear 9900, Beijing 572 site, says Aoki.

The program grid at http://english.ruvr.ru/radio_broadcast/schedule/ shows Saturdays at 2230+ VOR airs Timelines, but the sked is still dated to expire March 27 before the timeshift! Is it really the current sked, just forgot to change the dates? Apparently, as Rich Cuff forwards one he received by e-mail showing current A-10 dates and same program at this hour.

Anne Fanelli in NY says it was the unmistakable Estelle Winters at 2255, good reception, where apparently China was not a problem. But how was it five minutes later?

I checked again just before 2300. By 2257 the Greenville carrier was on with its own problems: see USA. At 2259 I could still make out the VOR IS mixing with Chinese announcement but wideband splash from VOA`s rap music after 2300 blew away VOR, even tho the ChiCom CCI was supposed to be over (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. Conditions are finally getting back to normal after the disturbances early in the week. Maybe even better than normal, as I have REE inbooming on 17595, April 10 at 2217 UT, some 3.5 hours after local sunset at Noblejas, // also strong 15110. Furthermore, weaker // on 17755 also audible. Per Aoki, 17755 at 161 degrees and 17595 at 248 degrees run as late as 2200 only on weekends. But they were still on; did not pay much attention to programming but it was a remote interview with some hum on the feed, same on all frequencies; not live sports which might explain the extension unless it was post-game. 17595 is 248 degrees, not even USward. Also very strong via Costa Rica on 17850, 340 degrees. It and 15110 direct at 302 degrees which are USward, are both scheduled until 2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 9935, something in Spanish, April 10 at 2229, immediately mentioning 21 de mayo de 2011, so it`s only Fámily Radio predicting the end of the world. How will Harold weasel out of that one, if he survive that long? A good time to go camping.

9935 is too weak to be Okeechobee and not // 15130. How do the French Guianans feel about broadcasting such nonsense from their country? Ha, they have no say, and I bet not even one percent know what`s going out at 215 degrees from Montsinéry, now more world-famous than Devil`s Island, on a par with Kourou.

6985, April 10 at 2310, in French, must be WYFR as scheduled, 355 degrees, but only fair signal and much weaker than Spanish on 6915 at 160 degrees, both 100 kW. This does not compute (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, WBCQ is on with another weekend special from Area 51, = Area 93. At first I thought two stations were mixing, but that was the way the music was presented on the modulation, soon clearing up to one thing at a time, and of course, exact SSB tuning is critical with music. Nothing audible on 15420 or 5110, and not // 7415. At 2250 a “legal ID“ on 9330 for WBCQ. Recheck at 2313, with Radio TimTron WorldWide giving his mission statement, now // 7415 and weaker // 5110-CUSB has also become audible. I had checked the Area 51 blog on Friday but nothing then about additional frequencies this weekend; short notice (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. While monitoring VOR on 9890, see RUSSIA, I was dreading VOA upcoming on 9885. At 2257 its open carrier is on — no, there is some weak modulation already, from Radio Martí as quickly confirmed by // 6030. 2259 VOA YDD sign-on in English, but mixing with R. Martí frequency announcement in Spanish.

If RM is still in the mod mix after 2300 it`s buried under VOA`s “De Capital a Capital“, right into rap music, with widebland splash blowing away Russia on 9890. Did not keep listening long enough to tell whether the DentroCuban Jamming Command also hit it, but why bother blocking this apolitical program? Indeed, that does not usually stop them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. By 2300 April 10, WWCR-4 on 9980, which blasts in all day, is beginning to fade down as Unshackled #2682 is starting on Saturday. I hope this does not bode ill for reception of WORLD OF RADIO #1507, at its new time of 2330 Sunday. Hmm, that other show is 1175 episodes ahead of me. Must buckle down and get busy.

7465, April 10 at 2314, WWCR-1 ending The Victory Hour (would you believe quarter-hour?), with squeal quite audible on this transmitter, not to be confused with some sirens in Enid arriving via compression waves at the very same time. Next show opens with a Bible citation not even bothering to identify itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. I have been noticing this for a week or two, but haven`t logged it. Since it`s pervasive, about time to outpoint another intruder in the 31m SWBC band: centered on 9871, some sort of loud utility noise at 2258 April 10, heavily QRMing a broadcaster on 9870 but the latter went off a minute later, presumably BSKSA to Europe as scheduled but also USward. 9871 is also there at many other times, likely to mar VBS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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