** CHINA. Firedrake traditional music jamming, May 23, before 1300:
11500, poor at 1253; none in the 10`s, ever, for many months now
12230, fair at 1250
13970, very poor at 1252
14700, very good at 1252
15555, fair at 1254
15760, poor at 1253
15970, very good at 1252
16100, very poor at 1254
17450, very poor at 1256
14700, now very poor at 1421
14950, fair at 1421
15605, fair at 1422; none in the 13s, 16s
15940, very good at 1422 with flutter
17250, fair at 1425
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 11845, 11930 and weaker 13820, May 23 at 0547, the incompetent DentroCuban Jamming Command against nothing on these daytime-only R. Martí frequencies, but the pulsing is different than the usual regularity, instead irregular, sounding somewhat like Morse code, altho nonsense (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN. 9595, May 23 at 1311, R. Nikkei on this Wednesday is back to English lessons, having switched to German yesterday at this time; example: “Are you afraid of every bloody thing?“ So much for American pre-eminence in Japlish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 780, UT May 23 at 0125, KSPI Stillwater is absent again before its mandatory sunset close at 0130. I had not been checking whether it was also missing during the day, but it was on as normal at 1245. I suppose daytimers don`t have to occupy all their legal airtime if they don`t want to (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [and non]. 15097 & 15123, May 22 at 2105, the spurs from 15110 REE Noblejas continue to infest +/- 13 kHz from very strong fundamental which is also splattering closer to 15110, as `Un Idioma Sin Fronteras` is comenzando.
Not to be outdone, the Cariari, COSTA RICA relay 11880 is also outputting similar spurs, May 23 at 1245, circa 11866 and 11894, i.e. 14 kHz away. Wonder if it`s the same model transmitter with the same built-in defects? Weak but first signaled when I heard a het on 11865 against some weak carrier: nothing in HFCC, but Aoki shows V. of Korea in Japanese until 1250, and indeed it was gone after then (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1618, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1618 was ready early UT Wednesday May 23 via http://www.worldofradio.com/audiomid.html more than 24 hours before first scheduled SW broadcast, UT Thursday 0330 on WRMI 9955; then: Thursday 2100 on WTWW 9479; UT Friday 0330v on WWRB 5050; UT Saturday 0130v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB; UT Sunday 0400 on WTWW 5755. And also WRMI 9955 repeats: Sat 0800, 1500, 1730; Sun 0800, 1530, 1730; Mon 0500, 1130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 15420-CUSB, May 22 at 2050 tune-in to WBCQ playing a music loop rather than `Global Spirit Proclamation` which must have been lost or ended early. 2054 ID thrice; 2055 the different ID with fanfare IS by band (hard to count the notes due to overlaps), same loop as heard before 1400 opening on Saturdays. 2059 Allan Weiner`s usual plug seeking new business, and then his sign-off until just past 2100.
Meanwhile, a weak het had appeared at 2057 from a carrier closer to 15420.0, tho I did not attempt to measure either directly. Both carriers were still on past 2100 when WBCQ had stopped modulation, so I checked the pitch on my keyboard: D below middle-C, i.e. 147 Hz, i.e. 15419.853, assuming The Planet is on the lo side as usual.
Then at 2104 an interesting thing happened: the pitch of the het, which had been wobbling slightly, gradually declined to zero, as if WBCQ were zero-beating its transmitter with the other station (or some accurate frequency reference), and finally went off at 2107, uncovering the much weaker 15420.0 station alone.
So what is the other station? Not BBC as one might have guessed, which is finished with 15420 at 1900 via Cyprus and collides with WBCQ earlier. No, HFCC shows KSDA GUAM starts at 2100, 100 kW, 315 degrees from Agat, in Mandarin except on Sundays in Yue (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. 17605, May 23 at 1342, only a very poor signal, presumed YFR Burmese. Maybe it`s back to UZBEKISTAN site after temporary switch to PRIDNESTROVYE as confirmed yesterday? Or propagation is rather degraded today even from the latter. WWV reported at 1418: SF=121; K at 12 was 3. Then 10000 faded down so I couldn`t copy the rest of it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9370-, UT May 23 at 0230, WTJC is back with preacher after having been missing a few days, shortly after I have finished recording WORLD OF RADIO 1618 mentioning its silence. There has been no improvement in the undermodulation level or in the frequency accuracy, at 1338, still off-channel to the lo side (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15550-USB, May 23 at 1500, WJHR is still missing, even when neighbor WEWN is inbooming on 15610 plus spur field (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)