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Glenn Hauser logs August 10-11, 2017

** GERMANY [non]. 21780, Aug 11 at 1646, weak English talk at S3, SSOB on 13m, compared to only other one, JBA 21525 WRMI Radio Africa. Might be taken for BBC, but it`s really Deutsche Welle`s only remaining English hour, from 1600, and probably our best frequency for it, 250 kW at 65 degrees from ASCENSION per Aoki; by comparison //s per EiBi: to east Africa, 9670 from South Africa, 15290 from France, 17800 from UAE; and to west Africa, 15315 from France (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 17 DTV, August 11 at 1435 UT and the following two sesquihours at least, K17JN-D, Enid`s only local TV station unknown to most inhabitants, had been six subchannels headed by 3ABN, but now, nothing but 17-6 with a total green screen and silence, PSIP now reading “test“. About to switch to other inputs?? “No signal“ says my Sanyo screen except when directly tuned to 17-6, but the Zenith box confirms the usual signal level for -1 thru -6 even tho “no signal“ too and all PSIPs 1-5 blank, not even the callsign on 17-1 as originally. I believe K17JN-D had suffered some breakup during recent storms so maybe they got hit, or their satellite downlink reception interrupted (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH AFRICA. 15235, Aug 11 at 1654, undermodulated percussion at S5, 1655 dead air, 1658 African language, 1659 drumming and “Africa“, 1700 pleasantly into English from Channel Africa without specific ID but “This is Africa Digest“, from Johannesburg on 15235 to west Africa, into news about Zuma`s elexion. Aoki shows only French weekdays until 1655 at 250 kW, and English M-F from 1700 with 500 kW, both 328 degrees from Meyerton. I could not tell that power had doubled; latest HFCC of today shows both only 250. And WRTH shows only ChAf African languages are Nyanja, Lozi and Swahili earlier on other frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENKING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1890 monitoring: confirmed Thursday August 10 at 2330 on WBCQ, still off-frequency at 9331.50-CUSB, S5-S7, poor. Nothing ever on 9335, so a sesquikHz here or there is not really a problem. Next:
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR  6190-CUSB to WSW [maintenance break until Aug 19] Sat 1431   HLR  7265-CUSB to WSW [maintenance break until Aug 19] Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0315v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR  9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW

** U S A. 17777.0-AM! August 11 at 1650, KVOH is here with Spanish preacher, S3-S4 but with heavy modulation just below the distortion level, and carrier remains wobbly. Still 17777 at 1728 check. Must be a punch-up error, but why would there be any frequency-re-entering? This old transmitter is used only on “17775“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15555-AM, August 11 at 1404, JBA S1 signal not WJHR, M&W talking and some music. Nothing but WJHR is listed on 15555 in latest HFCC, Aoki and Eibi. Next check at 1426, it`s gone, and now WJHR is audible on USB only.

Checking the neighborhood, most likely this is Voice of Tibet, via Madagascar, which has a history of jumping frequencies to thwart ChiCom jamming. It`s supposed to be on 15565 at 1400-1430, per EiBi:
15565 1400-1430 CLA Voice of Tibet TB Tib /MDG

But suppressed from HFCC: no such MDG = MDC anywhere near in HFCC!

Aoki shows [sic]:
15565*VOICE OF TIBET 1400-1405 1234567 Tibetan
15565*VOICE OF TIBET 1400-1407 1234567 Tibetan
15565*VOICE OF TIBET 1410-1428 1234567 Tibetan
all: 250  45 Talata-Volonondry 2 MDG 1843S 04737E VOTi a17

As I tuned up to 15575 to check KBS, did not notice any signal on 15565, but did not know at the time that was where VOT should have been. I did notice nothing on 15525/15528 where VOT via Tajikistan and CNR1 jamming were heard yesterday, before 1400 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search, August 11 at 1053-1055: 774 and 882 from WSW, presumably Australia/New Zealand. Another on 1098 has no null, so likely local birdie rather than Marshalls (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1801 UT August 11

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