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Glenn Hauser logs January 26-28, 2012

** BULGARIA [and non]. 15600, Jan 28 at 1453, doomed R. Bulgaria with traditional women`s choral music we shall greatly miss, as we did a minute later when most of the rest of the hour was Bulgarian talk. Good signal but as always marred by squishy spur of varying pitch around 15601 caused by the recalcitrant WEWN 15610. From Feb 1, they can mess up 15600 all they want to (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 9600, Jan 27 at 1619, interview about Greece in English, fair signal, maybe BBC? No, it`s only CRI as soon mentioned “China Drive“ on Easy FM, a special holiday edition. Is 500 kW, 290 degrees from Jinhua site at 16-17 only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 7595, Jan 28 at 1351-1400*, Firedrake such as I have not heard for weeks in this time period, good signal but heavy RTTY QRM a few kHz on the hi side. Fearing it would be a waste of time to search for more up to 18 MHz, I did not. Unheard target no doubt Sound of Hope via Tajikistan, as in Aoki at 1330-1400 on 7605, but jumpable anywhere from 7515 to 7640. He also has one SOH segment on 7595 itself but only at 2230-2300, equally saultable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 7435 // 7220, Jan 28 at 1358, Radio Exterior de España IS again audible from Kunming site as prélude to 1400 Nepali service. 7220 had a lot of SSB QRhaM, by those who fail to appreciate this wacky anomaly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13640, Jan 27 at 1437, not on this frequency as it was 24 hours earlier, but back on scheduled 15380; likewise Jan 28.

13800 & 13840 approx., Jan 28 at 1515, pulse jamming spurs from 13820 vs R. Martí, as the DentroCuban Jamming Command refuses to confine its noise to the bandwidth where really `needed` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 15080, Jan 27 at 1437, Arabic with roaring noise added by R. Cairo, S7 to peaks S9+5. Is 250 kW, 241 degrees from Abis at 13-16.

15160, Jan 28 at 1505, humbuzz at propeller-pitch, no doubt another Abis failure, lacking any human-produced modulation, scheduled as R. Cairo in Ozbaki (Uzbek) at 1500-1600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Jan 28 at 1406, fair open carrier with flutter, some hum, maybe a trace of modulation, no doubt V. of Indonesia on its unique frequency, struggling to get back into service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Jan 27 at 1345, Shiokaze is finally in English again on Friday! Missing since KIS died; poor signal with usual Myanmar het on hi side; YL talking but hard to copy with accent, not headline stingers, but another bit of music inserted at 1348. Still on 5985 24.5 hours later, weak in unknown language (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MOROCCO [and non]. 15349.1, Jan 28 at 1503, pleased to find R Veritas Asia via VATICAN in the clear on 15350 with ID in passing, but IMM cut on at *1503:47 causing usual big het, so must have been a momentary failure, as I think I ran across it during the previous hour before RVA came on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MYANMAR. 7110, Jan 27 at 1351, presumed Myanma Radio, poor talk on AM with multiple QRhaM CW hets (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 910, Jan 26 at 2008 UT on caradio, “KVIS, your weather authority“, from Miamuh OK, making slight SAH with presumed TX station as usual, no AH, as someone speculated KVIS could have been source of a het (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 7325-, Jan 27 at 1357, usual JBA carrier after CRI cuts itself off, maybe some music; no better 24 hours later, presumed Wantok Radio Light (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 15190, Jan 28 at 1504, Brother Scare is still going via IRRS via ROMANIA, past usual 13-15 broadcast. Had not noticed this before, but why not? Since 10 am Saturday is when he performs his big live service with local psychophants assenting and amening. He`s also scheduled to be on WBCQ 15420v-CUSB Saturdays only at 15-16 and 17-18, but not audible there at 1504, just another presumed weak BBC Cyprus signal

As for 15190, ahá, latest HFCC B11 dated Jan 27 shows 300 kW, 100 degrees from MILano (meaning Tiganeshti, Romania site), has added a Saturday-only broadcast at 1500-1700 effective last week, Jan 21. BTW, they also have other preachers after 1500 as needed: Friday 1500-1515; and from Feb 5, Sunday 1500-1530. The Friday extension is on 115 degrees instead.

Oops! Vatican`s DRM broadcast to S Asia in English is also on 15185-15190-15195 DAILY at 1530-1600. There must have been a huge collision this Saturday when I had quit monitoring. Vatican aims to CIRAF 41 only as target, while IRRS includes 41 among many others, so collision bells should be ringing at HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 17745, Jan 28 at 1510 check, “Sudan Radio Service“ song, with echo (backscatter? Seems longpath from Skelton would be unlikely under current conditions), then YL with same confusing announcement as on previous weeks about change in schedule as from January 1. Anyhow, still in English during this hour on Saturdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 6875, UT Sat Jan 28 at 0621, RTI German instead of Spanish via WYFR, opening `Hörerbriefkasten` with novelty song, sounds funny, but you really need to understand colloquial Mandarin (Taiwanese?) to get anything out of it, so do they think their German audience is generally sinolingual? Mentions that it`s the Jahr des Drachens. This is the week there is supposed to be a monthly DX report segment from Europeans, but it`s too late so I will have to try the audio archive later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 15510, Sat Jan 28 at 1501, BBCWS on unusual frequency, good signal but flutter with news in English. 1506 into clip of scoring in a footballgame, Liverpool v Manchester United. 1509 found more BBC `Sportsworld` on inferior // 17780, and at 1514 on 13825 under R. Martí and jamming spread from 13820.

Once again, BBCWS blows away scheduled languages to replace them with stupid ballgames in English at least on Saturdays; HFCC shows:

15510 in Somali daily at 14-15 via Seychelles, and 15-17 via Cyprus
17780 in Hausa daily at 1400-1430 via Ascension, Hausa Saturdays 1430-1700 via Woofferton
13825 in Somali Saturdays at 1500-1700 via Cyprus

So is this just fill-in on Saturdays to give the Hausans and Somalis a day off? Or do stupid ballgames in English trump and pre-empt anything else on the BBC schedule? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9885, Jan 27 at 0654-0657* open carrier, off after brief tone-test. EiBi and HFCC show that 9885 is supposed to be transitioning from São Tomé to Meyerton RSA at 0600 daily, both IBB English, i.e. VOA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 21630, Jan 28 at 1512, another weekend, so WHRI activates 13m again, and splatters all over the place during wacky gospel huxter in English who is anti-lust, anti-fornication, and anti-murmuring, according to scripture listing stuff including seven other things that “tempt God“ ????. Can`t have that! The splatter was audible this time from 21540 to 21760 but the fundamental was only S9+19. With a few more dB it would no doubt cover the entire 13m band as previously (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Jan 28 at 1516, CODAR in the clear as WTWW-3 is off the air — or almost; I can hear a very weak carrier which I think might be its exciter, but checking HFCC I see that KTWR is scheduled on 12105 at 15-16 in Chinese. Another conflict is until 1430, IBB Sri Lanka in Burmese. On former 12100, WTWW had the frequency all to itself. Then WTWW Arabic cuts on briefly at 1517, then gone again.

Since last Wednesday I have been awaiting confirmation that the WTWW-2 test broadcast with Ted Randall taking calls on the air will occur this Saturday Jan 28 at 22-24 on 9990, UT Sunday Jan 29 at 00-04, but as of 1645 UT none has arrived, so I assume it will not be happening this week either; but check just in case (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1601: confirmed first broadcast Thursday Jan 26 at 2200:30 on WTWW 9479; and 2230 on WBCQ 7490; UT Friday 0430+ on WWRB webcast, presumably also 3195. Further airings this weekend are: UT Sunday 0500 on WTWW 5755; UT Monday 0330v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB; on WRMI 9955: Saturday 1830, Sunday 0900, 1630, 1830, Monday 1230. Also on WRN via Sirius/XM 120 Sat & Sun 1830, Sun 0930 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 720, Jan 26 at 2006 UT on caradio, WGN traffic control, weather is steady and R5, scarcely a sesquihour after local mean noon. WGN can make it on groundwave over a megameter away, but I think this was skywave. Checked 670, where WSCR sometimes mixes with KFTT Denver in the daytime, but now covered by splatter from WWLS OK 640 IBOC. No chance for 780 WBBM or 890 WLS either with OK stations upon them (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)