** CUBA. 11710, Dec 18 at 0612, steady open carrier at S9+15, weaker than Brasil 11780, but much stronger than Brasil 11765, Ascension 11800, the only other signals on 25m. Mystery solved at 0620 when 5-digit YL SS numbers are going, without any preliminary “Atención“. 0621 modulation stops, carrier continues; 0621 now breaks in transmission, off and on; 0623 a few more numbers mixed with digital noises, off again. Unusual to intrude this far inside an SWBC band; mistake? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 11760, Tuesday Dec 18 at 1322, RHC is in English instead of Spanish! Checked all other frequencies and found this also on 13780, but not on 9540, 11690, 11750, 11860, 15230, 15340, 17580, 17730 which all remained in Spanish. “Ed Newman“ is mentioning their new English to Africa at 22-23 on 11880, which can also be heard in Europe (not to mention N America!!), but he doesn`t know about the present transmission. BBC is in the background on 11760. 1330 RHC “news“ but it all sounds the same and no specific clues whether it`s today`s or yesterday`s. All about wishing Chávez well, enumerating US shootings since New Town, as always must include something negative about US.
So is this a first new airing of today`s English hour? No! At 1335 mentions “for this Monday“; 1400 reopening English for Monday still on both frequencies, and 1423 repeats plug for 11880, goes to a music break, but then RHC operator wakes up and smoothly shifts back to Spanish, becoming // all the other frequencies. So yet another mistake adding to their ever-growing anomaly roster, instead of sensibly starting to broadcast some English propaganda intentionally in our mornings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CYPRUS. 15457-15482, Dec 18 at 1505, OTH radar pulsing, presumed from here; take that, any possible signal from 15476, LRA36 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 5930, Dec 18 at 1258.5, WWCR has just gone off 5935, so I listen to the last sesquiminute of R. Rossii via Pet/Kam, some music, closing ID, but no timesignal finale as we used to hear — and no CW from 8GAL or 2MTL like we also used to hear on 6074 when this was on 6075, now abandoned. At 1301 I also check 6075 area and hear no CW. However, E Asian reception is poor today, even the multiple Chinese outlets weaker than normal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOMALIA [non]. 11615, Dec 17 at 1918, HOA music, poor signal. Checking this out following inquiry from Steve Handler yesterday, as
HFCC shows only: “11615 1830 1930 48E,48SW WOF 300 122 0 216 1234567 171112 310313 D 13650 Somali G BAB BAB 18238“
Note since 17 November, but whose Somali service? EiBi says it`s an unknown station. Wolfgang Büschel has the answer: R. Damal, replacing 11970, and “Radio Damal, The Voice of the Somali People. WRTH 2013 p507: produced in the studios of KBC in Kenya. Financed through Peoples Republic China government funds“. Now as of Dec 18, Aoki has just added the correct ID as R. Damal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOMALILAND. 7120, Dec 18 at 1506, JBA carrier and traces of modulation with usual CW QRhaM, presumed R. Hargeisa; had not much from it before 1400 so checked now after usual 1500 resumption (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, Dec 18 at 1317, WRMI with pulse jamming, against a rock music documentary in Spanish. Could that be a R. Martí program? They certainly do that, but not now, not // 11930 more heavily jammed with a sports discussion. 1328 ID as R. Praga on 9955 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** UZBEKISTAN. 7505, Dec 18 at 1309 open carrier with flutter, (not 7506+ WRNO!), even here suffering from 7490 WWCR splatter and overload. 1337 now weaker but there`s talk modulation. HFCC shows TWR, 100 kW, 131 degrees via Tashkent at 1315-1615. EiBi and Aoki have the details: starts M-F at 1315 with Dogri, 1330 Hindi, and Sat/Sun Hindi from 1315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 1310, Dec 18 at 1354 UT, still trying to ID KKNS Corrales NM: at first dominant is KZRG Joplin MO mentioning Route 66 in English, but it soon fades leaving weak music in Spanish, not enough to hear any ID around 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 9420v, Dec 18 at 0616, slowly moving upward noisy blob, like an ionosonde, really too strong to be coming from India, altho in the same frequency range as the “banshee blob“ previously heard elsewhen. By 0616 it`s at 9440, and at 0619 crosses 9460 BBC Ascension. At 0633, it`s crossing Greece 9420 on the way up again.
Dec 18 at 1312, it`s the banshee going up more quickly from 9430 to 9460. At 1436 it`s crossing 9330 WBCQ upward; at 1438 across 9370 WWRB, at 1439, 9395, at 1441, 9430, etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)