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Glenn Hauser logs August 9-10, 2016

** AUSTRALIA. 9580 & 12065 & 12085, Aug 9 at 1255, R. Australia is still missing from all frequencies. 17840 & 15240, Aug 10 at 0215, still missing. 9580 & 12065 & 12085, Aug 10 at 1215, STILL missing. Several other monitors agree.

This is getting to be serious. Is there anything about it on the RA website? Not that I can find. The usual discouraging info about How To Listen, demoting SW to third place after Online and Satellite:

“Listening to shortwave requires a specialist shortwave radio. We direct our broadcasts at peak listening times in our target areas of the Pacific using multiple frequencies. We recommend that where possible, you use an outside antenna to improve reception. Shortwave signals may be subject to interference from other broadcasters’ signals, electronic devices such as computers, microwave ovens, TVs, car engines and fluorescent lights.
Download shortwave frequency guide for the Pacific“
Which alleges that the real targets for 17840/9580, the transmitter aimed at Oklahoma are only: “New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa“

No one seemed to have noticed, or cared on RA`s FB, until this new inquiry from Mauno Ritola circa 1320 UT Aug 10:
“Have shortwave transmissions stopped altogether?“
No reply yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, Aug 9 at 0611, RHC English is S9+20 of open carrier/dead air. Other frequencies are OK: 6000, 6060, 6165, but a lot more modulation on 6060.

15230, Aug 9 at 1315, RHC Spanish absent here but VG on 15370, VP on 17580, Poor on 17730 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. NTSC channel A2, 55.25/59.75 MHz, Aug 9 at 1623 UT, some video fades in after many days of snow-storm. Current 6m DXmap shows heavy sporadic E opening across southern USA, extending to Cuba and Dominican Republic. Video soon gone; 1626 some audio, but can`t tell language; 1629 a burst of Spanish, sports coverage enthusiasm; 1641 another tantalizing bit o` video; 1716 glimpse of Olympic rings. Tentatively Tele-Rebelde, circa Habana. Online schedule shows EDT 10 am-2:30 pm today, Boxeo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND. 7245, Aug 9 until 1258*, RNZI with poor signal; *1259 fair on 6170 with Bell Bird IS, 1300 Pacific news. So we have one major southern Pacific transmitter left, with Australia AWOL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 9965, Aug 10 at 1238, Brother HyStairical via PALAU obviously a playback from early July as he is prophesying what will happen in Cleveland at the RNC from July 18: violence, etc. Martial law will be declared, Obama will continue into a third term, imposing New World Order. What crap. Repeated a few seconds later on 9980 WWCR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 12350-USB, Aug 9 at 1251, WCY, Lakeland FL, with seas = wave height forecasts for Caribbean areas; stands by for any further queries from subscribers, none heard and off. If it started at nominal 1230, a short net today. Good signal; sometimes he`s barely audible, and probably rotates antenna as needed for contacts (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1837 monitoring: NOT confirmed Tuesday August 9 at 2130 on WRMI, since 15770 is OFF the air — this is the most unreliable transmission on WRMI. Many other WRMI frequencies, higher and lower are on the air, from very strong to JBA: 21675, 17790, 15440, 13695, 11580, 11565, 9955, 6855, 5015. Confirmed on the G8 portable, Aug 9 at 2330 on WBCQ 9331v-CUSB — receiver tunes in 5 kHz steps AM only, so reduced carrier and slight off-frequency are perceptible, but good signal with whip only. Next:
Wed 2100 WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** YEMEN [non]. 11860, Aug 9 at 1320, R. Sana`a is better than usual, S6-S8, Arabic talk, and about the same still at 1358; presumably via SAUDI ARABIA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6780.032-AM, Aug 10 at 0205, JBA carrier, maybe trace of modulation. Could be 2 x 3390 or 6 x 1130 harmonic; or a pirate. Even weaker signal on 6770 where the oldtimeradio pirate may be constantly on but not enough to copy here for a longtime (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1550 UT August 10

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