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Glenn Hauser logs November 7, 2012

** ALBANIA. 6100, Nov 7 at 0229, R. Tirana IS, about to open English to NAm, but quite poor signal tonight. Still clear of QRM, altho Anguilla inbooming 6090 might be a problem on non-selective receivers (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CANADA. 9625, Nov 7 at 1420, straining to reconfirm that CBCNQ still exists, must be source of low het against RTI in Vietnamese, see TAIWAN. A very weak signal by itself is there at 1617 recheck. Guess what: on Nov 5, Andy Reid, Ont., posted to the DXLD yg:

“CKCX-SW” Sackville gets a one month reprieve.
Called a ‘correction’ — Dec. 1 is now the date.

** CHINA. Firedrake Nov 7:
15565, very poor at 1425, het on lo side
NO others found searching 10-18 MHz

** CHINA. Note to self: and anyone else interested. Check 1358-1400 UT on 7220 and 7435, whether again this winter CRI 1400 Nepali service via Kunming is preceded by Radio Exterior de España IS in protracted switching error (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5040, Nov 7 at 0634 I encounter RHC not only on the air after 0600* but in English! This is immediately explained by Arnie Coro at the tail of his “mitt-weak“ DXers Unlimited — a new English broadcast on 5040 at 06-07; he also mentions new 6165 in use earlier; and propagationally that we should be prepared for 30-40 years of low solar activity, oooh! DXUL ending at odd time of 0636, so if the usual 12 minutes or so, must have started circa 0624, spanning both halves of every Tue/UT Wed English hour repeat (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also UNIDENTIFIED 9850

** EQUATORIAL GUINEA. 15190, Nov 7 at 0629, R. Africa on and propagating tonight along with NIGERIA q.v., but with more modulation than VON. Gospel huxter in English with contact info, seemed like wrapup, but kept going longer than I was willing to keep listening for a possible extremely rare ID (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE. 21580, Nov 7 at 1434, good signal in Pashto, i.e. RFI as now scheduled in Pasthu at 1430-1500, 500 kW, 85 degrees from Issoudun. Also on 21580 in French at 08-09 and 12-13, 155 degrees (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE [and non?]. 9420, Nov 7 at 1416 poor signal with music, presumably VOG, but imposed on it a “banshee“ wailing up and down. Could have been a jamming technique from Vietnam or somewhere, but stopped before I could decide if it`s external or coming from the same transmitter. Clues in HFCC? Besides numerous AVL GRC entries on 9420 we see: 1100-1805 CNR from LIN CHN; 1400-1700 RUI from KHR UKR, just in case RUI should ever come back. Maybe the Chinese transmitter is upacting, but apparently not as a jammer (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Nov 7 at 1417, poor signal on signature frequency must be VOI, but no modulation audible, and no CCI from 9525, or ACI from 9530, tho there was a bit from 9520. Atsunori Ishida agrees that VOI was on the air, presumably in Indonesian this hour, as it had stayed on since latest reactivation Nov 5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA SOUTH [non]. 6045, Nov 7 at 0706, fair signal from KBSWR in Korean, which is 250 kW, 105 degrees from Woofferton to Europe at 0700-0800. We no longer hear them in Spanish on 6045 at 06-07 since quitting Sackville, but amazingly, that transmission is still on their schedule
with no relay site specified, ergo direct! When over day path on 49m it is certainly not going to propagate from South Korea to Spain. Or are they hoping for longpath? That would certainly be a stretch.

The 6045 from UK we can hear reminds us that KBS could do no worse than Vietnam in utilizing a UK site for English to North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120, Nov 7 at 0628, VON poor, undermodulated signal in English, humwhine, so African conditions have picked up a bit from what had been a deadband recently. Still audible at 0714 with undermod music, presumably now French service (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA. 7325, Nov 7 at 1418, JBA carrier during CRI semihour break, presumably Wantok Radio Light. Need to pursue it as soon as CRI Xian goes off around 1400. Nothing else known on 7325 at this time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 9645-9650-9655, Nov 7 at 0624 another trifrequency ruined by DRM noise I had not noticed before. Probably RRI. Yes, B-12 scheduled French at 0600-0630, 300 kW, 285 degrees from Galbeni to 27SE = France. Vatican is wisely in a one-hour break of 9645 usage and this is the only semihour RRI is on DRM here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA. 9840, Nov 7 at 0623, R. Rossii, horrible buzzing transmitter has been fixed, good modulation now, in Russian music, and good signal too, with flutter.

As in DXLD 12-44, it was still malfunxioning Oct 30, but Wolfgang Büschel got through to Andrey Shaydurov of Radiocenter-3 who replied Nov 1 that the exciter had been exchanged, and Wolfy then confirmed that the audio quality was now very good! Presumably also fixed other frequencies using same transmitter at other times: 12075, 7310, 5905.

Perhaps that`s all it would take to fix other monstrosities of the air, e.g. Cairo and Riyadh — replace the exciters — which are little low-power transmitters originating the signals, then greatly amplified by the main transmitters (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RWANDA. 15275, Nov 7 at 0629 good open carrier, 0630 Hausa with jingles, so it`s DW as scheduled, 295 degrees from Kigali, serving all the Hausans in Oklahoma far beyond Nigeria. Encouraged by this, I also tune 16m, and by golly on 17800, there is an equally good OSOB from DW in English, on the same azimuth USward. Always neat to hear hi-band signals in the autumnal nightmiddle amid what is otherwise a deadband (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9370, Nov 7 at 1410, open carrier/dead air from WWRB instead of Brother Scare. Still the same at 1510, and finally music modulation starts at 1534, then BS. I was thinking he may have self-destructed at the prospect of Four More Years of the Antichrist.

Initially an understation was also audible, which per HFCC must be: IBB Pashtun, 250 kW, 340 degrees from Iranawila, SRI LANKA colliding all the way from 13 to 19 UT. Of course, the coördinators are counting on the dayside absorbing most of the SL signal beyond Afghanistan, but not so much at the outset. Guess what? The 340 degree azimuth after traversing northern Scandinavia carries on across — South Carolina!

9980, Nov 7 at 1421, BS via WWCR with humbuzz making dirty sidebands, worse on the lower circa 9975 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN. 9625, Nov 7 at 1420 not a good hour to check for CBCNQ, see CANADA, as I am hearing primarily Vietnamese and chimes reminiscent of HSK9 IS, but must be RTI as scheduled, in A-12 Aoki. Not in B-12 HFCC of course, from which the ChiCom successfully ban the breakaway province, but neither is CBC which was presumably providing the low heterodyne! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9850, Nov 7 at 0710-0711* huge steady open carrier, has to be from North America, but no US stations scheduled at any time on this frequency. Possibly Cuba which will be on it after 1200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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