** ALBANIA. 9854.98, Aug 17 at 0132, R. Tirana is stronger than usual, S9+20, which makes the awful humroar even worse (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ARGENTINA. 15344.340v, Aug 17 at 1321, RAE with weak wobbling carrier, back below 15345 after an excursion above (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 17840 & 15240, Aug 17 at 0142, R. Australia is still OFF for the tenth day in a row (15720 RNZI is OK at 0158).
9580 & 12085 & 12065, Aug 17 at 1300, still no RA.
17840 & 15240, Aug 18 at 0335, still no RA for the eleventh day.
9580 & 12085 & 12065, Aug 18 at 1234, still no RA. (All three VL8s are audible, 4835 the only one fairly readable; I get my Pacific news, including how horribly Australia is treating refugees on Manus, from RNZI 6170 after 1300. Australia has also rebuffed NZ`s offer to take some of them!)
An RA reply to Mauno Ritola on Facebook, Aug 16: “Hi there, the ABC is running a technical outage of the Radio Australia service until Friday the 19th of August to test reception in the region. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”
Kai Ludwig replies on the DXLD yg and quoted on WOR 1839:
“Aha, they finally admitted it — Of course, this is the established approach of running a shut-down test, to determine if an AM service is still used to such an extent that the operational costs can be justified. In the case of Radio Bremen [Germany] the outcome was judged negative, not because of the absolute number of reactions, but because way too much of them came from hobbyists. In other words, sending comments is no doubt counterproductive.
Now it is also clear that the non-responses sent out from Sydney were not the result of people there not knowing what’s going on. Much to the contrary: They are carefully worded, designed to obfuscate things as much as possible without telling lies.
Considering this, I find the “working with our transmission provider” surprising insofar as Broadcast Australia cooperates here in a potential step towards killing the Shepparton facility. But perhaps that’s just their goal, too.
But all stuff about what a nice hobby you have, how nicely you had recently the Alice Springs transmitter in, that hereby you send another reception report etc., all this is prone to accelerate the decline of the distribution platform“
Keith Perron says, “Really not sure why there was concern. Shutting its transmitters is something they do every 14 to 18 months, while the whole of Shepparton is given the once-over by Broadcast Australia. They have been doing this for years.“
I, gh, make a point of checking the three RA frequencies at 1400 UT Aug 18, when it`s August 19 in SE Australia, the date that ABC said their experiment would be over — but not whether that would bring the resumption of SW or its final termination. We`ll keep checking and hoping.
There has been a lot of discussion about this on DXLD yg and other fora. May I say that I resent being classified as a mere DXer demanding a QSL — Along with countless others, we listen to RA because of its excellent programming, and affexion for Australia.
Any broadcaster should be delighted to have as many listeners as possible, including those beyond a designated target area (Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO 1839, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA. 12365-USB, Aug 18 at 1337, VMC Queensland with marine weather including forecast for Sunday 21 August. Well-enunciated Oz accent, sounds like a true human OM voice, but really automaton? Just a trace of 12362-USB VMW. Further proof that Shepparton is OFF 12085 & 12065 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 1610, Aug 17 at 0202 UT, comedy in unknown language, 0203 UT sounds like S Asian music. Rather this is the Tagalog hour on CHHA Toronto, M-F at 10-11 pm ET, per
That`s stretching the “Voces Latinas“ licenced format as far as possible, tho the Filipinas and its main language do have heavy Spanish colonial influence (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 2748.99-USB, Aug 17 at 0159, YL with marine weather in French. Canadian CG website shows:
“MCTS Halifax / VCS – Broadcasts 0140 Chebogue 2749J3E Radiotelephony (English followed by French) — Technical marine forecasts synopsis, forecasts and wave height forecasts for marine areas: 201 to 214. U.S. weather forecasts for Coastal Waters – Eastport to Schoodic Point, Maine and Offshore Waters – Gulf of Maine to the Hague Line. Notices to Shipping in areas Bay of Fundy, South and West Coast Nova Scotia“
Chebogue is the site near Yarmouth, not Halifax (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** COLOMBIA. 5910v & 6010v, Aug 17 at 0152, still nothing from the HJDH stations (facilitating some “running water“ uteburst around 5910). I`ve not heard either for several weeks. I`ve asked QSL manager Rafael Rodríguez for an update on their status and of their patrón Martín Stendal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)
** EGYPT. 9279, 9283-9293 peaking about 9290, and 9315-9321, Aug 17 at 0133, approx. ever-fluxuating ranges of humroarious spurs out of totally dysfunxional R. Cairo 9315 transmitter to North America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GERMANY [non]. 17720, Aug 17 at 1403, news in unknown language, S9+10 but heavy flutter, revealed by 1405 DW jingle and ID. Listed as Pashto: Aoki says UAE site at 45 degrees, EiBi says Sri Lanka, HFCC says Sri Lanka at 335. The latter would be more likely propagationally. All agree that the previous semihour at 1330 in Dari is via SL (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** GREECE. 9420, Aug 17 at 0541, VOG music is S7-S9, and // 9935 is also on at S6-S9. Don`t usually hear them both this late; sometimes on 11645 instead (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 3344.864, Aug 18 at 1230, JBA carrier so weak I can barely measure it, but right on the frequency reported by Wolfgang Büschel as RRI Ternate now active, first heard by Ron Howard on August 1; and Atsunori Ishida agrees it was unheard in July, back in August (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN. 11815, Aug 18 at 1237, NHK Japanese service is a good source for a wide variety of music. Unfortunately, this 300 kW frequency is aimed 235 degrees toward SE Asia at 09-17 so we only get it off the back at poor-fair S9 level. Catches my ear now in jazzed-up band music with a tune reminiscent of `Doxology` (“Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow“), hardly Shinto, on to a different slow movement, then variations on `Amazing Grace`, 1245 some more Doxology, 1247 announcement (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 6046.9, Aug 17 at 0150, no carrier audible here, but checking since Ron Howard had a very tentative on R. Santa Rosa, reactivated after 5 years, Aug 15 at 0216-0253 (blocked after 0256 by DW 6045). To be monitored further! (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1839, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SAUDI ARABIA. 11820.06, Aug 17 at 2051, BSKSA is mostly Qur`aning to lull my nap; fair signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOLOMON ISLANDS. 9545, Aug 17 at 0538, weak music at S4, presumed SIBC day frequency on late again (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1839, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1838 monitoring: Tuesday August 16 at 2130, confirmed NOT on WRMI 15770, pre-empted as expected for beeping, but should be back next week on the only WOR/WRMI beam toward Europe and the Maritimes. Not confirmed either, Tue Aug 16 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330 because it is off the air (but see separate WBCQ log). Confirmed Wed Aug 17 from 1315.5 on WRMI 9955, S9+10 and no jamming; confirmed Wed Aug 17 at 2113 check on WBCQ, 7490.003-AM, beginning to penetrate daytime absorption/noise at S8. Also confirmed Wed Aug 17 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9330.04-CUSB, S9 (also less audible on LSB).
WORLD OF RADIO 1839 ready for first airings August 18:
Thu 1130 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Thu 2100 WRMI 13695 to NW
Thu 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 0830 Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND
Fri 2130.5 WRMI 13695 to NW
Fri 2330 WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630 HLR 6190-CUSB to SW
Sat 0700 Unique Radio NSW 3210 ND
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. 9330.245v-AM, UT Wed Aug 17 at 0135, WBCQ unexpectedly on here at S5 with ham discussion. It`s `Amateur Radio Roundtable`, ex-5130v where it`s been all summer, and should have been on 9 MHz for less noise, better propagation. At 0155 I put it on 9330.34, 0158 up to 9330.35 discussing a hamusic group and MFJ`s Martin Jue. May be the same transmitter which had been used on 5130 as it`s DSB/AM rather than CUSB as usually heard from a stronger 9330v. W5KUB.com website confirms the QSY as of today, UT Wednesdays from 0100. 5130 is now off (and so is 5085 WTWW-2 where Ted had been repeating his QSO ham show deliberately to compete). (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1839, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 12105, Aug 17 at 0138, WTWW-3 is open carrier/dead air at S6 instead of bonus SFAW hour from PPPP. WTWW-2 is off both 9930 and 5085, leaving only WTWW-1 9475 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7505.0, Aug 17 at 0146, WRNO is on with joyandcompany.org promoting an event in Arlington TX coming up June 26-27, then interviewing Dr Mawire, who is the Joe Costello of today`s `RNO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1579.58, Aug 18 at 0345 UT, still a JBA carrier here causing het against 1580 stations, i.e. as previously logged and IDed, WVOK, Oxford AL. There are plenty of other 1580s in the Southeast which must be getting heavier QRM than here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1680, Aug 17 at 0200 UT, KRJO Monroe LA with ID as “99.7 FM KRJO, Monroe, My FM“ ! No ID for 1680, and wrong call for 99.7 which is 250-watt translator K259CU, wagging this dog. Owners who degrade their AM stations this way should have their licenses revoked (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VANUATU. 7260-, Aug 17 at 1301, JBA carrier definitely on the lo side beating against another one, and with LSB QRhaM. R. Vanuatu is always reported off-frequency like this, and Ron Howard says its programming has been extended lately. 3945 also has a JBA carrier at 1303, but this is probably Japan on a weekday (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1839, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 10050-USB, Aug 17 at 0543, 2-way in unknown language is QRMing 10051-USB New York Radio VOLMET. Pirate? Unlikely so close a frequency would be allocated for aero comms (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1737 UT August 18