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Glenn Hauser logs July 30-31, 2012

** AUSTRALIA. 11945, July 31 at 1356, RA with a 2-minute break in Olympic coverage for ABC News, because live H2Opolo is imminent at hourtop involving the Oz team. Tough luck if you expect news on the hour to be sacrosanct on RA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake, July 31 before 2000:
13780, poor at 1941
 9455, poor at 1941, matches 13780 but on one receiver can`t be positive they are synchro //. 13780 has RFA Chinese at 17-20 via Tajikistan; 9455 is same at 17-21 via Saipan plus -22 via Tinian. These dratted ChiCom jammers are useful propagation indicators, the best/only things propagating from Asia on these bands at these hours.

Before 1300, late start, just heard:
15560, fair at 1259
16920, poor to 1300*

Before 1400, full scan 11-18 MHz 1349-1355 found only:
15490, fair with flutter, at 1349, het on lo side
15605, good with flutter, at 1359, het on lo side
Both of course vs. jumparound V. of Tibet via Tajikistan

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, July 30 at 1938, R. Africa on again with YL gospel huxter, poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 13750, July 31 at 0503, music, just missed quick Qur`an, shux; Russian announcement, 0504 VIRI ID, news theme; fair with flutter. Aoki shows 500 kW, 358 degrees from Kamalabad. Checked // 15480 as heard recently but not propagating there, 500 kW, 322 degrees from Sirjan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KUWAIT. 15540, July 30 at 2050, R. Kuwait has expanded the 3-minute `News in Brief` to 4 minutes! Wow, must be because of Olympic coverage; concluding weather was most concerned with winds but finally admitted a hi of 50 degrees (122 F), while it was only 108 (42+ C) on my OK monitoring porch in the shade (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA. 7245, July 31 at 0457, undermodulated Arabic/rap? Somewhat weaker than 7275 Tunisia; IGIM on early or all-night? Might be more of this for Ramadan, but you never know with this station (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 1140, July 31 at 0511, hyper gospel huxter in Spanish, a real Jesus-freak, inviting phone calls with prayer requests, and putting them on the air, with overmod/distortion. Frequently gives numbers “en cabina“ 83-75-50-51 y 83-75-50-55, one or the other of which is busy; 0514 mentions iglesia in Colonia del Prado.

It`s now certain to be XEMR Monterrey, Radio Esperanza, and a *local* program, not relaying frequency- and namesake Cartagena, Colombia station. There are several Colonias del Prado in Mexico, top hit Monterrey, also Monclova, Reynosa, and in Costa Rica, and phone numbers lead directly to XEMR including

Meanwhile XEMR faded down a bit boosting a 72/minute SAH = 1.2 Hz with another Spanish station looping further west, altho that does not seem to fit for the 5 other XEs on 1140 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Another day with some sporadic-E analog TV DX, UT July 31:
0034 on 2, CCI in Spanish shows up from SSW peak
0034 on 3, Spanish, seems Olympic
0049 on 5, Olay commercial appears for a few sex
0104 on 3, net-5 with Olympic hilites, men`s synchro diving; CCI

** NEWFOUNDLAND [and non]. 6160.88, July 31 at 0458 check, still an A-note het from off-frequency CKZN vs CKZU 6160-. Some in Canada recently reported CKZN on “6160“, presumably not concerned with such details (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 930, July 31 at 0521 UT, the indominable one [undominantable?], WKY OKC has conceded to the CCI, merely transmitting dead air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. 11880, July 31 at 1251, via COSTA RICA, REE is another station blowing away regular programming for Olympic coverage, at the moment rock music in English pause instead of Basque, VG here and also JBA on // 11910 via CHINA; at 1314, instead of `Españoles en la Mar`, ID in passing for “Radio Thinco Olímpico“ domestic network relay and more English rock music. Let the mariners sink; first things first! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 7570, July 31 at 0456 check, RTI via WYFR is still in wrong 0400 language, English instead of Spanish; had not checked for a few nights, but likely has continued so thruout (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12133.5-USB, July 31 at 0118, and 0501 quick check during news, AFN, Saddlebunch Keys FL is active, altho someone in Florida just reported it has been missing from this frequency; maybe skips over (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15090, July 31 at 1352, very poor, weak talk and singing, chanting, no perceptible break at hourtop. No doubt it`s IBB`s R. Azadi = R. Free Afghanistan via KUWAIT, supposed to switch from Pashto to Dari at 1400, after which I did take it as Farsish. Aoki shows the two languages alternating 0830-1430, then R. Ashna doing the same until 1630, all via Kuwait except 0830-0930 Thailand. However, HFCC shows since 9 June that hour is also via Kuwait.

It`s rather strange that IBB would invade the off-route aeronautical band below 15100, otherwise inhabited only by Egypt and India, and pirates. BTW, India is finally showing up in HFCC A-12. You can`t tell me there are no other available frequencies up to 15850. I bet IBB would never allow it from Greenville. Are there just no real aero users of the 15090 area to object? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, July 30 at 1943, WTWW-3 is on in Arabic, but poor signal vs 12160 WWCR VG, so must be on much reduced power (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7555.0, July 31 at 0118, KJES has achieved onfrequenciness here too, during Spanish catechisms. Remaining to be confirmed: 15385 at 18-20. I quickly check some others: WBCQ on 7489.9, WTJC still 9368-.

WRNO on 7506.4, usual distortion on modulation at 0118 July 31; dead air at 0245, so no distortion! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1680, July 31 at 0506 UT, opening C2C “on KMLB 540 and“. So KRJO Monroe LA not only has changed format from distinctive `Old School` music to talk, but also has become just an unacknowledged simulcaster of sister station at other end of dial. I imagine KMLB has local coverage problems at night vs XEWA et al. NRC AM Log shows U4 1000 watts at night, but STA for U1 65 watts, CP for 26 watts! Much less competition and certainly 1 kW ND on 1680 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENNG DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. Checking VR before the alleged imminent demise of relays via Sackville: 9610, UT July 31 at 0249 French via BONAIRE is ending and the IS plays at 0249:45 just as a barely perceptible subaudible heterodyne starts, as the Sackville carrier is turned on, then Bonaire turned off, and 0250 opening English. This is so smooth that casual listeners would never guess there was a drastic site switch (unless reception differed greatly between them, which it does not here, both very strong beamed USward). Previously I have heard some overlap of unsynchronized ISes, but not this time. Perhaps UT August 1 will be the finale after 0250, unless this was it already; as usual, opening says nothing about canceling Sackville after July 31. Bonaire could just continue until 0400* instead of 0250* and retain English until 0320; // 7305 Sackville also starts abruptly at 0250.

13765, July 31 after 0500, VR English to Africa, due west from MADAGASCAR provides good reception way off here in deep North America, for those who still want to hear The Pope`s Voice, tho program content differs from the ex-EurAmerican service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9634.012, July 31 at 1306, some audio making a B5-note het [988 Hz] below something weaker on 9635.0. What`s on `9635` at this hour? Aoki shows CRI Hindi via Kashgar, Serbia 17 kW from Belgrade in English, and the all-day VOV-1 service, 100 kW, 145 degrees from Hanoi-Sontay, VIETNAM. My money`s on the latter as off-frequency. Unless: no hits on 9634 for Vietnam found in DXLD archive, instead, from 10-36:

“9634+, spur from R. Australia, Sept 7 [2010] at 1216, putting big slightly less than 1 kHz het to roughly equal strength CVC Miami via Chile in Spanish on 9635, with Late Nite Live interview // 9590, 9580, 9560, 9475, so impossible to tell which Shepparton transmitter it`s coming  from, but doesn`t compute as a mix among any of them.“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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