15505, August 22 at 1353, I find the same tone here as had been on 15105 a few minutes earlier, 1110+ Hz. 1359 switches to IS better than usually heard so I record to illustrate it on WORLD OF RADIO. 1400 timesignal is 14 seconds slow, ID and sign on in Urdu mentioning Bangladesh Betar, and Pakistan. Finished circa 1430 and at 1431, 15505 has weakened, still on with open carrier and het/hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 4915, Aug 22 at 0518, variety of romantic music, Brazilian announcements, better than 24 hours earlier but still poor vs 1/minute CODAR wipers. I would have settled for one mention of “Macapá“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake August 22, before 1300, all with flutter:
16100, poor at 1253; none in the 17s, 14s, 13s, 12s
15555, fair at 1253, het on lo side
15605, poor at 1339 with WEWN 15615 squishy spur QRM from 15606
15485, good at 1343 with flutter
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. 9305, Aug 22 at 0524, R. Cairo with almost readable distorted Arabic instead of customary totally useless buzz. Officially scheduled 19-07 UT, but around 0150 I had noticed it was not on the air, as has happened before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN. 9595, Wednesday Aug 22 at 1308, R. Nikkei fair with mix of Japanese and English by same speaker, presumably language lesson, mentioned “the pearly gates“ a few times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES [non]. Aug 22 checking out the frequency changes that R. Veritas Asia has just made via the two VATICAN relays, belatedly escaping QRM problems which had been there since the beginning of A-12 if not before:
15330, Aug 22 at 1430, RVA IS in the clear but with some splash from 15340 Cuba, opening Urdu, S9+15; ex 15435 which was OK except for early starts by Saudi Arabia before 1500.
15320, Aug 22 at 1458 open carrier, no IS but 1500 RVA ID, poor signal with Filipino, ex 15350 which had that horrible het from Morocco 15349.1.
(At 1430, AWR Chinese had been on 15320, but off in time for RVA. HFCC shows starting July 2 and for the remainder of A-12, site for that is Trincomalee, Sri Lanka instead of Nauen, Germany thru July 1. On 15350 at 1430 there is still a big het clash with Morocco 15349.1, i.e. Gospel for Asia via Wertachtal until 1500). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. Altho I put them under CUBA in yesterday`s report as coming from RHC 11760 transmitter, the 8-kHz-spaced very weak carriers in the 11.7 MHz range may still be coming from something else.
Aug 22 I am searching for them starting at 1242, and none of them heard altho RHC 11760 is strong enough; but there is another one on 11734 vs North Korea 11735, instead of 11736; I had heard that one before too, presumably unrelated. As 1300 approaches I am standing by on 11775 Anguilla, and yes, the 11776 het starts at 1300 sharp. Meanwhile on another receiver, 11760 RHC continues without any break in transmission, so they have made no change at 1300 which could account for this. Since the 8-kHz spaced carriers are centered on 11760, plus and minus up to 3 x 8 kHz, to 11736 and 11784, but none further detected, something on 11760 is still the most likely source of them. What else is on 11760 at this time? CRI English via Kunming, but also with same parameters for two hours at 1200-1400. What else comes on 11760 at 1300, covered up here by RHC? Nothing in Aoki or HFCC, but EiBi shows: 11760 1300-1430 AUS Radio Australia M EAs /TWN.
That almost fits, except yesterday we confirmed the carriers stayed on until 1500 when RHC went off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 11995, Aug 22 at 0504, the “signal to nowhere“ open carrier with some hum as always on the air, it seems, before and after 0500; TDF transmitter-control automation misprogramming? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 15515, Aug 22 at 1340, good signal with announcement asking for e-mail reports to firstname.lastname@example.org then some BaBcoCk musical IS, and “you are listening to a test transmission“, bits of other music, Gypsy? cut off at 1341*.
(That uncovered some other much weaker signal, presumably Kuwait which has just started a lengthy Arabic service at 59 degrees on 15515 at 10-05 since August 17, per Aoki. DX Mix News, Bulgaria also reported this “additional unregistered frequency“ as 12-15 from Aug 17, revised to 12-24 on August 20.)
Then I look for BaBcoCk testing on 15180 which had previously been reported during this semihour, and at 1344 there it is, fair signal peaking at S9+5, first with steel drum/orchestral music, and “You are listening to a test transmission“. Bits of other music followed, only a few seconds of each before changing to something else. 1345 “please e-mail your reception reports to email@example.com“ and more music alternating with “test transmission“ announcement. This cuts off at 1347, and then not found on 15515 or anywhere else on the 19m band. I have sent them a report inquiring about the transmitter site and purpose of these tests. Could be only for staff training purposes as they have done previously (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)