** CUBA. 17730, Oct 12 at 2041, RHC`s (only?) Arabic announcer who speaks with extreme glottal-stopping, sounds like he`s choking. Now made even worse by rough modulation causing cut-outs, plus big hum. Wiggle that patchcord! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. Still hearing nothing on 800 from XEROK, so I search out its website, which is
the alternate branding of Radio Cañón, alluding to CAnal LIBRE = clear channel. This leads to live stream:
which in fact is funxioning. And the website looks completely normal and current with lots of news linx, nothing found about it being off the air from 800, nor anything about a new FM frequency.
At 1514 UT Oct 13, taking phone calls on the air (poorly audible) even from El Paso and the studio is rather echoey, hardly professional. Get out the egg cartons! Generally lo-fi modulation. Seems to be about medical advice. Closes at 1525, ID including “Desde la Frontera, 800 AM, Radio Cañón -– Colonia El Hipódromo — Grupo Siete“ and over to string of ads/PSAs including Chihuahua state government. 1530 another R. Cañón ID, with rock in Spanish, “Los Buenos Tiempos` is show now. Again DJ in studio with echo, also discusses salud; 1540 “Old Fashioned Love Song“ in English by Three Dog Night.
So the question remains, is XEROK really on the 800 air and audible at least in the El Paso area, if not into NM and OK, day and/or night? Perhaps with much less than 50 kW (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 980, Oct 13 at 1236 UT, Spanish report on oil prices, IMER Radio ID, and `Antena Radio` news program. I check 1570 for // XERF, but not audible. 1237 local ID for 980 AM, 103.1 FM, “más música“. 1239 fuller ID for “La FQ“, 980 XEFQ, FM 103.1 XHFQ, Cananea, Sonora, full address, “una emisora del Instituto Mexicano de la Radio“. IRCA and Cantú show 2500/500 watts, but no FM, while WRTH also lists 103.1. Fadeout shortly later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA [non]. 7415, Oct 13 at 0537, good signal in African language about Nigeria, no doubt Kanuri from the US-sponsored Dandal Kura for the Boko-Haram stronghold in the northeast. Aoki shows since July 1 this has been 250 kW, 55 degrees from ASCENSION at 05-07. Checking here since in Oct BDXC-UK Communication, Michael Ford reported that the 05-07 7415 broadcast had been replaced by 07-08 on 15480 Woofferton. I don`t know about that emission, but it`s certainly still on 7415 earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1130, Oct 13 at 1241 UT, KLEY Wellington KS, with the same modulation distortion as 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1530, Oct 13 at 1244 UT, ad for a painting costing $195 from area code 816 (northern Missouri); 1247 UT ID for KQNK, which is Norton KS, 1 kW daytimer, briefly dominating frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 702, Oct 13 at 0548 UT, the only carrier I can detect on a TA frequency is here. Loops ENE/WSW. So what`s possible per WRTH from W Europe or NW Africa? 25 kW from Algeria, Nigeria? 200 kW from France? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1702 UT October 13