** AUSTRALIA. 21740, May 2 at 0028, RA English very good here on reactivated frequency we used to listen to years ago. Great to have this OSOB back for good evening listening in off-target NAm. This is even stronger than NF 19000 (AM but destined to be DRM), which in turn is much stronger than old 17795. Tnx to Rick Barton, AZ, for tip about this. Remains to be heard whether this is a fluke or intentional once a new schedule ever emerge. Aoki May 2 shows 21740 was in use April 26 at 22-01, on the most favorable azimuth for US, 70 degrees.Tending to confirm my theory that recent RAnomalies are not due to intentional changes, but mixed-up program feed lines and/or transmitter/antenna hookups:
15240, which had been in Indonesian until 0530 the past week, May 2 is suddenly back in English! Checked at 0519, // 15515 and 13630 with equivalent signals Pacific- and USward, while much weaker 15415, which used to be in Indonesian at this time toward Asia, is also // in English — so what has become of Indonesian now??
Another de-change: new 9890, which has been VG in English the past week until 1500, is gone again May 2 at 1303 and further during this hour. This is one which was originally planned to be in DRM, not AM. See also PHILIPPINES. New/extended 11945 English is still running.
Another2 de-change: 6020, which had been in Chinese after 1300 the past week, is back in English! May 2 at 1329 check, // 11945. Also noted by Rick Barton, AZ, 6020 in English until 1400*.
9475, May 2 at 1258 is poorly audible in English, *1259:45 blown away by 9479 WTWW cutting on, but I could still detect RA after 1300 when it had changed to Chinese, just as in the old schedule, and still definitely Chinese at 1331 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake May 2, before 1300, a dozen:
17450, poor at 1246
17100, good at 1246
16980, poor at 1246
16700, good at 1246
16100, fair at 1246
15970, very good at 1246
15940, good at 1247
15900, very good at 1247
15555, good at 1247
15440 or 15435, gone at 1247, but noticed it far enough away from 15450 Turkey earlier in the semihour, without nailing the frequency
13970, good at 1251; none in the 14s
13680, poor at 1252
12600, very good at 1252; none in the 11s, 10s, 18s
12600, very good at 1338 with flutter; none lower and no 13s, 14s
15610, good at 1345
15940, very good at 1340
15970, very good at 1340 with flutter; bad edit break at 1340:15
16980, JBA at 1343
17100, fair at 1343; none in the 18s
17170, very poor at 1343
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** HAWAII [and non]. 15000 and better 10000, May 2 at 1345, WWVH propagation minute is back after missing at least two consecutive hours yesterday, and it`s by a humale, not a robofem. Does `she` ever appear on WWVH? At 1518 on WWV 10000, `she` was funxioning as usual (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH. 15180, May 2 at 1249, NK NA, VG with flutter and off 1250*. This frequency is missing from Arnulf Piontek`s new VOK schedule by language, but included in his schedule by time, as KCBS in Korean to C&S America from 1200. Not the only inconsistency, so cross-check when uplooking. Also is included in the DX Re Mix News schedule version (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MALAYSIA. 9835, May 2 at 1335, RTM talking about Qur`an, bits of Arabic such as “Salaam aleikum“ (or is that Malay too?), poor signal but no CCI; 1334 into Qur`an recitation, i.e. musical, mixed with crowd noises. No Separation of Mosque and State here! Even tho Malaysia is only 60.4% Islamic, per CIA Factbook. Other frequency 11665, as always, if on, is buried in CCI from the Taiwan/China radio war (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. More sporadic-E analog TVDX May 2: turned on ch 2 around 1350 and nothing showing, but at 1410 now there is Spanish CCI, audio and video, plus some video showing on 3. Generally weak, in and out.
1435 on 2, f bug in lower left amid CCI, i.e. Net-4 foro TV
1435 on 2, program promo with net-2 Star bug in LR, different station?
1444 on 2, hoy bug in LL, i.e. net-2 Today show
Opening remains marginal past 1530, mostly out (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES. 9890, May 2 at 1346, Chinesish language poor signal uncovered by RA vacating this frequency after a week, i.e. FEBC Bocaue, 1330-1400 in Yunnan dialect per Aoki, WRTH (ex-9465). Did FEBC complain to RA about this usurpation? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RWANDA. 9800, May 2 at 0526, DW English, which always has a good signal here aimed 295 degrees USward beyond W Africa, now suffers from frequent IADs, satellite program-feed problem? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K. 9915, May 2 at 0524, BBCWS in Arabic, G signal S9+22 but with Saudi-style big buzz and with BFO engaged, carrier is wobbling rapidly, not what you would expect from Woofferton or Skelton, both of which are registered by BaBcoCk in HFCC for this hour; or did they really mean that Woofferton replaced Skelton on April 14? WOF is 140 degrees, close to directly off the back from here, vs SKN 180 degrees. Not the first time we have heard this terrible defect on 9915, and seemed to worsen later in the hour: see April 13 report in DXLD 12-16. Cyprus is also in use for BBC Arabic 9915 at 03-04 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)