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Glenn Hauser logs July 18-19, 2015

** CUBA. 9542.8 and 9557.2, approx., July 19 at 1228, JBA carriers matching about 7.2 kHz away from VG 9550, so spurs from this RHC transmitter.

[I was inspecting the 9545 area where Solomon Islands often runs late past nominal 0500 switch to 5020, altho today I had a trace of 5020 after 1200, also impeded by adjacent Cuba. Sei-ichi Hasegawa says today the switch was at 0830; is this deliberate or merely sloppyration? Several others were hearing it on 9545 after 0500, 0630]

9550 RHC at 11-13 is the 250 kW Titán-5 transmitter, on the A-16 HQ 2/2/0.2 antenna toward San Francisco. So it and the spurs are all gone at 1311 check, leaving only a very weak algo on 9550, presumably 500 kW CRI in Vietnamese from Beijing site. I was going to cite the other frequencies Titan-5 uses for checking spurs there, but it`s the only RHC transmission; elsewhen presumably for spy numbers and/or China relays. If one does find 7.2 kHz spurs around any of those, that would clinch it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO. Brief sporadic E MUF topping 54 MHz, UT July 19 at 0341, CCI on 2, and a soccer field on 3.

1513 July 19 on 2, CCI fades in after peripherally watching snow for a sesquihour; here we go? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PAPUA NEW GUINEA [non]. 12025, July 19 at 0511, as I feared, NBC relay via Shepparton, AUSTRALIA, is over, no signal now that the Fifteenth Pacific Games have concluded. But wait —

9860 was still on July 19 after 0500, says Wolfgang Büschel as heard on a Brisbane remote. That`s the much weaker signal here, really Brandon which we kept hearing a satellite-delay behind 12025. AND:

6075, July 19 at 1204, the other NBC relay frequency via Shepparton, AUSTRALIA, is still on, in normal programming, the show Ron Howard raves about, `Island Praise` of gospel music, which he recently described as “Stacy Rose’s syndicated USA (Florida) program “Island Praise,” with her usual upbeat program of mostly Caribbean gospel music (reggae, soca, calypso, hip hop gospel, etc.)“. Apparently it is a bihour also heard on any other NBC stations which may be active on 90m. I can`t make out the lyrix but seem to be in English, and 1210 announcement as `Island Praise`; 1219 another break with a “language lesson“ about the word shoosh(???).

Sorry, but this programming violates Separation of Church and State, as NBC is a government agency per WRTH. So PNG officially promotes Christianity at the expense of all other religions. Rise up, Animists! Anyhow, remains to be heard whether 6075 if not 12025 will remain in use beyond this. Shame to waste all those Sheppartons that Radio Australia has no more use for (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGSEST)

** SUDAN [non]. 13800, July 19 at 0512, R. Dabanga is VG tonight via MADAGASCAR and no het/carrier jamming audible. (BTW, at 0518, WWV reported the K index at 03 was zero — unusual!)

José Miguel Romero Romero forwards an item from the Sudan Tribune, July 17, that “Arabsat removes Radio Dabanga from its satellite“
http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article55733
due to complaints from the Sudanese government. This certainly hasn`t impeded its SW relay, and “Radio Dabanga asked its listeners to follow its programmes everywhere in Sudan on Nilesat 7 degrees frequency 12399 Symbol Rate: 27500 Polarity 6/5“, not even mentioning SW! Aren`t there a few more SW receivers than satellite dishes in Darfur and rest of Sudan? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1782 monitoring: confirmed from 0316 UT Sunday July 19 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM. Quite better signal than last week. Vern does his own introduxion and edits out my country-list billboard because of the music. Next:
2100 UT Sunday WRMI 15770
2300 UT Sunday WRMI 11580
0300vUT Monday WBCQ 5110v Area 51
0330 UT Monday WRMI 9955
1100 UT Tuesday WRMI 9955
0630 UT Wednesday HLR 7265-CUSB
1315 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
1430 UT Wednesday HLR 7265-CUSB
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1110, July 18 at 1857 UT on caradio in eastern Enid, South Asian music on very weak signal. Has to be 50 kW KVTT in The Metroplex TX (COL: Mineral Wells). Normally on 1110 in daytime I get a trace of 50 kW KFAB Omaha instead. KFAB is ND and Radio-Locator shows fringe contour only to between Salina and Great Bend; NRC Pattern Book shows its contour extending right to Enid (tho that`s not what it really means, rather strength relative to others), while KVTT has three lobes: major to the SE, medium to the SW, and minor to the NW, but Enid closer to a null. This is slightly after local mean noon at 1832 UT when skywave should be minimal if any. I suspect KVTT got a slight boost from sporadic E, as this was amid an opening into VHF TV and maybe FM from Mexico, same direxion; see previous report. Es affecting MF could explain these anomalies especially in the summer season. I wish other DXers would be alert for such correlations, but I sense a
certain disinterest in daytime DXing (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1528 UT July 19

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