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Glenn Hauser logs May 24, 2012

** AFGHANISTAN [non]. 17685, May 24 at 1217, talk in unID language, with 2 beeps every few sex — presumably antiquated phone warning of recording in progress, in splash from CHILE 17680. It`s R. Azadi (R. Free Afghanistan), 250 kW, 340 degrees so also USward from Iranawila, SRI LANKA at 1130-1230 in Pashto. 17685 also alternates Dari and Pashto hours at 0830-1130, but site then is Thailand (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake May 24, before 1200:
16980, poor at 1154, none in the 17s
16920, fair at 1154
16100, very good at 1154
15940, fair at 1156
14950, fair at 1157
14700, fair at 1157
13920, poor at 1157
13430, poor at 1158-1200*, deep in CODAR territory. New frequency? Almost: only previous report from Ron Howard, California, May 9 0430+
12600, very poor at 1159
12230, JBA at 1158
11500, poor at 1159

After 1200:
13430, poor at 1223, back on in this hour

Before 1300:
16980, very good at 1246
16100, very good at 1250
15900, very good at 1246
15555, good at 1244

After 1300:
16100, very good at 1321
15570, good at 1322, het on lo side
15500, fair at 1322, het on lo side
14700, good at 1322
13430, fair at 1326, still in this hour
12600, JBA at 1327
12230, fair at 1327

After 1400:
15615, poor at 1402 under WEWN

** MEXICO. Very brief sporadic-E opening, UT May 24 at 0211: analog signal fades in on ch 2 which I have been monitoring snowily for hours; antenna is at south. Looks like a newscast with clips and anchors, grafix, but no audio.

0216, still on ch 2, animated ID with an italic 3 in an oval moving across the screen, recognizable as the Grupo Pacífico logo. Danny Oglethorpe`s explains that it must be the only XHQ on channel 2, in Guamuchil, Sinaloa, a full-time relayer of XHQ ch 3 in Culiacán (and not to be confused with two other same group transmitters on channel 2 with the same logo design except for a 2). Also found it peaked more toward the southwest (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [and non]. 15785, May 24 at 1245, there is a very poor carrier here as I am checking VOA Korean via Tinang 15775 for the spurs previously heard. However, there is no carrier on 15765. Nothing intentionally scheduled now on 15785 unless Galei Zahal went back here again? No, still a JBA carrier on 15850, presumably from it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA [non]. 12225, May 24 at 1522, JBA carrier on the FRG-7, but a bit stronger on the DX-398 on the porch so I can tell music of some sort is being played. The new Tamil clandestine, Naatham, switched yesterday from 12250 to 12225, which explains why I was not getting anything on 12250 when I checked after 1500 May 23. S. Hasegawa, Japan reported 12225 was still playing nothing but music then, and Victor Goonetilleke, Sri Lanka suspects it`s coming from a central Asian site, as there is some hum on it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 11430, May 24 at 1223, very poor signal, YL with Chinese numbers — groups of 8 tonal syllables. Occasionally all 8 (or maybe 7) would be identical — what are the chances of that, if they are “random numbers“ as Aoki alleges for this XingXing guangbo diantai 3, a.k.a. Star-Star, 10 kW non-direxional from Kuanyin, in H3E mode, for half an hour at 0500, 0600, 1200, 1300?

Numbers cadence broke for other announcement at 1228, a few more numbers, sign-off? and open carrier to 1230:24*. I ran across this as I was tuning up from 9430 FEBC to 13430 to confirm the new frequency of Firedrake (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1618 monitoring: first airing UT Thursday May 24 at 0331 confirmed on WRMI webcast; 9955 checked a dekaminute later was nothing but a wall of noise from Cuban jamming. Tnx a lot, Arnie!

Next airings: Thu 2100 on WTWW 9479; UT Fri 0330v on WWRB 5050; UT Sat 0130v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB; UT Sun 0400 on WTWW 5755. And on WRMI 9955: Sat 0800, 1500, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730, Mon 0500, 1130. On Hamburger Lokalradio, 5980, Tue 0930. Also on WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 17605, May 24 at 1316, YFR Burmese still has a good signal, unlike yesterday, tho fadey, presumably still via PRIDNESTROVYE substituting for Uzbekistan.

15570, May 24 at 1403, YFR theme, poor signal, S Asian language. Listed as Oriya due east from Nauen, GERMANY (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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