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Glenn Hauser logs March 23, 2018

** AUSTRALIA [and non]. 5055, March 23 at 1231, JBA carrier presumed 4KZ; nothing on 5045 from OzyRadio, but a JBA carrier on 4835, presumably still Sikkim (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15370, March 23 at 1358 check, RHC is still OK with no spur constellation. None of those have been heard since March 15 on almost daily chex, so fixed for good? Don`t count on it. Something or another is always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KIRITIMATI. 846, March 23 at 0555, JBA carrier from presumed R. Kiribati, not Europe. See also UNIDENTIFIEDs for TA carrier search which ensued and later, TP (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MEXICO [and non]. 710, March 23 at 1217, preacher in Low German with American accent: this really stands out on the MW band vs all the Vietnamese and Spanish, and of course it`s XEDP, Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, which emits this guy every morning. I see that WRTH 2018 does not mention this distinctive aspect of La Ranchera de Cuauhtémoc.

XEDP has no problem overhopping 10 kW KGNC Amarillo whose day and night patterns favor WSW to S to ESE; KGNC, KCMO and KNUS mutually protect each other. Once skywave is out, KGNC does make it to here marginally on groundwave at 380 km, better/closer than KCMO (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND [and non]. 5980, March 23 at 1236, Radio Marti atop jamming as a numbers station — lottery, that is — can dentro-cubanos really participate? 1237 on to weather forecast for the island.

Am checking here in anticipation of RNZI`s A-18 move from 7390 starting at 1259. Sure hope the Cuban jammers turn off as quickly as Greenville by 1300*. Oh, A-18 shows Martí will then be stopping 5980 at 1000*, so should not be a problem. More of a problem for us will be earlying fadeouts of 50m as we get into summer. Enjoy morning reception while we can. Judging from previous season, our best window should be 0459-0658 on 11725 (and if awake, 0659-1058 on 7425).

7390, March 23 at 1325, RNZI is still good here with interview about exploding populations of crocodiles in Australia. A hunter describes how he extracts human remains after consumption by then executed crox. One more day to go on this frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NEW ZEALAND [and non]. 6224-USB, March 23 at 1240, marine weather by synth male voice, clearly enunciated but lacking human expressiveness; emphasis seems on wind speeds and direxions. EiBi shows it`s ZLM, Taupo Maritime Radio, schedule of which is 32-minute transmissions all starting at :03 or :33 past the hours, why? 0033, 0303, 0333 [overlapping?], 0433, 0703, 0803, 0903, 1233, 1503, 1533 [overlapping?], 1633, 1903, 2003, 2103, 2303.

6230-USB, March 23 at 1240, marine weather only slightly weaker than ZLM 6224, sounds like same synth male voice with similar info, presumably concerning western Australia since it`s VMW, Wiluna. In this case transmission is continuous per EiBi, 1000-2300 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, March 23 at 0548, WTWW-2 is still on but open carrier/dead air except for some hum. By 1243 is modulating C&W music; as always flanked by much weaker unmodulated spur carriers on 5072.1 and 5097.9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Atlantic JBA MW carrier search, March 23 at 0556+: 531(2), 549, 567, 612, 693(2), 1044, 1125, 1314, 1512, 1539, 1575. Just after had 846 from Kiritimati, q.v. (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search, March 23 at 1159: started as usual on 774, to find it on the DX-398 from WSW, probably 3LO Melbourne rather than NW, NHK Japan.

Then switch to R75 with E-W longwire, March 23 from 1202: 594, 612, 774, 828, 846*, 882, 1035, 1116, 1503.

*846 was stronger, so back to DX-398 to try to DF it: seems WSW rather than W, and Kiritimati supposedly goes off around 1000. But the only DUs are three eastern Aussies at 2.5/5/10 kW, and an NZer at 2 kW; fluke? 846 soon fades down. At 1213, 1098 from west, i.e. Marshalls. Enid sunrise today: 1231 UT (Glenn Hauser, oK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9690, March 23 at 0546, open carrier heard all evening is still going, but now peaking S4 at best. By 0600 per EiBi it could be Nigeria in Hausa, except 9690 is rarely on besides 7255- (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1554 UT March 23

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