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Glenn Hauser logs April 7, 2011

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, after appearing April 6 for the first time in almost 5 months, LRA36 gone again as eagerly sought 24 hours later, no signal, not even a carrier detected April 7 at 1237, 1300, 1320, 1334, 1353, 1404, 1410, 1430. Perhaps yesterday was just a test. No reply to my e-mail inquiry (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
 
They had damage to antenna, now solved. Today on the air only in FM for trouble to shortwave transmitter. They hope to solve in few hours (Roberto Scaglione, Sicily, 1532 UT April 7, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 7: Since I was generally tuning downward today, they are in reverse order by frequency altho not strictly chronological:
16100, good at 1239
15900, good at 1239, off at 1300* along with most or all of the others
15430, fair at 1354; Aoki shows V. of Tibet via UAE at 1330-1400
14700, poor at 1242
13920, very good at 1328, not in previous hour; still at 1353-1400*
13850, good at 1243. Nothing scheduled here in HFCC, but Aoki shows
Sound of Hope from Taiwan at 20-17
13130, fair at 1244
12600, fair at 1245 — all the others are // except this one
12240, always check this, but not on today
11500, fair at 1248, fair at 1330
10970, good at 1249, very good at 1331
10300, good at 1249; was clear at 1209 for SOH: see TAIWAN
 8400, good at 1250, fair at 1354

17515, April 7 at 1323, CNR1 jamming vs algo, // 11990. Aoki shows
BBC Uzbek via Thailand at 1300-1330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 6050, RHC continues to blast HCJB in the evenings, not only for English at 01-07, but already on the air in Spanish at 0058 April 7. No telling how much earlier it came on.

Poor HCJB is stuck with this frequency, not only by Ecuadorian government frequency assignments, but also having foolishly handed out thousands(?) of fixed-tuned radios, expecting to have a captive audience, especially among indigenous. Now HCJB is the captive of Arnie Coro, who refuses to move RHC. As a good Communist, does he have an anti-Christian agenda?

7405, R. Martí, VG with no jamming audible, April 7 around 0620, same as noted April 1. Is the DentroCuban Jamming Command diminishing its `service`, or just out of touch?

Checking RHC 49m frequencies before 1200: April 7 at 1145 on 6000 and 6150, not heard on listed 6140, and 6095 is no longer in use; Venezuela relay in English on 6060 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CYPRUS. 21565-21590, OTH radar pulses, presumed from here at 1357 April 7 and also past 1400. Kudos, they picked a 25-kHz range without any broadcast stations at the moment, but still an unwelcome noise intrusion into an SWBC band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 15595, April 7 at 1325, Russian tones off and on, poor carrier. Nothing in Aoki, but HFCC shows DW, 250 kW, 110 degrees via “Armavir“, a.k.a. “Krasnodar“, RUSSIA at 1330-1500, i.e. in Dari, Pashto, Urdu (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, April 7 at 0615, song in French, then Greek announcement, so it really is VOG, diversifying? At this hour no co-channel, the 11-hour Iranian collision having ended at 0530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

 
** MEXICO. In previous report I wrote DST started April 4; should have read April 3 (Sunday) (gh)

** NIGERIA [non]. 21480, Hamada Radio International, April 7 at 1358 good open carrier, 1400 drumming and opening in presumed Hausa; now scheduled M-F 1400-1430, 125 kW, 180 degrees from Wertachtal as an RMI service, but there was no RMI opening in English by Jeff White, as used to occur. This transmission on another frequency started B-10, but soon was dropped. WRMI website
http://www.wrmi.net/pb/wp_d12a1732/wp_d12a1732.html
still displays outdated B-10 schedule for clandestine clients, without sorting them out, so here is a tentative HRI schedule extracted from A-11 info, all via Nauen or Wertachtal, GERMANY:

0530-0600 M-F 9545 11970
1400-1430 M-F 21480
1930-2000 daily? 11865 11945
But which frequencies are alternates and which in use now? The 0530 broadcast had been on two other frequencies in B-10.

Jeff White has just explained: “Glenn: Usually they’re not running the announcement, but it is through us. The Hamada schedule has been changing at least once a week with the elections, etc. and will probably keep changing for the next few weeks“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. As I was flipping thru the DTV channels April 7 at 1437 UT, I finally got something on 9-2: KWTV-DT 39 OKC has activated at last a second channel with PSIP ID as News9 N (with a space), vs the main channel merely News9 (even tho it`s mostly entertainment). It`s obviously not something just thrown together, as full of grafix, commercials, traffic reports, news and weather — and now, coverage of the wildfires around OKC, which we suspect is the reason for this activation on RF 39.2, carrying the news channel they had been putting on Cox Cable in OKC for years (but not in Enid).

About time they put it on the air too, if they have nothing else to fill up a subchannel with, but will it stick after the fires? We got twisters too! As KWTV was dithering last year whether to keep RF 39 or 9, they duplicated programming on 9-1, 9-2, and even 9-3, never any alternative.

So KWTV finally joins the big leagues, with major competitors KFOR, KOCO, KETA, KOCB, KOKH all running an extra DTV channel.

BTW, KFOR is still running weather on 4-2, and Antenna TV
http://www.antennatv.tv/affiliates/
still says it`s “coming in May“ on 4-3, so I guess KFOR will keep 4-2 as weather, even tho with a hint of severe weather, the Big 3 all blow away regular programming on their main channels (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

 
There is NOTHING about the extra DTV channel to be found on their website http://www.news9.com/ not even by searching on News9 N (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA [and non]. 3260-, April 7 at 1151 some music, presumed R. Madang, one of the better NBC signals along with 3275, 3290, 3365, 3385; plus Indos 3325, 3345. 3260 slightly on low side compared to 1260 signals. 1158 announcement, but back to music past 1201 as it is weakening to very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 11880, REE via COSTA RICA, Thursday April 7 at 1246 in Castilian instead of Basque during this semihour, interview with writer, flamenco guitar and singing breaks, much stronger than // 11815. Another interruption in the Basque schedule, or possibly still the Basque service just switching to Castilian for a bit with someone not fluent (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 10300, April 7 at 1209, Chinese talk, very poor but no Firedrake, and not // CNR1 11990 et al., so presumed Sound of Hope once again suffered by the ChiCom to be in the clear. Firedrake was on 10300 by 1249 check, plus many others; see CHINA. BTW, Falun Gong`s Epoch Times reports that two men in Vietnam have been arrested for transmitting SOH from their homes on SW, after diplomatic pressure from China; WTFK for those?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 13760, April 7 at 1203 W&W talking about Türkei in German which fits nicely for listed VOT in German at 1130-1230, 500 kW, 310 degrees from Emirler. OK here but was better on a good day in B-10 an hour later on 17755 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9330-CUSB, April 7 at 0616, WBCQ with gospel huxter, good signal. Staying on late (how late? All night?) with GFRN/Radio 2:11 seems to be the rule now rather than the exception (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGET)

** U S A. 7190, April 7 at 1143, the dulcet tones of Brother Scare are just barely audible, but still there when fully attenuated, fading in and out, with some QRhaM, and // 5890 synchronized, so spur from WWCR +++ plus WNQM, 1300 kHz higher. There could be another one, 1300 kHz lower on 4590 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13570, WINB still making sporadic appearances: not there before 1200 April 7, but at 1205 VG with gospel huxter in English. Gone again at 1329 check and still silent at 1430. Not on 9265 either at these times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1559 monitoring: first airing Thursday April 7 at 1500 on WRMI 9955, JBA but confirmed on webcast. Next ones are: Thu 2100, Fri 1430, Sat 0800, 1400, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730.

On WWRB: UT Fri 0330 on 2390 and maybe also 5050 like last week. On WWCR: Fri 2030 on 15825, Sat 1600 on 12160, Sun 0630 on 3215. On IPAR/IRRS/NEXUS-IBA: Sat 1800 on 7290, 1566, 1368. See full updated schedule including more webcasts at
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
or access to years of audio including latest at
http://www.worldofradio.com/audiomid.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 13730, NF for VR relay via CANADA, ex-9865, April 7 at 1154 in Spanish, 1204 in English with news of Libya, Q`Daffy considering Obama his `son` and endorsing him for 2012! What a generous and sneaky guy! No hard feelings? Lite CCI from an understation, which HFCC reveals must be DW in French, 250 kW, 110 degrees via PORTUGAL at 12-13 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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