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Glenn Hauser logs November 17-18, 2015

** ALBANIA. 7465, Nov 18 at 0025, JBA carrier from R. Tirana, and 0057 very poor, 0058 the R. Tirana IS can be detected, hampered by Cuban pulse jamming around the frequency. So the Albanian hour at 00-01 is still on 7465, NOT testing on 7470 as Ivo Ivanov has published. I think he was confusing this with the 0230-0300 English broadcast, where RT was testing 7470 for a while, has stayed there and registered as such with HFCC — but still on 7465 for the 00-01 Albanian, which was never discussed for a change, and none needed, altho 7470 would not be any worse. Shijak would have preferred not to have to bother to change frequencies between 0100 and 0230. However, I seldom check the Albanian hour, so possibly it was also on 7470 at some time or other; did Ivo really monitor it there ever? Propagation is so poor that it really doesn`t matter much, unfortunately (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** AUSTRIA. 11955, Nov 17 at 1501, harmonious singing, good with flutter, listed as AWR Turkish via Moosbrunn — amusing that I get this broadcast TO Turkey much better than the one FROM Turkey [q.v.] previous hour on 12035 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 16180, Nov 17 at 2133, on the FRG-7 after hearing this cross-modulating onto WRMI RFI relay on 15770, I know there must be an extremely strong spy-numbers transmitter nearby, and soon find it on 16180, usual YL voice with a few numbers, alternating with digital blaaaps (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** FRANCE [non]. 15770, Nov 17 at 2125, RFI English via WRMI is fair during discussion of internet security, 2130 news headlines, 2133 outro those, and fading; on the FRG-7 I hear the Spanish 5-digit spylady cross-modulating; see CUBA. At 2150 I`m on the BST-1 caradio, which will still stop on 15770 during memory scan, but barely; now it`s the Indian ambassador discussing 300 megIndians` lack of access to electricity.

11580, Nov 18 at 0100, RFI English re-opening via WRMI, “Paris Live PM“ originally at 16 UT, but we can listen 24h online. Do they ever acknowledge on-air that they are relayed by WRMI? Do they even know it? RFI certainly doesn`t make it easy for anyone to find them in English when everyone would like to. Additional collateral damage of RHC being on both 11760 and 11670 with bigsigs in Spanish is that they leap a mixing product another 90 kHz lower to 11580, audible underneath RFI/RMI. 0119 it`s the cyber-security report again from 4 hours ago. Tonight 11580 is holding up longer than usual.

The top of WRMI`s Google spreadsheet frequency schedule now has 4 icons, anonymous bat, anonymous orangutan, Jeff White, and anonymous frog, but the next time I look at it, bat is gone — something to do with chat, apparently.

I`m checking it again for RFI entries — on 11580: only on UT Wed, Fri and Sat at 0100-0200 and again at 0200-0300 (by when it`s usually faded down/out here). So no “tune in tomorrow“ for this! Instead of duplicating the two hours, why not jumble them up so RFI could be heard at one hour or the other 6 days a week instead of 3? On 15770, the 21-22 full hour is only on Mon & Tue, while on Wed it will be reduced to 2115-2200, and on Thu to 2130-2200 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 1560, Nov 17 at 2006 UT check on caradio, KEBC Del City is back on with sportstalk (was absent Nov 14 at 1946 UT) (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PERU [and non]. 5980, Nov 18 at 0109, R. Chaski and BBC UAE are both JBA carriers, until the stronger one cuts off at approx. 0111:13* which would be 6.5 seconds later than last night (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, Nov 17 at 2115, REE with VG signal, while 11530, 15390 and 15500 are scarcely more than JBA carriers. This NAm frequency had been absent for a few(?) days. Now it`s a partido tonto de pelotas pre-empting rational programming normally on weekdays, extremely rapid enthusiastic announcers, but from what I can gather they are covering something going on at Wembley, i.e. the big silly ballgame between England and France (which was losing 2-1) — or were they covering more than one game at once? Anyhow it`s all in Castilian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 12035, Nov 17 at 1428, English broadcast from VOT is running late, IS playing, unknown language ID, very poor, but starts up whatever that is after accurate timesignal at 1430 until cutoff at 1431:45*. Presumably Kazakh, the only language scheduled to start at 1430, and that should be in B-15 on 9785, which probably came up in another 3-4 minutes, missing most of the news (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9265, Nov 17 at 2116, WINB carrier is really wobbling again, and modulation somewhat distorted in AM mode, gospel music with piano. Weekday sign-on isn`t till 2045 UT, so has only had a semihour to warm up and settle down, not enough (hey! Online schedule dated Nov 8 finally has correct 5-hour EST/UT conversion!!). Next check 0107 UT Nov 18, wobble is much lighter (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7520, Nov 18 at 0020, notice that WWCR audio is heavily breaking up, hitting on peaks only, awful! Isn`t anyone at station monitoring their off-air signal (or even in-studio? Hard to tell if it`s an input or output foulup). Not that programming is anything I would want to listen to. 0026 now there is noise added to the breakup, but a different sound than before. Mostly noise spread across 20 kHz from 7510 to 7530; I can tell that the program is `Unshackled`. This might be messing up their spur on 6220! But I can`t detect it at all. At 0053, intermittent noise blasts only, not the distortion. By 0103 check, now sounds OK, but at 0118 again some occasional noise bursts.

9350, Nov 18 at 0027, I`m checking WWCR since they yesterday replaced 5070 with this until 0100, and just as I suspected, the 9350 signal is very poor! Not the first time WWCR has done the opposite of what you would expect from Propagation 101, which their frequency manager has never figured out. Well, maybe it`s skipping over me which 5070 would not (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0601 UT November 18

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