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Glenn Hauser logs April 17-18, 2011

** ALBANIA. 13625, April 18 at 1443, R. Tirana English to North America in the clear, fluxuating S7 to S9+5, but just barely modulated; useless (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, April 18 at 1229-1233+ music, very poor but enough to confirm LRA36 is on the air today; by 1432 no carrier detectable, supposed to run until 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ASIA [non]. 17855, April 18 at 0524, good signal, in fact the SSOB, with informal Chinese conversation, one side on the phone. 0540 quite a bit weaker, with a bit of the `diamond` theme R. Free Asia uses, and now there may be some CCI = jamming. This RFA is 03-07, 100 kW, 310 degrees from SAIPAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 15400, April 18 at 1235, HCJB with slow-English talk about lead poisoning. It`s the Spotlight program produced by FEBA for English learning and stealth religious indoctrination, M-F 1230-1245. Good signal but with flutter, also infesting so many extracontinental emissions on the bands today during propagation disturbance (but not all, e.g. Turkey 15450).

15340, the other HCJB frequency, at 1235 sounds like Burmese, but axually listed as Rawang for Myanmar, without the flutter. The only outgoing difference from these adjacent Kununurra transmitters is that 15400 is on an antenna aimed 340 degrees, while 15340 is 307 degrees.

At 1433, 15340 still in the clear with Morocco on 15345 instead of waiting until 1500 to move from 15341 — but don`t count on it. HCJB language during this quarter-hour on Mondays is Kuruk, followed M-F by Spotlight again at 1445 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 17800, April 18 at 0524 heard some English, some Indonesian, RA via PALAU during this semihour only.

My previous headline that R. Australia has been “dumbed-down“ may have been a tad too harsh. We do have pop music, time & temp, vapid DJ chatter, but mixed with talk segments, such as 9580 and 9590, April 18 at 1313 interview by someone else with Deborah Davis, author of “Disconnect“ about the dangers of cellphones to brains and gonads. 1321 enough of that! Gotta play some rap, in this magazine format for typical RA listeners with severely impaired attention spans and horrible taste in `music`. Can`t have a full hour or even a semihour of straight talk, intellexual stimulation! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake April 18:
 7970, very poor at 1254
10300, poor at 1253
12180, poor at 1249. Nothing listed, but Sound of Hope probable target; Aoki shows 12165, 12175, 12190 via Tajikistan at various times
13060, fair at 1247 with flutter; new one
14700, poor at 1247 with heavy flutter; no others up to 18 MHz
15670, poor at 1241 mixing with presumed Tibetan, RFA via TAJIKISTAN
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 11775, DentroCuban Jamming Command moderate pulsing April 18 at 0533 marring Arabic music and talk from CRI via ALBANIA; Commies vs Commies! Jamming is left over from R. Martí which is on 11775 via Greenville, then Sackville, only at 0000-0300.

6030, April 18 at 1300-1303+ looking for Firedrake as usual during this hour but hear R. Martí still going past nominal 1300* with several promos about R. Martí including its news, but no news on the hour. No Cuban jamming audible, but some FE co-channel remnant (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, April 18 at 1435, R. Africa poor with American low-key gospel huxter; sounds like Tony Alamo but not positive (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTIENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 11645, Monday April 18 at 0535 talk may be in Greek, but not // 9420; or is it something Slavic? Presumably the R. Filia service relay, which is supposedly mostly in English during this hour relaying BBCWS, but with segments in Albanian, French, Spanish on weekends, per EiBi via Harold Sellers. This scheduling is extremely flexible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA [and non]. 15770, April 18 at 1242, WYFR normally clear in Spanish, has some CCI, which must be AIR Telugu service until 1245, 250 kW, 132 degrees from Aligarh site, per HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KURDISTAN [non]. 11530, April 18 at 1335, V. of Mesopotamia via UKRAINE, fair with great music, but dumped off the air between 1347.5 and 1348.4; weakening after 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LIBYA. 17725, April 18 at 1402, V. of Africa from the Great Jamahiriyah, poor in English, mentioning, what else? 9.9.99; and after some hilife at 1413 again 9.9.99, about the African Union. BORING. Was also audible during previous sesquihour in Swahili; lately had been JBA during English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 17860, Hamada Radio International`s extra frequency for the 1400-1430 broadcast: as previously reported, it was heard on April 15, but not on April 16. On April 17 it was barely audible to // 21480. On April 18 at 1401, 17860 is on again, quite echoey and different from // 21480 reception which had fair signal, not echoey. 17860 must have come on right at 1400 as did not hear a carrier before then. Both via RMI via MBR Wertachtal, GERMANY.

Also checked the 0530-0600 broadcast which in different schedule versions lately has been shown on 9545, 9610, 9860 and 11970. April 18 at 0529, open carrier on 9610, 0530 usual percussive opening, and // 9860. There is also a JBA signal on 11970 which I think is //. Earlier at 0528, 11970 had somewhat stronger music. Before 0529 there was Russian on 9545, i.e. DW via Woofferton, but nothing after, as HFCC shows 9545 not used for Hamada after March 31 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9385, April 18 at 1441, WWRB sticking with Brother Scare instead of E-Persian Radio we were treated to on Sat-Sun. Earlier in the hour, horrible caterwauling by a BS psychophant was heard on 17485 Germany, 9980 WWCR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 21610, Monday April 18 at 1245, REE in Castilian about the Spanish cinema, also // 21540 at the moment way over konstantly kolliding Kuwait, providing only a SAH. Basque is supposedly scheduled at this hour, but exact timing varies a lot and sometimes does not show at all. By 1442 it`s reversed, Kuwaiti drama in Arabic way over 21540 Spain, providing only a subaudible heterodyne (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
 
** SUDAN [non]. 13620, April 18 at 0525, R. Dabanga still jammed with tone on slightly offset carrier so also producing a heavy SAH, 0526 R. Dabanga singing ID and then spoken ID before closing at 0527, MADAGASCAR carrier off at 0527:10* while tone continues.

Other Dabanga frequency, 13730 as usual audible only with totally different jamming, ringing and pulsing at rate of about 72 per minute. Due to skip distance factors, quite possibly neither jammer is anywhere near Khartoum, even outside Sudan by a coöperative, sinister ally of Omar al-Bashir (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11500, April 18 at 1252 open carrier, with het, flutter. Aoki has V of Russia going from English to Hindi at 1300 via Tajikistan, and also Sound of Hope. Dushanbé lost feed? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 12190, as I was hearing Firedrake on 12180, April 18 at 1249 there is also open carrier here, fair with flutter. Only listing for 12190 is Aoki with SOH via Tajikistan at 1500-1530 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###

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