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Glenn Hauser logs March 31-April 1, 2014

** ALBANIA [and non]. 9845, April 1 at *0126:45, R. Tirana on with wowy IS, good signal fading between 27 and 45 dB per PL-880 (but such readings depend on how much antenna is attached, so how useful are they?); and opening English. Thinned out band, nearest audible neighbors being 9825 VOA Spe-cial-ish Eng-lish, and 9860 Iran q.v. poor in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 17860, March 31 at 2148, very poor signal, presumably RA as now scheduled ex-21740, which was a wonderful signal at 21-01 every day all winter on best 70-degree beam for us, but which in last few days of B-13 was weakening.

19000, April 1 at 0056, RA is still on here but now very poor; it used to be second only to 21740, at 23-01. 17860 is no better now, either. Seems like we won`t be listening to RA in our afternoons, early evenings (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 11595, April 1 at 1343 tune-in, HCJB drops off the air in mid-South-Asian-word, back less than a minute later during music, 1345 apparently into another language? No, see below. And 11595 goes off at 1429*, back on 11590 a few seconds later with hymn, then S Asian music. I guess the shift is to avoid T8WH Palau at 1430-1500 on 11600, but that`s only on Sat & Sun. Aoki A14 is already available at
and from that we get the languages: daily 1330-1400 Hindi, 1400-1430 Urdu; Tuesday 1430-1445 Marawari (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRIA. 6155, April 1 at 0541, Ö1 with wakeup classical music now timeshifted one UT hour earlier. We`re pleased that from all places, Austria still plays classical as part of its token 75-minute daily SW service; however, poor signal now and will worsen into summer, also with Cuba 6165 splash (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, April 1 at 1359 BB IS is VP, timesignal ending at 1359:50.5, not good enough (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BOLIVIA. 3310, April 1 at 0102, music on VP signal, presumed R. Mosoj Chaski, nominally closing at 0100 per WRTH, 0200 per Aoki. Music at hourtop would not be from my local KGWA/KCRC mix, no longer a problem. Promising S American conditions with lots of carriers on 60m (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL [and non]. 5999.6, April 1 at 0053, heavy het and music from RNB vs. RHC open carrier already on. Altho no 250 kW like // 6180, this one sounds like a lot more than only 4 kW as originally reported to be. Het upon RHC still there at 0542 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 9663.0v, April 1 at 0122, 10:21 TC in Brazuguese, Trinitarian “Holy3“ hymn familiar to ex-Methodists, as Voz Missionária is way off-frequency again, and audibly wobbling with BFO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. CNR1 jamming observations, April 1, skipping the usual inbanders on 11 and 15 MHz; none OOB heard in 18s, 17s, 14s, 13s, 12s:
16100, CNR1 jammer, April 1 at 1337, good with flutter
15970, CNR1 jammer, April 1 at 1340, good with flutter = 16100

** CUBA. 11760, April 1 at 1333, RHC is back on today with bigsig, missing yesterday, and now atop CRI English. 15230, April 1 at 1425, RHC is JBM here, much, much weaker and softer than // 15340 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also BRAZIL [and non]

** CUBA [and non]. 13605, April 1 at 1340, the Dentro Cuban Jamming Command has now caught up with R. Martí`s brand-new frequency, about equal level to wall-of-noise jamming; still a trace of pulse jamming on ex-13820 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EGYPT [and non]. 11710.0, April 1 at 0054, strong carrier with little if any modulation, making big het with Argentina in Portuguese on 11710.9; and at 0111 with RAE in Japanese. No doubt R. Cairo as now registered, no longer on 11760v, leaving RHC unimpeded.

9315, April 1 at 0118, music with fair signal, but suppressed modulation, no doubt R. Cairo ex-9720 now missing, in Spanish service, plus English 0200-0330, both futile. 9315 had previously been registered as an alternate frequency for this and used before; for A-14 it`s not in Aoki, but in HFCC as 250 kW, 331 degrees from Abis at 0045-0330 to CIRAF 6 & 7 = W and C North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE [and non]. 15630, March 31 at 2150, open carrier, presumably Avlis. Finally adds modulation in Greek at 2206.

7475 // weaker 11645 are on April 1 at 0109 with music, but something else on 9420, in Arabic, see IRAN. Its 10-hour schedule on 9420 will be a big problem for Greece, which could be using 9420, 24 hours a day (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 9526-, Tuesday April 1 at 1300, VOI opening in English, right away mentioning joint show today with RRI Banjarmasin — no QRM and fair-good signal level, but still with self-inflicted undermodulation the major drawback. Momentarily at 1306 modulation is much louder, apparently a bit from Banj, then back to Jak undermod. So the problem is in their own studio, setting and maintaining proper levels, not in the feed or the transmitter.

Altho there is nothing yet to het it from 9525.0, once WTWW comes up on 9475, overload level nevertheless causes a het on VOI unless I attenuate it on the FRG-7. 1324 check, another modulation surge with canned intro to `Today in History`, but content following is again undermod, impossible to follow. Also the male voices are a lot louder than the females, coincidence? 1356 recheck, still undermodulated with flutter until *1357:15 CRI musical prélude to Russian on 9525.0 totally blox VOI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IRAN [and non]. 9420, April 1 at 0109, poor signal in Arabic and no sign of Greece, which comes and goes but could be on 9420 for 24 hours a day; big collisions coming! As VIRI is A-14 registered and no doubt active, in Arabic at 1620-0220, 500 kW, 289 degrees from Zahedan.

9860, April 1 at 0124, poor signal in Spanish, per Aoki: VIRI at 0020-0317, 500 kW, 259 degrees from Kamalabad.

11780, April 1 at 0406, the foolish frequency management at VIRI has picked this of all frequencies in A-14 for “Voice of Justice“ = English to NAm at 0320-0420, despite the 250 kW transmitter all-night from Brasil; so VIRI is underneath it but enough to mar the music.

// 13650 is in the clear but very poor with heavy flutter. It may be sufficient on a better night — oh oh, per Aoki, V. of Korea is also on 13650 during that entire hour, first in Chinese, then in French to its west-southwest.

Of course neither Brasil nor North Korea participate in HFCC, so Iran had no way of knowing these transmissions exist — not doing any homework with DX resources or — gasp — turning on a radio before fingering a frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. 730, April 1 at 1305 UT, full ID from XEHB, Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, Grupo Radiorama, not faded out quite yet. Mexistations are in FCC AM Query but I don`t usually look them up there. In this case, it shows since moving from 770, the official location is Rancho Primero, Chihuahua, and the approx. sunrise time for April is 1245 UT (but displayed in EST, why? As 7:45) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 9700-AM, April 1 at 1258*, RNZI cut off abruptly in mid-sentence, no QSY announcement, was fair with flutter. Has to retune to 6170 in the next minute. Aoki shows 9700 now on the NE antenna all the way from 0759 to 1258, but RNZI itself,
says the 11-13 period is still on the NW antenna, bad for us, but 9 MHz is at least propagable unlike 15 MHz previously (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, April 1 at 0048, very poor carrier and some modulation from R. Chaski past 0100, until finally cut off at 0107:01*, surpassing another minute mark, past usual reset closer to 0100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 15300, March 31 at 2148, pop music, good signal with flutter. 2151 Spanish announcement about best rock hits, 2155 RRI Spanish sked and closing. This new one is // 17745 at 2100-2156 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [and non]. 17595, March 31 at 2148, REE in Castilian, not Portuguese as allegedly scheduled (maybe earlier in hour, or even mixed?), good signal. Supposedly the only hour this frequency remains on air.

11795, UT Tuesday April 1 at 0112, REE IS loud and clear prior to weekly Sephardic service to S America at 0115-0145, FINALLY out from collision with 11780 Brasil. It`s a huge mystery why Spain doesn`t use 11795 also in the B-seasons. At 0126 someone is speaking pure Castilian, not Ladino, but the subject is Sefardim.

9535, April 1 at 0120, REE Spanish with CCI in English — that`s CRI southward from Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN during this hour only; not as bad as Algeria collision at 05-06 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 11905, April 1 at *0114:16, carrier on from SLBC, soon adding music, and timesignal ending at 0115:19, Hindi service opening. Not checked after 0200, when there might be some English segments, but should now be clear of Cairo QRM now moved to 13850 as noted yesterday; and no sign of CNR6 Amoy/Hakka service from Beijing as in Aoki at 01-09+ on 11905 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 15525, April 1 at 1358 open carrier, 1400 Tibetan already starting on time from V. of Tibet via MADAGASCAR; fair signal, no CNR1 jamming noted. Now starts here instead of 15520 due to Iran until 1420. Breakfasting, I miss whether it jumps to 15520 anyway for a while, but at 1424 VOT has jumped to 15515; 1426 song, brief announcement over, and off at 1428:10* (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9830, March 31 at 2228, VOT ID in English, plug and podcasts. Usually mixed with RTTY but not at the moment, and only fair signal on this reactivated A-14 frequency for North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1714 monitoring: Tue 1100 broadcast on WRMI-10, 9955 confirmed at 1128 tune-in, atop the pulse jamming level. Next: Wednesday 1300 on WRMI-11, 9955, after switch to the NW antenna for this repeat only.

Also, in Europe don`t forget that via Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB, WOR is now one UT hour earlier on Saturdays and Wednesdays, 0630 & 1430, in order to seem to be at the same local summer clock time. How is the QRM situation now? Aoki shows CRI Sinhala via Kashgar at 14-15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5110v-CUSB, April 1 at 0103, “William Tell Overture“  ending, theme to `Allan Weiner Worldwide` unscheduled playback, starts telling story of his pirate ship Sarah from almost 30 years ago, apparently spurred by the current fiftieth anniversary of R. Caroline (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9370, April 1 at 0118, Brother Scare is still on here from WWRB, and *also* on // synchronized 3185. NOT on the air is the other service on 3195 or 5050. WWRB has 5 x 100 kW transmitters per WRTH (one a backup), but we never hear more than three frequencies at once, usually only two. 9370 is still on with BS at 0547 check, VG signal holding up overnight now along with 3185 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7506.6, April 1 at 0109 and later, WRNO is still AWOL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15610, March 31 at 2148, after missing a biday, WEWN English is back with perpetual squealing spurs. 11520, April 1 at 0127 is absent, however, while Spanish are now on 11870 & 5810. Nominal A-14 schedule is now here:
claiming 11520 is supposed to be on at 00-09 to Africa, 09-13 to SE Asia; rest of day 15610. At 0540, 11520 is still missing, while 11870 is propagating the “dolorosa pasión“ service. 15610, on again April 1 at 1339 with squeal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 7320, April 1 at 0543, TWR chime IS, good signal, 0544 Polish on new frequency via AUSTRIA. It`s M-F only, 100 kW, 300 degrees from Moosbrunn at 0544-0559 per HFCC, i.e., not toward Poland at all, but USward. The listed // remains 5910 which is 100 kW at 30 degrees, much weaker here now, not causing much CCI to Colombia. I found these easily in HFCC by searching on 0544, the only transmissions in the world starting or stopping at that odd even minute (Glen Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 660, April 1 at 1303 UT, news in English already over, “The Voice of the Navajo Nation, KTNN, 660, Window Rock“, then into Navajo news; quite separable from KSKY Dallas, roughly 90 degrees apart. The first week of a spring month means best opportunity for hearing morning stations to the west; KTNN`s official April sunrise is 1245 UT but axual sunrise today is approx. 1300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 770, April 1 at 1307 UT, KKOB Albuquerque NM with traffic & weather on the 7s, 7:07 timecheck, loud & clear now available earlier than 1315 UT as in March, with official FCC sunrise for April at 1230 UT (May 1200 UT, June 1145 UT) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 830, April 1 at 1311 UT, only signal is from E/W, “Family Life Radio“, no WCCO, so this is KFLT Tucson AZ, whose 50 kW ND day power now starts at 1300 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 880, April 1 at 1314 UT, hymn seemingly in Navajo, with KRVN nulled as much as possible, presumably the expected KHAC Tse Bonito NM/Window Rock AR, up to 10 kW day power, since 660 KTNN is in well. Official April sunrise for both is 1245 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1000, April 1 at 1315 UT, sermon in English virtually zero-beat with KTOK OKC, and mutually nullable, certainly KKIM Albuquerque on SRS with 10 kW ND since 1245 UT; tho it`s often audible at night when it`s obviously no 38 watts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1150, April 1 at 1320 UT, Spanish looping NW/SE, mentions temp 32 grados. Circumstantially, don`t see how it could be anything but KNRV Englewood (Denver) CO, NRC-AM Log listed as R. Fórmula, news/talk, 10/1 kW U4, where day power and pattern in April start at 1230 UT. However, NRC Pattern Book shows at night there is a minor lobe to the SE; in the day there is a deep null toward the east.

It`s somewhat separable from a music station to the E/W, but KDEF Albuquerque is neither musical nor active, right? Maybe just KNED in OK, as nothing coming in yet from daytime dominator to the N/S, KSAL KS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM [non]. 12005, April 1 at 0100, “VOV“ ID in English, program summary, back on good summer frequency via Woofferton UK, no longer colliding with Deewa Radio, Sri Lanka, like 48 hours earlier when that was still on B-13 schedule. VOV stays on 12005 for 0130-0230 Vietnamese, 0230-0300 English before transferring to 6175 WHRI for the rest of the relays to America until 0528 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1745 UT April 1

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