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Glenn Hauser logs December 27, 2011

** BOTSWANA. Shortly after posting my last logs, under USA [non], the likely explanation for VOA appearing on 15570 instead of 15580 at 21-22 UT Dec 26 occurred to me: because 15580 is used right up until 2100 by another site (Bonaire), Botswana tunes up before 2100 on 15570 instead, and simply stayed on it that day instead of switching to proper 15580. Such off-channel tuning up is common practice at IBB, tho not always avoiding open carriers/tones mixing with other stations or IBB Sites. Likely will be back on 15580 today Dec 27 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Dec 27, circa 1435 UT: none found, 7-19 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 6055, Dec 27 at 1414, R. Nikkei, JAPAN, has about equal-level co-channel QRM I had never noticed before, in Cambodian, still same past 1430. HFCC shows it`s CRI Khmer service at 14-15, 100 kW, 200 degrees from NNN = Nanning. Perhaps propagation from there was unusually favorable today. Other Japan signals were also weakish, such as 5985 and 6190 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 15630, Dec 27 at 1548, VOG with Greek music, good signal. Probably just came on, earlier than nominal *1600 in the curtailed 12-hour broadcast day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 6135, Shiokaze is missing for the first day, Dec 27 at 1358 and later, so I search elsewhere on 49m for it. 5985 must be the new/reactivated frequency from JSR Tokyo/Yamata, poor signal making het with off-frequency Myanmar at 1404, altho it doesn`t sound like the usual Shiokaze with sad piano music. Instead there is violin with piano music in the background of talk, in Japanese or Korean? None of the usual Shiokaze stingers either. 1423 still same, 1427 ID in Japanese, and still not the usual music, off after 1430 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. 6003, Dec 27 at 1401, bit of William Tell Overture, but then no Al Weiner, just Korean talk by YL, from Echo of Hope, well atop the continuous grind noise of Juche jamming. Also audible on 6348 but not so well vs jamming, which Aoki says is 250 kW vs 100 kW from EOH on both. V of the People modulation could also be heard vs jamming on 6518, 6600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Dec 27, IGIM still not on at 0637 or 0656 chex (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENIG DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 9760, Dec 27 at 1539, VOA Spe-cial Eng-lish news is quite undermodulated with hum from the ailing Tinang-2 transmitter; tho at least as strong as BBC Singapore on 9740, much softer sounding (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 7310, Dec 27 at 0638, RRI with `Pro Memoria` feature on the Romanization of Dacia, how the Latin language was leading to Romanian, like it overtook the Celtic dialect in Gaul. Just as this was getting deeper into the subject, it was over, 0642 on to `Song of the Day`. I had heard the same talk earlier Dec 26 after 2230 on 9435. 7310 is the biggest signal from Europe at 0630, loud & clear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 7205, Dec 27 at 1502, poor signal sounds like Persian, 1507 Russian-sounding music, so VOR Persian service, at 15-16, 200 kW, 147 degrees from Petrograd/Popovka. Aoki shows Eritrea and CNR13 = PBS Xinjiang from Urumqi in Uyghur are also on 7205 at this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. [cf. previous report starting under USA: WWCR] I have checked out the other scheduled RTI Spanish broadcast via WYFR, 02-03 on 9355, Dec 27 at 0213 & 0245: JBA carrier, can`t tell what it is; would expect WYFR to have a better signal than that, but nothing else is scheduled. On this transmission there is an RTI // on 11995 via GUIANA FRENCH: that is certainly on the air, but unmodulated carrier, both at 0213 and 0245 Dec 27. Also reconfirmed at 0430 that instead of Spanish at 04-05, 6890 via WYFR is still in Chinese // 6875. Would Europeans please check the 20-21 UT broadcast on 3965 via FRANCE – is it really RTI in Spanish?

Dan Elyea of WYFR writes Dec 27: “Hello, Glenn, I’m retiring from the Secretary-Treasurer position with NASB; still working fulltime with FR, though I’m well past “normal” retirement age.

The meltdown is being sorted out, piece-by-piece. Mysteriously, the issues saturate the system from stem-to-stern. Progress is being made, but there still remain problems to be resolved.

The RTI program feed has multiple users — it’s not tailored just for WYFR release times; normally, there is a system of automated recordings for later automated playback in the proper timeslot. 73.
Dan“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15809.4 & 15840.6, Dec 27 at 1539, WWCR-1 spurs from 15825 are still detectable with BFO, but way down compared to the bigsig on 15825, which is not splattering over half the 19m band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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