13780, fair at 1727. Aoki shows target must be RFA in Chinese via Tajikistan at 17-20 (which also collides with RFI in French at 18-20, if really on). One would expect CNR1 jamming instead. No full bandscan at this time, but checked one other RFA frequency:
9455, poor at 1729, Firedrake here too.
Following geomag storm with K index hitting 6, reception is generally poor if it is: hi latitude, multi-hop, or above 10 MHz. NO Firedrake found 11-18 MHz around 1340 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 7210-LSB, April 24 at 1228, N4RAU in Miami and N1NR in Pennsylvania exchanging SS anti-communist and anti-socialist barbs (socialism ruined France, Spain, they say, not to mention Cuba for 53 years). Weak broadcast carrier from presumed 20 kW Kunming is not enough of a BFO.
7110-LSB at 1232 April 24 also had unID SS ham mentioning Sancti Spíritus, oblivious of blocking weak music from Myanmar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 11750, April 24 at *1255 RHC carrier comes on, but not strong enough to completely cover BBC; see UK [non].
15340, April 24 at 1305 no signal yet from RHC, tho 15230 is on. 15340 carrier on late at *1306 and soon JIP modulation added to become the SSOB as hi-latitude paths are attenuated. At 1307, 17730 is VG but no signal on 17580 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 15540, April 23 at 1900, R. Kuwait, fair signal in English with “Art of Giving“ talk, on humanitarian aid by Kuwaiti government to other countries, development projects, etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA. 15115-15120-15125, April 23 at 1858, can`t hear any DRM from VON until I turn on the BFO, revealing its noise weakly (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN SOUTH [non]. 15725, looking for V. of South Sudan, new clandestine first reported after 1830 April 19 by Rodolfo Tizzi, Uruguay, as quoted in my previous report:
April 23 around 1730, 1800, 1830, 1900, monitored a few minutes each before and after these hours, and absolutely nothing audible, not even a carrier. Others further east heard it neither, including Chris Greenway, UK:
“Same result in Caversham yesterday (23 April) – nil on 15725 at 1830. Given that the tension continues (yesterday, President Bashir visited a contested border region and told his troops that the only language South Sudan’s government understood was guns and bullets) we should assume that the station is still active, but has moved to a different time and/or frequency.“
Or maybe not scheduled every day. When and where will it be rediscovered? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 15520, April 23 until 1724* tuned across just in time to hear the VOT IS once on poor signal, and off. This means the 1630 English broadcast might be listenable here tho aimed eastward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K. 11750, April 23 at 1240, BBCWS Newshour is originating today from WBUR in Boston, Robin Lustig with discussion of the wealth gap in America, how Massachusetts politicians don`t connect well with the rest of the country, being too well-educated, well-off and stand-offish by nature. Back to London tomorrow. This hour only is via THAILAND, 25 degrees also USward. RHC carrier came on at *1255 but BBC still audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15730, April 23 at *1902 open carrier comes on, no doubt VOA Greenville setting up for the 2000 broadcast in French. The aging equipment is subject to unexpected breakdowns, so they need to be sure everything is set to go each day well before the time needed. BTW, supply of QSL cards has been restocked for reports direct to transmitter site, this time with VOA logo in red, white and blue (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 17690, April 23 at 1722 good umlauty signal in Türkish, i.e. YFR via Woofferton UK, 17-19, which went into effect April 14 per HFCC. Come on, Protestants, millennialists in Turkey? Surely if they want to be Christian they would be Orthodox (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ZANZIBAR. Thanks to this timely tip via Rodolfo Tizzi, on condiglist: BACK ON 11735 NOW — La Voz de Tanzania, Zanzíbar, escuchada por un amigo japonés de Youtube.
Aquí no creo que tengamos suerte, con Rádio Transmundial de Santa Maria, Brasil, pero quizás pueda escuchársela a otra hora. 73 de CX2ABP (Rodolfo Tizzi, Uruguay, April 23, condiglist yg via DXLD)
“11735 kHz Voice of Tanzania Zanzibar ZBC Radio 2012 Apr 23 1808 UT“
It used to stay on until 2100 — I distributed this to the DXLD yg right away at 2003 April 23 and then started to hunt for it myself.
At 2007, a very poor and heavily fluttered signal is probably this rather than Brasil, bolstered by the carrier going off at 2101:12*.
Rodolfo did get it and later put up his own clip, 2046-2051 April 23:
Hope it improves here on other days, and stays on unlike the brief reactivation last February. It was much better heard in the UK by Mark Davies and Alan Roe, and “ all over Europe“ by Wolfgang Buschel.
Old info in Aoki shows 15-21 in Swahili, except for English at 1800-1810 except on Thursdays and Saturdays, 50 kW, non-direxional from Dole. WRTH has the 11735 time starting at 1400v, and the English at 1800 as irregular.
HFCC A-12 shows nothing else on 11735 during these hours. Aoki also has R. Transmundial, Brasil at 08-02; Likewise EiBi except hours for that also ending at 21! From 08-. Brasil, of course, refuses to participate in HFCC, despite all its SW stations on 6, 9, 11 and 15 MHz bands.
Ron Howard in California reports the other frequency 6015 was still absent when it should have propagated around 0300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)