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Glenn Hauser logs April 12-13, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. 9580, Friday April 13 at 1330, RA with `Religion & Ethix Report` from RN; first segment a negative post-game evaluation of ABC TV program `Q&A` debate between Cardinal Pell and Atheist Richard Dawkins. Then about divisions in the so-called “Uniting Church“ as Rev. Harry Herbert is about to retire; and also two Aussie faxions of the Greek Orthodox attempting to reunify as GO Easter is nigh (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA [and non]. 9760 & 9765, Apr 13 at 1322, CRI English unusually adjacent to itself, both weak, a reverb apart. HFCC and EiBi show
9760 at 12-14, 500 kW, 135 degrees from Kunming, and
9765 at 13-15, 500 kW, 292 degrees from Xi`an
9760 collides with VOA `Jazz America` at 13-14 weekends; 9765 is no longer in use by REE/Costa Rica before 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 13: 15615, good at 1407. No thoro search today, but this one is quite reliable in this semihour: Aoki shows the target is “15613* VOICE OF TIBET 1401-1430 1234567 Tibetan 100 131 Dushanbe-Yangiyul TJK 06848E 3829N VOTi a12“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15140, April 12 at 2157, big OC and hum, then I can hear the RHC IS just barely modulated. Regular mod after 2200 on this new frequency for the separate Roundtable TV simulcast, irregular mostly on weekdays. Don`t you believe the time in RHC`s own schedule:
“MESA REDONDA (Lunes a Viernes y días especiales)
América del Norte 6000/15140 22:30–24 UTC“

17580, April 13 at 1405, RHC is still on here // 17730, instead of cutting it off at 1400* as they usually do including yesterday contrary to their own schedule. Chances are high that at any random time you tune into RHC, they will be talking obsessively about Los 5, like now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, April 12 at 2120, R. Africa is still on later than yet heard since its reactivation, now with African-accented g.h. in English, re Sodom & Gomorra [spellings approved by MS word but yahoomail and/or Mozilla disapprove of the latter; Google says Gomorrah]; and still at 2137, but gone at next check 2144, leaving JBA carrier, presumably ZY. Shux, missed the sign-off — except there probably wasn`t any, let alone an ID. Has anyone *ever* heard one since R. Africa was resurrected?

Note that WYFR is finally moving from 15190 to 15745 from April 16 for the 2200-0045 Portuguese broadcast; its carrier could be on by 2145; see U S A.

15190, April 13 at 1502, a very poor signal, maybe two of them, as on Fridays, IRRS via ROMANIA is supposed to run until 1515 with an Arabic PS to BS, and like yesterday, R. Africa could also be on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 17620, April 13 at 1257, RFI poor signal in French promoting all the platforms it`s on, still including OC after all the others, just before scheduled closing of its drastically curtailed use of this frequency, per HFCC now only at 08-09 and 12-13, both 185 degrees to Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIAN. 9526-, April 13 at 1317, VOI English in the clear, undermodulation almost readable with `Update` on what would be a sufficient signal. It`s enough to tell they are *still* suffering from IADs = intermittent audio dropouts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [and non]. 17660, April 13 at 0526, poor signal with music, 0530 announcement, no doubt the “Bosnian“ hour of IRIB, 500 kW, 297 degrees from Kamalabad. Is there really a Bosnian dialect distinct from Serbian or Croatian? Or by “Bosnian“ is IRIB just implying the Moslems speaking something Slavic? Almost the OSOB, but also weaker 17855 RFA Saipan and:

17550, April 13 at 0530 Qur`an, another IRIB, starting its 11-hour Arabic broadcast, also 500 kW, 259 degrees from Kamalabad. It`s slightly weaker than 17660, as you would expect from the azimuths (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 9335, April 13 at 1310, VOK English automaton with super-superlatives about the regime, nothing detectable about the satellite launch failure, totally risible. Atop CCI from IBB TINIAN at 1230-1430 per HFCC where the details are now censored, as EiBi points out; for those, consult his schedule: R. Free Asia, Burmese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 6020, April 13 at 1330, Shiokaze piano music barely audible under R. Australia, and presumed in English on Friday; I soon switched to 9580 to hear RA better (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 17550, April 12 at 2110, R. Kuwait secret Arabic to US is JBA, unlike yesterday; but despite much further into the night, at 2354 now with fair signal, and off at 2403 recheck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, April 13 at 0534, VON is JBM with hum and whine; at least it`s on in non-DRM and propagating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TUNISIA [and non]. 7275, April 13 at 0542, usual reliable signal from IWT is absent: I soon find it instead on 7225, mixing about equally with the TWR IS, prior to its Polish via AUSTRIA at 0544-0559 only! This has happened a few times before: IWT forgets to retune the transmitter from previous evening frequency 7225 (1658-2110 per EiBi) to morning frequency 7275 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 7260, April 12 at 2355, very poor signal in non-English, M&W conversing right past 2400 when automatic timesignal played. Some SSB QRM, and a ham kept cutting an AM carrier on and off at 7258. Still the same but even weaker at 0100 April 13 timesignal, audible at 0113. Presumed TRT, except it`s not supposed to start until 0000. Was checking out a report of something in English on this frequency at 0110 April 10, but no sign of that (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [non]. 17510, April 13 at 1258, B-B-C- chimes, very poor signal. Preceding 1300-1330 Uzbek, 300 kW, 57 degrees via CYPRUS. And thus no doubt about to be hit by ChiCom jamming to prevent any Turkic-language speakers dentro-China from being corrupted.

BTW, when did the Cyprus relay resume full operations, if it ever did, following the power plant explosion a few months ago? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7811-USB, April 13 at 0544-0546, AFN with Jim Hightower commentary on bank gouging. Not posted yet on his website, but should soon appear at
Oooh, during the time I was compiling this report, it did appear,
“Snarling Banker“ with link to a significant activist website he usually closes with:
Same commentary reheard at 1506 UT Friday on KRZA webcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1612 monitoring: confirmed with usual excellent signal on WTWW 9479, Thursday April 12 at 2100; next airing presumed on reliable WWRB 5050 at 0330 UT Friday April 13. Thence: 0100v-0135v UT Saturday on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB/LSB; UT Sunday 0400 on WTWW 5755. And on WRMI 9955: Sat 0800, 1500, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730, Mon 0500, 1130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 17550, April 12 at *1830 tonal African language starts, mentioning Jesu Christi, good signal with some hum; soon I hear the Family Radio theme, so it`s some new relay for them. Asked Dan Elyea at WYFR and he confirms it`s Hausa via ASCENSION, 1830-1930, among schedule changes from April 6, ex-9685 via UAE.

Also heard from WYFR about an Okeechobee frequency change coming April 16: 2200-0100 at 142 degrees, delete 15190, add 15745. So after several A-seasons colliding their own Portuguese with Brasil`s secular R. Inconfidência, which is licensed for 15190 and nowhere else on 19m, FR are *finally* resolving this issue. Looks like it took a new frequency manager who is paying more attention than the late Stan Leinwoll, but who? This also avoids any possibility of colliding with R. Africa if it ever stay on that late any more; it was on past 2137 April 12. See EQUATORIAL GUINEA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9390, April 13 at 1315, WEWN missing from its scheduled English frequency, at last no longer blasting its spurs against adjacent Brother Scare on 9385 WWRB. The two Spanish frequencies 11550 and 12050 are on as usual.

1435 recheck, still no 9390 (and not back on 15610 either as in B-11), so BS with his own dire mañana predixions of doom are again untainted by papist QRM.

1502, 15610 is on with carrier, 1503 sign-on “joining program in progress“. WEWN website still shows 9390; have they finally caught on that 5 kHz from another US SW station is not a good idea? If there`s a new frequency before 1500, it`s as yet unfound and unpublished. Or maybe it was off to abolish the spurs, having read my explanation of the cause and the fix? Don`t count on it! 15610 was too weak to evaluate them yet today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 650, April 12 at 2050 UT on caradio, rather quiet conditions and IBOC off from WWLS 640, audiblized a SAH and mix of talk and music here long before sunset: the closest two, possible at the edge of their groundwave reaches, some 500 miles away, are KGAB near Cheyenne WY (8500 watts, which I have heard before in the daytime), and KIKK near Houston TX (but it`s only 250 watts). Wonder if there is a closer stray mixing product or inband TIS in the mix? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Re 17660.2v at 1402-1500+ April 12, the `banshee` against 17660 Saudi Arabia, Noel R. Green, England, replies:

“I also heard this, and thought maybe it was another sender having transmitter problems. NHK is not scheduled on this frequency, so it wasn’t them – too strong, anyway. Riyadh was in French, and appeared to be steady on channel. I *thought* I could hear another voice occasionally in the background, but it was impossible to tell what that might have been. We know that ARS senders can buzz like a bee – let’s hope they don’t start wailing like banshees too!!! What’s happened to their new ones – I can’t believe they are unable to pay the bill“ (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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