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Glenn Hauser logs December 15, 2011

** ANGUILLA. 6090, Caribbean Beacon/University Network is missing again tonight, UT Dec 15 at 0344, audiblizing ETHIOPIA, q.v. Day frequency 11775 is still heard around 1337 tuneby. Could be it`s stuck there 24 hours, as happens periodically, but not propagating at night. Or does it still go off circa 2200? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, Dec 15 at 1339 and 1442, no trace of a carrier from LRA36 during its last known hours of 13-15 Thursdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BELARUS [non]. 6155, Dec 15 at 0426 strong signal in funny Russian repeatedly mentioning Belarus, and very good modulation too. So is it R. Belarus, as used at 17-23 for external service? No! It`s R. Liberty, via Wertachtal, GERMANY at 04-05 in Belorussian (also 03-04 via Lampertheim), a neat setup to `inherit` Minsk`s listeners the next morning: 0431 ID in passing as R. Svoboda. Strangely enough, Belarus` own 6155 schedule is missing from EiBi, but not from Aoki or HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD. 6165, Dec 15 at 0428, RN Bonaire has just gone off, so now we hear hilife music, fast SAH from some CCI, Zambia? Or BBC Cyprus in Persian. 0430 French, more music, from RNT, which supposedly just signed on at 0427, but lately has been running 24 hours. Currently there is a sesquihour window until Bonaire is back on 6165 at 0600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. For the fourth day, no Firedrake at all to be heard! Is anyone, anywhere, hearing FD at anytime? Dec 15 searched 7-19 MHz at 1335-1345 and 1440-1445. Maybe Sound of Hope has quit running all those 100-watt nuisance transmitters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13670, Dec 15 at 1439 and also after 1500: today`s anomaly from RHC, this frequency is missing tho scheduled until 1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also IRAN

** EGYPT. 6270, Dec 15 at 0425, huge S9+25 signal from R. Cairo, but just barely modulated with Qur`an. It`s listenable by turning the volume all the way up, but more modulation, less signal would be more efficient, and never forget to turn the volume down before tuning away from the frequency. Gone after 0430. HFCC shows this is 200 kW, 325 degrees from Abis, including English to E NAm at 2300-2430, and furthermore exactly same parameters at 1800-2245 to Europe in Italian, German, French, English 2115-2245 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA. 6090, Dec 15 at 0344, like 21 hours earlier, Anguilla is missing (stuck on non-propagating day frequency 11775? Or just off the air), so instead we can hear Horn of Africa music; and no het either like after 0600 from off-frequency Nigeria and/or Brasil. 0352 starts talking in presumed Amharic, but signal is weakening vs QRM; 0400 reverbed announcement, ululations. Presumed Amhara State Radio, as in EiBi at 0255-0600, which strangely enough is missing from Aoki, and naturally missing from HFCC. WRTH 2011 says 100 kW, site is Geja, and this Amhara State Regional Radio is in Bahir Dar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 9425, AIR National Channel from Bangaluru, Dec 15 at 1424 has good signal and modulation in Hindi, but // 9470 from Aligarh is JBM (just barely modulated) as I can tell on weaker signal, despite splash from 9479 WTWW. I listen for the 5-minute English newscast at 1430: soon after it starts there is a semiminute of dead air where apparently a clip of the Chief Minister was supposed to go, then about Indian-Russian coöperation; food inflation in India is at a 4-year low. Caster speaks too rapidly but fortunately with good dixion; can`t decide if the voice is M or F, androgyny being ideal to appeal to all audiences. 1435 back into Hindi, music and talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA [and non]. 9526-, Dec 15 at 1425, VOI poor signal with low modulation apparently in Indonesian; the 9530 Chinese radio war ends at 1400, making the 13-14 English useless, not audible in months, but now VOI is so low that splash from 9520 RVA Philippines in Tamil is bothersome (but would end at 1427).

9680, meanwhile, Dec 15 at 1426, RRI domestic relay has much better signal and modulation during gamelan, but heavy CCI from Taiwan/China; also one of the QRMing stations is putting talking clix on 9680, as well as spikes on 9675 and 9685 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [and non]. 7200, Dec 15 at 0333, V. of Justice with Qur`an as always in the first few minutes of VIRI transmissions, atop CCI presumably Sudan which was here first on this bandedge frequency making SAH of about 4 Hz; // 7365 is stronger with Qur`an, but much heavier interference from the Cuban-American radio war; while if VIRI really tried, they could find two clear frequencies this hour on the 7 MHz band, but don`t expect any improvement before A-12. 0335 English translation of Qur`an, 0336 YL with program summary, V. of Justice ID, 0337 hokey news theme by military band, more modern news sounder, and finally, news. Too much QRM to try to listen any further. 0424 recheck, 7200 still with CCI, and 7365 still under the DentroCuban Jamming Command, and Radio Martí (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 6135, Thursday Dec 15 at 1331, Shiokaze is opening in Japanese; besides nearby bonker in the background, some Juche noise jamming too, not audible here until today, so it`s about time for Sea Breeze to jump frequency again, maybe back to 5910 or 5985; 6015 and 6140 other alternatives registered by JIC MIC in HFCC from Yamata, JAPAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. 4450, Dec 15 at 1325 YL singing, with buzz jamming, // 3480 where no jamming audible, but local noise level remains hi. Am lucky to pull anything thru it on either: V. of the People, clandestine from South to North (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 17530, Dec 15 at 1342, // slightly weaker 15460, RRI with folk music, German announcements. Despite VG signals and modulation levels, there is something amiss with sort of a ringing sound artifact, especially noticeable on the sidebands of each, evidently a defect in the studio-transmitter-link program feed to Tiganeshti (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9460, Dec 15 at 1420 I can barely make out the unmistakable rasp of Brother Scare on weak signal amid QRM; HFCC shows 100 kW, 300 degrees via Wertachtal, GERMANY at 14-16, altho TOM`s own schedule claims: “UK 9460 Europe 10 Am-11 am Daily“.

17580, Dec 15 at 1509 there is BS again, better signal here, strangely running one second ahead of // 9385 WWRB. HFCC shows this as 14-16, 100 kW, 165 degrees plus another 100 kW at 180 degrees, both from Wertachtal, while TOM sked claims: “EUROPE 17580 Europe 11 Am-Noon Daily“. The 165 transmission is noted “afly“ in HFCC, while the 180 is “342“, whatever those mean (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 7580, Dec 15 at 1320, YL with 8 tonal syllables, separated by pauses. Aoki shows it`s XingXing guanbgo diantai with “random numbers“ at 1300-1330 in H3E mode, 10 kW nondirexional from Kuanyin site; other half-hour broadcasts from same at 0500, 0600, and 1200. All these miss colliding with VOK`s Japanese service at 0700-1250, except the one at 1200. XingXing means StarStar. If the numbers are really random, the whole thing is pointless, disinformation. More likely they are not random, coded with some hidden significance.

Aoki also shows the 07 and 08 broadcasts are on 7688; at 02 and 03 on 9557; at 04 on 9570; at 09 and 1330 on 7553. H3E means single sideband, full carrier, but which? I did not notice one side was missing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 6890, Dec 15 at 0422, RTI via WYFR is in Chinese, not scheduled Spanish, and is // much stronger 6875, another long-running screwup in relay scheduling, as apparently they can only feed one language at a time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1595 monitoring: Dec 15 at 0500 check, 9955 is nothing but jamming, so it`s safe to assume that the first airing of WOR, on WRMI at 0430 UT Thursday, was also inaudible. Tnx a lot, Arnie! Further WRMI SW broadcasts are: Fri 0600, Sat 0900, 1600, 1830, Sun 0900, 1630, 1830, Mon 1230, plus many more webcasts.

On WTWW: Thursday 2200 on 9479, UT Sunday 0500 on 5755
On WBCQ: Thursday 2230 on 7490
On WWRB: UT Friday 0430v on 3195, 5050
On HLR: Tuesday 1030 on 5980
Also on WRN via SiriusXM 120 to NAm: Sat & Sun 1830, Sun 0930
Full schedule at http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11520, Dec 15 at 0503, WEWN English is the strongest signal on band (SSOB), and enough to bring with it the squeal and spur field peaking plus and minus 9 kHz; Second SSOB was its Spanish on 11870 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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