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Glenn Hauser logs March 20, 2011

** CHINA. Firedrake later March 20:
 8400, good with flutter at 1224; at 1357 // 12240 but not 10300 to which it is normally //
10300, good at 1233; recheck at 1352 found it not // 12240
12240, good at 1352 on surprise frequency
No others found up to 18 MHz by 1400

** CUBA [and non]. 11760, RHC in English, March 20 at 0552, VG // 6150, 6060, 6050, but 6010 missing, so that must be the transmitter stuck on 25m as occasionally happens, but is it intentional? This was just before Cuba made its DST shift, so possible confusion there.

Now that DST is in effect, RHC`s Spanish transmissions have shifted one UT hour earlier, and as expected, the DX program `En Contacto` has reverted to its original Sunday timing of 1335 instead of 1435, confirmed March 20 at 1337 on 13780, 13680, etc. And so once again it`s in time conflict with Spain`s DX program `Amigos de la Onda Corta`, Sundays 1330 on 17595, etc. That probably will stay at same time in A-11, but remains to be confirmed next week. Other two airings of `En Contacto` expected to be reshifted to Sunday circa 2240 and Monday 0135.

13750, the Sunday-only frequency maybe-for-Aló-Presidente is on at 1410 with RHC // all the others, and so is 17750 but open carrier only there. At 1416, 15370 is also OC instead of 15360.

11760 at 1457 is // 13750 with RHC music, but 17750 and 15370 are off. At 1459, 11760 cuts to dead air while the others continue; finally 1503 signing-on Esperanto service, now back to original time after shifting to 1600 last Sunday.

The RHC website
is back up at 1635 March 20, but this schedule has NOT been updated, timeshifted, unlike the one we have already published! Now, will English really be at 1900-2000 on 11760? See also VENEZUELA [non]

I also caught a bit of `news` from RHC taking the line that Obama is insulting Brasil by attacking Libya — quoting from a Commie organ in Brasil. So to Cuba, any other dictatorial regime is bound to be a good guy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, VOI much weaker signal and modulation than usual, flutter, adjacent channel interference (ACI), but carrier measured at usual off-spot, March 20 at 1315. I can tell it`s in English, but too tough to copy (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. Seems Sabrata transmitter site was not a prime target of the first missile strikes: 17725 still on the air March 20 at 1309 in Swahili, phoner mentions Amerika so possibly something topical.

1402 going from Swahili to English, late as usual, same old stuff about a “United States of Africa“; 1406 wrong frequency announcement as 17850, hilife music; 1411 “special program entitled The Road to Freedom“. Signal and modulation sufficient today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5110.2-CUSB, March 20 at 0532 surprised this is still on with music, soon Ted Randall speaking, and // 7415, so his open-ended QSO show is again running way past scheduled 0400 close, and has picked up a // frequency from WBCQ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13570, still zero signal from WINB March 20 at 0555 on alleged new overnight frequency, nor on ex-9405 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. At 1605 UT March 20, I check the `Aló, Presidente` website and see a streamer stating that the new edition #372 starts shortly. Clicking on live video, it has already started, displaying time as 11:35 am, contrary to the top of the webpage which shows 12:05 pm!! They can`t even be consistent with their own weird timezone on a single webpage, and the wrong time doesn`t change unless you refresh. El Hugazo is in a primary-colored Venezuelan-flag shirt, knock your eyes out. There is something to be said for video vis-à-vis audio only.

So I check the Cuban SW frequencies again: yes, all five are now on with this, 13750 best by far, 17750 as strong but very undermodulated like last week; 15370, 13680 and 11690 weak, the last as always battling RTTY on the low side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6995-SSB, March 20 at 1215, slow speech with long pauses, drawn-out syllables; if 2-way, only heard one side; too weak to identify language, and could have been a utility broadcast. Also QRM from OTH radar pulses (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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