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Glenn Hauser logs September 21, 2011

** ALBANIA [non]. 9860, Sept 21 at 0030-0033* open carrier but with some lite noises – could it be R. Tirana back on the air?? No, it`s just too strong and steady, and later matching the WHRI signal at 0057, 0059 sign-on. If R. Tirana had been on, it would have had heavy QRM from this pre-transmission LeSEA test; the risk a station runs by suspending a service, we hope only temporarily (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANGUILLA. 11775, CariBeacon absent again, Sept 21 at 1429 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, no trace of LRA36, Sept 21 at 1238, 1246 and some more chex past 1400. Possibly they will be back on Thursday 22, tho they were also missing on Tuesday 20 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 11945, Sept 21 at 1240, R. Australia with this-day-in-history feature starting with birth of Gustav Holst, composer of “The Planets“. Only fair signal, seldom heard here or needed compared to bigsigs on 31m channels, but scheduled at 07-13, 100 kW, 329 degrees from Shepparton.

9965, Sept 21 at *1300, WHR theme from T8WH PALAU, right into RA theme, opening Chinese, scheduled 1300-1430, 318 degrees from Koror; audible despite DentroCuban jamming against Radio República. See also CAMBODIA [non] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRIA. 9830, Sept 21 at *0030 RÖI on abruptly in Austro-German; I was checking this and 9820 before 0030 but only a weak something on 9820. DX Mix News reported that Austria was moving from 9820 to 9830 on Sept 20, and also moving the Tue-Sat 0100-0130 SAm broadcast to 0000-0030, along with 0030-0100 to NAm — but not heard before 0030 and not checked after 0100; the 245 degree beam to SAm, if on, should have been detectable as well as the 305 to NAm. Also listened around 0045 to confirm there is still no English or French, just Ö-Deutsch. And 9830 to open carrier at 0055-0057*. Perhaps the shift was to avoid the off-frequency Brazilian het from below 9820 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CAMBODIA [non]. 9960, Wed Sept 21 at 1234 W in Khmer holding her own against constant RTTY co-channel, and DentroCuban Jamming command on both adjacents; improved a bit by 1251, M&M in Khmer; 1259 cut off for quick “T8WH Palau“ ID, open carrier off, and on from another below.

Tnx to tip from Ludo Maes of TDP in person last week at HFCC Dallas, this is the first day of reactivated Khmer Post Radio which was on air briefly last year, based in Long Beach. New schedule is Wed/Thu/Fri only at 1200-1300 on 9960 via PALAU. Don`t forget the `the` when you try to see

Ludo says another Cambodian clandestine also based in California, at Fresno, already started Sept 17 at the same time and frequency on Saturdays only, KPPM Radio. See where we learn what it means: Khmer People Power Movement (not a US callsign!). They also announced this on their Facebook Sept 3:

“Khmer Power Movement (KPM) KPPM Radio live its program broadcasting to Cambodia throug short wave air, please listen KPPM Radio in Cambodia on every Saturday, from 7:00PM to 8:00PM at AM or SW through frequencies: 9960 kHz, 31 meter.“ I missed checking for that on its début.

Something weaker continued on 9960 at 1300, per Aoki, not HFCC! a quick shift to YFR in Vietnamese via TAIWAN; and also at 1300, T8WH made a quick shift to 9965 where we heard the WHR theme briefly, then R. Australia in Chinese, amid Cuban jamming intended for R. República, which we haven`t traced in ages on 9965; is it still really there daytimes? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Sept 21, before 1300:
 7970, fair with flutter at 1237
10300, very good with flutter at 1238
11500, fair at 1241 with heavy CCI, lo het, VOR via Tajikistan
12600, very poor at 1242
13850, good at 1243, equalling the next two:
13920, good at 1243
13960, good at 1243; none in the 14s
15900, very good with flutter at 1245
16100, good at 1246; none higher

After 1300:
12025, very poor at 1308 under CNR1 jamming

Before 1400, not a full scan:
15435, fair with buzz jamming too at 1359-1400*, not usual 15430

Circa 1430:
15970, very good at 1430
15780, good with flutter at 1429
15770, poor at 1430 and 15780 is still on too
10300, very poor at 1437

** COLOMBIA. 5910, Sept 21 at 0559, Alcaraván Radio ID, and surprisingly, automatic multi-pip timesignal mixed with music at 0600 which ended one second late compared to WWV one minute later. No time announced, but they used to be habitually several minutes off. Circa now, this HJDH is usually QRM-free with its nice music, unlike the other one on 6010 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Sept 21 at 0607, IGIM good signal with soporific wake-up chanting; had not been on at earlier check around 0550 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Sunrise MW DX Sept 21:

540, Sept 21 at 1158 UT, “radio noticias“ and “14 grados en la capital potosina“ so XEWA:
540 XEWA W Radio + FM 103.9 San Luis Potosi, S.L.P. 150,000 150,000

550, Sept 21 at 1203 UT, after NA, “XEPL, La Súper Estación, 5000 watts, Cuauhtémoc, 24 horas“ all mentioned, so:
550 XEPL La Super Estación Cd. Cuauhtémoc, Chih. 5,000 150

580, Sept 21 at 1157 UT, birthday greeting to someone “allá en Unión, Coahuila“, and it`s now 22 degrees. Untimed SAH of approx 2 Hz with WIBW. I don`t find a plain Unión, but there is a Villa Unión between Piedras Negras and Sabinas, so per Cantú:
580 XEMU La Rancherita del Aire Piedras Negras, Coah. 5,000 2,500

720, Sept 21 at 1159 UT, phone numbers 4-33-01 y 4-33-02, but only partial ID as “7-20“. No hits on phones, but likely this:
720 XEJCC Extremo 7-20 Cd. Juárez, Chih. 1,000 1,0000 [sic]

880, Sept 21 at 1208 UT, promo for an afternoon program on a frequency in the 1500s, so apparently a sibling station? mentioned Fórmula, so presumably XEV in Chihuahua, but there are no 1500s in that city:
880 XEV Radio Fórmula Chihuahua, Chih. 5,000 250

900, Sept 21 at 1217 UT, Radio Vida ID, 6:17 timecheck. Cantú has no 900s with that name, but the only one from probable target area is:
900 XEDT La Reina Cd. Cuauhtemoc, Chih. 5,000 1,500
and its website still calls it La Reina. Could it be a US station in MDT zone? There aren`t any in TX, NM, AZ, CO, UT

1030, Sept 21 at 1226 UT, “aquí en Baja California“, announcer greeting people in lots of cities including Ensenada, San Quintín, Tecate, Tijuana, refers to BC as “Estado 29“ — its admission number? 1229 `Noticiero La Tremenda“, so:
1030 XESDD La Tremenda Tijuana, B.C. 5,000 5,000
(Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, Sept 21 at 0546, this time VON is the SSOB, unusually better than weakened Australia on 15160, 15240. But that`s not saying much, fading S5 to S9+8 peaks. Usual hum and distortion and from echoey venue, then much better copy from studio announcer in English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11550, Sept 21 at 1435, open carrier from WEWN Spanish, which was OK on // 12050; and English plus squishy spurs from 15610 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9385, Sept 21 at 1438, tuning across WWRB, Brother Scare has a quick echo on him; swiftly I compared to 9980 WWCR, found anechoic; back to 9385 and no more echo. Possibly brief reception by long as well as short-path, which would be quite unusual, and unexpected over a 39-megameter route; or just a feed anomaly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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