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Glenn Hauser logs October 30, 2012

** CANADA. 6110, Oct 30 at 0508, Sackville keeps this frequency on but without NHK any more, which lasted thru Oct 29. Now playing novelty song in French, obviously local fill, as they had been earlier on 5960. See also JAPAN [non]

9555, Oct 30 at 0509 check, Sackville has finally turned off this ex-VOV frequency, like 6175 earlier. See also VIETNAM [non]: 7345

9650, Oct 30 at 1255, SAC also keeps this ex-KBSWR English frequency on air, with local music fill instead of tones and clacking; 1259 RCI IS & IDs and cut off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 5025, Oct 30 at 0523, R. Rebelde is still bothered by RTTY CCI. A shame, since they play some great music and believe it or not, devote less time to ruthless propaganda than RHC. Cuba`s #1 domestic service on relay, and also no English, an advantage for those who don`t understand Spanish anyway.

Arnie may be looking for a new frequency. Why would any RTTY service pick this frequency already occupied by a strong broadcaster? Subtle retaliation for Cuban jamming? Will the RTTY decode with all this AM QRM? I understand that most RTTY is encrypted these days.

The new RHC B-12 schedule has come out, effective Nov 1, apparently when Cuba goes off DST, as Spanish programming starts at 1200 instead of 1100 UT and ends at 0600 instead of 0500.

Notably, 6050 is no longer on the schedule at all, 01-07 English replaced by 6140. Good news for HCJB, which RHC has blocked for a couple of years. As usual, two English broadcasts shift one UT hour later, 20 ex-19 on 11760, and 00 ex-23 on 5040.

Still on the schedule is the imaginary “Aló Presidente“ at 14-18 on 5 frequencies, not specified as Sundays only (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT. 9905, Oct 30 at 0513, tho missing earlier, R. Cairo is on now with buzz, distorted and suppressed Arabic modulation. Seems sporadic but they should turn it off permanently if they can`t or won`t fix it. Yet they make seasonal frequency changes (ex-9305) as if nothing is wrong, nobody notices (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475 // 9420, Oct 30 at 0518, VOG with VG signals instead of Greek music playing American big band standards such as “Melancholy Baby“. We`re sure glad to have them back on the air after 0200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN. 17650, Oct 30 at 1328, VIRI Arabic with distorted Qur`an, way atop CRI French via EAST TURKISTAN. I imagine this collision is intolerable in the target areas of each (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 11740, Oct 30 at 0508, NHK in correct English on new GUIANA FRENCH relay back to WNAm, replacing CANADA 6110, which is still on the air but without NHK. Altho significantly weaker than 6110, 11740 is very good, best yet, so we can only hope the winter night MUF from the tropix will hold up thru B12. NHK English also audible on weaker // 9770 via FRANCE. Steve Luce in Houston TX says 11740 came on two minutes late (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)


** KUWAIT. 9535, Oct 30 at 0512, mixture of Slavic and west Asian language, i.e. Tatar-Bashkir as now scheduled for R. Liberty, 250 kW, 355 degrees from Kuwait so rather USward too; replaces Algeria via France which was on 9535 this hour in A-12, moved to 5865 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 570, Oct 30 at 0535 UT tune in, full ID at odd time from XEBJB with address, etc., mixing with C2C on presumed KLIF (which at mid-hour has a musical break, now “Time After Time“). Per Cantú:
570 XEBJB Radio 570 Monterrey, N.L. 5,000 500

** OKLAHOMA. 960, UT Tue Oct 30 at 0500, KGWA fails to quit modulation so no understation DX tonight (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 15630, Oct 30 at 0515, the VOR Pet/Kam frequency which was inbooming earlier at 0237, is now inaudible, tho scheduled until 0600. But that`s OK; from 0400 we have 9830 instead of 17665 for English to W NAm.

17500, Oct 30 at 1354, typical Russian tones on and off in warmup procedure, 1400 VOR starting Russian news, but marred by whistling Spanish 2-way SSB CCI, plus intermittent “running water“ QRM. 1403 mid-news ID as “Golos Rossii, novosti“. HFCC shows 200 kW, 190 degrees from a Moskva site (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17615 // 17625, Oct 30 at 1350, BSKSA HQS now has equally good modulation on both; for a long time, 17625 was inferior with hum. Also much weaker // 17895 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 7315, Oct 30 at 0521, R. Dabanga singing IDs immediately upon tune-in, compensating for a long ID-less spell 48 hours earlier; VG signal via VATICAN (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15615, Oct 30 at 1318, open carrier except for some slight swooshing sounds also audible around the plus/minus 9 kHz spurs, i.e. WEWN is back here as in A-12 instead of 15610, where they were at the beginning of B-12 from 1300. Dead air continues past 1325, but WEWN English programming had started by 1336 recheck. Why they are avoiding 15610 or 15605 is known only to Glen Tapley. B-12 HFCC shows 13-24 on 15610 only. Or maybe today they forgot that they are no longer supposed to be on 15615 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9630, Oct 30 at 0510, folk music in presumed Hausa, AWR at 0500-0530, 300 kW, 190 degrees from AUSTRIA, now good signal in the clear with REE/CR`s move to 9675. AWR plays a lot of interesting music and in so many incomprehensible languages that we are not in danger of being converted. Is some of their music non-religious to pull in the unwary, or all with a message for those who can understand it? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 9645, Oct 30 at 0510, poor signal in Arabic with het, no doubt VR vs Bandeirantes, Brasil on 9645.4. HFCC show VR in Arabic at 0500-0530 daily on 9645 and 11715, the latter inaudible, not propagating. The question is, whether the V. of Charity relay from Lebanon in Arabic which on winter timing would be at 0530, is still on any Vatican SW frequency? Apparently it was dropped earlier in A12 when it would have been at 0430 on one or the other (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non]. 7345, Oct 30 at 0527 talk in Vietnamese, cut off abruptly at 0527:45*. Was hearing a strong signal earlier in the hour with music which did not strike me as Vietnamese, and had forgotten that this was the replacement for 9555 via Sackville, VOV`s final hour to WNAm. HFCC confirms it`s 250 kW, 310 degrees from Woofferton at 0430-0528 to CIRAF 6 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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