** BRAZIL. Reporting about the closure of RTM, August 9 at 0150, I said “But can`t hear any carrier around 5940v with heavy splash from 5935 WWCR“. However, I was misremembering its 50mb frequency – 5965 for RTM, not 5940- Voz Missionária. I don`t think 5965 has been reported for some time, certainly not by me. However, via swlingpost, a lengthy translation of a discussion earlier in the day about quitting SW, said “We had ended the 31 meters transmission, now we’re ending the 25 meters, 49 meters also, and we are so sorry about that.“ This seems to imply that 9530 had been terminated earlier, but 5965 was being turned off the same date as 11735.
The latest report I can find of 5965 was from Claudio Galaz, Chile, this year: “** BRAZIL. 5965, R. TRANSMUNDIAL. Mayo 7. 1013-2028 UT. Hombre predica en portugués. SINPO: 35343 con señal sin siseos de otra emisora.. ¿EWTN, de 5970, fuera del aire?“ He probably meant until 1028 UT. Maybe they did not run it in the evenings when I am listening? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6100, Aug 13 at 0545, this RHC English is S9+10 but JBM; the rest of the Cuban Five are better to varying degrees: 6165, 6060, 6000, 5040. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [non]. Happy birthday, dead Fidel! As promised, OCB has activated an additional Radio Martí frequency today August 13, 11860. It`s VG S9+10 at 1421, no jamming yet, nor at 1620 recheck, unlike // 11930 below wall-of-noise, and // 13605 atop wall-of noise. Goodbye to any chance of hearing Yemen [non] on 11860, but which has hardly been more than a JBA carrier here lately at any hour.
Probably started at 1400, but how long will it run? Will RM defer to RHC, which since April per EiBi has already been using 11860 at 1930-2300 for Europe? RHC is never in HFCC, so how could IBB know that? HFCC A-18 just updated today Aug 13, and NO registration showing yet for GB on 11860. However, the other 25m frequency, 11930, runs all the way until 2400.
If OCB were really serious about getting into Cuba on SW, they would employ multiple frequencies, diluting the jamming on any one of them. Besides more idle Greenvilles, they could buy lots of spare time on stations such as WRMI, WHRI — not that I recommend it, which would lead to much greater collateral jampollution of our SW bands! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MEXICO. 6185, Aug 13 at 0105 & 0147, JBM music, at S9+5/10. Must be XEPPM, on air but with usual modulation problem. Nothing else scheduled in our evening, no longer even Vatican, nor China.
Henrik Klemetz reports in SW Bulletin Aug 12:
“ Radio Educación in Mexico has a new ID for their SW service, hitherto known as Radio Educación onda corta. Señal Cultura México, and/or Cultura México Señal Internacional is on the air on 6185, at 2300-0555. There are several web pages giving further info on this service, one of them being http://www.radioeducacion.gob.mx/culturamexico/index.php
The new slogan has been in use for about one year. They are interested in reports, which will be answered by online QSL, said Ms Pilar Cruz in the 24th Encuentro Diexista, held 27-28 July in San Luís Potosí, México. “Sintonía libre” is a letterbox programme aired Tues., Thurs., and Sun. at times given at
The international service can be heard online“
I.e.: martes 2100-2130; jueves 1915-1945; domingo 2245-2315 CDT/CST – now = UT: Wed 0200, Fri 0015, Mon 0345. That monthly program sked grid still dated July, shows span in UT as 2200-0455, not as above. Normally 6185 would quit around 0500 UT during DST.
On the same pages are program skeds for MW 1060, and new FM station Señal Kukulcán 107.9 FM, Mérida, Yucatán. And linx to more detailed daily programming. They also have 96.5 FM in CDMX, and Señal Cultura Sonora, Hermosillo, no frequency given. Why do we have to go to the WTFDA Database for basic info about them? 107.9, XHYRE-FM 3/3 kW, 104/104m in Mérida; As for Hermosillo, NO station listed as Radio Educación or the above slogan, but maybe this one? 107.5, XHUSH-FM, 107.5, 10/10 kW, 100/100 m, “CULTURE VARIETY, RADIO UNIVERSIDAD, Universidad de Sonora-Hermosillo“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1942 monitoring: confirmed UT Monday August 13 from 0130.5 on WRMI 5850 VG, and 7780 poor (presumably the reverse toward NE instead of NW). Also confirmed UT Mon Aug 13 from 0301 on Area 51 webcast, and at 0329 VP on WBCQ 5129.83. Also confirmed UT Mon Aug 13 at 0330 on WRMI 9955, fair; and immediate playback from 0400 on WRMI webcast only. Next:
Mon 2330 WBCQ 9330v to WSW [maybe] Tue 0030 WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030 WRMI 7780 to NE, 5950 to WNW [or #1943?] Tue 2130 WRMI 5950 to WNW [or #1943?]
Full schedule for WOR on all outlets, not just SW; podcast linx:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5950 // much stronger 9395, Aug 13 at 0109, VOA news is starting at flexible time via WRMI Oldies stream, until 0113 (instead of Argentina To The World on weekdays). Includes two AP voice reports and only one from a VOA correspondent. Mike Cooper, Atlanta, August 6, opined in DXLD 18-32 and quoted on WOR 1942:
“VOA NEWS IS SECOND-HAND — Voice of America seems to
have largely abdicated responsibility for original reporting in its hourly
newscasts, though there is now a new nondescript news sounder.
(Whoopee!) The lead story on the 1600 newscast today was verbatim
news copy from Reuters, followed by audio from a Reuters television
correspondent. After this report, there were three different Associated
Press audio reports on different topics. The amount of time devoted to
these Reuters and AP audio reports far outweighed the minimal
amount of news copy read by the news anchor.
It’s hard to see how heavy reliance on audio reports from third-party
news services (which have multiple worldwide news outlets as their
clients) satisfies the requirement in VOA’s charter that “VOA will
serve as a consistently reliable and authoritative source of news.” By
regurgitating news reports airing on many other TV and radio outlets,
VOA is no longer a “source of news.” The last vestiges of original VOA
reporting can be found in the half-hour news programs to Africa and
Asia and in “International Edition,” but even these programs contain
their share of useless fluff.
How can VOA justify itself as distinguishable from commercial outlets
if it is going to use the same material they air?“
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 5050, UT Monday August 13 at 0120, WWRB is still on in non-daily broadcast, awful humbuzz louder than the gospel-huxter modulation. What a loss! May be totally the fault of the program provider, but Dave lets it run that way (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15555-USB, Aug 13 at 1418, the WJHR gospel huxter is audible only at S0-S2; not always audible at all, so it is erratically on air or just due to propagation?
Benn Kobb says, “Hi Glenn, DXLD 1831 included a remark from WJHR, Milton FL (via Australian DX News) that “We just moved the station to a new location and installed a new directional Yagi antenna”. Such changes typically require formal application to FCC. You asked: “So what is the new location and has the FCC authorized it or even been notified?” My inquiry to the FCC International Bureau, which licenses domestic SW stations, was answered on August 10, 2018 as copied below.
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“Mr. Kobb, We have communicated with George Mock of WJHR and he states that they have not made any changes. Tom Lucey, FCC”“
Altho it was recently received as an e-QSL, the remark might have been written years ago, unspecified. It seems that FCC remains unconcerned that as is obvious to any casual monitor, WJHR cannot be running the required 50 kW minimum power (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15665-15670-15675, Mon Aug 13 at 1417, WINB DRM is certainly back on. The noise is very strange, however, a much different, “rougher“ sound on the lower side than the upper side. Maybe has something to do with splitting/combining data and audio transmissions (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** VIETNAM [non]. 7315, Aug 13 at 0123, praise music in English instead of VOV relay via WHRI, which is supposed to run daily at 0000-0200; 0133 still music, instrumental (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 6920-6947 approx., August 13 at 0126, DRMish noise again in middle of pirate band, and no pirates anywhere around. After my last report of it August 4-5, Mark Taylor, WI, replied: “Your 6925 – 6935 – 6945 Unidentified from last night was also heard here and in several other places according to people on the HF Underground pirate chat. It sounded more like a utility than DRM here. No one I am aware of tried to decode it as DRM. It was there all evening, so you`re right that it wasn’t local“ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 10570-USB, Aug 13 at 0134, 2-way in Spanish, poor & very poor (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1723 UT August 13