** ANTARCTICA [and non]. 15476, LRA36 continues to be audible every weekday morning. April 30 at 1257 with pop music, better signal than usual, past 1300. Seems they never do an ID or any announcement at this hourtop. Retune at 1312 just in time to hear an OM say “Transmite LRA36“ but rest of ID lost in fade; then into YL speaking Spanish. They usually have a talk segment around this time. But at next2 check 1323 already back in music. At 1349 still holding up in romantic music, signal ranging from S2 to peaks at S8, but by 1353 getting too weak. Meanwhile, the ACI from Woofferton 15480 dropped at 1329 when Poland`s Russian broadcast ended, shortly back on for Belarussian, but weaker despite beam switch of only 5 degrees. By 1358 this had built up to be problematic for the Archangel (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. CRI advance publicity said it would be broadcasting live coverage in English of the opening of Shanghai Expo, April 30 at 12-14 UT. So I look around for it at 1225. Unfortunately, there are no English relays via Canada or Cuba during this hour.
At 1227 I do find 11825 with an official speaking in English about how great the Expo will be for the world at large, and then he says some more words in Chinese, presumably consecutively translating himself.
Thank god for CNR1 jammers, of which 11825 is one, vs VOA Chinese via Philippines, itself inaudible. // 11785 and many other frequencies. At 1234 played a bit of Blue Danube, rather incongruous on the Huangpu.
Surely the Expo special will be on the 1300 English relays? No, at 1305, 9650 via Canada is in ordinary China Drive program from Beijing! With heavy QRM from RNW in Dutch via Philippines. And so is // 9570 via Cuba, with usual defective modulation. Talking about irrelevant weather in Beijing alternating English and Chinese. So much for that.
Also, 11805 has an open carrier at 1229 so I stand by for what`s next: at 1230 sharp, CNR1 echo jamming starts at exactly the same time as VOA Chinese starts, scheduled oddly from the half-hour via Thailand. Here both are audible, but the jamming atop, of course. At least this is // 11825 et al., with the Shanghai special (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake April 30: 15730, fair at 1315, aside Sweden 15735, but what`s to jam on 15730? Today`s edition of Aoki does not show anything, except Sound of Hope on 15750 varies 15700-15795, so probably jumped here today, altho supposedly in a break at 13-14 between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan sites.
13100, fair at 1310
12600, good at 1310
10440, good at 1318 with het from something, ute?
10300, poor at 1318, much weaker than 10440, why?
Not found anywhere else 8-19 MHz, not even 8400 at 1323. Former regular spot 9000 has not been heard for several weeks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. Checking DCJC behavior against WRMI 9955: monitoring from 2057 April 29 hearing nothing, but first jampulsing starts at 2058.5 and more pile on quickly to make wall of noise inaudiblizing any trace of WRMI, scheduled to broadcast WORLD OF RADIO at 2100 on Thursdays. Thanks a lot, Arnie, my friend in Habana! What a crock (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUYANA. Making progress DXing reactivated GBC: last time no carrier at all, but April 30 at 0548 I do detect a carrier on 3290, weaker than the RTTY on 3287; and far too much T-storm static from Kansas to pull anything thru it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, R. Kuwait in English this Thursday instead of Arabic last Thursday: April 29 at 2050 going from rock music to final news summary, starting with red shirts in Thailand. I don`t think there was a single item about Kuwait; are there any at 1830? 2053.7 back to music, YL song about love (is this allowed by Islam?). 2058 segué to another song but fade it down by 2058.5 for standard sign-off once again giving wrong frequency 11990, and imaginary 15110 for English at 05-08. 2059.4 brief NA by military band. 2100 accurate 5+1 timesignal, Y L Arabic ID, news fanfare and news, this time staying on until 2106.6*. Signal was fair with deep fades (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6045, looking for reactivated XEXQ at 0550 April 30: there are two very weak carriers on slightly different frequencies, and we know SLP is axually on 6044.93 or so. At 1218 audible with classical music but too much T-storm and line noise. Julián Santiago Díez de Bonilla says they finally got needed replacement part from the transmitter manufacturer in Chile (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 15510, April 30 at 1357, “Love Story“ snippet of music again today like April 27, then Dari announcement. Must be a regular program theme. And this time no modulation cutouts from VOR service to Afghanistan via Krasnodar, per Aoki, Samara per EiBi and HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9980, WWCR-4 again with Pastor Pete Peters, Friday April 30 at 1224, proffering instruxions on how to get him on public access TV, where “they play us for nothing!“. Unsolid signal compared to huge strength of // WTWW 9479. But after 1300, 9980 also reached overload level. WWCR program guide still hasn`t been updated to show his true hours instead of temp fill programming on WWCR-4; I suppose it will be in early May. SFAW website, is it up to date? Leaves UTC field blank but default time seems to be CDT = UT -5 to which we have added UT:
WWCR SFAW Broadcast Schedule:
7 days a week 9:00PM-10:00PM 5890 0200-0300
Mon-Sat 7:00AM-10:00AM 9980 1200-1500
7 days a week 7:00PM- 9:00PM 9980 0000-0200
Sunday Only 11:00AM- 2:00PM 9980 1600-1900
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN [non]. Confirmed the Chinese broadcast from somewhere on 12035, splashed by Cuba 12030, April 29 at 2241 with ID, sacred choral music, 2242-2245* VR IS. Did NOT conclude with “This is the Voice of America, Washington DC, signing off“ but presumably IBB TINIAN as scheduled in collusion with the RCC to the exclusion of any other religious broadcaster (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VENEZUELA [non]. The Bolivarians continue to get screwed by the Cubans, not getting their money`s worth due to defective transmitters employed for RNV relays. 11705, April 30 at 1245 check and later, horrible crackling modulation. But it`s good enough for communist government work (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###