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Glenn Hauser logs April 5-6, 2014

** ALBANIA. 9850, April 5 at 2356, tune-in to end of R. Tirana`s Albanian hour to N America, just in time to hear Sousa`s “Stars & Stripes Forever“ march cross-fade into presumed Albanian national anthem, an emblem of Albanian-American friendship? 2358:35 on to R. Tirana interval signal. Reception rather poor with fading, in degraded propagation but presumably will normally be equivalent to English broadcast at 0130 except UT Sundays on same facilities 5 kHz lower. Some weaker signals plus/minus 5 kHz now are not a problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 11856.4, April 6 at 0015, Brazuguese religious talk, 0018 mentions flagship show `Com a Mãe Aparecida`, as R. Aparecida remains way off-frequency. Good signal but slight het from something really on 11855, which per Aoki could only be RVA, Philippines in Sinhala until 0030. When I usually log ZYE954 an hour later, there is no het; as I look up call in WRTH, also see power as only 1 kW, but must be more now from a new 10? kW transmitter, but which, like most Brazilians, can`t keep to proper frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 16100, April 6 at 1409, open carrier, good with flutter, obviously a CNR1 jammer without the modulation; probably failed to turn it off at 1400. No others found in cursory bandscan 12-18 MHz, but it`s early in the hour. However, 16100 off when rechecked about a semihour later. See also TIBET [non] 15525 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13605, April 6 at 0021, pulse-jamming against nothing, as true to form, the DentroCuban Jamming Command overruns any R. Martí frequency to the detriment of any collateral stations, which now would be AIR DRM in English from Bengaluru at 2245-0045. Noise vs Noise!

5855, April 6 at 0532, spy numbers again as often during this hour abutting 5850 WRMI, Spanish “80382“ YL uttered once, back to digital data bursts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** EAST TURKISTAN. 17820, April 6 at 0518, good signal with flutter, harmonious song, 0520 German, 0528 Chinese words and song. It`s the SSOB, // second SSOB on 17720, but not synch, with 17720 about 2 seconds behind 17820. CRI German service is at 05-07, via Urumqi on 17820 and Kashgar on 17720, both 500 kW on 308 degree beams to Europe; a nice example of spring/summer transpolar propagation breaking thru on higher bands from mid-day to mid-nite; but why the disparity in strength? Urumqi is further north and east (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 7475, April 6 at 0008, Greek talk on fair signal, but nothing on 11645, and 9420 still occupied by Iran instead. If it`s active, you never know whether Helleniki Radiophonia will be on 7475 or 7450, but better to avoid WRMI on 7455. Recheck at 0529 April 6: still only 7475 heard, no 9420 or 11645 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. 15035-15040-15045, April 6 before and after 1300, AIR Burmese service with nice music, only fair but better than PCJ on 13720 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CUBA 13605

** NEW ZEALAND. 11725, April 6 at 0523, RNZI on AM, but side tuning finds a noise envelope above and below, as if DRM is mixed in. Separate DRM transmitter now centered on 11690, which is an alternately registered frequency to ex-11675 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 15120-AM, April 6 at 0516, VON is P-F, talking drum, in English about some food festival; only occasionally audible, due to propagation, and/or operation? Now it`s a bit stronger than 15190 WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU. 5980, April 6 until 0107:29.5*, R. Chaski continues precessing its autocutoff later and later than ever before in previous cycles, 6 seconds later than yesterday (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 17850, Saturday April 5 at 2005-2100, not finding a suitable SW signal with nap-music, I stop here as REE`s `Tablero Deportivo` tho with only an occasional bit of music, is super-soporific for me despite yells of “goooooaaaaallll“, etc., presumably mostly fútbol, and sufficient to blot out other noise in the room with my headphones on (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TAIWAN [non]. 13720, Sunday April 6 at 1225, weak DRM noise here, i.e. Spain as registered 11-13 daily; *1229 carrier, 1230 PCJ Radio International IS and opening, 1231 Andy Sennitt`s Asian news segment; 1245 ad for a SW radio, the Keith Perron presumably with `Happy Station` segment — but it`s all too weak to copy and getting worse as the hour progresses. At least there`s no AM ACI or CCI.

Latest new frequency, changing every week, as 13655 had North Korean QRM last week from 13650, but going head-on to DRM?? Anyhow, it`s not for us and maybe OK in SE Asia, but Wolfgang Büschel reports blocked in Europe by the DRM. We learnt too late that this week there was an additional broadcast on same April 5. If PCJRI want to be heard in N America, will have to get back on WRMI in our mornings — tho really on there every week UT Saturdays at 0100-0200 on 9955, but is it the same program? BTW, several have complained that the PCJ podcasts have not been updated for a month (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** THAILAND. 15590, April 6 at 0023, another try at R. Thailand`s alleged N American service in English: JBA signal presumably this. Again check 15565 for VOA from same Udorn site, and slightly stronger one there, but seems a mix. The stronger could well be CNR1 jamming instead of Thailand. No change at 0030 when HSK9 slews from -24 to +8 on the same antenna, i.e. azimuths from east coast 6 degrees to west coast 38 degrees, 32 degrees apart. This is a good example of why only two frequency changes per year are insufficient on hi-latitude paths. 15590 may well pick up as we get into summer, but what about spring? Not to mention, Thailand failing to insist upon relays via Greenville as partial payback for IBB relays via Udorn (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 15525, April 6 at 1404, V. of Tibet underway via MADAGASCAR with good signal and no jamming audible, but at *1408 jumps to 15530, uncovering very weak 15525 signal, presumably CNR1 jammer, escaped (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1715 monitoring: confirmed on WTWW-2, 9930, Saturday April 5 at 2329.5, excellent signal. Also very good on WTWW-1, 5830, but UT Sunday April 6 at 0401 dumped off the air for a minute just as WOR was starting (this also happened last week, why?). At least two more transmission interruptions followed at 0408, and 0429 missing the ending.

Meanwhile, UT Sunday at 0030 on WRMI-14, 9495, last week`s WOR 1714 replayed. Poor signal, with even 9500 Oman stronger and ACIing. Preceded by Wavescan at 0000. Next WORs:

UT Monday 0300 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5110v-CUSB
Tuesday 1100, Wednesday 1300 on WRMI 9955
Wednesday 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio 7265-CUSB

** U S A [and non]. 17730, April 6 at 1402, WHRI preacher in English colliding with RHC in Spanish making SAH about 7 Hz apart — as I feared from registrations showing WHRI starts 17730 at 1400 while we know RHC has been running it until 1500 but failing to register anything with HFCC. Ironically, the two strongest signals on band (SSOB) are both on the same frequency! alternately dominating as they fade up and down. Yet, no collision heard on weekdays. program sked shows Angel 1 starts at *1400 on Sat & Sun, *1600 on weekdays. What would Arnie do? RHC was there first. BTW, don`t type lest you reach the Women`s Health Research Institute (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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