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Glenn Hauser logs July 23-24, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. 9580, July 24 at 1259, RA very good with promo for `Download This Show` about guilt-free online shopping if it benefit some charity. No time given, so is it download-only, not on the air? I have to hunt thru each day`s RA Pacific program schedule until I find it: Sat 0030, Mon 1330. It`s really from ABC Radio National where it is scheduled (in local times I assume), Sun 9:30 pm, Thu 2:30 pm, not bothering to present the different RA times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11780, July 24 at 0502, RNA is overmodulated, distorted, producing rough sidebands, and // 6180 is not much better at 0510. RNA was recently reported to have installed “new equipment to improve the sound quality“. I`m afraid it it`s quite the contrary. Listeners inside Brazil keep complaining they can`t hear one frequency or the other or at least not well. This is, after all, intended for the sparsely populated Amazon region, where one or the other should propagate well depending on the time of day, and they carry on well USward, 6180 only at night and 11780 best at night, into the dayedges (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake July 24, circa 1230:
11785, at 1233 I think FD may be in the jamming mix of CNR1 vs VOA Chinese via Thailand, but others too weak to make a //; maybe not
12320, poor at 1227 with flutter
15435, very poor at 1229 with flutter
15900, very poor at 1230 with flutter
16100, JBA at 1230

** EGYPT. 9305, July 24 at 0507, how is R. Cairo general service doing tonight? Humbuzz over some bits of presumably Arabic modulation, totally unreadable but an improvement over nothing but wideband buzz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, July 24 at 1305, usual very weak carrier from VOI hetting something on 9530, no reception possible, but since I am ready to turn on the computer and it`s Tuesday, I bring up VOI stream at:
Played OK with few hiccups, but no `Exotic Indonesia` connexion to RRI Banjarmasin this week, just the usual string of regular features from Jakarta, including an ID with the three imaginary frequencies, 11785, 15150 and 9525, by the clueless announcer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, fair signal July 23 at 2049, R. Kuwait interrupts the pop music to ask for reception reports to the Frequency Department, but could not copy postal address. Someone might tell them they have not been on 11990 for years, and this frequency is in English, not Arabic as they keep registering it? Back to a bit more music before 2050-2053 News In Brief. Reverse of usual situation, song at 2053 is easier to understand, “I Wanna Be a Billionaire So Frickin` [sic] bad“. Well, at least the Emir is, no doubt. As always, whatever music is playing gets interrupted at 2058 for sign-off announcements. It never times out right, which requires planning, back-timing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, July 23 at 2046 check, WTWW-3 is off, while neighbor 12160 WWCR is inbooming. Next check 0458 July 24, just before usual cutoff at 0500, no 12105 either, so off all day? 1500 has been the nominal sign-on time lately, I think, but still missing at 1501 July 24, while WWCR is again audible on 12160. Whatever happen with WTWW-3 and WTWW-2 transmitters, WTWW-1 is almost always on, 9479/5755; at 1502 SFAW was referencing something from 2001y, as a lot of their 24/7 stuff is archival following death more than a year ago of Pastor Pete Peters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. July 24 at 0506, WTJC is hymning [not a word redlined by MS Word spellcheck, and I don`t recall adding it] way off frequency with fair signal at best. Seldom anything to het from 9370, I had not noticed it was further off 9370- than usual until Wolfgang Büschel measured it on “9367.722 at 0455 UT July 23, and later on at 0540 UT noted on lower 9367.713 kHz“.

At 1225 I check it out on my approximate het-vs-keyboard method. With YB-400 BFO set on 9368.0 I get a C-sharp above middle C; on 9367.0 I get a hi F-natural, i.e. 277 and 699 Hz, so splitting the difference that would put WTJC on 9367.71, close enough. This is way outside the legal FCC tolerance of .0015% which at 9370 would give them a far-too-generous range of only plus/minus 140.55 Hz. It`s always something at WTJC — at least no spurs at the moment, but also undermodulated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Re my previous item: “15430, July 23 at 1401, open carrier off at 1401:15*. HFCC, Aoki and EiBi have nothing scheduled here between 12 and 15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)“

Ron Howard found a reference to 15430 in DXLD 11-38, when on Sept 15 at 1350, Wolfgang Büschel heard a buzzy Firedrake jammer against V. of Tibet which had outwitted them, really on 15537. That likely explains it: if I had tuned in two minutes earlier probably would have heard Firedrake (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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