** ARGENTINA [non]. Some of the RAE relays via WRMI are gone, coinciding with dumping Brother Scare, altho it is not clear why this should coincide! Were they somehow a bonus from TOM money?
7730 and 5850 are no longer on air in evenings with BS, and by 0614 UT Dec 21 had not come back on as I anticipated. Reawake at 0945, I find them still off, so assume all these are gone, weekdays: 06-07 Japanese & 07-08 English on 7730; 07-08 English & 08-09 Chinese & 09-10 Japanese on 5850.
9955 // 9455 at 1257 Dec 22 with music fill, presumably indicating the 12-13 RAE Portuguese is still running.
11580 still carries French at 1300-1330 and 1330-1400, but off at 1400* Dec 22, instead of Spanish at 14-15.
The others, all of which need to be reconfirmed, and considering that some have been appearing on Saturdays, some not: 21-22 German 11580, 22-23 Italian 11580, 22-23 Spanish 5950, 02-03 English 9395. See also USA: WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 5055 & 5045, Dec 22 at 1302, JJBA carriers, now that there are two low-power Aussies active, 5055 being 4KZ from northern Queensland, as Ron Howard has been reporting, along with Ozyradio from NSW on 5045. And like Ron, I find 5055 QRMed by much stronger 2-way in Spanish, at 1325. DU conditions are subnormal today with 7390 NZ only fair S7-S9 and fluttery (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [and non]. 6045, Dec 22 at 1313, CNR1 echo jamming like not echoing on 6125 and other 49m channels, here mixing with something else, i.e. VOA Chinese via Thailand at 12-14, but 6045 is also the current frequency of Voice of Freedom, clandestine from South to North Korea since Dec 6 at 09-15, so there could be double jamming. When will VOF wise up? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. RHC English check at 0605 Dec 22, in increasing order of reception quality, among the Cuban Five:
6165, VP S5-S8, JBM
6000, S9+20, suptorted
6100, S9/S9+10, very undermodulated
5040, S9+10/20, undermodulated
6060, S9+10, full modulation, but het from Brasil. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 11830 & 11850, Dec 22 at 1417, RHC parasites of 11840 are suffering from 11840 splatter out to approx. 11822/11858. 11840 is S9+30. Usually its parasitical spurs are in the clear, but now QRMed by their own fundamental! Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 13340, Dec 22 at 1423, RHC Spanish JBA mixing with something: i.e. strong local 1390 KCRC, adding to 11950 bigsig from RHC; only with Preamp 2 on the R75, so probably receiver-produced; RHC not to blame in this case (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 17430, Dec 22 at 1501, RHC JBA // 17580, as 17730 is still on air, leaping over 17580 to land 150 kHz further down. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KUWAIT. 11629.775, Dec 22 at 1414, very poor with flutter, sounds like Qur`an. Ivo Ivanov has IDed this as R. Kuwait, clashing after 1430 with RCC RVA via Vatican on 11630.0. A battle of faiths (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA. 7255-, Dec 22 at 0602 check, no signal from VON, which is normally VG here aimed USward across W Africa (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OMAN. 15140, Dec 22 at 1428, music poor with flutter, so Radio Sultanate of Oman is still on air contrary to what someone heard them announce, but unknown if English or Arabic now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SIKKIM. 4835, Dec 22 at 1325, JBA carrier, presumed Gangtok. Was checking for 4836.0, where Ron Howard presumed to hear its carrier yesterday (a low-power private broadcaster in Australia also has his eye on using 4835) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7637-USB, Dec 22 at 1405, CAP, “Triblade 55 Net One“, with NCS much stronger than stations contacted, but many colorful calls heard followed by numbers: Capstone, Red Dragon, Mudbug, Shiprock, Oilwell, Big Ben(d?), etc. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1909 monitoring: news from Hamburger Lokalradio is that the Saturday broadcast at 1531 has been moved from 7265-CUSB to 6190-CUSB (same as at 0730). That will escape ChiCom CCI from East Turkistan — but Aoki shows TWO ChiComs at same time on 6190, hopefully less of a factor in Europe: CRI Vietnamese, 500 kW, 193 degrees from Beijing site; and PBS Xinjiang in Mongolian, 50 kW ND from Urumqi.
HLR also has special holiday programming on Dec 24-25-26-31-Jan 1, including Sundays on 6190 instead of 9485, apparently pre-empting WOR at 1130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Drastic cutbacks at WRMI as Brother HyStairical, the Overfondler, is being eliminated at last, also impacting other programming, as further observed UT Dec 22, continued from last report:
5850 & 7730 remained off during the previously scheduled Argentina relays [q.v.], at 0614 & 0945 chex. Still off at 1008, but 9455, which had duplicated 5850 during this diverse hour, is back on with `Viva Miami`.
7780 remains completely off; had been 24h with BS or `Power Hour`, or diverse at 20-21. Off at 1317 check.
At 0945, all frequencies off except 9395 & 9455 Oldies. At 1008, 9395 Oldies, and 9455 diverse.
9395 at 1257 open carrier, so had been off for a while? 1300 starting `The Power Hour` replay from 21-23 yesterday. Speaker immediately refers to this being “after the break“ so this must be in the middle of the 2-hour show, rather than the beginning: conspiracy nonsense, electing Drumpf is reclaiming science and the country from Atheist control to Christianity, ha2. Now also on 9455. Surprisingly at 1504, 9395 // 9455 are still on with `Power Hour`, alleging elexion fraud and Xmas takeover, so there are 3 hours of repeats of 2-hour show.
11580 at 1257 open carrier, so about to resume, 1300 RAE in French. But off at 1400* already instead of continuing an hour in Spanish. By 1410 I am noticing an OTH radar(?) blob slowly drifting downward from 11600, across 11580 by 1413.
9955 // 9455, Dec 22 at 1313, usual R. Prague in English, and no doubt the further diverse programming, but 9955 closes at 1500* sharp after ID giving the phonecasting number. But what would anyone hear on that now with BS gone?
Friday afternoon need to confirm what`s happening on all frequencies 1900-2200, partially monitored yesterday. WRMI skedgrid still not updated about any of this (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 12105, Dec 22 at 1421, VP S3-S5 but can recognize a Ted ad, so WTWW-3 with Xmasmx not-all-the-time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17774.888, Dec 22 at 1529, JBA carrier from KVOH, but barely enough to remeasure it to the same off-spot as yesterday. Some slight strength surges, from the transmitter rather than ionosphere? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1710 kHz, Dec 22 at 1310 UT, screaming gospel huxter in Spanish, so presumed Retén lo que Tienes, pirate from Bâton Rouge LA, very poor signal. But I am not the only one sometimes hearing some other pirate here, from where?
On the NRC gg, David Yocis posted an FCC NOUO dated Dec 19 about RlqT`s FM 107.7 being busted Nov 21 —- but no mention of the AM 1710, as if the FCC were completely unaware of it (check the website!). The full notice will appear in DXLD (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 1742 UT December 22