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Glenn Hauser logs July 22, 2012

** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake July 22, before 1200:
14700 at 1158, JBA; none in the 11s, 12s, 13s, 15s, 16s, 17s

Circa 1230:
11500, poor at 1230
12670, fair at 1231
14700, good at 1233
15555, fair at 1234
16100, fair at 1235; none in the 17s

Before 1400:
13920, very good at 1357; none in the 12s
14700, very poor at 1356
15605, good at 1355; no WEWN 15615 audible, off? WWCR 15825 very poor
16100, very good at 1356
16920, very good at 1356; none in the 17s

** CUBA. 9540, July 22 at 1151, RHC transmitter is back in whack today, after blobby strays to 9525 yesterday and 9503 previously. I expect it`s not the last time. Now over CRI on 9540 and an echo apart from // 9550 from the other RHC site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9305, July 20 at 0504, R. Cairo is still buzz-only, further weakening well into dayside there. Aoki shows the General Service in Arabic, ‘El-Bernameg Al-Aam’ at 1900-0700, 250 kW, 315 degrees from Abis toward Europe and North America. Is it all-buzz, all-the-time now? Well, at least most of the time, and if not, with extremely distorted modulation. The incompetence of the Egyptian engineers(?) and moreso whoever is “managing“ these monstrosities knows no bounds (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [and non]. Re last report: “UNIDENTIFIED. 15170-15175-15180, July 21 at 1852 past 1900, unknown DRM signal here, very strong and much stronger than 15115-15120-15125 Voice of Nigeria. Could find nothing in DRM schedules or fora about this. In fact, only one analog transmission earlier in the day from India is scheduled on 15175. But I could also hear a weak AM carrier under the noise on 15175. A tree in the forest, falling with no notification to the few DRM enthusiasts who might want to listen (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)“

Sei-ichi Hasegawa, Japan replies: “Dear Glenn, This signal is not DRM. It is the jamming of the DRM type from Ethiopia for Badr Radio.
de Hiroshi“

Oh yes, the AM underneath was a clue; I should have searched DXLD archive on 15175, to find this in 12-22; so the Badr frequency and the jamming will jump around, and only on Fri-Sat-Sun:.

“ETHIOPIA [non]. RUSSIA, QSL Badr Broadcasting Network via Samara-
RUSSIA 15165 kHz. Badr Broadcasting Network 15165 kHz bestaetigte
meinen Empfangsbericht innerhalb von 25 Tagen mit unterschriebener und
abgestempelter PPC. Adresse: Badr Ethiopia, 4701 Sangamore Road, Suite
#125 South, Bethesda MD 20816, USA.

Eine e-mail brachte keine Antwort. Die Stationen sendet 1830-1900 UT
im Bereich von 15165 kHz. Auf der Webseite 
werden inzwischen die Frequenzen 15150 / 15155 / 15165 / 15170 / 15175
/ 15180 kHz genannt, wohl um aethiopischen Jammern zu entgehen.
(Patrick Robic, Austria, A-DX May 18 via BC-DX May 30 via DXLD)

New TDP station – Badr Radio/Badr Broadcasting Network in Amharic,
1830-1900 15165 SAM 250 kW 188 deg Fri-Sun to EaAF, eff April 20 (DX
MIX News, Ivo Ivanov-BUL, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 1, ibid.)“

But still, 15175 is missing from all the current frequency schedule references. Except re-looking at Aoki, not a main entry but:

“15165 Badr Radio 1830-1900 1….67 Amharic 250 188 Samara RUS 05015E 5317N BBN TDP a12 15150-15175“

The DRM promoters should be ashamed of availablizing their technology for jamming! What I heard sounded just like DRM noise, but I suppose would not have decoded to anything intelligible/legible. Could the Ethiopians at least tag it “Gotcha, Badr!“? (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 6070, July 22 at 1142, VOK Japanese service with characteristic choral music, making a ripple SAH under still stronger CFRX; so VOK is back almost-on-frequency after making an audible het from closer to 6071 for a few weeks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, Sunday July 22 at 0508, IGIM is on with Arabish talk, in an increasingly rare early appearance; fluttery, unusual too for this path (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 930, July 22 at 1220 UT, WKY, OKC with hard-sell super-hype “La Indomable“ promos and ads, music; no English. Used to default to that foreign language for a pubaffs show on Sunday mornings only at 1200-1230, but could be just a summer break/vacation. The ads within it had continued to be in Spanish, weird. BTW, why is Indomable feminine? Adjectivally, it could just as easily be El Indomable, and WKY`s super-hype style is anything but feminine. And I continue to be amused that this oh-so Spanish station banishing its long Okie legacy has calls made up mostly of letters lacking in Spanish. But at least they didn`t abolish the calls; someday it may revert to English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 3450-, July 22 at 1145, “OK“ HIFER beacon, clear and strong enough vs the noise level; weaker but still audible at 1312, but not at 1352. Tnx to tip from Kenneth Vito Zichi, Michigan, MARE Tipsheet, who reported:

“3449.9/CW, OK, Hifer 35443+ 0739 14/July — first time heard in a dog’s age!“

This one is allegedly quite near me somewhere in northern OK. Nor have I heard it in a long time, but my local noise level on 2-5+ MHz is too high. It`s one of those secret beacons sending nothing but the ID `OK` over and over. I wonder if the late Kirk Allen, Ponca City, had anything to do with it. More on HIFERs here:

The latter has a frequency list showing OK last reported January 5, 2012. But the log forum,5913.0.html
shows it back by May 25. Someone thinks it may be in Arkansas, and measured 3449.83. There are many more of these listed, mostly in the western US, in the 4056-4102 range, worth sweeping with BFO (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, July 22 at 0500, WTWW-3 in Portuguese cuts off the air abruptly at 0500:15*, no ID and no sign-off announcement. I have never caught this service with a sign-on or off, and the IDs appear at odd times during programming, rarely at hourtop (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9265, July 22 at 1150, WINB is on here with YL gospel huxter, fair signal. Next check at 1232, another one on 13570. WINB never gets its act together in portraying its own schedule accurately on website, failing to show the Sunday-only early broadcast before 1200 is on 9265 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11715.0, July 22 at 1359, KJES, OM in English quoting Bible or something, 1400 no ID but switch to YL hymnsinging; sufficient signal but undermodulated, and right on frequency, a first! Its appearances are increasingly rare; check 11715 at 13-16, 15385 at 18-20, 7555 at 0100-0230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 770, July 22 at 1221, weak but steady signal from “The Talk Monster, KKOB“, Albuquerque NM, ads, medical infomercial. What happened to `Perspective` from ABC News, which used to air at 6-7 am MT Sundays? Website makes it very hard to find program schedule, not on the main menu but just above it inside an ad block:

Undated, still shows ABC`s `Perspective`. Does the show still exist? It used to be a must-listen for me when it presented long-form reports, just talking, à la BBC`s `From Our Own Correspondent` which has also been downsized. Then ABC dumbed down `Perspective` with tabloid stuff and worked in retreads of TV features. Yes, it`s still easily accessible with podcast archive and topic list for each at

As for KKOB reception, July official sunrise and switch to non-direxional is 1200 UT; August 1230. Winter is on the way! (Glenn Hauser, 100+ degree OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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