** CHINA. Firedrake April 22:
7970, fair at 1220
10965, fair at 1229; also a JBA carrier on 10970 maybe the other FD
14970, poor at 1243
No others up to 18 MHz, but at 1245, CRI via EAST TURKISTAN was strong on 17490 English, 17650 Chinese, both off before 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENIING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. 5954.2, R. República via COSTA RICA, April 22 at 0607 during music, again clear of any jamming but with a lite het from some 5955.0 station; HFCC shows Netherlands via Nauen. Also ACI from 5950 WYFR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CZECHIA [non]. 9955, WRMI, April 22 at 0611, unusual VG S9+18 signal with only very slight fading, no jamming, R. Prague in English about bark beetles vs a remnant of a natural forest, Shumava National Park. Quickly found the item the way RP intends us to hear it:http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/environment-minister-scales-back-controversial-plans-in-battle-against-bark-beetle
The April 15 WRMI schedule now shows R. Prague in English Sat & Sun at 0600-0630, M-F at 0900-0930, daily 1400-1430, plus several times in Spanish, French. But this Friday broadcast is part of the WRN relay block, not further elucidated by WRMI, also with R. Prague M-F 0600-0630. The 0900 broadcast also coincides with WRN schedule daily, but not the 1400. WRMI is also on the air weekend afternoons with WRN, including Prague at 1830-1900 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. 15710, R. Cairo, April 22 at 1332, listed Indonesian, with talk modulation marred by a ringing sound, S9+10. 250 kW, 106 degrees from Abis at 1230-1400 per HFCC.
15080, weaker R. Cairo provides a different kind of defective modulation, Arabic audio breaking up, April 22 at 1337. 250 kW, 241 degrees from Abis at 1300-1600 per HFCC. The “don`t give a damn“ Mubarak era persists at ERTU (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDIA. 13710, AIR GOS, April 22 at 1339 ending news, GOS of AIR ID, Commentary on PSLVs (?), the last two letters meaning launch vehicles, as in space shots; 1346 programme summary for rest of sesquihour, “Night Music“ with vocal Indian classical until 1400 `Radio Newsreel` starts. Unusually, this frequency was well atop the ChiCom CCI, // 9690 almost as good but always with hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA [and non]. 15120, V. of Nigeria, April 22 at 0617, outro by “Priscilla Huff (Hough?) in Washington, for Voice of Nigeria“, stringer? Good signal but persistent hum, this time better than EqG on 15190, DW/Rw 15275 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA [non]. 21480, Hamada Radio International, still here April 22 at 1422, good signal, but the temporary additional // 17860 is gone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [non]. 11880, REE via COSTA RICA, Friday April 22 at 1230 Basque underway promptly, still at 1250; brief Italian clip at 1253, more Basque. Direct 17595 does not sign on until 1300, preceded by IS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1561 monitoring: reconfirmed on WWRB, both 2390 and 5050, UT Friday April 22 at 0330; as usual, 2390 much better here.
On WRMI 9955: the UT Friday 1430 airing just barely audible at 1436, despite lack of jamming. Next: Saturday 0800, 1730, Sunday 0800, 1530, 1730. On WWCR: Friday 2030 on 15825, Saturday 1600 on 12160, Sunday 0630 on 3215. On IPAR: Saturday 1800 on 7290 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also separate log of WRMI under CZECHIA [non] when it was VG
** U S A. 15770, Fámily Radio, April 22 at 1302 singing hymn “Cuán Grande_es Él“, so to make the meter fit, Spanish-speakers have to de- second-personalize the original English “How Great Thou Art“ into third-person “How Great He Is“. “Cuán Grande Eres Tú“ would have an extra syllable, let alone “Es Usted“. They might have tried compressing it to “Cuán Gran Es Tú“, which would be understood altho not proper grammar, poetic license? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 15730, VOA in listed Somali, via MADAGASCAR, fair April 22 at 1305; was not certain of source until finally heard a VOA jingle at 1329.
17545, VOA, April 22 at 1424, rapping about having a baby by another woman, another shining example of promulgating the best of American culture, 1427 `Music Mix` jingle, 1430 cut to `Reporters` Notebook`. Often inaudible here from scheduled São Tomé during this hour only, but today it`s a VG signal, so I think Greenville must be substituting if not replacing it. Three segments: Libya, including André de Nesnera; Nigeria; BP oil spill anniversary. Rudely and abruptly cut off the air still in progress at 1458:30*, another sad example of lack of coördination between Washington and outlying SW transmitters, wherever they are (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###