** ALASKA [and non]. KNLS English site http://www.knls.org as of March 31 still hasn`t put up their A-14 frequency schedule; nor has their Chinese site http://www.szmg.org, but at least the Russian one has:
It contradicts the HFCC-registered English schedule I quoted earlier, instead showing English now: 10 on 9655, 12 on 7355, 15 on 9920; all pending confirmation. Not on 11765 or 11870 at 08, 10, 12, 14. This happens at the start of every season: KNLS never has its acts together.
What about World Christian Broadcasting`s long-stalled Madagascar World Voice project? Only this in their first-quarter 2014 update:
“When the broadcasting begins from Madagascar, we are ready to make contact with many new Arabic listeners. The 10/40 window of northern Africa and the Middle East will be a focus for our 2014 outreach.
Languages And Outreaches We Hope To Begin In 2014
Be prayerful as we hope to begin English for Africa programming and as we begin to prepare for Portuguese and Korean programming. The year 2014 should bring about making contact with many new listeners by means of an international shared website. Another Medical Missions trip to Madagascar is planned for this year as well. Andy Baker“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ALGERIA [non]. RTA 9535 via FRANCE is now colliding for an hour with SPAIN, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. 15300, March 31 at 0547, R. Australia on new frequency in English, good signal greeting listeners on 103 FM in Apia, Samoa.
Apparently replaces 15515, no longer heard, at 03-06 as both are on schedule in DXLD 14-12 at same parameters, 70 degrees from Shepparton, close to USward while // 15240 remains, weaker on 30 degree beam.
Goes on to interview some Samoan about how they are converting from imperial to metric measurements, to match major trading partners NZ and Australia, following repositioning dateline for same reason (which any country affected may do by fiat, without international treaties).
This is an absurd situation distancing (ex-Western) Samoa from American Samoa east of it, which remains on UT -11 yearound. Samoa (whose islands are much larger than the American ones), per WRTH is on UT +13 except in local summers UT+14! this year until April 6 when NZ goes off DST (instead of allowing itself to match NZ exactly, why not?).
So more than half the year, if you go from eastern to western Samoa you *gain* 25 hours into the next day, otherwise only 24 hours apart. Here`s a map showing just how the dateline juts around to accomplish this and still be contiguous:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. 11595, March 31 at 1240, good with flutter, HCJB prélude of upbeat “inspirational“ but unidentifiable music medley alternating with “This is HCJB Australia; programmes on this frequency will commence shortly“, same selexions as always on other frequencies for years, but this is a brand-new one. 1245 into S Asian language with greeting, own music. Must replace 15340, now vacant, so at last avoiding the collision with Cuba after 1300!
HFCC A-14 schedule which includes some alternates, including 15340:
Per it, 11595 starts at 1225, and is all in English! (NOT) until 1430. More like Bangla shown as Mondays only 1245-1300 on “15340“, three other non-English languages depending on day of week. 321 degrees on 11595, 310 on 15340.
15450, March 31 at 1407, sermon in Oz accent following some religious music, poor with flutter; 1428 now very poor but announcing an Australian address, 1430 on to another English religionist. HFCC shows this as another new HCJB frequency, at 1400-1530, all in English, 310 degrees. So far I have never heard their new corporate identity “Reach Beyond“ mentioned on air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. 15500, March 31 at 1403, CNR1 jammer has suddenly appeared here, and just as suddenly gone before 1414; was good while it lasted. Possibly Sound of Hope or V of Tibet showed up around here briefly attracting it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 11760, March 31 at 1247, 1310, 1355 chex, RHC is totally absent today, leaving nothing but CRI English, now scheduled 12-14 via Kunming. At least one RHC transmitter must be down at any given time, so probably not off permanently; but may also make some adjustments once other stations` A-14 usage requires.
15340, RHC has lucked out with HCJB Australia [q.v.] quitting this frequency for 11595, leaving RHC unimpeded after 1300 March 31 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 13605, March 30 at 1939, R. Martí is still going here on new frequency until 2000, clear, while wall-of-noise jamming remains on ex-13820.
5980 & 6030, March 31 at 0526, pulse jamming equally on both vacant R. Martí frequencies in long-scheduled 03-09 UT Monday silent period, but that doesn`t faze the grossly inefficient and wasteful DentroCuban Jamming Command (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** EGYPT. 13850, March 31 at 0545, good signal but suppressed modulation at peaks only, then ME music, no doubt R. Cairo as scheduled in A-14 at 02-07, 315 degrees from Abis for W Europe and E North America — yet another totally pointless failing transmission. 11905 no longer listed and probably replacement for that, so Sri Lanka no longer blocked by it (tho CNR1 is listed co-channel now) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GREECE. 7450, 7475, 9420 and 11645 are all off, March 31 circa 0100 and also at 0543 check; Helleniki Rdiophonia continues to be highly unreliable (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** IRAN [and non]. 15520, March 31 at 1404 as I am checking out V. of Tibet [q.v.], 15525 today, something else is here, not CNR1 jamming but S Asian language at 1412; 1420 Iran IS briefly and off 1420.4*. VIRI is now scheduled 1250-1420 in Urdu, 500 kW, 109 degrees from Kamalabad. This now prevents (or should prevent) VOT from shifting down 5 kHz from 15525 to foil the ChiCom jammer, altho could still do so after 1420; but stayed on 15525 today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN [non]. 5975, March 31 at 0527 fill music with ACI from 5980 Cuban jamming; 0529 “frequency notice“ for NHKWRJ in English, complete schedule which fits into a single minute if transmitter sites are omitted; now there`s stronger ACI from 5980 Vatican bells. 0500-0530 RJ is via Woofferton UK to Mideast, // 11970 via France to Africa, which should mostly be better for us, abandoned by NHK direct broadcasts or relays (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KURDISTAN [non]. 11510, March 31 at 1355, Kurdish music, good with flutter, as the Denge Kurdistana mostly-music hour should have daylight-shifted to 1300 instead of 1400 UT, presumably to keep matching clock time in prime-target Turkish Kurdistan. In HFCC as 03-19, 300 kW from KCH MDA site, a.k.a. Grigoriopol, PRIDNESTROVYE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO [and non]. 540, March 31 at 0552 UT, dominant signal plays ranchera music from the WSW, and I already know what it is before the next frequent ID: “La Ranchera de Paquimé“, i.e. XETX, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, near AZ & NM. Nulling it, I hear nothing but CBK, no sign of XEWA SLP despite alleged 150 vs 5 kW power difference per WRTH 2014; or is XETX only 1 kW at night as in IRCA Mexican log? Or 250 watts as in Cantú? I could believe WRTH about XETX but none of them about XEWA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 5980, March 31 at 0104, R. Chaski carrier now alone on the channel, still running later and later, until cutoff at 0106:55* which makes it only 4.5 seconds later than yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ROMANIA. 15170, March 30 at 2048, RRI on VG new frequency giving its full English schedule during `DX Mailbag`, this 2030-2100 now // 17510 which is noticeably weaker today. Also web info about all the social media it inhabits, and acknowledging report from Allan Loudell in Delaware.
9700, March 31 at 0533, RRI with news in English in clear now that Turkey has belatedly moved to 11980 for A-14 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** RUSSIA. 13805-AM, March 31 at 1237, Voice of Russia, very poor with flutter in Vietnamese; 1259 ends Viet, long time signal (10 pips? I wasn`t counting), and 1300 opening English from “Radio VR“, still very poor with flutter and not in DRM contrary to RUVR`s own website schedule. This is presumably its final day on shortwave! And the only English broadcast we have a chance of hearing, tho unusable from Irkutsk site; no better at final check 1356 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [and non]. REE and TDA/TDF have failed to coördinate, causing a collision on 9535, March 31 at 0535, Spanish talking about Morocco with Qur`an in background at first thought might be within program, but none such on REE // 6125. Instead, Algeria via FRANCE is now also on 9535 at 05-07, while Spain continues on 9535 at 00-06. Of course, the official CIRAF zone targets do not overlap, so everything`s peachy, right? Wrong. Signals from adjacent countries are bound to QRM each other everywhere, even with different azimuths. Algeria/France also on 7295 but not //, Arabic talk instead.
17595, March 31 before and after 14 UT, what had been in B-13 our best morning frequency from REE is now missing. Yet it`s allegedly on per HFCC A-14 registrations, overlapping ones, supposedly 7 days a week on three different azimuths, at 11-13, 12-22 and 13-15, plus 21-22. These always go beyond actual usage.
But the schedule issued by REE itself as in DXLD 14-13, shows 17595 in use only at 21-22 M-F (and in Portuguese, not Spanish). The 1300- frequency for Central America now is 21640, barely audible today and usually weaker here than 21610 which is for Mideast; and 17715 from 1200 (Sat/Sun from 1400) for S America.
15385, Monday March 31 at 1425, REE IS is JBA for the weekly Sephardic semihour to the ME. REE sked for A-14 claims the repeats are 0115 UT Tue on 11795 to SAm (really escaping collision all-B-season with 11780 Brasil? We`ll see), and 0415 UT Tue on 9690 to N America (if not alt. 9650) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [non]. 11560, March 31 at 0540, pop music in English, fair with flutter. It`s the new A-14 frequency for Miraya FM at 03-06, due south from PRIDNESTROVYE, “MOLDOVA“ per HFCC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SUDAN [and non]. 11650, March 31 at 0542, Arabic with weak tone jamming, and noise too if not from a local device. It`s R. Dabanga on summer frequency via VATICAN, following R. Tamazuj, the PNW services from Holland at 0400-0557 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TIBET [non]. 15525, March 31 at 1359 open carrier, finally adding modulation at 1402.5, presumably V. of Tibet via MADAGASCAR, same as in B-13 but veiled from HFCC; 1407 some music, no jamming audible from CNR1, but China jamming is really not propagating on usual clear OOB frequencies today (except 15500). VOT still on 15525 at 1420, 1427-1429*. No shift down a channel to fool jammer, as 15520 is now blocked by IRAN [q.v.] until its 1420* (when VOT could then shift if it cared to). (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 11980, March 31 at 0544, Turkish music fair with flutter, as VOT has moved up here a day late for A-14, ex-9700; now scheduled until 0600 (really off a few minutes earlier), a nice source for slumbering. Aimed at Western Europe and incidentally also North America beyond. Still nothing audible on 15450 for 1230-1320 English also USward (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U K [non]. 7355, March 31 at 0531, BBCWS good with headlines in English, ex-7325 in B-season, same as A-13, both ASCENSION; probably our best bet for BBCWS reception here, but at a rather late hour, really intended for upwakers in Africa. 7355 now scheduled 05-07 with a beam change at 06; and also 04-05 via South Africa, when Romania is adjacent on 7350 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [non]. 15490, March 31 at 1358, VOA YDD sign-on, poor to very poor, but gone at 1400 — was it really a sign-off? No, listed as IBB English, due west from Tinang, PHILIPPINES at 1400-1500, so must have failed, dumping off; maybe back later? Not noticed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1714 monitoring: confirmed on Area 51 webcast, UT Monday March 31 at 0300, after John Lightning; and presumably also on 5110v-CUSB WBCQ. Next:
Tuesday 1100 on WRMI-10 9955
Wednesday 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB [note timeshift one UT hour earlier for A-14 season, also Saturdays] Wednesday 1300 on WRMI-11 9955
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15770, March 30 at 1940, Overcomer theme music, undermodulated as always from WRMI. 17790 with RAN is also undermodulated, apparently the best certain ex-YFR transmitters can do. On the noticiasdx yg, Jeff White asks in Spanish for reports from Europe on 15770 at 13-21, and 7730 now at 22-02, currently occupied by BS in English, but if well heard may include something in Spanish.
9955, March 31 around 1335 during `Wavescan` Jeff White announces all the times for it now on WRMI 9955 in A-14:
Mon 0300, 1100, 1315*
Wed 0000, 1330
Fri 0315, 1330
Sat 1100, 2230
* he says the Mon 1315 broadcast is the only one on the NW antenna, rest on the SSE; but surely the 1330s Wed & Fri are too, if switch between them is every day around 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17730, March 30 at 1942, gospel huxter in English, good signal. It`s a new one from WHRI, registered daily 14-20 at 85 degrees, plus 20-21 until 6 September daily except Sundays. If it really start at 1400, will collide with Cuba for an hour.
11635, March 31 at 0541, good signal with harmonious gospel music, as WHRI is now here toward Europe, registered at 05-06 daily, plus 0430-0500 weekends (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7506+, March 31 at 0106 check, WRNO is still AWOL. They must be making a lot of refunds if anyministry is axually purchasing airtime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15610, March 31 at 1358 and later, WEWN English frequency is missing for second day, while Spanish remains on 11550, 12050 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1470, March 31 at 0600 UT, WMBD ID in promo and on to Fox “news“ from the NE. This is Peoria IL, seldom heard here with 5 kW night pattern tight to the north, and day coverage also tight N/S, per NRC Pattern Book (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN. 5980, March 31 at *0529, Vatican bells mostly overcoming senseless Cuban jamming against nothing, // 7250 at 0530 opening Latin mass with announcements in French, Spanish, et al. Hams mostly avoid 7250. Both are reactivated A-season frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VATICAN [non]. 15440, March 31 at 1229, VOA Yankee Doodle Dandy sign-on, good with flutter, so what next? Not VOA, but music, and “Laudetur Iesus Christus“ as the US government implicitly endorses one particular religion, violating Separation of Church and State. It`s a Vatican Radio relay, then opening in Russian, per HFCC, 338 degrees from Tinang, PHILIPPINES at 1230-1300.
BTW, Vatican Spanish via Greenville continues unchanged on 7305 both at 1130 & 0200. Various IBB broadcasts get relayed in exchange via Santa Maria di Galeria (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VIETNAM [non]. 6175, March 31 at 0528, World Vision commercial in English, which WHRI tacks on to Voice of Vietnam relay still scheduled here in A-14 at 0300-0528 in Spanish, English, Spanish, Vietnamese (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1840 UT March 31