** CHINA. Firedrake April 28: at 1335, 14900 poor with flutter, while CNR1 jamming on 15285 and 15265 were equally poor. At 1338, FD good on 13320 and 12970, fair on 10300, at 1343 poor on 8400. Unfound anywhere else 8-18 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUYANA. Jaime Labadia was going to visit and activate around April 22 the new 10 kW SW transmitter he built for GBC, and there have now been several reports of something on 3290, partly in English including BBC relays, surely this but definite IDs seem hard to catch. For me so far, the signal alone has been hard to catch; checked April 28 around 0600 could detect no carrier on 3290, just the usual 3287.3 open carrier occasionally sending RTTY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, R. Kuwait again in English contrary to its own announcements, April 27 at 2058 at sign-off still claiming to be on 11990 at 18-21, and on 15110 at 05-08. Possibly the latter is really on 15515, scheduled in Arabic, but so is 15540. Please check. 2059 NA, 2100 accurate timesignal, news theme and headlines in Arabic but cut off the air today earlier than usual after only one minute at 2101* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. I had noticed in HFCC A-10 that R. Rossii at 1700-1300 from Petropavlovsk/Kamchatskiy is listed on 5930 instead of 5920 where we had continued to hear this awful motor-boating transmitter interfering with itself, but following tip from Ron Howard, now it has really moved to 5930, April 28 audible as early as 0605, and now unpleasantly close to WWCR 5935. Next check at 1247, 5930 somewhat better with singing and Russian talk // 5940 Magadan which is weaker but motorboat-free.
So Pet/Kam can accomplish frequency changes from 6075 to 5920 to 5930 but not clean up the modulation once and for all. Per
http://www.gaisma.com/en/location/petropavlovsk-kamchatskiy.html sunset at Pet/Kam was 0847 UT but the sun is still relatively low in the sky at that latitude of 53 North, equivalent to Goose Bay or Edmonton (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. Checking VOT`s UT Wednesday April 28 0300 broadcast on webcast, but could have heard on 5975, to confirm that it is still carrying the “Tuesday“ program lineup: yes, at 0312 starts “Through History“, a lexure about genocide thru the ages starting with the fate of the “Red Indians“ in the New World, to the My Lai massacre, lingering effects of Agent Orange, justly blamed on the US. (Well, geez, if North Vietnam had just renounced Communism, none of that would have happened.) Hmmm, are they leading up to painting Turkey as just another genocider, against the Armenians? Tune in next week. Following at 0319 was “Heading Toward(s) Turkey“ on Van (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN [and non]. Just got VR`s printed schedule folder for A-10. It no longer comes with an elaborate postage meter imprint, just a postage-paid rectangle printed on the envelope. Glad I have saved previous ones for collexion.
VR finally acknowledges they are using several SW relay sites, even naming them including those in Islamic-dominated countries, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. By color coding they attempt to show which sites go with which frequencies and times — except there is a brown triangle coming out of Tinian with no frequency to match.
Searching HFCC, we find one transmission of Vatican via Tinian: 2200-2245 on 12035 in “Zho“ which I assume means Mandarin Chinese as it is also in the Vatican folder as Chinese, just with no brown color-coding indicating Tinian.
This 12035 transmission is not to be confused with the next one on same frequency, which I happened to recently report, 2310-2400 in Vietnamese, which is direct from Santa Maria di Galeria. I suppose SMG could back up the Tinian transmission if it is not funxioning for some reason; and apparently was not firm at printing deadline, or overlooked.
Assuming it is running as scheduled, thus the “faith-based“ IBB once again violates Separation of Church and State, by availablizing USG facilities to one particular religion. Again? Yes, R. Martí broadcasts Catholic services, and R. Liberty was caught broadcasting RussOrthodox services in Soviet days, and may well still. Who knows what may go on unrecognized in other languages?
In case you think this is inconsequential, it opens IBB to demands for airtime from every other religion! How can the USG justify propagating (literally) one of them, and not any or all of them? This is the age-old reason for maintaining total separation of church and state in all circumstances, to assure impartial freedom of and from religion.
This probably results from a relay-exchange deal, but it is lopsided. IBB now has these transmissions via SMG, raising the question whether the USA is so strapped for relay sites that it has to make a deal with the RCC? Just who initiated this? There may be more such odd bedfellows as IBB is bent on closing down Greenville, and who knows what others of its own assets.
Sawa, i.e. Hello, Darfur, for Sudan via Vatican:
Perhaps The Church has a particular interest in expediting such a service, and nothing else from IBB? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 11888-SSB, intruders, 2-way in tonal Asian language, intermittently, April 28 at 1345 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 15105, April 28 at 1427, guitar music fill loop from VTC past 1430, poor with fadeouts, still going at 1437, 1443. Nothing scheduled at this time, but BBC Hausa via Ascension is at 1345-1415, so perhaps overrun from that. Also again had weak het from carrier near 15106, and Noel Green has already ruled out Pakistan (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 15385, once again unknown station testing, April 28 at 1425 open carrier at first, fluttery to S9+15 at peaks, 1435 brief tone test, back to open carrier. Signal does not resemble anything else on 19m, but clearly extracontinental. Could be from ME or Asia (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###