** CHINA. Firedrake, July 6 before 1200:
11500, poor-fair at 1156
12230, poor at 1153
12370, poor at 1153, new frequency, never before in a DXLD search
14700, very poor at 1155
Before 1300, tune in only in time for one check:
14700, good at 1259-1300*, then Sound of Hope: see TAIWAN
12980, fair at 1325; none in the 13s
14700, good at 1322
14870, good at 1322, recent new frequency first heard in May
15485, fair at 1305
15495, poor at 1321, het on hi side, up from 15485 earlier
15555, fair at 1304
15565, poor at 1320, het on hi side, up from 15555 earlier
16100, good at 1318 with flutter
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** COLOMBIA. 14950.75v, July 6 at 0343, Salem Stereo is still on and audible, fair signal with music. Probably running all-night now, and even all-day, but peanut power requires optimum propagation conditions to audiblize it abroad.
Why bother to go after a SW licence when it is already operating, and might well be turned down, banned from SW like it was from FM. 15 MHz will be skipping over most of Colombia, with “worldwide“ coverage as far as New Zealand, beyond the very limited low-power groundwave reach. We`re glad they chose SW, but local coverage could have been better on a pirate FM or AM transmitter.
Again audible at 1157 check, music other than Firedrake, soon into Spanish, also non-Sound of Hope (which appeared later, courteously or coincidentally shifted to 14960). Usual deep fades, occasional peaks. 1200 talking about Jesucristo, vida eterna, gracias a dios, in a morning prayer, back to music, fading out for now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ECUADOR [non]. Re my previous logs of HCJB testing via GUIANA FRENCH, at 2245-2445 on 11920 as clearly announced in Portuguese opening at 2300: Kai Ludwig has info from Horst Rosiak at HCJB on the A-DX list, that these tests are really coming from Wertachtal, GERMANY as originally publicized, since GUF is too expensive and can`t run less than 250 kW, more than needed for adjacent Brazil. So why don`t they announce correct info? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. The sporadic-E layer must still be recovering from its July 4 extravaganza; July 6 at 1411 UT briefly signs of skip on ch 2; and at 1550 some weak video locks in for a few sex, antenna southward. We`ll see if anything develop (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LILSTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS [non]. 9895, July 6 at 1126, good but not solid signal from legacy R. Nederland broadcast via BONAIRE, saying `La Matinal` newscast just finished will repeat in 3 minutes, and also filling the break with another promo for RN`s sex websitehttp://www.hablemosdeamor.nl and still no jamming heard. I assume it will be absent until July 9 as scheduled for M-F only, since as everyone knows, no news ever happens on weekends (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA. 15120, July 6 at 0501, another night with null Nigeria, which surely would have been propagating if on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 13570, July 6 at 1302, WINB is dead air, open carrier which wobbles slightly as always, and some hum. I leave a receiver on this frequency to find how long this will go on, freeing the auditory of Brother Scare rants: he finally cuts on around 1339. It`s amazing how many SW stations let this happen, wasting kountless kilowatts, no one minding the store.
At 1351 I notice a screaming gospel huxter other than BS, soon cut off for an ID in Russian! With contact info, spelling out WALTERBORO. How do you say “double-U“ in Russian? You don`t. This is running 11 seconds behind WWRB 9385 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN SOUTH [non]. 15725, July 6 at 0503, crowd chanting, military band with drums, whistles almost like CW QRM; good signal, best yet so far in this time period as solar flux is way up, 165 for July 5, tho K-index at 06 July 6 would be 3. 0504 ID in Arabic as “Huna Idha`at — — Sudan“; and then as if responding to my last report mentioning lack of any English, 0504 ID in English as “Voice of South Sudan Revolutionary Radio, which stands for freedom, justice, equality and human rights“, back to Arabish, more chanting. I assume it really stands for the opposite of all those lofty values, being sponsored by the genocidal al-Bashir regime in [north] Sudan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TAIWAN. 14700, July 6 at 1300 as soon as Firedrake goes off, uncovers very poor signal with Chinese talk and other music, presumably Sound of Hope itself.
14960, July 6 at 1301, very poor signal with Chinese talk, sounds same as 14700 but both too weak to establish // on two receivers; not heard at 1323 recheck. Nice of them to avoid COLOMBIA on 14950+
Since the ChiCom habitually turn off their Firedrake jammers at the top of the hour until 15-20 minutes after, knowing very well that SOH will continue broadcasting, we can conjexure that this be a compromise between different faxions saying “yes, we must jam it“, and “no we don`t“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7506.36, July 6 at 0323, surely WRNO finally reactivated after more than a sesquiyear of empty “mañana“ promises, gospel(?) rock music rather distorted, good strength, and even further off-frequency from authorized 7505.0, as when last heard it was still below 7506. Tnx to tip from George Thurman in Houston TX who was hearing WRNO at 0300. Previous schedule was 0100-0400 UT only during DST, and sure enough, they cut off abruptly mid-music a few sex past 0400*.
May I remind everyone eagerly anticipating the revival of WRNO, that this is nothing like the original WRNO Worldwide of the very late Joe Costello; present owners are gospel huxters in Fort Worth; transmitter, such as it is, still in Metairie near New Orleans LA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1624 monitoring: UT Friday July 6 on 5050, WWRB; first monitored on webcast where there was at least a minute of respectful silence following the SC preacher. WOR started and the audio level went up and down, then stayed way too far up, distorting and badly boosting the edit glitches, which on my original recordings are JBA. Checked 5050 itself at 0344 and it was the same way, sigh.
Next: UT Saturday 0130v on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB, as confirmed scheduled this week athttp://www.worldmicroscope.com — which was down for several days intervening due to widespread power outages in Maryland. And UT Sunday 0400 on WTWW 5755. And on WRMI 9955: Sat 0800, 1500, 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730. And on WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)