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Glenn Hauser logs August 24-25, 2012

** BANGLADESH. 15505, Aug 25 at *1347:45 comes on with Bangladesh Betar IS in progress, poor with flutter. 1400 timesignal is early for a change, by 7 seconds. By 1421 has improved to fair with music, 1429 presumed Urdu announcement, 1430 bring up the hum. I certainly prefer and enjoy the music, but wonder why they spend so much to reactivate SW external service, with only half an hour a day scheduled for Pakistan, and fill so much of it, maybe 2/3 with music rather than significant talk content? Between 1230 and 1345, only traces of signal on 15105 for English and Nepali. The Pak azimuth consistently works better for us, still way offbeam (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHAD [non]. 6165, Aug 25 at 0430 checking for Chad, but only a JBA carrier unlikely this, maybe remnant of Zambia. RNT appears to be sporadic; it was also unheard by Wolfgang Büschel Aug 24 at 0500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. Firedrake Aug 25, before 1300:
14980, very poor at 1258; none in the 17s, 13s; 12s unknown, too late
15555, fair with flutter at 1257; also noise?
16980, poor with flutter at 1257

After 1300:
15560, fair at 1313 with het on lo side, ex-15555 before 1300 above

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, Aug 24 at 2010, R. Africa, good signal with YL remarking how her “angel hair is difficult to work with“; modulation somewhat muffled (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055v, Aug 25 at 1126, TGAV good S9+13 signal with hymn, but rather distorted, and with BFO can tell carrier is slightly unstable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 6195, Aug 25 at 0427, NHK World Radio Japón, very good concluding “vamos a cantar en japonés“ segment of `Actualidades del Sábado“ show. Still via BONAIRE; in B-12 this changes to GUIANA FRENCH, and the repeat at 0500 changes from 6080 CANADA to 6195 WHRI. Unless CBC finds a way to get rid of inconvenient relays earlier and start demolishing Sackville (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)

** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 6070.352v, Aug 25 at 1124, het upon CFRX 6070 is audibly wavering, but approx. G4 pitch = above middle C on keyboard, which is 392 Hz. Wolfgang Büschel`s latest measurement of CFRX is 6069.960 so that makes Pyongyang on 6070.352v (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENIING DIGEST)

** MAURITANIA [and non]. 7245, Aug 25 at 0432, weak modulation in Arabish beside much stronger 7240 DW Rwanda English; so IGIM continues to be unpredictably on air overnight or not. Unless: The only known competition on 7245 is Voice of Tajik, not in HFCC either, but Aoki shows Ovozi Tojik, all 100 kW, non-direxional from Dushanbe-Orzu continuously from 0200 to 1840 with language segments in this period as 0200-0400 Tajik, 0400-0600 Persian, 0600-0800 Dari . . . (English only at 1300-1400). EiBi and WRTH May update agree, except ending at 1800. I have not knowingly heard it even when Mauritania is not on; is this really on the air? Should be audible in Europe. Of course Tajikistan is easy on many higher frequencies with relays of other stations (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 560, Aug 25 at 1119 UT, canned promo for FM 93.3, then live YL DJ with phone numbers, mentions Zacatecas, music. Weak but clear signal; where are all the other Mexican and US stations? Held up past 1130. Cantú nails it:
560 XEXZ Lupe + FM 93.3 Zacatecas, Zac. 5,000 1,000

** MEXICO. 700, Aug 25 at 1115 UT, weak but steady and unQRMed signal mentioning “1110 AM, Radio Red“, so it`s the Guadalajara 10 kW relay, XEDKR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 710, Aug 25 at 1109 UT, XEDP Ciudad Cuauhtémoc is still playing the Chihuahua anthem with male singer; then female sings a prayer of some sort; 1111 sign-on or full ID; 1112 right into ranchera music, so no Mennonite preacher today Saturday in Low German or Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 980, Aug 24 at 1203 UT, news and weather originating from the DF, loops more west than south, and suspect it`s the IMER station I have heard before, per Cantú:
980 XEFQ La Voz de la Ciudad del Cobre, Cananea, Sonora 2,500 500
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) date correct, omitted from previous report

** RUSSIA. 12065, Aug 25 at 1133, military band music, could well be an unfamiliar national anthem; fair with flutter. I keep listening and at 1135 hear a bit of echoey Chinese(?) but soon switched to English narration and then more martial music. Must be VOR as scheduled 11-14, 500 kW, 205 degrees from Chita. EiBi shows all to SE Asia, the first hour in English, but the HFCC CIRAF zones are all the way from Pakistan to Maluku. VOR program grid at
shows the entire 11-12 UT hour Tue-Sat is `Music & Musicians`. Beware: that page also autolaunches VOR audio, how rude, which will QRM whatever else you are already listening to (like a Prom Concert!) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SWAZILAND. 15360, Aug 25 at 1406, like Bangladesh here`s an Urdu service that is mostly music, but must be Christian hymns, since it`s TWR Swaziland, as finally IDed in English during music box IS at 1415-1416:18* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 15580, another check for the VOA double-program feed at 2000 UT as logged the past few days: Aug 24 not tuned in until 2006 and find a JBA signal rather than the usual good signal from MADAGASCAR aimed USward. Can barely detect music, but can`t tell if the Korean audio is mixed in. Not a propagation problem, as at 2010 check, African signals are still sufficient on 15190 from Equatorial Guinea, 15349.1 Morocco, plus nearby 15195 and 15400 from Ascension; as well as higher-latitude ones from 15540 Kuwait, 15630 Greece.

So my theory now is that IBB finally caught on to the problem at Talata and pulled the transmission, substituting some other site which was barely propagating to here. However, next check of 15580 near the end of the collision hour, at 2057 found much better signal with `The African Beat` music, only, until cut off modulation at 2100 and a few seconds later carrier off too (scheduled next on 15580 is VOA Botswana, but if so did not come up immediately.) We`ll see what happen Aug 25.

17530, Sat Aug 25 at 1403, VOA news in English delivered by Marty (sp? female) Johnson (sp?), 1405 into `On the Line`, topix to be human rights and traffic jams. This hour is 124 degrees from São Tomé, close to off-the-back here.

It should be easy to find VOA presenters on the website, right? So I search on “marty johnson“, “marti johnson“, “marti jonson“, “marty jonson“ with zero hits; then “martha johnson“ and get this one:
Martha Johnson was the GSA Administrator in that scandal, who then resigned. New job at VOA, or another person? Searching on “newscasters“ leads only to 8 stories mentioning that word, all but one from 2009y. Singular “newscaster“ leads to 26, but still nothing about the worldwide voices we hear on the VOAir.

I should have used major Google search in the first place. If I put in “Marty Johnson“ “Voice of America“ I get three top hits from unknown sites quoting her newscasts as far back as 2009y: “It’s 15:00 Universal Time, and here is the news from the Voice of America. I’m Marty Johnson from the VOA News Center in Washington“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9860, Aug 25 at 0135 check, after three nights of horrible parasitic spurring on both sides of this frequency, WHRI has fixed it; now there is only direct splatter from 9860 out to at least 10 kHz on both sides (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) My previous log had wrong date on it, Aug 23 instead of 24, so here it is again corrected:

** U S A. 9837-9850 & 9872-9882 approx., Aug 24 at 0142 check, extent of big dirty distorted FMy parasitic spurs from 9860 WHRI, with same modulation definitely audible. For at least the third night in a row, and no telling how long before that, as not a time I had been monitoring much. Why doesn`t anyone else report these gross violations of broadcast standards? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, Sat Aug 25 at 1308, WTWW-3 is on with Russian; has been quite sporadic, often missing at various daypart chex, especially this early in the morning (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13830, Aug 25 at 1311 surprised to hear Spanish here, apparent kidshow for Saturday morning, and yes, it`s // stronger 11550, so WEWN R. Católica Mundial, and not on 12050 where it is supposed to be until 1700 switch to 13830! As still per own website schedule, and latest HFCC. Error or change? Also not audible yet on English frequency 15615, maybe not propagating, but often late coming on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENIND DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1631 monitoring: confirmed on 5110v-CUSB from Area 51 via WBCQ, UT Saturday Aug 25 at 0136.5 as my clip of Bangladesh started; indicating playback commenced only a few minutes late. Remaining airings:

WRMI 9955: Sat 1730, Sun 0800, 1530, 1730, Mon 0500, 1130
WRN via SiriusXM 120: Sat & Sun 1730, Sun 0830
WTWW 5755: UT Sun 0400
HLR 5980: Tue 0930

UNIDENTIFIED. On Aug 24 the 11.7+ MHz mystery carriers spaced exactly 8 kHz apart were not audible, as major signals from E Asia were also not propagating, but Aug 25 at 1301 they`re back, and I also hunt with BFO for further ones lower and higher than previously logged; easy to miss since there happen to be no legit broadcast signals to het, and I detect all these: 11728 (new), 11736, 11744, 11752, 11768, 11776 11784, 11792 (new). Note this amounts to four on each side of presumed source, some transmitter on 11760.0. There could be even more on 11720 and 11800 but landing on `even` channels hard to distinguish from intentional weak signals (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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