** CHINA. Firedrake May 21, before 1300:
11500, fair at 1252 over VOR via Tajikistan, making fast SAH
12230, poor at 1255
12600, JBA at 1255
13970, good at 1256
14800, very good at 1256
15555, good at 1258
15900, very good at 1258
16100, fair at 1259
16920, fair at 1259
17450, poor until 1300*
17560, fair at 1406 vs V. of Tibet, Madagascar
15600, fair at 1408, presumably vs V. of Tibet, Tajikistan, 15603
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENIG DIGEST)
** JAPAN. 9595, May 21 at 1307, R. Nikkei two YLs conversing rapidly n Japanese, but occasional English terms, such as “something else“, “how much is?“, “what`s the movie?“, apparently an advanced language lesson; poor signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 15425, May 20 at 2244 check, no sign of Brother Scare, which according to DX Re Mix News, was to be testing today via ARMENIA. Could well have been on and not propagating USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SRI LANKA [non]. 12250, May 21 at 1502, a JBA carrier is detectable with the DX-398 on battery power on the porch with short wire antenna, and still at 1512, but in the meantime closed down household noise sources and tried on the FRG-7 with regular longwire: inaudible there.
No doubt it`s the new Tamil clandestine, info about which Alan Roe discovered May 20. Sponsored by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), it`s called Naatham, and according to http://www.tgte-us.org/ andhttp://world.einnews.com/pr_news/96213939/tamil-gov-t-starts-radio-broadcast-to-sri-lanka-on-may-18th-3rd-anniversary-of-tamil-genocide
started May 18, at 1500-1600 UT on 12250. For information contact: email@example.com
Sei-ichi Hasegawa then reported hearing nonstop music on 12250 at +1542-1600* on May 20, after a Japanese DXer in Hokkaido reported it for the first time as an unID station May 19. See:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM-Cb68zG60&list=UUS_t20AguM6rl4KcDP0jV8g&index=1&feature=plcp
by Nakanaka in Hokkaido, Japan.
Aoki now has listed it May 21 but without any power or site info:
“12250 Tamil naatham Radio 1500-1600 1234567 Tamil TGTE a12 May 18-“
The far-out-of-band frequency suggests the site is a big secret, as it`s hard to believe M&B, BaBcoCk or Russia/CIS would admit to using such a frequency. WRN confirms they are not involved in this. The fact that it is audible at all here on the opposite worldside indicates that power is considerable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17510, WHRI, last Sunday was not airing `DXing with Cumbre` at 2130, and their scheduled showed it at 2100 instead. So this Sunday, May 20 I check at 2115: Christian songs (what else?) for truckers, but retune at 2131, DWC is back at this time. Marie is just doing pro-forma introduxion, then turns it over to Chris, Lobdell for `Pirating with Cumbre`, starting with an April 22 log from Bill Hassig, a previous show repeated with no new one this week.
Then on May 21 I recheck the searchable WHRI program schedules. Still shows 2100, not 2130 Sundays on 17510 for DWC. Plus numerous other times on this frequency, presumably imaginary from Angel 2 rather than 1 for the imaginary Sunday 2100 transmission: Saturday at 2000; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 2100; Sunday at 2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5755, May 21 at 0523 check, WTWW-1 is back on night frequency with SFAW, having been absent 25 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1617 monitoring: 9955, UT Monday May 21 at 0526, confirmed on WRMI, about to conclude, more or less readable vs pulse jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9330-CUSB, May 21 at 0531, WBCQ with hard-rock travesties, courtesy of Rev. Rod Hembree: “Runaway“ re-lyricked into some tale about leaving Egypt; segué to “I Ain`t Nothin` But a Found God“! Retune at 1249, still doing this, “Let`s Rock“ has become “Let`s Talk“ about Jesus Christ. 1250 plug biblediscoverytv.com and more of this innovative tactic for ever-increasing faith (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Still missing US SW stations, May 21:
9370-, nothing from WTJC at 1412
12105, nothing from WTWW-3 at 1552
15550-USB, nothing from WJHR at 1407
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 12160, May 21 at 1511, WWCR-2 has cross talk matching modulation from 13845, WWCR-3 with DGS; same as happens earlier on 7490 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ANGUILLA [and non]. 12180, May 22 at 0510, very weak signal with talk modulation. Probably a second harmonic since no station intentionally transmits farther out-of-this-band than 12160 WWCR. Yes, at 0520 I am able to // this to 6090 PMS! Don`t believe I`ve heard an harmonic from this before. Propagation was wide-open from the Caribbean; altho RHC had signed off, huge carrier on 12215 at 0514, with intermittent digital data bursts from the Cuban spies. In case Caribbean Beacon`s day frequency also harmonicize, patrol 23550 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake May 22, before 1300:
17450, poor at 1249
17100, poor at 1248 with flutter
16920, very poor at 1248 with flutter
16100, fair at 1248 with flutter
15970, poor at 1249
15555, very poor at 1252
15250, at 1254 the usual CNR1 echojamming maybe with some FD added?
14950, very poor at 1255
14600, poor at 1255
13920, poor at 1255; none in the 12s
16920, very poor at 1357
16100, very poor at 1357
15970, very poor at 1359
15900, very poor at 1359; out of time to check lower
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 17580, May 22 at 1400:35, RHC cuts modulation during its own IS, and carrier off a few sex later; meanwhile all the other frequencies are still announcing both 17730 and 17580 as on the air until 1500; what do they know? 17580 uncovered something else much weaker, presumably YFR Bengali via Wertachtal at 13-15. I`m sure RHC is going off for its own reasons, not in deference to this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY [non]. 17810, May 22 at 1245, station in French talking about Congo-Brazzaville, and // weaker 17820. It`s DW, via RWANDA aimed USward at 325 degrees, and Woofferton UK aimed due south, respectively (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9526-, May 22 at 1302, S9+10 carrier, just barely modulated with music rather than talk as one would expect from VOI at the beginning of the English hour on Tuesdays co-produced with RRI Banjarmasin, if they are still doing that. Still on at 1403 causing usual het to CRI Russian USward accurately on 9525.0.
One editor took pains to point out with my previous log that this is only “presumed“. I have no doubt whatsoever that this futility is still VOI as logged numerous times before with enough modulation on exactly this off-off-frequency.
There is still hope: Wolfgang Büschel reported earlier May 20 on a later broadcast: “9525.974, Surprisingly excellent feeder audio quality noted today. The TX will have been well repaired. VoINS Cimanggis in Arabic logged at 1636 UT women singer chorus, S=9+15dB signal strength in Germany“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN. 9595, Tuesday May 22 at 1308, R. Nikkei in Japanese discussing various German words, such as “arbeiten“, 1312 “Frau und Herr“, “Klavier“, another advanced language lesson instead of English yesterday at this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES. 15765 & 15785, May 22 at 1252, the IBB Tinang transmitter with VOA Korean at 21 degrees, also USward on 15775, has developed a pair of very distorted roaring FMy spurs with no specific carriers. The fundamental still sounds fine. Still the same at 1408 altho all are weaker. Fortunately, nothing else is scheduled on either spur frequency per HFCC and Aoki (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SRI LANKA [non]. 12250, May 22 at 1501, again today a JBA carrier and more flutter than yesterday, presumed new Tamil clandestine Nathaam, from unknown site. Swopan Chakroborty in NE India reports they were only playing music yesterday:
“Heard non stop music at 1500-1600 UT on 12250 kHz, 21 May 2012.
Here two audio files recorded at 1531 & 1535.
Thanks, Swopan Chakroborty“
The files play but nothing is audible for me. Nor when downloaded and played on Winamp tho displaying modulation visibly. What kind of music is it? What about today? Reports promptly from DXLD yg members May 22:
“Dear Glenn, I can receive UnID station on 12250 kHz May 22 from 1500 UT. This station is strong to fair signal, but the audio modulation is poor. As for the music, LA Music totally irrelevant to Sri Lanka is broadcasted. Where will a transmission site be from?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7HfQNy5hUM on May 21 by Hiroshi Inoue. S. Hasegawa, Japan“
“I haven’t been able to receive the station here in Ohio, but I was able to play the recordings using my Web browser. It does sound like non-descript light Latin pop music, which I definitely wasn’t expecting. –Larry Cunningham“
“50 secs audio file at 1556 UT today:
“Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi“
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SWAZILAND. 15360-, May 22 at 1412, TWR Urdu service is only poor today with music, but I decide to measure this off-frequency by my technique: BFO on, zero-beat WWV 15000.0000 on the YB-400, tune to 15360.0 and compare the pitch of the het with my keyboard, which almost matches at F below middle-C, i.e. 175 Hz. That makes it 15359.825. On May 18, Wolfgang Büschel measured this at 15359.655 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 17605, May 21 at 1325, YFR Burmese is still a good signal, far, far, away from the target, and the transmitter. As I reported before, site shown as Tashkent in HFCC, but Kishinov in WRTH, so I asked Dan Elyea at WYFR which is correct?
“Hi Dan, Have been getting YFR Burmese broadcast at 13-14 UT on 17605, with quite a good signal. This was registered in HFCC as TAC = Uzbekistan site, but WRTH update shows it as KCH = Moldova. I could not believe it was that good from Uzbekistan, and seems to me it`s too strong even for Moldova here. Could it be Germany? Please confirm what the correct site is. Thanks, Glenn“
Dan replies: “The registration was correct, Glenn, but maintenance at the TAC site temporarily prevents their provision of the service (no date for restoration). So the WRTH update is actually correct with the KCH. That’s 500 kW on a 4/8/0.8 antenna.“
“Dan, Thanks for the explanation. KCH must put plenty of signal off the back. Do you know if TAC site is totally down? Or have all FSI transmissions at least been moved elsewhere too, details? (I assume there were more scheduled, haven`t checked). Glenn“ to Dan.
Dan replies again: “Agreed, Glen[n]; one of the sidelobes must fall near 325 degrees for you to get such a good signal. FSI presently has a TAC transmission to India, 500 kW, 4/4/1, 14-15 UTC, 15450 kHz, Assamese. So TAC is not totally down. 73, Dan“
Once again May 22 at 1316 with hymn in Burmese, 17605 has good signal and modulation but with flutter, and held up well for the rest of the hour. If Grigoriopol` is aiming right at Yangon, directly off the back would enter America at the eastern tip of Venezuela, far off from here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)