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Glenn Hauser logs April 26-27, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. Contrary to my assumption in last report, RA has just made major frequency schedule changes, a month after A-12 began for everyone else, rather than being on `wrong` frequencies.

13630, April 27 at 0505, RA fair here about PNG, // good 15515, but missing from 13690 and 15160. Previously, RA English had been reliable on four frequencies at this hour, 13630, 13690, 15160 and 15240.

15240 is on with Indonesian now, altho language lessons in English. Learning how to say “stand still while we search your suitcase“ at 0519, seems to be called `English for Study in Australia`, then music. Alternating English and Indonesian semihours at midday had previously been on 15415.

A very weak signal on 15415 at 0514 seems // the other RA English, 15515 and 13630, altho this one is toward Asia and sometimes separate.

At 1254, I find the same situation as yesterday morning, 9590 is gone, 9580 is still on, as is much weaker 9475. 9560 is also gone. 9890 is not on yet. 6020 is audible but no DRM or AM on 5995. 6140 seems to be on, very weak Singapore relay. Then I find another new one, 11945, all of these in English.

From *1259, 9890 is now on just in time for news on the hour, and 11945, 9580 continue. Can`t tell about 9475 with WTWW just starting on 9479. After 1300, no RA signals audible on 6 MHz band, nor 7.

1305 program is `Asia Pacific Business`, but it`s only 10 minutes, then at 1315 `RA Album of the Week`, mostly monolog from some musician, with bits of his music interspersed. It looks like the program schedule has also changed. From 1330 a show discussing religion and American politix, i.e. `Religion and Ethics Report`. These are now displayed correctly at
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/programschedule?tz=0&stream=pacific

From 1329, I can hear weak CCI underneath 9890, presumably FEBC being blown away.

After 1400: 11945, 9890 and 9580 are still on, but no longer any 7240 which used to start at this hour. Can`t hear any signals on 6 MHz now 2+ hours after sunrise tho there could be some. Meanwhile I was also scanning the 13, 15 and 17 MHz bands, and found no RA, not that I expected to, in their nightmiddle. At final check 1423, 11945 still on but weakening // 9890, 9580.

Has RA`s own, never-dated, English frequency schedule been updated as of 1530 UT April 27?
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/waystolisten/abc-radio-shortwave-frequency-guide.pdf
Of course not! Still shows the old usage pre-April 26, none of the new times and frequencies above we have been hearing, and still nothing from Shepparton registered with HFCC. I suppose the complete new schedule will emerge eventually when they are good and ready.

9890 is not yet in Aoki; however EiBi shows this:
9890 1300-1500 AUS Radio Australia DIGITAL E Oc s
So this mess may be caused by trying to get the DRM service going, delayed since April 1, altho 9890 is sure not in DRM yet. 11945 was already on the schedules to E Asia, but closing at 1300.

Maybe all this will be revealed in the WRTH A-12 update, pending any day now, via http://www.wrth.com/updates_new.asp
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BIAFRA [non]. 11870, April 26 at *1959:25 carrier on, very poor signal here in noise level, 2000 music; presumably R. Biafra London, new clandestine as scheduled Thu & Sat 20-21 due south from Wertachtal, GERMANY. Confirmed as such by several monitors further east. Sigh, we are just too far west into the dayside to get decent reception from this Eurafrican evening signals, plus poor propagation conditions. Checked at 2050, nothing audible aside Romania English on 11880 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake April 27, not thoro scans, but only found:
15600, fair at 1414
15555, fair at 1306
15485, poor at 1306 with het on hi side
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. Today`s anomalies from RHC: 6050, April 27 at 0503 is still in Spanish, not English, while all other Spanish frequencies have closed, including 5040 and 9810 which sometimes run over (Vatican Scandinavian clear on 9810). RHC English only on 6010, 6060, 6125. 6050 programming also seemingly off-kilter, interrupted for IS and IDs at odd times 0511, 0516, between which at 0512 there was an `Estampas de Cuba` feature on siete maravillas. 0535 last check, 6050 still in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, April 26 at 1957, non-Alamo gospel huxter on R. Africa citing Genesis 37, 36. Earlier check at 1832 found a JBA signal which could have been Philippines (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, April 26 at 1832, very poor signal from R. Kuwait English; 2001 had improved to poor with rock music, and 17550 Arabic had also come on with roughly equal signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 1650 kHz, hot tip from Julián Santiago Díez de Bonilla, and Héctor García Bojorge in the DF of a brand-new Mexico City station on the x-band, heard from 0230 UT April 27, XEAZR, Radio Zer, part of the group of that name, ID as “”ZER Radio 16-50, XEAZR, una emisora de Grupo Radiofónico ZER”. But Roberto Gómez citing apparently official info says the call is XEARZ, and the power is 5 kW day and night. They were playing instrumental music.

So I start looking for it at 0523 April 27: I am mainly getting two stations, one with gospel music and one with talk, presumably US, but at 0526 the gospel music station makes a Spanish announcement, 0531 with a partial URL including 1650.com. Surely that is KBJD Denver, whose real website is http://www.1650radioluz.com and the other one most likely KCNZ in IA. (BTW, don`t forget the listed but rarely reported SS in El Paso TX on 1650, KSVE [as in “suave“], 24h romántica in stereo, per NRC AM Log).

Anyhow, no XE-whatever audible here yet. Not in WRTH 2012, but Cantú shows this:
“1650 XEARZ (en construcción) México, DF 5,000 ?“[=night power unknown] and in the DF list adds this: “1650 XEARZ En construcción. 5,000 watts. Permisionada (sin fines de lucro) pero parte de Grupo ZER.“
i.e. its permit is non-profit, so no ads? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, April 27 at 0501 tune-in, open carrier until 0503:45* in large sideband from CRI English 6190 via Sackville. No doubt XEPPM, at its new 0500*. The question is, whether there was any modulation to be heard before 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES. 11720, April 26 at 1832, no signal from V. of Philippines, unlike 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17625, April 27 at 1310, Arabic here is humbuzzy, while stronger // 17615 is not; usual situation with BSKSA, both 500 kW Riyadh, 190 degrees on 17615, 100 degrees on 17625 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 15725, April 26 at 1832, no signal from V. of South Sudan Revolutionary Radio, exactly one week after the first and only time it had been reported, nor in the next two hours. Later several others found it on 15650, as late as 2233, says Mauno Ritola, Finland, carrier plus USB. He found it back on 15725 from *0358, and S. Hasegawa, Japan reports 15725 AM at *0600-0820* April 27 with many English programs unlike 15650 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWAZILAND. 15360-, April 27 at 1412, S Asian music in TWR Manzini`s only unAfrican service, Urdu at 1400-1415, definitely on the lo side. I had not noticed since there is nothing to het it, but Wolfgang Büschel measured it 346 Hz low, April 19 on 15359.654 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1614 monitoring: confirmed first audible airing Thursday April 26 at 2100 on VG WTWW 9479. Also at 0330 UT Friday April 27 on WWRB 5050. Next: UT Saturday 0130v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB/LSB. On WRMI 9955: Sat 0800, 1500, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730, Mon 0500, 1130. On WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ZANZIBAR. 11735, April 26 at 1832 still trying to get R. Tanzania Zanzibar: nothing audible; by 1858 there is a JBA carrier; at 1958 a very poor signal; 2050 JBA carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9540v, April 27 before 1400 notice a 1-kHz het or tone QRMing RHC, and was just about to measure it when it went off at 1401*. No het on 9560 today, but would not expect Ethiopia long-path to be that far off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

[Almost 6 hours after this was originally sent at 1632 UT April 27, it has not appeared on several lists]
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