** CHINA. Firedrake May 19, after 1300:
15485, poor at 1307, het on hi side
Before 1400, a nonet:
16980, fair-good at 1343; none in the 17s
16700, poor at 1343
16100, fair-good at 1343
15940, good at 1344
15900, very poor at 1344
15490, poor at 1346, het on lo side
14700, very poor at 1347
13920, very good at 1347
12230, fair at 1349
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 17580, May 19 at 1342, this RHC frequency is on the air for a change, // 17730 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA [and non]. 15190, May 18 at 1836 check, there are both a SAH and an AH, which means all three stations are in the weak mix: R. Africa and R. Pilipinas on almost the same frequency, and R. Inconfidência a sesquikHz on the hi side (altho a few hours later Brian Alexander heard it back close to 15190) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN. 15480, May 19 at 0459 nondescript music, IS? 0500 “Govorit Tegran“ ID in Russian, NA, 0501 another brief Russian announcement, into Qur`an as required by the Ayatollah, from VIRI as scheduled 0500-0530, 500 kW, 320 degrees from Sirjan, so also USward. Fair signal with flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [non]. 6080, UT Sat May 19 at 0510, NHK World Radio Japón is opening `Observatorio Digital` show with talk about televisión inteligente. Strangely, on the NHK Spanish website, name of show is given in English as `Media Watch`!
Then I tune to 6110, NHK World Radio Japan in English, and hear exactly the same subject, “smart TV“, exact translation within a few seconds of each other. 6080 is via Bonaire, 6110 via Canada; and Sackville fortunately keeps China on 6190 tonight, where it is supposed to be, instead of colliding on 6080.
Checking the archive audio of the English version, it is indeed called `Media Watch`. Should we include this loosely as a DX program?
and they say “this month“, so the program is not weekly? Right, next Saturday`s show in this slot will be `Japanese Pop Culture Magazine`. Just before music fill in the last pentaminute, said next edition of `MW` would be on June 23. Hmmm, trouble is, today is the third Saturday of May, while June 23 is the fourth Saturday of June. Maybe it`s scheduled as the second-from-last Saturday of each month? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. Since WEWN has been inbooming on 15610, indicating HF sporadic E is in play, I try VHF channel 2 analog, and something fades in at 2256 UT May 18. Antenna is at default aim southward, so Mexico? No audio yet. Checking the 6m Es map, there is a big opening with paths centered over Iowa, so Canada? Rotating antenna to NNE, nothing there (and no signs of DTV either), so back to S, where a video signal resumes at 2310; 2315 amid the CCI there is a talk show with three YLs, usually shown two at a time, fadeout. 2331 another brief fade-in now with audio, a political ad in Spanish for a presidential candidate, but could not catch which one or which party (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 17895, May 19 at 0456, poor signal with Qur`an, i.e. BSKSA, 500 kW, 40 degrees from Riyadh at 0300-0800 per HFCC, as hi-latitude paths are holding up across the nightside which is increasingly illuminated or partially so (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 15190, May 19 at 1309, Brother Scare via IRRS via ROMANIA, very poor signal, talking about having to add three phone numbers to handle all the calls for his phone-streaming. Compared to WWRB 9385, and 15190 was running about a minute behind, but had faded down when I was trying to catch a keyword to time the exact interval. The Romanian relay has become much less audible as the year wears on.
BTW, DX Re Mix News says TOM is conducting tests via ARMENIA at various times May 19-20-21 on 15425, 9400; details in DXLD 12-20 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. 15123 & 15097, May 18 at 2137, REE 15110 is again putting out spurs about plus/minus 13 kHz. They are weak and distorted, but // Spanish modulation audible. Nothing heard further out at plus/minus 26 kHz, so this is quite an improvement (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TINIAN. 21480, May 19 at 0457, very poor signal with talk, unseemed Chinese, but surely was, since RFA is scheduled in Mandarin, 250 kW, 279 degrees at 04-05 only, and it was gone at 0458, having been the OSOB, so presumed not the jammer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Hamvention on the air — WTWW-3 is still silent from 12105 but WTWW-2 has finally been reactivated after about 3 months, excellent signal on 9990, May 18 at 1842 UT — it`s Ted Randall doing live interview, about ham and CB radio. No one sent us any publicity about this, but must be from some hamvention.
Yes, on http://www.tedrandall.com — in UT -5:
“Broadcasting Live From the 2012 Dayton Hamvention Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 18-20
10 am till 2 pm Friday and Saturday CDT [15-19 UT] 10 am till 12 pm Sunday CDT [15-17 UT] On WTWW 9990 KHZ & WBCQ 9330
Live from booth 403“
(Glenn Hauser, 1857 UT May 18, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)
Also tried to hear it on 9330, but signal too weak in the daytime noise level. 9990 indeed back on the air after 1500 May 19, but at 1523, 9330 definitely not //, playing music instead, presumably usual paid religion on Saturday mornings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5810, May 19 at 0453, WEWN, R. Católica Mundial is active again on this spurless frequency, heard just in time for mention of second hour of `En la Paz de la Luna`, and 0455 QSY announcement to 7555, also continuing on 11870. 0509 check, 7555 is indeed on, and 11870 has weakened greatly as usual by this hour.
7555 is still on circa 1245, treating some great classical music as just produxion music to be talked over, faded down.
15615, May 19 at 1304, HF Es is helping this signal to inboom, during Beethoven`s “Ode to Joy“, rudely transformed into a sectarian “Alleluya“ hymn in English. Just as well that it`s abruptly cut off for a Bronx cheer (inserting patch cord?), then priest talking about the Poor Clares and EWTN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** UZBEKISTAN. 17605, May 19 at 1340, good signal with hymn in unID language to tune alleging that “God will take care of you“. Some IADs. Surprisingly good signal for listed Tashkent relay of YFR, 100 kW, 131 degrees, but lacking a language in HFCC. Aoki says it`s Burmese at 13-14 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)