** CANADA [and non]. 6110, Aug 16 at 0526, oh oh, open carrier/dead air from Sackville, CANADA, instead of NHK World R. Japan English relay which is still in effect; lost feed? From the beginning 0500? Remained dead until 0529:34* without any RCI IS/ID at closing. NHK poor but OK on the other relays, 5975 UK and 11970 France.
9555, Aug 16 at 0523, VOV Vietnamese relay via CANADA is still modulating, in fact, overmodulating to somewhat distorted level; 0528 into OK BaBcoCk music loops IS at the end of this transmission. Looks like SAC needs some attention.
6120, August 16 at 1214, next NHK relay via Sackville is again modulating, fair signal, also audible on the only other frequency, 9695 SINGAPORE. Looking forward to the post-Sackville switch to Guiana French for the 1200 transmission on the 25mb which should cover all of N America much better, for those awake as early as 4 am in the winter on the west coast. Even 6 am CST should be too early for me (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake Aug 16, before 1200:
11500, fair at 1155, none in the 10s
12230, fair at 1156, none in the 13s, 14s, 15s, 16s
15495, fair at 1330
15485, fair at 1344 with flutter, ex-15495
15500, poor at 1432 with flutter, ex-15485
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** COLOMBIA. 14950.7, Aug 16 at 0510, tune in to nice peak at a steady fair S9+5 with gospel-tinged music, 0511 citing I Juan 5:14, back to music, 0514 segué to another (two in a row usually between announcements), and this one sounds like karaoke, a YL singing rather off-key but the instrumental accompaniment is OK. 0517 another quotation from Juan, YL TC, “12 de la mañana —“ but could not catch the minutes: in the past was usually off by a few. Has faded down now to S7-8; 0531 a Salem Stereo ID. By my indirect BFO/keyboard beat method, frequency measures closer to 14950.7 than 14950.8 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also NICARAGUA
** EAST TURKISTAN. BBC World News America on August 15 had an eye-opening report on Kashgar, whence so many CRI signals emanate, and, no doubt, jamming. (But I never spotted any towers on the horizon.) How the Han are destroying the ancient city and Uighur culture in the name of modernization. Found the 2-minute video here and text:
Will development bring stability to restive Xinjiang city of Kashgar?
By Martin Patience BBC News, Kashgar
”More than half of it has been torn down”
The historic city of Kashgar in China, which stands on the Silk Road, is experiencing its biggest economic boom in living memory. Beijing wants to transform Kashgar into the transport hub of old, and is investing billions of dollars into its modernisation. However ethnic tensions still remain between the Uighurs, a Turkic ethnic minority, and the majority ethnic group in China, the Han Chinese. . .http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19279258
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH. 6700, Aug 16 at 1147, no broadcast or jamming signal here unlike August 13 when MND Radio was heard until 1151* on new frequency; moved again, or off earlier? Propagation funxional, as plenty of juicy Juche jamming on 6600, 6518, 6348, 6230, the last being another MND channel.
Also had typical NK noise jamming on 6060 at 1150, against no known target, but in Aoki: “6060 North Korean Jamming 0350-2400 1234567 Noise jamming 250 Kujang KRE 12505E 4005N // 6003 6015 Mar. 27-“
6071v, also perceptibly wavering het against CFRX 6070 at 1150, as the VOK Japanese service remains on this unstable transmitter, altho a few weeks ago it stayed on 6070.0. Yesterday it quit on time at 1250*.
Bruce Portzer also heard a new MND frequency, 5150 and refers to this August 15 entry in Martyn Williams` North Korea Tech blog:
“South Korean Defense Ministry steps up DPRK broadcasts
A radio station believed to be operated by South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense has strengthened its radio broadcasts to North Korea, according to reports from radio monitors in Japan.
MND Radio added extra shortwave frequencies from August 9 in an apparent attempt to get around the DPRK’s heavy jamming of its signal.
The current schedule for the station’s four programs a day now looks like this (all times in GMT)
MND Radio Schedule
0400-0440 on 5900, 6760 kHz – Program 1
0500-0535 on 5150, 6435 kHz – Program 2
0600-0650 on 5410, 6700 kHz – Program 3
0700-0735 on 5290, 6270 kHz – Program 4
1000-1035 on 5150, 6435 kHz – Program 2 repeat
1100-1150 on 5410, 6700 kHz – Program 3 repeat
1200-1240 on 5900, 6760 kHz – Program 1 repeat
MND Radio begin broadcasting in late 2011 and has steadily increased its broadcasting hours and the number of frequencies it uses.
The precise identity of the radio station is a mystery — it doesn’t provide any details on air and has no website — but there are several clues that point towards South Korea’s Defense Ministry.
All the clues appeared in documents submitted to the HFCC, a shortwave broadcasting frequency coordination body, in 2011.
Perhaps the most obvious clue was the name of the station: “MND Radio,” an abbreviation commonly used for the Ministry of National Defense. A second was identification of the broadcasting site as “ChunCheon” with the coordinates 37.56N 127.46E. The location is the same listed as that for a KBS shortwave transmitter that targets North Korea.
And finally, the contact information for the radio station in the HFCC database included that of Kim GyuCheol. A participant list for an unrelated conference lists someone with the same name and phone numbers as being a director at the Ministry of National Defense.“
(Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MAURITANIA. 7245, Aug 16 at 0525, IGIM in Arabish discussing Syria before going into chanting a few minutes later. Ramadan is almost over so expect IGIM to resume later sign-ons (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 570, Aug 16 at 1124 UT, news by M&W alternating, mentions Montemorelos, Nuevo León, 6:24 timecheck, also mentions Monterrey.
No doubt per Cantú it is: “570 XEBJB Radio 570 Monterrey, N.L. 5,000 500“, and 630 XEFB was also in, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 590, Aug 16 at 1127 UT, temp a chilly 13 grados en “la más caliente“, text numbers, romantic music. Prime suspect is XEPH in Mexico City, official name La Sabrosita, heard a couple weeks ago with non-ID as “Radio Paco“, presumably the DJ`s nickname. Elsewhere in Mexico, there are stations whose prime name is “La Más Kaliente“ with a K-. But googling on “La Mas Caliente“ 590 goes right to XEPH as it is one of their sub-slogans. Cool temp also fits for hi-elevation Mexico City pre-sunrise.
Speaking of which, Enid sunrise today was 1151 UT. 1100 is now way too early for sunrise skip enhancement, and by 1200 there was little from Mexico even on the high end of MW. In less than a biweek, our own sunrise will reach 1200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO [and non]. 630, Aug 16 at 1122 UT, fair XE signal here where XEFB Monterrey usually dominates, with promo for some sports event on `La Invasora 99.7` but also on XEFB, sibling station; spoken by that SHVA = super-hype voice actor, heard on so many Mexican and American stations. Also heard him this morning at same time on Fort Worth 1270 and Kansas City 1250. Wonder who he is; must be earning a mint. Maybe there are others super-hyping in the same style (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. 11670-11675-11680 and 11725, Aug 16 at 0531, RNZI is missing from both DRM and AM frequencies, where they are normally heard at this hour, good news for BBC Arabic 11680 and NHK French on 11730 freed of QRM. I figured this would be explained in the “What`s New“ lower-right corner of RNZI homepagehttp://www.rnzi.com/pages/whatsnew.php
but no, there have been no entries about downtime since July 2.
Next check at 1151, 7435-7440-7445 DRM noise is on, as well as usual poor AM signal on 9655 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NICARAGUA. 8989-USB, Aug 16 at 2345, I finally get around to checking for the “Pescador Preacher“ others have been reporting, and do hear a very weak signal with talk, seeming speech/preach rather than 2-way, altho he has also been reported to QSO with adherents after the sermon. 14950+ Colombia was stronger (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA. 15120, August 16 at 0507 — you never know whether VON English will be audible or how well from one night to the next. This time it fair with hum, but only a bit stronger than co-channel CRI Chinese. By a semihour later it`s just about gone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1210, August 16 at 1103 UT I have been tuning down the MW band looking for Mexican 6 am CDT NAs, sure to be followed by sign-ons or at least full IDs, but the first anthem I come to is one very rarely heard any more, orchestral “Star Spangled Banner“ so must be a station in El Norte. But no ID afterwards at 1104, but wherever it is, the temp is 70 and it`s Thursday August 16; into C&W music. 1108 two anti-drunk-driving PSAs “sponsored by“ NHTSA, so does that mean they were axually paid spots instead of free PSAs??? Whatever became of social if not legal obligation by US radio stations to donate PSA time? Still no local references, altho I`m sure this signal completely dominating 1210 has to be KGYN Guymon, habitually on day pattern before sunrise, not nulling toward Enid or Philadelphia like it is supposed to. Finally at 1109 an ad for some business in Elkhart/Liberal/Guymon, the first two being Kansas border towns very much in KGYN`s
market. 1110 into AgNews, presumably not Spiro T (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 4810, Aug 16 at 1057, very weak signal with a bit of music audible vs noise level, possibly R. Logos; I do think it would be slightly more likely here than Bhopal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 13775, August 16 at 0515, VOR via Pet/Kam, VG signal on only frequency for English to NAm, but I am put off by the announcer usually heard around this time. It`s not that he has a Russian accent, but his sing-song cadence is really annoying, not what you expect from a professional on a major world broadcaster (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. 11890, August 16 at 0520, REE is successfully amid its own Castilian instead of China`s French as relayed by mistake 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [and non]. 91.7, August 16 at 1930 UT, BBC World News headlines amid `The World` via KOSU OK, delivered by that deep-voiced announcer with a strange accent we hear so often, also on SW. This time I finally caught his name, sounded like “Neal Newness“. Fortunately, that misspelling was enough for Google to find him correctly:http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/people/presenters/neil-nunes/
Turns out he`s from Jamaica. Google `Neil Nunes` for wikipedia and more about whether his voice is annoying; not for me, just peculiar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1630 monitoring: confirmed at 2100 Thursday August 16 on WTWW 9479; repeats UT Sunday 0400 on 5755.
Next: 0330v UT Friday on WWRB 5050
0130v UT Saturday on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
On WRMI 9955: Saturday 0800, 1500, 1730, Sunday 0800, 1530, 1730, Monday 0500, 1130
On HLR: Saturday 0630 on 7265, Tuesday 0930 on 5980
Also on WRN via SiriusXM 120: Saturday & Sunday 1730, Sunday 0830
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 13570, August 16 at 1157, WINB is already on with gospel huxter. Own online schedule dated July 15 still shows a start at 1200 with The Overcomer Ministry. Did not stay with it long enough to match it with TOM, but it was not Brother Scare himself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15420-CUSB, August 16 at 1656, WBCQ in pre-broadcast mode, band music IS alternating with IDs also as “the Planet“. So they start at 1700 this Thursday? Yes, `Global Spirit Proclamation` from Fence Lake NM, is now scheduled daily at 17-21; but on Saturdays there is other programming starting at 1400, and the IS around *1355 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 840, August 16 around 1115 UT, guy talking about stories in Hindu scripture that strongly resemble an atomic explosion thousands of years ago, and how Robert Oppenheimer, father of the A-bomb, frequently referred to them; Shiva/shiver, sounds like Coast-to-Coast fare.
WHAS would normally be the dominant signal at night but it`s well after sunrise there and surely would not be running C2C after 7 am EDT (It is on the C2C affiliate list at 1-5 am EDT, ending at 1000 UT). Also looped more E/W than would fit for WHAS. Could it be KXNT Las Vegas NV?
Yes, the two 840 affiliates on C2C site are WHAS and KXNT. C2C is on KXNT schedule weekdays 12-5 am PDT = 07-12 UT, perhttp://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/kxnt-programming-schedule/
I had not realized it`s a CBS O&O station, no less so than WCBS or WBBM. Trouble is, KXNT day and night patterns are supposed to have only a tiny lobe to the east, with major lobes to the north and SSW, 50 kW day and 25 kW night. Weak but steady signal, no QRM, and still in at 1135 when Coast to Coast AM was mentioned.
BTW, I`m still hoping to hear KDWN 720 again, but have not since many mornings in Oct 2010, when they were switching to day pattern an hour too early. Maybe this year (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1270, Aug 16 at 1200 UT, Univisión America mention, apparently affiliated now with that new radio network; and logged legal ID with letters pronounced in English, “KFJZ, Fort Worth-Dallas“ —- except it`s really KFLC; I must have been subconsciously expecting to hear the legacy calls which are now on 870 in same The Metroplex market. On to “En Tránsito“ = traffic report (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also MEXICO: 630
** U S A. 1600, Aug 16 at 1203 UT, I am tuning down the MW band again, looking for Mexican NAs on sunrise skip which would lead to full IDs. But at 1203 I hear a military band with an unfamiliar anthem, some border state? Ha, followed by “Good Morning, Vietnam“ twice in English by Williams/Cronauer, and into Vietnamese language. So it`s just KRVA in The Metroplex TX, a regular here while skip is in, and that must have been the South Vietnamese ex-NA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ZAMBIA [and non]. 13590, Aug 16 at 1154, CRI Beyond Beijing ID, then starting filler language lesson at hourend; no sign of CVC Zambia which is also here 06-20, and heard without QRMao yesterday after 1300. Aoki shows CRI English is a problem only at 1000-1157 — but does not list Zambia at all, instead just this:
“13590 CVC INTERNATIONAL (1Africa) 1530-1730 1234567 English 100 90 Wertachtal D 01041E 4805N CVC a12 MBR Aug. 1“
?? Does this mean CVC has or is about to close down their other Zambia transmitter and replace it with Germany? But I certainly had 1Africa at a different time Aug 15, at 1308, so still Zambia or not?
Current HFCC schedule as of Aug 16 for CVC still has Lusaka at 06-20 13590, 20-22 on 9505, effective thru 28 Oct; nothing from Wertachtal. But the separate MBR schedule at the same source shows 13590 at 1530-1730 effective thru 28 Oct, but like in Aoki, at 90 degrees from Wertachtal, so certainly not for Africa, and no program source or language specified. Not 1Africa, CVC International, so what is that, really? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 9675, August 16 at 0522, as usual I am hearing a het between two near stations, and not much modulation. One of them is about 440 Hz on the lo side. Surely one is Brasil, R. Canção Nova. What else is scheduled at this hour? HFCC has REE/CR, but certainly not that: 9675 is an alternate/erroneous frequency for 9630 normally used including tonight. Also, 500 kW from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. That could certainly be off, or on causing the het. Aoki has this as HQS, plus CNR1 Beijing.
A recent report from Carlos Gonçalves, Portugal, tho at a different time, makes this more intriguing: “PERU 9674.9 Pacífico R, Lima, 2241-…, 10/8, Castilian, music; 23431, adj. QRM de B on 9675“. I thought that Peruvian station had long gone off the air. Around the same daypart he reports RCN as merely 9675, not 9675.0 or some offset (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 10000, Aug 16 at 0542-0546 as I was trying to hear propagation minute from WWVH at 0545, irregular tones of another pitch kept QRMing the frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 11995, Aug 16 at 0519, yet another log of the open carrier with some whine on it, night after night during this hour. Is it heard this well in Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)