** CHINA. Firedrake April 28:
13920, poor at 1342, some ute QRM; none lower found since 1330
15430, fair at 1345, no victim audible but vs V. of Tibet via UAE
15570, very poor at 1350, vs het from 15568, V. of Tibet via Tajikistan per Aoki
15670, instead of FD there is CNR1 jamming, good at 1351 vs R. Free Asia Tibetan via Tajikistan, some of that also audible underneath
16100, good at 1351, best of all FD signals, better than // 13920, but gone at 1427 recheck. No others found higher (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CYPRUS. 18028-18053, OTH radar pulsing, presumed from here, April 28 at 1425 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUINEA. 7125, April 28 at 0557, hilife music, only poor signal less than usual, but again on before 0600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TINIAN [and non]. 21580, April 28 at 0550, several wide-awake Chinese voices from R. Free Asia, the OSOB at poor level, but always fun to hear anything on 13m in the nightmiddle. Swept that band after hearing 17855 same via SAIPAN. 17855 is 100 kW, 310 degrees until 0700, while 21580 is 250 kW, 313 degrees until 0600; and no sign of jamming on either, not propagating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 15480, IBB Greenville, on the sixth day after starting relays of R. Sawa, finally almost gets it right: April 28 at 1424 open carrier is already on, 1429:30 cut on music // 17545 São Tomé, i.e. VOA Music Mix in English, but 1430:00 cut again to Sawa music // Kuwait 17530, and presumably stayed with it for next sesquihour, unmonitored. Nominal Sawa // 17785 from Botswana had only a JBA carrier. The uncertainty at the outset may be caused by master control feed from Washington (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17775, April 27 at 2010, KVOH out of whack again, huge signal but extremely distorted modulation, and with BFO on, the carrier sounds like a buzzsaw, i.e. very unstable. Figured it was a good time for the spur to audiblize on 17920v, and so it did, talk modulation spikes matching 17775 at 2013; but nothing audible on the always weaker match 17630v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. The Alabama tornado outbreak missed Vandiver, WEWN operating normally as if nothing had happened, April 28 at 1426, M. Angelica in English; 11550 stronger than squealing // 12050 in Spanish at 1535 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15550-USB, April 28 at 1517, WJHR with perpetual F&B gospel huxter; poor signal but readable if one ever cared to.
Benn Kobb forwards an FCC notice of April 27 that WJHR has finally been granted a license — that`s after a sesquiyear of running no-carrier SSB only, obviously with much less than the supposedly required minimum of 50 kW, even considering the PEP factor. This means that any ham or pirate with a kilowatt transmitter, perhaps linear-amplified for a bit more, can qualify as an SWBC station as far as the FCC is concerned. Floodgates? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1562 monitoring: first airing confirmed on WRMI webcast, Thursday April 28 at 1500; checking 9955 at 1516, too weak to confirm, but with BFO there are two carriers slightly apart, implying that WRMI is one of them, the other YFR via Taiwan.
Next repeats on WRMI: Thursday 2100, Friday 1430, Saturday 0800, 1730, Sunday 0800, 1530, 1730. On WWRB: UT Friday 0330 on 2390, 5050. On WWCR: Friday 2030 on 15825, Saturday 1600 on 12160, Sunday 0630 on 3215. On IPAR; Saturday 1800 on 7290.
Full schedule and links to webcasts:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 15401, April 27 at 2021-2022* surprised to hear a het here, barely pinned to 15401 carrier before it went off, leaving much weaker BBC Ascension on 15400. FWIW, the next scheduled occupant of 15400 is HCJB Australia from 2345 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###