** CHINA. Firedrake April 21, before 1230:
15435, good at 1226. Hope they and VOT stayed that far from Turkey today, starting up on 15450.
13130, fair at 1344; none in the 12s, 13s
13850, good at 1337
15490, good at 1342
15565, good at 1342
15970, good at 1337
16100, very good at 1340
17250, JBA at 1338
17450, very good at 1338; none in the 18s
15615, good at 1410, atop WEWN English making SAH of about 6 Hz. I continue to marvel at how WEWN could jump into the Firedrake, when they should have stayed on their usual channel 15610! Their own frying pan of spurs go wherever Vandiver goes
17570, good at 1418, atop V. of Tibet/Madagascar audible under
14700, very good at 1459
15800, very good at 1457
15970, very good at 1457
17250, very good at 1459
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 9955, Saturday April 21 at 1150, the DentroCuban Jamming Command suffers the `Reality in Jesus` preacher on WRMI to be heard in English; after 1200, wall-of-noise vs R. Libertad. Jamming also off by 1500 when WORLD OF RADIO came on, but — see U S A (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EUROPE. 15843-USB, April 21 at 1233, first check for today`s pre-publicized transmission of R. Spaceshuttle International from “Scandinavia“, where “Dick Spacewalker“ told me he wanted to play the latest WORLD OF RADIO four times between 09 and 18 UT: 0915, 1215, 1515, 1715. It`s just barely audible, with occasional peaks to barely audible.
At first I hear some rock music, so no WOR. But at 1235 a familiar voice, as he has picked up WOR at the `Europe` point where I am talking about this very transmission, and some following items. At 1240 break for another voice, music, boings. 1246 it`s I again, at New Zealand; 1257 music; generally weaker after 1300; 1324 peaking a bit, 1332 talk. Last check at 1421, JBA.
At first on the analog dial I assumed it was on publicized 15845-USB, but at 1333 comparing to WWCR 13845, it became obvious RSI was really on 15843, no doubt to distance itself from Galei Zahal, Israel which in the meantime had reactivated 15850 — it was no problem at all here, zero to JBA.
This was widely heard from Japan to Europe to western North America, where Walt Salmaniw had WORLD OF RADIO at 1519. Erik Køie, Denmark, found their website with contact info and some sexy QSLs:http://spaceshuttleradio.freeservers.com/
Reports and comment to spaceshuttleradio @ yahoo.com e-mail address. Report for posted QSL-cards to Radio Spaceshuttle International, P. O. Box 2702, 6049ZG Herten, The Netherlands. The site does not mention today`s transmission. It was really too weak here to make out what they were saying, but frequency and hearing myself banish any doubt (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUATEMALA. 4055, UT Saturday April 21 at 0454, R. Verdade(e), not in Spanish but Brazilian Portuguese, dramatic religious narration with music. Next check around 1155, was still audible but about to fade out, today`s Enid sunrise being 1150 UT, moving 8-9 minutes earlier per week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN. 13785, April 21 at 1217, Arabic talk about Israel, punxuated by bits of Beethoven symphonies, good signal with flutter, just about the SSOB, i.e. VIRI, 0530-1427, 500 kW, 178 degrees from Kamalabad (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JORDAN. 11960, April 21 at 0456, no signal here, nor at various earlier chex. (Turkey was fair on 11980). Erik Køie in Denmark and Wolfgang Büschel in Germany have also been looking for this without success, nor the 15290 broadcast at 1100. Wolfy says 11960 was last heard January 4 at 0516. So it appears that another country is totally gone from SW. For years R. Jordan had retained only two token broadcasts in Arabic, domestic relays:
(winter timings one hour later)(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. 7275, April 21 at 1159, IS and KBS World Radio from Seoul, ROK, ID in English, 1200 into Korean. Poor signal on 250-kW non-direxional direct from Kimjae.
9650, April 21 at 1250, KBSWR via CANADA, tuned in too late to hear Kevin O`Donovan whose listening tips were just ending (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, April 20 at *1800, R. Kuwait in “Arabic“ (per HFCC, axually English), cuts on good strength just in time for timesignal, brief national anthem by military band; 1801 opening English with frequencies 963, 93.3 (listed as the multilingual service; used to be on matching 96.3, which is now “Easy FM“), and, after *years* on 15540, still claims to be on SW 11990!
Obviously their announcers never turn on a radio to their own station, and/or are forbidden from straying from the script. Answering my own question of yesterday, yes, the Islamic evangelism show is back at 1801:30 UT after a spell at 1900; pompous/ponderous announcer seemed to give the title as `Islam Is Peace`, yawn and tuning on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. 7440-DRM, April 21 at 1158, noise from 7435 to 7445, no doubt RNZI as now scheduled ex-7285; recheck at 1201, 7445 is now in AM! Good signal with NZ news in English, but cut off abruptly at 1202*. Today`s schedule at http://www.rnzi.com/pages/listen.php
still shows DRM *off* 7440 between 1158 and 1551, but AM from 1159 to 1258 is supposed to be on 9655. Could not hear it there by 1207, tho that signal is never good here as it`s only on the NW antenna toward Timor, Bougainville, PNG. Was this hour also on some other frequency today? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAJIKISTAN. 11500, April 21 at 1210, just hum on fair carrier, from the Orzu relay of V. of Russia in English to S Asia; and probably the same for the next two sesquihours, Hindi and English scheduled until 1500, a perpetual problem. Sometimes also colliding with Firedrake as required by Sound of Hope (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 15450, April 21 at 1226, VOT IS and IDs in English, good signal. At one point there was a glitch/bad edit as the first few notes were repeated, or switching feed source? Accurate timesignal at 1230 and opening English with program summary, including `Anatolian Legends` rather than `DX Corner` for which this is an off-week. Firedrake was on 15435 and hope it stayed that far away (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1613 monitoring: confirmed on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB/LSB, UT Saturday April 21 from 0132.5; followed the `International Radio Report` from CKUT, latest episode with guest Wojtek Gwiazda about the RCI situation. IRR had been on A51 for several months on UT Mondays just before WOR, so is this a new regular slot? It`s on the worldmicroscope schedule this week for 0100, but if `Allan Weiner Worldwide` runs way over that will also bump WOR later than 0130 (which is OK with us for more nightside propagation, but when?).
WOR 1613 also confirmed on WRMI 9955, Saturday April 21 at 1501, no jamming but nevertheless just barely audible, and bothered by splatter all the way from 9980 WWCR Brother Scare. Repeats on 9955: Saturday 1730, Sunday 0800, 1530, 1730, Monday 0500, 1130. On WTWW: UT Sunday 0400 on 5755. See also EUROPE: R. Spaceshuttle International (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15180, April 21 at 1340, “Mona Lisa“, sounds like Nat King Cole, i.e. VOA Korean service which plays a lot from The American Songbook, but 1341 fade him out to `I Love English` lessons with Jennifer Yu, who is satisfied with her apartment location, convenient for commuting, etc.
At 1347 found same on weaker 11940 but not synchronized while 15180 and 7225 were in synch. Sites: 7225 and 15180 both Tinang, PHILIPPINES — O o, 11940 not in HFCC, must be another new frequency not yet making it into the registry? No, it`s listed as 11935 TINIAN, also by Aoki, EiBi. I could have sworn it was 10, not 5 kHz above the open carrier on 11930, presumed R. Martí warming up for *1400, but did not pin the frequency down for sure (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15420-CUSB, April 21 at 1359, “WBCQ, The Planet“ IDs and fanfare IS loop, 1400 JIP BS in Sabbath hymn; fair signal so far. Normally on air this early only on Saturdays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)