** CHINA. Firedrake April 10:
8400, fair at 1236
10300, fair with flutter at 1247; this and all off at 1313, but this and many others back on at 1321 check
10965, fair at 1248 and also on not // 10970! Odd one out except // 13130; 10965 off at 1313, back at 1321 and 1352, off with all at 1400*
10970, fair at 1248 and also on not // 10965! Unusual to have two adjacent. 10970 is // 11500 et al.; off at 1313, back at 1321
11500, fair at 1246; off at 1313, back at 1321
12600, fair with very heavy flutter at 1250, // 10300; off at 1313, back at 1321
13130, fair at 1250, // 10965, not 10300
13850, good at 1251 // 10970, 10300
13980, good at 1252 // 13850; no others on 14 or 15 MHz now; also at 1321 when lower ones have returned but no others on 13 MHz; and 1352
14700, very poor at 1325
15900, good at 1352, not heard earlier; none higher
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6150, April 10 at 0514 RHC just squealing atop trace of program modulation, while English was on 6010, 6050, 6060 (not 11760 this night); Spanish still running late on 6120, 12040.
13780, April 10 at 1335, RHC `En Contacto`: Among other things, Manolo replied to Christer Brunström, Sweden, that he would send a list of Cuban FM stations with powers for the WRTH, info CB had a hard time obtaining. During this segment, // 11830 was buried way under WYFR; 13680 was still on, along with much weaker 11730, 12040?-under China radio war, 15120, 15230, 15360.
This Sunday, never heard a carrier on 13750 in several chex after 1400; that and the four other `Aló, Presidente` frequencies were still vacant at 1533. El Hugazo`s website http://www.alopresidente.gob.ve/ says there will be no show “this week“, but the announcement looks just like the one last week, “ceding his space to a special transmission on a South American tour“ — by him? Yes, a further link dates that info as of April 3, and it was about a previous trip of his. So maybe there is still hope for a later appearance this Sunday if the page gets updated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GREECE [and non]. Metropolitan Opera live broadcast on SW! Saturday April 9 at 1850 as I tune across fair 15630, V. of Greece, am surprised to hear two YLs in English discussing Handel and Rossini, one of whom is Renée Fleming. Sounds like a Met intermission feature, and then Greek voice-over translation. This is happening only because of the strike in Greece, as VOG plugs into an ERA domestic network authorized to carry this, but back at Lincoln Center they are very protective of Met broadcast rights, and would likely nix it getting out for one and all to hear on SW. Fortunately the voice-over translator person is not on strike, whew.
Per http://www.operainfo.org/ this week it is `Le Comte Ory`, an obscure opera by Rossini, and indeed for the single intermission just ending, “Renée Fleming interviews Diana Damrau and Joyce DiDonato“. As music resumes (without voice-overs!), I also check our local MORN affiliate, KCSC 90.1 OKC and match it up to 15630, except KCSC is running 8 seconds behind VOG, maybe its own self-imposed delay to match analog with tardy IBOC.
In case there are more strikes subsequent Saturdays, this year`s Met season runs thru May 14, all starting at 1700 UT except the last, “Die Walküre“ an hour earlier in order to get the patrons out before dark. Ha, the penultimate, May 7 has a Greek angle, Strauss` “Ariadne auf Naxos“, altho set in Wien.
BTW, if you miss a live Saturday Met broadcast, you may catch it 8 days later on Radio Cultura FM, São Paulo webcast, Sundays at 1800 UT, via http://www2.tvcultura.com.br/radiofm/programacaofm.asp
I wonder if they have to wait for a CD in the mail?
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, April 9 at 1756, tuning in early for R. Kuwait, I hear something non-English, 1758 announcement starting with “Yeh —“, mentioning “mediumwave“ “and meter band“, so it`s Urdu — some other station just before RK in English? No, Urdu is indeed scheduled on their domestic service until 1800, but not on SW, so the transmitter was turned on early.
1759 military band plays NA, 1800 accurate 5+1 timesignal, anthem plays again! And sign-on in English still claiming to be on 11990; by 1802 into “Umbrella of Islam“ religious propaganda. 15540 held up well at least until 1850 today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA. 11805-11810-11815, DRM noise, April 10 at 0507, louder than that from NZ covering 11670-11675-11680 — it`s RRI scheduled in French to Europe, 300 kW, 285 degrees from Galbeni, fortunately only during this single semihour. Says HFCC; does RRI really run full power when in DRM or just fail to register reduxions? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAIPAN. 11800, April 10 at 1243, Vietnamese music and talk, good signal tho 100 kW, 278 degrees from KFBS at 12-13 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [non]. 11880, REE via COSTA RICA, April 10 at 1237, Antonio Buitrago with `Amigos de la Onda Corta`, reconfirmed at new summer timing of 1230 Sundays; he also uses little giveaway electronic jingles during the show, which I was not hearing around 0645 Saturday when its only other airing is allegedly scheduled. 13m closed again this morning, so no // 21610 or 21540 audible, nor later by 1404 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [and non]. 13730, April 10 at 0510 whine & grind with fading; can only assume it is jamming against R. Dabanga, 500 kW, 255 degrees via UAE at 0430-0527, a site hard to hear here even if unjammed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY [and non]. V of Turkey, UT Sunday April 10 at 0313-0332, `DX Corner`, listened on webcast. Started with radio news items, none of which mentioned SW frequencies – R. Nepal at 61, new Sudan opposition station by youth, VOA via Maputo FM, Bangladesh gets Thomson SW transmitter, Egypt broadcasting officials sacked, H20/shower radio — look familiar? We`ve seen them all somewhere in the last two weeks; it seems that at least four of them appeared on the Media Network blog. Is that one of never-credited sources? After annoying pop music break, read a bunch of reception reports starting with Dario Gabrielli in Italy. The last one asked that scripts of the radio news be posted on website in case one missed the program. Can`t do that, she said, too understaffed, but will add `DX Corner` to seven available podcasts.
She also invited suggestions on how to improve the program, adding or subtracting features. How about some real and attributed DX news to justify calling it `DX Corner`?? And can the reading of reception reports, of no interest to other listeners. Also publish or even spell her name instead of mumbling it, so I don`t have to refer just to “she/her“ as host/ess.
BTW, elsewhen on VOT I still hear the familiar voice of Sheref Isler, who supposedly left the station last year, or was it 2009, and requested us to remove all previous references to his name in DXLD. Is he back, or are we only hearing old continuity announcements and program reruns?
Finally found the podcast page:
and it looks like there are 18 of them, with DX Corner now at the top of the list. In fact, all eight fortnightly editions so far this year are available. But I`d rather pick up some of the feature shows.
At 0343 I check the SW frequency 9515 and find it with a quite good signal during the music fill portion of the broadcast. // 6165 eastward of course is totally blocked here by RNW Bonaire. Are TRT quite confident none of that signal will mar reception in its own target area? IIRC, 9515 is the frequency R. Ankara was using when I first heard it in the late 1950s or early 1960s; quite nostalgic.
BTW, during this very same hour on UT Sundays, and lasting until 0700 UT, is an excellent world music show on KALW San Francisco, `Tangents`, webcasting via http://www.kalw.org/listen.html
Its host Dore Stein is partial to Turkey, having led several musical tours there, but taking a break this year, instead bringing Turkish musicians to the Bay Area. More at http://www.tangents.com/
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###