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Glenn Hauser logs March 27, 2014

** AUSTRALIA. 2485, March 27 at 1219, VL8K is barely making it with some music modulation, while 2325 kHz, VL8T is but a carrier; and of course the usual but weak 4835, VL8A, which is now clear of WWCR ACI after 1200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15105, March 27 at 1226, hi-pitched tone, 1228 Bangladesh Betar IS, very poor with flutter; timesignal ends only one sesquisecond fast before 1230, opening English semihour with same theme we hear introducing 1400 Hindi on 15505.

15505, March 27 at 1358, BB IS is JBA, but enough to make out today`s timesignal ending 9 sesquiseconds early at 1359:46.5; so the pips don`t even match from one transmission to another on the same day, more evidence there is nothing automatic about them, but depending on some op punching a cart machine. Timesignals imply precision and should not be employed at all in such a way (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 23 CNR1 jammers March 27 between 1343 and 1358, mostly fluttery above 12 MHz and mostly with talk making matching easy:

18870, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1343, poor with flutter; none in 19s
17370, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1343, fair with flutter
16300, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1344, very poor with flutter
16160, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1344, very poor with flutter
16100, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1344, fair-good with flutter
15970, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1346, poor with flutter
15940, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1346, poor with flutter
15565, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1347, very poor with flutter, het with 15563 Voice of Tibet
15375, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1347, fair-good with flutter
15265, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1347, poor with additional carrier het
14980, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1350, poor with flutter
13625, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1351, poor mixed with Firedrake atop
12910, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1352, fair with flutter; none in 10s
11640, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1354, fair mixed with target
11635, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1354, fair mixed with target
11570, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1354, very poor (this is the Thursday-only frequency for R. Free Asia, Tibetan via Kuwait)
 9825, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1356, good mixing with target
 9810, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1356, fair with flutter; no sync 15940
 9680, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1356, good, mix with Taiwan/Indonesia
 9660, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1356, poor, but // others
 9605, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1357, poor
 9530, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1357, mix with target (this frequency to be cleared from A-14, fortunately for Indonesia 9526)
 9355, CNR1 jammer, March 27 at 1357 poor
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, March 27 at 0535, Rebelde is off, while 5040 RHC is on. And so it goes. Dino Bloise forwards one explanation of what`s happening on 60m:

“Radio Rebelde. El Diexista cubano Miguel Angel Lahera ha publicado en Frecuencia Al Día/Facebook lo siguiente: “Cambio en Radio Rebelde: Su frecuencia habitual de los 5025 kHz ya no emite 24 horas, y su antena de omnidireccional pasó a ser dirigida únicamente a América del Sur, con 100 kW alternando con los 5040 kHz de RHC” (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAUDI ARABIA. 17660, March 27 at 1401, tone test, pitch close to B5 = 988 Hz but presumably intended to be 1 kHz; 1402 belatedly opening French bihour from R. Saoudi Internationale [? tentative new name], YL mentioning this frequency; poor-very poor with flutter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SEYCHELLES [and non]. 15420, March 27 at 1405, JBA signal, presumed BBC Indian Ocean Relay in Somali as scheduled 14-15; certainly not // BBC English 9740 Singapore. WBCQ not yet on 15420, currently scheduled 17-21 UT daily from Fence Lake NM, plus 14-17 Saturdays with BS, but may not be accurate.

BBC English from IORS is scheduled 15-20 on 15420 and 12095, as this station is in its last few days, to be closed down after March 29. So best to try in the 15-17 UT period, but March 27 around 1610 I can hear nothing but noise on 12095 or 15420.

When closure was first announced months ago, we compiled this full Seychelles sked as in DXLD 13-48:
04-06 12095, 15420
06-08 15420, 17640
11-11.5 15530 [Somali] 14-15 15420, 17690 [Somali] 15-20 12095, 15420
If you hear BBC on same frequencies at any other times, it`s some other site.

In A-14 BBC plans this usage of 15420, English u.o.s.:
04-08 UAE; 14-15 Somali via South Africa (Sat from 13-). 

And A-14 BBC on 12095, English u.o.s.:
00-02 Singapore; 02-05 Oman; 05-06 South Africa in Kinyarwanda; 06-07 South Africa; 07-08 Ascension; 15-17 South Africa; 20-22 Ascension
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1714, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 9370, poor March 27 at 1232, VOA English report about Russia, a reverb apart from stronger // 11750. EiBi and Aoki show at 12-13, VOA English to SE Asia is via Tinang, PHILIPPINES on both 9370 and 11750; at 1300, 9370 switches to Deewa Radio in Pashto via Sri Lanka. WWRB is not yet on 9370, still BS plunging into the daytime noise level on 3185 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1714 monitoring: confirmed second airing, Thursday March 27 at 1230 on WRMI-10, 9955: fair signal here on SSE antenna, generally above the pulse-jamming level; tnx a lot, Arnie! By 1254 WRMI is weaker than adjacent 9950 carrier from Taiwan, Nippon no Kaze to start Korean at 1300; and than 9960, Khmer Post Radio, via Palau until 1300. At *1257.3, WRMI-11 stronger carrier comes on 9955 via NW antenna, suppressing jamming and me too, until 1258.1, cutting on my modulation for the final WOR minute loud and clear. Then 1259 `WRMI Scoreboard` with no scores, but a few sports news headlines mostly about personnel. Next times for WORLD OF RADIO:

Thursday 2101 on WTWW-1, 9475
UT Friday 0327v on WWRB, 5050 and/or 3195, we hope. 24 hours earlier, both were absent
Saturday 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB
Saturday 2330 on WTWW-2, 9930, we hope; missing past 3 weeks
UT Sunday 0030 on WRMI-14, 9495; could be previous edition
UT Sunday 0401 on WTWW-1, 5830
UT Monday 0300v on Area 51 via WBCQ, 5110v-CUSB
Tuesday 1100 on WRMI-10, 9955
Wednesday 0730 & 1530 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB
Wednesday 1300 on WRMI-11, 9955
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 770, March 27 at 1314 UT tune-in for KKOB to cut onto ND day pattern, but the YB-400 is positioned to null it and instead I am hearing “I Get Around“, classic rock, 1317 UT segué to “Company B“, pre-rock era. No doubt KAAM, The Metroplex TX (Garland), a.k.a. Legends 77.

770, meanwhile, on the DX-398 I null KAAM and can also hear KKOB Albuquerque NM after 1315 UT. In April, KKOB will rise at 1230 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 790, March 27 at 1252 UT, slow band music, a morning staple of KURM Rogers AR (like KKOW 860 Pittsburg KS always plays a polka around 1230 UT), confirmed at 1254 by ad for a Springdale home builder. Also with a 2.6 Hz SAH, probably from KFYO Lubbock TX (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Re: “17775, March 25 at 1350 UT, KVOH is in well, DJ giving time check of “10 para las 11 en el Pacífico“!! Is he looking at the wrong clock on the old studio wall? Or is it really not live? PDT is 6:50 am, and 10:50 am would be ADT, or, say, Argentina (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)“

Hi, Glenn. As shown on the program schedule on our website, Lorenzo Martínez is live in the studio for two hours every day, from 1700 to 1900 UT. But, the first hour (1300-1355), and other times when he may appear on the schedule, are not live. They are repeats of his programs taken from the last few weeks. Schedule: 
http://kvoh.net/wp-content/uploads/KVOH-Program-Grid-English.pdf
(Ray Robinson, KVOH Operations Manager, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

OK; then it`s inadvisable to include timechex (gh, DXLD)

** VATICAN. 21560, March 27 at 1318, poor signal in Italian, much weaker than 21540 Kuwait over Spain, outro as `Edizione Internazionale`, sounders and cut off 1320* just as Vatican Radio IS(?) starts. This 1300-1320 broadcast will shift in A-14 to 1200-1220 daily, when VR earlies most of its broadcasts an hour, as if the entire world revolve around Rome`s local time! Still on 21560, 185 degrees from SMG.

With Rai out of the picture, VR might be the #1 Italian language SWBC station? But computing hours per week from B-13 schedules, RV adds up to only 9:45, vs 28 hpw from China (some on MW relays), and surpassed even by Iran and Romania, each with 10.5 hpw (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 4850, March 27 at 1222, JBA carrier, and even weaker one on 4980; nothing heard on 4500 or 5060 — the four frequencies of PBS Xinjiang, Urumqi, 4850 being the Kazakh service, the only broadcast station in the world on this frequency, per Aoki. We`ve heard all these better around sunset grayline.

Except Aoki misses All India Radio, Kohima which, granted, is irregular, but occasionally heard on 4850 by Ron Howard, and I would love to hear. So it ought to be on the list, if he maintains scads of long-gone Latins (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched March 27 at 1643

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