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Glenn Hauser logs April 20, 2010

** ANGUILLA [and non]. The University Network, a.k.a. The Caribbean Beacon, a.k.a. Dead Gene Scott and Pastor Melissa Scott, have been off the air from both frequencies when checked lately: April 20 at 0545 NIGERIA instead on 6090 with distorted Hausa talk; at 1209 and 1520, nothing on 11775. What`s the problem and prognosis now? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 2485, April 20 at 1132, VL8 just barely audible modulation vs noise level, while 2325 and 2310 were barely detectable carriers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [non?]. OTH radar pulses covering 4850 to 4915, April 20 at 1138, obliterating any traces of broadcasters in that range; and stronger than weak Chinese signals on 4460, 4950, so possibly from some other Australasian locale (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 20: not found on 8 or 9 MHz channels, but at 1159 VG on 10300, better than 10970. At 1205 FD also started on 11500, underneath the much stronger open carrier; see TAJIKISTAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. R. Martí logged on its new temporary frequency via Greenville, 6105, April 20 at 1127 as it was about to close; heavy noise jamming // 6030 and 5980, just before 6105 switches to 11845 at 1130. Later jamming on that had spurpulsing as far as 11830 and 11870.

7610 also had some weak DCJC pulsing at 1144 April 20, inexplicable as spurious from 7405 since no jamming there at this hour. Another possible Radio República frequency? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI`s Tuesday Exotic Indonesia excursion, April 20 at 1347 with the Banjarmasin guy telling a story, some traditional music, then YL talking about government-sponsored traditional dance groups. Good signal and modulation over some hum, and more readable than usual, making me wish I had tuned in earlier in the English hour. From 1357 as usual ruined by 9525 het from China (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. NHK collides with MEXICO: q.v.

** MEXICO [and non]. XEPPM running late again on 6185, nominally until 1100* during DST, but April 20 at 1124 still on with historical narrative, some ACI from CUBA 6180 but listenable — until *1125 when NHK IS cut on 6185, way on top, also producing SAH with off-frequency XE, and 1130 opening Russian. However, as if it just monitored Japan blocking, Radio Educación had quit by 1129.

In B-09 this NHK World (pronounced as in English even during Russian) broadcast was on 6010 blocking XEOI; have the Japanese something against the Mexicans? Or is it just that XE frequencies appear to be available since Mexico doesn`t bother to participate in HFCC. And how could Japan broadcasting to Russia possibly impact Mexico broadcasting to Mexico and the USA?

I`ll tell you how. This Russian broadcast is aimed 35 degrees from Yamata to DVR, and there is nothing to stop that 300 kW from carrying on forcefully all the way to deep North America. The same goes for Russian at 0530-0600 on 11715 when the MUF cooperates, as it did this date, better than // 11760 at 330 degrees and with sporadic Cuba to cope with too.

Now Radio Mil gets to have its frequency clear of Japan for the summer, as 6010 was checked at 1128.

NHK IS also on weaker 6090 from 1125, 1130 opening Korean at 290 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9400 with religious talk by M in Amerenglish, consecutive translation by W into Manchinese, April 20 at 1155, fair signal. In conclusion they jested(?) about getting together after the show.

It`s FEBC`s “Chinese“ service at 09-14, 100 kW, 330 degrees via Iba site, per Aoki. Since FEBC deleted all its overt English transmissions many years ago, this remains a way for monolinguals to copy some comprehensible program details.

We have previously heard English mixed in with Chinese at later hours during this transmission and/or on the other one, 9430 at 0900-1630, 100 kW, 345 degrees via Bocaue, which I seem to recall has separate programming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. 7200 in Russian April 20 at 1147, i.e. R. Rossii via Yakutsk (or NVK Radio Sakha program), and mixing underneath, producing fast SAH, something singing, presumably Voice of Korear in Chinese during this hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN. 9355, April 20 at 1154 in Laotian, talking about Viet-nam and Prathet Thai, i.e. R. Free Asia as scheduled via Agignan Point at 11-12, 285 degrees. But the audio was dropping out every few seconds, presumably problem in the roundabout program feed from Washington, as the transmitter itself stayed on. Already off the air at 1158 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAJIKISTAN [and non]. 11500 at 1204 April 20, strong but fluttery open carrier, some hum, as also heard previous days, presumably the Dushanbe-Orzu relay supposed to be carrying Voice of Russia in English, just forgetting to apply modulation. However, at 1205 Firedrake started underneath this carrier, as it`s a Sound of Hope frequency too, all per Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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