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Glenn Hauser logs January 29-30, 2012

** BELGIUM [non]. 17765, Sunday Jan 29 at 2021, RCI Portuguese service has VG signal on AM, but QRDRM noise clearly audible on 17765, 10 kHz away from “The Disco Palace“ TDP Radio in DRM via GUIANA FRENCH centered on 17755, which theoretically has a bandwidth of 10 kHz, i.e. 17750-17760 but is really more than 20 kHz.

This RCI service is on weekends only, Fri-Sat-Sun. It`s also repeated at 2100-2130, and checked at 2110 in the clear, as the DRM broadcast is now only one hour instead of two from 2000, tho still registered in HFCC B-11 as 20-22 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BULGARIA. 15600, Jan 30 at 1451-1500* mostly choral music from R. Bulgaria on its penultimate day, Bulgarian service. Juan Franco Crespo received word from the Spanish sexion that they will affix a special seal to QSLs for reports of their last day on shortwave, Jan 31.

Previously reported termination time is 2200 UT Jan 31, so the Monday night (+ early UT Tuesday) English broadcasts to North America will be the final ones to us: 22-23, 00-01 and 03-04 on 7400, 5900; and after that, to Europe but also USward: 0730-0800 on 7400, 9400; 1830-1900 on 7400, 9700. The absolute final broadcasts should be at 2100-2200 Tuesday Jan 31: Spanish on 6000, 9400; French on 5900, 7400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ITALY [non]. 15190, Jan 30 at 1258 unknown programming in English, as RRI Tiganeshti, ROMANIA turns on the transmitter early with modulation from whatever is being fed from Milano; 1258:30 “Triumphal March from Aïda“ by Verdi, the IRRS themesong until 1300 quick IRRS, Milano ID, pause and then The Overcomer Ministry, starting with someone other than Brother Scare in progress, talking and singing, and several sex out of synch with WWRB, still audible on 3185 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 6055, Jan 30 at 1420 past 1445, R. Nikkei with continuous energetic and repetitive techno music, fair signal. They certainly present a variety of music (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH. 6600 & 6518, Jan 30 at 0626, V. of the People in Korean, poor but audible roughly 2.5 hours before sunset there, and no jamming this early. However, no female version of MND Radio in between at 6550, as S. Hasegawa says that broadcast has been moved an hour earlier to 0500-0540, also on 6435, and both also at 1000-1040; while the male version is at 0400-0440 and 1200-1240 on 6230, 6135 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Jan 30 at 0623, IGIM is on and chanting; MUF quite lo tonight, not much above 8 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Pre-sunrise MW DX Jan 30; ours is not until 1335 UT:

620, Jan 30 at 1303 UT, instrumental NA, 1305 another anthem, of the state? vocal by M. 1307 sign-on mentioning 10 kW in Chihuahua, so XEBU in Chihuahua city, a frequent catch claiming double its listed power.

700, Jan 30 at 1304 UT, soft-spoken YL in Spanish with birthday greetings, introducing mañanitas in three languages, Mayo, Yaqui and Guarijío. (Mayo is invariable, apparently different from Maya; Guarijía is OK when feminine is required.) First one is a guy with guitar, not the usual tune heard in Spanish about Rey David, etc. 1309 segué to another one with different instrumentation. 1310 back to soft-spoken YL DJ with immediate ID as XEETCH, La Voz de los Tres Rios, greeting listeners in Chihuahua as well as Sonora, timecheck at 1311 as 6:10; 1312 quick canned ID by M in another language; 1313 start music program for the three ethnic groups, rustic tunes. Signal is fair but steady with hardly any CCI, more of a problem being ACI, perhaps KGGF 690 splatter. At 1324 runs a couple of federal PSAs, 1326 YL ID again.

Now there is some CCI growing in English as XEETCH fades, making a SAH of 3 or 4 Hz which I can`t null, likely WLW resurging, which is close to collinear in the opposite direxion. It`s not unusual for eastward US stations to appear *after* the westward Mexicans around sunrise, when you`d think the east would have faded out for the day.

XEETCH is a 5-kW daytimer in Etchojoa, Sonora, one of the federal government`s indigenous outlets. Here`s all about it :
http://www.cdi.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=862&Itemid=44
including illustrations, linx to a map and audio streaming. Etchojoa is on the road between Navojoa and Huatabampo at the southern end of Sonora. Some listings put XEETCH in Navojoa.

870, Jan 30 at 1318 as soon as I intune, ID for Chihuahua`s XETAR, La Voz de la Sierra Tarahumara, also with YL host, not as good as XEETCH today; XETAR starts at 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Jan 29 at 1837 check, WRMI is back on air, with WORLD OF RADIO 1601, clear of jamming but weak. Jeff White says they had a transmitter problem when I heard them go off Jan 28 after 2200, but they were back on around 1800 Jan 29. Next check at 2108, 9955 now with full-bore jamming, totally blotting scheduled English religionist Jack Van Impe, prior to 2130 `Foro Revolucionario`.

9955, Monday Jan 30 at 1242 check, nothing but wall of noise jamming audible during one of the few remaining WOR SW airtimes on WRMI. Tnx a lot, Arnie! Current WRMI schedule grid shows there is *nothing* “needing“ DentroCuban jamming during this hour on any day of the week.

WOR 1601 confirmed on webcast of Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB, UT Monday Jan 30 at 0400 running a bit late as usual, having reached Papua New Guinea, from nominal 0330 start fortnightly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 13765, Jan 30 at 1449, VR IS, 1450 “Laudetur Jesus Christus“, as they are transitioning in Latin from Hindi to Tamil; poor signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VENEZUELA [non]. Further chex of `Aló, Presidente` via CUBA, Sunday Jan 29: at 1838, 13750 was off, but the other four frequencies continued: 13680 now a very strong signal as if the transmitter/antenna on 13750 had moved there; weaker 17750 undermodulated, 15370 with ACI from RCI 15365, 11690 vs NAA RTTY. Recheck 1920, same with those four still on later than usual, but surely not for much longer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)