DX/SWL/MEDIA PROGRAMS UPDATED Aug 5:
** ALBANIA. 9855-, Aug 5 at 2320, humroar is all I hear from weak R. Tirana in Albanian (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BRAZIL [and non]. 11780, Aug 5 at 2322, RNA already in Olympic coverage, before the opening ceremony, S9+30 and good enough to listen to in AMS mode on NRD-545, and also good on // 6180. Also spurblob around 11872, but lower twin circa 11688 has too much QRM from 11670 Cuba splatter.
11780, Aug 6 at 0247, during opening ceremony, obviously going on in the background, but the anchors keep chattering about Brazilian athletes, and to compare how synchronized this be with NBC-TV, I never can hear which countries are parading by even tho there are trilingual announcements in the stadium.
We are stuck with seeing it only on NBC-TV with some rather inane anchoring by the Today Show team, scattering “tiny“ countries here and there, too numerous to copy, but Luxembourg was one, right after Liechtenstein, which was not! They also assumed we have never heard of and/or don`t know where certain countries are until they inform us! There were also too frequent commercial interruptions, while the festivities had no such pauses. NBC made no attempt to caption any of the many announcements in Portuguese, translated or not. Even something in French was “[speaking foreign language]“.
However, the opening montage of Rio/Brasil scenery from 2330 UT was stunning; not sure if NBC or the IOC or Rio/Brasil were responsible for it. Also, it would be nice to hear John Williams` majestic Olympic theme music unobscured and in full rather than as background for commercial credits. The cauldron was not lit until 0426 UT = 1:26 am in Rio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GUINEA. 9650, Aug 5 at 2029, JBA carrier here, presumably reactivated R. Guinée, tnx to tip from Thorsten Hallmann in Germany, who first heard it at 1815 UT (2015 MESZ). I find it still there but JBA at 2130. At 2310 now it`s S3-S5 in French? talk and hilife? Music, announcements every few minutes, 2318, 2321; ECSS helps!
This is just as much a surprise as its previous burst of activity after years of silence, last April 15-16 as in DXLD 16-16, 16-17, and 16-18. Altho 9650 was an old Guinea frequency, there were suspicions that the reactivation might be via a relay, site never confirmed.
Will it last longer this time? Could it be prompted by the imminent Olympix opening, with Guinea a minor participant? Others in Europe and North America were hearing it until Bruce Churchill, California reported in the DXLD yg UT Aug 6:
“Conakry 9650 off at 0020 check – assume 0000*? Heard earlier at 2133 with highlife vocals, Fair, but fading slowly after 2200 from Perseus site in eastern Finland. Vernacular announcer in this time slot. Inexplicably resurrected itself with large signal boost at approx. 2224 – almost like they fixed their modulation, increased transmitter power or changed antenna. Announcer in French and more highlife music. Carrier, but weak audio noted in Southern CA at 2320. Thought maybe they were going all night again, but apparently not. Bruce“
So we`ll soon hear if they`re back on in their morning, or the next day and evening (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR [and non]. 9535, Aug 5 at 2319, Chinese quite audible underneath RHCuba, i.e. MWV as scheduled 23-24 on 55 degree azimuth, nowhere near USward. BTW, Aoki shows RHC on 9535 at 21-05 but not 11-15 as also heard here mornings and in RHC`s own schedule (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1837 monitoring: confirmed Friday August 5 at 2130.5 on WRMI, 13695, S9+40. Also confirmed Fri Aug 5 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9330.76, S9. Next:
Sat 0630 HLR 6190-CUSB to SW
Sat 0700 Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND [reactivated last week] Sat 1400 Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND
Sat 1430 HLR 7265-CUSB to SW
Sat 1930v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0310v WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 0830 Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND
Sun 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Mon 0300v WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 1100 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 2130 WRMI 15770 to NE
Tue 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9930, Fri Aug 5 at 1807, WTWW-2 is on, and modulating for a change, as the Dave Ramsey show is starting; still going at 2000 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7505v, Aug 6 at 0245 UT check, WRNO is gone again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 0430 UT August 6