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Glenn Hauser logs March 3, 2012

** BRAZIL. 28485-USB, March 3 at 1438 during CQ Contest, one of only a few signals on 10m making it was PX5E; has a bit of reverb on his mike, and furthermore, interruptions by some other sounds: suspect another op in same room is tripping his vox! Maybe not, seems to be an individual op, not a club station, per QRZ.com, but why use a different callsign? Because it takes another second to pronounce 5 characters fonetically instead of 4, thereby lessening the score!

PX5E
Op. Sérgio – PP5JR ; QSL via ai4u
Morro da Boa Vista
Rancho Queimado – SC
Brazil

Checked 10m after finding 15m full of contest SSB signals, while 13m adjacent BC band [how can they be “adjacent“ when they are two meters apart??? Answer: the ham band is really 14m!] had only very poor AM signals from some of the few Eurasian broadcasters, Saudi/Kuwait/Spain. This says something about propagation and the relative activity levels of broadcasters vs ordinary hams vs contesting hams. Meanwhile, no contest activity on 12m (nor any SSB signals, just some CW), and only ragchew contacts on “17m“, so these so-called “WARC bands“ must be free of such contesting overload (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also JAMAICA

** BRAZIL [and non]. 11925.0, Sat March 3 at 0555, two weak stations mixing about equally with slow SAH. R. Bandeirantes is normally 0.1 to 0.2 kHz off-frequency, so surely it`s two other stations? But the only other one scheduled at 05-06 is BBCWS in Kinyarwanda/Kirundi via SOUTH AFRICA, 250 kW at 7 degrees daily per HFCC, Sat & Sun only per Aoki. Tried to // what sounded like Brazilian to 9645.3v, another Bandeirantes frequency, difficult due to Vatihet, but that went off at 0558 for a semihour break. At 0600 after a 5- or 6-pip timesignal from one of them, BBC was off making it easier to make the // so 11925.0 really is Bandeirantes back on-frequency! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake March 3, before 1400:
12230, fair with flutter at 1356; none higher to 15 MHz by 1400
11500, very poor at 1359-1400*

Before 1500:
15800, good at 1423, and still/again fair at 1446, none higher; 15800 is seldom heard, but Aoki has 100-watt Sound of Hope nuisance here up to 23 hours a day
12980, fair with flutter at 1446
12500, fair at 1448
11500, poor at 1449
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 530, 0341 UT March 2, William Tell Overture which I thought a bit too classical for R. Enciclopedia EZL format, but apparently thence with Spanish announcement following amid CubaRM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11840, March 3 at 0603, RHC is running late on this frequency starting `Sonido Cubano` with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, only fair signal, and none of the lower ones found still running, while 11840 too was soon gone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAMAICA. 28434-USB, March 3 at 1436, only a few signals on 10m during CQ contest including 6Y1V, making lots of contacts with 59K signal reports (K = he is running a kilowatt); at 1437 with VA3BL, unheard nor any of his other contacts. QRZ.com leads to website http://www.6y1v.com/ — “Welcome to 6Y1V, the contest superstation of K1LZ (Krassy Petkov) & KY1V (David Kopacz) at the home of 6Y5GC (George Campbell) in Hopewell, Jamaica. We hope to hear you on the air you soon.“ [sic] Only if they my listen to my SWBC stations. Try WRMI at 1830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See BRAZIL

** KOREA NORTH. 9335, March 3 at 1451, martial music concluding the French hour of VOK, but nothing audible on 11710 except a JBA carrier which could have been something else; OC until 1500 IS and opening English. VOK`s broadcasts as well as Juche jamming have been sporadic and unpredictable lately (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. 6518, March 3 at 1350, weak Korean and no jamming audible, as it`s become quite sporadic lately, nor on // 6600. But 6518 had het and QRM from the 6520 local Enid mixing product I reported recently, computed as 4 x 1390 = 5560 + 960 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, good March 3 at 0611, IGIM is already on with chanting. Often it doesn`t pop on until after 0630. You never know when it will appear (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, March 3 at 0553, VON is fairly audible with hum, M&W conversing in English, also wobble on the carrier frequency. Most nights cannot get them at all (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 15510, March 3 at 1525, BBCWS is back in English this week, or at the moment, instead of scheduled Somali 15-17 via CYPRUS on Saturdays only. Interview, then a clip of SBG coverage, so it`s mandatory `Sportsworld`, // an echo apart from 9740 SINGAPORE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7811-USB, 5446.5-USB, 12133.5-USB, AFN at 0644-0646 UT Tue-Sat with Jim Hightower commentaries, always cuts off the closing which we do hear e.g. via KRZA webcast at 1606-1608 UT M-F, referring to his website http://www.hightowerlowdown.org which includes text and audio of each program (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1606 monitoring: 5110v-CUSB, UT Sat March 3 at 0204-0233, at new time, via Area 51 on WBCQ, confirmed on webcast tho I did not have a chance to check the SW. Further airings this weekend: 9955 WRMI, Sat 1830, Sun 0900, 1630, 1830, Mon 0600; 5755 WTWW, UT Sun 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, UT Sat March 3 at 0607, no more Channel Africa in English via WRN via WRMI; instead something in Spanish with pulse jamming at about equal level to it. Eventually hear Catholic keywords such as “novena“, “virgen María“, seemed like discussion of itinerary for upcoming papal visit to Cuba et al. 0629 outro as `En Camino` Friday program until next week, “Laudetur Iesus Christus“, so it is Vatican Radio; 0630 WRMI bilingual ID and into usual R. Praga in Spanish. As often, this change is not yet shown in the WRMI program grid dated Feb 22. So is WRN/ChAf also gone from UT Tue-Fri? Awaiting response from Jeff White about what`s now scheduled at 0600-0630 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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