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Glenn Hauser logs April 20-21, 2010

** ALGERIA [non]. 7295, April 21 at 0606, Arabic, fair with flutter and heavy echo, sounds like a double transmission rather than long/short path. Or could be double audio feed into one transmitter, i.e. Issoudun, FRANCE, 500 kW, 194 degrees relaying RTA back to Africa. Not the first time strange echoes have been observed from this site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also GERMANY [non]

** ANGUILLA [and non]. Caribbean Beacon still missing from 6090, at 0628 April 21, just hets and a mess presumably involving Brasil and Nigeria; and still missing from 11775 at 1343. Now`s our chance to DX all the other stuff on 6090, e.g. Ethiopia from 0255; R. Esperanza, Chile, if it is really active and all-night, but not likely as long as Bandeirantes is on too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, LRA36 again audible on Wednesday April 21, at 1325, but very marginal reception with weak signal vs hash around the frequency, much of which may be from household or neighborhood appliances. Music and shortly YL talk, seems Spanish, never a definite ID but have heard it many times before on previous schedule. And who else would be on 15476, as confirmed by comparing to RA on 9475? 19m reception was generally poor today, only decent signals from Bulgaria, Canada, Florida, Cuba and Costa Rica.

1335 still talking, seems Spanish intonation. 1350 music, still past 1403. S-meter sits on S2, i.e. the same as background noise level, but occasional brief surges to a hefty S6. Sked is now M/W/F 12-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9650, anomaly at Sackville: April 21 at 1429 check they are axually in Korean with KBSWR relay, instead of replacing it by RCI IS and French/English ID loop. Missed checking again before 1500 to see whether that usual programming had resumed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Checking Firedrake frequencies April 21, instead find CNR1 as jamming source: 13970 at 1339 in Chinese talk, immediate tipoff that it can`t be FD. And // 7445, a known haunt of CNR1 jamming against RTI in Chinese to mainland.

Same on 10440 an echo apart from 13970, also 10300, and at 1344 poor on 12620. Nothing audible on 8400 or any of the other usual FD channels 8-18 MHz. Recheck at 1425, 13970 is gone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. The incompetent DentroCuban Jamming Command continues to operate at times far beyond necessity, wasting countless megawatts while Cubans eat what little rationed food they can get. April 21 at 0549, same pulses on 9460, 9780 and 9810. Martí finishes 9460 at 0400. República also finishes 9780 at 0400. República left 9810 completely weeks ago (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 6250.0, April 21 at 0629, M&W in Spanish news, sounders typical of RNGE, reactivated, poor with ute QRM. Remember, if you hear Spanish on 6250 before 0530, it`s the Bonaire leapfrog of NHK 6080 over 6165 another 85 kHz higher (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 7325, April 21 at 0619, DW in English, with echo, not as bad as ALGERIA/France on 7295. 7325 is due south via Sines, PORTUGAL. Maybe we are getting some strange multi-path if not long-path at the moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 11705, NHKWNRJ at 1427 April 21, with Japanese lesson which usually (always?) concludes the weekday semi-hour in English; fair reception direct from Yamata to Asia now that 11705 Sackville relay has been abolished. Maybe is sufficient on the west coast by default? Audibility here varies greatly from day to day, usually in- (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6104.8, XEQM, April 21 at 0630, making another appearance in window after BBC French via Ascension finished, and before TWR English via Nauen started. Lively DJ, music including accordion, bass, vocal with a heavy beat for those who want to be awake in the nightmiddle; modulation somewhat distorted, and typical deep fades (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15580, VOA, April 21 at 1415 with Earth & Sky daily capsule about observing Mars tonight, and then the Lyrids before dawn. 1417-1422 weekly Wednesday Wordmaster starting a minute earlier than expected, so must be some flexibility in the VOA clock; interviewing Patricia Kelvin, ex-editorial writer, about how English lit does not provide a good grounding for editorializing. Much better here via SAO TOME at 138 degrees than on // 17585 Greenville at 94 degrees, but at least the latter is audible today unlike most days (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 6020, VR concluding 1230 Chinese relay via RVA PHILIPPINES, with IS 1311-1313* April 21, severely QRMing Radio Australia which was reporting on a supreme court challenge to Islamic law in Indonesia, then in the clear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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