** BANGLADESH. 15105, Aug 23, little to no signals from Bangladesh Betar during the 1230 English and 1315 Nepali semihours; and from 1358 past 1400, no signal at all on 15505 where Urdu was expected, as IS was recorded yesterday for WORLD OF RADIO 1631. Really poor propagation today and/or have they changed frequencies again?
The great-circle path from Dacca (as on my old globe) to Enid passes within 7 degrees of the North Pole at 83 N, and enters North America at Mould Bay on Prince Patrick Island (if it`s still called that) in the Canadian Arctic. Long path traverses the base of Palmer Peninsula, Antarctica (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. Firedrake August 23, before 1300:
14700, JBA at 1227, none in the 11s, 12s, 13s
15555, very poor at 1254, het on lo side; none in the 16s, 17s
15710, poor at 1253; unusual spot, not in Aoki, nor any likely target, but probably a jumparound from Sound of Hope or Voice of Tibet via Tajikistan. Would you believe WHRI5 is on 15710 at 12-13? No, it`s not
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, Aug 23 at 0553, gospel huxters discussing how wives must obey husbands, and gay marriage just won`t do, leading to adoption rather than procreation of children. 0558 wrapping up with no names of speakers or the program just heard, until next week; brief pause, no ID and 0559 starting another, Program #124, which is how Tony Alamo started his shows, and sure `nuff, it`s really him mumbling despite being incarcerated for 175 years following convixion for child sexual abuse. He notes that it`s Mothers` Day (no doubt from a year long ago), and prays that God will somehow “take taxation off the people that I married“, i.e. minors. Chorus of assent from girls with him. Then YL starts reading letters allegedly from listeners, first from someone in Kinshasa, DR Congo (another tuner to 15190?) addressed to “My dear Pastor Alamo“, then someone in Illinois. Thank you, Pan American Broadcasting, for keeping this monster on the air
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR. Looks like the Talata relay is falling apart with all kinds of anomalies:
13840, Aug 23 at 0532 and still at 0540, open carrier/dead air instead of NHK relay in French.
13765, Aug 23 at 0532, Vatican Radio, Portuguese with continuous whistles/squeals worse than ever.
15400, Aug 23 at 0534 and several later chex before 0600, no signal from R. Dabanga, which is usually quite good. (Something very poor on 11650, presumably still Dabanga via Vatican; other Africans are in well on 19m: 15120 Nigeria, 15190 Equatorial Guinea, 15580 VOA BOTS.)
Then there`s the 15580 collision at 2000 with VOA, still being investigated (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MAURITANIA. 7245, Aug 23 at 0547, IGIM is on by now with usual soporific wake-up chanting session (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA. 15120, Aug 23 at 0535, VON at S9+13 level with hum, distorted rock music. Many nights it is inaudible or off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 17615, Aug 23 at 1330-1348+, Qur`an from BSKSA; lovely performance by tenor and perfect for dozing as I didn`t get enough sleep last night. There`s no rhyme and no reason, especially if one doesn`t understand Arabic; if you have a bass voice, don`t even dream of becoming an Islamic cantor, why? We now have amplification and radio. Clearer and stronger here than // 17625 with its perpetual hum (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 15580, Aug 23 at 0537, good signal at S9+12 from VOA BOTSWANA with news in English. I believe this is `International Edition` which according to AFGE Local 1812 is now originally aired live only at 0530 and repeated later in the day without updating.
7575, Aug 23 at 1208, detailed report on row between Japan and China over disputed islands, eventually IDed as `Crossroads Asia` program. This is about to be canceled, per AFGE Local 1812, as in DXLD 12-33, but not yet. The 12-13 hour on 7575 radiates 18 degrees from Udorn, THAILAND, also USward. (A few minutes earlier, R. Japan was reporting on dispute between Japan and South Korea over some other islands.) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. Further chex for weak mystery carriers in the 11.7s (is anyone else hearing them, if not tracing them?):
11734, Aug 23 before 1300, this is the only one and not in sequence with the others.
11776, Aug 23 cuts on at *1259:43 hetting Anguilla, and then all the others at +/- 8 kHz intervals from 11760 are also audible: 11736, 11744, 11752, 11768, 11784. Are these emanating from something on 11760? There is CCI under RHC there, but not sure what (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)