** CHINA. Firedrake Jan 13: finally heard one, only one:
9200, very poor at 1322; none higher up to 18 MHz by 1335 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 9810, Jan 13 at 0540, RHC S9+20 but quite undermodulated in Spanish.
11760, Jan 13 at 1326, a bit surprised to hear some lo-fi bits of the Guatemalan national anthem (as heard better nightly and completely on R. Verdad 4005 after 0600 except UT Mondays), here from RHC. It was a feature about José Joaquín Palma, the Cuban credited with writing its words if not the music too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Jan 13 at 1405, Shiokaze with YL in Japanese, plus piano and het from Myanmar; via JSR Tokyo/Yamata, JAPAN. Still no English resumed on Fridays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MAURITANIA. 7245, Friday Jan 13 at 0533, IGIM is already on with YL in Arabic; 0634 chanting (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA. 15460 & 17530, Jan 13 at 1334, RRI in German again with the strange audio artifacts on the modulation, not as bad as before. Kai Ludwig in target area Germany tried to monitor this Jan 12 at 1300, but the signals were too weak, while they inboom to deep N America. It seems RRI is really overshooting its target with this transmission; should be on lower frequencies for closer Germany (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. St. Petersburg Regional Centre, 10th anniversary QSL, received Jan 12 for Dec 4, 2011 report of 6135 at 0247-0300 UT. Very nice design, and full details on back with rubber stamp from Mikhail Timofeyev. Thanks, Mikhail for offering this beautiful card:
These are added to our QSL gallery via
And also here is the envelope: the large stamp has multi-colored sparkles on the ornament and lettering depending on the angle viewed:
Postmarked 16 Dec, so airmail took 27 days. Mikhail says there have been problems in postal contacts between our countries
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 15225, Jan 13 at 1505, big buzz mixing with and no doubt emanating from BSKSA transmitter in Arabic, // much better unbuzzed 15435. Still the same at 1550, both from Riyadh, 295 and 320 degrees respectively. Wolfgang Büschel reports some new SW transmitters are being installed which we hope will get rid of this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAIWAN [non]. 6875, Jan 13 at 0544, RTI via WYFR is still in wrong language, Chinese instead of English; and after 0600 still in German instead of Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1599 monitoring: confirmed Thursday Jan 12 at 2200 on WTWW 9479, and at 2230 on WBCQ 7415. And on WWRB 3195, UT Friday Jan 13 at 0430:40, after a respectful 70-second pause following the SC preacher until 0429:30. Earlier that evening, there were reports it was playing jazz music instead of regular programming.
At the end of WOR, Dave Frantz made an announcement that since Jan 1, WWRB has been broadcasting the original KJV Bible of 1611y, six hours a day to Latin America on 5050; and wants donations to expand it to 24 hours (which would require a different daytime frequency, maybe previously tested 15795?).
More SW airings of WOR: WRMI 9955: Sat 0900, 1600, 1830, Sun 0900, 1630, 1830, Mon 1230. WTWW 5755: UT Sun 0500. WBCQ 5110v-CUSB on Area 51: UT Mon 0330v, probably (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7490, Jan 13 at 0531, WBCQ is not on the air for a change, previously heard running unscheduled more than an hour later. And unlike last night, 9330-CUSB is on and propagating at 0631 with hard-sell preacher. Seems like there is more of that and less soft-sell from Good Friends Radio Network lately, but I hasten to tune away no matter what (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 760, Jan 13 as I tune across at 1346 UT, full ID for KMTL in Arkansas, ad for Golden Corral in N Little Rock, gospel music. Made fast SAH of 15-20 Hz with nullable preaching KCCV Kansas City area, about 90 degrees away. KMTL COL is Sherwood AR, a NE LR suburb, 10 kW daytimer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** UZBEKISTAN. 7510, Jan 13 at 1310, open carrier with flutter. What will it become? 1319 recheck in undermodulated talk, unknown language. 1330 continues with bits of music, talk; 1358 keeps going past 1400 with no discernible ID. Uplooked later in HFCC, it`s TWR to S Asia at 13-16, 100 kW, 131 degrees from Tashkent. Aoki shows it`s really on the air from 1315 to 1615 in Hindi and a variety of Indian languages, starting with Dogri M-F at 1315-1330, Hindi Sat & Sun 1315-1430. On this Friday the next language was Hindi at 1330-1415.
BTW, Aoki shows another strange entry on 7510, VOA, 316 degrees via Thailand at 1930-1945 in Croatian! Until Nov 23 and now off the air. That certainly makes no sense (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 7200, Jan 13 at 0533, weak Horn of Africa music, and a SAH between two stations, presumably Sudan and Ethiopia and/or Eritrea. I`ve been fooled before with seeming `HoA` music coming from Sudan, or services to Sudan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)