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Glenn Hauser logs April 23-24, 2014

** ALASKA. 9655, April 24 at 1020, bit from `Focus on the Family – Australia`, and then from Dobson himself on `FOTF` (USA); 1023 KNLS offering free Bible (but which version?) from Anchor point address; 1024, Olivia Newton-John song from the 1980s. Good signal altho squeezed by Asians on both sides. So the 10-11 UT hour in English is confirmed here; seldom a chance to hear it but I am unavoidably awake this morning. Harold Sellers, BC, reports the 12-13 English is still on 7355, now inaudible here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ANTARCTICA. 15476, April 23 around 2000 UT, I try the Twente receiver and it is getting a barely audible signal, presumably LRA36 (and the webfeed keeps cutting out for me), while I am not hearing even a carrier myself.

Shortly after WOR 1718 was finished, we heard from Horacio Nigro that according to the station`s Facebook,
https://www.facebook.com/operador.emisora?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab
since April 22 schedule is now 1830-2130 UT, still M-F only. Its FB had been inactive since November 29, but now the 2014 Dotación [crew] is in place, with a new logo.

Ron Howard in California also was getting an unmodulated carrier on its distinctive frequency, April 23 from tune-in 1409 to 1530 tune-out, so transmissions beyond the above three hours may be possible, or they don`t necessarily turn off the transmitter. We can expect that within a few weeks the novelty will wear off or some technical problem will silence LRA36 once again. Nothing on Twente 15476 at 1920 April 24 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRALIA. 12080, April 24 at 1030, RA news theme and news in Tok Pisin, starting with something about “U.S. President Barack Obama“; 1034 mentioning Solomon Islands about a tropical depression. Better than // 9475, and that`s better than // 9710 on respective azimuths of 80, 30 and 353 degrees, but 12080 is only 10 kW bilong Brandon; while 9580, 12065 remain in regular Strine. But it`s more fun to try to understand the Pidgin English (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BANGLADESH. 15505, April 24 at 1358, BB IS, JBA, but the mistimesigal cuts thru, ending at 1359:36 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. CNR1 jammers, April 24 after 1300:
13130, April 24 at 1317, CNR1 jammer, good with flutter; it turns out this one is running a couple seconds behind all the others; no 12s
13970, April 24 at 1317, CNR1 jammer, fair
14920, April 24 at 1319, CNR1 jammer, fair
14980, April 24 at 1319, CNR1 jammer, fair; no OOBs in the 15s
16360, April 24 at 1321, CNR1 jammer, poor; none in the 17s, 18s
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CHINA. 17605, April 24 at 1038, very poor fluttery signal with talk; nothing much on 19m at this hour, but checking 16m anyway just in case, and was about to award this OSOB status, but tuning with BFO found a few other JBA carriers, so make it SSOB. Anyhow, Aoki shows 17605 at 1030-1127 is CRI in Indonesian, southward from Kunming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15340, April 24 at 1403, RHC with misfrequency announcement in Spanish I was expecting since a change has been in effect only since April 22: 17580, 17730 until 15; 15230 until 15; 13-15 on 15340, 15370; until 15 on 11760, 11860, 12010; 9830 [sic]; 13-15 on 9550.

At 1405-1407, I try to hear 15230, NEW 9820 and 9550, and at first cannot, suspecting them off, but they are just very weak, and do make a detectable // to 15340 etc. 9550 has CCI and SAH from China (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN. 9625, April 24 at 1014, R. Japan ID in English, 1015 on to `Focus`, this time about how Japan handles foreign workers needed to build infrastruxure for the 2020y Olympix. Good with flutter; nice to hear the *only* NHK English broadcast remaining direct from Yamata! I thought it was for Hawaii, at local midnight, but not any more: official CIRAF targets are PNG, Australia and NZ, at 175 degree azimuth (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MONGOLIA [and non]. 12085, April 24 at 1031, something with heavy flutter, ACI from AUSTRALIA, carrier off at 1032 and back on. 1030 is supposed to be the time for VOM to switch from Chinese to Japanese, but on same 116 degree azimuth from UB. However, Aoki puts an x by the frequency for 0900 English, 0928 Mongolian and 1000 Chinese, meaning those broadcasts are off the air.

Not to worry: Douglas Kähler tells us that podcasts are now available via http://www.radio360.eu not only of VOM but: “Podcasts in English | Albania   Argentina   Asia Calling   Cuba   Czech Republic   Focus Asia Pacific   Mongolia   Myanmar   Poland   Slovakia   Slovenia   Switzerland   Taiwan   Tajikistan“ Plus more in German, and one in French. One can also `listen now` without messing with subscribing.

And I am hearing the 23 April broadcast as I type (three are axually available at the moment). Sign-on believes this and the other English broadcast at 1530 on 12015 (not 12105) are still on SW. Only five minutes of opening news, music break, to be followed by `Expatriates` Hour` concerning Mexico. But first, 9 minutes in: quiz, “Who Knows Mongolia Better?“ with five questions to PO Box or e-mail; nothing said about prizes, let alone a trip to Mongolia.

11 minutes in: throat-singing introduces `Expatriates Hour` with a Filipina`s impressions at first, but really guest Rafael Vargas from México, who is enjoying his year-long internship altho not much Mexican food, fresh vegetables to be had. That interview takes the rest of the semihour. Next I try Tajikistan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1390 harmonix: for the record, my closest local station KCRC Enid, could always be heard here on second and third harmonix, 2780 and 4170, but in the last few weeks, higher harmonics up to the eleventh have become audible and pervasive, some of them blocking legit SW broadcasts. Modulation is extremely distorted on all of them. I thought it might be some change in my FRG-7 and/or its longwire antenna, but now think KCRC harmonic suppression may have failed: 5560, 6950, 8340, 9730, 11120, 12510, 13900, 15290 — and I should also look for them on 16680, 18070. The tenth multiple, 13900, has been much more noticeable lately. Fundamental 1390 is also splattering worse than before, as if a power boost beyond 1 kW, making not only 1400 and 1380 unDXable but for the most part also 1370 and 1410 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9370, April 24 at 0533, WWRB is again running Brother Scare at night on its day frequency, which is registered for 13-24 UT only; and also on much weaker night frequency 3185, registered for 00-13 UT, as if they were the same transmitter. But WWRB has senders to spare. At 1013 recheck, propagation has dropped out on 9370, but still very poorly audible. By 1050 already it has resurged to VG and still // 3185. At this moment, The Last Day Prophet of God is rerererepeating his assertion that “there were no dinosaurs“ since some museum admitted “making the bones“. What rot. I assume they might have been talking about completing missing parts of a particular fossil (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 15430, April 24 at 1401-1401:18* open carrier and off. Aoki indicates it`s AWR in Laotian, 125 kW, 75 degrees via Trincomalee, supposed to end at 1357. In Laotian on Thursdays and Saturdays, other days in Isan (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7345-USB, April 24 at 1331, Navy MARS net in (extremely) informal segment, discussing snakes, rattlers, and birds in Arkansas, etc. Heard one call starting with NNN0 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1718 monitoring: confirmed first broadcast on WRMI-l0, 9955, UT Thursday April 24 at 0330; sufficient signal and also on webcast. Also confirmed at 1230 Thursday April 24, same. 1253 briefly suppressed by open carrier from WRMI-11 transmitter. Next:

Thursday 2101 on WTWW-1, 9475
UT Friday 0326v on WWRB-1, 5050
Saturday 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB
Saturday 2330 on WTWW-2, 9930
UT Sunday 0030 on WRMI-14, 9495 [may be previous edition] UT Sunday 0401 on WTWW-1, 5830
UT Monday 0300 on Area 51 via WBCQ-3, 5110v-CUSB
Tuesday 1100 on WRMI-10, 9955
Wednesday 0630 & 1430 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB
Wednesday 1315 on WRMI-11, 9955 [NEW TIME] (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12105, re my UnID, April 23 at 0552-0600+, George McClintock tells me it was not WTWW-3. Nothing heard when I check after 0500 April 24. However, he says that plans are to greatly expand the number of languages and schedule of that transmitter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1940 UT April 24

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