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Glenn Hauser logs April 11, 2010

** CHINA. Firedrake April 11: at 1258 JBA on 13970; at 1317 poor on 8400. Not heard anywhere else such as 9365, 10420, 10440 as the day before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [and non]. 9690, AIR GOS tuning up early April 11 at 1319-1320* open carrier with signature big hum always upon this transmitter. The sesquihour does not officially start until 1330. It QRMs something, per Aoki, IBB`s Deewa Radio via Sri Lanka to Afghanistan at 1300-1400. How can Bengaluru and nearby Irana Wila possibly have been scheduled on the same frequency at the same time? Must be quite a clash in Asia. AIR has been on 9690 for ages (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. A day of rest for VOI, no signal on 9526v, Sunday April 11 at 1309 and later chex during the hour when there was still Chinese all over the band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** POLAND [non]. Looking for PRES English coverage the day after the president`s plane crash, but nothing audible on 11675, April 11 at 1246, just a weak carrier/het where the 300 kW relay via AUSTRIA used to be reliable, making me wonder if it was even on air today? // 11980 via Woofferton UK had some JBA talk. Others report PRES was on the ball with that devastating news 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 15170, REE via COSTA RICA, Sunday April 11 at 1249 with Antonio Buitrago talking about a contest at Radio Internacional de China, (but don`t call them RIC), thus confirming the new summer time of Amigos de la Onda Corta at 1230 Sundays on this and numerous other frequencies direct and relayed. Was already over by 1255 check, since its only other airing is 0605-0630 Saturdays on 5965, 11890, 12035 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SURINAME. 4990, a weak carrier with some music at 0546 April 11, and axually a bit stronger than adjacent 4985 RBC, very unusual. Must be Radio Apintie, which rarely makes an appearance here, with its low power and southward aim, and I`ve yet to attain a good definite ID log on it. David Hodgson, TN, was getting it better hearing multiple IDs within the hour around 0625 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 13635, April 11 at 1258 play-by-play in Turkish with crowd roaring, 1300 to studio announcement, a bit of music, and cut off the air at 1300:45*. This is 310 degrees from Emirler. It seems the only next frequency in Turkish is 9840, not an option here with WHRI, Voice of Vietnam (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 4050, something odd at 0540 April 11: ticks exactly every second, rather like WWV during minutes when no tone is added, but no marker at TOM (top of minutes). Could it be a HIFER conveying some local weather info? No, at 0542 YL says “We`re The Mouth, 1350 AM“, which is the slogan of KWMO here on its usual third harmonic; followed by dead air with no tix, as the automation fails for all to hear.

Clearly the station is now going for the harmonic DX audience who would find this interesting, not ordinary Washingtonians who would quickly retune to some station that has not lost its ongoing program modulation.

Night power on 1350 is legally only 84 watts. “The Mouth“ goes with its NRC-listed talk format, tho most of the nighttime we hear KWMO playing C&W music. Must have quite a split personality, when funxional (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, WRMI, Sunday April 11 at 1306 in Spanish with report on ILLW = Fin de Semana Internacional de los Faros, coming in August, i.e. Frecuencia al Día as scheduled, and not jammed. After 1400, Radio Prague in English also fairly audible, the only current reliable 7-day-per-week time for RP via WRMI, contrary to some published schedules with outdated info (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. DXing with Cumbre deconfirmed at another of its imaginary times per WHR online schedule: Sunday at 1330 on 11785. WHRI not even on the 11785 air April 11, just the hefty Chinese signals (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. El Hugazo misses another opportunity to extend his pontifications from mere Venezuela to the world courtesy of Cuba: no show for “Aló, Presidente“ on any of the nominal frequencies at 1620 check Sunday April 11: 17750, 13750, 13680, 12010, 11690 as still shown in the latest RHC online sked starting at 1400.

RHC itself, however, could be heard in // on 11690, 11730, 11760, on new 12030, and JBA on new 15380 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 3630-CLSB, April 11 at 0548, a leisurely ragchew between at least two hams who never bothered to ID for 5-10 minutes, nor observe the `over` protocol, during numerous exchanges. Talking about playing guitar and misc. other topix. What caught my attention was that they had weak reduced carriers along with their SSB, but not enough to obviate the need for BFO.

Upon closer listening with the BFO slightly off-tuned, I could tell the carriers only came on when they were talking/modulating, rather than constantly as with e.g. WBCQ. One of them mentioned “peakage at 600, pulled it down“, perhaps referring to the carrier injexion level; but why? Or was it simply defective AM or defective SSB. This area also bears full-AM hams at times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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