** BANGLADESH. 15505, March 30 at 1359 no signal until *1401:05 open carrier, off and back on, 1401:25 add hum and music theme, 1402:15 ID and Urdu program late; poor signal today from Bangladesh Betar. Why do they have so much trouble starting on time??
HFCC A-13 is again replete with imaginary wooden registrations from DKA on all bands from 6 to 17 MHz, covering the few transmissions which really exist including this one at 290 degrees, in timespans beyond reality (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL. 10000, March 30 at 0102, weak time pips every dekasecond mixing with WWV, and talk in between, barely making out an “Obsevatório Nacional“ here and there, i.e. PPE, Rio de Janeiro. Even audible during following minute when WWV is in toning, which is quite weak as often the case after sunset, skipping over from less than a megameter away. Someone reported the pips were 10 sex apart but at 5/15/25, etc. Not so now, precisely coördinated with WWV, 00/10/20/30, etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. Firedrake March 30 before 1400, most with flutter:
15595, fair at 1354, het on hi side, i.e. per Aoki 15597, V. of Tibet, 95 degrees from TAJIKISTAN at 1343-1400. No FD in the 16s
14750, good at 1355
13920, good at 1355
12230, poor at 1356
11970, fair at 1357; none in the 10s
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY [non]. 15275, March 30 at 1321, DW in Hausa except for program title in English “Learn by Ear“, something about Johannesburg. If not Hausa, why don`t they say it in German?? Fair signal, 310 degrees from RWANDA, so also USward during this hour, beyond Nigeria (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH. 11710, March 30 at 1310, VOK`s hyper-assertive English announcer-creatures are a bit bellicose, threatening with nuclear first-strikes to burn to ashes targets on the US mainland, Hawaii, Guam Island, other bases in Pacific, and of course, South Korea.
Well atop constant Chinese-language CCI, both of which would remain mysteries if consulting nothing but HFCC, but Aoki suggests CNR1 is also here from Beijing 572, and not as a jammer! Plus AIR Burmese until 1315. I was suspecting the CCCCI might have been self-QRM from VOK itself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6930-AM, UT Saturday March 30 at 0535 (just having missed R. Japan`s final 0500 relay via Guiana French!), here`s a pirate at S9+12 vs storm and other noise level, with mostly folk music, “O, Freedom“. 0537 announcement, asking for reception reports but can`t catch full name beyond —firstname.lastname@example.org Also deep fades so only occasional words readable. 0539 back to music, 0546 segué, folk ballads; 0554 another segué, no announcement; 0557 one I recognize easily, “Bésame Mucho“; 0558.5 voice-over ID amid the tune, “you`re listening to —-? Shortwave“. 0604 segué to bluegrass banjo; 0608 a “work song“. Now the signal has grown to S9+18 at peaks; 0611 “Your Cheatin` Heart“; 0615 ID twice and I still can`t make it out. Pirates, please speak slowly and distinctly, even spell out name/address, and ID frequently, as listeners are straining to copy against all the odds. 0631 “Sweet Dreams“; music still going at 0641 when I
Uplooked later athttp://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,10671.0.html
it`s Grizzly Bear Shortwave, as confirmed by the operator himself (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU [and non]. 5980, March 30 at 0058, another R. Chaski-check, confronting T-storm noise from the next county in OK. Music is audible and seemingly no Cuban noise jamming, plus 5990 CRI Cuba relay splash is already off, very unusual. By 0100 however, pulse jamming is also weakly audible vs OA carrier and QRN. 0101 Spanish announcement mentions “sábado“, and usual sounder, cut off the air at 0102:03.5*, prolonging the tradition of 5-seconds-later-each-night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAIPAN. 7165.5-LSB, March 30 at 1252, AH0BT with rapid contest contacts amid co-channel pileups. Where`s this? An American-sequence callsign, but not from the CONUS? QRZ.com reveals:
AH0BT Mariana Islands
SAIPAN BBQ CONTEST CLUB
BEACH RD CHALAN KANOA, PO BOX 504168
SAIPAN, MP 96950
QTH: Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan Island
Grid Locator: QK25 IOTA: OC-086
He had an accent; apparently this club is really made up of Japanese guys, and the contest is apparently: “MAR, 2013, CQ World Wide WPX Contest SSB“. Contacts consisted of 59 + a consecutive serial number rather than power or location (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TUNISIA. 7275 & 7335, March 30 at 0622, IWT is still on with Arabic talk and music; by 0627, 7275 has closed as usual. I missed mentioning its reactivation on this week`s WORLD OF RADIO (Glenn hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1662 monitoring: tnx to Tim Noonan for confirming the WWRB airing UT Friday March 29 at 0330v on 3195: “Glenn, I heard it; it started about a minute early“.
One of our many webcasters is ACB Mainstream, nominally scheduled on a 2-hour repeat cycle thruout UT Fridays, starting at 0100, but for some time, the next day`s programming has been starting at 2300 UT. This Friday, Des Preston reports it was not on at 2100 either. May have been a pledge drive instead as I checked before 2300.
The WOR schedule has now been updated athttp://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
Tnx to Allan Weiner concluding his `Worldwide` with a stay-tuned on 5110-CUSB for World of Radio, “one of the last great shortwave shows“, which started at 0135.5, i.e. on Area 51 via WBCQ.
On WRMI 9955, Saturday at 1500: at 1512 I can almost recognize myself on the JBA signal with a fast SAH (IBB Tibetan via Tinian and/or ChiCom jamming) and equally weak traces of Cuban jamming. How is it in WRMI`s boresight toward Venezuela and beyond? No one ever tells me. WRMI is rather low in frequency, measured by Wolfgang Büschel at -50 Hz in Oct & Dec, -43 Hz in Nov 2012.
WOR next airings: Saturday 1730 on WRN via SiriusXM 120; Saturday 2330 [NEW] on WTWW-2 9930; UT Sunday 0400 on WTWW-1 5830 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 13570, March 29 at 2055, WINB in Spanish, certainly a minority language there, good signal and modulation levels but carrier is wobbly; soon Spanish outro as program having been Englishly-titled, `Guidelines`; 2057 English ID and address, but cut off without any QSY announcement. How are anyone but WINB fanatix or well-informed SWLs to know where to hear them next?? 2102 check, now they are on 9265 but weaker (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 687 & 713 kHz, March 30 at 0618 UT, IBOC noise peaks, obviously from WLW; haven`t noticed this before. Did they just turn it back on? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN [and non]. 15570, Friday March 29 at 2018, sacred choral music, initially good signal, but less than 15580 VOA Greenville; normally nothing here, so it`s a VR live special for “Good Friday“, which is never on the same date from one year to the next (and likely more to come this weekend, to be specified somewhere on the VR website). 2019 Italian being voiced-over into Portuguese. 2025 `Lord`s Prayer` in Latin, then repeated numerous times separated by bits of other mumbo-jumbo. The RCC god must have an unlimited craving for suckulence, really the result of human projexion.
13765, March 29 at 2042, LPs in LL are here too, but with English voice-overs.
13830, March 29 at 2054, LPs in LL, with Spanish translation, in this case via WEWN.
7250, March 30 at 0622, Gregorian chant, then unknown language, but presumably Albanian again as VR turns on its transmitter early putting this language back on SW despite dropping from official schedule. Seemed to be // 6075 weaker, but 9645 blocked by 9650 DRM from Romania. 3975 not audible, maybe not on.
From March 31, all this shifts one UT hour earlier with the imposition by secularists of daylight shifting in Europe including Italy including Vatican; i.e. 7250 nominally starts Latin mass at 0530 instead of 0630. I signed up for VR`s full schedule by e-mail but nothing in yet. Hope they get those out at the beginning rather than ending of seasons as they did by p-mail (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 1310 & 1440, March 30 at 0606 UT, two stations on same network, but which? with Abbott & Costello “Hu`s On First“ classic routine (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)