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Glenn Hauser logs January 17-18, 2014

** CUBA. 4765, Jan 18 at 0114, R. Progreso open carrier is already on prior to 0130-0500 broadcast. Why don`t they run it much longer? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, Jan 17 at 2305, Rebelde music with SAH of about 4 Hz until it stops at 2306*. Can`t be Quillabamba which is too weak and too far off-frequency. Most likely a second Cuban transmitter for some reason (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6165, Jan 18 at 0101, no RHC English, just hash; it`s on by next check 0134 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** DIEGO GARCIA. 12759-USB, Jan 18 at 0112, AFN is barely audible with music, but unseems rock; 0131 talk in English. I figured it might make it since India and Sri Lanka were in on 25m; not audible checked before 0100, probably before switching from 4319-USB (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [non]. 17850, Jan 18 at 1559, waiting for Oromo Voice to come on this Saturday: carrier finally on at *1600:14, and lo-fi Oromo sign-on starts at 1600:25. VG signal strength via Issoudun, FRANCE, 100 kW, 130 degrees per Aoki. It`s over at 1630 but carrier stays on past 1638. EiBi has a strange language abbr. for this entry, BNA. His key says “BNA Borana Oromo/Afan Oromo: Ethiopia (4m) [gax]“, the last being a supposed German version of the name. It`s prime clandestine time on 16m: see also ETHIOPIA [non]. 17630, and UNIDENTIFIED: 17870 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ETHIOPIA [non]. 17630, Sat Jan 18 at 1605, very rapid speech in unknown African language, axually about half-and-half singing and speaking. 1623, less singing, but with applause; 1627 bit of Horn of Africish music, 1629 announcement and some more music until 1630:05*. Aoki shows this is R. Xoriyo Ogaden, Tue & Sat only in Somali at 1630, also via Issoudun, FRANCE, 500 kW, 130 degrees (even tho it`s in Somali, target is part of ETHIOPIA, as in WRTH). This is the one with a split service. On Mon & Fri at the same hour, it`s on 17870 with 50 kW, 195 degrees from Bulgaria. But today Saturday I am also hearing something unID, q.v. on 17870 at same time, but not // (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420 // weaker 7450, Jan 17 at 2147, Helliniki Radiophonia lite jazz music adding YL vocal, seems really in Greek now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 11985, Jan 18 at 0056, AIR Sinhala service via Delhi-Khampur site is again a loss: open carrier, almost as strong at 11740 GOA which is evidently really speaking Sinhala, both poor with flutter. 0102 maybe 11985 is JBM? 0114 maybe too, while 11740 is already off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5985, Jan 18 at 1330, het and a bit of audio from Shiokaze opening in Japanese or Korean, vs Myanmar off-frequency. Ron Howard says they did resume English this Friday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. 9775, Jan 18 at 1358, R. Free Chosun still with same prélude medley in English, now playing “At 17“. Usual good signal equivalent to 9800 VOA Korean via Philippines.

A few months ago, Wolfgang Büschel found a temporary registration for 9775 as WRN via Palauig, Philippines. I also found that one of the three Radio Veritas Asia transmitters was unaccounted for, after 1400, as RVA programming is using only two. It appears that RVA does have a transmitter for hire, even to non-Catholic broadcasters. I`ve asked Radio Veritas Asia tech department if 9775 is their transmitter, but no reply yet.

We do know that WRN does have a deal with Radio Veritas Asia, as I am informed thus about Radio Free Sarawak: “15420 is currently from Palauig, Philippines. They took a Christmas-NY break and resumed on Jan 6.“ Presumably still at 1100-1230 UT, when it was seldom audible here. Today`s Aoki still has this sesquihour as via Paochung, Taiwan, whence it may have been previously (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 6185, Jan 18 at 1636, the OSOB is a JBA carrier here, suspected R. Educación active in daytime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 88.3, Jan 17 circa 2030 UT, K202BY, Enid, the Family Radio satellator of KEAR-FM Sacramento CA, is very out of order again, cutting off and on the air at the rate of 198 times per minute. Jan 18 at 0136 UT, now it`s slowed down to a regular dropoff amounting to 32 times per minute, except some of the drops are missed. What a waste, whether it`s off or on (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 90.1, KCSC-FM Edmond, our only FM source for classical music since it was banned by KOSU, reception has generally declined such that I wonder if they are on reduced power? It`s always been iffy in Enid vs Radio Kansas co-channel, but KCSC used to be a bit stronger on the average. Now there are times I can barely hear it at all, on car or household radios, even if KHCC is not capturing. We desperately need a translator in Enid. Why does much smaller McAlester in SE OK merit a KCSC non-translator relay (KBCW 91.9)? Because they have a benefactor there (Glenn Hauser, Enid, Jan 17, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, Jan 18 at 0056, R. Chaski carrier with some modulation in the 5990 CRI/Cuba splash, until cutoff at 0103:51.5* which is 11.5 seconds later than last check 48 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, Jan 18 at 0114, SLBC with open carrier; music starts at 0114:50, 3-pip timesignal 11 seconds late to 0115:11; sign-on in Hindi with modulation suppressed and distorted; maybe was bad recording as at 0133 check now the modulation is OK on music and announcement. Good signal with flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7730, Fri Jan 17 at 2140, usual VP WOOB signal from WRMI on this beam 90 degrees away from us but 44 degrees toward Europe, during the 21-22 UT “extra RMI“ programming separate from 9955. Today it`s in Spanish, evidently a DX program; 2142 mentions Radio Cruz; 2146 M&W are alternating giving some times and frequencies; her voice is more readable; 2155 mentions production at LS11 in Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina, then fill with vocal tango, maybe Gardel? No further outro, 2159.5 YFR theme and ID voiced by Keith Perron, but without giving his celebrity name; to carrier off at 2200:09*.

(Remember that WRMI is testing R. Taiwán Internacional relay in Spanish on 7730, this UT Sun & Mon at 0300-0400, presumably toward the west. Sufficient reports required to justify resuming it.)

[No se olviden de que WRMI está con pruebas por Radio Taiwán Internacional en 7730, las noches de sábado y domingo, días Universales domingo y lunes, entre 03 y 04 TU, hacia el oeste. Hay que ganar respuestas, informes de recepción suficientes para justificar reanudar este servicio, antes via Fámily Radio.]

9495, UT Sat Jan 18 at 0055, I`m hearing the same program as on 7730 earlier; much better reception now aimed south. So probably the 00-01 UT hour on 9495 is a repeat of whatever was on 7730 at 21-22 the previous UT day. Mentions La Voz de Croacia; and this time it`s clearly `La Rosa de Tokio` hour-long historical DX program, which is indeed produced at LS11, 1270 kHz.

It seems the programming for these two hours is flexible, with no schedule on the web other than for 9955. The past two weeks, WORLD OF RADIO has been appearing Sat 2130 on 7730, UT Sun 0030 on 9495 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5110v-CUSB, UT Sat Jan 18 at 0059, WBCQ with Brother Scare already, but it`s time for `Allan Weiner Worldwide`. Checking the other frequencies at 0100, 7490 has Allan “testing 1-2-1-2“ bringing up his feed from snowbirdy Florida a bit too early; 0100:27 start “William Tell Overture“ theme; quick retune to 9330 finds OCDA with hum, until it starts the WTO about 27 seconds later; by now 5110 is also with AWWW for the hour featuring co-host Mal on the phone (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 3215, Jan 18 at 0111, I notice that the WWRB carrier is wobbling a bit, during country hymn, while 3185 is steady with BS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic MW carrier search provoked, once I hear the Saudi 1521 het upon much closer 1520 KOKC, Jan 18 at 0113 UT. In next few minutes, carriers also audible on: 1503, 1422, 1296, 1215, 1152, 1125, 1053, 1044, 909, 891, 882, 684, 666. Strongest was 1215, presumably UK as some of the others too (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4985, Jan 17 at 2309 and still Jan 18 at 0059 check, heavy RTTY is back here blocking broadcasters, after a few days off. Hope people got them while the getting was good (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6926 or so, Jan 17 at 2312, heavy music on SSB, but hard to tune properly with no carrier. Closest thing to a pirate log in over a week here, not much activity noted evenings on the 43-metre band. This thread agrees it was Radio Ga Ga on 6925.1-USB:,14976.0.html

UNIDENTIFIED. 9690, Jan 17 at 2153-2200+ open carrier; good signal, figure it`s WRMI losing modulation from Brother Scare who is bloviating on 9955 and 11825; until check of schedule showing 9690 ending at 2100. Still could be WRMI transmitter still/again on for some reason, as recently had additional BS broadcast starting at 2200. Per Aoki, only thing else scheduled is RAE, Argentina at 17-24 weekdays to Europe, but I seriously doubt its 9690 is really on the air, as never heard or reported, unlike // 15345v. If 9690 is on, it`s not reaching much beyond S America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 17870, Sat Jan 18 at 1603, somewhat weaker than 17850 Oromo Voice, another African language (with VOA Radiogram intervening on 17860), assumed I could look it up later, but nothing fits exactly. Continued on past 1630, unlike 17850 and 17630 stations; see ETHIOPIA.

If this were Friday instead of Saturday, 17870 could be list-logged as R. Xoriyo Ogaden, 50 kW, 195 degrees via Bulgaria, 1600-1630 Mon & Fri in Somali, per Aoki. Also if it were M-F, the station after 1630 would be BBC Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, 100 kW, 7 degrees via SOUTH AFRICA. Maybe one or the other has changed schedule or expanded. BBC typically does this on weekends especially if there is an important sports event (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 2024 UT January 18

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