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Glenn Hauser logs March 4, 2016

** CUBA. 15700, March 4 at 1455, CRI English relay is dead air — no, it isn`t; turn up the volume and can still hear it, into Chinese lesson end-of-hour dispensable filler (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 9700, March 4 at 1400, RNZI timesignal has been adjusted to fire only about half a second late, instead of 3 seconds late as I logged at this same hour on February 29 and March 2. On to top news story, balcony collapse in Dunedin (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490-, UT Fri March 4 at 0030, this part of `Broad Spectrum Radio` via WBCQ has James Branum`s monthly hobby radio segment, demonstrating what he can get on a remote SDR (and WOR on 9330 has bowed out so no DX program timing conflict there tonight); his has been reduced to only 15 minutes. 0045 on to another new monthly segment about the joys of biking (as in human-powered). Among his several personae, James even has an email to a .bike address, but another speaker presented this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5830, March 4 at 0657, WTWW-1 is *still* open carrier/dead air, as earlier noted on day frequency 9475, at 0134 and 0150. Next check at 1410 March 4: back on 9475, and **still** OC/DA, ditto at 1535, 1723. So the frequency changes are being made, manually or automatically? Yet no one notices there is no modulation upon them. SFAW HQ back on The Radio Ranch in Laporte CO is so out of it that they probably haven`t even tried to hear their own SWBCs. Amazing that they allow this incompetence to prevail at the Lebanon TN site. But it gives us all a respite from the racist rantings of passé Pastor Pete Peters. Long live dead air! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 17775, March 4 at 1458, KVOH in Spanish very undermodulated, compared e.g. to Cuba 17730 and 17580 (but not 17750 which is also undermod). How much longer before KVOH gets their “new“ transmitter going with proper modulation???

BTW, both 2015 and 2016 WRTHs erroneously have KVOH on 11775, not 17775. Multiple times, not only in the USA – international listings, but also in SW Stations of the World by-frequency in the back.

And what about their Zambia project, delay after delay there too? What info do we have about this? IIRC, planned frequencies were 6065 and 4965, the “domestic“ ones used by former owner CVC, but these have not been registered in HFCC B-15 or A-16, and not retained in Aoki either, unlike countless other defunct stations.

WRTH 2016 under the USA – KVOH listing, says, “In the near future, SCG plans to start broadcasting also from its newly acquired SW transmitting station in Africa; see Voice of Hope – Africa, under Zambia“ — BUT there is no entry for Zambia in the International sexion, and nothing about this in the domestic sexion either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480, March 4 at 0700 UT, [see previous report] re-tune-in just in time to hear ToH legal ID as “KBXD, 1480, Dallas“ (with a Spanish accent? Not sure), immediately followed by another jingle non-ID, “Wonderful K-Box in Dallas“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [and non]. After the messups previously on 15545, I`ve retuned March 4 at 1458: S9+10 open carrier; 1459, sign-on with multiple IDs, “Huna Radio Tamazuj“, so far, so good. Also on the two other frequencies, 15400 via FRANCE at S9+10, and 13800 via MADAGASCAR, S9+10, but they all sound somewhat different; 15400 is 2.5 seconds behind 13800.

OOPS, at 1500, 15545 goes to dead air! While the other two continue. 15545 gives up and turns off SMG transmitter at 1504:17.5*, much like yesterday. By 1524, 15545 carrier is back on, hopefully standing by for sibling PNW service Radio Dabanga. Just in time, adding modulation at 1526 for R. Tamazuj to sign off, and 1529 switch to R. Dabanga opening.

But again, right at 1530, modulation stops, and carrier off at 1534:20.5*; while 13800 continues, and 15400 has gone off as scheduled. It seems like misprogramming of both the modulation input and the transmitter on/off timing.

15550, March 4 at 1529, now the weak Sudan carrier jammer against nothing is on, unlike a semihour earlier: totally on the sidelines (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1738 UT March 4

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